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in Burma, where his parents were medical missionaries. Bob graduated from Columbia Medical School, was drafted during the Vietnam conflict, and rose to be the deputy surgeon general of the Army, later retiring as major general in 1989. Bob is survived by his spouse of 68 years, Ethel, son Robert Jr., and daughters Traci Holsteen and Nina Aten, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. • My wife, Inga, and I visited Mount Hermon in October 2018. We placed a copy of my autobiography, The Struggles and Joys of Life, in our class of 1945 archive and another copy in the school library.
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Northfield Diffy Cushman Ransohoff email@example.com • Anne Hardman Allen firstname.lastname@example.org As we write this, we have recently celebrated Thanksgiving, and Diffy Cushman Ransohoff thinks Anne Hardman Allen deserves our Thanksgiving Day prize — she hosted 28 people! • Earlier this year, Marty Walker Whitney visited Scotland with her three daughters. They drove around the country and hiked in the western Highlands, where Marty was delighted to be able to climb up beyond the tree line! That seems very impressive, but Marty said the appropriate word is “fortunate” — a very good perspective on our lives these days. • Ruth Dillingham Cowan and her husband have been living in a small senior community in South Hadley, Mass., since 2007 — first in a villa for 10 years, and now in an apartment. Ruth said that it’s a great place and they feel lucky to be there. Health-wise, it has been a difficult year for Ruth. A heart valve operation, a back operation that dealt with a sciatic nerve, two days in the hospital, physical therapy — all with a good result: She can walk now. Her son, Tor Cowan ’83, lives in Arlington, Va., and works in D.C. as the legislative director of the American Federation of Teachers. Tor’s wife, Michelle, is the commissioner of public finance for the county and city of Arlington. They have three children — two girls in high school and a boy entering middle school. • Ruth has been a good friend of our classmate Jane Goostray Bissell. Jane served as an Episcopalian nun for a number of years, then left the practice
and married her childhood sweetheart, Tom Bissell. They had three children, and Jane did a great deal of volunteer work helping others in many ways. After a very full life, she passed away on 4/27/2018.
at Northfield in the summer of 1947. We try to accommodate all calls, letters, or emails, so don’t be shy about sharing your activities with the rest of the class. All the news that fits, we print.
Mount Hermon Charles A. Kennedy email@example.com (603) 223-0731 Henry Kusel is still in the insurance and financial services business with his children as associates in offices in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida. He admits he is getting older but, thankfully, his health is holding up. • From upstate New York, Leon Carapetyan wrote that he visited his brother, Ara Carapetyan ’46, in Austin, Texas, where Ara conducts the University Presbyterian Choir. Leon retired from leading the Oswego Festival Chorus last year, but notes that “music is good for a long life.” He hopes to sing in Amahl and the Night Visitors one more time, and he mentioned another of our class singers, Roly Coates. With psychic promptitude, the phone rang and it was Roly, who once sang the role of Melchior in Amahl. After all those years singing, Roly is concentrating on pencil drawings these days. • Your scribe continues to be involved in singing, but has been working on immigration and refugee issues in New Hampshire. People apprehended in Texas are sent to New Hampshire for jail time while awaiting bail and asylum hearings. Their court appearances are in the Boston area, so the logistics can get weird. But we work as best we can. • I went to New Jersey in December for the memorial service of Kenneth Franz ’42 and his wife, Edna; Ken died in April, she in October. Last October, there was a committal service in the Northfield Cemetery, where Ken and Edna were buried next to Ken’s father and mother. • Bob McManus is now part of the bionic generation with a new hip and is interested in exchanging ideas on the environment with classmates. Seems that Hermonites stay involved in constructive causes a long time. Contact me for Bob’s email address. • Albert “Andy” Anderson suddenly lost sight in his left eye, perhaps due to a local stroke. We wish him a speedy and full recovery. Andy has been winding down “Providence Radio,” a gospel program on WSAR, Fall River, Mass., which was founded by his late son, Paul. If you’d like to reach Andy, contact me for his email address. • Finally, Jack Daggett keeps in touch regularly with news of classmates he garners from phone calls, or to ask questions about a song the Triple Quartet may (or may not) have sung in 1946. Or about working with Gerald “Q” Moshiri
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Northfield Mount Hermon Janet-Marie Fitzgerald Whitley firstname.lastname@example.org We lost a very distinguished class member on 11/4/2017: Anna Johnston Taylor. She entered Northfield in her sophomore year. At that time, Northfield was one of the few schools that accepted black students. After graduation, Anna earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College in 1954 and a law degree from Yale in 1957. She was one of only five women in Yale’s graduating class. She then landed a job as staff lawyer in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. It was there she met Charles Diggs Jr., an up-and-coming Michigan congressman. They married in 1960, moved to Detroit, and had two children. In 1964, Anna went to Mississippi with other lawyers to represent civil rights workers who were jailed for registering black people to vote. On the day of Anna’s arrival, three of those workers disappeared. The group questioned the sheriff, but to no avail. The sheriff later was implicated in their murders. In the mid-1970s, after the breakup of her marriage, Anna successfully helped Senator Coleman Young become Detroit’s first black mayor. Mayor Young invited Anna to join the city’s law department to help him integrate city government. In 1976, Anna married the director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, S. Martin Taylor. She worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign, and, in 1979, President Carter nominated her for the U.S. District Court bench in Detroit. She was the first black female federal district judge in the U.S. Circuit. In the years that followed, she presided over a series of high-profile cases and served as chief judge of the court during 1997–98. She took senior status in 1999 and
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