Barbara Maly Fish
Returning from Hilton Head, SC, Ann McMillan Shuman was stranded in Charleston for two days during the historic rainstorm in September. ”If you have to be stranded somewhere, Charleston is a great place,” she says. She saw Karen Kuechenmeister Lehrhaupt in early August at their 55th high school reunion in Pittsburgh and again in Hilton Head in late September. Christina Santangelo Blenke and husband Henry love to travel and try to go to a new place each year. This year’s destination was Sicily. The Blenkes have five grandchildren who visit often. “Cape Cod has continued to be a perfect retirement spot,” Chris says. “Our days are filled with lots of outdoor fun, kayaking, tennis, biking, and there are a slew of other retirees to play with here.” In March, the Blenkes get away from the cold in Marco Island, Florida. Chris reconnected with Pamela Wallace Johnson through the Hood magazine and now they get together in Florida and in Massachusetts each year. Susan Sterner recently moved to Flagstaff, Arizona and is now much happier and livelier since she got a pacemaker. She was able to go to Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan in April. “It was truly fascinating,” she says. Elizabeth Speed Rich is a retired RN from the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville; husband Tom is a retired Veterans Administration social worker. Betsy keeps her hand in health care by volunteering at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She and Tom moved to Flathead County, MT from Tennessee in 2002 in order to enjoy the benefits of living near a national park. They are the parents of Joseph, who works in international finance at HSBC in New York, and James, an actor, comedian, and writer who lives with his wife Maura in Los Angeles. Tom and Betsy look forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in November. Betsy says, “The older I get, the more I realize how blessed I have been my whole life. Hood College is certainly a part of that!” Carol (Kelly) Ebert Henderson is enjoying this “passage.” The three Henderson kids have produced five adorable grandchildren, ages 6-11. Kelly volunteers as an historic tour guide at Cairnwood and at the Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. She is a member of Questers, teaches two French conversation classes, belongs to two book groups, and practices yoga. In July 2016, they will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Kelly says, “I look back on our reunion with affection for all of you and appreciation to Hood for giving us such a good time that weekend and for a quality education.” Janet Riley Colburn is recovering from a bad auto accident “half a continent from home” and from breast cancer. She is mostly OK now. Bright lights in her life include her five grandchildren, two boys and three girls. Barbara Haun Morris wrote just as she was about to leave for New Hampshire and Vermont to enjoy the fall foliage. She enjoys living in Williamsburg, Virginia and has now visited or lived in all 50 states. All signs of breast cancer are gone, so she feels great and is back to golf and swimming, plus being lots slimmer. Jo Ann Risser Moroz’s husband Pete retired from consulting for Moly-Cop in Chile in April, but they still need him, and October found them back in Santiago. Pete and JoAnn enjoy living in Las Vegas, where their children and three grandchildren live. The oldest two grands are in college, youngest is a sophomore in high school. Daughter Debbie teaches high school and junior college math; daughter-in law-Chary is a special-ed teacher; and son Drew is a computer programmer. JoAnn and Pete volunteer at a local food bank where she does demonstrations and nutrition classes, while he oversees the food distribution. JoAnn had a good visit with Marylou Herrmann Foley in August when Marylou came to Las Vegas for a convention. Judith Coombs Creighton is in the process of downsizing and selling their house. She finds that it is far easier to get rid of her own stuff than the treasures handed down from her mother. Soon she will enjoy a mini-reunion with Eloise Varney Rauth and Susan Sterner. Judi’s son Alex is an orthopedic surgeon at the University of North Carolina. Occasionally, she spots him on TV when he rushes to care for an injured player. Diane McKay Nuner is walking pain free after a hip replacement in February. The Nuner’s celebrated their 50th anniversary on a cruise to Alaska. She and Jim love the sunny Southwest and their home in Deming, NM, but next summer, they plan to make a long RV trip to Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Michigan, and South Dakota. At the end of that trip, they will have visited 48 of the 50 states.