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The class of 1965 had 21 members gathered in Washington, DC on the weekend of Nov. 2-4, 2012; 2 others were unable to attend because of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, 9 more expressed interest in coming, which would have made the group as large as our 45th reunion! Wonderful arrangements were made by PICKETT CRADDOCK and JUNE EARLY Fraim, with assistance from others along the way. We stayed at the Fairfax Hotel near Dupont Circle, enjoyed a delicious Southern brunch at Pickett’s on Saturday morning in Arlington, visited various museums, ate dinner together Friday and Saturday at 2 different restaurants, and said our goodbyes at brunch on Sunday at the home of MARSHA NYE Adler just a few blocks from our hotel. It was a great weekend, full of reunions and reminiscence. We missed everyone who didn’t attend, and we look forward to seeing a large group at our 50th Reunion, April 9-12, 2015. We now have a Class of 1965 50th Reunion Facebook page. Please join and see lots of photos from our mini-reunion in DC by going to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/314213005299918/. Those in attendance:
JO AVERY, ELIZABETH (BJ) BROWN McKell, JUDY BRYANT Skinner, VICKY CACCIAPAGLIA Clark, MEREDITH CARTER Patterson, (MARY) PICKETT CRADDOCK, KAY EARLY Dougherty, JUNE EARLY Fraim, MARY GILLESPIE Amos, JAN HADDRELL Connors, SUE HOOK Smith, NANCY JACKSON Miller, ADELE JEFFORDS Pope, MARY LEWIS Hix, EMY MARTIN Halpert, CHARLOTTE McCAA O’Connor, ANN MEBANE Levine, DALE MIDGETTE Smith, MARSHA NYE Adler, JUDY ROY Hoffman. SARA JANE BEABOUT Hartman writes that she was so sorry to miss the DC mini-reunion, but that she was fortunate to have a get-together twice in NY with 2 friends who went on the Mary Baldwin Madrid program in ’63-’64: DOROTHY IAFRATE Rudy and Cheryl Filsinger Held. Dottie transferred to Mary Baldwin for her senior year, so graduated with us; Cheryl returned to Randolph-Macon. At home in New York City and at their upstate country home on weekends, Sara Jane reports she had plenty of gardening to keep her busy, co-taught an adolescent group at Vacation Bible School, and coordinated the Angel Tree program for the church she attends in Kinderhook. PICKETT CRADDOCK says the most exciting thing she has done since the reunion is to put up photovoltaic solar panels at Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast, her family home turned B & B in southern VA. Now they can have good heat in the winter! Visit her website at www.oakgrove plantation.com and stop for a visit! KAY EARLY Dougherty and her husband, David, retired on July 1, 2012 after 19 years at The Hill School, a coed boarding school in Pottstown PA. The decision to retire to Wilmington NC was based on its proximity to Raleigh (where the grandchildren are) and Wrightsville Beach. A beautiful city, it is both a college town and one committed to the arts. Lots to do! Before their move while the house was being renovated, they enjoyed several months in the mountains of VA in their get-away house in Floyd County. CAROL ANN EMORY and husband Ed Tomashewsky enjoy working, playing golf, kayaking on the Columbia River channel near their home, and cruising on their boat in the San Juan Islands of WA for 2 weeks last summer. They spent New Year’s and most of January in HI for more golf and relaxation, but fortunately with technology today, she says she can continue her law practice from the beach at Ka’anapali, or the poolside Tiki Bar! MARY GILLESPIE Amos, with husband, Tony, plus her sister and husband, all went to Thomasville GA for a Victorian Christmas Celebration. She said it was so much fun seeing the whole town dressed up in their Victorian best out in the streets, and eating, singing and celebrating the season. Mary was born in Thomasville, and enjoyed the walk down Memory Lane. MARGARET GUNTER Riddle went to San Diego last summer to market the book she had published last year, about her great-uncle’s death in the explosion of the USS Bennington in 1905. While there, she participated in a memorial service to honor the 66 men who died in that tragic event. Back home, in October, she sang in another opera chorus for the Asheville Lyric Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. She says it’s amazing what heavy stage makeup, a fancy blonde wig, and a green taffeta ball gown can do to subtract years from one’s age! MARJORIE “MARJI” LOVING McCaleb reports that she has a new career – financial advisor. She loves it and thinks more folks should work until age 70 and solve the Social Security problem! Check her out at www.easternshoreinsurance.com. MINERVA “MISSY” THOMPSON Nolte says she has retired from medicine, and although her husband and son have both passed on, she still runs the farm, Laffalot Farm LLC in Beaverton OR, where she breeds Nubian goats and Polled Hereford cattle, and maintains a 100-year old English Walnut orchard. She also says that the Oregon Symphony and teaching piano to a few friends keeps her busy, but it looks like the farm can easily do that! CHARLOTTE TYSON Mewborn was sorry to miss the mini-reunion, but had a fantastic train trip and visit to Yosemite with her twin sister. With her husband, she’s planning their annual visit to the Masters Golf tournament in April and travel to Ireland and Paris in late spring. Presently she serves as an Elder, Clerk of Session, and Presbyterian Women Moderator, which keeps her busy in Farmville, NC. Her grandchildren, ages 10, 8 and 6 are a special joy! Thanks for all your notes! It’s wonderful to keep in touch with all of you. Please start planning to come to the 50th Reunion, April 12-15, 2015, and talk a classmate into coming with you!