1969 Class News- Fall 2015

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Sayre Roney Steere

Patricia Etzel Parker has completed her two-year stint as a District Director within the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. She is an active Master Gardener and Daffodil Judge. She often sees Ellen Kiel. Linda Israel Lamm and husband are enjoying retirement in Bethany Beach, Florida and recently hosted Mary (Sam) Ryan Reeves (’70). The Lamms have traveled to Spain, Columbia, El Salvador and Ecuador. Jill Stanley’s daughter is now an ordained cantor in Deerfield, Illinois. Jill and Adam went on a square-dancing cruise down the panhandle of Alaska – Elizabeth (Betsy) Seele Gotta was one of the callers! Martha Silcox Hankins continues to teach at the Odyssey School for children with dyslexia, while helping her husband with Shiloh Pottery, and raising sheep, alpacas, peacocks and goats. In September Martha Mulford Gray, Nancy Roe Hebdon and Meredith Owen Atkinson attended the memorial service for Linda Stockdale Warren in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Linda was a part of a mini-reunion group consisting of Marty, Nancy, Sandra Jung Vrem, Nancy vom Eigen Rasmussen, and Linda Walls Bradley (’70). They have ordered a Blazer Brick in her memory. Virginia Monaco Hatfield recently coordinated a five-generational family reunion in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She and her husband enjoy escaping to their vacation home on Lake Tahoe and off to Maui in September. Linda Richards McKnight Hoover married David, an infectious disease doctor in March with Susie Holtzmann Richardson in attendance. Linda and David each have a daughter. Over the summer they traveled to the Congo and Indonesia. Linda and Susie met up again in San Francisco to introduce their grandchildren. After a 46-year career with United Airlines, Deborah Dick Holbert retired on September 29. In addition to managing her husband’s psychiatry office, Kathryn White Lucas is a docent at the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. She has three children and three granddaughters. Daughter Marya, an attorney, is also a published author of a children’s book dealing with the Chicago Fire. Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety enjoyed her 50th high school reunion, and in October welcomed home all three of her children – together for the first time since 2011. Shahrnaz Safavi Martin checked in from Santa Barbara, California where she and her husband have lived since 2012. Prior to that they were in Vancouver, Houston, New Hampshire, The Netherlands and most recently Zurich, Switzerland. Daughter Mitra runs a Tango School in LA; Melika is a corporate lawyer and mother of Naz’s grandson; son Darius teaches at the American University of Beirut. Susan Oliver Schneider earned her education degree from BU and has taught in Marblehead, Massachusetts for decades – currently 1st grade where she designs STEM projects. From mid-April to Thanksgiving she runs sailing races. Patricia Warren Carlson continues to shepherd doctoral students through their dissertations and teaches a course or two in Educational Leadership at Delaware State University. Her main passion however is golf – plays almost daily, weather permitting, and is helping her six year old granddaughter learn the game. A golfing vacation to Punta Cana in December is planned. Jean Winn Swan’s husband, a retired dentist, volunteers his services to poor villagers in Viet Nam. Jean traveled to Qatar in May as daughter Carolyn (an archaeologist) welcomed baby Hannah. Newly engaged son Matt is a Marine officer. Daughter Kate and family (Josephine, 5 and James, 2) live nearby. Jean has written and illustrated a book which is about to be published. Twin Joan Winn Horman joined Jean at their 50th reunion in Maine. Joanne Ingoldsby Peters spent the summer recovering from foot surgery, but now is back to playing golf. Donna Holst Carr and husband live in Mt. Airy, Maryland. Though retired from teaching, she continues to substitute. Son Ben and wife live in New Jersey; daughter Meredith and husband are in Frederick. Cynthia Kannapel Weiss welcomed granddaughter Amelia (daughter of Charles, sister of Will and cousin of Bree) in July. The whole family joined Cindy and Glenn for a Cape Cod vacation in August. Dave and I, Sayre Roney Steere lived out of suitcases much of the summer. First came a two-week cruise through Northern Europe in June – loved Stockholm and Oslo; in July it was off to Seattle to see our three granddaughters, then drop by Palo Alto, California for a visit with Doris; in August met up with Karol Bedyk Strang in North East, Maryland for our 50th reunion. Finally I must “plug” a book, The Libyan, written by our own Esther Kofod Whitfield. It’s a memoir of her married life in Libya under Ghaddifi’s dictatorship. Her story will captivate you.

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