1980: Winter 2015

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Allison Horne, Class Reporter

Hello classmates….long time, no hear.  Hope to see many of you at our 35th reunion in June!  I have been very remiss in getting reminders out to all of you over the last 18 months so you could send me updates, but I received some in the last week that I wanted to share.  Susan Patton Fox and her husband, Bob, relocated to Northern VA in 2007. She sold her law practice in CT and ‘career-switched’ to teaching middle school Social Studies and Language Arts.  Their oldest daughter, Ashley, got her Masters in Theology and Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio and is now working as a DRE (Director of Religious Education) at Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge, VA.  She and Susan write a blog together: Hopeinlove.org.  Their son graduated from Longwood University in VA 3 years ago, got his Accounting certificate, and tried his hand as a professional golfer in FL – before deciding to go for the young life as a CPA in Manhattan while he was still single.  Their daughter, Katharine, graduated from Franciscan 2 years ago and has been working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at National Children’s hospital in DC.  She married Jonathan Boulos last June and is now expecting Susan’s first grandchild, Lucy, in late May!  Their youngest, Maryjacqueline, is due to graduate from Franciscan this year as an Elementary Education teacher.  Susan says they are all incredibly grateful for God’s Blessings.   Jen Goerk Lyden wrote that last fall, three of her photos were selected for a group show entitled “Five Artists” at Heaven Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. One of the pieces sold to a local collector and the curator was her Jr. High art teacher in Ridgewood, NJ.  Diane Cain Proctor has a new job as Reading Specialist and started her own private tutoring business. She uses the Orton-Gillingham approach to tutor dyslexic students in every grade, K-12.  Her three daughters are all on their own now: Alison is 27 and finished a year in the Peace Corps in Namibia and then worked in New Delhi, India for her internship. She finished her Master’s degree in May 2014  in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from SIT, Brattleboro, VT.  Middle daughter, Sarah, just turned 26, finished her Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology and lives in Valdosta, GA with her husband, Andrew who is in the Air Force. Sarah is now working as a Case Manager at an out-patient psychiatric hospital. She does be psycho-educational/skill building groups, assessments, discharge planning, and chart audits.  Her youngest daughter, Andrea, 23, just finished college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She loved this college! She majored in Psychology and Art and would like to explore art therapy options in the future.  Diane lives in MA and has been taking care of her elderly parents, both 83. She has taken up gardening, knitting, crocheting, walking, and spending lots of time with family and friends in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  Valerie Cerrone Nelson passed on the new that her daughter (Alexandra, 26) got married in September to Christopher Mann!  It was a lovely party and they were thrilled to have Cathyann McCann Ray and Judy Reamer Egan ’81 with them for the event!  She really enjoys her new career as a midwife, and the practice at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.  She says, “Catching babies is wonderful, and I love working in women’s health!”  Deborah Sheetenhelm Hammond reported that she retired from local government in March, 2014 and since that time I has published two novels; In the Eye of the Storm and The Big Sky. Both are available through amazon.com so check them out!  She has a third novel, called The English Rose that should be available in March and has five additional books in development.  Jennifer Reinbrecht is a massage therapist in Denver, CO. After Hood, she headed west for the Mountains, following Carl Kline, Hood’s interdenominational minister, to South Dakota for peace and justice work. She met her husband, became a graduate teaching assistant, and earned her Master’s degree in Sociology while waiting for her husband to graduate. They have been in Denver for 30+ years, having enjoyed hiking, backpacking, white water rafting in the past and now enjoy road trips, day hikes, gardening, and exploring whether and they can afford to retire. They are active Airbnb hosts, and have met wonderful people from all over the world.  As for me, I have been with Marsh USA for over 22 years, working in Philadelphia as the Finance Manager for the Mid-Atlantic offices.  I live in an old, historic house in West Chester and love spending time with my family and friends, especially on the Eastern Shore of MD or at the Outer Banks in NC.


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