NEWS OF 1963
NEWS OF 1962 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
NEWS OF 1961
From Sam Maczko:
It doesnt seem possible,
but its true: our 40th class reunion has come and gone.
It seems the most frequently
listed occupation in our class survey is retired. Things have certainly changed
over the last 40 years on campus, both physically and philosophically. Jeff Gannon (who
traveled the farthest, from Woodlands, Texas) stayed in a co-ed dorm, and alcohol was
served at college functions. You could have been expelled for such things in our undergraduate
More than 20 members of the
class of 61 looked pretty sharp in Saturdays parade in T-shirts provided
by John Bregman. They included: Rita Bartolet, Joseph Castellano, Art
Chap, John Decesare, Suzanne Astbury Decker, Barry Gaal, Jeff
Gannon, Gene Jani, Jim Kritis, Robert Lipkin, Sam Maczko, Jim
McCrudden, Anita Filler Noonan, Robert Orbin, Harold Oswald, Joan
Mesko Paul, Norma Guritzky Platt, Thomas Schmoyer, Kenneth Sepe, Nancy
Warren VanDyke, and James Worman.
I would like to hear from
all our classmates. Ill be more than happy to include any information you send
me in future issues.
NEWS OF 1960
NEWS OF 1959
From Kathy Werst Detwiler:
News of grandchildren abounds
in our class. Barbara Banker Mahlau and her husband, Gene, welcomed their first
on June 1. Because Dylan lives near his grandparents, he sees them regularly, when they
arent wintering in Boca Raton, Fla.
Mary Lesin Mackenzie Ayala writes
of the arrival of her third, a second to daughter Michele earlier this year. Now working
part-time, Mary still visits son Scott in Hawaii for his birthday every year.
Our son also is in Honolulu.
Wayne and I visited in November 2000 and returned in early summer, with our two grandchildren,
for his wedding.
Thanks for your notes. Lets
keep this column alive with news.
From Sam Maczko 61:
Monk Morelli 59
is working on a scholarship to honor the memory of Gus Rampone 59, one of
Moravian's most enthusiastic and faithful alumni, who died in February. To raise money,
a golf tournament was held June 29. Donations can be made to the annual fund in Guss
NEWS OF 1958
From the Alumni House:
Frank Danyi, an attorney
in Bethlehem, was appointed to a four-year term on the board of trustees of St. Lukes
Hospital and Health Network.
NEWS OF 1957 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
From Pearl Stein:
Its difficult even to
think of reunion activities without remembering the enthusiasm and joy that Gus Rampone 59
brought to all the Moravian celebrations that he chaired and supported. We will miss
Get out your calendars and
save May 31 and June 1, 2002, for our 45th Moravian College reunion. (Can you believe
it?) Let me know what kind of celebration youd like. If you want to be
a member of the planning committee, contact the Alumni Office or e-mail me.
NEWS OF 1956
From Pauline Ritter Benner:
Ive been challenged
by some classmates to bring you up to date on those who were able to attend our 45th
(yes, 45th) reunion. The weather was most cooperative, and the conversations and catching
up were top-notch.
Renee Johnson Dragotta has
retired from 40 years of teaching math and computer programming at Phillipsburg High
School and recently had a hip replacement. She and Vince live in Bethlehem.
Meridian West Fulton also
is retired. She and Don also are in Bethlehem.
Beverly Bell, recovered
from her auto accident last fall, is back playing golf in a ladies league and busy
with her two dogs: Snowball, 4, and Cindy, just a puppy at 41/2 months. Though retired
from Bethlehem Steel, she keeps busy babysitting. Since junior high school, she has sat for
more than 50 familiesone of which included triplets.
Gail Dangler Miller lives
in Gilbertsville and has retired from Owen J. Roberts School District. When she chooses
to substitute, its at a nearby private school, when she isnt off on a trip
as a tour escort for a nearby bus company. She recovered nicely from a broken wrist in
late winter, and she is happy to be near her children and grandchildren.
Millie Siftar Kimock joined
us on Saturday for the parade and lunch. She and Joe have five grandchildren, two of
them nearby. Millie retired from teaching kindergarten and now leads a senior-citizen
group. She walks to keep active, is an experienced yardsaler, and enjoys
entertaining the family when it returns to the area.
After living in Seattle, where
she taught four years, Joan Boyer Rathbone returned to Lexington, Ky., where she
taught nutrition for two years before she retired. In 1993, she went to Europe with the
Cincinnati International Chorale. She and David, married for two years, both enjoy singing
with the Lexington Singers and have gone to Germany and Paris with this musical organization.
Jim Ovady, who hadnt
been back to Moravian since 1961, served in the U.S. Navy, taught secondary-school social
studies for 31 years, has been a self-employed carpenter, and retired in 1994. In 1998,
he moved to Maine, where he enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, and traveling. (Since his
three children and four grandchildren live in California, Rhode Island, and Ohio, we
know where a good bit of his traveling takes him.) He still makes furniture; cherry is
his favorite wood. Jim blends in with the Maine natives very well; the white beard and
his quiet, unassuming way help.
Rudy Kresh and his
wife were able to join us for the Friday night barbecue. His current avocation is travel
agent, specializing in Scotland and Ireland. They also have visited many Civil War states,
and Rudy enjoys genealogy. Their daughter Irene Kresh Rosati graduated from Moravian
in 1979, and they look forward to Moravian grandchildren.
Jim Johnson and Edith
are parents of four and grandparents of two. Jim retired after 13 years in the church
ministry and 27 years on the staff of United Family Services in Charlotte, N.C. They
live in Charlotte and are active in schools and agencies that serve the poor. In their
spare time, they enjoy running and bike touring.
Tony Kochenash and
his wife, Marie, joined us from Nebraska, where this former college professor of business
and marketing does marketing/promotions and computer work for the family clothing store
run by Marie. He and Marie have traveled to all 50 states and at least that many foreign
countries. The Elks are grateful for his participation in their programs, especially
youth activities. Hes still a Phillies fan.
Sam Lawrence retired
from Bethlehem Steel and now lives in a condo in Bethlehem. He has two children, one
who graduated from Moravian and one from Allentown College [now DeSales University].
He finds himself busy with seven grandchildren.
Tom Labert is another
Bethlehem Steel retiree. He now works with Weichert Realtors. His wife, Nancy, retired
from the Public Library in Bethlehem, and they are enjoying their grandchildren and having
free time to travel.
Dick Stine, another
retired teacher, has been married 48 years, has 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren,
and owns homes in Nazareth, Lady Lakes, Fla., and Sea Isle City, N.J.
Can you believe Bill Stifnagle still
makes the three-hour trip (each way!) from home in New Jersey to New York every day?
He is vice president of International Marine Underwriters. When he retires in February,
it sounds as though hell be busy with woodworking projects and model ships.
Jack Burke, who chaired
our reunion planning committee, has a wife and three sons who are all Moravian grads.
This is one family that has watched the college grow! Jack retired as an elementary-school
principal and remains active in educational issues and politics. He also was a member
of the alumni veterans committee for the service of remembrance for Moravians military
veterans. Memorial Hall now has a plaque that honors all those who have served in the
military since World War I.
Indeed, among our classmates
were quite a few Korean War veterans. One was Champ Storch, who played football
and served as vice president of United Student Government. We were very proud to have
Champ as speaker for the dedication of the plaque. Champ earned masters and doctoral
degrees at Penn State and remained in education as a professor and administrator at Penn
State, Slippery Rock University, and Cortland State University. He and Marge have two
sons and two grandchildren.
Folks who couldnt attend
the weekend but sent a note or survey include Marietta Schwarts Banach, George
Beidelman, Mim Johnson Bott, Lou Brady, Millie Bennett DAntonio, Harold
Frack, Jean Woodcock Haring, Bart Hartman, JoAnne Albright Hoodmaker, Tom
Ortwein, Charlie Tucker, Dick and Lois Groman Crook, and Pete
Mohammed Al-Nammari responded
from his home in Amman, Jordan. He has been married for 35 years and worked in the petroleum-refining
industry. Now a freelance consultant, he finds time to travel extensively, hike, swim,
dance, and paint. Mohammed and his wife have three daughters; the oldest, Dana,
graduated from Moravian in 1990. They also have of twin 24-year-old foster sons.
Dick and Mary Louise
Kilpatrick Kohl were in Michigan in May, lending a hand to their daughter and her
family. Dick serves a small church near their home at Lake Wynonah, and Mary often
travels with him on visits to parishioners. Their son and his family are in Alabama,
and daughter Mary Beth and her husband, Todd, are missionaries in Thailand.
We Benners continue to enjoy
traveling and spent 16 days in Alaska in June, covering the land by train and motor coach
and traveling the Inside Passage by ship. The 23 hours of daylight are truly amazing,
and the helicopter trip to the glacier was awesome. We enjoy our grandchildren and are
glad to have them close enough to baby-sit sometimes, as well as take them to plays and
sports events. Occasionally we even granddog-sit.
Dick and I enjoyed helping
plan the reunion and want to thank the committee for a job well done. All of us share
the hope that in 2006 well have an outstanding representation for the Class of 56!