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Class of 1972

Staunton, VA

Contact Person: Angela Cline    540-887-7007


These ClassNotes were gathered from July 15, 2012 until January 15, 2013. In an effort to release these in a timely and more efficient manner we are publishing this set of notes online for your enjoyment

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Jill Butler Pendleton

The ‘72’s have lots of news!  PEGGY MCCHESNEY Morgan is enjoying her grandsons, Jack & Bryant this year and relaxing in Newport News. BETTY JO FAINTER Stover has an Old English Sheep dog that won a major dog show in Harrisburg PA. OLIVIA WATSON Neill and husband John spent a wonderful weekend with CAROL JACKSON Schmidt ’73 at her home in Holden Beach NC. “We had a blast and got out right before big Storm Sandy arrived in early November.” Her son Bob works in Colombia in gold mining. He was in a bad bike wreck there but they did a good job of putting him back together again. Son Jack is a 3rd year medical student and doing fine. “Happy New Year to all!” BARBARA BUTLER Leonard’s middle son Thomas married the lovely Ashley Martin in Green Bay last summer. Barbara’s New Year’s resolution: enjoy the moment. Her favorite gift: battery-operated wine bottle opener! BARBARA ROBERTSON Burke writes that she has “absolutely no news, but I hope my fellow Squirrels are all doing well and wish everyone a happy, healthy New Year!” KAREN BRAMMER Austin “was fortunate to do a lovely play, a world premiere, called “Beautified” at the Skylight Theatre here in LA for 4 months last summer. It was a challenge: I spoke direct address to the audience for half of the play (and let me tell you, memorizing great blocks of dialogue is getting harder these days), playing 5 different ages with 9 costume and wig changes. Was heartened by the great reviews and audience response. Currently, I’m acting in a video game doing motion capture (in that black vinyl suit with all the computer dots). They film the scenes with actors and add the animation later. I’m going to be an animated character! I’m still teaching a weekly acting class which is so inspiring. My daughter is working as a buyer for Urban Outfitters at their Philadelphia headquarters. She loves her job and I’m proud of her but I do miss her. Best wishes to you all.” TALBOTT JORDAN says she “had a brilliant time last summer in London at the Olympics. I went with my nieces, and I will say traveling with 20-somethings is a trip in itself. Great fun and I learned a lot and walked a lot.” JUNE REYNOLDS Wood is working as a school librarian in a private school in Columbus GA, but looking towards retirement MAYBE in a couple of years. She’s been at it for 41 years and still enjoys it! Her daughter Anne, who will be 28 in March, is changing “fashion houses” from Marc Jacobs to Kate Spade in January. She is a product development manager, meaning she turns the designers’ designs into real products, and she has a studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. June’s husband Dick has cut back to part time, working as the county work camp prison doctor half days, and really enjoys it. June adds that she still thinks of all the fun she had at MBC! JAN TRIPLETT, Ph.D, was selected to be a mentor for attendees to SXSW Interactive 2013, a major national convention for interactive/digital, film and music professionals held yearly in Austin, TX. She was a presenter in 2010. Her topic was “Networking for Introverts and Other Shy Creatures.” She is also completing a new ebook series, “Business to Go,” to be completed and out by the end of first quarter. Look for them and her other ebook, “Easy to Be Green” and print books at  BETH VERLANDER Webb is still living in New Orleans. Her 3 children are married and the 1st grandchild is on the way in January. SUSIE PRUETT Caldroney and Ralph moved into their new home in Lexington VA on December 15th, but “we still aren’t totally finished. The children came for Christmas and got to do fun stuff like clean bathrooms and open boxes! We managed to get to Roanoke for a movie Christmas afternoon and that probably was the highlight of their visit. Son, Charles is working for Price Waterhouse in Northern VA and daughter Louisa is in Lexington KY. Ralph is on a schedule of 3 weeks in KY and 1 in VA more or less for the next 2 years. Looking forward to seeing much more of you guys!” SUSAN PIERCE Lancaster writes that she “had a wonderful time at our 40th reunion and it was encouraging to see how many ’72 classmates were back at MBC. LEE WILLEY Bowman ’71, is the minister of the Presbyterian Church in Highlands. PAT GARCIA Roche and her daughter did the Santa Barbara International ½ Marathon in November and she finished 2nd in her age group (the new 40’s!). Congrats Pat! They’ll do the San Diego Marathon in June so “I’ll need to train hard and hopefully the body holds up! Heading to Ixtapa, Mexico in February to meet my husband who will be finishing a lifelong dream of crewing a sail boat for several weeks. I had a great time spending Christmas with family in Dana Point CA especially with my grandson. Winter in OR is beautiful with all the birds, raptors and deer around the house. I have been out doing some cross country skiing to enjoy the outdoors. I always love to hear all the news and wish everyone a happy, healthy and fun 2013. LOL! LIZ SMITH Strimple reports that her daughter Hilary graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University last May and will be heading off to London this September for grad school. JILL BUTLER Pendleton and John biked through northern Italy in September with her sister and brother-in-law. Awesome views of the Alps! In March, “we’re looking forward to biking through Arizona with all 3 children.” PLAYER MCPHAUL welcomed a new grandson to the clan in May! Robert Andre’ Fleury, III adores his older sisters, Elizabeth Player (5) and Amelia Grace (3). “When are we going to get that beach trip together for the class of ’72?” MARILYN MUHLEMAN Rausch is “living in Richmond with my 5 dogs. My husband Art works in DC so he spends his weeks up there. During the week I stay busy with the dogs, doing Agility with 2 of them and Therapy work with 3. We visit patients in hospitals and residents of Assisted Living places several times a month. It is a wonderful experience for all involved. I also have had a horse, MO, for the past 14 years and he is my personal therapy. We just trail ride with friends and solve all the problems of the world in the woods. My income producing jobs are substituting at St. Catherine’s and my home business, monogramming and embroidery. Our one son, Kent, is living and working in Brooklyn, NY waiting tables and tending bar with his English degree from William and Mary. He is perfect and having a grand time trying to figure out what he wants to do with life. All is well here and I wish everyone else a Happy New Year.” JANN MALONE Steele announces that she has “returned to college…dog college, now called “manners class”…when Mike and I adopted 8-year-old Bailey, a sweet Jack Russell terrier who ended up at animal control when her owner died. Sad story, happy ending: We are the lucky ones to have found her. A suggestion: Adopt your pets from a shelter, and then make arrangements for their care, just in case.” CAROLINE (“Nenie”) DIXON Bartman writes, “There were many lovely parts of 2012 including the beautiful wedding of NINA REID Mack’s son, James, in the Stanford Memorial Chapel, our 40th reunion and my older daughter, Caroline’s, graduation from the University of Chicago. In July, however, my husband Tom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and dementia that sometimes accompanies ALS. They are both horrible diseases but lots of research is being done and hopefully cures will be discovered someday.” CAROL DITTO Cary “became a grandmother in April (on reunion weekend!) and had no idea what joy it would bring. Then in May, Richard and I had a honeymoon trip in Peru. In June, we were married – I don’t think the sequence of events matters at this age. Still working full time as a Business Systems Specialist, but if the economy improves then retirement will at least be within sight!” CLAUDIA TURNER Bagwell emails: “If anyone hasn’t read it, The Last Girls by Lee Smith was a fun recent read for me (even though it was published 10 years ago.) She went to Hollins and the book is a fictional version of a reunion trip by old classmates from ‘Mary Scott College.’ One of my New Years’s resolutions is to keep a brief journal of books I have read this year.” EVE BREMERMANN Collard reports that she and Bruce have moved “across the bridge from San Francisco to Sausalito and are loving our ‘new’ life in Marin. Lots of natural beauty and wildlife so we’ve taken up birding and are doing lots of hiking. I’m a leadership development consultant now and spend much of my time in the Silicon Valley working with the young hot shot techies. I’m enjoying the work and flexibility of the consulting life, particularly since it frees us up to spend more time at the ranch in Northern CA. Gibson is doing well, living and working in San Francisco. We may have the class record regarding grandchildren…6, all of course smart and beautiful… Hi to all and please let me know if you get to San Francisco.” LIBBY DARWIN Grobmyer “began a year of training in clinical Pastoral Education as a Resident Chaplain at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) last September. I love it! On the home front, our son Andrew got married December 22. 2 down, one to go! I have 3 grandchildren: Elizabeth (7), Mary Mack (3 1/2) and Jack (1). On the MBC front, I spent a fun day in November at OLIVIA WATSON Neill’s lake house at Lakeside outside Little Rock with Olivia and KATHERINE DOWNIE (’71). I had a good visit with B.J.MCCLIMANS Moses (’71), and SHERRY ALLEN Blackford (’71) who was visiting Little Rock from Charleston SC.” DONNA CONNOLLY Mastin enjoyed Christmas in Beavercreek OH with the whole family – her son Charlie, wife Michelle, and 6 month old grandson David, who live in San Francisco – as well as daughter Julia and her husband of 18 months, Jeremy, who live in the local area, at least for this year. “My husband David and I don’t get to be ‘hands-on’ grandparents very often, so it was great. Tiring, but great!” LOVELACE COOK writes, “Life is treating me well. In 10 days, I’m off to India to explore with my Englishman. I’m excited and terrified at the same time. Over the years of working in the PR/Marketing Communications trenches, I’ve narrowed my client services: I only write. It’s a blessing not to manage angst-inducing projects anymore. I’m moving in the direction of writing for myself and I’m getting closer to realizing that dream as well as my goal to travel until I can’t get around anymore. I still live in Fairhope AL although life in England part of the year appears to be on my horizon for 2013. It’s never too late… Best to all.” SARAH CROCKETT Eggleston and John are grandparents! Jack Finnegan Corbet was born August 29. The proud parents are daughter Paige and her husband Vinny. LINDA VREELAND Marshall emails, “I have not been a very good correspondent over the years but I have such fond memories of the MBC years…you, KATHY YOUNG  Wetsel and MAUREEN LOVE Bendall especially. I stay in excellent contact with PHYLLIS HOPKINSON. We visit yearly. Last April, Doug and I spent my vacation in Charlottesville and she visits us regularly at our lake cottage in northern NJ. Reunions have been difficult for me because of my work schedule. I am a preschool teacher/resource teacher for the Granby Public Schools here in CT. I will be retiring this year so VA will see more of us.J I had an unfortunate fall in October and broke my femur. I have been out of school since then, planning to return 1/28/13. Not really how I expected to spend the last year of teaching…oh well. Hopefully we will reconnect at MBC in the future. JAN TRIPLETT writes, "I give free business webinars monthly. ("


Class notes from November 30, 2010 through January 24, 2011 (To be published in the April 2011 edition of the Mary Baldwin Magazine): To have your ClassNotes published, please contact your Class Secretary, Elizabeth “Liz” Smith Strimple - or 12634 Timonium Terrace, North Potomac MD 20878.  BARBIE PHIPPS Such has 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. “All of them are just precious of course!” Get ready to celebrate our 60th birthdays at our 40th reunion, April 12-15, 2012! SARAH CROCKETT Eggleston’s daughter, Paige, was married on 10/10/10. JILL BUTLER Pendleton, SUSAN PIERCE Lancaster and KATHY YOUNG Wetzel attended the wedding and while they were there, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. BLANCE WYSOR Anderson and husband Dave are retired and have started a small business as archival consultants and researchers, D & B ANDERSON, LLC. Last November they spent some time with CONNI ATKINS Lewellan and husband Sanders in West Palm Beach. During the Christmas holidays, Blanche and JAN TRIPLETT visited ELIZABETH GOAD Oliver in Lexington. Jan and husband Dan Diener co-own the Business Success Center, a small business help center, in Austin TX. Jan was profiled in the December 2010 issue of the Austin Business Journal ( She has volunteered to help Blanche with our 2012 Reunion and is looking forward to visiting with classmates. SUSAN PRUETT Caldroney breaks ground on their house in Lexington VA this spring after having knee replacement surgery in January. CARYN GOVE Long’s youngest son, Chase, has been accepted as an officer candidate for the Marine Corps. His older brother, Clark, is a Navy Corpsman stationed with the Marines at Camp LeJeune NC. CARYN is active in her church as treasurer and along with husband Lewis will take a Trans Canada train trip this summer. Last August, SUSAN HENRY Martin, DONA CONNELLY Mastin, LIZ SMITH Strimple and JILL KIELY had lunch in Yellow Springs OH. SHEPHERD JOHNSTON Chuites is currently serving as President of Oconee County Habitat for Humanity. Her husband Doug is retired and their children are scattered and productively happy. KAREN BRAMMER Austin is teaching a weekly acting class ( and auditioning for TV and film. Her daughter, Olivia, graduates from the New School in NYC this spring. CARTER MOFFETT Douglass looks forward to seeing many classmates on campus at Joe Garrison’s memorial service this April. SALLIE HUBARD Moore is busy babysitting her new granddaughter, Sadie Elizabeth. This past May, CLAUDIA TURNER Bagwell’s children Thomas and Anna both graduated from the UVA – he from the college and she from law school. LIZ SMITH Strimple’s daughter Taylor has started an event planning business, Events Customed Taylored, in Park Ridge, NJ and daughter Hilary is studying in Austria. SUSAN MYERS has launched a new business venture, Put Some Punch in That Bowl! Her website,, is about all things punch: how to drink it, make it, entertain with it, even just think about it. JANN MALONE Steele is writing and doing book reviews for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and articles for Boomer magazine. She is on the board of James River Writers, a judge for the Library of Virginia’s literary awards and coordinator of a fund-raising project for the READ Center, an adult literacy organization. LEA AYERS Gilman writes that daughter, Ayers, graduated from Radford last May. LEA is busy in several women’s organizations and is treasurer of her DAR chapter. PENNY POWERS Pattee and her husband Bob have moved back to central TX where she is teaching high school math. Her 3 daughters live in the DC area and she has one granddaughter, Charlotte. DENISE CRAIG Stafford and husband Alan are enjoying retirement and are traveling to Costa Rica for a fishing vacation. They stay very busy maintaining the farm and rental properties and Denise is doing volunteer work at the local elementary school. BETTY FAINTER Stover - Lola, her Old English Sheepdog, just completed all of her championship points to become a champion. LIBBY DARWIN had a wonderful dinner and time with fellow 1972 alumna JANE SHEFFIELD Maddux. She also spent the last 3 months working on Senator Blanche Lincoln's campaign. They lost, but had a ball!

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