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May 01, 2017 at 11:58 AM

My grandson just now went to Shenyang China to teach English. He is sending me long comments. He was an environmental sustainability major at University of British Columbia.
His immediate on the surface of things summary is that in Shenyang the air quality when no t
In winter is pleasant fresh air.

Vivian Ling has left an In Memory comment for Rene-Valery Mongbe.
Jan 07, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Thank you Barbara and Peter for helping us reconnect with our classmate Rene Mongbe.  I remember him well, and feel privileged to have known this man in his youth when I myself was too young and inexperienced to know anythng.  Rene dated many women at Swarthmore, myself included.  We went to some dances and such, but I now wish I had more conversations with him.

Jun 13, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Hi, Sara, It was magnificent to see you at the reunion. I hope to see you sometime, maybe meet up at Callie's house or something. Kathy

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Jun 09, 2015 at 7:48 AM

I never knew college reunions can be so much fun until I attended my first - the 50th! And having a mini family reunion within this big reunion made it even more joyful than one can ever imagine!

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Vivian Ling has left an In Memory comment for Deborah Poole Bhattacharya.
Nov 24, 2014 at 12:33 AM

The thought that more than 10% of our class are no longer with us is quite sobering, especially since I still have vivid memories of every one of the 25 deceased classmates.  These memories are mostly images from over half a century ago, when all of us were youthful, vibrant, and a little bit awkward (some of us more so than others)...with the exception of Debbie Poole (Bhattacharyya), with whom I maintained contact on and off until she was too consumed by cancer to communicate herself, at which point her daughter Karabi periodically updated her friends on the final chapter of her life.  One might say Debbie was "unconventional," but to my mind, she seemed to carry the hallmarks of a Swattie: followed her heart, rose to every challenge, charged fearlessly into unknown territory, and lived a very rich life serving mankind.  But Debbie was by no means wealthy in the conventional sense, but rather in the way Thoreau defined wealth:  "Wealth is the ability to fully experience life."  This path to "wealth" began when Debbie took a leave from Swarthmore after her freshman year - at age 19 - to join a French organization called "Service Internationale."  She served in India, and within a year, she became a bride to an Indian colleague in the same organization, and within a year thereafter, mother to Karabi.  Subsequently, she had another daughter named Ketaki.  For a period of a few years, Debbie and I found ourselves in the same neck of the woods, she at Wittenberg College and I at Oberlin.  Other than that, the territories that Debbie ventured into were different from mine, so I feel especially privileged to have shared her life experiences, however vicariously.

Vivian Ling has left an In Memory comment for Stephanie Fantl Troyer.
Nov 24, 2014 at 12:33 AM

I did not have the good fortune of having Stephanie as a close friend at Swarthmore, and now I realize what a great opportunity I missed.  I only remember her as friendly (always had a smile), self-confident, comfortable in her own skin, and brilliant as a mathematician.  In short, she was one of the many classmates who awed me.  It's not entirely true that we choose our own paths; actually, when we are young, we tend to willy-nilly end up on certain paths not by any conscious choice.  If I hadn't missed the opportunity for a friendship with Stephanie, my life might have taken an entirely different path.  As a freshman arriving at Swarthmore, I thought I was destined to be a mathematician or a physicist, for I loved and excelled in these two areas in high school.  But it wasn't long before I got my first inkling that maybe math wasn't for me...this occurred when my faculty advisor asked me something to the effect "what is a sweet girl like you doing in math?"  Soon I also discovered that there is the "math" that I did before Swarthmore and then there is the "MATH" that math majors in Swarthmore did, and my kind of "math" didn't necessarily provide a smooth path into "MATH"!  I don't regret one bit the career path that I eventually chose, but I have wondered what the untraveled path might have been if I had Stepanie Fantl - or Lonnie Roth, or any of the few other brilliant woman mathematicians at Swarthmore - as a close friend and role model.  Over the years, I've often wondered about their career paths, and what mine might have been like.  With my deepest admiration and friendship in the afterlife, Vivian     

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Apr 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM