1. 1963; Summer 2017

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    Dottie Snyder Engle
    301-371-5170
    dengle3699@aol.com

    Hey sisters! Happily, I can report that I had replies from long silent Sheral Kniffin Malloy, says she left Hood after two years, went to law school at Tulane, has practiced law since 1981 and is almost retired. She is married to her second husband Dan, her childhood sweetheart.  They spend winters in South Padre Island, Texas, and summers on Lake Ontario, NY, where they grew up.  She has two sons now in their 50′s and Dan has a daughter, all of whom live in Texas.  Judy Martinka Ericson reports that her husband died three years ago, so she is keeping busy with a lot of traveling, having visited four continents and by now has had a trip sailing along the Dalmation Coast and hiking in the fall in Southern England with Road Scholar.  She says she’s blessed with great children and grands, but as they don’t live close. Jo Ann Twilley Plichta, M.A.’86 has moved to Pennsylvania to be near her son and his family and is happily living in a lovely mobile home in a quiet development.  Life sounds exciting for Carolyn Matusiewski Cannava, P’87 who lives in Alaska but has been back and forth to Kona with her children so they can enjoy snorkeling and swimming.  She was in Kona for her last birthday with 26 kids and grandkids for a Hawaiian celebration. Then she went to her son’s wedding in White Fish, Montana and declared the scenery breathtaking. Mary-Verdella Wagner Nelson’s oldest, Adam who is going to Bryant in Rhode Island and scored some scholarship help. Another grandbaby for Sally Schaeffer Morse set to make his arrival, maybe, while Sally and Al are on a cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  They will be sailing on the Queen Elizabeth through the Baltic countries to St. Petersburg and back to Southampton. Life is busy for Verna Larson Lyons who is very involved in her Presbyterian Church with a large congregation as well as a board member for a church retirement community. She and her son took an amazing trip to Thailand, Myanmar and Laos seeing the interesting cultures, good food and very friendly people.  Sue Colton Gibbons is happily living with her daughter in the Boston area and after being far from the kids, is enjoying being granny/nanny/housekeeping/chauffeur/homework helper/cook and errand girl. They moved into a new house which also gave her more work to get everything in shape.  Ann Carpenter Lindau-Martin is enjoying retired life meeting new people and traveling living in Florida full time with her husband even though most of their families still live in New York.  Bobby Campbell Rickman, M.A.’75, P’96 has moved from her bungalow into an apartment at her retirement community and is busy all the time.  Pat Taylor Santelli spent the winter in her house on Amelia Island, Florida.  The raging fires in the Okefenokee Swamp sent a lot of smoke Pat’s way. She is doing renovations but going nuts conforming to the Historic District codes. She and Jim still have their house at Oyster Bay where Jim works as a dentist at Nassau County Jail.  Glad to hear that Jim is recovering from his stroke. As for me, I am doing very well after Ron’s death.  I have Robin, who lives with me and son, Ryan, lives nearby.  Robin and I are set for our birthday trip in June to Paris and Denmark.  Nancy “Zabbie” Huff Quinn lives in Paris and will meet us one afternoon. Last time I was in Europe, Zabbie was in London at the time and said we could get together; I just answered that, six years later?  Then Robin and I are going on to Denmark to visit our exchange student and family.  Lin Chait Solomon M.A.’84, M.A.’95 wrote that some of her children and grands are suffering with kidney disease like Joe did.  Lin retired seven years ago and is enjoying book groups, theater outings and tutoring. She is grateful that her family lives nearby.  She has been vacationing with her sisters, Johanna Chait Essex ’53 and Muriel Chait Durbin ’56, P’81, and brother-in-law being “wowed” by the beauty of the US Southwest.  Brenda Eklund Pearson has traveled Vietnam, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. Mark your calendars for June 8, 9 and 10, 2018.  Our reunion dinner will be at Dottie’s on Friday, June 9.  Until then, keep me updated and I’ll see you in June.

  2. 1963: Winter 2017

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    1963

    Dottie Snyder Engle
    301-371-5170
    dengle3699@aol.com

    Dear classmates. Sorry for such brief news, but I have heard from very few of you. Joanne Cissel Doyle says that she and Jim paid their annual visit to their son’s family in Texas. She also informed me that Jo Ann Twilley Plichta, M.A.’86 has moved to West Chester, PA, and that Jo’s husband, Dave, died recently. While we are speaking of deaths, in case you haven’t heard, my dear Ronnie has also left us. He hadn’t been feeling well, but felt well enough to go to a football game at the University of Maryland on Oct. 15 with several friends. He enjoyed lunch and camaraderie but fell over as he passed through security and could not be revived. I am being philosophical because we had frequently talked about what a great life we had; he wanted to go first and quickly. Oddly enough, I was not totally surprised. (He just didn’t want to do all this paperwork.) We had an amazing “Celebration of Life” for him with more than 500 people in attendance. This was going to be his last year of coaching, at least as a head coach. At least that’s what he said! The good news is that the deck has been repainted, and although the host will not be here for the next reunion, the deck is ready for you, so plan on being here!

  3. 1963: Summer 2016

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    1963

    Dottie Snyder Engle
    301-371-5170
    dengle3699@aol.com

    Sisters, do I have news for you!  First, our sympathy to Gail Kloeblen Spertzel on the death of her husband, Richard, who had a storied career with the federal government in any number of roles including leading teams into Iraq to look for weapons of mass destruction. He and Gail traveled the world over, partly because of his job and she worked for a travel agency.  After putting out several  messages about our mini reunion for June 10, I received very few responses, but heard from Karen Beck Gould whom I hadn’t heard from since she sang at our wedding.  Unfortunately, Karen’s husband died 14 years ago and she has been in a nursing home in Pittsburgh for the past 13 with a back injury.  Pat Lytle Frost called to say she has Parkinson’s, but with the help of her husband Nick, still gets around.  They had lived in Montana, Nantucket, her favorite place in the world, and now on Cape Cod.  Rude person that I am, I paid a surprise visit to Elena Koch Flom and her very kind husband, and at lunch time, too, when I was visiting friends in Cocoa Beach, FL. We had a lovely chat over lunch, and I learned of all the degrees she had gotten and the places she had taught including Suriname.  She, too, is having some health issues including declining eye sight.  Sadly, my roomie, Brenda Eklund Pearson did not attend  reunion because she was going to be in Europe for 25 days.  How could she!  Jo Ann Twilley Plichta, M.A.’86 reports that she and Dave are in the process of moving to PA to be near their son’s family. She said that she, Mary Ann Holloway Ford, M.A’79, and Joanne Zink Markey, recently visited Helen Buss Mitchell and husband Joe at the Mitchell’s lovely home in Ellicott City, MD.  Cindy Klopp Butler and husband Keith spent a few months in CA with their daughter and, this summer, went to England where their son was teaching at Cambridge.   As usual, Kathie Anderson Houchens and Dave had many happy trails but none better than to Alaska.  They engage in more activities than I can mention. Marilyn Monson Baldi  is a real world traveler.  She has recently been to Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, taking lots of photos.  She enjoyed the colorful, interesting cultures and will be going to the Arctic with National Geographic on an expedition for more photos.  She thinks age is getting to her as she is minding the long flights, and although she feels she is aging gracefully, she says gravity is taking its course. Check Marilyn’s websites at www.imagerybymarilyn.com and www.torchegalerie.com. As for myself, Dottie Snyder Engle, I always have an exciting life.  In addition to my usual activities with local seniors, I have a disabled friend who moved here from Sante Fe.  She has no one to help her but me.  She has no use of her right arm, right leg is off at the knee and lots of other issues.  She is on her third prosthesis and is hoping to be able to get out of the wheel chair.  She wanted out of the house where she was living and my son and I deposited her in a motel that she had arranged.  She wanted a service animal, so I bought her a fighting fish. Our family entertained our Danish exchange student’s in-laws for two weeks in May and had a wonderful time with them.  They now think all Americans are just plain nuts, but like it!  We had one day of normalcy after they left, then got a frantic message from our friend at Virginia Beach with whom we had spent five days in Cocoa Beach, that his wife was gravely ill, so we rushed down to visit them.  Lung issues!  She seems a bit better.  Thank goodness my family is well and all are active.  Son Ryan is back East in WV.  Robin and I are poised for a big trip down south and will see Nancy Craven Jacobus in Elon, NC, when we are returning.  We had a mini reunion for the Hood class of ’63 here at our house and everyone declared it a success.  Twelve Hoodlums attended and seven spouses.  Thanks to Bobby Campbell Rickman, M.A.’75, P’96 for showing up hours ahead to help and to my husband Ron who puts up with me and helps me through all my endeavors.  Next reunion:  June 2018, our 55th.

  4. Class of 1963

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    Greetings Hood Sisters of ’63.  Thanks for all your news.  It seems we are at the traveling stage in life.  Jane McCann Walsh has been a cruising gal.  She and a friend did a riverboat cruise in Southern Europe and topped it off with a few days in Paris.  She also cruised the British Isles, visiting major cities and spending some time in London.  She also cruised from Barcelona to Lisbon with several days stays on both ends.  Go Girl!  She says she has developed new appreciation for Jack Davis’ Art Appreciation lectures.  Ann Carpentar Lindau-Martin reported that her husband, Roy Lindau, died in 2009, she has married Jim Martin and these two retirees are getting used to their move from NY to Florida-Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota.  They are looking forward to their upcoming trip to France and Italy. More trips from Verna Larson Lyons,  include a great one to New York to visit a cousin and attend a Buddhist wedding of a Tibetan friend, then on to Boston where they rented a car and drove all over Vermont, Montreal and Quebec City then back to the US by way of Maine and New Hampshire.  She and her husband also went to her niece’s wedding at Lake Tahoe after visiting their son, Matt, in Redondo Beach, met up with son, Tim, and had a family reunion with their whole family at Squaw Valley while in the area for the wedding.  Our class representative at the inauguration of Hood’s new president, Sally Schaeffer Morse, and Al, had a wonderful river cruise out of Amsterdam.  She still spends lots of time doing church activities and helping with her grandchildren and their pets as she did recently while the parents took a trip.  She’s looking forward to seeing all of us next June.  I love getting replies from Pat Taylor Santelli who always sends lots of news and is funny as heck.  She never has a dull moment. They sold their sailboat and bought a cabin cruiser so she can get over to CT where two of her children and five of her grandchildren live.  She and those offspring spent a lot of time on the water visiting several islands and sucking up some vitamin D.  They visited a lot of places along the coasts of CT, RI and NY and spent some not so quiet time in beach bars. I wish I could tell details!  Pat also had a brief visit at her home in Oyster Bay with Alix Rockwell Hill Jacobs, her partner in many Hood crimes, and a friend of Alix’s who lives in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains on an oasis.  They had a tour of Teddy Roosevelt’s house, Sagamore Hill, the restoration of which cost $11 million, Pat says, wasted money.  Pat is suffering from wanderlust and has a big list of places she must see, like I do, before time runs out.  MaryVerdella Wagner Nelson and Paul spent a great deal of time at their cabin in Rangeley, Maine, where their son, daughter and her husband and three boys, descended on them whenever they could get away from their homes near Boston.  They also spent their regular week at a condo on the Vineyard where they annually meet up with a lot of friends.  Back in Boston, their visitors are non-stop.  Bobbi Sterling Kemmerling is so excited because her oldest son is making her a great grandmother come January.  As for me, Dottie Snyder Engle, I’ve been a travel hog.  In June, daughter Robin and I flew into Denver, just missing Brenda Eklund Pearson,  and had a brief visit with Linda Myers Gray, her husband John, son Jeff and granddaughter, Gracie.  Jeff was there from SD getting a new prosthesis.  Linda gave us a snack and took us shopping.  After leaving the Grays, we drove to meet son Ryan for dinner.  Then I drove Robin 3000 miles around the Southwest visiting many national parks and other great places including Moab, Sedona and the US Air Force Academy. Our funniest experience was stopping at a little, closed motel in the dark, miles from nowhere, borrowing a key, using a bathroom, leaving a tip and a thank you note.  In August, Ron and I had our annual beach trip to the Outer Banks of NC with four other couples, and in September he and I flew to Seattle and toured some of Washington and Oregon.  We had a great dinner with a former next door neighbor gal who lives in Newcastle, east of Seattle, and her whole family, who lived here, was there for a reunion.  We planned to surprise George Raveling, a former assistant basketball coach at the U of MD who is the Global Marketing Director for Basketball of Nike, in Beaverton.  The surprise was on us, as he now works out of LA.  Cindy Klopp Butler and husband Keith had a great visit with us in September.  Cindy said they had the best Canadian summer ever.  She was able to spend time with her children and grand children.  After visiting us,  they went to VA and PA.  Our son moved back from CO to MD this fall, after 15 years and had nothing but bad luck with housing and jobs.  The last blow was that his former live in girlfriend of five years was killed in a motorcycle accident in OH in September.  No wonder I dye my hair!  I’m looking forward to seeing you at our house  on June 10, 2016.  Let’s make it memorable!

  5. 1963: Winter 2015

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    Dottie Snyder Engle
    301-371-5170
    dengle3699@aol.com

    Congratulations to those of us who outlasted the awful winter. Special thoughts go to Mary Verdella Wagner Nelson and Paul, near the waterfront in Boston, who endured over nine feet of snow in a month. They were house bound, but fortunately did not need to get out for work. Paul even happily filled in as the concierge to accept deliveries to the building. Nancy Craven Jacobus enjoyed a fabulous trip to Paris and the Normandy beaches where she took beautiful photos. Our sympathy to Nancy on the sudden dead of her brother Bob who lived in California. Speaking of photography, please visit Marilyn Monson Baldi’s wonderful albums and galleries at www.imagerybymarilyn.com and www.torchegalerie.com. Marilyn, an avid traveler, has been to 30 countries in the past few years. Jo Ann Twilley Plichta, M.A.’86 and Mary Ann Holloway Ford-Naill, M.A.’79 visited Helen Buss Mitchell and her husband in Ellicott City, Md. Helen is still teaching women’s studies and updating her philosophy books. Gail Kloeblen Spertzel has become quite an artist and photographer. She and her husband have moved to the retirement community of Homewood where Bobby Campbell Rickman, M.A.’75, P’96 lives. Condolences to Dianne Lawson Hadermann whose beautiful mom died at age 97. Since Dianne and I had attended school from third grade through Hood, and because I liked her mom, I decided to go to the visitation. I was so sure of where I was going, but went to Ridgeville Road in Mount Airy instead of Ridge Road in Damascus. So I missed by about eight miles, I think. I even had the obit in my purse. Why do I shim? Condolences also to Joanne Zink Markey on the death of her husband.  Dottie Hussennetter Ritz and husband Bob had a trip of a life time to Italy arranged by Bob’s priest. The highlight was being in a position to almost touch the Pope as he came by in his Pope Mobile. Pat Taylor Santelli and her husband had her first trip to Hawaii to visit their USN officer son and do some sightseeing. They spent time on Oahu and the big island. She also had her first time in the Bahamas snorkeling for lobster and conch off their friend’s fishing boat. She lost her only beloved sister to cancer after Claire had fought a three year battle; our condolences Pat. As for me, Dottie Snyder Engle, we suffered some losses, too.  My 97-year-old brother passed last spring and Ron’s 90-year-old brother in August. My biggest event was a treadmill accident. A member at our gym left his running while he went to the bathroom. I didn’t see the track turning and stepped on it to retrieve a TV remote to hand to daughter Robin. When I stepped on with one foot, I got hurled at four miles an hour into a wall about three feet behind hitting my head and shoulder. I was fortunate, because as badly as that hurt, I only had a sprained shoulder and finger and a cut below my eyebrow and a big hematoma above. Four days later, we were having our 55th high school reunion, so I went to a salon and got my hair done and a makeup job that had me looking red carpet ready. The day after the accident, Ron took me to my local doctor. We sat on chairs with a little table between me with my very bruised and battered face. People would glance at us and then away. Wonder what they were thinking? Domestic Abuse? Did I mention that we are pretty well known in our community? Life seems to be filled with deaths, operations, grandchildren and trips. I vote for more of the last two. Who is up for an unofficial reunion the weekend of June 10, 2016? A Friday evening dinner at the Engle’s and weekend activities as you chose. More information will follow. Recently, Bobby Campbell Rickman’s husband Charlie slept out of this world at home in bed in the middle of the morning. Charlie asked that there be no visitation, funeral or memorial service. Instead, he asked that all you who wish to honor him will do a service for someone in his name. He was very much into service himself. Bobby said there will be a celebration, “a party” in the spring. His obituary appeared in the Frederick News Post on February 27. Bobby is always right there sending cards for every occasion. Since she has been our Hood Reunion chairman forever, please send her a card: Barbara Campbell Rickman, 7351 Willow Road #11, Frederick, MD 21702.  Phone number is 240-629-1960. She is doing very well. I, Dottie Snyder Engle, made a surprise visit to Pat Pinto Tawes and George in Crisfield and found they were moving to a waterfront condo, also in Crisfield. George is still recovering from a stroke and Pat finds that she cannot keep up their present waterfront property.

  6. 1963: Summer 2014

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    Dorothy Snyder Engle, P’96

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    Kathie Anderson Houchens reported that she and Dave had a relaxing trip with good weather to England staying out of cities and visiting places like Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Lake District and Bath. She said that driving on the left took two of them, one to steer and the other to call out directions. They stayed at B and B’s and met lots of interesting people. Big news is Katie has retired! Lin Chait Solomon, M.A.’84, M.A.’95 said she cannot believe it has been more than a year since our 50th reunion. Lin is enjoying having the time to read, lunch, tutor and volunteer at the school where her daughter teaches. Lin’s taken several trips on the Mississippi and a wonderful enlightening trip to Central Europe. She visits grandchildren in Maryland, Virginia and Connecticut. Sue Oster Robinson and Dave have moved from New Windsor, Md., to a retirement community in Pennsylvania. Dottie Hussennetter Ritz and Bob are enjoying their new home that they built to accommodate six children and 12 grandchildren when they all descend at the same time. They stay busy with golf and keep up with their clan. A trip was in the works for Helen Pinckney Schafer and Bill as they spent several days in London before picking up their Princess Cruise for the sail around the British Isles. Mary-Verdella Wagner Nelson  and Paul have a wonderful one-bedroom condo in the north end of Boston not far from the water. They stay busy with their three grandsons and the rest of their family and loads of friends who visit them there and at the cabin retreat in Maine. Paul plays a big role in the management of their condo building. Sue Colton Gibbons traveled to Germany with her church choir to perform concerts, following the steps of Luther, Bach, Handel, Buxtehude and on into what was East Germany. This brings back memories of Sue’s trip with the Hood Choir doing a month of United Service Organizations shows. More military activities for Pat Taylor Santelli as her oldest grandson is off to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Carolyn Matusiewski Cannava, P’87 said the fire in Alaska that burned over an area twice the size of Manhattan was away from her. She visited daughter Tara Cannava ’87 in Seattle and then to Maryland for a visit with her Hood roommate Kathy Roach Hoff  . Carolyn traded Alaskan king crab legs for Maryland crab cakes and found Maryland colder than Alaska! Courtney Womack Pilgrim   reported that Denny, her husband of 52 years, died peacefully at home under Hospice care on April 30, 2014. He fought Myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the bone marrow that resulted from previous chemotherapy. As for me, Dottie Snyder Engle, P’96, I’m always busy. Bobby Campbell Rickman, M.A.’75, P’96, Sally Schaeffer Morse and I attended the alumni luncheon to hear that the class of ’64 had raised $87,000. When Dr. Volpe heard this, he said he did not like uneven numbers, so he pledged $13,000. In May Ron and I took a road trip to visit Dottie Hussennetter Ritz and Bob, and experienced their wonderful home and hospitality for several days. We left and arrived at West Point just in time for the last one hour tour of the day. We then traveled to Boston to visit Mary-Verdella and Paul after a great picnic with their daughter’s family and friends. The next trip was a Collette tour in Italy for daughter Robin’s 40th birthday. Heading south, we toured Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri then on to Florence. We visited the Boboli Gardens, the Ponte Vecchio, Gates of Paradise and had a quick trip to Pisa and another short visit to Verona to see the supposed home of Juliet. We loved Venice for the canals and gondola ride and the trip to Murano Island to the glass factory. Our last overnight in Italy was the beautiful Stresa. While there we took a short trip into Switzerland to Locarno and then it was back to reality. To all of our sisters who are suffering from falls, illnesses and other reasons for pain and sadness, we are holding you to our hearts. If I missed any messages you sent, misspelled anything or reported false information, credit me with literary license. We had a suggestion to, perhaps, have an “in between” reunion. I am up for that. Let me know if you are interested.

  7. 1963: Winter 2014

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    Dorothy Snyder Engle
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    Class News For 1963

    Well, Ladies of ’63, there is some good news and some bad, so I’ll start with the bad.  We learned of the death of Marcia Kerr Quill, a staunch Hood supporter, married to Jerry, (from Frederick) for 50 years.  She was also the mother of Kevin and Shannon and grandmother of two.  Early on, Marcia used her lit degree from Hood as a copywriter.  Most of her life, however, was devoted to philanthropic endeavors such as raising funds for the William Penn Charter School, organizing art exhibitions, singing in choirs and playing some excellent tennis with the Philadelpia Cricket Club. Jerry wrote a tribute to Marcia in which he said she treated everyone as her equal and was greatly loved.   I know she and I would have had a lot to talk about, so I’m doubly sorry that I did not call her about the reunion.  Our sympathies, Jerry.  Lots of news from Katherine “Kathy” VanTine Harford. Kathy says,  “Geoff and I have been married for 46 years.  Our son Jarred is a professor of finance at the University of Washington inSeattle, is married to Katrina, and they have two sons.  Justin owns a contracting company here in State College and was married to Ashley last August.  Geoff and I retired 10 years ago from Penn State where Geoff was the senior director of admissions and I was an event and conference planner for hospitality services.  Unlike most contemporaries who are down sizing, we upsized. We had been in a townhouse for 42 years, and in 2011, son Justin, the contractor, convinced us to build a house.  We love the change and the extra room.”  (I thought I had done well to buy a $1000 vacuum cleaner from my son.)   According to Carolyn Matusiewski Cannava, Alaska had a warm and sunny summer bringing lots of visitors including daughter Tara ’87, and her twins who live in Seattle,  son James, a pediatric dentist in Whitefish, Montana,  and friends of her late sister Teddy ’61.   Carolyn was kept busy with nine grandchildren, seven of which attend the elementary school where Carolyn was principal for 18 years.  Sounds like a legacy! Wow! Sally Schaeffer Morse and Al took the Queen Mary II to Southhampton, England, and then spent a week in London in September, a lovely trip.   Sue Olpp Remsberg wants to say one more time what a great reunion weekend we had and to thank everyone once again for your monetary contributions.  Sue Coulton Gibbons enjoyed an amazing trip to Israel and plans to visit what used to be East Germany.  She’s keeping her girlish figure by exercising and loving the vegetarian life.  She is still  a volunteer coordinator  (800 volunteers) at her very large church.  Brenda Eklund Pearson has traveled to India for three weeks with her Friendship Force group.  I hope they missed the floods. Pat Taylor Santelli always has interesting news. Unfortunately, Pat has lost her job as an independent contractor after 32 years.  She’s hoping for a part time job soon “to keep her out of trouble”.  Her youngest son, a USNA grad, James, returned from his third deployment on the USS Florida, a guided missle sub, then got reassigned to shore duty in Hawaii  with Naval Intelligence Ops.  In September he and his bride, Carla, were married at the USNA and had the pomp and pagentry of exiting under the sword arch.  Their wedding was attended by many guests including Pat’s other three children and their families. James and Carla have a two year honeymoon in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  Gee, we know where Pat’s next vacation will be!  As for me, Dottie Snyder Engle,  we had our annual trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and I visited son Ryan in California for ten days, where he and I took a two day trip to Big Sur. Love that gorgeous Pacific Coast?  Robin won a dispute with the state over having her schedule changed.  She claimed extreme OCD and that, according to the Americans With Disibilities Act, she should be given a resonable accommodation, one half hour difference in her schedule, same one she had for 15 years.  She and I had a fruitful shopping trip to NYC where my credit cards got canceled since I hadn’t notified  them that I’d be traveling.  After being torn up for three months, the kitchen floor is ready for the next reunion and so am I.  Keep your news coming.

  8. 1963: Winter 2013

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    Oh yes, the count down to the reunion is on, and I hope your calendars are marked. I am planning on contacting every single one of you personally. How is that for a challenge? Sadly, I must report that Wilbur, husband of Mary Ann Holloway Ford, passed away Nov. 29, 2012 in Buckeystown, Md. Our condolences, Mary Ann. There was some joy in her family, however. Mary Ann and Wilbur celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilbur was able to walk daughter Cindy down the aisle. The recessional for the funeral service was Hail to the Redskins. Who knew Wilbur was such a big Redskins fan? Neat! Thanks to those who took the time to answer my emails (always a challenge as you change your address, and I do not know until I get them back). Jo Ann Twilley Plichta reported that Joanne E. Zink Markey has moved. Her address is 712 Locust Lane, Gwynedd, PA 19002-2538. Her phone is (215) 628-8835 and her email is omarkey@aol.com.

    Life is always exciting for Janet Feick Burmester. Her husband teaches at a university in China and loves the Chinese culture. Janet’s family planned to be together at Christmas and she plans to join him for a trip in June to the Balkans. She is doing well and has children nearby. Janet’s email is janburme@gmail.com. Helen Buss Mitchell and her husband are busy working on a revision of one of their textbooks and enjoying their greenhouse and koi pond. Louise Thornton Burns is still enjoying life, especially bridge. Penny West Pawley has relocated to 18949 Whispering Trail, Traverse City, MI 49686-8720. Sue Olpp Remsburg’s greatest wish is to escape hospitals and doctors as she and Bob have been spending too much time with them. Sue had to give up her gall bladder while Bob had a back operation that needed some redoing. They were looking forward to forgetting all of that at Lake Travis near Austin for the month of February. Sue said she is good for another 50,000 miles, so she will spend some of those coming back to Hood.

    Pat Taylor Santelli said she and Jim “smallerized,” renting out their beloved Southside at 143 Cove Road to a 40-something tenant from lower Manhattan’s Tribeca who has lived 22 years “behind a doorman in a loft and hasn’t a clue what life in the country is all about.” They are now 800’ north of their home of 30 years, opposite Cove Beach, loving less work and a water view and waiting for their lease to expire, hopefully before the renters destroy the place. Oh my, and speaking of destroying, Pat wrote extensively about the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island, N.Y. The winds of 80-90 mph snapped their huge trees and downed power lines, washing out roads and flooding cars and homes with some just washing away. It sounds like it was akin to being in a war zone. That was followed by 6” of wet snow. After braving gas lines that never moved, she resigned herself to riding her bike everywhere for two weeks. Almost three weeks later some were without power even though power crews had been brought in from far away states and Canada. The romance of candles and the fireplace soon dimmed. (I never thought of LI being in the country or that it would be so vulnerable.) On a happier note, Pat’s clan is doing well with her two girls and two boys giving her four grandsons and four granddaughters. Her youngest son, still single, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy ’09, is an active duty submarine officer currently deployed on the USS Florida, SSGN 728, a converted ballistic sub, now a guided missile and SEAL delivery boat. Their oldest grandson, a junior, intends to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy, which is great, partly because the Santellis are season ticket holders. Go Navy!

    Alix Rockwell Jacobs is having a problem with email addresses as they did not get changed to her new laptop (maybe she did not write you off, after all.) She said their lives are novels best unwritten. Hummm? Actually, she is still working with her decorative paint business and styling and staging homes for real estate and individual clients. What an anniversary present for Carol Joice Carty. A grandson arrived on that very day. Carol, who has discovered that she likes fine jewelry, has a perfect position to see what is new, as she is still a bookkeeper for Saxons Diamond Centers. Do you take your salary in stones, Carol? We may have missed a horrifying story in the last issue from Sally Schaeffer Morse. Sally and Al were vacationing in Hawaii when they found out their youngest daughter Ellen was in Johns Hopkins with a brain aneurysm. She is a 38-year-old nurse at Johns Hopkins, so she was in familiar territory. She was treated, had her wound sealed with glue and was back to work in seven weeks. The wonder of glue! Our daughter Robin had a 7-inch incision on her chest glued in 2010. Sally recently called Holly Wagner Mai, who lives in Burley, Idaho. Sally said their parents had grown up in the same town, and Sally and Holly ended up being half-little sisters. Sally had not talked to Holly since Hood but had kept in touch with Holly’s mother until her death three years ago. Holly lost her husband five years ago. Holly, who taught for 33 years, has two children, five grandchildren and stays close to her husband’s family. Sally is encouraging Holly to attend the reunion and travel on to see her sister, Karen Wagner ’69 who lives in New York City.

    Kathie Anderson Houchens loves to travel and has a good excuse as they have family living in West Virginia north to Vermont. She greatly loves to go to North Carolina to enjoy “water time.” Kathie mentioned that she reconnected with Gail Wood Fortin ’62 after reading that Gail’s daughter had died of cancer. Kathie and Dave stopped in Connecticut to visit with Gail on their way to Massachusetts. She said, as they reminisced, the years melted away, and they had picked up their friendship. The whole gang in the block with Mary-Verdella Wagner Nelson, including Nancy Craven Jacobus, Mary Deibler Spohn, Dottie Hussennetter Ritz, Helen Pinckney Schafer and, we hope, Dinny Ingrey Allen, plan to attend the reunion. Nancy has a new passion in photography which she pursued on a trip to Alaska, so perhaps she can help document our 50th. Mary V. was on Martha’s Vineyard when Hurricane Sandy blew through. She only wished she would have had her boots so she could have gone out and sloshed around like lots of others were doing. We know a lot of our classmates suffered the effects of Hurricane Sandy including Brenda Eklund Pearson who still owns her parents property in Beach Haven, Long Beach Island. The house fared better than a lot of others, but still suffered a lot of flood damage. Brenda has traveled far and wide this year, both foreign and within the states.

    Ellen DeBard Adle (adle means justice in Persian) reported that her husband Parviz Adle is a retired diplomat under the late Shah of Iran. He was consul general to the western third of the United States and ambassador to Brazil and Canada. “We spent 10 marvelous years in Istanbul from 1987 to 1997. We’re now in Duxbury, Mass., about 40 miles south of Boston on the coast, where we are active volunteers. I teach ancient mid-Eastern history and Parviz writes for various magazines in Farsi while finishing up his memoirs in English. His family story is amazing. We have a daughter and family in Normandy, France, and many friends abroad so we continue to travel. This year we plan to visit various friends and family on our way to and from Florida,” said Ellen. Her email is parvelle@verizon.net.

    As for me, Dottie Snyder Engle, I have traveled far and wide, too, including to Texas with Ron and Robin and Las Vegas with Robin (big first full day when I passed out on a city bus in the morning, causing Robin to think I was dead, and finished the day at a Garth Brooks acoustic concert). Then, I traveled to Europe, including Paris and a Scandinavian/Baltic cruise with Ron and 30 others for 17 days, the annual beach trip to North Carolina and to California for my annual week with son Ryan. Now we are home until March when we will visit our Danish son, our exchange student from Denmark, and his family in Barbados where they work for Shell Oil, to celebrate out 50th wedding anniversary. Soren and Anne have sons, ages 5 and 3, probably our only grandchildren. Daughter Robin is doing well and celebrated her two-year anniversary for aortic valve replacement. Please help me out. Send new information such as email addresses and phone numbers. Also, include your whole name including maiden and your husband’s, as I sometimes have to look up these things. The memory is going! Please call, email or write several Hood sisters to personally invite them back for our reunion. Need anyone’s information, get in touch with me. See you on June 7; dinner for all at our house. Apologies if we have not included your news, given you someone else’s husband, or moved you to another state without you knowing it.

    Class Reporters:

    Dorothy Snyder Engle P’96
    (301) 371-5170
    dengle3699@aol.com

    Jo Ann Twilley Plichta
    (301) 360-9623
    Jtplichta@verizon.net

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