1. Class of 1969 news – Summer 2017

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    Class of ’69 News 2017

    My “roomie” Cindy Kannapel Weiss was the first to respond to my plea for news. She recently discovered her near neighbor in Lansdowne, PA – Gwen Ebersole Lehman ’68 – small world! Cindy has nicely recovered from back surgery but anticipates a knee replacement in the fall. A little R&R in Cape Cod and Cape May over the summer should do wonders. Her three grandchildren live not far away. Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq stays busy with dog training and showing in agility her three Boarder Collies. In addition she teaches Doctoral students Quantitative Research (Statistics) for Immuculata University and volunteers with Rotary exchange students and rescue dogs. She stays in touch with Connie Meek who competes worldwide in skiing and running. In retirement Carol Wyman Harris now creates handmade greeting cards and other crafts which she sells at area craft fairs. Attracting birds, bees and butterflies to her garden is a passion of hers. Jill Stanley and her husband have been Indiana Hoosiers for a year now. They’ve gained a granddaughter AND a great-granddaughter and continue to dance and make new friends. Marty Silcox Hankins has officially retired from teaching! She continues to help Ken with his pottery business and volunteers with the Carroll County Master Garden program. A 46th anniversary trip is planned to Smith Island, then off to Nova Scotia in September. Susie Holtzmann Richardson writes: “Susie Lawrence, Linda Richards McKnight and I are grateful to share the joy of later in life relationships with very special men and to support each other through the aging and death of our parents.” Esther Kofod shared roommate Joanne Fodor’s glowing review of Esther’s book The Libyan: “Libya should salute Esther for writing such a heartrending tale of their country. She makes the madness and cruelty of Libya palpable and hence gives a real voice to the decimated beauty of the land and her peoples. Through the details she chooses to express and the character of her personhood she has made me aware of the true Libyan.” In addition to running a horse boarding business, Karla Leum Stoner and Bill manage a farm in south Frederick County at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. They love river cruises and so far have taken two in the US and two in Europe. Sadly Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety reports battling IPF, diagnosed in 2014, but she keeps a positive attitude and looks forward to welcoming a new grandson in November, and to visiting with Sharon McDonald Sayles later this year. Thanks to retirement, Joanane Ingoldsby Peters is again transitioning from winter hobbies – snowshoeing, genealogy and quilting, to her summer favorites – travel, golf and gardening. A trip to Ireland is planned for September. Linda Israel Lamm and Doug enjoyed a week of art and architecture in Havana, Cuba with Sam (Mary) Ryan Reeves ’70 in February. They’ll head to North Carolina this summer and to London in the fall. May 23rd marked the culmination of lots of work on the part of Margaret Dunkle. The portrait of civil rights hero Harriet Elizabeth Brown was unveiled at the Calvert County, MD courthouse. Margaret spearheaded the event. Virginia (Penney) Weatherby Brown writes: “Libby Marckwardt Oliver and I just returned from a 9-day cruise to Bermuda and the Caribbean to celebrate our 70th birthdays and 52 years of friendship.” Also taking a recent Bermuda cruise were Carole Downing Staton and Roy. Prior to that they went to El Paso, TX to visit son Andrew before his next deployment. They’ll welcome a new granddaughter in Binghamton, NY in June, then set sail on an Alaskan cruise in July. Dave and I Sayre Roney Steere are doing a good bit of traveling ourselves. In November we took a quick “family anniversary” cruise to Cozumel. We packed up the Tesla again in January and drove to Flagstaff, AZ where our girls and “grandgirls” joined us for a week at a resort. Snow abounded while at Grand Canyon but the weather was ideal in Sedona. This spring we drove up the east coast to Cape Cod and on the return trip “hit” the Poconos, Atlantic City and Washington, DC. Next up Seattle, home to both our daughters. But this time we’re flying!

  2. 1969: Winter 2017

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    Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq (now retired) checked in from her 15 acre mountaintop home near Harrisburg, PA where she does lots of volunteer work, including doing evaluations for a no-kill shelter for Border Collies; fund-raising for Susquehanna Service dogs; helping Rotary with foreign exchange students; chairing a grant-making committee for a Woman’s fund; teaching agility at a local dog club and showing her four Border Collies in Agility. Christy Lundt Labertus was head coordinator of her mother’s 100th birthday party which took place in August, an event she said was like planning a wedding reception. Though she still works full time, she and her husband travel frequently – they especially like river cruises. After being residents of Anchorage, Alaska for more than 40 years, Jill Stanley and her husband Adam moved to Greenfield, Indiana – where they are “dancing to their hearts content” and basking in the longer, warmer summer. A mini-Hood reunion took place in Bar Harbor, Maine in August. Nancy Roe Hebdon (and Fred) and Martha Mulford Gray (and Guy) drove up from Cambridge, MD while Nancy vom Eigen Rassmussen, Sandra Jung Vrem (and Rick) and Linda Walls Bradley (’70) traveled from the Northwest. This was their first reunion since the death of Linda Stockdale Warren – and still missed from their original group is Christine Herbst Cole. These girls have been getting together since 1979! Meredith Owen Atkinson and husband George took a fascinating 6-week trip from Maine to the Pacific following the Lewis and Clark Trail. Marty Silcox Hankins will be retiring from teaching in June, a career she began in 1969! She took some time off to raise 2 children but started back when her daughter was 3 – she is now married with 2 children of her own. As part of her retirement plan she is now a certified Master Gardner in Carroll County, MD, all the while helping her husband Ken with their pottery business. Pat Warren Carlson and her husband, Mike Ciccarelli, celebrated their 32nd anniversary with a week in Punta Cana, joined by twenty good friends and fellow golfers. Pat returned to three final doctoral dissertations defenses and was “happy to participate in the joy of three successful defenses leading to three more new educational leaders.” Pat and Mike look forward to having all their children and grandchildren with them to ring in the New Year. Margaret Dunkle has been busy in retirement, chairing the Harriet E. Brown Commemoration Task Force, earning the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for her effort, and being appointed a trustee of the College of Southern Maryland. Chris Diehl is completing the Fall Semester of teaching at the local Community College, hoping “to help as many as possible achieve their dreams for future vocations.” Jill Windisch Peterson and Craig continue to enjoy retirement after 12 years. They stay busy with volunteer work, committees, bridge, mah jong and travel – including a recent 3-week trip to Australia and New Zealand. They attended the wedding of Jill’s Hood little sister, Fran Heck Darrow’s son in the spring. She also passed on the sad news that our classmate, Linda Nelson Martinez passed away about a year ago. On a happier note, Linda’s roommate Karol Bedyk Strang and Bill became grandparents in September. Son Cameron (and Renny) presented them with James, and according to Karol she is now “captivated by a little soul.” Dave and I, Sayre Roney Steere put our new Tesla to the test in August and drove across country, via the southern route to California and on to Seattle, where we then took our whole family (2 daughters, a son-in-law and 3 granddaughters) on a 7-day Alaskan cruise. A great opportunity for family bonding. We returned to Panama City Beach by way of cowboy country – Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. What a magnificent land we live in! Church commitments, Garden Club projects, fitness (running, yoga and aerobics), and gardening in general keep me busy throughout the year.

  3. 1969: Summer 2016

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    CLASS of ’69 – SPRING NEWS

    Proud grandparents, Nancy Roe Hebdon and Fred announce that grandson Christopher will attend George Washington Law School in September. Barbara Sims retired in 2015 after 30 years with the same executive search firm. She remains in New York doing volunteer work and choral singing. My childhood chum, Karol Bedyk Strang and Bill (whom she met at a Hopkins/Hood mixer) have 2 married sons and a grandbaby on the way. Karol has a doctorate in clinical social work, but is now retired, living in the Asheville, NC area and enjoys quilting and dulcimer playing. Marty Silcox Hankins and Fred will celebrate their 45th anniversary with a trip to the Pittsburgh area and meet up with Libby Miller Jacobs and husband Jack. Marty plans to retire from teaching next year and pursue Master Gardening. Thanks to Facebook Esther Kofod Whitfield managed to reconnect with her roommate, Joanne Fodor. Do consider Esther’s memoir, The Libyan – a fascinating and compelling read. As a result of renewed health, Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety is devoting more time to family and church as well as exercise and painting. She is also about to publish a children’s book. Margaret Dunkle has retired from her position as Lead Research Scientist at the Dept. of Health Policy at G.W. Univ. and now lives full time in Maryland after spending years in the workforce in DC, Boston and LA. She will receive the 2016 W. D. Schaefer Helping People Award for Calvert County in June. After 40+ years in Alaska, Jill Stanley and husband Adam are moving to Greenfield, IN. – via a motorhome! Chris Diehl retired from teaching math in 2007 but remains an adjunct teacher at her local community college. She keeps in touch with former roommate, Marya Rusinak of Cincinnati. Joanne Ingoldsby Peters looks forward to summer trips through New England and a jaunt to Ireland come fall. Meanwhile she quilts, golfs and gardens. Maureen Clancy continues to write her food blog – Matters of Taste. She, husband T, and their sons all enjoy skiing and biking – even completing a couple of bike Centuries (100 miles) each year. Travels to Vienna, Austria and Northern Italy are planned for summer. Maureen recently visited Diane Campbell in Boston. Sharon McDonald Sayles and husband John are completing 18 months of providing care for their grandchildren, ages 12 and 14. Soon the “kiddos” will relocate to Keene, NH. Jan Erbacher Greening checked in from Austin, TX where she cares for her elderly Mom, records texts for the blind, and participates in a French conversation group. Her careers included teaching grades 7 – 12, as well as ESL, and marketing technical software. Boca Raton resident Linda Lam looks forward to spending a month in NC this summer. Carole Downing Staton and Emily Smith Brownson and spouses attended the girls’ 50th high school reunion in Salsibury, MD last summer. Carole loves retirement – and her 4 ½ year old grandson. Jean Swan and husband plan to trace the Lewis and Clark expedition this summer in their RV. Their son will be married in November. Also following the Lewis and Clark route are Meredith Owen Atkinson and husband George. The trip will include Glacier National Park where the couple honeymooned. Despite facing spinal fusion surgery, Peggy Jackson Wyckhouse continues to teach food preparation and nutrition classes. She has a son (and 3 grandsons) in St. Louis and a disabled daughter in Las Vegas. Pat Etzel Parker and her husband found “surprisingly gratifying” their mutual 50th high school reunion. Cynthia Werner Biber continues to work in NY at the Frick Collection. She frequently travels to Maine where her 2 daughters live and to Switzerland, home of her brother. Despite a few family health scares, Ellen Kiel and Russ had a wonderful trip to Barcelona in October. Current projects include a wellness ministry at church and New Story Leadership. Betsy Seele Gotta is still involved in square dancing, “calling” 4 or 5 nights a week. Summer gigs include stops in Des Moines, Toronto, and Regina, Canada. Cheryl Brown Dreiling has two loves – her 2-year-old twin grandsons, and traveling. This year she’s been to India, the Italian Riviera and in July will head to the Baltic Sea. Ginny Monaco Hatfield (a “professional volunteer”) was recently tapped as on the of 5 Inspiring Women of the San Fernando Valley by the United Chambers of Commerce. As new Tesla owners, Dave and I, Sayre Roney Steere are seeing the country “gas free.” We’ve been to South Florida, where we visited with Valerie Dietz Polansky (our husbands are HS and USNA chums), the Hill Country of Texas, western Tennessee, and soon all the way to Seattle to visit our girls – and take an Alaskan cruise.

  4. 1969: Winter 2015

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    Once again, unsolicited, I received an email from Esther Kofod Whitfield, who is practically a neighbor of mine in nearby Tallahassee, Fla. She reminded me that she was one of four “foreign” students at Hood in 1965. She transferred to the Corcoran School of Art in 1967 where she met her future husband, The Libyan, which is the title of her new book. In it she tells of her 5 years in Libya during the horrific years of Ghaddafi’s rule. The book in many ways is a memoir, with actual events, accurately chronicling Libya’s historical and political facts. She has since divorced and is now happily married to Ron Whitfield, a chiropractor. Esther has a son and a daughter and two grandchildren (her time at Hood, by the way, is mentioned in Chapter 2). Another published author is Valerie Dietz Polansky. She recently wrote Quick Review Cards for Medical Laboratory Science as well as updated a previous medical publication. She claims now to be fully retired allowing time for her and Gary to travel in their motorhome. Year 2014 found them visiting the Canadian Maritimes––Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Carolyn “Kip” Cantagalli Dumaresq is also officially retired from the position of secretary of education of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education–after 45 years in the education system! She and her husband have purchased a new log home on 14+ acres with a pool and a training center for their three Border Collies whom Kip shows in agility. Meredith Owen Atkinson and husband George are both retired allowing them to spend a couple of months each year visiting their daughter and family in Truckee, Calif., and their son in Park City, Utah where the cross-country skiing has been fabulous. Meredith continues to teach a literature class in her hometown of Norwell, Mass. Sue Korff Hammer continues to raise alpacas and drive around in her ’64 GTO convertible! Mary Anne Thune Lasko gets together occasionally with Joy McGinnis, both of whom were stunned at some of the changes on the old college campus. Virginia Pagan Schragel is pleased to announce she has been breast cancer free for five years. Life is good for her and her family. Jill Stanley checked in from Alaska with news that her daughter Rayna Green in her 5th year of studying sacred music at Hebrew Union College will be ordained as a (Jewish) cantor in May. Jill is the director of the local Reform synagogue choir and spends a great deal of time dancing–square dancing, round dancing and Israeli folk dancing. Bettina Smith Tucker has endured a couple of life-changing events recently. She lost her husband Hal almost two years ago and in April 2014 she retired from her 15-year position as a woman’s advocate and court advocate for victims of domestic violence in the midcoast region of Maine. Last summer she managed to coax roomie Sharon MacDonald Sayles from her summer home in the Adirondacks on Gull Pond to visit Tina’s summer home on the Maine coast in Round Pond–a big reunion after 7 years. Speaking of “roomies,” my dear friend Cindy Kannapel Weiss and husband Glenn are about to embark on a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands–a somewhat belated 45th anniversary celebration. Cindy won’t have to wait long upon her return for the birth of her third grandchild! All is well with me, Sayre Roney Steere, here in the Florida Panhandle. I’m winding up my stint as a district director within the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs with one more obligation ahead of me–a convention in Boca Raton in April. Last summer we traveled out west, visiting daughter Joan and family in Seattle – with a camping side-trip to the Orcas Islands, then on to Palo Alto, Calif., to see daughter Doris. The West Coast crowd all came here for Christmas, making this Grandma mighty happy.

  5. 1969: Summer 2014

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    Out of the blue, even before sending out my plea for news, I heard from Karen Wagner. I have fond (and not so fond) memories of our days in Mr. Sprigg’s Music 101 class Freshman year – yet she went on to great things in the field while I basically sing in the church choir. In January she retired from a 42-year administrative career in higher education in the performing arts, the last 35 years at The Juilliard School as VP and Dean of Academic Affairs. Karen is amazed at how her career path took shape following our Hood College days. Administration was not something she sought out, however in December she was surprised to receive the Julliard President’s Medal (for service to the arts), reassuring her that it was a worthwhile journey. The question now is where to spend this next chapter of life…east coast or west?” Karen attended our Reunion and was pleased to spend some quality time with Gail (Mullison) Osburn, as well as congratulate Carolyn (Kip Cantagalli) Dumaresq, Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania, on her being chosen the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Kip writes that “we are an exceptional group of women and we look great.” Also at the reunion was Marty (Silcox) Hankins who regaled over the beauty of the campus. She is 3 years from retiring from her teaching position at Odyssey. She and Ken just celebrated 43 years of marriage and delight in their 4 grandchildren ages 4 to 10. Marty recently reconnected with Libby (Miller) Jacobs during Libby’s trip to Baltimore. Sue (Korff) Hammer and roommate Mary Louise (Wittkowski) O’Brien were pleased to meet up with Sue (Barncord) Rinker and Ellen Kiel at the reunion, and toured the campus, the new sports complex behind Coblentz and parts of Frederick we never appreciated 45 years ago. Also in attendance was Cheryl (Brown) Dreiling who is pleased to report we have fully funded the endowed scholarship we started back at our 40th. Sharon (MacDonald) Sayles checked in from Halfmoon, NY where she and her husband, John, recently built a townhouse, now only 1 hour from their grandchildren, ages 10 and 12. She regularly mentors at their school. The Sayles just returned from a river cruise in France and a reunion with friends in Paris. They spend their summers in the Adirondacks. Chris (Lundt) Lambertus and her husband are “addicted” to river cruises and took one to Portugal in April. Next on their “bucket list” is one from Budapest to Bucharest and Transylvania. On a sad note, John Eaton writes the his wife Audrey (Penny) Karr passed away November 4th following a short illness. Nancy (Roe) Hebdon and her husband, Fred, welcomed a new grandson, Andrew Luksis, on March 9th. A few days later, on March 25th, son Charles and his wife presented Cindy (Kannapel) Weiss with her first grandson, William. Fortunately the little guy lives nearby so Cindy gets lots of snuggle time. Cindy and Glenn make frequent trips to Marco Island, FL and their annual summer vacation to Cape Cod is again on the agenda. Mary Anne (Thune) Lasko and Joel have retired, selling Washington Photocopy after 44 years in business. They will be moving into an apartment in a retirement community with outstanding amenities. Their daughter lives in Aspen, CO and their son and family (3 grandchildren) are in Bethesda, MD. Life is good for Sarah Jane (Snyder) Raffety – no news to report, but she wants to say “a cheerful Hello to all classmates, and wish everyone a happy summer.” Carole (Downing) Staton and Roy took advantage of son Andrew’s brief TDY at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma to visit him. Andrew’s wife remained back at Kadena AFB in Okinawa where they are stationed. Grandson Austin is 2 ½ and lives close by. I, Sayre (Roney) Steere and husband Dave are getting used to the “friendly skies” between here (Panama City Beach, FL) and Seattle, where daughter Joan and her 3 little girls live. We were there at Christmas, with a side trip to a ski resort in Bend, OR. Dave and I were content to observe from the warmth of the chalet while the family hit the slopes. We’ll return again this summer, this time to go camping with them, then stop off to visit daughter Doris in Palo Alto, CA.

     

  6. 1969: Winter 2014

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    Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq was recently promoted to Acting Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania, capping off 45 years in education. In her spare time she shows Border Collies in agility. Christine Lundt Lambertus suffered a broken foot in May, but despite the inconvenience of a “boot” managed to travel to Ireland and Scotland with her husband and their church group. Also in Ireland over the summer, meeting with local Ingoldsbys and genealogists, was Joanne Ingoldsby Peters. Penney Weatherby Brown and husband John are involved in a major remodeling of their master BR and bath. In July they attended the Grapehound Wine Festival at Seneca Lake, NY. Sadly she reports that Libby Marckwardt Oliver had a stroke in September. She is now home but faces vascular surgery in the near future. Marty Silcox Hankins continues to teach at the Odyssey School for children with language-based learning difficulties. As a sideline she and her husband have a pottery business in Hampstead – see www.shilohpottery.com. Maureen Clancy is still focused on her website “Matters of Taste” as well as occasional freelancing. Both sons joined her and husband T for a trip to Spain in early summer. From there she and T traveled to Germany and Poland in search of information on his long lost grandparents. See www.maureenclancy.com/2013/06/looking-for-a-good-meal-finding-a-lost-grandpa.html. Jill Stanley, who lives in Alaska, takes the prize for the busiest August. Her daughter was married in Portland, OR on Aug. 4 and her husband’s daughter tied the knot in Savannah, GA a week later! Nancy vom Eigen Rasmussen writes that she and 4 classmates – Sandra Jung Vrem, Nancy Roe Hebdon, Martha Mulford Gray, Linda Stockdale Warren plus Linda Walls Bradley (70), and assorted husbands, including Guy Gray ( ) had a mini- Hood reunion (their 8th) at an historic farmhouse on Whidbey Island, WA. in late August. Despite battling a rare autoimmune disease for which there is no cure Carol Wyman Harris continues working part-time in non-profit fundraising. In addition she and her daughter create handcrafted greeting cards, seasonal décor and gifts. See her website at www.ccuniquecreations.wix.com. Christine Diehl retired from teaching after 37 years and is now an adjunct professor at a community college in New Haven, CT. Punkie Van Wert VanAs had a nice visit with Ginny Williams Confer when she was in Jacksonville for a horse show. Both Libby Markwardt Oliver and Penney Weatherby Brown visited with Sue Korff Hammer at her farm and were quite comfortable around her alpacas. Sue and three other former Terrace House residents – Mary Louise Wittkofski O’Brien, Debbie Dick Holbert, and Barb Hoagland Ziegler got together at Sue Taylor Shoch’s cottage overlooking Swan Pond in Dennisport (Cape Cod.) They were joined by Ruth Conger Crespi (’67). Following retirement Bonnie Martin Plankey and her husband Frank spent 6 weeks in Australia and New Zealand. Then health issues intervened – a cardiac ablation procedure for Bonnie and kidney failure for Frank. He had a kidney transplant in September and is now doing well. Travels can resume. They have great support from their 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. Since Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety’s husband retired, she has been discovering how to manage a serious back problem with therapy, water aerobics and traction. Ginny Monaco Hatfield has turned into a professional volunteer following retirement from political life a decade ago, primarily maintaining a one person immigration consulting firm in LA. She and husband Paul have a vacation home on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore. Daughter Jeni has moved back to LA. Pat Warren Carlson welcomed second granddaughter, Lauren, to the family Oct. 21st. She delights in early morning day-care of big sister Brooke. Though retired, Pat still teaches master’s and doctoral classes at Delaware State Univ. Carol Crofoot Hayes recently had her daughter Lisa and one-year-old twin granddaughters visit with her in Bluffton, SC. Since the spring she’s traveled to the South of France, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, and the Pacific Northwest. Cynthia Werner Biber recently graduated from Seton Hall Univ. and has worked at the Frick Collection in NYC for 9 years. She has 3 children and 2 “greats.” I Sayre Roney Steere am enjoying my new position as Asst. District II Director within the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, although it entails frequent trips to Orlando for meetings. Both daughters and 3 granddaughters flew in for a visit from the West Coast in June. Dave and I had a grand time exploring Steamboat Springs, CO in August.

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