1969: Summer 2014

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Out of the blue, even before sending out my plea for news, I heard from Karen Wagner. I have fond (and not so fond) memories of our days in Mr. Sprigg’s Music 101 class Freshman year – yet she went on to great things in the field while I basically sing in the church choir. In January she retired from a 42-year administrative career in higher education in the performing arts, the last 35 years at The Juilliard School as VP and Dean of Academic Affairs. Karen is amazed at how her career path took shape following our Hood College days. Administration was not something she sought out, however in December she was surprised to receive the Julliard President’s Medal (for service to the arts), reassuring her that it was a worthwhile journey. The question now is where to spend this next chapter of life…east coast or west?” Karen attended our Reunion and was pleased to spend some quality time with Gail (Mullison) Osburn, as well as congratulate Carolyn (Kip Cantagalli) Dumaresq, Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania, on her being chosen the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Kip writes that “we are an exceptional group of women and we look great.” Also at the reunion was Marty (Silcox) Hankins who regaled over the beauty of the campus. She is 3 years from retiring from her teaching position at Odyssey. She and Ken just celebrated 43 years of marriage and delight in their 4 grandchildren ages 4 to 10. Marty recently reconnected with Libby (Miller) Jacobs during Libby’s trip to Baltimore. Sue (Korff) Hammer and roommate Mary Louise (Wittkowski) O’Brien were pleased to meet up with Sue (Barncord) Rinker and Ellen Kiel at the reunion, and toured the campus, the new sports complex behind Coblentz and parts of Frederick we never appreciated 45 years ago. Also in attendance was Cheryl (Brown) Dreiling who is pleased to report we have fully funded the endowed scholarship we started back at our 40th. Sharon (MacDonald) Sayles checked in from Halfmoon, NY where she and her husband, John, recently built a townhouse, now only 1 hour from their grandchildren, ages 10 and 12. She regularly mentors at their school. The Sayles just returned from a river cruise in France and a reunion with friends in Paris. They spend their summers in the Adirondacks. Chris (Lundt) Lambertus and her husband are “addicted” to river cruises and took one to Portugal in April. Next on their “bucket list” is one from Budapest to Bucharest and Transylvania. On a sad note, John Eaton writes the his wife Audrey (Penny) Karr passed away November 4th following a short illness. Nancy (Roe) Hebdon and her husband, Fred, welcomed a new grandson, Andrew Luksis, on March 9th. A few days later, on March 25th, son Charles and his wife presented Cindy (Kannapel) Weiss with her first grandson, William. Fortunately the little guy lives nearby so Cindy gets lots of snuggle time. Cindy and Glenn make frequent trips to Marco Island, FL and their annual summer vacation to Cape Cod is again on the agenda. Mary Anne (Thune) Lasko and Joel have retired, selling Washington Photocopy after 44 years in business. They will be moving into an apartment in a retirement community with outstanding amenities. Their daughter lives in Aspen, CO and their son and family (3 grandchildren) are in Bethesda, MD. Life is good for Sarah Jane (Snyder) Raffety – no news to report, but she wants to say “a cheerful Hello to all classmates, and wish everyone a happy summer.” Carole (Downing) Staton and Roy took advantage of son Andrew’s brief TDY at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma to visit him. Andrew’s wife remained back at Kadena AFB in Okinawa where they are stationed. Grandson Austin is 2 ½ and lives close by. I, Sayre (Roney) Steere and husband Dave are getting used to the “friendly skies” between here (Panama City Beach, FL) and Seattle, where daughter Joan and her 3 little girls live. We were there at Christmas, with a side trip to a ski resort in Bend, OR. Dave and I were content to observe from the warmth of the chalet while the family hit the slopes. We’ll return again this summer, this time to go camping with them, then stop off to visit daughter Doris in Palo Alto, CA.


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