Class Notes

NEWS OF 1948


NEWS OF 1947

From Peg Loveless Browne:

Helen Kanusky Canfield and her husband, Don, a World War II paratrooper, attended the National Airborne reunion at Fort Bragg, N.C., in June and were amazed at the preparation now required, that planes now carry 110 paratroopers (as compared with 10 during the war) and the tremendous cost of their equipment and weapons. They spent Thanksgiving with their youngest son’s family in California, where Don played intergenerational tennis with his son and 10-year-old grandson. Their New Hampshire grandson is a competitive skier.

Kitty Nies Geiger notes that her age group is fast depleting. She and her daughter drove to Tennessee last summer for the annual visit to her brother and family. She also volunteers at Lehigh Valley Hospital and plays bridge whenever possible. Her son is back home, obtaining a divorce, which makes things around home busier.

It was good to be back in touch with Jane Leopold Jorgensen, who is glad that she went to a women’s college. In this coed world, she feels women are the losers. Jane is a widow and lives in a retirement apartment. She finally finished her degree and went on to get a master’s and Ph.D., all in journalism. She worked for the New York Herald Tribune, where she met her husband, who died in the mid ’90s after 49 years of marriage. She has a daughter, Suzan, who teaches in Apple Valley, Calif.; a son, Michael, in New York City, Montana, and Florida, who will retire in 2005; and a son, Eric, editor of a daily newspaper in western Michigan. Suzan’s son has provided Jane with a wonderful great-granddaughter, Megan.

Ruth Zehner Pope enjoys her retirement, especially when she doesn’t have to go out in bad weather. She spends weekends with her 95-year-old mother. Her son and his family spent Thanksgiving with her, and she hoped to have her younger son with her at Christmas.

Barbara Schlegel Miller
and her husband canceled a river trip to Canada in May because of pneumonia and bronchitis (twice!). By joining a big cookie project at Christmas, she helped raise $1,600 to buy food, clothing, and gifts for a family of seven.

Cornelia Faga Miller and her husband have two of her three sons and their families living in the Bethlehem area. Her third son is in Florida. They have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Corne retired from her part-time secretarial job in 1987. Ever since, they’ve been traveling: Europe, Russia, China, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, and Greece. With a British church choir director, they’ve been able to make summer visits to England to fill in for church choirs there on vacation, including cathedrals in Rochester and Exeter.

In March, Charlotte Unangst Schisler and Al took a trip to Baja, Mexico, where they rode in long rowboats to see whales, dolphins, seals, and sea birds up close—a glorious and thrilling experience. Charlotte cries when she talks about it. They visited a 16th-century Spanish church, where there was a wine- and cheese-tasting in the courtyard.

Lorry Zoshack Kelly continues to enjoy her church work and her family.

Reen Iredell Cutler and Bill just returned from a trip to Copper Canyon. They leave on January 19 for a cruise to Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Hawaii, to celebrate her 80th birthday and their 55th wedding anniversary. Her daughter, Noreen, moved to Florida from Colorado in June to be nearer. This was the first Christmas in a long time with all their children and families together.

Highlights of 2003 for me: a weeklong trip to Prague in March, a new grandson, Aaron, on May 12, a six-week stay at summer camp with my youngest son, Carl, his wife, and their 3- year-old, Baylee. My oldest son, Merritt, was married in September.

Thanks to everyone for catching us up. We are an active group


NEWS OF 1946

From Ileen Whitehead Birnbaum:

Frances Tallarico Buragino is slowly getting over her May 6 auto accident injury. She was back working at the College in the fall semester, where she kept track of Vespers tickets.

Ada Zellner Flower and her husband took an Eastern European river cruise in September. The Danube was low, so the itinerary changed. They saw a lot of Hungary, but the boat could not travel any farther southeast. She had a big family reunion in August, for which she did a cemetery search, locating graves of their relatives in Eastern Europe. It was very interesting and exhausting! Ada is amazed at celebrating the 50th birthdays of children who are thinking about retirement.

Martha Meixell Danner will move soon to a retirement home and has “60 years of stuff” to keep her busy. She did not enjoy some necessary root-canal work. Marty has three sons and four grandchildren, with some nearby that can visit her—and help with the move.

Ann Root Meyer went to Florida and visited Barbara Shepherd, who, with her son, buys and sells real estate. The Meyers are expecting their first great-grandchild. They attended their second grandson’s marriage to a Japanese girl. With the help of some interpreters, the ceremony was both lovely and interesting.

Jean Madell Litow
spent a few days with us when they came for her 60th high school reunion in Easton. Jean and her husband, Litman, and most of their families will be going to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Dave and I were invited to a dinner-dance in Ohio with Audrey Roche Long ’45 and her husband, Jack. It was a delightful weekend. In July, we vacationed in our motor home with our son, Rae, and his wife at Manitoulin Isle in Lake Huron—a beautiful area on the Canadian side of the lake. In August, we flew to Manitoba to celebrate our Canadian cousins’ 50th wedding anniversary.

Also in August, our son David’s oldest son, who is in the U.S. Coast Guard, married a lovely Southern California girl, also in the Coast Guard. All 10 of us flew out to their wedding. Then Dave and I rented a car and traveled up to Monterey, enjoying Big Sur and the Hearst Castle.


NEWS OF 1945


NEWS OF 1944 - Reunion May 21-22, 2004

From Jane Shirer:

In October, Doris Minnick Kuchar moved to Bethlehem, where she is closer to her daughter Jane and her family. After the move, Dotty took a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Cordelia Jones Sperry will not be able to come to the reunion: too far to drive from Charleston, S.C., she says, and she hates air travel. Her children would like her to move back to the area.

Pauline White entertained relatives last summer and visited her brother in Nova Scotia. In the fall, she had a pacemaker implanted and is doing well.

Remember our 60th reunion in May! And be sure to send in your alumni survey, whose information will be included in our reunion booklet.


NEWS OF 1943

From June Bright Reese:

Members of ’43 and Secretarial ’41 recently held a mini-reunion at a local restaurant for those who live within driving distance.

We reviewed the events of our 60th reunion and concluded that it was quite a remarkable milestone to reach, in the words of Maxine “Macky” Sortwell Kerrigan.

Our classmates are remarkable and very active. Margaret Terr Willey and her husband, Ed, will spend January and February on Hutchinson’s Island, Fla. Ed, who is 82, rode in the New York Bike Ride. He went through all five boroughs: 43½ miles!

Peggy Mason Marcks spent the summer in Yellowstone National Park. When she finished work September 28, Peggy and her daughter, Donna, took off for a month of vacation and covered 6,850 miles.

A note from Macky: “This summer, Deb, Sue, and I took my husband, Thomas, to the Baseball Hall of Fame [which he last visited 35 years ago], then on to Sue’s parents’ lakeside cabin in Ludlow, Vt. We visited Calvin Coolidge’s homestead, Robert Todd Lincoln’s summer home, and the Marble Factory and Museum; and we saw Hello, Dolly! at the Weston Playhouse.” On the way home, they stopped at the Crow’s Nest, the late Francis Hablett’s summer home, and spent time with France’s daughter Nancy, son-in-law Steve, and granddaughter Vanessa. The final stop was at Hyde Park, “a fitting finale for a retired history teacher who is still teaching in the adult-education program.”

Betty Adams Roach keeps busy tutoring and writing interesting articles for the Moravian College Magazine.

I continue to take classes in oil painting and serve on several committees here at Westminster Village. My daughter Sylvia, granddaughter Jen, and I see one another frequently, and we take vacations together.

Other members of Secretarial ’41 who joined us at the reunion were Janet Williams Sander, Marian Carty Durkee, and Nancy Reichard Kichline.

From the Alumni House:

Jane Outten Amos traveled to several Moravian churches with Paul McLaughlin in November.


NEWS OF 1942


NEWS OF 1941


NEWS OF 1941-46 Men


NEWS OF 1939 - Reunion May 21-22, 2004

From Elizabeth Batdorf Hummel:

I had colon surgery in April and recuperated completely. However, I suffered a loss in the summer. My oldest daughter Pat was hospitalized with a stroke on July 14 and died July 19. She was 55 years old. It happened without any warning, and her husband and all of our family have had a hard time adjusting to her death.

From the Alumni House:

Lee Shields Butterfield, daughter of T. Edgar Shields and graddaughter of Moravian College professor and president Augustus Schultze (professor from 1870, president 1885-1918), died February 5. She came from two families with long connections to the College.

Her mother was Emily Schultze, youngest child of the College president. Her father, Thomas Edgar Shields, endowed awards for student and faculty of the music department. (Last year’s T. Edgar Shields student recipient was Matthew Silvius ’03.) Her husband was Thomas E. Butterfield Jr., an attorney and a longtime College and Seminary trustee.

After receiving a master’s degree in literature from Lehigh University, Lee taught English at the Seminary and was a secretary at St. Luke’s Hospital. She also was a reporter for the Morning Call. A member of the Alumni Board and a trustee and vice chairman of the Moravian Music Foundation, she received the Medallion of Merit from the College in 1977. She was an elder at Central Moravian Church.

She is survived by three sons, Nicholas, Allentown; Robert, Bethlehem; and Jonathan, Williamsport; a daughter, Janice L. Ostock, Bethlehem; and eight grandchildren.


NEWS OF 1938

From Betty Batdorf Hummel ’39:

I have a few bits of news about some members of the Class of 1938.

Christine Roberts Fraley has moved to Luther Crest Retirement Community in Allentown, about five minutes away from my apartment. She is becoming accustomed to the change from living in her condominium in Carlyle and has become a part of the alumni group from the Allentown area, which gets together for lunch six times a year.

Isabel Rohrbach Smith still makes Mission, Kan., her home but continues to travel whenever she has the chance. She spent several weeks in Europe last summer and regularly goes to Spain in the winter.

Olivia Musselman Barnes ’38 had colon surgery in August but is up and around, as lively as ever.


NEWS OF 1937


NEWS OF 1935

Who Dropped Those Dishes?

Verna Lunglhofer Cowin ’52 really likes to get to the bottom of things. She can talk animatedly about sorting through deep layers of household refuse in 19th-century wells uncovered during construction in downtown Pittsburgh. This is called “salvage archaeology,” and it comes with the territory if you’re an anthropologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Sifting the past requires painstaking labor: “We try to tie the stuff we find to [a resident or business owner] we can find in the city records,” she explains. “Folks moved around a great deal, and we have to keep a very careful timeline. At this site, the original wells”—which date from the mid-1850s—“became refuse pits. In one, we found an entire set of dishes, broken to smithereens. [They bore] a fairly ugly snowflake pattern. I imagine someone moved and didn’t want them, or they may have been unwanted inventory from a store.”

This is the kind of nitty-gritty history that still pulls Verna to work almost every day, though she recently retired after 15 years as associate curator in the museum’s anthropology section.

Urban archaeology is “reconstructing the past that was lost. . . . We’re interested in discovering lost technologies, like how toothbrushes used to be made.” Her professional interest has focused on “distribution studies” that describe where certain artifacts occur and where they’re unaccountably absent. For instance, she has analyzed the shell ornaments in the museum collection. “I lean more toward ornaments, pendants, things other than utilitarian tools,” she says. The pendants include some made of soft cannel coal, and she charts where and how often they occur and what they say about the political or religious status of the wearer.

Early in her career, Verna directed excavation at the celebrated Meadowcroft Rock Shelter. This surprisingly productive woodland site, near water and protected by an overhanging rock formation, seems to have been a resting place for prehistoric hunters. “It documents the entire span of archaeological time in western Pennsylvania,” she says. “It’s the most consistent line of dated human occupation that I’m aware of.” In the excavation of burial mounds at nearby Avella, she was able to recognize and name previously unknown types of stone burial-chamber construction.

Those interred at Avella may have been more comfortable than the excavators. “Most of the time we lived in a tent right on the site,” Verna says. “We went down to a nearby house to use the pump to get fresh water, and a local golf club allowed us to use their facilities to take showers.”

Verna studied English at Moravian. After graduation, she moved with her husband, Paul, to Michigan, where she taught school for three years and raised two children. She immersed herself in community work, but it wasn’t enough. “I decided to go back to school. I always liked to write, I was interested in anthropology, and I got hooked on a textbook on North American archaeology. All the interests I ever had came out!” She earned a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she later taught and developed courses in museum studies, the care of collections, and research work. She initially joined the Carnegie Museum as a volunteer while she completed her graduate work.

She retired in 2001 “so I could work on completing my research.” Now, as a research associate, she’s teamed up with her husband, a retired accountant, as her full-time volunteer assistant. Verna is still involved with some museum fieldwork. Her other active projects include one on the early development of the horse—in Afghanistan.

“I’m a girl who likes to keep busy,” she says.