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Ron Napier ’77 is a juvenile and domestic relations court judge and sits in four different jurisdictions in Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley. He traveled with Kathy to Ireland last fall. They also traveled to northern Finland to visit friends they met through Rotary, with which they both are actively involved. Their youngest, Mary Katherine, graduated cum laude in May, and their older son, Andrew, graduated in 2007, both from UMW, so Kathy and Ron have kept up with our alma mater and Fredericksburg. Their younger son, Will, graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Md., in 2010. Both sons are on their own and work full time, and Mary Katherine is student teaching at River Bend High School in Fredericksburg, pursuing her certification to teach secondary history and social studies. Anne Leckie retired as executive director of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun in Mayo, Yukon, in September. She expects to continue to consult but hopes to be done with the 10-hour days of a high-pressure job. She planned to travel for six months with partner Marc Johnston and pick up some consulting work in the spring. Sharon Atkins Robinson teaches at Lake Ridge Middle School in Woodbridge, Va., but was thinking of retiring soon. Daughter Anna graduated from Longwood University. Sharon and I graduated from Woodbridge High School, although, as a military brat, I was only there my senior year. Jane Roth Baugh and husband Tom have been in Roanoke, Va., for 25 years, and, for 21 of them, Jane has been the librarian at Woods Rogers PLC, one of Virginia’s largest law firms. Jane’s job has expanded to include records management, and she recently finished a one-year term as chair of the private law libraries subsection of the American Association of Law Libraries. As a law firm librarian in Newport Beach, Calif., Lynn Connor Merring is active with some of the same groups, and she and Jane keep in touch. Jane and Tom have a collie and Siamese cat but no children. Tom is director of music at their church, and Jane is in the choir, helps with the children’s choir, and is a member of the

Roanoke Symphony Chorus. Jane runs into Vicki Nichols Sheretz in the grocery store. Demetria Smith Laird and husband Doug celebrated their 30th anniversary in April. Their two children threw them a surprise May anniversary party, and they all took a summer Caribbean cruise, snorkeled, and swam with sea turtles in Barbados. Patricia Ringle Vandever, who has taught high school English for 32 years, traveled to Italy with the high school orchestra in June. Her first grandchild, Ethan, was born in February to son Jason.

at least twice a year. Bev’s mom passed away five years ago, and her dad, who is 86 and active, came to live with them. She keeps in touch with Roseanne Galzerano-Wyatt, who lives in the Middle East with husband Jeff, a Chevron consultant. Karen Bourgeois works for Lockheed Martin and does volunteer work. She is speech director of the company’s high school speech contest, editor of the local International Council on Systems Engineering newsletter, and became a certified manager through James Madison University last year.

spends time in Cape Cod every summer with both sides of the extended family and recently returned from trips to Barcelona, Spain, and to volleyball nationals in Minneapolis. “I can’t believe any of our class is old enough to have grandkids or be retiring. I am still running carpools and washing sports jerseys!”

Martha “Happy” Clark Scala has connected with many alumni via Facebook. She has a part-time private psychotherapy practice near her Palo Alto, Calif., home. She recently was published in Cooking Comfort: Stories with Recipes, Poetry Now, and an Cindy Nightingale Leigh anthology is a dentist in Charlotte, N.C., Bill Leighty ’78 joined the called Fault and has three children. Beth Zone: Words small Richmond consulting Doggett Atkinson and husband from the Dwight traveled to New Zealand Edge. Martha firm DecideSmart and recently in April after the giant quake there and stayed with friends conducted training for the newly publishes the monthly on the South and the North “e-zine” elected governors of Nigeria. islands. They survived their own newsletter quake in Virginia in August. Out on a Daughter Virginia Atkinson She works in her garden, plays Limb. Karen Vogen Gayle has ’03 of Northern Virginia has Sudoku, and spends time with worked for 11 years for the attended and spoken at the her cat, Spunky. She and her high country’s largest charter school Council of Europe in Strasbourg school son visited her parents in organization, Imagine Schools, and Brussels, as well as the South Carolina; her mother is a and recently became national United Nations in NYC. Beth’s ’53 Mary Washington alumna. education and achievement husband, son, and daughter all coordinator. Karen’s sons work in Washington, D.C. Beth, Virginia P. Thompson graduated from Savannah a volunteer docent at Gunston teaches kindergarten through College of Art and Design. Hall in Lorton, Va., was pictured fifth-grade art in a Kingsport, Matthew teaches art at Imagine giving a tour to schoolchildren Tenn., private school. Her Schools, and Sean works at a in the September 2011 issue of students have won international printing company, creating Southern Living. She and Dwight awards eight of the nine years designs for shirts and other celebrated their 33rd wedding she’s been there. She plans a items. Daughter Heather is a anniversary and newly empty nest second retirement soon; her first freshman social work major at this summer. was from pharmaceuticals in Florida State University. 1998. Virginia and her husband Sharon Doggett retired in have three children and seven Gail Story Upton and July 2009 after 30 years with the grandchildren. Ann Plough husband Mike are emptyCoast Guard Reserve. She had Shaw lives in the northern nesters who have been in the lunch in July in Williamsburg suburbs of Pittsburgh same Oklahoma home for 15 with husband Daniel years, where they live with and her children. She their three large dogs. Their Anne Leckie ’78 retired as works part time as a oldest child, Dan, has been a executive director of the First psychologist at The vagabond, traveling in Central Watson Institute, America, Europe, and the U.S. Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun evaluating children for seven years. He does odd in Mayo, Yukon. with autism-spectrum work, including fire dancing, to diagnoses and their support himself. His 3-year-old parents. Daniel is a son, Chaim, lives in NYC with with Sallie Washington Braxton professor of clinical psychology his mother. Katie, the Uptons’ ’77 of Spotsylvania, Va., Yita and chair of the psychology middle child, a CPA at Ernst & Gomez ’79 of Petersburg, Va., department at the University of Young, bought a house with her Marilyn Delone Hopkins Pittsburgh. Daughter Alyssa, husband near Gail. Lisa, their ’78 of Montgomery, Ala., and a junior studying psychology youngest, in her second year Thelma Washington Turner and Italian at Smith College in with Teach for America, taught of Williamsburg. Beverly Massachusetts, planned to begin first grade in rural Alabama last Wood-Holt works with directors a year abroad in Florence, Italy, year and teaches fifth grade in and cameramen at Deluxe in September. Son Zachary, a Tuscaloosa this year. Mike is Entertainment in Los Angeles. high school senior, hopes to play deputy director at Enterprise Bev and husband Brian look college volleyball. Her youngest, Services Center for the FAA, forward to retiring to their Joshua, is in eighth grade. Ann Virginia property and travel there U N I V E R S I T Y O F M A R Y WA S H I N G TO N M AG A Z I N E • S P R I N G 2 0 1 2


UMW Magazine Spring 2012  

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