Rosalind Ray Spell
2710 Orchard Knob SE
Atlanta, GA 30339-4625
Meredith Thompson Sullivan
PO Box 1283
Livingston, MT 59047-1283
With sadness I report the passing of our classmate Peggy Crawford Reichard on 4/14/12 after a courageous battle with cancer. Peggy was a resident of Amherst and was a primary school teacher for many years in schools in Va., Ohio and S.C.
Sally Brice-OHara writes, “On July 1, I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard. In my 37-year career, I reached the rank of vice admiral and for the final two years, was the vice commandant, which is the second highest position in the Coast Guard. It was an honor and privilege to be a member of our Nation’s Armed Forces, and I’m grateful everyday for the commitment and courage of our young men and women in uniform. Although I have no immediate plans to go back to work, I’m on the boards of two non-profit organizations and the Board of Trustees at the Coast Guard Academy. I only spent one year at Sweet Briar, yet the classmates, friends, professors, staff and experiences are never forgotten!”
Lynn Watson Norfleet loves her retirement job in finance at the U. of Mary Washington. Her daughter Kate is finishing her doctorate in physical therapy, and son Drew is finishing his undergrad in civil engineering technology. Lynn caught up with roommate, Carol Martin after 38 years thanks to Facebook!
Carol Martin married a wonderful Spaniard and has been living in Madrid since 1975. After working in the travel industry for 35 years, she is now retired and continues to enjoy her life in Spain.
Mary Shaw Halsey Marks still lives in Greenwich, Conn., doing a smattering of architecture work, traveling with husband Rob to places like India and China. Oldest son Ned is an executive recruiter in N.Y.C. Daughter Caroline graduated in June from Stanford where younger son Tyler also attends and will be taking a semester abroad in Oxford this fall.
Kathleen Kavanagh writes, “I continue in the very interesting world of philanthropy for nonprofits, a career that started way back in 1974 when SBC gave me my first job. I moved into consulting in 1995 when I joined GG+A; I get to work with a terrific set of colleges, universities, independent schools, medical centers and cultural organizations. I moved from downtown Boston to downtown Chicago six years ago, and confess I really like living west of the Hudson despite my inability to adjust to central time. Best to all, and happy 60 to many of us.”
Elaine Mills and husband Bob Kline, parents of son Chris (25) and daughter Jenny (21) have lived in the same Sears bungalow in Arlington, Va. for 27 years. When not working in her garden, Elaine can be found volunteering at her local library, reading books for her neighborhood book club or singing with her church choir. In July Elaine and Bob joined about 25 other choir members for a performing tour of Wales and Ireland. Highlights of the trip included singing in Christ Church in Dublin, meeting other Unitarians and performing in a jewel-like neo-Gothic cathedral on the Connemara coast.
Jane Piper Gleason writes, “The week after our 35th reunion in 2009, Joe and I moved from our house in Webster to a fabulous condo in Clayton on the 23rd floor so the views of St. Louis are really nice. Nine months later Joe was dead from a massive stroke so I was really glad we moved when we did. I was in England in June 2011 and went with Sherrie Snead McLeRoy to the Trouping of the Colour—very impressive. This June I was in London for the Jubilee celebrations. Our box at the Derby was right above the Royal Box so I wasn’t always looking at the horses.
Mimi Hill Wilk is excited to have oldest son Beau back from Alaska and living in Ariz. where he is a department chair at Northern Pioneer College in the White Mountains; daughter Liz still lives close by. Mimi had the best time with Lou Weston Rainey and Rip traveling in Ariz., especially at Zion National Park last summer.
Lee Wilkinson Warren joined the international hunger and relief organization Stop Hunger Now in 2006 and now serves as the community relations manager. Lee and her husband have been married almost 40 years and have one granddaughter with another baby on the way. She stays in close touch with Ruthie Lentz and Susan Stubbs Brown. Debbie Pelham Bigum and Randy have relocated to Miramar Beach, Fla., and are enjoying life in a golfing community and the beaches of the Emerald Coast. They’re looking forward to their first grandchild in Dec. and are also building a home in a Fly Fishing community in N.C. for the summer months.
Ruthie Willingham Lentz is still working as a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors where she was recently awarded the “Premier Advisor” distinction for the firm’s highest level of client service and production. She’s active in her church’s More Than a Meal neighborhood meal program, the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership, and Leadership Memphis. Ruthie enjoyed a week at Edisto Island with Liz Thomas Camp and Robin Christian Ryan, whom she’ll also join in Phila. with her Aunt Ruth Preucel ’49 over Labor Day weekend.
Betsy Banks Daley is back in school learning sign language, which she hopes will help aid her in teaching children with autism. She’s been teaching yoga for many years and she and her husband just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Andria Francis reports that she’s still living in northern Calif. and working at CTB/McGraw-Hill (her 26th year) developing educational tests. Last year she and her sister took a cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Santiago, Chile and her favorite stop was visiting the King penguins in the Falkland Islands. This year they took a transatlantic cruise from Fla. to Rome with a stop for shopping in Provence on Market Day. Andria’s daughter Ashleigh (27) was in Kazakhstan last year on a Fulbright scholarship and has just returned to England where she is completing her doctorate in archeology.
Ann Pritchett Van Horn sent her news while hunkered down during Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans. Ann loves being grandmother to her son’s three boys (5, 2, 4 mos.) In May, she was in Cardenas, Cuba, with a group from her church installing a Living Waters for the World clean water system.
Barbara Ashton Nicol and Robert are both still working in Tuscaloosa, Ala., but hope to retire in 2014. Three of their four boys are engineers—Robinson (recently married) in Atlanta, Sage in Corpus Christi and Ben in Tuscaloosa. Chris is still figuring out what he wants to do with his life. Barb joined Ellie Plowden Boyd, Nancy Lea Houghton and Beth Jones Elkins (’75) at the wedding of Liz Thomas Camp’s son in Mobile.
Emory Furniss Maxwell: We had a mini-reunion SBC when my daughter, Christy SBC ’03 was married in Atlanta last spring. Jane Hutcherson Frierson, Edie McRee Bowles, Liz Thomas Camp, Barbara Ashton Nicol, and Mary Bush Norwood were there to help us celebrate. Other SBC alumnae present were Mary Emory Hill Rex ’42, Aline Rex McEvoy ’67, Kimberly Olmsted Calhoun ’92, Amy Gardner Adams ’02, Shandy Hamner ’04, Sonya Truman ’02 and Kylene Smith DeFrate ’03. We all had a wonderful time. Charles is retired and we still live in Ariz. However, we do make frequent trips back east to see family and friends, trees and flowers.
Ellie Plowden Boyd is pursuing a long-term interest in painting with a focus on portraits and landscapes. She just organized a plein air group, Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP), which meets and paints around Southbury, Conn. Ellie invites anyone in the area to join them. Oldest son Clayton lives in Brooklyn and is a photographer for Gilt Group. Youngest son John is studying engineering at Vanderbilt and Ellie hopes to catch up with Wendy White Feinberg (whose daughter also attends Vandy) at parents’ weekend. Ellie’s husband Doug works at Praxair, and they’ve been married 28 years.
Ceci Kirby Wraase still lives outside Washington, D.C., with husband Dennis and is most involved with Neighbors in Need, a program to assist safety net charities, and the Trust for the National Mall. Daughter Beth graduated (summa cum laude) in 2011 and is in her second year as a Teach for America elementary school teacher in an impoverished rural community in eastern N.C. Stepson Reid and family live about an hour away so they see them regularly. Karla Kline Bradshaw and Ceci enjoy staying up late solving the problems of the world over a glass (or 2) of wine at the Wraase’s lake house in the Allegheny mountains.
Bonnie Chronowski Brophy writes that she and Jim are enjoying their empty nest. Daughter Meghan is PR Mgr at J. Mendel so Bonnie gets to go to Fashion Week every year. J Mendel dressed the First Lady at the Head of State & Gov’t. Reception for the Olympics Opening Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the infamous white capped sleeve jacket w/ silver embroidery (provided gratis of course!) Son Chris, Asst. Brand Mgr. for ketchup at Heinz in Pittsburgh, is engaged. Bonnie took up bridge, which was on her bucket list, and is going to a tourney in Bermuda in Jan. 2013 with friends. She has coordinated Bible study in her parish for six years with a good friend.
Jan Renne Steffen and husband Jim have been married 15 years and live in Fallbrook, Calif. Jan has retired from teaching textiles at the college level, but still quilts and teaches quilting. They travel in their 5th wheel about three-four months a year and just returned from a two-month vacation through northern Calif., Ore., Wash., and Vancouver, B.C. Jan says she biked in 90 degree weather just to say she biked in Canada. They drove to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho where they saw the beautiful lake, then down to Meridian to visit family before heading home a few weeks early due to the extreme heat.
Haideh Khosrowshahi Partovi writes, “I have been enjoying grand-motherhood for the past 16 months and I can tell you there’s no better feeling! Little Rochanne (French sounding Persian name meaning light and she sure brings out the light in us) is half French and responds to Farsi, French and English. I’m still enjoying working as a therapist in a hospital and privately. I hope to one day, after I’m retired, make it to our SBC reunion.”
Elizabeth Andrews Watts and Bobby are planning to retire in 2014 after a long career at Episcopal High School. Daughter Betsy had a baby girl, Elaine “Laney” Andrews Metcalf on July 9. Son Rob lives in Norfolk with his wife and two young sons. Elizabeth had a wonderful mini-reunion in October 2011 at the Greenbrier with Jane Hutcherson Frierson, Susan Stephens Geyer and Leslie Elbert Hill.
Marcia Brandenburg Martinson and husband Terry are moving to the town of Plymouth, Mass. after living in a church parsonage for the past 34 years. Marcia and Terry became grandparents for the first time with the birth of granddaughter, Hadley Jane on Aug.15. They spent two weeks in England (with family) and France (in a farmhouse rental with friends) in July.
Tricia Barnett Greenberg and Phil spent two weeks in Spain and France this summer. Daughter Patty is getting married April 6 in Charleston, S.C., son Barnett is in Real Estate in Charleston and son Andy practices dentistry there. Tricia and Phil divide their time between Debordieu, Charleston and Florence (S.C.)
Laurene Sherlock’s first job as a travel agent took her to many interesting places over 25 years. Then her best friend, Sandie Schwartz Tropper ’73 suggested that with all her undergrad and grad academic art history background she ought to consider becoming a personal property appraiser like Sandie. “And so here I am in career two after a few years of courses and apprenticeship to get to accredited antiques appraiser. I never have a boring day.”
Our very own Sandra Taylor will become the Alumnae Association President in 2013, joining Janie Reeb Short who is currently serving on the Alumnae Board.
At the time of this writing, Meredith Thompson Sullivan and husband John were spending Labor Day weekend at their condo on Flathead Lake in Mont., frantically making arrangements to evacuate their home in Livingston, Mont., should the threatening fire in the area spread that far. Fortunately, their home was spared.
Rossie Ray Spell: I had my best birthday ever on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France in July. Knowing my love of history and all things WWII, my wonderful husband, Penn planned a memorable trip to celebrate my 60th. I am also thrilled to have begun serving on the Board of Trustees of Atlanta Girls School along with fellow SBC alumna Anne Mobley Hassett. My daughter Anna graduated from AGS in 2011 and I have been so impressed with the students, faculty and administration. Check it out at www.atlantagirlsschool.org. Mark your calendars: Reunion 2014 will be May 30–June 1, 2014. Hope to see everyone there.