Class Notes

NEWS OF 1956


NEWS OF 1955
Reunion May 20-21

From Helen Varady Keyser:

Joan Landrock Schlegel sent this note:

"Classmates, our 50th reunion is fast approaching. We were an outstanding class, the first graduating class of the coeducational coeducational Moravian College. So let's make this an outstanding reunion! Mike Lutkus and I are co-chairing the reunion committee, whose members include Carl Amick, Max Braune, Bob Detweiler, Jim Dever, Nancy Zeleski Frantz, Anne Collins Frey, Ted Houseknecht, Helen Varady Keyser, Barbara Cump Schmoyer, Ray Salabsky, and George Warfield."

From Mee Kressly Culbert '53 Secretarial comes the happy news that her grandson has returned safely from Afghanistan.

Bam McCombs Justice '53 Secretarial is doing quite well, considering the injury to her leg in a bad accident, requiring some time in a wheelchair. With Joan Schlegel and Ray Salabsky sporting knee replacements and Anne Collins Frey a hip replacement, one can only hope that the rest of the class is doing well!


NEWS OF 1954

From Helen Desh Woodbridge:

Our class has joined the 50+ Club, and we have lots of photos as reminders, taken by friends and by the College photographer, who was with us everywhere, it seemed. Those photos are available on the Internet.

Thirteen classmates attended one or more of the reunion events. Most came wearing class colors, in addition to those provided for the parade by Rita Dikon Adams, Dawn Van Keuren, and Marian Wagner: gold crowns, purple and gold sashes.

Dawn, Joan Kinard Mercado, and Millicent Drake carried the banner that said "Last Graduating Class/Moravian College for Women."

Shirley Beck Dutt, Pat Parth Johnson, and Lois Lutz Geehr carried the other.

The 1954 banner, supplied by the college, was carried by Marian Wagner and Nancy Bishop Risser.

Cars and a trolley carried Bev Bell '56, Pat K. Nebinger, Dottie Ruyak, and Elynor Fishel Rights on that beautiful Saturday morning. We sang our alma mater, led by Lois and accompanied by nine members of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir (now in its 250th year).

Those at the dinner Saturday were Rita Dikon and Bob Adams, Bev Bell, Shirley Beck Dutt, Joan Kinard Mercado, Elynor Rights, Dottie Ruyak, Joan Landrock and Wally Schlegel. Elynor, Dolly Baker Hege '53, and I stayed a while longer to attend the dance, where we met David Burt '74 and his wife Lorri.

Classmates Marge Eaton Martin and Lois Neustein Krassner sent notes with their best wishes. Marge wrote in February that she had just signed up for a tour of Egypt and Jordan in May. At Thanksgiving 2002, she retired from her Tucson bed and breakfast business, putting it into the hands of her daughter Jill. She has moved to a townhouse in Green Valley, 30 miles south of Tucson, near her son, with a beautiful view of the mountains near the desert and lots of time to exercise, read, and travel. She visits two other daughters in California and Virginia.

Lois knows what she missed. I know you'll get much joy and pleasure from this event that you've worked on so lovingly.

I want to thank our alumni director, Bertie Knisely '69, for helping our committee plan our memorable 50th.

From the Alumni House:

Our sympathies to Rev. Donald Fulton on the death of his wife Meridian Fulton on July 4.


NEWS OF 1953

From E. Allen Schultz:

Id been looking forward to the 2004 Commencement since 1984 ,when our son, Glen Schultz '84, and his future wife, Arleen Eppinger '84, graduated. This year, our oldest granddaughter, Jennifer Snyder, graduated! Jean and I made the trip and enjoyed the entire weekend. It was a happy occasion for the entire family with a third-generation alumna.

I heard from Bob "Snuffy" Smith that he and Dianne are planning to relocate to Florida. In February they made an exploratory trip and felt that Sarasota would be to their liking. Now they’re working out the minor details of a major move.

Dave Henkelmann was guest speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration of Spring Gardens Moravian Church in St. John's, Antigua. He and his wife, Mel, made the trip in mid-July. Upon return, they made a quick trip to the Boston area to visit sons Chris '77 and Bruce and his family live.


NEWS OF 1952

From Mary T. Pongracz:

We have letters! Kathy Horwath Hartman continues her education. She’s gone back to school to learn Spanish, then vacationed in Puerto Rico to put her new language to use.

Evelyn Buss Conover has moved to a senior community. Her three children give her lots of opportunity to visit them in California, Virginia, and New York. She's still playing bridge and keeping in contact with Alice Schofer Durner.

Elaine Wagner Martinez, Anne Enright, and I had a great time at the Founders' Day luncheon. We were privileged to be at President Rokke's table. Elaine spoke of her humanitarian work in the Middle East.

Moravian alumni are really young at heart. Barbara Siegfried Kilpatrick '50 Secretarial is getting a convertible--her first!

From the Alumni House: Mary Pongracz received Lehigh University's Newman Foundation Service Award in May.


NEWS OF 1951

From Carol Buechner McMullen:

On May 21, I attended the traditional Founder's Day events, beginning with a reception at the home of President and Mrs. Rokke. Here I met June Shafer Scholl, Jane Kincaid Missimer, and Fern Bachman Koplin. We continued on to the Lovefeast in Peter Hall. We heard from Anne Enright '52 about the history of Anna Rosina Kliest Gambold (1762-1821). Following the Lovefeast, we went to lunch, where we shared a table with President Rokke and enjoyed hearing about his experiences. Joining us at lunch was Elaine Wagner Martinez '52. I had not seen her since our college days and it was a pleasure to talk with her.

More and more of us now use the Internet for mail, research, etc. It was a happy surprise to hear from classmate Mae Rose Morrison Kuentz, who has recently gone online, and to share memories of our days at Moravian.


NEWS OF 1950

From the Alumni House:

Mary Foglia Mudri reports that Norma Chambers Lewis was keynote speaker for the 40th anniversary of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf in Indianapolis. Norma is the oldest living interpreter in North America who is still working. In addition, Norma rescued the body of a former deaf student of hers from being buried in potter's field. Norma had interpreted for her since she was a girl, but she later became homeless. When Norma heard of her death, she held a funeral and burial for her.