1. 1999: Summer 2015


    Amy Countryman Stavely

    2015 has been a busy year for me, Amy Countryman Stavely. Between school, volunteering and the kid’s (Alexander is now 12-years-old and Ellie will be 3-years-old in July), I am rarely home. It all seems to be paying off though, because in April, I was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Awards by Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs. What’s even more exciting is seeing a long term project come to fruition. For the last year, I’ve been working with Odenton Elementary School to help raise money for a new playground and in May, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education approved the installation of our new playground. I’m excited to see it go in this summer and hope that come August, when school starts, the students will be just as excited to play on it! For now, it’s Rugby season so I’ll be sweating away in the hot sun, but it’s worth it to see my oldest play. I hope your 2015 has treated you well and I look forward to hearing your news soon! Melanie Jacobs Srivisal was married April 20, 2013 to Darin Srivisal outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. Her maid of honor was Laura Schultz. The wedding was attended by Jamie Hentz White, Sherie Love, Jen Martin McDermott, Erica Falk Grenada, Erin McNulty, Tricia Muir ’00 and Meg Kula ’01. They currently live in Montgomery Village, Md. Most importantly, on Feb. 2, 2014, they welcomed daughter Kaylee Gwendolyn into the world. They are so in love with her!

  2. 1998: Summer 2015


    Pamela Wilson Colaluca

    Congratulations to Ann Frances Price-Davis, husband Michael, and big brother Asa! On December 16, 2014, they welcomed their second son Ezra Granville. Major Steven A. Czap is an operations officer in the United States Army and is stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany. He resides there with wife Marta, son Ian (age 7) and daughter Katia (age 2); and is looking forward to retirement in January 2016 after 26 years of service. Melissa Sines has a new position as the director of education and accreditation at Maryland Nonprofits and is an adjunct professor at Hood College. Erin Goley, wife Erin and big brother Beck were overjoyed to have daughter Remy Beatrice complete their family on September 5, 2014. Remy has already wrapped the entire family around her chubby little fingers. Erin’s lab at Johns Hopkins is up and running with four awesome Ph.D. students and a great group of undergrads. They were excited to have their first research article recently accepted for publication. Ginny Treanor lives in the Glover Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with her husband Steve, son Stephen (age 6) and daughter Genevieve (age 3). She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the Univ. of Maryland in 2012 and is currently the associate curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Jenna McCarthy Pietropola lives in Washington, D.C. with husband Matt and daughter Alexis (age 3). She is an avid traveler and has visited many countries in the years since graduation. In 2005, she received her master’s degree in accounting from George Washington Univ., and is a senior contract specialist for a government contractor. In April, Jenna hosted Robyn Ackerman Cranston and her fiancé for a tour of the cherry blossoms in D.C. Diana Guner Doss ’99 and husband Jimmy have recently moved to Dallas, Texas. Michelle Reed Bassett has lived in Grand Rapids, Mich., since 1999. She was widowed in 2002 when her husband Dwight fought against an aggressive form of cancer that sadly ended his life. As she learned, life somehow continues and in 2006, Michelle married Kevin Bassett. They have two blended families with four teenage children together. She is now working on her second generation of family members and is Grammy to Briggs (age 3) and Matt (6-months).  She is an independent business consultant working with Grand Rapids-based organizations. She also volunteers as a board/committee member for several non-profits, including Gilda’s Club (a cancer and grief support community), Funds for School (a literacy project in the South Sudan) and Our Hope (a women’s addiction recovery center). Rebecca Sunderlin Riggins is an assistant professor of oncology at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. In January, she was a featured guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show (WAMU). Rebecca spoke about the decline in funding for scientific research and its effect on young scientists. Rebecca lives in Fairfax County, Va., with husband Seth (a program analyst for the United States Department of the Navy) and daughter Sarah who will start kindergarten in the fall. Andrea Clark Mason and husband Tim Mason ’99 live in Lutz, Fla., and expanded their family in November 2014 by adopting son Gage (age 7) and daughter Faith (age 2). This March, Andrea got together with Laura Kontes Ames and sons Kevin (age 6) and William (age 3) who were   visiting from their home in Havre de Grace, Md. Angela Gennaccaro Brooke lives in Brooksville, Fla., with husband Aaron and daughters Alexa (age 8) and Aubrey (age 4). After five years of mommy duty, she is back to work as a clinical research coordinator at Meridien Research. Jessica Rollins Magno married husband James in 2003. They reside in Hollywood, Md., with their two children ages 10 and 8. Congratulations to Melanie Gorr and partner Paul Anderson who welcomed Seren Grace Marshall Anderson, born Dec. 10, 2013! Melanie is a licensed massage therapist at Ohana Wellness in Bethesda, Md., and lives in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. In April 2015, Renee Endia Hargrove became the associate executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College in Berea, Ky. Jennifer Massagli Morgenthaler married husband Timothy in November 2014. Shannon Mack ’99 was the wedding planner. Jamie Szocinski Gillette, M.S.’01, C’02 and Erin Janney Kanner ’00 were bridesmaids; and Stephanie Kane Mummert attended. The couple lives in Columbia Md. In April, Penelope Weiss Wagner and husband Matthew welcomed daughter Jocelyn Brenna who joins her two big sisters Isabella (8) and Juliana (5). Her family lives in Connecticut where she is a senior quality assurance manager at Aplicare, a Clorox Healthcare Company.


  3. 1989: Summer 2015


    Carole Smith Neal

    Lots of news to report for our class. First we would like to warmly congratulate Avery Beeson   and Kim Meek ’91 who were married September 25 in a private ceremony that included their dog Skeeter. Congrats Avery & Kim! Olga Vargas-Lester wrote that she moved to Portland, Ore., two years ago. She is working at Education Northwest and her husband opened a Distillery Flooded Fox Den last year. Laura Knight is leaving her position as quality assurance manager at Friendly’s Ice Cream in Massachusetts to become director of a laboratory in Machias, Maine. Deborah Kelly, M.B.A.’10 recently returned to NIH, specifically NCI as a budget analyst. Her daughter Sydney is graduating from high school and will be attending St. Mary’s of Maryland in the fall playing field hockey. Her son Tyler is a sophomore at Linganore High School and her husband Jason is still working at Univ. of Maryland. Angelina Beres Kreiser recently took her daughter to Pittsburgh to look at colleges. While there they had dinner with Lori Voegtly Mizgorski whose daughter will be starting at Temple in the fall. Angela still works at Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation in human resources and loves it. Gidget Bunnell Valadez recently accepted a new position at MCV Hospital in Richmond, Va., as a registered nurse on the acute pain service team. She is continuing as a student and preparing to graduate in the fall with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. To catch up with our classmates join our Facebook group Hood College 1989 Reunion. Have a great summer!

  4. 1981: Summer 2015


    Lynn Marzulli White

    Nothing like the sun to get everyone in a good mood. If you are like me, I am always so thankful to have another winter behind us. I hope you have a wonderful summer. After almost 4 years, I can finally say I feel settled in Indiana. Bill and I downsized into a ranch in a new neighborhood and have made some wonderful friends. We have a corner lot and sit on our patio almost nightly and it seems to be the gathering place. We always have an open bottle of wine to share. My youngest daughter Kaylin is getting married this October so we are in full planning stages. With the three grandsons and baseball starting up again, our weekends will be spent on the ball field this summer. I am still working full time as a senior project manager for a label and packaging company. Linda Wilce Marmer, M.S.’90 is planning a busy summer. In May, Linda and her husband Mike go to the nation’s largest model train show in York, Pa., where they will also go cycling on the rail trail that runs from York to the Maryland line. They will be spending one week cycling on the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail near Ohiopyle, Pa., and one week cycling on the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Wellsboro, Pa. In October, they will spend another two weeks cycling and hiking in and near Acadia National Park in Maine. They go to the Washington Nationals baseball home games on Sundays and fill in with Frederick Keys and other minor league teams. Linda is still working at Sodexo HQ in Gaithersburg on the culinary systems offer development team. She wishes everyone a great summer! Mary Thompson Calhoun has updated us on her amazing husband Calhoun who turned 105 in January. He has been enrolled in Boston University’s New England Centenarian Study. He is one of only 5,000 people in this country age 105 or older. They will be conducting research using his DNA which will be shared and used for decades to come in various Alzheimer’s and other academic studies of age-related illnesses and conditions. Her husband may be a living Fountain of Youth! Leigh Moomaw McBride sent a note about her busy life as a grandma. Spending time in Connecticut with her daughter’s family and her granddaughter Grace and babysitting her son’s family and grandson Levi who will be a big brother come November. Her family keeps growing. She loves the freedom to visit with the kids and travel when she wants as well as play some golf, workout and read. Stephanie Constantino Chisolm just spent some time with Lisa Kondylas up in Baltimore where she was working on a home renovation. She is a “mom-lord” having bought a cute row house that her middle daughter Kate is renting. She became a mother-in-law last fall when Claire, her oldest got married, and welcomed her baby Caroline home from her studies at Oxford. She takes great pleasure in having such great young women in her life. Congratulations to Ken Kerr who has a new position at Frederick Community College as AVP for Academic Affairs/ Dean of Arts and Sciences. Becky Koose Levine shared some exciting news that her son Isaac will be getting married in Baltimore this August. She is looking forward to, at long last, having a daughter. Isaac is finishing up his pre-med requirements at Rutgers. Becky and her husband Yehuda bought their retirement home in Milwaukee and have been spending a lot of time there. The wedding and related festivities will be keeping them busy through the summer. Congratulations to Luther Jett who wrote to say his chapbook of poetry, Not Quite: Poems Written in Search of My Father will be published this summer by Finishing Line Press.



  5. 1979: Summer 2015


    Trina Clickner

    Debbie Eaton Thackston, P’11 reported, “I retired from Frederick County Public Schools after 25 years as a teacher and 10 years as an administrator! Our oldest daughter and husband have made us proud grandparents of Kaiden, 14 months, who I care for two days a week. They live a block from Hood! Our second daughter Julie teaches math in Montgomery County and lives in New Market. My husband Mike retires in July. We’ll do home renovations, travel and stay fit!” Donna Walters Gault wrote, “I have been volunteering during retirement and have been teaching ESL for two years. I teach a women’s Sunday school and during my free time, I sew.” Gini Allen Natter reported, “We bought property in Atlantic Beach, Fla., and hope to break ground this Fall. We’ll keep a condo in Annapolis–could never totally leave this beautiful town.” Ginnie Roth said, “I am selling my house and moving to Rockville! I am well and work is good (started at another law firm in spring 2014).” Janet Wehking Mullen wrote, “My baby Sarah graduates from Salisbury Univ. and planning a career in law enforcement. Hubby and I are looking to retire in North Carolina in a few years now that college payments have ended! I’m on LinkedIn–be in touch.” Joyce Lavado Soucy reported, “Mom passed away in February. Prior to that, my eldest daughter Maura was married in Narragansett, R.I. She lives in Annapolis and sails/races on the Bay. My daughter Beth lives in Providence, R.I., works as an industrial design consultant and is launching her own jewelry line on Etsy. My husband Paul and I have been married 31 years and after this God-awful winter, we are ready to abandon Connecticut! We purchased a home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and look forward to a warmer climate.” Julie Murray McCaffery wrote, “I was at both Hood Commencements to welcome the new undergraduate and alumni graduates to our alumni family. It was an honor to serve as the alumni representative to the Presidential Search Committee and could not be more pleased that Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine will serve as Hood’s president. At home, we are celebrating my daughter Cate’s graduation from The College of the Holy Cross and my daughter Brigid’s completion of her first-year at Georgetown.” Katt Sherman Hancher reported, “Hank and I have been married for 35 years now and celebrated in Charleston, S.C. We have three daughters, all launched. Our oldest Katie is an artist / art teacher. She was married last June and Meg Forbes Mendoza, Esq. and Pete Mendoza attended–they are Katie’s godparents. Susan Bartlett Dunbar was also there and I get to see her on a regular basis. Lacey is a consultant and is studying for State Department exams. She lives in Arlington, so we see her often. Kelsey is working in North Carolina and plans a January wedding–at Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro! I went to the Hood Homecoming and visited with classmates–a GREAT time. Check out the Class of ’79 facebook page! Professionally, I’m still full time, working in HR and collecting certifications and I am on the board of the local SHRM chapter. Lacey calls me an HR geek. I’m also active in our church, working in ESL and other outreach programs. Life, of course, has had its ups and downs, but for now, life is good! I’m at cathrinekatt@gmail.com and I love hearing from old friends.” Lynn Hicks Townsend has two new grandchildren! Meg Ostrom Duarte, P’11, P’14 wrote, “I just celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary with husband Joseph C. Duarte. We have four children: Cristina, Isabel, Alexander and Helena. Both Cristina and Isabel graduated from Hood. Cristina just received her JD from American Univ. Alexander attends the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder. The youngest Helena is a high school junior.” Paula Davis Driftmyer, M.A.’84 reported, “I took a great vacation in March to Asheville North Carolina and Tennessee. I drove over 1,000 miles in about four days just driving around the mountains. We are in the middle of a major yard makeover. I’m trying to learn the patience of gardening. I’m looking forward to the arrival of a second great-nephew.” Wanda Munsey Juraschek wrote, “I keep busy as a parish administrator and keeping up with my growing family. The last of my five kids is getting married this fall. Though a widow now, my life is full and happy with eight grandchildren (so far).

  6. 1973: Summer 2015


    Sara (Sally) Parkhurst Van Why

    In a convocation address Ann Patchett said to an incoming freshman class, “After the opportunity to learn, the best thing about going to college is all the friends you’re going to make.  There are people in this room today you’ve never met who will become some of the most important people in your lives, and long after you’ve forgotten the papers you wrote or the grades you made, you will still have those friends.”  I heard this in the audio book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage on my way to have lunch with one of my many college friends Sherry Bronski Waltz. I have been made aware of this truth over and over during the last four years of writing this column. The friends we made 40-plus years ago are very important and hopefully this column helps us keep up with the lives of those with whom we may have otherwise lost touch. Helen Metzger Zumsteg wrote that Ann Stevens Johnsen visited Helen and her husband Rick. Helen is retired from banking and Ann is semi-retired, still working part-time as a dietitian for a hospital. Helen has a new grandson and Ann’s three grandchildren have all graduated from high school. They love comparing notes on the joys of being grandmothers. Helen wrote “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 40 years since Ann and I met. What a great friendship we have!” The friend theme continues as Kathy Nixdorff Wilson wrote that she and Marcia Coyle DiBiagio, H’08 are able to get together for lunch. Sue Morrow Cawley wrote that the last time she sent in any information was back in the late 80’s when her daughter Erin was recovering from bone cancer. She is happy to report that Erin is now almost 37 and has two wonderful sons. Sue’s other daughter Megan is married and a behavioral therapist. Sue and husband Buc still live in Pittsburgh but also have a home in Cape May, N.J. Since Buc’s retirement two years ago, they’ve been dividing their time between both homes and taking many trips. Pam Callis Diers ’74 stayed with them in Cape May. They hadn’t seen each other since she was in their wedding almost 39 years ago! Sue said, “It was wonderful–we picked up right where we left off! We relived our Hood days, talked non-stop and laughed a lot! Some friendships are timeless!” Charlie Miller Ponticelli recently heard from Ellen Buck Schwark.  Ellen’s daughter Lucy has been teaching in Peru where she met a wonderful young man she will soon be marrying. Ellen’s step-daughter Beth is also planning to wed, so Ellen will soon be sewing two wedding dresses. Charlie is program director for the American Committees on Foreign Relations, adjunct professor at Catholic Univ., plus she does some pro bono work for Afghanistan as a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC).  She said that it is often quite a balancing act, but there have been some interesting moments. She went to Dallas in February for a USAWC meeting hosted by Laura Bush along with the new first lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani. In March, she attended the State Department’s dinner for Afghan Pres. Ghani and chief executive Abdullah. Ann Jones wrote that her dear 90-year-old father died at the end of September. He always flew in for Dad ’n Daughter weekend. He was a big part of her life since her mother died in 2010. Ann has been doing storytelling and in November made a solo appearance at a pub in Chicago telling a story. Amy Hanley Dove reported that her daughter has returned to New Zealand for a graduate program in primary teaching. She is away again after having just been there for two years. While Toni Lucia continues in her consulting work, she has also been busy with board assignments. In addition to her role on the board of advisors for Better Communications, Inc., she has recently joined the Advisory Board of NetSpeed Learning Solutions and the board of directors and executive team of the Instructional Systems Association. I, Sally Parkhurst Van Why, have just become a grandmother for the second time. My husband and I toured the southwest in our RV in the fall and had the joy of seeing Jill Schonek Pollard while we were in Florida this winter. Keep enjoying those Hood friendships, I know that I do.

  7. 1961: Summer 2015


    Katharine Baum Wolpe

    Marty Kaiser Canner

    Lyn Adams Sprinkle suffered a bad fall last June and has now moved from Florida to a senior residence near Richmond, Va., closer to family and friends. Her new address: Sunrise, 2105 Cranbeck Road, #106, Richmond, VA 23235. Phyllis Allegretti Panico resides in a senior community in West Chester, Pa., with walking trails, a pool and tennis courts. She sponsors regular First Aid classes for residents conducted by local fire department staff, and volunteers weekly at the Ronald McDonald House associated with du Pont Hospital for Children. She now has eight grandchildren! Katharine Baum Wolpe visited brother George and sister Ginny and their families in Maryland for Christmas. In January, she spent a week in Paris with her friend Philip. She had dinner March 11 with Anita Ranoldo Catron Miner in NYC for the 59th UN Conference on the Status of Women. Anita and husband Dick will travel to Ireland this summer. After major surgery in January, Anne Bierstein Grenfell is starting a new organizing business, A Place for Everything, to help people decide what to keep, discard and donate. Daughter Jennifer runs a holistic pet food company and Daughter April is adding Warrior Yoga for PTSD victims to her yoga practice. Grandson Gunnar keeps Anne company on weekends. Anne Boothby Dickens and her husband live in Ellsworth, Maine where she works as a per-diem social worker at a local hospital and volunteers for a senior organization and center. They also have a small leather business and enjoy having their son and his family in nearby Blue Hill. Nancy Brown Braudrick is happy that her daughter and her family have moved back to Gold Beach, Ore., where Nancy lives. Vivian Bruckel Harvey spent four months in Guatemala, volunteering as an English teacher in a bilingual school and learning about Mayan culture. She planned to return to Ohio in April. She would love to introduce more people to the beauty and fascinating culture of Guatemala. Constance Ann Coleman Alexander is music director at her church in Sykesville, Md., where she directs two choirs. She plans to go to San Francisco soon where her 5th grandchild is expected. After a family trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July, she planned to visit her brother Bill in Florida. Ann Corderman Helton’s first great-grandchild has arrived. This spring Ann and her husband planned to head for the Great Smoky Mountains; then will spend two weeks in June with family in Ocean City, Md. She stays busy as administrator at her church, board chair of Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and fundraising for the Harford Land Trust. Elizabeth DuVal informed us of the passing of her mother Mary Creecy DuVal in Chicago on Dec. 10, 2014. Mary Drewal Regan volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen; enjoys quilting, card making and decorating gourds; and, takes classes at a nearby college. She has traveled with friends touring China, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Turkey. Tennessee and Georgia are next on her list. Janice Dobbs Pedersen’s husband Tom is recovering from open heart surgery in March. They had Easter dinner with her daughter and her husband’s family. In May, she will be spending a weekend with other “Hoodlums” in Ocean City, N.J. Jeanne Duncan Jehl and husband Joe recently acquired a Labrador puppy. They traveled to Costa Rica with son Dan and his family at spring break. Jeanne continues part-time work as a consultant to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone retired six-years-ago as early childhood director at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys a happy, busy life and stays in touch with her Hood roommate Margo Friedman ’62. Her son and daughter are making career changes in their 50s, which she admires. Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 is still a Univ. supervisor of world language interns for the Univ. of Maryland. She finds it very rewarding to watch and guide future teachers. Estelle Harrison Brendle reported that she, daughter Dawn Jackson and now granddaughter Lydia Jackson are all Mortar Board members. Estelle is still working full time and involved in church activities. She visited Judy Freedom Westenhoefer in Bedford, Va. Estelle is delighted to have her daughter’s three children in nearby Charlotte, N.C., and her son and his wife, both doctors, living in Lenoir, N.C. Gwen Jordan Bausum’s husband Howard died in January 2013.  Her grandson Josiah now lives with her. Marty Kaiser Canner has lunched with Gwen occasionally in the past two years. Marty is busy this spring with the graduation of one granddaughter and wedding of another. This winter she read Joseph Lash’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor: The Years Alone, which she highly recommends. Marilyn King Jessen just returned from a fascinating two-week Road Scholar trip to Cuba covering 750 miles by bus seeing many cities and sights and enjoying lectures on Cuban history and culture. Her husband George died in August 2012. Marilyn keeps busy playing bridge, traveling and volunteering for her church. Hilda Koontz presents lectures on Civil War topics for a wide variety of regional and national historical organizations starting with a March 28 event on female spies at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers office site in Washington, D.C.  She continues work on a book about her family during the Civil War. Lynn Linzey Barnes reported a happy get-together in Florida with Nancy Ford van der Walde, Marjorie Teague Turner, and Mary Jane Evans Hahn. Marty Miller Strickland had a 10-day visit with Jackie Post Farrell in Sebastian, Fla., sharing memories, laughs and good food. Last July, her whole family (19 in all) vacationed together in Nags Head. Sandy Murphy Schmidt volunteers several days a week at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Last year, she and her husband Bob took a two-week Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband Jack have moved to an oceanfront retirement community in La Jolla, Calif. They hosted a dinner in February to thank President Volpe on his pending retirement. She urges contributions to the Volpe Scholars. Dorothy Willis Rainwater joined some Peace Corps friends on an archeological dig of a Roman villa on a Croatian island. She stays active with yoga and kayaking. Mary Anne Fleetwood wrote, “Hi classmates remember my love of riding? Well, I am still involved helping to write a huge grant to buy thousands of acres of land to form a safe haven and rescue for America’s last wild horses and burros. This will keep many from slaughter. Other than that I continue to live at the beach but plan to relocate my half sound-half creaking 76-year-old form to Taos, N.M., where there is great scenery, great art, great food, great people, great music and the Taos Indians.  My current slogan and mantra, “getting old is not for sissies.” What do you think? Much love, Fleet. P.S.: I’m in the phone book.” Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Florida for six months/year and in Lenox, Mass., in July and August. The rest of the year she is in NYC. She has two married sons and three granddaughters.  She swims, does yoga, knits and helps at local charities.

  8. 1956: Summer 2015


    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81

    Sally Hamilton Bundy
    had a knee replaced last August but is now healthy and keeping busy. She volunteers at an elementary school a few hours a week, exercises and makes quilts. She feels fortunate to have so many of her family living near her, although her youngest grandson is on a two year church mission in the Philippines. Sally has 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger, P’81, G’08 shared lots of news. She reported that Sue Peters Wirths, M.A.’79, G’13 is doing well. Sandy Newing lives nearby and they get together often. Ginny is on campus often and enjoyed taking part in some of the events for Dr. Volpe’s retirement. She ran into Mera Braungart Coblentz at the Hood Library. Ginny, Sue and Sandy went to Harper’s Ferry for lunch with Carol Oswald Carter, P’80, P’85. Carol and husband Powell are doing well. Ginny reminds us that we have our reunion next year and hopes many of us can get back to Hood, see how well things are going and meet Andrea Chapdelaine, the new president. Sydney Kahn Hamburger, H’93 is now living in South New Jersey on a blueberry farm. Her children all live in New Jersey and have families of their own. She has been a sculptor for the over 50 years. I received a long note from Judy Kreider LeRoy. After graduation, she received a master’s degree in Zoology and taught biology in Linden Hall in Lititz, Pa. Judy moved to Palmyra, Pa., when she and Bill got married. She has three children and four grandchildren. She has worked for a local florist, swims at the Y and plays a lot of bridge. I, Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81, still work as a travel consultant and love to travel. I feel fortunate to be healthy and try to make time to exercise. My third grandchild will be graduating from college soon and the youngest is finishing her first year. I hope the next issue will have more of our class news.

  9. 1954: Summer 2015


    Jean Baker Leister Weikert

    News from Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania highlighted communications this spring! Jeannie McCarty Bowen and Ray are still in their same Gaithersburg home. Ray is still enjoying dental work. Jeannie is doing photos on the computer and learning to use the iPad.  They are enjoying senior center activities (lectures, museum trips; jeanbo1@verizon.net). Kaye Peterson Boothman is an obviously gifted oil painter, sending a lovely note card with her painting of “Hardwick Center.” Although dealing with health issues, she had time to write and send a newsy letter which is much appreciated. Dorris Smith Radcliffe, although retired from being class reporter relayed a great letter describing her diligence with caring for Rip’s recovery from foot surgery. Another two or three months from April should yield better maneuvering for him. She was attending two high school graduations and three college commencements. Eagle Scout Honor Court prevented their attending the 2014 Hood Reunion. The past year was occupied with keeping in touch with family, friends, homemaking, church and continuing adjustments to eldest son (55) Andy’s disability from non-malignant brain cancer surgery, and ballroom dancing and gardening.  It was great to see Betty Remsburg Decoligny when she visited here in Carlisle. She, too, is dealing with extended health issues with Warren. Betty attended the 2014 Reunion as did Tillie Jacks SunnygardJoan Wagner Tolbert lives nearby in Shippensburg. My grandchildren, ranging in age from 16 to 26 are in Hua Hin, Thailand; Seoul, South Korea; Mansfield College, Pa.; and, Hanover, Pa. I’m thankful for all of the blessings in life which continue to astound me.

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