1. 1997: Summer 2014


    Hello Class of 1997!  I’d like to thank Heather Rundle Rembold for being a wonderful class reporter for us the last few years, she did a wonderful job keeping us informed and I’m privileged to take the helm from her.  I’m Sara and I was at Hood from 1993-94 and returned home to Texas to finish my undergrad at Southwestern University, but my love for all things Hood is rather intense according to my family.  If you haven’t heard, there’s a new Facebook page for our class and if you haven’t received the invite yet, please e-mail me and I’ll make sure you’re included.  

    Congratulations to Kendra Soule Barnett with her husband and son Jacob on the birth of Jacob’s sister Vivienne June 4, 2013.  The Barnett’s moved to Michigan in 2011.

    A huge compliment to Kenya Brown, who this past March received her M.S. degree in Conservation Science for Cultural Heritage, from the University of Bologna.  I know we’re all proud of her achievement and look forward to great things in her future.  Ben Fatto!!

  2. 2006: Summer 2014


    Elizabeth (Liz) Jones received the Maryland Library Association Emerging Leader award May 9, 2014 at the annual conference, and has been selected to attend the Maryland Library Leadership Institute July 21-25, 2014. She and boyfriend, Ryan Allen, have also purchased their first home in Boonsboro, MD.

    Tionna Bright walked off the campus of Hood College in Spring 2006 and has spent her time enjoying motherhood (Dominic-7/Christopher- 5/Jayden-3), working Full-time with the FDA, and recently received her M.S. In Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

  3. 2003: Summer 2014


    Hi everyone!  I hope you’re having a great 2014.  Let’s see what our classmates are up to!

    Lauren Guerieri McCrea writes that her family had a new addition this year!  Lauren, Jessop, and Henry welcomed Anna Jane McCrea on June 17th

    Kaye Brown Hamilton and her husband Adam also welcomed a new daughter!  Lily Pearl Hamilton was born on March 31st, weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz., and measuring 19 inches long.

    It’s not all girls for us, though – a few baby boys too!  Tiffany Taylor Newmius and her family welcomed her son Jackson Grey at 12:34 pm on March 13.  Jackson weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. and was 21.5 inches long.

    Laura Faris also welcomed a son this year!  His name is Carson Porter, and he was born February 28 at 4:02 am.  He weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 inches long.

    Next up – professional updates!  Emily Johnson Jones writes that she started a new job this summer.  She’ll be working as a Pupil Professional Worker for Frederick County Public Schools.  She’ll be moving between 8 different schools, and is very excited!

    Kelli Jackson also has some exciting work news to report – she was selected as a 2014 Technology Rising Star by Career Communication Group’s Women of Color magazine.  The honor was based upon her accomplishments in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics community.

    Atiya Smith sent an update as well.  During the past school year, she received recognition from the Association of Counselor Education & Supervision, a division of the American Counseling Association. She was selected to be an Emerging Leaders Fellow, a Presidential Fellow and was recognized during the national conference for her leadership and academic excellence. This fall, Atiya will serve as a doctoral intern at a college counseling center, will teach “Assessment & Appraisal in Counseling” to Master’s students and will co-present two programs at a regional conference focusing on supporting African American graduate students in counseling and graduate student wellness. Atiya wants to send thanks to Dr. Wanda Ruffin in Hood’s Psych Department for providing guidance and mentorship during her years as a psych student.

    Lee Goetz writes that she is just made a big move!  On August 1st, she headed to Luleå, Sweden to take a post-doctoral research position at the Luleå University of Technology.  She’ll be developing and modeling filtration systems using nanocellulose and nanochitin.  She’s very excited to be able to travel around Europe, something she’s always wanted to do. 

    Also, we’ve had a few weddings!  JJ Bell-Godfrey married Jesi Bell-Godfrey on June 8th at Independence Harbor in Assonet, MA, followed by a more local ceremony and reception on June 14th in Middletown at Christ Reformed UCC.  There were plenty of Hoodlums at their ceremonies, too!  Sarah Gowen ’08 was a bridesmaid, Erick Wellner ’14 was their reader, and Rachel Collmus Ellick ’05 and Imani Pearson Jackson were also in attendance at the Maryland ceremony.

    Taryn Chubb also got married!  Mary Northrup Smerk, Larry Smerk, and I (Leah Giambarresi) attended her wedding to Mark White on May 31 in her hometown of Parsons, KS.  The wedding was at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Parsons, which was the same church where her grandfather used to be the priest.  It was a wonderful day, even if we didn’t get to serenade her with The Nun Song as I had hoped.

    On that note, I hope everyone had a great summer, and I look forward to hearing and reporting more exciting news in the coming months!  

  4. 2011: Summer 2014


    As the years increase since the class of 2011 left Hood College, so do the achievements of its members.

    Shane Brady is now stationed in NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. Shane is flying F-18 Super Hornets for the Navy.

    Chelsea Bosch, now Chelsea Perry, was married on May 31, 2014. Chelsea is currently working on her masters in leadership in mathematics from UMBC.

    Megan Dancause is pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA and is set to graduate in December 2016.

    Justin Everett has been promoted to Office II with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

    Alexander and Leah Hallfors have welcomed a baby girl, named Scarlett, on July 11, 2013!

    Danielle Hamilton is an Account Executive with Comcast Spotlight in Frederick, MD. As of July 2014, Danielle will be on her second year acquiring her Real Estate Licenses. Danielle is an agent with Re/Max Results on the Trish Mills team.

    Kristen Harris received her MSW from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work on May 16th.

    Tiera Hawkes is entering her last year at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and is set to graduate in May of 2015.

    Sarah Johnston earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources from Hood College on May 17, 2014. During her graduate studies, she served as the graduate assistant to the Dean of the Chapel at Hood College. In April of this year, Sarah was inducted into the Hood College chapter of Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society.

    Dana Martindell was recently engaged to boyfriend Gregory Perry and a summer of 2015 wedding is planned in Bay Head, NJ.

    Elizabeth McCoy, now Elizabeth Mathews, was married on June 22, 2013.

    David McDuffie has accepted a teaching position with Baltimore County Public Schools to teach World Languages and Math. David is also pursuing his Master’s in General Education from Grand Canyon University. In October of 2013, David was promoted to Director of Talent Development with DoubleE Entertainment, after four years with the company.

    Kayla Murphy has accepted a new position with Love & Company, a marketing firm in Frederick, MD. Kayla is now the Public Relations and Integrated Media Manager.

    Daniel Rocker has accepted a position at Hewlett-Packard in Alpharetta, GA as a Presales Solution Architect.

    Jamila Zaidi was recently married to Reco Siler on June 1, 2014. Jamila is currently working at Living social and Reco is employed by Micros Systems.


  5. 1957: Summer 2014


    Barbara Thomas Yinger: Bob and I went on the Hood Alumni River Cruise to Holland and Belgium in April. My friend, Barbara Beckhelm Moore, was also on the trip. Her father was professor in the music dept. at Hood in the 40’s and started the Naval Academy involvement with the Hood Choir to perform the Messiah on campus. Her sister Gretchen graduated from Hood in 1960 and was also on the cruise. Bob and I will be traveling from California to Miami through the Panama Canal. I’ve finished two bed quilts and took a class at the Norfolk Quilt show in February completing the double wedding ring pattern for my granddaughter who is getting married in October. We are still living near the Chesapeake Bay in the Northern Neck of VA. crabbing, fishing, playing mahjongg, judging flower shows, and tending our vegetable garden..

    Nancy Tressel Brown: Old age and what we do for amusement. I now have two cats and decided last week to teach them to walk on a leash. First you have to get the collars on the cats. Two Band-Aids later I decided to just put on the leashes; three more Band-Aids. I decided to just trail the leash and have them follow me. The final resolution was my trailing a very pretty pink leash with no one on it. And, two cats following me – sort of – along with checking out all the neighbor’s bushes, et al. All was not lost. A very handsome young man got off his bike to say “M’am, I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I think you lost your dog”. I’m not sure about the M’am part. Hope it’s this much fun at “The Home”.

    Roberta Geehan Horton: I fell while hiking in Idaho last August and had rotator cuff surgery in February. I’m progressing nicely with physical therapy, and looking forward to visiting Ireland, land of some of my ancestors, this summer.

    Dolores O’Connor VanVleck: (A note from husband, Dale)The past year began well but did not end well. We had gone more than a year without anyone in the hospital. I had a kidney along with a large enclosed malignant tumor removed in August of 2012. So far that seems to have gone okay. In late January of 2012 Dee had a bursa in her right elbow removed because of bursitis caused by scoliosis which had caused her to lean so much that the pressure on the elbow caused the bursitis which then became infected. She had not been able to walk for several years. The ‘wound’ on her elbow resulted in rehab of 10 weeks followed by a trip to the wound doctor every two weeks for a total of 20 months. She was able to resume work with a physical therapist early last summer but water therapy could not be resumed until the wound was declared healed in October. She enjoyed the physical and water therapy which was needed to retain upper body strength for transfers from wheel chair to chair and shower and bed. Together we managed quite well despite the food I prepared. Then in mid-November had a colon bleed (ischemic colitis) with three weeks in hospital and re-hab. It is apparently not uncommon and seemed to heal itself. She returned to the physical and water therapy as if nothing had happened. After one week I found her semi-conscious on December 13. From the emergency room she went directly to intensive care. (The week-end we planned to do Christmas cards.) We still don’t know what the original cause was. The only outward vital sign was very low blood pressure. We kept expecting her to be out in 3-4 days as had happened other times. This time she got progressively less responsive. After two weeks we were told she had no chance of surviving due to perforation of the colon resulting in sepsis. An operation was really not an option. We were shocked. All blood cultures had been negative. Vital signs did not seem bad but the medications and oxygen and fluids probably disguised the severity of the sickness. She died three days later. The intensive care nurses did all they could and kept her from having any pain. After the first day she could not talk because of the ventilator.

    Obit: Dee  (O’Connor) Van Vleck, 78, died December 29, 2013, peacefully, after a short illness. Born in Philadelphia, Pa. September 8, 1935. Philadelphia High School for Girls. Bachelor of Arts, Suma Cum Laude, Honorary Marshall, Mortar Board, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. Master of Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society. Life was not always fair but she never gave up. Leaves husband of 55 years, Dale; daughter, Elizabeth of Dallas; son, John of Atlanta; and granddaughter, Audrey of Atlanta.  In younger years, a many faceted volunteer. Loved animals, especially wolves and cats. Loved history, books, and learning. Appreciated and supported the Arts, especially music – Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, and more. Devoted member of NPR, PBS, and NET/Radio. Contributor to many causes including the homeless, hungry, oppressed, children in need, and endangered and neglected animals.  Memorial services for family and friends, Spring 2014, at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials to Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, 136 S 14 St, Lincoln, NE 68508. Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences can be left at: lincolnfh.com.

    Virginia Smith Durland: Bill and I just sold our long time home in Colorado Springs and are looking for a place that will take us and our beloved dog. I will give the alum office an update when we get a new address. Our biggest news is that we now have two great granddaughters – one born last August and the second this past January. Spent a restful 3 months at Pendle Hill Quaker Center as Friends in Residence in Wallingford, PA from March to June and saw many old friends from Bill’s Bucknell days, but found it very hard to re-acclimate to low altitude, humid weather and are very glad to be home. We have too many grandchildren to report on all of them, but one grandson is studying to be a chef and one granddaughter is off to Thailand to study acupuncture and massage therapy. All the rest are equally imaginative. Our daughter, Fadwah, who is a certified nurse-midwife has just opened her own clinic/women’s health center in Boca Raton and is reveling in being her own boss. We see many of Bill’s Bucknell classmates and fraternity Brothers, but I haven’t been so lucky over the years. Any Hoodlums that come to Colorado Springs, please look us up! (719) 635-8686 Peace is Possible

    Audrey Goetz Swart: We are living in the Upstate of South Carolins ,near Clemson Univ. We moved here from Florida 12 years ago to be close to two of our four daughters! We have seven grandchildre ranging in age from 28 to 14—all doing well in very stages of education!!!
    Sam and I are well:enjoying this beautiful area and many activities. I am very involved with my Church and serving God. We have traveled to many foreign lands and in the States!! In fact I’m leaving next week with a daughter for Turkey and Greece!! My email address has changed to audsam@charter.net.

    Mara Eckstein Garcia-Bunuel: Every year I enjoy my Renaissance classes, usually I have coordinated a semester class. We are off for the summer. In May I took a riverboat trip to Russia; it was quite wonderful; lots of international guests; went all the way to Northern Russia (Karelia) and then south to St Petersburg. When one sees all the gold, the jewels, the crystals, etc. one understands why there was a revolution, just like in France and other places. My oldest grandson just graduated from Friends School and the family is off to Italy and Spain.

    Sarah Bulin Hanson: Our lives are exceedingly quiet and travel is now more often to the doctor’s office or the hospital. Of course, grandchildren  are the delight in our lives. In April, I spent a long weekend with my son’s daughter, Olivia, at Elon University. (He drove!!!) She’s coming to visit July 22. My granddaughter, Hannah, in Charleston , has a job with a fast growing organic skin care co. (rms) and she gives me lots of samples! My grandson, Brandon, just finished a month of National Guard Training and has started a new job in financial services. Last, but by no means least, I hope everyone has given to the Hood Fund this year. Let’s send Dr. Volpe out on the high note he deserves!  Douglas and I will make our annual visit to Capon Springs in September. This wonderful spot is still owned by our late classmate Claire Austin’s family. Claire’s son and daughter are very involved and we will enjoy our time with them as well as relaxing in a mountain retreat.

    Carolyn Stevens Amstutz: Hope I’m not too late!!  I’ll fill you in on a little of my news.  First and foremost, I was in Naples FL for a month in March, and spend a terrific weekend in Bonita Springs with Alice (Riddle) and Fred Metry.  The first night  we had dinner at their golf club with Tressie and Roger Brown, and the second night Jacke McCurdy and her sister Arden came to Alice’s for dinner.  What a really good weekend that was!  After Naples I spent a week with my daughter and her family (who live in England) at Disney World.  My granddaughters are 6 and 9, which added to the excitement.  I must say, however, that visiting Disney for four days is not for the feint of heart!!   I guess I really am 78!  I’m off for a few days in northern Vermont and Canada with  my Albany NY daughter, and then in August will be in Scotland and England for two weeks. Beside my travels, I’m still playing bridge, a bit of golf, and am on the search committee for a new minister for our church – a daunting task.

    Mary Jane Harkness Nace: Dick and I just returned from a wonderful few days visit with Cathy Goss Newhouser in Dunwoody, Georgia.  It’s been several years since we were together and this was truly a special visit.  As you can imagine there was lots of reminiscing; laughter; and tales of our Hood days.  Since Dick had been a part of our Hood years, he enjoyed hearing us talk about all our Hood-stuff. Dick and I moved to Hendersonville, NC in 2011 and we discovered, with this trip, that the drive to Dunwoody is only 3+ hours. The three of us plan to get together more often.

    Molly Smith Sperandio: This was my summer of travel with the main destination my granddaughter’s high school graduation in Davis, CA.  I decided to drive around the USA visiting friends and family and fell in love with our northwestern states which I had never visited before – such beauty is awesome! I was gone 39 days and drive 9,742 miles during which I had to service my Prius twice – for the 115K and 120K miles – and buy 2 new tires.  FL to PA road trips in March and September for family reunions round out the travels.  What a joyous life!  I deal with the aches and pains of spinal stenosis and CHF, but who doesn’t have their health problems?  We do what we have and want to do and life goes on!

  6. 1969: Summer 2014


    Out of the blue, even before sending out my plea for news, I heard from Karen Wagner. I have fond (and not so fond) memories of our days in Mr. Sprigg’s Music 101 class Freshman year – yet she went on to great things in the field while I basically sing in the church choir. In January she retired from a 42-year administrative career in higher education in the performing arts, the last 35 years at The Juilliard School as VP and Dean of Academic Affairs. Karen is amazed at how her career path took shape following our Hood College days. Administration was not something she sought out, however in December she was surprised to receive the Julliard President’s Medal (for service to the arts), reassuring her that it was a worthwhile journey. The question now is where to spend this next chapter of life…east coast or west?” Karen attended our Reunion and was pleased to spend some quality time with Gail (Mullison) Osburn, as well as congratulate Carolyn (Kip Cantagalli) Dumaresq, Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania, on her being chosen the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Kip writes that “we are an exceptional group of women and we look great.” Also at the reunion was Marty (Silcox) Hankins who regaled over the beauty of the campus. She is 3 years from retiring from her teaching position at Odyssey. She and Ken just celebrated 43 years of marriage and delight in their 4 grandchildren ages 4 to 10. Marty recently reconnected with Libby (Miller) Jacobs during Libby’s trip to Baltimore. Sue (Korff) Hammer and roommate Mary Louise (Wittkowski) O’Brien were pleased to meet up with Sue (Barncord) Rinker and Ellen Kiel at the reunion, and toured the campus, the new sports complex behind Coblentz and parts of Frederick we never appreciated 45 years ago. Also in attendance was Cheryl (Brown) Dreiling who is pleased to report we have fully funded the endowed scholarship we started back at our 40th. Sharon (MacDonald) Sayles checked in from Halfmoon, NY where she and her husband, John, recently built a townhouse, now only 1 hour from their grandchildren, ages 10 and 12. She regularly mentors at their school. The Sayles just returned from a river cruise in France and a reunion with friends in Paris. They spend their summers in the Adirondacks. Chris (Lundt) Lambertus and her husband are “addicted” to river cruises and took one to Portugal in April. Next on their “bucket list” is one from Budapest to Bucharest and Transylvania. On a sad note, John Eaton writes the his wife Audrey (Penny) Karr passed away November 4th following a short illness. Nancy (Roe) Hebdon and her husband, Fred, welcomed a new grandson, Andrew Luksis, on March 9th. A few days later, on March 25th, son Charles and his wife presented Cindy (Kannapel) Weiss with her first grandson, William. Fortunately the little guy lives nearby so Cindy gets lots of snuggle time. Cindy and Glenn make frequent trips to Marco Island, FL and their annual summer vacation to Cape Cod is again on the agenda. Mary Anne (Thune) Lasko and Joel have retired, selling Washington Photocopy after 44 years in business. They will be moving into an apartment in a retirement community with outstanding amenities. Their daughter lives in Aspen, CO and their son and family (3 grandchildren) are in Bethesda, MD. Life is good for Sarah Jane (Snyder) Raffety – no news to report, but she wants to say “a cheerful Hello to all classmates, and wish everyone a happy summer.” Carole (Downing) Staton and Roy took advantage of son Andrew’s brief TDY at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma to visit him. Andrew’s wife remained back at Kadena AFB in Okinawa where they are stationed. Grandson Austin is 2 ½ and lives close by. I, Sayre (Roney) Steere and husband Dave are getting used to the “friendly skies” between here (Panama City Beach, FL) and Seattle, where daughter Joan and her 3 little girls live. We were there at Christmas, with a side trip to a ski resort in Bend, OR. Dave and I were content to observe from the warmth of the chalet while the family hit the slopes. We’ll return again this summer, this time to go camping with them, then stop off to visit daughter Doris in Palo Alto, CA.


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