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Nancy Crawford Bent

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Betsy Blackwell Laundon Esch (Lynchburg, VA) was married to Mike Esch in ’10 having met in Honduras on a church mission trip. Betsy’s first husband and VMI sweetheart, Walt, died in ’05 and in ’07 Betsy sold her yarn shop of 18 yrs. and began traveling and volunteering, which led her to Mike. They continue to travel (bucket list: Machu Picchu and the Galapagos on the SBC trip) and volunteer, both away (NOLA, Haiti, Sandy clean-up in MD) and at home (Betsy at her local library, Meals on Wheels, Vestry and Treasurer at Trinity Episcopal Church; Mike doing maintenance work at L’burg’s Old City Cemetery with other retirees). Daughter Katie and Scott (Lafayette, LA) have twin girls Jordan and Taylor (5), and Beth and Kurt (Takoma Park, MD) have Nate (3).

Martha Brewer is retired and plans to move to Atlanta in July when her girlfriend (also an ObGyn) starts a new job there.

In addition to Marshall’s Walter (1) in Chevy Chase and Charles’s Lucy (3) in L’ville, Ed and Cathy Hall Stopher now have Edward. “Older sister Lucy likes him. Whew!” Cathy was in FL again this winter, golfing, playing bridge and reading and enjoying being head of their club’s speaker series.

Brooks and Almena Hill Pettit (Tallahassee) moved into the local LCRC two yrs. ago, although her mother (93) refuses to join them, and enjoy their home as well as their vacation place in Beaufort, SC. Daughter Rachel will have a fourth son born 11/13. Son Coleman is embarking on his third career (six yrs. in the Marines, three yrs. in banking), about to graduate from law school and hoping to enter the historical preservation field. Son John and his wife have two girls, the younger about to graduate from college! Daughter Barbara teaches children with learning differences. Another daughter lives in VT.

After reading emails from classmates wild with cabin fever in GA, NC and VA this winter, Jan Huegenin Assmus thinks maybe she should be grateful that “shoveling off the piles of snow from the roof” and then “shoveling the barriers of snow the plow leaves in front of our driveways” gets her out of the house. Jan x-country skis to enjoy Hanover, NH’s winter sights.

Happily retired, Ronde Kneip Bradley spent two mos. this winter traveling first with a friend and then on her own in SE Asia.

Elizabeth Lewis and husband David were planning a trip in Jan. ’14 to Myanmar (Burma) with a stop on the way in Taipei. Son Matt’s company, Betabrand, has grown from three to over 50 employees and, they opened a store last June in San Francisco. Niece Caroline Lewis moved in with Elizabeth and David in Jan. ’13 while she studies for her master’s in psych. Caroline is a paraglider who spends holidays sailing off mountains in exotic places like Nepal. Not to be outdone, Elizabeth’s mother (96) remarried six years ago, and she and her husband play competitive duplicate bridge.

Liz Medaglia retired in Jan. from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, but chairs the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress; working with the Women’s Bar Assoc. Foundation; and now serving as editor of the Cosmos Club Bulletin. Liz and Joe were planning a late winter trip to Vienna and Venice and then Liz was going to Jordan with a friend in May. All this is in contrast to her summer ’13 road trip when Liz and Joe visited the Rare Book School in C’ville and Liz spent two days as a student at the BMW Performance Driving School.

Last July Darlene Pierro retired as head of McLean School in Potomac, MD, after 16 years. Under Darlene, McLean grew from a K-9 school to a K-12. Come fall, she supervised the exterior painting of her 150-year-old house and with her former business manager formed a consulting company, The K-12 Leadership Advisory, for independent school leaders (K-12 LeadershipAdvisory.com). Sadly, Darlene’s only brother died from esophageal cancer in Jan. Robert Pierro, UVA ’71, received his MD from U. CT and was principal psychiatrist at CT Valley Hospital. Darlene is executor of the estate and trustee of a trust to be set up for his son. Finally, Darlene is helping organize her 50th h.s. reunion (St. Margaret’s School, now Chase Collegiate) for ’15. She hopes to get back to SBC for our 45th.

Keithley Rose Miller is in Palm Beach with many new design jobs coming her way. Daughter Tory now lives in Delray and works in West Palm for ION Media. Son Gib is still in L.A., also in the media business. She was looking forward to her annual lunch with Cathy Hall Stopher in Feb.

Jean Rushin Brown wrote, “Jonathan continues to teach the iPad and organic gardening to seniors.” On 2/22, son Rob married Julia Stroup of Wilton and NYC.

Pat Winton Newmark: “Kent and I split our time between Orinda, a small suburb of San Francisco, and Rancho Santa Fe, CA. My daughter has three sons. Kent is retired, and we’re both avid golfers. We’re both volunteer USGA rules officials. I’ll be a walking official at both the U.S. Open and the Women’s Open in Pinehurst this June. I’m sorry that I’ll miss our reunion. I return from working the NCAA Div. I Women’s Championships in Tulsa the weekend before and leave for Pinehurst the following weekend. Hope everyone has a wonderful time.”

At Lee Walker is content since her move from rural VA to D.C., much nearer daughter and grandchildren. A new job writing for an online organization keeps her busy.

Our news is that son Charles and his bride moved in Jan. to Hong Kong where he’s now a business manager in Sotheby’s Asian office. They love it so far, enjoying the “ridiculous mix of old and new world Asia.” It has been such fun reading everyone’s notes. So many interesting lives and exciting experiences.