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both have fond memories of Chip waving goodbye to them from the platform. By the time you read this, it will be just about 12 months before we celebrate 50 years since our Mount Hermon graduation. I can assure you that the reunion is going to be fantastic, but it will be less so if each and every one of you don’t make the effort and attend. Very much look forward to seeing all of you! Seth Hetherington ’70 (left) and wife Jean Spitznagel Hetherington ’70 (right) walked their youngest daughter, Emma, down the aisle for her wedding.
to Tom Durwood, who is taking a semester sabbatical and will be in Washington State to write additional young-adult fiction. Tom is also curating and sharing innovative lesson plans for teaching English, literature, and writing that he has compiled over his teaching career. • A band of ’70 Hoggers once again gathered in August 2018, this time on the New Hampshire and Maine border, for several days of activities that included mountain hiking, whitewater rafting, Ducky river kayaking, mountain biking, golf, and waterfall rappelling! It was also nice to welcome two first-timers: Lincoln Baxter, who works for Bank of America in Charlotte, and Tom Green, who lives in Rhode Island and has been retired for quite a few years after a career in state service. He does a great deal of traveling and is an avid snow skier with lots of time spent out west. It was especially nice to get to know Tom better, since he has not returned for any reunions. He will be at the 50th! • Sorry to read about the passing of Donald “Chip” Howes in London (11/20/18), where he had lived for many years and dealt in fine wines. He and I reconnected several years ago via email and Facebook, which was nice. He had been sick, but Mark Vokey and Basil Hostage visited him last summer and said he seemed great. The last time they saw Chip was when the three of them were sprinting (late, of course!) so that Mark and Basil could catch a train. They made it, and
From left: Becky Gohmann Bechhold, Merrill Mead-Fox, Alison Elliott, and Susan Terry — all Northfield ’71 — hiked at Alison’s ranch in Northern California.
Northfield Cathy Shufro firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Arnold is loving retirement in Colorado. She wrote, “The magnificence of the mountains and the beauty of big skies nourishes my soul.” Her older son and daughter-in-law (and two cats) live nearby in Boulder, and her younger son, Kyler Chavez ’05, recently moved from Anchorage to Colorado with his partner, Kaitlyn (and two cats). Debbie loves having both boys nearby. She participates in the Longmont Senior Center’s video club, which provides video for the local public-access television station. “My primary assignment is filming each Longmont Symphony concert and editing the six cameras into one video, synced with audio from the microphones close to the stage.” The club also makes mini documentaries about local organizations and interesting local people, including artists, musicians, historians, authors, and veterans. “It is way more challenging, time-consuming, and fun than I ever expected!” Debbie had a great visit with her Northfield roommate, Judy Larrabee, in Burlington, Vt., last summer. Contact me for Debbie’s new email address. • Lisa Anderson wrote from Connecticut that she is slowly leaving her law practice and “moving into the next chapter, which is, as of now, untitled.” Lisa sold the law firm that she founded over 30 years ago with a beloved colleague, who died suddenly four years ago. Lisa now works for the people who once worked for her. “I felt it was time to mentor them as they moved the firm into the next decade. I love working for my staff now — I get to choose my work and hours and watch the firm’s evolution. I am also designing and facilitating retreats and workshops on navigating difficult conversations. I am doing this work … for nonprofits and in faith communities, and it has been very rewarding. Mediation and dispute resolution is the focus of my community association practice. I am particularly interested in issues of race and immigration status.” Lisa also serves as a coach for Unitarian Universalist churches in New England that are in search of new ministers. She
and her husband have a son living on each coast. She spends significant blocks of time with each of them and does childcare for their 2-year-old grandson, Rowan, who lives in rural Washington near North Cascades National Park. Lisa shared, “I am grateful for my NMH experience and early introduction to pluralism, which I define as the energetic engagement with diversity with all its joys and challenges. Sending love to all of you! Hope to see you at our next reunion.” • Merrill Mead-Fox now lives in outermost Massachusetts. She and her husband, David, have retired to the Cape and are thoroughly enjoying life there. Last October, they celebrated Merrill’s 65th birthday in Canada with their sons, then flew to California to celebrate Alison Elliott’s 65th. Merrill said, “We joined Susan Terry, Becky Gohmann Bechhold, and their husbands for a fabulous birthday bash thrown by Alison and her husband, Steve, at their beautiful ranch on the California coast.”
Mount Hermon David C. Eldredge email@example.com For some reason, delivery of NMH Magazine to New York City lags behind the rest of the country. How do I know this? Because an email from a classmate who’s been silent for years arrives and then, like clockwork, the latest issue follows just days later. • My theory was most recently borne out with first-ever post-grad contact from Dave Barradale ’70, who all might remember that, while being one of the freshman class arrivals, somehow made a great leap forward to graduate (as valedictorian, no less, if memory serves) with the class of ’70. Not surprising (and hey, I’ve always wondered how he pulled that one off,) he says he’s found himself “classless” ever since and was spurred on to contact by reading about our class celebrating Hal McCann’s 80th. Being reassured that he was indeed always welcome in the big tent of ’71, Dave responded with the following brief recap of his time since: “I’m glad to hear that my fears are unfounded. The last 35 years I have resided in southern New Hampshire. I practiced law until my retirement at the end of June 2018. Currently, my wife, Deb, and I are engaged in the kind of downsizing that David Kjeldsen and his wife just completed. But we aren’t empty nesters yet. I have returned to ‘the hill’ a few times in the last several years. My daughter is a senior at Williams [College]. Before she had her own car, I would plan my route to and from Williamstown to drive by NMH’s main gate, and sometimes I would drive in to take a look at the
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