1954 Class News- Fall 2015

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Jean Baker Leister Weikert

Betty Remsburg DeColigny is involved in taking her husband, Warren, to the doctors and lab for blood work, Coumadin count, and later, cataract surgery in May. Triplet granddaughters keep them busily aware! Mary Johnston DeMaris reminded us of her attending Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia, then married Darryl in June 1953. Darryl entered the Navy after being at Drexel and Marymount University. They traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, then to D.C. Two Children: Mike and Laurie. Mari’s hoping to be able to move closer to Darryl who is in rehab at Arleigh Burke Nursing in McLean. Sister Betsy Johnson Schwegman, class of ’55, lives in Missouri. Ann Timanus Erickson’s activity is limited by an old fractured hip, and is living alone in a handicapped house. She enjoys the preservation activities of Princess Anne, Maryland, where she resides. Nancy Good Cleveland and Jack’s daughter kindly wrote to clarify her mother’s passing after a long illness. Anne related that her mother spoke fondly of her many Hood friends and wonderful memories. Jack had preceded Nancy in death. Jack and Nancy also had a son Brian, and three grandchildren: Sarah, Samuel, and Andrew. Parented by Anne and Benjamin Gord of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Her obituary told of her involvement with Meals on Wheels for over 25 years. She was also active with church in Danbury, Connecticut. We also mourn loss during 2015: Joanne Wilcox Goins, Joyce Spencer Bishop, Violet Westerberg Romito, Dolores Rossetti Twaddell, and Betsy Gary Guthridge. Susan Clement Christie tells of her and Ed’s yearly trip to Lake Tahoe, California, celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary. She and Ed relish the extraordinary beauty of the mountains. Four children: Cathy, Beth, Patty and Ted. Ed had quadruple bypass about five years ago. He exercises regularly and weighs less than when they married. Sue has also endured health issues. Marylyn Walters Corey and Eugene sold their greenhouse business. They married after her freshman year, and are celebrating 64 years! Four children, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren. Marylyn remembers Joan Wagner Tolbert whose granddaughter entered Hood this year. Janet Marra had retired as a child and family therapist and is happily active living in the North Carolina Mountains. Her biggest news is her marriage to Rita Newkirk who she has lived with for 36 years. Janet says it was an unexpected, great, emotional experience. Congratulations Janet, with fond memories of Margaret Rawson’s social work seminar! Mid-August was brightened by Peggy Patterson Sabiston’s letter. Peggy would love to hear from anyone who cares to write. She’s been widowed since ’95, has two sons, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, plus one great, great grandchild. A conversation with Amalia (Molly) Heineman Lueder is always delightful. She’s enjoying living in Florida. A beautiful story from Catherine (Kay) Arrington Smith. Kay wrote of earlier contacts with Didi Switzer. Kay worked in a Philadelphia jewelry store before marrying Bertrand Dean Smith, 2nd Lt. U.S. Navy Academy graduate, Class of ’53. They were born in the same town, high school sweethearts, and married in 1953. Dean was commissioned in the Air Force. Parents of four sons: Stewart, a Washington, D.C. architect; Christopher, an army special operations retired pilot decorated with the Silver Star; Matthew, a consultant to industry for fall protection; and Aaron, Army Res. Lt. Colonel pilot now assigned to counter terrorism unit at the state department and also a county police officer. Kay is a grandmother of 15, and a great grandmother of 13. In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, she taught history in a private school, then did some county commissioner work. Later she was an office manager for two family businesses. Dean passed away this year. Kay feel the blessing of having three sons live nearby so they may cope together with their loss. She devotedly tells us of their 61 years, with an eternity together in the next life. A touching post-script that Dean distinguished himself finishing his military career with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Another great conversation from Marilyn Ogden Heath who is still involved in teaching, riding and dressage, despite a hip replacement. She an Al are also confronting downsizing.

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