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Fiftieth Reunion is 4-6 June 2021
Covid-19 modifies our lives but we soldier on. Your class officers have met virtually and recruited excellent committees for Reunion. Pat Shevlin Holmes heads the effort for the class gift; she in turn recruited a member for each dormitory. You know your rep because she started a Zoom call for your senior dorm. Because of state mandates on social distancing to fight the epidemic of Covid-19, even the tech averse have learned to use Zoom software to attend meetings on computer, smart phone, or landline. Darcy Walker sends postcards daily, in addition to zoom classes, and finds her correspondents “still enjoy the handwritten note.”
Frances Fowler Slade is the Shafer reunion gift rep. The Shafer zoom call began in July. Fran has used extra time at home to practice piano and she sets an elegant table every night for dinner. You can find “Frances Slade, piano” on YouTube. Ann Sutphin Hafer told how the sociable monthly board meetings of her swim and tennis club became more-than-weekly work sessions as state mandates on hours and distancing changed even more often. Debra Smith Pabst and the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., of which she is a governor, struggled to plan a virtual Summer Yearling & Mixed Sale until the last-minute permission allowed it to proceed under Covid-19 protocols. Kim Hamilton Gottshall is riding out lockdown at Bald Head Island and offering haven on demand to her children and small grandson Henry. ChorSwang Ngin ’72 is writing at home after publishing Identities on Trial in the United States: Asylum Seekers from Asia drawn from her work as an expert witness. Natalea Skvir calls from her home telephone when her son has her smart phone. Deirdre Curley had a negative Covid-19 test. Belinda Wilkins Tepper takes UCLA extension classes on Zoom but loves the calls with friends most of all. Ellen McMonagle made masks and experimented with improved patterns. We have added Debby Gobert and Lucy Crane Draper and we are still trying to find and entice Julia Halle.
Our reunion chairs again are the fabulous Amy Levin Halket and Mariel Harris.
The Munger call began with eight classmates who lived on the second floor their first year and expands each week. When we reminisced about our Class Dean, Mary Helen Lorenz shared a link for the book Tea with Maud: Comfort Foods We Share. Lesley Kisner Cafarelli and Belinda Wilkins Tepper shared memories of Pat Kenowsky. Kim Gottshall reminded us how many children joined us at Twentieth Reunion in 1991. Beth Cary showed us around her office, added at the top of her house and styled to evoke growing up in Kyoto. Ellen Bluestone recalled living on the first floor, down the hall from the campus chapter of SDS. Christine Williamson Bender told us that Munger had a bell system and simple moldings because it was the scholarship dorm and had no maids for the students. Parmelee Eastman has enjoyed having her two daughters home during lockdown and then enjoyed sending them back to Bates with the pet dogs. When Peggy Darger Sacher had a tiny sore throat, she tested positive for Strep Throat and Covid-19 but didn’t recognize the severe fatigue until recovery; she lets us monitor her for aftereffects and she suggests Covid-19 turned her hair grey. The call is going so well, that Beth, Mary Helen, and Ellen—who lived in Munger all through college—suggested inviting the other floors and other years. We added Delna Sethna Dastur, who in turn provided current e-mail for Nancy Nowlin Kerr. Rochelle Didier and Lois Juliber have conflicts but are glad to stay in touch. Sharol Rhodes Hayner recently dropped in to represent Reunion.
Send your news and photos to Belinda Wilkins Tepper at 1971Notes@Alum.Wellesley.edu.