1. 1961; Summer 2017

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    Marty Kaiser Canner
    410-747-0321
    plcanner39@gmail.com

    Katharine Baum Wolpe
    212-677-5469
    kwolpe@gmail.com

    Constance Ann Coleman Alexander is enjoying her position as director of music at her church and also enjoying her family and friends.  She expects two more grandchildren in 2017 (June and November).  She will be traveling to Greece in August with her brother, Bill, and plans to visit China in the spring of 2018.  “Life is good.” Nancy Brown Braudrick finally moved into her new, newly-built home in Gold Beach, OR, on Easter weekend, the only time her son could help with the move.  Her daughter and son-in-law live nearby and are a great help.  Her home is still a work in progress. Estelle Harrison Brendle sent greetings from North Carolina.  She hoped to attend her sixtieth high school class reunion in Calvert County, MD in June.  She keeps in touch with Judy Freedom Westenhoefer.  “It’s fun to visit her in Bedford, VA and hear about her farm and all her animals.” Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Boca Raton, FL, as her children and grandchildren are in the NYC area, she spends June and September in the City and July and August in the Berkshires.  She had a fantastic 16-day trip in April to Israel and Jordan, covering Tel-Aviv, Haifa, upper Galilee, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Eilat. Marilyn King Jessen had sad news and good news.  The sad news is that her Hood roommate, Suzanne Brown Wellcome, passed away on October 30, 2016.  We send our condolences to Suzanne’s children and her husband, Page.  The good news is that Marilyn is taking her family, eleven in all, on a Disney cruise in August.  Marilyn also reported that she is doing very well after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in February, 2016.  She feels great now and takes one pill a day, Torceva, to keep the cancer in check.  “I have all of my old energy back and am enjoying life.  Praise the Lord!  My friends call me a miracle and I am.  Every day is a gift, especially not knowing how much longer things will be this good.” Joy Hillegas Johnson’s daughter-in-law reported that Joy passed away May 14, 2017.  We send our condolences to Joy’s husband, Norman, and their children and grandchildren. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband, Jack, planned to go in July on the Rhine River cruise sponsored by Hood. Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband, Tom, are happily settled in an Erickson retirement community in Tinton Falls, NJ.  She is doing watercolors and has had some nice commissions.  “We are fighting age with vigor, humor, and determination.” Mable Philipp Pochedly enjoys living in Long Beach, CA, and would be delighted to see anyone down that way.  As her children and grandchildren live on Long Island, NY, she visits there often. Lyn Adams Sprinkle is enjoying living at Sunrise community in Richmond, VA.  She dines with other residents daily and participates in the many activities.  Her daughters drop by 3 times a week.  Her son, Stuart, a policeman who has less time available, is married to Kim who has twin boys. Barbara Hufham Wells and husband, Richard, continue to be in good health and enjoy small town living in Moscow, ID.  They have become strong supporters of The Xercis Society, which is devoted to preserving invertebrates, particularly bees, butterflies, and other pollinators; and Richard, “the gardener,” has been busy planting flowering plants they find attractive. Beth Lee Zehnder has a second granddaughter about to go to college.  Her husband, Chuck, retired as a CPA; then in tax season was called back to work to help.  She and Vivi Bruckel Harvey got together and enjoyed “catching up.”  Beth says, “We’re still able to use the stairs in the home we purchased in 1966.  Thank You, Lord!”  Marty Kaiser Canner does not have much news, but has chatted a couple of times with Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 and her husband, Ed, in a local grocery store since Shirley and Ed moved to Catonsville, MD last year. Katharine Baum Wolpe keeps a hectic schedule with her church, Democratic club, and as a volunteer escorting frail senior neighbors to weekly appointments and shopping.  She also participates in a local seniors group and exercise classes, and spends time posting flyers and sending emails about interesting local events.  She and companion Philip continue to enjoy concerts, dance and theater performances, and his home-cooked meals.  They also participate in a reading group on the Israel-Palestine situation.  Fluffy Pancho Cat continues as her sometimes cranky roommate.

  2. 1961: Winter 2017

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    Marty Kaiser Canner
    410-747-0321
    plcanner39@gmail.com

    Katharine Baum Wolpe
    212-677-5469
    kwolpe@gmail.com

    Nancy Brown Braudrick is living in a condo while her home is being rebuilt. She appreciates the help of her son and daughter-in-law throughout this situation. She celebrated Christmas in Florence, OR, with daughter Janice’s mother-in-law and family. Marty Kaiser Canner had a right hip replacement in mid-October. (The left one was done in 2012.) She has recovered well by God’s mercy. Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Boca Raton, FL, for eight months and in NYC and Lenox, MA, for four months. She enjoys time with her three granddaughters and her significant other, Mort Rudin. Anne Bierstein Grenfell moved into a condo in a 55-plus development. In early November she traveled to Mary Anne Fleetwood’s home in Rehoboth, DE, for a mini-reunion with Ann Friant Scheck, Sue Meeks Freeman and Fleet. They discussed aging, walked on the beach and ate in restaurants. Fleet would like to open her house to all classmates and those from other classes, too, for periodic reunions. Those who are interested in being part of a reunion group should respond directly to Fleet. In June, Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 moved back to Catonsville to a 50-plus condo nestled on the edge of Patapsco State Park. Life is less cluttered and full of quiet joy. Visitors are always welcome. Jeanne Duncan Jehl ended her consulting relationship with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in November. She is finding time for more reading, music, travel (she has a trip to the Amazon planned for February) and volunteer work. She is excited about these new opportunities. Hilda Koontz continues to travel the country lecturing about the Civil War. In 2017, she will be presenting to several Midwest and Middle Atlantic groups and to two national conferences focusing on Civil War medicine. Anita Ranoldo Miner enjoyed visiting with classmates at the reunion in June and seeing the beautiful Hood campus. She had the opportunity to visit with some Frederick friends whom she met on a Road Scholar trip to Cuba in March 2016. Later in the summer, Anita and husband Dick went to London to see plays and in November to Mexico to enjoy the sun. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband Jack took a cruise along the coast of Maine in September and were pleasantly surprised to see Sandy Murphy Schmidt and Bob on board. Another treat was meeting President Andrea Chapdelaine when she visited San Diego in November. Ellen “Muff” Wright Peterson is recovering from a knee replacement. She and husband Mal enjoy their five grandchildren and often travel from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Annapolis for movies and shopping. Mable Philipp Pochedly has moved from Torrance, CA, to 3737 Atlantic Avenue, Apt. 702, Long Beach, CA 90807-6411. Dorothy Willis Rainwater visited national parks in Utah last summer and joined a group for a five-day rafting trip on the Green and Yampa Rivers where she experienced “heavy duty rapids.” Dorothy is sorry to lose Hood and Massachusetts General Hospital friend and classmate Deborah Tillson Capra. Debbie passed away July 8, 2016, in Ashfield, MA. We extend our condolences to Debbie’s family. Mary Drewal Regan’s family continues to give her great joy. This past year she flew to California to visit with son Skip and his wife, Marcy, and drove to Ashland, OR, with them to attend plays at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. She traveled to Switzerland to visit a cousin and then met a friend to explore Munich and Berlin. Her next travel adventure will be a trip to Morocco in March. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob loved an eight-day round trip American Cruise Lines river cruise from Portland, ME, to Long Island so much they have signed up for a cruise on the Mississippi River for September 2017. The drive from Maryland to Maine and back was delightful. Apartment living at Charlestown Retirement Community in Baltimore County suits them to a T. They lock and leave at the drop of a hat and have made good friends at Charlestown. Lyn Adams Sprinkle still enjoys living and the activities at Sunrise Senior Living in Richmond, VA. Her children live in Chesterfield, VA, and visit regularly; she looks forward to their holiday parties. Katharine Baum Wolpe attends music and dance concerts, off-Broadway plays, and an Israel-Palestine reading group with her friend, Philip. She enjoys her adopted orange and white Maine coon cat, Pancho, and remains busy escorting frail seniors, singing in her church choir, helping out at the church food pantry and participating in the church’s studies on mass incarceration. She is currently recovering from the November election.

  3. 1961: Summer 2016

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    1961

    Katharine Baum Wolpe
    212-677-5469
    kwolpe@gmail.com

    Marty Kaiser Canner
    410-747-0321
    plcanner39@gmail.com

    Nancy Brown Braudrick is having a new home built to replace her current one at the same address in Gold Beach, OR. Our 55th Class Reunion was attended by 14 classmates and 2 husbands, Jean Shuey Wadsworth and husband Don and Sue Meeks Freeman and husband Dave.  Sue and Dave celebrated their 55th anniversary this year and enjoy living in Mathews, VA, a small town on the lower Chesapeake Bay. Also on hand were Ann Mitchell, still active as a convention manager; Marty Kaiser Canner, Jeanne Duncan Jehl, Sandra Doty Zeitler, Brenda Sheaffer Hillard, Ann Corderman Helton, Vivi Bruckel Harvey, Anita Ranoldo Miner, Mary Anne “Fleet” Fleetwood, Judy Freedom Westenhoefer, Estelle Harrison Brendle, and Katharine Baum Wolpe. Pictures are posted on the Hood reunion website. Fleet, who lives in Rehobeth, DE, spends time every year in Taos, NM, and works to save animals, especially horses. Estelle lives in Matthews, near Charlotte, NC, close to her children & grandchildren in North Carolina and Arkansas. Judy Westenhoefer lives on a farm in Bedford, VA, and has been reducing the number of animals including horses she keeps there. Kathie Baum Wolpe still enjoys life in her East Village neighborhood (NYC).  She and her friend Philip attend concerts, off-Broadway plays, and modern dance performances.  She remains active in her church and local Democratic club and volunteers to escort frail seniors living at home to doctor’s appointments, exercise classes, and shopping.  She also attends a reading group on Israel & Palestine. Anne Bierstein Grenfell will be moving July 1, 2016 from a large townhouse to a small condo.  Her new address will be 901 East MacPhail Road, Unit 2F, Bel Air, MD 21015.  She volunteers for hospice and is selling her book, Prelude to Eternity.  The book can be purchased directly from Anne, who will sign it, or online from Amazon, BN, or Google.  Anne is enjoying quality time with her family and staying in touch with Hood classmates.  She is still healthy and stays active with fitness classes and aerobic dance, her favorite exercise. Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 and husband, Ed, recently moved to Patapsco Overlook, a condominium community in Catonsville, MD. Mary Beth Snyder Hall’s big news was the birth of her only grandson and her younger son’s only child, Patrick Cooper Hall in July, 2015.  The Cooper part of his name is for his great-great-grandmother’s family.  Mary Beth and husband, William, feel blessed to have a new grandson 18 years after the birth of their youngest granddaughter.  Their older son has four daughters ranging in age from 27 to 18.  Cooper and his parents live in Virginia, so Mary Beth and William are considering moving to Virginia from Pennsylvania to see Cooper grow up and because they need to downsize their homeowner’s chores. Vivi Bruckel Harvey is looking forward to spending the winter (December to April) in Guatemala again, where she is involved in a large project to improve the water quality of Lake Atitlan.  Last winter she worked with the local Audubon group in training Mayan young people to be bird guides. Ann Corderman Helton enjoys her ornamental garden, her book club, church administration, the CASA program and politics.  She vacationed in New Orleans in the spring with her daughter, Leah, and Leah’s two sons.  She traveled in May to Asheville, NC to visit friends, and planned to spend the last two weeks in June at the Maryland shore. The focus of Hilda Koontz’s life continues to be Civil War history.  She gives lectures in the mid-Atlantic region and plans to travel to Missouri in the fall to give a presentation to the Civil War Roundtable of St. Louis.  She will then proceed to Iowa for several more lectures and to visit with her latest grandson, Charlie, born in April, 2016.  Hilda visits often with Joan Jacobsen Halbert and Janice McDavid Kuntz ’62. She and Spencer are active with re-enactments and will spend Christmas in Williamsburg, VA. Anita Ranoldo Miner spent two weeks in Cuba this spring on a people-to-people educational trip, meeting artists, musicians, chefs, and people on the streets in four cities.  She found the experience fascinating and would like to go back. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and husband, Bob, continue to love apartment living at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD.  She keeps physically and mentally fit with daily brisk walks, pool aerobics, cultural offerings on site and in Baltimore.  She also volunteers at the Walters Art Museum.  She and Bob plan a trip along the Maine coast in September with American Cruise Line.  She enjoys outings in Baltimore with Jeannette Phelps ’59 and theater and golf outings with Bob. Barbara Hufham Wells and husband, Richard, continue to be happy living in Moscow, ID, which combines the benefits of a vibrant small town community with the cultural amenities of the University of Idaho.  Richard stays busy caring for all the trees and plants he has planted on their property and Barbara serves on the board of trustees of the community hospital.  Barbara and Richard enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Live HD performances shown at a local movie theater on Saturday mornings. I (Marty) enjoyed the class reunion in June and eleven days later left on a two week trip to the Midwest and Montana to visit our daughter and her daughter and other relatives and friends.

     

  4. 1961 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Katharine Baum Wolpe
    212-677-5469
    kwolpe@gmail.com

    Phyllis Allegretti Panico
    is living in a senior community, playing bridge, and writing for a local monthly journal. She sponsors a regular First Aid course for fellow residents. Katharine Baum Wolpe volunteers weekly at a food pantry at her church giving out fresh vegetables and fruit donated by a local farmers’ market. She remains busy with local Democratic politics and escorting frail seniors to shopping and doctor’s appointments. She and friend Philip had a beautiful weekend in August with friends in rural Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Sarah (Sally) Bennett Edwards is still working at a local newspaper, but her hours are flexible. She plays tennis two or three mornings a week and has the summer off. This past summer she took her family of 19 to Bermuda for a week. Her nine grandchildren are all involved in sports and Sally enjoys watching the soccer games of the three who live nearby. Her husband William just had his second hip replacement, but is doing well. Ann Corderman Helton continues to work as the administrator at a UCC church, chairs the local CASA board, and fundraises for the Harford Land Trust. She enjoys her great-granddaughter, her book club, and her garden. Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband Tom had a family reunion in Ocean City, New Jersey, with their daughters and grandchildren. Their daughter Katie’s oldest child is looking at colleges. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone is the proud grandmother of four grandsons. The oldest does IT training all over the world for his company. The next oldest is a mechanical engineer with Armstrong, the third just graduated from Penn State University and is an acoustic engineer, and the youngest is a sophomore at Indiana University in Bloomington and is in the Soul Revue Music Group. Shirley Garrett Haley and husband Edward are selling their condo on the ocean in Rehoboth Beach and seeking new adventures. They spent a week in Nashville following the music, learning Tennessee history, and observing a different cultural perspective. Carol Handwerk Ziegler enjoyed playing the organ for the Alumni/ae Weekend chapel service last June. Carol and Barbara Sands ‘65 spent a summer morning making jelly for their fall church bazaar. She and husband Jesse keep busy with eight great-grandchildren, gardening, and maintaining 4-1/2 acres. Susan Kaehrle visited Christine Steere Lamb and her family in Maine for a few days in August. Marilyn King Jessen had a wonderful two week trip to Italy with her family this past summer. It was an intergenerational trip with Road Scholar. Hilda Koontz visited her son and daughter and their families in August. Her fifth grandchild is expected in April, 2016. Her Civil War speaking schedule is getting a lot of press coverage, especially by the Frederick News-Post. She and Spencer continue to enjoy re-enactment events in the Mid-Atlantic region. Martha Miller Strickland went on a Quilt Cruise the first week of June with two “quilting buddies.” The group visited the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten and sewed while at sea. Marty visited Carolyn Adams Sprinkle at Sunrise Senior Living in North Chesterfield, Virignia. Lyn is doing well and is happy to be living there. Her children live close by and visit often. Marty is expecting her first great-grandchild in December. Sandra Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob took a Great Lakes cruise in July. The trip extended from Providence, Rhode Island, to Chicago. Doretta Ruggles Allison spent a year painting murals for four reading oases that the Marietta Kiwanis Clubs and Scholastic Book Services have placed in the libraries of three elementary schools and a Boys and Girls Club. She is currently painting murals at a preschool for handicapped children. Her son’s oldest daughter received a grant to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Denver and her younger sister is in the nursing program at Kennesaw State University. Janet Spaulding Nunn and husband Jack attended the International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the first time in the fall of 2014. Dorothy Willis Rainwater has retired from nursing. She and husband Roger traveled to Quebec City and the Gaspe Peninsula this summer. Children and grandchildren came from California, Seattle, and Alaska to visit them in Florida. She and Roger join the Clean the Beaches group frequently. Martha Kaiser Canner and husband Paul visited friends on the West Coast in September and went to Lassen Volcanic National Park in California for the first time. Lassen has beautiful scenery and interesting geothermal features without the crowds of Yosemite or Yellowstone. Judy Arenson Friedman spent the summer in the Berkshires, going to arts and craft shows, theater festivals, and Tanglewood. She’s back in NYC and just saw the musical “Hamilton” which she highly recommends. They’ll return to Florida in the spring.

  5. 1961: Summer 2015

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    Katharine Baum Wolpe
    212-677-5469
    kwolpe@gmail.com

    Marty Kaiser Canner
    410-747-0321
    plcanner@juno.com

    Lyn Adams Sprinkle suffered a bad fall last June and has now moved from Florida to a senior residence near Richmond, Va., closer to family and friends. Her new address: Sunrise, 2105 Cranbeck Road, #106, Richmond, VA 23235. Phyllis Allegretti Panico resides in a senior community in West Chester, Pa., with walking trails, a pool and tennis courts. She sponsors regular First Aid classes for residents conducted by local fire department staff, and volunteers weekly at the Ronald McDonald House associated with du Pont Hospital for Children. She now has eight grandchildren! Katharine Baum Wolpe visited brother George and sister Ginny and their families in Maryland for Christmas. In January, she spent a week in Paris with her friend Philip. She had dinner March 11 with Anita Ranoldo Catron Miner in NYC for the 59th UN Conference on the Status of Women. Anita and husband Dick will travel to Ireland this summer. After major surgery in January, Anne Bierstein Grenfell is starting a new organizing business, A Place for Everything, to help people decide what to keep, discard and donate. Daughter Jennifer runs a holistic pet food company and Daughter April is adding Warrior Yoga for PTSD victims to her yoga practice. Grandson Gunnar keeps Anne company on weekends. Anne Boothby Dickens and her husband live in Ellsworth, Maine where she works as a per-diem social worker at a local hospital and volunteers for a senior organization and center. They also have a small leather business and enjoy having their son and his family in nearby Blue Hill. Nancy Brown Braudrick is happy that her daughter and her family have moved back to Gold Beach, Ore., where Nancy lives. Vivian Bruckel Harvey spent four months in Guatemala, volunteering as an English teacher in a bilingual school and learning about Mayan culture. She planned to return to Ohio in April. She would love to introduce more people to the beauty and fascinating culture of Guatemala. Constance Ann Coleman Alexander is music director at her church in Sykesville, Md., where she directs two choirs. She plans to go to San Francisco soon where her 5th grandchild is expected. After a family trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July, she planned to visit her brother Bill in Florida. Ann Corderman Helton’s first great-grandchild has arrived. This spring Ann and her husband planned to head for the Great Smoky Mountains; then will spend two weeks in June with family in Ocean City, Md. She stays busy as administrator at her church, board chair of Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and fundraising for the Harford Land Trust. Elizabeth DuVal informed us of the passing of her mother Mary Creecy DuVal in Chicago on Dec. 10, 2014. Mary Drewal Regan volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen; enjoys quilting, card making and decorating gourds; and, takes classes at a nearby college. She has traveled with friends touring China, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Turkey. Tennessee and Georgia are next on her list. Janice Dobbs Pedersen’s husband Tom is recovering from open heart surgery in March. They had Easter dinner with her daughter and her husband’s family. In May, she will be spending a weekend with other “Hoodlums” in Ocean City, N.J. Jeanne Duncan Jehl and husband Joe recently acquired a Labrador puppy. They traveled to Costa Rica with son Dan and his family at spring break. Jeanne continues part-time work as a consultant to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone retired six-years-ago as early childhood director at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys a happy, busy life and stays in touch with her Hood roommate Margo Friedman ’62. Her son and daughter are making career changes in their 50s, which she admires. Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 is still a Univ. supervisor of world language interns for the Univ. of Maryland. She finds it very rewarding to watch and guide future teachers. Estelle Harrison Brendle reported that she, daughter Dawn Jackson and now granddaughter Lydia Jackson are all Mortar Board members. Estelle is still working full time and involved in church activities. She visited Judy Freedom Westenhoefer in Bedford, Va. Estelle is delighted to have her daughter’s three children in nearby Charlotte, N.C., and her son and his wife, both doctors, living in Lenoir, N.C. Gwen Jordan Bausum’s husband Howard died in January 2013.  Her grandson Josiah now lives with her. Marty Kaiser Canner has lunched with Gwen occasionally in the past two years. Marty is busy this spring with the graduation of one granddaughter and wedding of another. This winter she read Joseph Lash’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor: The Years Alone, which she highly recommends. Marilyn King Jessen just returned from a fascinating two-week Road Scholar trip to Cuba covering 750 miles by bus seeing many cities and sights and enjoying lectures on Cuban history and culture. Her husband George died in August 2012. Marilyn keeps busy playing bridge, traveling and volunteering for her church. Hilda Koontz presents lectures on Civil War topics for a wide variety of regional and national historical organizations starting with a March 28 event on female spies at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers office site in Washington, D.C.  She continues work on a book about her family during the Civil War. Lynn Linzey Barnes reported a happy get-together in Florida with Nancy Ford van der Walde, Marjorie Teague Turner, and Mary Jane Evans Hahn. Marty Miller Strickland had a 10-day visit with Jackie Post Farrell in Sebastian, Fla., sharing memories, laughs and good food. Last July, her whole family (19 in all) vacationed together in Nags Head. Sandy Murphy Schmidt volunteers several days a week at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Last year, she and her husband Bob took a two-week Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband Jack have moved to an oceanfront retirement community in La Jolla, Calif. They hosted a dinner in February to thank President Volpe on his pending retirement. She urges contributions to the Volpe Scholars. Dorothy Willis Rainwater joined some Peace Corps friends on an archeological dig of a Roman villa on a Croatian island. She stays active with yoga and kayaking. Mary Anne Fleetwood wrote, “Hi classmates remember my love of riding? Well, I am still involved helping to write a huge grant to buy thousands of acres of land to form a safe haven and rescue for America’s last wild horses and burros. This will keep many from slaughter. Other than that I continue to live at the beach but plan to relocate my half sound-half creaking 76-year-old form to Taos, N.M., where there is great scenery, great art, great food, great people, great music and the Taos Indians.  My current slogan and mantra, “getting old is not for sissies.” What do you think? Much love, Fleet. P.S.: I’m in the phone book.” Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Florida for six months/year and in Lenox, Mass., in July and August. The rest of the year she is in NYC. She has two married sons and three granddaughters.  She swims, does yoga, knits and helps at local charities.

  6. 1961: Winter 2015

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    Kathie Baum Wolpe and Marty Kaiser Canner, Class Reporters
    kwolpe@gmail.com and plcanner@juno.com

    We send our condolences to Gwen Jordan Bausum whose husband, Howard, passed away in January, 2013. Gwen’s grandson, Josiah Bausum, lives with her and Gwen finds his company a blessing.  Gwen misses her Hood big sister, Lori Ball Chase ’59, who passed away in 2009, but is thankful that Lori’s husband, Steve, still keeps in touch.  Gwen is also thankful that she has recently reconnected with her Hood half sister, Alice Pearson.

    Hilda Koontz is looking forward to a busy year of providing lectures on Civil War topics for  a wide variety of historically-oriented organizations.  So far she has six lectures scheduled, including three for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, the Historical Association of Carroll County, and the Civil War Round Table of Harpers Ferry, WV. The season will start with a very special event concerning female spies at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office site in Washington, DC.  If you are in the area on March 28, Hilda says, please attend.  The restored site was Miss Barton’s wartime home and the inspiration for the American Red Cross.

    Work continues on Hilda’s book recounting the lives of family members at home and on the front during the Civil War, all based on a wonderful cache of letters preserved for more than 150 years.

    Spencer and Hilda are also busy with re-enactments and their newest love, Steampunk, which they discovered two years ago.  Hilda encourages those of you who love fantasy to give it a try – it’s a blast.

    Hilda visited her family in Iowa last summer and is planning another such trip this coming August.

    Marty Miller Strickland recently returned from a ten day visit with her college “roomie,” Jackie Post Farrell.  Jackie lives in Sebastian, Florida.  They shared lots of memories, laughs, and good food.  It was a very relaxing visit for Marty and it was also nice to have a break from the cold weather in her area.

    Marty’s family surprised her for her 75th birthday in May, 2014.  She went to a restaurant for lunch with her son and his family and there sat all the rest of the family.  Marty had five granddaughters at her home for Grammy Camp at the end of June, 2014, and in July, 2014 the whole family (19 total) went to Nags Head for a vacation.

    I (Kathie) visited my sister Ginny and her family in Pasadena, MD, from Dec. 24-26 and  my brother George and his family from Dec. 26-29 in Potomac, MD.  It gave me a chance to see Ginny and Gary’s two daughters, Lucy (with husband Clive Turner and their 3-year-old daughter Ayla) and Judy and her husband Ryu Suzuki.  Judy and Ryu were married May 3rd this year in Washington, DC, after meeting as Peace Corps volunteers in Panama.  It was a real reunion for many of the Panama volunteers.

    George and Julie’s three sons were visiting them.  Kevin, the youngest, traveled the farthest–from Melbourne, Australia, where he is working; Ryan and his wife Cathy Vu came from San Jose, California, and Derek, the oldest, from Pasadena, CA (near Los Angeles), with his wife Rochelle and baby son Brayden.  It was a mix of delicious food, catching up on everyone’s life, and comical interactions between the three dogs on hand (at Ginny and Gary’s).

    I spent a week in Paris, France, with my dear friend Philip. He lived there in the past and still has good friends he enjoys visiting during semester breaks from teaching his world literature course at Medgar Evers College, a branch of the City University of New York.  We visited several museums and enjoyed dance and jazz performances. This past year, we have continued to enjoy each other’s company, Scrabble games, off-off-Broadway theater, modern dance performances, and classical music. A highlight in January 2014 was a trip to Philadelphia, Philip’s hometown, to see the Magic Gardens, an amazing folk-art venue featuring mosaic walls and a sculpture garden. This fall we attended an interesting series of three versions of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, by American, Italian, and Korean companies.

    I remain engaged in local progressive Democratic politics through my role as a vice president of the Village Independent Democrats.  We endorsed Green Party candidates for NYS Governor and Lieutenant Governor following the primary loss by our preferred Democratic candidates, Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu. I’m also a greeter at Sunday services for St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery and volunteer at their weekly food pantry, helping give out fresh vegetables and fruits donated by a nearby farmers’ greenmarket to needy neighbors.  During warm weather I open the church’s west yard on weekend afternoons for use by those who seek a quiet space to read, study or think or to converse with friends or family.  Through a local non-profit agency, Visiting Neighbors, I volunteer as an occasional escort for other seniors who need help shopping or going to doctor’s appointments or exercise classes.

    In June, I made a rare outing to Broadway with my friend Fran to a memorable show, “All the Way,” about President Lyndon B. Johnson and the tumultuous events of 1963 and 1964.  During 2014 I also participated in a reading group and meetings at Manhattan churches about conditions within Israel for Palestinian citizens and discussions of possible solutions to the long-running conflict there.

    I also enjoyed some of New York’s great blues, jazz, rock, popular and classical music including memorable performances by my neighbor LaLa Brooks, former lead singer of The Crystals (seen recently on the David Letterman show); blues guitarist Bill Sims, Jr.; ragtime pianist Terry Waldo, and pianist-composer Ellen Mandel and husband guitarist Michael Lydon.  Two other favorites are the People’s Symphony low-cost series of chamber music and solo concerts by well-known artists at a nearby high school and free concerts Friday evenings by faculty of the 3rd Street Music School (actually located on 11th St. around the corner from me).

    In July, I had a brief bout of sciatica which fortunately was resolved by a month’s physical therapy on my back.  Otherwise, I’ve been in good health which I try to maintain with exercise classes, walks with my friend Martha around a nearby park, and eating healthy meals. The greenmarket which opens in a park on my block from late spring through November helps with an amazing variety of fresh vegetables and fruit. Unfortunately, in July also, construction across the street caused damage to street gas pipes in front of my building and resulted in testing and replacement of our building’s gas pipes. We had no service to our stoves and no clothes dryers for 3 1/2 months.  Some people got hot plates, but I just ate out and bought nutritious salads from a local supermarket and went out to nearby laundromats.

    In October I attended the 57th reunion of the Class of 1957 of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland and visited brother George and his wife Julie and sister Ginny and her husband Gary.  Brother Chris and his wife Sonja moved that month from Colorado Springs to Northglenn nearer Denver, CO, where their only grandchild lives.

    Recently I and many other New Yorkers have been troubled both by the deaths this summer of Michael Brown near St. Louis and Eric Garner on Staten Island in New York City and the assassination of two NYPD officers by a very troubled individual who later committed suicide.  These bring back memories for me of the gun and civil rights violence of the 1960s.  NYPD police officers in the past used to walk the streets and were able to interact with the community personally.  However, the nearby Ninth Precinct gives a Christmas party every year providing much appreciated gifts to hundreds of children.

    One sad note, I had to have my chubby feral cat Spooky “put down” just before Christmas before I left town for family visits. I got her from a vacant store about 8 years ago. She had stopped eating for a couple weeks and was diagnosed with severe kidney failure from which the vet said she would not recover.  My friends Martha and Fran came with me to provide moral support.  Feisty Spooky managed to leave a few memorial scratches on me before her departure.

    Philip and I started the New Year with a quiet New Year’s Eve party with some of his friends from the dance world, a New Year’s Day visit to the Matisse cut-out exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, and an evening poetry reading at the Nuyorican Poets Café including Philip among many others.

    I (Marty) have had lunch with Gwen Bausum a few times during the past two years.  This winter I read Eleanor: The Years Alone, an account by Joseph Lash of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life between the death of her husband, Franklin, in April, 1945 and her death in 1962. (The book was given to me by a former neighbor, a lifelong bibliophile.)  The book was interesting to me because I remembered many of the persons and events discussed in it and also because Mr. Lash had access to letters and papers which provided behind-the-scenes information not available to the average citizen at the time of the events.

  7. 1961: Summer 2014

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    Katharine Baum Wolpe
    kwolpe@gmail.com

    Marty Kaiser Canner
    plcanner@juno.com

    Kathie Baum Wolpe is active with the Village Independent Democrats and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in NYC and enjoys her two-year relationship with Philip, an adjunct world literature professor. Highlight of the spring was the Washington, D.C., wedding of niece Judy Umberger and Ryu Suzuki in May. Sally Bennett Edwards still plays tennis indoors in the winter and outdoors in the spring, summer and fall. She works part time at the weekly local newspaper, line dances once a week and plays bridge. In April 2014 she went to Nashville to watch the Univ. of Connecticut compete in the Women’s Final Four Basketball Tournament. She spent much of the summer at her house on Cape Cod. Nancy Brown Braudrick was busy in the summer celebrating the birthdays of her daughter, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandson and three granddaughters, all of whom were born in June, July or August. Her son was born in December. Nancy has a new telephone number, 541-373-1527. Suzanne Brown Wellcome and husband Page have traveled to Cambodia, India, Paris, London and Ireland. They planned a trip to Kenya and Tanzania in September. Suzanne does consulting and usually works from three to six months every year. Vivi Bruckel Harvey teaches English to international visitors at Ohio State. She spends every winter in Guatemala teaching English. In October she will lead a group of 19 women to Peru. Ann Coleman Alexander taught public school music 25 years, retiring in 2006. Her husband Gene died in 2010 from cancer. She is now employed by Messiah Lutheran Church in Sykesville, Md., as director of music. Her sons Brian and David and daughter Conni Ann live close by. Her son Jeff lives in San Francisco. We extend our condolences to Ann on the death of her husband. Kit Compton Long wrote that the good news is there is no big news with her. She and husband John enjoy their garden, their town (San Luis Obispo) and the California weather. Ann Corderman Helton said she does not have interesting news right now, but that life is good. Jan Dobbs Pedersen creates watercolor paintings and makes cards from them. She and husband Tom live at Seabrook, a retirement community. She and Tom travel with the Road Scholar group. Mary Anne (Fleet) Fleetwood still lives in Rehoboth, Del. She is writing a book on animals. She invites any classmates who visit Rehoboth to call her so they can get together. Susan Kaehrle planned to visit Christine (Tina) Steere Lamb in Maine in July. Tina’s husband Chuck died earlier this year. We extend our condolences to Tina who was in our class for freshman and sophomore years. Hilda Koontz is doing a series of lectures on Civil War history for regional historical societies. She and Spencer are busy with Civil War re-enactments and she planned to visit her son, daughter and four grandchildren in Iowa and Minnesota this summer. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob live at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, Md. They love their independent living apartment on 105 landscaped acres. The chapel’s acoustics are great for concerts. Anita Ranoldo Miner and husband Dick live in a condo in Salt Lake City. She volunteers her time with the Coalition of Religious Communities. As a deacon at her church she handles pastoral care issues. She and Dick will be going to Salamanca, Spain, in September. Brenda Sheaffer Hillard fulfilled a dream this May when she attended a crewel embroidery class taught by the Royal School of Needlework out of Hampton Court Palace in England. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband Jack took a cruise across the Atlantic to Africa. They visited 19 countries. Janet reported that at the recent Hood Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees accepted Dr. Volpe’s resignation with regret. Dorothy Willis Rainwater and husband Roger planned to go to Croatia in June to join an archaeological dig of a Roman villa with some Peace Corps friends. Bev Yarroll Sweetman was semi-retired three years ago when she turned Body Ease, her physical therapy practice, over to another therapist. She will continue to teach and help family and friends with physical therapy. As for the Canners, Paul and I, Marty Kaiser Canner, are still living in the same house in Catonsville, Md., we have lived in for the last 48 years. We hoped to visit our daughter Rebecca and her adopted daughter Kate in Montana in late July. Kathie Baum Wolpe is co-reporter for our class news. We hope to alternate writing the columns.

  8. 1961: Winter 2013

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    Hurricane Sandy flooding did not reach Kathy Baum Wolpe’s block in Lower Manhattan, but the electricity was off for a week, and luckily she was able to stay elsewhere. She visited Montego Bay in late August for the wedding of a nephew and spent Thanksgiving in Colorado Springs with her brother. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and Bob continue to weather the storms of life, including Hurricane Sandy. They got to see the cave paintings in Altamira on a great tour of Northern Spain and Portugal. Back in the U.S., they danced to the “oldies” at her 55th Phillipsburg High School reunion (I did the same with my friend Douglas at my 55th Altoona High School reunion in September). Sandy and Jeanette Phelps ’59 juggle volunteer hours and doctor’s appointment’s so that they can take advantage of all Baltimore has to offer.

    Vivian Bruckel Harvey spent five weeks in India with a USAID program that involved visiting three agricultural colleges in two low-income areas. The hospitality of the students and faculty members was wonderful as was the scenery, especially the sight of a full moon over the River Ganges. On Dec. 19, she planned to return to Guatemala for four months, working with Mayan families and hosting three groups from the United States for 10 days each. If anyone wants information on traveling to Guatemala or would like to visit her there, you may contact her at www.vivianharvey.com. Hilda Koontz wrote that she and Spencer are immersed in Civil War sesquicentennial events. After spending two weeks at Antietam events, they were headed for Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 7-9. Next year will be the big events at Gettysburg, Pa. They were filmed at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., as part of the film The Men Who Built America. She is very happy because of the birth of her first granddaughter; she already has three grandsons. From the responses this time, it looks like a lot of us devote time to our grandchildren.

    Muff Wright Peterson wrote that she lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland not far from her childhood home and midway between her children and five grandchildren ranging in age from 24 years to 12 weeks old. She remarked that she has such wonderful memories of our 50th reunion. Phyllis Alligretti Panico reported that she has retired from Astra Zeneca and the G.W. faculty and is now living in a senior community; she likes it very much. She has had some health problems but it has not kept her from interacting with her eight grandchildren, playing bridge, tennis and attending Bible study, plus writing articles for a local digest. Hope Paulson Carmen is also enjoying her granddaughters and said they are as different as day and night. Fran McCauley King reported that she is still the director of the pre-school at her church in Lancaster, Pa. Her husband of two years, John, and she sing in the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Chorus and enjoy seeing friends. Her son who lives near Richmond, Va., (Ashland) teaches advanced placement American history and has two daughters, ages 12 and 14. Her daughter and husband live in Connecticut and planned to move into a new home in the middle of December.

    Anne Grenfell reported that her granddaughter Jenna is enjoying life at Widener Univ., in Chester, Pa., and her grandsons, Jeffery and Gunnar, are doing well in school and extracurricular activities. She has really started to write in earnest, a nonfiction book about her life with her husband Pasco. She plans on finishing it and getting it published next year. She is tutoring elementary students in math and English, does yoga and Pilates, Zumba dancing and of course, ballroom dancing with Michael. She certainly has the energy level to be envious of! Our condolences go out to Marilyn King Jessen who lost her beloved husband George in August. They had been married for nine years and had enjoyed many wonderful trips. She is thankful that her son now lives close to her in Virginia Beach. She also reported that Jan Bettman Leslie and Dave have moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to be close to their son and family. Marilyn enjoyed having lunch with Jan while she was living in Williamsburg, Va. Well, I, Doretta Ruggles Allison, plan to move five houses up the street into my renovated home in January. Everything will be new except for the brick walls and the foundation. I will have a dream kitchen that I designed and a lovely sunroom in the treetops and many other upgrades. After I get settled in, I will issue an invitation for you all to visit!

    Class Reporter:

    Doretta Ruggles Allison
    (678) 977-4634
    d_allison@bellsouth.net

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