1948: Winter 2014

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Classmates, thank you once again for your responses. I received news about Ginny Bare Francis from her daughter, Anne Phillips. Ginny feels, “fortunate to have had Elsa Eggers Hauswald for a Meyran roommate since Elsa’s parents bought them a tandem bike to ride around campus and sent flowers to their room once a week.  Of course, dining out whenever Elsa’s parents came to visit was an added plus. Those were the good old days.” Bette Blome Winyall and Milton moved to the retirement center of Charlestown, Md., a very friendly community with 2,000 residences. “There are so many good things in life (friends and children) with the only disappointment being the loss of my Hood College ring. I had donated it to a student through the alumni program and was notified that it was stolen through a break in at the Alumnae House and many other items were stolen,” said Bette. Patty Callender Hewit has settled in at the Harrogate Independent Living community. She sold both her homes at the New Jersey Shore and Sanibel, Fla. The family continues to grow with nine great-grandchildren and the tenth due in December. Corrine “Corky” Edwards Shulman has been a lady of leisure since daughter Kim came to live with her after her heart attack in 2010.  The early years in Honolulu were filled with work in publishing which a Hood alum and connections had started.  Now Corky hears from Ann Barnum Connellee and the news, sadly, was the death of Janice Beck Agnew’s husband. Louise Ford Ralph is currently doing German schernschnitte (paper cutting) and keeps in touch with Terry Montraselle Meier. The Ralph’s had their annual family reunion with all five children and seven of eight grandchildren. Ann Chaney Mesmer’s grandson will move into her husband’s family home in Wales, Wis., that was built in 1860. Their summer season in Wisconsin was enjoyable due to the many concerts provided by the Milwaukee Symphony. Elaine Henderson Cortelyou enjoyed her yearly vacation in the Outer Banks, N.C., with her family. Elaine and Midge Blakeney Filmyer plan to celebrate the holidays with lunch. Barbara Heiss Jackson is celebrating the birth of her fourth great-grandchild. The wedding of a granddaughter brought the family together in Sarasota, Fla. Joan Lowry Taylor found that at the class reunion, our group provided interest for the recent alums as they wanted to know what Hood was like 65-years-ago. Ancient history! Katsy Maguire Rafferty reported that the class of ’48 was represented at the June reunion by Joan Lowry Taylor, M.F. Six Copenhaver, Dixie Eppley Brain and Renie Myers Southworth. Mary McClain O’Connell commented on the position of our class news.  She had not realized there are only seven classes ahead of us that report (sometimes!). Jean Neel Perkins’ family has lost some members as so many of us have. On the happier side, Jean reported that her book, Yes, No, or Maybe, had received excellent reviews and can be ordered online. Jean Oliver Reymer referred to the news of the new disease “T.M.B.” which stands for Too Many Birthdays.  She still meets M.F. Six Copenhaver for lunch. Betty Paterson Reims suffered a second broken femur.  A new great-granddaughter brightens the picture for Betty as does reminiscing about the wonderful years at Hood. Louise “Tootie” Renniger Rittenhouse is pleased to report that she was awarded the “Life Long Learner Award” by the Main Line Night School Organization. The Hood College Office of Alumni Relations held an afternoon get together at Longwood Gardens. Seventy Hoodlums attended. Dorothy “Slush” Schlesinger Seeber has March 2014 as the date for her move from New Jersey to Tennessee. She continues with bridge and sculpting in between packing for her new life in Chattanooga. Mary Francis Six Copenhaver added to Katsy’s reunion report that the buffet meals and events were held in Hood’s new sports arena. Did everyone notice that the cover of the Hood Magazine summer issue included a photo of M. F. Six Copenhaver and Joan Lowry Taylor? Jeanne Handman has joined our group of widows.  Ed died on July 4, 2011 after 63 years of marriage, but left her with two great sons and four grandchildren. Jeanne has given up tennis and has filled her life with many other activities. Connie Glann Battle wrote that she had just returned from Escondido, Calif., where she had visited her oldest daughter and family. Son Buck will host her in Salt Lake City to three Utah Jazz professional basketball games. The entire family will be together for Christmas. Connie had hoped to visit Marjorie Walker Wyckoff, but Marj’s eyes limit her traveling.

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