Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00
Thanks to everyone who sent news, particularly Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe, who’s also volunteered to create a Facebook page for us, possibly including our adjacent classes. Stay tuned for more on this; in the meantime, here’s news: “Hi/Hello” from Peggy Jordan Lamborne, and from Dorothy Herdle Files (from Texas). Peggy Bull Larsen M.S.’79 is enjoying her work at Goucher as Director of Presidential and Special Events and she just returned from a trip to Southwestern England (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire) with her sister-in-law. Her trip included a visit to Port Isaac where they were filming an episode of Doc Martin, the British medical dramedy. Peggy also visited Cuba in February and highly recommends travel to both the countryside and Havana before it changes too much. Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe is semi-retired and living in Charlottesville, also spending some time in her Ft. Myers, FL. condo. She and Cheryl Cuddeback ’75 recently reconnected on Facebook, finding they had work (real estate) and daughters in common. She also reports that Liz Anne Arant is engaged (as seen on Facebook). Elizabeth Rittenhouse P’07 is working as a technical writer for a software development firm and notes she has “no plans to retire” (go Beth!). She and Patricia Loser Godwin are planning a “slumber party” at Beth Guertler Godfrey M.A. ’80 house in two weeks. They also plan to see Joyce Manbeck MacKellar M.S. ’00 (our class co-columnist) and Jennifer Fifield for dinner and other activities. Deborah Kohler sends news that she’s still working as an interim minister in Michigan, but hoping that she’ll be able to retire after this posting (though she has both excitement and fears about moving into this phase of life). Her husband Ed continues to work as an automotive engineer and they’re planning to participate in a vintage auto race in Daytona this fall! This past winter, when they were in Florida, Deb had a chance to catch up with her big sister, Jane Eselen Blocker (’72) and hopes to connect again on future trips. Carolyn also shared the news that Linda Shurko Bulvanoski lost her husband at the end of May. Linda’s note: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the love of my life and my very best friend lost his valiant battle from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He fought like the champion he always was to his very last breath. He was so proud of the community where he resided and loved marching and speaking at Bethlehem’s Memorial Day Parade. Bethlehem’s parade was cancelled today due to inclement weather but I believe Leo’s spirit and soul might have had something to do with the cancellation today. Heaven gained the gentlest soul and the best example of what a gentleman is today.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda. My own news: I retired in March but am gearing up to work part-time again, beginning in July. I’m heading down to Hood with Martha Murray Robinson ’72 for her reunion this weekend. For fun, I’m learning to play the banjo and through-hiking with my partner Davis Henderson (completing the Camino de Santiago in Span last October and the Scottish “John Muir Way” in May). In the past few years, I visited beautiful San Miguel de Allende in Mexico several times and enjoyed spending time Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins ’75 and her husband Steve, who’ve retired there. Also saw Rhea last summer in Brooklyn, along with Cheryl Cuddeback ’75, when Rhea was in town for a celebration and remembrance service for her father, Nikos Bel-Jon. I’ve just missed bumping into Margery Berringer-Schuran several times with Rhea, but alas no such luck. Keep that news coming!