Hillary Shipps and Natalie Cannon (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) We met our first year at Scripps, began dating junior year, and graduated hand-in-hand. We are happy to announce our marriage on October 10, 2020, at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, masks and all. This year we celebrate our first anniversary. Hillary is a hydraulic engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Natalie is a writer and independent game developer.
Adrienne Walsh Gibson (Whittier, California) How life has spun wildly these past few years! Thank goodness for social media and being able to absorb the healing power of Scripps bonds in our class, and those before and after! I’m now a proud member of the City of Hope’s Planned Giving team and I love working at this remarkable organization. Much like my time at Scripps, I’m perpetually inspired by the stories of resilience and bravery from the donors I partner with. Speaking of inspiration, Jake and I decided to expand the ol’ family and hope you all get to meet the indestructible and vibrant Ophelia Alyce, who joined us in December 2020. She and proud big sister, Aria, certainly exude all things Scripps and keep Jake and I on our toes. When things appear darkest, may your confidence, courage, and hope carry you toward the light.
Andrea Kozak-Oxnard (Portland, Oregon) My husband, David Oxnard, and I moved to the Portland, Oregon, area in November 2020, after six years in New York City, and welcomed our first child, Ingrid Elizabeth Kozak-Oxnard, on September 7, 2021.
Patricia Dozier Drew (Laguna Beach, California) We hope to move to Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Claremont in the near future. We celebrated out 71st anniversary in December 2021. All in the family are doing well; our grandsons are seven and 11 years old.
Suzi Maschmeyer Weinert (Ashburn, Virginia) My fourth mystery thriller novel, Woman at the Garage Sale, was published just after my 85th birthday. My book can be ordered from Amazon, any bookstore, Kindle, Nook, or Audible, Inc.
Suzanne“Suzy”Bedford Leif (San Diego, California) My husband, Robert, died in 2020. I am still going strong at 80 years of age. I play golf three days a week, water exercise twice a week, and have started lawn bowling. I am also a member of multiple heritage societies.
Elene Johnston (Spokane, Washington) heard Janet Clarke Mann’s (Spokane, Washington) TEDx talk on October 9, 2021, to a sold-out, in-person theater and virtual audience. Janet and her husband, Paul Mann PO ’68, fostered more than 120 children. Realizing that to really improve the children’s lives, many biological parents needed to experience kindness themselves, Janet and Paul created a residential home for foster children and their parents. In her TEDx talk, Janet explained that the success of their program was based on the fact that they built relationships with the children as well as with the parents. Janet also wrote a book about their experiences and tracked what happened to a number of their foster children as they grew into adults, Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis.
Tempe Johnson Javitz (Menlo Park, California) My website is live, and I’m blogging like mad to introduce my upcoming book on my talented photographer grandmother, Jessamine Spear Johnson. The book will be published in late 2022 or very early 2023. Check out tempejavitz.com. It’s never too late in life to start another career.
Cyndel Podich (Los Altos, California) An about-to-be-hired caregiver brought COVID-19 to me and my mom. My mom did not survive. After months of often delayed kitchen renovation, the cats and I have moved into the house I grew up in. Some things are still not completed, but I’m “cooking with gas” in Los Altos!
Janet Redding Richardson (San Martin, California) My husband and I were able to visit our three grandsons in New York City. Travel is still difficult with the mobility problems I have from a fall while riding last spring, but seeing the boys, our son, and daughter-in-law is definitely worth it.
Chutatip Vadhanasindhu Umavijani (Pathumwan, Bangkok) First, I would like to congratulate our dear friend, Tempe Johnson Javitz, for all of her accomplishments. Very happy indeed. Second, my son is back from SOAS University of London in the UK and now he is teaching at Thammasat University, where I used to teach.
Judith Wilde (Albuquerque, New Mexico) It’s been almost a year since I moved back to Albuquerque after spending 15 years just outside Washington, DC. Still working part-time for George Mason University, studying substance use disorder on a huge project. For fun, I study the hiring of college/university presidents and think about traveling.
Judith Gottfeld Cox (San Jose, California) 50 years? And this is my first class update ever since graduation. A very brief recap: Still married after 43 years; taught elementary special education for 25 years; love retirement, gardening, hiking, travel. Just got into birding—fun!
Juanita Nash-Dahlen (Tucson, Arizona) After 36 years in New Jersey and 30 years in human resources, I retired in 2019. We sold our New Jersey house and in August 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, moved to Tucson. I’m now connected with Tucson area alums through Book Club.
Patricia Nelson (Santa Fe, New Mexico) Still a publisher’s representative for Princeton and Yale university presses—not traveling the past two years. My son Grey and his wife, Katie, are in Michigan with my four granddaughters; my daughter, Clare, and her husband, Ben, are teaching in Seattle; my husband, Steve, and I are in Santa Fe.
Betsy Janet Barker (Los Angeles) My quilt “Corona Virus Blues” will be published in Quarantine Quilts: Creativity in the Midst of Chaos by Sandra Sider, curator of the Texas Quilt Museum.
Julia Waterfall-Kanter (Tucson, Arizona) My daughter is now a sophomore at Scripps. I love sharing memories and hearing her stories.
Melissa Spencer (Dallas, Texas) I am a jewelry designer and fabricator based in Dallas. You can see my work at
Katharine (Kat) Shultis (Spokane, Washington) I was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of mathematics at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. My research was recently published in the book Commutative Algebra: 150 Years with Roger and Sylvia Wiegand in honor of my PhD advisor, Roger, and his wife, Sylvia. I will be teaching at the Gonzaga in Florence campus for the spring 2022 term.
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