From Kathleen Cavanaugh:
Greetings from Haddonfield! In August I received an email from Craig Borst before our 45th Liberty High School reunion. He mentioned that while hosting a tour of visitors to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, he ran into Jim Hertzog ’65 and his wife, vacationing from Delaware, where Jim works with the Delaware Department of Education. Craig actually remembered Jim’s first speech, “The Bowling Boom,” in Mr. Jacobson’s speech class!
In September, I received an e-mail from Janice Whitfield Landis with the sad news that Karen Pennypacker Jackson passed away in July. A few years ago Karen and her husband, Terry Jackson (former Moravian soccer coach), retired to Florida to play golf. They had moved from Connecticut where Terry was soccer coach at Wesleyan College and Karen taught math in Middletown. Karen and Terry had three children.
Jan also noted that she and her husband, John ’65, had just begun Vynecrest’s grape harvest. Thanks to a hot, dry summer, 2005 was a perfect grape year. They had finished bottling Syrah and were beginning the first pinot gris harvest from their vineyard.
Molly Krater Dinneen received news from Peggy Jurman Quinn that she and husband Frank became first-time grandparents to Morgan Bryant last March. Their daughter and son-in-law have been transferred to Atlanta, which means that the Quinns in Charlotte, N.C., are just a short drive from their new grandson!
In more than 15 years of nonprofit management consulting, I have never crossed paths with a Moravian alum—until recently. While meeting with Barbara Koehler Pruitt ’76, a trustee of the Surflight Theater in Beach Haven, N.J., we discovered our Moravian connection. Barb is married to Michael Pruitt ’74; their daughter Kelsey is a student intern at the Surflight. Barb, her mother, Joan Koehler ’53, and I are members of Alpha Epsilon Pi, for which Joan also served as president.
From the Alumni House:
John and Nancy Christensen Kohl moved from Laredo, Texas, to northern California. Nancy retired from teaching in May 2004, and John is now the dean of business and economics at California State University, East Bay (formerly Cal State Hayward).
From Bill Leicht:
I was unable to play in the Gus Rampone Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by Omicron Gamma Omega fraternity in September. My daughter, Michelle Rothwell, who lives in Montgomery Township, represented me. She came with Pete ’88 and Candice Homan Chimera ’89.
After the tournament, Michelle called me on her cell phone and let me talk to four of my OGO brothers from the class of 1961: Sam Maczko, Ken Sepe, Joe Castellano, and Barry Gaal. It was quite a surprise talking to them!
From Emma Demuth Williams:
Finally, some news from our classmates! Tom Fisher prefaced his news: “I guess I just got tired of never seeing any news of our classmates in the Moravian College Magazine, so I decided it was at least partly my fault because I never submitted any 27 information for my classmates to read. I hope this note will spur others to write.” After graduation, he began his career with Bethlehem Steel and earned an M.S. in chemistry at Lehigh University. He retired from the Steel in 1993 to work in Milwaukee, then in Warren, Ohio, and retired again in 1999.
Tom and Claire now live in Orlando, Fla. They have three children and three grandchildren: a daughter in San Diego with a husband, daughter, and son; a son in Paoli; and a son in Orlando with his wife and daughter. Tom and Claire keep very busy with golf, travel, cooking, photography, and spoiling their grandchildren, with the latter their particular area of expertise! When Tom wrote, they were planning a trip to Italy, having visited a few national parks in the United States. They highly recommend Yellowstone and the Everglades.
Tom noted he used to see Ralph Mittl when he visited Bethlehem and still corresponds with Russ Yurchak. But “unfortunately I have lost contact with the rest of my classmates,” he writes. “If any would like to contact me, my e-mail address is email@example.com.”
Larry Bostick has published a brief biography of Henry Miller Libhart, an artist from the Lancaster area. The hardbound version (coffee-table variety) with dust cover contains about 30 pictures of the artist’s work. A copy of the book is in Reeves Library and can be purchased through the College Bookstore. Larry, who lives in Coplay, has had several book signings already.
Vicki Tinnes plans to return to Pennsylvania after she retires from teaching in 2006. Most of her family is now in the east, so she’s looking forward to a home in Carlisle and visits with family and friends.
Barbara Hooper Tertel and her husband have both retired from teaching. They sold their original double home (no more rental responsibilities!) and purchased a retirement home, still in Racine, Wisc.
Remember: It’s not too soon to start planning to attend our 45th class reunion in 2007! We had a pleasant time at our 40th, though the group was small. Bethlehem-area classmates in particular: please remember that though you have opportunities to see one another frequently, those who come to reunions from out of town really miss not seeing those of you who live near the College. At least plan to drop in for some of the events! The alumni parade has really become a pleasant event and is a great time to drop by.
From the Alumni House:
Fellow classmates and OGO brothers, Ken Walsh, Jim Naisby, Bill Needs, and Bela Gulyas spent a wonderful weekend at Bela’s new house in Ocean Pines, Md. The guys had fun playing golf, taking great pictures, writing new versions of Moravian and OGO songs, eating crabcakes and other delicious seafood, and discussing great Moravian experiences.
Bela, Bill, and Ken are enjoying retirement, while Jim is still working on figuring out how to relax. Bill lives in Marietta, Ga., and while recovering from minor back surgery was designing a new house on the North Carolina coast. Bela is active in the Maryland Power Boat Association, teaching and setting up courses. Jim resides in Hamburg, N.J., and continues with his selfstorage business and other activities while spending some time at his Long Beach Island house. Ken keeps busy traveling to Virginia and Georgia.
Reunion May 19-20
From Sam Maczko:
I received a nice e-mail from Betty and Bill Campbell. May 1 was the last Sunday in the pulpit at Moravia Church in Oak Ridge, N.C., for Bill as he retired, again. He had retired in 1982 after serving four Southern Baptist churches as minister of music for 21 years. In every city he lived, he served as a public safety chaplain and headed up many critical-incident response teams, including one in New York on 9/11. His wife of 44 years, Betty Cooper Campbell, continues to work at the Forsyth County, N.C., Register of Deeds office. Betty and Bill live in Bermuda Run, N.C., near Clemmons.
Jeff Gannon has retired from teaching high school. Jeff continues to live in Woodlands, Texas, and has taken a job as an athletic director and physical education teacher at a nearby parochial junior high school. His new school received 50 students from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. The students were given free uniforms and tuition. Jeff will also be coaching basketball and baseball. Along with his new job, he is recovering from rotator cuff and biceps surgery— healing nicely and enjoying his new position immensely.
The Omicron Gamma Omega Alumni Association held the fifth annual Gus Rampone Scholarship Golf Tournament in September. Joe Castellano, Barry Gaal, Ken Sepe, and I participated. Jim Kritis was there in spite of a recent automobile accident. Jim continues to hit the ball well and should be back to his old form shortly.
On May 19-20, 2006, our class will be celebrating its 45thyear reunion. In an effort to get a large number of classmates to return to campus, a committee has been hard at work. Members of the committee are: Norma Geritzky Platt, Nancy Warren Van Dyke, Jeff Gannon, Ken Sepe, Joe Castellano, John Bregman, Anita Filler Noonan, Barry Gaal, Sue Astbury Decker, Mary Jane Dugan Fijuli, Joan Mesko Paul, and myself. In September, we had a conference call about our reunion. We will be calling all class members in an effort to encourage a good turnout. The College does a tremendous job of making all returning alumni feel comfortable and welcome. In addition, seeing the changes on campus since 1961 is a really positive experience.
Nancy Warren Van Dyke just returned from California, where she attended the wedding of her son. Next week she is off to Sarasota, Fla., to close on a new house.
From Peter French:
The big event this edition is Homecoming in October. A number of our classmates were on hand for the annual Alumni Awards ceremony on Friday evening. Paul and Anita Filler Noonan, Joe Iampietro, Bill Keller, Jim and Jean Bassford Galbraith, Joe and Lenore Powlette, and Connie Glagola were all there. We saw Kathy Werst Detwiler ’59 and her husband, Wayne, friends not seen for a very long time. I did spend a couple of hours reminiscing with Dan Gilbert and sharing a recent telephone conversation I had with Otis Shao, who is retired in California. We were so fortunate to have such great teachers. My wife, Grace, and son Matthew came with me to Bethlehem, and it was a true honor to receive this year’s Comenius Award.
Other notes include word from Jane McMurray Kell, who is busy with grandchildren. Daughters Margaret and Barbara are successful. She and John have been married for 45 years and are still in Dallas, Pa. More on grandchildren: Joanne Mazur and Fred O’Such are proud grandparents of Elizabeth Gorman, born mid-October and making five grandchildren. There also have been several emails from Harriet Peters Williamson detailing an extraordinary trip through Europe that cannot be captured in a few words. Finally, I had a chance to visit with Dick Schantz, who was visiting here in Sarasota and conduction a choir workshop at a church nearby. He is as vigorous as ever; just seeing him brought back memories of days spent in rehearsal in the South Campus chapel and concerts from New York City to North Carolina.
If you are near the Florida sun coast March 3-4, please plan to be part of the second annual Sarasota Moravian Alumni Weekend. It’s a great time of the year to get together.