Elizabeth Akiya Chestnut ’66
M.A., Harvard University, history/anthropology
M.A., University of New Mexico, intercultural communication
Work: museum professional,1972-Present
University of New Mexico Fine Arts Photography/Tamarind Institute of Lithography
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, exhibits production
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, museum director
Applied anthropology via visualcommunication/media
Gallup, New Mexico, Pueblo of JemezIndian Pueblo CCM: multimedia touch screen, “Pueblo Art from the Pueblo Point of View” With Charlie Carrillo, “Saints of the Pueblos” Pueblo of Zuni: film/DVD, “De Anza Motor Lodge & Its Zuni Connection”
“My List” (Concept from Irving Wallace’s “The Book of Lists,” 1977*)
Humor ha! difficult at times, rebounds often
Loss: now, more than ever, peer group friends, mentors
Finding meaning: see it by hindsight, depends on the day
Relocation: has not happened
Travel: Europe/Japan, lately limited by being embedded in New Mexico, another country
Community: New Mexico is a community — Pueblo Indian, Hispanic, Anglo, art world, archeology/anthropology worlds, here still alive, doubtful elsewhere
Cohort effect: I still love my CC cohorts, cross-class, specially, in spite of life’s depredations.
Parents: both passed, one very early, the other departed at 91
Spouse: still married
Children: one daughter (works in family medicine), one son-in-law (professional artist/chef/father), two grandchildren, 6 and 4
Caregiving: supported spouse through cancer episode, beat it successfully
Money: not a loved topic, have enough, perennial doubt
Learning: remain endlessly curious, books galore, linguistics, genetics, SW archeology, ethnography, ethology/biology, politics, economic fiascos, fine fiction
Music: still love ’60s/’70s rock, blues, jazz, some classical (J.S. Bach, solo cello suites)
Health: so far so good, with requisite meds, dental woes more immediate
Pets: long line of cats of all sizes, colors, and intelligences
Recreation: walking, hiking, dance, yoga, Japanese long-bow archery
Paychecks: in the past
Colorado College prepared me for higher academia, for much of life’s complications, providing a foundation enabling a relatively unorthodox path through the world of profession, family, and balancing acts. Retirement? Hmm. I am still “working” on a project, originally as a consultant, now as a board director, of a 15-plus-year effort, involving New Mexico history, art history, three distinct culture groups, a city,a pueblo, and a private developer.
Nancy Bergstrom Havens ’67
“My List” (Also from Irving Wallace)
Humor: a “must”
Loss: learning to cope with loss of family members, friends, career
Finding meaning: sounds grandiose, but it is a core value
Relocation: this may be with a new spouse or partner, or a decision to live near one’s children
Travel: money and time constraints, plus the new, “no fun” air travel
Community: see “finding meaning,” above
Spouse: ’66 CC alumnus, economics, passed away in 2016
Parents: father died early, mother still ticking at 96. (I am the “local daughter.”)
Adult children: daughter, CC ’95, married, position in San Francisco city government, and son, Habitat for Humanity position in Jacksonville
Caregiving: see “local daughter,” above
New partner: lucky to have found him!
Grandchildren: none yet
Money: learning to manage it
Learning: a “must”
Pets:had a dog, had a cat. Newly allergic to cats!
Health and healthcare: I am in charge; doctors are merely partners.
Colorado College had high expectations. We, then, had that for ourselves. This translated into careers that went beyond just a paycheck and into service.
*Wallace’s series contained hundreds of lists on unusual or obscure topics.