Rossie Ray Spell
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I am sad to report the death of our classmate Anya Starosolska on 7/2/13. Our sympathies go out to her family.
Ann Stuart McKie Kling: Bill and I are essentially empty nesters now. Daughter Shelby is a junior at Northwestern and son Jay is 25 and living/working in NYC. The sale of our skin/wound care manufacturing company last year gives us more time to do fun things. We have done some traveling (Santa Fe, France, Scotland this past year). Bill started a new venture and I was asked to join SBC’s board of directors! I attended my 1st board meeting as a “member-elect” in June in D.C. and will begin the next 3 yrs. of service in earnest at our meeting on campus this Nov.—I’m so honored and excited to be a part of this stellar board. I stay connected with lots of SBC alumnae through our DFW Alumnae Club and with frequent calls to my close friend Cindy Sorenson Sutherland.
Mimi Hill Wilk: Am proud to announce our best year ever with 2 weddings: 1st, we just attended the 6/22/13 wedding of son Kenneth Walter Wilk Jr. to adorable Heather Ann Stevens with only immediate family at the beach. They will be settling here in AZ as educators with their master’s. The next wedding event is 11/16/13 when daughter Liz marries John Richard Harrell (who is everyone’s dream son-in-law) in Paradise Valley, AZ. Pictures to follow in Nov. of the dashing couple! Miss everyone, but as you see my life is here in the warmth of AZ. So please come visit or call when you’re in town.
Ellie Boyd: I celebrated Bastille Day in Boston at a mini-reunion with Robin Christian Ryan, Ruthie Willingham Lentz, Lee Wilkinson Warren and Liz Thomas Camp—finally got to ride on the Duck Boat! Boston bounced back in style! I will join Robin on the SBC Friends of Art board and look forward to learning more about the sculpture/folly project being commissioned to complement the library addition. The plein-air group I started last year—Pomperaug Outdoor Painters (POP)—had its 1st show with 20 painters and 46 paintings in Sept. It can be seen on Facebook: http:/tinyurl.com/kul5dql.
Kelly Borrowman Slobodian: I just came back from a week in Annandale, VA, helping Susan Stubbs Brown with her granddaughter Elizabeth (2) while Susan’s daughter and son-in-law got away for a few days. I live between VT and NC and went to meet Susan by train. My husband Paul and I have a waterfront real estate business in New Bern, NC. Our 3 sons are grown, one married. When not in NC, we are in southern VT.
Mary Bush Norwood announced that she will again run for Atlanta City Council in the Nov. election.
Debbie Pelham Bigum: The biggest news is the birth of granddaughter Natalie Huttman, born 12/ 22/12 in Alexandria, VA. Randy and I still enjoy our retirement in Miramar Beach with the beautiful waters and golf courses. Our mountain home in Boone, NC, was finally completed and is a great gathering place for our daughters and their families.
Sandra Taylor: I still work at SunTrust Mortgage as a compliance manager. I am now engaged with the SBC board of directors and the Alumnae Association as its new president. I am learning a lot and love learning the latest about our beloved college. I am already looking toward Reunion and hope to see all of you. Hard to believe that many of us have known each other over 40 yrs.! During the last year I have spent time with Nancy Mortensen Piper, Robin Christian Ryan, Mary Witt, Jennifer Smith Hanes, Terry Tosh ’75, Marsha Taylor Horton ’76, CeCe Smith ’77, Dee Hubble Dolan ’77, Jane Potts ’73, Lacy Williams ’73, Melinda Williams ’73, Linda Lipscomb ’73 and Lisa Wickham ’73. Jennifer and I, along with Robin’s mother Peggy Christian ’47, coordinated a lovely breakfast event at Westminster Canterbury for Sweet Briar alumnae living there. A recent grad, Jennifer Young ’11, told us about her college experience and how she leveraged it into a rewarding career. We were all energized by her remarks.
Leslie Elbert Hill: At last David and I are grandparents! Ailey Laurel Hill was born 5/19 and for the 1st time in my life I’m able to buy little-girl clothes after raising 3 boys. What a joy!
Elizabeth Andrews Watts: We now have 3 grandchildren, Chip (4), Pete (2) and Laney (1), and expect our 4th in Jan. After 22 yrs. at Episcopal High School, Bobby and I plan to retire next yr. (6/2014) and move to our house on the VA Eastern Shore.
Jane Piper Gleason: Back in May, Sherrie Snead McLeRoy and I were guests of P. Allen Smith at his Moss Mountain Farm in AR. He’s very charming and toured us around the house and gardens he built up there. He spent the whole day with our St. Louis group and we all had a blast. I’m currently serving a 2-yr. stint as president of the St. Louis Woman’s Club, so I’m not doing much traveling for a while.
Eleanor Magruder Harris: Sandy and I continue to live in Norfolk, VA, where Sandy is an investment advisor and I do volunteer work, but make jewelry on the side. Our 3 boys are spread out in LA, D.C. and Norfolk, and we have 1 grandson with another on the way!
Mary Witt: Fritz and I just returned from Oxford, England, where we took the UVa-sponsored history class The End of British America. We were students again at Trinity Coll. Our group stayed in the dorm and we had meals together in the beautiful Trinity Coll. dining room. We stopped into as many pubs as we could! We had side trips to Ben Franklin’s house in the center of London and to an 800-yr.-old country estate. Still working at United Healthcare and spending volunteer hours with UVa medical school. What has been fun for me is my return to riding—we are never too old to resume a hobby we love. (Several SBC friends and I say we deserve to enjoy ourselves now!)
Liz Thomas Camp “still glows and glimmers from the banner 60th year, meeting up with ’74 classmates.” The Camps met Nancy Lea Houghton and Hoot for the races in Camden, SC. Joined Barb Ashton Nicol, Jane Hutchinson Frierson, Mary Bush Norwood, Edie McRee Bowles, Emory Furniss Maxwell for a bridal luncheon in Atlanta for Emory’s daughter Christie. Liz had a 60th birthday bash in Atlanta with Ellie Plowden Boyd, Paula Hollingsworth Thomas, Barb and Emory. Face time in Richmond with our renowned Dr. Mary Witt, who distinguished herself and this class when the UVa Medical School Foundation chose her as its first female recipient for its highest alumni award. This year I cherish 2 fine family portraits painted by freshman 3rd-floor Reid roomie, Ellie Plowden Boyd…one done posthumously. Her work, which draws many awards and honors, can be found on Facebook: “Elinor Boyd, Enduring Portraits,” Southbury, CT.
Tricia Barnett Greenberg’s daughter Patty married Drew Shenkman in a beautiful ceremony at Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, SC, on 4/6/13. They live in D.C., where Patty works as the manager of legal learning for the law firm Hogan Lovells and Drew is an attorney with Holland and Knight, specializing in media law.
Andria Francis: I still work at CTB/McGraw-Hill developing educational tests (27 yrs. and counting). Last year I went on a transatlantic cruise from FL to Europe with my sister and spent Christmas in England with daughter Ashleigh, who is working on her Ph.D. in archaeology. This fall, I will again go to England to spend time with my daughter. I’m still a volunteer at the local Animal Services and enjoy gardening and reading. I look forward to retirement one of these days! Thank you, SBC and dear class of 1974 friends for the wonderful education and memories!
Bianca Chronowski Brophy: Sadly, I lost my mom, Lee McShane, in Jan. in Wilmington, NC, where she resided. Happy news is that our son Christopher Dixon will marry Lori Allen, a nurse, in Cabo San Lucas in Oct. Helen Travis attended Lori’s bridal shower here in Summit. Having left Heinz in Pittsburgh, Chris landed a job as marketing manager of Foster Farms in northern CA (where he’s always wanted to live). Daughter Meghan is PR manager for J. Mendel in NYC and dresses celebs. Beyonce and Taylor Swift were vying for the same dress! A perk for me is that I get to go to Fashion Week! Jim is still at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. We enjoyed our annual trips to St. Barth’s and Nantucket. I’m gearing up for Bible study again in my parish, which keeps me busy and very grounded, and I enjoy my Bridge games: anything to keep the mind sharp!
Marcia Brandenburg Martinson: My husband Terry and I moved to Plymouth, MA, in Jan., in preparation for his retirement on 6/30. After enjoying a couple of mos. of retirement, we now find ourselves packing for a move to Martha’s Vineyard! Terry has been asked to serve as interim pastor at the Federated Church in Edgartown. We also became new grandparents last summer. Son Andrew and his wife had a baby girl, Hadley Jane Martinson. Life is good.
Jan Renne Steffen: Jim and I bought a new 3500-RAM truck and with our 5th wheel Cameo we have taken long trips up the CA coast and through OR and WA, as well as Victoria, B.C., Jasper, Alberta and Lake Louise, where Fabio (our Lhasa Apso) drank out of the glacier lake. While on a trip to sightsee through AZ and NM and visit my sister in CO, we received the call that Jim’s father had hospice ordered for him. We went back to be with him before he passed in late June. I have been holding weekly family gatherings for Jim’s family. I still quilt, sew, make cards and scrapbook. I am the editor for the SCCOG and San Diego ASG newsletters. I’m also a Close To My Heart consultant. My blog is at janrsteffen.blogspot.com; my website is Janicesteffen.com. I’m also on Facebook.
Jane Hutcherson Frierson: New guy in my life. He’s 16 hands, a very red chestnut thoroughbred and a great-great-grandson of Secretariat. His real name is Lord Baltimore, but I call him Earl. He lives near Paul Cronin in Rectortown, so I have had fun getting in touch with Paul and working together to get Earl on the right track, not the race track! I am still working for the MITRE Corp. and support the chief scientist at the National Counterterrorism Center. Son Laurance (31) is an attorney for Customs and Border Protection in their Office of International Trade. I see Elizabeth Andrews Watts, Karla Kline Bradshaw, Mary Witt and Edie McRee Bowles as often as possible.
Mary Lee Doering: We live in the Sacramento area and love being close to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. I have a busy tutoring business and keep myself involved with school, as well. I just finished helping out teaching French for a couple of wks. at a local private school. My oldest son was married almost 1 yr. ago and oldest daughter Marissa graduated in May from Ithaca Coll. with a degree in clinical exercise science. We get back to the Rochester, NY, area fairly often as my sister, father and sons live in that area. Dean continues to be a leader in sales in his company with mortgage wholesale lending. We enjoyed 2 wks. in HI in June. I was disappointed that the date for Reunion coincides with my youngest daughter’s high school graduation. I wanted to make it to our 40th since I missed the 35th. I will be at SBC in spirit! If anyone is in the area, give me a call (216-973-0046).
Laurene Sherlock: Two years ago, I started Greysone Appraisals LLC. Imagine at 60! It just goes to show you there are no boundaries in life and that a B.A. in art history comes in handy. Anyway, no 2 days are the same and the things I appraise are often amazing. I periodically pinch myself just to make certain I’m not dreaming all this up. At the Antiques Roadshow filming here 2 yrs. ago, I had the opportunity to interview lots of folks who drove up to 900 mi., bringing their “worthies” in the hopes of making it onto TV. Each and every one had a unique tale to tell, but the crowning glory was the little lady with a turquoise, pajama-clad, life-size stuffed teddy bear strapped around her middle. I was introduced to him as “Hugh Hefbear.” Seems his claim to fame was being used as a prop in a Victoria’s Secret ad campaign and his estimated worth was $1k. This one left me slack-jawed! You learn so much about people, history and human nature by appraising their personal property. I’m paddling my Greystone Appraisals canoe in interesting and enjoyable waters in my 3rd act these days. Never a dull moment. The more I do the more I learn and the more fodder I’ve got for cocktail chatter.
Rossie Ray Spell: My big news is that daughter Anna and husband Gustavo had a beautiful baby girl in May. I love being a grandmother!
Meredith Thompson Sullivan: Over the Christmas holidays, John and I picked up our Seabourn floating hotel in Singapore and cruised through Indonesia, down the Great Barrier Reef and ending up in Sydney. From there, we rented a car and headed along the Australian coast to Melbourne. A quarter of the way down the highway, bush fires forced us off the coastal drive and into Kangaroo Valley. Serendipity! The valley looked like we were driving through KY with tree-shaded horse farms lined with white fences. That month, filled with Hindu temples, Komodo dragons, Koala bears, gingerbread houses and wonderful new friends, was certainly a different way of bringing in the New Year! I think this year we’ll spend Christmas at home in MT.