’72 Classmates: If you would like to reach a classmate but do not know her contact info, send a note to your secretary, Stefanie Cargill. I may be able to help. Email: email@example.com.
Comments from Peter Taylor, husband of deceased Smith Alumna Ann Blum ‘72, concerning Ann Blum ’72 and Virginia Harvey Dawson ’72, by Virginia Moorman Gotlieb ’72
I attended a September 2016 memorial service for my colleague from UMass Boston, Ginny Harvey Dawson. I learned from the first remembrance, by Ginny Gotlieb, that the two “Ginny”s had been roommates at Smith. My wife, Annie S. Blum, also began in their class, but left after a year; she wasn’t sure why she should be at college at that time. At the reception, Ginny Gotlieb introduced me to two other class members. I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t remember Ann; I couldn’t remember the name of the house she had been in. But soon we were talking about the turmoil of 1968; the rapid changes in the norms of Smith that began the next year; and how quickly fifty years can pass.
Ann had given Smith another try a few years later, but then took a 14-year break before enrolling at UMass Boston soon after we met in Cambridge. She completed her B.A. in American Studies, became a Latin American historian, and returned to UMass Boston as a professor in the late 90s. Alas, like Ginny Harvey Dawson, Ann succumbed to cancer this last year (http://wp.me/p5MkOP-4B). I’m not sure if their paths crossed at UMass Boston; the connection to Smith ‘72 was only made around trestle tables in the hall next to Ginny Dawson’s New Hampshire church.
Evelyn Brown writes:
I have been volunteering with Operation Gratitude (operationgratitude.com) since 2010. This year, as last, I am also the coach for their charity running team in the Los Angeles Marathon. This year, the team challenged me to put my feet where my mouth is, and “coerced” me to sign up for my very first full marathon — yes at this age! I have done 50 half marathons, so why not just do two halves, both on the same day, without stopping in between! As I said, it’s a charity team, and I am fundraising. Any encouragement you can send my way will be greatly appreciated. Here’s the link to my fundraising page. https://giving.operationgratitude.com/fundraise?fcid=727345
I continue to be on the board of the Smith College Club of Los Angeles, again as membership co-chair. It’s a fun job and a great way to stay connected with the local Smith community.
Rebecca Frantz Christiansen sent this first-time news:
Out here in the western suburbs of Chicago (in the tiny burb of Warrenville), I am enjoying retirement, although I still do a little database design for one of my favorite customers. Most of my time this fall is spent buying apples, drying apples, contemplating how to keep racoons out of the basement, and wondering if this winter we will use the snow blower I bought last year when there was no snow. There is also some time for writing, as well as learning Swedish, although I have no reason to learn Swedish except that it sounded like something to do. And the only trip I’ve taken recently has been in a diving bell using my offspring’s VR headset, and I thank them for the kindness in not allowing the shark attack to happen. I think I need to get out more.
A note from Marilyn Gepp Clark:
Please note that I plan to attend our class’s Reunion next May, and look forward to receiving more information about it in due course.
Elizabeth Anne Delman owns a math tutoring business and tutor math full time. She’s deeply concerned about the decline in American education and the deterioration she witnesses every day in the quality of learning in our country. She is in the midst of writing a book about this downward trend, entitled: American Education on Life Support: Its Impending Demise.
She plans to attend our reunion, and hopes that many of her Haven House roommates will also attend.
Ann B. (Amby) Drake asked that this be shared with her classmates:
Mary Lindley Burton had breakfast with Ann B. (Amby) Drake in Boston in September, and reports that Amby is doing well with a case of bi-polar illness that she has suffered with since 1972. After working at Crate & Barrel and Talbots Kids for many years, she moved from Beacon Hill to an assisted living facility in the South End of Boston, where she contributes to the life of the community in myriad ways. For twenty years she has raised money for the AIDS Walk in Boston, and is a wonderful letter-writer.
From Cathy Eaton:
I don’t know if I relied to first email, so here’s my news. I retired from teaching fiction writing, literature across borders, and mindful communication in July 2016. My husband retired in March 2016. I spent 4 weeks in Pugwash, Nova Scotia working on history project. My website is
This year I am taking tons of photographs and studying editing and photography courses and tutorials online. My photo website and blog is
My husband Michael and I did 5 week road trip driving south visiting friend and family and having adventures. Also traveled to Oahu with my sister and friends. I’m definitely not bored.
Jane Wierdsma Forbes is the proud mother of chef son, James Forbes. Together, they started a company called North Country Charcuterie. They make very high quality cured meats, like salami, pancetta, and coppa, that are sold at farmers markets and to restaurants and retail stores in Ohio. By Reunion time, Jane hopes North Country Charcuterie products will be available across the country! She’ll bring some along for happy hour!! www.northcountrycharcuterie.com.
Ellen Glew writes:
I am headed to Newport this weekend to meet up with Kathy Teichgraeber Merrill, my suitemate from Albright House. Looking forward to it, as Kathy has been living in London for some 30 years, and I have not seen her in a few years. She bought a lovely historic home in Newport as her pied-a-terre here in the US. If Kathy agrees to it, we will take some selfies to share.
Update: At 66, divorced now 10 years, happily single, had my two daughters at age 39 and 43, so am still finishing up the parenting process—does it really ever end? I am still working full time, self-employed in insurance sales, no retirement yet for me. My older daughter is finishing up at Harvard Law this coming May and will be headed to NYC to work in criminal defense for Cooley Manion. My younger daughter has 2 more semesters to go to complete her BFA in graphic design up in the far reaches of northern Vermont at Johnson State. After graduation, she is planning to relocate to an East Coast urban setting, work for a year and then pursue an MFA. My plan is to downsize, simplify in the next year, sell my home in N Reading, MA (where I have lived for past 34 years) and make my home base Harpswell, Maine, where I have a second home on Casco Bay.
Lots of big news for Susan Griss:
- After almost 40 years, I am retiring from being a teaching artist in the classroom, integrating dance with academic curriculum. Now I will only be doing professional development for teachers, writing, and hopefully research on learning through movement.
- I have been added to the roster of the Fulbright Specialist Program and expect to be teaching in India next March.
- On May 6, my first grandchild was born – Maxwell Elliott McDowell.
Olivia Henry sent this: All is well in NH. I love retirement. My spouse, Tom Gurshin, is doing some law and performing as a singer songwriter. I volunteer in Canterbury, sing in a choir, stay active with Zumba, aerobics, yoga, hiking, love to photograph and travel. Last year, I saw lots of friends and relatives in New England, VA MD, NV and out west in CA, where I spent much of the winter. We visit our son, Tim Jr, who is a 24 year old mechanical engineer, on the Orion Space Mission project at Lockheed Martin, in CO, 2-3 times a year. We love to hike, ski together. I visited Alaska in summer 2016 for the first time and saw bears, whales, glaciers, ice cave. Did a bunch of hiking and kayaking. The first week, I was on a Smith trip and loved meeting new people..
Terry Hluchyj wanted us to know:
In 2013 I received the Helen Milliken Leadership in Civic Empowerment Award from the League of Women Voters of Michigan for my work over many years in producing the LWV Voter Guide for the Kalamazoo, Michigan, area. The Guide, published in advance of elections, contains non-partisan information about candidates and ballot proposals and is distributed throughout our county and available online. This award was especially meaningful to me as Helen Milliken, Michigan’s first lady from 1969-1983, was a Smith graduate and staunch supporter of women’s rights and environmental protection.
Susie Hunter sent this note:
I think this is the 2nd time in 45 years I’ve written with any news. My life continues to be filled with Board service, always for educational institutions. I’ve now logged a total of 35 years of governance experience and feel somewhat as though I could co-author the books, or become a governance consultant! It’s an odd time in our country to be working to instill in students an innate sense of equity, integrity, decency, compassion. All the values that surround our civic lives seem to be eroding at a faster rate than would have been imaginable when we were idealistic college students. I have 5 grandchildren, and like most of us, I worry deeply about the world into which they are going to mature. But on that note, it was delightful to meet up this past December in NYC with a bunch of incredibly interestingly matured Baldwinites. Each of us has had our own journey these past 45 years and each has our own authentic story to tell. When I’m not in the Boardroom, or chairing some initiative, I can be found on ski slopes, playing golf, walking or hiking, reading, or, my latest addiction, playing bridge. In between, or together with many of those activities, I try to spend as much time as possible with my three daughters, who are scattered, and their children.
Hope you’re well. The Baldwin House get together in NYC was wonderful. I hadn’t seen most of those ladies in 40 – 45 years. They are amazing women!
In March 2016, Marguerite McDonald and husband, Peter Zeitzoff accompanied their son, Thomas Zeitzoff, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at American University in Washington, DC to Israel where he gave an invited paper at Haifa University. Maggie wrote: It was a tremendous thrill and honor to see our son in his element. We also toured Israel, which is an unbelievably fascinating country. Thomas was married in 2015 to Jocelyn Miller in Chicago. Our oldest son, David Zeitzoff, formerly an Assistant Prosecutor in Union County NJ now in a private firm in NYC, is engaged and will marry Miranda Martinez in January 2017. We are thrilled!
Like a lot of you, I had the sad responsibility for coordinating the care of my older sister, Karen, who died this past March. I try to find joy every day, and am retired from paid work. I spend my time watercolor painting, writing memoir and fiction, playing tennis, and volunteering. My husband is still working, as he really enjoys his technical work. We get to travel and feel very grateful. Looking forward to seeing my Smith friends at our 45th!
Kim Smith Niles won’t be coming to the reunion…
Please extend my “hugs” to all there. My news: I retired my sweater business about 8 years ago and am now happily using up all the left-over wool and cotton into baby sweaters to give to friends as gifts. My husband has retired, too, and we are thoroughly enjoying life together in our little house in Groton, MA. I had a serious brain bleed five years ago which took me some time to get over. I’ve lost my peripheral vision on the left side of both eyes, so I can’t drive. But otherwise, I’m in good working order! I was extremely lucky to live so close to Mass. General and a wonderful brain surgeon! I just get very tired very easily. S o big reunions are not my scene any more. I am kept very busy with my gardens. My son has moved back to Boston and is happily working in the alumni office at Brandeis Univ., so we get to see him fairly often. And that’s that! Have a wonderful reunion. I’d love to hear from anyone. All the best
From Baldwin House classmate, Emily Parkhurst:
Thanks for posting the Baldwin pic in this quarter’s alum mag – aren’t we a good-looking bunch! I was very disappointed to miss the event but have since seen Linda, Gail and Jane. Will not make it to N’hampton this month but certainly more informal gatherings are in the works.
Some news from Patricia Pelehach:
Unfortunately I cannot come to Reunion, but I enjoy hearing about classmates. Here is my note:
Patricia Pelehach lives in Dallas, TX. Retired from a career in fundraising she spends her time writing, painting, elder care, and serving as President of the Board of the Maria Kannon Zen Center. olkan Otugen, her husband of 24 years, is Senior Associate Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU.
Chree Perkins wrote this:
The protests/attacks on controversial speakers at Middlebury College and UCBerkley have caused me to reflect on my experience at Smith. A liberal arts education should encourage hearing multiple points of view. If one disagrees, that does not mean one drowns the speakers out with shouts or chants, nor that one physically attacks the speaker. I am fortunate to have attended Smith during a somewhat tumultuous time, with war protests, etc. But Smith followed the path fulfilled by a liberal arts education. The speakers were thought-provoking and diverse. I am thankful for the full liberal arts education I received from Smith College.
Ann Chipley Playe sent this:
My husband Steve Playe (Amherst ’71) and I continue to live with our widowed daughter Eden (Amherst, ’02) in Chicago, helping to raise her son. Little Max is now five and we have been co-parenting him with his mom since he was 7 months old. The reason for our living as an extended family is a sad one. A much beloved son-in-law, husband, and father died too soon but the silver lining is that all of us love our little guy so much, and enjoy being together.
We traveled with our daughter and Max, and our son Erik and wife Kelly to visit relatives in Sweden this summer followed by a week in Vilnius, Lithuania. This summer we, Eden and Max, went to Prague and then to Poland to visit our niece who is living in Warsaw with her family.
In less than a week, Steve and I will leave for Cali, Colombia, where our son and his wife are teaching in an international school for two years. I have always wanted to see the Andes so this trip will help knock something off my personal bucket list. My husband and I and our son and daughter-in–law are all birdwatchers and looking forward to a visit high in the Andes to Salento, a bird watching haven.
We still have a house in Florida (only minor hurricane damage from Matthew) and now that Max is in school five days a week, we will be able to be there more often to see the many friends we lured down to our little barrier island community, the Hammock, close to the city of Palm Coast on the Atlantic side of North Florida (where hurricanes hardly happen–before Matthew, there had not been major hurricane damage for 118 years!).
Bonnie Beaver Roberts enjoyed a hiking trip in the Alps at the end of summer with a few days in Helsinki, Estonia and Geneva. Another trip is planned for Chile, including Easter Island in February. Bonnie is working part-time and honing her golf game. Still no sons-in-law or grandchildren
Patricia Younger Smith fills us in on the past year-plus: I have been retired for a year and a half and haven’t looked back once. It’s so refreshing to control one’s own schedule and to not have the pressures of work. I’ve filled my time with bridge – have seen Thayer Longfellow Baine several times at the duplicate bridge table – and volunteering at our church. I’ll be taking over Treasurer responsibilities at the church in early 2017.
We’ve also been traveling and plan to continue to do so in the coming year. In January, husband David, son Andy and I went to Hawaii (see attached photo) and had a wonderful time on a Road Scholar tour of four islands. Coming home was a challenge as our return flight was scheduled to land on the January Saturday when DC received 30 inches of snow. It took two more days to get home, but we certainly did not mind the extra day in Waikiki.
David and I went on a Rick Steves tour of Scandinavia in July and August. It was a wonderful trip (see picture attached) with a fun group. We toured Sweden (Stockholm and Kalmar), Denmark (Copenhagen and Aero Island) and Norway (Copenhagen and Bergen). David and I spent three days in Iceland before the tour, sightseeing around Reykjavik. Charming little city and beautiful natural sights. We hope to take another trip in the spring but haven’t finalized location yet. I’m looking forward to our Reunion in the spring.
Joanie Speers sent this from London:
I’m doing pretty much what I was doing last year! But maybe next year there will be more news.
So sorry I can’t get to the reunion.
Joanie Speers writes from London that she can’t get to the 45th reunion. She was intrigued by the article in the quarterly by the person who went to her first reunion, the 45th. She has yet to make one…
Within ten months each of my three daughters produced a child, so I am now a totally obsessed grandmother of four: three in London and one in Sydney (just so far away). I am trustee of four charities, one of which I set up and ran for eight years. Two are building preservation trusts in Wales, one is a cancer care charity and one takes classical music into primary schools. As a result of looking after my mother for several years, I also volunteer on a help line that supports unpaid carers, and I help people plan for the last years of life. Although technically retired, I am busier than ever and really enjoying life. After endless debates, I finally gave up my American citizenship last year and became a British citizen. Considering all that has been going on here, in the US and around the world, I don’t really know where I belong! Sadly I won’t be able to join everyone for our 45th, but maybe the 50th…
Susan Termohlen sent this:
My husband and I are off soon on another Stanford trip: 10 days on a barge thru the canals of the Netherlands, primarily to see the tulips. We return just in time for 29-year-old son Sam’s wedding in Napa to a woman we think is wonderful. Contemplating my son’s marriage is more emotional than I thought it would be. A few weeks after the wedding, I’ll be coming east to Northampton for our 45th reunion. We have a few other trips planned for the rest of the year. Later this year, we’ll be tearing up our back yard for a wine cellar for my husband’s large wine collection, a “hobby” he started a few years ago that kind of got out of control. I hope to see many of our class at the reunion.
Christine Whitehead wrote:
My news: Life has been busy. My second novel, The Rage of Plum Blossoms, won a competition against 2500 other books and as a result, was published several months ago by Kindle’s Private Press. The heroine is a Smith girl. I just got an agent for my third novel and we’ll see where that goes. I am still working as a lawyer full-time in Hartford, CT but taking a cross country train trip in May 2017 ending in Carmel, CA. Sadly, it conflicts with our reunion so I won’t be able to attend. I recall our 40th as way more fun than expected and a truly bonding time.
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