Class Notes

NEWS OF 1955

From Helen Varady Keyser:

From the Christmas letters of former classmates:

Sue Ann Henkelman Fortney '53 and Ann Henstchel Cutler will drive here for Sue Ann's 50th reunion.

Mary Nelmes Seagreaves has six grandchildren.

Kay Moyer Cressman and her husband, Marvin, in Philadelphia at a neurological meeting, saw the Phillies play Atlanta, then went to Ironton to visit the Livery. They also took a side trip to the Amish farrier, Burk Latler, who puts shoes on brother-in-law David's carriage horses. (During the Christmas holidays and Musikfest, David Cressman gives carriage rides in downtown Bethlehem.) They spent Labor Day and Thanksgiving with son Brian in Atlanta, where they hiked with grandchildren, bicycled, and hit baseballs from the pitching machine. Kay's grandson lives with them and is a stylist with Cost Cutters. Their son Scott left his job at Toys R Us and has become a regional manager for the Dollar Stores in Lubbokc, Texas. Also, Kay and Marvin enjoyed Muhlenberg's homecoming.

I saw Rev. Bob Engelbrecht '53 and his wife, Joan, at the Advent Breakfast at the Radisson Hotel.

Mary Pongracz '52 directed the Bethlehem Hungarian Singers (a.k.a. the Hungarian Carolers), of which my husband, John, and I are members, at Bethlehem's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at Center City Plaza. The choir also sang at St. John Capistrano's Christmas Eve Mass and the Hungarian Reformed Church.

I met Marie Gosztonyi Piff '36 at the performance of the Dusquesne University Tamburitzans! at Saucon Valley high School in Hellertown. This well-known dance group, dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe, has performed annually for the past 48 years. John and I help with the ticket sales, and it is always a sellout.

John and I attended Delta Omicron's performance class and luncheon at the Moravian Music Department's open house on April 23, sponsored by the Music Alliance. There we saw Nancy Zeleski Frantz '53, and at our table were Helen Desh Woodbridge '54 and Ruth Hemmerly Kelly '41.

Barbara Camp Schmoyer, Nancy Zelesnki Frantz, Rose Mandic Donchez, Joan Landrock Schlegel, Ann Collins Frey, and I continued our annual birthday celebrations: Anne's in December at the Radisson Hotel Bethlehem, Nancy's in January at the Brewery Tavern, which is owned by Anne's brother Jack. In February, we went to the Minsi Trail Inn for Barbara's birthday-where we first got together nine years ago.

From Pearl Stein '57:

A letter from Elaine Thomasch Nolfa '57 tells us that a group of two-year-classmates held thier own reunion in Texas this summer. Barbara Cocklin Althouse hosted Jane Boiles Ellis, Janet Shallcross Siecke, and Rose Ann Pelligra Chrzanowski.


NEWS OF 1954

Reunion May 21-22, 2004

From Helen Desh Woodbridge:

As Dottie Ruyak said in her Christmas letter: "Once again, it's time to catch up with old friends." She celebrated Christmas with a visit from her sister, Connie, and Connie's husband, Chuck, who also visited their daughter, Linda. In February, Dottie and her sister, Betty, flew to Hawaii to be with Connie and Chuck. Dottie is active in the League of Women Voters, where she heads a group in search of a new office, as their present building is about to become a Walgreen's. She also enjoys her two-day-a-week job at a senior residence, though it is sad, she writes, when residents move on because they need additional care, and sadder still when the residence loses someone.

Betty Kuss Erney wrote about her husband, Bob, and his amazing mother, age 95, from New Jersey, who spent Chirstmas with the in Houston. Betty misses Pennsylvania.

Lois Lutz Geehr's Christmas message was inspired byt eh hpysicist and theologian Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, from his talk and books on the pattern of our lives here and beyond. Lois sees those patterns in the lives of her husband, Frederic, an assistant at a nearby congregation; their three beautiful, creative, and courageous children; and their three blossoming grandchildren.

Recent events in the life of Joan Kinard Mercado include the death of her 90-year-old mother and the memorial service for which her son-in-law Dieter officiated. Her daughter Renita anticiaptes ordination this year. In July, Joan visited them in St. Louis; in August, her daughter, Diane, and son-in-law, Greg, in Virginia, where they are home-schooling their four children. In October, she went to her 50th high school reunion in Philadelphia. Joan's activities continue with the Houston Symphony League, First Presbyterian Church, and Houston Tuesday Musical Club.

Christmas greetings also came from Pat Miller Scott and Ian from their home in Ridgefield, Conn., and from Pat Krolik Nebinger.

Fran Webber Horton '52, my big sister, wrote that the holiday season began in Auburn with an 8-inch snow. It was "a quiet, peaceful beauty of a day, a chance to reflect and review thier year's events." About her 50th class reunion, she wrote : "The conversation picked up as though we'd just visited with one another a few days ago." Sketching is one of her interests. Last summer in Maine, she and Rod hiked and fished. At their church, his interest in social ministry and hers in music were recognized with the St. Andrews Honor Award.

From Clemmons, N.C., came greetings from Elynor Fishell Rights, who is looking forward to our 50th reunion in May 2004. Marian Wagner asks: "What ideas do we have for our 50th?" Our class needs ideas for our part in the alumni parade on Saturday.


NEWS OF 1953

From Helen Varady Keyser '55:

Bam McCombs Justice is recuperating from a very bad broken ankle.

From Helen Desh Woodrbridge '54:

Gladys Smith Winkelmann of Spirit Lake, Idaho, writes that her husband, Howie, a retired police officer, has become involved with Timberlyne Marine Tours, which offers the Pacific Northwest Discovery Program, an exploratory tour, sailing this summer on Bend d'Oreille Lake, Bayview, Idaho. It is the fifth-deepest lake in the United States, and the Navy has five unmanned submarines based there for acoustic research.

Howie will be the skipper on the cruise vessel Timberlyne.

From the Alumni House:

Phil Trimble and his wife took a three-week trip to Tanzania and Kenya, where they witnessed the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Phil reports: "We were right in the middle of it!"


NEWS OF 1952

From Gloria Abel Parkhill:

Once again, the Parkhill household passed from one year to the next with doctors, nurses, and assorted medical personnel. Had I not received a very newsy letter from Xenia Lychos Filipos, there would be no 1952 report.

As many of you know, Xenia has taken courses in Moravian’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Studies, with particular emphasis on political science. She enjoys helping others understand court procedures. Xenia is active at Bethlehem’s Trinity Episcopal Church as a lector, a singer in the choir, a member of its Bible study classes, and a helper in the daily soup kitchen. Her other interests include five children and five grandchildren. Three of her children live in the Washington, D.C., area: John is a lawyer with an investment firm, Elizabeth in residential real estate sales, and Gregory in commercial real estate leasing. Anastassios, better known as Tass, is a music editor for film and television and lives in New York. Xenia’s youngest son, David, who lives in Portland, Maine, is a building contractor and enjoys scuba diving.

Hope you will send updates on the biographical sketches you prepared for our 50th reunion. Have a good summer!


NEWS OF 1951

From Carol Buechner McMullen:

A letter from June Shafer Scholl mentioned that her granddaughter, Amy Frantz, is a freshman at Moravian this year. Amy is interested in political science. She not only takes classes in this subject but also is a political campaign volunteer.

While visiting her son in Maryland, June spoke with Zora Martin Felton ’52 and enjoyed a visit with Henry Marpaung ’64, one of the first international students she entertained. Henry is stationed at the Indonesian embassy and lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife, Ria.

Byrdie Loveless Jackson leads an active life with frequent visits and activities with her children, grandchildren, sisters, and friends. A highlight of 2002 was a trip to China (her third), including a cruise on the Yangtze River. She traveled with a World War II veterans group and was accompanied by her daughter Christine Jackson Gratz ’71 and sister Margaret Loveless Browne ’47. Byrdie finds her Web TV a great help in keeping in touch with all her friends, including three Chinese university students in Beijing whom she met on her trip.

I visited Bethlehem in February for a reception at the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex—an impressive name for a most impressive addition to the Moravian campus. I especially enjoyed an excellent concert by College musicians.
I close with the sad news that Pat Center Moyer died March 4. I extend our deepest sympathy to her family and all who knew her.


NEWS OF 1950


NEWS OF 1949
Reunion May 21-22, 2004

From Norma Boldt Wynne:

It was a nice surprise to hear from Jean Whitaker Cliff, who has been living in Utah for four years and traveling the past four months but now is heading back to Prescott, Ariz.

Posie Bosek Clymer
and her husband, Ell, also have been traveling. Last July, they had a lovely few weeks in France. In the fall, they flew to Seattle and drove south through Oregon; the highlight of that trip was Crater Lake. The Clymers ended their tour in the California wine country of the Napa Valley and came home from San Francisco. They have now completed their goal of visiting all 50 states.

Louise Scott Gross picked up American Heritage magazine and found an article by Penny Hall Porter called “My Brush with History.” Louise wrote that she was to have minor surgery on her foot, which would keep her home for a couple of weeks. She received a note from Faye Werley Jurden, who had been having some health problems but was feeling better by Christmas. Faye said her husband, John, had retired but was drawing cartoons for the newspaper once in a while.

My big news is that my grandson and his wife presented me with a great-granddaughter in January.

From the Alumni House:

William Margetich wrote that a recent stroke prevented him from attending the Washington, D.C.-area alumni event at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in early April. The son of a Croatian immigrant steel worker, he said he would have loved to attend. Bill served in World War II in the Navy and earned five battle stars. He graduated from the University of Miami Law School. After his retirement, he became a Congressional investigator.

Howard Lubert '71 Can See It Now

When he reflects on his long association with Moravian College, he sees a picture painted in gauzy hues. It mgiht be titled "My Life That Wasn't."

Howard applied in the late '70s to be Moravian's assitant dean of student affairs, primarily responsible for housing. He was a finalist for the job, but ultimately it went to Robert Windolph (who still holds it, with a change in title to dean of student life). "I'd have lived that life and been very, very happy," Howard says.

Instead, he has settled for a different picture: an action shot of the type he often taes himself as a serious amateur photographer. Call it "Entrepreneur at Work." When he decided not to puruse a career in academic administration, Howard embarked on a life that many only dream of: successful buisnessman and nationally known speaker.

Howards was a founder and managing director of SafeHatch, a consulting company based in Wayne, Pa. It provides high-tech investment firms with services that include technical due diligence and business acceleration services.

SafeHatch was a sinoff of Safeguard Scientifics, a high-tech investment-servies company founded ny Howard's menor, Warren "Pete" Musser, a longtime member of Lehigh University's board of trustees. Howard oversaw technical diligence and business remediation review for Safeguard and its related funds. Before that, he created the eBusiness Consulting Services practice at Deloitte & Touceh after selling a technical consulting business he had created to the worldwide accounting firm.

With all that experience, Howard has a lot of insights into how to run a business, and he often shares these thoughts as a speaker at conferences and business gatherings.

One secret to success, he often tells audiences, is the long hours he puts in at the office. "I can't wait to get up and go to work in the morning."

He once told an office of executives that he tried to be in his office sipping coffee and reviewing work for the day by 6:30 a.m. Not long afterward, he ran into a fellow who had been inspired by that speech. The man thanked him and revealed that he, too, was now hard at work by 6:30 a.m.

So now Howard gets to work by 6:00 a.m.

His work habits may surprise teachers and classmates who knew him at Moravian, where he did not operate by the early-rising rule. He owns up to nearly flunking an 8:00 a.m. history class because Professor Rcihard Jones took attendance.

Howard is looking to academia for the future. A brief tenure earlier this year as CEO of an Annapolis, Md., tech firm called Telkonet Inc.-something Howard considers a failed grab at the brass ring-emphasized for him how important it is to educate businesspeople to be good entrepreneurs.

Now 54 and coming to the end of his term as entrepreneur-in-residence at Temple University's Fox School of Business amd Management. Howard is painting a new picture of himself. He's still working on the basic composition of his unfinished portrait but thinks it may involve teaching entreprenuership at a college or university.

And until it's finished, Howard will be up earlu every day, working on it.

- Melinda Rice