From Kathy Werst Detwiler:
Homecoming 2004 provided an
opportunity for Wayne and me to attend the Alumni Awards.
The gathering of honorees
was held in Payne Gallery, the awards ceremony in Peter Hall. (Payne
Gallery is our old South Campus gym, and Peter Hall is our former South Hall chapel.) The
next day, we gathered at Houndfest and cheered our football team to victory against Fairleigh
Recently, I heard from Nan
and Bill Davis, who celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on September 5. After teaching
for 31 years, Bill retired 13 years ago. During his classroom career, Bill also coached
for 12 years and in 1968 took the Mount Penn basketball team to the PIAA Class C state
championship. Bill and Nan have returned to Bethlehem in retirement, for their son Scott
teaches in Northampton and their other son Chris is a parole officer in Northampton County.
Granddaughters, ages 4 and 8, keep their grandparents’ lives
It’s so good to hear
from you folks, and I am looking forward to our 50th reunion!
NEWS OF 1958
NEWS OF 1957
From the Alumni House:
Helfrich moved in October from Coopersburg to a new home in Macungie.
NEWS OF 1956
From Renee Johnson Dragotta:
In the fall of
1952, the women of our class entered Moravian College for Women and the men entered
Moravian College for Men. In the spring of 1956, we all graduated from Moravian College.
In 2006, we’ll have our 50th reunion.
Pauline Ritter Benner writes
that her oldest son, Allen ’82, and his wife, Angela,
adopted an 8-year-old Russian orphan named Andrei. He is busy learning English and getting
to know his older brother, Ritter.
I first saw the new Priscilla
Payne Hurd Academic Complex on November 19, 2004, when eight women like me who remembered
the teas on South Campus with Dean Bushnell were asked to pour at a tea set up in the
atrium. Women faculty and students were invited to see “how
John (Jack) Burke and his
wife, Pat ’71, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary November 20. They renewed their marriage vows at a Mass at St. Anne’s
Church in Bethlehem. A reception followed in the atrium of the Hurd Academic Complex.
Jack and Pat have three sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Their
sons are Moravian graduates—John ’79,
Patrick ’81, and Daniel ’84—as well as daughter-in-law Annette
Picucci Burke ’84 (Dan’s wife) and Jack’s brother Tom ’57.
for the past 10 years, my roommate for two years, Meridian West Fulton, and I went
to Founder’s Day on Alumni Weekend. This is the day those of us who entered
Moravian College for Women gather to share memories, take tea at the President’s
house, have a speaker and lovefeast in the chapel and lunch in the dining room. We
did this as usual in May. Then Meridian died suddenly on July 4. She was the wife
of Rev. Donald Fulton ’50 and a graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary in
1953. We will miss her.
Beverly Bell and I attended
Moravian College Night, November 17, at the Moravian Book Shop. This pre-holiday sale
is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Home Club. Joe Guman ’58,
president of the club, can give you information about meetings and excursions.
Bev invited me to go to the Christmas Vespers. The music and singing were even
more thrilling than I had remembered. Cornelia Schlotter and Carmella
both ’57, joined
After graduation, I began
teaching mathematics and computer programming at the high school in Philipsburg, N.J.,
and stayed there 40 years, retiring in 1997. My husband, Vince, is a Syracuse University
graduate. Our daughter, Kris Dragotta Yerry ’81, works for
the U.S. District Court in Allentown.
Let me know about what you’ve done
and what you’re doing. Call some friends
from the past and make plans for 2006.
NEWS OF 1955
NEWS OF 1954
From Helen Desh Woodbridge:
Bev Bell, Rita
Shirley Beck Dutt, Lois Lutz Geehr, Joan
Kinard Mercado, Elynor Fishel Rights, Dottie
Ruyak, Dawn VanKeuren, Marian Wagner, and I began our 50th class reunion at a reception
at the President’s house on Founder’s Day. There’s
a photo of four smiling alumnae in the hallway: Mary Catherine Concevitch and Mary
Ellen Orben, both ’42, Lois, and me.
Following the chapel program,
Tim Gilman ’73
took a picture of our group. In the afternoon at Helen’s house, Dawn laid out the
two banners she had brought from Alabama for the parade. One had purple and gold letters
on white: “Class of 1954, Last Graduating
Class, Moravian College for Women.”
All of us except Lois attended
the dinner in the HUB, with the addition of Bob Adams and Marian’s sister, Elaine
Helen spent the remainder of the evening at home with Elynor and Dolly, with a drive
to Moravian Village, then to their old dorm on North Campus.
All except Rita went to
Saturday morning breakfast, along with Sister Millicent Drake, Pat
Nancy Bishop Risser, and her husband, Jim, Lois’ husband, Fred,
and Elaine Martinez. According to tradition, President Rokke “pinned” our
12 reuniting classmates, adding that Marian was crowned Miss Moravian 1954 in addition
to her other accomplishments.
Saturday was a beautiful day
for the alumni parade, when Pat Parth Johnson joined the breakfast bunch, making 13,
who wore gold crowns and sashes of purple and gold, provided by Rita and Marian, for
the parade. Four classmates rode and nine walked, singing our Alma Mater, led by our
vocalist, Lois. As we approached the judges’ stand, we stood and continued
to sing, accompanied by members of Central Moravian Church’s trombone choir.
The singing, the wearing of the colors, and the belfry display carried atop a pole
gave viewers a picture of MCW’s Class of ’54.
At the luncheon, many
of us wore our crowns and sashes and learned that the class of ’54
received the Class Spirit Award. After dessert, we were invited on stage to sing
our Alma Mater again, accompanied by the trombones.
Sister Millicent left for
Boyertown to prepare for services next day at St. John’s
Lutheran Church, where she has been parish deaconess for nearly 50 years. That’s
why she’s not in the class photo, which was taken later in the afternoon.
learned that Sister Millicent would be preaching at her church June 27 and
August 15. So Bev Bell, Shirley B. Dutt, and I visited on both days, following
the service with lunch at the Brinton Lodge. In August, Sister Millicent portrayed
Mary, mother of Jesus, describing Mary’s thoughts about her son. On one drive, we shared
the car with her two shelties, of interest to Bev, who has two dogs. (Shirley and I have none.)
Millicent takes them with her on visits to shut-ins.
Those who dined and conversed
in the Air Products Room of the HUB were Bev, Shirley, Joan, Elynor, Dottie, Helen, and
Joan Landrock Schlegel ’55
with her husband, Wally. Before leaving, Elynor, Dolly, and I stopped at the dance. With Helen,
we went to Sunday morning service at Central Moravian Church and lunch at the Hotel Bethlehem,
and responded to an invitation from Anne Enright ’52 to see her cottage in Moravian Village,
which we accepted before heading to the airport to send Elynor and Dolly back to North Carolina.
came from Lois Neustein Krassner, Marge Eaton Martin, and Nancy
Webber Whissen, who wanted
to be remembered to their classmates. Nancy has been an organist substitute for nine
months. She says she tried in December 2003 to reach Betty Kuss Erney when Betty was
in Dallas for her daughter’s
surgery, but had no luck.
June was an eventful month
for Lois: the marriage of their first grandchild, in which Fred participated; a grandson’s high school graduation; and
a visit with her sister Marty.
NEWS OF 1953
From the Alumni House:
note the change of address for Allen. Between his move and the holidays, he had a busy
December! He spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s with his family
at Sunset Beach, N.C., where 13 members gathered, including Arleen Eppinger ’84
and Glen Schultz ’84 and their three children, plus Allen’s two daughters
and their children. The only one missing was granddaughter Jennifer Snyder ’04,
who remained in Bethlehem for her job.
NEWS OF 1952
From Mary T. Pongracz:
Lori Pfeiffer Wolfe and her
husband, Fred, have been winemakers for 40 years and had a bountiful harvest this summer.
Kathy Horwath Hartman delivered 100 bottles to be filled—but
not all for her!
Gloria Abel Parkhill has settled
in her new living quarters. For more information, contact Kathy.
Kathy went bird-watching
in Scotland earlier this year. She and Ray celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
recently. Let’s hear from more of our Golden Girls!
Fran Webber Horton is involved
in musical activities. This year she produced The Sound of Music. Next year it will
be The Music Man.
Verna Lunglhofer Cowin has
had a difficult time. Paul has had some serious medical problems and is improving slowly.
the letters coming!
NEWS OF 1951
From Carol Buechner McMullen:
On July 30, I joined
a group of classmates for a lunch at the Hanoverville Roadhouse, organized by June
Shafer Scholl. The lunchers included Janet Fabian Andre and her husband,
Paul; Betsey Sherer Freas ’50 and her husband, Charles; Jane
Fern Bachman Koplin, June’s sister Lois Shafer Smith, and her husband, Dick;
Vanita Egge Marvin; and Harold Gesell with his daughter Ann. Lois and Dick were
en route to a week in Vermont.
I was delighted to receive
an aloha from Nancy Oplinger Dover. Her card showed an impressive plant, the silversword,
which Nancy and Ed saw (along with other beautiful flowers) during three weeks in Maui.
Back home in Albuquerque, N.M., Nancy and Ed are continuing their weekly walks. Nancy was planning a 25-mile
bike ride with several hundred other riders.
June reports that her granddaughter, Amy Frantz, a junior at Moravian, is serving
as an intern in Mayor Callahan’s office this semester. In the fall, she was busy
registering students to vote.
Mae Rose Morrison
year-round near the Jersey shore, where she enjoyed summer weather and some good swimming.
There she can see and talk with Betsey Tait Puth, who also spends summers at the shore.
the English as a Second Language program with which I began as a volunteer last
year, my Russian student is doing well. I am beginning with a new student, who
is Korean. We meet such interesting people in this project that sometimes I think
I learn more than my students do.
From the Alumni House:
Burcaw, a retired English professor at Moravian, has published a book, The
Miracle of Moravian Hall Square: The Journey of Faith, which is based on historical documents,
archives, church documents, and oral histories. Bob works part-time for Moravian Hall
Square as director of special projects. His next will be a feasibility study for developing
a lifetime educational program for the residents with the Lehigh Valley’s colleges.
He’ll talk to Northampton Community College and Moravian College and Moravian Theological