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February and March 2024 | Class Notes

Alex Thornton Carrick ’08 | Alex eclipsed her 10th year with Insight Global as Lead Recruiter. She began her career with Insight in Washington, DC specializing in federal defense contracts. She moved to Raleigh, NC in 2017 with her husband Greg. Still with Insight, she now focuses on Next Generation Software and AI Development Talent Acquisition and leading the Recruiter Development. Alex and Greg recently welcomed their second son, Robert Thornton Carrick, to join big brother Charles Baxter Carrick.

Jennie W. Brooks ’97 | Celebrating eight years of longevity!

Beth Reines Gunter ’93 | Beth and her husband Tim, welcomed their son Henry Joseph Gunter on December 21, 2022. He is already spoiled by his three other siblings. Never one to stay idle, Beth became a partial owner and Chief Revenue Officer at Spry Digital, is on the executive board of the Children’s Hospital and was an author in international best selling book “Growth”.

Saida Alexander Russell ’76 | Saida’s brother, Thomas Williams Alexander, Jr., passed away on Friday, January 12, 2024. Read the obituary here. 

Barbara Baker Pendergrast ’75 | Barbara is a chaplain in the Episcopal Church serving at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Cherry F. Payne ’70 | Cherry had an article written about her regarding her time with the National Park Service. It can be read here.  

Stanley Smith Reahard ’64 | “Bo and I are enjoying traveling around the country in our 45′ motorcoach – we joined 10 other coaches in the red rock country of Utah last October for the Annular Eclipse of the Sun over Bryce Canyon and visited Zion National Park, Arches and Canyonlands. The rest of the year we bounce between our cottage on Lake Michigan, Summerville, the IOP and the motor coach resort in port St. Lucie FL. It’s a tough life but somebody has to do it! Here’s hoping some of our classmates make the effort to turn up in April for our reunion.”

Sherrie F. Whittemore ’64 | “I am enjoying continued work in retirement as a StilMee coach for caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia.

Judy Webber Ross ’53 | “I have moved to a very nice Senior Home in South Windsor. I miss my Blue Ridge Mountains. I am now seeing my three sons and their families and great-granddaughter.”


BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mary Tinkler ’98Mary and her husband, Tad, welcomed their first child on February 6, 2023. Marigold “Goldie” Lily Lenore Woovis has been the most beautiful blessing this year!


DEATH ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Gray Macaulay ’69 | Wil Lou Gray Macaulay,71, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in her Morgan Hill, CA home with her family by her side.  Gray was born September 7,1951 in Florence, SC, she was the daughter of Joe Frank Macaulay and Maureen Johnson Macaulay. She is survived by her son William “Wil” Macaulay Firmender of Morgan Hill, CA, his wife Eimee Villanueva, and their Daughter Emmanuella “Elle” Maureen Firmender, who was the apple of her grandmother’s eye. Gray has a brother Earl H. Macaulay Sr.(Jaclyn), of West Columbia, SC and nephews Earl H. Macaulay Jr. of West Columbia, SC and Jackson O. Macaulay of Columbus, OH, niece, Laura Carlson (David) and grandniece Fiona Carlson and a grandnephew Milo Carlson of Durham, NC. Gray was predeceased by her brother, J. Frank Macaulay of Lexington, SC.  Her family moved to Lexington, SC in the 1960’s. Gray attended Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC for high school. In 1975 she graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She made a life for herself in Nebraska before returning to SC and marrying Gary Firmender. In 1990 she got her Masters in Speech Pathology from the College of Health at the University of SC. Gray worked in public schools and doing home health for several years. In the late 1990’s she and Wil moved to Isle of Palms, SC. She made many good friends there including Mike and Pat. She left the low country in 2021 to move to the California Bay Area to be with family. She had just completed her home there when she passed away. Gray will be missed by her whole family. She was a loving parent and Aunt and friend. Her longtime friends in Charleston loved her and knew they could trust her.  Gray will be remembered for her unique sense of humor, her wit, and for helping out many friends. She was always the life of the party and was a dedicated and loving mother. Gray was an avid reader and she loved working with babies. Mike, her longtime friend and caregiver said when her granddaughter (whom she referred to as “Girlfriend”) came over Elle would beam from ear to ear and was so excited to see her grandmother. 

Elaine Berol Taylor ’66 | Elaine’s beloved husband, Scott B. Taylor, died on September 14, 2023 at 53 years old of unknown causes. Elaine met him on a blind date at Ashley Hall in February 1966. He was a very handsome cadet and the love of her life. They had a beautiful life together which ended too soon.

Neva Johnson Herrington 44 | Neva, age 97, passed away on January 17, 2024 after a brief hospital stay in Woodbridge, Virginia. She was born in New London, Connecticut on March 31, 1926, the second daughter of J. Reid Johnson and Neva Palmer Johnson.  In 1944 she graduated from Ashley Hall Preparatory School in Charleston, South Carolina. She married naval officer Rodger Bosworth Herrington of Binghamton, New York in 1945, shortly before the end of WWII. While raising her family, she attended college part-time at Connecticut College in New London and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees. A gifted writer and an enthusiastic teacher, she published widely and taught at a number of schools. While a full-time faculty member at Williams School in New London, she was voted teacher of the year by her appreciative students. In subsequent years, she was a full-time teacher at Northern Virginia Community College, and later taught part-time at Randolph Macon College and Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Poetry was overwhelmingly her favored form of expression, although she occasionally turned to fiction and critical articles. Her work appeared in a number of national magazines including Commonweal, Southwest Review, and The Southern Review. Her first book, Blue Stone and Other Poems (1986) was the Pushcart Foundation selection for “Writer’s Choice. Three other works of acclaimed poetry followed: a chapbook Her BMW in 2007, Open Season in 2015, and Among the Absent in 2019. Neva never stopped writing. She was engaged in her poetry right up to the end. She was a Fellow at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. As a volunteer she worked for the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Charlottesville, Virginia, and tutored for the Northern Virginia Literacy Council. She was a member of the Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Neva was preceded in death by her sisters Anne Johnson Banks and Dianne Capers Johnson. Her daughter Elizabeth died in 1994. She is survived by her sister, Reida Johnson Kimmel, by her son Philip and daughter-in-law Jill; and daughter Anne (Herrington) Boyer and son-in-law Robert; grandchildren Madeleine Boyer, Margaret Boyer Liftik, and Nathaniel Boyer, M.D. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Charles Long Darby | Charles, who was father of Joya Darby Wolf ‘83, Anne Darby Parker ‘78, and Beth Darby Haizlip ‘76, and grandfather of Litsa Darby Barnes ’12 and Amelia Anne Sullivan Parker ‘16 passed away on February 7, 2024.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Darby family. The full obituary can be found here

Wilson Crone | Wilson, the son of Paige Canaday Crone ‘83, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Crone family. The full obituary can be found here

Robert (Bobby) H. Hood, Sr. | Bobby, the husband of emeritus Trustee member Bernie Hood, father to Molly Hood Craig ‘87 and Elizabeth Hood Willis ‘89, and grandfather to Mary Craig ‘17, Caroline Willis ‘21, Gardiner Willis ‘22, Mattie Hood ‘23, and Elizabeth Hood ‘27 passed away on Wednesday, February 14. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hood family. The full obituary can be found here.

Judy Warfield LaMarque ’49 | Judy passed away on November 25, 2022. 

Renee Razook Dunne ’51 | Renee died peacefully October 20, 2023, in the loving presence of her family.  Born in Pinehurst North Carolina in 1934, she was the daughter of Fozi R. and Rose S. Razook. She was an alumna of Ashley Hall, Mount Vernon Junior College, and Tobé-Coburn School of Fashion Careers. Renee was a lifelong lover of sports. As a youngster she rode horseback and played basketball; later she loved tennis and golf. It was at a tennis tournament in New York City that she met her husband R. Michael Dunne. She and Mike were a great pair during their 48-year marriage. They became longtime residents of Greenwich, Connecticut, where they raised their two children and participated wholeheartedly in the social and civic life of the town. They loved to travel to tennis tournaments, and paid annual visits to Pinehurst and Lake Placid, New York, where Renee had spent summers growing up. Sadly, Mike died much too soon in 2008. Renee was a Welcome Wagon representative for almost 20 years, greeting new Greenwich homeowners and providing them with community information. It was a job she enjoyed, and it was well suited to her friendly nature. To those who knew her, Renee will be remembered as a truly kind person who had many lifelong friends. She had a pronounced penchant for positive thinking. She always wanted to see the good in life, to the point that her children would joke about her preference for G-rated movies and “good music.” She and Mike strove to provide a warm, loving, and welcoming home for family and friends, and nothing made them happier than a reason to hold a celebration, whether at the Field Club or their home.  Renee is survived by her daughter Patricia Lewis, son Michael Dunne, daughter-in-law Chieko Dunne, and grandchildren Reilly, Caroline, Sophie, Sam Lewis and Mika Dunne, her sister Jacqueline Chamandy and her sister-in-law Claudia Razook. She was predeceased by her brother George Razook.  Renee’s family celebrated her life in a private service at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich.  She was laid to rest next to her husband at Saint Mary’s Cemetery. One Beatitude in particular recited at her service evokes Renee’s life, nature and character: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

 Lindy Todd Luke ’55 |Lorinda “Lindy” Todd Luke, widow of Richmond M. Luke, died November 11, 2023, in Charleston, S.C.  Lindy was born January 9, 1938, in Charleston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Davis Todd, Jr. Lindy attended Ashley Hall and Syracuse University. She and her husband established and ran the Dick Luke Property Management  Company for 20 years. After retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community for 15 years. She was an avid bridge player, reader and loved doing crossword puzzles. In her free time she enjoyed playing golf as often as possible. She is survived by her daughter, Lorinda E. Sinclaire; son, Jack Sinclaire; two step sons, Richmond M. Luke, Jr.,  Allen L. Luke II; six grandchildren, Lindy Lofton, Hannah, Luke, Abby, Kelsey, and Megan Sinclaire; two sisters, Mary Todd Poore, and Patricia Todd Carmichael.

Jeanne Simons Pitcher ’49 | Jeanne Simons Pitcher, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, the former Jeanne Frost Simons of Charleston, S.C., and the widow of Charles Scholey Pitcher, died at home on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. She was born in Charleston on December 27, 1931, the daughter of Keating Lewis Simons and Annie Keitt Walker Simons. Jeanne graduated from Ashley Hall in 1949, and later attended Winthrop College. A fun- loving and notoriously mischievous child, Jeanne developed a love of horseback riding that she nurtured throughout her life. She founded The Edge Riding School in Churchville, Virginia, and for decades shared her passion for hunt seat equitation with young riders in the Shenandoah Valley. When not at the barn, Jeanne loved to read, garden, cook and entertain. She could often be spotted on the porch with friends – a drink in hand, cut flowers on the table, and a loyal pet by her side. Jeanne is survived by her children: Thomas Russell Foster III; Susan Foster Barber and her husband, Jim; Michael Watson Foster and his wife, Amy; Keitt Foster Riseng and her husband, Lars; Caroline Hampton Duncan and her husband, Scott; Jeanne Foster Kuyper and her husband, PJ; grandchildren: Anna Barber Marsh; Susan Rezner Barber; Espen Riseng; Cecilie Riseng; Annie Christine Kuyper; Peter Walk Kuyper III; Charles Hampton Kuyper; great-grandchild Caroline Dill Marsh. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scholey, her brother, Keating, Jr., and her granddaughter, Caroline Dill Barber of Columbia, SC. 

Dee Carter Snipes ’57 | On Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Diane Carter Snipes, loving mother of three children passed away at age 79 in Vermont. DeeDee was born in Charleston South Carolina on June 16, 1939 to Grayson Stacey Carter Jr. and Helen Walker Carter. DeeDee graduated from Ashley Hall in 1957. DeeDee was a loving and caring mother. She without a doubt did all she could do for her children. DeeDee had a great sense of humor. She loved to laugh and smile. She never went to a party she didn’t like. She will be dearly missed. DeeDee is survived by her three children: daughter Alison (Ray) Elefante and their daughters Emma and Annie; daughter Parker Sessions and her daughters Sydney and Carter; son Gray (Heidi) Snipes and their children Spencer, Cooper, and Chloe. She is also survived by her loving sister Nancy (Henry) Jones and sister-in-law Nancy Carter and by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Grayson Stacy Carter Jr. and Helen Walker Carter, sister Brenda Thomas and loving brother Grayson Stacey Carter III also longtime companion Richard Lawrence. 

Susan Davis Willingham ’63 | Susan died Friday, January 12, 2024, peacefully at home surrounded by family. Susan was predeceased by her parents, Sarah Virginia Walden Davis and Chaplain Walter Joseph Davis of Charleston, as well as her sisters, Elizabeth Davis Taylor of Charleston and Virginia Davis Vitarello of Washington, DC. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dr. Mark Cauthen Willingham of Summerville; her sister-in-law, Ellen Thompson Willingham of Summerville and her brothers-in-law, Dr. Thomas A. Willingham III (married to Janet Willingham) of Punta Gorda, FL and John Timberlake (Tim) Taylor of Charleston; her three children, Christopher Bradford Willingham of Mountain Park, NC (married to Laura Brown-Willingham), Meredith Greye Willingham of Buffalo, NY (married to Aaron Knights), and Jonathan Morgan Willingham of Washington, DC (married to Anthony Willingham); and five grandchildren, Madison Porter Willingham, Noah Bradford Willingham (married to Ella Willingham), Caleb Jefferson Willingham, Amelia Elizabeth Knights, and Emmeline Greye Knights. Susan was born on May 9, 1945 in Tryon, NC while her father was deployed as a Navy chaplain. She spent her childhood living in Jacksonville, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Manilla in the Philippines, before the family settled in Charleston, where her father worked at the library at MUSC. There, she attended Ashley Hall before going to Agnes Scott College. While donating blood at MUSC one Sunday afternoon, Susan met her future husband, Dr. Mark C. Willingham. Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Bethesda, MD, where Dr. Willingham spent a 24 career as a cancer researcher at the National Institutes of Health. In Bethesda, Susan was a dedicated mother, raising three children, and devoting her spare time to volunteer leadership in schools and years of district leadership in the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. When her husband retired from the Public Health Services, they returned to the Charleston area, where Dr. Willingham began a second career in research and teaching at the Medical University of South Carolina. Susan, too, began a second career, owning and operating Pear Tree Toys in downtown Summerville. She poured her passion, tenacity, and love for play into developing a beacon of whimsy and joy for the Summerville community. Her verve and cheer were infectious, and she was known for her unending well of enthusiasm and energy.  

Barbara C. Black ’74 | Barbara passed away among close family and friends on June 26, 2010. She came to Naples, FL from Arizona nearly 20 years ago and made many friends with her gentleness, generosity, graciousness, and her self-effacing wit. She amply rewarded all who came to know her, as she was unfailingly supportive, positive, kind, and forthright. Barbara grew up in Virginia and North Carolina before attending Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC as a boarding student, then Stephens College in Columbia, MO. She obtained a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and became a successful technical writer for a variety of computer- related businesses and a freelance journalist, having published articles for several widely circulated travel magazines, industry journals, and the Arizona Department of Conservation. Next she earned an MBA from the University of Arizona and applied her knowledge as an entrepreneur, seamlessly managing her business from her office, her home, or on horseback. An avid horsewoman, she and her beloved Arabian named Maverick graced many trails in Collier County. She loved animals, made a loving home for a number of feral cats, and spent countless hours as a volunteer for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida rescuing and nursing injured mammals, birds, and reptiles.  She is survived by two brothers, Barney C. Black and John R. Black; a sister, Nancy B. Dillard; and two stepsons, Alexander and James Edwards.  Donations in her name may be made to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. 

 

October 2023 | Class Notes

Ellinor Walters ’13 | Ellinor is the Marketing Manager at Bitter End Yacht Club and Resort and within her first year, they were the recipient of a #16 ranking among the Caribbean’s best resorts in the 2023 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. To read the article Ellinor posted, click here.

Gamble Augusta Ouzts ’12After seven years with ScottMadden Management Consultants, Gamble has left her position as a manager to pursue an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Closer to home, Gamble is enjoying serving a three-year term on the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore Business School Young Alumni Board.

Beth Reines Gunter ’93 | Beth and her husband Tim welcomed their son Henry Joseph Gunter on December 21,2022. He is already spoiled by his 3 other siblings. Never one to stay idle, Beth became a partial owner and Chief Revenue Officer at Spry Digital, is on the executive board of the Children’s Hospital and was an author in international best selling book “Growth”.

Caroline Gordon Perkins ’91 | Caroline recently moved back to Charleston after completing her last overseas tour for the Foreign Service. Her final tour was Kabul, Afghanistan, where she evacuated from in late August 2021. She finished her tour in Doha, Qatar in the Afghanistan Affairs Unit, our Embassy-in-exile. She returned to her husband, Jonathan, and daughters Elizabeth (class of 2024) and Catherine (class of 2027).

Cacky Rivers Vleck ’90Cack has released a new book “Born and Raised,”an exquisite book of photography capturing the captivating birds of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Renowned photographer, Rivers, author of 2021’s wildly successful “Grounded in Flight,” invites you on a remarkable journey through the lens of her camera, unveiling a stunning collection that celebrates the region’s avian wonders. There is a book signing on Monday, November 20 at Alhambra Hall (131 Middle Street, Mt Pleasant SC 29464) from 3pm-9pm for Cacky’s new book. For more information, click here.

Helen Turner Hill ’81Helen was named the 2023 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award Recipient. The article reads “The Charleston Metro Chamber is pleased to announce Helen Hill, President and CEO of Explore Charleston, as the 2023 Joseph P. Riley Leadership Award recipient. The Joseph P. Riley Award ecognizes outstanding community leaders who commit to making our region a better place to live, work and do business.To learn more, click here.

Mary LeMacks Scarborough ’77Mary is now the Grandmother to two precious grandchildren, Lucas, 19 months, born February 22, 2022 and Lydian, newborn, brown September 16, 2023.

Shelly Thomas ’72Shelly has spent her retirement saving the planet, as part of the Save Soil educational outreach team. Save Soil is the largest global non-profit organization seeking to prevent our planet’s rapidly advancing soil. To learn more, click here.

Emily D. Friedman ’72Emily retired in March 2023 and is currently enjoying traveling, her animals (horses and chickens), and has two boys in college.

Lucia Harrison Jaycocks ’63Lucia sold her home in McClellenville and is now living at the South Bay Retirement Center in Mount Pleasant.

 

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 Louise Rodgers Dougherty ’46 | Louise, beloved matriarch and devoted advocate for people with disabilities, passed away peacefully at Bishop Gadsden on James Island on Sunday, October 15, 2023. She was 94. Her funeral was held on Thursday, October 19, in The Chapel at Bishop Gadsden. To read the full obituary, click here.

Carolyn Hottinger Garner ’57Carolyn, loving mother of three (officially), adoring wife of the late Dr. Joseph F Garner III, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family on July 12, 2023.The relatives and friends of the Garner family were invited to attend the funeral service of Carolyn’s at St. Matthews Lutheran Church on September 16. To read the full obituary, click here.

Elizabeth Dufour Rivers | Elizabeth Dufour Rivers, mother of Betsy Rivers ’73, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 14, 2023, surrounded by her family. The family received friends at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home on Thursday, October 19 and her funeral service was be held at the Episopal Church of the Holy Communion on Friday, October 20. To read the full obituary, click here

Wayne Moseley | Wayne Moseley, father of  Dupre Moseley Schley ‘10 and Caroline Moseley Hall ‘13 passed away peacefully on October 18, 2023. Wayne will be remembered by many as the owner of the Isle of Palms Red & White. To read the full obituary, click here.

Ralph Albert Lowenfield, Jr.Ralph Albert Lowenfield, Jr., father of Helen Ann Lowenfield Harper ‘89 and grandfather of Adelaide Harper ’20, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2023 in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.To read the full obituary, click here

 

 

September 2023 | Class Notes

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ellen Neff Hassell ’06Ellen and husband Fleetwood welcomed the birth of their second child, daughter Ellen “Sharp” Hassell on February 22, 2023.

 Torrey Crawford Knapp ’06Torrey and husband Ryan welcomed their second child, son James Alexander Crawford “Ford” on April 10, 2023.

 Casi Grady Cannarella ’08 | After marrying Joseph Cannarella on July 7, 2018, Casi and Joseph recently welcomed the birth of their first child, son Louis “Gray” Cannarella on January 29, 2023. The family resides in Charleston.

 Katherine Morrison Boggs ’09Katherine and husband Morrow welcomed the birth of their first child, son Morrow “Wright” Boggs, on April 2, 2023.

Catherine Calcote Fischer ’79Catherine shares, “on October 29, 2022, our son Scott and his wife Alyson welcomed their first child and our first grandchild, a beautiful little girl named Scarlett Elizabeth Fischer. They live in Chicago and my husband and I recently babysat for her while her parents took a first trip without her!”

CLASS NOTES

Suzanne Carhart Darweesh ’52Suzanne is still active in her progressive church, the League of Women Voters, Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers, zoom lectures, and friends.

 Alice Davidson Sims ’65Alice now has five grandchildren, all boys, and all under five years of age. She enjoys making hand-crafted coffee mugs to sell at festivals.

 Elaine Berol Taylor ’66  | Elaine still raises miniature horses. She travels to Africa every year and enjoys every minute. It’s like going home. She is still judging orchids for the American Orchid Society. She judged a show in Guatemala and judged numerous shows in America.

Kendra Y. Hamilton ’76Kendra and her father Lonnie Hamilton returned to Ashley Hall to speak to Upper School students during an assembly. Their topics included education, integration, and overcoming adversity.

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Annette Gagnier Torrey ’56 passed away on February 16, 2023.

 Jo Duff Johnson ’57 | Janet Eleanor Duff Johnson, age 82, lost her courageous battle with cancer and passed away peacefully with her beloved husband Jerry and daughters by her side on Friday March 17, 2023. Janet was born on July 28,1940 in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada to the late Gertrude Harkness Duff and Gordon Alexander Duff, MD. During her childhood and teenage years, she enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage in Amethyst Bay on Lake Superior. Janet was also an excellent figure skater, a very talented pianist and dancer, and participated in many skating competitions and dance recitals. She shared many stories reflecting on times when her friends always counted on her to lead them on their next fun adventure. At age 14 the family moved to Florida. Janet enrolled in Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, graduated and then attended Florida State University at age 17 due to her keen intelligence and academic achievements. After raising three children, she began her career in the Insurance industry and retired from Union Central Life Insurance company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Janet and husband Jerry were world travelers. They visited almost every continent, enjoying the different cultures and cuisines. We all delighted in hearing the many entertaining and adventurous stories of their travels. Janet was a “spitfire” with a zest for life, a little Southern Sass, a contagious laugh, fantastic sense of humor, and a masterful storyteller. She had an abundance of love for her family and was a friend to everyone that was lucky enough to meet her. Her many talents included being a gourmet cook and hosting many parties and celebrations for her family and friends. She had the special distinction of being the best “Grammy” in the world to her two grandsons and filled their lives with much love and happiness. The world will shine a little less bright, but we will all carry a little piece of Janet within us. 

Brooks Stuckey Cathcart ’63 | Brooks Taber Cathcart was born on March 3, 1945 in Columbia, SC, to Mary Belle Taber and William Brooks Stuckey. She was lovingly named Julia Brooks Taber Stuckey after her aunt, Julia Mood Peterkin, her father and her mother. However when she later married, rules required that she drop the Julia and the Stuckey on account of one lady should not have “so many names” on her social security card, and she elegantly moved through the rest of her life as Brooks Taber Cathcart. Or, as many affectionately knew her, “Brooksie”, “Aunt Brooks” and our beloved, “Nana”.  Brooks spent her early years at Fox Hill, a magical corner of her family farm, Lang Syne, in Fort Motte, SC, where her cousins were like siblings and her playground consisted of live oaks and horses. Her childhood summers were often spent in Murrells Inlet with her cousins, swimming, crabbing, swinging and just sitting on the dock, absorbing the art of story-telling from her many aunts and uncles, a gift she thoroughly enjoyed sharing with her own nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren, whenever the opportunity arose, happiest, of course, doing so with a grand baby on her lap and a cup of coffee nearby.  When Brooks was nearing school age her parents, always keen to provide their only daughter with the best possible opportunities, relocated to Columbia, SC so that she could attend AC Moore Elementary School. There she took great delight in the many new friends, unending supply of library books and covert trading of candy on the playground, three loves that would remain true for the whole of her life. Once of high school age, Brooks attended boarding school at Ashley Hall, in Charleston, SC, where she discovered her passion for English, reading, writing, and her favorite of all, chatting, nurtured her love of the low country and formed cherished friendships that would last her lifetime. Brooks went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina, and later completed the majority of course work for a Master’s degree in early childhood education before “retiring” from academics to raise her small children. A lifelong lover of all things beautiful, Brooks found her “heart” home in Paris while spending college summers in France with her Aunt Margaret. The influence remained with her always, emerging in her flair for decoration and fashion, the many beautiful impressionist paintings she created, her true love of Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald and all of the Left Bank expats, and of course, her ability to make a perfect quiche. 

Brooks spent her adult years juggling life and children, and during that time enjoyed many career endeavors, all characteristically centered on human connection and relationship. The career she was most passionate about and known for was her career in counseling families and individuals through addiction and recovery, a fitting and meaningful tribute to her own life and love of family, and a legacy of which she and her children were and are very proud.  Brooks was a brilliant, beautiful, wise and passionate person whose big brown eyes, bright smile and characteristic ‘hey, darling’ lit up every room and warmed every heart lucky enough to be with her. She was an accomplished and talented painter in her own right, and a voracious reader and connoisseur of movies. She loved, almost more than anything, sharing her paintings, a meaningful quote or anecdote from her latest book, or her recommendation of a recently watched (or re-watched) medieval Netflix drama. But by far her favorite moments, it seemed, were the ones spent on the porch in Little Switzerland sharing love and laughter with her dear friends, children, nieces and nephews, in-laws and of course, her greatest loves, her grandchildren.  

 Mary Cantey Dunn ’64 | Mary Dunn Mary Dunn, of Essex, Connecticut and Vero Beach, Florida died on July 5 after suffering  complications from a massive seizure. She was 76 years old. Mary was born and raised in Camden, South Carolina, the daughter of Roderick H. Cantey  and Barbara (Zemp) Cantey. She attended high school at Ashley Hall in  Charleston. She adored her time there, and credited the school for fostering her avid interest in theater. She scored 1600 on her SATs and in 1964 was accepted to Radcliffe, but her father insisted on Virginia’s Sweet Briar College instead. She  majored in military and diplomatic history there and appeared in a number of theatrical productions, most notably Antigone. But she was rocketed into the fourth dimension when she traveled to the Sorbonne in Paris for her junior year abroad. Food, fashion, beauty and art were hers for the devouring. She pranced around in mini dresses and false eyelashes, emulating Twiggy, smoking Gauloises cigarettes and having the time of her life. She was even briefly engaged to an Englishman. After graduating from Sweet Briar, she settled in Manhattan landing her first job  as an ad trafficker for NBC. It was this job that introduced her to her husband of 53 years, an ad executive for Grey Advertising at the time, Toby Dunn. She left NBC to join TIME magazine as a picture researcher and from there went on to become one of the founding staff members of PEOPLE magazine. In fact she got to PEOPLE before there was a PEOPLE, and was there when the first 35 cent issue came out, dated March 4, 1974. Her role as picture editor for the magazine was crucial to its success. With her colleagues in the photo department, she attracted the world’s best photographers and practically invented a unique style of story-telling in black and white photography (and later color). She was smart, tough, funny, creative, a good negotiator, worthy of respect and trust, and serious when she had to be. She had fresh ideas for photos even after 14 shoots with Farrah Fawcett. She had the patience and knowledge to get a good cover out of difficult subjects. She’s also credited with PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, as it was she who exclaimed humorously in the layout room looking at a picture of Mel Gibson in 1985. When Mary left PEOPLE to become the Director of Photography for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY in 1994, PEOPLE was one of the most successful magazines in the world. Her contribution was inestimable. In addition to dedicating the last decade of her 30-year-TIME INC. career to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Mary covered Olympics ceremonies in Lake Placid and Tokyo. Upon her retirement, Jess Cagle, EW’s then Editorial Director, described her as an elegant, southern spitfire who spoke her mind freely.  Mary suffered a brain aneurysm in 1999 shortly after her retirement, the after-effects of which periodically affected her. She was fortunate to spend much of her life in Manhattan, a city she adored for all of its rich offerings – and she spent the last 24 years traveling, wintering in Harbour Island in the Bahamas, and enjoying  a slower, less hectic pace of life with her two cats always by her side.    

Marsha Hass ’64 | Marsha E. Hass,  a highly regarded legal scholar and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Business Law at the College of Charleston, passed away on July 17, 2023. Born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1946, Marsha was the daughter of the late Della Jo and Paul G. Hass. She is survived by a nephew whom she adored, Hunter Philbrick (Clementine) and a great-nephew Hudson and great-niece, Delphine. Hunter was never further than a phone call away and he could always brighten her day. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Hass Philbrick. Marsha displayed remarkable intelligence from an early age. After graduating from Ashley Hall, she completed her B.A. at Clemson University (1968), joining the first group of women to live in a women’s dormitory at Clemson. She was an active member of Chi Omega Sorority. She loved sports, and as an avid Clemson fan remained loyal to her Alma Mater while cheering all Tiger teams and proudly displaying Tiger paws. She earned M.A.T., M.B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of South Carolina. She was a complex person with great ability and talent. She grew up and worked in a man’s world and was not afraid to speak her mind. Early in her career she practiced Family Law and served as a Folly Beach Magistrate. She was especially proud of the fact that the police learned quickly not to bring in cases against prostitutes unless they also brought in the johns. She resigned this post because it broke her heart to witness the circumstances of the children. She was a fair but demanding professor at the College of Charleston in Business Law, commencing in 1976, until her retirement in 2000. Over the years she became a driving force in the Accounting and Business Law Department, spearheading innovative research and curriculum development. Marsha’s exceptional ability to communicate complex legal and ethical concepts made her a beloved professor and mentor to countless students. She was a master of the Socratic Method and a critical thinker. She received the Distinguished Advising Award from the College of Charleston in 2000 and served as Director of Women’s Studies. Known as an excellent academic advisor, she was sought out by a multitude of students-especially the College’s athletes who studied in the School of Business. She followed the College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s basketball teams with great interest. Marsha’s contributions to the field of business law extended far beyond the classroom. She was an accomplished scholar, publishing numerous influential articles that explored employment law. She was active in the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, serving as President of the Southeast Academy in 1986 and Academy President in 1994-95. Marsha’s strongest non-professional passion was fishing, which began at a very early age. She accompanied her father on numerous fishing expeditions and lived most of her life in her cherished childhood home beside the water. Marsha was especially proud of being appointed by the Governor to the Natural Resources Board which sets policy for the Department. She was familiar with the creeks, rivers, and offshore waters around Charleston and was patient with less experienced anglers, untangling lines and providing fishing techniques. She was a licensed boat captain and was at one point the only female charter boat captain on the East coast. As a stalwart Captain, she loved to take her boat (the Marshgrass) and friends or clients both inshore and offshore fishing. To Marsha, the happiest end to a day of fishing was the sight of her beloved dogs, Pumpkin and Patches, running to meet her boat. An invitation from Marsha to go fishing was a true delight with a beautiful day on the water and fresh fish for dinner. She was greatly assisted during her last two decades by Captain Derek Eager, whom she esteemed as a son. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Marsha will be remembered for her compassion and an unwavering commitment to her students and friends. She possessed a rare ability to inspire and encourage both students and friends to reach their full potential. Many former students fondly recall her engaging teaching style, her dedication to their success, and her willingness to go the extra mile to provide guidance. Her friends fondly recall her complete dedication to whatever she undertook….Facebook posting, learning, teaching, research, and fishing. She was fearless in advocating for positions held by the underdog if she believed in the cause. She was a great supporter of women’s rights and kept her friends informed of the issues and urged all to be active. Marsha enjoyed an astonishing number of loyal and diverse friends all her life. 

 Melissa McCall ’69 | Melissa McCall of Columbus, North Carolina passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 16.  She was born on June 29, 1951 in New York City to the late Janet Jones McCall and the late Julien L. McCall, who passed away recently at the age of 100.  Melissa grew up in Darien and graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, Mount Vernon Junior College, and University of Indiana.  Melissa is survived by her loving sister, Alison G. McCall of Lyme; a brother, Lash McCall of Pawleys Island, South Carolina and Lake Wales, Florida; a nephew, Blinn L. Cushman of Charlotte, North Carolina, his wife, Anna, and their twins, Julien and Alexandra; a niece, Julia L. Curry of Old Brookville, New York, her husband, Bill, and their two children, Wick and Caroline; and a nephew, Andrew M. Cushman of Washington, D.C., and his wife, Jenny. Melissa is also survived by her two beloved cats, Dude and Alvin.  

 Martha Anne Boseski ’72 | Martha Anne Boseski died on July 21 at Agape Hospice House in Lexington, SC. She was born in Charleston, the only child of Edward and Mary Boseski. Survivors include her oldest and most trusted friend, Kristina Krusmark of Homewood, Alabama. Martha Anne was an honor graduate of Ashley Hall School and Phi Beta Kappa at the University of South Carolina. She was fortunate to have studied at a variety of institutions, including the American Academy in Rome, Harvard University, Universit Laval (Quebec) and the University of Georgia. She taught 35 years in South Carolina, from the mountains to the sea. She continued to tutor in her retirement and worked with students from PreK to college level. Always fearless in seeking knowledge, Martha Anne was compassionate in her care for others and beloved by her many pets. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbia, SC, where she served faithfully on the lay eucharistic visitor team.   

 

March 2023 | Class Notes

Pictured above: Alumna Susanne Emge ’59 and her husband Keith at Bishop Gadsden in Charleston, SC.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sally Walker Goodgame ’10 and husband Bobby welcomed the birth of their first child, son James Robert Goodgame V, “Bobby”.

CLASS NOTES

Susanne Emge ’59 (pictured above) was recognized for her hard work, time, effort, and creativity contributions to all aspects of life within the Bishop Gadsden community in Charleston, SC on February 22, 2023. Susanne was presented the 2022 Volunteer Service Award from LeadingAge South Carolina, “a membership organization representing 36 not-for-profit and mission driven nursing homes, community residential care facilities, senior housing, continuing care retirement communities, home health, home care and hospice providers.” It is clear Susanne is working nearly every day to connect people and create positive outcomes. PQV Susanne!  

Elizabeth Coleman Klosterman ’96 and her husband Andy, happily reside in Habersham, SC with their three children- Henry Chisolm Klosterman (8), Robert Trail Chisolm Klosterman (3), and Frances Prioleau Klosterman (11 months). Elizabeth has been with Habersham Land Company since 2017, working under the developer, Bob Turner, a pioneer in the New Urbanist movement. Habersham is an award -winning, Southern Living Inspired Community in Beaufort, SC. She specializes in land sales and new construction. Andy is a P.E. and Project Manager for Andrews Engineering.

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hayley Cameron Nixon ’08 married Benjamin “Ben” Russell Nixon on June 4, 2022. The couple resides in Spartanburg, SC.

IN MEMORIAM

Edie Bikle Gregg ’44 | July 20, 2021.

Henri Goldman Slap ’46 | January 24, 2022.

Maggie DeLaney Hark ’53 | October 6, 2022. 

Seymour Zimmerman ’70 | December 19, 2022. 

February 2023 | Class Notes

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Boykin Foxworth Anderson ’08 and her husband Thomas welcomed their third child, son Stuart Foxworth Anderson on January 25, 2023.

Mariana Hay Avant ’09 and her husband Walker welcomed their first child, son Stephen “Walker” Avant III on January 30, 2023. 

 CLASS NOTES

Neva Johnson Herrington ’44 has published four collections of poetry, the first Blue Stone (Still Point Press, 1986), a Pushcart Foundation selection for “Writer’s Choice,” a chapbook Her BMW (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Open Season (David Robert Books, 2015), and Among the Absent (Finishing Line Press, 2019). At present, I am working on poems for a chapbook. I have recently moved to Woodbridge, VA from Williamsburg. 

Susan Hutto Robinson ’68, Lynn Orvin Kornya ’69 and Betsy Cheek Howland ’74 (pictured above) gathered together during the holidays.

IN MEMORIAM

Marguerite Valk Reeves Gussenhoven ’37 | January 30, 2023.

Helen Henningsen Pringle Gibbs ’59 | January 22, 2023.

Jean “Jeannie” Welch Solomon ’73 | February 3, 2023.

November 2022 - January 2023 | Class Notes

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nancy J. Muller ’71 shares that her son Davis and his wife Margaux welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Rhone Davaux Mersereau, born December 9, 2022. They live near Santa Barbara. We moved to MA just outside of Boston from our home on Kiawah Island in late March 2022 to be with our other two grandchildren, Arthur (age 6) and Vera (age 3).

Franny Rivers Slay ’80 welcomed her first grandchild Rivers William Slay, who was born on December 19, 2022 weighing 8lbs 6oz and measuring 19.5 inches. Rivers is the son of Alston and Ashley Slay, who live in Greensboro, NC.

Beth Reines Gunter ’93 welcomed her son Henry Joseph Gunter in St. Louis on Wednesday, December 21st at 4:59pm. Five weeks early, he weighed in at 6lbs, 2oz and 19 inches long! He and his mom are doing great!

Lizzie Hagood Currin ’07 and husband Mark welcomed their first child, son Maybank “Banks” Hagood Currin on April 14, 2022.

 CLASS NOTES

Joc Sewell Cowper ’46 lives near her daughter and granddaughter and looks forward to more visits next spring to Sarasota.

Libby Van Benschoten Buckley ’52 enjoys news about Ashley Hall – things have changed in the past 70 years! I am active in several womens clubs in California at local, county and state levels. I love to stay busy!

Bebe Anderson Hennessy ’63 shares that her son William Bishop Hennessy and wife Katelyn are expecting a son due April 10, 2023. Very happy to say!

Stanley Smith Reahard ’64 and husband Bo are spending our “golden years” on Lake Michigan in the summer with kids and grandkids, fall and spring in SC, and Florida in the winter plus traveling the country in our motorcoach. Life is good!

Sherrie F. Whittemore ’64 writes that her passion is caring for caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia as a StilMee Alzheimer Coach.

Joan Hussey Marler ’66 This year my AH sophomore roommate, Susan Bedell McMahon, and I did a trip through Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. My husband, Philip, and I are new residents of Florida.

Jane Banov Bergen ’68 and Les are celebrating our 50th anniversary in November. We welcomed our first grandchild, Iliana Rose Miller, on July 31, 2021.

Sally Hawk Gibson ’71 writes that she is happy to have 2 little granddaughters and hopes to spend more time with them when she retires at the end of the school year.

Jessie Moorefield Spencer ’72 just celebrated my first anniversary with the greatest guy – far beyond what I ever dreamed of. Bill McPherson and I have the Brady Bunch of dogs – 11 year old golden retreiver, 12 year old labradoodle, one standard poodle and one golden doodle!

Angie Hewitt Chakeris ’89 shares her daughter Mary Hope ’17 moved back to Charleston after living in Jackson, WY. She will manage Madison Matthews on King Street.

Madeline Spratt Weitz ’06 was recently promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Newton Crouch, an industrial equipment manufacturing company. She is the first female CEO in the company’s 80-year history. Madeline lives in Atlanta with her husband, Taylor, and daughter, Sophiej (2.5).

IN MEMORIAM

Sally Schall Van Allen ’38 | December 5, 2022.

Ellen Cantwell Clark ’47 | December 30, 2022.   

Peggy Black McConnell ’50 | October of 2022.

July - September 2022 | Class Notes

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Arden Hare McKenzie ‘09 and husband Rob welcomed their first child, son Robert Alan (Alan) McKenzie III on August 23, 2022.

Jamie Harrell Rowell ’10 and wife Liz welcomed their first child, daughter Emerson Ray, on July 15, 2022.

Charlotte Morrow Walpole ’10 and husband Hunter welcomed the birth of their first child, son Henry Glover Walpole, on July 19, 2022.

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

MaryCole McCants Macbeth ’09 married Ian Macbeth of Connecticut on July 15, 2022 in New Orleans, LA. The couple met while they were both attending College of Charleston and now reside in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Sally Walker Goodgame ’10 married Robert Goodgame on October 2, 2021.

Molly Rhodes ’10 married Alexander deMilo Barnes on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at St. Philip’s Church.

Litsa Darby Barnes ’12 married Whit Barnes of Rocky Mount, NC on April 30, 2022. The couple resides in New York.

Sallie Hutson Price ’13 married her high school sweetheart Chappell Price on May 20, 2022. The couple celebrated with friends and family in Italy and now reside in Charleston.

 CLASS NOTES

Doe Jenkins ’76, a professor of neonatology in the department of pediatrics at MUSC Health, was featured in a recent article by MUSC on “Growth and scale through innovation powerhouse Zucker Institute.” Her research on preterm babies and their difficulties with feeding lead to the development of a device called BabyStrong, which sends “electrical impulses to the vagus nerve, which in turn teaches babies to suck, swallow and breathe.” The full article can be read here: http://muschealth.org/health-professionals/progressnotes/2022/summer/zucker-institute-innovation

Jeannie Griffin Hill ’78 transitioned from Pediatric Radiology Division Director to Vice-Chair of Education in the Department of Radiology and Associate Dean for Career Planning and Advising for the College of Medicine at the Medical University, focusing on her passions of medical education and mentorship.

Alice N. Wannamaker ’09 is now working in Atlanta working in the marketing department for Sotheby’s real estate.

Caroline Andrews ’10 is engaged to be married to Charles Johnson on September 17, 2022.

Betsy Cribb ’11 got engaged to Richmond Watson during July 4th weekend. The couple celebrated with family on Kiawah Island. Betsy currently lives in Birmingham, AL working for Southern Living.

Alexandra Howard ’11 is engaged to be married to Brandon Von Tobel on March 18, 2023.

Emma Wannamaker Baxter ’14 teaches 2nd grade in Lexington county and is expecting her first  child in February.  She received her masters in counseling last year.

IN MEMORIAM

Frances “Frankie” Cheshire Rhett ‘42 | August 30, 2022.

Dorothy McLeod Rhodes ’45 | July 11, 2022.  

Elizabeth Rembert Lacey ‘59 | September 29, 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

May-June 2022 | Class Notes

Pictured above from left to right: Hattie Kronsberg Wallen ’91, Helen Ravenel Hammond ’96, Jenni Nelson Luckie ’91, Curry Henderson Smoak ’94, Katharine S. Good ’90, Jamye Horres Hurteau ’91, Mandy Carson Davis ’94, and Sallie H. Thomas ’87 gathered at Sea Island Yacht Club in June.  

Lynn Orvin Kornya ’69 writes that her granddaughter Elizabeth Hebert will be a rising first grader in the 2022-2023 school year. This makes her a third generation AH girl. Lynn and Elizabeth’s mother Caroline Kornya Hebert ’01 are thrilled – Go Purples!

Wedding Announcements

Katherine Morrison Boggs ’09 married Morrow Boggs of Charlotte, NC on May 14, 2022 in Cashiers, NC.

In Memoriam

Sara Devine Townsend ’48 | May 8, 2022

Tina Rutledge Edwards ’49 | May 27, 2022

Deborah Uzzell Saari ’52 | February 11, 2022

Lee Renfrew Wallace ’59 | June 16, 2022

Mary Ellis Staats ’61 | June 17, 2022

Claudia Coleman Dunlap ’66 | June 2, 2022

Mary E. W. Fernau ’69 | May 17, 2022

April 2022 | Class Notes

Pictured above from left to right: Members of Ashley Hall’s Class of 1991, 1992, 2002, 2010 and 2017 gathered Friday, April 22 prior to Alumnae Weekend.  

Nancy Morton Dawson ’57 writes that in the last year, she has had a few health problems so she now goes to dialysis 3 times a week. Her son and daughter live nearby, so she sees them and her grandsons often, which always brightens her day. 

Ellen T. Willingham ’67 and her little dog (Miss Chevillette) have recently moved to The Presbyterian Home in Summerville. It is a lovely and peaceful place. They are happy!

Langdon Edmunds Oppermann ’70 was featured on Preservation Forsyth’s Facebook Page during Women’s History Month in March, which highlighted some of the dedicated women currently working in preservation in Forsyth County, NC. The full article can be viewed here.

Jeanne McIntosh Rietzke ’87 has a new children’s book coming out. This enchanting story follows a newly hatched, green sea turtle on her journey as she makes her way south to warmer waters. As she learns from other creatures, she becomes the painted turtle. Caroline, The Painted Turtle; The Journey Begins, will capture children’s imaginations as they learn to accept differences of color. In the second book, Life in Key West, Caroline is living around Key West and is teaching other creatures to accept different feelings. Jeanne has written and illustrated a series of children’s books that focus on Carolina Beach, NC and Key West, FL: Caroline, The Painted Turtle. Jeanne learned to paint with watercolor from E de May Smith at Ashley Hall! Jeanne graduated from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, with a degree in Fine Art. Her colorful watercolors have won numerous awards and sold nationally and internationally since the 1990’s. She currently lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband Dick and their 6 cats. Her books are available on Amazon, Books-a-Million and Barnes & Noble. 

Brooks Harken ’06 was awarded the Cathy Holden Excellence in Program Leadership Award at this year’s Visionserve Alliance Executive Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL in April 2022. The Cathy Holden Excellence in Program Leadership Award honors a high-level employee of a member organization who has made an impact on, contribution to, or led staff in the pursuit of organizational excellence. Brooks currently serves as the Chief Programs Officer at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Charleston, SC. PQV Brooks!

Bailey Horn ’15 was recently featured on U.S. Army’s website for her help with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Charleston District GIS Team. Bailey first connected with USACE during her senior year at Ashley Hall through her senior capstone project, where she studied the meaning of leadership and what it takes to be an effective leader. The full article can be viewed here.

Wedding Announcements

Paris Evans King ’10 married Paul King in September 2021. 

In Memoriam

Kit Noble Small ’41 | September 29, 2021

Joannie Carbiener Hottinger ’54 | March 8, 2022

Peggy L. Pearson ’61 | April 4, 2022

March 2022 | Class Notes

Pictured above from left to right: Members of Ashley Hall’s Class of 1973 Kate Stillman, Melaina Pate, Lee Davis Todman, Ansley Hassel Boggs, Beverly Stoney Johnson, Harriet Stimson Gatter, Tina Edwards Mayland, Eva Ravenel, Mary deSaussure Cutler, Helen Read Bertrand, Caroline Myers Bailey, Peggy Johnson Archambault, Heidi Whaley, and Holly Nicholson Brinton. 

Alston Osgood Wolf 59 writes that daughter, Alston 2, lives in Asheville tutoring middle-schooler math, while both of her sons are in college, one a Freshman at George Washington while Oliver is a senior at Elon. Chisolm plays pool as an amateur at the national level and also plays a “bar game” called Golden Tee in which he also recently qualified for their nationals, coming in at the middle of the pack, very respectful finish!

Class of ’73 alumnae gathered together for lunch in Charleston, many seeing each other for the first time since their last reunion. Present at the luncheon (and pictured above) were the following: Kate Stillman, Melaina Pate, Lee Davis Todman, Ansley Hassel Boggs, Beverly Stoney Johnson, Harriet Stimson Gatter, Tina Edwards Mayland, Eva Ravenel, Mary deSaussure Cutler, Helen Read Bertrand, Caroline Myers Bailey, Peggy Johnson Archambault, Heidi Whaley, and Holly Nicholson Brinton. *Not pictured but also in attendance were Sanna Prause & Ginny Snipes.  

Mary Crawford Guerry ’03 and her husband Glynn live in Mount Pleasant with their 2 children, Frances (5) and Crawford (3). Mary took a new job with MUSC as their Annual Giving Programs Manager in November 2021.

Virginia P. Herbert ’08 has a new job as Event Services Coordinator at Penn Live, the University of Pennsylvania. She previously held a similar position at Stanford University. Amanda Griffith ’72 (her mother) is thrilled that she is back on the right coast!

Birth Announcements:

Margaret Anne Florence Siachos ’97 and her husband, Peter Siachos, welcomed a baby boy, Theodore Peter Siachos on June 29, 2020. Theodore was born in Charleston after Margaret Anne and her family left New York for six months during the height of the pandemic. She gave birth at MUSC where she was taken care of by fellow alumna Nurse Katy Cohen Decker ’98!

Kathleen Hay Hagood ’06 welcomed a second baby boy named Henry Hay Hagood on February 22, 2022. 

Kathryn Widman Hatcher ’06 and her husband, Hunter Hatcher welcomed another boy, Landon Hunter Hatcher on August 24, 2021. Big brother Grayson (3 years old) is delighted! Landon is the fourth grandchild of Dale Poulnot ’73 and the fourth great-grandchild of Joan Poulnot ’48.

In Memoriam:

Amy Suter Wilson ’40 | March 11, 2022

Lark Pickett Palma ’67 | March 12, 2022

Virginia DeWitt Zemp “Ginny” ’79 | February 7, 2022

February 2022 | Class Notes

Peg Rivers Eastman 58 has a new book being published by Evening Post Book. She also helped initiate the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project at Patriots Point.

Carolyn Halloran Cunha 58 is living in Ashby Ponds, a retirement community in Ashburn, Virginia.

Mally Armstrong Trzeciak 61 writes that her daughter has moved around the corner from them in Daytona Beach. Her grandson is studying engineering at UCF and her granddaughter is a high school freshman. Daytona Beach is open and welcoming tourists. Mally lived in Huntsville AL for 34 years and sang in a church choir. She saw Cub Baumeister before Covid, and reports that Cub sings with a shape note group which travels and performs beautifully near Mally’s summer farm in Floyd County Virginia.

Elaine Berol Taylor 66 writes that after two years thanks to Covid, she hoped to be with sons and their children this Christmas! She and husband Scott took our annual trip to Kenya and Tanzania after not being able to in 2020. Despite Scott having major health problems after a botched back surgery, they both felt it was the best trip ever! It was magical!

Caroline James Williamson 70 writes that sons James and Charles Williamson are both engaged to wonderful girls.

Missy Craver Schenck ’71 was recently elected as President of the Historic Flat Rock Board of Trustees. She is writing for four publications including the Charleston Mercury. She has published one book and is the Executive Director of Green River Preserve.

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! 

Melissa Fuller Brown 83 writes that her daughter, Ellen Hudson Howard ‘12 is expecting her second child in May 2022.

Betsy Wallace Kennedy 91 has worked as a labor and delivery nurse at East Cooper since 1997 and has enjoyed caring for many fellow Ashley Hall alumnae over the years when they have delivered at East Cooper, alongside OB doctor, Dr. Katie Schuh White ‘88. 

Jennie W. Brooks 97 writes that Longevity Fitness is expanding across the street from Ashley Hall. Come check it out! Special introductory offer for Alumnae.

Krista L. Koenig 00 passed the South Carolina Bar Exam last year (2021) and is an Associate Attorney at Knight & Whittington, LLC.

Rebecca (Becky) N. Zaro 03 just completed her first year as the Early Childhood Center Director at Delaware County Christian School in Devon, PA. Despite the trying year, the division was able to remain on campus for the full school year and enrollment has increased significantly for next year! Becky and her husband Matt are also excited to be welcoming their 3rd daughter in December 2021. They have three beautiful daughters Molly Reid Zaro (3 1/2) and Emma Grace Zaro (1 1/2) and newborn Helen Ann Zaro.

Elizabeth Royall Darby 05 is the new owner of Wonder Works Toys. Elizabeth has been with the toy store for 25 years.

Sarah E. Simpson 15, a 2018 graduate of Clemson University, received her Master’s degree in Public Health (summa cum laude) from Georgia State University (ATL) in May 2021. She has been named a Dean and IMSD scholar and awarded a full scholarship (with stipend) to attend the College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of SC (MUSC) to pursue doctoral studies toward her Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology. PQV!

Wedding Announcements:

Caroline H. Gregorie ’12 married Charlie Bennett with a reception at Ashley Hall on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Morgan  Schweers ’13 married Cristian Widenhouse with a reception at Ashley Hall on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Birth Announcements:

Joan Hussey Marler ’66 welcomed her first grandchild, Dean William, on August, 20, 2021.

Erin Stevens ’01 and Rutledge Baker welcomed Frances Caldwell Baker in June of 2021.

Danielle Hershon Stunzi ’02 welcomed a baby girl, Scarlett, in May of 2021. 

Callie S. Osborne ’06 and husband Adam Pearlman welcomed their first child, Gustav Osborne Pearlman (Gus), on March 23, 2021. Callie will join Prisma Health Internal Medicine Northeast in Columbia, SC as an internist August 2021. She would be delighted and honored to care for any Ashley Hall alum or family in the Columbia area!

Boykin Foxworth Anderson ’08 welcomed the birth of Heyward Boykin Elizabeth Anderson on July 16, 2021.

Jacey A. Edwards ’09 and fiance Ben Begelman welcomed their first son Barontyn Kenneth Begelman on January 19, 2022.

McNair Somheil ’09 and husband Christopher welcomed the birth of their first child, daughter Camelia Rhodes Somheil Dec. 23, 2020.

In Memoriam:

Mordenai Raisin Hirsch ’34 on December 25, 2021. 

Effie Siegling Bowers ’38 on January 19, 2022.   

Kimmie Kimball Matthews ’41 on May 26, 2021.  

Zoa Wade Winter ’43 on January 31, 2019.

Anne Springs Close ’43 on August 20, 2021.  

Cordelia Lambert Stites ’43 on July 14, 2021. 

Doris Procter Bason ’44 on July 12, 2021. 

Rhoda Treherne-Thomas ’44 on December 4, 2021.   

Mary Wilcox Horlbeck ’47 on July 13, 2021.   

Annie Lou Waldo Furrer ’47 on January 6, 2022. 

Joyce Taft Kimbrell ’51 on May 25, 2021.   

Marie Hicks Smoak ’52 on September 15, 2021.  

Shirley Orvin Munn ’53 on December 22, 2020. 

Belle Turner Lynch ’57 on May 13, 2021.  

Nancy Thompson Barnwell ’65 on October 11, 2021.  

Nicki Calhoun Truluck ’69 passed away on November 28, 2021.

Angie Sloan Avinger ’70 on July 10, 2021.  

Louisa Dowling Davis ’72 on January 9, 2022.

Katesy M. Watson ’81 on January 7, 2022.  

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.

In Memoriam:

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!!”

Wedding Announcements:

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.

Death Announcements:

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