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Joan Akers Rothgeb

Kathleen Sprenkle Lisagor

Jane Walshe McCracken

Greetings, girls: It is so wonderful to hear your voices! Joan came to Fredericksburg to visit with Kathleen in June, and for a couple of days they had a fabulous response trying to call our classmates while grabbing two phones.

Judy Wolfe Allen and Jack moved out of their La Jolla, Calif., home of 37 years in June and said downsizing is not for sissies! They moved half a block from the ocean − next door to where they lived in the 1960s, when she was teaching high school while Jack was in Vietnam. They were inspired by Betsy Lydle Smith ’63 and husband Pete of Seattle, who also moved out of their family home to a condo and then to an island.

Nancy O’Neal Robinson took a steamboat from Memphis to New Orleans on the Mississippi River. The food and music were great. They headed across the Southeast to visit relatives and saw Jerry and Ann Tench Huml and Asandra McGreggor Craig and her husband. They topped off the trip with a marvelous visit to the UMW campus.

Marilyn Atkinson Kovach is a personal chef but finds time to play tennis. Although she’s not directly involved in the business anymore, she and her family have had a tropical plant nursery in Encinitas, Calif., since the 1980s, and a ranch in Hilo, Hawaii, where they grow palms. Her daughter and family were visiting from France (where they have lived for 10 years), and then they were all off to Hawaii.

Diana Copple Smith still teaches ESL at the Forsyth Tech Community College and lives in Kernersville, N.C. She goes to Richmond to see her dad, who is 98, and to Wilmington, N.C., to visit her daughter, husband, and 4-year-old grandson. Last fall Diana visited Lillian Ann Dix Smith in Warsaw, Va., and saw Faith Moss Prescott ’61 at a rehab center in Kilmarnock. They remembered working together in the dining hall at MWC and attending BSU together.

Life is so precious and so are old friends. Keep us updated on your addresses and phone numbers. Remember, Jane has a three-hour time difference from Virginia. Try to get us news well before the due dates. God bless all!