NEWS OF 1955
From Helen Varady Keyser:
A project is under way to
preserve the history of Moravian College for Women. The task of collecting oral histories,
memorabilia, and archives was begun at a dessert party July 10 at the home of Josephine
Pongracz Falco Kohls. Attending were Elizabeth Tyler Bugaighis, project co-leader, Mary
Jo Falco Johnson, Mary Pongracz, Polly Raynor, Beverly Bell, Pat
Miller Helfrich, Helen Desh Woodbridge, and myself.
Kay Moyer Cressman swims
every day and volunteers at the library. Her husband, Marvin, still is a practicing neurosurgeon.
Both continue to work with hay production and beef cattle as their hobbies.
Anne Collins Frey was
a judge at the Blue Grass Festival and Cook-Off at Bushkill Park near Easton this summer.
Capt. Francis Donchez 87,
son of Rose Mandic Donchez, is the new police commissioner for the city of Bethlehem.
We celebrated the 259th Founders
Day with a reception at the home of President and Mrs. Rokke, followed by a Moravian
Lovefeast at Peter Hall. Carol Traupman-Carr 86, professor and then-chair
of the music department, now assistant dean for academic affairs, spoke on Passion
for Pianos: Keyboard Instruments and the Young Ladies Seminary. We had lunch
in Clewell Dining Room. Seated at the Secretarial 1953 and 1954/1955 table were Helen
Desh Woodbridge 54, Barbara Cump Schmoyer, Joan Landrock Schlegl,
Anne Collins Frey, Nancy Zeleski Frantz, Shirley Beck Dutt 54, Lois
Lutz Geehr 54 and her friend Liz, and myself. After lunch, we toured the Blue
Anne Enright, Helen
Desh Woodbridge, Anne Collins Frey, Barbara Cump Schmoyer, and I attended the alumni
reunion luncheon in Johnston Hall the next day.
John and I enjoyed being part
of the Spirit of Bethlehem and sister city celebrations at Musikfest. One
highlight was an ecumenical church service at which Mary Pongracz directed the choir
for our Slovenian delegation and members of St. Josephs Roman Catholic and St.
Johns Windish Lutheran Churches.
At the luncheon held in Josephine
Pongracz Falco Kohlss home, guests were Mary Pongracz, Marietta Schwartz Banach,
Pat Miller Helfrich, Betsy Honey, Margaret Bugaighis (wife of Professor
Muhammed Bugaighis, who recently retired from the math department at Moravian), and I.
In the midst of all this,
I had my Nitschmann Junior High School reunion at the Holiday Inn, where I met Tom
Clay, Ray Salabsky, Anne Collins Frey, Allan Cristol, and Arthur
Spenger. The next day we had our 50th Liberty High School reunion, again attended
by Arthur Spenger and Ray Salabsky.
NEWS OF 1954
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
Greeters at the Open House
at President and Mrs. Rokke on Founders Day were Shirley Beck Dutt and Beverly
Bell 56 as well as Lois Lutz Geerh and me. This year Lois was accompanied
by a friend from North Wales who wanted to experience a Lovefeast and Moravian music.
During the Lovefeast, Carol Traupman-Carr 86 gave a talk on pianos at the
Moravian Ladies Seminary and College. Some of us sat on the familiar benches. We
saw again the beautiful stained-glass windows, which picture subjects and values learned
at Moravian College for Women: religion, literature, music, education, drama. To the
left of the stage in Peter Hall is an organ. [Editors note: It was built by an
18th-century Pennsylvania maker and is on permanent loan from the Metropolitan Museum
of Art.] But whatever happened to the organ we played during chapel services and recitals?
Bev attended the June 25 Lovefeast
and candlelight service at Central Moravian Church, where the hymn-singing was enriched
by the voices of members of the American Guild of Organists. This event made up for the
Christmas Vespers, which she missed because of injuries from an auto accident. May 19
was Alumni Day, which began with a parade before another delicious lunch in Johnston
Hall. This was Bevs 45th class reunion, and she got to ride in one of the open
cars. At lunch, I enjoyed the company of Anne Enright, Nancy Zeleski Frantz, Anne
Collins Frey, Helen Varady Keyser, and Barbara Cump Schmoyer.
My niece from Athens, Elizabeth
Anyfantis, visited her family here this summer, bringing her 16-year-old daughter.
Please send us news and memories
of your days at Moravian College for Women. You may e-mail news to Anne Enright at email@example.com.
NEWS OF 1953
From E. Allen Schultz:
We are pleased to be able
to report that Ed Pastir and his wife, Gigi, relocated within Hellertown to the
An e-mail from Phil Trimble: My
wife, Pat, and I moved to Williamsburg, Va., last year from Plymouth, Mich., after I
retired as executive director of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. This was really
my third career; the second was a stint in consulting, and the first, after leaving Moravian,
was active duty in the Navy for 28 years. Our children are scattered all over the country,
and we spend some time visiting them and our three grandchildren. Our taste for travel
was developed courtesy of the Navy, and we have continued to go places the Navy never
sent us now that we have the time. Most of our time at home is spent enjoying our new
sailboat, the Colleen III, cruising on Chesapeake Bay. While work commitments prevented
me from attending previous reunions of the Class of 53, I definitely plan to attend
our 50th and renew old friendships.
Your correspondent hopes the
rest of you will make our 50th class reunion a priority in your schedules for 2003. We
need to form a 50th Reunion Committee soon. Please let the Alumni Office or me know of
your interest in serving.
Dave Henkelmann said
he was laid low in July by vertigo. That curtailed his part-time work driving for a limousine
company and his annual trip to Massachusetts to visit family. However, his wife, Mel,
was able to make the trip and spend time with sons Chris 77 and Bruce.
Belated condolences to Gerry
Roncolato, whose brother passed away about a year ago. To the best of our knowledge,
Gerry is retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, enjoying the beautiful
In June, I had the privilege
of participating in a mission trip to Honduras with a group from First Presbyterian Church,
St. Petersburg, Fla., for the purpose of building a church. We flew from Tampa to Miami
and then to Tegucigalpa, where takeoffs and landings are adventures unto themselves.
The Tegucigalpa airport is reported to be one of the most difficult in the world because
of the surrounding mountains. Our worksite was about an hours drive from Tegucigalpa,
about 3 miles outside the city of Guiamaca. In the four days we had to work on the project,
we got the foundation laid. There is no electricity for power tools or equipment, so
everything was done by manual labor. Even being aware of the difference in the economy
and living conditions, its still a tremendous shock to experience it firsthand.
With such a full schedule, we did not have time to contact Manuel Larios 52,
who is on the staff of the Clínica Centro Médico in Tegucigalpa.
As Im writing this column
in early August, my wife and I are looking forward to traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C.,
at the end of September for the opening of a state-of-the-art facility that will house
the Moravian Music Foundation and the Archives of the Southern Province of the Moravian
Church. This building was a dream for many of us about a decade ago when I was executive
director of the music foundation. The dream became a reality through the leadership of
Nola Reed Knouse and a visionary board of directors.
From Helen Varady Keyser 55:
Gladys Smith Winkelmann was
devastated to put her boxer, Sport, to sleep after a long illness, but shes happy
to have another little boxer, Toby.
NEWS OF 1952 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
We enjoyed being back on the
familiar Church Street campus for the activities of Founders Day, especially the
program in the Chapel and lunch in Clewell Dining Room.
Saturday for the Parade of
Classes, our group donned bobby socks and skirts, carried a banner and sang a song with
lyrics by Vanita Egge Marvin (to the tune of It Had to Be You). After
the parade, we learned that our class had won an award for creativity. For this, June
Shafer Scholl and Vanita deserve credit.
About a year ago, I learned
of a project to preserve the history of Moravian College for Women. During the reunion
weekend, the project team scheduled interviews. Nancy Oplinger Dover and I were
among the alumnae who participated.
Dorothea Schoffner Atallah is
retired, has downsized to a townhouse, and enjoys gardening as well as square and round
Janet Coble Beringer has
retired after working as a medical technician and favors Bermuda as a vacation spot.
Alice Zacharchuk Bove has
had a varied career as a stewardess (they werent flight attendants in those days)
and purser for Pan American Airways, flying Latin American routes; as a teacher; and
as a county officer for the Aging Advisory Council. She has traveled in Europe, Central
America, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Pat Kresge Buck has
retired from work as a librarian and enjoys her four grandchildren.
Nancy Oplinger Dover,
also a retired medical technician, now tutors students in reading, bicycles, walks, and
travels, especially to Maui. She also finds time for activities with her nine grandchildren.
Byrdie Loveless Jackson has
traveled to Europe, Scotland, Australia, and China. At home she is busy with a house,
dogs, cat, and garden. In the past year, she began using WebTV and values the contact
with friends and relatives all over the world.
Connie Rooke King sent
greetings from Florida, where she continues to be active in music, accompanies choirs,
plays the organ, and enjoyed a choir tour of Europe. She also is an enthusiastic gardener.
Lois Weaver Koeckert,
another retired medical technician, volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the Cleveland
Museum of Art. Her other interests include gardening, golf, bridge, and travel.
The family of Fern Bachman
Koplin is a very important part of her life, but she also likes teaching, playing
the organ, and music therapy.
After many years in Bethlehem, Mae
Rose Morrison Kuentz has moved to south Jersey, 10 minutes from the beach. Her
four children are scattered around the United States, so driving cross-country to California
and back proved a grand experience.
Elizabeth Schlegel Landau leads
a busy life as a volunteer. Her church activities include choir, teaching Sunday school,
and Bible study. She has volunteered for Meals on Wheels for 26 years, and she is pianist-director
of Krazy Kids, a senior-citizen musical group that gives 30 or more performances a year.
Vanita Egge Marvin has
had a varied and interesting career, much of it in advertising. After taking early retirement
in 1992, she enjoys trips to New York to visit her daughter, Jane, and loves plays and
Jane Kincaid Missimer takes
great joy in her two grandsons; she also likes traveling, reading and gardening.
Apart from her family, the
greatest interest of Betsey Tait Puth is the study of art and art history. She
is a docent at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago as well as a trustee of the
Music Institute of Chicago and of Moravian College.
Mary Lou Weaver Ryan sings
with her church choir and sang with the Bethlehem 250th Anniversary Choir.
June Shafer Scholl has
escorted tours to Oberammergau (the town of the Passion play in Germany), Alaska, Hawaii,
and Scandinavia. Shes also visited Italy, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, the Canary Islands,
Mexico, the former Yugoslavia, China, England, Scotland, Wales, and Austria. Her interests
include photography, grandchildren, and Elderhostels.
Lois Shafer Smith,
retired from teaching, swims in Senior Olympics at state and national levels and enjoys
gardening, music, and being with her children and grandchildren.
Judy Graves Thurman and
her husband play golf and travel, especially to visit their grandchildren.
To all our classmates who
could not be with us at reunion: You were in our thoughts, our hearts, and our conversation.
From Andy Jasso:
Blue and Grey All the
Way was the theme for the 50th Mens Class of 51 reunion.
It started Friday with the
reception and barbecue on the Church Street campus lawn. Saturday morning began with
breakfast, where the Classes of 1951 (men and women) and the Class of 1949 Secretarials
received their 50+ pins from President Rokke. This put everyone in a good frame of mind
for the parade that followed the U.S. military veterans plaque-dedication ceremony.
Cars for the parade were provided by Pete Lukehart and Bob Scholl, and
local school bands donated the marching music. All marching members wore blue blazers
and gray slacks, as well as white hats emblazoned with 50 Years of Magnificence, provided
by Bill Werpehowski. Our sign was designed and provided by Bill Kilpatrick.
Our class won an award for highest participation of reunion attendees.
After the parade was the reunion
luncheon in Johnston Hall. The day ended at a cabaret featuring the Twilighters.
A heartfelt thanks goes to Lou
Molnar, who provided computer expertise, and to all the committee members for a
job well done.
These men returned for the
reunion: Carl Ackerman, Donald Canfield, Rev. Milt Detterline, John
Giering, Robert Kelley, Bill Kilpatrick, William Reichard, Claude
Santee, Joseph Schrader, Robert Simonson, William Szabo, and Bill
The Class of 1951 returnees
missed those classmates who did not or could not attend. We wish them all well.
NEWS OF 1950
NEWS OF 1949
From Thomas F. Keim:
Since the last issue of the
alumni magazine, two members of our class have died.
William H. Woods died
July 3 at home after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bill and his wife, Mary, were very
close friends of ours. Louise and I spent many good times with them at the shore and
at the Old Country Buffet in Allentown, Bills favorite place to eat. He also served
as class correspondent with me, and I am grateful for all his years of service to our
class. Bill spent his career as manager for Blazer Consumer Discount Co., formerly Family
Finance, with offices in Easton and Allentown. He retired in 1983. Bills wonderful
family includes five children, twelve grandchildren, a great-grandson, and his brother,
Kenneth, of Arlington, Texas. For many years, you could find the family gathered at Bill
and Marys on Sundays for dinner. Bill loved music, particularly jazz and pop. I
do believe he had every recorded selection by Glenn Miller, his favorite.
Ralph Miller died June
9 after a lengthy illness. He had a distinguished career as a research chemist with Campbell
Soup Co. in Camden, N.J., from 1950 to 1991. He created various brand-name products and
retired as a vice president. He was affiliated with the National Food Processors Scientific
Advisory Board, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Institute of Technologists;
and he was a representative to the United Kingdom Food Manufacturing Research Institute.
After Moravian, he received a masters degree from the University of Delaware, where
he was a research fellow. His wife, Lucille, and sons Ronald and Robin survive him. Another
son, Ralph Jr., predeceased him.
We extend our sympathies to
the families of Bill and Ralph on behalf of their class.
On a happier note, I had a
letter from Andy Martimick. After a total replacement of his left knee in 2000,
he and his wife, Betty, are still traveling. They returned in May from a 12-country tour
of the Persian Gulf, which included an interesting five days in Iran. (Andy says he has
been in 142 countries and Betty in 139.) They are planning some unusual destinations
for the near future, including Mongolia and Tibet. For the last 15 years, they have spent
summers in Colorado at a dude ranch, enjoying horseback riding and golf. They get back
to Allentown to visit with his brother every year. They have lived for 40 years in Phoenix,
and Andy has been retired for 15 years.
Bernard Terzigni wrote
that his familys medical legacy continues, with 10 family members being physician-specialists,
nurses or pre-med students. He is a former chair of the Department of Internal Medicine
at Nova University College of Medicine in Miami. He says he has no time for retirement;
hes still traveling, building custom homes, gulf fishing, taking trips to Disney
World with his grandchildren, and practicing medicine part-time with his son and daughter-in-law.
He says his wife, Joyce, is hanging in there with him.
The best to all! See you Alumni
Weekend May 31 and June 1, 2002.
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
We heard from Faye Werley
Jurden that she and John are very proud parents. Jan, their daughter, who attended
our 50th reunion with her mother, was installed as an associate judge of the Superior
Court of Delaware on May 29.
Louise Scott Gross wrote
that she had to wait until the age of 73 to break a bone in her body: her toe.