1968

Class correspondent:

Jill Stefko
1543 Northampton St; Easton, PA 18042; ravenfirephd@yahoo.com
Judy Jackson
judithrjackson@gmail.com

Posted 8/27/14

We are sad to report that Richard Cope passed away on July 21, 2014.

Posted 7/30/14

Jeff Gernsheimer (and Jan) made his annual pilgrimage to Barry (and Chris) Scheinberg’s cottage in Charlestown, R.I.  There are no more shellfish in Rhode Island, until further notice.

Barry Scheinberg writes:  Seems hard to believe it will be 50 years since we moved in Hassler.  Gerns moved in across the hall from me, and along with a few other special pals, we have shared a long and strong friendship, weddings, celebrations and all the various tests and challenges continuously, since then.  Each year, Jeff and Jan visit Chris and me at our beach place in Rhode Island, where we make believe we are still young enough to eat, drink and hang out on the beach without concern for age, skin damage or 8 a.m. Chemistry class … and, then we nap (separately).

After 38 years in the insurance business Bob Greene has retired.  He is living outside of Cleveland, Ohio and plans to visit his daughter and grandchildren in Iowa as well as his daughter who is currently living in Germany with her husband.  Bob will also enjoy golfing at the country club next to his house.

Posted 5-2-14

We are sad to report that Judith Springman Ruth passed away on April 11, 2014.

Posted 2/11/14

Judy Henry Jackson writes that she retired from 30 years in the Meetings, Incentives, Event biz in 2010 and moved to Cincinnati to be close to her two sons and their families and now four grandchildren.  She is doing some substitute teaching as well as dabbling in international travel consulting with her LLC Unique Discoveries in Travel by Judy Jackson.  Judy also dabbles in watercolor, oil painting, and, exploring her new Ohio Valley home.
Carol Henn writes that she retired in February, 2012, after 18 years as CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation.  My successor is another Moravian grad – Bernie Story ’80.  Carol retired to have time to do some writing and get back to her art work.  The latter is still on the back burner, but her first book, Oilcloth Stories, will be published in 2014.  She also has three other books in various stages of development, so there is no chance she will be bored in the next few years.
Moravian College, Class of 1968 – 45th Reunion
October 4-5, 2013
Homecoming Weekend
Memories flowed warmly and easily among the 30 class members plus guests present for our 45th.   Beyond memories, there was much sharing of life happenings since we last met.  Our hopes are that even more of our fab class members turn out in the future, especially for the big 50 coming up in 2018!!

Thank you committee members and all involved in putting the whole two days of events together!

1968 Weekend Events…

The welcoming Friday night picnic at Colonial Hall was a great kick-off for the weekend.  It is truly amazing how wonderful we all look.  So much so that we all recognized one another!  Much hugging and conversation accompanied the food and drink.

Tailgating at the practice field next to Steel Field was “hot” fun!  Seriously, it was close to 80 degrees and no one had their sun screen!  But great company, sandwiches and drinks were provided prior to the game.  Unfortunately Ursinus prevailed against MO MO with the final score Ursinus 52 – Moravian 44.  A close one for the Hounds!  Get them next time.

Saturday evening our event at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Atrium on the Main Campus included a tasty buffet and cocktails complete with the best 60’s music for dancing and a visit from Moravian College’s new President!

Dr. Bryon Grigsby ’90, who, yes, was born the year we graduated, gave a short review of his ties to Moravian, background and thoughts for the future of Moravian.  He contributed to our weekend experience, leaving us with a belief that the college is in fantastic hands.

Speaking from a personal perspective, the South Hall Gang of 8 minus 3 arrived a bit early and took in a wonderful dinner at Molinari’s on 4th Street on South side of town and a drive through the “Stacks” of the former Steel.  Wow, has that side of town grown-up!

We also had lunch on Friday at the one and only Tally Ho.   The Ho looks exactly like it did in 1968! It is now under a new owner/management team and they are planning a bit of a clean up.  The Ho Burgers were still superb.

When Sunday rolled around, I was left wishing I could talk more with many folks!  I really didn’t want to head for the airport quite yet.  I think we all felt the same.

Thanks Moravian for the fabulous education, warm and lasting friendships and a positive broad preview of life as an adult!

Judy Henry Jackson

Posted 12/20/13

Gale Lester Butler says anyone visiting Fort Lauderdale or retiring there come say hello!  She says that Joe Ewart is doing just that.

Posted 6/5/12

Don Powell has fulfilled his dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Visit his blog at donpowelladventure.wordpress.comto learn all about his trek and to see some fantastic photos.

Posted 8/31/11

From the Alumni House:
Joe Ewart writes, “It has been too many years! After 35 years in the cruise business, I will retire in September and enjoy life in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale. I will keep my hands in the travel industry with a new fund raising program for non-profit organizations that I created called “Cruise Ambassadors.” Look forward to hearing from old friends.”

Posted 8/1/11

From the Alumni Office:
Jan and Jeff Gernsheimer spent a weekend with Chris and Barry Scheinberg at Barry’s place in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

Posted 1/26/11

From the Alumni House:

Linda Bruno Rice, Peggy Bartholomew Melchior, Judy Funke Argento, Bertie Francis Knisely ’69, and Randy Batteiger Croft, spent the day in Bethlehem on December 17, 2010.  This was their second annual reunion in the Christmas City.  Reconnecting, shopping and dining at the Brew Works was fun for all.  Bertie met them for lunch and filled them in on lots of alumni news.  They were sorry that Judy Gregg Homan couldn't join them.  The group also gets together in Naples,

 

Posted 12/22/10

From the Alumni House:
          Jim Hutchinson ’69 writes:“The brothers of Sigma Phi Omega held their second annual pre- and post-game get together at Roosevelt’s, the former (and much improved) Chelsea Bar prior to the Ursinus game on October 30th. Over a few beers and some burgers, there were lots of reminiscing, many laughs and a great deal of catch-up on careers, children, grandchildren, etc. as most of us had not been together for more years than any cared to count. Attending were Bob Bilse,’68;  Ron Berta,’68; Kent Hollinger,’68; John “Boss” Kern,’68; Bob Koppe,’68; Skip Parry,’68; Jim Hutchinson,’69; Jim McConlogue,‘69; and Jack Iannantuono,’71; Bertie Francis Knisely ’69 stopped in to say hello.  There were lots of toasts to the fraternity, to brothers present as well as absent, to long standing friendships as well as more than a few stories of our time together at Moravian.  Adding a great note to the day was the excellent football game in which MC beat nationally ranked Ursinus in an exciting and well played game.  The plans for next year’s event are well underway and we hope to attract more of our brothers to revisit and renew our ties.”

Posted 11/30/10

From the Alumni House:
We are sad to report that Jeff Moser passed away on November 12, 2010.

Posted 6/2/10

From the Alumni House:
We regret to inform you that Larry H. Haftle passed away on May 8, 2010.

Posted 5/4/10

From the Alumni House:
          As of June last year Robert Kichline is retired after 30 years as a Spanish teacher with the Indian River School District in southern Delaware. He now spends his time working a few hours per week as a court interpreter for the JP courts and for the truancy court. Other than that, he is a house husband, cleaning, sometimes cooking, and running his 7 year old son Max to and from school. His wife, April, works as a professor at the University of Delaware in Georgetown, Del.

Posted 3/31/10

From the Alumni House:

Ken Bratspies, after being retired for three years from his 39 years as a teacher and administrator in New Jersey has started to train prospective school principals as a part time job. He really enjoys a lot of leisure time. He says, “Retirement offers a myriad of opportunity, and Carol and I are capitalizing on it all”. They now travel with their grandkids. Marty Horowitz and he are in contact…they relive those days of long ago in lively discussions.
Posted 2/5/10

From the Alumni Office:
 Robert Kichline writes, “As of June last year I am retired after 30 years as a Spanish teacher with the Indian River School District in southern Delaware. I now spend my time working a few hours per week as a court interpreter for the JP courts and for the truancy court. Other than that, I am a house husband cleaning, sometimes cooking, and running our 7 year old son Max to and from school. My wife April works as a professor for U of D here in Georgetown.”

Posted 12/1/09

Roger Williams writes, “Some things never change but, then again, some things do. At the annual SPO reunion on Oct. 3rd the game day was glorious, filled with the invariable hope of a winning day against Dickinson (no change) and the heightened expectation of recognizing classmates and brothers (change). Sometimes change is good and with what I could tell the years have been extraordinarily kind to those of us that showed up. The day started across the street at the “Chelsea” (no change) which is now Roosevelt’s (change) and, if the truth be known, we really stayed there for most of the afternoon (no change) except for a few minutes in the stadium to check out the cheerleaders (no change). Like all good friendships, they last, and we picked up like it was just another Sunday night in the dorm (no change). Jim Hutchinson ‘69, Skip Parry, Kent Hollinger, Bob Bilse, Ray Williams ‘69 held their own at the tailgate party behind the Chelsea (no change). Thanks to cheap beer, dollar burgers and especially to our wives: Buffy, Bunny, Mitsy, Muffy, Dakota and Leila, who allowed us to be ourselves for once (change). A great day is hard to repeat but here’s hoping the tradition continues and we can meet again at the Chelsea (no change) and hopefully we can see a winning football game (change). What a day-it was worth the trip- or so I have been told (no change), but that’s another story! For those who are counting, that’s 8 “no changes” vs. 4 “changes”.”
Maria Roach Ness-Bradshaw is now in Houston and working for BP as their US medical director. Our daughter Lyda is a lawyer in El Paso and mother of Ysabella, 5 years old and a new baby expected before Xmas. Our son Andrew is a senior at University of Michigan. Peter just retired after 16 years from American Airlines to join me in Houston.  He will apply for new job once settled.

Posted 11/2/09

From the Alumni House:
Roger Williams writes, “Some things never change but, then again, some things do. At the annual SPO reunion on Oct. 3rd the game day was glorious, filled with the invariable hope of a winning day against Dickinson (no change) and the heightened expectation of recognizing classmates and brothers (change). Sometimes change is good and with what I could tell the years have been extraordinarily kind to those of us that showed up. The day started across the street at the “Chelsea” (no change) which is now Roosevelt’s (change) and, if the truth be known, we really stayed there for most of the afternoon (no change) except for a few minutes in the stadium to check out the cheerleaders (no change). Like all good friendships, they last, and we picked up like it was just another Sunday night in the dorm (no change). Jim Hutchinson ‘69, Skip Parry, Kent Hollinger, Bob Bilse, Ray Williams ‘69 held their own at the tailgate party behind the Chelsea (no change). Thanks to cheap beer, dollar burgers and especially to our wives: Buffy, Bunny, Mitsy, Muffy, Dakota and Leila, who allowed us to be ourselves for once (change). A great day is hard to repeat but here’s hoping the tradition continues and we can meet again at the Chelsea (no change) and hopefully we can see a winning football game (change). What a day-it was worth the trip- or so I have been told (no change), but that’s another story! For those who are counting, that’s 8 “no changes” vs. 4 “changes”.”

Posted 10/5/09

From the Alumni House:

Mike Patton  recently retired from Timet N.A. after 33 years in the titanium industry. Now, he spends his time chasing his grand kids around and taking his 1968 Chevy Impala to local car shows. He loves Ocean City, MD and wishes everyone to be safe and well.
Victor Miovech died on December 10, 2008.

Posted 6/29/09

From the Alumni House:

Nancy Campbell Forgang is planning a summer enrichment program for homeless, abused, neglected, and hungry children in Gettysburg. This will be her 6th year of directing the “Meals and More Program” which takes place in the summer months.  All children residing in the Homeless Shelter, Survivors of Domestic Abuse Shelter, and children who eat at the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen are invited to participate.  Nancy has been a social worker since graduating in ’68.

Susan White Redfield wrote, “Our South Hall Gang of 8 will be holding its own regular reunion in Chicago this July for a week. Watch out Windy City!! This will be our 10th since graduation including a few in Bethlehem, as well as the Jersey shore, Poconos, Boston-Cape Cod, Snowmass, SF-Mendocino, LA-Baja California) The group includes Sherri Gallagher Pfeiffer, Barbara Keller Brimlow, Nancy Krause Bowman, Jean Jenkins Law, Judy Henry Jackson, Connie Stirling Hodson, Pam Uhl Boyer, and me. (The order of names comes from our infamous South Hall Song, not only sung regularly by us and our spouses, but many of our children. Lots of memories to be shared, new adventures to create, and photos to be taken!

Posted 4/20/09

From George:

Maryann Ignatz wrote to share an overview of her life in the years since graduation. She taught English and Spanish at Easton Area Junior High from fall 1968 until February 1977, when her father died and she took over the family business, Steve’s Café, in Phillipsburg, N.J. She is the fourth generation to own and operate the tavern and said that her years there have been very rewarding. Because of its history and proximity to the famous Morris Canal and railroads, it has been featured numerous times on T.V., in magazines, newspapers, historical journals, and even in a poem.

Maryann is involved in many historical organizations, such as Rusty Spikes Railroaders, Phillipsburg Historical Society, and Warren County Historical Society. The Rusty Spikes railroad meetings held at the tavern are being filmed for a public television documentary. She has been contacted by Hollywood producer Doug DeLuca about using her tavern and her attached barbershop in a movie. She is very proud of her tavern and its heritage.

From the Alumni House:

Joseph T. Chickey joined Cincinnati Commercial Realtors, Cushman and Wakefield Alliance. He will specialize in leasing and sale of industrial properties.