I received a lot of comments on our great reunion; thanks again to Linda Cumber Gifkins for creating the class Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/124118741026202/252711604833581. Nancy Williams Bishop wrote that she and Dan were getting ready for Christmas down under with daughter Sam and her boyfriend Joel. They spent three weeks in London this summer watching Joel man the cage for the Aussie National Water Polo team for the London Olympics. Carol Schlosnagle Bradford relocated to Alexandria, Va., in August after working for a year in China and Mongolia—her third overseas assignment and 10th year in Asia. She looks forward to catching up with Hood friends: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Wicks Crites and Bob had dinner with Marsha Kraft Brick and Jim at their home in Newport, and with Bev Lutz and her husband Bob Tremblay at their annual restaurant rendezvous in Massachusetts; she continues to get together with Connie Dawley Seeley. Chris Felerski Emsley retired in 2010 after 33 years as an educator, including 16 years as an elementary school principal. One month after her last day on the job, she was diagnosed with a rare form of endometrial cancer; after two surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, she is now cancer free! She and her husband are traveling a lot and enjoying their five grandchildren. Chris advises students from all over the world on how to get an American high school diploma.
Linda Cumber Gifkins wrote that in late summer she and her husband John had a delightful visit with Deryl and Betsey Kipp in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. In September, Linda reentered the work force with some former colleagues from Travelocity at a travel startup called routehappy.com. They will be in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the holidays with both sons, their wives and gransdson Owen. Robin Shaw Leto wrote that she and Ken will visit daughter Dara at Stanford over Christmas; son Jason continues to work for the South Carolina Teachers Union, driving all over the state. Janice Williams Martin and Al are looking forward to his retirement in 2014; they plan to continue travels to the Denver area and Diamondhead, Miss., to visit sons and family. Janice invites anyone traveling through the area of Danielsville, Pa., to stop and visit.
Susan Gorelick Marlenga went to Nantucket in September for the wedding of Mary Jane Scully Bauer’s daughter Elizabeth. She was joined by her big sister Lauren Frankel ’70, who lives in California, and Mary Jane’s big sister Martha Herbert Bounoure ’70, who lives in France. Becky Riehl continues working as a project manager for TD Bank in The Villages, Fla.; she and her husband bought a pontoon boat, which they use to explore several lakes in the area. Marti Murray Robinson wrote that after our incomparable reunion last spring, she spent four weeks in an Ireland studies program at the Univ. of Ireland in Galway to create a similar program at the State Univ. of New York Ulster. Her son Dan received his master’s degree in geology from the Univ. of Buffalo.
Danise Simpson Simmons reported that she and husband Bruce are thoroughly enjoying retirement, having left their jobs with Rio Rancho Public Schools in summer 2011. In July, her sister Donna Simpson ’77, a history professor at Wheeling Jesuit Univ., visited and will return for Christmas; meanwhile, Danise and Bruce have just welcomed their second granddaughter. Danise would really like to hear from her Hood roommate, Donna (Nina) McCloskey Lannatuonno. Deidre Jean Wright hails from Palm Coast, Fla., where she works with Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus Library; she and family and friends recently celebrated her mom’s 85th birthday. Thanks for all of the great news—and all the best for 2013! Candy