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, 2017)

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

Frances Jenkins Henderson ’45
Janie Lewis Nelson’45
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
Anne Mackey Norrell ’62
Toni Paul Jackson ’64
Margie Mims Branan ’65

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