Class Notes
1962 to 1956 Graduates


From the Alumni House:

Shinsho (Skip) Miyagi lives in Okinawa. He has three sons, one daughter, and 11 grandchildren. His oldest son is a professor of molecular biochemistry in the medical school at the University of North Dakota. His daughter has a master’s degree in American culture from Brown University, and his youngest son works for the Okinawan prefectural government.

Reunion May 19-20

From Sam Maczko:

The past spring, my wife, Irene, and I attended the luncheon cruise on the Hudson River sponsored by Moravian College. My wife met a high school classmate, Rosanne Bricker ’64, whom she’d not seen since their days at Nutley High School in New Jersey. We cruised to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, enjoying the New York skyline. Despite the rain, we had an enjoyable afternoon with Nancy Warren Van Dyke and Sylvia Rubens ’62. Nancy was looking forward to her son’s wedding, and Sylvia is enjoying her leisure while working part-time at Tiffany’s employee jewelry store.

Joe Castellano, Ken Sepe, and I spent an evening at the Hotel Bethlehem during the May Alumni Weekend. Pictures of the events were put on the College website as fast as they were taken! On Saturday, the three of us worked the parade, which went along Main Street from North Campus to South Campus, making sure all participants were in the correct order.

I learned with great sadness of the death of Walter Kruszewski, an OGO fraternity brother and a manager for the College athletic teams. Walt never married and is survived by two sisters, one in Reading and the other in Columbus, Ohio. He worked for Pomeroy’s Department Store in Reading, which was later purchased by Bon-Ton. He retired in 1989. He was a Navy veteran and served many years on the Reading Municipal Stadium Committee, which is the home of the Reading Phillies of the Eastern League. Walt was 72 at the time of his passing.

Richard Hartz, still living in Australia, sent a nice e-mail. Richard is retired and enjoys the additional leisure time. He and his wife, Joanne, are the grandparents of little Hayley Jo Hartzell, born November 9, 2004. His state, Western Australia, is one-third the size of the United States and a great place to experience. When he sent his e-mail in March, it was officially autumn; but the temperatures remained decidedly summerish. Richard asked if anyone had news of Terry Male from our class. His e-mail address is

As I write this column, John Bregman is enjoying a well-deserved rest in Orlando. John and Melissa recently welcomed their seventh grandchild.

Next year will be the 45th anniversary of our class. Now is a good time to save Alumni Weekend 2006 for a return trip to Moravian. If you’ve not been on campus recently, you will find it difficult to compare the college of 1961 with the 21st-century version.


From Peter French:

The class reunion was a great get-together for those able to make it to campus. The most important part of a reunion, of course, is talking with one another. We talked at the Friday evening party and barbecue until we were the last ones to leave Johnston Hall. We talked during the parade down the Moravian Mile (Main Street) between north and south campus. We talked at the reunion luncheon and at a party given by Connie Glagola at her house on Saturday afternoon. We talked at the reception that preceded dinner in the HUB on Saturday night. All the talk was about our memories of nearly half a century ago, the way our lives have changed, the people who have been important to us along the way, and the people who are important to us now. It was wonderful.

This is who was there: Dave and Doris Schattschneider, Charlie and Rita Roseman Bartolet, Joe and Sandy Jardot, Joe Iampietro, Ralph Shields, Jim and Liz Houser, Joanne Mazur and Fred O’Such, Joe and Lenore Powlette, Fran LeTowt von Bonin-Schlemmer, Connie Glagola, Bill Tattersall, Ernie Pappajohn, Paul and Anita Noonan, Jim and Jean Galbraith, Dee Lang and Joe Keglovits, Bev Luzietti Tisdale, Jerry and Janice Witbro, Abner and Jane Merkel, Jack and Catherine Casey, and me.

We also heard from Ed Borger, Colleen Workman Bruckhart, Faith Hartman Cohen, Russ Conover, Jim Davidson, Sal DeLuca, Griff Dudding, Anna Farkas Vargo, Art Guerrieri, Jane Ziegenfuss Hamill, Jane McMurray Kell, Richard Kohl, Constantine Loupos, Bob Russoli, Dick Ruth, George Sites, Barbara Kay Hunsicker Smerko, Eddie Streubert, and Don Serfass. Most of their stories will wait until the next issue.

But some should be told now, such as Dick Ruth’s work in retirement as owner-operator of R&R Rebuilders: A Busted-Knuckle Garage of Repair and Despair under One Roof. He is still fixing up old cars.

One thing a little sad is the loss of contact with many of our classmates. If you know where to find any of these people, please send me a contact point: Pat Angelini, Joy Bartholomew, Dick Bauder, Asa Beehler, Sydney Beitel, Nancy Bowman, John Boyle, Ralph DeWalt, Jane Fong Duckworth, Gloria Durkop, Larry Fatzinger, Karl Freudenberger, Jim Gray, Pat Ambler Gray, Jim Harkel, Joe Harris, Earl Heckman, Marvin Heckman, Francis Heinrich, Margaret Koch, Barry Kratz, Roger Kunkle, Charles McGuire, Brigitte Mittemeijer, Betty Newcomer Mora, Ed Newhart, Bob Kincaid, Bob Palladino, Pat Rausch, Carolyn Petrecca Rogers, Ron Schaefer, Harold Soulis, Dick Strauss, Bill Teeter, Catherine Hilaire Thompson, Carolyn Tilwick, Harold Tonick, Pat Turner, Francis Vitalos, Doris Roberts Wenger, Clark Wotherspoon, Arden Young, and Phyllis Zwarych. Some of these classmates may have passed away, and we should know that as well.

Now we look forward to our 50th reunion in 2010.

If you’re going to be in Florida on March 3-4, 2006, think about coming to the second annual Moravian Weekend in Sarasota for theater, dining, museums, golf, etc. We had a great time last March!

From the Alumni House:

Griffith Dudding was unable to make the reunion. He was in Cairo, Egypt. Over the last seven years he has traveled to Egypt more than 40 times. First he worked with the Ministry of Electricity and Energy after his retirement from PPL. He now works for a small consulting firm called Rudis Group International, training high-potential candidates on survival in a market-driven economy, as compared to a government-run utility.


From Kathy Werst Detwiler:

I just returned from a 3,500-mile drive to Louisiana and Texas and the many states between these and Pennsylvania. Wayne and I enjoyed a marvelous time in our beautiful country at Biltmore Estates, Graceland, the Tennessee Valley Authority dams, and Churchill Downs. And we visited two very special grandchildren.

Mary Mackenzie Ayala sends regards to classmates from lovely Hawaii, where she visited family in the spring.

This summer I welcomed a truly fine Moravian visitor, Joan Lardner Paul, to State College. Joan is a major gifts officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She updated me on the many changes occurring at the College, more than even Wayne and I had recognized.

Hope to see you classmates of ’59 around campus.

From the Alumni House:

James O. Rohrbach spoke at the Washington, D.C., Money Show. An investment consultant who specializes in managed accounts, he is listed fourth in the country on Timer Digest’s Top 10 Timers List.


The Class of 1958 is looking for a new correspondent. Please contact Pat Hanna at Alumni House at


Reunion May 19-20

From Renee Johnson Dragotta:

Please plan to attend our 50th reunion! The women start at 10:00 a.m. Friday at South Campus for the Founder’s Day program.

We wish to express sympathy to the family and friends of Nancy Boehm Wilcrout, who died March 8.

Gail Dangler Miller works part-time for Klein Tours in the Reading area. She’s led tours to Alaska, national parks, Florida, and many local sites. She retired from teaching high school English and German and now substitutes in a private elementary school. Gail has two children and three grandchildren.

Jean Woodcock Haring lives with her husband, Dick, in Brevard, N.C., near Asheville and Biltmore House. This is a mountainous area near Kentucky and Tennessee. They love to go to the movies and the theater, and to travel. They plan a trip to Hot Springs, Fla., for an elderhostel in the fall. Jean has one daughter, Jean Haring ’92.

From the Alumni House:

Mason Avrigian, a partner in the Blue Bell law firm of Wisler Pearlstine Talone Craig Garrity & Potash, has been named a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” in the June issue of Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine. Mason has practiced law in Pennsylvania for more than 45 years, focusing on civil litigation, family law, and arbitration.

He received his law degree from Temple University in 1959. After graduating from the National Judicial College in 1978, he was appointed, then elected to the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County’s 38th Judicial District, where he served from 1977 to 1982. He joined Wisler Pearlstine as a private practitioner in 1993. Among his other honors are the 2004 Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award and the 2004 Montgomery Bar Association Henry Stuckert Miller Award. He is on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and has been a board member of Montgomery County Legal Aid since 1984.