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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Laurie Ward EDITOR Meg DePanise ’15 Marketing Communications Manager CONTRIBUTORS Tommy Riggs Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Geoff Goyne Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications/SID Jaime Cacciola ’04 Director of Grants and Gift Planning ART DIRECTION AND DESIGN Kit Peteranecz Director of Creative Services Derek Knecht Graphic Designer CLASS NEWS EDITOR Ashley Nick Wilson ’08, C’14 Senior Project Manager Britton Muir Assistant Director of Alumni Relations






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ON THE COVER Joseph Henry Apple working in his office at Winchester Hall, the original home of Hood College.

Signifies one of our 125 profiles of the most prominent people, places and traditions from our history. Read them at 125.hood.edu.

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38 Blazer Profiles

20 Alumni Award Recipients

40 Frederick Focus

22 News Makers

41 A Look Back

24 Faculty Notes

42 Alumni Profiles

28 Giving Back

44 Class News

30 Student Spotlight

64 The Last Word

34 Hood Voices

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Following her Mother’s Educational Footsteps Meet the graduate who was born just a few weeks before her mother graduated 22 years ago. Can You Dig It?

Facebook Andrea Malone Redden ’85 The roof over the dining hall was great, except the smell of the dumpsters! My boom box spent many days in the window blasting tunes!

Tonya Thomas Finton ’78 Remember the choreographed flipping over to evenly “tan.” Roof of Coblentz worked great until the helicopters from Detrick discovered us and we were stopped.

Read about an archaeology dig in Turkey with Professor Jennifer Ross, Ph.D. Democracy in Action Summer Research Institute students researched the League of Women Voters of Frederick County. blog.hood.edu

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Top April Boulton, Dean of the Graduate School, and her family at Denali National Park in Alaska Bottom Kaylene Wright ’17, Will Shackley ’16, and Sara Eckard ’16 at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming 2


Message from the President Whether by blood or by Hood, we are all family. In this issue of Hood Magazine, we launch the celebration of the College’s 125th anniversary. As part of this celebration, we are collecting and sharing stories as told by members of the Hood community. The consistent theme of these stories is one of community, of the many connections and relationships that are the foundation of the Hood family. My disciplinary training is in social psychology, which studies the influence of others on our thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Humans, more than any other organisms, are highly social creatures. And that is not to simply say that we enjoy social interactions, but that such relationships are as necessary as oxygen and food for us to develop into healthy and happy beings. Yet, in today’s busy and mobile society, we are challenged to maintain our connections to others. Social media has helped, yet distance still frequently erodes and sometimes ends our relationships. Although we form new connections, they cannot fully replace the old, which are tethered to a particular time and place in one’s life and become an integral part of our identity. My professional journey has required several relocations and a demanding work schedule, challenging me to sustain close relationships. Recently, I experienced several momentous life events that allowed me to reconnect with distant friends and family. I spent a weekend with my high school friends, all of us together for the first time in decades. Although our current lives were unknown to us, the sense of familiarity and deep connection was immediate, and our time together was joyous. This past July, I attended a family reunion, enjoying extended time with my father, siblings, nieces and nephews and their children. Both of these events reminded me that we are a reflection of our relationships and through such reconnections, we also rediscover and renew a part of ourselves. I share this personal story because it bears great similarity to one I hear frequently within the Hood community. As Hood’s president, I have had the privilege of witnessing that same joy and affirmation when members of the Hood family reconnect. Of the many benefits that a Hood education provides, I believe this is one of the greatest—friendships that last across time and place. Time and again, alumni share stories with me about their friendships during their time at Hood, and the endurance of those connections over many years and miles apart. For all members of the Hood family, even if life gets in the way, I encourage you to reach out and reconnect to your Hood family. Also, come and visit Hood, where those friendships began. Those relationships not only shaped you, but also have defined Hood College for the past 125 years and will be the foundation by which we sustain the Hood family into the next 125 years and beyond.

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Alumnae Hall ca. 1914






HOOD COLLEGE This year marks the 125th anniversary of Hood College. The Woman’s College of Frederick was chartered in 1893 with the purpose of creating a college for the promotion and advancement of women and the cultivation and diffusion of literature, science and art. Our progress in the past 125 years has been remarkable. What started as one building in Downtown Frederick with 83 students is now more than 30 academic, residential and administrative buildings on 50 acres, with a co-ed student body of more than 2,000. Through all of our changes, Hood continues to provide an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands. To learn more about Hood’s history, visit the anniversary website at 125.hood.edu. In this issue of Hood Magazine, we visited with members of the Bowers and Gambrill families; the Delaplaine and Randall families; and the Apple, McCain and McAlpine families. Our conversations with these legacy families included remembrances of their time at Hood and of growing up nearby. These families offered a unique perspective in that they have known each of our 11 presidents, and have been able to watch the College grow and change over the decades.

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Bowers and Gambrill Families 13 alumni, including the Frederick Female Seminary

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As the world has changed since the College’s founding, so has Hood. “We have watched the mores of our country change through the years, and Hood successfully adjusting to these amazing times,” said Pete. “I think the College has adjusted and stayed reasonably close to what’s going on in the community and in the world. All of the presidents that I had any contact with were right for the times. The Woodstock/Vietnam era, and the post-Vietnam era, they all had an influence on the way the general population reacted to things. The College, I think, responded properly to all of these changes. I felt that the presidents I worked with, as things changed, were able to accommodate... in a very positive way.” The single biggest change in Hood’s history was its decision to go fully coed and allow male students to live on campus beginning in 2003.

Members of the court: Gladys Delevan “Delly” Rawlins Bowen ‘46, Eleanor Cartwright Gambrill Bowers ‘46, Mary Grivakis Mallis ‘46

“We simply could not imagine there being a Hood College with no Apple or Stahr family,” said Pete Bowers. At Hood, we can’t imagine the College without the Bowers and Gambrill families, which boasts 13 alumni, plus members serving on the Board of Trustees and Board of Associates. Eleanor Gambrill Bowers ’46 and husband Pete have been involved with Hood College since their early years, growing up just a few blocks off campus. “For us, during our formative years spent in this wonderful Frederick environment, Hood College was just part and parcel of everything we lived with and knew as home,” said Pete. “Our families have been woven into the fabric of Hood life as neighbors, as students, as trustees, from our grandparents to our children, and we know that our lives have certainly been benefited and enriched with the relationship.” Eleanor was a student during World War II, majoring in psychology. The war caused a lot of people to leave campus, so Hood responded by forming the Women Organized to Relieve the Manpower Shortage (WORMS). This involved women working jobs in the mailroom, laundry, dining hall, and other areas of campus, and Eleanor was a member. She learned a lot about life during her time at Hood. “The biggest lesson I learned was how to get along with people,” she said. 6


“I liked going to a girl’s school; I’m glad I went to a girl’s school,” said Eleanor. “But I was not opposed to it going coed. That’s how it had to be. I had no objections. If you don’t change, you don’t grow. And if you try to stay the same, then you whither. You have to change.” Eleanor and her family have been involved with Hood in several ways since she graduated. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. Her sister graduated from Hood in 1944. Two of Eleanor and Pete’s children, Phil and Ginny, graduated from Hood in 1983. Phil is currently on the Board of Trustees. Gambrill Gymnasium is named for James H. Gambrill Jr., Eleanor’s grandfather. She said Hood has been very accommodating to her family. “The best thing (Hood has) done is help our kids,” said Eleanor. “A lot of my gratitude to Hood is the opportunity they offered to my children. They were very helpful to both Philip and Ginny.” Eleanor and Pete remember President Joseph Henry Apple and President Henry I. Stahr fondly. Apple was the president when they were growing up, and Stahr when Eleanor attended Hood. “I remember Joseph Henry Apple,” said Pete. “I was a young boy at that time, living in Frederick; Hood College was an integral part of the whole community. The president’s family was just like everybody else in the Frederick community. They were neighbors and friends, and we grew up with their children. Dr. Apple was a fine person.” President Stahr’s family had much the same relationship with the College and Frederick communities. “They were very nice,” said Eleanor. “They were very gracious. They entertained us.”

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“There were just four houses and then the Hood campus, so we were sort of locked in on what was going on there,” said George Delaplaine Jr. “Hood has really grown with the community. It’s a good asset for Frederick. I think it has a lot of community support. My mother was always very sorry that they didn’t permit males to attend Hood College.” The Delaplaine and Randall families have been a staple of the Hood College community for more than 70 years, with 12 alumni and members serving on the Board of Trustees and Board of Associates. George and sister Frances “Franny” Delaplaine Randall ’45 grew up near campus. Franny saw no need to look at any other school because Hood is where her mother went. During her first two years as a student at Hood, she was a day student. When girls dropped out because of World War II, she moved on campus because there was plenty of space. “Those were the best two years there,” she said. “I enjoyed it very much. I made more friends. It was easier to study. It was very nice.” Franny was involved in several aspects of campus life. She became a member of WORMS, and she was in the Hood Choir and sang Sunday services in Brodbeck Music Hall. She also enjoyed Christmas caroling with fellow students, and she put on a show for soldiers as a freshman. One of her best memories is of the family-style meals when they mixed up seating in the dining hall so people would get to know other students. “In the dining room, one of the senior girls was in charge,” said Franny. “They assigned tables for everybody, and they made sure they were from different years. That made it nice because you learned to know people other than in your own class. The tables rotated, so maybe three times a year, we had a different table. When a table was going to have their last dinner together, they would have a party, and my mother would bake cake for them.” Franny majored in chemistry, then earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University before working at Fort Detrick. She stayed involved with Hood after she graduated as well, including attending countless College events and spending time as president of the Board of Trustees. She received an honorary doctorate from Hood in 2006. George received an honorary doctorate in 2008, as did his late wife, Bettie. Bettie and George met at Hood when she was an assistant in the chemistry department. Franny recalled a story about President Apple when Hood was still at Winchester Hall in Downtown Frederick.

Frances “Franny” Delaplaine Randall ’45

“Girls would pull their boyfriends up in a bucket with a pully system. President Apple found out, got in, scared them, and they dropped him.” George grew up with President Apple’s granddaughter (Betsy McCain McAlpine) and met Apple at her birthday party. “He was all dressed up for the occasion,” said George. “As a kid, I was impressed with his position. My mother was very much enamored by him because she had been a student there.” George has fond memories of other presidents as well. He played touch football with President Stahr’s son on the field where Rosenstock and Whitaker now stand. He recalled Presidents Andrew Truxal and Martha Church as being good community influences. “(Truxal) made quite a good appearance in town and really worked a lot to bring up the education,” he said. “I heard him speak once or twice. He had a commanding voice.” “Martha (Church) was a real go-getter. She was fun to be with, and she worked hard for the College. She was a good mark in the community … just a wonderful person.” He also talked about President Ronald J. Volpe saving the College from its slump in the early 2000s. “He took over that institution, which was just about ready to go under, and really was able to turn it right around. He was very active in the community as well. He knew who to hit up when, where and how. And he did a masterful job.” S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


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effort for; it just happens. I can also remember the people who were so pleasant to work with, the secretaries and others in the offices. There was a nice connection between the town and the people at the College. I’ve always found that the faculty were very nice. “It gives you a real sense of belonging, and belonging to an academic group is good,” she continued. “Hood was my home for years, and I still feel that way. I feel perfectly content when I go up there.” Since she graduated, Betsy has worked in the admission office to recruit students, as chair of the Board of Associates, member of the Board of Trustees, and as a class reporter. She also received an honorary doctorate from Hood in 2017.

Back row: Emily Apple Payne, Paul Payne, Miriam Apple, Betsy McCain McAlpine, Joseph Apple Jr., Russell McCain. Front row: Gertrude Harner Apple, Joseph H. Apple, Mattie Medora West Apple holding Joseph Henry Apple IV, Elizabeth Apple McCain

Betsy and her husband, Harry McAlpine, were the second couple to be married in Coffman Chapel, in December 1955. Harry had two sisters graduate from Hood, one in 1946 and one in 1947. He has been a staple in the Hood community as well, and he visits the campus often with Betsy.

“(Hood) was part of my life from the beginning,” said Betsy McCain McAlpine ’51, granddaughter of Joseph Henry Apple, a founder and first president of the College. “As a faculty child, I got to go to so many things that other people didn’t experience. It was my Aunt Miriam who would take me to most of those things, like chapel services and plays and anything that was going on.” Betsy’s family and the Hood community were seamlessly interwoven in the early years of the College. Her mother and two aunts graduated from Hood, and she grew up a few blocks from campus. Her plan was always to attend Hood. During her years as a student, Betsy was vice president of her class, on the literary staff of the Touchstone yearbook, and enjoyed the camaraderie among the classes. “As a class, we had to get together and make up a song,” she said. “It was competitive singing. Each class had a song leader. That was really a good, unifying thing for a class because you got together, and whether you wanted to sing or not, you had to. Some of the activities involved costumes.” Betsy loved the culture of the campus. “It’s a small college, so being friendly with everyone there was important,” she said. “It’s not anything that anyone has to make an 8


The wedding of Betsy McCain and Harry McAlpine, 1955

“It’s been enjoyable for me to meet all the staff in the Alumnae House,” he said. “They’re always so friendly and accommodating. It’s nice being on the campus, functions at Whitaker. We’re involved with scholarships for students. We go to these lunches for donors, and we get to meet the students we’re supporting. I enjoy that because you get a sense of what’s going on.” Harry graduated from Lafayette University, but he said he is involved with Hood as much as he is with Lafayette. Betsy remembered a phrase that President Apple wrote in his will: “I do not have a large financial legacy to give you, but I give you a college.”

I do not have a large financial legacy to give you, but I give you a college.

She has always enjoyed that phrase, and she uses it often. “I know he loved his job,” she said. “He probably would have stayed on forever if he could have done it.”

—Joseph Henry Apple,  founder and first president of Hood College

Betsy noted that President Truxal was involved on campus a lot. “We all liked Dr. Truxal. He was nice. I think anybody who’s involved with Hood has to be involved on campus because the campus is small.” Betsy and Harry remember President Martha Church fondly, and they are still in touch with her. “We still get Christmas cards from her,” said Betsy. “She did very well because she broke the ground being a woman president. She was a very pleasant person to work with.” Robert Funk was the interim president before President Volpe was hired, and the McAlpines thought he did a great job. “He had a good sense of humor, he was very tactful, and everyone liked him,” said Betsy. “He held things together,” said Harry. Betsy served on the Board of Trustees and on the selection committee that chose President Ron Volpe, who said from the beginning Hood would have to go coed to survive. “Going coed saved the College, and I don’t think there really was much objection from the alumni,” said Betsy. “I don’t think it cost any loss of female students, and the women at the College were glad to have the men. The majority of them realized we needed it. I don’t remember any disruption or anything. I think we were just glad to have the variety. With male ideas coming in with the female ideas, it worked out fine. I don’t think they took over positions like president of the student government and that sort of thing; they just came in quietly.”

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Betsy also remarked about President Andrea Chapdelaine’s first two years. “She runs things nicely, and all the old-timers like her. I think the current president is doing a lot.”

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Left to Right: Juliano, Christiano, Chloe, Rebecca, Shay, Shanayah, Dylan, Derrick, Matt and Phoebe


ALMA MATER Those with an eagle eye at this year’s Commencement ceremonies might have thought that they were seeing double. Over and over and over again. Among this year’s graduating seniors were five sets of twins: Shanayah and Sharayah (Shay) Braithwaite; Matt Hassaine and Phoebe Hassaine-Bennett; Chloe and Rebecca Jackson; Christiano and Juliano Pillari; and Derrick and Dylan Wood.

On attending school together “It wasn’t on our radar to go to school together, because I was undecided,” said Christiano Pillari. Dylan Wood concurred. “I had already committed to Hood; Derrick hadn’t even applied here at first. I told him to go find his own school,” he said with a laugh. “For us, it was never even a question,” Rebecca Jackson said. “I can’t imagine being at Hood.” 10


“Without her,” Chloe Jackson finished her twin’s sentence.

“It takes a little time, but our professors and friends are able to tell us apart,” Chloe said.

“We didn’t plan our decision process together,” Shay Braithwaite said. “But I saw that Shanayah had applied to Hood, so I decided to add it to my pool of potential colleges.”

For the Braithwaites and Hassaines, it was a different kind of confusion.

For the Hassaines, the proximity to family was a bonus. “It wasn’t so much a conscious decision to attend the same school; it was just that the school appealed to both of us separately,” Matt Hassaine said.

On being mistaken for another “There were times during freshman year that I met someone, and they didn’t realize I was a twin,” Dylan said. “And they’d come up to me,” Derrick said. “And would talk to me as if we’d met.” “Yup, same exact things happened to us,” Christiano said.

“There are two of you?” Shanayah said. “We hear that a lot, and a lot of the time, people think we’re lying when we say we’re twins.” “Yea, I’m like, ‘guys, I’m serious, we’re really twins,’” Shay said. “One of the most bizarre things about having a twin on campus is not that people don’t believe you, but sometimes people think we’re dating!” Matt said.

On living together “We’ve lived together all but one semester,” Chloe said. “It’s just convenient. I borrow her clothes all the time.” For Christiano and Juliano, rooming together

Graduates earned bachelor’s degrees

didn’t work. “We fought a lot,” Juliano said. “The first year was hard, the transition and adjustment to college. I thought about transferring,” Christiano said. “It helped a lot when Christiano went abroad for a semester,” Juliano said. “It made us realize we took each other for granted, but also that we shouldn’t room together,” Christiano said. Derrick and Dylan have also roomed together all four years. “As you grow older, you’re not going to have the same viewpoints and maybe you need more personal space,” Derrick said. “But you also get to see it happening from the other person’s point of view.”

On life after Hood Shay plans to immediately go into the workforce. “I’m also in preparation to attend grad school in a year to pursue my master’s in finance.” Shanayah has landed a job at the Ivymount School in Rockville in their autism program. Both Chloe and Rebecca will attend Eastern Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; Chloe for school counseling and Rebecca for social work.

Dylan plans to go into law enforcement and then attend graduate school for public policy or political science; Derrick is also planning to attend graduate school for public policy. Christiano’s post-graduation plans include finding a job with the government, preferably as an economics research assistant or contract specialist; he hopes to go back to school for a master’s degree down the road. Juliano will be back at Hood, pursuing his MBA and coaching youth soccer.

Graduates earned master’s degrees

Foreign countries represented

Final words “Being a twin is awesome,” Chloe said. “There is no bond like a twin bond.”

States represented

“I always have a best friend, no matter what,” Rebecca said. “You get to share all of these experiences. Not a lot of people can even share these experiences with their sibling, let alone a twin,” Derrick said. “It would be interesting to redo it without Juliano,” Christiano said. “To get the experience without my twin and have a different perspective, not just for me, but also other people’s perspectives of me.” “People are always interested in learning more about us and that’s always fun to experience,” Shay said.

Matt is looking to secure a job in language analysis; blog.hood.edu

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Over the course of her lifetime, McAlpine’s support of and dedication to Hood College has been immeasurable and goes beyond the official roles she has played at the College, including student, student-athlete, White Blazer Award winner, Alumnae Association officer, reunion class chair and class reporter, chair of the Centennial Celebration, and the original docent in the Hood History Museum.

At this year’s Commencement ceremonies, three honorary degrees were conferred: Betsy McCain


McAlpine ’51 (granddaughter of Joseph Henry Apple, see story on page 8) and Krishanti Vignarajah (former policy director for First Lady Michelle Obama at the undergraduate ceremony); and Cherian Thomas, MBA ’12 and (founder and CEO of Spotluck, Inc., at the graduate ceremony).

Vignarajah’s speech—a “call to action on behalf of a generation that desperately needs you”—was named the fourth most inspiring commencement speech by Buzzfeed. blog.hood.edu

Logan Samuels, Mary Milligan and Molly Masterson

Thomas urged the 230 graduates to surround themselves with the right people—people to mentor, complement and support them—and they will find success. He urged graduates to “find those who have supported you, and right after this speech, go thank them. Your accomplishment today is just as exciting for them as it is for you.” blog.hood.edu 12



Maura Page, Larbi Bricha, Chrissy Wheeler and Casey Addis

Dylan and Derrick Wood with parents, Darin and Carolyn

Chris Woltz

Andrew Fioravanti

Naila Stocks and Jeanne Robinson with President Chapdelaine

Edmund Boateng and Shannon Wilson

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Kitty ’47 and Molly ’57 Catharine “Kitty” Smith Dunn ’47 proudly represented the Class of 1947, as the oldest alumna at reunion weekend. While only one other from her class, Renie Quynn Collmus, attended, she was joined by her sister, Martha “Molly” Smith Sperandio ’57. It was the nursing program that sold Dunn on Hood. At the time, nursing students would take courses at the College for two years and finish at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. “That was the plan when I got here anyway,” Dunn said. “After two years I didn’t want to leave, so I gave up the idea of being a nurse and I stayed for four years.” Dunn went on to major in psychology and sociology. Her younger sister’s interests were in the sciences. Sperandio majored in biology, but it wasn’t the academics that drew her to Hood. Rather, it was her older sister’s horseback riding. “When I was 10 or so, mom, dad, my other sisters and I would come down to watch Kitty in the horse shows, and she did very well,” Sperandio said. “So when it came time for me to go to college I said, ‘I’m going to Hood.’” She recalled her time spent as a counselor at the camp where Krebs Benchoff—otherwise known as Mr. B., Hood’s riding instructor from 1933 to 1977—sent his horses for the summer. The sisters agreed that Hood taught them to lead and to be active citizens. Dunn said she thinks of Hood and Elizabeth “Betty” Eckhardt May, dean of the College from 1942 through 1952, even today when she walks into the voting polls. “Dean May always said ‘don’t forget to vote. Take this very seriously,’” she recalled. “I have not missed an election since 1948, which was my first one.” Dunn remembered once when she was volunteering at a hospital and wearing a Hood lanyard, a patient asked where she’d gotten it. She replied, “Well, I’m a graduate of Hood College.’ ” He explained that his son had just enrolled. “And I said ‘yeah, well that’s one of the changes,” she recalled, laughing.

Top: Kristina Campbell Joyce ’67, Cheryl Wray Kirk ’67, Judy Lehman Ballinger ’67 Middle: Mary-Lou Springhorn Rude Leidheiser ’52, Franne Pickle Wetmore ’52 Bottom: Rona Mensah ’92

For Sperandio “forward thinking” has been a theme at every reunion she’s attended. From the move to coeducation to today’s new community partnerships and academic programs, she said, “I’m very proud to be associated with Hood and the forward thinking.” S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


Brian ’12 and Cynthia ’82 Like many high school students, Brian Cathcart ’12 said he “didn’t know where to begin” when it came to college. It was on a whim that he and his family stopped by Hood’s campus. His mother, Cynthia Richards Cathcart ’82, reminisced as she led her family through the residential quad saying “there’s the tree I used to read under, there’s the music hall!” She brought Brian to Hood to get him thinking about his next step, but never expected it when Brian said aloud, “I think I would really like to go to college here.” “I turned to your brother, and I said, ‘go get your dad. This just got real,’ ” she remembered. Cynthia’s first visit to Hood wasn’t planned either. She was scheduled to begin her freshman year at another university, but had an awful feeling it wasn’t the right fit. “I got out to the highway and instead of turning left, which would take me to my university, I turned right. I just turned the wrong direction on purpose. I just felt like I didn’t want to do it.” She spotted the sign on route 15—“Hood College. Next Exit.”— and, in a blink, turned, parked on campus and fell in love. “Wow, this looks like my college,” she recalled saying to herself. Cynthia applied on the spot that day and, after explaining to her parents and quickly collecting her high school transcript and letters of recommendation, she was a Hood student. “It was just right, and what I needed was made available at that moment. I stayed because it was like family,” she said. Brian and Cynthia both studied under the late Noel Lester, a renowned and beloved professor emeritus of music. Cynthia majored in both music and sociology, and Brian majored in sociology. In talking about his music theory class with Wayne Wold, Ph.D., professor and chair of the music department, Brian said, “professors really go out of their way to help and that’s something I can’t see finding anywhere else.” Cynthia recalled a conversation with her husband about the value of education in today’s world. “He said at least once every day he hears me say ‘When I was at Hood,’ ‘I learned at Hood,’ ‘When I took this class,’ ‘When I was studying with Dr. Lester,’ ‘One of the best classes…’ He said every day this comes up and I’m not even aware of it and how much a part of my life it still is.” 16


Top: Guests cheer for the honored class of 1967 as they process into the alumni luncheon Middle: Susan Bracken ’67, Ginny Price Bracken ’67 and Pat Rosner Kearns ’67 present President Chapdelaine with their 50th reunion class gift totaling nearly $140,000 Bottom: Members from the class of 1967 celebrate their 50th reunion

Nancy ’82 and Sharon ’77 Sharon Thorpe Kourtz ’77 fell in love with campus on her first visit, deciding to apply for early admission and only to Hood. “There was turbulence on large college campuses back then due to Vietnam war protests, and my parents were happy with my choice,” she said. Sharon’s first visit to Hood made an impression on her younger sister, Nancy Thorpe Kelley ’82, as well. Traveling from New York, the family made it a road trip and Kelley sat in on her sister’s admission interview. Five years later, when it came time for her own college search, Kelley said, “In the back of my mind, I kept remembering Hood’s blossoming pergola, Hood’s proximity to Baltimore and DC, the columns of Hood architecture, as well as the velvet couches, grandfather clocks and baby grands in the gathering areas.” Like her sister, she applied only to Hood and for early admission. However, “wanting to be accepted on my own merits and not my sister’s, I might have skipped the question about previous family members having attended Hood,” she said. It was the then-choir director, Charles Warner, who first made the Thorpe sister connection upon hearing Kelley’s singing voice. Kourtz recalled her Class of 1977 being one of the smallest, but the Class of 1979 being so large that her class members each had four or five little sisters. “The College grew very fast,” Kourtz said. “The dorms were full to overflowing, even a barn was turned into a student dwelling.” The ’70s were also marked by the energy crisis. “We were assured that if our dads could make it to Dad and Daughter Weekend, they would have gas to get them home,” Kourtz said. She added that “no four years at Hood are the same for anyone. “A few things we hood’lum sisters share is that we both can hum Hood’s alma mater, we each know what a dink is, we know some of the culture and jargon at the Naval Academy, and we each can sing Handel’s Messiah at community sing-alongs,” Kelley said. During the reunion dinner, they joined their friends and old roommates in the “Hood nunnery” song and danced to the classic Sister Sledge track “We are Family.” Top: Members attending the reunion luncheon from the class of 2007 Middle: Front row - Kati Cronin ’01, Naomi Levine Levinthal ’03, Courtney Becker ’02, Maggie Laabs Piccone ’02; back row - Amanda Wolfe Vogel ’02, Kelli Crown Ahern ’01, Jen Cinclair ’02, Chrissy Lenane Crue ’02

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Susan ’62 and Joan ’67 Susan Shinnick Hossfeld ’62 and Joan Shinnick Kreeger ’67 agree that they are as impressed by Hood today as they were when they were students. Hossfeld knew she wanted to study home economics and was looking for a college near Johns Hopkins, where her future husband attended. Downtown Frederick was just the sort of “quiet and interesting” city she had in mind. “She had such a good experience, and she was already gone by the time I would enter so in a way that was good because I wanted to be there by myself,” Kreeger said. “And now it’s fun to come back together,” she added. “We’re on the same wavelength when we talk about our college experiences.” The sisters focused in different areas of home economics at Hood, but they went on to similar careers in social work. “Today, I think coeducation is a great addition to the college,” Hossfeld said. “We work and socialize with men every day, and going to a coed college is a good experience.” Kreeger agreed and was pleased to hear about some of the more recent changes and improvements at President Chapdelaine’s State of the College address. “I was impressed with the facilities that have been added since I was there; that only increases the strength of the education,” Kreeger said. “Hood is making every effort to stay up to speed, and I know it’s hard and I know it’s expensive and it takes a lot of effort, but I was really impressed by that.” The moot courtroom in the newly renovated Tatem Arts Center and the state-of-the-art Virginia Munson Hammell ’67 Trading Room in Rosenstock Hall were highlights of the reunion campus tours. Construction is underway for a media studio for communication arts students. Hossfeld married her husband during Christmas in 1961. “When returning to Hood, I had to move off campus,” Hossfeld said. “I stayed with a lovely couple close by the College.”

Top: Marianne Kearney ’67 with President Chapdelaine and husband David Tetreault Middle: Keenan Holmes ’12 enjoys a conversation with Olivia White, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Bottom: Ingrid Miller Silovich ’97, M.S.’04, Sarah Fuhrmann Thorwirth ’97 and Jan Wheatley Smyre ’97, M.A.’07, C’05

Kreeger also recalled the days of curfews and the procedures that were to be followed to leave campus for the weekend. “What we went through was a little different,” she said, laughing. 18


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Emily ’12 and Scott ’12 With her sights set on a much bigger school, Emily Wilson Thompson ’12 wasn’t enthusiastic about the prospect of Hood until her first trip to campus. “By the end of the tour, the guide’s enthusiasm for Hood had translated to me,” she said. “I purchased a Hood hoodie from the bookstore, walked around the older buildings, saw the Pergola with its beautiful flowers, and I thought to myself, ‘I could feel at home here.’” For Emily and her husband, Scott Thompson ’12, returning to Hood is particularly special. “To this day and whenever I visit, I still feel at home at Hood,” she added. “It did not take us long to meet,” Scott said. “Our paths crossed for the first semester and a half before we decided to finally begin dating.” It all started with Scott missing dinner at Coblentz, and Emily deciding to accompany him to the 7th Street Taco Bell for a late-night meal. “Taco Bell was closed though, so we ended up walking to McDonald’s,” Scott said. “We sat in McDonald’s for a long time and made each other laugh—that’s what really stands out to me now, the laughter.” “My face was in my hands I was laughing so hard,” Emily said. “Afterwards, I walked down the hallway of Memorial, shaking my head while also thinking to myself, ‘this could be the start of something good.’” They say they are thankful for both the education they received and that they share so many memories and friends from Hood. “Not only did I get a solid foundation, but Hood widened my perspective of culture, world views, politics and diversity, which allowed me to mature and to appreciate the community and world around me,” Emily said. Top: Sharon McDowell Sheaffer ’67, John Sheaffer Middle: Members from the Class of 1952 enjoying reunion weekend Bottom: Members from the Class of 1977 gather at Coffman Chapel for a group photo

Scott agreed. “Hood’s small social community allowed me to learn what type of individual I wanted to be in the communityat-large,” he said. Emily and Scott got married Oct. 24, 2015 “and we still make each other laugh,” he said.

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Ashley Norris Barthlow ’92, DVM

Virginia Price Bracken ’67

Distinguished Alumni Award

Excellence in Service Award

Ashley Norris Barthlow earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1992. She received her degree in veterinary medicine in 1996 from the prestigious VirginiaMaryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. As a Hood student, Ashley was active with the commuter council and a member of the honor society, Mortar Board. Her distinguished career began with the Middletown Veterinary Clinic. She later practiced at the Poffenbarger Veterinary Clinic before establishing her own practice in 2012. The Heritage Animal Hospital, managed by Ashley and her husband, Ray, is located in Walkersville, Maryland, and specializes in compassionate care for animals. She believes in educating pet owners and providing superb client communications to promote and extend the humananimal bond. To complement her veterinary practice, Ashley serves the community by providing internship and mentoring opportunities for pre-veterinary students. She is a frequent career day speaker, pre-vet class speaker, and has participated in Health Profession Panels at Hood College. She and Ray are the proud parents of a son and a daughter.

Virginia Price Bracken earned her bachelor’s degree in history in 1967. She was a member of several student groups, including the SGA and the yearbook committee. As the overall chair of her 50th reunion this year, Ginny has organized fundraising efforts and kept classmates informed and engaged. She is a champion for Hood through her time, talent and treasure. As an alumna, she has served as president of her area Hood Club, a class agent, chair of previous reunions, a member of the Alumni Executive Board, phonathon volunteer, and representative at presidential inaugurations. She is retired after a career in dental management. Ginny’s distinguished Hood legacy dates back to the early 1900s. She is the great niece of Lillian Motter Price, Class of 1907, and Edwin R. Price, a past member of the Board of Associates; sister-in-law to Susan Starr Bracken ’67; and daughter of the late Frederick and Deanne Price. Her father is a former chair and emeriti member of the Board of Associates. The former Price Auditorium in the Tatem Arts Center recognized this distinguished family.


Zeppa Kreager ’12 Outstanding Recent Alumna Zeppa Kreager came to Hood from Hastings, Nebraska, and graduated with a double major in political science and religion in 2012. She served as an admission ambassador, SGA officer and phonathon caller, and she earned numerous awards and scholarships. Zeppa began her career as a field organizer in Ohio for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. She then served as director of the Get-Out-The-Vote efforts in Texas. After that, she worked on the public policy team at Airbnb in Washington, D.C., before working in the White House. As director of public engagement for Vice President Joe Biden, she managed his outreach to the entertainment industry. Her projects included Biden’s collaboration with Lady Gaga at the Oscars, his appearances at the NCAA Final Four, and the Cancer Moonshot efforts. Zeppa is currently director of the creative alliance for Mekanism, a marketing firm that develops pro bono campaigns for nonprofits. Zeppa continues to serve Hood as a class reporter, class agent and chair of her fifth reunion.

Ellen B. Drogin Rodgers ’82, Ph.D. Distinguished Alumni Award Ellen earned her bachelor’s degrees in 1982 in mathematics and recreation and leisure studies, her master’s in recreation in 1985 from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in recreation from Pennsylvania State University in 1991. Ellen began her career with Prince George’s County as a research analyst with the Department of Planning before transitioning into higher education. Since 1999, Ellen has served George Mason University and is currently the associate dean for student and academic affairs in the College of Education and Human Development. During her four years at Hood, Ellen was active on campus, served as class president, and was a member of the Ionic Society and Mortar Board. She has remained an actively engaged alumna, serving as alumni fund development campaign chair, class agent, reunion co-chair, and member of the Wisteria and Pergola Societies. Her legacy at Hood has continued throughout the years. Her sister, Janet Drogin Wilson, graduated in 1986, and her niece, Riley A. Wilson, is from the Class of 2014.

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NEWSMAKERS Olivia White Earns Distinguished Citizen Award “I am truly honored to receive this Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award in the name of George Delaplaine, a servant-leader who has devoted his life to service, character development and responsible citizenship,” said White. “These qualities are also among those I value. Without a doubt, there are many others who embrace similar qualities in the Frederick community that are deserving of such recognition.” Since 1996, the Francis Scott Key District of the Boy Scouts of America has annually awarded the George Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award to an outstanding member of the Frederick community who has lived life according to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.

Olivia White, Ph.D., vice president for student life and dean of students, earned the 2017 George B. Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award in recognition of the positive and lasting impact she has made in the community. White is the first female to be selected for this award in Frederick County, and she will be honored at an event on campus Sept. 13.

The selection of White for this year’s honor was a unanimous choice by a community involving scouting leaders in Frederick County and Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. “A review of her accomplishments clearly shows a lifelong dedication to youth and to the betterment of her community,” said Mountain West Field Director Peggy Durbin. “She is well known in leadership circles within Frederick and Frederick County and a gracious and effective voice for

International Affairs Specialist to Visit as Woodrow Wilson Fellow Rodney Bent, an international affairs specialist, will visit campus Sept. 25-29 to talk to students in economics, political science, philosophy, communication arts, social work and global studies classes. He will discuss U.S. foreign assistance, the alphabet soup of U.S. agencies for international development, how to help low-income countries help themselves, the United Nations, sustainable development goals, the federal budget, and the occupation of Iraq. He will give a public lecture, titled “Perceptions of the United States in the Age of Trump,” Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.



Bent was most recently director of the United Nations secretary-general’s office in Washington. Prior to that, he was a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State and Booz Allen Hamilton. He was deputy chief executive officer and acting CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency, from 2006 to 2009. He also spent 20 years at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget where his final position was deputy associate director for the international affairs division.

youth. She is a well-respected educator and leader at Hood College.” White is an active volunteer in the Frederick community. She has held leadership positions with the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Heartly House, Advocates for Homeless Families, the Honors Class, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Saint John’s Catholic Prep (formerly St. John’s Literary Institution at Prospect Hall), and the UNESCO Center for Peace. White is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County and a graduate of Leadership Frederick. She received high praise for her leadership role in bringing to Frederick a four-day international conference that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education in March 2004. She was also on the 2014 planning committee for “Realizing the Dream,” a yearlong series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, featuring guest lectures, performances, documentaries, the historic Sept. 26 March on Frederick, and a conference on contemporary Civil Rights issues.

Hood Named Best College by Princeton Review, Forbes Hood College has been named to several lists touting it as one of the best! The Princeton Review named Hood College to their list of the Best Colleges in the Northeast. These are colleges, “we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration,” the Princeton Review wrote on its website. Forbes named Hood to two lists: America’s Top Colleges List, citing “superior return on investment”; and their Grateful Graduates Index, a list that looks at donations and gifts per students over 10 years. The logic behind this list, according to the Forbes website, is “great colleges produce happy and successful alumni – who give back in droves.”

Board of Trustees News

Phil Berkheimer, chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Yemi Fagbohun, portrait artist; Marlene Grossnickle Young ’76, president of Deleplaine Foundation Inc.; George Delaplaine Jr., board chair of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.; and Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine.

Portrait of Joseph Henry Apple Unveiled A portrait of Joseph Henry Apple, Hood College’s first president, was hung in the Joseph Henry Apple Resource Center lobby during a small ceremony in March. The portrait was donated to Hood by Mike and Marlene Young; Marlene is an alumna of the College and a member of the Hood Board of Trustees. The portrait was one of the “40 Pillars of Frederick” community art project mural created by Yemi Fagbhun.

Photo courtesy Associated Press

Crystal Griner ’06 Awarded Medal of Valor Crystal Griner, a Capital Police officer, was one of three officers on scene when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria in mid-June. In July, Griner and four other law enforcement officers were presented the Medal of Valor by President Trump, for their swift action in preventing what could have turned into a killing spree of the officials on the field. Griner was injured, but treated and released within a few days of the shooting. She majored in biology and played basketball for two years at Hood.

Hood College’s Board of Trustees held its yearend meeting in June, where it officially changed leadership and membership. This meeting marked the last for Philip Berkheimer as chair of the board. Berkheimer, who has served on the board since 2004, was chair for the past four years and was instrumental in the presidential transition in 2015. Taking over as chair will be Judy Messina ’66, a journalist in New York City; Mark Friis, M.A.’82 will serve as vice chair. Joining the board in October will be Arthur Anderson MD, P’07, a physician-scientist and board-certified pathologist, and Betsy Bond Brennen ’85, a founding principal of Harbor Investment Advisory, LLC. Anderson is an applied ethicist who has been involved in human research subject protections since 1975 when he was appointed chair of the USAMRIID IRB, called the Human Use Committee (HUC). He wrote the first operational guidelines for this committee in 1975, based on Nuremberg Code principles, and has maintained and updated these policies and procedures. Presently he serves as the director of the Office of Human Use and Ethics, is a member of the HUC and is the research integrity officer for the institute. Anderson and his wife, Julane, endowed the Anderson Family Social Work Scholarship honoring their daughter Phoebe’s ’07 accomplished career in social work. Following her graduation from Hood, Brennan earned the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and holds several securities industry licenses. She joined Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown (formerly Alex. Brown & Sons), where she managed the unit investment trust sales desk, the mutual fund wrap program and marketing; by 2004, Brennan was a managing director and head of professional development for Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management U.S. In January 2010, with former colleagues from Alex. Brown and Sons, she started Harbor Investment Advisory, a full-service broker dealer and investment adviser in Lutherville, Maryland. Betsy and her sister, Susan ’85, have served on the Board of Associates since 2013. Together, they have hosted several admission events for admitted students and their families. Both Betsy and Susan have served as chairs for their class reunions, as well as class agents for fundraising. Art and Betsy will begin their four-year terms at the October board meeting. S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


Emilie Amt, D.Phil., Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, authored a paper, titled “Making Their Mark: The Spectrum of Literacy among Godstow’s Nuns, 1400-1550,” which was published in Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue. Jennifer Cuddapah, Ed.D., associate professor of education; Chris Stromberg, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry; and Ann Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, authored the accepted proposal for Hood’s $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, presented an invited talk to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, titled “Feature Detection: from Algae to Sunspots.” Susan Ensel, Ph.D., Whitaker professor of chemistry, published an article in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters from her collaborative work with research partners at Fort Detrick, titled “A Matrix-Focused Structure-Activity and Binding Site Flexibility Study of Quinolinol Inhibitors of Botulinum Neurotoxin Serotype A.” Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, published “Early history of clinical psychology (1896-1949)” and “History of clinical psychology after World War II” in the APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology: Roots and Branches. Jay Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, coauthored “Close to Heaven: Fifty Years of Purgatory,” a book that utilizes archives in western Colorado to tell the story of skiing in the San Juan Mountains and Purgatory ski area.



Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., associate professor of English, earned a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for artist excellence in poetry. Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, coauthored a study, titled “Tiger salamanders’ (Ambystoma tigrinum) response learning and usage of visual cues” in Animal Cognition. Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology, wrote the accepted proposal for Hood’s $944,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Commerce to establish an endowed faculty position in Advanced Bioproducts Research and Education. The grant comes from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF) and was matched by funding from the Hodson Trust. Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, with Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., published “The Multidimensional Orientation Toward Dying and Death Inventory (MODDI-F): Factorial Validity and Reliability in a U.S. Sample” in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Sara Malec, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, is continuing her work as a Teaching Inquiry-oriented Mathematics: Establishing Supports (TIMES) fellow. TIMES is a collaborative National Science Foundation grant focused on supporting undergraduate faculty members as they seek to implement inquiry-oriented instructional materials in their mathematics curricula. Lisa Algazi Marcus, Ph.D., professor of French, published “Mastomania: Breastfeeding and the Circulation of Desire in NineteenthCentury France” in the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative.

Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology and chair of the Department of Art and Archaeology, published a book, entitled “Ancient Complex Societies,” with coauthor Sharon Steadman. Jolene Sanders, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, has a forthcoming publication in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly on “The sick role: a contemporary analysis of women, alcoholism, and gender ideology.” She also served as associate editor of this academic journal. Terry Anne Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, was a lead panelist of the 2016 One Maryland, One Book discussion of “All American Boys,” at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick. Megan Doughty Shaine, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and counseling, presented a poster on “Supporting student veterans: How counselors and peers can help reduce stress and promote resilience” at the biannual meeting of the Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lynn Staininger, instructor in music and director of choral activities, was named the 2017 Outstanding Music Educator by the Maryland Music Educators Association and was nominated for the 2017 Grammy’s Music Educator Award. Jill Tysse, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, published a paper, titled “Irish Dancing Groups,” in the bulletin of the Irish Mathematical Society. Noel Verzosa, Ph.D., associate professor of music, presented a paper, titled “The French Reception of Hanslick,” at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism in Berkeley, California. An expanded version of the paper was published in Nineteenth-Century Music Review. Wayne L. Wold, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Music, presented a workshop on organ repertoire at Redlands University in California for the national conference of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science and director of African American studies, gave the keynote lecture to an international conference, Utopia Today: The Future as Horizon for Social and Political Action, hosted by the University of Antwerp, Belgium. The title of her paper was “Circulating Utopian Horizons: Nonviolence, Voting Rights and Elections.”

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with Donna Bertazzoni, PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM

Donna Bertazzoni has taught journalism skills and theory courses at Hood since 1987 and will retire after the 2017-18 academic year.

What inspired your move from the newsroom to the classroom at Hood? The short answer is serendipity. I had worked for several years at The HeraldMail in Hagerstown, and one of my co-workers for a time was (now retired) Professor Al Weinberg. He came to visit the newsroom one day, and I asked him how he liked teaching at Hood. He raved about it, and so I asked him if any jobs would be open at Hood anytime soon. As it turned out, a position was open for the fall. I applied and got it and in 30 years, I have not looked back. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hood.

What first drew you to journalism? Take us briefly through your career. I always enjoyed writing, and I grew up reading not just one but three daily newspapers—two of the Boston dailies and the local Patriot Ledger. When I entered Northeastern University as a commuter student, I knew I needed a way to make friends at a large, urban university. Within my first week, I had joined the student newspaper. I found both my friends and my passion for journalism. Northeastern offered cooperative education, which gave students a chance to alternate semesters in school with semesters of major-related work experience. My first newspaper job was in the sports department at The Patriot Ledger. After graduation, I worked as a copy editor and lifestyle editor at a paper in Western Massachusetts. I left there to pursue a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University, and after earning my MSJ, I took a job at The Herald-Mail. I worked as an editor for both the morning and afternoon papers, and when I resigned to move to Hood in 1987, I was the assistant managing editor and city editor for the (now defunct) Daily Mail. Most of the positions I held involved copy editing of some sort, and Editing and Layout has always been one of my favorite courses to teach.

What kind of future are journalism students going to have? There is no question that the journalism industry has changed since the advent of the internet. Print journalism jobs are not as plentiful, and most of the afternoon newspapers have closed or been folded into a morning edition 26


of the same paper. That doesn’t mean, though, that journalism itself is going away or is any less valuable or that careers aren’t possible both at traditional print publications, broadcast outlets and newer online sources. The 24-hour news cycle means deadlines are always looming, and all journalists now tell stories in multiple ways, including live tweeting and live streaming. Students need more multimedia skills than ever before, and we offer them at Hood in such classes as Multimedia Storytelling, Visual Media Production, Photojournalism, and Social Media.

What’s the most important thing that they learn? The key to being a good journalist is still to know who to call, what questions to ask, and how to evaluate the reliability and credibility of the answers you are getting. The basics will never go out of style. A good news story, whether it is done for print, broadcast or the internet, still needs to communicate the who, what, when, where, how and (most especially) why. Strong writing and critical thinking skills are still the most important elements that a student needs to learn.

What work advice do you have for students? There are several ways that a student can prepare for a career in journalism. First, take advantage of both the extracurricular activities available at Hood and the internship opportunities to get practical experience. Join the student newspaper or the radio station. Students get the best internships and the best jobs if they can demonstrate to a potential employer that they have experience. Internships give students a chance to learn on the job and to network, so completing more than one internship can be a plus. Second, find a specialty area and learn as much about it as possible. A double major or minor gives a student an opportunity to find a niche. If you want to become an environmental reporter, take science courses. If you want to become a political reporter, take courses in political science and law. And finally, practice, practice, practice. Start a blog, or a vlog or a podcast. Get your name out there. And when you hit it big, be willing to come back and share your experiences with the next generation of Hood students.

Career Ready The career center has a new name and director. It is now the Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development and Experiential Education. Lisa Littlefield, Ph.D., director of the center since May, said a number of new initiatives are underway to make the center a more integrated part of the student experience. “We’re bringing student development and experience into closer alignment,” Littlefield said. “Experiences of students, such as civic engagement, need to have a significant impact and be associated with the career development process and the career choices of students. The name change clarifies this philosophy and identifies for students that service learning, internships, career counseling, and now study abroad are all under one umbrella.”

Helping students build both volunteer and practical work experience into their resumes that resonates with their academic choices is a goal for the coming year. Here’s how alumni can help: • Volunteer for a networking event or be a panel speaker • Think of Hood students first, and contact the center with your internship or entry-level openings • For alumni who commute to Washington, DC, or Baltimore, consider ride sharing with interns or helping them navigate public transportation Follow blog.hood.edu to learn more about how Hood is making students career-ready, and for updates about new services and resources to help alumni achieve their career goals.


Pres Club Ad The President’s Club recognizes donors who invest $2,000 or more in Hood College in one fiscal year. The club reflects leadership giving by meeting the current and long-range financial needs of the College.

For more information, call Brooke Winn, associate director of annual giving, at 301-696-3717 or visit www.hood.edu/giving. S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17




Hood Awarded $1.45 Million NSF Grant Hood College has been selected to receive an expected $1.45 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, an initiative designed to encourage and support talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 math and science teachers. Funding from this grant will establish Hood College’s Noyce STEM Teacher Education Partnership (Hood N-STEP), a collaborative effort led by Hood College in strategic partnership with Frederick Community College and Frederick

County Public Schools. The purpose of the grant is to meet the growing demand for qualified STEM teachers who are skilled in culturally relevant practices and desire to teach in high-needs schools, especially in the Frederick community. The funding will enable Hood to provide scholarships, specialized programming, and mentoring to students who complete their STEM major and teacher certification requirements at Hood College. Students transferring to Hood from FCC will be given priority in receiving the awards.

“This program builds upon our long-standing partnerships with FCPS and FCC and is grounded in our highly regarded education and STEM programs,” said Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D. “We are delighted to expand opportunities for talented STEM students to become high school science teachers.”

Chair of the Board Scholarship Brings Top Scholars to Hood When Judy Messina ’66 and her husband, David Fleischer, were thinking about a significant gift to the College, they “wanted to help Hood achieve greater recognition for the small liberal arts college that it is and to be able to recruit more top students.” With that in mind, they created the Chair of the Board Scholarship—a highly prestigious program that provides full-tuition awards to academically superior students. As the new chair of Hood’s Board of Trustees (see story on page 23), Messina’s hope is “that other members of the board and other supporters of Hood will see the success of this effort and contribute to future Chair of the Board awards.” The selected students have a record of outstanding academic achievement as well as accomplishments outside the classroom. It is expected that recipients will have demonstrated the talent, ability, academic achievement and motivation to compete for national and international recognition by the end of their undergraduate careers.



“We want Hood to be competitive and to make it financially possible for students who want to attend Hood to do so,” Messina said. In addition to the full-tuition awards, Messina and Fleischer have made it possible for the Chair of the Board runners-up to receive additional merit scholarships and stipends for experiential learning opportunities. “This effort has been even more successful than we had hoped when we first envisioned the Chair of the Board scholarships,” Messina said. “We only regret that it wasn't possible to offer more merit aid to this very capable group of applicants.” The inaugural class of scholarship recipients are: • Chelsey Adedoyin from Waldorf, Maryland • Jenna Frick from Clermont, Florida • Natalie Kolosieke from Greensboro, North Carolina • Grace Weaver from New Market, Maryland • Caylee Winpigler from Walkersville, Maryland

Hood Receives Funding for Brodbeck and Chapel Ardine Gorden has established a fund to provide capital project resources for Brodbeck Music Hall and Coffman Chapel. The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Capital Projects Fund will be used for repairs that will benefit the music program in these two buildings. Gorden has been an ardent supporter of Hood’s music program, providing funding for a student scholarship, student prizes, and biannual concerts. His late wife, Phyllis, was a violin instructor for many years, and his generosity is inspired in memory of her and her love of music. Gorden actively studies violin under the instruction of Hood alumna Yauheniya “Zhenya” Zianouka ’13.


Hood Alumna and Husband Establish Travel Award Mary Scott “Scottie” Hansbrough Sneckenberger ’64 and her husband, John Edward “Ed” Sneckenberger, of Morgantown, West Virginia, have established the Mary Hansbrough Sneckenberger ’64 International Travel Award. The goal is to enhance experiential learning experiences for students at Hood. This award will provide funds to a junior or senior at Hood based on demonstrated interest and documented acceptance to study language and culture in an international country, with preference given to such study being in a Spanish-speaking country. The award will support the student’s participation in a study abroad program through the payment of non-tuition costs such as

Department of Music Establishes the Noel K. Lester Concert Fund The Department of Music has established a new fund to honor Noel K. Lester, a longtime faculty member and a legend in the Frederick music scene and beyond. The goal of the fundraising effort is to establish an endowment that will fund a special concert each year in Noel’s memory. Donations marked as “Noel K. Lester Concert Fund” may be sent to the Hood College Office of Advancement, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701.

transportation, lodging and food. While at Hood, Scottie majored in Spanish and later earned her master’s degree in French at West Virginia University. Scottie’s teaching career primarily included being a Spanish instructor at Fairmont State University and an instructor in English as a Second Language at WVU. Ed’s teaching career was primarily as a professor of mechanical engineering at WVU. Scottie and Ed were inspired to establish this special fund because of Scottie’s great love of languages and cultures developed at Hood, as well as their academic experiences with international students and their valued appreciation for international travels.

New Scholarship to Benefit Studio Art Students

Robert and Sharon Buchanan gave a gift of $10,000 to the graduate ceramic arts program to help fund visiting artists and special programs. The Buchanans are members of the James

Through her estate, Susan provided unrestricted support for Hood College in memory of her mother and fellow Hood alumna, Doris Witmer Sterner ’37. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Hood in 1964 and then graduated with her master’s degree in library science from Drexel University in 1967. She acted as the manager of the access services department at the Denver Public Library for many years until her retirement. Susan was a member of the Colorado Library Association, the Denver Zoo, and the Friends of South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, Delaware, serving as its president from 2005 through 2008.

M. Beth Costello Hobby ’67 has created the M. Beth Costello Hobby ’67 Scholarship to assist students majoring in art with a concentration in studio art who are in good academic standing. She majored in art at Hood and then earned her Master of Fine Arts at George Washington University. She taught art at the college level for several years and is an active artist specializing in mixed media art. She recently displayed her art at the Class of 1967 Artists’ Showcase in honor of her 50th reunion.

Ceramic Arts Program Receives Scholarship Funding and Ceramic Arts Collection Fleur Bresler, a long-time collector and supporter of the arts, recently made a generous contribution of $30,000 to the College’s Ceramic Arts and Technology Graduate Scholarship through the Bresler Foundation. The Ceramic Arts and Technology Graduate Scholarship was launched to attract talented students to the Master of Fine Arts program. One $10,000 award will be made for each of the next three years, which will enable one new MFA candidate to fund their first year of full-time enrollment.

Susan D. Sterner ’64

Renwick Alliance, and they open their home to allow Hood graduate students to view their contemporary ceramic arts collection. Mary Bowron, a renowned ceramic artist, recently gave 69 pieces of her ceramics work to Hood through the Kohler Foundation, which was established in 1940 to support the arts and education. According to the foundation, Bowron’s body of work consists primarily of heads that reflect Mary’s passion for human rights and equality. She said, “all have no mouth for fear of speaking what they say and hear. This fear is a plague on us all.” The heads are part of her Silent Witness series.

Erma Stull Grove ’44 Erma left a bequest to provide support for the Hood Fund. After graduating from Hood in 1944 with a degree in mathematics, Erma earned her master’s degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Erma taught mathematics at Frederick High School for 31 years until she retired in 1975. She was an active community member and was involved with the Frederick Hood Club, Faith United Church of Christ, the Frederick County Retired Teachers Association, the Maryland State Retired Teachers Association, the National Retired Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the Delta Kappa Society, the Catoctin Association, and the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. Erma’s nephew, Keefer S. Stull Jr., was married to Hood alumna Helen Beach Stull ’46. S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17



Katie Mann

Payton Mills

Katie Mann and Payton Mills Shine at Collegiate Honors Conference At the Maryland Collegiate Honors Conference, Hood Honors students Katie Mann ’17 and Payton Mills ’19 won awards commending their work. This event was co-hosted on campus with Frederick Community College and brought together more than 100 students and faculty members from Honors Programs throughout the state.

Mills won Best Proposal for her research paper on the revitalization of Carroll Creek and how it affected the Frederick community. She divided her research into three sections: the history of industry and segregation along the creek, the flood of 1976, and the positive impact the mural “Community Bridge” by artist William Cochran had on the Frederick community.

Mann won Best Poster for her research on the portrayal of women in sitcoms over the decades and how it has changed. The research included the portrayal of working mothers and if they are accurately represented on sitcoms compared to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

“Every student at the conference presented outstanding research, so for my research to be distinguished was a gratifying experience,” she said.

“In the end, I was very proud of the way my poster came out and felt it was a good display of the work I have done,” she said. “It was really nice to know that other people also enjoyed my poster and my research.” It was the first time Mann had presented at a conference. “It was rewarding to get to present my findings to people and to receive their feedback,” she said. 30


Mills enjoyed presenting to more than 50 students and faculty members from a variety of different Maryland Honors Programs. During the conference, she also led a City as Text tour of Carroll Creek Linear Park to explain the revitalization that happened there after the flood. “The conference perfectly represented Hood’s goal of providing students with experiential learning opportunities,” she said.

Andela Golemac ’17 Accepted to Economics Doctoral Program Andela Golemac graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a concentration in economics. She has been accepted to the doctoral program in economics at the University of Delaware, and she will begin the five-year program this fall. “UDEL has a very distinguished economics faculty with research interests that match my own, specifically the fields of international and development economics,” said Golemac. “I want to do research in the field of development economics, and the doctoral program will help me gain valuable research skills.”

She was accepted to the program for a combination of good grades, her experience as a teaching assistant and research assistant with Professor Erin George at Hood, and her Departmental Honors project. She also received a 100 percent tuition reduction and a stipend for the next five years because she will be working as a teaching assistant while studying. “After two years, I will get to teach my own class, too,” she said. “So the previous experience certainly helped. Econ faculty at Hood, especially Dr. Erin George, were always steering me in the right direction, making sure I was doing the right things to get into this program.”

Choosing Hood from Bachelor’s to Doctorate Joshua Work ’09, M.S.’15 is on his way to becoming one of Hood’s first “three-degree” graduates. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history along with a Maryland teaching certificate, and later a master’s in educational leadership from the College.   “I kept coming back because my professional aspirations tied well into what the Graduate School had to offer in terms of affordability, location, mentors and face-to-face coursework,” he said. Currently, Work is an assistant principal at Middletown Middle School and is pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership. He’s part of Hood’s inaugural cohort of doctoral degree candidates.

“I’ve felt welcomed on campus from my very first day during freshman orientation to now, taking advanced courses every Saturday with amazing and supportive professors,” he said. “Any success or professional goals that I have attained thus far can be directly linked back to Hood and the amazing connections that were forged on campus.” Work’s wife, Casey ’09, also attended Hood. He hopes one of their children might choose to attend Hood as well. As for Work’s plans, he said, “possibly another doctorate in the future, but that will definitely be after my kids are grown up.”

Paula Del Valle Torres Receives Unsung Hero Award Paula Del Valle Torres ’18, a political science major from Myersville, Maryland, was presented the Unsung Hero Award at the Frederick County Commission for Women’s 13th Annual Leadership Alliance Dinner in March. This award is presented to an individual who has made substantive contributions in promoting the FCCFW mission and has volunteered countless hours to the organization. “I was so excited and thankful when I found out I won the Unsung Hero Award,” said Del Valle Torres. “Simply being recognized by such an incredibly passionate group of powerful women is truly an honor.”

Her volunteer work has included working with the commissioners on setting up a human trafficking task force with other community organizations and helping with various activities that the FCCFW sets up in the community, such as the Leadership Alliance Dinner. “The FCCFW is such an excellent group with such amazing women, so I’m willing to do anything I can to help,” said Del Valle Torres. The FCCFW is a nonpartisan organization tasked with advising Frederick County government on issues affecting women and families.

She interned with the FCCFW spring semester 2016. She enjoyed it so much that she continued to volunteer with the commission after her internship. S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS Abraham Kettor Works for Peace in Liberia Abraham Kettor ’19 traveled to Liberia for five weeks earlier this summer as educational system, and those who didn’t were still at risk for dropping out. part of the Davis Projects for Peace, an invitation to undergraduates to design Kettor’s project had him serving as a mentor to 25 selected students who are in grassroots projects to be implemented during the summer. The objective is to jeopardy of failing or dropping out of high school. encourage and support motivated youth to try out their ideas for building peace. “We will inspire students to believe in themselves and encourage them to go to Kettor, a Liberian native, noticed that students seemed to be giving up on the college after high school,” Kettor said.


Award Winners Named at Honors Convocation A highlight of this years’ award winners; for a full list of honorees, visit www.hood.edu/honorsconvocation. • The Leah B. Allen Award in Astronomy: John Pigott

• The Jane D. McCarrell Prize (biology): Kelsey Decker

• The Elizabeth B. Bower Prize (chemistry and physics): Katlin Recabo

• The Helen McCullagh McCutcheon (1914) Award (physical education): Allie Appleby

• The Class of 1988 Volunteer Behind the Scenes Award: Katie Mann and Naila Stocks • The Exceptional Achievement Award in Psychology: Jeffery Larson

• The Dr. Christine McHenry ’73 Corde, Mente et Manu Award: Jose Galarza and Jonathan Morales

• The Joseph E. Dahms Community Service Award (economics and business administration): Le Nguyen

• The Wayne C. Neely Prize (sociology and social work): Emma Stanley and Erinn Weidman

• The Johanna Chait Essex ’53 Prize in Early Childhood Education: Dominique Byrd

• The Kathryn Zimmerman Nicodemus, H’05 Music Award: Alexandra Skouras

• The Raymond L. and Louise K. Gillard Prize (computer science and information technology): Karen Canas

• The Josephine Panarella Law and Criminal Justice Award: Lydia Jines

• The Maureen Kelly Hess ’81 Prize (education): Sarah Gonzales

• The Anna Louise Remsen ’33 Prize in Art: John Braun

• The Hood College Prize in Ethics: Samuel Kebede

• The Linda Mae Snapp Memorial Award in Nursing: Danielle Hunter

• The E. Louise Leonard Prize (global languages and culture): Matthew Hassaine

• The Alden T. Weinberg Communication Arts Prize: CJ Blickenstaff and Brandon Green

• The Virginia E. Lewis Best Paper Award (political science): Killian Geeslin

• The White Blazer Award: Allie Appleby, Karina Stetsyuk and Drew Demich

• The James B. Ranck Book Prize in American History: Anastasia Guerrero

Prizes and awards can be established to honor faculty, classmates, family and friends. A prize can be endowed for $25,000. Annual contributions for a named prize can also be established. For more information, contact Emily VanderWoude, director of leadership giving, at vanderwoude@hood.edu or 301-696-3708.

Graduate School Awards A highlight of this year’s award winners. A full list can be found at gradhighlights.hood.edu/tag/outstandinggrad. • The Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award: Philip Arnold • The Carlo and Valerie Bagni Outstanding Biomedical Science Student Award: Elizabeth Terrell • The Christopher H. Smith, M.S.’95 Outstanding Environmental Biology Student Award: Curtis Rogers • The Bryce Blackwood Beauchamp ’84, M.S.’87, MBA’06 Outstanding Computer Science Student Award: James Scott McLemore • The Gary Corsar, M.S.’09 Outstanding Information Technology Student Award: Jeffrey Matthew Blake • The Jenny E. Nunn, C’00, M.S.’06 Outstanding Curriculum and Instruction Student Award: Amanda Magnanelli • The Stephen R. White Outstanding Management in Information Technology Student Award: Larbi Bricha


• The Antoinette Border ’04, M.S.’09 Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award: Kristen Portalea • The Virginia Wheeler Jones ’66, M.A.’88 Outstanding Reading Specialization Student Award: Kristine Abrecht • The Amy Kaufman MacLeod ’08, MBA’11 Outstanding MBA Student Award: Robin Winkler-Pickett • The Lisa Ann Sullivan, M.A.’04 Outstanding Humanities Student Award: Maura Page • The Craig D. Lebo, M.A.’84 Outstanding Human Sciences Student Award: Lauretta Godbey • The Dr. Dana G. Cable Outstanding Thanatology Student Award: Beverly Rollins • The Crespi-Hobby Outstanding Ceramic Arts Student Award: Janet Greer

• The Dr. Keith R. Harris, M.S.’99 Outstanding Educational Leadership Student Award: Kaitlin Moore

• The Parrott-Anderson Outstanding Counseling Student Award: Meghan Davis.

• The Donna Mowry Thanatology Award: Jenna Duranko

• The Fred and Lenora Dietzel MBA Award: Arzu Ozcan


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H O O D V O I C E S | 12 5 W O R D S Do you have a Hood story to tell? Can you do it 125 words? Share your story and we’ll include it in the next issue of Hood Magazine or at 125.hood.edu. Send it to marketingoffice@hood.edu.

Four years have gone by, and they went by fast. Time sure does fly, and we’ve had a blast! The lessons we’ve learned, may they guide our way. The memories we share, we wish we could stay. Life can happen, in more ways than one. Our work here is finished, but we’ve only just begun. As we come together, one final time. Let us soar to new heights, let’s go, let’s climb! May all of our worries be forgot, And never brought to mind, We’re glad we came to Hood College, Now it’s time to say goodbye.

—Blaine Daisey Jr., Class President 2017

My legacy ring comes from Harriet Green Scott, who graduated from Hood in 1947 with a major in sociology. I received Harriet’s ring because we simply share the same pinky ring size, but both of our lives have been touched by newspapers. Harriet’s father was the owner and publisher of the Orange County Review, and Harriet worked for the paper every summer during college. I have been on The Blue and Grey for my four-year tenure at Hood as a staff writer, news editor and chief copy editor. Harriet is now 92 and prides herself for still reading two newspapers every morning. Harriet and I also both share a passion for politics, reading, writing, England, and of course, our wonderful time spent at Hood College.

—Logan Samuels ’17

Welcome to Memorial—meet Sheila! Sheila was our resident spirit. If you said hello, she’d open the elevator and take you right to your floor. If you were crying, she’d open the elevator to listen. When she was vexed, the doors would SLAMSLAMSLAMSLAM, and she’d run the elevator up and down the floors. We learned to take the stairs on those days. When I came back to Hood to teach, I thought of Sheila and wondered if today’s students know her? But I never asked. Then one day, the door near my office banged and the voices of students carrying in. “…it’s the ghost in Memorial, her name is Sheila…” I smiled, suddenly relieved. Sheila’s still here, making her way into the lives of the next generation of Hood students.

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The benefits you will enjoy as a BOLD* Society member include: • Acknowledgement on the BOLD Society website at www.hood.edu/boldsociety • Inclusion in the Honor Roll • Invitation to an exclusive reception with President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D., Sept. 22, 2017 • Complimentary Homecoming lunch Sept. 23, 2017 • Twenty percent discount on a Blazer Brickinstalled int the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza.

The BOLD Society recognizes those who have graduated in the past 10 years and donate $120 or more annually or $10 per month to the Hood Fund. Your gift helps fund student scholarships, faculty research, internships and campus activities. Members are celebrated for their commitment to Hood and are invited to an exclusive, annual reception in their honor. For more information about the BOLD Society, contact Casey Addis, assistant director of annual giving, at 301-696-3714 or addis@hood.edu. *Blazers of the Last Decade

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BLAZERNEWS Hall of Fame for Putnam

White Blazer Awards

Hood College men’s soccer coach, Kenny Putnam, was inducted into the Frederick Community College Hall of Fame in May.

Drew Demich, Men’s Soccer

Putnam was a star soccer player for FCC in 1995 and 1996. He had sole possession of the Cougars’ goal-scoring record for 20 years until it was tied last fall. Putnam still holds the records for career goals and points at FCC. A two-time All-Region 20 First Team selection, he was an All-American Honorable Mention as a freshman. Joining Putnam in the FCC class were Theresa Arnett (women's basketball), Elyon Bush (men's basketball), Jack Griffin (track and field), Brent Myers (baseball), Phil Stone (baseball) and Keith Thompson (men's basketball).

Patterson named Rookie of the Year Freshman baseball player Jordan Patterson was named both the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth and D3baseball.com Rookie of the Year.

triple and six stolen bases. Patterson batted .368 and walked 17 times against just 16 strikeouts. He had 15 multi-hit games, including four-hit efforts against conference foes Messiah and Stevenson.

Patterson, named All-MAC first team as a utility player and second team as a relief pitcher, was a D3baseball.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team pick as a utility player.

On the mound, he tied for second in the conference with a school-record six saves. He pitched 9.1 innings in nine appearances, striking out eight. All six of his saves came against MAC Commonwealth opposition: Lebanon Valley, Stevenson, Messiah, Albright (two) and Widener.

In the regular season, Patterson tied for fifth in the MAC Commonwealth in hits with 50 and tied for sixth with 34 RBIs. He played in all 40 games and scored 25 runs to go along with 10 doubles, one

Patterson helped the Blazers to their first .500 season in school history as Hood finished 20-20.

All-Region Honors for Saglimbeni Senior softball player Roo Saglimbeni was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association AllEast Region Third Team. All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight Division III regions. Saglimbeni, an outfielder, hit .308 with six home runs and 22 RBIs, ranking second on the team in both homers and RBIs. An All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Second Team pick, she torched conference opposition to the tune of a .422 batting average and an .822 slugging

percentage with five homers and 15 RBIs. She was 3-for-5 with two doubles in Hood’s win over No. 7 Messiah. After homering against Rutgers-Newark over spring break, she went deep in conference action against LVC, Lycoming, Stevenson, Widener and Alvernia. Her 4-for-4 effort at Lycoming highlighted a total of nine multi-hit games. The outfielder helped the Blazers win 19 games to advance to the MAC Commonwealth playoffs for the second straight year.

Allie Appleby, Women’s Basketball Karina Stetsyuk, Women’s Cross-Country and Track and Field

Senior Awards Kim Servedio Awards Joe Benton, Men’s Soccer and Tennis Melissa Canulli, Softball

Dean’s Awards Nick Masucci, Men’s Lacrosse Roo Saglimbeni, Softball

President’s Awards Blaine Daisey, Men’s Swimming Karina Stetsyuk, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Most Outstanding Student-Athlete Drew Demich, Men’s Soccer Jessy Burke, Equestrian

One Love Committee pictured left to right: Christina Murphy ’17, Zac Kauffman ’17, Samantha Bauer ’19, Larissa Pena ’20, Danny Capps ’18 and Samy Brandt ’20.

Yards for Yeardley The Hood College men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, along with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, hosted an annual Yards for Yeardley event in April to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. The Yards for Yeardley campaign is part of the One Love Foundation, which was created to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player who lost her life to relationship violence. In memory of Yeardley, college communities across the country come together and run millions of yards to raise awareness about relationship violence. S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17



Hood College head swim coach Don Feinberg could not figure out why he was not getting emails about the selection process for the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame. After all, he is a member of the selection committee. It turns out there was no breakdown in communication. Feinberg was left off the correspondence to keep his inclusion in the Class of 2017 a surprise. “They hid it from me quite well,” he said. “I was getting quite irritated. I was not getting emails forwarded to me. Finally, they calmed me down when they told me I was part of the class.” Just the eighth coach inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame, Feinberg felt humbled with the news. “It’s a tremendous honor,” he said. “Going in with Katie Hoff (Anderson), a world record holder and Phil Yettor, her coach who has had numerous other swimmers ranked highly in the world. George Kennedy is an icon. I’ve known him for 30 years, coaching at Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins. And the list kept going. What an honor.”

Under Feinberg’s tutelage, Weibel, still a U-18 swimmer at the time, finished second at the U.S. National Championships. He ranked as high as seventh in the world in the 200-yard individual medley and was also in the top 25 in the world in the 400 individual medley and 200-yard backstroke. That duo, along with others, gave Feinberg the chance to coach at the US National Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials, where he had a chance to rub elbows with some illustrious coaching company. “Being on deck and seeing coaches like Richard Quick, Gregg Troy, Eddie and Randy Reese and Mark Schubert—they’re all Olympic coaches,” he said. “Knowing you’ve got swimmers at the same level as they do is very cool. Not that I put myself on the same level, but I think when you get there, they see you on even par and it’s cool. Some of these big, national level coaches talk to you and take you under their wing.” During that time, Feinberg was competing in triathlons and competed on a level high enough to gain a national ranking inside the top 50.

As Hood’s longest-tenured head coach, he has guided the women’s swim team since 2000 and is the only coach in the history of the men’s program. Many on campus might not realize he has coached at the highest levels during a career that has lasted more than 40 years.

As Hood’s head coach, he had led the Blazer men as high as third place at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships and his women’s teams have placed as high as fourth. Feinberg has coached three men’s swimmers to conference titles and one woman.

Prior to arriving at Hood, he coached at Frederick High School and set a national record with a 136-meet win streak that spanned 14 years.

The results are a far cry from when he took over the program, and he credits the construction of the permanent Huntsinger Aquatics Center with helping his recruiting efforts. Prior to its construction, a temporary bubble was placed over the outdoor pool every school year and taken down each summer.

In his first year as the senior coach of the Monocacy Aquatic Club in 1988, he coached James Sloat to a junior national championship. Sloat went on to qualify for the men’s national championships and was ranked in the top 50 in the 200-yard breaststroke. Sloat is not the only swimmer Feinberg coached to elite levels.


“I guess my claim to fame is Beau Wiebel,” he said.


“It’s helped change not only our program, but our campus,” he noted. “It’s no longer an eyesore. Now it’s got a cool look from the outside and even neater on the inside. We get a lot of compliments from other teams when they come into the new structure.”

Travis Schweizer ’18 During Hood’s first baseball season in 2015, it needed some of its freshman arms to match up against older, more experienced starting pitching in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth. One of the pitchers who has filled that vital role through the first three seasons has been Travis Schweizer. During those three years, he has helped the Blazers grow from a first-year program to a .500 team. “I thought that the opportunity in itself was the chance to do something special,” he said about joining the first-year squad. During his freshman year, he pitched his way from the bullpen into the starting rotation down the stretch. He pitched seven innings and allowed just two earned runs in his first career start, against conference rival Widener. For the season, he posted a 2.79 earned run average and was chosen to the All-MAC Commonwealth team. He took a step back as a sophomore, distracted by family troubles at home, but credited the baseball program with helping him get back on track. “With the close relationship I had with the coaching staff and some teammates who have been close friends since freshman year, I regained my focus,” he said.

Samantha Bailey ’18 Hood College runs in the family for Samantha Bailey of the women’s track and field team. Bailey is a third-generation student at Hood. Her grandmother is a member of the Class of 1958, and her mother, Christie, graduated in 1986. Additionally, her older sister, Katie, is a 2016 graduate, and several distant relatives also attended Hood. “I grew up listening to stories about my mother and grandmother’s time at Hood,” Samantha said. “So, by the time I was in middle school, I knew I wanted to go there, too. To us, Hood is a part of our family history and memories. I love knowing that I can add my own experiences to our Hood legacy. Whenever I’m at school, I feel so close with all the alumni from my family that came before, no matter the distance or time between us.” A member of the Honors Program at Hood, Bailey has served as a senator for three semesters in the Student Government Association and will be the public relations chair for the upcoming academic year. In addition to her involvement in the campus community, Bailey has been a standout in the classroom and on the track and field team. She is a Dean’s List student and a member of the Pi Delta Phi French honor society.

Schweizer rebounded in a big way as a junior, earning All-MAC Commonwealth First Team accolades. He tied for the conference lead in wins, finishing an impressive 8-1. The righthander’s six victories against conference foes were more than any other player in the league.

In track and field, she ranks in the top four in school history in every throwing event, indoor and outdoor. This April at Messiah, she set the school record in the hammer throw with a throw of 37.93 meters (124 feet, 4 inches). Bailey, who has only been competing in the hammer for two years, was an All-Middle Atlantic Conference performer later in the season at the MAC Championships.

He pitched in 11 games, making seven starts and embraces his ability to come out of the bullpen.

Her record-setting performance came after the junior sat out the indoor season after studying abroad in Florence, Italy, during the fall semester.

“I feel my role is to pitch whenever the coaching staff feels my arm would give us the best chance to win in a given situation or a certain matchup,” he said.

“It was the first I’ve been on my own, and it was a great learning experience for me,” Bailey said. “I traveled around Italy, France and the United Kingdom. … My sisters and a friend from home even had the chance to come and visit. I got to take them around the city and show them my favorite museums, churches and gelato shops.”

Schweizer has embraced different roles off the field, as well. He has served as a Blazer Ambassador for the Office of Admission, giving tours to prospective students. He was a part of the Black Student Union, helping to advocate for minorities on campus and in the local community, and he is a member of the Student Government Association. Schweizer, a business administration major with concentrations in accounting and international economics and finance, plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration at Hood after finishing his bachelor’s degree next spring.

By the time she returned to compete in the outdoor season, she was under the direction of her third coach since the beginning of the recruiting process. “I think each year there was some struggle adjusting to a new coach,” she said. “Each one had their own coaching style and expectations, which usually alters the team dynamic.” She said Hood’s most recent coaching change was particularly unusual as it came between the indoor and outdoor seasons when John Grim was named head coach. “There were some major differences in coaching styles and expectations between the two coaches, which worried some of the team. But the season turned out to be great. We were much closer as a team and performed well at the meets.” S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


FREDERICK FOCUS 125th Anniversary Beer and Wine Brewer’s Alley and New Market Plains Vineyards are bottling commemorative beer and wine, respectively, to celebrate Hood College’s 125th anniversary. Brewer’s will bottle Kölsch, and New Market Plains will bottle a Chardonnay. These commemorative bottles will be available throughout the academic school year, from September 2017 through May 2018. Phil Bowers ’83, a Hood College Board of Trustees member, is president of Fountain Rock Management Corp., the company that operates Brewer’s. “It’s not so much about the beer; it’s more about presentation and the fact that we are celebrating a milestone for an important community member, Hood College,” said Bowers. Bowers’ family has many generations of connections to Hood College, including four Board of Trustees members, five Board of Associates members and 13 alumni. “My family has been associated with Hood for a long time, and [commemorative beer] is something

we do as a business, so it makes sense to do that for Hood,” said Bowers. “It’s a natural idea.” At New Market Plains, Nate Wood-Wilson, a 2005 Hood alumnus, is responsible for marketing labels as the vineyard’s business development manager. “We like to give back to Hood, specifically, and the town of New Market,” he said. “This is our first experience with commemorative bottles, and we’re greatly honored to be asked to be included in Hood’s momentous occasion.” Nate’s parents, Howard Wilson and Sue WoodWilson, own the winery, and the farm has been in Sue’s family for 11 generations The Wilson family has several connections to Hood. Howard attended the College, Nate graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in management, and Ashley Nick Wilson, Nate’s wife, graduated in

2008 with a degree in communication arts and earned a thanatology certificate in 2014. Ashley is now associate director of alumni relations for the College. Nate is also on Hood’s alumni executive board. Nate and Ashley welcomed daughter Korinne in 2015. “Hood’s been a part of our business,” said Nate. “It’s played an integral role in both my father’s and my life. We offer Hood alumni discounts as a matter of business.”

BLAZER BRICKS AND ADIRONDACK CHAIRS Etch your name into Hood history. More than 100 years ago, the founders of Hood College laid the foundation for this great institution—brick by brick. Now you can continue this legacy by purchasing your own brick paver in the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza near Alumnae Hall starting at $350, or purchase a signature blue or grey Adirondack chair on the residential quad honoring your HOOD MAGA ZINE 40

Hood student or graduate for only $500. Each chair will have a plate engraved, permanently affixed to the back of the chair. Please contact Brooke Winn, associate director of annual giving and alumni engagement at 301-696-3717, winn@hood.edu or visit www.hood.edu/bricks for more information.

A LOOK BACK… Field Hockey at Hood College President Apple brought field hockey to Hood College himself, after becoming interested in the sport upon seeing an announcement in 1901 that Miss Constance Applebee was introducing field hockey to American colleges. That year, she introduced field hockey to Harvard University, Bryn Mawr College, Vassar College, Wellesley College and others. Applebee’s fees, at $10 a day, were too high for President Apple however, and there was no hockey field. Just a year later, when President Apple visited England in 1902, he became enamored with the sport and brought home a hockey stick, hockey ball, and a book of rules from a British Army-Navy store. The College rented a nearby field, equipment was procured, and field hockey began at Hood College. And while Hood was one of the first schools in the nation to play field hockey, the sport played another huge roll in the College’s history 85 years later, with the Hood Hockey Marathon.

1935 Hood College Field Hockey Team

“Hood Hockey Marathon” After a marathon game of field hockey lasting 44 hours and 30 minutes, the standing world record for continuous play was broken by 22 Hood College students. They broke the previous world record, set in England, by 19 minutes. The team set out to play for 48 hours but fell a little short of that after facing wet, windy, and cold conditions at night. Four players had to bow out because of injuries, and the lighting malfunctioned, which left the field dark at night. The event, sponsored by the SGA, was put together to attempt to break the standing world record and raise money for the athletic department and a local charity. The Frederick News-Post reports that the game ended with hundreds of spectators lining the field to congratulate players, and that the College later celebrated the marathon with fireworks.

– Frederick News-Post, October 6, 1987 Lt. Governor Melvin Steinberg presents a Governor’s Citation recognizing the Field Hockey Marathon to Hood College. The official Guinness Book of Records citation to Hood College for its outdoor hockey marathon world record of 44 hrs., 30 mins.

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Photo courtesy Jane Sanders


Jane Rathbone Sanders ’79: From the biology lab to the distillery floor When Jane Rathbone Sanders graduated in 1979, she wasn’t ready for a full-time job, but “Hood College gave me a solid foundation in the biological sciences that enabled me to complete my master’s degree,” she said. Sanders went on to earn her master’s degree in environmental and water resources from Vanderbilt University. Her education and her first job upon graduation doing water quality work for the Jack Daniels Distillery have served her well with her newest endeavor, running Tobacco Barn Distillery, with her husband, Scott, and two other couples. Sanders said each husband-wife team “brings something unique to the group.” Sanders, with her science background, is one of a growing number of minority women in the craft distilling industry nationwide who are making a huge impact on the industry. “As the ‘biologist’ on the team, I oversee our water quality and use processes,” she said. “I’m proud to say we are the only distillery on the Maryland Green Registry due to our sustainable model of solar and geothermal usage and our intensive water recycling process.”



Sanders spends her time between the distillery and St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District. “It’s fun being an entrepreneur,” Sanders said. “The distillery allows us to work with many local suppliers and vendors as we create quality Maryland products.” Their distillery has created USS Constellation Rum, an all-Maryland product that has gained notoriety as the first rum aged on a Navy ship in more than 150 years. “We aged the rum in the bottom of the hold of the USS Constellation in Baltimore Harbor. The gentle swaying of the ship really moves the rum around in the barrels and gives it a unique flavor,” Sanders said. In addition to the educational background that put her on this path, “Hood also was a place where I formed friendships that have stayed with me the last 40 years,” Sanders said. “Our senior year, third floor Meyran group recently gathered in Charleston to celebrate our collective 60th birthdays!”

Photo courtesy Susan Boa

Susan Boa ’90: Following the beat of her own drum For three or four hours a week, you can find Susan Boa ’90 banging a Samba Reggae beat alongside 80 other women. Batalá Washington is a women-led, women-conducted percussion band. As a member since 2015, Boa finds the appeal of the band to be “working together to create something amazing.” As part of Batalá Mundo, with more than 30 bands worldwide, Batalá Washington’s mission is to empower women through drumming. “It truly harkens me back to my Hood days,” Boa said. As an environmental studies major, Susan Boa realized pretty quickly that “science was intense,” she said with a laugh. “But in the midst of lab work and challenging classes, I found out that Hood offered music lessons. I was able to play the flute throughout college as an escape from all science all the time.” Boa had played flute and been in her high school marching band, so coming to Hood and being able to find music class was an unexpected surprise. “I learned quickly that the bathrooms have great acoustics!” Playing flute on the side, Boa was able to earn her bachelor’s degree from Hood and then went on to earn a master’s degree in oceanography from Florida State University. The irony is not lost on Boa that she attended a traditionally all-women’s college and has spent most of her career in male-dominated fields—first in STEM-related jobs and now for an IT company; and has now found her musical creative outlet in an all-women band when “percussionists are not typically women,” Boa said.

Jake Wynn ’15: Pursuing a passion for history Jake Wynn ’15, who majored in history and communication arts, is putting his talents and knowledge to work at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Downtown Frederick. After adding history to his studies, Wynn started volunteering at local historic sites, which led to internships and eventually to a job at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. “And the rest they say… is history,” said Wynn. A key part of his job as program coordinator includes working with historians, researchers and authors, and presenting content about Civil War medicine to groups and the public. He also schedules events across all three of the museum’s locations—the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Pry House Field Museum and the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Wynn finds giving presentations for military groups, tourists and other historians the most rewarding part of his job. “I can show my passion for the topic and help spark an interest in a largely under-studied aspect of the American Civil War—the medical story,” he said. Additionally, Wynn and a coworker have successfully revitalized the museum’s social media presence. He also works with the museum’s Letterman Institute, which draws on the lessons of the past to solve problems today. “During staff rides, we visit Antietam National Battlefield and discuss the challenges facing doctors in the Civil War and how they are relevant to the modern battlefield,” he said. “For a person who loves studying the Civil War and military history, this is a dream come true.” Through a robust social media campaign, new partners like restaurants and breweries, and engaging programming, Wynn has played a large role in helping the museum attract new and diverse audiences. “Now, you will regularly find hands-on programs, music-based events, living history, afterhours events, walking tours and numerous other programs,” Wynn said.

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CLASSNEWS If your class isn’t represented by a class reporter, please send news directly to the Office of Alumni Relations: Hood College, Attention: Class News, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701 or via email at alumoffice@hood.edu. If you are interested in being a reporter for your class, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-696-3900.

1937 80th Reunion Giving Participation 33.33% - Total Class Dollars $30,913.39

1942 75th Reunion Giving Participation 21.43% - Total Class Dollars $2,980

1944 V. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk 407-767-6863, jhilchuk@aol.com

Mary Lou Chorley Touart is still living in a retirement center. She talked with Margie Muth Alibasah, who now has twin great-grandchildren. Margie is mostly bed-ridden. Mal Barnett lives alone and is retired. Betty Lee Daubenspeck Carl stays busy playing golf and bingo, and has a daily cocktail. Nancy Ogden Carson had been in an infirmary, but is now back at her retirement home. Janet Coblentz Cover is upset daily by the national news. Gert Flagg Dalzell fell and was planning a move to a retirement center. Peg Traver Emery lives in her own home. Her son and daughter-in-law visited from the west side of FL. Millie Geiple lost her son and a granddaughter. Annabelle Sunderland Kepler crashed her car into a building. Mary Knobloch Smith plays a lot of bridge. Phyllis Fine Soza and husband are still in a retirement center. Helen Stottler Leaver stays very busy working and helping others. She lives in her own home. I am still living in independent living in a retirement center, getting around on an electric scooter and my walker. The only place I can walk is in the pool, which I try to do on nice days. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk (Wheats)




70th Reunion

Giving Participation 47.50% - Total Class Dollars $33,864.44

Catharine Smith Dunn 610-691-5653, kittysmithdunn26@gmail.com

Renie Quynn Collmus G’05 and I were the only two from our class to attend our 70th reunion. My daughter, Lindi, from NYC, and Renie’s granddaughter, Rachel ’05, enabled us to come, and we had a great time catching up. Lindi, a retired occupational therapist is now an usher at the Metropolitan Opera and enjoyed seeing the campus. Renie is living at Homewood Retirement Center in Frederick and her hair is still mostly black! It was interesting to hear about Rachel’s experience in the Peace Corps after she graduated. She served in Lesotho, South Africa, and met her future husband, another Peace Corps worker. I did learn from someone who works at Hood and who had seen Elizabeth Jones Hesse that Jonsie is in good health, still living in her home in Annapolis and driving her car. I called Mary Lib Reeder Tiller, my roommate, to tell her about the weekend. She lives in Fairfax, VA with her son, Richard and his wife Christine. She had a bad fall last winter and is still recovering. It was wonderful to be back and see the beautiful campus, meet the new president, eat in the Volpe Athletic Center, and have Strawberry Breakfast in Coblentz, followed by the chapel service. I’m grateful for the years I spent at Hood College and the friends I made there.

1948 Corky Edwards Shulman 808-254-2531, oahucork@aol.com

Aloha, Hoodlums. I think it is extraordinary that more than 50 percent of the Class of 1948 are still kicking while reaching their 90th year… that’s 60-plus women! Could it have been that “Vitamin H” we championed way back then? Anne Chaney Mesmer is still in DC; granddaughter Andriana graduates from high school in June. Anne shares an Irish Blessing: “May all that is unloved in you blossom into a future graced with love.” Nancy Naser Crawford misses her car and her independence, but she is really enjoying all the

group physical therapy classes, trips and programs at the Salemtown Community Center, where she now resides. Just learned of the death of Betty Patterson Reims in late May. Betty was one of “the folksies,” our gang of 11 so-called by Patty Beall Snader in “Future Perfect.” Aloha, ol’ buddy. The Round Robin letter started by Shirley Benson Rice and eight other Hoodlums at graduation ended when Elsa Eggers Hauswald died, leaving Shirley and Barbara Heiss Jackson to keep it going. Shirley and Barb decided to keep in touch by phone and retire the Round Robin after an amazing 68 years! Patty Callender Hewit lost her husband in 2011, and then her home at Normandy Beach, NJ to Hurricane Sandy, and now lives in a retirement community. “But I am also very lucky, as eight of my 13 grandchildren are married, with 13 greatgrandchildren and two more on the way.” Jean Herman Walker writes “Still kicking slowly, but still kicking! Lost Wade three years ago, and now have 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Life is good and very few pains; thank goodness!” Charlestown (Baltimore) Retirement Community is home to Bette Blome Winyall, who attended one grandson’s wedding in Blacksburg, VA, while missing another’s grandson’s graduation from UVA the same day. Philly soldiers on, coping with health problems. Dan’s been promoted to captain, her daughter and two sons bring joy and delight as well. Bette also writes: “Pleasant days here as I enjoy good health, good friends, family and rewarding volunteering. Every good wish to fellow Hoodlums!” Me, I’m the slackard here -- I have (only) seven grandchildren and my very first great-grandchild will arrive in July, courtesy of granddaughter Maile Lewis Little and husband Michael. Maile and Mike were the subjects of an article I wrote for a local publication, called “Tutu Goes to New York” in 2015. I will include that story in my soon-to be-self-published biography -- which I’m writing just for fun and family. All for now. Keep writing!

1951 Eleanore Jackson Knott 843-681-8580, weknott2@gmail.com

Donna Fogle Fisher spends time reading, working crossword puzzles, and watching reruns of old TV. She feels fortunate and truly blessed to see her

children regularly. She also reported on the death of Betty Merryman Blanset, who was a beloved kindergarten teacher. Our sympathy to her husband, two children and several grandchildren. Mary Lou Henry Deisroth, P’76 and Tony had just returned from Pittsburgh to visit a granddaughter and their new great-granddaughter and were in Bethany Beach, DE, for Memorial Day where she tried paddle boating. Their next trip was to be to MA for two grandsons’ graduations, one from high school and one from college. Then she will be home, continuing her gardening and other activities. Mary Lou Hoffman Huff reports “the dull truth” that she enjoys her life which continues with gym, Lumosity, Mad Money account investing and occasional lunch or dinner with family and friends. She is also fascinated with bird watching. Shirley Keckler Trostle, reports “At 87, to sum up life—I gave birth to four children and three of them have departed, one in 1972, one in 2012 and one last Jan. I have discovered that the tears of frustration burn like fire but the tears of grief are cleansing, purifying and healing. You can live through anything but it is the creative spark that returns you to life and moves you forward. And so, I am phasing out quilting but I have picked up the pencil for sketching and I hope to write seriously this year. And I still take a few appointments for Reflexology and Reiki, and as long as I get results, I will continue.” Cathie Strachan Upp moved in April to a house next to daughter Karen. She had the feeling that her whole life passed before her as she was going through all the papers, pictures and possessions, but she likes her new place where she can see the Catalina Mountains from her patio. She is looking forward to a trip to Mexico this summer and then to FL to visit her brother. Molly Wood Tully is recovering from a hip replacement but is still unable to drive. Her two sons spent time helping out but she is not yet involved in her usual plethora of activity. She has given up tennis but will be in Cape May for June and July where friends and family will visit. Walt and I are hoping to leave this week to drive to New England again for the summer. The trip seems to get longer each time but we feel very fortunate to still be able to do this. Remember we only have news from those of you who contribute, so what are the rest of you doing?


65th Reunion

Giving Participation 65.08% - Total Class Dollars $51,300.51

Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser 828-699-1999, mlouleid6@gmail.com

We mourn the loss of Joan Hoffman Huebner. Carita Ackerly Warner: I’m well, busy with grandkids’ graduations here and afar! Natalie Colbert Bowers: Traveled to Lewisburg, PA

for Brittany Christine Bowers’ graduation (with honors) from Bucknell U – Martin’s school. Caroline Colbert Brophy graduates from Conestoga H.S. and then heads to Ithaca College in fall. Doris Dreller Sosin: Hope friends will come to visit me in my new digs in the active retirement home. Carol Cohen Friedman: I have to friends here who call me a Hoodlum. I certainly had no idea that Hood would live on and on in our lives. Anne Gibson Bement: We will go to NY to see old friends from television and Sesame Street days. Lots of time with my book club and finding good movies. Daughter and family in MN visit us at Christmas in our Miami Beach getaway; we visit them in warmer summer weather. Nan Fahnline Warren: Last year, I lost one of my Westies, so I got a rescue Westie to keep Nick company. I am celebrating 50 years of membership in the DAR. I still keep active compiling treasurer’s reports, but that will end as I am losing my vision. But I can’t complain. Von (Yvonne) Hepburn Virtue: Have a great time at reunion. Too far to travel there from Denver for a short visit. Everything just fine here. Still enjoying all the cultural offerings of the area, which is growing beyond belief. Barbara Hickman Reynolds P’80 will not be at reunion. She’ll be attending a shower in VA for her first granddaughter-to-be-married. She still sees Carolyn Rusk regularly. Joan Kniffin Orozco: I’m fine and enjoying the family, playing bridge and being with friends. How the years have gone by! Have a great time and give my love to everyone. Peg Lewis Christensen entertained a group of 30 retirement community friends at her latest piano soiree, playing for a full hour the good ol’ tunes. “Have fun in Frederick and give my greetings to anyone who’d remember me.” Phyl Loudermil Armstrong: Praise the Lord, finally, my computer and mouse are working. Health is improving (shingles) and am grateful for healing (left knee replacement). My best to all reunion attendees. Ann Nygren Greenberg celebrated her June 2 birthday at lunch with her daughter and Peg Lewis Christensen, who still has an apartment in her hometown of Huntington, NY and visits there every year. Madge Merkley Ziegler: Jack and I are still on Daufuski Island. I will not be able to attend reunion. Dody Nygren Wisnom, still at home with husband Sam, sends greetings from Tucson. Kay Spear Feldmann: Sorry, I am unable to be at reunion. Some weekends are quiet and others are too full. I will be thinking about what a wonderful four years it was. Best to all who attend. Jane Taggart Whittaker P’78 said there are just no friends like her Hood friends. A grandson will join the family lumber brokerage business started by husband Frank. She is proud of her family who continue to make the business a success. Jackie Wakeling has moved to a Bethesda retirement community. She must use a walker all the time and for that reason cannot attend Hood Reunion. Marguerite (Mickie) Weber Trachtman is a first-time great-grandmother

of twins (boy and girl). She and her family continue to gather in Holland, MI, for a week in the summer. Connie Woodall Fisher: It won’t be easy to leave our 40-year-old house in the woods, but it’s time. We’ll move to a nearby retirement community. I actually LIKE to pack things, weed out stuff and draw floor plans. Bill wants nothing to do with it. What a pair we make! My 96-yearold sister lives at Perry Farm Village in the summer, so we’ll have an instant friend—and we already know half the people there. We’re off on a new adventure! As for me: Six of us celebrated our 65th: Natalie (Tillie) Colbert Bowers, Dottye Handley Ewing, Emma (Emmy) Jones Hann, Joanne Kates Roos, Franne (Teeter) Pickle Wetmore, and Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser. Beautiful weather, delicious food (yes, sticky buns), a fine college update by President Chapdelaine, and a lively reunion dinner.

1953 Johanna Chait Essex 516-487-1883, johalessex@gmail.com

Connie Drown Blair has been selling real estate in MA, and is thinking of retiring—but, being on the job keeps her mind active, and out of the house. Connie and her husband, John, travel and see their children and grandchildren several times a year. Joan Jazowski Fellows became a greatgrandmother for the second time in Jan. Penny Fradd Vahsen’s third grandson graduated from USNA this past May. One of her other grandsons is a submariner, and the second a Naval pilot. She still travels, and was able to attend the weddings of four of the cadets that she had sponsored. Joan Gebhardt Tambling is still traveling. She and her dog, Lucy, are both active and well. While traveling in Maui, she sprained her ankle and discovered that “wheelchairs in airports are a great way to travel”. Sue Heubisch Milkey and her husband are still “season travelers” south to FL for the winter, and back to NY for the summer. Pat Lloyd Fordham attended her grandson’s college graduation in May. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at our reunion next year. Bim Mayer Werle’s husband, Jerry, had a hip replacement surgery right after they got to FL last Nov., and is doing well now. They plan to sign up for a continuing care community in Shelburne, VT, and will move in May 2019. They plan to list their house next spring. Marilynn Phillips had cataract surgery and received knee injections; other than that, she is doing well and is active in church groups. She grows orchids and is a gourmet cook. She also hopes to attend our next reunion. Beverly Rosenberg Sager’s children had her come to CA to celebrate her 85th birthday and to attend her grandson’s college graduation. She still goes to a community college twice a week, and frequently goes into NYC with a bus S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


group to attend the theater. Sheila Seigal Asher, and husband Dick, have rented their home in SC and are now full time Floridians. Two of their grandchildren graduated from high school, and their oldest granddaughter is going to Israel on her “birthright” trip. Elaine Green Powell reported, “All goes well with Dave and me here in Concord, NH. No special news to pass along except to say hello to everyone!” Myrna Hays Slick is fine, has good memories of Hood, and all the paths that it led to. Hal and I are fine. Our vacation this year will be a Tauck tour to see the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, with my sisters, Muriel Chait Durbin ’56, P’81 and Linda Chait Solomon ’63, M.A.’84, M.A.’95. I still volunteer at the USMMA Cookie Café on Thursdays, serving more than 400 with cookies, coffee, tea, milk and lots of love. Also, back at the nursery school where I taught many years ago, I read the “golden oldies” to the children. We did attend the graduation of our grandson in Binghamton, NY. He was the third generation to graduate from the college. To the two people whose news did not get into this column—sorry, but your cards arrived with your names torn off. Thanks for all your kind words—looking forward to seeing you next June.—Jo

1954 Jean Baker Weikert 717-624-3960

Carol Schwarz Fitch commented on our class news moving closer to beginning of class notes. Carol and husband Dan remain active despite health limitations. They are living in a life-care facility south of Boston…a stimulating environment with lectures, music programs, museum trips and interesting residents. Family nearby affords frequent visits. Five grandchildren on the brink of high school, two others younger. Dan and Carol’s travels included cruises, both river and ocean; their summertime activity is gardening, through which they persevere regardless of stressed backs and knees! Amalia “Molly” Heineman Lueder has an updated address which is as follows: 250 South Pepperridge Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963-5012. Marilyn Ogden Heath’s voice was great to hear. Her interest in dressage and teaching continues. She is considering downsizing; “the north is too cold.” Al had open heart surgery three years ago. She wants to keep in touch especially with FL classmates. It was refreshing also to hear from Nolah Sawyer Fulk. She is still driving, interested in antiques and had hoped to attend reunion. We missed seeing her. A sadder phone call came from JMJ Nursing Home in AZ relayed that classmate Tommie Corwin passed away there in March 2017 of a cardiac condition after being there for three years. It was thoughtful of Tommie’s care consultant to follow-up on my letter. Elizabeth “Penny” Hapgood Noepel, P’87 attended 46


reunion, flying for her new residence at Kimball Farms, 235 Walker St. Apt. 235, Lenox, MA 612402746. Penny’s daughter, Lucy Noepel ’87, was also at reunion. Penny cherishes wearing her Hood Ring. Elizabeth “Betsy” Oehrle still cherishes seeing Mary-Louise Springhorn Rude Leidheiser ’52 as I did. Mary Lou traveled from Chicago to attend reunion. It was refreshing to see her still familiar face across the luncheon table! Natalie Colbert Bowers ’52 also sat with us. She had lived in West Chester when Anne Smith Knoll resided there. Lunch tablemates with Mark and I consisted of…..Susan Peters Roetzel Wirths ’56, M.A.’79, G’13, Virginia Turnbull Hecklinger ’56, P’81, G’08, Susan Truby Peterson ’57, Margaret Reeves Leopold ’57, and Martha Smith Sperandio ’57. Nancy Locher, who assisted Dean Katherine Sherrill, also graced our lunch table. Clever Mary Johnston DeMaris wrote as follows: “I used to be fast, running late to class, now I’m slow, takes me long to go, I broke my hip, the end of May 2016, then they put it together with a few screws, paid, you good to go, not so. Now I’m going to get a whole new hip, the last one turned out to be a gyp. (May, 25 2017) I live in a retirement home—Vinson Hall in McLean, VA. I’m not really too happy, but safe. My husband died in Feb. 2017. Sorry to hear that Tommie died. I like to hear about everyone. I guess were not ‘chicks’ anymore, just hens cluck, cluck.” A beautiful sketch of Norma “Skitsi” Simpson Reins’ life unfolded in her friendly remembrance of Tommie. Skitsi tells of her cardiac condition and bad knees, yet also persevering! Her retired son, Mac “Mackie” came to reside with Skitsi. Her daughter and son-in-law are physicians in Greensville, NC. Warren and Betty Remsberg DeColigny’s granddaughter Cindy Armentrout and husband Ray Armentout gave birth to a son in May 2017. The DeColigny’s are considering downsizing. Mark Weikert and I thoroughly enjoyed reunion. We are settling in our cottage at Cross Keys. Granddaughter Erin Haafke graduated with a double major in music from Mansfield University; granddaughter Rachael Abrams received an associate degree from HAAC, and granddaughter Sierra Miller graduated from LIU and continues to work for UTZ Terrace after her innovative work study program at LIU.

1956 Muriel Chait Durbin, P’81 310-395-4389, msmuz@aol.com

Delighted to hear from Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger P’81, G’08. She shared news from Sally Hamilton Bundy, who has six new great-grandchildren born last year, bringing the total to 29! What a lot to keep track of. She stays busy volunteering at an elementary school, searching genealogy, making quilts, reading, copying old civil records, and exercising with friends. Sally’s husband, Orville, passed away last year. Our condolences to Sally.

Ginny writes, “I am standing in my new one-bedroom apartment at Homewood in Frederick. I am crammed in with boxes to unpack and sort through. I expect to attend the luncheon with Sue for Alumni weekend. I live close to Sue and to Hood. I had a wonderful tour of New Zealand in March with a new group of friends.” As for me, Muzzy Chait Durbin, P’81, I just returned from a wonderful trip with my sisters, Jo Essex ’53 and Lin Solomon ’63 to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Looking forward to the fall wedding of my grandson in Ireland. My best to all—look forward to more news in the next bulletin.


60th Reunion

Giving Participation 45.45% - Total Class Dollars $14,575

Molly Smith Sperandio 727-393-7446, mollymom76@gmail.com

It was a great 60th Reunion! Barbara Thomas Yinger: Tommie, co-class rep for this reunion, wrapped the nine of us in red feather boas to stand out against the green of the 50 th reunion Class of 1967. She and Bob are going on a South American cruise to Buenos Aires and Peru. She had two designs in her Garden Club Flower Show. She was very proud to have won a blue ribbon and several red! Barbara Kaufman Harrison: Despite two broken ribs, Bobbie planned a three-day trip to see a granddaughter graduate from 8th grade. She is active in the Great Circle Quilt Club, church activities and enjoys lunch every spring with Norie Heston Shipley P’80 and Tommie Yinger. Husband John says she is becoming quite the knowledgeable sports enthusiast. Bettie Brown Wastler: Bettie’s time is focused on family; she cares for her son with Down Syndrome and is looking forward to her daughter and family from Italy moving in – with two grands, five cats and a dog! June Miller: June has retired from her years of teaching organ at Penn State but continues as a co-organist at Grace Lutheran Church in State College, PA. Margaret Reeves Leopold: Peg is still active in community gardening, enjoying her grands and readying her son to move to CA. She is dealing with health issues – trying to be 50 and recognizing she is 80. “Be grateful for life, love and what the body does even when the NOW differs from what WAS.” Miriam Spaulding Keyser: Don and I are both involved in activities at Oak Crest, a senior community in Baltimore, and active in our church’s Food Pantry, Victor’s Vittles. We are looking forward to the family Beach Week on the Outer Banks in late July; 22 in one house. Of our 11 grandchildren, four are finished college and working, four will be returning to college. Jessie graduated with honors from high school and is headed to Towson University to play women’s lacrosse. Tori is an Air Force air traffic controller who begins deployment in July. Sue Bond Almy:


ADMISSION SUPPORT CHAIR Elizabeth Thompson ’08

VICE PRESIDENT Elizabeth Thompson ’08

CAREER SERVICES CHAIR Julie Murray McCaffery ’79

MEMBERS Shannon Shifflett Aleshire ’93 Jacki Resop Amato ’95 Stacey M. Axler ’14 Rachel Bagni ’99, Ph.D. Cheryl Banks ‘06, MBA ’14 Jennifer L. Barbieri ’98 Caity Battey ’15 Ashley Rose Bennett ’14 Jennifer M. Boa ’04 Ryan Campbell ’14 Carla Means Clarke ’08 Stacey Collins ’89 Keenan Courtland ’10

Trish Crowell ’04, M.S.’08 Melinda Cohen Donegan ’93 Laurie Drysdale ’80 Joy Dubost ’95, Ph.D. Elaheh F.S. Eghbal ’13 Marsha Evans ’85 Ana Filipovic ’16 Rebecca Fishack ’03 Maya P. Gonzalez ’16 Elizabeth “Biz” Gorman Gomer ’02, M.A.’08, C’07 Kristan E. Hawkins ’11 Jill Kramer Hermes ’87 Michael Higgs ’14

She and Bill will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Bermuda. They enjoy their seven grandsons (no girls!) and have moved into Ginger Cove Retirement Center in Annapolis. Susan Truby Peterson: She is working in Brooklin, ME and getting the house ready for east and west coast families for her annual family reunion in Aug. Molly Smith Sperandio: Little change in my FL activities and still happy I can drive to MD and PA for reunions. It was fun enjoying the reawakening of past friendships. Peg, Susan and I had the pleasure of sitting at lunch with Nancy Cohen Locher, our assistant dean of students, Jean Baker Weikert ’54 and Mark, Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger ’56 P’81, G’08 and Sue Peters Roetzel Wirths ’56, M.A.’79, G’13. Fun to be with friends from years we were at Hood. Alice Riddle Metry: We have just returned from four months in FL, followed by a three-week journey through the Panama Canal, up the Pacific coast and three days in San Francisco. Nancy Tressel Brown and I enjoyed meeting the new president in April. Ann Fortenbaugh Eicholtz: She has moved to an apartment in a retirement facility in New Oxford, PA. Her husband passed away a year ago. Mary Pat Neill Wentzel: Her husband passed away in Dec. and she is adjusting to living alone, doesn’t drive at night or distances, so is unable to come to the reunion. Nancy Tressel Brown: Tressie and Roger celebrated their 60th anniversary after his dragging her, kicking and screaming, to the local “Old Folks Home,” Bentley Village, which actually is quite nice, helped by several good bars. Her advice—if you’re thinking of this sort of move, read “Trouble in The Rumbleseat” first. Roberta Geehan Horton: Becky’s son, Trevor, was inducted into the Eastern Surfing Hall of Fame. While surfing in Wilmington, NC, he saved a man from drowning. His twin sister,

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CHAIRS Joy Miller Beveridge ’82 Jamie Shopland ’12


Tim Hulyk ’15 Nancy Rose Ingwalson ’88 Marjorie Mathers Kane ’96 Melissa Kelly ’00, M.A. ’03 Leah Giambarresi MacDonald ’03, M.S.’10, C’05 Janice Ball Mahlandt ’83 Anna Maripuu ’86 Sara Myers McCain ’12 Andrea Putz McCarrick ’08 Shane McCarrick ’08 Jennifer Fair Milas ’03 Kris Miner ’11, MBA’13 Melanie Muscar ’04, MBA’07

Alfreda U. Nwosu ’14 Nick O’Brien ’11 Bianca Padilla ’14 Christopher Pollard ’07 Logan Samuels ’17 Trevor Shell ’13 Maria Smith ’12 Rhiannon Sneeringer ’15 Caitlin Stromowsky ’13 Lisa Wells ’09 Nate Wilson ’05 Phillip Yerby ’11 Chelsea Young ’14

Alanne, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Michael’s daughter, Molly, just graduated from college. Richard’s daughter, Ashley, graduates from high school soon. Susan Winter Smith: After a trip to Phoenix to see our son and daughter-in-law, I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia—the first of three times this past winter. Our oldest grandchild, Aislinn, is graduating from Western WA University with a teaching degree and has a position in Eastern WA. Another grand will be a junior at Evergreen College and her sister is graduating from high school—two graduations to attend the same weekend in Bellingham, WA. The younger ones visit us often where we live. CJ plays the violin and sister Erica is in 2nd grade and loves reading chapter books. The residents particularly like Erica’s rounds of hugs. We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary with the family at a horse ranch in eastern WA. Carolyn Stevens Amstutz: I’ll have to miss this reunion. Kind of a biggish weekend for my family. Grandson has 8th grade graduation in Albany NY, my daughter’s 25th college reunion in upstate NY, and she’ll be staying in Albany for a few days. So, Frederick is not in the cards. I did send a contribution. Had lunch last month in Naples, FL with Alice and Fred Metry, and Tressie and Roger Brown. Good to see them.

1958 Marilyn Garis Kellow 262-334-5782, maggiehood1958@gmail.com

I am saddened to report that we have lost three classmates since last fall—Betty Walsh Suto in late 2016 and Emily Joyce Sanders in early 2017. Julee Moser, daughter of Betsy Smith Moser, P’92 wrote that “the best mother and friend we have

ever known” passed away May 2017. In Feb., Polly Sherman Leigh moved from HI to a retirement community in Carlsbad, CA. She is enjoying being close to family and friends and all her activities— fitness classes, educational speakers, the symphony, a big band production, live stage shows, wine tasting and a trolley ride around San Diego. Sue Brown Melech and husband Bob spend Jan.-April in St. Petersburg, FL at the Hollander Hotel and would like to get to together with any classmates in the area. Jeb Bennett Moran reports that she, Carol Horwath Klecka and Carol Huelsen Warrington had an unexpected treat on March 16. President Chapdelaine and her father joined classmates and significant others for breakfast at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, FL. Sara Lea Callaway Redmon got the brave idea to have the first-ever family reunion—with 65 people from five states and as young as 22 months. Mary Allen Reynolds just returned from England and is off to Seattle for her granddaughter’s high school graduation. She continues to exhibit for the Ikebana International Chapter and attends national meetings. Knee replacement surgery is in her future plans. Bunnie Potter Richardson wrote the sad news that her brother Ken and his wife, Joey Liehmann, passed away. Joey was a member of our class our first two years at Hood, before going to UMD to be with Ken. Penny Adams Rogers says HI is still home; staying in HI for the summer and then to Calgary for cooler weather. She was quite the traveler last year—in NYC to celebrate her 80th and saw Hamilton with the original cast; drove cross country to OR; Thanksgiving and Christmas in New England, where she grew up. Jenny Krohn Rose and Shep are still in Henderson, NV training their Portuguese Water Dog, Rosie, for AKC agility and obedience trials. Jenny is happy that at 80 she can still run around an agility S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


course. Marthanne Stephens Smith writes that her two daughters have adopted two older, adorable dogs from kill shelters—a white husky and a black and grey Cairn. She is still going to classes at the community college, enjoys living in her townhouse and reads all the time (recommends “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles). Anne Merrick Vosti sends the sad news that husband Ken passed away April 26. Thanks to an incredible hospice organization, Mission Hospice, she could have him home with many visits from her large family. She has wonderful memories of where their 58-year partnership, which started when they met at Hood. Jo Olmstead Witherington has traveled this year to Easter Island, Chile and Argentina. She has just finished singing in three concerts in one week and is now working on Titanic and some of the works of Rutter. After a cruise to AK, she plans to stay home for a few months. Life in WI has been relatively quiet. My life focuses around family, especially my four grandchildren. Rickey (25) is in a doctoral program at U of Illinois; Gracie (22) graduated last Dec. from U of WI Green Bay; Julia (21) will be a senior at Kent State, and Elena (17), a high school senior, will probably be headed for Miami of Ohio after graduation. Thanks for all the news. Our numbers are fewer each year, but it is a blessing to hear from so many. Love and prayers, Maggie

1959 Anne Wilson Heuisler 410-377-5026, aheuisler@comcast.net

Tarun Comegys Johns continues to sail up and down the East Coast. Her adventures are colorfully chronicled on Facebook. Starr Culver Weihe Sherman died peacefully at 79 on Dec. 13, 2016, in Tampa. After graduating from Hood, she earned a master’s in zoology from Duke and then a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University. In St. Petersburg, Starr taught biology at Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College). Starr earned many professional honors, including the National Teaching Excellence Award. She also pursued interests in classical piano, English history, art and art history, and world travel while volunteering for community service. In 1967, Starr married Dr. Rudolph Weihe, who died in 2009. In 2010 she married Peter Austin Sherman, who died in 2016. Nancy Curran Crowley’s husband, Joe, died in Feb., and she will be moving to a smaller home near close friends. Nancy Fletcher Artlett is planning her return from Australia. She will stop to see Fritz and Nancy Rogers Huntsinger in CA and then visit her sister, Sally Fletcher Murray ’60, in VA. Fletch was saddened by the loss of her dear roommate, Starr, and also her little sister, Paige Wisotzki ’61. Mary Ann Guild Simmons plays tournament bridge and travels. Her biggest trip was to Sophia, Bulgaria, to cruise up the Danube. 48


She is starting her birthday-year celebrations with a windjammer cruise in ME. Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee and Natalie had a lovely 10 days in Rome, a city they have lived in and love, in April. They intend to keep traveling as long as they can. In May, Gayle drove Carole Jones Rogers and Anne Wilson Heuisler to meet Mary-Lou Trout Haddad at Buckley’s Tavern near Wilmington. Edee Howard Hogan, P’86 enjoyed a family trip to Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Zurich. In March, she traveled to Chile and Patagonia, Argentina. Edee made her annual move to Bethany Beach in May and welcomes all visitors. Carole Jones Rogers’ daughter, Caroline, celebrated her mother’s BIG birthday with two nights in a DC hotel and tickets to the African-American Museum. Anne Montesano Kerpsack Ellis is happy to have moved to Emerald Lakes, FL, a year ago. Her whole family gathered there for Thanksgiving. Anne had recently returned from a Viking cruise of the Holy Land, Greece and Italy. Judy Moreland Granger and Bob spent five days in Golden, CO, with Don and Karen Nordberg Sanders ’60. In CA, they visited Bob’s brother and his wife. They visited Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Sequoia National Parks. On their way home to Texas, they stayed in Williams, AZ, and breakfasted at El Tovar, the lodge in the Grand Canyon. Judy said she is still in awe at the wonder of the parks. Joanne Peper Milnor enjoyed a river cruise on the Elbe River, Berlin to Prague. Back home, she sought treatment for back problems. Joanne is serving on the planning committee for the Long Bay Symphony’s 30th Anniversary Season, 2017-18. She plans a river cruise again in the fall from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam. Jeannette Phelps received a note from Starr’s aide, acknowledging the birthday card she had sent Starr, unaware of her death. J. P. keeps in touch with Joan Kirkpatrick during baseball season. Barbara Sue Schanbacher Peay and Nick have been married 57 years. Nick works full-time as an investor. Sue retired from event planning some years ago but continues to serve on several boards and has taken up yoga. Mary-Lou Trout Haddad was anticipating a visit from her daughter and family. Grandchildren are thriving and earning advanced degrees. MaryLou and Charles continue their civic involvement in Boyertown, PA. Carolynne Veazey Lathrop is downsizing by renting a one-story townhouse near her old house. Joan Victor Boos and John are still busy with John’s speech, cognitive and occupational therapies. Last winter they spent six weeks in Siesta Key, FL. Joan volunteers in the Upper Arlington Public Library and at the Discovery Shop for the America Cancer Society. Joan and John are looking forward to our 60th reunion and hope to see many of us there. Carol Wick Ericksen’s husband, Leif, is recovering from Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus, with which he became ill last Aug. Carol’s golf game continues to be fun and challenging.

1961 Marty Kaiser Canner 410-747-0321, plcanner39@gmail.com Katharine Baum Wolpe 212-677-5469, kwolpe@gmail.com

Constance Ann Coleman Alexander enjoys being the director of music at her church and time with family and friends. She expects two more grandchildren in 2017. She will be traveling to Greece in Aug. with her brother, Bill, and plans to visit China in spring 2018. “Life is good.” Nancy Brown Braudrick finally moved into her new home in Gold Beach, OR, on Easter weekend. Her daughter and son-in-law live nearby and are a great help. Her home is still a work in progress. Estelle Harrison Brendle sent greetings from NC. She hoped to attend her 60th high school class reunion in Calvert County, MD in June. She keeps in touch with Judy Freedom Westenhoefer. “It’s fun to visit her in Bedford, VA.” Judy Arenson Friedman lives in Boca Raton, FL. She spends June and Sept. in NYC with her children and grandchildren, and July and Aug. in the Berkshires. She had a fantastic 16-day trip in April to Israel and Jordan. Suzanne Brown Wellcome, passed away on Oct. 30, 2016. We send our condolences to Suzanne’s children and her husband, Page. Joy Hillegas Johnson’s daughter-in-law reported that Joy passed away May 14, 2017. We send our condolences to Joy’s husband, Norman, and their children and grandchildren. Janet Spaulding Nunn, P’06 and husband, Jack, planned to go in July on the Rhine River cruise sponsored by Hood. Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband, Tom, are happily settled in an Erickson retirement community in Tinton Falls, NJ. She is doing watercolors and has had some nice commissions. “We are fighting age with vigor, humor and determination.” Mable Philipp Pochedly enjoys living in Long Beach, CA, and would be delighted to see anyone down that way. As her children and grandchildren live on Long Island, she visits there often. Lyn Adams Sprinkle is enjoying living at Sunrise community in Richmond, VA. She dines with other residents daily and participates in the many activities. Her daughters drop by three times a week. Her son, Stuart, a policeman, and his wife Kim, have twin boys. Barbara Hufham Wells and husband, Richard, continue to be in good health and enjoy small-town living in Moscow, ID. Richard has been busy planting flowers and they have become strong supporters of The Xercis Society, which is devoted to preserving invertebrates, particularly bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Beth Lee Zehnder has a second granddaughter about to go to college. Her husband, Chuck, retired as a CPA; then in tax season was called back to work to help. She and Vivi Bruckel Harvey got together and enjoyed “catching up.” Beth says, “We’re still able to use the stairs in

the home we purchased in 1966. Thank you, Lord!” Marty Kaiser Canner has chatted a couple of times with Shirley Garrett Haley, P’85 and her husband, Ed, in a local grocery store since Shirley and Ed moved to Catonsville, MD last year. Katharine Baum Wolpe keeps a hectic schedule with her church, Democratic club, and as a volunteer escorting frail neighbors to weekly appointments and shopping. She also participates in a local seniors group and exercise classes, and spends time posting flyers and sending emails about interesting local events. She and companion Philip continue to enjoy concerts, dance and theater performances, and his homecooked meals. They also participate in a reading group on the Israel-Palestine situation. Fluffy Pancho Cat continues as her sometimes cranky roommate. Kay Merrick Wolff ’62 reported, “I met Marilyn King Jessen freshmen year in 1958, when we both lived in Smith Hall. We had lots of connections—and since we were from the Pittsburgh area, even rode back and forth together. Marilyn was dating Gordon Jones, who went to Lafayette College in Easton, PA, near my parents. Marilyn stayed with them when she was visiting Gordie. Many years later, Marilyn stayed with me when visiting her sons, Jeff and Bruce, during their time at Lafayette. I shall very much miss my long-time friend.”


55th Reunion

Giving Participation 49.46% - Total Class Dollars $33,121.33

Sara “Sally” Zimmerman 813-971-8390, revsaraz@gmail.com

55th Reunion news: 10 classmates attended (photo in online column). Liz Decker Rogers: Best news: the 6y home makeover: done. Next challenge: basement. Annoyance: neuropathy on left quadrant of my head due to shingles. Planning trip to OR for the Aug. solar eclipse. DiL Deepa Fernandes reports on NPR/BBC about Latin and South America. Beth Davis Teletski: Lou and I cruised down the Rhine in June. We attended his high school reunion in Wilkes Barre, PA. We’re making plans for fly fishing trips to WV and NY. I’m judging quilt shows in Lewis, DE, and Quakertown, PA. Margo Friedman Friedman: We delight in our CT children/grandchildren. Sid and I retired from teaching. I’m busy with volunteering, clubs, friends. I’m in touch with Linda Keyler White, Barbie Reeves McGee, Jane Stevenson Rule, Jean Lenhart Golden. Marty Robertson Williams visited. Barbara Arthur Pretzsch has been busy with a move to a new home in Gulfport, MS. “I’m planning to attend another crochet conference in Chicago this July. I’m a junior reviewer for the master’s program of CGOA, very challenging. I’ll visit with my Hood roomies this fall.” Teal West Hugo: I led a hymn-sing based on the life of Sojourner Truth for the Presbyterian Women of Northern New England in May. This was my biggest research project since graduating from Hood! Mike’s in nursing home care

at the Veterans Home in Scarborough, ME.” Nancy Turner Heckscher: Judy and Park Blatchford, Ben and I visited museums in Baltimore and met Susan Shinnick Hossfeld and Carl. I see Penny Misirian Mardoian when she visits family in Philadelphia. I judge for The Garden Club; play bridge; attend Park House Museum meetings, and hook into my kids’ and eight grandkids’ lives. Judy Hammond Blatchford: Park and I continue in good health as do our kids and grandchildren. We travel while we can—Greenland/Iceland in Aug. and in Oct. to Tuscany/Venice. Sunny Griffin: We are over the moon—daughter Kelly had twins, our first grandchildren. We sold our home in Thailand and live in Telluride. This summer, I’ll have spinal fusion surgery. After eight brain surgeries, crushed nose (from a fall) and pulverized neck (car accident) I’m sick of surgery. Penny Misirian Mardoian: Had a wonderful week in London. Second grandson graduated high school in West Chester, is going to Kutztown University. Oldest grandson interns at Ernst and Young, Boston, before senior year at Trinity in Hartford. I’m in my ME home for five months. Life is good! Jane Hoskins Bollman: Art is a big part of my life: painting, selling sporadically, teaching. I exercise at our YMCA and garden. Children fine, no grandchildren. Bridge and book clubs keep the brain in reasonable shape. We don’t suffer too many aches and pains at 77. Lynn MacDonough Morrow: We hiked the Black Forest recently with George’s cousin. Then to Paris, Normandy, Mt. Saint Michel, and Juno Beach. Next, we spent time in NYC with G’s older daughter and son-in-law and visited Ellis Island, then visited two daughters and families in Baltimore and Harrisburg. Phoebe Adams Marshall: I play tennis three or four times a week, and sing in a Masterworks Chorale at USC-Aiken. This summer we’ll visit with Joan Terpak Plitt and John; drive to IN to see my sister, Shirley Adams Beheler ’56, P’83 and family; and visit with grandchildren. Betty Appel Bailey: All’s well. Our daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren live nearby in Carlsbad, CA. The girls do well in sports. Took a Tauck trip this past spring: Jekyll Island, Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston. Sold our home in Palm Desert and live only in San Diego. Judith Simonsen Ziobro, P’91: Ed and I enjoy good health and spend time with our kids and families at our house near the Chesapeake Bay. I do bookkeeping at my church, am still allowed to sing in the choir, and play in the handbell choir. I sew and do alterations. Life is good! Regina Schlank Pyle: I introduced my NYC elementary school classmate Michael Bornstein, author of “Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz,” when he received the award my NYC high school gives annually to honor an instructor/ holocaust survivor. In spring, I traveled widely in China. “Sally” Zimmerman: I teach German for USFOLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), serve on the USF-OLLI board, and sing with a Tampa chorus. We perform in nursing homes and encourage singing along to oldies: think ‘Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye.’

1963 Dottie Snyder Engle 301-371-5170, dengle3699@aol.com

Hey sisters! Happily, I can report that I heard from long-silent Sheral Kniffin Malloy, who left Hood after two years, went to law school at Tulane, has practiced law since 1981 and is almost retired. She is married to her second husband Dan, her childhood sweetheart. They spend winters in South Padre Island, TX, and summers on Lake Ontario, NY, where they grew up. She has two sons now in their 50s and Dan has a daughter, all of whom live in Texas. Judy Martinka Ericson reports that her husband died three years ago, so she is keeping busy with a lot of traveling, having visited four continents and by now has had a trip sailing along the Dalmatian Coast and hiking in the fall in Southern England with Road Scholar. She says she’s blessed with great children and grands. Jo Ann Twilley Plichta, M.A.’86 has moved to PA to be near her son and his family and is happily living in a mobile home in a quiet development. Life sounds exciting for Carolyn Matusiewski Cannava, P’87 who lives in AK and goes back and forth to Kona with her children so they can enjoy snorkeling and swimming. She was in Kona for her last birthday with 26 kids and grandkids. Her son was married in White Fish, MT and she declared the scenery breathtaking. Mary-Verdella Wagner Nelson’s oldest, Adam is going to Bryant University RI. Another grandbaby for Sally Schaeffer Morse set to make his arrival while Sally and Al are celebrating their 50th anniversary on the Queen Elizabeth through the Baltic countries to St. Petersburg and back to Southampton. Life is busy for Verna Larson Lyons who is very involved in her Presbyterian Church and as a board member for a church retirement community. She and her son took an amazing trip to Thailand, Myanmar and Laos and enjoyed interesting cultures, good food and very friendly people. Sue Colton Gibbons is happily living with her daughter in the Boston area and after being far from the kids, is enjoying being granny/nanny/housekeeping/chauffeur/homework helper/cook and errand girl. Ann Carpenter Lindau-Martin is enjoying retired life in FL full time with her husband, even though most of their families still live in NY. Bobby Campbell Rickman, M.A.’75, P’96 has moved from her bungalow into an apartment at her retirement community and is busy all the time. Pat Taylor Santelli spent the winter in her house on Amelia Island, FL.; she and Jim still have their house at Oyster Bay where Jim is a dentist at Nassau County Jail. Glad to hear that Jim is recovering from his stroke. As for me, I am doing very well after Ron’s death. I have Robin, who lives with me and Ryan, lives nearby. Robin and I are set for our June birthday trip to Denmark and S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


Paris, where we’ll see Nancy “Zabbie” Huff Quinn, who lives in Paris. Then Robin and I are going on to Denmark to visit our exchange student and family. Lin Chait Solomon M.A.’84, M.A.’95 wrote that some of her children and grands are suffering with kidney disease like Joe did. Lin retired seven years ago and is enjoying book groups, theater outings and tutoring. She is grateful that her family lives nearby. She has been vacationing with her sisters, Johanna Chait Essex ’53 and Muriel Chait Durbin ’56, P’81, and brother-in-law being “wowed” by the beauty of the Southwest. Brenda Eklund Pearson has traveled Vietnam, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia. Mark your calendars for June 8-10, 2018. Our reunion dinner will be at Dottie’s on Friday, June 9. Until then, keep me updated and I’ll see you in June.

1964 Barbara Maly Fish 919-688-9125, Barb2fish@yahoo.com

Two recent phone calls brought sad news. Ann McMillan Shuman lost husband Joe on March 4 and Judi Coombs Creighton reported that our classmate, Sue Sterner, died on May 13. We send our sympathy, as well as to Jane McLees West, P’88 whose daughter-in-law Jennifer Hustead died last Nov. of bone cancer. Jane is very proud of her son, who is doing a wonderful job of taking care of his three teenagers after his wife’s death. Family graduations fill Jane’s and Roger’s schedule these days, one from Bowdoin College and three from high school. 2016 was a hard year for Betsy Beachley Winger, who had several surgeries over a 12-month period. This put a damper on her competitive ballroom dancing. Betsy’s husband died in Dec. 2013, but she continues to dance with her instructor. Molly Moore Romero is still in Omaha, deeply rooted in her neighborhood where she works at the restaurant she founded with her business partner in 2003. She also teaches yoga, but no longer works at her art and photography. She enjoys her two granddaughters, 12 and 20, and wonders at how different their world is compared to what we experienced at that age. Peter and Carolyn McCurdy Wilson have moved right down the street from the yacht club where they grew up. They still sail and fly-fish, albeit at a slower pace. Four young grandchildren help keep them on their toes. Beth Myers enjoys retirement from teaching kindergarten and since 1978, lives in the Westminster, MD house where she grew up. She conducts two Bible studies a week and her black pug provides exercise. She has had a 29-game plan with the Orioles and roots for the New England Patriots. Anne Burgess Huffer has taught for 38 years—23 in MD, 12 in FL and three in Bahrain. She still does some volunteer tutoring and part-time teaching at Hagerstown Community College and Shepherd University. She 50


and husband Jay spend winters in FL, where they have made many friends over the years. While they lived in Bahrain, they traveled abroad and now are focused on seeing all of the US, with only nine states left. Debby Parker Hamilton’s husband Tim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last Aug. He has completed seven months of chemo and several weeks of radiation. They have received good support from their Episcopal church and from their daughters. Debby and Tim hope to visit their summer place in upstate NY this summer. Peter and Ruth Fredericks Frey have recently purchased a home in Cambria, CA, where they have spent the past five winters away from the harsh weather of their CO home. They plan to live in Cambria eight months and in CO the rest of the year. Claire Fulenwider and her wife Harriet moved recently into a new old house in Santa Fe, closer to downtown. They have enough space to keep their RV on site. Their daughter Nina, grandson Nelson, son Nathan, and daughter-in-law Pam all helped Claire celebrate her 75th in April. Claire and Harriet will spend the summer at their WI cabin, grateful for good health, travels and each other. They are both determined to resist and persist following the lessons that Virginia Lewis taught all of us. Ellen Roberts Glaccum has been in a reflective mood lately, thinking back to events in the early 60s. She and Cathy Kuralt Harris traveled to DC on a frigid Jan. 20, 1961, to see John Kennedy inaugurated. They climbed a tree to see the proceedings, little knowing that three years later they would be back on Capitol Hill to see the presidential casket lying in state in the Rotunda. Ellen has also been thinking about her favorite Hood professor and wishing that Virginia Lewis were still alive to help her make sense of the current political situation.

1965 Emily Kilby 443-485-7443, erkilby44@gmail.com Catherine Beyer Meredith 410-252-1947, alto1cat@aol.com

Joslin Cook Ruffle sent the following note at the end of June, reporting the death of Lynne Reagan Johnson: Many of our classmates may recall that Lynne was not able to come to our 50th reunion. At that time, she was undergoing lots of tests to determine the cause of multiple difficulties. It was finally determined that she had had a stroke, and received the diagnosis of lung cancer. After months of treatment and a lot of hard work and determination to overcome the effects of the stroke, she was told this past April that the cancer had metastasized to her brain. She had one operation where multiple tumors were discovered. She made the difficult and courageous decision to forego all further treatment, which would only prolong her being alive but without any quality of living. She died surrounded by her family on June 10. I will

miss Lynne and our four-hour lunches! She was a dear friend. For those of you who have not read the book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande, I highly recommend it. It deals with the end-of-life decisions we all will face and we need to discuss with our family.” The obituary, published in Morning Call on June 15, 2017, highlights the creative, giving and productive life Lynne had lived since graduation from Hood, is at bit.ly/2t1eTGk.

1966 Dianne Beebe Barske 907-346-3167, dielbarske@gci.net

Anna Buhr Cole her husband Miles continue their love of travel, visiting Spain and Portugal, and planned trips to Iceland and Norway, the Holy Land and North Africa. Both daughters are librarians. Virginia “Ginny” Wheeler Jones M.A.’88, who chaired our 50 th Hood reunion, looks back on that time as “such a positive experience” filled with many happy memories. Winter days in FL led to reunions with Bill and Carole Ann Kemp Lovett and Frank and Terri Petrillo Connolly. Ginny and Charlie celebrated their 50 th wedding anniversary last year. Carole Ann wrote that she and Bill are hoping to move to The Villages, FL, after selling their home in Deep Creek Lake, MD. She hopes for a reunion next year in FL with Pat Kehoe Tylander. Barbara Cubberly Smith’s main focus, other than family, is plants and travel to see plants—and her six grandchildren. She and husband Ron traveled in their RV to the maritime provinces in Canada and to FL. Barb volunteers with the Master Gardeners in southeastern NC. Laurie Wheeler Brown writes that her dogwoods and gardens in Asheville, NC are absolutely beautiful. Her five grandchildren will be with her most of the summer as they come and go from various camps. Laurie spends time quilting and husband Fay wields a hammer for Habitat for Humanity. In Aug., Bonnie Scull Hawkes and husband Geoff will board a cruise ship in Vancouver, head through the Northwest Passage, eventually to NY, then up the St. Lawrence to Quebec City. “We are very excited that we are lucky enough to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Millicent “Milli” Towner Fazey and husband Charles will be going to Colombia for two weeks in July with their Spanish professor and his espousa. They will visit Bogota, Medellin and Cali. Pat Chapple Wright H’90 splits her time between Madagascar and Stony Brook University, where she is a distinguished professor. The Centre ValBio research campus she founded in Madagascar has received three large construction grants for expansion. The remote community health team has doubled in size and the education team is in 20 schools teaching participatory science and environment classes. Nancy Frederickson Sherlin visited last fall. Pat’s daughter, Amanda, is living on Cape Cod with Pat’s two “fantastic” grandchildren,

Arianna and Issan. Betty Schmidt Martin recently sold the riverfront house she inherited from her mother several years ago. “One of my twin sons has four children, in Texas, and we see them whenever possible. We travel to Orlando often to see his brother’s family with one child who turned one in May.” Betty’s daughter is working in San Francisco, and Betty and her husband visited in April. Betty planned to be on the Hood College tour to Normandy in June, and on a river cruise from Zurich to Amsterdam in Aug. with her daughter. Susan Worth Fiala wrote from Denver where she was assisting in the care of daughter-in-law, Tammy, who had a bone marrow transplant last March for her leukemia. “She is doing very well.” In Feb., Susan visited Beth Harlow Foster in Port St. Lucie, FL. This summer, Beth planned a trip to Ocean City, MD with Susan. On June 3, Susan and John will celebrate their 50th anniversary. After 42 happy years in AK, my husband Elliott and I are moving to McMinnville, OR this summer. A big clump of our family (both sons and their families) has settled in Portland and the pull of family simply got too powerful. We thought we’d always be Alaskans – and in our hearts, we always will be. Our younger son and his wife both went to Linfield College in McMinnville, so we know the pretty, small town. I thought we’d never be back – but here we come!


50th Reunion

Giving Participation 80.56% - Total Class Dollars $143,825

Patricia “Pat” Rosner Kearns kearns.patricia@gmail.com

Enjoyed seeing so many people this past reunion weekend! Congrats to co-chairs Sue Bracken and Ginny Price Bracken for an amazing job, and those who put the memory book and art show together! Susan Wadia-Ells says her book, Busting Breast Cancer: Our Personal and Political Revolution...with four simple steps to stop breast cancer before it starts (Sept. 2017) is the first book on breast cancer prevention, based on the metabolic theory of cancer. Susan blames editorial demands for missing the reunion but held one in New England this spring. Ginny Munson Hammell’s exciting news is that daughter Hailey will make her a grandmother (it’s a boy) in July. Ginny invites all to come visit her during the winter in Boca Raton. During her months in Alexandria, she serves on the Board of Community Lodgings, a transitional housing program. Ginny hosted alums at the amazing Trading Room she’s donated to Hood. French House roommates Judy Lehman Ballinger and Cheryl Wray Kirk will perform at the reunion chapel service and participate in the art show with Kris Campbell Joyce. Otherwise, “BJ and I journeyed in Feb. to Cuba for my art/teaching. We were based in Havana at the Melia Cohiba

next to the famous seawall, the Malacon.” After 31 years at Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, NJ as director of dietetics, Leilani (Lani) Chen Viney retired in 2011. She says “I was able to focus on my passion for ballroom dancing” and does so competitively, in a Blackpol, England open pro/am championships in May, finishing 3rd in her division. Lani’s son and family live in Ithaca, NY where he has a medical practice; Lani doesn’t see enough of grandchildren, Liala and Owen. Lani serves on the board of The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation, for children with kidney disease. Edie Ryll Mathews has been lucky that her husband’s job with Delta brought them to Atlanta, Robert Shaw’s city. “I auditioned for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and was accepted, singing for three years in the ’70s. Then worried about Mr. Shaw dying, I auditioned in 1988 and got back into the chorus, where I’ve been ever since. This chorus, although volunteer, requires we audition every year. The Atlanta Symphony has won numerous Grammys, including several for best choral performance. I’ve really used my music major, teaching piano all this time, and doing 17 years of choral conducting, as well. I’ve benefitted from Dr. Allen Bonde’s excellent teaching and even taught two sight singing classes à la Mr. William Sprigg! We have three children, who all live in Atlanta. One has just married this past Oct., so we are hoping for a grandchild down the road.” Judy Lehman Ballinger mostly “spends time painting in my spacious home studio, selling scarves and other art at our art coop gallery, visiting our nine grandkids, selectively responding to political outrage, and trying not to notice which part of my body doesn’t work as well as it used to. Reunion was fantastic.” Personally, grandson Ozzie arrived in May, joining Karolina, Max, Laszlo and Isaac. My son, Neil, is headed for law school and daughter Johanna runs the Pavilion at the National Gallery in DC. With Josh in CA, Neil in KY, and Max in GA, I spend a lot of time going east-west to see the grandkids. Still working – running a nonprofit in Fairfax, VA, helping the homeless get back on their feet. Pat Rosner Kearns

1968 Sharon Burns Walsh 410-749-0426, sharon.walsh68@gmail.com

Sandy Gerwin Herndon and Charlotte Sizoo Whitenight have been working diligently on our behalf to raise funds to endow a scholarship. Please consider making a generous contribution to this class gift. Susan Marano and I are reunion co-chairs and will periodically be sending you information about the schedule of events and other details. We hope you’re planning to come and reconnect with your classmates! Just seeing all the changes to the campus is almost worth the trip to Frederick! Mary Kay Noren and Don still keep

their sailboat on Kent Island, MD and were in transit in late May to get it ready for a busy summer and early fall sailing season. They sold their house in MD in Dec. 2015 and moved to Dataw Island, SC. They discovered it a few years ago. It was love at first sight, and the community has surpassed their expectations and changed their lives. They have both become addicted to tennis. Through tennis, boating and volunteering, they’ve made a lot of great friends. She adds, “We feel so lucky to have made an impulsive decision to move that has brought such a new wonderful life. This leapof-faith behavior is a gift of age. You sort of get to the point of saying ‘why not?’ to new adventures. Since most of aging is negative, it is such a plus to learn to follow your heart.” Susan McGehee Nelson and Bob are still enjoying their work though they are taking a little more time off and as a result, enjoying more balance in their lives. They celebrated her 70th birthday in Oct. 2016 with a week in Asheville, where they were joined for a few days by their son and daughter-in-law. In Dec. 2016, she had hip replacement surgery, which went extremely well. She stays in regular touch with Sue Keppler Sweetser and Pam Nicholson Neuman. She plans to be at the 50th reunion and hopes Sue Keppler Sweetser will also be there. I had a delightful phone chat with Carolyn Fraley (aka “Fingers”), who definitely plans to attend our 50th reunion in June. She retired in 2013 after a 36year teaching career, which included 14 in Rome. During that time, she lived for eight years with a British couple. She has traveled extensively with them through Italy, England and Scotland. Her next trip will be to Ireland. She volunteers at her church and has been de-cluttering her house. Carolyn is especially proud to report that she has become a political activist and participated in the People’s Climate Change March last April. We laughed at how late in our lives we both came to political protest. I went to DC last Jan. with several friends to take part in the Women’s March and found the experience exhilarating and inspiring. Since Ron retired in March 2015, we have been enjoying more travel—England and Scotland in spring 2016, a trip to Germany in fall 2016 and a family trip to Lake Garda and Venice in fall 2017. We try to spend as much time as possible sailing our 32-foot sailboat on the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay, but the time we love the most is spent with our three grandsons, ages 3, 1, and 6 months. Crossing my fingers to see a gigantic turnout of the Class of ’68 in June!

1969 Sayre Roney Steere 850-233-0238, sayre1126@gmail.com

Cindy Kannapel Weiss was the first to respond to my plea for news. She recently discovered her near neighbor in Lansdowne, PA – Gwen Ebersole Lehman S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


’68 – small world! Cindy has nicely recovered from back surgery but anticipates a knee replacement in the fall. A little R&R in Cape Cod and Cape May over the summer should do wonders. Her three grandchildren live not far away. Carolyn Cantagalli Dumaresq stays busy with dog training and doing agility with her three Border Collies. She also teaches doctoral students quantitative research (statistics) for Immuculata University and volunteers with Rotary exchange students and rescue dogs. She stays in touch with Connie Meek, who competes worldwide in skiing and running. In retirement, Carol Wyman Harris now creates handmade greeting cards and other crafts, which she sells at area craft fairs. Attracting birds, bees and butterflies to her garden is a passion of hers. Jill Stanley and her husband have been Indiana Hoosiers for a year now, and continue to dance and make new friends. They’ve gained a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. Marty Silcox Hankins has officially retired from teaching! She continues to help Ken with his pottery business and volunteers with the Carroll County Master Garden program. A 46th anniversary trip is planned to Smith Island, then off to Nova Scotia in Sept. Susie Holtzmann Richardson writes: “Susie Lawrence, Linda Richards McKnight Hoover and I are grateful to share the joy of later-in-life relationships with very special men and to support each other through the aging and death of our parents.” Esther Kofod Whitfield shared roommate Joanne Fodor Smith’s glowing review of Esther’s book The Libyan: “She makes the madness and cruelty of Libya palpable and gives a real voice to the decimated beauty of the land and her peoples. Through the details she chooses to express and the character of her personhood, she has made me aware of the true Libyan.” In addition to running a horse boarding business, Karla Leum Stoner, M.A.’81 and Bill manage a farm in south Frederick County at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. They love river cruises and have taken two in the US and two in Europe. Sadly, Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety reports battling IPF, diagnosed in 2014, but she keeps a positive attitude and looks forward to welcoming a new grandson in Nov., and to visiting with Sharon MacDonald Sayles later this year. Thanks to retirement, Joanne Ingoldsby Peters is again transitioning from winter hobbies—snowshoeing, genealogy and quilting, to her summer favorites—travel, golf and gardening. A trip to Ireland is planned for Sept. Linda Israel Lamm and Doug enjoyed a week of art and architecture in Havana, Cuba with Sam (Mary) Ryan Reeves ’70 in Feb. They’ll head to NC this summer and to London in the fall. Margaret Dunkle spearheaded May 23 event at the Calvert County courthouse where the portrait of civil rights hero Harriet Elizabeth Brown was unveiled. Virginia (Penney) Weatherby Brown writes: “Libby Marckwardt Oliver and I just returned from a nine-day cruise to Bermuda and the Caribbean to celebrate our 70th birthdays and 52 years of friendship.” Carole Downing Staton and Roy took a recent Bermuda cruise, after visiting El Paso, TX to see son Andrew before his next deployment. They’ll 52


welcome a new granddaughter in Binghamton, NY in June, then set sail on an Alaskan cruise in July. Dave and I, Sayre Roney Steere, are doing a good bit of traveling ourselves. In Nov., we took a quick “family anniversary” cruise to Cozumel. We packed up the Tesla again in Jan. and drove to Flagstaff, AZ where our girls and “grandgirls” joined us for a week at a resort. Snow abounded while at the Grand Canyon but the weather was ideal in Sedona. This spring we drove up the east coast to Cape Cod and on the return trip “hit” the Poconos, Atlantic City and DC. Next up Seattle, home to both our daughters. But this time we’re flying!

1970 Karin Ninesling Infuso 910-400-5137, kinfuso@aol.com

Cindy Besancon Walsh left her “beloved CO” eight years ago to care for family members in FL. She was able to move to Spokane, WA, one year ago to be closer to her son and his family. Cindy spends her retirement time on golf, fishing, camping and playing with her grandchildren. Ada Karen Blair participated in the Women’s March on DC in Jan., the day after the presidential inauguration. She joined a group of women from rural NC. It was a “defining moment” to be a part of more than a million women who demonstrated their concerns for the environment, human rights and women’s issues. Susan (“Sandy”) Doucett Greenberg and her husband met Margaret Livingstone Frisk and her husband during their annual trip from FL to MA. Joining them were Kathryn Grant Heinen and Ann Rechsteiner Phillips and their husbands. They were grateful for this time together; Sandy maintained keeping in touch after “50 years and counting is so important”. Sandy is also in contact with Vickie Smith Diaz. Roberta Dudley Maguire enjoys retirement with “five, soon to be six, grandchildren.” She recently returned from a trip to Germany and Austria with Joanne Loughrey Flahive. Ellen Farrand Carpenter reported she has a four-year-old grandson and five-month-old granddaughter. Ellen recently made a surprise visit to her Hood roommate, Lallah Pierpont Brilhart, whom she hadn’t seen since graduation. They recognized each other immediately. Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer drove 5,500 miles in a motor home and visited nine national parks in CA, TX and NM. After six weeks, she flew home to FL and will continue the trip in the fall. She states that “retirement is great.” Margaret Livingstone Frisk reports that her husband will retire in July after teaching for 13 years at Florida Atlantic University, working 26 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and nine years at the Naval Research Lab. Marge and her husband will continue to summer in MA and winter in FL. Marge’s sad news was of Lucy Rupp Sterner’s sudden and unexpected passing in April. Lucy was Marge’s roommate during junior and senior year at Hood and was a bridesmaid in Marge’s wedding. Lucy’s sister graduated from

Hood in 1975. We send condolences to Lucy’s family. Joanne Loughrey Flahive sent news of an 18-monthold grandson who is a “total delight.” Joanne and Roberta Dudley Maguire went on a 10-day trip to Germany and Austria with a small group that included an author of a WWII novel. They visited places in the novel including Buchenwald, Nuremberg, and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Joanne and her husband will travel to Santa Fe, NM, this summer and will be joined by their daughter, son-in-law and grandson. Margaret Muncie enjoys her “semi-retired life” which includes three trips a year to NYC to serve on the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary. Peggy recently hosted a gathering of Hood alums, President Chapdelaine and Nancy Gillece at her home in Greenville, SC. Donna Newman spends much time on various beaches and will visit the Baltic capitals and St. Petersburg, Russia, in Aug. Karin Ninesling Infuso and her husband fill their retirement days in NC with gardening, a community book club and civic groups, and an adorable, almost two-year-old grandson. Karin visited FL for vacation and to see a long-time friend and colleague, and travels with her daughter and grandson to workshops for teachers of exceptional children. Karin joined Karen Blair on the historic Women’s March on DC in Jan. and sees Karen and her husband, who live nearby, as often as possible. Mary Ryan Reeves visited with Ellen Sacks P ’09 when Ellen participated in a panel on “Women in the Law” at Hood. Sam’s trip to Cuba was a cultural opportunity during which she saw “completely inspiring art.” Sam designed an “I Love 70” t-shirt that is available on Zazzle.com. Nancy Schneider Alder reports that her five grandchildren will enter grades 5-7 in the fall, and two will become teenagers. She is proud of their success in school and their involvement in numerous sports. Vickie Smith Diaz “had the honor” of walking her daughter down the aisle at her wedding on Mother’s Day. For Vickie, it was a “fabulous Mother’s Day.”

1971 Mary McMunigal Burland 610-733-4009, mburl5@verizon.net Mindy Laighton Wilcox 619-462-6230, mlwilcox3@gmail.com

Nancy Fisher Henderson wrote that she and John continue to enjoy retirement in their Chestertown, MD home. Nancy loves the opportunity to do the things she enjoys most—reading, knitting, music, sailing and anything with John. They are active in their church choir and bell choir and enjoy the National Music Festival each June. The warm weather finds them very busy sailing, particularly in the spring and fall, with John racing their sailboat while Nancy serves on the race committee. Donna Mikulak Strawser has lived in Bremen, ME for the past nine years. Her daughter Allison, and Allison’s husband and their three sons live nearby, while son Nathan and his two sons are still living

in TN. Donna’s husband Dan still is a woodcarver, although that has become more challenging as he has developed Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, it is being kept somewhat at bay. Donna retired from teaching in 2008 and now works part-time online for PEDSTest.com. She also does a lot of gardening, quilting, exercising and grandmothering! She keeps in touch with Cynthia White Gilbert, and they manage to get together every now and then after not seeing each other from 1975 until 2014! Elizabeth “Betsy” Cooper Pizzolato, Alice Paul McGinnis and Mary McMunigal Burland met for lunch in Havre de Grace, MD in March. It was a delightful afternoon as they enjoyed good food, wonderful memories and the opportunity to reconnect after so many years. Mary and I are always grateful to those of you who send us news or respond to our emails and letters. Please drop us a line and tell us what you have been up to, especially if you haven’t written in a while.


45th Reunion

Giving Participation 40.38% - Total Class Dollars $18,443

Cynthia Clifford 415-563-5273, cynthiaclifford999@gmail.com Carol Schlosnagle Bradford 703-653-4466, cbradford043@gmail.com

It seems like only yesterday that we graduated, but it has been 45 years! Twenty-two classmates attended the reunion, all easily recognizable and looking good! As always, it was great to have some spouses join us. Special thanks to Lucia Grabenstein Kline and Chrisse Butler Hassett, M.A.’75 for again serving as chairs and planning this wonderful weekend. We are grateful to Chrisse for hosting cocktails in her home on Friday evening. Saturday morning, we were welcomed by President Chapdelaine, with an optimistic look at the College’s future, followed by a lovely Alumnae Luncheon in the Volpe Athletic Center. Lucia and Chris Kline invited us to a delightful reunion dinner at Lucia’s family farm. Sunday found us in Coblentz for Strawberry Breakfast, a Hood tradition that continues to this day. Heartfelt thanks to Darlene DeMay for faithful service all these years as class agent—and to Sarah Sonne O’Donnell for volunteering to take on this important role. Darlene recently posted a reminder that July starts pledging for our five-year cumulative gift for our 50th reunion. In other news: Linda Wicks Crites reunited with a number of Hood friends in May on their trip to RI. She and husband Bob had lunch in Harrisburg with Kathy Stewart, dinner in Bethlehem with Jane Chaisson Blake and husband Joe, and dinner in Denver, PA, with Big Sister Cindy Worley Grill ’70 and husband Greg. She had last seen Cindy in 1993 so there was a lot of catching up to do. Thanks to Linda Cumber Gifkins for creating and maintaining the Hood Class of 1972 Facebook page. If you haven’t already, please open a Facebook account

and join the Class of 1972 group. Linda posted: “Great to see ‘Kathy’ Grace Rand Nelson, who hadn’t been back in 45 years.” Liz Gruppe Stover and husband Harold, who live in Hollis, ME, claim to be retired but both stay very involved in their professions. Liz takes every opportunity to be back in the classroom subbing. She also has an antique business, has taught English to immigrants and stays politically active. Harold continues to play recitals, directs a chorus and composes. They have two daughters. Janice Williams Martin and Al thoroughly enjoyed this reunion and are looking forward to our 50th. She liked the renovations at Shriner and the many improvements to the campus. Marti (Martha) Murray Robinson says she is happily adjusting to retirement from teaching college English, although she does miss learning from her students. In addition to travel, visiting friends and family, reading, riding, yoga, running and golf, she plans to pursue her fascination with Jungian psychology this fall through the Pacifica Graduate Institute’s MA/PhD program in depth psychology in Santa Barbara, CA. Marti’s guest was Pat Kidd ’74, the only little sister present (though not Marti’s). Kathy Stewart continues to enjoy round-robin email discussions on politics with Jane Chaisson Blake, Linda Wicks Crites, Kathy Martin Belikoff, Barrie Parsons Tilghman and Candy. She enjoyed meeting Linda and Bob Crites for lunch in Harrisburg on their journey to a family reunion in May, and welcomed Candy to Harrisburg for a pre-reunion visit and river extravaganza.

1974 Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00 301-964-6677, joycemackellar@yahoo.com Patricia Kidd 609-737-3656, pat.kidd@hotmail.com

Thanks to everyone who sent news, particularly Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe, who’s also volunteered to create a Facebook page for us, possibly including our adjacent classes. Stay tuned for more on this; in the meantime, here’s news: “Hello” from Peggy Jordan Lamborne and Dorothy Herdle Files (from TX). Peggy Bull Larsen, M.S.’79 is enjoying her work at Goucher as director of presidential and special events; she just returned from a trip to Southwestern England (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Wiltshire) with her sister-in-law. Her trip included a visit to Port Isaac where they were filming an episode of Doc Martin, the British medical dramedy. Peggy also visited Cuba in Feb. and highly recommends travel to both the countryside and Havana before it changes too much. Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe is semi-retired and living in Charlottesville, also spending some time in her Ft. Myers, FL. condo. She and Cheryl Cuddeback ’75 recently reconnected on Facebook, finding they had work (real estate) and daughters in common. She

also reports that Liz Anne Arant is engaged. Elizabeth Rittenhouse, P’07 is working as a technical writer for a software development firm and notes she has “no plans to retire” (go Beth!). She and Patricia Loser Godwin are planning a “slumber party” at Beth Guertler Godfrey, M.A.’80 house in two weeks. They also plan to see Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, M.S.’00 and Jennifer Fifield for dinner and other activities. Deborah Kohler is still working as an interim minister in MI, but hoping that she’ll be able to retire after this posting (though she has both excitement and fears about moving into this phase of life). Her husband Ed continues to work as an automotive engineer and they’re planning to participate in a vintage auto race in Daytona this fall! This past winter, when they were in FL, Deb had a chance to catch up with her big sister, Jane Eselen Blocker ’72 and hopes to connect again on future trips. Linda Shurko Bulvanoski lost her husband at the end of May. Linda’s note: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the love of my life and my very best friend lost his valiant battle from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He fought like the champion he always was to his very last breath. He was so proud of the community where he resided and loved marching and speaking at Bethlehem’s Memorial Day Parade. Bethlehem’s parade was canceled this year due to inclement weather but I believe Leo’s spirit and soul might have had something to do with the cancelation today. Heaven gained the gentlest soul and the best example of what a gentleman is today.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda. My own news: I retired in March but am gearing up to work part-time again, beginning in July. I’m heading down to Hood with Martha Murray Robinson ’72 for her reunion. For fun, I’m learning to play the banjo and through-hiking with my partner Davis Henderson (completing the Camino de Santiago in Span last Oct. and the Scottish “John Muir Way” in May). In the past few years, I visited beautiful San Miguel de Allende in Mexico several times and enjoyed spending time Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins ’75 and her husband Steve, who’ve retired there. I saw Rhea last summer in Brooklyn, along with Cheryl Cuddeback ’75, when Rhea was in town for a celebration and remembrance service for her father, Nikos Bel-Jon. I’ve just missed bumping into Margery Berringer-Schuran several times with Rhea. Keep that news coming!

1975 Deborah Page Rath 530-891-4975, dp95942@aol.com

Cherilyn Widell sent a Hello to all. She has a wonderful consulting practice in historic preservation which has led her into projects S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


ranging from the creation of DE’s first National Park to stabilization of Alexander Graham Bell’s House. This year she was named to the board of the US Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, so she will be involved in nominating World Heritage Sites for the US. She owes it all to Mrs. Hagerman and Dr. Latkovski, who showed her how to develop a career in history! If you’re near Chestertown MD, contact her for a visit. Margery Berringer-Schuran ’74 and her husband Horst joined Steven and Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins for a short visit in San Miguel in Jan. They all drove to a quiet beach on the Pacific Coast where they shared a spectacular house and cheered Steven on to 2nd place in his open water swim. They are looking forward to doing more traveling and more open water swims for Steven. Unfortunately, Rhea has developed back problems, but feels she could not be in a better place to work to avoid surgery. The thermal pools there are just the ticket for her therapy. She still works with the animal shelter and just participated in a free city-wide program that sterilized more than 700 cats and dogs in four days. Arlene Bujese, M.A.’78 has completed the installation of more than 90 works of art donated by East End Long Island artists throughout the newly opened Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue, NY. She is in the 17th year of the Boxart Benefit Auction for EEH, serving as chairperson. Cheryl Cuddeback is a NY Licensed Real Estate Sales Representative focusing on Queens and Long Island. The beauty of this career is she interacts with fellow “Hoodlums” like Carolyn Schoemer Huyghe ’74. Last summer she chilled with Billie Weise ’74 and Ann Cuppia Gandy ’74 on the Jersey shore. Laila Grabowsky Bottomly and her husband Kirk just finished hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. What a trip! They hiked the Camino in Spain two years ago! Their kids are doing well—daughter Jenny splits her time between mothering six kids and being an emergency doctor. Their son Matt is an intellectual property attorney in Orange County and got married in March. Laila lives near Sacramento and is glad to be far away from the doings in DC! Joan Garner Kaiser emailed me while sitting on the Disney Magic in Stockholm, Sweden! Joan and her husband John did a re-positioning cruise from Port Canaveral and then a Northern European cruise. So much fun sailing with Mickey, Minnie and friends. Retirement can be a grand thing. Thank you to everyone who was able to respond to my request for class news. Sorry I was unable to give everyone more time. My son Matt got a great job at E&J Gallo Winery in Roseville, CA. It has been fun for me to learn about the company and all the wines and distilled liquors in their portfolio. Should take me a while to sample everything. I continue to explore more alternatives to solve my chronic pain, but it is a long, difficult process. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer. Wishing you, your families and friends the best! Debbie Page Rath



1976 Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz 850-995-0051, nlwfeltz@hotmail.com

Kathy Anderson Jewell and husband Chip are happy to announce the birth of their fifth grandchild Isla Katherine Zoller, born to daughter Kristin and husband Zack on May 1, 2017, joining siblings, Nora (5) and Ian (3).  David and Diana Hilgartner Boyd are happy to announce the marriage of their son, Will, on June 10, 2017 in Jackson, MS. Congratulations to the Boyd family! Margaret Lindsay Doyle attended SUNY PolyTech graduation and as she was leaving, overheard someone say, “I got my undergraduate degree from Hood College!” Maggie immediately whipped around and said, “You’re kidding! I graduated from Hood!” She replied, “1988, it was still all women!” Small world! As reported in the last issue of Hood Magazine, Judith Howe passed away in Dec. 2016. Jane Olsen, M.A.’78 writes: “What some may not have known was that Judy and I were together for 42 years and legally married for three. Judy was too ill for us to attend our 40th reunion. I’m adjusting to her passing.” Our classmates send our deepest sympathy to you, Jane. Lois Vandermark Moore’s father Robert Vandermark, Sr. passed away on Feb. 4, 2017. We send our deepest sympathy and love to Lois and her family. Barbara Woolmington has settled into a rental home in a small suburb in West Asheville post-retirement. They are enjoying the wonderful restaurants, beautiful hiking trails and new friends. She has joined a book group and the local athletic club. Husband Craig went on Medicare last month and is pleased so far with the good service he is getting. Larry and I had a wonderful trip to San Antonio in April. We enjoyed the Riverwalk, Market Square, the Alamo and the Missions. So much to do in that beautiful city! We are looking forward to our annual beach trip to OBX with our kids and grandkids in June.


40th Reunion

Giving Participation 27.27% - Total Class Dollars $17,874.77

Elizabeth Anderson Comer 410-243-6767, ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

Our 40th reunion weekend was delightful in every way. Classmates at reunion included: Terri Pyle Reed, Barrie Briscoe Reightler, Sarah Kingman Matthews, M.A.’80, Elaine Patry Jones, Sue Bradley Wogatske, Ruth Ann Oyer Shaffer, Martha Homnack Armenti, Barbara Crum Barnette, M.A.’86, Ann Nicodemus Thompson, Diane Gurney Pratt, Diane Campbell McKenney, Dawn Cramer Stein, Sharon Thorpe Kourtz, Dale Hilgartner Cirillo, Jayne VanVliet Davilli, Deb Davis Hewson, Amy White Morgan, Kathleen Weslock, Rubina Patel, Gretta Tomb, and Elizabeth Anderson Comer.

Terri said it best: “Classmates from coast (Elaine from ME) to coast (Diane Gurney Pratt from WA) and as far south as TX (Diane Campbell McKenny) came to celebrate 40 years. We certainly have some good-looking grandmothers in our class. Ann Nicodemus Thompson has four grandchildren and Barbara Ann Crum Barnette has six. I started the weekend with dinner at the Thompson’s. We chatted until after 11 and then I relived dorm life. For those who haven’t been in the area lately, Frederick and Walkersville are no longer separated by farm fields. In fact, it’s hard to tell where one stops and the other begins! We had a terrific lunch at Brewer’s Alley (organized by Diane Campbell McKenney); Amy White Morgan and Rubina Patel represented us at the College luncheon (and collected Hood chocolates for each of us). Our class kicked off the dance party after dinner on Saturday (and the DJ even played The Streak in tribute to our freshman year). After Sunday’s strawberry breakfast, most of us attended the chapel service where Ann Nicodemus Thompson showed off her talents on the pipe organ. The service (conducted by the Class of 1967) used the hymn Be Thou My Vision, which was one that Sharon Thorpe Kourtz played to honor her husband Paul at his memorial service in Feb. (I felt that it was like Paul was letting Sharon know that he was there with her this weekend.) Rubina Patel honored our class with a brick on the walkway near the new fountain, declaring that we are the best. (The 40th Anniversary is the ruby anniversary, so it was an appropriate and generous gift from our dear sweet Ruby!)” The campus was stunning and the friendships were warm and enduring. Amy thought it was “a wonderful weekend! The 40 years magically slipped away. Here’s to some wonderful Hood women!” Classmates sent news to share: Katherine Kluth Rohm and Greg just finished renovating a 1940 house in Lutherville, MD and are happy to be closer to town again. They just returned from a whisky-tasting trip to Scotland. Sadly, they could not join the 40th reunion, but hope everyone had a wonderful time reminiscing. Diane Gurney Pratt and husband Rick have lived in Richland, WA for 35 years. “We absolutely love the Pacific Northwest. It’s wonderful that our sons Nathan, Brad and Stephen live so close to us. And now, we are thrilled to have three grandchildren who delight our hearts. I continue to work in finance at our church. I love the work and the people. In July, Rick and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary. I will always treasure the memories from this past reunion weekend. It was very special! Hopefully many of us will be able to return back to Hood for the 50th.” Sharon Thorpe Kourtz is very appreciative of the support from her Hood family following the death of her husband (Paul) in Feb. Her son, Collin, is a Novice Brother with the Capuchin Order of Franciscans. Our 40th reunion was a blast! ...fun to catch up with friends... we missed seeing several classmates who couldn’t attend. Next time BTOBS...life is too short to miss these milestones! We have great plans for our next reunion so please don’t miss it!

1978 Kathie Brown Sandifer 717-762-3045, klsandman2002@yahoo.com

Anne Reed in Cincinnati, OH is the new director of engagement for the Transfiguration Spirituality Center learning to become a trained spiritual leader. Anne’s son is in his final year of Ph.D. program in Southern CA. Anne finds time for a pleasurable Hobby-Singing in a Barbershop Quartet, “Keeps a smile on my face”! Anne saw Martha VandenBosche Goodlett in Oct. and says “she looks the same and makes a mean apple pie”! Martha will marry Steve Root on Aug. 5, in SC. Kelly Walfred Miller and husband, Ed, continue in their law and mediation practice. She is also working part-time as a MD court navigator. One son has completed 15 years of teaching math and coaching basketball, while another works fulltime, goes to college part-time and plays guitar. Their daughter graduated summa cum laude, competed in the MD 2016 Miss Carroll County, is an EMT and CPR instructor and is studying to be a PA. Kelly looks forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren! Tanya Hall Fuhrmeister is looking forward to being able to join her husband, Roy, in retirement in a few years. Tanya is still working as an environmental consultant. She has six grandchildren to spoil. She still enjoys singing in her church and is in a local community chorale. After 38 years of teaching, Sally Lynn Whisner Hoague, M.A.’82 retired last spring. “I had a wonderful career teaching students with special needs transition to adult.” As a part-time family consultant for Connect and Learn, she is able to go into homes to help parents of autistic or developmentally disabled children. She and Samantha celebrated 25 years of marriage. Their daughter attends University of MD and majors in special education. Barbara Hughes Maistros wrote a very nice letter that unfortunately I had to edit. She, husband Bob, and two of her six children live in Lake Worth, FL and would love Hood visitors at 4545 Luxemburg Court. Daughter Tina lives in Seattle with one child and one on the way; son John Matt, and wife Angeli have a daughter, Penny, diagnosed with portal vein thrombosis, had a vein transplant in Chicago but is a lively beautiful 3.5 year old now; daughter Mia and husband John had their first baby in April. Daughter Tonia lives with Barbara; son TJ lives in Brooklyn and pursues a master’s in percussion at NYU; daughter Traci graduated from Liberty University and is back in FL. Barbara looks forward to spending time with grandchildren, finishing sewing projects and helping Bob with his business, hoping to retire by 70. Kathy Reichbach wrote that she lives in St. Louis and would love any visitors coming through for work or fun. She loves her job as staff attorney for the standing Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee. She was able to go to Philadelphia for a four-day conference last summer. She also went on a big

trip in Aug. and Sept. to Japan where she stayed with her niece, a civilian mechanical engineer assigned to the Navy base. She writes “I had a fabulous time and loved experiencing the very different culture.” I, Kathie Sandifer, have been so blessed with another grandson to son Matt and Kate. Little Max was born end of April and we’ve just returned from a trip to CA to visit. Breaks my heart not to have my grandsons closer, but yay for FaceTime! Granddaughter, Gemma, to Brian and Jen, is two years old now and talking. Daughter Katie just got engaged, yay! And will be graduating in Aug. with her nurse practitioner degree.

1979 Trina Clickner 727-366-1424, trinaclickner@gmail.com

Rebecca Warner Gardiner: I would like to report that Nancy Rapp, Jill Jamieson Colavita, Louise Angus Cribbs, Linda Itell Thomas, Lisa Bryant, Laura Quinn Paschal, and Jane Rathbone Sanders joined me for an enjoyable long weekend at a beach house on Isle of Palms. In addition to FaceTime chatting with Theresa Fisher Parlett, who couldn’t make the trip, we toured, biked, and did a LOT of catching up. Hood friends are friends forever! Bethanne Warrack: Mark and I have been traveling a bit in 2017. In Feb., we visited the Seychelle Islands and Dubai, and in May, we visited Stockholm. I’m still working at BMS, so that remains a constant. NJ has been gray and rainy. Hoping for some good weather this summer and we’ll get down to the shore. Donna Walters Gault: My biggest news is that my grandson (David’s stepson), Tyler, has graduated from Winter’s Mill High School. As a graduation present, the three of them are spending a week at Daytona Beach. I get to dog-sit my grand-dog, Russell. Good Grandma! :o) Virginia Roth: Big news from me—I got married and moved to Boston. Joyce Lavado Soucy: Made the move to FL, Palm Beach Gardens. Expecting to be a grandma late July—waiting for a beautiful baby boy! Catherine Sherman Hancher: We are expecting our first grandchild in Aug.! Other good things, Margaret “Meg” Forbes Mendoza is moving from CA to FL, so all Magnolia House ladies will be on the East coast—Meg, Donna Mishkin Gordon, Susan Barlett Dunbar, Emily Schwartz McEntee and me. Being that we are all turning 60, I’m hoping for more than one reunion of some sort. My husband, Hank, retired this year; we immediately adopted a dog now that someone is often home to care of her. She’s a handful. We are happy and busy with friends and family and are optimistically looking forward to a bright future. Malia Harrison Anderson: I am finally ending my role as a mother of a Fairfax County school student! Thirty years! My baby Hilary graduated June 21 —I have survived! Monica Manzoni Wentz: Big happenings and joy! Our first grandchild, Connor Vincent, was born in April and I’m retiring from teaching! Hard to believe.

I often think back fondly (and with smiles) on our Hood days. Sally Shake Anthony: Ordinarily I would not have sent this but thought it may be a different take on our class. In 1978-79, I was commuting from Baltimore, after 20 years of absence. I was, at the time, 39 years old and in a few weeks, I will be 80! Getting my BS degree allowed for me to begin a wonderful career in design, which I am still engaged in. Never too late to get started. At the time, I had a daughter in college and a son in high school, two dogs and a house to run, but I made it happen, and am grateful for Hood’s continuing education program. They were so supportive and that made a huge difference. Graduation Day, at 41 years old, was surely a happy day for me surrounded by my kids and family. I remember every detail like it was yesterday. Best thing I ever did! Trina Clickner: I am a happy-go-lucky fiddler, author, cook, landlady and “boss.” I spend part of the year in Dunedin, FL and enjoy summers in my Rochester, NY family home. While everyone else seems to be retiring, I’m thinking I may have just one more work adventure left in me—we’ll see!

1981 Lynne Anderson Vergalitto earned her M.Ed. in mental health and addiction counseling from Cambridge College in Boston. Lynne also started a new job at Scadd as a therapist.


35th Reunion

Giving Participation 22.73% - Total Class Dollars $35,758.79

Liz Bastian Chapin 610-670-9152, busybethc@aol.com

Hello Class of 1982! I must apologize for our absence in the winter issue so I will first catch up on some older news.... Lisa Jean Spuria and husband retired in early 2016 with the federal government after 33 years and moved to Louisville, KY. Lisa started her own consulting business and is doing some writing. Lisa keeps in touch with Amy Blades Steward and Susie Hiles Giallonardo. Deb Booth Cieri’s daughter Rachel wed Kevin Mull Sept. 3. Godmother, Carol Donnelly O’Farrell, hosted a bridal shower and attended the wedding! Carol toured colleges with her middle child; one included none other than our own Hood College which left a favorable impression! Deb corresponds with Angie Sievers who stays busy with work and family. She also keeps in touch with Kim Whitley Bongiorni, who is living back in her hometown of Waldorf. Gretchen Steinmetz Keith celebrated three weddings in 11 months! Daughter Lauren was married in June 2016; sons Bobby and Mark married in 2015. The family keeps growing and Gretchen is loving life as “Gigi” to two grandsons. Lisa Bodamer Kida hosted a “Six-Pack” Reunion at her Douglassville, PA home with Jodi Palmer S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


Murphy, Donna Trumbull Milewski, Caroline Peck Medley and Suzanne Norris Driscoll. They all enjoyed an amazing weekend of wine tasting, birthday celebrating, antiquing and catching up! The “Six-Pack” just attended the 35th reunion in Frederick! They stayed at a wonderful old home on East Church Street. in Downtown Frederick and graciously hosted classmates for post-reunion activities. Ellen Drogin Rodgers reports that over the past year, she’s enjoyed several wonderful visits to Hood: Spending a very brisk but amazing day with Joy Miller Beveridge representing the Class of 1982 at the inauguration of President Chapdelaine; attending the Hood Legacy Brunch with her sister Janet Drogin Wilson ’86, P’14 and niece Riley Wilson ’14; and being present at the Scholarship Recognition Luncheon at which our latest Class of 1982 Scholarship recipient, Le Nguyen ’17, was introduced. Ellen’s still “touching the future” daily at George Mason University as the academic dean/associate dean for student and academic affairs in the College of Education and Human Development. Pierre is a graduate program coordinator at Mason (and likes to say, Ellen is now his boss at work and at home). They enjoyed a family trip to Israel last July, and look forward to other adventures this summer. Over the past few years, Ellen has gotten together every few months (including a FL vacation) with Susan Raffaele McHenry and Diana Schmidt-Romano ’83 to reminisce about days at Hood. Susan’s eldest daughter, Jessica, just finished her first year at The College of William and Mary. The twins, Matthew and Julianne, just finished their second year of high school and keep Susan and Geoff busy with yearround sports. Diana and Don are traveling to France this summer following a trip to Wales last summer for the wedding of their youngest, Emily. Ellen notes how wonderful it was to spend time with classmates at our 35th reunion, and has so appreciated all of the support and kind words from those far and near on her award. She looks forward to reconnecting with those who couldn’t make it during the coming year. “I would be remiss, as the class agent, not to remind everyone to remember Hood in your annual giving—especially contributions to our Class of 1982 Scholarship fund. It’s our lasting legacy to the College. It’s not the amount, as much as it is the act of giving.” Jacquelyn McDaniel West wishes everyone a happy 35th reunion! Although they missed seeing everyone and spending time at the beautiful Hood campus, Jackie and friends had an amazing “mini reunion” in Walnut Creek, CA with host Glynnis Edwards Cowdery. Meg Brown McGinn from CT, Christy Belisle Fitzgerald from FL, and Jackie from VA spent about five days laughing, talking, walking, eating, wine tasting, shopping and sightseeing from Napa Valley to San Francisco! Their fabulous hostess, Glynnis, spoiled them and even made congo bars! The girls wore their dinks, Jackie wore her old Memorial Hall t-shirt, they looked through scrapbooks and old photos. Much 56


fun was had but friends D’Ann White Van Meter ’82, P’11 and Sharon Williams DePamphilis were missed! Regardless of the miles between them, the friendships from Hood remain everlasting bonds. They all hope to celebrate with the rest of the class in five years! Jackie is still living in VA Beach but recently moved to the oceanfront area. Coaching and teaching tennis, she also oversees the girls’ tennis program at a private school and remains active as a player/captain with USTA. Her daughter is a senior at Elon University and her son now lives in Nashville. Glynnis is an arts commissioner in Walnut Creek and sits on several boards that support Arts Education and the community. In her spare time, she is addicted to The Bar Method at a nearby studio. Glynnis loves hiking, reading and enjoys some creative work with fused glass and mosaics. She and husband spend much time at their beach house in WA. Her son Henry lives in West Seattle and hopes to launch his own design company. Daughter, Callie is in law school at George Washington University. Janet Brown Marler shared her whirlwind of the past two years. She married John Garofalo on a lovely autumn day with their daughters as bridesmaids. Janet’s 86-year-old father walked her down the aisle! Daughter Mary Beth is an art student doing gorgeous work while Rose is a second-grade teacher (and expecting their first grandchild!). Janet teaches English and is an associate dean at a local community college. John owns a restaurant on Long Beach Island, so the summer season is a busy time for them! Bambi Maitland Grundwerg reports that life is relatively stable since the last reunion. Her sons are grown. Bambi works for IBM as a marketing program director and lives near the Jersey Shore. She looks forward to connecting with local or visiting Hoodlums! Bambi recently attended the 35th reunion with some of the Coblentz Hall gang (Marcea Horton Cotter, Ellen Yodzis Patton and Anne Connal Biron) and makes note of the reoccurring topics over the past milestone meetings such as HPV shots for teens, bifocals vs progressive lenses, hot flashes and grand babies! Several alums were fondly remembered and missed: Linda Esterhoy Segur, Lisa Chan, Sara Lankitus Spina, Barb Jamison Berman, Suzy Wyda Goldberg and Dawson Casey Bullock! After joining the Class of 1981 at their 35th Reunion luncheon in 2016, Joy Miller Beveridge was very excited for our own reunion in June... and none of us was disappointed! It was great fun to see both familiar faces, like my Spanish House roommates (Cynthia Richards Cathcart P’12 and Liane McCarthy) as well as those who hadn’t come back for reunion for many years. Once on campus, it took no time at all to remember with great fondness our brief four years at Hood! It made us especially proud to witness our own Ellen Drogin Rodgers receive her Distinguished Alum Award at the luncheon... her acceptance speech brought back wonderful memories and tears to our eyes! If you have Facebook, please join our Hood College Class

of 1982 group; we have posted many pictures and will continue to share updates on our class giving and plans for our 40 th! On a personal note, Joy’s daughter, Kendall, remains in San Francisco, working at Facebook and playing semi-professional field hockey for the Olympic Club. Son, Danny remains in the Frederick area, where he and his wife work for State Farm, and recently had their first daughter... hoping Lydia James Beveridge may be among the Class of 2039! Joy remains active with Hood, serving as a member of the Alumni Executive Board and Board of Associates, and Athletic Field Lighting Steering Committee. Friendships through Hood, new and old, are a gift. Liz Bastian Chapin enjoyed reconnecting with fellow classmates at the 35th reunion. She also crossed paths with Betsy McCain McAlpine ’51, H’17, who was friends with her mother, Mary Hendershot Bastian ’50, P’82! They lived across the hall from one another in Meyran! Earlier this year, Liz and other alumni in the Reading, PA area hosted some of the Hood choral members after a local performance. What a great experience! Being the mother of two sons, she so enjoyed having two Hood girls overnight! Liz discovered that one of the other alumni hosts was a client! And finally, last fall, Liz reconnected via social media with a college friend met in Heidelberg, Germany during her junior year abroad. After two phone calls within three days, a trip to the Midwest was planned. Thanks to Hood College and the cultural programs for a great experience 36 years ago and the opportunity to develop life-long bonds with friends from different parts of the world! Thank you to everyone who contributed news and a big THANK YOU to Joy and Ellen for co-chairing the reunion. Well done!

1983 Mary Townley 804-307-3608, hoodmlt@aol.com

Happy to share news from a few of our classmates. Mary Linger Posey, M.A.’92 is still working as a substitute special education instructional assistant and a pre-K assistant. It’s kind of like being a “paid volunteer because I work when I want to work—never all day and only in the mornings, but it is wonderful to exercise my God-given talent for working with children in FCPS.” Daughter Sayre has completed her first year as a ninth-grade history teacher at Edmondson Westside High School, Baltimore. Daughter Julianna successfully completed her second year at UMBC as a mechanical engineering major. Son Garrett is a rising senior at Middletown High School. As captain of the boys varsity tennis team, he finished third in the county tournament and finished third in the regional tournament both in boys singles. He will spend the summer narrowing down his college choices. Garrett’s knowledge of history

and geography helped the Middletown High School “It’s Academic!” team to advance to the semifinals. Mary’s husband, Rich, still works for the FAA, which includes travel and most recently he went to AK for work. Mary keeps in touch with Dr. Martha Church on Facebook and sends love to all of the Hood family! Shelley Wagar Sabo: My job is the same and going well. My daughter, Courtney, is getting married in Sept. in Cape Cod so preparation and final details are underway. We are praying for good weather and clear skies as it is an oceanfront service! I am in the process of selling my home and moving in with my partner in crime, David! We are going on our annual camping trip to the Adirondacks this summer. Have been keeping in close touch with Lorraine Hope Landis ’84 P’19, Adrienne Gall Tufts ’82 and Ann Kitson P’15 this spring. Pamela Stamey Inskeep writes that she lost an uncle last winter and that she and her husband have been busy helping her mom (a 34-year breast cancer survivor) settle the estate. Pamela also shared, “I have also started going back to church—an Assemblies of God church with Pentecostal roots in Elkton, MD. It is very different from the Episcopal Church I attended in my 20s, 30s, and early 40s. It’s a good thing, a very important thing in my life.” Pam’s husband is now on permanent disability due to a back injury and that her daughter is now a successful educational diagnostician at an elementary school in Wilmington, DE. Maude Metzger Meyers transferred out of Hood to Ithaca College after her freshman year. She loves reading about her Hood classmates. In April, Heidi Cramond Naidamast wrote “I retired from the CIA with 30 years of government service. I moved from Fairfax, VA, to The Villages, FL. I traveled to Israel and Jordan in 2016 and just returned from an adventure in Egypt. My daughter Ilana graduated from Hofstra University and is working at Morgan Stanley in NYC.” Faye Taylor Ebron: “In Aug. 1983, I accepted a teaching position as a special education teacher for Howard County School System. I served in five schools at the elementary and middle school levels, as well as serving as an instructional team leader for 15 years. After 34 years of service, I am retiring! I am extremely grateful for the Hood College experience. It certainly prepared me for my career. My husband, Monty, is a retired Baltimore City teacher. This June, both of our sons graduated on the same day—one from Calvert Hall College High School and the other from Baltimore County Community College. I have so much to thank God for!” Carol and I are still living and working in Richmond, VA. Our daughter, Emily, just finished her freshman year at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Our family enjoyed an amazing trip this past May visiting some of the National Parks out west—Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion. Simply breathtaking sights! Thanks everyone! By the way, next year marks 35 years since our graduation! How did that happen? Take care, Mary.

1984 Susan Flanders Kleinschmidt, M.S.’92 609-771-0642, susankle@comcast.net Ellen-Marie Samsen Knehans, P’18 760-371-2353, emknehans@mchsi.com

Greeting Hood friends—springtime greetings from NJ! Beach weather is almost upon us! Thanks to all who responded for the column. I heard from Claudia Nichols Nealley that her son, Luke, has graduated from Carnegie Mellon University this spring and is excited to be starting a new job in Pittsburgh. Claudia’s daughter, Maggie, is a rising junior at Frederick High School. Maggie continues to love lacrosse and they plan to spend the summer traveling with her Lionheart team to tournaments. Recently Claudia joined the Blue and Grey Boosters Club and would love to start some type of tailgate tradition to visit with friends. Claudia and husband Mark donated to the athletic field lights, after learning that Hood is the only college in our conference without a lighted field. With a studentathlete in her family, Claudia realizes what an asset athletics are; and especially at Hood, where a large percentage of new students are athletes. Claudia encourages all to consider donating to or joining the Blue and Grey Boosters club. Natasha Keyian reports in from FL that she has just started a new teaching position with the Seminole County Public schools. She is working with intellectually delayed students and students with autism and is loving teaching. Barbara Reade Hawkins in VA reports that daughter Emily graduated in May from Radford University with a bachelor’s in English and is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She is hoping to teach middle or high school English in Southwestern VA. Barb’s youngest daughter, Rebecca, graduated as valedictorian from Freedom High School in Woodbridge, VA and from The Governor’s School at Innovation Park, Manassas, VA. She is planning to attend VA Tech. She will be enrolled in the honors college and the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Robin Winkler-Pickett, M.S.’07, MBA’17 just walked the stage for the third time at Hood to receive her MBA and received the 2017 outstanding graduate student award in business administration. Ten years ago, she pulled off the same feat by being named the outstanding graduate student in biomedical science! Robin has worked for the National Cancer Institute for 31 years and now with school done, again, she is looking forward to some personal and professional reinvention and will be exploring new opportunities for change and growth. Always the proud mama, she shares that her kids are doing well and always amazing her. Her oldest son is doing exceptionally well in the Marine Corp, having received the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal and continues to be stationed locally which Robin loves. His

current enlistment will take him to over 15 years (anyone hear “career Marine”?). Robin’s daughterin-law is an art teacher in FCPS and was tenured this year, and Robin is enjoying having a girl in the family. Her youngest “special” one, has surpassed all expectations from his childhood challenges and serves as a reminder that anything is possible with perseverance, dedication and love. Please get in touch with Robin—she is looking for things to fill all the time she now has!

1985 Sue Povich DelConte 732-549-2445, ahoodlumof85@hotmail.com Margie Murphy Weaver dramamama13646@gmail.com

Hello Class of ’85! I start this column with an apology—an alum sent me news several weeks ago and I lost the email! I am so sorry and hope the writer will resend for the next column! As I was frantically searching for this errant email I sent a series of flares up on Facebook Messenger, and while none of the responders was the mysterious alum, I did get some news. First to come to my aide was Natalie Rivers Bruno. She reports she is “still teaching English in France. My kids are turning 27, 25 and 20 this year!” Andrea Malone Redden says “I retired from teaching after 30 years. Enjoying time relaxing and traveling!” I am jealous Andrea—I still have four or five years before I can cap my dry erase markers and turn off the projector. I figure that is the equivalent of cleaning out three filing cabinet drawers a year and dragging the boxes home! Earlier this year I was contacted by Ingrid Kirstin Piper ’84, who asked if I could send a message to a fellow Hoodlum with whom she had lost touch over the years. I was happy to oblige and happily, Ingrid and Margaret Oliver reconnected and are planning to meet up in London in Sept. Tammy Leisinger Gantz reports “Our son Benjamin graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in biochemistry and music.” I have had the pleasure of watching clips featuring Theresa Yosuico Stahl as she discusses nutrition and food preparation for her local farmers’ market. Theresa adds: “This past year, I became a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.” Susan Audino ’99 says “on behalf of a few people, I thought I’d report that Ann Granato Hein, Meredith McQuoid Greason, Kelly Nickoles Auber, Ann Fussell Divecha, and I enjoyed a three-day mini reunion at Bethany Beach, DE, last month. We all enjoyed getting together, looking at old yearbooks, reminiscing and of course walking the beach. We also enjoyed some homemade limoncello and other delicacies I brought back from Italy a couple of weeks earlier!” I will be splitting the responsibilities for the column with Margaret Murphy Weaver! I hope you will consider sending a few lines to either of us for the next submission. Margie heard from Laura Anderson Lombardi S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


(Memorial Hall) who is living in Morris Plains, NJ and is co-director of a NAEYC accredited nonprofit early childhood education center, Children on the Green, in Morristown, NJ. They are unique in that they raise money through grants for homeless children so that they can attend free of charge. Laura’s son, Max, just hit the milestone of becoming a teenager, and though she has friends who are grandparents, it still is hard for her to believe she can be the mother of a teen! She feels fortunate that Max still has all four of his grandparents, at ages 80, 83, 90 and 91, still living at home and involved in his life. Laura’s mom has Alzheimer’s and that has been a challenge. She says that Facebook has been a wonderful tool to reconnect with Hood alumnae, and stays in touch with Mary Kocher Innocenti, Ginny Van Sanders Furnas, Jennifer Biggs-Klock, and me (Margie). She reminisces about how we all met our very first day at Hood when we were put into teams to do ice breakers. She made me laugh remembering a skit we performed freshman year about facing an empty mailbox in the ad... “No mail...close de box!” and says she repeats this every time she opens an empty mailbox, even as an adult! We all have busy, crazy lives that, I’m quite certain, are full of small victories and challenges. Reach out here, and you’re guaranteed a wealth of support and good thoughts. As for Margie, I performed on stage in my first production since our Soph Revue back in May. A local friend wrote a play based on riding the local public transit buses, “Bus Buddies,” and I played two small roles and still had a hard time remembering my lines! The show will be reprised Sept. 17 at SkyStage in Downtown Frederick, so if you’re in town and want to laugh, come on by! I’m becoming more and more active in advocacy and political activities in Frederick (Dr. Lewis would be proud), and am training for my first 5K, which I’ll run Aug. 5. Never a dull moment.

1986 Alison Drum Althouse, P’12 804-378-7541, alison.althouse@gmail.com

Hello Hoodlums! Lorie Dodd Gomez is now associate director of advancement at the VA Institute of Marine Science and she loves working for the Chesapeake Bay! Her older son, Louis, graduated from Christopher Newport University in May and is moving to northern VA to start work in June. Her younger son, Nicolas, is graduating from high school this month and will be going to VA Tech in the fall. She and Lou are excited for the boys and amazed that they are about to be empty nesters. A new chapter is beginning! Josie Calix shared that despite the challenges in her life in the last year, they were blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Emersyn Rose Haerstsch, on Feb. 12. She came just at the right time and is a perfect baby. We’re so happy for you, Josie! Patricia Kenyon Grimm had a great time on June 3 when her son Beck 58


Grimm married Ellie Watkins. The ceremony was held at the Wolf Trap Farm with a honeymoon in Iceland. This summer, she is celebrating 31 years of marriage and three years as patient relations representative at UVA Medical Center. She and Chris have recently downsized to Batesville, VA. Marilya Padilla Spina and Steve celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Their daughter, Alexa, is a junior at Providence College majoring in Spanish and will be studying abroad next year for a semester. Their son, Nicholas, is a junior at Kingswood Oxford and will start driving soon... next up are college visits! She kicked the year off by hosting a spa day (complete with massages and fluffy robes) in her home—a birthday celebration for Maritza Bido. Gina Oliveros braved the winter cold and joined Luz DeBrosse Ment, Khateeta Emerson, Maribel Martinez ’87, and Kim Burns ’87 for the celebration. She loved seeing her Hood sisters! I want to thank all my Hoodlums for their prayers and support this past winter. My mom’s death in Dec. and then my dad’s in Feb. are traumas that will touch my life forever… your messages and presence in my life are a Godsend. You may remember that my dad was married to Dr. Alice Drum, former dean at Hood, and I appreciate your keeping her in your thoughts and prayers. My boys are both “adulting” well. Drew Althouse ’12 lives in Michigan with his girlfriend, Kristen, and is an athletic trainer at Madonna University (Livonia, MI). Evan lives in Arlington, VA and works for JD Power, which definitely came in handy when we needed to replace a totaled SUV (no injuries, thank God). Michael still works for PayPal and we enjoy living close enough to Annapolis that we both worked men’s and women’s lacrosse games for USNA this spring. Can we get more people to contribute to the next class report? You can send updates any time to me: alison.althouse@gmail. com.


30th Reunion

1989 Carole Smith Neal csneal2000@gmail.com

Avery Beeson is headed off to Salvador, Brazil to teach third grade for two years. Sounds like it’s time to book a trip to go visit. You can contact Avery at avery_beeson@mac.com. With it being graduation season, congrats to all our class alumni who have children graduating. We wish them all well as they enter this next exciting phase. Please join our Facebook group, Hood College 1989 Reunion, to connect with old friends and share your latest news.


25th Reunion

Giving Participation 9.19% - Total Class Dollars $5,021

1995 Jacki Resop Amato jresop@yahoo.com

Aloha Hoodlums! I, Jacki Amato, started a new position at Rocchi Construction, Inc. as their administrative assistant in March 2017! On April 9, I attended a baby gender reveal party for Jennifer Barbieri ’98...it’s a girl! Congratulations to Jen and Shawn! A few weeks later, I met up with Jen again and Ann Price-Davis ’98 at the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department’s Quarter Auction. We went home with some great prizes! Soon I will be meeting up with some old Memorial friends: Kimberly Unseld, Emma Frederick King, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant ’96. Can’t wait for that mini reunion! Please feel free to write me anytime with news! I feel so connected with so many of you through Facebook. Keep the news coming!

Giving Participation 12.96% - Total Class Dollars $5,725.17

1988 Susanna Schaeffer Smith P’16 reported, “I have some exciting news to share. Greg and I are thrilled to share that our daughter, Anna Smith Brisbane ’16 married Douglas Brisbane ’14 on Jan. 7, 2017 here in Potomac, MD. Kristine Millet ’87 and her wife, Lisa Colagiovanni, and their children, Koen and Tessa wouldn’t have missed the day. Anna Kate is a cash management analyst with Lockheed Martin at headquarters in Bethesda, MD and Douglas is a territory sales manager with Jesco, Inc. Brenna Elizondo ’16, Bailey Wright ’16, Adam Patterson ’13, Joseph O’Hara ’14, and Travis Kline ’13 all joined in celebration as members of the wedding party. Many Hood College alums shared in the day!”

1996 Jewel K. Smith 703-969-0050, jewelsmith@hotmail.com

Congratulations to Nadya Marville Briggs who returned to Hood this May and graduated with a master’s certification in educational leadership, admin I and II. The first week of April, Piera Giroux Siegert was in the MD/PA area for work and visited with Jennifer Wolfe Pupa, Dawn Mertz Day, Amy Vasbinder, Angela Schmuck Bond and Hillary Glass. Angela hosted everyone at her home in Hanover, PA. The group last got together five years ago. Even though five years had gone by, they started where they left off from the previous visit. They always find something to talk about, mostly work and children and enjoy

sharing memories of Hood. Angela also tried something new this past year and worked as a substitute teacher for Hanover Area Public School District. She also is a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. Angela is making the most of summer! In late May, she and Stephanie Auker Zweitzig ’95 took a road trip from south central PA to central NJ to volunteer at a goat rescue. They have both loved goats forever and jumped at the chance when a volunteer opportunity arose to help at Goats of Anarchy, which rescues disabled goats. People offer handicapped goats to the rescue because they know they’ll be well taken care of. Angela and Stephanie enjoyed their hours of helping clean the barn, putting down fresh hay, and taking photos and playing with the goats. The car ride up and back allowed them to catch up! I have to add that the photos were great—wish I could share those with all of you! I have enjoyed hanging out with Reena Amin Borwankar— nothing like bonding over gorgeous wares and tea (two of my weaknesses)! She is a senior ambassador for India Hicks. My company changed our name to the Association for Accessible Medicines so my work email changed: jewel. smith@accessiblemeds.org. I also spent a week in South Africa and another week in Zimbabwe in March. Two very different but beautiful countries that are now crossed off the list! I am looking forward to reuniting with some fellow Hoodlums later this summer—more to come on that. If you have not donated to Hood this year, please consider doing so. A little can go a long way. One gift. Any size. Visit www.hood.edu/giving. Keep the news coming…


20th Reunion

Giving Participation 11.02% - Total Class Dollars $3,288

1999 Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin 717-945-4585 annehambrickstowe@gmail.com

Hello, Class of ’99! By the time you read this, summer will be basically over; I’m sure you’ve had some great vacations and time with family and friends. Please email me with updates so it all can be shared in the next class column; we’d love to hear from you! For this edition, I only heard from one person...thank you to Michelle Chao Pearson for responding with her news. Michelle and her husband left DC for suburban living and built a new house in Clarksburg, MD in 2015. They have two fun and loving daughters, Norah Jane, 4, and Kyla Grace, 2. Michelle stays at home with the girls and works part-time as a child and adolescent psychotherapist with a small practice in MD; she was trained in neurofeedback in fall 2016. Several times a year, Michelle gets together

with several other Hood alums: Dawn Griffith ’97, M.A.,’03, C’03, Crystal Carr Townsend ’97, Christine Farrell Walsh ’98, Jenikka Joy Deering ’98, and April Weaver Bishop. Most recently, Michelle started working as a wellness advocate for D’Terra essential oils. Until next time, take good care and keep in touch!


15th Reunion

Giving Participation 5.08% - Total Class Dollars $610

2003 Leah Giambarresi MacDonald ’03, C’05, M.S.’10 240-409-7439, macdonaldleahg@gmail.com

Hello, classmates! Lots of exciting things this time, so let’s get started! Erin Smith Babitts began working as a licensed master social worker for the NY State Office of Mental Health in NYC in Dec. 2016! Erica Buckley Wrightson, husband Jim, and their kids Aidan, 9 and a half, Ainsley, 7 and a half, and Lexi, 4, recently moved back to MD, and she is expecting baby no. 4 this fall! And speaking of babies—there have been quite a few who joined us recently! Lauren Guerieri McCrea and husband Jessop welcomed their third child, Owen Eric, on May 10, 2017. Owen joins big brother, Henry, and big sister, Anna. Elizabeth Stacks Millhouse and husband Scott welcomed their son, Chase Asher Millhouse, on Sept. 9, 2016. And, my husband Matt and I welcomed our daughter, Abigail Therese, on Feb. 9, 2017! She already has a dink and has made her first visit to Hood (including meeting President Chapdelaine!), so she’s all ready to join the Class of 2039. I think that’s about it—keep the news coming! You can email me or visit our Hood College Class of 2003 group on Facebook.

2004 Michelle Donati-Grayman 602-373-8656, m.b.donati@gmail.com Chanda T. Gilmore

The Class of 2004 wishes the following new mothers and their newborns many good years of health, love and happiness: Cara Overcash Orr and her husband welcomed Karson Levi Feb. 14, 2016. He joins big brother Conner in their Philadelphia home. Michelle Donati-Grayman, along with her wife and twin sons, welcomed Silas Donati-Grayman on Nov. 8, 2016. Essence Jones, M.A.’07, C’07 and her family welcomed son Brocke Harold Douglas Jones on March 18, 2017. Laurie Machovec Tomcanin and her husband welcomed twin boys, James Edward and John Daniel, on June 3, 2017. Congratulations

to the following class members on their new positions: Chanda Gilmore accepted a position as assistant professor of communications at Immaculata University in Aug. 2016. Sarah Cline was selected for a two-year fellowship with the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law’s in Aug. 2016. Jaime Cacciola was appointed director of grants and gift planning at Hood College in Jan. 2017. Wendy Cochran is the food program manager at the Frederick County Health Department, with 2017 marking her 10-year anniversary working for the State of MD. She is engaged to Gregory MacMaster. Katherin Nash, MBA ’08 now works as policy director for Greenwill and Associates where she serves as a MD lobbyist for clients ranging from large multinational energy corporations to small towns in Western MD. Best wishes to the following class members on their new accomplishments: Michelle Lindsey Richardson was named 2015-16 teacher of the year and is currently working on her M.A. with a concentration in literacy at Furman University and is a full-time literacy coach at a SC public school. She and her family moved to SC in 2006. Maya Laws Barney and her family purchased their first home in Oct. 2016. Sara Lewis and her family relocated back to the Baltimore area after 8 years in NJ in Dec. 2016. Melanie Muscar MBA ’07 married Christiana “Ana” Lang on Dec. 23, 2016. They sold their home in Downtown Frederick and are moving to Uppsala, Sweden in Aug. while Ana serves as a Rotary International Peace Fellow for two years. They are, of course, taking their collie mix, Cooper, with them. Rosa Nowosielski bought a house in Schoorl, Netherlands and her two girls Olivia, 9, and Maeva, 7, attend the European school system there. They are enjoying the nature, culture and building a new life there.

2005 Leslie Beck Hughan 301-464-0752, lhughan@gmail.com

Oh my, so much happened since our last class update. The common theme of this update seems to be new jobs/promotions with moves coming in a close second. In 2015, Angela Carideo Auldridge’s 3-year-old son Mark was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, SCN2a. Since then, she became a board member for the FamilieSCN2a Foundation, a licensed nonprofit that seeks to advocate and raise funds for research for this rare genetic disorder. They organized a local Color Dash 5K in Middletown, MD, that raised $18,000 with more than 500 runners participating. On Dec. 1, Angie also started a new job as a disability support services adviser at Hagerstown Community College, where she has been employed for the last 10 years as an academic adviser. Pegah Bozorgnia S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


received her loan origination license and became a mortgage banker. She creates a strategy designed to complement her customers’ shortand long-term financial goals, and make sure they have the best terms on their mortgages. She is licensed to originate loans in MD, VA, DC, PA and DE. She also is a certified mortgage planning specialist. Pegah understands the financing strategy her customers employ today will carry financial consequences that can impact their lives for years to come. For this reason, she patiently listens to her customers, acting as a partner in the home buying or refinancing process and helps to contextualize home financing decisions within a wide spectrum of tax planning, real estate investment, and financial planning considerations. Please let Pegah know if you, your family and friends need assistance to buy or refinance a residential property. Her business is fully based on referral so please keep her in mind. She currently lives in Gaithersburg, Md. If you would like to learn more about her, please visit apexhomeloans.com/pegah-bozorgnia. Lauren Anderson Cunningham and her husband bought a new house in Crownsville, Md. “Byebye townhouse and hello forever home,” said Lauren. They are super excited! On Oct. 30, 2016, Cassie Lauren Dukes was promoted to program analyst within the Department of Energy, office of science, office nuclear physics, facilities and project management division. Rachel Collmus Ellick ’06 and her husband bought a house in Williamsburg, VA, in July 2016. She also started a new job as a toxicology health assessor with the VA Department of Health, in Richmond, last Dec. Maggie Hasselbach will be licensed as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, starting summer 2017. Charlene Vestermark married CPT George L. Hauser, DDS in Jamaica on Nov. 26, with 43 of their family and friends. Leslie Beck Hughan and husband Bryan welcomed twins into their family in Oct. The babies were born more than 15 weeks early. Celia Louise was born weighing 1 lb. 11 oz., and Benjamin Charles was born weighing 1 lb. 15 oz. After very long and eventful hospital stays, she’s pleased to report both babies are home. Lauren Sebald Noll, M.S.’12 will be teaching sixth grade at Sacred Heart of Glyndon in the fall. She is very excited. Georgette Sirak Prichard received a promotion at the University of Mount Olive. She’s now the director of online support services and enrollment information. In this role, she works as the director of online programs, as well as with student information systems for admissions. Sarah Robinson Rathbun and her family moved to and bought a house in Fort Collins, CO. They love CO! Sara Levering Roa and husband Vince moved in May 2016. Victoria Tanguay started at Blue Sky Animal Clinic, in Loveland, CO, as an associate veterinarian. Sara Rinehart Baadte had a son, Leo, March 30, 2007.




10th Reunion

Giving Participation 3.91% - Total Class Dollars $500

2008 Megan Phillips Rosier megankrosier@gmail.com, mkp11@hood.edu Sarah Haney Koons 240-520-6523, sjh6@hood.edu

After nine years with the Naval Medical Logistics command, Amanda Rutten Aung accepted a position with the Department of Homeland Security. Also, in the last issue we reported that she married Min Zaw Aung on July 25, but it was actually June 25.

2010 Alison Kelley Bliss aekelley06@gmail.com

Emily Heys completed her MBA at the University of MD in May 2017. Carlin Rabie ’11 married Emily Gupta of Walkersville on May 29, 2016 and was recently promoted to LTJG and received his wings of gold from the U.S. Navy. He is currently living in San Diego flying a MH-60R helicopter with the Seahawks of HSM-41. Alison Kelley Bliss married Harrison Bliss ’11 on Sept. 18, 2016 in Taneytown, MD. Many Hood alumni were a part of their wedding party and attended the wedding. Ali and Harrison are currently both working and living in Columbia, MD.

Orlando, FL in 2013. Caitlin accepted a position in 2015 as a social media manager for an internet marketing company. The couple welcomed their first son, Omar Gabriel, in Sept. 2016. Prior to her son being born, Caitlin accepted a new position as an email marketing manager where she is able to work from home. Sarah Mecklenburg is working for Montgomery County Public Libraries focused in outreach. Sarah and her fiance, Andy Polack, will wed this year on June 11. Shawna Lentz, M.S.’16 is preparing for a job shift next year! Shawna will become a math content coach at Twinbrook Elementary in Montgomery Public Schools. Shawna’s focus will be working with staff to build their capacity in teaching mathematics. In addition, she will be working with administration to analyze data and create professional development plans aligned with the school improvement plan. Sasha Speakman received her MSW from the University of Southern CA in 2015. Shortly after graduation she joined Operation Progress to help with operations and run their LAPD mentorship program which pairs high-need youth in South LA to committed LAPD officers. She recently became a field instructor for the MSW program at the University of Southern CA. She will marry her best friend this summer; Aug. 2017. Elizabeth Arsenault recently moved to Raleigh, NC for a new job as a video product strategist with McClatchy. Monique Sledd recently received a promotion as a schoollinked mental health therapist and is on her way to becoming a licensed professional clinical counselor where she lives in MN.


5th Reunion

Giving Participation 8.43% - Total Class Dollars $2,917

2011 Megan Dancause 717-682-5267, mdancause@comcast.net

As our years increase since graduation from Hood, so do the accomplishments of the Class of 2011! Emily Cucchi Raines is working as the marketing manager for Cetrom, which is a leading cloud computing company. In addition, Emily has recently adopted a Shiba Inu named Luna. Phillip Yerby was recently promoted to group manager with Weber Shandwick. Julie Shenk is currently working at Mount St. Mary’s as the information technology librarian. Julie is in the midst of planning a Nov. 2017 wedding to Alexander Loy. The couple plans to wed in the Coffman Chapel at Hood. John Stiles was recently promoted as a post-production manager with Vice Media in Brooklyn, NY. Kristan Hawkins married Kipp Vermeulen and is currently working for Rinck Advertising based in Annapolis, MD as a content producer. Caitlin Salovich married in 2011 and purchased her first home with her husband in

Laura Saad lauragsaad@gmail.com Ashley Nokes adnokes@gmail.com

Andrew Althouse is currently working as an assistant athletic trainer at the NAIA School Madonna University in Livonia, MI covering women’s volleyball, basketball, and softball. Jacob Ausherman was accepted into the UW MSW advanced standing program focusing on child, youth and family development at Rainier Beach High School. Julie Barrick was promoted to special education department chair at Annapolis High School. Briana Becker has been working as a mental health clinician at a prison that serves inmates at the county, state and federal levels. Briana is currently working towards the final steps of pursuing her clinical social work license. Miriam Bennett has an MSW from UMB SSW. She is married and has a job with the Howard County government working with the MD access point. Cara Dillon Clements

earned her master’s from Augustana College in SD in special education in 2014. She is working for Montgomery County Public Schools as a first-grade special education teacher. Meghan Coulbourne was promoted to middle school science instructional coach at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, NC. She will get married to her fiancé, Damon, in May 2018! Brittany Diehl recently started working for the Downtown Denver Partnership in Denver, CO. Kalina Gipe is working full time at Hagerstown Community College in the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center as an office associate. She started a pony riding business two years ago. Claire Gogan earned her master’s in history with a public history certificate from VA Tech in May 2016. She is moving to Toronto where she will work as the college prep teacher while completing her M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto. Lauren Hagan graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with her MBA. Kelly Harris is working as a teacher in NJ at Bancroft school for children with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. She and her husband are a very happy family of four with her two girls. Jessica Henry is wrapping up her research at the University of New Hampshire and is a few months away from her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry! Keenan Holmes is currently the programs assistant archaeologist for the MD National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. He is a documentary producer and director for his thesis on DMV area Native American rights called “Indigenous Eyes on DC.” He graduated in 2015 with his master’s in public anthropology at American University focusing on social justice, advocacy and film. He is also currently the department head for anthropology and life sciences for the nonprofit after school program called “So What Else.” Kaitlin Hughes Retallick had her baby boy, Mason William, on May 2 at 8lb 12oz and says that he is doing great! Jessica Becker Kerr has a new job as a research associate for Leidos Biomedical/ Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. Hilary Lawch completed her master’s in teaching English as a second language and has just completed her first year as an ELL teacher in Frederick County. She also wants to share that she has learned how to fold a fitted sheet by herself! Casey Miller Grott got married and moved to Indianapolis where she will be teaching freshman algebra and coaching girls soccer at Avon next school year. Richard Orndorff married Danielle Stauffer Orndorff and has been working as a software engineer since graduation. They live in Frederick with their 4-year-old German shepherd named Gunner. Elizabeth Ulmer got married in July 2016. This summer they are relocating to Columbus, OH where she will teach eighth grade English. Douglas Raftery moved to Reno, NV to work for the Reno Aces Triple-A

baseball team and Reno 1868 FC (soccer) as the senior director of corporate partnerships. Helene Butler Rush got married July 15 and is expecting their daughter in June! Laura Saad recently moved from Germany to Long Beach, CA, where she works as a STEAM teacher for preschool to fifth grade students. She and her fiance will be getting married in Oct. Kasey Smith is teaching at Monocacy Elementary School. She recently moved to PA and is excited for new adventures there with her dog, Coco! Kristina Southwell lives in Tacoma, WA, where she practices law and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her dog, Griffey. Emily Wilson Thompson married Scott Thompson in Oct. 2015. They now live in Philadelphia with their dog Iris. Scott earned his master’s in English in 2015 and is currently attending Temple’s graduate program in Philly. Emily graduated from the Arcadia University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2017 and currently works as a neurologic/orthopedic physical therapist at an outpatient clinic in Center City, Philadelphia. Haley Just Webb married Jared Webb ’13 in July 2016 and Meghan Coulbourne, Audrey Vargason, Tyler Shank, Richard Laurine, M.S.’16, C’16, and Michael Lancaster were members of the wedding party. Haley completed her master’s in elementary literacy with a specialization in English language literacy. She and her husband purchased their first home in Gaithersburg, MD in Nov. 2016 and she has started volunteering her time with Lucky Dog Rescue in Washington, DC. Haley and Jared have two adopted dogs, Abigail and Charlie.

2013 Elaheh F. S. Eghbal 443-847-9526, hoodcollege2013@gmail.com

Hey, Class of 2013! Well, this year’s graduating class had red dinks. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. ...Thankfully we have started enrollment for the class of...2039? Elizabeth Garner Drummond and husband Scott welcomed a healthy baby girl, Isabel, on Jan. 26; Megan Turcios and husband Carlos welcomed their second child, Christian, on April 27; and Mi’Kea Bowie Hawkins and her husband will be welcoming their first child in Oct. Casey Dunn welcomed baby girl, Reagan, on March 22 and Amanda Blakeslee Darling and her husband welcomed a son, William Darling IV, on April 15. Emalie Stroup was married in March; Gregory Eyler, MBA’15 and Meghan Mannas ’14, M.S.’17, C’17 were married in May; and Jessica Manuel is marrying Brandon Wilt in Sept. Breton Stailey got engaged to Cole Siler in Feb. and is planning an April 2018 wedding; Darcey Heflin got engaged over the holiday season and is getting married in fall 2018 in Mexico; and Christine “Teany” Meehan is engaged to Nathan Miller

and looking forward to an Oct. 2018 wedding. William “Billy” Lewis is HCM support analyst with Payroll Network Inc.; Meme Brown is certified as an assisted living manager and plans to start her own assisted living facility in the next two years; and Spencer Knoll has joined the office of Senator Chris Van Hollen as a Legislative Correspondent. Kristopher Fair is running for City Alderman; Nowreen Chowdhury is working for a multinational contract research organization as a clinical research associate; and Trevor Shell is a commercial energy consultant with Luminous Solar in NJ. Russell Holz works as a full stack JavaScript engineer in Silicon Valley for a company called Dokkio; Dominick Barretta Fair is the chief technology officer of SADOS, LLC in Downtown Frederick; and Alexander Smith is a lead sales consultant for Best Buy Mobile and is almost finished a master’s in interdisciplinary studies in human behavior at Hood. Carly Oeller is working as a program support assistant for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in Rockville, MD. She is also attending graduate school at Hood, pursuing a certificate in organizational management. Heidi Gunzelman started work at the University of PA in Philadelphia as a research specialist in the Betts Laboratory and I, Elaheh Eghbal, continue to enjoy working at Zerion and living in Bethesda. MJ Swicegood graduated with her MBA from Hood College; Brett Shelley M.S.’16 is pursuing a Ph.D. from VA Tech in translational plant sciences; and Kate Adams Anthony graduated with her master’s in teaching and learning elementary education. Steven Davis will begin a Ph.D. in French Studies at Brown University this fall; Christine “Teany” Meehan will be starting Penn State’s MBA program spring 2018. Continue to rock on, Class of 2013. Cheers!

2014 Bianca Padilla 301-437-8772, bianca.e.padilla@gmail.com

It’s time to see what the members of the Class of 2014 are up to! Paige DeVore graduated nursing school. She is taking the NCLEX on June 13 and will be getting married Oct. 13. Katelyn Jenkins and her husband, Andrew, welcomed a baby girl, Leona Leigh Hansorte, on Feb. 24, 2017. William Haller completed his M.S. in Applied Psychology, industrial-organizational track from the University of Baltimore in Dec. 2016. Will currently works at FMP Consulting in Arlington, VA. Lauren Shaak is very excited to accept a park ranger position this spring at Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, PA. Charles Kramer is pursuing his master’s in social work in fall 2017 at West Chester University. Erin Droneburg started her own business, Chalkedelic, LLC. This Sept., Erin and husband Javier Zavala ’16 will be leaving for six months to travel the U.S. out of a camper and pursue their arts. S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17


Tiffany Zechman Flook welcomed her second child on March 29, 2017. Kali Ball is married and expecting a baby boy in Aug. Zachary Lynch is graduating from MD State Trooper Academy in July 2017. This past Dec., Brittany Davis got engaged to Brian Semkiw. They will be getting married in June 2018. Laura Morton is moving to London, England and starting a master’s program in modern history at King’s College London this fall. Angela Shaner is getting married to Zachary Dwyer on June 24, 2017. She’s also finishing her third year of teaching second grade at New Market Elementary School. Angela is working on getting her master’s degree in curriculum instruction at Hood College. Emily Singleton married Joshua Dimeler on Sept. 24, 2016. In Oct. of 2016, she began a new position as a grant and contract specialist at UMBC. Emily and Josh bought their first home in March 2017. Steven Powell just graduated with his Ed.S. in school psychology. He is moving to Oklahoma State University this fall to start his Ph.D. in school psychology. Sydnee Sichert is currently employed with Frederick County government as an executive assistant. Molly Fabricatore graduated from Salem State University with her Master of Education in Higher Education Student Affairs. She accepted a position at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA as a coordinator of student development. Jennifer Bentz had a baby in March and got promoted to team leader at work. Bianca Padilla is finishing her master’s program in Aug. 2017 from National University. Lanee Higgins married Davon Ford on April 11, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. Chelsea Young works as a marketing coordinator at United Iron and Metal. She started a meal prep company, MOD Nutrition, and lives in Columbia, MD. Keep doing your thing Class of 2014! Have a fabulous summer!

2015 Sarah Tapscott 301-807-7821, st12@hood.edu It’s been two whole years since we’ve graduated and it seems like this past year was a big one for many of us! Continuing our education, living and traveling all over the world, growing our families and leaving our mark however we can! I’m so envious, but proud of what we’ve been accomplishing! Kaitlin Morris graduated from the University of MD School of Social Work with her master’s in social work! And she loves her (really awesome) cat! Julianne Berg will complete her second year of National Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in early Sept. When she has completed her term, she plans to look for jobs in the nonprofit field back home in MD and in SC where she currently serves. She hopes to be settled enough within the next year to be able to rescue a dog. Aaron Bowen-Ziecheck graduated with an M.Sc. in Information Technology, Management and 62


Organizational Change from Lancaster University Management School in the UK. In Sept. 2017, he will begin his first year at McGill University in Montreal in the Ph.D. of Information Studies program. He hopes everyone from Hood is doing well in the world and encourages you to look him up if you’re in Montreal. Logan Bachtell graduated from Marymount University with a master’s in forensic and legal psychology. Upon graduation, she accepted a fulltime position with the government and looks forward to a long and rewarding career. Travis Gilbert continues to manage the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society in Wilmington, NC. In April, Gilbert was elected as a Trustee of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, a historic 1858 opera house that is one of the country’s oldest theaters still in operation. Caroline Schuetz has been a preschool teacher since Nov. 2016 and in Aug. will be moving to Irvine, CA, with Alexander Jarnot ’17! Jessica Morales is now a current law student at LMU Law in Knoxville, TN. This past semester, Jessica was offered a position during the semester to work at the Sevierville public defender’s office, and was hired by her professor as a research assistant. She is currently working in MD in Congressman Steny Hoyer’s office and in Judge West’s chambers in circuit court. Although she is often consumed by school, she hopes to plan a trip to conquer yet another world continent! Nicole Kuehl Gingrich and Russell Gingrich were married on Jan. 8, 2017 at Hood College’s Coffman Chapel. It may have been nine degrees outside that morning, but it was a beautiful day. For their honeymoon, they rented an SUV and drove cross country from MD to Anchorage, AK. Samuel Lopez started working as a full-time editor with Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. in April. He also has an article in review for publication with Maryland Historical Magazine. And I, Sarah Tapscott, have had quite a pivotal year. I bought a home, not far from Hood, with Owen Rosier ’16 and we have been quite busy making it our own! Being busy with work hasn’t stopped me from gardening, singing with the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, and doing lots of traveling. Life has taken me to Dublin, Las Vegas, and I may be heading back to Europe really soon!

2016 Justin Fox jmf12@hood.edu

Hello Class of 2016! It’s been a full year since graduation. Caitlin Fay is getting married this summer and in fall she will be starting her second year of teaching first grade in Montgomery County, MD. Jiselle Lopez is working at a digital marketing company in Bethesda, MD. Alexis Andrukat accepted the events and marketing coordinator position with Item America in Hagerstown. She recently married Julia Price and the two live with their dog in Hagerstown. Nathaniel Leighton is working as a compliance

analyst at AffirmX. He is also looking to get his master’s degree in public administration. Theresa Sharp is working as a social service assistant at a skilled nursing facility in Berryville, VA. Tamara Schlossenberg has been in AmeriCorps NCCC since Oct. She is currently providing flood relief in Southern Missouri before finishing in St. Louis and returning home in July. Roberto Millar just completed his first year as doctoral candidate at UMB. He is also working on submitting papers for publication. Lauren Miller is entering her second year at the UMD, Francis King Carey School of Law and will be interning with the Office of Administrative Hearings this summer. Sienna Bronson has been working as a mathematics instructor at Mathnasium in Richmond, VA. In fall, she will be attending Arizona State University to pursue a doctorate in mathematics. Mareca Williams is currently a financial manager for the U.S Department of Defense and in the process of applying to graduate schools. Melissa LopezDavila is pursuing her master’s degree in forensic psychology. Nicole Wilson got engaged to George Samen Jr. Lydia Emory will be staying in Madrid, Spain for another year teaching English to high school students. Elizabeth Palena is currently working on her master’s degree in library science and is working as a teen librarian in Somerset County, MD. Kirsten Roy finished her first year of the MBA program at Hood. Shannon McHale is currently teaching special education at West Frederick Middle School and coaching the boys’ varsity swim team at Urbana High School. Owen Rosier purchased a home in Frederick with Sarah Tapscott ’15. Ian Jenkins started graduate school at Penn State World Campus for his master’s degree in public administration. Samuel Pierre is working for a bio-pharmaceutical company in FL. Joseph Denicola is starting his second year as a doctoral candidate in the complex biosystems program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Laura Shriver has earned an online certificate in grant writing from the University of Notre Dame. Laura is currently working at Moveable Feast writing grants!


Remembering those we have lost.

Earlene Thornton, Ph.D., a seasoned leader on Hood College’s campus who served on the Board of Associates from 2003 to 2008 and the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2012, passed away April 28, 2017. She was a caring and devoted mother, educator and community leader.

editorials from the publication in “To Beulah Land: Challenges in Black and White.” Earlene received her Doctor of Education from George Washington University, and attended Virginia State University and Winston-Salem State University for her master’s and bachelor’s degrees, respectively.

Earlene was an assistant professor of education at Hood from 1974 to 1978, and in the community was the first African American woman appointed to serve on the Frederick County Board of Education. She was a retired educator, working in various positions in Frederick and Montgomery County Public Schools. She was also the executive editor of “The County Globe,” eventually publishing a collection of her

She served on the Graduate School Advisory Council Committee during her time on the Board of Associates, and she was an avid supporter of the Summer Chamber Music Festival at Hood, as well as the athletics department. Memorial contributions can be made to the Earlene and Henry Thornton Scholarship Fund with the Community Foundation of Frederick.

Margaret Miller Dietz ’35
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Betty Gerstmyer Allen ’53
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Dorothy Ashton O’Neal ’72
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Anne Simington Scott ’35
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Ruth Lehmayer Goldberg ’53
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Otho J. Keller IV ’82
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Helen Brenneman Lesser ’36
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Gretchen Obold Lessig ’53
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Helen Dougherty Deering ’88
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Jane Anderson Creager ’40
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S. Tommie Corwin ’54
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Elizabeth L. Hahn, M.S.’95
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Jean M. Butterfield ’41
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Elizabeth Smith Moser ’58
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Stanley W. Gunther ’02
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Emily Joyce Sanders ’58
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Meghan F. Massey ’08
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Lois Long Harley ’45
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Jan Sanders Snyder ’58
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Peter T. Whitby ’13
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Muriel Daubenspeck Oswalt ’45
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Faculty and Friends

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Doris Oliver Young ’46
 March 2017

E. Paige Wisotzki ’61
 February 2017

Elizabeth Paterson Reims ’48
 May 2017

Sonia Maley Bencivenga ’62
 October 2013

John E. Hanson, DDS, spouse of Rosemarie Riess Hanson ’82
 September 2014

Alice Hoffman Staley ’48
 April 2017

Margaret M. Dell ’62
 March 2017

Shang-Mei Hillhouse, faculty
 May 2017

Mary W. McCain ’50
 March 2017

Fay Blakeslee Rossley ’62
 May 2017

Lawrence J. Hogan Sr., friend
 April 2017

Joan Garton Morham ’51
 June 2017

Susan D. Sterner ’64
 May 2017

Nancy Howk Forman ’52
 January 2014

Lynne Reagan Johnson ’65
 June 2017

Mr. Paul B. Horsey Sr., spouse of Mary Ann Eddington Horsey ’44
 May 2014

Joan Hoffman Huebner ’52
 March 2017

Margaret Clarke O’Hara ’69
 June 2017

Patricia McCain Spatz ’52
 March 2017

Lucy Rupp Sterner ’70
 April 2017

J. Robert Chesnut, spouse of Sallie Pennbaker Chesnut ’54
 November 2013 Henry A. Groff Jr., faculty
 April 2017

Rosemary A. House, administrative staff May 2017 Robert D. Hursh, spouse of Charlene Wilkens Hursh ’50
 June 2015

Robert J. McCutcheon Jr., spouse of Doris Fulmer McCutcheon ’54* May 2017 Peggy S. Meszaros, faculty
 April 2017 John M. Moser, parent of Ami Moser Smith ’92 April 2017 Bruce L. Reeder Sr., parent of Susan Reeder Jessee ’80
 March 2017 Joseph D. Shuman, spouse of Ann McMillan Shuman ’64
 March 2017 Frederick W. Spatz, spouse of Patricia McCain Spatz ’52
 December 2013 Helen C. Thompson, grandparent of Crystal L. Thompson ’01
 January 2017 Earlene Thornton, Board of Trustees April 2017 Lester R. Thurston, spouse of Nancy Wolfe Thurston ’45
 December 2014 Kenneth L. Vosti, spouse of Anne Merrick Vosti ’58 April 2017 Carmen Delgado Votaw, honorary alumna February 2017 Mary G. Williams, Board of Associates July 2012 Wade H. Walker, spouse of Jean Herman Walker ’84 December 2013 Robert Whitbread, parent of Kristen D. Whitbread ’91 June 2017 *deceased S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 17



With the vision of two Hood alumnae and the support of their employers, an empty residential lot on the corner of Hood Alley and Park Avenue has a new purpose serving many members of the greater Frederick community.

by Suzanne Goldman Jacobson ’78 It started as a conversation with Nancy Gillece ’81, Hood College vice president for institutional advancement. After meetings and pulling together the appropriate people, we explored the possibility of how a weedy, idle plot of residential land located between the College and the hospital could be developed into a resource garden to provide healthy vegetables for nearby community members in need. Our employers were incredibly supportive of the idea, and community involvement has been generous. Hood College, who owns the property, generously offered its use and, together with Frederick Memorial Hospital, funded the Hood/FMH Resource Garden. Seed of Life’s Mike Dickson has been providing consultation, seedlings and distribution support. The Hood/FMH Resource Garden officially came to life on April 19, with a groundbreaking ceremony and the inaugural planting of crops—radishes, spinach, turnips, carrots and beets. All summer, the 13 plots have been prepared and tended to by Hood and FMH volunteers. We’ve all taken turns weeding, harvesting and watering. In the first six weeks, a harvest of veggies was produced and delivered to the Frederick Senior Center, Catoctin Manor, Catoctin View Senior Towers and Heartly House. A second planting, including corn, squash, melons, peppers, tomatoes and herbs, occurred after the first harvest, ensuring that fresh vegetables will grow throughout the rest of summer and into the fall. In 2015, Frederick County’s food insecurity rate was seven percent, with nearly 17,000 individuals having limited access to food.* It is hoped that this resource garden can impact, even in a small way, this demand.



Dickson, or Farmer Mike as he’s affectionately known around Frederick, has shared stories about the first deliveries of veggies from our garden. “The food delivered to Heartly House adds more variety to the kids’ diets. It’s neat to see them try new things.” Some of the harvest has also been delivered to a hospice facility. “The nurses are excited to see vegetables. They make ‘comfort food’ for their patients to share with visitors. It’s truly a blessing to be able to do this.” To enhance the garden and community environmental health, the Hood Environmental Action Team (HEAT) planted a pollinator garden, which provides a flowering habitat for pollinating insects. According to Ron Albaugh, biology/environmental science instructor at Hood, it is estimated that “about 35 percent (or one of every three bites) of food depend on pollinators.” A few days after the official groundbreaking, Callie Fishburn ’18, president of HEAT, with support from April Boulton, Ph.D., interim dean of the Graduate School, planted an array of pollinators donated by Brightview Landscaping. Moving forward, we are hoping to use the back half of the plot to double the garden. We are also looking into how we can include our recipient partners as garden volunteers. Suzanne Goldman Jacobson ’78, R.N., MSN is an emergency department nurse and Green Team coordinator at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She is pictured above left with Boulton, Dickson and Gillece. * Map the Meal Gap 2017: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level in 2015, (Gundersen, C., et al, 2017).



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