Spring 2015

Susan N. Begg wrote: I am working temporary, part-time, at the Tompkins Co. Board of Elections getting the voting machines ready for the November 2014 general elections. I am doing the fall pruning and getting ready for winter at the vet hospital. I did set up 2 rain barrels to “replace” our roofing gutter system…they can not clog with fallen leaves! I was able to make a visit this month to Albion Correctional Facility to see my girlfriend Kris, who is awaiting an appellate court decision about early release. I have also been communicating with the Smith Alumnae office about providing an “e-mail response” option to their requests for comments about Smith College/Alumnae Quarterly news articles other than via Facebook, Twitter, etc. since not everyone subscribes to social media sites. I already have enough electronic communication debris in my life!



Sue Fawver Godshall enjoyed a beautiful September weekend at Smith with her daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Godshall ’05. As coxswain for the 2004 varsity crew, she was being inducted into the Smith College Athletics Hall of Fame along with her crew mates. Their boat won Silver at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, missing Gold by one-tenth of a second. Elizabeth is currently a 3rd year resident in surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Husband Ken and Sue celebrated their 42nd anniversary last month. After retiring from the NYC magazine publishing world, Ken went back to school at Yale Divinity School and received his M.Div. in 2013. He was ordained and accepted a call from Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton, Kentucky. They really had to downsize after nearly 30 years in Westchester County, and Sue is still adjusting to being a preacher’s wife in Western Kentucky.

Son Owen graduated from NYU and is studying for a Master’s degree in Public Administration while working full time for the City of New York.

Daughter Laura graduated from Dickinson, lives in Florida, and is considering going back to school.

Susan H. Gordon sent this: I am retired and have an orchard and garden. I share food and agricultural notes with my neighbors, one of whom has an extensive orchard and garden himself. Making soups and breads becomes easier as prices go up.

I am still writing, working to finish many projects started over the last 15 years. This August I saw my sister Ann D. Gordon‘66 and my cousin Debbie Schumann‘69 at my niece’s wedding in Atlanta. I then spent a few very good days in Pocono with Betty Riemann Bodine’41, her daughter Lucy Bodine’72, and their extensive families. I saw my step-sister Martha A. Pollock‘69 in October. As for today’s politics, I agree with a favorite Emily Dickinson quote from my mother Patricia J. Gordon‘41: “The capacity to terminate is a specific grace.”



Stephanie Hurley wrote that she’s recently gotten into some new things and feel good about them:

I just got my certification for teaching music. I had already been a classroom teacher (a Teaching Fellowship year after our graduation from Smith – I was ‘Mother Hubbard’ for that year).   I went back to get a music degree after my children went to college and, now, I have upgraded to a music teacher! I’m really a singer, but have learned to play and teach the saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute and snare drum, and will be starting an instrumental music program at the small public school in NH where I currently teach classroom general music (K-5).

I am also a performing singer and am very proud of the band I have been playing with for about a year now–the Bedford Big Band. We do all the old favorites from the swing era of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, etc. We had a wonderful gig on Aug. 9th, at the gazebo right on the waterfront in Wolfeboro, NH. It was so lovely with the sun setting behind the band – the audience seemed to love us! I also sing for a church and in many small bands, doing both jazz standards and pop and rock songs, depending upon the venue. I also sing with another big band that plays in the Northampton area and have thought that it would be fun to perform for one of our class reunions.

Other than the music, I have 3 lovely daughters and a supportive, bass-playing, husband. My daughters are thirty-ish, so we’re starting to have weddings to plan, with one scheduled for May 2015. I live in a solar powered home on the shores of the Contoocook River in Peterborough, NH, play tennis in a league, attend all the professional Peterborough Players plays in the summer, cross-country ski in the winter, volunteer for local groups (Contoocook River Association, Mariposa Museum, The Monadnock Center for History and Culture), and keep very busy with family and friends.

Just for fun, I’m attaching a picture of me singing at the Jazz Band reunion at Keene State College, where I got my music degree.

Claudia Vess has invited us to come and celebrate a year of intense critique, with an exhibition of artworks that have been chosen by the 21 artists of the 2014 Group 93, Washington, D.C., at a party on Mon 10/20/2014:

Attached is a view of the new installation WHITE NOISE, before the lighting has been adjusted, and sounds of the beltway have been hooked up. Experience White Noise, and four other installations, in person at Harmony Hall in Fort Washington. The reception is Saturday Oct. 25, 3-5.