NEWS OF 1955
From Helen Varady Keyser:
Our 260th Founder’s
Day was a wonderful event, with a reception at the home of President and Mrs. Rokke,
followed by a Moravian Lovefeast in Peter Hall (the former Women’s College chapel).
The program was “Preserving Our Past: Oral Histories from the Moravian College
for Women,” as told on video by numerous alumnae. We then enjoyed a lovely lunch
It was good to see and talk
to Juliana Bobo Ott ’57 from South Carolina, where she is a lab technician at Lexington
Medical Center in West Columbia.
Joan Landrock Schlegel talked
to Gladys Smith Winkelmann of Spirit Lake, Idaho, who says she and Howie go boating a
lot on the lake. Joan also called Barbara (Bam) McCombs Justice, of Sarasota, Fla., who
is recuperating from a badly broken ankle. We wish her well.
Rose Mandic Donchez and her
husband, Francis, led the parade in Lehigh University’s freshman rally for the
Class of 2006, and Francis presented the 50-year flag to the incoming class.
Barbara Cump Schmoyer, Joan
Landrock Schlegel, Nancy Zaleski Frantz ’53, Anne Collins Frey, along with Rose
and me, enjoy celebrating our birthdays by lunching together. Nancy and Barbara and their
spouses observed 50th wedding anniversaries this year.
Nancy and I, with my husband,
John, attended a chamber-music concert at Central Moravian Church during Musikfest. We
heard a wonderful duo-piano concert by Arianna Goldina, a n artist-lecturer in music
the College, and Remy Loumbrozo, her husband and musical partner. Anne Enright ’52
and Lynn Merriken Cognetti ’65 and her husband, Frank, were there, too.
I get to see Mary Pongracz ’52,
who is busy as organist and choir director at Holy Infancy Church and as organist at
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. John and I sang in St. Joseph’s choir
for a Veterans Day observance.
We are sorry to learn of the
passing of Margaret Czipoth Underwood’s husband, Eugene.Margaret is in our thoughts
and prayers, and we wish her a good recovery from her surgery.
NEWS OF 1954
NEWS OF 1953
Reunion May 30-31
From E. Allen Schultz:
Jack Ridge, professor emeritus
of physics at Moravian College, was given the Benigna Education Award at the Alumni Association’s
annual awards ceremony November 2. The award recognizes Moravian alumni for outstanding
contributions to the field of education, including significant innovations to the teaching
profession, and dedication to the community at large.
When Jack arrived at Moravian
in September 1949 from Pottsville, he declared a triple major: physics, chemistry, and
mathematics. While living in Colonial Hall, he kept his nose to the grindstone and graduated
summa cum laude. After a brief stint (1953-54) as a scientist in the photo products department
of E.I. Dupont & Co., he crossed the Lehigh River to become a graduate assistant
in physics at Lehigh University, where he received a master’s degree in 1956. At
the same time, he and his wife, Laura, were house parents at Moravian’s Clewell
Hall. In 1954, Jack began his long career at Moravian as an instructor in mathematics
and physics. In his spare time, he worked on his Ph.D. in physics at Lehigh, receiving
it in 1965. At Moravian, he moved up the academic ladder until he became a full professor
of physics. He served as chair of the Department of Physics and Earth Science from 1959
During his teaching career,
Jack also received a National Science Foundation faculty fellowship, the Lindback Foundation
Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1967, and a National Science Foundation summer fellowship
that allowed him to work at Homer Research Laboratories, Bethlehem Steel Corp., in 1976.
He was the second Louise E. Juley Professor of Science (1993-95; Stuart Kulp was the
first). In 1996, Jack was appointed professor emeritus of physics.
Jack and Laura are the parents
of Pamela and John, who have given them four grandchildren. Jack is a continuing presence
on campus, both as professor emeritus and in alumni activities.
Joseph L. Powlette ’60,
Jack’s successor as chair of the Physics Department and holder of the Louise E.
Juley chair, presented the Benigna Award to Jack. In his introduction, Joe said: “For
more than 40 years, Jack has been my teacher, friend, and colleague. Year after year,
I saw that when a student passed through Jack’s course, that student was not the
same. They had matured academically . . . No student worked as hard as did Jack in the
course. I believe that he always held the student’s development as his highest
Jack and a number of our fellow
classmates have been planning for our 50th reunion, to be held Alumni Weekend, May 30-31.
The committee includes Hugh Connell, Joe Farris, Gene Glasser, Charles Hasenecz, David
Henkelmann, Gloria Badel Hilbert, Joan Wagner Koehler, Lou Michelin, Henrietta Gruber
Mooney, Ed Novogratz, Ed Pastir, Polly Rayner, Connie Nonnemaker Strain, Phil Trimble,
and your correspondent.
The reunion theme is “New
Look, Old Friends,” and we hope for a good turnout. The many exciting changes that
have occurred on campus, coupled with the fellowship of renewal, promises to make it
a worthy event. See you then.
At last, a response from a
classmate, the first to offer some news since I’ve been designated as your class
In her letter, sent from Potomac,
Md., Connie Nonnemaker Strain said: “My time has been spent caring for my husband,
Bill, who suffered a stroke many years ago. In the early years, we were able to travel
and lead busy lives. Unfortunately, this past year he was diagnosed with chronic renal
failure, and that was one fight we couldn’t win. On October 8, he passed away,
just two weeks before our 48th wedding anniversary. His children, Kathy and Bill, and
our four grandchildren were devoted to him, and we all miss him very much.” Our
sympathy to Connie for her loss.
Can you believe our 50th reunion
is coming up in 2003? Where has the time gone? I do hope we’ll have a grand representation
for this one! The date: May 30-31.
To fill you in on some of
the events planned: the Class of ’53 will be guests of the College for all events
except the dinner on Saturday. The class will be inducted into the 50+ Club and the 50+
Breakfast. The weekend starts on Friday with Founder’s Day, which takes place on
the Women’s College campus.
As chairman of our class reunion,
I would appreciate input from all of you, from serving on the committee to jotting down
some ideas for the theme. I’m aware you probably won’t travel great distances
for a committee meeting. No problem, we’ll let you know the meeting dates in advance
and put you on speakerphone for a conference call.
For those who have not returned
to campus for many years: You’ll be amazed at what’s been happening at Moravian
College. It has grown physically and academically—a far cry from a half-century
NEWS OF 1952
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
On October 18, I traveled
to Moravian College for the dedication of the recently completed academic complex. In
the morning I visited Payne Art Gallery (you might not recognize the old gym), where
there was an impressive display of botanical paintings and prints. At the dedication
ceremony, I was joined by Betsey Tait Puth, who had attended a Board of Trustees meeting
that morning. Betsey and I went on to lunch together, reminiscing about our days at Moravian
as well as wishing our classmates were there to enjoy the event with us.
NEWS OF 1950
From the Alumni House:
Tony Jaso was inducted into
the Carbon County Hall of Fame.
Martin Black has a new address
and phone number in Arlington, Va. You may contact the Alumni Office if you would like
to get in touch with him.
NEWS OF 1949
From the Alumni House:
Dr. Bernie Terzigni has been
accepted into the Gillum Society of Master Fellows, which honors those recognized through
their superiority in clinical practice, teaching, or medical research. Membership is
awarded by the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Bernie is a professor and
past chairman of the department of medicine at Nova Southeastern University’s College
of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.