1. 2011; Fall 2018

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    2011
    Megan Dancause
    717.682.5267
    mdancause@comcast.net

    Kudos to the Class of 2011 as they continue to achieve great things! The years since our departure from Hood College are growing and without a doubt the achievements and life milestones continue to impress!
    Kristan Hawkins Vermeulen welcomed a baby girl, Elayna Mae, on April 15, 2018! She was born in Portland, ME and weighed 8 lbs 13 oz.
    Kathleen Grombacher-Irwin Jurek and her husband, Daniel, welcomed a daughter, Genevieve Celine, on January 31, 2018. They cannot wait to bring her along with them as they hike and camp in the Cascade Mountains this summer!
    Eve Maryn will be starting her fourth year of teaching in Phoenix! She will be completing her Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in September.
    Kristen Harris obtained her LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)! Kristen and her husband are relocating to Maryland and plan to build a house after living in West Virginia for almost four years.
    In January, Nickolas Spicer accepted a new position as the Assistant Dean of Students at Susquehanna University.
    John Boasi is still working for the Social Security Administration. This year John has helped found a non-profit, 627 Stomp, which will be dedicated to preserving and maintaining the legacy of Kansas City’s jazz heritage. John will serve as the Vice-President and is among its first director!
    Monique Sledd is recently engaged and is in the process of purchasing her first home!
    In late 2017, Kristina Coggins moved from Houston to Dallas, TX for a promotion with Marriott. In her current role, Kristina is an Event Manager at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Kristina started her journey at the Gaylord Texan Resort back in the fall of 2013.
    Christi Campbell is celebrating her fourth anniversary at the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission in Portland, OR. Christi also became recently engaged to Daniel Smith.

  2. 2005; Fall 2018

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    2005
    Leslie Beck Hughan
    301.464.0752
    lhughan@gmail.com

    Greetings classmates. I hope everyone is well. I look forward to your updates, and I hope you do too. In this installment, we have a new job, a new hobby, a few new babies and other family news. Enjoy!
    Douglas Brown started a new position as assistant professor and clinical coordinator for Frostburg State University’s new physician assistant program. The program is located at the University System on Maryland campus in Hagerstown, MD. The program currently is pursuing accreditation and hopes to matriculate its first cohort in May 2019. He also accepted an invitation to Frostburg’s Ed.D. program with a focus on educational leadership.
    Rachel Collmus Ellick welcomed a baby, Jonathan, in April.
    Rebecca Anthony Foster has a new hobby – she is learning to play the accordion! And as of this summer, she has been a freelance writer and proofreader for five years.
    Danielle Rodman Giannandrea and her husband welcomed another little boy into the world. Lorenzo Paul Giannandrea was born on Feb 10.
    Jennifer Harmon Nachtrieb welcomed a daughter, Lorraine Celeste Nachtrieb (aka Rainey) on Feb 20.
    Rani Pellet has been working as a technical writer for the past few years. Her son, Jean-Paul Andre Pellet graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in May 2018 with degrees in computer science and art. While her youngest child, Isabella Maria Pellet, graduated from Frederick High School in May 2018. She will be attending Wingate University in NC in the fall and will play lacrosse. Her intent is to study business, marketing and physical therapy.

  3. 2003; Fall 2018

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    2003
    Leah Giambarresi MacDonald M.S.’10, C’05
    240.409.7439
    macdonaldleahg@gmail.com

    Hi everyone! Happy Reunion Year! Those of us who made it to Frederick in June had a great time exploring the new sights on campus and reminiscing. We have lots to report!

    Cassie Brode graduated with her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships – a Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and an NIH-funded T32 Research Fellowship in Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. Since July 2015, Cassie has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV. She is currently a Licensed Psychologist in Ohio and West Virginia with training in general mental health and behavioral medicine with expertise in weight management and bariatrics. She hopes everyone reconnect with her at cassiebrode@hotmail.com!

    Kaye Brown Hamilton, husband, Adam, and daughter, Lily (4), welcomed Lyle Patrick on May 2, 2018.

    Taryn Chubb was elected to the Faculty Senate of East Central University. She is also a founding member of ECU’s new chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a member of the executive committee.

    Charlene Deniker Gonzalez of the class of 2003 married David Gonzalez on May 11, 2018 in Gaithersburg, MD. She has two daughters from her previous marriage: Victoria (10) and Melody (8). Charlene teaches Spanish with Montgomery County Public Schools.

    Jennifer Fair Milas, husband Matt, and daughter Ava welcomed Ethan James on August 1, 2017! Jenn was also promoted to Principal at her Firm (McLean Koehler Sparks & Hammond) on January 1, 2018.

    Michael Offutt will be celebrating his 14th Anniversary working within SSA’s National Data Center in Frederick this August. Five years ago, he purchased his first home in Frederick City. He welcomed a niece, Paislee, last year. Michael has two dogs: Bella the Beagle and Raven the Shepherd. He writes that Bella and Raven enjoy going to Alive at Five in Downtown Frederick, and hopes that they’ll all run into some Hood folks one of these Thursdays!

    For the past two years, Heidi Schnarr has been teaching music in Montana, first on the Crow reservation, then in Butte. She just accepted a job for next school year in Victor, MT, which is a rural K-12 school with its own Performing Arts center. She is active in raising money for instruments and supplies for the kids and facilitating cross-cultural performances and radio spots for her choirs. Heidi also completed a Master’s of Music in 2013 from Bard College with an emphasis in Choral Conducting.

    Erin Smith Babitts and her husband Drew and just moved to Albany, NY! Erin accepted a job as a Licensed Master Social Worker, still with NY State Office of Mental Health, but at the Capital District Psychiatric Center.
    Liz Stacks Millhouse, her husband Scott, daughter Clare (5), and son Chase (2) recently moved to Fort Washington, MD.

    Carla Earl Trump worked as a family therapist with seriously emotionally disturbed foster children in Baltimore City and County. She has been working with the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau for the past 12 years as a mental health therapist in their crisis-oriented Family Preservation Program and outpatient mental health clinic. She supervises Masters-level social workers or professional counselors in their yearly internship programs. She is currently supervising a Licensed Graduate Social Worker for licensure. Carla is also working toward a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Linehan board certification while seeing clients in the DBT Program. She maintains a private practice in Carroll County as well. Carla’s husband has continued his home appraiser business, Hawkeye Appraisals. Her son, Justin, opened his own business, Mercedes Specialists, and her daughter, Krystal, is currently in her fourth year at Midwestern University, seeking her residency to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine.

    Anna Walker Beaver will be starting a full-time position as a special educator/early interventionist for the infant and toddler program with Frederick County Public Schools this summer. She and her husband, Jeb, have five children – Cora (9), Finley (7), Hudson (6), Gwenyth (3), and Maeve (2).

    Kirsten Wolle Lansberry just accepted a position with Baltimore County Public Library. She is a librarian with the Youth and Family Engagement department of the Mobile Engagement Group. She’s been with BCPL since 2011, but this is the first full-time position she’s had. Kirsten married Sean Lansberry in 2012 and they welcomed a daughter in 2014.

    That’s it for now – keep those updates coming!

  4. 1999; Fall 2018

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    1999
    Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin
    annehambrickstowe@gmail.com
    717.945.4585

    Greetings, Class of 1999! It was great to hear from so many of you this time around for our class updates! It is always good to hear about what is happening in your lives. Michelle Chao Pearson is “royally” pleased to announce the arrival of her son, Marshall James Chao Pearson, on Saturday, May 19! Marshall’s 2 big sisters are super excited to have him here and, as you can probably imagine, they are quite the helpers.

    Baby Congratulations are also in order to Erin Goodwillie Hantz as she and her husband, Thomas, welcomed baby 4, a little boy named Maxime, on Valentine’s Day. Maxime’s sister and brothers are 13, 10, and 7, and definitely keep everyone on their toes! Erin is still teaching English in Strasbourg, although she is fortunate to be able to enjoy maternity leave until September.

    Shannon Desiree Mack graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Public Administration this past May. In attendance at the graduation ceremony were Jamie Szocinski Gillette ’98 and her husband Robert, and Erin Janney Kanner ’00, with her husband Jonah and son Jacob. Jennifer Massagli Morgenthaler ’98, was unable to attend but watched via livestream with her husband Tim and daughter Mia! This is Shannon’s second Masters, the first being a Masters of Science in Forensic Studies, earned in 2011. Way to Go Shannon!

    Alison Gregg Dowd is still living in Memphis TN, and continues her work as staff psychologist, Triage/Consult Coordinator for Mental Health Service at the Memphis V.A. Medical Center. When she isn’t working, she fills her time with church, charity work, fishing, and playing with her cats. Alison loves living in Memphis, and offers a warm welcome if you’re passing through!

    Becky Roman Annacone wrote in that she has been planning on running the 7.6 mile mountain run at the Mount Washington road race on June 16 and a week later compete in the 10 mile Tough Mudder obstacle course. All I can say is wow…and more power to ya, Becky! Hope it was a rewarding experience for you!

    Kelly Poltrok-Germain has recently been promoted to North America Food Safety lead for chocolate and processed cheese within global food safety at Mondelēz International. Mondelēz is the parent company of Nabisco-Cadbury Chocolate and the NA business and R&D center is located in East Hanover NJ. Megan Reeher was promoted to Associate Director Quality Media, Becton Dickinson in Hunt Valley, MD. Megan is also godmother to Kelly’s second son, Owen Kelly Germain, born November 22, 2016. Owen has a big brother, Noah Ryan, born July 22 2014. Kelly, her husband, Ryan, and kids live in Dumont NJ.

  5. 1995; Fall 2018

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    1995
    Jacki Resop Amato
    jresop@yahoo.com
    Hello ’95 Hoodlums! I hope all is well with my friends. Please feel free to e-mail me or Facebook me anytime with your updates. On June 9th during Reunion Weekend, I volunteered with my daughter Julianna (Class of 2030) in driving a golf cart for the afternoon, escorting other great alums around campus. We had so much fun seeing and catching up with other Hoodlums. Jennifer Barbieri Casey ’98 was there with her husband Shawn and daughter Tessa (Class of 2039).

  6. 1990; Fall 2018

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    1990
    Jenni Portmann Riberdy
    jpriberdy@gmail.com
    970.390.3118

    Hello Class of ’90 classmates!! I haven’t gotten updates from anyone in a long time and I haven’t been very good at soliciting them either, so here it is… I’d love to hear from you and share your news!! Most of us have just or will be turning 50 this year… so what’s happening!? I am taking a sailing trip to the BVI with my husband, kids and friends. Not a bad place to spend the 50th, and hoping to help the local economy after hurricane Irma. I am also visiting my home state of PA and some New England states this August, hoping to see some Hoodlums along the way. I will share the news in the next edition, but please let me hear from you!! Happy Summer!! -Jenni

  7. 1984; Fall 2018

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    1984
    Susan Flanders Kleinschmidt, M.S. ’92
    609.771.0624
    susankle@comcast.net

    Carole King Heine spent last weekend meeting up with 1983 classmates at their 35th reunion. She saw some of our fellow ’84 classmates this past weekend and it was so fun to share funny old stories and reminisce. There was a dinner on Saturday night at Coblentz and it included all classes except the 50th reunion. Hood did a wonderful job and it was fun to meet so many other classes. I hope we all put this on our calendar to attend next year. Those who came back were amazed at all the changes that have taken place in downtown Frederick, it is not the same town! Hope to see you all next June.

    Karen Curtis Craney is retiring after 34 years with Frederick County Public schools, with the last 25 years as a Literary Specialist. Karen’s eldest son Tyler is a cardiac nurse at Johns Hopkins and youngest son Travis is a Junior at East Carolina University studying to be an ICU nurse. Karen and her husband Tom are retiring to Fenwick Island, DE this summer.
    Lynn Davis made the move to retirement recently, retiring as the property and evidence manager after 31 years with the Clearwater, Florida Police Department.
    Paris DuChesne Niesterowicz started her Master’s Degree Program in Nursing at Stevenson University. She continues to work as a full time emergency department nurse at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. She and her husband Chris enjoy living on their farm in Finksburg, MD and enjoy their Lippizan filly, Charlotte, Morgan mare, Gigi and Belgian, Wesley.
    Jennifer Julian Radcliffe is in her 10th year teaching preschool and now teaches the 4/5 class. Husband Roy is currently working as a contractor with Bits systems. Their son Andrew is currently doing his disassociated tour as Top Catapult Officer on USS Harry S. Truman. He was recently selected for Department Head and putting on LCDR in September. Their daughter Claire is in her 4th year as State Records Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Jen is excited to share news that her son got engaged to his girlfriend, Jessi before he left on deployment. A May 2019 wedding is planned at the USNA Chapel.
    Claudia Nichols Nealley reports in from Frederick that she is excited that her nephew Lance will be a freshman at Hood this coming fall. He will be on the golf team and Claudia is looking forward to attending the legacy lunch!
    Terry Rappoldt Stickles reports in from Glenville, PA that she retired from M&T bank last October and is now working for a nonprofit retirement community Spirittrust Lutheran as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services. She is happy to report that her daughter Bailey who is intellectually disabled has found a job working as a dishwasher in her local middle school cafeteria. Her coworkers took Bailey under their wing and made it a very positive experience for her. Terry enjoys spending her free time gardening and volunteering with Special Olympics.
    Claire Sullivan Peterson reports in on her way to Chicago to meet up with her twin daughters Amy and Lisa to see Hamilton. Amy lives in Atlanta where she is an epidemiologist at the CDC. Daughter, Lisa lives in San Diego where she is a practicing physician Neonatologist/USN. Son, Douglas and his family are still stationed and living in Naples, Italy. Doug has been selected for Captain (USN). Claire has recently done quite a bit of traveling she enjoyed the Masters games in New Zealand watching her daughter Lisa participate and gold medal in eight events. She also recently joined her graduate institute St Johns in a trip to Dordogne, France where she entered several caves to view prehistoric cave art.
    Maria Prezioso Beyer reports that her 10th grandchild was recently born, a granddaughter. Congrats Maria!
    David Hernandez moved to VT in ’07 and 1 year ago finally made it to my desired destination of the Montpelier area. I work for Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin as a dietitian on a Community Health Team. VT is on the leading edge of healthcare reform. I feel blessed to be a part of it. Community Health Teams are comprised of nurses, social workers, behavioral health and dietitians. We work out of the primary care offices and are support additional patient needs to help manage overall well-being. All services under this program are free to remove any barriers in patient access. I’m actively working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Prior to this job, I worked for Porter Medical Center in Middlebury VT for 5 years also on a Community Health Team.

  8. 1983; Fall 2018

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    1983
    Mary Townley
    804.423.7255
    hoodmlt@aol.com

    Hello Class of 1983

    How did 35 years fly by so quickly? It was wonderful catching up with classmates at our 35th reunion the weekend of June 8-10. I was thrilled to reconnect with classmates. In attendance were Ruth Ravitz Smith, Nancy Hoffman Hennessey, Laura Schauer, Katherine Hax, Jill Feaster LaPan, Sally Seward Sewell, Kim Hall, Barb Smith, Marita del Toro-Sabater, Mary Robert Seidel Fish, Carrie Foulkes Silbernagel, Christine Seiler, Ann Kitson, and Mary Townley. We had such fun reconnecting at dinner and even squeezed in a group picture. Contact me at Hoodmlt@aol.com if you would like a copy of the picture. Personally, I would say it was my best reunion ever!
    Onto the class news…
    Pam Stamey Inskeep writes,” In February 2018, I received a letter from Kathleen Danielle Arbaiza LeComte, my first roommate at Hood College. She is still working at EG&G, where she has been for several years. She is having fun with a new puppy and sounds like she is doing well. I have been reading a lot and leading three book clubs, going to adult coloring classes at the library, and tutoring kids in math in their homes. I am still crocheting, but not as much, due to the hot, humid weather in Delaware. My husband and I have been enjoying some date nights with dinners out and a movie now and then. We still help out my mom with household chores and drive her around – she will be 80 in October 2018. She is fine but has arthritis in her knees and does not walk very much. My husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary on August 8, 2018. Our daughter (my stepdaughter) will be 28 in August. She is teaching an extended learning session for kids in her school in Wilmington, Delaware, who have special needs. Her work as an Educational Diagnostician is important and very rewarding. My family’s goal for this summer is to do a major cleanup/out of all the stuff we have accumulated over the last several years. Wish us luck, because we don’t like to let go of anything.” Kim Hall shares, “My parents, Lawrence and Vera Hall, my brother, Reginald L. Hall and my cousin Sandra Faye Mott were able to come up for the reunion luncheon where my family bonded with fellow class of ’83 alums: Laurie Schauer, Nancy Hoffman Hennessey, Katherine Hax, Christine Seiler and Ruth Ravitz Smith. It was wonderful seeing how we all turned out! I was really honored to receive an Alumnae of the Year Award during this anniversary year—and for the event to be presided over by Nancy Gillece ’81 who was a fellow Coblentz resident and a leader in our big sister class of ’81. I’m sending off my book manuscript, The Sweet Taste of Empire: Sugar, Race and Gender in Early Modern England, to the University of Pennsylvania Press. I’m giving a talk for high school teachers at the Folger Shakespeare Library in late June and I’ll head to London to deliver a keynote address at the Globe Theater for the “Shakespeare and Race” Festival in August.”

    Shelley Wagar shares,” A couple of things going on- I have officially changed my name back to Wagar. My daughter was married in September- beautiful and fun. She is teaching 4th grade in the fall and I am going to be a grandmother at Christmas time! I started a new job in October as the Director of the Ulster County Office for Aging and I love it. An excellent move on my part. [I am] trying to schedule time for lunch with Beth Barrett who works across the river from me in Dutchess County and also works for the Dutchess County Office for Aging!”

    Finally, I heard from Susan Bridgers who shares, “Glad to hear you had a great time at the Hood reunion class of 1983 there! Hope to connect with you all on the next round, hear your new life stories and gather hellos and hugs from all. I’ve been living in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC since 2015 and am loving the vistas, the people, the activities, and all that there is. My daughter lives just down the road which makes me a satisfied mom as we’re both happy and healthy, appreciating the daily beauty amidst the daily duties. Here’s wishing all the best to the Hoodlums I’ve known!” Until next time, dear friends.
    ~Mary

  9. 1982; Fall 2018

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    1982
    Liz Bastian Chapin
    610.823.2172
    busybethc@aol.com

    The column is a little light this issue…. Meg Brown McGinn spent a June afternoon and lunch with dear Hood roommate, Glynnis Edwards Cowdery, while she was in town visiting her mom. Meg is currently working as a Development Associate for The Arc of Litchfield County. Her husband of almost 36 years is starting his 16th year with TSA (after 25 years in the Navy).
    Their son Matthew, 20, is studying Political Science at Roger Williams University – entering his junior year in the Fall.

    Joy Miller Beveridge and Elizabeth Bastian Chapin continue to get together throughout the year and are looking forward to spending Labor Day weekend with Elizabeth LePatourel Powell ’50 in Kennett Square, PA. Joy and husband Don often travel to Phoenix and San Francisco to visit children/grandchild. Joy has no plans to retire soon, perhaps another 5-7 years at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. (which operates the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research). In May, Dr. Chapdelaine announced the formal, 3-year partnership with the FNL to cohost an annual scientific symposium and to expand research and training opportunities for Hood students… a win-win for these two great Frederick institutions! For the second summer, Joy was a member of a team participating in the Hood/Frederick Memorial Hospital Resource Garden. Last year, the garden produced over 2,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for Frederick seniors.

    Jodi Palmer Murphy along with Lisa Bodamer Kida and Suzanne Norris Driscoll are travelling on the Hood sponsored trip to Scotland in August. A good time is sure to be had!

    Jacquelyn McDaniel West started off the year with a fabulous trip to Hawaii (Maui and Kauai). Her son moved to Louisville KY in February so there have been numerous visits including help with his new house. Jackie’s daughter graduated from Elon University in May and the family celebrated with a trip to St. Lucia! Travels this year also include Wimbledon with a few tennis girlfriends and Colorado. She plans to coach another season of varsity tennis plus she teaches middle school tennis at CHC in VA Beach. Sadly, Jackie’s mother passed away in April at the age of 86. Her Hood friends have been a tremendous support during a difficult time. Jackie is amazed that after 36 years, the long distance love of friends provided much comfort and strength.

    Liz Bastian Chapin and Joy Miller Beveridge had an impromptu gathering in June at her sister’s beach home in Salisbury, DE. Both Liz and husband Chip are working more than ever with their jobs. Both her sons are nearby. The oldest son, Andrew, works in construction and is a DJ on the weekends at various establishments, locally and near Philadelphia. Her youngest son, Ben, just celebrated his 27th birthday. He works for Vanguard in Malvern in the capital markets/investment group. The family all travelled to Austin (live music capital of the world!) for a family wedding in April. Liz spent a week in Portugal early spring and in May, she and Chip spent 12 days in Europe-Vienna, the Danube and Prague! She met up with a friend from her junior year abroad for dinner in Prague one evening! The two had spent time in Prague 38 years ago when the country was under eastern rule. What a wonderful reunion in beautiful Prague!

  10. 1977; Fall 2018

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    1977
    Elizabeth Anderson Comer
    443-463-6437
    John Bennett, Elizabeth Frank Bennett’s husband of 37 years, informed us that our classmate Elizabeth Marie Frank Bennett passed away on July 31, 2017 from leukemia. Her obituary follows:
    Elizabeth M. (Frank) Bennett, age 62, of Acton died Monday, July 31st at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is the beloved wife and survived by her husband of 37 years, John Bennett of Acton, MA, her son Michael (also of Acton), and her daughter Katherine of Wallkill, NY. She is survived by her sister, Kathy Robinson of Pittsburgh, PA and her brother, Ken Frank of Ayer, MA and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles around the country.
    The daughter of Emma Frank and the late Arthur C. Frank, she was born in Cleveland Ohio and raised and living in multiple states through her life until moving to Acton in 1972. Graduating from Hood College in Frederick, MD with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, she was engaged in biological research for nearly 20 years, resulting in the development of monoclonal antibodies in use around the world today to cure a wide-spread tropical disease.
    An energetic, vibrant, passionate and active woman, she loved to sing, singing as a soprano with the Sounds of Stow and the St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church choir for many years. She loved her cats, breeding and showing Maine Coon cats. She loved jigsaw and word puzzles, flowers and gardening, outdoor walks, reading and travel while hating the cold and losing at board games. She loved her church, her church family and especially her own family. Beth touched so many, in so many different roles, and was loved by all.
    Burial services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, September 9th at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street in Acton, MA with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to either The Leukemia Research Foundation (www.allbloodcancers.org/ways-to-give) or to the Mass General Cancer Center (https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/)
    The family would especially like to thank the doctors, staff and especially the nurses at Mass General Hospital, especially those on Lunder 10 and the Blake Building Intensive Care Unit. They did more than care for her as a patient, they cared for her as a person. We are so grateful for their service.

    http://www.actonfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3011541/Bennett-Elizabeth/obituary.php

    John can be reached at bennettjb@verizon.net.

    Ann Kowitski Barber is heading to Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna for 2 weeks very soon. “Trip of a lifetime! Most exciting is my first grandchild is due in July. This should be a great summer! Moved last summer into a 55+ condo community that was about 2 miles from my house. What a joy not to shovel, worry about plowing or mowing. Best decision ever as I am still working – and I love what I am doing.”

    Kathleen Weslock “After many years in corporate America, I’m taking time off to figure out how I want my life to look like in the Back 40. So I moved down to the farm in Pennsylvania from Connecticut. I’ve let jobs chose me, not vice versa. So this is a very cool, albeit unnerving time. Stay tuned for news as it will be a new adventure. In the interim, Hood asked and I accepted to serve as a Trustee. I’m honored and humbled. It helped make all of us who we are, and how we have made our mark on society. I’m thrilled to be a part of the planning process and know our new President is world class. I’m an empty nester with both of my grown boys working in NYC. Both are entrepreneurs, one in real estate and the other in food. Good for them. Can’t imagine our reunion was only a year ago. Rubina Patel, we need you to get us organized so we can make our 50th even better, and come up with an amazing gift for the college……Be well, Hoodlums.”
    Sharon Thorpe Kourtz retired from Fairfax county in January. She wrote: “My dad died following a stroke in February, and my mom died of a stroke 23 days later. They will be buried Memorial Day.”
    Elizabeth Anderson Comer: I am off to New Zealand to visit Anne (our youngest daughter). She just completed a semester studying in Wellington and will begin her senior year at Bard College in September. I am still digging and volunteering at Catoctin Furnace …and trying to keep up with Margaret (28) and Jacob (27)! I enjoy being a member of the Hood Board of Associates! It gives me an excuse to visit the campus and hear about exciting new programs. We had a Hood student intern this past semester at the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society. A history major she was incredibly hard working and talented! Clearly a typical Hood student!

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