Class of 1965 Expanded Class Notes - Spring 2016

Karen Knapp Mauger and her husband, John, traveled to New Zealand in November, where they toured the south island and saw the earthquake damage in Christchurch; there was a 4.5 earthquake as they came through Haas Pass. She writes, “We visited friends there who took us on a tour of the south island from Blenheim to Christchurch to Dunedin to Te Anau to Wanaka, and through the Haas Pass to Hokitika. We saw the earthquake damage in Christchurch, Larnach’s Castle, Doubtful Sound, Fox Glacier and Queen Charlotte Sound. We saw lots of wildlife and just had a wonderful trip. We recommend visiting New Zealand to everyone!”


Also in November, Diane Vosburgh Halverson and her husband, Lowell, traveled the “Way of the Maya” in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. She writes, “We are looking at the amazing stepped buildings and glyphs that have finally been translated. I wonder if many of our classmates have seen Cahokia. Cahokia is just east of St. Louis, Mo., and is a Mississipian culture mound city. The massive earth mounds, with no stonework, are stepped like the Mayan buildings. Knowing what we have learned from DNA, I wonder about the connections between these two groups of builders.”


Anne Elder McCormack and her husband, Hal, put their Winnebago to good use this year, adding on a total of 8,636 road miles in such national parks as Glacier, Grand Tetons, Arches, Canyonlands and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She writes, “We were on the road for three weeks in the spring before heading back home for Hal’s work projects and my trip to New England for reunion. After my return, we left again and were gone eight weeks. On the first trip, we visited friends and saw sights south of here, in California and Arizona. The summer trip took us north to Oregon, Washington, BC and Alberta in Canada (where we enjoyed the awesome Canadian Rockies). I’ve used my Wellesley water bottle all these years, both sailing and traveling. We’ll be close to home in April for the arrival of our first grandchild. A very exciting time for our family!”


Carol Watson Nasr’s book group read Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. “I was reluctant to start it, but once started, I couldn’t put it down,” she writes. “It is a must for all in our generation, and for our kids.” She is giving copies to the kids, and suggests that the sons-in-law give it to their families, too. She and her husband — healthy still! — celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 28.


Susan Van der Eb Greene is working on a memoir she plans to self-publish and share with family. She writes, “There are questions we wished we had asked our parents when they were alive, so a memoir is a way for us to bridge that chasm for the next generation.” At our 50th, she was inspired by several classmates who shared the rewards they have experienced when taking a memoir-writing course. She adds, “We now live in the digital age, which means many fewer letters and pictures will survive. I am finding my journey very rewarding. As I have begun excavating memories and events, it feels, at times, like Alice in Wonderland falling ‘down the rabbit hole.’ Forgotten feelings and knowledge arrive at most turns in the road.”


Elizabeth (Missy) Hutchins will become an ordained minister when she finishes her studies at the Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary in Berkeley. “Interfaith is the 21st century’s answer to the spectrum from atheist/agnostic to devout Hindus, Taoists, Muslims and Christians,” she writes, “spiritual but not religious. That’s where this country is rapidly moving.”


She adds, “I loved getting together with classmates at the reunion. I’ve gone to every one since 1980. After this one, I enjoyed a whitewater canoeing trip on the Noatak River above the Arctic circle, which was an alumni trip with the National Outdoor Leadership School. I’ve taken previous trips with them.” Of her studies, she writes, “We study a different religion each month. It’s a natural evolution from being one of the many who trotted around after [Biblical Studies professor] Roger Johnson at Wellesley.” Finally, “I continue to be filled with gratitude for sharing life with my daughter’s family on the West Coast. [They share property on a family compound.] I have two grandkids here and one in Portland. The grandchildren continue to grow up and astound me. They are attempting to keep me technologically literate.”


Susan Kenney Walsh reports that she is “still clinging” to her career as chief state steward at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, a job she absolutely loves. “I say ‘clinging,’” she writes, “because racing in this state is an endangered species, which breaks my heart. Next year at Suffolk Downs may be the last.” Susan has owned a horse ever since she could afford one, which morphed into breeding, raising and training. She adds, “Here I am, living in North Andover, a few miles from where I grew up. When Jim tired of the endless stress of trying to win races, I applied for a steward’s job, never thinking I would get it, just to humor him. I did get the job, and 15 years later, still love every minute of it. I still have horses, and taking care of them occupies the time before and after work. I do ride one of them, a noble but slow ex-racehorse, meandering the trails at a less-than-racing speed. We have a wonderful dog, and two cats … and lots of squirrels, birds and turkeys frequent our feeder. I wrote a book about the farm we’ve been on since 1998 … and I’m working on another, about raising our horses. This keeps me busy (I never did get to reunion), and life is never dull!”


Joan McDonald Beck, in Fort Lauderdale, loves the increased classmate contact generated by our 50th. Her visitors have included Sally Parr Cerny, Ginny Jorgenson Morgan, and Helen Frye Parr, plus their spouses. She writes, “Our 50th reunion was terrific and has generated more class contact. I love living in Ft. Lauderdale. Sally and Ed came through on a cruise and we got together with Ginny and Helen and their spouses. Phil and Gwen Phibbs (poli sci prof at our reunion) came from Tacoma in the spring to meet their Australian daughter Diana and her twins on a spring break cruise (twin Kelby is at a Boca Raton school this year, an award won by only 16 Australian students), and her brother, Dakota, is a first-year student at Oberlin. Our news is a wedding of our son, David, to his Amherst love, Victoria Simoes, last October.


Sad news: Deborah Davis Stewart’s husband, Michael Gold, died peacefully at home in April 2015 of kidney cancer. Since then, she has moved back to Seattle to be near her daughter and grandchildren, and is getting in shape for a major trek around Mont Blanc next summer. She writes, “Seattle is a great place to train, with a steep hill in my backyard. I recently reconnected with Betty Drumheller and saw Diane Halverson and Marcia Sills at a Wellesley Club lunch.”


Also, Nancy Dana Gold’s husband, David Kornreich (they married in June 2014), was diagnosed last August with lung cancer and died Oct. 6. She writes, “This past June, David came to our 50th reunion and loved every minute of it! In August, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and, because of his rapid decline, we decided not to start chemotherapy. After just a month on hospice, he died at home and at peace. It all happened so fast — falling in love, having a joyous wedding and then this sudden and devastating illness. I’m having a hard time readjusting to living by myself and missing this lovely man, with whom I shared such happiness.


Do any of you live or summer in Maine? Sara (Sammy) Wheeler Forster wants to organize a mini-reunion next summer of classmates living or vacationing in Maine. Contact her at sarawforster@gmail.com. She writes, “Liz Powers and I met in Stonington, Maine, this fall at my (summer) house. She had driven south from where she lives (full time) in Maine. Earlier Susie Fox Reepmeyer had driven north from her summer place outside Portland for a quick visit. Susie Robbins Wetherell and her husband live south of Annapolis but spend their weekends in Philadelphia [where Sammy lives] — who knew? — and used the Reunion book to make contact with Marnie King Henretig. The six of us (includes three husbands) plan to have dinner together in early December.”


Carolyn Kott Washburne

450 E. Beaumont Ave., #1005

Whitefish Bay, WI 53217-4805

1965notes@alum.wellesley.edu