1. 1952: Summer 2014


    Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser

    Evelyn Bischoff Mitchell was summering in Massachusetts, visiting Maine son, fighting brain cancer.  She recommended the “cruise” on the Cape Cod Canal. Nancy Campbell Barrett said, “I am in charge of my siblings’ annual get-together and thinking of a fall tour of Boston.” Natalie Colbert Bowers and Martin moved to a Frederick retirement community. She is preparing her house for sale and raved about the Brodbeck Hall renovations. Marion Decker McCormick volunteers for the Montgomery Area Historical Society and daughter Paula visited from Wyoming. Daughter Lynn is moving her office from LA to D.C. The family plans to invade son Brett’s Texas home to celebrate Thankmas in mid-December. Dee Dreller Sosin returned from India with a lust for adventure travel. “I was captivated with the religions, temples, food, costume and history. While I can still manage a tough trip, I signed up to see Egypt this October,” said Dee. Lois EldridgeFunsch wrote, “Bill and I took a short trip to the Eastern shore. My Boston family came for Mother’s Day and we went to Longwood Gardens. They took me around in a wheelchair; another excursion to Charleston, S.C., to visit other son and family.” Claire Enany Trimpey was widowed in 2009 and moved to an assisted living community in Wilmington, N.C., near two of her daughters. She enjoys bridge and art classes. Nan Fahnline Warren wrote, “I am just here and loving my pups, Angel and Nicky. They keep me going–four walks a day.” Anne Gibson Bement said, “Reed and I visited our daughter’s family in Minnesota, went to Miami Beach and will summer for two weeks in Maine. After my last Haiku piece, my inspiration left me. Now I am busy with book club, luncheons and movies.” Yvonne Von Hepburn Virtue wrote, “I am in great health and keep busy. The only problem is being widowed. I moved closer to my son to an Erickson independent living community in a Denver suburb. We have wonderful theaters. Pat Sabin Sprague ’54 drives here to attend theater and concerts with me when weather permits.” Joanne Kates Roos said, “My left hip replacement is a year old and I am doing great! Linda’s son Billy will be a sophomore at the College of William and Mary. His sister Hannah was inducted into the Tri-Honor Music Society. She is taking riding lessons on her own horse Luna, who has captured our hearts.” In June Peg Lewis Christensen lunched in Long Island with Ann Nygren Greenberg. Doris Lindblade Burn is a resident at Van Dyk Manor in Montclair, N.J. Severe arthritis in her legs keep her wheelchair bound but her spirit is unbounded. “My happy news is I have twin great nieces!” Madge Merkley Ziegler returned to Carlisle on June 20 after seven months on Daufuskie Island, S.C.  “Jack and I are able to ambulate to restaurants. Three grandsons graduated high school this year.” Cynthia Reinsmith Olson said, “I spent only freshman year at Hood. To my parent’s dismay, in 1949 I married Jack Forrest, but he died in his mid-50s. Our two children lived independently so I found a job that developed into being an executive meeting planner with Ciba-Geigy Corp., now Novartis, which I loved. Retired at 65, I became reacquainted with Lee Olson; we married in 2000 and traveled extensively. Of late, we stay pretty close to home.” Carolyn Rusk reported, “On June 14, my family’s home, deeded to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, was consecrated to its new role as temporary shelter for refugee families. The first, a Congolese family–the father a pastor, wife and three children–are to arrive in August.” Kay Spear Feldmann wrote, “My grandson Norman finally gave his girl a ring and set a wedding date. His father will be 60 in August.” Jane Taggart Whittaker, P’78 relishes summer when her six kids and their families visit her at the Brigantine beach. Connie Woodall Fisher wrote, “I am making a plug for regular exercise–both mental and physical. I work with a trainer, do yoga and walk. For the brain, try lumosity (lumosity.com). I am quite sure my Parkinson’s would have advanced farther and faster if it were not for exercise.” Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey, P’79 was thrilled that her children are honoring her with a campus fountain located between Alumnae Hall and Hodson Science and Technology Center. Our sympathy to the families of Mercedes Gery Smith, Barbara Hamilton Meyer and Carolyn Leiner Bage. Mary Sihler Sauerteig and I are enjoying summer concerts at Brevard Music Center.

  2. 1952: Winter 2014


    We seem to be in repair mode these days.”  A quote from Connie Woodall Fisher, who had successful cataract surgery while Bill had a 99 percent blocked carotid artery fixed. “The Colorado family visited.  One daughter lives nearby as does our great-grandson, his parents and my 93-year-old sister.” Nancy Campbell Barrett had a total shoulder replacement in August. It was so successful that she is having the other one done next year. “Daughter Betsy who lives with me took over and I am having the whole family (20 people) for Thanksgiving,” said Nancy. Joanne Kates Roos had “the best orthopedic surgeon in Newport News” operate on her arthritic left hip. She was using a walker several hours after the operation and went home the next day. Mary Siher Sauerteig said, “In June my heart went into atrial fib. A month later I had cardioversion with Lou Leidheiser close by. Sinus rhythm returned and is still holding. Son Bob came from Alaska in October to drive me to Philly for my oldest granddaughter’s wedding and to spend time with son Bill and family.” Kay Spear Feldman was “recuperating from a minor accident at home, but it is slow and the bones are old. She expected to return to normal activities soon.” Other classmates have downsized. Urania Courlas Constandy said, “My husband, now 92, and I, moved to nearby Brandywine Seniors. Our granddaughters age 17 and 15 are golfers and tennis players and can beat Nick and me now. I am busy with church seniors and two women’s clubs.” Nancy Oxholm Reid and husband George moved two years ago into Brandon Wilde, Augusta, Georgia’s Life Care Community. “We stopped by Hood after a hostel at the Peabody Institute and it refreshed my memory of our happy times there. Our one child George III and wife live in St. Louis. We relish every visit,” said Nancy. Natalie Colbert Bowers reported, “no real news; just getting ready for all of the family and Thanksgiving!” Dee Dreller Sosin said, “I have enjoyed and loved three generations of Weddle women–Jody, daughter Judy, and now granddaughter Sara El Shafie who was in town at a Paleantology Convention. I also saw Carol and Burnam Friedman in La Jolla.” Lois Eldridge Funsch wrote, “Our grandson was happily married in September. It was a beautiful beach wedding in the Outer Banks. Sadly, our son Doug died unexpectedly July 29. Still recovering from the shock and sadness, but wonderful memories sustain us.” Anne Gibson Bement reported, “Our daughter’s family visited us in San Francisco with their 4 and 6-year-old boys. I saw my old Sesame Street friends in New York.  We are planning a Panama Canal cruise in November and hoping to spend Christmas with family in our Miami Beach place.” Dottie Handley Ewing is “volunteering, attending concerts, reading and lamenting over politics. I visited Elva Remsberg Pepper ’51 in Pennsylvania and attended the Hood organ concert in honor of Bill Sprigg (present in a wheelchair). I am taking a course at Fredrick Community College and still enjoy driving country roads.” Barbara Hickman Reynolds said, “Bill and I lunched with Jack and Betsy Cannen Martin in August to celebrate their 60th and our 59th wedding anniversary. Betsy was my Matron of Honor. Emma Jones Hahn was in Hagerstown recently and Bill, Betsy Payette and I met her for Sunday brunch.”

    Jodie Kellogg Weddle reported, “After 31 marvelous winters in Big Pine Key, Fla., we have decided to stay in Maryland this year. We will miss our friends and church but we will be able to watch our 10th great-grandchild (all boys but one!) through his first 6 months.” Joan Kniffin Orozco wrote, “I’m well down here in Uruguay, playing bridge and seeing friends and family. I have a 7-month-old great-grandson and will have a great-granddaughter next month. What a pleasure! Phyllis Loudermill Armstrong said, “I’m flying to Maryland to visit my sister. Choir is going to Italy in June 2015. The Piece de Resistance will be singing a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.” Mary Murrie Hardy gained a new great-granddaughter in July and a grandson in August. “The count is now 17 grandchildren and two greats. Bob and I, like the old Timex commercial, keep on ticking.” Betsy Newcomer Payette is busy with church activities, doctor’s appointments, bus excursions and playing Mah Jongg. She talks weekly with Carolyn Rusk. Janet Rowe Smith said, “David died in December 2012 after 60 wonderful years of marriage and 14 retirement years of mentoring inner city children, tennis, sailing, and travel. I communicate infrequently with Libby Floyd Davis in Coronado, Calif.” Jane Taggart Whittaker is well although her older son in New Jersey, head of the family business, is battling colon cancer. She will join family in Princeton, N.J. for Thanksgiving. Nan von der Hyde Needham reported, “My 17 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter keep me involved.  Recently, I was honored by the Virginia Health Care Association as Adult Volunteer of the Year.  I play bingo with the residents. Hood roommate Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey and I talk on the phone.” Marguerite (Mickey) Weber Trachtman said, “My oldest grandchild Elizabeth, married in October at a beautiful ceremony with the entire family present. I love my book group, and I am taking a class. Grandchild Kate is a freshman at Purdue.” Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey wrote, “I keep busy with bridge, movies, theater and dinners with my friend John. I am going to my daughter Susan ’79 and husband’s for Thanksgiving in St. Helena, Calif.” I am sad to report Grace Laubach’s passing. Her online obituary is at Patriot-News, July 23, 2013. Sorry to edit your news to meet magazine word limitations. Keep in touch.

  3. 1952: Winter 2013


    Carita Ackerly Warner reported, “I remember my two years at Hood with fondness. I taught first grade for 22 years and retired. My husband died and I remarried. I have three children; two are doctors, and a daughter who teaches horticulture skills at the Indiana School for the Blind. I also have two stepdaughters and 11 grand kids. I volunteer in an adult learning center, play tennis and I am planning a three-week trip to Australia with my daughter and her family in January. I try to stay in touch with Anne Philhower Fair and had a lovely visit with Anne Giles Whitman in Florida shortly before she died. I spend summers in Maine with my daughter’s family and in New Hampshire with my brother.” Kay Brown Gauffreau said, “I am enjoying living at a continual care retirement community in RiverWoods in Exeter, N.H. I do not have the responsibilities of owning a house and I am taking part in new activities and meeting new people. I have just joined a tai chi class; I live closer to family and I can spend the holidays with them.”

    Nancy Campbell Barrett reported, “Betsy (daughter) and I joined my siblings for a trip to our hometown in Canonsburg, Pa., and then across the state to Gettysburg and Hershey, Pa., in May. Betsy and I are flying to Reno early in December for a family reunion and gift exchange. We are saying “Bon Voyage” to granddaughter Erica and her new husband Johnny (a medic in the army), who are being shipped to Germany. I plan to write a Christmas letter; I did not do it last year. I think everyone thought I was dead!” Natalie Colbert Bowers wrote, “The turkey carcass is in the soup pot. We had 10, only the West Coast grandson was missing! I hope you hear from Jackie Wakeling, because she attended the Messiah. We missed it, but Jackie stopped in afterward. She is such a good friend.” Marion Decker McCormick reported, “No family here, so I was chosen by a friend to join other “orphans” at a local restaurant for Thanksgiving; should be fun. The family reunion will be in California mid-December. Children from Wyoming and Texas will meet at the oldest daughter’s in Redondo Beach, Calif.”

    Joanne Dickerson Mason said, “Ralph and I are fine and continue to enjoy our 3-year-old great-grandson. Fortunately, he lives close by as does my younger sister. I see Phyllis Salvati Kantra occasionally.” Nan Fahnline Warren said, “We (puppies Angel and Nicky and I) are enjoying life in a retirement home. I have been asked to be treasurer of the residents’ association and I volunteered to chair the Christmas decorating committee.” Anne Gibson Bement reported, “I have lived my life in chapters and have not been good at keeping in touch with past chapters. Even though I have been in San Francisco for 40 years, New York still seems like home. Through marriage, divorce, between marriages and now married to San Francisco lawyer Reed Bement, I have always centered on work. First publishing, then on public television when it began in 1961, and when I moved to San Francisco in 1969 I began to study photography and have combined it with travel. [see her work on AnneBement.com website]. I am probably the oldest grandmother in our class with grandsons ages 5 and 3 years. I do remember having lunch years ago with Francis Pickle Wetmore and I hope that if anyone finds themselves in San Francisco, they will be in touch. We have a condo in Miami Beach, are in New York at least once a year and in Maine in August with the family.”

    Ruth Jackson Albert’s husband David explained that Ruth was in a nearby nursing home with dementia caused by radiation treatments for a brain tumor. He said, “Ruth was a consummate volunteer and was awarded the Fairfield County Volunteer of the Year Award in 2004. She came home for Thanksgiving with the family. Sometimes she knows us and sometimes not. She would appreciate cards from her classmates. Ruth’s address is 24 Stonebrook Lane, Cos Cob, CT 06807.” Joanne Kates Roos reported, “We are all fine. Hurricane Sandy did not do the damage here in Yorktown, Va., that it did in New York and New Jersey. My biggest update is that grandson Billy Cole, a freshman at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., is doing well. His 8th-grade sister, Hannah is president of her class, first flutist in the middle school band and auditioning again for the District 8 band. She is also a recruit for the Yorktown Fife and Drum Corps.” Peg Lewis Christensen said, “I am recovering slowly from emergency abdominal surgery. I was in the right place at the right time and had excellent care. I was able to attend Liz Geiser’s ’47 memorial service here at Moorings Park Chapel and hope to be well enough to attend the Philharmonic on December 10. I am fortunate to have my brother Ken and his wife Rose nearby.”

    Phyl Loudermill Armstrong reported, “I spent Thanksgiving with daughter Sara, her son C.J., wife Jen and their little girl in Fort Collins, Colo. C.J. is at Colorado State Univ., in agronomy. On the return trip Sara and I spent a day with Natalie and the girlies in Denver. I will have cataract surgery for both eyes this month and I am seeing about repair of knees. Like an older Ford, my chassis needs some adjustments. I touched base with Ann Nygren Greenberg after Hurricane Sandy. It was great to hear that they suffered only several days of inconvenience­­––nothing major. I will sing in a Christmas concert with a set of three choirs at Oklahoma City Community College (and we sing great stuff). A bout with laryngitis is seemingly dropping my voice to tenor.” Madge Merkley Ziegler wrote, “Jack and I are still living in Carlisle, Pa., and celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary this past June. We were surprised by our four children, their spouses and all eight of our grandchildren who came to Carlisle to help us celebrate. It was wonderful to have all of us together at one time as they traveled from California, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Georgia! We are now getting ready to head to South Carolina for the winter.”

    Betsy Newcomer Payette said, “My hobbling around at the reunion ended up as a broken left femur at the end of June. I spent most of the summer recovering and I am now able to walk without a cane and can do about anything I had done before. I still keep in touch with Barbara Reynolds and Carolyn Rusk.” Dody Nygren Wisnom has had several seizures since June that have required hospitalization. She is home now, relishing sitting in the Tucson sunshine and chatting with friends on the telephone. Her daughter-in-law wrote, “Dody continues to get around with the aid of just a cane. She is no longer receiving any care services at home, and she would like to keep it that way.” BJ Quillen Brustad said, “We are at the age where our grandchildren are heading for college. Our three kids will join us for Christmas at our place just outside of Annapolis, Md.” Mary Sihler Sauerteig said, “I was happy to share a Thanksgiving meal at my cousin’s home in Asheville, N.C., with Mary-Lou Leidheiser and I am looking forward to the arrival of son Bob and girlfriend Suzanne from Juneau, Alaska, on Dec. 22. I keep in touch with roommate Dody Nygren Wisnom, Ann Nygren Greenberg and Peg Lewis Christensen.” Lorraine Smarsch reported, “Hurricane Sandy brought down so many beautiful, 50-foot evergreens in our area in Rahway, N.J., but there was no damage to my home. The winds were frightening, indeed. I still frequent the Y twice a week and get to New York City regularly for the opera with a good friend.”

    Kay Spear Feldmann said, “I am expecting a visit from Sally Herman Lunt at Christmas time. My fractured wrist has mended and I continue to set off security at airports with all of my metal parts. My two oldest grands––Ben Miller received his doctorate in history and his sister Rachel passed the New York State bar exam. All are well and we have much to be thankful for.” Jane Taggart Whittaker wrote, “Before Hurricane Sandy hit, I went first to family in Princeton, N.J., and then to my daughter’s in Colorado. I had four feet of water in my lower level but my living area on the second level was not damaged. Daughter Susan, who lives next door, had significant damage and is rebuilding. Both our homes are directly on the oceanfront in Brigantine, N.J.” Betsy Oehrle ’54 planned to be stateside for Christmas and her 80th birthday in December, visited before heading to Pittsburgh, Pa. Jackie Wakeling said, “Jack and I attended the 65th concert of Messiah at Hood with the U.S. Naval Academy choir again. It was a wonderful production with a combined group of 200 voices.” Marguerite Weber Trachtman said, “I was involved in a state race for the Legislature. It was fun and challenging; however, we did not win. I continue with my wonderful book group, and still enjoy life in West Lafayette, Ind. Thank heavens my family is near. They are my constant joy. We will gather for Thanksgiving, some of us will play football in the morning, and then on to Christmas.”

    Connie Woodall Fisher wrote, “1) We are percolating just fine. 2) Our family was enlarged in September with the birth of great-grandson Tucker Sherman. Luckily for us, he and his parents live about 30 minutes away, so we get to watch him grow. Great fun!” Your class reporter requested information before Thanksgiving, hence the many references to the holiday and Hurricane Sandy. I am well after a bout with bronchitis and I am heading to Chicagoland for Christmas and New Year’s with my four Rude children and seven grands. Please keep in touch! Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser

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    Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser
    (828) 693-0630

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