Class of 1978
News – November 2013
Tanya Hall Fuhrmeister
The only new thing going on for me right now is I have a new granddaughter born the beginning of October after four grandsons, and another granddaughter due in mid-February. Getting ready for the holidays and looking for baby gifts for little girls, as well as the big brothers. I also helped to coordinate my company’s move to a newer (and smaller) location in September, and we are just finishing up the post-move issues with furniture and HVAC. I am really looking forward to going back to something resembling normal! On a personal front, my husband Roy and I will be celebrating our 36th anniversary in December, and starting to make retirement plans. Hope all is going well with everyone else!
Gwen D. Cargill
Had a great time attending our 35th reunion with my Hood roomie, Linda Kirkpatrick Meaghan ’78. Hope to see more Shriner classmates at the 40th! Also attended the Hood get together at Longwood Gardens in PA this fall. It was beautiful and brought back wonderful family memories of visits there with my parents. When I am not busy teaching for Baltimore County, I enjoy building scale miniatures. Recently I displayed some of my work at the Historical Society of Baltimore County for an event held by area miniature clubs and the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.
I had the chance to volunteer in October as a Delegate of Hood at the Inauguration Procession for the new Smith College President, Kathy McCartney. It was a great celebration of area ‘sisterhood’ – the platform party dignitaries included past 3 Presidents of Smith, the President of Mt. Holyoke, and the President of Harvard – all women; and coincidentally each was the first girl in their family to attend college.
Martina Crum Martin
Greetings from Northern California! I joined my husband, Hal, here on a permanent basis this June. I stayed behind in Scottsdale, AZ until our youngest, Bryan, graduated from high school.
2013 has been a whirlwind year for us. To celebrate (3) graduations in May: law school, college and high school and a 30th wedding anniversary, the six of us spent two weeks touring Ireland in August.
Ireland is a beautiful country! We were fortunate to have sunny days with little rain during our stay. We visited the cities of Dublin, Waterford, Killarney and Upper Newcastle along the shores of the Ring of Kerry, the south coast of Cobh to view the final boarding of the Titanic. Then we ferried across the River Shannon along the Clare Coast to the Cliffs of Moher. Had lots of fun watching a border collie round up the sheep during a tour of the Irish countryside which included stops at Connemara, Cong – where John Wayne starred in the film “The Quiet Man,” Clonbur, & Galway to name a few. Our 18-year-old loved stops at the Guinness Brewery & Kilbeggan Distillery. Throw in a crazy bank holiday parade, summer festivals, a polo match and rugby game, along with an “official” Irish coffee made by the 2013 title holder (A woman I’ll have you know!) and we had the makings of a memorable family trip.
She is busy with her wedding photography business both in VA and NJ. Her husband, Todd Smith, is also busy photographing numerous architectural assignments of redeveloped buildings in DC and VA. Tracey is becoming quite the rose gardener. I think she said she now has 25 rose bushes in her garden. I am taking her tips on how to cultivate the ones I inherited here.
Ginny is also doing well. Her youngest sister recently sold her home here in Northern CA. Don’t know if I will be able to meet with Ginny over the holidays or not. She remains active with her translating business and Toast Masters International. She lives in Paris, France.
Settling into life here. We can see downtown Sacramento from our home in El Dorado Hills. Kept our Scottsdale, AZ home for retirement.
Recently agreed to Chair our 40th High School Reunion Committee in Cumberland, MD next year. All you Graduates of 1974 – can you believe 40 years ago we were just 18 and starting our college adventure at Hood College? Time flies…
I am currently in my 36 year of teaching special education at Walkersville High School. I have taught at the same school since fall of 1978. My spouse/other half is a Tec Ed teacher at Monocacy Middle School. Our daughter Abby graduated from WHS last spring and is attending Frederick Community College full time and volunteers at Monocacy Middle in the music dept.
My son, Thomas Allen, is a graduate of the University of MD, College Park, and is now a Specialist in the US Army (EOD’s). He is currently stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
My daughter, Kirsten Lea, a graduate of UNC Wilmington, came home this summer to have her wedding in downtown Frederick. She married Cpl Randy Teal, US Marine. They live in Wilmington, NC where he is stationed at Camp Lejeune and she is employed by Reed Jewelers. My husband, Allen, passed away in February from pancreatic cancer, one year after his diagnosis. Fortunately, Thomas was able to get leave to come home for the wedding and walk his sister down the aisle. It was a beautiful moment. I continue to teach secondary Special Education in Frederick County Public Schools. My dog, Kota, is my constant companion when I’m not working!
Lori Rehrer Himes-Garonski
I was so glad to attend our class Reunion in June. I ordered a replacement class ring and I love wearing it again. I had a great time catching up with everyone. It was refreshing to see everyone who came and reading about others who could not attend. The Frederick area is so beautiful and has grown so much since 1978. I remarried in 2009, and I now reside in the Philadelphia suburbs. My husband Matt came with 2 beautiful step daughters, Jacqueline and her daughter Yonna, (13) and Lisa and her husband Joshua and our 18 month old grandson, Roman. My daughter Hannah is also married and my son Jeremiah is in a serious relationship. I am very fortunate that none of them live more than 30 minutes from our home.
I have had several careers since I graduated and have gone back to school for several more designations. I was a Home Ec teacher, I was a Realtor and worked for my father’s Coldwell Banker franchise until he retired and moved to Florida in the late 1990′s. Seventeen years ago, I started a temp job as a data entry clerk at Vanguard. Soon after, I was hired and I will be working there until I retire. It’s the type of company where you feel like family. I am now a Software tester and I love it. It’s a challenge every day. What a change from Home Ec to IT. Yes, I still love to sew and finally have a bedroom I can call my sewing room. My husband Matt works at Colonial School District by day and works on cars evenings and Saturdays. We recently purchased one house and are still downsizing our ‘stuff’. We met at a Singles dance and try to go out dancing every weekend. We also love to cruise and always find wonderful places to visit. My parents are retired and live in Florida. We travel to see them every Christmas. My best friend of 31 years lives in Alabama and we often travel to Pigeon Forge, TN. Who would have ever thought when we graduated we could email, text or chat on Facebook.
Sorry I missed the reunion. Work with the Diocese of Southern Ohio (Episcopal) is keeping me busy here in Cincinnati! I do get to travel a good bit over most of the southern part of Ohio, and would welcome the chance to have coffee/tea or lunch with former classmates. This summer our family crossed a few things off of our ‘bucket list’ by travelling through South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona on our way to LA to deposit our son at graduate school (USC). I’ve been keeping in touch with Janell Stockdale Pentz, Marcy Mayer Miller, Martha VandenBosche Goodlett, and Michele Payer Wood.
Chris lives in Alexandria, VA, with husband Peter Turner and Rottweiler’s Dexter and Romi. Over the last 17 years she has led the quality improvement programs for the American Health Care Association which represents nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Chris also works as a volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages and other nonprofit groups.
Betsy (Cochrane) Mayo
Betsy is a married, working mother. She enjoys being a partner in a communications company. Outside of work, Betsy gives back through philanthropic, work focusing on women’s education as past state president of PEO, NYS Chapter, Board member of Seatuck Environmental Association, Conservation committee co-chair of South Side Garden Club/GCA; Presides over St Peter’s Church Altar Guild.
Susan Schantz Paddock
Susan has been married for 35 years, 2 children. Through the 80’s we lived in San Diego, Germany and Fort Worth. Twenty years ago we moved to Virginia Beach and I started working in the public library system, obtaining Master’s in Library and Information Science, and am the manager of a busy public library that is a sub-regional library for the blind and physically disabled.
Ryan Dorsey Revel
Teaching high school science, living near Bethany Beach, loving life as a grandmother, wishing I could spend more time with Hood friends, youngest daughter just started college at UD, look me up if you are in southern DE!
Kelly Walfred Miller
Spent a warm September day with Ann Kowitski Barber ’77 at the National Harbor, Washington, D.C. Ann was in town visiting her daughter, Elizabeth, who is finishing her doctorate in P.T. Ann is busy with her law practice and has boundless energy, including planning a trip to Africa!
Ed and I are official empty-nesters. Christian just started his 12th year of teaching in Baltimore County; Luke started his sophomore year at Stevenson University majoring in Education/Pre-Law; and Kaelly attends school in Massachusetts and is studying to be a Physician Assistant.
Sorry I missed Reunion. I really enjoyed seeing all of the pics everyone posted on Facebook!
Bev is teaching second grade this year and is very busy a lot of new requirements for reports and testing with the new teacher evaluation system added to the day to day job requirements.
Husband Bob is working in Eldorado, Arkansas and comes home once a month.
Matthew, their son, is working as a financial analyst for UPS in Mahwah, NJ. Daughter Elizabeth is a
senior at Gettysburg College. Last semester she studied in Copenhagen. She also had an awesome internship at St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, this past summer where she did autism research and worked with autistic preschoolers. The research project is to determine if autism can be diagnosed before birth with the hope for a cure or earlier intervention. She absolutely loved the internship and she is thinking about graduate school in developmental psychology. Her majors are psychology and music.