Elizabeth Bastian Chapin
Hello Class of 1982! Summer 2016 is here! In just one year we will be celebrating our 35th reunion year. Let’s hope everyone can make it a priority to attend. As always, it is great to hear from you. Marcea Horton Cotter announced the birth of her third grandson, Jacob Jaden Cotter, in January. Ellen Yodzis Patton’s family continues to grow. A new grandson, Cullen, was born in March; her oldest son and wife are expecting they’re third child in the Fall. Ellen dined with Bambi Maitland Grundwerg, husband and sons a few months ago. She and Marcea Horton Cotter also watched her grandson not too long ago. Ellen and husband Mark recently attended a fund raising event where they ran into Christine Belisle Fitzgerald. Ellen’s store is doing well and every now and then she runs into a customer with a Hood connection-like Caroline Wentz Gerwien’s mom! Amy Blades Steward lost her father on June 15th at the age of 83. She reminisces that in his final days they talked about dancing together again one day as they did at the Hood Dad & Daughter weekends. He never missed one of them while Amy attended Hood from 1978 to 1982. Joy Miller Beveridge, Liz Bastian Chapin and Gretchen Steinmetz Keith joined forces to purchase a Hood brick. Joy encourages all Class of 1982 alums to purchase one. Joy and Liz visited multiple times during the past year in PA and Frederick. Joy attended this year’s reunion activities, including the Friday cookout and the Saturday luncheon. Saturday was a great celebration of the recognized classes, including 1981. Hopefully the Class of 1982 will have great representation next year! Joy writes how Labor Day is an annual treat when Joy and Liz get together with Elizabeth LePatourel Powell ’50. She and Liz’s mom, Mary Hendershot Bastian ’50, P’82 were great pals at Hood! Joy and Liz hope to continue celebrating when we are in our 80′s! Joy’s husband Don retired a year ago. The vegetable and flower gardens have never looked better. They frequently donate produce to community outreach. Daughter Kendall is still in CA working for Facebook and son Danny remains in Frederick working for State Farm. Joy is still with Leidos Biomed and is nowhere near retirement. She is planning and looking forward to a girls’ trip to Paris in August-her first trip abroad! Liz and Gretchen Steinmetz Keith see one another on a regular basis in Reading. Gretchen’s two sons married last year and her oldest daughter ties the knot on June 25, 2016! Gretchen enjoys spending time with her 18 month old grandson Dalton. Her husband Rich recently accepted a new position in Milwaukee. He’ll reside in the midwest and travel home periodically. Liz keeps in touch with Lisa Shakespeare Whedbee via Facebook. She and husband traveled to Alaska earlier this year to help move her daughter’s family back to Virginia. Liz and family recently moved her father into assisted living. Liz is still working full time in the travel industry. She spent a week in Antigua in May and looking forward to some time in New Mexico this Fall. Wishing everyone a terrific summer!