1. 1972; Summer 2017

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    Cynthia Clifford
    415-563-5273
    cynthiaclifford999@gmail.com

    Carol Schlosnagle Bradford
    703-653-4466
    cbradford043@gmail.com

    In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that we graduated as the Class of 1972, but it has been 45 years! Twenty-two classmates attended the reunion, all easily recognizable and looking good! As always, it was great to have some spouses join us. Special thanks to Lucia Grabenstein Kline and Chrisse Butler Hassett M.A.’75 for again serving as chairs and planning this wonderful weekend. We are grateful to Chrisse for hosting cocktails in her home on Friday evening. Saturday morning we were welcomed by Hood’s new president, Dr. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, with an optimistic look at the college’s future, followed by a lovely Alumnae Luncheon in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center. Lucia and Chris Kline kindly invited us to a delightful reunion dinner in the amazing barn at Lucia’s family farm. Sunday found us in Coblentz for Strawberry Breakfast, a Hood tradition that continues to this day. Heartfelt thanks to Darlene DeMay for faithful service all these years as class agent—and to Sarah Sonne O’Donnell for volunteering to take on this important role. Darlene recently posted a reminder that July starts pledging for our five-year cumulative gift for our 50th reunion. In other news: Linda Wicks Crites reunited with a number of Hood friends in May on their trip to Rhode Island. She and her husband Bob had lunch in Harrisburg with Kathy Stewart, dinner in Bethlehem with Jane Chaisson Blake and her husband Joe, and dinner in Denver, PA, with her Big Sister Cindy Worley Grill ’70 and husband Greg. She had last seen Cindy in 1993 so there was a lot of catching up to do. Thanks to Linda Cumber Gifkins for creating and maintaining the Hood Class of 1972 Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please open a Facebook account and join the Class of 1972 group. Linda posted: “Great to see ‘Kathy’ Grace Rand Nelson, who hadn’t been back in 45 years.” Liz Gruppe Stover and her husband Harold, who live in Hollis, Maine, claim to be retired but both stay very involved in their professions. Liz takes every opportunity to be back in the classroom subbing. She also has an antique business, has taught English to immigrants and stays politically active. Harold continues to play recitals, directs a chorus and composes. They have two daughters, Alice and Lucy.  Janice Williams Martin wrote to say that she and Al thoroughly enjoyed this reunion, her first, and are already looking forward to our 50th. She liked the renovations at Shriner and the many improvements to the campus. Marti (Martha) Murray Robinson says she is happily adjusting to retirement from teaching college English, although she does miss learning from her students.  In addition to travel, visiting friends and family, reading, riding, yoga, running and golf, she plans to pursue her fascination with Jungian psychology this fall through the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s MA/PhD program in Depth Psychology in Santa Barbara, CA. Marti’s guest was Pat Kidd ’74, the only little sister present (though not Marti’s). Kathy Stewart continues to enjoy round-robin email discussions on politics with Jane Chaisson Blake, Linda Wicks Crites, Kathy Martin Belikoff, Barrie Parsons Tilghman, and Candy. She enjoyed meeting Linda and Bob Crites for lunch in Harrisburg on their journey to a family reunion in May, and welcomed Candy to Harrisburg for a pre-reunion visit and river extravaganza.

  2. 1972: Winter 2017

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    1972

    Cynthia Clifford
    415-563-5273
    cynthiaclifford999@gmail.com

    Carol Schlosnagle Bradford is enjoying a busy retirement, volunteering for an organization that supports foreign diplomats who work in embassies in Washington, DC, including taking them on tours of local sites, arranging speakers and organizing events. After 12 years living and working in Asia, she especially enjoys the interactions with international groups. Virginia “Gini” Procino Hartmann—bless her—drafted a report for me on our August mini-reunion. I flew to Burlington, NC, to visit my aunt and cousins, and then visited Kathy Stewart in Harrisburg, PA. Kathy had found a great venue, and she and I met up with Gini, Barbara Cox Bisset and Barrie Parsons Tilghman in a lovely seafood restaurant in Wilmington, DE (Jane Chaisson Blake almost made it). As is always the case when we Hood classmates get together, it was wonderful to pick up right where we last left off. We spent most of our time together laughing and all had a terrific time. Check out this video of Barrie and her sister Ellen demonstrating how to make Maryland Beaten Biscuits: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcsrT6NfCAg. Later that day, Gini drove me to Watchung, NJ, where I was delighted to spend time with her and Tom in their beautiful new home, which I had last seen when it was under construction. Soon thereafter, Gini and Tom made a 120-mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She writes, “I wish I could convey the simplicity and peace of walking all day toward a goal, eating simple meals, washing our clothes in a laundry sink, and sleeping in bunk beds in the various pilgrim hotels. Tom and I talk about The Way all the time and get a dreamy look in our eyes.” Kathy is a frequent visitor to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as she attempts to keep up with the burgeoning family of niece Claire, who recently gave birth to a baby girl. Ellie joins big sister Jane, who just turned two. Kathy reports a newfound hobby of constant shopping for little girls’ fashions. She enjoyed the nation’s largest recreational vehicle show in Hershey, PA, last fall; admiring Kathy and Larry Belikoff’s life on the road, she’s considering a smaller unit geared toward older, physically challenged travelers. She’s going old school for the holidays, preparing lemon marmalade and Springerle cookies for family and friends. Following the recent election, Kathy says she can now be reached at the Home for the Terminally Catatonic, where she can be found with a distant gaze and tears in her eyes (hehe). Janice Williams Martin writes that she and Al recently took the Market Fest AHI Tour of Germany and then to Paris, and fully enjoyed sailing on the Rhine and Moselle rivers. They are enjoying retirement, especially summer visits to their lake cottage in Connecticut and visits with their sons. Allison Zack (Jeffrey Hagerich) and Mike enjoyed a tour to Sicily; then took a two-week National Geographic Adventure Tour to China, which included hiking parts of the Great Wall; they were able to visit their daughters and their families—one in Singapore and the other in Camarillo, CA. Can we believe that it’s been 45 years? A reminder to save the date for our reunion: Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, 2017. Thanks to Linda Cumber Gifkins, our Facebook page announces that the Hampton Inn and Suites Ft. Detrick is offering a special rate of $119. Jane Esselen Blocker reports that Linda, Chrisse Butler Hassett, M.A.’75, and others from the Memorial crew are bringing their significant others…and I hope you’re all planning to do so as well. I’ll be celebrating the holidays with my sister, Debi, her husband, Dave, my nephew, Rowan, and his fiancee, Hallie. My best wishes to you all for great health and happiness in the New Year!

     

  3. 1972: Summer 2016

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    1972

    Cynthia Clifford
    415-563-5273
    cynthiaclifford999@gmail.com

    Thanks for the wonderful response to my call for news; unfortunately, I had to edit heavily with a limit of 750 words, so please also post often at https://www.facebook.com/groups/124118741026202. Nancy Leigh Williams Bishop and Dan are happily retired in Malibu. Daughter Sam and son-in-law Joel live in Australia; he will compete as goalie on the Australian Water Polo team at the Rio Olympics. Carol McVey Burke, M.S. ’80 and her husband recently attended the wedding of the daughter of her Hood roommate, Gretchen VanWhy Gowen, P’08. Sarah M. Gowen ’08 is the third generation to attend Hood; her grandmother is Margaret Hope Whitehead VanWhy ’45. Marianne Taylor Strittmatter continues to run the family business in York, PA; she enjoys gardening, traveling, writing memoirs, and time with her children and four grandsons. Helen De Leonard writes that since retiring from teaching, she has finally been able to perfect living in the present moment! She volunteers with her church, including as a Stephen Minister. Last summer, she visited Gini Procino Hartmann and Tom at their new home in Watchung, NJ; and joined Robin Shaw Leto and Ken in San Francisco for their daughter’s wedding in Golden Gate Park. Linda Cumber Gifkins and her husband enjoy life in southern Vermont, and frequent visits in Brooklyn with kids and grandkids. She continues to work full time at the travel startup Routehappy. Last summer, they had a delightful surprise visit from Darlene DeMay and Jim in their fabulous RV; they hope to visit Betsey Briddell Kipp and Deryl in Boothbay, Maine. Robin Shaw Leto and Ken celebrated their 40th anniversary with a Panama Canal trip in April with their family; son Jason works with the MA Teachers Association in Boston and daughter Dara continues post-doctoral studies in molecular biology at Stanford. Sue Gorelick Marlenga reports that both daughters married in 2015—Sarah in May and Ashley in November. Mary Jane Scully Bauer was in Boston for Sarah’s wedding but in Israel during Ashley’s. Sue’s been in touch with Joan Leslie Wadsworth, who’s retired from teaching; she and George look forward to their son Greg’s July wedding. Sarah Sonne O’Donnell continues to teach high school biology. Her father passed away March 26 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but had enjoyed photos of his new granddaughter, born three days earlier. Helen-Mae Reisner joined the U. S. Postal Service in ’09 in Philadelphia and was recently appointed to a senior leadership position at Headquarters in Washington. She is in North Bethesda and was delighted to discover that Carol Lipson Fivozinsky and her husband live in the same building. Becky Riehl enjoys retirement in The Villages, FL, including water aerobics, bridge, golf, and riding in her golf cart.  She also travels to Nashville, TN, golf tournaments in Las Vegas and Myrtle Beach, and cruises on her pontoon boat. This summer, she plans to see Cindy Land Humphries ’74 and Lucia Grabenstein Kline. Marti Murray Robinson retired this spring from Ulster County Community College as a Professor Emerita after 25 years of teaching English. She’ll travel this summer to the Galapagos Islands and then to Ireland with the Hood alumni travel program this fall and continue her studies through the Jung Society of Washington, DC. Connie Dawley Seeley reports that she is very happily engaged; she and Karl met online in 2014. They live in Clarksburg, MD, close to Hood and will be married in August. They often see Linda Wicks Crites and Bob; Connie and Linda attended reunion weekend, and shared lunch with friends from ’71 celebrating their 45th: Mary McMunigal Burland ’71, Edith Purdie ’71, and Betsy Cooper Pizzolato ’71. Recently, Linda and Bob joined Marsha Kraft Brick and Jim in Rhode Island for brunch; they continue to enjoy retirement and have added Tai Chi and Senior Aerobics to their weekly schedule. Danise Simpson Simmons and Bruce relocated to Aurora, IL, when their son-in-law accepted a transfer to the Chicago area; and he and their daughter, Sarah, invited them to go with them. Their new address is 1286 Church Court, Aurora, IL 60502. Kathy Stewart remains gainfully retired in Harrisburg, PA, enjoying gardening, birding, and screen porch life with an orange fuzz ball named Sparky. She had a great time at the wedding of Jane Chaisson Blake‘s daughter Heather; stays in touch with Kathy Martin Belikoff, who’s exploring the country via RV with Larry and their German shepherd; and has invited me to visit when I’m back East this August. Barrie Parsons Tilghman and Mat much enjoyed a trip to England and France to commemorate the D-Day invasion—the most meaningful trip of their lives. Barrie was reminded of Dr. Bragdon’s American History course, just as she had recalled Dr. Latkovski’s classes on an earlier trip to Latvia. Barrie recently had lunch with Barb Cox Bisset, who’s busy with five grandchildren and a part-time position at Goucher College “and looks just like she did the day we left Hood.” Janice Williams Martin and Al took a cruise to Mexico, and continue to enjoy 4-H and their farm with plenty of animals.  Deidre Jean Wright is proudly taking her oldest grand nephew, Chase Wise, to Lowell, MA, for the 2016 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders on 29 June. Then she’ll become Quartermaster for VFW Post 8696, Palm Coast, FL; she’s also proud to serve as a speaker for “Veterans in the Classroom” with the Flagler County school system. Allison Zack/Jeffrey Hagerich and Mike divide their time between Rochester, NY and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL—the best chapter of their lives yet! She volunteers with environmental programs; this year, they travel to Chautauqua, Sicily, Singapore, and China, and then to California to visit their daughter. Jane Hively Zarfoss left York, PA in 2012 and moved to West Palm Beach, FL with her 90-year-old mother; she also spends time in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children and three young grandsons—visitors are welcome in Florida or San Francisco! This column is dedicated to our classmate Kris Vasey Smith, who enjoyed a successful career with Hawai’i Pacific University and passed away September 25, 2013; Mahalo, Kris. Save the date for our 45th reunion: June 9–11, 2017!

     

  4. 1972: Winter 2013

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    I received a lot of comments on our great reunion; thanks again to Linda Cumber Gifkins for creating the class Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/124118741026202/252711604833581. Nancy Williams Bishop wrote that she and Dan were getting ready for Christmas down under with daughter Sam and her boyfriend Joel. They spent three weeks in London this summer watching Joel man the cage for the Aussie National Water Polo team for the London Olympics. Carol Schlosnagle Bradford relocated to Alexandria, Va., in August after working for a year in China and Mongolia—her third overseas assignment and 10th year in Asia. She looks forward to catching up with Hood friends: cbradford043@gmail.com.

    Linda Wicks Crites and Bob had dinner with Marsha Kraft Brick and Jim at their home in Newport, and with Bev Lutz and her husband Bob Tremblay at their annual restaurant rendezvous in Massachusetts; she continues to get together with Connie Dawley Seeley. Chris Felerski Emsley retired in 2010 after 33 years as an educator, including 16 years as an elementary school principal. One month after her last day on the job, she was diagnosed with a rare form of endometrial cancer; after two surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, she is now cancer free! She and her husband are traveling a lot and enjoying their five grandchildren. Chris advises students from all over the world on how to get an American high school diploma.

    Linda Cumber Gifkins wrote that in late summer she and her husband John had a delightful visit with Deryl and Betsey Kipp in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. In September, Linda reentered the work force with some former colleagues from Travelocity at a travel startup called routehappy.com. They will be in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the holidays with both sons, their wives and gransdson Owen. Robin Shaw Leto wrote that she and Ken will visit daughter Dara at Stanford over Christmas; son Jason continues to work for the South Carolina Teachers Union, driving all over the state. Janice Williams Martin and Al are looking forward to his retirement in 2014; they plan to continue travels to the Denver area and Diamondhead, Miss., to visit sons and family. Janice invites anyone traveling through the area of Danielsville, Pa., to stop and visit.

    Susan Gorelick Marlenga went to Nantucket in September for the wedding of Mary Jane Scully Bauer’s daughter Elizabeth. She was joined by her big sister Lauren Frankel ’70, who lives in California, and Mary Jane’s big sister Martha Herbert Bounoure ’70, who lives in France. Becky Riehl continues working as a project manager for TD Bank in The Villages, Fla.; she and her husband bought a pontoon boat, which they use to explore several lakes in the area. Marti Murray Robinson wrote that after our incomparable reunion last spring, she spent four weeks in an Ireland studies program at the Univ. of Ireland in Galway to create a similar program at the State Univ. of New York Ulster. Her son Dan received his master’s degree in geology from the Univ. of Buffalo.

    Danise Simpson Simmons reported that she and husband Bruce are thoroughly enjoying retirement, having left their jobs with Rio Rancho Public Schools in summer 2011. In July, her sister Donna Simpson ’77, a history professor at Wheeling Jesuit Univ., visited and will return for Christmas; meanwhile, Danise and Bruce have just welcomed their second granddaughter. Danise would really like to hear from her Hood roommate, Donna (Nina) McCloskey Lannatuonno. Deidre Jean Wright hails from Palm Coast, Fla., where she works with Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus Library; she and family and friends recently celebrated her mom’s 85th birthday. Thanks for all of the great news—and all the best for 2013! Candy

    Class Reporter:

    Cynthia Clifford
    (415) 563-5273
    clifford@texture.com

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