1. 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.”

  2. 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.

  3. 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!




  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Class of 2006 – Fall 2017


    Sharia Barksdale recently passed her certification exam and is now a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) with the American Institute of Architects.

    Victoria Idoni has taken a television job as a Multimedia Journalist and Traffic Anchor for WTOL in Toledo, Ohio.

    Alison Peteranecz & husband Kit (who is on staff at Hood) welcomed their second son, Leo Albus Peteranecz, in May. Also, her rock star law firm, Antietam Law Group, was recently voted #1 law firm and she personally was voted #2 attorney in Hagerstown Magazine’s 2017 Hotlist.

    Catrina Wiles moved to Charlotte, NC from McDermott, OH in March and now works for Entercom (A Radio Broadcasting company) as a Business Operations Manager…because she is the BOM!

  7. Class of 1975 Fall 2017 News


    On a gorgeous weekend in September, Ellen Bosek McMahon hosted a mini-reunion with Marcia Ritter DoiranLynda Strasser Brooks, Pricilla Munkenbeck Cherrin, Fran Vogler Groves, Laura Lee Hickman and Sharon Dahlstrom Cannon at her cottage in Haven Beach on Long Beach Island. The devastation caused by hurricane Sandy was no longer visible, with a beautiful, large beach and dunes. It was the perfect weekend for sun-bathing, good food, wine… and so much fun to catch up with second floor Memorial friend Sharon from freshman year! She lives in northern Virginia with her husband Carl. They missed Ann Shackleford Silva and Lisa Ohler Kennedy, but hope to do something similar next year with all in attendance!

    Lynda Strasser Brooks and her husband Jay are semi-retired and have been living in Wilmington, NC for the past three years. They love the climate and coastal life style here. Their son Sean and his wife are living in Raleigh, only two hours away, which is great because they had a beautiful baby boy 11 months ago. Lynda and Jay go to Raleigh frequently to see our grandson!  Life is good! Anyone visiting the Cape Fear area is welcome to stop in!

    Since Hood’s last Alumni Update, Cheryl Cuddeback went on a business trip to Cincinnati. Being a live long New Yorker, she thought it was really cool getting a different perspective of city living in a beautiful town. Cheryl learned that the predecessor of the Brooklyn Bridge was the Roebling Bridge, a bridge named after John Roebling that connects Kentucky to Ohio. It was like living in a mini-NYC. Cheryl wishes well to fellow Hoodlums and feels so blessed to build the memories we have.

    Retired now, Barbara Baird Rogers is enjoying this new chapter in her life. Jim and Barbara are still a very happy twosome, with three daughters’’-in-love and seven grandchildren, between the ages of 1 and 7. Their two standard poodles keep them hopping. Deedee Gustafson Dohan lives nearby, and of course, they both wear our Hood rings proudly when they get together!  Wish I still had mine, but unfortunately it was stolen years ago.

     Anna Kluth vonLindenberg and Von have certainly been enjoying boating this year. They spend half of their time aboard their boat in Cambridge from May through October and then continued the great loop from Chicago down to Tampa last December. They just returned from a trip down the inland coastal water way to the quaint town of New Bern, NC. They plan to go by car to Hilton Head for a month this winter. Von and Anna are in good health, and she has been enjoying bike riding, yoga, Pilates, and water aerobics. Anna is involved in the environment, garden club, landscaping committee, social committee, book club, and local public issues. Their grandkids are ages 9, 7.5 and 6, and are adorable and thriving.

     Arlene Russo Bujeses’s inspiration for working as a fundraiser is generated by studies in Gerontology and Death and Dying at Hood. This year she chairs the 18th Annual Boxart Auction for East End Hospice. As a Board member, she is privileged to see the importance of the great work being done on behalf of this great cause: end of life care, with love and dignity, open to all. Arlene has also become involved with Project Most, an after-school program for children of working parents.

    Aldan Weinberg became a grandfather for the third time in September. Turner Allen Florance was born to his daughter Casey and husband Keith. His first name is Al’s middle name. His two granddaughters live in Pittsburgh with his son and his wife. Since retiring in 2015, he has been busy moving to a new house in Frederick with Connie and raising money to try to save the studio of famed local artist Helen Smith, also a former faculty member.

    Thank you to everyone who shared with their fellow classmates. Hearing from you brings back such great memories. I continue to work for a firm marketing and designing the best retirement plans for small businesses. Since the ladies in my office are all crafty, we’ve been making wreaths and other decorative items along with having an occasional paint party. Hope everyone has a wonderful 2017. Wishing you, your families and friends the best! Debbie Page Rath

  8. 1969 Class News Fall 2017


    CLASS OF ’69 NEWS – Fall 2017

    First to check in was Susie Holtzmann Richardson with the exciting news that after living the single life for 25 years, she’s getting married! She’s known Hal for over 40 years – his deceased wife was a dear friend of Susie’s. Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety and Clyde will welcome a new grandson in November. Their other grandchildren (ages 15 and 12) live far away, but this little guy will be considerably closer. Now that Marty Silcox Hankins has retired from teaching, she and Ken were finally able to travel in the fall, taking a 2-week, 2000 mile trip in a camper all through Nova Scotia. She keeps busy with Shiloh Pottery and “Master Gardening” in Carroll County, MD. Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq just acquired a new puppy to add to her pack of three Border Collies. Kip says she’s “fully involved in puppy potty boot camp.” She is paying it forward with four Doctoral candidates from Immaculata Univ. Kip wonders if anyone knows how to contact Leslie Van Backer? Margaret Dunkle’s most dramatic recent event revolved around attending the Association of Community College Trustees annual meeting in Las Vegas. She got to visit Hoover Dam and catch a couple of shows before heading back to Maryland – just 24 hours before the mass shooting! Her hotel was only 2 blocks away. She said “the event felt eerily like 9/11 when I was scheduled to fly from LAX to DC and got a call from the car service, saying they weren’t going to pick me up because the airports were closed.” The twin towers were being attacked. Betsy Seele Gotta celebrated turning 70 with a dinner party for several close friends in October. Then her square dance club surprised here with a dance/party attended by 120 dancers from all over New Jersey. Betsy and Roy recently visited Branson, MO, then stopped to see Jill Stanley and Adam in their new Indiana home. Speaking of turning 70, these girls did it right! Susan Taylor Shoch, Barbara Hoagland Ziegler and Rick, Betsy Rudolph Lustenader and Jim, Deborah Dick Holbert and Woody celebrated with a magical tour of Greece in late September. Their tour guide was Chrysanthe Papayani Koumas and George Manos. They visited Athens, the seaside village of Nafplio and cruised to Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini. Betsy and Jim flew to Rome before heading back to Hanover, NJ. Susan stopped in VA to see Sue Korff Hammer and her Alpaca Farm. Susan, Barb, Deb and Chrysanthe all “winter” in Florida. Peggy Jackson Wyckhouse and her husband are still among the employed, primarily because they continue to support their 39 year-old medically disabled daughter. But Peggy has reduced her teaching load drastically. Last year’s spinal fusion still gives her problems. Pat Warren Carlson works part-time in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Delaware State University, chairing or co-chairing 17 committees – and graduating 17 doctoral student this year. Pat and Michael have 3 grandchildren – a grandson who is a freshman at Boston College, and 2 granddaughters, ages 4 and 8. They each share their grandmother’s love of golf. Pat won low net in both her overall and senior club championships. The Carlsons will celebrate their anniversary with their annual trip to Punta Cana in December. Carole Downing Staton and Roy welcomed granddaughter Quinlynn in June. She is little sister to 6 year-old Austin. After several years of planning the Statons took an Alaskan cruise in July. Words, Carole says, cannot describe the wonders of that part of the world. Life is about to take a drastic turn for Dave and me, Sayre Roney Steere. We’ve decided to chuck our idyllic Florida lifestyle and move to Seattle to be closer to our 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters. Our house is on the market and we’ve contracted to build a new home in a “55 and over” community about an hour south of the city. We’re aiming for a spring move. Meanwhile we continue to travel, spending 3 weeks in Seattle this summer, a week in Maine, another week in Branson, MO, and finally a 7-day Caribbean cruise, which got extended to 10 days thanks to Hurricane Irma. From day to day we had no idea which ports we were going to hit. After 25 years in one spot, Dave and I are definitely “needed” in many organizations. It will be hard to break ties – and seek out similarly rewarding “purposes” in our new life.

  9. 1963; Winter 2018


    Dottie Snyder Engle

    What good news, mostly connected to me, Dottie Snyder Engle and my travels. In June, Robin and I went to Paris and while there visited Nancy Zabbie “Huff Quinn. Zabbie met us and bought us dinner.  Zabbie worked in an art museum in NYC and decided she needed more French and felt the only way she would learn it was to be immersed, so went to Paris. While becoming proficient, she met an Englishman. They got married, had two daughters who grew up and went to French schools. The Quinns thought their girls should be better English speakers, so they were sent off to England. One met and married an Englishman, the other an Aussie. Both are living in London where the Quinns keep an apartment so they can visit (and cuddle the grand kids) whenever they want. I thought it would be a great birthday treat for Robin and a once in a life time experience to eat at the Jules Verne Restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. I got a reservation, instructions in French and a sample menu with the main menu offering veal. I thought I had paid 380 euros for dinner, but that was to hold the reservation. The main course turned out to be pigeon and after seeing all those on statues, Robin said, “No way.” It ended up that we got two small bottles of lemonade, a few small cheese biscuits, asked for the bill for two dinners and to be shown the way to the stairs. That was 480 euros!  Robin was happy to be able to take lots of photos from the top to level one.  Did I mention my hip was killing me since I had fallen and was hospitalized 4 days before the trip due to low sodium? Then it was on to Copenhagen to visit our Danish family for six days at a more leisurely pace.  On the last day, we walked to the nearby amusement park where they have the only wooden roller coaster in the world, then through the Kings’ Forest (8k).  In September, we went to Pittsburgh by way of Falling Water, the Frank Lloyd Wright house built for a wealthy family in Pittsburgh.  After touring the city and visiting a minute clinic for my infected thumb, we stopped to visit Karen Beck Gould who was Zabbie’s roommate and a co-chair with Brenda Eklund Pearson, my roommate, for matching us with little sisters. Karen sang at our wedding, though she doesn’t remember it, and I can’t remember what songs she sang. William Sprigg, who taught music at Hood, was the organist. Karen has a daughter who lives nearby, a daughter who is an LPN in New Jersey and a son in NYC.  Karen is living in assisted living and is trying to improve her walking so she can go to the Pirates games with less assistance. Bobby Campbell Rickman and I were supposed to go visit Jo Ann Twilley Plichta in West Chester, Pennsylvania, but Bobby was sick and we postponed.  Mary Ann Holloway Ford and Gail Kloeblen Spertzel were able to visit Jo who is happy in her mobile home near her son’s family but missing her friends. Speaking of Gail, last fall she traveled through Russia and Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Express to Lake Baikal then boarded the Trans-Mongolian Express.  She hired a driver and guide who took her around the Gobi Desert, staying in yurts for four nights.  She and a friend took a trip to France, staying in Paris a few days, and boarding a river boat on the Rhine in Lyon. This past February, she took a tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Gail says Hanoi is just like Bangkok was when she lived there in the 60′s.  Bangkok has changed a lot in the last 50 years.  She bought lots of gems to use in her jewelry making classes in Frederick. In June, Gail took her daughter Jody’s family to Peru for two weeks. Then she had to take the other to Bergen, Norway, sailing back to Montreal on the Viking SKY via Iceland, Greenland, ending in Montreal.  This daughter is now in Kuwait working for four months before retiring. Gail’s latest trip is a 114 day Grand World Cruise cruising out of Fort Lauderdale.  She had to make many adjustments like having someone drive her Prius to keep the battery charged, get a tax extension, get four months of meds from Medicare, banking matters-and she is traveling solo! She is coming to the reunion!  Bobby was horrified at the letter you received from us about the next reunion. See you at my house on June 8, 2018.

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