The Dunn family continues to celebrate together. Polly Harvey Dunn spent Thanksgiving with Mike’s family. His niece hosted all 39 of them, including Kitty Smith Dunn ’47 and Dottie Crosland Dunn ’46. Christmas was spent at Pol’s daughter’s home in Boston. Isabelle Poladian Merl has six grandchildren and all are doing well. The oldest is in graduate school, the youngest is just starting high school. Izzy still walks two to three miles a day and swims whenever possible. Marilyn Peecook Hill keeps busy with activities at both church and the retirement community where she lives. A highlight of the past year was a trip to New York City with her church choir. They sang the Mozart Requiem in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center, and daughter Karen was also part of the choir––plus they had a chance to enjoy many fun activities while there.
Charlotte Ranck Liggett sold her home and is temporarily living with her daughter Diane. A new home for her is being built at her oldest daughter Connie’s place. After February her address will be: 906 W.H. Troup Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837. She will surely be busy helping with the four dogs and many horses on the property. Hope Sutliffe Wilkinson had a pleasant surprise recently. At the annual church bazaar last November, a woman walked in wearing a Hood sweatshirt! Hope said you do not hear much about Hood in Indianapolis, so it was quite unusual. It turned out to be Lynn Marzulli White ’81, who had recently moved to the area with her husband. As for the Wilkinson family, Hope said everyone is healthy and employed, and the grandchildren are busy with school. Betty LePatourel Powell is doing well; she can still drive at night (unlike some of us)! One granddaughter graduated last year from Susquehanna Univ., in Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude––they are understandably proud of her achievements. Their grandson is a sophomore at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and Betty and Lew went to see him play varsity soccer last fall. The Powells still enjoy traveling; last year they cruised around the South China Sea, visiting seven countries, and have planned a trip to cruise up the coast of Brazil to the Amazon, and on to Manaus.
One of the busiest members of our class is Grace Underwood Harkness. Four of their five children live nearby, and all helped her and Jack celebrate their 60th anniversary. In addition, Woodie is active in church, the League of Women Voters and plays piano for homeless meals at a downtown church. One of their grandsons is teaching in Korea, where Woodie grew up; she hopes to visit him there. Despite these and many other activities, she has agreed to become our new class reporter! I know she will enjoy hearing from you as much as I have, and I am very grateful we will still have class news in each issue of Hood Magazine. This is my final column as class reporter, and I thank all of you for your letters and kind words. Ed and I are doing reasonably well, with the usual few stumbles along the way due to age. I am still playing a lot of bridge, and hope it will keep my mind reasonably sharp.
Jean Righter Bolle