1. 1954; Summer 2017

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    Jean Baker Weikert
    717-624-3960

    Carol Schwarz Fitch writes her observance of our class news moving closer to beginning of class notes. Carol and her husband Dan remain active despite health limitations. They are living in a life care facility south of Boston…a stimulating environment with lectures, music programs, museum trips, and meeting interesting residents. Family nearby affords frequent visits. Five grandchildren, three of whom are 14, on the brink of high school, two others younger. Dan and Carol’s travels included cruises, both river and ocean by which they have seen most of the world in great comfort and a one-time unpacking experience. Their summertime major activity is gardening, through which they persevere regardless of stressed backs and knees! Amalia “Molly” Heineman Lueder has an updated address which is as follows: 250 South Pepperridge Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32963-5012. Marilyn Ogden Heath’s voice was great to hear. Her interest in dressage and teaching continues. Traveling by air is becoming extensive for Marilyn. Enjoying her life-long horsemanship, she is considering downsizing; “the north is too cold.” Al had open heart surgery three years ago. She wants to keep in touch especially with Florida classmates. It was refreshing also to hear from Nolah Sawyer Fulk. She is still driving, interested in antiques and had hoped to attend reunion. We missed seeing her. A sadder phone call came from JMJ Nursing Home in Arizona relayed that classmate Tommie Corwin passed away there in March 2017 of a cardiac condition after being there for three years. It was thoughtful of Tommie’s car consultant, Audrey, to follow-up on my letter to Tommie. Elizabeth “Penny” Hapgood Noepel P’87 attended reunion, flying for her new residence at Kimball Farms, 235 Walker St, Apt 235 in Lenox, Massachusetts 61240-2746. Penny’s Daughter, Lucy Noepel ’87, was also at reunion. Penny cherishes wearing her Hood Ring. It’s always great to receive mail from Elizabeth “Betsy” Oehrle. She still cherishes seeing Mary-Louise Springhorn Rude Leidheiser’52 as I did. Mary Lou traveled from Chicago to attend reunion. It was refreshing to see her still familiar face across the luncheon table! Natalie Colbert Bowers ’52 also sat with us. She had lived in West Chester when Anne Smith Knoll resided there. Lunch tablemates with Mark and I consisted of…..Susan Peters Roetzel Wirths ’56, M.A.’79, G’13, Virginia Turnbull Hecklinger ’56, P’81, G’08, Susan Truby Peterson ’57, Margaret Reeves Leopold ’57, Martha Smith Sperandio ’57. Nancy Locher who assisted Dean Katherine Sherrill, after we in the class of ’54 graduated, also graced our lunch table. Clever Mary Johnston DeMaris wrote as follows: I used to be fast, running late to class, now I’m slow, takes me long to go, I broke my hip, the end of May 2016, then they put it together with a few screws, paid, you good to go, not so. Now I’m going to get a whole new hip, the last one turned out to be a gyp. (May, 25 2017) I live in a retirement home in an apartment called Vinson Hall in McLean VA. I’m not really too happy, but safe. My husband died on Feb 1, 2017. Sorry to hear that Tommie died. I like to hear about everyone. I guess were not “chicks” anymore just hens cluck, cluck.” A beautiful sketch of Norma “Skitsi” Simpson Reins life unfolded in her friendly remembrance of Tommie…Skitsi tells of her cardiac condition and bad knees, yet also persevering! Her son, Mac “Mackie” came to reside with Skitsi to be of help. He is retired after selling the Rein Co Insurance Brokers. Having had back surgery 4 years ago, Mac uses a walker. Skitsi’s daughter and son-in-law Kemper and Mark Warren are physicians in Greensville, NC. Mark goes all over the world to give speeches for a pharmaceutical company in addition to his medical practice. Kemper really loves medicine; however, she has not been practicing for the last few years to rear 3 children, 2 dogs and volunteer at the hospital. Warren and Betty Remsberg DeColigny’s grand-daughter Cindy Armentrout and her husband Ray Armentout gave birth to a son in May, 2017. The DeColigny’s are considering downsizing. Mark Weikert and I thoroughly enjoyed reunion. We are settling in our cottage at Cross Keys. Granddaughter Erin Haafke graduated with a double major in music from Mansfield University, shall teach in S.E school district next fall. Granddaughter Rachael Abrams received Associate from HAAC, and granddaughter Sierra Miller graduated from LIU and continues to work for UTZ Terrace after her innovative work study program at LIU.

  2. 1954: Winter 2017

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    1954

    Jean Baker Leister Weikert
    717-624-3960

    A surprise phone call and conversation from Jean Bannerman in Belleville, Ontario, disclosed she has had shingles, which affected her vision. She reminisced about growing up in Canada and participated in a geologic survey following “Agnes.” She’s had both hips done surgically several years ago. After graduating from Hood, she lived in Canada and Virginia. She nearly married. She has endured Guillain-Barré syndrome, resulting in her being in George Washington U. Hospital four and a half months; she had to learn to re-use every muscle in her body. She taught history, political science, ancient and English history at U. of Colorado; was involved with social studies. She obtained a master’s degree in sociology as well as in history while at Oxford. Our classmate retired in 1988 and learned her mother became blind. Her address includes living in her grandparents’ home consisting of two cottages that are constructed in a horseshoe formation. Having the opportunity to scan The “Williamsonian,” a newsletter of Williamson College of the Trades in Media, PA, I noticed an article of the passing of a classmate’s husband. My husband Mark attended Williamson from 1950 to 1953. As we are downsizing and clearing files, the spring 2001 edition showed a picture and article concerning Anne Funk Maxwell’s husband Howard Maxwell. Max passed away peacefully at home in March 2001 after a long illness. Anne preceded Max in death in 1988. Max was described as a committed educator and had served as president of Williamson College from 1985 to 1987. A good friend of Williamson all his life, they appreciated his loyalty and efforts as their President. A graduate of Gettysburg College in 1952, he served as a Navy officer during the Korean War. After receiving his MAT from Harvard U., he taught in Newtown, MA, Public Schools and then became director of alumni relations of Gettysburg College (concurrent with our classmate Anne Funk’s serving as Hood’s alumni officer—that mutual opportunity enabled their meeting). Max continued his educational career at U. of Michigan; earned his doctorate from SUNY Albany; was dean of students at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY; VP of Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities for State of NY. Then Williamson president before serving as president of Girard College, Philadelphia, a school he attended from age 7. Charlotte Rees Miura passed away unexpectedly Sept. 2, 2016 in Madison, WI. Married to Dr. Akira Miura, a professor of Japanese at the University of Wisconsin. Their family consists of son Asa and daughter Hana. Asa and his wife have two children—Kin, 11, and Risa, 7. Our deepest sympathy to the Miura family. It was so thoughtfully kind of daughter Hana to call me to inform me of her mother’s passing. Charlotte earned a bachelor’s degree from Hood as a history major and a master’s in education from Columbia University. Joan Wagner Tolbert endured several years of experiencing multiple myeloma. Mark and I were able to attend her funeral Oct. 8, 2016 at Middle Springs Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg, PA. We had the privilege of sharing sorrow with that family. Joan and her deceased husband’s granddaughter, Hannah, attends Hood College as a sophomore and gratefully wears her grandmother’s Hood Ring, which Joan was able to give to her. Rod was influential at Shippensburg University where he taught and later was invited to help establish Shippensburg’s graduate program in education after serving as school superintendent in a nearby school district. Rod preceded Joan in death by several years. Having endured bone cancer, Mark and I felt blessed in having Joan and Rod’s presence at our wedding Sept. 29, 2012. Betty Remsberg DeColigny faithfully keeps in touch while continuing to care for husband Warren. Their daughters and granddaughters keep them inspired. Granddaughter Erin Thomas graduated from Frostburg University with a degree in psychology, is an honor student and is now studying for a master’s degree in sociology from Salisbury University. The second granddaughter of Warren and Betty’s triplets, Kelli Thomas was married Sept. 17. Completing the triad, Cindy Armentrout and Christopher Ray married July 11, 2015. Warren and Betty are lighthouse fans and have toured extensively in the U.S. to continue their travel focus on them. Recent cruises they have celebrated included one from Baltimore Harbor to the Caribbean plus a bus trip to New England; Mystic Harbor, CT; Boston, MA; and Southern Maine. Dr. Betsy D. Oehrle reported, “Audley Gardens had a wonderful month of November in the U.S. seeing old friends—first Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser ’52 flew from Chicago to Pittsburgh. We had three very special days together. Then I went to see dear Jane Taggart Whittaker ’52, P’78 in New Jersey on my way back to South Africa. We had a joyous time in Princeton, NJ, with Sally, her youngest. Even drove down the street where I saw Albert Einstein in 1955. It was so good to be home, but for the results of the election. I pray that all will be better than we expect, and if not, that we can make it better. Greetings to all with love and joy. Betsy.” Your class correspondent is moving from 2220 Ritner Highway Carlisle, PA, to 13 Fulton Dr., Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford, PA, 17350-9382. New telephone is 717-624-3960. Mark and I feel blessed to fully experience the rest of our lives in this peaceful retirement community.

  3. 1954: Summer 2016

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    Jean Baker Leister Weikert
    717-243-5364

    Thank you for those who keep in touch!  Alice Avanozian Arana wrote a splendid news letter telling of her husband Oswald Arana passing away.  Thankfully, they shared writing a Spanish work book, 10th edition for the first year textbook, Puntos De Partida, successful for over 30 years.  What a meaningful, enduring legacy!  Their family includes Cecilia, who works with life size puppets in NYC, a kid’s project.  Middle son, David, lives in Burbank, California and is a musician.  He has his own studio and works with several orchestras and bands, arranging their music, as well as with several vocalists.  Michael, the youngest, is a lawyer and serves as a DJ in several NY clubs.  Alice keeps busy at her residence Morningside in Fullerton, California with line dancing, fitness classes, and library committee.  Barbara Weaver Batdorf thoughtfully wrote a summer of her and Jack’s life together.  They are still living in the home they built in 1963.  Jack, a retired pharmacist, and Barbara, who is still interested in reading, enjoy their constructed green house where they propagate and grow a variety of plants.  Their daughter Ann lives and works in Washington, D.C.  Middle son, Mark, is living outside of Dallas, Texas.  Son, John, is living in Santa Cruz, California in a beautiful beach home.  Betty Remsberg DeColigny wrote of Warren and her travels, including a mid-June visit to Mystic, Connecticut.  Their triplet granddaughters are happily busy.  Erin Thomas graduating from Frostburg University with a psychology major, honors and continuous study for a Master’s Degree in sociology from Salisbury University.  She is also working at Homewood Retirement center in the dietary department.  Granddaughter Relli Thomas is to be married in September.  Completing the triad is Cindy Armentrout, who was married to Chris Ray last July.  A thought-provoking letter from Sally Bogar Hedstrom, M.S. ’81 reported that her husband Ray Hedstrom passed away last May.  Our condolences and prayers, Sally, for your regaining strength after being a caregiver.  Wendell Stockdale, Jane Hinkle Stockdale’s, P’78 husband, wrote a devoted letter last December, talking of Jane’s March 4, 2015 stroke, with her presently being in a skilled nursing, where they reside at Willow Valley in Lancaster.  Betsy Oehrle included pictures in her Christmas letter of beginning the Annual Durban, South Africa Commemorative Salt March from Mahatma Gandhi’s home in Phoenix to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.  Betsy sends prayers for true peace, respect, loving wisdom, compassionate friendships and joyous energy.  As your class correspondent, it is safe to say Mark and I continue to be happily busy newlyweds and feel blessed to have fresh perspectives at our age (83).  We keep being content with home, family, church, friends, scripture study, maintaining health, ballroom dancing, gardening, and yes, keeping a balance electronically. Son, Andy Leister, experienced a stroke in May 2015, which compounded adjustment to the previous surgeries at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1976 and 2010.  We’re visiting regularly at the nursing home at the Brethren Home in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.  Thankfully, we have a supportive family which is helping with restorative therapy since he has right-side paralysis and decreasing vision.  Our remaining children, Kathy with her husband Orrin Orewiler; Christine Abrams; Heidi with her husband Ron Haafre and Daniel Leister are all residing in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  Grandchildren: Kelsey, Sierra and Sean Miller; David with new wife Rachel and Rachel Abrams; Erin and Nick Haafre are dispersed throughout Hanover, Cambridge, England, Fort Gordon, Georgia, Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Intermediate Unit, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Millersville University.  The youngest grandson heading for St. John in Annapolis, Maryland.  Reunion on the 12th of June was a joyous one with seeing grad school classmate Magaly Mauras Green ’74, M.A.’79 and undergraduate classmate Barbara Weaver Batdorf and her husband John.  It was reassuring to hear our new President, Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine speak at lunch.  Barbara, Jack, Mark and I were lucky to share a table with Lois Vars Mason ’51, Betsy McCain McAlpine ’51, with her husband, along with a few other members of the class of 1951.  Thanks again for keeping in touch!

  4. 1954 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Jean Baker Leister Weikert
    717-243-5364

    Betty Remsburg DeColigny is involved in taking her husband, Warren, to the doctors and lab for blood work, Coumadin count, and later, cataract surgery in May. Triplet granddaughters keep them busily aware! Mary Johnston DeMaris reminded us of her attending Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia, then married Darryl in June 1953. Darryl entered the Navy after being at Drexel and Marymount University. They traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, then to D.C. Two Children: Mike and Laurie. Mari’s hoping to be able to move closer to Darryl who is in rehab at Arleigh Burke Nursing in McLean. Sister Betsy Johnson Schwegman, class of ’55, lives in Missouri. Ann Timanus Erickson’s activity is limited by an old fractured hip, and is living alone in a handicapped house. She enjoys the preservation activities of Princess Anne, Maryland, where she resides. Nancy Good Cleveland and Jack’s daughter kindly wrote to clarify her mother’s passing after a long illness. Anne related that her mother spoke fondly of her many Hood friends and wonderful memories. Jack had preceded Nancy in death. Jack and Nancy also had a son Brian, and three grandchildren: Sarah, Samuel, and Andrew. Parented by Anne and Benjamin Gord of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Her obituary told of her involvement with Meals on Wheels for over 25 years. She was also active with church in Danbury, Connecticut. We also mourn loss during 2015: Joanne Wilcox Goins, Joyce Spencer Bishop, Violet Westerberg Romito, Dolores Rossetti Twaddell, and Betsy Gary Guthridge. Susan Clement Christie tells of her and Ed’s yearly trip to Lake Tahoe, California, celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary. She and Ed relish the extraordinary beauty of the mountains. Four children: Cathy, Beth, Patty and Ted. Ed had quadruple bypass about five years ago. He exercises regularly and weighs less than when they married. Sue has also endured health issues. Marylyn Walters Corey and Eugene sold their greenhouse business. They married after her freshman year, and are celebrating 64 years! Four children, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren. Marylyn remembers Joan Wagner Tolbert whose granddaughter entered Hood this year. Janet Marra had retired as a child and family therapist and is happily active living in the North Carolina Mountains. Her biggest news is her marriage to Rita Newkirk who she has lived with for 36 years. Janet says it was an unexpected, great, emotional experience. Congratulations Janet, with fond memories of Margaret Rawson’s social work seminar! Mid-August was brightened by Peggy Patterson Sabiston’s letter. Peggy would love to hear from anyone who cares to write. She’s been widowed since ’95, has two sons, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, plus one great, great grandchild. A conversation with Amalia (Molly) Heineman Lueder is always delightful. She’s enjoying living in Florida. A beautiful story from Catherine (Kay) Arrington Smith. Kay wrote of earlier contacts with Didi Switzer. Kay worked in a Philadelphia jewelry store before marrying Bertrand Dean Smith, 2nd Lt. U.S. Navy Academy graduate, Class of ’53. They were born in the same town, high school sweethearts, and married in 1953. Dean was commissioned in the Air Force. Parents of four sons: Stewart, a Washington, D.C. architect; Christopher, an army special operations retired pilot decorated with the Silver Star; Matthew, a consultant to industry for fall protection; and Aaron, Army Res. Lt. Colonel pilot now assigned to counter terrorism unit at the state department and also a county police officer. Kay is a grandmother of 15, and a great grandmother of 13. In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, she taught history in a private school, then did some county commissioner work. Later she was an office manager for two family businesses. Dean passed away this year. Kay feel the blessing of having three sons live nearby so they may cope together with their loss. She devotedly tells us of their 61 years, with an eternity together in the next life. A touching post-script that Dean distinguished himself finishing his military career with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Another great conversation from Marilyn Ogden Heath who is still involved in teaching, riding and dressage, despite a hip replacement. She an Al are also confronting downsizing.

  5. 1954: Summer 2015

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    Jean Baker Leister Weikert
    717-243-5364

    News from Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania highlighted communications this spring! Jeannie McCarty Bowen and Ray are still in their same Gaithersburg home. Ray is still enjoying dental work. Jeannie is doing photos on the computer and learning to use the iPad.  They are enjoying senior center activities (lectures, museum trips; jeanbo1@verizon.net). Kaye Peterson Boothman is an obviously gifted oil painter, sending a lovely note card with her painting of “Hardwick Center.” Although dealing with health issues, she had time to write and send a newsy letter which is much appreciated. Dorris Smith Radcliffe, although retired from being class reporter relayed a great letter describing her diligence with caring for Rip’s recovery from foot surgery. Another two or three months from April should yield better maneuvering for him. She was attending two high school graduations and three college commencements. Eagle Scout Honor Court prevented their attending the 2014 Hood Reunion. The past year was occupied with keeping in touch with family, friends, homemaking, church and continuing adjustments to eldest son (55) Andy’s disability from non-malignant brain cancer surgery, and ballroom dancing and gardening.  It was great to see Betty Remsburg Decoligny when she visited here in Carlisle. She, too, is dealing with extended health issues with Warren. Betty attended the 2014 Reunion as did Tillie Jacks SunnygardJoan Wagner Tolbert lives nearby in Shippensburg. My grandchildren, ranging in age from 16 to 26 are in Hua Hin, Thailand; Seoul, South Korea; Mansfield College, Pa.; and, Hanover, Pa. I’m thankful for all of the blessings in life which continue to astound me.

  6. 1954: Winter 2015

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    Jean Louise Baker Leister Weikert, Class Reporter

    I, Jean Louise Baker Leister Weikert, am thankful to be able to serve as the class reporter and hope to be able to communicate with each member of the class of 1954. Kudos to Dorris Smith Radcliffe for her many years of faithful service as our class reporter. It is heartwarming to have Joan Wagner Tolbert living nearby. I have occasionally heard from Betsy Oehrle at Christmas. Mark and I were pleased to host Betty Remsberg DeColigny last August for lunch. At reunion, it was great to see Tillie Jacks Sunnygard. In addition, Dr. Joyce  Michaud was a delight to share dinner and tell us about the ceramic arts program and show us the new kilns on Sunday after the chapel service. Peace and Love, Jean Louise Baker Leister Weikert.

  7. 1954: Winter 2014

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    Reunion Weekend is June 6-8, 2014. Please plan to attend our 60th reunion! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lois White Lowry, who died of a stroke September 19 2013. She was in Washington to receive a Fellowship award. Alice Avanozian Arana and Ozzie have been living in the senior community of Morningside in Fullerton, Calif., for 4 years, enjoying the beautiful grounds, wonderful staff and food. “On a clear day we can see Mt. Baldy from our balcony. We have many activities both physical and mental to keep us entertained and alive. Due to some health problems Ozzie is having, we have curtailed our travels––last one to Peru is in March,” said Alice. After completing 9 editions of “Puntos de Partida” workbooks for McGraw-Hill they decided to pass the baton on to the next generation. Jean Baker Weikert and Mark celebrated their first anniversary. Congratulations! Mark is doing well and now able to resume playing golf after his spring heart attack. For relaxation they continue to Ballroom dance. Granddaughter Kelsey Miller is teaching in Seoul, Korea and then on to Thailand in November and granddaughter Erin Haafke is a sophomore at Mansfield Univ. majoring in music. Grandson David Abrams will graduate from Shippensburg Univ. and be commissioned in the service this spring. Jean also mentioned that Joanne Wagner Tolbert’s husband Rod passed away late last year. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tolbert family. Barbara Coleman lives in Oceanside, Calif., enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Daughter Valerie and two grandsons live in South Carolina. Barbara is in negotiation for publishing her book. It concerns her years at the White House under four presidents and her eight years on television with “Here’s Barbara.” She interviewed the Who’s Who of Washington and also other celebrities. Publishing has changed and it is more difficult to make a good arrangement. Janet Edelstein Ettinger is in good health by exercise and keeping busy. A new grandson Baylor is a joy and a 9-year-old granddaughter makes happy family times. Betsy Gary Guthridge’s 24-year-old grandson has just returned from Prague and Czechoslovakia where he spent six months coaching baseball.  While there his father, mother, sister and several friends joined him for travel around the area. Pat Sabin Sprague loves living in Colorado. She can ski in winter and swim all year in a local heated pool. Son Ted and family live in California. There is an 8-year-old grandson and a 6-month-old granddaughter Caroline. Pat visits California each summer and heads to Oregon enjoying the beauty until autumn. She still uses her writing skills and completes a newsletter for a charity. Kaye Petersen Boothman was recovering from spinal stenosis surgery. She feels very fortunate to have a husband who cooks and cleans up. For the following six to eight weeks, Kaye was looking forward to relaxing and reading without guilt. Her book club was meeting at her home and they brought the nibbles. Jane Hinkle Stockdale has moved to a retirement facility in Lancaster, Pa. She ran into Anne Smith Knoll and Ralph living in the same facility. They enjoy cocktails and dinner together occasionally. Husband Wendell reported at least ten other Naval Academy graduates there. Their 52-year-old son passed away last year of a massive heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Daughter Janell Stockdale Pentz ’78 is a Hood graduate from the class of 1978. Two grandsons will graduate in the spring––one from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and the second from Penn State Univ. in State College, Pa. She spoke recently with Anne Lyon Canon and Donna McDowell Boswell who mentioned they had moved into a “cruise in the middle of a corn field.” Anne Smith Knoll and Ralph enjoy retirement. She plays golf, bridge and many activities, lectures and music programs. The sons are scattered in Maine, Delaware, Georgia and Iowa. They are blessed with seven grandchildren (all girls) and six great-grandchildren, five girls and one boy. Both Jane and Anne mentioned that Joanne McCune Horton ’53 also resides at Willow Valley. Anne Lyon Canon likes living at Avondell Retirement Community. She gets around with a walker, but cannot overdo it. “I do miss living in Frederick, close to Hood. Here in Bel Air, Md., my daughter Ellen Bareford took my granddaughter Grace to a College night and Hood was represented. Grace became very interested in Hood and thinks she would like to attend. I would love for her to go. It would be the perfect college for her. She is a junior at Bel Air High School. I told her Hood girls are good girls!” Marilyn Ogden Heath and Alan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August not   long after Alan had open-heart surgery to replace the mitral valve. The surgery was successful and his recuperation is progressing well. Toby, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a service dog (hearing assistance dog) for Alan, accompanied them to the hospital and into the intensive care unit. All three children have visited and helped out with the recuperation. “To wrap up the year, in December, she was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the United States Dressage Federation at the annual convention in Lexington, Ky.! My involvement in dressage judge education is being recognized. I enjoy educating others to become judges that I feel it is reward enough, however, it is nice to be recognized––it is truly the icing on the cake,” said Marilyn. Donna McDowell Boswell reported, “It is not an exciting news item, but then I do not live an exciting life, busy at times and uninteresting other times. I still have my Montessori preschool, which was started 37-years ago when I was trying to find something to do where I would have my summers off. I am still actively involved, at least three days a week, which can be a challenge. I enjoy all my children and grandchildren especially in the summer at my home in Ocean City, N.J., where they all enjoy the sand, sea breezes and surf. All three families will be cruising with me (one at a time) this winter somewhere warm. I am looking forward to leaving the cold weather, which has never appealed to me. Lastly, Mahjong is now one of my addictions as is knitting. I try hard with this last hobby, but keep falling off the yarn wagon,” said Donna. Jane Stockdale and Donna were planning to get together in November for lunch. Jane Dickenson Glass passed away in April 2013. Betsy Oehrle reported, “My last email from dear Jane was her response to my message for her to listen to Bono on the TED sight and hear him speak about ending poverty. Jane wrote, “Wow, he is really something else again!” I say the same for Jane, my roommate of 3 years at Hood. A phone call from my family in Pittsburgh gave me this very sad, unexpected and shocking news. We were in constant contact on email and we always met when I returned to Pittsburgh.  Jane’s final words to me in her special birthday wish for my 80th was, “…we are still friends no matter how far away or how long it has been and how far apart we are. I shall always have memories of friendship, laughter and music and that’s a good thing!” Rest in peace Jane, til we meet again.” My heartfelt thanks to all who have answered the call for news! I hope you will continue the tradition. I have enjoyed knowing where you are and what you are doing. It has been good to hear by email and to speak with so many. I hope to attend Reunion and look forward to seeing many of you!

  8. 1954: Winter 2013

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    Very best wishes to Jean Baker Leister and Mark Weikert who were married Sept. 29. Mark attended our last reunion with Jean. They are enjoying life together with all their shared activities. Betty Remsberg DeColigny has been traveling the last few years. Hawaii was followed by a trip to Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary––enjoying Vancouver, cruising and Denali National Park. They had a stop in Seattle and Baltimore. This year, they drove south stopping in North Carolina to visit the Billy Graham Library. They continued through Alabama and Mississippi, visiting the capitals, mansions and other interesting sights. In September, they cruised from Baltimore up the coast stopping at ports along the way. A highlight was St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia, visiting Peggy’s Cove lighthouse and the Museum of the Atlantic Titanic exhibit plus the Fairview Cemetery where 121 victims of the sinking are interred. The triplet granddaughters are growing up. Megan Thomas is a senior at West Virginia Univ. Kelli Thomas and sister Erin graduated from Frederick Community College. Kelli is working in the weed research unit at Fort Detrick in Frederick. Erin works in the dietary department at Homewood Retirement Center at Cumberland Farm in Frederick. While at the community college, Erin had the opportunity to study in Ireland at Cork Univ. Betty also went to visit! Cindy Armentrout studied child development and is a nanny for a fine family. She also has certification as a cosmetologist and as a wedding planner. Betty said, “Life is great. I love being with family.” Her husband has his civic organizations and Betty enjoys church, civic work and Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Janet Edelstein Ettinger said they are doing well and enjoying a new grandson, who is six months old. Janet and her husband are snowbirds, heading to Isla del Sol for the winter season. She keeps up with roommate Nancy Swearingen Davis who is also in Florida. Marilyn Ogden Heath and husband Alan live in Naples, Fla., and moved there full time about seven years ago. They are blessed with three children and six grandchildren, mostly grown and launched; three are in school. They have a family in Delaware, one in Indiana, one in Colorado and two grandsons in Vero Beach, Fla. “My passion is still horses and I continue to judge dressage shows and teach people to become judges. This entails traveling all over the country and often affords us the opportunity to visit our families. Of course, Florida is a popular destination in the winter, so they often visit here,” said Marilyn. They both volunteer at church and in the community. Toby, their therapy dog, takes them along to hospitals and nursing homes to brighten the lives of others. Marilyn looks forward to reading class news.

    Kaye Petersen Boothman still lives in central Massachusetts raising llamas, gardening in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter. “We attend the operas, especially those in high-definition theaters. Weekly tennis games and yoga help keep me moving. My husband teaches voice at Clark Univ. in Worcester, Mass., so there are many musical events to enjoy,” said Kaye. Carol Schwarz Fitch and husband Dan have just returned from a three-week trip to India and South Seas ports. It was mostly a cruise with a land tour. Carol wrote, “We feel fortunate to be able to do this at our advanced age and we intend to keep traveling as long as possible. Cruising is a good option because it is a more relaxed way to tour.” She keeps busy at home with gardening, opera, museums, theater and as a docent at a national historic register property. Twenty years ago, Carol had Lyme disease making a pacemaker necessary, but otherwise enjoys good health. Living now in Rhode Island, they plan to move to a life care facility in the Boston area before long. Family lives near enough for frequent visits and to watch the grandchildren in their various sport activities.

    Class Reporter:

    Dorris Smith Radcliffe
    (804) 776-7116
    dsrcanis@va.metrocast.net

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