1. 1974; Summer 2017

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    Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00
    301-964-6677
    joycemackellar@yahoo.com

    Patricia Kidd
    609-737-3656
    pat.kidd@hotmail.com

    Thanks to everyone who sent news, particularly Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe, who’s also volunteered to create a Facebook page for us, possibly including our adjacent classes.  Stay tuned for more on this; in the meantime, here’s news: “Hi/Hello” from Peggy Jordan Lamborne, and from Dorothy Herdle Files (from Texas). Peggy Bull Larsen M.S.’79 is enjoying her work at Goucher as Director of Presidential and Special Events and she just returned from a trip to Southwestern England (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire) with her sister-in-law.  Her trip included a visit to Port Isaac where they were filming an episode of Doc Martin, the British medical dramedy. Peggy also visited Cuba in February and highly recommends travel to both the countryside and Havana before it changes too much. Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe is semi-retired and living in Charlottesville, also spending some time in her Ft. Myers, FL. condo.  She and Cheryl Cuddeback ’75 recently reconnected on Facebook, finding they had work (real estate) and daughters in common.  She also reports that Liz Anne Arant is engaged (as seen on Facebook). Elizabeth Rittenhouse P’07 is working as a technical writer for a software development firm and notes she has “no plans to retire” (go Beth!).  She and Patricia Loser Godwin are planning a “slumber party” at Beth Guertler Godfrey M.A. ’80 house in two weeks.  They also plan to see Joyce Manbeck MacKellar M.S. ’00 (our class co-columnist) and Jennifer Fifield for dinner and other activities. Deborah Kohler sends news that she’s still working as an interim minister in Michigan, but hoping that she’ll be able to retire after this posting (though she has both excitement and fears about moving into this phase of life).  Her husband Ed continues to work as an automotive engineer and they’re planning to participate in a vintage auto race in Daytona this fall! This past winter, when they were in Florida, Deb had a chance to catch up with her big sister, Jane Eselen Blocker (’72) and hopes to connect again on future trips. Carolyn also shared the news that Linda Shurko Bulvanoski lost her husband at the end of May.  Linda’s note: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the love of my life and my very best friend lost his valiant battle from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He fought like the champion he always was to his very last breath. He was so proud of the community where he resided and loved marching and speaking at Bethlehem’s Memorial Day Parade. Bethlehem’s parade was cancelled today due to inclement weather but I believe Leo’s spirit and soul might have had something to do with the cancellation today. Heaven gained the gentlest soul and the best example of what a gentleman is today.”  Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda. My own news:  I retired in March but am gearing up to work part-time again, beginning in July.  I’m heading down to Hood with Martha Murray Robinson ’72 for her reunion this weekend.  For fun, I’m learning to play the banjo and through-hiking with my partner Davis Henderson (completing the Camino de Santiago in Span last October and the Scottish “John Muir Way” in May).  In the past few years, I visited beautiful San Miguel de Allende in Mexico several times and enjoyed spending time Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins ’75 and her husband Steve, who’ve retired there.  Also saw Rhea last summer in Brooklyn, along with Cheryl Cuddeback ’75, when Rhea was in town for a celebration and remembrance service for her father, Nikos Bel-Jon.  I’ve just missed bumping into Margery Berringer-Schuran several times with Rhea, but alas no such luck.  Keep that news coming!

  2. 1974: Winter 2017

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    1974

    Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00
    301-964-6677
    joycemackellar@yahoo.com

    Patricia Kidd
    609-737-3656
    pat.kidd@hotmail.com

    First of all, we all send our heartfelt thanks to Sally Johnson Leland for doing a great job as our class reporter. Pat Kidd will be covering news for the summer issue and I, Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, will be responsible for winter issue news. Keep us informed! Elizabeth Guertler Godfrey, M.A.’80 has written a memoir of her father’s rash adventures, her parents’ intense romance and how their secrets affected her life. It is entitled “The Pigeon And The Seagull, My Passionate, Imperfect Parents” and is available on Amazon. Patti Loser Godwin and husband Joe recently enjoyed a vacation in Greece. Since retiring and relocating, Patti can often be found enjoying the beauty of nature as she hikes and kayaks in Northern California and Oregon. Vicki Raeburn Benton writes that she and husband Leigh took a seven-day cruise along the Rhine from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam this past August. They then spent three days in London before heading home. The UniWorld Castles Along the Rhine tour was fantastic! “The ship had only 100 passengers and to say we were spoiled beyond our wildest imaginings by the 40-plus crew would be an understatement! The accommodations were great, the food was superb and the tours of the castles and vineyards—wow! If anyone ever wants to do the Rhine…book on UniWorld. It has it all over the others! Leigh is up for reelection in November, so this was our last trip for a while. He is already gearing up for the campaign. I continue to proctor medical exams at Touro College. I love it!” Vicki’s son, Chris, has left his COO position at Beachside and is now working/partnered with Top Tier Sports Medicine. They recently opened an office in Melbourne, so he is there when not on tour with the LPGA. His wife, Jess, and the kids are doing well, too. Jess does contract OT work from home and the kids, Cam, 12, and Jace, 10, enjoy baseball, soccer and golf. Vicki’s other son, PJ, is still a crime scene investigator/detective for the New Windsor Police Department. When he’s not working or on call, he coaches the travel ice hockey team for son Ryan, 9. PJ’s oldest, Marty, 11, is also an avid hockey player and on the Pee Wee travel team. Needless to say, there are times when PJ is going one place with Ryan while wife Lisa is heading to a different state with Marty! Lisa continues to run her jewelry business (Lisa Wicker Designs LLC) and loves every minute of it. Nancy Kemp Cline recently served as a docent for one of the homes on the Frederick Holiday House Tour. Her garden club decorated one of the homes for the tour. Always a great way to kick off the holidays! On a very personal note, I was very unexpectedly diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2014. After three surgeries, months of hospital stays and chemo, I have just finished treatment for my first reoccurrence. In September, I had the opportunity to attend Camp Mak-A-Dream in MT. They offer, free of charge, retreats for various cancer patients, but two retreats are strictly for women with ovarian cancer. It was a fabulous experience, and I got to zip line, something that I have been wanting to do. Because of my health issues, I retired from Frederick County Public Schools as a reading intervention teacher at Middletown Elementary and from Frederick Community College as an adult ESOL teacher. Since then, I have opened an eBay business that has far exceeded my expectations. I am so appreciative of each day, the wonderful support of my husband, Butch Nieves, my daughter, Shannon, and son, Brock, as well as many friends. Beth Guertler Godfrey has always been one of my biggest supporters throughout this journey. I am blessed!

  3. 1974: Summer 2016

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    1974

    Sally Johnson Leland
    207-865-0280
    sallyleland@sbcglobal.net

    Sincerest thanks to those that reached out with news. Louise Whitridge Hicks Smith shared that she continues to practice Dental Hygiene and takes care of eight rescue cats. Church, artwork, harping, golf and gardening fill the hours in between. Louise’s son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Candice, treated her to a wonderful trip to Australia last summer.  A snorkeling lesson prepared her for truly going “Down Under” on the Great Barrier Reef.  An Aboriginal gave them a hands on lesson in Aboriginal art and she took home a small painting. Louise has been painting in gouache watercolors and is concentrating on Australian birds and animals. Her daughter, Courtenay, helped her open an Etsy store…”Daisyinthyme”.  There are blank note cards for sale with printed versions of Louise’s artwork, so be sure to check it out!  I hope to lure Louise to Maine to paint this summer or perhaps in the dead of winter. Barbara Miller Beem is happy to report that she sold the old house in Catonsville, and she and her mom are now ensconced in a lovely new 55-plus condo community with underground parking! The move was extensive albeit short (large house with many antiques) — two miles in distance but another world completely.  Barbara’s days are busy. She sees her grandchildren most every day and is active in a charitable knitting group at her church. Her writing has shifted into high gear, and she is part of an inspiring writing group. No doubt she misses Ken terribly and his editing genius. Deborah Fay Kohler has had a roller coaster year. Since the auto industry is pretty much back on course her husband, Ed, took a new job back in his old stomping grounds on the other side of the state.   Deborah continues to do interim ministry at a small rural church and really enjoys helping churches negotiate the transition between settled pastors. They figure they only have to work a few more years, and Ed is so much happier now than when he was developing transmissions for trucks.  Deborah had the good fortune to go with the women in her family to Bermuda while Ed continues racing with a new event at the Brickyard in Indianapolis. In the Fall they’ll celebrate their anniversary by going (finally) to Hawaii with every intention of hiking the volcanoes. Deb wishes more classmates would send in updates as she always enjoys reading what is going on in the lives of old classmates.  I couldn’t agree more! Victoria Raeburn Benton checked in. Vicki continues to  tutor and proctor medical exams. Husband, Leigh, is still a site manager at Middletown Carting, serving as County Legislator, and part-time jeweler. Her sons and daughters-in-law are all turning 40 and the grandkids are entering the pre-teen stage of 9-12!   Leigh and Vicki will be celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary in August and will celebrate while on a Rhine River Cruise. Peggy Bull Larsen, M.S.’79 wrote that her husband, Michael, is enjoying semi-retirement while Peggy has moved into a new position as Director of Presidential and Special Events at Goucher College. They just returned from a wonderful Viking River Cruise on the Danube, traveling through eastern Europe from Bucharest to Budapest. For those of you not on my email list I wanted to share via Elizabeth Guertler Godfrey, M.A.’80 that Ellen Cosby passed away February 25, 2016.  Ellen was diagnosed with Stage 4 carcinoma of “undifferentiated origin.” It coursed through her quickly, and not knowing its origin, there was no way to wage a battle against it.  Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00 and Elizabeth attended her memorial service in Baltimore where her life was celebrated by her family, friends and colleagues. Many of the legal community attended and they praised her dedication, intelligence and integrity as Chapter 13 Trustee for 26 years. As Elizabeth shared, “Ellen was a devoted friend and will be so very missed.” As for me, Sally Leland, I have served seven years as your class scribe, but it is time to pass the torch in hopes someone else may be able to coerce classmates for news more effectively than I!   Please contact Ashley Nick Wilson at wilsona@hood.edu if interested.  My thanks to you all and to those who regularly touched base.  May you be blessed with much happiness and good health.

  4. ’74 Class Column

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    For those of you on my email list you have already learned of the unexpected and sad news of Ken Beem’s (husband of Barbara Miller Beem) passing in June.   Barbara met Ken through Guy Gray.   Prior to Hood, Guy was a student at Montgomery College serving as a lab assistant to one handsome, strapping Professor of Geology, Ken Beem.   Guy made the introductions happen, and the rest has been their history.  For 23 of their 40 years Ken and Barbara shared a byline and were regular contributors to AntiqueWeek and New England Antiques Journal.  They enjoyed writing about antiques, collecting antiques, and loved researching and writing about historic property features while being hosted at lovely inns and restaurants and touring back of the house/behind the scene places.  Barbara continues to write, but her editor, Ken, is terribly missed!  Ken leaves behind daughter, Katherine McKerrow, and three grandchildren, Ruby, Marigold and Roland.  Barbara and her mom are finding the 86 year-old Catonsville home with 14 rooms overwhelming.  It is on the market and hopefully will have sold by the time this goes to print.  Let us know where you are Barbara!  We wish you strength.  May the many wonderful memories you shared with Ken sustain you.

    Vicki Raeburn Benton, along with husband Leigh, sent a quick note wishing everyone a wonderful holiday.  Leigh was diagnosed in June with a major blood infection.  His appendix was micro-bursting toxins!  The appendix was removed and after a month long regimen of intravenous meds all was and continues to be well. Leigh still tends to his jewelry business, is site manager for Middletown Carting and serves on the Orange County Legislature in NY.  Vicki still proctors exams at Touro College.  Vicki caught up with Beth Guertler Godfrey, Nancy Melroy Faustine, Jenn Fifield Allen, Patti Loser Godwin, Joyce Manbeck MacKellar and Beth Rittenhouse Dupont on a conference call.  They hope to make it a quarterly event.

    Their sons are content in their current positions.  Chris, Jess, Camden (10) and Jace (8) live in Viera, FL.  Chris is COO of Beachside Physical Therapy and the DPT for the LPGA Tour.  Summer travel has been extensive across the US, Hawaii and Canada with the tour.  On the players’ days off, Chris gets a fair amount of greens time in with them. Jess is an OT in the Brevard County schools.  Both sons play baseball.

    PJ, Lisa, Marty (10) and Ryan (8) live in New Windsor, NY where PJ is a Detective and Crime Scene Investigator.  Lisa continues with her successful in home jewelry business.  https://www.facebook.com/LWDLLC?pnref=lhc.  Both sons are avid hockey players.

    Ann Cuppia Gandy shared she spent time visiting Liz-Anne Arant Allen in January.  They connected with Donna Nelson Hyde (Hood ’68) and enjoyed comparing notes on their tenures at Hood.  It sounded to them that it was pretty straight laced in ’68. Really?  I vividly remember streaking and bra burning in the Fall of ’73.  I was too body conscious to bare all, and I was so under-endowed that my training bra would have been the only one in the pile!!

    Liz-Anne was coerced by Ann Gandy to make a trip east.  Liz spent two weeks – one week connecting with cousins and an aunt she hadn’t seen in a about 50 years, and the second week was road tripping with Ann.  They visited USNA with Mark and Laura Bultemeier (Mark – USNA ’73) for a nostalgic return, and then visited Hood which neither had visited in 25 years.  They met up with President Volpe, enjoyed seeing the blending of the old construction with the new, and the bookstore supplied the necessary apparel for the rest of their trip… to NJ to visit Billie Weise who they had not seen since graduation.  The three have committed to making the next reunion.  On their way back to Columbia, SC  Ann and Liz stopped to pick up Ed Stuckey (USNA ’73) to visit with them for another few days, and then Ann flew back with Liz to CA for some more fun in the sun.  Great memories shared and made for sure!

    Billie Weise joined Virginia Keane Bukovac on Cape Cod for a week of lobster in anything, wine, lots of laughter, sailing the bay and biking the Shining Sea Bike Path.  Billie just returned to teaching and coaching high school tennis after a year’s hiatus from getting a “new neck.”

    Dot Herdle Files shared she led a large church weekend called a Walk to Emmaus.  She continues to manage the county 4-H horse club.

    I, Sally Johnson Leland, am officially “off the road.”  I’ve hung up my travel directing shoes.  Husband, Doug, is winding down his life-coaching practice and is currently enrolled in a Maine Guide Training program.  Doug’s folks are 90, so we can get over to VT with ease…and suspect we’ll need to with greater frequency.

    Continued hope, peace and safety to those fleeing their homelands, and peace to those within our borders that feel isolation and hopelessness. Remain healthy, active and safe.  My very best to you and yours for the coming year.

     

  5. 1974: Winter 2015

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    Sally Johnson Leland
    207-865-0280
    sallyleland@sbcglobal.net

    Greetings from the frigid, yet beautiful, state of Maine. What a winter! Anyone have a rental in Florida that would consider a six week rental in February ’16 and be open to a Maine Coon cat in tow? Let me know. Seriously! It has been five+ years that I have served as the ’74 scribe. I am a huge proponent of “change is good.”  Might there be anyone desiring to take over the task of class correspondent?  If so, please let me know 207-865-0280 (sallyleland@sbcglobal.net) or contact Ashley Nick Wilson wilsona@hood.edu who keeps all the correspondents in line, on line, and on schedule! The 40th reunion prompted Billie Weise and Margery Berringer to take a road trip to Cape Cod, where they visited Ginnie Keane Bukovac. Ginny was renting there for the summer. From there, they headed to Camden, Maine to visit Billie’s younger sister. Shades of Thelma and Louise! Dibby Burnham sent word and a picture that daughter Sarah had married on Halloween in Las Vegas. The picture was amusing with all in costume and face paint. Felt like I was at a Kiss Concert. Dibby and her mom seemed to take it in stride in their toned down threads, though my guess is Dib’s veiled pill box hat was probably spider webbed netting in design. Dibby always loved Halloween and all spiders, great and small. Truth be told, I would have loved knowing what was going through Grandmother Burnham’s thoughts! Grandmom was the hit of the evening. She was the only one of her generation so she garnered as much attention as the bride. Barb Burt Sherland has retired from full-time practice in estate planning, tax and exempt organizations in Seattle. She is now senior counsel. Vicki Raeburn Benton wrote that the two northern grandsons are as active on their hockey skates as off, and the Floridian grandsons are pretty competent baseball players and golfers. Vicki is a part-time proctor at Touro Medical College in Middletown, N.Y., and she also tutors a couple of days a week. Liz Anne Arant Allen continues to work in the investment field, is busy with church/committees and is very active as the Orange County, Calif., outreach director for Team RWB. Check out Team RWB on the net. Seeing immediate and positive response and results from veterans has been incredibly gratifying. Liz’s elder daughter is now involved with Team RWB as is Ann Cuppia Gandy in Columbia, S.C.  Liz was counting the days until Ann’s visit in mid-January. Liz is an avid reader and is thirsty to learn about the historical, religious and cultural background of the Middle East. Once she has it all figured out, I’d like her to condense it into Cliff Notes for me! Speaking of the Middle East, our (Doug and Sally Johnson Leland) daughter Heather lives in Beirut. We visited her in May ’14 to welcome, visit and snuggle our only grandchildren, both boys …then 3-weeks-old. Sullivan has achondroplasia which occurs in every 30,000 babies. What are the chances of having a grandmom living next door to us in Freeport with a grandson who has achondroplasia? Pretty amazing! Wish Heather and sons were closer! Dot Herdle Files and husband Eben are now grandparents. Their middle daughter Carolyn (U.S. Navy) gave birth to Lily. Skype, Facetime and Facebook sure keep family and friends in the loop with the latest developments and antics. The youngest File is graduating from college in 2015, so retirement from federal service in Texas is imminent for both Dot and Eben. Both are involved with various choirs and Dot continues to work with the 4-H Horse Club while tending to the needs of her own horses. Condolences to Billie Weise on the death of her brother, Steven, age 64. Such a sudden and most unexpected loss is hard to comprehend. Steven’s ’73 USNA classmates mourn his loss as do we. May your many wonderful memories of Steven sustain you, Billie. Our love and best wishes to you and your family. Lastly, but certainly not least, a note of acknowledgement to President Volpe… on behalf of ’74, we thank you for your many years of dedication, insight, strategic planning and continued championing for our alma mater. May this transition present many opportunities for travel, projects, time with family, laughter, and exceptional health and stamina to “give your gifts for greatest good.”  Corde et Mante et Mano… and our utmost appreciation and well wishes.

  6. 1974: Summer 2014

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    Reunion weekend 2014 provided beautiful weather, comfortable accommodations, easy conversation, and a great selection of choices in the dining hall.  It was my first reunion and an experience I shall look forward to in another five years.  The following made to their way to Frederick for either on campus functions or connecting with a small group off-site:  Vicki (Raeburn) Benton, Margery (Berringer) Schuran, Virginia (Keane) Bukovac, Linda (Shurko) Bulvanoski, Ann (Williams) DeMers, Alison (Knotts) Durham, Nancy (Melroy) Faustine, Elizabeth (Guertler) Godfrey, Guy Gray, Magaly (Mauras) Green, Lucia Homick, Carolyn (Schoemer) Huyghe, Sandra (Bell) McDonnell, Elizabeth Rittenhouse, Louise ((Hicks) Smith, Billie Weise, Sue Whaley, Wilma (DeFazio) Wilt, Lashley (Micas) Wolf, and yours truly.  Rich Wilt (Wilma Defazio’s husband) and Doug Leland were good sports for attending!

    Vicki (Raeburn)Benton shared Leigh is keeping busy with his job as site manager for Middletown Carting, his job as representative in the County Legislature, and his part time work in a local jewelry store.  Vicki gets to enjoy playing ‘Meme’ for the summer and hopes to be back at tutoring in the fall.   Son, Chris, is still COO for Beachside Physical Therapy. He also is busy with the LPGA as one of the lead therapists on the tour!  Chris’ wife, Jessica, is off for the summer, but will return to the Brevard school district as an OT in August. Camden (9) will enter 4th grade and Jace (7) will be in 2nd this fall.  Son, PJ, is still the Crime Scene Detective for the New Windsor Police Department. Having an 8-4 job is great; however, he is on call 24/7.  PJ’s wife, Lisa, is doing well with her jewelry business (www.lisawicker.com) and has added a botanical line (www.Arbonne.com) to her repertoire.  Marty (8) will be a 4th grader next year and Ryan will be a 2nd grader!

    Sue Mulvey regrettably could not attend reunion with a very busy summer, visits from cousins, and a number of family birthdays. Sue’s family has a rustic farmhouse in Conway, MA so they had lots of fun getting together.  Sue (Mulvey) will be visiting Mara Downes McGrail on the Cape in August. (She transferred from Hood to UNH in ’72.)  Mara will have a small get-together with her UNH friends including, Georgia Chavent. Georgia also transferred from Hood to UNH. Not sure if it was the same year. In October, Mara will fly East again and they will visit Chris Hill Lydecker ’73 in North Conway, NH.  Chris and her husband Ken own the Riverside Inn B&B in Intervale, NH.  www.riverside-inn-bed-breakfast.com.  It’s a beautiful time to be in New England!

    Janis (Wilson) Polastre wrote that during the first two weeks of June ’14, she and her husband took Janis’ 89 year old mom to visit old friends in France and will be making side trips to Andorra, Barcelona and Costa Brava.  When mom is still game, why not?  You continue to globe trot!  Hard to keep up with your whereabouts and those of Peggy Bull Larsen!

    Peggy (Bull) Larsen wrote that travels would preclude her from attending the reunion this year.  Last summer travels took Peggy and a childhood friend to London and Wales.  A highlight was taking a train out to Newbury to visit Highclere Castle, the filming location for Downtown Abbey.   Peggy’s husband, Michael, is retiring from his position at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD after 30 years of service.  He’s planning to transition to a part-time position with a company in a related field and they’re both looking forward to him having more hours at home.  Peggy continues to enjoy her position at Goucher College very much and plans to hang in there for a while.

    Deb Kohler wrote that she too had a full calendar for summer 2014. Deb will be taking a cruise from England to Iceland and back through the fjords of Norway with her mother and sister. It’s Deb’s sister’s 50th birthday celebration.  Hiking into a volcano on Iceland and seeing what it’s like to have 22 hours of light a day will be firsts.  Deb’s husband, Ed, continues to do his road racing.  They also had the opportunity to race on the track at the Brickyard in Indianapolis this summer…the event that trumped reunion!  It was the first time that famous track has been open to this type of event. There were 750 vintage cars there from Indy cars, to pre WWII racecars, midgets, and the big bore engine vehicles from the 50s and 60s. In November they are going back to Daytona. Indy was the first time they took the new pick up truck camper to the track and it made it much more fun for Deb.  They even experienced the “unique subculture of WalMart parking lot campers.”  There is even an app for that too!  Who knew?  Last summer they explored Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons & Rocky Mountains NPs.    Deb is looking forward to the 50th.  Feet to the fire Deb!  We’re holding you to it…race or no race!

    Lauren Campisi Fulton wrote that she was in Frederick to have dinner at the Tasting Room in Frederick with the former Carolyn (Schoemer) Huyghe, Linda (Shurko) Bulvanoski, Allison (Knotts) Durham, Ann (Williams) DeMers and Sue Whaley over reunion weekend.  Like so many, they too questioned why they hadn’t made time to get together in past years!  Lauren vacationed at the Outer Banks before Hurricane Arthur blew in and then the very next week she watched weather guru, Jim Cantore, televise right in the middle of her vacation neighborhood!   She has been (mostly) happily underemployed over the past 40 years, though currently managing a dental office for her best friend and her dentist husband, who gives lots of paid time off while he adventures around the world.

    Kathy (Poloni) Triwahjudi wrote that son, Anthony, is attending the VT jazz camp, but plans to connect in VT with Pam Callis and Patty Lynam fell through. Anthony attended the ice hockey camp at Cornell again before going to VT.  They went up to Brossard, Canada outside Montreal for two days for the French experience and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Condolences on the recent loss of your mom Kathy.

    Louise (Hicks) Smith sent word that her son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Candice, invited Louise to fly to Australia, — all expenses paid —  for a couple of weeks in September, but she had to turn them down since her employer requires employees to mark the schedule book for vacations six months in advance!  Seriously?  So, she’s hoping to go in ’15!  Need anyone to carry your carry on bag?  My 2015 is wide open!!  Louise joined a family genealogical society three years ago and was asked to help with heraldic illustrations for a book, so this summer she is corresponding with the secretary of the society over the internet and by mail.  He lives in Manchester, England and is writing the book about their family history in England, pertaining specifically to the 17th century.  Work, keeping up with the house, and feeding nine cats keeps her busy.  She has played some golf but has had to place the harp aside for a while.  The simple pleasure of a ferry ride to visit a friend in Cape May, NJ in late July holds such appeal.

    Guy Gray checked in.  Guy believes he and his wife, Marty Mulford ’69, are the first married couple to receive both undergraduate and graduate degrees, class of ’82 from Hood.  As for wooden boats, Guy is now working to get a historical boat back to Cambridge, MD.  It’s an 83 foot Rescue Boat built for the Army Air Corp during WWII, designed to go out and pick up downed air crews in the North Atlantic and English Chanel.  It was made right next to where he currently volunteers in Cambridge, MD.  The man who owned it passed away without any heirs, so the estate contacted Guy’s group of restoration enthusiasts to see if there was any interest in getting it back down there from MA.  The interest is not the difficult part, however, finding the money to do is. There may be only four or five of these boats remaining in the world. That fact that the boat appeared to be float-worthy was a good sign.

    Billie Weise shared she had quite an experience with a back surgery this last Spring that went from bad to worse.  She has been on the mend, and rallied more quickly with the support and presence of Ginny (Keane) Bukovac and Margery (Berringer) Schuran.  How could she not with those two?  They had me in stitches at reunion!

    I spotted Lashley (Micas) Wolf at Ron Volpe’s presentation on the Saturday morning of reunion.  Lashley is quite the accomplished seamstress, lover of art, involved with galleries (Corcoran for one)/ collecting, and was very involved with the Washington debutante scene.  I believe she shared she has three daughters if memory serves me correctly, and truth be told it isn’t always serving me correctly! The standout to me was Lashley’s youngest.  You may have seen or experienced her on the mall in D.C.  Sporting whatever hair color for the month, ready to create your personalized poem after some fact gathering, stand back to take in her words of insight and wisdom.  What a great way to augment her coffers and her day job.  Clever to be able to weave poetry from a complete stranger’s story, quickly, and get paid for it.  Nicely, nicely done!

    Dibby Burnham bailed (feel guilty Dibby?) on the reunion as her son and daughter-in-law were visiting in CT.  They went to NYC for an overnight and walked for two days straight…taking in the sights of the Brooklyn Bridge, High Line, Chinatown, Soho, and Noho…Another highlight of their visit was going to New Canaan, CT to check out the Philip Johnson compound of different buildings, each so beautifully designed. The Glass House was magnificent.  Yes, Dibby, you will be riding down with Sue Mulvey and me for the 45th!

    If you have ideas for upcoming reunions, or the 50th, in particular, let the office of Alumni Affairs know, or shoot me an email.  Some suggestions were having separate class dinners allowing for ease of hearing, having a class activity/project (ideas?), setting a date/time for a group photo to capture the majority, and sharing reunion weekend with either our Big Sister Class and/or Little Sister Class.  I will add that those who stayed in Shriner said the accommodations were comfortable and very reasonable.  I checked out my old room only to find it had been converted to a men’s room!

    Thanks for the memories!

    Sally (Johnson) Leland

  7. 1974: Winter 2014

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    Our 40th Reunion is just around the corner. I, Sally Leland, look forward to visiting the campus, taking in a stroll of the downtown area, and Doug and I plan to tow the teardrop camper for a visit to Gambrill State Park, one of our favorite places to hang when in the Metro area. Vicki Raeburn Benton stole a few minutes from her never ending schedule of preps for husband’s Leigh re-election campaign to the Orange County, New York legislature. Fundraisers, envelope stuffing and label pasting are a part of Vicki’s day, like cleaning out the cat food dish, vacuuming, and meal preps are for me (Sally Leland)! Mind you, she does all this after tutoring those needing assistance with Math, managing the Hudson Valley SPCA thrift/consignment store two or three days a week and that is in addition to running the household. Long story short, Leigh won his fifth term to the New York Legislature. Nicely done, you two!  Vicki and Leigh Benton will head to Florida after the election to catch up with the “grands” ages 7 and 6 who are lacrosse and baseball players. The New York “grands” ages 8 and 6 are avid ice hockey players, one a goalie and one a forward.  The downside to ice hockey…yes, a cold rink! It should be a full house for Christmas at the Benton household. Kathy Poloni Triwahjudi and Patty Lynam Yeatman met for lunch during the summer while Kathy’s son Anthony attended a science camp at Stevenson Univ. near Baltimore. Patty still works for Johns Hopkins. Kathy has retired from teaching (special education, traditional, and reading specialist) freeing up time to ferry Anthony to band, CCD, ice hockey and be available for homework review. Kathy and Patty hope to connect with Pam Callis Diers during summer 2014 when Anthony is attending band camp in Vermont. Patty’s son lives in St. Albans so it would be an ideal time. They are wondering what Nancy Hoffman is up to these days!  Nancy, let us all hear from you! Louise Hicks Smith wrote that she decided to learn in January 2013 how to play the harp. Lessons were scuttled in May when a kitchen project took precedence, followed by a deck restoration that took her into July and August. A stack of needlepoint projects beckoned, but a four-day ancestral gathering of 17 Worthington family members descended upon Chillicothe, Ohio in June won out. Tours of the governor’s mansion and replicas of Indian mounds from the Hopewell Culture of 3500 BC were scheduled along with a Native American Indian play entitled, Tecumseh.  Lengthy Robert’s Rules of Order style meetings, which lasted two to three hours, lectures by the Ross County Historical Society coupled with meals and games of Texas Holdem Yahtzee rounded out the days. There is a book in the works, and Louise will be helping with illustrations and heraldry. Some of British contingent are urging her to attend the next meeting in Manchester, England 2015. Louise’s son Brian and his wife have moved to Brisbane, Australia for a two or three year stint while Brian runs a satellite office for his uncle’s company. What an opportunity for them and for Louise to visit! Louise golfs, gardens, stitches and continues to work. Daughter, Courtney is near for frequent lunches when taking time out from her painted shoe business on Etsy and EBay. I would enjoy hearing from others. Perhaps the following:  Nancy Kemp Cline, Judy Whitehead Butler, Christine Sullivan Hampton, Joan Meisenhelder Graff, Lashley Micas Wolf, Lucia Homick, Donna Davidson Hauver, Sue Mulvey and Allen Maples would consider an update of what has transpired in their lives. No pressure, mind you! Best wishes to all. Hope to see you at the 40th!

  8. 1974: Winter 2013

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    As always, thanks for responding to my plea for news! Betsy Widerman Hyle checked in from Island Heights, located across Barnegat Bay where the iconic images of a Jersey shore roller coaster sat submerged in the ocean! Betsy and husband boarded up and stayed. No power for a week and some trees were down. To Jeanette, Sara and Elaine, Betsy was touched by your relentless efforts to track her down to make sure all was well. New Jersey’s first lady Mary Pat Christie set up a relief fund. Check out www.sandynjrelieffund.org. Thanks, Betsy! Dot Herdle Files and Eben continue to sing with two choirs, and Dot has joined a bell choir. A full house for the holidays were to include daughter Carolyn serving in the U.S. Navy.

    Christine Sullivan Hampton checked in for the first time! Was not so bad, was it? Youngest daughter Mary is a sophomore biology major at Elon Univ. in North Carolina. Older daughter Kate graduated in 2011 from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and is in a master of education counseling program at Mercer Univ. in Macon, Ga. Husband Chuck is a tax attorney (wills, trusts and estates). Christine’s mom Anna Mary Messerly Sullivan ’42, P’74, visited for the holidays from her home in central Pennsylvania, and she is still going strong! Kathy Poloni Triwahjudi and husband Steve sustained minor damage from Sandy, but went 15 days without power. Son Anthony kept his ice hockey skills and musical talents honed with summer camps in New York and Vermont, respectively. Kathy’s mom has adjusted well to an assisted living facility in the Poconos. Condolences to your family on the loss of Steve’s brother who died suddenly in Indonesia. Monica Desiderio remains busy as an interpreter for conferences and the California federal and state courts. This year’s highlight was interpreting at a conference held at the Getty Museum in Louisiana with regard to the challenges of conserving murals, specifically America Tropical by Hispanic artist David Siqueiros. His mural was painted decades ago for its subject matter and has undergone a massive restoration. Travels took Monica to China, Portugal and the Yucatan Peninsula, where she attended a flora/fauna conservation conference to earn credits for her state interpretation certification! Sweet!

    Vicki Raeburn Benton shared that husband Leigh will run in November 2013 for his fourth term in county service. He remains busy as a Gemological Institute of America jeweler. Son PJ very much enjoys work as Windsor’s New York crime scene unit detective. Florida son Chris is chief operating officer of Beachside Physical Therapy and runs between four offices; he even seems to find time to tend to his own patients. Vicki tutors, child care sits and volunteers where ever there is a need, and loves spending time with her four grandsons––two kindergarteners and two second graders! Guy and Martha (Marty) Mulford Gray ’69 were a step ahead of Sandy and had their boat out two weeks prior! Guy continues his love of boat restoration by recently wrapping up work on a ’61 lightning sailboat, but is she sea worthy Guy? Liz-Anne Arant Allen continues in her field of financial planning for retirement, involved with church ministries, reads voraciously, draws and paints. Liz-Anne is supporting organizations geared to military families, wounded warriors, reintegration of former military into the civilian life, and reintegration for those requiring assistance of service animals. Liz-Anne’s brother-in-law, age 60, became totally disabled this last year from unexplained brain seizures, so trips to Ventura are more frequent to help out the family. Liz-Anne’s daughters are flourishing and happy charting their own paths.

    Peggy Bull Larsen and husband Michael celebrated their milestone birthdays by going to Rome, Florence and Tuscany. Peggy enjoys her work coordinating special events at Goucher College in Baltimore and regional events for the college’s president. Peggy passed along news of B.J. Schuler’s ’73 death. B.J. had been battling cancer. She retired in 2010 after 30-plus years of teaching high school biology. Our condolences to the class of ’73. We share your grief and loss. More information is available by searching for Betty Jean Schuler of Pitman, N.J., in Google. For those affected by Hurricane Sandy, we hope your lives have returned to some state of “normalcy”––your new normal, ready for new memories! Remain healthy! I may be reached at sallyleland@sbcglobal.net, 29 Cushing Briggs Road, Freeport, ME 04032 or (207) 865-0280.

    Class Reporter:

    Sally Johnson Leland
    (207) 865-0280
    SallyLeland@sbcglobal.net

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