Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz
It doesn’t seem possible that 40 years have gone by since our graduation. The campus looked so beautiful. There were nearly 40 classmates in Frederick for our Hood Reunion in June. We had the largest group in attendance. It was great to catch up with everyone that could be there. Congrats to Kurt Holter for being awarded the Excellence in Service to Hood Award at the Saturday reunion luncheon. Well deserved, Kurt! For the last 10 years, Anna Collins Pasqualucci has enjoyed sharing the little known, century-old Baltimore folk art of painting window screens. Prior to starting her own business in art, Anna raised two children and worked in various cancer, agriculture, and pharmaceutical research laboratories. Her artwork can be seen at www.PaintedWindowScreens.com. Diana Hilgartner Boyd: My husband Dave and I live in Champaign, Illinois. Airplanes have kept us in the Midwest for over 36 years. Dave taught flying at several colleges including the University of Illinois here in Champaign. We have two sons and one daughter who live in Colorado, Mississippi and Fairfax, VA respectively. Diana is guardian for her mentally handicapped brother Paul. The Hood connection is a wonderful part of this story. Several years ago, when the group home that Paul was living in was going to be closed down by Fairfax County, our Hood classmate Betsy Abel Schatz and her organization–Langley Residential Services–lovingly took over approximately four group homes that were in desperate trouble. Diana couldn’t believe her ears when Betsy called her to tell her that she was the director of the organization that was going to be responsible for Paul’s care! Betsy and her staff have been so wonderful to Diana’s brother and all of the other residents. What a blessing for Diana’s family that she attended Hood and by the grace of God, was friends with Betsy! Betsy has helped the Hilgartner family through some rough spots with Paul, including the death of both parents and major health concerns. Betsy’s wisdom and love have been amazing… Diana is so thankful! Linda Fox-Jarvis: After 34 years of being in the real estate business Linda decided to take the plunge and purchase her own RE/MAX franchise–RE/MAX Coast & Country–with her daughter Stephanie, who joined her in the real estate business seven years ago. It has been quite exciting–both having her own shop, but also being partners with her daughter. It is so rewarding for Linda to watch her daughter follow in her footsteps. From the family side, Stephanie (28 years old now) married three years ago and of course lives in Virginia Beach. Son Brian is 31 years old, lives in Fairfax with his wife and works for Amazon Web Services. Linda is very proud of him for many reasons–but most importantly because he has not let his disability define him. He has Muscular Dystrophy and it has progressed to where he uses a wheelchair, but in spite of that he has been very successful both in his personal life as well as business life. He is an inspiration to Linda. Her husband, David, still is working for BAE systems in Norfolk and they continue to enjoy all that Virginia Beach offers along with their two dogs–Izzy (the schnauzer mix) and Wiley (the Westie). Torie Hoveman Seeger sends this update: “My husband has semi-retired and is working in his favorite big box store part-time, helps out a friend on occasion who owns a local funeral parlor and also does some consulting for a long-time business buddy. He stays busy with his photography and plans our vacations for us—he should be in the travel agency business. I’m still working at the Research Foundation for SUNY and still enjoying it. Looking at 65 for retirement but have made no commitments yet–we are very busy, which I enjoy and I love the folks I work with, so I’m not quite ready to leave. Our three granddaughters are our delight. So much fun to be with and provide for “adventures” (from going to the Bronx Zoo to a walk down the street–it’s always an adventure with grandchildren!)” Bob & Amy Locker Krug and Scott & Lois Vandermark Moore both celebrated their 40th wedding anniversaries during the Hood reunion weekend. Congratulations! Susan Rivers, M.A.’81 reports: “Not much news, just working and thinking about retirement. I graduated from a leadership class that was very enjoyable and helps me in my job as Program Manager for Statewide Operations for Maryland Inland Fisheries Division. My mom has been dealing with health issues so that takes a fair amount of time. My dog and I walk through campus frequently and he loves to meet and greet the students.” Larry and I had a great time at the 40th Hood Reunion. From there we drove to OBX for our annual family reunion. Both our kids families came, so we had fun with our 5 grandkids. We are blessed! Please email me your news. I will include it in the next issue. Thanks!