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​Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly: 1955 Class Notes for Fall 2017
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UNABRIDGED CLASS NOTES  
Fall Quarterly 2017


Time to crow!!! 100% Alumnae Giving Participation for the 7th Year!! A big hoo–rah--rah to the fabulous Class of 1955! No other class has ever come close to this record and we should be very proud of ourselves!!!

Plans are well underway for our annual Back to School mini reunion at MHC starting with cocktails and dinner the evening of Monday, October 2nd; classes all day Tuesday, October 3rd and in the morning of Wednesday, October the 4th. See the registration form on the Web page. Any questions ask Nancy Nutting Lane (nanbop2@aol.com or (203) 536-2660) - or Dee Lamb Barstow (deebarstow01@gmail.com or (912) 257-8861) Hope many of you will be able to join us . It’s always super fun!! So plan ahead ,save the date and come!

Lois Gaeta will be arranging a mini reunion at the Harvard Club in NYC on October. For New Jersey, New York and Connecticut 55’s be sure to put it on your calendar. For the rest of you, how about planning a trip to NYC during that time?!

Nancy Kerr Del Grande, M.S. (Stamford University) hasn’t stopped yet! She loves applying technology for our safety. After working many years as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she founded Geo-Temp Corp. Geo-Temp’s field team applies cutting-edge technology to find hidden underground tunnels and corrosion damage. Nancy owns the rights to 5 U, S and International patents, based on her inventions, which issued from 2007 to 2014. She is still going strong. What a woman!

"Geoff and I still travel some and enjoy our apartment at Cornwall Manor, PA, writes Joan Stauffer Sowers. This may be the last year for our motor home. The work of keeping it up and loading it for trips is beginning to outweigh the enjoyment of the camp fires and s’mores.

Marge Beebe Smith speaks for many of us when she says “It never rains but it pours!” In a three week period she was scrambling about trying to get a suitable replacement for her husband’s primary care giver, a college graduation, a high school graduation and a final dance recital. Sound familiar?

I am still working, reports Elise Karas Kenny. My colleagues at Yale Registrars took me out to lunch for my birthday. Yale now has a huge footprint out in West Haven. It was purchased from Squibb for a ridiculously low price and is now all Yale: Peabody and Collections (library, object storage etc.)

Win Pettus Losa writes “Since being at Brooksby I’m in better shape than I’ve been most of my life. Slow and steady, that’s the sport for me.”

Congratulations to Gil and Juli Shea Towell who have 3 grads this year. Devon C. Towell, BA from Columbia College, Columbia University - a Scholar Athlete with a 4.0 average in her last two semesters, she will be working for Facebook in Menlo Park, California. Nicholas VB Smith, MA from the Graduate School of Education And Allied Professions, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Sydney E. Towell, graduating from West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received the American Chemical Society Award for chemistry. She will be attending Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.

All’s well here, says Issy Sherer Cunningham, and I love being 84! Sue Nutter Keller and I (plus spouses) visited the Emily Dickinson exhibit at the Morgan Library and enjoyed reliving the Amherst scene.

Ruth Gundry Sejersted Bodtker writes from Norway, “Thanks for the great Birthday card. Who did the drawing --do you know? I have a great art group that meets once a week for 4 hours. We had an instructor but after awhile she was so busy having exhibitions that she had to stop helping us-- so now we help each other. We all do something different-oils, watercolors - I am taking an internet course in pen and ink drawing. We are lucky to be able to have space at the local Senior Center for which we pay a very small fee spring and fall. Don't know if Senior Centers have come to the US but they are in most every town here--several depending on the size of the town. I think there must be about 15-20 in Oslo. They all have a small coffee shop, lectures, and courses in many things like History, Art, Data etc and languages discussion groups. We haven't planned a trip to Trumpland--think the plane trip is kind of long. Our yearly trip to the Canary Islands is almost as long and we think that is pretty long to be in the “cattle car”! They are redoing a good bit of the stucco on our building we have scaffolding and plastic all around the house plus grey plastic fastened to all the windows. We are living in a cocoon!!! It's really amazing how covering all the windows saps all your energy. I know I am slowing down but.... We are hoping for a warm summer--you can never be sure in Norway. Hope you have a good summer and keep well!! I have to say that you do a fantastic job with the class newsletter. Hats off!! Let me know if you are coming this way?”

And the following from Deb Hazard Nash “We got home late April just in time to head to Hartford to see our grandson in a musical at Trinity. He is a musical theater major and will be spending his fall semester in NYC at a program run by LaMaMa, living at the 92nd St Y. Not all bad, so that will probably take us to NYC in the fall. We are headed to Groton tomorrow to see a one act play, written, directed and produced by Kelly's oldest, who is headed to Kenyon next fall. We are thrilled to have someone not on the east coast. Then it is off to Boston for a shower for our oldest grandchild who is having a baby girl in July. Finally to a graduation in early June. Lots of travel in a short period but we figure what better do we have to do than be with family. We had a great winter in Boca and feel so fortunate to have found such a spot that works so well for us.  I have just gone on the Library Foundation Board made up of a group of very interesting folks who also just happen to love books. How good is that? Succeeded in getting Amor Towles for our big fund raiser next winter, having had Joseph Kanon this past year. There are always exciting guest speakers around to keep us hopping. Les is good....playing golf, doing his poetry, and making me play duplicate bridge with him.   I am no good but love the time together and the game.


FALL 2016 - Spring 2017 Unabridged Class Notes

Time to crow!!! 100% Alumnae Giving Participation for the 7th Year!! A big hoo –rah- rah to the fabulous Class of 1955! No other class has ever come close to this record and we should be very proud of ourselves!!!

Plans are well underway for our annual mini reunion at MHC starting with cocktails and dinner the evening of Monday, October 2nd; classes all day Tuesday, October 3rd and the morning of Wednesday, October the 4th. See the registration form on the Web page. Any questions ask Nancy Nutting Lane (nanbop2@aol.com or (203) 536-2660) - or Dee Lamb Barstow (deebarstow01@gmail.com or (912) 257-8861) Hope many of you will be able to join us . It’s always super fun!! So plan ahead ,save the date and come!

Lois Gaeta will be arranging a mini reunion at the Harvard Club in NYC on October . For New Jersey, New York and Connecticut 55’s be sure to put it on your calendar. For the rest of you, how about planning a trip to NYC during that time?!

Nancy Kerr Del Grande, M.S. (Stamford University) hasn’t stopped yet! She loves applying technology for our safety. After working many years as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she founded Geo-Temp Corp. Geo-Temp’s field team applies cutting-edge technology to find hidden underground tunnels and corrosion damage. Nancy owns the rights to 5 U, S and International patents, based on her inventions, which issued from 2007 to 2014. She is still going strong. What a woman!
Geoff and I still travel some and enjoy our apartment at Cornwall Manor, PA writes Joan Stauffer Sowers. This may be the last year for our motor home. The work of keeping it up and loading it for trips is beginning to outweigh the enjoyment of the camp fires and s’mores.

Marge Beebe Smith speaks for many of us when she says “It never rains but it pours!” In a three week period she was scrambling about trying to get a suitable replacement for her husband’s primary care giver, a college graduation, a high school graduation and a final dance recital. Sound familiar?

I am still working, reports Elise Karas Kenny. My colleagues at Yale Registrars took me out to lunch for my birthday. Yale now has a huge footprint out in West Haven. It was purchased from Squibb for a ridiculously low price and is now all Yale: Peabody and Collections (library, object storage etc.)

Win Pettus Losa writes “Since being at Brooksby I’m in better shape than I’ve been most of my life. Slow and steady, that’s the sport for me.”

Congratulations to Gil and Juli Shea Towell who have 3 grads this year. Devon C. Towell, BA from Columbia College, Columbia University - a Scholar Athlete with a 4.0 average in her last two semesters, she will be working for Facebook in Menlo Park, California
Nicholas VB Smith, MA from the Graduate School of Education And Allied Professions, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Sydney E. Towell, graduating from West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received the American Chemical Society Award for chemistry. She will be attending Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.
All’s well here, says Issy Sherer Cunningham, and I love being 84! Sue Nutter Keller and I (plus spouses) visited the Emily Dickinson exhibit at the Morgan Library and enjoyed reliving the Amherst scene.

Ruth Gundry Sejersted Bodtker writes from Norway, “Thanks for the great Birthday card. Who did the drawing --do you know? I have a great art group that meets once a week for 4 hours. We had an instructor but after awhile she was so busy having exhibitions that she had to stop helping us-- so now we help each other. We all do something different-oils, watercolors - I am taking an internet course in pen and ink drawing. We are lucky to be able to have space at the local Senior Center for which we pay a very small fee spring and fall. Don't know if Senior Centers have come to the US but they are in most every town here--several depending on the size of the town. I think there must be about 15-20 in Oslo. They all have a small coffee shop, lectures, and courses in many things like History, Art, Data etc and languages discussion groups. We haven't planned a trip to Trumpland--think the plane trip is kind of long. Our yearly trip to the Canary Islands is almost as long and we think that is pretty long to be in the “cattle car”! They are redoing a good bit of the stucco on our building we have scaffolding and plastic all around the house plus grey plastic fastened to all the windows. We are living in a cocoon!!! It's really amazing how covering all the windows saps all your energy. I know I am slowing down but.... We are hoping for a warm summer--you can never be sure in Norway. Hope you have a good summer and keep well!! I have to say that you do a fantastic job with the class newsletter. Hats off!! Let me know if you are coming this way?”

And the following from Deb Hazard Nash “We got home late April just in time to head to Hartford to see our grandson in a musical at Trinity. He is a musical theater major and will be spending his fall semester in NYC at a program run by LaMaMa, living at the 92nd St Y. Not all bad, so that will probably take us to NYC in the fall. We are headed to Groton tomorrow to see a one act play, written, directed and produced by Kelly's oldest, who is headed to Kenyon next fall. We are thrilled to have someone not on the east coast. Then it is off to Boston for a shower for our oldest grandchild who is having a baby girl in July. Finally to a graduation in early June. Lots of travel in a short period but we figure what better do we have to do than be with family. We had a great winter in Boca and feel so fortunate to have found such a spot that works so well for us I have just gone on the Library Foundation Board made up of a group of very interesting folks who also just happen to love books. How good is that?

Succeeded in getting Amor Towles for our big fund raiser next winter, having had Joseph Kanon this past year. There are always exciting guest speakers around to keep us hopping. Les is good....playing golf, doing his poetry, and making me play duplicate bridge with him I am no good but love the time together and the game.

Marion Phear Strandberg died on April 15th. The daughter of Frank and Doris Phear, Marion was born on November 13, 1933 in Syracuse, NY. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Morrison and her husband Don of Reisterstown, MD, a son, Mark Strandberg of Encinitas, CA; grandchildren, Mary and Ben Morrison; a sister, Elizabeth Mc Millan of NY and a brother, Bob Phear of Cape Cod, MA. Marion was secretary to the head of the tax department of Mercedes Benz in Montvale, NJ for 20 years. She enjoyed singing, knitting, reading and Civil War History. 

Her friend, Joan Stauffer Sowers, writes, “I met Marion our freshman year in Pearsons. We became good friends and I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. We enjoyed traveling together to reunions many times. She worked for Mercedes Benz and lived in northern New Jersey at one time. Family was very important to Marion. She leaves a son Mark, a daughter, Linda and two grandchildren, Mary and Ben. When Marion moved to MD I visited her and she joined my women’s group when we came for work projects. Marion had a great sense of humor and enjoyed being with people. In January, Marion fell and broke a hip and the aftermath did not go well. She had been living in the memory section of a facility in Westminster, MD. We will all miss her.

Chosen as a Seven College Scholar in 1951, Joan McGuire Mellard Voigt was an outstanding MHC student, winning the Barbara Dunkin Writing Prize and the Sara Williston Scholar Award in ’53; becoming a Mary Lyon Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa in ’55. She went on to receive a MA from Trinity University and also attended St. Andrews University in Scotland. After a career in secondary education as a teacher and administrator at Saint Mary's Hall, she served as educational consultant to the State Comptroller and as English professor at UTSA and Our Lady of the Lake University, retiring in 2000. She served on the San Antonio Public Library Board of Trustees [Chairman, 1987-89], San Antonio Public Library Foundation, Bexar County Historical Commission, SanAntonio Commission on Literacy, Phi Beta Kappa Association of SanAntonio, Junior League, Battle of Flowers Association, Gemini Ink, and The Texas Commission on the Arts, and other civic and cultural organizations in San Antonio. She was a published poet in journals such as English Journal, Borderlands, and Pax. Joan was preceded indeath by her parents; her first husband, Robert Thomas Mellard; son, Joseph Carmichael Mellard; and her second husband, Gaines Voigt. Joan is survived by her son, Travis K. Mellard and wife Juli, andtheir son, Tucker (Austin); step-son, Eric W. Voigt and wife Jennifer(Austin); step-daughter, Alexandra L. Kruse (New York); andstep-grandson, David L. Kruse and wife Jessica (New York), as well as longtime family friend, Virginia Guerrero. Joan was born October 27, 1933 to J. Douglas and Ruth K. McGuire and died June 5, 2017.

Elizabeth Jean Butler "Liz" Bailey, 83, died Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. She was born in Boston, Mass. on Jan. 18, 1934, the daughter of Bradford and Theresa (Pringle) Butler. The oldest of three children, Liz grew up in Franklin, N.H. and attended The Mary Burnham in Northampton, Mass. She married Donald H.Bailey in Franklin in 1953. Liz had a successful career for over 30 years as a Tupperware Manager and Distributor. As a hospice volunteer, she also worked with the Grieving Children's Program. She was an avid knitter, enjoyed gardening, and took great pleasure in tracking her backyard birds. Liz especially loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending many dance recitals and sporting events. She was a longtime member of the South Parish Congregational Church
UCC, where she served on the Board of Deacons, was an Acolyte Trainer, and a member of the Search Committee. Prior to moving to Augusta in 1978, she lived in many places including Rolla, Mo., Sudbury, Ontario, Hyde Park, Vt., Peru, South America, Hancock, Mich., and Barre, Vt. She is survived by her husband Donald Bailey of Augusta; daughter Lisa White of Williamstown, Vt., three sons, Christopher Bailey of Glover, Vt., Timothy Bailey of Uxbridge, Mass., and Stephen Bailey of Hopkinton, Mass. She also leaves 11 grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Jane-Ellen Estey Peters of Stamford, CT and Vineyard Haven, MA passed away after a short illness on June 2, 2017. She was the beloved mother of Dana-Jane Arifi and Kirsten B. Peters of New York City and
Jeffrey F. Peters of Weston, MA. She is survived by her three children, her daughter-in-law Cristina Sage Peters, Mount Holyoke class of 1989, and her three grandchildren, Alexander C. Arifi, Sarah S. and Bradford E. Peters. Jane-Ellen was born in Norwood, MA and lived in Fairfield County, CT for almost sixty years. There, she raised her family and was an active member of the community through work with the Junior League and the American Cancer Society among other organizations. She also served on the Board of The Hartman Theater in Stamford, CT and on the National Board of America the Beautiful. Her sense of timeless and understated elegance was expressed through her work as an interior designer and her antiques and home furnishing retail businesses in Greenwich, CT and more recently in Vineyard Haven, MA. Her style and her knowledge were admired by clients and colleagues alike.
OCTOBER 2016
MHC Class News – October ’16 – Web 

Jean Piser Zuver had lunch with MC Bachmann Churchill who reported that Jean is” lots of fun”. They are both looking forward to another winter ’55 get together in Palm Beach.  
Dee Lamb Barstow and her 13 year old granddaughter, Erin, enjoyed nine days in Paris on a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. The schedule was perfectly designed for the group of eight granddaughters and eight grandparents, and a wonderful time was had by all. When the program was over, Dee and Erin took a train to Le Mans to the home of a niece with two daughters close to Erin’s age. After two days, Dee left for Switzerland, where she visited friends and family while Erin remained with her second cousins for a two week experience of living the French life. 

In 2011 a campaign was initiated to acquire 140 transformative gifts of art from Alumnae to celebrate the Museum’s 140 years. We are so grateful to Juli Shea Towell for contributing her collection of early 20th C. Pueblo ceramic pots and to Nancy Young Duncan for a lovely 19thC. Painting, “Mountain Landscape”. This exhibit can be accessed at https://artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu and some of Juli’s pots are shown. The fun part of this exhibit is that Aaron Miller, the associate curator, has paired Juli’s pots with pieces from the museum’s collection and from the Skinner collection. He has done an amazing job with the Skinner stuff, it is much easier to understand and look at. The other fun thing is that the pots are in the Gump Gallery, given by Betse Cannon Gump, MHC ’56, and her family. Juli, her husband Gil and daughter, Jennifer, attended the opening of the exhibit and the dinner that followed, which was wonderful, in September. She reported that the MHC community came through with not just 140 pieces of art but close to 300 – the museum is thrilled.  

After two years, I’ve just finished my draft about the merger that formed All Saints Episcopal Church North Shore, reports Win Pettus Losa. Next is to get readers to tell me where it is puzzling or boring.

Marlene Strum Zeiler reports that Sydney Mautner Reed, Beverly Shanack Levitan, Ellen Richter Nenner (MHC’56) and I have not lost contact in all these years. We have met every Spring in NYC for dinner, talk during the year and feel as though we are still “the girls”. We never seem to run out of things to say, and the phone calls and e-mails during the year get us ready for the Spring meeting when Mile and I come up from Atlanta and Sydney drops in from Minneapolis. We still seem to be able to muster up plenty of opinions. It is a joy to meet. Jerry Levitan and Mike fit right in.

 I am in the third year of my non-profit, Children Read (www.childrenreatatlanta.org). We have just topped 20,000 in our book giveaways at Head Start and other low income pre-K schools and have met over 1,000 kids. We are now expanding into the elementary schools, as Georgia is the first state to have a pre-K program in our public schools. Many of them are Title 1 schools providing breakfast and lunch to the children so we have started giving away our bags of 10 books to all of those children.”

Inspiring classes, the beauty of Mount Holyoke, perfect fall weather and the fun of being together made for a fabulous MHC Mini for the following fifteen class mates: Rhoda Earnst Bannon, Dee Lamb Barstow, Jane Barth, MC Bachmann Churchill, Gay DeLong Goodheart, Miz Comey Grant, Carol Pilloni Johnson, Nancy Nutting Lane, Willie Willenbrock Leonard, Sylvia Johnson Lucas, Chirpy Wesseler Monroe, Deb Hazzard Nash, Margot Roy Nasjleti, Wink Winkel Ripley and Ellis Bachelder Weatherly. Other highlights included dinner on Tuesday night with class honorary and president, Sonya Stephens, at the President’s House, a real treat. Another class honorary, Vinnie Ferraro, gave us a very thought provoking talk on present day politics on Wednesday night. Edwina Cruise and Eleanor Townsley were also able to be with us and gave an update on their activities. We met with Paul Breen, director of facilities management and planning, for a briefing on the Community Center Construction which will be an addition to Blanchard and encompasses central dining facilities. We all wondered how many students would make the trek for breakfast on cold winter days. Lucas Wilson, professor of Africana studies and economics, joined us on Thursday morning to discuss the MHC common read, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

I received this nice note from Lorraine Zellan Greenspan’s daughter, Alyssa. “ My mother passed away on July 19th in Dallas, Texas. She was a very proud alum which played a big role in me attending (class of 1985). After graduating from Mt. Holyoke, she went onto Harvard Graduate School of Education where whe received her masters and then taught in Brookline, MA. After meeting and marrying my father, they moved to Longmeadow, MA where they lived for 35 years. They retired to West Palm Beach, FL and in 2013 moved to Dallas. She leaves her husband, Dr. Joseph Greenspan, daughters Carolyn (Brown ’82, Columbia Law ’85) and Alyssa (MHC ’85) and son Alan (Amherst ’84, Vanderbilt Law ’89) as well as nine grandchildren.”



​ MHC Class News-Jan.”17 –Web

Responding to her birthday card, Carolyn Barstow Pledger wrote back: There is never a dull moment –here we still are --- Amazing Grace---- or as some would say “Our work on earth is still not done.” Greenspring keeps us hopping- we enjoy many wonderful lectures and musicians. There are good people here from all over the world. Time is always at a premium! I am blessed that I am able to care for myself. I lead what are considered the two top educational programs here; taught citizenship to employees of the DAR, give historic speeches for the DAR, work with Native American tribes and write articles.
The mini programs sound so wonderful, and I am delighted to be remembered (as being alive) and invited. However, I do feel so frustrated to not be able to join you. It seems incredible that this damn Yankee, whose ancestors came on the Mayflower (all in all I’m from five countries), has spent most of her life in the South, because of men’s (Dad & husband) jobs. However, in the most subtle state when it came to segregation in prior years. You’d think I had the genes to keep going, but due to an injured foot, I simply cannot get there. I’d love to be in Massachusetts with all. Massachusetts is a lovely state.

Joyce Howard McFarland reports “We are doing very well (thanks be) –VERY involved with Parker Palmer’s program on Courage and Renewal! He and wife Sharon have become good friends! And they will all be here in MN next April for a convening of the Facilitators! Dick and I are also full and deep into a program that is fabulous for the children,- Youth Frontiers – taking on issues of Kindness, Respect, Courage, and then for the senior high kids, Wisdom Leadership. All this sounds like our entire society could/should be shaken up a bit around all those values. (After the election there will be a lot of healing needed, I believe.)

A lovely luncheon was arranged by Lois Gaeta this past fall at the Harvard Club in NYC. Lois asked the curator to speak to us and it was very interesting to hear what he had to say about the club. It is always nice to get together, even when the group is small. 
An amusing remembrance from Susan Stien Maire relates her experience as a Harvard Extention Graduate. At that time women were not allowed in Harvard Yard for the commencement parade. But since her division led the parade the ladies had to wear an armband in order to take their place in the parade from the yard to the auditorium where commencement was held. More recently Susan’s book “The Oath”, an historical novel about Duke William of Normandy and King Harold ll of England, can be seen on her website susansmaire.com or get more information at Amazon.

Wendy Loye Hall’s recent painting “London Scene”, which can be seen on our website, was awarded “Best in Show” in Del Mar, CA at the Herb Turner gallery. Wendy continues to paint when she can but right now is recovering from a hip replacement after a fall. “The bad luck of a 20 year old mind planning to carry out lots of projects and an 83 year old body that protests.”

Rhoda Ernst Bannon wrote about the puppet shows that Margot Rusch Allison has recently performed at Duncaster. The residents loved them! Margot worked the puppets and Rhoda played the guitar and sang. Daughter Jennifer also had an exhibit of Margot’s paintings (500 were recently found) and puppets. 55’s have enjoyed many of Margo’s puppet shows. Who can forget “Mrs. All-Beige”?

Our Mini reunions won’t be the same without Phyllis Kenney Gaffney who passed away peacefully on November 25, 2016, with her husband of 60 years, Steve, by her side. She was born in Waterbury, CT on August 31, 1933. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis and learning. She attended many MHC reunions and Southwest Florida alumni meetings as well as many lecture series, both in CT and FL. Phyllis also loved impressionist paintings and for many years was a docent at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT. She also volunteered for many years at the FAVARH thrift shop in Canton, CT. She served as clerk at the Avon probate court for 28 years. Besides her loving husband, Steve, who she met in the 2nd grade, and her sister, Sally Deely, she leaves her three daughters, Allison Skinner, Cindy Smith and Heather Gaffney, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Margaret Shannon Broughton Tenney passed away peacefully in the company of family on December 27,2016. A valentine baby, she was born February 14, 1933, graduated from The Baldwin School and after graduating from MHC earned the MAT degree from The Citadel in 1988. She taught history at Ashley Hall in Charleston (1955-1957 and 1972-2000), coached the synchronized swimming team, and later also taught Art History and Economics. After marrying Thomas Asa Tenney, whose mother was Ashley Hall’s Assistant Headmistress, the couple moved North where Margaret taught at The Chapin School in NYC and later as Lower School Librarian at Moorestown Friends School. The family, now with three sons, moved back to Charleston in 1970. She was an active member of St Michael’s Church, singing in the choir and participating in church groups. From age twelve and throughout her life , she and her family spent time during summers in Keene Valley, NY, enjoying the Adirondacks. She is survived by her three sons, Asa Robert Tenney, Charles Reid Tenney and William Shannon Tenney. Please read the wonderful remembrance written by Lois Gaeta in which Margaret is quoted saying “ the most important advice I ever received after Tom died was……to reconnect with friends I had known before I was married, because that was when I was most myself.”

JANUARY 2017
APRIL 2017
​“MC” Bachmann Churchill invited all ‘55s from the Palm Beach area for lunch. Her apartment, overlooking the Intercostals and Palm Beach Island, was the perfect setting for lots of catching ups, remembrances and tons of laughter. No awkward silences in this group! Gwen Barrington Nichols, Dot Lehrfeld Flood, Peggy Henry Weeks, Judi Segal Drexler and Nancy Nutting Lane all agreed that this should be an annual event. Judi agreed to host us next winter. We missed seeing Jean Piser Zuver who called to say she was not feeling well and Cynthia Pinney Hammar whose sudden death the previous day was unknown to us at the time. 

 On the west coast Mary Lou Judd Carpenter enjoyed getting together with several “55’s including Les and Deb Hazzard Nash and Bonnie Scott Conway, while back in Minneapolis she often sees Joyce Howard Mc Farland and Sydney Mautner Reed.
A recently published book, “Cooking with Adrienne” by Joan Harper describes Adrienne Becker Zausner’s culinary adventures in France with the country’s top chefs over the last several decades. She is currently in an assisted living residence suffering from a rare neurological condition, Fronto Temporal Degeneration. She can no longer speak or understand anything said to her and cannot even read or walk.

The pretty town of Freedom, NH was originally Sally Birnie Stoops’ family summer home. She and her husband now live full time in this great little town where they have many relatives and friends, are involved in the community and enjoy a simple lifestyle. Sally reports that they are in relatively good health. She must be since she still goes hiking. She and her husband have enjoyed travel and cruises. Sally has three children, the oldest son lives in Vietnam, second son, an avid ocean sailor, lives in Portland, Maine and her daughter, Caroline Stoops Marson, MHC ’81, lives outside Middlebury, Vt. and used to run Vermont Bicycle Tours. The Stoops have three grown grandchildren.

Prudy Barton Bishop is going to England with her daughter, Betsy, who lives across the street in Barrington, RI. How lucky is that!!! She must be the only member of our class still in the “sandwich generation “. ( Prudy’s mother, age 108, is in a nearby life care facility.) Still optimistic and thankful for all her blessings, Prudy describes their life as slow but energetic. She now plays more bridge than golf.

 Still painting, Connie Spence Powell (aka Snow White and just as lovely) lives in Scottsdale, Arizona when she isn’t visiting her 4 children or on other adventures. I’ve found that because of time zones she is perfect to call when I can’t sleep. It’s like having my old roommate back. You might remember that Connie did the art work for our yearbook, so I begged for some pictures of recent paintings. Connie recently sent me a few which I sent to our website for our Creative Display Room. She tells me that most of her work is taken from photographs she’s taken or from magazines.

Gay Chaffee Hartman, along with Dee Lamb Barstow, took a trip to Cuba in March with her husband Rick Hartman’s Dartmouth 1954 class. It was an educational tour with several local lecturers and guides. Cuba only accepts tourists as part of academic groups. It was an eye-opener! We saw three cities, two rural and the last, Havana, the capital city. In the first, Holguin, we saw the poverty that is evident all over Cuba, even in Havana. We passed many horse-drawn carts/carriages and bicycles. In Santiago, San Juan Hill is impressive, and the cemetery where Jose Marti and Fidel Castro are buried is complete with an hourly changing of the guards. Havana is a mix of well-maintained public buildings, old American cars and impresssive parks. Most of our meals were eaten at paladars (restaurants in private homes). Tourism is being encouraged, and as there are few public tourist-quality restaurants, these home venues work well. This entrepreneurship is wonderful to see. We had a dinner with Cuban artists and were often entertained by local musicians. Quite an experience. 

Under the present Communist rule all children must finish school so the population is well educated but the jobs are few and do not pay well. Our young Cuban guide was a lawyer but says he can make more working as a guide for this American travel agency. Also health care is mandatory with an emphasis on prevention. Regular exams are required. Wonderful concepts but not backed up by a thriving economy. As we were driven around you could look into buildings which were in shambles and you’d think them not livable. Then you would catch a sliver of light through a window grill and see a family eating dinner. The poverty was very sobering. A real Third World country.  
Although there were areas in most towns called parks, these had few gardens because of the dry conditions and poor upkeep. Instead, parks mostly had imposing statues of revolutionary heros or bas-reliefs to commemorate a political event. Along the roads there were also many huge bill-boards not advertising products as you might expect but with portraits of Che Guevera and/or Raoul Castro or other. All in all, a very interesting but sobering trip.

On March 8th Ann Prosswimmer Pratt passed away after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She is survived by her husband Robert, her two daughters, Cynthia and Carrie and also by her sister Nancy Prosswimmer Conroy ’59, her brother R. Alan Prosswimmer, grandchildren Kwena and Tumi, and niece Alicia Conroy ’85.  
Ann attended the Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC before coming to MHC where she majored in Zoology and Art History. She was a member of the water ballet team and fencing club. Later Ann studied occupational therapy at Northeatern University.
Ann and Bob started their married life in Providence, RI and lived for extended periods in Ann Arbor, MI, Greenwich, CT, Louisville, KY, Simsbury, CT and Rye, NY before they settled in Essex, CT. In each location, Ann was an active supporter of the arts, including The Louisville School of Art and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Always generous with her time, she volunteered at a number of organizations, including the McLean Home in Simsbury and for several years at the “30th Twig” at the former United Hospital in Port Chester, NY.

A giving and generous spirit, Ann’s greatest happiness was supporting and serving others. Her passion for life was expressed in a playful sense of humer, a deep appreciation of art and literature, a love of travel and a good glass of wine. Ann’s husband and family were the center of her life. She raised two adventurous daughters whose lives led them overseas. She doted on her grandchildren. For her extended family, she hosted holiday dinners, graduation parties, wedding showers as well as benefits and dinner parties, all with a seemingly effortless grace and ease. An enthusiastic traveler, she relished sailing excursions with friends and exploring diverse countries and cultures. Her joy for life was contagious and she planted seeds of love wherever she went. 

Cynthia Pinney Hammar died suddenly at her home in North Palm Beach, FL on the 6th of February while having a wonderful phone conversation with her daughter, who lives in Tennessee. Cynthia majored in economics and sociology at MHC and kept learning throughout her life. She worked for several companies as an accountant, administrator and in the office of human resources, taking courses along the way to advance her career. Cynthia was a very active member of the class of 1955, serving as Secretary/Scribe from 2005-2010, Reunion Program Chair in 2010, a class agent, a member of the nominating committee and a reunion gift caller. In Palm Beach she was involved with the Norton Museum and loved going to the opera. She was an active member of the First Church of Christ Scientist. Cynthia loved to travel and took advantage of the opportunity to discover the history and culture of the countries she visited. Museums were always a big part of her agenda. Cynthia leaves her daughter, Juli Hammar Vice and son, Gifford A. Hammar. Her husband, Carl A. Hammar predeceased her.

CYNTHIA PINNEY HAMMAR

Feb 4, 1933 - Feb 6, 2017

Cynthia was one of the most upbeat, positive people I have ever met. Her vibrant personality and spiritual energy made her a delight to be with. We lived together for two years at Mount Holyoke; she was my matron of honor at my wedding, as I was for her at her marriage to Allen Hammar two years before.  

Cynthia grew up in Hartford, part of a family of devout Christian Scientists. Her mother was a Christian Science practitioner and Cynthia became one as well. Her church and her practice were vitally important to her and she was a mainstay of her congregation in Florida. While she believed firmly in the power of prayer, as do I, she had a down-to-earth attitude towards using doctors if necessary.

She was always fun to be with, enjoyed her time at Mount Holyoke and the dating scene at Amherst. Her faith prohibited using alcohol and she showed all of us that beer and mixed drinks are not necessary for enjoyment of any occasion.

Cynthia and Allen met through the Christian Science church in Hartford. They lived there for a few years and then were asked to move to Florida by his company, where he was an engineer and later involved in engineering sales.  

Their children, Gifford and Juli and, later, her grandchildren, were important to Cynthia. When her son and daughter-in-law decided to take a year off and sail around the world, their daughter came to live with Cynthia, a fun experience for both the college-age young woman and her grandmother. Cynthia flew out to New Zealand with another granddaughter to meet her son and daughter-in-law on their trip and thoroughly enjoyed that experience, inspiring us to go on our own trip to New Zealand years later.

I will miss her wonderful attitude towards life and especially her smile which always greeted me no matter how long or short a time we had been apart.

Juli Shea Towell




JULY 2017