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•   Kathie Beckman (Smallwood)  1/14
•   Susan Masland  1/9
•   Daphne Lange (Rosenzweig)  1/8
•   Mary Ann Searles (Weiss)  1/6
•   Stephanie Smith  12/18
•   Cynthia Mariaschin (Melenson)  11/28
•   Gundega "Gigi" Zirnis (Vitols)  10/19
•   Karel Mortenson (Koenig)  8/27
•   Elaine Cox (Jacoby)  8/8
•   Tiiu Virkhaus (Laane)  7/29
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1 lives in Alabama
19 live in California
4 live in Colorado
9 live in Connecticut
1 lives in Delaware
6 live in District Of Columbia
10 live in Florida
2 live in Hawaii
5 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
8 live in Maine
8 live in Maryland
15 live in Massachusetts
1 lives in Michigan
3 live in Minnesota
2 live in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
1 lives in Nebraska
1 lives in Nevada
7 live in New Hampshire
11 live in New Jersey
2 live in New Mexico
17 live in New York
6 live in North Carolina
2 live in Ohio
2 live in Oregon
4 live in Pennsylvania
3 live in Rhode Island
1 lives in Tennessee
7 live in Texas
1 lives in Utah
5 live in Vermont
1 lives in Virgin Islands
6 live in Virginia
3 live in Washington
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
2 live in Ontario
1 lives in Quebec
1 lives in Australia
1 lives in Dominican Republic
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Iceland
1 lives in Israel
2 live in Switzerland
3 live in United Kingdom
137 location unknown


•   Elaine Langen (Kessler)  4/18
•   Muriel Trask (Davisson-Fahey)  4/19
•   Margaret Linn (Slatkin)  4/20
•   Diane Willis (Neuse)  4/20
•   Barbara Heymann (Goldberg)  4/26
•   Anne Kitchin (Muir)  4/29
•   Marjorie Quillan (Wendell)  5/2
•   Emily Kass (Pedinielli)  5/5
•   Sally Donner  5/9
•   Catherine deFerranti (Williams)  5/10
•   Joan Hadley (Craw)  5/11
•   Helen Davis  5/13


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The Lotus and the Storm

Several classmates are recommending The Lotus and the Storm, 2014, as a common read and discussion focus. The author, Lan Cao '83, was born in Vietnam in 1961, grew up in Connecticut, and after Mount Holyoke graduated from Yale Law School. Nancy Welker met Lan who, along with Nancy,  gave the Alumnae Association address at the 2024 Commencement.

Nancy writes: "I shared with Lan the responsibility of giving the Alum address at last year's Commencement. I had the opportunity to hear her amazing story directly the night before.  At 14 on the eve of the fall of Saigon her parents put her on a plane to America, alone and with no English. I'm sure her personal story colors the book tremendously.... Lan is a remarkable person---another strong Mount Holyoke Woman."

Buzz '63 in the forum Great Reads is a good place to put your comments about The Lotus and the Storm as well as other books you are enjoying reading.

Announcing Buzz ‘63

Buzz ‘63 is here! This is a new interactive forum on our website, created for our class of 1963 in the 2020’s. As we forge ahead into a phase of life that brings new questions, new choices, and new opportunities, we need connections with classmates more than ever. That’s what Buzz ’63 is all about.

Log on by clicking  here or selecting Buzz '63 from the menu at the left to get and give support for any of the topics.  

To see all entries in a particular topic, select the title under "Topics".   If you wish to add a new comment or questions, select "Add Topic" on the Forum Page.   If you wish to see just the last entry, select that entry in the "Last Entry" column.   To respond or add a comment to any entry, just select "Reply".

Should you have any questions or problems, contact Steph Smith at

We’re stronger together. Welcome to Buzz '63!

What's Happening

   Updates from the College February 13,  2024  Trisha Tanner, Executive Director of the Alumnae Association, President Holley and the leaders of College departments gave updates to Alumnae leaders.

President Holley spoke of her engagement with students and their engagement with each other especially around the Crisis in the Mid-East. In her role as a member of the Political Science Department she also announced that she teaches a case- study seminar on the United States Supreme Court.

The Provost, Lisa Sullivan, the chief Financial Officer, Karl Reis; Marcella Runell, VP for Enrollment Management; and Kasandra Jolley, Development Officer gave highlights about faculty recruitment, engagement with students, application statistics, finances, the geothermal infrastructure project that is projected to reduce greenhouse gases by 80% by 2030, Mount Holyoke’s #1 ranking among women’s colleges for 28% alumnae giving, and our first time Endowment of $1B endowment.

More detailed highlights from the February 13th meeting are included in a message posted under Class Letters in Class Business which you can find to the left of this home page.

   Many MHC online opportunities are available by looking over the week by week events; see 

 January 2024 

President Danielle Holley's letter " Welcome to the Spring Semester" January 2024 (see welcomes us to the college activities planned for the current semester. 

   Karel Koenig

Previous class president messages of greeting and information can be found in Class Business