NEWS OF 1948
From Jean Baxter McCracken:
Emmeline Ungurian Dimmick and
her husband, Leonard, are waiting for an apartment in Moravian Village, which is not
yet under construction. They took a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul,
stopping at the French Riviera, Pompeii, Venice, and Athens, where they climbed the Acropolis.
Last year, they purchased a condo in Ocean Village, Fla., where they have a guest room
for any 48ers to visit. Emmy is active in three literary groups, one with Marge
Schussler Sherry, who is retired. Emmy has one grandson at Vassar College and one
about to graduate with honors from Moravian Academy, hoping to attend Northwestern University.
Jane Hall Holben and
her husband, Gene, just returned from their third Heritage Tour with their church. The
first one went to Rome and Florence, the second to England and Scotland, this years
to Switzerland. They were in Oberammergau on September 11, where the local people expressed
sympathy to all the Americans.
Maria Sideris Chapis obtained
her certification to teach in Lancaster. Frances Longacre Bernard 51 introduced
her to McCasky High School, where Maria taught for eight years. She has been active in
teaching English as a second language and became director of the Literacy Council of
Norristown in 1996. I am fortunate to be able to spend time on one of the most
important issues of this age at my age, she says.
Lorraine Egizio Jackson called
from Texas to say that she lost her husband six years ago but has children and grandchildren
nearby. Her family had a 75th anniversary party for her October 15. She has a granddaughter
who seems to have inherited her musical ability, and Lorraine hopes shell study
voice when she gets older.
My oldest grandson is in Germany
with the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, assigned to chemical warfare. Charley and I pray for
him. Our artist daughter lives in New York and had studio space in one of the World Trade
Center towers. Fortunately, shed had to move out in July.
NEWS OF 1947 -
Reunion May 31 June 1
From George Kirkpatrick:
The Class of 1947 is unique
in that many of us served in World War II, then got married and returned to Moravian
to finish our courses in year-round accelerated programs.
Im still waiting for
stories of your war service and careers. In the meantime, Id like to pay tribute
to three outstanding classmates.
a chemistry major, participated in the invasion of Okinawa. One of his field comrades
was world heavyweight champion boxer Jack Dempsey. After the war, Stan registered for
his junior year but was stricken with a South Pacific disease called elephantiasis. He
died in St. Lukes Hospital in 1946 at the age of 23.
Dick Groman, B.S. in
chemistry, was the owner of Gromans Bakery, which he expanded extensively in Bethlehem
and Allentown. Dick was a combat infantryman who received a battlefield commission and
won a bronze star and the Purple Heart. In his later years, Dick suffered from kidney
failure, lost his eyesight, and spent a long time in a wheelchair before his death several
Paul Kostenbader, also
a B.S. in chemistry, was a senior research scientist at Bethlehem Steel Corp. He invented
and patented a purification process for treating steel company wastewater. It was featured
in Time magazine. Paul was a combat infantryman in Europe who won two bronze stars and
the Purple Heart. He died of a heart problem in 1998 in a Philadelphia hospital.
NEWS OF 1946
From Ileen Whitehead Birnbaum:
Grace Keeler Hodge said
she had a great time at the 55th reunion. Her travel year featured the British Isles,
including St. Pauls Cathedral, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Trinity College
in Dublin, and the Waterford crystal factory. She had seen the Queen on her first tour;
this time, she just missed seeing Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. She and her
travel companions enjoyed afternoon tea with the friends they met when they were there
25 years ago. Other travels this year included Chautauqua and the Great Lakes.
Jean Mandell Litow is
busy with repairs to her dining-room porch. Her son Alan will be visiting to straighten
out me and the computer, as we have our differences.
Martha Meixell Danner called
to say that she plans to move from her big home to something that will suit her better.
She has six grandchildren: four boys and two girls. Her son David, who is about to retire
from the Naval Air Corps, was on the third floor of the Pentagon when it was hit on September
11. His entire unit was fortunate to escape injury.
Weve made several camping
trips. We went to North Carolina to visit our grandson in the U.S. Coast Guard and to
British Columbia to tour this beautiful part of the Americas with Canadian cousins. Weve
enjoyed the Johnstown Flood Museum and the Oyster Bay Feast with Frank and Ada Zellner
Flower. We also visited Wisconsins cranberry country, stopping to visit Audrey
Roach Long 44 and her husband, Jack, along the way.
From the Alumni House:
Lloyd Fatzinger wrote
the following letter to the Men of the 40s:
Every time I read an
alumni publication, I wonder why so little is said about the men of the 40s.
Is it because we tend to be less active in alumni events? Is it because there are so
few of us left?
We never numbered that
many to start with, because we were then a truly small college, where students and professors
knew everyone on campus not only by name but also by first name or nickname. We were
a tight-knit group with a feeling of belonging, and we gave back what we could by being
members of two or more organizations on campus. Yes, we were very active in that
respect, and we enjoyed a closeness that is hard to put in words.
We are a different group
of alumni: a group that saw some of its members pay with their lives in the war. That
war is history now, referred to as World War II, but for us it will always be the
warour war. Some went on, as I did, to serve in other wars of
We dont know what
class to identify withthe one we started college with or the year we completed
our work at Moravian. I was scheduled to graduate in 1943, but at the end of my
junior year, I was drafted into the Army. I served until January 1946.
I returned to college
and completed my degree requirements within six months. Did that make me a member of
the Class of 1946? I think not. There were but two of us who completed our work
at that time, too late to participate in the graduation ceremony for the Class of 1946. I
was well into my graduate work at Lehigh University, in the spring of 1947, when I participated
in Moravians graduation ceremony for the Class of 1947. Does that make me a member
of the Class of 1947? No! I am carried on the rolls of the Class of 1946. But
I think of myself as being of the Class of 1943.
In reality, I am a member
of that anomalous group that was given the name by Sam [Rev. Samuel Zeller] as Men
of the 40s. For a long time, Sam kept us all informed of where the others
were and what they were doing. Maybe we should be called Sams Class.
To those left, I say hello and thank you for being a major part of my life. To those gone, I can
say only that I miss you, for you, too, were a part of my life and college experience.
I shall always be proud
of the fact I am a graduate of the finest liberal arts college I know.
NEWS OF 1945
From Jane Smith Ebelhare:
Jackie Stout McGiffert and
her husband, Bob, entertained their 8-year-old grandson Cameron, who came to visit them
all by himself. He spent a week with them at Flathead Lake in Montana. When their son
Brian came to pick up Cameron, their daughter and her family arrived, making it a very
pleasant get-together, including lots of exercise in Jackies lime-green kayak.
Florence Drebert Fritts and
her husband, Warren, are really enjoying living in Lititz. Theyve joined the Moravian
Church there, which has lots of connections to Bethlehem. In February, Florences
brother Bill Drebert and his wife moved to Lititz from Fryeburg, Maine, and now Warrens
brother has moved there from Easton. They are very much pleased to have family near them.
Dorothy Stump Lied thinks
she leads a very mundane life. I think its anything but. Much of her
time recently has been spent helping members of a Spanish-speaking church in Lancaster
to improve their English. These are mostly professional people working menial jobs because
their training isnt accepted here. Fortunately, Dorothy took Spanish at Moravian,
but she does have to rely on her Spanish/English dictionary a bit! Though her preference
is classical music, she went to a Rod Stewart concert in July. However, there was a very
good reason for it. Stewart
wanted a string quartet as a backup group, and Dottie’s granddaughter, Nicole, a senior
majoring in cello at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, was part of the quartet.
There was Nicole in front of an audience of 10,000 people, and the audio was good enough
for the strings to be heard well.
Lois Moser Harke and
her husband, Al ’43, have been very busy retirees. Lois sings in several senior choirs
and leads a study group. Their oldest grandchild, an engineer working on a Ph.D. at the
University of Wisconsin, got married in October. Their son Gary, the father of the groom,
and his two other children were there for the wedding.
Andy and I again will take
off for Florida in early January and will be there until mid-April.
Janet Moyer Paulus and
her husband, Dick, have a grandson, Jason, in the U.S. Coast Guard. After September 11,
he spent a month guarding New York Harbor. Now he’s back at his home base for further
training, but his grandparents wonder what comes next. Despite all the disruption, they
still planned to see the “Mini Moravian” group at its annual get-together before Christmas.
Jackie Haas Bauder says
she’s not as productive as she used to be, but I don’t think you’d agree if you read
her e-mail. She is still an elder at her church, which means “other committees, joint
board meetings, and calling people to do things.” She also is part of a Cursillo Community,
which sponsors spiritual retreats for the Moravian Church, and it held one at the end
Her youngest daughter, Wendy,
moved with her family back to the Washington, D.C., area in July, so Jackie went down
in August to help them get settled. Wendy works in a library across the Potomac River
from the Pentagon and could see the flames when the airliner hit on September 11. Her
husband, Peter, works at the National Gallery, and their 5-year old daughter, Natalie,
is in kindergarten at the Museum of Natural History. Both museums are on the Capitol
Mall, and the family was involved in hours of nightmarish traffic that evening.
Jackie and 250 classmates
attended their 60th high school reunion at the Radisson Hotel Bethlehem. She, Janet
Moyer Paulus, and Florence Drebert Fritts also planned to get together with Jim Cherrington,
widower of Doris Fetterman Cherrington ’43 Secretarial, in November.
Jackie tells me that Lillian
Stefko Schaedler’s husband, Kurt, died unexpectedly in October. She also keeps
in touch with Betty Wachstetter Griffis, who loves to go to craft shows and
does beautiful counted cross-stitch; and with Ann Bachert, whom she visited
at Kirkland Village. Jackie planned to travel to Florida and the Bahamas in January.
NEWS OF 1944
NEWS OF 1943
From June Bright Reese:
Recently, the Classes of 1943
and 41 Secretarial held a joint mini-reunion at a local restaurant. A big thanks
to Betty Adams Roach for making the arrangements.
Our members are still active
and have interesting lives. Maxine Macky Kerrigan Sortwell and her
husband, Thomas, along with daughter Debbie and friend Sue, traveled 7,600 miles on five
different trains to see some of the United States. They spent time in San Francisco,
toured Alcatraz Island, went to Harrahs casino in Reno, and traveled another 22
hours to get to Seattle. There they saw a Mariners game on Mackys birthday, thanks
to Dave Myers, the clubs new third-base coach, who is the oldest son of a friend
of Mackys from York Hospital Pathology Department. Thomas thought the food on the
trains was fabulous but nothing like that on a cruise, according to Macky.
Thomas says he cruised quite enough in the Pacific in 1945 and wants no part of cruising
or flying, which is why they take the train.
Margaret Mason Marcks spent
her ninth summer at Yellowstone Park, and it was an eventful one. On June 12, they had
9 inches of snow, and all the entrances to the park were closed. In August, there were
three fugitives in the park, and all visitors were evacuated until they were caught.
The park area also saw terrible firestorms last summer, and Peggy says 800 firefighters
and some helicopter pilots were more or less in their back yard.
Marian Carty Durkee attended
an Elderhostel in North Dakota that observed the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark
expedition. The weather was bizarre, she says, but accommodations and hospitality were
very nice on the campus of Mary University on the Missouri River. The beautiful rolling
countryside was especially lovely, Marian reports.
Nancy Reichard Kichline enjoys
her family, who live nearby. She feels very fortunate to be able to be independent and
in her own home. The newest member of her family is a great-grandchild.
Marion McCall Bray likes
her new residence in the Union Boulevard Moravian House. Her children are nearby, as
well as five grandchildren with whom she is very involved.
Betty Karte is looking
forward to moving into a new retirement home. Bill and I have done just that: We moved
to Westminster Village a few months ago.
Betty Adams Roach was nominated
for a second three-year term on the Alumni Association board. She would like to remind
our class members that the year of our 60th reunion (2003) is also the target date for
completion of the new Academic Building. Betty says: Plan now to attend our 60th
to see this new complex, the renovated Colonial Hall, and many other improvements on
NEWS OF 1942 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
NEWS OF 1941
NEWS OF 1940
From the Alumni House:
We are still looking for a
class correspondent. Interested? please contact the Alumni Office at 610 861-1366.
NEWS OF 1939
From Elizabeth Batdorf Hummel:
Isabel Wadsworth Gilligan is
another class memberz who has down-sized. With the help of her children, she moved from
a large home in Lenox, Mass., to a continuing-care community named Devonshire. She is
enjoying her one-bedroom apartment with a balcony. Since she doesnt drive, she
really appreciates the convenience of the facilitys bus transportation.
Heres from our traveling
classmate Mildred Ladner Thompson: Ive been on the go! Holland, Luxembourg,
and Belgium with my daughter Mary Pat in tulip time. I spent two weeks in Tulsa in May
and took a New England jaunt with my Boston daughter in July. She also was planning
a trip to Colorado Springs in September to be with her younger daughter, then to Albuquerque
to visit a stepdaughter.
NEWS OF 1938
From Evalyn Adams Hawk:
How joyous it was for six
of us 38ers to be together September 11 at the Aspen Inn, Bethlehem, for lunch. Christine
Roberts Fraley and Jeanette McCandless Vary drove together from Carlisle/Harrisburg; Olivia
Musselman Barnes from Allentown; Mary Fabian Strock from Springtown; and Lois
Park Salmon and I from Phillipsburg, N.J. Alumni relations director Bertie Francis
Knisely 69 joined us. We missed Catherine Marquard from Langhorne, who
had planned to attend but was not able to, after all. But it was wonderful to enjoy the
warm friendship of 63 years.
NEWS OF 1937 - Reunion
May 31 June 1
NEWS OF 1936
NEWS OF 1935