Suzanne ‘Suzy’ Evans Benson writes, “Greetings to everyone, especially the Class of 1952. We all need to go to our Reunion in October! We had such fun in the winter getting to know everyone in our Zoom meeting. Remember our word is ‘Connect!’ Still seeing patients in our Community Hospital with my therapy dog Brendi, who is a member of Pet Partners. Also taking a Zoom class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Rhode Island. The class is about our great environmentalist Rachel Carson, her life, studies, and her books about the ocean. Since I live near the East Coast, I thought it best to study her interest in the sea. It is very interesting. Remember Silent Spring?”
Barbara Abney Bolger writes, “Hi, everyone! Six of us enjoyed a wonderful Zoom time together in March—Nita Dressler Argyres, Suzanne ‘Suzy’ Evans Benson, Cynthia Hill Smith, Barbara Johnston Humphreys, Barbara Brown McFarland, and me. We shared memories and life updates and all agreed we should do it again. I, for one, was blown away by the incredible lives we have lived, stories we shared, and friendships renewed. We missed the rest of you! Meanwhile, I’d love to hear from any and all of you. ’52 Connect in ’22 is off and running! Hop on the bandwagon with the rest of us!
I am enjoying my three married children and seven grands, ranging in age from 22 to 2! The photo was taken on the beach in Ocean City last summer when my sons and their families, along with three Abney nephews and their families were all together. My daughter and her husband could not travel from Texas. Last year kept me busy co-chairing my virtual Mt. Holyoke College 65th reunion. Now I am working on our WT 70th! Enjoyed one Zoom gathering already and am looking forward to more. It is wonderful to be in touch with everyone, lifelong friends who share so many memories. I have to say, we are quite a remarkable bunch of women! Doing a little volunteer work and really enjoying my weekly Mahjongg game.”
Over the winter, Joan Dibert Caryl wrote a letter to classmate Barbara Abney Bolger, sharing that she was looking forward to her 66th wedding anniversary in February. She and her husband have three sons and one daughter, all married; four granddaughters, one grandson; and three great grandchildren, two boys and one girl. She has knit baby blankets for each baby, having learned to knit in third grade at WT, making squares for the soldiers.
Ann Fairbanks Schaffer shared with classmate Barbara Abney Bolger that she has four sons, two stepsons, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. They had a wonderful conversation.
Elaine Kauffman Haid shared with classmate Barbara Abney Bolger that she lost her husband suddenly in 2021. She lives in an active adult community in Ohio.
The following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.
Mary George Gast ’37
Betsy Brookes Fink ’38
Patricia ‘Pat’ Williams Gilchrist ’41
Nina Sommerville Patchell ’46
Ruth O’Brien Collura ’51
Lois Jean Graham Tingler ’51
Alice Stotz Diehl ’52
Dr. Jean MacIntyre ’52
Nancy Martin ’52
Dorothy Jones Menges ’53
Roberta ‘Robin’ McKinney Weiss ’56
Joan Giuliani Auerbach ’57
Judith Getty Treadwell ’59
Sarah ‘Sally’ Feland Perkins ’61
Marion Heard McNally ’65
Nancy K. Murray ’69