1. 1954; Winter 2018

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    Jean Baker Weikert
    717.624.3960

    Marilyn Ogden Heath and her husband Alan are recovering from having to temporarily vacate their home in Naples, Florida. They spent approximately nine days in a hotel and several weeks with their son and family in Arizona before being able to return to Naples. The strong winds resulted in their losing three trees. Luckily, before they were resettled they were able to have water, sewage and electricity restored. Alan experienced open-heart surgery three years ago. Marilyn is still teaching dressage along the eastern seaboard. It was reassuring to hear her resilient voice recounting their deciding not to use shelter but to explore their own resources. We tried to reach Nancy Swearingen Davis by phone but I was unable to do so. Mary “Skippy” Smith Adams described herself as being happily content with her living in a remolded home which is part of one of Ken and her sons home at Newtown, Connecticut. Ken had passed away several years ago. Skippy sounds fairly adjusted to using a walker. She doesn’t drive very much, if at all. Her living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom sounds much like Marks and my cottage here at cross keys in New Oxford. We especially are fond of a convenient pantry in our kitchen plus a small laundry all on one floor! Skippy has grandchildren living in PA and VA. We really appreciate helpful children, grandchildren, family and neighbors. Betty Remsberg DeColigny and her husband Warren have moved from their Randallstown farm home in Maryland to 124 rose court at Homewood at plum creek, Hanover, PA. Warren and Betty have traveled extensively to visit light-houses. They also have, in addition to light-house memorabilia, an extensive collection of dolls. Warren is retired as a printer with the Baltimore Sun and the Frederick News Post. They are very proud of three triplet granddaughters. Mark and I were able to visit them in their new cottage at Homewood which is about 5-7 miles from our cross keys New Oxford location. It was good to connect with one of our little sister class of 56 members, Becky Eppers Byrd, who has an apartment there. A quick phone call related that Becky has recently joined a stitchery group at Homewood for fun and relaxation. It was thoughtful of Nolah Sawyer Fulk to call from Putman, New Jersey to tell of the passing away of Caryl Dauber Barnett. Nolah was able to attend Caryl’s service. Caryl had lived in Adamstown, Maryland where she and her deceased husband Ronald had lived. Their daughter had called Nolah with a poignant description of Caryl’s passing, surrounded by family singing some of Caryl’s favorite hymns. Having had a stroke, Caryl was able to move her lips in remembrance of her favorites. Nolah was able to drive from her Putman, NJ home to attend the funeral. Janet Edelstein Ettinger sounds just as vibrant as she did while we did our home management semester at Strawn. Janet is still living in Allentown where she and her husband john settled. John was quiet active in sports in the Allentown area. Thus, welcome to the Brethren Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, PA area where we are happily contented in a brick duplex cottage. We are still unpacking as we moved last December from Carlisle, PA. Everyone here seems very peacefully friendly. There are many amenities including classes (avoiding falls, nutrition, three D’s: depression, dementia, delirium), shuttle trips on campus, available bus trips to nearby fine dining, Spanish, ballroom dances, use of pool, workout room, gym, billiards and three restaurants. Our son Andy is entering his third year of being in the nursing complex here after experiencing a stroke. He continues to have a great attitude despite right-side paralysis and decreasing vision. It is a plus to live within 15 minutes of his room so we can help to transport him to a larger dining area where we can socialize him with him as we feed him. His siblings and niece are of immense help. Hood College appeared on our CKV campus in late August. Student Alex Sexton and Dr. MacDougall, assistant professor of psychology conducted a survey to study a new measurement tool that assesses religious/spiritual struggles. The tool has been investigated in a younger adult population, but not yet with older persons. We are eager to learn of their results. In summation, we deeply appreciate your continued cooperation in maintaining communication with news you feel able to share. Although we cherish the past, we need to faithfully live forward.

  2. 1953; Winter 2018

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    Johanna Chait Essex
    johalessex@gmail.com
    516.487.1883

    Congratulations to Nailah S. Russell ’18, recipient of the Andrew G. Truxal scholarship for 2017-2018. Many thanks to Sally Kuhns Giarratana for once again chairing our reunion this coming June. Marge Aronson Dalmas’ daughter, Robin, book “Boisterous Bird of Paradise” was published last May and received good reviews. She and Bob had a short visit from Pat Lloyd Fordham and her daughter in July. I received a short, but sad note from Nancy Brown Kohlheyer— a virus attacked the brain of John, her partner for the past ten years, and he is now residing in a rest home in Pa. Nancy is slowly healing from this and has moved back to her apt. in Brussels, Belgium permanently. Penny Fradd Vahsen is the proud grandmother of 13, 6 married and 3 great grandchildren.  She has sponsored 203 Annapolis grads, and is thinking of writing a book about her adventures with them.  She still travels, and loves river-cruises” heartily endorse them for fun on a budget”. Jerry Griffith Macomber became a great grandmother June 17 “my first in a brand new generation”.  She is once again the coordinator of “operation Christmas Child” for her church. Pat Lloyd Fordham and her daughter Leslie not only drove to Albuquerque to see Marge and Bob Dalmas, they also flew to Pittsburgh to visit her son, Jeff, his wife and great granddaughter, Riley.—Leslie has moved back to Kansas, having stayed with Pat for 2 years. Pat plans to be at our reunion in June, and Leslie plans to accompany her. Bim Mayer Werle has a new temporary address—1620 Vincennes Dr., Sun City Fla. 33573—they will be moving to Wake Robin—a CCRC, in Shelbourne, Vt., but no address yet.  In the meantime, they are downsizing—garage sales etc. Received a long note from Marilyn Phillips—her grandson, Andrew Davis, graduated college after 3 years, with a BS in cybersecurity—her son Chip, a radio frequency engineer works with a laser company that participated in the LIDO observatory research that won a science award.  Cary retired, and then started 3 new companies—families are wonderful. Julia Rank Loposer’s daughter took her on a trip to Maui for her birthday–”it was grand and glorious”. Bev Rosenberg Sager spent some time in California this summer visiting her son and grandson—she and her daughter will be going back for thanksgiving.  This coming February she plans to visit the island of Turks and Caico. Katherine Sponsler Patten is still in her home, and keeps things going with the help of electricians etc, and of course her grandson, who is the biggest help of all.  She still plays duplicate bridge and goes to plays at the Kennedy Center. After our vacation with my sisters, Muriel Chait Durbin ’56 and Linda Chait Solomon ’63 at the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion [an incredible trip] Hal and I just relaxed at home.  I still go to the theater at Lincoln Center, and volunteer at Cookie Café at Kings Point –the Merchant Marine Academy—serving cookies, along with lots of tlc. [Kings Point, the fifth federal academy, is the only federal academy to have cookie café.] Nancy Brown Kohlheyer’s significant other Johnny had chicken pox as a child and the virus was still in his body–it flared up in the memory center of his brain, and led to dementia–he did not recognize her, or remember the 10 years they spent together. His daughter had to put him into a rest home in New Jersey. Nancy’s sons came to her rescue and helped her pack her belongings that had been in John’s house, as his daughter had to sell the house.  Nancy went back to Belgium, with the boxes following her. Hal and I are both fine, and enjoying trips to see grandchildren etc. Our granddaughter, Leya Essex, participated in the 2017 Maccabiah games in Israel on their junior track and field team–she won 4 gold medals, 2 in the sprints, and 2 in the relay events.–on, Nov, 8th, she signed a letter of intent to attend ECU–she will be a member of their track team.–so proud of her. —We wish you all a very happy holiday season.—Jo

     

  3. 1952; Winter 2018

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    Mary-Louise Springhorn Leidheiser
    828.699.1999
    mlouleid6@gmail.com

    Ellin Bachrach Gordon and her husband are in good health and enjoying life. Natalie Colbert Bowers mentioned that, in the small world department, she bumped into Ann Parker Lampman’s twin brother at a Bucknell reunion. Peggy Crook Arnold:“I am fine although I don’t get around very well.  I still play bridge and go out to dinner with my friends.  Enjoyed the reunion pictures – thanks for sending them.” Other classmates sent thanks for my reunion letter including Jodie Kellogg Weddle (“my summer went well”), Carolyn Rusk (“I wish I could have attended”), Lorraine Smarsch (“arthritis limits travel”) and Carol Underhill Postell. Marion Decker McCormick:“Some frivolity for Halloween. The Montgomery Area Historical Society had a program about a gruesome 1900 murder. The house was packed. We few volunteers went in costume to pass out treats. It has been a long time since I had to find a costume and mask. Brought back memories.” Dee Dreller Sosin:“I am living in an active retirement home with stimulating classes and friendly bright people.  Hope to go to Thailand with my nephew, Alex, this December. He owns a home there and is an Asian Scholar.” Lois Eldridge Funsch: “I’m holding my own.  Get around on my motorized cart.  Play bridge several times a week. Sew stuffed kittens for children who are hospitalized.  My daughter lives 15 minutes away.  We have great times together.” Claire Enany Trimpey enjoys her oil painting (she was an art and English major) and her lovely retirement community in Wilmington, NC.  Doctor son, nurse daughter and grandchildren visit often. Joanne Kates Roos:“My favorite news was being able to visit Hood for our 65th Reunion.  My next favorite news is about my grandchildren. Billy Cole with Price Waterhouse in D.C.  Hannah Cole doing well at NC State.  My son’s daughter Holly Jo — a budding artist in Wisconsin.” Joan Kniffin Orozco:“All is going well here in Uruguay. Am very happy with my grandchildren and great grandchildren!!!” Madge Merkley Ziegler:“Jack and I are well.  Looking forward to Daufuskie Island; it snowed here (Carlisle, PA) yesterday (11/7).” Mary Murrie Hardy:“My life is busy now with the purchase of a condo on Lake Keowee in South Carolina.  My daughter Diane lives across the lake; it will be my get-away place when winter gets too cold in Pittsburgh.  Health is good except for arthritis in fingers and knees. I became a great grandmother for the 5th time!! I ordered a brick in memory of my roommate. Barbara “Cookie” Cook Oldt – hope to see it one day.” Franne Pickle Wetmore: “Reunion was a special time.  Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser and I met at the Baltimore airport.  She drove us to Hood and afterwards to my home.  She then visited dear friends in Wilmington. Emma Jones Hann kindly introduced me to the Civil War Museum right in the heart of Frederick.” Kay Spear Feldmann: “Back into my fall schedule– classes, theater, bridge, etc.  It’s nice to be busy.  No travels plans ‘til spring.  It’s a good time, national politics notwithstanding.” Joan Scott Hellmuth in Massachusetts will travel to family in Maryland for Thanksgiving.  She is involved with “Lunch and Learn” presentations offered at nearby Regis College. Doris Simpson Felton lost her husband in April.  She has happily recovered from both a strep and staph infection.  She has delightful neighbors and a daughter nearby in Brunswick, MD.  She hopes to lunch with Dottye Handley Ewing soon. Jane Taggart Whittaker had a delightful time at her grandson’s “fun and wonderful” wedding in Buffalo, NY.  He and his bride are architects who met in college.  They will live in Philadelphia. Cal Wunderly Russwick has finally retired from teaching, although she still helps one day a week correcting papers, etc.  She also volunteers at a Women’s Club.  Doug is looking at knee replacement surgery.  All 5 of their children come for a day both in the fall and spring to help with chores and to visit. Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey loves where she is. Her condo at Cortez, FL looks out on the water. Her daughter lives nearby for visits and travels together. Florida classmates survived hurricane Irma.  Peg Lewis Christensen (Naples) spent a month in her Huntington, NY apartment and Carol Underhill Postell (Vero Beach) evacuated to a relative in Palm Beach Gardens for six days, but neither had water damage.  Carol did lose two ovens from a power surge.  Lynn Bischoff Mitchell, Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey, and Franne Pickle Wetmore experienced no problems, thankfully. Keep in touch, please.

  4. 1951; Winter 2018

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    Eleanore Jackson Knott
    843.681.8580
    weknott2@gmail.com

    Hopefully you all enjoyed the article in the summer/fall HOOD MAGAZINE about Betsy McCain McAlpine, wedding picture and all.  Chatting with her, I learned that she and Harry are still making frequent trips up to Hood. This week they were going to a lecture on the history of the World War 2 Victory Ship that was named after Hood College and christened by Mrs. Stahr.

    Marilyn “Tink” Smith Garrity had a full shoulder replacement in the spring but had recovered in time for a “fantastic family reunion at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.”  There were 18 of them—her 4 kids, their spouses plus grandkids from MA, CT, NYC, Cleveland, and Phoenix.  Never to be duplicated memories were formed with relatives that hadn’t been seen for years. Tink was looking forward to seeing Cathie Strachan Upp when she visits her Phoenix family.

    Donna Fogle Fisher wrote that her grandaughter #3 at 3 mos. old was the center of attraction at their family picnic this fall.  She accompanied by her parents were all visiting in MD.

    Mary Lou Henry Deisroth, is realizing that she (make that we) can’t still do all that she wants to accomplish, so is slowing down but still enjoying bridge and reading with Book Club suggestions. One of their Fresh Air daughters lives in Puerto Rico and has been keeping her up-to-date with the hurricane results and slow progress being made.  She and Tony have 6 great granddaughters with another on the way.  Sounds like a great addition to Hood.  Mary Lou Hoffman Huff reported that Nancy Gillece ’81 and Emily VanderWoude were in Rochester and all had lunch with Anne Kurka Woods ’60 and Sharyn M. Duffy ’68.  They were all interested in hearing about all the changes and development at Hood.  She is happy and healthy, still keeping up with her gym workouts, stock market watching and a few volunteer activities.

    Again I thank you all for sending news and wish that others would add to our column. I hate to admit it but find that I, Eleanore Jackson Knott, too must slow down. Our summer plans were aborted due to medical problems, but we did fly to Boston in August for 2 weeks which ended up being 3 when our flight home was cancelled because of hurricane Irma. Finally things are returning to normal and we’re all looking forward to quietly celebrating the holidays.

  5. 1948; Winter 2018

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    Corky Edwards Shulman
    oahucork@aol.com
    808.254.2531

    Due to family circumstances, Corky Edwards Shulman will report class news in the next issue. Jayne Gillis deConstant reports having lost power during a severe coastal storm on October 29. Jayne writes: “it has been a miserable week, dark, cold, running out of food. My carriage house apartment is attached to my son’s house, so I was able to warm up at the woodstove in their family room. Today, November 2, we got some power. Phone will go on tomorrow. I have some food in my fridge and a new telephone pole outside. Greetings to the Hoodlums. Hope you all never have to spend a week like this! Otherwise, I’m hopping along in my walker, feeling 91 years on my shoulders, but as sassy as ever. Great memories of Hood friends will never leave me.”

  6. 1944; Winter 2018

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    Jean Wheatley Hilchuk
    jhilchuk@aol.com
    407.767.6863

    It was reported that we still have 25 classmates living. But, I am inclined not to believe that figure. I have tried to contact anyone who gave Hood their phone number. However, many of those phones numbers do not answer or are phones that have been canceled. Those that did not answer or were canceled are these: Gladys Reinert Aungst, Betty Daubenspeck Carl, Nancy Ogden Carson, Gert Flagg Dalzell, Ann Wikel Hausman, Barbara Gill Jesser, Annabelle Sunderland Kepler, Mary Lou Chorley Touart, and Betty Foehl Tomaselli. Those who I talked to are the following. Mal Barnett reported that she had nothing to report. Janet Coblentz Cover resides in a retirement center in Frederick. She has a few dental problems. She is enjoying the new adult coloring books. Peg Traver Emery was in the process of having a garage sale. Her son and daughter in law live with her. Mildred Geiple Hufnagel has her son living with her. But she too has nothing to report. Mary Alice Knobloch Smith lives in a retirement center. She enjoys her bridge and the activities that the center provides. Phyllis Fine Soza reports that she is losing her eyesight. I, Jean Wheatley Hilchuk, also live in a retirement center and have been here for 12 years. I use the pool as often as possible. It is the only place I can walk by myself. A doctor ruined my legs and I use a scooter in the hallways. I can take it on our buses and go shopping. In my apartment, I use a walker and ride it backwards. We have a lot of activities here. It is something like being back in a college dorm. But I have a two bedroom apartment that looks over our swimming pool and wooded area. Helen Stottler Leaver lives alone. She is always busy helping other people. She is still in touch with all of her kids.

  7. 1972; Summer 2017

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    Cynthia Clifford
    415-563-5273
    cynthiaclifford999@gmail.com

    Carol Schlosnagle Bradford
    703-653-4466
    cbradford043@gmail.com

    In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that we graduated as the Class of 1972, but it has been 45 years! Twenty-two classmates attended the reunion, all easily recognizable and looking good! As always, it was great to have some spouses join us. Special thanks to Lucia Grabenstein Kline and Chrisse Butler Hassett M.A.’75 for again serving as chairs and planning this wonderful weekend. We are grateful to Chrisse for hosting cocktails in her home on Friday evening. Saturday morning we were welcomed by Hood’s new president, Dr. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, with an optimistic look at the college’s future, followed by a lovely Alumnae Luncheon in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center. Lucia and Chris Kline kindly invited us to a delightful reunion dinner in the amazing barn at Lucia’s family farm. Sunday found us in Coblentz for Strawberry Breakfast, a Hood tradition that continues to this day. Heartfelt thanks to Darlene DeMay for faithful service all these years as class agent—and to Sarah Sonne O’Donnell for volunteering to take on this important role. Darlene recently posted a reminder that July starts pledging for our five-year cumulative gift for our 50th reunion. In other news: Linda Wicks Crites reunited with a number of Hood friends in May on their trip to Rhode Island. She and her husband Bob had lunch in Harrisburg with Kathy Stewart, dinner in Bethlehem with Jane Chaisson Blake and her husband Joe, and dinner in Denver, PA, with her Big Sister Cindy Worley Grill ’70 and husband Greg. She had last seen Cindy in 1993 so there was a lot of catching up to do. Thanks to Linda Cumber Gifkins for creating and maintaining the Hood Class of 1972 Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please open a Facebook account and join the Class of 1972 group. Linda posted: “Great to see ‘Kathy’ Grace Rand Nelson, who hadn’t been back in 45 years.” Liz Gruppe Stover and her husband Harold, who live in Hollis, Maine, claim to be retired but both stay very involved in their professions. Liz takes every opportunity to be back in the classroom subbing. She also has an antique business, has taught English to immigrants and stays politically active. Harold continues to play recitals, directs a chorus and composes. They have two daughters, Alice and Lucy.  Janice Williams Martin wrote to say that she and Al thoroughly enjoyed this reunion, her first, and are already looking forward to our 50th. She liked the renovations at Shriner and the many improvements to the campus. Marti (Martha) Murray Robinson says she is happily adjusting to retirement from teaching college English, although she does miss learning from her students.  In addition to travel, visiting friends and family, reading, riding, yoga, running and golf, she plans to pursue her fascination with Jungian psychology this fall through the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s MA/PhD program in Depth Psychology in Santa Barbara, CA. Marti’s guest was Pat Kidd ’74, the only little sister present (though not Marti’s). Kathy Stewart continues to enjoy round-robin email discussions on politics with Jane Chaisson Blake, Linda Wicks Crites, Kathy Martin Belikoff, Barrie Parsons Tilghman, and Candy. She enjoyed meeting Linda and Bob Crites for lunch in Harrisburg on their journey to a family reunion in May, and welcomed Candy to Harrisburg for a pre-reunion visit and river extravaganza.

  8. 1982; Summer 2017

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    Liz Bastian Chapin
    610-670-9152
    busybethc@aol.com

    Hello class of 1982! I must apologize for our absence in the winter issue so I will first catch up on some older news…. Lisa Jean Spuria and husband retired in early 2016 with the federal government after 33 years and moved to Louisville, KY. While remodeling a house and acclimating to the new city, Lisa started her own consulting business.  She is doing some writing as well. Lisa keeps in touch with Amy Blades Steward and Susie Hiles Giallonardo. Deb Booth Cieri had a busy 2016. Her daughter Rachel wed Kevin Mull September 3rd. Godmother, Carol Donnelly O’Farrell, hosted a bridal shower and attended the wedding! Carol toured colleges with her middle child; one included none other than our own Hood College which left a favorable impression! Deb corresponds with Angie Sievers who stays busy with work and family. She also keeps in touch with Kim Whitley Bongiorni who is living back in her hometown of Waldorf and family. Gretchen Steinmetz Keith celebrated three weddings in 11 months! Daughter Lauren was married in June 2016; sons Bobby and Mark married in 2015. The family keeps growing and Gretchen is loving life as “Gigi” to two grandsons. Keeping the fun times rolling, Lisa Bodamer Kida hosted a “Six-Pack” Reunion at her Douglassville, PA home with Hood friends Jodi Palmer Murphy, Donna Trumbull Milewski, Caroline Peck Medley and Suzanne Norris Driscoll. They all enjoyed an amazing weekend of wine tasting, birthday celebrating, antiquing and catching up! The “Six-Pack” just attended the class 35th reunion in Frederick! They stayed at a wonderful old home on East Church St. in downtown Frederick and graciously hosted classmates for post reunion activities. Lots of reminiscing and new memories were made. Ellen Drogin Rodgers reports that over the past year, she’s enjoyed several wonderful visits to Hood: Spending a very brisk but amazing day with Joy Miller Beveridge representing the Class of 1982 at the inauguration of President Chapdelaine; attending the Hood Legacy Brunch with her sister Janet Drogin Wilson ’86, P’14 and niece Riley Wilson ’14; and being present at the Scholarship Recognition Luncheon at which our latest Class of 1982 Scholarship recipient, Le Nguyen ’17, was introduced. Ellen’s still ‘touching the future’ daily at George Mason University as the Academic Dean/Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in the College of Education and Human Development. Pierre is a graduate program coordinator at Mason (and likes to say, Ellen is now his boss at work and home).  They enjoyed a family trip to Israel last July, and look forward to other adventures this summer. Over the past few years, Ellen has gotten together every few months (including a Florida vacation) with Susan Raffaele McHenry and Diana Schmidt-Romano ’83 to reminisce about days at Hood and life in Shriner Hall, sandwich generation trials, and the joys and challenges of everyday life. Susan’s eldest daughter, Jessica, just finished her first year at The College of William and Mary. The twins, Matthew and Julianne, just finished their second year of high school and keep Susan and Geoff busy with year round sports.   Diana and Don are traveling to France this summer following a trip to Wales last summer for the wedding of their youngest, Emily.  There is nothing like the friendships created while at Hood – clearly (and thankfully) they endure.   Ellen notes how wonderful it was to spend time with classmates at our 35th reunion, and has so appreciated all of the support and kind words from those far and near on her award.  She looks forward to reconnecting with those who couldn’t make it during the coming year. “I would be remiss, as the Class Agent, not to remind everyone to remember Hood in your annual giving – especially contributions to our Class of 1982 Scholarship fund.  It’s our lasting legacy to the college.  Remember, it’s not the amount, as much as it is the act of giving.” Jacquelyn McDaniel West wishes everyone a happy 35th reunion! Although they missed seeing everyone and spending time at the beautiful Hood campus, Jackie and friends had an amazing “mini reunion” in Walnut Creek, CA with host Glynnis Edwards Cowdery. Meg Brown McGinn from CT, Christy Belisle Fitzgerald from FL, and Jackie from VA spent about five days laughing, talking, walking, eating, wine tasting, shopping and sightseeing from Napa Valley to San Francisco! Their fabulous hostess, Glynnis, spoiled them and even made congo bars! The girls wore their dinks, Jackie wore her old Memorial Hall t-shirt, they looked through scrapbooks and old photos. Much fun was had but friends D’Ann White Van Meter ’82, P’11 and Sharon Williams DePamphilis were missed! Regardless of the miles between them, the friendships from Hood remain everlasting bonds. They all hope to celebrate with the rest of the class in five years! Jackie is still living in Virginia Beach but recently moved to the oceanfront area. Coaching and teaching tennis, she also oversees the girls tennis program at a private school and remains active as a player/captain with USTA. Her daughter is a senior at Elon University in NC and her son now lives in Nashville, TN. Glynnis is an Arts commissioner in Walnut Creek and sits on several boards that support Arts Education and the Community. In her spare time, she is addicted to The Bar Method at a nearby studio. Glynnis loves hiking, reading and enjoys some creative work with fused glass and mosaics. She and husband spend much time at their beach house in Washington. Her son Henry lives in West Seattle and is working for a public artist. He hopes to launch his own design company. Daughter, Callie is in law school at George Washington University. Janet Brown Marler shared her whirlwind of the past two years. She married John Garofalo on a lovely autumn day with their daughters as bridesmaids. Janet’s 86 year old father walked her down the aisle! Daughter Mary Beth is an art student doing gorgeous work while Rose is a second grade teacher (and expecting their first grandchild!).  Janet teaches English and is an associate dean at a local community college.  John owns a restaurant on Long Beach Island, so the summer season is a busy time for them! Bambi Maitland Grundwerg reports that life is relatively stable since the last reunion. Her sons are grown and on their own. Bambi still works for IBM as a Marketing Program Director and still lives near the Jersey Shore. She looks forward to connecting with local or visiting Hoodlums! Bambi recently attended the 35th reunion with some of the Coblentz Hall gang (Marcea Horton Cotter, Ellen Yodzis Patton and Anne Connal Biron) and makes note of the reoccurring topics over the past milestone meetings such as HPV shots for teens, bifocals vs progressive lenses, hot flashes and grand babies! Several alums were fondly remembered and missed-Linda Esterhoy Segur, Lisa Chan, Sara Lankitus Spina, Barb Jamison Berman, Suzy Wyda Goldberg and Dawson Casey Bullock! After joining the Class of 1981 at their 35th Reunion luncheon in 2016, Joy Miller Beveridge was very excited for our own reunion in June… and none of us were disappointed!  It was great fun to see both familiar faces, like my Spanish House roommates (Cynthia Richards Cathcart P’12 and Liane McCarthy) as well as those who hadn’t come back for Reunion for many many years.  Once on campus, it took no time at all to remember with great fondness our brief four years at Hood!  It made us especially proud to witness our own Ellen Drogin Rodgers receive her Distinguished Alum Award at the luncheon… her acceptance speech brought back wonderful memories and tears to our eyes!  If you have Facebook, please join our Hood College Class of 1982 group where we have posted many pictures and will continue to share updates on our class giving and plans for our 40th!  On a personal note, Joys daughter, Kendall, remains in San Francisco, working at Facebook and playing semi-professional field hockey for the Olympic Club. Son, Danny remains in the Frederick area, where he and his wife work for State Farm, and recently had their first daughter… hoping Lydia James Beveridge may be among the Class of 2039!  Joy remains active with Hood, serving as a member of the Alumni Executive Board and Board of Associates, and Athletic Field Lighting Steering Committee.  Friendships through Hood, new and old, are a gift. Liz Bastian Chapin enjoyed reconnecting with fellow classmates at the 35th reunion. She also crossed paths with Betsy McCain McAlpine ’51, H’17, who was friends with her mother, Mary Hendershot Bastian 50, P’82! They lived across the hall from one another in Meyran! Earlier this year, Liz and other alumni in the Reading, PA area hosted some of the Hood choral members after a local performance. What a great experience! Being the mother of two sons, she so enjoyed having two Hood girls overnight!  Liz discovered that one of the other alumni hosts was a client!  And finally, last Fall, Liz reconnected via social media with a college friend met in Heidelberg, Germany during her junior year abroad. After two phone calls within 3 days, a trip to the Midwest was planned. Thanks to Hood College and the cultural programs for a great experience 36 years ago and the opportunity to develop life long bonds with friends from different parts of the world! Thank you to everyone who contributed news and a big THANK YOU to Joy and Ellen for co-chairing the reunion. Well done! 

  9. 1952; Summer 2017

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    Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser
    mlouleid6@gmail.com

    We mourn the loss of Joan Hoffman Huebner. Carita Ackerly Warner: I’m well, busy with grandkids’ graduations here and afar!” Natalie Colbert Bowers: “Traveled to Lewisburg, Pa for Brittany Christine Bowers’ graduation (with honors) from Bucknell U – Martin’s school.  Caroline Colbert Brophy graduates from Conestoga H.S. and then heads to Ithaca College in fall.” Doris Dreller Sosin: “Hope friends will come to visit me in my new digs in the active retirement home.  Carol Cohen Friedman has two friends here who call me a ‘Hoodlum’. I certainly had no idea that Hood would live on and on in our lives.” Anne Gibson Bement: “We will go to New York to see old friends from television and Sesame Street days. Lots of time with my book club and finding good movies.  Daughter and family live in Minnesota. They visit us at Christmas time in our Miami Beach getaway; we visit them in warmer summer weather.”

    Nan Fahnline Warren: “Last year I lost one of my Westies, so I got a rescue Westie to keep Nick company.  I am celebrating 50 years of membership in the DAR. I still keep active compiling treasurer’s reports, but that will end as I am losing my vision. But I can’t complain.“

    Von (Yvonne) Hepburn Virtue: “Have a great time at reunion.  Too far to travel there from Denver for a short visit. Everything just fine here.  Still enjoying all the cultural offerings of the area, which is growing beyond belief. “ Barbara Hickman Reynolds P’80 will not be at reunion.  She’ll be attending a shower in Virginia for her first granddaughter to be married.  She still sees Carolyn Rusk regularly. Joan Kniffin Orozco: “Am fine and enjoying the family, playing bridge and being with friends. How the years have gone by!! Have a great time and give my love to everyone.” Peg Lewis Christensen entertained a group of 30 retirement community friends at her latest piano soiree, playing for a full hour the good ol’ tunes.  “Have fun in Frederick and give my greetings to anyone who’d remember me.” Phyl Loudermil Armstrong: “Praise the Lord, finally, my computer and mouse are working.  Health is improving (shingles) and am grateful for healing (left knee replacement). My best to all reunion attendees.” Ann Nygren Greenberg celebrated her June 2 birthday at lunch with her daughter Nancy and Peg Lewis Christensen, who still has an apartment in her hometown of Huntington, New York and visits there every year.  Madge Merkley Ziegler: “Jack and I are still on Daufuski Island.  I will not be able to attend reunion.” Dody Nygren Wisnom, still at home with husband Sam, sends greetings from Tucson. Kay Spear Feldmann: “Sorry, I am unable to be at the reunion.  As happens, some weekends are quiet and others are too full.  I will be thinking about what a wonderful four years it was.  Best to all who attend.” Jane Taggart Whittaker P’78 said there are just no friends like her Hood friends.  A grandson will join the family lumber brokerage business started by husband Frank.  She is proud of her family who continue to make the business a success. Jackie Wakeling has moved to a Bethesda retirement community.  She must use a walker all the time and for that reason cannot attend Hood Reunion.  Marguerite (Mickie) Weber Trachtman is a first-time great grandmother of twins (boy and girl).  She and her family continue to gather in Holland, Michigan for a week in the summer. Connie Woodall Fisher: “It won’t be easy to leave our 40-year-old house-in-the-woods, but it’s time.  We’ll move to a nearby retirement community.  I actually LIKE to pack things, weed out stuff  and draw floor plans. (Bill wants nothing to do with it. What a pair we make!)  My 96-year-old sister lives at Perry Farm Village in the summer, so we’ll have an instant friend–and we already know half the people there. So we’re off on a new adventure!” We stalwart six celebrated our 65th: Natalie (Tillie) Colbert Bowers, Dottye Handley Ewing, Emma (Emmy) Jones Hann, Joanne Kates Roos, Franne (Teeter) Pickle Wetmore, and Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser,.  Beautiful weather, delicious food (yes, sticky buns), a fine college update by President Chapdelaine, and a lively reunion dinner.  Jo Kates Roos reported: “Our class raised $48,951 for our anniversary year, with 64% participating. If we add one more new donor we would have 65% for our 65th year. Many thanks for the great support.” Keep your news (and dollars) coming, please, Mary-Lou.

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