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 March, 2018)

Elizabeth S. Williams ’34
Mary Mahony Smith ’37
Rosemary Cody Edwards ’38
Betty Oates Gage ’40
Lucy Paul Jones ’42
Bobbe Williams Dyke ’44
Ann Tweedie Nye ’44

Frances Jenkins Henderson ’45
Janie Lewis Nelson ’45
Barbara Kraft Packer ’46

Pam MacBride Colgate ’48
Betty Jacobs Buxton ’49
Sara Miller Boyd ’50
Nancy Friday ‘51

Elizabeth Mitchell Neil ’51
Ann Prosswimmer Pratt ’51
Joan Brown Weinstein ’51

Judy Steidinger Hamre ’53
Helen Brown White ’54
Llewellyn Hood Kassebaum ’54
Myra Krawcheck Read ’54
Susan Walker Williams ’55
Bo Legendre ’58
Muff Wooten Zemp ’58

Penny Pamplin Reeves ’59
Anne Mackey Norrell ’62
Toni Paul Jackson ’64
Margie Mims Branan ’65
Barbara R. Maguire ’68

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