1. 1954; Winter 2018


    Jean Baker Weikert

    Marilyn Ogden Heath and her husband Alan are recovering from having to temporarily vacate their home in Naples, Florida. They spent approximately nine days in a hotel and several weeks with their son and family in Arizona before being able to return to Naples. The strong winds resulted in their losing three trees. Luckily, before they were resettled they were able to have water, sewage and electricity restored. Alan experienced open-heart surgery three years ago. Marilyn is still teaching dressage along the eastern seaboard. It was reassuring to hear her resilient voice recounting their deciding not to use shelter but to explore their own resources. We tried to reach Nancy Swearingen Davis by phone but I was unable to do so. Mary “Skippy” Smith Adams described herself as being happily content with her living in a remolded home which is part of one of Ken and her sons home at Newtown, Connecticut. Ken had passed away several years ago. Skippy sounds fairly adjusted to using a walker. She doesn’t drive very much, if at all. Her living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom sounds much like Marks and my cottage here at cross keys in New Oxford. We especially are fond of a convenient pantry in our kitchen plus a small laundry all on one floor! Skippy has grandchildren living in PA and VA. We really appreciate helpful children, grandchildren, family and neighbors. Betty Remsberg DeColigny and her husband Warren have moved from their Randallstown farm home in Maryland to 124 rose court at Homewood at plum creek, Hanover, PA. Warren and Betty have traveled extensively to visit light-houses. They also have, in addition to light-house memorabilia, an extensive collection of dolls. Warren is retired as a printer with the Baltimore Sun and the Frederick News Post. They are very proud of three triplet granddaughters. Mark and I were able to visit them in their new cottage at Homewood which is about 5-7 miles from our cross keys New Oxford location. It was good to connect with one of our little sister class of 56 members, Becky Eppers Byrd, who has an apartment there. A quick phone call related that Becky has recently joined a stitchery group at Homewood for fun and relaxation. It was thoughtful of Nolah Sawyer Fulk to call from Putman, New Jersey to tell of the passing away of Caryl Dauber Barnett. Nolah was able to attend Caryl’s service. Caryl had lived in Adamstown, Maryland where she and her deceased husband Ronald had lived. Their daughter had called Nolah with a poignant description of Caryl’s passing, surrounded by family singing some of Caryl’s favorite hymns. Having had a stroke, Caryl was able to move her lips in remembrance of her favorites. Nolah was able to drive from her Putman, NJ home to attend the funeral. Janet Edelstein Ettinger sounds just as vibrant as she did while we did our home management semester at Strawn. Janet is still living in Allentown where she and her husband john settled. John was quiet active in sports in the Allentown area. Thus, welcome to the Brethren Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, PA area where we are happily contented in a brick duplex cottage. We are still unpacking as we moved last December from Carlisle, PA. Everyone here seems very peacefully friendly. There are many amenities including classes (avoiding falls, nutrition, three D’s: depression, dementia, delirium), shuttle trips on campus, available bus trips to nearby fine dining, Spanish, ballroom dances, use of pool, workout room, gym, billiards and three restaurants. Our son Andy is entering his third year of being in the nursing complex here after experiencing a stroke. He continues to have a great attitude despite right-side paralysis and decreasing vision. It is a plus to live within 15 minutes of his room so we can help to transport him to a larger dining area where we can socialize him with him as we feed him. His siblings and niece are of immense help. Hood College appeared on our CKV campus in late August. Student Alex Sexton and Dr. MacDougall, assistant professor of psychology conducted a survey to study a new measurement tool that assesses religious/spiritual struggles. The tool has been investigated in a younger adult population, but not yet with older persons. We are eager to learn of their results. In summation, we deeply appreciate your continued cooperation in maintaining communication with news you feel able to share. Although we cherish the past, we need to faithfully live forward.

  2. 1953; Winter 2018


    Johanna Chait Essex


    Congratulations to Nailah S. Russell ’18, recipient of the Andrew G. Truxal scholarship for 2017-2018. Many thanks to Sally Kuhns Giarratana for once again chairing our reunion this coming June. Marge Aronson Dalmas’ daughter, Robin, book “Boisterous Bird of Paradise” was published last May and received good reviews. She and Bob had a short visit from Pat Lloyd Fordham and her daughter in July. I received a short, but sad note from Nancy Brown Kohlheyer— a virus attacked the brain of John, her partner for the past ten years, and he is now residing in a rest home in Pa. Nancy is slowly healing from this and has moved back to her apt. in Brussels, Belgium permanently. Penny Fradd Vahsen is the proud grandmother of 13, 6 married and 3 great grandchildren.  She has sponsored 203 Annapolis grads, and is thinking of writing a book about her adventures with them.  She still travels, and loves river-cruises” heartily endorse them for fun on a budget”. Jerry Griffith Macomber became a great grandmother June 17 “my first in a brand new generation”.  She is once again the coordinator of “operation Christmas Child” for her church. Pat Lloyd Fordham and her daughter Leslie not only drove to Albuquerque to see Marge and Bob Dalmas, they also flew to Pittsburgh to visit her son, Jeff, his wife and great granddaughter, Riley.—Leslie has moved back to Kansas, having stayed with Pat for 2 years. Pat plans to be at our reunion in June, and Leslie plans to accompany her. Bim Mayer Werle has a new temporary address—1620 Vincennes Dr., Sun City Fla. 33573—they will be moving to Wake Robin—a CCRC, in Shelbourne, Vt., but no address yet.  In the meantime, they are downsizing—garage sales etc. Received a long note from Marilyn Phillips—her grandson, Andrew Davis, graduated college after 3 years, with a BS in cybersecurity—her son Chip, a radio frequency engineer works with a laser company that participated in the LIDO observatory research that won a science award.  Cary retired, and then started 3 new companies—families are wonderful. Julia Rank Loposer’s daughter took her on a trip to Maui for her birthday–”it was grand and glorious”. Bev Rosenberg Sager spent some time in California this summer visiting her son and grandson—she and her daughter will be going back for thanksgiving.  This coming February she plans to visit the island of Turks and Caico. Katherine Sponsler Patten is still in her home, and keeps things going with the help of electricians etc, and of course her grandson, who is the biggest help of all.  She still plays duplicate bridge and goes to plays at the Kennedy Center. After our vacation with my sisters, Muriel Chait Durbin ’56 and Linda Chait Solomon ’63 at the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion [an incredible trip] Hal and I just relaxed at home.  I still go to the theater at Lincoln Center, and volunteer at Cookie Café at Kings Point –the Merchant Marine Academy—serving cookies, along with lots of tlc. [Kings Point, the fifth federal academy, is the only federal academy to have cookie café.] Nancy Brown Kohlheyer’s significant other Johnny had chicken pox as a child and the virus was still in his body–it flared up in the memory center of his brain, and led to dementia–he did not recognize her, or remember the 10 years they spent together. His daughter had to put him into a rest home in New Jersey. Nancy’s sons came to her rescue and helped her pack her belongings that had been in John’s house, as his daughter had to sell the house.  Nancy went back to Belgium, with the boxes following her. Hal and I are both fine, and enjoying trips to see grandchildren etc. Our granddaughter, Leya Essex, participated in the 2017 Maccabiah games in Israel on their junior track and field team–she won 4 gold medals, 2 in the sprints, and 2 in the relay events.–on, Nov, 8th, she signed a letter of intent to attend ECU–she will be a member of their track team.–so proud of her. I received a lovely note from Lauri Bunch daughter of, Mary Ellen “Hooley” Chidester Ball–Hooley passed away on Jan. 6, 2018 –she left behind 4 children, and their spouses, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren–although she had Alzheimer’s she seemed to remember her days at Hood and loved hearing about the school. —Jo

    I received a lovely note from Lauri Bunch daughter of, Mary Ellen “Hooley” Chidester Ball–Hooley passed away on Jan. 6, 2018 –she left behind 4 children, and their spouses, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren–although she had alzheimer’s she seemed to remember her days at Hood and loved hearing about the school.”


  3. 1952; Winter 2018


    Mary-Louise Springhorn Leidheiser

    Ellin Bachrach Gordon and her husband are in good health and enjoying life. Natalie Colbert Bowers mentioned that, in the small world department, she bumped into Ann Parker Lampman’s twin brother at a Bucknell reunion. Peggy Crook Arnold:“I am fine although I don’t get around very well.  I still play bridge and go out to dinner with my friends.  Enjoyed the reunion pictures – thanks for sending them.” Other classmates sent thanks for my reunion letter including Jodie Kellogg Weddle (“my summer went well”), Carolyn Rusk (“I wish I could have attended”), Lorraine Smarsch (“arthritis limits travel”) and Carol Underhill Postell. Marion Decker McCormick:“Some frivolity for Halloween. The Montgomery Area Historical Society had a program about a gruesome 1900 murder. The house was packed. We few volunteers went in costume to pass out treats. It has been a long time since I had to find a costume and mask. Brought back memories.” Dee Dreller Sosin:“I am living in an active retirement home with stimulating classes and friendly bright people.  Hope to go to Thailand with my nephew, Alex, this December. He owns a home there and is an Asian Scholar.” Lois Eldridge Funsch: “I’m holding my own.  Get around on my motorized cart.  Play bridge several times a week. Sew stuffed kittens for children who are hospitalized.  My daughter lives 15 minutes away.  We have great times together.” Claire Enany Trimpey enjoys her oil painting (she was an art and English major) and her lovely retirement community in Wilmington, NC.  Doctor son, nurse daughter and grandchildren visit often. Joanne Kates Roos:“My favorite news was being able to visit Hood for our 65th Reunion.  My next favorite news is about my grandchildren. Billy Cole with Price Waterhouse in D.C.  Hannah Cole doing well at NC State.  My son’s daughter Holly Jo — a budding artist in Wisconsin.” Joan Kniffin Orozco:“All is going well here in Uruguay. Am very happy with my grandchildren and great grandchildren!!!” Madge Merkley Ziegler:“Jack and I are well.  Looking forward to Daufuskie Island; it snowed here (Carlisle, PA) yesterday (11/7).” Mary Murrie Hardy:“My life is busy now with the purchase of a condo on Lake Keowee in South Carolina.  My daughter Diane lives across the lake; it will be my get-away place when winter gets too cold in Pittsburgh.  Health is good except for arthritis in fingers and knees. I became a great grandmother for the 5th time!! I ordered a brick in memory of my roommate. Barbara “Cookie” Cook Oldt – hope to see it one day.” Franne Pickle Wetmore: “Reunion was a special time.  Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser and I met at the Baltimore airport.  She drove us to Hood and afterwards to my home.  She then visited dear friends in Wilmington. Emma Jones Hann kindly introduced me to the Civil War Museum right in the heart of Frederick.” Kay Spear Feldmann: “Back into my fall schedule– classes, theater, bridge, etc.  It’s nice to be busy.  No travels plans ‘til spring.  It’s a good time, national politics notwithstanding.” Joan Scott Hellmuth in Massachusetts will travel to family in Maryland for Thanksgiving.  She is involved with “Lunch and Learn” presentations offered at nearby Regis College. Doris Simpson Felton lost her husband in April.  She has happily recovered from both a strep and staph infection.  She has delightful neighbors and a daughter nearby in Brunswick, MD.  She hopes to lunch with Dottye Handley Ewing soon. Jane Taggart Whittaker had a delightful time at her grandson’s “fun and wonderful” wedding in Buffalo, NY.  He and his bride are architects who met in college.  They will live in Philadelphia. Cal Wunderly Russwick has finally retired from teaching, although she still helps one day a week correcting papers, etc.  She also volunteers at a Women’s Club.  Doug is looking at knee replacement surgery.  All 5 of their children come for a day both in the fall and spring to help with chores and to visit. Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey loves where she is. Her condo at Cortez, FL looks out on the water. Her daughter lives nearby for visits and travels together. Florida classmates survived hurricane Irma.  Peg Lewis Christensen (Naples) spent a month in her Huntington, NY apartment and Carol Underhill Postell (Vero Beach) evacuated to a relative in Palm Beach Gardens for six days, but neither had water damage.  Carol did lose two ovens from a power surge.  Lynn Bischoff Mitchell, Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey, and Franne Pickle Wetmore experienced no problems, thankfully. Keep in touch, please.

  4. 1951; Winter 2018


    Eleanore Jackson Knott

    Hopefully you all enjoyed the article in the summer/fall HOOD MAGAZINE about Betsy McCain McAlpine, wedding picture and all.  Chatting with her, I learned that she and Harry are still making frequent trips up to Hood. This week they were going to a lecture on the history of the World War 2 Victory Ship that was named after Hood College and christened by Mrs. Stahr.

    Marilyn “Tink” Smith Garrity had a full shoulder replacement in the spring but had recovered in time for a “fantastic family reunion at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.”  There were 18 of them—her 4 kids, their spouses plus grandkids from MA, CT, NYC, Cleveland, and Phoenix.  Never to be duplicated memories were formed with relatives that hadn’t been seen for years. Tink was looking forward to seeing Cathie Strachan Upp when she visits her Phoenix family.

    Donna Fogle Fisher wrote that her grandaughter #3 at 3 mos. old was the center of attraction at their family picnic this fall.  She accompanied by her parents were all visiting in MD.

    Mary Lou Henry Deisroth, is realizing that she (make that we) can’t still do all that she wants to accomplish, so is slowing down but still enjoying bridge and reading with Book Club suggestions. One of their Fresh Air daughters lives in Puerto Rico and has been keeping her up-to-date with the hurricane results and slow progress being made.  She and Tony have 6 great granddaughters with another on the way.  Sounds like a great addition to Hood.  Mary Lou Hoffman Huff reported that Nancy Gillece ’81 and Emily VanderWoude were in Rochester and all had lunch with Anne Kurka Woods ’60 and Sharyn M. Duffy ’68.  They were all interested in hearing about all the changes and development at Hood.  She is happy and healthy, still keeping up with her gym workouts, stock market watching and a few volunteer activities.

    Again I thank you all for sending news and wish that others would add to our column. I hate to admit it but find that I, Eleanore Jackson Knott, too must slow down. Our summer plans were aborted due to medical problems, but we did fly to Boston in August for 2 weeks which ended up being 3 when our flight home was cancelled because of hurricane Irma. Finally things are returning to normal and we’re all looking forward to quietly celebrating the holidays.

  5. 1948; Winter 2018


    Corky Edwards Shulman

    Due to family circumstances, Corky Edwards Shulman will report class news in the next issue. Jayne Gillis deConstant reports having lost power during a severe coastal storm on October 29. Jayne writes: “it has been a miserable week, dark, cold, running out of food. My carriage house apartment is attached to my son’s house, so I was able to warm up at the woodstove in their family room. Today, November 2, we got some power. Phone will go on tomorrow. I have some food in my fridge and a new telephone pole outside. Greetings to the Hoodlums. Hope you all never have to spend a week like this! Otherwise, I’m hopping along in my walker, feeling 91 years on my shoulders, but as sassy as ever. Great memories of Hood friends will never leave me.”

  6. 1944; Winter 2018


    Jean Wheatley Hilchuk

    It was reported that we still have 25 classmates living. But, I am inclined not to believe that figure. I have tried to contact anyone who gave Hood their phone number. However, many of those phones numbers do not answer or are phones that have been canceled. Those that did not answer or were canceled are these: Gladys Reinert Aungst, Betty Daubenspeck Carl, Nancy Ogden Carson, Gert Flagg Dalzell, Ann Wikel Hausman, Barbara Gill Jesser, Annabelle Sunderland Kepler, Mary Lou Chorley Touart, and Betty Foehl Tomaselli. Those who I talked to are the following. Mal Barnett reported that she had nothing to report. Janet Coblentz Cover resides in a retirement center in Frederick. She has a few dental problems. She is enjoying the new adult coloring books. Peg Traver Emery was in the process of having a garage sale. Her son and daughter in law live with her. Mildred Geiple Hufnagel has her son living with her. But she too has nothing to report. Mary Alice Knobloch Smith lives in a retirement center. She enjoys her bridge and the activities that the center provides. Phyllis Fine Soza reports that she is losing her eyesight. I, Jean Wheatley Hilchuk, also live in a retirement center and have been here for 12 years. I use the pool as often as possible. It is the only place I can walk by myself. A doctor ruined my legs and I use a scooter in the hallways. I can take it on our buses and go shopping. In my apartment, I use a walker and ride it backwards. We have a lot of activities here. It is something like being back in a college dorm. But I have a two bedroom apartment that looks over our swimming pool and wooded area. Helen Stottler Leaver lives alone. She is always busy helping other people. She is still in touch with all of her kids.

  7. 1986: Winter 2017


    Hood1986 Winter 2017


    Margaret Bushwaller Powers is a manager of communications at ADP and is working toward a certificate in Digital Media Marketing from Assumption College. She gets to see Ann Barry Mitchell, Eleanor Chisholm Landauer and Jacquie Hollands Ignacio frequently.

    Shantih Clemens lives in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Julie Shapiro and their 2 daughters (Hazel, 10 and Chloe,8).  She is on faculty at SUNY Empire State College and is Director of the Center for Mentoring, Learning, and Academic Innovation. She keeps up with Nina Banks ’85 and they talk regularly about academia and Shriner Hall.

    Debbie Daly Louis writes: The greatest gift I received from Hood College is the friendship of Audrey MacDonald Wilcox, Lisa O’Brien, Gretchen Miller Anderson, Lisa Edwards, and Robin Samuelman Kalfaian.  I remember hanging out at the Coffee House and singing James Taylor’s song, “You’ve Got a Friend”.  I didn’t know then how the lyrics, “You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am I’ll come running,” would ring true to our friendship.  All these girls were present at my April 2017 wedding to my best friend Richard Louis.

    It is with deepest sorrow, Liz Falken Washburn reported the death of her elder son, Jonathan Thomas Washburn, age 20. Jonathan passed away on September 30, 2017. He is survived by his parents, Liz and Dennis, and his younger brother James.  Please keep them in your prayers.

    Paige Flory lives in Ephrata PA and works for Laser Lab, Inc.  She is single mom to her five-year-old adopted son and is proud of her two adult children who live in Chicago and Philadelphia.

    Kellye Greenwald loves her role as Guest Research Manager at Walt Disney World and is still selling real estate with her mother’s company.  She’s excited to see her daughter, Bird, over the holidays and wishes everyone an abundance of Health and Contentment in 2018!

    Joanne Kaldes Konastis and her husband Kosta have 2 daughters. Older daughter Alissa is finishing her last year of law school at Drexel University. Younger daughter Hanna is a junior nursing major at Eastern University. They live in Lancaster, PA and their home is filled with pets and friends.

    Margaret (Maggie) Kellogg Hogan lives in Madison, WI with her 9-year-old daughter and her husband Kevin.  Congrats on your 20th wedding anniversary, Maggie!

    Anne Lamoureux, her husband Brian, and son Jack live in MD. Jack is a senior at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and spends his waking hours with his crew team while waiting on college early decisions. She and Brian spend of their free time racing their sailboat in Annapolis.  Anne sees Marcia Menihan Kodlick often and they spend Thanksgiving together each year.  She and Marcia are the proud “Faunties” of Sooz and Cat Edmiston’s adorable son Brooks.

    Jennifer Lee Matts has finished requirements to be a licensed United States Equestrian Federation horse show Steward and is preparing to become a licensed schooling supervisor for the USEF, combining her love of horses and knowledge of rules. She and Bob spent a weekend with Betsy Reed Ringel, Jane Brophy Martinez, and their husbands, attending the Navy/SMU football game.

    Lisa O’Brien shared that she is engaged to Bill Baio!  They are now planning a June 2018 wedding while also helping plan the Fall 2019 wedding of Lisa’s daughter Elisabeth to her partner Victoria… so much happiness!

    Maureen Rohan Socha is the AVP of Administration and Facilities at Springfield Technical Community College and lives in Ludlow, MA.  If you’re in the area, she’d love to visit!

    Howard Spiegal and his wife Janice Peacock ’85 have 2 kids with new stories. Their daughter, Sarah (25), is a Travel Abroad Program Director at Penn State/State College and their son, Jason (22), completed his Poly Sci degree at Gettysburg and plans to begin law school in 2018.

    Michael and I are still in MD and are looking forward to the July 2018 wedding of our son, Drew Althouse ’12, to his fiancé Kristen, with his brother Evan as his best man.  Join me on Facebook for more updates as the year unfolds!




  8. 2003: Winter 2017


    Hi everyone! Can you believe we’re coming up on our 15th reunion?! It feels like just yesterday we were freezing in the graduation tent waiting to receive our diplomas! So, let’s start off our 15th year with some good news!

    First, a few new babies! Naomi Levine Levinthal writes that she and her husband Eli welcomed their third child, Vivienne Ella Levinthal, on September 16. Vivienne joins her big brother Joseph and big sister Ava.

    Erica Buckley Wrightson and her husband Jim also welcomed a new little girl! Alaina Claire Wrightson was born on November 10. Alaina was also welcomed by her big siblings, Aidan, Ainsley, and Lexi.

    JJ Bell-Godfrey has some exciting news, too!  After spending the last year as the Assistant Controller at Mattress Warehouse, she was promoted to Controller in November!   She’s responsible for the company’s financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and tax compliance – which is a pretty big job given how big the company is!

    I think that’s it for this round – don’t forget to join the Hood College Class of 2003 group on Facebook, and even more importantly, don’t forget to put Reunion Weekend 2017 on your calendars!  Hope to see lots of you there!

  9. Class news 2001


    Hello, hello! Thank you to all who heeded my cry for news. While life clips along at a quick yet humdrum pace in my household, our classmates cover an exciting gamut this round in their lives. Congrats to two 2001ers on recent professional moves: Lisa Zaleski Larsen finished a Cosmetic Surgical Dermatology Fellowship at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in CA and changed jobs to West Dermatology at the Hillcrest office in San Diego, CA. In addition, Sarah Kistler Drabant started a new position at Fairview Elementary School in 2017. After three years on the Title 1 Literacy Team, she is now the Library and Media Specialist Assistant. Sarah says their boys keep them busy with robotics, music lessons, and Erie Junior Philharmonic rehearsals and concerts. Eliza Adams was also delighted to share both professional and personal accomplishments. She recently celebrated 15 years of teaching at the Bryn Mawr school in Baltimore where she was honored to be recognized with the Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence at their Founders Day ceremony, an event honoring Bryn Mawr’s four founders and where members of the faculty receive awards for their dedication to teaching. A former member of Hood’s Chorus and Chamber Choir, Eliza was proud to say she has continued singing ever since! She is currently a board member and soprano with Bach in Baltimore, a choir that mostly sings Bach cantatas in German and often sings works by other composers. Eliza serves as the soprano section leader in the choir. Kudos goes to Rachael Gingrich whose son, Wesley Gingrich, was born January 6, 2017; fellow classmate Lara Chuvala is Wesley’s godmother. Last but not least, bon voyage to Jen Stange Knieriem and husband Jason who tied the knot on May 27, 2017 with fellow classmates Elena Bush Leyendecker as matron of honor and Surbhi Kanotra joining the celebration. Jen and Jason honeymooned last November in South Africa, Italy and Greece. Congratulations to all our classmates and thank you to those who represented us at the last Reunion Weekend. Holly and I always enjoy hearing from all of you, so please keep it coming!

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