NEWS OF 1964
From the Alumni House:
Andy Semmel started
a new job in the U.S. State Department:
deputy assistant secretary for nuclear nonproliferation.
NEWS OF 1963
NEWS OF 1962
NEWS OF 1961
From Sam Maczko:
Paul Graf and his wife, Jane ’62,
live in a blufftop home overlooking Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The Grafs have two daughters
and three grandchildren. The last two are 16-month-old twin boys. Before retiring in
September 2002, Paul was a pastor of the Moravian Church Northern Province. Pastoring
in Sturgeon Bay has been exciting and rewarding, he says. The area has grown, and Paul
was chairman of the board of directors of his district camp, Mount Morris, overseeing
a $2 million expansion.
He also served on the board of a local food pantry and clothing store,
a project of the ecumenical community of churches. Paul continues in retirement as a
bishop of the Moravian Unity, serving as a consultant to Moravian churches and as a pastor
to their clergy and families. He describes his career as fulfilling and humbling, while
bringing a great sense of accomplishment.
I caught up with Paul while he and Jane were vacationing in Florida after
a church meeting in Winston-Salem, N.C. In Florida, they visited Burke Johnson,
who started college with us, graduated from Guilford College, then came back to the Seminary
(M.D.V. ’67). The Grafs enjoy traveling and plan on doing more of it now that they
are retired. Paul also enjoys boating, fishing, reading, gardening, writing, hiking,
and a little home maintenance.
John Bregman, Ken Sepe, Joe Castellano,
and I see each other regularly. Most recently, we watched the Super Bowl at John’s
new home. Ken, Joe, and I played in the 11th annual Rocco Calvo Invitational Alumni Golf
Tournament in November and almost froze to death. Later that evening, we attended the
third annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. Roy Goshorn ’58 received
the Comenius Award for his productive and rewarding career in the news media.
Joe is involved with the recolonization of the Omicron Gamma Omega fraternity
NEWS OF 1960
From Peter French:
The Class of ’60 needs to be in closer touch, and I volunteered to
seek out their stories. Joe Iampietro and his wife, Marylou, have lived
in Alexandria, Va., for 40 years. After three decades as a teacher and administrator,
Joe is retired but continues to work as a test administrator for the Department of Defense.
He wants to see a large group come back for our 45th reunion in two years.
David Schattschneider retired in May 2002 from his position
as dean and vice president of Moravian Theological Seminary, and Doris, his wife, retired
last May after 33 years in the mathematics department of the College. They plan to stay
in Bethlehem, continue various academic pursuits, and travel. They are proud of daughter
Laura’s Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and post-doctoral fellowship
In Washington D.C., Nancy Baker Traubitz retired from
a long career as an English professor and now serves as director of outreach programs
for the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland. Nancy
and Henry’s son graduated from Lehigh University and their daughter from Gettysburg
College. Two grandchildren complete the picture.
As for me, I retired in 1999 as president of Newberry College in South
Carolina, then stumbled into this great job on the shores of Sarasota Bay. I am associate
vice president and dean of academic affairs as well as professor of African studies at
the University of South Florida’s Sarasota campus. My good friend Tony
Falco ’57 has joined me as an adjunct professor of marketing, and we play
golf as often as we can. Grace and I celebrated our 36th anniversary in December. Our
son Matt is a business analyst for Comcast in Fort Myers and our daughter Kate works
for the state Department of Revenue in Tallahassee.
From the Alumni House:
Lt. Col. Bernard Nehring was awarded a Golden Jubilee
Medal recognizing him as an outstanding citizen of Niagara, Ontario, Canada. He had organized
special ceremonies there to commemorate General Sir Isaac Brock, who led British and
Canadian military forces in the War of 1812.
NEWS OF 1959
Reunion May 21-22, 2004
From Kathy Werst Detwiler:
Vespers 2002 was the occasion of a fine reunion of Moravian College alumni.
Pat and Monk Morelli, Roy Goshorn ’58, and I
reminisced about college days.
Holiday greetings from Pat Conover Diener contained news
of her participation in Crop Walk, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,
and Habitat for Humanity during the past months. Our talented classmate Mary
Lesin Mackenzie Ayala shared holiday news of her children and grandchildren,
an enthusiastic group of surfers. “See the miracles” is Mary’s wish
to you all.
NEWS OF 1958
From the Alumni House:
David Thaeler Jr. and several generations of his family
have kept the Moravian Church tradition of a Christmas putz (indoor Nativity display)
alive. Theirs has been open to the public since 1974. In 1990, it was moved to their
church and has been made more beautiful with help from their fellow parishioners.
Fritz Toner was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Hall of
Fame in February 2003.
Robert G. Smerko retired April 30 from the presidency
of the Chlorine Institute, an international trade association. He had been president
NEWS OF 1957
I received a letter from Elaine Thomasch Nolfa after our
45th reunion. Elaine was pleased to see Marian Wagner ’54, who
had been an R.A. She heard from Regina Kelly Stephenson, whose two sons
are in the military. She also sent a notice of the death of Hinda Hausman’s
brother-in-law, Nathan Silverberg, of Bethlehem.
Shirley Kunsman Bilheimer misses her husband, Harold,
who died this year. Graduates of Bethlehem High School remember Harold, who was an English
teacher there before becoming an administrator. Shirley retired from public school administration
but is teaching an education course at a local college.
My oldest sister, Gladys, and her husband, Joseph Mayer ’50,
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary February 1, and their five children hosted
a celebration in March. The Mayers have three grandchildren; the youngest, a boy, was
born in January to their son Fred and his wife, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, author of the
guidebook Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified.
Cornelia Schlotter has become a New Jersey master gardener
and was honored for her volunteer work. She diagnoses plant illnesses at nurseries in
Camden and Burlington counties, using skills fine-tuned through years of medical laboratory
analysis at Temple University Hospital.
From Helen Desh Woodbridge ’54:
At the 2002 Moravian College Vespers, Cornelia Schlotter, Karen
Johnson Berry, Pearl Stein, and Bev Bell ’56
had a reunion of their own.
From the Alumni House:
We extend our sympathy to Roland Passaro on the death
of his wife, Suzanne Evans Passaro ’55.
NEWS OF 1956
Dreydoppel with her mother, Susan Lenius Dreydoppel ’74, her father, Otto Dreydoppel
Jr. ’74, and her grandfather, Otto Dreydoppel Sr. ’52. Below, Robert Frey
with his mother, Jane, and his father, William Frey ’73.