1964: Winter 2014

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Cookie Johnson Bolig plays duplicate bridge 2-4 times a week, accumulating master’s points for ACBL and studies yoga with a 92-year-old role model. She is a serious doll collector who attends several doll conventions a year. She and husband John travel to New York City and Key West regularly and plan to go to Paris and London in the spring. Cookie’s various groups––book, craft, bridge and theater “are always doing something.” After retiring from Frederick County Public Schools in 2004, Kate Jenks Powell continued teaching at the local community college and at Hood where she held a visiting professorship, an appointment which expires after this academic year. Kate said she might be ready to retire for good after 43-years in the classroom and looks forward to spending more time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. Sally Erb Soisson is a serious quilter who attends quilting retreats with friends. She and husband Joe will welcome their two sons and their spouses and children home for Thanksgiving. Son Steve works in Germany, which gives Sally and Joe an excuse to visit often. Sandy Borrelli Ricci continues to work part-time as a nurse to maintain her PRN position in wound/ostomy care. Husband Renzo has some serious health issues; Sandy is his primary caregiver. Their children, their spouses and her two grandchildren live near the Riccis’ home in Finksburg, Md. Claire Fulenwider and her wife Harriet are happily retired in Santa Fe, N.M. They spend summer months in their log cabin on the Wisconsin River where they can visit Claire’s son Nathan at his fishing resort. Claire and Harriet travel in their RV and visit daughter Nina and grandson Nelson in Maryland as often as they can. Claire wrote, “Our New Mexico Supreme Court is about to rule on marriage equality in the state, so we are eagerly anticipating a validation of our marriage here 10-years-ago and more generally of our 32-year relationship.” Jim and Marylou Herrmann Foley celebrated her birthday with a black tie evening on the Queen Mary 2, crossing to Southampton. Daughter Jennifer, her husband David and their two children joined the Foley’s for a week in London. Then daughter Heather joined them and they all squeezed into an SUV to do more traveling in England and Wales, including chartering their own canal barge for five days and working the locks themselves. While Jim still teaches and administrates at Georgia Tech, Marylou arranges travel with Joan Emann Whitten and Eleanor Berklite Harris as two of her recent clients. In the spring, Joe and Susan Lyeth Sternfeld visited Bogota, Colombia, where their daughter Karen and her family live. They spent a month in Spain where Susan studied Spanish in a Seville language school in Seville while Joe walked part of the Ruta de Plata, a pilgrim route from Seville to Santiago. Afterward, they went to some of their favorite walking places in Andalusia. In September, they went to a family wedding in Sydney, Australia. Besides being a wonderful family reunion, the trip was also an opportunity to do some walking in the bush. Susan looks forward to our 50th, after which she and Karen will have a sailing adventure, six weeks on a tall ship sailing from Recife, Brazil to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Because Karen uses a wheelchair, the ship on which they will sail is specially fitted for wheelchair users. Flo Sechler Miller enjoys hiking with husband Mike, visiting her son and granddaughters in North Carolina and taking and teaching courses at her local Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In the fall, she was teaching a course on Hawthorne, which has rekindled her love of literature in general and respect for his genius in particular. During the summer, her entire family including daughter Jenny, son Chris, and granddaughters Sara, 14 and Lindsay, 16, spent a happy week together in London. In the summer of 2014, Flo and Mike will travel to China in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. After her husband’s death in 2010, Joan Emann Whitten became very cognizant of making memories. In 2011, her family went to a wedding in Serbia. Since the grandchildren were 5 and 7 at the time, it was mostly a kid-friendly trip that included four countries, four zoos, two aquariums, a joust, many parks, and a lot of good food. This year, Joan and a friend took a knitting cruise to the Baltic. Marylou organized a fantastic tour for them in St. Petersburg, one that they will remember forever. Each one of these women has promised to be at our 50th next June. I hope that all of you will attend, too. And please remember to be as generous as you possibly can in your contribution to our 50th reunion gift. We are at an age where we have all of what we need and much of what we want, so it is time to think about paying it forward.

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