Class Notes

NEWS OF 1978

NEWS OF 1977

From the Alumni House:

Bruce Weaknecht has accepted the call to become pastor at Egg Harbor City Moravian Church in Egg Harbor, N.J. He and his family moved from Ohio in October. His son, Josh, completed requirements for graduation from Moravian this summer. His daughter, Marissa, is a senior at Moravian.

Rick Kingston and Leslie are happy to report that their children are all doing well. Doug, 20, a junior at the University of North Carolina, plans to study in Germany in May. Abby, 18, is a freshman at the University of Richmond. Tom, 15, looks forward to more independence when he gets his driver’s license next year. Leslie works part-time in radio promotions, and Rick still keeps busy with his oral surgery practice and golf.

NEWS OF 1976

NEWS OF 1975

From Susan Bacci Adams:

Can you believe it? The Class of ’75 is turning 50! We’ve been out of college for 28 years—hard to believe.

This summer I heard from Ellen Krueger, who celebrated her 50th by visiting Miami, Savannah, and Atlanta. Then she traveled to Seattle to visit Linda Lathrop, a classmate who attended Moravian for two years, then transferred to Connecticut College where she majored in special education (which Moravian did not offer at that time). They took a road trip to Portland, Ore., and continued down the coast, exploring Florence, Ore., the redwoods in California, and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. They ended up in San Francisco, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Marin County.

I got together with several friends from Moravian—an annual event. This year we gathered at Larry and Cindy Lewis Hart’s home to celebrate our 50th birthdays. Also there were Scott and Laura Likman Schell; Carter Lee, her husband, Peter Maas, and their 4-year-old daughter, Emilee; Carl and Debbie Lewis Zvanut; Nancy Martin Lasher; and Colleen Senters Witmer ’74. It was great to rehash old Moravian stories and tell new stories of our families.

Let’s try to make this alumni event more inclusive. E-mail me at the address above, and I will send your stories to the Moravian College Magazine. Happy 50th, everyone

NEWS OF 1974 - Reunion May 21-22, 2004

NEWS OF 1973

From Priscilla Barres Schueck:

Our 30th reunion, May 30-31, rekindled college friendships and remembered a special classmate.

More than 39 classmates shared old memories and new stories as we dined in the HUB’s patio and partied on the piazza in front of Moravian’s beautiful new academic complex. Those who came included folks from Florida, California, and Washington. Some of our former professors joined us at some of the weekend events. Attendees included: Jill Kerst Coleman, Arleen Kerst Goubeaud, Brenda Francis Sanderson, Sandy Magill, Patricia Tallon Walsh, Alexandra Soldatos Tsiatis, Kathryn Creedy, Alicia Cavanaugh Goldfeder, Lynne Polishook Overk, Robin Sarin Worth, Victoria Ann Brown Nave, John Egerton, Tim DeBiasse, Suleiman (Sunny) Modjadidi, Bill Votral, Tom Kwiatek, Paul Shelly, Saul Finkle, Wendy Perry Hartung, Martha Cox Popichak, Linn and Priscilla Barres Schueck, Emilio Ega, Clifford Soroko, Ann Lockhart Baier, Robert Greene, Keith Lambie, Terrence Snyder, Garrett Cain, Jim Mazarella, Jennifer Swain Clarke, Jack Skeffington, and Bev Gaston Kochard, now dean of students and vice president for student affairs at the College. Emeritus professors Alden Sears (business) and Winfred Kohls (history) also were there.

Present in spirit and fondly remembered was Bev Frederick Morley, who died June 24. Nicknamed “Beaver” to distinguish her from Bev Gaston Kochard, she was active in Blackfriars, AEPi sorority, and the HUB Program Board. After graduating with a major in psychology, she went on to earn a master’s degree at Loyola College, Baltimore, and set off on a fulfilling career with Baltimore County’s human-services programs. She climbed the ladder to become capital budget director, a position of significant responsibility. She also served as president of Baltimore County Credit Union. In 1992, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. From then until her death, she endured endless rounds of chemotherapy, battling back from each one. Her tenacity and quiet strength were an inspiration to us all. Beaver leaves behind her husband of 29 years, Bill; their son, Matthew, a sophomore at St. Vincent College in Latrobe; and many devoted friends. She dearly loved Moravian. Memorial gifts can be made by calling the Development Office of the College.

From the Alumni House:

Albert Kareyva retired from Hoffman-LaRoche Inc. in 2001 and is now a LIMS administrator for the South Florida Water Management District.

NEWS OF 1972

From Terrell McMann:

At the Celebration Ball in October, I ran into several alums. We sat with my old roommate, Michael Ellis, and his fiancée, Kathleen. (She calls him T. R. because he reminds her of Teddy Roosevelt.) Michael is a member of Moravian’s Board of Trustees. He has sold his software company and been in a sort of retirement for a couple of years—hard to believe! His latest project is raising venture capital for a biotech startup company. Michael lives in New York City and travels in the area to see his twin sons, who are high school juniors attending Hills School in Pottstown.

Also at our table was one of my Beta fraternity brothers, John Diacogiannis ’71. His business card says he is supervisor of corporate risk and insurance at Pennsylvania Power & Light. Our conversation, however, centered on his experiences in government. John has been a Hanover Township supervisor for 20 years and also serves on the Lehigh Valley Joint Planning Commission.

Two other Beta brothers sat nearby. Bob Flicker ’71 is as outgoing as ever. Bob still lives in the Topton area.

Sunny Modjadidi ’73 was there, too. He was a featured speaker at the College this fall, talking about his home country, Afghanistan. Sunny also is involved in resurrecting the Lehigh Valley Home Club for the Alumni Association. His wife, Camie, is field coordinator for student teaching in the Department of Education at the College. Sunny and I have gotten together to play golf occasionally. Unfortunately, he has improved. I haven’t.

As for me: my daughter Erin started teaching sixth grade in the Allentown School District. My son Ross is a senior in high school. I have owned my own tax-preparation business for the last 12 years and have just incorporated the company to help manage its growth. My wife, Sandy Magill ’73, and I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary.

NEWS OF 1971

NEWS OF 1970

NEWS OF 1969 - Reunion May 21-22, 2004

From Caroline:

In trying to report our class news, I’ve e-mailed all the classmates for whom Alumni House has e-mail addresses. However, that’s a very small percentage of our class. Many of my messages have come back “undeliverable.” If you have not contacted Alumni House with a new or updated e-mail address, I encourage you to do so. I was thrilled to receive your responses and happy to share the news.

Ginny Evans McIver has taught special education in West Warwick, R.I., for 25 years. She will retire at the end of this year and move to Andover, Vt., where she and her husband bought a home four years ago to use as a vacation/weekend getaway. Much as she’ll miss living by the ocean, she says she’s looking forward to the mountains.

Jeanne Taccarino Guaraldo lives in Wilmington, Del. In addition to raising three children, she has been very busy at Moravian. She was on the alumni board (1996-2002) and was its president for two years, directed a women’s history project, and chaired the Celebration Ball of 2003. (She’s chairman of the 2004 ball, too.) She enjoys singing in her church choir, playing tennis, and babysitting for her granddaughter.

Shirley Newton Nichter lives in Columbia, Md., with her husband, Robert, and son Christopher, a senior at West Virginia University. She works for a title company as settlement processor and office manager.

Edward Goetz has lived in Higganum, Conn., for more than 32 years following grad school and seminary. He’s had a diverse career. He is the information systems director for a school district, a volunteer firefighter, and an active Episcopal priest. In addition to regular Sunday services, he is chaplain for the Connecticut state police, the Middletown police, and several fire departments. His wife of 30 years, Cathleen, is a business owner and a captain in the fire service. In 2001, Ed became one of 125 national chaplains for a federal law-enforcement agency. After assisting at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon following the September 11 attacks, he says his life has changed dramatically. “One really appreciates life and freedom after seeing the worst of the worst,” he says.

Tim Tedesco has been married to Janet Evans ’72 for 32 years. They have three children: Becky, 28, Christy, 24, and Roger, 22. Ted has been teaching in Mahwah, N.J., for 35 years, the last 22 as a second-grade teacher. He plans to retire in June.

Michael Siegel writes from Annapolis, Md., where he serves as chief information officer for Maxim Healthcare Services Inc. He has spent the majority of his career in the medical staffing and home health-care industry on both the health-care provider and software-vendor sides of the business. He lived in Florida for 20 years and Savannah, Ga., for four before moving to Maryland. He has been married for 26 years to Gail, an artist, entrepreneur, and owner of her own business, Artful Choices. They have a daughter, Shanna, who attends the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Alma Coester McMahan
and her husband, Jim ’66, have lived since 1974 in the Lehigh Valley, where they raised three sons. They have two grandchildren. Alma reports a lifestyle change for herself and her husband. After selling their big family home, they are building a house in a planned community for 55-year-olds in Macungie, and plan to occupy it in March. Jim is on the Alumni Board. Alma has been very active in the Moravian Church, and she is an elected lay member of the Eastern District Executive Board. She is also on the board of directors of the Hope Conference and Renewal Center, which is the camp for Moravian Churches in her district. She visits campus frequently and is amazed at the changes there.

I invite you all to come back to campus for our reunion this spring, see all those changes, and rekindle old friendships. Thanks to all who wrote with news updates. It is such fun to hear from you!

From the Alumni House:

Jean Holzinger Somers and her husband, Don, are very busy in Ogunquit, Maine. They’re active with the Wells National Estuarine Reserve and Meals on Wheels. In addition to volunteer activities, they landscape their nearly two-acre property and walk on the beach. Jean looks forward to their 35th reunion in May.

NEWS OF 1968

NEWS OF 1967

From Kathie Broczkowski Klein:

News from Barbara Frisoli Schubert, who teaches eighth-grade math at Palisades Middle School in Quakertown. She enjoys teaching but thinks a decision to retire might come in the very near future. She also has raised four children, two boys and two girls, and awaits the birth of her third grandchild. We decided to have lunch and share our memories and our love of quilting. The memories go back a long time: Barbara and I were classmates in the first grade!

Pam Wagner Kyle has taken a new job as a teller for Keystone Bank in Bethlehem. Her older daughter, Maggie, lives in Syracuse, N.Y., and is awaiting the birth of the Kyles’ first grandchild. Her second daughter, Amanda, is a veterinary technician in Greensboro, N.C. Pam has been fostering a puppy for a husky rescue service during her spare time.

Margot Matthew Andrews and I had a Sunday afternoon phone conversation. Margot has three grown children: Jennifer, a nurse, doing mission work in the Ukraine; David, working in the family business; and Megan, a CPA. Margot is the secretary/treasurer for their printing business known as Casey and Andrews, in Horsham. She enjoys playing the piano for Sunday church services and her embroidery machine. She likes spending time with her family at their summer home in Long Beach Island, N.J. Margot’s mother is a 1933 graduate of Moravian College and will have celebrated her 92nd birthday by the time you read this.

Judy Reynolds Morrison has taught fourth grade in the Cumberland Valley School District for 20 years. She has two grown children, Matt and Kate, and spends her free time jogging and exercising. Judy hopes to complete her master’s degree before she retires. She remarried last October. Congratulations and best wishes!

For a short time, David Mucka taught chemistry and physics in Charlottesville, Va., and was a wrestling coach at the University of Virginia. He moved on to the Goddard Space Center, where he worked on manned space-flight missions and the launches of Apollo 8-11.

After the moon landing (1969), he went on the road for Univac (now Unisys), developing a computer-based communication system. One of his clients was the Department of Defense, where he developed one of the nodes for the department’s Automatic Digital Network (AUTODIN), a pre-Internet communications system. He remained with the federal government for six years, gaining experience in systems development and picking up a master’s degree in management.

He left in 1978 for a private firm with a contract to develop public welfare systems in Harrisburg. There he met his wife, who was project manager for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the same program. They married in 1981 and moved back to Washington, where they started a company called Applied Information Sciences and were blessed with a daughter, Lindsey, in 1983. Dave says he has been building the company ever since. His daughter is beginning her sophomore year at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

In October, Liberty High School held our 40th class reunion, attended by Moravian friends Jack Ozimek ’70, Frank Matla, Gary Fox, Barbara Frisoli Schubert, Beverly Clausen Mancke, husband John ’66, and Judy Reynolds Morrison.

Dick Ditterline
made his acting debut with Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Bethlehem, and I can attest that he was a complete success. He has a wonderful singing voice!

Sadly, news of the passing of Barbara Behr Shell reached us. She died June 28 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She had taught at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill and also was its director of development. We send our sympathy to her family.

On another sad note: I lost my husband to cancer on August 4. I have been able to carry on thanks to the help of two wonderful daughters and many friends.

NEWS OF 1966

NEWS OF 1965

From the Alumni House:

Gary S. Hartshorn has become president and CEO of the World Forestry Center in Portland, Ore. He had been a professor and director of the Institute for Tropical Studies at Duke University. Gary won the Alumni Association’s Comenius Award in 1993. His daughter, Thyra ’91, is production stage manager for the Cincinnati Ballet.

Seeing the World

Photo:Courtesy of Tim Gardner

How would you like a job that pays you to travel all over the world? That allows you to live in Switzerland: Olympian ski slopes all winter, hiking trails and Alpine scenery in the spring and summer? And that provides an opportunity to retreat to your home on the Jersey shore every now and then?

Tim Gardner ’73 and his wife, Lynn Castagnoni ’74, are living that good life!

Not that Tim doesn’t work hard. A psychology major at Moravian, he is head of human resources at the corporate center of Crédit Suisse Group, an international financial-services company that employs 75,000 people worldwide.

Tim went to Moravian on the advice of a high school teacher he describes as a “recruiting alum.” He helped pay his way by working at the HUB and fondly remembers his mentor, Paty Eiffe, its director.

After graduation, he joined First National State Bank in his home state, New Jersey, where he held various positions in the human resources department. But out of the corner of his eye, he always could look across the Hudson River to Manhattan. He took the plunge and joined Crédit Suisse in the human resources department of its New York office in 1981.

In 1993, he and Lynn jumped at an opportunity to move to Zurich for a two-year assignment, taking their daughter and twin sons, then 14 and 12, along. The two-year tour became four, followed by a year in London and then a return to the U.S. for two years. After their first international assignment, they developed wanderlust and in 2000 moved back to Zurich. He imagines they could be there for another 10 years, as long as the job continues to be fun.

In September 2002, Tim took a three-month sabbatical to complete the advanced management program at Harvard Business School. Returning to the classroom was quite an adjustment after 25 years of corporate life, he says.

During his career with Crédit Suisse Group, Tim has been global head of human resources for the investment banking division of Crédit Suisse First Boston. For that position, he traveled more than 50% of his time. Now traveling only about half that, and with their children graduated from college—Kristin, 24, with honors from Syracuse University, and the twins, Brian and Michael, 22, from Syracuse and Loyola College, Baltimore, respectively—he is able to have Lynn join him in his “wanderings.”

Though living overseas was a bit disruptive of family life, he feels the experience has been invaluable. All three children speak German fluently, and Kristin also has mastered Italian and French. Tim says he speaks “polite” Swiss-German—enough to be dangerous. He says it’s almost impossible to learn, as there are some 72 dialects of German in Switzerland.

Lynn has taught at various times and tutored at the International School. An active member of the International Women’s Club, she has friends all over the world and often travels by herself while Tim is working.

Their children are busy in the first stages of their careers. Kristin is the office manager for a real estate and construction company in New Jersey and will marry in September. Brian, also in New Jersey, works for Pershing Securities. Michael is a business analyst with Whitney Education Systems in Naples, Florida.

The most interesting place the family has visited, Tim says, was South Africa, where the scenery is spectacular and the people happy, genuine, and very friendly, even in Soweto, the black township outside Johannesburg. Their next trip was to be in January to India, which Tim and Lynn were eager to explore.

—Robert Houser '65