1. 1968: Winter 2017

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    1968

    Sharon Burns Walsh
    410-749-0426
    sharon.walsh68@gmail.com

    I had a special request from our Class Giving Co-Chairs Sandra Gerwin Herndon and Charlotte Sizoo Whitenight to include the following in our class column: “Sandy and Charlotte want to thank classmates who contributed to the 2015-2016 Giving Campaign. Our 50th is fast approaching, and they have kept us informed of “nascent” 50th fund-raising plans in recent Giving letters.  Now they’re reminding us of the need to get seriously started.  Our classmates at the 45th liked the idea of an endowed scholarship.  Surprisingly, this requires less money than you’d think–$50,000 minimum at a 4% interest rate will result in an annual scholarship of $2,000.  With Hood’s $48,000 annual tuition and room and board, many students are cobbling together small scholarships so even our modest scholarship will be helpful to a student and will exist as long as Hood exists.  If we raise more than $50,000, we can increase the scholarship amount for a single student or perhaps award more than one scholarship.  Giving Year 2016-2017 contributions go to general operating funds, not to the scholarship. Now we need to set-up a steering committee of 4 to 6 members to address issues such as scholarship name, eligibility and selection criteria. Sandy and Charlotte live in the greater Washington area but volunteers from anywhere in the country are welcome.  Just email Charlotte at charwnt@aol.com. We are a generous class both in terms of our financial support and our long-term, continuing friendships.  Let’s all support our class by contributing to the Class Gift and attending the Reunion.”  Co-chair Sandy Gerwin Herndon also sent a personal update.  She has been caring for and living with her 95 year-old-mother in Bethesda, MD for the past four years.  Her son and his wife design jewelry, and moved into Sandy’s home in Shady Side, MD about a year ago.  Her two daughters live in Maine and Georgia. Sandy is the proud grandmother of six and continues to work part time in a catholic high school as an assistant in their campus ministry office. Note from the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving:  It would be great to identify a few lead gifts from classmates for the establishment of the scholarship.  Additionally it is customary for the 50th reunion class to also give to the Hood Fund during their reunion year.  This fund allows for support of scholarships for all Hood students in addition to the establishment of a scholarship.  (Minimum of $50,000 is needed to endow the scholarship as stated above.)  Contact Charlotte if you are interested in giving a lead gift (minimum of $5000 to the endowed scholarship effort). Donna Nelson Hyde is retired and living in Aliso Viejo, California. She loved teaching both music and 6th grade for 38 years in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.  She has enjoyed conducting 2 children’s choirs at Irvine Presbyterian Church for 21 years but is planning on this being her last year so that she has more time for traveling. She somehow manages to find time to sing in an adult choir, ring hand bells at her church and volunteer for charity work with her sorority. The last two years she has participated in mission trips helping to refurbish a school in Swaziland and installing a playground with Kids Around the World in Jericho, Israel. She says,” I loved visiting these countries and really getting to know the people and gaining a better understanding of their cultures.” She makes several trips east each year, visiting her mom in PA and other family in VA. She keeps in touch with her roommate, Laurie Kammler Kaye, and has gotten together with Debby Mattas Willis.  She adds, “I’m looking forward to our 50th! This time I won’t be in the middle of a children’s musical.” Lots of news from Gwen Ebersole Lehman who lives about half an hour from me in Ocean Pines, MD.  Gwen retired in June 2015 from Stephen Decatur High School where she became something of a legend for the drama productions she directed and often wrote.  In her honor, former students and colleagues established the Friends of Gwen Lehman Foundation to raise money for scholarships for students interested in theater studies.  Ron and I attended her retirement party, and it was apparent that Gwen was beloved by all who worked with her and were taught by her. Gwen reports that the Foundation was able to award a scholarship this year to a young woman at Sarah Lawrence.  Her husband Don retired this year, and they bought a second home in Landowne, PA so they can spend more time with their two grandsons.  She has begun to paint and even exhibited a couple pieces in Ocean City, MD, is working on a young readers’ book, continues to write plays for the high school, and does volunteer work at the Art League and for county counseling services.  Remember that we need 4 to 6 steering committee volunteers for the Hood scholarship. Say “yes” and you’ll be doing a wonderful service for your class and for future Hood students.

     

  2. 1968: Summer 2016

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    1968

    Sharon Burns Walsh
    410-749-0426
    sharon.walsh68@gmail.com

    Most of the news in this column was sent to me last fall.  Unfortunately, length limits prevented me from including it in the late winter column. My apologies to those who had to wait to see their news appear. Cheryl Bonynge Harker is thrilled that she and husband Dick are expecting a baby boom in the next few years to add to their 34-person combined family including 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. They spend lots of time boating with family and friends when they’re in Island Heights, NJ and go to their condo in PA for the colder weather. In the last year and a half they took two extended cruises, one for 78 days to the Far East and another for 35 days on the Voyage of the Vikings. She keeps up with Lucille VanBaaren and admires her stamina as she continues to work at a cosmetics company. She was hoping to see Ginny Munson Hammell ’67 in Florida this past winter and congratulates her on the Virginia Munson Hammell ’67 Trading Room dedicated at Hood in October 2015. When she wrote, she had just communicated with her little sister Linda Ayers ’70 for the first time in years so may soon have more news to report. Sandy Deemer Harra and husband Ed became retirees in June 2013. She occasionally returns to her former school to sub and likes maintaining a connection with that community.  She loves seeing her former students and visiting with the staff, but she enjoys retirement more.   She and Ed have traveled some, usually somewhere where they can snorkel. The Big Island is a favored destination. When she wrote in October 2015, it was 83 degrees at her home in California and they were hoping El Niño would bring relief from a difficult summer of drought and forest fires. “We feel blessed that our little country town has remained fire safe.” Both of her sons live out of state. Matt is in Portland, Oregon and Nathan is in Fulton, Missouri.  Our condolences to Sandy on the death of her mother Joan Pouchot Deemer ’40, P’68, P’81 in May 2015.  Bev Thompson Gardner and husband Bernie are both enjoying retirement although Bernie continues to do consulting work at the School for the Environment at U MASS, Boston.  They live in Pembroke, MA, for the winter and Eastham, MA, on the Cape in the summer. They are both active at their Unitarian/Universalist church.  Son Alan is an engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; his wife Nora is an artist. Bev has three granddaughters-Ella, 12 years old; Lucy, 9; and Tessa, 5. Her Hood connections at church are Joyce Clarke Hockman ’67 who left before our class arrived, and Meredith Owen Atkinson ’69. She added thanks to Linda Search Atack for the years she served as class columnist. Carol Huntington and husband Al live with four “formerly feral felines” in their 1840s home overlooking the Kennebec River in Bath, ME.  They have been there since 2002, a difficult time for them since four members of Carol’s immediate family died that same year.  Carol still works full time as a social work senior therapist at the local hospital intensive outpatient program and as a hospice social worker in Portland, ME.  She is also an ordained Episcopal Church deacon.  Her career has included both medical social work and parish-based ministry in Boston and northern New Jersey cities. She and Al met 25 year ago when they were both working at a homeless shelter in Hoboken. Carol is a peace activist and toured New England teaching about Palestine which she  visited twice in recent years. She is also a nationally certified nonviolence trainer and has taught courses in seminaries and several schools of social work. In what must be very limited spare time, she is working to reclaim and maintain the formal gardens that were planted by previous owners years ago around their home. Stephanie Negoescu Goble and her husband have been living in San Antonio, TX for over 30 years ever since he retired from the Air Force.  They have 5 children, so she now spends lots of time flying all over the country visiting grandchildren.  Since retiring from teaching high school geometry to the children of wounded warriors at Fort Sam Houston, she invests lots of time in the kitchen preparing all her food from scratch.  She began eating organically several years ago at the urging of her oldest daughter who is a master herbalist.  She is hoping to reconnect with classmates Jane Walters Jasper and Rosemarie Dempsey Curlett.  Finally, from your class columnist, happy 70th birthday to everyone who has celebrated (or soon will celebrate) that landmark life event this year!

  3. 1968 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Sharon Burns Walsh
    410-749-0426
    sharon.walsh68@gmail.com

    Sharon Burns Walsh the Class of ’68 is still out there making its mark on the world, but many are definitely taking life a bit more slowly. For my first time in the class columnist role, I emailed classmates whose maiden names started with the letters A through H, so if you didn’t hear from me, then Hood doesn’t have a correct email for you. Please send that information to Hood, and I’ll be sure to contact you for another column. Several who responded sent thanks to Linda Search Atack for loyally serving as class reporter for the last several years. Linda was one of the first to answer my email and says that she retired from child welfare at the end of July and is enjoying a much needed rest and re-charge. She is now turning her attention to major house repairs due to a water pipe leak that she hopes to complete by January. Then she plans to work part-time with teenagers aging out of foster care. Her three grandsons are now 9, 5 and 2 and so much fun to spoil. Two live in the Chapel Hill area and the youngest in northern Virginia. She has been in touch with former roommates Mary Kay Noren and Amy Rosenberg Cornblatt. Mary Kay and Don have sold their home in Easton, Maryland and are moving to a South Carolina island. They continue to have sailing adventures that “sound like a travelogue.” Amy and Marc moved last fall from Philadelphia to the Boston area which is where Amy grew up. Linda adds that the common theme for the three former roommates seems to be “sorting and editing” the accumulation of all the “stuff” they’ve acquired through the years. Rosemarie Dempsey Curlett reports that she is still working as the County Coordinator at the Amy Lynn Ferris Adult Activity Center in Chestertown, Maryland where she has been for 27 years. After a move five years ago closer to Chestertown, John has plenty of ground for his garden. They have one granddaughter, 21 years old, and two grandsons, who are 8 and 11. She stays in touch with Jane Walters Jasper who lives in upstate New York. Sharyn Duffy says she doesn’t have any kids or even a trophy husband but still has 2 horses. In 2014, her 30-year-old horse that she had for 27 years died, which was a terrible loss for her. His replacement from Wisconsin arrived at the end of September after a search she characterized as an “adventure worthy of a short story.” She is hoping he gets along with her mare who “gets to be a cougar.” She also reports with thankfulness that she has completed six years of treating her multiple myeloma holistically and without chemo. Carol Fogler is hoping to provide information and inspiration to young women when they consider career options. She funded the placement of a copy of Finding Justice in every public high school in Maryland. It’s a history of women lawyers in Maryland since 1642. It was published in association with the Maryland Women’s Bar Association Foundation and the University of Baltimore Foundation. Carol still lives in Columbia, Maryland. Living less than an hour from me (Sharon Burns Walsh) in Selbyville, Delaware, Mary (Rita) Rous Hollada wrote that she and Larry are still working but have reduced their schedule to allow a little more discretionary time. They will be married 50 years in December and will celebrate by spending a month next spring in Scotland. She adds that doesn’t make her feel as old as the fact that her oldest grandson was married in October 2015. Rita and I are planning a Hollada-Walsh mini-reunion before the holidays. Still professionally active, Phyllis Gimbel (Schnitman) was promoted to full professor in June 2015 and published a book on school leadership in October 2013. Her husband is on the Faculty of Harvard School of Dental Medicine and has a private practice in implants in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, where they live. They also have a home and 88 acres in southern Vermont where they spend a lot of time with their children and 5 grandchildren. As usual, our class overachieved—this time it was in sending news. I have included items this time in the order I received them. Because the class columns are limited in length, I regret that I cannot share news sent by Carol Huntington, Beverly Thompson Gardner, Cheryl Bonynge Harker, and Sandy Deemer Harra. You can look forward to hearing all about them– and others– next time. No more empty columns for THIS class, I promise.

  4. 1968: Summer 2014

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    The Class of 1968 needs a new class reporter. Please contact the office of alumni relations at alumoffice@hood.edu if you would like to become the reporter.

    Margo Melton Nutt has published James Melton: The Tenor of His Times. James Melton was perhaps the first multi-media performer—concerts, recordings, movies, the Metropolitan Opera, radio and television. The book is a daughter’s attempt to rediscover the fascinating man who was her father. Copies of the book may be ordered through Amazon.com or directly from the author at Margo Melton Nutt, 560 Hawk Pine Road, Norwich, VT 05055 or tenorofhistimes@gmail.com.

  5. 1968: Winter 2013

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    Mark your calendars for the class of 1968 reunion planned for next June. Laurie Kammler Kaye is coordinating plans for the Saturday night dinner and would welcome suggestions for venue and menu. Contact the office of alumni relations and special events if you have not received a packet with information. If you did not receive an email from me in November seeking news, it means the College does not have one on record for you or the one they gave me is no longer active––I had a lot of “failure to deliver” messages this time. The College also has a page on the website for locating “lost” classmates and we are missing quite a few. Weather and water seem to be continuing themes for our class. I am doing repairs from a water leak in November and many alums along the East Coast were affected by Hurricane Sandy, including Sue Marano and Cheryl Bonynge Harker in New Jersey. Cheryl lives in Island Heights just across the bay from devastated Seaside Heights. Her family’s home and boat survived, but she reported there were “200 boats or so piled up at the bottom of our hill” and so many homes and businesses are destroyed. Condolences to Cheryl whose mother passed away in November just weeks after the hurricane. Sue reported no structural damage, but was without power and is thankful for friends who let us shower and eat at their home—and sleep over when it snows. Sue’s mother moved to Raleigh, N.C., in September and maybe we will plan another North Carolina reunion. My sophomore year roommate Amy Rosenberg Cornblatt and husband Marc have been recent water damage victims at their homes in Pennsylvania and Vermont, but Hurricane Sandy missed them. Amy’s mother has passed away, but her dad is still in the Boston area. Amy is retired and she and Marc have enjoyed many fabulous trips to far flung corners of the world.

    Ellen Dietz Rosenberger is in Fairfax County, Va., and was spared storm damage. She and husband Russ and family actually had a fun water adventure when three generations spent a week in Oregon last summer celebrating a family wedding at a resort in the high desert and did a rafting float down the Deschutes River. Ellen is retired from teaching but busy with activities for seven grandchildren, book club, garden club and tennis. Her mother (Class of 1935 and 98 years young) spent Thanksgiving with the family. Ellen asked, “Where are all of my Coblentz friends?” Suzann Harden Carson reported from Maryland that she has only seen a few Hood classmates over the years and is ready to see so many well-remembered friends at the reunion. After graduation, she and Nancy Parker Winyard roomed together, had children at the same time and saw each other often when Suz lived in California. Her roommate Linda Winter-Blacksher visited when she lived in Hawaii, and more recently she met up with little sister Chips Parker-Wood ’70 and others in Philadelphia for some gourmet food shopping and a “reminds-me-of-old-times” lunch. She has been in email touch with her Hood big sister Ruth Mary Ross-Jones ’66. Margie Arnold Creek is one of our far flung classmates (Queensland, Australia) and reported a new grandson Matthew who joined big brother David, age 2½, last July. Margie’s daughter and son-in-law live in Brisbane––by Australian standards a “short” one-and-a-half-hour drive from Queensland. Margie was a tour guide for her “after Hood” roommate Nancy Frederickson Sherlin ’66 and husband Grover when they stopped in Brisbane during a Holland American cruise around Australia. Margie showed them the sights in Brisbane and of course a cuddle with a koala. Margie continues to create and exhibit textile art, which she said creates a messy studio but is a lot of fun.

    Carrie Wissler-Thomas continues to love what she does as president and executive director of the Art Association of Harrisburg, Pa., and has no plans to retire anytime soon. Carrie and husband Scott travel in Scotland and England each October, and she said her paintings are inspired by the beautiful scenery there. Son Dylan and family “live just across the river” from Carrie and Scott’s 1928-vintage house in Uptown Harrisburg, Pa. Sharon Burns Walsh and 46 family members and friends celebrated her daughter Katy’s wedding last October in Cancun. She reported that they made it home just ahead of Hurricane Sandy and fortunately, had no storm damage at their home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Sharon reminded me of the mini-reunion last May in Old Town Alexandria attended by Sharon, Sue Marano, Susan McGehee Nelson, Diana Webber Mosley, Gwen Ebersole Lehman and me. Needless to say shopping and eating great food were involved. My own water event this year means my cute little 25-year-old house will have a great unplanned facelift, assuming I survive the mess. Grandsons Ryan, age 6, and Eli, 2 going on 10, live close by and they continue to amuse and amaze their Nana. Their father, my son Chris, starts graduate school in January so tuition payments are back in our budgets. Son Scott and daughter-in-law Josefin planned to spend Christmas in Sweden with her family and plan to visit the famous “Ice Hotel” 200 miles north of the Artic Circle (I did not know there was that much land north of the Artic Circle). My work in child protective services for Wake County is stressful but outcomes for families can be so rewarding and I still appreciate the opportunity to have made this later in life career change.

    I will close with Betsy Kern Perlstein’s account of how she and her husband Jules celebrated birthdays this year—so much more than just cake and candles. I will have her full account in her own words at the reunion but here is a summary. Her husband was turning 60 and their daughters asked what he wanted for his birthday and he said, “60 days.” So after their youngest daughter’s wedding, they took off on their 2011 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle named “Magic” to look for America. They rode west from Maryland to the western most point of the United States––Cape Flattery, down the California coast from Route 1 to the Sierra Nevadas and back. Jules spent his actual birthday with Betsy, noisy seals and thousands of seabirds at Morro Bay, Calif. Then they rode east across 500 miles of Route 50 through Nevada (“The Loneliest Road in America”). They climbed Colorado’s highest peaks and crossed and re-crossed the Continental Divide and on through Kansas, Mo., and then Illinois where Betsy celebrated her 66th birthday on Old Route 66 in Springfield. They rode more than 13,000 miles and she blogged the whole trip––the link is 60daysonmagic.blogspot.com. I am hoping Betsy and Jules ride Magic to the Reunion! Hope to see you in June.

    Class Reporter:

    Linda Search Atack
    (336) 549-7258
    Linda.atack@gmail.com

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