The Victory Eights 
of Mount Holyoke College

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Alumni

V8s Over the Years

V8s Members: Past and Present

1944
Gloria "Graff" Bourne
Barbara Brown
Joan "Morris" McNally
Joan "McMahon" O'Hayer
Helen "Hamilton" Paulsen
June "Hart" Stearns 
Abigail "Halsey" Van Allen

1945
Elaine H. "Dilks" Harvey

1946
Joan "Newcomb" Harris
Barbara "Purrington" Macdonald

1947
Dorthy "Brayton" Brown
Charlotte "Painter" Morse
Lenore "Simonson" Smith

1948
Sally "Knott" Gibbons
Suzanne "Dufault" Taylor
Frances "Loring" Wilson

1949
Patricia Crosby Carter
Margaret "Bliss" Harms
Nancy "Freese" Millsap

1950
Jane "Shanahan" Anderson
Eleanor "Daley" Darby
Joan "Beck" Fithian

1951
Mary-Jane "Unger" Florent
Mary E. "Schoonmaker" Martin

1952
Gail Linnell Sanderson JD

1953

Rae "Wickes" Ackerly
Ann "Babbitt" Fauver
Constance McKean Shaw
Janet "Beck" Sisler
Nell "Becherer" Smith

1954
Ann "Elwell" Bossard
Nancy Leigh "Zimmerman" Burdine
Ann E. "Rose" Dorrell
Beatrice M. "Knapp" France
Sally Ann "Hall" Wood

1955
Joan "Patricelli" Bawden
Phebe "Moody" Harkins
Jean Hopkins Sargent

1956
Nancy "Sparnon" Little 

1957
Carol "Search" Adams
Carol "Brickett" Freeman
Dagmar "Henze" McGill

1958
Marcia "Buckley" Bull
Ardythe "Edwards" Kunz
Linda Taft Litton
Judith "Perry" McCaffrey
Marilyn "Tarpy" Stearns
Barbara "Karnan" Vaterlaus
Eleanor Borton Warder
Laird Trowbridge White

1959
Allison B. Bigelow
Sara "Hodge" Geuder
Elizabeth "Lacock" Glover
Muriel "Castendieck" Golden
Harriet "Van Campen"

Hogan
Linda "Temple" Lienhard
Captain Jane D. McCoy
Helen E. Turner

1960
Kathryn "Jester" Byerly
Eileen "Shanley" Kraus
Sarah "Koerner" Peterson
Betsy Hakewessel

1961
Liz "Hottel" Barrett
Susan "Rhodes" Brown
Sarah E. "Stearns" Gipson
Kim Kimball Holmquist
Roxane Hill Hughes
Dorthy "Smith" Mann
Barbara "Baldwin" Miller
Nancy "Dingwall" Platt
Paula "Whitney" Wood

1962
Elaine "Schnitker" Brubacher
Christine "Gruehr" Dreyfus
Mary Ann "Harley" Mandelkorn
Katherine "Weigel" Stewart
Katharine "Norden" Woods


1964
Jan "Mesics" French
Deborah Norton Clements
Mary Meredith Dobyns
Marilyn "Brainard" Hofmann
Deborah "Taft" Perry
Jeane "Stewart" Samuelsen
Beverley "Hamilton" Streeter

1965
Lucy "Taylor" Bremner
Linda F. Donaldson
Patricia Donovan

Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin
Beth Holland Queener
Weltha "Roberts" Titsworth

1966
Mary P. Duffy
Ellie Rogers Johnson
Nancy "Neviackas" Martin
Barbara "Savage" Meierding

1967
Kathleen "Schmidt" Baldwin
Mary Multer Greene
Elizabeth L. Pugh

1968
Kim Hetherington
Linda "Womrath" Palmer

1969
Nancy Read Bouldin
Marguerite L. Brooks
Adelaide "Manera" Hale
Aina "Kayanan" Harkey
Marnie Battle Woodward 

1970
Donna E. Claytor
Bonnie McClintock Cohen
Louisa "Hickey" Van Citters

1971
Katherine T. Bendo
Helen Wills Brown
Ann "Brown" Freeman
Mary D. Gale
Sarah Hughes
Victoria Pierce
Laura Schreiber Washburn

1972
Adria Bates

1973
Edie Herrold

1974
Leslie Bowen
Diane Fiero Brown Claffey

Laurel Heller Gross
Denise Bolger Kovnat
Joyce Staat Wixson
Susan Moch Poirier
Melissa L. Thornton
Missy Permelia Ann Zuk

1975
Nancy Perkins Spyke 
Sue Brown
Riki Morgan


1976
Deborah "Bendett" Hill
Susan Adams Sorrentino
Constance "Peck" Beaudoin


1977
Linda "Rochelle" Boyles
Eliza Smith Brown
Elizabeth van den Heuvel Ehrgood
Pamela J Washburn


1978
Jeriann Flanagan McEvoy

1979
Anne B. Swanson Bancroft
Susan Van Sickle Castle
Jennifer Dahle Gemberling
Anne Alex Theophilos


1980
Caroline Foty
Jane Lehman
Katharine Ramsden Rabin

1981
Dr. Deborah J. Bowen
Elaine Paladini Chertavian
Sarah "Miller" Manning
Penelope "Penny" Vance

1982
Dr. Amy T. Light

Laurie Marshall
Janine "Rieling" Murtha
Allison "Horton" Riecker
Coleen C. Shannon
Susan Rutherford Torma
Abby Wolff Mariani

1983
Danielle "Busch" Bixby
Lisa E. Bromfield
Pamela Smith Selavka
Paula E. Strano

1984
Ellen C. Auwarter
Laura Van Tuyl Clayton
Catherine Burd Davis
Toni L. Halleen
Juliana R. Horton
Debby Grant Sioris

1985
Karen Scarano Bell
Kristen J. Metzger Dodge
Karen A.Yarosh Harrington
Deborah Cundey Owen

1986
Janet A. Curley
Liz Ford
Caroline Carosso Griep
Kristen "Kaye" Hughes Kittredge
Sarah Ann Pease
Alice Ruvane
Karen Larson Stinson

1987
Lisa R. Battaglia
Susan "Ruvane" D'Avanzo
Catherine "Villano" Guagenty
Mary Kate Maco
Aliana "Rae Smith" Sloo
Carrie Lee Warren-Gully

1988

Elizabeth Warren Black
Margot Louis "Cutlip" Brooks
Carolyn B. "Bell" Duska


1989
Lori E. Laudien
Martha Macy Papa Rein

1990
Tacy Byham
Lynne C. Mathews
Tabetha Card Mueller
Jen Peterson
Martha "Lynn Graaskamp" Testerman

1991
Mara Bonde
Aparna "Tipirneni" Chiruvolu
Ann Michelle Lyles DDS 
Francesca A. C. Pacis

1992
Bridget M. Goggins

1993
Jennifer E. Kemp
Alicia A. "Carosso" McCarthy
Anne Erica Holm Muske
Brooke A. Paige
So-Chung Shinn
Wendy A. Woodward
Mighell Jeanette Wilson

1994
So-Chung Shinn
Jemma W. Giddings
Lisa "Bonde" Grogan
Janet F. Morton
Jana C. Peretti
Sara L. Rushing

1995
Gina P. Giachetti
Krista Carreau Kepler

1996
Emily A. Dunham
Laura L. Lentz
Bethany E. Sager
Liz Weber

1997
Nancy Robin Karpf
Aurora Lynn Krause
Julie Kane
Katharine Irena Kugler
Anna Veronica Quilligan Ross

1998
Jessica L. MacLeod
Erica Metzger-Hare
Koty H. Sharp

1999
Heather A. Allison
Caroline E. Green
Anne S. Kelson
Sarah E. Picard
Karey L. Scheyd
April H. Stroud

2000
Jocelyn H. Kaley
Rebecca H. Mazur
Elisabeth Fonda Snell
KC Haydon
Tacy M. Byham
Lindsay Blass

2001
Renee Sweeney
Anna Devries
Toni Lundeen
Elizabeth Syben

2002
Sierra Thompson
Grace Rawls
Molly B. Holder
Jenn Murphy
Kelsey Hambley
Caitlin Jaene Parsons
Anne Ryan
Gwen Kern
Erica Walz

2003

Lily Christian
Karen Appelquist
Hilary Salmon
Sarah Avalon
Elena Giordano
Lanae Erickson
Krista Mazur

2004
Janet Rabin
Katherine Burke
Capron Hannay
Sandra McBee

2005
Alisha Biser
Lauren Blair
Beth Robertson
Lauren Turano

Elizabeth Youngblood


2006
Jessa Goldstein
Kit Hixon
Lauren Stillman
Allison Doran


2007
Evelyn Chen
Cherie Hannouche
Shaun Klein
Lindsay Pope
Ariana Baudouin
Sarah Wing Rob Twombly


2008
Stephanie Berg
Lauren Breunig
Sharlene Herrera
Annie Langer 
Priti Rao
Katie Smart
Stephanie Williams
Emily Usher Shrair


2009

Sarah Krautheim
Marguerite Moore 
Theadora Paulucci
Sarah Turshen


2010
Hannah Doherty
Elizabeth Dumont-McCaffrey 

Rebecca Ernst
Kiri Rix


2011
Abigail Dykens
Avery Fisher
Susan Gibilisco
Valerie Hartshorn
Rohita Kadambi
Carrie Morgan
Liz Robinson 
Angela Trowbridge

2012
Lucy Abbott
Gillian Carella
Danielle Gorczyca
Sarah Mckay

2013
Frannie McBrian
Miriam Raffeld
Dylan Young



Opening Speech of the 60th Reunion

Good evening V-8s past and present. My name is Hilary Salmon, the current business manager, and it is my very, very greatest honor to welcome you all to our 60th reunion. Emphasis on the word ‘our’ because it is such a collective achievement. Everyone in this room, whether you sang with the V-8s for a year or for an entire college career, has been a torchbearer. Everyone has enriched our legacy, and everyone has gotten us here today. And just as we have enriched the group, so too has the group enriched us. We are a musical entity, but membership in the V-8s is about so much more than chords and harmonies. It is about commitment and energy. It is about laughter and friendship. It is about the hush of a room when a tuning fork gets hit, the car ride to the show, the rehearsal that lasted until midnight, the auditions that lasted until 3, being sung in, being sung out, being a part of something forever. It is about memories, and about the future, and we are here tonight, after 60 years, to celebrate both of these things.


Before we celebrate however, I want to thank a number of people. Planning this event has been a labor of love and it could not have happened without several people.


-Capron Hannay, our current director, schemed this whole shindig up last year, so I thank has for getting the ball rolling.


-Karey Sheyd, who played the impromptu role of young alum liaison. She is living proof that Business manager is not a post that one easily leaves behind.


-Rachel Osbourne, at Willits Hallowell, who has helped me coordinate this whole affair.


-All of the current V-8s.


-All of the past V-8s, both those who are with us, and those who are not.


There is one more person who deserves, I think, the biggest thank you. She cannot be among us tonight, but she is the reason we are all gathered here. In coordinating the 60th reunion, I’ve had the great pleasure of speaking frequently with Abigail Van Allen, or Abby Halsey, as some of you might know her. Abigail is the original V-8, the one who started it all in 1942. She has sent me a letter to read to all of you tonight, which is filled with well-wishing and, as you will soon see, some corrective measures. 


I applaud Abby Halsey's initiative, and also applaud the two members of the class of 1944 who have made it here tonight- Dorthy Herman and Joan MacNally. These women were all the first cobblestones laid in what has become a long road, traveled by over two hundred women. Tonight I hope that you are all proud of every step taken, and of every step to come.


Abigail Van Allen, founding member: Letter to the V8s, Fall 2002 60th Reunion

On this occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Mount Holyoke

V-8s, let’s set the record strait regarding its beginning.


First of all, it was not created for the purpose of singing in our class of 1944 Junior Show nor was it a wartime gesture to entertain the troops at Westover Field. Rather, it was conceived as an opportunity to have FUN.


The idea was inspired by an event I attended at the Adams Memorial Theater at Williams College in the Spring of 1942. The concert I heard was given by the Williams quartet and the Bennington College double quartet. Throughout the performance I kept thinking: Why don’t we have a group like this at Mount Holyoke? Indeed, I was so inspired by what I had seen and heard that within a week of returning to campus I had located seven classmates who were interested an we were already practicing Sweet Sue. Thrilled by the sounds we were making, swooning from the dreams of all the fun that was in store for us, we bonded together and from the start we were determined to succeed.


Our major decision was to remain silent about our plans and to practice secretly until we had built up a repertoire that we could sing flawlessly. We owed our success to one person, Connie Rheume. She had the musical ability to create our close harmony arrangements a la the Andrew Sisters and other popular musicians of the era. She did all of our arrangements. First came Sweet Sue followed by Blue Skies, The Hawaiian War Chant, Say it with Music, and many more.


Our second decision was to choose the name for our octet. How did we come up with the crazy name The V-8s? To begin with, it was NOT related in any way to the Campbell Soup Company’s V8 vegetable juice, which didn’t come on to the market until 1948, six years after we invented the name. Nor was it inspired by the powerful V8 engine of the Ford motor company. The 8 is obvious. We were an octet. The V? Sixty years later this does need some explaining. In the spring of 1942 only four months had passed since Pearl Harbor. Though we were in the depths of war the country was not dominated by despair but was industriously working toward victory. Churchill’s raised index and middle fingers of his right hand forming a V for Victory was very pervasive. Victory became the spirit of the times. Mount Holyoke’s victory plant was well under way. So, in keeping with the times, out V stood for Victory. Occasionally, during our sixty years, several groups called themselves The Victory Eights but we were simply the V-8s just as you are today.


When to go public was our third major decision. As the spring of 1942 wore on, each one of us became engaged in the creation and/or production of our Junior Show, which was to take place in the fall. The more deeply we became involved with the show, the clearer it became that it would be the perfect showcase for our debut. Thus, spring 1942 was the official beginning of the V-8s, and October 2nd, 1942 was our first public performance.


Connie Rheume composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the song we sang in the wings to accompany a ballet on stage. The harmony was smooth and mellow and our performance stopped the show. The audience demanded an encore before the play could proceed. Our debut was more successful than we could have imagined and all the fun we had dreamed of followed. Our octet was truly a catharsis for us and our audiences for the difficult times in which we were living.


The zenith and swan song of our original group was our concert at the famous Stage Door Canteen in New York City- the first amateur group to appear there. Now, sixty years later my memories of this engagement are dim but I can now see that our best and final decision was that the V-8s should not disappear with our graduation. During our senior year we held auditions and found talented and enthusiastic students to carry on for us. It is awesome to realize that what was begun SIXTY YEARS ago is still a viable organization bringing pleasure to those who perform and those who listen.


Here’s to another sixty years of fun and singing for the V-8s.


Abigail Halsey Van Allen
Class of ‘44