Class of 1969 Summer News

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1969 Class News – Summer 2019

It’s been gratifying to hear all the positive comments regarding our Alma Mater from the attendees our 50th Reunion. Sadly, due to various reasons, some of us had to miss. Both Kip Cantagalli Dumaresq and Christy Lundt Lambertus had back surgeries. Christy later reported a successful outcome and looks forward to a pain-free future and more travel this fall. Par Etzel Parker and her husband were busy celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, as were Karol Bedyk Strang and Bill, who spent two months touring Europe – including a couple of days at the French Open. A baby granddaughter is due in mid-July. The excuse for Ginny Monaco Hatfield and me is that we both had daughters getting married this summer, precluding a trip back East from LA for Ginny, and Seattle for me. The school year is not quite complete for Susie Oliver Schneider. Ruth Coston Perencevich was unable to attend due to competing 50th reunions – her husband won the draw! Lila Wisotski was involved in a mixed voice choral performance that entire weekend and had to beg out. Bad timing for Christine Diehl as well, as her church was celebrating a 300th anniversary. Chris finds life on the southern shore of Connecticut still awe inspiring. She will continue part-time teaching in the Fall. Margaret Dunkle also regrets missing our reunion. She states that “my two years at Hood were very important to me and my development as both a feminist and a thinker.” Carole Downing Staton reports that husband Roy has finally joined the ranks of the retired. Son Andrew is deployed to Afghanistan again but hopes to be home by the holidays. Among those attending our reunion was Donna Holst Carr, who lives near Frederick and has been married to the same guy for 50 years! They have two sons and expect two grandchildren this year. She particularly enjoyed catching up with Joanne Ingoldsby Peters, who is currently concentrating on improving her golf game and plans to go to Greece in the Fall. Linda Israel Lamm, Sue Korff Hammer and Marty Silcox Hankins rounded out their circle. Marty volunteers with Master Gardeners, works behind the scenes at Shiloh Pottery and continues her political activism. Pat Warren Carlson sat down with Dr. Chapdelaine and agrees with Joanne’s assessment that she is the right person to lead Hood into the future. Carol Crofoot Hayes gave high marks to Susan Taylor Shoch for arranging a great off-site dinner and amazing slide show. She bonded once again with Maureen Clancy Shiftan, Debby Jones, Joan Esselen Foot, Char Blum Moors, Nazi Safavi and Molly Stuart. Post-reunion she took her twin six-year-old granddaughters to Jamaica! Linnea Linden Morettini loved re-connecting with Janie Pickard Hahn, Karla Leum Stoner, Judy Baab Sunderlin, and Karen Baab Harley. The only disappointment was the status of Coblentz – renovations are desperately needed! Rave reviews also came from Cheryl Brown Dreiling. She traveled in April with her sister, Melanie Brown Hughes ’76, to Andalucia (southern Spain) on the AHI Hood sponsored trip. Most enjoyable, she says. Sue Korff Hammer sent word of the death of Libby Marckwardt. Our sympathies to her family. I, Sayre Roney Steere, continue to love my new life here in the Pacific Northwest. Our baby girl, Doris, was married July 5th in a lovely outdoor setting. Our three granddaughters were Junior Bridesmaids. The following day our girls hosted a brunch for Dave and me to commemorate our 50th anniversary which took place a week later. We’ve become avid hikers and “pickleballers” and I recently took up Mah Jongg. We highly recommend our Trilogy “over 55” community where constant activities abound.

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