Fall and Winter 2013 Class Notes
From Marietta, GA, Helen Ouzts Dupree ’37 reports that sheis96 years old and doing fair. “I always look forward to receiving news about my beloved Wesleyan.”
Virginia Harris Howard ’45 of Smyrna, GA, proudly announces the addition of her fifth great-grandchild.
Coastal living is where it’s at for Winifred “Wini” Bosch Titterton ’45 of Aquebogue, NY. “Relaxing on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island - the ocean is 10 miles south, the Peconic River is 4 miles south - Long Island Sound is 12 miles north. Who could ask for anything more?”
Dr. Rebekah “Becky” Yates Anders ’46 of Peachtree City, GA, now reports that she is living with her son’s family.
Looking a few years ahead, Jane Kollock McCall ’46 of Atlanta writes, “I hope some of us from the Class of 1946 will be able to attend our 70th reunion in 2016!”
From her home in Decatur, GA, Mary McCord Tierney ’46 reports living near two of her classmates. “I am at a retirement home, Clairmont Place - a delightful place to live. I met up with my classmate Adelaide Bowen Owens ’46 and my former roommate, Nanelle Ellis Currie ’46, lives not too far away!”
Congratulations to Emily Britton Parker ’47 of Hermitage, TN who has two new great- granddaughters; Grace Esther Devan, born 6/29/13, and Caroline Elizabeth Wienne, born 10/19/13.
After complications from breast cancer surgery in 2012, Gerry Farrar-Thomas ’47 of Jacksonville, FL, has finally recovered. Despite the setback, she continues to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, where she has served nearly ten years, and at Wolfson's Children’s Hospital, where she has served five years.
“I’m 86 years-old,” writes Betty Buntyn Googe ’49 from Knoxville, TN. “I am enjoying family and playing bridge. I have been a volunteer at The University of Tennessee Hospital for 46 years. We have two great grandsons and one more coming in October.”
“Thanks to Dr. Ruth A. Knox,” writes Anne Whipple Murphey ’48 & ’49 of Macon. “We are very proud of beautiful Ruth and the fine way she represents Wesleyan and constantly brings about remarkable advancement. May God bless our President Ruth.”
“Our granddaughter, Sloan Rhodes, married May 4, 2013, at First Methodist Church in Greensboro, GA. This is the same sanctuary where Mutt and I married 62 years ago,” reports Jane Chandler Rhodes ’49 of Siloam, GA.
“Ben and I celebrated our 64th wedding anniversary in June. How blessed we are!” exclaims Sara Frances Johnston ’50 of Virginia Beach, VA. Sara would like to hear from other Wesleyannes who may be in the Tidewater area.
The WCAA sends sympathy to Louise Cochran Mayfield ’50 in Clarksville, TN. “Just to let you know my husband, Melburn R. Mayfield, died on Sept. 20, 2013, and was buried in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West on Sept. 24th. Our son, Nash, and his wife, Jenny, came up from Macon with their four little ones, as did cousins from Alabama, Mississippi, Memphis, and Nashville. My first cousin, Bishop Roy Clark (age 93), was here in his wheelchair. His 81- year-old sister from Mobile, AL, on her walker made the reunion complete. Mel had a full life here in Clarksville and we got to tell each other goodbye the night before he died. He closed his eyes Friday at 8 AM and we are at peace with no regrets. We got to celebrate our 63rd anniversary and his 92nd birthday together. Former students of his from Austin Peay State University were here from Tallahassee, Maryland, Alabama, Nashville, and Indiana - such a support group! (See Sympathy.)
Jane Schmidt Catlin ’51 of Columbus, OH, has now settled permanently near her sons and their families. “If the snow gets too deep, I can still fly to Florida,” says Jane.
Congratulations to Berle and Anne McKay Garris ’51 of Clearwater, FL, who celebrated their 60th Anniversary (June 28) with a family reunion including seven great-grandchildren. A quartet of grandsons and son serenaded them with, “Our Love is Here to Stay.”
After 28 years in the real estate business, LaVonne Collins Jolley ’51 of Signal Mountain, TN, has retired. While she is still editor of Chattanooga Area Historical Association Journal, her news is that she now has four great-grandchildren and two granddaughters who are getting married this year.
Our sympathy is with Day Wilson Watson ’51 of Macon, GA, who lost her husband, Wade Hampton Watson, Jr., on December 24, 2013. (See Sympathy.)
“I would love to hear from any Golden Heart from the Class of 1951!” writes Frances Hiers Whitworth ’51 of Fitzgerald, GA. “I have such wonderful memories of my Wesleyan years! My tenth grandchild, Rown Fiona Whitworth, was born on December 19, 2012, to John Denmark and Christine Whitworth.”
Beverly Harvey Hartman ’52 of Jakin, GA, shares, “'Getting older is not too much fun - but I try to be positive. It’s wonderful that you continue to do so well with our young adults!”
“I had such a great time at our 60th anniversary last year - small group, but big on fun!” recalls Pat Murphy Persinger ’52 from Lookout Mountain, TN. “My sweet Joe died on May 15, 2012! I miss him so very much, but have a lot of beautiful memories. Five grandsons have graduated from college. One of our granddaughters is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and the other is a junior at Girl’s Preparatory School here in Chattanooga. Besides three wonderful children and seven beautiful grandchildren, I also have two precious great- grandchildren. How blessed I am. Love to all!”
Remembering what social life was like while at Wesleyan, Mayson Thornton Bissell ’53 of Cordele, GA, poses these questions to current students: “Do you still have to wear a rain coat over your shorts on front campus? Do you still get ‘call downs’? Do you still wear stockings (keep the seams straight)?! Do you still get a call from the date office that your date is here?”
Here is a message from Mary Ann Fitzgerald Blackwell ’53 in Columbus, IN: “Wonderful to get info on all the classmates of 1953! I look forward to calling several to wish them a ‘Merry Christmas!’ Warmest wishes to all Wesleyannes. I have great memories of the Conservatory group!”
“My husband, Bill, passed away January 8, 2013. I’m so thankful for the 50 years we had together,” writes Eleanor Isom Harrington ’53 of Columbus, GA. (See Sympathy.)
Conservatory friends Claire Houser- Dodd ’53 of Fort Valley, GA, and Joyce Hall Pelphrey ’54 of Marietta, GA, took a fun trip to Nassau in June. They also “toured” Florida visiting with friends along the way.
“The biggest thrill this spring was having dinner, a chat, and photo made with Tim Tebow - what a class act!” exclaims Joan “Jen” Jennings Norton ’53 from Green Cove Springs, FL.
“All is well in Alabama,” reports Madge Hill Sidwell ’53 of Hoover, AL. Of her new housemate she writes, “Ole Arthur moved in and plans to stay - I ignore him as much as possible.”
Elizabeth “Liz” Wilson Lowry ’55 of Glen Allen, VA, loves hearing from and about her 1955 classmates. Keep the correspondence coming!
“I still enjoy living in a small town - Los Osos in California, near my Episcopal church. I continue to write poetry and am about to publish a book of poetry with three others. My children are not far away. Life is good!” writes Joann Garrett Rusch ’55.
Although she lives in Clemson, SC, Dot Smith Yandle ’55 recently had the pleasure of showing the campus - especially the beautiful “old library” building - to a grandson. “I told him about working there as a student for the storied librarian, Miss Katharine Payne Carnes!”
From her home in Lake Junaluska, NC, Lucy Neeley Adams ’56 writes, “Our Christian Writers Fellowship has just published a Bible study book - God Speaks. The book can be found at her website: www.52hymns.com. “We pray it is a Bible Study blessing.”
“My husband, Sam, passed away April 27, 2013, after being in a nursing home 23 months,” writes Shirley Swain Register ’56 of Valdosta, GA. “I know he is happy now. We were married 58 years.” (See Sympathy, Summer 2013)
Venturing from her Waynesboro, VA, home this summer, Trudy Wilson Topolosky ’56 had a wonderful visit to the Amish country. “What an interesting culture!” she writes. Her tour included lunch in an Amish home.
Rosemary Wood Dodd ’57 continues to paint and enjoy life in Gainesville, GA. In January 2014 she will have a one-woman show at Piedmont College. All Wesleyannes in the area are encouraged to attend!
Jean Middlebrooks Morris ’57 of Phoenix City, AL, just finished performing in two plays: "Sylvia" and "Luau For King Lear" with Vagabond Players and Family Theatre, both in Columbus, GA.
“We just TRY to keep up,” writes Sandra Deisch Ringdahl ’57 from her residence in Williston, FL. “Our two granddaughters, Katie (11th grade) and Abbie (8th grade) are both excellent students. Katie is a runner and basketball player. Abbie runs, cooks, and is a violinist!”
From her residence in Sapphire, NC, Martha Carter Middlemas-Bryant ’58 exclaims, “I’m so happy to have my granddaughter, Alex Middlemas, in the freshman class. Her great great great great-grandmother was in the class of 1851!”
Madeline O’Rourke ’58 is semi-retired in Camarillo, CA, but keeping herself occupied. She works part-time for a theater that produces plays and musicals.
In June, Gloria Barwick Szokoly ’58 of Cumming, GA, appeared in “Hallelujah Girls” at the Cherokee Theatre Company in Canton, GA. “It was a hoot!” writes Gloria. Gloria’s classmates Eleanor Adams Lane ’58, Nina Sheppard Terrell ’58, and Wynn Armstrong Creal ’58 attended the play and agreed that Gloria made a great Mavis!
“I looked all over town for 76 trombones for my birthday. Had a good one anyway,” reports Harriett Johnson Bell ’59 ofGreenville, SC.
Mary Terrell Mitchell ’59 reports the sale of her lake home and her subsequent relocation. “I have moved back to Macon just off Rivoli Drive,” she writes.
From her home in Grand Rapids, MI, Reverend Judy Johnson Whitwer ’59 keeps busy as VP of Resident Council at Clark Retirement Community, which has Methodist roots going back to 1906. Judy also is an avid flutist.
Rev. Maryann Bass Chapman ’60 reports that her son, Jim, has two children: Mimi (6) and J.B. (4). Her daughter, Emily Wilkinson, still teaches at Westminster Schools. “I retired from Northside UMC Assoc. My husband, Jim, is retired from his old firm and has opened his own architectural firm.”
Barbara Williams Karski ’60 and her husband have relocated to Durham, NC, to be near their children after living the “California life” for the past 15 years in the Monte Sereno/Los Gatos area, south of San Francisco. “Los Gatos is a very interesting and delightful place to visit. The new library there is spectacular. I was on the Board and worked a lot with the new used book store they set up. Since I have collected children’s rare books for 25 years I became their source for pricing them,” emails Barbara.
Congratulations to Mary Margaret Woodward McNeill ’60 and her husband, Larry, of Southern Pines, NC, who were honored for their role as key advocates of education in a feature article in their local newspaper that focused on the 50th Anniversary of Sandhills Community College. Larry has had a 30+ year tenure at Sandhills as a professor and coach, in addition to his longstanding service to the Athletic Committee. Mary Margaret has served on the Board of Directors of the College’s Foundation, Alumnae Board, and was chair of the Donor Recognition Committee. Believing that the college’s influence in the community serves as a major factor of the quality of life there, the McNeills have also endowed the McNeill Woodward Scholarship since 1990.
Julia Camp O’Neil ’60 of Newnan, GA, is adjusting to life without her husband, Arthur, who passed away in 2011. She has moved from North Carolina to Newnan, GA, to live closer to her daughter.
Judy Warnock Burns ’61 and husband Bill live in Austin, TX, and are busy getting ready to be parents of the groom.
Announcing her first great-grandchild is Betsy Lester Dillard ’61 of Luray, VA. Great- grandson Aiden Evan Fendig was welcomed this summer, in Brunswick, GA. “I have to admit, ‘great-grandmama’ sounds sorta strange!" she comments. Nonetheless, congratulations, Betsy!
In August, Jean Edwards Dukes ’61 of Barnesville, GA, shared the names and ages of her four great-grands: Emma Grace Dukes (8), Carter Dukes (11 months), John Charles “Chuck” Dukes V (5), and Fox Nieto (13 months).
Venturing from her home in Norcross, GA, this September, Jean Cain Gaddis ’61, took a two-week trip to see National Parks in the northern and southwestern states.
Visiting her daughter and granddaughter this summer in Atlanta, Suzanne Jones Kahn ’61 of Pensacola, FL, also had a fun get-together with her classmates while there.
Congratulations to Virginia Poole Lee ’61 and husband Joe of Covington, GA, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 10. “Our 50th anniversary turned out to be a very nice time with 19 or so friends and family including my sisters, Helen Poole Fontsere ’59 and my artist sister, Charlotte Poole Harrell ’56. Charlotte sketched charcoal portraits of all four of my grandchildren. They were beautiful. Our youngest son, William Kenyon Lee, was promoted to Lieutenant in the Clayton County Police Dept. He will be in the Criminal Investigation Department. We are so proud of him! This has been an exciting few months. We are very happy. Also, my granddaughter by marriage had a little girl. Her name is Hunter Brown. Now I am a great-grandmother by proxy, I believe. God’s blessings to all.”
Ermine Owenby ’61, a member of the Tallahassee, FL, Community Chorus, had quite a tour of London and Paris this summer as a member of the American Chorus. The Chorus is a collective effort comprised of ten choirs. The group performed in churches and at historic sites. “I sang in the Paris Choral Festival in July 2013. Highlights of the trip included singing at the American Cemetery of Omaha Beach on July 4 with 250 voices,” writes Ermine.
“I’m still singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and have logged in more than 30 years,” writes Ellen Weldon Dukes ’62 of Austell, GA. “Otherwise, I am enjoying being retired and working on various projects at home, going to the gym, keeping the grass from overtaking the house, and etcetera. I lost my mother, Margaret S. Weldon of Griffin, last October (2012), but was fortunate to have her until she was 97. She was a 1936 graduate of Brenau with a teaching career of more than 40 years, which included being named STAR Teacher three times and retiring three times (the school system kept asking her to return). She kept up with everything to the end and her students and friends kept up with her. I was privileged to have her as my mother.” (See Sympathy, Summer Magazine 2013.)
“On our 13-state trip in the fall of 2012, Bob and I had a wonderful day’s visit with my Wesleyan candle- lighter and lifelong friend and mentor Anne Carlton Blanchard ’47 at her Asheville, NC, retirement home,” reports Marybelle Proctor Menzel ’62 from Littleton, CO.
The WCAA sends sympathy to Susan von Unwerth Overman ’62 of Winston Salem, NC, who unexpectedly lost her husband, Tom, in May. Susan also shares news of the birth of a new grandson, Fritz, just a few months prior, in March. (See Sympathy, Summer Magazine, 2013.)
Following her total hip replacement in March, Rusty Russell George ’64 of Macon reports that she is already planning her next trip!
From her home in Lake Mary, FL, Fran Strickland Masse ’64 writes, “Moon Burt ’64 is a true blessing to the Class of 1964 for keeping us all in touch. Looking forward to our 50th next year - WOW!”
“Sissy is alive and very well in LaGrange, GA,” reports Elizabeth Sims ’64.
All is well with Betsy Harman Godbold ’65 of Tierra Verde, FL.
“Ken and I are just rocking along,” shares Dianne Dempsey Holman ’65 of Columbia, SC. “I go to Zumba, bake lots, and I’m active in P.E.O. and at church. My daughter, Mary Beth, lives in Columbia and my son, Tripp, works in South Korea. Looking forward to our 50th reunion!”
“Emma is my13- year-old granddaughter and daughter of my daughter, LeeAnne Mynatt Dasher ’93,” explains Becky Gleaton Mynatt ’66 of Atlanta. “Libby is my 13-year-old granddaughter and the daughter of my son, Dr. John F. Mynatt, Jr.”
“I’m still an artist currently working in watercolors and collage. Our daughters and their families live close by and we enjoy their company immensely. My patient husband, Thom, still frames for me and others,” writes Dale Pierson Hill ’66 from Jackson, GA.
Leaving her home of 41 years in Canton, GA, Daphne Murph Chapman ’67 announces she and her husband have relocated to Lake Junaluska, NC. “We are both retired, but stay busy volunteering, gardening, and remodeling our 1950s home.”
Kathi Neal ’67 of Atlanta has exciting news to share! “My small book of children’s poems was just published. The Sun Begins Its Daily Flight has been well received so far - by both adults and children (and as all of us old English majors know from ‘Kiddie Lit,’ good children’s literature is only really good if adults also enjoy it). The book is actually from a senior project at Wesleyan for Arch Beckleheimer in 1967. I came across it while cleaning out files and decided to run it up the flagpole and see if anyone saluted. They did. The book is dedicated to the Golden Heart Class of 1967. It’s on Amazon. I adore my 2-year-old grandson, Leo. He IS the cutest kid ever - with Joanna Trask Harrison’s ’67 Henry running a close second.”
“Life is good,” says Susan Kirvin Ogburn ’67 of Macon. She and all of her seven “grands” are well and happy!
Judy Johnson Highsmith ’67 chaired the North Fulton High School (Atlanta) 50th Reunion held in June 2013. Working closely with her were high school and college classmates Helen Moorhead Hermoyian ’67 and Karen Moore Thomson ’67 for a terrific 50th reunion!
Helen Harwell Smith ’67 had another spring and summer of interesting travel in 2013. “Happily, Gayle Attaway Findlay ’55 joined us in Venice for a tour of the Biennale Arts Festival,” reports Helen.
For Pris Gautier Bornmann ’68 of Alexandria, VA, “the stars have aligned!” She is planning to retire on October 31, 2013, she tells us.
Now that’s dedication! Sad to have missed her 45th reunion, Patty Pearce Cardin ’68 of Columbus, GA, writes to ensure her Annual Fund contribution was calculated into her class total. “I understand that we had about 50 of the ‘greatest Green Knights ever’ who planned to attend,” she wrote. Her update includes that she and her husband are enjoying being retired, but are busy grandparents to five. “I am so grateful for my special years at Wesleyan and the wonderful friends and memories we share. I plan to see you at our 50th. Love to all.”
Cheryl Grantham Fee ’68 of Houston, TX, is a grandmother! Her first grand baby, Serena Rose Yukser, was born September 9, 2013.
Laura Byington Ludman ’68 of Yulee, FL, was sad to have missed her reunion but writes that her transplanted heart is doing wonderfully well. Laura volunteers at the Humane Society of Nassau County.
Congratulations to Diane Walker ’68 of Newport News, VA, on her retirement from the Hargis Library at Virginia Institute of Marine Science in April. “For 32 years I enjoyed working with graduate students, faculty, and researchers. In 2010, I received The First Professional Faculty Award presented by VIMS.”
About her husband’s recent retirement, Dell Hitchcock Bailey ’69 of Dalton, GA, says, “Since I feel like he was gone most of our 41 years of marriage, I love having him around. In June, we took the family to Disney World. The grandsons enjoyed their first visit. We survived!”
“After caring for my mom, Mildred Malone, for seventeen years after her stroke, she passed away at age 96,” writes Sharon Malone Boyd ’69 of Duluth, GA. (See Sympathy.)
After more than 20 years of working for the Palm Beach County Health Department, Lou Ellen Semler Boyes ’69 of Juno Isles, FL, is looking forward to retirement and exploring new passions!
Patti Pace Fordham ’69 of Elko, GA, has been a Pre-K teacher for 16 years. Patti also teaches dance for a Christian performing arts studio. Her daughter, Jodi, teaches Pre-K, and her son, Marshall, just earned his fourth college degree!
Atlanta resident Margaret Anne Chafin Johnson ’69 has been deployed to Afghanistan since July 2013 as Sr. Advisor to the Afghan National Army Ministry of Defense Inspector General and as a Ministry of Defense Advisor for DoD. She previously worked for DoD OGC on Habeas Litigation for Guantanamo Bay detainees and retired as LTC as Army SJA in 2009. “Quite a swan song!” writes Margaret.
“I married Glenn Robertson in a beautiful church wedding on June 15, 2013. So now I have one daughter, one stepdaughter, two sons, two stepsons, and six grandchildren. I am blessed to have met this wonderful man, (for those who might be interested, we met on match.com)!” writes Diane Dennington Robertson ’70. Diane has also composed a choral work in five parts for three treble voices with piano accompaniment that has been accepted for publication by E.C. Schirmer. It’s titled “Dream” and the text is the poem of the same name by Abramer Koplowicz, killed at age 14 in Auschwitz. It will be released this spring. (See Marriages.)
More wedding bells! Katy Nettles Clark ’70 of Livermore, CO, was married in June to Morris Clark at the site of their new home in Colorado. (See Marriages.)
“In June I had the pleasure of having my 12-year-old granddaughter here with us for a few days. We were eagerly anticipating the arrival of her new baby sister in July. In May, Charles and I took her and her cousin, our 13-year-old grandson, to Washington, D.C., for a week. We rode the Amtrak sleeper train car from Atlanta to D.C., and back home again. Quite an adventure! These grandchildren are certainly a blessing in my life. There are many times - in the midst of chaos or sorrow - when it is so comforting to remind myself of the many blessings all around me,” contemplates Maconite Emily Chase Cook ’70. “I’m always glad to be the conduit to share class news - both happy and sad - via email. I was blessed to have been copied on recent messages from so many of you. Thanks to Sally Myhand Flannagan Neal ’70 for planning and hosting a gathering at her home. Perhaps that will be an inspiration to others who might be able to have mini reunions of classmates in their areas.”
In July, Susan Woodward Walker ’70 of Franklin, TN, arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland, just in time to hear daughter Margaret present a paper at a forum on The Lindesfarne Gospels: A Living Manuscript. Margaret has been a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh. They also flew to Ireland for a few days in Dublin and had a long weekend visiting friends on the west coast of Ireland. Margaret was awarded her master’s degree in The History of Art “with distinction” in November, having received a First for her postgraduate dissertation.
Lynn Bensel Jones ’71 lost her husband, LTC Robert W. Jones, Jr. Retired, to cancer on April 17, 2013. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on June 20, 2013. A reception at the Army Navy Club on Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. followed the burial. Rob served in Vietnam in the 5th Special Forces Mike Force Detachment B-55. Following retirement he was managing director of private companies supplying security services to American Embassies in Morocco, Cameroon, and Ghana, where Lynn joined him. He wrote for outdoor magazines and enjoyed hunting and fishing, shooting a 280 lb. black bear in Maine before he died. Rob and Lynn have three children, three grandchildren, and homes in Florida and Maine. (See Sympathy.)
Betsy McPherson Farr ’73 of Manassas, VA, is still sharing her talents – near and far! Betsy’s watercolor of “Nigella damascene” will be travelling with the exhibition, “Following in the Bartram’s Footsteps” to the Cherokee Garden Library/Atlanta History Center on March 17 - June 17, 2014. The show includes paintings of plants grown and sold by nursery man John Bartram in 18th century America.
“Hello!” writes Lynn Ellis Rousseau ’73 from Gainesville, FL. “I still volunteer for The Hearing Loss Association of America and serve on the United Continental Airlines Disability Advisory Board as well as Amtrak, teaching employees about ADA.”
The WCAA sends sympathy to Carolyn Bowman Biggs ’75 of Acworth, GA, on the loss of her mother, Margaret N. Bowman, on June 4, 2013. (See Sympathy.)
Marina Showalter Chancery ’75 of Brewton, AL, proudly boasts of another grandchild. “My son, Jacob Chancery, and wife Lindsay welcomed Maxwell James Chancery to the family on May 1, 2013. Sisters Helen, (5) and Elizabeth (3) also welcomed him to their home in Madison, AL, where Dad Jacob works as an engineer at nearby Redstone Arsenal.”
“Retirement is great! Make sure your kids keep working to support us,” says Carol Ann Goodloe ’75 of Arlington, VA.
“I’m so saddened to lose a friend and classmate, Sue Joyce Scenna '76 to cancer. My heart goes out to her daughter, Allison ’08 and Sue’s husband Al. She will be missed,” writes Jane Gardner Preston ’76.
In Macon, Virginia Phillips ’77 is enjoying retirement and having time to travel, read, paint, and play with granddaughter, Regan!
Congratulations to mother of the groom Kathy Browne Stine ’77 of Norfolk, VA. Kathy’s son, Chris, married Katherine Precht of Alabama in April 2013.
Judy Priester Anderson ’78 was unable to meet with Alumnae Director Cathy Coxey Snow ’71 when Cathy visited Seattle on a recent WCAA trip to the Pacific Northwest in October. “I’m so sorry I won’t be able to join you in Seattle. I had ankle surgery a few weeks ago and am totally immobile. I hope you have a wonderful time exploring this part of the USA. I miss the South, but love Seattle,” emails Judy.
Author Kathy Bradley ’78 of Register, GA, has had a busy fall. During Labor Day Weekend she attended the Decatur Book Festival and then traveled to Greensboro for four days as a presenter at the Writer’s Police Academy. She also taught at the Young Writers’ Workshop held at Georgia Southern University. Congratulations to Kathy for receiving the Georgia Author of the Year Award on June 15 at the 49th Georgia Author of the Year Awards held at Kennesaw State University. She was recognized in the essay category for her book, Breathing and Walking Around: Meditations on a Life. Kathy writes, “This year there were 12 categories. The support and encouragement of my Wesleyan sisters (in the past and on-going) is a big part of B&WA’s success and I am incredibly grateful!”
Not your ordinary afternoon at the movies…proud mother Anne Scarborough Hughes ’78 of Cornelia, GA, reports having watched “Much Ado About Nothing" in June, a film that was line produced by her daughter, M. Elizabeth Hughes ’06, who even had a cameo role in the movie!
Kay Appling King ’79 of Juliette, GA, is proud of her two sons. Younger son Shane’s interest in soccer has blossomed. He was one of 33 boys chosen for the state Olympic training program and is learning more about soccer as he trains across the state. Her oldest son is an environmental engineer.
“My two choirs, The Pine View School Chorale and Vocal Ensemble, both won 1st place in their categories at The Presidential Inauguration Music Festival last January in Washington. Our school took home the Choral Grand Champion Trophy for having the highest combined scores!” exclaims Loisanne “L.A.” Tatum Robins ’79 of Englewood, FL. Congratulations, L.A.!
Eloise Terrell Gray ’80 of Midwest City, OK, and her husband just returned from their 6th mission trip to Kenya. “Our ministry, Touching the Heart of God, works with children living in the slums of Naibori to Mbule. Many have lost parents because of AIDS. We work with more than 800 children in Kenya.”
Janet Waters Hebbard ’80 is back-and-forth from her home on Saint Simons Island, GA, to Atlanta. She proudly reports that son John is in his 3rd year at Mercer Medical School and son Carl is technical director for Koch Industries in Atlanta.
“It is hard for me to believe that a voice student of mine has led me into the world of vocal jazz, but it is true!” says Jeanne Luke Longerbeam ’80 of Cumming, GA. “I am singing regularly at a jazz jam in Dahlonega, GA, and have recently been hired as music director for a new group called the Swing Sisters! I’m in my second year as choir director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville, and enjoy trying to decide where in Florida my husband and I might retire in the next decade or so. We are currently accepting ideas!”
Beth Parker Davis ’83 of Macon, GA, continues to enjoy teaching second grade at Springdale Elementary. She also enjoys her time as a private tutor to area students. She plans to retire after 30 years this coming May.
“I teach voice and related classes at Wesleyan,” writes Ellen Futral Hanson ’83 of Macon, GA. “I recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary; I'm married to Jeff, and have two sons, Brooks (16) and Wesley (13). We are active at Martha Bowman United Methodist Church where I direct the chancel choir.” Congratulations are also in order to Ellen’s husband, Jeff, who was appointed in July by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to be Bibb County’s second State Court Judge.
Irene Shovelski Huston ’83 has moved to Ashburn, VA, where she took a job with Harris Teeter. “Terry and I moved with Tami, our daughter, and then had to get her back to Atlanta where she is a rising junior at Agnes Scott. We will return to Georgia a lot over the next few years as her older brothers, sister-in-laws and the grandkids are all there.”
From her home in Griffin, GA, Wadra Garner McCullough ’83 writes that she is currently the Chief Nursing Officer at Spalding Regional Hospital, also in Griffin.
Since 1992, Ava Arnold Wyatt ’84 of Dalton, GA, has been teaching German at her alma mater High School and is still “loving every minute.” She started an exchange program there in 1996 that remains strong today.
Congratulations to Dr. Teresa “Terri” Dudek Goodpaster ’85 of Marianna, FL, who writes that she has retired from the U.S. Air Force and is practicing general surgery in rural Florida.
Leesa Akins ’87 of Atlanta proudly announces her upcoming nuptial. “Roger and I got engaged in Paris! It was all very romantic at the top of the Eiffel Tower. We are back now and just trying to decide on a date and venues - just enjoying being engaged.”
“My law firm in Macon, Edwards and Bullard, celebrated its third anniversary in January,” announces Lisa Morgan Edwards ’87.
More (good) things coming in threes! Kathy Lawrence Spada ’88 of Fort Lauderdale, FL, has Sabrina (17), Samantha (13), and Paul (11).
In November,WCAA President Ashley Garrett ’90 represented Wesleyan College at the Presidential Inauguration of Jere W. Moorehead at The University of Georgia in Athens.
Congratulations to Kym Preuss Lukosky ’90 in Redmond, WA, who accepted a new job as a SR Product Manager in MSFT IT. “I’m so very excited to be back at Microsoft ‘full time.’ I was doing consulting for them for the last ten years are so I could stay home with the kids. It feels good to be back,” writes Kym.
Due to her husband’s work, Cathy Lee Taylor ’93 relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL, this summer, where her daughter is in middle school. “Professionally, I was recently promoted to associate professor and am taking a class this summer to become a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Best wishes to everyone!”
Michelle Arauz ’94 sends this update: “I married Andrew Denaro on June 13, 2012. We welcomed our son into the world, Joseph Corsino Denaro, on Nov. 20, 2012.” Michelle and her family live in Decatur, GA.
The WCAA sends sympathy to Tiffany Gordon ’94 of Athens, GA. “I am heartbroken to inform you that I lost my beloved grandfather, Freddie Gordon, Sr., on December 22, 2012. He reared me from childhood like a father and was one of my biggest cheerleaders. He suffered an unexpected stroke, but was able to see his 83rd birthday before passing over to Glory,” writes Tiffany.
In Macon, Jaqui Dravis Wilson ’94 works at Stratford Academy as a counselor. “I work mostly with the Upper School (High School) with stress and time management, academic support, and adjustment issues.”
“The whole family went to Alaska to celebrate my Dad’s 70th birthday. We had a wonderful time,” writes Erin Guice Hatchett ’95 of Bremen, GA.
According to Betty Lo ’95, “2013 has been a year of challenges, changes, and accomplishments! I finally crossed off South Africa on my bucket list after my husband and I visited that beautiful country in March. I accepted the role of Vice President of Public Affairs with Nielsen (in NYC), a leading global information and measurement company that provides insights into what consumers watch and buy, and I graduated from Emory’s Goizueta Business School with an Executive MBA in May. I’ve been traveling quite a bit this summer for work and am finally getting my family settled after relocating to New Providence, NJ - just 20 miles from NYC. I’ve also been able to reconnect with Lou Beller ’64, who is always in the know about what’s going on in the city. Her office is across the street from mine!”
“It was such an honor to stay in the Alumnae Suite and speak at your Spring Convocation!” writes Tracy Knight MacDonald ’95 of Jacksonville, FL.
“I think most of you know that we moved to Vacaville, California this summer,” writes Jen Shermer Pack ’95. “We are all settled in and our house is within walking distance of Dylan’s school. We were very lucky and got an excellent teacher for 1st grade. Our biggest adjustment has been to the heat. After three lovely cool summers in Alaska, we are getting used to the 90º+ temperatures here in Northern California. It does cool off at night and in the mornings, so I can’t complain too much.”
2013 has been an exciting year for the Lambles. “My husband, Alan, and I welcomed our daughter Asden Ellise to our family on March 2, 2013,” writes Kristin Conley Lamble ’96. “After relocating back to Georgia in December, we have broken ground on a new home in Sharpsburg, hoping to be moved in by November.” (See Births & Family Additions.)
Elizabeth Mathis ’96 has relocated to Philadelphia, PA, to begin a new job as executive director of admissions at Moore College of Art and Design. “Moore is the first and only visual arts college for women in the United States and I’m so excited to be here!” writes Elizabeth.
Marietta, GA, resident Bianca Venuto Towler ’98 greatly enjoyed seeing her “sisters” at her 15th reunion in April. “Hoping to see more at our 20th!” writes Bianca.
“Just after I celebrated my one-year anniversary as the public information officer for the Port of Palm Beach, I received the wonderful news I received three communications awards from the American Association of Port Authorities. This is the first time the Port of Palm Beach has ever been honored with these awards, so to get three in my first year is just an amazing honor for a job my husband told me I was ‘born for.’ I've already got my sights set on next year’s awards as I spearhead the redesign of the Port’s web site and launch our full re-branding and social media campaign - among many other projects,” writes Julie Houston Trieste ’98 from Wellington, FL.
Carrie Walker Dumm ’99 of Senoia, GA, comments, “I am looking forward to running my first 5K with Shayna Jordan Pierce ’99 and Elizabeth Rodgers ’00 at the end of June. I also have the Golden Heart 1999 15 year reunion on my calendar!”
Congratulations are in order for Dana Karstensen-Bryan ’99 of Suffolk, VA, and husband, Chris. They welcomed their second son, Niels Magnus Karstensen, on April 12, 2013, the day before their 11th wedding anniversary. Big brother, Nolan, is in love with "his" Baby Niels. (See Births & Family Additions.)
Daphne Ristau Stellato ’99 of Hillsborough, NH, exclaims, “On June 30th, 2013, my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Brigid, into the world. Life has been a crazy, wonderful ride ever since!” (See Births & Family Additions.)
Esther Celestin Wang ’00 married JiaJun Wang on July 8, 2012. They welcomed their son, Connor Mingzhe Wang into the family on May 9th, 2013. Connor joins big brother Ethan. Congratulations on both of these momentous occasions! In addition, Esther joined Chongqing Cambridge International Centre as the ESL Teacher and 12th grade English Composition Teacher for the 2013-14 school year. (See Births & Family Additions.)
Congratulations to Deborah Berryman Guy ’01 of Cornwall, UK, and her husband, who welcomed into the world their daughter, Lowena Abigail, in September 2012.
Rachel Garrison Carswell ’04 of Jekyll Island, GA, writes, “I got married on May 6, 2013, to the love of my life, Ben Carswell! Congratulations, Rachel! (See Marriages.)
On August 25, 2013, Lauren Eckman ’04 was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as a Commissioner on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She was sworn into her position at the Georgia Capitol on September 26, 2013. Lauren will serve on the Educator Ethics Review Committee.
Jodi Miller Hardee ’04 has relocated to Centennial, CO.
“Thank you, Wesleyan, for continuing to create a space to educate and encourage women to be the next leaders!” writes Emily Dukes LeVan ’04 of Atlanta. “I feel honored to watch my sisters grow and become community leaders. I recently received a promotion with my company, AT&T Mobility, and I contribute many of my leadership skills to my time at Wesleyan.”
Heather Hughes Walter ’05 of Lyndhurst, NJ, shares joyous news. “On May 26, in Cranbury, NJ, I married my sweetheart of seven years, Tim Walter, of Walpole, MA. Standing up for us as bridesmaids were Jyoti Daynes Coffelt ’05, Katie Riggs Freeman ’05, and - in absentia - Sidra (Ahmad) Sharif ’05. Carmen Valdez ’05 stood up as my maid of honor. Jenna Miller Jones ’06 baked our delicious cake pops and was able to join us with her husband and daughter, Wimberly Jones (future PK ’30, I think). Also present to celebrate were Rosie Harrington Courville ’06, Jaime McQuilkin ’06, Amy Smith ’06, and Stephanie Hood ’08, as well as former Wesleyan adjunct theatre professor Anne Wehmeyer Alcocer. We had a marvelous day, culminating in all the Wesleyannes cheering - the Pirate class cheer, then “We love you Pirates,” which included the girls then turning to me and Tim and ending our whole day with my dearest Wesleyan sisters cheering ‘we love you Tim, deep down in our hearts!’ We recently bought a car and adopted a dog (through Katie Riggs Freeman, in Alabama!), and are headed to Aruba for my sister-in-law’s wedding in September. Jyoti, Carmen, Katie, Sidra, and I were reunited (for the first time since Alumnae Weekend 2010) in October, when we went to Charlotte to see Sidra, her husband Raheel, and their newborn son, Ismael! So much excitement in my world - and I just had to share it! Much love to you and all at the Oldest and Best. (See Marriages.)
Congratulations to Catrice Hayes Allen ’06, who is Bibb County’s Teacher of the Year. Catrice teaches at Rosa Taylor Elementary School in Macon. She will now compete at the state level.
She’s doubly blessed! Congratulations to Kourtney Johnson Hamidi ’06 of Phoenix, AZ, who welcomed twins Emma and John on January 16, 2013. Kourtney also wishes to say hello to her classmates in the PK Class of 2006! (See Births & Family Additions.)
“Andrew and I are first time homeowners, and it feels great!” shares Parrish Smotherman Jenkins ’06 of Macon. “We moved in May 31st, and although I didn't have time to plant a spectacular summer garden, I’ve spend the last few weeks tracking the sun, and planning the fall version. We have almost an acre, so I have plenty of space for fruit trees, veggies, and I’m going to try my hand at muscadines, too. I went to NYC to visit my sister who came down from Connecticut. We saw an international soccer game at Yankee Stadium, which was a blast.”
Jaime McQuilkin ’06 of Smyrna, GA, spent most of her summer traveling to see many friends and family along the east coast. “One of the highlights was discovering a beer in New Jersey that is called ‘G’Knight’ ...and it was green! I’m sure the Green Knights will enjoy that! Does anyone know if an alumna owns that brewery?”
Elvira Tanga ’06 of Sugar Hill, GA, remembers priceless memories of her time at Wesleyan.
Congratulations to Missy Poole '08, who is the new development coordinator at University of Florida in Gainesville.
Brittany Strandell ’09 is a third year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In conjunction with earning her JD, she will be receiving her master’s degree in bioethics from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. She writes, “In addition to my course work, I am a senior research assistant at Wharton’s Leonard Davis Institute, where I research and analyze legislation pertaining to the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces. I am also President of the Health Law Group, a student group whose mission is to raise awareness about health-related legal issues, and I am a Co-Director of the Health Law and Policy Project, a pro bono group that connects students interested in health law with pro bono projects in the Philadelphia area. Recently, the Field Center has selected me as their Alan Lerner Fellow in Child Welfare Policy. As the Lerner Fellow, I conduct research for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Health Care Work Group. To support the Field Center’s effort to implement system - level change following the Sandusky tragedy, I also research the progress of pending child welfare legislation in Harrisburg, PA. After graduation, I will be working for Conrad O’Brien, a boutique litigation law firm in Philadelphia.”
Alicia Brownell ’11 of Bogota, Colombia, is currently working at the Ministry of Defense there, “doing what I’ve been waiting to do for a long time,” she writes. “I’m an international relations advisor here for two departments: Army Operations and the General IR Department of National Security.”
Gabriela “Bri” Medina - Marrero ’11 is a third year law student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. “I’m active on campus and serve as student council representative, president of the Federal Bar Association, and I’m an associate editor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law’s Law Review. Currently, I am interning under Judge Daniel Dominguez at the P.R. District Court.
Congratulations to Cheyenne Foster ’12, who lives in Burke, VA, and is a new staff assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I have been accepted to the USC Somos Hermanos six-month Spanish Immersion program in Xela, Guatemala,” writes Alexis Hall ’12 of Macon. She left to participate in July.
Betsy Herlong ’12 of Collierville, TN, traveled to Prague in July for a month with Leadership exCHANGE’s Global Leadership Program. “This is an opportunity I heard about through the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, which honored me with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award last year. The Sullivan Foundation has provided me with a scholarship for the Prague program.”
Congratulations to Marta Kurshumova ’12 , who was accepted at William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, NV, where she began classes this fall.
The August production of the play Just Women by Susan Yandle Middleton ’12 of Macon, featuring Susan, Paula Lockhart ’14, and former Wesleyan staff member Amy Lines Whaley, ran in August at the Black Box Theatre in Porter Fine Arts Building. The story is about three women during Sherman’s march through Georgia: Emma Childs, a widow, living in Clinton, Georgia, who chooses to cross the artificial line between friend and foe by caring for a Union officer in her home; Constance Childs, Emma’s daughter-in-law, whose husband and Emma’s son, Alex, is fighting with the Confederate army in Tennessee with General Joseph E. Johnston; and Molly Jones, a freedwoman and seamstress, related to Emma through a common ancestor from Hancock County, Georgia. Emma serves as Molly’s guardian as required by the manumission laws.