1970: Winter 2014

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Members from the class of 1970 send word of grandchildren, retirement, travel, volunteerism, and in some cases, continuing careers. Ada Karen Blair is planning to relocate to North Carolina and is renovating a retirement home for her and her husband. She and her husband visited New Mexico in October and attended the “magical” Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  She spent several days in Santa Fe and enjoyed the Canyon Road shops and Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited community in America. Jeanne Bryant-Wyland still works part-time in a middle school in Darien, Conn., and her husband is still assistant headmaster for the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y. Their son William now 15 and a “great joy,” is a good student, loves sports, especially lacrosse, and is on his way to being an Eagle Scout. Jeanne visited with Barbara Pepi Danella and Sandra White Harper and keeps in touch with Linda Kramer Evans and Anne Parkin Pierpont. Marianne Clark Cordyack organized a mini reunion at her home in Reston, Va.  Dody Corey Crutchley, Marianne Fisher O’Meara, Ronnie George Freiberger, Lynne Johnson Houze and Sue Pendell Johnson spent five days shopping and visiting museums and Marianne’s studio in W. Va. Christine Goodwin Oster still loves making pottery.  She celebrated her 65th birthday at Sam Ryan Reeves’ beach house; her children live in the D.C. area and were able to participate. Marj Menchey Bernstein loves retirement and the freedom to do what she wants.  Without the demands of work, she truly enjoyed the beauty of this past autumn.  She volunteers with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and Hospice.  Margaret Muncie continues her work at a counseling center and is satisfied with a new endeavor, taking piano lessons. Her husband is well, one daughter is studying to be a master sommelier and another daughter and son-in-law are very involved in the athletic staff development at Univ. of Miami. Karin Ninesling Infuso and her husband traveled to New Mexico with Kari Blair and her husband and enjoyed Santa Fe, the “city different.” When Karin’s daughter finished her graduate program at Univ. of North Carolina and student teaching in May, the family celebrated with a cruise to the Caribbean. Karin’s daughter is now employed as a case manager and teacher of Exceptional Children. Kathleen Owen Gurley lives in Vass, N.C., is on the faculty at Fayetteville State Univ., and plans to retire in a year.  She continues her interest in horses and shows two horses as show hunters. In addition, she served on the board of the Carolina Horse Park. Mary Ryan Reeves is busy supervising art student-teachers at Hood and mentoring Marj Menchey Bernstein in her recent retirement.  At her beach house in Bethany Beach, Del., Mary entertained Ellen Sacks, Christine Goodwin Oster, and their husbands. Ellen Sacks is still working but now allows herself a few urban breaks such as taking taxis instead of the subway. At the end of May, Ellen attended the funeral for Phyllis Goodnow’s father; we send our condolences to Phyllis and her family. Later in the summer, Ellen visited Phyllis and her husband in their house in Brunswick, Maine and spent time in Bethany Beach, Del., with Sam Ryan. For Nancy Schneider Alder, retirement in Gettysburg, Pa., includes volunteering at her church and a local hospital and leading a women’s Bible study group.  Her grandchildren are in elementary school and she attends their activities as often as possible. She vacationed in Green Lake Wis., and visited with Phyllis Ackley Dowd and Vickie Smith DiazLisa Smith Roney has been retired for five years but stays busy with water aerobics and classes at American Univ. She consults on immigration policy and volunteers with Amigo de las Americas. Lisa is delighted with her 10-month-old granddaughter and will soon welcome a second grandchild. Linda Walls Bradley still teaches an intermediate Montessori class, “a joy and challenge” in Spokane, Wash. Her daughter Catherine recently graduated from an occupational therapy master’s program at the Univ. of Washington and was married in October 2013.  Linda’s new son-in-law is a child psychiatrist; the couple resides in Seattle.  Linda’s son and his wife and Linda’s other daughter, her husband and their two children enjoyed the wedding which took place on the coast of Washington state. Thank you to the classmates who offered information for this column. In closing, I regretfully report that three members of the Class of 1970 passed away in 2013. We send our condolences to the families of Elizabeth Keitel, Nancy Merrill Foehl and Helen Mullan.

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