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Class Secretary: Ann Mebane Levine
2294 Echo Hills Circle NE
Atlanta GA 30345
We hope everyone is getting really excited about our upcoming 50th Reunion, April 9-12, 2015! A group of us have been working to help plan the activities for our class. The 45th was such a rousing success, and we know our 50th will be an event “not to be missed.” Nine of us “reunion planners” had a great trip to PICKETT CRADDOCK’S bed and breakfast, Oak Grove Plantation, near South Boston VA last April to get started, and we addressed “save the dates” post-cards to all of you. In addition to Pickett and yours truly, others attending were JUNE EARLY Fraim, KAY EARLY Dougherty, JO AVERY, ADELE JEFFORDS Pope, JUDY ROY Hoffman, EMY MARTIN Halpert, and MEREDITH CARTER Patterson. JUDY PAYNE Grey was unable to attend because she was in the midst of selling her house! The College devotes the first day of the Reunion, THURSDAY, April 9 to the 50th reunion class, and we have a special luncheon as well as a special dinner that night, with planned activities in the afternoon. So when you are doing your travel planning, do try to get there by noon on Thursday! Over 30 of you have already told us you are coming, and many have already made their reservations at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Contact the hotel (540-885-4648 or (firstname.lastname@example.org) and make your reservations ASAP, and be sure to say you are with the Mary Baldwin Reunion! We are aiming for at least fifty of you at the 50th! FAITH NEUSCHEL Burke even reports that she plans to attend, coming all the way from her home in Costa Rica! JAN HADDRELL Connors tells us that she has recently retired as a Library Assistant at Berkeley Prep School in Tampa, so now she can attend the reunion more easily! (If YOU haven’t retired yet, now might be a good time to do so in order to travel to things like reunions more easily!) JUDY BRYANT Skinner also retired from DeKalb County (GA) Schools this past year, and in addition to doing lots of baby-sitting for her two young grandchildren who live nearby, is also travelling. She recently returned from a terrific 18-day tour of “America’s Majestic National Parks,” covering 2000 miles (leaving from Rapid City, SD) and visiting Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Great Teton, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and other sites. She and ANN GORDON ABBOTT Evans are looking forward to rooming together at the reunion. STUART CHAPMAN Cobb and BETSY WALKER Cate have reserved their room as well. Stuart reports that she fulfilled a dream trip in June and took her entire family to Kenya for two weeks. It was her 4th trip to Africa, but the thrill was in seeing it in her children and grandchildren’s eyes. After the trip, she enjoyed the summer at her home in Colorado where, when she arrived, the tops of the mountains were still covered and the streams were overflowing from a record snow. The wildflowers were magnificent, she says! MEREDITH CARTER Patterson’s news is that her daughter and grandson, Jill and Aaron, who live in Barcelona, spent the summer with MEREDITH and husband, Dan, at their home in Burlington NC. Jill’s husband, Ruben, was able to join them for two weeks. We can’t seem to get MEREDITH to retire, though. She loves her ESL teaching too much! CAROL EMORY stays busy both with her legal practice and lots of other activities. She recently started the SpeakEZ program at her Portland OR Club and is active in a ladies fly-fishing group, the McKenzie Damsels. She also had fun volunteering recently for the “Pony Up!” fundraiser for Portland’s Mounted Patrol. She and (relatively) new husband, Ed Tomashewsky, enjoy lots of travel, and she plans to be with us in April, too. EMY MARTIN Halpert is back on her bike after a bad bike accident in Fall 2013, and is also doing yoga. EMY and husband, Michael, spent the summer in their Colorado home where she had lunch with RANDI NYMAN Halsell, who, too, will be coming to the reunion. EMY has been studying Italian in preparation for a trip to Milan and Paris in Fall 2014. She also reports that she had a wonderful overnight visit with HELEN HUTCHESON Massengill in Virginia, just before the reunion planning weekend at Pickett’s B & B. JEAN MELVIN retired last year and moved to Las Cruces, NM, where she is enjoying the sun and wonderful blue skies! She has taken up painting, mostly watercolor sketches, and is getting really serious about her art! JEAN finished Mary Baldwin with an Baldwin Online and Adult Programs degree almost 30 years after most in our class, but is coming to our reunion in 2015! MARJORIE “MARJI” LOVING McCaleb and Phil celebrated their 50th anniversary in October 2014, but due to Phil’s illness now, she may not be able to join us at the reunion. JANE MORRIS Jones, who is caretaker for a 96-year old mother and a husband with Parkinson’s, likewise may not be able to join us. As for me, I had lunch recently with MARY GILLESPIE Amos at her lovely home here in Atlanta. MARY is still enjoying her counseling practice, and living near her two precious granddaughters and getting to babysit frequently! I have greatly enjoyed two wonderful trips this past year. The first was a two-week South America cruise from Buenos Aires around Cape Horn up to Valparaiso, Chile. We even visited near Llanquihue, Chile, where Mary Baldwin roomie, SARA JANE BEABOUT Hartman, and husband, Skip, spent two years in the Peace Corps right after we graduated. (I’m looking forward to rooming again with SARA JANE at our 50th reunion.) The second was a two-week Baltic Sea cruise – from Hamburg to Stockholm, with stops in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Helsinki. The trip was an “Enrichment Voyage”–part of the Semester at Sea program, which is based at the University of Virginia. This lifelong learning program, with lots of lectures by prominent academics and focused on the areas to which we were travelling, was right up my alley! Such fun! On a final, but sorrowful note, we were saddened to learn of the death, in January 2013, of our classmate, MARGARET JACKSON Woodcock, of Raleigh, NC. From her obituary we learned of her very accomplished life and career. After a short stint teaching English after college and graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, Margaret found her professional calling in public health and took a second master’s from NC State. She later became Deputy State Health Director in the NC Department of Public Health before leaving that position to be Director of the Department of Health Policy for the North Carolina Medical Society. She later returned to state work and finished out her career as Head of the Women’s Preventive Health Unit. Her death was due to early-onset Alzheimer’s. How sad to have had this accomplished woman’s life and work cut short by this tragic disease.