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Phyllis Cavedo Weisser
Life in the Atlanta area is still the best! I live in a wonderful community where we enjoy a wine club, a bridge group, a Hand and Foot (great card game) group, a book club, a game night group and plenty of other assorted get togethers with the neighbors…everyone should have a neighborhood like this as we age. My only trip out of the country last year was a small (89 passengers) boat trip last summer around the British Isles, made lots of good friends and enjoyed seeing places my ancestors had inhabited. I continue to play tennis and try to get in a three-mile walk everyday, but like most of us, I’m beginning to feel the effects of 75 years. If you haven’t sent news to me in a while, please do. Also, if you are trying to find a long-lost roommate, I’ll be happy to help. Margaret Cobourn Robinson writes that she and Kenny finished touring all 50 state capitols (his bucket list) in August of 2018. This year they will be touring Scotland (gonna find Nessie) and northern Ireland. she says that her sophomore roommate, Trudy Kitchin Kohl, and Bill moved back to Virginia Beach the end of Nov. ’18 after being in Raleigh area for several years. She’s anxious to get “home” again. Meg also writes that they were in Manassas in July and had dinner with Barbara Hagemann Hester and Ben and caught up on all their news. Donna Lingo Rauch keeps in touch with Lisa Corder Wharton and they recently got together with teachers they used to work with. Linda Patterson Hamilton writes that she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, in 2017 and in July 2018 discovered that she had cancer. She is now in remission from cancer, and her Parkinson’s symptoms are well controlled by medication and exercise. She has much to be thankful for! Her sisters, Kay Flanagan and Liz Patterson Vawter ’72, recently took a camping trip from the East coast to visit her husband Austin and herself in Colorado. Rebecca Tebbs Nunn, who was crowned Ms Virginia Senior America in 2016, was crowned Ms Super Senior Virginia USA 2019 in Biloxi, MS on January 2 by Sherry Strother, Ms Senior Universe. Both the Senior America and the Senior USA pageants seek to honor outstanding senior women and their accomplishments. Nunn had to compete in evening gown, philosophy of life, talent, and a judge interview. She is the first Ms Super Senior Virginia in the USA/Universe organization which is an affiliate of the Mss Universe Pageant. Nunn will be competing in the MS SUPER SENIOR USA 2019 pageant in Las Vegas in June of 2019. Becky also shared that Lynn Bard Jones moved from the Northern Neck of Virginia to South Carolina in September of 2018. Janet Burnett Morrison writes that she has been missing out on the news and looks forward to hearing from everyone in the future. Janet Yates Berls writes that she and husband Dick spent 2018 much like the past few years – starting off with 3 months at a golf resort in Florida, then returning home to New York where they we continue to enjoy all the wonderful activities and restaurants that Saratoga Springs has to offer as well as the close proximity to their son Bob and his family in Lake George and the Adirondack mountains. They had a great summer at the lake, enjoying their annual family vacation with their children Christy and Bob and their families. The most exciting news from our classmates comes from Carolyn Kennett Barry. She and her husband Dick have been working on a project for the past three years. They have been collecting art for over 40 years. At this time in their lives they decided to share their collection and keep it together. Since they were both born and raised in Norfolk they gave it back to their home town and Old Dominion University. They built the Barry Art Museum, a 24,000 square feet museum at ODU which opened in November of 2018. It houses their collection combined with some of the the University’s art collection. The sum of the monetary donations and art contributions made by Carolyn and her husband are valued at over $35 million. Suffice it to say, your classmates are VERY proud of you!