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Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly: 1955 Class Notes for Summer 2018
Scribe: Nancy Nutting Lane
UNABRIDGED CLASS NOTES Fall 2017
Time to crow!!! 100% Alumnae Giving Participation for the 7th Year!! A big hoo–rah--rah to the fabulous Class of 1955! No other class has ever come close to this record and we should be very proud of ourselves!!!
Plans are well underway for our annual Back to School mini reunion at MHC starting with cocktails and dinner the evening of Monday, October 2nd; classes all day Tuesday, October 3rd and in the morning of Wednesday, October the 4th. See the registration form on the Web page. Any questions ask Nancy Nutting Lane (email@example.com or (203) 536-2660) - or Dee Lamb Barstow (firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 257-8861) Hope many of you will be able to join us . It’s always super fun!! So plan ahead ,save the date and come!
Lois Gaeta will be arranging a mini reunion at the Harvard Club in NYC on October. For New Jersey, New York and Connecticut 55’s be sure to put it on your calendar. For the rest of you, how about planning a trip to NYC during that time?!
Nancy Kerr Del Grande, M.S. (Stamford University) hasn’t stopped yet! She loves applying technology for our safety. After working many years as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, she founded Geo-Temp Corp. Geo-Temp’s field team applies cutting-edge technology to find hidden underground tunnels and corrosion damage. Nancy owns the rights to 5 U, S and International patents, based on her inventions, which issued from 2007 to 2014. She is still going strong. What a woman!
"Geoff and I still travel some and enjoy our apartment at Cornwall Manor, PA, writes Joan Stauffer Sowers. This may be the last year for our motor home. The work of keeping it up and loading it for trips is beginning to outweigh the enjoyment of the camp fires and s’mores.
Marge Beebe Smith speaks for many of us when she says “It never rains but it pours!” In a three week period she was scrambling about trying to get a suitable replacement for her husband’s primary care giver, a college graduation, a high school graduation and a final dance recital. Sound familiar?
I am still working, reports Elise Karas Kenny. My colleagues at Yale Registrars took me out to lunch for my birthday. Yale now has a huge footprint out in West Haven. It was purchased from Squibb for a ridiculously low price and is now all Yale: Peabody and Collections (library, object storage etc.)
Win Pettus Losa writes “Since being at Brooksby I’m in better shape than I’ve been most of my life. Slow and steady, that’s the sport for me.”
Congratulations to Gil and Juli Shea Towell who have 3 grads this year. Devon C. Towell, BA from Columbia College, Columbia University - a Scholar Athlete with a 4.0 average in her last two semesters, she will be working for Facebook in Menlo Park, California. Nicholas VB Smith, MA from the Graduate School of Education And Allied Professions, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Sydney E. Towell, graduating from West Chester East High School, West Chester, PA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received the American Chemical Society Award for chemistry. She will be attending Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA.
All’s well here, says Issy Sherer Cunningham, and I love being 84! Sue Nutter Keller and I (plus spouses) visited the Emily Dickinson exhibit at the Morgan Library and enjoyed reliving the Amherst scene.
Ruth Gundry Sejersted Bodtker writes from Norway, “Thanks for the great Birthday card. Who did the drawing --do you know? I have a great art group that meets once a week for 4 hours. We had an instructor but after awhile she was so busy having exhibitions that she had to stop helping us-- so now we help each other. We all do something different-oils, watercolors - I am taking an internet course in pen and ink drawing. We are lucky to be able to have space at the local Senior Center for which we pay a very small fee spring and fall. Don't know if Senior Centers have come to the US but they are in most every town here--several depending on the size of the town. I think there must be about 15-20 in Oslo. They all have a small coffee shop, lectures, and courses in many things like History, Art, Data etc and languages discussion groups. We haven't planned a trip to Trumpland--think the plane trip is kind of long. Our yearly trip to the Canary Islands is almost as long and we think that is pretty long to be in the “cattle car”! They are redoing a good bit of the stucco on our building we have scaffolding and plastic all around the house plus grey plastic fastened to all the windows. We are living in a cocoon!!! It's really amazing how covering all the windows saps all your energy. I know I am slowing down but.... We are hoping for a warm summer--you can never be sure in Norway. Hope you have a good summer and keep well!! I have to say that you do a fantastic job with the class newsletter. Hats off!! Let me know if you are coming this way?”
And the following from Deb Hazard Nash “We got home late April just in time to head to Hartford to see our grandson in a musical at Trinity. He is a musical theater major and will be spending his fall semester in NYC at a program run by LaMaMa, living at the 92nd St Y. Not all bad, so that will probably take us to NYC in the fall. We are headed to Groton tomorrow to see a one act play, written, directed and produced by Kelly's oldest, who is headed to Kenyon next fall. We are thrilled to have someone not on the east coast. Then it is off to Boston for a shower for our oldest grandchild who is having a baby girl in July. Finally to a graduation in early June. Lots of travel in a short period but we figure what better do we have to do than be with family. We had a great winter in Boca and feel so fortunate to have found such a spot that works so well for us. I have just gone on the Library Foundation Board made up of a group of very interesting folks who also just happen to love books. How good is that? Succeeded in getting Amor Towles for our big fund raiser next winter, having had Joseph Kanon this past year. There are always exciting guest speakers around to keep us hopping. Les is good....playing golf, doing his poetry, and making me play duplicate bridge with him. I am no good but love the time together and the game.
Jean Piser Zuver had lunch with MC Bachmann Churchill who reported that Jean is” lots of fun”. They are both looking forward to another winter ’55 get together in Palm Beach.
Dee Lamb Barstow and her 13 year old granddaughter, Erin, enjoyed nine days in Paris on a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. The schedule was perfectly designed for the group of eight granddaughters and eight grandparents, and a wonderful time was had by all. When the program was over, Dee and Erin took a train to Le Mans to the home of a niece with two daughters close to Erin’s age. After two days, Dee left for Switzerland, where she visited friends and family while Erin remained with her second cousins for a two week experience of living the French life.
In 2011 a campaign was initiated to acquire 140 transformative gifts of art from Alumnae to celebrate the Museum’s 140 years. We are so grateful to Juli Shea Towell for contributing her collection of early 20th C. Pueblo ceramic pots and to Nancy Young Duncan for a lovely 19thC. Painting, “Mountain Landscape”. This exhibit can be accessed at https://artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu and some of Juli’s pots are shown. The fun part of this exhibit is that Aaron Miller, the associate curator, has paired Juli’s pots with pieces from the museum’s collection and from the Skinner collection. He has done an amazing job with the Skinner stuff, it is much easier to understand and look at. The other fun thing is that the pots are in the Gump Gallery, given by Betse Cannon Gump, MHC ’56, and her family. Juli, her husband Gil and daughter, Jennifer, attended the opening of the exhibit and the dinner that followed, which was wonderful, in September. She reported that the MHC community came through with not just 140 pieces of art but close to 300 – the museum is thrilled.
After two years, I’ve just finished my draft about the merger that formed All Saints Episcopal Church North Shore, reports Win Pettus Losa. Next is to get readers to tell me where it is puzzling or boring.
Marlene Strum Zeiler reports that Sydney Mautner Reed, Beverly Shanack Levitan, Ellen Richter Nenner (MHC’56) and I have not lost contact in all these years. We have met every Spring in NYC for dinner, talk during the year and feel as though we are still “the girls”. We never seem to run out of things to say, and the phone calls and e-mails during the year get us ready for the Spring meeting when Mile and I come up from Atlanta and Sydney drops in from Minneapolis. We still seem to be able to muster up plenty of opinions. It is a joy to meet. Jerry Levitan and Mike fit right in.
I am in the third year of my non-profit, Children Read (www.childrenreatatlanta.org). We have just topped 20,000 in our book giveaways at Head Start and other low income pre-K schools and have met over 1,000 kids. We are now expanding into the elementary schools, as Georgia is the first state to have a pre-K program in our public schools. Many of them are Title 1 schools providing breakfast and lunch to the children so we have started giving away our bags of 10 books to all of those children.”
Inspiring classes, the beauty of Mount Holyoke, perfect fall weather and the fun of being together made for a fabulous MHC Mini for the following fifteen class mates: Rhoda Earnst Bannon, Dee Lamb Barstow, Jane Barth, MC Bachmann Churchill, Gay DeLong Goodheart, Miz Comey Grant, Carol Pilloni Johnson, Nancy Nutting Lane, Willie Willenbrock Leonard, Sylvia Johnson Lucas, Chirpy Wesseler Monroe, Deb Hazzard Nash, Margot Roy Nasjleti, Wink Winkel Ripley and Ellis Bachelder Weatherly. Other highlights included dinner on Tuesday night with class honorary and president, Sonya Stephens, at the President’s House, a real treat. Another class honorary, Vinnie Ferraro, gave us a very thought provoking talk on present day politics on Wednesday night. Edwina Cruise and Eleanor Townsley were also able to be with us and gave an update on their activities. We met with Paul Breen, director of facilities management and planning, for a briefing on the Community Center Construction which will be an addition to Blanchard and encompasses central dining facilities. We all wondered how many students would make the trek for breakfast on cold winter days. Lucas Wilson, professor of Africana studies and economics, joined us on Thursday morning to discuss the MHC common read, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
I received this nice note from Lorraine Zellan Greenspan’s daughter, Alyssa. “ My mother passed away on July 19th in Dallas, Texas. She was a very proud alum which played a big role in me attending (class of 1985). After graduating from Mt. Holyoke, she went onto Harvard Graduate School of Education where whe received her masters and then taught in Brookline, MA. After meeting and marrying my father, they moved to Longmeadow, MA where they lived for 35 years. They retired to West Palm Beach, FL and in 2013 moved to Dallas. She leaves her husband, Dr. Joseph Greenspan, daughters Carolyn (Brown ’82, Columbia Law ’85) and Alyssa (MHC ’85) and son Alan (Amherst ’84, Vanderbilt Law ’89) as well as nine grandchildren.”
Responding to her birthday card, Carolyn Barstow Pledger wrote back: There is never a dull moment –here we still are --- Amazing Grace---- or as some would say “Our work on earth is still not done.” Greenspring keeps us hopping- we enjoy many wonderful lectures and musicians. There are good people here from all over the world. Time is always at a premium! I am blessed that I am able to care for myself. I lead what are considered the two top educational programs here; taught citizenship to employees of the DAR, give historic speeches for the DAR, work with Native American tribes and write articles.
The mini programs sound so wonderful, and I am delighted to be remembered (as being alive) and invited. However, I do feel so frustrated to not be able to join you. It seems incredible that this damn Yankee, whose ancestors came on the Mayflower (all in all I’m from five countries), has spent most of her life in the South, because of men’s (Dad & husband) jobs. However, in the most subtle state when it came to segregation in prior years. You’d think I had the genes to keep going, but due to an injured foot, I simply cannot get there. I’d love to be in Massachusetts with all. Massachusetts is a lovely state.
Joyce Howard McFarland reports “We are doing very well (thanks be) –VERY involved with Parker Palmer’s program on Courage and Renewal! He and wife Sharon have become good friends! And they will all be here in MN next April for a convening of the Facilitators! Dick and I are also full and deep into a program that is fabulous for the children,- Youth Frontiers – taking on issues of Kindness, Respect, Courage, and then for the senior high kids, Wisdom Leadership. All this sounds like our entire society could/should be shaken up a bit around all those values. (After the election there will be a lot of healing needed, I believe.)
A lovely luncheon was arranged by Lois Gaeta this past fall at the Harvard Club in NYC. Lois asked the curator to speak to us and it was very interesting to hear what he had to say about the club. It is always nice to get together, even when the group is small.
An amusing remembrance from Susan Stien Maire relates her experience as a Harvard Extention Graduate. At that time women were not allowed in Harvard Yard for the commencement parade. But since her division led the parade the ladies had to wear an armband in order to take their place in the parade from the yard to the auditorium where commencement was held. More recently Susan’s book “The Oath”, an historical novel about Duke William of Normandy and King Harold ll of England, can be seen on her website susansmaire.com or get more information at Amazon.
Wendy Loye Hall’s recent painting “London Scene”, which can be seen on our website, was awarded “Best in Show” in Del Mar, CA at the Herb Turner gallery. Wendy continues to paint when she can but right now is recovering from a hip replacement after a fall. “The bad luck of a 20 year old mind planning to carry out lots of projects and an 83 year old body that protests.”
Rhoda Ernst Bannon wrote about the puppet shows that Margot Rusch Allison has recently performed at Duncaster. The residents loved them! Margot worked the puppets and Rhoda played the guitar and sang. Daughter Jennifer also had an exhibit of Margot’s paintings (500 were recently found) and puppets. 55’s have enjoyed many of Margo’s puppet shows. Who can forget “Mrs. All-Beige”?
Our Mini reunions won’t be the same without Phyllis Kenney Gaffney who passed away peacefully on November 25, 2016, with her husband of 60 years, Steve, by her side. She was born in Waterbury, CT on August 31, 1933. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis and learning. She attended many MHC reunions and Southwest Florida alumni meetings as well as many lecture series, both in CT and FL. Phyllis also loved impressionist paintings and for many years was a docent at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT. She also volunteered for many years at the FAVARH thrift shop in Canton, CT. She served as clerk at the Avon probate court for 28 years. Besides her loving husband, Steve, who she met in the 2nd grade, and her sister, Sally Deely, she leaves her three daughters, Allison Skinner, Cindy Smith and Heather Gaffney, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Margaret Shannon Broughton Tenney passed away peacefully in the company of family on December 27,2016. A valentine baby, she was born February 14, 1933, graduated from The Baldwin School and after graduating from MHC earned the MAT degree from The Citadel in 1988. She taught history at Ashley Hall in Charleston (1955-1957 and 1972-2000), coached the synchronized swimming team, and later also taught Art History and Economics. After marrying Thomas Asa Tenney, whose mother was Ashley Hall’s Assistant Headmistress, the couple moved North where Margaret taught at The Chapin School in NYC and later as Lower School Librarian at Moorestown Friends School. The family, now with three sons, moved back to Charleston in 1970. She was an active member of St Michael’s Church, singing in the choir and participating in church groups. From age twelve and throughout her life , she and her family spent time during summers in Keene Valley, NY, enjoying the Adirondacks. She is survived by her three sons, Asa Robert Tenney, Charles Reid Tenney and William Shannon Tenney. Please read the wonderful remembrance written by Lois Gaeta in which Margaret is quoted saying “ the most important advice I ever received after Tom died was……to reconnect with friends I had known before I was married, because that was when I was most myself.”
UNABRIDGED CLASS NOTES
Rhoda Ernst Bannon does not do email, but she loves texting. Her number is 860 670-4487 and she would love to hear from you. Rhoda plays drums in a Senior Band. She says that anyone who has ever played in a band should look around for New Horizons, a nation-wide group of Seniors who get together and play for fun and for adult communities, nursing homes and schools. This all started when she was a Senior in Greenwich, New York (NOT Greenwich, Ct) high school. Her senior class contained 36 people. She happened on a band rehearsal and ended up playing drums and cymbals. She has been at it ever since, with a hiatus for raising a family. We all remember Rhoda as a fun, kindly warm-hearted gal. She now spends a lot of time driving disabled people to appointments and helping out where ever she can. Since she lives in Hartford Ct she is close enough to MHC to go to reunions and looks forward to seeing everyone in October.
In June Sallie Barr Palmer went to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. My hip implant had broken in Jan and I had to have it replaced, so was not sure how I would get along. I did better than I expected. Got a good overall view of Machu Picchu, although I couldn't walk around it much. The altitude also affected me more than I expected. The Galapags is a sea level, so easier on the breathing. Also a lot of the excursions were by boat, so I got along well there and we loved it. Favorite city? Quito! Just lovely.
In July, had a weekend in New York. Went up to meet some friends and while there, I met up with Wilma Gladstone. She is doing great and loves being back in the city after years in Montana and Phoenix. We agreed that we haven't changed a bit! Shared memories and a lot of laughs.
Once again we lucked out in the hurricane stakes. Irma turned slightly to the east south of us so only a Cat 2 by the time it reached here. Howling winds and bucketing rain, but no real damage for us. . Having heard that wind, I just can't imagine what a Cat 4 or 5 would be like. But I guess we just have to look at the damage in the Caribbean to know. At the height of the storm, my husband suddenly remembered "the wind chimes!" we had bought in India -- fragile ceramic and out on the front porch but luckily fairly protected from the wind. He couldn't reach the hook so I ran and got the tongs which I used for picking things up when I had my knee surgery and he brought them in safely. Then we saw that stuck to the side was a small wasps nest so out on the porch again to knock off the nest. The chimes are safely back on the porch, cleaned, de-wasped and completely unscathed. We're off to the UK at the end of Sept. for a series of Royal Navy reunions -- looking forward to seeing lots of old friends at these. Also visits with two kids and two grandchildren who live in England. We're already in the throes of making reservations for next spring. We plan to travel as long as we are up to it.
Anne Austin Mazlish is still living on Mount Desert Island. My house is in the Village of Somesville, although I’m finally thinking of moving to a retirement community. Days are spent just living and enjoying the unknown amount of time left, but no longer much creativity or community involvement. I also spend a few months of winter in Vero Beach, Fla
Our MHC mini reunion got off to a fabulous start on Monday, October 2nd with the V8’s serenading us during cocktails, followed by dinner with president and honorary ‘55 Sonya Stephens. Surprise! Tuesday was Mountain Day! We have up to now been fortunate to dodge that bullet. But in true ’55 style we made hasty adjustments. Instead of planned classes our honorary, Eleanor Townsley, graciously agreed to speak about student life and present day intern opportunities. In the afternoon we visited Historic Deerfield, arriving back in time for Wink to show the documentary, Equal Means Equal. After cocktails with honoraries Edwina Cruise, Joni Haas and Vinnie Ferraro we enjoyed another delicious Willits dinner. During dessert and coffee Vinnie spoke about our relations with North Korea. So Mountain Day was not only a picture perfect day but our fantastic honoraries made it extra special!! We finally had one class on Wednesday before it was time to leave! Attending were Dee Lamb Barstow, Nancy Nutting Lane, Sylvia Johnson Lucas, Rhoda Ernst Bannon, Barbara Grant Deedy, Jane Barth, Nancy Boardway, Pam Moody Harkins, Jan McIntosh Carreau and husband David, Margo Roy Nasjleti and husband David, Joan ‘Willie’ Willenbrok Leonard and husband Larry, Joan ‘Wink’ Winkel Ripley and husband Mills. We decided it was time to make the class of ’55 coed.
Patricia (Patty)Berlin Corelli passed away on April 20, 2017 at the age of 84 having bravely battled ovarian cancer for a year and a half. Patty was born on December 27, 1932 to Marjorie and Edson Berlin during a fierce storm in Indonesia. A downed tree blocked the Berlin's path to the hospital and her father delivered Patty. From this auspicious start of life Patty lived each day with a deep sense of wonder and appreciation of God's many blessings. Her nurturing nature was evidenced in her glorious gardens, her grandbabies and her fabulous baking skills. She will be remembered by her adventurous spirit, good humor, quick wit, vivacious smile, honest advice and her enduring love of family. Her charm was legendary and with a twinkle in her eye she delighted in surprising all with a quick quip.
Ann (Clark) Wolff, 84, wife of the late Eugene F. Wolff, of Rockport, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Born in Arlington, MA, on May 23, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Minnette (Savage) Clark and sister of the late Sue (Clark) Pearson. Ann graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1955, where she studied Economics. She worked in banking and real estate, and was President of the Board of Education in the Ramapo (NY) Central School District. In addition to spending time with her family, Ann enjoyed playingbridge, swimming, gardening, traveling, and giving a home to pets in need.
Linka Rosita (Zita) Lee, a longtime resident of Shelburne, passed away on May 16, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. She realized a talent for landscape architecture late in life. Her home was regularly included on garden tours and her work once won a national award. In 1994 Zita and her husband Sawyer Lee founded The Willow Pond Farm B&B, at their home. The welcoming atmosphere and delicious breakfasts drew guests from around the world. Born in Chicago in 1933, Linka came from a family of Lutheran pastors who had emigrated from Norway. Norwegian culture, with its emphasis on hard work and modesty, had a strong effect on Zita's personality. Later the family moved to Garden City, Long Island where she attended high school before studying at Mount Holyoke College. After graduating in 1955, Zita and her first husband, John Ewing, moved to Shelburne and raised their five children. In 1975, Zita married Sawyer Lee, and warmly welcomed Sawyer's two children into the family. Sawyer and Zita complemented each other well. Zita was the visionary, viewing her home and gardens as a blank canvas awaiting splashes of pastel, while Sawyer labored tirelessly to make her visions happen. Zita also painted scenes from nature, especially the flowers and wildlife she saw around her. She was a dedicated tennis player, playing several times a week until a few months before her death,. Zita never complained and her outlook on life remained positive. Zita had a large circle of devoted friends who brought food, tended the garden, mowed the lawn and offered good cheer and love. Zita is survived by her seven children and stepchildren, their spouses, her 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Barbara McClure Anderson, 83 of Shrewsbury, NJ, passed away on September 8, 2017. Bebe was born to Arthur and Dorothy McClure in Syracuse, NY. She was a 57 year member of the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church of Red Bank. Bebe was an avid bridge player, golfer and a devoted New York Yankees fan. Bebe also attended Mt. Holyoke College. She loved traveling and visited over eighty countries in her life. Bebe was predeceased by her parents and her sister Nancy. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Clifford Anderson; her sons Geoffrey Anderson and his wife Jeannette of Pittsburgh, PA and Mark Anderson and his wife Julie of Evans, GA; her grandchildren David, Bennett, Timothy, Sarah and Victoria; and great-granddaughter Violet.
Unabridged Class Notes Winter 2017
Jan McIntosh Carreau reports that she and Dave are still in Mystic after 61 years. They gave up their cruising sailboat for a small power boat. They took their small RV to the Canadian Maritimes and absolutely loved Prince Edward Island. Locally they are both active in community activities. Jan enjoyed seeing everyone at the MHC mini last October.
I was sorry to miss the Mini wrote, Louise Keugler Bush, but am looking forward to the website report. On Mountain Day, Weezie reports that she was surprised by two chocolate éclairs, instead of ice cream, delivered in the evening by a MHC ’67 friend who is in her exercise class. She must be doing OK if she can keep up with a MHC twelve years younger.
Ellen Dobbie Full is living with her husband, Bob, in a Senior Living apartment house attached to an assisted living facility in Bonita Springs, FL. It is a lovely and happy place to be and the food is great. I am still playing golf and bridge, belong to 3 book clubs, am a Governor of the local Mayflower Colony and belong to the DAR.
While spending the summer at Lake George Jean Gordon Tomkins reports that she saw Jane Sanborne Ergood who goes to Silver Bay every summer. She said Jane was very interesting and involved with her husband’s ministry in a Central American Mission. It’s hard to keep up with MC Bachmann Churchill. This past fall after a great week in Nantucket, she road tripped through Vermont and Maine visiting friends. Then off to Boston and NJ before heading back to home base in Florida in time to catch a flight for a three week adventure in Croatia.
Deborah Walsh Kennedy just filled us in on the last couple years.” I had a series of strokes starting about Labor Day 2016. Unfortunately for me it took them quite a while to figure out the cause, which is a disease called vasculitis. I lived with my Philadelphia daughter for nearly a year before finally getting stabilized and moving into an assisted living arrangement in Howard County, MD, the town where I raised my children. Luckily for me, I have a number of my children close by; in fact I am with my other daughter down in Washington this week for a visit. We had a nice time seeing the city during the holidays. While my eyesight is not great these days due to the strokes, Siri helps me dictate emails and I have little trouble with phone calls. I recently had wonderful phone conversations with Mary Ann Benthan and Wendy Hall. As you may remember, neither of them finished with us but we have kept in close touch these last several years.”
Barbara Mulvehill Gray writes, “We had much to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving - all eleven of our grandchildren joined us for the weekend - a rare occurrence! They came from NYC, Chicago, Boulder, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Amherst, Yale, Denison, and College of Wooster, Ohio. In all, 35 of us, including aunts, uncles, and cousins, gathered around the table (two tables, actually!). Wild and busy, and lots of fun (we didn’t talk politics!).
This past November, Joyce (Jo) Howard McFarland and her husband, Dick, were honored as Outstanding Individual Philanthropists by the Minnesota Chapter of Fundraising Professionals. (AFP) From public speaking, to volunteering, to spiritual guidance, to advising non-profit organizations and keeping up with their children and grandchildren Jo and Dick live out their profound belief that members of a community owe something to one another and have a responsibility to invest in and care for each other. Together they have chaired numerous campaigns for local non-profits, leading by example and encouraging others to invest in impactful and sustainable organizations. The McFarlands are original members of the Minnesota One Percent Club which requires members to donate 1% of their net worth or 5% of their annual income. Dick was a strong advocate for the United Way, served on the boards of several foundations and non-profit organizations, was Chairman of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Board of Trustees and helped raise support to create the Virginia Piper Cancer Center. Jo served as a board member of Collegeville Ecumenical Institute and is a co-founder of the Episcopal House of prayer in Collegeville. She also served as a board member at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and is actively involved in the George Institute. With a Masters Degree in Theology, Jo works in the Ministry of Spiritual Companioning and Supervision, was active with the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches and has been deeply involved in Parkeer Palmer’s Courage and Renewal Program to invest in education and leadership. Dick and Jo McFarland are a team that exemplifies Minnesota at its best. They are generous with their time and resources, they lead with action and they know that we can build a better future with opportunities for all youth and adults in our community.
From the AFP-MN website: Video of the McFarlands and news items on the website below:
Barbara Muehreke Allen passed away at Willow Valley Communities on Sunday, November 26, 2017. She is survived by a daughter, Kim L. Craven and Kim's husband, Tom. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, with a major in speech and drama, she received her master's degree from Syracuse University in television. She was an entrepreneur and a self-starter. Among her favorite phrases was, "I can do that." And she did, over and over. She loved a challenge. She had careers in both television and public relations. Her television work included about eight years as a daily television interviewer at WGAL-TV. She also wrote, hosted, and produced a special program about and with Pearl S. Buck, regarding her work and her foundation for Amerasian children, entitled "Her Several Worlds." In addition she interviewed many other celebrities including Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, The Lone Ranger, Eugene Ormandy, and Natalie Cole. Barbara also worked at WITF-TV as writer/producer/host of a weekly series, "The Gathering Place," as well as associate producer of "American Dreamers," a program about Horatio Alger Award winners. It was aired nationally on PBS and included interviews with baseball great Hank Aaron, Dave Thomas of Wendy's, Helen Boehm of Boehm Porcelain, Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the World TradeCenter, and James Reston of The New York Times. Barbara was a co-founder and partner in River Ridge Video Productions which received an award from the Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Women In Communications for its marketing video for Homestead Village, a life care community in Lancaster. She also wrote, co-produced, and acted in RRVP's children's video, "Be Smart About Strangers," which utilized puppets and was distributed free to schools and police departments in Lancaster County. As associate professor of communication arts at Elizabethtown College, she created two new courses, the History of Television and Writing for Television. In healthcare, Barbara served as the first director of public relations for St. Joseph Hospital in Lancaster. For twelve years, she created, wrote, and managed the content for the website allergydoctors.com for Allergy and Asthma Center, Lancaster. In one of her favorite events, nominated by her daughter Kim, she became the first runner-up among more than 3000 entrants in the 1995 national competition sponsored by the Washington State Apple Commission held in Wenatchee, WA, to select their spokeswoman, Granny Smith. As a watercolor artist, she received two first place awards from the Lancaster County Art Association. Most recently, she was a volunteer with Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County at their shelter and as a member of their speakers' bureau. She also enjoyed being a very active member of Torch and participated in many of Lancaster's Quest for Learning classes. But live theater was her passion on stage and off. She performed on stage with the Actors' Company of Pennsylvania in leading roles at the Fulton Theatre, including "The Diary of Anne Frank," "The Royal Family," "Bus Stop," "The Little Foxes," "Ah Wilderness," "Our Town" and "Picnic." Her acting career started at about age seven, playing a grasshopper in the fable, "The Ant and the Grasshopper." And she was hooked. She enjoyed bringing a character to life, whether in comedy or drama, although she admitted that drama was her favorite. She loved the applause but also the silence, when she knew the audience was completely with her and neither one wanted to break it. The following are words Barbara shared with her granddaughter, Katie, in a special journal she had written in since the day Katie was born, and also instilled in her daughter Kim:
Separate caution from fear.
Don't let fear wall you in or hold you back.
Experience as much as you can.
See the world. Savor the differences.
Think twice about the choices you make. Then...make them and be prepared to
accept the responsibility and the consequences of those choices.
Don't be a victim or point the finger at somebody else.
Sure you'll goof up sometimes. We all do. But it will be your goof and if you
made a wrong choice, you have the power to fix it. Just focus on it
and do it.
Most importantly, Stand up straight
Throw your shoulders back, Hold up your head
Look people in the eyes – Focus - And just dig right into life!
We received news of the death of Fleda Asbury Dean on October 22. In 1980 Fleda received a Bachelors of Nursing degree from Columbia University. She was a registered nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital from 1980 to 1995. She also was a staff nurse at Olsen Health Services and a Peace Corp Nurse Educator. She is survived by her daughter, Carol A. Dean, MHC ’84 and sons David and Michael Dean.
Unabridged Class Notes - Spring 2018
In April Henrietta Simler Buch had two (unexpected) heart episodes. “My three daughters decided that I should no longer live alone and moved me near my youngest daughter. I started in an Assisted Living facility, then upgraded to Senior Living and am doing well, and enjoying it. My address is Crestview Senior Living, 8660 Grant Road, apt. 211, St. Louis, Mo 63123. My husband (with Alzheimer’s) passed away in December - and is now at peace. I am slowly getting used to mid-Western food, like okra and country fried steak. They aren’t used to winter weather here... one flake of snow, they call out the plows; two flakes, they cancel school... seriously. If there is a Mt. H. group here, I don’t know about it. I love getting your newsletter”
Barbara Grant Deedy thinks “it’s no fun to be in my eighties, but it surely beats the alternative. I had a good birthday, going to 10:45 Mass and then my two daughters, with husbands, joined me unexpectedly for a family dinner at a great Italian restaurant. My granddaughter (age 20) has the same birthday. Altogether good to have family! We are quite fortunate to have good Florida weather, but I’m not knocking it! Heard from Judy Segal Drexler and all is well with them.”
Patty Steiner Nathan writes that “fortunately, at 85 (wow that's old!) I am pretty healthy and very busy volunteering, reading with first graders at a local school, working at a food pantry three Wednesdays a month, helping displaced homemakers get loans to go to school or start a business, and very excited about the Period Project...introducing into the New Jersey legislature a bill providing free sanitary products to schools, shelters and prisons. I am grateful for every day.”
Phebe (Pam) Moody Harkins thinks “the best present that I received for my 85th birthday was my driving license extension. Even with my macular degeneration I received permission to drive in the day time for five more years. When I said to the agent, “I won’t be driving in five years”, she replied: “YOU NEVER KNOW!!”
Rhoda Ernst Bannon is still working 12 hours a week and has two new boyfriends, a younger one who is smoking himself to death and an age 92 dear old doctor. She is helping a friend, who went to Wellesley and is disabled, get dressed and to doctors appointments several days in a row. She is singing in a German group and still in the band. On the “Why Me, Lord” side, Rhoda is due for cateract surgery, totaled two cars within two months (not hurt at all) and slipped on the ice in February and broke a hip. She is recovering nicely and back to her old tricks.
While visiting her son in North Palm Beach, Nancy Nutting Lane lunched with MC Bachmann Churchill and Peggy Henry Weeks in Palm Beach. Peggy is playing a lot of golf but MC has switched to croquet. Joan”Wink”Ripley and husband Mills visited Florida’s West Coast. They stayed with Pat O’Keeffe Brodt in Osprey and caught up with Les and Deb Hazzard Nash, who are planning a move to a retirement complex before they need it. On to Sanibel with Mary Lou Judd Carpenter then down to Naples where they saw Ellen Dobbie Full and Joan Willenbrok Leonard and Larry.
Dorothy Beth Lefkowitz Litwin, 83, died Monday, January 22, 2018. Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband, Burton. She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Richard and Harriet Ann Litwin, Robert and Robin Litwin, and Kenneth and Renee Litwin, and five grandchildren, Nathan, Benjamin, Ryan, Tyler, and Melanie. She received a MA at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1957. She was an elementary school teacher, educational consultant and PTA president in Ardsley, NY and an active member of Temple Beth Abraham. She loved knitting, gardening, tennis, and baking.
Nancy Powers Taylor was a fiercely independent lady, her strong will and determination was always admired, and this served her very well throughout her career in advertising. She often recounted tales of how she had to travel to filming locations and assert herself on set in an often very male dominated environment. Before moving to London to pursue her career, Nancy lived in Fort Myers in Florida.
She met her husband Ray in London while they were both working for the same advertising firm. They married in the summer of 1980 and had a long and happy marriage, latterly in Suffolk England, where
for over 30 years she and Ray lived life to the full and kept busy and independent well into old age.
Nancy loved to travel, and even well into her into her 70's she and Ray were embarking on exciting adventures to places like Iceland, as well as semi-regular trips to the US to visit Ray's family. She was
also passionate about bell ringing. Painting and reading were also a joy to her, and she was also surrounded by books and artwork, including a number of lovely water colors she and Ray had painted
over the years. Nancy died December 8, 2017 and is buried at St Margaret's Church, Reydon,
Paula Tetiev Steuer Davis passed away peacefully on March 3, 2018 at the age of 83. Beloved wife
of the late Lloyd Davis, loving mother of Anthony Steuer and Melinda Steuer, and caring grandmother of Avery Steuer. At Mount Holyoke College she earned a degree in mathematics and a
teaching credential. Paula taught in multiple school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years. She often said that her greatest pleasure was teaching.
Constance Toulouse-Lautrec Dumoncel died October 10, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Marcel and daughter Daphne. Her daughter, Valerie lives in Switzerland with her family. Inspired to help her handicapped daughter, Daphne, she became involved with the Moulin Vert, a non-profit, whose missions were protection of children, assistance to disabled people and the care of dependent elderly people. Constance received a CG from the Sorbonne University in Paris and worked in Sales Promotion and Advertising and also as a Technical Adviser to Librairie Tallandier.