When I sent the notice regarding Cathy Kernan’s upcoming art show in New York, I asked the following trivia question:

What were the names of the two women who taught art in the art building at the back of campus?

Here are the responses.

Cathy Kernan wrote back, “Leah Perkins and Miss Page. When Miss Perkins died I inherited all her art books!”

Ruthie Denton Eastman wrote, “Miss Perkins and Mrs. Burdis – as to first names, I’m a little hazy but could it have been Ann and Helen? Mrs. Burdis was a lovely English lady who lived in my ‘hood’ in Troy and she had a daughter called Jane who also went to Emma, I seem to recall.”

Tabby Schultz Nassburg got Leah Perkins.

Ellen Wineberg: Miss Perkins and Mrs. Burdis. I see Jane Burdis, Mrs. Burdis’s daughter around Boston. She went to EWS too a few years after us. That was too easy.

Wendy Dominick: I’ll be pondering that all day! I remember one of them pronounced Van Gogh as “Van Gock.

Jeni Smith: I recall the name of the building being Wellington & Lay, but not the two women – one we nicknamed Petunia Pig as she was rather short and stout and had a little pug nose.

Bonnie Casper: Ms. Perkins was one and I hate to say we called her Porky Pig! Was the other Mrs. Burdis?

Thanks, Everyone, for some fun memories.



In June of 2008, both Cathy Kernan and Ellen Wineberg will be having art shows in New York and Boston respectively. Here is the information for those of you close enough to see what our talented classmates have been up to.

For Ellen’s show in Newton, Massachusetts:


and in New York City:

Catherine Kernan

Listening Water

June 19-July 18

Reception for the Artist

Thursday, June 26, 5 to 7 pm

Jason McCoy Inc.

41 East 57 Street, 11th floor, New York 10022

T: 212/319.1996 F: 212/319.4799

Monday thru Friday 10 AM to 5 PM

Surpik Zarikian

Surpik Zarikian


This is a warholian manipulation of me, but pretty recent add or subtract 50 lbs!!!! It’s great to conceal the neck with an “intellectual” pose. Isn’t it?


This is my perennially young and beautiful mom. She looks like this at 85!!


My younger son,Giorgio, now 25 yrs, playing in Los Angeles, at The Troubadour, a rock club where John Lennon played last. We were there for my husband’s birthday last year.


My older son, Alessandro, 30 years old, who is finishing his PHd in Urban Anthropology at CUNY. This picture with his dad, Paolo Angelini was taken in the London School of Economics where he received his masters a couple of years ago.


Myson Giorgio’s latest rock tour around Europe. If you are traveling with your kids and see Bishop Allen playing, the base is my Giorgio!!

The apple does not fall far from the tree you guys!!! Do you remember my piano playing, and singing and carrying on? That’s how I celebrated my 60th on April fools day…with a Karaoke party!!! My son Alex, who never sings, did an incredible Bob Dylan/ Frank Sinatra imitation. It takes an anthropologist to cover all bases!!

I just adore seeing your children’s pictures. That’s why I am sending mine. Hope you all enjoy them. Keep us posted, it warms our hearts!!




Anne’s sons have picked an appropriate charity for donations in her memory. As Ellen Wineberg says, “She would have liked this.” For those of you who would like to make a donation in Anne’s name, you may send them to:

Combat Veterans Cowboy Up Account

c/o Public Service Credit Union

7055 East Evans Ave.

Denver, CO 80224

The CVCU program is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide therapy- through equine contact and equestrian programs-for combat veterans experiencing PTSD.

Again, thank you to all who contacted Anne in the weeks before she died.