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Janet Holly ’58  writes: “Susan Barber came to visit from NY which included Thanksgiving and my birthday party.  We enjoyed visiting new PMC President and also went to the old campus in Wellesley, now part of Dana Hall. They tore town the old “Stack” a French house, the pretty white columned building where we went for classes, replacing all with new brick buildings.” (submitted January 2018)

Susan Barber ’58 writes that she is currently living in Manhattan. She recently visited the newly opened “Octagon” at the World Trade Center designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Barbara Biddolph Preston ’58 writes that she and her husband David hosted a lunch in Essex, CT in June. Joyce Crowley Flynn ‘60, Joan Dowling Todd ‘68, Carole Lusignan Buttner ‘59 and Robin Gorham Sedgwick ’63 attended.


Susie Scurich ’63 writes:  “Off to Croatia again this summer (2019) to attend Dubrovnik Language School and stay at my great grandparents’ home.” (submitted Dec. 2018)

Susan Carlson Moffett ’63 writes that her sister Sharon Carlson ’67 has unfortunately passed away in 2010 in Piedmont California. She also writes that she’s been on Mercer Island, Washington for 37 years. Her husband David and her owned and operated the four ski areas located on Snoqualmie pass. They sold the areas in 1997 and retired. They have 2 children, Kathy, who lives in Mercer Island, and Steve, who lives in San Luis Obispo. They also have 4 grandchildren, named Basil, Ian, Phin, and Elise. Three of them are in middle school, and one in high school. They all enjoy growing up together.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Van Orsdel Moulds ’64 writes: A PEAK INTO OUR 2017 HARVEST. 

Steve and I are up before dawn, meeting the crew and discussing the day’s activities. This particular day we are working with a crew of 6 men who have been working for us over this last season. Roberto, tractor driver, and Ruben are full time and the others are regular hires who live in Napa/Sonoma area for the season. The crew harvests the fruit in 40 lbs capacity boxes and dump it into large 1/2 tons white bins that are being pulled through the vineyard as they progress. We have 4 clients and 12 different blocks of fruit on our ranch, all cabernet sauvignon and a small block of cabernet franc. Since 9/14 we have been harvesting 2 – 6 tons about every other day. My job is logistics, being sure that we harvest the correct block and get it to the client at the appropriate time and place, with the appropriate amount of fruit. Steve drives the truck and trailer and delivers all the fruit to our clients. His big job , however, is to negotiate with the clients as we decide when our fruit is perfectly ripe and when the winery clients have tank space for bringing in the fruit. This can be a back and forth that takes several weeks. It’s a giant puzzle that when it comes together at the end, everyone has big smiles on their faces. We are very proud of our farming and our clients are eager for the fruit to come in so they can begin their magic. We liken the harvest to sending “our kids off to college”. After 3-5 years at the winery, we like to taste what wonderful wine our grapes have made. Enjoy the photos taken at two picks.



Melissa G Mitchell ’71 writes that Mary Claire Ryan ’71 have been corresponding and speaking over the phone for several times a year, and that they’ve stayed friends since 1970.

Karen Swenson ’74 writes that Polly Tunick ’74 came to visit her coming all the way from Florida. She hated to see her leave and misses Debbie Dobbins.

Faye White Maier ’78 writes that with her husband Ray and son Eric, they visited Australia in June 2017.



Hillary (Manion) Crowley ’85 writes, “My husband and I have lived in Sudbury, MA near the Wayside Inn for the past 20-years. I am employed as a realtor for William Raveis here in town and would love to catch up with anyone who is in or around the Sudbury area. Feel free to stop in and see me anytime!” (submitted December 2017)

Carol Ann (Brown) Lahut, ’83 passed away on June 4, 2017 at the age of 56. She is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Mark Lahut, her parents William Brown and Marie Cullen, her brother Robert Brown and many nieces and nephews,as well as devoted friend and PMC roommate (Karen) Marlene Tholl. She is predeceased by her brother, William A. Brown, Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, killed in Vietnam in 1970. Graduated from PMC with a BA in English literature, she went on to receive a Masters in education from SUNY Albany. For 28 years she taught AP English as well as regular English curriculum at Ichabod Crane High School, in the beloved Hudson Valley where she herself grew up and went to school. She was much loved by her students. As many PMC alumnae and faculty will remember, Carol was a talented and accomplished actress. As well as acting in many PMC productions, and receiving the Dorothy McGuire Award in Acting while there, she performed in professional summer stock in the Hudson Valley throughout her teens and early 20’s. Carol’s thoughtfulness, gentleness and strength, as well as her unique and fascinating sense of narrative and her love of the land where she lived, will never be forgotten. For all inquiries about and memories of Carol, and to receive any information regarding a future memorial for her, please contact (Karen) Marlene Tholl at (submitted November 2017)

Josephine (Russell) Mayo ’80 writes: “After years living and raising our family, Grady is now 28 and Sarah is 27, in Vermont, in 2010 we moved onto our 40′ sailboat and moved south. For four years we lived and worked in Florida – east coast for two years and Gulf coast for two years; and upon Tom’s retirement, headed south through the Caribbean islands to Grenada. That was winters. Summers we explored the United States in our RV looking for the place we wanted to be as we continued our life’s adventure. From the cold humidity of Vermont to the heat and humidity of the tropics, we have found a place in the desert, by nature of me finding a great teaching position at College of the Desert, suits us just fine! I see Holly Higbee-Jansen as much as we can get together but not enough… Would love to hear from Carole Pelletier Thompson, and any of the gang from West II, ’76-’79 and East 1, ’79-’80.” (submitted September 2017)


María Pía Montalbetti Raffo ’92 writes:  Since graduation I have been working as an Early Childhood teacher. I’ve  been taking many courses and am now studying for a Master’s Degree in “University Teaching and Educational Management” at the Technological University of Peru. In 15 days I will visit Pine Manor College to do some administrative paperwork because I need to legalize my diploma. I am very excited to return and see how everything is there. (submitted September 2018)

Lisa (Lance) Hendrick ’91 was married on July 7, 2018 to George Hendrick III “Bud”. The ceremony took place at The Moody Church in Chicago and the wedding reception took place at the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, a historic building founded in 1898, and the home of the first athletic club for women in the US. They are residing in Chicago. (submitted August 2018)

Kelly (Mulligan) LaValle ’99 writes: “I have been teaching the past 3 years at Easton Country Day School in Easton, CT. I have completed a MEd. program in curriculum instruction from Concordia University. I have recently started a MS program at the University of Bridgeport to receive my 7-12 certification in Biology, Chemistry, and General Science.” (submitted March 2018)

Julie Baker Thompson ’94 writes that she and her husband John moved to Mason, Ohio.

Samantha Diedrick ’96 has married John Harris on June 2, 2017 in Wilmington, DE. John Harris is a founder of a law firm in Wilmington called Berger Harris.

Dole Keefrider Galvin ‘93 came to visit Professor of Education, Sandra McElroy.







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