During a recent conversation with Patricia ‘Pat’ Williams Gilchrist, she shared stories about Miss Mitchell, including a vivid memory of practicing enunciation by repeating the word, “milk.”


Suzanne ‘Suzie’ Evans Benson writes, “My dog Brendi, a black English Labrador, is a member of Pet Partners Organizations – she’s exceptional! I am 84, but I still take her to hospitals, nursing homes, and rehab institutions about three times a week. We also go to choir practice and choir Sunday morning at St. Paul’s church in Wickford, Rhode Island. One has to visit the Lord because time is clicking by!”


Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Forstall Keen reported, “Don and I continue to enjoy the good Florida life. We keep busy each week playing golf, volunteering in our church’s Food Pantry, and in a program for children with special needs. We recently returned from a beautiful three-week journey through Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.”



Linda Lear was unable to attend Reunion. To see what she has been writing lately, check out the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, including several “Next Page” features including one about Rachel Carson and one about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Judith ‘Judy’ Goldstein Marks writes, “Wishing fellow classmates all my best. I was not able to attend Reunion, but please know that I am thinking about you and ‘dear old WT.’ Please let me know if you are in Sarasota in the winter, in Chapel Hill, NC, in autumn and spring, or in London in the summer.”


Justine ‘Tina’ Diebold Englert shared, “I was in Oakland, CA for a wedding and was able to meet Jennifer Chinlund for a wonderful lunch. It’s been 49 years since we last saw each other, and we both marveled at how it seemed like no time had passed. That’s the beauty of good friendships formed when young.”

Southwest Florida was the meeting place for Rachel ‘Gay’ Knake Haines, Judith Getty Treadwell, and Carolyn ‘Lyn’ Clark Pegg this winter. Lyn and Judith got together several times and they shared wonderful memories about WT. Gay and Lyn met up in North Venice and spent a lively day with Oliver, the therapy dog, at the Child Protection court hearings, and reminisced about growing up in Pittsburgh. They hope that their 60th Reunion may be a good time to rally up the 1959 classmates!


Mary Jane ‘Pie’ Harter Smith misses hearing from Karen Harmeier Berner and Olivia Tadeo!


Susan Wainwright Friesell writes, “Happy 55 years to all my classmates at WT! I am sitting in Steamboat Springs, CO as I write this, enjoying the beautiful colors of the aspens and oaks. Bill and I will leave in a few days to drive down to Denver to spend the weekend with our son, Quint, and his wife Brittney and our three grandchildren: Georgia, 5, Lily, 3, and Aiden, 1. Quint is a paramedic/firefighter with wild land fire certification. Then it is on to Vero Beach, FL, where we will spend the winter months. Our daughter, Liz, her husband Brett, and daughter Abby, 6, live in Los Angeles. Liz works for Netflix and Brett is an independent editor. We love the east coast of Florida and spend our time playing golf, bridge, fishing, walking on the beach with our golden retriever Beau, exercising, volunteering in non-profits, and enjoying the many friends we have there.”


Marsha Powell Cable and her husband Bill have been busy each summer as owners and operators of Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins near Steubenville, Ohio. Marsha has worked there for more than 47 years. Recently the park was recognized as one of “35 Amazing RV Parks.”

Marilyn Goldberg stated, “WT was such a long time ago! I retired from my position as Chair of the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County four years ago. My husband and I have a Tibetan Buddhist Center in our house and we lead Healing Circles for Grief and Loss.”


Carol Elkind created the non-profit Crossing Limits, an interfaith literary organization. Recently, Crossing Limits presented “Common Threads: Faith, Activism, and the Art of Healing.” This exhibition showcased the creativity of 14 amazing women visual artists including WT alumna and visual arts faculty member Mary Martin ’88.


Janice ‘Jan’ Coco Groft asked everyday people the following question, “If you were to create a collection of cherished items to rediscover and relish over and over again, what would you choose to include? And why are those objects—those connections to your past—so important to you?” Their answers became the basis for Jan’s recently released book, Joy Chest: Treasures for the Journey Ahead. Joy Chest is the fourth of Jan’s published books; she remains grateful for the encouragement she received from former Winchester Thurston English teacher, the late Mrs. Jeanne-Anna Ayres Widgery ’37.

Harriet ‘Hattit’ Redenbaugh Potts writes, “On a Backroads adventure in Croatia and one of our guides is Laura Short ‘09!”

Kathryn ‘Katy’ Rich Sherman shared, “Writing this Class Note a week before the celebration of our 50th Reunion. It’s been fun working on it with our wonderful Director of Alumnae/i Relations Amiena Mahsoob and classmates Terry Donaldson, Wendy Crawford Galleher, Patricia ‘Patty’ Watson Kammerer, and Frances ‘Francie’ Hoffman Puntereri. It’s hard to accept the loss of Cathy M. Armstrong, Margie Balter, Nancy Finkel Beck, Lynn ‘Bub’ Borus Dunn, and Fae Rubenstein, but I do like our decision to recognize the Class of 1968 Reunion Gift with a commemorative plaque in their honor, to be placed on the wall of the Lower School Outdoor Classroom. Fred and I are bumping along through these years. All four of our children are thriving. Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Sherman ’04 has blessed us with Ella Scott, 2.”


Jane Cauley writes, “Sally, Jane, and I are looking forward to our 50th Reunion in 2020 and hope that many of our classmates return for the Reunion. We have been meeting in New York City every year in early December for the last 5 years. It’s been so fun to connect with friends for more than fifty years. 2018 was very special to me. I was awarded a Provost Distinguished Professor award from Pitt and had to give a lecture. Jane and Sally both came to Pittsburgh for my lecture. I was so thankful that they made the trip. It meant a great deal to me. Winchester builds lasting friendships!”


Class of 1973 brunch attendees (Back L-R) Marguerite ‘Molly’ Singley and Maureen Sullivan (Front L-R) Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Pentin, Lisa Braun Corna, and Susan Friday

Maureen Sullivan hosted a memorial Mass and brunch at the Pittsburgh Field Club to remember departed classmates Holly McSorley, Marion ‘Mimi’ Burke, Mary Ellis, Sara Ann Kalla, Susan Price-Livingston, and Wendy Weil.


(L-R) Members of the Class of 1976 gathered at the Woodmere Art Museum: JoAnn Goble Schaub, Lisa Sorce Aiba, Karen Hughes, Mary Odom, Margaretta McIlvaine, Louise Ketchum, and Claire Blume Thomas (hosted by The Klorfine Foundation Director of Development Anne Bolanis Standish ’75).


Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Bulik writes, “Pat and I live half-time in Chapel Hill, NC where I am the Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and half time in Stockholm, Sweden where I direct the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institutet. Our three children are all grown and I still ice dance and ballroom dance to keep my life in balance.”

The Class of 1978 showed up in force for Reunion. (Back Row, L-R) Randi Coffey, Robin Levine Lebovitz, Janice Birrell French, Donna Shratter Schmidt, Joan Tauberg Gurrentz, Anne Wentley Dorsey, Melissa Oliphant, Jennifer Hetzel Gear, Susan Labriola Livingston, Jan Mermelstein Shaw, Elizabeth Ann Beroes; (Front Row, L-R) Anna Pollice Caulkins, Wendy Werner Leiti, Susan Klein Mondry, Caprice Pierucci, Karen Haabestad, Lisa Posvar Rossi


Peggy Jo Vanderbeck-Thomas shared, “This past year I have been trying to walk gracefully through seasons of change. After a delightful trip abroad, my husband and I sold our sweet lake home in preparation for retirement in a few years. I have been getting accustomed to a new town, enjoying the Connecticut coastline, making a temporary house a home, and have put my piano teaching and oil painting on hold. My daughter graduated from Patrick Henry College this past May, so we are now empty-nesters. As if all this wasn’t enough, I was put on a restrictive diet in January, which has me experimenting like a mad scientist, with recipes, finding new ways to make healthy, delicious food. With more time on my hands I have been able to join the church choir, facilitate a women’s Bible Study, act as church treasurer, and even find time to enjoy the luxury of reading. I have been particularly enjoying the writings of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.”


Jacqueline Marks Ledo and her husband George Ledo proudly celebrated the B’not Mitzvah of their daughters Julia Brooke and Jenna Rose Ledo on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. Julia and Jenna are the sisters of Justin Ledo and the granddaughters of Annette and Ronald Marks of Aventura, Florida.


(Front Row, L-R) Brian Pine, Jake Pine, Julia Ledo, Jenna Ledo, and Justin Ledo; (Back Row, L-R) Bobby Pine, Wendy Marks Pine, Ronald Marks, Annette Marks, Jacqueline Marks Ledo ’88, and George Ledo

Wendy Marks Pine and her family celebrated the B’not Mitzvah of her nieces Julia Brooke and Jenna Rose Ledo on October 6, 2018.


Rebecca Rothfus Harrell’s mural in Austin, TX

Rebecca Rothfus Harrell shared, “Both Jonathan ‘Jon’ Mahone and I were commissioned to create temporary murals for the city of Austin in September. It’s a program called Tempo 2D and the murals are up for one year. Earlier this year, Caprice Pierucci ’78 had a show opening. Her art is amazing and I was so glad we met at the dinner WT arranged in Austin. Thanks again!”



Katie Lofquist-Dow and her husband are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Henrik ‘Henri’ Fraser Dow, in December 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. To keep them on their toes, Katie and her family also relocated to Berlin, Germany this past summer. If any fellow alumnae/i are in the city, they welcome you to reach out and join them for a coffee (or a bier and wurst)!


Nawal Qarooni is a literacy coach who works with K-8 schools in order to strengthen balanced literacy instruction in Chicago. She loves reading, cooking, traveling, and mothering her three little kiddos.


Insights Success Magazine recently selected Barry Rabkin among the “Top 10 Most Influential CMOs to Watch of 2018” for his results at Identified Technologies, a construction drone leader. Barry also loves doing marketing consulting for some of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing companies, and guest teaching marketing strategy at CMU. Barry recently moved to Squirrel Hill with his wife Sarah Paret A’03 and three kids. Reach out to grab coffee or run through Frick Park to prep for the next obstacle course race!


Congratulations to Amber Hempfield on the birth of her baby, Emory


Congratulations to Kelsey Croft on the birth of her baby, Willa.


Kathryn ‘Katie’ Cwenar Herting and her husband, Keith, welcomed their second child, Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Leigh Herting, in July 2018.


Catherine ‘Katie’ Conway was married this fall and Katherine ‘Katy’ Gespass was her maid of honor.


Matt Froehlke and Megan Flood exit St. Mary of the Mount after being married at the historic Mount Washington Catholic Church

Please join us in congratulating Peter ‘Matt’ Froehlke and Megan Flood on their marriage and wishing them all the happiness in the world. They met while working for SAP Ariba in 2014 and reside on Mt. Washington with their puppy, Lucy.

Elspeth Powell missed seeing her friends at Reunion. She reported, “I am doing a little European tour of Amsterdam, Bruges, London, and outside Manchester!”


WT Program Coordinator Anne ‘Annie’ Alexander Tritsch and WT first grade teacher Ben Tristch were married at WT’s North Campus. (Back Row, L-R) Destiny McKnight Forsberg, Zachary ‘Zach’ Miller, Julianna ‘Juli’ Schroeger, Ashwin Chandra, and Terrell ‘Terry’ Orr; (Middle Row, L-R) Sarah Weiskopf, Eric ‘Air’ Kessler, Sarah Hillman, Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ DeMarchi, Taylor Flynn Wainwright, Hadley Armstrong; (Front Row, L-R) Ben Tritsch, Annie, and Ben’s niece

The Class of 2009 gathered for Destiny McKnight Forsberg’s wedding in Westerlo, NY. (Back Row, L-R) Tim Wainwright, Ashwin Chandra, Annie Alexander Tritsch, Kevin Forsberg, Terrell ‘Terry’ Orr, and Scarlett Austin; (Front Row, L-R) Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ DeMarchi, Taylor Flynn Wainwright, Destiny, Eric ‘Air’ Kessler, Sarah Weiskopf, and Hadley Armstrong


Jack Stein met former faculty member Marc Fogel while on a business trip in Moscow, where Marc currently lives. Jack shared, “Marc was one of my favorite teachers at WT because he introduced me to Russian history, which has been my passion since my freshman history class in 2008.”


Gian Marco Rossi graduated from Northeastern University and is currently living in a small village in Italy, where he has joined the local soccer team.



Adam Cohen recently published a book of poetry titled STARSHOW. He writes, “STARSHOW is a series of poems about being young and overconfident. It’s the bravado you feel before you make rash choices and being proud of them anyway because you’re still around to see the results afterwards. A lot of the poems are about love and affection. Unapologetic queerness is central. It’s making meaning from the stars.”


Shaun Hay spent his summer learning about the inner workings of Canada’s government through an internship in the House of Commons. He is currently a student at Ohio State University.

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.

Lillian Leslie Gretton ’39
Marjorie Baer Allon ’40
Ida Ann Stevens Sullivan ’40
Margaret Miller Mansmann ’43
Joyce Runk Wenston ’43
Sara Rohm Gadd ’45
Julia Taintor Gnoza ’46
Aline Rom Lange ’46
Katherine Gerwig Bailey ’48
Margaret Metz Ogle ’48
Mary Louise Moore Scholl ’48
Sondra Gilfond Pollack ’50
Barbara Feldman Rogal ’55
Joan Stohr Foust ’59
Sarah Stites Owens ’65
Lynn Borus Dunn ’68
Molly Cannon Stevenson ’72
Jodi Shensa Novick ’85
Malcolm McCormick A’10
William R. Caroselli, former Trustee
Kay Cushing Neuhausen, former Trustee
Gloria Checkley, former faculty member

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!