Mary McMunigal Burland
Mindy Laighton Wilcox
Nancy Ludder Koberlein retired in May 2014 as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a rural community health center. Since that time, she and her husband have been doing a lot of traveling. The day after she retired, they left in their motorhome for a two-month trip out west. In November 2014, they took a cruise to Antarctica and this past summer they took another two-month motorhome trip to the Canadian Rockies. They have now become snowbirds, spending the winter months traveling around Florida. They also enjoy visiting their daughter, Alice, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia and works in DC. Catherine Moon McClure sent a wonderful letter to catch up. After graduation, she spent two and a half years in Botswana with the Peace Corps followed by six months of travel through Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan before returning home in the fall of 1977. She then taught social studies in Vermont and New Hampshire, then worked as a reading specialist in junior and senior high schools. Her favorite job, principal in a K-3 elementary school in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, followed that. The last 15 years of her career were spent as assistant superintendent in Manchester, NH and then superintendent of schools first in Litchfield, NH and then Bennington, Vermont, where she retired a little over a year ago. Cathy’s daughter, Jennifer, is a registered nurse midwife at a hospital in the Seattle area. Cathy and her second husband, Steve, enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. She stays in touch with Elizabeth Ziegler who lives in Plainfield, Vermont, and they plan to travel down to Frederick for our 45th reunion. Mindy Laighton Wilcox and husband Bill flew their small plane from San Diego to Brunswick, Maine to attend an airplane convention this past July. They spent four weeks traveling out and back and stopped to visit Elizabeth Cooper Pizzolato, Alice Paul McGinnis and Carol McVey Burke ’72 along the way. Nancy Loader Calabretta and Anthony visited her Hood roomie Susan Montag Wood and husband Peter in Australia in September 2014. They had many adventures ranging from farm sitting on a real farm to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. After several weeks of traveling around Australia, they returned to Sydney and spent their last week with Sue and Peter at their condo in Wollongong. Nan retired as Assistant Director of the Medical Library at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in April 2015 after 42 years working as a medical librarian. Her retirement began with a 21 day trip to Greece and Turkey! They were able to spend two weeks with their entire family in the Outer Banks, North Carolina in September and are looking forward to a three week trip to Costa Rica in January 2016. Frances Heck Darrow and Bill have retired and are living in Vienna, Virginia. Bill retired as an engineer for the government about seven years ago and returned to work about three weeks later as a consultant working with the same government people. Fran is working as a preschool teaching assistant three days a week. Fran enjoys her book club, knitting group, and her water aerobics class. They enjoy traveling and spending time at their condo in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Their daughter Beth and her Australian husband Rob live in Wilmington, North Carolina with sons Ian and Tristan. Rob is an assistant professor at UNC-Wilmington, and Beth is preparing for her PhD dissertation. Fran’s son Tom is in his 11th year teaching high school history in Manassas, Virginia and is working on his second master’s degree. He and his fiancé, who is a psychologist for the Army will be married in May. Mindy and I hope you are enjoying our columns, but we need some help. We have discovered that many of the email addresses that we receive from the college are incorrect so we are asking you to make sure Hood has your current email address so we can contact you for your news. We hope to see many of you at our 45th reunion on June 10-12, 2016.