1. 1944: Summer 2014

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    Jean Wheatley Hilchuk

    jhilchuk@aol.com

    Marilyn Barnett had nothing to report. She was gathering stuff that needed to be saved and throwing out stuff that needed to go. Peg Traver Emery’s husband was in the hospital and her son was there with her. Elisabeth Shaw Herms lives in a retirement home. She plays the piano for the group there, walks two miles a day and rides her bike three miles. Milly Geiple Hufnagel’s son lives with her and her other children, Jim and Joan, live close by. Millie still drives. Barbara Gill Jesser reported that she has very little gray hair and has three great-grandchildren. Mary Caulkins Johnson lives in a retirement center. There is plenty there to keep her busy. Betty Black Newport is still living in her house alone. She has given up on driving. Her son was home for Christmas as his wife had died. The whole family was together for the holidays and Betty prepared the meals for everyone. Mim Fowler Orth is still in her home. She has given up driving as her son lives close by. Millie Easterbrook Patzig resides in her home alone. She has someone come in to help her fix meals. Her daughter, who lives in Texas, was with her for Memorial Day. Gert Flagg Dalzell lives in her home. Her son who lives nearby had a stroke this past year and she has been taking care of him. He is doing very well now. Gert still drives. Anne Schwab Dulabahn has moved to a smaller place and is selling her house. Ann Wikel Hausman has a son that lives close by. Nancy Ogden Carson is enjoying good health. She lives in a retirement home. Her son from Maryland was expected for a visit. Her daughter lives in Montana. Phyllis Fine Soza is losing her sight, but she still enjoys working in her garden. Mary Lou Chorley Touart is proud of her children and grandchildren. She had not heard from Marge Muth Alibasah lately and was going to try and reach her. Mary Lou is still in charge of her retirement’s newspaper. Janet Coblentz Cover is in assisted living now. She attended our 70th reunion in June. Beulah Munshower Sommer also attended reunion. She really enjoys her place of retirement. I heard from Marge Muth Alibasah. She wishes all good health. Her health is not too good, but she has family near her all of the time. If I, Jean Wheatley Hilchuk, lived closer to Hood, I would have attended reunion. I still drive, but cannot walk without aid except in our wonderful pool that is heated year round. Florida weather is great.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. 1964: Summer 2014

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    Barbara Maly Fish
    Barb2fish@yahoo.com

    Fifty members of the Class of 1964 converged on Frederick for our 50th reunion and a good time was had by all. We talked, laughed, reminisced, and even shed a few tears as we traveled back to those happy times more than 50 years ago. On behalf of all the attendees, I send thanks to Kate Jenks Powell, Betsey Covel, Marylou Herrmann Foley, and Barbi Haun Morris for their organizational skills. Thanks too to Harriet LeSourd Wise, who hosted all of us in her beautiful garden just a few blocks away from the campus. Kate not only contributed her own talents, but she also volunteered those of her children. Rev. Becky Powell Hoover led the worship service that ended the weekend while Bill Powell played the organ. Becky gave a very moving sermon; if you would like a copy please let me know and I will send one to you. At that Chapel service, Barbi and Joan Emann Whitten read the names of all of our classmates who have died since graduation, 27 names in all. The most recent was Penny Fettner Kopscik, who died in February after a long struggle with ovarian cancer.  Melanie Lathrop Hoffman bravely attended several reunion events, then passed away several days later on June 12, of pancreatic cancer. At the reunion, we also learned that Karen Kuechenmeister Lehrhaupt’s husband, Michael, had died in March. I know that all of you join me in sending the sympathy of the class to these families.

    We also learned that Barbi Haun Morris would soon begin chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. In a recent email, Carolyn Felin Fidler, a breast cancer survivor, posed an interesting question to me: How many women in our class have been treated for breast cancer? Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer over their lifetimes. Is that number valid for our class? I can’t do a totally scientific survey, but send me a message if that diagnosis has been part of your life story. Send me the year, too, if you don’t mind, and I will share what I learn with everyone in the class.

    Carolyn also said that she had to miss the reunion because of hip replacement surgery. She and husband Nevin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently with a transatlantic trip on the Queen Mary and visits to Scotland and England. She and twin sister Kathy both have the travel bug. Between them, they have visited all 7 continents and at least 40 countries. Kathy also is a Master Gardener and an Art Smart volunteer in the local schools in Allentown, PA, where she lives.

    Another intrepid traveler in our class is Sue Lyeth Sternfeld, who, a week after the reunion, left with her daughter Karen for a 6-week voyage on the sailboat Lord Nelson from Recife, Brazil to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ship is especially outfitted to accommodate people with physical limitations, such as Sue’s daughter Karen, who uses a wheelchair. Photos on the ship’s website show people in wheelchairs up in the rigging, something which Karen hopes to do.

    Family obligations kept Sue Hapgood Satterfield at home in Nelson County, VA instead of at our reunion. She and husband Bob continue to love life on their little farm, in spite of being the sole staff and caretakers for horses, dogs, cats, gardens, and pastures of grass and hay. They lead and organize the hunting year
    and weekly rides for Rita Mae Brown’s fox hunt club, while spending as much time as they can with their children, grandchildren, friends and family in KY, NC, GA, and Richmond VA. They welcome houseguests to explore with them the Brew Ridge Trail, which includes dozens of wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries. When she wrote, Sue and Bob were about to embark on a 2-week trip to Spain and France with 14 people (including 7 actors) ranging in age from 2 to 82. The group will explore the food, wine, and art of the Basque and Burgundy regions.

    Like Sue, Mary Moore Shoemaker examined the reunion photos sent by the college and asked herself, “Who are all these old ladies?” Mary assures us that she looks exactly the same as she did 50 years ago! She and husband Doug continue to enjoy good health and lots of activities to keep themselves busy. Doug works part-time at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, while Mary volunteers with Riverfest, an annual celebration to educate people on environmental issues, and the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, a group that focuses on economic development around the water resources in Waynesboro, VA. All of the Shoemakers’ children and grandchildren live within an hour from their home.

    Ruth Kaiser Port and husband Bob recently celebrated their 48th anniversary. In June, their son Eric, his wife, and two Norwegian friends visited for a week from Norway, where Eric has lived since his marriage in 2008. Their daughter Lorinda and her family visited at the same time. Ruth, completely retired since 2006, participates in several community Bible study groups, as well as riding as often as possible her Kentucky Saddle Horse, Crockett. Keeping up with their grandchildren’s activities also is a priority for the Ports. Lorinda’s oldest in in college, the next is in high school, and the youngest is in middle school. Ruth says that her “spare” time is spent on her hobbies: biking, reading, gardening, traveling, painting, and camping.

     

  3. 1959: Summer 2014

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    A small but spirited group attended our 55th reunion in June:  Mary-Lou Haddad; Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee; Janet Hobbs Cotton; Linda Mohler Humes; Judy Moreland Granger and Bob; Joanne Peper Milnor, Patricia Shoaf; Joan Victor Boos and John; Anne Wilson Heuisler; and Roberta Wood Trimble and her sister, Paula Wood Ellison.  In addition to the alumnae luncheon and Strawberry Breakfast, the college provided an Italian buffet on Friday evening and an all-class dinner dance on Saturday.

    Notable quotes:

    “Let the record show that the true blue group of the class of ’59 were here!” – John Boos

    “If we look as good as you do, we’ll be happy!” – alumna of the class of 1984

    “It’s amazing that you have the same color hair as 55 years ago, and mine is all gray!” – Bob Granger

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    Class of 1959 55th reunion, June 7, 2014:  Patricia Shoaf, Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee, Mary-Lou Trout Hadd, Judy Moreland Granger, Janet Hobbs Cotton, Joanne Peper Milnor, Linda Mohler Humes, Roberta Wood Trimble, Joan Victor Boos, Anne Wilson Heuisler.

    CATHERINE BROOKE BUCKINGHAM 

    I will miss all of you!  Haven’t been back since our 40th and that was such fun.  Come see me in Jacksonville Florida!!  Ronnie and I are celebrating our 55th anniversary in August.

    TARUN COMEGYS JOHNS

    I am well and happy. I enjoyed a 3-week stay in Aiken, SC, end of May/June house sitting for my cousins. A friend took me to church and introduced me to one of her friends. She had just said Tarun when Phoebe said Comegys! It was Phoebe Adams Marshall (Hood ’62)! My big upcoming adventure will be on Trillium, my Sabre 30 sailboat which I am rehabbing with my friend Alan. We plan to leave in Sept. to go down the intracoastal to Florida and on to the Bahamas for the winter. Alan was a professional captain, so I shall be in good hands. The boat will have absolutely everything to be safe and comfortable.

    NANCY CURRAN CROWLEY

    Nancy and Joe cruised the California coast in the spring of 2013 and then from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal to Los Angeles in November.  They were impressed by the building of the parallel canal that will accommodate larger ships.  This summer the Crowleys are planning a big family celebration at Lake Tahoe for their 55th anniversary and Joe’s 80th birthday.  All the children and grandchildren plan to be there.

    NANCY FLETCHER ARTLETT called me to inquire about J.P.  Her husband, Frank, was undergoing some tests, and she sent her best to everyone, sorry that she can’t make it to reunion.

    6/18

    Frank has had surgery and the mouth is still sore where he had 2 lesions removed at the back of his tongue. His neck is still sore where the carcinoma was removed from his lymph gland. He will not have radiation. He is slowing quite a bit, but I have reserved respite care for him from July 14- August 26.  I hope to see San Francisco and come down the coast to visit Nancy and Fritz Huntsinger, fly to Virginia to see friends and family and might get to Florida again to see Starr. Time is precious everywhere. Business class tickets are very expensive now….and I need to get my feet up!!  Had an UGH weekend while you were enjoying the reunion. I am ready to come back to the states for good!

    GLORIA FRIEDMAN GOLDSPUN

    Jamie’s [Gloria’s daughter, Jamie Pachino] new show “Halt and Catch Fire” premiered on June 1st, on AMC network at 10:00 P.M. (right where Mad Men was).  She is the Executive Story Editor on this show and has written one of the episodes.  Her episode is called “Giant” and will be the 7th one, airing on July 13th (if they don’t skip the July 6th episode for the July 4th celebrations).  Stay tuned.  Jamie has told me that this series has been her best experience as a writer as well as her favorite one.

    The L.A Times wrote this summary last Sunday–along with a glowing review:  “Halt and Catch Fire is a period drama that doesn’t go back too far.  It’s set in the 1980′s, where it’ll aim to recreate the critical era of personal computer pioneering.  The series will follow a trio of characters:  a visionary, an engineer, and a prodigy as they invent the great-great-great grandfather of that box you use to tweet out what you had for breakfast!”  It takes place in Texas.

    Hope you like it.  We always put on the close-captioning to get all the words!

    MARY ANN GUILD SIMMONS

    Mary Ann spent time in Florida last winter.  She has been playing a lot of duplicate bridge.

    GAYLE HAMILTON BLAKESLEE

    Gayle and Natalie traveled to Japan in April and then to Poland and down the Danube in June.

    EDEE HOWARD HOGAN  

    I will be in London with granddaughter as her graduation gift. Have a great time!  Edee

    My news is that I will be at Bethany Beach beginning July 1 through September and would love to have any classmates drop in or just give me a call.  From June 19 through July 1 will be in London (graduation present for granddaughter Abby) with Martha Allen, my daughter-in-law and Abby. We have a great flat in Kenninston which will be the base for our visits to Bath and other surrounding places. Martha and I plan to do the museums while Abby and Lori will do some of the first time to London sightseeing. We will all enjoy London Theater “Warhorses” and High Tea at Fortnum and Masons in the new Jubilee Tearoom. Hope all is well.  Edee

    CAROLE JONES ROGERS

    Carole came to my house to spend three days with Gayle Blakeslee, Judy Moreland Granger, Mary-Lou Trout Haddad and me prior to reunion weekend, but she didn’t go with us to Hood because that weekend was her only opportunity to see her granddaughter, Olivia Massey, an MIT junior, this summer.  Carole was honored on a sub-zero evening in February by being named the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition in conjunction with the National Council of Jewish Women, for her dedicated service to Planned Parenthood.  The timing of the award was planned to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 23rd.

    MARCIA KING WILKE

    I don’t expect to make it, much as I would like to do so. I have to stay close to home as my husband has balance problems.

    JUDY MORELAND GRANGER

    7/7 On Friday we’re heading off to a Granger family reunion (31 relatives!) on Lake Michigan, then to Columbus, Ohio, to visit uncle, aunt, cousins—including Ethel Kintigh Spence ‘62– and Carole Sue, then to North Carolina for a week in the mountains at Jim and Carole’s.  Best time of all was in Baltimore– The college did look beautiful.  Hope all is well.

    DIANA MURPHY PHILLIPS

    I would enjoy seeing you all at the reunion but we recently were in New York for our daughter’s wedding and we have projects going on here in Santa Barbara with which we are occupied.  Our daughter, Kimberly, was married for the first time at age 52 to a retired executive from Time Warner who retired here about 14 years ago.  They have an apartment in New York and visit frequently his daughter, husband and granddaughters (ages 3 and 8) who were the flower girls. They were married in Christ Chapel Riverside Church where my parents were married almost 84 years ago. The entire event was so very special and wonderful–seeing cousins from Maryland (Potomac) and people I had not seen for some time!

    What a treat to receive the dear picture and note from Aki!!  We enjoyed our visit with Aki and Mina at our 50th Reunion and a few months later we enjoyed a visit from Mina and her now husband here in Santa Barbara!

    Roger and I will miss you all at the 55th Reunion next week!  We were in New York in early February for our daughter’s wedding on the 7th   It was the most wonderful and special time.  Kimberly and Michael live here and New York City where he spent his career as an executive with Time Warner.

    They were married in the Chapel at Riverside Church where my parents were married 84 years ago!  I was born in New York City and at the time my parents lived in White Plains, N.Y. just about 15- 20 miles south of Katonah where Aki has lived these many years!

    JOANNE PEPER MILNOR

    My last adventure was in March, a cruise to the western Caribbean with stops in Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico to see the Mayan ruins. Then a week with my brother, Ray, in Sarasota, Florida. I’m home for the summer with much to do around the house.  I will tour/cruise again in the fall, starting in Bucharest to Budapest and then again in the spring 2015 the Italian lakes and up into Switzerland. I’m still doing the “bucket list” and have visited 60 countries on 5 continents, plus 49 of our United States. Haven’t been to North Dakota yet.  I’ll be at the reunion.  Joanne

    JEANNETTE PHELPS

    J.P. suffered a pulmonary embolism and a heart attack in the early spring and was hospitalized for almost two weeks.  She seems to be recovering successfully and appreciates the many phone calls and cards from classmates.  Got lots of mail from loads of classmates she might not have expected to hear from.  (“They worked.  I am fully mobile.”)  J.P. called Starr Culver Weihe Sherman to extend birthday wishes and reported that Starr sends her best to everyone.

    Antoinette Zawatsky ’58 lives 2 doors from J.P.  in Roland Park Place, a retirement community in Baltimore.  They are both happy that Eda Scheir ‘58 is moving in.

    PATRICIA SHOAF

    Patricia suffered a nasty fall last spring at the Folger Library in Washington.  She came to reunion, still nursing bruises.

    KATHERINE STIRLING DOW

    Elaine Price Flint sent word that Kathy’s husband, James Kimball Dow, died on May 22nd.

    JAMES KIMBALL DOW Jr.

    1928 – 2014 | Obituary |

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    DOW, James Kimball Jr. Died on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in North Andover, MA, aged 85, of pneumonia. Mr. Dow is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katherine Stirling Dow, and by their sons David Stirling Dow and Michael Scott Dow, his nephew Peter Craig Freeman, and a niece Laura Ann Stirling. Born November 27, 1928 in Boston to Marion (Pruden) Tichenor Dow and James Kimball Dow (and grandson of the late Judge Harry R. Dow), he grew up in their home at 154 Johnson Street. He was educated at Pike School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard. After earning his AB in Chemistry in 1950, he went to work for DuPont Chemicals until 1954, when he entered the Naval Reserve. He served there as a meteorologist, stationed at Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. He left the service in 1957 to attend the Harvard Business School. While pursuing his MBA (which he earned in 1959), he met Miss Katherine Stirling through mutual friends, and was smitten. They were married on April 2, 1960 in Tarrytown, NY. The young couple moved to Cambridge, MA and Mr. Dow started working in the Trusts division of the New England Merchants Bank. In 1962, they moved back to Andover, to an apartment on Salem Street, and in October of 1964 their first son, David, was born. In 1966 they bought their first home, a colonial era farmhouse on Holt Road. In 1970, their second son, Michael, was born. Professionally, Mr. Dow pioneered the use of computing in investment management, and rose to the rank of Executive Vice President before leaving what had by then become the Bank Of New England, and moving to a similar position with State Street Bank & Trust. He retired in 1993, and pursued his interests in gardening, antique furniture and colonial era silverware. Mr. Dow served as Treasurer of Abbot Academy, a Trustee of the Andover Historical Society, and on the vestry of Christ Church in Andover. Donations in his name may be made to Andover Historical Society.

    Published in The Boston Globe on May 28, 2014

    PAT WEVER KNOLL and Ron planned a trip down the Rhine at reunion time.  She sent her best to everyone.

    CAROL WICK ERICKSEN

    Hi, I can’t be there.  Buying trip in Kansas City that weekend and on to Houston for son, Jay’s 50th  birthday.  Miss you all.  Carol

    AKIKO YAMAMOTO FASOLO

    Thank you so much for the wonderful photo of 55th reunion – I could not take my eye off from it.  I enjoyed looking at our 1959 Touchstone again.  If I were there, the kind gentleman, Bob, could not comment about our hair color the same way … :-)

    I have to miss this reunion; after so many changes, my foot surgery is scheduled for tomorrow (April 29th).  It is a relatively minor surgery, but it’s going to take six to eight weeks to recover.

    I hope you will have a wonderful reunion.

    The attached photo, taken last year, is me with my daughter, Mina, and granddaughter, Karina.

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    I have just one grandchild, Karina.  It’s a joy to see her develop.  I serve on a membership committee in Lake Katonah Club community where I have lived for over forty-five years.  I belong to a very active church, First Presbyterian Church of Katonah, and enjoy participating in various projects and events.  I also volunteer as an usher at Caramoor Music Festival, where I attend wonderful musical performances and lectures.  While I am grounded with a cast on my right foot, I find the time to enjoy some books.  I plan to correspond with Yasuko soon.

    MARIAN ZUGALE RAPP

    AGE: 76 • Morristown

    Marion M. Rapp of Morristown passed away on February 6, 2014 at Morristown Medical Center. She was 76 years old. Born in Orange NJ, Marion resided in Maplewood before moving to Morristown 37 years ago. Marion earned her B.A. degree from Hood College in Maryland, and her M.A. degree in Theological Studies from Drew University in Madison. She was a member of Morristown United Methodist Church, as well as the following organizations: American Driving Society, American Kennel Club, American Miniature Horse Association, American Motorcycle Association, Antique Automobile Club of America, Montclair Community Band, Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Garden State, and the Summit Symphony.

    Marion is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth G. Rapp, and her devoted son Steven J. Rapp and his wife, Lori. She is also survived by her beloved brother, David Zugale and wife Andrea, as well as her cherished grandchildren, Emily and Kelsey Rapp. Marion was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Gladys Zugale.

    In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marion can be made to: Morristown United Methodist Church, or St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

    Published in Daily Record on Feb. 9, 2014

    ANNE WILSON HEUISLER

    Leading up to the reunion, I was overjoyed to have four houseguests in Baltimore for three nights:  Carole Jones Rogers, Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee, Judy Moreland Granger, and Mary-Lou Trout Haddad.  I loved having my house full!  We spent most of the time catching up but fit in visits to the Garrett Mansion and Bertha’s Mussels, Fells Point, the Inner Harbor, and Federal Hill.

    I taught two sections of freshman English at Stevenson University in the spring and have agreed to teach two in the fall.  I love the classes but not the papers.

    Please send news for the next time; deadline probably will be December.  Put me on your holiday mailing list.

    ANNE WILSON HEUISLER
    aheuisler@comcast.net

  4. 1974: Summer 2014

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    Reunion weekend 2014 provided beautiful weather, comfortable accommodations, easy conversation, and a great selection of choices in the dining hall.  It was my first reunion and an experience I shall look forward to in another five years.  The following made to their way to Frederick for either on campus functions or connecting with a small group off-site:  Vicki (Raeburn) Benton, Margery (Berringer) Schuran, Virginia (Keane) Bukovac, Linda (Shurko) Bulvanoski, Ann (Williams) DeMers, Alison (Knotts) Durham, Nancy (Melroy) Faustine, Elizabeth (Guertler) Godfrey, Guy Gray, Magaly (Mauras) Green, Lucia Homick, Carolyn (Schoemer) Huyghe, Sandra (Bell) McDonnell, Elizabeth Rittenhouse, Louise ((Hicks) Smith, Billie Weise, Sue Whaley, Wilma (DeFazio) Wilt, Lashley (Micas) Wolf, and yours truly.  Rich Wilt (Wilma Defazio’s husband) and Doug Leland were good sports for attending!

    Vicki (Raeburn)Benton shared Leigh is keeping busy with his job as site manager for Middletown Carting, his job as representative in the County Legislature, and his part time work in a local jewelry store.  Vicki gets to enjoy playing ‘Meme’ for the summer and hopes to be back at tutoring in the fall.   Son, Chris, is still COO for Beachside Physical Therapy. He also is busy with the LPGA as one of the lead therapists on the tour!  Chris’ wife, Jessica, is off for the summer, but will return to the Brevard school district as an OT in August. Camden (9) will enter 4th grade and Jace (7) will be in 2nd this fall.  Son, PJ, is still the Crime Scene Detective for the New Windsor Police Department. Having an 8-4 job is great; however, he is on call 24/7.  PJ’s wife, Lisa, is doing well with her jewelry business (www.lisawicker.com) and has added a botanical line (www.Arbonne.com) to her repertoire.  Marty (8) will be a 4th grader next year and Ryan will be a 2nd grader!

    Sue Mulvey regrettably could not attend reunion with a very busy summer, visits from cousins, and a number of family birthdays. Sue’s family has a rustic farmhouse in Conway, MA so they had lots of fun getting together.  Sue (Mulvey) will be visiting Mara Downes McGrail on the Cape in August. (She transferred from Hood to UNH in ’72.)  Mara will have a small get-together with her UNH friends including, Georgia Chavent. Georgia also transferred from Hood to UNH. Not sure if it was the same year. In October, Mara will fly East again and they will visit Chris Hill Lydecker ’73 in North Conway, NH.  Chris and her husband Ken own the Riverside Inn B&B in Intervale, NH.  www.riverside-inn-bed-breakfast.com.  It’s a beautiful time to be in New England!

    Janis (Wilson) Polastre wrote that during the first two weeks of June ’14, she and her husband took Janis’ 89 year old mom to visit old friends in France and will be making side trips to Andorra, Barcelona and Costa Brava.  When mom is still game, why not?  You continue to globe trot!  Hard to keep up with your whereabouts and those of Peggy Bull Larsen!

    Peggy (Bull) Larsen wrote that travels would preclude her from attending the reunion this year.  Last summer travels took Peggy and a childhood friend to London and Wales.  A highlight was taking a train out to Newbury to visit Highclere Castle, the filming location for Downtown Abbey.   Peggy’s husband, Michael, is retiring from his position at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD after 30 years of service.  He’s planning to transition to a part-time position with a company in a related field and they’re both looking forward to him having more hours at home.  Peggy continues to enjoy her position at Goucher College very much and plans to hang in there for a while.

    Deb Kohler wrote that she too had a full calendar for summer 2014. Deb will be taking a cruise from England to Iceland and back through the fjords of Norway with her mother and sister. It’s Deb’s sister’s 50th birthday celebration.  Hiking into a volcano on Iceland and seeing what it’s like to have 22 hours of light a day will be firsts.  Deb’s husband, Ed, continues to do his road racing.  They also had the opportunity to race on the track at the Brickyard in Indianapolis this summer…the event that trumped reunion!  It was the first time that famous track has been open to this type of event. There were 750 vintage cars there from Indy cars, to pre WWII racecars, midgets, and the big bore engine vehicles from the 50s and 60s. In November they are going back to Daytona. Indy was the first time they took the new pick up truck camper to the track and it made it much more fun for Deb.  They even experienced the “unique subculture of WalMart parking lot campers.”  There is even an app for that too!  Who knew?  Last summer they explored Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons & Rocky Mountains NPs.    Deb is looking forward to the 50th.  Feet to the fire Deb!  We’re holding you to it…race or no race!

    Lauren Campisi Fulton wrote that she was in Frederick to have dinner at the Tasting Room in Frederick with the former Carolyn (Schoemer) Huyghe, Linda (Shurko) Bulvanoski, Allison (Knotts) Durham, Ann (Williams) DeMers and Sue Whaley over reunion weekend.  Like so many, they too questioned why they hadn’t made time to get together in past years!  Lauren vacationed at the Outer Banks before Hurricane Arthur blew in and then the very next week she watched weather guru, Jim Cantore, televise right in the middle of her vacation neighborhood!   She has been (mostly) happily underemployed over the past 40 years, though currently managing a dental office for her best friend and her dentist husband, who gives lots of paid time off while he adventures around the world.

    Kathy (Poloni) Triwahjudi wrote that son, Anthony, is attending the VT jazz camp, but plans to connect in VT with Pam Callis and Patty Lynam fell through. Anthony attended the ice hockey camp at Cornell again before going to VT.  They went up to Brossard, Canada outside Montreal for two days for the French experience and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Condolences on the recent loss of your mom Kathy.

    Louise (Hicks) Smith sent word that her son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Candice, invited Louise to fly to Australia, — all expenses paid —  for a couple of weeks in September, but she had to turn them down since her employer requires employees to mark the schedule book for vacations six months in advance!  Seriously?  So, she’s hoping to go in ’15!  Need anyone to carry your carry on bag?  My 2015 is wide open!!  Louise joined a family genealogical society three years ago and was asked to help with heraldic illustrations for a book, so this summer she is corresponding with the secretary of the society over the internet and by mail.  He lives in Manchester, England and is writing the book about their family history in England, pertaining specifically to the 17th century.  Work, keeping up with the house, and feeding nine cats keeps her busy.  She has played some golf but has had to place the harp aside for a while.  The simple pleasure of a ferry ride to visit a friend in Cape May, NJ in late July holds such appeal.

    Guy Gray checked in.  Guy believes he and his wife, Marty Mulford ’69, are the first married couple to receive both undergraduate and graduate degrees, class of ’82 from Hood.  As for wooden boats, Guy is now working to get a historical boat back to Cambridge, MD.  It’s an 83 foot Rescue Boat built for the Army Air Corp during WWII, designed to go out and pick up downed air crews in the North Atlantic and English Chanel.  It was made right next to where he currently volunteers in Cambridge, MD.  The man who owned it passed away without any heirs, so the estate contacted Guy’s group of restoration enthusiasts to see if there was any interest in getting it back down there from MA.  The interest is not the difficult part, however, finding the money to do is. There may be only four or five of these boats remaining in the world. That fact that the boat appeared to be float-worthy was a good sign.

    Billie Weise shared she had quite an experience with a back surgery this last Spring that went from bad to worse.  She has been on the mend, and rallied more quickly with the support and presence of Ginny (Keane) Bukovac and Margery (Berringer) Schuran.  How could she not with those two?  They had me in stitches at reunion!

    I spotted Lashley (Micas) Wolf at Ron Volpe’s presentation on the Saturday morning of reunion.  Lashley is quite the accomplished seamstress, lover of art, involved with galleries (Corcoran for one)/ collecting, and was very involved with the Washington debutante scene.  I believe she shared she has three daughters if memory serves me correctly, and truth be told it isn’t always serving me correctly! The standout to me was Lashley’s youngest.  You may have seen or experienced her on the mall in D.C.  Sporting whatever hair color for the month, ready to create your personalized poem after some fact gathering, stand back to take in her words of insight and wisdom.  What a great way to augment her coffers and her day job.  Clever to be able to weave poetry from a complete stranger’s story, quickly, and get paid for it.  Nicely, nicely done!

    Dibby Burnham bailed (feel guilty Dibby?) on the reunion as her son and daughter-in-law were visiting in CT.  They went to NYC for an overnight and walked for two days straight…taking in the sights of the Brooklyn Bridge, High Line, Chinatown, Soho, and Noho…Another highlight of their visit was going to New Canaan, CT to check out the Philip Johnson compound of different buildings, each so beautifully designed. The Glass House was magnificent.  Yes, Dibby, you will be riding down with Sue Mulvey and me for the 45th!

    If you have ideas for upcoming reunions, or the 50th, in particular, let the office of Alumni Affairs know, or shoot me an email.  Some suggestions were having separate class dinners allowing for ease of hearing, having a class activity/project (ideas?), setting a date/time for a group photo to capture the majority, and sharing reunion weekend with either our Big Sister Class and/or Little Sister Class.  I will add that those who stayed in Shriner said the accommodations were comfortable and very reasonable.  I checked out my old room only to find it had been converted to a men’s room!

    Thanks for the memories!

    Sally (Johnson) Leland

  5. 1962: Summer 2014

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    It has been a pleasure to hear from every one of you – 25 in all – thank you for taking the time.  I begin alphabetically with five classmates who we haven’t heard from recently – like 40 years!   Then I continue in mostly alphabetical order with the remaining 20 of us.  Also included: an “In Memorium” entry for Marcia Powell Chapman.

    Your class reporter, Sara “Sally” Zimmerman  revsaraz@aol.com

    Sue “Suki” Mercer Larmann lives in Chadds Ford, PA.  She became a widow early in 2013 and says “The lawyers are still ‘working on it’.  I swear it’s harder leaving this world than entering. I needed a crash course in finance 101!  Doing OK.  At this time, I am checking out long-term care places.  It reminds me of looking at different colleges.  My kids are not ‘around the corner’ and I think this would be a good solution.  Besides, I love people and friends.  Children:  John in CT and Jamie in NJ.  John has 3 children; the oldest will be a junior at the U. of Delaware.  Jamie has two children 5 and 3.  Big space because my two are 10 years apart.”  She asked about Lynn Charlton Brown, Lynn Roach, Arden Moore, and Vonnie Brill and observes:  “Seems like (we were at Hood) 100 years ago.  I’m happy at my age now…really every age has been interesting.”

    Ellie Schlough Lassiter writes: “It has been years since I last contributed news to the Hood magazine.  I have been living in Prescott, AZ since 2002, having moved here with my husband Richard from Boulder City, NV.  I retired from working for the National Park Service in 1997.  My husband and I enjoyed serving at Grand Teton National Park, Lowell Natl Historical Park and Lake Mead Natl. Recreation Area during a period of ten years.  When we relocated to Prescott, my 4 year old grandson came with us and has been with us for 13 years; he is now a grown up 17 year old young man, the joy of my life.  My other joy is singing soprano with the Yavapai College Master Chorale, our church choir and a local musical organization, the Prescott POPS.  Aside from being a "mom" again, I enjoy gardening and seem to be constantly relandscaping our property and I do a little art work when the muse strikes.  My email address is richardlassiter@cableone.net and I would welcome contacts from fellow Hoodlums.”
    Susan Auf der Hyde Markscheffel says “I’m just doing what most of us are doing at our age: working at staying active and involved with family, friends, and community.   Though I've been a California transplant for 19 years, I still am grateful for and relish the year around beauty of the Central Coast.  Maybe that's because I spent 29 years living in Alaska!  Year around gardening and other outdoor activities remain a great pleasure.  Several years ago another woman and I developed a shop in our newly constructed library.  Never having started a business or worked in retail, the project was a steep learning curve.  I'm glad to report that the shop is thriving and providing needed revenue for the library.   Lately I've been doing a weekly game afternoon with children of all ages who are living at our emergency homeless shelter.  It's been an amazing experience, in many ways a real eye opener.  I love having visitors….Santa Maria is an hour north of Santa Barbara.  If any classmates are traveling on the coast, please call.  Tel: 805-347-7428   Email:  samark2@verizon.net

    Kim Norfleet Scott: “I don’t think I have written to Hood for over 40 years or so.  Over the years I have thought about the friends I made at Hood and have fond memories and would like to be in touch with Regina Schlank, Liz Kovacs and Sue Williams.  My email address is kbscott1552@aol.com.  I have a masters degree in personnel administration from Cornell University.  I met my husband of 51 years there. We have five grown children: three girls, two boys, 16 grandchildren age 2 – 24.  Our hobbies are boating and travel:  we took our yacht to the Mediterranean in 2011 and by land and sea toured 16 countries in five months.  We spend some time in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean in winter months on our yacht. We have a family owned business in Erie, PA.  Now we have over 2,000 employees in PA and NY states.  See us online at the Web site visitscott.com.  It’s a hospitality business – we own hotels, restaurants and the largest indoor water park east of the Mississippi: Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park.  We bought a ski resort with two golf courses and put in a ropes course and ziplines this summer.   I would love to be in touch with, or hear from, any of my classmates who pass by Erie, Pa. “

    Margie Patterson Westergaard, my sophomore year roommate, who then went off to NYC and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital to study nursing, now lives in Lakewood, OH and writes that her life revolves around her children and grandchildren now that she’s retired.  

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    Betty Appel Bailey:  “Tom (USNA-61) and I will be celebrating our 49th anniversary in July.  After moving coast to coast for many years (Tom was in submarines for 28 years) we are now retired and living in north county San Diego and Palm Desert, CA.   Prior to retirement I owned and operated a wealth management/financial planning firm in San Diego for 20+ years.  We have one daughter and she and her husband and our 3 granddaughters live nearby in Carlsbad, CA.  Since we have homes on two separate golf courses we spend some of our time golfing.  In the past 5 years we have traveled for pleasure more than ever before but now we are about to complete a major remodel of one of our homes.  We are both in good health for which we are grateful.   My best to you all.”

    Julie Shafer BarnshawJulie and Bob are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year with their family in Ocean City, NJ and Washington, DC.

    Judy Hammond Blatchford:  “Park and I continue to take advantage of retirement and good health by travelling.  Recently we took our younger son and family to the Galapagos (as we did our older gang 9 years ago) and spent another week seeing the mountains of Ecuador. Volunteer opportunities and our home in the Adirondacks are our other involvements.  We highly recommend traveling with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic (www.expeditions.com) for exciting destinations with delightful people, excellent ratio of naturalists to passengers, and unique support in developing your photographic skills with NG-trained staff.  Last fall we took the Patagonia/Chilean Fijords trip, again another great experience.”

    Ann Holmes Flatt:  “Our past year has been filled with many happy events.  In November ’13, JP and I drove our RV west, marveling at the beauty of our National Parks in Utah and Arizona, leaving our RV in Phoenix with friends for the winter.  It was a winter with masses of snow and we enjoyed some great skiing.  In December we celebrated our 50th anniversary in Cozumel, Mexico and enjoyed a brief respite from the blustery weather in Massachusetts.  In March we retrieved the RV and returned by a southern route through AZ, NM, TX, AR, TN, WV, VA, MD, PA, NY and MA.  In VA we stayed for a week with our daughter and family in Oakton.  We all enjoyed some camping together near Gettysburg where we hiked, biked, rode horses through the battlefield and visited the wonderful museum there.  Back in Massachusetts, we returned to the care of home and garden as well as our 2 days per week babysitting for our son’s 3 year old twins.  During a week in June we enjoyed daily outings at a nearby state park in Sturbridge with our daughter Sylvie where we swam and kayaked.  Now I write from VA where we are spending 10 days once again with daughter Carine and family.  Our grandkids are very involved with their swim and dive programs and we are amazed at their impressive performances in several recent meets.  In July/August we will have the pleasure of 15 yr old grandson Grant’s visit for 3 weeks. In September we have rented an old farmhouse in southern France for 2 weeks followed by a cruise from Athens to Istanbul.

    I continue to sing with the Worcester Chorus, enjoy gardening, hiking up our Wachusett Mt. 3 mornings a week with a group of friends (I’m the oldest!) and participating in a local art group that meets weekly to draw or paint.  Together JP and I enjoy times with our 3 children and 5 grandkids, travel, attending concerts, skiing, kayaking and living in our wonderful town which offers us so much.  I keep in contact with Marty Turner Leonetti, Susan Collins Reidenbach, and Rusty Papst Houghland and always look forward to their annual visits.  Wishing you all a wonderful continuation of this summer and of 2014 and hope that my path will cross with many of you.”

    Carolyn Fischer Giles:  “Brian and I have been in New Hampshire for more than 25 years now, and fully retired from the University of New Hampshire. We try to spend time at our cottage on Martha’s Vineyard and the rest of the time traveling or enjoying our two grandsons, Brenon and Benjamin.

    During the last year or so, we used our cottage as an exchange and spent three weeks in the Sacramento area of California, touring local vineyards, circling Lake Tahoe and the gold mining area and biking around the American River.  The year before found us doing an exchange with a couple from Avignon, France, where we enjoyed several weeks within the walled city and spent much of our time touring the hillside towns of the Provencal area.  In late September we spent a week  at Acadia National Park with a group of friends.

    More recently we touched base with Floy Miller, ’60, who also has a home on the Vineyard.  During our January stay at Joy Engle Demas and Bill’s villa in Tarpon Springs, we had lunch with Sally Zimmerman.  It was great to see both Hood friends and share experiences and memories of Hood.

    We are probably the oldest grandparents around.  Our two grandsons are 2 and 1/2 and 9 months, so they keep us busy when we are visiting or caring for them.

    During our ‘at home’ time in New Hampshire, I continue my involvement with the UNH Marine Docent Program and Brian serves on numerous environmental state and local committees.  And… we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this September!”

    Sunny Griffin:  “My husband, Steven, and I spend winters at our home at a spa outside Chiang Mai, Thailand, and summers at our home in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. My oldest daughter, Kelly Wagner, has her own movie production company and specializes in horror films (horrors!!) and my younger daughter, Kerry Wagner, lives in NYC and travels the world as Anne Hathaway’s personal assistant. I had my 7th brain surgery in May (I have stents in 2 carotid arteries in the brain and coils in 2 aneurisms) and have been told all is doing very well and I don’t have to come back again. I am, and almost always have been, a “health nut” and my message is that it is so very important to live a healthy lifestyle if we want to have a long and healthy old age. I like to say “If you want to look good in your 70s and 80s, start young. It’s like saving for retirement.”

    Susan Hossfeld:  “In late April, Carl and I had a wonderful trip to Portugal, Northern Spain and the Pyrenees in Spain and France.  We enjoyed Santiago de Compostela ( the end of the pilgrimage for the” Way of St. James” ),  Pamplona (the Running of the Bulls town),  Bilbao, (home of  Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum),  Carcassonne, Barcelona and many other interesting locations.  We were fortunate to go with Jane and Roger Bollman, which made the trip even more fun!”

    Rusty Papst Hougland (Knutson):  “My husband and I are spending the summmer in CT, enjoying children and grandchildren’s visits.  This fall we are looking forward to one more bucket list event….a Viking River Cruise to Spain and Portugal.”

    Doris Dalziel Kimball“Our health (George’s and mine)  is still pretty good, so none of our favorite volunteer jobs or activities has changed.   Two book clubs ensure that I read books I might never have tried and good critiques and discussions keep me going.  Two grandsons are in college and our rising H.S. junior granddaughter is already taking several AP classes to get a jump on College.   Eleven-year old granddaughter by Marian is incredibly imaginative and enjoying theater classes.  One reason we stay in the upper mid west is to get together with family.  We will all reunite in Spring Green, WI in July to see Much Ado About Nothing by the American Players Theater in the round, outdoors.  It has become one of our traditions to see one Shakespeare play out in the woods each summer.   Our other reason for staying here is the weather.  Yes!  We love the spring, summer and fall and congratulate each other for getting through our beautiful, daunting winters.  Of course, by mid-March, we are as grumpy as everyone else and we start packing the car for a long visit to Anna Maria Island, FL.  By the end of April, I am anxious to return to green, green lawns, blooming bushes and bulbs and wonderful spring birds and sounds.  As always, we would be delighted to see any Hood sisters who happen to be way up here.”

    Penny Misirian Mardoian:   “It is with great sadness that I report that my beloved husband of 51 years, Art, passed away peacefully at our home on May 22nd.  Even though he had short-term memory loss for the last 7 years, he remained active and aware until the very end.  Our grandson, Michael, will be attending Trinity this fall-close to our New Canaan home.  FYI:  I’m doing OK considering.  I leave for Michael’s graduation in PA on Monday and return to CT on June 15th.  I’ll leave for our home in Maine on the 18th and stay there until Oct. 12.  There will be a memorial in our local church in South Bristol, ME on Aug. 2 and one in New Canaan, CT on Nov. 1.  As you well know, life moves forward and time heals.  I am blessed to have a wonderful son, an amazing daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren and the many friends who have been so supportive during the time that I have been Art’s caregiver.  The fulfilling life that we shared will sustain me in the days ahead.  I look forward to our next reunion when we can catch up again.  Love, Penny.”  Penny, we offer our condolences for this loss of Art, so dear to you. SZ

    Phoebe Adams Marshall:  “Al and I met Joan Terpak Plitt and John in Georgetown, SC, for lunch in June.  They were in Myrtle Beach for a couple of weeks.  We’re going out to Indiana in July to celebrate my sister’s 80th birthday – Shirley Adams Beheler, class of ’56.  Ran into Tarun Comegys Johns, ’59, at my church a couple of weeks ago.”

    Patricia “Pem” Merrill:  Congratulations to Patricia – as announced in a press  release from San Pedro Business Recognition, April 29, 2014:  “Patricia Merrill Designs has been selected two years in a row for the 2014 Best of San Pedro Awards for Fine Art & Designs and now qualifies for the San Pedro Business Hall of Fame.”  For details and more information please view Web site: 2014 Best of San Pedro Awards – Fine Art & Designs. http://sanpedro.censuit.net/sxmbnbf_PMD–PATRICIA-MERRILL-DESIGNS .  Patricia “Pem” says, “I was surprised and honored by this award.  At least 2014 is starting off on a good note for me.  I am still working very hard in physical therapy to rehabilitate my left leg and hope from the break and surgery last Fall, I am walking almost normally.  My Thanksgiving in 2013 was the best ever. It was the first time in so many years that I was with my whole family at one time. My son flew in from NYC and surprised me on Thanksgiving morning. I was at my daughter’s in Santa Clarita. So, I had that wonderful day with my kids and grandkids and lots of friends to make me very grateful. Not much else to report except that I enjoyed watching my son, Clarke, sing back-up for Sting at the Tony Awards. He recently sang in Carnegie Hall in a tribute to the composers of the music for ‘Hairspray’  and numerous other shows and films. He also had his own show at Birdland in NYC last August.  Warm greetings to all the Hoodlums out there. I extend an open invitation to any and all who might be in higher Los Angeles area to contact me. I would love to see you.  I wish you all a wonderful and healthy 2014.”

    Lynn MacDonough Morrow:  “Memorial Day weekend we went to NYC for Navy Fleet Week because the Navy Band Northeast, including George’s daughter and son-in-law, were playing in a lot of venues.  When we weren’t attending their concerts, Meg and Dan joined us for sightseeing.

    Despite the fact that I worked in NYC for 2 years (1962-64) and have been taking an annual 2-day bus trip to NYC with a ladies group in PA, over the Memorial Day weekend I did things I had never done before and had a wonderful time!  We visited historical sites in Brooklyn where the Battle of Brooklyn took place in August, 1776.  I had never been to Brooklyn before and was quite impressed with a charming residential neighborhood and the size and greenery of Prospect Park.  We walked on a pedestrian track along the East River and crossed a pedestrian bridge to Randall’s Island which I had not even known existed.  A friend of George’s family invited us to their mid-town apartment for wine and snacks and we all went to their apartment building roof-deck for a great view of the Empire State Building.  Can you believe I took my first ride on the Staten Island Ferry and set foot for the first time on Staten Island?  While there, we toured the USS Cole, in port for Fleet Week and open for free tours to the public.  The whole weekend was a peak experience for me.

    Travel, both abroad and local, punctuates my lucky life.  After a cousin’s Oct. wedding in Heidelberg, George and I spent a week at the bride’s home in Belgium.  George’s cousins were our personal guides for a wonderful week of sightseeing and hiking in the area. We took a “spring break road trip” in March which included visits to my cousins and George’s friends in PA, VA, SC and WV.  Shorter and more frequent drives to Harrisburg (< 2 hrs from my State College, PA home) permit me to visit 3 of my grandsons.  The other 2 grandsons come with their parents to my farm in PA for holidays. Of course, I enjoy the Grandma experience with all of those little boys (ages 2-10).  More travel coming up:  George and I will visit my brother in WI, George’s cousin in Jackson, WY, and George’s son in Denver over a 10-day trip in July.”

    Marvia Slade Perreault: writes, The biggest news is that Bill and I celebrated our 50th anniversary last Dec. 21 on a cruise to the Caribbean.  Cruising seems to be in our blood — we love it!!  We’re living in a retirement community in Salisbury, MD, where the only problem is that a bunch of really old people live here!  Other important news is that we Four Fabulous Females (Bobbi Arthur Pretzsch, Gail Wood Fortin, Linda Martin McManus, and me) are having another reunion at Fenwick Island, DE, in September.  We’re far away from each other physically, but together in spirit, where it really counts.  We went back to Wisconsin this June to celebrate the high school graduations of our two 18 year old granddaughters.  Bill really misses Wisconsin, even though everyone there kept telling him what a terrible winter they had.  Oh well, here we have the Chesapeake Bay, crabs, and the ocean.  What more could one want?”

    Barbara Arthur Pretzsch“Life in Mississippi has not been dull.  The grandchildren have graduated to 1st and 3rd grade now.  I spent the school year in many hours of after school transportation to Karate, baseball and basketball practices and games.   In addition to their activities, I belong to a fitness club where I participate in line dance class, a Zumba Gold class, a Silver Sneakers class and a chair yoga class.  I attend a crochet/knitting/tatting/beading group once a week and have just been invited to join a Red Hat group.  I still help transport dogs to rescues and foster homes.  Recently for the first time kept a Mama dog and her four puppies overnight.  That was quite a noisy experience.

    Bob returned from the Kentucky campground last fall to do some minor repairs on one of our properties to put it up for sale and it has since sold.  Otherwise he did some fishing and brought home some yummy dinners.  He made two trips to Kentucky, first to renovate our studio apartment to rent, (in addition to our main apartment,) and to start the contractor on the second business on the first floor.  In addition to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, we will now have the Juvenile Justice Department next door.

    Since Bob was signed up for a campground in Utah he was on his way in early May.  I will drive out in a few days to spend a month or so with him.  Lyn and the grandkids will fly out early July and she and I with the kids will come back to Mississippi, just in time for me to fly to the north east for my annual crochet conference.  I am meeting a friend and we will tour up the Maine coast and expect to visit Teal West Hugo while there.  Then we end in Manchester, NH for the crochet conference.

    My Hood roommates and I will reunite at Fenwick Island in September this year for our annual ‘trip’.  I tried to get them to go on a cruise out of New Orleans with my line dancing crew in November but that didn’t work out.”

    Regina Schlank Pyle: “I'm spending July and August at my house in France just north of Cannes and this will be my last summer as its time to leave after 14 years.  It's been wonderful to keep Tom's dream alive and enjoy what we created and now I need to make time for other travels and now France is in great flux and much angst about its political future.
    I continue to be very involved in community affairs and as of July lst serve as Chair of my neighborhood association which represents about 5,000 residents with the goal of maintaining and improving our South End Boston Neighborhood.  Also serve as Sec'y on my Condo Board.
    Time speeds by at an alarming pace in which little seems to get done.  I remember the days when I ran two homes, worked a 40 hour + week, supported Tom as his career took off, sewed most of my clothes, got  dinner on the table and gave dinner parties!  Those were the days or were they?”  

    Barb Kirby Stewart:  “Paul and I have dedicated this summer to volunteering for two organizations- Schoodic Arts for All which is active all winter but does an arts festival the first two weeks in August.  We are also really involved with the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium which is dedicated to public art in Downeast Maine.  We have seven sculptors coming for the Symposium which is held this year also in August. Next year we are going to travel again!
    My grandchildren are growing up fast.  My youngest grandchild, Sophia, is 13. Her brother has just flown to Panama as an exchange student for a month then on to Costa Rica for some volunteer work. All is well with all.  We are going to DC on Tuesday for a week of museum hopping and visiting.  Not exciting but lots of fun.  I hope our lives stay this way.   Jan Zwinck Morrison and I get together because she and Steve spend their summer in Milbridge, 18 miles from us.  We invite anyone who would like visit us on the coast of Maine.  We are near Bar Harbor-a beautiful area.”

    Jody Merritt Watson:  “Peter and I continue to volunteer for Habitat, Maine Maritime Museum, and a drop-in center for the homeless here in Brunswick. Our kids and grands live in Portland so we’re lucky to be able to get together at our family camp on a lake near Sebago Lake, with relative ease.  We consider ourselves fortunate to be in good health and are looking forward to a visit from Liz and Bill Rogers later this summer. Also Beth Pauley and her friend Jane Ann Bell in September!”

    Betty WrightIn June, Betty Wright and Jack Raun hosted a "mini-reunion" at their home near Hedgesville, WV.  Betty writes:  “Guests were Judy Bailey Allison and Tom, Judy Jensen Burgess and Gordon, Judi Simonsen Ziobro and Ed, and Teal West Hugo. Jack took any and all interested guests for a plane ride in his RV 6.  The Judys brought lots of foodstuffs, and we all enjoyed wine, cheese, and much laughter for three days. One evening was spent at dinner in South Mountain Inn, where one of our '62 class reunion dinners was enjoyed some years ago. This reunion has become a yearly event.”

    Sara “Sally” Zimmerman  Newly retired from full-time parish ministry, I finally had time to complete the video that is part of an adult liberal religious education curriculum (“Spirituality, Science and Healing”) I’ve been working on for several years.  Now I work out at the Y, hang out at the nearby Hillsborough County New Tampa library, and enjoy more time on my lanai next to the pond, watching the Florida ibis, cranes, anhingas, turtles, fish, and occasional alligator.

    In MemoriumMarcia Powell Chapman passed away in January.  She served in the mental health field, as a private elder care companion and as a reading teacher in Chapel Hill, NC schools. She had earned an M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.  The obit in the News and Observer, Chapel Hill, Jan. 28-Feb.2, 2014 also notes that Marcia “maintained numerous loving friendships from her early years through college and work in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Jersey and North Carolina.  So many lives were touched by Marcia, in private practice as well as executive roles in the mental health and substance abuse field.  May you forever rest in peace, our dear sweet Marcia.”

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