Spring 2019

Cynthia Bearer is still continuing her academic, clinical and research career at the U of Maryland!  Her research focuses in on dysfunction of lipid rafts and the role in pediatric disease.  She has two NIH grants – to study lipid rafts and either hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or hyperbilirubinemia.  She remains Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Pediatric Research.  She’s recently taken up watercolors and adopted a 1-year-old standard poodle puppy, Jean-Luc! 

(See photo of watercolor by Cynthia Bearer).

Elaine Bromka’s daughter, Julia Phillips, has a mystery novel, “Disappearing Earth”, coming out in May 2019. Very exciting.  Unexpected events are set off when two small girls are kidnapped on a remote peninsula in Russia.  Can be pre-ordered from Penguin Random House.    Other news: daughter Julia got married.  Meanwhile, Elaine’s son had a son –new life!  Elaine took her show “Tea for Three:  Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” to Texas.  Things are popping here!

Joanne Sawhill Griffin and husband, Peter, took a wonderful trip to Tahiti and Kauai to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.  They arrived early and stayed in an over-water bungalow, then cruised on the Paul Gauguin ship around the Society Islands.  Actually – this was their 31st anniversary, but every trip planned last year was disrupted by a hurricane, mudslide, rainstorm, or other natural disaster.  They decided to wait a year and take a trip then, hoping there would be fewer weather disasters, and call it their 30th.

Joanne has accepted the President of the Smith Club of St. Louis position.  She’s very excited to be involved again.

Julie Arnold moved back to Saint Louis and Joanne was able to watch her compete with her standard poodle, Chelsea, at Purina Farms.  They won a ribbon for Beginner Novice title and a Canine Good Citizen designation plus 3 Rally masters legs. 

1972 Susan Griss, Fullbright Teacher Dance Training in India with educator dance cohort.

Susan Griss writes:  “Last spring, as a Fulbright Scholar, I spent an unforgettable month in India training hundreds of teachers how to use the language of dance and movement to teach academic curriculum. Still teaching in the Continuing Professional Studies at Bank Street College of Education, delighting in my 1 1/2 year old grandson, working on a bail relief project, and beginning to plan for a similar Fulbright project in South Africa for the spring of 2020. Had a great summer visit with Janet Taft in her newly built home in Newbury, NH.”

Chree Tarrio Perkins spent 2 weeks doing an annual task – forestry management logging in Calais, VT.  She then returned to home town Old Saybrook, CT, for her 50th high school reunion.  She even saw a couple of her former teachers. From her class of 100, there were 60 at the Saturday night dinner. It was the first reunion Chree had ever attended, for either high school or college. Only a few years till our Smith 50th reunion. Can’t wait!

Bonnie Beaver Roberts sends greetings from California. She is still working part time in her lovely office GYN practice.  In Spring 2018, she had a wonderful family trip to Amsterdam for tulip season and 5 days in Copenhagen to enjoy nouveau Nordic cuisine. She took 3 weeks to explore Madagascar in November 2018.  She had returned from her trip in time to experience the California wildfires.  As of October 2018, she was not sure where the family would go since her hometown, Calabasas, was still under mandatory evacuation.  She says: “Life is good if I can avoid thinking about our devastating government and global warming.”

For Mother’s Day 2018, Linda Rumanoff Simonson’s two daughters gave her a wonderful gift.  They proposed a weekend in Northampton, to visit her old stomping grounds.  They went early in September and had a blast visiting the campus and enjoying Northampton’s many attractions.  Linda was disappointed that (1) they could no longer get coffee or ice cream at Davis Student Center, (2) the Quill is long gone, and (3) Ziskind isn’t at all as she remembers it.  But the new student center had plenty to offer and they all left with Smith College clothing items.  There were plenty of places that brought up a deluge of long forgotten memories, some sweet, some embarrassing.  But she won’t soon forget the special experience of sharing Smith and Northampton with her girls. 

During September-October 2018, Claudia Vess showed her own art work as part of a large show with work by American University Faculty emeriti, alumni, and guests at the American University, Katzen Rotunda Gallery, Washington, D.C.  The show was titled:  Group 93-2018 of Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings

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