Class Notes
1979 to 1963 Graduates

1979

From Steve Vanya:

Kris Jones Groller checked in with the latest Groller family update. Kris recently secured a new position as director of human resources corporate for Lehigh Cement Co. in Fogelsville. This has proven not only to be a career advancement but also has cut her daily commute time dramatically.

Her oldest daughter, Samantha, has started her junior year at East Stroudsburg University, where she is majoring in exercise physiology. She wants to become a physical therapist. Kris’s younger daughter, Alexandra, will be a sophomore at Liberty High School. She plays volleyball and is a budding guitarist. With the kids older now, Kris and her husband, Joe, have been traveling to more places: Cozumel (her present to Joe for the big 50), Chicago (they’re avid Cubs fans), New York (“ Spamalot was great!”), and the Outer Banks for their annual family trip. Kris also had a reunion with her senior year roommates. Jill Kelly Guillanelli ’80, Robin Dewees ’80, and Mary Ellen Sahaydak LaDuke all met at Jean Leach Lohman’s home in Wall, N.J.

Kris often sees Jessie Dunlap Yazujian ’80 and recently got an e-mail from Fred ’77 and Corinne Fusco Patt ’78, who are both doing well.

From the Alumni House:

Frank Rauscher III, associate director for research programs at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia and deputy director of the Wistar Cancer Center, invited and hosted retired General H. Norman Schwarzkopf as he accepted the 2005 Wistar Institute President’s Award at a luncheon at the Wistar Institute on May 4. Television stations KYW-TV3 (CBS), WPVI-TV6 (ABC), and WCAU-TV10 (NBC) covered the event.

Norman Schwarzkopf and Frank Rauscher at the presentation of the Wistar Institute President’s Award.

Photo: Stuart Watson

The award is bestowed by the Wistar Institute Cancer Center. Now in its second year (the first honoree in 2004 was Sam Donaldson, veteran news reporter), it honors a public figure who has not only confronted cancer but also served as an advocate for improvements in cancer education and research. Schwarzkopf, Commander of Operations for Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the 1991 Gulf War, is a prostate cancer survivor. He has become a national spokesman for prostate cancer awareness.


1978


1977

The Class of 1977 is looking for a new correspondent. Please contact Pat Hanna at Alumni House at phanna@moravian.edu.

From the Alumni House:

Kathy Ozzard Chism heard from other alumni when she announced her retirement from this column and received many expressions of appreciation for her years as class correspondent. She also has sent in the information below.

Vince Pantalone has taken a new job as assistant football coach at Lebanon Valley College. He is still in touch with George Garland and Dave Corrigan.

I was able to reach Chris Solop, who lives in Jackson, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina. He had a number of trees down and lost power for several days; and at this writing, his city is suffering from a severe fuel shortage. He and his wife, Juanaree, are helping friends and colleagues on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans.

I also heard from Leo Herbstman, father of the late Bob Herbstman, who is 90 years young. He says his younger friends call him the Bionic Man.

Dawn Allen ’78, who lives outside San Francisco, wrote that her daughter Stephanie just graduated from UCLA, daughter Ashley is in her sophomore year at the University of California-Berkeley, and son Everett is in his last year of high school. Dawn is also in touch with Judy Primiano Bream, who is married to Larry Bream. They have two children, Allie and Chris. She also stays in touch with Karen Rometsch, who attended Moravian for a couple of years. Karen lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Art, and their three children.

Lisa Mansback Berk ’76 lives in Binghamton, N.Y., not far from Kathy Kichline Parks. Her mother still lives in Easton and sends information about people in the newspaper. Recently there was an article about Bob Gratz ’75, superintendent of schools in Hackettstown, N.J.

Lisa has two children, Josh and Rachel, 18 and 16. Josh is researching colleges and has his heart set on engineering, with the idea of assisting in the production of hydrogen-powered cars. Rachel is a junior in high school, where she’s on the varsity basketball team, holds down a job, and has the goal of going to culinary school and then opening a restaurant.

Lisa’s husband, Alan, works for Roche in the oncology division. Lisa has been selling camping equipment, outdoor apparel, and sporting goods for about 27 years. Currently she works for Columbia Sportswear. She says she has spent many miles sitting in her car over the years and imagines she has driven to the moon and back at this point.

Lisa keeps in touch with Irene Silverio Kane ’76 whenever she flies through D.C. on business. Irene lives nearby in Virginia.

It was nice to get an e-mail from Shelley Johnson McMackin ’75, from whom I’d not heard since graduation. Thank you, Shelley, that meant a lot.

My Gallery of Friends (www.galleryoffriends.com) includes Moravian artists Susie Hyer, Jeff Epstein, and Harry Douglas, all from the class of ’76. Lise Zinkham Lanceley also has joined.

I have become very involved in helping Hurricane Katrina victims, especially as I have a close friend who lost everything but her cell phone and the clothes in her suitcase as she got out of New Orleans.


1976
Reunion May 19-20

From the Alumni House:

Nora, the youngest daughter of Bob and Barbara Colbourne Huth ’77, graduated from Susquehanna University and works there in student services. Their oldest, Tina, graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Tina and her husband will be moving to Detroit so he can complete his residency in ophthalmology at Ford Hospital. Lissa, daughter No. 2, is back in school going for her secondary teaching certification; and Kara, daughter No. 3, is a nanny in Philadelphia. Bob was named executive vice president and treasurer of Middlebury College this winter. Barbara is busy as president of the United Way of Addison County and treasurer of the Porter Hospital Center Auxiliary.

Linda Mosher has moved into a new apartment and has a new career as a banker. This summer she led a money management workshop for a group of inner-city teens called “Young Women of Culture,” and she hopes to do more in the public financial-education field. She sits on an advisory committee working on a historic preservation law for the town of Clarence.


1975

From Susan Bacci Adams:

Reunion 2005 was lots of fun. Friday night’s reception and dinner were held in Johnston Hall, where I was able to renew friendships and catch up with people.

Denise Oldenhoff is a unit coordinator at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. She enjoys traveling and has visited China and the Gobi Desert, among other exotic locales. 

Bob Gratz was co-chair of the weekend’s events for our class. I spent a lot of time with him while we were coordinating plans for our float, which, by the way, won the spirit award (second time around!). He is
superintendent of schools in Hackettstown, N.J., and he and his wife, Nancy, have three
lovely daughters.

Cindy Lewis Hart was the other co-chair. Cindy is a guidance counselor for the Nazareth School District. She and her husband, Larry, spend many hours renovating their home in Easton.

Greg Weidman came to lend a hand for Saturday’s parade and stayed for luncheon in Johnston Hall afterward. 

Nancy Martin Lasher is a third grade teacher in Orange, N.J., and the proud mom of a son and daughter.

Debbie Lewis Zvanut also served on our reunion committee. She works for the YMCA in Reading and Berks County. Along with her husband, Carl, she enjoys outdoor activities and travel.

Laura Likman Schell, another recruit to the reunion committee, is a substitute teacher for the Wilson and Schuylkill school districts and also works in the family restaurant. She and her husband, Scott, are the parents of two children: Blake, who recently graduated from Wake Forest University, and Ashley, entering her senior year at Wake Forest. 

Ken Niederer came to Friday’s dinner—the first time he’s been on campus since we graduated!

Bobbie Dollinger Leiby has a tutoring business and is an adjunct instructor at DeSales University. She and her husband, Bob, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Atlantic City.

Donna Stayton Pipeling and her husband, Danny, have become grandparents within the past year and spent reunion weekend babysitting their granddaughter!

Special thanks to my husband, Al. Though he is not a Moravian graduate, he walked the “Moravian Mile” and helped Bob Gratz carry our top hat.

From the Alumni Office:

Stuart Lubow is president and chief executive officer of Community National Bank in Great Neck, Long Island. The bank opened in April.


1974

From Cyndee Andreas Grifo:

Susie Chapman Boehret, Phyllis Ianniello, Wendy Perry Hartung ’73, Debbie Herpst Kiss ’73, and I got together in July for our fifth annual reunion at my summer home on the Delaware River in Bangor. Susie lives in Allentown and is program coordinator for Northampton County Community College’s Center for Adult Literacy and Basic Workforce Development. Her husband, Bob, has his own company, Tabletop Consulting. Susie has two grown daughters: Allison lives in Boston and works for Dana-
Farber Cancer Institute, and Kate lives in D.C. and works for the Wall Street Journal.

Debbie is married to Bill Kiss and lives in Loch Arbour, N.J. She has been teaching for 23 years and is presently teaching fourth grade in Ocean Township, N.J. Debbie’s oldest daughter, Megan, is married. Her son, Mike, just graduated from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, and is planning to open his own business making videos. She has three stepchildren, two in college and one a junior in high school.

Wendy lives in Abington with her husband, Bob, and her three children. She works at Abington Memorial Hospital as staff assistant to the director of clinical information. Her latest project was moving patient records from paper to computer image.

Jim and I have been in Cincinnati for the past two years. Jim works for Touchstone Investments. I have been keeping busy with volunteer work, Pilates, and tennis.


1973

From Dennis Jones:

Paul Shelly works for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities and volunteers as a board member for the Trenton area’s mental/behavioral health-care organization. He has a similar role with the local council of churches. He and his wife attended the College’s Mardi Gras party at the Hotel Bethlehem and enjoyed catching up with some favorite professors from the ’70s. He continues to enjoy surfing Manasquan Inlet and has gotten involved in Surfrider Foundation, which promotes beach access for all, the sport of surfing, and clean oceans.

From the Alumni House:

Dennis Jones is a regional manager for Keystone Automotive Industries, responsible for branches in Pittsburgh, Windber, York, and Old Forge. He and his wife still live northeast of Pittsburgh with their youngest son, Colin.

Dan Powles won a New York Emmy Award for shooting and directing Yankeeography, a documentary about Willie Randolph of the New York Yankees, now manager of the New York Mets. Dan learned to be a cameraman at the Center for Media Arts in New York, shot network shows and sports documentaries for eight years, then founded On Camera Productions in 1993. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Cranford, N.J.


1972

From Terrell McMann:

Lou Pektor has become a very well-known name in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. As head of Ashley Development, he has completed more than 60 commercial and residential projects. He is well known for restoring landmarks such as the Orrs and Woolworth buildings on Broad Street in Bethlehem and Union Station on the south side of the city.  He has won a number of awards for his revitalization efforts.

Lou also has been active in the community. He partnered with a local government and school district to develop a 13-acre environmental classroom. He also raises funds for Animals in Distress. Recently he helped fund the restoration of the Lutz-Franklin one-room school house in Lower Saucon. The historical society plans to turn it into a living classroom.

From the Alumni House:

In April, Beverly Papps Skeffington and John Skeffington ’73 made a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia with a mission group from the Presbytery of Seattle. Little did they think, as they protested the war in the ’70s, that one day they’d be visiting there just before the 30-year anniversary of the fall of Saigon.


1971
Reunion May 19-20


1970


1969

From Caroline Funk Rabold:

Thanks to all of you who have responded to my requests for news. There are still a lot of classmates that we haven’t heard from in a long time! I encourage you to drop me a line.

Wayne Beaver updates us from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, where he has been an Air Force psychologist and busy with active-duty forces going to and returning from deployment. Wayne has been in the Air Force Reserve since 1984 but on active duty much of the time since the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. He retires from the Air Force in 2006. He returned to his home in Phoenix in July, where he is a psychologist for the Arizona Department of Corrections. His parents recently moved from Philadelphia to live with him and his wife, Maryann.

Maureen Brandafi Cort served on the committee for our 35th reunion. Maureen lives in Center Valley, where she is a reading specialist for Allentown School District. She has two grown sons, Jason and Brian, and one granddaughter. She enjoys golf, traveling, gardening, community volunteer work, and continuing-education classes.

Sandra Begel Kaleuati lives in North Platte, Neb., where she is a medical technologist with Great Plains Regional Medical Center. The last time she was at Moravian was in 1997 to see her daughter Margaret graduate.

Donna Beatty Kobler lives in Stewartsville, N.J., where she is a basic skills instructor at Franklin Township Elementary School. She has two children, Bret and Rebecca. She also was at Moravian in 1997 to see Rebecca graduate.

Wesley Astheimer is in the banking business in Glenside, where he is senior vice president of Madison Bank. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have three children, Jason, Lauren, and Bryan, and one grandson, Noah. In his spare time Wesley enjoys tennis, skiing, and white-water kayaking.


1968

From the Alumni House:

Roger Grubbs died August 31. Roger coached wrestling at Moravian for several years. He dedicated himself to promoting the program and was proud of the strong academic standing of his wrestlers.


1967

From Kathie Broczkowski Klein:

When I sent out e-mail requests for this column, I got an immediate response from Alan Herd, who writes that he completed 30 years as an administrator with the Pennsylvania State Government and has moved to Hilton Head Island, S.C. Alan says, “I love this spectacular place!” He is vice-chair of the Greater Island Committee and the Beaufort County Regional Plan Steering Committee, serves on the board of regents of Leadership Hilton Head Island and as a board member of the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club. He says now and then he meets a Moravian grad visiting the island. Alan’s sons are still in the Harrisburg area.

He wouldn’t have to work too hard to get Carol Wertz Sutter to move to the Carolinas, because she writes that she wants to do the same when she retires. North Carolina is her choice! Carol celebrated her 60th birthday in Tuscany this past April. She had spent 28 years with Eastern Airlines and 12 years as a ReMax broker, has been married for 28 years and has four grandchildren. Carol reports that “life is grand” with good health and work in the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, where she sings in the choir and serves as an elder.

Miles Witt writes that he and his wife, Sara, and their 8- and 10-year-old daughters are in good health. Their daughters are doing well in school; they also take art lessons and piano lessons. He and the family love to travel but have chosen to work on a 50-gallon aquarium as their home project for the fall. His email is mdwitt2@lycos.com, and he’d enjoy hearing from “ghosts of Christmas past.”

Happy 60th birthday to all of you in our class born in 1945! My gift to myself is a new standard poodle named Jack, who joins our two other standards. Jack came as a 1-year-old and housebroken. What a treat!


1966
Reunion May 19-20

From the Alumni House:

After 20 years of government service in New Jersey’s Office of Information Technology, Lynne Schlosser Raleigh is retiring and moving to New Hampshire.

Odyssey HealthCare, one of the largest providers of hospice care in the country, appointed Woodrin Grossman to its board of directors. Woodrin recently retired as a partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers after 37 years with the firm.


1965


1964

From the Alumni House:

Warren A. Brill has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, representing the Eastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He also has been appointed to the board of directors of Healthcare for the Homeless. Recently he became a fellow of the American College of Dentists. He is now a clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland in addition to having a full-time practice in suburban Baltimore.


1963

From Bill Leicht:

I had a nice visit with Eileen and Marty Garcia in March. They came to Arizona from California to see the Moravian Greyhound baseball team, which was here for spring training. Carol and I went with the Garcias to see one of the Hounds’ games. We also had a chance to talk with Bob Zerfass ’65, coach for the team. Both Marty and Bob played for the Greyhounds in the mid-’60s.

In July, our dinner guests were Pete ’88 and Candice Homan Chimera ’89 and Shephanie Spang Steinly ’89 and her husband, Dennis, who stopped by after their flight from Pennsylvania. They were on their way to vacation in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Pete and Candyce are good friends with my daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Dan Rothwell, who live in Montgomery County. Pete is the current OGO alumni president, so we talked about the rebuilding of our fraternity.