1981: Summer 2014

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Hope this finds everyone enjoying their summer. We can’t get enough warm weather after that winter we had.  Congratulations to my roommate Leigh McBride who has had a busy spring with the marriage of her son and birth of her second grandchild. Being a grandparent is a true blessing!

Karen Robinson Curtis sent a note to say she just completed her 25th year of teaching. She celebrated her 33rd wedding anniversary with a cruise to the Bahamas. Her oldest son, Dale is programming for Google, her daughter has her PhD and works for the National Institute of Aging. Her youngest son is an avid Motocross rider. They will be traveling to Italy this summer for a reunion.

Maureen McDonnell-Weschler celebrated her 35th wedding anniversary in June. She has a private psychotherapist practice. Her oldest son will be a captain in the Army and and her youngest son is running his own business.

Beth Darroch Coggins is doing well in Dallas Texas. She continues to teach Special Education.  Her oldest daughter Kristina (’81) is pursuing her Master’s degree and her youngest daughter just graduated from college. They will be traveling to Prince Edward Island this summer and Beth is looking forward to meeting up with Becky Lennon Crockett (‘’80), Marcy Kelley Fedali (’79) and Donna Smith Mecca (’81).

Stephanie Chisolm is living in Columbia MD and working for a nonprofit patient advocacy organization.  She recently met up in New Jersey with Lisa Kondylas (’81) and Erika Leeuwenburg (’82). She is looking forward to her daughter’s wedding this fall in DC.

Rebecca (Becky Koose) Levine wrote that her son completed his studies abroad this summer at the Ner Yisrael Rabbinic College and is deciding where to go to complete his pre-med requirements. Her rescue mutt, Minnie, has settled in to her family nicely.

Congratulations to Karen Srsic who wrote saying she finished her second Master’s in Special Education from University of St. Josephs. She has just finished her 9th year teaching special education at Deep River Elementary School in CT. She loves working with her 2nd and 3rd graders. Her oldest daughter, Rachel, graduated from University of Massachusetts in May and is a talented artist working in a local gallery. Her younger daughter, Anna Marie, finished her second year at University of Vermont studying nursing. She would love to hear from her Hood classmates.

Mary Calhoun wrote that all is well in NC. Calhoun continues to thrive at almost 105. She rescued a Siberian husky with Laura Schauer (’81). She got the dog for a family who lost their husky earlier this year.  She wanted us to know that Nina Chomnuk Roberson lost her mother this Spring, our prayers are with Nina’s family.

Dolores Wojcik wrote a note about the books she has written and adventures she has taken.  Her pen name is Dolly Nasby. She just celebrated her 72nd birthday and after a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 last year to the UK, she is looking forward to taking another “Queens” cruise again soon.  She has published 6 books about local and regional history in the US.  She volunteers with the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society in Charles Town, WV.

Megan McCall Albright wrote that she has opened a new family business called Auctions on Main in Purcellville, VA. (www.auctionsonmain.com)  Her two sons are in college and ironically she is back in the thick of things raising a little girl cousin and has started to homeschool her.  She keeps in touch with Fran Taylor.

Maggie Park has had an eventful year!  Her third daughter was married in April and she completed her doctorate in May.  Maggie has accepted a position as a professor and the Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Converse College.  She is looking forward to working with college students and teaching again.  She will have her fourth grandchild this next year.

Sherri Smith Baggett shared news about her hometown, Newtown & Sandy Hook, CT. Many of her Hood classmates have been in touch since December 2012.  She says the community continues to heal each and every day and they are thriving and have grown together in the face of tragedy. A special thanks for those who have sent notes and thoughtful gifts, please know they are appreciated and have been passed on to the community. The outpouring of continued support has been beyond their expectations and helps them move forward each day.

You can email me your news for our class column at any time, my email is indianawhitehouse1@gmail.com.

Enjoy your Summer!

Lynn Marzulli White

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