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Around Aspen: Edie’s 90th celebration

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen, CO Colorado
MEHLeft to right at the birthday party are Heather Chisholm, Edie Skiff Chisholm, Karen Chisholm Stevenson and Lois Skiff. Heather and Karen are Edie's daughters who organized the party; Lois is Edie's sister.

Lifelong Aspenite Edie Skiff Chisholm celebrated her 90th birthday with a grand party on May 19 at The Hotel Jerome. The party was organized by her daughters, Heather Chisholm and Karen Chisholm Stevenson and there were hundreds of old friends in attendance.

Edie graduated from Aspen High School and served in the WAVES with the Navy during World War II. She was stationed in San Francisco, where she was assistant to the commander of the West Coast theater. After the war she returned to Aspen and went to work at the Hotel Jerome in the 1940s as a secretary for Charles Bishop, manager of the Jerome, and then later for Don Elisha. From 1965 until 1986, Edie was secretary for the Aspen Ski School, working at various times with Curt Chase and Dick McCrudden, Stein Eriksen and Jan Johannessen. It was only fitting that the party was held at the Hotel Jerome, since Edie worked there so many years, as well as her sister, Lois Skiff, who was also a secretary.

More news of college students. Haylley Johnson of Carbondale graduated with a double major in English and Economics from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. At the commencement ceremony, Haylley was presented with the Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize, which recognizes a student for whom “emergence” is an overriding characteristic. During her time at UVM, Haylley focused her work on campus in journalism and residential living. She served the Vermont Cynic as a reporter, section editor and finally as editor in chief. She also served as a resident advisor and senior resident advisor. She was on the Dean’s List every semester and was in the Honors College.

Sara Faurer of Snowmass Village graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with majors in African Studies and Psychology.

Named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement were Katherine Eason of Basalt at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and Brenton Hollenbach of Snowmass Village and Luke Pratte of Basalt at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla.

Paul Hayes, grandson of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes and Jim Hayes, graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Architecture from Notre Dame University in Indiana. He also was named to Tau Sigma Delta, the honor society for the School of Architecture. He is the son of former Aspenites Donna and Clayton Hayes, who now live in Honolulu. Paul has accepted a position with Andrew Skurman Architects in San Francisco. His twin brothers David Hayes and Reid Hayes will be juniors next year at Notre Dame and David will spend the year at the University’s campus in Rome, while Reid will study in Perth, Australia.

Have your noticed? The former “Blue Victorian” on Monarch Street is being painted in a lovely Victorian green with brown trim.

Undercurrent … We went directly from winter to summer, with no springtime.

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