Fall 2016

CU@Reunion45,  May 25-28, 2017!

Pamela Barry just got back from a whirlwind visit to East coast (friend’s wedding, etc.).  “Imagine freshman year Albright house classmates Helen (Holly) Lovejoy, Martha Dippell, and I, driving across the country together in my car with our dog – laughing, talking and sight-seeing all the way.  It was a blast.”  See Pam & Jon’s new address info in the Smith Alumnae Directory.

Susan N Begg said:

“I am still living in Ithaca, happily sober! I am waiting for my fiancée, Kris, to arrive here in 2-3 weeks..finally!!  I have been waiting for her to get parole permission to have her transferred her here for over 3 years.  Good thing I am stubborn and patient.  With any luck, she will be coming with me to our next reunion as my wife. 

Update:  Kris’s transfer to live with me is still in limbo.  She has a new treatment counselor and is much happier with him.  He would like to transfer her to live here with me in about a month.  But I will believe it when I see her on my doorstep!

Meanwhile I stay busy serving on my county’s Community Justice/Alternatives to Incarceration committee; working at our local co-op grocery store; and doing gardening for elderly ladies who live at our Kendall of Ithaca housing complex.  Never bored and staying in shape with all the work.

Best regards to all my beloved classmates.”

Diane St.Cyr Francis’s daughter Anne Courtney Francis married Thomas John Hickey on April 23, 2016 in Boston, MA.  Anne’s sister Hillary Offutt of Arlington, VA served as matron of honor.  The two-week honeymoon will take place in Bora Bora.

Besides preparing for the big event, Diane continues to serve on the Conservation Commission in Braintree, MA.  She also takes piano lessons and dance aerobic classes.  She is trying to stay fit and healthy in her 60’s.

Sarah H. Gordon wrote:

“I have been retired for almost two years, and have been recovering my health during that time.  I am writing a manuscript on the history of my Gordon ancestors in the Scots Highlands, and had to take a deep breath after finishing the chapter on the reign of Queen Mary. 

Right now I am describing the work and degree of training that the Gordon vassals (my family) had to have, especially in farming, portioning and toting up the produce and coin owed to their Baron, the Marquis of Huntly, and then to the King.  The number of published versions of this time period run the gamut, partly because political factions decided the laws and wrote the accounts until they were pushed aside, and then many of their decisions were reversed!  Sound familiar? I guess that makes an accurate portioner more valuable.

I am preparing an asparagus bed for planting, and then some Yukon Gold potatoes, neither of which, I am told, have any GMOs in them. I also bought a 10 lb. “pork share” from a farm near home. The pork, I am told, is slaughtered in an FDA approved slaughterhouse!  I enjoy shopping by farm since we lost our local grocery about a year or more ago.

I am very “cyberly” sociable and read several newspapers each day, but need my rest after teaching and writing for 25 years without any break, summer or winter.  The reward is that I can retire;  I enjoy sitting still so much I start wondering what others would say if they knew. So what.  It works wonders on my health.  Best to the others.”

Margaret (Marnie) Huff received a Public Service Award:


NASHVILLE, April 12, 2016.  On April 8, 2016, as part of celebrating Mediation Day proclaimed by Gov. Haslam, Margaret M. (Marnie) Huff was honored in Nashville for her pioneering and lasting contributions to the field of mediation. A Nashville-based mediator, Huff spearheaded formation of the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee and is a Founding Member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators. The Nashville Metro Council also issued a proclamation celebrating Mediation Day.

The Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee presented the ninth annual Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award to Huff at the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management in  Nashville. Other distinguished guests included past award recipients Marietta Shipley, Steve Shields, and Carol Berz, and author/mediator/collaborative attorney Forrest (Woody) Mosten from Beverly Hills, California.

“I’m honored to receive this award named after Professor Emeritus Grayfred Gray,” said Marnie Huff.  “All Tennesseans benefit from the peace-making work of mediators, including the volunteer mediators giving their time and talent at community mediation centers across the state.”

“Mediation offers a unique opportunity to resolve disputes efficiently in terms of both time and money, which results in a greater sense of satisfaction to the parties involved,” said John Duval, President of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators (TAPM).

“Every year, TAPM and the Coalition bring education, mentoring, and collegial discussion to mediators across Tennessee. By spreading awareness, we remove barriers to mediation services so ordinary people in both rural and urban areas can find mediators to assist them. Our legal system is overburdened and sometimes unresponsive. Those in conflict can use mediation to deal with difficult situations in a safe and cost-effective way,” said Jackie Kittrell, TAPM’s immediate past President. 

Governor Haslam proclaimed April 8, 2016 as Mediation Day in Tennessee, in recognition of the contribution of mediation and to encourage its further growth in the State.  More than 1,200 mediators listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court assist the courts in resolving disputes. Additional trained mediators volunteer their time at community mediation centers across the state. Per the Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediators self-reported 5,377 mediated cases in 2015.

About CMAT and the Grayfred Gray Public Service Mediation Award:  The Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee (CMAT) was formed in 2006 to maximize the resources and expertise of various groups who provide alternative dispute resolution services. The Coalition assists the courts and community organizations in providing programs and activities that educate the public and the legal profession about the benefits of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

CMAT presents the annual Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award to persons who make innovative and lasting public service contributions through alternative dispute resolution in Tennessee. The award is named after its first recipient, Grayfred Gray, Emeritus Professor, University of Tennessee College of Law, and founder of UT’s outstanding Mediation Clinic. Past recipients of the award also include Janice Holder, Marietta Shipley, Shelby R. Grubbs, Robert P. Murrian, Jocelyn Wurzburg, Larry Bridgesmith, Carol Berz, Jean Munroe, Anne Sides, and Stephen Shields.

More about honoree and her public service:   

Margaret HullMargaret M. (Marnie) Huff.  A graduate of Smith College and Vanderbilt University School of Law, Marnie Huff established her independent mediation practice in 2004. Marnie has an enduring interest in teaching a wide range of people. In addition to frequent presentations on mediation and conflict management to attorneys, she teaches Legal Writing and Research at Middle Tennessee State University, and previously taught ADR and Mediation Procedure courses at MTSU. She has coached Magdalene House residents on workplace conflict management skills. For the past ten years, Marnie has taught English as a Second Language to immigrant children and adults at her church. She recently completed training at the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute to become a certified ESL Teacher.

Marnie serves on the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors and is past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association ADR Section. She served as an elected member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Council and held various leadership roles in the Section. She is a Fellow of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Foundations. Marnie is Community Relations Committee Co-Chair for the Lawyers’ Association for Women, whose projects include a Win/Win Negotiation patch training for Girl Scouts in the 4th and 5th grades. She volunteers as a pro bono mediator and mentor for the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center.

Lucy Bodine Nattrass sent this:

“I continue to teach ESOL to immigrants part time in a poor area of Manchester, England. My husband and I are enjoying singing in two choirs and playing in bands and orchestras. We hope to do more travelling, especially to Berlin where our son and his family live, Brighton where our daughter lives, and the east coast of the USA to see another son and lots of relatives.  My mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Reimann Bodine, ’41, is in relatively good health and enjoying concerts performed in her retirement community.

I got together with Catherine (Kate) Fincke’72 in Brooklyn in February.  She is still enjoying working many hours a week as a MSW and retains her loveable curiosity and wit.”

Sec. Stefanie Solnick Cargill, 1224 E. La Jolla Drive, Tempe, Arizona  85282, rhpt70@cox.net.