1956; Fall 2018

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Muriel Chait Durbin P’81
Ann Barnett – so far so good for life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Central Park, half a block away, serves as my reading room and gym. Public transportation and take-out meals on every corner make living easier–at least for now. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers and Joe are living in a 55 plus community in Wellington on the east coast of Florida. The community offers many daily activities and entertainment so they are enjoying life. Cynthia says “she is definitely addicted to the treadmill and walks at least four miles four times a week. While they try to maintain a healthy life style though I must admit these golden years are little rusted.” Her youngest grandson graduated Middlebury College, one grandson is working in NYC, one working in Thailand. My granddaughter will be back at Duke Law where she graduated two years ago. She is thrilled to have accepted a position setting up a first amendment department. We would welcome visitors. Liz Taylor Jackson writes “Last summer our children re-located Bryce & I (plus our 3 cats) to Gold Canyon, AZ from Reno, NV. We’re in a small house in a 50’s+ community east of Phoenix. Adjusting to year round sunshine. Currently looking forward to the “monsoon season” supposedly starting Thursday June 14th. Thank you Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger for lots of news and catching us up on so many classmates. Sue Roetzel Wirths and I have been getting to Hood for important venues. We are happy to be near to keep up with the President and her featured news. One of the recent speakers was featured during Alumni Weekend. Her topic of Liberal Education with the call for Women’s Leadership was well received by alumnae and the staff at Hood. Lynn Pasquerella spoke well of Hood with today’s link of liberal education to today’s mission of educating for democracy. We look for women who can participate in the events of our time and communicate new models for transformative leadership. Living close to the campus allows for the seniors of our age to listen to these participants. It refreshes the theme of liberal education in today’s world. My new residence in a one bedroom apartment is a wake-up call to find ways to be involved that reflect continuing to learn about aging and contributing in the community. My daughter is part of the staff and I like the connection. Helen Ward Wheeler is in a retirement community in Annapolis, Carole Oswald Carter is a new widow giving to her community in Harper’s Ferry, Mary Mimi McConnell Milheim and Irv are back in Greenville, Pa. Katherine Crook Heidelbach lives in a retirement community in Sykesville, Md. Becky Eppers Byrd is at Homewood in Hanover, PA. and Ann Helfenbein Bohnet and Richard are in Winchester, VA Nancy Gunnet Tyler is in Midlothian Va. in a retirement community. I am happy to be able to visit Sandy Newing in Middletown, Md. where I moved from to Homewood. It is a joy to keep up with our classmates. Jackie Kling Kreider writes that they welcomed their first great grandson and her husband had successful back surgery. Wonderful news! Nancy Rank Ledger has lived in assisted living for over ten years. She enjoys lots of activities, especially the chorus and drama group and rotates on and off the President’s Board. She and Ann Barnett get together for dinner. Helen Ward Wheeler and Jack celebrated their 60th anniversary with their daughter Kate and her husband and all six grandchildren and three year old great grandson. Helen continues to enjoy providing free books (over 450 last year) for Pantry Kids at church and watches children in the playroom while their parents visit the Food Pantry. She and Jack take it easy and “is happy to be upright and moving each day.” Linda Kelly Gleysteen and Dirk have moved to Scarborough ME and are now near their son and his family. She is looking forward to a family reunion with the rest of the family coming from Delaware and North Carolina. I’ve had a busy spring —Boston to watch my grandson run in the Boston Marathon and then off to a tour in New Orleans with my sisters. I’m looking forward to a trip to Botswana in the fall. Then crewing in the Komen 3 Day in San Diego, raising money in the fight against breast cancer, while.my son will be doing his 18th walk-60 miles -3 days. Much thanks for your notes. Muzzy Chait Durbin.

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