1. 1977; Summer 2017

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    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    410-243-6767
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

    Our 40th reunion weekend was delightful in every way.  Classmates at reunion included: Terri Pyle Reed, Barrie Briscoe Reightler, Sarah Kingman Matthews M.A.’80 , Elaine Patry Jones, Sue Bradley Wogatske, Ruth Ann Oyer Shaffer, Martha Homnack Armenti,  Barbara Crum Barnette M.A.’86, Ann Nicodemus Thompson, Diane Gurney Pratt, Diane Campbell McKenney, Dawn Cramer Stein, Sharon Thorpe Kourtz, Dale Hilgartner Cirillo, Jayne VanVliet Davilli, Deb Davis Hewson, Amy White Morgan, Kathleen Weslock,  Rubina Patel, Gretta Tomb, and Elizabeth Anderson ComerTerri captured the weekend perfectly: “Reunion was a wonderful weekend! Classmates from coast (Elaine from Maine) to coast (Diane Gurney Pratt from Washington) and as far south at Texas (Diane Campbell McKenny) came to celebrate 40 years. Both Dianes and Dawn Cramer Stein even brought their husbands! We certainly have some good looking grandmothers in our class.  I can’t believe Ann Nicodemus Thompson has 4 grandchildren and Barbara Ann Crum Barnette has 6.  I started the weekend with dinner at the Thompson’s, which included a homemade apple pie (thanks to Barbara Ann).  We chatted until after 11 and then I relived dorm life (but wished they had put us up in Coblentz, since there is a sink & mirror in every room there)!  For those who haven’t been in the area lately – Frederick and Walkersville are no longer separated by farm fields.  In fact, it’s hard to tell where one stops and the other begins!  We had a terrific lunch at Brewer’s Alley (organized by Diane Campbell McKenney) – and Amy White Morgan and Rubina Patel represented us at the college luncheon (and collected Hood chocolates for each of us).  Our class kicked off the dance party after dinner on Saturday (and the DJ even played The Streak in tribute to our freshman year).  After Sunday’s strawberry breakfast most of us attended the chapel service where Ann Nicodemus Thompson showed off her talents on the pipe organ.  The service (conducted by the class of 1967) used the hymn Be Thou My Vision, which was one that Sharon Thorpe Kourtz played to honor her husband Paul at his memorial service in February.  (I felt that it was like Paul was letting Sharon know that he was there with her this weekend.)  Rubina Patel honored our class with a brick on the walkway near the new fountain, declaring that we are the best.  (The 40th Anniversary is the ruby anniversary – so it was an appropriate and generous gift from our dear sweet Ruby!!)” The campus was stunning and the friendships were warm and enduring.  Amy summed it up perfectly:” What a wonderful weekend!  The 40 years magically slipped away.  Here’s to some wonderful Hood women!”  Classmates sent news to share: “Katherine Kluth Rohm and Greg just finished renovating a 1940 house in Lutherville, Maryland and are happy to be closer to town again.  Just returned from a whisky-tasting trip to Scotland (if you haven’t been and love whisky, gorgeous scenery and hiking, book your trip now–but watch out for the sheep in the road!).  Sadly, could not join the 40th reunion, but hope everyone had a wonderful time reminiscing. Cheers to all!” Diane Gurney Pratt and husband Rick have lived in Richland, WA for 35 years. “We absolutely love the Pacific Northwest . . . such a beautiful part of our country! Our three sons Nathan, Brad and Stephen are now living on their own within Washington State.  It is wonderful that they live so close to us.  And now, we are thrilled to have three grandchildren who delight our hearts. I continue to work in finance at our church. I love the work and the people.  Rick is a senior engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he works on energy and national defense projects.  In July Rick and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary.  I will always treasure the memories from this past reunion weekend.  It was very special!  Hopefully many of us will be able to return back to Hood for the 50th reunion in 10 years.” Sharon Thorpe Kourtz is very appreciative of the support from her Hood family following the death of her husband (Paul) in February.  Her son, Collin, is a Novice Brother with the Capuchin Order of Franciscans. Our 40th reunion was a blast! …fun to catch up with friends…we missed seeing several classmates who couldn’t attend. Next time BTOBS…life is too short to miss these milestones! We have great plans for our next reunion so please don’t miss it!

  2. 1977: Winter 2017

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    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    410-243-2626
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

    Not surprisingly, news from the Class of 1977 contained several mentions of the recent election. Ann Kowitski Barber wrote, “I volunteered for a few months for Hillary. It was exciting to be part of it, and am disappointed she didn’t break the glass ceiling. Hopefully, we’ll see a woman president in our country during our lifetime! Meanwhile, I keep working and look forward to some time in FL in February! My daughter, Elizabeth, was married Sept. 4 to Bryan DellaGrotte and had a lovely ceremony at our church followed by a reception at the Bedford Village Inn surrounded by family and many friends. They live three miles away and for now have two cats named after Boston Bruin legends! ‎Bryan works for the DOC in MA and Elizabeth is now a lead physical therapist for Lawrence General Hospital.” Kas Kluth Rohm and husband Greg will be celebrating their 39th anniversary in two months, and where did the time go? “We’ve just moved to our fourth fixer-upper after renovating a 1941 house in Towson, MD. This may be the last construction project…or not! Greg is still travelling regularly for work, and Kas finally has a short, eight-minute commute to work in the superintendent’s office for the public school system.” Kathy Weslock says she is thankful for Facebook…“Class of 1977 is quite active and always good to catch up on events, children, grandchildren (perish the thought), pets and just life. I will miss the political banter that went back and forth amongst these very smart Hood women, but I am sure we will have plenty of fodder for the next four years. Speaking of which, while I am not back in NYC, I am in Westport, CT, which is close enough to get me into the city every once in a while. Both of my children, now grown men, live there and while they never have time for mom, I can pop in for a coffee or just have to make a pit stop on my way to PA! I still have the farm in PA and a home in Silicon Valley. I work way too much for Frontier Communications to get to either, but at least I’m at the beach here, which is good fun!” Kathy also wrote, “I have a friend whose mother was in Class of 1950. I was looking at her yearbook just last weekend, and struck by, while many things have changed, the tradition and history are still so relevant. What also struck me was that their wishes and hopes for the future were very similar to ours. Do you think the Class of 1950 could have ever envisioned a woman as president? Bet not. So, think how far we’ve come after all.” Martha Homnack Armenti and husband Bob returned to the Cape for the fall “shoulder season,” their favorite time of year there. “The air is fresh, the landscape beautiful and we enjoy our friends here and indoor and outdoor activities we can do together with them.” They will return to Baltimore in December. Terri Pyle Reed writes, “We’ve had several exciting things happen this year. Our daughter (and only “child”), Emily, graduated cum laude from Wilmington University’s College of Technology, with a B.S. in information systems management; she turned 25 that same week in May. This fall, she started a full-time position in her field working for Tera Technology Group, here in DE. Donald and I are so proud of her achievements after a rather rocky start, and thrilled that she is still local. I have recently ‘retired’ from teaching toddlers at the University of Delaware, but continue to ‘teach’ guests while providing garden tours at Winterthur Museum and Country Estate (a 175-room home filled with American decorative arts, situated in a 60-acre naturalistic garden located on a 1,000-acre estate in the Brandywine Valley). I’m still blessed to have my octogenarian parents living independently, about 11 miles away in Maryland, and together we worship in the historic Methodist chapel that my maternal great-grandmother attended in the late 1800s. Donald and I celebrated 33 years of marriage, and we enjoy ‘trailer’ camping and car shows (with our 1940 Chevy) when we’re not busy with our volunteer fire company. I enjoy the connection that I continue to have through Facebook with so many Hood friends. I’m looking forward to 2017, our class reunion and Emily’s wedding in October!” Denise Swan Isacson sent an update from…“Tokyo-Narita where we’re 14 hours ahead…making me totally discombobulated! Anyway, we’re on Hilton Head, SC, these days. Hurricane Matthew pounded the island, taking down a gazillion trees. Lots of damage to homes, but our condo was lucky. The recovery and rebuilding period will take time, but everyone is staying positive! Before the storm, my three best friends from junior year abroad in Strasbourg (1975-76) came to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We had fun making new memories to add to the old. Just completed 38 years with Delta; husband Orjan is retired and goes between Hilton Head and Sweden; Liv, 24, is in Greensboro, NC, at the Fresh Market Shoppes headquarters. Her older sister, Jonina, 37, and family are in Stockholm so we try to see them a couple times a year…especially since Iris, 21 months, is growing like a weed! Hope to see fellow classmates at our reunion in June 2017.” I’m (Elizabeth Anderson Comer) busy managing EAC/Archaeology, Inc. and researching the slave cemetery at Catoctin Furnace. The Reich Laboratory of Medical and Population Genetics at Harvard University has just agreed to complete genome/nucleotide data for 10 to 12 of our individuals…very exciting! I’ll see you all June 9 and 10 at our reunion!

  3. 1977: Summer 2016

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    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    410-243-2626
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

    Kath Weslock hinted that Gretta Tomb had some wonderful big news but was too shy to tell!  It seems our Dr. Tomb is the recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs 2016 Veterans Health Administration’s Clinical Excellence in Dentistry award!  According to Steven Speroni, DMD, Chief of Dentistry at the VA Medical Center in Bath, New York, “Dr. Tomb has received this National  Award for demonstrating excellence in the areas of Veteran centric care, customer service, technical skills, interpersonal effectiveness, clinical efficiencies and organizational stewardship.  Dr. Tomb truly is an excellent clinician, supportive colleague and compassionate provider. We are so fortunate as a facility to have her on staff in Bath . I whole heartedly agree with  Dr. Arola’s comments about how deserving  Dr. Tomb is in receiving this recognition.  I congratulate Dr. Tomb for being  the first VA dentist to receive the national award for Clinical Excellence in Dentistry .” Congratulations to Gretta ! Martha Homnack Armenti and Bob sent a note from Hyannis.  I am including some passages and I think you will agree that it is lovely: We were participants in the process of natural selection:  we selected from the unfamiliar and then established routines.  This year was one of verbs (listening, watching, noting, trying),  a year of recovery from decades of rising and shining, from all kinds of people-produced pollution, from assaults on peace of mind.  This year was  a year of reflection, time to pull from the past and present and possibly inform the future, a transitional year. (Aren’t they all?) But now, tulips are at their peak.  Forsythia is on its way out.  Returning from Costa Rica, Baltimore Orioles, here called Northern Orioles for abandoning Maryland’s oppressive summers for this milder climate, are now nesting in open woodlands up and down the Cape. So, are we returning to Hyannis to teach again?  We are not.  We are returning to Baltimore and not seeking re-employment there or elsewhere.  We are elated, grateful and excited.  To make this decision, and it wasn’t easy, we considered the overarching picture and remembered (in spite of how we feel and look–like you, of course!) our ages. Not trying to be morbid, but we see that most of the mountain range is behind us.  We, like you, have witnessed shocking and tragic fates of those we have known and loved.  Considering the accumulation of evidence, the decision became clear. Torches are being passed and we’re enjoying the view. Further, some of you already know that the first generation Z Armenti baby was born during your blizzard on January 22 to David and Lisa and we are all thrilled. We remain surprised by the question that some of you who have learned our plans to return to Maryland have asked, “What are you going to do?”  Please do not think that we worked because we needed something to do.  I, for one, as you know loved teaching.   To anyone who thinks about asking us or anyone that question, hear the words of a wise Cape yoga teacher who reminds her students in every session, “think about being, not about doing.”  Not wanting to get overly zen-like, think about Bob (who has promised to go to one yoga session with me–picture that!) who has, as long as I have known him, rather seemed to find work an interruption to what he really wants to do–read, listen to music, sing, bike, travel, cook (oops, no!), play games, enjoy his family, watch sports, pray for the Cleveland Indians, support the liberal cause; however, he has not let his career “get in the way of [his] education” and now, he won’t have to. His halcyon perspective inspires.  Existence could be likened to a garden:  we may divide and cultivate the sections– the physical, social, spiritual, environmental, humanitarian, cultural, the intellectual–that make us whole.  Cultivation of our plants can happen in infinite ways.  So, we are looking forward to further tending and enjoying our gardens–with you, of course!”  Thank you Martha and Bob for sharing with us! I stand (yes I have a stand up desk thanks to Barrie Briscoe Reightler!  She sold me on the idea several years ago at the Grand National Steeplechase in Baltimore and I thank her every day…try it and you will see) and cobble together this column.  I have lost track of the years I have done this but truthfully I love the reconnection with you all!  I hold down the fort in Baltimore as Doug travels the globe (apologies to Denise Swan Isacson but I tried to steer him to Delta instead of United) trying to protect World Heritage sites as the president of ICAHM. Many years ago I realized one of the archaeologists needed to be a little closer to home and offspring and I never regretted that realization and attendant decision!  Anne (our youngest) just finished her freshman year at Bard.  Margaret is pursuing her Ph.D. in Heritage at Cambridge and Jacob is working with Doug at Machu Picchu, Nazca Lines, and Meroe, Sudan.  Anne and I joined Doug and Jacob in Peru during spring break and spent 2 nights on a floating island in Lake Titicaca! I have some fascinating projects including Catoctin Furnace and just returned from a research trip to Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire.  Thanks class of 1977 for all your news…send me more!

     

     

  4. 1977 Class News- Fall 2015

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    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    410-243-2626
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

    Denise Swan Isacson wrote, “In June 2014, I achieved my “goal” of having a little place in my adopted country of Sweden and a little 2-BR condo here in the U.S on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This coming November, I’ll mark 37 years with Delta – with no end in sight as the job is still too much fun! My husband retired from GA Tech/Savannah last year and keeps quite busy with consulting projects, golf/tennis and traveling. We just returned from a week in Croatia celebrating our 25th anniversary. Liv (23) recently got a promotion at the corporate headquarters of The Fresh Market Shoppes in Greensboro, North Carolina. My stepdaughter, Jonina presented us with a beautiful granddaughter, Iris on 10 March. In June, my mother (91!) and I were able to meet Baby Iris in Stockholm on our way to Reykjavik, Iceland. Katherine Kluth Rohm and Greg Rohm are both still working in Maryland renovating an old fixer upper they just purchased closer to town in the Towson area. They spend as much time as they can in Delaware were they enjoy lots of bicycling. Their family is gradually spreading across the country so they also enjoy traveling for visits and sightseeing. “Still marveling at how our kids got to be grownups so quickly!” Martha Homnack Armenti and husband Bob sold their home in Roland Park and moved across the street into a condo in preparation for a post-retirement adventure–teaching in an international school. “In June, we retired from our long and wonderful careers at City and Poly, then we accepted teaching assignments at Sturgis Charter School in Hyannis, Massachusetts. I’m teaching only two sections of sophomores so there’s time to explore the Cape. We bought used bikes to ride to and from work and we’ve discovered the Cape Cod Bike Trail which winds between pine trees and along cranberry bogs soon to be harvested. Classmates who want to make the Cape a destination, please let me know! marmenti55@hotmail.com We’re holding onto our Baltimore condo so we can return as we please and again next summer when the school year is over. We’re not sure how long we’ll be up here in the long run. The renewable contract is just for a year. Labor Day weekend Sarah Kingman Matthews and Barrie Briscoe Reightler joined Elaine Patry Jones in Boothbay Harbor, Maine for 5 days of fabulous weather, sightseeing, storytelling and loads of lobster eating. “We stayed at Burnt Island Lighthouse which Elaine has re-purposed as an educational and tourist facility using only private funds. Staying on the island couldn’t have been more quaint and fun! While there, we read an email from Jayne VanVliet Davilli and also talked with Ruth Ann Oyer Shaffer who had just celebrated the birth of another grandchild. Elaine is in charge of the Maine Sate Aquarium and sets up marine educational programs for schools all over the state of Maine. Barrie is the director of publications for Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Sarah is recently retired and very busy with a variety of volunteer activities. She often visits with Professor Kay Graf (Food Science and Marriage and Family Professor) who is now 93. The three of us can’t wait to do this again and hope our kayaking and hiking skills will still be up for it!” Sharon Thorpe Kourtz shares: “It was fun being in a Washington Area Hyundai commercial in June… Paul and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary (and my 60th birthday) by taking a breathtaking “Sea Puffer” cruise to Alaska in July…Our son Collin is serving with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore… It was delightful to share a summer afternoon catching up with Martha Homnack Armenti. It is amazing how the years fly by… The Kourtz family participated in a Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Walk at the Baltimore Zoo in mid-September… Paul and I still enjoy Irish ceili and set dancing… I am a receptionist for Fairfax County—two miles from home! I hope to retire in 2018.” Here is some news from me…Elizabeth Anderson Comer: Anne is a freshman at Bard in Berlin and loving the city. We are leaving to visit her tonight and then attend Jacob’s Cambridge graduation next week. We will see Margaret there as well as she is beginning her Ph.D. at Jesus College. I love my archaeology career and also volunteer at the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society. Really fun…check it out at www.catoctinfurnace.org. We are having some great events and need volunteers so contact me if you have extra time and love history! Send some news my way so we can keep up the class of 1977 tradition of never missing a column!

  5. 1977: Winter 2015

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    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    410-243-2626
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

    Ann Barber wrote, “The fall was very exciting! Elizabeth’s boyfriend proposed while they were vacationing in Italy. They’ve decided to have their wedding September 2016 after buying a house in November. And, I had a fabulous trip to South Africa. The first week we stayed at Zulu Nyala Safari Lodge. Seeing the animals in the wild was more exciting than I could have imagined. Then, we flew to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls and then back to South Africa to Cape Town for a week. We had a great driver who took us to see everything we wanted. The sights and people were amazing. It’s a long flight, but well worth it. It was the trip of a life time. The winter here in New Hampshire has been filled with snow and cold. Bring on spring!” Ruthann Melching Arneson, P’12 sent this news, “After nearly 20 years as an education specialist for the local Head Start agency here in Huntington, W.Va., I left in June to take a position at Marshall Univ.  I am now an assistant professor in early childhood education. I am still working on finishing my doctorate in curriculum and instruction, but hope to finish that by the end of the year. My husband has been at Marshall in the College of Education for 28 years. We are enjoying working together. My daughter Emma is finishing her master’s degree in biology at Marshall after graduating from Hood in 2012. Our son Ethan is doing well as a junior in high school.” Dale Hilgartner Cirillo wrote, “In my life, we’ve had some changes… on Oct 21, 2014, my youngest son Matthew and his wife Cara had a little girl, Layla Brynn Cirillo! She is our first granddaughter and quite adorable! In June 2014, my eldest son Jonathan and his family Christi, Nathanael, Joseph and Samuel came back from a Navy Tour in Japan! They are now in Chesapeake and loving all the snow that they are getting at the coast!  My father Colonel Peter Louis Hilgartner died January 8, 2015. He was ready to go be with the Lord in heaven! We had him 87-years on this earth and we were very blessed!!! His memorial service was amazing with 10 relatives, son, grandsons, nephews and son-in-laws being honorary pall bearers. His funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors, will be at the end of June. We are looking forward to great weather and a lovely service at the Old Post Chapel. Jim and I continue to live outside Warrenton. I am now a teaching assistant in an ID, intellectual disabilities class in Marshall, Va. I love Marshall Middle School and the students and staff! Jim and I live in a 100+ year old house on Grace Episcopal Church Casanova’s property. We have some chickens, a few guinea fowl and we love to work in our vegetable gardens! We have a lovely congregation and live in a beautiful area! I hope all is going well with everyone! Blessings!” I (Elizabeth Anderson Comer) am still conducting archaeological projects and working as a volunteer at the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society just north of Frederick. Margaret received her MPhil from Cambridge Univ. in January and we had a great time observing the ancient traditions that are part of the ceremony. She is a Gates Cambridge scholar, so she will be returning in the fall for her Ph.D.  Jacob is also there getting an MPhil in land economy. He joined the rowing team and has been trying to explain “bumps” to me…. since the Cam is too narrow for boats to race side by side, they bump each other to advance! Anne is finishing her senior year at the Baltimore School for the Arts and trying to decide where to go next year. This past weekend we got to hear her sing as part of the 2015 High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall. Very exciting!!! Send some news my way so we can keep up the class of 1977 tradition of never missing a column!

  6. 1977: Summer 2014

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    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

    This online news application is great! Just send me an email with your news and I will post it to the site so we can keep in touch! Ann Kowitski Barber  sent the following news, “Elizabeth graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from the Univ. of Hartford last month! It was a beautiful day with 19 family members and friends attending the ceremony and celebrating in Connecticut with her. Two weeks later, my nephew graduated from medical school and my family was together again to celebrate with Christopher.” I missed the Grand National this year so I missed seeing Barrie Briscoe Reightler. Barrie celebrated 30 years with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association––30 years of designing a monthly magazine! Last year she was recognized by the American Horse Publications as an AHP Champion (sort of like their hall of fame). Congratulations! Barrie sees Pat Loper Bennett and hears from Sarah Kingman Matthews, M.A. ’80 and Elaine Patry Jones. They are “threatening” a Labor Day weekend get-together in 2015 to celebrate their 60th birthdays! Doug and I, Elizabeth Anderson Comer, just returned from celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary hiking Hadrian’s Wall in the United Kingdom! I highly recommend it––great history, scenery, exercise, pubs, museums and weather! Yes, great weather in Northern England! Please send class of 1977 news, my inbox is not full enough!

  7. 1977: Winter 2014

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    Ann Kowitski Barber sends news from New Hampshire: My big sis, Beth Sheppard Kline’s daughter,  Kirsten married Tarcisio Ferreria on August 23rd on Cape Cod and I had the honor of officiating! It was a perfect day in every way! Who could have predicted that 40 years ago? After, I spent the week on the Cape and had a great week with my sister, Carol. Two weeks later, I spent 3 days at National Harbor on the Potomac.  Had 2 great days in DC sightseeing and spent the third with Kelly Walfred Miller. We had a great day of catching up on everything!  I had gone down to accompany Elizabeth on her drive home after her 10 weeks at GWU Hospital where she did a rotation for her DPT program. She loved DC life and had a great experience at the hospital. Graduation will be May 2014.

    Denise Swan Isacson sent a quick update:  The Isacsons can be found outside Savannah in Richmond Hill, GA:  Denise just completed 35 years at Delta; Örjan continues to work at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute; Liv is a senior at Campbell University just south of Raleigh, NC.  Not sure where we’ll be once she graduates – might be time for a change!

    Greg and Kas (Kluth) Rohm are celebrating our older daughter’s first wedding anniversary (where does the time go!). Other daughter is civil engineer up in NYC where her “rents” love to visit and see the sights.  In between Greg’s multiple business trips during the week, they’re enjoying spending time in Fenwick Island on the weekends where the land is level and perfect for bike riding.   Kas is still working for the school system in Baltimore County for a few more years…then who knows!

    Wendy Gahm says her family has had some busy times! Daughter Natalie (class of ’07) continues to pursue her degree in Entomology at OSU, working hard as always! Son Joshua came home in August to marry his bride Megan and drive back to Tucson and enjoy life together! Daughter Stephanie made me a grandma on October 15th, giving birth to Lily Angela Gardner! My hubby Steve, and I are enjoying our Food Truck business’s second year, and I continue working hourly with CCPS! Fun times! Hope everyone else is doing well!

    The Comer family is spread out again!  Margaret is pursuing a Masters Degree at Jesus College, Cambridge, Jacob is tutoring the SAT and interning at Living Classrooms, Anne is singing and acting her way through high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  I visited Hood last Sunday and it looks wonderful…lots of activity and amazing students!  The class of 1977 is also amazing and I know you have lots of exciting news to share….send it over anytime!  My email is ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

  8. 1977: Summer 2013

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    This online news application is great!  Just send me an email with your news, and I will post it to the site so we can keep in touch!

    I recently saw Martha Homnack Armenti and her husband, Bob, at the Maryland Historical Society.  Their son, David, is the Student Research Center Coordinator and was working with the Baltimore School for the Arts on a series of Civil War scenes entitled Torn Asunder: Civil War Midstream.  Our daughter, Anne, was one of the performers.

    Martha sent some news: “Last fall, my husband and I were thrilled to participate in Hood’s second annual Blue and Grey tennis tournament, a benefit to support the Hood tennis team.  It was a very special honor to play on the beautiful new courts. The morning and afternoon were full of competitive tennis, and I had the pleasure of reconnecting with and playing against Dr. Len Latkovski, who is as smart and interesting a player as he is a professor.  He invited us to Hood for an October showing of a documentary on life in Russia after the dismantling of the Soviet Union.  While it was disturbing to hear the testimony of witnesses and victims, it was inspiring to see strong examples of bravery and heroism.

    My husband and I continue to enjoy our teaching careers and, this June, I will again score AP Literature exams in Louisville, KY. Over the years, it has been rewarding to see some of my high school students go on to attend Hood.  In fact, last fall, I stopped in to visit one of my very special students, Jordan Robinson, ’15, who is majoring in English and living in my freshman dorm, Shriner!

    This spring, Bob and I joined Sharon Thorpe Kourtz and her husband, Paul, in Washington, D.C., for dinner and the musical Hello Dolly at Ford’s Theater.  For several years now, Bob and I have subscribed with Rachel Quynn Knudson ’78, and her husband, Scott, to the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.  I am delighted to be able to enjoy these rich, lifelong friendships with Hood classmates. Any Hood friend traveling to the Maryland/D.C. region–please don’t hesitate to contact me: (marmenti55@hotmail.com)!”

    Ann Barber wrote to say: “Elizabeth has started her final year working on her doctorate in Physical Therapy. She’s assigned to GW Hospital to do a clinical at the end of the summer. I’m looking forward to visiting her and spending some time in D.C.! We spent a nice, but cold, week together in Myrtle Beach over her spring break. Otherwise, I am working and every day is busy.”

    Wendy Gahm shared this news: “I retired from teaching in July 2012 to start a new career with my hubby – we are beginning our second year in business! “Back to the Garden” is our 24-foot-long mobile kitchen, and we have been having a blast cooking at various locations and events! Check out our website (it’s about to be revised, but will be fully revised by July) www.backtothegardenfoodtruck.com, and see what you think of our healthy and delicious food offerings! Other news – my son Josh is in Arizona in the Air Force, studying meteorology, and is engaged to a wonderful girl; my daughter Natalie is in Oklahoma with her wonderful guy, pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in entomology; and daughter Stephanie and her hubby are going to give me a granddaughter this coming fall! Other than all of that, we like to hang around the house with our four St. Bernards! Hope everyone else is enjoying themselves!”

    In May, I met Doug in Dunhuang, China, to see the Mogao Caves.  They are an amazing treasure!  The Comer family celebrated Jacob’s graduation from Brown University over Memorial Day weekend.  Margaret is tutoring for C2, an SAT prep center, and will enter Cambridge University (Jesus College) in the fall for her master’s degree.  Anne will travel to Spain this summer with Rustic Pathways.  My mother’s book, Catoctin Furnace: Portrait of an Ironmaking Village, was published this spring by History Press.  She graduated from Hood also, and I am so proud of all her accomplishments.   I just wish she were alive to enjoy the success.

  9. 1977: Winter 2013

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    Kas Kluth Rohm and husband Greg celebrated the marriage of their older daughter Emily on Oct. 20. “We lucked out with amazing October weather and a picture-perfect sunset just in time for the ceremony. Unfortunately, Emily lost all four grandparents in the last several years, but we know they were there in spirit and loving every minute,” said Kas. She is enjoying her 18th year working in the local school system, and Greg is almost finished his involvement with supplying steel to the World Trade Center rebuilding in New York City (which allowed him to visit with daughter Sarah who is a civil engineer in Manhattan) and ready to move on to new projects.

    Elizabeth (Liz) Metz Coulter wrote, “My oldest daughter Megan is married and living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with her Brazilian husband. They actually met in Arlington, Va. Both were taking Spanish language lessons. Megan was taking Spanish because she had a lot of kids in her 5th grade class who spoke Spanish, and Bruno, because even though he was fluent in Portuguese and English, wanted to become more fluent in speaking Spanish. They have since moved to Sao Paulo where Megan is teaching 4th grade there. They have been married for three years and this past May Megan had a baby boy named Nico. We visited them when Nico was 3 weeks old and then Megan and Nico came here for a visit! How much fun I am having! My other daughter Janey recently got engaged and is planning to get married next October. We are so happy for her. Her fiancé Travis is such a nice guy. Anyway, we have been very busy with life. My husband Frank retired last November and is working part time now. I am still teaching my science for 3- and 4-year-olds at the Church of the Holy Comforter. This is my 18th year there! How time flies!” I report from Baltimore where I hold down the fort while my husband (a.k.a. Indiana Jones) travels the world or so it seems sometimes! We were looking forward to spending Christmas in Oceanside with Doug’s 95-year-old mother and the entire family. In addition to running EAC/Archaeology, Inc., I am busy trying to rejuvenate the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., a little historical society located in the village of Catoctin Furnace just north of Frederick. Catoctin Furnace made cannonballs used at the battle of Yorktown and the worker houses that line the road were built during the American Revolution and just after independence. The furnace operation closed in 1903 and the little village was threatened with destruction in the 1970s during the construction of Route 15. My parents and other local activists mobilized a board and founded the historical society to fight the highway. The society headquarters is an adorable ca. 1810 double log house in the heart of the village. Last year, we began a Traditional Village Christmas and held a spring craft show. Dawn Cramer Stein has been a huge help. She owns East Street Beads in Frederick and has made beautiful beaded jewelry for us to sell! Visit our website, www.catoctinfurnace.org and stop by if you are in the area!

    Class Reporter:

    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    (410) 243-2626
    ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

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