BMC Class of 1967 Alumnae Notes for Summer 2013
Greetings in this year of travel, anniversaries, sandwiching, and generous reciprocity.
During August 2012, SUSAN AMES flew her plane from England to Lyon, Tours, Limoges, and Rodez, because August is “the best time to visit large cities, when everyone is away on vacation.”
In a life divided between Long Island’s South Shore and her Berkshire house, MARY FARRELL enjoys dance teachers in both places and a good new mechanic, but misses her old school in Tarrytown. She’s searching for freelance work translating from French or proofreading and requests anyone needing either to please get in touch. She will attend her 50th high school reunion in Cleveland this May and asks “Bitsy and Lynn, why not consider coming, too?”
ANN LIVINGSTON HOLLAND FAULKNER SHERMAN is now living “with one foot in Bangor and the other at the foot of Mt. Katahdin.” She moved last spring with new hubby Lev Sherman, an Episcopal priest, to his new position serving two small churches in Winn and Millinocket, Maine. Ann hopes to attend the 35th reunion of her Temple Medical School class in November, and asks anyone who might be in the Philadelphia area before Thanksgiving to contact her at email@example.com.
We asked about your ways of “giving back,” and you provided a variety of responses.
On January 2, JEANNE LANCE, ANDREA SALTZMAN, LUCY LYNCH, ANNA HARTMANN WEXLER, and DIANA WILLIS ROTHMAN rendezvoused for lunch at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. “The five of us,” writes Jeanne, “have been providing support to education, the arts, the environment, politics, and the poor.” She reports that last year the Washington Monthly rated Bryn Mawr first among liberal arts colleges by contributing to the public good in social mobility, research, and service.
In addition to her duties as Class Co-Chair of the 1967 Bryn Mawr Fund, TERRY NEWIRTH HIRSHORN continues to organize volunteers for a homeless shelter in her Philadelphia neighborhood. “We cook and serve dinner every night to about 20 homeless men during the 5 coldest months of the year. I also serve on the board of the sponsoring organization. I used to call it my second full-time job.” Fall 2013 plans include daughter Elizabeth’s September “destination” wedding in the Adirondacks, a 50th high school reunion, and a possible trip to Israel.
Being primary caregivers for her mother and sister-in-law and babysitters for four adorable grandchildren keep HILARY HOSMER and husband Bob young, but they are “clearly part of the ‘sandwich generation.’” In addition, she reports, “I’ve discovered I’m a defensive fighter. As president of a small company I successfully protected my trademark, fought off a plagiarist, and averted a takeover attempt.”
SUSAN KLAUS sees giving back as part of her DNA. “My parents were involved in their community, and I spent 13 years at a school with the motto, ‘What we keep we lose; only what we give remains our own.’ My brother, niece, nephew, and I have a small family foundation from which we can designate a certain percentage of the value of the charitable trust for nonprofits. Each year I decide how to divide my ‘piece of the pie.’ It is not as easy to give away money as it looks! I am trying to be a more ‘targeted’ donor and to do it more responsibly. My other goal is become more personally involved with a cause I believe in.”
Retired from college teaching, MARGARET EDWARDS now leads seminars in Woodstock, Vermont, as a volunteer. Her fall seminar covers the life and times of an author and an October field trip to relevant locations. The winter seminar is an intensive study of the author’s work. Studied so far: Dickenson, Wharton, Emerson, Kipling, the Alcotts, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Twain. “Next year? Longfellow! My other teaching passion involves leading workshops in memoir writing. Over the past 6 years more than a dozen people (almost all over 50 and a few even 90+) have written extensively about their lives and families, self-publishing books that have become a joy to all involved.”
Changing her life situation, retiring early, and moving to a totally different place (Traverse City, MI) allowed BONNIE SPANIER to find multiple ways to give back: building for Habitat for Humanity, assessing United Way grants, canvassing for local candidates, helping a Haitian midwife pass U.S. exams.
“I recently started volunteering at a local nonprofit that channels state and local grants to people in need. My job is sorting through incoming phone messages, calling people back to complete essential forms, and making appointments to get funds to pay fuel bills. I listen to people’s needs and woes, learning how bad things are for many people.
“Above all, people need JOBS, along with greater access to the safety nets our society has slowly developed. Our economy has slid away from valuing jobs in the U.S. and living wages for workers. Despite the overwhelming need in my broken-down region, I am discovering that resources are available: a guy who refurbishes bikes for free, a foundation that provides financial assistance. As I learn about the generosity of church groups and synagogues, I appreciate the role of charitable giving, even as I look to systemic solutions. I want to learn how to talk with people who disagree with me on politics because our nation is built on tough, constructive compromises.
“Today as I watched President Obama’s inauguration at our local nonprofit movie house (funded by Michael Moore), I realized how much despair I have felt since 1980. For me, his speech was a reminder to see reality and then let go of despair, to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Do whatever works for you, whatever the needs are.”
Reunion 2012 was the 45th for the Class of 1967. Our Renee Betts and Elana Vikan (Reunion
Managers) along with Jeanne Lance (Bi-Co Hour) and Bev Lange Baserga (Friday
night dinner) provided a long weekend party where we came together to rediscover
how stunningly beautiful the campus is and how much fun it is to gather to talk
about everything and anything. All the paths we took since graduation are so
different, but they weave together to become a vine that supports us all. Alma
Lee Carpenter led us at the Step Sing. I hadn’t been to one in a long time and
well concealed in the group, I rediscovered the fun of singing songs whose words
I didn’t really know and whose melodies I had forgotten. On Saturday Nimet
Habachy led us in a discussion of our lives that gave us much to
Our Reunion was
marked by the absence of Mary Delaney McConaghy, who died on May 16th of ALS.
Ruth Levy Guyer read Mary’s last email where she was looking forward to seeing
everyone at Reunion. Kathryn Grossman, who spoke at Mary’s memorial service on
Saturday afternoon, made sure that classmates who wanted to attend had rides.
The College had
scheduled the usual irresistible menu of lectures, walks, panels, and
activities. Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe presented the State of the
College at the Saturday lunch. The statistic that stood out in my mind is that
Bryn Mawr is in the top ten colleges whose students go on to earn a Ph.D. Most
of us attended the lecture on polarization in politics by Alice Rivlin, Class of
’52. Polarization, she said, is worse than she’s ever seen but there is hope.
Open primaries seem to work; other measures might be to make voting easier, take
redistricting out of the hands of legislators, and pressure candidates to pledge
to work across the aisle.
morning, three bagpipers led the Parade of Classes to Goodhart. Our Class
Committee for Reunion Giving (Terry Newirth Hirshorn, Alma Lee Carpenter,
Beverly Lange Baserga, Janet Ohle Ghigo, Ronnie Scharfman, and Peggy Heston
Greenwood) and our entire class can be proud of the results, which were
announced at the Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association: “1967 raised
$136,823 for this year’s Annual Fund. Eighty-six classmates donated representing
an overall 2012 giving participation of 61 percent and a cumulative, Grand
Reunion total of $1,562,617 in gifts to the College:” The final tally to include
last-minutes gifts isn’t available yet, so we can round up the total. Well
Our class elected
our class officers to a new term. Lucy Horton was elected and agreed to serve as
our class webmistress.
Fun. Good food.
Dorm life. Book store (I refreshed my mug and t-shirt assortment). Above all
classmates and friends. Save the date: May 2017, our Fiftieth!
It took more doing than expected, but at last I have climbed the towering hedge of thorns that was protecting this site, and am now ready to add some new content! Just want to test this out first.
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