Karin Ninesling Infuso
Christine Bradley Pecor is an adjunct faculty member at Frederick Community College. She and her husband have 9 grandchildren and try to attend their various sport activities. Chris and Bob enjoy travel, especially cruise travel, and have visited Yellowstone NP and Mount Rushmore. Deborah Clancy Butler retired from her pastoral position at a church in CA, and she and her husband relocated to Washington State where her husband established a yacht-rigging business. Her two sons still reside in CA. Deb keeps in touch with Hood friends via Facebook. Dana Eser Hunt still works for a Cambridge, MA public policy research firm. Her work focuses on problems related to opioid addiction and trafficking, which “unfortunately” keeps her busy. Lauren Frankel spent a week in Nimes, France to attend the wedding of Martha Herbert Bounoure’s younger daughter. Georgeanne Madouros Contoyannopoulos also attended, and they had “a grand visit”. Lauren is busy with her consulting work providing executive coaching for independent schools and non-profit organizations. Lauren’s daughter and her wife live in Minneapolis. Lauren loves the Twin Cities and enjoys her visits there. Rosalyn Goddard Phillips and her husband have lived in CA for over 43 years and recently celebrated their 46th anniversary. They are retired and enjoy hosting house concerts for touring folk musicians. Roz’s primary hobby is playing clawhammer banjo in an Appalachian string band. Roz and her husband enjoy traveling, to Europe, in the USA, and to various music festivals. Their son and daughter both live in CA. Mary Holmes Dague and her husband married in 1970 in Coffman Chapel with Dr. Smith officiating and Marty Hassell singing. They are still happily married and have two sons. Mary’s tinnitus and hearing loss ended her dance teaching career years ago, but she remembers the dance program at Franklin and Marshall College that she helped start in 1970. After receiving an MA in dance, Mary taught at F&M which now offers a major in dance. Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer and her husband continued their motor home tour of the US National Parks. So far, they have traveled and driven 55,000 miles. This Thanksgiving, they will do something different and celebrate the holiday on a Panama Canal cruise. Susan Jones O’Donnell downsized this year to a patio home not far from her previous home in CO. She is active in the outdoors and also has a mountain home. Sue retired from federal service in 2012 but does some consulting for the Office of Personnel Management. Sue travels, recently to Italy and Croatia, plays duplicate bridge, and takes lessons to overcome the Smith Hall version of bridge. Sue has been in touch with Laura Martin Shafer and Margaret Muncie. Sally Lottich Thompson still lives overlooking Puget Sound and sells real estate in Seattle. Sally loves her beautiful city with its intellectual, empathetic, progressive values, “especially in this day and age”. Sally’s older daughter lives in NC with her author-husband and two children. Sally’s younger daughter lives in San Francisco and has a career in retail design and management. Sally will travel to Denmark in December to visit Dikte Kirchheiner Holm who was a foreign exchange student while we were at Hood. Dikte and her husband and daughters live in Ribe, a Viking port established a thousand years ago. Margaret Muncie and her husband travel a lot, mostly short trips to visit family and friends. Peggy’s daughter and her husband had to evacuate their Coconut Grove, FL home during Hurricane Irma and spent 8 days in SC with Peggy. Peggy and her husband went to Steven’s 50th reunion of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and to Peggy’s General Seminary Board meeting in NYC. They also enjoyed a UNC-Miami U football game with both daughters and son-in-law. Donna Newman is fully retired and has “stepped up” her traveling. She went on a land tour of the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg, Russia, saw a lot of the countryside, and was able to interact with local people. The tour guide was 20 years old when the Soviet Union collapsed and offered “amazing perspectives” on Russian life. Karin Ninesling Infuso and her husband recently traveled to SD, MT, and WY including Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP. They stayed in historic lodges and saw lovely scenery and much wildlife. The highlight of the trip was an exquisite 8-inch snowfall in Yellowstone NP. Karin and her husband enjoy retirement and the time it allows for civic groups, book club, MahJong, and their delightful 2 year-old grandson. Karin sees Ada Karen Blair as often as Kari’s busy schedule allows. Anne Parkin Pierpont sent sad news of her husband’s passing in January 2017. He and Anne struggled for several years with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, and it was a “sad way for a robust and wonderful person to die”. Because he was a conductor and composer, the funeral included his music. Jeanne Bryant Wyland, Anne’ roommate at Hood, attended the service. Anne and her daughter grew closer through the ordeal, and we send our condolences to them. Nancy Schneider Alder traveled to WI in a 4-seater prop plan to visit childhood friends. Nancy’s grandchildren are in the 5th to 7th grades, participate in numerous sports, and get good grades. Nancy keeps busy with volunteer activities in Gettysburg, PA. Ruth Sands Smith e-mailed from Easton, MD where she, Myra Holsinger, and Marie Oliver Brackbill were gathered to celebrate Myra and Marie’s birthdays and reminisce about Hood. They visited Wye Mills and the Old Wye Church because Ruth is on the board and is an administrator there. Marie works part-time in a library, and Myra is a docent at the Library of Congress. Vickie Smith Diaz and her long-time partner met Sandy Doucett Greenberg and her husband for lunch in Annapolis, MD. Sandy, a talented knitter, created 2 blankets for Vickie’s first grandchild and a shawl for Vickie. Vickie and her daughter will cherish those thoughtful gifts from a long-time thoughtful friend. We are sad to report the passing of your class reporter and friend, Karin Ninesling Infuso. Karin passed away on December 14, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Karin’s family and friends.