Class Notes

NEWS OF 1979

From Steve Vanya:

June Slawinski Youngs checked in with an e-mail full of news. She and her husband, Todd, had their first child, Ryan Gustave, July 21, 2003. Ever since June left Nabisco in 1997, she and Todd have been living in Rhode Island, and they love it. June is vice president of logistics for Hasbro Toys, and Todd is with Kraft/Nabisco. June notes that the little guy will have plenty of G.I. Joes and Oreo cookies! Over the past few years, June has completed her M.B.A. at Boston University and has been on the lecture circuit, speaking at her alma mater, Northeastern University, and Bentley College.


NEWS OF 1978

From Kathy Ozzard Chism ’77:

I loved hearing from Abbie Higginbottom Slaman over the holidays. She sent a photo of her daughter Rebecca, who looks as though she’s following in Mom’s footsteps as a great dancer.

George Garland is getting married in July! George is the tennis manager for six clubs in the New York boroughs. He still plays and claims to be in the greatest shape of his life. He is ranked in the top five tennis players in the East in our age bracket and recently played for an American team against Canada in Toronto. George stays in touch with Dave Corrigan and Gregg McNelis, both ’77.


NEWS OF 1977

From Kathy Ozzard Chism:

I’m baaaaaack! Now that I’ve left the all-consuming interior-design field and embarked on a new career selling state-of-the-art hydrotherapy spas (Northern California is the place for them!) I have a little more free time to write. Vince Pantalone has so much on his plate—his full time teaching position at Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, his position as head football coach there, and his family with five very active children—that he happily handed the pen back to me.

Vince and his family made time last year to visit Jackson Hole, Wyo., where they rode horses in the Grand Tetons, whitewater rafted down the Snake River, and camped two days in Yellowstone Park. At Christmas, he and his wife, Carla, sent a beautiful family photo from the trip.

Vince recently got together with Kenny King and his wife, Carol. Kenny retired from fire-fighting (he was part of the brave group that answered the World Trade Center call on September 11) and is starting a second career in the computer industry. He has three children, and Vince was trying to recruit one of Kenny’s sons to be a running back for his team!

Vince returned to Moravian recently for a football fundraiser, spearheaded by Dan Nigito ’78 and Ken Rampolla ’79. Vince had a chance to see Bob Ternosky ’78, Bob Kafafian, and other former Greyhounds.

Last Christmas I heard from a number of other Moravians. Jane Karole Newschwander and her husband, Gregg, sent a great photo of their children, Tim and Chloe. They live in Kennett Square, and Tim attends the University of Virginia.

Lise Zinkham Lanceley sent yet another of her handmade Christmas cards from Houston, Texas. She writes, “I still enjoy teaching art, and I’ve recently had success with my own work.” Small wonder, as she continues to be a fantastic artist. She and her husband, Geoff, took a trip to Tuscany last summer and stayed in a cottage on a working winery.

Joyce Kavjian Stephenson sent a photo of her husband, Pete, driving their daughter Christina, a beautiful girl, in her homecoming parade. Their other daughter, Michelle, just started high school in West Chester.

Belated congratulations to Kathy Kichline Adams, who married John Parks on the beach in Key Largo, Fla., in March 2003! John’s son, Shawn, and his wife, Crystal, gave Kathy and John a grandchild. (Does this make Kathy the first grandparent in our class?) Kathy’s son, Michael, is at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Kathy is a substitute teacher for five schools in two districts in Montrose, where she and John live.

It was wonderful to hear from Tom and Georgene Mitilenes Bonard. Georgene works with very young children who have difficulty learning to talk. Tom has rebounded beautifully, thank goodness, from two difficult surgeries last year. Their daughter Katie is in college at James Madison University in Virginia, and son Tommy is a freshman in high school in their home town of Westfield, N.J.

As for me, my only child (other than two grown stepchildren) is a wonderful Coton de Tulear puppy (the breed is native to Madagascar) named Ditto who keeps my husband, John, and me in constant giggles. Along with my new sales job, which I love, my private massage therapy practice continues to grow—lots of stress out there!

OK, I’ve done my part. If I didn’t hear from you in 2003, your job in 2004 is to send me an update so I can keep this column interesting! Thanks.


NEWS OF 1976

From Kathy Ozzard Chism ’77:

Irene Silverio Kane and her husband, Mike, sent a photo of their four beautiful children. Irene is a guidance counselor at St. Leo the Great School in Vienna, Va.

I’m on the mailing list to receive postcards for art shows featuring the work of Jeff Epstein, whose career continues to soar. He often works in oils on aluminum and creates wonderful effects with light, as evidenced by the photos on his mailings. Jeff, Susie Hyer, and Harry Douglas all got together in New York last year—they saw the El Greco show at the Metropolitan Museum, then visited the school at which Harry teaches art, which is also the school her niece attends!

Susie and her family came back to New Jersey from their home in Colorado twice last year to visit her family. Right now, she is very busy painting in preparation for a series of exhibits all over Colorado throughout 2004. She and her husband, Jeff, will take time out in September to celebrate their 50th birthdays on the Tahitian island of Moorea. Susie had a scary health issue that rushed her to the emergency room in February, but I am happy to report all is well again.


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NEWS OF 1971

From Connie M. Sokalsky:

Sandy Browning is a person-in-transition. After 32 years as a public school teacher, she retired last June. Using the summer for some well-deserved R&R, she then took a part-time job at the local library. Enjoying that so much, Sandy got a new position as circulation manager at the Lewes, Delaware, Public Library. She and her new dog are discovering “life is good!”

Charlotte Hannon Ahner and her husband, Dave, took a break from work, golf, and going to the beach in Lake Worth, Fla., to visit family in Pennsylvania. Their daughter Jennifer came in from Atlanta and their son Bill from Pittsburgh, where he has one more semester in law school, to spend Thanksgiving with Charlotte’s mother.

From Hanover, N.H., where Janice Goldberg Fischel walks to work at Lexia International study programs and her husband, Bill, bikes to his office at Dartmouth, I learned that their son, Josh, teaches 10th- and 11th-grade literature and coaches basketball at St. Mark’s, a prep school in Southborough, Mass. Janice also is a founding member and charter board member of the Roth Center for Jewish Life.


NEWS OF 1970
Reunion May 20-21

From the Alumni House:

Frazier Montgomery and his wife, Doris, are enjoying retirement in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


NEWS OF 1969

From Caroline Funk Rabold:

Lots of news this issue! Thanks to all who have contacted me with an update. It’s so much fun hearing from you.

Trudi Peters, after 17 years of teaching and 15 years as an associate director of instruction in New Jersey, has decided to retire. She has battled Lyme disease and fibromyalgia for 10 years and decided it was time to take better care of herself. She’s feeling wonderful and has just started her own educational consulting business, Totally Professional Presentations, which offers in-service training for teachers and programs for parents. She would love to hear from anyone who has been in education and might like to join her in training. She still enjoys a good book or movie, the beach, theater in Manhattan, and traveling. Trudi helped our 35th reunion committee.

Linda Wells Lark settled in the Washington, D.C., area after college and spent almost 30 years with the U.S. government, including a three-year stint in the United Kingdom. After she retired in 1998, she started teaching English as a Second Language part-time at the local community college.

She enjoys spending time with family and traveling with her husband, Roger, as much as possible. She made her first trip to Prague in March 2003 with Moravian students, travels to the U.K. every other year, and may teach English as a Second Language in Poland this summer. She also has worked on the Moravian Women’s History Project, the Archives Committee, and our 35th reunion committee.

After graduation, Kim Jamison taught for a year in the Bethlehem Area School District. She left to raise her children, David and Kevin, and returned to work later as a corporate trainer and consultant. In 1993, she received an M.Ed. from Lehigh University in counseling psychology. She is vice president and training manager at Lafayette Ambassador Bank in the Lehigh Valley, with an office in Nazareth. Kim is single and lives in Bethlehem. She has three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and skiing/ski racing in the winter.

Rick Subber has worked for the Morning Call for 35 years as the strategic planning manager. He looks forward to participating in the reorganized Home Club for alumni in the Lehigh Valley.

Bertie Francis Knisely lives in Bethlehem and has worked as alumni director at Moravian for 13 years. She loves it! She never tires of getting to know alumni and hearing their stories. She has a daughter in grad school in St. Louis and a son in northern Virginia.

Five years ago, Peter Dirga retired as a commander from the U.S. Navy after 28 years. He had tours of duty on both coasts, with deployments to the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a variety of ships. He’s single, plays tennis and volleyball, and is active in his community of Claymont, Del. He also works for the Wilmington & Western Railroad, Delaware’s oldest steam railroad. And he’s on our reunion committee!

To those who have not registered an e-mail address with the College or updated an old one, please take the time to do so. And keep your news coming!

From the Alumni House:

Terry Beidelman has begun working for Northampton County in its purchasing office. Terry had been purchasing manager for 18 years at Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp., Harrisburg, and before that, Bethlehem Steel. About 18 months ago, he became purchasing director for Philadelphia Mixing Solutions of Palmyra, Lebanon County, only to be laid off when the company downsized. That’s when he moved to Northampton County.


NEWS OF 1968

From Kathie Broczkowski Klein ’67:

At a wedding in Nazareth officiated by Dennis Rohn ’67, I ran into Gwyneth Cobley Peischl, a guidance counselor at Easton High School. Her husband practices law in Nazareth. They recently became grandparents.


NEWS OF 1967

From Kathie Broczkowski Klein:

My request for news by e-mail brought responses. Maggie Morgan Blanda says she still teaches day and night English as a Second Language classes to adults in Bridgeport and Stratford, Conn. “To fill up my extra hours and weekends, so I have an excuse not to clean or cook, I am a cold food clerk at Super Stop & Shop in Shelton. I make pizza, sandwiches, and rotisserie chicken. If anyone is in the area, stop by the store for a sample. Just ask for Pizzamaggie.”

Her daughter Marcia and her husband, Keith, live in Southbury, Conn., with their cat, Polly. They both work at the Super Stop & Shop in Newtown. Her son Arthur lives in Westerly, R.I., with his American bulldogs, Nibbles and Lucky, and is employed at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Her son Raymond lives in North Miami, Fla., with his wife, Gloriana, and their daughter Dominique. He is a bartender at Senior Frogg’s in Miami Beach.

Maggie and Ray will celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary on July 1, which is also the 20th anniversary of Ray’s retirement from the Army after 20 years of active duty. Ray is a GED teacher for the Connecticut Department of Corrections in Bridgeport. Along with all her news, Maggie sent pictures.

News from Diane Terinoni Gorr. “Our lives here in one of the beautiful suburbs of Pittsburgh have been wonderful and very busy. Our oldest daughter, Rachel, and her husband, Mark, are teachers and athletic coaches in Berwick, Maine. Rachel has her master’s in education. Our second daughter, Jessica, and her husband, Gabe, live in Upper Darby, where she is a doctor in her first year of residency. Gabe is a research scientist. They blessed us with our first grandchild, Max, this past August.

“Our third daughter, Cassie, is a captain in the Air Force and has served in Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and Spain, and is now stationed in Tucson for the next couple of years. Our youngest daughter, Rebecca, has graduated from college and is in a management program with a restaurant chain.

“Ron and I are about to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. He’s retired from his job as a pilot with US Airways. He flies with several organizations that use World War II aircraft. He loves flying B-17s and Stearmans! I remain self-employed with my partner in our interior-decorating business.”

I ran into Jim Jordan and his wife, Dorothy, at Nick’s Pizza, close to the College. Jim recently retired from the Nazareth Area School District, where he was a high school guidance counselor.

You have my e-mail address, so please send news, which we all love to read!


NEWS OF 1966

From Kathie Broczkowski Klein ’67:

Jane Siegfried Gerencher and I had lunch together recently. Jane is retired from teaching English at Moravian Academy. She is married to Joseph Gerencher Jr., who teaches earth science at the College. Joe and Jane are enjoying Joe’s sabbatical, traveling in Costa Rica and Egypt. Our daughters remain friends, too. Their older daughter, Kristen, is a personal finance reporter for cbsmarket-watch.com, which includes a weekly radio report. In my car one afternoon, I heard her on WOR (New York). I pulled over to listen to Kristen explain how you pay off your college debt. The Gerenchers also attended their younger daughter Jill’s wedding in Arizona.

Milk and Beignets

Photo: John Kish IV


The beignets arrive hot, crisp, and delicious, dusting the customers liberally with powdered sugar. Café Beignet of Scranton promises, and delivers, the New Orleans beignet experience.

But its goal is not just to make a confection that’s kind of a cross between a donut and a popover. All profits from the Café, which is the property of Eugene Daniel Lucas ’75, go to the Milk Saving Starving Children Foundation, also a project of Eugene Daniel Lucas ’75.

Dan Lucas, who majored in accounting at Moravian, has C.P.A. certification and went on to get an M.B.A. and a law degree. He lives in Scranton, where he grew up, and believes firmly in putting money, energy, and time into the rejuvenation of his native city. Café Beignet, the Milk Saving Starving Children Foundation, and the Endless Mountain Triathlon (to be discussed later) give to both the local and the international community.

The affable Dan (who also is called Gene) says he happened across a United Nations report on global hunger. What caught his attention was the statement that more than 30,000 children younger than 5 die every day of starvation. (When he tells you this, he always emphasizes every day.) Living in a country that has so much, he decided to do something about it. He began the foundation in 2001 with the idea that he would send powdered milk (easy to pack, no spoilage) to as many hungry children as he could find. It would mix easily with water and provide instant nutrition.

Several priests on their way to missions took boxes of powdered milk in their suitcases. Eventually Dan would like to have a warehouse operation for the bags and boxes and pallets of milk that he has been able to acquire.

Meanwhile, he started the Café Beignet in a former auto dealership. Dan wants the café to be part of the community, too, so he adjusts its hours to fit into various city parades, festivals, and runs. He also founded the Endless Mountain Triathlon, which raises money through registrations, sponsorships, and T-shirt sales for the foundation. (This year’s is scheduled for August 15.) There is very little he does now that does not benefit the foundation.

The Accounting Club of Moravian College gave Dan its Pinnacle Award this year, recognizing both his successful career and his non-profit work. And with donation boxes around campus, the club raised more than $400 for the foundation.

- Judith Green