1965: Summer 2016

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Catherine Beyer Meredith

Emily Kilby

Your class reporters—Cathie Beyer Meredith and Emily Kilby—had a rather disheartening go at news gathering this time around. A number of telephone messages recorded; zero return calls/emails. Thus we are especially grateful to you three who did respond for filling us in on your lives. The rest of you, how about an update before October rolls around again? In the case of class reporting, no news is NOT good news. Marlene Collector Wolfe was very disappointed that a family wedding prevented her from attending our 50th reunion. She and husband, Irv, who’s still practicing dermatology in Owings Mills, Md., remain quite active. They particularly love traveling in the U.S. and Europe. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Daughter Janet is now head of a school at the Ideal School and Academy on New York City’s Upper West Side. She and her son Teddy moved to New York in January and are loving the offerings of the big city. Daughter Sharon lives in Hockessin, Del., where she is a genetic counselor.  Marlene retired from teaching English and journalism, then worked for 10 years at WMAR-TV in Baltimore as a volunteer coordinator for a weekly feature show. Today she’s active in Art Seminar Group, an organization that “offers an extensive program of weekly lectures across a broad range of art and art history including the visual arts, theater, film, architecture, music and dance.” Marlene keeps up with the Hood news through regular contact with fellow Baltimorean Paula Adler Williams. After a late-January/early-February visit to see her granddaughter and former daughter-in-law’s family in Australia, Carolyn Oldman Gregory returned to Albuquerque and began planning a move to South Carolina to be with her sister. A surprise visit from her “down under” son in May, inspired the pair to take off on their great cross-country road trip which eventually took Carolyn to South Carolina in June. Though she was still missing the High Desert sky and New Mexican mountains where she’d made her home for more than a decade, she was looking forward to reconnecting with East Coast friends and lifestyle. Her beloved cocker spaniel Higgins made the journey in style and is now adjusting to two pug roommates. “Stay tuned,” Carolyn wrote, indicating more adventures ahead. Marci Williams Ross was intending to attend the 50th Hood reunion but had to cancel the week before because of a partial knee replacement gone bad. She’d had to use a walker because of stress fractures under the plates. Since then, she has had a full knee replacement and is back to golfing, travel and fun with grandchildren. Another factor in her no-show was that the Ross’s 50th anniversary party with the whole family of 14 was to be in Costa Rica at the end of June, and Marci wanted to save herself for that trip. The Rosses have lived in Jacksonville, Fla., since 1992 when Chuck retired. They have three sons and “six fabulous grandchildren,” Marci wrote. “We are blessed to be in great health but as an insurance policy we can literally walk to the Mayo Clinic. We built a new house last year (our last, I hope) and also renovated a house in Charleston that’s just three doors from our grandchildren so we have our own place when we visit. Even though I didn’t make the reunion I did reconnect with my roommate Beverly Jones Gibson. We were in each other’s weddings 50 years ago, and we both looked forward to rooming together at the reunion. Maybe for the 75th?!”

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