NEWS OF 1956
From the Alumni House:
Our sympathy goes to Herbert
P. Hartman on the death of his wife in April.
NEWS OF 1955
Reunion May 20-21
From Helen Varady Keyser:
My husband, John, and I visited
the Janos Enyedi “Made in America” exhibit of Bethlehem Steel paintings and
sculpture on its last day (January 25) at Payne Gallery. We met the artist and spoke
to him in English and Hungarian as he prepared the exhibit to move to Georgia and Ohio.
Rev. Frank Flisser, retired
pastor of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, also visited Payne Gallery
to see the show. As he entered, he encountered Rev. Douglas Caldwell ’66, ’69,
pastor of Central Moravian Church, trustee of Moravian College and Moravian Theological
Seminary, and president of the board of trustees of St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Flisser
is a member of Lehigh Valley Hospital/Muhlenberg’s board of trustees. A spirited
discussion about local hospitals ensued.
Rose Mandic Donchez tells
us that Mary Polak Barkis ’59 of Marietta, Ga., a sculptor, attended
the opening reception at the Cultural Arts Center in Douglasville, where Mary met the
artists whose work was on display in the sculpture exhibit.
Kay Moyer Cressman of
Round Rock, Texas, still works at the library. The area population is about 80,000, and
its residents are thinking of building a fifth high school. And the area will have Triple
A baseball next year!
If you saw the photo of the
carriage ride through the city in the Morning Call December 11, the driver was David
Cressman ’75 of Ironton, Kay’s brother-in-law, who gives horse-drawn
carriage rides through historic Bethlehem during the holiday season.
Anne Collins Frey’s
daughter took her on a wonderful birthday trip in December to Jamaica. Anne also enjoys
working at Dave’s Deli.
Rose Mandic Donchez and her
husband, Francis, went to a Serra Club seminar in Maryland and were able to take a side
trip to historic Williamsburg, Va.
Joan Landrock Schlegel recently
called Bam McCombs Justice and Gladys Smith Wenkelmann ’53
of Spirit Lake, Idaho. I just received a letter from Gladys saying she and her husband,
Howie, are busy with their dog, Casey, and three cats. Spirit Lake had below-zero temperatures
this winter, just as we had.
Mary Lou Brachman
Watchman, who lives in Palm Beach, Fla., with her family, called Nancy
Zaleski Frantz ’53 Secretarial. What a surprise! We hadn’t heard
from Mary Lou since our college days. And Joan tracked down Mae Kressly Culbert ’53
Secretarial through Mae’s sisters. She lives in Winchester, Va.
Bam McCombs Justice of Sarasota,
Fla., says she wishes she could lunch with “the girls” (Joan, Rosie, Barbara,
Nancy, and me), but at least she doesn’t have to worry about shoveling snow.
It’s time to think about
our 50th reunion next year!
NEWS OF 1954
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
I wouldn’t have missed
the fall exhibit at Payne Gallery, “Buried Treasures: Discovering the Moravian
Archives.” Among other items, there was the “dink” (freshman beanie)
of Betty Kress Erney! And there was a photo of the chapel in the 1900s
when the College was a denominational school and required daily and Sunday services in
chapel and at Central Moravian Church.
A Christmas letter from Sister Millicent
Drake says she “continues to find much joy in the many opportunities
for service at St. John’s” Lutheran Church in Boyertown. A highlight of
her year was being given “permission by the bishop to preside at services of
Holy Communion in the absence of the two pastors.” She takes pleasure in her
two Shelties, as do others at the nursing homes and therapy floors in local hospitals
during their visits.
Betty Kress Erney saw her
middle daughter through successful surgery in Dallas, visited her 96-year-old mother-in-law
in New Jersey and her brother in Allentown, and was in touch with Joan Kinard
Mercado, also in Houston, about our 50th reunion.
From North Wales, Lois
Lutz Geehr used her Advent letter to share “transformations” in
the lives of their son, two daughters, two grandsons, one granddaughter, all in Pennsylvania.
She has been in touch with Mary Acopian Bradley, Plainview, N.Y.,
and Pat Krolick Nebinger about our 50th. Lois enjoys occasional freelance
editorial work, and Frederick works from time to time as supply pastor.
Pat Nuttal Lewis,
Colorado Springs, wrote about the arrival on Valentine’s Day of their sixth grandchild,
a girl, and about the Lewis family reunion in July, attended by nearly 100 people, and
about the December 21 event that marked her and Charles’ 50th anniversary.
Margie Eaton Martin sent
her best wishes to all who attend our 50th reunion. She’ll be thinking of us while
on a tour of Egypt and Jordan! She has retired from the B & B business she started
15 years ago; it’s now run by her daughter and chef, Jill, and Jill’s husband.
Margie is very happy in her townhouse in Green Valley, 30 miles south of Tucson. She’s
near her son and has “a beautiful view of the mountains and desert.” She
has lots of time to exercise, read, and travel She maintains ties with Barbara
Doll Peterson, Chevy Chase, Md., and Lois Geehr.
Joan Kinard Mercado keeps
up her musical activities. She visits her son, his wife, and their four children in Virginia
and her daughter, a chaplain, and her husband, an associate pastor, in St. Louis.
Having inadvertently listed Mildred
Warner Munroe as a missing classmate, I was glad to receive her card about
her life in New York City, where she worked and lived with her husband and children
before moving to the Jersey shore.
My “big sister” Fran
Webber Horton ’52 keeps me informed of Rod’s love of fishing and
hers of painting, things they were able to pursue on their summer vacation in Nova
Scotia, and of the Christmas and family events already planned, and of The Sound
of Music, to be performed by the choir at St. Andrews in Ambler, which she directs.
We hope our classmates will
have had a memorable 50th reunion when you read this column in July.
NEWS OF 1953
From Helen Varady Keyser '55:
Sue Ann Henkelman Fortney
and her husband, Ralph, spent the holidays with their older daughter and family in Greensboro,
Eleanor Simmons MacCormick of
Morristown, N.J., joined us at one of our lunches. She retired in 2000 as personnel manager
of Ricoh Co., which manufactures business machines. She also traveled with her husband,
who was a military aviator. She gets to see Millie Warner Munroe ’54
of Brielle, N.J., and they’ve been to the Bethlehem Bach Festival.
NEWS OF 1952
From the Alumni House:
Don Cohen and Chris
Gilbert ’86, Dan Gilbert’s son, will represent Moravian College
at Texas Christian University’s presidential inauguration.
Kathryn Horwath Hartman wrote
to tell us that Gloria Abel Parkhill is now in an assisted living facility.
Kathryn also wants to remind the alumnae of Moravian College for Women to send their
Anne Enright has
moved into a cottage at Moravian Village, a beautiful retirement complex in Bethlehem.
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
Byrdie Loveless Jackson,
my roommate at Moravian, writes that her granddaughter Sarah (daughter of Christine
Gratz ’71) was married in November in a beautiful and interesting Hindu/Protestant
ceremony. Another granddaughter, Andrea, graduated from South Florida University in May
and is working at a cancer hospital.
As a Shakespeare lover since
a long-ago course with Dr. Couchman, I enjoyed seeing Henry IV, Parts I and
II, and King Lear at Lincoln Center in New York.
My calendar tells me that
tomorrow is the first day of spring, though the view from my window looks more like a
winter wonderland. I hope all my classmates are well. I look forward to hearing from
NEWS OF 1950
Reunion May 20-21