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ClassColumns Notes from the class celebrating its 50th Reunion and members of the Grafton Society will continue to be printed in the magazine, as well as selected photos. Alumni in all classes are encouraged to post news on their MBC class pages at, where class secretaries will lead the forum and periodically request updates. Whether or not you are a member of the Grafton Society class (those who graduated 50 or more years ago), if your class has a secretary, please continue to submit notes to her when requested. If you have questions about the updated format for classmate news or how to continue to submit your updates, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations.

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JACQUELINE “JACKIE” CRINKLEY Maddex says, “Mary Baldwin is a good college and I enjoyed my years there. I’m in good health and hope to turn 100 [on September 9, 2013].”


SARA FRANCES FERRELL Shay was honored by President Barack Obama on Memorial Day 2013 at the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a ceremony that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The president specifically referenced Sara Frances, whose son, Major Donald Shay Jr., has been missing in action for 42 years. When the president said, “Thank you for your courage. God bless you,” the huge audience rose to give her a standing ovation. In addition, the Maryland Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Sara Frances the NSDAR Founders Medal – Ellen Harlin Walworth Medal for Patriotism in recognition of 42 years working with the National League of POW/MIA Families. Sara Frances was also distinguished as an honorary mayor of Linthicum MD in September 2012. She has volunteered in the area for 70 years and was instrumental in bringing a library to Linthicum Elementary School and advocating for a high school.


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CAROLINE SURRE Dunning has 9 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren.

ANNE ARMSTRONG Piepenbrink has had 3 exciting events happen in her life recently. She became a great-grandmother, she turned 90, and she was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by a local historical society. VIRGINIA BRIDGES Corrigan has 4 grandchildren who live close by, and she feels very blessed.


BETSY LANKFORD Thomas has 13 grandchildren and has talked to classmate CYNTHIA BETTES Johnson. BOBBIE MINTER Barnes turned 85. She and her husband, James, are still kicking and have lived in the same house for more than 50 years. MARGARET NEWMAN Avent and husband Lawrence celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.


ANN CACCIAPAGLIA Peduto’s husband, Edward, passed away on Father’s Day (June 16, 2013). Ann’s son, Chad, is married, and she has a grandson.


JANE FRIEZE Haggerty recently retired from teaching English as a Second Language and has moved to Knoxville to be closer to her family.

PATSY FITCH McCurry’s granddaughter is working with the National Ballet in London.

ELEANOR “LEE” YEAKLEY Gardner writes that the Gardner family is growing happily, with 5 grandchildren. Her husband is recovering from an illness, and they both love reading all the news from the college.


GWEN COOPER Wamsley hopes that her classmates can be more communicative. “I would love to hear what everyone is doing. PATTY TIPTON Pugh came by for a day. She stays very active in Farmville, playing tennis and working in the library there.” Gwen’s husband passed away in April 2012 and was buried in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton. She keeps busy playing golf and bridge and volunteering at Westminster-Canterbury in Richmond, where she lives. She has 2 children living nearby and 4 grandchildren.


Send your class notes to: Shannon Greene Mitchell JUDY GABEL Roeling has led a busy life. Her career was in early childhood education. She later enrolled in Columbia Theological Seminary and was called to a church in LA as associate pastor

CONTACT US Classes with a secretary should continue to submit notes to her when requested. If you have questions about the updated format for classmate news or how to continue to submit your updates, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i and Parent Relations. n 800-763-7359 n n Mary Baldwin College,

Office of Alumnae/i, Staunton, VA 24401 n Submit Updates Online

(now retired). She now assists her husband, Ted (also a retired pastor), in a church in Baton Rouge. Her daughter, Anne, teaches English and her son, Robert, is a doctor in the Army Special Forces. She and Ted have 11 grandchildren. PAULA BRANCH Holt has finished her dissertation, titled “Shame,” and has her PhD in clinical social work. She received her degree from Sanville Institute in Berkley in September 2012. Paula has a private practice and recently had both knees replaced. She and her husband planned to go to Paris in summer 2013. PATSY MAXWELL Curry has 2 great-grandsons. ANNE KENNEDY Melton has a granddaughter who is a freshman at Davidson.




MILLIE BLEAKNEY Mason has 2 young grandchildren.


Send your class notes to: Sally Squires Erickson SALLY SQUIRES Erickson writes, “My grandson Denton Smith (daughter Emily’s son) graduated from high school in Australia and is living with us in Richmond. He is attending the Collegiate School and applying to colleges in the

Boldly Baldwin  

The Mary Baldwin College magazine, Fall 2013

Boldly Baldwin  

The Mary Baldwin College magazine, Fall 2013