1971: Winter 2013

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Thanks to all classmates who sent news! Pam Borden Heckert keeps up with Wendy Erway, Kate Healy Drummond, Lindy Hudson McMahon and Linda Longacre Kwochko. Pam’s two sons and two daughters are all grown, and she has one granddaughter. After working as a nurse for 25 years, she received her teaching certificate in French, her original major at Hood. Pam reports she has not worked a day since June 2009 as no one wants to learn French anymore! After living in London for 6½ years, Mary Barton Freeman and Varel planned to return to the United States this winter when Varel’s term ends at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and will move into a house they have renovated in New Hampshire. The Freemans celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August at a party given by their children. Mary’s roommate Nancy Sword Hollyfield, and Lucinda Tyson, Barbara Hasbrouck Murphy and her little sister Mary Beth Layfield Law ’73 and their husbands helped them celebrate.

Darcy Bevelacqua and her husband are spending the winter in Sarasota, Fla., to see if it is a place where they would like to move when they retire. Darcy works full time and manages her own business doing marketing consulting. Last summer, she visited with Nia (Virginia) Lourekas and her husband, and they went soaring! Darcy keeps in touch with her Hood roommate Pamela Russell who lives in Austin, Texas. Judy Ashway works part time doing play therapy with children and psychotherapy with teens and parents in the Boston area. Her son is the executive director of a meditation center there while Judy’s daughter, husband and 4-year-old grandson live in Costa Rica. Judy writes that she actually sees more of her daughter than her son! Nancy Fisher Henderson and John moved from Cape May Point, N.J., to Chestertown, Md., in May where they enjoy kayaking and sailing on the Chester River. Nancy still knits, reads, sings in the church choir and plays handbells. She hopes that she will be able to get to Hood more frequently now that she is closer to Frederick.

Nancy Loader Calabretta works as the assistant director of the medical library at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. She has seen Carolyn Perry Dukenski several times this year as Carolyn’s son and his family live in Collingswood and are good friends with Nancy’s daughter Stacy. Nancy’s daughter Andrea who returned in September from a Fulbright Fellowship teaching English in Tunisia now lives nearby in Philadelphia. Nancy is planning a trip to Australia in 2013 to visit her roomie Sue Montag Wood. Diane Miller Jackson still works as a buyer of women’s dresses and suits at Boscov’s department store where she said she is “mama bear” to all the younger buyers! She and Drew are planning their retirement home in Surry, Maine, on a bay overlooking Acadia National Park. They vacation there every year and already know some of their future neighbors.

After living in California for the past 15 years, Ruth Labrie Wilcox and Ken now live in Shanghai where he works in technology lending. Ruth’s sons, Nate and Noah, live in the San Francisco area, and she has a 4-year-old grandson Oliver. Ruth enjoyed a visit from Julie Godfrey Streets and would welcome more visitors. Alice Paul McGinnis and Richard still live in Silver Spring, Md. Alice retired in 2011 and enjoys traveling, doing volunteer work with African refugees and home projects. Two of her three children are married, and she has three grandchildren. Alice and Carolyn Perry Dukenski and their husbands keep in touch. Sharon Weiss Jones has lived in Fort Myers, Fla., since 1999. Sharon spends time managing rental properties, doing copy editing and visiting with grandson Nico. She reports that Rosemary Coull Aitcheson survived a week without power thanks to Hurricane Sandy and that Leslie Moir Howell now lives in Florida as does Sharon’s big sister, Elizabeth Rudulph Lustenader ’69. Sharon would enjoy visitors!

Lynn Patterson Jacobs and Don spent Thanksgiving in Costa Rica with their daughter Audrey who teaches English there. Son Don and his wife are expecting their second son in March, and daughter Stephanie is a physician in California. Lynn sees Cindy Tyson when she visits her son in D.C. Lynn’s dad passed away last May at age 95. He had lived in the same retirement community in Delaware as Betsy Cooper Pizzolato’s mom. Both Betsy’s and Lynn’s moms were Hood alums. After teaching for 35 years and being union president for 15, I, Mary McMunigal Burland, retired in 2006. Now I substitute teach, watch my 2-year-old granddaughter Lily twice a week, and go to our place on Kiawah as often as possible. Mindy Laighton Wilcox and I would love to hear from more ’71 classmates!

Class Reporters:

Mary McMunigal Burland
(610) 733-4009

Mindy Laighton Wilcox
(619) 462-6230

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