1. 1965: Winter 2017

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    The deaths of classmates Patricia Johnson Speier and Regina Bond Wade took me by surprise when they appeared in last issue’s list of the deceased, so I went searching for more information. The obituary I found for Pat, a retired teacher in Prince Georges County, reported only that she was born on February 17, 1943 and passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2015, and had resided in Oxon Hill, Maryland. There was more information about Regina, who had attended the 50th reunion accompanied by her daughter looking the picture of good health and vitality. Seven months later she was gone. Her obituaries appearing some time after her death show what a rich and creative life she had lived: “Regina Ruth Bonn Wade, 72, of Columbia, Md., died on January 18, 2016 following a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Osie G. Bonn. Survivors include her husband, Everett Wade of Baltimore, a daughter, Amy Wade and her husband John Dutterer of Glen Burnie and their children, Samuel, Jakob and Isaac, sons Eric Zeisel of San Diego, Cal., Matthew Wade and his wife Anette Vehus of Watertown, Mass. and their daughter, Anika. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Zachary. Also surviving are stepdaughters Deborah Wilson and Jennifer Tuttle of Greenville, S.C. and their children Nicole, Joshua, Alexis, Gavin, and Brianna, sisters Nancy Gibson of Bel Air, Janet Saunders and Alice McDaniel of Severna Park, Linda Bonn of Baltimore, brothers Robert Bonn of Rochester, N.Y., Donald Bonn of Silver Spring, an aunt, Ruth Bonn of Annapolis and many nieces and nephews. Regina grew up in the Anneslie neighborhood in Baltimore. She graduated from Hood College in 1965. After college she worked in school and local libraries. She worked as a children’s librarian for most of her professional career at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. She taught Mother Goose on the Loose and after retiring, taught Music Together in Columbia, Md. She loved to paint with watercolors, take photographs of plants, draw with colored pencils, knit, sew, work on crossword puzzles and play with her grandchildren. Regina had a beautiful spirit, a warm smile, a love for children and music. She was so creative and could take discarded sweaters with holes in them and turn them into the cutest baby booties you have ever seen. She loved to teach and really slowed down to listen to children and grown-ups, exploring ideas with them and entering into their worlds. She had an amazing imagination, and could transform the space she was in with a story or a song. She was playful and childish in the best sense. Her excellent artistic skills were matched by her gentle sense of humor. She was a tremendously gifted and giving children’s librarian who shared her knowledge with colleagues throughout the Enoch Pratt branches. Her calm and thoughtful approach to working with children truly enriched them. Regina was the type of adult who would sing Girl Scout songs in the car, play with toys that were meant for children, roll down small hills with her daughter at midnight on a snowy walk. She never hesitated to love someone with an extra moment. She had wonderful, creative ideas and always found a way to connect with people. During her work at Enoch Pratt, there were many young mothers who wanted to adopt her to be a grandmother to their children. She helped them feel confident in their new role as parents. She was a warm, comforting presence. She gave good advice that was based on common sense, knowledge and experience. She always valued the importance of learning through play. Regina was a sweet, gentle soul and a peacemaker. She viewed life through her own special window on the world—seeing joy in the little things and finding beauty where others might miss it. She was so gifted and with such a generous heart. She had a profound understanding of, and connection with, children.” Jamie Barr Gartelmann wrote that she and Peter are still going strong and that tending a large cutting garden on their northern New Jersey farm for roadside bouquets keeps them busy in season. Jamie continues her involvement in the local garden club, most recently working in the Community Education and a Pollinator Garden Project, but she would love to go associate when there is an opening. The two sons’ families living nearby partake of the produce from their vegetable garden, and the five grands enjoy picking and eating the bounty for snacks. Two of the grandchildren attend the high school where Peter worked as a counselor, and a third is headed to high school in the fall. The two older grandsons are continuing the family hunting tradition, doing their part for deer control and putting meat on the table. Cora, a horse nut at 15, is doing well with her IEA equestrian program, “which should keep her away from the boys for a while yet.” Three of the kids worked on a local farm and learned a lot waiting on customers and stocking bins. Cora also has another barn job and plays violin in the high school orchestra. “We are thankful that the high taxes here in Morris County, are at least benefiting our grandchildren, who all do well academically in these super schools,” commented Jamie. Even though the Gartelmanns remain very busy in New Jersey they regularly travel to second homes in Maine and North Carolina. In November they visited Charleston to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. On one return trip from North Carolina they stopped for an overnight with Ann Fulton Warren and Tom in Potomac, Md. With the Warren’s daughter Jessie and family settled in Connecticut after several years in Hong Kong, the entire Warren family was home for the holidays. Diana Beers Lobdell and Ralph celebrated their 50th anniversary in June 2016 and in early December were on a cruise ship heading for India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Singapore to celebrate. They returned in time to celebrate Christmas with Ralph’s mother, who turned 100 in May 2016, surrounded by her family of 25 people. Diana has kept in touch with Hood roommate Helen Harrison Arrington, whose husband of 53 years died in April. “Dean and Helen met our sophomore year in the fall when he was at Hood with the U.S. Naval Academy choir to sing the Messiah,” Diana wrote. “They married in November 1964 in Pittsburgh. Regina [Bonn Wade] and I were in her wedding. Helen and Dean had retired three years ago in Delaware, but returned to the Lebanon, N.J., area, their longtime home, to be near his doctor and two of their three children. Dean had a short but very aggressive illness, and Helen took care of him until the end. I have spoken with Helen several times, and am very proud of her.  She has a positive attitude and has found a house to buy within an half-hour of her daughter Lisa and son Brian and not too far from her son Brad living on Long Island. She has three grandchildren, ranging from about five to twenty-two—but don’t quote me on their ages.” Barbara Casey Ruffino wrote “Life is good. My husband Russ, Episcopal priest, is now serving the Church of England as temporary chaplain in Palermo, Italy. We have been here, off and on, for the last two years and love it. This is our fifth assignment in Italy, and since Russ is fluent in Italian it has been great for us and for his parishes—Orvieto, Como, Milan, Naples and Sorrento and Palermo. I still work part-time in government-contract consulting out of the Washington area, mostly to have a little extra $$ for travel and, at our age, for ‘body parts and repairs.’  Three years ago, daughter Jane moved to Stockholm, Sweden, after 12 years living Dublin, Ireland. She loves living there, and we love visiting even in winter. Son Mike is in the magic land of Los Angeles where he is a music composer for TV and films, primarily for Anthony Bourdain’s shows.” Barb tries to keep in touch with Chris Plankenhorn Tischer and Joe, and Barb Hyde Sands and Larry, but with everyone’s travels it’s tough to find time to get together. Throughout the 2016 holiday season, Cathie Byers Meredith was living in a sort of limbo after having found out in late November that one of the bypasses performed three years previously had failed and that her heart was starving for oxygen. Treatment decisions were complicated not only by the potential for damaging the remaining functioning bypass during a second open-chest surgery but by the fact that suitable replacement arteries hadn’t been found in either Cathie’s arms or legs. Finally, the Hopkins cardiac surgeon seemed to have developed a workable strategy, and surgery was scheduled for February 8. The evening before, Cathie got a call telling her that her doctor would be operating all that night on an emergency case and would be too tired to do her surgery as scheduled. The rescheduled operation on February 16 got as far as the ribcage incision through which the implant would be made and the groin incision for the heart-lung machine and chest tubes. But then the surgeons discovered that the “good” artery from the arm wasn’t long enough and the leg vein then harvested was too narrow. Thus, a couple of hours into the planned six-hour surgery, the bypass was aborted, after which Cathie spent five days recovering at Hopkins. “So, now I’m having  to recover from a very bad incision and am in the same situation as I was in the fall,” she wrote in early March. “There are two other very high risk options. I am seeing my cardiologist next Wednesday [March 8] to discuss what’s next. I am not a happy camper, but I’m alive, so every day is a plus.” For Kathie Cribbs Tromble, 2016 was the usual family-filled year, with an August road tour taking her and Burt to St. Paul, Minn., to visit a childhood friend and a couple cousins, then to Lincoln, Neb., where another friend lives and on to Lyons, Colo., home of the Tomble’s lawyer daughter Connie, her husband and first-grade son. Daughter Alice, in residency in the burn unit at University of Arkansas, shares parenting duties of two young sons with husband J., while their other lawyer daughter Kate directs social-justice projects at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, D.C. Kate and her husband are busy with the activities of their two teen daughters. Closest to the Trombles’ central-Maryland home are son Wayne and his family of four school- and sports-involved teenagers. The abundance of family paid off in November when children and grandchildren provided assistance during Kathie’s recovery from knee-replacement surgery. The other knee was likely in line for replacement in February. Along with all the above, Kathie and Burt have remained active in local volunteer and social activities. Deborah Demmy Thomas continues to recall the delights of our 50th reunion. “I thought the campus looked great, and I came away being as proud as ever to be a Hood alum,” she wrote. Debby and Gary celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January in a quiet fashion but hoped that they can take a celebratory trip at some point. Debby’s weekdays are still occupied with childcare for five-year-old granddaughter Caroline and her weekends with serving as a nurse at the Grier School. Boston-suburban dweller Lynn Farnell took time from making Christmas jams to send in her newsiest Hood news which was that she had tracked down her freshman roommate, Joan Spurgeon Brennan, in Denver. Joan left after freshman year to attend Cornell, then married and worked on Wall Street until she and her husband retired to Denver. Her husband died a few years ago. This year when Joan was on her way to Boston to visit her daughter and grandchildren she met with Lynn and they had a lovely long brunch to catch up! Lynn herself headed to Pennsylvania on Christmas Day to visit with sister Jean, also a Hood alum, and her large family. Like me, Lynn became an “orphan” fairly recently with the death of her mother and remarked,  “Not sure I like being the oldest in the family!!” Lexie Horne Bickell wrote from Columbus, Ohio, that “life has been interesting for me and I have been very fortunate.” The Bickells are frequent travelers, with their latest trip being a Rhine River cruise in May, 2016, preceded by a week in Switzerland. “We love river cruising and have been on the Danube twice in the past few years,” wrote Lexie, “and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June in New York City!”  Lexie, a costumed interpreter at a living-history museum in Columbus, is enjoying “becoming” a woman of 1898, wearing the period clothes and interacting with the visitors to draw them into “our” era. For the previous five years she’d helped represent the Civil War experience. “It has been fascinating to learn the similarities between life today and life in 1898,” she wrote, “and to discover how many aspects of our life today began in the late 1890s. I love the fact that my grandparents came of age during that time! We all have specific characters—I am the president of the Women’s Study Club, typical of the women’s clubs that took root on a national level in 1894. Among other causes of the time, we are working hard to gain women the right to vote and to establish child labor laws. I believe that in the 21st century women have a way to go to insure fair treatment, but we have come a long way since the 1890s!” Part of the Bickell family lives in Columbus and part will be moving there this coming summer, so more fun is in store for Lexie. “It is all good!” she wrote. “I so enjoyed seeing everyone at the 50th Reunion. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane as well as a chance to reconnect with dear old friends. Come out for a visit! We love company!” HannahJane Hurlburt claims, “I’m very lazy since I stopped working.” nevertheless she mustered the energy to travel from her Greenwich, Conn., home to visit Priscilla Obreza in Guelph, Ontario, last summer where they did their usual—always theater, used bookstores in search of out-of-print books, outdoor summer concerts and more. “Priscilla is well, and we still talk a bit about the 50th!” wrote HannahJane, who also reported that in December Sandy Hickman Lee was earning her way across the Pacific to Tahiti and near by islands by teaching knitting classes on board a theater/film-themed cruise. Nancy McAdams Baggett’s son David Baggett, a Univ. of Md. graduate and successful tech innovator and entrepreneur, was the commencement speaker for the December 2016 graduating class of his Alma Mater. “An innovative thinker who has been writing software since childhood, Dave Baggett is always searching for new ways that technology can solve everyday, practical problems,” reads the speaker bio. “The son of an electrical engineer and cookbook writer, Baggett earned degrees in computer science and linguistics from the University of Maryland in 1992.” I’ve appended the rest of the bio at the end of this column if you’re interested in learning the details. Nancy is rightly proud of her son’s accomplishments. Jane McKinney Ingrey wrote, “I am doing well for the state I am in…aches and pains and an eldest child who will turn 50 this next year. Our family is doing well, with each grandchild finding his or her path of growing up. How time flies by, with one in college and the others close behind. We continue our nomadic lives that go between Florida and Lake George, N.Y. We wish the Auto Train went door to door! My hope is for us all to walk forward this next year making our own ‘worlds’ a better place with kindness and generosity.” Mary Lew Penn Sponski finds it hard to believe it has been 18 years since John and she “retired” to the countryside of Virginia. John’s main commitment is to the board of the Montpelier Foundation, home of James and Dolley Madison in Orange, Virginia. [A side note from me, Emily Kilby—For the past six years, I’ve been doing some serious historical research into the history of Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area next door to me in Cecil County, Md. In 1927, William du Pont, Jr., who owned Montpelier at that time, started buying up contiguous small farms here to create a 7,000-acre estate he called Foxcatcher. My mission has been to reclaim the social, family and industrial history that vanished once du Pont and a number of relocated Orange County employees displaced the families who’d lived here for more than two centuries.] Mary Lew serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. The Sponskis also travel extensively while they are still able to do so and invite any classmates visiting in the Charlottesville area to get in touch. Jo Ann Sether Bowes claims no major changes her life, and she continues to find Loch Haven, Penn., a great place to live. Husband Ron’s Alma Mater, Lock Haven University, named a building Bowes Hall in recognition of their donations. As president of the local historical society, Jo manages all the details for preserving and maintaining five properties, fundraising, volunteer oversight, program development and so on. One of the job requirements has been learning grant writing and computer skills. Jo continues to enjoy birding trips for fun and stress relief, and last summer she introduced her two sons and their families to cruising with a Bermuda trip on the Anthem of the Seas. Her favorite amenity on board—the robotic bartenders. Since attending our 50th reunion Lissa Shanahan has been traveling and learning to quilt. One of her trips involved taking her six-foot-tall, 16-year-old grandson on a four-day stay in New York City. “Trying to keep up with him was hard on my five-foot, 73-year-old body, but we had a wonderful time.”  Next was a cruise accompanying her brother and his wife from San Francisco to New York City via the Panama Canal —“amazing engineering for 100 years ago!” Prior to these adventures she had spent most of the winter of 2016 visiting her son Scott and his wife to escape the Indiana winter. When at home, Lissa attended three different quilt guilds’ meetings and worked to complete her first quilt. This May, she’s off on an Alaska cruise. “If anyone wants a place to stay for the Indy 500,” Lissa wrote, “I have an extra bedroom.” Before reporting her own “humble news,” Gretchen Walter Pinkerton put in a plug for our “brilliant classmate Sally Fairfax,” whose academic and personal accomplishments are enumerated at her publisher’s website. “Google ‘Sally K. Fairfax  SAGE Publications,’ “ Gretchen suggested to reach that site. “Sally appeared in a recent dream of mine, which sent me on the search. Sally is also on Facebook, for those interested.” As for Gretchen’s recent life, she wrote, “not a great year for me and Jack. We were in a horrendous auto accident on Mother’s Day, when a driver coming from the opposite direction crossed the center line and hit us head-on. He died at the scene, and we were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, which has an excellent trauma center. We had no life-threatening injuries, but plenty of broken bones and severe bruising. Seat belts, airbags and a sturdy little Hyundai saved us, along with some blessings from Above.” The Pinkerton’s recovery has taken most of the year, with a lot of help from family and friends. Jack took the worst of it, Gretchen said, and continues to have mobility and intestinal issues following abdominal surgery for a tear, plus an awful C. difficile infection associated with the long hospital stay. “Now we are back to semi-normal, with both of us volunteering for Meals on Wheels and my serving as program co-chair for the Bradford Woods Women’s Club, a great group of ladies that raises funds for local charitable causes. A new set of kitty siblings, Sidney & Samantha, has added a lot of merriment to the house, and we continue to enjoy the cultural & sporting life of the super city of Pittsburgh – Go Steelers, Penguins, & Pirates! Happy 2017 to my Hood classmates!” [David Baggett speaker biography continued: By the time Baggett graduated, he had already founded companies that designed video game development systems and published interactive fiction. While pursuing his master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he became part of the team behind the groundbreaking and wildly popular Sony PlayStation video game “Crash Bandicoot.” Besides giving Sony a mascot, the game series from Naughty Dog Inc., where Baggett was a programmer and vice president, was pioneering in its graphic speed and detail. In 1997, Baggett co-founded ITA Software, which revolutionized how people could travel with the help of cheaper and more powerful computer programs. By assisting airlines like America West and websites like Orbitz, the company’s software greatly expanded the choices and convenience of booking flights. As COO, Baggett oversaw software development, operations and customer relations, expanding the company from 20 employees to more than 500, with revenue topping $70 million a year. In 2011, Google acquired ITA for $700 million. More recently, Baggett, founder and president of Arcode Corp., has focused his creative and entrepreneurial spirit on email and messaging: his new startup’s product Inky makes it easy for anyone to encrypt their email with any mail account, ensuring confidentiality and preventing identity theft and phishing attacks. Baggett also sits on the boards of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Named a distinguished alumnus by both the College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Computer Science, Baggett has supported undergraduate scholarships and post-baccalaureate fellowships at UMD in linguistics research.

  2. 1965: Summer 2016

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    Catherine Beyer Meredith
    410-252-1947
    alto1cat@aol.com

    Emily Kilby
    443-485-7443 
    erksome44@verizon.net

    Your class reporters—Cathie Beyer Meredith and Emily Kilby—had a rather disheartening go at news gathering this time around. A number of telephone messages recorded; zero return calls/emails. Thus we are especially grateful to you three who did respond for filling us in on your lives. The rest of you, how about an update before October rolls around again? In the case of class reporting, no news is NOT good news. Marlene Collector Wolfe was very disappointed that a family wedding prevented her from attending our 50th reunion. She and husband, Irv, who’s still practicing dermatology in Owings Mills, Md., remain quite active. They particularly love traveling in the U.S. and Europe. They have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Daughter Janet is now head of a school at the Ideal School and Academy on New York City’s Upper West Side. She and her son Teddy moved to New York in January and are loving the offerings of the big city. Daughter Sharon lives in Hockessin, Del., where she is a genetic counselor.  Marlene retired from teaching English and journalism, then worked for 10 years at WMAR-TV in Baltimore as a volunteer coordinator for a weekly feature show. Today she’s active in Art Seminar Group, an organization that “offers an extensive program of weekly lectures across a broad range of art and art history including the visual arts, theater, film, architecture, music and dance.” Marlene keeps up with the Hood news through regular contact with fellow Baltimorean Paula Adler Williams. After a late-January/early-February visit to see her granddaughter and former daughter-in-law’s family in Australia, Carolyn Oldman Gregory returned to Albuquerque and began planning a move to South Carolina to be with her sister. A surprise visit from her “down under” son in May, inspired the pair to take off on their great cross-country road trip which eventually took Carolyn to South Carolina in June. Though she was still missing the High Desert sky and New Mexican mountains where she’d made her home for more than a decade, she was looking forward to reconnecting with East Coast friends and lifestyle. Her beloved cocker spaniel Higgins made the journey in style and is now adjusting to two pug roommates. “Stay tuned,” Carolyn wrote, indicating more adventures ahead. Marci Williams Ross was intending to attend the 50th Hood reunion but had to cancel the week before because of a partial knee replacement gone bad. She’d had to use a walker because of stress fractures under the plates. Since then, she has had a full knee replacement and is back to golfing, travel and fun with grandchildren. Another factor in her no-show was that the Ross’s 50th anniversary party with the whole family of 14 was to be in Costa Rica at the end of June, and Marci wanted to save herself for that trip. The Rosses have lived in Jacksonville, Fla., since 1992 when Chuck retired. They have three sons and “six fabulous grandchildren,” Marci wrote. “We are blessed to be in great health but as an insurance policy we can literally walk to the Mayo Clinic. We built a new house last year (our last, I hope) and also renovated a house in Charleston that’s just three doors from our grandchildren so we have our own place when we visit. Even though I didn’t make the reunion I did reconnect with my roommate Beverly Jones Gibson. We were in each other’s weddings 50 years ago, and we both looked forward to rooming together at the reunion. Maybe for the 75th?!”

  3. 1965 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Catherine Beyer Meredith
    410-252-1947
    alto1cat@aol.com

    Catching up with some of the reunion no-shows brought in news from classmates around the country and beyond. Nancy Diefenbach Pearce assures us that she is alive and well and still living in Ocean Pines, Maryland—11 years now. But in early October, she was writing from the South Pacific where she and Lew were on a 28-day cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii, French Polynesia, American Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. “Since the 45th reunion we have been on two African safaris (South Africa in 2010 and Namibia in 2013), visited Egypt (Cairo and down the Nile in 2010) and done some other cruising,” Nancy wrote. “In between I had a partial mastectomy for Stage 2 breast cancer, along with chemotherapy and radiation. I didn’t suffer any horrible side effects from the various treatments and only cut back a bit on my volunteer activities. I send best wishes for good health and happiness to all of our classmates.” Beverly Jones Gibson reported that son Barry now has two sons, Carter, 6 and Zach, 2 1/2, and that daughter Courtney is slowly recovering from her automobile accident that had kept Bev in Richmond almost three weeks last spring, causing her to miss the reunion. “I’m still hawking properties with Long & Foster in Crofton, Maryland,” Bev wrote. “Anyone looking to buy/sell/rent near Washington/Baltimore/Annapolis, give me a call or text. There are still some great buys out there.” Marion (Meg) Griffis Hadley has lived in the smallest state capitol—Montpelier, Vermont—since 1970. During those 45 years, she raised three great sons who are all engineers: one a software engineer, another a mechanical engineer and the third a geological engineer. Meg, retired from a long career as a high school history teacher, and her husband, retired from the federal government, enjoy traveling to faraway places. HannahJane Hurlburt did attend the reunion but wrote to report on classmate Sandy Hickman Lee who couldn’t join our festivities due to family wedding in Colorado. While there, she had dinner with Carol Matthews Smith, of Boulder, for a mini reunion of their own. Sandy splits her time between homes in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and Sun Valley Idaho, depending on the season and musical and family events. Additionally, since retirement, she has taken up teaching knitting on the Crystal Cruise Line. In that capacity, she and husband Pete have traveled to Singapore, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Italy, England, Canada and the northeast U.S.A. Joan Joice Taylor and husband Rufus also enjoy a mountain retreat in Idaho, where they frequently go to escape the summer heat in their hometown of Henderson, Nevada, and in winter to enjoy riding snow machines. Joan gave up skiing after hip and knee replacements, but she still loves swimming and walking for exercise. This summer, son Charles and his family and son-in-law Ken and youngest grandson Luke joined the Taylors in Idaho, but daughter Cathy, a career military officer, was in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne Division. Kathryn Kahn Rusk wrote, “so sorry I didn’t make it to the reunion! The Sunday before, I was diagnosed with double pneumonia and I hadn’t even had a cold for five years!” Now recovered in Kirkland, Washington, Kathy is within driving distance of her three children and seven wonderful grandchildren, ages 6 to 16. She works four or five days a month as a nutritional consultant, a health coach and quality control for health facilities. “I love working on my time,” she wrote. “I’ll be going to France this month, to Italy in April, to my children’s homes and to the next reunion!” Susan Nau Steidl attended Hood for just her freshman year with Maureen “Mimi” Flynn as her roommate and then transferred to the University of Florida to study nursing. After graduating in 1965 with a B.S. in nursing, “I returned to my hometown of Cincinnati, where I married my childhood sweetheart Jerry. There, I practiced intensive-care nursing and taught ER nursing at a local hospital. From Cincinnati, we moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where we lived for seven years. Finally we moved to Orlando, where I worked with a large hospital system for 35 years and retired from administration in 2013. Jerry is a minister, and we have three terrific children—two daughters and a son—and five grandchildren. We now live in The Villages, Florida, and I still do special project work for the hospital in Orlando to keep a few brain cells active!

  4. 1965: Summer 2015

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    Catherine Beyer Meredith
    410-252-1947
    alto1cat@aol.com

    Emily Kilby
    443-485-7443
    erksome44@verizon.net

    Reunion weekend was an uncommonly beautiful time in Frederick and on the Hood campus, with perfect weather except for a brief flirtation with thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon and the campus in vivid bloom. The spotlight events for our class occurred throughout Saturday and on Sunday morning. Our weekend was historic for multiple reasons, as it was outgoing President Volpe’s final event as head of the college, the introduction of incoming President Andrea Chapdelaine and American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph in the Belmont Stakes, an event we got to watch on a big screen at our reunion dinner. Our deepest appreciation to committee members Joslin Cook Ruffle, Lexie Horn Bickell, Jamie Barr Gartelmann, Libby Fletcher Sturm, Kathie Cribbs Tromble, Eva Sayegh Hardy, Cathie Beyer Meredith and Carolyn Hammer for creating a wonderful gathering for 46 of us to rediscover, yet again, how enduring are the ties that have connected us since the first days we joined the Hood community. It was a joy to resume conversation with our forever-young cohorts of yesteryear. For proof of the vibrancy still among us, take a look at the reunion photo collection at this link: http://photos.hood.edu/Other/2015-Reunion-Weekend/. Now for the class news, which, unfortunately, starts with a report on the deaths of three classmates (in addition to Marsha Schmidt’s passing reported earlier) in 2014. One of the fourth floor Meyran crew during our freshman and sophomore years, Mary Grace Covey Pickett, 70, of Powhatan, Va., passed away September 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward G. Pickett, Jr., and is survived by two daughters and a son, a brother and seven grandchildren. The obituary tributes indicate that Mary Grace was deeply involved with her family, a library support group, horseback riding, a riding program for the disabled, outdoor adventure, travel and just generally living life to the fullest. M. Stewart Minter Manasse died in Durham, N.C., on September 13, 2014, leaving behind husband George, son Daniel and a legacy of social and political action. According to her obituary, Stewart “earned a Master of Social Work from NYU’s School of Social Work. Until Daniel’s birth, she was a psychiatric social worker in the South Bronx. Stewart loved traveling, art, cinema and music, especially jazz. However, her life was dedicated to her family and social justice. In 2012, she was invited to the White House Christmas Party for her help in passing The Affordable Care Act. In North Carolina, her time in working to register voters was overwhelming.” Georgette Wasserstein Levis died February 6, 2014, in Manchester, Vt., where she had been running the family’s historic forty-room Wilburton Inn since 1987 while, at the same time, she and her psychiatrist husband Albert were raising four talented, accomplished children to adulthood. In addition to her husband, two sons and two daughters, six grandchildren survive. Georgette was the last surviving sibling of five children born to Polish immigrant parents in Brooklyn. Her brother Bruce was the late CEO of Lazard Frere, her older sister Sandra Meyer was a pioneering corporate marketing executive and her younger sister Wendy was the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright whose The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig and other plays portrayed versions of the Wasserstein women, most notably, Georgette’s stage persona Gorgeous Teitelbaum, a role that brought Madeline Kahn a Tony award. Now, back to the living/lively classmates of ’65 who returned to Hood June 5 – 7. Paula Adler Williams of Baltimore just celebrated her 50th anniversary with husband Ken. “It was nostalgic to pass R. Paul Smith Hall living room,” she wrote, “because that was where we crowded in to watch J.F.K.‘s funeral and where my husband proposed.” Paula put her early childhood education major to good use mothering three children and four grandchildren and as longtime coordinator of a before-and-after-school program. Despite her great devotion to community college education, Jan Apetz Tarbuck is happy to be retired from her extensive career as an English instructor and chair of the Department of Humanities at Kenebec Valley [Maine] Community College. Her husband Heywood is also a retired educator, and they have four children and nine grandchildren. Jan leads an active life in Readfield, Me., quilting, gardening, playing tennis with other seniors and volunteering with the Born to Read Program and the community library. Jan says, “Come visit Maine!” Jamie Barr Gartleman says she could use some new knees but she stays involved in the family horticultural business in Schooleys Mountain, N.J., when she’s not enjoying away time with husband Peter at their auxiliary homes in North Carolina and Maine. They have three sons and six grandchildren. As a reunion committee member, Jamie planned and executed a lovely chapel service during which she shared the story of her own spiritual journey that included lessons in faith learned during setbacks in her academic career and difficulties with an addictive son. The service was a moving and very meaningful close to our time together. Diana Beers Lobdell, with homes in Jupiter Fl. and Park City, Utah, says she may have lost some hearing but she still loves to dance. She and husband, Ralph, a Naval Academy graduate she met while at Hood, have two sons and five grandchildren. Both sons’ families live on the West Coast and Ralph’s parents are in Arizona, so the Utah home is the central location for being with family. Diana is proud of all her ’65 classmates—”all smart, fun, beautiful women.” Cathie Beyer Meredith and husband George are in constant contact with four children and six grandchildren in their family compound in Cockeysville, Md. Cathie still volunteers and sings Handel’s Messiah every December with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. “Life is good,” she says. Bonnie Bolway Nuzum, Ph.D, now of Lyme, Conn., may be retired from the academic side of education (teaching at Columbia University and president of Empire Learning Services, Inc. in New York), but she hasn’t stopped learning. “The most remarkable aspect of life now is how much I have learned in later life,” she writes. “My tennis is improved. I ski better with better technology and a bit of yoga. I have taken up gardening and become a Master Gardener. I have learned to be a more patient committee member. And I find great joy in my children (Courtney, Jonathan, Kimberley and Leah), grandchildren (Carlos, Isa, Jake, Milo, Ruby and Stella), family, old friends and budding new friendships. I am lucky to have children who survived their chaotic upbringing in Brooklyn with two working parents, who loved parenting but who also were renovating their Victorian brownstone. They all have successful, stimulating careers, contribute to their communities and are loving, creative parents of my six (and counting) very adventuresome grandchildren. After a stint in the corporate world following graduation from Hood, I returned to school to develop skills to advocate for improved educational outcomes for children of New York City. A daunting task! I worked as a researcher, college instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, an advocate, an after-school program director, school board president, etc, often all at the same time! I have spent time in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam providing educational input. Politics is a fervent interest, too. It is a fascinating time, and I still hope to effect change! Good health and love to you all.” Regina Bonn Wade delights in her three grandsons living near her in Columbia, Md., and a new granddaughter in Boston. She retired from teaching Music Together to parents and their infants and toddlers. According to the website, the program guides “you and your child . . . to play musically each week under the guidance of one of our early childhood music specialists. During class, you will sing and move to songs and rhythmic rhymes in a variety of meters and tonalities by participating in activities that include small and large movement, instrument play-alongs and community singing. These fun activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers to participate in regardless of their own musical ability!” Regina wrote, “If you have grandbabies, I recommend Music Together. It’s wonderful.” Reg was accompanied at the reunion by daughter Amy, one of her six children. Living in Hilton Head, S.C., Connie Boyer Holbrook, M.D., writes that “life is good.” Connie’s experience as one of only 14 females in her U. of Md. Medical School class was “life changing,” including bringing her together with her first husband, Pete Archambault, who was the roommate of the dental student she had been dating (“the stinky feet one,” she adds). She spent the next 25 years in Connecticut as the only female in the household. For ten of those years, the family worked on restoring a a Queen Ann Victorian home in Meriden. Connie’s son Matthew is a Gettysburg College graduate and Mark a Johns Hopkins grad, so they weren’t far from their mother’s Alma Mater. Connie was widowed at age 49 when Pete was poisoned at work by a chemical solvent, and a few years later, Connie left the pathology lab for good. She remarried to engineer Robert Holbrook 1995, and 12 years ago, they moved to Sun City on Hilton Head, S.C., which she finds to be a great place to keep active. She is currently involved in four singing groups, among other things, and, after a right-knee replacement, she took on the starring role as Rizzo in Grease. Retired librarian Peg Carpenter, of Grosse Pointe, Mich., keeps busy with church work that address the food needs and urban blight in nearby Detroit. Her twin, a ’65 Wellesley graduate, lives nearby. Peg has always been a faithful reunion attendee, and she did not hesitate to make the solo drive to Hood yet again, though she did spread the drive over two days this time. Barb Casey Ruffino, of Chevy Chase, Md. (sometimes), writes, “My husband Russ and I are what you call ‘faux retired.’ I am continuing to do part-time consulting in the D.C. area to keep my mind sharp and pay for travel and ‘body parts and repairs.’ The rest of the time I am in Italy with my husband who was a retired Episcopal priest, but the Church of England found him, and he has been serving as interim vicar at a number of parishes for the Church of England in Italy for the last six years…since he ‘retired.’ We have spent three to six months or more a year in Orvieto, Milan, Naples, Palermo and currently (for the 2015 summer) in Cadenabbia on Lake Como. It would be an understatement to say we are enjoying it. My daughter Jane, Hood ’99, is currently living in Stockholm after more than 12 years in Ireland. She completed her Masters in Archeology at University College, Cork, then went on for doctoral studies at University College, Dublin. While she still stays involved in archeology, most of her time is spent as marketing manager for digital startups, as a communications consultant for large and small companies, as writer of a business column for the Irish Sunday Business Post, and as producer of radio documentaries on historic events and places. To say we are proud of her would be another understatement.” The Ruffinos also have a son Michael, a rock musician. Joslin Cook Ruffle, of New Vernon, N.J., is a retired social worker now volunteering to help the homeless and the hungry. Her recent volunteer efforts produced an amazing one-year class donation exceeding $124,000! “It is a joy to be back at Hood for our 50th,” Joslin wrote. “Those of you who couldn’t make it are missed. The other joys of my life are my family [second husband John, Joslin’s daughters with first husband Jim Leondardson, Suzanne and Anne, and four grandchildren], my church family and my volunteer activities.” During the reunion events, Joslin was busy recording memories to share with Lynn Reagan Johnson, whose sudden health problems at home in Bethlehem, Penn. prevented her from attending the reunion. We surely hope Lynn is back on her feet! Kathie Cribbs Tromble, of Finksburg, Md., a retired high school English teacher, has produced four highly accomplished children—two lawyers, a doctor and a teacher—with husband Bert, also a retired English teacher. Their youngest daughter, Alice, moved with her family to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she heads the burn-surgery unit at University of Arkansas. Daughter, Kate, moved to D.C. to take a job as Social Justice Coordinator at Holy Trinity Church at Georgetown. Along with all these career accomplishments, the children have provided the Trombles with nine grandchildren. Kathie’s most recent great co-production was the fabulous 50th reunion yearbook, which includes photos of the good, old days and all our reunions along with classmate updates. What a wonderful keepsake for all reunion attendees! Deborah Demmy Thomas and husband Gary, of Altoona, Penn., attended the reunion not long after returning from Germany where they had met up with their daughter and son-in-law, who are with the U.S. State Department in Berlin. The four of them enjoyed a river cruise together. The Thomases’ second daughter and her family of three children live in Altoona, and Debby babysits her granddaughter Caroline five days a week. Not entirely retired from her nursing career, Debby works four or five days monthly at The Grier School, a private boarding school for girls. She also volunteers with the Women’s Club of Altoona and is active in her Lutheran church. Carol Devereaux’s part-time job with the Maryland Office of Tourism pays her to “tell people where to go.” She and Bruce, the new man in her life, are having fun traveling and providing transportation to seniors in a volunteer program called Neighbor Ride in Howard County. Her sons are in Colorado and Michigan with three grandchildren in Ann Arbor. Carol recently enjoyed a trip to Kilby Cream in Colora, Md., operated by Emily Kilby’s family. Music major Dee Dunning McStay is “still singing and loving it—music keeps me sane!” She is a retired program manager for ATEX Media Solutions who lives in Mashpee, Mass., on beautiful Cape Cod with Marshall, her husband of 43 years, and their “incredibly bright poodle, Kaido.” Daughter Betsey is a veterinarian in Plymouth, Mass, and son Scott and his family, including the McStays’ two grandchildren, live in Kent, England. “They are great kids,” writes Dee, “and we feel so blessed with a wonderful family.” Lynn Farnell, of Auburndale, Mass., would ditch her property-management job in a minute, if only she could afford to do so, but she loves her archival research, primarily in the John F. Kennedy library. Lynn has been involved in the preservation and storage of moving images since her days at the PBS station WGBH and is one of the founders of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Additionally, Lynn is very active in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Newton, Mass. Libby Fletcher Sturm, the other half of the reunion-book production team, is retired assistant superintendent for the Upshur County (W.Va.) Board of Education. She lives just over the Potomac in Shepherdstown, W. Va., and stays busy with grandchildren and volunteer work with the local library. “Seeing all the ‘65ers has been wonderful,” she says. Utmost gratitude to Libby and Kathie for putting the updated yearbook together. Retired realtor Carol Anne Ford Kent had to miss multiple board meetings in Norfolk, Va., to attend the reunion where she enjoyed sharing memories of the “best and most carefree times” of her life at Hood. Carol Anne and husband Tom have two sons and four grandchildren. Jackie Fox O’Neill keeps her Bowie address but relocates to Florida for the winter months and travels a great deal of the time, as well. She’ll be traveling to England and Ireland this fall. Jackie “really enjoyed seeing all her classmates and catching up on the latest happenings.” She and her husband Terry have a daughter and son and two granddaughters. In Potomac, Md., Ann Fulton Warren has regular after-school care of granddaughter Emma, the child of nearby son Jim and wife Christy. Caretaking has become a regular part of Ann’s life, as her father spent the last years of his life with her and Tom after the death of Ann’s mother. The Warren’s daughter Jessica, her banker husband and three children remain in Hong Kong for his work. Sue Gailer Schuler, retired from Wake County (N.C.) libraries, “really enjoyed being with classmates who were so much a part of the most important years of my life.” Upon revisiting the campus, she missed the stables and horses that have been replaced by Hood’s new athletic center, where the reunion lunch and Sunday morning strawberry breakfast took place while the Coblentz dining hall was undergoing renovation. For the first time since graduation, Ann-Marie Golab Soika, a mostly retired family nurse practitioner in Davis, Cal., returned to Hood for the 50th reunion. She is widowed with three adult children. Her 98-year-old mother continues to do well in Arizona. Ann-Marie was “impressed with the energy and spirit present in the form of her fellow classmates”. Also a first time “reuner,” Lynn Guenter Steel, of Bloxom on Virginian’s Eastern Shore, traveled to her return to campus in 50 years with her daughter, Rowan Job. “First reunion!” Lynn wrote, “Daughter Rowan (class of 1995) convinced me, and I’m so glad. Great to see so many familiar faces! Rowan lives in Hnover, Pa., and James and I moved to the Eastern Shore south of Chincoteague ten years ago, as many D.C.-area retirees have done. Now we are ‘downsizing’ and looking for a smaller home closer to Ro and to libraries and medical facilities, like so many others. I’ll spare you all my long life story [which includes a decade living in Devon, England with a previous husband], but I find that things are better every day. I love the Episcopal Church and its community. I’ve been keeping busy, including doing book reviews (on Facebook) for the Accomac County Library System.” When Lynn learned of the death of Stewart Minter Manasse, she recalled a chance encounter with her on the streets of New York City not long after graduation. Retired from teaching French in the Columbus, Ohio, area, Lexie Horn Bickell volunteers with the Oleio Village Living History Museum which puts her in costume to interpret for the museum visitors. She is also active in her church. She and her husband William have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren. “What a wonderful opportunity this weekend was for us,” Lexie wrote. “it is so comforting to be back among my Hood friends—those I knew well and not so well. All of us just seemed to take up where we left off back in ’65. I feel so lucky to be part of this group of fabulously talented and beautiful young women. We will stay young at heart. I hope we can get together soon again. Since my retirement, I am enjoying exploring new activities and new adventures, and there’s never a dull moment.” Earlier this year, Nancy Hoveman Schultze moved to a new senior community in Marriottsville, Md., where the elves come along and do all the property maintenance work that had been her worry at her Olney home. Now fully retired from Montgomery County Public Schools, Nancy spends her time traveling, visiting her sisters, reading, playing bridge, decorating her new home and enjoying special time with her children and grandchildren. HannahJane Hurlburt, of Greenwich, Conn., is still singing. “Not as much as I once did, but I still enjoy it.” HannahJane had a second bout of cancer in 2003, which was quite serious but which responded well to treatment. Her goal now is to stay healthy and avoid ever having to undergo chemotherapy again. Now that she’s retired from office work in New York City, she travels to the U.K./London/England any chance she gets. Emily Kilby cared for her mother for the nine months preceding her death at age 97 this past February. The two of them shared the small two-bedroom, one-bath rancher near Elkton, Md., that Emily bought in 2011 when she decided it was time to move back closer to family. Her mother had been relatively healthy and able throughout most of her stay, even resuming her oil painting and being delighted in having her first/only one-woman show at the county arts council. The monthlong show was in progress at the time of her death, so the old girl went out in a blaze of glory. Since then, Emily has adjusted to solo living and is grateful to be free to pursue her preferred outdoor activities, primarily hiking with her two Jack Russells on the nearby Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area and other delightful parkland in the Maryland/Pennsylvania/Delaware region. During her time in the area, she has researched and become an expert of sorts concerning the forgotten history of the Fair Hill area where one hundred smaller holdings were merged into a 6,000-acre estate by William du Pont, Jr., that then became state property after his death. For more than three years, Emily has been attending yoga classes and tai chi instruction, which, for the most part have cured what ailed her, though her stiff hips continue to complain with every every pigeon pose and happy baby posture. Speaking for us all, Nancy King McNamara, a retired hospital volunteer coordinator from Riegelsville, Penn., regretted that Kathy Kahn Rusk had to miss the reunion because she was hospitalized in Seattle with double pneumonia. Nancy and her husband, John, a retired economics professor at Lehigh University, have three children and two grandchildren. Nancy McAdams Baggett keeps on cooking in Ellicott City, Md. where she has produced her latest cookbook, The 2 Day a Week Diet Cookbook. You can see Nancy in action by Googling her, then going to the various YouTube videos demonstrating her cooking techniques. Nancy has her own website (http://kitchenlane.com/) that includes a detailed bio and listings of her many accomplishments in culinary publishing. She and husband Charlie have a son and two grandchildren. For Jane McKenney Ingrey, a retired realtor, Silver Bay on Lake George, N.Y. is not just her mailing address. It is also her spiritual home where she and husband Paul work to fund the YMCA’s Brookside Community House and Trinity Spiritual Life Center. As a Hood student, Jane was a summer worker at Silver Bay, and it was there that she and Paul met. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Jane shared the story of her spiritual journey at the Sunday chapel service, and it was a lovely testament to the urge to be a positive force in the world that so many of our classmates share. “How amazing we women are at reconnecting and sharing our life stories with each other!” Jane wrote. “It has been amazing to be here again—how fortunate we were to be at Hood when we were, but now we can be so proud of the fine college it is currently. I would love to come back and take advantage of what is available now.” Sue Morgan Carton, of Florham Park, N.J., had a chance to catch up with her roommate Sarah Lane Howell in California not long before the reunion. Sue and husband Kevin have three children and four grandchildren. She enjoyed seeing old friends and reminiscing about our days at Hood. Priscilla Obreza, an administrator for Weight Watchers, says that life is good in Guelph, Ontario. She enjoys her work and traveling and has special memories of Hood friends. Mary Lew Penn Sponski, of Locust Dale, Va., and her husband John have celebrated 51 years of marriage and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She is active with gardening, a local music society and serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs in her region. She and John hope to travel the world while they can. Chris Plankenhorn Tischer and husband Joe moved to a new, smaller home to downsize, then turned around and put on an addition that made it bigger! Their son Matt and wife Heather who live in Hagerstown have their challenges as Heather has progressive MS. Chris’s calligraphy business continues to be quite busy, and she loves going to her studio. Her recent big project was making a 36-page book of memorial gifts for a church in Buckeystown. She still puts together the workshops for the Washington Calligraphers Guild (of which Cathie Meredith is a member). Chris is grateful for her good life and loves seeing her 8-year-old twin granddaughters who live in New Jersey. Retired as a perinatal nurse specialist at Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of N.Y.P.H., New Yorker Kiki Rosasco remains an active member of the hospital’s Pediatric Ethics Committee. Kiki travels at every opportunity, most recently to Nova Scotia, New Hampshire and the Finger Lakes. When Eva Sayegh Hardy went to the podium during the reunion lunch to receive the Excellence in Service to Hood College award, she turned the honor around to say that we, her classmates, had made her the woman she became. Eva, a native of Egypt, had been in the United States only three years before entering Hood at age 16, and she claimed in her brief, heartfelt acceptance speech that we fellow students had shown her the way to be a strong, smart, independent woman. Eva’s influence in the political and private sectors of the Commonwealth of Virginia was summed up in HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6065 honoring her upon her retirement in 2008: “Working first in the public sector, Eva Teig Hardy began her career as a teacher and then worked her way up through the ranks in both local and state government; her service of almost two decades in government included work as an urban planner for the City of Portsmouth, director of economic analysis and information in Portsmouth, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry under Governor Charles S. Robb, and Secretary of Health and Human Resources under Governor Gerald L. Baliles, where she was ranked as the most effective woman state official and was an instrumental member of the Virginia-Israel Commission; and WHEREAS, a gifted executive, Eva Teig Hardy then moved to the private sector, serving as vice president of government affairs at Virginia Power; she moved through the ranks, ultimately becoming senior vice president for external affairs and corporate communications at Dominion Resources where numerous former and current members of the General Assembly have relied upon her expertise in the complex issues of electric utility restructuring.” Today Eva still does some consulting, but mostly she volunteers and travels the world with her husband Michael Hardy, particularly enjoying annual visits to different Greek islands and, most recently, touring the whole of Morocco. Jo Sether Bowes remains perpetually busy in Lock Haven, Penn., and beyond with volunteering, bird watching, travel and granddaughter love. She and Ron moved to Lock Haven after his retirement from teaching in Montgomery County, Md., and Jo quickly became involved in Clinton County Historical Society and various city preservation groups. She’s active in the bird club and the garden club, as well. In the past few years, Jo’s son Lee has made her a grandmother with the births of daughters Carmen and Raquel. Still working in the Indiana regional library system, Lissa Shanahan, of Fishers, Ind., returned to Hood for the first time for the 50th. Lisa is the mother of three children and grandmother of two. She found catching up with old friends to be a wonderful thing. Kathy Lu Shimer, retired kindergarten teacher from Laurel, Md., cheered on American Pharoah as he won Belmont Stakes to become the first Triple Crown Winner in 38 years. Retired home ec. teacher in Omaha, Neb., Sandie Smith Hanna, particularly enjoyed connecting with classmates who’d not been in her original Hood circle. Widowed for two years, Sandie is blessed with five children and 13 grandchildren, most of whom live nearby. Radiobiologist Diane Stewart Flack wrote of the big changes that retirement has made in her life: “When my husband decided he wanted to retire to Charlottesville, Va., in 2003 I was at the peak of my career in Washington and had no interest in abandoning my own career. After six months of commuting between Washington and Charlottesville, I decided to retire after going off the road too many Friday nights. Despite the fact that one of our daughters and our only grandchildren also live in Charlottesville, I spent several months in tears while I decided what the next phase of my life would be. With three degrees in biological sciences and 33 years of working to protect the public from radiation exposures, what was I going to do? I eventually found my ‘reason to get up in the morning’ in the world of cancer. I am a cancer survivor and lost both my father (lung cancer) and son-in-law (age 25, pancreatic cancer) to cancer, so I have always been interested in both the causes and treatment of cancer. In 2006 I started to volunteer with a not-for-profit that provides emergency funding to patients who can no longer work because of their cancer. We get referrals from hospital social workers and step in to prevent these patients from being evicted, having their utilities turned off, etc. Can you imagine not even having enough money to take the bus to your chemotherapy? It has been immensely gratifying to help these patients. Two years ago I became a member of Patients and Friends, a research committee at the Emily Couric Cancer Center at the University of Virginia. Through this committee I am able to keep abreast of the very latest advances in both cancer detection and treatment. I need to dust off the cobwebs and draw upon my three biological sciences degrees to understand these advances. It is almost like being in graduate school again to understand the talks! It is a very exciting time in cancer research, and the advances we will see in the next ten years will be amazing! Between my cancer activities, I love to spend time with my two daughters and two grandchildren, the older of whom, Kristen, just completed her first year at the University of Virginia and Meg, who’ll be a high school sophomore this fall. They are all so precious to me! Our favorite vacations are yearly trips to the Caribbean to snorkel and scuba dive. It was a wonderful 50th reunion, and I hope to see some classmates before another five years. We have four guest rooms in our house sits on a ridge with views of the Shenandoah Mountains and would love to have any of my classmates visit.” Rae Utz Watson and husband Bruce will head out from their Bedminster, N.J., home in August for a Viking River Cruise in celebration of their 50th anniversary. Rae rode to Hood from New Jersey with Sue Morgan Carton and had a wonderful time reminiscing. Rae spends “retirement days” keeping busy volunteering at a thrift shop, transporting grandchildren (her son and daughter have two children each) and attending many sports events. Art major Barb Volker Pomar puts her talents to work as a hat designer in Manhattan and shares her life with husband Joseph, a sculptor. Barbara reports that she checks periodically on classmate Carolyn Hammer, a retired teacher with Alzheimer’s who lives solo in Yonkers, N.Y. Gretchen Walter Pinkerton is enjoying retirement with husband Charles after a long career as a middle school librarian in Bradfordwoods, Penn. She enjoyed visiting with beloved 1965 alum “buddies.” On reunion Saturday, she was rooting for American Pharaoh to win the Belmont Stakes along with most classmates and the husbands who had gathered at the reunion dinner. Margaret York Gladish, a retired school administrator in Huntingdon Valley, Penn., wrote, “What a joy to see so many of you and reconnect with you over memories, life stories, sometimes joyful, sometimes sad. Overall, life has been good. I am blessed with a loving, extended family, including my deceased husband’s four children and 11 grandchildren. My life path is not something I could have imagined, and I am grateful to Hood for giving me opportunities that prepared me for a varied and challenging career in education and education administration. Now that I have retired as principal of the Academy of the New Church Girls School in Bryn Athyn outside Philadelphia, I continue to sing in two groups (the Philomusica Chorale and the Bryn Athyn Church Choir) and work on various committees in my community and church. I travel with my friends and in-laws, and make keeping fit a top priority as the years pass.”

     

    Now a bit about those who were with us in spirit: Laurie Collins Yates lives on a farm in Union, W. Va. with her psychiatrist husband and has two sons. She sent her regrets via email before the reunion: “I am on vacation and writing to wish everyone a fabulous reunion. I am sure we are all is a little shocked that we graduated 50 years ago, but it’s true! I knew I couldn’t be there, as we are on the beach in North Carolina, however, I did want to write and say hello to all the class and especially Cathie Beyer, my sophomore roommate, and others who were in art classes and friends. Have fun!! I am living in WV, and have been on our farm for 35 years now. We love it, and just hope we can keep it all going. I am doing art things as part of the Greenbrier Artists and have just had a one-person show and am totally enjoying my life! I also have my first grandchild, a granddaughter, and Barry and I are thrilled!! All is well. Perhaps my little news thing can go into the next newsletter or something. I was very sad to hear of the deaths of my dear roommate Stewart Minter Manassee and Georgette Wasserstein Levis. Annie Oliphant Smith and I are trying to catch up with one another. And so the good and the sad news continues on . . . seems to be the way of life.” Bev Gibson intended to be at the reunion, but, she wrote, “God stepped in and adjusted my plan. On May 15, 2015 my daughter was rear-ended on Rt. 195 in Richmond City on her way to work at 6:30 a.m. Her car was totaled and she was lucky to have survived life-threatening injuries. As a result, I spent 16 days in Richmond helping her get back on her feet. At the start of June, I returned home to my work as a realtor for Long & Foster in Crofton, Md. I had clients I had to address the weekend of the reunion so could not be with you except in spirit. I attended the 45th reunion and had a wonderful time, and our 50th is a real milestone event!” Mary “Pixie” Fell, of Corvallis, Ore., and Barbie Hyde Sands, from Bernville, Penn., had looked forward to being part of the 50th celebration, as well, but before they knew the reunion dates, they booked a Russian river cruise vacation for early June that overlapped with the Hood event. We missed seeing them all.

     

    The wonderful updated yearbook that we received when we registered for the event is dedicated to the memories of our deceased classmates, who are listed below in the order of their deaths:

     

    1967

    Caroline Clark

    Barbara Schaeffer Atlee

     

    1976

    Helen Knorr

     

    1982

    Cindy Evans Hedrick

     

    1987

    Jill Staudinger Dowd

     

    1994

    Doreen Curran Patch

     

    1997

    Alice Aubry Olsen

     

    1999

    Mary Dann Claus

     

    2001

    Sherry Scott Yurkovich

     

    2002

    Sandra Stender Kaufman

     

    2003

    Marilyn Fritsch Kyak

     

    2004

    Wendy Astley-Bell Fisher

     

    2005

    Jane Garrahan Phelps

     

    2006

    Arlene Rubin Raven

    Joanne Vicinus Manley

     

    2009

    Rebecca Harris Koon

    Patricia Kienzle Ross

    Elizabeth King Eaton

    Susan Schaefer Sauntry

    Alma Strauss Vande Vrede

     

    2010

    Karen Carbaugh Dunn

     

    2011

    Edna Himmer Davies

    Penny Lima Newhouse

     

    2012

    Linda Chase Heimbach

     

    2013

    Olga Boriakoff Johnson

     

    2014

    Mary Grace Covey Pickett

    Stewart Minter Manasse

    Marsha Schmidt

    Georgette Wassertein Levis

  5. 1965: Summer 2014

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    1965
    Catherine Beyer Meredith

    alto1cat@aol.com

    Emily Kilby
    erk44@verizon.net
    50th reunion, June 5-7, 2015

    In April, Pixie Fell contacted me, Emily Kilby, from Corvallis, Ore., with the distressing news that classmate Marsha Schmidt was hospitalized in New York City with life-threatening complications after surgery. Pixie continued the updates as Marsha showed some signs of improvement, then finally succumbed to acute pulmonary distress on April 14 in the company of family and friends, including Brooklynite Bonnie Bolway Nuzum. Marsha’s New York Times obituary reported that she “graduated from Tenafly High School in 1961 and from Hood College in Frederick, Md., in 1965 after making lifelong friends at both schools. She excelled at languages and earned several graduate-level teaching certificates, which enabled her to teach Spanish and coach non-English speaking visiting diplomats from the United Nations who were new to New York City. She also had a successful career in marketing and held several executive positions at book publisher Doubleday and Company. It was at Doubleday where Marsha met John O’Donnell, whom she married and with whom she spent 10 happy years before his death in 1993. Since his death Marsha split her time between New York City and Oakdale, Long Island, and enjoyed the loyal companionship of college and career friends. She loved to travel to Europe and especially to Mexico where she had enjoyed many happy vacations with John.” Marsha is survived by her father and her brother Paul and his family. Despite their East Coast/West Coast separation, Pixie and Marsha had renewed their close college friendship in recent years and enjoyed travels together and weekly phone conversations. “We shared the same wry sense of humor about the absurdity of life,” Pixie wrote, “and we both thought cats were often more captivating than humans.” Marsha had been planning to attend our 50th reunion with Pixie, Bonnie and Barb Hyde Sands and her absence will be felt next June. Jamie Barr Gartelmann wrote that she and Peter still move around between their three homes, but when at their New Jersey home their five nearby grandchildren and their garden keep them busy. The last few years have included the loss of both sets of parents, with the sadness offset by the good memories. Last November, the Gartelmanns visited with Ann Fulton Warren, husband Tom and Ann’s father in Potomac during travel between New Jersey and North Carolina. Dr. Fulton recalled in great detail a dad and daughter weekend when he and Jamie’s dad were roomies. Jamie wrote that Ann and she “are very excited about our reunion and hope that many of those who we have not seen for a while will make the effort to come. At our last reunion I had such a good time visiting with classmates that I did not even know that well at our last reunion. There are so many interesting life journeys to share with one another.” The big event of the year for Catherine Beyer Meredith and her family was the marriage of her “baby” Caroline (age 37) on May 25 at the family compound in the northern Baltimore suburbs. Both the bride and the day were beautiful. Meg Knox Marik has been living in Yakama, Wash., for the past 18 years following retirement from a 30-plus year career of fund-raising for higher educational institutions around the country. Yakama is in wine country on the “dry” side of the mountains and Meg really likes the weather and the community. “Starting in September 2012,” Meg wrote, “I spent eight months in four different hospitals until the doctors at Oregon Health Sciences Univ. in Portland finally diagnosed what was wrong with me and began treatment. I am now almost fully recovered and will try to attend the class reunion in 2015.” Carolyn Oldman Gregory remains in Albuquerque, N.M., with her pooch Higgins, although she sometimes considers moving to Columbia, S.C., to be close to her ailing mother and her sister. Sympathies to Chris Plankenhorn Tischer, P’86  whose mother died last December after turning 100 in November. My own mentally capable, physically diminished 96-year-old mother became a permanent resident in my little rancher in June. My next-older brother had been her very obedient companion in the 16-room farm house for many years, but he fractured his first vertebra in a fall after Easter and, following rehab and assisted living, he is now in an apartment of his own. Dismantling Mother’s home of 53 years has been hard. I am amazed at how many of us have living parents even as we prepare for our 50th college reunion.

  6. 1965: Winter 2014

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    Once again, the column begins with losses: First is the death of classmate Olga Boriakoff Johnson on August 10, 2013 from complications following a stroke. Olga was one of our most international classmates, a Russian national who came to Hood via Argentina. When last she reported her news, she’d retired from teaching, lived with her husband in Henderson, Nev. and took pride in her two accomplished children. Sandra Smith Hanna wrote from Omaha, “I want to let my Hood friends know that my John died this June just as we were completing our 47th year of marriage. He was 85. Apparently, his body had been shutting down all spring without our truly knowing it until we made a trip to the ER after he had a fall, which didn’t break any bones or bring on any new ailments. He desperately wanted to be at home, and with the help of Hospice that happened after six days of hospitalization. He lived just 10 hours at home, but time enough for all five children to say goodbye. They are taking great care of me this summer, which means it is noisy, exhausting and wonderful in my Nebraska home!  Four of our five now live within twenty minutes of the house, and the fifth still gives me a family stop in Chicago whenever I travel east or west by train.” Our sympathies to you, Sandie, and admiration for having raised such a loving family to support you through the most difficult of times. We co-reporters [Cathie Beyer Meredith and Emily Kilby] wanted to gather news from classmates who’d been absent from these pages for quite some time but had only mixed results. Karen Ayersman Smith was one of the good respondents even though her tenure at Hood was just three semesters our freshman year. “I’ve lived in Harrisonburg, Va., in the heart of the lovely Shenandoah Valley for 41 years,” she wrote. “My husband taught at James Madison University, and I worked in several elementary schools for 30 years. Now retired, we’ve enjoyed many trips abroad as well as in the States. Our son now lives nearby after living in Georgia for 23 years, and it’s wonderful to spend more time with him. We have no grandchildren, but thoroughly enjoy our two grand-dogs.” Mary/Pixie Fell says she doesn’t have much to report from Corvallis, Ore., but a monthlong visit in September with her former in-laws whom she calls her “Italian family” near Lucca, Italy, sounds like a pretty good nothing much to me. She planned the visit so she could attend the fourth and first birthday parties for two new grandnephews (technically her second husband’s). More quality family time will take place at Christmas with a visit in Newbury Park, Cal., with a very close friend and her three children, 15,12 and 9, all of whom “I’ve cuddled, diapered and fed over the years.” Pixie reports that New Yorkers Marcia Schmidt and Bonnie Bolway Nuzum plan to attend the reunion in 2015, as do she and Barbara Hyde Sands, followed by a river cruise in Russia. Everyday retirement in Corvallis, finds Pixie playing bridge and mentoring two newer players, volunteering at a preschool and local animal shelter, leading a book group and spending time with friends and her delightful kitty Bianca. Susan Gibson Bennett, another good soul to respond from her home in Strasburg, Va., after long silence, retired after 30 years of teaching 5th grade. Then she took nursing classes to work in eldercare. More recently she was “slowed down” by complications of multiple joint replacements in both knees. Staph infections set in after the first implants and again after the second, and Sue was finally sent from Virginia to Johns Hopkins Hospital for the third try. She spent eight weeks there and the next 10 months at home in a wheelchair before she was back on her feet. Water aerobics now help her maintain her mobility, and she volunteers at the local library and her church helping at the homeless shelter and food bank. Sue has one grandson and five step-grandchildren. Barbie Hyde Sands and I [E.K] both attended a Hood alum event at Longwood Gardens in early September. Barbie looked marvelous even though she’d only recently retired from full-time work teaching anatomy and physiology at an area community college following an earlier stint in clinical nursing. Her retirement will include additional travels as well as continuing her musical interests and family activities. She also regularly attends basketball games with two other Hood alums when the Blazers play at nearby colleges and roots for the Blue and Gray. Mary Kathryn Kahn Irvine Rusk lives a busy “retired” life in Kirkland, Wash., keeping up her registered dietitian license to work as a health coach for the likes of Microsoft and consult as needed at a psych hospital, five assisted living homes and a childcare center. “But I always make time for my children and seven grandchildren aged 4 to 14,” she writes. Kathy’s son, Robert Irvine, co-authored a book, Fallacies in Education, which was published several years ago and has a second ready for release, title not yet decided. Kathy is also a co-author of a recipe book, Saving With Salmon, that combines her nutritional wisdom with the recipes of chef Fred Becker. Kathy would love to have classmates visit when they’re in the Northwest, as was the case last summer with Nancy King McNamara, whose daughter lives in Seattle. Sandra Jean Kline Devorss, another Northwesterner, left Hood after sophomore year. She attended Katherine Gibbs School in New York, where the hat-and-gloves dress code prepared young ladies for the then-real-world life as big-city secretaries. Sandy Jean went on to work for McCall’s magazine in the city but eventually married a med student, James Devorss. The last years of his med school took them to Burlington, Vt., after which they moved on to Kansas and finally on to settle in Salem, Ore., where James practiced cardiology. He is now retired, enjoying woodturning, and Sandy Jean plays tennis weekly and volunteers with the Assistance League. The Devorss have two married daughters in their early 40s—Cathy, admin for the manager of Nordstrom, and Caroine, a book-publishing agent—son John, 37, a tennis pro. But no grandchildren.

  7. 1965: Summer 2013

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    With just two years to go, our 50th Reunion Committee has started to  communicate and share ideas. Joslin Cook Ruffle, our reunion gift chair, sent this personal note to classmates: “Please plan a trip back to Hood in June, 2015!” She and Lynn Reagan Johnson celebrated the advent of their seventh decade with a five-day trip to Savannah and Charleston. They focused primarily on the cities’ history and homes and enjoying the local cuisine. Jamie Barr Gartelmann wrote that nothing much was happening in her life, but with three homes and associated activities up and down the East Coast, the Gartelmanns certainly couldn’t have many empty hours to fill. Their two married sons, Jesse and Chris, and five of their grandchildren, age 5 to 12, keep them busy when at home in New Jersey, and there’s still the “farmie” thing, which includes producing some flowers, cutting firewood, mowing, trimming and gardening. “But we do get a winter break in our home near Wilmington, N.C., which we love for the golf and the beach,” Jamie wrote. “Peter’s friend of 60-plus years and his wife visited us there in February, and we picked up right where we left off and laughed for a week. We’ll visit them in New Orleans next year.” Jamie was reporting from Maine, where they were putting in Peter’s sailboat during a stretch of unusually warm late-May days, but they had to return home for the primary election on June 4 for Jamie’s election-supervisor duties. Diana Beers Lobdell reported a similarly satisfying “no-news” life. “I am now Grammy to five grandchildren, who, by the end of 2013 will be ages 8, 6, 5, 3 and 3,” she wrote. “That’s right, a pair of twins at the end!” The Lobdells’ two sons are “great fathers,” with one living in California and the other in Oregon. Florida is home base, but the Lobdells spend summers in Utah with visits to the sons’ families as well as trips to Arizona to see Ralph’s mother and to Oregon to visit his dad. Catherine Byers Meredith had unanticipated triple-bypass surgery at Johns Hopkins on April 26, but by early June she announced that she was fine and did her part of this class news report. Barbara Casey Ruffino and Russ have spent the last four years dividing their lives between Italy and Washington, DC, with occasional stops in Stuart, Fla. Actually, Russ has been in Italy almost full-time, and Barb has traveled back and forth while still working as a management consultant for government contracting firms in D.C. area. Russ, an Episcopal priest,was sent on a three-year assignment to Orvieto, Italy, after retiring as a parish priest in Rhode Island. He was there to set up a mission church, a challenging but ultimately successful effort. They had a small apartment in a 17th century palazzo right in the middle of the medieval part of town. Now Russ is doing a six-month assignment in Milan where Barbara recently spent five weeks. Daughter Jane, a Hood graduate, went to Ireland for her Masters in Archeology in 2001, then stayed for an ABD at University College, Dublin, and hasn’t come home since. She has been a freelance journalist, radio guest journalist and is now a marketing director for a technology company. Son Mike is in the Hollywood Hills writing and composing music for several TV shows. Ramona Elbin attained a unique status in our class when she married Bob Kissner between our sophomore and junior years. The fact that the talented music major from Houston continued to matriculate as a married student was quite remarkable in that long-ago era. Ramona and Bob are celebrating “50 years of wedded bliss” this summer by taking their two sons and one son’s girlfriend to England and then on a river cruise in France. The Kissners moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Tex., 10 years ago and have found it to be a very friendly, active community, conveniently located about 150 miles from their oldest son and two grandchildren. This fall their grandson will be starting Southwestern University in Georgetown. “We’re so happy about that,” Ramona wrote, “but we keep reminding ourselves not to smother him with too much attention.” Though retired, Ramona continues substitute conducting for two choirs, which allows her the pleasures of making music without the drudge work. The first months of 2013 brought a major change to Ann Fulton Warren, who was enjoying the last days of a trip to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong, where daughter Jessie and family are currently living, when she got word that her mother was ill in Florida. The Warrens headed to Jacksonville in time to be with Mrs. Fulton for her final days. Mrs. Fulton died on Feb. 3 from complications of the flu, and Dr. Fulton is now living with the Warrens in Potomac, MD. They’re looking forward to having Jessie’s family for a two-week visit this summer. Joan Joice Taylor has been living in Henderson, Nev., for the past 23 years with her husband, Rufus. Joan is retired after a career in education that led from classroom chemistry teacher, through a professional-development specialist for regional secondary science teachers to teaching future and current science teachers at Univ. of Nev.-Las Vegas. The Taylors enjoy traveling to see their children and grandchildren in Virginia. Luke, the youngest grandchild, was 2 in December, while his mother, the Taylors’ younger child, was just promoted to Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army. A mountain vacation cabin in Idaho, about 20 miles south of West Yellowstone, Mont., allows the Taylors access to snowmobiling and fly fishing in that area. Though Joan hasn’t skied for the past two years, she’s recently had hip and knee replacements, so who knows? Carolyn Oldman Gregory’s life in Albuquerque has undergone some changes: A spotted cocker spaniel rescue named Higgins is now in the household, and Carolyn is working with RiverXchange to connect classrooms across the country to the cause of environmental stewardship. She continues to “play with” her friends at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, direct Youth Ed at the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living and miss her grandkids and son in Australia. Jo Ann Sether Bowes is busier than ever in Loch Haven, Penn. Last year, while she and Ron were in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji for 30 days, the local historical society ran out of money and the paid staff resigned. As president, she took over to keep the programs going, which includes managing four properties and doing taxes, grant writing, zoning applications, advertising, program planning, etc. The Bowes’ younger son lives in Gaithersburg, Md., with a second child due in November when the first will be only 16 months old. In addition to the Australia trip last year, Jo Ann took her older son to Botswana and Zambia, but this year, travel will be limited to a few weekend weddings and a convention in Reno. “I hope to add some more countries to my passport in 2014,” she wrote.

  8. 1965: Winter 2013

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    Again, with regret, I start my report with a classmate obituary. According to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Linda Chase Heimbach, at Hood for our sophomore and junior years, “died at home Mar. 13, 2012, succumbing to cancer after a courageous 10-year battle.” James Heimbach, her husband of 48 years, survives her, along with a son and daughter and four grandchildren. Linda, a Massachusetts native, and her family had lived in Oklahoma, Germany, Montana, North Dakota, North Carolina and finally Springvale, Maine. She completed a nursing degree in North Carolina, and her last full-time job was as a pediatrics nurse in Asheville. Linda’s hobbies included sewing, weaving and quilting, and she was at her happiest when organizing gala meals attended by friends and family, with special attention to grandchildren. “She introduced a tradition for Thanksgiving dinner which has each person sign the tablecloth and write what they were thankful for.” Linda was another classmate gone too soon, but not without leaving a rich legacy with family and friends.

    Katherine Blatchford is thriving in Nashua, N.H., after a long residence in the mid-Atlantic. “It only took me 43 years to get back to my roots and to be near family again,” Kate wrote. “The one exception is my son Chris and his family who live in the Cleveland area, where he is art director for the Cleveland Browns and does all of their graphics. My daughter teaches first grade across the border in Massachusetts, so I see my grandkids there at least five days a week. My official role involves school bus stops, transport to and from after-school activities and much more. The fun parts include snow, jump ropes, exploring the woods and working on projects. The first redecorating of my Nashua condo included creating a four-wall mural in the guest room and turning the pass-through ledge between the kitchen and dining area into a ‘mantelpiece’ with painted faux fireplace below. I have since completed more projects and have plenty left to do. Right now, I’m entering revisions for a book I have written and working on the sequel at the same time.”

    After retiring from 32 years teaching high school government and history in South Carolina and Maryland, Joan Dixon Bailey turned hobby into business by opening an antiques shop. Since then, she has been on the road from Maine to Georgia, looking for good examples of early 19th century American furniture. Joan and Andy, her husband of 47 years, restored an old home overlooking the Patuxent River near Mechanicsville, Md., that has its own graveyard dating back to 1714. With Andy’s recent retirement, they now devote more time to travel, including planned returns this year to European favorites, such as Barcelona and Rome. “But our most favorite trip,” Joan wrote, “is a short one to Chevy Chase to see our daughter Kristi and son-in-law Sean plus the two most perfect grandchildren of all, our Katie, 8, and Dylan, 4.”

    Diane Phillips Hughes and husband Bob “live in the boonies” in Dorchester County, Md., and work part time for a marketing company. Until 2003, Diane was a social worker, first for Dorchester County Social Services where she had the “truly fun job” of supervising two daycare centers. After the state stopped operating daycares, Diane headed the social work department at a chronic-disease facility in Salisbury, Md. In 1987, they bought a chicken farm with two-layer houses that was Bob’s primary job until all layer farms were pulled out of Maryland in 2003. “We say we bought 25 acres with 50 cats,” Diane wrote. “They were all feral, of course. We still feed an assortment of kitties, and they are one of my real pleasures now, along with gardening.” Their family now consists of two sons—“one his and one mine”—after the death of one of Bob’s sons in a traffic accident in 2012. Their six grandchildren range in age from 1 to 21 years.

    Maxine Rouch Jones retired in 2004 after 26 years as a middle school librarian in Amherst, Mass., and now enjoys a variety of volunteer and organizational activities. Her husband Bob, a longtime Russian history professor at the Univ. of Massachusetts, now retired, will have his third book come out this spring. They have enjoyed traveling in Europe over the years, and now spend several winter months each year in Tampa to be near daughter Kate and her two children, Alex, 13, and Gregory, 9. They also make several visits annually to Alexandria, Va., to see their son Ben; his wife Leah; and children, Juliet, 5, and James, 3. JoAnn Smith Alspaugh reported from her home overlooking Frederick’s Baker Park. “For most of my adult years I was a stay-at-home mom, but when number three son came along when I was 41, I attended Frederick Community College and took math classes in case I wanted to teach. During my mid-50s, I took nursing courses, but instead of going into clinicals, I went into home and hospital teaching, which I really enjoyed. Ten years ago, those nursing classes helped me keep my husband home throughout his illness, and he was able to die at home with dignity. After three years, I gave up trying to keep up with our 1861 farmhouse, a barn and six acres on my own. As much as I miss Jack and our farmette, I have learned to love living alone and being involved when I want or just being a slug some days. Jack III, who was my 40-plus baby, is a 2007 Hood graduate teaching English to elementary and middle school students in a small village in southern Japan. Jason, 43, is an artist in Los Angeles after giving up his architectural-drafting company a couple years ago to follow his dream. Middle son Aaron, also in architecture and the only one to stay close, is the father of my two sweet granddaughters, Grace, 9, and Leah, 7.”

    Christine Plankenhorn Tischer was hit by a car that drove through a red light on Nov. 6. Her car was totaled, but thankfully she is OK, although she was shaken up and suffered a broken thumb. Margaret York Gladish had a bout of life-threatening pneumonia in 2011 that kept her hospitalized for two months. Fully recovered now, she remains busy in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., doing volunteer work and enjoying traveling, gardening, playing golf and bridge as well as singing in two choirs. Thanks to email, she is now in regular communication with Dawn Rieser ’64. Margaret signed off by saying, “I am looking forward to our 50th reunion.” I encourage you all to nurture that same vision! Catherine Beyer Meredith wished an early happy birthday to most of the class who will be celebrating a big birthday in 2013.

    Class Reporters:

    Catherine Beyer Meredith
    (410) 252-1947
    alto1cat@aol.com

    Emily Kilby
    (443) 485-7443
    erk44@verizon.net

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