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strategies for using technology to support student literacy, especially for marginalized populations struggling to succeed in school. Lynne is “currently directing a project related to my alternate interest in early education for girls and women, the Sampler Archive Project, where we are creating an online database of American schoolgirl samplers stitched in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Goal is to locate, photograph, and document all American samplers in public and private collections across the country.” She was formerly married to the late Dean Inman and is now married to Clark Anderson, another retired academic. She has three daughters, two stepdaughters, and one stepson, and happily spends lots of time with her 13 grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 months to 18 years. Lynne’s other interests include travel, and rescuing and researching abandoned art. Would be happy to connect with Northfield alumnae either in Oregon or when she’s on the East Coast visiting family (Pennsylvania and Rhode Island). • Cynthia Battis shared, “I got a new left hip last spring [2018] and had a quick recovery … I traveled to Wales to meet my third cousin and his family and see all the places where my great-grandmother and her siblings had lived. Am busy with genealogy, the League of Women Voters, Daughters of the American Revolution, two women’s philanthropic groups, and two Italian classes! I love living in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod and have found many Cape ancestors to research while getting information on my 15 Mayflower ancestors in time for the Plymouth 2020 celebrations.” • “Looking to relocate to northern Virginia in 2019 to be closer to my son and his family,” wrote Linda Burden Tokarski. “Cleaning out 43 years of memories and detritus is a pain!” • Deborah Crockett Rice and her husband enjoyed a cruise in the Norwegian fjords in June 2018. She wrote, “I am still working two jobs: cancer outcome specialist at Falmouth Hospital and senior travel consultant. Still living on the Cape.” Deborah was looking forward to a week on Antigua at the amazing Curtain Bluff in January and to another Merrill-Keep reunion. • Elizabeth Eber shared, “I’ve given up all pretense of being young. New Year’s hugs to all!” • Jan Finney Schilling’s update: “Our son is in Falls Church learning German and heading to Munich this summer with the State Department. Looking forward to visiting there. We’ve taken to cruising and loving it.” Jan sailed across the Atlantic on Symphony of the Seas and was making plans to travel to New Zealand earlier this year. Jan also enjoys spending

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time with her two grandsons. • Holly Gamble Schinler is slowly adjusting to life in the Twin Cities and enjoys living closer to two of her adult kids and their families. “Granddaughter Maxine is 2,” wrote Holly. “We try to get together with our New Hampshire daughter and family whenever we can. Usually a beach vacation is a popular solution for everyone!” • Midge Harrison Fleming wrote, “Dick retired last May, and we have been busy settling in full time on Seabrook Island, 18 miles from Charleston, S.C. I am busy with the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic, and Dick will eventually volunteer as one of their orthopedic surgeons. The clinic serves the uninsured, working poor on James, Johns, and Wadmalaw islands. We see about 600 patients per month. Also still involved with Columbia School of Nursing, where I chair the Board of Visitors. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the school, we constructed a new building in Washington Heights, New York City … We were blessed to add another grandson to our family in March [2018]: Alexander joins his big sister, Harrison, in Darien, Conn. Our other grandsons live in Baltimore: Teddy (15), Fritz (12), and Billy (10).” Midge and Dick traveled to Shanghai, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Hong Kong last autumn. • In September 2017, Beverly Lancaster Lindsey joined a team of teachers in a neighborhood church that offers free weekly ESL classes. It has been a wonderful learning experience for her. “In November 2017, I went on a retreat with women from my church,” said Beverly, “and got to know a woman who was, like me, a New Englander, a preacher’s kid, and a musician. She shared with me that cancer was in her liver and the doctors wanted to do chemotherapy. I knew that she could not drive. I went home and prayed about it and sent her an email offering to accompany her to chemo sessions. For the next 10 months, I basically journeyed with her. She never lost her determination, faith, or sense of humor. I took her to what would be her last radiation treatment in September [2018]. She went into hospice care three days later and died two days later. I know the Holy Spirit put us together. It was a blessing to be with her. My eyesight and hearing are poor, arthritic joints routinely complain, but I walk six days a week with neighbors. I have a grateful heart. Charlie is still singing professionally, volunteering, and doing work here and there. I miss New England a lot!” • Gail Linzee Reitter reported some sad news. “My dear Frank died very suddenly (10/30/15). We were married in 1970 and were extremely lucky to have 45 great years together. Our two daughters, son-in-law, and

three young granddaughters were in shock and mourning for these three years. I feel things are getting better; it takes time. We had a beautiful Mass for him and the Cantata Singers, whom I have sung with since 1980, sang at his funeral at St. Theresa’s Church in Sherborn Mass. On a brighter note, our daughter, Stefani, her daughter Audrey (7), and their pup Rosie, who were evacuated in Malibu, discovered the day before Thanksgiving that they still had a home. The fires came to their front door and moved on. The devastation out there is overwhelming … The owner of Paradise Cove Restaurant managed to save his place and he invited all evacuees for free fish dinners on Thanksgiving Day. Humanity can be at its best in a crisis.” • Ellen Lougee Simmons says life is exciting and busy with two grandsons and four granddaughters. “I enjoyed a wonderful summer in Maine, and spent Thanksgiving with my mother in Hanover, N.H. Always great to get back to New England! Best to all our classmates.” • Alison Marshall Zanetos wrote, “Debby Peck, my sister Georgia, and I met up for a few days in Menauhant, Cape Cod. It was a wonderful mini reunion. Debby and I had not seen each other since 1974! Now we are both grandmothers. Deb and I not only were great friends at Northfield, but her family summered in Chatham, so we spent our summers together as well.” • Raymond and Joan Milne Bischoff had a terrific trip to South America, visiting Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. “Iguazú Falls and the Corcovado in Rio were amazing,” said Joan. “The people were delightful and each country had the best beer and the most beautiful women … We love to play bridge and play in a competitive game nearby. In summer, we [play] golf and tennis when we can. I am still working in executive assessment, but [am] able to manage my schedule to allow for fun trips and family time.” • Judy Preble Miller has been retired almost a year and finds retirement far from boring, thanks to meaningful activity at church, ongoing efforts to pare down the amount of stuff in her apartment, and get-togethers with friends in Maine, North Carolina, and New York City. • Richard and Candace Reed Stern are both retired and live in Dallas during the winter and spend summers in Castine, Maine. “We take classes at Brookhaven Community College and are active with a local Rotary Club. In Maine we are active with the Downeast Hiking Club. We are lucky to have lots of family here in Dallas and siblings who live not far from us in Castine. Granddaughter Emma is 1 year old, on the brink of walking and talking, loves music,

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