Class of 1981 — 40th Reunion Programs

For our 40th reunion, we have created two engaging programs for our classmates to enjoy.  Because of the uncertainty in planning caused by Covid-19, we have designed programs that can take place in person or online.

The first program will be a presentation by our classmate, Julie Dobrow, currently a professor at Tufts University (https://tischcollege.tufts.edu/people/faculty/julie-dobrow), on her recent book entitled After Emily: The Untold Tale of the Women Who Introduced Emily Dickinson to the World (http://www.juliedobrow.com/). Julie’s talk will be followed by Q & A.

The second program will be structured in break-out groups so that each of you can participate in a meaningful conversation about how your Smith experience helped to shape your life. The framing question will be: “What was the most memorable moment, professor, class, social experience, insight or event of your time at Smith..and why?”

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.  Until we all meet in May, be it on campus or online, stay safe and enjoy your holidays.

Gail Fritzinger and Kakie Brooks
Smith 40th Reunion Program Chairs

Memorial Book

As we prepare for our 40th reunion, we would like to take the opportunity to remember classmates who are no longer with us.   To honor these beloved classmates, we will be supplementing the Class of 1981 Memorial Book put together first for the 30th reunion and then expanded at the 35th.  For the 40th, we plan to include pictures and remembrances of our classmates who have passed away since the last reunion as well as any additional remembrances of those who passed away during the previous 35 years.  A complete list of our deceased classmates is included below.   We could use your help in a couple of ways.

First, you can be the primary point of contact for one of our deceased classmates and, in that role, reach out to other friends and gather photos, remembrances, and other memorability about these women.  Or you can help identify classmates or family members who could be a good point of contact to gather information.

Second, you can send pictures, offer a remembrance, or simply write a few words about our deceased classmates to include in the memorial book.  No small story – or long ago memory – is too small.  Having worked at this project for almost 10 years now, I can tell you it is those little remembrances that bring these classmates back to life and helps us all to know who they were, even if we did not know one another at Smith.

Please contact me – marylouisewagner@gmail.com or 202-445-6908 – if you are willing to help in any way on this project from touching base with classmates, to sending photographs, or writing a few words about one of our deceased classmates.

Help us remember and honor those who have passed away since 2016

  • Inese Bunde Racenis (Feb 2017)
  • Robin Smith (June 2017)
  • Mary Jane DeAngelis (Sept 2017)
  • Laura Lee Chappell (Sept 2017)
  • Valundra Pollard (April 2019)
  • Lois Dethier (Jan 2020)(Ada)
  • Marguerite Johnson (Feb 2020)
  • Susan Strelitz (March 2020)
  • Kathleen Martin Isakson (May 2020)

As well as those who passed away over the previous 35 years —

  • Sally Waring (1982)
  • Cassandra Lewis (1982)
  • Sarah Ingerman (1984)
  • Marianne Rogers (1985)
  • Marjorie Roe (1986)
  • Marie Turner Cook (1991)
  • Lucia Krompart (2001)
  • Kim Wilson (2002)
  • Tanya Bland Neal (2002)
  • Karen Kiser (2002)
  • Ruthanne Simmons (2002)
  • Carol Darling Grant (2007)
  • Andrea Hurt Angell (2008)
  • Rebecca Cohen (2008)
  • Lynn Sewill Cruz (2009)
  • Patricia Holsten Callahan (2009)(Ada)
  • Ruth Hatcher (2009)
  • Jane Holley Neal (2010)
  • Myra Andrews Sobel (2010)
  • Amy Doppelt (2010)
  • Rita Braverman Cole (2012)
  • Elizabeth Roberts (2012)
  • Elizabeth Sheppard (2013)
  • Karen Wikstrom (2013)
  • Tina Angell (2013)
  • Ailyn Ports Lopez (2014)
  • Karen Boyd (2014)
  • Marcy Westerling (2015)

We’re entering our 40th reunion year!

We are busy planning our class’s 40th reunion next spring. Whatever form our reunion takes, we look
forward to catching up with many of you. Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, the college has not yet confirmed the dates for reunions or announced whether reunions will be held virtually or in-person. Please check here or our Facebook page for updates.

In keeping with our 40th reunion theme, Brilliant & Resilient, wonderfully represented by classmate and graphic designer Anne Cassity, we are inspired by our strong and resilient classmates. We are grateful for the leadership skills, focus on community, and sense of empowerment instilled in us by our Smith education. And we are excited to compare notes, draw strength from each other, and be reminded of what we have in common.

Reunion programming taking shape

Our amazing reunion team consists of Kakie Brooks, Anne Cassity, Gail Fritzinger, Kathy Kernan, and Susie (Goodman) Novick. Thank you all!

To help with planning, we are joined by Anne Cassity, graphic designer; Holly Gonzalez, class president; and Mary Louise Wagner, class secretary and Memorial Chair.

How are you using your own leadership skills in your families, your community, and in the wider world to address needs and create a brighter future?

Kakie and Gail have been refining their ideas for our reunion programs. They are thinking about the ways that women’s leadership is helping shape a post Covid-19 world. Now they have a question for each of you: How are you using your own leadership skills in your families, your community, and in the wider world to address needs and create a brighter future? Please email Kakie (kgibson112@aol.com) or Gail (gailfritzinger@gmail.com) with your responses and ideas.

We are also excited to be hosting a book talk by classmate Julie Dobrow, author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women, and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet.

More house reps needed

House reps have a simple yet vital job: They contact classmates from their house to encourage them to attend our reunion.

We still need reps for the following houses: Chapin, Comstock, Cushing, Cutter, Dawes, Dewey, Duckett, Emerson, Friedman, Hopkins, Hover, Hubbard, Morrow, Off Campus, Park, Sessions, and Washburn. Please email Cathy (coopkay136@comcast.net) or Sally (sally.brickell@gmail.com) to volunteer.

Classmates from Baldwin, Cushing, Chapin, and Jordan, and Tyler have participated in Zoom gatherings thanks to their house reps and peers. More of these events will take place this year.

Here is the current list of house reps: Albright (Francesca Grifo), Baldwin (Maddy Sanchez McGinley), Capen (Ruth Axtell), Chase (Jean Cummings), Clark (Kathryn Cooksey Pew), Gardiner (Beth Zadworny Holmes), Gillett (Laura Gossage), Haven (Frances Brohan Gawel), Jordan (Marcy Zevon), King (Carrie Stewart), Lamont (Julie Mooney Gorman), Lawrence (Mary Suda), Morris (Nancy Tarlin), Northrop (Meg Van De Weghe), Parsons (Pat Hicks), Scales (Joanna Evans), Talbot (Katherine Fraumeni Ginnetty), Tyler (Lori Renn Parker), Wesley (Evelyn Halley Simpson), Wilder (Meg Jackson), Wilson (Katie Walton Day), Ziskind (Stacey Schreft). Thank you all!

Fundraising is already underway

Fundraising team members are as follows: Sally Brickell, Sarah Caruso, Shelly d’Arcambal, Mary Dickinson, Rachel Freedman, Ellen Harrington, Libby Ginway, Jennifer Kinsman, Anneke Raney, Susie (Goodman) Novick, Chean Eng Ooi, Connie Pierce, Heidi Reavis, Lisa Rosen, Kathleen Ryan, and Deb Zonies. Thank you, fundraising volunteers!

This team is working hard to make our 40th reunion year another great year for Smith. If you hear from a classmate letting you know our fundraising goals, please be receptive!

Say you’ll help

To volunteer, please contact either Sally Brickell (sally.brickell@gmail.com) or Cathy Kay (coopkay136@comcast.net), reunion co-chairs. 

40th Reunion Planning Underway

40th reunion coming up in Spring 2021

We are busy planning our class’s 40th reunion next spring. Whether you will be attending reunion for the first time, or you’ve been coming back every five years, we look forward to catching up with you in Northampton. Please plan to join us as we revisit some of our Smith traditions and create new memories. 

Due to Covid-19 and changes to the Smith College calendar, our reunion dates are to be determined. Watch this space for updates!

As we begin to think about how to celebrate together, it’s clear that we are a group of strong and resilient women–ordinary women leading extraordinary lives, lives that intersect in various ways over the years. Reunion gives us a chance to compare notes and draw strength from each other. We always find we have more in common than we might expect.

All hands on deck!

Several dedicated and fun-loving individuals have already agreed to help us plan a great 40th reunion. They are Kakie Brooks, Gail Fritzinger, Kathy Kernan, and Susie (Goodman) Novick. There’s always room for more. 

To help with planning, we are joined by Anne Cassity, graphic designer; Holly Gonzalez, class president; and Mary Louise Wagner, class secretary and Memorial Chair.

We are still looking for some house reps to contact classmates to encourage them to attend our reunion. We need house reps for Comstock, Cutter, Dawes, Dewey, Duckett, Emerson, Friedman, Hopkins, Hover, Hubbard, Morrow, Off Campus, Park, Sessions, and Washburn. Please contact us to volunteer! 

Thank you to our current house reps, as follows: 

HouseHouse Rep
AlbrightFrancesca Grifo
BaldwinMaddy Sanchez McGinley
CapenRuth Axtell
ChaseJean Cummings
ClarkKathryn Cooksey Pew
Cushing
GardinerBeth Zadworny
GillettLaura Gossage
HavenFrances Brohan Gawel
JordanMarcy Zevon
KingCarrie Stewart
LamontJulie Mooney Gorman
LawrenceMary Suda
MorrisNancy Tarlin
NorthropMeg Van De Weghe
ParsonsPat Hicks
ScalesJoanna Evans
TalbotKatherine Fraumeni Ginnetty
TenneyBoth seniors declined.
TylerLori Renn Parker
WesleyEvelyn Halley Simpson
WilderMeg Jackson
WilsonKatie Walton Day
ZiskindStacey Schreft

If you can volunteer as a house rep, or if you would like to serve in another capacity, please let us know.

Fundraising is already underway

If you don’t hate asking people for money, please join our fundraising team and help us reach as many classmates as possible.

Current fundraising team members are as follows: Sally Brickell, Sarah Caruso, Shelly d’Arcambal, Mary Dickinson, Rachel Freedman, Ellen Harrington, Libby Ginway, Jennifer Kinsman, Anneke Raney, Susan Novick, Chean Eng Ooi, Connie Pierce, Heidi Reavis, Lisa Rosen, Kathleen Ryan, and Deb Zonies. Thank you, fundraising volunteers!

If you are contacted by a member of the fundraising team, consider yourself fortunate and be as responsive as you can!

We also need a fundraising team leader, so if you would enjoy directing this dynamic team and serving as a liaison with the college, please volunteer.

Say you’ll help!

To volunteer, please contact either Sally Brickell or Cathy Kay, reunion co-chairs.

Choices. Changes. Charging Ahead.

It’s our 35th reunion, May 19–22, 2016! Mark your calendars and join us as we get together to reconnect and celebrate. Our theme is Choices. Changes. Charging Ahead. We think it captures where we are in our lives, and where we’re going. The journey after 50 is filled with changes. There are graduations and grandkids. Adoptions and adolescents. Second-act careers, an empty nest, more free time—what’s your story? We can’t wait to see you!

If you’re interested in helping with our reunion planning, we’d love to have you be part of the fun.
Take a look at the planning committee positions, and let our Reunion Co-Chairs Cathy Kay and Holly Gonzalez know how you’d like to help.
http://alumnae.smith.edu/reunion/reunion2016/tools-for-planners/Anchor

Quarterly Update Time Again

Hello All!

It is that time again.  Thanks to all who made it a New Year’s resolution to send news our way.  We had a great response last quarter.  It is not too late to complete your goal of telling your Class Secretaries about your lives.  We really want to know!  Tell us about travels, life milestones, bucket list completions, gatherings with other Smith alumnae, or any other news you have.  Your friends from your college days want to know what you are up to!!   The deadline for this column’s contribution is Monday, May 7, 2012.  Thanks in advance!!
Margot Riley ’81
PO Box 372
Waldoboro, ME  04572
Elaine Bennett  ’81

From the Desk of (Our) President

Greetings from Rhode Island.  I hope that this message finds you well rested after an enjoyable summer.

As I turned the calendar to autumn, I found it hard to believe that a few short months ago we came together in Northampton to celebrate our 30th reunion.  Sure, we could attest to the passage of time since 1981 – we may carry a few more pounds, sport a grey hair or two, and feature a laugh line. But when we gathered around a table or crowded on a couch on reunion weekend, the conversation and laughter brought me back to our undergraduate days at the college. I asked myself, had 30 years truly passed?  And as I looked on many of you, I wondered how I missed meeting you during our 4 years together.  What was I doing when I had so much time, I wondered?

Well, I know what I hope to be doing in May of 2016.  I hope to be reuniting with you to celebrate our 35th reunion.  Our reunion co-chairs, Karen Boyd and Holly Gonzelez, are already at work on this event.  Yes, it is over 4 years away, but time passes too quickly.  Please reach out to Karen and Holly if you would like to participate in any way in the planning of our 35th Reunion.  Remember to visit our class Facebook (Smith College Class of 81) and WordPress (smithclassof81.wordpress) sites, too, to keep in touch with classmates.

We are fortunate to have shared a bountiful college experience, and fortunate to know one another.

Stay safe and well,

Donna Fettuccia Templeton
Smith College Class of 1981 President

Susie Goodman Novick’s Reading from Saturday Night

Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey:
From childhood to maturity
And youth to age;
From innocence to awareness
And ignorance to knowing;
From foolishness to discretion
And then, perhaps, to wisdom;
From weakness to strength
Or strength to weakness –
And, often, back again;
From health to sickness
And back, we pray, to health again;
From offense to forgiveness,
From loneliness to love,
From joy to gratitude,
From pain to compassion,
And grief to understanding –
From fear to faith;
From defeat to defeat to defeat –
Until, looking backward or ahead,
We see that victory lies
Not at some high place along the way,
But in having made the journey, stage by stage,
A sacred pilgrimage.
Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey,
A sacred pilgrimage –
To life everlasting.

-­‐-­‐ Chaim Stern, from the Kol Nidre Service in Gates of Repentance

Smith College Oral History Project

The Smith College Alumnae Oral History Project wants to hear your stories! During Reunion 2 weekend the College Archives will be conducting short oral histories with Smith alumnae about your memories of student life, the impact of your Smith education, and your reflections on Smith’s role in women’s education and leadership.

Interviews will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 19th-21st, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the College Archives, Level A of Alumnae Gymnasium. The interviews will be conducted by interns from the new Archives Concentration. To reserve your 30 minute time slot, please contact Kelly Anderson at kpanders@smith.edu or 413-585-2979. Tell your story and be a part of Smith history!