1. 1982; Winter 2018


    Liz Bastian Chapin

    Hello Class of 1982! Thanks for sharing your news and keeping in touch! Jill Hammon Wetzel and husband moved to the Chesapeake Bay five years ago. They love the view and are enjoying life as empty nesters! Their two sons are homeowners; their daughter will graduate with her masters at Johns Hopkins in May and marry in April. Lisa Spuria caught up with Leslie Morgan Seidel and Amy Blades Steward this past year. Together with Susie Hiles Giallonardo they hope for an upcoming holiday reunion. Lisa retired two years ago, moved to Louisville and is enjoying the small town feel on the Ohio. Liane McCarthy retired after 27 years in the FBI! She gave her last official speech to female state troopers-woman power!  Loving the life of leisure, she hopes to travel and work on home projects. She recently spoke with Sharon Carnevale Schopfer who works at a Newark hospital. Ellen Yodzis Patton was blessed with grand baby #5 born on October 17th. Last child, Claire, is graduating from Elon University in December and is looking for a job in the environmental/ecological field. Christy Belisle Fitzgerald just had her first grandchild, a boy, born on October 17th! Everyone is doing great! Bambi Maitland Grundwerg visited with Ellen Yodzis Patton at her quilting shop in FL in June. She returned to the sunshine state in August as a corporate sponsor of a world-record setting power boat race from Key West to Havana! She and Linda Esterhoy Segur are planning a trip to groundhogs day ground zero in Punxsutawney, PA February 2018.  Lynn Lockett just completed a Master’s Degree in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. After raising her daughters and working as a free-lance photographer, she turned her sights to doing some workshops, coaching and blogging in the area of life navigation, focusing in part on the idea of transforming how we regard elders in our society. She and husband, Joe Murphy, just bought a condo in Ocean City, Maryland, and are excited to spend time there with family and friends. Lynne Towns Tucker loves her job as a Realtor for Washington Fine Properties and is honored to be named to Washingtonian Magazines Best List for 3 years in a row! She and husband Ken are adjusting to being empty nesters in their new home of four years. Their two “doodles” keep them busy, active and entertained. Son, David, manages a biometrics lab at Stanford for the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Palo Alto. Daughter, Jillian, works for a PR firm in Chicago and is recently engaged. Lynne spends time with sister, Jen Griffin Vosburg ’02 and her four daughters. Stephanie Sears Frick writes for the first time in 35 years! After Hood, she worked as a retail buyer then opened the Coach Leatherware store in Philadelphia.  Married Benjamin Frick in 1991 and retired after their first of three children. Sarah graduated from the Dyson School of Business at Cornell University in 2016 and works in NYC. Anna is a junior with dual film & Spanish majors in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and Charlie is a high school senior.  Stephanie and husband bought an old farm house “as is” in Villanova, PA built in the late 1700′s with an addition put on in 1926.  The age and upkeep of the house keep them very busy!  Stephanie loved her involvement with her kids’ scouting; son Charlie earned his eagle rank this past summer. Steph chairs the souvenir booth at the Devon Horse show which grossed about a half million dollars in 10 days of sales, all benefitting their local hospital. Lastly, Joy Miller Beveridge shares the birth of her first ‘grand-joy,’ Lydia James Beveridge, born to parents Dan and Tricia, and soon to move to Arizona. With Kendall still in San Francisco, Joy and Don look forward to many trips out west.  Joy enjoys participating in many ‘Hood 125 Years’ activities and continues to serve on the Alumnae Executive Board and the Board of Associates.  Her role on both boards is supportive of community outreach within Frederick and adjoining communities. Joy and Ellen Drogin Rodgers continue to meet with Hood leadership and discuss potential post-reunion activities for the future.  And as usual, Joy and Liz Bastian Chapin got together to celebrate Labor Day at the farm of Elizabeth LePatourel Powell ’50 in West Grove, PA.

  2. 1979; Winter 2018


    Trina Clickner

    Bess Muir – I love living on Kent Island! I work in Easton three days/week and then spend 2-3 days in New Jersey with my Dad. We journeyed to eastern Europe in May – just love the traveling bug! Would love to catch up with you if you are passing through! Carole Woods Bennett – I live in Parker, CO, SE of Denver, on a 40-acre small goat dairy. This is a family-managed affair for me, my husband of 30 years, Jim, and my two adult children (21 and 23). We have 50 goats, 3 horses, 2 Newfoundlands and several cats. We sell milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. I keep in touch with Julie Starr ’80 who is a professional artist living in CA. Debbie Eaton Thackston – Retirement is wonderful! I retired in July 2014 with 35 years in Frederick County Public Schools, the final ten as a school administrator. Now, I’m busy babysitting my two adorable grandsons three days/week, playing Pickleball and staying fit. I raise money for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Alzheimer’s Association.I met Lynn Hicks Townsend, Jane Krebs Drozinski, and Sue Murawski Ganley on campus for Homecoming Weekend and strolled about campus. I’m now serving on the Hood Board of Associates and wonder… has it really been 40 years since we called this campus our home? Jane Krebs Drozinski – I am in my 17th year teaching at Carroll Lutheran School and now in my 5th year teaching Kindergarten! Rick and I have 3 grandkids by our oldest son Andy – they are 6, 4-1/2 and 1. They are adorable and smart and even though they live in SC, we do spend quality time together! In October, I enjoyed spending the day at Hood Homecoming with classmates Lynn Hicks Townsend, Deb Eaton Thackston, and Sue Murawski Ganley! Malia Harrison Anderson – My daughter, Hilary, is in her 1st semester at University of TN in Knoxville and I’m waiting to hear that one day I’ll be a grandmother! Martha Pierce – After 20 years of a practicing medicine in a traditional Internal Medicine model, I opened a “concierge” Internal medical practice here in Frederick: Mid Maryland Internal Medicine. We’re now into our 3rd year and loving it. I am able to spend all the time I need with my patients and know them by name, not a number. The patients love it too, so life is good. www.MidMarylandInternalMedicine.com has more info – Frederick continues to be a great place to live and work! Patti Barth Hintze – I work for an accounting firm and it’s a good time of year for me to go on vacation so I’m writing from Edinburgh, Scotland! I am on a guided tour of the UK followed by 10 days in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, and Budapest. My husband of 35 years, Curtis, is tearing the bathroom apart while I’m gone – another good reason to leave town. Our 29-year-old daughter, Beth, is usually my traveling companion, but she is just starting work as a database manager for the Innocence Project. So, how old are we now? I received my first senior discount when I visited Shakespeare’s grave in Stratford-upon-Avon a few days ago, and my second senior discount at Edinburgh Castle today. That’s one nice benefits to aging. Aside from this travel, my life is pretty quiet. I keep busy with my work, my husband, two book clubs, church, baking, and I help care for my elderly, infirm parents, who live about an hour from my home. I visited Frederick recently and walked around town, accumulating Fitbit steps. I was amazed at how much the town has changed in the last 15 years, but at how little the feel of the campus remains so much the same. Steve Grigas – It’s been a busy year! My law firm has grown to almost 700 attorneys with 23 offices in 12 states. My focus remains healthcare regulatory law, and I was again named to Best Lawyers in America for my work in healthcare law. I’ve stepped down from my role as Chairman of the Florida Bar Health Law Section, but remain active on their Executive Council Board. My family and I did some traveling this year and headed to San Francisco for the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love”. It was fun explaining that one to my son. Then off to Napa and a cruise through the inland passage of Alaska. Next? Cuba in December.

  3. 1976; Winter 2018


    Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz

    Dave and Diana Hilgartner Boyd’s youngest son, Will, married Sarah Smith, June 2017 in Jackson, MS. Unfortunately, Sarah’s father was in a terrible boating accident six weeks before the wedding. He spent four weeks in ICU, and two weeks in rehab therapy. He miraculously was able to attend his daughter’s wedding for a few hours and dance the Father/Daughter dance with her. We are glad for the healing news! The wedding was beautiful. Congratulations to the Boyd family! Sandy Stingl Lee’s mother, Josephine Stingl passed away on October 5, 2017. She was 92 years old. We send our deepest sympathy and love to Sandy and her family. Michele Smith Guyette retired in June 2017 from teaching sign language. She taught at Madison La Follette High School for the past 23 years. Congratulations Michele! Larry and I, Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz, spent ten days in Hawaii this past October. It was great to be back and see how Oahu has grown. We loved touring the Island seeing the Dole Plantation, the famous Blowhole, National Memorial of the Pacific Cemetery, Manoa Heritage Center, Honolulu Art Museum, and Ford Island USS Battleship Memorials. It was a fun reunion with Navy friends! Aloha!





  4. 1974; Winter 2018


    Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00

    Patricia Kidd

    Hope all of you have experienced a gorgeous fall and are enjoying whatever kind of winter weather you prefer! Dot Herdle Files wrote that she retired this past summer and promptly started doing more music at church. Eben and Dot took a month-long driving trip out of Texas and saw lots of family and the solar eclipse outside Nashville. They look forward to more trips in the next few years and to hosting an eclipse party in 2021. Beth Guertler Godfrey writes a blog of nature observations. Lots of gorgeous pictures included. Beth says that blogging keeps her head centered in the wacky human world. You can read along at https://onamorningwalk.wordpress.com. Her book, The Pigeon and The Seagull, is still available on Amazon. It’s a memoir about her passionate, imperfect parents and the effects their secrets had on her. Patricia Loser Godwin left California in April on a cross-country drive. Before starting her return trip and arriving home in July, Patti made a two day stop in Frederick. Jennifer Fifield, Beth Guertler Godfrey, Elizabeth Rittenhouse and I met up on campus…even touring Meyran…before heading downtown for lunch at LaPaz. We all remarked how vibrant downtown Frederick is compared to our college years. Lots of unique shops and wonderful restaurants. Fall is my busiest time with eBay sales as buyers do their holiday shopping. No complaints from me as I know January will be a much slower pace. Please keep sending your news to either Patricia Kidd or to me. We’d love to hear from you!

  5. 1973; Winter 2018


    Sara (Sally) Parkhurst Van Why

    Wow, almost our 45th class reunion.  Since many of us have the opportunity to travel, I asked to hear about your journeys and any other news.  Ann Jones says the big event of her year was traveling Route 66 for her 66th! You can read about it on her sister’s blog: http://www.blog.thezenofslowcooking.com/route-66/. It was lots of fun – not least of which being able to spend nearly two weeks of uninterrupted time with her sister. She went back to the Navajo reservation and revisited some of the places that she frequented when she lived and taught there after Hood. She said, “Who was that young girl?  – amazing that I had the courage to do that way back when!”  Back in Lake Forest, Ill Ann continues to work in real estate and do volunteer activities with the Caucus, Historical Society, etc. Bonny Barncord Berger and husband Richard celebrated his retirement with a hiking trip to Ireland with friends.  They loved the beautiful country and friendly people. They celebrated her 65th with a wonderful trip exploring Italy. She says, “That’s one good thing about being our age. We feel the need to travel as often as we can to see as much as we can!” They also spent a fun week in Bar Harbor, Maine with their three kids and two grandchildren. She keeps in touch with Alison Alder Kennedy and Ann Jones thru Facebook. She takes Zumba with Joan Theobald Wentling ’66. Leslie Hawkins says she finally made it to retirement after a 40 year career in health care administration and moved from her last job in Washington state to Tucson and a new home.  The last few months have been a whirlwind of getting to know a new area, and a new lifestyle not designed around work, but around her interests and exploration of new places.  She also just returned from London and tour of Scotland.  Patricia Henry Montgomery just returned from a three week trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Catherine Seely Rulon-Miller (who went back to her original married name in order to have the same last name as her sons) received her Master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She did her internship at Mirmont Treatment Center, which is an inpatient facility treating alcoholics and addicts. She feels called to work with this population since she can joyfully report that she has 20 years of sobriety from alcoholism. She has gone through two marriages and is happily single again and ready to stay single for a long time. Her two sons, 30 and 34, are healthy and employed. Lorraine Sharp Kish does her traveling between her three sons who live in three different states a plane ride away.  They are all happily married including the last one who was married at a New York state winery in September. What fun! She and Pete are planning to downsize once again and move south to the beach, hoping to attract more visits from kids and grandkids. Sherry Bronski Waltz took a cruise around the British Isles. Charlie Miller Ponticelli will be serving on the External Advisory Council for Hood’s new Global Studies program.  Under the direction of Prof. Paige Eager, the program offers an amazing interdisciplinary major preparing students for career paths in global business & economics, global politics and world cultures. Donna Simmons Maneely continues to enjoy retirement with travel. She enjoyed a beautiful Hawaiian island cruise tour with her Aussie friend. She did her annual N. CA trip to see family including two college age grandkids and middle school new teenager. She also relaxed on her annual summer vacation on FL’s Gulf Coast near Sarasota at the beach while visiting her sister. In Sept./Oct. she splurged on a quick trip to Australia to see her dear mate again and attend a football championship of her favorite Aussie team. Singing for 6 yrs. in Encore Chorale is a true treat. Just before our June 2018 reunion she will travel with them to Montreal and Quebec for a concert tour. Sailing and snow skiing also occupy a little of her recreational time. As one of our three reunion co-chairs, along with Karen Bast Griffith, and Kathy Nixdorff Wilson, she and I are certainly looking forward to seeing you at our reunion. Please do mark your calendars to attend June 8-10.

  6. 1971; Winter 2018


    Mary McMunigal Burland

    Mindy Laighton Wilcox

    Sue Montag Wood and Peter were headed for Japan when she reported from Australia that this has been a year of family trips.   She and Peter took their 12-year-old twin grandsons to Dubbo to the Open Plains Zoo.  Their cottage for the night had a view of giraffes and other African animals.  In July they took their son and another grandson who had just turned 18 to Uluru to experience the majesty of this amazing rock in the middle of Australia.  (Uluru is the indigenous name for Ayers Rock)  In January their fourth grandson and his mother will travel with them to the Australian Open in Melbourne, Sue’s favorite city.  Sue can offer many sightseeing ideas for any classmate traveling to Australia! Ruth LaBrie-Wilcox and Ken split their time between Portola Valley and San Francisco, California.  They were spared from the fires in northern California except for the smoke but know many people who lost their homes and all their belongings.  Both of her married sons and grandchildren Oliver, Chloe and Roman live in California.   She volunteers at the San Francisco Botanical Garden as a Children’s Walk Guide and a trustee.  She and Ken are active with the Asian Society and the Asian Art Museum and they travel to China at least once a year. Pam Borden Heckert and Clark moved to Redstone, CO in August leaving their Delaware home of 32 years for sale.  Their two youngest children, Anneliese and Peter, live near them while the other two are fending for themselves on the East Coast.  Last spring Pam had a long phone chat with Anneliese Smola Peace ’70 in Westminster, CO; they have not yet met, but Pam wanted Annelids to know that her younger daughter was names after her, the first runner Pam ever saw at Hood!  Pam and Kate Healy Drummond hope to continue their tradition of meeting for a mutual birthday lunch in the fall when Pam returns east to visit. Betsy Cooper Pizzolato joined the grandma club on June 27 when daughter Karen and husband Richard brought Eleanor Jane Heine into the world.  She and husband Tom are crazy with joy over her.  Karen just returned to work so Betsy and Tom are the Tuesday caregivers.  They drive about an hour on Monday, spend the night with the new family and take care of the baby all day Tuesday which, she reports, is pure fun. Mindy Laighton Wilcox and Bill traveled to Normandy last summer on a Hood Alumni sponsored trip.   Marj Menchey Berkheimer 70 and husband Phil were also part of the group consisting of Hood College and Northwestern University graduates.  Both Bill and I, Mary McMunigal Burland, have been busy substitute teaching this fall.  He’s at our local middle school, and I’m teaching art for 3 months at the school where I taught for 35 years. This has been an interesting experience as my art skills are mediocre at best!  We did manage to squeeze in a week at Kiawah Island after Hurricane Matthew went through, fortunately, we had no property damage, but the dunes were severely eroded.  Now that November is here, I am looking forward to the holidays and the arrival of a new grandchild in a few weeks. Mindy and I hope all is well with all of you!  We’d love to hear from you!

  7. 1970; Winter 2018


    Karin Ninesling Infuso

    Christine Bradley Pecor is an adjunct faculty member at Frederick Community College.  She and her husband have 9 grandchildren and try to attend their various sport activities.  Chris and Bob enjoy travel, especially cruise travel, and have visited Yellowstone NP and Mount Rushmore.  Deborah Clancy Butler retired from her pastoral position at a church in CA, and she and her husband relocated to Washington State where her husband established a yacht-rigging business. Her two sons still reside in CA.  Deb keeps in touch with Hood friends via Facebook.  Dana Eser Hunt still works for a Cambridge, MA public policy research firm.  Her work focuses on problems related to opioid addiction and trafficking, which “unfortunately” keeps her busy.  Lauren Frankel spent a week in Nimes, France to attend the wedding of Martha Herbert Bounoure’s younger daughter.  Georgeanne Madouros Contoyannopoulos also attended, and they had “a grand visit”.  Lauren is busy with her consulting work providing executive coaching for independent schools and non-profit organizations.  Lauren’s daughter and her wife live in Minneapolis.  Lauren loves the Twin Cities and enjoys her visits there.  Rosalyn Goddard Phillips and her husband have lived in CA for over 43 years and recently celebrated their 46th anniversary.  They are retired and enjoy hosting house concerts for touring folk musicians.  Roz’s primary hobby is playing clawhammer banjo in an Appalachian string band. Roz and her husband enjoy traveling, to Europe, in the USA, and to various music festivals.  Their son and daughter both live in CA.  Mary Holmes Dague and her husband married in 1970 in Coffman Chapel with Dr. Smith officiating and Marty Hassell singing.  They are still happily married and have two sons.  Mary’s tinnitus and hearing loss ended her dance teaching career years ago, but she remembers the dance program at Franklin and Marshall College that she helped start in 1970.  After receiving an MA in dance, Mary taught at F&M which now offers a major in dance.   Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer and her husband continued their motor home tour of the US National Parks. So far, they have traveled and driven 55,000 miles.  This Thanksgiving, they will do something different and celebrate the holiday on a Panama Canal cruise.  Susan Jones O’Donnell downsized this year to a patio home not far from her previous home in CO.  She is active in the outdoors and also has a mountain home.  Sue retired from federal service in 2012 but does some consulting for the Office of Personnel Management.  Sue travels, recently to Italy and Croatia, plays duplicate bridge, and takes lessons to overcome the Smith Hall version of bridge.  Sue has been in touch with Laura Martin Shafer and Margaret  MuncieSally Lottich Thompson still lives overlooking Puget Sound and sells real estate in Seattle. Sally loves her beautiful city with its intellectual, empathetic, progressive values, “especially in this day and age”.  Sally’s older daughter lives in NC with her author-husband and two children.  Sally’s younger daughter lives in San Francisco and has a career in retail design and management.  Sally will travel to Denmark in December to visit Dikte Kirchheiner Holm who was a foreign exchange student while we were at Hood.  Dikte and her husband and daughters live in Ribe, a Viking port established a thousand years ago.  Margaret Muncie and her husband travel a lot, mostly short trips to visit family and friends.  Peggy’s daughter and her husband had to evacuate their Coconut Grove, FL home during Hurricane Irma and spent 8 days in SC with Peggy. Peggy and her husband went to Steven’s 50th reunion of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and to Peggy’s General Seminary Board meeting in NYC.  They also enjoyed a UNC-Miami U football game with both daughters and son-in-law.  Donna Newman is fully retired and has “stepped up” her traveling.  She went on a land tour of the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg, Russia, saw a lot of the countryside, and was able to interact with local people.  The tour guide was 20 years old when the Soviet Union collapsed and offered “amazing perspectives” on Russian life.  Karin Ninesling Infuso and her husband recently traveled to SD, MT, and WY including Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP.  They stayed in historic lodges and saw lovely scenery and much wildlife.  The highlight of the trip was an exquisite 8-inch snowfall in Yellowstone NP.  Karin and her husband enjoy retirement and the time it allows for civic groups, book club, MahJong, and their delightful 2 year-old grandson.  Karin sees Ada Karen Blair as often as Kari’s busy schedule allows.  Anne Parkin Pierpont sent sad news of her husband’s passing in January 2017.   He and Anne struggled for several years with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, and it was a “sad way for a robust and wonderful person to die”.  Because he was a conductor and composer, the funeral included his music.  Jeanne Bryant Wyland, Anne’ roommate at Hood, attended the service. Anne and her daughter grew closer through the ordeal, and we send our condolences to them.  Nancy Schneider Alder traveled to WI in a 4-seater prop plan to visit childhood friends.  Nancy’s grandchildren are in the 5th to 7th grades, participate in numerous sports, and get good grades.  Nancy keeps busy with volunteer activities in Gettysburg, PA.  Ruth Sands Smith e-mailed from Easton, MD where she, Myra Holsinger, and Marie Oliver Brackbill were gathered to celebrate Myra and Marie’s birthdays and reminisce about Hood.  They visited Wye Mills and the Old Wye Church because Ruth is on the board and is an administrator there. Marie works part-time in a library, and Myra is a docent at the Library of Congress. Vickie Smith Diaz and her long-time partner met Sandy Doucett Greenberg and her husband for lunch in Annapolis, MD.  Sandy, a talented knitter, created 2 blankets for Vickie’s first grandchild and a shawl for Vickie.  Vickie and her daughter will cherish those thoughtful gifts from a long-time thoughtful friend. We are sad to report the passing of your class reporter and friend, Karin Ninesling Infuso.  Karin passed away on December 14, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Karin’s family and friends.

  8. 1968; Winter 2018


    Sharon Burns Walsh

    With only a few months left until our 50th reunion, Susan Marano and I hope your plans to be part of the weekend are well underway.  If you’re not there, we can promise that you will be missed.  Mary Bloodgood VanHyning was headed to California to visit her daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters in late October. She envies people whose grandchildren live nearby.  She definitely plans to be at the reunion as do several people from French House. She had heard from Linda Winter-Blacksher that she will not be able to attend the reunion because of a previously scheduled trip to Italy. Marjorie Field Trusler retired in 2005 as a professor of French and Spanish at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  She has spent the last ten years doing all the community work, traveling, visiting, reading, exercising and lolling that she didn’t have time for when she was working. She has been looking for an awe-inspiring answer to the question, “So what have you been doing since you retired?” People keep asking Sue Warshaw Stinson if she’s busier in retirement than she was while working, and her response is a definite, “No, I am definitely busy but rarely frantic as I used to be.” She thought she was finished with professional work after her book was published in late 2015, but is still finishing a couple smaller projects.  Her major activities these days revolve around volunteer civic engagement at the local, state, and national levels. She works with the League of Women Voters (including committees and action on Immigration, Social Justice, Voter Education/Registration, and Fair Elections) and also volunteers with a couple of community agencies.  “And then there is the increasing amount of time I have to spend to keep my body going with as little pain as possible.  Jim and I occasionally fit in some travel, including our fourth Road Scholar trip this past spring to Peru.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.”  Gail Davis Williford is in the midst of packing for a move to the Austin, TX area.  After 41 years she has left Houston to return to the city where she first lived in Texas.  Both of her children and her ex live in Austin.  Daughter Jean is a social worker at Seton Hospital in Austin, and son Richard works in commercial real estate.  John is retired.  Gail retired from the ministry and now works as a life coach and fills in doing weddings, funerals, etc.  She says, “I love having the opportunity to stay active in people’s important life events.  Life is good.”  Also in moving mode was Charlotte Sizoo Whitenight who was leaving her home in Catonsville, MD last November for a new one in Baltimore.  “My advice to all my classmates is never stay 25 years in one house, unless you’re more disciplined than I about clearing clutter!  I’m doing the baby-boomer thing, moving to a downtown city neighborhood, Baltimore City, into a high-rise condo.  The neighborhood is fantastic, a block from Johns Hopkins University, vibrant, walkable and filled with students, lots of new restaurants and entertainment.”  Since she has friends and volunteer activities in the general area, she will no longer be driving 20K miles per year.  As a member of the Class Gift Committee, along with Sandy Gerwin Herndon and Pam Nicholson Neuman, Charlotte thanks those in the class who have supported Hood’s Annual Fund each year, and thanks you in advance for your continued, generous support. Everyone’s support is especially crucial in our Reunion year.  The Committee was thrilled to have 8 major donors by last October who pledged donations of $60,000 to the Scholarship and Annual Funds.  $28,000 was already received as cash donations for the scholarship by late October.  The total goal for the Class of ’68 gift is $136,000, with a 68% participation rate.  Of this total amount, our specific goal for the Scholarship is $64,000.  Charlotte adds, “This seems ambitious but we can do this!  I chose the painless way to donate, a direct IRA donation.  Look on Hood’s website for information on IRA donations–it’s really easy!” She encourages everyone to think about including Hood in your will for any amount or percentage as have eight of our classmates. We’d love to be able to announce at the Reunion luncheon a substantial increase in this number. Many thanks to Pam, Sandy and Charlotte for taking on this considerable fund-raising effort on behalf of our class.  Hoping to see everyone at Hood in June!

  9. 1965; Winter 2018


    Emily Kilby

    After a long absence from this report, Susan Fox Sanitate reports about her good life in Pleasant Ridge, Mich., a “vital and diverse community” 10 miles north of Detroit which “IS alive and well and a great place to visit! Susan’s son Michael and family live about 30 minutes east of Pleasant Ridge, and she is fortunate to be actively involved in her grandchildren’s lives. “Julia, 15, is bright, creative and loves animation and musical theater,” “She’s now taking driver’s training which is giving us rapid pulse rates! Michael, Jr., 11, is smart, funny and strong-willed. He loves hockey and most sports and handles having Type 1 diabetes with increasing independence. He was diagnosed at age 5, it has been quite a journey for all of us. I really know how bad a hockey locker room smells!” Giovanni, Susan’s husband of 20 years, has two children with families in Sweden. Those four grandchildren range in age from 4 to 15, and the Sanitates try to visit them every other year, an exhausting but wonderful undertaking. “I’m holding it together health wise with regular exercise and as much time outdoors as possible,” “I miss sailing and horses, but opportunities for both have dissipated. I read and spend time with friends and drink coffee and beer!” Susan’s enthusiasm for car and train travel is not shared by her husband, but they make occasional visits to Sedona, Ariz., and to see her brother in Cody, Wy. “My fondest Hood memories center around living in Coblentz Hall and my time at the barn and riding,” Susan recalled. “The weekends at Mr. B.’s mountain cabin, taking care of the horses, eating fried chicken and fresh baked pies and following him in the cart hitched to Blue –what a blast!” Chris Plankenhorn Tischer’s first note arrived the day she had just celebrated her November birthday with Nancy McAdams Baggett, whose latest cookbook The Art of Cooking with Lavender has been selling well since its November 2016 publication. “Joseph and I keep getting up in the morning and keep going,” Chris wrote. “He has swallowing issues and has lost a lot of weight, and peripheral neuropathy limits his movement and makes driving impossible. I am still very much involved with the Washington Calligraphers Guild and doing commissions, teaching and making my own creative calligraphy pieces. I love every aspect of lettering and feel lucky to have this outlet, even though arthritis is nipping at my hands! This past year included some major body adjustments, such as rods and screws in my back and rotator cuff surgery, topped off with cataract surgery. Someday soon, I’ll be brand new!” Chris took her twin granddaughters, 11, who live in Hammonton, N.J., for a stay at her winter house in The Villages (visitors are welcome) and a visit to Universal Studios. “Too hot, too many people and too hard on Grammy!” she wrote, “but they are such good girls and just wanted to have fun. Yes, I had some too.” In mid-November, Chris and Joseph were included with the family of her first husband David Myers in the wreath-laying ceremony at the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Chris’s Marine helicopter pilot husband never returned from Vietnam, 50 years later he is still listed as MIA. “Ken Burns’s powerful series on the Vietnam War brought back vivid memories of that tumultuous time,” Chris wrote, “It was our ‘coming of age.’ Think of all the powerful conversations we could have reflecting on what those 50 years have meant in light of today’s news stories and politics. Can anyone picture Virginia Lewis’s Town Hall Lecture?” The Tischers planned to visit Lynn Burkhardt Ogden and Sam at Thanksgiving, just a couple weeks after Lynn was scheduled for a much-needed hip replacement. The Ogdens stopped the sale on their Shepherdstown, W.Va., home after an unsatisfying attempt at resettlement in a retirement community. JoAnn Smith Alspaugh has lived alone in Frederick overlooking Baker Park since her husband’s death 14 1/2 years ago. She wrote, “I love my house and vegetable garden and read a lot along with doing genealogical research.” Of JoAnn’s three sons, the one with two daughters, 12 and 14, lives nearby. Her artist son works in Los Angeles, and the youngest, 33, born when JoAnn was past 40, is a 2007 Hood graduate who has been teaching English in Japan for the past eight years. “My two older boys are getting close to 50,” JoAnn mused, “which really makes me ask, ‘Where have the years gone?’”

  10. 1964; Winter 2018


    Barbara Maly Fish

    More than 20 of our classmates live in Florida, and Hurricane Irma affected them in various ways. In Fort Myers, Barb Wallwork Reynolds and husband Bill, along with their dogs, evacuated to their daughter’s home in Cape Coral. Barb and Bill were there for eight days, using a generator until power returned to their own home. When they returned home, they found downed tree branches and missing pool cage screen panels. Dawn Rieser was without power for one week in Ocala but had no property damage. At daughter Lori’s insistence, Betsy Beachley Winger evacuated Leesburg to Pennsylvania to get away from Irma. Lori had to stay in Winter Garden because she was required to be on the job at Disney World. Betsy stayed in Pennsylvania and learned that there was thigh high water in her cul-de-sac, with water rising within six feet of her back door, plus a six-day power outage, but no real damage to her house. Gail Casady Macneill and her husband have enjoyed their active retirement in Ponte Vedra Beach. Their home was not affected, but nearby oceanfront properties and the beaches were.  Because they live on a barrier island, the Macneills had a mandatory evacuation, but this has happened only twice in about 15 years and Gail says their lifestyle is worth it. In Arcadia, Cathy Bowman Parrella lost most of the roof off her workshop and barn, but her house sustained no damage. Pam Wallace Johnson says Irma was kind to Naples. From their other home in Massachusetts, Pam and her husband watched on CNN how the eye of the storm went over their downtown neighborhood, but the predicted 14-foot storm surge did not happen. When they returned to Naples in late October, they found broken palm trees and missing pool cage screens. Joanne Hicks Urgese had minor branch and debris damage in Palm Coast and considered herself very fortunate. In 50 years of hurricanes, Irma was only the second time that Anne Goodwin Draper had to board up their barn house in Chattahoochee. Fourteen people, including three generations, six pets, and four college girls, planned to seek refuge with the Drapers during the storm, but stayed home when Irma changed her course. Anne, who says she loves a party, had everything ready: rooms, beds, kennels, litter boxes, food and booze. She missed all the company when no one came. Larry and JoAnn Winer Sutton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by evacuating Boca Raton, but Irma spared Florida’s east coast. Both the Suttons are retired, Larry as a Delta pilot, JoAnn as an ESOL teacher. If you watched TV during Irma’s invasion, then you know that the Florida Keys were hard hit. From Key West, Janet Hayes reports: “When I arrived at Hood in 1960, we had just been through Hurricane Donna which took out Marathon and a stretch of US1 in the Upper Keys. One of the first people I met was Snow Philip, my half-sister, who was surprised that my mom and I had been able to get off the island. Snow and I bumped into each other about 35 years later, a few days after she moved to Key West. Our beloved island has lost much of our historic canopy and our flowering tropicals, much of which we will toil to nurture or replace. Snow was traveling to watch her daughter compete in an Iron Man, so she missed the angst of Force 4-5 winds over hours, followed by 10 days without electricity, five days without running water, 15 days without Internet or TV. She also missed the spirit of reaching out to help neighbors and all the behaviors which restore one’s faith.” Janet adds, “Key West will be back in toto within several months, the Lower Keys in a year or so. Marathon again took a hard hit and Big Pine, Sugarloaf, Ramrod, and Cudjoe lost hundreds of homes. Many of the affordable homes and apartments which house teachers, health personnel and service workers are on those islands, so hotels and restaurants are facing employee shortages. Snow’s home as well as mine came through with only garden destruction.” South Carolina residents Ellie Berklite Harris and Mary Jo Sottile Manning reported on Irma’s impact. Ellie and husband Alastair evacuated from their home on Kiawah Island to visit friends in Virginia. Their home sustained no damage. Earlier, their daughter’s family in Katy, TX survived Hurricane Harvey with no damage except flooding within inches of their front door. Mary Jo and Mike live on John’s Island, where the tidal surge left them with a lawn full of debris, but no yard damage that couldn’t be fixed and no damage to their house. Mary Jo says, “The big difference for many of us is that we learned from Hugo, and homes built or redone since then reflect higher standards and a heightened respect for the harmful potential.”

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