1. 1964; Fall 2018


    Barbara Maly Fish

    I send the sympathy of the class to Debby Parker Hamilton, whose husband Tim died on July 2, 2017 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Debby and Tim had been married for 54 years. Another recent widow in our class, Ann McMillan Shuman, has sold her Pittsburgh area home of 40 years and moved to Delray Beach, FL to be more helpful to her daughter’s family. She enjoys being near her grandchildren, Shane 9 and Sadie 7. Ann’s first social activity in FL was lunch with her sophomore French House roommate, JoAnn Winer Sutton, who lives in Boca Raton. Ann’s lunch with JoAnn was not the only recent mini-reunion. Marta Schneebeli Johnson visited Ruth Fredericks Frey at Ruth’s new home in Cambria, CA; Karen Kuechenmeister Lehrhaupt and Debby Parker Hamilton got together at the beach in NC; and Kate Jenks Powell, Darlene “Cookie” Johnson Bolig, Sandy Borrelli Ricci, and I convened in Bay Head, NJ. All of these should whet your appetite for our big 55th Hood Reunion in June 2019. Traveling to SC recently with her yoga group, Lynn Byers Gorz planned to visit Ellie Berklite Harris. Unfortunately, Ellie and husband Al were on their way to England, but they left behind a pass enabling Lynn’s group to have lunch at the Ocean Club on Kiawah Island. Just before the trip to SC, Lynn and her grandson Aaron visited New York City as guests of her daughter and son-in-law. They attended a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which Lynn described as “a wonderful theatrical experience.” Back home in KY, Lynn is busy with taking care of her local grand boys one day a week, plus doing lots of quilting. She has had two successful knee surgeries and is ready for more travel, even though husband Ken says no more travel for him. After living in Chesterfield, VA for 20 years, Martha Grove Whiteside persuaded her husband Steve to move close to one of their daughters. They have been in Gettysburg, PA since 2016 and are loving it. The Whitesides now have easy access to their three grandchildren, one of whom is an excellent soccer player. He is trying out for the semi-pro team that plays at Hood and will go to Sweden with the Frederick Traveling Team this summer. Martha and Steve also own a condo in Fort Myers, FL, where they go in the winter and spend time with their other daughter who works in fashion. Congratulations to Carol Hottenstein Parker, an avid bridge player, who recently became an American Contract Bridge League Life Master. Those of you who play bridge know that this is a very big deal! Carol and her husband are very serious about checking items off their bucket lists: they have visited all 50 of the state capitol buildings and now they are visiting presidential birthplaces, homes, or libraries. My request for news caught Susan Lyeth Sternfeld as she was about to leave for England with her son Brian. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Susan and husband Joe planned a major family reunion in the New Forest. Their cohousing community in Cambridge, MA will celebrate its 20th year of existence this year, which will involve more festivities. Always working to improve their Spanish, the Sternfelds recently visited Cuba and Mexico. Back home, Susan creates landscape wall quilts, putting to good use that 7th grade sewing class she took just a few years ago. While Susan was headed to the U.K., Judi Coombs Creighton and husband Bob were coming back. They spent a week in Scotland with their son Alex and his son Brooks. Alex, an orthopedic surgeon who cares for the UNC football, basketball, and women’s soccer teams, attended a conference, while Judi and Bob entertained Brooks. Judi says, “What a gift of great worth to have time with your adult child and a grandchild whom you do not see very often.” After Alex and Brooks went home, Judi and Bob spent 10 days touring Ireland to try to locate Bob’s ancestral homes in the areas of Lough Neagh and Coleraine. Judi keeps in regular contact with Susan “Eloise” Varney Rauth, who is fine except for some dental repair work. Judi and Eloise very much miss Sue Sterner, who died more than a year ago. Judi advises, “Keep your loved ones close and tell them how important they are to you.”

  2. 1962; Fall 2018


    Sara Zimmerman

    Judi Simonsen Ziobro reports good health, enjoyment at their bay house with grands, singing and playing handbells in church choir, and keeping in touch with Judy Jensen Burgess, Judy Bailey Allison, Betty Wright, Matile “Teal” West Hugo and spouses.
    Beth Davis Teletski’s grandchildren range in age from preschool to college graduate. She and Lou plan fishing trips in Montana and Germany. Beth continues quilting activities.
    Judy Hammond Blatchford reports they went on National Geographic Expeditions to Belize and Guatemala and produced photo albums to enjoy in their later years.
    Penny Misirian Mardoian’s oldest grandson graduated from Trinity College. Travels this year take Penny to Israel and Armenia.
    Lynn MacDonough Morrow attended George’s family celebrations in Winnipeg and his 50th class reunion at Dickinson College.
    Elizabeth Appel Bailey and Tom cruised from Prague to Budapest. Oldest granddaughter (14) made the National Water Polo Team. Betty and Tom are helping to plan a midterm reunion in San Diego for the USNA class of ’61.
    Teal West Hugo’s husband Mike went to Baltimore and D.C. on Honor Flight Maine and was met by Judi Simonsen Ziobro. Tom received honors for service in the Marine Corps and on the staff of the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives.
    Liz Decker Rogers and family traveled to Australia where daughter-in-law Deepa reports for The World on NPR. Liz says, “Otherwise, same issues on the table, when to make the big move and where.”
    Barbara Arthur Pretzsch heads to Portland, OR for her crochet conference in July. She organized a line dancing cruise for Hood friends Linda Martin McManus, Gail Wood Fortin and Marvia Slade Perreault. Marvia enjoys life at the 55+ Mallard Landing Community in Salisbury, MD. She is having left shoulder replacement surgery.
    Doris Dalziel Kimball and George’s daughter Marian suffers with blood cancer and needs a stem cell replacement. You are in our prayers.
    Phoebe Adams Marshall plays tennis and sings with the Masterworks Chorale at the U of SC-Aiken. Her granddaughter just graduated from high school in Charleston and traveled with her mother to Japan and Korea.
    Barbara Kirby Stewart says they appreciated their break from the Maine winter when, courtesy of Jan Zwinck Morrison, they stayed in a New Bern, SC condo and visited Jan and Steve at their beautiful home in Raleigh. Jan and Steve spend their summers in Maine. Their daughter Cheryl served as lead scientist on a NOAA research cruise off our southern coast.
    Sarah Enos Karpowitz lives in Wisconsin, works for Rent-a-Daughter as caregiver, has been widowed 33 years, has five grandchildren, 9 – 20. She enjoys bible study, friends and family.
    Jody Merritt Watson and Peter “live life in the slower lane and enjoy it!” Jody volunteers at a homeless shelter in Brunswick, enjoys quilting and yoga. She saw Nancy Turner Heckscher and Ben recently.
    Gail Dawson Clarke reports from Florida: “nothing earth-shaking going on …sometimes I value that as much as the whoop-de-do-moments. I’m still vertical, planning on trips out west.”
    Liz Kovacs Washburn lives in Lake Oswego, OR and visits children and grandchildren in San Diego. Daughter Natasha will teach at Santa Fe Christian where one granddaughter just graduated. Another granddaughter graduated from Boston U.
    Sue Shinnick Hossfeld and Carl travel this summer to Luebeck, Hamburg and Berlin, Germany, where they board a river boat to Prague. On return, their family will visit Rehoboth Beach for annual week of fun.
    Ann Holmes Flatt recovers from stem cell bone marrow transplant to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She thanks her supporters including hubby Jean-Pierre, her team at UMass Hospital, friends and family. Now Ann resumes hiking, singing and gardening, and traveling with family to Switzerland.
    Marjorie Simmons Carlson and Bill celebrated their 55th anniversary. As a retiree from 37 years as ‘library lady’ she volunteers with the school’s book fair and enjoys 11 grandchildren in DC.
    Regina Schlank Pyle escapes wintry Boston by visiting friends in Marco Island, FL and Phoenix, AZ. In DC, she checked out the Newseum and recommends it. Both grandchildren graduated from college this year.
    Caroline Fischer Giles and Brian enjoyed a month in Tarpon Springs, FL staying at Joy Engle Demas and Bill’s villa. Caroline and Brian volunteer less now and are considering CCRCs in the U of New Hampshire area.
    Sara (Sally) Zimmerman- I volunteer for the U South Florida Osher Life Long Learning Institute as instructor and board member and am having the time of my life. Thank you to classmates who contributed to this column. See unedited version online.

  3. 1959; Fall 2018


    Anne Wilson Heuisler

    Eleanor Brown Wheeler and Phil have purchased property adjacent to the property of their son and his family. They are in the process of building their “forever” home – one story instead of three.

    Tarun Comegys Johns enjoyed visiting many friends and cousins as far south as Ft. Myers, then house-sat in Aiken, SC, for three weeks. In September Tarun is going on a mission to Ghana, Africa, with the AMENYO foundation which focuses on education and medical care for the village of Kepenoe. Her boat is in the water at Belfast, ME, and summer sailing has begun, though it has been very cold, “44 degrees as I write.”

    Mary Ann Guild Simmons is happy that we had our class had our 50th anniversary party in her daughter’s party barn. Mary Ann still goes to the concerts at Hood and the Pergola party.

    Edith Howard Hogan stays active, engaged, and adventurous “because I have a severe case of FOMO…fear of missing out!” “Don’t slow down,” she advises. “Nature does that to us anyway, so stay determined and disciplined. Be determined to age well, which is different from aging.”
    Edee walks, swims, and practices yoga. Edee shows the single men and women in her neighborhood how to look ahead, cook ahead, and plan ahead. Edee’s favorite charitable organization is So Others Might Eat (or SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the more than 8,000 men, women, and children who are homeless in the nation’s capital.
    Carole Jones Rogers and her family celebrated all of their birthdays by gathering in Columbus over Memorial Day. A weekend highlight was seeing The Book of Mormon, which they all loved. Carole spent three nights with me in Baltimore, during which we visited Mary-Lou Trout Haddad in Boyertown, PA. Then she headed to daughter Caroline’s Eastern Shore retreat for a respite in sun and sand.

    Judy Moreland Granger helped Bob recover from February knee surgery. In May her family celebrated her 80th birthday. The Grangers are looking forward to a family reunion near Lake Michigan in July.

    Jeannette Phelps had a fall in the spring which sent her to the ER and has been in Health Care at Roland Park Place for three months. She is hoping to return to her apartment soon.

    Margarita Sabater del Toro daughter, Marita del Toro-Sabater ’83, wrote to tell us about her mother’s later years. After a successful career of working in business management, Margie was buffeted by health problems until she was bedridden. Her children and grandchildren remember her as a great mother, wife, and grandmother. Marita says, “She was a woman who would be at home in today’s generation, as she was continually breaking career barriers and expecting (and getting) equal treatment. She was modern, fun, irreverent, and brilliant. Her legacy also included many of her children’s friends whom she ‘adopted’; these were kids with not-so-great home lives who would stay over for a night, a month, or even years. She treated everyone as hers, with chores and scolding’s and hugs. She died young, in her early 70s, the day before her birthday. She really was ready to go by then, and we were heartsick at seeing her suffer.”

    Myra Silberstein Goldgeier continues to be happy with her choice to live in The Forest at Duke retirement community. She traveled back to Easton, MD, in June for the dedication of a new temple, a new space for the B’nai Israel congregation Myra and Sheldon joined when they moved there in 2001. Myra also was preparing to attend her grand-niece’s wedding on Nantucket in mid-June. On the way from Nantucket, Myra and Eileen planned to visit Hood classmate Nancy Smith Grissino.

    Mary Lou Trout Haddad and Charles are in the process of putting their beautiful historic house in Boyertown, PA, on the market and renovating a duplex. They have planned a spacious one-floor apartment with an additional apartment on the second floor for son Phillip. Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee drove Carole Rogers and me from Cockeysville, MD, to Boyertown for a visit and lunch with Mary-Lou. Charles had ordered a special cake for the Hood girls

    Carol Wick Ericksen is putting their house on the market, to move in October to Maris Grove, an Erickson community in Concordville, PA. She recently moved Leif to a skilled nursing facility nearby.
    FRIEDA CRONHARDT, 81, resident of the Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, Maryland, died peacefully on Friday, June 22, 2018. Born April 22, 1937, in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Henry A. Cronhardt Sr. and Frieda Sauter Cronhardt. Frieda graduated from Hood College with a master’s degree in social work and worked for most of her career as a social worker in Carroll County for the State of Maryland. She was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps and served as a First Lieutenant. She was an avid reader and a cat lover. She is survived by her brother, Henry A. Cronhardt Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Cockeysville, Maryland, and their children and grandchildren. Graveside services were planned for June 29 in Westminster Cemetery.

    Memorial donations were designated for
    Carroll Lutheran Village Resident Assistance Fund
    300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD 21158

    Carroll Hospice
    292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157

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


  4. 1958; Fall 2018


    Marilyn Garis Kellow
    Susanne Smith Evans was sidetracked from attending our 60th by a heart process requiring a pacemaker. Her healing is going well.
    Jane Walton Godfrey and Dick were married 60 years in December and are expecting their first great grandchild in August. They are still involved with Odyssey Church which provides for adults with special needs.
    Heard from Carolyn “Cyp” Patton Meyer, but she said there was really nothing new to report.
    Mary Allen Reynolds has recovered nicely from knee surgery. She has several trips planned…..flying to Seattle for her son’s wedding, attending the US Tennis Open in NYC in August, and a trip on the Columbia River in September.
    Penny Adams Rogers is in Boston for the summer (maybe fall) and would love to hear from classmates, especially those in the area. Call her at 808-428-4034.
    Anne “Ricky” Merrick Vosti is thankful that her family lives close by to help her as she progresses on a new challenging path without Ken. She was pleased to have Dr. Chapdelaine and Nancy Gillece visit in April during their trip to CA. She was pleased to hear how Hood is doing in this competitive college world.
    Carole Moore White and Fritz are enjoying living near 3 of their girls. Carole has a new hip and Fritz is in remission (just pray it stays that way). They feel fortunate their primary care physician is from Mayo, just 15 minutes away.
    Jean Olmstead Witherington wrote from Tokyo, Japan. Upon returning home, she will be rehearsing for a classical and patriotic concert.
    As I write this news, our 60th reunion was held last weekend. Joan “Jeb” Bennett Moran was “volunteered” to be the reporter. She managed to send the following news before my deadline:
    Reunion Weekend 2018 was spectacular. The beautiful campus, varied and interesting activities, and ample food and drink…. but best of all, we were able to visit with classmates and staff we hadn’t seen for 10 years or more!
    Some of our classmates said that they were transferred back to “student days” when walking onto the campus. Our experiences, including President Chapdelaine’s update on future plans, provided the same sense of pride we had as students & now have as alumnae.
    The eight 1958 class members attending were Eleanor Baumgart Ritchie, Joan Bennett Moran, Sara Lea Callaway Redmon, Joan C. Enterline, Carol Horwath Klecka, Margaret Jacob Jones, Virginia Manning Peltzer, & Ruth Wood Weaver. Sara Lea & Joan Enterline did an outstanding job of chairing class activities. Carl Redmon was a wise, wonderful companion for all of us.
    A special time occurred Saturday when we shared our post-Hood lives with each other. Each of us has experienced 60 years differently. The 31 deceased members of our class were remembered.
    The following are individual comments written in response to Jeb’s request for personal statements:
    Eleanor Baumgart Ritchie: “Enjoying life with house renovations & traveling. Have become a docent for Un. of MD Environmental Science Visitors House.”
    Jeb Bennet Moran: “Delighted to be back at Hood.” Stealing & sharing Sara Lea’s observation: “The campus looks different when you walk with a cane, look for elevators & sit down to rest at every bench!”
    Sara Lea Callaway Redmon: “We all had a great time! Carl and I drove 500 miles to see the beautiful campus, visit with classmates, & share memories. Our visit reminded me of the value of my education.”
    Joan Enterline: “Our group of nine was small in number but we had fun.”
    Carol Horwath Klecka: “Reunion was fantastic! (I suggest) when someone speaks to a group, a microphone should be used as it’s almost impossible for older people to understand.”
    Margaret “Peg” Jacob Jones: “It was great to see the six other who made it. Weather was great…Music was loud (making it) hard to converse at dinner…but well worth the trip here!”
    Ruth Wood Weaver: “Since the 60th reunion was a one-time event, I gave up hosting the quarterly NC Goat Association meeting at my house. But, reconnecting with the Hoodlum girls was a greater opportunity.”
    Virginia “Ginny” Manning Peltzer granddaughter drove her from Warrenton, VA, for the Alumnae Luncheon on Saturday. It was a pleasant surprise and real treat to catch up on her news.
    The final amount of our class gift is not yet known yet. However, we purchased, placed, and viewed the brick our class dedicated. It read “IN CELEBRATION OF OUR 60TH REUNION & HOOD’S 125TH YEAR FROM THE CLASS OF 1958…JUNE, 2018” Seeing it made us proud!

  5. 1956; Fall 2018


    Muriel Chait Durbin P’81
    Ann Barnett – so far so good for life on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Central Park, half a block away, serves as my reading room and gym. Public transportation and take-out meals on every corner make living easier–at least for now. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers and Joe are living in a 55 plus community in Wellington on the east coast of Florida. The community offers many daily activities and entertainment so they are enjoying life. Cynthia says “she is definitely addicted to the treadmill and walks at least four miles four times a week. While they try to maintain a healthy life style though I must admit these golden years are little rusted.” Her youngest grandson graduated Middlebury College, one grandson is working in NYC, one working in Thailand. My granddaughter will be back at Duke Law where she graduated two years ago. She is thrilled to have accepted a position setting up a first amendment department. We would welcome visitors. Liz Taylor Jackson writes “Last summer our children re-located Bryce & I (plus our 3 cats) to Gold Canyon, AZ from Reno, NV. We’re in a small house in a 50’s+ community east of Phoenix. Adjusting to year round sunshine. Currently looking forward to the “monsoon season” supposedly starting Thursday June 14th. Thank you Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger for lots of news and catching us up on so many classmates. Sue Roetzel Wirths and I have been getting to Hood for important venues. We are happy to be near to keep up with the President and her featured news. One of the recent speakers was featured during Alumni Weekend. Her topic of Liberal Education with the call for Women’s Leadership was well received by alumnae and the staff at Hood. Lynn Pasquerella spoke well of Hood with today’s link of liberal education to today’s mission of educating for democracy. We look for women who can participate in the events of our time and communicate new models for transformative leadership. Living close to the campus allows for the seniors of our age to listen to these participants. It refreshes the theme of liberal education in today’s world. My new residence in a one bedroom apartment is a wake-up call to find ways to be involved that reflect continuing to learn about aging and contributing in the community. My daughter is part of the staff and I like the connection. Helen Ward Wheeler is in a retirement community in Annapolis, Carole Oswald Carter is a new widow giving to her community in Harper’s Ferry, Mary Mimi McConnell Milheim and Irv are back in Greenville, Pa. Katherine Crook Heidelbach lives in a retirement community in Sykesville, Md. Becky Eppers Byrd is at Homewood in Hanover, PA. and Ann Helfenbein Bohnet and Richard are in Winchester, VA Nancy Gunnet Tyler is in Midlothian Va. in a retirement community. I am happy to be able to visit Sandy Newing in Middletown, Md. where I moved from to Homewood. It is a joy to keep up with our classmates. Jackie Kling Kreider writes that they welcomed their first great grandson and her husband had successful back surgery. Wonderful news! Nancy Rank Ledger has lived in assisted living for over ten years. She enjoys lots of activities, especially the chorus and drama group and rotates on and off the President’s Board. She and Ann Barnett get together for dinner. Helen Ward Wheeler and Jack celebrated their 60th anniversary with their daughter Kate and her husband and all six grandchildren and three year old great grandson. Helen continues to enjoy providing free books (over 450 last year) for Pantry Kids at church and watches children in the playroom while their parents visit the Food Pantry. She and Jack take it easy and “is happy to be upright and moving each day.” Linda Kelly Gleysteen and Dirk have moved to Scarborough ME and are now near their son and his family. She is looking forward to a family reunion with the rest of the family coming from Delaware and North Carolina. I’ve had a busy spring —Boston to watch my grandson run in the Boston Marathon and then off to a tour in New Orleans with my sisters. I’m looking forward to a trip to Botswana in the fall. Then crewing in the Komen 3 Day in San Diego, raising money in the fight against breast cancer, while.my son will be doing his 18th walk-60 miles -3 days. Much thanks for your notes. Muzzy Chait Durbin.

  6. 1954; Fall 2018


    Jean Baker Weikert
    It was refreshingly reminiscent to speak with Dorris Smith Radcliffe. She and her husband Rip are enjoying their home by the James River. Visualizing with her description of nearby eagles nest, blue heron deer, and being able to fish and then eat the days catch sounds amazing. Chesapeake Bay is within sight, in good health, Dorris and Rip are also slowed down. Last year they experienced the loss of a son in law who had multiple myeloma. A granddaughter was married last year and a grandson shall marry next year. She has also kept in touch with Marilyn Randall Stefayne plus the reverend Robert lowry, Lois White Lowry’s husband, who kept us laughing at our 50th reunion. Attempts to reach Liz Frost Wittel, Anne Lyon Canon, Nancy Swearingen Davis by phone were unsuccessful. Betty Remsberg DeColigny and her husband Warren are devoted to, as well as to each other, their granddaughters. News of them is as follows: Cindy Armentrout Ray and Christopher Ray are the proud parents of Caden Michael Ray. Born on May 18, 2017, which coincided with grandmother Betty Remsburg Decoligny’s birthday. Cindy is a busy mother, wedding planner and nanny for a wonderful family. Cindy’s mate Chris is a fireman and loves his work. Erin Lynn Thomas recently graduated from Salisbury University with a master’s degree in social work, May 23, 2018. Warren and Betty have three adult children: Sharon, Charlotte and John. Received a newsletter from Betsy Oehrle, still in Durban, South Africa. One of the villages here at cross keys in New Oxford traveled to South Africa this spring with a group of retired music teachers. I had hoped they could meet with Betsy to share commonalities, but they were unable to do so. Betsy had completed a book, Creative Musicing with African, Indian and Western Music’s. She shall give a workshop at a conference in South Africa using material from her book. She feels news of happenings in USA is very upsetting and shares thoughts and prayers of good leadership. Sub-tropical weather is indicative of approaching winter for our S.A. classmate. Mark and I are thankful for five grown children and seven grandchildren who help inspire and encourage us. Involved in a Greif share program led by two of the chaplains on the brethren campus. We recently attended a workshop on working with difficult people. We still do some ballroom dancing, Sunday school, church plus cultivating two garden plots: perennial and vegetable. There are some plants and flowers around our cottage. Children Kathy Leister Orewiler holding two positions: Truenorth Wellness in Hanover as well as with Visiting Angels. Christine Leister Abrams continues as clinical manager with Truenorth Wellness. Andy Leister still a patient here at Mission Point nursing unit, charming other patients, aides and nurses with his positive attitude despite his right sided paralysis and losing vision. Heidi Leister Haafke remains at Hanover general hospital on the IT department. Youngest son, Dan, involved in recycling in York. Granddaughter Kelsey Miller is teaching in Santa Barbara, CA. Grandson David Abrams recently promoted to captain in camp Gordon, Georgia. Granddaughter Erin Haafke is enthused as a music teacher in South Eastern school district, and performing in Ephrata this simmer in West Side Story. Granddaughter Sierra Miller in housekeeping at spirit trust Lutheran, UTZ Terrace, Hanover. Rachael Adams employed at Walmart. Grandson Nick Haafke studying electricity at York Technical Institute. Grandson Sean Miller is a sophomore at St Johns College, Annapolis. Sean Enjoys Croquet, having played on the winning St Johns team. Wish I could wax poetic, however despite the glorious soon to be summer weather, I feel less inclined to be creative. Just deeply appreciative. I apologize for any discrepancies or omissions. Last December I experienced a day-in-and-out surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for excision of squamous cell cancer detected by biopsy from a dermatologist in camp Hill. The Motts Dermatology Clinic at Hershey was very proficient in the procedure which prayerfully resolved the detected squamous cells. There are over 30 dermatologists there, many of the women. Please keep in touch by writing to me at 13 Fulton Drive New Oxford, PA 17350 or by calling 717-624-3960.

  7. 1953; Fall 2018


    Johanna Chait Essex

    Our reunion group was small, –only 5 of our class was able to make it, but our stories of times gone by were poignant and funny—seated at the table were Pat Lloyd Fordham, Shirley Dana Few, Sally Kuhns Giarratana, Buffie McKim Powell, and me. Everyone looked wonderful. Sally plans to move to Philadelphia as soon as an apt. opens up near her daughter—she plans to donate some of her pottery work to Hood. Her carved figurines are exquisite. Pat’s daughter has moved to Kansas, leaving Pat an empty nester, except for her pets. Shirley came with her granddaughter, as she didn’t want to drive alone—she looks great. Many thanks to the 50th reunion class for taking Buffie under their wings in the dorm they were most helpful and it was truly appreciated–Buffie’s big news was the weddings of her 2 granddaughters–2 weeks apart, and in separate parts of the country—congratulations. Many thanks to Buffie, for all the calls she made—it is truly appreciated. Prior to the luncheon we went to Hodson Auditorium to hear President Chapdelaine give an update on the college and its plans for the future (if you haven’t had a chance to meet her please take the opportunity when she is visiting your area – she is a great addition to the Hood family) including the rededication of the four pillars in front of the Administration building. The luncheon was held in the Volpe Athletic Center—after a toast to those no longer here, and those who could not join us, we all chatted away—and caught up on what we are doing etc., and believe it or not, even discussed our next reunion! Dinner was held in Coblentz—you might recognize the exterior, but the interior has been changed—there is now an elevator on the one side, for those who cannot climb the front steps, and the circular stair case has been enclosed—dinner was a delicious Maryland style buffet, but when asked about tables girls etc. we found it is no longer done—but we did tell Pres. Chapdelaine about the Hood Christmas Dinner of our era, Campus Day and told her that we were an all-freshman dorm—something never done again.
    I received a short note from Margie Brown Barati – her husband has Parkinson’s disease, but is improving now that he has begun PT— they stay busy with the activities at Providence Point.
    Nancy Brown Kohlheyer is back in Brussels, painting again and “healing over my loss to dementia of My beloved Johnny”. Faustena “Penny” Fradd Vahsen now is a great grandmother for the fourth time, has 13 grandchildren, and has sponsored 203 midshipman.
    Jerry Griffith Macomber and her daughter had a delightful cruise on the Columbia River-in June she will fly to California with her other daughters to see her first great grandchild, and July will see cataract surgery—after 20 years of steering operation Christmas Child she retired giving the position to a “younger, more energetic woman”—hard to believe someone is more energetic than you. Short note from Bobbie Morris Harrison—she is fine, and life goes on. Judy Rank Loposer’s family took her on a trip to Maui—she does indeed have a “wonderful family”
    Bev Rosenberg Sager visited with Sheila Seigal Asher in Florida—[they had been roommates at Hood]. She plans to visit her CA children in August, and at the end of August plans to tour Malta with her art instructor.
    Hal and I are fine—along with my two sisters [Muriel Chait Durbin ’55, and Linda Chait Solomon '63, M.A.'84, M.A.'95] we took a Tauck Tour of New Orleans in April—although we had been there previously this trip covered things we hadn’t seen before, plus a great private jazz concert, and of course delicious food. Thanks for your e-mails and notes—they are truly appreciated–Jo

  8. 1952; Fall 2018


    Mary-Louise Springhorn Leidheiser

    Carita Ackerly Warner: “Husband and I are busy with gardening, bridge and book clubs, travels and keeping up with kids and grandkids.” Dorothy “Dixie” Baird Nace has been hobbled by a pinched nerve in her back but is still working with pressed flowers and on many committees. “Can’t sit around like a pansy!” Kay Brown Gauffreau; “I am in assisted living at RiverWoods Retirement Community in Exeter, NH and like this living. No meals to get. I take part in the activities. My son, George, died at the end of November. My daughter, Liz, lives 16 miles from me.” Natalie Colbert Bowers said that Dottye Handley Ewing organized the Hood alums living in their retirement community to attend a Hood lecture. Doris Dreller Sosin: “Sara ElShafie, Jodie Kellogg Weddle’s granddaughter, is visiting me. She is beautiful, articulate and persuasive. Studying for her doctorate in Biology at UC Berkeley, she has worked with film artists to create story training workshops for science communicators.” Von Hepburn Virtue : “Alive and well in Denver. My son lives just ten miles from here. Daughter and grandchildren in CT visit twice a year.”
    Emma Jones Hann and her daughter will travel to Eastern Europe on a Danube River cruise.
    Joan Kniffin Orozco: “Am fine and enjoying my three bisnietos. Getting into winter here in Uruguay.” Peg Lewis Christensen: “My building at Moorings Park in Naples was evacuated May 1st for major repairs after Hurricane Irma, expected to take eight months. I’m staying temporarily in the Assisted Living building on campus. It’s been a nightmare.
    I did talk with Jackie Wakeling, who has moved to an assisted living community in Woodbridge, Virginia.” Phyl Loudermill Armstrong: “March was highlighted by a visit from my 16 year old Denver granddaughter, Vivian. We enjoyed 4 days here in Oklahoma City then flew back to Denver where I stayed a week visiting with my 12 year old granddaughter, Naomi.”
    Mary Murrie Hardy: “I’m getting my garden ready for a garden show in June, and then I’ll go my Lake Keowee condo. So proud of my grandson who just enlisted in the Air Force. Planning a river cruise with my 7 children and spouses to Alaska in July of 2019. Have to book early.”
    Betsy Newcomer Payette: “I volunteer as a Friendly Visitor for home-bound church members and have enjoyed day bus trips to the Amish area of PA for musical theater, etc. Enjoy Mah Jongg games and am looking forward to annual trip to Grand Cayman with family.”
    Ann Nygren Greenberg says she’s “older and greyer and still planting tomato plants in her garden.” Franne Pickle Wetmore will travel with a niece to Paris and then take a Rhone river cruise. Elizabeth “Bee Jay” Quillen Brustad is “hobbling along, happy to have family nearby.”
    Cynthia Reinsmith Olson: “I am headed to Colorado for a granddaughter’s wedding. Two other married granddaughters live, one in California and one in England. The latter with her English husband take care of the Queen’s horses. We have a picture of him riding along side of the Queen’s carriage. Lee and I don’t travel much anymore; he uses a walker and forgets a bit.” Phyllis Salvati Kantra: “My husband Bob died in February, two days after having reached 90. Fortunately I have one daughter in the area, and live in a terrific CCRC. Many thanks, Mary-Lou for doing all that you have done, and still do.” Joan Scott Hellmuth will again this summer rent a house on Cape Cod that can accommodate her family. She enjoyed a trip to Charleston, SC with a friend. Kay Spear Feldman: “I am well and busy. Looking forward to the July birth of a great granddaughter.” Jane Taggart Whittaker mailed a happy, hello note with fun photos from an Easter gathering with family. June Zwigard Pfeifer has two girls and two grands nearby. Hiking for her and husband Walter is now somewhat limited. June has a detached retina in one eye and knee issues but an upbeat attitude. She reminded me that several Hoodlums came from her Columbia High School: Doris “Dee” Dreller Sosin, Ginny Green McDermott, Connie Woodall Fisher. Sadly, we’ve lost Betsy Cannen Martin, Lois Eldridge Funsch, Marion McDonnell Ball, and Barbara McLean Higgins.

  9. 1951; Fall 2018


    Eleanore Jackson Knott

    From the “frigid north” {Edmonton, Canada}Vivian Steven Varvis reported that they had finally gotten over the winter snows and now struggle at golf to make the pars. She also commented that “we now meet friends more frequently at funerals and ‘celebrations of life’ which we all probably find true. She now has one grandchild. She sends best wishes to our classmates. Cathy Strachan Upp has moved to a Life Care Facility in Tucson and enjoys all the exercise classes and activities. She is having fun with three great-grand daughters. She has talked with Marilyn “Tink” Smith Garrity and Barbara Allen Prall. Mary Louise Hoffman Huff is surely in better shape than most of us as she bench-pressed 115 pounds last week–which was her record also. Still she “continues with meetings, lunches, non-profit galas, etc.” and is now starting the process of cleaning out many years of accumulations. Donna Fogle Fisher is doing more reading than walking because of an arthritic knee. There’s always the unhappy news, this time from Mary Lou Henry Deisroth who reported on the passing of her husband Tony and Herman, husband of Peggy Friedkin Schriefer. Our sympathy to both of them. I’m afraid that we are all a little less active than we have been in the past but we still look forward to hearing from more of you. Walt and I have not been able to make definite plans for the summer yet or as I tell him “take each day as it comes” but we do hope to be able to fly to New England at some time. -Eleanore Jackson Knott

  10. 1944; Fall 2018


    Jean Wheatley Hilchuk


    I was unable to reach the following people Gladys Reinert Aungst, Betty Lee Daubenspeck Carl, Nancy Ogden Carson, Gertrude Flagg Dalzell, Ann Wikel Hausman, Barbara Gill Jesser, Annabelle Sunderland Kepler, Betty Jane Foehl Tomaselli, and Peg Traver Emery. I was able or each a few of our classmates. But I guess since we are all over the age of 95, we may not be on earth anymore. Milly Geiple Hufnagel still lives in her own home. But she does have the company of her son living with her. Marilyn Barnett lives by herself. She reports she doesn’t have much to report. Janet Coblentz Cover lives in a retirement center. She likes living there. I talked with the daughter of Edna Iason Louis. She did not have too much to report either. Phyllis Fine Soza told me her husband passed away last December. I, Jean Wheatley Hilchuk, live in a retirement center. I have been here for 12 years. I enjoy living here. It is similar to living in a dorm, we all have our own apartments. There are many interesting programs provided for us. I play bridge six times a week. We have water gym class twice a week. Helen Stottler Leaver was not on my list but she lives in her own home. She is busy doing things to help other people.

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