NEWS OF 1955
NEWS OF 1954
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
Reunion 2002 was on the minds
of several classmates who have contacted me since you last read this column. I heard
from Elynor Fishel Rights in Clemmons, N.C., Lois Lutz Geehr in
North Wales, Betty Kuss Erney in Houston, Texas, Marian
Wagner in Myerstown, Corny Schlotter '57 in Westmont, N.J.,
and Nancy Zeleski Frantz '52 in Hollywood, Fla.
September 11 was mentioned
by many. Lois said her thoughts of "blessings" in her 2001 Christmas letter
were challenged by the events of the past year. But in an art exhibit at Pennsylvania
School of Art and Design in Lancaster, in which her son Ethan's work was featured among that
of 30 top illustrators, she found an answer. The art show's title, "Whatever It
Takes," helped her reflect on her four grandchildren and her husband, who enjoys
his supply work in spite of impaired vision, which has since stabilized. The economic
slowdown affected her job as a copy editor, which has given her so much pleasure; most
of her suppliers and project editors were laid off at year's end. But the poetry of Stanley
Kunitz and "whatever it takes" enable her to enjoy singing with the wonderful
choir of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Wales.
Pat Nuttall Lewis in
Colorado Springs was visiting friends in Phoenix on September 11. She said they played
more bridge in three days than in their previous 50 years.
Dorothy Ruyak in
Parksville, Md., said her year was pretty normal: the League of Women Voters, theater
and museums, a February vacation in Florida with sister Betty, a September trip to visit
sister Connie and her husband in Norfolk, Va., where he attended a reunion of his naval
unit. Dorothy uses her computer to keep in touch with friends via e-mail.
Joan Kinard Mercado,
Houston, Texas, gave thanks for family and friends, especially after the events of the
past year: the effects of tropical storm Allison on Houston's Medical Center and symphony
hall, then September 11. She continues her activities with the Houston Symphony, Tuesday
Musical Club and chorus, and playing the piano for Houston Ballet classes. She can see
her interest in the arts continue in her 13-year-old grandson, who is in the school
band and who played Antonio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Her son and his
wife in Virginia had major parts in their church Easter play. She attended the ordination
of son-in-law Dieter as assistant pastor of Ladue Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, and
in May came to Princeton, N.J., when her daughter received her Master of Divinity degree.
She visited her sister in Gail, Ind., to see her in the show Mame.
Also continuing her interest
in the arts is my "big sister," Fran Webber Horton '52, a
volunteer musician for Christmas programs and musicals at their church, St. Andrews,
in Audubon. She has been working on a watercolor painting project of the Philadelphia
Academy of Music with people entering a concert. In a July trip with her husband to the
French Alps, she said they found an "artists' paradise" at Les Contamine Mont
Joie, near Mont Blanc.
Shirley Beck Dutt has
fond memories of their week in December at Sanibel Island, Fla., with her three brothers
and their wives. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her brothers as they shared
genealogy information, each from his or her own perspective, on their family. Another
awesome experience was the sight of the successful takeoff of the shuttle Endeavor.
Shirley had planned to visit classmate Adine MacGregor, only to learn
of her death in December 2000.
Glad to receive cards from Milly
Drake in Boyertown, Grace Reed MacMurtrie, Jan Byram
Cook in Wyckoff, N.J., and Pat Miller Scott in Woodstock,
NEWS OF 1953 - Reunion
NEWS OF 1952
From the Alumni House:
Xenia Lychos Filipos has
had her biography published Who's Who in America 2002, the American Biographical
Institute's 15th edition of World Who's Who of Women, and Who's Who in 20th-Century
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
I was saddened to learn of
the death of Glenn Koplin, husband of Fern Bachman Koplin. His
funeral was attended by classmates Janet Fabian Andre and Paul, Jane
Kincaid Missimer and Sam, Betsey Sherer Freas and Charlie, Vanita
Egge Marvin, and June Shafer Scholl. On behalf of our class,
I extend our condolences to Fern.
Byrdie Loveless Jackson traveled
to Williamsburg, Va., with daughter Chris Jackson Gratz '71. Then she
took her family to Scotland for a fantastic nine days. She spent a week in Orlando, Fla.,
with daughters Chris and Kathy, then flew to Illinois, where she met sister Margaret
Loveless Browne '47 for a visit with cousins.
Debbie Irwin Fleagle enjoyed
a trip to Thailand, where she understood why the country has been described as "the
land of smiles." One highlight was an hour-long ride on an elephant. In Vietnam,
she saw the former prison camp, the "Hanoi Hilton," and Halong Bay, where Senator
John McCain was shot down during the Vietnam War.
Nancy Oplinger Dover and
her husband, Ed, visited Baltimore, Md., for a Pan Am convention, where Ed signed his
book The Long Way Home. They enjoyed a boat trip around the Inner Harbor that included
a stop at Fort McHenry, where the original star-spangled banner waved. Nancy also toured
the cemetery where Edgar Allan Poe is buried. They're planning a trip to Florida, where
Ed has another book signing as well as research at the University of Miami. They also
will visit friends and relatives and explore the state on a driving trip from West Palm
Beach down to Key West and then up the west coast.
Paul and Janet Fabian
Andre have left their old homestead in Pleasant Valley and moved to Orefield.
I know we all wish them happiness in their new home.
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NEWS OF 1949
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
Christmas holidays brought
a note from Posie Bosek Clymer. Since the last report in this column,
Posie and her husband, Ell, have traveled to Greece, Turkey, and Egypt, and spent a month
in Africa. Last winter they had a fantastic experience in Antarctica and then this past
summer, they toured Britain and Ireland. Posie wrote that their "must see" list
is getting short because it's getting more difficult to travel. Maybe that new great-grandchild
has something to do with staying closer to home. Congratulations!
Faye Werley Jurden dropped
me a note to tell me they're all fine. Her husband, John, still enjoys drawing daily
political cartoons. Their first grandchild was a year old in October, and Faye enjoys
watching her grow and learn. Her daughter Jan enjoys being a judge in the Superior Court,
where every case is different and interesting. Faye also reports that her daughter Jennifer
has been promoted to vice president at her bank.
I just spoke to Louise
Scott Gross and was sorry to learn that her husband, Bob, died March 4. Louise
told me things had not gone well for Bob when he was admitted to the hospital after
a fall. Nothing was broken, but a slow decline set in. He died in his sleep, very peacefully,
at the hospital. Our deepest sympathy to Louise and her family.
My daughter Linda and I went
to Florida at the end of October and enjoyed the beach and the ocean between the Florida
showers. Then we came home to an exciting November: My youngest grandson was born to
my son and his wife on November 1, and my oldest grandson was married November 24. It
was a busy and happy month for the Wynne family.
Just remember that old saying: "No
news, no column!" Please write, call, or e-mail to let us know how you are and what
From the Alumni House:
Faye Werley Jurden and
her husband, John, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their
vows. Faye's daughter arranged the event as a surprise for her parents.