1. 1951: Winter 2017



    Eleanore Jackson Knott

    Melinda Miko Keck ’76 wrote in August to tell us that her mother Gabriella Racz Miko, P’76, P’77 had passed away, leaving three daughters—Melinda ’76, Leslie ’77 and Jennifer. I was also saddened to see Pat Knobloch Jones on our recently deceased list. Our sympathies to their families. Cathie Strachan Upp reported on her recent trip with a daughter to Washington and a side trip to Hood where the “campus was gorgeous” and everyone was “so kind and gracious.” She enjoyed touring the campus on a golf cart seeing all the new buildings and memorial garden. Then they rode around old town Frederick before moving on to Brigantine, NJ. She then went to Houston to spend Christmas with her youngest daughter and family. Mary Lou Henry Deisroth, P’76 keeps busy with “same old doctor appointments, bridge and friends and book club reads.” Mary Lou Hoffman Huff is still frequenting the gym and stock markets and liking retirement. Time for stove and computer replacements has brought accompanying challenges and frustrations. Sad to hear that diabetes has brought Donna Fogle Fisher reduced vision, but her good news is that she has a machine that magnifies onto a screen so she can read. Nice to see that she can still use the computer. Walt and I were very blessed to have no real damage from Hurricane Matthew here on Hilton Head Island in early October while so many of our neighbors and friends had major flooding, house damage, loss of trees and other property damage. Clean-up continues and will take many more months with piles of debris, some 10 feet high, yet to be trucked away. We are now looking forward to a couple of trips to Florida this winter, welcoming friends and family here and celebrating our 60th anniversary. Remember the only news we have comes from you, so please write, call and/or email me anytime. Merry Christmas, Eleanore Knott.

  2. 1948: Winter 2017



    Corky Edwards Shulman

    Aloha, hoodlums…and Mele Kalikimaka from the islands, post-season! Having my son and family here for the holidays was special; Paul is now the CEO of Boulder (CO) Community Hospital with a room to be named after him! Daughter Kim and Grandson Arion still in residence, blessedly! And son Kevin and family still hang out in snowy Vermont. Wish I could share Janet (Ging) Beck Agnew’s photo: except the lighter hair, she looks exactly as in ’48, I swear! A recent family reunion, time with three great-grandchildren, a new grandchild this past July and a 90th birthday has kept Ging moving…along with a regular exercise class locally. (Whew!) Bette Blome Winyall writes of lunching with Hood’s new president, Andrea Chapdelaine: “She is an absolutely charming, caring, talented woman who should lead Hood to a bright future.” Watching her four grandsons thriving is a special blessing: the eldest about to be married, a career army man, a med-school applicant, and Philly, a special needs child, is her hero: “He lives with courage and determination each day!” (Bravo, Bette.) Elaine Henderson Cortelyou has been spending time with high school classmates all celebrating their 90th birthdays. She recently flew to visit her daughters in Raleigh and Atlanta. “Shifted to slow speed but hanging in there.”…(me, too). Nancy Naser Crawford lives in Salemtowne, Winston-Salem, a “wonderful retirement community” run by the Moravian Church. Nancy has severe spinal stenosis and moved to Salemtowne after a bad fall. A recent operation has brought some relief. “Under my circumstances, I couldn’t be in a better place…I’m happy here and send greetings to all the Hood Girls. I spent two very, very happy years at Hood.” Ginny Mansfield Almwrites, “All’s well, enjoying Florida’s run and life in the Villages. Wouldn’t it be nice to have another reunion? I get so nostalgic at this time of year!” (so do I). From Anne Chaney Mesmer: “We’re celebrating the holidays here with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!”(sigh…no ‘greats’ yet for me). Jayne Gillis deConstant is watching over the carriage house and has a wonderful apartment in New Hampshire. She is doing well after a sudden gallbladder attack. It has been removed, and she is recovering. She wishes everyone a happy Christmas and remembers Hood with great delight. Jayne is looking forward to better days ahead. She is able to observe a beautiful coastline in New Hampshire. Mariane Buckman Ewing passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Surviving her are daughter Anne and son Chad as well as three grandchildren. The card to Muriel Woods Buckley, 36 Gate 7, Carolina Shores, NC 28467 came back “unable to forward;” “Buttons” was her nickname, I recollect. Any ideas, anyone? All for now. Keep writing! Corky Edwards Shulman  

  3. 1944: Winter 2017



    V. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk

    I called everyone who had listed their phone number with Hood. Those who no longer had an active phone were Mal Barnett and Betty Jane Foehl Tomaselli. Therefore I was unable to reach them. Emma Vonderheide Rhoderick passed away April 20, 2016. Barbara “Bobbie” Gill Jesser moved to a senior care residence in Connecticut. She has a one-bedroom apartment, still drives and all is well. She was about to celebrate Christmas with all of her family who live nearby. She says best wishes for 2017!” Margie Muth Alibasah was reported to have twin great-grandchildren. Chorley reported this info. Betty Lee Daubenspeck Carl still drives her own car. Her day is spent playing golf and bridge and at happy hour. Nancy Ogden Carson lost her husband this past year. She has a cat named Pumpkin, which occupies part of her time. Janet Coblentz Cover lives in a retirement center in Frederick. Gert Flagg Dalzell has given up driving. She still lives in her own home, but she did fall and break her wrist this past year. Milly Geiple Hufnagel lives in her own home. Her son lives with her. Her daughter died this last year as she was given the wrong medication. Mary Alice Knobloch Smith lives in her own home. She still drives and plays bridge. In the last year her immediate family had a reunion. There were 62 people in attendance. Phyllis Fine Soza and her husband lived in an assisted living place. Her husband has a wheelchair, and she has a walker. Mary Lou Chorley Touart is also in a retirement home. She still works on their magazine. Two of her daughters are actresses. As for myself, I too live in a retirement center. I am in the independent living section. I play bridge for entertainment about six times a week. I go in the pool daily as that is the only place I can walk. I use a mobile scooter in the halls. In my apartment I use a walker and ride it backwards. Peg Traver Emery and her daughter came to see me. She lives on the west coast of Florida. She lives in her own home. Her son lives with her. Edna Iason Louis lives in her own home. She has someone to come in and help her. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk (Wheats)

  4. 1965: Winter 2017


    The deaths of classmates Patricia Johnson Speier and Regina Bond Wade took me by surprise when they appeared in last issue’s list of the deceased, so I went searching for more information. The obituary I found for Pat, a retired teacher in Prince Georges County, reported only that she was born on February 17, 1943 and passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and had resided in Oxon Hill, Maryland. There was more information about Regina, who had attended the 50th reunion accompanied by her daughter looking the picture of good health and vitality. Seven months later she was gone. Her obituaries appearing some time after her death show what a rich and creative life she had lived: “Regina Ruth Bonn Wade, 72, of Columbia, Md., died on January 18, 2016 following a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Osie G. Bonn. Survivors include her husband, Everett Wade of Baltimore, a daughter, Amy Wade and her husband John Dutterer of Glen Burnie and their children, Samuel, Jakob and Isaac, sons Eric Zeisel of San Diego, Cal., Matthew Wade and his wife Anette Vehus of Watertown, Mass. and their daughter, Anika. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Zachary. Also surviving are stepdaughters Deborah Wilson and Jennifer Tuttle of Greenville, S.C. and their children Nicole, Joshua, Alexis, Gavin, and Brianna, sisters Nancy Gibson of Bel Air, Janet Saunders and Alice McDaniel of Severna Park, Linda Bonn of Baltimore, brothers Robert Bonn of Rochester, N.Y., Donald Bonn of Silver Spring, an aunt, Ruth Bonn of Annapolis and many nieces and nephews. Regina grew up in the Anneslie neighborhood in Baltimore. She graduated from Hood College in 1965. After college she worked in school and local libraries. She worked as a children’s librarian for most of her professional career at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. She taught Mother Goose on the Loose and after retiring, taught Music Together in Columbia, Md. She loved to paint with watercolors, take photographs of plants, draw with colored pencils, knit, sew, work on crossword puzzles and play with her grandchildren. Regina had a beautiful spirit, a warm smile, a love for children and music. She was so creative and could take discarded sweaters with holes in them and turn them into the cutest baby booties you have ever seen. She loved to teach and really slowed down to listen to children and grown-ups, exploring ideas with them and entering into their worlds. She had an amazing imagination, and could transform the space she was in with a story or a song. She was playful and childish in the best sense. Her excellent artistic skills were matched by her gentle sense of humor. She was a tremendously gifted and giving children’s librarian who shared her knowledge with colleagues throughout the Enoch Pratt branches. Her calm and thoughtful approach to working with children truly enriched them. Regina was the type of adult who would sing Girl Scout songs in the car, play with toys that were meant for children, roll down small hills with her daughter at midnight on a snowy walk. She never hesitated to love someone with an extra moment. She had wonderful, creative ideas and always found a way to connect with people. During her work at Enoch Pratt, there were many young mothers who wanted to adopt her to be a grandmother to their children. She helped them feel confident in their new role as parents. She was a warm, comforting presence. She gave good advice that was based on common sense, knowledge and experience. She always valued the importance of learning through play. Regina was a sweet, gentle soul and a peacemaker. She viewed life through her own special window on the world—seeing joy in the little things and finding beauty where others might miss it. She was so gifted and with such a generous heart. She had a profound understanding of, and connection with, children.” Jamie Barr Gartelmann wrote that she and Peter are still going strong and that tending a large cutting garden on their northern New Jersey farm for roadside bouquets keeps them busy in season. Jamie continues her involvement in the local garden club, most recently working in the Community Education and a Pollinator Garden Project, but she would love to go associate when there is an opening. The two sons’ families living nearby partake of the produce from their vegetable garden, and the five grands enjoy picking and eating the bounty for snacks. Two of the grandchildren attend the high school where Peter worked as a counselor, and a third is headed to high school in the fall. The two older grandsons are continuing the family hunting tradition, doing their part for deer control and putting meat on the table. Cora, a horse nut at 15, is doing well with her IEA equestrian program, “which should keep her away from the boys for a while yet.” Three of the kids worked on a local farm and learned a lot waiting on customers and stocking bins. Cora also has another barn job and plays violin in the high school orchestra. “We are thankful that the high taxes here in Morris County, are at least benefiting our grandchildren, who all do well academically in these super schools,” commented Jamie. Even though the Gartelmanns remain very busy in New Jersey they regularly travel to second homes in Maine and North Carolina. In November they visited Charleston to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. On one return trip from North Carolina they stopped for an overnight with Ann Fulton Warren and Tom in Potomac, Md. With the Warren’s daughter Jessie and family settled in Connecticut after several years in Hong Kong, the entire Warren family was home for the holidays. Diana Beers Lobdell and Ralph celebrated their 50th anniversary in June 2016 and in early December were on a cruise ship heading for India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Singapore to celebrate. They returned in time to celebrate Christmas with Ralph’s mother, who turned 100 in May 2016, surrounded by her family of 25 people. Diana has kept in touch with Hood roommate Helen Harrison Arrington, whose husband of 53 years died in April. “Dean and Helen met our sophomore year in the fall when he was at Hood with the U.S. Naval Academy choir to sing the Messiah,” Diana wrote. “They married in November 1964 in Pittsburgh. Regina [Bonn Wade] and I were in her wedding. Helen and Dean had retired three years ago in Delaware, but returned to the Lebanon, N.J., area, their longtime home, to be near his doctor and two of their three children. Dean had a short but very aggressive illness, and Helen took care of him until the end. I have spoken with Helen several times, and am very proud of her.  She has a positive attitude and has found a house to buy within an half-hour of her daughter Lisa and son Brian and not too far from her son Brad living on Long Island. She has three grandchildren, ranging from about five to twenty-two—but don’t quote me on their ages.” Barbara Casey Ruffino wrote “Life is good. My husband Russ, Episcopal priest, is now serving the Church of England as temporary chaplain in Palermo, Italy. We have been here, off and on, for the last two years and love it. This is our fifth assignment in Italy, and since Russ is fluent in Italian it has been great for us and for his parishes—Orvieto, Como, Milan, Naples and Sorrento and Palermo. I still work part-time in government-contract consulting out of the Washington area, mostly to have a little extra $$ for travel and, at our age, for ‘body parts and repairs.’  Three years ago, daughter Jane moved to Stockholm, Sweden, after 12 years living Dublin, Ireland. She loves living there, and we love visiting even in winter. Son Mike is in the magic land of Los Angeles where he is a music composer for TV and films, primarily for Anthony Bourdain’s shows.” Barb tries to keep in touch with Chris Plankenhorn Tischer and Joe, and Barb Hyde Sands and Larry, but with everyone’s travels it’s tough to find time to get together. Throughout the 2016 holiday season, Cathie Byers Meredith was living in a sort of limbo after having found out in late November that one of the bypasses performed three years previously had failed and that her heart was starving for oxygen. Treatment decisions were complicated not only by the potential for damaging the remaining functioning bypass during a second open-chest surgery but by the fact that suitable replacement arteries hadn’t been found in either Cathie’s arms or legs. Finally, the Hopkins cardiac surgeon seemed to have developed a workable strategy, and surgery was scheduled for February 8. The evening before, Cathie got a call telling her that her doctor would be operating all that night on an emergency case and would be too tired to do her surgery as scheduled. The rescheduled operation on February 16 got as far as the ribcage incision through which the implant would be made and the groin incision for the heart-lung machine and chest tubes. But then the surgeons discovered that the “good” artery from the arm wasn’t long enough and the leg vein then harvested was too narrow. Thus, a couple of hours into the planned six-hour surgery, the bypass was aborted, after which Cathie spent five days recovering at Hopkins. “So, now I’m having  to recover from a very bad incision and am in the same situation as I was in the fall,” she wrote in early March. “There are two other very high risk options. I am seeing my cardiologist next Wednesday [March 8] to discuss what’s next. I am not a happy camper, but I’m alive, so every day is a plus.” For Kathie Cribbs Tromble, 2016 was the usual family-filled year, with an August road tour taking her and Burt to St. Paul, Minn., to visit a childhood friend and a couple cousins, then to Lincoln, Neb., where another friend lives and on to Lyons, Colo., home of the Tomble’s lawyer daughter Connie, her husband and first-grade son. Daughter Alice, in residency in the burn unit at University of Arkansas, shares parenting duties of two young sons with husband J., while their other lawyer daughter Kate directs social-justice projects at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, D.C. Kate and her husband are busy with the activities of their two teen daughters. Closest to the Trombles’ central-Maryland home are son Wayne and his family of four school- and sports-involved teenagers. The abundance of family paid off in November when children and grandchildren provided assistance during Kathie’s recovery from knee-replacement surgery. The other knee was likely in line for replacement in February. Along with all the above, Kathie and Burt have remained active in local volunteer and social activities. Deborah Demmy Thomas continues to recall the delights of our 50th reunion. “I thought the campus looked great, and I came away being as proud as ever to be a Hood alum,” she wrote. Debby and Gary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January in a quiet fashion but hoped that they can take a celebratory trip at some point. Debby’s weekdays are still occupied with childcare for five-year-old granddaughter Caroline and her weekends with serving as a nurse at the Grier School. Boston-suburban dweller Lynn Farnell took time from making Christmas jams to send in her newsiest Hood news which was that she had tracked down her freshman roommate, Joan Spurgeon Brennan, in Denver. Joan left after freshman year to attend Cornell, then married and worked on Wall Street until she and her husband retired to Denver. Her husband died a few years ago. This year when Joan was on her way to Boston to visit her daughter and grandchildren she met with Lynn and they had a lovely long brunch to catch up! Lynn herself headed to Pennsylvania on Christmas Day to visit with sister Jean, also a Hood alum, and her large family. Like me, Lynn became an “orphan” fairly recently with the death of her mother and remarked,  “Not sure I like being the oldest in the family!!” Lexie Horne Bickell wrote from Columbus, Ohio, that “life has been interesting for me and I have been very fortunate.” The Bickells are frequent travelers, with their latest trip being a Rhine River cruise in May, 2016, preceded by a week in Switzerland. “We love river cruising and have been on the Danube twice in the past few years,” wrote Lexie, “and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June in New York City!”  Lexie, a costumed interpreter at a living-history museum in Columbus, is enjoying “becoming” a woman of 1898, wearing the period clothes and interacting with the visitors to draw them into “our” era. For the previous five years she’d helped represent the Civil War experience. “It has been fascinating to learn the similarities between life today and life in 1898,” she wrote, “and to discover how many aspects of our life today began in the late 1890s. I love the fact that my grandparents came of age during that time! We all have specific characters—I am the president of the Women’s Study Club, typical of the women’s clubs that took root on a national level in 1894. Among other causes of the time, we are working hard to gain women the right to vote and to establish child labor laws. I believe that in the 21st century women have a way to go to insure fair treatment, but we have come a long way since the 1890s!” Part of the Bickell family lives in Columbus and part will be moving there this coming summer, so more fun is in store for Lexie. “It is all good!” she wrote. “I so enjoyed seeing everyone at the 50th Reunion. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane as well as a chance to reconnect with dear old friends. Come out for a visit! We love company!” HannahJane Hurlburt claims, “I’m very lazy since I stopped working.” nevertheless she mustered the energy to travel from her Greenwich, Conn., home to visit Priscilla Obreza in Guelph, Ontario, last summer where they did their usual—always theater, used bookstores in search of out-of-print books, outdoor summer concerts and more. “Priscilla is well, and we still talk a bit about the 50th!” wrote HannahJane, who also reported that in December Sandy Hickman Lee was earning her way across the Pacific to Tahiti and near by islands by teaching knitting classes on board a theater/film-themed cruise. Nancy McAdams Baggett’s son David Baggett, a Univ. of Md. graduate and successful tech innovator and entrepreneur, was the commencement speaker for the December 2016 graduating class of his Alma Mater. “An innovative thinker who has been writing software since childhood, Dave Baggett is always searching for new ways that technology can solve everyday, practical problems,” reads the speaker bio. “The son of an electrical engineer and cookbook writer, Baggett earned degrees in computer science and linguistics from the University of Maryland in 1992.” I’ve appended the rest of the bio at the end of this column if you’re interested in learning the details. Nancy is rightly proud of her son’s accomplishments. Jane McKinney Ingrey wrote, “I am doing well for the state I am in…aches and pains and an eldest child who will turn 50 this next year. Our family is doing well, with each grandchild finding his or her path of growing up. How time flies by, with one in college and the others close behind. We continue our nomadic lives that go between Florida and Lake George, N.Y. We wish the Auto Train went door to door! My hope is for us all to walk forward this next year making our own ‘worlds’ a better place with kindness and generosity.” Mary Lew Penn Sponski finds it hard to believe it has been 18 years since John and she “retired” to the countryside of Virginia. John’s main commitment is to the board of the Montpelier Foundation, home of James and Dolley Madison in Orange, Virginia. [A side note from me, Emily Kilby—For the past six years, I’ve been doing some serious historical research into the history of Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area next door to me in Cecil County, Md. In 1927, William du Pont, Jr., who owned Montpelier at that time, started buying up contiguous small farms here to create a 7,000-acre estate he called Foxcatcher. My mission has been to reclaim the social, family and industrial history that vanished once du Pont and a number of relocated Orange County employees displaced the families who’d lived here for more than two centuries.] Mary Lew serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. The Sponskis also travel extensively while they are still able to do so and invite any classmates visiting in the Charlottesville area to get in touch. Jo Ann Sether Bowes claims no major changes her life, and she continues to find Loch Haven, Penn., a great place to live. Husband Ron’s Alma Mater, Lock Haven University, named a building Bowes Hall in recognition of their donations. As president of the local historical society, Jo manages all the details for preserving and maintaining five properties, fundraising, volunteer oversight, program development and so on. One of the job requirements has been learning grant writing and computer skills. Jo continues to enjoy birding trips for fun and stress relief, and last summer she introduced her two sons and their families to cruising with a Bermuda trip on the Anthem of the Seas. Her favorite amenity on board—the robotic bartenders. Since attending our 50th reunion Lissa Shanahan has been traveling and learning to quilt. One of her trips involved taking her six-foot-tall, 16-year-old grandson on a four-day stay in New York City. “Trying to keep up with him was hard on my five-foot, 73-year-old body, but we had a wonderful time.”  Next was a cruise accompanying her brother and his wife from San Francisco to New York City via the Panama Canal —“amazing engineering for 100 years ago!” Prior to these adventures she had spent most of the winter of 2016 visiting her son Scott and his wife to escape the Indiana winter. When at home, Lissa attended three different quilt guilds’ meetings and worked to complete her first quilt. This May, she’s off on an Alaska cruise. “If anyone wants a place to stay for the Indy 500,” Lissa wrote, “I have an extra bedroom.” Before reporting her own “humble news,” Gretchen Walter Pinkerton put in a plug for our “brilliant classmate Sally Fairfax,” whose academic and personal accomplishments are enumerated at her publisher’s website. “Google ‘Sally K. Fairfax  SAGE Publications,’ “ Gretchen suggested to reach that site. “Sally appeared in a recent dream of mine, which sent me on the search. Sally is also on Facebook, for those interested.” As for Gretchen’s recent life, she wrote, “not a great year for me and Jack. We were in a horrendous auto accident on Mother’s Day, when a driver coming from the opposite direction crossed the center line and hit us head-on. He died at the scene, and we were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, which has an excellent trauma center. We had no life-threatening injuries, but plenty of broken bones and severe bruising. Seat belts, airbags and a sturdy little Hyundai saved us, along with some blessings from Above.” The Pinkerton’s recovery has taken most of the year, with a lot of help from family and friends. Jack took the worst of it, Gretchen said, and continues to have mobility and intestinal issues following abdominal surgery for a tear, plus an awful C. difficile infection associated with the long hospital stay. “Now we are back to semi-normal, with both of us volunteering for Meals on Wheels and my serving as program co-chair for the Bradford Woods Women’s Club, a great group of ladies that raises funds for local charitable causes. A new set of kitty siblings, Sidney & Samantha, has added a lot of merriment to the house, and we continue to enjoy the cultural & sporting life of the super city of Pittsburgh – Go Steelers, Penguins, & Pirates! Happy 2017 to my Hood classmates!” [David Baggett speaker biography continued: By the time Baggett graduated, he had already founded companies that designed video game development systems and published interactive fiction. While pursuing his master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he became part of the team behind the groundbreaking and wildly popular Sony PlayStation video game “Crash Bandicoot.” Besides giving Sony a mascot, the game series from Naughty Dog Inc., where Baggett was a programmer and vice president, was pioneering in its graphic speed and detail. In 1997, Baggett co-founded ITA Software, which revolutionized how people could travel with the help of cheaper and more powerful computer programs. By assisting airlines like America West and websites like Orbitz, the company’s software greatly expanded the choices and convenience of booking flights. As COO, Baggett oversaw software development, operations and customer relations, expanding the company from 20 employees to more than 500, with revenue topping $70 million a year. In 2011, Google acquired ITA for $700 million. More recently, Baggett, founder and president of Arcode Corp., has focused his creative and entrepreneurial spirit on email and messaging: his new startup’s product Inky makes it easy for anyone to encrypt their email with any mail account, ensuring confidentiality and preventing identity theft and phishing attacks. Baggett also sits on the boards of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Named a distinguished alumnus by both the College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Computer Science, Baggett has supported undergraduate scholarships and post-baccalaureate fellowships at UMD in linguistics research.

  5. 1962: Winter 2017



    Class Reporter:  Regina Pyle, substituting for Sally Zimmerman

    Thanks to everyone below who sent news which appears below as submitted.

    A shorter version (750 words) will appear in the Alumnae News.

    Wishing everyone the best for 2017!

    Betty Appel Bailey

    We are still living in north country San Diego and our daughter and her family live nearby.  In May Tom and I took a 9 day coach trip through the Canyons starting in Phoenix, on to Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, rafting on the Colorado River, and then to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.  In September we flew back east to attend Tom’s

    55th Naval Academy class reunion.  It is always great fun to see old friends some we have known for 50+ years.  I still miss two of my dear friends from Hood both of whom have passed away….Care Dickely Heeks and Carol Bahlke Holmes.

    Judy Hammond Blatchford

    We’re enjoy good health, and volunteer jobs (especially working with senior citizens), continue to travel (this past year to Baja California and Scotland), spend summers in the Adirondacks, have 1 granddaughter who has graduated from college and 4 of the 5 are taller than their grandmother!

    Gail Dawson Clarke

    This end of summer I took a cruise up North away from this Florida heat. I went along with 4,000 of my “closest friends” cruising up to Boston, Maine and Canadian coastal towns. At the same time, I learned that a friend from middle school has a cottage in Bar Harbor, Maine. So…after 61 years she and I reconnected and the years just melted away. I fell in love with the down-east Maine coast…the rugged coast line, the unique birds, the lifestyle and the grit and respect for the environment of the lobster men. My children are in a good place…one in the North Carolina mountains and one down here in Florida partnering with his high school friend to distill rum. For a while my legs were problematic, but I am in good health now. We seldom appreciate it when we have it, but once it disappears, oh how we value it. Cheers to you all, ladies of Hood. May the coming year bring you many blessings. I’d love to hear from you (gc.mumstheword@gmail.com)

    Sunny Griffin

    While I imagine that many of my classmates are having great grandchildren, I have just gotten my first – twins who are now 8 months old, Mabel and Oliver!  We are going to Thailand this winter to try to sell our house in Chiang Mai because I don’t want to be on the other side of the world from my only grandchildren, and my daughter really needs help with twins. I am loving being with the babies and don’t want to miss a moment of their lives. It is particularly wonderful because I had to work all the time when my daughters were young so it is such fun playing with babies.

    Doris Dalziel Kimball

    All the decades disappear when I connect with Hood acquaintances.  George and I still go to Anna Maria Island in April when the gulf is warm enough for Yankees and grands have their break.  We will participate in our 9th Road Scholar adventure, this time in Martinique.  A trip to Sedona in February will give us another chance to hike through those stunning red hills.  Same volunteer jobs give us a chance to pay back for the many blessings we have received during 54 years together.

    Penny Misirian Mardoian

    I had a mini-reunion with Judy Blatchford and Nancy Heckscher and husbands at the end of October. My grandson, Michael, will be spending a semester in Barcelona through Trinity College. I will be in London for a week at the end of March. My life is busy and full.

    Lynn MacDonough Morrow

    George and I are gearing up for what will probably be our final mission trip to Nicaragua.  January 2017 will be my 8th trip; it has been a meaningful part of my life over the past decade and a source of satisfaction that George has enthusiastically joined me on the trips.  One of the missionary couples is retiring back to the US; it is not clear that the local church will continue to sponsor trips and we would eventually “age out” of being able to participate so it seems like a natural time for us to say our good-byes to our Nicaraguan friends when we are there for 10 days this winter.  We can continue to support the educational program of providing school supplies to the local kids through financial contributions.

    Barbara Arthur Pretzsch

    We have just moved to a new house in the same town, more space, big back yard to hold our 5th wheel and fenced for the dogs. I have been too busy to do much but “pack up” and “unpack” and find stuff I could before we moved. Hope everyone is enjoying a prosperous new year.

    Regina Schlank Pyle

    The drama of selling my home in France unexpectedly continued throughout the year with the French real estate lawyers, aka “Notaires”, causing mischief and bureaucratic delays. A young family who rents in the association and have family living there presented themselves as buyers in March.   Ideal buyers until their need to get financing arose and there is no provision for banks to give preapproval for a loan.  Fast forward I spent two weeks there in July trying to get the deal moving and a closing was set for November lst.  That morning the notaires discovered a “petit problem” – i.e. the shares of my house hadn’t been transferred to the buyers as necessary.  A novel solution was suggested and approved that the buyers move in as tenants until the mess had been cleared up.

    I’m more that delighted to say that as of 12/29, a mere 16 months later, I no longer own property in France.  Given the length of the process, I dread receiving an accounting of the legal bills which will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.  Once done the remainder will go for scholarships to Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government and for research at Mass General Hospital’s cancer center.  Of course I have lots of wonderful memories and will return to visit friends but it’s a great relief both mentally and financially to have it off the books.  And whenever someone rhapsodizes about owning a house in the French country side, I remind them of a four letter word that begins with “R”.

    One of the pleasures of living in Boston is that friends want to visit and many did – including some from London and Beijing.  I spent Thanksgiving with my niece and her family in Manhattan Beach.  Her boys, 10 and 13, take after their father and every day weather permitting, they suit up, grab their boards and head for the beach. Really fun to watch. Life in Boston remains busy with wonderful friends and a couple of non-profit boards. Monty, my 6 year old cairn terrier, continues to co-habitat with Rossy, a domestic short hair who’s now 12.   Both are a delight and every night assume their side of the bed.  To say the least life is good.

    Barbara Stewart

    Paul and I are continuing to enjoy life in Maine.  We seem to be into cross country road trips.  We had a great one last summer visiting two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ryan graduating from high school in Missouri and California.  2017 will have two more graduates in Sonoma and San Diego…Zachary from Sonoma State and Meghan from Eastlake HS which will give us an excuse for another road trip.  I am still into rug hooking, quilting, and some watercolor attempts, plus community volunteering.

    Elizabeth Kovacs Washburn

    My daughter, Natasha, is in Spain and London visiting granddaughter, Jacquelyn, who is on junior year abroad with Boston University. Their pictures on Facebook are stunning. Ted and I had a “miracle” Christmas. Our dog Josey came back from death’s door Christmas Eve.  We had a “doggie” Christmas with Josey and Natasha’s dog, Bene. We also hosted Christmas yummies  after church. ‘Tis the season of joy and gratitude!

    Jody Merritt Watson

    No big trips this year, but Peter and I are enjoying the good features of condo living. I started a book club here this year, and can’t believe it is my first one! We still love living in Maine, with all the erratic weather patterns and hopefully some good snow storms this year.  Our kids and grands all live in Portland, so it’s great to keep up with their concerts, sports, and busy lives. All of them enjoy skiing but are anxious to sample snowboarding this winter. Can our 55th be right around the corner?!?

    Sara Zimmerman

    One of my hobbies for decades has been the German language. It all started back in high school when our music teacher drove a car full of us from Harrisburg to NYC.  We stayed overnight and in the space of two days saw three musicals.  One, off Broadway, was the Three Penny Opera.  At 16, I fell in love with Kurt Weill’s score and Bert Brecht’s lyrics, and memorized the lyrics in both English and the original German.

    Wildly skipping far ahead, in Oct and Nov 2016, I completed a two-month intensive German course at the Goethe Institute in Freiburg im Breigau, Germany, my fourth course at a GI in the space of 53 years. In my section this time, my 12 classmates came from nine countries including China, Thailand, Japan, Syria, Israel, Italy, Barbados, England, and Switzerland and averaged in age about 23.  I’ve always enjoyed working with young people and international experiences.  Now in December 2016, I’m in Switzerland working on family history. The Zimmermans were Anabaptists, persecuted by local governments for their religious principles, and fled to Alsace, France where they settled before heading to the US in the 18th century.  My nephew Mike in Harrisburg is the true family genealogist; I’m assisting him with translations of documents and by taking photos of the very small towns of our great-great-great-great-great grandparents.  With much gratitude to Regina for being correspondent.

    Judith Ziobro

    My news isn’t news, in that Ed and I do pretty much the same things – eat, sleep, do a little exercise daily, and enjoy as much time as our daughters and their families are able to share with us.  That makes for some boring reading, but from my perspective – a great life.  I still do volunteer accounting, and money-handling work at my church, sing in the vocal choir and ring in the handbell choir regularly.  Earlier this year I helped the church prepare several hundred “Days for Girls” kits for some primitive areas in Swaziland.  Since I was the only one who admitted owning a serger, I wound up making 600 liners for the project. Needless to say, I keep busy doing the things that I like.

  6. 1959: Winter 2017


    To classmates:

    Here is the unexpurgated version of the December 2016 class of 1959 news.  There were fewer replies this time, so I won’t have to cut so much for the newsletter.

    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.


    No new news for me.  I am loving my retirement community here in Vero.  It was an excellent choice for me.  Lots to do to stay active and a great feeling of security.


    My daughter and I are taking a cruise to Cuba on a Greek line out of Montego Bay after Christmas!  Our diocese has a Companion relationship with the Episcopal church in Cuba.  25 years ago I helped begin our Companionship, so it will be wonderful to visit once again in the luxury of a ship. So many loving, giving people to see once again.


    The year of 2016 has been an amazing adventure. Last winter after spending a week on a friend’s schooner in Key West, I drove north visiting friends along the way to my ‘winter home’  in Reisterstown. Early Feb I flew to the Bahamas for six weeks of cruising on Finesse, the boat I had crewed on for two weeks earlier in Oct. My captain considered me to be a co-captain which allowed me to do much of the navigating building my own confidence. We sailed from Abaco Sea down through Eleuthera and crossed over to the Exumas and sailed down to Staniel Cay. Snorkeling, fishing, iguanas, dolphins, hiking over the islands, meeting so many wonderful folks — it was truly a stress free paradise and a trip I shall never forget. The big item this summer was spending time on my boat in City Island, NY, then sailing it to Belfast, ME. I did bring a crew person along to handle the anchor and be an extra hand in many other ways. In the past two years I have sailed the East Coast except for the last 100 miles to Canada — next summer — and from the north of the Abacos to the south part of the Exumas. I can’t believe I had such opportunities! I plan to head south after the first of the year and back to sea, but just found out I have a triple root canal first.


    11/10/16 I am excited about spending my first Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family in 25 years! My eldest granddaughter is getting married the day after Thanksgiving, so the rehearsal dinner will be our Thanksgiving meal under a tent with heaters in my former home…..should be interesting. I hope to view retirement villages between the Charlottesville- Richmond area. So I fly from Sydney to Washington, DC. next Thursday and return in January hopefully stopping to visit Nancy and Fritz Huntsinger on the way! The Artlett family will probably still be in the process of mediation….no solution yet…and I have lived in limbo for over a year already. I have signed my affidavit and am prepared to get to court. It will cost all of us, but I have already spent more than I had planned! Life changes yearly and often we have no resolution or solution to circumstances. Friends have been terrific on both sides of the Pacific and my sister will be happy when she can hand over the paperwork she has managed for the past 25 years…..a huge help. Shall keep you informed!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year after a restful Thanksgiving! J Love, Fletch


    11/10/16 Natalie and I are just back from a fabulous trip to northern Italy. Luckily missed the earthquakes although some in our group felt a couple of them. Traveling as much as possible as we turn the big 80.


    Just retuned from a two week People to People tour of Cuba so interesting meeting many wonderful people on that beautiful Island nation.

    Was there two weeks so it was an extensive exposure and learned you can live without credit cards and limited wifi. It was good to return home (the day after Castro died) and appreciate our freedom and high standard of living.

    The ’55 cars beautifully restored were fun and a nod to many fun times in them in the past.


    I’m doing well. I’m scheduled to play Christmas carol duets with a friend who plays piano and flute at an Alzheimers’ facility and the retirement community where I live. One is this coming week and the other the weekend before Christmas. It’s been good to have a goal to work toward.

    Family was here for the annual Hot Air Balloon Stampede. Unfortunately, it rained so balloons did not go up but we had a good time, anyway.

    Handbell choir is playing this coming Sunday and again on Christmas Eve so I’ve been busy with that as well as practicing the piano.

    Change of apartment last April so, if anyone wants my address, it is 1500 Catherine St., D303, Walla Walla, WA 99362.


    11/12/16 This is Kuulei Green.  I no longer have good vision but I’m able to get around for myself.  I’m still living in Idaho so I don’t see many of the classmates but I’m fine.  Merry Christmas to you all,



    I don’t have much news. Things are perking along pretty uneventfully which at this stage of life is good. I’m busy with a big genealogy conference Cumberland County Historical Society is having next fall. The coup is that CeCe Moore is the keynote speaker. My travels are now in the USA: New Jersey shore with my family and sometimes Maine and Chautauqua. My granddaughter Chloe is the light of my life. At seven she has moved on from Disney Princesses to American Girl dolls – thankfully.


    A year of wonderful family celebrations: in Columbus, Ohio in July, to celebrate my uncle’s 94th birthday, a trip that included a day with Carole Jones Rogers, then on to Grand Haven, Michigan, for a Granger family reunion, Bob’s brother, nieces and nephews, two of our sons and 3 of our grand children.  Celebration of Bob’s 80th in September here at home, with both of our brothers, all four of our boys and 7 of our 8 grandchildren.  Joyous times, feeling blessed with pretty good health, keeping busy, missing my Hood friends, as I am too far away!  Crazy Texas weather, 20s tonight, 70s on Monday!  Judy Moreland Granger

    GAIL MULLIKEN PAINTER moved in May to Brookdale Silver Lake, an Alzheimer’s care facility in Silver Lake, Washington.  Her children, Greg and Cheryl, welcome communication from her friends.  In August, Greg wrote, “Speaking and language are particularly hard for her, and she is not able to form complete sentences most of the time. She does still recognize her family, but people and memories are beginning to slip away from her.  She still loves eating and shopping and is involved in every social activity at her facility. Mom is able to express that she is happy where she is, but does realize that things are not quite right with her brain.”



    I’m having a “bout” with sciatic nerve pain and had to postpone my river cruise on the Rhine & Mozelle.  I’m enjoying getting ready for Christmas, but with fewer decorations this year, but still cooking the favorites. Still involved with numerous arts organizations in the community. Jo



    Eagerly awaiting a campaign-free year ending in 7!  I’m eager to toast my birth.


    6/23/2016  I am enjoying a renewal of friendships with eight of my high school friends and even took an oil painting class (on my bucket list) offered by one, Carolyn Councell, at our community college.  Carolyn is a well established local artist.



    John is finally home from rehab as of yesterday and starts outpatient rehab on Monday. We were very fortunate to get home safely after a trying trip with a stop in the emergency room of Reston Hospital in Reston, VA. John had a seizure in Dulles Airport on our trip home.  Fortunately, we had a wonderful nurse escort who finally got us both to Columbus, OH sadly after a 30 hr trip and 2 missed flights.

    I still hope we will see you at our 60 reunion.  


    So far this year has been good, knock wood.  I am tutoring writing again at the Stevenson University Academic Center and am doing some free-lance editing, which I enjoy very much.  I finish my two terms as clerk of the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church session in January and will miss being “in the know” but will not miss the clerical work.  I met Mary-Lou Trout Haddad at Buckley’s Tavern in Wilmington, Delaware, twice this year, once with Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee and once with Carole Jones Rogers.  Gayle and I planned a third get-together in January.

    Thanks to all who contribute news.  It’s fun to hear what you’re doing.




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