1956

First we have some sad news. Nancy St. Clair Talley died in December, 2011. Nancy was one of our outstanding Richmond students and lived in Millwood, Va. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was married to the late Dr. Lilburn Talley, a radiologist, for 50 years. She was a journalist for the Winchester Star for over three decades. Her community commitment centered on education, conservation, and historic preservation. Nancy served on the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Historical Society and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She was president of the Garden Club of Virginia and received its Massie Medal for distinguished achievement. She served on numerous boards, was involved in preservation, and restoring historic gardens in Va. Nancy was a founding board member of 3 public landmarks in her community and served on her church vestry. She is survived by her 4 sons, their wives and children.

Louise Barry Bennett Gibbs died in January, 2012. After attending Sweet Briar, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt and was married to Homer B. Gibbs, Jr. for 56 years. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Fine Arts Center, and the Salvation Army auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, son, daughter, and several grandchildren.

Anne Coleman Hooper Stavrolakes died in August, 2011. She attended Sweet Briar her freshman year, then the U. of Ala. from which she graduated. She was published in various literary magazines and was a scholarship recipient of a Bread Loaf writing residency at Middlebury College. She was the window of a fellow writer, Aristedes Stavrolakes. Her daughter, Rena, would like to hear from anyone who remembers her mother and could share stories with her. Contact Rena at rstavrolakes@hotmail.com. We send our condolences to the families of these classmates.

Our happy news is that we have a new bride. Nancie Howe Entenmann Roberts has recently sent the following message: “Jim Roberts and I were married at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, where my grandfather was the First Senior Warden, thus involving building and the mission of this Gothic Perpendicular Church. The architect was Cram, same as SBC!” Nancie was the widow of Dick Entenmann of 51 years. They had 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She still enjoys music, sings with a master work chorale, plays bridge and participates in acting.

Our class celebrated its 55th reunion in May 2011. The following gathered for all or part of the weekend: Frances Shannonhouse Clardy, Louisa Hunt Coker and Mac, Lou Galleher Coldwell, Nancie Howe Entenmann Roberts, Kitty Harrison, Iris Potteiger Hinchman, Rose Montgomery Johston, Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride and Dick, Helen Turner Murphy and Tayloe, Mimi Thornton Oppenhimer, Ann Train Ross and John, Jane Slack Sigloh, Nancy Salisbury Spencer and Jim, Jane Street Steele and Henry, Mary Ann Hicklin Willingham, and Joan Broman Wright and Jim.

We missed all of you, but appreciated the answers from the questionnaires you sent in. We thought you would enjoy hearing what your classmates after 55 years are doing. This edition of the class notes will give you an update in all of the activities. We are including information about half of our classmates in this edition, and the remaining half will be published in the next edition.

Ann Greer Adams, now a widow, lives in Mobile, Ala. She married her high school sweetheart, enjoys bridge, volunteering at the High Museum, and was president of the Junior League of Atlanta. Ann enjoys her 8 grandchildren.

Laura Hailey Bowen graduated from Emory U. after 2 years at Sweet Briar. She is married to Charles, President of Westview Cemetery. She and Charlie have a farm on which they grow hay. They have one daughter who graduated from SBC and 2 other children. All are married and there are 6 grandchildren.

Barbara Darnall Clinton is married to Daniel, a retired civil engineer. They enjoy traveling and spending time with their 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Her primary interest outside of her family is singing in her church choir and in a semi-professional musical chorus.

Louisa Hunt Coker and Mac live in a retirement community, but she remains very active in her garden club, bridge club and book club. She has 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Leona Chang Crozier and husband Al live in Novato, Calif., where he is with the Chevron Corporation. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She received a master’s degree from Cornell U. Leona is very active in her church, sings in her church choir, which she has directed, and plays the piano “on occasion.”

Mary Alice Major Duncan received a B.S. degree with honors from Purdue U. She is married to William Graham Duncan, a retired farmer and aviation business owner. She is an extremely active member of the Presbyterian Church, having served as deacon, elder, Clerk of Session, and Moderator of Presbyterian Women. She also enjoys being active in the Pennsylvania Arts Council. The Duncans have 3 children and 4 grandchildren

Ellen “Brucie” Bordley Gibbs spent 32 years running the lower school office at Bryn Mawr School and is now retired.

Meredith Smythe Grider has been a widow for 11 years, but has a small gift shop in Mich. that keeps her busy for the six months she spends there. She has 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Lottie Lou Lipscomb Guttry lives in Longview Texas, a college instructor at Kilgore College, the U. of Texas at Tyler, and the owner/director of Sylvan Learning Center. She received a master’s from Stephen Austin State U., and an Ed. D—Texas A&M. She and John, a retired dentist, have been married 51 years and love to travel. They returned from Egypt 4 days before the protests started. She enjoys bridge and golf, and has survived 3 bouts of cancer. She has 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mary Katherine Koonz Gynn lives in Fort Wayne, Ind. She received a B.S. from Purdue U., is a widow and a farmer. She has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Still farming my own fields with my own equipment—Love it!”

Katherine “Kitty” Harrison lives in Chapel Hill where she retired as the UNC-CH Women’s Tennis Coach. She received a B.A. and M.A. from the U. of Texas at Austin. She has worked on her doctorate in classics at UNC-CH. She enjoys walking, traveling, and clubs like the Colonial Dames and the University Women’s Club.

Denny Dolan Henkel received a B.A. from the U. of Denver. Denny and her husband, Steve, were co-owners of the Campbell Co. and currently live on Mercer Island in Seattle. “Steve has been the love of my life of over 55 years.” They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Her book club of 48 years still meets once a month and her hiking group has been ongoing for 33 years.

Rose Montgomery Johnston lives in Memphis, Tenn. She has a private practice as a psychotherapist and received her Ph.D. from the U. of Memphis. Her husband Tom, an attorney, died in 2006 after 50 years of marriage. Rose has 4 daughters and 13 grandchildren. She is active in her church, served on many community boards and enjoys travel.

Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride is married to Dick who is retired from the Dept. of Defense as an Information Technology Specialist. She has a master’s degree in philosophy from Georgetown U. and received from Harvard U. a degree in The Senior Officials for National Security Program. She served as the U.S. International Representative for Data Representation, also for the American National Standards Institute. She has 3 sons and just welcomed a granddaughter. She is currently a real estate referral specialist and an aspiring novelist.

Janet Monroe Marshall lives in Clarksville, Md. She is a hospital/education administrator. She has a degree in sociology from Albright U. and also studied at Temple and U. of Md. Her husband, Henry, is a retired auto dealer and they enjoy working on their farm. She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “I place most importance on family and friend relationships—always ready for new connections.”

When the class of ’56 was asked what they enjoyed most about their Sweet Briar years, it was the life-long friendships they made, small classes with stimulating professors, and the pleasure they received living on the beautiful campus. We want to close by thanking Mary Ann Hicklin Willingham and Joan Broman Wright for their outstanding service as our class presidents and Meredith Smythe Grider and “Macie” Clay Nichols for their diligent service as our class secretaries. New officers are president, Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride, and class secretaries, Nancy Salisbury Spencer and Frances Shannonhouse Clardy.

(Nancy Salisbury Spencer, jyspencer@aol.com; Frances Shannonhouse Clardy, clardyfw@aol.com)