Ruth Weimer Tillar attended her 76th William and Mary Homecoming in the fall!


65th Reunion Year

Dr. Jean MacIntyre writes, “Living as I do in Alberta, Canada, I don’t see or hear from classmates often, except for Barbara Abney Bolger who regularly sends me a Christmas letter. My Bryn Mawr class endowed a scholarship with, to date, something approaching $600,000 and I have recently been going on alumnae trips, the most recent in October to Provence, last year to the southwest provinces, and the year before that to Iceland. I’m also sponsoring a girl for secondary school in Tanzania through the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES), which has over the past 35 years put over 1,000 girls through school who, without this, would have married as teenagers and lived in poverty. A similar organization, founded in the U.S. but based in Kenya, is Akili Dada.”


Elisabeth ’Betsy’ Riddle Ruderfer writes, “I’m so sorry to have missed Reunion again! Emil and I have sold our home in Washington, D.C. and are on our way to settling in Pittsburgh. We haven’t found a home there as yet and are roosting at our little mountain house, “High Hopes”, until we do. Located remotely in the Tuscarora Range in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, we must drive down off of the mountain every day for the newspapers, mail, and groceries. While very beautiful in the fall, we are, needless to say, hoping for a mild winter! I hope everybody is well and thriving and I hope to see old friends when we finally get settled.


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


Elizabeth Forstall Keen writes she and her husband Don, “continue to enjoy this good Florida life! We keep busy playing on the golf course and volunteering many hours in our church’s food pantry. We just returned from an adventure thru Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.”


60th Reunion Year

Jane Sachs Radoff writes, “I am happy, fulfilled and still living in Henderson, Nevada. My three daughters and three of four grandchildren all live here, so I see them often. I have been retired as Vice President from Wynn Design and Development since 2005, the year after my husband passed away. I am busy painting with alcohol inks and acrylics, making jewelry, felting, playing the Uke since my hands will no longer stretch enough to play the guitar, going to Pilates and Gyrotonic, knitting, reading voraciously, enjoying an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class, and doing lunch with friends, a treat now that I am retired, and traveling often. I am going to change my “escaping-the-summer-heat” destination this coming year by giving up Sun Valley, Idaho for Bellingham, Washington, a beautiful, artsy community. I am looking forward to it. The last time I was in Pittsburgh to visit my sister, Nan Sachs Solow ’61, I ate lunch and gabbed with Janie Arensberg Thompson, Nancy Seip Krot, Carole Oswald Marcus, and Rosanne Isay Harrison ’56. I had a wonderful lunch with Sally Guy Stone-Worsing less than a year before she passed. I stay in touch with Harriet Adler Feldman. All is well here in the desert southwest and I welcome any visitors to Las Vegas.”

Members of the Class of 1957. Recognize this photo? Contact us at alum@winchesterthurston.org with the classmates and story captured here.


55th Reunion Year

Members of the Class of 1962. Recognize this photo? Contact us at alum@winchesterthurston.org with the classmates and story captured here.


Members of the Class of 1966 at their 50th Reunion (front row left to right) Kristin Langley, Margaret ’Peggy’ Swinston-Rivera, Judith ’Judy’ Uptegraff Spaeth, Judy Stern Parkhurst, Sally Mars Carey, Martha ’Marsie’ Lynn Berg, Lindsay Yates, Christine Crawford, (middle row left to right) Lenore ’Muff’ Mardis-McClintock, Nancy Taylor Parrish,  Margaret ’Meg’ Gezon Meltz, Consuelo ’Connie’ Staisey Woodhead, Kathleen ’Kathy’ Hepburn MacLean, Martha Hunter, Susan McGowan, Susan Whitmer Craft (back row left to right) Mary McSorley, Margaret ’Mimi’ Keck, Ann Haber Schelbe, Martha Jane ’MJ’ Nims Valent, Linda Frank Ruth, Marilyn Mercer, Elizabeth ’Betty’ McCrady King, Vicki Erenstein  ya Toivo, Anne Parkin Pierpont, Susan Cohen Myrick


50th Reunion Year

Members of the Class of 1967. Recognize this photo? Contact us at alum@winchesterthurston.org with your classmates’ names.


Paula Becker Vito writes, “After being voted the first in the class to get married, I actually might have been. Denny and I celebrated 43 years of marriage this June and moved into our retirement home on the Wye River in Maryland. Still sailing the Chesapeake Bay, and caring for a 46-year-old wooden boat, we enjoy our children and grand doggies on the water’s edge. I retired from teaching middle school art after 23 years and enjoy creative monthly gatherings with art friends, reading one great book each month, horticulture activities and ornithology. All the best to the women of the Class of ’71.

Americans for the Arts recognized Catherine Widgery for Outstanding Public Arts Projects of 2015. Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, honored 38 outstanding public arts projects created in 2015 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. Widgery’s work was chosen from 260 entries across the country. Inspired by the natural environment, Passing Storms, which consists of two sculptural components, Rain and Cloud, portrays the changing weather as metaphor for unpredictable and shifting states of mind.


45th Reunion Year

Seen at graduation, 1972. Recognize this photo? Contact us at alum@winchesterthurston.org with the story captured here.


Eleanor Agnew married the love of her life, Ron Hansen, on October 8, 2016. They live near Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Ron is gainfully retired and Eleanor works with families of children with disabilities helping them understand special education.

Heidi Kanterman Freedman writes, “It’s been a very busy 2016! My daughter, Hillary and her husband Dan welcomed a son, Carter, in July. He joins his sister, Madelyn who is almost three. My son, Andrew, was married on September 25 to Krystie Bellandi. Our family keeps growing!”

Susan Whitacre writes, “I so enjoyed my visit to fabulous Pittsburgh this summer and especially my stop at ’dear old WT’! I played the tourist and rediscovered the beauty, tradition, art, and magnificent cuisine that makes Pittsburgh the gem it is. On the next visit I hope to stay long enough to catch up with my classmates. Back in Houston, Texas I’m enjoying my work as a Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty.”


Members of the Class of 1976 at the Reunion 2016 Cocktail Reception (L-R) Beth Beegle Miller, Karen Hughes, Claire Blume Thomas, Candace Zillweger, Virginia O’Riley, Louise Ketchum, Bahra McConnel Fisher, Susan Davis Claus, Lisa Whitcomb Capra, Lynn Snyderman, Kathleen Scott Gallagher, Mary Odom, Julia Marous Straut, Sara Elinoff Acker


40th Reunion Year

Cindy Deskins just started a new online business selling beautiful handmade soaps. Cindy writes, “It’s a passion and hobby-turned-e-store, and I’m having a blast! Take a look at www.luxindasoap.com. I’m already looking forward to our class’ 40th reunion in 2017!”


Amy Kamin continues as the CEO of EndyMed Medical, Inc. in New York City. As announced in Women’s Wear Daily, the company’s home beauty tool NEWA was launched this holiday season at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus stores across the country. Amy writes,

“My daughter Sydney graduated from George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and she was named Editor of The Daily Front Row Fashion Magazine. My son Mitchell is in seventh grade at The Birch Wathen School.”


35th Reunion Year

Members of the Class of 1982. Recognize this photo? Contact us at alum@winchesterthurston.org with the classmates and story captured here.


Gretchen Biesecker writes, “I left City Year at the end of July 2015 and started my own business. It’s going great! I’m learning a lot and get to work with a lot of different kinds of non-profits now. One of my clients is the Massachusetts state commission for AmeriCorps. I’m helping them build program evaluation capacities among all twenty-three of the state’s AmeriCorps programs. If you get curious, you can check out my website, www.beeskneesdata.com.”


30th Reunion Year

Two exciting things happened for Kimberly Farinet-Sailer in 2016. She won the National Championship U.S. Figure Skating Masters Pairs and got inducted into the WT Athletics Hall of Fame!

Meenekshi ’Meena’ Bose ’87, Chair of Presidential Studies at Hofstra University, appearing on CNN to share commentary on the recent election.


Amy Katz Leaman is the proud parent of a WT student. Amy writes, “our son is a member of the Class of 2028, and he absolutely adores first grade. I never thought I would be both an associate alumna and part of a legacy family as well!”


Members of the class of 1991 at the Reunion 2016 Cocktail Reception (L-R) Beth Finkel Cramer, Hilary Lloyd Prosser, Alunda Grzybek Edmonds, Heather Humphries Henkel


35th Reunion Year

Class of 1992 at their graduation


Zakia Redd Williams and her husband Troy welcomed baby Tia Azara Williams to the world in June. Zakia and her family live in the Washington D.C. area where she is Deputy Program Area Director of Youth Development at Child Trends.


Erin Herward Thurston completed her first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, in October. Erin writes, “It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but I am so proud to have persevered and finished.”    


Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson joined Duquesne Law as an assistant clinical professor to launch the Juvenile Defender Clinic and plan an Education Law Clinic. Prior to joining Duquesne Law, Tiffany was the Deputy Director for the Juvenile Division at the Office of the Public Defender in Allegheny County, where she served for over two years. As Deputy, Tiffany wrote and implemented new practice standards across the juvenile division.

Jonathan Mahone, known as Chaka Mandla Mhambi Mpeanaji, and his wife are touring and winning recognition with their hip hop band, Riders Against the Storm.


Members of the class of 1996 at the Reunion 2016 Cocktail Reception (L-R) Anjali Sachdeva, Tiffany Baxendell Bridge, Laurel Shaw Randi, Kate Thorsen, Ariel Koros Grassi, Debbie Swerdlow Kramer


20th Reunion Year

Sarah Zeitler writes, “In 2017 we will have our 20th high school reunion. Let’s get as many of us back together as we can to celebrate and reminisce!”


Toby McChesney is now the Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs for Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He oversees admissions, program management, and career services for 450 M.B.A. and M.S. students. Toby will also be teaching undergraduate courses in Business Communications. Santa Clara is the Jesuit University of Silicon Valley and is the first university established in the state of California.


Amy Hirschman Solomon and her husband Jonathan welcomed their adorable baby boy Samson Henry Solomon into the world on Sunday, October 9. Amy writes, “We are all doing well and I’m adjusting to life as a new mom.”


Touted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as “the endearing Jason Shavers,” Jason played The Mute in the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s “fresh-take” staging of The Fantasticks which ran at the O’Reilly Theater through October.


Alec Karakatsanis received the “Responsible Leadership 2016 Emerging Leadership” award from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs’ Johnson Institute. Alec was recognized for his remarkable work in pursuit of justice for persons who have been ignored or, worse, systematically disadvantaged under the current justice system. He is the co-founder of non-profit Equal Justice Under Law and recently started a new organization, Civil Rights Corps. Civil Rights Corps is dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system by engaging in advocacy and public education. Specializing in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation, their goal is to re-sensitize the legal system and our culture at large to injustices and brutality that are currently accepted in the criminal system. Alec’s groundbreaking work continues to be covered in major news outlets and he was named a 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year for his efforts to eliminate unjust money bail systems.


15th Reunion Year

Steele Tyler Filipek is a creator, producer, and writer of the comedy, adventure, mystery show Radio Room. Radio Room is a series of audio dramas presented by some of NYC’s top young talent in its first season on 94.3 WBMB and available on Soundcloud, iTunes, and at www.radioroomshow.com. Filipek is an award-winning writer of fiction, comedy, screenplays, teleplays, comic books, and video games. In addition, in his role as Executive Editor at Starlight Runner Entertainment, he has produced or created transmedia content for such franchises as Halo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Men in Black, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dexter, and more.


Beth Hoffman is working at The Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health (CRMTH), conducting research investigating associations between media messages, technological innovations, and health outcomes. CRMTH is part of the schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and is affiliated with the Pitt Health Policy Institute. Recent collaborators with CRMTH include physician Ryan McGarry of the hit CBS television show Code Black.


New York based artists Emily Cordes ’05 and Ilana Toeplitz ’05 posing for a picture to send to their beloved performing arts teacher Mrs. Barbara Holmes. Emily is a stage, film, and new media actress, and Ilana is a director and choreographer selected for the Drama League Leo Schull New Musicals Directing Fellowship in 2016.


Hannah Stember ’06 (second from right), Public Relations Manager for the Best Friends Animal Society in New York City on the set of NBC’s TODAY Show.

Members of the class of 2006 at the Reunion 2016 Cocktail Reception (seated left to right) Molly Carter, Lily Steiner Enders, Alisa Beverley, Nikhil Singh (standing left to right) Sunil Narla, Ashleigh Parker, Patrice Alexander Alaquiva, Don Michael Mendoza, David Allan, Emily Hoffman, Eliza Kuhn, David Chancellor


10th Reunion Year

Katharine Bartlett writes, “I am enjoying my fourth year working for Boeing Defense, Space and Security as a Quality Engineer in St. Charles, Missouri. I’ve been busy inspecting assemblies and parts for various programs including the QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target and the first two brand-new aircraft for the T-X Competition. I also support the F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-15 Strike Eagle, P-8 Poseidon, E-3 Sentry, VC-25 (Air Force Once) and the KC-46 and KC-135 Tankers. When I’m not climbing all over airplane parts, I enjoy woodturning and building things in my home workshop as well as a plethora of fiber arts such as knitting, spinning yarn, weaving, dyeing, and sewing. I live with my boyfriend Sean in a historic home; we have one “baby” a 2005 Lotus Elise named “Ambrosia.”


Friends and family gathered in Connecticut in September for the wedding of Nikolay ‘Niki’ Karagyozov and Christine Petrus.


Sarah Hillman joins classmate Annie Alexander in working with students at WT. Sarah is coaching Middle School Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Annie is the Program Coordinator as well as the North Hills Campus Summer Camp Director.


Jimyse Brown completed her graduate program in the United Kingdom and is back in Pittsburgh where she recently began teaching Physical Education at WT!

Alaina Ferry is the new voice of the Winchester Thurston School Facebook page! She started last summer as the Marketing and Communications Associate where she does digital communications and supports internal and external communications and publications.


Sally Loevner joined WT this fall as a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher. For a City as Our Campus study, her class took a trip to the Loevner’s 130-acre family owned farm in Allison Park, Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy.


5th Reunion Year

Michael Curry recently moved to Berkeley, California and is currently working at Berkeley Repertory Theatre as the 2016-2017 Education Fellow.

Emily Onorato is the new Assistant to the Director of Athletics at WT. Emily graduated from Penn State in 2016 and, after working as a counselor for WT’s summer camp for the past four years, she became an After School Program Assistant, and Substitute Teacher before stepping into her role in the Athletics Department.


Parus Nischal has been the WT girls Upper School head soccer coach for the past two years, leading the club team in 2015 to a 4-1-1 record and the new varsity team in 2016 to a 7-6-1 record.


William Farnsworth writes, “Over the summer I ended up sitting next to classmate Adam Cohen on a flight from LAX to Pittsburgh. It was great to catch up over the five-hour flight. Both of us had great freshmen years, me at USC studying film, and Adam at Cornell studying hospitality.”

Lucas Rosenblatt developed and launched a successful food delivery app at Brown University.


Carrie Mannino is enjoying freshman year at Yale where she assistant directed and ran sound in the booth for Henry IV this past fall.

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.

Margaret Laird Anderson ’31
Virginia Koch Daugherty ’31
Leaugeay Stevenson Berman ’34
Marjorie Vilsack Propst ’35
Virginia Ditges ’38
Mary Jane Harter Forker ’38
Mary Lou Armstrong Mele ’38
Dorothy O’Brien Mitchel ’38
Betty Jackson Cornell ’39
Sally Jacob Kuhn ’39
Elizabeth Wright Anderson ’45
Susan Williams Godinez ’45
Glenda Heilman ’45
Caroline O’Nan ’52
Jane Cancelliere Whitehead ’55
Sara Miller Gingras ’60
Patricia Pool ’65
Deborah Johnstone Gautschi ’66
Fae Rubenstein ’68
Peter Buongiorno ’07
Ruth Donnelly Egler, Honorary Alumna, former trustee
Bernice J. Davis, former Kindergarten teacher
Linet J. Feigel, former math teacher and academic support teacher

Alumnae/i Connections

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