1. 1956; Summer 2017

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    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81
    310-395-4389
    msmuz@aol.com

    Delighted to hear from Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger P’81, G’08.  She shared news from Sally Hamilton Bundy. Sally has 6 new great grand babies born last year, bringing the total to 29! What a lot to keep track of.  She stays busy volunteering at an elementary school, searching genealogy, making quilts, reading, copying old civil records, and exercises with friends 3 times a week. Sally’s husband, Orville, passed away last year. Our condolences to Sally. Ginny writes -I am standing in my new one bedroom apartment at Homewood in Frederick.  Now I am crammed in with boxes to unpack and sort through.  I expect to attend the luncheon with Sue this Saturday for Alumni weekend. I live close to Sue and to HOOD. I had a wonderful tour of New Zealand for 3weeks in March with a new group of friends. Best to all, Ginny. As for me. Muzzy Chait Durbin P’81, I just returned from a wonderful trip with my sisters, Jo Essex ’53 and Lin Solomon ‘63 to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Looking forward to the fall wedding of my grandson in Ireland. My best to all—Look forward to more news in the next bulletin.

  2. 1956: Winter 2017

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    1956

    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81
    310-395-4389
    msmuz@aol.com

    I’m sorry to begin this column on a sad note and report the passing of Judith Kreider LeRoy who passed away in October and Mary Lu Urban Walker who passed away in December. Our condolences to both families. Barbara Bundens North writes, “I continue to enjoy my life here in Fargo. Earlier this month, I had surgery to insert a pacemaker. Life is good. We are experiencing our usual subzero temperatures a month early this year instead of the 10 days in January, so who knows. Have a good holiday season, and best wishes to all for 2017.” So nice to hear from Judy Berry Brooke: “Frank and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary this summer with a family get-together at our lake house. All grandchildren and children were the hosts. Great celebration. We have been living in Jacksonville, FL, for the past 16 years. We are one mile from two children and their families. It was fun watching grandchildren grow up. Oldest grand, Emily, belongs to our oldest child, Berry, graduated from North Carolina State U. She also earned her master’s in accounting from there. Now has her CPA and is CFO and practice administrator for Orthopedic Specialists of North Carolina. She lives in Raleigh, NC, and just became engaged. Son Tom has two sons. Ralston graduated from U. of Virginia last May and is an investment banking analyst. He lives in Jacksonville Beach. Arch is in his second year at Southern Methodist U. He is there on a full four-year academic scholarship. Daughter Francy has two children. Will plans to graduate from the U. of Florida at the end of April. He has a double major in engineering and finance. Brooke is a junior at Florida State U. majoring in merchandising and finance. We are proud grandparents. Hope all is well with you and yours.” Rebecca Eppers Byrd, P’84 writes, “In May, I had minor eye surgery to remove a Salzman nodule. I attended grandson’s (Matthew) graduation from U. of MD. June was a busy month—I had fun at the 60th Hood reunion. Biggest event was 10-year renovation of my apartment. Major task was packing and storing everything from walls and breakables from furniture. Clean and fresh looking because of new paint and carpet. Denise’s family has been here three times this year, including Thanksgiving. Mackenzie loves “Grandma’s” pool, so much time is spent there. All the family (except Matt) was at Daphne’s for Thanksgiving Day. Carla’s family had not been up in over a year. So good to see all of them. Six grands range in age 7 to 22 years (triplets are now 15).” Carole Oswald Carter, P’80, P’85 reports: “Small town living is very busy but not earth shaking. Kind of reminds me of the good community feeling we had when we were at Hood.” Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger, P’81, G’08 enjoyed attending Handel’s Messiah on campus in November. She likes taking advantage of the many opportunities Hood offers to the Frederick community. “Then I was taken to Manhattan for a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat in Brooklyn. On Friday, the crowds of people gathered at the new Oculus outside the 9/11 museum to view the huge transportation underground space just built for the ease of crowds in the city. It was all white with artist renderings and very impressive. As I traveled with my 4-year-old granddaughter, I was not able to keep up. Being a country girl, more or less, I could not help but find her life awesomely different from mine. She has such confidence among the sidewalks and pathways of the big city moving quickly with great energy.” Joellen Libbey Nelson writes that her sons are all doing well. “My life is rich with all the love of my family. These days I belong to the Coronado Woman’s Club, read a lot, help at the shelter and do crafts for yard sales at Christmas.” I really enjoyed hearing from everyone, please email or write to me with your news. As for me, it has been a busy fall with my family taking part in two Susan Komen three-day walks—in Philadelphia and San Diego, crewing and/or walking 60 miles in the three days. I’m so proud of them raising funds for this cause. This was son Jon’s15th walk. Best to everyone for a healthy 2017. Muriel Chait Durbin

     

  3. 1956: Summer 2016

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    1956

    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81
    310-395-4389
    msmuz@aol.com

    The campus looked beautiful reunion weekend-it was a lovely time to reconnect with classmates.

    We were able to catch up on news. Helen Ward Wheeler is now a great-grandmother, She and Jack live in a retirement community. Sue Peters Roetzel Wirths, M.A.’79, G’13 also lives in a retirement community and enjoys its benefits and many Hood connections. Becky Eppers Byrd, P’84 “still kicking and loving my retirement home, thankful for good health. Proud of grandson Matthew who graduated with honors from the Univ of MD”.  Nancy Gunnet Tyler “never dreamed I’d be returning for my 60th reunion. It is wonderful to introduce Hood to my daughter.” Barbara Tovell Tennant and Bruce “drove 11 hours to get to Frederick. It was a marathon trip but well worth it.” They enjoyed spending three nights in Shriner. Mimi McConnell Milheim and Irv are moving from Montana to a new retirement home in PA. Linda Kelly Gleysteen, M.S.’84 and Dirk enjoyed seeing the beautiful campus and was impressed with our new President. Kathy Crook Heidelbach, G’15 keeps busy in her retirement community and is now secretary of the resident association. Two of her grandchildren have graduated from college, Sarah from Hood in 2015, Amanda is doing graduate work in Ireland. Lindsay and Bailey are both undergraduates. Barbara Hanna Pour is spending the summer in Cape May with friends and family. She is very proud of her grandson who won high honors at his high school. Jane Gallup Canning traveled to reunion from England. She has two great grandchildren. In Canterbury, they have downsized and have moved across town. She had to audition in order to sing with the University of Kent chorus-was successful and is delighted to be singing with them. While in the states, she will be visiting her family. Carole Oswald Carter, P’80, P’85, Mera Braungart Coblentz, Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger, P’81, G’08, Mary Ann Howe Mauzy, Mary Lu Urban Walker, and I – also made it to reunion weekend. The consensus from all of us is that we were happy to be there and to visit with each other. Betsy Bigelow Abruzzo wrote that her daughter, Angela, passed away after a long bout with cancer, a year and a half ago. Betsy is now in her own apartment and has stayed close to her grandsons, both of whom are doing well, Betsy’s daughters and other grandchildren are also doing well. She spends time playing duplicate bridge and takes part in tournaments. In May. Betsy had knee replacement surgery, it was successful. Anne “Cokey” Lanoue Weber now lives in a retirement community in Santa Barbara and is happy that she doesn’t have to cook dinner anymore. She spends a lot of time volunteering, “life is good”. She says hi to all our classmates. Ann Helfenbein Bohnet, P’83  writes “ three years ago she and husband, Richard,  moved to The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, VA. They are active in their resident association and volunteer in a nearby elementary school. They love their new community. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers “Greetings to all from Wellington, FL” She and Joe keep busy with many social activities. “I still walk three to four miles on the treadmill five times a week-it’s not as easy as it used to be.” Her family is well. She sends her best to everyone. Cynthia Sternberg Schein will be traveling in the fall to see the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. She had a wonderful surprise when her son, Jimmie, sent her a photo of himself and a woman in his shop in San Francisco. It turned out to be Carol Elsener Muller ’58, her Little Sister, who she hadn’t seen since graduation. Thanks to the Hood Bulletin news, Carol stopped in to see Jimmie at his shop and tell him she was from Hood! Helen Yinger Reed, G’16 has exciting news. “Our  granddaughter (Lauren) just graduated from Hood.  That makes five of us – my mother, myself, my sister, my son (Masters degree), and now granddaughter number one.  Hopefully, granddaughters Alason (age 12) and Arianna (age 9) will follow.” As for myself, Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81, I am still working as a travel consultant—had the fun of planning the honeymoon for third generation clients-I’ve been in my house fifty years- so now I’m working on some  refurbishing –so keeping busy.  In the fall, I’ll be in Philadelphia taking part in the Komen 3 Day walk, my son, Jon, will be walking in his 15th event. My family and I have been crewing and walking in this event since 1999-I’m grateful for the research that has benefited from these events.

  4. 1956 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81
    310-395-4389
    msmuz@aol.com

    Katharine Crook Heidelbach In May, I attended the graduation at Hood for my granddaughter, Sarah Wagstaff who is 4th generation at Hood for our family. Sarah has moved from southern Virginia to Ellicott City where she has a teaching job at a day care center in Columbia. So nice to have her nearby. Her sister Amanda is on a Fullbright in Ireland. My son’s two daughters are both in college… Lindsay is a sophomore at Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and her sister Bailey is a freshman at Wofford College in South Carolina. In August, while we were at Bethany Beach, my daughter-in-law drove me up to Rehoboth Beach to attend a cocktail party to meet Hood’s new president. It was hard to say good-bye to Dr. Volpe, but Dr. Chapdelaine is charming and I am sure will be a great addition to our college. In October, Sarah and I went back to Hood to attend the first Legacy Brunch. It was very special and we enjoyed being with my roommate, Rebecca Eppers Byrd who drove down from Hanover Pennsylvania, Susan Peters Wirths, and Virginia Turnbull Hecklinger and her family. Hope to see many of you at our 60th Reunion in June. Barbara Benchoff Miles writes that she is still living in Brooklyn. Husband Wes died in July after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. “We had 58 good years together beginning at Hood. I volunteer in the Brooklyn Museum in the Archives dept. and have done it for 18 years. Great museum.” Two of her kids live in the metropolitan area so I feel lucky to have their support. Barb’s younger son lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Three grandchildren: 18, 16 and 4. Alison Malloch Curran just got back from California, where she visited her stepchildren and grandchildren and had a wonderful time. She saw Anne Lanoue Weber, her roommate at Hood for the first two years. It was great to get together even if it was for a short time. Had a good time seeing the grandkids and their friends and they sure did put on a spread for Grandma Alison. Everyone seems to be in a good place in their lives. Mary McConnell Milheim and Irv are awaiting the results of a heart muscle biopsy to determine what kind of amyloid has taken up residence in her heart muscle. As a result, Mimi is in atrial fibrillation and has just overcome congestive heart failure by taking off 18 pounds of fluid which was making breathing very difficult. Irv has been a fantastic care-giver during all of this. Other than that, the family is all well. Their oldest grandchild just graduated from Grove City College in May. She is finishing her CPA exams and has a job in Pittsburgh. Her sister graduates in three years in speech therapy at Indiana Univ. of PA. Grandson George is a senior in mechanical engineering at Montana State, and his sister is a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Cynthia Sternberg Schein is happy in Venice, Florida. She stopped singing in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Choir in order to devote more time to the Sun Coast Duo Piano Group. All family is well: Jim and Marti in San Francisco busy with their shop of antique maps and books on Grant Street see web site Schein and Schein, also have farm in Glen Ellen with another couple. Chris and Donna are in Annapolis, (my old haunt) Chris is President of HCM. Eldest son Rich and wife Sue are still at U of K in Lexington, Rich is head of geography, his wife has a new job in development for programs of mutual exchange with international students/universities. They have her only grandchildren, twins Betsy and Will who are freshmen in college. Cindy’s happiest news is that she just returned from a Hood College trip to Aix-en-Provence arranged by AHI travel. It was superb, beautifully led by excellent tour guides, outstanding accommodations, food and participants. It rounds out her Hood European experience- as she was on the first Hood European Trip after WWII, led by Herb Heston and his wife, along with roommate BJ Harder, and 15 others in the early 1950s. Evelyn Karsten Petrie is happy to be in Riverside CA. for the past two years. Life is easy, good and fun. We have a beautiful church and lots of activities Evie has one daughter and family that lives close by and teaches second grade, her other daughter and family live in Long Beach. Muriel Chait Durbin, I had a wonderful trip to Cambodia in August, visiting Angkor Wat and then taking an Ama Waterways river cruise on the Mekong River. Once again, my family and I took part in the Komen 3 Day walk to raise money for a breast cancer cure—My son walked his 13th event and grandson, Alexander, his 2nd. The rest of us crewed the event in Philadelphia. Don’t forget to start making plans to attend our Hood Reunion June 10-12, 2016

  5. 1956: Summer 2015

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    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81
    310-395-4389
    msmuz@aol.com

    Sally Hamilton Bundy
    had a knee replaced last August but is now healthy and keeping busy. She volunteers at an elementary school a few hours a week, exercises and makes quilts. She feels fortunate to have so many of her family living near her, although her youngest grandson is on a two year church mission in the Philippines. Sally has 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger, P’81, G’08 shared lots of news. She reported that Sue Peters Wirths, M.A.’79, G’13 is doing well. Sandy Newing lives nearby and they get together often. Ginny is on campus often and enjoyed taking part in some of the events for Dr. Volpe’s retirement. She ran into Mera Braungart Coblentz at the Hood Library. Ginny, Sue and Sandy went to Harper’s Ferry for lunch with Carol Oswald Carter, P’80, P’85. Carol and husband Powell are doing well. Ginny reminds us that we have our reunion next year and hopes many of us can get back to Hood, see how well things are going and meet Andrea Chapdelaine, the new president. Sydney Kahn Hamburger, H’93 is now living in South New Jersey on a blueberry farm. Her children all live in New Jersey and have families of their own. She has been a sculptor for the over 50 years. I received a long note from Judy Kreider LeRoy. After graduation, she received a master’s degree in Zoology and taught biology in Linden Hall in Lititz, Pa. Judy moved to Palmyra, Pa., when she and Bill got married. She has three children and four grandchildren. She has worked for a local florist, swims at the Y and plays a lot of bridge. I, Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81, still work as a travel consultant and love to travel. I feel fortunate to be healthy and try to make time to exercise. My third grandchild will be graduating from college soon and the youngest is finishing her first year. I hope the next issue will have more of our class news.

  6. 1956: Winter 2014

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    Becky Eppers Byrd and I had a wonderful phone conversation. She still likes her 55-plus retirement community. While visiting, Kathy Crook Heidelbach, Carole Oswald Carter and Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger joined them for lunch and a good visit. Becky’s daughter Carla is a media coordinator and won first prize for the state of North Carolina. Kathy had a successful knee surgery. She keeps busy with bell choir, the Chapel choir and the Choral group. I got to see her at a mutual friend’s wedding. Barbara Hanna Pour spends eight months in Baltimore and four months in Cape May, N.J. She had successful knee surgery and is back on the tennis court. Her Baltimore life is filled with being a docent at the Walter Art Museum, elder in her church, a garden club, women’s club and writes a church newsletter as well as book club. 60th reunion in 2016? We both hope so. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers’ big news is that she and Joe have moved to a 55-plus community in Florida. They like it so much they bought a house. Her new address is 8803 Vin Prestigio West, Wellington, FL 33411. She walks four miles a day on the treadmill and enjoys a lot of other activities. If in Florida, please stop by. Charmaine Sherry Palmer Smith has moved to a Del Webb retirement community. They will spend the football season in Michigan before returning to Bernalillo. She expects to see Kathy Bachmen Yen next August where they will attend the Santa Fe opera’s production of Carmen. Nancy Gunnet Tyler enjoyed a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. The weather was perfect, the seafood was delicious and the size of the area amazed her. She also had a quilt trip to New Windsor, Md., and joined me for lunch at the Virginian. She heard from Joy Garofalo Ranucci and learned they are finally back in their home after Sandy’s visit. They lost everything on the first floor. Mary Lu Urban Walker is having eye problems and like many of us has given up driving at night. Otherwise, they are enjoying life. Their daughter Ryan was married for the first time at age 54. Her new son-in-law is from the Netherlands but now a U.S. citizen and a delight. The four went together to Alaska and Canada. She keeps busy with exercise classes, book club, knitting group and volunteering. Anne Cokey Webber and husband moved into a small one bedroom apartment in a 55-plus retirement community in Santa Barbara, Calif., a year ago and “life is easy.” They both enjoy the new friends they meet around the dinner table. They keep busy and enjoyed a great trip to the Dalmatian Coast, Turkey and the Black Sea. Helen Ward Wheeler still enjoys the 55-plus community they moved into eight-years-ago. In April, she fell and broke her hip and wrist. She is healing well. I, Sarah Hurst Stonehurst, am enjoying my 55-plus community. Two pieces of my mixed media were accepted in a local art show. The next show one was accepted and won honorable mention. I have organized our library and become a welcoming ambassador. Thanks to the few that answered my request for news.

  7. 1956: Winter 2013

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     Our condolences to Bob Mitchell on the death of his wife Sally Galbraith Mitchell. Alison Malloch Curran wrote to tell us about the death of Ginger Bingham Frerichs. They roomed together at Hood and in California. She saw another roommate Cokey Lanoue Weber in California. She spent two weeks with a friend in Ohio hiding from Hurricane Sandy. She returned to a dozen limbs down in her front yard. The cleanup is still going. She was lucky with power out for only two weeks. She took a ride as close as she could go to see the shore and the terrible devastation. Muriel (Mauzy) Chait Durbin retired in June from the Santa Monica High School. She still is a travel consultant and recently enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy and Sicily so she is enjoying retirement and keeping busy. Ann Barnet wrote that she is still enjoying city life. Everything she wants to needs is an easy walk or bus ride. Nancy Rank Ledger has moved to the East side and it is an easy bus ride so they still see each other. Ann is still in touch with Mary Holland McRae and Carol Welch Snyder. Carol’s husband Ron died last year. Our condolences to you Carol. Ruth Irwin Weidner is in the depths of Alzheimer’s. Evelyn Karsten Petrie said, “The sky is a beautiful blue and the golf course is an outstanding green. What a change after cataract surgery last spring.” In July, she and a friend went by bus to the Calgary Stampede with many stops along the way. She had never seen a chuck wagon, but enjoyed the five chuck wagons that raced seven times. Each wagon was pulled by a team of four horses. She also enjoyed a week at the beach and other side trips. Her normal activities include a book group, Mexican train, Bible study and putting group and volunteering at Gilda’s club. “Love to all.” Rebecca Eppers Byrd considered it a good year with no broken bones, hospital stays or illnesses. She is still busy with the Corner Store at Homewood. She keeps busy with daughters and grandchildren. Matthew graduated from high school and is now at American Univ. Alexis got over Lyme disease only to have an appendectomy the week she returned to school. She just received her driver’s license. Carla’s triplets are in sixth grade and doing well. In June, she picked up Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger and went to Bethany Beach for a mini reunion with Katharine Crook Heidelbach and Nancy Gunnet Tyler. Barbara Bundens North wrote that she is well and is enjoying the football season. The North Dakota State Bisons are playing well. Hopefully, they will win the championship a second year in a row. She went to Texas in January for their game. She continues as a Hospice volunteer, Fargo-Morehead Symphony and the Fargo Morehead Opera. Mondays will find her at Hector International Airport where she volunteers at the information desk. Carole Oswald Carter P’80, P’85 sings with a group at her church. One grandson is at Virginia Commonwealth Univ. here in Richmond so hopefully she will get down several times while he is here. She said there was nothing earth shaking to report. She still enjoys the light and fancy. When they moved to Harper’s Ferry 20 years ago, there were a lot of neighborhood children, so she and daughter Janeen thought it would be fun to invite them to make gingerbread houses. They are still at it. They have four small molds, and one large one for graduating seniors. They currently have 25-30 kids. This year there are more highschoolers than grade-schoolers. “It really is a fun time for all of us. Other than that, I do my gardening, participate with our local woman’s club and stay out of trouble,” said Carole. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers wrote, “Compared to so many suffering from Hurricane Sandy, I feel lucky to have survived with only minor damage and inconveniences. Due to my recent surgery and chronic health problems, Joe and I have temporarily canceled our trip to Florida where we were thinking about relocating.” Her family is well. Nicole, the oldest grandchild, is applying to law school while her brother Zack is applying to college. Ben is a sophomore at Colgate and younger brother Eric is in high school. How quickly the time goes as we get younger. Sarah Lou Hurst Stonehurst is no longer comfortable driving and is planning to give up her car and move into a senior building with van service.

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    Sarah Hurst Stonehurst
    (804) 231-0152
    sarahlou34@comcast.net

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