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Class Notes Winter 2022

Class Notes Winter 2022

Hello! By the time you read this, the College will have decided whether or not we can hold our gala 50-year reunion in person on campus. Fingers crossed! In either case, please update your contact information at www.alum.wellesley.edu. Log in, and select “Update your profile.”

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.”

Harriet Chessman still lives in the small, largely peaceful town of Guilford, Conn., with her spouse, Bryan Wolf. One of her grown-up kids lives in nearby New Haven, and the other two are on the West Coast (Portland and L.A.), so family visits during the pandemic have been rare and precious. Harriet has written the libretto for an opera titled Sycorax, with music by Georg Friedrich Haas, scheduled to premiere at the Concert Theater in Bern, Switzerland, in September.

Karen Kwitter and husband Steve were elated to have both sons and their families visit last August. It was the first time the NYC cousins, ages 3 and 1, and their Seattle cousin, age 2, had all spent time together. Much fun and mess and mischief ensued. Karen and Steve hope profoundly that conditions will permit more gatherings soon, for them and for all families.

In Rhode Island, retired pediatrician Constance Rogerson Hiller finds great joy in grandparenting: “Getting to watch the developmental explosion that is early childhood is so much fun after 20 years of hiatus, practicing college-health medicine!” Her first grandchild, Penny, was born to daughter Cat Hiller Canlas ’08 and husband Tim in July 2020. Catherine recently completed her doctorate in clinical nursing and works as a nurse practitioner at CVS, while her parents happily babysit Penny. Farther afield is second granddaughter Maeve, who is just two months younger. Connie’s elder son and his wife manage frequent trips home, including a visit last September to celebrate Maeve’s christening and first birthday. Finally, Connie is helping to plan her younger son’s wedding for this fall. She adds that she finds the nightly news, seemingly an endless barrage of disasters and tragedies, “unnerving” at the very least. “I can see why the U.S. is having such a crisis of mental health with a steady diet of this.”

“Here’s just a bit of my life at the moment,” writes Barbara Aalpoel Cline. “Not quite retired from architecture, but the pandemic slowed my career way down; doing yoga every week; getting PT for a knee injury due to an overzealous start on early summer jogging/hiking; hoping the world will someday catch up to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’; and hoping the world will someday catch up to the superb Wellesley goal of supporting women. My husband is forever too busy with our wine and vineyard businesses, and it is really cool to live with a fun cat.”