1960: Winter 2015

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Barbara Bailey Reinhold

Karen Nordberg Sanders

Thanks ’60 classmates for your updates, with apologies to those of you with whom I was unable to connect. But based on the replies I did receive we are certainly a travelling, visiting, volunteering and grandchild-oriented bunch of women. Not surprising, eh? Helen Price Ballantine, P’83 and Bob are still in their old Annandale farmhouse, the former home of classmate Joan Kyllo Lester. Their eldest granddaughter Sarah with both a Hood mom and grandmom was married in August. She and her new husband are in Alabama where Sarah is working on her doctorate. Helen and Bob will also be doing grandparent honors at three other colleges: Boston College, Villanova and Gettysburg. Gretchen Beckhelm observed wisely that she didn’t have much news this time, but that “at our age that is often a good thing.” Sheri Fish Boone, grandmother of eight, is very active volunteering with The Foundation Board of Children’s Medical Center, the Foundation Board at Thanks-Giving Square and serving as President of the Assistance League of Dallas and a docent at the George W. Bush Library. Mary Ann Brush Gearinger is a role model who tries to exercise every day in addition to doing mission work and volunteering with Native Americans. Last summer she went to Guatemala to help build a church devastated by the earthquake, and feels “grateful and lucky to be alive.” My wonderful neighbor Barbara Taylor Hyde is the most active person in West Dover, Vt., still teaching skiing and running every good cause that comes along. Her school principal skills are put to very good use in this little resort town. In true form, she put together an extended family reunion for 40 Hyde’s of all ages in New Jersey last summer. I’m grateful to Barb for getting my partner Sally Hutchins Stott ’66 involved with the “Chix on Stix” at Mt. Snow, and the three of us hoped to travel together to the Reunion in June. Barb also shares warm and exciting times with Ann Wareham when she travels to see her oncologist in NYC. Barb’s granddaughter Hannah continues to train for mogul competition at Vail while her mom Becky teaches skiing. And the other three grandchildren are skiers as well. It was 40-years-ago that she and Pat began their gig as ski instructors, at home, obviously, and at Mt. Snow. Pat Crowl Johnson loved getting the class list and caught up virtually with friends in short order: Ginny Button Larkins, Mary Jane Sunday Whelan and Wanda Koedderich Hilner. Pam Skells Ladley reported a correction to the last column, including the fact that they have been in Tacoma, Wash., since 2002. They had a great trip to Europe last spring as well as a wonderful visit with Marty Evans Marcello and Tom Marcello in the fall. They are also both active with gardens, church, Historical Society activities, family and travel. Don and Karen Nordberg Sanders enjoyed some time at home this winter, attending lots of music rehearsals and seeing grandkids who live nearby. In April, they planned to travel to Annapolis for Don’s 55th. Mary Jane Sunday Whelan who has Parkinson’s moved last summer to an assisted living facility, which she likes, and her family is nearby. Her new address is 845 1st Colonial Rd. #249, Virginia beach VA 23451. Mary Jane said, “The first weeks here reminded me of my freshman year at Hood College in 1956. I have my own apartment and very special friends, “my angels” from church and the Navy. I have been taking a writing class and getting into yoga.” Betsy Paul Crawford wrote, “Richard and I spend our winters in Vero Beach and our summers in Gwynedd Valley, Pa., not far from where I grew up. I stay in close touch with my sister Nancy Paul Stimson 57 who lives in Hingham, Mass. She is well and amazing for almost 80! Richard and I own two Christian radio stations in the Lancaster area–he manages them and I “keep the books.” The most exciting event of the past year was the marriage of our oldest granddaughter and the birth of our first great!” As for the Barbara Bailey Reinhold group, I’m still enjoying writing and working with career and executive coaching clients, mostly virtually by phone, skype and email, from my wooded perch near Mt. Snow in Vermont that I share with Sally Stott. We have four grandchildren, ages 10 to 13, Ruby, Rose, Aidan and Ashby—dubbed by Sally “the RARA’s.” We recently returned from a terrific week with friends in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and are headed off again next week to Florida to sample the “snow-bird” life as a possibility for winter 2016. It’s pretty darned cold and icy in Vermont in the winter! Several of you wrote movingly of Betsy Bennett Wiegand and how much she will be missed. Each time we lose one of our classmates, we are moved, as Mary Jane wrote, to remember those early days when we arrived in Frederick as eager and idealistic young women, found each other, and began the long journey toward finding ourselves. It was good to be together on campus again in June. The class of 1960 is in need of a new class reporter. If you are interested, please send an email to alumoffice@hood.edu or call 301-696-3900.

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