NEWS OF 1948
From Jean Baxter McCracken:
There were only four classmates
attending our 55th reunion: Emmeline Ungurian Lewis Dimmick, Marion
Schmidt Heacock, Winnie Harte Seifert, and myself. However,
we enjoyed the luncheon at Johnston Hall, when reunion classes presenting their songs
It was a cold, rainy day, so the parade was cancelled. There was a tour of the new Priscilla
Payne Hurd Academic Complex and other improvements to the campus. Very impressive—and
quite a contrast to our beginnings!
NEWS OF 1947
NEWS OF 1946
From Ada Zellner Flower:
Eve DePaolis Johnson ’49 and Dick added a large sunroom to their
home recently. With its view of the woods, it has become a popular living space. Eve says
the theater doesn’t want “old ladies” much, but she played in Steel Magnolias
Marjorie Flohr Weiss continues to be a busy volunteer, editing the newsletter
for two local hospitals. She loves her work with women who are approaching release from
prison. Marge participates in a 12-week program teaching them academics such as English
grammar. Recently she has been teaching them counted cross-stitch. Her husband, Jim, plays
tennis and bridge and volunteers at church. The Weisses’ three sons and six grandchildren
all live nearby.
Grace Keeler Hodge and David traveled to China in the spring of 2002.
They went with Peg Loveless Browne ’47, her sister, Reen
Iredell Cutler ’47, and Reen’s husband, Bill, who was attending a
reunion of Sino-American World War II veterans. It was thrilling: Beijing, Tiananmen Square,
the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, a cruise on the Yangtze River to the Three Gorges,
Shanghai, and the terra-cotta soldiers of Xian! In the fall of 2002, David underwent successful
prostate cancer surgery. During the summer of 2003, the Hodges again were at Chautauqua,
where they play golf. During the winter they will again be in Florida.
Patricia Duckworth Brown experienced 18 months of difficult health problems.
She is on the upswing and was able to go to Canterbury Cathedral in February. She said
it was fascinating to be part of the cathedral’s activities for a week. Then she
was at a monastery in France: a different, inspiring, and joyful experience.
NEWS OF 1945
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
On June 30, Dorothy
Stump Lied started a 15-day bus trip. She and her group were attending their
annual church conference in Boise, Idaho, and planned to sightsee along the way. They
expected to visit the Amana colonies in Iowa, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount
Rushmore. This spring, Dottie enjoyed watching the Mennonite farmer who lives nearby
tilling his fields with a four-horse team. She says the rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries,
and sugar peas that she has bought from him have been delicious. She looks forward
to corn and tomatoes.
Janet Moyer Paulus, Jackie Haas Bauder, and Florence
Drebert Fritts attended the 50+ breakfast at Alumni Weekend in May. While they
were there, Janet and Jackie participated in a joint interview on life as students of Moravian
College for Women. They were quite impressed with the new academic building. Both spent
some time with Florence and her husband, Warren, in mid-July, when they were in the area
for a Fritts family reunion.
Janet and Dick Paulus celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June and then Fourth
of July with a welcome-home party for their grandson, who has been in the Coast Guard.
By mid-August, he’ll be a Penn State freshman, while another grandson will enter
his senior year at Penn State.
It’s hard to keep up with galloping Gloria Gately Chipman and Frank,
but right after Christmas, they flew to San Diego, where they joined a tour group. They
spent three days there seeing the town and the famous zoo. Then they took a bus to Los
Angeles, stopping on the way to see the Christmas show at the Crystal Cathedral. They spent
four days in L.A. and saw the Rose Bowl Parade. In March, they did another seven-day Caribbean
cruise, this time with their oldest daughter Ann and a friend. Then, in May, they drove
to Florida to look after their other daughter Sue’s sick cat while she celebrated
her 50th birthday by entering an Ironman triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112- mile bike ride,
and a full 26-mile marathon) in Brazil. They were home only a week, then flew to Branson,
Mo., where there are more than 40 theaters with lots of musical variety. Now they are at
home for a while until they go to Easton in early September for Gloria’s 62nd Easton
High School reunion. They have another cruise scheduled for November.
Eleanor Beidelman Kline and her daughter took a trip to Arizona in July.
They saw the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Crater Lake in Oregon, and
whatever other sights happened to be along their path. Eleanor says the weather in her
part of Texas has been even hotter and drier than usual.
I received a short communiqué from Jackie Stout McGiffert from
beautiful Flathead Lake in Montana. She went to Disneyland in May. Apparently, “the
next stop was a visit to the chiropractor.” She says it was worth it.
I know that Lois Moser Harke is going through difficult times after losing
her husband, Al, but she says her children have been very helpful. She has been making
a lot of progress with all the paperwork that she had to attend to.
Beryl Harrison broke her pelvic bone last August and was unable to walk.
But with excellent rehab, she was back to golfing and bowling in eight weeks! Her doctor
attributed her rapid recovery to her active lifestyle (golf, bowling, and mowing the lawn).
So she enjoyed the beautiful Florida weather when the north was having its February blizzard,
playing at five different public golf courses while we were shoveling snow.
After her winter with multiple health problems, Jackie Haas Bauder was looking forward
to a better spring and summer. Though she relies on a walker because of her hip, this hasn’t
curtailed her activities significantly, and she was anticipating a pleasant trip with a
friend to the ninth International Moravian Women’s Conference, June 17-22, at Wake
Forest University, North Carolina. She was able to see friends from Germany, Estonia, the
Czech Republic, Michigan, Ohio, California, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and the
Caribbean. She also met some Moravians from Latvia and Mexico. The communion service the
first night was served by female Moravian clergy to 850 Moravian women.
However, all did not end well, as Jackie began to suffer from a potassium deficiency and
ended up in St. Luke’s Hospital until June 27, being treated for low potassium and
vertigo. The vertigo is still with her, and one of her medications is making her vision
blurry, but she should be finished with it soon. Despite this and with the help of a magnifying
glass, she has waded through the new Harry Potter book. She is hopeful that an upcoming
appointment with an ear specialist will help with the vertigo. Her newest reading is The
Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgins, who was one of the speakers at the
Conference and who was a Moravian from Lititz in her youth.
Alice Joyce Yeager and her husband, Bob, have moved from their house in
Bradenton, Fla., to an apartment. It’s on the 10th floor overlooking Ware’s
Creek and the Manatee River. Though they are still living among many boxes and Alice misses
her garden, they seem very happy with the move. Thanks to her son, Jim, who has done a
genealogy search, Alice has become a member of the D.A.R. It seems that she is related
to William Penn and Oliver Cromwell.
Andy and I continue to enjoy Colorado and the freedom to go places whenever we want.
NEWS OF 1944
Reunion May 21-22, 2004
NEWS OF 1943
From June Bright Reese:
The Class of ’43 celebrated its 60th reunion the weekend of May 30-31. Nine members
of the class, including some from as far away as Canada, attended. It was a wonderful time
of reminiscing and catching up on our lives.
Founder’s Day was a delight, as usual. The day began with a tea hosted by Dr. and
Mrs. Rokke in their home. A chapel service, complete with a Moravian Lovefeast, followed
in Peter Hall. Mildred Diefenderfer Thompson ’39 was the featured
speaker. A luncheon in Clewell Hall Dining Room concluded the day.
At the 50+ breakfast, members of our class were guests at President Rokke’s table.
Because of the rain, the parade had to be cancelled, but our spirits remained high. After
luncheon in Johnston Hall, our class performed our version of “Thanks for the Memories” with
appropriate lyrics by Betty Adams Roach and “Macky” Sortwell
Kerrigan. We won the prize for creativity!
Special thanks to Betty and Macky for a beautiful 60th-reunion booklet. Early in the year,
classmates were asked to write a page of special memories of their years at Moravian. Betty
and Macky collated these hand-written messages into a professional-looking booklet. A copy
of our graduation program, a list of class members, and our Alma Mater are included. The
cover is an enlarged photo of Central Moravian Church bell tower. The inside cover has
a view of the South Campus buildings on Church Street.
Members of the class who participated in the weekend were: Grace Shaner Schuchardt, Louise
Rothenberger Watt, Margaret Johnson Bartlett, Margaret
Terr Willey, Janet Outten Amos, Dorothy Humenik Hixson,
Betty Roach, Macky Kerrigan, and June Reese. Members of the Secretarial
Class of 1941 who joined us were Janet Williams Sander, Marion
McCall Bray, and Marian Carty Durkee. We were happy to have husbands
Lynn Bartlett, Lee Schuchardt, and Jack Roach in our group. Elizabeth Karte ’41
Sec. had planned to come but was recuperating from a fall.
We offer our condolences to the family of Marjorie Clarke Weaver, who
NEWS OF 1942
From Mary Kuehl Concevitch:
Members of the class who attended
Founder’s Day on May 30 were: Phoebe Arnold, Alma Kirkhuff
Kuehner, Ruth Schantz Fortino, Betty Birk Nowicki, Sallie
Magargle Gery, Doris Dieruff Loux, Marion McCall Bray ’41
Sec., and me. Betty also served on the committee.
The class extends sympathy
to Marion Bray, whose sister, Betty McCall Evans ’39, died in
NEWS OF 1941-46 Men
NEWS OF 1941
NEWS OF 1939
Reunion May 21-22, 2004
From Elizabeth Batdorf Hummel:
If any of you haven’t attended Founder’s Day, I must urge you to try to get
there next year. President Rokke and his wife graciously open their home to us for a lovely
reception. It’s a great way to have an informal get-together with old friends. For
the chapel program this year, Millie Diefenderfer Thompson was the speaker
and was as interesting as always. She, Cleo Funk Rohrbaugh, and I were
the only members of our class to attend. Millie brought her daughter and granddaughter
with her, and we all enjoyed our lunch together. The following day, Millie and I went to
the 50+ breakfast and later stopped to see Lee Shields Butterfield.
Christine Roberts Fraley ’38 spent a few days with me over that
weekend, but next year Chris expects to be attending from her own apartment. She plans
to move some time in late September.
I’m sorry to report that on June 24, Betty McCall Evans passed away.
I had spoken with her sister, Marion McCall Bray ’41, at the Founder’s
Day reception and knew that Betty was seriously ill. Our sympathy goes out to Marion and
the rest of Betty’s family.
NEWS OF 1938
From the Alumni House:
We reported in the last issue that Ruth Smith Penick had some falls recently.
We are happy to hear that there were no falls, and Ruth is just fine.
NEWS OF 1937
NEWS OF 1935