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April 2017

In Memoriam: Tadanori Yamashita

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of our last living Class Honorary, Professor Tadanori Yamashita, on April 5, 2017.

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Farewell, Sugar Maple, by Martha Raver Carlson

Martha Carlson wants to know if she can see climate change in her backyard. Her study begins in her own forest on the south face of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Sugar producers, skeptical of science and sure that climate change can't be real, join her search and share their keen observations of the change they see in maple trees, sap and syrup.

Carlson's journey takes us to classrooms and laboratories at the University of New Hampshire where scientists teach her the facts of climate change and the scientific method for asking her question.

Carlson peeks inside sugar maple cells, learns how trees turn sunlight into sugar, and watches as her trees respond to drought, changing seasons, forest fire smoke, heat waves and cold so deep one tree explodes. She coaxes scientists to focus their tools on the sugar maple, to help her examine the trees with satellite imagery, scanning electron microscopes, and high performance liquid chromatography.

Carlson asks intriguing questions. What makes the sap run up a tree? How come the maples don't blow up when they break water molecules apart to make sugar? And what is putting black goo on the syrup filters in sugar houses all across maple country? Carlson doesn't offer any easy answers. Her writing and photographs are extraordinary.

Dr. Carlson is a member of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association. In 2017, 24 sugar producers are collecting sap for her ongoing study of stress in sugar maples. Carlson lives in Sandwich, NH, with her husband Rudy, Teddy the black Labrador sap retriever, and Phineas the cat, all of whom join this story of science and sugar.

Contact Carlson at rangeviewresearch@gmail.com.

The book is:
425 pages
10 graphs and images, 30 photos
Kindle Edition
$9.95 on Amazon.com

March 2017

RomaAmor

Carolyn Dorais tells us that the first event of the March 31-April 1 Ham mini-reunion will be a book talk on campus by Sherry Christie. This talk is open to the general public. Members of the Class of '68 are especially welcome! If you have questions, please e-mail Carolyn at cedorais@comcast.net.

From the campus calendar:
Friday, March 31, 2 p.m., Dwight 101. Book Talk and Signing by Sherry Christie, author of Roma Amor (roma-amor.com), who will discuss her novel set in Caligula's Rome as well as the process of researching and writing historical fiction. She studied Roman history at Mount Holyoke and began work on an earlier version of Roma Amor as a senior in a writing seminar. In 1968, she won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for her unfinished novel.

February 2017

Class of 1968 honors Class of 2018 Junior Show

The Class of 2018 presented "Mary Potter", their Junior Show, on February 17 and 18 in Chapin. Their six panel program contained one panel which said "Wishing the Class of 2018 a Magical Junior Show" complete with a wizard, scepter, twinkling starbursts and "This greeting was sponsored by the Class of 1968," concept by Susan Graham Simpson our connections coordinator. Our class provided cake and beverages beforehand for the cast/crew of 25-30. They were most appreciative of our efforts. The cake (yellow with white frosting, red and blue decorations, including balloons) said "Kudos 2018's Jr. Show your 1968 "sisters" The performance was recorded and will be posted somewhere accessible. Details TBA.
Submitted by our Class "facilitator" for Junior Show Connections Cindy White Morrell

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January 2017

"Confessions of a Lapsed Classmate"

Like Pat Simon, I always read everyone's quarterly news and Eloise's commentary, but I do not remember ever contributing. My New Year's resolve was to check in with the '68 website and re-connect. Clicking on the site, the first header I focused on was the Celebration of Life for Sally Lemaire! She was one of our troop leaders back in the day and never let us lag. I was stunned and so sad.

Instead of recapping the last 48 years, here is a snap shot of a normal day for me in Weld, Maine. This morning I dragged my intractable spine to a yoga class which is also frequented by Dinny Ogilve Sewall. She is still as limber as a cat. Afterwards I drove 30 minutes to our closest grocery store to restock supplies before the snow/ice storm tomorrow. In the afternoon, my 12 year old black lab accompanied me on a cross-country ski. Making myself useful to society, I started applying for grants for the library. Last year, the library was completely restored and was made energy efficient. There is even an ADA bathroom, however, there is no way for a patron with disabilities to get inside the building to use it. This is the latest project: safer steps, a "reading plaza," and a wheelchair lift. Beside the standard grant writing campaign, the library has started wine tasting fundraisers. The librarian's desk can be turned into a perfectly lovely bar. The winter is long up here so this is the way we raise some cash in the off season. I know you Gals will forgive me. Before typing out this message to you all, I enthusiastically ordered my garden seeds for the spring. If you like beets, stop in and visit me next July.

All my love and see you in 2018!

- Nancy Holt Stowell

November 2016

In Memoriam: Susan Erda

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of our classmate Susan Erda on October 16, 2016.

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Class Members Attending Celebration of Life for Sally Lemaire

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Susan Shearer attended the memorial service but was unable to stay for the reception and thus is not in the photo

A bittersweet mini reunion. Twenty classmates came to Abbey Chapel on November 4th for Sally Lemaire's Celebration of Life Service. It was a loving tribute with remembrances from family members, classmates and community friends. Betsy Lloyd Rushong, Sally's freshman roommate, read a letter from the Mount Holyoke European Alumnae Council acknowledging Sally's steadfast support to establish a vibrant European Alumnae community. Lisa Durrell gave a deeply touching, personal accounting of Sally's active and engaged life.

This picture was taken at the reception following the service at Willits-Hallowell Conference Center. Seated at the table from left to right are: Cindy White Morrell, Marty Heywood, Terry Mason, Jane Dolkart, Joanie Stevens, Nancy Teachout, Joy Camp, Lisa Durrell. Standing from left to right are: Ann Belanger, Susan Clark Iverson, Dolly Wearn Higgins, Jeanne Yacura Geiman, Beth Jelsma, Sally Hall Dillon, Carolyn Dorais, Betsy Lloyd Rushong, Ellen Jacobson Petrino, Linda Torlai Stauffer, Arin (Susan) Edwards, Mary Ann Mears.

Conversation was lively - the friendships that began almost 50 years ago continue to be strong and important. Not all of us knew each other during out College years, but our connection through friendship with Sally made us realize how meaningful our time at Mount Holyoke was and continues to be. We are looking forward to returning to campus in May 2018 to celebrate our 50th Reunion.

The Class of 1968 was represented in the service by Betsy Lloyd Rushong who read a letter of appreciation from the European Council Alumnae, and Lisa Durrell who gave a lovely remembrance. Sally's nephew and a niece did a remembrance from the family and a scripture readying respectively. There was a remembrance by someone from the Friday writers group at her church of which Sally was a member, perhaps even the founder of this writers group. There were poems written by Sally, two choral pieces by the Haydenville choir and a solo by Ivy Tillman (from MHC IT and member of the latest church Sally had been going to in Amherst). Ivy had been reading to Sally every day near the end. There were "Thank You, Sally" notes which were read by two of her church friends and I suspect that a number of them were from the Class. Faye Hollender who has been Sally's friend since, I think, 2009 had crafted a lovely service, along with the two UCC pastors and had arranged for the terrific reception at Willits. I don't know how many folks actually came to the service but there was a goodly crowd at Abbey. Sally touched so many lives and had so many different interests and they were well represented. Many of the folks also came to the reception. One of the prelude pieces was performed by a member of the Arcadia Players in thanks for Sally's support of the group. She was accompanied by the organist, who also did a very nice job with other prelude pieces and the postlude. I'm sure that Sally would have been pleased with it all and probably overwhelmed as well.

Faye had brought some sketch pads of Sally's and we were invited to take any of the pastels that we wished, another flyer with some of her pastels on it, and bookmarks with a pastel and words on the back. Our Class was well represented. I'm hopeful that her nephew and family and her niece and family could see how much she was held in high esteem by the Class of 1968.

Lisa Durrell (and some helpers) did a great job of putting together posters which were scattered around the Morrison Room at Willits, with pictures of Sally at various stages in her life, trips she took, articles about her, high school details, MHC details, Alumnae Association details, her love of sports...you name it, it was all there. who knew what all she was really up to - it was all quite amazing -- wow!!!

September 2016

Patricia (Pat) Simon, who lives in Germany, sent the following in response to the Alumnae Association's request for news (and is posted with her full consent):

This is probably a first for me. I don't think I've ever written in the class notes before - shame on me, I love to read them. (I even read those for my mom's class - '39 - as long as there were any alums alive I'd heard of).

I read Sherry Christie's new novel, Roma Amor, and loved it - was unhappy when I reached the end. Sherry, we need a sequel! I encourage all classmates to read it.

I am so sorry to hear about Sally Lemaire's death. She had been dealing with Parkinson's for years; she first told me about it at our European Alumnae Conference in Seville in (what year?). With her courage and optimism throughout this whole time she has been and will remain a role model for me and many others.

Nancy Boggie Kuehler '65 and I get together periodically with other alums in the Munich area (of whom there are over 20), including Bonnie Bachman Ramjoue and also Ilse Peschek Lerche '51, the first student from a German-speaking country at MHC after the Second World War. Sometimes I get a visit from a traveling MHC student or young alum (or even a classmate: Lynn Krieghoff Sewell), and I really look forward to the European Alumnae conferences, the next one in Riga, Latvia.

Aside from this I just enjoy the fact that I am alive and in pretty good health (swim! bike! ok, E-bike). My husband and I travel a lot within Europe; we have 5 children between us and 5 grandchildren to visit or babysit for; and there are numerous friends, some from early schooldays, we love to cook for.

Scribe's note: If you would like contact information for Pat, e-mail me: ehpk1@att.net.

Susan (Susie) Kreiner Hochenberg's notable volunteer career at Mount Sinai (N.Y.) Hospital continues to shine. After being featured in the Winter 2016 Quarterly following the donation of a kidney to her husband William in 2013, she was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Recananti/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai at their biannual Living Donation Celebration in April, 2016. Her story was first in line in our Fall 2016 class notes; it recounted her teaching patients to do watercolors.

Another honor: Susie and her husband were recognized by Time-Warner Cable as New Yorkers of the Week in a Time-Warner Cable program in October 2016. The taped portion highlighted the wonderful art program for transplant patients at Mount Sinai and showed Susie playing show tunes and Chopin on the baby grand in the hospital's lobby. The live segment was filmed in the T-W studio and focused on the need for more living kidney donors. Susie encourages anyone interested in kidney donation to contact the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute (212.659.8024). She is most appreciative of all the kind words she has received from Mount Holyoke alumnae.

Footnotes:

  • Susie also plays piano in the Guggenheim Museum lobby at Mount Sinai as a Hospital Music Ambassador.
  • Susie is selling her watercolor gift cards at the Palmetto Dunes General Store on Hilton Head Island, with all proceeds going to the Recanati Miller Transplantation Institute.

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Visiting in a patient's room

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William and Susie at the hospital

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Taping the Time-Warner New York One Cable news "On Call" program in their television studio in the Chelsea Market, Manhattan.

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Playing piano in the Mount Sinai Hospital lobby

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On September 25, 2016 nine members of the Class of 1968 who live in the greater Washington, DC metro area held a mini-reunion in Susan Clark Iverson's backyard patio. It was a delightful fall day - there was lots of lively discussion and a promise to attend our 50th Reunion in May 2018. Attending this event were: Susan Berkowitz Vroman Albrecht, Martha Cowen Cutts, Jane Dolkart, Leslie Luxemburg, Margaret Meyer, Margaret Neuse, Olivia Mellan Shapiro and Rebecca Tullis Stevens.

In Memoriam: Sally Lemaire

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the death of our classmate Sally Lemaire on September 3, 2016.

Click here to Read More - Find links to Sally's obituary and to remembrances at her In Memoriam page. You are invited to send additional remembrances to Eloise Prescott Killeffer ehpk1@att.net for posting on this Class website.

MHC Class of 1968 Mini Reunion

On August 25, 2016, six members of the Class of 1968 had a joyous mini-reunion at the home of Karolyn Krieghoff Sewell in Menlo Park, California. The excuse for the get-together was a vacation trip to San Francisco by Susan Clark Iverson, who lives in Washington, D.C. In attendance at the delicious lunch were Marion Edwards Bruns, Julie Dent Carlyle, Marilala Campbell Millar, and Nancie Fimbel. In addition to catching up with each other's lives, we promised to attend our 50th Reunion and to bring another class member with us.

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August 2016

Your scribe, Eloise Prescott Killeffer, saw this letter in the August 28, 2016 issue of The New York Times Magazine over Tatiana Androsov's signature and knew it had to be shared, since having a letter published in this magazine is a serious accomplishment. We hope Tatiana's comments will lead to further discussion among all alums.


Readers respond to the 8.14.2016 issue [of The New York Times Magazine].

RE: FRACTURED LANDS

Scott Anderson, along with the photographer Paolo Pellegrin, chronicled the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis.

You have outdone yourself by dedicating the entire magazine to the chronic low-level war that has been going on in the Arab world and beyond. As the daughter of two World War II refugees (Stalin sent my mother, ''an enemy of the people,'' to a camp at the age of 9), born in Belgium just 10 days after my parents arrived, I shed tears while reading the all-too-human stories of striving, horror, courage and betrayal, the kind I grew up with.

These experiences led me to work for the United Nations and then to be president of the Thanks-Giving Foundation, as the lessons I learned led me to try to give thanks for what I had and to be thankful for ''the other,'' to forgive but not forget, as forgetting leads to further conflict. Thank you.

Tatiana Androsov, advocacy chair, United Nations Association of the United States of America, Dallas chapter


Tatiana followed up with me this observation as a postscript to the letter published in The New York Times Magazine:

It is time that we really changed things. Years ago in answer to the "War Games" I saw being played at Fletcher [School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University] and the ridiculous way (I am honest) that 'peacekeepers' were prepared for peacekeeping missions, I developed and copyrighted "Peace Games. " They were played only twice - once at the University of San Diego in California and another time with a private group. Somehow, if I could devote the rest of my life working on them and improving on them with others who have been in peacekeeping or actually in wars with 'peacebuilding' components, I would have fulfilled a needed mission Any ideas?

July 2016

Martha Cowen Cutts and Steve's tradition of a Fourth of July Christmas card is always welcome, but never more than this year. Read on and share the joy of how Martha's retirement from her career at Washington (D.C.) Latin Public Charter School was celebrated - and immortalized. We congratulate Martha for all she has accomplished!

A mini-reunion at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum:

Rebecca (Becky) Tullis Stevens has been the Consulting Curator, Contemporary Textiles at The Textile Museum (now The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum) in Washington, DC for more than 35 years. On May 1, she hosted a private tour, arranged by Susan Clark Iverson and Jane Dolkart, of her current exhibition at the museums. The afternoon was enjoyed by Susan, Jane, Laurie Trees Rogers and her two granddaughters, Nancy Huttemeyer Davis, Hilary Salmon '03 (daughter of Christine Anderson Salmon) and Hilary's friend, Kate Gordon '99.

Becky's illustrious career at the museums has included diverse activities, including numerous national and international curating, consulting, lecturing, and jurying engagements on five continents, e.g., Kyoto, Japan; Montevideo, Uruguay; London, England; Lodz, Poland; Melbourne, Australia; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC.; The Textile Museum.

Her writings include the books The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art-to-Wear in America co-edited with Yoshiko I. Wada,; Ed Rossbach: 40 Years of Innovation and Exploration in Fiber Art, co-edited with Ann P. Rowe; and numerous articles and essays for exhibition catalogues, e.g., By Hand in the Electronic Age; Technology as Catalyst: Textiles on the Cutting Edge; Sourcing the World: Jon Eric Riis Re-envisions Historic Tapestry; The Tapestry Obsession; and Gerhardt Knodel, What If Textiles.

Stevens' current project is Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora, an exhibition with fully illustrated catalogue, which presents the work of thirty-eight artists who skillfully comment with fabric, needle, and thread on diaspora, the overarching narrative of our time. The exhibition is on view at The Textile Museum from April 16 - September 4, 2016.

Further news from Susie Kreiner Hochenberg:

As the Volunteer of the Year for The Recanati Miller Transplantation Institute, Mount Sinai (N.Y.) Hospital, Susie is showing patients how to do watercolors. Plans are in the works to give patients sets of her cards featuring flowers, beach scenes from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and photographs with a sea shell. Since the 2013 transplant operation, her husband William is doing fine with Susie's kidney and is busy with his law practice. Susie also volunteers at the American Museum of Natural History welcoming visitors from around the world. It is wonderful to have our son Malcolm and his wife Jenny only four blocks away on Manhattan's Upper West Side. They are both corporate attorneys and met at Stanford Law School.

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