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Feature WINTER 2011 VOL. 85, NO. 2 EDITOR Dave Diehl, M.B.A. ’04, P’12 Executive Director, Marketing and Communications ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ilene Liszka Associate Director, Marketing and Communications

Editor’s Note: It was relatively low-cost, high-speed air travel in the 20th century that made possible travel abroad by the average American student and faculty member. Today, the exponential increase in international commerce, diplomacy and collaboration make travel abroad a necessity for scholars, researchers and those who want to pursue careers in business, government or continue their scholarship or research. This issue of Hood Magazine includes many stories of students, faculty and alumni who have chosen to work or studied abroad and how they benefited from those endeavors. Dave Diehl, M.B.A. ’04, P’12

CLASS NEWS EDITOR Tammy McElroy ’05 Associate Director of Alumni Relations SPORTS EDITOR Adrienne Mullikin Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications ART DIRECTION Joann Lee Art Director MAGAZINE DESIGN Kit Peteranecz Graphic Designer ONLINE EDITION MANAGER Soofia Mujeeb Website Manager PHOTOGRAPHY Charlie Covell Dennis Crews Dave Diehl Kelly Hahn


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From “Visioneering Our Future” to “Where Imagination Happens,” the College celebrates 10 successful years.



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When you were a student at Hood, someone’s generosity made a measurable difference in your life. At this moment, there is a deserving Hood student whose life will be touched by your financial support of scholarships and financial aid. Now is the time to pass along a gift of generosityy to the next generation of students. Now is the time to make a measurable difference in a Hood student’s life. For more information about making a gift to Hood d, please see the envelope in the center of this issue of Hood magazine or contact the office of institution nal advancement at (800) 707-5280, option 7.

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Message from the President THE NEW DECADE IN A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES In the fall of 2001, when I was inaugurated as your president, we launched a collaborative, comprehensive strategic planning process. Soon after that, Visioneering Our Future: Hood 2010 was approved by our board of trustees. The dedicated and tireless efforts by faculty and staff, and uncommon acts of generosity by our alumni, foundations and friends, enabled the College to reach numerous milestones throughout the past decade. The College reaffirmed its mission and core values while identifying strategic priorities. During a period of what is now being called the “Great Recession,” Hood reached record student enrollment (see Page 4 and read how we are actually REDUCING the size of next year’s freshman class), expanded and improved campus facilities, witnessed our faculty producing unprecedented levels of scholarship and research augmenting excellent teaching and learning, and received high marks from our auditors for sound fiscal management. And our alumni, donors and friends continued to support the College at record levels. Last fall we began planning for the new decade. We know that Hood and, indeed, the entire world will be faced with formidable challenges, unprecedented change and a continued uncertain economic environment. However, Hood, with its contrarian nature, will view the new decade as a “world of possibilities.” Our trustees, administration and faculty know we cannot adopt a business-asusual mindset but must embrace change as a friend and challenges as new windows of opportunity. To that end, our new plan calls for, but is not limited to: QStrengthening current academic programs, assessing opportunities for new ones and assurur-

ing that teaching excellence, meaningful research and classroom innovation continue as our academic signature. QOffering creative support services and programming in all campus venues to embrace the he intellectual, social, physical and spiritual growth of our students. QProviding state-of-the-art technology, campus living-learning space and badly needed recrecreation and athletic facilities for our students. QAcquiring resources needed to support faculty research and development, new program initiatives, student scholarship financial aid, campus improvements and growth in our endowment. wment. An ambitious agenda to be sure. Thus, I invite you to join us as we enter this new decade with h unparalleled energy and enthusiasm, clear and focused purpose, and the knowledge that with h your support all things are possible. See you on campus.

Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D. President P.S. I want to express my deepest appreciation to the Hood Alumni Executive Board for presenting me a Hood College Ring at the February 26th Ring Ceremony. I feel privileged and honored to be able to wear this special and distinctive ring.

Hood was recognized for academic excellence by its peers and now is becoming the “gold standard” for what a comprehensive liberal arts college ought to be.




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Newsmakers Hodson Trust Awards $1.7 Million for Scholarships, Research, Athletic Center Hood’s largest benefactor awarded more than $1.7 million to the College in December. One million dollars will be added to the Hodson Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to students, and $200,000 will go to establish and begin funding the new Hodson Research Institute for faculty and student research. Five hundred thousand dollars will go to the fitness center in the new Hood Athletic Center, scheduled to be completed late this year. More than $29,000 will be earmarked for the Hodson Trust Star Scholarship program, established three years ago for Maryland veterans who have served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. That scholarship pays for 100 percent of students’ costs not met by other scholarships or assistance.

New Mascot Introduced in a Blaze of Glory

In accepting the gift, President Ronald J. Volpe thanked the Hodson Trust board members for such a generous gift during these uncertain economic times. The Hodson Trust, whose investment in talented students is a top priority, has awarded the College nearly $70 million since 1936. Hood has used this money, donated by the trust and the Hodson Scholarship Foundation, to support scholarships, endowed professorships, athletic programs, research grants and internships, and to build and upgrade campus facilities. The Hodson name is prevalent throughout the College, from scholarships for students and fellowships for faculty to a lecture series and named buildings.

Students with Blaze and President Volpe

iPad Coming to Campus in Fall A new academic venture will bring iPads to first-year students. Hood has launched an initiative to explore the role of portable tablet computers in advancing the College’s academic mission and will provide an Apple iPad to each incoming first-year undergraduate student in the fall. The program will give students easy access to and use of e-books and e-mail, the Internet and a range of other applications.

Beginning in the 1990s, Hood successfully implemented computers, digital technology and networks, and the Internet in its labs and classrooms to advance the manner in which students learn. The initiative seeks to expand the current state-of-the-art digital academic infrastructure by providing faculty and students with portable, leading-edge iPad technology to evaluate new instructional approaches using this tool as well as the impact this device can have on the learning experience.

Fall 2011 Class Size Limited to 300 With more undergraduate students than ever choosing to attend Hood, the College’s planning and budgeting committee has elected to limit this fall’s class to about 300, down from last year’s record 327. The decision to remain small and personal underscores some of Hood’s strategic priorities. Kathleen Bands, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management, noted the hallmarks of Hood’s academic experience—small class

sizes and faculty-to-student ratios, delivering the individual attention students have come to appreciate—can be more easily sustained with a class of this size. “We are pleased that a growing number of students continue to seek a Hood education,” said President Ronald J. Volpe. “However, given our mission and desire to remain a small, personal institution, we must carefully monitor the number of students we admit.”

This fall’s Convocation ceremony was the setting for two very big firsts. Not only did the College welcome the largest first-year class in its history, but the long-awaited mascot was introduced to the community with great fanfare. During the 10 a.m. ceremony Aug. 23, which marked the official start of the College’s 118th academic year, President Ronald J. Volpe welcomed nearly 2,400 students, including a record 327 new first-year students, more than 200 new graduate students and nearly 130 undergraduate students who transferred to Hood from two-year and other four-year institutions. Nearly 1,500 students comprise the largest undergraduate population in the history of the College. Hood’s first-ever costumed mascot, Blaze, made its debut at the ceremony’s end during a choreographed presentation that included participation by students, faculty and staff. The mascot project was spearheaded by Doug Raftery ’12, Bilal Syed ’11, Brittany Lethbridge ’13 and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.


Professor, Three Students Release Innovative Software With International Team of Scientists An international team of scientists that included George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science; alumni Benjamin Caplins ’09 and Alen Alexanderian ’05; and Desmond Amadigwe M.S. ’11 recently released innovative visualization software that has the potential to revolutionize the way high-resolution image data is collected and analyzed. Dimitglou and the three students were members of the joint National Aeronautics and Space Administration and European Space Agency team that developed JHelioviewer. It allows users easier access to extensive scientific data collected by satellite telescopes, minimizing the data transferred over the Internet to the desktop. Modern satellite telescopes return enormous amounts of data—for example, a recently launched spacecraft equipped with telescopes to observe the sun returns data equivalent to more than 300 feature-length films each day. JHelioviewer makes it possible for scientists to more easily go through the data.

While the software is primarily designed for use by the solar physics scientific community, its navigation and ease of use, which closely matches that of the widely used Google Earth software, makes it equally accessible for novices. JHelioviewer also allows users to create their own movies, overlay a series of images from different telescopes, zoom in and out of specific image areas and perform a number of other processing functions. The new software has received international attention within the scientific community and the public, generating more than 440,000 views on YouTube. Dimitoglou, who has been at Hood since 2004, previously worked for ESA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where he designed and developed archiving and distribution systems for the satellite mission to observe the sun, and a system to unify solar observatories and data sources from all over the world.

Spanish Professor Completes Fifth Novel Roser CaminalsHeath, chair of the department of foreign languages and literatures and professor of Spanish, recently completed her novel “CincCents Bars I Una Caminals-Heath Llibreria” (Five Hundred Bars and a Bookstore). It traces the relationship between two Spanish families— one, well-to-do and living in Barcelona, Spain, and the other in a smaller city in central Spain—and how criminals and a robbery

change the courses of their lives. The book is written in her native Catalan, the official language of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands, three regions in Spain with a distinctive and shared cultural tradition. Caminals-Heath is the author of five novels—most of which have been published in Spanish and two in English—as well as a book of nonfiction; a translation of a classic Spanish novel, “The House of Ulloa;” and, along with Holly Cashman ’94, a translation of a book of short stories. She has published essays and reviews in professional journals such as The Georgia Review and The American Book Review.

English Professor Earns Prestigious Award for Poetry Elizabeth Knapp, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, was chosen from among 30 semi-finalists as the 2010 winner of the prestigious De Novo Award for her collection of poems, “The Spite House,” which is scheduled for publication by C&R Press in April. The award is given annually to a previously unpublished American poet whose work exhibits striking language, memorable imagery, intellectual depth and a respect for diversity. Knapp’s poetry has appeared in Agni Online, Barrow Street, Best New Poets 2007, Crab Orchard Review, The Laurel Review, The

Massachusetts Review and Mid-American Review, among others. She received the Discovered Voices Award from Iron Horse Literary Review and her work has been nominated for a Knapp Pushcart Prize, which honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays or other literary works published in the small presses each year.


Key Government Officials are Commencement Speakers Two long-serving, prominent government officials will serve as this year’s commencement speakers. Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will address undergraduates at the 10 a.m. ceremony May 21 and Hood alumnus Adrian R. Gardner, director of information technology and communications directorate and chief information officer for the Goddard Space Flight Center, will speak at the graduate school ceremony later that day. Brown, a Harvard College and Harvard Law School-educated attorney, has long been known for his deep commitment to public service, his community, the state of Maryland and the nation. Brown, who has served in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army and currently holds the rank of colonel, was most recently on campus in April to deliver a ceremonial $2 million grant-funded check from the state for the renovation of the College’s heating system. Gardner, a U.S. Air Force veteran, earned his master’s degree in environmental studies from Hood in 1993. At Goddard, he is responsible for providing the information infrastructure and tools to support management, science, research and technology programs; for developing, implementing and operating specialized IT systems to support NASA mission planning and operations and for providing systems that disseminate information to the public.

Tradition Continues With a New Twist This year’s ring ceremony and reception, held Feb. 26 in Coffman Chapel and Coblentz Hall, was marked by old traditions and new. Each spring semester for decades, students who have achieved junior status have donned their Hood rings for the first time. Beginning this year, the Hood ring is available in a new design especially suitable for men. The new version was approved by the alumni executive board. Six members of the class of 2012 and two members of the class of 2011 received legacy rings—rings previously owned by alumnae and donated back to the College through the Legacy Ring Program. Qualifying juniors may also apply for a ring scholarship, a special program created through the generous support of alumnae and alumni for students who need assistance in purchasing a Hood ring. For more information on contributing to the ring scholarship fund or to donate a legacy ring, contact the office of alumni relations.




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Office of Institutional Advancement Makes Two Key Appointments Suzanne Smith, a topperforming pharmaceutical representative, was named director of corporate relations and giving. She brings 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer relations Smith to Hood, where she is responsible for increasing the visibility of the College in the area; identifying, cultivating and soliciting corporations, corporate and private foundations; establishing new long-term partnerships and strengthening existing relationships with area corporations and foundations; and leading the College’s board of associates and coordinating its fund-raising efforts. She most recently served as executive customer representative for Merck and Co., where she was twice recognized by management with a vice presidents’ award for sales achievement; and as senior sales representative and territory manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she was a three-time recipient of the company’s Pinnacle Award for highest performance.

Richard Dull, former University of Maryland athletic director, is the project manager for the advancement of athletics. He is responsible for overseeing and developing fund-raising ventures that will support its Dull intercollegiate athletic programs as well as further the College’s quest to fund a much-needed new athletic center. Dull brings a wealth of senior-level experience in administration, public relations, marketing and advancement to his new post. He has been the athletic director at five institutions, including a five-year stint at Maryland, his alma mater. During his tenure there, annual giving, gross revenues and attendance at Terrapin football games increased. In September Dull directed the College’s first-ever Blue and Grey golf tournament at the prestigious Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, Md. Proceeds from the successful fund-raising event, as well as from a second tournament planned for May, will benefit Hood athletics, including the new campus athletic facility that is scheduled to open in late 2011.

SAIC-Frederick Makes Donation to Support College Hood recently accepted a gift in support of the College from an international business with a local presence. Frank Blanchard, public affairs director of Science Applications International Corporation-Frederick, presented a check to President Ronald J. Volpe. The funds can be used to augment any area designated by the college. “SAIC-Frederick has a long-standing commitment to education and workforce development in Frederick County,” said Blanchard. “Hood College means a lot to our community, and we are fortunate to be able to give some measure of support to its outstanding academic programs in liberal arts, technology and professional studies.” SAIC-Frederick operates the National Cancer Institute’s federally funded research

Blanchard, Volpe

and development center, a national laboratory dedicated to cancer and AIDS research, including the development and application of advanced technologies to accelerate the delivery of new treatments to patients with cancer and AIDS.

Hood Again Receives National Accolades Hood was once again ranked as one of the country’s best and most affordable colleges by national news and financial magazines. Hood ranked eighth in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” Regional Universities in the North category in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges, and placed in the top tier and in

the top 20 percent in the “Best Regional Universities” category among the schools in the northern region. Forbes again ranked Hood one of America’s Best Colleges, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance cited Hood as a best value in private higher education institutions.

Nine New Faculty Join the Campus Community This fall, three full-time and six part-time professors took their places at the head of the class: Elizabeth Atwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism (appointed in January 2010) Lawrence Devan, visiting assistant professor of management Jay Driskell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history Marisa Dudiak, assistant professor of education W. Randolph Ford, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science Vincent Kohl, visiting assistant professor of English Jenifer Pyles, assistant professor of education Debra Smith, clinical instructor of education Carol A. Snapp, D.N.Sc., assistant professor of nursing and director of the bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program

Prospective Students, Families Enjoy Sweeter Campus Visits The campus tour for prospective students has just gotten a little sweeter with the introduction of the delectable Hood cookie. The College has collaborated with Uncle Ralph’s Not Yet Famous Cookies, owned by Peggy Kamrad Wight ’95 and her husband Ralph, to produce a 3-ounce chocolatechunk cookie. The recipe comes from “Selected Recipes,” a cookbook written in the 1940s by Martha C. Carson, the College’s dietitian from 1914 to 1948. President Ronald J. Volpe, Vice President for Enrollment Managment Kathleen Bands and Director of Alumni Relations Linda Hoffman were on hand in December to watch the first batch of Hood cookies come off the production line. Uncle Ralph’s has been in business in Frederick since 1985. Peggy and Ralph sold 1,500 cookies in their first year and delivered them to local buyers in the family car. Today, the bakery sells 20 million cookies and brownies each year, distributing its products to customers in seven states.



Six New Members Named to Hood College Board of Associates New members of the Hood College Board of Associates were recently welcomed to campus by President Volpe. Elected to serve three-year terms are: Larry O. Arthur of Walkersville, Md., CEO, associate director, AIDS and cancer virus program, NCI-Frederick, Science Applications International Corp; Karen Shipley Leggett ’09 of Westminster, Md., director of supportive care, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Maryland in Glen Burnie, Md.; Lorie Harris Morrell ’84 of Warfordsburg, Pa., senior vice president, Southeastern Computer Consultants, Inc. in Frederick; Bernice Morris ’04, M.B.A. ’08 of Frederick, customer service, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Charles Seymour of Frederick, president, Turning Point Real Estate; and Michael A. Stauffer ’00, P’11, P’12 of Middletown, Md., vice president of Integrated Systems, Fairchild Controls in Frederick. Members of the board support major fund-raising programs at Hood. Since 1986— attributable to the involvement of board

Front row: Morris; Back row: Earl H. Robbins Jr., chair; Stauffer; Morrell, Leggett, Seymour and Volpe

members—area businesses have contributed more than $1 million to Hood in support of student scholarships, academics, athletics, the library and residence hall maintenance. Board members have also raised funds to support professional development grants for faculty and

Website Has New Look, Easier Navigation Hood’s Marketing and Communications Office, in partnership with a California-based advertising and brand consulting agency, recently completed an 18-month project to redesign the College’s website, making it more user-friendly and bringing it in line with industry standards and best practices. Earthbound Media Group led the project for the redesign of the main site; PrestoSports and Adrienne Mullikin, assistant director of athletics for communication, collaborated on the new athletics site; and numerous faculty, staff and students contributed their expertise in the planning and building stages of the project. Launched Nov. 2, 2010, the website incorporates a new design that lends itself to more graphics and photos, and it is supported by new software and hardware. Some of the key new features include faster and simpler

navigation; a new and better campus calendar system and College catalog; a completely redesigned athletics website; and a powerful content management system that will allow a smoother and more efficient workflow for managing the site.

Bikes, Zipcars Roll Onto Campus Students, faculty and staff now have transportation options for tooling around town or getting out on the open road. In August, two Zipcars arrived on campus. The vehicle sharing program, implemented mostly to benefit students, offers a low-cost, convenient and sustainable alternative to having a car on campus. With low rental fees and the usual age-21 restriction waived, Zipcars may be the ideal transportation solution as the

student population rises and parking becomes increasingly limited. Also new to campus is the Campus Safety Bike Program. Four bikes—two women’s and two men’s—are available to students for up to four hours at a time free of charge. According to Rick Puller, chief of campus safety, the bikes were purchased as part of the initiative to promote ecologically friendly practices and to encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

staff, awarding more than $575,000 through the McCardell Professional Development Grants program that was established by the board in 1980. The board also raised more than $120,000 to establish an endowed fund for student scholarships.

Student Government Association Donates Used Computers Christi Campbell ’11 (below, fourth from right) was more than just excited to learn the five residence halls were getting new computers. She saw this windfall as an opportunity to give back to others in need. Campbell, who serves as the student government association’s academic judicial chair, proposed to her fellow SGA members that Hood seek a way to give the old computers new life. Her suggestion was met with overwhelming support by the Hood community and in early November, 18 computers and three printers were donated to The Buddy Project, a nonprofit organization that provides refurbished computers to those who are intellectually and developmentally disabled. Founded by Eric Zimmerman in October 2007, The Buddy Project receives about 20 computer donations a month.




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Record Number of Student-Athletes Earn Academic Honors

Dickman Reaches Century Mark

The Capital Athletic Conference announced that 65 Hood College student-athletes were named to the 2009-10 CAC all-academic team for maintaining at least a 3.2 grade point average throughout the academic year. Hood’s 65 selections to the CAC allacademic team are the most for the school since joining the conference in 200607. Of these 65 selections, 17 of Hood’s intercollegiate sports were represented. The women’s track and field team led the

Head men’s basketball coach Tom Dickman reached another important milestone in his coaching career Nov. 15 when the Blazers defeated Penn State Mont-Alto, marking Dickman’s 100th collegiate coaching victory. The 2010-11 season is Dickman’s eighth at the helm of the Blazers. He has guided the Blazers to five winning seasons and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07. Dickman has also recruited and mentored three all-Capital Athletic Conference honorees—including one player twice—and was named the CAC Coach of the Year in 2007. The Blazers finished the season in fifth place in the CAC with 13-13 overall record.

way with eight members, while men’s soccer and men’s lacrosse came in a close second with seven honorees apiece. Additionally, 35 studentathletes were multipleyear honorees in this exclusive club. Emma Arneson ’12

Blazers Hold Breast Cancer Fund-raisers Hood’s athletic department raised nearly $2,000 in donations during the month of October, commonly known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several different athletic teams participated in fund-raising activities and 100 percent of the $1,920 in proceeds went to various organizations that support the fight against breast cancer. The field hockey and men’s soccer teams kicked off the month by selling pink T-shirts and collecting donations at their Oct. 9 home contests. The Blazer student-athletes also wore pink shoelaces, headbands and ribbons during their games to show their support. Then on Oct. 17, the men’s lacrosse team hosted its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament at Thomas Athletic Field. The Class of 2012 teamed up with the Blazers to sell T-shirts and other pink paraphernalia in addition to collecting donations at the gate. The men’s lacrosse team also sported pink jerseys during the tournament.

Jacobs Named All-CAC

Donations from these two events supported the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which is the world’s largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. The volleyball team also hosted a “Dig Pink” night Oct. 22 in Gambrill Gymnasium. The squad wore special pink jerseys for the match, adorned the gym with pink decorations and raffled off prizes donated by local businesses. The volleyball team’s donations went to the Side Out Foundation, which unites volleyball players and coaches to support breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.

Frederick Mutual Donates to New Athletic Center

Volpe, Filler, Powell

Kevin Filler, president and CEO of Frederick Mutual Insurance Co., and Gregory Powell,

chairman of the board, recently presented a $15,000 gift to Hood’s president Ronald J. Volpe in support the College’s new athletic center. “Frederick Mutual considers it a privilege and honor to make this contribution to the Hood College athletic facility,” said Filler. “Our company and this College have continually existed in Frederick since the 1800s and we share the common core values of integrity and commitment to our stakeholders and community. We believe this new facility will serve the needs of the College along with the needs of the greater Frederick community.”

Dan Jacobs ’14 continued his march through the cross country record book and secured the first allCapital Athletic Conference designation for the men’s program at the 2010 CAC Jacobs ’14 championship hosted by Salisbury University. Jacobs’ time of 26:23 shaved 35 seconds from his previous school record on the same course and secured ninth place overall. The native of Hillsborough, N.J., was Hood’s top finisher in seven races in his first season with the team.

Bingaman Earns Academic Honors Jamie Bingaman ’12 of the women’s soccer team earned one of 13 coveted spots on the 2010 Academic All-District II First Team presented by ESPN and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Bingaman is a three-year letterwinner who contributed two goals and two assists on the season for six points. The native of Boonsboro, Md., has compiled four goals and six assists during her Blazer career. A two-time CAC all-academic team member, Bingaman is a double major in chemistry and mathematics and has made the dean’s list every semester. A member of several honor societies, she serves as a chemistry tutor and has also received numerous academic prizes and scholarships at Hood’s honors convocations.


Mendez Tabbed All-Conference Chris Mendez ’12 became the first men’s soccer player in program history to be recognized as an all-Capital Athletic Conference honoree with his selection to the second team. The native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., came into his junior season with a total of six points on two goals and two assists, but quickly transformed into the Blazers’ leading scoring threat. Mendez led the squad and was among the CAC leaders in goals with 11, one shy of the single-season record and the highest singleseason total for a Hood men’s soccer player since the 2006 season. His 30 career points rank third in program history. Mendez and the Blazers finished the season with a 7-9 record and went 2-6 in the CAC, marking the first time in program history that Hood defeated two league rivals—Marymount and Wesley—in one season.

Harding Breaks Three Records Arielle Harding ’12 posted three record-breaking swims in her first season with the Blazer women’s swim team. The native of Damascus, Md., and Good Counsel High School graduate Harding ’12 lowered the 100-yard breaststroke standard that had been on the books since 1990 with a clocking of 1:10.96 in a meet with Frostburg State University Jan. 15. Harding also broke a five-year-old school record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:40.71 in a Capital Athletic Conference double-dual with the University of Mary Washington and York College (Pa.) Nov. 8. At the CAC championships in February, Harding not only lowered both breaststroke records again, but she also bested a 26-year-old mark in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:20.11. Harding qualified for three championship finals at the conference meet and captured 17 individual titles in nine events.

Women’s Basketball Wins Tournament The women’s basketball team defeated the Gordon College Fighting Scots, 61-46, and the New England College Pilgrims, 60-51, to capture the Gordon Tournament championship Nov. 19-20. The Blazers played in their first regular season tournament championship contest since the 2004-05 campaign. According to archived records dating back 15 years, this was Hood’s first regular season tournament title in program history. Allyson Lethbridge ’11 from Union Bridge, Md., and Briana White ’14 from Williamstown, N.J., represented Hood on the all-tournament team.

New Coaches Named

Emily Clowser will take over the coaching reigns of the women’s soccer program in fall 2011. An assistant coach at Hood for three years, Clowser stepped in as the interim head coach for the final six games of the 2010 season Clowser is a 2003 graduate of Shepherd University, where she lettered for the Rams as a first-year student—when she led the team in scoring—and as a sophomore. Prior to joining the Hood staff, Clowser coached the varsity girls soccer team at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick)

for three years. After graduating from Shepherd, Clowser completed her master’s degree in exercise science and physical education at McDaniel College. She earned a second degree in Clowser kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education from Fresno Pacific University in July 2010.

Jeremy Mattoon joined the Hood coaching family in August 2010 as the Blazers’ head men’s lacrosse coach and fitness center coordinator. Originally from Corning, N.Y., Mattoon served as the first-ever men’s lacrosse mentor at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, when the Eagles added men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in spring 2009. Mattoon also served as the director of the Swan Fitness Center at the university. Prior to starting the Husson lacrosse program, Mattoon served as the head coach of the boy’s varsity lacrosse team at Saint John’s Catholic Prep in Frederick from 2006-08. In 2008, Mattoon and the Vikings

posted a perfect 13-0 record and advanced to the MIAA “C” conference championship game. Following this stellar season, Mattoon was tabbed Frederick County Coach of the Year. Mattoon Mattoon is a 2006 graduate of the University of Maryland, University College with a bachelor’s degree in history. He went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary education from McDaniel College in May 2010.

Indoor Track and Field Added to Sport Offerings The athletic department announced the addition of men’s and women’s indoor track and field to the College’s intercollegiate athletic offerings, effective for the 2010-11 academic year. The addition of these two programs increases Hood’s number of varsity sports to 20. The College has sponsored men’s and women’s varsity outdoor track and field since 2006. Head coach Brent Ayer, the department’s head cross country and track and field coach since the inception of both sports, feels these additions will help his programs continue to advance in a positive direction. “One of the many advantageous aspects of this endeavor is that our student-athletes will have the opportunity to begin training much earlier,” said Ayer. “In particular, this

addition will benefit our student-athletes who specialize in the skill events.” In 2006, Hood’s first year of varsity outdoor track and field, 24 participants comprised the Blazer roster. That roster has more than doubled with the hope to grow to as many as 70 student-athletes in the near future. “The addition of indoor track and field is also instrumental in helping boost the College’s enrollment numbers,” noted Gib Romaine, director of athletics. “We will continue to attract the top-caliber studentathletes and offer them more opportunities to hone their skills.” Hood’s first indoor track and field competition was Dec. 8 at Dickinson College, where the Blazers racked up several record-setting performances.



AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE by Hood’s Global Community with an introduction by Kate Conway-Turner, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and provost

Through course work, research projects, internships and study abroad, a Hood

As students complete their college

education provides an opportunity for students to locate their discipline within a

careers and move into leadership roles,

worldwide and ever-changing dialogue and discussion. As I talk with prospective

they are called upon to “think glob-

employers, they want to know that Hood graduates are liberally educated; that they excel in communication skills, think critically and embrace

ally.” Emerging leaders, regardless of

a perspective that is culturally sensitive and globally seated.

their chosen fields, must understand

Students who immerse themselves within our study abroad experiences have the

the relationship between the local, the

opportunity to develop a deeper personal and professional understanding and to

national and the global. At Hood, we understand the importance of preparing students to think critically and to situate

enhance their abilities to appreciate a global world. They engage in a learning adventure that will not only expand their knowledge base and cultural understanding, but will also provide a competitive advantage within today’s global marketplace. Our alumni underscore these realities as they recount the many ways they are

their understanding of the world within

called to lead across national borders and to understand the complexities of in-

a global context.

ternational relationships. Building on our rich background, at Hood we continue to encourage and support global experiences, because a global understanding is a necessity for today’s leaders. The stories that follow illustrate just a few ways in which our students, faculty and alumni are engaged study, research and work around the world. They are shining examples of the global aspect of our College that all begins in the classroom.



tudents in all disciplines have the opportunity to enrich their academic experiences through exposure to international perspectives and cultures. Faculty at Hood are acutely aware of the unparalleled value these unique experiences bring to students, whether they choose to study abroad, live in one of three language residences or merely benefit from the global insights their fellow classmates or professors who travel abroad bring to the classroom. Scott Pincikowski, Ph.D., associate professor of German and chair of the foreign languages and literatures department, confirms the noticeable changes in students after they return from abroad. “They become more interested in their studies because they see the benefits and practicalities of learning a foreign language and living in a foreign country,” he said. “Students become more independent and mature. They learn that they can be adaptable in a variety of situations, including getting used to customs different from their own, navigating a foreign city and learning the ins and outs of a different university system.”

Their perspectives change as well. “Students learn that the world they live in is diverse,” said Pincikowski. “Their view of the world expands and they realize they, too, are part of a multicultural world.” Faculty in the department of foreign languages and literatures work closely with wellestablished and respected exchange programs at some of the top universities in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. With students going to universities like the Sorbonne, the University of Munich, the University of Seville and the American University in Cairo, Hood can boast that it sends its students to the “ivy league” of foreign schools. Each of these institutions rank number one or is near number one in their respective countries.

century France, including books, manuscripts, political speeches and medical theses at the National Library of France, essential to her research but unavailable in the United States. “I periodically re-immerse myself in the culture and language that I’m teaching so that I can return to the classroom with a fresh perspective and a better feel for current events and contemporary uses of new vocabulary,” she said. “I also bring back with me a renewed excitement about French culture that I hope to communicate to my students.”

Hood faculty members frequently travel abroad not for pleasure, but to further their research and bring back to the classroom more in-depth and meaningful expertise and insights to share with their students.

Roser Caminals-Heath, Ph.D., professor of Spanish, travels abroad almost every year, usually following the publication of one of her growing list of immensely popular novels in Catalonia in northeastern Spain, and to Barcelona and central Spain to do research for her writing. Two well-received course offerings have emerged as a direct result of her experiences in Barcelona and the research into urban crime that informs her novels: a

Professor of French Lisa Algazi, Ph.D., visits Paris regularly to access research resources on representations of breastfeeding in 19th-

Pictured above: Francesca Roth ’13 in Paris; Ethan Chase ’12 in Cádiz, Spain; and Carley Altenburger ’12, Krygier, Samantha Haines ’11 and Chloe Ey ’13 in Egypt.


Irene Ir ren ene e Miha M hala Mi l ch la lache che e M.B. M B. M. B.A. A. ’11 A. ’1 11 1d disco i vered Hood by chance while stayin sta g in Frederick with family friends who are connected to nearby Fort Detrick, whose daughter happens to be Hood alumna Ioana Piersall ’98. She remembers seeing the campus in the spring of 2007, when she was still a student at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, a school of nearly 50,000 students in her native Romania. Now an MBA student at Hood, Mihalache appreciates the diverse student, faculty and staff community. “We don’t deal so much with race and ethnicity issues in Romania, which is 90 percent Romanian,” she said. “This is something I really appreciate about Hood.” She also appreciates the opportunity to interact more closely with faculty, something that was rare for her as an undergraduate where lecture class sizes were commonly more than 100 students. Mihalache, whose concentration in the M.B.A. program is human resources, works as a graduate assistant in Hood’s human resources office. She hopes to stay in the U.S. after graduation under the Optional Practical Training program.

Emily Cucchi ’11 “My study abroad experie nce in Paris, France has broadened my horizons of the world arou nd me. I have become an explorer and I have opened myself up to possibi lities I never thought possible. I hav e set higher goals for myself bec ause I

ad Sena and Senad eft)) and (left) ’12 ((le as c ’12 asi obasi Odob a Odobasic ida Aida Aid A Herboth from Bosnia and H 2, b 12 ’12, ’12 vi ’1 ovic inano Sinanovic Siinano Sin S drea-med about studying abroad vina dreazegovina, zegov ever since high school. While Hood College seems to be worlds away from their homeland both geographically and culturally, their decision to attend a small liberal arts college near Washington, D.C., was a natural choice. “I was looking for a small school where I could have personal interaction with my professors,” said Sinanovic, an economics major with a concentration in international economics and minors in computer science and mathematics. Thanks to the Shelby Davis Foundation and generous contributions from Hood’s alumni and friends, the two have been able to fulfill their educational dreams. In some ways, their experiences at Hood have exceeded their expectations. “Back in Bosnia, college life is one-dimensional and it just includes academics,” said Odobasic, who is majoring in international

This Th his p pas astt winter break Hood stud entss Jaim Jaime e Rami Ra Ram mir m irez rezz ’13 rre ’1 13 (far ( ar (f a left) lef left) eft) t), ), Ali Ali Gro G os Gr os ’12, ’12 1 , Hila Hilary ary y Lawc La Law wch h ’12, ’12, 12 2, Am Aman ma and and da d a Joy J yc Jo yce yce ce Jac J cob Ja ob ’11, ob ’11 ’1 11 11 1, Cai Cai ait itlin ttlllin in in S lo Sa Salo lovi v ch ’11 vich ’11 and and J.T. J.T J .T.. Sm S aldo alldo dorre e ’’12 1 (left 12 (lleft ((le fftt) wen w t on a wee w klong service trip to Hon duras with wit an organization called Studen ts Helping Honduras, a national nonprofit organization. The students worked on the construction of Las Flores, a school for chil dren ages 5 to 13 years old near the town of El Progressive. They were joined by more than 160 students from the University of Marylan d, Towson University, Washington Col lege, St. Joseph’s University and Brandeis Uni versity.

pushed myself to take the leap and study abroad. Through this experience, Hood has given me the world. “Even though school work is important, I made a point to che rish the time I had abroad because I knew I would never get this chance again. While abroad, I traveled to France, Switzerland, Austria, German y, London and Greece. “My time in Paris will be rem embered forever. I was not only a stud ent but a resident and I consider Par is my second home. I have crea ted a bond with my host family that will always be ingrained in my heart. I will never forget them.”

economics with minors in public relations and mathematics. “At Hood, I write for the school newspaper, perform in the international shows, attend lectures given by famous writers and travel on field trips organized by the College.” Sinanovic agrees. “Students here are more involved in the life of the College through organizations and events,” he said. Both admit that it will be very difficult to leave Hood when they graduate in 2012.

“Working was most of wha t we did every day, but we also taught the pare nts, volunteer workers and the kids English , and vice versa,” said Ramirez, a communicat ions major who also plays on the men’s soc cer team. “We also played soccer, a lot, afte r work with the kids and the community. Play ing soccer was a big icebreaker for a lot of us because we could relate to the kids thro ugh the sport.” The Hood students involved in SHH have formed a Hood student orga nization with the same name. Ramirez said Hood students will return to Honduras regularly between semesters and during breaks.

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seminar on Spanish Crime Narrative; and a new course, Barcelona: From Hercules to the Olympics, which explores the city from an interdisciplinary perspective—socio-historical, artistic, cultural and literary. Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French, travels extensively in France and in Italy—usually two to three months per year—to conduct research at the National Library of France and the Vatican Library. In recent years he has received several McCardell Professional Development grants as well as two National Endowment for the Humanities grants to conduct research in France, Italy and Scotland for two books that have been published by two major European presses. Course always takes advantage of his connections abroad to enrich the view of his students. For example, in the spring 2008, Jean-Marc Chatelain, head curator of the National Library of France, came to Hood to give a lecture to the community and to a French class. Chatelain subsequently asked two Hood students to work at the rare book collection of the French Library, a clearance generally given only to professors with a doctoral degree and doctoral candidates. “I know the students in French benefit greatly from my connections with European academia: class lectures, new material, up-todate critical thinking and intellectual trends as well as a close working relationship with foreign scholars are all directly or indirectly influenced by a strong and deep understanding of the world,” Course said. “My experience and knowledge of France, and its role in Europe in general as well as in a global perspective, is an essential part of an everyday French experience in my classes.” Course has directed two Summer Research Institutes over the past years with three students. “A summer of research at one of the greatest libraries of the world and direct contact with important scholars will be an open door for students’ entrance to major graduate programs, not only in this country but in the world,” Course said. “This experience—unique for small liberal art colleges, but also in any major research university—will have a positive impact in their plans for a successful future. “The scholarly pursuit of a professor working abroad and the impact it has on the classroom and on the future of the students is invaluable,” Course added. “Students gain a global perspective on intellectual research and a deeper understanding that the Hood classroom and


“The scholarly pursuit of a professor working abroad and the impact it has on the classroom and on the future of the students is invaluable.” the French world are not two separate entities but are closely connected together.” Pincikowski echoes Course’s sentiments. “Work and travel abroad are essential to my teaching and research, which are closely connected,” he said. “They are so important that I go to Germany or Austria almost on a yearly basis. I bring my experiences abroad back into the classroom, making sure I stay current with German culture, politics, sports and other important aspects. Students benefit from the fact that my German is not “frozen in time” but reflects modern usage and lingo. In a similar fashion, the research I have conducted in Germany and Austria also has had a positive impact on my students. Because of my experiences at conferences and symposia in Austria, Germany, England and Italy, I have been able to invite prominent speakers and authors to come to my classes and give lectures to the campus.”

Justin Abodalo ’12 and Carlin Rabie ’10, who volunteered at the Ansar Center in Palestine— and directed senior Alice Butler’s study and documentary film on Islamaphobia in France and England. Griselda Zuffi, professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American studies major, travels abroad every year to Argentina, where she conducts research, attends university seminars and participates actively in professional and cultural events. Last year, with the benefit of a sabbatical, she completed a manuscript on the works of an internationally acclaimed author, Tomás Eloy Martínez, with whom she met and interviewed during her travels to Buenos Aires in 2009. “This was one of the most enriching experiences of my professional life,” said Zuffi. “I expect the courses I am

Pincikowski believes that good teaching results from intensive research, a sentiment shared among colleagues in his department. “All of my colleagues in the department of foreign languages and literatures are active scholars who conduct research abroad. This shows in their classes, which incorporate the most recent discussions and debates on a given topic. Students see how active we are in their fields and see firsthand that what professors do is practical and useful, something which in turn motivates the students to work hard.” Donald Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of Arabic and French and director of the Middle Eastern studies program, believes that students who study outside of the U.S. broaden their perspectives in important ways. “I know how being a guest in a foreign country changes our outlook on the world around us and allows us to see aspects of the human condition that are universal and those that are specific to place and time,” he said. Wright, who has traveled to more than 25 countries and lived and worked on three continents, taught and lectured in Paris and Strasbourg, France; New Delhi, India; and North Africa. He spends several months a year in Paris or in other countries. Wright recently mentored four students who were awarded the Davis Peace Prize—Michelle Marquardt ’11, Samantha Murphy ’09,

Carly Hodges ’12 is studying in Japan this semester.

As far back as Hood’s official records go, hundreds of students have studied abroad in 19 countries on four continents and the Semester at Sea. Of those, 35 have studied in France, 23 in Spain, 22 in South Korea and 11 in Germany. Other countries in which students have studied include Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand and Peru.




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teaching next fall, Latin American Fiction and Latin America, will be invigorated by conversations I had with the author and the manuscript that emerged from those encounters.” It’s not just foreign languages and literatures department faculty who benefit from research and travels abroad. Every summer, Jenni Ross, Ph.D., associate professor of art, travels to central Turkey, where she spends six to eight weeks excavating the Çadir Höyük archaeological site. She lives in a small village near the site, and excavates in several areas that date from 5500 B.C. through the 13th century A.D.

Beyond furthering her research and providing students with a once-in-a-lifetime experi-ence, Ross’ work is important, historically. In n the last three years she has published three articles about her work at the site, which focus on the site’s Iron Age (1200-400 B.C.) levels.

Each visit, she brings one or two Hood students, who work with students from other American universities, including the University of Chicago, SUNY-Cortland and the University of New Hampshire, as well as with Turkish workers and a representative of the Turkish government. Students learn archaeological techniques of excavation, as well as lab work that includes drawing, photography, analysis of animal bones and plants. “We are training a new generation of archaeologists and, probably even more importantly, introducing students to a land and group

d ond e ond se sec (seco 9 (sec 59 ’59 o ’5 lo solo as Faso o Fas am to a amo o Yam kiko Akik A imed the in e activ been h has ) t) g ght) gh ig igh r right rom ro fr from d. Hoo ng al research field since leavi ca cal d Following graduation, she complete post-graduate studies at Vassar College and, with an 18-month student ical visa, went on to a career as a med ol. researcher at Cornell Medical Scho Fasolo, the first foreign student to graduate from Hood, feels that very “international students should feel me d ente pres ge Colle privileged. Hood

of people who are generally unknown to Americans, and that can be intimidating,” she said. “That kind of cultural understanding can’t be gained in a class, or from a book,, important as those tools for learning are.”

“Several of the periods represented by remains at the site are not found in other archaeological sites in central Turkey,” she said. “We are adding a great deal of information about the archaeology of Turkey, and exploring a number of historical and cultural developments that will help to understand the history of the region.” The work is also important in her teaching. She uses examples from the Çadir excavations for her courses on archaeological fieldwork techniques, and for classes on the archaeology of the Middle East. Since 2003 Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., has been co-coordinator of Hood’s Social Work Field

with opportunities that I would have missed during postwar Japan. “During those 18 months I applied gy the knowledge I gained as a biolo ed work “I . said lo Faso major at Hood,” y stud to gy nolo tech ern mod prewith the serotonin chemical. My research for technique became the standard works serotonin research.” Fasolo now . ialist spec on for IBM as an informati As a stranger in a foreign land, the warmth, encouragement and acceptance shown by the Hood lo community still resonates with Faso Hall today. “I stayed up late in Meyran s,” copying other student’s class note help est bigg the was “This lls. reca she for me as I practiced English.” . She Fasolo lives in Katonah, New York son. a and hters daug two has

Michaud with an independent potter in Yixing, China.

Experience course in Limerick, Ireland, a course that has been offered through Frostburg State University for the last 10 years. “Ireland is an ideal setting to introduce professional social workers-in-training to the importance of global connectedness and the universal concepts of social work,” said Sowbel, associate professor of social work. Sowbel said the experience exposes students to the challenges and benefits of social work training in the social service system in another country. The course includes the study of the history and the socio-political nature of a postcolonial country through weekly seminars, readings and assignments, as well as a 100- to 150-hour field experience in social work agencies there.

Hera H He ra T Tzort zort zo rtzo z p zo zopo po oul ulou ou Leigh Lei eigh g ton gh to on ’59 ’59 (left, with high school friend Emilia in Athenss, Gree ce) believes her time at Hood College was the inspiration for a long journey of learning. She came to the U.S. from Greece thinking she woul d return home but ended up staying a lifetime. “Hood College was my dream of what an educ ation in the United States should be, being in an all-girls school and my new life in Frederick. That was everything to me.” After earning her bachelor’s degree in home economics, Leighton earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1960, a master’s degree in German from the University of Virginia in 1965 and a docto rate in German from the University of Illinois in 1990. Leighton was the second international student to graduate from Hood. Her memories of Hood include those of individual learning and acceptance. Her professors nurtured her throu gh the difficult language barriers and her fellow classmates continued to mentor her in assis ting with her studies. To this day, Leighton still main tains connections with classmates who inspir ed and guided her. Leighton lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and is the mother of two sons.


“Most of my students talk about Ireland as a life-changing experience,” Sowbel said. “Students are placed at a grassroots AIDS agency, an outstanding comprehensive domestic violence program, a wet hostel that serves homeless people even if they are drinking, recreational programs for children, and a very small grassroots organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community, to name a few. We are always developing more placements and are currently exploring a mental health agency and an agency that serves immigrants.” Adrienne Wells ’04 had never been abroad until she traveled to Ireland. “I had the hardest time leaving Ireland because I bonded with outreach workers, HIV/AIDS victims and family members of victims with HIV/ AIDS,” she said. “It was the first time that I was forced to have constant contact with people whose lives have been affected by such an indiscriminatory disease. Americans often hide from taboo subjects because they feel that it could ‘never happen to them.’ I was one of those Americans, but now my eyes are open to the victims. I was learning so much in a non-traditional way; everything was hands-on and I was not just

reading about cases. I was dropped into the middle of them.” Joyce Michaud (opposite page), associate professor of art and director of the graduate program in ceramic arts, knows firsthand how the international exchange of ideas can contribute toward professional and academic growth. Not only has she engaged in research, attended seminars and presented at colleges and conferences in Denmark, Australia, China and in a number of venues in the United Kingdom, but she has played a significant role in bringing international artists to campus for lectures, exhibits and workshops and sending students to study abroad. Hood has been sponsoring international visiting artists from the U.K., Canada, Denmark, China, Korea and Japan since the ceramics program began in 1994. “International visitors provide opportunities for all of our students, but especially for those who are unable to travel due to financial, family,

health or other constraints,” Michaud said. “All students need to experience firsthand the diversity of talent and creative processes found in other countries.” For Michaud, personally experiencing the diversity of artistic thought, creative energies and cultural and historic traditions have been important components of her own research. Much of what she has learned in her travels has been infused into the ceramics curriculum and shared with her students, whom she encourages to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. “Sending our students to explore the art and creative practices of another country allows them to find in the structure and rhythms of another culture, the process that speaks to the soul and informs or redefines a personal aesthetic and moral code,” she said. “These discoveries cement a confidence in their abilities and personal creative processes that they carry with them through their careers. In

“Through traveling and working abroad I gained new skills as an artist and a whole new vision.”

Joey Jo oey y Tress Tre ress ssle ssle ss lerr ’1 ’10 10 is currently teaching English in the 2nd, 5th and 6th grades at Haeyoung Elementary School in Ansan, South Korea, which is about a 50-minute subway ride to the capital city of Seoul. He attributes both his success there a ability to enjoy his time in a and f foreig n country to his undergradu uate experience at Hood. “My “ education at Hood played a key ke factor in helping me prepare fo teaching English in a foreign for coun co try,” said Tressler, a Garrett Coun Co ty, Maryland, native. “To succeed cee at Hood I needed to always be b organized and prepared to do my best work and get the best grades possible. Now, as a teacher,

I found the best way to have a class run smoothly is to always be prepared for class and to have a plan to help make the class fun and interesting.” Tressler, who earned a bachelor’s degr ee in management with a minor in huma n resource management, was also a basketball player at Hood as were siblin gs Dennis ’07 and Corey ’09. “One of the best experiences I’ve had while living and working in South Kore a is being able to teach students who are learning our language and culture and having a role in changing a child’s life forever,” said Tressler, who plans to return to the U.S. this summer. “Living in a different country has really helped me to better understand a different culture and way of life.”


the use of interpreters for non-Engl ish speakers in the U.S. court system. She then went on to a career as a translator and précis writer for the United Nations.

Mariia Mar a Tere Te esa Ter sa Ro Rod odrigu dri rrigue gue g uez Astiz A Asti sti t z ’’60 60 0 came to Hood from Argentina. While she spent only one year at Hood before marrying Carlos Astiz , the College’s influences are still with her today. Astiz completed her degree at The Pennsylvania State University in English literature. Later she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from SUNY in Albany, N.Y., and completed a research project on

In 1956, Astiz was the only foreign student enrolled at Hood. “It was my first year in the States and Hood was very generous,” she said. “I had a full scholarship, which even paid for my books. Because of this, I try to give back every year to the College to show my appreciation.” Astiz learned a great deal from her experiences at Hood. She credits her professors with encouraging her and cites her English literature courses as her greatest inspirations. Astiz currently lives in Chevy Chas e, Md., with her husband.

ventured to the Guadalquivir River, where walls are covered in larger, detailed pieces of graffiti.

a at Hood, ear yyear or ye eniio enio en senio err ssen he g her ng D ring During 9 rreceived the ’09 g ’09 ng ting unti un Bun Bunti nda B an manda Aman Am A Second Century grant to complete a research project as part of her sociology major. She chose to study graffiti in Spain, and traveled to Seville during the January term recess. “I spent 15 days walking the intricate streets by the Seville Cathedral, which is the burial site of Christopher Columbus. In these small winding streets, I would snap photos of graffiti tags. I also

“The research aspect of my trip to Spain was amazing,” she said. “I would never have received this type of opportunity without the support that Hood offered to me. However it was not just the research that made my time so great. The experience as a whole changed me. I was completing research next to major historic sites while eating food that I can’t find in the States and living a completely immersed Spanish life. Bunting used the photos she took to support the interviews she had with the Spanish graffiti artists and presented a paper—in which she takes great pride—at the end of her senior year. “There is no greater feeling than knowing the information you are writing about, is data you gathered on your own,” she said.

my years of teaching I have observed over and over that when we send students to another country, they return from their foreign adventures as confident adults.” Stephanie Wilhelm, who is pursuing a graduate certificate in ceramic arts, traveled to Xepocol, Guatemala, in October to teach wheel-thrown techniques, and glazing and firing methods with the hopes of helping the residents there establish a means for generating income. “Through traveling and working abroad I gained new skills as an artist and a whole new vision,” Wilhelm said. “Though I was in the village of Xepocol to teach ceramics, I found the majority of my time was spent building relationships with them and learning their way of life. I re-evaluated my own life, and the people of Xepocol not only confirmed that I wanted to spend my life changing the world with clay, they helped fuel that passion and drive in me as an artist to create important work.” Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology, takes students on a three-week field experience to San Salvador every other summer. The science-based and multidisciplinary opportunity, which has taken place eight times since 1996, focuses on international law and protection of endangered species and international law; the culture, ecology, history and archaeology of the area; and the migrations of species. While the program underscores what is taught in classes and in textbooks and provides a hands-on experience Ferrier advocates, students benefit in more than academic ways. “Students learn about group dynamics, organization, follow-through and teamwork,” Ferrier said. “In many ways they learn a lot more about themselves. It’s a wake-up call.” Professor Emilie Amt’s long-term research is on the history and records of medieval Godstow Abbey, a community of nuns that was located a couple of miles up the Thames from Oxford. She has published on the Crusades, medieval English government and finance, and secular women’s lives. “My work abroad directly benefits my teaching,” said Amt, Hildegarde Pilgrim Professor of History and chair of the department of history. “My overseas experiences enrich my students through my lectures and discussions, by making me a more widely experienced teacher, and through the textbooks I’ve published for student use.”

On a typical trip to Britain she works in several different places, reading medieval manuscripts in the British Library, the National Archives at Kew, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and in smaller archives in Lincoln, Manchester and Oxford colleges. “Sometimes I know in advance what I’m going to be seeing before I go, but I’m always hoping that I’ll find something unexpected and exciting that will take my thinking in a new direction,” she said. “On one visit I was looking for information about 16th-century nuns after their monastery was dissolved during the Reformation; and I unexpectedly found their pension receipts, signed with crosses—showing that some of the ex-nuns could not write their names—as well as a personal letter from one of them.” In January, at the request of students, Tammy Krygier, Ph.D., led 26 travelers—Hood students from courses she teaches, alumni, parents and another Hood faculty member— on a trip to Egypt. “We traversed the length of the Nile from Abu Simbel to Alexandria,” said Krygier, who is an adjunct faculty member in the art and archaeology department. “Each student had his or her own special moment when a sculpture, temple or even a particular landscape came before them. These individual epiphanies led to bouts of jumping up and down, wild pointing and gesturing or, more often than not, just simple wide-eyed wonderment.” For Krygier, an Egyptologist who had been to Egypt several times before, it was a joy and truly inspiring to see Egypt through their eyes for the first time. “These students not only traveled as tourists but also traveled as scholars-in-training,” said Krygier.

Hood’s International Presence on Campus Kiran Chadda, Ph.D., director of multicultural affairs and international student programs, likes to think of Hood’s campus as the United Nations of Frederick city. Seventy-two international undergraduate and graduate students hailing from 41 different countries comprise the College’s international population, which has been consistently increasing over the past decade. “Host families enjoy welcoming these students into their homes and hearts,” said Chadda. They tell me how thrilling it

is to learn about their heritage, whether by celebrating a cultural holiday or by learning to cook an ethnic dish.” She finds the benefit to an international presence on campus is twofold. “Hood’s diverse community offers access to various languages, traditions and cultures, thus creating a more cosmopolitan world view on campus,” said Chadda. “By fostering new, cross-cultural friendships, many U.S.-born students are motivated to look into their own family trees and ancestry.” Hood’s international undergraduates take pride in getting involved in campus organizations. Many have leadership roles not only in ethnic and cultural clubs, but also in student government, social, programming and service organizations. International students also take an active role in the Frederick community, representing Hood during World Understanding Awareness Month for the Rotary Clubs in Frederick and Carroll Creek.

Addressing Changing Global and Community Needs Hood recently added Arabic courses and Middle Eastern studies as its 28th major in response to the growing need for welltrained professionals with expertise in the politics and economies of a region that has been commanding world attention. The major will help prepare students for careers in law and teaching, with government and international organization, or for further graduate studies. One component of the major includes the opportunity for students to spend their junior year or one semester studying at the American University in Cairo, the foremost institution for the study of Arabic language and culture. “Our students are the researchers, the diplomats and the economists of tomorrow,” said Wright. “Given the dramatic changes sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa right now, changes that have spread the ideas of freedom, hope and a common good to many nations, students will need to have a better understanding of the region and its peoples so that we can establish a new kind of relationship with them, one based on diplomacy and cooperation. These are the challenges for the world of tomorrow.”

Dana Martindell ’11; John Boasi ’11; Melissa Masino ’11; Franziska Schmid, language assistant; and Nicole Beller ’12 at the German House.

Language Houses For more than three decades, Hood’s language houses have provided valuable living-learning communities for students studying French, German and Spanish. The only program of its kind in Maryland, the language houses, under the guidance of a resident director who is a native speaker of French, German or Spanish, and a teaching assistant in the department, provide an intimate and informal learning atmosphere. As a resident of a language house, students are able to improve their language skills outside of the classroom by immersing themselves in their chosen languages. While residing in a language house, students are expected to speak the target language exclusively. Some students live in the language houses to prepare for study abroad, or, if they are unable to study at a foreign university, they may fulfill the study abroad requirement for all foreign language majors by living in the house for two years. Once a week the language assistants organize a conversation course. Every semester the members of each house prepare a cultural activity for the campus. In recent years, students in the French House have prepared skits on studying in France, and presentations on cultures in French-speaking countries around the world, French cooking and French fashion. In the German House, the students have talked about the cultural traditions of the different regions of Germany, Art Nouveau in Munich, performed a Karnival play, and recreated the Cold War and the Berlin Wall in the living room of the German House. The most recent activity in the Spanish House was a virtual trip through several major Spanish cities; the students provided background information on their histories, architecture and landmarks, gave vocal and guitar performances and enjoyed a traditional Spanish meal.


Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening visits campus

Sophia Libman Professorship in Humanities established in memory of Sophia Meredith Libman ’37

Strategic plan Visioneering Our Future: Hood 2010 launched Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D., inaugurated as 10th president

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Christine Plankenhorn Tischer ’65 underwrites program for departmental honors students



Hood College: Visioneering our Future

World-class faculty, who integrate liberal and professional learning to undergraduate and gradu-

In the fall of 2001, a collaborative, comprehensive strategic planning progress, Visioneering Our Future: Hood 2010, was implemented at the College. That process served to reaffirm the College’s mission and core values, and identify strategic priorities and a plan to implement them that would guide the College for the next decade. As a result, Hood has been recognized for academic excellence by its peers, achieved record enrollment, strengthened its finances, expanded and improved campus facilities, enhanced its town-and-gown relationship with the Frederick community and broadened its base of support by alums and donors. The College is poised to launch the next chapter, Visioneering our Future: Hood 2020. This process will serve to further strengthen the academic environment, revise existing and develop new academic programs, grow the College endowment, continue to create a campus that ensures the highest quality of life for its students and prepare students for lives of leadership, responsibility and service.

ate students, serve as the foundation for

Gifted Faculty Preserve Academic Excellence

a Hood education.

The worth of an academic institution is best measured in the classroom. For nearly 120 years Hood College has been characterized by its commitment to academic excellence. World-class faculty, who integrate liberal and professional learning to undergraduate and graduate students, serve as the foundation for a Hood education. While Hood’s student population continues to change, dedicated faculty remain committed to providing the right balance of teaching and research, theory and practice, and exciting classroom instruction. Outstanding teaching has always been the hallmark of Hood faculty, but what is sometimes overlooked is their work as distinguished scholars and researchers who are making notable contributions to the development and application of knowledge. Each year faculty, often working in concert with students, have their research published in national and international professional journals and presented at professional conferences.

Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, is awarded honorary degree

College fully transitions to coeducation

Whitaker Foundation makes $3 million gift for scholarships Shriner reopens after $5 million renovation

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Hodson H Ho dson Science and Technology Center opens

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Distinctive Learning Community Today, Hood offers 28 undergraduate and 14 graduate degree programs, as well as an honors program and extensive opportunities for internships, externships, field placements, study abroad, research and more.

The faculty and College continue to receive grants from top foundations and government agencies to fund their research efforts.

Recognized nationally for academic excellence, in 2007 Hood received reaccreditation for the next 10 years by meeting all 14 standards for excellence as required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, in 2009 Hood’s social work program was reaccredited for another eight years by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation, the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States; and all six of Hood’s teacher preparation programs were accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier national teacher accreditation organization.

Where Research Comes Alive The faculty and College continue to receive grants from top foundations and government agencies to fund their research efforts. The following is a sample of such funding sources: The Getty Foundation

The American Chestnut Foundation

Bonner Foundation

Delaplaine Foundation

Coca-Cola Foundation

The Harvey and Lois Dann Foundation

The National Institute of Health

The Hodson Trust

The National Institute of Standards and Technology

The James M. Johnston Trust

The National Science Foundation

The Maryland Humanities Council

The Smithsonian Institution

The Maryland State Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture

Life Technologies Foundation

NBC reporter Lisa Myers delivers Commencement address and is awarded honorary degree Enrollment tops 2,000 Hood launches rebranding initiative and introduces a new logo

Men’s intercollegiate athletics established

FITCI, Frederick Innovative FFITCI, Technology T chnology Center, opens Te at Hood College

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College receives $5.6 million from The Hodson Trust, the largest single gift in its history

Blazer Radio, Hood’s Internet station, is launched Campus goes “wireless”

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez delivers Commencement address and is awarded honorary degree

Hood joins Capital Athletic Conference

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In a Class of Their Own At Hood, students come ďŹ rst. They are the spirit, the heart and the soul of our community. Hailing from 41 countries, 27 states, the District of Columbia and two territories, our students enrich our lives each and every day.

At Hood, students come first. They are

Over the past 10 years, our enrollment has climbed to more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. While increasing in size, the quality of our student body remains exceptional. Academic distinction, diversity and student leadership continue to characterize our student population. This year, we welcomed 42 students into our distinguished Honors Program, the largest group in history.

the spirit, the heart and the soul of our

Total Undergraduate Population 2001-2010

community. Hailing


from 41 countries, 27 states, the District of 1200

Columbia and two territories, our students enrich our lives


each and every day. 600

Public radio personalities Frank Deford and Diane Rehm speak at Hood College






Eight faculty authors publish books






Chris McHenry, M.D. ’73 establishes the McHenry Dean of the Chapel

Honors Program celebrates 15th anniversary

Maryland Sen. Paul Sarbanes delivers Commencement address and is awarded honorary degree

Craig Laufer, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Chris Stromberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, receive National Science Foundation grants

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Unparalleled Outcomes

Where Great Futures Begin

Hood students continue to excel in everything they do. Our students distinguish themselves throughout the year in the classroom, the laboratory, the concert hall and on the athletic field. Beyond the campus they provide thousands of service hours annually to the Frederick community. They can be found volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, Advocates for Homeless Families, the Frederick Community Action Agency and the Weinberg Center, among others. In addition, they are serving as interns at Science Applications International Corporation, National Cancer InstituteFrederick, Maryland Life Magazine, National Geographic, the National Aquarium, Frederick County Public Schools and many more throughout the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas.

Hood’s 50-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the nation. Maintaining this historic home is a priority. Over the past decade residence halls and grounds have been upgraded. Today, the campus boasts state-of-the-art technology with a commitment to continual improvements. Completed and ongoing projects include:

Upon graduation, Hood students obtain employment in business, government, health care, education, research and human services industries and more. They are actively recruited by the nation’s top graduate and professional schools. Following is a sample of institutions in which Hood graduates have been accepted:

Renovations to Shriner Hall Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement Wireless Internet access

Albany Medical College

Temple University School of Medicine

Hodson Science and Technology Center

American University

University of Delaware

Campus clock

Boston College Law School

University of Georgia

Outdoor classroom

Courtauld Institute in London

Touro School of Osteopathic Medicine

George Mason University

Tufts University

Nicodemus Athletic Complex, including turf playing field

The George Washington University

University of Baltimore Law School

Hood College

University of Chicago

The Johns Hopkins University

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Northeastern School of Law

University of Southern California

Rutgers University School of Law

University of Texas Medical School

Rutgers University School of Social Work

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech

Suffolk University School of Law

Improvements to Coblentz Dining Room Renovated Underground and seminar room, Coblentz Hall New campus-wide boiler system Renovations to Whitaker Campus Center Residential hall furnishings Additional parking Two dozen “smart” classrooms

Emmy-award winning journalist Cokie Roberts speaks at Hood College

Hood History Museum opens in the BeneficialHodson Library and Information Technology Center

First ROTC officer commissioning held on campus Athletic Hall of Fame launched with 34 inductees

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Choir celebrates 60th anniversary of Messiah

Middle States awards reaccreditation for next 10 years





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Hood College: Where Imagination Happens While the past decade has been filled with unprecedented accomplishments and progress, there remains much more to do and “miles to go before we sleep.”

Uncommon Acts of Generosity Over the past 10 years, Hood College faced unprecedented challenges. Our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends answered our call and supported Hood like never before. Gifts to the annual funds increased, contributions to new and existing scholarships continued and funding for faculty research and enrichment never waivered.

Annual Funds

Faculty Enrichment

Scholarship and Endowment

Athletic Center

We will sharpen our focus on academic excellence by further supporting faculty enrichment, teaching innovation and meaningful faculty and student research.

$25 million

$15 million

$33 million

$7 million

We will strengthen our academic program offerings by enhancing our core curriculum, international and interdisciplinary studies, graduate and professional studies and technological applications to learning. We will triple the size of our endowment to help secure our future and make appropriate investments in student financial aid, new program initiatives and endowed faculty chairs. We will transform our beautiful campus and keep environmental sustainability a longterm priority as we construct a new athletic center, an innovative living-learning complex for students, as well as upgrade our campus heating system, technology and safety. We will develop additional public-private partnerships with Frederick County, the region and the state of Maryland.

Board of Trustees pledge $2 million; Board of Associates $1 million to the new athletic center

Total: $80 million over past 10 years In addition, Hood College has received $20 million in funding from federal and state programs. From all sources, Hood College has received more than $100 million over the past decade—a defining decade to say the least!

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits education department

Enrollment tops 2,500

Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology, receives NIH academic research grant

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Nicodemus Athletic Complex and turf playing field dedicated

Gala Celebrates 10 Successful Years Hood celebrated 10 of its most successful years in its 113-year history with a gala on campus October 22. More than 200 guests, including local dignitaries and business people; alumni, trustees and associates of the College; and faculty, staff, administrators and friends attended the black-tie event in Coblentz Dining Room. The evening recognized and marked achievements since 2001, including a successful transition to coeducation, record enrollment growth, enhanced and expanded academic and co-curricular programs, successful fund-raising, campus improvements, financial successes and improved town-gown relationships. At the event, President Volpe announced the board of trustees’ approval to build an on-campus athletic facility adjacent to Hood’s one-year-old turf field. The state-of-the-art gymnasium and fitness center will be the home for Hood’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams, will house Hood’s recreational and intramural activities, and will serve as a venue for campuswide events. The College broke ground for the athletic center—the second phase of the College’s plan to upgrade its athletic facilities that is expected to be completed in time for the 2011-12 basketball season. The first phase was completed last fall with the installation of the new turf field for Hood’s soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program announced

Betty Mayfield, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, recognized by Mathematical Association of America for meritorious service

State of Maryland gives $2 million for College’s heating system


10th consecutive year of recognition by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review and Forbes as top college

Hood welcomes 327 first-year students, largest entering undergraduate class in College’s history

Design for Hood Athletic Center unveiled




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the hearts and minds of many who have traversed the Hood campus over the years is a building steeped in

history and tradition but long overdue for a facelift. With that in mind, two years ago the College embarked on a multiyear initiative to renovate Brodbeck Music Hall, the oldest structure on campus. by Ilene Liszka, associate director of marketing and communications

While some of the recent exterior renovations have been cosmetic, most of the ongoing project has focused on waterproofing the building and making it handicapped-accessible. The basement walls were sealed this past summer and the deteriorating roof was replaced with a standing-seam metal roof—architecturally consistent with the original one—that will ensure the interior stays dry. “We are excited about the revival of this performance landmark,” said Charles Mann, vice president of finance and treasurer. “This first phase, creating a water-tight building, now gives us the opportunity to renovate the interior, the next step in preserving Brodbeck’s history and continuing the legacy for our students.” According to “The People Behind the Names,” an anthology of articles that appeared in Hood Magazine between 1989 and 1995, Brodbeck was built in 1868 as a social gathering place for the area’s early German settlers. It later served as a florist’s shop, a farmer’s home and a warehouse before it was purchased in 1897 by Hood, then known as the Woman’s College of Frederick, for educational use. In its early years the building, then known as College Hall, served as a residence for faculty, staff and sometimes students. In 1923 it was renamed in honor of one of the College’s earliest and strongest supporters, Andrew R. Brodbeck, who in addition to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, served on the board of trustees for 28 years and as its president for seven. The building, which holds significant memories for generations of Hood students, was the campus’ central locale for lectures, plays, concerts, faculty skits, student reviews, parties and chapel services, including vespers, communions, funerals, weddings and an ordination. Today it houses an auditorium along with the music department offices and studios. In recent history, numerous renowned artists who have performed in many of the

world’s great concert halls—the Calder Quartet, the Verdi Quartet and Red Priest, and pianists such as Martin Jones, Santiago Rodriguez, Ann Schein and others—have appeared in Brodbeck Music Hall. Long recognized by audiences, students, faculty and guest artists for its outstanding architecture and superb acoustics, Brodbeck’s auditorium is the preferred on-campus performing venue. Similarly, according to Noel Lester, D.M.A., professor of music and chair of the department, the building’s double walls, floors and ceilings generate excellent acoustics and sound containment, perfect for teaching studios. The 20,000-square-foot red brick building with distinctive Palladian-style windows topped by a cupola is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1999 the building was designated an official project of Save America’s Treasures, a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. For some alumni and friends of the College, memories are not enough. Several have made financial investments in the building and in the music program to ensure their continuance. Franny Delaplaine Randall ’45, P’83, H’06, who endowed an annual concert—the Randall Family Chamber Music Concert—and has been a consistent and avid supporter of the annual Summer Chamber Music Festival concerts, made a generous gift to the College in 2003 and designated that it go toward Brodbeck Hall renovations. The trustee emerita, whose commitment to her alma mater has spanned decades, has always enjoyed music and has made it a central part of her life. She thought it only fitting that the medium that has given her so much enjoyment be housed in a suitable venue. “It was

just a natural thing for me to give to the two things that have meant so much to me, Hood College and music,” she said. Although Randall didn’t major in music at Hood, she did participate in Hood Choir and took music courses, which she says gave her the foundation for everything she needed later in life. Since then she has been involved in her church choir and other local music activities, and accompanied Lester on several of his European music tours. For her, Lester and Brodbeck go hand in hand, and she is a dedicated patron of both. While Mary Ann Simmons ’59 has for decades generously supported the music programs at Hood—music scholarships, Brodbeck maintenance, Coffman Chapel organ restoration, Summer Chamber Music Festival—last year the opportunity came that she could give a more substantial gift—a handicapped-accessible ramp—to the building that had been throughout the years the site for programs, plays, concerts and the Dad and Daughter Dance. “Brodbeck was my first choice because it has been the scene of so many happy memories,” she said. “Now Brodbeck looks very respectable on the outside and can hold up her head as the oldest building on campus and the one that launched so many of us into the world of music.” According to President Volpe, while much has been done to preserve Brodbeck, the College continues to seek funds from alumni and friends to make additional interior renovations and modernizations that would enhance students’ academic experiences, offer a more contemporary performance venue and preserve its wonderful legacy. For more information on how you can support Brodbeck, contact Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement, at or (301) 696-3700.




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by Adrienne Mullikin, assistant director of athletics for communications

Nearly 300 local dignitaries and communit community members, Hood College faculty, staff, students, alumni, the Hood College mascot and members of the boards of trustees and associates were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for the College’s new athletic center Jan. 28. The athletic center, which is the second phase of the College’s plan to upgrade its athletic facilities, is expected to be completed for the 2011-12 basketball season. The first phase was completed in fall 2009 when the Thomas Athletic Field grass was replaced with a stateof-the-art turf field for Hood’s soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams. The new facility, which will house the College’s intercollegiate, recreational and intramural activities, will be located adjacent to the turf field in the Nicodemus Athletic Complex, between the east end zone and Frederick Memorial Hospital, and will be the home for Hood’s men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.

The ongoing dream by Hood alumni for decades will finally become a reality. President Volpe conveyed to the crowd the many benefits of this facility, the most important of which is the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for the campus community. “Today, we will be breaking ground for much more than an athletic facility, much more than bricks and mortar,” said Volpe. “This is about enhancing the quality of life here at Hood and providing space for many campus activities. Hood’s family continues to grow and this building will be our new ‘family Pictured above: Romaine, Warner, Gillece, Lewis, Dreiling, Volpe, Young, Latkovski, Hawkes, Mann.



Among the amenities that will be included in this facility are: ii NCAA regulation-sized basketball and volleyball courts ii Seating capacity for 1,600 ii Two-level fitness center and cardio room ii Offices for athletic department staff ii Athletic Hall of Fame display ii Full-service athletic training room ii Four locker rooms ii Meeting rooms ii Concession area ii Approximately 160 parking spaces

room.’ This facility will be a signature building for not only Hood College, but also for all of Frederick. It will attract visitors and help stimulate the economy and tourism.” A local design-build firm was chosen to design and construct the athletic facility, which is estimated to cost between $8 and $10 million. Warner Construction was selected for the building by the College’s planning committee, co-chaired by President Volpe; Charles Mann, vice president for finance and treasurer; and Gib Romaine, director of athletics. Warner and Zavos Architecture have teamed up to work on this project. Zavos, which is also headquartered in Frederick, designed the facility and crafted the rendering shown above. “Hood College is delighted to partner with Warner Construction in designing the new athletic center,” Volpe said. “It’s so fitting that a local firm play a major role in this project.” Warner Construction is a division of R.W. Warner Inc., and has been operating as a licensed general contractor and construction manager since 1993. However, R.W. Warner, which was incorporated in 1966, has been based in Frederick since 1937. Since 1993, Warner Construction has steadily achieved success and growth and boasts a reputation for delivering projects consistently on or ahead of schedule, within budget and at a very high level of quality. The firm has completed more than 130 local projects and has received more than 20 first-place awards from the local Associated Builders and Contractors chapter over the past eight years. To cap the groundbreaking festivities, President Volpe invited a select group of individuals who were instrumental in the process of researching and developing the framework

for this project to join him in a ceremonial dig into the fresh soil that will be used at the construction site. The shovel brigade, whose members donned Warner Construction hard hats and used special shovels, included Mann and Romaine; Cheryl Brown Dreiling ’69, chair of the board of trustees; Frederick City Alderwoman Karen Young; George Lewis, board of trustees member and chair of its facilities committee; Tierra Hawkes ’11, president of the student government association; Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history and former women’s tennis coach; Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement; and Matt Warner, owner of Warner Construction and member of Hood’s board of associates. President Volpe then hosted a small reception in Coblentz Hall Seminar Room, where attendees had an opportunity to view the architect’s renderings of the new facility layout as well as a three-dimensional model of the building. The need for this facility exceeds the desire, which itself is quite apparent amongst students, staff members and alumni. The dimensions of the court in Hood’s Gambrill Gymnasium do not meet NCAA standards, which has made it necessary for Hood’s basketball teams to host home contests at four different area facilities, including the gymnasiums at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick Community College and Mount St. Mary’s University’s Knott Arena. The women’s and men’s teams currently practice one day per week and play all home games at the Odom Fitness Center at Fort Detrick, a military installation located a few miles from campus. “As we progress as a competitive Division III program, we need this facility to reach our

potential athletically,” said Tom Dickman, associate director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach, whose 2007 team advanced to the Division III NCAA tournament. “In recent years, the Frederick community has embraced Hood athletics. This new facility will enhance that relationship many times over.” “This new facility will bring the campus community together around the common interest of health, wellness, athletics and recreation,” said Jay Butler, assistant director of athletics and head women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis coach. “There has long been a need for a new gymnasium on the Hood College campus,” said board of trustees emerita and athletic hall of fame inductee Nancy Tressel Brown ’57. “Gambrill Gymnasium is aging and now is the time for Hood to move forward with this exciting and transformational project.” Hood will also be able to widen its pool of prospective students, which will boost enrollment, retention and revenue. “We are experiencing a growing interest in recreation and our athletic programs,” said Kathleen Bands, vice president for undergraduate and graduate enrollment management. “This new facility will increase Hood’s school spirit.” The athletic center will serve as a place where the Hood community can gather and participate in athletic activities at many levels, from individual workouts to pick-up games to organized competitions. When the completed facility opens at the end of the year, Hood will join other colleges around the nation that have recognized students’ interest in healthier lifestyles and their need for modern on-campus recreational venues.




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Bequests, Gifts and Donations Hood College is grateful for the generous support from alumnae and alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations. Some of the more significant gifts received during the past six months are highlighted on these two pages. By Nancy Gillece ’81, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Onica Prall Child Development Lab School Trustee Gail Gamble, M.D. ’69 donated playground equipment for the Onica Prall Child Development Lab School in memory of her mother, Martha “Nanie” Pease Gamble ’42. Joining her for the Oct. 22, 2010, dedication were her aunt Peggy Pease Emory ’47, cousin Rebecca Emory, and classmates Diane Campbell, Joan Esselen Foot and Karen Fogleman Kurtzrock. During the dedication, Gamble commented how delighted her mother would be with the new playground for the children. Gamble ’69

“My mother loved Hood College,” Gamble said. “It was part of her adult life and our family’s life. She loved this school and she loved the fresh honesty and hope that children bring. Nanie would feel this playground is the perfect gift for Hood as it brings activity and youth into the early childhood education curriculum. And she would be humbled, as am I, by the many who came here today to honor her.”

Life Technologies Life Technologies continues to support Hood’s Summer Science Research Institute. Last summer, four faculty members and seven students collaborated on scientific research culminating in Pollok and President Ronald J. Volpe a poster presentation and lecture. Frederick native Brian Pollok, Ph.D., chief scientific officer and head of global science and innovation for Life Technologies in Carlsbad, Calif., gave a talk entitled “Seemingly Absurd, Actually Indispensable: How Biotechnologies Power Medical Research” to an audience of students, faculty and members of the community.

Support for Nursing The George L. Shields Foundation established a scholarship to support outstanding students enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program. “The Shields Foundation is excited to help Hood College launch its new nursing program,” said Bob Brenengen, officer of the Shields Foundation and husband of Kim Longenecker Brenengen ’87. “George Shields spent nearly 50 years in business in Frederick County. Contributing to Hood College helps keep his legacy of service to Frederick County alive for generations to come.” The Maryland Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc., also continues to support the Hood College B.S.N. completion program. Board of associates member Mark Chilton, M.D., has facilitated these gifts to the College.

Brenengen; Carol Snapp, director of the B.S.N. degree completion program; President Ronald J. Volpe

W. Meredith and Helen Brown Young ’35 Scholarship Through their estates, former board of associates member W. Meredith and alumna Helen, established the W. Meredith and Helen Brown Young ’35 Scholarship for academically deserving students. Both Meredith and Helen spent their careers in banking.

College Informed of Planned Gifts Hood recently received planned gifts from five alumnae who remembered the College through their estate plans. Shirley Conner Hardinge ’44 of Hagerstown, Md., was a French major and served on the board of associates. She was a dedicated supporter of the Waltersdorf/Henson Endowment Challenge Campaign. Shirley worked for Fairchild Aircraft and later as senior vice president for Sharrett, Inc. She honored the College with a charitable gift annuity. Doris L. Parker ’39 of Washington, D.C., earned her undergraduate degree in home economics at Hood. She furthered her education at Cornell University and spent her career as a dietician for the U.S. Army. Doris included Hood in her will.


HallloffamE President Ronald J. Volpe and more than 100 alumni, parents, friends, coaches, faculty and staff were present to honor three individual athletes and, for the first time ever, a team of athletes at the

Mary Ann Payne ’35, H’67 of Ithaca, N.Y., majored in zoology. She earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a medical degree from Cornell University, and was awarded an honorary degree from Hood. She is the niece of Emily Apple Payne ’24, daughter of Joseph Henry Apple, Hood’s first president. The College was named a beneficiary in Mary Ann’s will to support the endowment. Anne Lampe Shaffer ’35 of Fort Washington, Pa., earned a Hood dietetic certificate and devoted her career to therapeutic dietetics. Anne honored the College with a bequest intention.

Margery Taylor Thompson ’42 of Prairie Village, Kan., earned her degree in economics. Marge, a realtor for Kelly Real Estate Professionals, split her time between Kansas City and Minnesota. Hood was named a beneficiary of Marge’s charitable remainder trust to establish a scholarship honoring her sister, Esther Taylor Marshall ’35.

third annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November.

Faustena Fradd Vahsen ’53, or Penny as she was known to her classmates, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education. She went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Loyola College. A pioneer in women’s athletics at Hood and a star on the soccer and basketball teams, Vahsen embraced the concept that women can excel in both the classroom and on the athletic fields. Vahsen served as president of the Student Athletic Association, was inducted into Mortar Board and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She also wrote for the Blue and Grey and served as a copy editor. During her senior year, she wrote a departmental honors paper entitled “The Influence of Family Relationships and Discipline on the Emotional Development of the Young Child.”

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Vahsen’s involvement at Hood continued beyond graduation. She served on the alumni executive board, volunteered as a class reporter and reunion class chair and was a member of the Baltimore Hood Club. Retired from her teaching position at Magothy Middle School, Vahsen currently lives in Annapolis, Md. Her love for Hood and athletics was evident as she accepted her award and then encouraged the entire audience to join in as she broke into a H-O-O-D cheer. “I am so honored to be inducted into this prestigious honorarium. My years at Hood were perhaps the four best successive years of my life,” Vahsen said. “And part of what made that true were the athletic endeavors available to me.”

Barbara Rementer Hitchens ’76 earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Hood, Hitchens was a member of the recreation association, and was inducted into Mortar Board and named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Hitchens played as a left wing in field hockey, and during the 1972 season she tried out for the Washington College Area Team. She served as team cap-

tain for two years for both field hockey and volleyball and was honored with the Helen McCulla McCutcheon Award. She currently resides in West Chester, Pa., with her husband, James, and three children, James, Sarah and Katie Hitchens ’08.

Melanie Muscar ’04, M.B.A.’07 was a starter for both the soccer and softball teams. After playing just two seasons as the soccer team’s goalkeeper, Muscar still holds the school record for career saves with 447. During her two years with the softball team, Hood was very successful, posting a 39-19 record. The former Frederick High School standout was named to the all-Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference first team and was selected as the most outstanding player in 2003 and 2004. She is the program’s career leader in batting average, home runs and triples. She served as an assistant coach on the softball team after graduation and is currently a supervisory contracting officer at Fort Detrick, where she is the division chief for the services contracts division. She is also pursuing her second master’s degree in humanities while assisting the marketing and communications and athletics departments.

Karen Klisch, Ph.D., professor, department chair, coach and aquatics director at Hood from 1966-1999 and a 2009 inductee, nominated and introduced the 1972 swim team. As Klisch introduced each swimmer, who traveled from all over the country to join in the celebration, she remarked, “This is the first time in 40 years that I have said all of their names in the same sentence!” Joyce Piccario McCormack ’70 earned a medical degree from The George Washington University. In her senior year at Hood McCormack was president of Shriner Hall. She also served on the recreation association board, was inducted into the Mortar Board honor society and received departmental honors in biology. McCormack was an outstanding diver whose specialty was the one-meter board. She secured valuable team points during her career, which played a vital role in Hood’s meet victories. She swam legs of the freestyle and medley relay squads at the Woman’s Intercollegiate National Swimming Championship at Illinois State University. McCormack continues her practice as a successful obstetrician and gynecologist.

Nancy Riordan Miller ’71 was a board member of the recreation association and served as associate editor of the yearbook, “Touchstone.” A breaststroke specialist, Miller held the school records in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events for many years and swam on multiple winning relay teams. One particularly significant team relay highlight was beating the University of Maryland and Marymount swim teams by 0.10 seconds. She swam the 50-yard breaststroke and on both the 200-yard freestyle and medley relay teams at the Woman’s Intercollegiate National Swimming Championship.

Susie Van Wert Loustaunau ’72 was very involved within the Hood community as a member of Beta Beta Beta and the student government association. She also served as recreation association treasurer and president, and Smith Hall’s treasurer. In recognition of her scholastic achievements, Loustaunau was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and inducted into Mortar Board. A butterflyer and backstroker, she set a school record of 34.4 in the 50-yard backstroke and was a willing contributer to any event. She swam the 50-yard butterfly, the 100-yard individual medley, the 200-yard freestyle and on the 200yard freestyle and medley relay teams at the Woman’s Intercollegiate National Swimming Championship. Peggy Wentworth Morse ’73 was a member of Beta Beta Beta and served as the recreation association treasurer and vice president. Morse was on many of the winning relay teams with Loustaunau and Miller. An exemplary sprinter, she set a record of 1:01:07 in the 100-yard freestyle and won the MISAW swimming championship in the 50-yard freestyle. Morse competed in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles and swam legs on both the 200yard freestyle and medley relay teams at the Woman’s Intercollegiate National Swimming Championship.



Inspirational Faculty THROUGHOUT THE Y EARS, HOOD STUDENTS’ PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIVES HAVE BEEN PROFOUNDLY INFLUENCED BY HOOD FACULT Y MEMBERS. Students have gained more than just academic knowledge from their associations with their professors, which often begin when they first arrive on campus and continue until they graduate and beyond. From inspiring students to achieve more than they thought possible to helping students hurdle rough patches in their undergraduate studies to connecting them with internships to advising them about graduate school or helping them land that first job after college, Hood’s faculty are unwaveringly devoted to their students. Alumni and colleagues alike, who recognize the value of their relationships with faculty, and the talent, hard work and gifts they bring to the College, have written to share their stories and heartwarming experiences. On this page you’ll read about two of Hood’s dedicated faculty—past and present— in the words of some of the people who regard them so highly.

Didier Course, Ph.D.

Margaret Snyder Neely

Professor of French (1995-present)

Assistant Professor Emerita of Chemistry (1942-1981)

“Dr. Course was a great professor and I remember him with fondness. He taught his classes with humor, animation and compassion. I am also eternally grateful he accompanied our class during part of a year abroad in Strasbourg. I was suffering from a strong dose of culture shock, and Professor Course recognized it and gave me the confidence I needed to acclimate to life in France. “I picked up German while in Strasbourg and enjoyed conversing with him in both languages. My French and German skills have since served to give me an extra advantage in my jobs, and studying abroad has broadened my mind.” ~Becky Roman Annacone ’99

“Any student will testify to the fact that Professor Course is an inspired and inspiring teacher. The secret of his success is no secret at all: he remains as passionate about teaching as he did more than 15 years ago when he visited the campus for the first time and taught an intermediate French class. “Professor Course not only teaches his discipline, he lives it. Many of his students know that and take advantage of it. They swarm around his office, chat with him in French and periodically name him Adviser of the Year. They always find him in high spirits and eager to listen. “An acclaimed scholar in the United States and in France, he has been courted and sought by other colleges and universities. It is to our credit that we chose him; it is our good fortune that he has chosen us.” ~Roser Caminals-Heath, Ph.D., professor of Spanish

“Professor Neely taught at Hood for nearly 40 years and influenced the lives of many students. During a time when most women didn’t focus on that type of discipline, her influence and encouragement were invaluable. She helped me realize that women can fulfill their dreams at any level. Her guidance and mentoring helped me to grow during my time at Hood.” ~Patricia Ann Cook Bingemer ’60

“Margaret’s office was always filled with students getting tutoring help or typing fresh ditto masters every week for general chemistry. She prepped general chemistry labs in addition to teaching labs and lectures, and she supervised most student workers. After she retired, two people had to be hired to cover what she did! She and her husband, Wayne Neely, Ph.D., Andrew G. Truxal Professor of Sociology, established the Wayne C. Neely prize in sociology. They made generous contributions to the library building and the Hodson Science Center, including funds for the Margaret Neely general chemistry room, a uniquely designed classroom and laboratory space to accommodate our innovative curriculum, Experience Chemistry. “I refer to Margaret as my ‘chemistry mother,’ as she set a standard for quality, efficiency and dedication that was important for new teachers like me. When we visit, we love to reminisce about the good times, the wonderful colleagues and the pride we still take in our students who have done well after leaving Hood.” ~Sharron Smith, Ph.D., Whitaker Professor Emerita of Chemistry, 1975-2005

Thanks to all who responded to our request for stories about your favorite professors. We received more responses than we could print! Look for your submissions in future editions of Hood Magazine. We welcome additional submissions as well. E-mail your stories to or send them to: Editor, Hood Magazine, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701 We look forward to hearing from you!




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Class News and Notes Check your class column to see if this is a reunion year for you and to get the latest class gift statistics (from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2010).



Giving Participation: 33.33% · Total Class Dollars: $250

Giving Participation: 12.5% · Total Class Dollars: $500

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to


75th Reunion June 10-12

Our condolences to the family of Eda Gaul Mein who died Aug. 23, 2010, in Haverford, Pa.

1940 Giving Participation: 19.51% · Total Class Dollars: $3,700

Lavenia Hargett Marsh 600 Schley Ave. Frederick, MD 21702 (301) 663-9396

Dorothy Zulick Eister 8 Cottage St. Wellesley, MA 02482-6901

Giving Participation: 20% · Total Class Dollars: $100

80th Reunion June 10-12 Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the family of Kathryn Wagner Hartman who died Jan. 1, 2011, in Allentown, Pa.

1932 Giving Participation: 0% · Total Class Dollars: 0%

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the family of Carolyn Spriggs McCune who died Aug. 14, 2009.


Our condolences to the families of Margaret Seyfried Peters who died July 2, 2010, in Bethlehem, Pa.; and Ella Griesemer Martindale who died June 9, 2010; and Lavenia Hargett Marsh who died March 6, 2011, in Frederick. Lavenia submitted this report in December: It looks like the seven of us will be celebrating our 75th reunion! It doesn’t seem like three quarters of a century have passed but the numbers say so. I (Lavenia Hargett Marsh) have received information from the alumni office, which you will soon receive, too. I hope each of us can fill in information as to our present activities and look back through the years to share. I read the page concerning our class gift. I don’t know how many zeros we can muster but we have given for 75 years and that has added up for us, right? We shall do the best we can, though. I had a letter from Helen Brenneman Lesser. She’s doing well but suffered the loss of her granddaughter, leaving her two daughters—ages 11 and 13. Our love goes out to Helen and her family. I regularly use Hood’s library and it’s always interesting to see the changes from our day but that was a different day and a different time. Hood is still a very special part of our lives.

Giving Participation: 0% · Total Class Dollars: 0%

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Our condolences to the families of Elysabethe Opdyke McClellan who died Aug. 25, 2010, in Ocean Grove, N.J.; Elizabeth Githens Humphreys who died Sept. 18, 2010, in Westminster, Md.; and Evlyn Rudisill Sanford who died Jan. 9, 2010, in Southern Pines, N.C.

1941 Giving Participation: 9.68% · Total Class Dollars: $630

70th Reunion June 10-12 Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the families of Miriam Stultz Parrott who died July 23, 2010, in Salisbury, N.C.; Elisabeth Orton Wallace who died July 27, 2010, in North Hero, Vt.; and Jane Murray Schoellkopf who died Aug. 2, 2010, in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

1942 Giving Participation: 16.22% · Total Class Dollars: $835

Giving Participation: 33.33% · Total Class Dollars: $2,325

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to

Jean Brown Forster 912 W. Fairmount Ave. State College, PA 16801 (814) 238-9470

Giving Participation: 0% · Total Class Dollars: 0%

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the family of Beatrice Aierstock Sharrocks who died Dec. 13, 2010, in Lancaster, Pa.

1935 Giving Participation: 37.5% · Total Class Dollars: $251,142

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to

1938 Giving Participation: 5.26% · Total Class Dollars: $100

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the families of Margaret Rutherford Yarnall who died Sept. 6, 2010, in Camp Hill, Pa.; and Louise Rogers Hayduk who died Dec. 17, 2010, in Reno, Nev. Her son John and daughter-in-law Suhani were by her side.

1939 Giving Participation: 22.22% · Total Class Dollars: $3,739

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to

Our condolences to the families of Ruth Binswanger Gutman who died May 21, 2010; and Nancy McIntyre Shibla who died Sept. 13, 2010, in Southern Pines, N.C. Many thanks to those who responded to my (Jean Brown Forster) request for news. If you have news you would like your classmates to know, please write to me anytime or call me. Lois Hoffberger Feinblatt wrote, “I am still working, in fact, I am negotiating for a new office! I love my job.” Keep that Hood spirit alive, Lois. Her grandchildren are going into teaching—either public schools or higher education. Edna Alice Cramer Hoffman is pleased that Hood is moving forward with a steady gain in enrollment (great news)! She reports a new gym is in the works. I asked respondents to state their feeling, as octogenarians, as to the state of our nation. Edna Alice responded, “Financial and environmental problems, and relationships present huge problems which will take time to solve.” Thank you, Edna Alice. We are not patient people but those of us who have lived so long have come to realize that patience is the key to solving many problems. We are always pushing time. Why? I would be pleased if more of you


would respond to the “state of our nation.” Anna Mary Messerly Sullivan wrote that she was in Atlanta for Christmas with her children. Unfortunately, Anna Mary broke her hip while at a family reunion this past summer. She spent weeks in the hospital and rehab in Atlanta, arriving back in Lock Haven, Pa., in late September. Jane Taylor Slabaugh’s news from Texas was too late to be published last year but she made it for this one! Jane lived in Lushan, China, as a child and attended the American school there for several years. Jane reports that her China school group has been active in efforts to create an international language and cultural institute with a Chinese university and the Lushan government. She hopes that U.S. universities and colleges will respond to this effort and encourage students to participate. Jane has five great-grands! It is this kind of effort that “slow and steady” will assist in bringing the people of this world together and gradually cease these destructive wars that solve no problems. Could Hood be involved? Natalie Meyer Noll, at 91, is doing well with her three-wheel apparatus. She just bought a new Lincoln and told her friends she would drive it until she runs into a fence! She is still playing bridge, and going out to lunch and dinner. Most of all, she is looking forward to a visit from her great-grandchild. How fortunate we are to live to see some of our greatgrandchildren. For me, it is even more important that my five youngest grandchildren live a brief trip down the road. My 18-year-old grandson, a student at Penn State, wants to teach history as his grandfather did. I have told him many tales that my husband told me that bring history alive. Each grandchild has his or her own interests and involvements. A listening ear brings them within my radar and we are great pals. Patience! These past two years we have been fortunate in State College to have live opera from The Metropolitan Opera in New York transmitted by satellite to a local theater. Oh, what a wonderful world! At the last moment, mail came and a note from Betty Gibboney Wilson’s daughter, Judi Hubbard. Judi wrote that her mom is cheerful, happy and enjoys the moment but, sadly, suffers from dementia. She could not respond. Thank you, Judi, and special wishes of deep affection to your mom.

1943 Giving Participation: 20% · Total Class Dollars: $5,575

Please send your news directly to Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the families of Doris Fitch Pendleton who died Sept. 28, 2010, in Branford, Conn.; Ellen Carpenter Miller who died Oct. 23, 2010, in Greece, N.Y.; and Mary Pennypacker Scudder who died Dec. 17, 2010.

1944 Giving Participation: 19.23% · Total Class Dollars: $3,485

V. Jean Wheatley Hilchuk 180 Landover Place, Apt. 374 Longwood, FL 32750 (407) 767-6863 Betty Black Newport’s daughter-in-law is recovering from cancer and Betty joined that family in California for Thanksgiving. Betty is still living in her own home, although she does assign the gardening jobs to outside help. Anne Schwab Dulabahn is also living in her own home. She is still driving, which is a plus, and is active in church work. Mary Lou Chorley Touart reported sadly that her husband Chankey has died. She is still quite active in the retirement

home where she lives. I (Jean Wheatley Hilchuk) talked to Mary Ann Eddington Horsey and husband Paul. They still reside in Daytona Beach in an oceanfront condo. They report two new great-grandchildren, one girl and one boy. Dot Ford Krieger and Bill still reside in their home. Bill may need additional eye surgery. I talked to Nancy Ogden Carson. She and her husband live in a retirement center near some of their children. They take part in all the activities. Millie Easterbrook Patzig lives in her own home but is dependent on people to help her as she does not drive. I thought I had reported to you that Flo Brooke Miller had died. She was living near her younger son Eric in Oklahoma. I am still recovering from knee replacement surgery. With a walker I do fine but I am glad that I live in a retirement center. I, too, am still driving. 

1945 Giving Participation: 25% · Total Class Dollars: $27,150

Georgia Dyer Burnett 7101 Bay Front Drive, Apt. 225 Annapolis, MD 21403 (410) 216-6645 Our condolences to the family of Margaret Dumbauld O’Shurak who died June 4, 2010.

1946 Giving Participation: 16.28% · Total Class Dollars: $11,785

65th Reunion June 10-12 Jane Seymour Wilson H’71 21075 Cardinal Pond Terrace HS202 Ashburn, VA 20147 (703) 724-1467 Our condolences to Mary-Louise Hartman Sherk whose cousin Evlyn Rudisill Sanford ’40 died Jan. 9, 2010, in Southern Pines, N.C.

1947 Giving Participation: 38.16% · Total Class Dollars: $15,130

Catharine Smith Dunn 1410 Stokes Park Road Bethlehem, PA 18017 (610) 691-5653 My thanks to those who responded to my request for news. Julie Allen Hancock reports she and Edward have consolidated two houses and are living in Salisbury, Md. It’s a bit too far for her to drive by herself, but it sounds as if daughter Cindy will bring her to the next reunion. Lois Burrough Garman is steadily declining and has been in the skilled nursing unit since February. The rest of the family—husband George, three daughters and eight grandchildren—is doing fine. Audrey Callaway Asbury and husband are still at home and fill their time with family and church activities. She lunches monthly with the Frederick “lunch bunch”—Renie Quynn Collmus, Phyllis “Tibby” Tibbitts Lind, Louray Forney Huang, Helen Harris Ramsburg M.A. ’82, Betty Grissinger and Eleanor Sigler Gilbert. Elizabeth Crooks Bush has moved from their farm to Williamsport, Pa., where she keeps busy with women’s club activities, playing bridge and walking the dog in the park across the street. Their four children live locally. A daughter teaches locally at Pennsylvania College of Technology. One son flies his own


HOOD COLLEGE ALUMNI EXECUTIVE BOARD 2009-2011 PRESIDENT Leigh Moomaw McBride ’81 Mechanicsburg, Pa. VICE PRESIDENT Lynn Marzulli White ’81 Germantown, Md. SECRETARY-PARLIAMENTARIAN Tiffany Still ’05, M.A. ’07, C’08 Wyncote, Pa. ADMISSION CHAIR Elizabeth Thompson ’08 Germantown, Md. GRADUATE SCHOOL OUTREACH CHAIR Tammie Nicodemus Kincaid ’88, B.A. ’91, M.S. ’97 Myersville, Md. ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVE CHAIR Rebecca Fishack ’03 Smithsburg, Md. STUDENT ACTIVITIES CHAIR Derrick Harrigan ’07 Frederick COMMUNITY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CHAIR Stacey L. Collins ’89 Frederick RING SCHOLARSHIP AND LEGACY RING CHAIR Anita Juliano ’80 Poolesville, Md. BOARD MEMBERS Tammy McElroy ’05 Charlotte, N.C. Keenan Courtland ’10 Glen Burnie, Md. For information on the alumni executive board, contact the office of alumni relations at (301) 696-3900 or

plane and may bring her to the next reunion! Another son has a horse farm with 20 to 30 horses. There are 10 grandchildren. Laura Eaton Butler is not traveling far from their home in California due to Don’s emphysema, but she keeps busy as a docent at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. She holds the honor of being the senior docent! Elizabeth Geiser is getting used to her retirement home in Naples, Fla., where she is teaching English, reading and writing to a young woman from Mexico. She is looking forward to going back to the Univ. of Denver to teach next summer! Lorraine Ihlefeldt Bulba is one who said she had no news but then went on to say her days are spent making doctors appointments, playing bridge and mahjong, and going to church. Their children and grandchildren are scattered from Washington to Florida, with some in Illinois, Connecticut and Maine! Martha Knouse Schaeffer sees Mary Frances Six Copenhaver ’48




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at exercise classes and volunteer activities. They talk about the “good old days” and notice that our class news is moving closer and closer to the beginning of the column! Renie Quynn Collmus was looking forward to hosting Gretchen Beckhelm ’60 and Barbara Beckhelm, who were coming to Frederick to hear the Hood choir sing Messiah. As our class’ “world traveler” (along with Liz Geiser), she was looking forward to a trip to Croatia in October; two weeks on a ship with daughters Betsy and Kathy. Last June was the fifth reunion for her granddaughter, Rachel Collmus Ellick ’05, B.A. ’06, and the 40th for Gretchen Beckhelm ’60. Now, if nothing else makes us feel old, THAT does! Fran Delaplaine Randall P’83, H’06 was the only one at reunion from our big sister class. June 2012 is our 65th, so start lining up someone to drive you to Frederick! Jo Stanton Fitting wants me to tell you she is NOT living in a one-room schoolhouse! I apologize for getting some things mixed up. I take notes and then can’t read them. The one-room schoolhouse is a reference to the headquarters of the Solebury Township Historical Society, of which Jo is the archivist. Her mother-in-law used to teach there and Don went there for grades one through four! Peggy Thumma Startzman is still in her own home and is looking forward to a granddaughter’s wedding in June. Peggy went to her graduation at the Univ. of Nebraska last June and goes to all the sports events her younger grandkids play. Your reporter (Catharine Smith Dunn) is still keeping busy with singing, ringing bells, doing Med-D counseling, AARP taxes AND looking forward to my granddaughter’s wedding in April. I am walking her down the aisle. My oldest grandson is working for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security but is soon applying to law schools. I recently attended an 80th birthday party for a friend and one of the men in attendance was Walt Bastian, husband of Mary Hendershot Bastian ’50. I had a nice chat with their daughter, Nancy Bastian ’79. Their other daughter is Elizabeth Bastian Chapin ’82. I share with Renie the frustration of macular degeneration and shots in the eye monthly. One of these days I may have to put away this computer. Anyone want to take over this job?

1948 Giving Participation: 25.58% · Total Class Dollars: $6,300

Elizabeth Benchoff Page 603 South Main St. Woodstock, VA 22664 (540) 459-2213 Our condolences to the families of Mary Tice Donehower who died March 10, 2010; Alice Nupp Meagher who died Aug. 11, 2010, in Newark, Ohio; and Jean Stover Tremelin who died Aug. 11, 2010. Our sympathy to Elizabeth Benchoff Page whose cousin Mary Louise Kilpatrick Benchoff died Jan. 15, 2011, in Waynesboro, Pa.

1949 Giving Participation: 22.62% · Total Class Dollars: $16,275

This class needs a new reporter! If you are interested in being the reporter for the Class of 1949, please contact Matt Caron ’08, Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the family of Bernice Shay Sisson who died Oct. 26, 2010.

1950 Giving Participation: 15.73% · Total Class Dollars: $3,895

Jean Righter Bolle 2552 E. Alameda Ave., Unit 7 Denver, CO 80209-3324 (303) 777-7617 Our condolences to the families of Sallie Semans Sigler who died Feb. 17, 2010; and Jeane Reiners Ferree who died Sept. 24, 2010, in Hagerstown, Md. As always, it was a pleasure to hear from members of the Class of 1950! Although we’re all at an age where we’re slowing down a little, it’s remarkable how active many of us still are. I (Jean Righter Bolle) did hear from a few of the almost 40 requests for information I sent out. I hope others will write next time so our classmates know how and what you are doing. Speaking of being active, Barbara Bagley Moule still bowls in two leagues. She has some medical problems but medicines are controlling them. Her granddaughter Julia is in junior high school and plays the violin. Grandson Kevin is 10 and plays soccer and the trombone. Baggie was sorry to miss reunion but it is indeed a long way from California to Maryland. Another who keeps busy is Polly Harvey Dunn. Pol does a lot of volunteering, both at the Foulkeways complex where she lives as well as at the local hospice. She spent Thanksgiving week at their cottage in Mt. Gretna and had Thanksgiving dinner at Mike’s niece’s and family’s home. The group of 37 (!) included Dottie Crosland Dunn ’46, Kitty Smith Dunn’47 and Carolyn Dunn Shellenberger ’51. The following Saturday, Pol hosted a dinner for the three children of the late Joan Robinson Holman ’51. Barbara Jacobs Rowland and her husband Bob are active in church and community affairs. She sings in the church choir, and they both take food and clothing to a local emergency shelter. In February, she chaired the League of Women Voters’ program, where citizens ask questions of their government officials. Their grandson Tom Jacques graduated from Carnegie Mellon Univ. last spring and prevented Barb from attending reunion. Last July, she and Bob celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Their daughter Liz hosted the family Thanksgiving celebration that included Barbara and Bob, their two daughters, two sons-in-law, six grandchildren (ages 15-24) and their son. Sorry to learn that Patty Karl Sheeleigh had a recurrence of breast cancer. I know we all wish you well. Patty, may you have another 37 cancer-free years! She is very active in her Episcopal church in a variety of ways. Three of her children and three granddaughters live within a 90 minute drive from her home in Roseland, N.J. Patty and her gentleman friend have been together for more than 25 years and, as she said, “it’s a wonderful life!” Marilyn Peecook Hill enjoys her busy life at the independent retirement community where she lives. She sings in the church choir and also directs a group of singers at her complex. She had a wonderful time last summer when her family spent a week on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The seven grandchildren are growing up and two will graduate from college in spring 2011. Mary Maclay Zimmerman has moved to be closer to her daughter Carol. Her new address is: Bridges of Bent Creek, Room 174, 2100 Bent Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Her phone number is (717) 918-0341. There is no answering machine. Mary’s grandson Christopher was married in June, and her grandson Nicholas is engaged and living near St. Louis. A nice note from Margy Selsam Holmquist told of a wonderful trip taken last year, which included England, Vienna and a cruise down the Danube from Budapest to Bucharest. It will probably be their last big trip, for as she said, travel is becoming less and less fun. Certainly, we’ve found that to be true also. They really enjoy their retirement community and

its many activities—musical events, bridge, exercise classes, volunteer work, lectures and more. Sounds like a great place to live, Margy. It was a real treat to receive a phone call from Maddy Taylor Black! We had a wonderful conversation catching up on each other’s lives. I only wish I’d taken better notes, as I was so delighted to be able to chat with her that I often forgot to write down all she said! However, I do know that she continues to live in the same house as she has for 52 years. She has “all my own parts and they still work,” which is always good news at this age! She can still drive, though not at night (join the club) and would have come to reunion if she could have found a driver. Her son lives in New Jersey, and her two daughters live near her in Pittsburgh. She has five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Like others in our class, she’s a busy lady. Joy Ann Rollka Chavent was disappointed that she couldn’t be at reunion but enjoyed some phone conversations with several who were there. Her new address is Ameritus, 330 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.

1951 Giving Participation: 37.5% · Total Class Dollars: $12,825

60th Reunion June 10-12 Betsy McCain McAlpine 7207 Warbler Lane McLean, VA 22101 (703) 893-3893 “News” (as defined by Webster’s New Edition Dictionary): “Information previously unknown.” We haven’t heard from some of you in a long time. Please write me for the summer edition. Our condolences to Ann Benchoff Stamm whose cousin Mary Louise Kilpatrick Benchoff died Jan. 15, 2011, in Waynesboro, Pa. Duffy McDonald Ftikas answered my phone request from nearby Falls Church, Va. She had “no news.” They haven’t taken any big trips lately but they are fine, enjoying Washington, D.C. She and George will probably attend the Alumnae and Alumni Luncheon June 11. Kay McDougall Cox wrote from Independence, Mo. Her notepaper featured a “singing cowboy” reminiscent of her son’s earlier summer jobs as a rider and singer. He is now an executive at a large drug company. Kay starts her letter, “All is well here but slowly slowing.” They recently visited Russia and Iceland but have given up the long trips of the past—Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Now the air trips are too long. They celebrated Thanksgiving in Rolla, Mo., with her oldest daughter whose home accommodates 25 of Kay’s family plus additional relatives. “It’s a highlight of our year,” Kay said. They do have future reservations to San Antonio and Puerto Rico. “Meanwhile,” she said, “we continue to live the good life, enjoying every day, still quilting (Norm cuts, I sew), traveling and eating out with friends.” Donna Fogle Fisher wrote from Thurmont, Md. She is in good health and enjoys retirement. The new county library offers her a wide selection of books, tapes and movies. “I feel richly blessed that each week I see my four children, some of my eight grandchildren and four (soon-to-be five) great-grandchildren,” she said. In December the family attended the wedding of her Marine grandson at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. Donna plans to attend our 60th. Kudos to Lois Vars Mason on being selected a 2010 University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy Dean’s List recipient. “The award signifies your personal achievements,” she said, “as well as your commitment and contributions to your field, the community and the university.” The bio read at the awards ceremony mentioned, among other achievements, that Lois served a total of 35 years as a trustee of Hood and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Jane Klemer, our former class


went to their Palm Coast, Fla., home for the winter. Fran is still playing nine-hole golf and is involved with Delaware Reads, a program of reading to underprivileged children (she reads to 3-year-olds). Fran keeps in touch with Marilyn Koch Swanson and Evelyn Bischoff Mitchell. Guess these gals called each other when their good friend Pat Dunlap Erb’s house was listed for sale in a recent issue of “Architectural Digest.” They had all enjoyed visits with Pat (deceased 2008) in that lovely home. Jeanne Armstrong Foster said she is “mending” after a bout with pneumonia and breaking her ankle in seven places a year ago. Her daughter, a chiropractor, visits once a week from Frederick. She has one son in Georgia and one in Delaware. Grandchildren number five, I believe. Jeanne keeps busy with needlework and quilting, and crafts in general. Dixie Baird Nace and husband have moved to Connecticut to be near their son. Though she misses her Pennsylvania friends, she has developed her pressed flower art business, gives workshops for flower clubs and art groups and feels she’s in a “good place.” Nancy Campbell Barrett wrote, “On Oct. 10, 2010, daughter Melinda and fiancé Bob were married in Reno, where they both live. Since it was the second marriage for both, they decided to do something a little different. They asked the guests (about 250) to wear something red, which symbolizes love, friendship, passion and energy. It was a blast to look around the room and see how everyone interpreted that request. As for me, I threw a red feathered boa around my neck and put on some red jewelry and red shoes! What fun we all had. I had rented a house in Reno that slept 12, so we had a wonderful family reunion over the weekend, too.” Natalie Colbert Bowers raked the abundant ginkgo tree leaves as she readied for family coming for Thanksgiving. A family wedding last summer was also a fine family reunion. “Martin and I danced together for the first time in years,” she said. Once again, she attended the Messiah performance at Hood. Peggy Crook Arnold is caring for her husband, who has dementia, but she is active with her bridge group and other activities. She and Gordon still enjoy winter in Bonita Springs, Fla. Peggy has a sister in Baltimore and a son in Hartford. Lila Davy Skinner has moved to be near her daughter, Julie Williams Thomason ’81, M.A. ’85. She has had two knee replacements and is on oxygen but still enjoys getting out to church and concerts. Her family will gather next June 30 to celebrate her 80th. Marion Decker McCormick is still aglow from her family’s bus trip “following, in reverse, the trail of Lewis and Clark from the Pacific into Idaho. We went on to Seattle for more sightseeing. At Mount St. Helens, our guide was the same fellow who had been an Elderhostel instructor

reporter, said that among other pursuits (sometimes just keeping up with daily activities) she is working on her autobiography. Jane has won awards for her writing and her photography. What a good idea for all of us. Just gathering material from the past (cleaning out the stack of photos and letters) can be fun and worthwhile. Molly Wood Tully had an eight-day Smithsonian cruise on the Columbia River following the route of Lewis and Clark. Her trip on the Sea Bird was “spectacular.” The ship stopped for fun in the zodiacs, hikes, etc. Molly has also been working on putting together a selection of 25 years of husband Andrew’s columns, mainly for herself and her seven grandchildren, called “Andrew Tully on Everything—100 Columns Over 25 Years.” This will be an interesting read. Andy was a well-respected columnist. Joann Schlesinger Clark reported travels with her daughter and daughter-in-law to visit Teddy Roosevelt’s home, Sagamore Hill, and the upcoming retirement from the Army of her oldest son. Since the celebration of her 80th in September 2010, she had been very conscientious about exercise, proper food, daily use of the treadmill, etc. On the side, she told me (Betsy McCain McAlpine) that on her 85th birthday, she plans to give up all this, just sit around reading and eating anything she wants! She will plan on our reunion and is thinking about solving the driving problem by inviting her daughter to attend our celebrations. Great idea! Remember years ago when Peg Price Duensing’s daughter attended a reunion? It was fun for all of us. More information on Reunion 2011 will be sent. Save the dates.

1952 Giving Participation: 30.19% · Total Class Dollars: $17,250

Joanne Dickerson Mason P.O. Box 100 Newark, MD 21841 Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser 127 Burning Tree Lane Flat Rock, NC  28731-9465 (828) 693-0630 Our condolences to the family of Mary Louise Kilpatrick Benchoff who died Jan. 15, 2011, in Waynesboro, Pa. Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser wrote: Fran “Teeter” Pickle Wetmore has just returned from a week in St. Martin’s, where she has a timeshare. She and her husband are in “remarkably good health.” They

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for Delmar and me in Arizona about 20 years ago (small world). I spent Thanksgiving with daughter Lynn in Nashville and I hope the ‘kids’ will visit me in Florida this winter.” Dee Dreller Sosin wrote in October, “I hope life is peaceful and pleasant. No news now, just working hard on the coming elections, locally and nationally.” Nancy Eaton is actively and happily involved with her nearby niece’s family of four boys. She enjoys cooking and continues to travel to New York and California. Lois Eldridge Funsch and husband had a great two weeks in New England in the middle of September, spent time on Cape Cod, visited a son and family in Boston, and then went on to Maine. “We never really liked Cape Cod that much but fell in love with it this time around,” she said. “Life here at Hershey’s Mill is very busy. I feel like the computer is a time thief and yet it would be hard to live without it. I’m on a few committees, I sew, I read, I knit, I play bridge. Nothing earth shaking. I have only one more grandchild to see through college. Unfortunately she isn’t the least bit interested in Hood. She wants a large, urban school. How different from me. Mickey Davis Conley does not have a computer so I will pass what little news I know about her on to you. She was not well this past winter and was on oxygen 24 hours a day, but now she has improved and uses the oxygen only at night. Her children and grandchildren are close by and she gets great enjoyment out of seeing all of them.” Mercedes Gery Smith left Hood after two years to work in her family’s dress shop in Philadelphia. She married; they moved a good bit and raised six children. For a while she worked as a secretary at Woman’s Day magazine. Now she has 14 grands and one great-grand. She can’t keep up with her husband’s athleticism—golf, tennis, squash—but is active and has started painting watercolors. She looks forward to receiving news via the Hood Magazine and hears from Barb McLean Higgins in Hawaii every Christmas. Janet Hall Mauk (Hood friends knew her as “Teya” but she answers now to Janet, with the name “Teya” living on in a new greatgranddaughter in Santa Barbara) and her husband enjoy traveling and more traveling, mostly in the U.S., but they were delighted to take a trip overseas to China last year. Ruth Jackson Albert is going though radiation treatments for cancer five times a week but had the energy and spirit to plan for 27 for Thanksgiving dinner. (What a gal!) “Hello from Joanne Kates Roos. We are all fine. My grandson, Billy Cole, Linda’s son, will be off looking at colleges next month. His sixth-grade sister, Hannah, has a spot in the school band playing flute. Other news is about my Jack Russell Terrier, Roo. I adopted her from a shelter eight years ago. She and I have been in an agility course since August a year ago. She can do the course off leash now. I am thrilled with her progress. We have had a great time learning together.” Peg Lewis Christensen said, “It’s been a quiet year, thankfully, and I’m still trying to figure out what is noteworthy to say in my Christmas letter to friends.” Phyl Loudermill Armstrong claimed she had nothing new to say for the magazine but did mention her recent visit to her sister in Potomac. She was able to see the National Mall in Washington, D.C., again after many years and visit the war memorials, “which I had never seen,” she said. Ruth Matthews Alger is busy as president of The Woman’s Club of Roland Park, a 100-year-old organization with some 400 members and multifaceted programs. Ruth said, “It’s like going to college again.” She sees Betsy Dowling Barclay regularly for lunch and running errands. She calls Marguerite “Mickie” Weber Trachtman every year on her July birthday. The Trachtmans have four children, all only an hour away in Indianapolis. Ruth mentioned that Bee Jay Quillen Brustad and Bill have moved into a retirement community in Baltimore and are happy with their new home. Madge Merkley Ziegler was pleased to hear from a classmate when I called. She has been involved ’round the clock with husband care but is mak-




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ing the best of it and grateful for each day. Betsy Newcomer Payette e-mailed, “Nothing has changed in my life since I last wrote.” Carolyn Rusk spent several days with me during the summer and Barbara Hickman Reynolds and I are still enjoying Red Hat events. Sally Foss Banwart and I caught up on our lives during a recent phone call. Ann Nygren Greenberg penned a lovely note (remember those?). She had just pickled her green tomatoes and recommended “reading Trollope in our advanced years. Start with ‘The Warden,’ then ‘Barchester Towers.’ They’re lovely.” Ann, finally retired, hopes to go to Arizona in February to see sister Dody Nygren Wisnom. Janet Rowe Smith retired from school nursing in 1998. She and David moved to a smaller house 10 years ago in Fairfield, Conn., and keep very busy doing volunteer work. She tutors once a week in the Bridgeport schools. “Our two children and three grandchildren live hours away,” she said, “so family get-togethers are big events. Grandson Aaron is a sophomore at the College of Wooster in Ohio.” Phyllis Salvati Kantra and her husband spent 10 weeks in Europe. With only carry-ons, they took the Eurail adventure route, visiting eight different countries, going from one wonderful museum to the next and loving every kilometer of it. Her two daughters keep in touch from Raleigh and Salt Lake City. Their youngest of five grandchildren is a senior in college. Mary Sihler Sauerteig resurrected tapes of the concert the Hood choir gave at Town Hall in NYC in 1951, and has found a Brevard recording studio that she hopes will be able to put that music on a CD. Kay Spear Feldmann wrote, “Time goes by so quickly! I bit the bullet and had a much-needed knee replacement. Recovery is good, so on to better things. Family is well. No. 1 grandson got married and all others are employed! Sally Herman Lunt’s husband died in September and they recently had a memorial service at Harvard. He was former head of the Dept. of Slavic Languages. I am adjusting to single status as are many in our class.” Jane Taggart Whittaker will enjoy Thanksgiving with daughter Sue who lives next door. Jane’s granddaughter has a contract singing and dancing on a Disney ship sailing in March 2011. Jane said she is not only wonderfully talented but also a lovely, thoughtful young lady. Jane sees Ann Parker Lampman when she comes to Beach Haven in the summer from her Key Largo, Fla., home. “Ann plays tennis and bridge and is as pretty as ever,” she said. Cal Wunderly Russwick said she and Doug are well and still working, but only half days, “which is just right.” They spent Christmas in Florida with their son, who plans to move back to New Hampshire next year. It’s their last chance for family Florida togetherness. Your class reporter (Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser) had a marvelous visit from Betsy Dittmar Oehrle ’54, who is (at this writing) in the states for a few months from Durban, South Africa. She spent time with Jane Taggart Whittaker before flying to North Carolina. We spent Halloween in Dracula land—Transylvania County, N.C., with Mary Sihler Sauerteig. Together we reminisced over Hood choir music and Town Hall programs found in Mary’s archives. I hope to hear from more of you next time. Each issue I try to telephone several of you who don’t have e-mail to keep in touch. But please write or call me any time to say hello so I can pass your news on in next summer’s magazine. If your e-mail address changes, please let me know.

1953 Giving Participation: 39.42% · Total Class Dollars: $11,065

Johanna Chait Essex 48 Essex Road Great Neck, NY 11023 (516) 487-1883

Sincere condolences to the families of Helen “Dee” Snyder Krogh who passed away Aug. 20, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif.; Roxy Shugart Zilenziger who passed away Sept. 14, 2010; Margaret Forsythe Harris who passed away Jan. 14, 2009; and Shirley Prescott Schwartz who passed away Dec. 4, 2010. Congratulations to Penny Fradd Vahsen upon being selected to Hood’s Athletic Hall of Fame! Margaret Smith-Loeb cruised the Inner and Outer Hebrides Islands last May and then went on to Edinburgh and Surrey for a visit with family. She said New York is a great place for retirement—theater, concerts, museums, etc. Dorothy Joyce Coffin keeps busy helping others. She is a member of the Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Both her daughters were out of work but now have positions with firms in the northeast. Betty Gerstmyer Allen left for a spectacular trip to Argentina on Election Day. She still volunteers as an usher at the Grand Opera House, plays tennis and is a member of the Questers, an international group that studies antiques. Oppie Keeler Ludwig started 2010 with a case of the shingles, even though she got the vaccination years ago to prevent them. The pain was lessened by a shot to only a “petty annoyance.” July saw surgery to have her right knee replaced and she can now walk pain free. Hopefully she’ll have no more surgeries. Nancy Jones Knotts traveled to Cancun, Mexico, for a vacation. She fell and broke her hip in June but healed quickly. Hard to believe all the years that have passed since we were roommates on the third floor of Meyran. I remember them well, Jo. Nadya Klotz Giusi has just finished her third book, “The Peace-Centered Family in a Turbulent World.” She is still teaching at their local community college and has a family practice in a beautiful, historical town in California. Bim Mayer Werle had a visit from Bill and Margy Brown Barati in August and she, her husband and the Baratis took a five-day cruise on Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vt., to Montreal. Going through the locks into the St. Lawrence Seaway was quite interesting. When they got back, Elaine Green Powell and Dave joined them for a few days. Mini reunions are a lot of fun. A short note came from Corky Pattison Casey. She is fine and spent some time in Colorado this summer. Janet Peek Clancy has added Quick Start tennis to her list of activities. She is also helping teach children, ages 3 to 10, the fun of tennis. “Life goes on here,” she said, “and I am still loving it.” Pam Presbrey Grinnell’s family and friends have been wonderfully supportive this past year since the loss of her husband. She visited her family in Ohio for the Christmas holiday. Julia Rank Loposer and Ken enjoy living in Walla Walla, Wash. Children live close by, making visiting easy. Here’s a new e-mail address for Joan Riedell Nelson: She is still caring for Lily and Liam but spent six weeks with her oldest son, Bill, and family on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina, and in Chattanooga, Tenn. She is still active in St. Stephen’s, especially doing flowers and altar guild. Beverly Rosenberg Sager and Marv were with their California children for Thanksgiving, went back home for a while and then went on to the warmth and beautiful beaches in Turks and Caicos. Elizabeth Woodcock Erbring, Bill, and their son and daughter took a trip to Athens, Greece, saw some of the Greek Islands, and then went on to Istanbul, Turkey. The Essexes have had a busy few months. Once again we vacationed with my (Johanna Chait Essex) sisters, Muriel Chait Durbin ’56 and Linda Chait Solomon ’63, M.A. ’84, M.A. ’95, took a river boat trip up the Seine River in France, with a side trip to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery. The feelings that rose are too difficult to put in a few words. Then in August we had a family gathering at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah, and in September my grandson had his Bar Mitzvah in Orlando (where my son is stationed). Lots of happy tears flowed freely that morning. On Sunday, Nov. 7,

I was one of five honorees at the Great Neck Senior Center fund-raising brunch. I was honored for my center activities, as well as for the volunteering I do at Kings Point. Hal and my children who live locally were there, as well as my granddaughter who came home from college for the weekend to surprise me. I wish you all a healthy, happy holiday season.

1954 Giving Participation: 25.27% · Total Class Dollars: $3,450

Dorris Smith Radcliffe 1117 Wilton Creek Road Hartfield, VA 23071-3035 (804) 776-7116 Jean McCarty Bowen recalls pleasant memories of times at Hood and the laughs we all shared. She was involved in the Delaplaine Arts Center exhibiting photos. The grandchildren are off to college and her husband still works daily. “We have good lives with golf and tennis now and then,” she said. “I send my regards to all.” Bonnie Baird Mitchell-Hurwitz said, “Big news is that I remarried after my former husband’s death. My daughter had twins, a boy and a girl.” Betsy Oehrle has lots of news! She was in the U.S. from October to December. “I spent 10 beautiful days with Jane Taggart Whittaker ’52 in New Jersey and we phoned Ruth Matthews Alger ’52,” she said. “I then flew to North Carolina to visit Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser ’52. Mary Lou and I drove just 40 minutes to visit Mary Sihler Sauerteig ’52 in her mountain home. We relived our Town Hall concerts and much more, and wished that Jane Taggart Whittaker had flown down with me. I then went to Pittsburgh and Jane Dickenson Glass came to my brother’s home for dinner. I am supposed to be deciding where to settle—strange question at this stage in my life. Any ideas?” Joyce Parker Evans is living the good life of travel for sport and fun, as well as visiting children and grandchildren. She has homes in New Jersey and Lake Placid, N.Y. Daughter Maggie gave birth to her first child at 45. Joyce feels richly blessed with her life and sends blessings to all her classmates. Barbara Peterson Smith and Ed both work part time for his company, which requires some travel. When at home, they delight in their four grandchildren. Spare time sends them to far away places—Hawaii, Alaska (three times) and Russia. This year they are going South Africa and following Lewis and Clark. Nolah Sawyer Fulk enjoyed her first trip to Chicago. She found it a fascinating city and hopes to go again. Skippy Smith Adams is thrilled to be back in Newtown, Conn. “The move took awhile as I had broken my arm,” she said. “I am happily settled in a cottage on my son’s property. The backyard is fenced and my adopted, diabetic, blind dog roams all over. I have a grandson in the Marines stationed in England. I have rejoined the Visiting Nurse Association and help at the thrift shop. I am also on my high school reunion committee, planning a gathering for spring. All my family is near and that is the best part.” As for me (Dorris Smith Radcliffe), we celebrated our 55th anniversary with a trip to China. It was fascinating, very interesting and enjoyable; and we learned a lot. Lois White Lowry and Bob paid a visit this summer, as did Marilyn Randall Stefanye. We had great fun updating life and reminiscing. Two grandsons entered Univ. of Virginia as freshmen this year. A granddaughter is a freshman at Radford. I am still a docent at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy the tours. Oldest granddaughter will receive her master’s this spring. She joins me at VMFA for lunch when her schedule permits. Life is full and happy, though more quiet these days. Thank you to all who answered the call. Always good to hear what everyone is doing! Stay well, active and happy!


1955 Giving Participation: 14.12% · Total Class Dollars: $16,714

Barbara Heaps Rudolph 121 W. Ring Factory Road Bel Air, MD 21014-5303 Portia Whitaker Shumaker 32310 Aquaduct Road Bonsall, CA 92003-4303 (760) 728-4583 The Christmas holidays are here and preparations in full swing as I write this. And our dedicated reporter Portia Whitaker Shumaker is recovering from a hip replacement which she had in November. She is currently in rehab. Sincere get-well wishes from all of us for a speedy return to good health. My thanks to all who responded so quickly to my call for news. As expected, our classmates are still very involved in the world around them and with their families and communities. Jacke McCurdy wrote from Florida that things are going along nicely. She had breast cancer but after surgery she is “feeling fine and looking better than I have in years.” Still active, she is chairman for the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and is on several boards, including SunTrust, Gulfshore Life Magazine and others. She sells her watercolors and photography at a local mall in galleries set up by the Center for the Arts. She said there is “lots of fun and lots of work.” Mary “Scottie” Provan Tobi went to Florida for Christmas to see her brother’s first grandchild, Daniel, who is named after their dad. In January they will go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for two weeks with Robbie’s brother and wife for a chance to relax and catch up on some reading. In March they will take a trans-Atlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona on Regent Seven Seas Mariner. In May, they fly to Scotland to visit family. They keep well and active despite an increasing number of aches and pains as they grow older. Don’t we all understand that! Their motto these days is “Keep Moving.” Good advice for all. Sue Eckhardt Morgan spent Christmas in New Jersey, having spent Thanksgiving in Indianapolis with her son and family. She expects to stop to see Gena Razik on the way back to Williamsburg in January. She loved seeing those who returned for our 55th reunion and said, “I think we all look good and have lots of that Hood spirit!” She would love to see anyone passing through Williamsburg. So good to hear from Lani Reighter Rodgers who, after 20 years in Europe and the Middle East following graduation, is now settled in Tallahassee, Fla., and has three grown children and seven grandchildren. She is still working in travel full time, averaging about two overseas trips a year for herself. She visits a little stone farmhouse in Normandy for a week every October. She volunteers with the Tallahassee-Russian sister city program and tutors in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program through the library. She would love to see anyone passing through Tallahassee en route to southern Florida. We extend our sympathies to Janet Moyer Krause on the sudden death of her only sister, Lorry, this past January. It was a big loss for Janet since they kept in touch daily. They spent Thanksgiving in Ann Arbor with daughter Karen and family. Janet entertained all of her children and grandchildren at Christmas. They vacationed last summer with daughter Heidi and her family at a cottage in Virginia Beach, where they enjoyed their 8- and 10-year-old grandkids. Our condolences to Nancy Borden Hoy whose sister, Elizabeth Borden Dunn ’56, died Oct. 9, 2010, in Marietta, Ohio. Nancy misses their daily talks. On a happier note, her oldest granddaughter was married last winter wearing Nancy’s wedding dress. They were invited to an “engagement party,” which turned out to be “the wedding.” She

and Jim enjoyed the visit to Hood to honor Ruth Whitaker Holmes H’93 and Portia Whitaker Shumaker as recipients of the Distinguished Alumna Award during Reunion Weekend. Nancy is still involved with historic buildings and docents at two houses several times a month. She donated her library to a local group called Restore Marietta. They enjoyed a trip to the Natural Bridge in Virginia last fall. She wishes everyone best wishes and good health in the coming year. Evie Kauffeld Fox had just returned from the Florida Keys and the wedding of granddaughter Katherine, who is studying for her doctorate, specializing in the effects of war on our military. She works with the Veterans Affairs in Portland, Ore., while attending school. Her husband Aaron is “a great addition to our family and another Irishman to boot!” Wonderful memories to savor! Highlights of 2010 for Shirley Anne Weber Freed were extensive. They enjoyed a three-week Princess Cruises trip to Australia and New Zealand with family and celebrated son Dave’s 50th in San Francisco in June. They spent a week at the beach at Sea Isle City, N.J., with family and celebrated granddaughter Jessica’s 22nd in November. Add to that a visit from Dave, wife and dog Clayton Dec. 22 for two weeks. She wishes classmates, “Happy Holidays and a spectacular 2011.” Barbara Bliss Cayley reports that they are being inundated with snow and cold temperatures; more than usual for the time of year. She was challenged doing Christmas shopping but the ski areas around them were opened early and smiling. She said all is well with them, the horses and the cats. They struggle to keep the aching joints moving but are real pros at snow shoveling. She wrote, “What can I say—we live in Canada!” She was sorry to miss reunion. In Oklahoma, Betsy Johnston Schwegman’s husband Don has been in Grand Lake Villa since August. After struggling to keep him at home, she and the girls decided it was time for him to have nursing home care. She wrote, “I go every day at noon to help him with lunch and then go back at five to be there for supper. His problem is dementia and as I think back, it has been coming on for quite a few years, just gradually getting worse. He doesn’t walk anymore; he thinks he can’t. He talks a lot but usually doesn’t say anything understandable. Fortunately the nursing home is less than two miles from my house and the staff members are kind and understanding. Don loves the food and eats everything he is served, even liver (it makes me shiver to think of liver).” Daughter Donna lives 40 miles away and Barbie, who lives in Georgia, comes often to visit. Although she is living in New Jersey, Penny Probert Boorman was in California for the holidays since all the children live there—in Santa Barbara, Yosemite and Rancho Santa Fe. She looked forward to their being together.  Last year they celebrated their 50th anniversary with them. She stays busy with many volunteer duties. She is on the trustee board of Morristown-Beard School (an independent school). She credits her 16 years on Hood’s board of trustees for helping her in this position. They are mostly retired now and have traveled to Thailand, Vietnam, Egypt, China and Antarctica, to name a few destinations. She loved seeing everyone at reunion and hopes that more attend the next one. Pat Kratz Freeman hosted all of her family for the Christmas holidays—13 in all, plus a few dogs! In January she will be going home with her middle daughter to Harare, Zimbabwe, in Africa for a three-week stay. She is the director in the United States Agency for International Development mission there. Pat hopes to do some sightseeing on the way and after she arrives. She enjoyed the reunion in June and, in October, took two of her granddaughters to Hood for a soccer game and to see the campus. Jane Brainerd Wiley and Bill are living on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and planned to spend the holidays with Janey’s girls and families in Ormond Beach, Fla. They have a new addition to the family—Lucy, a tri-colored pup they rescued from the local shelter. She is part


Elizabeth Oehrle, Ph.D. ’54

Alumna Makes an Educational Impact in South Africa Elizabeth Oehrle, Ph.D, graduated from Hood in 1954 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. Not fully satisfied with her academic accomplishments, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rochester in 1965 and a doctorate from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, in 1984. During her college years, music was her passion, but at the time Betsy believed a career in music required beginning those studies early in life. So she took music courses as electives and sang in the choir, but it was in her history and political science classes with professors Mildred J. Headings and Virginia Lewis where her intellect was stimulated and her sense of responsibility as a U.S. citizen was sharpened. Today she thinks of herself as a citizen of the world. From Hood she went to Syracuse University and then to work as associate dean of students at the Eastman School of Music. When her good friend from ESM decided to return to her home in South Africa, Betsy chose to go with her for a long weekend holiday. That was nearly 50 years ago. She never intended to have a career overseas, but she concedes life has strange turns. She recently retired as professor of music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Betsy credits her experiences at Hood to opening her mind and heart to understanding and accepting the way that life unfolds. Living and teaching in Durban with people of many cultures and beliefs made Betsy realize that cultural diversity is not to be feared but is a true cause for celebration. She recognizes that exposure to new and varied ideas and to situations abroad heightened her desire to travel and then finally to reside in Africa. Betsy shares her time between Pittsburgh, Pa., and South Africa.




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Border Collie, Basset Hound, Shepherd and Siberian Husky, and is spoiled rotten. If we want to stay active as we mature, she highly recommends adopting a pet. They learned in November that Bill is still in remission from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he is feeling much better. They are grateful for this good news. She has been in touch with Ada Deforest and is hopeful that Ada will recover from her current pulmonary problems that landed her in the hospital several times in the last months. Ada would welcome notes or calls from class members. The Rudolphs recommend adoption also. We adopted two kittens (siblings) from the Worcester County Humane Society (a no-kill shelter) in Ocean City and they now run the household and bring us much pleasure and affection. It’s hard to feel sad with a purring cat in your lap. We still have the beach house in Ocean City, Md., but are thinking it is time to downsize in Bel Air. Eight grandchildren, now ages 7 to 23, with parents celebrated Christmas and New Year’s with us. We’re grateful for health and family, and echo Scottie’s motto, “Keep Moving!” 

1956 Giving Participation: 37.89% · Total Class Dollars: $7,985

55th Reunion June 10-12 Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger 114 Rhoderick Circle Middletown, MD 21769 (301) 371-6536 Our condolences to Barbara Benchoff Miles whose cousin Mary Louise Kilpatrick Benchoff died Jan. 15, 2011, in Waynesboro, Pa. In an effort to gather news for our class, I (Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger) suggested telling about what gives us joy. The results pointed to family, travel and successes in recoveries, moves and talents. Thanks for your input. I received notice of the death of Elizabeth Borden Dunn in Marietta, Ohio, Oct. 9, 2010, in her home with family. We send our sympathy to husband, Jerry, and family. More sad news. The daughter of Mary Vizzi Swarm called to inform me of Mary’s death Dec. 7, 2010, at home in Lancaster, Pa. The first response to the joy question came from Cinny Sternberg Schein. She inspired me with the pure delight she has in her life. She visits and is adoring of her three sons; and she has friends around her to share meals, play chamber music, and work and relax. She travels to different locations to fit all her fun together for the year. Way to go, Cinny! Barb Tovell Tennant returned a few e-mails to me. It’s good to hear she can hold her own in bridge games against her top-player husband. She makes lovely silk flower lapel pins and sells them. She also raises bonsai trees. I realize how hard this is to do! We had hoped for a visit with Mary Lu Urban Walker and Tom this fall but plans were canceled. M.L. said she is taking matters as they come and may come next year from Guthrie, Okla. She likes travel. Carole Oswald Carter took a trip West to see her sisters in California in November. It’s a treat to find time for a small lunch here in the area with classmates. Ann Helfenbein Bohnet from Silver Spring usually joins us. I look forward to the poetry by her husband, Dick, that arrives with their Christmas card. Sue Peters Wirths C’69, M.A. ’79 and Sandy Newing also are part of the lunch with Carole and me. Jackie Kling Kreider and Ed went on a cruise in the Baltic Sea. She reports that she has a new perspective of the area. In most countries, she saw few children. Family gathered with her for the holidays. I had a chance to stop for dinner with Jackie and Ed on my way to southern Tennessee to visit my daughter. Walter drove those many hours with me. Incidentally, he also traveled to Seattle on his first flight at age 72 to visit my son and family, and to see Mt. Rainier! Sarah Stone-

hurst sent a video of Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, distributed by United Healthcare to benefit breast cancer. She is settled in Richmond, Va. Sydney Kahn Hamburger has left New Mexico for a blueberry farm in Pemberton, N.J. Her sculptures did not make the trip without damage, so repairs are in order. She looks forward to the new acreage to begin sculpting again. Kathy Crook Heidelbach had two “stops” implanted in her back to relieve nerve pain in her leg. She had the assistance of Becky Eppers Byrd after surgery. Thank you, Becky! Her plan is to sell her Catonsville home and move to Fairhaven, a retirement community in Sykesville, Md. She enjoyed a visit at her Bethany Beach hideaway with her “little sister” Gwen Finkey Merolle ’58. Exciting news came from her granddaughter, who is interested in going to Hood. Hooray! Maryann Owen Morin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in St. Maarten in June. She is a snow bird during winter in Florida, hoping to sell the Cape Cod home. Her new grandchild arrived in May. Anne Althouse Martin is recovering from foot surgery. Hold the foot up, please! Her setting in North Carolina affords beautiful lilies, gardenias and azaleas for a long season. Barb Hanna Pour has a long list of activities—garden club, bridge, docent at the Walters Art Museum, travel and guiding a book club. The main priority is her 8-year-old grandson and his parents. Outside of Baltimore, Barb attends to her warm and welcoming Cape May home in New Jersey. She still plays tennis there with friends. Pat Fowler Smart attended the National Docent Symposium in Toronto in October. It was a good time and good information. Her granddaughter was married in May to an Englishman. Welcome to the States. Kay Shriver Scott is on a local committee for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a way for the elderly to keep learning. She’s still nursing at a Boston hospital after 23 years; 53 years of service altogether. Cynthia Bromberg Rogers’ joy comes in knowing that her children and grandchildren are happy and healthy. She now is becoming computer savvy—owns her first one. E-mail address? Friend Joe keeps her up-to-date. Kay Shriver Scott, Helen Ward Wheeler and Cindy Bromberg Rogers are my good old pals that keep in touch and have busy lives with family, as the rest of us do. Add Kathy Bachman Yen to that list! Hood has provided me with the best of friends. I look forward to the 55th reunion in June 2011. As of now, Sandy Newing lives a block away from me in my Middletown village for adults ages 55 and older. It’s great having her close by! Christmas will be over by the time this magazine arrives but my report came before cards and decorating this year! Best to all of you in the new year.

1957 Giving Participation: 25.66% · Total Class Dollars: $5,020

Molly Smith Sperandio 8501 Merrimoor Blvd., E. Seminole, FL  33777 Alice Riddle Metry and Fred spent four weeks of autumn days in Bonita Springs and returned from Michigan Dec. 31 for four months. If you get down here, please give them a call at (239) 992-3760. Antoinette Peirson and Eda Joan Scheir Rubin keep in touch by phone and regularly meet for lunch and local errands. Antoinette has changed her e-mail address to Bob and Barbara Thomas Yinger were at Hood in October for a big gala event honoring donors. President Volpe gave a glowing report about the great things happening at Hood and the architect’s drawing of the new athletic complex was unveiled. They are expecting the arrival of their first great-grandchild. Good crabbing, fishing, garden club and quilt guild activities keep her busy.

Tommie and Bob have two cruises planned for 2011. Eugenie Krauss Wikberg has lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for more than 50 years, is involved in property rentals (her own) and has recently purchased a condo in the Vail Valley of Colorado. Genie’s three children all live in Florida and her grandson is active in ice hockey. Joanne Adickes Walker wrote that she just finished her second season as docent at historic Walnford Park. There is a grist mill in the park and in the off season, she will be working on a brochure featuring winning recipes from Walnford’s cornbread contest. She is also working on an anthology of love poems with two other friends. The working title is “Wear Red and Bring Two Love Poems.” Tuesday she plays bridge; and then there is the New Jersey Literary and Pizza Pie Society, a newly named but 12-year-old book club. Joanne wrote, “Life is full and the days are swift.” For Louise Reed, walking has become more difficult and rotator cuff surgery set her back six months. Weezie keeps busy with her children and their families who all live close by. She knits afghans for hospitalized children and enjoys reading, playing bridge and volunteering at the local Council on Aging. Louise also sings in a senior choral group, performing in some 50 events yearly in retirement and nursing facilities, and intergenerational programs. Margaret Hart Kaminer wrote she just spent a few days with Sylvia Blackburn Felcyn in Greenwich, Conn. She saw Merry Jo Sorensen Harris in March in Orlando. Margie lives in Cashiers, N.C, with her daughter Tracy and her family; her son Michael lives in Boca Raton, Fla. Margie travels, plays bridge and volunteers for several local organizations. Cataract surgery is supposed to clear your vision but, post-surgery, Margaret Reeves Leopold failed the distance test to renew her driver’s license and became “car-less” for a month until new glasses found her face. If Peg couldn’t walk to places, which she did most of the time, a friend in her master gardener (MG) class hauled her around. The MG students give back 50 hours in volunteer work on Virginia Beach projects and share a program, Ready-Set-Grow, with first and second graders. It’s fun to play in the dirt! Mary Jane Harkness Nace and Dick are still in Parker, Colo. They just returned from their annual vacation in St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Their daughter Cathy Nace ’80 is at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital as the director of medical education for both institutions. She and her husband David live in Silver Spring, Md. Their daughter Beth and family are in Columbia, S.C. Meredith Sorensen Harris and Burns are in Orlando, Fla. Merry Jo received a grant for a traveling exhibition. They spent the Christmas holiday in Baltimore and Philadelphia with their younger son, his wife and two granddaughters. Their older son has two boys—one in his second year at The Art Institute of Chicago and another in high school. He and his second wife have a little girl. Miriam Spaulding Keyser and Bill volunteer at the library and at their local hospital; Mimi works in the infusion center. They traveled to Michigan for the marriage of their great niece and spent a week at a road scholar (Elderhostel) course on Mackinac Island. She is re-caning two chairs that had been damaged over the years. She talks to Dorothy Hofstadter Lewis regularly. Mimi said they have plenty of room in Bel Air, Md., and are just off I-95 for anyone coming this way. During Martha Smith Sperandio’s summer, she enjoyed her California family of four grands visiting their Florida cousins, driving to Pennsylvania for a family reunion, flying to California for another visit with family and seeing “Wicked” at the Orpheum in San Francisco. Molly cruised the Alaskan waters and toured the Denali tundra, seeing lots of animals and “the Big One.” She was thrilled to experience six zip lines, a suspension bridge, a long slide and rappelling off a platform in Ketchikan; she also enjoyed the helicopter ride out to and the walk on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. What an incredible state! She drove


to Pennsylvania in October and enjoyed the brilliant fall colors. Bell and vocal choirs and other church ministries; volunteerism in theaters, museums and with AARP TaxWise assistance; and knitting prayer shawls, snugglies for shelter animals and sweaters for guidepost countries fill her time. An 11-week-old kitty, Lucy, has joined Nancy Paul Stimson’s family. Nancy had a delightful trip to NYC to see “Wicked.” She said it was spectacular! Nancy reported that our classmate, Arlene Barnes, died July 17, 2010, in Louisville, Ky. She fell in the garage, fractured her skull and bled inside; very sad. Nancy Tressel Brown and Roger enjoy playing golf and having dinner with Alice Riddle Metry and Fred. Per Tressie, their children and grandchildren will earn their keep when the Browns downsize in Pittsburgh and the kids have to move them while Tress and Roger stay in Florida. Tressie said Erma Bombeck was right when she quoted, “If I had known how wonderful grandchildren are, I would have had them first.” Tressie’s children continue to be gainfully employed to pay our social security. After two years of all-consuming health issues, Sara Davidson Haney is grateful to report that not only is she ambulatory and independent but she is again able to ride her horses and get back to traveling and teaching. Sally (Davy in 1953) looked forward to Thanksgiving with family in Connecticut and Christmas with family in Utah. For 2011, she is giving serious thought to spending more time teaching Alexander lessons in New Hampshire rather than the planned retirement to the South. Sara Sibley Lenhart notes she was at Hood for just our freshman year and is sure very few people remember her. (I bet she’d be surprised that they do!) Her e-mail address is As part of Sarah Bulin Hanson’s affiliation with Evergreen Museum & Library, she has enjoyed several trips to nearby museums and historic houses, most recently to the du Pont complex in the Brandywine Valley. She and Douglas continue their annual visit to Capon Springs where they see Claire Austin Bellingham, whose family still owns the place. Sarah reminds all that the Hood History Museum will accept any Hood memorabilia. To view the donations is a walk down memory lane! Also, please remember annual giving. You may have been called during the phonathon; reminders will go out in early 2011. Hood depends on the generosity of its alumni to continue the excellent education for future students. This is a tradition begun by Margaret Hood. As always, the amount of each gift is less important than the percentage of class participation. Susan Truby Peterson and Carl spend a lot of time at their vacation home in Brooklin, Maine. Carol Harkness Kilrea, and Cathy Goss Newhouser and her husband are welcome visitors, and they often get together with their MGH classmates for lunches and dinners. Your reporter (Molly Smith Sperandio) was happy to hear from so many good friends and joins you all in Merry Christmas wishes.

1958 Giving Participation: 25.53% · Total Class Dollars: $6,460

Marilyn Garis Kellow 151 N. University Drive, #108 West Bend, WI 53095-2937 (262) 334-5782 Jo Olmstead Witherington and Jeb Bennett Moran sent word of a mini Hood class reunion in Sarasota, Fla., with Carol Horwath Klecka and Carol Huelsen Warrington. Jeb sent photos to show “how well we Hoodlums have held up after 52 years.” She certainly has a positive attitude and appreciates how her friends, family and faith have been of great help during Gil’s illness this past year. Sara Lea Callaway Redmon

and husband Carl are thankful that their lives are pretty much the same. They had a wonderful three-week motor trip to San Diego—out where “the deer and buffalo roam!” Sara Lea is excited about all the news coming from Hood. She said, “lots going on there that makes me proud!” It was great to hear from Nancy Heer Hustead. She has enjoyed living with her daughter and family for almost four years. Her son Vernon has a landscape business. He and his wife have two daughters—one in college and the other in high school. Daughter Susan is a school teacher and her husband, a police chief. They have two children in college. Son Doug and wife are expecting their first child in February. This past summer they organized a seven-person mission team for three weeks in Uganda, Africa. Nancy remains active at Grace Baptist Church, teaching an adult class, enjoying fellowship and serving on the outreach committee. She included several uplifting spiritual thoughts in her letter. Penny Hunt Solum and husband John celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Venice, France, July 31, staying where Henri Matisse lived during WWII. Fantastic!!! Penny keeps in touch often with Liz Conklin Collins and plans to visit her in Annapolis soon. Robin Jamison Turner has had a sad year. Her mother died in March at age 95. Five months later she lost her sister and only one week after that, a close neighbor passed away. She reflects what Dr. Truxal always said, “this too will pass.” Carol Jumblatt MacNeill and husband have moved from San Diego to Santa Fe, N.M., to be closer to their sons and families who live in Austin, Texas. Also, there is “lots to see and do in Santa Fe, plus good food.” Jenny Krohn Rose and husband Shep have relocated to Henderson, Nev.—10 miles from the Las Vegas strip, where they enjoy shows and fine dining. Their grandson Adam is playing high school football and graduates in June. Jenny and Shep had a wonderful week in Hawaii recently and plan to go from Sydney, Australia, to Singapore in March. Carole Moore White and Fritz are headed to Florida in February. They have nothing really new to report but say that is probably a good thing to be able to say. Nancy Potter Richardson said they continue to enjoy life and are proud to have a granddaughter in med school. Elly Robbins wrote that her traveling days are pretty much over after breaking a hip two years ago. She stays in touch with Robin Jamison Turner and Peg Jacob Jones, and deeply misses Nancy Bright Audino. A couple of months ago, she moved to a new real estate company much closer to home and really enjoys the change. Sue Smith Evans continues to enjoy her favorite sport of boating with friends around the Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard area. She hopes to go South during the cold winter months. After 42 years of living in Bethesda, Joan Enterline has moved to the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, Md. She continues to work full time. Elly Baumgart Ritchie had a busy summer at the beach, doing remodeling and repairing projects. She looked forward to a quiet Christmas and New Year’s at the shore. Cynthia Williams Bohaker wrote just to say “hello” to everyone and wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. There’s nothing exciting to report from the Midwest. We experienced our first blizzard of the winter so there was definitely a white Christmas. Thanks to all who answered my plea for news and keep it coming anytime throughout the year.

1959 Giving Participation: 31.3% · Total Class Dollars: $46,216

Anne Wilson Heuisler 6102 Buckingham Manor Drive Baltimore, MD 21210 (410) 377-5026


Jane Atmore Brown participated in PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” in Miami Beach last summer after registering online for tickets and receiving two in the random drawing. Jane took a small tilt-top table and was invited to have the appraisal taped for possible airing. After agreeing, she was sent to the green room to visit the make-up artist and to wait her turn. PBS showed about half of the 50 items filmed in Miami Beach on the first three Mondays in January. Jane has no guarantee that her segment will air but said it was great fun to see the whole process. Catherine Brooke Buckingham and Ronnie celebrated 50 years of living in Jacksonville, Fla. There, they have loved their church, their friends and 35 family members living nearby, including two of Catherine’s brothers. The Buckinghams’ grandchildren are college bound—one at USC and the other hoping to go to Washington and Lee Univ. in the fall. Tarun Comegys Johns flew to Spokane, Wash., to spend a week with Suzie Webster Hoyle. Tarun and Suzi enjoyed a three-day trip down to Oregon along the Columbia River to Multnomah Falls. They traveled to Mt. St. Helens and then north over Stevens Pass to the Bavarian village at Leavenworth to see the nutcrackers— “the only display that beats Suzi’s personal collection!” They heard the youth symphony in Spokane and went to Coeur d’Alene for lunch on the beautiful lake. Tarun flew on to Jackson, Wyo., for the branding weekend at the Pape Ranches, even getting a day of riding moving cows, with “no aching bones after five and a half hours in the saddle!” Tarun’s mother is still in a nursing home in surprisingly good physical health but Tarun said it is very hard to watch a vibrant person go into dementia and be unable to do any of the things she always enjoyed. Eleanor Brown Wheeler wrote that she and Phil still enjoy the same hobbies—Phil with his games of pool and walks with their collie, Duke; and Eleanor with her memoirs club, genealogy and library volunteering. In July the Wheelers celebrated their 50th anniversary with a barbeque hosted by their children. Last summer their grandchildren, Alex and Allison, spent three weeks with the Wheelers. The whole family was with them for Christmas. Nancy Curran Crowley said it has been a bittersweet year. Her brother Tom died very suddenly on Easter Saturday.  Nancy and Joe flew to North Carolina for his funeral and spent a special time with his family. On the brighter side, the Crowleys celebrated their son’s 50th birthday by joining him, his family and many friends on a campout in Joshua Tree National Park. Soon afterward, they went to NYC for a few days to become reacquainted with the city of Nancy’s birth, before sailing to Bermuda. When they returned home from the cruise, the Crowleys flew to Colorado Springs for their grandson’s graduation from high school. Nancy said she is getting too old for backto-back trips. On June 30, the Crowleys’ younger son and his wife had their first child, a girl, giving Nancy and Joe four granddaughters and 10 grandsons. Gloria Friedman Greenspun and Dick enjoyed a three-week trip in Europe. Gloria had a successful total knee replacement Aug. 17. Her children’s visit from Los Angeles was a treat before the surgery. Mary Ann Guild Simmons reported that she has crossed her two-year line for being in remission from cancer and is feeling a bit of energy once again. Bill was given a fabulous 80th birthday party at the barn, to which he and Mary Ann were delivered in a 1959 red Cadillac convertible. Later, Mary Ann and Bill went to St. Louis for a week to enjoy the city and to test out how much Mary Ann can walk without limping. She said she “loved St. Louie, and the feet held up—much to be thankful for.” Mary Ann sent out an e-mail plea for support for Brodbeck Hall. The building has undergone some major repairs recently, including a gift from Mary Ann of a handicap ramp. She said, “What is needed now is a new paint job on the inside. Our old auditorium is still much used and it looks very sad. I don’t think it has been painted since our day and the rain damage looks awful. If you are thinking of




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a small Christmas gift to Hood, perhaps you will consider marking this one for the restoration of Brodbeck. It is the oldest building on campus and for many of us it is an integral part of Hood College.” Edee Howard Hogan has moved her husband John to a long-term care facility because the progression of his Alzheimer’s made it impossible to keep him at home any longer. He is in Memphis, Tenn., near their daughter Chrysti Hogan ’86. Edee hopes to move John closer to home when a suitable situation becomes available. He is now receiving good care, daily visits from Chrysti and twicemonthly visits from Edee. Edee is adjusting to living alone. Carole Jones Rogers said she is “finally doing it, really—retiring for the second time,” this time as the legislative director and lobbyist for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ohio Section. Judy Moreland Granger enjoyed family reunions in Michigan and Ohio during the summer, and dinner with Carole Jones Rogers and with Judy’s cousin Ethel Kintigh Spence ’62 while visiting in Columbus. Judy and Bob spent a week in August in Colorado, escaping from Texas heat. In October, their son Tim married his college sweetheart, with whom he became reacquainted after both were divorced. Joanne Peper Milnor continues to be active in fund raising for local nonprofits and traveling around the world. In the summer, she enjoyed a cruise in the Black Sea and visited Greece, Russia, Georgia and Turkey. Her next trip was to northwest India, which she said was “like visiting two centuries at the same time.” Joanne found it amazing that modern buildings are within blocks of houses that look like structures from the Middle Ages or biblical times. In October, Joanne’s family met in Baltimore for the preview show of her brother’s costume work, which will be on display at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for 11 months. Joanne produced a fund-raising event for her local symphony orchestra, “A Haunted House of Fashion,” a luncheon and fashion show with a Halloween theme. Joanne next plans a Baltic cruise in July, then Spain in October and Israel in December. She said she is “in reasonably good health and enjoying a good life in South Carolina. Come see me but call ahead, ’cause I might be on a camel, an elephant or sailing on a junk somewhere … that is, if I am lucky!” Jeannette Phelps said she left the state of Maryland for the first time in seven years to attend a funeral in Wilmington, Del., and was appalled at the lack of security in the train stations. J. P. attended an Orioles game in September and continues to take advantage of Baltimore’s cultural offerings. She relished a screening of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1915 silent movie, “Carmen.” Opera stars played the roles but the live organ accompaniment was the only soundtrack. Rachel Ravey Johnson said that her life has centered on physical therapy so that her “bionic” right hip will be ready for the Johnsons’ canoe trip in the Canadian wilderness next June. Rachel had her hip replacement procedure done 300 miles away in Baltimore because the doctor there told her she could return to kayaking and rock climbing. Carl enjoys painting; in the fall his work was featured in two art shows in two different counties. On the side, Carl remains a full-time pastor of two Presbyterian churches. Rachel said that “the ’59 reunion was a wonderful time to catch up, give and receive hugs, and reminisce. To be remembered.” Sonya Solosko Baum said she has settled into semi-retirement while still teaching in the Univ. of Phoenix’s bachelor and master degree programs. Sonya made a quick trip to the East Coast last Labor Day, spending two days with her law student nephew in Baltimore and then attending her niece’s wedding in Erie, Pa. While in Baltimore, she visited and caught up with J. P. Phelps. Sonya was impressed by J. P.’s residence, the historic Belvedere, and enjoyed seeing Baltimore after 50 years. Mary-Lou Trout Haddad met me (Anne Wilson Heuisler) for lunch at Winterthur, halfway between our homes, in October. We had such a good time catching

up that we never even bought a ticket to the exhibitions. Should we be embarrassed? Mary-Lou continues to be busy in civic life in Boyertown, Pa. Carolynne Veazey Lathrop made her very first trip to Disney World in August with her son Nathaniel, his wife and grandchildren—Kierthan, 8, and Annika, 6. Earlier in the summer, Carolynne visited them in Carlisle, Mass., and enjoyed a trip to Tanglewood to hear Yo-Yo Ma play with the Boston Symphony. The family also attended two plays—one a variation of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors,” the other the Moliere farce “The Amorous Quarrel.” Carolynne also visited her brother in Ridge, Md., and made a quick trip to NYC to see relatives there. Carolynne is still working full time as a librarian at the Univ. of Dubuque. Pat Wever Knoll and Ron celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer with their children, grandchildren and Pat’s sister’s family in Sunriver, Ore., enjoying a lot of biking, golf, canoeing and running the rapids. Pat and Ron then traveled alone on the actual anniversary date to Hawaii for a week. Pat said they feel thoroughly celebrated, especially after so many health issues the last two years. One of the Knolls’ granddaughters is a freshman in New York Univ.’s theater department, so they are thinking of visiting New York this spring. Carol Wick Ericksen and Leif enjoyed touring Paris, the Rhone River area by riverboat and Nice in September. Carol’s 55th Woodbury (N.J.) high school reunion was in October. Now the Ericksens are enjoying time at home before they go to Hutchinson Island, Fla., for the month of March. Sue Wilson Officer is slowly recovering from her second back surgery. She is again singing in her church choir and is president of the church’s women’s group, Harmony Circle. Sue continues to be active with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, which goes to crises throughout the world to rescue qualifying dogs for training with fire and police departments. If animals do not qualify, they are given life care. The foundation has been to the World Trade Center, Oklahoma, Haiti and other critical sites. Sue also participates in Pet Promise, a feature of the foundation which, in return for a donation, guarantees caretaking of her animals (two dogs and three cats at this point) after her death. Sue supports any animal organization that needs help. Right now she is trying to rescue the one lonely elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens to get him transferred to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Sue has been an active member of The Tournament of Roses for 18 years, with time out for the past two years because of her back surgeries. Sue enjoys reading mysteries and is learning to play bridge and loves it. I, Anne Wilson Heuisler, am still reeling from Phil’s prolonged hospitalization and untimely death last summer. I am very grateful for the many messages of sympathy and love I received from so many of you. It is heartening to have this support system of women traveling through life together. Phil loved the Hood girls, throughout his life recalling them as down-to-earth, fun-loving individuals; good people, he said. Please send news whether through e-mailed or regular mail—or even by telephone! The next due date will be in June.

1960 Giving Participation: 30.38% · Total Class Dollars: $375,276

Frances Fisher LaCroix 556 N. Mazatzal Drive Green Valley, AZ  85614 Ever articulate Charlotte Hopkins Brady expressed it well when she said, “Going back to our reunion and seeing everyone probably has been my highlight this year. It is amazing how the camaraderie just came back after 50 years. Instant support.” The same sentiment

was expressed by many other classmates. Words used to describe our 50th were: “wonderful,” “well planned” and “great fun.” Many said, “So glad I came!” Certainly, kudos go to Sally Fletcher Murray, Delores Wright Shade, their committees and the Hood staff who put together a most special weekend for us. I can only imagine the hours of planning, phoning and e-mailing to create such a varied and fun reunion. Thanks to all who worked diligently for our enjoyment. And our petite ’60 Hood choir sounded terrific! Charlotte stays busy with volunteer church work and her garden club. She chairs the reception committee for the church so she gets to plan all the big receptions and parties. “It gives me a chance to be creative and make the place shine,” she said. In garden club she enjoys working with seniors in nursing homes, creating flower arrangements that bring them joy. Anne Kurka Woods had a wonderful two-week vacation in Alaska that was “breathtaking and beautiful.” While there, she visited the chapel in which Sally Fletcher Murray’s daughter Sue was married and met a park ranger that knew Ellen Perry Croll’s son Scott. Her other big news is that her 22-year-old granddaughter Erin moved closer to her and is very good company. Barb Nagle Creager and husband Milt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They are officers in the Literacy Council of Washington County in Maryland. Once a week they work one-on-one with adults to improve reading and spelling skills. The Creagers are also involved in church work. This summer they went on a cruise to Alaska. They are fortunate to have three daughters who live nearby in Maryland. Sally Fletcher Murray and Don celebrated the 50th anniversary of their double wedding with Nancy Fletcher Artlett ’59 with a reunion of all their children and grandchildren in Syria, Va. Nancy came from Australia, one son and family from Hungary and the rest from four states for a wonderful week at Graves Mountain Lodge. “We played, ate and laughed until our sides hurt,” she said. Now Sally is back contributing to school board meetings and events. She said, “It keeps the gray matter oiled.” The board is fortunate to have Sally’s thoughts and energy in an era when schools need sound guidance. Pat Young Chatburn assists her husband with their business, which is doing well in Kiawah Island, S.C. Pat jogs on the beach and participates in a water aerobics class. I (Frances Fisher LaCroix) share her frustration of trying to sell a home in this depressed housing market. Pat sees her daughter and grandson quite often. Singing in various groups, such as the church choir, two senior volunteer groups and another more professional group, keeps Mary Ann Brush Gearinger very busy. They sing at nursing homes and for civic groups. One group, named “One God, One Voice,” traveled to Austria, Germany, France and Prague to perform. This group presents two concerts a year in Frederick. Mary Ann also volunteers one day a week at the school where she taught. Ellen Perry Croll just self-published her second book titled “My World War II Years.” Ellen used letters written in the 1970s by her husband’s cousin to his wife 30 years after the fact. The book has 326 pages. Ellen said it was fun to do; she worked from a typed copy. A second copy was sent to the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. Ellen has become quite the accomplished writer in our class! Lu Young Kelly wrote, “Reunion was a meaningful and enjoyable time of reconnecting and supporting one another. The shock of Fran’s accident and flying home to Seattle without her was huge. We are all grateful that she is almost completely back to normal.” The Kelly family of 11 celebrated Thorpe’s 80th birthday in August. In November, Thorpe had a heart scare followed by the implantation of a defibrillator/pacemaker. We rejoice that he got back to normal quickly. Modern medicine has blessed a lot of us. Reporter’s note: Amen! Maryann Whitehead Scherzo should buy stock in an airline! This summer she flew across the U.S. three


times to celebrate reunions and her 50th wedding anniversary. Husband John said she used to travel and invest in antiques (she was a dealer). Now she is an antique traveling! Recently Grace Elliott visited Maryann in Seattle. They managed only a half day of sightseeing due to record breaking cold, snow and ice. However, Grace did visit her daughter who moved recently to Bremerton, Wash. In February, Maryann and John will be coming to golf in Green Valley, Ariz., where I live. We shall get together with them, and Ellen Perry Croll and Stu. Poppy Herndon McCarty is building a new home in Texas, exclaiming that she has too many choices. She and Bill went to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Poppy is active in church and participates in a Bible study. Once a week she works with Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to grateful folks. I caught Rida Dawson Aycock after she shopped for her three Christ Child Christmas packages for three 10 year olds. Rida has participated in this program since 1973. Rida also recommended several books she read in a community book club. She said that is a fun way to meet younger women. Audrey Heyman Rooney was happy to move to Lexington, Ky. Her talents will add much to that community as they did in her former Maryland town. Best wishes, Audrey! Many of my classmates already know of my tragic June 8 accident in eastern Maryland, when my 90-year-old aunt was driving. She was killed at the scene. I was flown by helicopter to a shock trauma unit in Baltimore where skillful doctors saved my life. First friends through the door were Lu Young Kelly and Rida Dawson Aycock. Their smiles and good wishes were the best cheer I could have. I spent the month of June in rehabilitation to repair a brain hemorrhage, two broken ribs, a broken pelvis in two places, and lacerations in the liver and spleen. My legs were paralyzed. Thanks to Lu and Rida’s efforts, a wonderful shower of cards, notes and e-mails from ’60 classmates followed. That kind, supportive therapy kept my spirits up. A heartfelt thank you to all ’60 pals for remembrances. It spurred me on to learn to walk again. Which I did! Aren’t ’60 friends the greatest? (I refrain from “you betcha,” as Dr. Meyer would cringe!) I want to include as many ’60s as possible in our class news. Please contact me in May 2011 with your news. My e-mail address is pflacroix2@ Let’s stay connected as we were always a congenial group.

1961 Giving Participation: 35.77% · Total Class Dollars: $11,617

50th Reunion June 10-12 Sandra Murphy Schmidt 1621 Wilson Point Road Middle River, MD 21220 (410) 574-2778 Greetings classmates! Thanks for your prompt response to my request for brevity and to my question as to whether you plan to attend our 50th reunion. Hope your answers will encourage others to come and make the event a big success. By now you have received a 2011 Reunion Weekend mailing from Hood, considered a gift, gathered some photos, amended your data form and will get it all to Hood by Feb 28. The College will have a book for the class that includes photos and descriptions from the dark ages. Here is your opportunity to update that info. I (Sandra Murphy Schmidt) know we are now more than we were in ’57—like good wine—thanks to Hood and Father Time. I promise I’ll send my stuff in as soon as I finish this column, which is always more daunting than I expect! The losses are tragic; the births, a blessing; and the spirit of ’61, amazing! Congratulations to Janet Spaulding Nunn for her continued efforts to help

Hood. Her challenge to the Class of 2011—a dollar for dollar match of their senior class gift, plus a donation of $20.11 in honor of every member of that class who participates—is an inspiring act of philanthropy we may not be able to beat, but let’s aim for it! Jan said, “This is how we can make a difference.” If you care to join her, send your donation to the College marked “2011-1961 Matching Gift.” Nonmatching gifts should be marked “Class of 1961 Reunion Gift.” Condolences to Nancy Brown Braudrick (30410 Hillside Terrace, Gold Beach, OR 97444) whose husband Jim passed away in June suffering from dementia. On a happier note, Nancy’s son James and daughter-in-law Stacey are the proud parents of twin daughters born in August. Nancy hopes to find someone to accompany her to reunion. Lynne Linzey Barnes recently lunched with Mary Jane Evans Hahn and expects to see several Hood snowbirds while in her Florida winter nest. She is not sure about reunion yet. Mary Anne Fleetwood said she’ll be at reunion if she’s not in New Mexico. We’ll accept no excuses, Fleet! Lou Huebl Moran said she’ll forego the pre-reunion facelift; needs a brain lift instead. I like your humor, Lou. Sign me up! Kathie Baum Wolpe celebrated her birthday with the Boston Symphony, Elderhostel and Sue Kaehrle at Tanglewood, Mass. She also caught up with Anita Ranoldo Catron. She is a full-time writer and loves the drama involved in her reenactment activities. She plans to add WWII and a Civil War military impression to her specialties. We’ll expect a sample at reunion, Hilda! Edie Feiss Anderson and Gerry will be in the Arctic during reunion. She attended Gerry’s USNA 50th so knows ours will be special for those lucky enough to attend. She sent an “aloha and enjoy” message to all. Ruth Chang Char is considering coming to our 50th, and muses on memory and age 70. Dotty Willis Rainwater and Roger, her Okie from Muskogee husband of eight years, look forward to reunion. Nurse Dotty works part time in a geri-psych treatment program while R. runs a store/gas station enterprise he bought after losing his engineering job. Her daughter is in California, and her three sons in Washington, Alaska and Florida. Happily, the two grands are also in Florida. Do they go kayaking with you, Dotty? Carole Gorchoff Paul is excitedly looking forward to seeing all the changes at Hood and she doesn’t just mean the buildings! Anne Bierstein Grenfell, our reunion chair, returned to college last year to activate her Maryland nursing license and prepare for part-time work in pediatric hospice nursing, a calling she’s felt after hospice experiences within the family. This is an education a number of us have had by now. Shirley Garrett Haley reported she’ll be wearing glasses to read our name tags and is looking for a reunion roommate to stay at a nearby hotel. She’s grown accustomed to creature comforts and has given up dormitories. Sue Folsom doesn’t have to take another driving test for four and a half years so she’s ready to roll and will attend reunion. Vivi Bruckel Harvey is looking forward to reunion, still leads field study trips in Latin America, has rented an apartment in Guatemala for six weeks in January and February, and would love company. She’s saving pesos for a trip to visit her son and family in Tokyo. Phyllis Allegretti Panico said life is good since she finally retired and she looks forward to June 10-12. Marty Kaiser Canner asks permission to come without facelifts or hair dye. You got it, M., and you won’t be alone. Sandy Doty Zeitler and Carl went on a pilgrimage to Israel, then to Disney with the grands this year. Still flexible! Sandy visited Margie Teague Turner in December and has three reunions in 2011. She hopes to fit Hood into her calendar. We do too, Sandy. I have an envelope from Carolyn Adams Sprinkle with a Holmes Beach, Fla., address label but I’ve lost the letter and can’t reach her. Sorry. Busy Ann Corderman Helton, who is keeping young and learning about life with six grands and parents in their 90s, said she’ll appreciate the large print reunion


name tags. Ann Coleman Alexander (6159 Monroe Ave., Sykesville, MD 21784) wrote for the first time ever with sad and glad news. Awarded Baltimore County Teacher of the Year in 2000, she retired after 25 years of teaching vocal music in 2006. She had also worked alongside her husband of 48 years in the area of music ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. They retired together and traveled widely for a year before his diagnosis of terminal cancer. She became Gene’s full-time caretaker until his death in September. All four of her children and four grands live relatively near. She sees them often and cares for her newest granddaughter, born July 26. Friends and faith keep her strong. She’d love to hear from Hoodlums. Hope to see you at reunion, Ann. Condolences to Judy Arenson Friedman who lost her husband of 48 years after a long illness in November. She’s sorry to miss the reunion but has a previous commitment to take an Alaskan cruise with her granddaughter. We (Bob and Sandy Murphy Schmidt) are downsizing our stuff and upgrading our house as we await an improved housing market. The decision to move from our waterfront paradise is firm. Our position on Charlestown’s waiting list is number two; timing is the question. September in New England was lovely after triple digit August temps in Baltimore. For reunion weekend, we like the Hampton Inn & Suites deal with shuttle service to Hood. Hope we’ll see you there!

1962 Giving Participation: 26.19% · Total Class Dollars: $8,055

Linda “Lynn” MacDonough Morrow 240 Lions Hill Road, Apt. E401 State College, PA 16803-1881 (814) 237-5858 Comments about our 70th birthdays: “Been there and done that, and it is actually great fun. Celebrate!” “I distinctly refused to use the ‘7’ number this year, although now after about three months, I find it really isn’t that much different!” Sunny Griffin wrote, “Turning 70 sure isn’t what we thought it would be when we were in college. Our generation is living proof that taking care of yourself, starting early with good nutrition and exercise, really works. Frankly I find it rather insulting that everyone seems to think of 70 as the definition of old. I do not feel old. I am still working hard and going to my home at The Spa Resort outside Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the winter, and would love to have visitors.” Joan Angotti celebrated her 70th birthday in November with a trip to Mexico with her family. Water therapy participation, classical music and a little volunteer work keep her busy. Colorado Springs, Colo., saw a mini reunion in September of six ’62ers and spouses—Betty Reynolds Leebel and Lee, Janice McDavid Kuntz and Dick, Norma Fike Trax and John, Margaret Jones Hayes and Ed, Debby Warner McPhail and Gene, and (hosted by) Laura Geiger Wenger and John. They toured Garden of the Gods, drove to the top of Pikes Peak, visited the Pioneer Museum and even sang “America the Beautiful” at the statue of Catherine Lee Bates while gazing at Pikes Peak in the distance. Good friends, good food, good wine—it doesn’t get any better than that! The McPhails drove to Colorado Springs in their travel trailer and after the “bash” at the Wengers,’ they visited Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks before heading home to Seattle. Ann Holmes Flatt’s biggest news is the birth of twin grandchildren, Stella and Leo, in October. They live about an hour and a half away, so the proud grandparents are able to visit and lend a hand quite often. More excitement for the Flatts has been the acquisition of an RV. Their first trip was to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smokies




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last March with their three older grandkids. They have since visited the Adirondacks and several sites in New Hampshire, and are hooked on RV travel! Phoebe Adams Marshall and Al visited Kiawah Island, S.C., where Al officiated at a tennis tournament. Pam Roberts Welham crossed another item off her bucket list with a cruise from Athens to Istanbul in September while she and Walt celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary! Susan Shinnick Hossfeld and Carl visited Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec City on a three-week trip to Canada in October. They returned home through the White Mountains for their first fall season of the year. In November they experienced their second fall (one of their favorite times of the year) but at home they have to rake the leaves! Liz Decker Rogers still works part time as medical social worker for a home care agency. Her big accomplishment is learning how to enter data on a smart phone-sized computer. Another grandchild is expected in February. Judy Hammond Blatchford wrote, “We continue to travel a couple of times a year (Turkey and Alaska recently) and moved to a smaller townhouse adjacent to Ben and Nancy Turner Heckscher in April.” Debbie Patterson Clark enjoyed a visit in June with Carol Eaton Mendelsohn and Howard, who were on their way to the Cape to visit Carol’s sister. Debbie recently sang Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in the historic St. Anthony’s Cathedral in New Bedford. She enjoys her 2-year-old granddaughter Caitlin every chance she gets. Bobbi Arthur Pretzsch has been living a dream of traveling with her husband Bob in their fifth wheel (a fancy trailer) while hosting at several campgrounds in the Northwest. They’ve made many new friends and have seen beautiful areas of our great country. Recently they camped on a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, and enjoyed watching the river traffic on the water and the deer that daily wandered by their travel home. Nancy Turner Heckscher and Ben visited Penny Misirian Mardoian and Art in New Canaan, Conn., in October. They toured The Philip Johnson Glass House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Nancy encourages us to plan for our 50th reunion. She hopes we will have a record number of classmates and husbands attend our reunion in 2012, just a year and a half away. We want to contact as many as possible and find out what they have been doing with their lives and talents. Do we have your e-mail address? Please send it to us. We will be making a book and also hope to have discussions at reunion relevant to our lives. What can you tell us? Can you send pictures of events and current pictures of you? Beth Davis Pauley phoned me (Linda “Lynn” MacDonough Morrow) with tales there isn’t space to write here. All I can say is that we should be sure to go to our reunion to ask her about her new life as a single. When she takes her grandkids for a ride in her speed boat they say, “Crank it up, Muzzie!” I have been in touch with Fay Blakeslee Rossley a lot, during the summers mostly. Her e-mail address is FRossley@ She is living in Massachusetts and has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She is so upbeat that I marvel at her. I haven’t been in touch with her in months or so, so I don’t know the latest. I have lost track of Caroline McFarland Seidler even though we were roommates our sophomore year and I was in her wedding. I know that she has had a lot of illness over the years but am not sure of whether she is still alive or not. Barbie Reeves McGee and I met for lunch in Harrisburg, Pa., when she was returning to Illinois from her annual visit to the shore. We had fun catching up and agreed we will go to our 50th reunion. In February, I will be in Ecuador visiting the Galapagos, the Quito area and Amazon. I’m trying to use my Spanish. If you don’t usually do e-mail, send me your news via a friend or family member’s e-mail.

1963 Giving Participation: 18.47% · Total Class Dollars: $13,383

Dorothy Snyder Engle 204 Linden Blvd. Middletown, MD 21769 (301) 371-5170 Jo Ann Twilley Plichta M.A. ’86 43 Consett Place Frederick, MD 21703 (301) 360-9623 Our condolences to the family of Margaret Fountain Spillane who died Oct. 9, 2010, in Winter Haven, Fla. Dorothy Snyder Engle wrote that 2010 started out for her with great travels that she chronicled in the summer news. Add to that her trip with Ron and friends to Corolla, N.C., for their annual trip to the beach and a week to visit son Ryan in Sonoma County, Calif. Unfortunately, there were some downsides to the year. Dottie’s second half of her thyroid went to thyroid heaven to be with its twin in September. At the end of November, daughter Robin Engle ’96, now 36, had her bicuspid aortic valve replaced with a tissue valve (pig) because the leaking had become severe. While she was under the anesthetic and with her chest open, a thoracic surgeon gave her a modified Ravitch repair, putting in a titanium bar and some other metal. She is sporting a seven-inch scar. Her recovery has gone well except for fluid retention. Dorothy’s roomie, Brenda Eklund Pearson, has been traveling the world and having great adventures. Her travels have taken her to South Africa and Brazil. She is lucky to live so close to her son Daniel and his family so she is, between trips, able to baby-sit the girls, now 3 and 5. I’m sorry I don’t have more news for you, so please e-mail me and be sure to update your e-mail address. I love to hear from you. Dottie. Jo Ann Twilley Plichta M.A. ’86 wrote: Joanne Cissel Doyle retired a second time in June. During the last eight years she worked part time at the same library in Salisbury, Md. Jim, her husband, spends much of his time golfing and visiting friends. Their children have chosen careers in education. Their daughter is a speech therapist in Loudoun County Public Schools, and her son is the new dean of student learning and engagement at Baylor College in Waco, Texas. Since Joanne and Jim have never been to Texas, they are excited about their adventures to Texas with family. A two-week vacation to Frenchman’s Bay in Maine is first on the agenda with Sue Oster Robinson and her husband Dave. Joint vacations are yearly events for them, whether visiting each other’s homes or going to nearby attractions in Maine, Maryland and Florida. Sue and her husband like to take their RV camping. When they are not traveling, they are home in Sarasota, Fla. On a recent trip to Salisbury, Joanne invited the Robinsons to Lavender Fields for a mini vacation. There they are able to enjoy the beautiful craftsmanship of items made from lavender. The Doyles’ and Robinsons’ adventures are always relaxing and fun. During a recent visit with Mary Ann Holloway Ford, she shared how much she loves gardening and her job, where she mentors young social workers and is a program supervisor. Although retirement sounds great, she is not quite ready for it yet. In her spare time she takes part in a garden club, where they exchange gardening tips and visit beautiful premiere gardens. Will, her husband, is retired and enjoys the company of friends. Louise Thornton Burns and husband Joe have had their shares of highs and lows medically this year. Joe had to undergo a back operation and Louise is still recovering from an accident that occurred a year or so ago. Sadly, Sally, Louise’s younger sister, passed away from a hard

six-month battle with cancer earlier this year. The family is extremely supportive, which made the circumstances easier but times are still difficult. On the positive side, Joe and Louise are avid spectators of polo. Louise also enjoys playing bridge weekly with a new foursome in their home in Aiken, S.C. Louise’s mother, who is in her 90s, is still active and living well in her own home. Lois Baumgardner Spurrier, unfortunately, scared family and friends with unforeseen heart problems after a visit to her doctor because she was feeling tired. She was then sent to Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and had to have bypass surgery. Lois almost had the opportunity to be an angel but St. Peter warned God that Heaven was not ready for such a feisty woman. Lois chose the bovine valve over the titanium valve because she and Charlie were known for raising dairy cows. She amazed everyone and, after a long recovery period, was moved to a heart rehab nursing home; she then lived with a cousin and is now at her own home once again. Being such a strong woman, she was out and about right after recovery, shopping and cooking as if she had never had surgery and is now working part time as a night manager at a local motel. Thankfully because of that bovine valve, she is feeling “moo-ch” better now and plans to use this second chance to enjoy her life to the fullest! This poor pun may be my exit card for this co-writer of our class news. When talking to Natalie “Nicky” Rebert Warner, I found out she and husband Larry have three children and 10 grandchildren. Michael and his family live in Frederick, where he is a cosmetic surgeon. Since Nicky and I have been his patients, we can attest to his professional expertise and his caring manner. His father, a dermatologist, has an office adjacent to his. David and his family live in Rockville, Md. However, their daughter and her family live in London, which means other family members can enjoy visits across the pond. In fact, when I called Niki, she was packing her bag to leave for London. Take me with you! At last, one of our Western alumnae, Carolyn Maxwell, answered our call. Carolyn lives in Santa Monica, which she loves, but does miss the fall weather in the East. She went to her 50th high school reunion in October 2009. Her classmates had such a good time that they decided to have a 70th birthday celebration. Since she is on the planning committee, she is very busy. My husband, David, has also had some medical issues this past year. Doctors say he is medically complex; however, with his motorized wheel chair, he is very mobile and, in his spare time, attempts to do wheelies. He treats the grandchildren with rides in the chair on excursions to the mall, museums and other various activities. There is always a devilish gleam in the children’s and Papop’s eyes as they speed by on the chair. Thankfully there have been no tickets yet! Our son Scott, who resides in Pennsylvania, moved into a larger home to accommodate their growing family—Matthew and Emily, the twins; and Abby and Ben. I am so thankful for all of them. I, Jo Ann, enjoy reading, gardening and spending time with David. I have also had the opportunity to travel to a place foreign to me, speak a foreign language and experience a new culture. Sadly, my husband could not join me. Yes, you guessed it … I went to Advanced Auto.

1964 Giving Participation: 26.7% · Total Class Dollars: $8,825

Barbara Maly Fish 1006 Urban Ave. Durham, NC 27701 (919) 688-9125 In October, I (Barbara Maly Fish) attended my 50th high school reunion in Allentown, Pa., and shared a table with Mike and Flo Sechler Miller. They had


recently vacationed in Germany, a trip that was a longheld dream for Flo. I also caught a glimpse of Linda Reitars Silowka, who transferred to Moravian College after leaving Hood. Linda, a retired elementary school teacher in the Allentown School District, has been a widow since 2005, when her husband Walter died after a long battle with leukemia. The Silowkas have three grown children—sons Jeffrey and David, and daughter Lara. Another retired elementary teacher is Mary Frances Gaver Trunk, who taught second grade for 30 years in Frederick. She volunteers one morning a week in the tech services department at the public library and tutors for the Frederick County Literacy Council, where she is helping a Korean woman learn English. Mary Frances also volunteers at her church and participates in a regular exercise program. She and husband Charlie attend many musical concerts at Hood, including, of course, Messiah at Christmastime. Charlie, after a 20-year retirement, is a principal and vice chairman of The Family Heritage Trust Company in Frederick, a firm that was started by local attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and trust officers after many bank consolidations eliminated local trust departments. Susan “Eloise” Helfenstein Rauth M.A. ’97 and her husband spend three months every fall at their place in Chincoteague, Va. She and Judi Coombs Creighton visited Sue Sterner in Bethany Beach, Del., in November. They enjoyed great food and conversation, and took advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping. The trio will rendezvous next in February, when they will visit Judi and tour the Cleopatra exhibit in Philadelphia. Judi and Sue traveled to Egypt and Jordan earlier this year, so Eloise expects many insights from them. After working in market research for 30 years, Lynn Marx Silverman retired in order to spend more time with her grandchildren—three girls and one boy. She has two children who have each produced two offspring. Her daughter’s family lives in Illinois but, fortunately, her son lives nearby. Lynn also volunteers at her local animal shelter. She has kept in close contact with Linda Berry Coppola throughout the years and is glad to report that Linda also is doing well. Lynn would love to hear from anyone in the metropolitan New York or lower Connecticut area. Carol Eisenberg Miller retired from teaching family and consumer science (what we used to call home economics). She now volunteers at her church and serves as secretary on the board of directors of Opportunity House in Reading, Pa., and as treasurer of the Penn State Co-op Extension Board of Directors. She also does strength training twice a week and walks daily. She wants us all to know that she continues to drive her sports car while wearing green

nail polish. Allen and Jan Riley Colburn both enjoy retirement—Jan after 40 years of service as a librarian and head of the genealogy department at the Carroll County, Md., public library. Their son Keith operates a vending machine empire in Ellicott City, Md. He and his wife Lisa, who has a doctoral degree in psychology, are awaiting the arrival of an adopted Korean baby. Their daughter Amy is a stay-at-home mom with four children, one adopted. She and husband Ted live in Severn, Md. Allen and Jan enjoy traveling, with a Rhine and Moselle river cruise as a special memory. Even though she lives near Frederick, Jan has only been to one class reunion because it always falls on the Colburns’ anniversary weekend. She sees Sue Oster Robinson ’63 and Beth Myers every now and then. Barbi Haun Morris described summer travels that involved visits with three classmates. In August, she flew to Providence, R.I., and then drove to Mystic, Conn., for the weekend before continuing on to Cape Cod. In Mystic, she visited Melinda Elliott Carlisle. Over a delicious Sunday breakfast, she and Melinda became reacquainted. Barbi reports that Melinda is “obviously” a successful real estate agent and an interesting conversationalist as well. On Cape Cod, she visited Henry and Chris Santangelo Blenke at their charming retirement home in Dennis. They walked the Cape Cod Canal, visited museums and parks, ate and ate, and talked nonstop for three days. They also shared a day with Judy Rice Swenson, who met Chris and Barbi at a craft fair, where Judy’s daughter-in-law displayed interesting metalwork sculpture. Barbi, Chris and Judy toured the Cape and had lunch together, and concluded that the Hood connections are indeed lifelong.

1965 Giving Participation: 12.94% · Total Class Dollars: $11,210

Catherine Beyer Meredith 1439 Ivy Hill Road Cockeysville, MD 21030 (410) 252-1947 Emily Kilby 795 Fire Tower Rd. Colora, MD 21917 Our condolences to the family of Karen Carbaugh Dunn who died July 16, 2010, in Edgewater, Md.

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This column comes to you from a state of confusion. I (Emily Kilby) ended up spending the afternoon it was due writing a contract for a new home and I had shamelessly let my reporting duties slide during the preceding two-month period of homelessness. I sold my perfect but too big property in Frederick County Oct. 14 and, because my hoped-for home in Vermont got sold ahead of my own sale, I and my stuff had to move back to my 93-year-old mommy’s house. Fortunately, she continues to live in the immense farm home of my youth—along with one of my brothers—and there is space for me and the stuff. But as you might guess, two cranky old ladies under one roof do not always add up to a bowl of cherries. Just before Thanksgiving, she fell (using the sweeper to clean instead of hanging onto her walker as she should) and broke her pelvis. She was hospitalized briefly then moved to a nursing home for rehab. She is recovering well as I write this in mid-December and expects to be released soon. During her absence, I finally found a house about 10 miles away, just across the road from the steeplechase track on Maryland’s Fair Hill Natural Resources area. It’s another oldish, cute property but even smaller than I had before. If everything goes as planned, I will settle and set about painting, refinishing and renovating, and finally return to being ruler of my own little universe sometime in January. Perhaps I’ll be better about news gathering next time around. Diana Beers Lobdell did me a favor, though, by submitting her update without a prod from me. Always a faithful reunion attendee, she sent her regrets about missing our 45th last June but her family took precedence. With all of them now on the West Coast, Diana and Ralph head out to their summer home in Park City, Utah, in mid-May to be closer to Ralph’s parents, their two sons and daughters-in-law and, of course, their five grandchildren—Samantha, 6; Travis, 3; Brody, 2; and twins (a boy and a girl) born Oct. 30, 2010. The Lobdells have been married almost 45 years and their primary residence is in Jupiter, Fla. In addition to the West Coast visits, they enjoy traveling to other parts of the world. They’ve visited Asia several times in the past 10 years, most recently to Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet. Margaret Knox Marik, better known to us as Meg, loves living in the beautiful Northwest in Yakima, Wash., which is “the Palm Springs of the North” thanks to its location on the dry side of the mountains. She’s been there almost 15 years after moving all over the U.S. doing fund-raising for higher education. She retired several years ago to take care of her mother until her death last year. “As I’m sure many of our classmates know, it can be an isolating and draining time,” Meg wrote. “Now I am starting to get my life back on track by making new friends, contacting old friends and trying new things. I even took a cruise to Alaska with my sister in September, which was wonderful. I would love to have visitors, so if any classmates are headed to God’s Country when the weather gets warmer, I’d love to have them stop by. I have plenty of room for guests and a great view.” Another roving classmate, Mary Marshall, admits that “it’s been years since I have been in touch with my classmates.” During her long tenure in the U.S. Foreign Service she lived in Asia, Africa, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She completed her final foreign posting as consul general in Montreal in 2008 and finally returned to the home she’d bought in the historic Fairlington section of Arlington, Va., in the 1990s while on a stateside tour of duty. Mary retired from the Foreign Service in 2009 and soon after learned that she had breast cancer. Fortunately, the cancer was found early and excised completely, and the subsequent chemotherapy, though relatively harsh, produced a positive outcome. The chemo was finished in April 2010, and Mary will be glad when this May rolls around, marking the end of her year of recovery. Mary’s adopted daughter Claire has quite an international history. Mary, who had been head of Children’s Issues in the State Dept., and earlier had




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been involved with International Voluntary Services in Southeast Asia (Vietnam and Laos), was serving in Haiti when she adopted the little girl from Korea. Now grown, Claire has been living in Washington, D.C., for several years and just moved back in with Mary temporarily before a planned relocation to New York or Los Angeles in February 2011. Mary has been volunteering at the local hospital as a chaplain and wants to get back to actual employment once she gets a medical clearance sometime this year. Like most retirees, Judy Moss Morton her husband Jeff have kept busier than ever after selling their computer software business in 1997 and Jeff’s 2001 retirement from the Univ. of Virginia, where he had taught for 34 years in the school of engineering. Their three grown children are married and spread across the country, living in Seattle, Milwaukee and Miami. The Mortons have six grandchildren and try to see family as often as possible given the geographic distances. This past Thanksgiving, everyone returned to Charlottesville for a week together. Judy and Jeff travel a great deal, both for family and adventure. Their most recent adventure took them to Southeast Asia this past winter for four weeks in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. When at home, they volunteer for nonprofit organizations. Judy is a certified family mediator and co-parenting teacher; Jeff does computer work for several organizations. They’ve just purchased a condo in Naples, Fla., which they’ll enjoy after returning from the Asian trip. Judy summed up her busy and fulfilling life with a sentiment that seems to prevail among our classmates: “As you can see, we are trying to cram in as much as we can while we are able to do so!” Gretchen Walter Pinkerton had planned to come to the 45th reunion but her mother became very ill at that time and passed away at age 92 in August. “She was a marvel and her seven kids will miss her terribly,” Gretchen wrote in December. “Then, of all things, at age 66 I suffered a stroke and was in UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh for a long Labor Day weekend. It was a ‘bleeding stroke’ caused by high blood pressure, which left me with a slight left-eye deficit, but the blood pressure is normal now after some medication adjustments. I’m trying to feel excited about the holidays and the arrival of our son’s family will probably do the trick. We have a cute and lively grandson, Jack, a third grader, who asked us for the Lego set of ‘Fallingwater’ for Christmas. That should be interesting!” Gretchen and husband Jack are retired and have a pleasant life in “the Burgh,” rooting for their sports teams, attending the symphony pops and speakers series, delivering for Meals on Wheels on Fridays, loving their cat, Lemieux (named after Mario, the hockey player) and trying to keep up with a big yard. She’s also into art lessons and enjoys working with pastels. “Never too old to try something new,” she wrote. “I’ll be there for the 50th, I hope!” As do we all.

1966 Giving Participation: 21.08% · Total Class Dollars: $5,070

45th Reunion June 10-12 Dianne Beebe Barske 5851 Barry Ave. Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 346-3167 (907) 346-1791 (fax) Thank you to all who sent along news! It was full of retirement plans, grandchildren, aging parents, health issues and travel—in many cases, back to campus for our 45th reunion! Sara “Sally” Wislar Farneth wrote that travel has taken her all over—from her Pennsylvania home to Georgia, North Carolina, New York and then Arizona. She put more than 20,000 miles on a

new car in a few months. She plans to add Maryland to that destination list and be at the class reunion! Nancy Newcomer recently left Arizona after 20 years in Tucson and moved back to Colorado. There she was able to join her sister in caring for their mother before she died. The move also let Nancy visit more with a new little granddaughter and two older granddaughters. She continues to work in real estate. Nancy was hoping that Cathy Saunders Weber might join her on campus for our class reunion and said her phone number is (520) 275-0215 for any Hoodlums in the Denver area. “I was born to be a grandmother,” said Carol Vandervoort Scott. She loves being with Emma, 7, and Nicholas, 2. “When not with my own grandchildren, I work (more than) full time as director of a daycare in Darien, Conn.” Carol was in the process of moving her mother to assisted living, just a few minutes from her workplace. She and husband Phil “found bliss” on a two-week cruise to Hawaii. Anna Buhr Cole lets us know, “I’m truly bionic.” She was recovering from her second knee surgery as she wrote.  I (Dianne Beebe Barske) identify with that, Anna! Her two daughters are both working in library science—one in Cambridge, Mass., at the Constellation Center and one at the Univ. of Kentucky. Traveling with her husband is a new-found hobby. They recently went to Russia, China and Egypt, and a trip to Alaska is planned for May 2011. Good choice! Eloise Thomson Schundler retired from teaching in June 2010 and she and husband Russ relocated to Wolfeboro, N.H. Two of their four children are in the Boston area, so more visits are possible. She wrote, “My other two children, who are parents to my five grandchildren, are in New Jersey and Virginia. Russ and I take many trips south to visit everyone.” Joan Theobald Wentling is now living in a townhouse in Darien, Ill. “Charlie thought we’d miss cutting the grass that first spring,” she said. “Nope!” They love being involved with their grandchildren. Joan hears from Kate Jenks Powell ’64, M.A. ’78 and Sally Fairfax ’65, and sees her former sisterin-law, Jeanne Perkins Hofferkamp ’67, once a year when they get together for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® cancer fund-raising walk. “I have retired from my nursing job of 38 years with the Veterans Affairs,” wrote Ruth Ann Sweeton Smith. “I had an especially fine experience at the end of my career in the mental health clinic, training patients with post traumatic stress disorder and all the other major mental illnesses.” She now lives in a Maine farmhouse, helping to take care of a grandchild, and is traveling to visit her elderly parents, still living in their own home in Connecticut. Ruth Ann continues her love of music, playing the organ for two churches and singing in a local chorale group. Harriet Rudman Weiner and husband Alan have both been retired for a few years and have found they enjoy cruising about once a year. They’ve been to the Caribbean, Canada, New England, the Panama Canal, Bermuda and the Bahamas. But I must quote Harriet, as she said, “Dianne, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Alaskan cruise was by far the best!” (You heard it from a pro.) Family and grandchildren live close by their Pikesville, Md., home. Pat Chapple Wright H’90 leads a magical life, one full of well-earned adventures, and research involving monkeys and their habitats. She wrote, “I have been to Madagascar all fall semester, where our new Centre ValBio, four-story building is being completed. The first floor houses labs, second and third floors are dorms, and the fourth floor contains computers and a large seminar hall overlooking the pristine rainforest.” Pat has just authored a book titled “Madagascar: Forest of Our Ancestors.” “It is a beautiful coffee table book with very high-quality photos,” she said. The book should be available on Amazon this spring for $65 plus shipping or it can be ordered by e-mailing patricia.paladines.icte@ This past September, Pat toured Japan and Vietnam, “viewing their beautiful monkeys.” Pat

planned to spend Christmas in the Virgin Islands with daughter Amanda and her husband Miguel, and their two children, then off to Madagascar again and finally back to Stony Brook Univ. in New York to teach for the spring semester. Pat is director of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments. Both Ruth Olean Myers and Harriet Fox Riehl could benefit from our caring thoughts. Ruth had a biopsy in March that, while benign, put her in the high-risk group for breast cancer. She is considering treatment with the tamoxifen regime and asks to hear from anyone who might have experience with this drug (ruth502@earthlink. net). In June, Ruth had surgery at Johns Hopkins for a brain tumor, found to be benign. “I saw Dr. Henry Brem and would highly recommend him,” she said. “I did close my travel agency after all this happened so am now home a lot.” More difficult news is that daughter Elizabeth, living in Seattle, is now on disability, battling chronic neurological Lyme disease, and Ruth’s husband Bill also has Lyme (an epidemic in West Virginia, Ruth reports) and Parkinson’s. “He continues to do fairly well,” she said, “and goes hunting and fishing.” We are sorry for your heavy load, Ruth, and send lots of prayers to you and your family. Please continue to send caring thoughts to Harriet Fox Riehl and her family. Husband Jack wrote that because of Alzheimer’s, the decision was made in December to move Harriet from New Jersey to a long-term care facility in North Carolina near a home they have in Chapel Hill. Jack wrote, “I’ve found better care for her in North Carolina than in New Jersey. Harriet thinks she is going to our Chapel Hill home. This will not be easy.” Contact information for Harriet is: 2 Mount Bolus Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Her phone number is (919) 918-7600. Many will remember that Harriet was the Hood College 2008 Distinguished Alumna award recipient. Whether your news was difficult or joyful, I’m grateful to each one of you who shared. Thank you. 

1967 Giving Participation: 20.3% · Total Class Dollars: $4,963

Judith Lehman Ballinger P.O. Box 298 Cape May Point, NJ 08212 (609) 898-9647 Barbara Morgan Herron 4504 Fernhill Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215 (410) 664-0976 Our condolences to the family of Carol Eagan Zehner who died June 12, 2010, in Traverse City, Mich. Barbara Morgan Herron wrote: Best wishes to Judy Lehman Ballinger and Blair Seitz, who were married Dec. 10. They will live in Cape May, N.J., near Judy’s mom. Kris Campbell Joyce and BJ enjoyed a visit this fall from Judy and Blair. They talked a lot of art because Judy crafts beautiful hand-made books and silk painted scarves, and Blair is a published photographer. It was fun and other Hood friends are equally welcome to visit. Kris’ grandchildren are almost 7 and 9, and she feels as though they are teenagers already with their involvement in sport teams. They try to keep up with them in Baltimore and her mother, who is almost 93, in Durham, N.C., while carrying on with work. Kris still teaches out of her home studio and does art for exhibitions. BJ is still at the helm of the family architectural supply and reprographics business, which is heavy with the economic situation. Linda Carlson is still living in northern Vermont and has had her home on the market for six months with no takers. “Who wants a completely restored Victorian farmhouse, complete with


room for a pony in the attached barn?,” she asks. When she sells, her plans are to move to south central Connecticut near her daughter and Hood friends Beth Wilby Dempsey ’66 and Barb Cummings Stacks. “I’m looking forward to living in a condo in the middle of a delightful village that will remind me of the beautiful buildings up here in Vermont,” she said. Barb entertained Linda and her daughter during Thanksgiving. Barb’s daughter Courtney met Linda’s daughter Karen. The two hadn’t seen each other since they were toddlers in a pre-nursery school play group in 1978. Barb and her husband continue to be active with sailing, golfing and some cycling. Barb is trying to learn to play bridge but finds that her memory for cards is terrible. She does some volunteering—knitting prayer shawls for the church, preparing meals for the Soup Kitchen and selling items at the Old Lyme Women’s Exchange for scholarships. She visited Hood in August and spent some time at the lab school with the new director, as she continues to work on her book, “Dollhouse Life Lessons,” which she hopes will be done by our 45th reunion.  “Aside from arthritic fingers, I feel great and embrace each day,” she said. Barb sends happy and healthy new year wishes to all of our classmates. Gail Witham Pohl and Doug are expecting grandbaby number 14 this spring. Also, Doug expects to retire from teaching in June. “Our lives will probably not change much, though,” Gail said, “as he will then teach part time. That situation allows more flexibility and time for travel, which we both enjoy.” Laurie Seymour Carlson is continuing to enjoy retirement in Rio Vista, on the California delta, and seeing her grandchildren (Gabriella and Donovan) grow. She was in Southern California for Christmas with both her kids and watched Gabriella take in her first Disneyland experience. Beth Costello Hobby wrote, “My goodness! Social Security and Medicare, a short little shock each morning when I look in the mirror and very mellow memories of the 1960s! I don’t know about everyone else but I think those were darned good days! I learned more about my field in graduate school but the four years at Hood were so much more memorable. I’m so sorry about Renee Sonneman and all of our other classmates who have suffered losses or who have passed on.” She feels very blessed to be able to enjoy life and to be involved in meaningful personal and volunteer projects. She’s on the council at church, plays in the hand bell choir, still does fine art restoration work and has gained a passion for cooking. She fools around with writing and has to put at least five million words into her hard drive, “which has started to make funny noises lately.” Beth and partner Sandy celebrated 32 years together last July. “I’m tossing out a toast to all of you to be well, be good and do good. Giving of yourself, your talents and your resources is really fun and I highly recommend all of those things!” Joan Gilbert Longley and Chips continue to enjoy Charlottesville, Va., very much, especially as all four of their children are now in the Washington, D.C., area. Daughter Elizabeth and husband Tim have a 3½-year-old daughter and a 3½-month-old baby boy. At deadline time for this column, Michael and his wife Julie were expecting a baby literally any day. They chose not to find out if it was a boy or girl so everyone was on pins and needles. Matthew, Michael’s twin brother, was married this past May and daughter Melissa is a physician assistant in Washington, D.C. Joan and Chips traveled in France in September and in early December were in London for a wedding. Elizabeth was matron of honor and took the baby with her. He slept and ate the entire weekend and was a happy camper. Joan sees Susie Morris Feinour in Charlottesville when she and Teddy come for sporting events and it’s always fun catching up. Joan Peschel Young is also in Virginia and reports that all is well. “We are looking forward to a visit with Gretchen Hahn Anderson, my college roommate, and her husband Tom to celebrate New Year’s Eve,” she said. “The

four of us have become traveling companions these past few years.” They went to South Africa last April and are planning a trip to Egypt this February. In the meantime, Joan keeps busy with her grown children and five grandchildren, who are scattered from northern Virginia to Vermont. Pat Rosner Kearns shared both good news and bad news. “First the good,” she said. “I’m heading down to Georgia this weekend for the christening of my grandson Maximilian James Patrick Kearns. Max is 8 months old and joins sister Karolina, 6, and cousin Laszlo, 20 months. The sad news is my dad passed away in November following complications from surgery. He was 96 but his full mental faculties were intact. He was an amazing individual who never stopped learning about people.” Pat still works in Washington, D.C., as director of development for the American Diabetes Association National Capital Area “and, as anyone who’s in this line of work knows, it ain’t easy!” Jane Rowell Arnold has lived in NYC since college and has a wonderful husband, two grown sons and three granddaughters, and is director of admission at The Episcopal School. Jane and husband Alex summer in Marblehead, Mass., where she reconnected with roommate Lois Kievit DeWinter. Jane said, “Please get in touch if you are near NYC or Marblehead!” Eda Ryll Mathews, a music major at Hood, continues to sing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. “It’s ironic, really,” she said, “when I consider the great singers at Hood—Christine Schoenemann Maccabee ’69 being one of them—that I was the one who landed in Atlanta and got to sing under Robert Shaw for 13 years.” She still teaches piano at home and participates in church choirs. Her husband is a retired Delta pilot and they have three grown children, none married yet. Last summer they traveled to Germany to see the Oberammergau Passion Play. Debbie Smith Aldrich wrote, “Well, this year nearly all of us have turned into Medicare recipients; makes me miss the wonderful days at Hood.” Debbie is fully retired and trying to get caught up on traveling. This year she went to Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head, S.C., Raleigh, N.C., Sebago, Maine, and Greensboro, Vt.; she took big trips to Nanaimo, British Columbia, to visit her son and his family and then spent 10 days in Ireland with three best friends from nursery and grade school. “The big event of the year,” Debbie said, “is the upcoming adoption of Miss V (Veronika), a foster child of my daughter’s who is just over 1 year old and the love of our lives. Of course she’s not to be undone by my other five grandchildren and three great-grands.” As if that weren’t enough, she has two fabulous cats. Debbie is also busy with the Newburyport Public Library and her church, serving as a deacon. Sadly, Renee Sonneman passed away in September after a long struggle with MS. She had lived in the Seattle area since about 1990, and I (Barbara Morgan Herron) enjoyed visiting her there several times. Although she was quadriplegic for nearly 10 years, her mind was sharp and she never lost her dry sense of humor. Johanna VanWert Thompson reports that she and Michael have a new grandchild, Hilliard Michael Gilman, who was born Oct. 14. That makes eight grandchildren and they are fortunate to be only an hour away from them. Johanna and Michael took a wonderful trip to South America in 2010, visiting Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Jayne Winters Mathews still works 40-plus hours a week but can’t imagine not doing it. She’s the volunteer director in Brunswick County and also works in emergency management, which she said feels like two jobs. She works with every not-for-profit in the county, as well as every state and local agency, and all she’s seen over the last few years is more and more need and less to go around. Jayne and her husband do manage to take vacations and live very close to the beach. They also play golf. “I got a hole-in-one last year,” Jayne wrote, “but I’m really a fair weather golfer and only go out for the scenery, sunshine and exercise.” Jayne lives in


Sunset Beach, N.C., and would welcome a visit from anyone passing through. She’s looking forward to our 45th reunion. Cheryl Wray Kirk and husband Gene spent a week in the Poconos this summer. They especially enjoyed hiking at Bushkill Falls and swimming in the pristine Delaware River. She is still supervising the care of her 94-year-old mother and raising her 13-yearold grandson. Life at the beach is good. My mom passed away at the end of July. She seemed to be responding to the treatments for a brain tumor but developed a massive infection and went into septic shock. My husband Craig and I spent the month of August cleaning out her apartment and then I spent September going through a huge office move. (Yes, I’m still working full time.) Craig and I managed to head for the Caribbean in mid-October for a much-needed vacation. Now, having had to go through and get rid of “stuff” at my mom’s, we’re working on getting rid of “stuff” at our house. My family has owned that house since 1946 and there’s a lot to get rid of. Here’s to 2011 being a very good year for us all.

1968 Giving Participation: 16.77% · Total Class Dollars: $2,710

Linda Search Atack (336) 549-7258 Our condolences to the family of Marjorie Heller Scott who died July 23, 2010, in The Villages, Fla. My profound apologies to all for missing the deadline for the last column. I (Linda Search Atack) was consolidating two homes into one new one and marked the deadline for July rather than June. But I do need input from classmates so think about sending your news now and I will include it in the next column. Not everybody is glued to Facebook and Twitter. Laurie Kammler Kaye reports from NYC that she and husband Michael celebrated their 30th anniversary with a trip to Cancun and daughter Elizabeth is working for a public relations firm in Soho. Laurie reports no immediate plans to retire from her position with the City of New York. Sadly her mother, Lucy Kammler, passed away in December 2009. My sophomore year roommate Amy Rosenberg Cornblatt reports from Pennsylvania that she was “retired” when the company she worked for was sold and she declined a position in England. Husband Marc has an active law practice but, with the aid of the Internet and Blackberry technology, they have perfected a three-day work week/four-day weekend arrangement that allows for time at their Vermont home. Like many of us, Amy is involved in care for aging parents and has survived several rounds of the “sorting exercise” when we confront a lifetime’s accumulation of “stuff.” She is taking and teaching classes in ceramics, and selling some of her art in local galleries. She reports that she is attempting to make up for 40 years of missed workouts at the gym now that she has more free time. Susan Marano may become a new frequent-flyer grandmother now that 5-year-old grandson Ethan and family have relocated to San Francisco. The good news is that younger Andrew is on temporary assignment in San Francisco for Barclays Bank and planned a Thanksgiving visit. Susan, Sharon Burns Walsh (and husband Ron), Gwen Ebersole Lehman (and husband Don) and Pam Nicholson Neuman (who may hold the class record for number of grandchildren at seven) gathered for a lovely mini reunion in Ocean City, Md., the latest in a series of mid-Atlantic get-togethers. Susan is proposing a New Jersey/New York City-area gathering so tri-state residents need to give her a call. Mary Kay Noren retired in July 2010 and reports she is thrilled to not be worrying about management issues for mental health services in Maryland. From July to September, she and Don sailed from Maryland




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to Maine and back, and are already planning their next excursions to Maine for the summer and perhaps the Caribbean for the cold winter months. When they are not sailing, Mary Kay and Don are active ballroom dancers. Mary Kay’s mother passed away in late 2009. Gwen Ebersole Lehman is definitely not retired and celebrated her 43rd year in the classroom, and producing plays and musicals. In December, her theater students presented the 34th Annual Children’s Theatre production (more than 8,700 seats were reserved so perhaps that should be production with a bold, capital “p”). In October 2010, Gwen received a “SUN” award for her 20 years of service as a board member to a local mental health counseling agency in Worcester, Md. Sharon Burns Walsh and husband Ron celebrated their 10th anniversary with a trip to Umbria, Florence and Cinque Terre that included day hikes to vineyards, olive pressing operations and a truffle farm, where they “hunted” with the farmer and his dogs (evidently pigs are not used any more—poor pigs) and then feasted on truffles and pasta. Sharon noted that as an English major, a highlight of the trip was staying in a room in Cinque Terre that overlooked the Bay of Poets. Her step-daughter Holly was married in Key West in late September, and then Sharon and Ron were back on the Eastern Shore in time for the mini reunion noted above. Sharon is officially retired from teaching but loves being a part-time English as a Second Language teacher. Helen Boggs Levering was with us for freshman year and reports she has recently reconnected with Lynn Robinson Kelly, Pam Nicholson Neuman, Nancy Simmons Ruttle, Barbara Doubleday Perry and Sue McGehee Nelson. Helen and her family faced major health issues in the past year but she reports, after surgery to open a blocked carotid artery, she is back on the tennis court in Naples, Fla., and would love to hear from classmates. (And I would love to be able to report more news about classmates who were with us for part of our time at Hood, so get those e-mails coming to me). My life this past year has been an illuminating and heartening experience, as I recently graduated with a master’s in social work and am serving as a child protective services social worker in Raleigh. I appreciate this opportunity to start a new career on the front lines of service and away from management tensions. What I have learned is that our social service delivery models are even more fractured and disorganized than I realized. When I sent out my request for news I joked about forming a “Class of ’68 Exile Group” in Canada until our society can turn off the 24/7 harping and posturing, and think before talking. Canada is cold but it’s politically sane and they have decent health care for all. Gwen and Don Lehman have offered to go and see if, at our ages, we can take the weather! My personal good news is that I love my job, I have a cute new home in Cary N.C., my younger son will be married to a lovely young woman next June in a castle in Stockholm, I have a new grandson, Eli, and his 4-year-old brother Ryan thinks his Nana Linda hung the moon. And I am almost done “sorting” 64 years worth of stuff before I take it to the new house.

1969 Giving Participation: 23.51% · Total Class Dollars: $15,415

Sue Korff Hammer 8046 Fredericksburg Turnpike Woodford, VA 22580 (804) 633-3310 For this issue, we have news from some of the quieter members of our class. It is nice to catch up with them! Susan Beers Hester reports that after three and a half years in Ghana, they are happily settling into life in Seattle. The big draw was their daughter and two

wonderful grandchildren—Benjamin, 3, and Lucy, 7 months. They are finding life on the West Coast to be quite delightful after years in Washington, D.C.; way more laid back and relaxed. Susan is finding so-called retirement to be anything but with two short-term gigs in South Africa, Botswana, Vietnam and Ghana, in addition to two U.S. contracts that take her to Washington, D.C., occasionally. They loved the sunshine and people on a visit to Belize in February, and visited friends in the Netherlands and France in September. I (Sue Korff Hammer) was delighted to hear from Pat Etzel Parker who sent in news for the first time since graduation! She retired from teaching French after 18 years (mostly at Friends School of Baltimore) in 1987 when she and Dowell adopted daughter Maia, now 23, from Korea. She continues to be copy editor for her husband’s publication, Wine Advocate, is highly active in gardening and garden organizations, and travels extensively world wide. With Ellen Kiel’s help, she recently moved her mom to senior housing. Donna Holst Carr M.A. ’76 has retired from full-time teaching but still substitutes quite a bit. Both children are married. Ben lives in Hoboken, N.J., and Meredith lives in Baltimore and teaches high school special education. She will be co-teaching a class at McDaniel College in the spring semester and is attending classes to learn to speak Italian. Donna and husband Lynn are about to enter a new phase of their lives when he retires at the end of the year. He promises to stay busy (sound familiar?). Anne Purcell Bagley and husband Bruce went to Italy and Germany in May. While there they saw the Oberammergau Passion Play. They added another grandchild to the family this past September, bringing the total to eight grandchildren ages 6 and under! Unfortunately, they are all quite spread out so they do not have the opportunity to get together at one time. Anne has not been to any reunions in years and hopes that it will work out as we come up to “big” marker reunion years! Maureen McCready probably had the most news of anybody this time. In September, she married Robin Lindgren at the Saturn Club in Buffalo, N.Y. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. The ceremony and cocktails were in the courtyard and the luncheon reception was indoors. After lunch, they had a rocking six-man band and the place really shook with enthusiastic dancing. Several Hood alums attended, including Margaret Horton Hindman (Mo’s roommate in Shriner) and Don Hindman M.A. ’77, who reside in Frederick. Margaret works at The Johns Hopkins Univ. Michelle Lombino ’82 also attended. Michelle went to law school at SUNY Buffalo. She clerked and was an associate attorney for Maureen. Michelle now lives and practices law in Phoenix. Robin is an electrical engineer and earned a master’s of business administration from Dartmouth. He was CEO of several manufacturing companies in Buffalo and, more recently, has done extensive international business management consulting. Maureen is still practicing law in Buffalo full time. “Way too full time,” she said. She concentrates primarily in the area of divorce, custody and other family law matters. She has two younger attorneys who work for her and they all are busy. The newlyweds are now ready to sell their respective houses and buy “their” home together. Maureen Clancy Shiftan is happy to report her blog ( is getting lots more traffic and is tons of fun. Son Ben is clerking for the federal district court judge in New York and is thrilled with the job, the judge and living in the city. Older son Nicholas is in Seattle where he runs his own tech start-up company. It’s called Goose Networks and is involved in high-tech solutions to transportation problems. Maureen and T hiked the Dolomite Mountains in northern Italy again this past June. They went hut-to-hut for four days and had a blast. They also spent another two weeks in an apartment in Vienna and have reservations to do it all again this coming June. When she isn’t blogging, she freelances for the

San Diego Union-Tribune, Coastal Living magazine, etc., and does speaking engagements. Barb Hoagland Ziegler and Susan Taylor Shoch spent a week vacationing in Virginia and spent a few days here in Fredericksburg. We had fun between being tourists in Olde Towne, playing with the animals, driving around in my pink ’57 T-bird waving to admirers and of course, talking over a few drinks. Joanne Ingoldsby Peters and George are enjoying traveling. In the spring they will be in Arizona visiting friends and family in the Phoenix area where they lived for 11 years and cruising the Elbe River from Hamburg to Prague. Their son and daughter-in-law have moved back to Connecticut from Colorado and it’s so nice to have them living nearby. Linda Israel Lamm and Doug are semi-retired and living in Boca Raton, Fla., playing as much golf as possible and enjoying themselves. They often get together with Sam Ryan Reeves ’70 and John, both in Frederick and Florida. Doug is doing consulting work in El Salvador for a week each month and Linda went back with him in December to see all of their friends. Ellen Kiel related a nice story which I won’t try to paraphrase: “One never knows how things will lead. During my junior year abroad in France, I met a family with a young daughter, Veronique, with whom I kept contact and visited a number of times. The parents are now deceased but a friendship developed with Veronique, who lives in Normandy with her family. There have been several visits over the years, including a women’s weekend in Paris last year. Last spring, Veronique visited America for the first time with her 20-year-old daughter and had a list of top interests. I was the tour guide for Washington and New York. We had a great time and also were fortunate to have lunch with Pat Etzel Parker and her daughter Maia in Baltimore. Veronique’s parents would be very pleased, I think.” Our sincerest sympathy and condolences to Chrysanthe Papayani Koumas and her family on the passing of her husband Nick after a stoic battle with cancer last summer. Sayre Roney Steere and Dave sound like life is just about perfect. Their daughters Joan and Doris are doing well, the grandkids are thriving, Dave is enjoying doing carpentry projects and Sayre continues to fill her days with volunteer work. They left Florida for a vacation in Montana to get a cold weather fix and had a great time. Barbara Shipley Cober M.S. ’80 is running the family trucking company, Shipley Transport, with her brother and father who, at 84, said he’s not retiring! Life has been busy lately with a new grandson born in October. Barb’s 8-year-old granddaughter and daughter are looking forward to a “girl trip” to NYC to visit the American Girl store. She’s still working with the ESL program at their church so her teaching skills stay fresh. Don retired in June, so the Cobers have been able to squeeze in a few trips. Punkie Van Wert VanAs wrote to do some bragging about sister Susie Van Wert Loustaunau ’72. Susie was inducted into Hood’s Athletic Hall of Fame with her swimming relay team in November. They are very proud of her! Punkie and husband Bill recently had dinner with Jane Esselen Blocker ’72 and her husband Tim. Jane cooked a delicious meal and they caught up on the news of their families. If anyone is ever in the Jacksonville, Fla., area, please look Punkie up!

1970 Giving Participation: 18.14% · Total Class Dollars: $8,105

Karin Ninesling Infuso 5293 Seven Lakes West West End, NC 27376 For this column, I (Karin Ninesling Infuso) relied solely on information sent via e-mail. Many e-mails included comments about our reunion in June 2010, with hopes that many classmates will attend our 45th reunion in


2015. Cynthia Besancon Walsh and her husband moved to Vero Beach, Fla., to care for aging parents. They are busy with volunteering, golf, fishing and training Cindy’s palomino horse. Cindy misses Colorado where her son lives but enjoys Florida’s sunny weather. Ada Karen Blair still lives in Towson, Md., but recently finished renovating her house in North Carolina, where she and her husband spent the holidays. Carol Botula Wood ran into Anne Parkin Pierpont last year when her daughter visited the school where Anne works. Carol graduated from Chatham College and taught English for six years. After earning a master’s of business administration, she worked for many years at Merrill Lynch. She and her husband, son and daughter live in Newton, Pa., and vacation near Cape Cod. Carol would love to hear from Hood classmates. Marie Oliver Brackbill remarked that as classmates retire, her life seems to get more hectic. After 40 years of farming, she and her family are involved in a “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” movement and are growing produce organically. Marie also works in a local library and saw Ellen Sands Smith in Easton, Md., in October 2010. Laurie Clement lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves on the advisory board for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College. She also sings sea shanties with a group called St. Pete Shanties. Martha Hassell enjoyed her 30th anniversary at the New England School of Photography and is grateful that she works at such a wonderful place. Marty recently did a photo project in Cambridge, Mass., and promises the video slide show from our June reunion is on her “to do” list. Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer bought a motor home in anticipation of retirement in one year and followed the Civil Rights trail through Birmingham, Memphis and Little Rock. She also drove around Lake Michigan and explored Michigan and Wisconsin. Sally Lottich Thompson resides in Seattle and lives with her Jack Russell terriers in a house with a great view of Puget Sound. Sally’s younger daughter lives in San Francisco and works as a visual specialist at Nordstrom. Her older daughter had a son in May and Sally is “deliriously happy” with her first grandchild, whom she visited in Charlotte, N.C., during the holiday season. After our reunion in June, Donna Newman visited family in Towson and Ocean City, Md. She saw Linda Allan M.S. ’78 in Naples, Fla., in November 2010 and hosted her 32nd annual Christmas party at her home in Atlanta. During the summer, Karin Ninesling Infuso and her family enjoyed the wonders of Yellowstone and the beauty of the Grand Teton’s. Karin and her husband also took a foliage trip to Arkansas and visited the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock. Their daughter Kate was accepted into a graduate program in special education at the Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro. Anne Parkin Pierpont and her husband celebrated their 25th anniversary in August 2010. Their daughter graduated from Indiana Univ., works as a cinematographer in Chicago and will film a music video for a friend’s band; Anne plans to be on the set. Mary Ryan Reeves enjoys retirement. She traveled to Italy, Croatia and Greece at the end of the summer of 2010. She will go to Boca Raton in January 2011 before she starts a job at Hood working with students who want to become art teachers. Ellen Sacks sees Marj Menchey Bernstein, Sam Ryan Reeves and Phyllis Goodnow. Ellen had a great time at our reunion and encourages all to attend the 45th reunion. Wendy Parker-Wood lives in New Mexico and enjoys golfing and photography. Her father died in October 2010 at age 92 and, despite his age, his death was still “a surprise.” Chips is in touch with Mary Rife James and recently reconnected with Marty Hassell. Kathleen Zale Myhre sent news of her son Kevin’s marriage in August 2010. Kevin is in his last year of law school at Boston Univ., and Kathy’s new daughter-in-law is an architect in Boston. Thanks to all

who contributed to this column. Many classmates do not have an e-mail address listed with Hood; please send your e-mail address to the College so I can be in touch for the next column.


Mary Barton Freeman ’71

1971 Giving Participation: 19.43% · Total Class Dollars: $9,655

40th Reunion June 10-12 Linda Graves Pearson 1416 Appleberry Way West Chester, PA 19382 (610) 430-6538

1972 Giving Participation: 15.87% · Total Class Dollars: $4,186

Cynthia Clifford 1666 Grove St. San Francisco, CA 94117-1323 (415) 563-5273 (415) 824-1072 (fax) Our condolences to Caroline Reisner Sime whose aunt Mary Pennypacker Scudder ’43 died Dec. 17, 2010. Kathy Martin Belikoff has retired after 35 years as a librarian, a career that started with her work as a student library assistant at Hood. Years ago she had the pleasure of returning to the library as the students’ supervisor. She’s worked at colleges, public libraries, prisons and hospitals. She and Larry will spend the winter touring the Gulf of Mexico in their new 38-foot motor home and planning their future adventures. Check out their blog at http://klb-rv-travel.blogspot. com. Kathy adds that Virginia Procino Hartmann and Tom are enjoying being back in Gini’s childhood home in Watchung, N.J. Tom has started The Hartmann Law Firm LLC, with Gini fully involved with the website and wonderful newsletters. Nancy Williams Bishop wrote that after almost 40 years, she, Chrisse Butler Hassett M.A. ’75, Betsey Briddell Kipp and Linda Cumber Gifkins had a wonderful reunion this past September at Betsey’s family home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Daughter Sam graduated magna cum laude from USC in 2009 and received a master’s degree in human behavior this August. She now works in advertising at Chiat-Day in Los Angeles. Nancy retired from teaching and husband Dan retired from corporate life and is an adjunct law school professor at Pepperdine Law School. Linda adds that she’s now a full-time resident of Vermont and loving it. Their first grandchild, Owen Warner Gifkins, was born March 4 to son Colin and his wife Jamie. She adds that she’s looking forward to seeing everyone at our 40th; and I say can it really be our 40th?!? Carol McVey Burke ’72, M.S. ’80 and husband Barry plan to leave the Washington, D.C., area in the near future and retire to St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore, where Carol is partner in Antiques on Talbot. She also has space in Emporium Antiques in Frederick. They hope to divide their time between the Eastern Shore and the Gulf Coast of Florida. Carol Crawford Heffler continues to teach and perform music professionally. She majored in music at Hood and has been doing concerts and gigs ever since. She sings jazz with her trio and in the St. Andrew’s Choir. She’s also a songwriter and has produced two CDs, available online. She and Michael have been married 31 years and son Ethan, 27, is a web designer. Becky Riehl lives in The Villages, a large retirement community in central Florida. She’s been in the area almost 30 years and got married five years ago. She’s worked for the past 15 years as a project

Alumna Makes the Most of London Living Mary Barton Freeman ’71 earned her bachelor of arts degree in history from Hood then went on to study at Villanova University, where she earned a master’s degree in library science. Mary worked for AT&T then Verizon, providing general research information on competitors and marketing advice before moving to London in 2006, where her husband’s career in international finance is based. Mary, who spent the second semester of her junior year in London, believes that experiences and others at Hood prepared her for living abroad and for traveling to more than 50 countries, Nearly 40 years ago Mary learned the importance of exploring the area in which she lived or visited. She claims learning about the culture, the form of government and the food are musts! “My lifelong love of London came from that semester.” With much of her husband’s business in Russia, she attributes her understanding of Russian history, culture and politics to what she learned in Professor Len Latkovski’s Russian history class. In addition, the art history classes she took at Hood gave her a huge cultural advantage. “These courses have been invaluable as I have explored museums, palaces and galleries around the world,” she said. “One of the things that I love about living in London is being able to walk out the door and go to one of the fabulous city museums.” Mary’s advice for those who expect to travel or live abroad include researching the history, sights and culture of the area—UNESCO’s list of heritage sights and “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” are excellent resources that will enrich your experience—have a basic knowledge of the language, seek dining recommendations from local residents and visit popular sites when they are less crowded.




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manager in the financial services industry, currently on contract for TD Bank and working from home. She and her husband enjoy golf and have great courses from which to choose at The Villages. Becky would love to play tour guide for any of you passing through and/or interested in checking out The Villages for retirement. You can reach her at Danise Simpson Simmons wrote that she and Bruce are thoroughly enjoying being grandparents to 1-year-old Hosanna “Anna” Beth Page. They feel so fortunate that daughter Sarah and her husband Adam (married in 2007), live only 20 minutes away in Albuquerque. It’s a wonderful time for all the family. Danise and Bruce expected lots of family to visit for the holidays, including Danise’s sister Donna Simpson ’77 and Bruce’s sister Carol and her husband Lee. Kris Vasey Smith continues to enjoy her work as alumni relations coordinator for Hawaii Pacific Univ., since February 2000. Kathy Stewart enjoyed a Hood alum get-together at King of Prussia, Pa., where she had a wonderful visit with B.J. Schuler ’73 and Janice Butz ’71. In October, Kathy took a South America cruise, including touring the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory high in the Chilean Andes, rounding Cape Horn and traveling on “The Train to The End of The World” in Ushuaia, Argentina. Allison Hagerich Zack retired after 21 years with Eastman Kodak and a career in marketing communication, markets development and global marketing for Kodak’s Health Group. The highlight was managing the global mammography X-ray film business to improve quality and availability of mammograms in the U.S., and worldwide. She and her husband enjoy traveling and will spend the winter at their condo at Pompano Beach. In January, Allison starts a program to become a Florida master naturalist at the Univ. of Florida. It has been such a pleasure hearing from those who wrote, and being reminded of you all and our wonderful times together at Hood. Best wishes for the holidays and a great 2011.

1973 Giving Participation: 16.2% · Total Class Dollars: $7,675

Anntoinette “Toni” Dobil Lucia 19 Brinckerhoff Ave. New Canaan, CT 06840-6207 (203) 966-6198 It is with great sadness that I (Anntoinette “Toni” Dobil Lucia) share with you that Sandy Rieder has passed away. Some of you may know that Sandy had put up a tough fight after she was diagnosed with leukemia a little more than two years ago. Tragically, she died Dec. 27, 2010, from the complications related to her treatments. Her parents were by her side. Lorraine Sharp Kish has done a phenomenal job of organizing a way to honor Sandy’s memory through a memorial chair. If you wish to support this effort, contributions (of $50 or more) can be mailed to Hood College, Office of Institutional Advancement, Attn: Nancy Gillece ’81, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701. Please make checks payable to “Hood College” and attach a note or indicate on the memo line that the contribution is in memory of Sandy Rieder. You can also make a contribution online by visiting Hood’s website at cfm?pid=pledge.cfm. All gifts will be acknowledged and will be considered a gift to the College. Sue Holaday Converse reports that, on the professional side, after a long career in banking, she served as treasurer and chief financial officer of the denominational corporations of the Reformed Church in America for 10 years. After the finance office was relocated to Michigan, she became director of administration for The Riverside Church in Manhattan. Due to a recent

restructuring brought about by financial difficulties, her position was eliminated, so she’s currently looking for a new opportunity. On the family side, she has three children—a 25-year-old son Philip, who works for a high-end builder on Long Island, and 18-year-old twins who just finished their first semester in college. Rob is a business major at Bryant Univ., and Jenn is a student in the Joffrey Ballet School’s jazz and contemporary dance program. After the very sad and unexpected loss of her mother in 2010, Ann Jones is busy with home, work and her dad. Her dad continues to live in a continuing-care facility, Lake Forest Place, and finds a great deal of support in that community. The wonderful agents in her office had her mother’s garden planted, so her dad was also able to enjoy it last summer. He also took a trip with Ann’s brother to his hometown in Montana and then went into the mountains at Rosebud, which helped him tremendously. Ann has dinner with him a few nights a week, and she and her sister will let him decide if he wants to remain in the cottage he and her mother shared or if he’d like to move to an apartment. Ann said that there is something so resilient about the “greatest generation”—they have endured so many hardships throughout their lives, starting in childhood, and they are such amazing role models for all of us on how to keep moving and not get stuck. Ann still misses her mother’s enthusiasm and energy. Ann also shares some good news. Her real estate business picked up after two very challenging years. While the market is recovering, it’s a slow process. She has found it so much fun to blog, so if anyone wants to follow her, her blog is She gets e-mails or comments from such obscure places and finds it’s a really amazing tool to connect to people. She also has Lewie and Bertie (her corgis) to amuse her. Her sister lives nearby, and she and her family are a blessing. Ann also enjoyed the most gorgeous spring and fall that she ever remembered in her life. She feels she lives in one of the truly, most beautiful cities in the U.S., so the open prairie lands, the wooded ravines and gorgeous Lake Michigan beach are very nurturing. Cassie Seely Boyd was remarried Aug. 8, 2008, to Dr. Robert Boyd. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling at Neumann Univ., in Aston, Pa. She is also the program administrator for her husband’s private psychiatric practice, located in Philadelphia, which specializes in treating healthcare professionals with substance use disorders. Her son Bill, 27, is a graduate of Florida Atlantic Univ., where he majored in history. He recently moved back to the Philadelphia area and is living with his brother Michael, 23, who will soon graduate from Drexel Univ., with a degree in hospitality management. Mary Stevenson has had a very busy past few months. Her mom turned 94 years old last February and is still living in her home in Bethesda, Md. She visits her quite often to give her youngest brother, with whom she lives, a break. Other than being 94, she is in good health and spirits, and continues to have a healthy zest for life. In July, Mary and her mom spent a few days together in Bethany Beach, Del., where they had a chance to catch up with Charlie Miller Ponticelli and her brother Joe. The Miller clan of several generations was vacationing together, continuing the family tradition of a summer holiday at the beach. In early November, she again visited her mom on her way to a conference in Atlanta. After the conference ended, she visited brother Chuck and his wife Georgia, at their home in Columbus, Ga., about 90 minutes from Atlanta. In late November-early December, she traveled to Mexico at the invitation of Mexican immunoparasitologists to present at the bi-annual Symposium on Immunoparasitology sponsored by the Mexican Society of Parasitology. The conference was held at a beautiful resort in Ixtapan de la Sal in the mountains outside of Mexico City. She was really wishing she had her Spanish-speaking Hood buddies like Charlie, Leslie Hawkins and Lorraine

Sharp Kish to travel with her as she was quite surprised how few people spoke English, even in Mexico City. Nevertheless, she survived and thrived, thoroughly enjoying her time in Mexico. She was able to pick up some Spanish and is thinking about taking a course in the new year. The sunshine and warm temperatures during the daytime were especially welcome at that dark and dreary time of the year in the North. Mexico may even be a good option for retirement, if that day ever comes for Mary! Charlie Miller Ponticelli is still consulting. She recently went back to Bogotá for a project and, just before, traveled to Bucharest for the first time (for the Council of American Universities Abroad). She had a “Hood moment” recently in Washington, D.C., when she was walking to the metro and ran into Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83! Charlie worked with Ruth’s uncle, Ken Duberstein, when she was at the White House but Ruth and Charlie first connected during a Hood reunion (her 10th reunion and our 20th). Charlie wonders how many other Hood alums are floating around D.C.?! She is anxious to hear all the news from our classmates, especially those she’s been missing for so long (Ellen Buck Schwark, that means you!). Sally Parkhurst Van Why retired in June after teaching for 28 years. She taught second grade for the last 20 years. Her other big news is that their son Eric was married in August at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, and he and his wife now live in Bethesda, Md. Their daughter Beth teaches industrial design at the Univ. of the Arts in Philadelphia. Husband Norman sold his surveying business and is now working part time for the new owners. They have already been doing some traveling and plan to do more. And, starting with the next edition of the Hood Magazine, Sally will be taking on the duties of class reporter. In almost three years in the role, I (Anntoinette “Toni” Dobil Lucia) have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to connect with my classmates and have especially come to appreciate the bond that comes from being a part of the wonderful Hood community.

1974 Giving Participation: 11.29% · Total Class Dollars: $304,156

Sally Johnson Leland 420 C Ave. Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 435-3052 It’s always so good to hear from classmates after the plea has gone out. Guy Gray III M.S. ’82 checked in again. He spent the better part of another fall crewing on the Crakerjack, a sailboat, serving as main trim. Or would that be main trimmer? I (Sally Johnson Leland) think I’m mixing in my role as the main Christmas tree trimmer, so we’ll leave it as main trim. He continues to restore an old skipjack, in a volunteer capacity, at Ruark Boatworks in Cambridge, Md. Two and a half years of work readied the vessel for a “dry run” of the “wet run” and she is seaworthy. With no leaks, the volunteers can now focus on everything else above the waterline! Guy also logs a lot of hours in his wood shop, no doubt a place where his creative talents let loose. Guy plans to do some local “acme” skiing this winter with his son. Somehow I don’t believe that’s a Nordic trek to the grocery store! Best I can tell, it’s a group of folks that share a love of snowboarding, telemarking and skiing. Guy’s wife, Martha “Marty” Mulford Gray ’69, M.S. ’82 meets with some of her former classmates every five years or so. Their last reunion took them to Santa Fe and it’s every bit as much a reunion for their spouses as well. The Chorus of Dorchester continues to be a welcome commitment for Marty and Guy. Nancy Reading Good and husband Carter have been in Ann Arbor, Mich., since the mid-70s. Son John gradu-


ated from Yale last year and is now enrolled in Yale’s master’s in environmental management program. John’s freshman roommate was Steven Spielberg’s son, so that added a unique element to the “freshman experience.” John continues to tour with the glee club and has logged an awful lot of flight miles worldwide as a result. Son Paul is in his freshman year at the Univ. of Michigan, majoring in engineering. His intention is to attend law school after graduation. Nancy continues to work at Chase in commercial banking. She’s on Facebook to keep in touch with the kids but has had the side benefits of reconnecting with Mary Mercer Grauel M.S. ’85 and Peggy Bull Larsen M.S. ’79. I marvel at technology and how “small” our world really is. Vicki Raeburn Benton updated her status. She did, indeed, retire at the end of 2009 from New York Military Academy after 25 years of dedication in their math department, ultimately, as head of the department. There was a 10-year hiatus to run the family business, N. S. Meyer, Inc., from 1992 to 2002. Grandchildren are center stage— now ages 6, 5, 4 and 3—and spread between New York and Florida. Life is good for Vicki and Leigh, her husband of 10 years. Without the restrictive parameters of school schedules/vacation dates that coincide with blackout flight dates and inflated prices during peak travel times, life is more manageable and predictable. Suzanne Bertier Owens simply replied, “No news is good news at this time.” That rings true for an awful lot of us! Kathy Poloni Triwahjudi has retired from teaching and keeps abundantly busy with fourthgrade son Anthony, and husband Steve. Anthony is quite the artist and athlete. Anthony’s team won the world series of Fanwood (New Jersey) youth baseball and he’s also a powerhouse on the ice wielding his hockey stick. Late spring was clouded with the unexpected death of Kathy’s father, who fell in a nursing home. On behalf of ’74, our condolences, Kathy. Despite heavy hearts, summer was busy with trips to Niagara Falls, Syracuse, Six Flags in the Springfield, Mass., area, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Steve visited his mother in Indonesia for three weeks. Kathy enjoyed seeing Magaly Mauras Green M.A. ’79 at Magaly’s son’s wedding last fall. The wedding was beautiful, as was Frederick framed in autumnal colors. Kathy keeps in touch with Patty Lynam Yeatman as well and would welcome hearing from “everyone.” Sounds like an invitation to jam her e-mail box! Barb Burt Sherland and Pete are finally empty nesters and loving it, too! Barb is still a partner with Stoel Rives LLP (400-attorney law firm in the Northwest), where Barb’s practice focuses on trusts and estates, exempt organizations and tax. An August visit to the Hood campus was in order after they dropped off their youngest at New York Univ. They visited Deeta Goumas Fiorentino ’75, who left Hood after her sophomore year to attend the Univ. of Delaware. Deeta teaches middle school and has two grown sons. Cindy Land Humphries is teaching second grade and still living outside of Atlanta. Their son met his one and only while serving in the Peace Corps in China and married this past summer in Nanchong. Cindy’s daughter is expecting her first child in May. Cindy and her husband travel, watch baseball and go to the theater when time allows. Don’t know where your daughter lives Cindy, but the birth of your grandchild could thrust you into “GBTHPHSRS,” better known as the “Gordie Bell Thorpe home purchase, house sale, relocation syndrome.” It’s the mix of bad winter weather resulting in a delayed return home, all the while being held hostage by grandchildren! Yup, they caved. West Virginia is a distant memory and the Thorpes are ensconced in their new home in St. Cloud, Fla! Their son Jeff deployed to Qatar in the spring and was due back in November. Gordie, please send me your new e-mail and phone number, as the old one fires back “undeliverable.” That goes for any of you who have relocated. Deborah Kohler is engaged to be married to her long-

time partner, Ed Magner, an automotive design/research engineer and race car driver. As a semi-professional road racer, he enjoys racing in the Sports Car Club of America’s vintage series. They have been to races all over the country. The Kohler International Challenge in Wisconsin is their favorite. Wherever races take them, they make time to take in a good day’s hike in whatever national park is nearby. For the last two years they have lived on opposite sides of Michigan. Commuting isn’t the novelty it once was, so after 13 years serving the same church, Deborah has tendered her resignation to move closer to Ed’s home. She will serve as interim minister at the Congregational Church of Birmingham this winter and then will move to the Kalamazoo area next spring. Exciting times. We wish you and Ed many more years together! Doug and I, Sally Johnson Leland, chronicled Doug’s ElliptiGO ride from Canada to Mexico from mid-June to late July at It was an adventure to say the least. Pea soup weather along the coastal route (1/101) was ever present. We had six days of sun out of the five-and-a-half weeks. My hat is off to Pete and Barb Burt Sherland who have lived in Washington for so long. I really covet light and warmth—and dry feet, two-ply and porcelain! Yup, it was another summer of camping in our teardrop camper from June 14 to Oct. 1. Did I mention Willie, our Maine coon cat, travels with us? That feline logged 15,000 miles this summer, crisscrossing the U.S. We stopped long enough to enjoy a lovely dinner at Kris Zarfos ’75 and Bill Vasiliou’s home in Connecticut before heading back across the country to San Diego via Yosemite. What an amazing park. One bear was far too comfortable and nudged our camper in the night. The next night it nudged our neighbor’s 30-foot RV, so we moved up our departure date and hastily left for San Luis Obispo. My travel directing opportunities have been affected by the economy and corporate travel decline, so I’m falling back on my love of art and am keeping my watercolor paints and paper close at hand. I’m painting most days and have six of my prints in the Signature Shop at the Hotel Del Coronado. I’m no John Singer Sargent (can attest to the “starving artist” label) but I’m having a heck of a good time. For those of you dealing with the challenges of aging parents or struggling family members, may 2011 bring you and yours strength, perseverance, patience and hope. Wishing you all great health, contentment, new discoveries and many new opportunities to, as my husband would say, “Give your gift for the greatest good.”

1975 Giving Participation: 14.37% · Total Class Dollars: $4,375

Deborah Deasy 1824 Foxcroft Lane, Apt. 704 Allison Park, PA 15101 (412) 366-2642 Thanks to all who sent e-mails about their latest jobs, family happenings, travels and travails. Arlene Bujese M.A. ’78 is curator in residence for Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton, N.Y. Arlene also works as an art dealer, creates art for fund-raisers and chairs East End Hospice’s annual Box Art Auction committee. She does all of this when she isn’t hosting tours of her East Hampton, N.Y., garden for the National Garden Conservancy. Jackie Testa Ciminera of Broomall, Pa., has been married 31 years to husband Bill, a now retired social studies teacher. “We have two children— Bonnie, 28, a children’s book editor in NYC, and Bill Jr., 26, a teacher in the Philadelphia area,” Jackie reports. Jackie worked more than 12 years for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools before she left to raise her children. Bryony Sansom Crane


of Medford, N.J., and husband Ed, both race runners, started running spring marathons last summer. “I have been winning medals,” Bryony reports. “I am not that fast but there just aren’t as many women running age 55 to 59.” Cheryl Cuddeback is still churning out magazine articles about the historic people and places in her Forest Hills Gardens neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. “I have a wonderful husband, a lovely teenage daughter, an adorable cat and a job at a law firm doing computer support. Basically, I’m staying out of trouble,” wrote Cheryl, who still appears, in background roles, on reruns of the TV series “Law & Order.” Biology major Kathleen Shillinger Culler earned a doctorate in 18thcentury literature from Tulane Univ., after she left Hood and married Michael Culler ’76. After working as a clinical lab owner, English teacher, newspaper writer and graphic designer, Kathy now works as a commercial photographer and stringer for the MetroWest Daily News near Boston. She also travels with Michael, who has a doctorate in endocrinology, when work takes him to Spain and other enticing destinations. Their son Mitchell is a freshman at Penn State Univ., and a collegiate-level, competition epee fencer. Ann Wiggins Ely still works in the office at Rock Point School in Burlington, Vt. “My husband is still the Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Vermont,” wrote Ann, who has two daughters and two granddaughters. Ann expected to run—and finish—her first foot race, a 5K event on New Year’s Day. Deeta Goumas Fiorentino of Berwyn, Pa., is still working as a middle school reading specialist in suburban Philadelphia. Peg Yanarella Hosky and husband Tom, of Washington, D.C., have three children now attending Washington, D.C., area colleges and graduate schools. They also own Hosky Communications, Inc., a marketing communications firm with government and corporate accounts. “We also publish FedInsider (, reaching more than 30,000 government technology buyers hungry for news,” wrote Peg. “Day student” Marita Stup Loose is still director of communication services for Frederick County Public Schools. “My degree in English and a paid internship in public relations at Frederick’s cancer research center in my senior year—thanks to Hood professors looking out for me—have served me well,” wrote Marita. “I still live in Frederick with husband Rick. I have one ‘child,’ now almost 26, who graduated from Elon Univ., with a double accounting/finance degree. After two years with a public accounting firm, Cara and her boyfriend absconded to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands to tend bar, waitress/waiter and organize Jet Ski trips.” Marita and Rick expected to visit the pair in St. John in January 2011. Ellen Bosek McMahon has moved out of her house in Chatham, N.J., now that her three children live in Hoboken, N.J., and NYC. “Skip passed a year and half ago,” Ellen reports. “I have been accredited to teach and am now working as a teaching assistant in a private school in Chatham, and temporarily living in Madison, N.J.” Annie Walkley McMahon also has relocated—from Weston, Conn., to Marshfield, Mass. “Had lunch with Susan Bryant now that she lives nearby,” Annie wrote. Annie and husband Joe have a daughter who’s a jewelry designer and merchandiser in New York and a son stationed with the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va. Doris Anderman Moxley M.A. ’80 of Snow Hill, Md., is still addictions program director for Worcester County Health Department. She and husband Jim, now retired, have a son and daughter, both married, and a toddler grandson. Valerie “Poppy” Kremer Reeve met husband Foster more than 20 years ago in a master of fine arts degree program at Parsons The New School for Design. They now have two daughters. “When our first daughter was born, we bought and renovated a beautiful old sea captain’s house in the small town of Greenport, N.Y., about four blocks from the water,” Poppy wrote. “We raised both kids out here, while Foster carried on his architectural plaster business based in Brooklyn.” Old-




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est daughter Bridgit is now an 11th grader in boarding school and younger daughter Laura hopes to soon follow her sister’s path. “Over the years I’ve continued to paint and have exhibited locally, and have also taken up writing short stories,” wrote Poppy, who also is an elder at her Presbyterian church and chairs the church’s mission committee. Dory Barrows Smith of Laurel, Md., visited Paris in May with her dad and sister, and Rio in June with “significant other” Steve. Dory’s daughter Trish is a math major at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park, and daughter Allison has a 4-year-old daughter Aidyn. Dory teaches child development in the family and consumer sciences department at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Md. Sue Shorb-Sterling is pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in Brookeville, Md., and is working on a doctoral degree in ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Sue has two granddaughters and sings in a group called Encore that performed in 2010 at the National Cathedral and National Gallery of Art. Anna Kluth VonLindenberg of Forest Hill, Md., retired from McCormick, the spice company, and now enjoys boating, kayaking, biking, gardening and taking long walks with her husband. They have two granddaughters. Anna said she’s “taking time to read as much nonfiction as I can get my hands on,” and “enjoying freedom of thought and movement.” Cherilyn Widell has a new project after helping to convert the Presidio of San Francisco from a U.S. Army post to a national park. Cherilyn now is historic preservation officer for the Fort Monroe Authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia. “I am responsible for repurposing more than 170 historic buildings and a fort with a moat into a new community,” Cherilyn wrote with a hearty invitation to “come see my moat!” Meanwhile, Joyce Ann Klugh Wilson is enjoying her retirement from Fairfax County Public Schools, where she taught grades four through six for 25 years. “I now live in Ford’s Colony, Williamsburg, Va., where I’ve joined a women’s golf league and participate with a pilates interest group, a book club and a travel club.” Joyce and her husband plan to visit Bavaria in August with her travel club.

an e-mail with her family news. Craig and Barb have been doing well considering the upheaval in the financial world. Craig wanted to retire so badly a few years ago and, unfortunately, that just isn’t going to happen anytime soon. But at least they are still employed. Barb has been working diligently over the past two years at learning how to be a professional print model. It is so much fun for her and taps into parts of her personality that she never explored before. You can see an example of her work at Check out the link. It is an online fashion magazine published by her mentor. She has wonderful ideas and Barb thinks the entire concept of an online magazine with video articles, rather than print articles, is cutting edge. The kids were home for the holiday. Harrison went back to the Univ. of Denver in January to finish his final year as a marketing major (sure hope he can find a job) and Alisha will stay with Craig and Barb, as she has a permanent job with a local veterinarian and has been living with them for the last 12 months. She is accruing work hours in order to qualify for the licensed veterinary technician exam, which will take her about another 12 to 18 months. Then, she is planning on leaving California altogether. Maybe Barb and Craig will, too. Thanks for the update, Barb. Larry and I (Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz) are enjoying the Florida lifestyle. We are looking forward to retirement and traveling more in the near future. We enjoyed Larry’s USNA 35th reunion this past October. Our Hood 35th class reunion is this June. I hope many of our classmates are planning on attending! Please send me your news so I can include it in the next issue. Thanks!


Ann Kowitski Barber reports, “All’s well here in New Hampshire. My law practice is growing and I have some very nice clients. Daughter Elizabeth graduated from the Univ. of Hartford, in Connecticut, in December. She’ll start grad school in the summer for a doctoral degree in physical therapy. Liz worked as a counselor at a rehab hospital this summer for their pediatric camp and loved it.” Dawn Cramer Stein wrote, “I have been living in the same house on Rockwell Terrace in Frederick for 30 years. My daughter Heather is a junior at Salisbury Univ. My son Jeff is a freshman at Towson Univ. Neither would go to Hood since we live right across the street. My sister Tracie Cramer Hovermale ’80 had better luck. Her son Jason Hovermale ’08 graduated from Hood and her daughter Kristin Hovermale ’13 is a sophomore there. So our families’ Hood dynasty continues to the third generation, starting with my mom Joyce Wiles Cramer ’55. Jason decided to sit for the CPA exam, so he has worked for me the last two tax seasons, in addition to his full-time job and preparing for the exam. Kristin also worked for me last tax season. I have had my CPA business, Dawn Cramer Stein, CPA, for 20 years. Then this summer, I took a jewelry making class so I could fix my jewelry and got hooked! So, on Oct. 15, I opened a store, East Street Beads. We are in Monocacy Village Shopping Center on East Street in Frederick. (I still have my CPA business, though). Working in the store are two sisters, Katie Kohler ’09 and Sarah Kohler ’13, as well as my niece, Kristin. Stop by anytime!” Debbie Davis Hewson wrote with a great idea. The Class of 1977 needs a Facebook page! Debbie has had so much fun reconnecting with many Hood friends, such as Megen Mack Opsahl, Elaine Patry Jones and Debbie’s little

Giving Participation: 13.23% · Total Class Dollars: $8,368

35th Reunion June 10-12 Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz 5732 Tamarack Drive Pace, FL 32571 (850) 995-0051 It’s always good to hear from our classmates! Please add me (Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz) to your e-mail list. Here are the classmates who responded to my request for Hood news. Thanks again! Carol Fleming wrote, “My husband Scott Loomer is pastor of Covenant Presbyterian in Scranton. I am pastor at Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston, Pa. Our son Garrett Loomer ’09 is with us while getting his master’s in education from Bloomsburg Univ., and working full time at King’s College’s daycare center. Charis Loomer Owings ’07, our middle child, is getting her master’s in education from Hood. She is teaching elementary school in Frederick and lives with her husband Tim and dog Lucy, in Taneytown. Our oldest, Alexandra, teaches sixth grade at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Md., and has a new pet, Tucker, a Brittany Spaniel. We gathered for a Christmas holiday together in Disneyworld. Scott and I are looking forward to a sabbatical leave from ministry this summer to go to Iona, Scotland, and Taizé, France, both worshipping communities of faith.” Thanks, Carol, for your family update. Barb Woolmington-Smith sent

1977 Giving Participation: 13.84% · Total Class Dollars: $5,061

Elizabeth Anderson Comer 4303 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 243-2626

sister, Louise Angus Cribbs ’79. It really is a wonderful tool! I (Elizabeth Anderson Comer) agree! Will someone in the Class of 1977 set up a Facebook page for us? Thanks in advance! Denise Swan Isacson wrote in October with some very sad news. “I am in New Jersey with my mother and brother (Guy III),” Denise wrote, “as on Oct. 12, we received the devastating news that my beloved dad had been killed in a car accident involving a school bus. Thankfully, nobody else was injured. Please check for more details about Guy C. Swan Jr. He was the best!” Denise, on behalf of the Class of 1977, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. When Gretta Tomb heard Denise’s sad news, she said it really hit home because her oldest sister Eleanor was just in a horrible car accident. She survived (but is very, very broken) and for that we are thankful. Gretta reports she has been seeing a lot of Kathy Asser Weslock since her son enrolled at Cornell, which has been great! Sharon Thorpe Kourtz reports that she and her son Collin went to Peru for 10 days in August 2010 as part of a mission/vacation trip. They stayed at the mission in Chimbote, toured Lima, visited Cuzco and climbed Machu Picchu. Now Collin is back at Loyola Univ. in Baltimore in his sophomore year. And just down the street the Comer Family (some of it) continues to dig, interpret what we find, and try to keep up with spouse and children in far flung places! Jacob went to a field school in Botswana this summer and, upon hearing that, my mother reminded us that she wanted to visit South Africa. So off we all went to meet up with Jacob in Johannesburg after his field school. As our plane headed for South Africa, Margaret’s plane headed for Moscow and the first half of her junior year abroad from Univ. of California, Berkeley. She had a wonderful time, loved Moscow and, when she saw Harry Potter dubbed in Russian, she understood every word! We visited her and could not believe the difference between the Moscow we visited in 1984 with Hood Professor Len Latkovski and the 2010 version! In 1984, the shelves at GUM were almost empty and now are filled with Gucci, Dior, Bogner and every other luxury shop imaginable! The only item I recognized for sale in GUM now from our tour in 1984 was ice cream! (Lenin is still there but there is no line now to see him. In 1984, the line literally wound around Red Square for hours.) As I write this, Doug is in Jordan teaching a course, Jacob is in Providence studying for exams, Margaret is visiting friends in Berkeley before heading off for her spring semester at the Univ. of Copenhagen and Anne is completing high school applications at the kitchen table! Best to all … send me news for the next column!

1978 Giving Participation: 11.31% · Total Class Dollars: $6,730

This class needs a new reporter! If you are interested in being the reporter for the Class of 1978, please contact Matt Caron ’08, Class News Editor, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701-8575; (301) 696-3900 or to Our condolences to the family of Dixie Smith who died Nov. 30, 2010, in Baltimore, Md.

1979 Giving Participation: 10.59% · Total Class Dollars: $5,286

Trina Clickner 710 Louden Ave. Dunedin, FL 34698 (727) 734-2026


Cindy Zalman-Wolhart: “My youngest, Kayla, 18, has enrolled in the most challenging wilderness program offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School at the Univ. of Wyoming ( She left mid-October for Patagonia, Chile, to meet up with instructors at base camp in Coyhaique for one day, then went on to a 17day training adventure, then came back to base camp for a few days to earn her wilderness first responder certification. The program lasts a full year. Kayla will be sea kayaking, ice climbing, fly fishing and doing community service while residing with a native Chilean family. The program ends with a solo adventure. It’s Kayla’s first time out of the country. She could only take one 50-pound pack and a knife. With no cell phone or computer, I only hear from her when they’re restocking at base camp. Kayla is facing the biggest adventure/ challenge of her life. I have no doubt she’ll succeed in achieving her dream.” Debbie Mooney Bennett: “My big news is my retirement from Verizon Telecom. I am loving being on my schedule. I may look into teaching or career development/planning but for now, I’m finishing up my master of business administration degree and enjoying myself. I chat with Becky Seymour Sweeney and Paula Davis Setters M.A. ’84, and keep up with Linda Hawk Kluge ’77 and sister, Susie. Facebook, in small doses, is my new friend and I enjoyed saying hi to Susan Whaley ’79 online!” Janet Wehking Mullen: “I don’t think I’ve ever sent in class news before but now I have something to brag about. My son just passed the Maryland bar exam! He’s the first lawyer ever on either side of the family! My daughter’s a high school senior, so next fall Tom (yes, everyone, the guy I snuck into my dorm!) and I will be empty nesters! Maybe I’ll join Trina as a wild and crazy fiddler when the full-time parenting winds down.” Jeanine Aubertin B.A. ’04: “My biggest news is that I just received my clinical certification for social work. Yes, there is a whole new life after kids are gone! I am a masters-level alcohol and drug counselor, too. My full-time job is in child welfare and my part-time job is in substance abuse. For fun, I am “Nona” to grandsons—ages 3 and 2—so I can enjoy my hobby—photography. After six years in grad school, I am slowly getting my life back! I recently donated many text books from my 1979 degree back to Hood. Yes, I had them this whole time! Funny thing is that one of the books I’d saved, “Regulating the Poor,” was assigned reading in grad recently. Good thing I still had it!” Mary Beth Keller Seibert: “Our family moved from Annapolis to my husband Dick’s family farm in Clear Spring, Md., in 2007. We live around the corner from Betsey Ditto Lillard! We planted a vineyard and opened Knob Hall Winery. I am the winemaker and, working with a winemaking consultant, we have produced some very nice wines, winning three gold medals in the 2010 Maryland Governor’s Cup competition. Last year we used extra space at Frederick Cellars to produce our wines. It was fun to spend time in the “new” Frederick. Now we have our own production area at the farm and have opened a tasting room in our 150-year-old barn. Everyone is welcome to visit! We’re west of Hagerstown, 10 miles from Whitetail Ski Resort. We have two girls—Stephanie’s a sophomore at Washington College in Chestertown and Paige is a senior at Mercersburg Academy, so we’re experiencing the excitement of college applications again! We love farm living with three dogs, many cats, chickens, ducks and Angus cattle. That’s my snapshot of country life!” Paula Davis Setters M.A. ’84: “Sad news…my husband Joe passed away in August after being seriously ill for two months. It’s been very difficult but things are beginning to get better. We’d been together for 28 years. Then in September, I had to put the dog we had for 14 years to sleep.” Ruth Sikora Seel: “Our biggest news is the addition of our first granddaughter, Hannah Elizabeth, Aug. 11, 2010. She’s perfect and we’re thrilled! Secondly, I had a hip replacement and am rehabbing well. Brings me to a total of three prosthetic joints!”

1980 Giving Participation: 9.25% · Total Class Dollars: $4,370

Allison Horne 126 S. Darlington St. West Chester, PA 19382-3212 (610) 429-3202 Our condolences to the families of Hazel Spangler Burke who died July 27, 2010, in Waynesboro, Pa.; and Mariamne Claggett Vickery who died Oct. 25, 2010. Hope you had a great holiday season. Ellen Aries Mulhern wrote that she will celebrate 30 years with Delta in May 2011. She is currently flying to international destinations out of JFK and hopes to see classmates on a Delta flight soon! She and Jak Killeffer Cruthers had lunch in Boston in the fall, as Liz and Paige are freshman in colleges only minutes apart! They took in a Red Sox game, which was great fun! In October, Anne Reynolds Gurney and I (Allison Horne) went to an employee reunion in Richmond, Va., to celebrate the book launch for “Finding Thalhimers,” a book written by a fifth-generation Thalhimers family member, Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt. Thalhimers was the department store where the two of us did a summer internship while at Hood and then worked full time after graduation. We had a lot of fun seeing many old friends and even saw the woman that originally hired us 30 years ago! Happy New Year to my fellow classmates and send me your news so I can include it in the next newsletter in June!

1981 Giving Participation: 13.54% · Total Class Dollars: $16,139

30th Reunion June 10-12 Lynn Marzulli White 11131 Yellow Leaf Way Germantown, MD 20876 Happy New Year to all, and wishing everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous year. I (Lynn Marzulli White) hope everyone has marked their calendars for our 30th class reunion Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 12, 2011. I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful gala on campus this past October with my husband. It was great to spend an evening with Leigh Moomaw McBride and we had time to catch up with Lindy Small. Lindy has changed jobs after 23 years at the same company. She is now the president of the Saint Agnes Foundation in Baltimore and is enjoying the new opportunity. She also got married to her life partner this past summer! As told by her 3-year-old daughter Morgan, “It was a princess wedding and we are living happily ever after!” Congratulations Lindy! Mary Little Young sent a note about her fantastic summer. Along with her husband John and their son Matthew, they spent two weeks traveling in France, beginning in Paris; then took the train to Strasbourg (where she spent her junior year abroad. She wanted to share that beautiful place with them.); then took a car to the south of France (Nice), with stops along the way, while traveling the Route du Vin, in Dijon and Avignon. She spent a glorious day on the Mediterranean with dear friends who have a home in Cannes. All of this was a high school graduation celebration for her son who is now finishing up his first semester at New England College. She wrote that her holidays are always spent with family. This year she hosted 18 Youngs for Thanksgiving at their lake house in Moultonborough, N.H., and she’ll travel to Pennsylvania where she’ll enjoy the festivities with the Littles. While there, she will be able to spend time with her best


friend from high school who is waging a very brave battle with cancer. Luther Jett completed a novel and began the difficult process of finding an agent. He also traveled to Italy this past year. Mary Thompson Calhoun and her husband Calhoun celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in November. Mary said it was a banner day and her husband will get his harps and crowns for putting up with her for a quarter of a century. She hopes to see everyone at our 30th reunion in June. Bonnie Stevens Raymo has been doing a lot of traveling. In August she went to Istanbul, Turkey, and the Black Sea on a Cruise for 10 days. Then she went on a European cruise in October from Vienna, Austria, down the Danube River, then onto the Rhine River to the end at Basel, Switzerland. This April, she will be retiring with her husband of 42 years to a life care home in Chambersburg, Pa. She is looking forward to the new chapter in her life. Since these will be her last holidays in Maryland, she plans on visiting the Mormon Temple for their lovely lights and the many chorales singing the Christmas music in the area. Kenneth Kerr spent this past summer building a wood-fired oven in his backyard. You can check out his photos on his Facebook page. He has invited us over for pizza in his new oven. He is looking forward to this summer, which he will be spending in the United Kingdom, mostly Belfast, with his wife Helen Rozsics Kerr ’82. He has been elected chair of the English department at Frederick Community College and will begin that position in the fall of 2011. Rebecca “Becky” Koose Levine sent a note from frigid Chicago. She celebrated her 25th anniversary in Vail, Colo., this summer with her husband Yehuda and son Isaac, including a fantastic evening at the Eagle County Rodeo. Isaac, 18, is learning in a yeshiva in Jerusalem. He went skydiving (eek!) in Haifa during his school break and he will be back in Chicago for Passover in April. She is traveling to Las Vegas with her husband in late December in search of the best Elvis impersonator.

1982 Giving Participation: 8.03% · Total Class Dollars: $2,385

Angie Sievers (240) 291-2310 Our condolences to Sylvia Kaufman Cable whose husband, Dana Cable, Ph.D., Hood’s former professor of psychology and thanatology, died July 30, 2010, in Frederick. Denise Lester Robertson wrote that after getting a master’s degree in elementary education from the Univ. of Tennessee in 2003, she is a kindergarten teacher to disadvantaged children in Knoxville, Tenn. She loves the staff and the kids, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has three grown children—Jennifer, 25; Chris, 23; and Daniel, 18. Liane McCarthy wrote a quick note from Madrid. Recently, Tammy Chomnuk ’79, her freshman-year roommate from the Spanish House, visited her during her trip to Sevilla, where they both spent their junior years. Liane said, “It had been 30 or so years and was great to see her!” Ellen Yodzis Patton reports that the Patton family has moved again. They are now in Tampa while Mark is deployed to Iraq. Their oldest, Erik, returned safely in August from his tour in Iraq. Michael graduated from the Univ. of Tampa in May and Colleen was one of few females to earn Army airborne wings this summer. Claire started high school this fall. Ellen’s quilting business moved very nicely and is doing well. Ellen has gotten together with Susan Wyda Goldberg who lives in the Tampa area and said that it’s been fun to reconnect with her after finding out she lives there through Facebook. Joy Miller Beveridge sent a quick note to say she and Don remain Fredericktonians and are enjoying the “empty nest.” Kendall, 24, is living in




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Richmond, Va., post master’s degree and working in the advertising field for the Martin Agency. Danny, 22, is living and working in Fort Worth, Texas. Joy is “enjoying” working for SAIC-Frederick, still supporting cancer clinical research, and Don is still at State Farm (26 years) and is looking forward to retirement in about five to seven years. Joy wrote, “I drive by Hood very often and always have a smile on my face, especially when I pass by the turf field, as seeing that venue makes me very happy. I cannot wait until the recreation center is realized and I encourage all alums to contribute to that cause!” Glynnis Edwards Cowdery wrote about her visit/lunch with Wendy Pulford Rogers-Vonick and Meg Brown McGinn during Thanksgiving break when they were back in Connecticut and Maine visiting family and colleges for Callie, her daughter. She had a big year adjusting to her son Henry going off to college. Glynnis also finished updating the seventh edition of “The Exceptional Child,” the textbook she co-authored. She is still working with preschoolers with autism and supporting them in community preschools. I also heard from Nicola Vernon Clancy. She was married in 1985 and divorced in 1995, and has three wonderful sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren (two boys and a girl). Nicola enjoys watching her oldest grandson participate in all kinds of sports while his dad (her oldest son) coaches, bringing her joy and reminding her of when his dad was young! She has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for the past 22 years and can’t wait to retire which, unfortunately, is a long way away! Spending free time traveling with family or friends, she is an empty-nester and wondering what God has in store for the rest of her life! Angela Billotti Phillips wrote to let us know that last December she started as the executive director of the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Frederick. The center is a limited medical pregnancy resource center that assists women and men when they are experiencing an unplanned, crisis pregnancy. The facility is located within four blocks of Hood and she is currently working to develop a pro-life student driven club on campus. Her older daughter Chelsea is in her second year of a doctoral degree program at the Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, studying political psychology. Her younger daughter will graduate from Stevenson Univ., in Stevenson, Md., next spring with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Angela and her husband have been married for 28½ years and still live in the same house they purchased 26 years ago in Frederick. Susan Borg wrote for the first time in 30 years. She’s living in Seattle and working on a master of business administration degree in sustainable business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Susan has had her own consulting business for the last seven years, which is focused on change management and organizational development. Recently, she started working with a nonprofit that uses the principles of aikido (a nonviolent martial art) to help resolve conflict, reduce violence and build community among children, teens and adults.

1983 Giving Participation: 6.57% · Total Class Dollars: $2,075

Mary Townley 317 Huddersfield Drive Richmond, VA 23236 I (Mary Townley) heard from Jacque Witt Lyons, who gave me a wonderful update on her family. Jacque wrote, “All is well in the Lyons’ household. Our oldest, Allison, is getting married in February, so the wedding plans are in full swing! Allison has a degree in information systems from Towson Univ., and is a network engineer in Baltimore. Bethany, our younger daughter, is graduating from Towson Univ., in January with a bachelor’s degree in finance. (She said she has

no plans to follow in her mom’s footsteps to pursue a CPA license!) Our youngest, Jonathan, is a freshman at Neumann Univ., where he is majoring in business and information systems. John is a pitcher on the Neumann Univ. baseball team! He will be traveling with the team to Florida in March to play at the Mets’ summer stadium. (He is very excited and so are we!) Ed and I are now ‘empty nesters.’ We are muddling through this new chapter in our lives and loving every minute of it!” As for my family, we are doing well. Our daughter Emily is in seventh grade. She plays stand-up bass in her school orchestra and is still very involved in basketball. Her AAU team, the Chesterfield Aces, plays in tournaments all over Virginia. Emily’s offensive and defensive rebounding never ceases to amaze us! We are very proud of her! That’s all for now. Write me whenever you can and share your news!

1984 Giving Participation: 10.25% · Total Class Dollars: $7,046

Susan Flanders Kleinschmidt M.S. ’92 100 Jacobs Creek Road Ewing, NJ 08628 (609) 771-0642 Ellen-Marie Samsen Knehans 1050 E. Skylark Ave. Ridgecrest, CA 93555 (760) 371-2353 Our condolences to Lynn Millar Ojarovsky whose father, Robert, died March 6, 2009. Our sympathy to the family of Austin Rinker Jr. M.S. ’84 who died Dec. 7, 2010, in Hagerstown, Md. Susan Flanders Kleinschmidt M.S. ’92 wrote: Greetings and Happy New Year to the Hood Class of 1984! As I write this, I am sure everyone is busy with the holidays and wrapping up 2010! I have heard from Sue Sutton Bartolotto recently. She and her family are still living in Woodbridge, Va. Sue’s husband John is still working at the Pentagon and Sue is substitute teaching at the elementary school where her son John is a third grader. Daughter Emily is a junior in high school and Hannah is in eighth grade. Oldest daughter Sarah is working in New Jersey. Sue has been in touch with Edie Orazi who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., and Natasha Keyian who lives in Florida. Sue is also in touch with Joyce Harris Steedman, Evy Hoban and Doreen Wilson Reck ’86. Cami Meyer wrote in from Racine, Wis. She is a vice president for Johnson Bank. Cami got together with Holly Goss Betts and husband Paul, who visited this past May. They enjoyed a Brewer’s game as Holly and Paul continue on their mission to visit every major and minor league baseball park in the country! Cami enjoyed a trip to Washington, D.C., in September to visit all the monuments and museums she missed while at Hood! Cami was able to catch up with Terry Rappoldt Stickles. Jennifer Julian Radcliffe wrote in from northern Virginia that her son Andrew received his Wings of Gold this past January. He is stationed with Patrol Squadron Ten (VP-10) at NAS Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Fla. He is currently on his first deployment. Daughter Claire is a senior at William and Mary and is looking at graduate schools. Claire interned with the U.S. Army again this past summer and worked at Arlington National Cemetery. Her job was to help document and compare current interment records with actual grave sites. Jennifer is busy in her third year teaching pre-K at Clifton Presbyterian Preschool. Jennifer also volunteers with Heroes’ Welcome out of the Dulles Airport. She greets World War II veterans coming to Washington, D.C., as part of the honor flight program and at the Dulles USO. Husband Roy is still at Welkin Associates, Ltd., supporting Navy TENCAP. Terry Rappoldt Stickles

reported about her get-together with Cami at the end of September in Washington, D.C. Terry recently took her son to visit Hood and was lucky enough to have Dr. Latkovski step out of a meeting to greet the prospective students. Terry commented that she knows what a great place Hood is but she thinks many of the other parents were pretty “wowed” that Dr. Latkovski took the time to talk to them and their prospective students! Terry’s daughter Bailey is attending a landscaping program at their vocational high school. Bailey also competes in the Special Olympics. She competes in swimming at Penn State Univ., and roller skating at Villanova Univ. Terry would love to hear from and/or meet up with any other alums who have family members participating in the Special Olympics. Suzanne Spilman Smith also recently checked in. Suzanne is employed as a quality assurance specialist for the federal government in a forensic laboratory. Suzanne and husband live in Stafford, Va., where they enjoy spending time with their German Shepard puppy Bruno. Suzanne and her husband enjoy traveling and have been on two Mediterranean cruises and a visit to Italy (Rome, Florence and Pisa). Suzanne is looking forward to a trip this spring celebrating her father-in-law’s 90th birthday and her in-laws’ 70th wedding anniversary. Suzanne keeps in contact with Paula Singleton Peace ’85 and Kim Collins Ketchum. Edie Orazi sends in a note that she and her amateur dance partner are ranked 10th out of 1,632 couples in the Dancesport Series for ballroom dancing. Congratulations, Edie. Life is busy with a 7-year-old in the family! We changed up our normal Jersey shore vacation this summer and ventured to Delaware. We enjoyed a week in Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City, Md. We were able to meet up with Karen Curtis-Craney M.A. ’93 and family the day after a hurricane rolled through. We were also able to meet and catch up with Bonnie Sell Crowther and husband Bob. My daughter’s favorite memory of the trip though was all the dolphins we saw! Thanks for all the news. Catch up with both Ellen and me on Facebook. See you online!

1985 Giving Participation: 6.03% · Total Class Dollars: $1,557

Sue Povich DelConte 960 New Dover Road Edison, NJ 08820 When I (Sue Povich DelConte) sent out my plea for Hood news via Facebook, I added our esteemed president Martha Church H’95 to the e-mail list. She graciously sent back the following note: “I am busy enjoying volunteering here in Sarasota, Fla.! I do several stints as a greeter at the magnificent John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and for the soon-to-be world class 2,000-meter regatta rowing site in Benderson Park, next to the Meadows where I now live in a lakeside condo!” It is so nice to hear that you are enjoying yourself, Dr. Church! I hope the Floridian alums are treating you well! Chris Rollins sent the following accomplishment: “I earned a bachelor’s degree at Hood. I have recently published a book. In its introduction, I mention Hood’s Professor Carol Kolmerten, who gave me permission to include her. “Tell It Like It Is: Truisms of Fundraising” is a how-to, intended to set young fund-raisers on the right path, remind practitioners of the basics and perhaps recalibrate the compass for a few of us old timers.  A little detail and an excerpt are available at On National Philanthropy Day, I was named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the South Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Additionally, I will be presenting at AFP’s international conference in Chicago in March.” Congratulations,


Chris! Martha Barrett Stevens sent a greeting on Facebook. She is still working as a learning specialist for St. Paul’s School in Maryland and sees Susan Bond Kearney every day at work. Martha feels like they’ve both been there forever! Martha adds, “Sorry to have missed the reunion this past spring but it was the same day my daughter Allison graduated from high school. She is now just finishing her first semester at the Univ. of Mary Washington in Virginia and thinks she wants to be an equine vet. Don’t know what I was thinking when I put her on that pony ride at the rec center in kindergarten! My son Andy is a freshman in high school and attends St. Paul’s as well. Caught up with the Spiegels this spring as our girls were graduating, which was fun, and time sure goes fast! I would love to see everyone soon since I missed the reunion. How about a happy hour in Frederick?” Here’s a brief update from Krista Ballentine Bland: “We moved from Colorado to Texas three years ago. Never thought I’d ever live in Texas on a cattle ranch. Hard to believe, I know. Past professions include software engineer, stay-at-home-mom, cafeteria cook and, currently, preschool aide. Our son Matt is 10 years old.” I also heard from grandma Zora Snyder-Siemasko, who is enjoying spending time with her granddaughter who “is doing well in second grade and will attend her first ballet (Nutcracker—what else here in Washington, D.C.?). I continue to work at SAIC as a systems engineer. My retired husband, Harvey Snyder, does some consulting still but spends a great deal of time at our new retirement house in Edinburg, Va. (beats hanging out in our “flip” in Tysons Corner!). I recently finished reading our classmate Chris Vitabile’s book, ‘Around St. Michaels.’ It was excellent and I highly recommend it, particularly to those who enjoy history as it’s made. Ran my second Marine Corps Marathon (on Halloween) and finished, which was my only goal!” Christine Santrizos Chagaris has been writing articles for the Greenwich Citizen and New York Metro Parents publications. Took a trip to New Hope, Pa., and finally visited the famous Bucks County Playhouse. She sends well wishes to her classmates. Congratulations to Meg Toia Walker who married Tom Oct. 17, 2010. Watching the countdown on Meg’s Facebook page is a reminder of what social networking can do when it is done right. I felt all the build up to the big day and enjoyed the gorgeous photos of Meg and Tom just hours after the big event! Meg has also recently received her scuba certification. Congrats all over the place! Susan Audino B.A. ’99 has moved to Ohio, and is immersed in the breeding and raising of alpacas. Thanks to Sue, I have added words like cria and tuis to my vocabulary. Check out Susan’s site at to see the most adorable crias you’ve ever seen! Jenny Bunch West M.A. ’93 has retired from the Frederick school system and relocated to Monticello, Ky. Based upon her Facebook page, it seems like she is working just as hard as she fixes up her new home. If any Hood alums are in the Kentucky area and know of a good Bunco group, please pass the word on to Jenny. New Facebook member Janice Peacock Spiegel and her family are doing well. They recently spent a few days at the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios in Florida. Their photos looked like they had a ball. Janice is a fantastic advocate for the youth in the Middletown, Md., area. We need more people like you, Pea, to be a voice for our kids! Sounds like Janice is seeing a trip to Ireland in her future as well! If I had to sum up the past six months in the Susan DelConte household, I would have to say the word is “genealogy!” Ross and I started out getting documents for his upcoming application for dual citizenship and before we knew it we had branched out the finding his half brother’s six other siblings (his 63-year-old brother had never met any of them) and my own roots as a Carpatho-Rusyn. Every day seems to bring a new hint to family and identities, and we are having a ball. We traveled to Rome again this summer and will be starting a half-hearted apartment search in a

small village in the Pescara where Ross’ family has lived for the past 500 or so years! Best wishes as we start the new year and keep the news coming!

1986 Giving Participation: 7.41% · Total Class Dollars: $3,356

25th Reunion June 10-12 Alison Drum Althouse 11818 Duxbury Place Midlothian, VA 23114 (804) 378-7541 Our condolences to the family of Kelly Davis Collins who died Dec. 7, 2010, in Toledo, Ohio. As we celebrate the holiday season and begin 2011, start thinking about our upcoming 25th class reunion in June! Reunion packets have been sent out, so remember to send in your R.S.V.P. and join us for the entire weekend, June 10-12. If you want to stay on campus (always my preference), that information will be included in the April 2011 mailing. Now, on to the news! Mike Birmingham shared that his daughter Madeline Birmingham ’14 is a Hood freshman and scored her first collegiate field hockey goal in Hood’s win over the College of Notre Dame (Md.). Congrats to our new Hoodlum! Robyn Bray Harrison and her husband Keith love being business owners (in Houston) and their two kids are keeping them very busy. Daughter Riley is in third grade, swims year-round and is doing kid triathlons. Wow! Son Quinn is in kindergarten, and plays baseball and tennis. Sounds like there’s never a dull moment, Robyn! Eleanor Chisholm Landauer and Peter just celebrated their 10th anniversary with a fabulous trip to China. They live in Baltimore and Eleanor works in Friends School’s development office. She’s active in the junior league and serves on Hood’s board of associates. Eleanor sees Ann Barry Mitchell and Margaret Bushwaller Powers often, and visited with Jacquie Hollands and Laura Bankert Shafer ’87 while in California last year. She also sees Jennifer Friel ’87, although not as often. Eleanor attended the Hood gala in October and was thrilled to see our alma mater thriving with such great success. My former roommate, Janet Drogin Wilson, and I (Alison Drum Althouse) have been able to visit a bit now that her daughter Riley Wilson ’14 is a Hood freshman. She and husband Kevin are glad to see their daughter enjoying her transition to college life at Hood! Josie Espino Calix had much to share with her classmates. She and her husband celebrated their 26th anniversary in December. Her oldest son, Jose, is married, working and going to college part time. Her twins, Anna Lisa and Juan Andres, turned 23 this December. Anna Lisa is about to graduate with a degree in elementary education and Juan Andres has just joined the Navy after attending the Tisch School of Performing Arts for three years. Her little 3½-year-old grandson is also doing well. Josie continues to teach Spanish at Central York High School in York, Pa. Sounds like a wonderfully busy life, Josie! Irene Flores is a registered yoga teacher and is in the throes of helping her seniorin-high-school daughter apply for college. Hope she ends up at Hood, Irene! Sue Hastings was back in Mozambique this summer (loved it!) and spent Christmas with her brother and his family in Angola, where he is stationed with the state department. She announced her recent promotion at work to government property administrator. Great job, Sue! Cathy Lepine M.A. ’91 just finished up her internship at Hood for administration 1 and 2, and received her master’s degree from Hood in 1991. She has two children and has been married for 16 years. She lives in Middletown and has been a teacher since she graduated! Lisa O’Brien


Henriques sent in lots of updates for us! Her son is a high school senior and she can’t believe how fast time has gone. Her daughter Liz is a junior at Chatham and is going to Belize in May for a May-mester abroad. Lisa met up with Audrey MacDonald Wilcox, Debbie Daly McClelland and Robin Samuelman Kalfaian ’87 in June, and visited with Tracy Tischer Concovia (who transferred to Georgetown after freshman year) at her home for cocktails. Sandy Nolan Nesbit ’88 joined them one day for lunch and the entire weekend was a blast! Mari Padilla Spina reports that she enjoys being back in the workforce as a medical malpractice consultant, which gives her enough flexibility to be there for her kids. She had lunch with Mari Martinez Vazquez ’87 and is looking forward to our 25th reunion! Juliann Phebus Menke shared that she’s still working for Lake Oconee Dentistry in Georgia while her husband George is now retired. Her daughter Christina is job hunting in Greensboro, and her daughter Lauren is in her second year of med school in the Air Force Reserves and is recently engaged. Sounds like everyone’s doing well, Julie! Gemmi Teleki de Szek Revay sent in a quick update from Vienna, Austria, that she and her son Arpad are doing well. Gemmi is in her second year as a native English speaker teacher at a private Catholic school where Arpad will attend first grade next fall. He loves kindergarten and is a bright, engaging and fun little boy. Just what we’d expect from your son, Gemmi! As for me, I (Alison Drum Althouse) now am an official “empty nester” as our younger son Evan is a freshman at Seton Hill Univ. (Pa.), where he’ll be playing Division II lacrosse this spring. Our older son Drew Althouse ’12 is a junior at Hood and is very involved as a second-year resident assistant and member of the lacrosse team. Thankfully, Michael and I love spending time together because we are constantly traveling to Annapolis (I photographed Navy football games again this fall), Hood and Seton Hill. My sports photography business is going well. Feel free to check out my website at! I hope to see many of you at reunion in June. Let’s make it a record attendance for our class!

1987 Giving Participation: 4.95% · Total Class Dollars: $2,100

Marcie Kendall Gibboney 1786 E. Harrison Ave. Salt Lake City, UT 84108 (801) 583-2434 Please note new e-mail address! Hope this finds everyone doing well in the new year! Please note that I (Marcie Kendall Gibboney) have a new e-mail address, so please update your records. A few quick things to report on my end: I know some people hate social networks while others love them, but I will say this month that I’m a huge fan of Facebook. It is great just to connect with friends and I’m proud to say that Martha Church H’95 is one of my newest friends. How cool is that? She insists that we all call her Martha now but it is great to reconnect with a woman that I admired so much during our years at Hood and still do. She even gave me some advice on what to do with my kitten, who insists on climbing up our Christmas tree. Maria Schroeder, another Facebook friend, and I recently saw each other during her family’s annual ski trip to Park City, Utah! I won’t even say how many years it has been (and we look the same anyway) but it was so great to see Maria, and meet her husband and two boys! Maria was the one responsible for introducing me to my husband during our senior year. I just found out today that a commercial I wrote and produced was one of the winning entries of the Utah Film Commission’s Spot On commercial contest. It will




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be shown during the Sundance Film Festival. A link to the commercial can be found at com/watch?v=qDsEc2oiaN4. Ok, enough reminiscing from me. The very young Marta Vila-Storm M.S. ’95 wrote that she is still coordinating the Secret Sister gift exchange for the Hoodmom e-mail loop after seven years! She still lives in Pennsylvania, and her daughter Gabriela is now in the ninth grade. Getting the award for coolest place to submit class news goes to Laura Zaccardi for sending a note while on vacation in Costa Rica. Laura just finished her second Marine Corps Marathon in October while raising money for Eden Family Services in Princeton, N.J. Congratulations, Laura! She’s an organizational development consultant currently contracting with Catalent Pharma Solutions in Somerset, N.J., and lives in a restored warehouse in the artists’ district of Jersey City across the river from Manhattan. Stephanie Schwartz Pain got a new job with Frederick County Public Schools and she’s back teaching first grade full time. She loves it and is working on hosting a student teacher from Hood who was in her first grade class back when she taught the first time around. Ann Wakimoto Patterson wrote that her daughter Ali Sue is a first-year at the Univ. of Virginia and her son Nate is a high school freshman who is just starting to play ice hockey. Ann is still working full time at a financial services trade association in downtown Washington, D.C., doing communications and member relations work. Ann would love to do lunch and reconnect with friends. You can contact her at Last but not least, I’d like to appeal to the Class of 1987 to help me think of a better way to gather news for our column or more exciting ways to present it. I tried using the e-mail list and really didn’t get any responses, so then asked some friends on Facebook (again!) to help. If you have any ideas, please send me an e-mail. Thanks to everyone who submitted an update!

1988 Giving Participation: 3.36% · Total Class Dollars: $440

Susan Boebel Alis 2637 Sir Thomas Way Williamsburg, VA 23185 Our condolences to the family of Ann Omohundro Milstead M.A. ’88 who died Nov. 24, 2010. Greetings to the Class of 1988! Hope this finds everyone doing well and enjoying their winter! Please feel free to forward me (Susan Boebel Alis) any news and updates to the above e-mail addresses. For those of you on Facebook, you can send me updates that way as well! I am finally building my e-mail distribution list and was able to e-mail many of you for your updates. If you would like to be included, please send me your e-mail address. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. Sharon Lieske LaMonica wrote that she lives back in her hometown of Rising Sun, less than a mile from where she grew up. Her children are now 14 (Lucas) and 12 (Morgan). They are trying to adopt Anthony, nearly 3. They are in their fourth year of homeschooling and she said it’s one of the best decisions they have ever made. Sharon is a 4-H leader and they are very active in their church. The only alum she hears from is Eve Ryba Rothenberg. She would love to hear from classmates and can be reached at lamonica@ Beth Baldwin wrote that she and her husband, and their son Alexander (who will be 3 in January) moved to the San Francisco Bay area in October. Before leaving the East Coast, they got together with some Hood alums, including Emma Rahman ’90, Caroline Hustead Poblete, Barbara Fulwood, Angela Chan and Julie Mai Kan. All but Angela, who

lives outside Princeton, N.J., are still in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. She reports that everyone looks great and all are doing well. Julie Brinkman reports that she, Tibetha Owen ’90, Melissa HubbardAllen ’90 and Eileen Lednum Downey ’91, M.B.A. ’09 got together in late October for lunch. The four of them try to get together on a semi-regular basis. Julie was also able to attend the Hood choral performance of Messiah. Julie also keeps in touch with Carla Jackson Hairston ’90; Tammie Nicodemus Kincaid B.A. ’91, M.S. ’97 and her husband Bill; Magaly Mauras Green ’74, M.A. ’79; Franny Delaplaine Randall ’45, H ’06; Deedee Randall Luttrell ’80, M.S. ’86 (she is Frannie’s daughter and an alum); and the parents of current choir member Joshua Rathod ’11. Julie also attended the Christmas Vespers service at Hood where she “was blessed to hear wonderful music from all of the different student ensembles.” I have been busy teaching second grade in Williamsburg with the Williamsburg-James City County Schools. It’s hard to believe I began my teaching career 16 years ago! I am still involved with our local Girl Scouts and helping Mackenzie begin the work toward her Gold Award. Roman teaches as well and we are beginning to think about his retirement. I can’t believe we are at that point in his career! Mackenzie, 13, is now in the eighth grade and continues to drum with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drum Corps. Hope you enjoyed your holidays and had safe travels!

1989 Giving Participation 7.66% · Total Class Dollars: $2,465

Carole Smith Neal (310) 382-6995

1991 Giving Participation: 5.86% · Total Class Dollars: $1,955

20th Reunion June 10-12 Ellen Urbanski 880 N. Pollard St., #723 Arlington, VA 22203 (703) 528-7376 Our condolences to the family of Elizabeth Cavanaugh M.A. ’91 who died Jan. 12, 2011, in Baltimore, Md.

1992 Giving Participation: 2.18% · Total Class Dollars: $690

Sally Altland Mason 2725 Castanea Court York, PA 17402 Michelle Barr Raynesford 300 W. 12th St. Hays, KS 67601 Seana Rafferty-Hanson 197 Merrimack Drive P.O. Box 376 Falling Waters, WV 25419

1993 Giving Participation: 1.99% · Total Class Dollars: $2,939

The Class of ’89 keeps up with each other on Facebook. Avery Beeson is still as witty as ever and sent in her latest update. “After 13 years of ‘living’ with the Pepto-Bismol-colored tub and loud, flowery wallpaper,” she said, “Kim Meek ’91 and I have a newly renovated bathroom. No other milestones to report.” Andrea Palmer-Kibbe wrote, “I live in Silver Spring, Md., with Mark and our two kids—Olivia, 17, and Sawyer, 14. Olivia has just applied to Hood! We took a tour in September and it was so fun to see the campus more than 20 years after I attended! I also got to spend time with Alison Drum Althouse ’86 and Bambi Volatile-Johnston ’88 during our visit to the campus. I’m currently working at a costume shop that both rents and sells costumes, and I continue to work with local schools and theater groups providing props and some consulting. I even made my stage debut in community theater this past June with Rockville Little Theatre! Facebook has been a great way to reconnect with Hoodlums. I recently reconnected with Cindy Marzulli Daly ’84 when she came into the costume shop to rent a costume at Halloween! I also had a visit with Natalie Rivers Bruno ’85 on her annual visit to the U.S. from France and met her beautiful daughter Frances. I look forward to catching up on Facebook and in person with many more old friends from Hood.”

1990 Giving Participation: 3.21% · Total Class Dollars: $692

Dawn Oakley 17 Algonquin Drive Huntington Station, NY 11746-2032 (631) 673-6244 Congratulations to Alicia Russo M.S. ’90 who was recently elected partner of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.

Marcelle Doll 109 Grand St., Apt. 203 Hoboken, NJ 07030-8542 (201) 459-9403

1994 Giving Participation: 2.14% · Total Class Dollars: $285

Yibeli Galindo-Baird 3153 Mimi Court Marina, CA 93933 (831) 883-8382 Brandi Lohrig Kuriny is still living in Baltimore City and is a stay-at-home mom with six children—Madison, 13; David Jr., 10; Meara, 8; Celia, 6; Joseph, 4; and Ivan, 16 months. Husband Dave is still a police officer and working in the Laurel area.

1995 Giving Participation: 0.36% · Total Class Dollars: $25

Jacki Resop Amato 100 Manor Ave. Baltimore, MD 21206 Happy New Year! I (Jacki Resop Amato) hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season. Please feel free to send me your updates any time throughout the year. It is always fun catching up with my fellow Hoodlums. And you can look me up on Facebook. I have many Hoodlum friends from all graduating years who send me updates through Facebook. I have a very active toddler named Julianna but I do try and check


it often. In the fall, Jewel Smith ’96 and I (along with my daughter) visited Kim Unseld out on her farm in Carroll County. We had a terrific lunch and caught up on friends and family. Our condolences to the family of Leah Szympruch Stephens who died July 1, 2010. Kathleen Grady Harne is a lieutenant for Frederick County, Md., Fire & Rescue. She married Brent in 2004; became a registered nurse in 2005; and gave birth to Makenzie in April 2006 and twins, Delanie and Dylan, in October 2008. She would love to hear from Rayford, Spanish House, Memorial and AJC friends! Congratulations to Andrea Walter and her husband Christopher on the birth of their daughter Avery June Barry July 7, 2010. Avery is named after her great-grandmother, June Stufft Campbell ’45. Have a great 2011!

1996 Giving Participation: 4.3% · Total Class Dollars: $1,646

15th Reunion June 10-12 Jewel Smith 906 S. Washington St., #313 Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-7668 Our condolences to Rachel Spangler whose aunt, Hazel Spangler Burke ’80, died July 27, 2010, in Waynesboro, Pa. Thanks for the updates; keep them coming. And here’s the news for now. Angela Schmuck Bond has been busy over the last year and a half. She went back to college for her elementary education certification. She finished class in December and, starting in January, will be student teaching second grade at Baresville Elementary in Hanover, Pa. She is so excited to be finishing with classes (homework and papers—ugh!) and to be moving into the classroom. As for me (Jewel Smith), the summer was good. I planned a family reunion for 150. It was a handful to say the least but worth it nonetheless. And, I spent 10 days in Vietnam and China in September! It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. China was great but Vietnam was fantastic! In closing, 2011 marks 15 years since we graduated from Hood on that hot, muggy (my face is shiny in all my pictures!) day. As reunion class chair, I would like to increase our participation to 15 percent before June 10, the date of Reunion Weekend. For those of you just starting to give, I challenge each of you to donate $15 in honor of those 15 years away from Hood. For those of you who have already given, I challenge you to donate an additional $15. The sooner you give, the sooner we will reach our goal! One gift. Any size. Visit today! Be safe and warm this winter. Hope to see you in June at reunion.

1997 Giving Participation: 1.89% · Total Class Dollars: $750

Heather Rundle Rembold 37 E. River Drive Beaufort, SC 29907 (843) 770-9940 Our condolences to the family of William Wysling Jr. who died Oct. 6, 2010, in Frederick. Kenya Brown Fusciello B.A. ’06 presented a paper on the retreatment of archaeological iron temporarily submerged in brackish waters for a conference held in Stuttgart, Germany, in August. During that time she visited several museums and architectural wonders in Paris and visited her in-laws in Italy. Stateside, she recently secured a contract from the National Park Service in Jamestown,

Va., working as a museum specialist, and she is negotiating potential contracts with other museums to perform painting conservation work. She and her husband Fabio relocated from Annapolis, Md., to Williamsburg, Va., during the first week of September. Her husband currently works as a graphic designer for a company in Baltimore and continues his graphic design certification. Art history and archaeology students interested in archaeological and painting conservation may contact Kenya at


Amy Ziegenfuss ’95

1998 Giving Participation: 1.59% · Total Class Dollars: $1,275

Blythe Chambers 23620 Oakland Cove San Antonio, TX 78258 Season’s greetings, fellow Class of 1998 alums! Please contact me (Blythe Chambers) with your personal news and updates for the class column. Stephanie Clark is currently working for Accenture on an engagement with Pfizer pharmaceuticals. She still keeps in touch with many Hoodlums but catches up with Malecia Walker ’97, Sally Schaeffer and Allison Bell ’99 on a regular basis. She resides in Philadelphia with her daughter Sonja, 7; would love to hear what others are up to; and would appreciate catching up with others at Rebecca Sunderlin Riggins and her husband Seth welcomed their daughter Sarah Emily into the world Aug. 25, 2010. Everyone is doing well and loving this new adventure! Congratulations to Becca and Seth! Becca is an assistant professor in the department of oncology at Georgetown Univ., and Seth is a financial administrator and analyst in the office of the chief of naval operations. They live in Springfield, Va. Congratulations to Angela Gennaccaro Brooke and her husband on the birth of their daughter Aubry. She was born at 6:10 a.m., Dec. 13, 2010. 

1999 Giving Participation: 0.7% · Total Class Dollars: $75

Amy Countryman Stavely 623 Lions Gate Lane Odenton, MD 21113 (410) 674-7564

Hood’s Influences Resonate With Alumna in the United Kingdom Amy Ziegenfuss graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Hood in 1995. Although she went on to receive her M.B.A. from The George Washington University in 2001, it was her experiences at Hood and in England that contributed to her successful transition to living and working overseas. At Hood, Amy was fortunate to be exposed to an array of cultures and global views through the College’s sizeable international student population, its numerous multicultural events and a host of courses that focused on international topics and literature. She credits those things, coupled with her experiences and the lifelong friendships made while studying at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, as the stepping stones to living and working in the U.K. after college. One of the most valuable things she has learned from living abroad is the understanding that not

Congratulations to Stacy Nelson Wright and Ira Wright ’05 who welcomed a baby girl, Natalie Grace, to their family in September 2010. She joins big brother Nicholas. Amanda Myers Norman and husband Jon welcomed baby Benjamin Stoddard Norman Oct. 22, 2010. Shannon Mack and Kelli Jessum have visited the new family, who live in Sykesville, Md. After years working in corporate finance in the Boston area, Nectaria Kordan left the workforce to pursue a master of business administration degree at Northeastern Univ. She has just completed her first semester and is heading to Long Island, Bahamas, where she is volunteering for St. Paul’s Fellowship of Labor, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Orthodox monastic communities. In the Bahamas, she will help build a church but will be sure to intersperse with fun in the sun, including jumping into Dean’s Blue Hole, the world’s deepest blue hole. When she’s not studying, Nectaria can be found on Facebook catching up with fellow Hood alumni and performing in local community theater productions. Jane Ruffino is living in Dublin, Ireland. She works as a freelance radio and print journalist, TV researcher and occasional writer, and teaches writing and communications as part of a digital media skills program. She co-produces a live variety show called “Chaos Thaoghaire” ( and

everyone thinks or approaches decision-making situations in the same way as Americans. With that in mind, she tries to view things from all perspectives and challenges herself to keep an open mind about work and life circumstances. Amy has come to appreciate being American even more than she did when she was living in the States. “Our optimism and positive ‘can-do’ attitude is something not every culture shares,” she said. “Those attitudes have certainly served me well in my pursuit of career and personal growth.” Amy is grateful to the many professors who served as her mentors, encouraged her to pursue her ambitions and enriched her college experience, including her adviser Mark Sandona, Ph.D.; Donna Bertazzoni; Al Weinberg; Carol Kolmerten, Ph.D., Ann Boyd, Ph.D.; and Len Latkovski, Ph.D. Amy continues to live in London and works for Choice Hotels-Europe as a marketing director.




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is deputy director of programmes for Mindfield (http://, an international festival of ideas to be held in Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland, in 2011. She always loves to hear from fellow Hood alums, especially those who plan to find themselves in Dublin. Helen Libby wrote, “Here’s a quick update. I’m still in the panhandle of Florida and got married Dec. 22 in San Antonio, Texas, at Randolph Air Force Base. My other half, Steve Phipps, is active duty Air Force. I am working as the Air Force emergency management scientist; am a graduate student at Florida State Univ., working on my doctoral degree in biomedical science; and am a professional tri-athlete. My races should take me back to Maryland this year, over to Texas and down to Clearwater. No rest! I still eat a ton (that’s why I had to start running). Hope you are doing great! I can’t wait to see what everyone’s been up to!” Kenya Ray has made several career transitions since graduating Hood. Right after graduation, Kenya began her career at Washington, D.C.’s WTOP radio station and, for two years, had a phenomenal experience at the news desk and working on the station’s website. Kenya then moved on to a brief first-grade teaching position in Baltimore City Public Schools; then worked four years as a workers compensation adjuster and senior adjuster before discovering her first love—human resources. After two years in leadership positions at Sysco Food Services and Whole Foods Market, she landed a position working for the biggest, baddest brand on the planet! As the current senior manager of benefits and compliance for Under Armour®, Kenya has a great story to tell of the last two and a half years, receiving two internal promotions in 2010 alone. She also obtained a master’s degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in May 2010. She is currently living in Baltimore City with her 9-yearold daughter and 6-year-old son.

2000 Giving Participation: 2.51% · Total Class Dollars: $2,382

Suzanne Benson 3127 Clearview Ave. Parkville, MD 21234-7143 Stephanie Schmidt wrote, “Ben and I eloped to New Hampshire. I not only gained a wonderful husband that day but a beautiful 6-year-old stepdaughter, Natalie! We came home from our honeymoon to close on our new home. Life has been hectic but wonderful.” I (Suzanne Benson) am still working as an accountant in Glen Burnie but moved this past year from Baltimore County to Baltimore City (“I love City Life!”). My daughter Bella, 5, is currently in kindergarten (at the same school as Nora Bucke’s son and one street over from Cheron Jones’ son’s school) but eventually headed for Hood. I recently ran into Tricia Muir at a Darius Rucker concert in the Inner Harbor. The two of us reminisced about Hood as country ballads played in the background. Lara Wilson Girdler is now working for Granite Services International Inc., as an ERP coordinator at the local GE Plant. Her husband James is now working part time for PetSmart after being a full-time stay-at-home dad since October 2008. Lara’s son Austin is doing well in second grade and just earned his second strip in Tae Kwon Do class. Lara’s daughter Ashley is doing wonderfully in kindergarten and already reading at a first-grade level! Lara and family are looking forward to a rewarding 2011! Jaime Piper Fontanazza and family welcomed Joseph David, born Nov. 4, 2010, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 19.6 inches long. Big sister Ella, 3, and big brother Tate, 20 months, are thrilled to have a new baby brother to love and are big helpers to mommy and Daddy! Jenifer Kilpatrick M.A. ’03 married Alex Sincevich Jan. 1, 2010. The two welcomed their first child, Xander Franklin, born July 12, 2010. Jen now

enjoys being a full-time mommy and works part time for the Mental Health Association in Frederick. Erica Crispens Sowash was promoted in June to a supply chain systems coordinator at Under Armour®. In her new role, she is responsible for new supplier set-up and system training, as well as for existing vendor system support. Destiny Wong currently resides in Elmhurst, N.Y., and can be reached at Cheron Jones is still in Baltimore, Md., working as a research supervisor at the Univ. of Maryland. She graduates next summer with a master of business administration degree. Her son Dorian Hale, 8, is in the third grade at Gilman School and doing very well. She misses her Hood years dearly and hopes this update finds everyone well!! After six years of working for the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The Johns Hopkins Univ., Tracey Adams took a job in November 2010 with the school of nursing at JHU. She is still working on going to nursing school and hopes that her current job will help propel her in that direction. Horses are still a major part of her life and she continues to work part time at a farm in Carroll County, where she keeps her Morgan mare April. She still hears from Rhonda Schwinabart and Heatherly Hodges. The three try to get together at least once every six months for a face-to-face meeting! Nora Bucke is still living in Baltimore and works at the State Highway Administration in the environmental programs divison. (Coincidentally, Beverley Swaim-Staley ’77, M.A. ’82, H’10 is Maryland’s secretary of transportation. Small world!) Nora’s son Asuman turned four years old in September. That same month, Nora visited California. She reports that Rachael Dyda showed her a fabulous time in San Francisco. Finally, Nora was recently at a Maryland Water Monitoring Council conference in November when she ran into one of her former Hood professors, Dr. Ferrier, who was there with some of his students. Jennifer Lidie Babu has worked for Verizon for almost eight years now and is still happily married to Vino. Aaron, Jennifer’s oldest, is in first grade and just started Cub Scouts. Jennifer’s youngest son Nicholas is in preschool and enjoying swimming lessons. Jennifer met up with Shanna Suddath Grimes, Lara Wilson Girdler and Penny McLaughlin Purtell ’01 in December to celebrate the season. Jaime Kowzun Appenzeller is working as a human resources manager for a service disabled veteran-owned government contractor in Columbia, Md.  Her son Tyler is 2½ and is so much fun! Her husband Jeremy works at Howard County General Hospital in the cardiac cath lab. Jaime hosted a fall picnic with her close Hood alum friends and their families, and they got together again for a holiday brunch in December. Lauren Whiting Younker M.S. ’08 is still teaching second grade at Middletown Primary School in Middletown, Md. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Hood. Her daughter Daylie is a second-grader and her son Ty is almost 4. Robyn Fougner-Ugiansky is the stay-athome mom of three daughters—Lindsey, 8; Ashley, 6; and Sierra, 4. She and husband R Jay are moving to Millersville, Md., to a six-acre property, where they hope to eventually begin a fruit and nut trees/day lilies/other assorted plants, nursery business. Robyn has seen Amy Countryman Stavely ’99 off and on for the past couple of years since they live in the same area. Robyn is on Facebook and would love you to look her up! Kat Onrubia O’Toole started her own photography business. Kelly Cross Bennett recently had her second child, daughter Abigail Elizabeth, born Sept. 2. Sarah Gulnac Wirth is still living in Frederick with her husband of nine years, Shawn; their 3 ½-year-old daughter Ella Rose; and their new baby boy Micah Christian, born May 6, 2010. Sarah enjoys being a full-time mommy and a part-time counselor. Thanks to everyone who sent me their info for this column, as I continue to work on getting as much info in our column as possible! Best wishes for 2011.

2001 Giving Participation: 3.2% · Total Class Dollars: $810

10th Reunion June 10-12 Holly Kirkpatrick 1426 Hallman Road Roslyn, PA 19001 Heidel Goldenman 16 Cedarwood Road Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 744-4459 Greetings to all in your respective corners of the world! Although things have settled down for our classmates, Holly and I (Heidel Goldenman) are delighted to share the news of a few as we prepare for our 10th reunion. Christine Acquarulo started a new job in April 2010 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a psychiatric therapist II. Kelli Crown Ahern and her husband bought a new house in Columbia, Pa., shared with 3-year-old son Liam. Kelli wrote that she still teaches preschool while her husband completes his master of business administration degree at York College. Congratulations to Robin Deniker Morgenstern M.S. ’06 and husband, Chad, who are enjoying the pleasures of parenting their two daughters, Yasmin Rose Morgenstern, born May 23, 2006, and Anya Sofia Morgenstern, born May 25, 2010. Robin wrote that she loves being a full-time mom right now! Congratulations to Megan Kula and her husband, Curran, on the birth of their twins, Crosby Wyatt and Darcy Catherine, Sept. 28, 2010. Both weighed 4 lbs, 4 ounces and arrived naturally within eight minutes of each other. On a personal note, I (Heidi Goldenman) completed my master’s degree in intercultural communication at UMBC in December 2010 to both my and my husband’s delight (anyone who has been a spouse of someone in school can understand)! As part of my program, I also had the wonderful opportunity to study teaching French as a foreign language in Nancy, France, during the fall 2009 semester. The trip also allowed me to catch up with two former French language assistants—Estelle Renaud Caugy and Caroline Paillot Maisonneuve—and their families in Strasbourg and Lyon, respectively. Caroline, husband Eric and son Valentin, also welcomed an addition to the family—daughter Capucine—Feb. 24, 2010. It was fantastic to catch up with old friends, then return to a change of jobs, teaching French and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Howard Community College. At a recent conference, I also caught up with Amy Estell who regaled me with stories of teaching ESL in South Korea for 2½ years. Julie McCutcheon, living in Emmitsburg, Md., is also enjoying a new job as the winter group sales manager at Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll Valley, Pa. Penny McLaughlin Purtell and husband welcomed their first bundle of joy, Jacob Gregory, Feb. 3, 2010; while Melissa Paulk Ni, husband Steve, and 3-year-old Nathaniel are celebrating the birth of their second child, daughter Elizabeth Anne, born March 6, 2010. The family continues to reside in Vienna, Va. Congratulations also goes out to Sabrina Quaraishi, who was promoted to her current client relations manager position at Bankers without Borders®. Sabrina and her hubby also headed to Peru for a vacation to attend a wedding and lived a long-awaited dream of seeing Machu Picchu! Lisa Zaleski is in her second year of a dermatology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. She recently presented a case of scleroderma at the 2010 Cosmetic Surgery Forum in Las Vegas, Nev. Tim and Amy Markowski Best welcomed daughter Ava Shannon Nov. 23, 2010, at 2:48 p.m., weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and 20 ½ inches long. She joins big


brothers Mason, 5, and Levi, 3. Thanks to all of you for sharing your news. I know Holly and I look forward to seeing you during Reunion Weekend at Hood!

2002 Giving Participation: 3.86% · Total Class Dollars: $370

Michael Dillman M.S. ’06 8105 Clearfield Road Frederick, MD 21702-9485 (301) 620-2012 Lindsay Reed Maines consults for entertainment companies about using social media to engage women. She founded a site with Lifetime Digital (www. and edits the “Just For Fun” channel. She’ll be presenting a core conversation about digital marketing at South by Southwest Interactive in March 2011. This is Lindsay’s second year speaking at SXSW. She’s also hosting a conference in San Diego Aug. 2, 2011, titled “Women Create Media.” Tracks include fiction, nonfiction, magazine writing and getting started. More information is available at Lindsay’s personal site is www. Jen Cinclair was promoted to pastry chef at Spoon (17 W. 20th St., New York, NY) and was filmed for a “Food(ography)” episode on pies for the cooking channel. Marny Spearman is currently in her fifth year of teaching in the Catholic school system in Stamford, Conn. She is back/still living with the folks but hopes to be moving out into a place of her own soon. (Yea!) Marny keeps in contact with her Hoodlums on Facebook.

2003 Giving Participation: 5.38% · Total Class Dollars: $1,485

Charnita Garvin 106 Colton St. Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 Jennifer Webb Benmouna earned a graduate certificate in software engineering from Univ. of Maryland, College Park, in May 2010. Leah Giambarresi C ’05, M.S. ’10 wrote, “I (finally!) completed my master’s degree in biomedical science with a concentration in regulatory compliance at Hood in May 2010. It’s really weird not being a Hood student anymore after being one for almost 11 years!” Congratulations to Michelle Wilkins Andersen and her husband, Scott, on the birth of my third child, Brynn Alexandra, July 16, 2010, in Jacksonville, N.C. Naomi Levine Levinthal and husband, Eli, welcomed daughter Ava Judith Aug. 25, 2010. Ava joins big brother Joseph.

2004 Giving Participation: 6.05% · Total Class Dollars: $1,140

Michelle Donati 13216 S. 38th Place Phoenix, AZ 85044-8200 (602) 373-8656 Chanda Gilmore Congratulations to Katie Nash M.B.A. ’08 and her husband, Corey Stottlemyer, on the birth of their second child, Liberty Helen Virginia Stottlemyer July 31, 2010. Congratulations to Beth Woodworth Carr and her husband, Matthew, on the birth of their first child, Sevryn Simone Faris. Sara Lewis is currently

training to become a doula and has relocated to Weehawken, N.J., with her husband and son. Susan Nasr is currently in her first year of medical school at the Univ. of Rochester. Erin Cullison graduated from the Univ. of Delaware with a doctoral degree in biological sciences in May 2010. She accepted a post-doctoral research position at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont. Cara Overcash Orr graduated with a master’s in medical science in physician assistant studies from Arcadia Univ., in Glenside, Pa., in May 2010. She is working as a physician assistant in family medicine in a community health center in Philadelphia. Suzanne Griger M.B.A. ’07 married Daniel Roberts Oct. 9, 2010, at Stoney Creek Farm in Boonsboro, Md. They honeymooned in Luray, Va., and revisited the cutest winery ever. Lauren Davies married Justice Tito Rosario May 29, 2010, in Clarksburg, Md. Bridesmaids included Jessica Lertora and Stephanie LeBlanc Shunda, and guests included Nancy Hoffman Hennessey ’83 and Margaret Bull Larsen ’74, M.S. ’79. They went to Maui, Hawaii, for their honeymoon and currently live in Russett, Md.

2005 Giving Participation: 5.42% · Total Class Dollars: $570

Leslie Beck Hughan 2807 Spindle Lane Bowie, MD 20715 (301) 464-0752 Congratulations to Ira Wright and Stacy Nelson Wright ’99 who welcomed a baby girl, Natalie Grace, to their family in September 2010. She joins big brother Nicholas. Leslie Beck Hughan moved to Bowie, Md., in October. Judie Evans is working on a second master’s degree in library science (her first master’s from Georgetown Univ., is in English). In November, she moved to Bowie and began working in the Thurgood Marshall Library at Bowie State Univ. Jennifer Harmon has moved. Her new address is 2554 Shavano Lane, North Pole, AK 99705. Evelyn Holcomb Gosnell is now a regulatory analyst at CONNOR Institute in Baltimore. In November, Jessica Holthaus was hired as a communications/outreach specialist for the public affairs office of the Georgia Department of Agriculture in Atlanta. She bought a house in Lithia Springs, Ga., in March. If you would like to reconnect with her, Jessica’s e-mail address is Sarah Robinson married Matthew Rathbun Aug. 14 at the First United Methodist Church of Murfreesboro in Murfreeboro, Tenn. Hood alums Judie Evans and Leslie Beck Hughan served as the maid and matron of honor, respectively, and Maggie Hasselbach served as a bridesmaid. In December, Sarah earned a master’s of accountancy degree from Belmont Univ., and began working as a staff accountant in the audit department at Lattimore, Black Morgan & Cain. Charlene Vestermark earned a medical degree and graduated in May from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, she is completing an internship in internal medicine with the Army at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio. She also married Allan Gibb Sept. 3 in Lancaster, Pa. Jennifer Dunn Brown earned a master’s in education from Towson Univ. in 2008 and is now working on a second master’s in reading at Goucher College. She and husband, Dane, who is stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy teaching electrical engineering, recently moved to Arnold, Md. She started a new job as an intervention specialist at Georgetown East Elementary in Annapolis. Sarah Hoover is working as an administrative assistant for Saint-Gobain in Northboro, Mass. She moved to Marlborough, Mass., and will start working on a master’s degree in global


management in May. Jillian Kotmair married Andrew Bright July 17. Hood alums Lauren Sebald Noll and Joanna Grauel were the matron and maid of honor in the ceremony. Jennifer Palmer Schwartz gave birth to a daughter, Natalie Marie Schwartz, Oct. 5.

2006 Giving Participation: 3.35% · Total Class Dollars: $1,050

5th Reunion June 10-12 Amy Beekley 8041 Broken Reed Court Frederick, MD 21701 Sharia Barksdale 5101 Freeman Drive Temple Hills, MD 20748 Katie Hess-Reichard was married in October 2006 and adopted a shelter cat named Irvin. Katie also recently accepted a full-time student and teaching assistant position, and is in her second year of a threeyear professional degree—a master’s of landscape architecture. She relocated to State College, Pa. Her new address is 1000 W. Aaron Drive, F5, State College, PA 16803. On June 2, 2010, Shanté Lingham welcomed son Caleb Jaxon to the world. Michelle Manella recently got engaged to Joshua Kremer. Michelle and Josh will be married Oct. 15, 2011, in Baltimore. They also recently purchased their first home in Perry Hall, Md., and are so excited to begin their future together! On Nov. 7, Singleton Newman’s radio show, “Politic With Permiss,” was one of the 2010 winners of Best Baltimore Media for the Fourth Annual Baltimore Crown Awards. “Politic With Permiss,” which Singleton cohosts, airs live each Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m., on WOLB 1010 AM (Radio One). The Baltimore Crown Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes underground urban music and entertainment. Also, on Nov. 15, 2010, Singleton earned a Resolution Award from the Baltimore City Council in recognition for her coordination and leadership in a Rock the Vote campaign. Singleton was given her award during a special ceremony at Baltimore City Hall. It was presented by Baltimore City Councilman of the 12th district Carl Stokes and president of the Baltimore City Council, the Honorable Jack Young. Rock the Vote was a concert that was put together by members of the radio show “Politic With Permiss,” Konan Productions, Merdj Media Group and Swagg Nation, in collaboration with Radio One, to encourage young people to vote. They held a big show on Bourbon Street in Baltimore, Md., which included performances from some of the top urban talent in Baltimore. Councilman Stokes recognized Singleton and her colleagues for all their hard work. Amy Vaughan transferred to a new school in Harford County and is about to finish a master’s degree in curriculum and educational technology from Loyola! Amber Miller Vince is the proud new mom of a bouncing baby boy, Randy A. Vince III, born June 7, 2010. Congratulations to Keri Wenderoth Magness who received a master’s degree in leadership in teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in May 2010. Keri also welcomed daughter Kylie Louise June 30, 2010.

2007 Giving Participation: 1.36% · Total Class Dollars: $180

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2008 Giving Participation: 2.7% · Total Class Dollars: $475

Megan Phillips 805 H Stratford Way Frederick, MD 21701 (301) 514-8802 The Class of 2008 continues to keep busy and it’s been great hearing from everyone throughout the year. Hannah Grant recently started a master’s degree in the teaching program at Mount St. Mary’s Univ., and started working as a graduate assistant at MSMU as well. David Dohan is a police officer in Philadelphia. Jamie Bussey is keeping busy as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa. She has organized and facilitated the construction of a three-classroom school building at the secondary school where she teaches. If you’d like to know more, visit her blog at Keep up the great work, Jamie! Jessica Reazin and family welcomed son Benjamin to the family June 20. Kate Scher now works as an accounts payable analyst at AOL. Yael Guillaume is full of happy news. Yael and I

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(Megan Phillips) recently caught up with each other in town and I am thrilled to announce her engagement to Matthew Elden. They are planning an April wedding in Jamaica. In addition, Yael is still working on her master of business administration degree at Hood and was recently promoted from membership marketing to do marketing for air safety outreach at Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Frederick. Former history teacher Sierra Bair accepted a promotion as a library media specialist at the Spring Grove Area High School. Sierra’s other big news is her engagement to Michael Rhodes ’06, M.B.A. ’09. They are planning a December 2012 wedding. April Adams graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore, in May 2009. She moved to the Deep Creek Lake area and now works for the department of social services as a child protective service investigator. April married Mike Stansbury Aug. 28, 2010, in Carroll County, Md. Will Skaarup and Julie DiFebo ’09 were engaged in July and are planning a wedding in Julie’s hometown of York, Pa., in April 2012. Will is doing graduate work in experimental psychology at Catholic Univ., in Washington, D.C., and Julie currently teaches yoga in York. Congratulations to everyone, and I look forward to continuing to receive the updates and great news from you all! Happy New Year!

2009 Giving Participation: 1.26% · Total Class Dollars: $165

Michelle Horst (301) 791-7194 (240) 784-0179 Hannah Janiga is teaching third grade at St. Thomas More Academy in Buckeystown, Md.

2010 Giving Participation: 1.72% · Total Class Dollars: $165

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Gifts in memory of deceased friends or family members may be sent to the Hood College Office of Institutional Advancement, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701

Dana G. Cable, Ph.D., professor of psychology and thanatology, died July 30, 2010, at the age of 66 following complications from surgery for colon cancer. An internationally known leader in gerontology and pioneer in thanatology—the study of dying, death and bereavement—Cable was the director of Hood’s graduate programs in thanatology and human sciences, a licensed psychologist and certified grief counselor. He was a gifted teacher and mentor to hundreds of students spanning his nearly 40-year teaching career. Cable was the driving force behind the founding of the graduate thanatology certificate in 1997 and then the master’s degree, which was introduced in 2002. At the time, it was the first graduate program of its kind in the country and is one of the few in existence today. Cable served on the board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, which honored him with an outstanding clinician award, and was president of Phi Kappa Phi international honor society. He helped found Frederick County’s Hospice and Camp Jamie, a program for children that teaches healthy ways to deal with grief. He wrote “Death: The Universal Experience,” and authored or co-authored numerous chapters in books and professional papers, many of which he presented at conferences throughout North America and Europe.

John M. Waltersdorf, a trustee emeritus, died Sept. 2, 2010, in Lewes, Del. He was 84. Waltersdorf, retired chairman of the board and CEO of Tristate Electrical & Electronics Supply Co., Inc., was a generous and longtime friend of the College. He served on Hood’s board of trustees for 20 years, where he was a member its buildings and grounds committee as well as the executive, finance and campaign steering committees. During his tenure, he oversaw the construction of three campus buildings—the Marx Center, Beneficial-Hodson Library and Whitaker Campus Center—and gave a naming gift to the Campus Commons Room in the Campus Center. The Hood College Waltersdorf Henson Scholarship was established in 2005 by The Waltersdorf Henson Challenge through The Community Foundation of Washington County, Md., Inc. Awarded annually to students from the greater Washington County area, the scholarship is named in honor of Waltersdorf and the Richard A. Henson family. A prominant philanthropist and a leader in charitable giving in Washington County, Md., Waltersdorf was a member and sat on the boards of numerous educational, civic, financial, service and professional organizations and foundations, many of which honored him for his notable contributions and leadership. He is survived by four children, John G. Waltersdorf, Margaret O. Waltersdorf and Roberta Annan Waltersdorf, all of Hagerstown, Md., and Elizabeth Grayson Oldfather of Philadelphia; and three grandchildren.

Kathryn Wagner Hartman ’31 Jan. 1, 2011, Allentown, Pa.

Louise Rogers Hayduk ’38 Dec. 17, 2010, Reno, Nev.

Evlyn Rudisill Sanford ’40 Jan. 9, 2011, Southern Pines, N.C.

Ellen Carpenter Miller ’43 Oct. 23, 2010, Greece, N.Y.

Carolyn Spriggs McCune ’32 Aug. 14, 2009

Margaret Rutherford Yarnall ’38 Sept. 6, 2010, Camp Hill, Pa.

Miriam Stultz Parrott ’41 July 23, 2010, Salisbury, N.C.

Doris Fitch Pendleton ’43 Sept. 28, 2010, Branford, Ct.

Beatrice Aierstock Sharrocks ’34 Dec. 13, 2010, Lancaster, Pa.

Elsie Gabel Lutz ’39 Jan. 20, 2011, Pottstown, Pa.

Jane Murray Schoellkopf ’41 Aug. 2, 2010, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Mary Pennypacker Scudder ’43 Dec. 17, 2010

Lavenia Hargett Marsh ’36 March 6, 2011, Frederick

Eda Gaul Mein ’39 Aug. 23, 2010, Haverford, Pa.

Elisabeth Orton Wallace ’41 July 27, 2010, North Hero, Vt.

Mary Geissman Vogel ’43 Jan. 6, 2011

Ella Griesemer Martindale ’36 June 9, 2010

Elizabeth Githens Humphreys ’40 Sept. 18, 2010, Westminster, Md.

Ruth Binswanger Gutman ’42 May 21, 2010

Edythe Kershaw Larson’44 Dec. 22, 2010, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Margaret Seyfried Peters ’36 July 2, 2010, Bethlehem, Pa.

Elysabethe Opdyke McClellan ’40 Aug. 25, 2010, Ocean Grove, N.J.

Nancy McIntyre Shibla ’42 Sept. 13, 2010, Southern Pines, N.C.

Florence Brooke Miller ’44 July 19, 2010



In Memoriam Continued Margaret Dumbauld O’Shurak ’45 June 4, 2010

Mary Louise Kilpatrick Benchoff ’52 Jan. 15, 2011, Waynesboro, Pa.

Karen Carbaugh Dunn ’65 July 16, 2010, Edgewater, Md.

Austin Rinker Jr. M.S. ’84 Dec. 7, 2010, Hagerstown, Md.

Sara Robinson Bitler ’46 Jan. 27, 2011, Raleigh, N.C.

Margaret Forsythe Harris ’53 Jan. 14, 2009

Carol Eagan Zehner ’67 June 12, 2010, Traverse City, Mich.

Kelly Davis Collins ’86 Dec. 7, 2010, Toledo, Ohio

Mary Tice Donehower ’48 March 10, 2010

Helen Snyder Krogh ’53 Aug. 20, 2010, Sacramento, Calif.

Marjorie Heller Scott ’68 July 23, 2010, The Villages, Fla.

Ann Omohundro Milstead M.A. ’88 Nov. 24, 2010

Alice Nupp Meagher ’48 Aug. 11, 2010, Newark, Ohio

Shirley Prescott Schwartz ’53 Dec. 4, 2010

Brian B. Broadwater ’73 Jan. 30, 2011, Westminster, Md.

Elizabeth Cavanaugh M.A. ’91 Jan. 12, 2011, Baltimore

Jean Stover Tremelin ’48 Aug. 11, 2010

Roxane Shugart Zilenziger ’53 Sept. 14, 2010

Sandra Rieder ’73 Dec. 27, 2010

Leah Szympruch Stephens ’95 July 1, 2010

Bernice Shay Sisson ’49 Oct. 26, 2010

Elizabeth Borden Dunn ’56 Oct. 9, 2010, Marietta, Ohio

Dixie Smith ’78 Nov. 30, 2010, Baltimore

William Wysling Jr. ’97 Oct. 6, 2010, Frederick

Jeane Reiners Ferree ’50 Sept. 24, 2010, Hagerstown, Md.

Mary Vizzi Swarm ’56 Dec. 7, 2010, Lancaster, Pa.

Hazel Spangler Burke ’80 July 27, 2010, Waynesboro, Pa.

Sallie Semans Sigler ’50 Feb. 17, 2010

Arlene Barnes ’57 July 17, 2010, Louisville, Ky.

Mariamne Claggett Vickery ’80 Oct. 25, 2010

Sally Elizabeth Spence-Kujawski, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, 2003-2004 Jan. 26, 2011, Englewood, Fla.

Nancy Reed Hummel ’51 Feb. 1, 2011, Tucson, Ariz.

Margaret Fountain Spillane ’63 Oct. 9, 2010, Winter Haven, Fla.

C. Elizabeth K. Sanders ’81 Feb. 1, 2011, Charleston, S.C.

Michelle Wilkins Andersen ’03 and Scott, a daughter, Brynn Alexandra, July 16, 2010, Jacksonville, N.C.

Charlene Vestermark ’05 and Allan Gibb, Sept. 3, 2010, Lancaster, Pa.

Alicia Russo M.S. ’90, partner, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

April Adams ’08 and Mike Stansbury, Aug. 28, 2010, Carroll County, Md.

Lara Wilson Girdler ’00, ERP coordinator, Granite Services International, Inc.

Additional Degrees

Erica Crispens Sowash ’00, supply chain systems coordinator, Under Armour®

Milestones Births Andrea Walter ’95 and Christopher, a daughter, Avery June, July 7, 2010 Angela Gennaccaro Brooke ’98 and Aaron, a daughter, Aubry, Dec. 13, 2010 Rebecca Sunderlin Riggins ’98 and Seth, a daughter, Sarah Emily, Aug. 25, 2010 Amanda Myers Norman ’99 and Jon, a son, Benjamin Stoddard, Oct. 22, 2010 Stacy Nelson Wright ’99 and Ira Wright ’05, a daughter, Natalie Grace, September 2010

Naomi Levine Levinthal ’03 and Eli, a daughter, Ava Judith, Aug. 25, 2010 Katie Nash ’04, M.B.A. ’08 and Corey, a daughter, Liberty Helen Virginia, July 31, 2010 Jennifer Palmer Schwartz ’05 and Steven, a daughter, Natalie Marie, Oct. 5, 2010 Keri Wenderoth Magness ’06, and Scott, a daughter, Kylie Louise, June 30, 2010 Amber Miller Vince ’06 and Randy, a son, Randy A. Vince III, June 7, 2010

Kelly Cross Bennett ’00 and Kevin, a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth, Sept. 2, 2010

Jessica Reazin ’08, a son, Benjamin, June 20, 2010

Jaime Piper Fontanazza ’00 and Angelo, a son, Joseph David, Nov. 4, 2010


Jenifer Kilpatrick ’00, M.A. ’03 and Alex, a son, Xander Franklin, July 12, 2010 Amy Markowski Best ’01 and Timothy, a daughter, Ava Shannon, Nov. 23, 2010 Megan Kula ’01 and Curran, twins, Crosby Wyatt and Darcy Catherine, Sept. 28, 2010 Robin Deniker Morgenstern ’01, M.S. ’06 and Chad, daughters, Anya Sofia, May 25, 2010, and Yasmin Rose, May 23, 2006 Melissa Paulk Ni ’01 and Steve, a daughter, Elizabeth Anne, March 6, 2010 Penny McLaughlin Purtell ’01 and Colin, a son, Jacob Gregory, Feb. 3, 2010

Judy Lehman Ballinger ’67 and Blair Seitz, Dec. 10, 2010 Maureen McCready ’69 and Robin Lindgren, September 2010, Saturn Club, Buffalo, N.Y. Meg Toia Walker ’85 and Tom, Oct. 17, 2010

Heidi Goldenman ’01, M.A., intercultural communication, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, December 2010 Jennifer Webb Benmouna ’03, GCEN, software engineering, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, May 2010

Julie McCutcheon ’01, winter group sales manager, Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley, Pa.

Erin Cullison ’04, Ph.D., biological sciences, Univ. of Delaware, May 2010

Sabrina Quaraishi ’01, client relations manager, Bankers without Borders ®

Cara Overcash Orr ’04, M.M.S., physician assistant studies, Arcadia Univ., May 2010

Jen Cinclair ’02, pastry chef, Spoon Catering, New York, N.Y.

Charlene Vestermark Gibb ’05, D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, May 2010

Jennifer Dunn Brown ’05, intervention specialist, Georgetown East Elementary School, Annapolis, Md.

Sarah Robinson Rathbun ’05, MACC, Belmont Univ. Keri Wenderoth Magness ’06, M.A., leadership in teaching, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, May 2010

Lauren Davies ’04 and Justice Tito Rosario, May 29, 2010, Clarksburg, Md.

New Jobs

Jillian Kotmair ’05 and Andrew Bright, July 17, 2010 Sarah Robinson ’05 and Matthew Rathbun, Aug. 14, 2010, First United Methodist Church of Murfreesboro, Murfreeboro, Tenn.

Heidi Goldenman ’01, teacher, French and English as a Second Language (ESL), Howard Community College

Leah Giambarresi ’03, C’05, M.S., biomedical science with a concentration in regulatory compliance, Hood College, May 2010

Jenifer Kilpatrick ’00, M.A. ’03 and Alex Sincevich, Jan. 1, 2010

Suzanne Griger ’04, M.B.A. ’07 and Daniel Roberts, Oct. 9, 2010, Stoney Creek Farm, Boonsboro, Md.

Christine Acquarulo ’01, psychiatric therapist II, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, April 2010

Evelyn Holcomb Gosnell ’05, regulatory analyst, CONNOR Institute, Baltimore Jessica Holthaus ’05, communications/outreach specialist, public affairs office, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Atlanta

Lindy Small ’81, president, Saint Agnes Foundation, Baltimore

Sarah Robinson Rathbun ’05, staff accountant, audit department, Lattimore, Black Morgan & Cain

Angela Billotti Phillips ’82, executive director, CareNet Pregnancy Center, Frederick

Sierra Bair ’08, library media specialist, Spring Grove Area High School

Stephanie Schwartz Pain ’87, first-grade teacher, Frederick County Public Schools

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