Classmates from Scripps College’s inaugural graduating class

Fall 2021

 

Marriages

 

1965

 

Zoya Zeman ’65 and her husband, Dennis Dohner.

Zoya Zeman (Lincoln, Nebraska) I married Dennis Dohner on May 19, 2019.

 

 

Class Notes

 

1970

 

Mari Eckstein Gower (Redmond, Washington) In January 2020, I signed on to create an artist book for the upcoming exhibition Science Stories at the University of Puget Sound. By March, all my plans for the project had changed. I could no longer accompany my assigned scientist on her field studies, and I needed to alter my approach to the book. My working theme became “just work around the roadblocks.” This led to some unexpected but delightful adaptations. I commissioned handmade papers from Marilyn Gibson Hornor ’63— which turned into a wonderful collaboration. My daughter, Kat, worked with me to solve engineering challenges and completed the laborious task of fabricating the book. Instead of the planned physical exhibit this spring, the curatorial team launched an interim virtual exhibit website. My book, Connections: The Willow & the Mountain, can be seen at blogs.pugetsound.edu/sciencestories/about-science-stories.

 

1971

 

Martha Hatch Reich (Santa Barbara, California) I wanted to share a wonderful old photo of my mother, Ada Watkins Hatch ’31, and several of her classmates from the first graduating class of Scripps College. I recently found it in one of mother’s old files. The date is 1932, and it was probably taken at their first Reunion, which would have been that year. (See photo above.)

 

1973

 

Wendy J. Herbert (Kingston, New York) Hola to my fellow Scripps alums! My poetry book, Dear Specimen, was the 2020 National Poetry Series winner. “Squander,” a poem from the collection, appears in the September issue of The Atlantic. A climate-conscious critique of the human species, the collection is forthcoming from Beacon Press.

 

1976

 

Betsy Barker (Los Angeles) My quilt “Corona Virus Blues” will be published in an upcoming book by Sandra Sider, curator of the Texas Quilt Museum.

 

1977

 

Ann Alexander Pritzlaff Walker (Colorado) I am a consultant working in the areas of historic preservation, public lands, heritage education, and tourism outreach and policy. I previously served as the State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of Arizona. I am an appointee to the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board and was previously a presidential appointee to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. I have been honored by numerous organizations for my work in the field of historic preservation. My other board service includes the University of Colorado’s Center for the American West and the National Western Stock Show Association, as well as serving on the advisory board for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I recently remarried and enjoy life in Colorado with my three sons and three grandchildren.

 

1987

 

Linda Johnson-Bell (Wales) My first class note! I will try to romp through the past 34 years! A few days after graduation, I started a job as a paralegal with a Los Angeles law firm, with the idea of going to law school. But instead, I went back to France as a Rotary Graduate Fellow in Nice. Joining the sailing club meant that I spent more time in the Baie des Anges than in the classroom. I decided to stay in France and returned to Paris, where I had been sent my junior year, to join Time Out’s Paris Passion magazine, followed by others. I was usually selling ads and was becoming sucked into the world of luxury goods marketing. I had glamorous clients, but it felt wrong. So one day I had business cards printed with my name and the word “writer,” and I asked my boss if I could work part-time. Then life gained some momentum. I begged the editor at a wine magazine to take me on, as I had fallen in love with the grape juice during a trip to Burgundy, and I was on my way. He put me through a grueling few days of “testing” my palate and then hired me. I spent every spare moment in the vineyards, tasting, training, and talking. I became editor of that magazine, Vintage, and then publishing director, and then secured my first wine book deal with a publisher in New York. In 1996, I moved to London to open an office for the magazine and met the love of my life, Michael Campbell Bell (French/English). We married in 1998 with a huge bash in our hilltop barn in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside. Two gorgeous boys, Benje and Charlie (now 18 and 22), came along, as did a few more books, and law school in Oxford, and then I founded the Wine and Climate Change Institute in 2016 in Oxford. I speak at climate change conferences in the UK and abroad, have had my research published, and contributed to the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals last year. I focus on freshwater management, dry farming, and other sustainable farming practices in viticulture and other crops. In September, I began my graduate education with an earth and water sciences course that has a dash of Celtic and Nordic history thrown in, as well as started another UN project. I have an Etsy shop through which I sell Nordic and Saami crafts (my ancestry), with objects I source at our sea-front home in South Wales, where I retreat to join my husband and to cold-water swim under the full moons and write and plot my next adventure. 

 

1989

 

Lisa Johnson Cook (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida) I was born in New York City and raised in Phoenix. I received an art degree from Scripps and then went on to work in the art industry in Santa Monica, Houston, and Greenwich Village. I then moved to Ponte Vedra to run an art publishing company, and I have called it home since then! I have always enjoyed getting involved with local politics and continue to work on art projects that support the local arts. I got involved with the Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition in 2015, after working on a county issue with past county commissioner Dr. Mary Kohnke. Mary opened my eyes to all the interesting and complicated issues and people that comprise the successful campaigns that have shaped St. Johns County. I respect how the coalition brings together all walks of our community. Now I am the organization’s current president and enjoy the passion the group has for preserving the natural resources and a way of life that my sons and I have come to love.

 

Molly McQueen (Singapore) I relocated to Singapore in 2017, where I have been running the compliance function for a private credit firm investing in the APAC region and traveling extensively throughout Asia (pre-COVID). In September, I began working remotely from Italy while pursuing a doctorate in international affairs through Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies at the University of Bologna. It was really wonderful seeing so many classmates at our 30th (!) Reunion in 2019, and I am looking forward to a repeat at our 35th (!!) in 2024. Hope everyone is staying safe and well.

 

2002

Mackenzie Rowe (Dhaka, Bangladesh) In August, I departed to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to begin my two-year tour as the Regional Refugee Coordinator at the US Embassy in Dhaka.

 

2008

Rachael Warecki (Los Angeles) I was accepted as a MacDowell Fellow for the summer of 2020, and I was finally able to attend my writing residency there in September 2021! I was also selected as a BookEnds Fellow for 2021–22.

2010

Sara Dawit (Scottsdale, Arizona) My three-year stroke quality improvement project has been selected for the 2021 Mayo Clinic Quality Improvement Award. It’s been an honor to improve processes at the Mayo Clinic that promote high-value, quality patient-centered care and highlight our core values of teamwork, respect, integrity, innovation, excellence, compassion, healing, professionalism, and stewardship. The manuscript was recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality & Outcomes. We improved time to tPA by 20.4 minutes with a sustainable and generalizable educational intervention by 1) teaching first-line responders how to prepare tPA, 2) resident education, and 3) making tPA more accessible in the hospital.

 

2011

 

Alexandra Hsu (Orange County, California) I’m excited to share that, since 2019, I’ve been part of the pilot program CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge, which brings in junior-level employees at CBS and filmmakers from four organizations—the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), National Hispanic Media Coalition, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, and Casting Society Cares—to make short films for three local Los Angeles nonprofits: Homeboy Industries, SafeBAE, and School on Wheels. My team and I pitched to the nonprofit SafeBAE and were selected to make the short film, and we will be competing against the other nonprofits.

 

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