NEWS OF 1955
NEWS OF 1954 - Reunion
May 21-22, 2004
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
Classmate Dawn Van
Keuren in Jacksonville, Ala., left a message on my answering machine saying
she feels better and plans to attend our 50th reunion.
A phone call from Cornelia Schlotter ’53 brought news of the death
of Janis Byram Cook. Though saddened, I was comforted to learn that she
and Lowell completed their goal of visiting all 50 states.
By now, you ’54 classmates have received a three-page mailing with information about
Alumni Weekend 2004: an alumni survey, “Taste of Moravian,” a letter from your
reunion committee about our 50th reunion, and a guide to area hotel accommodations.
The committee met with alumni director Bertie Knisely ’69 for a
conference call with Joan Kinard Mercado in Houston, Elynor Fishel
Rights in Clemmons, N.C., and Dorothy Ruyak in Baltimore. We
were not able to reach Nancy Bishop Risser for the conference call, but
she already has contacted classmates and offered to contact more for this special class
event. If you haven’t been contacted by a reunion committee member, you will be soon.
NEWS OF 1953
NEWS OF 1952
NEWS OF 1951
From Caroll Buechner McMullen:
It was a great pleasure to see classmates last May and June. I spent most of my summer
visiting relatives and friends on Long Island, Cape Cod, and in Maine. Coming home after
Labor Day, I felt it was time to get to work. I volunteered for a program at my local library
that is affiliated with the Literacy Volunteers of America. I became a teacher of English
for non-English speakers. First I had to take a course and pass a difficult exam. Initially
we were assigned to tutor one student at a time; my first was a Russian lady. I’m
not sure which of us is learning the most, but I hope I’m helping her.
June Shafer Scholl, with her daughter Heather and grandson Andrew, went
to Hawaii to attend the 50th anniversary of longtime friends. Her arrival, known only to
the couple’s children, was a wonderful surprise. On the return trip, June spent a
day in La Jolla, Calif., for a reunion with a friend from a European study tour that she
took after her junior year at Moravian.
June’s trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for September 18, was delayed for two
days because of Hurricane Isabel. When she arrived, planning a visit with her son, David,
his home was without power. David took her to stay with her sister, Lois Shafer
Smith, and her husband, Dick, and they were able to enjoy their planned timeshare
week on Hilton Head.
June’s granddaughter, Amy Frantz ’06, a political science
major, had been working for one of the recent mayoral candidates. A televised debate was
held at the College, and Amy was one of the students selected to question the candidates.
See June for the videotape!
As I wrote this, Amy was working on Richard Gephardt’s campaign in Iowa.
Fern Bachman Koplin continues with as many activities as her health allows.
She teaches Sunday school, is a member of Church Women United, leads a Bible study group,
and hosts family dinners. She and June are “phone buddies,” checking with each
other mornings and evenings. Fern’s son Larry, a firefighter, was married November
8. One of her granddaughters is a high school cheerleader, the other a competitive gymnast.
Nancy Oplinger Dover and her husband, Ed, with their granddaughter Kaye,
visited Hawaii in October. In Kihei, one of their favorite places, they enjoyed surfing
Please write, call, e-mail, and share your ideas, activities, and news.
NEWS OF 1950
From Bob Scholl:
Justin Carisio, along with Tom Keim ’49, was happy
to have President Rokke and his son, Eric, as guests at the September breakfast of the
Members of IWSA (which stands for I Was Shot At) are Lehigh Valley veterans associated
with the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors: fighter pilots, bomber crews, maintenance
and ground personnel.
President Rokke, a retired Air Force lieutenant general with a distinguished military record,
presented a detailed and most interesting talk about his Air Force career and missions.
President Rokke’s son, Eric, an Air Force pilot who served in Afghanistan, was visiting
his parents. He gave an interesting talk to the group about his experience as a fighter
From the Alumni House:
Emanuel (Manny) Roman, a retired dentist who uses firstname.lastname@example.org as
his e-mail address, identified several of the students in last issue’s photo of a
biology class taught by Professor Kenneth A. Bergstresser. (It was in the article about
the Moravian College Archives exhibit.) The two students on the left are Rene Fernandes ’51
from Surinam, who lived on the top floor of Comenius Hall, and Earl Deubler Jr.,
who was Manny’s roommate in 1947 and 1948. Earl earned his doctorate (in biology!)
from Cornell University and taught at Hartwick College in upstate New York.
“ Besides me, in several of these classes was the late Albert Gaumer, who succeeded
Professor Bergstresser as head of the Biology Department.” He also remembers Professor Allan F.
Herr of the English Department, which at that time had offices in Colonial Hall. “I look forward
to my 55th-year reunion in 2005 and to seeing my classmates,” he says.
NEWS OF 1949 - Reunion
From Norma Boldt Wynne:
Faye Werley Jurden is feeling much better. She and Jack are having the
house worked on. Now that he’s retired, Jack is doing three cartoons weekly. Their
daughter Jan, who has attended many Moravian events with her mother, loves being a judge
in Delaware. Jan and her family recently moved and are so busy that Faye doesn’t
get to see her 3-year-old granddaughter as often as she’d like.
I read in Lehigh University’s alumni bulletin that Penny Hall Porter’s
husband, Bill, died a year ago. We extend our sympathy to Penny and her family.
Our 55th reunion will be in the spring! Please start making plans to attend. It would be
fun to see everyone again.
I received a holiday card from Bernie Terzigni with a photo of his beautiful
home in Palm Harbor, Fla. He hopes to make it to the reunion in May.
We are honored to have one of our classmates, Ivan Backer, as recipient
of the 2003 Haupert Humanitarian Award this past October, given by the Alumni Association.
He received the award for community leadership. Ivan was a driving force in the revitalization
of the blighted Frog Hollow neighborhood in Hartford, Conn. While on the staff of Trinity
College, he became founding executive director and president of the Southside Institutions
Neighborhood Alliance, which has been recognized nationally as a model for community revitalization.
Don’t forget our 55th reunion on Alumni Weekend! More information will be coming
in the mail. Hope to see you then!