1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 1972; Summer 2017


    Cynthia Clifford

    Carol Schlosnagle Bradford

    In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that we graduated as the Class of 1972, but it has been 45 years! Twenty-two classmates attended the reunion, all easily recognizable and looking good! As always, it was great to have some spouses join us. Special thanks to Lucia Grabenstein Kline and Chrisse Butler Hassett M.A.’75 for again serving as chairs and planning this wonderful weekend. We are grateful to Chrisse for hosting cocktails in her home on Friday evening. Saturday morning we were welcomed by Hood’s new president, Dr. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, with an optimistic look at the college’s future, followed by a lovely Alumnae Luncheon in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center. Lucia and Chris Kline kindly invited us to a delightful reunion dinner in the amazing barn at Lucia’s family farm. Sunday found us in Coblentz for Strawberry Breakfast, a Hood tradition that continues to this day. Heartfelt thanks to Darlene DeMay for faithful service all these years as class agent—and to Sarah Sonne O’Donnell for volunteering to take on this important role. Darlene recently posted a reminder that July starts pledging for our five-year cumulative gift for our 50th reunion. In other news: Linda Wicks Crites reunited with a number of Hood friends in May on their trip to Rhode Island. She and her husband Bob had lunch in Harrisburg with Kathy Stewart, dinner in Bethlehem with Jane Chaisson Blake and her husband Joe, and dinner in Denver, PA, with her Big Sister Cindy Worley Grill ’70 and husband Greg. She had last seen Cindy in 1993 so there was a lot of catching up to do. Thanks to Linda Cumber Gifkins for creating and maintaining the Hood Class of 1972 Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please open a Facebook account and join the Class of 1972 group. Linda posted: “Great to see ‘Kathy’ Grace Rand Nelson, who hadn’t been back in 45 years.” Liz Gruppe Stover and her husband Harold, who live in Hollis, Maine, claim to be retired but both stay very involved in their professions. Liz takes every opportunity to be back in the classroom subbing. She also has an antique business, has taught English to immigrants and stays politically active. Harold continues to play recitals, directs a chorus and composes. They have two daughters, Alice and Lucy.  Janice Williams Martin wrote to say that she and Al thoroughly enjoyed this reunion, her first, and are already looking forward to our 50th. She liked the renovations at Shriner and the many improvements to the campus. Marti (Martha) Murray Robinson says she is happily adjusting to retirement from teaching college English, although she does miss learning from her students.  In addition to travel, visiting friends and family, reading, riding, yoga, running and golf, she plans to pursue her fascination with Jungian psychology this fall through the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s MA/PhD program in Depth Psychology in Santa Barbara, CA. Marti’s guest was Pat Kidd ’74, the only little sister present (though not Marti’s). Kathy Stewart continues to enjoy round-robin email discussions on politics with Jane Chaisson Blake, Linda Wicks Crites, Kathy Martin Belikoff, Barrie Parsons Tilghman, and Candy. She enjoyed meeting Linda and Bob Crites for lunch in Harrisburg on their journey to a family reunion in May, and welcomed Candy to Harrisburg for a pre-reunion visit and river extravaganza.

  6. 1982; Summer 2017


    Liz Bastian Chapin

    Hello class of 1982! I must apologize for our absence in the winter issue so I will first catch up on some older news…. Lisa Jean Spuria and husband retired in early 2016 with the federal government after 33 years and moved to Louisville, KY. While remodeling a house and acclimating to the new city, Lisa started her own consulting business.  She is doing some writing as well. Lisa keeps in touch with Amy Blades Steward and Susie Hiles Giallonardo. Deb Booth Cieri had a busy 2016. Her daughter Rachel wed Kevin Mull September 3rd. Godmother, Carol Donnelly O’Farrell, hosted a bridal shower and attended the wedding! Carol toured colleges with her middle child; one included none other than our own Hood College which left a favorable impression! Deb corresponds with Angie Sievers who stays busy with work and family. She also keeps in touch with Kim Whitley Bongiorni who is living back in her hometown of Waldorf and family. Gretchen Steinmetz Keith celebrated three weddings in 11 months! Daughter Lauren was married in June 2016; sons Bobby and Mark married in 2015. The family keeps growing and Gretchen is loving life as “Gigi” to two grandsons. Keeping the fun times rolling, Lisa Bodamer Kida hosted a “Six-Pack” Reunion at her Douglassville, PA home with Hood friends Jodi Palmer Murphy, Donna Trumbull Milewski, Caroline Peck Medley and Suzanne Norris Driscoll. They all enjoyed an amazing weekend of wine tasting, birthday celebrating, antiquing and catching up! The “Six-Pack” just attended the class 35th reunion in Frederick! They stayed at a wonderful old home on East Church St. in downtown Frederick and graciously hosted classmates for post reunion activities. Lots of reminiscing and new memories were made. Ellen Drogin Rodgers reports that over the past year, she’s enjoyed several wonderful visits to Hood: Spending a very brisk but amazing day with Joy Miller Beveridge representing the Class of 1982 at the inauguration of President Chapdelaine; attending the Hood Legacy Brunch with her sister Janet Drogin Wilson ’86, P’14 and niece Riley Wilson ’14; and being present at the Scholarship Recognition Luncheon at which our latest Class of 1982 Scholarship recipient, Le Nguyen ’17, was introduced. Ellen’s still ‘touching the future’ daily at George Mason University as the Academic Dean/Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in the College of Education and Human Development. Pierre is a graduate program coordinator at Mason (and likes to say, Ellen is now his boss at work and home).  They enjoyed a family trip to Israel last July, and look forward to other adventures this summer. Over the past few years, Ellen has gotten together every few months (including a Florida vacation) with Susan Raffaele McHenry and Diana Schmidt-Romano ’83 to reminisce about days at Hood and life in Shriner Hall, sandwich generation trials, and the joys and challenges of everyday life. Susan’s eldest daughter, Jessica, just finished her first year at The College of William and Mary. The twins, Matthew and Julianne, just finished their second year of high school and keep Susan and Geoff busy with year round sports.   Diana and Don are traveling to France this summer following a trip to Wales last summer for the wedding of their youngest, Emily.  There is nothing like the friendships created while at Hood – clearly (and thankfully) they endure.   Ellen notes how wonderful it was to spend time with classmates at our 35th reunion, and has so appreciated all of the support and kind words from those far and near on her award.  She looks forward to reconnecting with those who couldn’t make it during the coming year. “I would be remiss, as the Class Agent, not to remind everyone to remember Hood in your annual giving – especially contributions to our Class of 1982 Scholarship fund.  It’s our lasting legacy to the college.  Remember, it’s not the amount, as much as it is the act of giving.” Jacquelyn McDaniel West wishes everyone a happy 35th reunion! Although they missed seeing everyone and spending time at the beautiful Hood campus, Jackie and friends had an amazing “mini reunion” in Walnut Creek, CA with host Glynnis Edwards Cowdery. Meg Brown McGinn from CT, Christy Belisle Fitzgerald from FL, and Jackie from VA spent about five days laughing, talking, walking, eating, wine tasting, shopping and sightseeing from Napa Valley to San Francisco! Their fabulous hostess, Glynnis, spoiled them and even made congo bars! The girls wore their dinks, Jackie wore her old Memorial Hall t-shirt, they looked through scrapbooks and old photos. Much fun was had but friends D’Ann White Van Meter ’82, P’11 and Sharon Williams DePamphilis were missed! Regardless of the miles between them, the friendships from Hood remain everlasting bonds. They all hope to celebrate with the rest of the class in five years! Jackie is still living in Virginia Beach but recently moved to the oceanfront area. Coaching and teaching tennis, she also oversees the girls tennis program at a private school and remains active as a player/captain with USTA. Her daughter is a senior at Elon University in NC and her son now lives in Nashville, TN. Glynnis is an Arts commissioner in Walnut Creek and sits on several boards that support Arts Education and the Community. In her spare time, she is addicted to The Bar Method at a nearby studio. Glynnis loves hiking, reading and enjoys some creative work with fused glass and mosaics. She and husband spend much time at their beach house in Washington. Her son Henry lives in West Seattle and is working for a public artist. He hopes to launch his own design company. Daughter, Callie is in law school at George Washington University. Janet Brown Marler shared her whirlwind of the past two years. She married John Garofalo on a lovely autumn day with their daughters as bridesmaids. Janet’s 86 year old father walked her down the aisle! Daughter Mary Beth is an art student doing gorgeous work while Rose is a second grade teacher (and expecting their first grandchild!).  Janet teaches English and is an associate dean at a local community college.  John owns a restaurant on Long Beach Island, so the summer season is a busy time for them! Bambi Maitland Grundwerg reports that life is relatively stable since the last reunion. Her sons are grown and on their own. Bambi still works for IBM as a Marketing Program Director and still lives near the Jersey Shore. She looks forward to connecting with local or visiting Hoodlums! Bambi recently attended the 35th reunion with some of the Coblentz Hall gang (Marcea Horton Cotter, Ellen Yodzis Patton and Anne Connal Biron) and makes note of the reoccurring topics over the past milestone meetings such as HPV shots for teens, bifocals vs progressive lenses, hot flashes and grand babies! Several alums were fondly remembered and missed-Linda Esterhoy Segur, Lisa Chan, Sara Lankitus Spina, Barb Jamison Berman, Suzy Wyda Goldberg and Dawson Casey Bullock! After joining the Class of 1981 at their 35th Reunion luncheon in 2016, Joy Miller Beveridge was very excited for our own reunion in June… and none of us were disappointed!  It was great fun to see both familiar faces, like my Spanish House roommates (Cynthia Richards Cathcart P’12 and Liane McCarthy) as well as those who hadn’t come back for Reunion for many many years.  Once on campus, it took no time at all to remember with great fondness our brief four years at Hood!  It made us especially proud to witness our own Ellen Drogin Rodgers receive her Distinguished Alum Award at the luncheon… her acceptance speech brought back wonderful memories and tears to our eyes!  If you have Facebook, please join our Hood College Class of 1982 group where we have posted many pictures and will continue to share updates on our class giving and plans for our 40th!  On a personal note, Joys daughter, Kendall, remains in San Francisco, working at Facebook and playing semi-professional field hockey for the Olympic Club. Son, Danny remains in the Frederick area, where he and his wife work for State Farm, and recently had their first daughter… hoping Lydia James Beveridge may be among the Class of 2039!  Joy remains active with Hood, serving as a member of the Alumni Executive Board and Board of Associates, and Athletic Field Lighting Steering Committee.  Friendships through Hood, new and old, are a gift. Liz Bastian Chapin enjoyed reconnecting with fellow classmates at the 35th reunion. She also crossed paths with Betsy McCain McAlpine ’51, H’17, who was friends with her mother, Mary Hendershot Bastian 50, P’82! They lived across the hall from one another in Meyran! Earlier this year, Liz and other alumni in the Reading, PA area hosted some of the Hood choral members after a local performance. What a great experience! Being the mother of two sons, she so enjoyed having two Hood girls overnight!  Liz discovered that one of the other alumni hosts was a client!  And finally, last Fall, Liz reconnected via social media with a college friend met in Heidelberg, Germany during her junior year abroad. After two phone calls within 3 days, a trip to the Midwest was planned. Thanks to Hood College and the cultural programs for a great experience 36 years ago and the opportunity to develop life long bonds with friends from different parts of the world! Thank you to everyone who contributed news and a big THANK YOU to Joy and Ellen for co-chairing the reunion. Well done! 

  7. 1952; Summer 2017


    Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser

    We mourn the loss of Joan Hoffman Huebner. Carita Ackerly Warner: I’m well, busy with grandkids’ graduations here and afar!” Natalie Colbert Bowers: “Traveled to Lewisburg, Pa for Brittany Christine Bowers’ graduation (with honors) from Bucknell U – Martin’s school.  Caroline Colbert Brophy graduates from Conestoga H.S. and then heads to Ithaca College in fall.” Doris Dreller Sosin: “Hope friends will come to visit me in my new digs in the active retirement home.  Carol Cohen Friedman has two friends here who call me a ‘Hoodlum’. I certainly had no idea that Hood would live on and on in our lives.” Anne Gibson Bement: “We will go to New York to see old friends from television and Sesame Street days. Lots of time with my book club and finding good movies.  Daughter and family live in Minnesota. They visit us at Christmas time in our Miami Beach getaway; we visit them in warmer summer weather.”

    Nan Fahnline Warren: “Last year I lost one of my Westies, so I got a rescue Westie to keep Nick company.  I am celebrating 50 years of membership in the DAR. I still keep active compiling treasurer’s reports, but that will end as I am losing my vision. But I can’t complain.“

    Von (Yvonne) Hepburn Virtue: “Have a great time at reunion.  Too far to travel there from Denver for a short visit. Everything just fine here.  Still enjoying all the cultural offerings of the area, which is growing beyond belief. “ Barbara Hickman Reynolds P’80 will not be at reunion.  She’ll be attending a shower in Virginia for her first granddaughter to be married.  She still sees Carolyn Rusk regularly. Joan Kniffin Orozco: “Am fine and enjoying the family, playing bridge and being with friends. How the years have gone by!! Have a great time and give my love to everyone.” Peg Lewis Christensen entertained a group of 30 retirement community friends at her latest piano soiree, playing for a full hour the good ol’ tunes.  “Have fun in Frederick and give my greetings to anyone who’d remember me.” Phyl Loudermil Armstrong: “Praise the Lord, finally, my computer and mouse are working.  Health is improving (shingles) and am grateful for healing (left knee replacement). My best to all reunion attendees.” Ann Nygren Greenberg celebrated her June 2 birthday at lunch with her daughter Nancy and Peg Lewis Christensen, who still has an apartment in her hometown of Huntington, New York and visits there every year.  Madge Merkley Ziegler: “Jack and I are still on Daufuski Island.  I will not be able to attend reunion.” Dody Nygren Wisnom, still at home with husband Sam, sends greetings from Tucson. Kay Spear Feldmann: “Sorry, I am unable to be at the reunion.  As happens, some weekends are quiet and others are too full.  I will be thinking about what a wonderful four years it was.  Best to all who attend.” Jane Taggart Whittaker P’78 said there are just no friends like her Hood friends.  A grandson will join the family lumber brokerage business started by husband Frank.  She is proud of her family who continue to make the business a success. Jackie Wakeling has moved to a Bethesda retirement community.  She must use a walker all the time and for that reason cannot attend Hood Reunion.  Marguerite (Mickie) Weber Trachtman is a first-time great grandmother of twins (boy and girl).  She and her family continue to gather in Holland, Michigan for a week in the summer. Connie Woodall Fisher: “It won’t be easy to leave our 40-year-old house-in-the-woods, but it’s time.  We’ll move to a nearby retirement community.  I actually LIKE to pack things, weed out stuff  and draw floor plans. (Bill wants nothing to do with it. What a pair we make!)  My 96-year-old sister lives at Perry Farm Village in the summer, so we’ll have an instant friend–and we already know half the people there. So we’re off on a new adventure!” We stalwart six celebrated our 65th: Natalie (Tillie) Colbert Bowers, Dottye Handley Ewing, Emma (Emmy) Jones Hann, Joanne Kates Roos, Franne (Teeter) Pickle Wetmore, and Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser,.  Beautiful weather, delicious food (yes, sticky buns), a fine college update by President Chapdelaine, and a lively reunion dinner.  Jo Kates Roos reported: “Our class raised $48,951 for our anniversary year, with 64% participating. If we add one more new donor we would have 65% for our 65th year. Many thanks for the great support.” Keep your news (and dollars) coming, please, Mary-Lou.

  8. 1978; Summer 2017


    Kathie Brown Sandifer

    Anne Reed in Cincinnati, Ohio: She is the new Director of Engagement for the Transfiguration Spirituality Center learning to become a trained spiritual leader. Giff, her husband, and Anne’s son Reed is in his final year of PhD program in Southern Ca. Anne finds time for a pleasurable Hobby-Singing in a Barbershop Quartet, “Keeps a smile on my face”! Anne saw Martha VandenBosche Goodlett in October and says “she looks the same and makes a mean apple pie”! Martha VandenBosche Goodlett wrote, that she will marry Steve Root on August 5, in S.C. Kelly Walfred Miller wrote that she and husband, Ed, continue in their law and mediation practice. She is also working part time as a MD Court Navigator. Their son Christian has completed 15 years of teaching math and coaching basketball. Son, Luke works full time, goes to college part-time and plays guitar. Their daughter, Kaelly capped off an academic career with straight A’s graduating Summa Cum Laude. She also competed in the MD 2016 Miss Carroll County, is an EMT and CPR instructor and is studying to be a Physician Assistant. Kelly looks forward to being able to spend more time with her 2 grandchildren! Tanya Hall Fuhrmeister is looking forward to being able to join her husband, Roy, in retirement in a few years. He is enjoying canoeing and kayaking on the rivers close to their home. Tanya is still working as an environmental consultant. She has 6 grandchildren to spoil, and they don’t live too far away, she’s so lucky. She still enjoys singing in her church and is in a local community chorale. Sally Lynn Whisner Hoague M.A.’82 writes that after 38 years of teaching at Walkersville High she retired last spring. “I had a wonderful career teaching students with special needs transition to adult”. As a part time family consultant for Connect and Learn she is able to go into homes to help parents of Autistic or developmentally disabled children. She and Samantha celebrated 25 years of marriage. Their daughter attends University of MD and majors in Special Education. Barbara Hughes Maistros wrote a very nice letter that unfortunately I had to edit. She, husband of 39 years, Bob, and 2 of her 6 children live in Lake Worth, FL and would love Hood visitors 4545 Luxemburg Court. Their eldest daughter Tina lives in Seattle with one child and one on the way. Her husband works for a biotech firm but also helps with a family vineyard in VA. Second child John Matt, and wife Angeli have a daughter, Penny, diagnosed with portal vein thrombosis, had a vein transplant in Chicago but is a lively beautiful 3 ½ year old now. Third child, Mia and her husband, John, just had their first baby in April. Daughter (#4) Tonia lives in Florida condo with Barbara, works as clinician/site manager specializing in reading and comprehension techniques for children with challenges. Son TJ (#5) lives in Brooklyn and pursues a master’s in Percussion at NYU. Daughter Traci (#6) just graduated from Liberty University and is back home in Fla.  Barbara looks forward to spending time with grandchildren, finishing sewing projects and helping Bob with his business, hoping to retire by 70. Kathy Reichbach wrote that she lives in St. Louis Mo. and would love any visitors coming through for work or fun. She loves her job as staff attorney for the standing Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee; spending days reviewing debtors’ cases, holding hearings and attending dockets in federal court. She was able to go to Philadelphia for a 4 day conference last summer. She also went on a big trip August and September to Japan where she stayed with her niece, a civilian mechanical engineer assigned to the Navy base. She writes “I had a fabulous time and loved experiencing the very different culture.” She looks forward to more traveling this year or next…”I can’t believe we’re all in our 60’s and it’s truly been 39 years since we packed up and left Hood.” I, Kathie Sandifer, have been so blessed with another grandson to son Matt and Kate, little Max was born end of April and we’ve just returned from a trip to CA to visit. Breaks my heart not to have my grandsons closer, but yay for Facetime! Granddaughter, Gemma, to Brian and Jen is 2 years old now and talking. Daughter Katie just got engaged, yay! And will be graduating in August with her Nurse Practioner degree.

  9. 1977; Summer 2017


    Elizabeth Anderson Comer

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

  10. 1956; Summer 2017


    Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81

    Delighted to hear from Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger P’81, G’08.  She shared news from Sally Hamilton Bundy. Sally has 6 new great grand babies born last year, bringing the total to 29! What a lot to keep track of.  She stays busy volunteering at an elementary school, searching genealogy, making quilts, reading, copying old civil records, and exercises with friends 3 times a week. Sally’s husband, Orville, passed away last year. Our condolences to Sally. Ginny writes -I am standing in my new one bedroom apartment at Homewood in Frederick.  Now I am crammed in with boxes to unpack and sort through.  I expect to attend the luncheon with Sue this Saturday for Alumni weekend. I live close to Sue and to HOOD. I had a wonderful tour of New Zealand for 3weeks in March with a new group of friends. Best to all, Ginny. As for me. Muzzy Chait Durbin P’81, I just returned from a wonderful trip with my sisters, Jo Essex ’53 and Lin Solomon ‘63 to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Looking forward to the fall wedding of my grandson in Ireland. My best to all—Look forward to more news in the next bulletin.

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