1981: Summer 2016

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Lynn Marzulli White

I, Lynn Marzulli White, was not able to attend our reunion this year but it was great to see all the pictures on Facebook. It’s been a busy year on my end. My youngest daughter got married in the Fall and I am expecting my fourth grandson the end of the summer. It is a blessing to live close enough to enjoy the girls and their families, there is always something going on. Maureen McDonnell-Weschler attended our reunion.  She had a great time and visit with her old roommate Maggie Parks and other classmates.  She especially liked Strawberry Breakfast as the food and décor were great. She has been traveling a lot. Her eldest son, who is a captain in the Army, is currently stationed on a secret and dangerous assignment overseas so prayers would be appreciated. She just celebrated her 36th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to Tyanna Yonkers who earned a Ph.D. in Spirituality from The Catholic University of America in 2014. She was promoted to full professor at the University of Mount Olive in 2015. Her interest in and experience with theatre prompted the President of her institution to appoint her to begin work on the development of a new drama program. She was granted a semester sabbatical this past Spring during which time she explored Contemplative Studies Programs with an eye on incorporating some type of program of this nature at UMO and engage in research at her institution on the impact of contemplative studies on students. Corrine Esher Durdock, P’81, G’16 was at Hodson Gallery in April for the opening reception for her granddaughter Rebecca Rieser’s ’16 Spring Senior Seminar. Rebecca’s art project titled Peaceful Propaganda was exhibited. Karen Robinson Curtis was sorry she missed our reunion but had just traveled to MD to celebrate her daughter Jessica’s Wedding in May. Her eldest son Dale is engaged to be married next spring.  Karen and Mark have both just retired this year. Karen retired from teaching kindergarten for 27 year and Mark from his engineering position in CA.   They just moved to Dallas. Their youngest son Kevin stayed in CA to work at Universal. They are busy settling in and reconnecting with friends and hope to travel more in retirement. Mary Thompson Calhoun had a great time in Frederick with the other class of 1981 Hoodalums, and is looking forward to our 40th class reunion in five years.  She got to visit with her former political science professor, Marge Elfin, who was on campus on for a trustees’ meeting. Mary is staying busy working in the yard and repainting the exterior of the house. She is also volunteering with the Asheville NAACP’s Get Out The Vote voter registration initiative. When she’s not doing that, she is driving up the mountain to see her better half, who is well, and will soon be interviewed by phone for his annual memory assessment with the New England Centenarian Study/Boston University. He is not really looking forward to that interview–he thinks they should come to him, and not be calling him on the phone! Mary had a visit with her Hood roommate, Laura Schauer ’83, who lives in Wilmington, NC and is now a proud grandmother. She is looking forward to hiking around the NC Arboretum in July with Maggie Park who teaches at Converse College. If anyone is heading down south and will be in western North Carolina, they are invited to stop by and see Mary. Things are going well for Stephanie Constantino Chisolm.  Her youngest graduated from George Mason this past December.  She is still in Columbia but now works at the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. She sees Lisa Kondylas every once in a while. She took a trip into Frederick recently and was impressed by the changes in town and on campus. Leigh Moomaw McBride has been enjoying time with her grandchildren. Her daughter Caity and her family live right on a cove in CT and she loves the opportunity to kayak and do stand-up paddle boarding when she visits them. Her son Christopher and his family are moving this summer to a new home in York, PA., which is close enough that she will babysit her grandsons two days a week.  Leigh and Pat had a magical trip to Paris in April to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. Luther Jett shared that his short collection, “Not Quite: Poems Written in Search of my Father,” was published last fall (2015) by Finishing Line Press.

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