1. CLASS OF 1957 WINTER 2019


    So sad to report the deaths of Mary Pat Neill Wentzel, Margaret (Peg) Reeves Leopold and Sylvia Davison Roth in 2018. Syl was my roommate Sophomore year before she went to Mass General for her nursing degree.

    SYLVIA BLACKBURN FELCYN: After 45 years we sold our wonderful Greenwich home and moved to Roswell, Georgia to be near daughter Lindsay and family. We are in a retirement community called St. George Village, living in an apartment which makes my husband very unhappy. We’re fairly healthy. Wish our President would retire. Pray for peace in 2019.

    BARBARA THOMAS YINGER: Bob and I will spend Christmas Day with our grandson’s family (2 great grandchildren, almost 4 and 8 yrs old) and our son and daughter-in-law. Not sure how many more on DIL’s side will be there. We’ve been in this retirement community 8 mo. Still not sure it was the right decision but we’re getting involved in residential life here. I am the “greenhouse chairman” helping residents look after their “wintering over” plants til next May, participating in the craft room showing off and selling some quilted items I make, and helping make small flower bouquets for those in the health care unit. That’s how I use my expertise with sewing and flower design. I did plant a small garden area with some plants we brought with us, and still have time for my own sewing, having finished a large bed quilt using Martha Washington’s star pattern.

    LOUISE REED: I have had a tough past year – been in and out of hospitals and rehabs – from falls. The doctors keep telling me ” Don’t fall” So now I have been home for a month with additional help during the day. I am able to get out for appointments with the aide driving. My foot, which was broken along with broken toes still is not right. So I use a walker in the house and a wheel chair for any distances. I don’t think I will be driving again; so I have to give up my independence.

    SARA DAVIDSON HANEY: I am in Texas visiting my son and family for Christmas; lots of fun and anticipation with a 10 and 8yr old. Back home in NH, I still volunteer with the horses in a special school program. The kiddos love it and it’s therapeutic for me.

    ALICE RIDDLE METRY: All the same here, as we get ready to spend four months in Florida. My eyesight is not so good, and I am going to have to hire a Seeing Eye writer.

    ANN SPENGLER LARKIN: I continue to stay busy with church, AAUW, DAR and quilting, but have slowed down a lot. I do still have season tickets to the DSO Coffee Concerts and really look forward to those. My daughter-in-law passed away very suddenly of a massive heart attack last April, just 5 days before my grandson graduated from Western Michigan Univ. Hopefully next year will be less traumatic.

    CAROLYN STEVENS AMSTUTZ: I got your email just as I was departing for England to spend Christmas with my family. We were all there – my two daughters (one lives there), their husbands, and my four grandchildren. A good and busy time was had by all. The last night my one daughter and I went to see Hamilton in London – a real treat. I’m enjoying living in a CCRC – it sure is easy living with lots of interesting people and stimulating events. Certainly isn’t what I always pictured “the home” to be!! On a sad note, I just received a Christmas card from the Strauch family. Nan Young Strauch died in November, and from what I can tell it was unexpected/ I would imagine the college has the information.

    NANCY PAUL STIMSON: All is well on the home front although my13 and 14 year old bionic knees are acting up; hard to walk. We are expecting another great grandchild in June. I sent my usual Christmas card to Mary Pat Neill Wentzel. Got a note from her son yesterday telling me she had died in July. Our class is really shrinking.

    SUE BOND ALMY: It’s been 3 years since she and Bill moved into an Annapolis retirement center and a new group of friends and neighbors joined their circle. A beautiful memorial service was held for the 33 people who had died in 2018. At our age death now seems to surround us. On a bright note, the family was invited to a “gender identification” party last Christmas with the house and tree decorated in blue and pink lights. At a certain time the plug was pulled on the blue lights and the pink lights shown brightly. This was particularly special since they have 7 grandsons and great grandbaby, Lila Jane, is their only girl.

    MOLLY SPERANDIO: With timing as a force and anticipating a hip replacement on 1/3/19, I put out an e-mail for “Send news NOW” type message, and was happy to hear from a few of our classmates. When I first took over this job, I sent snail mail to all my classmates, called some on the phone, but now, busy and lazy me, I only send out e-mails. I apologize for not keeping up with you, but I feel if you want to keep up with the class through this column, you know how to get hold of me. So please do. I look forward to a pain-free 2019 and hope you do, too. Happy New Year to all.

  2. 1957; Fall 2018


    MOLLY SMITH SPERANDIO: I didn’t get a column written for the previous Hood Magazine, so this column will have info from some of you from 2017 – you can tell by the reference to H. Irma.  My drive to PA to reunite with my four older sisters after tax season is always a blessing that we can all still do this – even though three sisters no longer drive themselves and one of those sisters is in dementia and another sister is recuperating from breast cancer surgery and all that went with it.  Aged from 82 to 92 always means health is the major issue, but love conquers all that!  I enjoyed a trip to CA for my granddaughter’s graduation from San Diego State University and spending time with my eldest son in Buena Park and my youngest son’s family in Davis and San Diego.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since I lost this son and 30 years since my husband died.  Life goes on if you embrace it!

    ALICE RIDDLE METRY: We just got to FL for 4 months.  Hah! We thought we were going to find heat.  Soon I guess.  Eyesight is not good, nor is my balance.  Hope all are surviving the cold.  I have talked with Stevie recently, and I hope she writes you about her recent move. Fred and I recently had lunch with Nancy and Roger Brown.  Just before Irma hit here, they were evacuated from Naples to Orlando.   From there they moved to Pittsburgh and are settled in near family.  They flew here to stay with a brother of Roger’s for 5 or 6 days.  I do have an address for them.  Call me if you are interested.  239-992-3760.  It took me a half an hour to type this so I am better on the phone. Nancy  and Roger Brown are now living back in Pittsburgh, and Fred and I hope to visit them for a couple of days this summer.  We are just recovering from a week’s cruise, 4 extra days, and a granddaughter’s graduation in Hartford, CT.

    BARBARA THOMAS YINGER:  We spent 3 weeks in Nov. traveling around South America on a cruise ship and had a wonderful time viewing our southern neighbors, visiting quaint villages, seeing penguins and a wonderful assortment of wildlife, especially on Ballestra, Peru islands.  We’re in the midst of fixing up our home to possibly make it attractive to someone looking for a place on the water to catch fish and crabs.  We are looking at moving to a retirement continuing care community.  After taking care of 3 elderly family members I realize the importance of making our own plans rather than leaving everything for the children to do.  We’ve been looking for several years, have money in 2, and just had to make a decision at what we think is the “right” time.  Such difficult decisions coming for us.  To complicate that process I’ve been diagnosed with colon Cancer and will be having surgery in a couple weeks.  Same surgery Bob had a year ago!!!  In spite of reasonably good health we never know what “bumps in the road” there’ll be.  Please note change in email address to: bbyinger@gmail.com   Also mailing address as of April 18th to: 6803 Shenandoah Ct., Adamstown, Md. 21710.  Yes, it’s for the REAL retirement although their schedule tells me otherwise.  Phone there will be 301-644-1463 until we get smart enough to get smart phones.  The facility is called Buckingham’s Choice and is just a few miles south of Frederick.  Martha Church lived here for awhile before her move to Florida.

    Surgery went fine.  It was by robot and I really had no pain following, all tumor was successfully removed, Stage I, so I had no follow up chemo or radiation.  After a month of no lifting or house work I felt great.  Daughter was here a week which was a big help.  I do have to have 3 mo. blood tests checking the “markers”, and that happens to be this week.  Movers come Monday the 16th, we make sure house is cleaned on the 17th and then move into the “cottage” the 18th.  The biggest problem is making decisions on what to keep, what to move with.  Right now I’m in the mood to throw away!!!!!!!  Yesterday, I took family photos out of frames.  They’ll need to go into an album (sometime).  Every year we get a new photo of grandkids and a new frame, so I’m returning all but one  frame and requesting the same size picture each year so all I have to do is change the photo in the same frame.  Hope granddaughter in-law agrees.

    We moved on April 18th, 2018 to 6803 Shenandoah Court, Adamstown, Md., 21710.  We live in Buckingham’s Choice, a CCC (continuing care community) which is a little south of Frederick, Md.  We live in a 2 BR cottage of 1150 sq.’ plus a garage with stacked boxes.  Just couldn’t discard all those yearbooks and other memories. The 2nd BR houses a closet full of fabric, my sewing machine, the computer and a sofa bed.  Bob misses the fishing and crabbing that was at our “finger tips” having lived in the Northern Neck of VA for 24 yrs.  I retired from garden club work and became an Emeritus flower show judge, meaning I no longer am permitted to judge.  It’s kind of an honor designation since one has to be an Accredited Master Judge in good standing to be so “promoted”.  I am close to Hood College, in fact am going to the alumnae luncheon this coming Sat., and looking forward to attending more happenings at Hood.  Another advantage being close to Frederick is not having to travel 4 hours for an annual lunch with 6 other HS friends, including Hood classmates Barbara Kaufman Harrison and Norie Heston Shipley.

    CAROLYN STEVENS AMSTUTZ:  Unless I do this right away, I’ll never get it written.    I’ve had a busy year.  About a year ago I decided it was time to sell my house and move, which I have done.  I’m now very happily living at Edgewood Retirement Community, a CCRC, in North Andover – about a mile from my old house.   I spent my summer last year getting rid of what one accumulates over the years.  Fortunately the house sale was easy, and I moved the end of October.  The best thing I’ve ever done.  I love my apartment, and have made new friends, met interesting people, enjoying new activities, etc.  And I still have my “old life”, so bridge and church activities continue.  My family is well – one daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in Albany NY, and the other daughter, husband and two granddaughters still live just outside of London.   I’m planning a trip there in July.

    EUGENIA (GENIE) SMITH DURLAND:  We moved from Colorado Springs to Littleton, Colo. about a year and a half ago. Our son, Christian and family live in Denver and our daughter Julia and family in Boulder. They have been nagging us for year to move closer to them so this moved accomplished that. We are very busy still (Bill is 87 and I’m 83 like most of you) with the Sanctuary Coalition of Denver and our Quaker Meeting’s sanctuary work as well as local Democratic politics hoping to help get the vote out in June and November. Our kids and grandkids are all doing well. But there are too many of them to start in on their news so this will have to do.

    LOUISE REED:   I had a stroke in November and am still recuperating.  I have help with basics three days a week and can stay in my home. The whole family got together for Christmas at Scott’s home.  Marshall and his family moved to Maryland, but managed to come up for the holiday.


    MARGARET REEVES LEOPOLD: From Peg’s Christmas letter and note, she seems to be a whirling dervish with her family activities, visitations and and keeping up with the grandkids’ trips.  Travels included a mission trip to Oman, vacation in Costa Rico, Virgin Islands and swimming with Beluga whales at Sea World in CA – grandkids, not Peg.  She enjoys living vicariously through the grands, but enjoyed our 60th Hood reunion and meeting twice a year with the nursing staff from the years she was in dialysis.   Her grand, Morgan, graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is planning her wedding.  Peg has also put pen to paper with this poem she wrote:

    My breasts hang low like hanging chad, Disguising the shape that I once had;

    My waist is hidden beneath skin That comes from somewhere near my chin;

    The weight of pancaked flattened flab Bends back posture into bad;

    Head comes up, shoulders go back When boobs get the lift that they now lack.

    Despite the changes to my frame, The closing thoughts remain the same –

    Be grateful for life, love, and what the body does, Even when the NOW differs from what was!

    MARY JANE HARKNESS NACE: I had a knee replacement in January ‘17.  Have done very well with recovery and recuperation. At this age it’s often patch, patch, patch!  Dick and I celebrated our 60th anniversary with a cruise to Alaska  with our two daughters and sons-in-law last summer.  It was a fabulous trip and what happy memories we have of that special occasion. We celebrated an early Christmas at our daughter, Cathy (’80) and son-in-law David’s home in Silver Spring, MD.  Our daughter, Beth and her husband, John, drove us up from our home in Hendersonville, NC.  The six of us had a wonderful early holiday despite some snowy weather.  The highlight was an Andrea Bocelli concert in D.C. What a voice and performance.  An evening to remember!

    NANCY TRESSEL BROWN:  We are in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a result of 3 hurricanes hitting FL last fall and my getting sick as a product of being evacuated to Orlando. Now, better, as a result of getting correct diagnosis here and taking dialysis treatments for several months (renal failure in “The Burgh”). Went from the hospital to Friendship Village (another old folks home). So, we’re here (with cat) and snoring away.

    SUSAN WINTER SMITH: This past year was not my best at all. On October 10 I woke up with a pain and within an hour we had called 911 and I was on my way to the hospital. The next day I had emergency surgery for ischemic bowel which means part of my small intestine had died and needed to be removed which they did. I spent 2 weeks in ICU, was intubated two times and spent another week in a regular part of the hospital. After I was discharged I spent 4 weeks in a skilled nursing facility. I have been home since the day after Thanksgiving. I am still weak and have very little energy. I am working hard with a physical therapist and getting better but at glacial pace. Aside from all this, the year was fine until October. We spent time with our grandchildren, our oldest granddaughter graduated from Western WA University and is now teaching first grade in Eastern WA. Granddaughter #3 graduated from HS and is working while she figures out what she wants to do with herself.

    SYLVIA FELCYN:  Hi there!  Keith and I have moved to a retirement residence in Roswell, Georgia as of three days ago to be near our daughter Lindsay and family.  Our new address is:  11350 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075, Apt. 1332.




  3. Class 1957 Summer 2017


    Alice Riddle Metry:  We have just returned from 4 months in Florida, followed by a 3 week journey through the Panama Canal, up the Pacific coast and 3 days in San Francisco.  This octogenarian is tired.  Nancy Tressel Brown asked me if I would make the reunion and I turned her down.  I do hope there are others able to do so.  Nancy and I enjoyed meeting the new president in April.  Let us know how many make the reunion and give them my best.  Maybe next year you and I and others can do a meeting in Florida. Mary Pat Neill Wentzel : Her husband passed away in Dec. and she is adjusting to living alone, doesn’t drive at night or distances, so unable to come to the reunion. Ann Fortenbaugh Eicholtz: She has moved to an apartment in a retirement facility in New Oxford, Pa.  Husband passed away a year ago. Susan Winter Smith:  I would really like to go to the reunion but it’s just not in the cards. The last time we traveled was a year ago to Phoenix to see our son and daughter-in-law who live there. I returned home and went immediately to the emergency room to be admitted with pneumonia. I was very sick and then had it 3 more times this past winter. So we don’t plan to travel by plane any more this year. Fortunately we live in such a beautiful area that we are content touring the NW.  Besides that, there’s too much going on this June as it is. Our oldest grandchild, Aislinn is graduating from Western WA University with a teaching degree. The college prepares teachers extremely well. She has accepted her first teaching position in Royal City which is in Eastern WA not from from Ellensburg where she grew  up. She is very excited about it. Next in line will be a junior at Evergreen College and her sister is graduating from High School. So we have 2 graduations to attend, fortunately the same weekend in Bellingham, WA. The two younger ones live near us and we see them frequently. CJ is about to be 12, is very handsome and getting very tall. He plays the violin in his MS orchestra. His sister just turned 8. She is in 2nd grade and just reading chapter books and will read just for the sake of it. YEAH! All are such nice kids. The younger ones visit us often where we live and all the residents like to see them come. Erica especially because she has her rounds of hugs she dispenses and if she misses anyone I hear about it the next day.  We also will be celebrating our  60th anniversary with the family at a horse ranch in eastern WA. This way too long so feel free to edit what you must.  Thanks for doing this. I look forward to everyone’s news. Nancy Tressel Brown:  A PS to my last message. Roger, dear Roger, and I celebrated our 60th anniversary after dragging me, kicking and screaming, to the local “Old Folks Home” (Bentley Village, which as these places are is quite nice. I must admit.) It’s not bad. They have several bars. And they’ve only run out of Jack Daniels once. By the time Roger pays for the family to come to my funeral, he’ll have blown his in hieritance.  (Don’t get excited, just kidding). BUT, if you’re thinking of this sort of move, READ “Trouble In The Rumbleseat” first. Roberta Geehan Horton:  Cannot make it to the reunion.  Out of energy right now due to fighting acute bronchitis.  Our daughter, Becky’s son, Trevor, was taken into the Eastern Surfing Hall of Fame after becoming the Eastern Champion in his age group, 18 and under.  He was the underdog, too, only 16.  Wilmington, NC is his home and he surfs at Wrightsville Beach.  Not long ago while surfing there he heard a drowning man cry for help. He was able to get to him in time.  The man was so thankful that he reported it to the local paper and to surfing magazines. His twin sister, Alanne, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Our granddaughter, Molly (yes!) just graduated from college (Michael’s daughter.)  Richard’s daughter, Ashley, graduates from high school soon.  My spinal stenosis is stabilized.  That cortisone shot over a year ago did the trick.  Residual pain responds to aspirin, just one a day.  Once I took prednisone for the bronchitis, the back pain went away.  Regard to classmates going to the reunion. Carolyn Stevens Amstutz: I’ll have to miss this reunion.  Kind of a biggish weekend for my family.  Grandson graduation from 8th grade on Thursday in Albany NY, my daughter from England’s 25th college reunion in upstate New York, and she’ll be staying in Albany for a few days.  So — Frederick is not in the cards.  I did, however, send a contribution. Had lunch last month in Naples FL with Alice and Fred Metry and Tressie and Roger Brown.  Good to see them. Have a great reunion and hello to everyone from the Class of ’57 from me.  Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

    It was delightful!  The weather was lovely; the campus is beautiful; wonderful volunteers to drive you to and fro in golf carts, food and camaraderie was most enjoyable – it was a great 60th reunion for the classmates of 1957.

    Barbara Thomas Yinger: Tommie, co-class rep for this reunion, wrapped the nine of us in red feather boas to stand out against the green of the 50th reunion class of 1967. She and Bob are going on a South American cruise to Buenos Aires and Peru. She had two designs in her Garden Club Flower Show which she couldn’t attend because of the reunion, but was proud to have won a blue ribbon for her Exhibition Type 2 Christmas Design; a red ribbon +90 for her Still Life design, Harvest Times, which told the story of canned goods using canning produce from the garden.  She also received red ribbons for her Container, a horticulture combination planter and for her Calla Lily.  Kudos, Tommie.

    Barbara Kauffman Harrison:  Despite two broken ribs, Bobbie planned a 3.5 day trip to see a granddaughter graduate from 8th grade.  She is active in the Great Circle Quilt Club, church activities and enjoys lunch every spring with Norie Heston Shipley and Tommie Yinger.  Husband John says she is becoming quite the knowledgeable sports enthusiast.

    Bettie Brown Wastler:  Bettie’s time is focused on family; she cares for her son with Down Syndrome and is looking forward to her daughter and family from Italy moving in – with two grands, five cats and a dog!

    June Miller: June has retired from her years of teaching organ at Penn State University but continues as a co-organist at Grace Lutheran Church in State College, PA.

    Margaret Reeves Leopold:  Peg is still active in community gardening, enjoying her grands and readying her son to move to CA. She is dealing with health issues – trying to be 50 and recognizing she is 80.  “Be grateful for life, love and what the body does even when the NOW differs from what WAS.”

    Miriam Spaulding Keyser:  Didn’t get to continue our conversation as we had to leave for an event Bill/Don had in Baltimore.  Here are some thoughts. Use what you think best.  Bill and I are both involved in activities at Oak Crest, a senior community in Baltimore, and still active in our Church. On Saturdays we work at Victor’s Vittles, our church’s Food Pantry. We are looking forward to the family Beach Week on the Outer Banks in late July. With 22 in one big house there is plenty of activity. Of our 11 grandchildren, four are finished college and part of the working world, four will be returning to college, and Jessie has graduated with honors from high school and is headed to Towson University to play division 1 Woman’s Lacrosse. Tori is an Air Force air traffic controller who begins deployment in July and will unfortunately miss the Beach Week. It was great to be at Hood for our 60th reunion and spend some time with old friends, but missed so many. I guess that comes with our age.

    Sue Bond Almy:  She and Bill will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Bermuda.  They enjoy their seven grandsons (no girls!) and have moved into Ginger Cove Retirement Center in Annapolis.

    Susan Truby:  She is working in Brooklin, ME and getting the house ready for her annual family reunion in August which will house all of both east and west coast families.

    Molly Smith Sperandio:  Little change in my FL activities and still happy I can drive to MD and PA for reunions.  It was fun enjoying the reawakening of past friendships.  Peg, Susan and I had the pleasure of sitting at lunch with Nancy Cohen Locher, our Ass’t Dean of Students, Jean Baker Weikert, ‘54 and Mark, Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger ’56 and Sue Peters Wirths ’56 MA ’79.  Fun to be with friends from years we were at Hood.

  4. 1957: Winter 2017


    ELSIE LYON HINKHOUSE:  It’s been a sad time for me having lost my husband Jim on December 31.  He had been in the hospital with pancreatic cancer but was determined to come home on December 30, our 54th wedding anniversary.  He passed on at home with family caring for him that day and night.  I moved to Morning Star, a senior living facility, the end of February.  It is located close to my daughter Amy, son-in-law Rich and two wonderful grandchildren who all keep me involved.  I have many activities including DAR, PEO, bridge clubs and activities at Morning Star.  Boise, Idaho continues to surprise me with beautiful weather as it is located on a high desert and it rarely has very cold temperatures and little snow.  But there are great ski resorts an hour or so away which keep my grandkids and their parents skiing on weekends.  I’ve been to Sun Valley and Bogus Basin to watch them ski.  Wishing all of my wonderful classmates a great holiday season and all that is wonderful in 2017.

    GENIE (EUGENIA) SMITH DURLAND:  I just got the reunion materials from Hood and wish, as always, that I could go. Now, in our retirement, it’s too expensive and in the past it seems we were always too busy. In our 80s, Bill and I are still in pretty good shape and active. At the moment are spending our time participating in rallies and marches protesting the bogus election of Trump and meeting locally and nationally with peace and justice groups we’ve long been associated with to work on how to deal with what may happen next. Enough of that.  Personally, we have (between us) 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grands. Our youngest son (the ours in the yours-mine-and-ours) lives in Denver with his fiancé and two little boys; we see them often and are now considering moving to Denver from Colorado Springs to be closer to them and our daughter, Julia, who lives in Boulder with her three children – Carlton, a Chef; Amber, who works three jobs trying to save enough money to go to Thailand for training in massage therapy and acupuncture and Logan, a high school senior. Julia is a special education teacher at Boulder High. We also have a daughter, Fadwah Halaby, who is a certified nurse-midwife with her own independent practice in south Florida; she lives in Delray Beach and practices in Boca. She has six kids, all grown and is the grandmother of our 3 great grands who live here in Colorado, near us. If I went on with details about all our children and grands, this would be about three pages long, so I’ll stop there. Also personally, I keep busy editing Bill’s writings. He has published two more books in the past three years and has written ten plays, nine of which have been produced before appreciative audiences here in Colorado Springs and Denver. That’s about it. Wish I could see all who come to the reunion, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen unless I win the lottery or some such thing.

    SUE WINTER SMITH:  I will send whatever I can dredge up which isn’t much because not much is happening. We are still living in Issaquah in a retirement apartment home. We like it here even though it isn’t our home of so many years. It’s different but has many advantages, one being I don’t have to cook dinner anymore or vacuum or clean the bathrooms. We just returned from two weeks in Hawaii with friends. We were on the island of Kauai which is my favorite. The weather was perfect; temperature was upper 70′s, low 80′s. Ideal! We returned to upper 40′s, rain and wind and I am freezing. We will spend Thanksgiving with our son and his family here in Issaquah. His children are our youngest grandchildren, CJ and Erica. We will see our oldest, Aislinn, when she is on her way home to Ellensburg from college at Western WA. She is doing her student teaching this year and will graduate in June. The program at Western is very intense and they turn out superior teachers. Number two granddaughter, Brynn, is a sophomore at Evergreen college. She intends to be a writer and will be a very good one. Her sister, number three granddaughter, Ari, will graduate from HS in June. She is in the Running Start program and attends Skagit Valley Community College as well as HS. She graduates on a Friday and the next day Aislinn will graduate from Western. Fortunately they are in close proximity so we can go to both. A couple of weeks later we will have all the family here to celebrate our 60th anniversary. This is a lot of rambling, but there you have it. Do with it what you will. Thanks for doing this. I do like to hear about everyone, but will not be at the reunion. It’s too far and too much going on then.

    ANN LARKIN:  After replacement of both shoulders and one knee I hope for a surgery free year ahead. I have cut back on some activities, but remain active in church, AAUW, DAR and my quilt group. I also enjoy the Detroit Symphony coffee concerts and am looking forward to my granddaughter’s graduation from medical school in May.

    BARBARA THOMAS YINGER:  You already posted info about our trip to the Amazon in Brazil and areas beyond – that was last March.  So everything else is status quo.  The main thing I’d like to say is that I hope to see as many of our class as possible at the reunion.  None of us know for sure how many years we can keep doing this, so my thing is to take each chance for a visit that we can make now.  Hope to see “you”.  How could I have forgotten to mention that Bob and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 19, 2016.  Our children, Laura and Scott gave us a dinner with extended family at an elegant restaurant in Frederick.

    NANCY PAUL STIMSON:  I am still alive and well, although have hit the age where my friends are either falling or dying. Have to be careful. We will be going to my daughters in Doylestown for Christmas. February will find me off to South Africa and May will find me in Rome and the Greek Islands. July will welcome my first great grandchild and September will be the wedding on the Vineyard of my grandson. Have to stay healthy for all those events. Am not sure I can make reunion ‘cause that may be a baby shower weekend.  Merry Christmas to all

    MOLLY SMITH SPERANDIO:  Nothing new with me.  I’m still upright when I want to be and doing all the things I like to do.  So, life is good!

  5. 1957: Summer 2016



    Just got back from tricycling a book over to Alice Riddle Metry as she’s going back to Detroit in a couple of days. Just finished the book in time to keep her out of trouble for awhile.  We had lunch with Stevie a couple of months back and had a GREAT time. Had a cat (Balimese) disappear also about two months ago. Her sister is handling this better than I. What you don’t know is that I used to cry when Lassie didn’t come home and cried harder when she did (Even if she was a he).  In this case, I feel like Peter Pan. (Never did grow up). In Roger’s and my life cycle, we’re looking at moving to a retirement home. (The Dreaded Home). He’s gung ho, but I’m dragging my feet. I’ve always felt (as learned at Hood) rules are made to be broken.

    Other than the above, Mr. Lincoln, I enjoyed the play. Take care of yourself, Molly. I enjoy reading about everybody.


    Doing this by email is so easy. Hope you have happy travels. Latest from us is that Bill celebrated his 85th birthday in March and we had a huge party for the event. He finished is 8th play which goes into production May 21 and 22. Writing plays and books keeps him young and me too, since I do all the editing, communications with publishers, and lots of the leg work on play production.

    We have two great granddaughters and a third (daughter or son?) on the way in July. One is in Hawaii with her parents (our grandson who supervises construction projects there) but the other is right here in Colorado so we see her often.

    We continue to be very active in our Quaker Monthly and Yearly Meetings, and look forward every year to Yearly Meeting – coming up in early June in Ghost Ranch New Mexico where the hiking and birding are unmatched!

    As always I will have my birthday – 81 while there.


    Unfortunately I do have news this time.  Paul died on April 19th, and I am trying hard to adjust to my new way of life after 58 years together. My family and friends have been so supportive and have been  helping me get through all the “stuff” you have to do.  Molly, where do you go in PA?  Are you ever near Gettysburg?  I would love to see you. 717 359-0289or you have my email.  Nancy Cohen Locker is in Gettysburg and I see her occasionally.  Have fun on your travels.


    Does time roll around faster or is it me? Anyway, not much to report from the Great Northwest. We are settled into our routine in our apartment after three years. I confess I still miss our house on Mercer Island but know this is way easier to live here.

    We acquired the cutest little dog last summer when we rescued Mandy from the Yakima Humane shelter. She is a little white poodle mix. I never really liked poodles but she is so very sweet.  We went to Phoenix in April to visit our son and his wife. Very much enjoyed seeing them in their new home. The day we arrived back home I entered the hospital with bilateral pneumonia.I was a sick puppy for a while but am slowly recovering. I have idiopathic Pulmonary fibrosis (meaning only idiots get it) so the pneumonia really hit me hard.  Mother’s Day was delightful with two of our kids coming. We had a lovely brunch here (that I didn’t have to cook). We heard from our daughter in Bellingham and our grandkids as well. We have two grandaughters in college now, one a senior at Western WA and the other a freshman at Evergreen College.

    This is all there is and it isn’t much, and do what you wish with it. Enjoy all your travels.


    My Dad was Assistant to the President there while I was in high school so Hood was my second home.  I went to Connecticut for two years, then transferred to Hood as a day student.  Got married that Thanksgiving.  I did not graduate because #1 child (Ginger Shipley Hankins, Hood 1980) arrived exactly ten months after our wedding.  Mamas were not allowed in those days!  So now here I am these many years later with four happily-married offspring, 13 grandchildren (#14 on the way!), and one great-grand.  I have lived in the same house for 46 years – up on Gambrill Mountain overlooking Frederick.  Unfortunately my husband died very young so there have been many tough battles to fight.  I guess I have made it!  Pretty strong for an 81-year-old.


    From Christmas and another letter, Peg’s shared stories of her family and extended Leopold family adventures sounded exciting for those who attended (not always Peg) – to include the finals of the women’s World Soccer contest (yea, USA) in Canada, a Leopold family reunion in Duck, NC where they filled out ancestry kits (she didn’t share if she is linked to the Neanderthal line), and a number of stories from the younger generation.  What a variety of involvements – Early Childhood Education, UVA linguistics and Spanish teacher/advocate for teenage children of immigrant farm workers, massage therapy, musician and photographer, and doctorate study for physical therapy.  Peg herself continues in yoga to help those ailing bones and works with the Master Gardeners.


    If I didn’t travel to see family and friends, I probably wouldn’t travel at all – too busy doing the things I’m interested in here at home.  My sisters’ reunion in April is always a blessing to me – to be able to spend time with my four older siblings – and this year enjoy celebrating the matriarch of our generation’s Smith Family celebrating her 90th birthday – Kitty Smith Dunn, Hood 1947 – in June at the extended Smith Family Reunion, our 35th year together.  I was also able to travel to CA (flew this time) and enjoy my four grands, children of my deceased son, Doug.  Life goes on with us octogenarians – we have our aches and pains to deal with and now bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is telling me maybe I need to look for someone else to take over this editorial job.  Hint, hint!! ;-)

  6. 1957: Summer 2014


    Barbara Thomas Yinger: Bob and I went on the Hood Alumni River Cruise to Holland and Belgium in April. My friend, Barbara Beckhelm Moore, was also on the trip. Her father was professor in the music dept. at Hood in the 40’s and started the Naval Academy involvement with the Hood Choir to perform the Messiah on campus. Her sister Gretchen graduated from Hood in 1960 and was also on the cruise. Bob and I will be traveling from California to Miami through the Panama Canal. I’ve finished two bed quilts and took a class at the Norfolk Quilt show in February completing the double wedding ring pattern for my granddaughter who is getting married in October. We are still living near the Chesapeake Bay in the Northern Neck of VA. crabbing, fishing, playing mahjongg, judging flower shows, and tending our vegetable garden..

    Nancy Tressel Brown: Old age and what we do for amusement. I now have two cats and decided last week to teach them to walk on a leash. First you have to get the collars on the cats. Two Band-Aids later I decided to just put on the leashes; three more Band-Aids. I decided to just trail the leash and have them follow me. The final resolution was my trailing a very pretty pink leash with no one on it. And, two cats following me – sort of – along with checking out all the neighbor’s bushes, et al. All was not lost. A very handsome young man got off his bike to say “M’am, I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I think you lost your dog”. I’m not sure about the M’am part. Hope it’s this much fun at “The Home”.

    Roberta Geehan Horton: I fell while hiking in Idaho last August and had rotator cuff surgery in February. I’m progressing nicely with physical therapy, and looking forward to visiting Ireland, land of some of my ancestors, this summer.

    Dolores O’Connor VanVleck: (A note from husband, Dale)The past year began well but did not end well. We had gone more than a year without anyone in the hospital. I had a kidney along with a large enclosed malignant tumor removed in August of 2012. So far that seems to have gone okay. In late January of 2012 Dee had a bursa in her right elbow removed because of bursitis caused by scoliosis which had caused her to lean so much that the pressure on the elbow caused the bursitis which then became infected. She had not been able to walk for several years. The ‘wound’ on her elbow resulted in rehab of 10 weeks followed by a trip to the wound doctor every two weeks for a total of 20 months. She was able to resume work with a physical therapist early last summer but water therapy could not be resumed until the wound was declared healed in October. She enjoyed the physical and water therapy which was needed to retain upper body strength for transfers from wheel chair to chair and shower and bed. Together we managed quite well despite the food I prepared. Then in mid-November had a colon bleed (ischemic colitis) with three weeks in hospital and re-hab. It is apparently not uncommon and seemed to heal itself. She returned to the physical and water therapy as if nothing had happened. After one week I found her semi-conscious on December 13. From the emergency room she went directly to intensive care. (The week-end we planned to do Christmas cards.) We still don’t know what the original cause was. The only outward vital sign was very low blood pressure. We kept expecting her to be out in 3-4 days as had happened other times. This time she got progressively less responsive. After two weeks we were told she had no chance of surviving due to perforation of the colon resulting in sepsis. An operation was really not an option. We were shocked. All blood cultures had been negative. Vital signs did not seem bad but the medications and oxygen and fluids probably disguised the severity of the sickness. She died three days later. The intensive care nurses did all they could and kept her from having any pain. After the first day she could not talk because of the ventilator.

    Obit: Dee  (O’Connor) Van Vleck, 78, died December 29, 2013, peacefully, after a short illness. Born in Philadelphia, Pa. September 8, 1935. Philadelphia High School for Girls. Bachelor of Arts, Suma Cum Laude, Honorary Marshall, Mortar Board, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland. Master of Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society. Life was not always fair but she never gave up. Leaves husband of 55 years, Dale; daughter, Elizabeth of Dallas; son, John of Atlanta; and granddaughter, Audrey of Atlanta.  In younger years, a many faceted volunteer. Loved animals, especially wolves and cats. Loved history, books, and learning. Appreciated and supported the Arts, especially music – Brahms, Bach, Beethoven, and more. Devoted member of NPR, PBS, and NET/Radio. Contributor to many causes including the homeless, hungry, oppressed, children in need, and endangered and neglected animals.  Memorial services for family and friends, Spring 2014, at Lincoln Memorial Park. Memorials to Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, 136 S 14 St, Lincoln, NE 68508. Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences can be left at: lincolnfh.com.

    Virginia Smith Durland: Bill and I just sold our long time home in Colorado Springs and are looking for a place that will take us and our beloved dog. I will give the alum office an update when we get a new address. Our biggest news is that we now have two great granddaughters – one born last August and the second this past January. Spent a restful 3 months at Pendle Hill Quaker Center as Friends in Residence in Wallingford, PA from March to June and saw many old friends from Bill’s Bucknell days, but found it very hard to re-acclimate to low altitude, humid weather and are very glad to be home. We have too many grandchildren to report on all of them, but one grandson is studying to be a chef and one granddaughter is off to Thailand to study acupuncture and massage therapy. All the rest are equally imaginative. Our daughter, Fadwah, who is a certified nurse-midwife has just opened her own clinic/women’s health center in Boca Raton and is reveling in being her own boss. We see many of Bill’s Bucknell classmates and fraternity Brothers, but I haven’t been so lucky over the years. Any Hoodlums that come to Colorado Springs, please look us up! (719) 635-8686 Peace is Possible

    Audrey Goetz Swart: We are living in the Upstate of South Carolins ,near Clemson Univ. We moved here from Florida 12 years ago to be close to two of our four daughters! We have seven grandchildre ranging in age from 28 to 14—all doing well in very stages of education!!!
    Sam and I are well:enjoying this beautiful area and many activities. I am very involved with my Church and serving God. We have traveled to many foreign lands and in the States!! In fact I’m leaving next week with a daughter for Turkey and Greece!! My email address has changed to audsam@charter.net.

    Mara Eckstein Garcia-Bunuel: Every year I enjoy my Renaissance classes, usually I have coordinated a semester class. We are off for the summer. In May I took a riverboat trip to Russia; it was quite wonderful; lots of international guests; went all the way to Northern Russia (Karelia) and then south to St Petersburg. When one sees all the gold, the jewels, the crystals, etc. one understands why there was a revolution, just like in France and other places. My oldest grandson just graduated from Friends School and the family is off to Italy and Spain.

    Sarah Bulin Hanson: Our lives are exceedingly quiet and travel is now more often to the doctor’s office or the hospital. Of course, grandchildren  are the delight in our lives. In April, I spent a long weekend with my son’s daughter, Olivia, at Elon University. (He drove!!!) She’s coming to visit July 22. My granddaughter, Hannah, in Charleston , has a job with a fast growing organic skin care co. (rms) and she gives me lots of samples! My grandson, Brandon, just finished a month of National Guard Training and has started a new job in financial services. Last, but by no means least, I hope everyone has given to the Hood Fund this year. Let’s send Dr. Volpe out on the high note he deserves!  Douglas and I will make our annual visit to Capon Springs in September. This wonderful spot is still owned by our late classmate Claire Austin’s family. Claire’s son and daughter are very involved and we will enjoy our time with them as well as relaxing in a mountain retreat.

    Carolyn Stevens Amstutz: Hope I’m not too late!!  I’ll fill you in on a little of my news.  First and foremost, I was in Naples FL for a month in March, and spend a terrific weekend in Bonita Springs with Alice (Riddle) and Fred Metry.  The first night  we had dinner at their golf club with Tressie and Roger Brown, and the second night Jacke McCurdy and her sister Arden came to Alice’s for dinner.  What a really good weekend that was!  After Naples I spent a week with my daughter and her family (who live in England) at Disney World.  My granddaughters are 6 and 9, which added to the excitement.  I must say, however, that visiting Disney for four days is not for the feint of heart!!   I guess I really am 78!  I’m off for a few days in northern Vermont and Canada with  my Albany NY daughter, and then in August will be in Scotland and England for two weeks. Beside my travels, I’m still playing bridge, a bit of golf, and am on the search committee for a new minister for our church – a daunting task.

    Mary Jane Harkness Nace: Dick and I just returned from a wonderful few days visit with Cathy Goss Newhouser in Dunwoody, Georgia.  It’s been several years since we were together and this was truly a special visit.  As you can imagine there was lots of reminiscing; laughter; and tales of our Hood days.  Since Dick had been a part of our Hood years, he enjoyed hearing us talk about all our Hood-stuff. Dick and I moved to Hendersonville, NC in 2011 and we discovered, with this trip, that the drive to Dunwoody is only 3+ hours. The three of us plan to get together more often.

    Molly Smith Sperandio: This was my summer of travel with the main destination my granddaughter’s high school graduation in Davis, CA.  I decided to drive around the USA visiting friends and family and fell in love with our northwestern states which I had never visited before – such beauty is awesome! I was gone 39 days and drive 9,742 miles during which I had to service my Prius twice – for the 115K and 120K miles – and buy 2 new tires.  FL to PA road trips in March and September for family reunions round out the travels.  What a joyous life!  I deal with the aches and pains of spinal stenosis and CHF, but who doesn’t have their health problems?  We do what we have and want to do and life goes on!

  7. 1957: Winter 2014


    MARGARET HART KAMINER:  I live in Cashiers, NC; my daughter and her family are also here; my son lives in Boca Raton where he is a senior VP and lawyer with a commercial firm. I try to keep in touch with Meredith Sorenson Harris and Alice Riddle Metry and hope to get together with them soon. I am planning to see Sylvia Blackburn Felcyn in November in Greenwich Conn. I have been a widow for 11 years. I keep busy with lots of volunteering, baby sitting and a great deal of bridge playing.

    MIRIAM SPAULDING KEYSER: We are in the midst of frantic downsizing, give away, and preparation to move – all in 6 weeks.  We made the decision to move to Oak Crest, an Erickson Senior Community north of Baltimore, MD on August 22nd, put the house on the market on the 31st and sold it in16 days. We move in 2 weeks. I feel like my head is spinning. I wake very early in the morning and can’t get back to sleep so I pack or go online and send pictures to the family of items I can’t take; hopefully someone will want them.

    BARBARA THOMAS YINGER: My new e-mail address is: bbyinger@va.metrocast.net.  I attended my 55th reunion with 9 classmates from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and 2 husbands.  My eye surgery for glaucoma went well and Bob’s heart procedure has had good results.

    ANN COPELAND BILLINGS: Greetings from Northfield, MN where I’m visiting 3 of my 10 Grandchildren (ages 2 1/2-16).  Can’t believe how old I am but they surely keep me young, along with duplicate bridge, tennis, church and great friends back in Walpole and Weston MA.  I occasionally see Louise Reed and hope to reconnect with Carolyn Stevens Amstutz soon.

    CAROL HARKNESS KILREA: Celebrated our 55th reunion from Mass General in Boston – Sue Truby Peterson and Syl Davison Rost represented the “hoodlums” and the hospital treated us all royally! Reunion was followed by a week in Maine with Carl and Sue; my pal, Bill May, and Carl have common interests and we always have such fun together! Visited good friends in Snowmass and managed to catch a sizable brown trout with a fly rod! The house was at 11,800 feet which challenged my Meniere’s disease but what a beautiful area! Now have 6 college grads (4 of them living in Chicago) and 1 more next year before the exciting cycle for the next 7 begins! Hope to get to Marco Island for a month and a week or so in Hobe Sound – winters here in NW Indiana by Lake Michigan can be a test!

    ROBERTA GEEHAN HORTONLast May, Bob and I took a “Trip of a Lifetime” to the Naples, Italy area.  We stayed in Sorrento with lovely view across the Bay of Naples to Mt. Vesuvius.  We were taken by AHI Travel to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples Museum, Capri, the ancient Greek temples of Paestum, and the Amalfi Coast. In August we went to Idaho and Montana.. While hiking in ID, I fell dislocating my right shoulder and fracturing my humerus. After two days of R & R, we got back on the trails and enjoyed the beauty of the area, although I was bound up in an immobilizing device.  Months of physical therapy are ahead.  Four grandkids are in college now and another college grad just got married.

    ELSIE LYONS HINKHOUSE: Idaho is covered with one spectacular scenic route after another – so very, very different from the East Coast which is also so spectacularly beautiful.  Having lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland (Hood), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina before moving to Idaho, I am a devoted Easterner loving the opportunity to learn about the other side of our country.  The best part is being close to two of our daughters and the grandkids.  We still have one daughter and her family half a continent away in Texas who we see several times a year.

    SALOME “GINGER” SMITH REICHART passed peacefully September 16, 2013. Her husband Lieutenant Commander Harold L. Reichart Jr., USN R wrote, “Most of her life was centered around our five daughters and 15 grandchildren. Her obituary appeared in The Virginian Pilot on September 18 and should be available online. You can always call me at 757-421-0404 or 757-633- 1347.”

    MOLLY SMITH SPERANDIO: A summer filled with family travel kept me quite busy. My FL granddaughter graduated HS 6/3 and I flew out to CA on 6/4 to see my grandson graduate HS– 4 more to go, 3 in CA and 1 in FL.  I enjoyed being with my 4 grands and also saw my son in CA; enjoyed touring the Bowers Museum. I had 3 road trips to PA – our 33rd annual family reunion; our cousins’ reunion and my 60th HS class reunion.   Studying for AARP Tax Assistance is next. I continue with my volunteerism in church and community.


  8. 1957: Late for Summer Issue; Early for Winter Issue


    As I receive messages from my classmates, if they are too late for one of the Hood Magazine issues, I will post them here in toto, and edit them for the next issue. Therefore, this message from Bert Geehan Horton will go into the Winter issue which will be due sometime in December and delivered sometime in 2014.  Hope that makes sense to everyone. Ciao~  Molly

    ROBERTA GEEHAN HORTON: We recently returned from a grand trip to the Naples, Italy area.  We stayed in beautiful Sorrento and were taken by bus and boat to the hot spots of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi coast, Capri, and Naples.  The tour company is AHI, or Alumnae Holiday International.  We went with a group from the U. of Missouri where I got my  masters degree, but later we received the same offer from Hood.  We would highly recommend travel with this group. in opposite directions. This weekend we are attending two high school graduations on the same day, June 8, in two different North Carolina towns in opposite directions, Winston-Salem and Greenville.  After a short recovery we will go to our time-share condo in Key Largo where we will join our daughter, Becky, and her family for a week. Have a wonderful summer. Roberta aka “Bert”

  9. 1957: Summer 2013

    I decided to post your messages for the Hood Magazine as you wrote them to me, in their entirety, so you can see them in real time before I have to edit them down to 750 words for my column. This way the news won’t be six months old when you read it in the Summer issue of the Hood Magazine which you will receive in the Fall.  This is something new Hood set up for alumni and I think it is great.  I’ll keep posting; you keep reading.
    As noted in the last Hood Magazine, Sue Truby Peterson reiterated the fun time she had with Carol Harkness Kilrea while their husbands enjoyed a successful mule deer and antelope hunting trip. Carl had his “two heads” (animals’) mounted; our place will soon look like a zoo.” She wrote that the Mass. General/Hood Nursing graduates will be celebrating their 55th reunion in September 2013; the class includes diploma grads, too..  Sue occasionally sees Stevie Amstutz in the supermarket.

    Sylvia Davison Rost sent a note from Waterbury, Vermont in her Christmas card. Their oldest son, Winston and wife, Tammy, live down the road with Hazel, 3, and Samuel, 1, lots of chickens, five goats and two cats.  Son, Andy and wife, Rae, with Elliot, 11, and twin girls, Anna and Samantha, 7, are near; and their daughter, Jenny, teaches 6th grade in New Hampshire, but lives in VT.  It’s wonderful to have family so close.

    Alice Riddle Metry: We are getting ready to leave FL for Michigan.  Want to remind any and all that we will be back here in 2014, and are in the Naples/Bonita Springs phone book.  We will be back unless something unforeseen occurs. And, our Michigan phone number is 3`13-882-8709, for any in the Detroit area.   We are usually here for 6 to 8 weeks in Oct. & Nov.
    Ann Fortenbaugh Eicholtz: I really didn’t think I had any news to report,but then I remembered that I live near Gettysburg!  We are all anticipating a very active summer with many Civil War enactors and tourists for the 150th anniversary.  I wanted to offer our home for “cooling off” breaks when you have had enough of the heat and the crowds. You can reach us at 717 359 0280.  There are no available rooms in Gettysburg.  We would love to hear from any of you, so don’t hesitate to call.  I played bridge recently with our Dean Nancy Cohen (Locher).  She looks great and had just returned from a trip to Thailand.  I am planning to have lunch the end of April with Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee.  I,too, wanted to encourage all classmates to contribute to the Hood Fund.  A high percentage of givers (whatever the amount) makes our class look good!
    Dorothy Hofstadter Lewis called in her news in December, too late for that winter column, but reported that she lost electric during H. Sandy.  She plays bridge and Mah Jongg and is active with her congregation, helping to name the synagogue and working on the celebration.  Her son, Steven, plays clarinet in the Big Apple concert band and marched in the inaugural parade for President Obama.  Her daughter, Susan, was recently engaged and will be married in October; both children are involved in computer work.  Dot participates in the Temple Library reading program – a 10-week program for children to read books on Jewish culture and they then tell “listeners” what they learned.

    Roberta Geehan Horton: Thanks for your call.  Sorry for the delay in responding.  We’ve been out of town doing some birding on the Outer Banks of N C.  This year we decided to go in early December hoping it would be warmer than January.  It was splendid, and we saw lots of migratory waterfowl in the refuges on Body Island and Pea Island and some inland lakes.  Highway 12 made National News being hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and we were afraid it would prevent us from getting to Pea Island because of the sand piled up on the road.  Luckily that part had just been cleared.  This fall I lost two family members: my Mother, age 104, died in Sept. and  my  brother, Mike, died in Nov. of  Alzheimer’s.  Memorial services were held in the Phoenix AZ area for Mother and in Houston,TX for Mike.  A tough time for us.  A favorite part of my life is reading.  Members of my book club submit books and we “check them out” of our library.  It’s a great way to be introduced to new authors. I also enjoy knitting  and crafts, especially making jewelry with glass beads or paper beads.  One of my favorite beads is made by covering wood beads with colorful origami paper.  Three of our kids live in NC so we see them regularly.  One lives in Atlanta.  Two grandkids are in college and two more go next year [six to go...].

    Sue Winter Smith: Our big news from the Pacific NW is that we sold our house where we lived for 52 years and raised our four kids and moved into a senior retirement apartment. It’s a lot smaller than our house so we had to be judicious in picking what we brought. Our children were great and took the stuff that meant the most that we couldn’t take. We have 2 patios and are container gardening. It’s a lot easier than our big yard. We have a trip planned to the upper Amazon in May as our last hurrah in the travel world. We figured we needed to go while we could still walk around. We are still relatively well (except for the aches and inconveniences of old age). The kids are well. Our oldest granddaughter started college this year at Western WA University and loves it. We may be limited in space, but we still would love to have company.

    New address:3710 Providence Point Was SE #120; Issaquah, WA 98028
    New telephone: 425-677-8284
    Tommie Thomas Yinger:  Nothing exciting going on in my life right now.  As with the other nursing students back in that antiquated 5 yr. program, I’m gearing up for my 55th nursing class reunion at Hopkins in Sept.  And I guess like a lot of others, our 60th reunion with high school classmates this June.
    Sarah Bulin Hanson:  My youngest grandchild graduates from high school this year; she’ll be going to Elon in North Carolina. It seems just a few weeks ago that I was visiting her middle school classroom! We can’t hold on to them forever!!
    As to Hood News, the new Hood College book from Arcadia Publishing is a wonderful collection of pictures and information from the beginning of the college to 2012. It’s available in the bookstore and, of course, from Amazon.
    The Annual Fund received 13 recent gifts from our class totaling $2480. For the year, so far, we are 36 donors with a total of $10,000. The fiscal year ends June 30. Thanks to the 36 and a reminder to the rest.
    Molly Smith Sperandio: “I drove to Great Lakes, IL in March to see my grandson, Kyle, graduate from Navy Boot Camp.  What an experience that was, and how proud I was to see him march in with his class and carrying the Texas flag.  I was lucky in my timing driving north, arriving between two storms – one having left huge mounds of snow in IL but was then hitting the northeast and before the storm from Colorado hit.  I had to scrape ice from the car windows and that’s as close as I want to be to snow anymore.  From there I drove to PA to visit with my sisters, which is always a fun time. I left PA a little early with snow flurries in the wind and came back to sunny Florida with a smile on my face. I have two grandchildren graduating from high school this June, and I’m lucky that they are five days apart, so that I can see my granddaughter, Zoe, graduate in FL on the 3rd and fly out to CA to see my grandson, Ryan, graduate on the 7th.”
    Nancy Paul Stimson: Guess I better answer, so you don’t think I died!  Been a wonderful busy winter..escaped the February blizzard by going to Florida, Key West, Vero Beach and Jacksonville…then came and went to the French Alps for a week…beautiful, cold, Bob skied and I hiked on my new knees.  38,000 meters..hardest part was breathing…came home, went back to Florida so my granddaughter could get a tan for her junior prom, successful. Did take a few days to go to Maine and see the Winslow Homer studio..super…now recovering from hammer toe surgery…guess it is good to slow down for awhile. One more week and,the stitches will be out. Happy summer to all.
    Elsie Lyon Hinkhouse shared “Our travels and adventures, including 7 continents, continues in Idaho.  Oh what a difference from living our entire lives on the east coast, up to 2 years ago.  The Northwest is an adventure while life in Boise is full of culture advents. We are exploring spectacular Idaho: Hells Canyon, 2000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon, gorgeous lake communities such as Coeur d’ A-lene, Pend Oriella, McCall and Lake Payette, Saw Tooth Mountains, and old gold and silver mining towns.  Best of all is being close to our daughter Amy, Rich and grand kids Elsie and Jack.  So far I haven’t found any Hoodlums in the area.”
    Sylvia Blackburn Felcyn wrote “Keith and I now have our 4th grandson, born May 17th.  We have been told this is our final grandchild.  Our son George and wife Maggie have a 2 1/2 year old and 2 week old boy, and our daughter Lindsay and husband Glenn have a 6 and an 8 year old boy.  Needless-to-say, we feel blessed.  We are still in our same house of 38 years and both still play tennis and are generally active in various organizations.  Our next big travel event is to Argentina for the baptism of our new grandson.  (Maggie is from Argentina). “

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