1961: Summer 2016

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Katharine Baum Wolpe

Marty Kaiser Canner

Nancy Brown Braudrick is having a new home built to replace her current one at the same address in Gold Beach, OR. Our 55th Class Reunion was attended by 14 classmates and 2 husbands, Jean Shuey Wadsworth and husband Don and Sue Meeks Freeman and husband Dave.  Sue and Dave celebrated their 55th anniversary this year and enjoy living in Mathews, VA, a small town on the lower Chesapeake Bay. Also on hand were Ann Mitchell, still active as a convention manager; Marty Kaiser Canner, Jeanne Duncan Jehl, Sandra Doty Zeitler, Brenda Sheaffer Hillard, Ann Corderman Helton, Vivi Bruckel Harvey, Anita Ranoldo Miner, Mary Anne “Fleet” Fleetwood, Judy Freedom Westenhoefer, Estelle Harrison Brendle, and Katharine Baum Wolpe. Pictures are posted on the Hood reunion website. Fleet, who lives in Rehobeth, DE, spends time every year in Taos, NM, and works to save animals, especially horses. Estelle lives in Matthews, near Charlotte, NC, close to her children & grandchildren in North Carolina and Arkansas. Judy Westenhoefer lives on a farm in Bedford, VA, and has been reducing the number of animals including horses she keeps there. Kathie Baum Wolpe still enjoys life in her East Village neighborhood (NYC).  She and her friend Philip attend concerts, off-Broadway plays, and modern dance performances.  She remains active in her church and local Democratic club and volunteers to escort frail seniors living at home to doctor’s appointments, exercise classes, and shopping.  She also attends a reading group on Israel & Palestine. Anne Bierstein Grenfell will be moving July 1, 2016 from a large townhouse to a small condo.  Her new address will be 901 East MacPhail Road, Unit 2F, Bel Air, MD 21015.  She volunteers for hospice and is selling her book, Prelude to Eternity.  The book can be purchased directly from Anne, who will sign it, or online from Amazon, BN, or Google.  Anne is enjoying quality time with her family and staying in touch with Hood classmates.  She is still healthy and stays active with fitness classes and aerobic dance, her favorite exercise. Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 and husband, Ed, recently moved to Patapsco Overlook, a condominium community in Catonsville, MD. Mary Beth Snyder Hall’s big news was the birth of her only grandson and her younger son’s only child, Patrick Cooper Hall in July, 2015.  The Cooper part of his name is for his great-great-grandmother’s family.  Mary Beth and husband, William, feel blessed to have a new grandson 18 years after the birth of their youngest granddaughter.  Their older son has four daughters ranging in age from 27 to 18.  Cooper and his parents live in Virginia, so Mary Beth and William are considering moving to Virginia from Pennsylvania to see Cooper grow up and because they need to downsize their homeowner’s chores. Vivi Bruckel Harvey is looking forward to spending the winter (December to April) in Guatemala again, where she is involved in a large project to improve the water quality of Lake Atitlan.  Last winter she worked with the local Audubon group in training Mayan young people to be bird guides. Ann Corderman Helton enjoys her ornamental garden, her book club, church administration, the CASA program and politics.  She vacationed in New Orleans in the spring with her daughter, Leah, and Leah’s two sons.  She traveled in May to Asheville, NC to visit friends, and planned to spend the last two weeks in June at the Maryland shore. The focus of Hilda Koontz’s life continues to be Civil War history.  She gives lectures in the mid-Atlantic region and plans to travel to Missouri in the fall to give a presentation to the Civil War Roundtable of St. Louis.  She will then proceed to Iowa for several more lectures and to visit with her latest grandson, Charlie, born in April, 2016.  Hilda visits often with Joan Jacobsen Halbert and Janice McDavid Kuntz ’62. She and Spencer are active with re-enactments and will spend Christmas in Williamsburg, VA. Anita Ranoldo Miner spent two weeks in Cuba this spring on a people-to-people educational trip, meeting artists, musicians, chefs, and people on the streets in four cities.  She found the experience fascinating and would like to go back. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and husband, Bob, continue to love apartment living at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD.  She keeps physically and mentally fit with daily brisk walks, pool aerobics, cultural offerings on site and in Baltimore.  She also volunteers at the Walters Art Museum.  She and Bob plan a trip along the Maine coast in September with American Cruise Line.  She enjoys outings in Baltimore with Jeannette Phelps ’59 and theater and golf outings with Bob. Barbara Hufham Wells and husband, Richard, continue to be happy living in Moscow, ID, which combines the benefits of a vibrant small town community with the cultural amenities of the University of Idaho.  Richard stays busy caring for all the trees and plants he has planted on their property and Barbara serves on the board of trustees of the community hospital.  Barbara and Richard enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Live HD performances shown at a local movie theater on Saturday mornings. I (Marty) enjoyed the class reunion in June and eleven days later left on a two week trip to the Midwest and Montana to visit our daughter and her daughter and other relatives and friends.


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