Stonington Borough, CT
Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Noank Historical Society
OCCUPATION Retired interior designer and co-founder of Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children (ODWC).
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Raising awareness about Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children, a United Way initiative created to help improve children’s literacy locally.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Born in New York City, raised in Scarsdale, N.Y.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Sitting on the beach with a good book or good friend.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Earning my M.A. in art history.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a good friend.
ON MY BUCKET LIST Mastering my computer and going to Fenway Park for a Yankees vs. Red Sox night game.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET My Filofax.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A journalist.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My mother who taught me to believe that I could do whatever I set my mind to.
FAVORITE AUTHOR Émile Zola.
LAST BOOK READ “Citizens of London,” by Lynne Olson, a history of the major figures who influenced our country’s entry into the Second World War.
FAVORITE SONG The entire score of “Camelot.”
FAVORITE MOVIE “Casablanca.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW Right now it’s “Downton Abbey.”
FAVORITE PET Snoopy, the blonde cocker Spaniel.
FAVORITE MEAL Ninigret oysters and a glass of cold white wine.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Zero.
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE Honesty and humor.
PET PEEVE Affectations.
FAVORITE QUOTATION “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD I began coming to Westerly in 1951 as a summer resident. Now that I live here year-round, I am constantly impressed by the variety of opportunities Westerly offers and by the generosity of the citizens of Westerly.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My friends.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I’m a gym addict.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED Move! It’s harder to hit a moving target.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Help those in need. You’ll get back more than you give.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Stop the idiocy that seems to run rampant politically these days.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Make sure that every child had a good education, proper health care and love, and the tools to reach his or her potential.
I DRIVE A Nine-year-old Mercedes wagon.
I WISH I DROVE A Same as above.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE The sharpest piece of cheddar cheese I can find.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Thomas Jefferson. He loved his country, lived his life well, and despite imperfections, gave his best.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro