Judith Riley MD is sad to report that her “husband of 32 years, Mark Berman, died on February 7, 2022. He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2020, the day the country shut down due to Covid. He pushed through 2 years of very difficult treatment, and took advantage of those last 2 years to attend the wedding of our daughter, Alex Berman '16 to Kelly Smith '16, spend parts of the past two summers at our house on Martha's Vineyard, and take a final trip to Alaska. Mark built his family' s plumbing supply business into the premier showroom in the Southwest. He was dedicated to his family, community, athletics and specifically women's athletics. He was a wonderful husband and father, and the world lost a very special person.”
In other sad news, Marcy Zwelling-Aamot died in January, 2022.
Cheryl Huckins reports that she “retired after 43 years in practice as an internist, the last 27 in extended care. I am still a medical director at a local nursing facility. I had wonderful opportunities to provide medical services in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, Pakistan after flooding, Haiti and Nicaragua. I worked for a year with my husband at the US embassy in Kabul.
Last year I joined the Wellesley book club and read Caste, which deeply, deeply affected me. I heard about the Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative (WRJI) and was curious and listened to a couple of their webinars. The more I listened, the more I realized that my education about black history was horrifically lacking. I have now completed the White Alumni Antiracist Training (WAAT) and am on my journey to be an ally. What a surprise (but not really) to see my roommate, Laurie Breitkopf, participating on one of the webinars. I urge all of you to listen in to WRJI and sign up for the WAAT training.”
Cheryl’s note resonates; as senior warden at my church, I (Kathy Smith Collett) have been helping to introduce the idea of a land acknowledgement and why it would be appropriate to use one, trying to get the parish to not only use the words but do the work. Several of us in the parish went through the months-long anti-racism series Sacred Ground, https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/, which we started in the fall of 2019 in person and finished in 2020 meeting on zoom. In other news, we visit and zoom with articulate grandsons, 4 and 2; my retirement Golden Retriever puppy at one is charming but not sedate; my husband and I have started singing again, masked, in the large chorus rehearsing for the Brahms Requiem concert, postponed two years ago — so much more meaningful now. My siblings and I are preparing the family house to be put on the market in the spring, involving lots of trips to Massachusetts, and, bonus!, time with my sister (MHC 1984).