Robert Turner: I retired in February 2018 after nearly 33 years at Radford University in Radford, Va. I have kept handwritten journals since 1968. I am now typing those up. I am enjoying remembering events that I have long forgotten. My wife and I took a month to visit our sons and families that are in Wisconsin and South Dakota and then we went to Oregon and California. This is a lovely, large country to drive across. Our other four children and families are within an hour from our home so we see them much more often. I remember my St. Stephen's days fondly. I haven't seen anyone recently. I enjoy hearing about classmates’ adventures.
David LeMire: Here between Paris and Normandy. I was in Rome in November 2016 but didn't have a free minute. Retired but looking for work here in Paris. I have been living mostly in Paris since 1968. Piano studies, piano teaching. Saw Patricia Corbett once in the metro. We didn't speak. Got a letter from Marty Keller about twenty years ago.
Saw David Redden in NYC in 1984. In addition to managing for better for worse two residences plus ensuing travel, I'm writing my memoirs as I see others have done. It's massive work but stimulating as more and more memories come to the surface. I've begun my Rome period 1964-1966 but only just for the moment touched upon SSS. I'm writing a parallel version in fiction which enables me no-holds-barred depictions. After graduating I worked with JOP's recommendation for two American families in Italy for about six weeks: tutoring in English and math, swimming and tennis coaching. They were dream jobs. I then went to France with my family to my grandmother's. After visiting my ever-fascinating godmother in Geneva I hied my way to Harvard. Two years interspersed with trips to Rome, a summer month in Vienna with trips to Budapest (machine guns at border) and Prague with my brother Philippe. 1968 Paris. Nadia Boulanger.
Marshall Thompson: Life is good in Malibu with the exception of the wildfire that took our home and turtle hospital last November. Thankfully, we are unhurt and the majority of our turtle and tortoise population survived, due to the time of year hibernation, safety preparation and St. Francis. www.tortoise.com We are rebuilding on our lot with a remarkable manufactured home looks sorta midcentury. I am still joyfully employed making videos and shooting still photography, most recently, short informational videos in English and Spanish for the California Poison Control System. Coming up on our 25th wedding anniversary November 19, sharing life with the wise, brilliant, brave and beautiful Susan Tellem. Have seen Bill and Joy Barnsdale occasionally, I need to connect with them soon. Love and peace to all our St. Stephen’s friends, how I miss those days in Rome.
Bill Fobes: Been retired since 2014 and now working with a ministry that provides biblical courses to inmates in the Texas prisons. Amazing how it makes a difference. Been back to Rome several times with my wife, Hope, and even visited the current location. Surprised to find out all the student records from our 1st two years were lost in a fire. I appreciate what gets posted on Facebook as it shows how the school has grown over the years. Lots of changes since we were there!
Amanda Mathews Rankin: Looking at the list of [classmates’] emails, I am reminded of so many familiar names. It seems oh so long ago. Well, it WAS long ago! How did I get to 72 so quickly? Lost my dear husband of 45 years, three years ago. I am still a missionary in the mountains of Panama and don't plan to leave anytime soon. This is pretty much home now, after 11 years of living here. Love the people, and all I have to do is walk out my door and find ministry! Wrote “Your Road to Success; Living a Balanced Life in an Unbalanced World” last year. It is written for young people who are trying to get their acts together and know nothing about goals, etc. It's on Amazon. And, I am writing “Finding Your Kingdom Identity as a Widow: Discovering the Warrior Bride Within.” That will hopefully be out in September. Other than that, my life is full of adventure and joy, as I am learning my new identity as a single woman...and truly, that IS an adventure!
Pamela Bowman Lockwood: I am inspired by all that have written in. I close my eyes and see you all as we were in 1966. Probably the most influential year of my life. I remember the meetings for the yearbook at David Redden’s. And Amanda was my post-graduate pal! Still maintaining a home in Sarasota and Provence. Another grandchild on its way in March... Life is precious and I am blessed to have known you all.
Jim De Melo: Bravo for everyone’s accomplishments and adventures. I to have remained a fan of Italy (was a tour guide in Rome 1969-71 during summers after a year at Bologna centre of JHU where I taught in 2015-16). Was hoping to go to Salina with family by Stromboli but landed here near Datcha on a four-day cruise with family.
Ashley Wilson: I’ve had some irregular heart episodes and started aerobic interval walking. It makes me feel a lot better overall. I'm painting my metal sculptures and cut-outs and trying to bring paintings I’ve been working on for 35 years to completion. Read and enjoyed Ellison’s Essays.
Anne Morgan McKinstry: All is good in our camp. We are healthy, active - physically and mentally, etc., and enjoying life. I am fully retired and will try to make the most of the next decade or 2+++ with an active lifestyle of skiing, hiking, single-track mountain and road biking, kayaking, etc. and developing close bonds with grandchildren. Reading is extensive along with garden projects. Plus I am now able to spend a bit more time reconnecting with family and friends. Then there has been the 'sorting through' a houseful of 36 years - virtually a major 2-year endeavour (is this what we were destined for in these golden years?). Travel is local due inheriting our departed son's ageing dog who has a couple quirks with being kenneled, crated, penned or caged. (I am sure that will change in the near future once this lovable canine joins his master in the lofty heavens of afterlife.)
Joanna Stevens Shields: Not much news around here other than a month-long trip to New Zealand in February/March. What a beautiful country!
Charles Perini: My wife, Nancy, and I met in Boston in 1969 and lived in New York City for ten years where I attended the Art Student's League and attempted to break into the, then, vibrant and eclectic, art world. I had some success with that but when our son, Vincent, was born in 1978, we left the big city for Buffalo Gap, Texas where we spent some interesting years ranching and planting an experimental vineyard (all vinifera) and where I was the Mayor for a brief but exhilarating time. We eventually moved to Austin to escape the rural schools of West Texas and it was during this time that we began to return to Italy frequently and, on one occasion in the 90's, visited SSS, where we were given a tour of the new campus and where Signor Di Marco recognized me by name. I was very flattered. Since then, we have spent much time in Italy, living near Florence for a year, where our son attended the International School in Florence. After high school in Austin, he attended SACI (Studio Art Center International) in Florence and we were able to spend a few months there a few times when he had an apartment. He is now an artist and photographer in L.A. and, like most of us, is very grateful for his time in Italy, a legacy of my time in Rome. We have lived in Connecticut for the last 20 years, first in Lyme and now in Mystic where I continue to make art and restore old houses. If you are interested, I have self-published some portfolios and some other books, some of which are available in PDF form and posted, below. I look back on Rome as a pivotal point in my life and thank my lucky stars for that year and for all of you.
Cindy Wallace McKee: I am so glad to hear news from SSS classmates. What glorious days in Rome! I spend some time volunteering, both at a non-profit whose mission is to “end poverty through on-the-ground programs and services,” and at a school for special needs children. I try to exercise, read, garden. All is well with us.