Sara (Sally) Parkhurst Van Why
The class of 73 had a wonderful 45th reunion. We had a great time reminiscing and catching up. I brought along the booklet we were given as freshmen from the Hood College Mother’s Club – Sex is Never an Emergency. Some remembered having received it, others did not. Do you? Lots of laughs. Those classmates attending were: Elaine Williams Bielenberg, Susan Rothmann Griffin, Karen Bast Griffith, Leslie A. Hawkins, Lorraine Sharp Kish, Toni D. Lucia, Donna Simmons Maneely, Patricia Henry Montgomery, Alicia Parlatore Payne, Jill Schonek Pollard, Charlotte Miller Ponticelli, Patricia Suydam Ritter, Diana Y. Shih, Lydia N. Smithers, Sally Parkhurst Van Why, Sherry Bronski Waltz, Deborah Christ Zourdo. We were also joined by Francoise Perruchot Catinaud ’72 who was at Hood from France for the 71 -72 school year and Magaly Mauras Green ’74. Leslie Hawkins received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is reserved for an alumna or alumnus who has made extraordinary contributions in their professional life along with commitment to Hood. Needless to say, we were and are very proud of her. Patt Henry Montgomery was surprised by a gift from her sister – an actual chair. Patt was told by her sister, Claudia Henry Barkmeier ’78, also a Hood graduate, to look for her birthday gift on campus. We were looking for bricks but another classmate found a big red ribbon on an Adirondack chair. I mention this not only because it was such a fun thing, but also to tell you about this giving opportunity. Hood’s handmade Adirondack chairs are available in blue or grey for $500 with a gold plate on the top with your personalized message. The chairs are scattered around the campus. What a beautiful way to honor someone. Leslie Hawkins has agreed to take over as class columnist for which I am extremely grateful. I have enjoyed doing this for the last 7 and a half years, but now it is someone else’s turn. I have loved hearing from you and will look forward to reading your news in the Hood Magazine so keep sending it to Leslie. Also our 50th will be here before we know it. Those who were at our 45th asked me to encourage everyone to come in 5 years. Elaine Williams Bielenberg and Lorraine Sharp Kish have agreed to chair it. They asked me to let you know that they are planning to set up a private Facebook page so please keep your eyes open for that. It was such fun to see the class of 68 march in with peace rally signs since that was going on the year they graduated. Remember “What will we be in 73?” Well what will we be in 2023? Oh my. Hopefully all in Frederick, MD at HOOD.