1961: Summer 2014

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Katharine Baum Wolpe

Marty Kaiser Canner

Kathie Baum Wolpe is active with the Village Independent Democrats and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in NYC and enjoys her two-year relationship with Philip, an adjunct world literature professor. Highlight of the spring was the Washington, D.C., wedding of niece Judy Umberger and Ryu Suzuki in May. Sally Bennett Edwards still plays tennis indoors in the winter and outdoors in the spring, summer and fall. She works part time at the weekly local newspaper, line dances once a week and plays bridge. In April 2014 she went to Nashville to watch the Univ. of Connecticut compete in the Women’s Final Four Basketball Tournament. She spent much of the summer at her house on Cape Cod. Nancy Brown Braudrick was busy in the summer celebrating the birthdays of her daughter, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandson and three granddaughters, all of whom were born in June, July or August. Her son was born in December. Nancy has a new telephone number, 541-373-1527. Suzanne Brown Wellcome and husband Page have traveled to Cambodia, India, Paris, London and Ireland. They planned a trip to Kenya and Tanzania in September. Suzanne does consulting and usually works from three to six months every year. Vivi Bruckel Harvey teaches English to international visitors at Ohio State. She spends every winter in Guatemala teaching English. In October she will lead a group of 19 women to Peru. Ann Coleman Alexander taught public school music 25 years, retiring in 2006. Her husband Gene died in 2010 from cancer. She is now employed by Messiah Lutheran Church in Sykesville, Md., as director of music. Her sons Brian and David and daughter Conni Ann live close by. Her son Jeff lives in San Francisco. We extend our condolences to Ann on the death of her husband. Kit Compton Long wrote that the good news is there is no big news with her. She and husband John enjoy their garden, their town (San Luis Obispo) and the California weather. Ann Corderman Helton said she does not have interesting news right now, but that life is good. Jan Dobbs Pedersen creates watercolor paintings and makes cards from them. She and husband Tom live at Seabrook, a retirement community. She and Tom travel with the Road Scholar group. Mary Anne (Fleet) Fleetwood still lives in Rehoboth, Del. She is writing a book on animals. She invites any classmates who visit Rehoboth to call her so they can get together. Susan Kaehrle planned to visit Christine (Tina) Steere Lamb in Maine in July. Tina’s husband Chuck died earlier this year. We extend our condolences to Tina who was in our class for freshman and sophomore years. Hilda Koontz is doing a series of lectures on Civil War history for regional historical societies. She and Spencer are busy with Civil War re-enactments and she planned to visit her son, daughter and four grandchildren in Iowa and Minnesota this summer. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob live at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, Md. They love their independent living apartment on 105 landscaped acres. The chapel’s acoustics are great for concerts. Anita Ranoldo Miner and husband Dick live in a condo in Salt Lake City. She volunteers her time with the Coalition of Religious Communities. As a deacon at her church she handles pastoral care issues. She and Dick will be going to Salamanca, Spain, in September. Brenda Sheaffer Hillard fulfilled a dream this May when she attended a crewel embroidery class taught by the Royal School of Needlework out of Hampton Court Palace in England. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband Jack took a cruise across the Atlantic to Africa. They visited 19 countries. Janet reported that at the recent Hood Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees accepted Dr. Volpe’s resignation with regret. Dorothy Willis Rainwater and husband Roger planned to go to Croatia in June to join an archaeological dig of a Roman villa with some Peace Corps friends. Bev Yarroll Sweetman was semi-retired three years ago when she turned Body Ease, her physical therapy practice, over to another therapist. She will continue to teach and help family and friends with physical therapy. As for the Canners, Paul and I, Marty Kaiser Canner, are still living in the same house in Catonsville, Md., we have lived in for the last 48 years. We hoped to visit our daughter Rebecca and her adopted daughter Kate in Montana in late July. Kathie Baum Wolpe is co-reporter for our class news. We hope to alternate writing the columns.

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