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Congratulations to all! We exceeded our fundraising goals!

We set new class records!

Our Fundraising Co-VPs, Beth McKinnon and Nan Roberts report that we exceeded all of our fundraising targets for our 50th Reunion giving.  These are the totals reported on June 3, and the books close at the end of June, so it's not too late to make a contribution.  

  • 5-year reunion total: $5,415,513 (a new class record)
  • Durant total: 59 (a new class record)
  • Participation: 73.6% (a new class record)

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Wellesley so far this fiscal year (since July 1, 2021). Gifts to The Wellesley Fund from alums like you ensure the College can support what we love about Wellesley for current and future students. Click here if you who haven’t donated yet (or who wish to make an additional donation). 

We are sorry to report the deaths of three classmates. Sally Burrow Abarno Balisciano died on Feb. 10, 2020, in Salem, Mass. Bonita Stanton died on Jan. 19 in New Jersey. Mary Stimson McNamara died on Jan. 26 in Savannah, Ga. The class extends heartfelt condolences to their families and friends.

Our condolences also to Susan Cardos Martinello, whose husband, Mario, died in August 2021 from a neurodegenerative disease. Only the month before, Mario and Susan attended the Indian wedding of their son Alex and Sanjana Rao in Virginia. Susan has found solace in a new friendship with Abby Bogin Kenigsberg ’60, who lives in the same Austin, Texas, apartment community and shares her love of poetry.

Kim Noland still works, mostly from home, and also serves as president of the Shelter Island Association. “This year, I am busy with civic work—the small town where I live is working on a comprehensive plan after many New Yorkers moved here in the pandemic,” she says. “My daughter lives in London, and friends and family in the U.S. recently gathered for a virtual baby shower on Zoom. The wonders of modern technology—Amazon delivered champagne and cake to the guests pre-party. I’m looking forward to becoming a grandmother.”

Betsy Bassett reports a terrifyingly close encounter with a wildfire: “We were visiting our daughter Victoria and her family in Superior, Colo., on Dec. 30, 2021, when with no warning, we were ordered to evacuate immediately as the Marshall Fire advanced toward us, driven by up to 100-mph winds. About 35,000 people were displaced as the fire swept across 6,000 acres in a matter of hours. We spent our four-night evacuation with [husband] John’s sister, Camille Pane ’82, and her family in Denver. Victoria’s home survived, by two blocks, but nearly 1,000 others were lost.”

Some far-flung friends sent brief messages. From Ann MacNamara (Springfield, Va.): “Greetings + Love.” Elaine Shiang: “Retired from MIT’s medical department after 35 years; now growing shiitake mushrooms and grandchildren in Cambridge, Mass.” Barbara Sladeck (New Britain, Conn.): “No computer—no email. The last dinosaur.” Lee Barber Nowoslawski: “Alive and well and living in Utah with my husband of 45 years, two children, and four grandchildren.” Mary-Ellen Perry: “Our 20th year of specialized transportation from Exeter, N.H., to everywhere. Assistive and supportive customized journeys for your bucket lists!”

News from Barbara “Bobbi” Turner: “My husband and I live in Glendale, Calif., near our eldest’s family and her two terrific children. The youngest, Ethan Archer, was born just before the pandemic. We have been so fortunate to see them weekly. But we have had only rare visits with our two daughters in Brooklyn. I am still working as a physician-researcher, part time (sort of). Medicine has been a wonderful (albeit demanding) profession. I’m delighted to report that I am the co-recipient of the 2022 Elizabeth Kirk Rose Women in Medicine award from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Looking forward to catching up with 1972 classmates at reunion.”

Class Notes Winter 2022

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Our mini-reunion in Key West, Fla., in November 2021 drew seven classmates: Anne Mitchell, Sarah Marter, Beverly Siegal, Mary Helen Kryda Weber, Marcia Armstrong, Elizabeth Bassett, and Kim Noland. The sightseeing, swimming, and seafood dinners were great, Sarah reports, adding, “As usual, the best activity was talking to each other.”

RMD - Another Way to Give

Writing a check is wonderful, but it's not the only way to help us meet our 50th Reunion fundraising goals!

Betsy Bassett, our class's long-time Planned Giving Chair, has shared her experiences with a number us, from charitable annuities with the College, a documented bequest, and the use of her husband's RMD in recent years for annual giving.

One of the ways to save taxes and benefit the college is to designate part of your retirement account Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to Wellesley. If you’ve reached (or will reach) age 72 this year, you may have already heard about this from whoever manages your tax-sheltered accounts. Nan used the RMD edge to make a larger-than-normal gift for our 50th. See https://giftplanning.wellesley.edu/IRA-charitable-rollover  

Another excellent way to benefit Wellesley is to include it in your estate plans and to document this non-binding intention. Beth recently sent in her bequest intention form. If you do this by the end of June, it will count towards our 50th reunion 5-year total gift. See https://giftplanning.wellesley.edu/giving-options/gifts-will-or-trust.  

Please reach out to her if she can be helpful: elizabethbassettvt@gmail.com.  

Following is a link to more information about giving to Wellesley: https://www.wellesley.edu/giving/ways.

Cheers to all in 2021, which we greet with raised hopes and expectations.  Click through for news from Cheryl Manelis Smith, Sarah Marter, Susan Sarvay, Kim Kahrilas, Mary Helen Kryda Weber and Cynthia Johnson. 

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