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Courtney Hall Harjung
Hello, Class of ’92. Thanks to all who sent messages. Please keep − or start − it up! Some of us keep in touch online, but UMW Magazine is a wonderful way to stay connected with Mary Washington and one another. I hope to see more updates in the future!
My husband, Tom, and I visited my aunt and uncle in Sarasota, Fla., for Thanksgiving, seeing Myakka River State Park, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Siesta Key Drum Circle. In December, we started a community supper club, held our first progressive dinner, and led a neighborhood caroling group. We had a quiet Christmas at home with our cats. In February, we celebrated our second Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., and hosted a Fat Tuesday supper club dinner in our home. My maternal grandfather, John Robinson, passed away, and Tom and I spent time with my family in Lexington, Va. I had high hopes for spring and new beginnings.
Tevin Chaney lives in Fredericksburg with Mary Ann McDonald and was to receive a master’s degree in May. He works for the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences on USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment, doing satellite-based forest-cover monitoring. Tevin recently saw Shannon Eadie Niemeyer ’91 and husband Frank Niemeyer ’91.
Anne Thompson Mendez lost sister-in-law Elizabeth Eastwood Mendez in October after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. Friends and family were to run in her memory in May’s Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C.
Karolyn Hall plans group motorcoach tours and cruises for a Richmond operator, went scuba diving in Cayman Brac, and keeps in touch with Gabby Sulzbach Pickover, who’s married and lives in Fredericksburg.
In November, Amanda O’Brien Milleisen and husband Scott welcomed son Kyle Alexander, who joined twin brothers Jack and Ethan, 5. Allison Enedy and husband Tom Cholis finished a large-scale renovation on their Norfolk, Va., house and welcomed first child Thomas Joseph Cholis IV in December. They do not recommend having contractors around when labor begins.
Expert knitter Katie O’Leary Preston and Ryan Preston welcomed third son Charlie on Thanksgiving. MJ Figel Day traveled the world last year, shooting on all seven continents as editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013. At Peter Heatley’s suggestion, MJ asked Katie to knit a suit for the Antarctica shoot, which she did, and Kate Upton modeled it. MJ lives in Montclair, N.J., with her husband and son. She hosted a December holiday get-together and saw Peter, Robin Kozic, Amy Lapasota Miles, Amy Mannion, Ali McEvoy Rehm, and their families.
Myra Simpson, co-director of college guidance at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J., was named president-elect of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling, for which she was serving a two-year term on the Affiliate Presidents Council, and at-large cabinet member for the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools.
Liz Weaver Williams completed her first race, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, in Walt Disney World in February. Kathleen Gillikin MacCubbin and family visited Walt Disney World in March.
Heather Baum Reynolds moved to Strasburg, Pa., with her husband and son Tate, 1, in June 2012. She hosted recent visitors Alison Cannington Adams ’93, Mary Madeline Gilmore Webster ’01, Jonathan Cordone, Maria Cole, and Karen Aiello Petteni. Jason Terril visited family and friends around the world when he moved back to Virginia from Hawaii last fall.
Father Patrick Daniel Tobin O.P. survived his first winter of his University of St. Thomas ministry assignment in St. Paul, Minn., where he is a priest in campus ministry and chemistry professor. He lives near his former RA, Michelle Trombetta, who invites him to parties, much like their days in Framar.
I also partied with Willard Hall roommate Kira Stchur and boyfriend Eddie in February. We kicked off our vacation eating burgers cooked by chefs like Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash on Miami Beach, before embarking on a Caribbean cruise. Before the trip, I had dinner with Jeremiah Dooley, who was in Minneapolis on a business trip.
Sorry, classmates, that I didn’t send requests for information. I was a little preoccupied. I married the love of my life, Aaron Thomas, in March in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Kristin Ruhl Bergstrom was matron of honor. Katy Buchanan Storer, Corey Sell, Lisa Mueller, and sister-in-law Megan O’Callahan Goebel ’06 helped make the day perfect.
Send updates my way, and I’ll make sure they get in next time.