V o lu me T wen t y N i ne , N umber 5
Discover Beaumont, bench by bench
By Rena Burstein It is lovely to walk on the grounds of Beaumont, to hike the trails in Wheeler Woods and to harvest the vegetables or pick the flowers we have tended in the community Nalle Gardens. It is also lovely to rest in the shade of one of the trees in our Stewardship Woods or bask in the sun at the edge of our newly restored pond. While walking in the woods it is nice to stop at the top of a hill to breathe in the fragrant air, listen to the birds or just enjoy the rest. Strolling the paved roads of our grounds can also be a challenge for which a rest stop (or two) is welcome. There are 23 benches on the grounds to suit our needs or inclinations. Eight of the benches have memorial or dedication plaques. Just outside the Nalle Gardens is a bench dedicated to John Yurchenko, Maryâ€™s late husband. To the right of
the Gardens is the Woodchoppersâ€™ bench, dedicated to Richard T. Nalle and Arthur L. Wheeler. In the woods, overlooking the pond, is a bench in memory of Margaret Goodyear. Further in the woods is Hankieâ€™s Birthday Bench, dedicated to two dogs from Spring Meadow Farm by Janneke Neilson. In a small clearing in the woods is a recently placed bench in memory of Anna and Brooke Roberts. A short distance along the path is a well-seasoned bench dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Mary Jane Clark.
Benches continued on page 9
INSIDE: A dog's guide to Beaumont's woods...............Page 6 Hiking Beaumont...........................................Page 9
Thoughts on Memorial Day 2015
I have been thinking about the Pep Boys of Beaumont for quite some time. I couldn’t get along without them. I even take them cookies and am thinking of selling my car. I am sure you too have relied on them many times. I am referring to Fritz, Rich and Jack, our very own Pep Boys. By visiting or phoning the Wellness Center, and putting in a request for a ride to the doctor or dentist or whatever you need a ride for, you can have an appointment (confirmed in your mailbox) with one of the Pep Boys. So who needs a car as we have Fritz, Rich and Jack.
By Dean (Doc) Snyder
Once upon a time I was part of a marketing team charged with the responsibility of promoting the use of a particular companion animal product which I have long forgotten, but I have never forgotten the term: anthropomorphism. The word comes back to me as I watch the behavior of two bald eagle hatchlings in a nest 80 feet in the air above a man-made lake somewhere near Hanover, Pennsylvania. Try as I may, as I watch two bald eagle hatchlings, almost fully feathered, constantly testing their wings and looking longingly out over the rim of their nest, I can’t help thinking that I feel their pain. That was me in the year 1943. The country was at war and there already were gold stars posted in the windows of two neighboring farms. My older brother was in North Africa repairing U.S. aircraft for the military. Like my adopted eagles, I, too, wanted to leave the nest. An Army recruiter visiting my high school facilitated my escape. Immediately upon graduation at the ripe old age of 17 I was in uniform for the Army of the United States of America. I had left the nest. Fortunately I made it through World War II and the Korean conflict unscathed and cleansed of wanderlust. What destiny my two eagle hatchlings face is yet to be determined, but I wish them the best.
—Ann Wood (See Page 3—Ed)
The story in your April issue about restoration of the Beaumont pond did not give full credit to those who were most active in making it happen. They were Joe Fortenbaugh, our former president; Mark Hritz, Beaumont’s director of grounds; Green Committee members George Miller and Richard Stephens; and consultants Gary Brown, environmental engineer; Stephen Yusem, attorney; and Richard Nalbandian, geologist. — Ann Louise Strong, Green Committee chairman Have an idea for a story in The BN? Please call or write Mary Graff, Editor; Ginny Rivers, Assistant Editor, or Wistie Miller, who would especially like to see more humor in our pages. Just nothing off the Internet, please. We prefer original work by residents, staff or members of Future Residents Club.
The BN is published monthly 10 times a year, October through July. Contributions are welcome, provided they are the contributor’s own work. The deadline for each issue is the 10th of the preceding month. E-mail to Mary Graff at email@example.com and mgraff@BeaumontRetirement.com, or hand in at the Front Desk.
In Memoriam BEAUMONT NEWS The Beaumont News is published by the residents and staff of the Beaumont Retirement Community, 601 N. Ithan Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 Editor Associate Editor and Production Manager Assistant Editor Graphic Designer Photo Editor Roving Reporter Events Manager Proofreader Circulation Manager
Mary Graff John Hall Ginny Rivers TJ Walsh Louise Hughes Wistie Miller Kim Norrett Jennie Frankel Barbara O’Brien
Barbara W. McCallister April 6, 2015
James D. Winsor April 8, 2015
Ruth Hallowell April 10, 2015
Harris C. Aller, Jr. April 17, 2015
Barbara DuBarry Erdman June 9, 2015 Members of the Beaumont Community extend deepest sympathy to their families and friends.
Driving hither, driving thither, moving furniture to and fro, 'genial gents' stay genial, cell phones handy as they go!
I was told it might be close to a half hour before Fritz could be there. When Fritz arrived there was another passenger with him in the front seat. She was to be dropped off for her appointment at one of the Bala Avenue buildings nearby. That done, we started back toward Beaumont but had got only a short distance when Fritz’s phone rang. He was to pick up another resident in the general location of where we had just been. It was an easy decision to turn back and do that pickup instead of making the long trip back to Bryn Mawr, only to turn around and retrace the same route. Fritz was kind enough to make a quick stop at a pharmacy which was on the way home, so I could pick up an over-the-counter medication the doctor had told me to start. The other passenger didn’t object and I was in and out in a flash. We were headed home when the phone rang again. There was someone waiting at Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Fritz Lubin main entrance for a ride back to Beaumont. The other passenger and I were, by this time, really into this routine that Fritz and his fellow drivers confront on a regular basis, so we declared that even though we were close to Beaumont, we should definitely swing by Bryn Mawr Hospital to pick up the other resident. Finally, the phone remaining silent, we got back to Beaumont. Fritz delivered one passenger to her villa and another to the Mansion’s front door. Fritz pulled up to the B-1 entrance to let me out and—guess what?— his phone rang. I couldn’t resist waiting to hear what the call was about. Rich Smyth It was now 11:30 a.m. and the person down at Bala Avenue and City Line was ready to be picked up. Rich, Jack and Fritz do this every day. Over and over again! But these genial gents take it all in their stride.
By Mary Schnabel It’s easy to hit the panic button at the thought of giving up your car, as some of us have had to do. But I’m here to offer solace. Thanks to our terrific staff of three full-time drivers—Jack Cooper, Fritz Lubin and Rich Smyth—we can get to almost any place we want, or need, to go. And it’s all just another perk of living at Beaumont. The drivers’ main job, of course, is driving Beaumont’s staff and residents. Over and over and over again, to places like the train station, doctors’ offices, grocery stores and back and forth from villa to Mansion. Some “runs,” as they call them, can be short, like a quick trip to the train Jack Cooper station to pick up a kitchen worker, or to bring a resident up from a villa for dinner in the Mansion. Others can be long and complex. When they are not on the road these versatile men are moving furniture. With so many activities happening here, many at the same time, it is necessary to customize the spaces carefully to fit each event. Thus chairs are set up for a concert in the Music Room; table and chairs are arranged in the Club Room for Creative Writing or Bible Study; tables and chairs are moved into place for Beaumont News story conferences in the Bistro. There are bridge lessons, painting classes, lots and lots of meetings, all requiring special arrangements. And who does it all? Over and over and over again? You got it. It’s Rich, Jack and Fritz. Their muscles may get strained, but their good humor never wavers. I accompanied Fritz on one of his more complicated people-moving mornings. Fritz had to come in early that morning because my doctor’s appointment down at the Pagoda Building at City Line and Bala Avenue was for 8 a.m. We left here at 7:30. When I called the Front Desk about 10, to say I was finished and ready to come home,
Doc ranks rosa multiflora next to poison ivy as plant for hikers to avoid
with multiple stems that can grow up to 15 feet or more, equipped with the meanest thorns imaginable. This thing is equipped with downward curved thorns that rip flesh and clothing indiscriminately. This $%#&*% bramble is so nasty it has served as a living impenetrable livestock Poison ivy fence that the meanest boar hog would not tackle. Forty years ago it was used as wildlife cover and feeder (it is capable of producing an abundance of seed). It served also as a wind break and even a crash barrier along highways. People other than myself have asked the question, what purpose do thorns serve? Answer: “The purpose of the thorns is to prohibit big, clumsy creatures (including man) from doing it harm, thereby ensuring pollen and seed distribution.” Swell. Be that as it may, I have declared war on Mr. and Mrs. (it is self-pollinating) Multiflora by cutting the stems. But they will grow back, and my victory will be short-lived unless we pursue permanent annihilation.
By Dean (Doc) Snyder Recently, after a day in Wheeler Woods with a beer in hand, a hand that was all bloodied, I sat staring at a formerly perfect pair of pants now littered with little hunks of pulled fabric. Quickly, I stripped off my trousers to have a look at the one most important item in my woods uniform — my silk long johns! Fortunately there were no runs, but they were speckled with little bits of dried blood all as a result of my day combating rosa multiflora (brucus) in Wheeler Woods.
Of all the known brambles, multiflora (above) is the worst. Any thorn, spine or prickle is bad enough. But the multiflora rose? This bush has been recognized by the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council and the USDA National Invasive Species Information Center. And a rose bush of medium height? Medium height my eye! That’s what the book says, but if 10 feet is medium I’ll eat my hat. Someone long ago must have observed this bramble in a formal Japanese garden and admired the well pruned beauty of many-flowered branches and thought it a fitting addition to the U.S. But here the real rosa multiflora showed its stuff. Here it proved to be a climbing, rambling shrub
iPAD in the hands of wait staffer Robert Green is the key to a new "Point-of-Service" system for streamlining meal orders and charges, among other uses.
Photo by Louise Hughes
At the 27th annual meeting the news was all good By Mary Graff
Once again, at Beaumont’s 27th annual meeting in May, Finance Committee Chairman Adolf Paier assured residents that “Beaumont has been and continues to be in very sound financial condition.” “To emphasize this comment,” he continued, “Beaumont is one of the top financially sound CCRCs in the country.” That summed up five pages of schedules and 17 pages of footnotes in the audited financial statements available in the Front Office. Dr. Don Trachtenberg, in his Chairman’s Report, described some of what he called the “multitudinous” accomplishments of 2014: “Completion of virtually all aspects of our Special Projects to the delight of all. Usage of the fitness area and instructor has increased greatly. The art room is a very busy place, with courses and room for all newcomers. The library is beautiful and is open 24 hours a day. The lower floor has been transformed from basement floor to elegant lower level. The Personal Care center and dining rooms have all been redone . . .
Photos by Louise Hughes
“The Bistro has become an enormous success. The meals are great and it is a hideaway which transports its guests out of Beaumont for the evening. “We owe a great deal to Marvin Weisbord and his jazz group for the lively and superb entertainment he supplies. . . .” Among works in progress, he listed: • Upgrading of the geothermal system. • Preparation for a new grounds and maintenance building and asphalt paving. • Continuation of the Forest Stewardship program as a budgeted annual line item. • Plans for a Monarch Butterfly Flyway in the Vale. • Updating of the bylaws. Dr. Trachtenberg also announced five staff awards: • Susan Kendra, Vice President, finance, winner of the Ballam Award for Management, pictured top right with resident Barbara Ballam Stephens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ballam. • Brock Nichols, recently promoted to Assistant Vice President of Operations, winner of the Page Award for Maintenance Study, pictured second from top with resident Mary Page. • CNAs Alicia McCullough, Janice Pearce and Dana Williams, winners of the Biddle Award for Nursing Study.
SERENDIPITY AT WORK: Beaumont driver Rich Smyth took a picture of pansies at the front entrance in early May and sent it to the Beaumont News for possible use, "because they were pretty and they reminded me of my family." Then came the Mother's Day Phillies game, and a passerby took a picture of Rich, his wife, Connie, and grandkids Luca and Mia Burris. The Phillies lost, 7-4, but the picutre proved his point.
Attn: All dogs, with love from Cleo Ballard
Cleo continued on page 8
Key to Cleo's Map 1. The Compost Preserve 2. The Piliated Woodpecker's Banquet Tree 3. The Raccoon Den 4. The Wheeler Dog Memorial 5. There is no No. 5 6. The Beech Where Initials Were Carved Long Ago 7. The Pachysandra Nursery 8. A Fox Den 9 A. The Beech/Rock Intermarriage (There is no No. 9) 10. The Spring 11. A Watercress Patch 11 A. A Den Tree* 12. A Swamp Oak 13. Another View of the Den Tree* B. Marks Benches in the Woods Sadly Cleo died on June 20th shortly after writing her article for the Beaumont News. She was an affectionate and loyal dog. . .a beloved member of the family. Cleo will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
* A tree, usually old, scarred and very large, much used by wildlife for nesting, roosting, cover, food supplies and to serve other needs, often is called a den tree. A raccoon sometimes can be spotted here.
TAKING YOUR HUMAN FOR A WALK, with help from Dean (Doc) Snyder and Helen (DeeDee) Ballard 7
Cleo continued from page 6
More help for hikers
A. Villas 1-84 B. Austin Building Apartments 151-168 C. Baldwin Building Apartments D. Commons & Mansion Upper Commons: 1. Vestibule 2. Lobby 3. Administration 4. President's Office 5. Board Room 6. Bank 7. Grill Room 8. Gift Shop 9. Lattice Porch
A copy of this map is available at the Front Office
Lower Commons: 10. I.T. 11. Library 12. Arts & Crafts Studio 13. Ballam Theater 14. Aquatics Center 15. Ladies Locker Room 16. Mens Locker Room 17. Equipment Center 18. Fitness Center 19. Message Room
Benches continued from page 1 In the open, on Pond Lane, across from Villa #45, is a bench dedicated in memory of Lois Jordan Cheston. To the left of the Health Center is the newest bench, in memory of the late Jake Joyce, a much loved former Housekeeping employee who died young, with the dedication, “Smallest angel with the biggest heart.” There are 13 other benches on our grounds. Two are near the Health Center entrance and a pair are under the flagpole at Beaumont’s main entrance. Facing a birdfeeder on Pasture Lane, next to Villa #81, is a bench that offers an entertaining display of interaction between birds, squirrels and a variety of other wildlife. A bench suitable for basking in the sun faces the pond and a beautiful display of wildflowers. Near Villa #1, to the left of the Stop sign and across the road from a path entering the woods, is a weathered bench which is very enticing to stop at. These wooden benches, and others which are metal, are scattered throughout our grounds ready to welcome anyone who needs to rest or just to delight in nature. Enjoy! Beaumont’s grounds are cared for, groomed and snowplowed all year ‘round by Mark Hritz and his three-man crew. Dean (Doc) Snyder and Louise Hughes helped prepare this article.
Mansion: 20. Music Room 21. Club Room 22. Bar 23. Hostess Stand 24. Green Room 25. Sun Porch 26. Billiard Room E. Kitchen F. Wellness Center G. Health Center Skilled Nursing Corridor A: 01-13 Corridor B: 14-29 Corridor C: 30-46
From newcomers to neighbors
Weisbords brought Bistro the Wynlyn Jazz Ensemble
For 50 years the family has been getting together in their second home in the Wilderness Community on Lake Nineveh in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Though they have traveled the world for decades, By Barbara O'Brien Vermont is the place the Weisbords love to return to. Dorothy and Marvin Weisbord, Lower Mer In their early years together Marv taught journalism ion residents since 1961, moved to Beaumont last at Penn State and wrote for general magazines June and Marv immediately became known to all as including Sports Illustrated, Parents, True, Coronet and a pianist and Pageant, as well as organizer of the the Progressive, the Wynlyn Jazz New Republic and Ensemble, which the Reporter. began as a jam Dorothy became session at the a ceramic artist, Weisbords’ 20 hand-building large years ago. pots, masks and It now feadecorative plates. tures bass drums, She worked for guitar, piano and many years at the four vocalists Clay Studio and the (two women, artists’ community two men). They at 915 Spring Garperform monthly Photo by Louise Hughes den Street. She in our Bistro, also taught art for WYNLYN JAZZ ENSEMBLE, rehearsing with six of its nine members, left to right: Leonard Pavel, drums; David Zopf, bass; Larry Serinsky, Roz Spigel and Sandy Crow, offering those seven years at Haverwonderful songs vocals; and Marv Weisbord at the piano. ford Friends School, where she instructed the children we fondly recall as an important part of our growing of several Beaumont residents. up, sung by Crosby and Sinatra, played by Goodman She was co-author of Favorite Subjects in Western and Ellington. They practice mostly Thursday mornArt, a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate in 1969 ings in the Music Room, where some of us have taken (available in our library). She also won a grant from the to lurking in the shadows. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and showed her work Dorothy grew up in Arizona and Illinois and locally and nationally. earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Uni Marv, after a decade in a family business, went on versity of Illinois. Marv received a bachelor of science to a career as an organizational consultant with large degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in corporations and medical schools. He later founded and 1953 and went on to a master’s at the State University was co-director of Future Search Network, a voluntary of Iowa in 1955, then a stint as a U.S. Navy journalist. organization that leads community planning events They did not meet until the summer of 1956. Dorworldwide. He has taught his methods in Europe, Asia, othy and a college friend, Marv’s sister Mimi, stopped Australia and India, and been a visiting scholar at the off in Philadelphia on their way to summer jobs in University of Pennsylvania, the Norwegian Institute of New York. Marv, stationed at Bainbridge Naval TrainTechnology and Ashridge Business School in the UK. ing Center, happened to have a weekend pass. He and His books on organizational diagnosis and change are Dorothy met for the first time and went to see The widely used in college courses. King and I at Lambertville Music Circus. Six months Living with Marv and Dorothy in their apartment later, they married. at 165 Austin is their dog, Toto, a 12-year-old Tibetan She went back to college. He went to sea. Terrier whom many people in Beaumont know and They now have four children and eight grandchildren. love to pet.
Founders' daughter now settled at Villa 9
and has belonged for years to the Wallingford Community Arts Center, where she has taken as many as three pottery classes a week. She feels at home there and plans to continue that affiliation. Along with pottery, Leslie also enjoys working with her hands in other ways, knitting and doing needlepoint. She is a reader and pleased to know she shares that interest with many residents here at Beaumont, where she feels she has turned another page in her life and is looking forward to the next chapter.
By Mary Schnabel
Leslie Wheeler, daughter of Beaumont founders Cally and Artie Wheeler, has joined a growing group of trendsetters here at Beaumontâ€”she is now one of more than a dozen second-generation residents! She took over Villa 9 some time ago, but there were renovations to be completed. Now she is at home there. When I asked where she had lived before Beaumont, she said that although she has moved a lot over the years, she has never lived more than 20 miles from right here on Ithan Avenue, starting with her birth at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Leslie went to school at Agnes Irwin and college at Pine Manor, in the Boston area. Married twice, she has two daughters and four grandchildren. Luckily for her, both her daughters live in this area. Carolyn Waibel, with Leslie Wheeler the four children, lives in West Grove; Leslie Maxfield in Downingtown. She is also still close to a stepdaughter and stepson who, between them, have six children. After college, Leslie and her then husband owned and operated several bookstores. Like so many independent booksellers, however, after about 10 years they were forced out of business by the proliferation of big chains and discount operations. It was then that Leslie got her paralegal certificate from Villanova and joined her father in his real estate company, Wheeler-Williams. She was with that company for 22 years. Leslie explained that selling was never of particular interest to her, but rather was something she did as part of her training. After a few years she became manager of the Haverford office. At the time she retired, she was head of Risk Management and Administration. Leslieâ€™s outside interests have, like her motherâ€™s, been on the artistic side. She is an enthusiastic potter
Photo by Chef John Bauer
WELL PROTECTED INFANT in Chef John's newly planted vegetable garden should be a pumpkin by October.
Report from India: On the road and at a feast By Richard Stephens
TEA PLANTATIONS COVER THE UPLAND HILLS, in this photo captured by Rich Stephens as he made the most of a trip to India to give a plasma physics lecture.
THE FOREST OF THE WESTERN GHATS wakes up about an hour before sunrise. It’s never silent out there—tree frogs peep all through the night, but birds don’t start their songs until 5:30 a.m. I had never heard the first song that morning in Thekaddy, but recognized it instantly; the coppersmith, immortalized in Kipling’s Rikki Tikki Tavi, was banging out his metallic notes. India was like that, both completely new and oddly recognizable. I was in SURE-FOOTED NILGIRI TAHRS, Rich explained, "are a native goat species endemic Kochi to to this area." give a plasma physics lecture, and had arranged a car and driver to poke around the region for four days at its conclusion. I immediately headed for Munnar and Thekaddy in the hill country. (The Western
KATHAKALI PLAYS tell stories of the Hindu pantheon. "Traditionally night-long performances," Rich said, "cultural centers put on hour-long snippets of holy hijinks for tourists."
Ghats are about 5,000 feet high) for relief from the tropical heat and humidity blanketing the coast. That area contains tea and spice plantations and wildlife preserves. And, throughout the villages and mountain roads, a wildly coordinated flow of people and traffic that my driver negotiated with aplomb and an intricate honking system. I didn’t dare disturb his road-focus, so contented myself with photographing the passing flow and asked later what it was I saw: Traditional habits endure, so it’s common to see men and women carrying loads on their heads, and women washing laundry in the local canal . . . The three-wheeler known as duk-duk is the universal taxi and freight carrier. Whatever the size, vehicles are jammed full . . . Monkeys scavenge wherever crowds gather.
NEW YEAR’S DAY, the first of Medam in the Malayalam calendar, is celebrated April 15 in the state of Kerala (where I am). Called Vishu, the festival is important enough to raise the price of important festival foods: pickling melon, french beans, cowpeas, okra, and bitter gourd. It starts the night before, with the arranging of a display of auspicious items to see first thing in the morning. The display traditionally includes rice, fruits and vegetables, betel leaves, arcanut, a metal mirror, yellow flowers called gonna, holy texts and coins. One wears one’s best (preferably new clothes), attends temple in the morning, greets friends and relatives, and has a traditional meal (Sadhya) consisting of equal portions of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items. Our lunchtime feast, served on a banana leaf,
coconut milk concoction. The spoon and fork are nonstandard, added for our convenience. The cooks in our crowd got into the nitty-gritty of each dish. I just ate it.
EXECUTIVE CHEF J.P. SINGH serves traditional meal (Sadhya) to hotel guests inculding Rich, who managed to eat when he wasn't taking pictures.
HOTEL LE MERIDIEN KOCHI HOSTESS Ranjine Ambadi stands next to a Vishukkani (first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up) display.
included two kinds of rice in the center, banana for sweet with adjacent salty plantain chips, and papadums next to the banana to scoop up the rice and condiments. The red objects to the left in the picture (upper right) are pickles—rather bitter. One of the paper cups near the waiter had a sweet
WATER BUFFALO YEARLINGS stick close to their moms— there are tigers in these woods.
Spring roundup, events at Beamont indoors and out
NEWLY PLANTED COPPER BEECH, downhill from front entrance to the Mansion, was the gift of Ellen Phillipps Wales, in memory of her mother, Christine P. Phillipps, a landscape architect and Beaumont resident from 1993 to 2014. (Left) DOUBLE-SCOOP ICE CREAM CONE ALOFT, Marie Furlong joins other May birthday celebrants at first ice cream social of the season. (Bottom left) MARIAN LOCKETT-EGAN, sporting her birthday hat, took her ice cream less perilously in a bowl. (Below)
Photo by Louise Hughes
Photo by Louise Hughes
Photo by Louise Hughes
Photo by Louise Hughes
EASTER BUNNY made of fruit was Barry Hill's contribution to Resident Services' Louise Hughes' Easter Social. (Top left) EASTER EGG HUNT WINNER Caroline Kemmerer found her egg behind coats next to the Mansion hostess stand. (Middle left) Photo by Louise Hughes
FLUTIST ARN CHORN-POND, founder of Cambodian Living Arts, gives Resident Services' Caitlin McDevitt a hug after his concert here in April. (Bottom left) BOB MORGAN, PRINCETON '56 (top right), third from left, sang with the Princeton Nassoons for part of their program when they performed at Beaumont in April. Bob was a special guest of the Nassoon Alumni Association at their annual dinner at the Orpheus Club during a four-day mini-reunion in Philadelphia, where, as the Nassoons' newsletter put it later, their "Philly Phollies" show included "several songs arranged by the legendary Bob Morgan." In addition to acquiring status as a living legend, Bob was given a set of wine glasses and a Nassoon tieâ€”"which for some reason he didn't have," his wife, Carole, reported afterward. "Bob was the arranger his freshman year and they asked him if he didn't want to join the group," Carole recalled. "He is the only person who didn't have to audition to become a member."
THREE WINNERS, BUT GOOD SPORTS ALL, Beaumont's competitors in the 8th Biennial Friendship Games for retirement communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania, held this year in May at White Horse Village, line up for a photographic sendoff. Our winners: Rich Stephens and Norma Fabian, fast-walking "Team Trek" race, gold medal, and Barbara Stephens, Egg-on-spoon race, silver. Front row, kneeling: Dean (Doc) Snyder. Behind Dean, front row, from left: Barbara Stephens, Joan Thayer, Barbara Pottish, Sally Morris, Sanna Steigerwalt, Mary Graff, John Woolford, Jim Luther. Back row: Bob Stedeford (Fitness Instructor), Rich Stephens, Bob Morgan, Carole Morgan, Caroline Kemmerer, Norma Fabian, Alan Tripp, Steve Gallagher (Assistant Fitness Instructor), and George Hollingshead. Photo by Louise Hughes
NORMA FABIAN finishes the winning run she shared with Rich Stephens, who took the picture.
ANDREW PARKER NORRETT made Resident Services Director Kim Norrett a grandmother for the first time when he was born April 6. Kim took the picture of Parker (as he will be known), in the arms of his father, Michael.
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