Catharine Smith Dunn
Madeline Aldrin Crowell has moved from Oklahoma to Croydon, Pa., to be with her daughter who teaches there. Maddy has the class record for number of family members! She had five children, but lost a little girl many years ago. She now has 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. One grandson is in Italy with the U.S. Army and the others are in Oklahoma. Since living in Pennsylvania, Maddy has been able to see Joan Stanton Fitting who lives in New Hope, Pa. Jo and her husband are still in their own home living a quiet life. A close second in numbers to Maddy’s large family is Mel Weir Peter. She is still living in Ohio, but spends some winter months in Naples, Fla., where she gets to see Elizabeth Jones Hesse. Mel has four children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Louray Forney Huang, P’83 is living with her daughter in Maryland and enjoys workouts, luncheons and church. Her son Stuart bought a condo in Hawaii and hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest. Another son and wife went to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Three children now live in Hawaii. She reported that Phyllis Tibbitts Lind celebrated her 90th birthday with a party given by her sons. Lois Trimble Copeland reported her husband’s death three years ago. She has moved into a retirement center and enjoys the no cooking, no housework aspects of that lifestyle. Her two daughters live in New Hampshire and Phoenixville, Pa., one son lives in Florida and one is in Sayre, Pa. Lois does not drive anymore due to macular degeneration. Shirley Diedrich Ball lives in Cumberland, Md. She taught high school after graduating from Hood, had three daughters and lived in California, Virginia, Texas and finally West Virginia. Mary Lib Reeder Tiller is suffering from sciatica, but still gardens from a chair. Her son Richard lives in North Carolina with his wife, two daughters and a son. He has just authored a book, “Tough Conversations With the Heart of Jesus,” which I just bought from Amazon for my Kindle Fire reader! Phyllis Peak Sullivan and Sully spent February in Florida and came home to a granddaughter’s graduation from James Madison Univ.; a grandson’s baseball game for the state championship (they lost) and a week at the beach with the whole family! Sully still sees the retinologist for macular degeneration and can still read and drive during the day. They became great-grandparents to a little girl in February for the first time. Marty Knouse Schaeffer continues volunteer work in the library at the center where she lives. She read a report in the Baltimore’s Sun paper some time ago about the closing of the Cozy Restaurant in Frederick. She said it had a questionable reputation, so maybe it does not ring a bell. Renie Quynn Collmus, G’05 still meets for a monthly lunch with Hood ’47 friends. Her eyes are about the same; no more shots in one eye, but one shot in her other eye every five weeks. She has a grandson in the U.S. Navy who is currently in Italy and will eventually be on his way to Hawaii. He plans to go to Dubai for several months first. His brother is at the Pentagon, while a granddaughter is teaching in Nicaragua for three years. Another grandson is teaching at a high school in Damascus, Md. As for your correspondent, Kitty Smith Dunn, I am a member of the “macular” club, but I am still driving, singing with the Lehigh Choral Union and looking forward to singing at Carnegie Hall in November. I have given up other volunteer jobs in favor of babysitting my 5-month-old great-grandson, Orion Christopher. I look forward to our annual family week at Avalon, N.J. In May, I went to Charlottesville, Va., for my grandson’s graduation. He is now studying for the bar exam and has a job with a law firm in Washington, D.C. His brother is going to Colombia in August for a two-year stint with the Peace Corps. I would still be happy to give the reporter job to anyone. It is really fun to catch up with classmates.