1. 1971: Summer 2015


    Mary McMunigal Burland

    Mindy Laighton Wilcox

    After a long, cold winter here in Pennsylvania, it is encouraging to write this column for the summer edition of the Hood Magazine. Thanks to those classmates who chose to send unsolicited news. It was wonderful to hear from you!  Judy Ashway is living in the Boston area and is working part-time as a therapist with children, adolescents and their parents. Judy sees Maylun Buck-Lew several times a year and hears from her former roomie Janet Schultheis Plitt at Christmas. Judy is in the process of adjusting to life as a single woman as she is going through the process of a “collaborative divorce.” Debbi Hamlin Hitchings shared news of a March mini-reunion in Tucson, Ariz., hosted by Jean East who is on sabbatical from the Dept. of Sociology at the Univ. of Denver and is writing a book on leadership. Debbi is director of congregational care at the Congregational Church in Camden, Maine. Classmates Edie Fletcher Flynn, who is retired, from Rhode Island, Laura Tonkel Romesburg, retired Air Force historian, from Ohio, Helen Pierce Whitley, ESL teacher, from Florida, and soon to be retired Susan Fuller from Denver were present to celebrate 48-years of friendship with great food, fine wine, tasty margaritas, explorations of the Sonoran Desert and lots of conversation and laughter. Laura, ever the seamstress, presented everyone with beautiful, quilted wall hangings to commemorate their reunion. Wendy Scott McDonald and Marsha Bissell ’72 were unable to make the journey and were greatly missed. Last summer, Darcy Bevelacqua and her husband Charlie Becraft enjoyed a two-week Alaskan vacation. The first week was spent in Anchorage and Denali where they luckily were able to see all the animals and the Denali Mountain, while they spent the second week on a cruise down the inland waterway.  The rest of their summer was spent at their lake house in upstate New York where they were visited by Nia Lourekas and her husband Mark Kaplan. Darcy is still running her own business focused on customer experience consulting for large firms such as AARP and Ritz-Carlton, and is still running five-miles-a-day! She spent the winter in Bradenton, Fla., where she welcomed her Hood roommate Pamela Russell Bell who is living and working in Austin, Texas. After working 44 years in retail, Diane Miller Jackson retired this past February. Except for vacations, she only took off nine months after her daughter was born. Impressive! Diane and husband Drew plan to sell their home in the Philadelphia area and are building their retirement home in Surry, Maine. Their daughter Jennie was being married May 2015. After celebrating my “Medicare Birthday” in December, I guess that I am now officially old! I’m not exactly sure how this has happened so quickly, as I still feel quite young, but the numbers do not lie! I celebrated my 65th in Kiawah Island, S.C., and had a lovely week there with Bill, my younger son Brendan and his fiancee Kristina who both ran in the Kiawah Half Marathon. We are looking forward to their wedding sometime next year, but first are anxiously awaiting the birth of our older son Patrick and wife Kate’s second daughter this summer. Finally, next summer, our class will have our 45th reunion. Those of us who have attended reunion have always had wonderful times. The only things missing were so many of our classmates who we would love to see. So, if you have never attended a reunion or have not been to one recently, please make plans to join us in Frederick in June 2016. I always come home feeling so very impressed by the wonderful women of the Class of 1971!!! Mary Barton Freeman died May 11, 2015 while traveling on the Isle of Wight. The cause of death was complications from cancer which she had battled since 2012. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Varel; children and their spouses: Thomas (Katie), William (Beth), Joanna and by her sister Elizabeth Barton.

  2. 1971: Winter 2014


    Pam Borden Heckert and Clark’s oldest child Win married Kristin Iacobucci on October 4, 2013 in Philadelphia. They are a videographer and photographer respectively and had plenty of documentation at the end of the weekend! Pam and Clark enjoy visits with 3 year old granddaughter Madeline. In May Kate Healy Drummond, Wendy Erway, Pam and their husbands met for dinner and vowed not to allow another 40 years to pass before meeting again!

    Candace Dudden and her husband Jim Schweitzer travel a lot.  They recently vacationed in northern Idaho and Sedona AZ and are planning trips to Carlsbad, CA and Alaska.  Jim is retired from both the USAF and the San Antonio, Texas public school system.  Candace has been a RN for 30+ years working in administration and organ transplant, and is now retired and working 40 hours/week for hospice.  Her 2 sons, Brian and Michael, work for Dell Computer in Austin, TX.

    Darcy Bevelacqua got together with her Hood roommate, Pamela Russell, in Austin, Texas to celebrate their birthdays. Pam is a food expert who has her own catering business so they dined at many fabulous places. Darcy also saw Virginia (Nia) Lourekas and her husband Mark in NYC. Nia is still writing and creating online computer instructional learning. Darcy and Nia went skydiving and gliding! Darcy works full-time as owner of her consulting firm, and her husband retired from practiing law. They spend their winters in Sarasota, Fl. and their summers in upstate NY on Keuka Lake.

    Donna Eaton-Mahoney retired in 2009 after 37+ years with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.She now works for a private adoption agency and for an addiction treatment center and can set her own schedule thereby allowing her to travel and pursue other interests.  Donna’s daughters, Erin and Lindsay, both live in the Boston area, and her grandsons, Wyatt (6) and Emmett(2) are the lights of her life.  Donna has reconnected with her former roommate Wendy Scott McDonald and with Roslyn Glantz Trojan whose husband lost his valiant battle against cancer in December 2012.

    Donna Mikulak Strawser retired from teaching in 2008.  Her last position was supervisor of world language and ESL.  She and her husband now live in midcoast Maine where she works part time for a chiropractor and has an online job as well.  Donna has three grandsons in Maine and five more in Pennsylvania and Tennessee.She saw Cinthy White Gilbert and husband David twice this year after 42 years of not seeing each other!

    Christy Monroe Smith’s youngest daughter, Rachel, graduated from the University of St. Andrews.  Christy, husband Tony, and daughter Liz traveled to Scotland for the ceremony and a family vacation.  Daughter Liz married her high school beau in May, and they are expecting their first child in February 2014.  Christy recently completed the Army Ten Miler foot race in Washington, DC.

    Sue Montag Wood and husband Peter are retired and live in the city of Wollongong on the southeast coast of Australia.  They are just a short walk from town and the beach, and Sue swims most mornings at the salt-water pool adjacent to the ocean.  Their daughter, Megan is married with four sons and lives about 25 miles south while their son, David, just mover back to Wollongong.  Sue’s hobbies include patchwork, craft with wool and fabric, and reading and, like many retired people, Sue reports that there just isn’t enough time to do everything!  She is hoping for a visit from Nan Loader Calabretta and husband Tony in 2014.

    Another school year has started and I, Mary McMunigal Burland, am still subbing at the school where I taught, making this my 42nd year of teaching.  Bill and I had a busy summer watching our granddaughter, going to our nephew’s wedding in Arizona, and spending several weeks in Kiawah, SC.  Now we are getting ready for a river cruise in France.  Mindy Laighton Wilcox has asked me to remind you that her new email address in mlwilcox3@gmail.com.  There are still lots of classmates we would love to hear from, so please let us know what you are doing so we can share your news in our next column!

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