1981

Claire McDonnell Purnell

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Molly Davis Garone and John are empty nesters in Franklin Lakes, NJ. “Daughter Maddie (24), a St. Lawrence grad, lives in Hoboken and is a marketing assistant at the high-end stationery retailer Dempsey & Carroll. Son Thomas (19) is a freshman at Bates Coll. I’m taking three art classes a week—one at the Art Students League in NYC—and concentrating on portraiture!”

Margaret Robinson Tallmadge lives in Cincinnati, OH, with husband Dan and son Douglas. She is teaching chemistry lab courses at the U. of Cincinnati, Blue Ash Coll. as an adjunct professor. “Husband Dan is still with P&G, leading an R&D group. Douglas will graduate from Cincinnati Country Day School in June so we’re in college admission limbo.”

Sarah Martin Herguner is in Richmond, VA. Son Levent (20) is a junior at Lehigh U. in Bethlehem, PA. Daughter Lale (18), a senior at St. Catherine’s in Richmond, will attend American U. in D.C. “I work part time for St. Catherine’s archives and am researcher on a book: ‘History of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, Vol. II.’”

Class co-president Brendy Reiter Hantzes enjoys seeing friends and playing tennis. “I had dinner with Eve Devine and Mary Kate Ferguson at Eve’s house. I also had a lunch with Claire McDonnell Purnell and Kearsley Rand Walsh. I caught up with Amy Marshall Lewis and Cari Thompson Clemens ’80 in Baltimore.”

Our other co-president Mary Kate Ferguson runs Beeswax Bookkeeping service, on a small scale. Mary Kate rides and has begun volunteering at a farm that rescues draft horses.

Eva Devine lives in Baltimore, MD, and has been working for five years with The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore as VP of human resources. “I see Brendy Reiter Hantzes and Mary Kate Ferguson often. I saw Tania Voss Ryan in Alexandria for a long overdue visit.” Eva’s family company, Faidley’s Seafood, is still going strong at Lexington Market in Baltimore and on the web.

Last spring Nancy Webb Corkery (Dedham, MA) and husband David went to Baker’s Bay Bahamas with Virginia Donald Latham and husband Rick for a golf trip, hosted by Laura Evans ’79. Son Kevin (25) lives in the North End of Boston and works at The Brooks School in Andover, MA. Son Kyle (23) is in the training program at Putnam Trust and lives on Beacon Hill in Boston. Nancy spent three weeks in Southeast Asia with five other women including Carla Pelligrino Cabot ’84. They went to Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Hong Kong. Nancy and David played golf in Scotland last Nov. and look forward to upcoming golf trips.

After four years of serving the troops through the USO, DJ Stanhope has left the combat zone in Kuwait and Afghanistan. DJ said: “I will cherish those experiences and feel I made a difference in lives every day.” She runs the USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center serving wounded, ill and injured troops. DJ is “incredibly thankful to my great network of SBC sisters who have supported me in all sorts of ways, but particularly by sending items we use in our programs and activities. All I can say is ‘Thank you—and keep it up!’ I’ll be posting a list of our needs. I was thrilled to partner with Amy Leigh Campbell ’97 to create a special 12 Days of Christmas T-shirt that we gave out to troops participating in hilarious activities based on the 12 days of Christmas. That ‘hug from home’ is essential to their recovery!”

Kearsley Rand Walsh held off writing because “I was sure I was dying. After trips to the doctor and much testing, they think I picked up a virus which affected my liver. The virus is gone, but I have jaundice.” Sons Angus (23) and Duncan (21) are in school and set to graduate in Dec. ’14 and in May ’15.

On Jan. 31, Sarah Huie Coleman’s horse, Dakota Bell, along with 17 other horses, died in an electrical barn fire. “Joe and I are devastated and our hearts go out to our friends who lost horses and to the Brookwood Equestrian Center. We found complete and utter joy in Dakota Bell’s presence.” Dakota Bell was a Nokota, which is an endangered breed of (1200+/-) horses from ND. The Nokotas are believed to be descended from Sitting Bull’s herd.

Susan Graham Campbell lives in Philadelphia, works at PNC, and rides. In addition to her quarter horse gelding, Ben, Susan is leasing Dixie, a large chestnut pony, who used to compete as a jumper. Susan visited The Hill Country Equestrian Lodge in Bandera, TX in Nov. Daughter Sarah (27) is back in the Philadelphia area living with her dad and best bud, Oscar, her puggle! As these notes were being written, Susan was heading to Boca Grande, FL, with her sister and niece to visit her parents.

Carol Hays Hunley in Boston is chief compliance officer at Santander Bank, and travels to the parent company in Spain. Carol has two daughters out of college and working at New Balance in Boston. Son Tommy is a senior in h.s. “We love Boston and have enjoyed exploring New England! Tom is still with PNC and works from home in Boston, traveling back to Pittsburgh once or twice a month. I saw Vickie Archer before the holidays. Vickie’s daughter Annie will be graduating from SBC in May!

Sandy Meade Turturro has had a busy year! Michael’s job with Corvias took them from Pinehurst, NC, to Palmdale, CA. Son Rick (30) lives in San Diego and is engaged to be married next May. Daughter Becca (26) is in Boston working on her doctorate in child psychology. Katie (23) is at DePaul U. in Chicago working on her master’s degree in nursing.

Liz Winson Sweeney and Tom are scuba diving in Roatan, part of the Honduras Bay Islands in the Caribbean. They try to go every winter. “We spent a fabulous evening with John and Claire McDonnell Purnell and their two daughters, Mary and Lizzie, over Christmas.”

Sigrid Carlen Veasey, Doug and their three boys, twins Carlen and Campbell (18) and Wylie (17) live in Philadelphia, PA. The twins are waiting to hear from colleges. Sigrid has been promoted to full professor at U. of PA School of Medicine. “Last year I was lucky enough to dine with Susan Graham Campbell!”

Liz Seacord saw Caro Lawrence ’79, Hannah Craighill Morehead ’79, Stephanie Stitt Fitzpatrick and Claire McDonnell Purnell at the Dec. funeral of her cousin, Jonathan Pine, W&L ’79. “I wanted to let other people in our class know that he had passed away as he knew so many SBC girls, and loved SBC, having spent lots of time down at House 1, and of course having been married to his favorite SBC girl, Corby Hancock Pine ’79.”