This afternoon I’m taking a few moments to send you my wishes for a happy and healthy 2016. I hope the season was a joyous one for you and yours.
Many of you know that after retirement from the U.S. Navy, I entered the world of school nursing. Our vacation started December 18 and so did the frenzy of holiday preparations and family gatherings. All was accomplished with glee and enthusiasm. Trains arrived, visits commenced, White Christmas was lost to fog and rain, the crystal ball dropped in Times Square, adult children returned home, and school for most has resumed. For me, it is time to return to the empty nest with Clarke and our dog, Teddy.
I am always eager to hear from classmates. It is amazing how little we connect with each other. We may have more in common now than we did forty-three years ago! Please take a moment in the early days of 2016 to upload a photo, edit information, and update your profile on the Skidmore Alumni website. The website is a great way to connect. I just browsed the directory for names and contacts and noticed that many of you have contact information overdue for an update! Technology allows us to stay connected and I am a convert. My twenty-something daughter says social media is a fake and that true friends are the friends we make the effort to see on a regular basis. She may be correct, but I enjoy certain aspects of social media. The reality is that I cannot travel and visit as much as I would like. If it were not for Facebook, I would never see the adorable grandchildren and beautiful sunsets at Vicki Marusi’s summer home in Canada. I hope you agree that it is sometimes easier to stay in touch with a click of the mouse or a phone call than with paper and pen.
Thank you to our Class Secretary, Barbara Devine Bode, for sending out the newsletter. I know that this is a task she undertakes in addition to a very full time position as the Chair of the Health and Wellness Team at a highly regarded independent school in Manhattan.
This past year was one of wins and losses, starts and stops, happiness and sadness. I do have the pleasure to visit with Debbie Craig Conway when she visits Washington from Charlottesville. Deb is on the faculty at the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. This summer, Sue Reinhardt Groesbeck (see photo below) and Mark came to Washington and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch and visit. Sue continues to love education and her life long passion for teaching/leading. She traveled to China and Africa this summer for some consultation work and headed to Emma Willard School in Troy, NY this fall for an Interim Head opportunity.
While some of us set the alarm clock every night, others are retired. Kirsty Anderson Wilson wrote that she has retired from her role as a nursing home administrator and is as busy in retirement as she was during the work week.
Last August, we celebrated Sue Hadley’s reunion with Marty. They decided that love is lovelier the second time around and were married in Boston. Toby Pollack Meshberg was the Class of 72 witness and photographer. We are thrilled for Sue and Marty and their renewed love.
In December, I joined Cheryl Anne Smith (CAS) Luis at Arlington Cemetery. I know that neither of us ever envisioned we would be seated side by side at such an event. Her husband, Manny, was buried with full military honors in a moving ceremony. I had the opportunity to meet their handsome son, Matthew, now an officer in the Merchant Marine. CAS continues as a Nurse Operations Manager at Memorial in Houston. I marvel at her still powerful resilience, energy, and ability to solve tertiary care medical center crises throughout her 12 hour shifts. We talked non-stop the entire afternoon (see below).
I’ll close now with a sincere desire to stay in touch with my classmates. Please remember the school, the friendships, the preparation, and the lessons learned. I have attached a few special photos from classmate encounters. Enjoy and send some more!
Judy Costello Brinckerhoff
Judith Costello Brinckerhoff
Class Fund Chairs
Wendy E. Fuller
Diana Kenney Woodhouse
Presidents Society Chair
Carol A. Strickland
Gift Planning Chair
Deborah Sehl Coons
Barbara Devine Bode
Caroline H. Kennedy
Class Agent & Reunion Volunteers
Jane Feinberg Karlin
Mary Ferriter Gonzalez
Joyce Fisher Dangremond