Class Notes

NEWS OF 1978
Reunion May 30-31

NEWS OF 1977

From the Alumni House:

Sam Guncler played in an off-Broadway play called Midwestern Chum, a comedy about a big-city school board. Sam’s character is the upstanding superintendent hired by some not-so-upstanding board members.

NEWS OF 1976

NEWS OF 1975

From the Alumni Office:

Denise Oldenhoff plans to take a 23-day group tour (on a private jet, no less) to sanctuaries of the ancient world. Tour stops include Machu Pichu, Easter Island, Cambodia, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, and Japan.

We thank Susan Bacci Adams for volunteering to be your new class corresponden. Send her some news!

NEWS OF 1974

From the Alumni House:

David France and his wife, Sue, began new positions at the Solebury School, a private boarding and day school for grades 7-12 in New Hope. David is a college counselor and directs the theater program. Sue is a librarian and assists with the theater.

John Weaver will have his third book, Days in the Lives of Counselors, published in 2003. A first-person account of the field, it is intended as a supplemental text for counselor-education classes.

Joe Kempfer will be starting his seventh year as director of special education in the Stroudsburg Area School District.

NEWS OF 1973
Reunion May 30-31

NEWS OF 1972

NEWS OF 1971

From the Alumni House:

Lloyd Forman has been with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine since 1982. He is an associate professor in the department of cell biology an adjunct professor in the department of medicine, and a member of the Center for the Aging, where he is director of research for geriatric medicine, dentistry, and psychiatry fellowship program. Also, he is a charter member of the university’s Master Educators’ Guild and holds the title of master educator.

NEWS OF 1970

From the Alumni House:

Ruth Corcoran Wells is a sixth-grade teacher at Bridle Path Elementary School in the North Penn School District, Lansdale.

NEWS OF 1969

From the Alumni House:

Chuck Galley was elected moderator of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ in June. He is the director of Phoebe Retirement Village in Berks County.

Rich Balmer was Moravian College’s representative at the inauguration of the new president of the University of Massachusetts.

NEWS OF 1968
Reunion May 30-31

From the Alumni House:

Seven women who lived on South Campus and for the most part in South Hall continue to get together whenever they can. This year Sharon Gallagher Pfeiffer, Barbara Keller Brimlow, Nancy Krause Bowman, Judy Henry Jackson, Connie Stirling Hodson, Pam Uhl Boyer, and Susan White Redfield traveled to Portland, Ore., where many of their children have settled. They spent one day at the beach and visited Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark spent the winter. Then they drove along the Columbia River Gorge down to SunRiver Resort. They had to avoid the forest fires that plagued Oregon this summer but still were able to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains, rivers, whitewater, and waterfalls. Jean Jenkins Law was scheduled to make the trip but had to cancel at the last minute. The women all enjoy getting together whenever possible and are looking forward to their 35th reunion in May at the college.

NEWS OF 1967

From the Alumni House:

Marisue Bruger Easterly, the outgoing class correspondent, sent this letter:

“To bring you up to speed on my life: My husband, Bob, and I moved to southwest Florida after we retired—Bob from management of the Dixie division of James River in Easton after 35 years and I from the Warren County Technical School after 34 years (11 years in teaching and 23 years as a high school guidance counselor). We relocated in December 2000.

“At first, we just enjoyed our leisure. But finding ourselves with too much time on our hands, we decided to get involved with our community. Bob works in the automotive industry. I got my substitute teacher certificate and work in high schools and middle schools in Collier County. We are having the time of our lives playing golf, going to the beach, enjoying our new friends at the country club, and experiencing a totally different life.”

Kathy Broczkowski Klein, inspired by attending the Class of 1967 reunion last spring, has asked to become your new class correspondent. Keep her updated with your news and events!

NEWS OF 1966

From the Alumni House:

After serving as an adjunct instructor of graduate and undergraduate courses at DeSales University since 1976, Charles Finady has joined the full-time faculty as an assistant professor of economics. He was an account executive for several brokerage firms for more than 25 years and also has taught at Muhlenberg College and Northampton Community College.

NEWS OF 1965

Iron Man

Eric Marquard ’86 is a successful journalist but says the best thing about his chosen career is that it allows him to maintain the rigorous training program necessary for his real passion: the Ironman competition.

He may not have performed well, or so he claims, when he tried out for Moravian’s soccer and golf teams; but he has become part of a minuscule percentage of the population that accepts the challenges of Ironman.

As its name implies, this annual competition is a “Grand Triathlon” in which participants swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles—one right after the other. Eric has competed in Ironman for 10 years and qualified for the Ironman world championship, always held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 1999. When he competes in Ironman USA in Cœur d’Alene, Idaho, in June, it will be with the goal of qualifying again for Hawaii.

“The top 11 finishers [out of roughly 300] in my age group get to go to Hawaii,” Eric says. “I'll be training particularly hard for the run, which will go through the rolling hills of central Idaho.”

This doesn’t mean he’s any less dedicated to excellence in magazines. Following his graduation with a degree in journalism, Eric worked for publications in the New York area: Waterway Guide, an almanac for boaters; Sports Inc.; Selling; and Rolling Stone, where he worked five years as production manager and also met his future wife.

They moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where both worked for Outside magazine. It was a perfect venue for them. They loved the outdoors, where their activities included mountain biking, running, and endurance events. The lure of better-paying jobs brought them back to New York, where they now work for Sports Illustrated.

Eric has been assistant art director for six years, focusing much of his effort on a monthly insert called SI Adventure. Sent only to subscribers, the insert emphasizes alternative sports such as adventure racing, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, and Ironman.

In February 2002, Eric was assigned to be one of four designers for Sports Illustrated on site at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The team published a daily magazine, averaging 34 pages, that was produced for distribution and sale within the Olympics area. It was not only a popular but also a financial success. “I went to the Large Hill (120 meters) Ski Jump and the 1.5-kilometer Sprint Free Cross-Country Ski events,” Eric says. “Watching elite athletes compete at the top of their game in an esoteric sport was thrilling, since my sport's a bit obscure, too.”

Eric speaks highly of his years at Moravian. His father was a Lehigh University graduate, his mother a Bethlehem native, and an older sister spent two years at Moravian. All these things pulled him to the Lehigh Valley for college. He was active on campus, writing for the Comenian and serving as vice president of OGO fraternity in his senior year. He recalls the influence of Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the journalism track; Rudy Ackerman, Priscilla Payne Hurd Professor of Arts and Humanities emeritus; and David Taylor, former professor of journalism, on his skills in journalism.

So next time you pick up a Sports Illustrated or an article about the Ironman, look for a fellow alum—Eric Marquard-and track his accomplishments.

—Robert Houser '65