Karin Ninesling Infuso
Classmates sent information about children, grandchildren, travel, new commitments and new challenges. Congratulations to Janet Bear Ander who welcomed a “beautiful” new granddaughter to her family in September. Janet also has a 15-month-old grandson. Jeanne Bryant Wyland sent a short email with “big news” that her son was accepted and is planning to attend Hood. Congratulations to her family, also. Jody Davis Eakin has retired to the Villages in FL where she enjoys many activities including golf and duplicate bridge. At a holiday party, she met four Hood alums and Penny Hain who worked in administration while we were at Hood. Jody’s sister, the Rev. Gail Davis Williford ’68 retired from a church in Houston, TX, and the congregation dedicated a large outdoor labyrinth in her honor. Ellen Farrand Carpenter offered bittersweet news. She recently visited Lallah Pierpont Brilhart and has two grandchildren, a 4-year-old grandson and a granddaughter born just weeks ago. Ellen’s husband died suddenly in August, and she now must decide if she will remain in her longtime MD home or relocate to the waterfront house near St. Petersburg, FL, that she and her husband purchased for their retirement. Ellen’s son lives in Miami, a reason to relocate, but she will take some time to decide. We send our sympathies to Ellen. Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer sent news of travel to Cuba on the ninth cruise ship allowed to dock in Cuba. Betsy will celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary in Australia and New Zealand. She is a student again at U. of Central Florida and Rollins College. Betsy’s daughter and her partner of 14 years had a “joyous family wedding.” Marj Menchey Berkheimer married Phil Berkheimer in September. She and her husband visited friends in Texas and New York and took a behind-the scenes trip to the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl in January 2017, one of the destinations on her husband’s “bucket list.” Marj and I wondered if a member of the Class of 1970 could suggest a better term than “bucket list.” The Rev. Margaret Muncie is still happily living in Greenville, SC. She would like to know if any Hood alums will go to Washington, DC, in January 2017 for the Million Woman March. Donna Newman still works “a little” in nutritional counseling and frequently visits various beaches. She went to her 50th high school reunion in Towson, MD, and was able to visit her sister who lives nearby. In recent months, Karin Ninesling Infuso and family attended a lovely Gramercy Park wedding in NYC, a trip to coastal South Carolina, and a vacation in the North Carolina Mountains. She is enchanted by her darling 17-month-old grandson and sees Ada Karen Blair and her husband every chance she gets. Ellen Sacks, P’09 attended her 50th high school reunion and found it “wonderful and strange.” She was saddened to learn that classmates had passed away. Mary “Sam” Ryan Reeves attended her 50th reunion on Long Island, NY, at the same time. Ellen welcomed Sam and her husband to her home in Brooklyn for “a great visit,” the first time in NY after many visits with Sam in Frederick, MD, and Bethany Beach, DE. Nancy Schneider Alder also attended her 50th high school reunion. Her grandchildren, now in the fourth to sixth grades, “are growing up so fast.” Nancy enjoys attending their various athletic events and wishes her classmates a healthy 2017. Vickie Smith Diaz will go to Florida after the holidays and stay there until April. Her daughter plans to be married during Mother’s Day weekend at an outdoor ceremony in VA. Vickie loves her role as Mother of the Bride and enjoyed shopping for wedding gowns in NYC. Thank you to the classmates who sent information for this column. Please inform the college if your email address changes, so I can be in touch for the next column deadline. Have a healthy, happy 2017.