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Update on Dr Ellen Madison

Hello Friends.

We extended an invitation to Dr. Madison to be our guest at our upcoming Reunion dinner. She will unfortunately be out of the country that weekend and in passing along her regrets to Reunion Organizer Les Laputz, she shared a delightful update on what she's been up to. Dr. Madison gave us permission to post her email here. The following paragraphs are her email.


---------- Original Message ----------

From: Ellen Madison <redacted>


Date: 08/21/2023 1:56 PM EDT

Subject: 50th reunion

There is nowhere I would rather be than celebrating 50 years since your high school graduation, BUT I will be in Namibia, a country in Southern Africa. Although the trip is not a safari, as we will be visiting a school, an orphanage and having other cultural experiences, on September 30 I will be heading out in a jeep, joining researchers in search of radio-tracked leopards. No, I am not making this up.

To catch you up, I retired in 2002 and ran a B&B for 42 years before eventually retiring from that as well. I have been traveling ... Iran, Cuba, Borneo, many of the former Soviet Republics, a total of 64 countries and territories. This coming year, Patagonia and South Korea are booked.

I volunteer nearly daily in one capacity or another at the Babcock-Smith House Museum and co-authored a book on granite.

On Thursday, I am hosting my own high school reunion at my home .... 60 years. We have lost over a third of our class, so treasure those chances to get together while you can.

If you are doing a booklet of any kind that tells what people are doing ... or did before they retired... , I would love to have a copy.

And, if any of you would like to make a pilgrimage to Westerly, I would love to have you visit.

Thank you so much for inviting me. The invitation means a great deal to me.


We were truly blessed to have her among our teachers. Those interested in reaching out to Dr. Madison are encouraged to do so by emailing Les Laputz ( for her contact information.

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