Jean Ballard George shared, “John and I continue to be independent residents of Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania near Harrisburg. Music is still a favorite pastime as we attend our local choral society concerts and Harrisburg’s wonderful symphony. We have a comfortable cottage and see John’s daughters and family for all holidays.”


75th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

When Patricia ‘Pat’ Williams Gilchrist graduated from Pitt, the war in Europe was just over and she went to Berlin to work as a civilian with the U.S. Military Government for Germany. Pat wrote a book entitled It’s Midnight in Berlin: A True Story of an American Girl in War Torn Berlin 1946-1947 that’s been published and is available on Amazon.


70th Reunion Oct 7 and 8


65th Reunion Oct 7 and 8


Looking forward to seeing each other at their 60th Mount Holyoke College Reunion, Barbara Abney Bolger and Nita Dressler Argyres had a wonderful telephone chat recently. They agreed that it will be good to see their WT classmates at their 65th Reunion in 2017!


Dana Spicer McCown writes, “In spite of Bob breaking his hip three months before, we travelled to India in November to relive memories of our earlier visits there. Bob’s ‘young’ protégé who became Deputy Director of the Research Institute where we spent much time, invited us to come stay with them. I took the opportunity to spend time with the weavers whose heritage traditions I documented for my Master’s Degree. We also had the opportunity to be tourists.”

Darin Geise Snyder sends greetings to her classmates and hopes they are doing well. She is still busy with various activities including leading the Bay Village Community Council as co-president. Darin’s grandchildren are growing up and one will graduate next June in California.


1955 Frances Blasdell Hubbell is enjoying spending time with WT friends. She writes that she “visited Linda Brown Beard not once last year, but twice. Recently, I spent a delightful few days with Mary Minor …


1956 60th Reunion Oct 7 and 8 After an extended illness Lynne Crookston Stull writes that she is now “almost back to my old self. I moved into a lovely, large mobile home park in …


1957 Phyllis Chinlund is enjoying life on the coast of Maine and is proud to announce the publication of her new memoir, Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia published …


Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Clark Pegg writes, “This past year, as in previous years, what’s most significant in my life, other than family and the next generations, are educational opportunities and advocacy by Witness for Peace in Latin America. This year has been especially significant because a week after I led a delegation to Honduras, Berta Caceres, a renowned and courageous leader of the indigenous Lenca people was assassinated due to her opposition to a hydroelectric dam project. You can learn more about her life and work at www.witnessforpeace.org.”


55th Reunion Oct 7 and 8


Margaret ‘Marny’ Riehl Peabody writes that “Class of 65’ers Carol Heape, Cynthia ‘Cynnie’ Pearson Turich, and my sister Becky and I, are headed for a Thelma and Louise road trip around the Southwest. Starting and ending in Vegas, this seven-day road trip has us visiting sites like Hoover Dam, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Durango CO, Aztec ruins, and many others. At our age we really hope to do something that needs to stay in Vegas!”

In recent years, Joan Clark Davis has been doing a lot of traveling. She has now been to all seven continents. Her most memorable trip was to Antarctica with the gorgeous scenery and all the penguins. The Taj Mahal in India, the Pyramids in Egypt, and the Great Wall of China were also fantastic sites. Joan enjoyed celebrating a 50th Reunion with her classmates last fall and she plays bridge three days a week.


50th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

Kristin Langley is still consulting in the insurance industry as a problem solver. She started a new contract in June and enjoyed travelling in the interim.

Judith ‘Judy’ Uptegraff Spaeth and her husband Frank sold their optometry practice last year and have retired after 41 years. They will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this year. Although they will still maintain a presence in North Carolina where their children and grandchildren live, they have moved to Naples, FL. Judy enjoyed connecting with a few of her WT classmates on Facebook and looks forward to seeing them at their 50th Reunion this year.


Marsia Gibel Seydoux writes, “I can’t believe that almost 40 years have passed! After five years living in Rio de Janeiro, I have moved back to Pennsylvania. I am on the other side of the state in West Chester. My three children are grown. I am working now as a real estate agent in my town and am involved in numerous activities like gardening, charity, and the arts. I hope I will see some of you at our 40th Reunion next year.”


Nancy Follansbee is in the immigration department of Cohen & Grigsby in Pittsburgh. She writes, “I keep up with Monica Wolk James who went with me to Vanderbilt and lives in Atlanta with her brilliant family.”

Peggy Jo Vanderbeck Thomas writes, “Life as a homeschool mom was challenging and rewarding, but I find my days are full even with my daughter, Shellby, away at college. Shellby is completing her sophomore year as a Literature Major at Patrick Henry College in Virginia, and just returned from a college tour of Rome. I continue to teach piano lessons and am slowly growing my studio. I have also been taking art classes and really enjoyed learning oil painting, something I never did as an Industrial Designer. I have been co-teaching a Bible class and have found that both teachers and students alike have been richly blessed. For the past several years I have been challenged with some health issues but have been grateful for recent improvement which has allowed me to resume some activities and interests. My dear husband and I are looking forward to retirement and can’t wait to see what that new season of life will hold for us!”


35th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

Deborah ‘Debbie’ Leff Dutton and Lori Adelson Derman met at Shanghai Airport this past fall. Lori and her husband, Seth, were leaving from their tour around China as Debbie was arriving for a work-related trip.


30th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

Last July, Elizabeth Samet and her family relocated to Philadelphia, PA where she is the Vice President of Branding and PR, and Creative Director at the Destination Maternity Corporation which is the parent of both Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod. Elizabeth’s boys Zeke, age 15, and Lex, age 12, are adjusting to urban life and attend a music magnet school where she hopes they get the foundation to become rock stars. Her husband David continues to run a theater development company called The Jewish Plays Project, jewishplaysproject.org, where she sits on the advisory board. Elizabeth and David opened their new home to WT alumnae/i for the On the Road Philadelphia event.


Over the holiday season, Sheen Sehgal hosted a canape and dessert potluck at her Mount Washington home. Sheen’s friends and classmates included Kathryn ‘KC’ Henninger Sokol, Vicki Taylor Stein, and Linsey McDaniel A’96, who enjoyed the magnificent view of Pittsburgh from Sheen’s living room and wished her bon voyage on her upcoming travels to India.


25th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

Claire Bruyneel writes, “We had a rough year in 2015, and the worst, for us, just happened as two terrorist attacks took place in Brussels on March 22, 2016. Life is becoming quite different as we cannot forget that “something” can happen. We try to “keep calm and go on”, but also have to make sure that the kids are going safely to school, usually by train. We try to go to downtown Brussels to show that terror will not win but we also feel better at home in the suburbs. My husband Thomas still works as a lawyer. He started to play golf, loves it, and was followed on to the greens by our 12 year old daughter Laure. Antoine, age 10, is a field-hockey player. I still work as a judge of investigation and try to get some breaks but I’m in charge of terrorism – quite busy right now. My “break” is still cooking, with love, mostly pastries and pies! I’m not sure I’ll be able to cross the ocean for our 25th Reunion in October; I can’t believe it has been such a long time!”


Elisabeth ‘Lisa’ Bennington has formed her own firm, Bennington Law Firm, LLC, located on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside and continues to litigate in the areas of divorce, custody, and support law. Her daughter Emma is enjoying Kindergarten.


20th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

Lauren Ober is the host of The Big Listen, a new weekly show on WAMU 88.5, the NPR station in Washington, D.C. You can check it out at biglisten.org or on Twitter at @hearbiglisten. Lauren also produces Orbital Path, a podcast about space from PRX, and was recently a French American Foundation Immigration Journalism Fellow in Russia. She tweets at @oberandout. Her rescue dog, Raffie, doesn’t tweet. But he does help her answer emails at oberandout@gmail.com.


Emily Gropp Carlson’s manuscript, I Have a Teacher, won the 2016 Center for Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Competition judged by Mary Ruefle and Sharon Dolin. Mary Ruefle wrote about Emily’s work, “This intense, remarkable, searing sequence takes, in seventeen steps, a journey to that place where the ancient reciprocity between the living and the dead (all but forgotten in a world of end-stopped sentences) is fully realized by a fragile mourner.Along the way, she becomes a poet of steel and pure spirit.” Emily’s chapbook of poems recounting her travels to Lebanon during the Beruit invasion, Symphony No. 2, was published by Argos Books last fall. Emily, her husband Sten, and son Jules, welcomed baby Ravi Iris to the world in March.


Since 2007, Ian Pajer-Rogers has been privileged to work on a number of social justice campaigns, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, organizing an effort to move more than half-a-billion dollars out of big banks and into credit unions and community banks, and fighting to stop wage theft.

Jason Shavers and Connor (Mrozowski) McCanlus ‘07 shared the stage and stole the show in Pittsburgh CLO’s spring production of the humorous hit Broadway Musical First Night.


15th Reunion Oct 7 and 8


Brea Heidelberg visited Dr. Naragon’s Politics class at WT to share her experience with nonprofit management and arts policy. Brea became the Director of the Multicultural Studies program at Rider University in June.

Lauren Radakovich Colosimo married Mr. William Colosimo III on July 3, 2015.


Abby Robinson Foster and husband Michael Foster welcomed baby William Foster into their family in  June 2015. He joins big sister Beezie at their home in Pittsburgh. Both are looking forward to WT Pre-K!

Felise Dezen was named employee of the month at New York Presbyterian’s The Allen Hospital where she works as a Psychiatric Social Worker.

Sam Mindlin married Stephanie Lotshaw last January. A number of WT pals made it to Malibu for the wedding. Sam recently finished graduate work at NYU in music technology, and he and Steph live in Brooklyn.


10th Reunion Oct 7 and 8


John Kanter graduated from the Florida State University College of Medicine with an M.D. degree in May. His residence will be in neurosurgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.


Robert ‘Bobby’ Allan, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, appeared in an episode of the SyFy series premiere of The Internet Ruined My Life. Bobby is currently living in Brooklyn, NY and is performing with the St. Bart’s Players (Urinetown, Spelling Bee as Vice Principal Panch). Bobby has also worked with the Little Radicals Theatrics (Addams Family the Musical) and Porchlight Productions (Altar Boyz, as Luke).


5th Reunion Oct 7 and 8

Maggie Rogers was married on October 31, 2015 to Lt. Michael Houghton. Molly Ostrow was one of her bridesmaids, and Jennifer Shields and Sally Loevner also made it down to Charlotte, NC for the ceremony and reception.


Annie Jasiewicz’s dream has come true! Annie will be working at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium this summer.

Natalie Adams spent her fall semester in Washington, D.C. pursuing two internships: one in Senator Bob Casey’s office and the other at the Department of Education. In January she returned to the tundra of upstate New York to continue her study of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College.


Ben Kostella plans to declare a major in Political Science. He writes, “I wish all the best to those at dear ol’ WT. Keep on keepin’ on!”

Cecily Milligan is continuing her undergraduate studies at Allegheny College and recently became a facilitator of the Next Chapter Book Club. Each week she reads with adults with down syndrome.

Charlie Orr took classes at the University of Pittsburgh this semester as he prepares to transfer to State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY this fall. He thanks Kayla Goldstein and Laurie Thompson for showing him the school! Charlie worked with the WT boys tennis team and the WT Salsa Garden while he was in Pittsburgh.

Elena Falgione played Bottom in Seton Hill University’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in November.

Kayla Goldstein is very excited to continue her studies at Syracuse University while pursuing a major in International Relations and Modern Languages (Russian). She is excited to spend her junior year studying in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kayla was recently elected to the Executive Board of her professional fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, with fellow WT alum Laurie Thompson.


Justin Hare is doing very well at Washington University in  St. Louis.

Alexandra Uribe writes, “It is hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since embarking on the college experience. The year has been full of challenging and amazing opportunities, each day promising to be more exciting than the last. Some of the highlights include writing for the Duke Chronicle, learning Latin dances, and working with Mi Gente, Duke’s Student Latin American and Hispanic Organization. In addition, I participated with the Duke Taekwondo Team in the last Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference tournament of the year at Princeton University. We placed first in our division and returned with three gold medals, three bronze medals and a silver medal. In April, I competed with the Duke Taekwondo Team at Nationals in Colorado. When not practicing for Nationals or attending classes, I continue participating as a member of Duke Environmental Alliance and working as the newly elected Academic Chair of Mi Gente, a position designed to enrich the academic and career experiences of minority students during and after their time at Duke.

Honorary Alumnae/i

L. Scarborough, Honorary Alumae, traveled to Virgin Gorda, BVI in March. Gaylen writes, “It was great to be together—Jane is just as amazing as she always was!”

In Memoriam

Thistle LogoThe following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.

Vivian Copeland Reed ’31
Mary Gordon Kraft A’32
Louise Darling Luria W’35
Barbara Foster Mars ’41
Mary Barnhart Trainer ’42
Janet Eisenbeis Johnson ’43
Joyce Runk Wenston ’43
Alice Pitcher Dibble ’44
Rita J. Gould ’46
Emily Seaberg Barends-Morse ’47
Martha Johnston Reed ’49
Virginia Lester Burns ’54
Sara Otto ’60
Phyllis Novick Silverman ’76

Alumnae/i Connections

Check out our newly reimagined online spaces:

LinkedIn is now the place to share stories, find fellow alums, and engage in dialogue: linkedin.com/school/winchester-thurston-school.

The WTAlums Facebook page and class year groups are being retired. You can follow all that’s happening today at WT at facebook.com/winchesterthurston.

Visit the WT website to access the directory, update your profile, submit a class note, and learn about upcoming events.

We’re eager to help share your stories and facilitate connections!