75th Reunion Year
70th Reunion Year
Barbara Abney Bolger writes, “Looking forward to a cruise at the end of April visiting Celtic Lands and some D-Day sites with the Mt. Holyoke Alumnae Association. Dwight David Eisenhower II will be with us for that part of the trip. It will feel different, going alone, after all the wonderful trips Don and I shared. Also looking forward to the arrival of a grandson in August, courtesy of Megan and John! My children and grandchildren are planning a weekend celebration for my 85th birthday in May. It pays to grow old: I was recruited to play an old lady in a Reader’s Theater production of Marjorie Prime at our library!”
Jean MacIntyre shared, “I am in my second year as the Chair of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton Academic Awards Fund. This registered Canadian charity offers bursary assistance and graduate scholarships at the University of Alberta to women in need.
65th Reunion Year
Sally Helsel Price noted, “Sadly, I report that my dear husband of 60 years passed away in April 2017. He was always an interesting partner and travel companion on our many journeys.”
60th Reunion Year
Rachel ‘Gay’ Knake Haines shared, “I have enjoyed travel and visits over the past few years with Polly Brandt Lechner and Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Clark Pegg. I work with my therapy dog in the 12th District Court system in the tri-county area, which is challenging, but extremely rewarding work. I spend as much time as possible with my two handsome grandsons when they’re home from college. In a strange stroke of luck, I can spend time with St. Croix friends who have relocated to my area!”
Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Clark Pegg writes, “Hey 59ers! Our 60th Reunion is coming up this fall. Any chance we could have a gathering like 10 years ago?”
55th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1964: We’d love to hear about your science education at WT.
Nancy Matheny Rabner shared, “I have accepted the milestone I just passed, but in my mind I am still sunbathing in the WT driveway at lunch with my aluminum foil reflector with the girls. I am the mother of two beautiful daughters and nanny to five perfect grandchildren. I am happy writing and owning my own small business. Lifetimes have passed, but I still love WT!”
Congratulations to Wendy Newstetter who was honored with the National Academy of Engineering Gordon Prize for 2018. This prize recognizes leaders in academia for the development of new educational approaches to engineering education.
50th Reunion Year
National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson photographed the aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Squirrel Hill. Her photos and reflection on documenting this tragedy in her hometown can be found on National Geographic’s website.
Betsy Aiken shares, “From time to time Sue Hunter and I have the pleasure of meeting up for fun and adventure. I’m now working for the Westmoreland Land Trust, conserving open space in Westmoreland County. It is with humor and fond memories that I look back upon my years at WT.”
45th Reunion Year
Adrienne Statti accepted a Project Manager position at CTI Clinical Trials and Consulting in Covington, KY (across the river from Cincinnati) and moved to Northern Kentucky in January 2019. CTI specializes in rare disease and oncology research.
40th Reunion Year
Class of 1979: Please help us to identify classmates in this photo by emailing Amiena Mahsoob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edith Raphael Brotman had her second book published. The Art of Being Present: Mindfulness Meditation for Work and Life follows her first book Mussar Yoga.
35th Reunion Year
Congratulations to Heather Gaines who is moving to Beachwood, OH to become the Housing Choice Voucher Program Director for Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority.
30th Reunion Year
Class of 1989 Thistledown staff: Do you have any great photos you could share for the Reunion slideshow?
25th Reunion Year
Class of 1994: What’s the story behind this professional photo?
Christopher ‘Chris’ Stigler has become a Principal at Blackney Hayes Architects. The Philadelphia-based Architecture and Engineering firm has been in business for 31 years with a focus in educational, multi-family residential, hospitality, healthcare, and corporate markets. Chris has served as the Director of Quality Control and is looking forward to expanding his role as Principal and growing the firm.
Like most of the rest of her Class of ’96, Lauren Ober recently turned 40 (Happy Birthday, y’all!). In her 40th year, Lauren took lots of pictures of her dog, bought a condo, and lost her job. She is now the host of Spectacular Failures, a podcast from American Public Media. It drops in June. Check it out! Lauren lives in D.C. with her aforementioned animal. Say hi!: @oberandout or oberandout.com
20th Reunion Year
What are you up to now?
Brandilyn ‘Brandi’ Dumas was recently elevated to shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in New York City. Brandi focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions, including borrower- and lender-side financings, acquisitions and dispositions, and development, with respect to a variety of asset types.
Shannon Lindemer Garcia writes, “After being a stay-at-home mom for four years, I’ve decided to go back to school at the University of Arizona to major in Psychology and minor in Healthcare and Sciences. Once I graduate in 2021, I hope to continue my education focusing on Psychoneuroimmunology. Our four-year old son, Mateo, is in preschool where he is in full immersion Spanish and also learns Farsi and Hebrew. He loves it and teaches us new words every day! Our two-year old daughter, Stella, will be starting preschool in the fall, but in the meantime she loves hanging out with her puppies. My husband, David, is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona in Health Promotion Sciences. We love living in Tucson and always welcome visitors.”
Kristen Maser Michaels was recently named the Director of For Good PGH, a non-profit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness through its own unique initiatives and by facilitating partnerships. Kristen is also the co-founder of Free Store Wilkinsburg, in Wilkinsburg, PA that serves neighbors in need.
Ronee Penoi is now an Associate Producer with Octopus Theatricals. Ronee is a 2016 Theater Communications Group (TCG) Rising Leader of Color and was also selected to join the third cohort for The Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ (APAP) Arts Leadership Program, Leadership Fellows Program (LFP). Ronee had her NYC producing debut recently at the world-famous BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) for the New Wave Festival with Phantom Limbs’ Falling Out. Additionally, Ronee is writing a new musical, The Carlisle Project, which has already received recognition and its first developmental premiere at Dartmouth University. Ronee and Ilana ‘Loni’ Ransom Toeplitz ’05 are still best friends and attended each other’s premieres this past November in New York City.
15th Reunion Year
Class of 2004: What was the occasion for this photo?
10th Reunion Year
Congratulations to Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Isaacson who has graduated from the joint M.B.A./J.D. program from the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He will be joining McKinsey & Company in the Pittsburgh office.
5th Reunion Year
Kayla Goldstein is currently teaching English as a Second Language in Moscow.
Yijia Chen traveled to Beijing during his winter break from the University of California at Berkeley to research deep learning to develop lossless compression algorithms of data that are more efficient than the current ones.
The following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.
Mary Lou Kountz Groover ’39
Ruth Weimer Tillar ’41
Janet Donaldson Gilmore ’43
Jane ‘Bonnie’ Gordon Haynes ’43
Nancy Walton Follansbee ’46
Eleanor Hewitt Rushworth ’47
Frances ‘Fran’ Blasdell Hubbell ’55
Alexandra ‘Alex’ Brittain Knox ’59
Joyce Griffith Butler ’64
Katherine ‘Kat’ Tynberg ’67
Alexander ‘Alex’ Joseph Zerby A’17
Paulette Durst, former faculty member
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