Yo u n g H a l l June 2022
From the WCAA Associate Director A special welcome to our very special guest columnist ...
n her memoir, Where the Peonies Bloomed, Phyllis Hoyt reminisces about her favorite memories, buildings, and locations on the Western Campus. She concludes that, “The real mystique of Western College lies elsewhere, in the lives of the alumnae and the vitality of the community they built and handed on.” There is so much truth to this statement! Over the past 48 years, your Alumnae Association has accomplished extraordinary achievements while fulfilling its mission to preserve communication among alumnae and to support education and human values that continue the heritage and traditions of Western College. The vitality of the Western community is solid.
The students of today share your appreciation for the beauty of the Western landscape. Western’s charm, iconic buildings, bridges, and natural environment provide a sense of place that is comforting, yet adventurous. On a warm day, you will find students studying or relaxing in hammocks temporarily placed among the trees. The vitality of the Western Campus is rejuvenating. The current focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in academia echoes Western’s approach to increasing global awareness through its commitment to intercultural education. Whether or not Westerners had the privilege to participate in a Summer Seminar abroad or room, study, and work on campus with international students, you acquired an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of others that extended far beyond learning in the classroom. The vitality of Western’s forward thinking model of expanding diversity is inspiring. The legacy of Western has been ‘handed on’ to over 1,800 students through scholarships and academic support provided by Western donors. Past and current students learn about Western and its rich history through the many reminders on campus, in the Western College Memorial Archives, and through Miami’s recognition of Western’s achievements. The Herrick B. Young International Scholarship, the Phyllis Hoyt Peabody Scholarship, the Western College Professorship, the Western College Legacy Seminars and many other scholarships, programs, and campus preservation funds will continue to support education and human values in perpetuity. The vitality of Western’s legacy is everlasting. As we all know, change is inevitable. Through change we acquire new friendships, skills, and experiences. Your WCAA Board is meticulously working through the process of winding down the non-profit operation of the organization by June 30, 2024. This is not an ending … it is merely a new chapter. As you transition to an affinity group with the support of Miami’s Alumni staff, I encourage you to stay connected and engaged. The vitality of the Western community depends on you. In the spirit of Western,
Debbie Baker Spaeth HA Associate Director
We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for Alumnae/i Weekend, June 10-12!
Vol. XCVI, No. 1 Spring/Summer 2022
Western College Alumnae Association, Inc. Board of Trustees President Frances E. Hoffman ’65 1st Vice President/Treasurer Ann Walton ’66 2nd Vice President Barbara Williamson Wentz ’68 Secretary Susan Blake ’68 Nominating/Governance Co-Chairs Sylvia Stanfield ’65 Anne Adkins Weissenborn ’61 Trustees Sharry Patterson Addison ’61 Lynne Drucker Albukerk ’64 Pamela Watts Coates ’70 Christine Cowden ’75 Hazel Williams Drew ’66 Elizabeth Jacobs Harrison ’65 Judith Dudman Henderson ’62 Suzanne Lutz May ’66 Christine Moranda ’74 Ann Crowley Pagano ’74 Cecelia Peabody ’68 Loretta Ryder ’63 Janet Smith Dickerson-Stephens ’65 Pheetta G. Wilkinson ’76 Mission of the Association: • to preserve and encourage communication among and with alumnae, • to support education and human values that continue the heritage and tradition of The Western College.
Message from Director (Guest Columnist)
What’s On Your Mind
Message from WCAA Board President
Feature: Myaamia 20th Anniversary
Class Notes: 1950-1976
Western College Program
Class Notes: 1978-2010
Western Program/Individualized Studies
ASA Nomination 38 Blue Card 39 Financial Report 2021 (following page 16)
On the cover: Formerly Beechwoods Hall, this residence hall will be dedicated at Alumnae Weekend, June 10-12, 2022, as Young Hall, in honor of Herrick B. Young, President of Western College, 1954-1969. Photo credit: Miami University Communication and Marketing Photo by Scott Kissell
BLUE CARDS (see page 39) DUE UPON RECEIPT! Don’t wait for the 2022 Labor Day deadline — send your news and pictures NOW. Your dedicated Class Rep will thank you for making her job easier. Bulletin Staff Editor Catherine Bauer Cooper ’60
Publications Committee Co-Chairs Cecelia Peabody ’68 Loretta Ryder ’63 Members Sharry Patterson Addison ’61 Christine Cowden ’75 Ann Pagano ’74 Pheetta G. Wilkinson ’76
Office Staff Director Mackenzie Becker Rice HA Associate Director Debbie Baker Spaeth HA
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What’s on Your Mind No surprise that on all our minds is the fast-approaching closure date of our incredible over-achieving — and unique — Western College Alumnae Association, Inc. Nor that first and foremost is our focus on what we will leave behind — in a word, our legacy. As we shamelessly ask you for your dollars, we know that your memories — your stories — are more important. Here is a delightful story (if not a Western memory per se) from our Small Western World collection.
he Legacy Committee continues to listen to the Western community. Legacy hears your hearts that continue enraptured in scholarships, the life-changing element that assists students making their way through their education journey. Thus has emerged the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation Experienced-based Learning Scholarship. This scholarship already has received $4,000. A most recent generous donation for $1,000 has us on the way to an endowment goal which requires $25,000. If you love scholarships, think about donating; we can do it! Our Western College Lecture Seminars (WCLS) series has now reached 95.6 percent of a $5,000 goal in just 15 months. With generous 2022 Class gifts and 2022 Reunion gifts, assuredly we will reach 100 percent by June 2022. We are at $477,850. Please, consider making a contribution — whether generous or modest, do as you are able. Sharry and Judy have an encouraging story to share. In December, Judy phone chatted with Catherine Ross Loveland ’52, thanking her for her continued donations and wishing her Christmas greetings. Inspired, Catherine wrote a letter to her ’52 classmates encouraging their participation in the WCLS series. One letter was received by David Henry, the son of now deceased Mary Sue “Tudy” Allen Gatzert ’52. She had left a $20,000 donation undesignated to Western College. David called Debbie Baker Spaeth and asked if it was possible to transfer the money to the Western College Legacy series. It was and it is done! 1952 Multifaria But the story doesn’t end there. When it came time for Sharry, current WCAA Board member and co-chair of Legacy, to write a thank you note, she recognized the donor family name. Turns out Tudy is the older sister of Laura “Pookie” Allen Lowenthat ’53 and Sally “Doodie” Allen Masters ’60 and was a third-grade student of Sharry Addison’s mother (Mary Ustick Patterson ’28). When she sent a thank you note for the very generous donation, David responded to Sharry attaching Mary Sue’s third-grade report card written in Sharry’s mother’s handwriting! What a wonderful connect! David and his brother, Michael, now want to visit the campus, and Sharry has offered to meet him in Oxford and act as tour guide. It all started with a simple phone call, a listening ear, and caring heart for Western.
Judy Dudman Henderson ’62 and Sharry Patterson Addison ’61 Co-chairs, WCAA Legacy Committee Addendum: Recenrly, another name clicked with Sharry: Judson “Jay” Allgood, WCP class of ’80. Jay was in Mrs Patterson’s third grade in the ’60s and was definitely the teacher’s pet. Mrs Patterson even attended his wedding. Jay’s wife is a friend of Sharry’s!
Do you long to connect in some way? Do you want to leave a death benefit, estate benefit, or insurance benefit to Western and become part of our Legacy journey? Call Debbie Baker Spaeth at Western and she will get you started: 513-529-4400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; 4
From the WCAA Board President Dear Fellow Alumnae and Friends of the WCAA,
s the 2022 Reunion draws near, I am reminded and astounded that this reunion will be the first time our Board of Trustees will meet in person and on campus since I became president in July 2020. I was concerned back then, wondering how quickly we could adapt to virtual functioning and how effectively we could step up our pace to meet the demands of setting the stage for a solid, masterful dissolution. I am proud to report that our Board of Trustees and our incredible staff (Debbie Baker Spaeth, Mackenzie Becker Rice, and Cathy Bauer Cooper) with support from our colleagues at Miami University rallied strongly and addressed each new challenge with relish. Here is a sampling of accomplishments in the last two years: • “The Grid” was established - a checklist of tasks addressing the Articulation Agreements between the WCAA and Miami University and the Miami University Foundation, the roadmap to dissolution; • We hired legal counsel to assure that we were proceeding with dissolution properly and that our interests were protected; • We participated in a Strategic Planning Process, voluntarily led by Sharon Mitchell, now President of the Miami University Foundation Board of Trustees. Through this expertly guided process our Board of Trustees confirmed its previous legacy projects, set one last legacy project fund-raising goal, and identified additional issues key to supporting our legacy.
• With assistance from volunteer extraordinaire, Elizabeth Johnson, a log of every physical item – down to the number of pencils, practically – that is part of the WCAA collection has been organized and proFran Hoffman cedures for discharge and auction have been established by the Curatorial Committee. We are donating the Brice painting to the Allen County Museum where the Brice ladies will join their portrait family. • Our large scholarship program is now set for Miami to administer. Details have been worked out with the Miami Student Financial Assistance staff, and the process will be tested out this year, leaving time for fine-tuning. • Our request to name a residence hall on the Western Campus in honor of President Herrick B. Young was graciously approved by the Miami University Board of Trustees. The naming event will be held this June at Reunion 2022. • In a joint effort with Miami’s facilities department, we are convening a community/university meeting to help guide the use of a significant endowment to upgrade and manage Ernst Nature Theatre. The nature theater, designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted Company, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
• A WCAA E-newsletter was created – a short, attention-grabbing, fun, announcement-like sheet that complements our more in depth Bulletin.
• We are beginning discussions with Miami’s Alumni Association to explore how we might continue aspects of our WCAA by becoming an Affinity Group.
• Our last legacy project was adopted: “The Western College Legacy Seminars”. We are already at 96% of our goal, half way into the time we allocated! Thank you!
This Board of Trustees and our staff have worked with dedication and love for Western. I am grateful for their commitment and so proud of our accomplishments.
• The Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation continues to receive financial support from our membership as well as from Miami alums, and a special scholarship for experiential learning has been established. Spring/Summer 2022
I am also thankful and heartened by the support and acknowledgement we have received from Miami. President Crawford and Dr. Renate Crawford have been wonderfully responsive to our requests, inquiries, and ideas. The WCAA has been recognized with a President’s Medal award and with the creation of the Spirit of Western and the Freedom Summer of ’64 awards 5
that recognize those in the greater Miami community whose work exemplified Western Spirit. The university has also granted two of our alumnae honorary degrees and honored several others with invitations to speak at special events. Miami faculty and administration have been instrumental in helping us reach our legacy goals and in keeping us updated on matters of interest at Miami: most notably, Vice President for University Advancement Tom Herbert; Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Chris Makaroff; Evan Lichtenstein; Jacqueline Daugherty, Director, Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation; University Archivist Jacqueline Johnson; the Miami Alumni Association staff; Student Financial Assistance Office; Robert Bell and Dan Accrocco of the Physical Facilities Department; President of Miami’s Foundation Board, Sharon Mitchell; and David Budig, Chair of the Miami Board of Trustees. We are fortunate to have such a set of colleagues. We can be confident that our legacy, including our significant financial contributions to Miami, will be managed well. Our affairs are in great shape, ready for our incoming and last WCAA president to steer our organization through the final two years. Ann Walton ’66 will do a fabulous job! You may recall that the membership of the Board of Trustees will remain the same through dissolution in June 2024 therefore a ballot will not be mailed to the constituency in these final years. The By-Laws
were modified at last year’s reunion to keep the board intact due to the complexity of the tasks associated with dissolution and the need for working familiarity with the work in progress. Please note that any WCAA members wishing to be involved in board activities during the last two years are happily invited to help with projects and events. Just call the office and let us know if you are interested. It has been a joy and an honor to serve as president of your Board of Trustees these past two years. I certainly have had mixed feelings working so hard to end the organization that connected me to the college I was so fortunate to attend. But “it is time,” I suppose, we are closing this chapter well and beginning anew as an affinity group with the support of Miami’s Alumni staff. I am so glad that we will be meeting in person this June. We have much to celebrate, so much to share and catch up on, so many hugs to give and tears to drop and laughter to spill over I hope you’ll be joining us on campus or virtually for Reunion in June. It will be wonderful and the campus is gorgeous!
Frances Hoffman ’65 President, WCAA Board of Trustees
Miami Honors Two of Our Own: Presenting Honorary Doctors of
Humane Letters, Sylvia Stanfield ’65 and Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins ’65
ith the words, “The efforts and accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals exemplify Miami’s mission and values,” Miami University President Gregory Crawford awarded four honorary degrees at Miami’s December 10 fall commencement cere-
Sylvia, receiving her degree
mony in Millett Hall. In the hooding ceremony, he was more specific, citing Sylvia’s “contribution, passion, and commitment to advancing ... inclusion and cultural understanding.” As a dual member of the Miami University Foundation Board and the Western College Alumnae Association (WCAA) Board, Sylvia Stanfield WC ’65 has strengthened the relationship between Miami and the alumnae of the Western College for Women. By utilizing the diplomatic skillset that served her so well as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Sylvia sees beyond the minutia to arrive at goals that are mutually beneficial to both entities. “Sylvia has the unique ability to always see the bigger picture,” said Mackenzie Becker Rice HA, MU ’99, assistant vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the Western College Alumnae Association. “She did it as a U.S. Ambassador and now for both Miami and Western. As an alumna of Western College, she loves Western with all her heart, and yet in her role at Miami she has been dedicated to ensuring Miami’s long-term vitality. Sylvia is committed to finding a common ground that brings the best of the Western legacy into a bright future for Miami.”
n March 12, 2020, Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins ’74 stood in Kumler Chapel to receive Miami’s third Freedom Summer of ’64 award. In May 2021, she was Miami’s commencement speaker. March 24 this year, Carolyn once again stood in Kumler Chapel — this time to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Miami’s Carolyn. P r e s i d e n t being “hooded” Crawford in a special hooding ceremony. “I want to always be a dreamer,” Carolyn said in her acceptance speech. Miamians and Westerners alike are familiar with her inspiring story. She was the first in her family to go to college. She was the first Black woman elected as president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. As an educator, author and powerful advocate for civil rights and social justice, Carolyn has not only realized many of her own dreams, but she has helped others reach theirs. She has donated more than 13,000 documents, videos, records, papers and ephemera from her life and career as part of the Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins collection for University Libraries’ Western College Memorial Archives Collection. “Throughout her career and life experiences, Carolyn has shared her Western gift,” said Fran Hoffman ’65, a Western graduate and the president of the Western College Alumnae Association. “Through her work, she continues to exude the leadership critical to change and further a legacy that enhances the lives of others.”
Weeyaakiteeheeyankwi neepwaantiiyankwi,* Myaamia! Among the highlights of Alumnae Weekend 2018 was a compelling — but all too brief — presentation by Daryl Baldwin,
Director of Miami’s Myaamia Center. Himself a citizen of the Miami tribe of Oklahoma, Daryl — or Kinwalaniihsia, in his native language — treated reunion attendees to the story of the tribe’s heritage and its traditional relationship with Miami University. Eager to know more, alumnae have been clamoring for a follow-up Bulletin article ever since. Eager to please our readers, we stayed in touch with Daryl and asked him to write such an article. He was receptive and took our request to his council. All were ready and willing but suggested that we wait a couple years when they would be celebrating their 20th anniversary on the Miami campus. The time has come! Herewith, the promised follow-up written for us by Center staff member Megan Mooney, “Kiilhsoonsa,” MU 2018.
here is an old, yet rather unassuming building on Miami
University’s campus surrounded by trees and draped in greenery along its red-brick facade. Though such a sight is not all that uncommon for the campus, what resides inside the building, however, is a research institution without compare. The Myaamia Center, initially known as ‘The Myaamia Project’, was created in 2001 out of the desire to carry out research that could aid in the ongoing efforts to revitalize Myaamia language and culture. It at first had only one employee, the Center’s now Executive Director, Daryl Baldwin. The Project was originally housed in a singular, small room in King Library, but as the years went on the Myaamia Project grew and required more space for the many added staff and affiliates, eventually landing it in that red-brick building, the historic Bonham House. The Myaamia Center celebrated its 20th-anniversary last year and in that time has helped educate community members so that it is now common to greet one another in Myaamiataweenki, “the Miami language” and has revived cultural activities like games and dances. The research done at the Center has gone beyond aiding in language and cultural
revitalization for just the Miami Tribe, but also other tribes as well. Their creation of a revolutionary software, Indigenous Languages Digital Archive (ILDA), aids Indigenous tribes in organizing and revitalizing their languages. The National Breath of Life program they established, produces a similar result in connecting Indigenous peoples with archives-based resources to help revitalize their language. It is both with a sense of irony and solemnity that one might appreciate that the 20th anniversary coincided with another anniversary that, in part, made the revitalization work necessary in the first place. The year 2021 was the 175th anniversary of the removal of Myaamiaki, ‘Miami peoples,’ from their homelands. The American government took the first measures to remove Myaamiaki from Myaamionki, the historic ‘Miami homelands’ on October 6, 1846. The forced removal was the culmination of a series of land cessions and treaties, in which over three hundred Myaamiaki were removed from their lands to a new reservation in what would become Kansas. Only a generation later, the tribe would be removed again to what is today Oklahoma, where the federally-recognized seat of the Tribe now resides. After these devastating events, the Miami Tribe as well as many other Indigenous communities continued to suffer from immense oppression and struggled to maintain their peoplehood. By the 1960s, the Miami people were fragmented and had become a shadow of their once vibrant community. It was during this time that the first language last speakers of Myaamiataweenki, ‘the language of the Miamis’, passed away. The language and culture then fell into a period of dormancy until the 1990s when the process of revitalization began. The outcome of these efforts would produce the Myaamia Center.
A look from the outside of Bonham House. Credit:Karen Baldwin 8
ut how was it the Miami Tribe and Miami University came to be introduced? The answer was an unanticipated, but fortunate event. In 1972, the Chief of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Forest Olds, happened to be in Southwest Ohio on business. Olds was aware of the University that bore the same name as his people and out of curiosity, decided to visit. Though his arrival was a surprise to the University, The Bulletin
class experience. Now Myaamia students meet once per week in the Myaamia Heritage Course series. In it, students learn about Myaamia language, culture, history, ecology, and contemporary issues. The course topics rotate each year so that first and third year students can sit side by side learning the same material that is new to both of them.
Daryl Baldwin and Akima, Chief Douglas Lankford, talking to the Miami University Hockey team at a Celebrating Miami Week.
The revitalization efforts have brought back not only language, but games and other activities that the students can take part in. It’s not uncommon to see Myaamia students learning traditional Myaamia lacrosse in Central Quad, tapping sugar maples on Western Campus during the winter, or learning the game of Šoohkwaahkiinki, ‘Snowsnake’, which involves trying to slide a shaped piece of wood further and straighter across the snow or ice than your opponent.
he was welcomed and given a tour of campus. That first trip would mark the beginning of a now decades-long friendship between a sovereign Tribal Nation and a public education institution. This friendship can be summarized with the term neepwaantiinki, ‘learning from each other. It is this shared goal of education that led to the creation of the Myaamia Heritage Award Program in 1991, when the first class of three Myaamia students arrived on campus. The Myaamia Heritage Award Program grants a tuition-waiver to any accepted Myaamia student admitted to Miami University. Through the continued efforts of the Tribe and University, and the shared goal of neepwaantiinki, the numbers of Myaamia students have swelled over the years and as of last year, there have been 100 Myaamia student graduates of Miami University. That number is only expected to exponentially increase as the current undergraduate class is almost half that number at 38 students. The first Myaamia students to attend Miami did not have much to connect them, but the Myaamia Center’s arrival on campus offered a much-needed change of pace for the students. At first, the Center would just meet with the students intermittently to share some of their research in terms of language and hisMyaamia students, Josh McCoy and tory, but this eventually Gabe Tippman, maple sugaring. evolved into an entire Spring/Summer 2022
A Myaamia Heritage Award student playing snowsnake on Central Quad this winter
These sorts of activities, as well as the Tribe Class itself, help bring the students together and allow them to get to know one another while engaging in activities that had largely lain dormant in their culture for many years. What appears to just be lighthearted fun, is also revitalization at work, re-teaching a community about its values and identity through the way they interact with each other. These students then in turn can take what they’ve been learning back to their families and share their tribal knowledge with them. For many students, this has a great impact on their own views of identity and culture over their time at Miami. There is much to celebrate from that first meeting with Chief Forest Olds in 1972 to now, with five decades of learning from each other completed and many more to come. The 50th anniversary of the relationship between the Tribe and University will be marked throughout all of 2022. The kick-off for these celebrations was meant to take place on Tribal reservation lands in Miami, Oklahoma during their annual Winter Gathering. Approximately 150 representatives of the University were set to attend, however, due to the lingering threat of COVID it was decided to take extra safety precautions and limit the event to only members of the All pictures on this page by Jonathan Fox
tribal community. Despite the smaller numbers it was still an intimate reunion for the members of the community who were able to make it, as it was one of the first major events the Tribe could host since the beginning of the pandemic. The next event for Miami celebrations is the Myaamiaki Conference that will take place on April 9th. This is an event that takes place biennially to make the public aware of what has been going on within the Center and Tribal community. Registration is free and open on the Myaamia Center’s webpage. This year the event will take place from 9am until 4pm in the pavilion of the Armstrong Student Center. Other future events to look forward to include the Celebrating Miami Week and the Myaamia Center’s ongoing webinar series. Celebrating Miami Week will take place next Fall and in addition to the celebrations within Miami’s athletics, there will also be academic presentations, and student activities that will include the whole campus. The webinar series is a joint project between the Center and Miami’s Alumni Office. It will have six parts and cover topics ranging from the history of the Miami Tribe, the relationship between the Tribe and University, the Myaamia student experience, and the work of the Myaamia Center. The next webinar will be on April 13th; in order to sign up to view the webinar, visit the Myaamia Center website. There will also be a series of commemorative projects to mark the occasion. There is a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Blanket available for purchase through campus retailers, a docuseries to be released in Fall that will tell the story of the relationship between the Tribe and University, as well as a publication from Cameron Shriver, Myaamia Research Associate and Visiting History Professor, that will cover the relationship as well. The publication is set to come out in 2023, but findings from it will be presented at events this year.
DYK? Western’s very fist “foreign student” was an American Indian? It is well known that many alumnae of The Western Female Seminary were missionaries — mostly in the Far East and Middle East. But Narka Nelson’s history of the College reminds us that missionaries were also sent to the Dakota Territory, Colorado, and Mexico. “In the 1850’s Julia La Framboise came from the Dakota Territory to attend the Seminary. Her mother was an American Indian, her father French and thus she was The Western’s first ‘foreign student.’” — Narka Nelson, The Western College for Women
s the fruits of the labor borne out of the reciprocal relationship between the two Miamis continues to emerge over time, it becomes all the more important to remember and celebrate how far we have come. From a people far from home and losing their own language, to a people at the forefront of research and experiencing the reawakening of their culture, the change our Myaamia community has experienced has been at times devastating and revolutionary. The friendship that has been struck between the Miami Tribe and Miami University, though atypical, has led to advancements that have strengthened both communities and we shall await with anticipation to see what is next for this shared story.
— Megan Mooney, Myaamia Center staff
About the writer ... Megan Mooney, or Kiilhsoonsa, is a member of the Miami Nation of Indians originally hailing from Lafayette, IN, which is situated in Myaamionki, ‘Miami homelands’. Though she was aware of her Myaamia identity as a child, it wasn’t until she attended Miami University through the Myaamia Heritage Award Program that she was able to further understand it and connect with her tribal community. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2018.Throughout her tenure at Miami, she strived to engage with the Tribe and aid in language and cultural revitalization efforts by assisting at community events such as the Eemamwiciki Summer Youth Educational Experience as a counselor. In 2021, Megan began working with the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma as a writer for the Tribe’s newspaper. In 2022, she joined the Myaamia Center as a Community Content Specialist. In this role, she provides the tribal community and the non-Myaamia public with article length updates about the work of the Myaamia Center. In the future, Megan will also assist in the writing and production of children’s books for a Myaamia audience. * “Happy Anniversary,” 10
or more accurately “we are celebrating learning from each other.” The Bulletin
Happy 50th Anniversary, Class of 1972!
“The importance of cross-cultural communication, embrace of diversity, and devotion to study that Western College encouraged in all of us have run through my 50 years.”
— Lynne E. Riggs ’72
frequently. I was an Enrolled Agent with IRS and tax professional for 25 years, as well as substitute teacher and school district employee. I hope to be there in June to celebrate 50 years.” Wendy Arnold Seeley writes from Venice, FL. She and Greg spent the pandemic traveling in their 39-ft motor home for over 11 weeks. They flat towed their car so that the overall length was 60 feet! They traveled over 6,000 miles across the United States, enjoying museums, geological sites, Civil War battlefields, and much, much more. They are already planning this year’s trip. She also enjoys trips to the Northeast to see son Bryan and friends. Wendy and husband Bryan are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Congratulations! From Bonnie Dougherty Lochry: “Our family is growing up quickly. We have five grandkids (ages 14,13,12,10,and 8). My husband, Tom (grad of Miami u), is semi-retired and moved his law office home last year. I’ve been retired from teaching for a while. We all live in Texas. Tom and I will be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year!” Debbie Caprini Ott: “I am a thriving grandmother of seven. In good health and active. Have reconnected with the best friend I ever made at Western, Carol Ann Cornett, and see her on a regular basis. My mom is still doing well at 94 and I see my family in Pennsylvania fairly often. My daughter is a hospice nurse living in Butler County, OH, with her husband and her two children and his two. My son lives in Lexington, KY, with his wife and three children. He is Director of Product Engineering for Planning Center. I .have been married for almost 46 years! Happily we get to see children and grandchildren
Susan Smith Broz answered the editors’ SOS thusly: “No selfie for me … but a blurb.” Susan and her husband, Charlie, are still living in Colorado Springs. “We have a mountain getaway in Leadville, CO, where we enjoy skiing and hiking. We’ve taken more than
several trips to Atlantic Canada and the Northwest Territories in the past years and hope to return before old age really sets in. We are planning a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, in the fall in hopes of seeing arctic wildlife.” And an 11th hour shoutout from Debbie Moran: “Where to begin. First, Happy 50th and I hope every one is safe and healthy. The years have flown by. “After my MBA from Washington University in 1974, I started working for IBM. After multiple moves, I ended up in the DC/Bethesda/Silver Spring area. I consulted for 10 years and decided to retire to Pensacola, Florida in 2003 with my sister. She adopted our great niece at 4 and moved to Pensacola full time in 2008. Joyce was working so I learned at a rather late age about car lines, field trips, swim meets and dance classes (I learned about between dance costume and hair changes!). Between all that I gardened and played bridge. Sophie became my travel companion. Looking forward to travelling again. ave a great 50th.” We Dagues are enjoying our three granddaughters. One lives close-by and two now live in Maywood, NJ. We leave in May for a voyage on the Queen Mary II to England. It’s always been a bucket list item for me. Not so much for Peter! But he is willing. Beth Cramp Dague ’72 265 S. Cassingham Rd. Columbus, OH 43209 email@example.com
Bonnie Dougherty Lochry and family — all Texans. Happy 50th to Bonnie and Tom next year! 11
When Lynne Riggs came back from her junior year in Japan (1971), she became very active in the Freedom With Responsibility plan for reviving the college — “a wonderful experience.” After graduation she ended up overseas, where she got the announcement that Western College had been absorbed by Miami. She thought then “it had all been for naught.” But now — these 50 years later — the time seems right to reach out and thank “the Western College I knew for starting me out on the right track!” We are so proud and gratified to be able to share the story of yet another Western super achiever. Dear classmates,
estern College internationalized me and encouraged the seeds of nonconformity my parents planted in me and my five siblings. I spent my junior year abroad not in France, despite my long-time intentions, but Japan. Professors Ayers, Sturm, Weissenborn, Limmer, and others fostered my outside-the-box Lynne E. Riggs academic preference for diversity, and that last blast of Western’s educational idealism before its demise allowed me to pursue an interdisciplinary major in Asian Studies. After graduating, I spent a year in Australia working and a year in Japan studying the language and culture, and then I went to graduate school at the University of Hawaii, where I could continue my interdisciplinary preferences and work my way through. After moving to Japan in 1976, I found that my love of writing, my interest in the Japanese language, and my academic background lent itself perfectly to the professions of translation and editing. I lucked into a flexible career allowing for both family and the deepened study of Japan I sought, even after grad school. After working for a small translation firm for 14 years, a colleague and I opened our own small translation firm (www.cichonyaku.com) in the town where I had settled in 1976 and where we continue our small but successful business today, at the age of 72. I married a local man in 1981 and raised a son (now 40) and a daughter (now 36) here, growing into the community with them and transplanting myself completely out of my Pennsylvania roots. I helped found the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators (www.swet.jp) here in 1980 and continue active in this small but congenial and now international networking community of wordsmiths.
Nasreen Khan, Larry Lennon, Nancy Arth, Wendy Arnold
Laurie Hildebrant, Louis Shaulis, Jo Anne Pipes, Helene Mambu, Barbara Conlan, Olivette Thomas
The importance of cross-cultural communication, embrace of diversity, and devotion to study that Western College encouraged in all of us have run through my 50 years. Fond memories of working daily with my dining-hall duty work-study fellows, dorm roommates from Greece, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other parts of the world, earnest conversations with bosom friends about ideas, world affairs — and no doubt much trivia — all remind me of those shining years of my youth. Warm regards to all, from Tokyo. Lynne Lynne E. Riggs e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Company website: www.cichonyaku.com 12
Beth Cramp, Sue Smith, Bonnie Dougherty, Mary Beam, Paula Holingshed, Sara Smith, Molly Sutliffe Pictures above from ’71 Multi The Bulletin
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Maryel Wertis Clare writes: “There is light at the end of the tunnel! The Asolo Theater in Sarasota has reopened — what a joy to see live performances again. Our Garden Club and Women’s Club have started to meet again and I have gone back to volunteering at the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce (where I worked for many years after retiring to Florida). Plans for my trip to Japan and down the Columbia River are on hold for now, or until the Covid situation is less threatening.”
For everyone, the past year has been a challenge as we sought ways to protect ourselves from the Covid virus and still lead meaningful lives. We are grateful for those who produced the vaccines and the heroic medical workers who cared for those who did get infected with the virus. Isolating ourselves from friends and family, and limiting our travel sometimes got discouraging. But those Classmates who took time to reach out to me say that they have weathered the storm.
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In addition to Covid, Cornelia Roettcher Levine, living in Berkeley, CA, has had to contend with the wildfires there. California residents were not only subjected to poor air quality due to the smoke but also the danger of swarms of embers igniting their desiccated vegetation. Still living in her own home, Corni says she enjoys good health in general — perhaps because she regularly trudges up 40 steps to her front door. She claims this keeps her fit — I know it would leave me huffing and puffing.
and down the Columbia River are on hold for now, or until the Covid situation is less threatening.”
Joyce Rinckhoff Snell sold the Naples, FL, property and is at 122 Miami Lakes Drive, Milford, OH 45150. I had a thoughtful note from Chris Davis Vradelis that got lost in her move for a while. Chris sees more of her high school friends than our classmates. She continues to sound very upbeat and enclosed a letter she received from Joanne DuBois Shafer. Jo told of all her kids who now visit more frequently. She is contentedly settled in the assisted-living area of the retirement community where she and Dick had moved before he died two years ago. I also had a most welcomed note from Barb Peterson Block. She and Roger have moved to Queensbury, NY, to be close to their daughter, Sharon, and family.
Mieke Van Waveren Smit lives on the other side of the country on Hilton Head Island, NC. The early months of the past year involved numerous hospitalizations for her husband, Henk. Once he rebounded and to satisfy his “travel itch,” they joined a tour group following the trail of Lewis and Clark in the Pacific Northwest. Family members protected by the vaccine have made sporadic visits to see their parents and now plans are underway for a family reunion in April. We wish them good luck! And have a wonderful time.
Elizabeth Renton Hale was the star of a family gathering in Ocala, FL to celebrate her 90th birthday last November. With four daughters and nine grandchildren plus their spouses they comprised a group of 21 — crowned with two great-grandchildren. All had high praise for the facilities of the Silver Springs State Park. Betty’s sister, Janet, who also lives in Ocala, enjoyed the family time gathering too. Delores Randles Hutchinson, in Roswell, GA, writes that she has had a good year — punctuated by the arrivals of her third and fourth great-grandchildren only six weeks apart. Remick Norman, born August 29th, was followed by Elizabeth Moran on October 19th. Each newborn was welcomed home by a big brother. At Christmas, Dee was in touch with classmate Willa Ward. I was glad to hear from Lucy Liggett. who lives in Ypsilanti, MI. The Covid protections in place there had caused many restrictions for attending concerts, ballet and theater events. Even her library had an “Open to only curbside visits” policy. The rules finally relaxed enough that the Friends group could accept donations, which led to a successful holiday book sale. Lucy misses visiting her extended family with so many nieces and nephews, not because of what she might catch from them but over concern that she might expose them to the virus. For Sandra Franz Barnes and husband Phil, our senior community in Manchester, NH, has shielded us from the virus by providing vaccines for the flu, Covid and booster shots. When the dining room had to close, meals were delivered to our cottage. It got lonely, but we stayed well. Library books and reading were my escape and going off campus to various medical appointments for each of us did provide some variety. We enjoyed hearing from our sons, who live in three different states, primarily by phone and email, but also some in-person visits. The Western Bulletin gives us a way to stay in touch with classmates and friends from years ago. I trust it brings back wonderful memories for you, as it does for me. Many good wishes to each and every one of you.
I (Catherine) and Dick have moved to a retirement village just a few miles from our home of 58 years. So many things to let go! Mary Sue Allen Gatzert died December 23, 2021. I have talked with her son David Henry. Catherine Ross Loveland ’52 8159 Riverside Dr. 614-889-1969 Powell, OH 43065 firstname.lastname@example.org Spring/Summer 2022
Jean Fuller Lester ’52 and family, Christmas 2021
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Apologies to your faithful Class Rep, Mary Moore — who has never missed a deadline! — for omitting her always news-filled column from its rightful place in the fall issue. Once again I turn to my Christmas cards from almost a year ago for news of our classmates. Before Covid shut everything down, Sara Babcock Burneson dog-sat family dogs while other members of the family climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro as a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a healing journey in loving memory of Henry Burneson. Since then, she has relied on phone calls, FaceTime, Duo and Zoom as wonderful ways to stay connected with loved ones. Madelon Operer Hall and husband David keep on their toes with their granddaughter, Zoe, who “adds a little spice in the mix. We are living quietly and following the rules so we can expect to stay well. We hope so, anyway.” And so say all of us. “In my wildest dreams I could not have envisioned a year like this,” wrote Liz Dunham Gibbons. “I hope you have weathered it well. In Denver masks are required in all stores, and we here at Windsor are not to visit each other in our condos.” The summer before she had managed to have a garden that was quite productive with tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, bok choy, zucchini, basil, and rosemary. I hope, Liz, you were able to have a garden again this summer. Your veggies sound so much better than what I usually find in my local grocery store. Sadly, before I could find out how her garden fared, I learned of Liz’s passing. We will miss her, and send our condolences to her family. Sally Miller Ihne wrote me in time to include some news about herself. She reports that the quarantine from Covid has not affected her much, as “every year I hibernate for the most part from the advent of winter around mid-November to the last week of April.” When she went to visit her son in Apple Valley on Memorial Day, she “realized [she] had not traveled anywhere for 15 months.” In mid-August she went to a live performance of the Minnesota Orchestra, wearing a mask, and plans to attend several other performances, staying with her son afterwards instead of in downtown Minneapolis. “My domestic routine remains normal for me. I usually take two classes from whatever Great Course I am currently engrossed in. Inspired by them, I recommend Ron Chernow’s biographies of Washington, Hamilton, and Grant. Lynne Cheney’s biography of James Madison is also outstanding. . . For 14
the past two years I have had a personal care assistant who comes for three hours a week to help me with things I cannot do, things I should not do, and things I do not want to do. . . Cash, my remaining Shetland Sheepdog, spends his day shadowing me.” It sounds to me like a great retirement! Charlene Ashing Barry I hear from by mail of her humorous adventures of living tethered to an oxygen tank. She rarely goes out, paraphrasing the old song, “If it weren’t for Doctors, I would have no social life at all.” Jim, her husband, does the grocery shopping and most of the cooking. No wonder they have been married for more than 50 years! She repeats her request that if anyone is downsizing their library and still has a copy of The Play’s the Thing, a book of plays we used at Western in our freshman year, she would love to have a copy. Let me know and I will put you in touch with her. I do get mail from her. Whenever she sees an article or a cartoon which she thinks would interest or amuse me, she clips it out of the paper and sends it to me. Then she calls a day or so later and we talk and laugh about it. I, Mary Sicer Moore, really appreciated that laughter this summer, for Charlene called a few days after my sister fell for the 13th time in four years. (Betty always thought 13 was her lucky number; guess not.) I had found her on the floor of my bathroom with a pool of blood under her head. After a morning in the ER, she was sent 90 miles north to Flagstaff and a neuro-surgeon, where I saw her for two hours before the hospital went on quarantine. She had two deep subdural hematomas. She spent most of the next two weeks in the hospital, a rehab facility, and back to the hospital — all without either my or her daughter’s seeing her — and then she came back to her home on hospice until she passed away with her family around her. It does not sound funny as I have written about it, but there were lots of laughable things along the way: greeting the ambulance at 4:30 a.m. in a too-short nightgown, discovering my cell phone dead when I needed to call her daughter, being mistaken for a nurse in the ER. . . Aside from this past month, my year has probably been much like all of yours. I have avoided crowds, worn a mask when necessary, read lots of books (enjoying the old ones more than the new), and appreciating even more the friends and family who are all just a phone call or a letter away. Mary Sicer Moore ’55 14 Boadmoor Prescott, AZ. 86305 928-717-2093 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Charlotte Leary Ross: “Joe and I are having a quiet life — walking outdoors when weather is good. We have stayed home during the pandemic. Thankfully, we have escaped Covid. We celebrated our 66th wedding anniversary December 2021 and we are blessed to have all these years together. The family was together the day after Christmas — seven grandchildren and spouses, twelve great-grandchildren. It was such a joy to hug everyone again. All the adults had the vaccine and booster. Happy to read about the restoration of Ernst Nature Theatre. Wishing all a happy, healthy year!” WCAA, Inc. 325 S. Patterson Ave. Oxford, OH 45056 email@example.com
WCAA, Inc. 325 S. Patterson Ave. Oxford, OH 45056 firstname.lastname@example.org Once upon a time, we were young, our minds were sharp, we delighted in each other’s activities, and we ran across campus to get our mail. Now, life is different in many ways, but one thing remains constant – we remember our classmates with much love and recall happy times at Western. June Regan Young and I exchange greetings and occasionally chat on the phone. She and husband Dave love life and enjoy their family get-togethers when those special times happen. Juli Beasley Kinchla is a faithful correspondent and I love reading of her travels and treks across the country. Sally Raub Alkire and I exchange thoughts about music and recall those classes with Miss Bracher who never failed to intimidate me! However, her insistence of the correct harmonious structure guided me when I was writing my music method books. Phyllis Yeamans Bailey continues to play the piano with zest and competence. With her perfect pitch, she breezed through Miss Bracher’s assignments. She could “hear” every note in those chords while the rest of us struggled to identify the notes. It’s always uplifting when I read Maria Uveges Holt’s continued interest in poetry and literature. Poetry and prose can take us out of our frenzy. The Bulletin
I was saddened when I learned of the passing of one of my roommates, Sandy Meredith McNulty. Sandy died on August 11, 2021. We had so much fun together and she was such a gracious hostess when I visited her over the years. Another classmate, Betty Strong Miller, died September 15, 2021. I remember playing for Betty’s wedding so many years ago. All good memories of both Sandy and Betty. Karla Noell Galantay writes from Switzerland and shares the accomplishments of her family. After her husband died, Karla flew to Florida to visit me. It was fun to renew our friendship. On the homefront, I am enjoying my four young students and one adult student. The teaching has gotten me back into playing and I have joined a community strings group. Since my larger muscles needed attention, too, I trudge off to the gym three times a week for those machines that make me bend and stretch. To the class of 1958, I salute you, I think of you, and I send you love. Do write to me sometime so we can be in touch. Jennie Lou Fredley Klim ’58 106 Springer Ln. Somerset, PA 15501 email@example.com
Love, Jennie Lou
Thank you so much, Class of ’60 who wrote me. I really appreciated your news, as will everyone reading it. Jane Ramsey Grant has had a bit of a rough year. Husband Bob’s neuropathy has worsened to the point that he is having trouble walking. And Jane’s 12-year-old heart valve repair is wearing out and her doctors haven’t decided what to do. Hopefully, by the time we all read this, her doctors will have figured it out! The fun news for the Grants is that Jane’s daughter and husband are building a house, on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho, that will include a home for the parents as well. Also from Idaho, Nancy Johnson Marshall continues to enjoy her condo with its great view of the golf course and short walk to town. Two of her children live nearby. Three of her grandchildren are in college. She reports good health except for osteoarthritis — and, of course, the usual joint replacements. After five years of “dating,” the pandemic encouraged Nancy and Ed to decide to move in together. Nancy has kept busy Spring/Summer 2022
these last couple years in her home gym, walking, streaming, and playing online bridge. Jackie Power Sheldrick writes a contented letter from her condo in Battle Creek, MI. Her husband died in 2009, so it is her cat that keeps her company now. She stays busy with travel, vacations, bridge, and PEO. She and friends attend lots of concerts and movies and she still enjoys entertaining. Jackie sends best wishes to all. Sister Toni Power Johnson writes from her residence at Woodland Pond in New Palz, NY. She reports that life is Patti Alman Halbig ’60, with daughter Heidi (far right) gradually returning to normal, and grandkids, in Colonial Williamsburg, 2018 which means she can resume swimming five days a week, Bill are looking forward to a couple months in hiking around the Hudson River area and Boca Grande this winter/spring. Son Bill won going to local concerts and plays. She was an Emmy for editing the last episode and also able to finally visit with her nearby son cliffhanger of season two of Succession, to and family. which he will return next season. And he has From faraway Mexico I heard from Isabel Oteo-DeMartinez. She has been good about staying home and away from other people during the pandemic, but it has been hard to be alone, she admits. Her son and his family all had a mild case of Covid but are fine now. Patty Rees Dewey reports that her large family is doing well. The excitement of the year was the marriage, in a small ceremony in Washington state, of son Joe to Elvira Altynbaeva, a Russian young lady who is studying for a master’s degree in accounting. Once totally vaccinated, Patty and husband Dennis visited family in North Carolina and then headed to their Florida condo, which they had left abruptly a year earlier. The restraints of Covid caused some havoc with the various studies of their school-age grandchildren. Ten Deweys also enjoyed sharing a house on Kiawah Island for a few days. Valerie Clark Cook continues to volunteer at the Assistance League in Atlanta. All of her family is nearby, so she often gets to help out with her great-grandchildren! (The exclamation point is mine as I don’t think I’ll live long enough for such fun.) Val very much misses Bill, with whom she lived for 23 years, as he passed away since she last wrote. Not much has changed for Susan Wylie Moran since last year. She and her husband, Peter, continue to live at Country House in Wilmington, DE. She’s still in touch with classmate Ann Gingrich Kuehn who has stayed well. Carol “Coop” Cooper Henry and husband
since finished editing the new HBO series The Gilded Age which premiered January 24th. The rest of the family is super involved in athletics from gymnastics to horseback riding to skiing. Daughter Annie — once a national synchro swimmer — has her doctorate in sports psychology. Pete and Syd Stout Benson are enjoying their recent move to Echelon, a senior residency in Medina, OH. There is lots to do, says Syd, plus three meals a day, if wanted. The two have continued involvement with their church and other local volunteer activities. Roomie Sally Hoover Harris laments the state we’ve been in for the last couple years. She, like many of us, has kept “sort of busy” but not sure what she’s accomplished! Last Thanksgiving she and husband Tom entertained 13 family members in their home in Chattanooga for the first time in a couple years. Sister Amy Hoover Frierson ’58 was part of the gang. Sara White Arn has done a little traveling this year. To Jamaica with her daughter to visit friends where she embarrassingly got stuck in quicksand-type beach sand! And to Sanibel for a couple weeks. She has four adorable great-grandchildren and continues to enjoy living in Barclay House in St. Louis. For the first time since our 2010 reunion, I heard from Patti Alman Halbig in Murrieta, CA. She sent an article from her DAR newsletter re the Oxford Female Seminary, which the wife of President Harrison, Caroline Scott, attended. Patti did include a picture of herself plus her daughter, Heidi, and her three grandchildren. 15
Alice Anderson Stallings lives in Decatur, GA, where she has left her Episcopal church and joined the Catholic church. She enjoys her prayer group and reading and looks forward to seeing her daughter and family who live in Greece. They haven’t been together for two years because of the pandemic. An email from Kathie Howard Sutherland in Portland, ME, reports that not much has changed over the last couple years. She and husband John continue their teaching at the Senior College of Southern Maine, though John has been experiencing serious back issues recently. Kathie has added a Zoom class with a teacher in Egypt to regain her Arabic fluency. Cathy Bauer Cooper admits to answering in clichés when asked how she’s doing: “So far, so good” works, or “Just keep on keeping on.” She may have to come up with something more original in 2024 when the WCAA closes its doors and the Bulletin, its pages. Meanwhile, she enjoyed another March (2022) on St. Simons Island, GA, with transportation to and from provided by son and daughter respectively, plus a visit from her sister, Judy Bauer ’62. Earlier last year (July, to be exact) Cathy had a fun lunch with Ann Gingrich Kuehn, who’s happily ensconced in a lovely senior complex in Wilmington, OH, just up the interstate from Lebanon. Lunch was delicious and she came home with a bagful of goodies from Ann’s garden — just one of her many Cape May activities.
From Helgard Jungeblodt Deuel: “Hello Classmates! Some may remember me, because I was only one year at Western as a foreign student on scholarship .It was hard in the beginning to understand all that was said and taught. But eventually I learned to take notes while the teacher was talking — big progress. All my jobs later turned out to require a lot of English and thanks to Western and Miss Limmer I became fluent. “How much I hate to let you know, that I will have to miss this reunion, because I am having leg, as well as balance and vertigo problems. To travel is no longer part of my pleasure activities, not even flying to Germany (that is a tough one). But — such is life and I had a great one and am grateful for it at my age of 85. Have a great and fun time and at one moment think of us, who cannot make it, but who will be … thinking about you.”
“My love to all surviving Western classmates and professors. Wish I could do it all over again, knowing what I know now.” WCAA, Inc. 325 S. Patterson Ave. Oxford, OH 45056 firstname.lastname@example.org
The spirited Class of ’64 sends its greetings and best wishes for a healthy, better year than the last. Faith Evans sent a beautiful Christmas card and the news that she had just gotten over Covid and was now fine; and though not as politically active as in the past, she still cares a lot about her party. “I can’t believe I will turn 80 in July!” This phrase was followed by the news that she now uses a walker to get around and has difficulty writing. She looks forward to our keeping in touch.
Claudia “Whit” White Gilmartin is in her fourth year of beach profiling at Wallis Sands, NH, where the data they collect are studied for beach erosion among other things. She hopes it is time we can all begin to go back to performances such as the BSO that was about to perform in her area of New Hampshire.
Jan Sandrock MacEwen ’60 31 Wilton Crest Wilton, CT 06897 email@example.com
“The past two years of Covid have put a dent in my teaching/live performance schedule, so last year I revived my thespian aspirations by participating in a number of plays at the legendary, local Brown County Playhouse. I specialize in portraying eccentric old ladies (Arsenic and Old Lace, Harvey) while attempting to keep from falling off the stage due to failing eyesight and hearing along with a bad hip!
Carolyn Dutton writes: “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since our 50th reunion when I had a chance to reunite with roomie and dear friend, Donna Shalala, and once again stroll the pathways and bridges of what remains of beautiful Western.
A typical message from Ann Hammond in Tustin, CA, made me smile. She and her dog, Eloise, got tired of looking at each other, so she climbed in the car with a friend and took a road trip to check out the canyons that had recently been flooded. She is hoping to get back home to Ohio, but is waiting for the planes to get in the air without too much fuss.
The good news here in Connecticut is our family is all healthy, busy, employed (those who want to be!) and fully vaccinated. Our youngest grandchild turned 21 — a cause for reflection for sure. We had a Thanksgiving gathering in Stone Harbor, NJ, pre-Omicron, but canceled our two months in Florida. Various forms of volunteering around town keep us as busy as needed. Be careful and stay safe.
“A few years ago, I achieved a lifetime dream by hopping on a flight to Paris, France, where I spent the evenings jamming gypsy jazz in tiny clubs, then ventured 60 miles south to Samois sur Seine for the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival. And suddenly there I was, playing jazz with real gypsies on the banks of the Seine. A thrilling bucket list moment.
Carolyn, still making beautiful music “Over 20 years ago I traded in the bright lights and pavement of New York City’s Broadway for the rolling hills of Nashville, Indiana, a tiny artists’ colony 30 miles south of Indianapolis. I got a Master’s Degree in jazz studies at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in nearby Bloomington and have been dashing around the state performing at jazz venues, festivals, museums, etc. Have also been playing with blues, Irish, and country bands which are in abundant supply in this area.
Ria Latham Bittinger wrote to say that she is still in Manchester, VT, working as a school counselor at Burr and Barton Academy. Her husband, Larry, who had been teaching at the Killington Resort Management Program of Castleton University, had a stroke and can no longer teach. “He has aphasia but otherwise is healthy and doing well. Our son is in Palo Alto working for the Royal Bank of Canada in investment banking. His son is a junior, so the college search is on — he looked at Williams, Middlebury, and Dartmouth when they were here this summer. His dad is pushing his alma mater, Williams. His mom would like him closer to home. His sister is in the 7th grade, the only female grandchild. Our daughter and her family are in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. She has three boys (ages) 15, 13, and 10. She is a busy lady The Bulletin
Rita Latham Bittinger ’64 with daughter’s and (inset) son’ s families with the boys plus being a member of the school board and various committees for the PTO. Her husband works for Linkedin. Gay Nellis Walker feels “every year is like the last, except that we’ve had two years of pandemic.” One change that she made is her decision to write stories of her life for her family. Gay realized that there are whole areas of her life that her children and grandchildren know very little about. “I had started in the ’90s to write memories of childhood, from the point of view of the child at the age of the memory. But I hadn’t addressed my adult life at all. I assembled 3-ring binders with over 100 ‘stories,’ which I gave them for Christmas. I want my kids to ask me about things now, while I’m still here. So many times I wish I knew more about my parents’ lives. It’s been a fun project.” This project got Gay thinking about the novel she wrote about 20 years ago but never did anything with. Thinking it has promise, she has given it to a few friends to read and make suggestions. The comments she received so far have been very helpful. “Now [gulp!] I’m thinking that maybe some of my Western friends would be willing to do the same. If so, let me know at gaywalker@ aol.com. (Yes, I’m an AOL dinosaur!) Ruth Limmer may not have liked it, but oh well, this isn’t 1964!” The only other major event of the past year that Gay shared is that her ex-husband passed away in September. She will join the family in Crane, MO, in May to scatter his ashes. She ended her message with the hope that we learn to live with this Covid virus better this year since “it seems it’s not going anywhere soon.” Lynne Drucker Albukerk sent belated New Year’s Greetings with a brief message that she was leaving for Italy, Greece, and Turkey — mostly with Viking — the next day (JanuSpring/Summer 2022
ary 16th) and would be returning on February 12th. This note was followed a week later by her holiday letter that began: “This year has been a year of contrasts and constraints for almost everyone. For many, personal loss and ill health, heightened anxiety, economic fear and political discord means 2021 will remain a fearsome memory. For others, strong gains in their portfolios brought some balance to the negatives.” And so, Lynne wishes “that 2022 will bring Good Health, Warm Relationships, Prosperity and Pleasure for all.” Her family was able to gather in June in a limited group to celebrate Ariella’s Bat Mitzvah. “Days later, we all adjourned to the wine country to share time, swimming, playing volleyball, cooking, exploring, talking, and bonding in a secluded enclave.” In October, the family got together in Chicago to celebrate Jane’s Bat Mitzvah and to explore “a bit of the Midwest’s architectural gem city.” At the end of August, “Grandma Lynne braved the labyrinth (and frustrating) border crossing to Vancouver, Canada … to represent the family at the Bar Mitzvah of Zachary, Jak’s great nephew. I enjoyed days with my sister-in-law, Helen, family and friends, in this most civilized city set in an outstanding natural locale.” Lynne caught us up on her San Francisco grandchildren, offspring of Dov (aka Larry) and Tania: 15-year-old, currently blue-haired Zoe is a talented artist and strong academic student at Marin Academy; Ariella, now 14, is “our volleyball playing fashionista,” who is applying to high schools; and 10-year-old Eli, a devoted competitive chess player, is a member of a traveling soccer team. Meanwhile, the Chicago grands, children of Nick (aka Nico) and Tali, include 14- year-old Ava, who plays the clarinet, is a varsity diver, and is strongly motivated academically, and 13-year-old Jane, a creative story teller, artist, and able student who is enjoying middle school this year. Daughter Lisa still lives along the Hudson and teaches middle school math. She is the favorite cousin, aunt, and private math tutor to the family’s next generation. Lynne recognizes that she must be getting old as her youngest child celebrated his 50th birthday this year. Yet, she continues to provide psychological services in an assisted living facility. She is also the consulting ad-
ministrator for a growing home care agency founded by Iris, a caregiver for both her and Jak. In addition, Lynne enjoys serving on the WCAA Board and that of her home owner association. Patricia Snowden explains that she didn’t write last year as there was no fun news to share. “Unfortunately, this year has been the same.” She underwent interventional radiation for what was presumed to be lung cancer in June and July 2020. As she continued to feel unwell through the remainder of that year, she felt she couldn’t carry her share of the WCAA Board’s work, and declined to continue when her term ended in June 2021. In January, two tumors appeared on her left shoulder and under her chin. “Biopsies revealed a rare type of T-cell leukemia for which there is no known cure. Several subsequent biopsies gave the same results. There is only one test protocol for this cancer, and I do not fit the parameters (too old, for one thing). I refused experimental chemo as it’s proved useless anyway. Now the oncologists are trying to figure out a palliative treatment. Meanwhile, I have little energy and sleep a lot. Fortunately, I am keeping my positive outlook and sense of humor about the whole thing.” Pat next told how she and her daughter, Juliane, decided they needed some fun. In April they went to Savannah and Charleston. They were walking rapidly on Savannah’s brick sidewalks, under the gorgeous trees, to meet their city history guide. Pat’s right foot “got caught in a battle between tree roots and the bricks,” and she fell headlong, breaking her right kneecap and four ribs, “and literally smashing my right (of course!) wrist.” Pat visited the hospital and then did some reading in her hotel room, while Juliane walked the city and reported on it to her. In Charleston, an orthopedist reset the wrist — a temporary fix, since it required surgery. In both cities. She and her daughter did enjoy fantastic restaurant meals with Pat confined to a wheelchair. Upon their return home, Pat had wrist surgery “to put the multiple pieces back together. So far, I have had four of them, as I’ve developed complications. Before the end (I hope) of my wrist saga, the brace on my right leg caught the fringe on a blanket and threw me to the floor, breaking my left kneecap. Another brace. Again, laughter at the absurdity of the whole thing. At least I’m now free of braces; my wrist is weird-looking and riddled with arthritis, but I can handle that.” Pat had a full time caregiver until June and now has her four hours daily. They’ve become good friends and enjoy the visits. (“We laugh a lot.”) While her ability to fully participate in Knollwood’s many activities has been limited due to Covid and her condition, since choir resumed in September, she practices via livestream YouTube when she’s not in the hospital. “As I said, no good news to share. I’m determined to hang on 17
long enough to make it to our 2024 reunion!” Mossy (aka Caroline Moss Ford) wrote her message from Toronto during a blizzard that had already brought 20 inches of snow — with much more expected. “Weary from Covid lockdown, this year continues to be very quiet like the last two, as David and I stay in a very tight bubble. Thank goodness for Facetime, which keeps us connected with our children in the West and Zoom with friends and Garden Club meetings, etc.” Mossy has also been playing bridge online. The Fords’ greatest joy was visits by their children last August at their cottage, 125 km northeast of Toronto in the Karwarthas. “Our cottage is like our mecca and gives us a feeling of being less vulnerable. Omicron is spreading like wildfire here and our concern is that the hospitals won’t be able to cope even though it appears to be less virulent than Delta.” Mossy continues to enjoy the Garden Club and will be working on a project that involves creating a memorial grove at the Toronto Botanical Garden where people can plant trees as a living tribute to loved ones. Mossy extends her best wishes to all, tells us to be safe and well, and hopes that 2022 brings better days. (“Our golden years were supposed to be fun!”) Gypsy Kimball Richardson shared her New Year’s Newsletter. She has spent the past year visiting many countries virtually via programs by Road Scholar, a company which she has used for six years. In addition to their 3-, 4-, and 5-day virtual travel programs, Road Scholar offers a variety of hour lectures on topics such as birds, mammals, and sea creatures. After virtually visiting Antarctica and the Arctic, Gypsy hopes to visit these places in person one day. She has also taken advantage of the Great Courses to help pass the time. Now that her church has reopened to in-person services, Gypsy, who is a member of the Worship Team, is in charge of the ushers. In 2021, Gypsy did travel a bit: to Washington state in August for the funeral of a very dear friend; to Chautauqua, NY, twice with Road Scholar to attend lectures; and to Portland, OR, to visit with another friend, who took her to a restaurant called The Willows, where a marvelous six-course meal with wine, beer, and non-alcoholic pairings were offered. Gypsy especially enjoyed touring the different neighborhoods and “wonderful little shops” in Portland. Where she lives, in Brevard, NC, restaurants were still closed, but Gypsy was able to order takeout from her favorite restaurant, Falls Landing. Once the restaurants reopened for indoor dining, her group of around 10 friends resumed visits every Tuesday and Thursday. Gypsy spent Thanksgiving with her sister and brotherin-law who live nearby. They went to Connecticut to spend Christmas with her sister and brother-in-law’s sons and their families — “an interesting time.” Gypsy has about 18
Welcome back, Nancy Johannes Campbell ’64, here with family last Christmas. 10 trips planned for 2022, including six with Road Scholar in this country. In July/August she and a friend will go to Ireland. Gypsy wishes everyone a better year in 2022. Jan Wood Beaven emailed that she and Ron Anderson are grateful for science. They were thrilled in February 2021 to emerge from lockdown — though still a distance from returning to complete normalcy. “In our new normal, we traveled to the West Coast to visit Ron’s daughters in Napa and Seattle, and then to Chapel Hill for my daughter Anne’s (50th!) birthday, and then to enjoy family and friends in Massachusetts and Maine. In the summer, we had time to merge our households in Wellesley, MA — I, returning from Boston to the town where my girls grew up. Looking for ways to contribute to my old/new community, I am excited to have a role with the Wellesley food pantry. And oh, we did get Omicron in late December, but those wonderful vaccines kept the illness under control.” Jan wishes for a better normal soon and for your happiness in 2022. Peggy Cooper Davis wants you to know that she is “alive, reasonably well, enjoying spouse, daughter, and two grandchildren, and still the Shad Professor of Lawyering and Peggy Ethics at NYU.” She sends her warm wishes to all. It’s been a long time since we last heard from Nancy Johannes Campbell, so welcome back, Nancy! We look forward to your staying in touch! Nancy included a beautiful family photo along with her update. “Unfortunately missing is my husband Jack. He passed away in September 2016. Luckily, we had 52 wonderful years filled with a lot of boating, travel, and wonderful times with the family.” Nancy’s grandson Ian graduated two years ago from Bowling Green
State University (Ohio) magna cum laude in computer programming and is now living and working in Erie, PA. Her 20-year-old granddaughter, Brenna, is a junior at the U. of Cincinnati ‘s Conservatory of Music, majoring in commercial music production. She is a gifted guitarist/pianist and song writer. Nancy’s 16-year-old step-granddaughter is finishing high school in Tennessee. Nancy is particularly proud that her two children, Scott and Kim, still maintain the family business that was started by their great-grandfather, Harry Gerstner, in 1906. “We’re still making wood chests. I’ve been the bookkeeper/bean counter for the last 45 years. I still help as much as possible, but with macular degeneration, Scott does a lot of checking of my work.” While Nancy no longer drives a car, she did purchase an electric car/golf cart so she can get to the store, bank, and country club. “It’s a great way to get some freedom.” Her family has been well and she hopes the same is true for you. “I pray for some sanity in this crazy world we’re in. I wish health and happiness to all.” Judy White Fogt wrote, “Fingers crossed that by the time we read this in the spring Bulletin, Covid will be substantially behind us.” She hopes that all have been well this past year “and dodged the bullet so to speak.” Judy reports that she stayed close to home during 2021 except for a long summer weekend in Atlanta to see her son and family. “Snaking through Hartsfield Airport’s labyrinth security control was unsettling as (it was) very crowded.” She also spent two weeks in Maine, on the coast at Belfast, visiting her daughter Suzanne and family in Bar Harbor — “a wonderful respite from DC’s summer heat while enjoying playing tourist and hiking in Acadia National Park. And, of course, spending time with my adorable 4- and 7-year-old grandkids.” Judy hopes to be able to join a small group of friends who will charter a boat to island hop in the Scottish Hebrides for a week in late May. She looks forward to taking in the local culture, The Bulletin
enjoying the natural beauty, and eating lots of good seafood.
in line dancing and her senior center which has kept her fit and sane.
Judy reports that she has seen Carol Shuler Butcher, Arlene Branca, and Daphne Ostle Allen recently. “Arlene’s son will be married in April in the Bahamas. Daphne is getting away from chilly Vermont by wintering down here in DC, near family. Carol is keeping well and often sees her daughter Sally’s family who live nearby.” Judy ends her message with a wish for a healthy, happy 2022.
Rita VonHagen Monette is well and enjoying her retirement after a long teaching career.
Nancy VanVleck Von Allmen is finding life great again as Covid starts to recede. She writes, “What a ridiculous two years we’ve all experienced!” Nancy and her entire family did manage to have a splendid two weeks in Switzerland last July in their Murren Airbnb chalet apartments. She is trying to retire from her travel consulting business so she can have more time with her four precious grandchildren. They all love to ski together in winter and hike in summer. “Am about to celebrate the big 80 with a ski trip to the French Alps. Hope all goes well. Next week, Lore Kagerer Thorpe ’63 (Austrian “foreign student”) is coming to ski Alta and Snowbird with me. Our life-long friendship started, of course, at Western. Looking forward to our 60th Reunion in two years. Be there!!” Nancy Ballard Wegge’s early February email, presumably from her home in Festus, MO, said that she had just returned from a month in Key West — to snow! “One thing I learned over these past two Covid years: ‘If I haven’t done whatever I said I didn’t have time for, then I never really wanted to do it anyway!’ Like exercise more! Our whole family is fully vaccinated, so thankfully, we’ve avoided the worst. Neither Bill nor I got Covid, but several grandkids did have mild cases. We are back to the ‘normal’ activities we’ve missed so much, but are still being careful. Traveling again, but not overseas. My one regret is that I didn’t keep in contact with friends on our freshman hall, or roommates, but it was so much harder 60 years ago before the internet. I do think of you often with fond memories. Best wishes for continued health and happiness to all my classmates.” The Hohlers have passed another relatively quiet, uneventful year — mostly at home due to Covid (only one trip: at Christmas time, a visit with the Ohio Hohlers). Meeting weekly via Zoom or in-person with fellow Rotarians, Village events, and Hope Children’s Fund activities seem to have kept me busy, but I’ve also had lots of time for reading for pleasure (mostly fiction) and information gathering (newspapers, magazines). During the warm months, Larry rode his new electric bike — necessary to keep up with the younger members of his biking group on our many hills. He also delighted in showing off his ’51 Studebaker at local beaches (even participated in the ’21 Port Jefferson Spring/Summer 2022
“Beautiful grands” of Nancy VanVleck Von Allmen ’64 Hill Climb!) and wrote articles for our retired teachers association newsletter. Both of us spent most of our “free” time, though, promoting and fundraising for Hope Children’s Fund, of which Larry is Board Co-President and I’m Secretary. To keep up with “our” Kenyan orphans and see the progress at the Jerusha Mwiraria Hope Children’s Home in Meru, Kenya, check out hopechildrensfund. org. We certainly miss our annual visits to Kenya, but stay in close contact via the internet, including Face Book. Meanwhile, Nikki and Jose continue to live, work in, and love D.C. Here’s hoping that 2022 is kind to us all- and that our classmates continue to get and remain in touch. We’d love to see you at the June ’22 WCAA, Inc. Reunion, but even more important, Spirited Class of ’64, please begin making plans to return to campus for our 60th Anniversary celebration in 2024 — and the last WCAA Reunion! Evie Small Hohler ’64 301 Owasco Dr. Port Jefferson, NY 11777 firstname.lastname@example.org
Peggy Budington writes that the winter in Rhode Island was cold and very snowy. She is thankful for the water she has but knows there are many of us in droughts and fires. She stays in touch with Jane Graham Murphy. She wishes all of us to stay well. Carol Maturo Ward writes that she and Allen are enjoying their home and the surrounding land. She is teaching kids at church to prepare them for confirmation. They have been meeting with masks and social distancing which makes the time both challenging and interesting. The kids are great but have very busy social schedules. “We, on the other hand only seem to go out for medical appointments. We are both healthy, which means our underlying health conditions are under control. Church is our main activity. We are looking forward to warmer weather and being able to get outside more and visit with our family.” Cynthia Crosson-Harrington writes that she survived the pandemic but her sons and daughter-in-law got Covid. She continues to pastor the Whately (Massachusetts) church. They have gone back and forth between in-person and Zoom worship and being exclusively virtual. As things open up, Cynthia hopes to have more opportunities to speak about her book You Cannot Cage the Wolf: A Mother Struggles with the Suicide of her Soldier Son. The book came out just as the pandemic shut everything down. She has started a new memoir about her dad but now has little time to write. “Our joy during the isolation is Gabriel, our Shih tzu puppy. He keeps everyone sane and in good spirits. I highly recommend puppy love!” Note Cynthia;s new website: www.cynthiacrossonauthor.com
Ann Walton writes she was in Florida for several months this past year. She enjoyed her walks on the beach and being away. She is working with the WCAA Board to make our 2024 ending as smooth as possible. She is also on her condo board, a PEO member, and is involved with a women’s discussion group. She has been getting back to work on real estate now that Covid restrictions are lessening. Hazel Williams Drew, chair of this year’s Reunion Committee, strongly encourages all of her classmates to plan to attend these last three reunions. Her daughter, her sonin-law, and grandson are back in America after five years in Switzerland. They are only an hour away in New Jersey. She is active
Our only big event last year was Rich’s 90th birthday. We had over 100 people attend in July. It was outdoors on our ranch and there was a slight break in the Covid numbers. We had old friends from Florida, Ohio, California, and Oregon come and help. The house and trailers were full. We had three new great-grands in 2021 so we now have five girls and one boy. I have not gotten to hold the boy or one of the girls yet. I have started my 2-year-old Alice on riding lessons. She loves it and rides a Shetland pony bareback with a couple of handles on a lead line. I wish I could have started that way. The isolation has been difficult but the horses have kept me busy. I decided to be less efficient so I can maximize my steps each day. We are in a severe drought and will not get any irrigation water this summer. 19
I joined four Zoom book clubs this winter to get me busy during the short cold days. I am enjoying the longer days already. I agree with Carol’s comment about keeping underlying health issues under control. That is what we are doing and keeping ourselves as active as we can. Kathi Ramsey Bumblis ’66 2230 NW Gerke Rd. Prineville, OR 97754 email@example.com
The year 2021 continued along much as 2020 for most of us. Some ventured out and did more traveling than in 2020, while others stayed close to home. We were hoping for “herd immunity” a year ago and haven’t yet achieved it, as of early February 2022, when I’m writing these notes. However, we are planning for an in-person reunion in Oxford from June 10-12. After two Zoom reunions, I’m sure we are eager to return to Oxford. (Because there are advantages to Zoom, allowing alumnae from far away to attend easily, we will keep a Zoom component so they can attend parts of the reunion.) Fingers crossed for an in-person reunion! As last year, the year was rather uneventful for the Blake clan. As was the case with most of you, I celebrated my 75th birthday with a Zoom party. There were family attendees from many parts of the U.S. and Europe, as well as several friends. My sister, Gretchen Blake Roy ’71, drove out from Maine with her partner, who has a home about a half hour away from us, in Marin County. We had a much longed-for “reunion” and just celebrated my 76th birthday together. Even though we’re vaxed and boosted, Joel and I have stayed close to home, taking two trips up the coast to a resort we like for several nights. Our one international trip, to Germany for a celebration of his family, to be held in his mother’s hometown, was canceled.
The past year found Jeanne Flowers Foster walking in Forest Park nearly every morning. When not in the park, walks included her urban neighborhood and the campus of nearby Washington University in St. Louis. The summer of 2021 was dedicated to catching up with family after way too long. Jeanne and her partner, Dennis, began by visiting two of his children and their families in Seattle. They followed that with a two-week driving trip, first stopping to visit Jeanne’s cousin in Kentucky then on to Tennessee for her family’s reunion at her daughter’s home near Murfreesboro. All the kids, spouses and grands were able to be there and Jeanne says, “it was wonderful having all of us together for several days.” From there they traveled to Durham and later in July flew to Boca Raton to visit Dennis’s other two children and families. Jeanne continues to facilitate classes for the Oasis Aging Mastery Program. For most of the year class was on Zoom but they began inperson in November for fully vaccinated and masked participants. Falls prevention is still an area of interest and Jeanne looks forward to teaching Matter of Balance again in 2022. Marilyn Fortey Parry received the Bulletin yesterday for the first time in many years. It is a small miracle as it went to an address she left over 20 years ago. She is now retired and living in the valleys of South Wales, in an ex-mining post-industrial community. Marilyn and her husband live in what is known as a ‘miners cottage,’ originally a two up/two down (four room house) in a row or terrace of similar homes in an area where they have row after row of these houses with no gardens but small paved areas at the back of the rows. The homes are all late 19th century, now improved with the addition of indoor bathrooms and kitchen extensions into the paved areas. They are midway between the coast of Wales and the Brecon Beacons (mountains) national park with reasonable public transport. Address: The Reverend Canon Doctor Marilyn Parry, 32 Barry Road, Pwllgwaun,
Pontypridd, CF37 1HY, United Kingdom. Marilyn and her husband are both clergy of the Anglican Communion which is the body that includes the Episcopal Church. They have been serving priests and academics all their working lives and have lived and worked primarily in areas that could be correctly described as deprived, so they feel very much at home in retirement. They are both well and active and grateful to have come through the first couple of years without contracting Covid 19. Many around their area have not been so fortunate: Their local authority has the dubious distinction of having the highest Covid-associated death rate in Wales, despite the efforts of health professionals and many others. Retirement activities: Helping out in nearby churches, gigging with traditional jazz bands (think Dixieland and Big Band music — Marilyn plays clarinet, alto sax and flute), gardening their extra bit of hillside land (allotment), hosting study events in their home and spending time with family and friends when possible. She’s not currently in touch with any other Western folk but thinks that Mary Fasheh ’69, a lifelong close friend, died of Covid sometime early in 2021 (Marilyn has been unable to establish contact with the remaining family.) Mary served as a librarian with UNWRA for many years before retiring to a family home in the West Bank of Israel/ Palestine. She never married but was glad of her extended family and many friendships. She and Marilyn worked together on a couple of projects around establishing and supporting particular libraries in the West Bank. Susan Hackley loves the free time afforded by retirement and uses it for reflection, writing, and enjoying friends and family, including four grandchildren. Her daughter lives nearby, for which Susan is immensely grateful. Her son Zac got married in Alaska in July, and Susan was the officiant. The wedding was held at the cabin that she and her
My work on the WCAA Board has been very rewarding, as we plan for our dissolution in 2024. Please plan to return to Oxford for that last Reunion, as well as any before that which you can. Each will have a theme, and the 2024 Reunion will be a big bash, as you can imagine! The theme of this year’s, June 10-12, will be Celebrate the Uniqueness of Western: Stories through the Decades. Marilyn Fortey Parry sent a long email, all of which I have included here because we haven’t heard from her for such a long time. On to your news. 20
Family of Jeanne Flowers Foster ’68, at their summer 2021 reunion The Bulletin
first novel in 2021. Fragile Courage is the story of a Latina entering college, who struggles with the competing demands of school and family. It is based on Martha’s years of experience Susan Hackley ’68 with Bill Foster’s son at Bill’s memorial service, in higher MAPS aviation museum, Canton, OH education where she focused on creating support former husband helped build 50 years systems for nontraditional students. She ago. Instead of downsizing, which would feels passionate about communicating the have been more prudent, Susan and her need for supportive infrastructures in colhusband, Paul, recently bought a cottage leges/universities to facilitate success and on Cape Cod, fulfilling her lifelong dream access for all. Martha and Larry love to travel of having a place at the seaside. During and have promised to take each of their Covid, Susan’s film “Veteran Children: four grandchildren on a trip of their choice When Parents Go To War” was accepted when they turn10. This summer will be busy to 11 film festivals, so continued to reach due to earlier Covid postponements. Based new audiences. Susan spoke in August at a on the children’s choices, they will head to memorial for her Miami University boyfriend, Iceland and Paris. Bill Foster. The event was held at the MAPS aviation museum in Canton, Ohio. Brenda Lee Bell continues her pursuit of par on the golf course and letting go of perfection Hayat Imam sends her warmest wishes to in art. Highlights of the past year include a all her classmates, and other college mates, week at the beach, shorter excursions with with hopes that everyone is healthy and friends, helping her daughter get settled in peaceful. She has tried to adapt to the new her new home and regular video chats with world of Wi-Fi activism, by giving a course Karen Prah Voris. A road trip to visit family on Islam, working on issues of international and friends is penciled in for spring. Brenda peace/racial justice/ climate change — all and Brian are grateful for good health, a via Zoom. On the fun side, there is the Muvibrant community, and this happy chapter seum of Fine Arts as a refuge; a recent class in their lives. she took on Bach; connecting with friends on Facebook (including Western sisters); Miho Matsuda Abedini wrote from Toronto, and inventing new dishes. There have even where their daughter and family live. They been five Zoom dinners with friends: each will soon be returning to Tehran, even though party cooks the same international menu, the medical conditions there are unfavorand then eat (together) — on Zoom! Hayat able. Last summer Miho had an Ablation feels blessed that her four grandchildren Catheter Treatment for her heart and Man(two girls and two boys) have made the sour had a short hospitalization. When she brilliant decision to space themselves out wrote, they were both fine. for maximum delight: 20 years, 13 years, 3 years, and 11 months.
Chako Matsumoto Era and Koh are staying home except for her going to Curves five times a week with everyone masked and keeping hands and air clean. She enjoys seeing the young staff who “try to cheer us up.” They miss their 5-year-old grandson, Syun, who is with their son Kohtaro and his wife, Sae, in New Jersey, but they Skype frequently. Syun speaks English with a New Jersey accent! Cece Peabody wrote that her Mom turned 100 in October! Cece’s still enjoying association management, and loves being on the WCAA board. She is looking down the road at a mid-2023 retirement. She’s already booked a golf trip to Spain, and wants to travel and golf in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. Lots to look forward to! Karen Prah Voris and family are happy to be vaxed and healthy. Karen and John split their time between Scottsdale, AZ, and Gig Harbor, WA, where their younger daughter and family live. The whole family was thrilled to see older daughter, Amy (WCP ’94), who lives in Manchester, England, for a month last summer after Covid restrictions were lifted. John and Karen plan to travel to Scotland for the British Open next July and meet up with the whole family in England. Patty Robins Lacey has been doing well in Cortez, CO. She is chair of the City Historic Preservation Board. She has started swimming in the Recreation Center pool: a great joy for a native Long Islander. She had a delightful trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her daughter Eve in August. Book Club and church are going well too. At Christmas, the Lacey family got together in the Denver area and went to the Brown Palace Hotel for tea, harkening to our special teas at Western. She sends best wishes to all. Donna Wilson-Johnson’s family is healthy and life is very good in their new home state, North Carolina. Susan Blake ’68 2900 Forest Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Jayson sent a photo of her dog, Tucker, playing in the snow, wearing Western Blue. She is happy to hear that Miami is naming a building after President Young. Martha Kitchen Casazza and Larry spend most of the year in Sayulita, Mexico, where they founded a tuition-free preschool four years ago. The school (https://www.escuelasayulita.org) started in a storefront with 10 students and currently serves 26 families with a waiting list of 15. They partner with the local women’s center to offer an English Language (Ingles Divertido) program in the summer and after school during the year. Martha was excited to publish her Spring/Summer 2022
A prevailing theme seems to be the ongoing fatigue with the pandemic, missing friends and family, and a general feeling of disconnection. I’m sure we all thought it would be done by now. But I do have some nice notes to share: Syun, 5-year-old grandson of Chaka Matsumoto Era ’68
Jane Koenig continues her much loved life in the northwest mountains of North Caro21
lina. While retired, she’s keeping the county Democratic party in line, as treasurer of the Democratic Women and leading All on the Line NC, working on fair redistricting. I’m glad Nancy Yang Hsiung keeps me on her Christmas card list as she has no internet or email, Frank and misses my reminder for notes. She still keeps busy cooking up a storm, to the delight of her neighbors, while corralling her two grandkids, Frank, 7, and Rosie, 5. Rosie may be President one day thanks to her awesome social skills, which embarrass her mother, and Frank is the great reader. At 7, his new Rosie fav is George Foreman’s Rotisserie Cook Book. Priceless. Nancy, thanks for the great pictures and keeping me in your loop. Dee Newell Banks has had the two busiest years ever during the pandemic. As an infectious disease physician, she served on many national and local Covid task forces. In 2019, she received the Watanakunakorn Award for Clinician of the Year from the Infectious Disease Society of America — this is the academy award for an infectious disease doctor. She hopes to be able to resume traveling soon, especially to Italy. A great long email from Candy McDaniel Dalbey, who emerged from the lockdown and was able to re-connect with her family of 15. Candy and Wally now have seven grandkids from 6 to 16, and have loved playing on the beach at their Delaware home in both sun and snow. They also picked up and moved to Westerville, OH, for five months last year to be closer to their daughter and
two grandsons. Their grandsons in Boston and Baltimore play hockey and soccer and the Dalbeys have been able to see those games, some in person and some on Zoom. (What would we have done without Zoom?) Candy also stayed busy making several art quilts in the past two years while Wally has woodworking projects and continuing genealogy research. He has found some interesting ancestors! (See my note, below). He also stays connected with some colleagues and projects undertaken by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Candy writes that they hope to be at Western in June 2022, and included a terrific picture of the whole family. Dave and I bundled into our PNW island for the long haul. It’s the perfect place to isolate as we have a small population and it’s easy to stay distanced. The supply chain problems are exacerbated in such a small place and we regularly have container ships sailing past us on Puget Sound while they wait for berths in Seattle. I have been cooking more than I did in the previous 20+ years and decided I like it, and I feel like I read for days on end, just trying to keep pace in a rapidly changing environment. I too have done genealogy work for 30 years and can trace my people back to the early colonists. Imagine my surprise several months back when I uncovered a line of distant cousins who are African American. It has sent me off in whole new directions, to areas of the South where I had no notion of connection, and has given me new personal relationships that will take much time to explore. Exciting and challenging to be sure. Hoping you are staying well as we plod through this difficult time. Cheers until 2023 Kelly Felice ’70 6121 Bob Galbreath Rd. Clinton, Whidbey Island, WA 98236 email@example.com
Wally Dalbey FF and Candy McDaniel Dalbey ’70 (far right) et al. 22
For ’72 updates and pictures, go to the 50-year anniversary feature on page 11!
Greetings, Western classmates. It’s hard to believe that it is only two years now until out 50th class reunion in 2024. Please put June 2024 on your calendars and plan to return to Western College for both our 50th reunion and the last Western reunion. We hope to have a good turnout of class members then. Susan Maud Lantz Carr sends her greetings to her fellow 1974 classmates. She has been married to the same man for 42 years. He had a serious heart attack 10 years ago, and after a long recovery, he is doing better now. Susan, herself, had a bout with a rare breast cancer in 2017. It was in stage 4 when it was discovered. She had to undergo seven surgeries, four rounds of chemotherapy, and four rounds of radiation, but she overcame it, although she says that it took its toll. Susan still lives in her country ranch home which backs up to a horse park and allows for good wildlife viewing. She continues to rescue and foster pets that need homes in addition to caring for her own pets — one Dalmatian dog and two previously feral cats. Susan reports that she is not gardening or painting as much as she used to but still enjoys these activities occasionally. Susan keeps in touch with a few Western friends including Susan Rasman Brodsky ’73, who is her accountant. Mary Miller Croxton has included a lovely photo of her daughter, Jessica Croxton Mallon, and her granddaughter, Bea Mallon. Jessica attended Western in 1998. Mary doesn’t work at a hospital anymore because it proved too time consuming to keep up her certifications. However, she has been helping out in the health office of her local school system when needed. She is still very active with the League of Women Voters in western New York and also keeps busy with two grandchildren who live in the area. The Croxton family always spends a week vacationing at Blue Mountain in the Adirondacks every summer. The whole family meets there, and Mary gets to see her other grandchild then. Nevine Gulamhussein now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her two daughters, Noor and Nasreen, are both family physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Nevine’s big news is that she has just bought a vacation apartment in Porto, Portugal. The Bulletin
Daughter and granddaughter of Mary Miller Croxton ’74 Nick Toth (one of only seven men to graduate in our class) is a professor of cognitive science and anthropology at Indiana University (Bloomington campus). He is also the co-director of the independent nonprofit Stone Age Institute where scholars and scientists study the archaeology of human origins. After graduating from Western, Nick went to graduate school at Oxford University in England and at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. Nick and his archaeologist wife, Kathy Schick, were two of the 50 scientists to be included in the New York Times book Scientists at Work: Profiles of Today’s Ground-Breaking Scientists. Nick and Kathy have traveled all over the world doing archaeological field work and giving lectures at universities abroad. Nick says that he owes a lot to his Western professors, particularly Margaret Barrier. My main activity of interest in the last year is a riverboat cruise on the Snake and Columbia Rivers in the Pacific Northwest in early September 2021. The cruise started in
Clarkston in eastern Washington and went down the two rivers as far as Astoria, Oregon, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. There were dramatic scenery changes along the way. We started in the dry wheat-growing area of eastern Washington and Oregon and proceeded through the forested Cascade Mountains (the area of the Columbia River Gorge) to the rocky shores of the Pacific Ocean. The cruise visited a number of interesting towns along the way including Pendleton, OR; Richland, WA; The Dalles, OR; and Astoria, OR. The passengers, including me, also had a bus trip off the riverboat for an afternoon visit to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in southwestern Washington state. The weather was perfect that day, and there was a very good view of the crater from the Visitor Center area. It was a delightful trip and a good getaway Betsy Salt ’74 642 Mallard Dr. Westerville, OH 43082 firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly McCarthy comes home! HEY CLASS OF 1976, This is a personal shout out to you all. We have only two years left before the Western College Alumnae Association will close down after 50 years in existence. This is an incredible accomplishments that we lasted this long.
Molly McCarthy visited the Western campus on November 16th. It was the first time she had been back to campus since 1974. She enjoyed going to Peabody Hall where she had an opportunity to speak with students and faculty in the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation (WCSII). She also enjoyed seeing Kumler Chapel and the rest of the campus again.
I can remember setting foot on the Western College campus in the fall of 1972 and thinking this would be my college home for the next four years. Well, it only lasted two years but they were very fulfilling years with great memories!! Those years made such impact on me that I have served on the WCAA board for many years. So, the Class of 1976 would become one of the Unfinished Years of Western College but has remained active through the WCAA. The campus has a tree that represents the Class of 1976 near Clawson Hall. Several members of our class have engraved bricks in the Legacy Circle that will be a memorable reminder that we were here in Oxford, OH. I would like to challenge you to come back and see other contributions that Western College will always be remembered by — such as Patterson Place still standing and Freedom Summer Memorial amphitheater constructed in 2000, near Kumler Chapel dedicated in1918. And the campus itself is still as beautiful as it was in the early ’70s. I would love to see you at this reunion on JUNE 10 -12, 2022. Let’s celebrate our time that we had on campus once again.
New WCAA trustee Ann Crowley Pagano ’74 and family. (Daughter and granddaughter of Western alumnae, Ann will be re-introduced with a full bio in the fall ’22 issue.) Spring/Summer 2022
Pheetta G. Wilkinson ’76 4500 Butterfield Pl. Cincinnati, OH 45227 email@example.com 23
WESTERN COLLEGE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, INC.
FINANCIAL REPORT 2021 Honor Roll
A list of donors to any (or all) of our three funds: Annual: for ongoing expenses such as mailing the Bulletin, supporting reunions, giving annual scholarships Reunion/Class: for a special project that can be created only by combining gifts from all classes, different every year Endowment: for major programs to keep the spirit of Western alive such as named scholarships, professorships, seminars, legacy projects, and campus preservation funds During the year January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021 Club Designations Peabody Society $1,000 and up McKee Circle $500-$999 Clawson Club $250-$499 Century Club $100-$249
1942 Donor Beatrice Low Notley
Century Club Patricia Brewer Benjamin Louise Moore Murray
Barbara Johnson Wright Donor Anne Koch Nevins
1945 Century Club Ethel Jarvis Fischer
1951 Century Club Barbara McGill Benson Marilyn Johnson Ross Donor Barbara Van Meter Carey Nancy Goosetrey Coyne Josselyn Bennett Winslow
1954 Peabody Society Lucy Ann Liggett Maria Van Waveren Smit McKee Circle Sandra Franz Barnes Elizabeth Renton Hale Century Club Cornelia Roettcher Levine Willa B. Ward
1947 Century Club Joanna Harmeyer Ach Alyce Baumgartner Haines Marjorie Arnold Thompson Donor Louise Gutman Goldberg Marilyn Trester Woodrich 1948 Donor Cynthia Adams Leslie 1949 Peabody Society Mary Jane Liggett Matson Century Club Dolores Milan Breithaupt Evelyn Jensen Hill Margo Freudenthal Kaufman 1950 McKee Circle Jane Lloyd Cantoni
1952 Peabody Society Jean Fuller Lester Catherine Ross Loveland Clawson Club Nancy Ryan Rietz Century Club Elizabeth Sipe Gerber Donor Barbara Peterson Block Joanne DuBois Shafer 1953 Clawson Club Debra Cohen Kalodner Century Club Patricia Wilson Barrett Mary Culver Daniels Nita Goodwin MacCracken* Barbara Johnson Mecklenborg
1955 McKee Circle Charlotte M. Kraebel Phyllis Banta Sandmann Clawson Club Barbara Giles Grant Century Club Lucile Robinson Allen Charlene Ashing Barry Margaret Stackhouse Flickinger Dorothy Runyon Medlin Mary Sicer Moore Donor Sally Miller Ihne 1956 Clawson Club Carol Tincher Keith
Carol Silvernail Swager Century Club Mihrican Ozdemir Havens Joyce Roark Phillips Charlotte Leary Ross Joy Loudon Smith Suzanne Schmidt Smith Donor Anne Welch Burnette 1957 McKee Circle Shirley Rakich Giffin Diana Haynes O’Keefe Clawson Club Ellyn Talbott Bogan Joan Mueller McInally Charlotte Klein Varzi Century Club Paula Zearley Armstrong Ann Ellison Susan Mayer Falter Mary Staley Rader Donor Brigitte Jeglin Dahl Dorothy Poeschl Hawkes 1958 McKee Circle Mary Smith Venable Century Club Phyllis Yeamans Bailey Caroline Kawallek Manildi
Donor Julaine Beasley Kinchla Jennie Fredley Klim 1959 McKee Circle Ann Ferguson Zeigler Century Club Barbara Konheim Kolb Donor Peggy Mayer Hill Jane Toy Thomason 1960 McKee Circle Sara White Arn Barbara Kong Vlachos Clawson Club Catherine Bauer Cooper Janet Sandrock MacEwen Joan Harrison Sievers Century Club Patricia Alman Halbig Susan Getz Morris Ursula Seeler Parobek Mary Flagler Rachau Donor Sally Allen Masters 1961 Clawson Club Sharry Patterson Addison Marcia Jones Friddle Century Club Sandra Baarsch Baumgardner Flora Zimmerman Cohen Sharon Botsford Moyer Mary De Jong Obuchowski Marian J. Robinson Anne Adkins Weissenborn Donor Jane Miller Brooks Susan Baarsch Button Jeanette Kirkpatrick Duval Cecelia Ann Kendrick McCrillis Lynn Bernheim Reese 1962 Peabody Society Judith Dudman Henderson Young-Sook Kim Park Donna Shalala Doris Ning Wong Donor Judith Bauer Nancy Smith Carlson
1963 Peabody Society Joan Kowalski Jordan Clawson Club Sarah Schuster Ronne Loretta W. Ryder Century Club Jill Hartley Fulton Susan Zeller Maxfield Florence Firjanian McGurk Ella Brown McMahon* Carolyn M. Myers Nia Jones Terry Donor Marjorie Keppel Gross Ingela Helgesson Jane C. Pendley Sally Salo Roman Elizabeth Doerr Steponkus 1964 Peabody Society Lynne Drucker Albukerk Janet Wood Beaven Linda Roscoe Felicetti McKee Circle Grace Good Bailey Nancy Fierbaugh Collier Yvette Small Hohler Marcia Randlett Oder Patricia Spokes Snowden Clawson Club Alice I. Baker Carol Shuler Butcher Carol Thomas Ruikka Kathleen J. Turner Century Club Marion Ginman Classen Judith White Fogt Barbara Griswold Marrs Nancy VanVleck Von Allmen Lois Johnson Wilson Donor Judith Freund Barton Carolyn Moss Ford 1965 Peabody Society Katherine Egolf Frances E. Hoffman Marie A. Iandoli Sylvia G. Stanfield Janet Smith Stephens Lily Cambouris Williams Clawson Club Elizabeth R. Jacobs-Harrison Century Club Betsy Smith Ames
Nancy Blair Faulkner Rita Gehlhoff Nora Chan Li Kathleen O’Brian Lillich Margaret Gaebler Morscheck Donor Sandra Severson Harwood Kathy Fansher Parnell Ann Tetrault Raynor Sue Brewer Thompson Sandra Gray White 1966 Peabody Society Margaret Wilmer Bartlett Suzanne Lutz May McKee Circle Kathi Ramsey Goldsmith Ann E. Walton Clawson Club Hazel Williams Drew Century Club Nancy Boynton Bogan Charla A. Coatoam Marja-Leena Siitonen Gottmann Edith Taylor Molumby Betsy Fenn Spiess Carol Maturo Ward Donor Jennifer S. Morgan Sylvia Hoffman Swartz 1967 Peabody Society Cheryl Christian Kugler McKee Circle Heather Antell Abed Joan A. Barenholtz Clawson Club Muriel Gillette Alexander Century Club Joyce Vermeulen Cadwallader Janina Chadwick Jane Gayley DuBois Blanche S. Kung Stephanie Smith Siegfried Marlene Benjamin Tuttle Jane F. Underwood Donor Jean B. Ager Carol Stone Lehman Lois Dickey Coyle 1968 Peabody Society Susan Blake Jeanne Flowers Foster Ella Weingarten Iams
Patricia A. Jayson Cecelia M. Peabody Karen Prah Voris McKee Circle Susannah Davids Martha VanVleck Pierce Clawson Club Nancy Niver Jennifer French Sponsler Francine Toss Century Club Victoria Choy Hayat Imam Leslie Weirman Riley Reynelda Ware Barbara Williamson Wentz Donor Susan Williams Oblinger 1969 Peabody Society Nancy Wilson Kobayashi McKee Circle Gretchen Schmidt Grzelak Clawson Club Roberta Smith Hurley Betsy Philipson Kensinger Ann Noble Century Club Robin L. Bartlett Susan Talbot Birkett B. J. Gibbons Bramlett Diana W. Fleming Annette Bevan Gallagher Toni Vaughn Heineman Susan Hodge Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner Carolann Herrold Sharp Stevie Bentzen Snook Donor Linda Galantin Karen Kling Plumb 1970 Peabody Society Mary Kelly Felice Maria Maldonado McKee Circle Linda Bartruff Hickey Clawson Club Pamela Watts Coates Century Club Patricia E. Pinkowski Mary Gibson Smith Denee Dusenberry Stevenson Barbara Burgess Van Aken Donor Lucy R. Boyle
Mary Hoge Miller Ruth Senft Noyes Ellyn Trautmann Pflug
Linda Li Ng Nancy Alison Owens Jane Rossitto
1971 Peabody Society Christine Jordan Blanchette McKee Circle Pamela Waldron-Moore Clawson Club Lynn K. Erstein Century Club Susan Wolfe Caceci Susan Kudner Starr Donor Ligia M. Galarza Linda Brooks Larsen Deborah J. McDuffie
1974 Peabody Society Christine Moranda Elizabeth A. Salt McKee Circle Janet M. Lucas Century Club Nancy Anderson Ann Crowley Pagano Jocelyn F. Woodson-Reed Donor Sue Anderson Cheryl P. Bonnell Deborah W. Neville
1972 Clawson Club Linda C. Tuxen Century Club Pamela J. Aduskevicz
1976 Clawson Club Melinda McGinnis Reynolds Donor Elizabeth Rugg Grybko
1973 Clawson Club V Joan Campbell Christine L. Wines Century Club Rita E. Greene Gita Wijesinghe Pitter Ann M. Powell Donor Elisabeth Cook Coady
Western Program Alumni Peabody Society Michael A. Manos 1981 McKee Circle Steven H. Anderson 1979 Century Club Daniel M. Adamson 1982 Yelena Boxer 1993 Benjamin D. Gibbons 1994 Madeline J. Iseli 1991
Michael P. Loeffelman 2003 Daniel T. Woltman 1991 Donor Emily B. Brown 2007 Laura E. Englehart 2005 Abigail M. Hawks 2020 Jacklyn C. Heikes 2017 Zackary D. Hill 2002 Debra A. Kocar 1978 Barbara L. Ruben 1982 Joy M. Usner 2003 Kristen F. VonGruben 1999 Kathryn Pendergast Wolf 1979
Donor Emily Burns Berry Kathrin Hubbard Janice Lang Sten Wiedling
Western Former Faculty/Staff Century Club John E. Simmons Celia Knight Ellison
Organizations Columbus Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Gulf Coast Community Foundation Incorporated Hieronymus Family Fund Inc. LPL Financial Margaret and Marshall Bartlett Family Foundation Inc. Michigan Scientific Corp Network for Good Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund The Henry County Community Foundation Inc. The Miami Foundation Voris Family Foundation
Western Friend Peabody Society William Flanz Lee D. Hieronymus Linda Newman Jeffrey Salt McKee Circle Donna Matson William R. Matson Clawson Club Kathryn Tate William T. Trainer Century Club Nancy Svenson Robert Webber Sara Wedeman
Western Honorary Alumnae Clawson Club Judy Kalbfus Waldron Century Club Deborah S. Baker Donor Mackenzie Becker Rice
Congratulations and Thank You to Our Donors! Of our active Western College Alumnae, 16.4% contributed to the WCAA in 2021, compared to the national average in 2018-2019 of 8% for all colleges and universities. Your philanthropic support, volunteer efforts, meaningful experiences, and continued engagement speak volumes for a college no longer in existence!
IMPORTANT REMINDER: MAKE SURE BENEFICIARY IS THE WESTERN COLLEGE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, INC., NOT WESTERN COLLEGE.
Memorial Gifts Louise Kell Ozdemir ’21 Mihrican Ozdemir Havens ’56
Elizabeth “Cindy” Flender Webber ’62 Susan Getz Morris ’60 Robert Webber
Harriet Gebhart Hieronymus ’27 Hieronymus Family Fund Inc. Lee Hieronymus
Cynthia Bailes ’64 Yvette Small Hohler ’64
Lois Wiggins Newman ’29 The Henry County Community Foundation Linda Newman Carolyn Farr Gaebler ’44 John F. Gaebler
Vivien Forbes ’64 Yvette Small Hohler ’64 Anne Mahood ’64 Kathleen Turner ’64 Patricia Scott ’64 Yvette Small Hohler ’64
Beth Shirk Bevan ’45 In His Steps Foundation Annette Bevan Gallagher ’69
Gwendolyn West ’64 Yvette Small Hohler ’64
Helen Gons Korngold ’46 Kathrin Hubbard
Richard Monaco Melinda McGinnis Reynold ’76
Alice Schacht Salt ’47 Columbus Foundation Elizabeth A. Salt ’74 Jeffrey C. Salt
Blair Smith Annie Wu Lee ’67
Nita Goodwin MacCracken ’53 Edna Juanita MacCracken ’53
Eleanore Vail Annie Wu Lee ’67 Melinda McGinnis Reynold ’76
Barbara Frazey Kenney ’57 Edward J. Kenney William and Donna Matson Joan Mueller McInally ’57
Jacqueline Wallace Catherine Cooper Bauer ’60 Debbie Baker Spaeth HA Judy Kalbus Waldron HA
Dixie Harris Trainer ’58 William Trainer
Western College Music Department Mary Kelly Felice ’70
Judith Buck ’61 Sharon Motsford Moyer ’61
Milburn Cooper Ann Ferguson Zeigler ’59
Alumnae Weekend Gifts Anniversary year classes contributed $1,975. Non-anniversary year classes contributed $12,797. Total Alumnae Weekend Gifts: $14,772.
0 318,795 318,795
0 510 844 25,512 26,866
69,952 1,350 2,000 15,074 110,954 199,330
22,118 3,268 1,286 13,686 40,358
56,325 1,000 (1,122) 31,741 347,405 435,348
41,490 318,794 360,284
Fund Balance Beginning of the Year FUND BALANCE AT END OF YEAR
TOTAL EXPENSES/TRANSFERS Increase (Decrease) in Fund Balance
48,106 2,000 110,954 161,060
0 0 (d)
0 0 0
TRANSFERS Annual/Reunion Gifts to MU Foundation and Miami University Fund Transfer Legacy Funds to Foundation Endowment Gifts to MU Foundation TOTAL TRANSFERS
Study Abroad Scholarships Total Education
Archives International Scholarships Peabody Scholarships
Fundraising and Stewardship Operations
Alumnae Relations including The Bulletin , Clubs, and Annual Reunion
26,060 2,350 314,205 342,615
0 0 (d)
0 0 0
STATEMENTS OF REVENUES, EXPENSES AND FUND BALANCE MODIFIED CASH BASIS, continued
(a) The above Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Fund Balance - Modified Cash Basis and Statements of Revenues, Expenses and Fund Balance - Modified Cash Basis were prepared using the modified cash basis of accounting. Assets and liabilities are recorded and revenues and expenses are recognized on the cash basis, modified for sales tax payable and unrealized gains and losses from investments. (b) Cash is held by Miami University for the benefit of the WCAA. (c) WCAA Investments are held by the Miami University Foundation for the benefit of the WCAA. (d) Education expenses listed are from Annual Fund gifts only. They are supplemented by distributions from WCAA Endowment Funds as available. In addition to the above figures, for fiscal year 2019-2020, Miami University provided allotments of $121,638 for salaries and benefits.
TOTAL REVENUES AND ADDITIONS
Other Revenues and Additions: Reunion Weekend Revenue Gift Shop, Patterson Place, Misc Revenue Interest and Dividend Income Gains(Loss) on Investments Total Other Revenues and Additions
Alumnae Giving: Annual Fund Gifts Patterson Place Preservation Gifts Legacy Gifts Reunion Gifts Endowment Gifts Total Giving
0 360,284 360,284
LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE Sales Tax Payable Fund Balance TOTAL LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE
39,875 7,612 47,487
STATEMENTS OF REVENUES, EXPENSES AND FUND BALANCE MODIFIED CASH BASIS YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND 2019
39,875 7,896 47,771
Investments (Market Value)
Other Assets Antiques and Art Gift Shop Inventory Total Other Assets
STATEMENTS OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE MODIFIED CASH BASIS DECEMBER 31, 2020 and 2019
Western College Alumnae Association, Inc.
PEABODY SCHOLARSHIPS Fritzi Mueller Beckett Scholarship Glaser, Cody J Michael Hysquierdo, Nicole Marian F. Hawk Scholarship Addae, Effe Mavis Alldredge, Matthew Kent Berryman,Candice Marie Dittman Cherry, Zachary David Marfo, Joseph Nsiah Phyllis Hoyt Scholarship Gonzaga, Maribel Jones, Jeffery Leon Kelly, Myrissa A Lenn, Alicia Nicole Storage, Phil Anthony Barbara Frazey Kenney Scholarship Piedel, Monica Lynn Zimmerman, Jessica Mary West Liggett Scholarship Gidner, Gunnar Greenwood, Karen D Martinez, Pamela Scott, Jennis Lynn Stapleton, Leah Sutton, Veranique M E. Ramona Newton Manners Scholarship Ahluwalia, Lovepreet Kaur Helen Kaslo Osgood Scholarship Begley, Nichole Ann Crosen, Jesseca Rowena Snyder Scholarship Appiah, Rita Bell, Rebecca Fischer, Cynthia Miller, Kayla
WCAA ALUMNAE SCHOLARSHIPS Bachman, Alyssa Marie Cook, Bailey Hughes, Kennedy Jo Thrasher, Alyssa
MULTI-CULTURAL US RESIDENT Multicultural Scholarship: U.S. Resident McKenzie, Ronald I
MULTI-CULTURAL INTERNATIONAL Grace Chu Scholarship Adjei, Mathias Amgain, Nishan Herrick Black Young International Scholarship Adjei, Mathias Bastola, Nabin WCAA International Student Scholarship Amgain, Nishan Multicultural Scholarship: International Adjei, Mathias Bastola, Nabin
Moundjongui Nessack I, Suzanne General Peabody Scholarship Ackon, Evelyn Begley, Nichole Ann Berryman,Candice Marie Dittman Cherry, Zachary David Crosen, Jesseca Fischer, Cynthia Furia, Stephanie Renee Glaser, Cody J Michael Greenwood, Karen D Hysquierdo, Nicole Marfo, Joseph Nsiah Martinez, Pamela Mauller, Matthew C. McIntosh, DeAngelo Cortez Michel, Julie Marie Danielle Reisinger, Terri S Tate-Yoder, Ashley Summer Tatro, Jodi West, Rebecca Jean STUDY ABROAD Jean Boyd Cable Scholarship Darkow, Brooke Lauren Riley, Caroline Glenda Koons Family International Exchange Scholarship Kelly, Olivia Vanessa Grace Osgood Scholarship Konova, Daniele Ivaylova Sadeghi, Sabra Joseph Thoms and Sarah Darnall Resor Scholarship Muneyuki Trento, Erica Maria Sakaguchi, Kazuma Sele, Sophie Alexandra Alice Schacht Salt International Study Scholarship Fields, Alexis Ilene Solorzano, Karina Leonor Rowena Snyder Scholarship Decroux, Sylvain Herve Emmanuel Joerg, Matthias Kinniburgh, Angus Barr Edith H. Von Tacky Scholarship Feldman, Julia D Lydia Zimmerman Scholarship Casey, Olivia Rose Gilligan, Meaghan Mae Knee, Emmett James Lawry, Gabriel Michael WCAA International Exchange Scholarship Abdelrahman, Rana Gregerson, Allyson Elisabeth
R/L/V Scholarship Kong, Kevin L Weaver, Elijah Michael
Pannapara, Ann John Reblando, Roque Harrison
2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients
WESTERN PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS
OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS Clara W. Appel Scholarship Fund Alcala, Camelia Dorenbusch, Anatasia Katherine Duke De Lanerolle, Apsara Alma G. Bremer Scholarship Fund Pugh, Raymond Rene Riordan, Madelyn Mary Stratton, Walter Jack Evelyn May Davis Scholarship Hatcher, Katrina Ann Kline, Katie Lynn Mixon, Anna Watters Tammaro, Lindsay Katherine Thompson, Dormetria Jane Smucker Fryman Western College Scholarship Riley, Caroline Glenda Hieronymus Family Scholarship Kemper, Maxwell Christopher Lepley, Bailey Autumn Lucy Ann Liggett Western College Scholarship Davis, Abiegail Marie Kreuz, Gianna Meed-Zearley-Clingman Scholarship Staley, Cavan Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Poplis Memorial Scholarship Lukenda, James Raymond Lockhart WCAA Creative Arts Scholarship Damiao, Henrique Fouret Western College Scholarship Ginsberg, Cyle Jon-Nathanial
Lunday, Luke Richard Tran, Leeann T Weyn, Sophie Eveline
Multicultural Scholarships: International Awarded to incoming undergraduate international students. Full and partial scholarships based on merit, then financial need, renewable up to three years.
International Exchange Scholarships Awarded to undergraduate students in international exchange/study programs. One-time partial scholarships, based on merit and financial need.
Trustee Scholarships Awarded to upperclass Western Program students who exhibit exemplary leadership. One-time partial scholarships. Memorial Scholarships Awarded to upperclass Western Program students with Study Abroad Scholarships Awarded to need. (Funds made available through annual undergraduate students enrolled in either a gifts to the WCAA in memory of classmates.) semester or full year study abroad program. One-time partial award. Donor-designated Awards/Scholarships Criteria vary, established by creator of scholarship/ award in conjunction with the university.
Multicultural Scholarships: U.S. Resident Awarded to incoming undergraduateAfrican-, Asian-, Hispanic- or NativeAmerican U.S. residents. Partial scholarships based on merit and financial need, renewable up to three years.
—Alexis Martin 2022
One hundred eight scholarships/awards totaling $258,460 were distributed for 2021-2022 thanks to YOUR support! To learn more about creating a named scholarship, please contact WCAA Director Mackenzie Becker Rice at 513-529-4400.
Peabody Scholarships Awarded to nontraditional undergraduate students (over 25) who have had their college education interrupted. One-time partial scholarships, based on merit and financial need.
Alumnae Scholarships Awarded to an outstanding incoming student enrolled in the College of Arts and Science or Fine Arts. Award covers one-half the cost of tuition and is based on merit, then financial need, renewable up to three years.
Lois McCullough Whitter WCAA Scholarship Enix, Cayden Alexi Phipps, Olivia J Shaffer, Zackary R Tucker, Hailea
Education has always been a very important part of my life. Through my education, I have found my place in life and others to share my knowledge with. I am absolutely thankful for the gift given to me by the Western College Alumnae Association. The extremely generous scholarship that has been given to me has opened up so many doors that may have been closed otherwise. I am a History and Premedical Studies double major. Going to Miami is laying out such a wonderful foundation for further education, work, or whatever I may choose to pursue. —Alyssa Thrasher 2025
Dill, Hyland Cecilia Kadras, Alexandra M Susan Ray Woodworth Scholarship Francis, Katie Ann Western College Memorial Scholarship Howard, Laura Paige McGirr, Madison WCAA Trustee Scholarship Conrad, Cassondra Marie McGivney, Claire Grace
I have always wanted to work with animals but also people, which means I had to work on being caring and communicative with my peers. It has allowed me to see things from different perspectives as I have grown and gathered the knowledge necessary for my future career in environmental science. Your scholarship support will help me get through my last year at Miami without the added stress that most college students have in regards to affordable education.
WESTERN PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS Margaret Wilmer Bartlett Scholarship Errig, Theodore Lindsey Kwiatkowski, Sophia Katherine Edgar and Patricia Snowden Scholarship Hampton, Austin JElizabeth S. Turner Fund Crowley, Lindsey Nicole
The Western Program has helped contribute to my personal goal to help reform education. The ability to use interdisciplinary education to individualize my learning not only allows me to learn more on how I can implement educational reform in my future (by learning more about social justice, psychology, education, philosophy, political science, etc.) but to actually experience a radical way of learning, something I value and wish to implement as a future educator. Thank you for supporting me in my educational journey through Western. — Madison McGirr 2022
Meed-Zearley-Clingman Scholarship Staley, Cavan Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Poplis Memorial Scholarship Lukenda, James Raymond Lockhart WCAA Creative Arts Scholarship Damiao, Henrique Fouret Western College Scholarship Ginsberg, Cyle Jon-Nathanial Kakarala, Sriya
The Narka Nelson Circle N
Western’s Planned Giving Society
arka Nelson – earnest student in the Class of 1920, passionate classics professor until retirement in 1965, official college historian – made a very generous gift to Western College before the college was closed. However, since her inheritance first provided for members of her immediate family, it was many years before the gift came to Western. Unable to thank Narka for her gift, the WCAA Board of Trustees decided to establish a special “society” to thank in advance those individuals who have made a gift that continues “the spirit of Western” on campus through a deferred giving instrument such as a charitable gift annuity, pooled income fund, charitable trust, IRA, or bequest. The individuals listed below have done just that. We are grateful to them for their foresightedness and generosity. They invite you to join them.
Jeanne Ott Saunders ’40 Nancy A. Myers ’46 Jane Alexander Durrell ’47 Mary-Garnett Tillinghast ’47 Grete Stern Wrede ’51 Elizabeth Sipe Gerber ’52 Catherine Ross Loveland ’52 Gloria Wilson Sylvester ’52 Mary Culver Daniels ’53 Sandra Franz Barnes ’54 Lucy Liggett ’54 Maria Van Waveren Smit ’54 Lois Rehm Koch ’57 Rosa Ewing Goldman ’58 Caroline Kawallek Manildi ’58 Ann Ferguson Zeigler ’59 Anne Adkins Weissenborn ’61 Susan Berryhill Hill ’63 Joan Kowalski Jordan ’63 Florence Firjanian McGurk ’63
Lynne Drucker Albukerk ’64 Faith A. Evans ’64 Yvette Small Hohler ’64 Patricia Spokes Snowden ’64 Faith W. Barrington ’65 Ann E. Walton ’66 Susan Blake ’68 Patricia A. Jayson ’68 Barbara Williamson Wentz ’68 Mary Kelly Felice ’70 Ann M. Powell ’73 Christine Moranda ’74 Elizabeth Salt ’74 Lorna Jordan ’81 Ann Rosenfield ’83 Curtis W. Ellison HA Burton Kaufman FF Judy Kalbfus Waldron HA David A. Rook and Svetlana Beros Rook FR
If you have included the WCAA in your deferred giving plans and your name is not listed or if you wish to learn more about becoming a member of the Narka Nelson Circle to help continue the legacy of Western College, please contact Mackenzie Becker Rice, WCAA Director. (513) 529-4400, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT REMINDER: MAKE SURE BENEFICIARY IS THE WESTERN COLLEGE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION, INC., NOT WESTERN COLLEGE.
In Memoriam Birgit Hasselblad Mills ’47 March 2022
Suzanne White Glans ’57 September 2021
Mary Lou James Munson ’47 February 2022
Phyllis Kopp Marangelo ’57 April 2020
Ann Haszard MacLeod ’49 January 2021
Diana “Diney” Delaplaine (Downs) Wharry ’57 April 2022
Jane Osgood Tatge ’49 Class Rep 1999-2020 January 2022
Janet McKee Banks ’58 September 2019
Sally Trowbridge Blackwelder ’52 March 2022 Ellen Beach Brush ’52 February 2022
Marilyn Wingerter Heginbotham ’58 November 2017 Marilyn Jaehnke Hardy ’60 September 2021
Mary Sue “Tudy” Allen (Henry) Gatzert ’52 December 2021
Ella Brown McMahon ’63 Trustee 2010-2916 March 2022
Hildegard L. John ’53 June 2020
Martha Daily Alexander ’67 April 2022
Elizabeth Brown Peelle ’54 April 2022
Cynthia Wales Tischer ’73 October 2019
Susan Riley Scherer ’55 March 2022
Paul Michael Beno ’80 February 2022
Barbara Burger Winslow ’56 September 2021
James Richard Peacock ’88 January 2022
Bulletin policy is to list deaths of Western College alumnae, former administrators, faculty and staff in “In Memoriam.” WCAA trustees and Bulletin class representatives will be so designated and their terms of service noted. Obituaries are not printed, but class representatives are notified and encouraged to include personal remembrances in class notes at their discretion.* Administrators and faculty members with exceptional, long-term service will be eulogized in the current or a subsequent issue. Deaths that occurred more than five years prior to publication are not included.
WCP 2.0 News
Greetings from WCP Class of ’78!!
Update from WAAMU (WCP Alumni)
s spring comes – and this letter is weeks late, I think of the beautiful Western Campus where I would procrastinate on projects as a student. I did not mean to procrastinate I just got swept up in life, and much like Western taught me sometimes it is more fun to live the life in the moment than notice the time on the clock.
The Western Alumni Association at Miami University (WAAMU) Board has been busy prepping projects and gearing up for what is to come. Excited to have an in-person Alumni Weekend coming up, we hope to have plenty to share with the WCP alumni. As we continue to grow our WAAMU affinity group, we are striving to create and carry on our legacy and make the Western family proud. I look forward to seeing many on campus during Alumni Weekend, and welcome everyone who can make it.
Kathy Fetzer retired after 32 years at the same hospital, getting out just in time to avoid the pandemic’s impact. She and Frank are looking forward to getting out on some long distance travel and camping this year. Sends regards, and hope that all our classmates are well. Joe Albrechta passed along news of another recent retirement, for none other than our class’s fearless leader, John Coble. John has retired from the practice he and Joe started in 1996. Joe and John went from being college friends to law school study group partners, bar exam study partners, and then law practice partners over parts of four decades. Quite a run, for sure. John leaves an organization dedicated to seeking justice for the underprivileged and victims of our society. Having been honored for his work throughout the region, he moves on to a new chapter with his wife, Karen. Good luck, John! Send congrats to coble.john@ gmail.com. Steve Seiple has also joined the “retired” ranks, after 40 years of service at Columbia Gas of Ohio. He is enjoying time with his four granddaughters. Steve is also excited
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Editor’s note: Since many classes do not have active Bulletin class representatives and since time is running out (likely only five more issues, we have decided to run all updates received by the office in whatever issue is current, regardless of whether the class is an odd or even year. Thus, you will read news from Wendy Kendall Hess ’83, Ed Adams ’85, and Doris Schnetzer ’93 in these pages. Welcome, all Westerners! Spring/Summer 2022
for his son, Tyler, an actor who appeared on Jeopardy a few months ago. Tyler’s recent work had him featured in an Amazon Prime commercial, in which he plays Napoleon becoming a standup comedian. Go, Tyler! On a somber note, Alex Echols writes from his home state of Virginia that his family lost one of their homes which had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The family is considering how to rebuild. Alex feels his family was fortunate to have had this physical link to their heritage. Here is a link to the local news story: https://www. wsls.com/video/news/2022/01/19/historicglasgow-home-destroyed-after-fire/ I am enjoying retirement more than ever. Long past the transition markers of 1) forgetting what day of the week it is, and 2) waking up at the same hour as when I was working, I’m spending quality time with wife Mary and a menagerie that currently numbers 22 cats and five dogs. Though it’s quite an 25
operation in the house, it’s a house full of love. Volunteer work at church and visiting our four grown children keep Mary and me both busy. Larry Blankemeyer ’78 firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past two years I’ve been saying my middle name is now Pivot — Jane Pivot Sharp. Why you ask? Well it starts with work. I’m the director of the NJ Certified Public Manager Program at Rutgers University. CPM is a 10-month 300-hour certificate for upper level government and nonprofit leaders. Prior to March 13, 2020, all of our classes were in person. From March 17, 2020, to January 2020, our classes have been mostly virtual. And every time we post procedures for students, they change. We managed to graduate 198 people who were working full time and taking care of their families during the pandemic, thanks to my terrific faculty who pivoted along with me. My second pivot is personal: Hubby and I bought a travel trailer and spent nine weeks traveling from New Jersey to Seattle and back. On the way home, we hosted a little Western gathering at a campground near
Janey and Mary at Cleveland Arcade, December 2021 Cleveland with Mary Scrocco Shelley, Jim Shelley, Joe Conway ’81, and Grant Thompson. I can’t wait to get on the road again and would love to visit other Westerners. The third pivot is location. After 40 years in New Jersey we moved to Newark, DE, and I now live a block from another red brick campus — University of Delaware. In other class news, several Western alumni, friends, and spouses ate, drank, 26
and danced at the wedding of Mary and Jim Shelley’s daughter Susannah on Dec. 3. Jay Allgood, Joe Conway ’81, Ed Bell, Larry Szekely, Phyllis Scrocco Zrzavy ’82 and I. And Jim Shelly wrote a book! The Deep Translucent Pond, available on Amazon. David Wilson: “After 30 plus years raising a family and running a business in San Francisco with my partner, Cindy, we retired to far northern California (Burney) in 2019 to wait out the pandemic and plan our next move. In April, Grant Thompson, Janey Drexler Sharp, Jim Shelley, Mary we relocated to Santa Fe, NM, Scrocco Shelley, Joe Conway at KOA Cleveland, June most likely for the rest of our great, cancer is in remission, and I’m a better days. So look me up should person for having gone through the experiyou ever explore the city. I’ve got more to do ence. I’m grateful for the capabilities of my but don’t yet know what that will be. It’s nice medical team. I’m grateful for how many to be at a point in life where you can ease Western alums reached out to offer prayers, into the next thing. I know that can change words of encouragement, gifts, and recomin an instant and am thankful for the life I mendations of podcasts and music to listen have at this moment. I’m done with future to. I’m thankful for the chance to reconnect tripping, at least until life’s unpredictable nature with all of them, but especially want to thank forces it on me again. All the best to my WCP my nearby colleagues Larry Blankemeyer friends and family.” ’78 and Jane Drexler ’80, and geographically farther colleagues Ken Weil and Bill Steve Nieman: “Happy to leave 2020 beDesmond, both Class of 1980. I didn’t hind, 2021 started off routinely enough for need cancer to tell me how special they me. But once February arrived, I became ill. are and Western was, but I appreciated the Naturally, I thought Covid, but a couple of reminder. Be grateful for all that brought you tests over a couple of weeks proved negato today. I wish you all happiness and the tive. My condition got worse. Finally, my docbest of health!” tor recommended I go to the ER. On a Friday evening in late February, I was subjected to Jane Drexler Sharp ’80 several tests. The nurse tending to me was email@example.com talkative, with a sunny disposition, helping to make my stay more pleasant. Then the attending physician came in to wrap up. ... I knew the lung issue he brought up wasn’t the problem. But then he said lymphoma and my mind stopped as I struggled to process the word. I asked him to back up and explain. I noticed the nurse had gone quiet and receded into the corner. I don’t think she said another word to me. Wendy (Kendall) Hess says: “Mike Conaway ’90 finally managed to guilt trip me “I was released and my wife drove us home. into sending something (guess I shouldn’t I waited until I was back until I told her of the have waited so many years.) possible diagnoses. It was sudden and uncertain and a lot to deal with. The next weeks “Despite the pandemic, the last few years would be spent getting a biopsy, finding an have been busy ones. Both of our sons have oncologist, and getting more tests. By this graduated college and followed their jobs time, I was feeling better and determined, to different cities (one in Columbus, one ready to get treatment underway. I was in Pittsburgh.) I’ve dusted off some of my diagnosed with an aggressive form of nonmuseum curator skills from long ago, using Hodgkin’s lymphoma and would be given them to help out with our school district’s art an aggressive chemotherapy regimen that show and to write grants for charities, plus would start with a five-day hospital stay. the occasional magazine article. Julius (not In all, there were six cycles of treatment, in Western but part of the Western commueach beginning with a 98-hour continuous nity) has been extremely busy running the infusion. I decided to share my experience tech recycling company that he co-founded publicly on Facebook. I knew I would need many years ago. We’ve both been enjoythe support of friends to get me through the ing the outdoors a lot (skiing, hiking, biking most difficult period of my life. and kayaking) and slowly inching back into travel, most recently a great trip to Bryce “Skip to today and life is good. I’m feeling The Bulletin
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Wendy Hess ’83 and family at Lisbon’s WOW viewing spot and Zion. Sadly, we’ve been awful about staying in touch with other Western folks, Clair Reuter (1983) excepted. WCAA, Inc. email@example.com
From Edward Adams: “To celebrate knowing each other for 40 years (!!!), Katherine Preston, Ed Adams and Chris Galbraith (who would have been Class of 1985 if he hadn’t transferred to Sarah Lawrence after his sophomore year) gathered in the Bay Area in August 2021. As at Western, they did something they didn’t fully understand, that they were unprepared for and that involved not a little risk — they canoed down the Russian River. And as at Western, they occasionally scraped bottom, came close to tipping over, but emerged much the wiser — and still friends. Katherine is a psychotherapist in San Francisco, with her husband, two kids in college, two cats, and a dog. Chris is a teacher at a Brooklyn public high school; he has a husband, a son (age 7), a daughter (age 13) and a dog (age 3). Ed works in advertising at Bloomberg and lives alone in a windowless cell in lower Manhattan. Sadly, he remains emotionally scarred from having roomed in Peabody with Christian Einfeldt. They
Katherine Preston, Ed Adams, and Chris Galbraith (all ’85?)
Missy Moon reports that the only flights she’s taken recently are beers with her adult son in breweries! Missy relocated to the Mid-Atlantic and she’s taken advantage of all that can be reached by car. She’s been to the Omni Homestead in Bath County, VA, a Presidential resort in Hot Springs and Everglades National Park, where she saw the famous fruit stand, which has been called “Robert is Here” since 1959. Between the beers and the fruit, Missy reports finding a new world of interesting tastes. Missy also provided a great throwback picture to stir some wonderful memories.
Throwback pic from Missy Moon Gail Deibler Finke reports that after years of writing, editing and designing print and web publications, she’s now a radio producer at WNOP in Cincinnati, an independent Catholic station. She is producing a two-hour, evening-drive time, every week, day show where she is scheduling 30 local, national, and international guests each week and writing up preps for the host. Gail is enjoying her empty nest (her daughter got married this year) and is working on a science fiction novel that she’s decided that Nancy Nicholson FF may not have liked, but that Nancy has partially inspired. Diane Wright reports exciting news. She and Howard are getting married this year! Diane is still living in Cincinnati, overseeing quality management and compliance at a
Your ’86 Class Rep, Beth McNellie, and husband Jon, dining out! large community mental health and substance abuse treatment agency. Susan Kilbane is living on Bainbridge Island in Washington loving her work as the Principal and the Movement through Literacy Teacher at Saint Cecilia Catholic School, serving 3-year-old through eighth-grade children. Interdisciplinary studies continues to be at the heart of her educational philosophy. She and her teachers are reading Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain for their yearlong book study. Her parents and sister, Karen Kilbane Callahan ’83, and Karen’s family also live on the island. Susan loves jogging along the water, and has had a recent visit from Sheri Hofmann Loniewski and her husband. She also got to see John Myers ’83 at her niece’s wedding in Denver in August. Please check out Susan’s blog, Grace Notes, at www. saintceciliaschool.org. Shari Hofmann Cameron Loniewski reports that she loves living in the great Northwest. And, yes, her daughter, Jessica, whom she used to bring to class, is now 37, and has two (very cute — my assessment) boys of her own. Shari is a teacher librarian and sees and services 500 students each week. Shari still misses Western (don’t we all) and was saddened by Bill Newell’s passing, who she remembers playing quarters with on the guys’ floor on a Friday night! Shari remains in contact with Mary Cayton (who, BTW, has moved to Michigan), whom she babysat for. She also wanted to give shout outs to Terry Perlin and Gene Metcalf. Their kindness and compassion made all the difference in her life, and so many of the rest of us as well. I (Beth) got sick of working from home and am working mostly from the office, which, sadly, continues to be largely empty. Husband Jon and I are also empty nesters, but happy to report that our son, Benjamin, came home for Christmas for the first time 27
in two years and met us in Cleveland in October to see Glass Animals in concert. OK, Beth and Jon were the oldest people there, but what a great show! We have also taken advantage of domestic travel this year and gone to the Adirondacks, the Smokies, the Rockies, the Sierras, and the Superstitions for some great hiking. Lest you think it was all hiking (or primitive), see picture of Jon and me at dinner one night. In late January, I did a drive from San Francisco to Phoenix on the back roads and rediscovered the fun of using folding maps. We finally brought the “Saturday Nights In” series on Facebook to a conclusion, but did enjoy the cooking and the commentary from friends. I also learned that Jon has bought me too many pairs of shoes over the years. I continues to sit on the Miami University Foundation Board and am actively working to find additional funds for scholarships for the new Western students. Beth McNellie ’86 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolina was until I moved here. I mean, not Alaska big, but it does take me seven hours to drive to the coast from here. “I live near Boone, NC, as the hummus of a sandwich generation household. My 85-year-old parents, my 16-year-old daughter, and 54-year-old me smack dab in the middle. As you can imagine it is as raucous as an ’80s sitcom every day here in my home. “I work promoting real Christmas trees; did you know this corner o fNorth Carolina is the real Christmas tree capitol of the world? Buy real, folks, it’s better for the environment. Contact me at NCchristmas trees.com if you have any questions. I’ve mostly worked for nonprofits with a corporation, a biotech startup and a family business thrown in. My daughter, Adena, was born in Cincinnati, where I worked in education at the Cincinnati Arts Association for nine years, I think. Got to work with classmate Andrew Miller ’88 a couple of times as he was a fancy professor at NKU! “I am in touch with Shari, Val Kirby, Elizabeth Locey, Karen Dollinger (I would love to see you all next time I’m in Atlanta), Beth Anne George Schorr, Sonja Barisic and a few others. Would love people to stop by if they visit the high country, whether to ski, hike, or just vacation, or if anyone or their children plan to attend AppState!”
Thanks to Mike Conaway ’90 for this sad news: “The class of ‘88 had the misfortune to lose one of its most beloved members, James Peacock, earlier this year. Jim was one of my favorite things about Western.”
Dana in Corolla, NC: “Finally got to the beach after all these years living here!” Dana on Pea island, “which hatches precious sea turtles, and its dunes keep moving and changing.”
Obituary and condolences can be accessed at www.millerfuneralservice.com. A celebration of life was held at College Hill Presbyterian Church, in Cincinnati, on March 6.
Karen Dollinger writes: “It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. I am currently a lecturer in Spanish at the University of West Georgia. Among other things, I get to teach a course on Hispanic Science Fiction and Horror Films, which is quite Western in its approach. Students learn about everything from Moebius strips to the Dirty War in Argentina to film making terminology to Zombie Theory. I continue to be grateful for my Western Education. I also continue to practice storytelling, both online and in person.”
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The class of 1990 really came through with updates this year! Some long, some short, but all welcome. Many thanks to you all for responding, and I apologize for being such a pest. Being a college graduate I like to use the alphabet whenever I can, so: Dana Bango writes: “I was reminded of the submission deadline by Shari Stasser Wooton (you may remember her as Twiller). We both are lucky enough to live in the North Carolina mountains, though three hours apart. I never realized how big North 28
Beth Foraker didn’t exactly send an update, but she had these lovely thoughts to share: “Many moons ago we had the time of our lives. It often shocks me how vividly I remember those four years. Love you all dearly.” Next we hear from Beth Anne (George) Schorr: “Well, this is awkward. I have waited 32 years to submit an update and hardly know where to start. I definitely do not want to walk you through every sordid detail of law school and my life as a government employee in a small Ohio town, so I will just fast forward.
“I have two amazing children: Sam is a junior at Denison University studying liberal arts, and Sarah is wrapping up her senior year in high school and is ready to change the world. I married a guy named Rolf and have a golden retriever who loves everyone and a cat who only loves me. “Both the cat and the dog have become my devoted coworkers, as I have recently transitioned to a hybrid office/work-at-home job that I absolutely love with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in their Office of Child Support. I spend 80% of my time solving problems with interdisciplinary teams. My work is creative and social and actually related to my focus and my senior project. I am grateful every day for the opportunity. “I enjoy perennial gardening for butterflies and bees, signing up for races to walk not run, community volunteering and I have been toying with the idea of buying a kayak. I am disappointed to hear that the Western Bulletin is nearing the end and just wanted to say ‘hello.’ Take care and be happy everyone!” Val Kirby writes: “It’s been a quiet, reclusive couple of pandemic years. I’ve been living in Fort Wayne, IN, with my family for close to 19 years now. Older kid is a junior at Ball State and younger kid plans to attend IU in the fall. Here’s a photo of me with Ella and Sophie on the Western campus in the midst of a happy visit with extended family last summer. Still at 3420 Van Orman Drive, Fort Wayne, IN, 46804. Val” Next we hear from Elizabeth Locey: “Dear ones, it’s been so long since my last update that I don’t recall how far I need to rewind. I beg your indulgence if I’m repeating myself from previous years. “Twelve years ago, on New Year’s Day 2010, after a total lunar eclipse the night before, I abruptly retired from my tenured position as associate professor of French & Women’s Studies at Emporia State, and have never looked back. Elizabeth Cowell tells me that I got out of academia just in time. Since then I’ve had my own business channeling Akashic Records and using crystals to help clients live in greater flow and communion with the Earth and cosmic forces. I’m also trained as a priestess in the Avalonian lineage. In some ways, it was a dramatic shift from conjugating verbs and discussing Molière and Colette, but my interest in the feminine and women’s empowerment predates the Peabody Hall years. “The pandemic has not been good for business. People hire me to help with major decisions when they are in expansion mode, not wondering if they’re going to make it through the week — but I’ve been needing to cocoon anyway. I’ve come to realize that I’m quite influenced by Venus, and she’s just The Bulletin
Ella, Val Kirby, Sophie at Western.
Chad & Patty Schuring Chris Taylor’s book cover
Beth Anne (George) Schorr
Mike Conaway, Emil Churchin Spring/Summer 2022
Dana Bango, Corolla and (inset) Pea Island 29
Paula Taschler, Mike Conaway, Alicia Broderick Alicia’s book cover Elizabeth Locey: “Sabine the Westie”
At Shari Stasser’s wedding, June’90: (below) Beth Anne George, Caren Deem, Sonja Barisic, Catherine Eucker, Chad Schuring, QQ, Val; (above) Caren Deem, Beth Anne George, Sonja Barisic, Catherine Eucker, Rob Nosse; (left) Mark Swaim
started a new 8-year cycle drawing her fivepetaled flower in the sky. Eight years ago my business also underwent a total overhaul. This time I have the clarity to see dissolution coming, which is a good thing, I guess. I’m not sure who I’ll be in three months’ time, but I’m guessing it will be quite different from who I was three months ago. “My daughter just turned 16 (yes, that’s two 8-year cycles: her birth was a major shift for me in so many ways, including being reborn as an intuitive). Considering that she came into the world an entire trimester early, weighing only 1 pound, 10 ounces, her top performance at a school for accelerated students and recent invitation to join the National Honors Society are nothing short of miraculous. Fulton Science Academy’s core values are spelled out in everything they send out: integrity, curiosity, advocacy, resiliency, and empathy. It’s like they were cribbing from Western!! I’m definitely a proud momma. “We also have a new Westie puppy named Sabine. After over 26 years of boy Westies, this girl is a handful! A whip-smart 10-pound force of nature. Wish me luck! “Since the summer of 2011 we’ve lived in the Atlanta metro area (Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, and now Johns Creek). Until recently I’ve loved this city: the mild winters, amazing tree canopy, and crystal beds under everything. Last year I volunteered to be a county co-captain for the non-partisan voter advocacy group Election Defenders during the Senate run-off election. I was one of those *horrible* people handing out handwarmers, bottles of water, and snacks to those waiting in line for hours to cast their ballots. Until we were told we weren’t allowed to interact with voters at all, that is. That experience blew away any remaining scales I had over my eyes about the gleeful disenfranchisement of communities of color around here. And we didn’t get to take a breath or celebrate historic wins because the January 6th coup attempt was already underway by the time the final race was called. That’s the news from here. If you’re ever down Atlanta way, be sure to give me a holler at elizabeth@ elizabethlocey.com. Much Love to you all!” Jonathan Schneider sends this: “Dearest Michael, First let me say thank you for all your years of carrying the torch.” [Aw, you’re very welcome, Jon! Thank you for not getting tired of my nagging, Mike] “I think of all of you often with great love and fondness. In the not too distant past my mom passed away; a while later my stepfather remarried and eventually moved from Oxford to Asheville, leaving behind for me the glorious magical mystery machine MG, which I quickly secured and still drive regularly — remembering loading with Western elite for a lift to class or a brisk fall drive through Hueston Woods, as I often used to take Dean Ellison’s prime parking space Spring/Summer 2022
(read: faculty staff sticker) … wow, one hell of a run on sentence… “Insert sad face … you can take the boy out of the town, and yes, though just down the street, the townie in the boy will eventually fade. My kids, however, travel to Oxford more regularly, just for an SDS fix — but rarely returning with a Turkey Gobbler (double meat w/ Provolone and mushrooms) for dear dad. “I must say I am blessed greatly for having all of you in my life, all having a place in building a person who has led an amazing life thus far; and so proud of the young adults I have helped to raise, who are now where we were then. Wait what? Time Stand Still… “Update? Oh yeah: I am still employed as an outpatient therapist for a small nonprofit where I identify my job as salesman, a salesman of hope, and I’m pretty damn good at my job. I also now have created my own small private practice here in Cin-city: FullBeing LLC. “The kids are off on their own adventures — Macy Rose, year one Bowling Green, OH; Remington, BG grad, still hanging out there and having weekly ‘family night’ with his younger sis; and Alban, a school therapist, is getting married this summer at our stay place on the CT shore. Alban and I meet weekly on Wednesdays to compete in axe throwing league (usually he kicks my ass, which is frustrating, ‘cause I’m still young, right?). I recently took a part-time job as an axe coach at Urban Axes Cincinnati; what can I say, teaching people to throw sharp objects? “I do miss our youth but I fear I really haven’t grown up much yet. Missing all of you reminds me that the years slip past, and to remember to live deliberately, mindfully, embracing the beauty of every moment … celebrating and cherishing the moments of our past, we can be heroes just for one day. Peace like a river my friends, I do carry all of you close to my heart.” From Chad Schuring: “I have fond memories of our days together in Peabody Hall! We are doing well and Covid-free. Our youngest, Eileen, is in her first year at Grand Valley State University. Our son, Nevin, is in his last year at Grand Valley, and has a job opportunity with Amazon in Austin, TX. Our eldest, Hannah, is off on her own and working for Genemarkers, which is a lab here in Kalamazoo that tests for Covid as well as other things. “Patty is teaching special needs 3- to 5-yearolds and loving it! I’m entering my 32nd year with our company. Does not seem that long at all! We are enjoying being ‘empty nesters’ and trying to travel a bit more now.” Shari Stasser Wooton sent a few photos
with her update. Some updates that cross over with other Westerners class of 1990: I live less than three hours from Dana Bango in mountains of North Carolina. I live there with my husband, Tim (some of you were at our wedding in June of 1990, and our dog, Mingo. TJ is my son, who will be 25 this summer. Leslie Swaim-Fox took TJ and Sharikah’s engagement pictures last summer. Chris Taylor sent in a quick note: “I was appointed Dean of Students at Wright State University in 2020, and I coauthored a book, Understanding and Treating Incels, also in 2020: https://www.routledge.com/ Understanding-and-Treating-Incels-CaseStudies-Guidance-and-Treatment/BruntTaylor/p/book/9780367417482, [ISBN# 9780367417482] And finally, Alicia Broderick, and I are still chugging along in New Jersey. The kids hardly seem like kids anymore; Nick, 19, is on his way to cosplay and computer graphics fame on YouTube as The Nick of Time, and Robin, 16, is following my footsteps (for now) and getting into television production. Thanks to the pandemic we haven’t seen many people lately, but we did manage to see Paula Taschler in the summer, and I had a chance to grab a burger and a beer with Emil Churchin when he came to town last fall. “And like Chris above, Alicia has some news on the publishing front, which I’ll turn over to her: “I spent the pandemic writing a book I’ve meant to write for close to 20 years now. It’s called The Autism Industrial Complex: How Branding, Marketing, and Capital Investment Turned Autism into Big Business. (www. amazon.com/Autism-Industrial-ComplexMarketing-Investment/dp/1975501853; ISBN# 9781975501853;). “It’s an 80-year, interdisciplinary history of autism within capitalism (‘cause that’s what degrees in interdisciplinary studies are for). The dedication, in part, reads: ‘In memoriam: Bill Newell [WCP prof], for teaching me to think interdisciplinarily.’ I’d like to think Bill might have enjoyed it :)” Thanks again to everyone who heeded the call with your updates, and I’ll see you here again next year! Mike Conaway ’90 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Doris Schnetzer: “For the past three years, until recently, I have been helping care for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. My creativity has been going into 31
painting and poetry. I also work as a healingfacilitator, using Reiki, Quantum-Touch, and other modalities. Most of this I can do from a distance, without having to go to an office. “My email address is Doris.Schnetzer3@ gmail.com, and I especially would like to hear from Western grads in the Cincinnati area.” WCAA, Inc. email@example.com
To continue Class Rep Johanna’s train of thought from last spring’s column, “...we decided to ride on the coattails of Nicole Fleetwood’s accomplishments ... this year Nicole won a MacArthur “Genius” award!
Nicole ’94 Nicole Fleetwood won a MacArthur genius grant for her work Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. The class of 1994 rests. We win. Oh, and we’re all turning 50 so we talk about that a lot. Johanna Smith ’94 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s truly hard to believe this year marks 20 years since we graduated! In reaching out to our class, I posed some prompt questions to help facilitate some more thoughtful updates and also to give people an “in” where they might have felt stuck on where to start or what to say. And, well, our class has always done things a bit differently. Also, for a class who never really turned their homework in on 32
time, I think we ended up with pretty decent representation! — Ali Here are the questions for reference: • What has brought you joy? • In what ways have you used something from IFA, SS or NS in your day to day? • How has your sense of community evolved or changed, if it all? • What would early 20-something-yearold You have to say about 40-something-year-old You? • What brings you solace when the weight of the world feels like too much? • Do you still have a copy of your senior project? • What have you done that would make Bill Green, Carolyn Haynes, Muriel Blaisdell, or Gene Metcalf proud … or cringe? Jeremy Anthony, né Conley: “Since graduation in 2002, I’ve moved to both coasts but never lost touch with the Western College community. Living with Ohio transplants in Boston and Oakland, Western College’s people and principles have been the foundation I’ve built my adult life upon. I work in public policy, a very interdisciplinary field, and focus on improving federal anti-poverty programs. I’ve been fortunate to meet amazing people in the last 20 years, including my wife, Ali Carrasco. We have twin daughters, Lark and Simone, who are 3, and live in Sacramento these days. Let me know if you’re ever in Northern California!” Mike Bush lives in Chicago with his wife, Claire, and their two kids, Rosie (6) and Silvie (10 mos.). In 2017, he wrapped up a 13-year-long spell working in youth-centered, non-profit bicycle projects and service shops in Seattle, Oakland, and Chicago. Then, after a few months of travel around the U.S. and Europe with his family, and another half-year as a stay-at-home dad, he took a job as a tool and die maker’s apprentice at a factory specializing in custom steel laminations for electric motors. While precision metal work was fun as a hobby, however, factory work was not a good fit, and since 2019 he’s worked as a software engineer. He still enjoys working with his hands, and recently has become a proficient woodworker. In 2019, he bought a Chicago two-flat where he lives with family and friends. They call that “the Chicago Dream. If he survives the global pandemic, he looks forward to hiking, biking, and camping with family and friends again. Once his kids require slightly less parental investment, he’s also interested in renewing his mutual aid work, and possibly opening a tool lending library/bicycle shop. When he thinks back on his time in the Western College Program, he remembers what he learned from friends and from various extra-curricular exploits more so than what
he learned in class. Then again, time spent with his friends was likely so illuminating in part because of the time they spent attending classes. Berinna Doggett (Binnie Martin): “I am doing well! I live in the DC area, with my hubby and two Hilarious kiddos (7 and 5) and my puppy. I work for a large social service agency overseeing all our clinical programs and social services. I am super active in my temple, enjoy doing dramatic makeup, crazy nails and makeovers for my friends. I spend way too much money on clean make up and way too much time on YouTube videos. I completely enjoy crocheting, working out and reading everything. I feel like I have changed so much in the last 20 years I barely recognize myself and yet I also feel like not much has changed. “I barely remember my classes but I know that my strong sense of community and responsibility for my community comes from my experience at Western and has shaped my priorities as I have moved through life!” Megan Fogt: “It’s weird to realize that I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for nearly 20 years, longer than I’ve lived anywhere. The last couple of years have been especially odd with the pandemic, but I continue to enjoy my work as a Children’s Librarian. My nearly 8-year-old enjoys playing Minecraft and we’re enjoying lots of outdoor activities, since that’s one of the safer ways to hang out with friends these days. Our beagle is loving the pandemic and appreciates that there are so many hikes. My husband, Erik Fogt, and I are hoping to travel to see friends and family more later this year (fingers crossed that the pandemic allows us).” Rebecca Gale is… still writing. After a decade of working on Capitol Hill and a stint in the Obama Administration trying to change the world, she decided it was more effective to write Rebecca ’02 about it instead. She now has a reporting fellowship through the Better Life Lab at New America, which means she writes about ways to make other people’s lives better. It’s not rocket science — mostly it means writing about paid time off for new parents, quality child care for families, health care for people who really need it, and sometimes, about awesome people who are making a difference in their communities, because they matter too. Somehow the suburbs make a lot more sense now than they did 20 years ago, and she lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with three kids, husband and cat. Which seems like a lot, but most of the time it’s not too bad. Lorraine Gordon: “A friend passed away in July and though we hadn’t spoken in 15 The Bulletin
years the news of his death eviscerated me. This friend was a Western connection, an Oxford townie, someone I’d met through Western friends in 2002, and someone I cherished. At one point I felt so alien in my grief, grieving for someone whom no one in my day-to-day had ever heard of, that I got stuck in that grief. I couldn’t shake it. “While I felt awkward and fumbling in my grief (and so out of touch!), I texted a few Western friends who, regardless of the time that had passed, responded to me with such care (and oh so much humor). I immediately felt the swell of community holding me in my pain. This year I’ve reflected deeply on the gratitude that I have for this forever Western community. I consider my Western community to be a bounty in my life. That we can go so long without speaking yet care about each other so much is a revelation.” Lorraine is a Senior Immigration Attorney working for a Seattle start-up, living in Toronto, Canada, with her partner and 2½year-old son. Jeanne Greenberg is very happily living in Sacramento, CA, with Michael Snavely and their 4-year-old daughter, Edith. Jeanne spends her time teaching kids to talk and talking to trees. She enjoys flowers, insects, camping, and walking. Marta (Roberts) Lawrence is currently living in Indianapolis with her three kiddos, Bennett (11), Sage (9), and Mavis (4), a 90-pound Bernedoodle “puppy,” Harry, and her husband of 16 years, Greg ’00. Marta works for Salesforce, where she isn’t 100% sure exactly what her job is, but she leads the solutions strategy team and puts out fires daily. In her seven years with the company, she’s led product marketing, customer marketing, and sales onboarding. When not navigating the thrills of parenting in a global pandemic, Marta enjoys hiking, camping, and riding her Peloton (3birds1mama), which sits conveniently in front of her desk, guilting her into a daily workout. Genevieve Miller Holt: “I live in the Pleasant Ridge area of Cincinnati with my husband and two children, Sullivan (2) and Harrison (6). For the past 11 years, I’ve worked for Broadway Across America, presenting Broadway touring shows in Cincinnati, Columbus, and most recently, Nashville. My Western senior thesis (which I do still have!) was on Shakespeare in Film, so I guess I stayed close to my 22-year-old self’s interests. My greatest joys in life are my family, cozying up in our home, and traveling to new places (which has been hampered a bit by COVID and kids). My 22-year-old self would most certainly tell my 42-year-old self that I’m not traveling enough, and to stop making excuses and book a trip.” Ali Mramor: “After 12 years living in Los Angeles, my partner, Robin, and I decided Spring/Summer 2022
to quit our jobs, move into an RV and head north in search of a slower life. We’ve landed in Southern Oregon (ditched the RV) and I’m getting to fulfill my college dreams of being a farmer and herbalist. Working with plants brings me the most joy in life and clears my head when the rest of the world gets too much. At the start of the pandemic, we welcomed in our first and only child, Indigo. My 20-year-old self would probably scoff at how domestic I’ve become but the older I get I find peace in the mundane (although my 41- year-old self still occasionally scoffs and rebels). I know that my time at Western was pivotal and foundational to how I operate in the world and in community, and I now realize how truly unique and special that experience was along with the relationships created. I continue to work towards making this world a little more just and beautiful, whether it’s through my work, raising a child, or planting a garden. I can also report that since cutting my dreads, my hair has not caught on fire once, although I don’t see Marcus that often.” Todd Nadenichek: This year will be 20 years since Todd opened the door of McKee for Kristen on her first day at Western. Now they live in a tiny urban homestead in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, with two kiddos and a flock of chickens. Todd manages all things IT at PerkSpot, a benefits company he’s helped grow from start-up to the awkward adolescent stage after start-up. Kristen is head of digital product and UX at MillerKnoll, where she is helping merge the digital footprints of two modern furniture giants — Herman Miller and Knoll. Their kids are now in fourth and first grade, and both are into ninja classes as well as every video game they’ve ever tried. The chickens are, well, chickens. Ann Petlow: “I think something I’ve done that would have made our professors proud was that, along with four other women, I organized the largest anti-Trump protest in the country here in Toledo in 2016 (before the pink hat March, that is). We made international and national news! Other than that, I printed off an obscene amount of copies of my senior project as it contained a pro condom comic, and I proudly wanted friends and family to have a copy. Unfortunately, no one cares about your thesis except the student and the advisor! Oh, well.” Marcus Reynerson: “Hey all! Wow it’s been a long, long while since I’ve seen many of you. I’ve had the great joy of seeing some of you more recently which has been so sweet: The Martin crew, Beth Smith and Jen Walke last spring; Micah Vieux last year; Erica Pentilla a couple years ago, Dan Pribble a couple years ago. It’s been such a treat. Currently, I’m residing in western Washington about 25 miles east of Seattle in the Snoqualmie Valley nestled in the foothills of the Cascades. I’ve been living out here for 16 years now which is wild. After
graduating from Western, I traveled around and worked in New Mexico and California before landing back in Louisville for a year and a-half to get ready to make the move to Washington. I came out here late summer 2005 to attend a year-long program with the Wilderness Awareness School, and I just never left. I’m currently in my 15th year on staff here and run the year-long adult Immersion program, which is a deep dive into all sorts of wilderness skills, natural history, wildlife studies, and ecological leadership. It’s a program that certainly changed my life and I’m honored to be facilitating it for others. In addition to working at the school, I also work for another nonprofit that trains and certifies people in wildlife tracking and field ecology. The work is super fun and gets me traveling across the continent as I work with different communities and outdoor professionals. I also do some other contract work in Europe and southern Africa as well, which has been really rewarding. “I’ve also been loving diving into photography and filmmaking which has been really terrific for me. I directed my first film that came out last summer focused on conservation issues with mountain caribou as well as some of the social issues with the First Nations people who rely on them as food up in British Columbia. I’m looking forward to continuing to find projects and work in visual storytelling and hope to make this a bigger part of my life in the coming years. I hope all of you are healthy and well these days. It’s wild out there. Take good care. Much love, Marcus.” Micah Vieux is living in Winchester, VA, with his wife, Morgan, and two kids Wren (6) and Jonah (4). He’s been working in Loudoun County, VA, for the last 10 years, managing sustainable water infrastructure projects. Working for the local hospital, his wife recently started a new behavioral health counseling program in their community. Maggie Wichman is living near Toledo, OH, under her married name. Married 10 years to Leo from Rio, they have two boys with luscious hair. Kai is 9 and into soccer and videogames. Nico is 2 and he just started to say “no Mom” when asked to do things. Despite a distinctly unsupportive reference letter from Bill Newell FF (well earned though), she managed to go to grad school and is a Speech and Language Pathologist working with adults in a rehab setting. She has a lovely dog, who is the best dog in the neighborhood — everybody wants a dog like hers. She’s working on getting some interests going again since being in intensive parenting mode for quite a while. She’s thinking maybe the ukulele. Ali Mramor ’02 email@example.com
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We are delighted to hear from Chris and urge more Western faculty to stay in touch! — the Editors. [email@example.com] Chris Wolfe (former WCP faculty) has been teaching in the Psychology Department at Miami and is their Director of Graduate Studies. He writes, “ My most interesting course is probably a capstone on the Psychology of Medical Decision Making, but needless to say I still miss Western. I am doing research on a number of topics including the spread of medical misinformation about vaccination on the web (with the help of expert public health educator and Western alum Laura Scudiere ’01), and on psychological issues related to understanding and making decisions about breast cancer and also vaccination. “On a personal note, I am over six years out from surgery for Stage III cancer and I am doing well, as are the rest of my family. “Western Love!, Chris” WolfeCR@MiamiOH.edu (513) 529-5670 WolfeCR@MiamiOH.edu (513) 529-5670 The Bulletin
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eniors in Western pursuing their Bachelor of Arts degrees in Individualized Studies are on the home stretch as I write, completing their capstone projects on an inspiring range of topics. With research on animal behavior, environmental sustainability, religion, abortion rights, marketing, and business management, Nik we are enjoying vibrant conversations about the intersections between different fields of inquiry. Across this breadth of subjects, Western students are considering some of the biggest questions of our time. Recognizing that no subset of projects can illustrate this diversity of interests among our students, I’ll offer snapshots of three ventures that exemplify their collective brilliance. Eliana Balit, from Cuyahoga Falls, is studying the history of trade among native Americans in the Great Lakes region. Going beyond the more familiar trade in goods, Eliana is looking at commerce in folklore, language, and customs. Laura Hampton, from Germantown, is passionate about modernizing horse training to reduce the trauma associated with many of the longstanding practices in equine science. When Laura explained the need to reimagine the methods of Western horse training to me, I was struck by the revelation that horses are unwilling participants in human activities. Evolution did not design the ancestors of horses for carrying humans which means that training is likely to be coercive. This is fascinating. A third project is even more surprising: Carolyn Moore, from Dayton, is studying Space Law, or extraterrestrial jurisprudence. This is becoming an established legal field, in which scholars are engaging with the challenges that will be posed by litigation as more people participate in space travel and companies compete for resources beyond Earth. Experts in Space Law will also deal with international treaties and conventions as this field expands and the United Nations has already founded an Office for Outer Space Affairs.
research projects, with several students accepted to prestigious graduate programs in the United States and in Europe, and others pursuing positions with NGOs, the U.S. EPA, and the financial sector. Like all students, and unlike one another in many ways, all of our seniors have endured and emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes their successes in the last year even more impressive. This graduating class is the largest in the last decade of the Western Program, with a total of 34 students enrolled in our senior seminar. In other news, I am pleased to report that two of our graduating seniors have received the Presidential Service Award at Miami. This is one of the most prestigious prizes at the university and is limited to fifteen students each year. Cassie Conrad, from Spencerport, NY, has worked as a Tour Guide for the Admissions Center and as a Student Associate in the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation. In student leadership roles she has been an active member of the Student Sustainability Council, an organization called EcoReps, and has served as President of the Zero Waste Oxford Organization. Cassie has also contributed her expertise to the Moon Co-Op in Oxford as a Board Member. Jade Cessna, from Pickering, OH, is our second honoree, with work as a resident assistant and service on the Dean’s Advisory Board. She also played a major role in establishing NightHAWKS, which is an initiative to provide students with a safe option for walking when they have been studying late on campus or wish to be accompanied after a social event. Lastly, I urge everyone to keep an eye on the Western Center website: https://www.miamioh.edu/cas/academics/centers/westerncenter/index.html Dr. Jacque Daugherty, Western Center Director, and her colleague, Billy Simms, Western Center Coordinator, are working with students from across campus and have hosted a compelling program of lectures and discussions in recent months associated with the theme of Reparations as Restorative Justice. This has proven a welcome opportunity to reengage with in-person programming after such a long spell of virtual presentations and other pandemic restrictions. We feel renewed and excited about the future work through the center and none of this would have been possible without the generous support of the WCAA. With the achievements of our seniors and success of the Western Center, we have many reasons to celebrate the increasing reach of the Western Program.
— Nicholas P. Money, Director, Western Program for Individualized Studies
Carolyn has plans to attend law school in the future. The career paths of our graduating seniors are as diverse as their Spring/Summer 2022
There is a saying in Japanese culture, ‘kodomo no tame ni,’ which means, ‘for the sake of the children.’ And for us running this campaign, that had much to do with it. It’s the legacy we’re handing down to them and to the nation to say that, ‘You can make this mistake, but you also have to correct it — and by correcting it, hopefully not repeat it again.’ “
–John Tateishi, inaugural Western College Legacy Seminar Series speaker
he inaugural Western College Legacy Seminar could not have been more timely, given all of the national activity this year on the Western Center’s biennial theme of Reparations as Restorative Justice. On February 19, 2022, the US marked 80 years of racial reckoning since the signJacque ing of Executive Order 9066 that led to the wrongful incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. On March 7, 2022, the movement for restorative justice marked another win with the Congress’s passage of the Emmett Till AntiLynching Act, 120 years in the making. On March 8, 2022, John Tateishi, civil rights icon and leader of the Japanese American movement for reparations, served as the inaugural Western College Legacy Seminars series speaker at Miami University. Tateishi spent some of his formative years in the Japanese American concentration camps during World War II, and has dedicated his career to the struggle for civil rights and restorative justice. The culmination of his work in this area came when former President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which awarded internment camp survivors a national apology and $25,000 each, the only congressional act of monetary reparations yet. Now in his 80s, Tateishi is committed to passing his knowledge to the next generation of those struggling against racial injustice. He spent his day at Miami talking with students in Global and Intercultural Studies 36
classes and dining with student activists and campus leadership involved in DEI initiatives (including the MU Truth and Reconciliation Project). He fielded a number of questions about why some groups focus on monetary reparations while others are more interested in expanding communitybased investments. Tateishi’s formal talk that evening covered his recent John Tateishi book, an engaging discussion on the 339% increase in hate crimes against Asians/ Asian Americans in the US (according to a 2022 report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernardino), and the importance of solidarity between different marginalized groups and their allies. He set the stage for our second Western College Legacy Seminars speakers and authors of From Here to Equality (2020): Duke economist Dr. William Darity Jr and artist and folklorist Kirsten Mullen. Their book presents the most comprehensive case and plan for African American reparations to date. A recording of both Tateishi’s and Mullen & Darity’s talk can be found on the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation’s YouTube channel. In addition to bringing social impact and justice experts to campus, we expanded our Western Center for Social Impact and Justice Student Research Awards through a new partnership with the Office of Research for Undergraduates. These awards are made possible by a generous Western College alumnae donation from Karen Prah Voris ’68 and support student research that explores topics related, but not limited to, equity, diversity, ethics, socio-cultural change, environmentalism, community engagement, social impact/entrepreneurship, identity, inclusion/exclusion, dialogue, and/ or utilizes participatory research methodologies such as action research and citizen science. Five undergrad research projects were selected among a strong pool of 24 applicants from every academic division. The 2022 projects are as follows, and the student researcher behind each project will receive a $2800 fellowship this summer to support their work.
• Development and Exploration of Black Architecture. Dept: Architecture. • Nikkei, Policing, and Perceptions of Law Enforcement. Dept: Educational Leadership. • Hydrogen and Chemical Production from Biomass. Dept: Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering. • Accessible (Campus) Routing for Wheelchair Users using Web-based Mapping System. Dept: Computer Science and Software Engineering • Sexism in Noh Theatre From Medieval to Modern Time: A Case Study of Ono No Komachi. Dept: Theater. We also look forward to creating more opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom, with the new Western Center Scholarship for Experience-Based Learning. As we celebrate the graduates and gear up for next academic year, the Western Center will continue to explore the social, environmental, and economic issues of critical import. — Jacqueline Daugherty, Director, Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation
The first Western College Legacy Seminars (WCLS) event was well attended by students, members of the community, and WCAA trustee Sharry Patterson Addison ’61. Above: Speaker John Tateishi (third from left) was welcomed by WCP Director Nik Money, Sharry, and WCSII Director Jacque Daugherty. Informative and thought provoking, the lecture was recorded and may be viewed on the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation’s YouTube channel. Spring/Summer 2022
The students were engaged and asked many questions following the presentation. Mr. Tateishi met with many of them later for further in-depth discussions i n Global and Intercultural Studies classes, as well as with campus DEI leadership. 37
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