Class Notes

NEWS OF 1978 - Reunion May 30-31

From the Alumni House:

Donna Kish-Goodling, an economics professor at Muhlenberg College, teamed up with a Spanish professor to teach an economics course entirely in Spanish. The students and teachers took a trip to Spain in June.

Because of a data glitch, Richard Hawkins was mistakenly listed as deceased in the Moravian College Alumni Directory. We apologize. He is alive and well, and living in Bethesda, Md. He will soon retire from the Navy as a vice admiral and will be joining the National Board of Medical Examiners.

NEWS OF 1977

From Vince Pantalone:

There is no way that the Class of 1977 can deny we've celebrated our 25th reunion! Well, at least the reunion let me hear from a lot of classmates.

Mark Myslinski, his wife, and their two sons live in Sewickley. Mark is president and CEO of a start-up company that focuses on digital imaging in laboratory medicine.

Mike Shelley wrote that he and his wife, Ruth, have two high schoolers now.  Ryan, the oldest, is investigating colleges. The Shelleys are a soccer family, both as players and referees. I just hope Ryan doesn't play football like his dad did—someone could get hurt! Mike is going to Europe to visit missionaries in Amsterdam, England, and Germany.

Tony Villani is a pillar of the Bethlehem Area School District, serving as principal at Freedom High School. He and his wife, Joannie, are proud parents of Vince, a student at the University of Maryland. Their daughter Gina will attend Penn State in the fall.

Kathy Ozzard Chism remains in California with her husband, John, but has traveled east to visit her father. Kathy won't be able to make the reunion but wishes the best to all our classmates.

George Garland called to tell me he is alive and well and living in New York City. He keeps in contact with Gregg McNelis and Dave Corrigan. George continues to thrive in the tennis business and keeps the fountain of youth flowing by playing regularly.

Sam Guncler can be seen in a couple of recent television appearances: a Law & Order episode called "Foul Play," in which he'll play a loan officer at a bank, and a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode called "Denial," in which he'll play Mary Steenburgen's defense attorney.

It was also great hearing from my good friends Lou Lumi and Jon Van Valkenburg.

NEWS OF 1976

NEWS OF 1975

NEWS OF 1974

From Cyndee Andreas Grifo:

C. Lyn Moser Anderson and her husband of one year, Jim, live in Gastonia, N.C. Lyn has been enjoying a career as a paralegal for the last 13 years, working for the firm of Robinson and Wilson. She has two daughters: Clarissa, 20, who attends the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Margo, 16, a sophomore in high school. Lyn also has two stepchildren. From time to time, Lyn gets to see Mary Faith Carson, professor emeritus of religion, since they live in the same area. Lyn's mother and Professor Carson were roommates in college.

Cathy Wurmstich Schmermund lives in Houston, Texas, with her daughters Sarah, 14, and Carly, 12. Cathy works for Corporate Communications Consulting in the area of marketing publications. Her mother is moving back to North Jersey, which will give Cathy a legitimate reason to visit her old college buddies.

NEWS OF 1973 - Reunion May 30-31

From the Alumni House:

Paul Shelly, director of communications for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, is chairman of the board of Greater Trenton Behavioral Health Care, a non-profit agency that provides mental health services.

David Crane and his wife, Cathy, are relocating to the Elizabethtown area this summer.

NEWS OF 1972

From the Alumni House:

Sally Fortino, who has lived in Basel, Switzerland, since 1983 and performs early music on a collection of original instruments, returned to Moravian in April to give a recital by candlelight on clavichord, harpsichord, and spinet in Hearst Hall. She repeated the program April 27 at the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury, Mass., under the auspices of the Boston Clavichord Society. Sally is artistic director of the Schloss Bad Krozingen concert series in southwestern Germany. She is the niece of longtime Moravian music stalwart Richard Schantz, and her parents, Ruth '42 and Pat (for Placido), still live in Bethlehem. Pat, incidentally, built Sally's own harpsichord, the one that's in Hearst Hall, and a third that's at Moravian Academy.

NEWS OF 1971

From the Alumni House:

Howard Lubert represented Moravian at the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine when it inaugurated its new president in January.

Sharon Harakal Macko was voted 2001 Professional of the Year by the Greater Lehigh Valley Professional Chefs Association. She has been editor of its newsletter for the past three years and was recently appointed its public relations chairman. For 27 years, she has worked for Johnson and Wales University, Providence, R.I., a professional school that offers programs in culinary arts and hospitality management.

NEWS OF 1970

From the Alumni House:

Dale Dietrich got together with Moravian friends Rich Anderson, Steve Santucci '72, Frank and Deanne Pokorny '71, and Tom Goserud '73. He recently led the Warwick Junior High School wrestling team to its 300th victory.

NEWS OF 1969

NEWS OF 1968 - Reunion May 30-31

From the Alumni House:

Barry Scheinberg is to be married July 6.

NEWS OF 1967

From the Alumni House:

Steve Kralik has written a novel, A Fisherman's Goodbye. He has spent the greater part of his life living in the Caribbean, in particular the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, and the book reflects this. He is working on a larger book, In the Shade of the Caribbean, about island life in the late 1960s.

Kathryn Broczkowski Klein has become a grant writer for the Greater Bethlehem Council of Churches. She tells us that daughter Holly, having received a master's degree from the London School of Art, has worked for Nickelodeon as an animator and One Life to Live as a special-effects designer for "dreams and daydreams." Daughter Heather is an interpreter for the deaf in the Nazareth Area School District.

NEWS OF 1966

From the Alumni House:

MaryAnn Rossell has been living in Guatemala for 28 years and would like to make contact with anyone from Moravian that may come there. She and her family have visited Italy and France the past two summers. Carlo is working at the investment banking house of Quick & Riley/Fleet Bank in New York, Christian is executive chef on the yacht of trucking magnate Roger Penske in Florida, Nicole is working at Citibank Guatemala, and Marian is studying at Purdue University.

Jim McMahan enjoys his retirement from Air Products & Chemicals but is still consulting. He also has become more involved in his church and attends Moravian home football games.

NEWS OF 1965

Judith Share Yaphe '66
Middle East Expert

Ever since graduating from Moravian with a B.A. in history in 1966, Judith Share Yaphe has been in the middle of world events. Today she is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. Having been at NDU since 1995, Judith served under Ervin J. Rokke when he was president of that institution before assuming the presidency of Moravian.

Following her graduation from Moravian, Judith continued her studies, completing her Ph.D. in Middle East history at the University of Illinois in 1972. Upon finishing her degree, she found teaching positions in her field at a premium (actually, nonexistent) but heard that the Central Intelligence Agency was looking for specialists with Middle East background. With a dissertation that focused on the modern history of Iraq, a match was made and she started down a never-before-imagined path of research. Expanding her knowledge and expertise over the next two decades, she found herself the senior political analyst on Iraq during the Gulf War. Her reports and assessments went directly to President George H. W. Bush and his top advisors. Reminiscing about that time, she mused that she had the best of all possible worlds. Her analysis and expertise helped shape major decisions and national policy at a time when intelligence was valued. For her work during this period, Judith received the Intelligence Medal of Commendation. At NDU, Judith's analysis continues to support the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as the "war-fighting C-in-Cs" [commanders-in-chief in the field] around the world.

She has been interviewed as a Middle East specialist by National Public Radio's daily program All Things Considered on Iraq, and when terrorists struck the USS Cole in Yemen, her comments were again sought by the media. Judith continues an active publishing schedule and enjoys the classroom, teaching at Goucher College in Baltimore.

As a young Jewish girl from a small town in the Pocono Mountains, Judith found open-minded attitudes and a welcome at Moravian that made her feel a genuine part of the institution. She remembers the warmth and the intimate faculty-student relationships that made her realize her full potential, and is extremely proud of the outstanding liberal arts education she received at Moravian. She reminisces about history professor Dan Gilbert as "almost being God." "I did everything he said," Judith recalls. "I planned to take a year or two off then go to graduate school. Dr. Gilbert said, ‘No you're not. Go now; go straight through to your Ph.D. or you will never get it.' " She told him that she was going to concentrate in Middle Eastern studies, and Dr. Gilbert told her to go after the strict history concentration. "I chose the history of Iraq and he was right on every count!" Judith felt the small size, nurturing, and dynamics of her alma mater provided a major foundation for her life.

Judith's her two sons have followed in her academic footsteps. Twenty-five-year-old Andrew is finishing up his doctorate in English literature at the University of Chicago and 23-year-old Joshua is finishing up his M.Phil. in musicology at Oxford University and has just been accepted into a doctoral program at Harvard.

—Robert E. Houser '65