The Wellesley Effect: Los Angeles Mini Reunion by Belinda Wilkins Tepper

img_1545rotatedFive members of the class of 1971 gathered in Los Angeles at the historic el Cholo restaurant to catch up and reminisce before going to "Advancing the Wellesley Effect." Margaret Reeve, Belinda Wilkins Tepper, Christine Williamson Bender, Barbara Schlang Luna, and Ruth Hammel Strauss.

Barb was widowed in late 2016. She spent early 2017 closing her husband’s office after Dennis died of lung cancer in late 2016. She mentors younger partners in her forensic accounting practice, especially her son, John. She asked about reunion, especially for someone who has not stayed in touch with many classmates--Belinda and Tina recommended it warmly. She enjoys action films and recently saw the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise #F8.

Ruth is a consulting cardiologist at L.A. County-USC. She clears patients scheduled for surgery. She grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and her family owned department stores—Belinda’s husband has a similar store based in Nashville.

Tina praised the spring gardens at the Huntington Library, where she is an overseer (see the Winter 2017 class notes for more on Tina’s activities).

Margi described her volunteer work at 826LA in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. This volunteer project, established by Dave Eggers supports students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. She is also on the board of LACE, an exhibition space for contemporary art. For fun, she takes Italian classes, swims in the Pacific year-round, and travels with her husband and I see current architecture and art.

Belinda has two grandsons, a toddler in Astoria, Queens, and an infant in San Francisco. Her husband retired in late 2016 and they have spent more time traveling to visit family and friends. And she plays Pearl’s Peril on line with players from Germany and Tasmania.