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
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
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
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
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.