1961: Summer 2015

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Katharine Baum Wolpe

Marty Kaiser Canner

Lyn Adams Sprinkle suffered a bad fall last June and has now moved from Florida to a senior residence near Richmond, Va., closer to family and friends. Her new address: Sunrise, 2105 Cranbeck Road, #106, Richmond, VA 23235. Phyllis Allegretti Panico resides in a senior community in West Chester, Pa., with walking trails, a pool and tennis courts. She sponsors regular First Aid classes for residents conducted by local fire department staff, and volunteers weekly at the Ronald McDonald House associated with du Pont Hospital for Children. She now has eight grandchildren! Katharine Baum Wolpe visited brother George and sister Ginny and their families in Maryland for Christmas. In January, she spent a week in Paris with her friend Philip. She had dinner March 11 with Anita Ranoldo Catron Miner in NYC for the 59th UN Conference on the Status of Women. Anita and husband Dick will travel to Ireland this summer. After major surgery in January, Anne Bierstein Grenfell is starting a new organizing business, A Place for Everything, to help people decide what to keep, discard and donate. Daughter Jennifer runs a holistic pet food company and Daughter April is adding Warrior Yoga for PTSD victims to her yoga practice. Grandson Gunnar keeps Anne company on weekends. Anne Boothby Dickens and her husband live in Ellsworth, Maine where she works as a per-diem social worker at a local hospital and volunteers for a senior organization and center. They also have a small leather business and enjoy having their son and his family in nearby Blue Hill. Nancy Brown Braudrick is happy that her daughter and her family have moved back to Gold Beach, Ore., where Nancy lives. Vivian Bruckel Harvey spent four months in Guatemala, volunteering as an English teacher in a bilingual school and learning about Mayan culture. She planned to return to Ohio in April. She would love to introduce more people to the beauty and fascinating culture of Guatemala. Constance Ann Coleman Alexander is music director at her church in Sykesville, Md., where she directs two choirs. She plans to go to San Francisco soon where her 5th grandchild is expected. After a family trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July, she planned to visit her brother Bill in Florida. Ann Corderman Helton’s first great-grandchild has arrived. This spring Ann and her husband planned to head for the Great Smoky Mountains; then will spend two weeks in June with family in Ocean City, Md. She stays busy as administrator at her church, board chair of Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and fundraising for the Harford Land Trust. Elizabeth DuVal informed us of the passing of her mother Mary Creecy DuVal in Chicago on Dec. 10, 2014. Mary Drewal Regan volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen; enjoys quilting, card making and decorating gourds; and, takes classes at a nearby college. She has traveled with friends touring China, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Turkey. Tennessee and Georgia are next on her list. Janice Dobbs Pedersen’s husband Tom is recovering from open heart surgery in March. They had Easter dinner with her daughter and her husband’s family. In May, she will be spending a weekend with other “Hoodlums” in Ocean City, N.J. Jeanne Duncan Jehl and husband Joe recently acquired a Labrador puppy. They traveled to Costa Rica with son Dan and his family at spring break. Jeanne continues part-time work as a consultant to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone retired six-years-ago as early childhood director at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys a happy, busy life and stays in touch with her Hood roommate Margo Friedman ’62. Her son and daughter are making career changes in their 50s, which she admires. Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 is still a Univ. supervisor of world language interns for the Univ. of Maryland. She finds it very rewarding to watch and guide future teachers. Estelle Harrison Brendle reported that she, daughter Dawn Jackson and now granddaughter Lydia Jackson are all Mortar Board members. Estelle is still working full time and involved in church activities. She visited Judy Freedom Westenhoefer in Bedford, Va. Estelle is delighted to have her daughter’s three children in nearby Charlotte, N.C., and her son and his wife, both doctors, living in Lenoir, N.C. Gwen Jordan Bausum’s husband Howard died in January 2013.  Her grandson Josiah now lives with her. Marty Kaiser Canner has lunched with Gwen occasionally in the past two years. Marty is busy this spring with the graduation of one granddaughter and wedding of another. This winter she read Joseph Lash’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor: The Years Alone, which she highly recommends. Marilyn King Jessen just returned from a fascinating two-week Road Scholar trip to Cuba covering 750 miles by bus seeing many cities and sights and enjoying lectures on Cuban history and culture. Her husband George died in August 2012. Marilyn keeps busy playing bridge, traveling and volunteering for her church. Hilda Koontz presents lectures on Civil War topics for a wide variety of regional and national historical organizations starting with a March 28 event on female spies at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers office site in Washington, D.C.  She continues work on a book about her family during the Civil War. Lynn Linzey Barnes reported a happy get-together in Florida with Nancy Ford van der Walde, Marjorie Teague Turner, and Mary Jane Evans Hahn. Marty Miller Strickland had a 10-day visit with Jackie Post Farrell in Sebastian, Fla., sharing memories, laughs and good food. Last July, her whole family (19 in all) vacationed together in Nags Head. Sandy Murphy Schmidt volunteers several days a week at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Last year, she and her husband Bob took a two-week Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband Jack have moved to an oceanfront retirement community in La Jolla, Calif. They hosted a dinner in February to thank President Volpe on his pending retirement. She urges contributions to the Volpe Scholars. Dorothy Willis Rainwater joined some Peace Corps friends on an archeological dig of a Roman villa on a Croatian island. She stays active with yoga and kayaking. Mary Anne Fleetwood wrote, “Hi classmates remember my love of riding? Well, I am still involved helping to write a huge grant to buy thousands of acres of land to form a safe haven and rescue for America’s last wild horses and burros. This will keep many from slaughter. Other than that I continue to live at the beach but plan to relocate my half sound-half creaking 76-year-old form to Taos, N.M., where there is great scenery, great art, great food, great people, great music and the Taos Indians.  My current slogan and mantra, “getting old is not for sissies.” What do you think? Much love, Fleet. P.S.: I’m in the phone book.” Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Florida for six months/year and in Lenox, Mass., in July and August. The rest of the year she is in NYC. She has two married sons and three granddaughters.  She swims, does yoga, knits and helps at local charities.

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