1951 Class Notes

Dick Aldridge reports that he is recovering from open heart surgery but hopes to see us all next spring at our 65th reunion.

Jack Hodgson writes that he has sold his apartment in Moscow. He has three very interesting daughters: one a resident veterinarian at the University of Illinois, the second, who lives in Sydney Australia, is a chemical engineer specializing in environmental issues and the third is a translator living in Kolka Finland. Jack continues to swim.

Dozier Gardner has nine grandchildren, the oldest at Ithaca College, the youngest at the Park School in Brookline MA. He sill hopes that one of the nine will find his/her way to Deerfield.

Charlie and Carol Smith have been married for almost 45 years, have three happy families with six grandchildren ages 3 to 14. Last year they travelled to the east coast of South America and went fishing in Alaska as well as celebrating his 60th anniversary from graduating from Wesleyan.. Other activities include being a trustee of the St. John’s Hospital and Health Center where Carol volunteers.

Sherwood Anderson and his wife, Kate, are active in the Octal Sister City Project (Octal is a city in northern Nicaragua with a population of 40,000. They have been to Octal four times in the past seven years and always stay with local citizens. Among other things the project supports micro loans. They continue to ski (very cautiously) in Colorado and Vermont).

Tom Reed and his wife, Kay, remain happily installed in Sonoma County, the heart of California wine country. They visited George Dill in Texas. Tom backs Gov. John Kasich for president.

Bill Wilmot is hobbled by a bad knee and rotator cuff surgery but still manages to play tennis with a serve in single digits. He continues to work  after 23 years in the local soup kitchen. One grandson has just received a golf scholarship at Kent State and a granddaughter is a 15-year old catch rider. Last year she was recognized as the top pony hunter in the US and is now moving into horses.

Bill Fry has been part of a tutoring program run by the Yale Club of Chicago. He has also worked with the Chicago Greeters Program through the Chicago Bureau if Tourism with French speaking tourists. Son Michael is a clinical pathologist at the University of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine. Son Peter is an English teacher at Groton while daughter Kate is an actress who has appeared from coast to coast. .

Bob Hiden and wife Ann live less than a hour from their three children and three grandchildren. Bob cruised the Chesapeake  for two weeks in June. The whole family gathered on the Easteern shore of Maryland and Virginia for about 10 days. Then Bob, son John and grandson sailed the boat back to Larchmont

Jim Schoff and wife Joanna continue to balance their time between Rye NY and Morrisville VT.  Jim is recovering from back surgery  and battling slowly advancing Parkinson’s Disease the two of which have limited his and Joanna’s activates this year.

Bob Gable and wife Emily spent several weeks last summer at Epworth on the shore of Lake Michigan in the now of Ludington.

Bill Ames and wife Nancy have put their farm on the market Nancy continues to teach at the Bement School. Bill suffered a broken leg from bowling and is a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; and he and Nancy attend St. Michael’s Episcopal church in Brattleboro. Bill has taken up flying again and hopes soon to solo.

Vic Russo and wife Carol continue to enjoy their retirement. They now have three great grandchildren.

Jim McKinney reports that in July 2013 after a seven year courtship he married his Italian fiancée, Lia Stevin. After 10 years of schooling and practical training son Robin has at last become full-fledged pediatric critical care doctor and is on the staff of a children’s’  hospital in Providence RI. He and his lovely wife, Nancy have also produced a daughter, Isabel, who celebrated her first birthday in September.

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