1947: Winter 2013

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Are we showing our age? Responses to my request for news were sadly lacking and I discovered when I tried to phone some classmates, there was no answer to the number listed. Fortunately, I did hear from some classmates, so I pass on their news. The saddest item is the death of Elizabeth Geiser, who was living in Florida. At reunion time, President Volpe told me that he had been in touch with her and she was not doing well. As far as I know, she had taught at the Univ. of Denver as recently as summer 2011. I was so surprised and pleased to hear from Caroline Seiler Murray, who called me on the spur of the moment. I learned she is living in the Philadelphia area, having served as president of the Women’s Board of the Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. She and her husband had two sons and lived in Connecticut for a while. Now there are five granddaughters, and one grandson who carries the name of his grandfather, William Bruce Murray. Caroline left Hood and worked for the Philadelphia Electric Company, helping in the production of the first cooking show. Did you all know that when ice cream is viewed in a show, it is not really ice cream; it is mashed potatoes! It was wonderful to talk with her, especially since she called me out of the blue! She wished everyone good health and a happy new year.

Louray Forney Huang was the first to respond this time and shared the news that she broke her pelvis! Pain management, a walker and a lot of time on her iPad; playing scrabble long distance with her son in Hawaii help in her recuperation! Audrey Callaway Asbury reported a cataract operation on one eye, and another to be done soon. She and her husband are living “quietly and enjoyably!” I am sorry to report that two classmates have lost their husbands recently. We send our sympathy to both Lorraine Ihlefeldt Bulba and Mary Gordon Dunham. Many of us know the pain that lingers after that happens. Poor health is also a hard thing to deal with. I was sorry to learn that Elizabeth Haller Guthrie is wheel-chair bound and Mary K. Schumb Lau is having memory problems. Mary Lou Hauser Boll, on the other hand, is doing well, having moved with her husband a few years ago into a senior center not far from their previous home. They have two grandsons and three granddaughters. One daughter lives in Germany, near Black Forest, and has taught in many schools there. Another daughter lives in Connecticut, and Mary Lou and husband have a place in the Poconos––so they do get around! Phyllis Peak Sullivan keeps busy going to see grandchildren in a variety of sporting events. They have a family get-together every summer, now needing seven bedrooms! She and husband Sully spend some time in Florida every winter. Sully and I check up on our mutual condition of macular degeneration. I think he is doing better than I! Your reporter is still able to drive, read (with large print or a magnifying glass) and sing, ring bells and do other volunteer work. I am hoping for a longer report next time.

Class Reporter:

Catharine Smith Dunn
(610) 691-5653

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