Class Notes

NEWS OF 1965
Reunion May 20-21

From William Horwath:

Ted Bowman continues his work with hospices throughout the United Kingdom, participating this fall in bereavement and counseling workshops and conferences in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Britain. In May, he was plenary speaker at the Association of Children's Hospices in Bristol. Ted's poem, Places, was included in a recent artist/poet collection about the homeless.

From the Alumni House:

In January, Kevyn Depuy Malloy is ending her psychotherapy practice after 20 years so she can concentrate on her executive and personal coaching business. She and her husband, Anthony Panzetta, moved to an over-55 community in December. They have a combined total of six grandchildren in Georgia and California.


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From Kathleen Cavanaugh:

Greetings from Haddonfield! Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Alumni Weekend in May, as my consulting business is weekend-intense. But I have lots of news to share via firsthand reports from Molly Krater Dinneen and Judy Morecz Simpson, as well as the reunion booklet.

Carol Apple supervises special education teachers in several Schuylkill County school districts. She was unable to attend the reunion because of surgery after a bad fall. Hope she's doing better!

Kathy Zanelli Bednar retired from public-school education after a rewarding 37-year career. Her husband, Bob, retired in 2002, but Kathy writes that he failed retirement and is back teaching music at Caldwell College. They spend their free time traveling, volunteering, and visiting their condo at Sea Isle City, N.J. They have spent New Year's Eve for 35 years with Pat Schillinger Hensinger and her husband, Bill.

P. Chapin Smith Blair lives in Dixon, Ill. (birthplace of Ronald Reagan), with her husband, Don. They skipped the reunion because they'd been east just a few weeks earlier for their granddaughter Sarah's first communion. Chapin has been a freelance photographer for 45 years.

Craig Borst retired from the Southern Lehigh School District as media specialist and joined the staff of Moravian Academy as head of its technology department. He retired from that position in June. Craig and his wife, Darlene Refsnider Borst '67, frequently travel to Maine, where they're often joined by Tom Apjohn '63 and his wife. Craig and Darlene have a son and a daughter.

Bruce Coull also couldn't attend. He travels extensively as dean of the University of South Carolina’s School of the Environment and as president of the U.S. Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. He and his wife have been married 37 years and have a son who is an assistant professor at Harvard University and a daughter who is a social worker in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Molly Krater Dinneen is busy wearing many volunteer hats at Yale University's Peabody Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, recording for the blind and dyslexic in New Haven, and being a docent for a colonial house in Orange, Conn. She and her husband, Jim, are avid golfers and downhill skiers.

Greta Ziegler Flint is an officer in compliance/tax bond operations for SunTrust Bank. She lives in Richmond, Va. She has two children and is a grandmother. Bill and Pat Schillinger Hensinger have two grandchildren. They travel frequently. Pat also volunteers at the local historical society.

Jeff Jackson and Dianne have been married 38 years and have two daughters and three grandchildren. Jeff is regional sales manager for Volpe Express and has served as a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association and college volleyball official for 14 years and softball official for 35 years. They travel in Europe, the Bahamas, and the United States.

Carol Rockovits Leicht traveled from Scottsdale, Ariz., with her husband, Bill Leicht '63, for the reunion. They have been married 40 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Carol and Bill are realestate agents with RE/MAX and are active in the church and community.

Bill Martin and his wife, Pat, were in Europe. Bill is a supervising auditor for the New Jersey Division of Taxation/Treasury Department and is looking forward to retirement.

Joe Merola is chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network in the Lehigh Valley.

Bob Mushrush Jr. retired as a math teacher from the Quakertown Community Schools. He and Anna have two sons.

Ginny Hassler Noble and her husband, Alan, have moved from a house on the Severn River in Maryland to five acres in the mountains of Virginia. Ginny is a teacher/therapist in early childhood special education with a focus on pre-school children with autism. They missed the reunion because they were at the wedding of one of their three children.

Karen Huff Osmun also has retired from teaching and enjoys her grandchildren.

Joy Johnston Paine and her husband, Cedric, still live in West Newton, Mass. Joy is a reading and writing specialist at the Fessenden School. Their daughter, a recent graduate of the University of Hartford, is a member of the Hartford Ballet.

Al Proctor retired as a math teacher in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, but he hasn't left. He is the football team's equipment manager! He also volunteers as the billing manager for his daughter, who is a podiatrist.

For 16 years, Peggy Jurman Quinn and her husband, Frank, have lived in Charlotte, N.C., where they own Management Recruiters of Charlotte-East, specializing in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Peggy and Frank are planning an upcoming Alaska cruise and a week in Australia.

Linda Reitars Silowka retired from the Allentown School District after 30 years as a elementary teacher in five different schools. She and Walter have three children. They enjoy boating as a family on their 42- foot Carver Sport Sedan.

Judy Simpson sent an e-mail chock-full of news about the reunion as well as her dual life in York County and Cape Cod, where the family gathers every summerincluding the three Simpson children, three grandchildren, and Judy's mother, whom many of you undoubtedly remember from Moravian's Business Office.

Judy is active on community boards and has chaired a York County Honors Choir125 talented kids from every York school districtfor eight years. In the six degrees of separation category, Judy's husband, Bill, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy with Erv Rokke, Moravian's president, and was in the Rokkes' wedding!

Linda Saderholm Stiansen and her husband moved to Kenya in March to begin a new career with the African Inland Mission: pastor and caregiver to missionaries all over East Africa. They live in Nairobi and travel to remote areas on a small single-engine airplane. Before moving, Linda worked as a nurse for Upper Bucks Orthopedics in Sellersville.

Jerry Still and his wife, Erika, have two children and three grandchildren. Jerry has been active regionally and nationally with the Institute for Supply Management, as well as for several community organizations, including the Pocono Outdoor Club, Musikfest, Boy Scouts, USA Track & Field, and the Moravian Church Council. He is a member of several military organizations and will retire from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in July.

Joann Trotsky reports that she has retired as a school psychologist with the Bethlehem Area School District.

Sandy Damiani Watt is a physical therapist assistant.

Marge Wallace and Doug Wilkins have three children and two grandchildren. Marge reports that she is finishing more than 25 years as an educator. Doug has retired as a high school principal but still coaches football. This is his 39th season as head coach in Mountain Lakes, N.J. They travel, play golf, and enjoy Long Beach Island, N.J.

John Willis is enjoying retirement from the FBI. Molly Dinneen says she and John discussed his interest in genealogy and that he's meeting relatives he never knew via Internet searches!

Molly reported that she and Dick Wilsey were amazed by the disappearance of the big center staircase in Comenius Hall!

Molly sent me the reunion photo in which Andrea auf der Heyde, Betsy Graeff Barry, Kathy Zanelli Bednar, Molly herself, Harry Dooley, Greta Ziegler Flint, Pat Schillinger Hensinger, Jeff Jackson, Barbara Yoder Iobst and Stan Iobst, Carol Rockovits Leicht, Joe Merola, Linda Garo Olson, Karen Huff Osmun, Joy Johnston Paine, Judy Simpson, Jerry Still, Lynne Nafash Warnke, Byron Waterman, Ed Weinhofer, Marge Wallace Wilkins and Doug Wilkins, John Willis, and Dick Wilsey all looked fantastically fit!

I am an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations, specializing in board development and strategic planning. After sitting on too many airport runways for too many hours over too many years, I decided a few years ago to keep my business within driving range between my house in Haddonfield and an apartment in Manhattan. I've also been doing a bit of my own strategic planning, and I'm busy tackling the Italian language in preparation for moving to Italy in two or three years. I've outlined a series of bilingual children's books I plan to write about the adventures of the "Katz Girls", Oona and Rosie, my current feline housemates.


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From Bill Leicht:

We returned to Moravian in May for Carol's 40th reunion. The weather was great this time.

Carol was happy to see her '64 Phi Mu Epsilon sisters Molly Krater Dinneen, Pat Schillinger Hensinger, Kathy Zanelli Bednar, and Linda Garo Olson. They were quite a bunch, as I remember, and for this weekend, nothing had changed! We were unable to attend the Saturday night dinner dance and missed seeing John Viglione and Connie Latchaw Viglione '64. But Shill sent us pictures.

At our lunch table on Saturday, I talked with ex-footballer Ed Weinhofer '64 and his wife, Marge. Everyone looked wonderful. Witness the class picture.

I had a long conversation with Harry Dooley '64, there with his lovely wife, Genie Billiard. We both missed Bob Mushrush Jr. '64, with whom we were roomies in the OGO house. I talked to Dave Cornelius, the current alumni president, who made a presentation at the luncheon.

It was great seeing the old OGO fraternity brothers who were on hand to help with the weekend: Sam Maczko, Ken Sepe, and Joe Castellano, all from the Class of 1961. Also, Tony "Monk" Morelli '59 spoke at the luncheon.

We received several Morning Call columns by Paul Reinhard '65 from Carol's sister. Paul is retiring from the paper after more than 40 years.

From Mary Lou Stocker Jones '50, a dear friend and fellow Scottsdale resident, I received a newspaper clipping about the retirement of Don Vogel. He and Joann live in Cincinnati, where he was executive director of the American Lung Association of Ohio's Southwest region.

Carol and I headed for San Diego later in July to see a Padres game. Then we went to Los Angeles to meet Marty Garcia and his wife, Eileen, and see the Dodgers play the Pirates.

Since graduating from the Seminary in 1966, Gary Straughan served Moravian pastorates in Wisconsin, California, Indiana, and Lititz. In 2002, when Dave Wickmann '64 was elected president of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America, Gary was elected to fill out Dave's term as president of the Eastern District executive board. Their quadrennial synod was held this summer, and Gary was elected to a four-year term. During that week, his eighth grandchild was born in Wisconsin. Gary and Amy live in Historic Bethlehem.

Gary visited with Chuck Harberg last fall. Chuck is retired from Xerox and does interim pastoral work for the Moravian Church in Wisconsin.

Gary now works in the same building where Chuck Stoltz volunteers after his retirement from teaching. They speak often.

Steve Nicholas serves as pastor of St. Paul’s congregation in Upper Marlboro, Md. He had dinner with Gary and Amy last spring. Steve has just finished a revision of his book The Moravian Way of Evangelism.

Gary also speaks often with Larry Wetzel, now pastor of the Moravian Church in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. He and Janet are contemplating retirement in Arizona.


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From Sam Maczko:

Sue Astbury Decker sent a nice letter indicating that all is well with her. In April she got together with Nancy Warren Van Dyke and Silvia Rubens '62. They traveled to Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., to enjoy the Festival of Houses and Gardens. They enjoyed the Southern hospitality of both cities. Their friend Audrey Hair Meinke '60 was unable to join them for the trip, but they get together on a regular basis.

In May, Sue and Silvia visited Nancy for a weekend on the North Shore of Long Island. Nancy’s husband was in charge of a charitable fundraiser, which involved a tour of local homes.

Ken Sepe, Joe Castellano, and I attended Alumni Weekend in May. We helped Monk Morelli '59 with the Reunion Parade. It was strange to see the men and women of the Class of 1954 walking separately in the parade, but the College was not coeducational at that time. It was good to see Harry Dooley '64 and reminisce about his pledge days as an OGO. Harry drove his classic Corvette in the parade. Bill Leicht '63 traveled from Arizona for the occasion and still looks fit.

I had not seen Doug Wilkins 64 since graduation. He is well and retired from teaching but still coaches the Mountain Lakes, N.J., varsity football team. Doug has been extremely successful as a coach and has the longest tenure of any varsity coach in Morris County.

Jeff Gannon still teaches high school in the Woodlands, Texas, area.

From the Alumni House:

Thomas Christianson, also a graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary (1965), served as a chaplain for the U.S. Air Force until 1991. Then he became chaplain for the Mobile County, Ala., sheriff's office and FBI office. After retiring in 1997, Tom and his wife moved to the Pacific coast of Mexico for its clean air. The area is beautiful, and the climate is perfect. He highly recommends both.


NEWS OF 1960
Reunion May 20-21

From Peter French:

I've just found out something. We may have a lot of addresses that are all wrong! I sent a letter to the first 25 names on the class list, asking for news. Seven came back marked undeliverable. That's almost 30 percent! I'll have to think of a better way to get in touch.

I got a letter from Ed Albertson, retired after 32 years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. He now does some consulting for bank regulators. He and his wife, Pat, have three grown sons and seven grandchildren. Pat works part-time in the publications department of the Moravian Church, Northern Province. Ed golfs as often as possible, frequently with Ed Kovacs '53.

Tony Falco '57 and I are planning a Moravian alumni event for the last weekend in March in Sarasota. Fred Woitscheck '56 sent a card saying he hoped to make it. We'd like to get a good crowd of residents and snowbirds. There will be a dinner and a show at the Asolo Theater on Friday. On Saturday, the plan is a tour of the Ringling Museum in the morning, a luncheon report on the College, and golf or shopping in the afternoon. Let me know if this sounds like something you'd like to do. We hope it will be the first annual Sun- Coast Alumni Gathering.

If you can't be here in March, I hope to see everyone at our 45th reunion in May 2005. Take care. Stay healthy. Send news.


NEWS OF 1959

From Kathy Werst Detwiler:

During the weekend of May 22, our class renewed "college ties [that] can ne'er be broken" at our 45th reunion. Our activities included a block party, parade, reunion luncheons and dinner. The Alumni House staff did a superb job planning and organizing these events.

Sharon and Gordon Arnold came from Camp Hill. Sharon is chair of the sociology department at Lebanon Valley College. Gordie is retired as a general surgeon. Their older daughter is a junior at Moravian; their younger daughter, 11-year-old Alexis, was adopted from China eight years ago.

From Silver Spring, Md., came Neil Boyer, who has a daughter, Sabrina, employed by Conservation International, and a son, Gary, a senior at St. Mary's College. After a 40-year career with the federal government, Neil retired in 2003. During the past 25 years, he represented the State Department at meetings of the World Health Organization and the Universal Postal Union.

Carolyn Felver Conners retired from teaching in the Easton School District in 2002. She and Roger were active in our reunion events.

Ed Goldberg and Jeanette Mirne Cornblatt joined us from New Jersey, where she works for the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst. After retirement in the next year or so, Jeanette looks forward to additional time for friends and traveling. Her son, Larry, is a chef in Vermont; daughter Wendy is in South Jersey working as an employment specialist for the disabled. Grandchildren Adam and Coty are both 14 and looking forward to entering high school.

Fred de Frank returned from a European trip just in time. He has a permanent residence in California.

John and Virginia Dancy Dickie traveled from Bel Air, Md., where Ginny is active in church and community volunteer work, in particular editor of the monthly church newsletter and bimonthly community center newsletter. They enjoy visits to their daughter Lauren and the company of four-year-old granddaughter Anne Elizabeth. Son John IV was married September 18 at the Washington Monument.

Patricia Conover Diener, now retired as secretary of transportation for the Great Valley School District, relates much of her life through the lives of her four married sons and four grandchildren. Patti is downsizing her home and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

Elizabeth Dreher Honey, retired from teaching, is tutoring and substituting in an English as a Second Language class. Her married son lives in the Bethlehem area and her married daughter in Alabama. Traveling to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the Caribbean have kept Betsy busy for the past two years.

Reuben Lilly joined us from Maryland. He is retired as sales manager for Waldorf Tires.

Pat and Monk Morelli worked tirelessly in our efforts to win the Spirit Award for the parade. They even dressed us all in matching red 1959 Priceless T-shirts!

Samuel Trueblood and Susan LeTowt Peverley also traveled from Bel Air, Md. Susan has three grown children and 10 grandchildren. She is self-employed as owner, farmer, and property manager of her farms. Susan still finds time for an occasional college course, a workout at the gym, tennis, swimming, and walking. Her energy abounds.

Bill and Janice Keve Steers have lived on Windsong Farm in Roxbury, Conn., since 1976. Jan is a self-employed educator, lecturer, and writer, with a private practice specializing in chronic and catastrophic illness and injuries. Bill and Jan have three children and seven grandchildren.

Marian and Bruce Mumie '58 are enjoying the life of semiretired educators with their nine grandchildren. In the week following reunion, they cruised the Chesapeake Bay.

Bill Stifnagle '56 retired from a career in marine insurance in 2002. He and his wife enjoy their two grown children and two grandchildren.

Since my 2002 retirement from teaching high school math, your class correspondent has been a volunteer tutor at Centre County Vocational School. Two days a week, I travel to a local G.E.D. program to help students of all ages. Wayne and I enjoyed a springtime stay in Williamsburg, Va., and frequent trips to D.C. in 2004 to visit our sons and their families. We're looking forward to camping with our daughter and her family this fall.

Mary Lesin Mackenzie Ayala was not able to attend the reunion, but she sent her greetings from Evanston, Ill. Mary travels to Honolulu each May to celebrate her son's birthday.

William J. Gaughan, a retired general foreman from Bethlehem Steel, was in Florida attending his grandson's graduation the third week in May.

Edward P. Gecsek retired from his dentistry practice in 1996. Since then, he's been serving as a substitute teacher in every subject except physical education! Ed has one son and five grandchildren.

Greetings came from Nancy and Bill Grahill, who had been living in Florida but recently moved to New Jersey. We wish them happiness in this new home. David C. Greulich, retired from the clergy, was traveling out of state during reunion.

Other news: Ruth Lapp Himler is a retired insurance agent in the Easton area. George T. Hudson retired in 1992 as an area manager for IBM Corp. His five children and eight grandchildren, traveling, painting, golf, and church work keep George very busy.

Barbara Banker Mahlau continues to enjoy her time with the local SPCA and its Golden Outreach Program. She takes shelter dogs to a local nursing home in New York. Barb is interested in finding classmates in the Boca Raton, Fla., area, where she and her husband winter.

Anthony Matz has retired from Kutztown University as a math professor. Tony still has a keen interest in baseball, as a fan and as an umpire. He and his wife, Teddi, spend lots of time traveling to her art shows.

Thomas E. Meder has retired as senior traffic coordinator with Schenker International in Houston, Texas. Tom is married with seven children, 15 grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild.

James O. Rohrbach lives in Orlando, Fla., and is the founder and president of Investment Models Inc.

From his hometown of Nixa, Mo., David A. Stanwood (“Dave the Rave”) teaches school, cares for his peach orchards, and is an avid fisherman in the Ozark Mountains.


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From Bennie Bennett:

After a vacation from professional music since 1988, I reentered that world in May. Programs at the Park Lake School and Randolph High School went well. "Country America and Trains" is my theme, as it was in the 1980s. I'm still using only my Eko Ranger XII 12- string guitar, made in Italy in the 1960s. In the summer, there were many concerts and recitals: two at the Municipal Building and Victoria Gardens as part of Family Day, then programs for senior citizens and historical societies. Using a manual wheelchair in no way hinders my work or other activities.

I hope is to present a program next year for a special event at Moravian.


NEWS OF 1957

Once on This Island

 
Photo above: Lillette George and Ray Joseph; photo below: Eurita Callwood, Alex Moorhead, Mary Harley, Eloise Stephen, Beverly Plaskett, David Schattschneider, and Lloyd Williams.
 
 

Doris and David Schattschneider spent the first half of 2004 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Doris, professor emerita of mathematics, taught a course in number theory at the University of the Virgin Islands, sharing it (via videoconferencing) with students at the St. Croix campus. David, vice president and dean emeritus of Moravian Theological Seminary, continued his research on Moravian settlements in the islands, lectured, and preached at several Moravian churches.

On June 6, 2004, we threw a party for the Moravian College and Seminary alumni of the Virgin Islands. This was the first "official" alumni gathering in many years, and it drew eight Moravian grads and one spouse.

The guests were Alex Moorhead '66, vice president for government affairs and community relations at HOVENSA, a large oil-refining company on St. Croix (related to the Hess Oil companies in our own area); Mary Harley '67, language arts coordinator for schools on St. Thomas and St. John; Lloyd Williams '67, a former senator in the territorial legislature, and his wife, Irene; Beverly Plaskett '67, administrator of the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Department of Human Services of the government of the Virgin Islands; Eurita Callwood '70, a middle school English teacher and a Moravian basketball fan; Rev. Ray Joseph '63, '66 (Seminary), retired pastor of the Moravian churches on St. John; Eloise Stephen '85 (Seminary), an elementary school teacher and lay leader in the Nisky Moravian Church; and Rev. Lillette George '92 (Seminary), pastor of two Moravian churches on St. John.

Donna Christian- Christensen, M.D., the Virgin Islands' delegate (non-voting representative) to Congress, who received an honorary doctorate from the College in 2001, sent her regrets.

The alumni shared stories of their Moravian College days and were enthusiastic about recruiting new students from the Virgin Islands for Moravian.

In the photograph, the wall decoration behind the sofa is a silk-screened map of the Virgin Islands by local artist Jim Tillit.

- Story and photos by Doris Schattschneider