Karin Ninesling Infuso
Cindy Besancon Walsh left her “beloved Colorado” eight years ago to care for family members in Florida. She was able to move to Spokane, WA, one year ago to be closer to her son and his family. Cindy spends her retirement time on golf, fishing, camping, and playing with her grandchildren. Ada Karen Blair participated in the Women’s March on Washington in January, the day after the Presidential inauguration. She joined a group of women from rural NC who, while standing on the National Mall, watched the crowd grow to unexpected and unprecedented size. It was a “defining moment” to be a part of more than a million women who demonstrated their concerns for the environment, human rights, and women’s issues. Susan (“Sandy”) Doucett Greenberg and her husband met Margaret Livingstone Frisk and her husband during their annual trip from FL to MA. Joining them were Kathryn Grant Heinen and Ann Rechsteiner Phillips and their husbands. They were grateful for this time together; Sandy maintained keeping in touch after “fifty years and counting is so important”. Sandy is also in contact with Vickie Smith Diaz. Roberta Dudley Maguire enjoys retirement with “five grandchildren, soon to be six”. She recently returned from a trip to Germany and Austria with Joanne Loughrey Flahive. Ellen Farrand Carpenter reported she has a four-year-old grandson and five-month-old granddaughter. Ellen recently made a surprise visit to her Hood roommate, Lallah Pierpont Brilhart, whom she hadn’t seen since graduation. They recognized each other immediately. Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer drove 5,500 miles in a motor home and visited nine national parks in CA, TX, and NM. After six weeks, she flew home to Florida and will continue the trip in the fall. She states that “retirement is great”. Margaret Livingstone Frisk reports that her husband will retire in July after teaching for 13 years at Florida Atlantic University and after working for 26 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and 9 years at the Naval Research Lab. Marge and her husband will continue to summer in MA and winter in FL. Marge’s sad news was of Lucy Rupp Sterner’s sudden and unexpected passing in April. Lucy was Marge’s roommate during junior and senior year at Hood and was a bridesmaid in Marge’s wedding. Lucy’s sister graduated from Hood in 1975. We send condolences to Marge and, especially, to Lucy Rupp Sterners’s family. Joanne Loughrey Flahive sent news of an eighteen-month-old grandson who is a “total delight”. Joanne and Roberta Dudley Maguire went on a ten-day trip to Germany and Austria with a small group that included an author of a WWII novel. They visited places in the novel including Buchenwald, Nuremberg, and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Joanne and her husband will travel to Santa Fe, NM, this summer and will be joined by their daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Margaret Muncie enjoys her “semi-retired life” which includes three trips a year to NYC to serve on the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary. Peggy recently hosted a gathering of Hood alums at her home in Greenville, SC. Hood President Chapdelaine and Nancy Gillece also attended and met with the alums. Donna Newman spends much time on various beaches and will visit the Baltic capitals and St. Petersburg, Russia, in August. Karin Ninesling Infuso and her husband fill their retirement days in NC with gardening, a community book club and civic groups, and an adorable, almost two-year-old grandson. Karin visited Florida for vacation and to see a long-time friend and colleague and travels with her daughter and grandson to workshops for teachers of exceptional children. Karin joined Karen Blair on the historic Women’s March on Washington in January and sees Karen and her husband, who live nearby, as often as possible. Mary Ryan Reeves visited with Ellen Sacks P ’09 when Ellen participated in a panel on “Women in the Law” at Hood. Sam’s trip to Cuba was a cultural opportunity during which she saw “completely inspiring art”. Sam designed an “I Love 70” tee shirt that is available on Zazzle.com. Nancy Schneider Alder reports that her five grandchildren will enter grades 5-7 in the fall, and two will become teenagers. She is proud of their success in school and their involvement in numerous sports. Vickie Smith Diaz “had the honor” of walking her daughter down the aisle at her wedding on Mother’s Day. For Vickie, it was a “fabulous Mother’s Day”.