Marcie Kendall Gibboney
Hope this finds everyone enjoying summer! It was great to hear from a bunch of classmates especially those who were willing to share how they spent their BIG 5-0. In true Hood fashion, there was a lot of celebrating!! Beth Hawkins Perry, Scarlett Kinley, Lori Haugen Maze, Cathy Gillespie Hopper, Mary Beth Hession Blow ’88 and Jaime Boyce Lacey ’90 had a “mini-reunion” in Baltimore in March. It was decided that as they passed and approached the big 5-0, they were all looking remarkably similar to their Hood Days! Lucy Noepel was unable to make the trip from snowy New Hampshire since she was moving to a new home. Lucy celebrated her 50th with friends and also mentioned a trip to visit Scarlett in February. In April, she took a trip with her mom to Hood and they visited with Lori Haugen Maze. Maria Viola-Cable celebrated in April with a trip to Paris with her husband! One of the highlights of her trip was having champagne and dinner with fellow Hoodlum, Kay Nicholas Guillot. They hadn’t seen each other in 26 years, but it was as if no time had passed–Hood friendships last a lifetime! She added that the weather in Paris was fabulous and the trip was magical. 50 is off to a great start! Lynn Herzog Parker hit a few milestones this year so far–not only celebrating her 5-0 but also 26 years of marriage with her husband Bob. Her son Grant also just finished his first year of college at UVA. Robin Samuelman Kalfaian’s daughter Kate (age 21), graduated from Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., this spring. She is moving to Brooklyn, N.Y., to be a 3rd grade teacher. Her younger daughter Annie (age 19) just completed her sophomore year at James Madison Univ., in Virginia where she is studying speech and language pathology and communication disorders. They are spending time at home before heading off to Europe. Robin noted that she gets together with Lisa Edwards, Audrey MacDonald Wilcox ’86, Gretchen Miller-Anderson ’86, Lisa O’Brien ’86 and Deb Daly McClelland ’86 as much as they can! It was great to hear from Cindy Bull Zeller, P’17. She has a daughter Emily Zeller ’17 who is a rising junior at Hood pursuing a degree in English secondary education. Her daughter Julianne was born two days after the last reunion that I attended and will be a freshman at Towson Univ., in the fall. Her husband John is a retired Maryland State Trooper currently working as an investigator for the Maryland Lottery. Cindy has had a long and winding career in biomedical and forensic science leading to her favorite career so far, an associate professor at Towson Univ., where she’s taught Forensic DNA Analysis to both undergraduate and graduate students for the last 10 years. She was honored to receive the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Teaching in 2013, an honor for which she can thank her professors at Hood who inspired her and became her role models whether they realized it or not. Happy 50th to everyone reaching that milestone this year…I think we all can agree that 50 really is the new 40! Thanks to everyone who sent an email with an update! And, remember, you can send news anytime and I’ll update the blog. In the meantime, it is great to keep in touch with everyone on Facebook and hope to hear from you all soon!