Ashley Hall Alumnae Class Notes | Private School in Charleston, SC

November 2018 | Class Notes

Judy Webber Ross ’53 is still in therapy as an out-patient and doing much better. The orchid Ashley Hall sent her is still alive, and she sends her thanks. She hopes to never have a summer like this again!

Christina Ball Floyd ’59 is now living in Thompson Falls, Montana, in a gorgeous area of the Rocky Mountains about two hours west of Missoula. They return to the Fort Myers area in the winter.  She does not use the word “retired” because she has not really done so, thus far. They are in the last stage of completing a house that they started several years ago. It is right on the Clark Fork River in the lovely small town of Thompson Falls. The summers there are really delightful. She looks forward to seeing everyone next April!

Sally McCrady Hubbard ’61 walked a second section of the Camino to Santiago with her daughter Anna in June. She is on a pink cloud of gratitude for the wonderful opportunity to walk together 110 miles from Portugal north to Santiago. Sally continues to chair a Caregiver Group and support a vocational school in Uganda. She cherishes every chance to visit her niece Allston McCrady in Mount Pleasant and see classmates.

Ginny Craver Good ’65 informed Ashley Hall that the Class of ’59 wrote the Purple song! (thank you!)

Nancy J. Muller ’71 has been appointed a Visiting Associate Professor of Healthcare Marketing by the College of Charleston, teaching courses in the structure of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and Healthcare Marketing. In addition, in August she was named Associate Dean in the School of Professional Studies to assist in such efforts as developing 2+2 bridge programs for A.A.S. graduates in Health Sciences of Trident Technical College to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the the College. Additionally, she manages external relations in connection with the Alumni College aimed at facilitating academic speakers from faculty at the College of Charleston throughout the metropolitan community as its contribution to lifelong learning of local residents. She continues to serve as Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center, whose mission is to serve as a portal to working professionals who aim to advance their careers through graduate studies, to support talent needs of local employers, and to engender the health and economic vitality of the region. 

Lynn Burris Brooke ’78 is now a meditation teacher. She has two children back in town with her in Richmond. Caroline works in marketing in Boston after graduation from UNC Business School.  Her daughter Eliza and Clay Hester were married December 2017 and have moved back to Richmond. She is a PA. Ralsie also just moved to Richmond. She is a media manager for R. E. Company.

Vereen Coen Woodward ’78 is a grandmother. Her son and daughter-in-law, Madison and Abigail, now live in Houston with their 2 year old son, Jack. Vereen’s youngest son, Marshall, lives and works in New York. 

Angie Hewitt Chakeris ’89 writes that the 30th Reunion is coming up for the class of 1989 and wants everyone to make sure Ashley Hall has their current contact information. She wants everyone to come back to campus this spring!

Beth Reines Wheeler ’93 recently joined American Express as their Global Business Development Director. She is also in the process of publishing a book- a compilation of poetry, prose, and photography with her daughter. In her spare time, Beth loves traveling.

Margaret Anne Siachos ’97 can next be seen in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman.

Mary B. Ramsay ’98 is engaged to David Ludwick. They will be married in the fall of 2019.  She is an attorney with Shumaker, Loop, and Kendrick.

Lauren Dumas Schryver ’02 and her husband Tim Schryver are expecting their second daughter in January.

Rebecca Blackman Ramsay ’02 is married to the brother of Mary Barnwell Ramsay ’98, Alex Ramsay, and they are expecting a daughter in February 2019. 

Callie S. Osborne ’06 is in the last year of her internal medicine residency at MUSC and plans to pursue an infectious disease fellowship next year.

Torrey Crawford Knapp ’06 married Ryan James Knapp on May 19, 2018.

Caitlyn B. Jennings ’15 has two articles published in the premiere issue of Boston Man magazine. Her mother, Bonnie, credits Ashley Hall for Caitlyn’s accomplishment for providing her the necessary skills to be a good writer.

September 2018 | Class Notes

’49 Hannah Withers Craighill still keeps up with her classmate Lindy Stoddard Roes ’49, even after 69 years!

’50 Sarah Mahony Ford-Rijswijk is still golfing at 86! She has 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

’59 Ellen Hayne King lives in Spartanburg, SC and is a retired Special Education teacher. She has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren (ages 14 through 22.) She enjoys fly fishing, and instructing Tai Chi to a senior group. Her husband is an attorney and plans to retire next year.

’59 Beatty Hooker Martin celebrated her 10th anniversary with her husband Jim in June. She continues to represent clients in Real Estate. In the fall of 2017, she affiliated with Carolina One in Luxury Homes. Beatty continues to be involved in the cultural arts community in Charleston. Her eldest daughter, Jennifer Patterson, owns Terra Designs, a flourishing interior design business. Caroline, her younger daughter, continues to love the San Francisco area and her commercial real estate profession. Beatty’s grandson, William Patterson, is a 6th grader at Porter Gaud and loves to fish! He brings her and Jim fresh caught fish for supper often! They have 5 grandsons altogether and feel truly blessed.

’59 Caroline Speissegger Mitchell now has 6 grandchildren from ages 8 to 2. Her husband, John still works but only 3 days a week. The live in Highpoint, NC and live very close to their sons Michael and Chris. Michael is an ER pediatrician and Chris is a fantastic preacher. Caroline leads a monthly Bible study with about 10 women. She has written a book of her life for the grandkids to see what their “old grandma” is like. They both are pretty healthy for their age (knock on wood).

’59 Midge Midyette Peery bought a triplex at 15 Council Street and is currently renovating it for her husband. During Hurricane Irma, they experienced 7 inches of water inside their home! They plan on elevating the property and hope to start the project in the next couple of weeks. She also has her Halsy Street home on the market making Midge a very busy lady!

’59 Alston Osgood Wolf just celebrated her son graduating from the Asheville School and he will attend college in the Fall.

’60 Marsha Solomon Londe was named the 2018 PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Women of Achievement Award Recipient which recognizes industry service, accomplishments, and mentoring other women. PPAI named Marsha owner and CEO of Atlanta, Georgia-based Tango Partners a recipient of the 2018 PPAI /Woman of Achievement award. The award recognizes individuals who have led the way in the advancement of women in the industry, exhibiting outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the industry and their communities. They constantly strive to go above and beyond, leading the way by setting the standard of excellence in the industry, and are an inspiration to others as well as role models and mentors. She was presented with the award at the 2018 PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) in June, in Hollywood, California. Londe is an accomplished industry executive, advocate, speaker, writer, volunteer and role model. A trailblazer in the industry, she has given freely of her time and knowledge, connecting peers and providing guidance and strategy to many. She has served on the PPAI Awards and PPB Editorial Advisory Committees, and has worked on numerous volunteer project s and regional events. She has been honored as a PPAI Fellow, PPB Powerful Partner, PPB Best Boss, Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) Salesperson of the Year, and member of the ASI Inaugural Class of Women in the Promotional Products Profession. She has won 25 PPAI Pyramid Awards, the industry’s recognition for the creative use of logged products in marketing and branding campaigns. Her work has been nationally recognized for her clients’ use of promotional products.

’66 DeeDee Geraty Squires is retired. She is an active volunteer in Public Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Kansas City area. DeeDee is the President of The Runcie Club (women’s literary club, founded 1894), in St. Joseph, MO. She also volunteers for the Democratic Party of Buchanan County, MO. She resides in an historic 1902 Edmond Eckel Greek Revival home.

’71 Nancy J. Muller has been appointed to Visiting Associate Professor of Healthcare Marketing by the College of Charleston, teaching courses in the structure of the U.S. healthcare delivery system and Healthcare Marketing. In addition, she has been named Associate Dean in the School of Professional Studies to assist in such efforts as developing 2+2 bridge programs for A.A.S. graduates in Health Sciences of Trident Technical College to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the the College. Additionally, Nancy is managing external relations in connection with the Alumni College aimed at facilitating academic speakers from faculty at the College of Charleston throughout the metropolitan community as its contribution to lifelong learning of local residents. She continues to serve as Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center, whose mission is to serve as a portal for working professionals who aim to advance their careers through graduate studies, to support talent needs of local employers, and to engender health and economic vitality of the region

’88 Jeanne Welch Selander has been nominated for the Eagle Rare Life Award (Grand Prize of $50,000 and five category prizes of $5,000 each) but she needs your vote! If they win, the money will be awarded to the farm. You can vote here.

’07 Sylvia Lee Clarkson has recently moved back home to Mt. Pleasant with her husband after completing her family medicine residency in Tennessee. She will be starting her practice at MUSC Ben Sawyer clinic and her husband will be working at a new veterinary practice called Crescent Care also in Mt. Pleasant.

’10 Kathryn Pearce Menzies married Harry Frederick Graham Menzies on September 2, 2017 at Saint Philip’s Church. 

’12 Ashley N. Martin recently graduated from The Citadel with an MBA. Her father, an alumnus of The Citadel, had the honor of presenting Ashley her diploma on graduation day.

May 2018 | Class Notes

2018 Distinguished Alumnae Award Winners

’51 Renee Razook Dunne says it is still hard to believe she graduated 67 years ago! She happily lives in Greenwich near two children and five grandchildren. Life is good, and she often thinks of her five wonderful years as a boarder at Ashley Hall!

’58 Nancy Siegling Fortiere moved two years ago after 30 years on Sullivan’s Island to Porcher’s Bluff in Mount Pleasant. She loves it! In February of 2018, they hosted their “annual” Class of ‘1958 Oyster Roast at their new home. She still loves to spend their summers on the Chesapeake Bay aboard their Chesapeake Bay Deadrise “NoStrings” that they had built about 25 years ago, with their cat Splash, who earned his name having been fished out of the river about at six weeks old! They are looking forward to their 18th Christmas visit to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the Victorian Walk festival, where for many years they have been able to see Marshall Jupp who comes over from Tulsa. From there, they either go to Kanuga for Christmas or they often drive to see their three grandchildren who live near Santa Barbara, and on up to Seattle to see their son and his wife. She LOVES the monthly luncheons with class members!

’58 Martha Zeigler Tucker has been married to her husband Bill for 32 years in July and they have recently moved to Bishop Gadsden. She enjoys meeting with her class once a month for lunch!

’58 Susan Thompson Sedwick in 1996, borrowed a camera for a trip and started a passionate avocation. In 1997, she was divorced with three grown children: Jeannette (lawyer), Katie (teacher), Peter (doctor) and three grandgirls. In 2005, she retired from a varied nursing career (her last job being a school nurse). She pursued photography, participating in many critique groups and began traveling with her camera. Susan has participated in many exhibitions both solo and group shows. In 2008, she collaborated with a renowned poet and teacher to start the 4×4 Poet/Artist Group which meets monthly. They have had several exhibitions of visual art and poetry. In 2017, they published their first book, Echo and Spark, available on Amazon. Finally, she celebrated her 60th Ashley Hall reunion after many journeys!

’59 Vida FitzSimons Robertson called after Barbara Pierce Bush ’43 passed away to relay a story when her daughter Vida Barnwell Robertson ’85 was still here. Barbara Bush had invited Vida’s class of ’85 to Washington, and while they were touring Congressional Building at Mrs. Bush’s invitation – Reagan was shot! Vida says it was amazing and obviously very memorable for the girls!!  She recalls that with all Mrs. Bush had going on at that chaotic time, she was very kind to the girls.

‘66 Joan Hussey Marler and her husband went on a wonderful trip to Croatia and its island last September. Their son, Rush, just became engaged in March.

’73 Susan James Mayer and her husband, Jim, look forward to a slightly slower pace when they move from their home in Maryland to Shepherdstown, West Virginia this summer. She would like to get back to writing while Jim cuts back on his law practice. They both look forward to the youngest child graduating from Hollins next year (fingers crossed)!

’80 Frances Rhett Steel was presented with the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 2017 for exceptional customer service as Team Lead/Contracting Officer for the BlackHawk Helicopter Support Services. Daughter Katherine graduates with a BS in Materials Engineering in April 2018, and she will work in the steel industry!

’86 Laura Doty Adams was just named one of 2018’s Top 50 Women in Personal Finance by Empower.me. Click here to read the full story. She was nominated a few years back for a Professional Achievement award. 

’90 Cacky Rivers Vleck is in her 9th year of Cacky’s Bride + Aid! Click here to learn more!

’95 Elizabeth Burwell was recently promoted to Business Banking Manager with Wells Fargo for its local BBG team in Charleston. A 15-year financial industry veteran, Burwell joined Wells Fargo in 2003 as a licensed financial specialist in Charleston. Prior to her current role, she served as a Producing Manager responsible for managing a large portfolio of client relationships and a small team. Burwell is very active in her community and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Junior League of Charleston and as an elder in the Rockville Presbyterian Church. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kiawah Cares Foundation and the Slade Dozier Foundation and is an active member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

’01 Tahlia Robinson will debut her solo show, “The Real Bubble Lives of Building 104,” during this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Tahlia wrote and produced “The Real Bubble Lives of Building 104,” a thirty-minute fictional reality show that features Tahlia playing four different characters who live in their own bubbles on the Upper East Side of New York City. The show debuted at SOLOCOM, A Festival of Solo Shows, in 2016. She says, “I love to perform. I perform improv, sketch, and musical comedy. Being in New York City has afforded me opportunities to be in some amazing productions. I am excited to share this with my hometown during Piccolo Spoleto.” Tahlia currently lives and performs in New York City. She is a 2005 Columbia College graduate and a company member of Theatre 99 in Charleston. She is an original cast member of the comedic play, “Hidden Fences” and performs improv with Dirty Little Secrets Improv and sketch with All Female Reboot. Her recent comedic songs are about food and life in New York City. “The Real Bubble Lives of Building 104” will be held at the Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 Society Street, Charleston, SC. Show times are May 31, 7:00pm, June 1, 9:15pm, and June 3, 8:00pm.Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.piccolospoleto.com and www.TahliasWorld.com.

’05 Caroline Hay Robinson just had a baby in March named Robert Hay Robinson. She already has one son Charlie who is 2 years old.

’06 Weasy Waring Gilliatt currently lives in Switzerland with my husband. They are both teachers at the International School of Zug and Luzern. She recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Elizabeth Vanderhorst Gilliatt “Lily,” on January 22. They are currently in the process of gaining Lily’s U.S. passport and birth certificate.

’07 Eliza V. Morrison recently interviewed Courtleigh R. Watson ’08 on behalf of her company, Tutor the People, for the Student Doctor Network. Click here to learn more. 

’11 Erin M. Forte received her masters in Animal Science from Auburn University, College of Agriculture in May of 2017. She is employed by the state of Georgia as the Agricultural Extension Agent for Macon County.

’14 Clayton A. Buckaloo was recently written up in an article for her success at the Dublin Institute of Technology International Case Competition. Click here to read the full story. Clayton Buckaloo, an international business, global supply chain and operations management, finance, and marketing student, agrees that the real-life aspect of the case competition was one of the biggest takeaways. “It took all the different skills I’ve been learning in my classes and showed me how they fit together,” she said. “I think that without something like this, it’s really hard for students to picture how they’ll use what they’re learning.” One of the aspects of the competition Buckaloo enjoyed most was the preparation for the event, but nothing could have prepared them for what hit on the plane ride home. “Our plane was struck by lightning,” she said. “But by the time we had run through all the worst-case scenarios in our heads, we were still in the air, so we knew everything was fine.” But lightning hasn’t deterred them: Buckaloo and Schindler both plan to participate in other case competitions this spring.

’14 Yachen Luo had an amazing internship at the World Health Organization in Switzerland last year! She helped host a huge charity event with 10 female Ambassadors to the UN to support girls’ education and career opportunities. The Director-General of WHO, mayor of Geneva, and 40 other ambassadors to the UN attended the event, and it turned out to be a big success. Last week, she attended the UN in New York for the  UN Women’s Commission on the Status of Women conference, where she got a chance to write the Minister of South Africa’s closing speech, as well as observe all the global efforts in pushing girls’ education and empowerment. Currently, Yachen is taking a gap year to Tanzania to do volunteer service on HPV/Cervical Cancer screening program with UNAIDS, and she is really looking forward to this opportunity. She gives all the credit to the faculty/staff members at Ashley Hall for teaching and inspiring her and her classmates to continue doing and supporting girls to get higher education and achieve greater things! She says her time at Ashley Hall is definitely a treasure that will benefit her along the way! In January, she reunited with her Ashley Hall classmates, Alyssa, Amy, Yuna and Sophia in New York City. They had a wonderful time getting together and reminisced on their years at Ashley Hall. 

March 2018 | Class Notes

Ashley Hall 2017 Alumnae Weekend

’43 Cordelia Lambert Stites will be turning 92 next month. Have a foursome of bridge players in their nineties who are all sharp and half still driving safely. Have 11 grandchildren and 6 great grands and am helping build up their college funds. Church and several book clubs keep me busy. Come see me here in God’s country. Welcome mat is always out!

’61 Sally McCrady Hubbard wrote a beautiful holiday letter to everyone in which she described a very active bucket list year! She continues her work for the HIV orphans and vulnerable children of Uganda including a huge silent auction culminating in a visit to see her work’s progress there. Then she walked 110 miles across Spain from Camino to Santiago de Compostela on a deep-worn medieval path which she described as magical. Then after another successful fundraiser in Sewanee in November, and family coming to visit for the holidays, she is planning a trip to San Francisco to visit her daughter Anna. She is already signed up to audit a Spanish course at Sewanee so she can return to Spain and walk more of the miles to Santiago! Never stop learning!

’70 Deborah Lipman Cochelin was back on campus this March when she attended the special book signing of Madeleine L’ Engle ’37 ‘s granddaughters.  She definitely traveled the farthest –  all the way from Seattle and we loved seeing her! She visited Charleston briefly and reports that her favorite part is spending time and visiting with old friends, most of whom went to Ashley Hall.

’72 Ginny Maguire Poole left her 34-year career in pharmaceuticals in June of 2017 and started her virtual skincare business with Rodan and Fields. In addition to excellent products available only through consultants like myself, the company offers a part-time or full-time business opportunity for those interested in a “plan B” or some residual income. If you have interest or know of anyone who does, please visit her website gpoole1.myrandf.com and email her directly at gpoole6@gmail.com. 

‘73 Susan James Mayer and her husband, Jim, look forward to a slightly slower pace when they move from their home in Maryland to Shepherdstown, West Virginia this summer. They hope to get back to writing while Jim cuts back on his law practive. Also, they are looking forward to the youngest child graduating from Hollins next year (fingers crossed)!

’03 Elizabeth Allen is currently working at Invista as a Research Scientist and Engineer. Interests include Chemistry, Polymers, Fibers, Chemical Engineering, Color Science, Textiles, Textile Engineering, and Functional Apparel Design

’06 Weasy Waring Gilliatt currently lives in Switzerland with her husband. We are both teachers at the International School of Zug and Luzern. She recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Elizabeth Vanderhorst Gilliatt “Lily,” on January 22nd. They are currently in the process of gaining her U.S. passport and birth certificate.

’06 Catie P. Watson is finishing her residency in OBGYN this summer and will start her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Duke, which means Catie and her husband and will be moving to North Carolina! A little closer home!!

’06 Helen M. Corless got married in July to Charles Holbrow down in Charleston at the Cedar Room. Fellow alumna Elizabeth Fay Gouldon ’04 was their wedding photgrapher (along with her partner Sean Maney) and they did an amazing job! Helen exclaims how fun it was introducing all of  New England friends and in-laws to the South!

’08 Susannah Nelson Darby married her husband, J.C. Darby on March 4, 2017.

’09 Adair Kerrison McCafferty married Austin McCafferty on December. 16, 2017. The couple resides in Houston, TX.

’09 Arden Hare McKenzie married Robert McKenzie of Charleston on November 11, 2017. They now live in Mount Pleasant, SC.

’10 Celeste L. Jilich was recently elected as the President of the Student Government of the Medical University of South Carolina for the next academic year. This position oversees work with students at all six colleges of medicine.

January 2018 | Class Notes

’43 Cordelia Lambert Stites writes that she is still living on her own in a very comfortable condo having good neighbors and children nearby. She is no longer traveling so encourages her family to send pictures when they do and has enjoyed getting pictures from Nepal and Bhaton where they lived 50 years ago.

’61 Sally McCrady Hubbard wrote a beautiful holiday letter to everyone in which she described a very active bucket list year! She continues her work for the HIV orphans and vulnerable children of Uganda including a huge silent auction culminating in a visit to see her work’s progress there. Then she walked 110 miles across Spain from Camino to Santiago de Compostela on a deep-worn medieval path which she described as magical. Then after another successful fundraiser in Sewanee in November, and family coming to visit for the holidays, she is planning a trip to San Francisco to visit her daughter Anna. She is already signed up to audit a Spanish course at Sewanee so she can return to Spain and walk more of the miles to Santiago! Never stop learning!

’61 Kay Haselden Chandler reports that over the summer she hiked in Northern Italy AND on the Appalachian Trail. In November she ran the half marathon in Richmond, VA and in December, the half marathon in Kiawah Island. She is doing a great job staying out there!

’71 Missy Craver Schenck has published a children’s bedtime story called “The Adventures of Pajama Man and Hugs”. She writes: The story was written for my grandson, Phen Mead, in 2014 when I was visiting with him in Colorado. Night time shadows cast from a streetlight appear on Phen’s bedroom wall as pirates raiding his toy chest. Pajama Man (aka Phen Mead) is a super hero who comes from Dreamland with his teddy bear sidekicks Hugs (Hawkins his brother) and his mascot Mr. Owl (because I love owls, collect them and they are nocturnal). Together the troop scares away bad dreams from the bedrooms of little boys and girls with their magic dream spray. Please share the book site with your friends and family members. If you have a moment I would greatly appreciate your reviews on any of the sites. If you happen to purchase a copy of the book, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I decided to publish it for my immediate family and now it has gotten into a larger market and we will see where it goes. My dear friend, David Sheldon, is the illustrator. He is a well known children’s book illustrator and his work is really amazing. He also does the hidden pictures for Highlights magazine and illustrates Weekly Reader.  

’97 Jennie W. Brooks is happy to share that her Longevity Fitness has celebrated their second anniversary and have enjoyed connecting with fellow alumnae and current Ashley Hall students, parents and faculty.

’00 Lindsay Lyman Skelton has nothing new to report. She is still working at Christ Church Episcopal School as the Assistant Director of Admission. Her sister, Heather Lyman ’93 just recently moved to Simpsonville, and her sons, Hutch and Hayes are enrolled in 3rd and 5th grades at Lindsay’s school!

’11 Shannon Laribo has joined the Admission Office here at Ashley Hall in a temporary position focusing on Upper School recruitment, enrollment and onboarding. As an Ashley Hall alumna who completed her masters dissertation on the experiences of minority students at independent schools in the US and the UK, Shannon brings a love of Ashley Hall and a fascinating skill set regarding independent school culture. We are thrilled she has joined our team!

’11 Erin M Forte proudly reports that she finished her Master of Science in Animal Sciences in may 2017 and began her job as an Extension Agent for the University of Georgia in June. Congratulations!

’13 Christine H. Quinn has started her new job with Goldman Sachs in the Dallas TX office. Her mother Lenna thanks Ashley Hall for her incredible years of high school which led her to Bucknell, which launched her life! Forever grateful, she says!

November 2017 | Class Notes

’61 Daisy “Duchess” Fitch Crowley reports that after 34 years in Washington DC, her husband and she are delighted with life in Clarksville, Tennessee. She serves on the vestry of the Episcopal Church there, President of the Episcopal Church Women and Vice-Regent of the D.A.R. Chapter. Life is full and happy!

’65 Diane Berol Saxton has written her first novel and has kept busy on the road marketing her book. She reports that she is slowing down now so she can finish her next novel, which is going to be historical. We can’t wait to see it Diane – may it be the first of many!

’65 Dorothy Hagood Grantham is living in Marietta South Carolina and married Gene Johnston on April 20, 2017. Best wishes Dottie!

’65 Nancy Rice Davis is happy to report that she is now Nancy Davis Lynch.

’72 Ginny Maguire Poole reports that she is now living in Brentwood Tennessee and has been there for 18 years. She was in pharmaceuticals for 34 years and recently left that industry and started her own business in Skincare with Rodan and Fields. She is excited for the opportunity to work from home and provide quality skincare products. She sounds very enthusiastic about this new venture and would love to hear from you!

’74 Lynne Byrd Harris writes in that her husband Yannis and she moved to a metroplex of Dallas, Southlake, Texas. They love it there but look forward to Yannis’s retirement and plans to move back to Florida within the next 5 years. She stays in touch with many dear Ashley Hall friends and classmates via Facebook and sees her roomie, Lisa Daren ‘74 as frequently as they can get together. She saw Amanda Beeson Lora ’74 and Susan Bell Boykin more frequently, having moved closer to their homes. Heidi Ward Ravenel ’74 was a sweetheart to come visit her in Dallas last year. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at the 45th reunion in 2019!

’81 Helen Turner Hill who is currently the CEO of the Charleston Visitors Bureau has been making headlines in Afar Magazine promoting Charleston! You can read the full article here. Congratulations Helen!

’88 Palmer Elebash Weiss is a prominent interior designer now in San Francisco. She is doing houses out there, in LA and many other places around the Sonoma Country.

’98 & ’99 We had three Ashley Hall alumnae recognized as Legal Elites by Charleston Magazine’s as leaders in their respective fields. Jenny Costa Honeycutt ’98 was recognized as one of the top construction attorneys in the Charleston area, and the only female in her field! She says that she attributes her success in large part to the excellent education she received at Ashley Hall! Mary Barnwell Ramsay ’98 of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, was selected as Legal Elite in Business Litigation. And Erin Hantske Edwards ’99 of McAngus, Goudelock and Courie was selected as Legal Elite in Workers Compensation. To read the full article, click here. PQV to all!

’11 Betsy Cribb, supporting Editor of Southern Living Magazine just published “The 50 Most Stylish Southerners” featuring fellow alumna, “Mini” Mariana R. Hay ’09 and Jeff Plotner, husband of Courtney Parades Plotner ’00! To read the full article, click here

’11 Shannon M. Laribo has moved back home to Charleston after completing her masters degree in Social Research Methods. 

’12 Katja Gronert is living outside Charlotte North Carolina with her father pursuing an MBA but routinely comes down to Charleston to hang out with her best friend, Ashley Martin ’12 who is also pursuing an MBA from the Citadel.

’13 Daisy B. Stackpole is an artist, activist and art educator focusing on intersectional feminism and privilege in art. She is currently teaching in Mississippi through Teach For America.

September 2017 | Class Notes

’49 Sally Thrower Plair writes that she is still “kicking” and although her husband Jim has “changed worlds”, she is keeping busy as a volunteer playing piano in a hospital and enjoying her stay at Brevard, NC in a retirement home.

’61 Sarah (Sally) M. Hubbard has a big year ahead. She plans to revisit the school for HIV orphans that she fundraised for in Uganda in June. And she plans to hike to Santiago Spain in September. Carpe Diem!

’62 (Kay) Katherine Newsom Williams and her husband Ray spent the month of May 2016 in Paris where they rented an apartment and loved it. She fills her weeks with tap dance class on Wednesdays and Mondays at the Greenville Humane Society where she walks the dogs.

’64 Stanley Smith Reahard and her husband Bo are enjoying splitting their time between South Carolina in the winter and Leland, Michigan in the summer, plus random trips around this great country in their motor coach. Life is grand!

’66 Elaine Berol Taylor has a new granddaughter born January 23, 2016 named Gemma after her mom and is expecting another grandchild in October. Her son David and family moved to Tampa so she sees them more often. She judged an orchid show in Guatemala and is off to Kenya and Tanzania for their annual trip. Lastly they adopted 2 more darling little dogs which makes 6 total. Plus, they still raise little miniature horses which are the cutest!

’66 Grace Wilson Phillips reports that she had a great time last year at her 50th reunion connecting with “girls” that she hasn’t seen in 50 years! She is returning with Jan Roper Elliott ‘67 this spring to celebrate her 50th! Grace and her husband continue to travel and plan to go to Alaska this year to celebrate their 49th anniversary. They also stay busy visiting their 3 daughters, husbands and wonderful grandchildren!

’67 Ellen Hanckel enjoyed her 50th reunion very much. She hopes to keep in touch in the future. She and husband Scott Derks are enjoying retirement in Saluda NC. He still writes books and Ellen continues to be involved in global mission work, particularly for reconciliation in South Sudan where she taught at an Episcopal seminar for several years.

’72 Christy Holliday Douglas has 3 grandchildren – 2 boys and 1 girl. They are gifts from God for her. She and her husband just returned from Cuba, where she said it was like being in the 50’s. She wished Mrs. Morgan could have been there! She is looking forward to reunion this year.

’80 Ann Bacot Igoe Daughtridge reports that her son, MacGregor McGehee will graduate this year from St. Andrews University in Scotland with honors. Her daughter, Elizabeth McGehee is in her junior year at the American University of Paris and spent the month of December in India helping under-privileged women. Ann Bacot will celebrate her 25th year in real estate with William Means.

’88 Jeanne West Selander rode out Hurricane Irma in a Florida jail with rescue animals in Key West Florida. She and her animal rescue have become a media darling! You can read the full article here.

’03 Kendall Robertson Fleming had a son, James Claron Fleming on May 27, 2016. They are calling him “Dutch”.

’04 Marianne Moseley recently moved back to Charleston from Charlotte where she was working as a professional civil engineer doing land development for the past nine years. She is now working here with Hussey Gay Bell as Senior Civil Engineer continuing to do land development. Welcome home Marianne!

’10 Kathryn McCain Pearce got married to Harry Frederick Graham Menzies on September 2, 2017.

’13 Ellinor Walters is an Associate Editor of Sailing World magazine and was mentioned in the September/October 2017 issue. This inspiring article was about women entering this male-dominated sport and offered tips for success. Click here to read the full article. Ellinor and Ashley Hall got a plug at the end of the article because our motto “girls who have the will, have the ability” is so inspiring to female sailors! 

In Memoriam:

(as of November, 2018)

Elizabeth S. Williams ’34
Mary Mahony Smith ’37
Rosemary Cody Edwards ’38
Carolyn Boette Hooker ’39

Betty Oates Gage ’40
Lucy Paul Jones ’42
Barbara Pierce Bush ’43
Bobbe Williams Dyke ’44
Ann Tweedie Nye ’44
Anne Street Lautz ’44

Goodie Geer DiRaddo ’45
Frances Jenkins Henderson ’45
Janie Lewis Nelson ’45
Carol Schall Ragsdale ’46
Barbara Kraft Packer ’46

Pam MacBride Colgate ’48
Betty Jacobs Buxton ’49
Anne Russell Brooke ’49
Pam Aimar Ohlandt ’49

Sara Miller Boyd ’50
Urania Tumboli Ferrara ’51
Nancy Friday ‘51

Elizabeth Mitchell Neil ’51
Ann Prosswimmer Pratt ’51
Joan Brown Weinstein ’51
Ann Dennis Carmichael ’53

Judy Steidinger Hamre ’53
Betty Poulnot Milone ’53

Helen Brown White ’54
Llewellyn Hood Kassebaum ’54
Sue Pepper Klump ’54

Myra Krawcheck Read ’54
Susan Walker Williams ’55
Bo Legendre ’58
Muff Wooten Zemp ’58
Garden Barnwell Magwood ’59
Sistie Willis Phillips ’59

Penny Pamplin Reeves ’59
Anne Mackey Norrell ’62
Toni Paul Jackson ’64
Margie Mims Branan ’65
Ellen J. Hanckel ’67
Mary Lou Hassell ’68
Barbara R. Maguire ’68
Tricia Ray ’70
Anne Davis ’74
Missy A. Sipple ’91
Rachel Wolff Bragg Lawson ’00
Laura Kerrison ’07

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Ashley Hall is a private school for girls, serving kindergarten through twelfth grade students, with a coeducational preschool in Charleston, South Carolina.
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