Belinda Wilkins Tepper
This is the unabridged version of the class notes. The magazine has a 500-word limit.
Lois Juliber hosted a visit from the Wellesley Club of Naples to ARTIS-Naples on February 17, 2021. They enjoyed the docent tour of the spectacular Chihuly exhibit and a lovely rooftop reception. Lois is the Chair of ARTIS, which also has a performing arts center.
Gail Rothenberg, President of the Wellesley Club of Naples, regretted that more members had not been vaccinated and couldn't be comfortable joining the outing. In normal times more than 20 would attend such a wonderful event. Gail declares that she and Lois did not breathe until the picture was taken and their COVID-protocol masks were back on.
“A quiet fall spent at home - able to host family and occasionally friends on my large deck overlooking a small lake [in northern Virginia]. But with the cold of winter now moving to Zoom. Busy with on-line classes, zoom gatherings of friends, my Facebook Shakespeare 2020 group (reading all of Shakespeare this year) and of course lots of needlework - my retirement passion. Like everyone else I am attempting to edit the house. Big events are playing dress-up for Zoom. Even put on low heels and jewels - nice change from Fleece sweaters and stretch Corduroys.”
I send greetings to all of my ’71 classmates from Southern California. Who knows where we will be on the pandemic front by Spring 2021 when this issue comes out, but I certainly hope we have moved far beyond the grim winter months. As for me, I am adjusting to the incalculable loss of my husband of 44 years last August. Not due to Covid but rather to two serious bouts of pneumonia which began in May. At least in my case I was able to have Dick home with me after his intense hospitalizations. The care at home was extremely complex but all thanks to my step-daughter who had nursing experience many years back she and I were able to manage Dick’s care. I plan to stay in our house which is full of “us,” from books to art to music to furnishings to the garden all of which we gathered around us throughout our lives together. I received a wonderful book from a woman with whom Dick worked as an agent (he was a literary agent following his publishing career) called The Widow’s Handbook. It’s a collection of poems by 80 some American women poet widows. The perceptions, reactions, sorrows, fears of others who have confronted what I am confronting now are comforting. And I have joined the Class of ’71 Claflin calls organized by Trudy Hanmer which is putting me in “visual” contact with people some of whom I frankly do not recall but am very pleased to see now all in their current incarnations.
Vaccinations are available, but Covid-19 protocols remain in place. If you could send yourself a brief message in 2019, what would you say?
Susan Kiggins O’Connell
Be ready to pivot gracefully
Take all 2020 trips now
keep your partner close every day
check out type 1 dog diabetes
Belinda Wilkins Tepper
don’t buy season tickets
call your friends
Ann Sutphin Hafer
Debbie Smith Pabst
visit and hug your grandchildren
Antonia (Toni) Snyder Mann
Kim Hamilton Gottshall
see the dentist
take vacations early
Peggy Darger Sacher
get your teeth cleaned in February
Mary Helen Lorenz
see your doctor early
go to Europe now and update ethernet when renovating
Patricia Epstein Rosenberg
have fun now
get a line of credit
Mary B Grunnagle Barlow
Five words from 2019: "hip, house, retirement--all new." From 2020, KaBlam!
Abby Johnson Buhle
Hold on to hope is the note I would write to myself in 2019. It applied to Covid, cancer and chemo in the time of Covid and political chaos.
Finally, the class of 1971 sends condolences to the families and friends of four late classmates.
Tara R. Mullen
Tara died unexpectedly after a fall in her Charlotte, Vermont home on December 8, 2020. She is remembered as a teacher, caseworker, mother, and feminist.
Photine Electra Demopoulos Yorsz
Electra died on December 27, 2020, at home in Wilmington, Delaware. Her Easter parties were legendary, and she had a beautiful sense of style with an eye for design and décor.
Jacquelyne R. Cassada
Jackie died on 29 December 2020 in Asheville, North Carolina, where she worked for the Buncombe County Library System for 30 years. She was a professional musician and writer, creating several fantasy books and short stories as well as game books. Some of her last posts appeared in the Wellesley Class of 1971 Facebook group.
Susan Penelope Teevan
The college discovered that Sue had died on 15 March 2016, not long before our 45th reunion. We remember her best as Rooby in Junior Show.