Fran McClung Ferguson
Phyllis Watt Wilson
All five living presidents and first ladies, plus Sally Gray Lovejoy and Kim Wood Fuller, attended the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas in April. A must-see, says Kim. Sally lives in Charleston, SC, where she retired in 2009 after 28 years working for Congress and the Bush Administration. She has her own consulting firm and works for the Spoleto Arts Festival as patron services manager. Kim stays busy with work. She and Bryan enjoyed a visit with her sister in July for 10 days in ME (a perfect vacation), and spent 4 nights in Vail enjoying cool mountain air.
Karen Black Meredith and husband Robin enjoy living in Santa Fe, NM. She was elected president elect of the Women’s Council of Realtors in Santa Fe in January and attended the WCR Leadership Academy in Chicago to prepare for her year as chapter president in 2014.
Ann Connolly Simpson has been traveling and having fun: St. John with her beau and a bunch of his friends; New Orleans to meet all his relatives and friends there; then to family events in New Canaan, Nashville and CO; and to Nantucket with some gal pals for a long weekend. Her daughter, Hannah, finished grad school and teaches 6th grade geography. Ann still works at The Dragon’s Nest, selling toys like mad and playing tennis for MA and NH teams.
Gail Coyne Pierdiluca lives in Lincoln Park in Chicago. She works in the exhibit business, and travels often, developing new business for AD-EX International.
Jeannine Davis Harris is living in Princeton (solo) and works as a manager at J. McLaughlin. She wants to start her own business. She sees Barbara Wesley Bagbey, Fannie Zollicoffer Mallonee, Ginny Faris Hoffman, and Lillian Sinks Sweeney frequently. Her daughter graduated from Furman and works in Atlanta. Her sons are both sophomores, Reid at Miami (OH) and Bradley at boarding school at Woodberry Forest. She doesn’t like the empty nester thing!
Claire Dennison Griffith is still running Direct Hits Education, her SAT/ACT business. She markets two vocabulary books on social media: check out Twitter @directhitsfan and Facebook at Direct Hits. After 24 years, she and Luther are downsizing to a townhouse in midtown Atlanta. With two dogs and only a patch of grass, they are doing lots of dog walking!
Catherine Flaherty and Jimmy celebrated their 25th anniversary on a quiet island and enjoyed a family trip on July 4 visiting Commodore Lisa Schneider Thornton. Her OLB trip to the Highlands in early summer, courtesy of Georgia Schley Ritchie, with some beautiful Southern Belles was the highlight of her year. Killian is at Creighton (2nd year) in business. Callaghan participated in New England’s Elite Football camp and visited prospective colleges. Catherine’s youngest, Macartan, plays soccer, basketball, ping-pong, golf and billiards, plus math league. She says she and her Newfoundland (12) both need more exercise to stay in shape for all the many years of fun and play we have ahead!
Missy Gentry Witherow has been promoted to director of alumnae relations and annual giving at Sweet Briar.
Mary Jo Giambatista lives near Syracuse, NY. She had been a flight attendant on private jets that took her around the world with the rich and famous. After losing her mother, brother and sister, she now works as a bartender/manager at a very popular Italian joint and takes care of her dad (93). She says there’s no place like home.
All five members of Pam Koehler Elmets’ family went to Paris and Amsterdam this summer and had a ball. Caroline is a senior this year and Pam is not looking forward to the empty nester thing. They get to San Francisco and LA often to visit their kids.
Fran McClung Ferguson has been at the Virginia Museum of Transportation for 4.5 years—longer than she’s worked anywhere else. Son Robert is an educator at Discovery Place in Charlotte. Daughter Carol ‘12 is in her second year at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. Fran is the secretary/treasurer for the SBC Alumnae Board.
Myth Monnich Bayoud retired from Neiman Marcus in April after 32 years! Her son Charlie started HS this fall at Bishop Lynch. She took much needed vacations this summer to Nantucket and Destin, FL. Myth sees Susan Boline Thompson and keeps up with other friends on Facebook.
Emily Quinn McDermott is down to just one teenage girl at home this fall as Elizabeth is in her freshman year at Denison.
Martha Fruehauf and Laurie Newman Tuchel traveled to Provence for Jill Steenhuis Ruffato’s oil painting workshop, and had a wonderful time. On recent tours, Jill has seen SBC friends in Charlottesville, including Missy Gentry Witherow, and stayed with Anne Darden Self in Ft. Worth. She had very special visits in Lynchburg and Amherst with Mr. and Mme Van Treese and Peter Daniel. Alums in Richmond, VA, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Newnan, GA: be sure to look for Jill’s fall tour! Her youngest, Jimmy, left for college this fall.
Garrow Hudson Crowley saw Jill Steenhuis Ruffato during her tour in Spartanburg, SC. Garrow is a travel agent and Chris is an artist, and their nest is empty, too. Elsa married Olivier Hepner from Nantes, France, in March. Mark is in graduate school at Georgia Tech in electrical engineering. Kathleen is in DC at Catholic U, getting a graduate degree in architecture.
Diana Tarride Palmer has good news and bad. Her daughter Anna is a freshman at Sewanee. Unfortunately, Diana’s breast cancer came back in her spine this spring, and she was treated with radiation at M D Anderson this summer. She hopes that will be the end of that!
Betsy Thomas Rook’s son Wiley (19) has flown the coop–to the College of Southern Nevada. He completed a bachelor’s in sound engineering and is looking for work in Vegas. Son Kirby (15) is a HS sophomore, playing soccer and basketball. Her husband Roger turned 70: he is a retired actor and president of the SW Herpetological Society in LA. Betsy has been working on her historical biography for 9 years and hopes to finish it by our next reunion!
Shannon Thompson Eadon and Gordie celebrated 30 years of marriage with a trip to Istanbul and Greece, returning a week before Hurricane Sandy hit. She says living on the Jersey Shore for the last year has been humbling. While they sustained very little damage, many friends and neighbors lost their homes and businesses. It has been a year of cleaning up, volunteerism and fundraising. Shannon was promoted to director of development at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, a year ago. With 200 shows a year, arts education, and a $15-20M capital campaign, she will be crazy for a few years. Gordie is an investment banker and still enjoys surfing. Their daughter Logan (23) graduated from MICA in Baltimore and works as a graphic designer for Mighty Engine, a creative marketing firm in Philadelphia. Son Tucker (21) is a senior at Endicott College interning with the Boston Bruins through Jan. Empty nest. Happy kids.
Carolyn Hallahan Salamon has moved and downsized to something more manageable. Son Thomas started high school and daughter Meaghan is in 7th grade.