Monika Kaiser: I’m doing great. Youngest Julius graduated top 5% of his class and will go on to U. of Miami for pre-med studies. He received a scholarship. Daughter Alexa is busy auditioning and getting callbacks. Musical theater is a hard business, but she has the passion for it. She also teaches dance and tutors students from elementary to high school. Alexa is still auditioning but working at Laffing Matterz (a dinner show) until March next year. So she is home at least during performance days. It will be quiet at home with both kids out of the house. I hope to visit my mother in Germany this fall or next spring. We shall see. Otherwise, we are working on small renovations. I will continue working as a substitute teacher at my kids’ former high school to kill the boredom after I have uncluttered and cleaned the house and garden. I know the teachers from all my volunteer work and am still familiar with some students. Eventually I may do something else—who knows.
Deborah Price Bowman: I joined Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor in 7/13. Daughter Kate will be a senior in high school this year; son Kessler will be in 7th. I managed to get to the French Open in May but I’m not sure it helped my game. I hope to get to Wimbledon one day soon.
Priscilla Ream McPheeters: This year, along with work, Priscilla has been planning daughter Heather’s wedding! Heather (Class of 2010) was married 5/18/13.
Nancy Daugherty Davidson: So maybe I can get the “1st joint replacement” award? In May I parted company with a horse, broke my hip and ended up with a full hip replacement. I’m in the recovery process and hope to be back to riding before long! At the Upperville Horse Show in June I saw Lele Frenzel Casalini, Lisa Zuke Kline, Molly Finney Grenn and Mary Engle Earnhart—Lele was in town with her aunt whose horse was receiving a lifetime achievement award and Lisa was showing her Virginia-bred pony! I also saw Linda Barrow in June at the Warrenton Pony Show, where Linda’s daughter was champion! And in Aug. while in Lexington, KY, for the U.S. pony finals I met up with Lele again! Lots of fun!
Anne Bortz: Anne was busy enjoying the summer and working on the continued development of her website, Franklin Cards, a photographic e-card company.
Sally Peek: Not much is new around here. But I’m extremely happy that my roof leak of 13 yrs. appears to be fixed!
Mary LaVigne: Oldest daughter Eugenia will be a freshman at U. AR planning a pre-vet curriculum and study abroad in Botswana next summer with friends who operate horseback safaris. Henley will be a sophomore in high school; we plan on some horse trials together in the coming year. She might consider Sweet Briar. Lots of love to everyone!
Ginny Beverly Parker: Husband Walt, son Tom and Ginny just returned from a hiking trip. Now we are busy getting ready for school. I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer!
Gay Loudon-King: She is currently “in between jobs” and has 2 children, Andrew (14) and Gracen (12). Andrew entered high school (9th grade) and Gracen is in 7th grade. They just left for the UK with their choir. They will be there for 2 wks. singing in 3 different cathedrals and doing some sight-seeing on the side.
Martha Tisdale Cordell: David and I are enjoying being empty nesters. We took a nice hiking trip to the Cotswolds in May and have been spending a lot of time at our condo on the Gulf Coast in Pass Christian, MS. I recently met Althea Hurt Randolph ’80 in NYC for our annual girls’ trip. We love going to the theater and shopping! I was promoted to associate dean last year, but remain dean of students for the College of Law. I have the best job ever!
Cathy Miller: I cannot believe how quickly 2013 is flying by. My family and I have had a very good year to date. In May, David and I traveled to Istanbul and then went on a river cruise in the Black Sea and up the Dnieper River in the Ukraine, ending in Kiev. It was a fantastic trip. Our 2 daughters are still in college and have discovered the study-abroad experience has really changed since we were in college. Madeline went to Tanzania for her J-term at Randolph-Macon to study early civilization and the origin of man for a biology class. Ali went to Peru for her E-term at Ferrum to study environmental science and Spanish. Both young women truly had enriching experiences and learned a lot! I continue to be challenged with many growth experiences at the behavioral hospital, where I am director of pharmacy and oversee the information systems department. We are implementing many new projects to improve patient care, staff satisfaction and to keep up with changing and challenging health care reform. I am blessed to have a job I love and to work with many great people. My family and I are still enjoying our new home and have been quite busy with vegetable gardening, canning fruit, growing oysters and living on the water. I still ride but this year I’m having a young woman from VA Tech showing my horse. It has been fun being a horse owner. I look forward to hearing from the rest of the class. We look forward to our annual trip to Blowing Rock, NC. Both girls are excited about going back to college.
Rachel Harriet Giles Gronsky: Rachel still works as a litigation paralegal in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Husband Joel is still an aerospace engineer with Boeing and really hopes to retire soon—he certainly deserves to! Her children are now 23, 21 and 19. She says, “Hard to believe we’re that old!” Youngest daughter Jordan is a sophomore at WA St. U. and enjoys studying communications and marketing and staying busy with her sorority, Alpha Phi. Her 2 older boys, Jake and Connor, are attending a local community college and working on transferring to a 4-year school. She stays very active skiing with her family in the winter at Crystal Mountain, their local resort on the side of Mt. Rainier, and in the summer, boating. They have a 54-ft Bayliner that they enjoy taking up to the San Juan Islands and British Columbia. They have 2 dogs, a Beagle and an English Springer Spaniel, that also keep them busy. No horses now, but possibly when she is retired she can get back into it. No time now! She hopes to see everyone at Reunion someday. She doesn’t get back East much anymore—she is a transplanted West Coast gal!
Torie Lee Adams: Torie was sorry to miss Reunion last year but son Will was graduating from high school the same weekend. He started his 2nd year at High Point U. in NC. Oldest son George is a senior at Elon so husband Henry has been traveling to NC for visits. It has been a few yrs. since she has seen any of her Sweet Briar friends but hopes to catch up more now that they are empty nesters.
Heidi Willard: Heidi sends greetings from Asia, where she has moved to teach and take a sabbatical. Ever the world traveler, she continues to connect with others making life one adventure after another. And a BIG thank you to those of you who have volunteered to send her care packages from cookies to school supplies. This is very much appreciated!
Charlotte Prassel Fitzgerald: With the viral infection of her heart finally behind her (2012 was filled with doctors’ appointments, procedures and bed rest), it was time to travel and have some well-deserved fun with family and friends. She and second-oldest Tricia went to San Antonio and Austin to start the New Year. Tricia is teaching 4th-graders this fall in the Montgomery County School District. Andy and she had a romantic getaway mid-Jan. at Captiva Island, FL. In Feb., she spent a day in NYC with a girlfriend to see the Broadway show “The Heiress,” starring Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens. She went to Raleigh, NC, to help oldest Cece switch her MD license plates to NC tags, which means she will probably settle permanently in that area. Cece works as a computer programmer for Credit Suisse. The whole family went to Hilton Head, SC, for a niece’s destination wedding in May. Charlotte had a girls’ getaway on the Gulf Coast of Texas with her sister (a freshman at Mary Baldwin when we were seniors at Sweet Briar) and cousins in July.
Lele Frenzel Casalini: After having had several tough losses the past few yrs., Eli, Liza, Sophie and I have had a great year! I purchased my own farm 30 mi. north of the family farm where I currently live. As of now it’s a stone in the rough…soon to be a diamond in the rough…and with a bit of hard work and TLC soon to be a sparkling jewel! Liza, with help from Sophie, opened a baby/children’s clothing store a year ago. The store is called MiniThreads, Clothing For Little Ones. Check out her Facebook page. Eli has been accepted to IN U. School of Medicine; Liza and husband Ethan expect their 1st child, a baby girl, in Oct.; Sophie has been accepted to nursing school and just bought her 1st house! I saw Molly, Dirt and Marie in early June at the Upperville Horse Show and just spent a few days at Pony Finals with Dirt and daughter Lydia. Love seeing my SBC classmates! I miss you all!
Liz Hoskinson: Not too much has changed since the last class notes. I’m still riding a lot, with my study of dressage started by default, but now it’s permanent. I try to ride the jumpers and I’m nursing my elderly horse through his dotage. I spend afternoons helping young people (and adults) learn how to ride. This is a daily test of character. Still growing heirloom herbs. They’ve had a good summer with the ample rain and full sun. Reading a ton, in between watching all those fabulous series on TV, like “Downton Abbey” and “Breaking Bad.” Still involved with trying to make a local difference in important issues, primarily the environment. And it’s been a great way to meet great people. Michelle Martinez, the past class secretary, suggested including a few tips, and the simplest I could come up with is to run the kitchen tap at a lower rate when doing dishes, etc., than at full volume. Have a try!
Jean von Schrader Bryan: As of 2013, they have been in Norfolk, VA, for 11 yrs.! Peter and Jean just celebrated 25 yrs. together and the kids will be 20, 21 and 22. “Time flies when you are insane!” She is working as an account manger for Principle Strategies, a human resources company offering hands-on and virtual support for anything HR-related. Peter and Jean took a fabulous trip to Prague, Czech Republic, in May. She suggests everyone put it on your bucket list if you have not been. “Maybe we can all go together when we are in our 70s.” Her wonderful parents are still alive and well. They celebrated her dad’s 90th birthday with all the von Schrader clan this summer. After all the hustle and bustle she and Peter ran off to Sanibel Island to regroup and refresh for a week in Sept. Jean really enjoyed Reunion in 5/12. “We are such a fun-loving class!” She received a very nice certificate from SBC that thanked her for 25 yrs. of continual support. “If everyone just gave a little bit we would look like ROCK STARS! We need to get more classmates connected so we can have one heck of a 40th Reunion in 2017.” She wonders what we will all be doing in 5 yrs. “Love to all, Jean-Jean the dancing machine!”
Nancy Smith-Jackson: Nancy and husband Jerry are parents to 4 cats and she loves them dearly. She continues to tutor, volunteer on the Senior Board of Children’s Hospital and serve as a deacon at her church. She will teach an ESL class to adults this fall, a new endeavor and she is excited about it. “Love to all.”
Claude Becker Wasserstein: Living in NY with my 3 teenagers. Challenging at times. Trying to get through the hormones and the homework. Love hearing news from everyone.
Marie Earnhart: Our daughter Mary Whitney will graduate from Sweet Briar in 5/14. Chandler is in his 2nd year of college. Still teaching government and U.S. history in Fairfax. Hope all is well with you!
Betsy (Kyle) Donahue: Betsy has been living outside Charlottesville, VA, for the past 15 yrs. with her husband and 3 kids, who are now grown and on their own. She teaches life and earth sciences at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville and spends her free time playing bass guitar. Just got back from her usual summer retreat—3 wks. in TN at Victor Wooten’s bass camp—and performed in Nashville with Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) and Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones)—fun! If anyone ever gets to Charlottesville, check out her band, Clusterfunk.
Gracie (Tredwell) Schild moved back to Santa Fe, NM, after 17 yrs. in Germany, in 8/11. Her son Christoph is a sophomore at the same school Gracie attended, Santa Fe Prep. Gracie works in the advancement office of the Institute of American Indian Arts as the queen of all data. In her “spare time” she teaches ESL through the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe.
Brianna Brown: Hannah finished a master’s in elementary education at GWU and begins teaching at The Lamplighter School in Dallas this week. Sarah begins her senior year in the nursing program at TCU, and Matthew is a high school senior and hopes to run cross country and distance track in college. We hosted a student from Prague last year and enjoyed spending a week with him and his family in the Czech Republic this summer.
Anne Goebel Bain: 2012 was a big year for travel. Anne spent 3.5 wks. in Peru with her husband, visiting various sites (Arequipa/Cusco/Lima/Machu Picchu) and then mountain biking and climbing in the Andes. She joined her parents in the summer for 2 wks. at their cottage on the ME coast—lots of blueberries, lobster and watching the boats sail by the cottage. In the fall, Anne was accepted at a special Ashtanga yoga program in Mysore, South India, and spent 6 wks. studying Ashtanga and Sanskrit. She went without her husband and lived with another student from Denmark in an Indian apartment (no shower—buckets!), getting up very early in the morning for class. “It was an incredible year.” Mark and Anne celebrated 20 yrs. of marriage with a trip to Hong Kong this year. It was a foodie trip, and they took an apartment in an up-and-coming neighborhood on Hong Kong Island. And now she’s back at work, riding her bike to the office and hopefully planning another trip somewhere this Christmas. Life has been an adventure—she’s glad she threw away the road map yrs. ago!
Beth Engelsmann Flanigan: This has been a year of graduations; daughter Lacey graduated from W&L last May and is working and living in NYC. Son Drew graduated from Kellogg business school and has moved to Dallas with his wife. Beth and family are still living in St. Louis but have recently started spending much of the winter in Naples, FL. They are in the book, so please call them if you are ever down that way!
Lee Watson Lombardy: Lee is still working as an assistant city attorney for the City of Orlando, FL, and her husband is still a director with Darden Restaurants in Orlando. While they’ve been working, daughter Georgia (16) has been growing up. She is a junior at Bishop Moore High School and they are just beginning the college search process with her, so it promises to be a challenging year for all.
Beth Reed: Beth and husband Bryan just got back from a wonderful and unusual 2-wk. vacation in AZ. They rented a 30-foot RV so that they could take 5 Cavaliers King Charles Spaniels with them, the youngest being under 3 mos. And yes, she did take her turn driving. She was surprised at how easy it was to maneuver. This was the 1st time for her to see the West in person and she is in awe of how beautiful our country is. On the way home they traveled part of the way on historic Route 66; it really was a kick!
Heather Pirnie Albert: I took a new job last year here in Dallas—still as district manager—and relocated just outside of Dallas. Graduated my youngest Samantha last May. She attended the U. of the South. She has a job in Memphis as a financial analyst. Married off my oldest Rebecca in Atlanta in Nov. She is a paralegal. Had the whole tribe out to our new digs in Dallas for Christmas. Michael and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in Feb. with a short trip to San Antonio, where we spent some time with Lollie Noble. We also love to cruise and went on cruise No. 15 in late June. Michael just took a permanent teaching position in Dallas (4th and 5th grade).
Lisa Henderson Bice: Summer has been very busy. She is married to Michael Thomas Bice (almost 27 yrs.); they have two children, Michael T. Bice Jr. (22) and Caroline Westbrook Bice (19), and live in Birmingham, AL. She is currently not employed outside the home, although she did work for yrs. in retail, special events, arts events and as the exec. secretary for the president of the AL Policy Institute. Once they had children, she stopped working full time and only worked part-time here and there. She has volunteered for various organizations and at her children’s schools. Husband Mike is in medical management consulting. He is a die-hard Auburn U. fan, beginning with selling programs as a kid on game days! He indoctrinated both of her children at a tender age and neither of them would even look at another college. “Plus, football rules here in Alabama, and you have to be for either AU or U. AL.” Caroline is a sophomore at Auburn, majoring in communication disorders and desiring to become a speech therapist. She just finished up with Sorority Rush; this was the 1st year she helped with it. Her son attended Auburn but decided to take some time off to “find himself” and explore non-college opportunities, while earning just enough to get by and travel some. Lisa was not ready for it—he’s having a good time, but mama is worried! Their 2 dogs and 2 cats are trying to fill her empty nest but shed too much to be perfect replacements. Lisa has loved reconnecting with SBC friends on Facebook. Now to just be better about traveling to get together with old friends in person! FYI to her Facebook friends: “The reason you don’t see me post much, if anything, online about my husband and son is because if I do, they always make me take it down. They are just not into it. But they really DO exist, and I DO love them lots, too! Caroline, however, loves to be made a big deal over!” Lisa is trying to resurrect her dabbling in the arts and will let you know if she accomplishes anything newsworthy there. She is having fun with a little painting and mixed media work, as well as some craft making with her kids. Lisa thinks she may want to focus on arts in conjunction with missions work and has completed a few pieces along this line. Go, SBC Class of ’82!
Ann Morton Young Habliston: This has been a bittersweet transition year for me. I lost my father in 10/12, my mother (Marion Mundy ’42) in Feb. and all 3 of my children graduated this spring. Caroline (W&L ’10) received her DPT from Marymount U. and is now studying for her boards and beginning the job search. Chazzo graduated from Davidson Coll. and relocated to Charlotte, NC, for a position with Davenport & Company. Youngest Bennet graduated from St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School and is off to W&L, where he will also play football. Charlie and I are thrilled to have another 4 yrs. in Lexington. I continue to work at St. Paul’s Nursery and Day School as the assistant head, enjoying the hugs and smiles of the sweet little ones.
Jennifer (Jenny) Rae: I very much enjoy doing the class notes; it’s great reconnecting with everyone! Thanks to all for your extra special effort for this issue. I toast the amazing Class of 1982!