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Carole LaMonica Clark

Edith C. “Dibby” Clark is building her gardening business and putting her renovated home back together. Last May she marched in the Memorial Day parade with Vietnam veterans. Sister Anne C. Clark ’69 was recovering from back surgery. Their mother is in a rehabilitation center after a partial hip replacement. Dibby plans to visit them in the Berkshires in Massachusetts this fall.

In May 2011, Sandra Sayre retired from teaching English at the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; took classes at Tidewater Community College (TCC) to renew her teaching certificate in Virginia; and was hired as an adjunct by TCC to teach freshman and sophomore English. In fall 2012, Sandy took a post-graduate course at Old Dominion University to complete the endorsement for developmental reading. Daughter Marcia Marker passed away in September 2013 from ovarian cancer. Our condolences go to Sandy. She has custody of her three grandchildren and is still an adjunct at TCC’s Chesapeake campus. Sandy’s sister is Jean Sayre Turlington ’74.

After six years, Faye Carrithers Roberts stepped down as executive director of the Florida Library Association (FLA) last January but still works with the association part time. She helps her husband manage their north Florida timber farm. They have five grandchildren. Faye graduated from the Florida State University School of Information in 1991 and received the 2014 FLA Leader of the Year Award for distinguished service.

Christina Kormanski Krause and husband Paul welcomed grandson John, the first child of daughter Megan and son-in-law John, in June. Tina helped with the baby, then joined Paul in Kiawah. Tina retired in June 2013 after 12 years as lower school librarian at the Potomac School in McLean. She also has grandchildren Eleanor, 5, and Spencer, 3. Tina and her two sisters visited Norway last summer to celebrate her youngest sister’s 60th birthday. Tina, Kathy Thiel, Kathi O’Neill, Mary Pat O’Donnell Wiegard,and Gabby Pagin had dinner together and planned a weekend getaway with Mary Karen Vellines, Suzanne Ferguson Buchanan, and Jean Burgess Botts.

Several years ago, Martha Christian Santoro changed careers, from attorney/college teacher to public librarian. She and husband Mike returned to Virginia from New England in 2011 and have two grandchildren. Martha is a reference librarian at the Chesterfield library. Mike is on the Virginia War Memorial Board. They visit Sherrill Hoofnagle Alexander and husband Michael. Sherrill and Martha, into genealogy, attended a national conference last spring. Martha and Mike also visited Edie Morrison Herron and husband Jim. Last fall the Santoros saw the D-Day landing beaches at Normandy. Ted and I have visited them, too. My dad was a radioman on a B-24 that bombed St. Lo.

My Soleil singing group presented a patriotic music program at assisted living facilities in June for Flag Day. It’s heartwarming to recognize members of the older generation who’ve served our nation. I’d love to hear from more of you. Please send news.


Karen Laino Giannuzzi

Sally R. Mayor lives in the heart of the Swiss Alps. She planned an adventure with Tish Stoner Sawyer, who was to be near Milano, Italy, in September with her husband. Sally’s eldest daughter, Patricia, works for the International Skating Union. Youngest daughter Adrienne of Geneva is married, works in marketing and communications for Vacheron Constantin, and has children Zoé, 5, and Jack, 2. Sally still manages the Cambridge English language exams in Switzerland but is training someone to take over. She does PR and marketing part time for the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. She planned summer trips to Hungary, France, Italy, and Belgium, some for balloon festivals, and usually visits the U.S. once a year. Lisa Barker traveled to Sweden in May and June, touring sites with notable classical architecture.


Sherry Rutherford Myers

Hey, classmates. Thanks to those who sent news. Kathy Bradford Lehman planned to retire in July after 27 years as a school librarian, the last 14 at Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. She published the book Interacting With History: Teaching With Primary Sources. She planned to visit her daughter and son-in-law in Seattle and her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren in Manhattan.

Nancy Mahone Miller continues her DAR activities and recently attended the Virginia luncheon at the DAR Continental Congress at the National Press Club with Terri Hall Alford.

Julie Obarski Simpson welcomed first grandchild John Thomas Simpson IV in June. We hope to have lunch next time I’m in Fredericksburg.

Deb Stanley Leap plans a 2015 trip to Africa and wants a travel mate. If you’re interested, contact her at

Cheryl Prietz Childress and husband Dave attended the Morgan Car Club meet in Luray, Virginia, and often travel to colonial re-enactments. Cheryl creates buttons for period costumes. Dennis and I joined them again for a weekend at Fort Frederick, Maryland. Cheryl is an extra on the AMC TV production Turn,filmed in the Richmond area. She and daughter Thea planned to visit us in Baltimore in September for a girls’ weekend.

Dennis and I stay active in Baltimore. My job at the law firm is nonstop. We took part in Baltimore’s annual Hon Fest and other Hon events in June, and plan to check out the September country music festival in Bristol, Virginia.

Send news. It’s terrific to hear from each of you.


Joyce Hines Molina

Hope no news is good news because you all have been very quiet. Don’t forget to write!

We welcomed a granddaughter from our middle daughter in March. Her middle name is Molina. We planned to spend time with family in August in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. We visited our youngest daughter in the Boston area in May and made our annual flying pilgrimage to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in our 1946 J-3 Piper Cub in June. We also traveled to North Carolina for the Highland Games on Grandfather Mountain. I have a new hobby, beekeeping, and hope to harvest honey next year. My sister, Grace Hines Sorey ’70, traveled to Italy, linking up with daughter Rachel.

Have a great holiday season. Please send news.


Sid Baker Etherington

Suzy Passarello Quenzer

Peg Hubbard said the 40th was the best reunion yet. Our class enjoyed a great turnout, three days of fabulous activities, and perfect weather. Thanks to Sid Baker Etherington for spearheading our decorating efforts; our tent looked awesome! Many from the Jefferson 4th West gang chose to stay in Mason. Peg encourages everyone to consider staying in the dorms for our 45th. The beds were comfortable, and the group took over the lobby and had a full kitchen. Let’s make Reunion 2019 even better!

Meg Mullen Hughes missed the reunion as they were in Glen Allen, Virginia, taking care of a grandson. Daughter Erin married Dan Moyet in July 2010. They have children Kayla, 2, and Tyler, 1. Son Joe married Loreen Hagerty last June. Along with her son, Sal, they moved to Glen Allen, just miles from Erin’s family, and welcomed Paul James “PJ” in April. Meg is a social worker at a Fredericksburg dialysis center, where she’s worked 30 years, and babysits for Erin, a part-time physical therapist for a Richmond home health agency. Meg and Paul plan to move to Glen Allen to join the rest of the family.

Director of Alumni Relations Mark Thaden ’02 and his staff did a tremendous job at the reunion making every class feel special. The new format – each class has a tent on Ball Circle for the Saturday picnic – lets classmates visit all day. The classes and lectures were well done. Suzy and I (Sid) arrived Thursday night and crammed in as much as possible. Brompton is beautiful as ever and President Hurley and wife Rose more gracious than you can imagine. Mark your calendars for our 45th in 2019. Thanks to the 40th Reunion Committee – Bobbie Burton,Sid Baker Etherington,Peg Hubbard, Patti Goodall Strawderman, Diane Harvey Smith, Jeane Baughan Stone, Suzy Passarello Quenzer,and Leslie F. Tilghman – for making it memorable.


Armecia Spivey Medlock

Lina Scott Woodall and husband Jon’s daughter, Sarah, was married in May.

Jackie Ewansky Bryan was promoted to associate professor in the Cannon Memorial Library at Saint Leo University in Florida. She received tenure, published her fourth article, presented at three conferences, and received an Innovation in Instruction Award from the American Library Association. Jackie is secretary for the Florida Dance Education Organization. She and husband Rich, a retired psychology professor, took a summer trip to Alaska and Las Vegas. Jackie’s older son is a graphic designer in Tampa. Her younger son earned an English degree from the University of Florida.

Faith Geibel Williams Moore of North Carolina retired but leads a water aerobics class, bikes, and walks. She volunteers at Tryon Palace in New Bern, dressing in costume and leading tours. Her husband still works full time at a local company. Their grandson and granddaughter, 4 and 1, live in Richmond, so they see them often. The Moores planned an August/September trip to Norway, driving around and cruising the fjords.

Al Brewster still has his small private mental health practice at Chesapeake Christian Counseling Center and has provided crisis response counseling in Kabul, Afghanistan, and for the September 2013 Navy Yard murders. He is president and CEO of the nonprofit charity Battle Buddies, training advocates to provide peer-to-peer veteran support. Al and his wife collect antique sports cars, boat on the Chesapeake, and keep up long-distance with 3-year-old grandson Nixon.

After Mary Washington, Melissa Mulreany earned a DDS from the University of Maryland, treated patients for 30 years, including three years in Japan with the Air Force, and developed a consulting business, delivering continuing education services to healthcare providers. Melissa has been married 35 years and has two grown children. She’s survived inflammatory breast cancer for 10 years and credits triathlon training.

Jan Hausrath, executive VP at APCO Worldwide in Washington, D.C.,celebrated the first year of her blog, MrsSedd@sixty, chronicling the joys, aches, and pains of being a senior citizen and working mom of a 13-year-old. In July, daughter Jinny attended Longacre Camp in Pennsylvania, which specializes in teen leadership development. Husband David Seddelmeyer is a National Labor Relations Board supervisory attorney.

A year ago, Pat Powers Gaske and husband Steve moved from Rockville, Maryland, where they’d lived 25 years and raised their children, and bought a 106-year-old house in Fredericksburg near Historic Kenmore. They love being able to walk downtown and being only 45 minutes from their house on the Rappahannock River in Tappahannock. Steve still works, commuting by train to D.C. Pat never went back to work after staying home with their three children, who visited them in July. Their older son works with Road Runner Sports in Northern Virginia. Their second son completed a ship’s engineer program at Seattle Maritime Academy and was to start work with Conoco Phillips in September. Their daughter lives in Madison, Wisconsin, works with high school special ed students, and planned to start a master’s program in fall.

Pat and Steve spent a weekend with Jackie Sobinski and husband Leo Henderson, who live on a small farm near Richmond. They also visited Pat’s roommate, Margaret Murphey, and husband Tom Camp, who were selling their Williamsburg home and moving to White Stone at the mouth of the Rappahannock River. Pat also has seen Agnes Rollins ’77, who lives in Massanutten and was a freshman in Virginia Hall when Pat was a junior counselor there. Pat saw Debbi Sudduth and husband Brian Burgher, who live near Purcellville, Virginia, and April Tooke of Silver Spring, Maryland, who works for Marriott Corp. Pat exchanges Christmas cards with Mary Byrnes and thinks she still lives in the Maryland part of the D.C. suburbs.

Pat and Steve run into Bill and Terrie Young Crawley ’77, who live nearby, and Anne Gray Fuller ’73, who married biology professor Steve Fuller. Pat plans to hold a class party at her house for our 40th reunion next year.

Allan Jenkins has lived near Lenoir City, Tennessee, for 35 years and is a hydrogeologist for Tetra Tech in Oak Ridge. Wife of 31 years Lezle teaches at a Knoxville high school. Their three kids earned bachelor’s degrees and are pursuing master’s degrees. One was in the Peace Corps. Their two girls live together in Bozeman, Montana, where the Jenkinses planned a July vacation. Their son planned to start a master’s program in engineering at the University of Alabama. Allan is in touch with running mates Steve Jones of Brisbane, Australia, Glenn Markwith ’76 of Gloucester, Virginia, Chip Schwab ’77 of Marion, Ohio, and Richie Hasty ’76 and Emmett Snead ’76 of Fredericksburg. Allan visits his hometown, Colonial Beach, Virginia. He hopes to work a few more years and commutes on a motorcycle most days. He plays guitar daily and bass in a ’60s folk tribute band.

I look forward to seeing you at our 40th reunion next year. Keep the news coming!


Madelin Jones Barratt

Rennie Archibald IV married Margaret Hughes 37 years ago. Maggie worked for IBM and Rennie worked in correctional education. Son Rennie V, a computer science Ph.D., married a med school student. Daughter Ashley, a journalist, attends grad school at the London School of Economics. Rennie and Maggie left the East Coast in 1979; have lived in Washington state, California, Texas, and NYC; and retired in San Francisco. Maggie gardens, and Rennie sails, rides motorcycles, and runs a chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino, facilitating Americans walking and working on Spain’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

Jean Patton Hippert lives near Baltimore with husband Brent. She’s senior managing director for PNC Bank’s healthcare division. Brent runs a consulting firm. Daughter Hillary moved to D.C. last September. The Hipperts are active in the Church of the Resurrection, which they helped establish nine years ago. They flew their Beech Bonanza to Montreal last year and planned a summer trip to the Canadian Maritimes. They still scuba dive, and Jean bird-watches and gardens.

Sharon Reel Fuhrmeister retired and traveled to India in February to deliver polio vaccinations for National Immunization Day, aimed at eradicating childhood disease around the world. Sharon’s younger daughter, Erica, graduated from Johns Hopkins in May and received a grant from the National Science Foundation to finish her research before pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of California Berkeley.

Janice Tucker Goebel of Bastrop, Texas, retired from Union Carbide and married a Texan. She volunteers at church and in her community. Sue Sendlein Luscomb’s daughter, Ashton, plans to marry Zachary Zimmerman in March.

Dianne Pace Phillips is retiring after 35 years as a dental technician. Her husband works in project management and architecture at U.Va. They plan to move to their James River property in Buckingham County. Dianne’s elder son is a diesel boat mechanic at Lake of the Woods Marina near Fredericksburg. Her daughter, a Richmond interior designer, married last September. Her stepson is in his last year at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dianne plays tennis, gardens, and paints in watercolors.

Helen French Thornton Branch of Peachtree City, Georgia, retired after 27 years working with challenged populations. She plans to continue doing educational programs in the correctional system, and for her church and community, and to develop a mentoring program for female ex-offenders. She also runs with her two dogs. One of Helen’s two grown grandsons was entering Queens University of Charlotte.

Yolande A. Long’sson, Ross Fallen, earned a bachelor’s degree from VCU and works for Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Younger son Drew Fallen earned a bachelor’s degree in history from U.Va. and planned to attend the McIntire School of Commerce. Yolande attended the April wedding of Jonathan Face, son of Melissa Baisch Face ’78.

Sylvia Soutzos Pyle of Indian Wells, California, enjoyed Independence Day fireworks from her daughter’s boat near San Diego. Sylvia visited her daughter, an associate attorney, in Corona Del Mar in Orange County, California. They go to the Del Mar racetrack and visit Temecula wineries.

Karen Sullivan Iseman and husband Ron of Ormond Beach, Florida, welcomed their first grandchild, Isla (pronounced eye-luh) Rose Sutherland, daughter of their son, John, and wife Laura in Portland, Oregon. They took a road trip, exploring Oregon’s lighthouses and California’s giant redwoods.

Lundy Baker Updike’s son, Tom Updike ’17, plays forward on the UMW rugby team. Lundy has become close with Lois Loehr Brown ’41, who lives nearby.

In May, Marci Richards Suelzer, content marketing manager for Wolters Kluwer, earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Trinity International University, passed the National Counselor Exam, and got a job offer from her internship. She and husband Ray plan to move.

Ann Chryssikos McBroom attended a spring reunion at Emmett Snead’s farm, with Margo Clifford, Glenn Markwith and wife Anne, Richard Hasty and wife Barb, Barb Sullivan, Eva Graham ’77, andProfessor Emeritus Marshall Bowen. Ann still helps elderly people shop and correspond. Husband Kerry works indirectly for his previous employer, implementing Orion systems. Son Connor graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and spent a month in Montreal in JMU’s study-abroad program.

Judy Sledge Joyce’sson, Jack, graduated from Gonzaga College High School in D.C. and earned the headmaster’s and excellence in music awards. Carolyn Roberts,Jack’s godmother, attended the graduation. Jack planned to attend UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Judy and Jack have visited Laura Toler,who transferred to UNC after two years at Mary Washington. Judy’s twins started high school in fall. Carolyn’s niece, Kathleen, daughter of sister Joyce Roberts Resua ’81, was recently married. Carolyn and husband Jim toured China in April, seeing the Great Wall and cycling the countryside. Jan Biermann visited her sister and nephew in Germany. Marti Taylor Clements’son, Rob, married in June.

Mary Portia “Tia” Jones retired and lives in a New Mexico active adult community. She worked 35 years for the USDA, 10 at USAID, traveling to Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She worked in the budget, procurement, travel, and legal areas.

Hannah Patterson Crew’s daughter, Elizabeth, is married and lives near her and husband Todd. Son-in-law Chris is a lawyer. Younger daughter Emily moved to Tampa. Hannah hopes to retire soon and travel. Todd started a new job and planned to work a few more years.

Reggie Tambellini Harbourne moved to Pittsburgh after 27 years in Nebraska. She took a job on Duquesne University’s physical therapy school faculty, teaching and doing research. They bought a house and were enjoying rediscovering Pittsburgh. Reggie moved her mom there, too. Husband Brian, a University of Nebraska math professor, is on sabbatical. Daughter Alina earned a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language from Boston University. Daughter Kira lives in Brooklyn and planned to start grad school for speech therapy in fall.

Our daughter Ellen married Andrew Schooley in November 2013. Our younger daughter, Anna, began an apprenticeship as an assistant chocolatier in Arlington to complete Maryland’s L’Academie de Cuisine pastry arts program. I’m still in our church’s women’s Bible study and volunteer in Ellen’s Fairfax County second-grade class. Keep the news coming.


Anne Robinson Hallerman

Vicki Sprague Ravenel, Craig “Skippy” Strickland Robinson, Terrie Martin Dort, Jo McTague Atkinson, and Pam Roberts Albrecht held their annual “Goddess Reunion” at Skippy’s Memphis home. They visited Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the Peabody. Skippy was an amazing hostess, tolerating bedrooms and bathrooms overrun with clothes, jewelry, and shoes.

Vicki was named to the UMW Alumni Board of Directors. Janice Wenning and husband Brad retired from corporate America and are home only half the year. They spent this past winter at their home in Belize and planned a cross-country trip, their fifth, from California to New Hampshire, renting a house in August, and visiting friends, family, and MWC/UMW pals. They planned to return north through Quebec and into Ontario.


No Class Agent

Leslie Rigby Kash and husband Morgan moved to Fredericksburg in July and renovated a house in College Heights.

Demetria Smith Laird called to say Roger W. Bailey, former UMW professor of music, died in December 2013. An arranger and composer, Bailey earned master’s degrees in choral conducting and composition from Temple University. He led music ensembles throughout his life, directing the Fredericksburg Singers in the mid- to late-70s. Bailey is survived by wife of 39 years Carolynn, daughter Jennifer, and son Robert.


Barbara Goliash Emerson

It was wonderful seeing so many of you at our 35th reunion. The weather was beautiful and Director of Alumni Relations Mark Thaden ’02 did a fabulous job. Gayle Weinberger Petro, VP for reunions on the UMW Alumni Board, enthusiastically encouraged everyone to attend, and Lisa Bratton Soltis of our reunion committee organized a wonderful class party. Thanks to Cyn Anderson Schmidt and husband David, honorary Class of 1979 member, for decorating the class tent – Animal House lives on! Leslie Schluter of Colorado may have traveled farthest. Patrick Everett never ages. Put the 40th on your calendars for 2019!

Jane Haynie-Hall of Fredericksburg, in education 35 years, is assistant principal at A.G. Richardson in Culpeper County.

Hope to hear from more of you in the future.