NEWS OF 1948
NEWS OF 1947
From George Kirkpatrick:
Ladies and gentlemen, I am
your new class correspondent. I request your cooperation and participation in a fun project.
In view of our long and varied
experience, it might be of interest to alumni, students, even prospective Moravian College
applicants, to learn how we spent our lives and careers and about our achievements. Would
you please donate about 30 minutes of your time to write me along those lines? Be sure
to include your degree and major.
To kick this off: I have a
Bachelor of Science in chemistry and was a manager of research and development at Union
Carbide Corp. in New Jersey, New York, and Chicago.
I invented the yellow
and blue makes green zipper bag, Glad degradable trash bags, odor-masking garbage
bags, a drawstring bag, Mylar oven bags, and improved Glad Wrap. I also helped develop
vinyl stereo records, vinyl garden hoses, PVC pipes, polyethylene bottles, polyethylene
trash bags, boil-in bags, and microwave ovenware. I was granted eight patents.
Please write. Your letter
will be interesting to all.
NEWS OF 1946
From Ada Zellner Flower:
The surveys submitted by members
of our class speak of energetic, committed people fully involved in volunteerism, travel,
and work. I especially enjoyed the dorm students reminiscences about their antics:
throwing snowballs from the roof, cooking spaghetti dinner in one pot on one hot plate,
guys climbing the fire escapes to join in the card games, smoking in the rooms (a big
no-no!). We day students missed a lot.
Our 55th reunion was very
special. Bill and Ann Rosenau Smythe traveled from Colorado and then visited
Anns brother in New Wales.
Grace Keeler Hodge and
David stopped on the way from their winter home in Florida to their summer home in Chautauqua,
N.Y. Grace looked lovely in the white suit she wore for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Barbara Shepherd visited
Palmerton and Bethlehem friends. Shes found the fountain of youth! Barbara and
her son are president and vice president of Shepherd Realty Management Inc.
Ann Root Meyer and
Ed visited friends in New Jersey as part of their trip from California for the reunion.
Frank and I visited with Ileen
Whitehead Birnbaum and David before we headed for Massachusetts to attend an Elderhostel
and visit friends on Cape Cod.
Fran Tallarico Buragino,
who volunteers in many ways at Moravian, was with us Saturday.
Lucille Schaffer Wenck and Jane
Sullivan Ramsdell joined us for the Founders Day luncheon. Jane hoped to
get her annuals in before heading for Europe.
Marge Flohr Weiss was
with us. She was the inspiration behind our theme: The War Years, No Males, No
Mail, No Etc.
Marian Emig Hoffman was
attending a granddaughters college graduation, but she sent a wonderful album from
her college years, which is now in the College archives.
Phyllis Clark was attending
a family wedding on reunion weekend.
Eve DePoalis Johnson missed
the reunion because she was in Wisconsin playing the title role in Driving Miss Daisy.
Sad news. Mildred Henrie
Kepler died unexpectedly on Mothers Day. I have extended our sympathy to
There are lots of changes
on the north and south campuses at Moravian, but the buildings and grounds are beautifully
maintained. We were graciously received and cared for at the reunion. We rode in the
parade in a trolley and held our signs out the windows. I continue to be proud of the
institution and our class.
NEWS OF 1945
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
Beryl Harrison reports
that her annual February trip to Florida with other golf addicts was as much fun as ever.
In addition to golf, her group played bridge, shopped, and ate out every day. Beryl still
takes care of her own lawn with her self-propelled mower but allows time to play golf
at least three times a week.
Jackie Stout McGiffert planned
to spend most of the summer at her place on Flathead Lake in Big Fork, Mont., where life
is tranquil and uneventful.
Janet Moyer Paulus was
busy entertaining family and friends this summer. As she was writing me, she was expecting
a visit for lunch from two childhood friends.
Since Florence Drebert
Fritts and her husband, Warren, have moved to a retirement community in Lititz,
theyre just 15 minutes away from the home of Dorothy Stump Lied in Ephrata.
Dorothy visited them a few months ago and had lunch and a tour of their community.
Dorothy has gone on some two-day trips to dinner theaters and the shore this summer
and recently spent a weekend at a church conference in Baltimore. Several weeks ago,
she went with a group to Gettysburg.
Gloria Gately Chipman and
Frank had planned a Mississippi River cruise this past summer and flew to St. Paul, Minn.,
to embark there. However, flooding on the upper Mississippi cancelled the trip, so they
were flown to Cincinnati for an Ohio River cruise instead. They plan a repeat trip to
the Panama Canal in October. Frank plays golf three times a week, and Gloria attends
water aerobics four times a week.
Im not sure what Andy
and I have accomplished since we returned to Colorado in April, other than a few day-trips
to gorgeous canyons. One thing we did was buy an Italian greyhound puppy to spice up
our old whippets life. Nancy is almost 14 and has lost her hearing and become somewhat
depressed. The puppy has helped, but hes going to need a lot of civilizing before
he meets the public in Florida next winter.
NEWS OF 1944
NEWS OF 1943
From Margaret L. Albright:
We extend our sympathy to Joyce
Newhard Knapp and her family upon the death of her brother, Allan, on July 12.
He was a partner in the family business, Albeth Ice Co. in Allentown.
NEWS OF 1942 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
From Mary Kuehl Concevitch:
Founders Day saw eight
of our classmates at the reception, Lovefeast, and luncheon. Betty Birk Nowicki was
on the committee. Keep in mind that 2002 will be a reunion year for us!
NEWS OF 1941
From Ruth Hemmerly Kelly:
Our 60th reunion brought 14
of us from Moravian College for Women and one, Martin Getz, from the Class of
1941 at Moravian College for Men.
A few notes from some who
were not there:
Dottie Lukens Comegys was
visiting a granddaughter in Denver. Dottie keeps busy with needlework and volunteering
at Moravian Hall Square. She has traveled in Europe, especially England and Norway.
Ruth Reitz Balish in
Lakeland, Fla., welcomed a January visit from Christian, her fifth grandson, who lives
Edith Rich Ettinger has
two granddaughters and invites us to visit her in South Carolina.
Betty Finger Sutton is
in a retirement community in Easley, S.C., close to family. She has 11 grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mary Yerger Wurst,
in Cherry Hill, N.J., has a daughter in Colorado and a son in Maryland.
These classmates were at the
Ruth Cosgrove dAleo has
her first grandchild, Cameron. She is researching family history and writing a book about
growing up in Allentown.
Marian Carty Durkee is
active in Great Books programs, volunteers at St. Lukes Hospital, and attends Elderhostels.
She has signed up for one about Lewis and Clark this year.
Ruth Overfield Fidorack still
travels and says she must make up her mind what to do with her vast collection of travel
souvenirs. She wants to start a world culture museum.
Lois Yerger Fischel attends
current-events lectures and plays bridge. She says she has become disillusioned with
Thelma Scheifele Heiberger writes
that Moravian enriched her life beyond my wildest expectations. Her life
loves are music, gardening, and, of course, family.
Nancy Reichard Kichline is
busy with her garden club and church work. She had heart surgery in February.
Alethea Cliff Shurskis has
four granddaughters and is now in a retirement community in Myerstown. She stays active
in the Lebanon Moravian church.
Barbara Bastian Uhrig led
an active musical life in Tucson, Ariz., while her husband was alive. Now she quilts,
sews, and enjoys activities with friends and family.
I am grateful for good health
and looking forward to trips to Scandinavia, Eastern Canada, and a safari to Africa in
October. After reading Theodore Roosevelts African Game Trail as a child,
Im finally going to realize my dream.
NEWS OF 1940
From the Alumni House:
We are still looking for a
class correspondent. If anyone is interested, please contact the Alumni Office at 610
NEWS OF 1939
From Elizabeth Batdorf Hummel:
Cleo Funk Rohrbaugh, Dorothea
Kissner Arbizzani, and I have been getting together once a month for lunch. In
June, as Dot and Cleo were walking over to the restaurant, Dot fell. We had her taken
to Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, where an X-ray showed that her hip was broken.
After a repair operation, she went to Blough Health Care Center for therapy.
A letter from Lettie Thirza
Ward Janecek says her health is fine and she is very much involved in activities
in her community. Shes in charge of the knitters who make lap robes, hats, scarves,
and sweaters for the residents and also for charity. (Do you remember our days at Moravian
when we all seemed to be knitting something?) Along with that, her time is occupied
with teaching, organizing, and playing advanced bridge.
Esther McNomee Sleight wrote
that she spent a week in July with her daughter in West Virginia. We found that we have
several things in common: We both have computers that were gifts from our children, and
we both have arthritisbut try to find someone our age who doesnt.
I had a phone call from Helen
Sigmond Rush, whose address had been given to me as Cody, Wyo. She tells me this
is not her permanent address; she is living there temporarily with her son. She describes
it as a beautiful mountainous country, everything green. Its towns are small, and there
are few places to shop. I guess shell save her shopping for Pennsylvania.
NEWS OF 1938
From Evalyn Adams Hawk:
Olivia Musselman Barnes attended
Founders Day and Alumni Daythe only one of us to do so. Thank you, Olivia,
for championing our class at its 63rd reunion.
From the Alumni House:
Charles Teddy Mazza,
Moravians first All-American, died July 19. After his retirement from Bethlehem
Steel, he and his wife, Shirley, had been living in Florida for the past 20 years.
NEWS OF 1937 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
NEWS OF 1936
NEWS OF 1935
From Wilma Kistler Uhrich:
I hope you had as good a summer
as we had. We were on the go all the time.
Mary Pristoff Bosich has
been in a home to get much-needed care for severe and painful arthritis. Her 17-year-old
grandson attends community college and works one day a week at Marys residence.
A couple of her friends also live there. My last letter to her was returned; has there
been a change of address? My card to Carol Seacrest Messinger also was returned,
so bring me up to date.
Anna Neamand took a
32-day cruise to St. Pierre, the Azores, the British Isles, France, Portugal, and Spain
and said the sea was very calm for 51/2 days.
Kitty Adams Eckhard was
involved in a car accident. A volunteer for 30 years at Phoebe Home, she had been the
guest of the Morning Call at a recognition luncheon in the Radisson Hotel. En route home,
the car in which she was a front-seat passenger was hit head-on. The air bag deployed,
and the large plaque she carried slammed into her chest. After an ambulance trip to the
hospital and some tests, she was released. In July she took an eight-day trip to Branson,