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Marcy Weatherly Morris

Happy 2021 to our special Class of 1950! I heard no news from anyone for this issue of the magazine. 

Juney Morris and I, Marcy Weatherly Morris, are doing as well as we can to stay healthy and are so happy we were able to finally get our vaccinations during a drive-through clinic in King George. Garry Lewis Jr. ’24, one of our great-grandsons at UMW, tested positive for COVID the week before Thanksgiving. He isolated, quarantined, and except for fatigue, is thankfully back to normal. Liam Prunczik ’24, our other freshman great-grandson, has escaped so far. 

Hopefully 2021 is bringing some order to the chaos we experienced in 2020. Was so looking forward to our belated 70th reunion but, as you’ve heard by now, the plans changed. 

Looking forward to the day we can all visit our alma mater and see our classmates in person! There are so few of us. Keep in touch, and stay safe and happy! 

Madison Williams ’22 received the Class of 1950 Arrington Scholarship endowed at the class’s 50th reunion. 

[Editors’ note: Class agent Marcy Weatherly Morris also sent notes for the online-only fall/winter 2020 issue. We republish a shortened version here.] 

Would you ever in your wildest dreams (or nightmares) have imagined the events of this year, 2020? 

This COVID-19 pandemic has brought heartbreak and change. We must be patient and have faith. We will see a light at the end of this tunnel as has been witnessed throughout our history if we will just let go and let God! 

Juney Morris and I, Marcy Weatherly Morris, have faithfully followed the guidelines for our quarantine experience, a must at our ages. Our 70th wedding anniversary included a surprise meal delivery and more than 100 cards, organized by our granddaughter Kelly. Our church organized a 60-participant drive-by to share anniversary wishes. 

Great-grandson Lucas Prunczik ’20 graduated from our alma mater in May with no fanfare, so different from our experiences! 

Carol Bailey Miller no longer rides (her horse, Buddy, has a new, loving home) but has been involved with her local 4-H horse program and has enjoyed activities with these young people. 

Miriam “Mim” Sollows Wieland lost her husband, Earl, soon after their family Thanksgiving gathering in 2019. Family members were able to spend time with him in the hospital. She is in full quarantine at her retirement community and missed her grandson’s May 3 pandemic wedding as well as a second ceremony planned for late July. 

Virginia Felts Brown of Mount Holly, Virginia, passed away Jan. 25, 2019. She was a past president of the Mary Washington College Alumni Association. She was a former president of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society and edited the society’s magazine for many years. The Brown family grave marker inscription appropriately reads: “To Live in Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not to Die.” 

Nan Riley Pointer and her husband still live in Gloucester, Virginia, under strict quarantine. Nan reads, knits baby hats for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, sews dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World project, and works jigsaw puzzles. She shared this positive message: “I send my prayers for all of my classmates that they will stay positive, well, and safe. We are not alone – God is with us, and He is in control.” 

Kathryn “Kay” Smith Majeski ’66 shared the sad news that her friend Margaret “Peg” Penn Hutchins passed away March 20, 2020. Kay wrote that both her husband and Peg’s graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and that the couples saw each other on many occasions. 

Tom Augherton wrote that after his wife’s death in 2011 he moved next door to his son near Phoenix, Arizona. He completed a bereavement course, became active in his church, and has spent the past eight years counseling others. He and his late wife, Betty, enjoyed the Road Scholar program, and Tom has continued in the program with his son. 

Tom’s friend and fellow World War II veteran student Alford “Al” Taylor married Tom’s sister Charlotte just after graduation, and they passed away within two months of each other in 2017. 


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Rita Morgan Stone 

[Editors’ note: Class agent Rita Stone prepared these notes for the online-only fall/winter 2020 issue. We republish a shortened version here.] 

My calls to you classmates elicited similar responses. Many of you were sheltering in place because of the pandemic, but staying busy and productive. 

Susan Hutcheson Jurgens was disappointed that her barge trip to Alsace-Lorraine was canceled. She continued weekly, properly distanced Scrabble games, enjoyed organic veggies provided by her neighbors, and was joyous about the birth of great-granddaughter Taliyah, an Arabic/Jewish name. 

Betty Litton Kilgour, after retiring from a career in education, lives in Leesburg. Having married an Army engineer, she traveled extensively in Europe and had a scary time in Anchorage, Alaska, when an earthquake shook things up. Her five children are in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

Suzanne Branner Kessler lives at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. She remotely attended her granddaughter’s wedding in Cary, North Carolina, this summer. She’s an ardent Washington Nats fan and is concerned about the future of her favorite sport. 

Charlotte Adams Harrell lives at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach. Husband Bob celebrates his 100th birthday this year. 

Mary Lou Finney Boyd was addressing 300 cards urging folks to get out the vote. A granddaughter adds decorative touches. Mary Lou swims three times a week and writes thank-you notes for MetaVivor donors, honoring her daughter who is a breast cancer survivor. 

Peggy Sherman of Augusta, Georgia, recalled the interesting classes at Mary Washington but especially the fun weekends and visits to boys’ colleges and universities. 

Lilly Longo Bilmond retired as an English teacher at Midlothian High School; she and her husband live in Richmond. 

Marie “Weege” Attianese Harlow enjoys life in a community retirement center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. When the pandemic ends, she plans to resume bridge gatherings and other activities. Her children are in Florida and Delaware, but when they come for vacation in Nantucket, she goes for a visit. 

Khalida “Kay” Showker has an exciting life, splitting her time between Sarasota, Florida, and New York. Kay began her career with Travel Weekly but went out on her own and has done 15 travel guides. Her most recent ones featured cruises. Kay has traveled all over the world and is on YouTube. 

Shirley King Buchanan lives on the family farm in Chesapeake, in a home built by her and her late husband, a physician in the area. She enjoys a huge backyard, visited by all sorts of animals. Shirley focuses on butterflies and birds. She was active in the medical auxiliary and is well-known to local politicians. Daughter Beverly lives with her since her husband’s death. Daughter Sherry Buchanan ’75 is a Mary Washington alumna. 

Joyce Long Moore has filled her pandemic time with reading, even some textbooks she wishes she had read more thoroughly in college. She recently celebrated a birthday at Nags Head with four generations in one house for a week. 

Ginny Orkney Philbrick of Bedford, Virginia, wrote that adopted daughter Betsy located her birth father and his family in California through the Ancestry website. Betsy’s half-sister Amy of Raleigh, North Carolina, has visited the Philbrick home, to the delight of everyone. Ginny’s grandson holds a doctorate in nutrition and works at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Corley Gibson Friesen and Ernie are settled in their retirement spot in Colorado and look forward to resuming fun activities after the pandemic is over. 

Jean Amis Hill lives in Martinsville, Virginia, and has recovered from her broken hip. She sees her daughter and family frequently. 

Mary Ann Jones Beard and husband Billy, who had a stroke, have lived in an assisted living complex in Virginia Beach for the past eight years. One of her children is in Carmel, California, and the other is in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. 

Maryanne Heatwole Cox of Fredericksburg misses her friends, bridge club, book club, and many family gatherings, but keeps busy with the computer, reading, knitting, and painting. 

Claire Sindlinger DeGroot and husband Ward live in Arlington, Virginia. Daughter Gretchen had many connections with our Mary Washington classmates. Carol Edgerton Cooper introduced her to her husband and even helped her choose her wedding gown. When Gretchen lived in Lexington, she connected with Bobbie Burgess and Sissy Davis. 

Anne Hart Martin attended a service at St. John’s Church in Washington two years ago, and her family albums have many childhood photos of her playing in Lafayette Park. She was disturbed to see such turmoil in that beautiful part of the city. 

Selma Friedman Fink of New York wrote that her son-in-law is an anesthesiologist, and her granddaughter works in critical care at a hospital that had COVID patients exclusively for months. At 7 o’clock each day, residents opened their doors and applauded in gratitude for medical personnel. Selma, like so many of us, was concerned about the divisions in our country. 

Katherine Wells Ball of Tullahoma, Tennessee, lost husband Ted last year after 67 years of marriage. His life as an Air Force pilot provided the family with interesting travels. One son lives in Tennessee, and the other is a doctor in Northern Virginia. Kitty was named Volunteer of the Year in Tullahoma. 

Maxine Haley Hazelgrove lives in Ashland, Virginia, and remains in close touch with Susan Jurgens. Maxine’s granddaughter Abigail is a first-year student at William & Mary. 

Gwen Amory Cumming’s children are attentive and live nearby. Not having church services leaves a big gap in Gwen’s life. 

Betty Montgomery Handy and I celebrated my birthday with a lovely brunch, gifts of honey, and a flower arrangement created by Betty, a master gardener. 

Bobbie Fowler Childs has moved to a senior community in Olympia, Washington, after selling her home on Hartstine Island. She and Richard were married for 65 years before his death three years ago. 

Phyllis Farmer Shaffer wonders if anyone in the Class of 1952 lives near her in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She would like to reconnect. 

I, Rita Morgan Stone, now must provide the sad news that we have lost three more of our very special classmates: Nancy Stump Motley, Nancy Moxley Stone, and Elaine Nader Powell. 

It’s been a pleasure having phone visits with so many of you. When you have news of interest to our classmates, please share it. Stay well and stay happy. 


Betsy Dickinson Surles


Mary Ann Dorsey Judy
Nancy Root Skinner

From Mary Ann: 

I wish I had news of classmates to give you. Please take a few moments to send us an update on you and your life! We are all carrying on with our lives as best we can during this troubling time. Memories of our years at Mary Washington stay in our minds and hearts, and updates on our friends would be wonderful. 

I spoke with Carolyn Barnes Houlgrave, my roommate junior and senior years. She is in Richmond and doing well. And I had a good catchup with Bobbie Scott Trenis in Catlett, Virginia. We are all staying in and hoping to see a normal life again soon. 

I have a granddaughter in Berlin who expected a daughter in March, our first great-grandchild!


Roberta Linn Miller

I, Roberta, am writing this on New Year’s Day, and it is rainy and dreary, but my young neighbor is a bright spot. Nine-year-old Miya writes me notes, and her family sends me food every weekend. I have been giving her books, and she reads them and tells me about them. She wrote a school report about one. 

Thanksgiving was interesting for me. I ended up receiving three dinners, including one from the man who mows my lawn. His wife also sent me a Christmas gift. Christmas was more as it should be, with six of us feasting and snapping crackers. Our 15 inches of snow the week before gave us our white Christmas. 

Response to the postcards was even better than I had hoped. Dorothy Withers Stacks in Huntington, West Virginia, wrote that she attended Mary Washington for her sophomore and junior years, then went to the University of Virginia and graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She loved being at MWC and lived with wonderful girls in two different dorms. Dorothy was nursing director for an autism services center for 30 years and retired at 80. 

Irene Hughes wrote that her new book, Windfall, was coming this spring in print and in a digital version. I read constantly, and this book can’t come soon enough for me. 

Mary Margaret Papstein Carter emailed that they are staying close to home in New Jersey, with two sons nearby. They also have a condo in Arizona, near another son, a daughter-in-law, three grandsons, and three great-grandchildren. She keeps in touch with Carol Cooper, Bobbie Sue Smith Holdeman, and Ann Hungerford McKinlay. 

I received a Christmas card from Inta Janners Ertel, pictured with her grandson. He is 14 and is taller than Inta. 

Sally Hanger Moravitz emailed that she and husband Fran were riding out the virus in their home in Falls Church, Virginia, with portal-to-portal visits to their Chesapeake cottage. Their sons and grandchildren are a source of support and joy. Sally retired last year as a docent of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and received the museum’s lifetime achievement award. How wonderful, and what an honor! 

Christine Harper Hovis wrote a lovely note saying what I have said all along. Not everyone in the class has computers, so some did not have access to the last magazine. Chris had a store for 40 years called the Dance Shop, with wonderful employees. Since retirement, she does a lot of artwork and writes children’s stories. 

Ann Strickler Doumas sent an article on Sen. Mark Warner, UMW President Troy Paino, and the Germanna Community College president, who met and discussed the needs of higher education. 

Ann’s daughter, Dr. Jennifer Doumas, tested positive in San Diego, California, but was back on duty at her urgent care facility. Her other daughter, Beth, has a husband and sons working from home. Son Mark is a retired engineer from IBM and is in Tucson. His daughter lives in Japan and works as a tour director. By the way, when we were on the Mobil ladder and moved every few years, my friends with IBM said that stood for “I’ve Been Moved.” 

A Thanksgiving letter from Dorothy Booth Sanders tells us they downsized to Story Point, a senior living facility in Union, Kentucky. They tore down Dewey’s model train layout and moved a portion to the facility for other people to enjoy. 

We are all so proud of Ann Dunaway Criswell and the work she did on the article about her mother when she was a student at Mary Washington during the flu epidemic of 1918. You can read it on page 56. 

The daughter of Maryann Etchison Nichols let me know that after living in San Diego for 54 years, her mother now lives in Davis, California, near family. Maryann has three children and six grandchildren, and she retired from teaching many years ago. 

On a sad note, Gretchen Hogaboom Fisher lost her husband of 65 years, Marine Lt. Col. Albert Teal “Skip” Fisher, on Nov. 27, 2020. Our most sincere sympathy and thoughts go out to you, Gretchen. 

I had wanted to start a “without partners” group last fall but the virus intervened. I am still thinking of doing it next Christmas because I know about 30 friends and former students who are widows and would like to get together to talk and find friends. 

I, Roberta, have been busy writing a column for the local papers. It is called Perry Memories and it is about a little girl growing up on a farm, doing jobs, and living life as I knew it. 

Ralphie the springer spaniel is 18 months old now and just as bad as before! 

As I was typing this another email came buzzing in. Martha Harville ’77 was reading the Class of ’55 news and recognized a name she remembers fondly from her childhood and early teen years. She said I should tell Irene Hughes hello from her. 

[Editors’ note: Roberta also sent notes for the online-only fall/winter 2020 issue. We republish a shortened version here.] 

Ralphie the springer spaniel and I, Roberta Linn Miller, are enjoying the cool morning on the terrace while listening to the birdsong in the woods, seeing the many colors of the phlox and other flowers in the garden, and watching the doves having their morning snack. It is July and will get very hot later, so I will go inside the house and check in with some very nice people. 

Talked to Jean Brumback Hickman in Reno, Nevada, about our love of cats; we both have black kitties. 

Patricia Seibert-Siegel has lived in San Diego for six years. She has three daughters and five grandchildren who are in their 20s. Patricia was an elementary teacher and her husband was an architect before both retired. They planned to move into an assisted-living facility. 

Christine Harper Hovis, also in California, lost her husband two years ago. She has a son in Maryland and a daughter in San Francisco. 

Polly Stoddard Heim lives next door to a daughter in Idaho. She has another daughter and two sons. Polly is a fortunate grandmother to seven grandchildren. 

Betty Fox Mapp transferred to Mary Washington from William & Mary after her first year. She was married in 1956, and they built their house in Virginia Beach in 1965. She and her husband have two sons and a daughter. Two of their grandsons graduated from college this year, and the other two grandsons are first-year college students. 

Charlotte Fisher Klapproth married a year after graduation and worked in a lab at Hopkins. She and her husband live in Delaware, and he does all the errands and a lot of the cooking. They have a son and a daughter. 

Marjorie Webb Wolfrey lost her husband to pancreatic cancer in December and is now in independent living in Charlottesville. She was a compensation manager at Sperry Marine. She and her husband had three daughters and a son. She has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Mildred Haney Sandridge, also in Charlottesville, retired after 40 years as a trust officer in a bank. They have a daughter who works at the University of Virginia, one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren. 

Catherine Walton Hutchinson has lived for 30 years in Sapphire, North Carolina, and before that in Florida, where her husband practiced medicine. A son and his wife live in Milton, Georgia. Catherine reads and walks and says she is fabulous for an old 87. 

Anne Lou Rohrbach Culwell of Norman, Oklahoma, emailed that she is trying to stay safe but does go out some. She reads, does puzzles, and plays mahjong. 

Ann Strickler Doumas sent a note with news of her vegetable garden and how well it was doing but also with sad news about Beatrice Carver Clark, who passed away in June. She is survived by her husband and four children. Ann says the Clarks ran a big dairy farm in the Shenandoah Valley for years, and Bea taught school as well. Bea’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Clark, was Ann Doumas’ piano teacher for many years. 

Another loss was my roommate and good friend Anastasia “Buttons” Petro, originally from Morristown, Tennessee, and then from the Seattle area. She had three sons, and one sent me an email with the sad news of her death after a short illness. He had her ashes, at her request, scattered over Puget Sound. 

Minnia Rainey Mayberry sent me a note with news of the loss of my former neighbor in Charleston, S.C., a Navy rear admiral. 

I am looking at our commencement booklet. Many events took place in the Sylvan Amphitheatre. Graduation was on Monday morning, May 30, 11 o’clock, with Colgate Darden Jr., chancellor, presiding. But why does the governor of Virginia pop into my head? The address was by Alvin Duke Chandler, president of the College of William & Mary. Do you remember? 


Ann Chilton Power

There’s no news to report from my classmates this time. I, Ann Chilton Power, was scheduled to have my second shot against COVID on Jan. 24. I hoped to visit my youngest son, Stephen, and his family in Dallas soon thereafter. They moved there from Alexandria last July. 

The late Phyllis Block Brotman was named to the 2021 Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame. Phyllis blazed a trail for women in business and became one of the most respected and influential women in Baltimore business and civic affairs. Her public relations and marketing firm, Image Dynamics, represented local, regional, and national clients. She helped establish the Maryland Public Broadcasting station and ran 176 political campaigns. 

[Editors’ note: Ann Chilton Power also sent notes for the online-only fall/winter 2020 issue. We republish them here.] 

I write from The Virginian, a continuing-care retirement community in Fairfax County, Virginia, where Marge Uhler Adcock and I reside. My youngest son, Stephen, and family have moved to Dallas. My eldest son, Ted, is retired and lives in Des Moines, which leaves son Tom waiting on me during this period of social distancing. 

I phoned Betty Davies Morie to check on our classmates at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. Angela Walton Barksdale, Turner Christian Richardson, and Connie Hook Felvey also have apartments there, although Connie has retreated to her home in Kilmarnock during this pandemic. When I have tried to contact others, the numbers or email addresses were no longer in service. I hope you will contact me so we can keep this column going another 64 years! 


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Jean Durham Busboso sent the sad news of the death of Virginia “Judy” Brunner Fraser. 

Jean wrote: “Judy and I met our freshman year in Spanish I class and remained friends throughout the years. We shared many interests, one of which is our love for dogs. When Judy died she had two, which are being cared for by her son. I miss her terribly.” 


Susannah Godlove


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[Editors’ note: Longtime class agent Edna Gooch Trudeau has regretfully resigned as class agent, but she sent a little news for this issue. We are also republishing a selection of notes she sent for the online-only fall/winter 2020 issue. We wish her all the best and thank her for her service to the Class of 1959 and Mary Washington!] 

Christmas 2020 greetings arrived from several of you. Gloria Winslow Borden went to North Dakota in August with daughters Caroline Borden Kirchner ’82 and Cynthia, who insisted that she visit her 50th state. 

Frances “Bunky” Bourke Firth wrote of pandemic get-togethers in driveways, patios, and garages. She said husband Rog still puts in 10-hour days with his company. They enjoyed a trip to Egypt pre-pandemic. 

Dodie Reeder Hruby and Dale were exploring Williamsburg, Virginia, and enjoying new and old friends at Patriots Colony. 

Sally Warwick Rayburn hopes there will never be another year like 2020 but was grateful to have Maggie, a little dog with a little bladder, requiring four or five daily trips outside in the fresh air. Sally lost Jim in February 2019, soon after they had moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Joan Whittemore Loock and Jim had an eventful 2019 with travel to Wisconsin and to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. In 2020, Joni put shoulder surgery on hold due to the pandemic but she and Jim were able to spend two weeks at the Playa del Carmen resort, wearing face masks during travel. They planned to spend Christmas 2020 in Virginia Beach with daughter Mardy. 

In 2019 Ann Brooks Coutsoubinas and 17 members of her family vacationed in England and Scotland, where a family christening was held. I heard from Ann again in 2020, and despite the pandemic she was taking things a day at a time. Daughter Anastasia was working for a local drugstore, and every day was hectic with old people demanding their pills. Later in 2020, Ann reported that she’s still volunteering with her Greek church. 

Lois Gaylord Allen’s son, his wife, and six red-haired grandchildren spent Christmas 2019 with her. She has reduced her volunteer work at the local humane society. She has four cats and two dogs of her own. She dearly misses Howard. 

2019 was a year of changes for Mary Massey, who left her house of 35 years and moved to a senior citizens community two miles away. She loves her grand apartment and access to grass, trees, space, and privacy. In late 2020 she wrote that she likes living near people her age and enjoys walking and exercising. 

Barbara Gordon McNamee and Bob had a mostly good 2019. Barbara is a longtime administrator and judge of synchronized swimming competitions and was busy with that work until, on a judging trip in California at Easter, she fell and fractured her pelvis and tailbone. Son Howard Crabtree and his wife, Margie, took her to the ER and cared for her till she was able to fly home to Bob. She was recovered and back to work in eight weeks. 

They had visits with Chris and Youngmi, Karen and Tony, and Rob. 

Barbara Barndt Miller lost Wayne on June 25, 2019. He had several problems and hospital visits but passed peacefully. They had moved to Pennsylvania toward the end of 2018 and stayed with her daughter, Ann, until their new home was ready. Family members, her church, and the community into which they moved have been very supportive. In 2020, Barbara met up with Ann in New York. 

We were sorry to learn of the March 2021 death of Arthur Old, widower of Eleanor Markham Old. After Eleanor’s death in 2003, Arthur regularly contributed to our Class Notes with humorous and newsy updates about their children and his own life. 

Irene Piscopo Rodgers had a lot of company in 2019. She took a river cruise and kept up with house repairs. More recently, she reported that she was doing better after a few days in the hospital. 

Martha Spilman Clark and Paul were stuck in Peru – where they have long done mission work and cared for children in need – because of the pandemic. They’re back in the United States now and were enjoying seeing their great-grandchildren. 

Ann Watkins Steves let me know she and her husband are doing well, as did Anne Saunders Spilman and her husband. 

Audrey Dubetsky Doyle shared sad news of the loss of daughter Jennifer. I’m so sorry, Audrey. Daughter Tiffany and husband Rick check on Audrey and bring her groceries. 

2019 flew by for Kay Rowe Hayes. In May she attended the UMW graduation of grandson Matthew Hayes ’19 (who went on to earn a master’s degree from William & Mary’s Mason School of Business in May 2020). Matthew’s twin brother, John, graduated the same day from Christopher Newport University. They are the sons of Kay’s son Tom and his wife, Tracy. In August, Kay visited sister Susan Rowe Bunting ’64 and Phil in their lake cottage in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. 

Kay’s oldest, Kathy, loves living in Chula Vista, California. Kay’s daughter Karen and husband Harry enjoy life outside Atlanta. Tom and Tracy welcomed their college graduate twins back home while one attended graduate school and the other prepared for a new job. 

Kay called with an update in February 2020. She was downsizing, and in the book department alone she had enough to start her own Barnes & Noble. In late 2020, she said she was still working on home projects. 

Jane Coates Littlefield and Mo said son Scott, his wife, Susan, and their children, Chris and Mary Graham, fill their house with much activity and joy. Chris was a high school senior and college-hunting. Mary Graham was looking forward to middle school. 

Out of the blue, I got a call from Fay Jessup Young, my first-year suitemate. Sadly, she lost Avery in 2018. Two of her children live close, which is a big help. Her oldest granddaughter was touring the Netherlands when the coronavirus showed up, but she arrived home safely. Where are Carol Noakes Robinson, Eugenia “Jean” Ellis Perkins, and Patsy Peterson Griffing? Unfortunately, I could give no answers. 

Barbara White Ellis was preparing to host a birthday party for a friend, with a limited guest list because of the pandemic. Babs has had two hip replacements and was doing well but had not been able to ride – she was still on her farm but had no horses. She plans to return to horsemanship activities for pleasure only. 

Although quarantined, Jane Tucker Broadbooks and John really enjoy their senior apartment. John has some health issues but is doing better. Jon Karl drives his dad to weekly kidney dialysis. Jon Karl’s son, Tucker, is a college student and daughter Virginia was finishing high school. Jane and John celebrated their 60th anniversary in June. Jane said Molly Bradshaw Clark is in a senior apartment and still living in Florida. 

Marcia Phipps Ireland looked forward to her granddaughter’s graduation from Boston University in 2021. 

Well, my dears, it is hard to believe we have known each other since August 1955. We were all at the beginning of our new lives, and none of us knew what would happen next. Fortunately, we turned out to be an outstanding group of women with exciting careers, good husbands, lovely children, and for some, single, rewarding livelihoods. 

Thank you for all these years. It has given me great joy to share your stories, read, and write about you. (I tried not to talk about myself, but when Virginia and Lucas arrived, I had to write a sentence or two.) 

My brain’s wishes do not coincide with my body’s decisions! My macular degeneration is at the point that it is extremely difficult for me to read and write, and I feel I can no longer serve as your class agent. It breaks my heart. It seems I do not have a choice. Please accept my resignation as class agent for 1959. I love you all!