NEWS OF 1955
NEWS OF 1954
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
Shirley Beck Dutt and Bev
Bell ’56 were at the President’s House on Founder’s Day
2002 to welcome alumnae of the old Moravian College for Women. Dottie Ruyak was
a pourer at the reception table. Lois Lutz Geehr and Marian
Wagner were among the many who filled the house. Pat Helfrich ’57
says she is especially glad to see this event continued from an idea she had years
The gathering and Lovefeast
in Peter Hall brought the past to life with a video of MCW days presented by Elizabeth
Tyler Bugaighis ’87 and Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo ’69.
At the luncheon in Clewell
Dining Hall, the ’54 table had all seats occupied with our five smiling classmates
(above) and two others: Lois’s husband, Fred, and Bob Schoenen, vice president
for institutional advancement.
Dottie continues with her
social work and activities in the Baltimore area, Shirley B. Dutt has been driving her
car again, and Marian is considering how she’ll get to our 50th reunion from Meyerstown,
near Reading. (Several years ago it took her a day to come by bus to Bethlehem.) We talked
about Preserving Our Past (the video) and the ongoing effort to interview MCW
grads. June Shafer Scholl ’51, a resident of Hanover Township,
brought me and Janet Fabian Andre ’51. At Peter Hall, June was
interviewed by Joe Castellano ’61.
After lunch, I met Marian
and her sister in the Blue Parlor and talked there to Renee Johnson Dragotta ’56.
Then Marian and I walked to South Campus and talked at the wall next to Countess Benigna.
Later that afternoon we went to Payne Gallery (the old gym), where Rudy Ackerman, newly
retired from the Art Department, gave a talk on student travels to European art centers.
Because of the weather, the evening barbecue was moved from South Campus to the HUB.
The photos I received from Joan Boise Wiley ’52 show Cas and me, Anne
Enright ’52, Bev Bell, Eleanor Guidon Bissell ’52,
and her guest Loretta Dickhout at our table. Anne, Eleanor, and I are classmates from
Liberty High School, where we celebrated, along with Dottie Ruyak, our 50th reunion in
Saturday was a beautiful day
for the Alumni Parade. The ’52 class was impressive with its large purple and gold
banner, carried by Elaine Wagner Martinez ’52 and Peg
And the Class of ’47
Daisy Chain Gals with daisy chains on their heads were led by Helen Kanuskey
Canfield. Those class members who were not there for the parade may be inspired
to think about our 50th reunion—just two years away. I took many photos, sent many,
and received enthusiastic notes from folks in other classes.
Dottie Ruyak, Marian Wagner,
and I attended the luncheon in Johnston Hall after the morning events. We were at a table
with Polly Rayner ’53 and Joan Landrock Schlegel ’55.
Joan keeps up with her interests in history and antiques and is active with the Allentown
Gerald Ihle ’54
grew up in Fountain Hill and graduated from the Theological School at Drew University.
He retired in 1997 after 43 years as a pastor in the United Methodist Church of eastern
Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Janet, live in Cape May, N.J., where he’s been writing.
They have two sons, a daughter, and four grandsons. Gerald announces his newest book, See
How Jesus Used Power, to be released in May by Winepress Publishing. The foreword
contains remarks by William W. Matz ’50, dean emeritus of Moravian
Theological Seminary, and Bishop Alfred Johnson of New Jersey Episcopal Area of the United
NEWS OF 1953
Reunion: May 30-31
NEWS OF 1952
From Gloria Abel Parkhill:
Our 2002 reunion had the best
attendance ever. Just about every class member (or spouse) had a camera. I thank all
who shared their photos with me.
One highlight was the traditional
parade of reunion classes through the Main Street Campus and surrounding neighborhood.
The 1952 parade banner was pictured on the inside back cover of the spring issue of Moravian
Bertie Knisely ’69,
alumni affairs director, and a committee headed by class president Kathy Horwath
Hartman collaborated (via conference call) on the design of the purple and gold
class banner, which we carried to tea with the dean. Kathy, who lives in Hanover, N.H.,
and Lorry Pfeffer Wolfe, her neighbor in Strafford, Vt., made and transported
the banner to Bethlehem.
Do you remember the YWCA teas
in what some of us knew as the Rec Room and others as the George Washington Room? And
the dean, who carried a small wicker basket containing, as a timer, an alarm clock with
a very audible tick? Mary T. Pongracz portrayed the dean introducing
each of us as we received our pins at the 50+ Club breakfast and induction ceremony.
Others on the planning committee
included Joan Boise Wiley, Zora Martin Felton, Thelma
West Everett, Anne Enright, and Xenia Lychos Filipos.
Grace Flath Bentzin,
who lives in Watertown, Wis., had planned to be at the reunion but canceled when she
realized that, as her congregation’s musician, she was scheduled to be in Bethlehem
the next week for the synod held every other year by the Moravian Church in America’s
Among responses to the Alumni
Weekend survey were best wishes for a successful reunion from Barbara Faucett
Van Keuren and Sally Woodward Ross. Other survey responses
will be reported as space is available because the opportunity to tell us about your
lives seems to have opened the floodgates.
In addition to those on the
committee, classmates in attendance included Frances Webber Horton, Elaine
Wagner Martinez, Ruth Treut Schlecht, Alice Schofer
Durner, Joan Savon Rudd, Jeannette Rhoads Nesbit, Peg
Neuhauser Horst, Dolores McIntire DeLeon, Martha Marossy
Collins, Verna Lunglhofer Cowin, Rita Kelly Haberle, Eleanor
Guidon Bissell, Evelyn Buss Conover, and myself.
From the Men of 1952:
Joe Garin sent
this letter about the 50th reunion of the men’s class:
Fifty years have passed! Can
you believe it? We had a wonderful time listening to stories told by members of the class
of ’52 when we gathered in the halls of the New Moravian. I say “new” because
there’s a lot more to the campus than we ever had back in ’52. You can be
proud to say you graduated from Moravian College, and it’s interesting to see how
many children and grandchildren of class members have chosen to attend Moravian.
It was exciting to see how
classmates have changed and to hear about their achievements and families, as well as
to listen to their recollections of 50 years ago. It seemed like yesterday when we spoke
of Sam Zeller, Bob Snyder, Raymond Haupert, and other members of the faculty. Former
classes coming together on Reunion Day added to the atmosphere of camaraderie. Great
food and beverages, music, and the traditional parade, as well as tours of the ever-growing
campus, filled our hearts with pride.
Alumni House deserves recognition
for the efficient way the events were planned. We send special thanks to the 50+ Club
and the committee for the 50+ pins and gifts, and also to Moravian’s president,
Ervin J. Rokke, for posing with each of us for a personal picture.
Members of the Class of ’52
who attended were Carl Case, Donald Cohen, James
Conahan, Nevin Cope, Robert Gordon, Dale Grove, Steve
Herczeg, Robert Kaster, Frank Kessler, Richard
Manning, Bernard Mittemeyer, William Palenchar, John
Seifert, Roy Sturm, John Williams, and myself.
From the Alumni House:
Liberty High School honored Zora
Martin Felton and Bernie Mittemeyer with Alumni of Distinction Awards at a
banquet earlier this year. Zora also was elected a member of the National Visionary
Leadership Project in Washington, D.C.
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
I attended Founder’s
Day, where I met June Shafer Scholl, Janet Fabian Andre, Polly
Rayner ’53, and Peg Loveless Browne ’47. The program
at the Lovefeast, “Preserving Our Past: Oral Histories from Moravian College for
Women: 1913-1954,” was most interesting, with a videotape of interviews, comments,
and pictures of people, places and events that brought back memories of our student days.
Nancy Oplinger Dover wrote
of her 26-day trip to Florida with her husband, Ed. They visited some of Nancy’s
Hellertown High classmates, including Ruth Hershour Taylor ’50.
Ed is the author of The Long Way Home, the true story of a commercial airplane
caught in New Zealand on December 7, 1941, and signed books at the International Pan
Am Flight School in Miami. After this, they visited many of the state parks, seeing manatees
at Homosassa State Park, countless alligators, and unusual birds in the Everglades.
Nancy had an e-mail from Sylvia
Lambert ’61, who had read about Nancy’s ditch walks in Albuquerque,
N.M. Sylvia was planning a trip to that city with a square-dance group and requested
a ditch walk, which Nancy arranged for them.
To end on a sad note, my husband,
Randy McMullen (Lehigh ’50), died April 9 after a heart attack. Always a difficult
time, as too many of you know, but I’m adjusting as well as possible. My thanks
to all who wrote; your kindness is much appreciated.
From the Alumni House:
The late Mike Loupos was
honored by Liberty High School and was given an Alumni of Distinction Award.
NEWS OF 1950
NEWS OF 1949