Evelyn Carter Cowles
Jane Potts writes: “I’m in Richmond and had dinner with Linda Lipscomb who lives here now, as well as other SBC Richmonders: Lisa Wickham, Lacy Williams, Melinda Williams. Lisa had a party last fall in Oct. and all of those were present as well as Sandra Taylor.
Susan Kirby Peacock: “I wish that I could come to the reunion. I have wonderful memories of my time at SBC. Like everyone, my life has had ups and downs since those days. When I look back at 3 degrees—’73 BS Biology from FSU, ’76 BS Pharmacy from FAMU, and ’88 BA Fine Arts from FSU—2 children (Daniel, adopted after 5 miscarriages, but who died in a boating accident when he was 11 yrs. old; and Marley, my saving grace, who graduated Magna cum laude from Georgetown U. School of Foreign Service and is now working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in South FL for decent working conditions for farm workers), and 3 marriages (none of which I regret, and am still in love with, for 10 years, Jay, who finally lets me be me, and with whom I share his son, Jake, who is gentle and intelligent), I think: “WHEW.” These days I work as a relief pharmacist in state and federal prisons and at a psychiatric crisis hospital, where I feel the full range of humanity. Otherwise, I’m in my studio, quietly painting and sometimes dancing to good music. If I could change anything in my life, it would be that, Daniel, who was so full of life and optimism and kindness, would still be here to make this world a better place.
Cindy Bekins Anderson: “One child ‘launched’ and working in advertising in Omaha. One child still in college at AZ State. Husband is thinking retirement is on the horizon-yikes. I’m looking forward to Reunion this spring, just hoping some people remember me!”
Trish Gilhooly O’Neil: “My husband Mike and I are no longer based in the UK, and now are living in Greenwich, CT. We moved into our new house a few months ago, but still come and go to HI. This is the first time we have lived on the U.S. mainland in 13 years, so it’s a change of lifestyle. Our boys, who are in graduate school in NYC and FL, are happy to have us living on the east coast and we see a lot of them now.”
Diane Dale Reiling “Chuck and I are very much looking forward to Reunion in May. It is a longer trek from Medford, OR, than it was from Seattle, WA, but I cannot wait to see as many of our classmates as possible. We get a special Fri. night dinner, and I get to speak at the luncheon on Sat.—a couple of very nice honors for my work over the years. I wanted to let you know that Kathleen Cochran Schutze plans to bring some of her amazing embroidered items to Reunion. If you’ve seen her things on Facebook, she does beautiful work. Maybe we’ll have cooked up a surprise or 2 for the class! And please remember to join our Facebook group “Sweet Briar College, Class of 1973” to keep up with the latest news about Reunion.”
Ginger Woodward Gast “Our youngest is a senior at VA Tech. Two are married and the recent Tech grad lives in Richmond and works at Capital One. We attended a family wedding in AK last July and took a cruise along the inland waterway. AK is beautiful and I encourage everyone to go. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back, but it definitely was a change of pace from a beach vacation.”
Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin “After 5 years in La Jolla, I moved back to Needham, MA, last summer and am working as a school counselor at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. Although it’s certainly a delight to be back among old friends, my former book group, and not in a commuting marriage, this winter has been a harsh one, a sharp contrast to southern CA. I do love my new job and new school, but my commute to work went from a long walk along the Pacific Ocean to a long drive on the wretched Rte. 9. Alexa and husband Mike are expecting their first baby Elizabeth in 3 weeks and I’m on high alert, ready to dash to Sterling, VA. Alexa works as a researcher for Am. Public Univ. Blake, Abbey, and Bear (1) live in Columbia, SC, where Blake is a History professor at USC. He edited the new collection of William Styron’s letters that was published in Dec. and is now working on a biography of Styron. Christopher, Allison, and Tillie (17 mos.) are in Sydney—much too far away for both sets of grandparents. Christopher manages a Lululemon and does so with enthusiasm and delight. Bob turned 70 in Jan. and we’re off to Portugal in 3 days to celebrate the big birthday. I got to spend some time with Mac Cuthbert Langley last Feb. when I was in SC to meet our grandson Bear, a wonderful bonus. Hope to see many of you in May at our 40th!”
Kristy Alderson “We’re anxiously awaiting news on what college our daughter, Tegwyth, will attend. Some of you must remember how that feels? Letters go out April 1, so we’ll know by the time you read this! Maybe life will slow down a bit? Since I go to work with her each day and see her all day long (I teach at her school), life will be very different for both of us.”
Creigh Casey Krin: “In 12/2011, I retired after teaching 5th grade for 22 years. Since then I’ve been taking care of my grandson Luke (18 mos.) I’m truly enjoying my time with him. My daughter Lindsay is getting married 6/15/13 to Frank Maturi who is a chef. Jane Lucas is planning on attending the wedding. We’ve managed to stay in touch all these years.”
Kathy Pretzfelder Steele: “Dave and I built a new home and moved in 6/2012 from NJ to a wonderful active adult community on a series of lakes in central FL. We love it, and we haven’t been this active in years! We made the move just in time for the birth of our first grandchild Hailey who lives nearby and we babysit often. I continue to work from my home for the NJ-based insurance company I joined a month after our graduation. This year marks many milestones for me—40 years of marriage, 40 years with the same company, and 40th SBC reunion. I’m looking forward to our reunion.”
Susan Bundy: “Looking forward to seeing everyone in May. Can’t believe it’s been 40 years! Hoped I’d be retired or semi-retired and back in Norfolk by now, but just took a position with Charlottesville Housing and Redevelopment as a full-time property manager. Don’t you love this economy? It’s an interesting job and I’m learning a lot. Have previous experience with HUD elderly projects but, this is a whole new slant on property management. Andre is still working in the tile business, but volunteers at the ER at MJ Hospital on weekends and loves it. He’s thinking about changing from volunteer to full time employee, but that decision is pending. My previous position as a regional property manager was eliminated in Jun., and I took a couple of mos. off to relax before starting the job search again. Had a great time in Mathews County, VA. My parents bought a little parcel that completed the other 2 they already had and I helped Dad (85) do some clearing of paths through overgrown bamboo from one to the other.”
Anita O’Connor “I’m still working at Kennett Area Senior Center as executive director. My husband still has his company, Brandywine Technical Services, which weathered the great recession. Both he and I are still recovering from auto accidents, his last March and mine in Jan.; no major harm, except to our cars! I don’t know yet if I can make the reunion, but I hope I can.”
Evie Carter Cowles “I’m still painting, riding (getting to fox hunt a lot on my new green horse this year) and fishing and hiking in MT. Hope everyone can make it back to Reunion this spring!”