1. 1952 Class News- Fall 2015


    Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser

    Evelyn Bischoff Mitchell, wintering as usual in Florida, will return to Massachusetts in May, but will move across town to Essex Village, a no-maintenance retirement community. Frances Brainerd Carpenter’s son-in-law wrote, “Fran suffers from vascular dementia. She has little short term memory; however she has a fair memory of the distant past. When I mentioned Hood College she beamed. ‘Oh yes, what pleasant times!’” Natalie Colbert Bowers “We have had a pleasant summer. Our new 11th College President, Andrea Chapdelaine, visited our retirement center in August…15 alums and five former faculty in residence plus others came for coffee and an update on plans for Hood. I’ve been asked to carry our class banner in the inauguration.” I talked to Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey who is looking forward to a trip to Peru.” Marion Decker McCormick “My three children their spouses and I traveled to Zegveld, Netherlands, where my brother, Lt. Delmar Decker, perished in 1944. He was the navigator on a B-17 shot down over Holland. The town has erected a memorial to the 10 crew members and invited their families to unveil the monument. My oldest brother, Aaron, had been killed in the invasion of North Africa. Both boys were returned in 1948 to be buried in our family plot in Pennsylvania. That was my freshman year and I went home for the service.” Doris Dreller Sosin was presented the 2015 President’s Award from the Santa Monica Conservancy. She became the co-founder of the Conservancy in 2002. Dee just returned from a trip to the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier Park run by the Trust for Historic Preservation. “We stayed in historic lodges and hiked and breathed in deeply the many sights.” Anne Gibson Bement “I am now retired, no photography or travel. We visit our daughter and family in Minnesota and vacation in Miami Beach. Motto is keep moving.” Dorothy Handley Ewing “To my chronologically gifted classmates, I highly recommend reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. To those politically concerned, I’m glad to share that Frederick County finally has charter government with a female County Executive whose leadership would please our Dr. Virginia Lewis.” Yvonne Hepburn Virtue “Enjoyed a visit from my daughter and two grandchildren from Connecticut. Our Windcrest, Colorado community keeps growing. Just met a new arrival from Frederick who attended Hood.” Joan Kellogg Weddle “We live in Hagerstown, Maryland full time now to be close to family, including 11 great grands (10 boys & one girl!) Will carry half of the ’52 class banner in the Inauguration Parade. Dick and I have the usual 80’s downsides but more blessings than we deserve.” Phyllis Loudermill Armstrong “The total eclipse of the moon was grand. Shingles continues to persist. Medication is helpful and I am excited to be able to plan to fly to Denver to see grandchildren late October.” Madge Merkley Ziegler “For old people, Jack and I enjoy pretty good health, although we do see a lot of doctors.” Elizabeth Newcomer Payette “Had a great trip to Grand Cayman with my family in July. Still do Red Hat lunches with Barbara Hickman Reynolds and have weekly phone contacts with Carolyn Rusk.” Joan Scott Hellmuth “My favorite things in retirement—learning and travel. I take classes at Regis College and travel with Roads Scholars. Last trip was to St. Augustine.” Katherine Spear Feldman “We managed to marry off my grandson with much fanfare in August and that was fun. I have been dealing with torn retina which derailed some plans, but I hope that is finally on the mend.” Nan von der Heyde Needham “My sister, A. D. von der Heyde Quinn ’53, and her husband visited me this summer. My grandson is a freshman at James Madison, the 7th in our family, continuing the legacy. My granddaughter was married in Charlottesville, Virginia.” Marguerite Weber Trachtman “I’m enjoying having granddaughter Kate, a junior, here at Purdue. Next year she will be joined by her brother Alex. The family is a joy! Still active in a book club. I recommend Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel.” Connie Woodall Fisher “Bill and I had good visits with our Denver kids this summer, and feel lucky to have one kid close at hand, plus a precious 3-year-old great-grandchild and his parents. My big project involves my pedometer – to see if I can top my all-time highs.” Our heartfelt sympathy to Mary Murrie Hardy, who lost her husband (married 62 years.)

  2. Class News 1951- Fall 2015


    Eleanore Jackson Knott

    Sixty-eight years ago we had all met as freshmen. Are you saving the date and planning to attend our 65th reunion? Donna Fogle Fisher is staying well–just slowing down! “I am learning to say no to some activities.” Does that sound familiar to anyone? Mary Louise Hoffman Huff is still working out with a trainer two or three times a week and doing two cardio workouts alone. She has been enjoying learning the tricks of online trading and says, “life is good.” Betsy McCain McAlpine is staying busy even without being able to drive anymore. Their son and daughter-in-law visit from California and Lois Vars Mason will be joining Betsy to participate in the inaugural parade for Hood’s new President on October 17. Cathie Strachan Upp spent most of the summer in Scottsdale, Arizona helping her daughter who has been battling cancer. Cathie keeps in touch with Marilyn Smith Garrity and Sara Weaver Langie. Recent TV news and pictures from Cuba bring back memories of her trip with Sally to Cuba back in the 50′s and now it still looks the same. Mary Ellen Wood Tully has been rehabbing a stubborn knee replacement since last November giving her a total of three replaced joints, but she refuses to slow down. She has also had minor eye surgery. She entertains family and friends at her house in Cape May from June to November, which she calls her escape from apartment life in D.C. She missed the wedding of Phoebe Brown Ford‘s son Mike, who was married in Greenwich at Phoebe’s beautiful estate in August. Molly, as well as others, was sad to hear that Anita Cummings den Tex had passed away. Our condolences to her family. Eleanore Jackson Knott The Knott’s are still enjoying Hilton Head except in the summer when we travel north to New England. We make a couple of trips to Florida in the winter and hope to see many of you in June for our reunion. Meanwhile, I would love to get a call from any or all of you.

  3. 1948 Class News- Fall 2015


    Corinne Edwards Shulman

    Aloha Folksies! Reporting in from the islands; all’s well in Paradise. Apparently, out of 150 names on my class list, 70 alums are alive and well and have been contacted by email or postcard. It may have been too close to deadline for most of you, unfortunately. Ann Barnum Connellee gives tours at the Sea Turtle Hospital in South Carolina and is still playing golf. The marriage of Ann’s first grandchild in North Carolina was the occasion for a gathering of the Connellee clan last August. Janet Beck Agnew now lives with her daughter Kerry, in Ohio. Ging reports good health, not much energy. Same here, old friend! Patty Callender Hewit had just returned from a round trip Atlantic Ocean cruise on the Queen Mary 2……”fantastic ship, something going on every moment. Best of all, I learned while cruising by email that my 11th great grandchild had been born!” Marcia Gurwitt Wofsey and husband Bob have been living in a senior residence for three years, in Port Chester, New York. “We miss our garden but have many new friends and the days are filled with many activities; still fondly remember our days at Hood”. And our ‘White Blazer’ gal, Katherine Maguire Rafferty writes from Denver: “Our only travels are a yearly trip to visit our oldest daughter and her husband in Paso Robles. We have no grandchildren, alas. Classmates I have kept in touch with are Dixie in Maryland, Jonesy in Massachusetts, and Louise in Delaware. Sorry to hear Doris Reininger DeHart died last year. We are all getting pretty old, however!” Charlotte Montrasell Meier’s daughter, Elizabeth Schmitt, responded that her mother was now living in Flemington, New Jersey….”doing very well, but unable to access email, as her computer is misbehaving”. Her address is 19 Moore Drive, 08822. Corinne Edwards Shulman As for me, I am blessed to have my daughter, Kim, and her son, Arion, taking over managing my home here. Arion has been with me since Nat became handicapped in 2004 (Nat died in 2009); Kim moved back from Boulder in 2011. No more travels for me since my heart attack in 2010. I just treated myself to a ‘Floataway’…a personal tank to float in, good for bad backs! I still go to the ocean when it’s friendly…the best therapy of all. All for now; would love to hear from my old classmates; please drop a line or email me.

  4. 1942 Class News- Fall 2015


    Jean Brown Forster

    Jean Brown Forster I am grateful to have lived so long and to watch not only my children, but my thirteen grandchildren grow and mature. I now have seven great grands, the oldest are 13 and 14 and involved in sports as well as eager academic students. Anna Mary Messerly Sullivan says she still lives in her home in Haven, Pennsylvania. One of her special days is watching the children across the street play, often the same games she played as a child. Concerts in the local park appeal to Anne Mary’s musical soul. According to her daughter, Christine Hampton ’74, she wishes all 42ers a great year and hopes to hear from some of us. Gertrude Garman Lang who lives in Easton, Maryland at an assisted living retirement home, Heart Fields, is grateful for the new friends she has made as well as her church group. Trudy has four grands and eight great grands. Aren’t we lucky? Jean Shaffer Cline from California writes, “I am proud to say I am 95 and upright.” She has eight grandchildren and nine greats. She lives in an independent senior housing complex. Joan, content in her situation (can’t you see her smile) says, “I only go as fast as the slowest part of me is willing! …Don’t we all?
    Marion Smith Wood and Charlie are living in a retirement home (as most of us are fortunate enough to be living). She still plays bridge. Hurrah for her! Bridge should stimulate our once active minds. Edna Alice Cramer Hoffman still lives in her home. She does have help but people do pop in to visit. Edna is still active in the Historical Society and likes her book discussion group. Her granddaughter, April, is now in medical school. My thanks to those who responded. Please feel free to write me any time if the spirit moves you. There is always a Hood newsletter waiting for news from Alumnae.

  5. 1959 Class News- Fall 2015


    Anne Wilson Heuisler

    To classmates:

    Here is the fall email version of class news. This version will go online. Please let me know if you want me to omit your news from the website version, and I will delete your news before sending to Ashley Wilson at Hood. I will condense this to the 750-word limit for the fall/winter magazine.

    If you have a classmate/friend who does not use email, please print out a copy and send it to her and encourage her to mail me her news.

    Many thanks to Mary-Lou Trout Haddad for spearheading the class Blazer Brick project. Her original goal was to solicit donations for a $700 6×9 brick for the special Plaza near Alumnae Hall. Classmates quickly contributed over $1,000, so the Class of 1959 will be remembered with a larger brick.

    6/4/2015 The group brick for 1959 was installed this week and is in the plaza. A lot of classmates were very generous, with 24 supporting the brick efforts and raising $1,350.

    Susan Lorene (Read) Beebe

    Beebe, (Read) Susan Lorene 08/01/1937~01/27/2015 & Beebe, Gary Scott 08/12/1933~02/14/2014

    Susan Lorene Beebe, age 77, of Oceanside, California, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, less than a year after her beloved husband of 53 years, Gary Scott Beebe. Susan was born on July 1, 1937, in New York City, the daughter of Ralph and Lorene (Hill) Read. Susan attended Hood College and the University of Michigan. Following graduation with her B.A. major in Journalism and minor in English, she moved to California where she worked as an editor until her marriage to Gary Scott Beebe. In the ensuing years, she taught Sunday school and volunteered until she earned an Elementary Teaching Credential in 1973 and taught elementary school for 13 years.

    Gary was born to Murray and Marion (Hawkes) Beebe in New Haven, Connecticut, on August 12, 1933. He moved to southern California with his family in his early years and served in the United States Air Force. He then had a highly successful 30 year career as an Engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company in Torrance, California.

    Following their retirement, Susan and Gary moved to Lake Tahoe where they both enjoyed skiing, sailing, and traveling. After ten years in Lake Tahoe, they relocated to their ranch in Sandpoint, Idaho. In 2012 they moved much closer to family, in Oceanside, California, where Susan devoted her days to faithfully and tirelessly taking care of Gary until his passing in 2014. She was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Oceanside. Susan is survived by her brother, James Read (Georgianna) of Sun City, Arizona, and both Susan and Gary are survived by loving daughters Lore (Chris) Hines of Sparks, NV, Diana (Rolf) Baumgartner of Ventura, California, Heather (Eric) Corcoran of Oceanside, California, devoted son, Murray (Carol) Beebe, of Lake Forest, California and grandchildren Joshua Atkinson, Megan Baumgartner, Derek Baumgartner, Michael Corcoran, and Savannah Beebe. Both Susan and Gary were preceded in death by their parents, and grandchildren, Barry Atkinson and Christine Atkinson. A private celebration of their life together will be held in the spring. We will always carry the memory of Gary and Susan in our hearts.
    Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 14, 2015

    Elizabeth Chinn Rossi
    Elizabeth Chinn “Betty” Rossi, 77, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at her daughter’s home in Pennsylvania, surrounded by those who loved her.
    She was born in Fredericksburg on Nov. 14, 1937, to Walter N. Chinn Jr. and Lucy Warner Chinn, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a proud alumna of Hood College in Frederick, Md., and received her master’s in education from the University of Delaware. She spent more than 40 years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist. An avid writer, reader and hiker, Betty was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, Md., and gave her time selflessly. She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Rossi; sister Lucy Chinn Carroll; daughter Jeannette Cassidy Moore and husband Richard; stepdaughter Nancy Cassidy Kennard and husband Donald; stepdaughter Allison Lois Cassidy and spouse Barbara; grandchildren Ronan, Elizabeth and Sean Moore and Melissa Kennard; and nephews Elliott Luke and Simeon Paul Morrow. A memorial service to honor Betty will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the Outreach Committee, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Gaithersburg.


    Dear all,
    Kenny moved from her beloved Highfields Farm in Epping after she retired from teaching. The only obituary says she was born Dec 27, 1937, and died on Sat. April 5, 2014. She was a resident of Brentwood, NH. We always stayed in touch, and my family stayed with her on several occasions. She developed arthritis and finished her education career as a counselor. She was a wonderful person.

    From Carol Wick Erickson 7/13/2015:
    Hi, My roommate freshman year, Lindy Thompson Mumma, died last week. She was at Hood 2 years and lived in Lancaster, Pa., after marrying Harvey Munmma.

    Melinda Thomson Mumma, 77
    June 27, 2015
    Melinda T. Mumma, 77, of Lancaster, passed away at Homestead Village on Saturday, June 27, 2015. She was the wife Harvey M. Mumma for 57 years. Melinda was born in Manhattan to the late Hugh and Elizabeth (Laidlaw) Thomson. Melinda graduated from Suffern High School, Suffern, NY, and attended Hood College, Frederick, MD. A very family oriented homemaker, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Melinda enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading, playing cards, cooking and spending precious time with friends. She also loved the American West and Native American cultures. She was a member of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, the Homestead Village Auxiliary and the former Lancaster Woman’s Club.
    In addition to her husband Harvey, Melinda is survived by her sons, Kenneth of Chester Springs, PA, and David of Port St. Lucie, FL; her daughter Nancy E. Mumma of Lancaster; and her grandchildren Jenny and Kenneth and great-grandchildren Jordan and Chase, all of Florida. Melinda also cherished her daughters-in-law, Ken’s wife Moira and David’s late wife Tammy. A memorial service will take place Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Edwards Episcopal Church, with The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey officiating. Melinda’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church, and a light lunch will be provided at the church immediately following the service. Private interment took place in Conestoga Memorial Park. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Homestead Village Endowment Fund, PO Box 3227, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to St. Edwards Episcopal Church, 2543 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

    Sandy Barnum Nygaard 1937 – 2015

    Virginia Beach – We invite you to celebrate the life of Sandy Nygaard, a local award winning artist, business leader and founder of Sandy’s Touch of Gold. She was an amazing wife of 58+ years, mother and grandmother who made friends everywhere she went as she traveled the U.S. and the world.

    Sandra Barnum Nygaard (Sandy) was born on May 9th, 1937 to RADM Robert (USNA ’33) and Audrey Barnum in New Rochelle, New York. In 1943, the family moved to Santiago, Chile where her father was assigned as Military Liaison in the American Embassy and Naval Intelligence Officer. In 1947, the family moved to Shanghai, China, where her father served as the import/export manager for a U. S. corporation. In 1948, with 48 hour notice, the family left China and settled in Scarsdale, New York, where Sandy attended high school. In 1955, Sandy entered Hood College in Frederick, MD. She met her future husband while singing the Messiah with the U. S. Naval Academy choir. In 1957, she and Ensign Richard Nygaard (USNA ’57), began a navy career which took her to Naples, Italy, where their first son Steve was born, Newport, RI, Annapolis, MD, Washington, DC, where their second son David was born, Lawrence, KS, Springfield, MD, China Lake, CA, Alameda, CA, and Norfolk, VA. While in Washington, she was asked by the head of Navy’s Retention Study Group to investigate reasons for poor retention of experienced Navy personnel. Her conclusion was that Navy wives were unhappy with their treatment by the Navy and were convincing their husbands to leave the service. After briefing the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of the Navy on her proposed solution to the retention problem, she founded the Navy Wifeline Association and served as its Executive Secretary, co-director, and a member of the Advisory Board. If you ever wondered where the idea of a Navy Ombudsman came from it was from Sandy. Her idea was to appoint an Ombudsman for each ship to coordinate with the wives at home and help solve the many needs of Navy families while their spouses were deployed. This program continues to this day. In 1972, she followed her husband to China Lake, CA, where she became interested in finding rocks and minerals in the high desert, then cutting and polishing of the gem stones and creating jewelry when she became an accomplished silver smith and lapidary. From this beginning, she became a jeweler and award winning designer at regional art shows where she showed as Sandy’s Sterling and Stones. She opened two successful jewelry stores in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA called Sandy’s Touch of Gold. She was innovative in her ability to combine hand fabricated fine jewelry with fun fashion jewelry. Her store was a key business in the success of Waterside Festival Marketplace from opening day in 1983 to 1990. She was an early business leader and mentor among the host of women entering business in the 80’s. In 1995, she retired from the business and began a 15 year adventure of travel throughout the United States and Western Canada visiting numerous national parks and monuments and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI where she and her husband purchased a condominium. She was an avid camper. Her passion led her to create a camping guide published for Navy Wifeline in the early 70′s.

    She passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on July 10, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Captain Richard Nygaard, her sister, Patricia Rich, son Steven (USNA ’80), Son David (William and Mary ’86), and eight grandchildren. She will be interred at the U. S. Naval Academy. A celebration of her life is planned at The Lestner Inn on Shore Drive on Tuesday, July 21st from 12:30 to 2pm. In lieu of flowers she asked that tax deductible donations be made to the Nygaard Foundation to help children’s education and health needs.
    Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 16, 2015


    Jacqueline Gifford Miller Realty agent and boutique owner in Summit who retired in Georgia, 77.

    Jacqueline Gifford Miller, 77, of Milton, Ga., passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Embracing Hospice in Cumming, Ga. She was the daughter of Josephine McNab Gifford and Harry Harrison Gifford. She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and became a longtime resident of Summit, N.J., and a graduate of Summit High School in 1955. She attended Hood College and Syracuse University. She and her husband retired to Chapel Hill, N.C., and then to Milton, Ga. Jacqueline was known as a loving wife, mom, and friend. She was an avid and talented sewer, knitter, and crocheter. She was the owner of Whistles, Inc., a local Summit boutique specializing in unique gifts, jewelry, and clothing, which was located on Maple Street and then later on Springfield Ave in Summit. Throughout the years, she was also a realtor in the Summit area. Surviving are her husband, Franklin S. Miller; a son, Charles Alling Miller, of Barnegat, N.J.; a daughter, Jacqueline Anne Miller, of Milton, Ga., and four grandchildren, Charles Alling Miller, Jr. and Nanci Jacqueline Miller, of Barnegat, N.J., and Susannah Alling Jordshaugen and Robert Alling Hoxie Jordshaugen of Milton, Ga., and one great-grandchild, Aubrey Skye Lenihan of Barnegat, N.J. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Cumming, Ga. Interment will follow at Sawnee View Gardens Cemetery in Cumming, Ga. Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
    Published in Star-Ledger on Aug. 7, 2015

    Elizabeth Kuntz Held 1937 – 2015
    Elizabeth K. “Betsy” Held, 78, of State College, died Monday, August 10, 2015, at Juniper Village at Brookline, State College, after a lengthy illness.
    Born February 26, 1937, in Upper Darby, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Grace Hoffman Kuntz. She married Richard G. Held at Valley Forge on May 10, 1962, who survives at home.
    Elizabeth and Richard raised two children who survive, Raymond Held and his wife, Julia, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Thomas W. Held and his wife, Jane, of Pasadena, CA. Also surviving are a brother, Steven Kuntz, of Merritt, NC, a sister, Susan Rohde, of Durham, NC, and five grandchildren, Evan, Laura, Heather, Andrew and Brooke. Betsy was a 1955 graduate of Upper Darby High School and a 1959 graduate of Hood College receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She was employed with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Radnor, working in cancer research. She was later employed by Park Forest Elementary School and Penn State.
    She was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and a volunteer at Schlow Memorial Library both in State College. Betsy enjoyed the seashore, nature, traveling and time she spent with her family. She was also an avid fiction reader. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Avenue, State College, with Reverend Joseph DeLauter, Deacon, officiating. There will be a luncheon and an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends at 1:00 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center in the Terrace Room, 1450 S. Atherton Street, State College.
    Inurnment will be in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Columbarium.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Schlow Memorial Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801 or PAWS, 1401 Trout Road, State College, PA 16801.

    Diana d’Elseaux Lowell
    We knew what she thought.
    She listened with compassion.
    Diana d’E Lowell, 77, died on July 4 after a brief illness. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Fred Lowell, and daughters Del Lowell and Karen Langholz Lowell. Also surviving are sisters Vee Kausel and Angie Wakefield and her grandchildren Jakob and Elsie Langholz.
    Diana was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster since 1987 and was involved in all levels of the congregation, including serving as Board president and leader of the Care Committee. In addition to being a daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend, she was a tireless volunteer in the community. She loved kids, Spanish, people, learning, writing and playing and she gave generously of herself to these causes. While raising her children in Lancaster she was involved with Shared Holiday, a local fresh air program co-sponsored by the Council of Churches and YWCA. She sat on the YWCA Board of Directors, and participated with Project 81 in the School District of Lancaster. Additionally, she was a full time volunteer at Burrowes Elementary School for 18 years. Later in life, after she was diagnosed with macular degeneration, she volunteered in the preschool classroom at the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Diana served as a board member for VisionCorps as well participating with the speaker’s bureau for Hospice.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W. Chestnut Street, on July 25 at 10:00 am. Family will greet friends immediately after the service. Later the same day, there will be a Life Well Lived Gathering at Willow Valley, 300 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, in the multi-purpose room from 1:00-3:00 pm.
    It is Diana’s wish that in lieu of flowers donations be made in her memory to VisionCorps Foundation via mail to 244 N. Queen Street, Suite 301, Lancaster, PA 17603, online at www.visioncorps.net or by calling 717-393-5894.



    Going to my 60th high school reunion in Richmond, Va. Hope to see some fall color that is not available in Florida!! Will visit my brother too and plan to see Mary Faith West .


    Phil and I are looking forward to Thanksgiving. I am thankful that our son and his family are hosting the dinner. Our daughter and our niece, together with both of their families, will both be staying with us.
    As others have commented, all is well and there is not much news. And that is indeed a good thing.

    The capt/owner has been recovering from surgery since March 15 so I have been aboard alone. It has been an exciting time during which I have also spent a number of days on Spirit of Independence in Key West visiting and sometimes, guest crewing. We begin the sail north around May 1 arriving in Maine in time for granddaughter Tarun’s graduation with two degrees at UNB (Canada). From there I shall be joining a friend to sail the coast of Maine from east to west returning to Bangor for Lauren’s high school graduation. Cameron is the last high school graduate end of June on PEI, Canada. I fly to Bahamas on Oct. 18 to crew on a sailboat for two weeks in the Abacos. The boat is there, is untouched by Joaquin, and ready for fun. Back to Baltimore on Nov 1 with uncertain sailing plans, however, I will be spending Christmas with Merryman and family at Banff, ALT. Merryman and Stephen just moved NW Edmonton where Stephen is working on a tarsands project for the next 3-5 years. I will be back in the Keys for winter. The adventure continues; will let you know what the next chapter is.

    Hope you are doing well. Age has a way of creeping up on us. We have a few aches and pains but we are still able to move around. Thank God. Our family has three graduations this year, two college and one high school. We are only making it to the high school graduation. The others are in Chicago and Boston. The end of May we are going to Hawaii with our son, Joe and his family. I’m looking forward to a relaxing stay. If I didn’t make it for the summer magazine save this for winter. Thanks so much for doing this.

    Better late than never! Just came from the states after an eventful two months. Phil Coppage and a few friends passed away so the trip was quite emotional. Our three sons each presented their own eulogy and any Mom would have been proud. I also was able to travel around Maine to Bar Harbor, Bangor, Freeport and Augusta. The purpose of the trip was to join old high school classmates for our 60th reunion which was oodles of fun. I came home to an empty house as Frank is now in an aged care facility. He had his 94th birthday while I was gone. Life continues to change in many ways as we approach 80! Thanks for your continued effort to keep us all informed. Cheers!

    6/6/15 I boarded the QM2 on Jan 3 in NYC and sailed on her 2015 world voyage. We went through the Mediterranean and Suez around Arabia, up to the Emirates, stopped in India and then went to Singapore and Hong Kong before meandering through Malaysia and Indonesia to arrive for our month in Australia and New Zealand. Back by Africa….saw Victoria Falls and rode an elephant……and back to Southampton and NYC. 35,000 miles, 40 ports of call. An amazing voyage…..took 4 months. I’m still on a high. but it’s good to be back….Maryland looked lush and green. I sailed out of New York on January 3 on the Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner in the world and the pride of Cunard. She is one magnificent ship. 1100 ft long, 155 ft tall….same height as the Wash Monument. My home for the voyage was on deck 12, behind the bridge, with a port side balcony. The 3 Queens met and set sail together from Southampton and met a couple of times as we all circumnavigated the globe. Our first stops were in Spain and Rome, then we crossed to the Suez and picked up a mercenary guard with big boxes of ammunition. We also had air support and a Japanese warship patrolling the recommended international travel lanes as we went through the canal and the Red Sea. We were 81 miles from Somalia and Yemen, with nary a bad man in sight. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are spectacular.. Architecturally amazing and practically crime free, due to Sharia law. We had an overland to the Taj and one stop in India, then on to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam [took a side trip to Anghor Wat] and Hong Kong. We were 7000 miles east of NY. Sailing for 6 weeks through Malaysia and Indochina was exciting and upsetting. The rain forests and jungles are gorgeous, but much of the natural beauty is being destroyed, some islands are littered with junk and trash, the young dancing girls are beautiful, the temples sumptuous, malnutrition is heartbreaking and the lack of public education is maddening. The ship gave a group cheer when we arrived in Australia on March 3. We were so glad to be back in a happy, healthy modern society. 8 stops in AU and 4 in New Zealand, which I think is the most beautiful country on earth,made for a magical month of sightseeing. Water water everywhere. I rode in a Maori canoe. I had to paddle! Along with 20 others, in sync, to the beat. Took a ‘copter ride over the Bay of Island and I think I have never seen such pristine beauty. I could see boulders on the ocean floor! We spent days sailing under the bottom of AU and many more days at sea to reach South Africa, where we picked up Mr Le Clerk, who came on board to give talks. Our lectures all 126 days were of such quality that I felt I was enjoying a floating Chautauqua. 18 of us took off to see Victoria Falls … WOW! , ride an elephant, go on game drives and cruise down the Zambezi river. 5 days later we rejoined our ship in Cape Town, perhaps the most beautiful coastal town on earth { My LeClerc’s words} We stopped in Namibia, the Grand Canaries and Madeira before rejoining the other Queens in Southampton. 2440 passengers got off ship and we took on that many more new people for the Atlantic crossing. I was devastated. Almost everyone I knew was gone, for good. 35,000 miles after sailing out of New York I was back. One happy traveler. As Winston Churchill put it, “It isn’t that I dislike living on land. It’s just that living at sea is better.”

    9/17 It is working well spending long summer in Bethany lots of company
    Then back to DC On the Board of co op where I live and enjoy theatre and Opera and travel
    Am spending 6 months in Delaware -Bethany Beach and the rest in Washington DC at my co op Harbour Square on the Potomac. It is an exciting area of DC with the massive development of the Waterfront
    Have had some wonderful travels to Madrid, Mexico and a culinary adventure in Sardinia a wonderful part of Italy. My family is all well Chrysti teaching in Memphis at St Mary’s Terry in Milwaukee with Lori
    Granddaughter Cassi is getting married in May 2016 TJ in Madison Wi working for ESPN and Abby a sophomore at Miami of Ohio. I get to visit them all and so happy that all are thriving
    Am looking forward to representing Class of 59 at upcoming Inaugural of our new President whom O had the pleasure of entertaining at Bethany this summer and am very impressed and think she will be great for Hood
    Hope all is well.

    Norm and I moved into assisted living in late July and it has taken some pressure off of me. It’s strange that I don’t have to cook as our meals are included in the rent of the apartment. I have only one piano student and don’t plan to advertise for any more students. A friend and I hope to play duets during the lunch hour occasionally in our dining room, especially at Christmas. Goodbye to summer and the heat at last and I’m not sure I want to welcome winter! There were lots of fires in our state, one as close as 9 miles away. Many thanks to those who brought the fires under control and eventually put them out. Some rain also helped that effort. Norm is doing as well as can be expected. No long trips for me the past six months so I was unable to attend the funeral for my 91-year-old brother in western New York.

    Wonderful trip to Maine in September, Boothbay Harbor and Bar Harbor, whale watch and lobster, also visited cousin Ethel Kintigh Spence ’62 in Salem, MA, fun city. All well, not much news, which is a good thing!

    Ann, Thanks for continuing to report our news. I am just getting past a scary event, dermatomyositis (auto immune) caused a rash over my body and muscles weakness, hopefully I’m in remission. Will be heading to the Greek Islands in Nov. for a tour and then several days in Athens. Otherwise I’m doing the same old same old, with the Long Bay Symphony and Brookgreen Gardens & with volunteering now and then at the homeless mission. Will enjoy the many cultural arts opportunities here and enjoy my South Carolina family and friends. Come see me!

    J. P. says she has “blessings to count.” She continues to dedicate her body to medical science. She sends best wishes to all ‘59ers.

    Holiday celebrated here with friends… Eileen stayed in N.C. as I was in Raleigh in April, we went together to Jeffrey’s graduation in May, I saw her in D.C. In June and we were together for 2 weeks in Alaska in July; I was with Jim and his family in Rehoboth for Labor Day week-end and saw my brother, sister-in-law and nieces, nephews, etc then SO felt like I touched base with family before holiday, so no need to drive to Baltimore or Rockville.

    One granddaughter is finishing her doctorate at Lehigh in chemistry and her sister is a sophomore at Villanova. Her brother is a graduate of Albright. Another granddaughter is a senior at UVM, but doing a semester in Brussels now…while her sister is a freshman and a chem major at Syracuse Univ.

    I decided to retire (again) from teaching at Stevenson University, but like Michael Corleone in The Godfather, “as soon as I try to get out, they pull me back in.” This year I am tutoring in the Writing Center on the Greenspring Campus of SU. I enjoy the students & have NO PREP OR HOMEWORK. I’m in my 5th year as clerk of the session at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, and though it’s a lot of work, I find it very stimulating to work with a smart & diverse group of people. I spend Tuesday mornings at Turnaround Tuesday, helping “returning citizens” (ex-prisoners) get resumes & cover letters in order and apply for jobs. Very rewarding. I’m going to MN to see Pete & family at the end of October, & Lizzy will come from Santa Monica for the holidays. Jeannette & her family are 6 miles away. I am glad to have one of three nearby.
    These were my favorite books read in 2015:

    Joyce Rachel, Perfect
    Tyler, Anne, A Spool of Blue Thread
    Atkinson, Kate, A God in Ruins
    McEwan, Ian, The Children Act
    Smiley, Jane, Early Warning
    Crummy, Michael, Sweetland
    Rash, Ron, Something Rich and Strange
    Haruf, Kent, Our Souls at Night
    Johnson, Adam, Fortune Smiles
    Lent, Jeffrey, A Slant of Light

    I was elated that my friend Anne Tyler was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for A Spool of Blue Thread!

    P.S.:A cautionary tale for anyone tempted to take Ambien or its relatives as a sleep aid: I have been taking Zolpidem for years at bedtime. It has always given me very vivid dreams, but my doctor didn’t seem to think that remarkable. On September 30th, I found myself in the midst of one of those dreams—so real—and in the middle of it I realized I was falling. I hauled myself back upstairs & entered my room. Only then did I wake up & realize I was in my own house. I had fallen down 7 steps to the landing. After an ER trip, I found I had a minor fracture in my right ankle. Everyone in the ER told me NEVER TAKE AMBIEN AGAIN! “It causes hallucinations & danger of falling in older people.” I have posted this story on Facebook & received over 100 responses, many attesting to horror stories of their own, and all echoing the same caution. So count sheep, everybody, & sweet dreams!

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  6. Class of 1975 Fall 2015 News


    Aldan T. Weinberg is now a Professor Emeritus of Journalism. He is still teaching (one course, the senior seminar) and advising the radio station, but essentially retired from Hood after 30 years. He moved from his home in Braddock Heights of 43 years to Worman’s Mill. His fiancé, Connie Schlee, sold her historic house in Frederick and they are now under the same roof. Moving after all those years was a full-time job in itself. Now he wonders how he ever got anything done when he was working. Grandchildren Claire and Nora moved from Silver Spring to Pittsburgh, where mom got a position with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor. Son Rob will continue his law practice in Pennsylvania, while daughter Casey practices law in Rockville.

    On May 11, 2015 Sue Shorb-Sterling received her Doctor in Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D. C. Then on May 19, she received the gift of double total knee replacements. She is now walking well and is pain free! Currently, she is in her seventh year serving as pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Brookeville, MD.  Also, her fourth grandchild was born in January. Her name is Ashley Ellen Sterling. Three weeks later, Ashley was involved in a car crash and rushed to Johns Hopkins PICU with a brain bleed. She came home on her one month birthday. Ashley is now doing everything that she is supposed to being doing for her age and has been released from her doctors. We are very grateful.

    Debbie Wagner Shawen’s biggest news is birth of her first grandchild Samantha Rose who is a pure joy and lives outside London with her parents, so they are hopping across The Pond whenever they can. Michael and Debbie downsized to condos in Rehoboth Beach, DE and Sarasota, FL. They bike, hike, and kayak as often as possible and go out West to their favorite national parks. When in Baltimore they live on their sailboat. Debbie’s work as an Educational Consultant (helping families who need a therapeutic program or LD school) can be done from anywhere – and she loves it.

    Arlene Russo Bujese is still serving as Curator in Residence at the Southampton Cultural Center, NY, and has just completed the 15th Annual Boxart Benefit Auction for East End Hospice (EEH); it is her 13th year as Chairperson of the event.  She serves on the Board of Directors of EEH, and is working on securing works of art for the soon to be completed East End Hospice patient residence in Quioge, Long Island, NY.

    Jackie Testa Ciminera is happy to share that her first grandchild, a beautiful girl named Ella, was born in April to her son Bill and his wife Amanda.  We’ll be watching facebook for some pictures.

    Von and Anna Kluth vonLindenberg have been retired and living at the Beach in West Fenwick, DE for 3 years. They are both in good health, and still very much enjoying boating and all outdoor activities, although they increasingly escape the winter cold. Anna has become involved in promoting mindfulness in their daily routines to ease the burden of increased human impact on their beautiful inland bays. They have 3 beautiful grandchildren. Her sister, Kas Kluth Rohm,’77 and her husband Greg whom she dated while at Hood, have a part-time residence here as well. Anna sends Hello to all.

    I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and remained safe throughout the extreme weather conditions.  It looks like we’ve made it through another summer of wild fires in California.  And if they’re right about El Nino, we may even get some rain and snow this winter.  We could really use it. Wishing you and your families the best for the remainder of 2015!  Debbie Page Rath

  7. 2003 Class News – Fall 2015


    Hi everyone!

    Let’s start off our class news with some new jobs! First up – Julia Sirak Pacilli, who started not one but two new jobs in the past few months! She began a new position with Montreat College as the Director of Campus & Faculty Services for Adult and Graduate Studies at the beginning of October. And, she started as a Vacation Planner specializing in Disney Destinations with Starts With A Wish Travel back in July. If you’re thinking about a Disney vacation anytime soon, look her up on Facebook!

    Stephanie Bulka Smith also started a new job earlier this year! She’s working as a family medicine physician at the Fort Meade Community-based Outpatient Clinic, and is really enjoying it.

    Laura Secker Hammond wrote with a few updates, too!  She moved to Alexandria in 2006, got married in 2011, and had a little girl in March 2014 named Ella Catherine Hammond. Laura stays home with her and also works part time coordinating private events at Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria.  Her husband works at a neighborhood restaurant group. So basically, they’re surrounded by good food and beer! What a great life!

    One more bit of important information – we started a Hood College Class of 2003 Facebook group! If you haven’t joined yet, type that title into the Facebook search bar and come join us!

    And as always, if anyone has any exciting news, or just updates on what you’re up to, please send it in through the alumni website, message it to me on Facebook, or email me at macdonaldleahg@gmail.com – I’m excited to hear it!

  8. 2013: Winter 2016


    Bonjour, Class of 2013! As always, we’re keeping busy — maybe even too busy! These days, we are working with different organizations, in the midst of additional degrees, and celebrating recent marriages!

    Around the world, Kellie Duncan is living in Germany for the next month while being part of the opening team for the Norwegian Escape. In November she’ll set sail to Miami! Jahtay Teh is into his second year as a peace corps volunteer in Zambia and Nick Mudgett has just returned from his time as a peace corps volunteer in Nicaragua.

    We have a lot going on around Frederick, too! Ashley Birdsell graduated from Brooklyn College with her Masters in Fine Arts and is the manager of marketing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. She and her fiancee, Billy Lewis, are living in Frederick, Md. Nicola Sussman is a homeowner! This summer she bought a house near Downtown Frederick and has started the education graduate program at Hood to become a reading specialist; Andrew Bodine is enjoying his position as Assistant Aquatic Center Manager and has started in Hood’s counseling program; and Giovanni Kavota is living in Downtown Frederick and is a company member of The Maryland Ensemble Theatre and a member of Baltimore Improv Group. During the day, he is a training & development coordinator for Country Meadows retirement community. Mi’Kea Bowie Hawkins is teaching Head Start for the YMCA of Frederick and Brett Shelley is Hood College’s Cross Country and Track and Field coach.

    In the DMV area, Darcey Heflin is enjoying her new apartment in Alexandria, Va. and Kimi Brunot will be graduating in December from Loyola University Maryland with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, is a homeowner, and looks forward to her May 2016 wedding! Nick Temple is looking forward to a May graduation from Georgetown Law and plans to return to Baltimore to practice; Meladeh Rabie McKinnon married John McKinnon and is enjoying life with her 1-year old son, Kaiden; and I, Elaheh Eghbal, am the marketing manager at Zerion Software, Inc. Continue to make your mark, Class of 2013, and keep in touch! Cheers!

  9. Class of 1963


    Greetings Hood Sisters of ’63.  Thanks for all your news.  It seems we are at the traveling stage in life.  Jane McCann Walsh has been a cruising gal.  She and a friend did a riverboat cruise in Southern Europe and topped it off with a few days in Paris.  She also cruised the British Isles, visiting major cities and spending some time in London.  She also cruised from Barcelona to Lisbon with several days stays on both ends.  Go Girl!  She says she has developed new appreciation for Jack Davis’ Art Appreciation lectures.  Ann Carpentar Lindau-Martin reported that her husband, Roy Lindau, died in 2009, she has married Jim Martin and these two retirees are getting used to their move from NY to Florida-Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota.  They are looking forward to their upcoming trip to France and Italy. More trips from Verna Larson Lyons,  include a great one to New York to visit a cousin and attend a Buddhist wedding of a Tibetan friend, then on to Boston where they rented a car and drove all over Vermont, Montreal and Quebec City then back to the US by way of Maine and New Hampshire.  She and her husband also went to her niece’s wedding at Lake Tahoe after visiting their son, Matt, in Redondo Beach, met up with son, Tim, and had a family reunion with their whole family at Squaw Valley while in the area for the wedding.  Our class representative at the inauguration of Hood’s new president, Sally Schaeffer Morse, and Al, had a wonderful river cruise out of Amsterdam.  She still spends lots of time doing church activities and helping with her grandchildren and their pets as she did recently while the parents took a trip.  She’s looking forward to seeing all of us next June.  I love getting replies from Pat Taylor Santelli who always sends lots of news and is funny as heck.  She never has a dull moment. They sold their sailboat and bought a cabin cruiser so she can get over to CT where two of her children and five of her grandchildren live.  She and those offspring spent a lot of time on the water visiting several islands and sucking up some vitamin D.  They visited a lot of places along the coasts of CT, RI and NY and spent some not so quiet time in beach bars. I wish I could tell details!  Pat also had a brief visit at her home in Oyster Bay with Alix Rockwell Hill Jacobs, her partner in many Hood crimes, and a friend of Alix’s who lives in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains on an oasis.  They had a tour of Teddy Roosevelt’s house, Sagamore Hill, the restoration of which cost $11 million, Pat says, wasted money.  Pat is suffering from wanderlust and has a big list of places she must see, like I do, before time runs out.  MaryVerdella Wagner Nelson and Paul spent a great deal of time at their cabin in Rangeley, Maine, where their son, daughter and her husband and three boys, descended on them whenever they could get away from their homes near Boston.  They also spent their regular week at a condo on the Vineyard where they annually meet up with a lot of friends.  Back in Boston, their visitors are non-stop.  Bobbi Sterling Kemmerling is so excited because her oldest son is making her a great grandmother come January.  As for me, Dottie Snyder Engle, I’ve been a travel hog.  In June, daughter Robin and I flew into Denver, just missing Brenda Eklund Pearson,  and had a brief visit with Linda Myers Gray, her husband John, son Jeff and granddaughter, Gracie.  Jeff was there from SD getting a new prosthesis.  Linda gave us a snack and took us shopping.  After leaving the Grays, we drove to meet son Ryan for dinner.  Then I drove Robin 3000 miles around the Southwest visiting many national parks and other great places including Moab, Sedona and the US Air Force Academy. Our funniest experience was stopping at a little, closed motel in the dark, miles from nowhere, borrowing a key, using a bathroom, leaving a tip and a thank you note.  In August, Ron and I had our annual beach trip to the Outer Banks of NC with four other couples, and in September he and I flew to Seattle and toured some of Washington and Oregon.  We had a great dinner with a former next door neighbor gal who lives in Newcastle, east of Seattle, and her whole family, who lived here, was there for a reunion.  We planned to surprise George Raveling, a former assistant basketball coach at the U of MD who is the Global Marketing Director for Basketball of Nike, in Beaverton.  The surprise was on us, as he now works out of LA.  Cindy Klopp Butler and husband Keith had a great visit with us in September.  Cindy said they had the best Canadian summer ever.  She was able to spend time with her children and grand children.  After visiting us,  they went to VA and PA.  Our son moved back from CO to MD this fall, after 15 years and had nothing but bad luck with housing and jobs.  The last blow was that his former live in girlfriend of five years was killed in a motorcycle accident in OH in September.  No wonder I dye my hair!  I’m looking forward to seeing you at our house  on June 10, 2016.  Let’s make it memorable!

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