June 2021 | Class Notes
Pictured above from left to right: Members of Ashley Hall’s Class of 1961 Eleanor Hastie Parker, Sally McCrady Hubbard, Marion Rivers Cato, and Molly Drayton Osteen gather to celebrate their 60th reunion
Sarah Mahony Ford-Rijswijk ’50 writes that her husband Tony passed away on August 23, 2020.
Class of 1961 alumnae Eleanor Hastie Parker, Sally McCrady Hubbard, Marion Rivers Cato, and Molly Drayton Osteen (pictured) celebrated the actual 60th anniversary of their Class on May 28.
Missy Craver Schenck ’71 writes, “Pandemic times have reinvented me as a writer – now publishing monthly in Charleston Mercury, weekly in Flat Rock Together. Monthly for St. John’s in the Wilderness – 2 books in the works.
Susan James Mayer ’73 writes, “The past October we lost our mother, Caroline, who loved Ashley Hall. Blessedly, this loss was preceded by the birth of her great-granddaughter Vonnie, by 4 days. Also good news, I had a short story published in the anthology Ghost Stories of Shepherdstown, and our home was featured in the Dec. issue of Log and Timber Home Living magazine!
Anne Darby Parker ’78 writes that her son Darby and his wife Danielle announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia, on March 18, 2021.
Elizabeth Hays Terry ’53 on December 29, 2020.
Ann Swinton Townsend ’61 of Wadmalaw Island on February 28, 2021.
Lois Thayer Fair ’62 on June 2, 2021.
March 2021 | Class Notes
Paula Bogel Lantz ’60 saw Linda “Dolly” Shewmaker ’61 and her 101-year-old mother being interviewed in CNN/MSNBC coverage of the snow and ice (and water and heat) problems in Dallas in mid-February. They had come to a warming building for shelter and assistance. Dolly was Paula’s roommate her first year at Ashley Hall, and they had been friends before that. Paula contacted Alice Voss Gaines ’61, who later roomed with Dolly, in search of Dolly’s email address. She would love to be able to contact Dolly and say hello, especially during the COVID and winter storm disasters.
Alice Voss Gaines ’61 writes, “My current interests include reading, traveling, planning the renovations for our new-to-us house in Wilmington, NC, and playing with our four grandchildren.”
Susan Smith Perry ’73 has retired as SEMC Executive Director.
Anne (Smith) Hutson ’77 and Sallie S. Hutson ’13 are excited to announce the start of their new business Anne’s Charleston Cheese Biscuits. They write, “Our biscuits are packaged in a cute tube with a ribbon and can be ordered by mail or through local delivery! PQV The Cheese Biscuit Team!!”
Lori Banov Kaufmann ’77 has written the historical novel Rebel Daughter, which has recently been published by Penguin Random House. Based on a true story, it tell the story of a young woman who braves everything to protect her family and find love.
Biz Rivers ’78 got remarried in the summer of 2020 and is updating her last name.
Laura Cole ’00 received her MBA from The Citadel in August 2020. She also started a new job at MUSC as their Senior Engagement Consultant in the Patient Experience Department.
Sallie S. Hutson ’13 got engaged to her high school sweetheart Chappell Price. She and Anne (Smith) Hutson ’77 are excited to announce the start of their new business Anne’s Charleston Cheese Biscuits. They write, “Our biscuits are packaged in a cute tube with a ribbon and can be ordered by mail or through local delivery! PQV The Cheese Biscuit Team!!”
Eleanor S. Harris ’03 married Grant Alexander Campbell Harris in Salem, Massachusetts, on June 5, 2020. They plan to celebrate with friends and family next year.
Eliza Chase Harrigan Lesko ’10 married Ryan Andrew Lesko on November 23, 2019.
Haleigh Foster Sullivan ’11 married Jack Sullivan in Sorrento, Italy, at a private villa atop a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Naples on June 4, 2019.
Anne Clay Blanton Oldham ’58 on December 14, 2020.
Irene W. Croft, Jr. ’61 of Smyrna, GA on February 23, 2021.
January 2021 | Class Notes
Liz McGraw Severence ’53 writes, “I’m living in Caterbury Court, a wonderful retirement home. It’s wonderful! I talk with Anne Melton every week by telephone.”
Kitty Bryan Forbes ’57 writes, “I lost my husband, Walter Forbes, of 58 years last February, just before the Covid-19 lockdown. Thanks to many old friends who reached out to me.”
Bebe Anderson Hennessy ’63 writes, “Our son, William Bishop Hennessy, was married on October 10, 2020 to Katelyn T. Rayle.”
Sherrie F. Whittemore ’64 is enjoying retirement and works as a StilMee Alzheimer Coach.
Jane Gregg Pulling ’65 writes, “Moved to our mountain House last year to downsize after my husband’s death. It’s beautiful and peaceful. Literally on top of a mountain. The perfect spot to live out this horrible pandemic. May it end soon. Also looking forward to seeing my first great grandson in person. We have FaceTimed, but that’s not the same as holding that little cutie.”
Bambi Dobbins Martin ’65 writes, “Staying home during Covid has been such a bummer! We did add a sun porch and filled it with my grandmother’s then mother’s furniture. Love it! So excited the school will be boarding again!”
Lucy Sanders Wilson ’66 writes, “So enjoyed reconnecting with you at our last reunion. Thankful to report that I still keep up with Ray Wannamaker Sabalis, Fielding Clark Gallivan, and my old roomie, Shipley Dunn Jenkins. Ashley Hall purple runneth deep. My oldest grandchild (I have 9????) is a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill, and as soon as I told Shipley she jumped right in to give her a home away from home and lots of love. She and Joe have retired in Chapel Hill. My youngest Mary Oliver Wilson (18 months), daughter of Cooper and Mary Mac Wilson live in Charleston, and I am doing all I can to have them choose Ashley Hall. Bunt (yes same Bunt I had a crush on at AH) and I celebrated 50 last year and live in Sumter. He is still practicing law, and I am playing playing playing with the grandchildren. Life is good, and I am blessed. Love to everybody in ’66.”
Elaine Berol Taylor ’66 writes, “Because of Covid we have not gone anywhere, postponing our annual trip to Tanzania and Kenya to next fall. Our miniature horses have kept me busy. We had one born at 16″ the smallest one ever!! She is 19″ at ten months. My orchids also have taken a lot of time. There are podcasts and virtual judging as well. Our grandkids are growing so fast which we are able to share, thanks to Facetime. Our granddaughter Lilly is a teenager turning 13 this month.”
Jane G. Gambrell ’68 is enjoying retirement on the beach!!
Mary W. Anderson ’68 writes, “I retired from the practice of law in 2018. Was volunteering with my dog for pet therapy at a hospital and a nursing home, but sadly this is on hold now due to covid.”
Sally Hawk Gibson ’71 is having her first baby granddaughter born on October 6, 2020. “Something positive in a difficult year!”
Olivia Hipp ’10 and Jon Black were married on December 19, 2020 at Saint Philips Church with a small, family reception at home.
Charlotte Williams ’10 and Henry Grimball were married on November 21, 2020.
Rhea Sanders Rabinovich ’41 on June 9, 2020.
Harriet “Harry” Zinneman Levy ’44 on December 22, 2020.
Joyce Ruus Martin ’51 on November 20, 2020.
Margaret Richards Breeden ’52 on December 20, 2020.
Elizabeth “Betty” Morton Crute ’53 on February 7, 2020.
Eleanor Gaillard Rogers ’56 on November 15, 2020.
Loti Kennedy Dunn ’58 on December 19, 2020.
Mary Elliott Ball Graham ’62 on November 6, 2020.
Jane Gottschalg Wolper ’62 of Charleston on December 2, 2020.
November 2020 | Class Notes
Jane Gregg Pulling ’65 writes, “Moved to our mountain house in Saluda, NC after losing my husband in 2019.”
Jennifer Ann Reilly Campbell ’05 married Austin Campbell on September 5, 2020.
Marianna “Mini” Hay Avant ’09 married Stephen Walker Avant II on June 27, 2020.
Winston Smith Thornhill ’75 of Mount Pleasant on September 27, 2020.
September 2020 | Class Notes
Neva Johnson Herrington ’44 has published her 4th book of poetry titled Among the Absent (Finishing Line Press), 2019.
Kay Haselden Chandler ’61 writes that she and her husband headed for their cabin in western NC in mid-March to avoid exposure to Covid. They are still there except for brief intervals in Charleston, enjoying their huge garden and the many miles of trails including the Appalachian Trail nearby. Their Westie is enjoying swimming in the streams. Her daughter lives in London, and Kay has had to cancel two trips to see her. She challenges us to stay fit so we can resume normal activities and travel when the time comes.
Sally McCrady Hubbard ’61 also had to cancel a trip in the spring to hike a third section of the Camino de Santiago, this one in southern France, ending in the area of prehistoric cave paintings. With a credit on Delta soon to expire, she and her hiking friend are considering another trip to France or Spain probably in the fall of 2021, as next spring may be too soon in this unpredictable disaster. Sally’s granddaughter Margaret, a theatre major at Carnegie Mellon, managed to direct three plays this summer from home, in Fort Worth, Seattle, and Los Angeles, thanks to the magic of Zoom. Sally worried about her college career being interrupted, but Margaret seems able to rise to any challenge. She writes: As the old Episcopal hymn says, “new occasions teach new duties.” Old dogs can learn new tricks! We are all learning to do new things. Be safe, my 1961 friends.
Helen Croft Holliday ’70 is a retired teacher and CEO of Sun-Kap-Kap LLC. She enjoys hiking, riding, birding, and yoga.
Eugenia “Gigi” Goggins Fain ’88 has published three books of poetry this year: Musings: Poetic Echoes, The Winter Years, and Poetry in Motion, all found on Amazon. The Winter Years is dedicated to Mary Ellen MacGregor ’62, her teacher and mentor.
Laura Dukes Beck ’89 was sworn in as a Charleston County Magistrate yesterday. She writes: Not sure how many AH grads have become judges, and I am curious if you know? Thanks!
Jennie W. Brooks ’97 writes: My business, Longevity Fitness Charleston (across the street from Ashley Hall), recently expanded and opened a new Club floor for working out independently. We also have a Recovery Lounge with infrared sauna and zerogravity massage chair. Currently offering virtual training and classes.
Elizabeth Weeks McCrary ’08 is living in Atlanta and is working for Home Depot. She was married to Chad McCrary of Albany, GA. in November of 2019 at the Legare-Waring House at CTL.
Julia R. Brown ’13 graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy this May. She was also recognized by receiving the Interprofessional Award due to her efforts in collaborating with other health professions at USC. She writes: Thank you to Ashley Hall for helping to develop my leadership potential and communication skills! I will be moving back to the Charleston area working as a pharmacist for CVS.
Mena H. Kerrison ’16 was named the salutatorian of Sewanee’s class of 2020. She is a chemistry major.
Marianne Moseley Sutherland ’04 married Rives Sutherland on December 14, 2019 at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street in Charleston.
Elizabeth Weeks McCrary ’08 married Chad McCrary of Albany, GA. in November of 2019 at the Legare-Waring House at CTL.
Ashley Jackson Rupp ’08 married Peter Rupp on August 8 and looks forward to celebrating further after quarantine.
Patricia A. Wellborn ’11 was married to Patrick Wellborn on July 25, 2020 in Charleston. They now live in Chapel Hill, NC.
Courtney Parades Plotner ’00 and husband Jeff welcomed their third son, Tucker Harrison Plotner, on May 15, 2020. Tucker joins brothers Judson (4) and Barnes (2).
Ellen Hudson Howard ’12 gave birth to her first child on May 8, 2020. His name is Hamer Todd Willoughby Howard.
Anna (Nancy) Ravenel Parker Barnwell ’38 of Charleston on July 25, 2020.
Patricia (Patty) Mengedoht Ball ’53 on June 24, 2020.
Mary (Sissy) Cogswell Cannon Goodale ’56 on July 8, 2020.
Caroline T. Leland ’66 of Charleston on March 23, 2020.
Emmeline H. Kinsman ’79 of Bath, UK on April 9, 2020.
Felicia Chisolm Wardlaw Sperr ’79 of Charleston on September 2, 2020.
April 2020 | Class Notes
Mickey Kronsberg Rosenblum ’63 was re-elected to the History Commission of the City of Charleston and elected as Treasurer for the Jewish Historical Society.
Amelia (Amy) E. Jenkins ’82 has been named the first Executive Director of the Junior League of Charleston (JLC). She is a former JLC President and current Sustaining member. Amy joined the Junior League in 1990 and has held many leadership positions including President from 2005-2006. Since 2008, Amy has continued to serve as a Sustaining member of JLC. In 2012, Amy joined Ashley Hall, an all-girls day school, as Director of Admissions, before becoming Director of Alumna Relations and Planned Giving as well as Director of Programs and Special Projects. Amy is a graduate of the University of the South; Sewanee, Tennessee and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. “I am honored to be selected as the first Executive Director of the Junior League of Charleston, Inc. I credit my Junior League membership and training with providing me the skills and opportunities to develop women and the Charleston community. The Junior League and her members have been improving the community for over 96 years; it is my privilege to give back to the JLC and lead her next evolution of growth and community impact as Executive Director,” Amy commented. Beth Bailey, President of the Junior League of Charleston, writes, “I am thrilled to announce that Amy Jenkins has accepted the position as the JLC’s first Executive Director. As our hiring committee members commented at the June Board of Directors meeting, Amy’s qualifications, along with her passion for the League and experience in banking, fundraising, and non-profit work, met all of what we were looking for in this new role. We welcome Amy onboard in this exciting time as we begin to plan for the JLC’s 100-year celebration.”
Ashley N. Martin ’12 is currently thriving at Disney, having recently taken on more responsibilities in the company. In addition to being a Strategy and Operations Analyst for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, she is also a Disney Media Representative opening new attractions and experiences, and joining Team Wildlife with the Disney Conservation Fund focusing on conservation efforts.
Ellinor Walters ’13 began a new role with North Sails as the Global Comms and Content Producer in Newport Rhode Island!
Kelsey K. Lipscomb ’97 delivered her third child, Sabrina, via emergency double surgery in July. After two weeks in the NICU Sabrina went home to her brother (Gideon), sister (Tabitha), and father (John) in the Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Lynn Stoddard Roes ’49 of Summerville on January 29, 2020.
Louise Mettler Blumenthal ’63 of Massachusetts on February 07, 2020.
Caroline Simons Finnerty ’77 of Charleston on February 23, 2020.
January 2020 | Class Notes
Laurel Gale Stewart ’50 retired from psychotherapy practice, contemplative prayer facilitator, Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross.
Kitty Bryan Forbes ’57 and her husband Walter are celebrating their 58th anniversary in December along with the December wedding of a grandson. As one of the founding families, they celebrate the AIM Center’s 30th anniversary in Chattanooga. The Center provides education, job training, and life skills for those with serious mental illness.
Kay Haselden Chandler ’61 has completed her 10th Richmond, Virginia Half Marathon. All in all she has completed 19 full marathons including Boston, London, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Geneva, and Edinburgh, and countless half marathons. This from a classmate who was very un-athletic at Ashley Hall! Jim and Kay divide their time between Mr. Pleasant and Banner Elk, North Carolina where they have a second home, and they often hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Sally McCrady Hubbard ‘61 who was un-athletic at Ashley Hall—so they kindly let her take ballet rather than play sports—is brushing up on high school French and preparing to walk a third section of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This section is entirely in France, starting at Le Puy and ending in the southwest region of the prehistoric cave paintings. About 120 miles, in May.
Betsy M. Rockhill ’65 has a daughter Sophie Sergiadis who is living in Charleston and working with hydroponic farms, Vertical Roots.
Kathy Sherrill Slattery ’65 has two grandsons and a wedding in 2019!
Linda Leonard Collins ’67 and her husband have lived in Charleston for about 5 years now. We moved to be closer to our older son and his wife and 2 sons. They live in Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant. Our younger son and his family have recently moved to Nexton in Summerville. They also have 2 little boys. It is wonderful having our family so close by!
Lynn Foskett Pierson ’68 has been chosen as one of nine recipients of the 2019/20 Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Grant. This is the third year the award has been offered through the arts council of Pinellas County, Florida. The award goes to Pinellas artists crossing all disciplines. It includes a stipend, mentoring, workshops in marketing and other art related business needs, community outreach through blogs and panel discussions, and culminates with an exhibition of new works created during the grant period. Produced with the support of Creative Pinellas, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
Caroline James Williamson ’70 and Keith have a son, James, who is a journalist in New York. Our youngest son, Charles, lives in Vermont. We enjoy the North Carolina mountains and the South Carolina beaches.
Jane Stoney Cook ’74 has a granddaughter Hazel Cook and another due 12/15/19.
Maria DeGuzman ’82 published a third scholarly book. This latest one is titled—Understanding John Rechy (University of South Carolina Press, 2019)
Caroline C. Sinkler ’84 has a business, Frametastic that will be turning 30 this coming May 7 2020. So I want to thank all of my Frametastic supporters!
Katie L. Perez–Phillips ’07 and her husband Rubén announced the birth of their son, Rubén James Perez-Phillips on November 1, 2019!
Victoria Owsley ’16 was a 2019 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans
November 2019 | Class Notes
Constance Stoney Mason ’46 visited Charleston in October and toured campus! She enjoyed showing her daughter and three of her granddaughters where she went to school!
Adrienne Holman Anderson ’56 is a minister of Fork Presbyterian Church in Fork, South Carolina. She is married to Lyn Anderson who is also a minister of First Baptist Church in Lake View.
Kathy Styer Weitzel ’64 has lived in Bluffton, South Carolina for three years now. She enjoys volunteering at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Vance Bonner ’68 has been teaching posture and flexibility for 46 years later: #TheVanceStame.com! She will be in Bend, Oregon through the spring and Frederick, Maryland (greater Washington, DC) after that.
Emily Small Ramsay ’71 recently celebrated her daughter, Mary Barnwell Ramsay ’98, marriage to David Ludwick on October 26, 2019.
Annie Guerard Coletta ’77 recently won a very competitive race for a Flat Rock Village Council seat. Congratulations Annie!
Maria DeGuzman ’82 won a prestigious teaching award at UNC-CH. Every year, UNC Chapel Hill recognizes faculty, staff and students for outstanding teaching and this year Maria won the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction in the comparative literature department.
Lisa Collins Cole ’77 married on May 25, 2019
Mary B. Ramsay ’98 married David Ludwick on October 26, 2019.
Jessica McDowell Painter ’13 married husband Jonathan Painter on June 29, 2019. They now live in Greer, South Carolina.
Boykin Foxworth Anderson ’08 and her husband Thomas Anderson welcomed Thomas Chiles Anderson on September 21, 2019.
Ellen Neff Hassell ’06 and her husband Fleetwood welcomed Mary Neil Hassell into the world on September 3, 2019.
Jane Werrell Prevost ’06 welcomed Charles Connelly Prevost, Jr. on August 21, 2019.
Katie Perez-Phillips ’07 and her husband Ruben announced the birth of their son, Rubén James Perez-Phillips, on November 1, 2019.
September 2019 | Class Notes
Hazel Jackson Montgomery ’54 husband Bill passed away in June. He lived with Alzheimer’s for 7 long years. Hazel recently welcomed her 5th great grand child on August 25 and looks forward to her granddaughter’s wedding in Charlottesville, VA this December. At this point in life it seems as if she goes to funerals once or twice a week. She says that, “God has to make room on earth for all this new generation”. Finally, she welcomed Hazel Anne Sausaman born on December 30, 2018.
Nancy Morton Dawson ’57 is living in her family home in Westport (the house is 310). She has been a widow for 7 years now. Her last grandchild Jeb Brown graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy in June.
Marshall Jupp Moore ’58 is a great grandmother to an adorable 4 year old boy. Her grandson a doctor in Denver, Co.
Martha Zeigler Tucker ’58 has two grandchildren who just graduated from James Island Charter School. Her grandson is going to the University of South Carolina and her granddaughter will attend West Point in the Fall. Both are very good looking of course!
DeeDee Geraty Squires ’66 recently downsized and moved to a smaller home. She now hopes to sell her beautiful former home: a classic Georgian here in St. Joseph, MO.
On August 28, 2019 Frederica Mathewes-Green ’70 was awarded a D. Litt. (honoris causa) by King University in Bristol, TN. She was honored to be recognized for all of the writing she has done (10 books and 800 essays, columns, and reported pieces, and reviews). She was a regular commentator on National Public Radio for awhile and her writing work led to speaking invitations, which she has enjoyed very much (about 600 speaking events, in North America, Europe, and Australia). It also led to media interest, and she has been interviewed about 750 times, for TV, radio, print, and the Internet. Frederica has had a wonderful career that is highly enjoyable, and is am grateful for the excellent education she received at Ashley Hall. Miss Elizabeth Keith was a great influence, and she was able to visit her a couple of times, after her retirement, on her family farm in Virginia. She and her husband, Gary have 3 adult children, all married, and 14 grandchildren. Gary retired in 2018 from the church he founded, near Baltimore. Recently, they moved to the town of Johnson City, TN, where one of their sons is a pastor and are enjoying more time with the grandkids.
Leize Schirmer ’73 is a retired survey technician. She enjoys bible study fellowship, keeping up with her grandchildren on her 2 acres of land as well as house and pet sitting.
Ginny Zemp ’79 recently accepted a new job as Director of Historic Camden. She’ll be moving sometime this fall.
Anne A. Kirkland ’80 is moving from northern New Hampshire, where she has been teaching elementary school for the past 14 years, to Charlottesville, VA where she will be teaching 2nd grade in the upcoming school year.
Nancy Bird Platt ’84 was selected for a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. She was honored this summer in Washington, D.C. Congratulations Nancy – PQV!
Caroline Hairston Watson ’90 enjoys gardening, exercise, and children!
Ann E. Rice Ervin ’02 is one of the proud owners of a Charleston bridal boutique, Maddison Row South. Ann and her mom, Lisa, are the owners and recently merged two stores (Southern Protocol Bridal and Maddison Row) to create Maddison Row South. They also moved to 8 Vanderhorst Street. They are proud to offer 15% off to all Ashley Hall graduates for bridal and debutante gowns. Learn more about at www.maddisonrowsouth.com or follow them on social media.
Cameron Widman Leyh ’03 and Justin welcomed a baby boy named Barrett Richard Leyh on August 23, 2019.
Ellen Neff Hassell ’06 and her husband, Fleetwood, welcomed a baby girl named Mary Neil Hassell on September 3, 2019.
Jane Werrell Prevost ’06 and her husband welcomed a baby boy named Charles Connelly Prevost, Jr. born on August 21, 2019.
Celeste L. Jilich ’10 recently graduated from MUSC as a Doctor of Medicine. She was the only student to speak during the graduation ceremony and was the recipient of two prestigious awards.
Ellinor Walters ’13 currently lives in San Francisco writing for Sail GP Magazine. Click here to check out one of her recent articles.
Bailey A. Horn ’15 graduated from College of Charleston in May ’19 with a B.S. in Marine Biology, she decided to work for a study abroad program called the Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy, or MANTA for short. MANTA is a non-profit education and research organization that offers students, ages 16-21, a live-aboard sailing experience. The students become fully immersed in the culture and natural beauty of the British Virgin Islands as they spend two weeks sailing through the archipelago. Students also explore the tropical marine environment and coral reef ecosystem through field-based coursework and scuba diving. On board the sailing vessel Freedom, Bailey served as a crew member, teaching assistant, dive master in training, and student coordinator on board. Her daily tasks included directing student efforts to cook, clean, and sail the boat, helping students learn fish/coral/invertebrate/algae taxonomic ID, developing student research projects, such as AGRRA coral disease surveys, teaching SCUBA diving, leading dives, and repairing scuba equipment. To say the least, it was a very busy but rewarding summer. One of her favorite memories includes diving with Tolli Rosol ’20 when they dove with six big reef sharks off an island called Great Camanoe.
May 2019 | Class Notes
Neva Johnson Herrington ’44 has published another book, Among the Absent, New and Selected Poems, which is currently available from Finishing Line Press.
Alston Osgood Wolf ’59 is enjoying the class contact and news due to the 1959 Reunion this year. Staying very busy–oldest grandson started Elon this fall–it seems like a great fit.
Kay Haselden Chandler ’61 completed the “End Breast Cancer” Marathon in Jacksonville, Florida in February and the Cooper River Bridge Run in April!
Stanley Smith Reahard ’64 and her husband enjoy splitting their time between Summerville and the Isle of Palms, plus Leland, Michigan in the summer. And then traveling in their “Rockstar bus” wherever and whenever the spirit moves them!
Nancy Bird Platt ’84 has been selected for a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. She will be honored on July 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Congratulations Nancy–PQV!
Beth Reines Wheeler ’93 Charleston native and Ashley Hall Alum, (pen name Beth Carsen) and her daughter recently wrote a book compilation of prose, poetry and photography. Living with Grace: Its Not all Puppies and Rainbows, speaks to inter-personal relationships and touches every cycle of a woman’s life from love and life to death and reflection. It contains original artwork and photography from the Charleston/Lowcountry region but also from around the world. Beth is excited to have her book available in the Ashley Hall library with other esteemed published graduates. The book can be found on Amazon and at most bookstores. Beth currently lives in Clayton, MO with her daughter and son and enjoys frequent visits back to Charleston.
Kathleen Hay Hagood ’06 and Andrew welcomed a baby boy named James Camp Hagood on April 16, 2019.
Celeste Jilich ’10 will be graduating from MUSC as a Doctor of Medicine. She will be the only student speaking. Then there is an Awards Ceremony at St. Luke’s Chapel with reception where she is winning 2 awards. The Dean of the College has asked to hood Celeste himself.
Ellinor Walters ’13 is in San Francisco this week working with Sail GP magazine–click here to check out her article.
Laighton H. Cain ’15 taking an extra year at the College of Charleston to focus on art curation and performance art. She just closed her first independently produced art curation featuring multimedia creations by survivors of sexual violence who attend the College of Charleston. It was an opportunity to provide survivors with a positive platform to express themselves and to share their journeys with the public, as well as to spread awareness of this serious and crucial issue. It was a success, and following the show she was appointed to Events Chair on the founding executive board of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Student Advisory Board, which aims to engage the CofC student body with The Halsey and contemporary art as a whole. This position, along with her art curation, has propelled her into arts management masters programs at CofC and IUAV in Venice, either which she will pursue in the fall of 2020. Laighton will also be performing in the College’s featured theatre production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe in Piccolo Spoleto this May! The play focuses on an all-girl soccer team. She looks forward to reconnecting with her class! She misses them all and looks forward to hearing of their successes.
March 2019 | Class Notes
Joannie Carbiener Hottinger ’54
Fred and I celebrated he 60th wedding anniversary last year on a cruise to Alaska. We now have 6 grandchildren and 3 1/2 great grandchildren. We feel blessed for our wonderful family.
Polly Shipp Grey ’59
I was very sorry to hear of Joy & Penny’s passing. Joy and I were roommates at Ashley Hall. We had kept in touch over the years. We were both living in southern Calif in the 1970s and saw each other quite frequently. In 1979 my father and I moved back to Florida.That is where he was from, and I had been accepted to University of Florida graduate school. Joy moved to Florida while I was in Gainesville so we were back in touch and saw each again. In fact she and her oldest son came to our wedding in 1991. My husband was Barry Grey, Citadel Class of 1959. He passed away in 2014. I retired from UF Health-Jacksonville in 2004. I was part of the ENT department as an audiologist. I will not be able to come back for our 60th. I remember well our being at the Dock Street Theater because of the rain. I love the picture of everyone who attended the 50th. I hope I can get a picture from you of our 60th. I’m really disappointed that I can’t be there. Health wise I’m in pretty good shape. I’ve survived cancer and a broken hip. So I have much to be thankful about.
Nancy Head Thode ’59
Although I live in Connecticut, I have a house on Fripp Island which brings me to my home town of Beaufort multiple times a year. For many years I had a career as a Family Therapist and am semi-retired at this point. In my old age I’ve morphed into an actress, singer, and writer. I’ve written and produced 3 one-woman shows, including “A Southern Belle Lives to Tell” and “Camelot Came Calling: The Fabulous 60s.” Favorite community theater roles were Daisy in “Driving Miss Daisy” and Ethel in “On Golden Pond.” I’m currently on break from acting while writing a book about my author mother, Ann Head, at the urging of the College of Charleston archivist. I’ll give a talk about her in March at the Beaufort Library, cosponsored by the Pat Conroy Literary Center. That along with some community and church volunteer work keep me busy and out of trouble. Mostly…! Irv Thode, my husband of 30 years, died 8 years ago after a long illness. I have two children and two step-children and 8 grandchildren, ages 35 to 8 years, who keep me hopping! I’ve kept in touch with Bonny Jones Gilbert, and I’m looking forward to the reunion and the opportunity to renew other friendships.
Kay Haselden Chandler ’61
Kay Haselden Chandler agrees with Sally McCrady Hubbard that we should consider having a mini class reunion at the Pig and Oyster Roasts at school in January. Kay and Jim live in Mount Pleasant and maintain an ambitious garden in their summer home in NC. They have done many segments of the Appalachian Trail. Kay says she was no athlete at school, but she’s been running for 35 years and participating in international marathons. She runs a half marathon in Richmond where her son lives. Kay visits her daughter in London and returns to Rome regularly where she formerly loved living: would you believe 25 visits since she left there in 1993?
Mally Armstrong Trzeciak ’61
Mally Armstrong Trzeciak lived in Huntsville, AL for many years but retired to Daytona Beach in 2004, where her older daughter lives around the corner. Her other daughter lives near Dallas in Lewisville TX. Mally’s grandson Austin finishes high school this May and plans to go to University of Central Florida or the University of Alabama. Her granddaughter is in the 7th grade. Mally is a member of The Embroidery Guild-Sand Dollar Chapter, and a bromeliad garden club. They live in a historic beachside district and are restoring their home and gardens.
Sally McCrady Hubbard ’61
Sally McCrady Hubbard retired to Sewanee in 2005 and takes advantage of college concerts, lectures, and the gym. She’s walked across England and done two sections of the Camino to Santiago, 110 miles each time. She’s recently resigned from three long-term volunteer commitments but continues to support a vocational school for HIV orphans in Uganda. Sally had a great visit with Molly Drayton Osteen in Augusta in January. Her son Hayne sells electronic parts globally from Fort Worth; her daughter Anna cares for heart patients in San Francisco. Granddaughter Margaret is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon. Brother John just remarried in Dallas at age 83! Brother Waring, 81, is her friend and companion in Sewanee.
Lynn Foskett Pierson ’68
On the one hand, I’m uncomfortable putting myself out there like this. On the other hand I’m pretty stoked and honored to have had this opportunity to work with Pinellas Community Foundation. Reading through Perspectives about all the wonderful accomplishments of Ashley Hall students, the exceptional programming and staff, I wanted to share that this opportunity of mine can be traced back to the confidence gained and quality of education and mission experienced havet had in my life. It takes a core desire to succeed in the individual and an environment to nurture and support that. Ashley Hall provided both to me during a time of important emotional development during family stress in my life. The effects of my time as a boarding student at Ashley Hall continue to inform my life today and, I’m quite sure, will continue to do so.
Emily D. Friedman ’72
Changing my neurosurgical practice to one more consultation-based. Spending time with teenage sons, twins. Hoping for more travel. Current interests include: Cutting horses, medical practice
Susan James Mayer ’73
Loved spending time at the 2018 reunion with old friends! Jim and I moved to “Almost Heaven” Shepherdstown, West Virginia in December. We were thrilled to welcome a grandson the month before and very much look forward to our daughter’s graduation from Hollins this May. Good-bye tuition checks!
Maura G. Hogan ’82
Shout-out to members of the Division of Marketing and Communications for receiving several CASE III Awards: Maura Hogan earned two writing awards, including the Best Article of the Year (the Grand Award!), for her wonderful story on alumna Mary Croghan Ramsay ’42, a codebreaker during WWII.
Beth Reines Wheeler ’93
Beth Reines Wheeler ’93 (pen name Beth Carsen) and her daughter recently wrote a book compilation of prose, poetry, and photography. Living with Grace: It’s Not All Puppies and Rainbows speaks to interpersonal relationships and touches every cycle of a woman’s life from love and life to death and reflection. It contains original artwork and photography from the Charleston/Lowcountry region but also from around the world. Beth is excited to have her book available in the Ashley Hall library with other esteemed published graduates. The book can be found on Amazon and at most bookstores. Beth currently lives in Clayton, MO with her daughter and son and enjoys frequent visits back to Charleston.
Drew Elizabeth Faw ’04
Hansford (Ford) Faw was born on 2/20! Big healthy boy!
Mary Lake Newton ’04
Mary Lake Newton of Charleston, SC, and John Tyler Davidson of Mt. Pleasant, SC, were married on February 2, 2019. The six o’clock in the evening ceremony was held at St. Michael’s Church in Charleston, SC and was officiated by the Rev. Alfred T. K. Zadig, Jr. A reception followed at Hibernian Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Aris Newton II of Charleston, SC; and the granddaughter of Mr. Luther Henry Adden, Jr. and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Feagin Adden, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Park Newton, Jr. She is a graduate of Ashley Hall and earned a BS in Marketing from Clemson University. The maid of honor was Lauren Elizabeth Newton. The bride’s attendants were Leigh Davidson deHoll, Drew McKnight Faw, Elizabeth Coleman Hutchison, Lindsey Anne King, Marianne Davis Moseley, Julia Anderson Mowlajko, and Caroline Smith Passe.
Katie Tuttle ’05
Katie is planning a fall wedding to Sean Robert O’Sullivan. She received her BS in Business Administration and Master of Accounting degrees from Kenan-Flagler School of Business in Chapel Hill and attained her CPA in NC. She is currently working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City as the Global Banking and Markets Learning and Leadership Development Programs Manager.
Ashley N. Martin ’12
Just wanted to send an update in! I graduated with my MBA in August from The Citadel as a Legacy and I landed a Professional internship with The Walt Disney Company as a Wellness Specialist for the domestically based parks and resorts, where I am part of a team that manages the health of the 130,000 employees. I hope to join the corporate division at the end of my internship.
January 2019 | Class Notes
Dee-Dee Samet Chandler ’57 is the elected president Casa los Ninos Foundation, an organization which helps children and families. One of the organizers of Tuscon Homeless Connect which helps over 300 homeless. And on the Board of Governors of State Bar of Arizona and past president. She is the third woman president of the state bar (in 2000).
Caroline Gibbons Coker ’64 is retired from International consulting company. And is the grandmother of triplets!
Marie Ferrara McGahan ’70 daughter Emily Hollings Carley, Ashley Hall grad of 2005, and husband Paul had a son on August 22, 2018. Emily is working as a dentist in Chicago.
Ms. Shawn Myers ’72 says that Shawn, Betty Stern, Claudia Nichols, Missy Hanahan, and Lura Williams had a reunion for the first time this year. They are already looking forward and making plans for their 50th!
Gigi Goggins Fain ’88 says that Eugenia called today to let us know that she has published a new book entitled Coffeetime Tales and Poems. She has published several books prior to this most recent one and joins a growing Ashley Hall alumnae list of accomplished authors. She is having a book signing at Books on Broad in Camden in January.
Martha Middleton Wallace ’89 has opened Charleston Perspective Walking Tours. The website is www.charlestonperspective.com.
Sarah Chanler Ryan ’91 is busy in Charlotte! Loughlin is age 17. Henry is age 16. Maggie is age 13.
Emily C. Carley ’05 and her husband Paul had a son on August 22, 2018. She is working as a dentist in Chicago.
Carter Lee Johnson ’06 reports, “We had a boy 5 weeks ago – hard to believe that! George Dean Johnson IV – calling him Dean.”
Kathryn Widman Hatcher ’06 and her husband Hunter Hatcher welcomed their first child, Grayson Widman Hatcher on August 27, 2018. He was 9lbs 7oz and 22 inches! Grayson is the first grandchild of Dale Poulnot (1973) and the first great-grandchild of Joan Poulnot (1948).
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
’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
’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 definitel
’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 [email protected]
‘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!
(as of March 2021)
Elizabeth S. Williams ’34
Mary Mahony Smith ’37
Anna (Nancy) Ravenel Parker Barnwell ’38
Rosemary Cody Edwards ’38
Carolyn Boette Hooker ’39
Betty Oates Gage ’40
Rhea Sanders Rabinovich ’41
Lucy Paul Jones ’42
Barbara Pierce Bush ’43
Aline Mason Smith ’43
Jane Lucas Thornhill ’43
Bobbe Williams Dyke ’44
Ann Tweedie Nye ’44
Anne Street Lautz ’44
Harriet “Harry” Zinneman Levy ’44
Theodora Gregorie Warren ’44
Goodie Geer DiRaddo ’45
Frances Jenkins Henderson ’45
Janie Lewis Nelson ’45
Betty Bowers Boswell ’45
Cynnie Schoen McNaughten ’45
Barbara Kraft Packer ’46
Carol Schall Ragsdale ’46
Betty Goforth Simons ’46
Pam MacBride Colgate ’48
Betty Jacobs Buxton ’49
Anne Russell Brooke ’49
Nena McBee Horn ’49
Pam Aimar Ohlandt ’49
Lynn Stoddard Roes ’49
Sara Miller Boyd ’50
Joye Drews Byers ’50
Carolyn Wetherford Hutson ’50
Urania Tumboli Ferrara ’51
Nancy Friday ‘51
Joyce Ruus Martin ’51
Ann Prosswimmer Pratt ’51
Joan Brown Weinstein ’51
Margaret Richards Breeden ’52
Sue Owens Armstrong ’53
Patricia (Patty) Mengedoht Ball ’53
Ann Dennis Carmichael ’53
Elizabeth “Betty” Morton Crute ’53
Judy Steidinger Hamre ’53
Martha Morton Korschun ’53
Betty Poulnot Milone ’53
Sara Fort Ferguson ’54
Mary King Hatcher ’54
Llewellyn Hood Kassebaum ’54
Sue Pepper Klump ’54
Myra Krawcheck Read ’54
Helen Brown White ’54
Susan Walker Williams ’55
Mary (Sissy) Cogswell Cannon Goodale ’56
Eleanor Gaillard Rogers ’56
Lynda M. Chase ’57
Helen Huggins Henshaw ’57
Loti Kennedy Dunn ’58
Bo Legendre ’58
Anne Clay Blanton Oldham ’58
Muff Wooten Zemp ’58
Miss Ray Moore Coker ’59
Garden Barnwell Magwood ’59
Sistie Willis Phillips ’59
Penny Pamplin Reeves ’59
Sally Dobbins ’60
Suzanne Read Thomson ‘60
Irene W. Croft, Jr. ’61
Mary Elliott Ball Graham ’62
Catherine FitzSimons Lazenby ’62
Anne Mackey Norrell ’62
Jane Gottschalg Wolper ’62
Louise Mettler Blumenthal ’63
Kathy Hall Ravenel ’63
Toni Paul Jackson ’64
Margie Mims Branan ’65
Sherry Alley Linder ’65
Caroline T. Leland ’66
Ellen J. Hanckel ’67
Salie Sims Mathis ’67
Mary Lou Hassell ’68
Barbara R. Maguire ’68
Leelee T. Sosnowski ’68
Sallie Stallworth Sebrell ’69
Tricia Ray ’70
Martha Albrecht Miller ’71
Laura Worsham ’73
Anne Davis ’74
Peggy Reeves Drury ’74
Winston Smith Thornhill ’75
Ann Witherspoon ’76
Caroline Simons Finnerty ’77
Emmeline H. Kinsman ’79
Felicia Chisolm Wardlaw Sperr ’79
Missy A. Sipple ’91
Rachel Wolff Bragg Lawson ’00
Laura Kerrison ’07