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Mi#I^shingtc>n College 

No. 40, Buddy Hawley 
senior, forward 


The mens basketball team at Mary Washington 
captured the championship in the Eastern College 
Athletic Conference (EC AC) Division III South 
tournament this year. One of the reasons for the 
team's success was the outstanding playing of No. 
40, senior Buddy Hawley. 

"Buddy Hawley is the best all-around player in 
Mary Washington College's history," says his head 
coach of the last four basketball seasons, Tom Davies. 
And the senior from Annandale, Va., deserved that 
praise. His statistics showed it. His awards and 
rewards showed it. His talent, design and hustle 
showed it. For everything he did — setting 22 school 
records, being selected two years in a row (1985-86 
and 1986-87) to the First Team, All-South Atlan- 
tic Region, and being nominated for the 1986—87 
Ail-American Honors — we salute Buddy Hawley, a 
great basketball player! And we congratulate 
Coach Davies and the entire team for their out- 
standing season! Shown here (left to right) are the 
five regular starters. 

No. 23, Chip Suter 
junior, guard 

No. 44 Matt D'Ercole 
sophomore, forward 

No. 42, Mark Blackwell 
junior, center 

No. 20, John Yurchak 
unior, guard 

Mary Washington College 


SUMMER 1987 VOL 11, NO. 3 

Table of Contents 

Rita Morgan Stone 2 

Career Posters Feature Alumni 4 

Samplings of Scholarship 6 

Where Are They Now? 10 

On Campus 12 

Alumni News 15 

Class Notes 16 

Editor: Paulette S. Watson 

Assistant Editor: Kristine Vawter 

Editorial Assistant: Camilla B. Latham 

Copy Editor: Tracy Leigh Kerr 

Editorial Board: William B. Crawley Jr., Michael B. Dowdy, 

Carlton R. Lutterbie Jr., Elizabeth Muirheid Sudduth '69, Kristine Vawter, 

Paulette S. Watson. 

Cover Photo: Rita Morgan Stone by William B. Crawley Jr. 

Photo Credits: Inside cover, The Free Lance-Star and Jay Bradshaw Photog- 
raphy; p. 5, photos by Dennis McWaters, poster design by Talarico Communica- 
tions; p. 9, David Cain; p. 13, Karina photo courtesy of Ms. Karina; p. 14, courtesy 
of Sen. Biden's office; p. 15, Bobbie Burton 74; all other photos by Kristine 

Design: Katie Roeper, Office of Graphic Communications, Richmond, Va. 

Printer: Carter Printing Company, Richmond, Va.: Sarah R. Gouldin, Account 
Manager; Scott Bradley, Systems Manager. 

Mary Washington College Today is published by Mary Washington College for the 
alumni, friends, faculty and staff of the College. It is published three times a 
year, with issues in the fall, winter and summer. Mail letters and address 
changes to Mary Washington College Today, Mary Washington College, 1301 Col- 
lege Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5358. Mary Washington College Today wel- 
comes your comments. 

Mary Washington College Alumni Association Board of Directors 1986-87: 

Nancy Powell Sykes '62, President; Denise Mattingly Luck 74, President-elect 
and Chairman, Nominations and Elections; Angela Grizzard Wyche '48, Vice 
President for Annual Fund; Anne Marie Thompson '83, Vice President for Home- 
coming; Barbara A. Bingham '69, Vice President for Chapters; Susan Regan 73, 
Vice President for Classes; Alice Schermerhorn Raines 78, Chairman, Alumni 
Awards; Merrilyn Sawyer Dodson '68, Chairman, Student Recruitment; Cynthia 
L. Snyder 75, Chairman, Student-Alumni Relations; Karl Frances Liebert '84, 
Chairman, Projects and Travel; Daniel K. Steen '84, Chairman, Nominations to 
Board of Visitors; Linda Morrison Douglas '63, Chairman, Budget and Finance; 
Frances Liebenow Armstrong '36, Golden Club Representative; William M. 
Anderson Jr., President, MWC; Michael B. Dowdy, Vice President for College Re- 
lations; Melisa A. Casacuberta '84, Director of Alumni Programs. 

Mary Washington College Today is printed with non-state funds. 

Rita Morgan Stone 

From Freshman to Rector: 
A Journey of Commitment 

Rita Morgan Stone '52 first heard about 
Mary Washington College when she was 
12 years old. Passing through Freder- 
icksburg on a bus excursion, she asked 
her older sister, Billie, "What is that up 
on the hill?" Her sister identified the im- 
posing brick structures as Mary Wash- 
ington College and added, "Maybe some- 
day you'll get to go there." 

That first impression, even if a fleeting 
one, was enough to pique Rita's interest 
in the College. As she progressed through 
school, she became increasingly aware of 
the College's academic reputation and 
made up her mind that this was where 
she wanted to go. "I just had my heart set 
on it," she recalls. 

When the time finally arrived for her 
to choose a college, her family presented 
her with two alternatives. She could 
either attend Longwood College, as sev- 
eral of her sisters had done — a less ex- 
pensive alternative since it was much 
closer to the family home in Buckingham 
County — or she could attend Mary Wash- 
ington, provided that she worked to help 
pay her own way. 

The choice was an easy one for Rita. 
She applied only to Mary Washington 
and never regretted the decision for a mo- 
ment, notwithstanding four years of 
working in Seacobeck to defray the 
expenses. It never occurred to her that 
she would not only return one day as a 
member of the College's Board of Visitors 
but would eventually serve as rector of 
the board, the position which she holds 

Looking back on her years at Mary 
Washington, Rita recalls a college life 
that was "pretty normal, I suppose, for an 
undergraduate student at that time, 
though it would probably seem rather 
dull to today's students." She adds with a 
smile, "These, after all, were the days of 
Mrs. Bushnell" — a reference to the re- 
doubtable dean of students who retired 
midway through Rita's four years at the 

Some of her fondest recollections of her 
student days involved special acts of 
kindness by individual faculty members. 
One particularly memorable episode oc- 
curred at the end of her freshman year 
when an attack of measles forced her to 
return home before she could take her 
final exams. Dean Edward Alvey Jr. in- 
tervened to resolve the situation by for- 
warding her exams to the principal of 
Rita's high school (by chance a friend of 
Dean Alvey's) who administered the 
exams to her. To Rita's mind, this exem- 
plified the kind of personal attention 
which Mary Washington offered — and 
still offers — its students. 

Immediately upon graduation, Rita put 
her English major to work by accepting a 
position as an English teacher at Fairfax 
High School. She also took with her the 
concept of Mary Washington's honor sys- 
tem and applied those principles in all of 
her classes. Her success as a high school 
teacher was attested by her selection as 
the most popular female teacher in each 
of her eight years on the Fairfax High 

In 1960, seeking (literally) new hori- 
zons, she accepted a position as an En- 
glish teacher at Kaiserslautern, the 
largest American military post in Europe. 
While she admits that she very nearly 
"got hooked" by the excitement of life 
abroad, Rita returned to the States after 
two years and resumed her teaching ca- 
reer in the Northern Virginia public 
school system — first at James Madison 
High School in Vienna, then at Hayfield 
High in Fairfax. In 1971 she became 
principal of one of the sub-schools at Rob- 
inson High in Fairfax — a position which 
she held for 13 years until taking early 
retirement in 1984. 

Rita was appointed to the Mary Wash- 
ington College Board of Visitors by Gov. 
Charles S. Robb in 1982 and was elected 
by her peers two years later to serve as 
rector. According to John A. Kinniburgh, 
who preceded her as rector, she was "an 

excellent choice" for two main reasons: 
"First, she had already gained the con- 
fidence and respect of every board mem- 
ber, and, secondly, she possessed a keen 
understanding of the educational process 
because of her years in the public school 

While her prior career in education, es- 
pecially in administration, helped in 
many ways to prepare her for member- 
ship on the board, she soon found that 
being a member of the board entailed a 
rather different set of responsibilities. 
Throughout her tenure as rector, she has 
stressed the importance of the board's 
understanding that it is responsible for 
making policy, not administering it. The 
idea, as she puts it, is to "have a watchful 
eye but not a meddling hand." 

She firmly believes that the task of di- 
recting the ongoing operation of the Col- 
lege is squarely the responsibility of Pres- 
ident William M. Anderson Jr. and his 
administrative staff. It is also clear that 
she believes this responsibility is in ca- 
pable hands, noting in particular Dr. 
Anderson's effective relationship with the 
state legislature — a relationship which 
has already led to increased faculty sal- 
aries, as well as appropriations for the 
new Student Center and library. Most of 
all, she praises his "good instincts about 
people" which she feels have contributed 
immeasurably to the creation of a posi- 
tive environment on campus. 

In Rita's concept of the role of rector, 
her primary responsibility is that of 
maintaining a high level of involvement 
on the part of all board members. "Our 
board possesses such a wide range of ex- 
pertise," she says. "It would be a shame 
not to take full advantage of their abili- 
ties." Despite their diverse backgrounds 
and interests, she notes, the board is very 
cohesive, held together by their shared 
dedication to the welfare of the College. 

Her methods have won the plaudits of 
her colleagues. "She's very conscious of 
the board as a team," says Virginia Lewis 

Dalton '40, secretary and one of the six 
alumni members of the board. "She sin- 
cerely tries to get the feeling of every 
member on every issue." According to 
Mrs. Dalton, the real key to her success 
as rector is that she is "superbly orga- 
nized, but not to the extent that she loses 
the human touch" in presiding over the 
board. Mr. Kinniburgh puts it more suc- 
cinctly. "She's a leader and a lady," he 

It is the rector's strong belief that the 
"Commitment to Excellence" plan, devel- 
oped by the board over a two-year period 
and formally approved in June 1985, pro- 
vides a sound strategy for the develop- 
ment of the College during the coming 
years. She emphasizes how gratifying it 
is to see certain specific proposals in that 
plan come to fruition, especially the new 
Student Center and the library, both of 
which are well underway. She views 
these two projects as being not only im- 
portant in a real sense but in a symbolic 
sense as well: "It seems to me that these 
two major construction projects clearly in- 
dicate the board's twin commitments to 
the academic and the social aspects of 
college life, and I hope that they will be 
viewed as such by our students." 

While taking satisfaction in the pro- 
gress of such bricks-and-mortar projects, 
Rita points out that other elements of the 
"Commitment to Excellence" plan must 
be the focus of continuing effort by the 
board. These include, in particular, the 
improvement of faculty salaries and the 
recruitment of highly qualified students. 
"After all," she says, "the quality of any 
college depends fundamentally upon the 
quality of its faculty and students. Our 
primary effort simply must be directed to- 
ward maintaining excellence in these 
basic elements." 

Crucial to the successful implementa- 
tion of the "Commitment to Excellence" 
program is, of course, the securing of re- 
quisite funding. This is an area to which, 
according to Rita, the board — as well as 
the president of the College — will be de- 
voting increased attention in the coming 

It is also an area in which she envis- 
ions alumni involvement as essential. 
Pointing to the substantial rise in alumni 
giving during the past year, she is opti- 
mistic about the potential for growth in 
the future: "It is evident that our alumni 
are increasingly excited about the things 
that are happening at the College today 
— as well they should be. I'm confident 
that the more they see firsthand and the 
more they learn about what we are try- 
ing to accomplish for the future, the more 
supportive and the more enthusiastic 
they will be." 

Rita's own involvement in the life of 
the College is extensive, as manifested by 

Mrs. Stone admires the new Eagle sweatshirts for sale in the College Bookstore. 

her frequent attendance at events on 
campus, often accompanied by her hus- 
band, Jake. During the past year, she has 
been an especially visible presence as a 
result of her membership on the Advisory 
Committee on Student Recruitment and 
Retention. This group, composed of fac- 
ulty, administrators, students and board 
members, was appointed by President 
Anderson to develop new strategies for 
attracting and retaining outstanding 

While Rita praises the other committee 
members for their hard work, it is obvi- 
ous that there is a mutual feeling of ad- 
miration. According to one committee 
member, Professor of History Richard H. 
Warner, Rita's dedication was evidenced 
by her attendance at virtually every one 
of the group's numerous meetings, 
whether held at 7:30 at night or 7:30 in 
the morning. "I was amazed that she was 
always there," he says. "It seemed that 
she must have been living at the Col- 
lege!" (While this was not actually the 
case, she did have to leave her Alexan- 
dria home at 6 a.m. to make the early 
morning meetings.) 

Her dedication to the College extends 
also to the work of the Alumni Associ- 
ation. Denise Mattingly Luck '74, presi- 
dent-elect of the association, describes 
Rita as "incredibly energetic" and praises 
her for the support she has consistently 
provided for alumni activities. "It doesn't 
matter what we ask her to do," says Mrs. 
Luck, "Rita always manages to be there." 

Viewing the College from the combined 
perspectives of former student and cur- 
rent board member, Rita is encouraged 
by what she sees. While admitting that, 
like most other alumni, she often tends to 

look nostalgically at the "good old days" 
when she was a student — Saturday "tea 
dances" at Annapolis, "Midwinters" trips 
to VPI, and May Day festivities on cam- 
pus each spring — she finds the overall so- 
cial environment on campus now to be 
"probably better, really, than it was 

But whether all the changes have been 
to her personal liking or not, she recog- 
nizes the inevitability of change, even at 
bastions of tradition such as college cam- 
puses. Quite possibly it was her years of 
working with high school students that 
helped her to accept the fact that atti- 
tudes, customs and goals cannot be the 
same now as they were when she was a 
student. "The important thing," she em- 
phasizes, "is that, in planning for the fu- 
ture, we don't get 'hung up' on superficial 
issues but concentrate instead on main- 
taining and enhancing the real mission of 
the College." To her, this "real mission" 
is the preservation of the College's em- 
phasis on excellence in the study of the 
liberal arts and sciences. In this process, 
she suggests, the institution's past 
"should serve as a guide, not as an 

From her bountiful enthusiasm for all 
aspects of the College, it is evident that 
Rita is delighted to have a part in mold- 
ing the future of the institution which 
has meant so much to her own life. "Most 
of the good things that have happened to 
me," she says, "I can tie right back to 
Mary Washington." In that light, she 
views her current role as an opportunity 
to help repay the College for all that she 
feels it has done for her. This indeed is 
the College's good fortune. 

A medical student examines a patient's 
throat. A forensic chemist takes a liquid 
measurement. A job analyst advises a 
corporate employee. 

These are the photos in a new series of 
colorful posters emanating from the Mary 
Washington College Office of Admissions 
that dramatically call attention to the 
College as a serious possibility for high 
school juniors and seniors. What's unique 
about these posters is that the message to 
the high school students is coming from 
Mary Washington graduates. In brief 
quotations, each graduate tells how a de- 
gree from MWC helped prepare them for 
their careers. 

Alumni, of course, have always pro- 
vided valuable assistance to the College's 
recruitment efforts. Besides making fi- 
nancial contributions, they have helped 
with College Night programs at high 
schools in their areas, helped organize re- 
ceptions for newly admitted students, and 
done individual recruiting by contacting 
students they know. The posters, though, 
provide a new way for graduates to speak 
to high school students about Mary 

Conceived in the fall of 1986 and ready 
for mailing in spring 1987, the posters 
feature recent MWC graduates, photo- 
graphed on their jobs, telling high school 
juniors and seniors that Mary Washing- 
ton College can help prepare them for 
certain career fields. Jeffrey John, for ex- 
ample, a software engineer and a 1978 
graduate, tells viewers, "I double majored 
in math and physics, a practical combina- 
tion. It let me mix a pure science with an 
application. It also prepared me for my 
work, which involves software and hard- 
ware development. It's very creative." 

Others explain how their majors pre- 
pared them for fields they did not an- 
ticipate. "I wanted to be a psychology ma- 
jor. But I didn't want to do the typical 
things psych majors do," says Deborah 
Barlow-Lawrence, a 1984 graduate. 
"That's how I ended up in industrial psy- 
chology." And Roslyn Roach, another 
1984 graduate and a systems engineer, 
notes, "When I decided to double major in 
math and computer science, I never ex- 
pected this. But I thoroughly enjoy it. 
Computer science is such a wide-open 
field, I guess you can never be sure what 

direction you'll take. That's what makes 
it so exciting." 

Some of the alumni give credit for their 
career choices to professors they knew at 
Mary Washington. Susan Shaw, for in- 
stance, a 1980 graduate now doing his- 
toric preservation work, is quoted as say- 
ing, "In my first year in college, I found 
an excellent professor who gave me a lot 
of good advice on choosing a major and a 
career." Graduate Cedric B. Rucker '81, 
currently a sociology doctoral student, 
says, "I tried a sociology course and liked 
it. Then I got to know one of the sociology 
professors, who gave me lots of support." 
And David Petersen, a medical student 
from the Class of 1983, credits his pre- 
med advisor at Mary Washington for 
helping him prepare for medical school. 

One graduate credits her internship as 
leading to her job. As Margaret M. 
Corcoran, Class of 1981, puts it, "I guess 
it was my college internship that led me 
into forensic chemistry." 

Other alumni pictured on the posters 
are Regina Boiling '86, a computer sci- 
entist, and Joanne Marie Nikitakis '80, a 
cosmetic chemist. 

Whatever their fields and whatever the 
reasons for entering them, all of the grad- 
uates are pointing out the important con- 
nection between careers and a liberal arts 
education. Too often high school students 
feel that specialized training is necessary 
to enter such technical fields as chemis- 
try, computer science, or historic preser- 
vation. These posters put this notion to 
rest by linking such professions as cos- 
metic or forensic chemistry and systems 
engineering firmly to an undergraduate 
liberal arts education at Mary 

H. Conrad Warlick, vice president for 
admissions and financial aid, says the 
posters attempt to serve three purposes. 
"First, we want high school students to 
begin thinking about college in general. 
Second, we want to tell students about 
MWC specifically. And third, we want to 
show the applications of the classroom to 
the job market; we want high school stu- 
dents to realize the important connection 
between education and careers." 

Dr. Warlick hopes that these posters will 
be hung in secondary school classrooms 
throughout Virginia and in some out-of- 

state schools. "We deliberately chose to ad- 
vertise the areas of chemistry, mathemat- 
ics/computer science, and the social sci- 
ences because students in those high school 
courses are probably the ones thinking 
most seriously about careers and a college 
education. They are courses normally taken 
in the junior year of high school when stu- 
dents are beginning to think about apply- 
ing to college. 

"This may be just the beginning," Dr. 
Warlick adds. "If the posters prove popu- 
lar, we'll do another series, emphasizing 
other disciplines at the College. We'll also 
update the current series as new gradu- 
ates obtain new jobs in those fields." 

The posters themselves are four-color, 
20-by-26-inch sheets with the graduates 
speaking from dramatically placed paral- 
lelograms in the center of the poster. "We 
wanted the posters to reflect both the solid 
traditions of Mary Washington's academic 
disciplines and the contemporary flavor of 
the job market," says Dr. Warlick. "To do 
this we combined traditional printing and 
the Mary Washington College logo with 
contemporary shapes and color combina- 

The design of the posters was the work 
of Talarico Communications, a Freder- 
icksburg advertising/public relations/ 
marketing firm. Acting on recommenda- 
tions from the academic departments in- 
volved, Wendy Talarico contacted the 
nine selected students and arranged on- 
site interviews with them. 

Posters are not new for the Office of 
Admissions; posters with tear-off cards 
have been used before. But, Dr. Warlick 
notes, posters featuring graduates are 
new. "We haven't seen any like them, al- 
though we'll probably have many imita- 
tors now." 

If the reaction of one high school guid- 
ance counselor is any indication, the 
posters should be a great success. Liesel 
Witzel, counselor at Hayfield Secondary 
in Fairfax, Va., spoke enthusiastically of 
the posters: "I think teachers will be 
vying to have them in their classrooms. 
Teachers are always looking for things to 
hang on their walls, and something that 
speaks directly to possible careers in 
their fields will be especially appealing." 

omputer Science 
& Mathematics 

Great Careers 

The job possibilities for Math 
and Computer Science majors 
are as exciting as they are 
diverse. A few of the careers 
you can choose from: 

* Computer Research 
and Development 

* Budget Analyst 

* Business Manager 

* Statistician 

* Mathematician 

Let us help you choose the 
career most suited to your 
personality and talents. At 
Mary Washington College, 
our excellent staff and diverse 
curriculum let you explore 
the many applications of 
your major. 

Regina E. Boiling 
Computer Scientist 

"From the beginning, I wanted to 
work with math. But I wanted a 
field with greater applications. My 
computer science major prepared 
me for systems research and 
development. And I still get to work 
with my favorite subject." 

Jeffrey L. John 
Software Engineer 


"I double majored in math and 

physics, a practical combination. 

It let me mix a pure science with 

an application. It also prepared me 

for my work, which involves 

software and hardware development. 

It's very creative." 


1 • 


Roslyn Roach 
Systems Engineer 

"Traveling is a pretty important 
part of my job right now. When 
I decided to double major in math 
and computer science, I never 
expected this. Computer science is 
such a wide-open field, I guess you can 
never be sure what direction you'll 
take. That's what makes it so exciting." 






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This is one of three eye-catching career posters featuring alumni. The actual posters are 20-by-26 inches and are in vivid color. 

My Mother's Clothes: 
The School of Beauty and Shame 

By Richard McCann 

"He makes me nervous," I heard my 
father tell my mother one night as I lay 
in bed. They were speaking about me. 
That morning I'd stood awkwardly on the 
front lawn — "Maybe you should go help 
your father," my mother had said — while 
he propped an extension ladder against 
the house, climbed up through power 
lines he separated with his bare hands, 
and staggered across the pitched roof he 
was reshingling. When his hammer slid 
down the incline, catching on the gutter, 
I screamed, "You're falling!" Startled, he 
almost fell. 

"He needs to spend more time with 
you," my mother said. 

Richard McCann 

I couldn't sleep. Out in the distance a 
mother was calling her child home. A 
screen door slammed. I heard cicadas, 
their chorus as steady and loud as the 
hum of a power line. He needs to spend 
more time with you. Didn't she know? 
Saturday mornings, when he stood in his 
rubber hip boots off the shore of Triadel- 
phia Reservoir, I was afraid of the slimy 
bottom and could not wade after him; for 
whatever reasons of his own — something 
as simple as shyness, perhaps — he could 
not come to get me. I sat in the parking 
lot drinking Tru-Ade and reading Betty 
and Veronica. 

Late that summer — the summer before 
he died — my father took me with him to 
Fort Benjamin Harrison, near Indianap- 
olis, where, as a colonel in the U.S. Army 
Reserves, he did his annual tour of duty. 
On the propjet he drank bourbon and 
read newspapers while I made a souvenir 
packet for Denny, my 
best friend: an air- 
sickness bag, into 
which I placed the 

'amplmgg at 

Mary Washington College has al- 
ways been (and remains) a teaching 
institution. Faculty members devote 
most of their time and energy to the 
actual business of instruction and 
working directly with students. And 
that is how it should be. 

Nonetheless, it is also true that 
Mary Washington faculty members 
are scholars in their respective aca- 
demic disciplines. They were all 
trained as scholars and researchers 
at fine universities across the coun- 
try and around the world and met 
the same standards of commitment 
and performance in their graduate 
work as did classmates who chose 
thereafter to accept positions in re- 
search universities and leading 
laboratories. So it should come as no 
surprise to readers of Mary Washing- 
ton College Today that most of our 
faculty members are not only fine 
and dedicated teachers but also ac- 
tive and productive scholars. That is 
to say, the academic profession is as 
much a learning profession as it is a 
teaching one. And scholarly writing 
is just the act of sharing what has 
been learned. 

In the next few pages we are treat- 
ing you to a sampling of this scholar- 
ship, which we hope you will enjoy 
and find stimulating. 

Philip L. Hall 

Vice President for Academic Affairs 

and Dean 

Chiclets given me by the stewardess to 
help pop my ears during takeoff, and the 
laminated white card that showed the lo- 
cation of the emergency exits. Fort Benja- 
min Harrison looked like our subdivision, 
Carroll Knolls: hundreds of acres of con- 
crete and sun-scorched shrubbery inside a 
cyclone fence. Daytimes I waited for my 
father in the dining mess with the sons of 
other officers, drinking chocolate milk 
that came from a silver machine, and 
desultorily setting fires in ashtrays. 
When he came to collect me, I walked be- 
hind him — gold braid hung from his 
epaulets — while enlisted men saluted us 
and opened doors. At night, sitting in our 
BOQ room, he asked me questions about 
myself: "Are you looking forward to sev- 
enth grade?" "Have you decided yet what 
you'll want to be?" When these topics fal- 
tered — I stammered what I hoped were 

right answers — we watched TV, trying to 
preguess lines or dialogue on reruns of 
his favorite shows, The Untouchables and 
Rawhide. "That Delia Street," he said, as 
we watched Perry Mason, "is almost as 
pretty as your mother." On the last day, 
eager to make the trip memorable, he 
brought me a gift: a glassine envelope 
filled with punched IBM cards that told 
me my life story as his secretary had 
typed it into the office computer. Card 
One: You live at 10406 Lillians Mill 
Court, Silver Spring, Maryland. Card 
Two: You are entering seventh grade. 
Card Three: Last year your teacher was 
Mrs. Dillard. Card Four: Your favorite 
color is blue. Card Five: You love the 
Kingston Trio. Card Six: You love basket- 
ball and football. Card Seven: Your favor- 
ite sport is swimming. 

Whose son did these cards describe? 
The address was correct, as was the 
teacher's name and the favorite color; and 
he'd remembered that one morning dur- 
ing breakfast I'd put a dime in the juke- 
box and played the Kingston Trio's song 
about "the man who never returned." But 
whose fiction was the rest? Had I, who 
played no sports other than kickball and 
Kitty-Kitty-Kick-the-Can, lied to him 
when he asked me about myself? Had he 
not heard from my mother the outcome of 
my summer swim lessons? At the swim 
club a young man in black trunks had 
taught us, as we held hands, to dunk our- 
selves in water, surface, and then go 
down. When he had told her to let go of 
me, I had thrashed across the surface, 
violently afraid I'd sink. But perhaps I 
had not lied to him; perhaps he merely 
did not wish to see. It was my job, I felt, 
to reassure him that I was the son he 
imagined me to be, perhaps because the 
role of reassurer gave me power. In any 
case, I thanked him for the computer 
cards. I thanked him the way a father 
thanks a child for a well-intentioned gift 
he'll never use — a set of handkerchiefs, 
say, on which the embroidered swirls con- 
struct a monogram of no particular ini- 
tial, and which thus might be used by 

Richard McCann, assistant professor of En- 
glish at Mary Washington College, has had 
his fiction and poetry published in such peri- 
odicals as The Atlantic, Shenandoah, and 
The Virginia Quarterly Review. He recently 
received grants from the Corporation of 
Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Cre- 
ative Arts. 

[This excerpt is taken from a novel, 
Border Town, to be 
published by Viking. 
It originally appeared 
in The Atlantic] s 

Eudora Welty: With Ears 
Opening Like Morning Glories 

By Carol S. Manning 

"[As a child], I loved to just sit in a 
room with grown people talking, anyone 
talking. My mother has told me how I 
would sit between two people, setting off 
for a ride in the car, as we used to do on 
Sunday, and say, 'Now start talking!' My 
ears would just open like morning 
glories.'-Eudora Welty. 

In "The Corner Store" (1975), an essay 
about her childhood, Mississippi writer 
Eudora Welty remembers people she saw 
and adventures she had as she ran to and 
from the corner grocery on errands for 
her mother. Generalizing about this ex- 
perience, she writes, "Setting out in this 
world, a child feels so indelible. He only 
comes to find out later that it's all the 
others along his way who are making 
themselves indelible to him." A sensitive 
comment on the forming of a child's con- 
sciousness, the remark also seems sugges- 
tive about the making of an artist. Surely 
Welty's own art has been influenced by 
all that she has met along her way. A 
keen observer and listener with a prodig- 
ious memory, she has a vast store of 
things seen and things heard on which 
she draws. She said as much in an inter- 
view when asked the source of the dia- 
logue of her characters: "Once you have 
heard certain expressions, sentences, you 
almost never forget them. It's like send- 
ing a bucket down the well and it always 
comes up full .... And you listen for the 
right word, in the present .... [W]hat 
you overhear on a city bus is exactly 
what your character would say on the 
page you're writing." In "The Corner 
Store" itself the author uncovers, perhaps 
unconsciously, one example of this use of 
memory. The song she remembers a 
farmer chanting as he peddled his wares 
on her street when she was a child is, the 
reader will find, the original to the chant 
that Fate Rainey, "the buttermilk man," 
sings as he hawks his wares in The 
Golden Apples (1949). 

Without writing a confessional litera- 
ture or disguised autobiography, Welty 
borrows directly from life. That we can 
trace the actual origins of certain details 
of her works, however, is not the point. 
The point is, rather, that most of her 
works are characterized by an apprecia- 
tion of the ordinary happenings of every- 
day life, an appreciation apparently born 
of a lifelong receptivity to the life around 


But if ordinary life 
alone defined her 

fiction, the author would not have been 
called a romantic as well as a realist or 
have been said to write such varied fic- 
tion that it defies generalization. There is 
a second crucial influence on her fiction, 
one that might seem to run counter to 
the first. It is a love of stories and story- 
telling. As Katherine Anne Porter wrote 
in her introduction to Welty's first book, 
"[A]lways, from the beginning until now, 
[Welty] loved folk tales, fairy tales, old 
legends, and she likes to listen to the 
songs and stories of people who live in old 
communities whose culture is recollected 
and bequeathed orally." Welty has docu- 
mented this love of storytelling and re- 
vealed its birth in her early exposure to 
oral and written narrative. 

In the essay "A Sweet Devouring" 
(1957), Welty describes the pleasures of 
her childhood reading as "like those of a 
Christmas cake, a sweet devouring." In 
One Writer's Beginnings (1984), she re- 
calls that she read through her family's 
library shelf by shelf, devouring encyclo- 
pedias along with Mark Twain, Ring 
Lardner, myths, and slices of Gulliver's 
Travels. Her eclectic reading in recent 
years has ranged from the mysteries of 
Ross MacDonald to the subtleties of 
Elizabeth Bo wen. 

Just as Welty has been, since earliest 
childhood, registering the life around her, 
so has she been, since earliest childhood, 
absorbing all that she reads. In her writ- 
ing, she draws as freely on the stories she 
has consumed over a lifetime as she does 
on the life she has absorbed. About her 
use of mythology in The Golden Apples, 
Welty has said, "I just used [myths] as 
freely as I would the salt and pepper. 
They were part of my life, like poetry, 
and I would take something from Yeats 
here and something from a myth there." 
Without imitating what she has read, 
Welty dips here and there into her store- 
house of memories. 

The love of storytelling has given her 
more than a repertoire of story traditions 
on which to draw. Whereas much modern 
fiction is motivated by the authors' per- 
sonal traumas or by concern with politi- 
cal issues, Welty's fiction is motivated by 
a purer interest in storytelling. This mo- 
tivation grows not only from her vora- 
cious love of reading stories but equally 
from her voracious love of hearing 
stories. Born in Jackson, Miss., in 1909, 
she grew up in the South where, she has 
said, "Storytelling is a way of life." Con- 
versation there "is of a narrative and dra- 
matic structure and so when you listen to 
it, you're following a story. You're listen- 
ing for how something is going to come 
out and that . . . has something to do with 
the desire to write later." In One Writer's 

Carol S. Manning 

Beginnings, Welty describes her child- 
hood fascination with a neighbor's tale- 
telling: "What I loved about her stories 
was that everything happened in scenes. I 
might not catch on to the root of the 
trouble in all that happened, but my ear 
told me it was dramatic. Often she said, 
'The crisis had come!'" 

Welty's fiction combines a realist's sen- 
sitivity to everyday life, a story lover's. fa- 
miliarity with many traditions of written 
and oral narrative, and a storyteller's 
imagination and pleasure in entertaining. 
These two sides of Welty — the realist and 
the lover of storytelling — reach a perfect 
blend when the realist discovers her ideal 
subject in the storytelling around her. 
Progressively over her career — from the 
gossiping and bickering of Sister in the 
early story "Why I Live at the P. 0." to 
the Beechams' all-day tale-telling during 
a family reunion in the novel Losing 
Battles (1970)— Welty has painted a 
comically revealing picture of the South- 
ern oral tradition. She is the poet and 
historian of a storytelling people. Writing 
in a conversational style born itself of the 
region's active oral tradition, she proves 
herself the oral culture's most discrimi- 
nating admirer and its most incisive 

Carol S. Manning is an assistant professor 
of English and acting director of the Writing 
Intensive Program at Mary Washington. 

[This article is based on material from 
Chapter 1 of Carol S. Manning's With 
Ears Opening Like Morning Glories: 
Eudora Welty and the Love of Storytelling 
(Greenwood Press, Inc., Westport, Conn. 
1985), pp. 2-6. Copyright © 1985 by Carol^ 
S. Manning. Used 
with permission of the 

"Treasure in Earthen Vessels: 
Johannes Climacus on 
Humor and Faith" 

By David Cain 

S0ren Kierkegaard, the great 19th cen- 
tury Danish religious thinker, observes in 
1838, ". . . in a flight of genuine humor 
Paul speaks about the earthenware pots 
in which the spirit dwells." The reference 
is to Paul's words in II Corinthians: "But 
we have this treasure in earthen vessels, 
to show that the transcendent power be- 
longs to God and not to us" (4:7). This 
text appropriately accompanies Kier- 
kegaard studies. For Kierkegaard, who 
invests so deeply in and squeezes so much 
out of human existence, nonetheless and 
dialectically qualifies, with the help of 
Johannes Climacus, one of his many 
pseudonyms, the entire human endeavor 
on the way to "truth is subjectivity." He 
does so with the haunting, hectoring 
little reminder that, Christianly, "subjec- 
tivity is untruth" before it becomes truth 
again by virtue of the shattering be- 
stowal of a new subjectivity from outside 
the self. Earthen vessel creatures are in- 
deed empty pots, utterly treasureless, 
apart from the transcendent power of 

What has this to do with Johannes 
Climacus' treatment of humor and faith? 
Humor belongs to the way down into the 
self and into intimations of emptiness. 
Faith is the name of the passion which 
receives as grace decisive revelation of 
emptiness and which risks loss of all con- 
trol in the reception of external filling. 
But the filling is relational, dependent 
upon relationship, and not "once and for 
all": one does not pocket the transcendent 
power, the treasure, with a Mange tak or 
Skaal, with an "aestheticising clinking 
the glasses with Providence." 

Humor and faith, then, are both to be 
found in earthen vessels, but they come 
to be there in different ways. The ca- 
pacity for humor is resident within the 
self as are conditions for the comic (the 
relationship between the comic and 
humor is decisive here); whereas the pos- 
sibility of Christian faith, faith "sensu 
eminentiori," faith "sensu strictissimo," is 
divine initiative. This faith is surely 
"treasure." What happens to humor in 
the presence of this treasure? After being 
exposed as non-treasure, is it eliminated? 
Or, as with "the kings of the earth" who 
"shall bring their glory" into the holy 
city, new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:24, 
emphasis added), shall humor be per- 
ymitted to enter into the new creation, re- 
constituted in faith, 
there humbly to 

Johannes Climacus declares starkly, 
"the moment of death is the appropriate 
situation for Christianity." Death here re- 
fers to the death of the self to the self s 
ingenuities in existence, to the selfs 
strategies of sustenance and resources for 
regulation, mastery, dominion, and con- 
trol. Quite simply, one must be barren, 
bereft, depleted, desperate, to have to do 
faithfully with Jesus. Apart from such 
desperation, Jesus becomes mascot, and 
faith falls back into the aesthetic. 
* * * 

One must have some development in 
existential pathos — a development which 
Climacus insists is potentially open to 
all — in order to be even a candidate for 
offense or the passion of faith. Climacus 
understates nicely, "For to be in existence 
is always a somewhat embarrassing situ- 
ation ..." This is the understatement of a 
humorist. Climacus is in character. 

The notes for Climacus' Concluding 
Unscientific Postscript include the fol- 
lowing: "That Christianity is like this, 
that it is preceded by humor, shows how 
much living out of life it presupposes in 
order rightly to be accepted" — or rightly 
to be rejected. That "-ly" signals the ad- 
verbial emphasis of Kierkegaard and 
Climacus upon the how, upon the way 
one actually lives the "somewhat embar- 
rassing situation" of existence, as dis- 

David Cain 

tinguished from what one professes con- 
cerning existence. Apart from immersion 
in existence, the "whats" of Christianity 
jingle noisily and aesthetically. Rather 
than to receive comforting "whats" at 
secondhand, Frater Taciturnus' Quidam 
(more pseudonyms) says he would prefer 
"... to have heard the howl of the wolf 
and to have learned to know God." This 
is the existential situation of humor and 

In Johannes Climacus' handling of the 
"spheres of existence," the aesthete, the 
ironist, the ethicist, the humorist, the re- 
ligionist, the Christian — all encounter 
contradictions, some suffering, some pain- 
less, some confirming one view of life, 
some disconfirming that same view. No 
existence sphere or way of life is solely 
confirmed — or solely disconfirmed — by 
immersion in existence. Every potentially 
honest way of life entails decision and 
risk, the decision to cling to certain expe- 
riences as hermeneutical clues to life in 
all its intractable complexity, the risk 
that apparently disconfirming encounters 
can (or cannot) somehow be construed 
from the perspective of one's chosen way 
and sphere. The humorist comes upon 
painless and painful contradictions as 
does everyone else and, indeed, contrib- 
utes to their formation and manifesta- 
tion. If the humorist then flees such pain- 
ful contradictions, humor as a way of life 
is betrayed. Humor is thus "justified" 
precisely as it owns painful contradictions 
and construes them as painless — as if 
they were painless — even when "no way 
out" (ingen Udvei) is known. In this 
sense, humor "reconciles itself to the 
pain," seeking to wrestle painful contra- 
dictions into painless ones, striving to 
live painful contradictions as if they were 
painless, and maintaining the life of 
humor thereby. The humorist has made 
the decision and runs the risk of reaching 
out, taking painless contradictions as 
clues to the real, and drawing the comic 
within as the capacity to produce the 
comic when painless contradictions are 
nowhere to be found. To be a humorist is 
to have one's life in one's humor, in one's 
capacity to generate the comic from in- 
side out, not simply to receive the comic 
from outside in. 

Can the humorist, as described by 
Climacus, be a Christian? No. In 
Climacus' terms, there is no bridge for 
humor as a way of life across the chasm 
into the Christian sphere. Precisely be- 
cause the humorist knows a way out (or 
lives as if he or she does), for the humor- 
ist there is no way in. Climacus enters 
imaginatively and dialectically into the 
sphere of faith and fears from that per- 
spective that humor will not take the 
temporality-accentuating paradoxicality 
of faith with proper existential earnest- 
ness, the earnestness of "either offense or 
faith". . . 

Climacus is remarkably brief when he 
comes, at last, to the breach with imma- 
nence. After luxuriating in the existen^/ 1 
tial, anguished tangles 
of inwardness and 
religiousness A, the 
austerity o£. 

W befo 

religiousness B (Christian faith) flashes 
before the reader abruptly and — the end. 
In Climacus' hands, humor becomes sud- 
denly anxiety in the Christian context; 
because the safety net of the eternal, en- 
twined of immanence and recollection, is 
gone. No longer will "neither death, nor 
life . . . nor anything else in all creation 
... be able to separate us from the love of 
God . . . ." Now we can separate ourselves 
from the love of God which has become 
focused in time and history ". . . in Jesus 
Christ our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39). 
Hence, anxiety, as Climacus says. Hence, 
as he does not say, a new humor. 
"Behold, I make all things new" (Revela- 
tion 21:5). "All things" includes humor, 
not as a border sphere of existence, not as 
a way of life, but as a compassionate ap- 
propriation of the comic into the life of 
faith. How could Climacus, an "old" hu- 
morist, be expected to know anything 
about this new humor, the humor of 
grace, the humor which makes time 
count decisively, not for finding or miss- 
ing God in time but for being found — and 
found out — by God in time? 

This "new humor" is no longer humor 
as a way of life which depends, after all, 
upon one's own ability to handle painful 
contradictions as if they were painless 
and so comic. Now humor is envisioned 
as ingredient in a new way of life. The 
"martyrdom of faith" which is, among 
other things, the absolute inability of 
human beings, however clever, to under- 
stand the absolute paradox, is the "mar- 
tyrdom of endurance" through time. This 
martyrdom is also the release of humor 
from border sphere to bold subordinate, 
from implicit control as a way of life to 
explicit emptiness and adjunct to the life 
of faith. 

The humorist, Climacus has said, has 
his life in his humor. The Christian does 
not have his or her life in humor but has 
humor in his or her life. Given Climacus' 
rule that the "lower can never make the 
higher comical" and given his ranking of 
the spheres with faith as the highest, 
Climacus removes from himself the possi- 
bility not of making of faith a "divine 
comedy" (such is God's prerogative) but of 
allowing for the fruitfulness of humor in 
the life of faith. 

Because faith is risk, humor is the her- 
meneutics of faith, the self-awareness of 
faith, and the other-awareness of faith. 
Risk and uncertainty give faith "room to 
move." Room to move is room for humor. 
The paradoxical congruity of the God- 
man does not solve the incongruity of the 
^ternal and the temporal which 

inwardness suffers 
and humor 
discerns. Incom- 

Kierkegaard and Copenhagen are inseparable. 

mensurateness is intensified and be- 
dazzled. Christian faith does not change 
this — except that, because God has found 
true concretion in Incarnation, faith per- 
mits little intimations of incarnation. 
And humor smiles in self-awareness, 
without looking to the results. Regarding 
other-awareness, humor within the 
sphere of faith can bear witness to the po- 
tential equality of all regardless of ex- 
tremes of otherness. Climacus contends, 
"The very maximum of what one human 
being can do for another in relation to 
that wherein each man has to do solely 
with himself, is to inspire him with con- 
cern and unrest." Climacus and 
Kierkegaard do their best — with the help 
of humor. 

Humor looks back; faith looks forward. 
The new humor of faith can respect time, 
can be an aspect of the freedom of faith to 
walk through the real valley of the real 
shadow of the real death in real tempor- 
ality, sustained in love for the odd God of 
fearful glory encountered here in Jesus, 
sustained by trust in the grace of the God 
who will not let go if one is not dead set 
on being let go of, grieving and crying 
and living and dying in the drama of cre- 
ator and creatures, a drama which aims 
at dinner. God wants to dine with Adam 
and Eve in the garden, and they go off to 
eat by themselves. Jesus tells a parable 
about a man determined to have a ban- 
quet, even after invitations are declined 
(see Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24). 
The eschatological curtain comes down 
from one perspective and opens from 
another on the Bride, the new Jerusalem, 
and the Lamb, about to feast, no doubt, 
on the twelve kinds of fruit of the tree of 
life at the "marriage supper of the Lamb" 
(Revelation 19:9). 

The new humor of faith finds in Jesus 
warrant for walking ahead. The humorist 
faces painful contradictions as if knowing 
a way out, glancing backward to make 
sure the way out is there. The Christian, 
with humor yet without being a humor- 
ist, faces painful contradictions in faith 

that God knows a way out different from 
the humorist's way back and death's way 
of destruction, in faith that not death but 
the God present in Jesus who makes a 
way through time is "infinite humorist." 
# # # 

A brief, enigmatic Journal entry from 
1837 reads, "They forget that profound 
observation about the cross: that the 
cross belongs in the realm of the stars." 
This line is in the margin of a preceding 
entry which begins, "The humorous, pres- 
ent throughout Christianity . . ." and 
which finds humorous the idea that the 
truth is hidden rather than revealed in 
mystery. Miracle is related to this idea, 
and "they" refers, presumably, to "the 
professors of physics" mentioned in this 
context. Is "the realm of the stars" ab- 
straction? No, for this is a "profound ob- 
servation." Is it eternity? Yes. 
Kierkegaard's authorship variously 
weighs the consequences of the claim that 
the cross in the realm of the stars (was 
there a cross in the heart of God before 
the creation of the world?) becomes God's 
stake in this world. A possible conse- 
quence is treasure in earthen vessels: a 
humble, freeing, grace-and-equality trust- 
ing humor transformed and licensed by 
this God in earth and time; and faith, the 
desperate risk of wonder when the stars 
come here to shine. 

David Cain is professor of religion at Mary 
Washington College and credits Dostoyevsky, 
Kierkegaard, an abiding love of theatre, and 
"great college teachers" with luring him in 
that direction. He is an ordained minister in 
the United Church of Christ. 

[These excerpts are taken from a paper, 
"Treasure in Earthen Vessels: Johannes 
Climacus on Humor and Faith," pre- 
sented by Professor Cain at a meeting of 
the Kierkegaard Academy in Copen- 
hagen, November 1986. Kierkegaard quo- 
tations are translations 
from Kierkegaard's 
Samlede Vaerker and 

George M. Van Sant 

Where Are They Now? 


Former students returning to the cam- 
pus would have no trouble recognizing 
George M. Van Sant. The top of his head, 
at six feet five inches, still projects a foot 
above most of those around him, and, as 
he crosses the campus, his long stride and 
Matt Dillon gait are the same as they 
have always been. His hair has silvered 
slightly. Cleanshaven until June 23, 
1977, the day he was given a re- 
tirement parade as colonel from 
the Marine Reserves at the 
Marine barracks in Washington, 
he now wears a full but carefully 
trimmed moustache. "When I 
came back from that day and took 
off the uniform for the last time, I 
just started letting the moustache 
grow." Always an imposing figure 
on campus, his image must re- 
main in the minds of many gradu- 
ates, leading our commencement 
procession as marshal of the 

As for where he is — that has 
always been a problem, because 
Van has always been engaged in 
more activities than four ordinary 
people. Keeping track of which ac- 
tivity is occupying him at any 
given moment has never been 
easy. In the early days, we who 
were his colleagues thought we 
had some grip on who he was and 
what he did. Back then, when one 
asked, "Where is he now?" the an- 
swer would probably be either, 
"He's in class, teaching logic," or, 
"He's off for the summer with the 
Marines, at Camp Lejeune, or 
Quantico, or . . . ." 

It's not that simple any more. 
He has steadily increased the number of 
groups and significant causes — 
professional, community and civic — with 
which he is identified and now has added 
to his earlier roles of college professor 
and officer in the Marine Reserves his 
more recent one of public servant and 
elected official. Nowadays the response to 
"Where is he?" might be, "Negotiating 
the city of Fredericksburg's annexation of 
part of Spotsylvania County," or, "Testi- 

fying before the legislature in Richmond," 
or, "Engaging in the usual late Tuesday 
night deliberations of the Fredericksburg 
City Council," of which he has been an 
elected member since 1980. 

If it should happen that he is at home, 
he will be on Washington Avenue, which 
former students will remember as the 
handsome street with the long central 
green where Kenmore is located. There 

Away from campus, Dr. Van Sant often can be found at City 
Hall. Here he consults with Samuel T. Emory Jr., professor of 

he and his wife, Susan Hanna of the 
MWC department of English, live in the 
large Victorian house that they have 
made famous for its hospitality by open- 
ing it repeatedly for gatherings of stu- 
dents, colleagues and friends — both local 
and from all over the world. 

When asked, Van will confirm that the 
three major segments of his life have 
been his 32 years with the Marine Corps, 
his 29 years with Mary Washington Col- 

lege, and his 23-year engagement in 
local, state and national politics. 

Van's military career is a part of his 
life that he aggressively defends in aca- 
demic circles. "I had a very enduring re- 
lationship with the military, and I still 
have it. I have no illusions about the 
military, but I knew a lot of really good 
and fine and wonderful and sensitive 
people in the military." And it is clear 
that he caried his academic talents and 

interests to the Marines. On the 
wall of his office is a photograph 
taken in 1969 that shows the 
founding members of the adjunct 
faculty of the Marine Corps Com- 
mand and Staff College. "All 11 of 
those individuals," he reports, 
"are distinguished Ph.D. pro- 
fessors at a number of insti- 
tutions, and all are reserve lieu- 
tenant colonels or colonels. A 
couple of them made general after 
that photo was taken." And next 
Van proceeds to itemize each one's 
name, field of academic special- 
ization, and present academic in- 
stitution. He skips over the image 
of himself, standing backrow 

Van's Marine Corps experi- 
ences were in fact what led him 
into his academic career, for it was 
during combat in Korea that he 
made a personal resolution to re- 
turn to school. "I could not devote 
my whole life to the military. I 
made the resolution that I would 
go back and study philosophy and 
be a philosopher." It was that reso- 
lution that carried him through 
five years of graduate school, until 
1958, when he arrived at Mary 
Washington College as an as- 
sistant professor of philosophy. 

The transition from the Marines to 
Mary Washington College, he says, re- 
quired some adjustment. He had had an 
undergraduate education at all-male St. 
John's College, two tours in the Marines, 
and then five years of study in the Uni- 
versity of Virginia's graduate department 
of philosophy, whkh at that time had 
only male professors and male graduate 

students. "When I came here in 1958, in 


my adult life the only way I had associ- 
ated with females was either to date 
them or to marry them. I was a male 
chauvinist pig; there's no question about 
it. I was a political liberal, but I was a 
male chauvinist pig." He is not now. This 
fall he appeared on a panel in the class of 
a colleague in the Department of Psychol- 
ogy and was comfortable identifying him- 
self as a feminist. The final stages of his 
transformation may have been assisted 
by his wife, Sue. 

Once here, spending his winters in the 
classroom and his three summer months 
in the Marine Reserves, he was able, he 
says, "to live the best of both worlds." 
Van has always been at the center of the 
more significant events at Mary Wash- 
ington College, serving on or chairing the 
committees that produced the major 
changes in the College. He was a central 
figure in such actions as the revision, be- 
tween 1969 and 1971, of the degree re- 
quirements; he chaired the committees 
that made all of the arrangements for the 
last two presidential inaugurations on 
our campus. Most recently he has chaired 
the Committee on Campus Social Life, a 
committee of seven administrators, seven 
members of the faculty, and eight stu- 
dents, established to propose new guide- 
lines and policies for the two sensitive 
issues of visitation and the regulations 
governing the use of alcohol on the cam- 
pus. For six years he was elected by his 
colleagues to represent them as the sena- 
tor from MWC to the Faculty Senate of 
Virginia, and for two years he served as 
vice president of that Faculty Senate. 

In addition to the many courses he has 
taught in the department of philosophy, 
Van has amassed an impressive list of 
published papers and addresses, a num- 
ber of which reveal his ability to inter- 
connect and interrelate his various ca- 
reers. His paper, "Some Notes on Con- 
scientious Objection," his monograph, 
Mid-Range Objectives Plan for Marine 
Corps Education, and his lecture, "Ethics 
and the Professional Military Officer," 
will serve as examples. More recently, 
the interrelatedness of Van's current ca- 
reers is revealed in such titles as "The 
Morality of Legislative Institutions" and 
"Morality and the Legislative Process," 
both lectures. 

Van traces his entry into political ac- 
tivity to his graduate school days in 
Charlottesville, a time when Virginia had 
embarked on a course of massive resis- 
tance to school desegregation. Van joined 
with others who were seeking to combat 
that policy at the polls and says, "My 
first real work was trying to register 
more blacks in Charlottesville." In 1964 
he became a member of the Fredericks- 
burg Democratic Committee, and except 

Professor Van Sant is often surrounded by students after class. 

for 1972, when he was on sabbatical from 
MWC in England, has continued to be a 
member, serving as chairman of the com- 
mittee from 1975 to 1980. He is now the 
senior member of that group in terms of 
years of service. 

Now in his second term in the Freder- 
icksburg City Council, his greatest ac- 
complishment — and one that has made 
him a hero hereabouts — was as chairman 
of the finance committee. Van detected, 
as had no one in the state before him, 
that the state funding of the independent 
cities in Virginia, including Fredericks- 
burg, was based upon inaccurate statis- 
tics that deprived cities of their fair share 
of public school revenues. His detective 
work took him first to Richmond, then to 
Charlottesville, and finally to the Depart- 
ment of Commerce in Washington, where 
the figures originated. "One thing you 
find is that if you're an elected official, 
you can get into offices. I got to the MAN 
(Van's voice signals that he had reached 
his quarry) in the corner office at the De- 
partment of Commerce who was respon- 
sible for all this. And the guy at the De- 
partment of Commerce said, 'You know, 
you're absolutely right.'" Van's savvy and 
persistence has brought revenues of at 
least $1 million to the city of Fredericks- 
burg at this point. 

His current challenge is his service, at 
Gov. Gerald L. Baliles' request, as the 
only elected city official on the General 

Assembly's Study Commission on 
City-County Relations. 

Van will not retire from MWC for a 
number of years yet and has several proj- 
ects that he plans to work on before that 
time. One of his intentions is to do more 
reading and writing — articles for sure, 
and perhaps a volume — on the com- 
plexities of the ethics of legislative 
decision-making. His years of service in 
public office will permit him to approach 
the subject with the knowledge of one 
who has observed the process firsthand, 
and he will probably acquire more expe- 
rience yet in future terms on City Coun- 
cil. If the voters choose to do so, he will 
certainly continue to serve the city of 
Fredericksburg, but he rejects any notion 
of seeking elective office beyond the city. 

Even after retirement, Van admits, he 
might be tempted to re-enter the class- 
room, should there be an opportunity to 
offer his course on Immanuel Kant, and 
so his ties to Mary Washington College 
may not be completely severed. And be- 
cause of his many ties to the city of Fred- 
ericksburg, his home will remain, even 
when it ceases to be Mary Washington 
College, at least on Washington Avenue. 

Sidney H. Mitchell is professor of English 
at Mary Washington. He first met 
Dr. Van Sant in 1932 when they were 





By Barry S. Packer 

Mary Washington College has attracted 
numerous student athletes from other 
states. I talked with three of them to gain 
some insight into their reasons for choos- 
ing Mary Washington and how they feel 
about MWC now that they've been here 

I spoke with sophomore Michelle Gobeil 
from Biddeford, Maine, who is a 5-foot-8 
forward on the women's basketball team; 
Jean Marie Morrissey, a 5-foot- 10 soph- 
omore from Long Island, who also plays 
forward; and John Yurchak, a 6-foot-2 
sophomore from Lancaster, Pa., who 
plays starting guard on the men's bas- 
ketball team. 

Included in their reasons for coming to 
Mary Washington were: the size of the 
College, the opportunity to play for the 
basketball teams, the academic life, the 
social atmosphere, and — the classic rea- 
son — getting away from home for the 
first time. 

"I'm glad I'm here because I have 
learned a lot being a distance from 
home," said Michelle, whose main reason 
for coming here was "I didn't want to be 
a number." 

Jean Marie "wanted to come South" 
but did not want to go to a university 
with tens of thousands of students. Next 
year she possibly will be heading to Paris 
to study international business. But in all 
likelihood, she will return to MWC for 
her senior year. 

John came here after one year at Mil- 
lersville (Pa.) University. He was there 
attempting to earn a spot on the Division 
II Marauders but didn't make it as the 
only walk-on. After considering MWC, as 
well as some Pennsylvania schools, he de- 
cided to transfer here. 

When asked the reasons he selected 
Mary Washington after narrowing his 
choices, he said that the reasonable costs 
at Mary Washington played a big role. 
Another factor was that "I saw that the 
guards (at MWC) weren't the best shoot- 
ers and felt that I would be able to help 
the team." John feels the strongest part 
of his game is his outside shooting abil- 
ity. "I'm glad I came here," he says. "I 
like it better here with the emphasis on 
academics. I also like the location, the so- 

cial atmosphere, and the people." 

The people. That is what all three stu- 
dent athletes kept going back to. They 
praised the people on their teams, the 
people in their classes, and the people in 
the town. 

"Although there is more 

of an emphasis placed 

on academics than athletics, 

the fans are 

real supportive." 

"Most of the people around here are 
really nice," remarked John, whose 
brother, Jason, now a senior at Lancaster 
(Pa.) Catholic High School, may join him 
in the Eagles' backcourt next season. 
"Most of the people around here would do 
anything for you." 

Michelle saw this as "a chance to see 
another part of the country. It is a differ- 
ent climate, with different people who 
seem more friendly. And I'm glad I am on 
the team because of the people." 

For Jean Marie, this basketball season, 
which was a difficult one on the court, 
"hasn't seemed like four months. The peo- 
ple on the team have made it so that, 
even though the record isn't that great, 
the team is still a team." 

And the teams are supported by the 
fans. "Although there is more of an em- 
phasis placed on academics than ath- 
letics, the fans are real supportive," John 
pointed out. "And I am sure they do get 
more involved emotionally because of the 
smallness of the arena, the enrollment, 
and the closeness of the bleachers to the 
court and the players to the fans." 

Why, then, are the basketball coaches, 
Tom Davies and Connie Gallahan, able to 
recruit these students from out of state? 
Because between the academics and the 
athletics and the people, Mary Washing- 
ton seems to be a school that gives the 
student athletes what they are looking 
for both on and off the court. 

Barry S. Packer is sports information direc- 
tor at Mary Washington . 

Securing Mary 
Washington's Future: 

The Heritage Society 

While gifts to the Mary Washington 
College Fund provide important sup- 
port for scholarship programs and 
other educational enhancements at 
Mary Washington each year, bequests 
and other planned gifts are invest- 
ments in the College's future. 

The Heritage Society has been estab- 
lished to recognize individuals who have 
provided for the College's financial future 
through charitable bequests in a will. A 
listing of members is continually updated 
and maintained in the Alumni House at 
Trench Hill. We would be pleased to add 
you to this growing list of members. 

For more information on the Heritage 
Society or how to include the College in 
your estate plans, you are invited to call 
collect or write in complete confidence to: 

•E.S* **4a 

Michael B. Dowdy 

Vice President for College Relations 

Mary Washington College 

1301 College Ave. 

Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5358 

(703) 899-4645 


Faculty Highlights 

Marshall E. Bowen, professor of geog- 
raphy, presented his paper, "Historical 
Limits on Old-Timers' Recollections in a 
Nevada Agricultural Colony," at the 
Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Oral 
History Association, which was held 
aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, 
Calif. He also participated in a panel dis- 
cussion on "The Homestead Frontier in 
Oral History." 

In addition to these activities, Dr. 
Bowen submitted a paper, "Abandoned 
Countrysides: Dry Farm Homestead 
Areas in the Northeastern Great Basin," 
at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the 
Pioneer America Society in Rochester, 
N.Y. Another of his papers, "Pioneer Suc- 
cess and Failure in a Northeastern Ne- 
vada Valley," was published in the 1986 
issue of the Pioneer America Society 

Samuel T. Emory Jr., professor of geog- 
raphy and chairperson of the Department 
of Geography, read his paper, "Flood, the 
Threat of Flood and Human Response in 
Fredericksburg, Virginia," at the annual 
meeting of the Southeastern Division of 
the Association of American Geographers. 
His co-author was Gordon Shelton, a 
Fredericksburg city councilman. The 
meeting was held in Lexington, Ky. 

R. Leigh Frackelton Jr., lecturer in 
business administration and a Freder- 
icksburg attorney, attended a three-day 
seminar in Washington, D.C., on the Tax 
Reform Act of 1986. The event was spon- 
sored by the American Law Institute and 
the American Bar Association. 

Roy F. Gratz 

Roy F. Gratz, professor of chemistry 
and chairperson of the Department of 
Chemistry, Geology and Physics, received 
a monetary award and a certificate of 
recognition from the administrator of the 

National Aeronautics and Space Adminis- 
tration. The honor was based on Dr. 
Gratz's innovation, which was selected for 
publication in NASA TECH BRIEFS: 
"3F Condensation Polyimides Synthetic 
Versatility Provides New High Tg Films 
and New Melt Fusible Molding Resins." 
The paper was co-authored with William 
B. Alston of NASA's Lewis Research Cen- 
ter in Cleveland. NASA commended the 
innovation as a "significant contribution" 
and one of potential utility beyond the 
aerospace field. 

Thomas L. Johnson, professor of biolog- 
ical sciences, had a letter about panto- 
thenic acid published in the December 
issue of Prevention magazine. In fact, the 
publication selected the missive as the 
lead letter in the column headlining it 
"Age Spots and Pantothenic Acid." Pre- 
vention has a circulation totaling six mil- 
lion readers. 

Tania Karina joined the dance depart- 
ment as the artist-in-residence for the 
Spring Semester. Miss Karina, a highly 
acclaimed ballerina, has taught as well 
as performed throughout the world; her 
performances include a guest starring 
role in the prestigious Jacob's Pillow 
Dance Festival. She also danced leading 
roles with The Grand Ballet Du Marquis 
De Cuevas and was featured as a princi- 
pal dancer with the Ballet Russe De 
Monte Carlo. 

John C. Manolis, associate professor of 
modern foreign languages, attended the 
36th Mountain Interstate Foreign Lan- 
guage Conference at Wake Forest Uni- 
versity in Winston-Salem, N.C. His par- 
ticipation in the meeting included 
presenting his paper, "The Theater of 
George Sand in the Middle of the Nine- 
teenth Century: A Search for Critical and 
Popular Success," and chairing a session 
on French-Italian literature. 

Shah M. Mehrabi, associate professor of 
economics, organized and coordinated the 
Annual Meeting of the Association for 
the Advancement of Policy, Research and 
Development in the Third World, which 
was held in San Francisco, Calif. He also 
granted an interview to Voice of America, 
which was broadcast directly from the 
site of the conference to the Middle East 
and to Southeastern and South Asian 

Dr. Mehrabi was invited to present a 
paper on "Transfer of Technology" at the 
Ninth National Third World Studies Con- 
ference, held in Omaha, Neb. This paper 
was published in the book of proceedings 
on the conference. 

At the Annual Meeting of the Ameri- 
can Economic Association, held in New 
Orleans, La., Dr. Mehrabi presented two 
papers. One, entitled "Mineral Multina- 
tionals," was given in a session on "The 

Multinational Enterprise: Strategies for 
Trade and Investments," and another on 
"Planning and Policy Making" was pre- 
sented in a session on "Contemporary Ec- 
onomic Problems in the Middle East." 

Tania Karina 

Donald R. Peeples, assistant professor 
of mathematics, attended the Symposium 
on International Comparisons of Mathe- 
matical Education: Policy Implications for 
the United States, which was held in 
Washington, D.C. The Mathematical Sci- 
ences Education Board of the National 
Research Council hosted the symposium. 

When the MD-DC-VA section of the 
Mathematical Association of America met 
at Loyola College in Baltimore, Dr. 
Peeples discussed the topic "A Mathemat- 
ical Model for Risk Analysis." 

Mark J. Rozell, assistant professor of 
political science, had a paper entitled 
"Civic Virtue and the Gods" accepted for 
publication in Modern Age, a quarterly 
journal of political thought. His article, 
"Corporate Philanthropy and Public Pol- 
icy: A Search for Normative Guidelines," 
was published recently in a book, Philan- 
thropy: Private Means, Public Ends, 
edited by Kenneth W. Thompson. 

Robert S. Rycroft, associate professor of 
economics and chairperson of the Depart- 
ment of Economics, addressed the Freder- 
icksburg Local of the National Associ- 
ation of Letter Carriers on "The State of 
the Labor Movement in America." 

David J. Skaret, assistant professor of 
business administration, had an article 
published in Group and Organization 
Studies, a business and management 
journal. The article, entitled "Attitudes 
About the Work Group: An Added Mod- 
erator of the Relationship Between 
Leader Behavior and Job Satisfaction," 
appeared in the September 1986 issue of 
the journal. 


Events on Campus 

The Mary Washington College commu- 
nity was in high gear throughout the fall 
and winter months, sponsoring events in 
music, theater and art. 


Mary Washington College's Public Edu- 
cation Services served as the depository 
for elementary and secondary school 
books offered by publishers for adoption 
as textbooks in Virginia's public schools. 
Students, teachers and the general public 
were invited to review and evaluate the 
materials ... On the cultural scene, nov- 
elist David Leavitt and poet Janice Eidus 
gave readings at the College as part of 
the Poetry/Fiction Series . . . MWC hosted 
the 17th Annual Meeting of the East- 
Central Region of the American Society 
for Eighteenth Century Studies. More 
than 50 scholars presented papers on art, 
history, literature, economics and other 
topics with the theme "Traditions and In- 
novations in the 18th Century" . . . The 
Mary Washington College Chapter of the 
Society of Physics Students (SPS) was one 
of 37 designated "Outstanding SPS Chap- 
ters for 1985-86" . . . Belmont, The Gari 
Melchers Memorial Gallery, continued its 
lecture series on miniatures entitled 
"Portraiture in America: The New World 
to 1900" with a presentation by Clifford 
T. Chieffo of Georgetown University . . . 
"Women in the Ancient World," a two- 
part lecture program, featured former 
MWC professor Elizabeth Clark as 
speaker. Rebecca Hague, professor of clas- 
sics at Amherst College, concluded the 
program in November . . . "She Stoops to 
Conquer," an 18th century English com- 
edy, was presented by the Department of 
Dramatic Arts and Dance ... To round 
out the month's activities, the Zero- 
Moving Dance Company came to the Col- 
lege as part of the MWC Performing Arts 


"The Health and Psychological Well- 
Being of Black Women," a discussion 
about the topic of mental health services 
and ethnic minorities, was given by Dr. 
Gwendolyn Puryear Keita of Howard 
University . . . The Center for Historic 
Preservation sponsored a slide lecture on 
the classical tradition in French architec- 
ture by architect Philippe Madec ... In- 
ternationally renowned pianist John 
Young performed in Dodd Auditorium in 
a program commemorating the 100th an- 
niversary of the death of Franz Liszt . . . 
Artist Lou Horner had an exhibit of 
drawings, paintings and constructions 
concerned with food preparation and din- 
ing activities, while Younghee Choi dis- 
played her works reflecting her fascina- 
tion with mythological subjects and the 

Italian Renaissance . . . Belmont pre- 
sented "The New Faces of Thomas 
Eakins" with Kathleen Foster, curator 
and director of research and publications 
at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine 
Arts ... The MWC Student Affiliate 
Chapter of the American Chemical Soci- 
ety received its first outstanding rating 
from the national organization for its ac- 
tivities during the 1985-86 year . . . The 
MWC Chorus and the Jazz Ensemble pre- 
sented their fall concerts ... In the fall 
production of the MWC Dance Concert 
Series, students shared the stage with 
several distinguished visiting artists and 
performed to the work of an internation- 
ally acclaimed composer. MWC artist-in- 
residence Clifford Shulman also per- 
formed . . . "The Freedom Fighters," a 
three-part television interview series 
hosted by MWC Visiting Commonwealth 
Professor of History James Farmer, was 
aired on WNVT, Channel 53, in Northern 
Virginia. Mr. Farmer interviewed three 
prominent civil rights leaders for the pro- 
gram, the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, Rep. 
Walter Fauntroy and Mayor Andrew 
Young of Atlanta . . . The Belmont lec- 
ture series, "Portraiture in America," 
closed with a talk entitled "John Singer 
Sargent and the Consequences of Por- 
traiture" given by Trevor Fairbrother, as- 
sistant curator of American paintings for 
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston . . . 
"House Calls," a series sponsored by the 
Center for Historic Preservation, featured 
local restoration experts and came to a 
close with a walking tour of downtown 


The holiday season began with tradi- 
tional and anticipated concerts and activ- 
ities. The Combined Choruses of MWC 
gave a holiday concert in Dodd Audito- 
rium . . . "Christmas With All the Trim- 
mings," a popular holiday workshop high- 
lighting decoration and entertaining 
ideas, was sponsored by the Center for 
Historic Preservation for the sixth 
straight year . . . The Annual POPS Or- 
chestra Concert was conducted by James 
E. Baker, professor of music and chair- 
person of the Department of Music ... A 
"Presidential Open House" commemo- 
rated the 200th anniversary of James 
Monroe's arrival in Fredericksburg to 
practice law. This event was held at the 
James Monroe Law Office-Museum and 
Memorial Library . . . Twelve students re- 
ceiving Intermediate Honors were offered 
"high commendation and since congratu- 
lations" from the College. 


An invitational art exhibit, "Fiber- 
works 1987," featured the fiber art of 10 
artists from New England and West Vir- 

ginia . . . Thirty-two MWC students were 
selected to be included in the 1987 edi- 
tion of Who's Who Among Students in 
American Universities and Colleges . . . 
An official ceremony in tribute to Martin 
Luther King Jr. highlighted a week of 
special course offerings and events in 
memory of the civil rights leader . . . Bel- 
mont began its fine arts film series which 
focused on modern development in the 
arts ... Dr. Gregory Guroff, an expert on 
Soviet-American relations, spoke at the 
College about the cultural gap existing 
between these two nations . . . For the 
Fall Semester 299 students were named 
to the Dean's List; 68 received all A's. 


"The Freedom Fighters" television se- 
ries featuring James Farmer was aired 
again in February and a new series, 
"James Farmer's Reflections," 12 video 
tapes of Mr. Farmer's class at MWC on 
the Civil Rights Movement, began on 
Channel 53, WNVT, and Channel 56, 
WNVC, in Northern Virginia . . . Lute- 
nist Howard Bass gave an outstanding 
performance at MWC . . . Soprano 
Mattiwilda Dobbs was warmly received 
and well-reviewed in Dodd Auditorium . . . 

Sen. Joseph ft Biden Jr. 

"New Directions in American Foreign 
Policy" was the subject of a public lecture 
given by Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D- 
Del.). Biden is the chairman of the Sen- 
ate Judiciary Committee and an an- 
nounced candidate for the presidency in 
1988 . . . The training program for Volun- 
teer Income Tax Assistance was held on 
campus in cooperation with the IRS and 
the MWC Department of Business Ad- 
ministration . . . The U.S. Navy Band's 
official jazz ensemble, The Commodores, 
gave a free concert and instrumental sec- 
tion clinics . . . "Nuts," an adult court- 
room drama opened with direction by 
Cheri Swiss, assistant professor of dra- 
matic arts . . . Belmont featured "Etch- 
ings by the Americans James McNeill 
Whistler and Childe Hassam" ... A fac- 
ulty art exhibit featured the work of 
MWC professors. 


Admissions News 

By H. Conrad Warlick 

Each year we always think that the 
fall is the busiest time of the year for the 
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, 
and it is true that those autumn days are 
indeed full. The rest of the 1986-87 year, 
however, was a perfect example of "You 
haven't seen anything yet!" 

The Admissions Committee had its 
first task in selecting the successful ap- 
plicants for admission under the Early 
Decision Plan. Mary Washington College 
subscribes to a national program of early 
decision regulations, and applicants who 
have MWC as their first-choice school 
can apply under the provisions of this 
program. Applicants sign a special form 
indicating that they will accept admission 
if it is offered by the College, and the 
College agrees to notify them about early 
decision by Dec. 1. This year we selected 
42 top students under the provisions of 
the Early Decision Plan. 

Following rapidly for the committee 
was the consideration of those candidates 
who filed their applications during the 
early winter. Those students who sub- 
mitted applications before Feb. 1 and who 
had superior academic records were of- 
fered honors admission to the College. 
This was a new program for 1987, and al- 
most 300 students received this special 
admission offer. In addition, these stu- 
dents, along with those admitted under 
the Early Decision Plan, were nominated 
to participate in the Regional Scholarship 
Program competition, Mary Washington's 
most prestigious academic scholarship 

Our staff was kept busy with follow-up 
activities for this group. These students 
received a special letter of congrat- 
ulations from President William M. 
Anderson Jr., a letter from the chair- 
person of their major department, and a 
copy of the new student newsletter, the 
Eagle. A telephone call of congratulations 
was also made to these students by the 
members of the Admissions Club at the 

Selecting the honors admissions candi- 
dates was only the beginning! This year 
the college received the largest number of 
applications for the freshman class in its 
history. The selection process was a diffi- 
cult one, but the committee worked hard 
to select those candidates who seemed 
best suited for Mary Washington College 
and its programs. Every person who had 
applied before the March 1 deadline re- 
ceived a letter from the College by the 
beginning of April containing the com- 
mittee's decision. 

This group of admitted students, along 
with those who had received the good 

news earlier, were invited to receptions 
for them and their parents in early April. 
The office of admissions, in cooperation 
with the director of alumni programs and 
various alumni chapters, invited students 
in the following areas to receptions: Pen- 
insula, Tidewater, Richmond, Charlottes- 
ville, Fredericksburg, D.C. Metro, and 
Baltimore. Representatives from the ad- 
missions office joined faculty members, 
students and alumni at these programs. 
Our alumni helped host these receptions 
in a variety of places, ranging from pri- 
vate homes to The Barns at Wolftrap. 
Each day in April the campus was 
filled with visitors who had been offered 
admission to the College. The guided 
tours offered by the members of the Ad- 
missions Club had record attendance, and 
the admissions staff looked forward to the 
candidates' reply date, which is the first 
of May. After that date we knew for sure 
which applicants had accepted the invita- 
tion to join us at the College, and we 
were very pleased with the positive re- 
sponse we had. Prospective students were 
quick to seize the excitement of the new 
facilities and the new developments at 

the College, and the Admissions Commit- 
tee was very pleased with the freshman 

Throughout the spring the admissions 
staff was hard at work attending pro- 
grams for high school juniors, who will, of 
course, be the seniors we will be recruit- 
ing next year. We attended national col- 
lege fairs in Pittsburgh, Boston, Hartford, 
New Jersey and Maryland. In addition, 
the College was represented at numerous 
other programs across the country either 
by members of the admissions staff or by 
alumni volunteers. 

So, the admissions cycle has already 
started again! Keep Mary Washington 
College in mind when you are talking 
with high school students or their parents 
and encourage them to seek information 
about your alma mater. Our graduates 
and our students are our best recommen- 
dation. We all look forward to having you 
as members of our admissions team. 

H. Conrad Warlick is vice president for ad- 
missions and financial aid at Mary 


Right: Connie Ferebee '43 hosted the 
Tidewater Chapter's bean soup and corn- 
bread luncheon at her home in Norfolk. 

Below: A very special guest at the 
Peninsula-Tidewater joint luncheon was 
Jennifer Bryant, left, who will be a freshman 
at Mary Washington this fall. Seated with her 
is her mother, Frances Rodgers Bryant '68. 


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Kathryn Gallagher Spirito (Mrs. M.W.) 
712 S. Riverside Drive 
Shark River Hills, NJ 07753 

I attended the annual Golden Club meeting 
with the alumni at Trench Hill in August. 
Most of the Golden Club activities were 
already prepared by the Alumni Association. 
Thanks galore! 

In the interim I have been well-informed by 
Frances Liebenow Armstrong '36. She has 
sent me wonderful plans for more activities 
and more conveniences for our Golden Club 
members. Frances is our very diligent "go be- 
tween" to the Alumni Association. 

The Fredericksburg chapter of the Golden 
Club had a delightful luncheon at one of the 
local restaurants. At this luncheon each mem- 
ber received a lovely gift. 

Phoebe Enders Willis '31 entertained about 
34 of the Golden Club members at an elegant 
afternoon tea. 

The Fredericksburg chapter is attempting to 
"get the ball rolling" for the intermingling of 
the nearby chapters, such as Richmond and 
Washington. Other plans are in the making for 
the extra free activities for the Golden Club 
Homecoming '87. Many thanks are due 
Frances and her alumni workers. 

Connie Grant Chilton wrote to me inquir- 
ing about Atwood Graves Abbitt '29. 1 fur- 
nished the information for Connie. As a result, 
she and Atwood are corresponding and pre- 
paring for a meeting. How about Homecoming 

Our kind and ever-so-faithful Homecoming 
friend, Reba Collier Thorpe '33, sent me one 
of the prettiest Christmas cards I have ever 
seen. Reba thoughtfully sent me snaps of 
Homecoming '86. Many thanks to you, Reba. 

Last summer while on my way to Ashland, I 
quickly stopped my car, backed up, and entered 
a road that read "To Beaverdam." I decided I 
would surprise Ola Murray Martin '31 (class 
agent for 50 years) with one of my famous 
"20-minute visits." Was exceedingly disap- 
pointed upon learning that Ola had moved to 
Richmond. Ola, I want to tell you that road 
into Beaverdam is one of the most picturesque 
and interesting roads that I have traveled in 
Virginia. Please come to Homecoming '87. I'll 
tell you all about the Concord] 


Mary Omohundro Horn 

Route 1 

Warsaw, VA 22572 


Virginia Dillard Bowie 
604 Lewis St. 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 

Lucile Hansford Brooks 
826 Sunken Road 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 


Lucy Hobson McKerrow 
604 Emory Drive 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

These are questions from Lucy: What hap- 
pened to the graduates of my class? What are 
you doing? Where are you living? If you can 
write, give us a few lines about you and your 

After graduation, I went to New York City, 
working as a physical therapist prior to taking 
charge of corrective gym in a group practice of 
orthopedic surgeons. I later had a position in 
the pbysical therapy department of two other 
hospitals before marrying a Harvard '27 social 
worker. We have two children: a daughter, who 
is a professor of occupational therapy at Boston 
College, and a son, who is a pathologist at the 
University of Calif, in San Francisco. 

We have been active here in the beautiful 
university town of Chapel Hill, N.C., and find 
time to take courses. I have taken or audited 
about nine courses here and one at the state 
university in Raleigh. I find gardening real 
therapy, and I enjoy playing golf. I have 
worked as a commentator for our local radio 
station, and I assist in working with DUIs who 
work off their penalties by cleaning up public 
parks. I belong to two garden clubs and have 
taken ribbons in American Rose Society shows. 

My husband has been chairman of the Coun- 
cil on Ageing, the Orange County Commission- 
ers, and treasurer of the North Carolina Botan- 
ical Garden Foundation. He has also given 
speeches on child abuse. After he graduated 
from Harvard, he entered social work and later 
retired from the Society for the Prevention of 
Cruelty to Children in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Prior to retirement, I taught health and 
physical education in N.Y. high schools. How 
would you like 152 girls in a gym class? I am a 
member of the Triangle Chapter Alumni Asso- 
ciation and would love to hear from other class 


Louise Gordon Davies 
19 Indiantown Road 
King George, VA 22485 
Helen Van Denburg Hall 
Box C-61 
Locust Hill, VA 23092 


Kathryn Gallagher Spirito (Mrs. M.W.) 
712 S. Riverside Drive 
Shark River Hills, NJ 07753 

My first wish is to thank each one of my 
classmates for the letters and cards I have re- 


ceived. Please keep sending the cards. They are 
"quickies" and carry your news. 

Emily Thruston Llewellyn traveled to Cali- 
fornia last summer with one of her sons and 
her granddaughter, who attends college in San 
Diego. Emily is proud to let us know that she 
has a beautiful new great-grandson born Dec. 
13 in Asbury Park, N.J. Last fall Emily had a 
setback with an angina attack. We have heard 
since that she is up and at it again. Right on, 

Audrey Steele Smith stopped by Lynchburg 
to visit Margaret Reinhardt McKenry in her 
new apartment. Audrey also loves to visit VMI 
to see her grandson. However, she is kept ever 
too busy with the Hardin Realty Co. in Manas- 
sas. Audrey has been a realtor for many years. 

Kaye Gallagher Spirito and Margaret 
"Skinny" Reinhardt McKenry still have their 
telephone chats. Skinny and Kaye were room- 
mates (how could you ever forget?). 

I phoned Richie McAtee Gallagher '32 
while visiting in Fredericksburg last summer. I 
was ever so saddened to hear that her husband 
had passed away. Nevertheless, Richie expects 
to attend Homecoming '87. 

Kaye Gallagher Spirito is busy making plans 
for her 10th trip to Europe. Kaye came to 
MWC from England in January 1928. She has 
been to Europe four times on great ocean liners 
and five times on various airlines. The big deal 
this time, Kaye would like you to know, is the 
Concord from New York to London. News in 
next issue! 


Alma Murchison 

1412 Beal St. 

Rocky Mount, NC 27801 

Isebelle Page Burden (Mrs. G.L.) 

8522 Hanford Drive 

Richmond, VA 23229 

Greetings! Alma "Murk" Murchison sent 
the following rhyme for your enjoyment: 
A look through The Battlefield of '33 
Furnished the names of our grand old class 
And so I've used them in this rhyme 
To recall something of times past. 

I realize that some are not with us any more 
But we still have our memories so dear, 
So this rhyme is a toast to all of us 
Who graduated that wonderful year. 

So here's to "Sammie," Marguerite and "Billy 

Isebelle, Madeline and Maurine, 
Dot, Hazel, Ellen and "Spec," 
Julia Lee, Joan and Josephine. 

The two Annas, Alice Mae and Grace, 
The four Virginias, Eugenia and Ruby, 
Opal, Nellie, Louise and Sarah, 
The three Alices, Lois and Lucy. 


The two Marys, Myrtle and Marie, 
Irene, Mildred and Lora, 
Martha, Evelyn, Minnie and Mary Virginia, 
"Mina," Miriam and Roberta. 

Then there's Berta, Lucy and Patricia, 
Lucille and Margaret — all shared the fun and 

And that leaves only one name left to use 
So I'll end this rhyme with "Murk." 

I received a long letter from Berta Watt 
Whitehouse. She has been a busy lady since 
we last saw her in '33. Besides teaching 26 
years, she wrote three columns per week for 12 
years for The Free Lance-Star, the Fredericks- 
burg paper. She also wrote a very interesting 
article for MWC Today about our class. She 
titled it "The Depression Class of '33." We are 
quite proud of you, Berta — only sorry you 
didn't get to our 50th celebration. 

Reba Collier Thorpe and Olie Mae Hope 
enjoyed a lovely trip to Alaska. They also went 
to Stuart, Va., and visited with Erma Colley 
McKenzie, a former roommate whom they had 
not seen since college days. 

Thanks for your note, Dorothy Tucker 
Marks. Dot attended the International 
Woman's Club convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
last year. 

Many of you have asked about Virginia 
Carmichael. Let me quote part of her card. "I 
am all right. Still on a walker and thankful to 
be able to get around. I enjoy hearing from 
MWC and am real proud of the progress. Have 
a good holiday season and tell the girls 'hello.'" 

Nancy Jones Hurrle and husband now live 
in the Presbyterian home in High Point, N.C. 

Had a note from Alice "Prissy" Belote 
Vaughan since the holidays. She has had a 
few health problems but is much better now. 
Prissy, we are all in the same age group. Need 
I say more? She had heard from Nellie Mae 
Stewart '34 recently. 

Ethel Turner Horner never lets me down. 
We share class news several times during the 
year. I also had short visits with Julia Lee 
Boston Bartha, Alice Hunter Irby Gordy 
and Lois Cornwell Draper. There was also a 
phone visit with Anne Bryant Arritt. 

We all have our highs and lows in life, but 
Alice Mae Brown Walden certainly had more 
than should be expected of the low last year. 
She said her friends and faith in God kept her 
going. Alice Mae's highs were attending the 
beautiful wedding of her granddaughter in 
Columbia, S.C., and going with a group from 
her church to the Senior Adult Chautauqua at 
Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in N.C. 

Our condolences to the family of Ina 
Brothers Lane, who attended Mary Washing- 
ton between 1929 and 1931. 

Thanks to Ava Smith, Mina Poffenbarger 
Hartman, Anna Hunter Adams and Alice 
Early Thompson for their kind greetings. 

Please let us know of any address changes. 

Thanks for keeping in touch. 


(News of the death of Elizabeth Page Galie, 
Class Agent for the Class of 1935, reached us 
after our press deadline.) 

On Aug. 18, 1986, our Frances A. "Legs" 
Mays died. Irmalee "Teenie" Smith De 

Hanas, Legs' roommate, wrote and sent to all 
our class a tribute, which I think all MWC 
girls should have the opportunity to read. It 

"I want you to know that last summer Bud 
and I had been to North Carolina to move the 
furniture of a dear friend who lived in Lusby. 
Bud drove the rental truck, and I followed in 
the car. On the return trip, sans truck and 
furniture, we stopped in Stony Creek and had 
a wonderful visit with Legs that I would not 
now trade for gold if it were possible. 

"She talked then about her physical condi- 
tion. She said that she was not worried about 
it, because she felt that her life had been ful- 
filling and she was ready to go when the Lord 
was ready to take her. It was said, not with the 
least bit of sadness or regret, but more with joy 
and satisfaction that all was well. 

"Since the reunion, she and I had corre- 
sponded regularly, and her letters were always 
written in a cheerful, upbeat way. 

"How clearly my mind is flooded now with 
thoughts of the many times we ran up and 
down the athletic field, chasing balls of one 
kind or another — hockey balls, speed balls, soc- 
cer balls. Just give us a ball and a field, and 
we were happy! Legs was always between the 
goal posts in her 'regalia' that protected her 
from the flying balls and hockey sticks that 
came at her with all the speed we could 

"And there I was, the smallest one on the 
field, doing my best to keep up with the others 
who were so much faster, more athletic and 
more accurate than I was but giving it every- 
thing I had (which certainly wasn't much). But 
I love the challenge! What a great life it was, 
and what memories! 

"We were dubbed with the nicknames Legs 
and Teenie when we walked across the campus 
together — a most unlikely looking pair — and I 
treasure that name because it has a special 
meaning for me. 

"What else can I say? 

"Let us not waste any more time. It doesn't 
take long to write a note or send a card to a 
member of our class, just to let them know you 
remember and you care. Time is so short. 

"This is my tribute to a dear friend and 
former roommate: Legs. Love, Teenie." 

For the past 12 years our classmate Loretta 
Folger Duffy and her charming English hus- 
band have made it to the Homecoming. For 
five of them I have been there also. I always 
enjoyed their charming presence. On Jan. 22, 
1987, Loretta died after a five-year bout with 
cancer. Should you like to know her home ad- 
dress, here it is: Mr. Vincent P. Duffy, 11 
Hazelton Road, Barrington, RI 02806. She 
leaves one daughter. Loretta at one time was 
class agent. I know she will be missed at 

Betty Griffith Schmidt missed Home- 
coming last year because of her dear husband's 
bad health. This past fall he passed away. On 
top of this grief, she had a few medical prob- 
lems. We hope you are getting well now. 
Through Betty and Teenie, I am getting news. 
I wish more of you classmates would send in- 
formation about yourselves. 

Helen Shurtleff Tyra, Betty's MWC room- 
mate, wrote that she placed exhibits in the 

county fair and brought home blue ribbons for 
roses, apples and grapes. They took a four-day 
trip through the Adirondacks to Cooperstown, 
N.Y., where they went through Baseball's Hall 
of Fame Museum. 

Grace E. Herr has also been trying to get 
news from classmates. She spent most of July 
and August with her sister in Charlottesville, 
Va. She wrote: "We were at the beach, Sand- 
bridge, for two weeks in July. A weekend at- 
tending the Herr reunion in Pennsylvania, 
visiting Wakefield and Stratford Hall. My sis- 
ter, a friend and I had a nice week in the 
Finger Lake region of New York. I am ready to 
settle down to usual activities, such as bridge, 
volunteer work, bowling, needlework." 

A few weeks before her trip to Alaska with 
her grandson, Irmalee "Teenie" Smith De 
Hanas had a health problem. She got better 
and had a wonderful trip and took a lot of pic- 
tures. This past winter she and Bud had a 
lovely apartment in San Diego, Calif, on the 
ocean for six weeks. Along with enjoying their 
son and grandson, they have been to Los 
Angeles to visit friends and to Tijuana, Mexico, 
to do some shopping. She has been improving 
and hopes that when she returns from Califor- 
nia she can go back to playing golf. Her stay 
near loved ones, the climate, and love of pho- 
tography all have been good therapy for her 

I am lucky that Isebelle Page Burden '33, 
sister, gets some good news about my class- 
mates in Richmond. We could not be more 
proud of Marie Krafft Kelleher's participation 
in the Virginia Recreation and Park Society's 
Golden Olympics. The 1986 statewide competi- 
tion was held in Lynchburg, and there Marie 
won four swimming medals: three gold and one 
silver. Her husband, Michael, also received two 
medals in the event. The Kellehers spend a lot 
of their time swimming at the Jewish Commu- 
nity Center in Richmond. The Richmond News 
Leader had a nice article and pictures about 
the Kellehers and the Golden Olympics. 

I talked to Ruth Whitehead Owen. They 
were "snowed-in" in Millbrook, N.Y. Her hus- 
band was in the service, and they moved 
around so much that since his retirement they 
have enjoyed staying home. They have made a 
trip to Scotland, Wales and England. They 
visit a cousin in Cape Cod occasionally. Be- 
cause Norfolk was home, she visits there often, 
seeing Dorothy Seay Owens, Mary Hope 
Harcum and Margaret Lambert Reardon in 
Virginia Beach. They get together and have 
fun. Last spring she and her husband went on 
tour to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, Canada. 

I have not been well since Homecoming and 
have not called many people to stay in touch. 

I called Hulda Roane Hunt of Grafton, Va., 
so we could hear some news about her. She is 
active as the adult Sunday School class teacher 
of Bethel Baptist Church. She taught for 24 
years and was a member of York Teachers As- 
sociation. She has two sons and a daughter. 
The oldest son is an engineer at NASA. The 
second son teaches in the humanities depart- 
ment at Tabb High School and is director of 
physical education. Her daughter has been the 
budget analyst for the Newport News ship- 
yards for nine years. Hulda has seven grand- 
daughters and five great-grandchildren. 


I wish some of you who have not communi- 
cated with us in a long time would write me. 
Your classmates would enjoy hearing from you. 


Evelyn Riggs Ellington 
711 Connecticut Ave. 
Norfolk, VA 23508 
Alice "Lib" Johnson Birtwell 
1572 Pleasant Road 
Apt. J27 

Bradenton, FL 33507 
From Evelyn: 

By the time this issue of MWC Today 
reaches you, we will have become members of 
the Golden Club! Our 50th reunion will be over 
for us, the last of the F.S.T.C.'s. 

While I am writing this, I am hoping that 
your eager voices will be singing and a large 
number of you are making plans to be together 
again "on the hill." 

Your Homecoming Committee, Lucy 
Pierson Welsh, Alice "Lib" Johnson 
Birtwell, and I, along with others, were work- 
ing several months to make our reunion a big 
success. Your attendance will have made it 
worth our while. 

Thanks to Lucy Welsh for searching in 
alumni files to find the words for "Eager 
Voices Singing," the school song when we were 
in college, and to Ann Lipscomb Kline for 
writing down the music for it. Thanks also to 
Alice Dew Hallberg for planning and present- 
ing the memorial service for those no longer 
with us. 

We especially thank Lib Birtwell for plan- 
ning and setting up the Nina G. Bushnell 
Fund which will aid deserving students in fur- 
thering their education at the college level. 
The amount now raised is over $10,000. We 
are proud of Lib's efforts on this project. 
Thanks to all of you who made it a success. 

Your committee gleaned a few items of news 
and hopes to hear from more of you during 

Jacqueline Clark Robertson, now in 
Calif., had a bad time with the flu bug last 
fall. She enjoys watching the migration of 
whales from her oceanfront home. Sarah Gray 
Wilson is now teaching part time at a junior 
college in Del. 

Dorothy Ball Eason and husband are en- 
joying farm life in Lexington, Va., where he is 
inspector of the Virginia Horse Center. 

Selma Piland Johnston of Arlington has 
not had a chance to travel recently because her 
husband has been homebound. We hope she 
will be able to arrange to be with us in May. 

Martha Epes Deane is still postmistress at 
Nottoway, Va. She will try to be with us for 
our big occasion. 

In January, our Tidewater Chapter visited 
the Peninsula Chapter and had a luncheon at 
Fort Monroe Officers Club in Hampton. We ex- 
change visits with the Peninsula Chapter each 
year. We always enjoy seeing our friends. Our 
speaker was Porter Blakemore, assistant pro- 
fessor of history at MWC. We also met Melisa 
Casacuberta '84, director of alumni programs, 
several other MWC board members and repre- 
sentatives of the college. 

Julia Harris Shelton and husband are 
planning to move back to Virginia from Miami. 

I talked to Eloise Trussell Kousz in Glen- 

olden, Pa., on her birthday. We hope that she 
will also be able to be with us for our big event 
in May. 

Frances Sherman Spencer and her hus- 
band, who live on a farm in Monroe City, Mo., 
enjoyed a big reunion of the Spencer family on 
the Fourth of July. They hoped to get down to 
Texas to get away from the cold this winter. 
They are planning to be in Virginia for our re- 
union and to see friends in Norfolk. 

Lib will be your class agent after we meet in 
May. Please let her hear from you often. 

Thanks for giving me the chance to serve 
you these past five years. It has been an enjoy- 
able experience. I still like to travel and plan 
to do more while I am able. In the latter half of 
June, I will be in London and surrounding 
areas with the Moore family descendants, visit- 
ing Losely Hall, the old Moore estate, and 
many other places of interest. 
From Lib: 

Mary Chapman Mitchell has been ill but is 
improving. She told her minister she had three 
speeds: slow, very slow, and stop. His reply, 
"As long as the first two are working, you have 
nothing to worry about." Hang in there, Mary! 

I received a note from Frances "Billie" 
Mayses Agreen in Purcellville, Va. She plans 
to attend our Homecoming also. 

The Forrest Glasses (Buff Haley) of Hope- 
well and Brookville, Fla., had quite a De- 
cember. The ninth grandchild, Daniel, was 
christened on the 20th at their Florida home. 
Buff and Forrest then had a trip to the Ba- 
hamas to celebrate her birthday. Katherine 
Burgess Robertson and Buff will be coming 
together to our Homecoming. 

Becky Kalnen has had to slow down a bit 
from her usual rigid routine. Each year she 
has been busy building a house, landscaping it, 
and putting it on the market for sale. Get some 
rest, Becky, and come on up to Fredericksburg 
in May. 

Lucy Pierson Welsh had a busy Christmas 
with her family. She is back to work on her 
genealogy and is ready to continue with re- 
union plans. Things are shaping up and look- 
ing good! 

Adele Crowgey Giles and Joe are enjoying 
retirement and have made plans to attend 
Homecoming. Joe has some arthritic problems 
in his knees, but this doesn't keep him 

Sarah Gray Wilson and Chuck have taken 
an apartment in Wilmington, Del., to be near 
an ill sister. Sarah works two days a week at a 
junior college in Milford, Del. 


Mary W.B. Hartley (Mrs. S.T.) 
3464 Colonial Ave., S.W. 
Apt. P-108 
Roanoke, VA 24018 

Kathryn Nicholas Winslow and her hus- 
band went to Jordan, Israel and Amsterdam in 
'85. For four years her husband had been too 
ill to travel. Kathryn is president of Women of 
the Church in her congregation. She is a very 
active officer in DAR, Daughters of American 
Colonies, and Daughters of Founders and Pa- 
triots of America. She is in two Bible study 
groups and active in Church Women United. 
She swims each week at the JCC Club. Sounds 
like a full, busy life, Kathryn. There was a 

postscript to her letter about a wonderful week 
in New York before last Christmas, full of 
shows, shopping and gourmet dining. 

Last fall, while in the grocery store, I ran 
into Tess Boggs Wilson. A real surprise to 
find Tess in my grocery market. Her son, Sam, 
is an attorney in Roanoke and has lived not far 
from me. Sam had been sent to France by his 
law firm, and his wife went with him. Tess and 
Sam Sr. were baby-sitting. 

My daughter, Betty, who lives in Fla., and I 
have just returned from visiting daughter Jean 
and family in Pa. The grandchildren are grow- 
ing up so fast. I hate to miss a minute. 

With Christmas, there were cards with some 
news. Kathryn Nicholas Winslow sent a won- 
derful letter enclosing a letter from Bernice 
Whipple Camp written in October. "Whip" is 
active in the American Legion Auxiliary, plays 
golf, assists with Meals on Wheels and helps 
serve candlelight meals for the retired. Whip 
has her own home in Englewood, Fla., which 
keeps her busy. She and a group of friends 
have season tickets to plays in the area. At the 
time of writing, she was helping with her 
church bazaar. Whip also helps when her 
church serves pancake breakfasts every other 
Saturday to over 1,000 people. 

Kathryn wrote about driving down the Blue 
Ridge Parkway in October to Asheville, At- 
lanta and Charlotte where her grandchildren 
are. After this, they planned to go to New York 
in December for theatre and shopping. During 
the summer the Winslows suffered a robbery at 
the hands of teen-age boys who kicked in storm 
doors, windows, and panel doors. All of the 
numerous appliances they took were recovered 
due to the vigilance of a neighbor who got 
their auto license number. Two weeks later 
they had a shock when a mother raccoon took 
up residence in a chimney in the living room 
fireplace and delivered three little ones. After 
great effort by Kathryn and four men, they 
were safely evicted. The chimney now has a 
top on it! 

Jane Sinclair Diehl's address has been 
changed to 129 York Point Road, Seaford, VA 
23696. Elnora Overley Johnson and Jack 
spent part of February in Florida. This time 
they took the Auto Train and liked it. They 
have been busy keeping up with Elnora's 
nephew's (the son of Florence Overley 
Ridderhof '50) activities: graduation from 
VMI, marriage, and birth of a daughter named 
Lorna Elnora. In July, Elnora and Jack toured 
the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Banff and 
environs. Ruth Flippo Moon's son was to be 
married in Atlanta on Christmas Eve so Ruth 
said her Christmas would be different this 
year. After attending the wedding, she would 
fly to Dayton, Ohio, on Christmas Day to her 

Finally, Nelle Thomas wrote that she re- 
cently had vascular surgery on her legs. Nelle 
says she has been enjoying playing a lot of 
bridge and going on bus tours. In March she 
will go to New Orleans. 

Now it is up to the rest of you gals to make 
1987 the newsiest year ever. Write to me! 


Dorothy Day Riley 
200 Yeardley Drive 
Newport News, VA 23601 


Marguerite Jennings Helbush, Margaret 
"Rita" Kottner '40 and Betty Smith met for 

lunch in Honolulu. 

Jo Ewing Balzer and her husband, Dick, 
spent a couple of months in Flagler Beach, Fla. 
Before she left for Florida, Jo, Frances 
Dugger Thayer, Clara Dugger Bruner and I 
had an unexpected meeting at the reunion of 
all graduates of our old high school here in 
Newport News. 


Dorabelle Forrest Cox 
135 Forrest Road 
Poquoson, VA 23662 
Hilda Holloway Law 
6 Ensigne Spence 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 
Frances Wills Stevens 
432 Oakland Drive 
Raleigh, NC 27609 
From Frances: 

Christmas cards came from Nancey Inglis 
Russo, Pris Macpherson Allen and Kitty 
Pinner Grinstead promising letters after the 
holidays. From Mary Huskey Farr comes 
news that she and husband Edward are back 
in Mississippi after three years of being volun- 
teer "missionaries for the Lord" in Nevada. She 
had some health problems but seems to be well 
on the way to solving them. They had a won- 
derful trip (flew to Tahiti and took a seven-day 
cruise to the Polynesian Islands) and say that's 
the way to take a vacation. In February they 
flew to Australia (Sydney) and took a cruise 
ship to ports in New Zealand and some Pacific 
islands and all the way back to L.A. Mary's 
son is a lawyer in Houston; youngest daughter 
teaches kindergarten near Memphis, and the 
other daughter has four children (one to 
graduate from h.s. in June) and lives in Tenn. 

From Ruth "Fergie" McClung comes news 
that in 1985 her daughter, Ann, was in London 
working in the office of the Commander-in- 
Chief of the U.S. Navy for Europe. Fergie and 
husband Mac had a marvelous trip to England, 
Scotland and Wales. Since Fergie developed 
health problems last February, she has been 
"responding well to the treatments and making 
much progress." Ann has since transferred to 
the Pentagon. Son Wally is in the last of a 
three-year apprenticeship at NORSHIPCO in 
Norfolk. He will receive an associate degree in 
marine engineering to add to a B.S. in 

Betty Rogers Zylewitz sends news she has 
sold her home and moved into a duplex. She 
made a visit to Virginia in October to see 
Alice Glazebrook and Alice Williams 
Carver, freshman roommates. Please send ad- 
dresses! Peg Moran Logan and husband Dick 
stopped to see her in August, and they "had a 
nice visit. They looked grand." 

Peg and Dick sent their most unusual letter, 
"Then— 1970; Now— 1986," with pictures of all 
eight "youngsters." They recapped their three- 
month trip to Europe, which they planned in 
order to see their nephew ordained in Rome. 
They returned to the places of Dick's WWII ex- 
periences: Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Ger- 
many, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland 
and Denmark. They attended LaScala Opera 
and "found our roots in Germany." Peg also 

found a cousin in Heidelberg with a daughter 
who spoke English! 
From Margaret "Migit" Gardner Snyder 

comes news of an inland waterway cruise (to 
Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head, St. Simon) 
and a June trip to Russia and a Volga cruise. 
She is a busy girl with church work, choir 
work, traveling, and serving on the board of 
The National Cathedral in D.C. 

My husband and I had an extended trip from 
N.C. to Maine and all points in-between last 
fall. I was very fortunate to talk by phone to 
eight of you. I am sorry I missed others. 

Marjorie Baldwin Roughton and husband 
ran an auto agency in Norfolk, but her hus- 
band has been ill. She has stepchildren and 
four step-grandchildren. She does volunteer 
work in the hospital and did much traveling in 
years gone by. 

Connie Ferebee is a retired Army nurse 
and very active in the Norfolk Alumni Chap- 
ter. She is also director of Meals on Wheels 
there. She graduated from U.Va. Nursing 

Betsy Taylor Tazewell's husband retired 
from the Navy in 1970; they have five chil- 
dren. Sister-in-law Polly Green Taylor lives 
nearby in Virginia Beach, and her husband is 
an Episcopalian priest there. 

I talked with Emma Jester Martin, on the 
Eastern Shore, who has retired from teaching 
elementary school. She spends her time work- 
ing with United Methodist Women and an- 
tiquing. She had a trip to the Amish country. 
Ruth Ames is a retired librarian and is back 
home on Nassawadox on the Eastern Shore. 
Emma also told me she sees Helen Young 
Evans who went two years with us and fin- 
ished in 1947. 

On to New Jersey, where I talked to 
Katherine Resch Schwenker. Her husband, 
Bob, v.p. for Johnson & Johnson's Research & 
Development, has retired. They were on their 
way to Montreal on a trip. They have two sons, 
two daughters; one daughter is a writer, the 
other is in Arizona; sons in California and 

In West Springfield, Mass., I talked to a 
daughter of Henriette Beck Watson. 
Henriette is a librarian for Massachusetts Mu- 
tual Life Ins. Co. She is a widow and has four 
children: a son in Wilbraham, Mass., and two 
daughters and a son at home. She has one 
granddaughter with another grandchild on the 

In Southwest Harbor, Maine, I had a nice 
telephone visit with Grace Edwards Riddle. 
Her husband had retired from the National 
Park Service before he passed away. They have 
three daughters: two in Philadelphia, one in 
Southwest Harbor, and seven grandchildren. 
She works part time for a motel in this lovely 

Last, but not least, I talked with Debbie 
Goldstein Simon on Long Island. She retired 
in August and is president of the mums group 
there. She travels all over judging flower 
shows. They have a daughter, who is a nurse 
in Miami, and a son, who is a music teacher on 
Long Island. Her husband has a machine shop 
and travels many times with her. 

Betty "Tuck" Stoecker Gallant '42 lives in 
East Sandwich, Mass., on the Cape. We spent 

two days with Paul and Betty, talking MWC 

Make your plans for May 1988, our 45th 

Note: A class ring with 1943 and initials 
H.E.W. has been found in Georgia. Please con- 
tact the MWC Alumni Office, (703) 899-4648. 


Virginia Gunn Blanton 
369 Lexington Road 
Richmond, VA 23226 


Class Agent needed. 


June Davis McCormick (Mrs. John) 

18 Lynnbrook Road 

St. Louis, MO 63131 

Anna Dulany Devening 

Route 1, Box 106B 

Broad Run, VA 22014 

From June: 

The last news received from Anne "Miami" 
McCaskill Libis was of an Adirondacks camp- 
ing trip she and Claude shared with Peggy 
Elliott Sweeney and Mickey last summer. 
Miami wrote that Peggy and Frances 
Houston Layton almost crossed paths last 
April in Clearwater, Fla., but had to settle for 
a phone conversation. Frannie's husband, 
Roland, a friend of Claude's, is a professor of 
history in Hiram, Ohio. They travel often to 
England, and he conducts student tours to 
Russia. Frannie and Roland visited briefly 
with Miami and Claude last winter. Noting our 
writing of Lee Marsh Baldwin '46, Miami 
mentioned having seen her at church, on a 
visit to Richmond, adding how dynamic Lee is. 
That's right, Miami; she always was, still is 
and ever shall be. After enjoying being the sole 
'49er at Homecoming last May, reunioning 
with Lee and the attending members of the 
great Class of '46, my latest visit with her was 
via phone during a short, sad trip back to 
Richmond in late October owing to a death in 
my family. 

In August, Lucy Vance Gilmer ventured 
forth on a 26-day, 6,000-mile trip through the 
Southwest. Driving alone and taking in all 
points of much interest, she toured New Mex- 
ico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado before re- 
turning to Bristol. Bet she took loads of great 
pix! Lucy faithfully sent news of several '49ers 
for this issue. Her MWC roommate, Patsy 
McKee Rogers, lives in Palmdale, Calif, 
where her husband, Clark, commutes to his 
aerospace job at Long Beach. Their daughter, 
Ruth, works part time for a local television 
station, writes commercials and aspires to 
scriptwriting. Their daughter, Mary, attends 
college in Palmdale and also has weekend 
duties at the same TV studio. 

Lucy had a surprise New Year's phone call 
from Phyllis Bingham McGaha in Parkers- 
burg, W.Va. Phyl's husband, Pat, died in Oc- 
tober 1985. Happily, their son, Tim, and his 
wife live nearby on the same street. Phyl vis- 
ited her sister in Frederick, Md., her brother in 
N.C, and hopes to get together with Lucy soon. 
On a trip to the Northwest two years ago, Phyl 
had a lovely visit with Iris Godfrey Slippy in 


Seattle. Hi, Iris; let's hear from you! 

Mildred Vance Secular, Lucy's sister, had 
planned a visit to Bristol in November but had 
to postpone her trip until spring when Mildred, 
her husband, Sid, and Lucy hope to attend 
their niece's graduation from Tennessee Tech 
University in Cookeville. 

Lucy and Sarah Hayter Helton had lunch 
prior to Christmas and saw each other again 
while shopping (exchanging?) after the holi- 
days. Sarah wrote of the gathering of all 14 of 
the Helton clan for Thanksgiving and Christ- 
mas: four sons, three daughters-in-law and six 
grandchildren. That's a full house, "Sadie," or 
is it a royal flush? 

From Stone Mountain, Ga., a unique Eskimo 
Christmas card came from Jackie McConnell 
Scarborough, a lovely reminder of the Alas- 
kan cruise and Vancouver/Victoria trip she and 
Les took during the summer. Jackie said she 
was then in the midst of cleaning and decorat- 
ing while planning a jaunt to Gatlinburg, 
Tenn., after Christmas for their wedding an- 
niversary. Hope it was a very happy one for 

It took Andi Dulany Devening only 40 
years to actually make her long-awaited trip to 
New England with her roomie of that many 
years back, Barbara Watson Barden. Andi fi- 
nally did the area in August and declared it 
well worth the wait. In September, Andi at- 
tended Barb and Bob's daughter's wedding at 
their home in Lancaster, Pa. While pronounc- 
ing it perfectly beautiful, Andi treasures her 
vivid vignette of the bride and groom, in full 
wedding attire, playing a vigorous game of vol- 
leyball with the other young guests. Ah, youth! 

Andi took a sentimental journey in October 
to attend "Quilters," the 1986 Play-of-the-Year 
in Richmond. The all-woman cast included 
Dawn Westbrook, the third of Irvin "Kitten" 
Whitlow Westbrook and Roland's four daugh- 
ters. Dawn played many different parts, that of 
a small girl, a boy, young woman, older 
woman, etc. By day, she also portrayed "Ra- 
punzel" with the Children's Theatre, which 
tours the elementary schools in Virginia. 
Wouldn't Kitten be proud! Roland has retired 
from his banking duties and plans to do some 

Inspired by her travels, Andi really put her 
foot into it for the holidays. She drove to Ft. 
Worth, Texas, to spend Thanksgiving week 
with son No. 3, Rob, and toured San Antonio, 
Austin and Dallas. Then at Christmas, she put 
the pedal to the metal for sure, making a 
600-mile swing through Virginia to spend 
Christmas Eve and morn with son No. 1, Clay, 
and family in Allisonia, then over to Lynch- 
burg for Christmas dinner with son No. 2, Hal, 
and family and the next-day celebration of her 
granddaughter's 7th birthday. She'd shared 
Christmas in Warrenton with son No. 4, Scott, 
and his new bride before leaving. Picking up 
and delivering presents around and back really 
made Andi feel like ol' Santa himself, only, she 
adds, her sleigh was an '83 Pontiac with some 
98,000 miles. She spent New Year's in Hot 
Springs, then planned to settle back into a 
normal routine again. So for Andi, at least, '86 
was the year of the wheel! To complete her 
good news, Andi just received a promotion to 
case consultant for the Social Security Admin- 

istration. Did it the Houseman way, too; she 
eeeaaarrned it! 

More romance in the heirs: Frances 
McGlothlin Borkey's daughter, Sharon, was 
married in May and plans to live in Richmond, 
which delights Frankie and Cecil. Their other 
daughter, who married a year ago, works as an 
accountant for the James River Corporation. 

Now a proud, first-time grandmother, 
Margaret "Myrt" Thompson Pridgen's el- 
dest son, Bill, and his wife presented her with 
Nathaniel in October. Myrt said her "cup run- 
neth over." Her daughter, Inez, is an auditor 
for Southern States in Maryland. 

Another happy grandmother of 1986 is 
Marion "Wendy" Selfe Kelly. Katie was born 
to her daughter, Ann, and her husband, Mike 
Rider. Wendy's broken leg mended well, and 
she walks and bikes almost daily. She and 
George still love their country gentry life in 
Montross and stay much too busy to be bored 
in retirement. 

Andi talked with Betty Bond Heller Synan 
during Christmas though they couldn't get 
together as planned. Betty Bond had holidayed 
in Hawaii and probably triggered some of that 
volcanic activity while there. She is playing for 
the Bedford production of "The Wizard of Oz" 
and for the Lynchburg Theatre Group's offer- 
ing of "Annie Get Your Gun" this spring. Both 
titles bring instant memories of Judy and La 
Merman, don't they? Keep 'em moving, B.B.! 

For most of the Fabulous '49ers, this is the 
year we reach another milestone: the big six- 
oh! Happy birthday to us all, whenevah! Love 
to y'all from "boffus." 


Anne Zirpel Josefy (Mrs. John C.) 
2602 Shandon Ave. 
Midland, TX 79705 

Edythe Wagner Kleinpeter (Mrs. Hubert I., Ill) 
Route 1, Box 520 
Hiawassee, GA 30546 

From Edythe: 

I received news from Pat Wise Ritter in 
Columbus, Ohio. It seems she is an avid ama- 
teur photographer and took her skills to 
Kenya, East Africa, on a photographic safari. 
This has led to her being a docent at the 
Columbus Zoo. Pat is a public information offi- 
cer for a child welfare agency. Her older son is 
a lawyer, and her younger son is following in 
Pat's footsteps and is the "Laurence Olivier" of 
the 80s. Pat is looking for MWC alumni in her 
area of Ohio. Please get in touch with me, and 
I will give you her address. 

Lois Bellamy Martin is a third grade 
teacher in Norfolk, and her husband is a gen- 
eral court judge. She is the mother of two sons, 
and she also is a docent for the Norfolk courts. 

Barbara Baute Dowd, who is a pedi- 
atrician in Reading, Mass., recently had a re- 
union with Katherine Ash Carmine, our 
mutual sophomore roommate. Katherine is the 
mother of seven children and lives near Wil- 
liamsburg on the James River. Kat's husband, 
Waldon, has a family contracting business. 
Kat, I would really like to hear from you. 
Please write! 

Getting back to Barbara Baute Dowd: Her 
daughter, Nancy, has recently been named edi- 
torial coordinator for Butterick pattern maga- 

zine. Her design training was in Paris, so she 
comes well-qualified. 

Frances Chesson La Camera of St. Peters- 
burg, Fla., has followed a career in music. She 
has received many awards, one of which was 
the Metropolitan Opera auditions for South 
East United States. Her husband is a cardiol- 
ogist, and they have four children. 

Doris Harless has published several articles 
on monetary economics and is employed at the 
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She is cur- 
rently the budget director for the MWC 
Alumni Association. 

Ann Penney Ross wins the award for the 
mother with the "mostest." She has 11 chil- 
dren, the biggest and most difficult achieve- 
ment I can think of! Ann has found time to 
pursue her hobby of archaeology and has been 
on many "digs," including one to the Easter 
Islands and one to Jordan. 

Mary Oliver Darling is a counselor and di- 
rector of guidance for Walsingham Academy in 
Williamsburg. She and her husband, the choir 
master of Bruton Parish Church, have five 
children. Mary has done so much it's hard to 
list everything. She is vice mayor of the city 
council and chairwoman of the library board. 
She also has received its woman-of-the-year 

Marie Rhodes Cappiello writes that she 
and husband Frank spent two weeks in Cen- 
tral Italy last October and loved it. Her daugh- 
ter, Ann Marie, helped design the costumes for 
Harvard's Hasty Pudding annual show. 

Barbara Rush Engelke has been spending 
time in Canada being treated for a rare eye 
disorder called Blepharospasms. If anyone has 
any information on this disease, please let us 
know so we may pass it on to Bobbie. Bobbie's 
son, Charles, has written a book, Introduction 
to Computer Science. He expects to have it pub- 
lished within the year. 

The last time I heard from Ruth DeMiller 

Hill, she was searching for an unknown ani- 
mal living in her walls and also chasing her 
boat dock down the lake after a storm. The 
trials of living in the country! I know, I live in 
the woods inside the national forest, and I 
understand fully "strange critters" creeping in 
to join the family. 

I spent three weeks with the National Press 
Club in Kenya on safari. What a great time! 
My daughter, Gretchen, was just named ar- 
chaeologist for Northern Arizona Museum, and 
we are most happy for her. 

Please answer my cards. It's fun to hear from 
all of you, and, of course, it makes the job so 
much easier and more interesting. 

Don't forget our 40th reunion in 1991. We 
want "you" there, as they say in the Army. 


Carol Smith Boyes 
2214 McAuliffe Drive 
Rockville, MD 20851 


Sally Hanger Moravitz 
2268 Providence St. 
Falls Church, VA 22043 



Ernestine MacLaughlin Lawrence 
243 Main St. 
Winchester, MA 01890 
Joanne Insley Pearre 
5520 Old National Pike 
Frederick, MD 21701 


Edna Gooch Trudeau (Mrs. T.A.) 
Route 1, Box 139 F 
New Kent, VA 23124 

The Tidewater Review published a very good 
article on Duane Massey Carlton. She is now 
principal of West Point Elem. School. She lives 
in King & Queen County and taught there in 
West Point before retiring to rear her twin 
daughters. She has her master's from William 
& Mary and returned to teaching in '83. She 
served as coordinator for gifted education and 
vice principal before assuming her present 

Ended '86 with a fantastic but too short visit 
with Irene Piscopo Rodgers in D.C. where 
she was representing Phillips Electric as a con- 
sultant. She continues her busy, ongoing trav- 
els for them, teaching, training and problem 
solving as well. Held her still long enough for 
dinner and an almost all-night talk session! 
Irene has been on the road since June, stop- 
ping in La., Colo., N. M. In Sept., she and Don 
went to Norway and Denmark. While Don took 
care of business in Holland, Irene visited rela- 
tives in Malta. She said Ann Watkins Steves 
will be a grandmother for the second time. 

In August, Jane Tucker Broadbooks and 
John visited his folks in N.Y. Jon Karl re- 
turned to his summer job at McDonalds. He 
really likes King College. Though a soph., he is 
sr. editor of the school paper and writes his 
own column. Jane received a delightful sur- 
prise phone call from Celeste Shipman 
Kaufman. Also sent news that Molly 
Bradshaw had married Merle Wadsworth. 
They honeymooned in Russia and the Scan- 
dinavian countries. 

Jane Howard Buchanan has two new ad- 
dresses! She and Peter sold their home and 
moved to a three-bedroom apartment closer to 
Columbia. They also purchased a condo in Vt. 
for their hideaway weekends. They planned to 
be with all the girls there for the Christmas 
holidays and the first two weeks in January. 
Kathy is now employed with Filene's Dept. 
Store as a distributor and spends her evenings 
at the New England School of Photography, 
her current interest. Susan relinquished her 
paralegal duties and is seriously considering 
law school, the Peace Corps or some type of 
foreign service. Before that decision is made, 
she hopes to make a long trip out West. 
Elizabeth continues at Alfred University but 
has traded ceramics for sculpture. Jane is a 
student residence leader at Proctor Academy 
and excels in soccer and tennis. She will soon 
be making the college decision. 

Carmen Culpeper Chappell and John 
celebrated their 25th anniversary in England 
and the Italian Lakes area. Wow! Then in 
Sept. she was back again in Milan, London, 
and on the way to France for several weeks. In 
Dec. she visited her family in Puerto Rico 
while John was in Japan and China. Daughter 

Jennifer is at the Univ. of Michigan, and son 
Eric is at Colgate. She has been in contact 
with Dodie Reeder Hruby and, if all goes 
well, they plan to get together this spring in 
Washington, D.C, for the Big 50! Dodie said 
Emily Babb Carpenter and Tom moved to 
Texas in early fall. 

Mary Carolyn Jamison Gwinn wrote that 
Cathy had a great summer even though there 
was a lot of flooding in their area. Cathy is 
taking band, works as a candy striper and 
baby-sits. Plus she is in the church choir, the 
Pep Club, the Foreign Language Club and 
finds time to keep the church nursery. They 
visited friends in Florida this summer and saw 
EPCOT and Disneyworld. Next on Cathy's list 
is the dreaded driver's license. Meantime, 
Mary Carolyn teaches eighth grade math, and 
Burt continues as office manager at Alleghany 
Hospital. Busy, busy! 

Received a summer postcard from Audrey 
Dubetsky Doyle from Hawaii! Their family 
was enjoying sailing, windsurfing and tennis. 
Audrey's mother has moved next door which is 
really nice. Aud is teaching spec. ed. classes 
and taking courses toward those credentials. 
Ann Brooks Papadatos is finishing her mas- 
ter's degree and recertifying to teach. It won't 
be long now. She and Anastasia took their an- 
nual trip to Greece in July and also toured Ire- 
land again — one of their favorite places. They 
rented a car and took to the roads! Greg was to 
be home from Ft. Ord for the holidays. 

New employment for Mary Massey. She 
works as the employment manager for the Na- 
ture Conservancy. She wrote that the work is 
diverse, busy, and the people warm and enthu- 
siastic, professional and dedicated. Sounds 
wonderful! This organization is larger than the 
National Zoo by whom she was previously em- 
ployed. In the last few years her vacations 
have also been wonderful. She's visited Kenya, 
Hawaii, French West Indies and recently 
Southern Arizona. She still enjoys hiking, jog- 
ging and has taken up playing with a musical 

Phyllis Hartleb Rowley and golf, golf, golf! 
Phyllis made a hole-in-one at Quail Ridge 
Country Club! Yea! Now all five in the family 
have done it. Phil, her oldest son, graduated 
from Stanford with honors and Academic Ail- 
American. His major was economics and politi- 
cal science, and he is currently employed as a 
management consultant for Peterson and Co. 
in San Francisco. Phil married Jean Meyer in 
November in Stanford Memorial Church. Dave 
participated in the Florida State Jrs. in July, 
the Int. Jr. Masters in Buffalo, and the Amer. 
Jr. Golf Association Tournament of Champions 
in Ga. Jay is enjoying his soph, year at Wake 
Forest. The Rowleys were looking forward to 
the Christmas holidays and a full house. 

In attendance at Sigrid Stanley Jackman's 
daughter's wedding in May was Beulah V. 
Springer. Charlotte Wohlnick Wiggs and 
Shelly Cohen Mand were also there. B.V. 
wrote that her parents are now residing in 
Charlottesville in an apartment to make it 
easier on them since her father's heart attack. 
After Betsy's wedding, Sigrid and Bill sailed on 
the Queen Elizabeth II for England where they 
had a great vacation. During the holidays, they 
were expecting Tom home. He is a crime re- 
porter for the Kansas City Times and loves it. 

He really has some stories to tell! Billy was to 
be in from VPI, and the newlyweds would be 
there, too. This summer Sigrid received her 
real estate license, so a new career is in the 

Speaking of new careers, Lois Gaylord 
Allen's son, Gene, has joined the Navy and de- 
cided to make it his career. He is now in an 
elite anti-terrorist unit. Priscilla Brown 
Wardlaw's sons are both in college now. Rob is 
a soph, at Chapel Hill, N.C., and loves it. Chris 
is a French major at the University of Dela- 
ware but is spending a very exciting year in 
Paris. So far, bomb scares and riots have not 
dampened his ardor. Anne Saunders 
Spilman's daughter, Karen, is at the Sorbonne 
this year and is also managing to survive all 
the dangers. Kathy is a senior at James Mad- 
ison Univ., and Jim, a captain in the Army, is 
stationed in Kansas and was married in De- 
cember. Carol Ageson Dunigan is working 
for Federal Express. Her son, Barry, is attend- 
ing college in New England, and her daughter, 
Kara, is beginning the big college search. She 
sometimes hears from Joyce Kirby 

The usual lovely Christmas photo arrived 
from Celeste Shipman Kaufman. Last year's 
photo was of Jeffs wedding, and this year's 
was of Julie's! In May she was married to 
Wayne Wailes. They are living in Tuscaloosa 
while he finishes school. Julie continues her 
bank auditor job. Jeff and his bride, Pam, live 
only a mile away from "Pug" and Alan. Jeff is 
traveling with Sandwich Chef, putting in their 
new Wall St. Deli and Yogurt and Salad in 
malls in N.Y., Denver, and Chicago, and then 
FoodCourts operate them. Tammie graduates 
from high school this year and hopes to attend 
college in N.C. The entire family went to Nas- 
sau after Christmas. Alan and Pug plan to 
take Tammie to London for spring break. 
Tammie and Pug had a glorious two weeks in 
California this summer. 

All these lucky, smart children we have! 
Gloria Winslow Borden's youngest, Cynthia, 
is involved in the foreign exchange program. 
She spent three weeks in Barcelona this sum- 
mer, and Alberto spent equal time at the Bor- 
den's. Cynthia was voted Most Valuable Player 
by her teammates in hockey and participated 
on All District and All Regional teams. She 
has applied to several colleges. She and Gloria 
plan a trip to London at Easter vacation. (Hear 
that, Pug?) Cliff graduated from the Univ. of 
Pacific this year. Beth married Dan Lambdin 
in California in December, and Caroline and 
Mike had a rewarding first year working for 
InterVarsity at several colleges in Atlanta. 
They are expecting twins in February! Gloria 
and Ed had a fun vacation in Salt Lake City in 
the summer. They have a cottage in Sand- 
bridge where the whole family vacationed in 
July. They plan to make that an annual event. 
They spent Christmas week at Lake Tahoe; 
again the whole family was together for 
Christmas Day. They are looking forward to 
their future trip to Atlanta to see the twins. 

Marcia Phipps Ireland's Christmas note 
told that Kris is planning to move to Washing- 
ton, D.C, to be with some of her U.Va. friends. 
Kent will attend Rider College in the fall. 
Gary and Marcia vacationed in the Caribbean 
in November. They are ready to visit again 
any time. A scare for Eleanor Markham Old 


and Arthur this summer. Jim fell asleep at the 
wheel and totaled his car against a highway 
abutment. Thank God, he and his friends es- 
caped with minor injuries. Jim received his 
Naval wings in Pensacola in August. He is sta- 
tioned in San Diego and studying to be a radar 
intercept officer. He will finish in June. Arthur 
and Eleanor took a trip West in May. They 
saw San Francisco, Reno, Salt Lake City, and 
the Tetons, Yellowstone, Mt. Ranier, Mt. St. 
Helens, Crater Lake — whew! They toured a sil- 
ver mine, played the slot machines, naturally, 
saw moose, elk, mt. sheep and even ate buffalo. 
Arthur is still teaching flying and working for 
Armstrong. Eleanor is still an Amish tour 
guide and with the Welcome Wagon. Jim and 
his girlfriend, Beth, who graduates as an 
architect from VPI in June, were expected to 
be with them for Christmas. 

Julia Coates Littlefield wrote that Bess 
graduated from William & Mary in August 
with a B.A. in government and is working on 
Capitol Hill in the office of Rep. John Dingill 
of Michigan. Scott graduated from Lexington 
High School in June and is attending VPI and 
majoring in theatre arts. He has already been 
involved in several drama productions. He 
comes home frequently, and Julia says that 
does make the "empty nest syndrome" not 
quite so hard to take. Her part-time job for 
Sigma Nu often seems full time, but she enjoys 
it and the tours she gives at the Jackson House 
twice a month. She accompanied Mo to New 
Orleans for the Grand Chapter meeting. It was 

A much awaited, up-to-date letter arrived 
from Sally Warwick Rayburn. Jim stays very 
busy at the lab, but they are hoping to take ad- 
vantage frequently of the townhouse they pur- 
chased at Wrightsville Beach. Sally opened a 
florist shop, which she co-manages with her 
son, Dickie. The name is "The Courtyard"; 
business is great; so all of you in the Greens- 
boro area, check it out. Dickie is engaged to 
Sharon, who graduated from NC State. She is 
now at Wake Forest at the Physician's Assis- 
tant School and will finish there in August. 
Steve continues to work at the lab with Jim. 
Ginny is returning to UNC in January. Sally 
is a grandma, thanks to Bob and Dottie. Alan 
will be two in March. Dottie works as a 
teacher's aid in a day-care center, and Bob is a 
flight test engineer with Boeing in 

Thanks so much for all the news with your 
Christmas cards. Just write any time the mood 
strikes! Keep those vacation postcards coming, 


Peggy Howard Hodgkins 


Wilton, ME 04292 

Lloyd Tilton Backstrom 

1811 Mill Quarter Road 

Powhatan, VA 23139 

Spencer Maschino, son of Kay Butzner 
Maschino, received a scholarship from the 
Greater McLean Republican Women's Club. 
The scholarship was awarded on the basis of 
academic achievement and participation in Re- 
publican activities. 


Barbara Prall Granger 

565 Orchard Road 

Southern Pines, NC 28387 

Barbara Booth Green (Mrs. David W.) 

6317 S. 69th East Place 

Tulsa, OK 74133-1034 

Patsy Branstetter Revere 

103 Durrington Court 

Richmond, VA 23236 

From Barbara Granger: 

Connie Waterman Lampert wrote that she 
is now employed as an historical tour guide in 
the Greater Boston area, including Lexington 
and Concord, and is really enjoying her new 
job. Her daughter, Amy, began her freshman 
year at MWC in August. Son Jon graduated 
from Georgetown and is working in New York 
City. Son Andrew is attending St. Paul's 
School in Concord, N.H. She also let us know 
that Marianne Walker Jarrell's daughter, 
Blayne, was married in June. 

Amanda Whichard Cebrowski is living 
outside of Milwaukee where husband John is 
manager of national accounts and government 
sales for General Electric Medical Systems. 
Amanda has a sewing business at home and 
does a fair share of volunteer work at school. 
They have four daughters: Suzanne, a senior 
business manager at the University of Wiscon- 
sin-Madison; Elizabeth, a freshman in pre- 
nursing also at UW-M; Caroline, a senior in 
high school; and Catharine, a high school ju- 
nior who is currently an AFS student in Porto 
Alegre, Brazil. 

Karen Vandevanter Chapman wrote that 
she has taken the job of development director 
for a local Catholic high school, Mercy of 
Middletown, in Connecticut. Previously, she 
taught history for six years and completed a 
master's in administration and supervision. 
Husband Kurt is a manufacturer's rep and has 
had his own business for about three years. 
Their oldest child will be a junior at Lehigh 
this fall; their son will be a senior in high 

The Chapmans have been in touch with 
Carol Van Ness Clapp and Dick, who have 
recently moved to Washington, D.C., where 
Dick works with Gannett. They have a daugh- 
ter, who is a freshman at Gettysburg, and a 
son, who is a high school junior. Karen has 
also heard from Nancy Slonim Aronie who 
lives in Hartford, where she and her husband 
own a plexiglass store. Great news is that 
Nancy is writing short stories, which are being 
published. Congratulations, Nancy! 

From Barbara Green: 

I have been so negligent as class agent that I 
was bound and determined to get our class 
news rolling again — especially since our 25th 
reunion will be coming up faster than we 
would like. The 20th was just super, and I do 
hope that many of you will start thinking now 
of May 1988 at MWC. 

The bulk of my news comes from Betsy 
Lydle Smith. She and Pete set a goal to go 
overseas with their two girls, Sarah and Kate, 
now 13 and 7. When she wrote, Betsy was in 
the process of updating her Washington state 
teaching credentials so she would have a skill 
to use in a developing country. She was still 
working as an art consultant in the Seattle 

area. Last summer she and her family traveled 
back East and picnicked behind Willard at 
MWC. Am anxious to learn where the Smiths 
have ended up and do hope you will keep us 
posted, Betsy. 

Among the classmates Betsy reported on 
were Susan Rutan Joehnk, Maureen Lyon 
Johnson and Nancy Slonim Aronie. Susan 
spent the summer of '85 studying in England 
and traveling in Europe. She is presently at- 
tending law school in San Diego and will com- 
plete her second year this spring. Maureen, 
husband Ken, and 3-year-old son Christopher 
live in Belvedere, Calif., near San Francisco. 
Ken is a lawyer, and Maureen recruits lawyers 
for a San Francisco law firm. Betsy said that 
she had heard Nancy two different times on 
Public Radio's "All Things Considered." 

Betsy also had a visit last summer from 
Judy Wolfe Allen '62. Judy's husband, Jack, 
is still flying for PSA, and Judy is busy with 
volunteer work in La Jolla and San Diego. 
Their daughters are Lisa, 14, and Allison, 10. 

Christmas cards brought news of Rosalie 
Moyer Schwarz, who now lives in Fairfax 
Station, Va. Gene is retired from the USMC, 
and their son, Andy, is a freshman at U.Va. 
Jeanne Chabot Walk's lives in Fairfax, Va. 
Wally still flies for Eastern Airlines. Their two 
older boys, Tom and Bob, are on their own 
now. David is a high school senior, and 
Michael is 11. 

David and I moved from The Woodlands, 
Texas, (near Houston) last fall. I had been 
teaching elementary school in California and 
Texas but decided to investigate a new career 
in Tulsa and have now landed a job as a travel 
agent. So far I am enjoying it. Talked last 
spring with Karen Vandevanter Chapman and 
learned that Carol Van Ness Clapp's daughter 
attends Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. 
DeeDee Clapp is the Class of '89, and my 
daughter, Tracy, is the Class of '88 at Gettys- 
burg. My son, Mark, is a freshman at Loyola 
Marymount University in Los Angeles, so we 
have a child on each coast. 

Barbara Scherberger Offerman was in 
Houston for a convention last fall, so we joined 
her for dinner one evening. Her son, Stephen, 
is attending the University of Southern Cali- 
fornia. Barbara keeps in touch with Gloria 
Moskowitz Fischel, who now lives in The 

Do hope that many of you will be inspired to 
drop me a postcard or letter and give me your 
news for the next issue. Please make sure you 
write me soon, so you don't forget. It will only 
take a few minutes, and we all need to get 
back in touch. Remember, reunion in May of 
From Patsy: 

Betty Ambler Wambersie, mother of five, 
is one of the owners of a temporary agency, 
Experience, Inc., in Richmond, Va. 


Mary Sale Alligood (Mrs. F.M., Jr.) 
2841 River Oaks Drive 
Midlothian, VA 23113 

Claire G. Cosby, who attended MWC from 
1962-65 and returned in 1969 to graduate with 
the Class of '70, has a most successful "side- 
line" from teaching special education. She has 
had three books published: Lord, Help Me Love 


My Sister (Herald Press, 1986), Reflecting the 
Lord's Radiance (Broadman Press, 1987), and 
Junior High's a Jungle, Lord (Herald Press, 
not yet released). The books look at the sibling 
rivalry between two sisters as expressed 
through their prayers; a student's adjustment 
to the traumas of junior high school; and the 
difficulties of modern women attempting to 
cope with expectations of family, job and self. 


Eleanor Grainger Workman 
2407 Kenmore Road 
Richmond, VA 23228 

Jeanne Torrence VanLear left her position 
with the Senate Committee on Governmental 
Affairs, where she worked with Sen. Roth (R- 
Del.), in January 1987 to join the lobbying 
firm of Robert Thompson Associates in the Na- 
tional Press Building in Washington, D.C. 


Pamela Powell McWhirt 
1002 Highland Court 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 


Doris Lee Hancock 
9302 Cason Road 
Glen Allen, VA 23060 
Karen Laino 
10406 Storch Drive 
Seabrook, MD 20706 


Carter Moffett Welling (Mrs. D.C.) 
13323 Ridge Lane Drive, N.W. 
Silverdale, WA 98383 

Hello to everyone from yet another corner of 
our beautiful country — Washington state! I 
have moved once again, and my appreciation 
goes out to all of you who have been able to 
reach me with class news. My apologies to you 
for the confusing array of addresses — four in 
the last five years! 

I recently received the happiest of news from 
several classmates and would be delighted to 
hear from more of you. Our 15th reunion is 
fast approaching in '88. 

Deborah Heiman Hughes was married 
Feb. 15, 1986, to Charles Albert Hughes III, 
who works for the U.S. Senate and also de- 
velops and renovates houses in Washington, 
D.C. Sadly, soon after being married, Debbe 
and Chuck each lost a parent, but they are 
now living happily in Arlington, Va., in a circa 
1916 family home, which Chuck renovated. 
Debbe's glowing reports of a honeymoon in the 
Bahamas followed by April in Paris and Lon- 
don left me wistfully remembering where we 
all hoped to go on our MWC spring breaks! 
Bridesmaids at Debbe and Chuck's wedding in- 
cluded '73 classmates and friends, Ruth Siko 
and Susan Regan. Still more news — Debbe 
and Chuck are expecting their first child this 
May, and our congratulations in this column 
may already be a bit late! Finally, as Debbe 
seems to have no provisions for sleep, she 
writes that she continues to teach senior En- 
glish at Oakton High School in Vienna, Va., 
while making plans to perhaps teach adult ed., 
do free-lance editing, or start an import/export 

business once the baby arrives. The busy get 

More great news from Allinda "Lindy" 
VanDerveer Rackiewicz, who with husband 
David has a nonstop family and career in Vi- 
enna, Va. Lindy and David are expecting a 
new addition to their bustling family, which 
includes Nathaniel, Rachel, Mary Martha, 
Andrew, and Matthew. Lindy's warm and witty 
letter admitted a glad anticipation of the newly 
increased standard deduction for dependents! 
The Rackiewiczes oversee a home-centered, 
part-time business, IDA International, in addi- 
tion to David's work with Naval nuclear 
plants. They are distributors for many products 
and services — from gift catalogs to satellite 
dishes — and we wish them continued success 
as they begin their second year of network 

Nancy Baughan, formerly a high school 
basketball and track coach, has become a field 
hockey official. After 10 years of coaching at 
Stafford High School, Nancy felt the need for a 
break. Along with her duties as an official, she 
continues to teach math at the high school. 

Pat Price was selected Teacher of the Year 
by the District M Association of Teachers of 
English, an honor bestowed for unusual skill 
and enthusiasm in teaching. Pat teaches En- 
glish to students ranging from sixth graders to 
high school seniors. Previously, she taught En- 
glish, French, and vocab. Pat completed her 
doctoral work at U.Va. after earning master's 
degrees in English and English education there 
as well. Prior to returning to Shawsville, 
where Pat currently teaches, she served as a 
graduate instructor at the university, taught in 
the homebound program in Montgomery, Va., 
and taught at Piedmont Community College. 

After graduation from MWC, Barbara 
Taylor Moore earned a master's in music 
from Baylor University. She attended the 1986 
Summer Organ Institute in Zwolle, Holland, 
and was awarded a certificate in Service Play- 
ing by the National American Guild of Organ- 
ists. She has studied with many world- 
renowned organists. Living in Charlottesville, 
Barbara is actively involved in the local chap- 
ter of the guild, the Charlottesville Music 
Teachers Association, and the Wednesday 
Music Club. 

A final note from the great Northwest— 
Craig and I love our new West Coast home to 
which our family came as part of the crew of 
USS Alexander Hamilton. Craig became the 
Hamilton's commanding officer last year and 
brought the submarine to the Pacific Fleet and 
her present home at Bremerton, Wash. Days 
are exciting but hectic as we work to help our 
family relocate and adjust to our new duty sta- 
tion. Someday I look forward to enough time 
(and stability!) to pursue studies in interior de- 
sign, but until then I continue to dream and 
take great interest in the variety of lives and 
accomplishments of our '73 classmates. Do 
write and share a bit of your special lives with 
all of us. 


Carol Kerney Peal 
35 Edge Trail 
Conyngham, PA 18219 


Karen Hertzel Pratt 
RR 5, Box 280 
Bangor, ME 04401 


Leslie Mayer 
2502% Grove Ave. 
Richmond, VA 23220 
Gayle Weinberger Petrozino 
12245 Thyme Lane 
Woodbridge, VA 22192 
From Gayle: 

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and, 
when this comes out, everyone is getting sun. 
I've been busy taking care of my mom who had 
major surgery. She is fine and now living in 
Fla. Obviously, I've been to Fla. a couple of 
times. I'm still teaching school, and the kids 
keep me busy. 

Back in the fall, I visited Judy Kemp 
Allard in Richmond. She's doing well and has 
since moved to a beautiful new home, not too 
far from her other one. Her husband, Randy, is 
doing well, as is son Christopher. While shop- 
ping, we bumped into Margaret Andrews 
Piancentini, who was with son Christopher 
and husband Gary. They live in Richmond and 
by now should have had their second child. 

Further south, Lisa Carle Shields is busy 
with husband Tom managing credit unions in 
Danville, Va., and keeping up with son Ryan, 
who is now one year old. 

Speaking of babies, congratulations to Lisa 
Bratton Soltis on the birth of her second child 
in Feb. She is living in Roanoke with hubby Al 
and daughter Jennifer, 5. Nancy Quaintance 
Nelles also rejoices on the birth of her second 
child. Nancy lives in Texas with husband Dave 
and daughter Kelly. Mary McWhirt Murphy 
and husband Mike and their daughter Katelyn 
are happy in Mine Run, Va. 

Newlyweds Caroline Carr Newlon and hus- 
band Blaine reside in Fredericksburg, and 
Caroline teaches at Salem Elementary School 
in Spotsylvania County. Sally Hart Morgan is 
busy planning in the county government of 
Emory, Va., where husband John is a professor 
at Emory and Henry College. 

Karin Hedberg is busy traveling and being 
a business woman. Shelley Roberts is enjoy- 
ing her home in Drexel, Pa. 

News from Margaret Watson is that she is 
living in Jacksonville, Fla., and working for 
Reynolds, Smith, and Mills as a transportation 
planner. She is also engaged to a Navy com- 
mander. Congratulations! 

Please write me so I can put your informa- 
tion in the next newsletter! 


Leath Burdeshaw 
5003 Sentinel Drive 
Apt. 26 

Bethesda, MD 20816 
Kathleen M. Ramsey 
3712 Warren St., N.W. 
Washington, DC 20016 

Yvonne Walbroehl received a Ph.D. in ana- 
lytical chemistry last spring from the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at 
UNC, she served as a teaching assistant in the 
Department of Chemistry and received the 


1983 Graduate Teaching Award for excellence 
in undergraduate instruction. Her dissertation 
topic was "Theoretical and Practical Aspects of 
Capillary Zone Electrophoresis." She has also 
published three articles on this subject in 
scholarly journals. Yvonne is employed as a 
senior research scientist with Dow Chemical 
Company in Midland, Mich. 


Estie Corey 
Route 1, Box 247H 
Centreville, MD 21617 

Thanks to all of you who have shared your 
news. Members of the Class of 1983 have been 
busy lately with weddings, educational goals, 
and exciting careers. First, a rundown on class 
members who have entered matrimonial bliss. 
Gail Vermilyea wed David Joseph Cherochak 
on June 7, 1986, in Fairfax, Va. Diane 
Connelly married Ron Hunt in December 1984 
and is now living in Dahlgren, Va. Terri 
Sullivan wed Jim Edmonson in May 1986, and 
now they reside in Springfield, Va. 

Martha Webber married Jed Jaffe in June 
1986. Also wed in June were Lynn Ziernicki 
and Bill McKay. Ann Reamy and Charles 
Butts had a September 1986 wedding, as well 
as Regina Perry, who wed Bobby Gunning. 
The Jaffes now live in Washington, D.C., the 
McKays in Stanford, Conn., and the Buttses 
live in South Hill, Va. Kathy Enfield married 
Timothy Jerow in December 1985. Timothy is 
stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, and 
Kathy is working in the airline industry. 

Mollie Joynes Baker gave birth to a baby 
girl in February 1986. Welcome to Mary 
Elizabeth! The Class of 1983 has been on the 
move recently into new careers and locations. 
Jackie Lane and Martha Newcombe re- 
cently moved to Northern Virginia, where they 
are working for defense contractors. Ann 
Marie Clark is in her second year of study at 
UNC Chapel Hill. She is completing her M.S. 
in biostatistics. 

Robin Maurice is living in Monterey, Calif., 
and is employed as an account executive with 
Armanasco Public Relations and Marketing, 
where she is busy handling accounts for wine- 
ries, hotels, and management companies. Also 
in California is Karrie Nelson, who recently 
moved there from New Orleans. Karrie is liv- 
ing in Ervine and is working for a medical 
sales firm. 

Nancy Carroll wed Bruce McDaniel in Au- 
gust 1985. They recently moved to Chester- 
town, Md., where Nancy is working for River 
Press. She is training in graphics and looks 
forward to plenty of travel in her new job. 

Terry Hudachek has been stationed at 
NORAD in Colorado Springs for three years. 
She is a 1st It. in the USAF and is currently 
working as a systems manager for three com- 
puter systems. Terry still runs; she is ranked 
4th in her division; and she coaches high 
school track. In addition, Terry runs on the Air 
Force cross country team. 

Patricia Garnett wed John Brooks '84 on 
July 12, 1986, in Fredericksburg. They now 
live in Charlottesville, where Pat is attending 
the University of Virginia Law School. Marcia 
Guida is working for Health America as a ser- 
vice representative. Marcia plans to marry Dr. 

Thomas James III in Norfolk, Va., on May 2, 

Susan Leavitt is working in New York for 
Paine Webber. She is involved with handling 
foreign accounts. Susan recently heard from 
Peter Neal, who is back in the U.S. after three 
years in the Peace Corps. Peter is working to- 
ward his master's degree in linguistics at 
Georgetown University. 

Dave Hardin received his master's degree 
in geography from the University of Tennessee 
in August 1985. He is currently at the Univer- 
sity of Maryland working on his Ph.D. in geog- 
raphy. Dave's thesis work is on the problems of 
tobacco cultivation in the colonial Chesapeake 
area. Dave will receive his Ph.D. in spring 

Diane Frazier teaches eighth grade English 
at her alma mater, Culpeper County Junior 
High School. After being a substitute teacher, 
Diane returned to school to receive her cer- 
tification in English. 

I received my master's degree in urban and 

regional planning in May 1986 from Virginia 
Commonwealth University. I am now in Mary- 
land, working as a planner for Harford County. 
Thank you for sending all of the information 
for the newsletter. If you send news and don't 
see it in the next issue, don't worry! Often I re- 
ceive your letters long after the deadline to get 
the news in, so keep those cards and letters 
coming to the above address so that your news 
can appear in the next issue. 

Army Cpl. Linda M. Lincoln reported for 
duty with the 437th Military Policy Company 
at Fort Belvoir, Va. She is a military police 


Rusty Berry 
6030 N. 20th St. 
Arlington, VA 22205 
Kim D. Slayton 
12018 Lockett Ridge 
Midlothian, VA 23113 

In Memoriam 

Frances Walker Ashbury '26 
Lewise Overton Cosby '34 
Loretta Folger Duffy '35 
Elizabeth Page Galie '35 
Frances A. Mays '35 
Donald Holden Jaretz '41 
Dorothy Munden Lescure '41 
Susan Matthews Fogle '43 
Margaret Williams Wrenn '43 
Helen Turner Anderson '59 

We extend our sympathies to the families 
and friends of the deceased. 

Condolences to: 

We extend our condolences to the alumni 
who have recently lost loved ones. 
Richie McAtee Gallagher '32 who lost her 

Ava Smith '33 who lost her mother. 
Alice Mae Brown Walden '33 who lost her son. 
Betty Griffith Schmidt '35 who lost her 

Audrey Alrich Silver '36 who lost her mother. 
Kathryn Nicholas Winslow '39 who lost her 

Phyllis Bingham McGaha '49 who lost her 

Charlotte Trent Charles '52 who lost her sister. 
Deborah Heiman Hughes '73 who lost her 






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