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MARYmSHINGTON COLLEGE 



WINTER 1997 



VOL. 21, NO. 2 





On November 15, 1996, MWC welcomed John G. Macfarlane III as the 1996-97 Executive-in- 
Residence. Macfarlane, managing director of the New York investment banking firm Salomon 
Brothers Inc., addressed a breakfast crowd of 220 that included business leaders, MWC admin- 
istrators, faculty and students. His topic, "Challenges Facing the Financial Markets in the Year 
Ahead," was part of a day-long schedule that included classroom visits, an informal luncheon and 
a roundtable discussion of "Careers on Wall Street." 

Macfarlane, who holds a B.A. in classical studies from Hampden-Sydney and an M.B.A. from 
U.Va.'s Darden Graduate School of Business, has other ties to MWC besides Executive -In-Resi- 

dence. His mother, Mrs. Anne Beck Macfarlane, 
is a 1952 graduate and a former member of the 
Board of Visitors. 

The Executive-in-Residence program, estab- 
lished at the College in 1989, is designed to 
teach students from all academic disciplines 
about the business world through interaction 
with established corporate leaders. Tlie program 
also involves local business leaders in the life of 
the College through its annual business-leaders 
breakfast and special seminars. 



Fredericksburg Mayor Bill Greenup enjoys the breakfast in 
Lee Hall Ballroom. 



MARY WASHINGTON COLLEGE 

TODAY 

WINTER 1997 VOL. 21, NO. 2 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 

MWC's Scholar-Statesman 2 

Homecoming '96 5 

Ars Longa 7 

Sabbatical on the Nile 10 

Sports 13 

On Campus 15 

Alumni News 21 

Class Notes 25 

Editor: Paulette S. Watson 

Editorial Assistant: Debra A Garrett 

Writer/Copy Editor: Liz Gordon 

Copy Editors: Debra A. Garrett. Betsey-Ellen Hansen '62, Amy R. Szczepanski '97. Jennifer Collins '99 

Class Notes Editor: Betsey-Ellen Hansen '62 

Editorial Board/ Advisers: Jack Bales, William B. Crawley Jr., R. Scott Lyons, Ronald E. Singleton. 

Cynthia L. Snyder '75, Elizabeth Muirheid Sudduth '69, Paulette S. Watson 

Cover Photo: Trinkle Hall in winter, by Barr\' Fitzgerald. 

Photo Credits: Inside front cover, main photo by Andy Feldman, top right photo by Amy Szczepanski '97, 
bottom photo by Liz Gordon; p. 2, photo courtesy of the subject; pp. 3-4, Barry Fitzgerald; pp. 5-6. Barr>' 
Fitzgerald and J. Suzanne Horsley '93; p. 7, top photo by Dennis McWaters, center photo and pp. 8-9, 
courtesy Mary Washington College Galleries; pp. 10-11, W. Brown Morton III; p. 12, top photo by John 
Morton, bottom photo by W. Brown Morton III; pp. 13-14, Liz Gordon; p. 16, Bany Fitzgerald; pp. 17-18, 
Liz Gordon; p. 19, photos on left courtesy Multicultural Center, photos on right by Paulette S. Watson; 
p. 20, top photo courtesy Office of College Relations and Legislative i\ffairs, bottom photo by Bany 
Fitzgerald; p. 21, photo on left courtesy of the subject, photo on right by Liz Gordon; p. 22, Liz Gordon; 
p. 23, photo on left courtesy Bowling Green State Universitv' in Ohio, photo on right by Paulette S. 
Watson; p. 24, top photo by Dan Fitzpatrick; bottom photo courtesy Global Volunteers. 

Design: Dan Michael, Office of Graphic Communications, Richmond, Va. 

Printer: Carter Printing Company, Richmond, Va.; Paula C. Barnes, Account Manager. 

Ma)-y Washington College Today is published for the alumni, friends, facult}' and staff of Mar\^ Washington 
College three times a year, with issues in the fall, winter and summer. Mail letters and address changes 
to Mary Washington College Today. Mar\^ Washington College, 1301 College Avenue. Fredericksburg, VA 
22401-5358. Mary Washington College Today welcomes your comments. 

Mary Washington College Alumni Association Board of Directors 1996-98: Theresa Young Crawley '77. 
President; Tara C. Corrigall '82, President-elect; Patricia Branstetter Revere '63, Vice President for 
Alumni Fund; Darnell K. Horio '84, Vice President for Reunion Weekend; Kemetia M.K. Foley '87, Vice 
President for Chapters; Susan Wise '91, Vice President for Classes; Jeffrey S. Woo '92, Vice President for 
Finance; Angelia Allen '82; Frances Liebenow Armstrong '36; W. Gardner Campbell; Liam Cleaver '92; 
Scott H. Harris '83; Timothy F. Landis '93; Suzanne Sunmer; Tliomas Valente '81; William M. Anderson Jr.. 
President, MWC; R. Scott Lyons, Vice President for College Advancement, MWC; Cynthia L. Snyder '75, 
Du-ector of Alumni Relations, MWC; Benjamin W. Hernandez '95, Assistant Director of Alumni Rela- 
tions, MWC. 

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LEWIS P. FICKETT JR 



MWC's Scholar-Statesman 



BY WILLIAM B. CRAWLEY JR. 



ven before Lewis P. Fickett Jr. joined the political 

science faculty at Mary Washington College in the fall 

of 1963, he had already achieved distinction both in 

academia and in the "real world" beyond it . Over the next 

three decades, owing to his accomplishments in both areas, 

he became one of the most prominent faculty members at 

the College — widely acclaimed as a productive scholar, 

exceptional teacher, and dedicated public servant. 

A native of Winthrop, Mass., Lew attended Bowdoin Col- 
lege, following in the tradition of his father and grandfather. 
His undergraduate education was interrupted by World War 
n, during which he sei'ved for two years in the Navy, mainly 
in the South Pacific. Returning to Bowdoin, he was graduated 
summa cum laude in government in 1948 and was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

Attracted both to law and to teaching. Lew first 
pursued a law degree, which he received from Harvard in 1952. 
After working for a year in the legal department of the General Electric Company, he 
returned to Hai-vard to seek a doctorate in government; in 1956 he received his Ph.D. with concen- 
trations in constitutional law, comparative government and public administration. 

Thus armed with impeccable academic credentials in two fields, but still not committed totally to 
either, the young Dr. Fickett embarked instead upon what promised to be a rewarding career as a foreign 
service officer. Beginning as an economist in the Office of German Affairs, he held posts in Bonn and, later. 



in Algiers before returning to the States 
to serve on the Thailand desk of the 
Agency for International Development. 

Although Lew enjoyed the Foreign 
Service, he was bothered by the organi- 
zation's rigid bureaucracy and found him- 
self increasingly attracted to the academic 
world. So, having learned of an opening 
in the Political Science Department at 
Mary Washington, he came to the College 
for an interview. He did so with consid- 
erable misgivings, he recalls, because he 
was unsure that he really wanted to be 
associated with what he viewed then as 
"a segregated college in a segregated 
city" — an environment that seemed 
decidedly inimical to his background as 
well as to his beliefs. Those concerns, 
however, were largely allayed during his 
interview with Chancellor (later Presi- 
dent) Grellet C. Simpson, who enticed 
the prospective professor with a vision of 
the kind of liberal arts college that Dr. 
Simpson was attempting to build. 

Eager to be part of the intellec- 
tual excitement that character- 
ized the College in those days. 
Dr. Pickett joined the faculty 
in the fall of 1963. His 
impact was immediate. 
One of his first 
major advisees, 
Charlotte Stultz '66, 
was a sophomore 
when he arrived. She 
recalls vividly the tall, courtly professor, 
always immaculately attired — t\'pically 
in pin-striped suit and rep tie. Though 
his political views were "a little bit liberal 
for my tastes," she says, "he was just 
tremendously dynamic. Everyone was im- 
pressed with his intellect and his enthu- 
siasm and his concern for the students. 
He instantly energized the department." 

Above all, Ms. Stultz remembers him 
as a "wonderful lecturer," whose ever\' 
presentation was an amalgam of precision 
and passion — compellingly delivered in 
the characteristic "Bahstin" accent of his 
native New England. Indeed, the meticu- 
lously crafted lecture became the hall- 
mark of his teaching and the basis, in part, 
for his selection in 1995 as the recipient 
of the Grellet C. Simpson Award for 
Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. 
[Ms. Stultz, it might be noted, was one 
of his many students who, doubtlessly in- 
fluenced by his example, went on to pur- 
sue their own successful careers as 
teachers of government (as in her case) 
or as lawyers or public servants.] 

But Dr. Fickett's contributions to 
academia were by no means limited 
to the classroom. From the 
outset, and throughout 
his career, he was 
constantly 



Mir 



hirty-three years 
on the faculty have 
afforded Lew Fickett 
an ample perspective 
from which to evaluate the 
College's evolution. The 
most significant change, 
he believes, has been the 
transition from essentially 
a women's teachers college 
to "a first-ranking liberal 
arts college, not only in the 
South, but in the nation." 



engaged in productive scholarship. In this 
he was the beneficiary of several presti- 
gious grants, including a Ford Foundation 
Fellowship to study in India. Having 
subsequently studied Hindi as a visiting 
scholar at the University of Michi- 
gan, he returned to India several 
times, including in 1966 as 
a Fulbright Summer 
Scholar, in 
1967-68 
as 



part of a college exchange program, and 
in 1990 as the recipient of a Smithsonian 
Fellowship. In the process he published 
extensively, including Tlie Major Socialist 
Parties of India (1976) and numerous 
articles, all of which led to recognition 
as one of the country's leading scholars 
in the field of Indian politics. 

In the opinion of his long-time depart- 
mental colleague. Dr. John M. Kramer, it 
is the combination of effective pedagogy 
and scholarly productivity' that particular- 
ly distinguished Dr. Fickett's career. "His 
integration of teaching and scholarship 
has benefited his students tremendous- 
ly," says Dr. Kramer, adding that, "for 25 
years I've viewed him as representing the 
finest ideals of the teacher-scholar. He has 
truly been a mentor for me personally." 

Yet there has been still another, and 
ver\' significant, dimension to Dr. Fickett's 
career: that of active political participant. 
Long involved in Democratic Party affairs 
at the local level, he first sought public 
office himself in 1971 when he ran for 
the Virginia House of Delegates, sup- 
ported enthusiastically by many MWC 
students who campaigned on his behalf. 
Though defeated in that first attempt, he 
ran successfully two years later, begin- 
ning a string of victories that would keep 
him in the General Assembly through 
1981. During that period he also ran for 
Congress — in 1978 — a quest that, even 
though unsuccessful, fulfilled a lifelong 
ambition. 

In the state legislature. Delegate 
Fickett quickly earned a reputation as one 
of that body's most progressive members, 
serving with distinction on several key 
committees, notably Education and Labor. 
His more significant achievements 
included promotion of a state minimum- 
wage law and a teacher grievance law, 
both being, in his words, "long overdue 
in the Commonwealth." The legislation 
that Delegate Fickett promoted most 
vigorously — and that came to 
partial fnntion — was a 
bill to provide free 
textbooks for 
Mrginia's 





dents and the professor, as apparently has 
happened in many of our larger schools 
and universities." 



Fickett and his wife. Martha, professor of music at IVIWC. stand outside of t\/lonroe Haii. 



schoolchildren. His advocacy for such a 
program was both an outgrowth of his 
own profession and a reflection of the 
philosophy of his political hero, Franklin 
Roosevelt, who maintained that the fun- 
damental purpose of government was 
"to do for the people that which they can- 
not do for themselves." Though stymied 
in many cases by a majority more conser- 
vative than he. Professor Fickett nonethe- 
less recalls his time in the General As- 
sembly as being "in some ways the most 
cherished experience of my life — other 
than my many happy years in teaching." 



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Thirty-three years on the faculty have 
afforded Lew Fickett an ample perspec- 
tive from which to evaluate the College's 
evolution. The most significant change, 
he believes, has been the transition from 
essentially a women's teachers college 
to "a first-ranking liberal arts college, 
not only in the South, but in the nation." 
Each of the presidents under whom he 
has worked has, in his opinion, contrib- 
uted in a special way to that evolution: 
President Simpson for emphasizing the 
liberal arts and for hiring faculty to im- 
plement that goal; President Prince B. 
Woodard for securing additional state 
funding and for implementing adminis- 
trative and curricular restructuring; and 
President William M. Anderson Jr. for 
increasing both private endowment and 
public funding — often despite adverse 
economic conditions — as well as for car- 
rying out an extensive construction pro- 
gram that has substantially enhanced 



both the beauty and functioning of the 
campus. 

Another fundamental change that Dr. 
Fickett has observed is the h'ansition 
from a single-sex to a coeducational insti- 
tution. Though admittedly somewhat 
nostalgic for certain aspects of the col- 
lege of his earlier years on the faculty, 
he points out that he long supported 
coeducation — "a much healthier and 
more desirable environment," in his 
opinion. Most commendable, he 
believes, has been the ability of the 
College to maintain high academic qual- 
ity while implementing coeducation. 

Although he views as positive almost 
all the change he has witnessed. Dr. 
Fickett does express some concerns, 
chiefly about what he regards as in- 
creasingly bureaucratic tendencies with- 
in academia. Teaching, he says, was once 
"the last refuge of the independent man 
and woman," but such freedom has been 
diminished in recent years "as standards 
of the business community have been 
superimposed upon the teaching com- 
munity." Yet he sees this as the inevitable 
consequence of "changing times and 
greater restrictions imposed... upon all 
state employees, faculty included." 

He is also a bit wary of some implica- 
tions of modem technology for the teach- 
ing profession. While acknowledging that 
the computer age obviously presents the 
potential for expanding and improving 
many facets of education, he admits that 
he himself was just as happy to leave 
the classroom before computers "wholly 
or even significantly intervened in the 
personal relationship between the stu- 



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At the end of the 1995-96 academic 
year. Lew Fickett retired from the full- 
time faculty, though he still teaches sev- 
eral courses as an adjunct professor. He 
remains close to the College both emo- 
tionally and physically; he and his wife, 
Martha (MWC '63 and currently profes- 
sor of music at the College) live only a 
few blocks from campus. Their son, Lewis 
III, having recently continued the Bow- 
doin tradition through the fourth gener- 
ation, is now in law school at Boston 
College. The two Lewises share a pas- 
sion not only for politics but also, slight- 
ly less seriously perhaps, for the Boston 
Red Sox — a perennially frustrating ad- 
diction that plagues New Englanders. 

Dr. Fickett has no doubt as to what 
he will miss most in his retirement: the 
students. "I've enjoyed them so much 
and have been stimulated by them," he 
says. "I've enjoyed every minute of it — 
even those terrible exams from time to 
time. . . . To paraphrase the great old 
Jimmy Stewart movie title, it has been 
truly 'a wonderful life.' There's nothing 
like teaching." 

In bestowing the title of Distinguished 
Professor Emeritus upon Dr. Fickett at 
the 1996 Commencement ceremony. 
President Anderson praised him as one 
who "has consistently demanded much 
of his students, but has given even more 
of himself," adding aptly that "no one has 
exceeded him in devotion to the princi- 
ples of liberal education upon which Mary 
Washington College is founded, nor has 
anyone lived those principles more faith- 
fully." Provost Philip Hall put it succinctly, 
describing Dr. Fickett as "the living in- 
carnation of what all of us imagine as the 
model college professor." 

To such accolades. Lew Fickett re- 
sponds with characteristic modesty, ex- 
pressing only the hope that he has been 
able "to impart some wisdom, some 
experience, some knowledge." On that 
score he need not worry. As hundreds 
of MWC graduates would attest, his 
legacy is secure as a teacher, adviser, and 
friend who has influenced many lives for 
the better, not only through the lessons 
of the classroom that he has taught, but 
through the example of the life that he 
has lived. 

William B. Crawley Jr. is Distinguished 
Professor of History, holder of the Rector 
and Visitors Chair, and historian of the 
College. 



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BY J. SUZANNE HORSLEY '93 

The Battleground Complex was packed with MWC alumni tailgaters 
and sports spectators for Homecoming '96 in October. While it was a 
breezy autumn day, it was noticeably warmer walking amid the crowds 
that assembled in the parking lots. Some alumni grilled burgers or held 
tailgate picnics. Everyone was having a great time catching up with 
classmates they hadn't seen or heard from since college. 

At times the scene resembled a family reunion more than a college 
homecoming. Strollers were spotted all around campus and the athletic 
fields. Graduates introduced spouses and children to old friends and 
faculty members, and showed off their former dorms and academic 
buildings. 

Because of the crowds, many of us were afraid we would miss seeing 
special classmates. "I hope we see Wanda." one alumna was overheard 
saying. "Remember the redhead? She was Alice's roommate." And, "Oh, 
have you seen Diane? I really wanted her to meet my little boy." 

Jackie McCauley Clark '94 and husband Hunter '93 made the short 
trip to campus from their home in Fredericksburg to join up with friends. 
The Clarks met while on MWC's intercollegiate debate team and are 
now teaching and coaching debate in high schools. 

Janine Powell Knott '91 and her sister, Yvonne Powell Conatser '90, 
met Stacie Nash Bard '90 and her daughter. Holly, for a tour of campus 
before heading to The Battleground. "We just wanted to see who was 
here," said Bard. "The biggest change we saw, besides the new buildings, 
was the Phi Beta Kappa key," she said, referring to the new sculpture 
on Campus Walk. 

Kristin Hastings Rupprecht and Kurt Rupprecht, both 1992 graduates, 
brought their toddler, Collin, to the festivities. They drove down from 
Bel Air, Md., for the weekend. 






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On another field, MWC's rugby team 
battled the men's alumni. Gordon Dixon 
'92, who works for the Greater Richmond 
Chamber of Commerce, was one of many 
who took time out from busy schedules 
to watch the game with friends. 

Many alumni had the opportunity to 
watch their first baseball game in the 
College's new stadium. This impressive 
brick structure was the scene for MWC's 
win over Catholic University. 

Alumni weren't the only ones in the 
crowd at the diamond, however. Fresh- 
man pitcher Everett Dry's family made 
the journey from Lebanon, Pa., for the 
doubleheader. Everett's parents, Bonnie 
and Bill, and grandparents, Betty and 
William, got a seat right behind home 
plate. "We made this a family outing to see 
the game," said William Dry. "We hope 
to get to see him pitch this weekend." 

The Homecoming crowd watched 
the men's and women's soccer teams 
outscore Salisbury State and Roanoke 
College before heading down the street 
to Trench Hill for the alumni "After the 
Game Party." 

Nellie King '92 enjoyed food and con- 
versation with former classmates under 
the tent. She graduated in May fi"om 
Nova Southeastern law school in Florida 
and recently passed the Florida Bar. She's 
now a public defender in Palm Beach, 
loving every minute of it. She has also 
continued her interest in politics and is 
working on a campaign for the state 
attorney. 

Huntley Thorpe '92, on track for a 
career in law, is in his third year of law 
school at the University of Richmond and 
is interested in pursuing general litiga- 
tion work. 

The tent remained packed long after 
all the food and drink had disappeared, 
but one individual was sorely missed fi-om 
the party. President Anderson, recuper- 
ating from an illness, could not attend 
Homecoming. Many alumni remarked 



that they missed him cheering on the 
Eagles at the Battleground Complex and 
chatting with alumni at Trench Hill. Every- 
one wished him a speedy recovery. 

As the alumni party was slowing down, 
the revelers were just getting their sec- 
ond wind. A few scattered raindrops 
started to fall, but everyone was busy 
getting geai'ed up for more socializing in 
the evening and going out to hear their 
favorite local bands. 

Alumni exchanged phone numbers 
as the crowds gradually wandered back 
to their cars or headed to campus for a 
last stop at the Bookstore. Most were 
making plans to meet again on Sunday 
for the alumni baseball game and 
lacrosse matches, and no one wanted 
Homecoming '96 to end, 

/. Suzanne Horsley '93 works for the 
Virginia Department of Agriculture in 
Consumer Services in the Office of 
Communication and Media Relations. 





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Schnellock's painting in ttie 
Trinkie Haii reading room. 




Ais Lonm: 

Artworks by Former Art Faculty ^^ 



BY FORREST MCGILL 

In the late 1940s, plans were made to 
remodel the House of Representatives 
chamber in the nation's Capitol. 
Twenty-three large circular reliefs, 
each portraying one of the great law- 
givers of Western history, would be 
placed around the upper walls of 
the chamber. Seven noted sculp- 
tors were commissioned to pro- 
duce the portrait reliefs. Among 
these sculptors was Professor 
Gaetano Cecere of Mary Washing- 
ton College. 

The original plaster models of 
Cecere's four portrait reliefs will be 
seen for the first time this spring at 
the MWC Galleries. They will be among 
the highlights of an exhibition of paint- 
ings, sculptures, drawings, prints and 
ceramics by former College art faculty. 

Cecere was assigned to depict the 
Byzantine emperor Justinian; English 
Parliamentary leader Simon de Montfort; 
King Alfonso X, "The Learned." of Leon 
and Castile; and Virginia statesman 
George Mason. Cecere (and the other 
sculptors) first shaped the portrait reliefs 
in Plasticine, a material like a child's 
modeling clay. The Plasticine version 
was then covered in plaster. When the 
plaster had hardened the Plasticine was 
removed, leaving the plaster as a mold. 
Next, more plaster was put into the mold, 
and strengthened with burlap and an arm- 
ature of metal rods. Finally, the resulting 
reinforced plaster positive was shipped 
to a special factory to be carved into 




Gaetano Cecere. 

Alfonso X, The Learned. 1949-1950, plaster. 

marble. It is the plaster positives that 
have been preserved at MWC; the mar- 
ble versions still decorate the House 
chamber in Washington. 

The sculptor faced an unusual chal- 
lenge in having to represent ancient and 
medieval figures of whose real-life ap- 
pearance little or nothing was known. 
For the 13th-century Simon de Montfort, 
for instance, he would just have to invent 
a face of credible type and make sure 
the haircut evoked the period. In some 



instances, though, a bit of useful evi- 
dence might be available. Prof. George 
D. Greenia of the College of William 
and Mary is a specialist in Spanish 
culture under Alfonso X, and has 
given some thought to Cecere's 
portrait of Alfonso. He writes that 
"life portraits of medieval mon- 
archs are rare [but] Alfonso X 
is an exception. There are mini- 
atures [of him] in four celebrat- 
ed royal manuscripts... Cecere 
might [also] have seen repro- 
ductions of a fairly well-known 
statue of Alfonso and his wife 
in the cloister of the Cathedral 
of Burgos. . . . The most likely 
source for Cecere's idea of what 
the Learned King looked like is the 
monumental statue of Alfonso X pro- 
minently displayed in the main entrance 
to the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid." 
Cecere's background prepared him 
well for the House chamber commission. 
Bom in New York in 1894, he studied at 
the National Academy of Design and, in 
the early 1920s, at the American Academy 
in Rome. By his amval at the College in 
1947, he was a successful artist working 
in a conservative vein, and had received 
a number of significant public commis- 
sions. He retired from teaching in 1964 
at the age of 70. 

The best known artist to have taught 
at MWC is the painter Julien Binford, 
who arrived a year before Cecere. Bin- 
ford, a Virginian, received cosmopolitan 
training at the Art Institute of Chicago 
and traveled in Europe fi-om 1932 to 1935 




House of Representatives chamber. Cecere's marble of George Mason is found above and to tine right of the flag. The College's plaster ver- 
sion is inset. 










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Julien Binford, Untitled (farmer hoeing), approx. 
early 1940s, ink and charcoal on paper gift of 
Glenna Graves Shiflett '48. 



on an art fellowship. After returning to 
the U.S., he and his wife bought an old 
foundry in rural Virginia and slowly and 
effortfully turned it into a home. Binford 
drew and painted the countiy scenes and 
countiy folk he lived among. 

From this period — the late 1930s and 
early 1940s — come, we think, two of 
Binford's works in the exhibition. The 
oil painting " Palmore's Barn" shows a 
lone, nondescript farm building in the 
middle of a winter landscape. The ground 
is white with snow, but the painting is 
the opposite of a celebration of a bright 
winter's day. Instead, the edges of the 
snow have melted into slush, and brown- 
tinged gray obscures the sky. The sense 
of cold and isolation and deprivation call 
to mind Mrs. Binford's description of their 
early life at the Old Foundry: "It had no 
roof. It was the House of Usher... . We 
lived in a windy shack with no water, no 
lights, and no heat... . We cooked on the 
open hearth. And, in those winters, we had 



little to eat but ashcakes and molasses." 
Binford's drawing of a farmer hoeing 
suggests an entirely different aspect of 
life around the Old Foundry. The Bin- 
fords' neighbors — and eventual friends 
— were the poor black farming families 
living nearby. These families' culture 
made a veiy strong impression. Mrs. Bin- 
ford wrote of attending the local church 
with her husband, "watching the lovely 
clothes, the luminous skins, in the smell 
of autumn and humanity and kerosene 
lamps, in the winged wind of many pa- 
per fans. . . . Julien's throat would tighten 
and I would unashamedly cry. Those 
people were beautiful." Binford became 
famous for depicting scenes of the black 
farmers' daily work and activities. 

Binford remained prolific as an artist 
until recent years, when illness has made 
it impossible for him to paint. His works 
continue to be shown, however, in gal- 
leries in New York and Richmond. The 
College has him to thank, not only for 



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distinguished semce as a teacher, but 
also for beginning the Galleries" exhibi- 
tion program in 1956, and acquiring the 
core of the College's art collection. 

Another artist who came to the Col- 
lege after wide experience elsewhere was 
Emil Schnellock. who taught here from 
1938 to 1958. Schnellock is today known 
outside of Mrginia chiefly for his long 
friendship with the novelist Henn' Miller, 
as recorded in Millers Letters to Emil. Ac- 
cording to George AVickes. editor of the 
Letters, "Throughout the "20s and into 
the '30s Schnellock was Miller's chief 
mentor, the master craftsman who edu- 
cated him in the visual arts... the critic 
to whom Miller constantly turned for 
guidance — in writing as well as water- 
coloring." 

Locally, Schnellock is known for his 
murals in Monroe Hall and the lobby of 
George Washington Hall (see Edward 
Alvev Jr."s articles in Mar}' Washington 
College Today, winter 1990 and fall 1990). 





Dorothy Duggan Van Winckel. The Nun s 
Smock, 1969. pastel on paper, bequest of the 
artist. 



John Lamph. Warmwyn. 1968. lithograph. 

Less familiar is his large, half-circular 
painting over a door in the north reading 
room of Trinkle Hall, the former libraiy. 
Symbols of the arts and sciences are 
aiTanged in a still life: chemistn' beakers, 
a painter"s palette, a violin, a Grecian 
bust, a T square — and sprigs of i\y! .An 
open book is inscribed, "Dedicated to 
the graduating class of 1952 — The Ad- 
ministration."" Our exhibition includes 
Schnellock's rectangular oil sketch for 
the Trinkle reading room painting. 

Another instmctor, art professor 
Dorothy Duggan \'an Winckel. devoted 
an almost unbelievable span of 40 years 
to teaching at MWC and chairing the Art 
Department. The weight of her duties 
seems to have limited her artistic pro- 
ductivit}". The College owns some 80 of 
her works, but most come from the years 
after her retirement h'om teaching. 

\'an AMnckel favored the medium of 
pastel chalk, apparently drawn to its lux- 
uriant, powden" colors and its abilit}' to 
record the most fleeting gesture of the 
artist's hand. Many of her pastels depict 
tlowers, toys or bright landscapes. It is 
clear, however, that her imagination 
had a darker, more serious side. Several 
landscapes are inscribed with references 
to the music dramas of Richard Wagner: 
a number of portraits show people in 
extreme psychological states. Her most 
ambitious work in the exhibition is a 
huge pastel of 1969 titled The Xun 's 
Smock. A\Tiy is Van AVinckel, at age 69, 
choosing a nun's habit as a subject? AATiy 
does she hang it from a coat rack baring 
a crossbar at the top so that we are in- 
evitably reminded of the Crucifixion? 
AATiy does she put a fancy, flowered hat at 



the base of the coat rack in the position 
where we would usually find, in a tradi- 
tional painting of the Crucifixion, a skuU? 
These questions remind us that MWC 
has been lucky" in its artist-teachers. 
Often enough they had to compromise 
aspects of their artistic careers to devote 
themselves to teaching and college ser- 
vice. But their artworks show a degree 
of craft, of sincerity', and, at their best, 
of vision and intensity' that commands 
respect. 

Forrest McGill is director of the Man 
Washington College Galleries. 

[The quotations from Elizabeth Binford 
come from the April 1953 issue of 
American Artist.] 



"Works by Foraier Art Depart- 
ment Faculty'" will be on view 
April 23-June 1 in the Ridderhof 
M^artin Galler}-. 

Artists included in addition to those 
mentioned in the article are Eric 
Isenberger. Elena Knipenski, John 
Lamph and Tetsuo Ochikubo. 

Hours: Monday. Wednesday. 
Friday 10-4; Saturday. Sunday 1-4. 
Closed Tuesday and Thursday. 
The Ridderhof Martin Gallen.- is 
on College Avenue at Seacobeck 
Street. Free parking designated 
for gallen' visitors is available in 
the lot across College Avenue at 
Thornton Street. For infonnation 
call (540) 654-2120. 



ABBATICAL 



Bayt al-Razzaz Palace, 
ca. 1480, Bab al-Wazir St., 
Cairo, Egypt. 



In September, 
Professor W. Brown 
Morton III, Prince B. 
Woodard Chair of 
Historic Preservation 
in the Department of > 
Historic Preservation;;^ 
presented a public I 
lecture series at the 
College titled "Sab- t 
batical on the Nile: A 
Sampler of Historic 
Preservation in 
Today's Egypt." Pro- 



fessor Morton had been award- 
ed sabbatical leave for the 
1995-96 academic year to 
work in Egypt. These lectures 
were, for him, a way to share 
an unforgettable experience 
with Mary Washington College 
students, faculty and the Freder- 
icksburg community. 




Throughout his sabbatical. Mr. Morton 
was based at the American Research Cen- 
ter in Egypt (ARCE) in Cairo. His work 
was part of ARCE's Egyptian Antiquities 
Project funded by USAID to preserve 
historic resources in Egypt in coopera- 
tion with the Egyptian Supreme Council 
of Antiquities. 

Morton's principal work with ARCE- 
EAP was to prepare an Existing Condi- 
tions Report and Preservation Action 
Plans for the derelict, 15th-century, 178- 
room Bayt al-Razzaz palace located in a 
veiy poor and overcrowded neighborhood 
of medieval Cairo. 

Bayt al-Razzaz means "The Razzaz 
House" and refers to the family that oc- 
cupied the palace in the late 18th century. 
The earliest datable portion of Bayt al- 
Razzaz is a dooi"way bearing the inscrip- 
tion of the Mamluk Sultan, Qayt Bay, who 
ruled Egypt from 1468 to 1496 A.D. The 



Sultan Qayt Bay also built the stone fort- 
ress in Alexandria on the foundations of 
the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one 
of the seven ancient wonders of the world. 
Bayt al-Razzaz, in its present form, is 
organized around two large interior 
courtyards — each courtyard originally 
defined one of two separate palaces which 
were later linked together and modified. 
The ground floor of Bayt al-Razzaz is 
built of dressed stone. The upper floors 
are stuccoed brick. Principal spaces in- 
clude a monumental "maq'ad" or arcaded 
north facing loggia and a series of stun- 
ningly beautiful "qa'a" or reception halls. 
The "qa'a" are lit by large cupolas or sky- 
lights and, in most instances, by large 
projecting bay windows filled with orna- 
mental wooden spindle-work screens, 
known today by the term "mashrabiya." 
The finest rooms in the palace have ex- 
tensive painted floral decoration. 



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Ba\t al-Razzaz 

Bab al-\N azir Street, Cairo 

Artifacts from the historic stone sewer 

Collected in August. 1979 by Dr. Adel Yassin 

Photograph: \V. Brown Morton III . October. 1995 



Ceramic artifacts from tfie fiistoric stone sewer 
at the Bayt al-Razzaz Palace, Bab al-Wazir 
St.. Cairo. Egypt. 



THE Nile 



Working daily with tlie spectacular 
Islamic heritage of Cairo was an exciting 
experience for Morton. There were 
moments, however, when the "otherness" 
of Cairo was overw^helming. A low point 
in his morale occurred in early October. 

As Morton tells it, "My assistant, Alaa 
El Habashi, and I went down to Ba\t al- 
Razzaz to meet Dr. Adel Yassin, the well- 
respected architect who had drawn the 
palace in 1978. He had not been back in 
some years, ^^^^en he got out of the car 
on Bab al-Wazir Street opposite the en- 
trance to the palace, the old lady who 
sits across from Ba\t al-Razzaz was in 
her usual spot. The old lady has a hole- 
in-the-wall she calls a cigarette shop, but 
which is stuffed with old shopping bags. 
She lit up like a Christmas tree when 
she saw Dr. Yassin. Inside Ba\t al-Razzaz, 
Mohammed Youssef, the nearly blind 
caretaker of 82, practically cried when he 
perceived it was Dr. Yassin. 

".•\laa and I took our guest all over Ba\t 
al-Razzaz. including a second-floor room 
that Yassin had used as his office. The 
floor was covered with at least a cen- 
timeter of the dust and dirt of the ages, 
blanketing all the objects scattered on the 
floor into unrecognizable mounds, like a 
garden after a snow. Yassin exclaimed, 
AMiat has happened to all the artifacts I 
collected and labeled and wrapped before 
I finished here in 1979?" He bent down 
and brushed away gray dust and plucked 
from obscurit>' a beautiful blue-green 
neck of an ancient bottle. Vandals had 
come into the room, opened the packages 
and scattered the objects over the floor. 

"A\Tien Dr. Yassin left, .^laa and I sat 
in a two-chair cafe across from Ba\t al- 
Razzaz, drank Turkish coftee and waited 
for the arrival of high-ups from the Su- 
preme Council of Antiquities who were 
coming to inspect the palace. WTifle we 
waited, the grime and povert\' of the 
place got the better of me. The cafe was 
less clean than usual. A^Tlile we were 
there a deliver." truck ran over a cat, 
inches from our small brass table, in 
front of the old lady's non-shop. The cat 
jerked and spouted blood in the street. 
The old lady swept it. still jerking, to the 
curb in front of Ba\1: al-Razzaz into a 
mound of garbage, where it mercifully 
died. I asked Alaa to ask if the dead cat 
could be removed before the notables 
arrived. The old lady dispatched a boy 
with a rag to pick up the no longer twitch- 
ing cat by the tail and fling it into a pass- 
ing truck. In a few minutes, six other 




Mosque of Amir Khayrbal< (1502-1520). Bab 
Al-Wazir St.. Cairo. Egypt 

cats appeared from inside Ba\l: al-Razzaz 
and sat by the blood of the deceased and 
licked it up. 

"Just about this time, Alaa and I real- 
ized that we were covered with Ba\1: al- 
Razzaz fleas from our morning's explora- 
tion. Moments later, our lunch, (pungent, 
warm, goat-cheese sandwiches that Alaa 
had sent out for) . arrived wrapped in 
greasy newspaper. The grounds in my 
coffee cup became fleas in my imagina- 
tion as I slipped over the edge from being 
up-to-it to being overwhelmed-by-it. Just 
as I thought I must get out of there be- 
fore I lost it. the notables arrived. I fought 
back rising nausea, walked to the car 
and said to the emerging figures. "Good 
afternoon, I am Brown Morton. I appre- 
ciate so much your coming here today.' 
We stepped over the blood and garbage 
and went back into Ba\l: al-Razzaz." 

In late November 1995. Cairo experi- 
enced a significant earthquake. Morton 
wrote in his dailv logbook. "November 
22. 1995. 6:16 a.m. I am jolted awake! The 
whole room is shaking. The large plate 
glass mirror over the bureau is banging 
loudly against the wall. Then the swaying 
begins. I realize that I am in the middle 
of an earthquake! I listen to the apartment 
building groan, realize it is moving and 
decide at once to leave the buflding. 

"Out of bed, I make it across the sway- 



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ing" room to the armoire to grab some 
trousers. Realizing it will take me too 
long to dress and walk down three lloors, 
I decide to stand in the bedroom door- 
way and wait it out. After two of the long- 
est minutes of my life, the earth stops 
heaving and the building settles down. 
Moments later, the excited voices of the 
other tenants fill the light well of the 
building and the concert pianist on the 
floor above fills the air with peals of bril- 
liantly played music. I wait for an after- 
shock, but there is none. Out of the win- 
dow, eveiything appears normal. Small 
knots of locals talk excitedly in the mid- 
dle of street. All is well. 

"My first organized thought is about 
Bayt al-Razzaz. Has the palace sui-vived 
this horrendous shaking? How ironic, I 
thought, if my room-by-room sui'vey has 
been rendered obsolete by 120 seconds 
of earthquake. Thank heavens, Bayt al- 



Razzaz was still there, still derelict, still 
filled with trash and excrement and still 
beautiful. It had suffered, however. Ceil- 
ings had collapsed and cracks widened. 
Rooms in poor condition were now in 
dangerous condition; more unsafe than 
ever. The earthquake registered 5.7 on 
the Richter scale in Cairo and 6.3 at the 
quake's center in the Red Sea." 

Outside work, Morton inspected other 
great monuments. He was deeply im- 
pressed with the stepped pyramid at Saq- 
qara built by the Old Kingdom pharaoh 
Djoser ca. 2700 B.C. The Djoser pyramid 
may be the world's oldest building: nearly 
5,000 years old! Morton's understanding 
of time and human endeavor moved to 
new positions in his mind as he absorbed 
the meaning of this pyramid. "The 
stepped pyramid of Djoser was already 
2,700 years old when Jesus was here in 
Egypt as a baby. That means there was 



more time between this pyramid and 
Jesus than between Jesus and me!" 

Just after the earthquake. Dr. Morton 
was invited by the Oriental Institute of 
the University of Chicago to spend 
Thanksgiving in Luxor at Chicago 
House, the home of the Institute's epi- 
graphic sui"vey of Egyptian monuments: 
an event not to be missed. The Chicago 
House community of epigraphers, art- 
ists and research scholars hosts a three- 
day event for friends of Chicago House, 
including an in-depth introduction to the 
Chicago House libraiy, archives, studios 
and their methodology for epigraphic 
documentation. Later, site visits are con- 
ducted to current research projects in the 
Luxor area. 

Among other sites, Morton visited 
the New Kingdom temple of Medinet 
Habu and the recently completed con- 
sei"vation work of the Nefertari Tomb in 
the Valley of the Queens. For the high 
point of the weekend, a black-tie dinner 
dance in the couityard of Chicago House 
itself, guests were brought to the party 
from Luxor's Winter Palace Hotel by 
horse and carriage. 

After spending Christmas in Virginia, 
Morton returned to Cairo to prepare 
three Consei'vation Action Plans to sta- 
bilize specific areas of the Bayt al-Razzaz 
palace. 

In Februaiy and March, 14 family 
members and friends joined Morton in 
Egypt. The group explored the Nile by 
water from the Sudan border at Abu 
Simbel, north to Luxor, then spent time 
in Alexandria. Later in his stay, Morton 
joined other members of the American 
Research Center in Egypt staff for a site 
visit to the Siwa Oasis in the western 
desert near Libya. It was at the Siwa 
Oasis that Alexander the Great sought 
the opinion of the oracle regarding his 
possible divine status. Professor Morton 
also participated in a site visit to the 
Monastery of Saint Anthony, located in 
the eastern desert near the Red Sea. 
Saint Anthony's is one of the world's 
earliest Christian monastic foundations. 
Professor Morton was accompanied by 
Professors Laura and Paolo Mora, old 
friends from his days in Rome in the 
1970s. (The Moras recently completed 
the mural paintings conservation project 
at the Nefertari Tomb in the Valley of the 
Queens near Luxor.) 

In May 1996, Brown Morton complet- 
ed his three-volume "Existing Conditions 
Report for Bayt al-Razzaz" and the Con- 
sei'vation Action Plans. Looking back on 
his year's sabbatical on the Nile, he 
notes, "There is a phrase in the Koran 
that says, 'The world is only an hour, so 
use it...'; so I did." 



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BY CLINT OFTEN AND BRYAN 
TUCKER '96 

Mary Washington College's coaching 
staJQf has had unparalleled success on the 
sidelines: MWC won the last five Capital 
Athletic Conference All-Sports Awards 
for overall athletic achievement. It's in- 
teresting, though not surprising, to find 
that MWC coaches had outstanding col- 
legiate playing careers of their own. 

Ed Hegmann, athletic director and 
women's tennis coach at Mary Washing- 
ton, played baseball at Bucknell Univer- 
sity, and as a sophomore, was coveted 
by his beloved hometown Pittsburgh 
Pirates. However, Hegmann says his arm 
"faded" in his junior and senior seasons. 
"Basically, I could not come up with a big 
league fastball. I had a lot of junk and 
could set up the hitters somewhat, but 
when it came down to trying to over- 
power them, I couldn't." 

Hegmann began playing tennis while 
working toward his master's degree at 
Springfield College (Mass.), where he 
also participated in intramural handball. 
He then pursued a doctorate in physical 
education at Temple University, where 
he competed in intramural basketball and 
won several racquetball tournaments. 

Hegmann's old roommate at Spring- 
field, MWC men's soccer and tennis 
coach Roy Gordon, was also very involved 
in athletics while attending college. 
Gordon says that, ironically, the two met 
in the library, and not on the playing field. 
Hegmann and Gordon played handball 
together in college, but neither will say 
who was better. "I don't think there was 
a clear-cut dominant person. We really 
had some battles," Hegmann recalls. 
"Roy was most dominant when he used 
a 50- cent piece in his glove (to increase 
his power)." 

Even though there is some doubt 
about who was the better handball player, 
there is no doubt who the superior cook 
was. Hegmann says Gordon was the best 
cook a roommate could want. "I remem- 
ber him cooking baked fish. I cooked 
only on top of the stove. He cooked in 
the stove." 

Gordon, who is also MWC's associate 
director of athletics, started his athletic 
career at Binghamton University (N.Y.). 
He played goalkeeper for the soccer 
team for one season and first baseman 
for the baseball team for three years. 
"We were just beginning the intercoUe- 



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From left to right: Rod Wood, Edward H. Hegmann, Matttiew A. Kinney, Kurt Glaeser, Thomas 
F. Sheridan, Roy M. Gordon, David S. Soper. 



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giate program. It was the small- college 
equivalent of Division III at that point," 
Gordon says. 

Tom Sheridan, coach of the varsity 
baseball team, went to Lock Haven Uni- 
versity in Pennsylvania, where he played 
baseball for three years — as a third 
baseman and as a pitcher. During one 
summer league game after his sopho- 
more year, Sheridan went down to field 
a ground ball. The ball skipped up, hit 
him in the nose, and caromed back to the 
catcher on the fly. The catcher threw the 
batter out, but the ball broke Sheridan's 
nose. A fan in the stands was nice enough 
to give him a cold beer to keep the 
swelling down. Now, Sheridan laughs 
when he thinks about his broken nose, 
but at that time, he was in a lot of pain. 

The women's lacrosse and field hock- 
ey coach, Dana Hall, was an outstanding 
athlete at Frostburg State University. 
She played basketball and ran track her 
first two years, before tearing her ham- 
string in half during a race in her sopho- 
more year. After five months of rehabili- 
tation. Hall switched to field hockey and 
lacrosse. She scored seven goals in the 
Maryland State College Hockey Tourna- 



ment in 1976, helping the Bobcats finish 
second to the University of Maryland. In 
lacrosse, she was the goalkeeper, and 
broke her thumb while saving a shot 
against Towson State. Another shot went 
through her helmet, splitting open her 
nose. Yet Hall never lost interest in 
sports. 

Kurt Glaeser, men's lacrosse and wo- 
men's soccer coach, had a less painful 
time playing lacrosse at Western Mary- 
land College. Glaeser, a tri-captain, led 
the Green Terrors to their first Middle 
Atlantic Conference title as a midfielder. 
Glaeser has two distinct memories from 
his playing days. The first memory in- 
volves a game against Division I Lehigh 
University, in which Glaeser had four 
goals and four assists. He had the tying 
goal with 12 seconds remaining in regu- 
lation, forcing the game to overtime, and 
his team eventually won. 

Glaeser's second memory centers 
around a game against Franklin and 
Marshall, in which Western Maryland 
was down 10-5 with only 10 minutes 
remaining. The Green Terrors respond- 
ed with a 6-0 run to defeat F&M for the 
first time and clinch the MAC Champion- 



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From left to right: Dana S. Hall, Deborah A. Conway and Constance A. Gallahan. 



ship. As an attacker, Glaeser scored two 
goals against F&M's Ail-American de- 
fender, prompting the Diplomats to call 
for a stick check on him. After gradua- 
tion, Glaeser continued to play lacrosse 
for the New York Lacrosse Club, the 
Central Jersey Lacrosse Club, and the 
Fairfax Lacrosse Club. 

Another coach who is no stranger to 
big wins is second-year swimming coach. 
Matt Kinney. Kinney was a three-time 
All-American for Division III dynamo, 
Kenyon College (Ohio). Kenyon has won 
16 consecutive national championships 
in men's swimming and 12 titles in wo- 
men's swimming. Kinney's specialty was 
the 200-yard breaststroke, but he also 
swam the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 
400-yard Individual Medley at Kenyon. 
He recalls his sophomore year as being 
his best. "We really had a great season. 
I got better at every meet, and went to 
Nationals and got fourth that year. It 
was kind of out of the blue, considering 
I had never qualified for the competition 
before," says Kinney. 

Kinney was a member of three NCAA 
Division III National Championship 
teams. He was chosen captain for his 
senior season, 1992-93. "My primary 
strength as a swimmer was not that I 
was a talented athlete, but that I enjoyed 
swimming as a sport," recalls Kinney. 



Stan Soper, the men's and women's 
cross country and track coach, believes 
that hard work and dedication, rather 
than talent, made him successful. Soper 
ran seven events each meet his sopho- 
more year at Frostburg State before con- 
centrating on the 800-meter, mile relay, 
and long jump. Soper set an indoor re- 
cord in the 600-meter and in relay teams. 
He was selected for the Frostburg State 
University Hall of Fame in 1990. "I think 
the reason that I was chosen was not so 
much for the times or distances or any- 
thing like that, because they weren't 
exceptional," Soper says. "I think what 
probably got me -inducted was the work 
ethic and dedication aspect of it, more 
than the actual times." 

Connie Gallahan, the women's basket- 
ball coach at MWC, participated in field 
hockey, basketball, golf, and archery at 
Longwood College. One of her fondest 
memories is the time she was coerced 
into playing collegiate golf. Having never 
picked up a golf club, Gallahan was asked 
by her field hockey coach (who doubled 
as the goM coach) ttie day before the first 
match if she would play in the upcoming 
event. After hitting several hundred 
balls off the driving range tee, Gallahan 
played against the fifth-seeded player 
fi-om Lynchburg College. Although it 
was her first time on the golf course. 



Gallahan actually won in the match-play 
format event. 

MWC volleyball and softball coach 
Dee Conway was a multi-sport standout 
at Ferrum College and Lynchburg Col- 
lege. At Ferrum, Conway was captain of 
the Softball and basketball teams and was 
named athlete of the year for basketball 
her sophomore year. Conway also par- 
ticipated in volleyball while at Ferrum. 
She transferred to Lynchburg after her 
sophomore year and started for the bas- 
ketball and Softball teams. 

Riding coach Carol Hawley was an ac- 
complished student-athlete at Mary 
Washington College, having earned nu- 
merous riding trophies enroute to grad- 
uating Phi Beta Kappa from MWC. She 
has been involved with the riding pro- 
gram since her graduation in 1984. 

Men's basketball coach Rod Wood was 
a standout basketball player at Randolph- 
Macon College for four years. During 
his stay at R-MC, his teams were nation- 
ally ranked every year and advanced to 
the national tournament in three of those 
seasons. 

Mary Washington College's coaches 
are no strangers to success. MWC play- 
ers benefit from their coaches' experi- 
ence every time they step on the field. 

Clint Often is MWC's new sports informa- 
tion director; Bryan Tucker '96 did an 
independent study in the MWC Sports 
Information Office. 



„ h a new tradition at Mary Washmg- 
ton College with the induction of the 
first honorees into MWC's Athletic 
Hall of Fame. 

Now nominations are being sought 
for this year's inductees. To nominate 
a former player, coach, or administra- 
tor, write to the Office of Sports Infor- 
mation for the proper nomination form. 
All nominees will be considered this 
summer by the Hall of Fame Selection 
Committee. 

Hall of Fame inductees will be hon- 
ored on the Friday evening of Home- 
coming Weekend. Commemorative 
plaques will be awarded, and a copy will 
be displayed in the Hall of Fame Room 
in Goolrick Gymnasium. 

To fund the Hall of Fame, the MWC 
Athletic Department needs the assis- 
tance of alumni and friends to partici- 
pate in its annual fund-raiser, the Hall 
of Fame golf tournament (to be held 
May 2, 1997). Tax- deductible donations 
are also welcome. With your help, we 
will continue honoring Mary Washing- 
ton's past sports heroes. 



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President Anderson 
Recuperating 



On Sept. 25, 1996. Mary Washington College President William M. 
Anderson Jr. was hospitalized after experiencing a mptured aneurysm on the 
right side of his brain. Fortunately, he was in Richmond meeting with state 
officials and had checked into a hotel near the capitol. Thus he was very 
close to the Medical College of Virginia, where he underwent approximately 
six hours of surgeiy. 

After six weeks of intensive therapy at MCV, President Anderson returned 
to Brompton. where modifications had been made for him on the first floor. 
Existing plans for a handicapped accessible bath were accelerated, and the 
back parlor was converted to a combination bedroom/sitting room/study. 
Dr. Anderson then began physical therapy as an outpatient at Mary Washing- 
ton Hospital. 

During his absence from the College. Maijorie M. Poyck. executive vice 
president and chief financial officer, was appointed acting president by the 
Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of Mary AVashington College. 
As a testimony to the excellent organization in place at the College, academic 
and administrative responsibilities have continued to be efficiently handled 
throughout the president's period of recuperation. Friends have directed a 
myriad of calls and cards to Dr. Anderson and his family through the 
President's Office. The words and notes of encouragement continue to be 
delivered daily to the Andersons, who are most appreciative of everyone's 
expressions of concern. 

From the beginning. President Anderson's prognosis for recovery has 
been good, and his progress is amazing. The extent of any pennanent impair- 
ment is still unknown. While his vision is impaired and his left arm and hand 
are almost completely immobile, Dr. Anderson can read and walk, and has 
maintained his wonderful sense of humor throughout the ordeal, remaining 
confident that with time he will be able to conquer this challenge. He contin- 
ues to be active in College affairs, attending sports events and contributing to 
executive decisions from his home-office. 

The most recent event signifying Dr. Anderson's recovery and plan to re- 
sume responsibilities as president of the College occurred at the legislative 
budget hearing in Dodd Auditorium on Dec. 30. President Anderson welcomed 
members of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees of 
the General Assembly to the College and, following a standing ovation in 
recognition of his presence, proceeded to speak eloquently and fervently on 
behalf of higher education in general and Mary Washington College in par- 
ticular. WTiile physical therapy continues to occupy the majority of his day, 
President Anderson keeps in touch with the campus through phone calls and 
occasional visits, which are enthusiastically received. 

Dr. Anderson has been president of Mar\' Washington since 1983 and a 
College administrator since 1976. 



MWC AGAIN 

Nationally Ranked 

Money magazine has ranked Mary 
Washington College 22nd in the nation 
in terms of academic qualit>^ and cost in 
its annual review of the nation's best val- 
ues in higher education. 

This is the seventh year that the mag- 
azine has published its annual guide, 
which has become a staple for college- 
bound high school students and their 
parents. For each of those seven years, 
the magazine's editors ranked MWC 
among the nation's top 100 colleges and 
universities. 

In this year's ratings by Money, Mary 
Washington rose in the national rankings 
from 28th to 22nd place. Eight Virginia 
colleges were listed in the top 100 insti- 
tutions: James Madison Universit\' (18), 
Mary Washington College (22), Washing- 
ton and Lee University' (28) , Sweetbriar 
College (39), The University of Virginia 
(45), The College of AVilliam and Mary 
(63). Emon- and Henr\^ College (69) and 
Virginia Military' Institute (86). Money 
based its rankings on the analysis of aca- 
demic quality^ and cost at more than 1,000 
colleges. 

For the fifth time in six years, Mary 
Washington has been named to the 
"America's Best Colleges" list published 
annually by U.S. News & World Report. 
Only 150 colleges and universities make 
the list each year from a survey of the 
nation's 1,500 leading four-yeai" institutions. 
Mary Washington College was fifth in the 
"Regional Universities-South" category^ 
Other institutions listed in the same cat- 
egory- include The University^ of Richmond 
(\'a.). Rollins College (Fla.). James Madi- 
son University (Va.) and Stetson Univer- 
sity (Fla.) . In temis of "student selectivity'." 
which looks at the academic quality of the 
entering class. Mary Washington College 
placed second among its peer institutions. 
It was fourth in "student retention" and 
ninth in "academic reputation." 

The U.S. News & World Report listing 
is considered one of the nation's most 
prestigious rankings, in which researchers 
use more than 300 pieces of data to com- 
pare statistically the nation's colleges 
and universities. As a "best value." Mary 
Washington College was listed as 11th 
among regional universities in the South. 



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^ D6TRIIS! DeiniLS! 

A week before the presidential election, some voters might have erupted if 
someone made fun of their candidate. But when political satirist Mark Russell 
[kicked on all the candidates at his October 28 Fredericksburg Forum presen- 
tation, the eruption came in the form of raucous laughter, and the near-capacity 
crowd settled in for a stress-free evening. 

Well, not everyone settled in. MWC staff people from the Office of College 
Relations and Legislative Affairs were still running final checks to make sure 
eveiyone in the balcony could see over the video camera and that the warm 
air circulating the auditorium was at a comfortable level. This dazzling even- 
ing was just a moment in the year of preparation that came before it. 

College Relation's choice of red, white and blue bunting as stage decora- 
tion set the political tone for the evening of merriment. Using Uncle Bob's 
Party Band for jazzy pre-show music proved to be another big hit, adding a 
nightclub feeling to stately Dodd Auditorium. 

The performance itself was vintage Mark Russell. Even Fredericksburg and 
the College became part of his witty repertoire. "I have been to Mary Washing- 
ton College," he deadpanned, "therefore I am." 

Not a single joke got past the appreciative audience. Russell seemed sur- 
prised at first at the thunderous laughter, and you could tell, as he moved 
along, that he was being revved up by the spirited response. He later said he 
wished he could take the audience back to D.C. with him. 

College caterers took the refreshments for Lee Hall Ballroom's after-the- 
show champagne reception to a new musical level, spotlighting tast>' miniature 
chocolate pianos and ice sculptures in the shape of pianos. "I'm glad we used 
I^e," says Louise Ashby, coordinator of community and legislative affairs, 
"because on the walk from Dodd Auditorium to I^e Hall, Mr. Russell said, 
'You know, you have a beautiful campus. Ever thought of letting them make 
a movie here?' He might not have seen the campus otherwise." 

Russell stayed for a long time that evening, and for weeks later at MWC, 
attendees were talking about a temfic Fredericksburg Forum. 



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An estimated L500 people came to 
Family Weekend in September. Activities 
for students and their families included 
campus and city tours, department open 
houses, class visitations and club exhibi- 
tions. Plenty of fun came from a student 



talent show, live band concert, a dance 
and a campus-wear fashion show. And 
sports fans streamed to Tlie Battleground 
to watch a tennis tournament, soccer 
games, and a student/ alumni field hockey 
match. 




16 



FACULTY HIGHUGHTS 

Taddesse Adera, associate professor 
of English, attended the 1996 National 
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 
seminar in South Africa. The seminar 
examined the significant movements in 
the literary and cultural history of con- 
temporar\' South Africa, using a list of 
core texts from 1948 to the present and 
situating each text in its historical con- 
text. An NEH stipend of $4,000 provided 
each scholar with living expenses during 
the eight-week seminar. 

At a recent annual meeting of the Po- 
tomac and Chesapeake Association for 
College Admissions Counseling, Jenifer 
L. Blair, associate dean of admissions, 
was chosen president-elect. Ms. Blair will 
be coordinating the April 1997 annual 
meeting in Charlottesvillle, Va. 

"Reduced Idempotents in the Semi- 
group of Boolean Matrices," an article 
by Dr. Janusz Konieczny, assistant pro- 
fessor of mathematics, was published in 
the Journal of Symbolic Computation. 

William Henr\^ Lewis, assistant profes- 
sor of English, received the Special Award 
for New Writing by the Eellowship of 
Southern Writers. The award of $1,000 
will be recognized at the April 1997 Con- 
ference on Southern Literature in Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn. The short story "Shades," 
written by Lewis, has been selected for 
inclusion in the 1996 volume of The Best 
American Short Stories. Lewis also re- 
cently released In the Arms of Our Elders, 
a collection of short stories. 

A monograph titled "Symmetric In- 
verse Semigroups," written by Stephen 
L. Lipscomb, professor of mathematics, 
is in the Mathematical Surveys and 
Monographs published in September. 
This work, the product of 10 years of 
research at MWC, has gained increasing 
international recognition in recent years, 
particularly for Lipscomb's specialt\% 
finite inverse semigroups, an area of 
algebra where languages can be formally 
studied. 

An article written by Robert L. 
McConnell, professor of geology, will be 
reprinted in the upcoming Carrying 
Capacity Briefing Book, a comprehensive 
educational resource with information 
from experts on population, the environ- 
ment, and resource conservation. Dr. 
McConnell's article is titled "An American 
Laboratory: Population Growth and En- 
vironmental Quality in California." 

Patricia Lacey Metzger, professor of 
business administration, was awarded the 
Certified Government Financial Manager 
designation; served as chairperson of the 
session "Accounting Potpourri" at the 
Southeastern Chapter Annual Meeting, 
Institute for Operations Research and the 
Management Sciences; and was invited 



to present her paper, "Successfully Edu- 
cating Adult Students Requires New Ap- 
proaches in Instruction," at the National 
Association of Graduate-Professional 
Students. 

John N. Pearce, director of the James 
Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, 
was one of six museum leaders who par- 
ticipated in the Smithsonian Institution's 
seminar, "Leaders in Museums" held at 



the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. 
Pearce is also director of M^VC's Center 
for Historic Preservation. 

Aniano Pena, professor of modem 
foreign languages, presented the paper 
"Interpolaciones y generos literarios en 
el Quijote" at the IV Congreso de la 
Asociacion Intemacional Siglo de Oro 
(AISO) held at the Universit}^ of Alcala 
(Madrid) in August. 



^ RH€RD Of TH€ GnM6 ^ 



Dr. Roy Smith carries a plastic 
brain from class to office to class. 
His students expect it. Smith 
teaches Physiopsychology, Bio- 
cognition, and Behavior Genet- 
ics. It's a good thing he knows the brain 
as well as he does, having served, this 
past year, as president of the Virginia 
Psychological Association. 

If anyone could use the brain as a 
logo, it would be Smith. But he doesn't 
just carr>^ one around, he uses his own to 
run VPA "There is a whole piece of \TA 
that academicians know little about, and 
about which I am quickly becoming in- 
fo mied," he says. "The toughest part is 
keeping the different groups under the 
\TA umbrella in balance. It's like being 
a dean. tr\ing to keep various depart- 
ments balanced when their goals are not 
necessarily compatible." 

The umbrella shelters four Alrginia 
psychological academies: the clinical, 
which licenses clinical psychologists; the 
school, which deals with school psychol- 
ogists; applied, people who advertise 
themselves as psychologists; and acade- 
mic, those who teach at an institution. 

"WJiat you don't realize until you be- 
come involved in \TA is how important 
government legislation is to the practice 
of psychology," explains Smith, and, 
"how state government works to regulate 
our professionals: the board of health, 
the board of psychology^, the board of 
medicine." 

MWC maintains one of the closest 
institutional connections to \TA's acade- 
mic academy, as it provides a convention 
where undergraduates in MWC's methods 
and upper-level experimental psychology 
classes present formal papers. This 
means our students get a lot of public 
speaking experience. 

"And our department takes heavy ad- 
vantage of that," says Smith. "We carry 
three van-loads of students down every 
spring, as we consider the event an ex- 
tension of our undergraduate research 
program." He adds that the experience 
is a great step up for them and, in ex- 
change, the "Psych" Department pays 




membership fees for students and half 
the fees for department members. 

"After all the VPA has done for MWC 
over the last 10 years, it's the least we 
can do to support the organization. We 
really do it for the students. There's just 
no other way they could get that kind of 
opportunit>\ We've become the school to 
emulate because we send so many and 
because they do such a good job. It's 
stimulating for us and for the other 
schools as well." 

The accomplishment Smith presided 
over "as opposed to did," he says, was 
the complete reorganization of the psy- 
chological licensure for the state of Vir- 
ginia, whereas before each department 
controlled its own group. "We now have 
in place a unified board of psychology. 
Not ever\^one is happy about it. The rip- 
ples and fallout continue. But the organi- 
zation is still a single unit with the acad- 
emies intact, and I consider that a major 
accomplishment. " 

Bv Liz Gordon 



17 



TH€ DnN€ 
nND CRIN 

1996 has been a Seren Kierke- 
gaard year for David Cain, distin- 
guished professor of religion at Mary 
Washington College. But what year 
is not? As chair of the Kierkegaard 
Consultation Group, American 
Academy of Religion, Southeastern 
Region, meeting in Columbia, S.C, 
in March, Cain put together a spe- 
cial plenary session devoted to criti- 
cal responses to Roger Poole's 
recent major work in Kierkegaard 
studies, Kierkegaard: The Indirect 
Communication, published by the 
University Press of Virginia. 

Professors from various disci- 
plines responded to Poole's work, 
and Poole himself from the Uni- 
versity of Nottingham, England, was 
present to respond to his respon- 
dents. Cain organized a mini-lecture 
tour for Poole following the confer- 
ence, bringing Poole to the Univer- 
sity of North Carolina/Charlotte, 
and to Mary Washington. 

May 5-9 were "Kierkegaard Days 
in Copenhagen." Kierkegaard was 
born on May 5, 1813, "inconsider- 
ately early," says Cain, in relation to 
MWC's calendar. Even so, Cain was 
present to participate in this major in- 
ternational conference, one of many 
special events planned for 1996, 
Copenhagen's year as Cultural Cap- 
ital of Europe. 

Cain returned to Copenhagen in 
August as an invited plenary speak- 
er in an international conference on 
"The City as Cultural Metaphor." 
Cain's address was "'Small Enough... 
Large Enough': Kierkegaard and the 
Scale of Mefropolitan Metaphor." 
Later, Cain led a tour of "Kierke- 
gaard's Copenhagen" for scholars 
from Russia, Finland, Sweden, Nor- 
way, Denmark, Turkey, Germany, 
France, Italy, Spain, England and 
the United States. 

Cain is president-elect of SKs 
(The Soren Kierkegaard Society, 
North America). His bilingual book 
of color plates and narrative captions. 
An Evocation of Kierkegaard/En 
Fremkaldelse of Kierkegaard, which 
he refers to ironically as "a coffee- 
table Kierkegaard," is due for publi- 
cation from Reitzels Forlag, Copen- 
hagen, a venerable Danish press 
which was present and significant 
in the life of Kierkegaard. 




Look up "linguistics" in Webster's New World Dictionary and you'll read, "the science 
of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics; some- 
times divided into descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical 
linguistics: the study of the structure, development of a particular language and its 
relationship to other languages." 

Whew! Now you understand why, until recently, most colleges offered the study 
of linguistics only to graduates. But a quick visit with Christina Kakava, assistant pro- 
fessor of linguistics, will clear up any confusion. 

She'll even show you what the sound of a word looks like with the aid of the En- 
glish, Linguistics and Speech Department's new hypermedia software program, The 
Sounds of the World's Languages (SOWL) and a more advanced speech analysis 
software, Signalyze. Christina speaks "Hello" into the Macintosh microphone and 
immediately Signalyze sends waveforms zigzagging on a computer screen that now 
resembles a lie detector or a heart monitor. She laughs and says, "Everyone who uses 
this new software loves it." 

English or education majors taking the required course used to dread the study of 
linguistics. "It used to be a big task to try to imagine sounds in class," she says. Now 
they flip quarters to see who gets to use the user-fiiendly SOWL first. On busier days, 
she gently encourages her students to take turns clicking on the program's world map 
to hear which language, dialect or unique sounds are particular to that region. "When 
we see our students excited about this, we get even more excited," Christina says. 

Yet as much fun as this cutting- edge software is, no one thinks of it as a toy. No 
plaything we know of contains 150 authentic digitized samples of the world's estimat- 
ed average of 3,000 to 8,000 languages. No amusement charts an abstract like this 
does. "A 'voiceless stop' is a confusing concept," says one student. "Until you see the 
letter's pattern in the lab." Other students have tested the authenticity of Spanish, 
French, British and German accents. 

"Linguistics examines how sounds are produced, perceived, structured," Christina 
says, massaging the air, gathering invisible words together. "It explains why we can 
say 'I'd like a red apple,' but we can't say, 'I'd like an apple red.' There are rules that 
govern languages. Otherwise how would we know when it's appropriate to use 'Please' 
and Thank you'?" Language also varies by race, gender, class ethnicity and locality. 
"You can see why America, with its varied cultures, is the perfect place to study lin- 
guistics," she says. "Ours is a platter course, where students get exposed to all the 
different fields to see where their interests lie." 

Linguistic software aids in crime detection, too. "FBI agents wanting to use speech 
to connect someone to a crime scene use a more advanced speech analysis program," 
Christina says, "but it's the same idea. It's not exactly like a fingerprint because you 
can only exclude rather than include. You can say the suspect cannot be included in 
the group of suspects whose voice they have on record." 

Only a few minor obstacles in future software production concern Christina, but she's 
already communicating with the software's producer. And, she and Judith Parker, 
assistant professor of English and Linguistics, plan to finish a workbook that will 
clear up any other bafflements. 

By Liz Gordon 



18 




Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis 

Multicultural 
Series Continues 

A celebration of Hispanic heritage in 
America opened the third Cultural Aware- 
ness Series at MWC in October, as a 36- 
member Puerto Rican National Guard 
Band performed outside Lee Hall preced- 
ing award-winning Puerto Rican writer 
Rosario Ferre's lecture, "Reflections in 
the Lagoon." 

This multicultural series offers speak- 
ers, concerts and workshops throughout 
the year to encourage dialogue about 
culture, ethnicity and history. A docu- 
mentary film about racism, "The Color of 
Fear," was followed by a workshop facili- 
tated by cast members and educators 
Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez. And in 
November, Eric Liu, former presidential 
speech writer and author/editor of The 
Next Progressive, spoke on "Asian-Ameri- 
can Issues and The Politics of Race." The 
series fall finale was a performance by 
Maryjane Bird, founder of Blue Horizon 
Dance, a company which presents Native 
American culture through the medium of 
dance and storytelling. 




L€nD€RSHIP COLLOQUIUM FOR 
PROF€SSIONnL UJO/V\€N 




IVIWC's Carol Martin (left) and Meta Braymer (second from left) welcome State Sen. Emily Couric 
to the Great Hall. 



MaryJane Bird 



Focusing on the continuing long-term 
development of leadership skills that 
women need for success in the pro- 
fessional world, the third annual Leader- 
ship Colloquium for Professional Women 
was held at MWC in November. 

According to Meta R. Braymer, dean 
of graduate and continuing education at 
the College, this colloquium provides 
ongoing support to participants through 
yearly leadership training and network- 
ing opportunities. 

The Honorable Mary Sue Terry, for- 
mer attorney general of the Common- 
wealth of Virginia, gave the keynote ad- 
dress, and the Honorable Emily Couric, 
Virginia state senator from Charlottes- 
ville, spoke after dinner in the Great Hall. 

"How many have thought of running 
for office?" Senator Couric asked. She 
urged those assembled to consider it 
seriously, enumerating issues that affect 
women: welfare, reproductive rights, day 
care, domestic abuse and her own "big 
cause in life" — education. 

Besides sharing ideas on how to get 
involved in politics, she drew on her 
own experience to give advice on profes- 
sional and personal advancement. "Make 
lots of contacts," she said — "everybody 
counts." And, to help achieve goals, she 
suggested heightening personal confi- 
dence. "I try to work on being more 
courageous," she said, and described how 



she took part in a tour of a West Virginia 
coal mine, L500 feet down. Being claus- 
trophobic, this took an enormous amount 
of effort, but the resulting self-confidence, 
she said, made the experience worth it. 

She also suggested developing a per- 
sonal written plan, with short- and long- 
term goals. "Unless you put things on 
paper, you just bounce along from task 
to task. You must re-assess from time to 
time." 

The University of Virginia co- sponsored 
the colloquium. 




Colloquium participants explore successful 
strategies for managing change in their 
organizations. 



19 



KRICKUS 

DOCUM6NTS 

LiTHUFINinN 

Uprising 

Showdown, based on Bloody Sunday, 
the uprising that occuired in the Lithuan- 
ian capital of Vilnius on Jan. 13, 1991, 
could have been a blockbuster novel had 
author Richard J. Krickus chosen to view 
it that way. As it was, he portrayed the 
event and its international consequences 
through non-fiction, hence the subtitle 
TJie Lithuanian Rebellion and the Breakup 
of the Soviet Empire. 

As one of the two U.S. scholars allow- 
ed to obsei-ve the elections in 1990, 
Krickus, professor of political science and 
international affairs at MWC, witnessed 
thousands of Lithuanians declare their 
independence from the USSR. He saw 
the country of less than 4 million pull a 
cornerstone from the Soviet Union, caus- 
ing the giant nation to tilt. Krickus is 
convinced that had Bloody Sunday been 
crushed, the Soviet Union would be alive 
today. "Not well," he says, "but alive." 

Kiickus began writing about Lithuania 
long before the uprising. After discover- 
ing a revolutionary civil rights document 
smuggled into the United States in the 
70s by Lithuanian priests, he sent an 
article to The Washington Post. That re- 
sulted in intei"views with people who had 
escaped or been thrown out of the coun- 
try. Later, while making frequent trips to 
lecture and hold workshops, he became 
familiar with most of the activists in the 
Sajudis party. His first-hand knowledge 
of the ethnic republics in the former So- 
viet Union make him an excellent guest 
for programs such as " Larry King Live" 
and networks CNN, CBS and NPR. 

EVENTS ON CAMPUS 

September 

"Champions of Modernism," a show of 
"non-objective" art from the 1930s, '40s 
and '90s, was on display from Sept. 6 to 
Nov. 3 at the Mary Washington College 
Galleries.. .Dr. John E. Hummel, assistant 
professor of psychology at the Univer- 
sity of California, Los Angeles, spoke on 
"Object Recognition: It's Harder Than 
You Think." Dr. Hummel is MWC's 1996 
Distinguished Psychology Graduate in 
Residence.. .The Poetry/Fiction Readers 
Series opened the fall semester with a 
reading by Jay Wright, known across 
the country as a "poet's poet".. .James 
McLure's "Laundry & Bourbon" and 
"Lone Star," one-act plays which present 



sketches of life in a small Texas town, 
were performed on campus. ..The Rappa- 
hannock Region Small Business Develop- 
ment Center offered a satellite seminar, 
"Tap the Power of the Internet II." Offered 
later was a seven-module course guiding 
participants through the process of pre- 
paring a formal written business plan for 
strategic planning and/or financing a 
small business. A pollution-prevention 
training workshop for small businesses 
was led by Mike Ewing, from the Virginia 
Small Business Development Center in 
Chesapeake. 

October 

A forum on "Welfare, Why Do We 
Care?" was held in the Great Hall of 
Woodard Campus Center.. .A conference 
addressing race relations from different 
perspectives was held with community 




and business leaders... The James Monroe 
Lecture featured Richard Norton Smith, 
a biographer and historian who has been 
director of four presidential libraries. His 
talk examined the political and personal 
relationship between James Monroe and 
Secretary of State John Quincy Adams... 
MWC sponsored its third annual "White 
Ribbon Campaign" to focus attention on 
the problem of male violence against 
women. The week featured educational 
programs in an effort to raise communi- 
ty awareness. ..Thaddeus Brys was guest 
artist at the October concert of the Mary 
Washington College-Community Sym- 
phony Orchestra. He performed 
Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo 
Theme" on the cello. ..The orchestra is 
celebrating its 25th-anniversary year. 

November 

"Fredericksburg AIDS Walk '96," a 5K 
walk through the city of Fredericksburg, 
was held in early November. All proceeds 
went to Fredericksburg Area HIV/ AIDS 
Support Services (FA}L\SS)...The Mary 
Washington College Department of 
Theatre and Dance presented the tragi- 
comedy "Waiting For Godot," by Samuel 
Beckett.. ."Multi-Ethnic Perspectives," a 
national education conference, was held 
for administrators, teachers and students 
at the Sheraton Inn Conference Center 
in Fredericksburg. Sponsored by Mary 
Washington College's Multicultural 
Affairs Office, the conference had a wide 
range of workshops, speakers and enter- 
tainers. Topics included "Building a 
Multicultural Community" and "Cross- 
Cultural Communications." 



Thaddeus Brys 




The Mary Washington College-Community Symphony Orchestra has been playing to appreciative 
audiences for 25 years. 



20 



Alumni News 




Terrie Crawley, 

Alumni Association 

President 

The president of the MWC Alumni 
Association for 1996-98 is Dr. Theresa 
Young Crawley 77. After earning her B.S. 
in biology. Terrie subsequently received 
her M.S. in anatomy (1979) from the Med- 
ical College of Virginia and her D.D.S. 
from the same institution in 1983. Since 
that time, she has been in the private 
practice of general dentistry in Fredericks- 
burg, where she lives with her husband. 
Bill, who is Distinguished Professor of 
History and holder of the Rector and 
Visitors Chair at the College. 

Terrie has been an active participant 
in the affairs of her profession, the local 
community and the College. In addition 
to maintaining many professional affilia- 
tions, she has played a leading role in 
several specific projects, including ef- 
forts to establish a free dental clinic. She 
makes frequent presentations in the 
local schools and has chaired the local 
dental society's Children's Dental Health 
Month and the Dental Careers Advisory 
Committee. Her community involvement 
includes service as a member of the Board 
of Directors of the Rappahannock Area 
United Way and as a campaign division 
chair of that organization. 

Terrie's service to Mary Washington 



has been extensive and varied, including 
sponsorship of interns in her dental office 
and frequent phonathon volunteering. 
Within the Alumni Association, she has 
sei'ved as vice president for the Alumni 



Fund and as chair of the 1995 Leadership 
Conference. She is currently a member 
of the MWC Foundation Board as well 
as the newly established Friends of the 
Forum organization. 



Third Printing of MWC's History 

The Mary Washington College Foundation Inc. has announced the third printing 
of the History of Mary Washington College 1908-1972 by Edward Alvey Jr. During 
his long association with Mary Washington, Dr. Alvey served a distinguished ten- 
ure as dean of the College from 1934 to 1967, and then as a professor of education 
until 1971. 

In the History of Mary Washington College 1908-1972, Dean Emeritus Alvey pre 
sents a detailed narrative of the College's development from 1908-1972. He con- 
siders all aspects of the institution's history, covering academic developments, 
social tradition, student activities, significant individuals in the College's evolution, 
the alumnae association, student clubs and honor societies. This latest printing 
includes an introduction by President William M. Anderson Jr., that is both a fore- 
word to the book and a tribute to Dr. Alvey. 

A best-seller at the College Bookstore, this history can be purchased for $25 
by calling the Bookstore at (540) 654-1017. Dr. Alvey donates all proceeds to the 
Mary Washington College Annual Fund. 

Other books written by Dr. Alvey include Days of My Youth, Portrait of a 
Daughter, The Streets of Fredericksburg, and History of the Presbyterian Church of 
Fredericksburg, Virginia 1808-1976. He is also the author of articles for the En- 
cyclopedia Americana and the Reader's Digest Almanac and Yearbook. 

In 1977, the College conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of 
Humane Letters. In 1991, a new residence hall was named in his honor. Dr. Alvey 
remains an esteemed and cherished figure at MWC and resides on College Ave- 
nue, only one block from the College gates. 




21 




A WOMAN FOR All Decades 



BY LIZ GORDON 

To put Ruby Ixe Norris' accomplish- 
ments into perspective, make it easy on 
yourself by limiting the list to the high 
points of her career. Then, if you have 
time, go back and group her list of teach- 
ing experiences, professional and civic 
activities, publications and programs, 
honors and awards and outside interests 
into, say, decades. 

Ruby I^e Norris '36 began her diverse 
professional life in the '3()s, teaching Uth- 
and 12th-graders in Kilmarnock, where 
she met and married another Norris, her 
husband, Vernon. Whatever plans they 
made for the '40s and beyond were alter- 
ed by World War II. Vernon was drafted 
for war work on the home front and Ruby 
Lee, after hiring a babysitter, went back 
to teaching English and French — this 
time, in a private high school in down- 
town Philadelphia. 

Then the GI Bill passed, allowing vet- 
erans to enroll in high school, and Ruby 
Lee's career path jogged again. The own- 
ers of her school, realizing that ex-soldiers 
had no place in a high school, challenged 
her to organize the tlrst private high 
school for veterans returning from WWII. 
Obtaining all the necessary regulations, 



Ruby I^e hired math, science, English 
and history teachers, ordered chemistiy 
equipment and arranged convocations. 
Her day and evening classes quickly filled 
with highly motivated veterans whose 
war experiences had focused their goals. 
"It was an extremely rewarding and ex- 
citing time," Ruby Lee says. 

The '50s found Ruby Ixe teaching not 
one grade, but five, at both the elemen- 
tary and the high school levels. At Mary 
Washington, she had taken as many re- 
quired courses as possible so she could 
teach chemistiy, biology, history, English, 
French or Latin, and now she was doing 
it — all of it. 

When, in the '60s, she discovered that 
literature and language were her pas- 
sions, she aimed them first toward 
George Wythe High School, where she 
became a sponsor of their award-winning 
yearbook, then toward Douglas Freeman 
High School. Noticing the dedication 
juniors and seniors had toward their 
newspapers, Ruby Lee labored to get a 
journalism course of study approved by 
the state so that students received credit 
for their work. During those summers, 
she wrote, taught, served as a guide for 
a humanities study-travel program and 
pursued her master's in humanities from 



the University of Richmond. And from 
1958-1960, she served as president of 
the Virginia Association of Teachers of 
English. 

In the '70s, when Richmond city 
schools obtained federal money for in- 
novative programs. Ruby Lee became the 
first Poetry-in-Schools coordinator for 
the Center for Humanities, serving city 
and county schools. As creative writing 
consultant, she compiled and edited a 
series of books on writing for teacher 
workshops. This led to her participation 
in the experimental Governor's School 
for the Gifted and Talented. These two 
programs survive as the Humanities 
Centers in Richmond and Henrico School, 
and the Governor's School. 



'When an opportunity 

comes walking up to me, 

I give it my all, then move 

on to the next " 



Retiring to Middlesex in the '80s, 
Ruby Lee continued to write poetry and 
short stories, travel, work in her garden 
and take photographs for her regular 
column in Pleasant Living, a regional 
magazine for the Rappahannock River- 
Middle Peninsula area. Then the honors 
came. Among them, she was tagged for 
Personalities of America, The World Who's 
Who of Women, and at MWC, she was 
presented with the College's Distinguish- 
ed Alumnus Award for 1986. 

When she lost her husband of 57 years 
in a single-car accident, she thought her 
world had ended. "But I found a part of 
it had changed. I had to learn a different 
way of life in a familiar place." 

Now it's 1996, and on Ruby Lee's cal- 
endar we see meetings with the American 
Cancer Society, the Board of Directors of 
Middlesex County Public Library, the 
Middlesex County Women's Club, the 
local garden club, her church, and her 
alma mater. 

As the newest member of the Board 
of Visitors for Mary Washington 
College, Ruby Lee sits on the historic 
preservation and alumni relations com- 
mittees. She says her experience restor- 
ing and renovating several houses and 
her acting as chair for the Golden Society 
for the last 25-plus years will help her 
serve. "It would have been disastrous if I 
had chosen finance and budget or leg- 
islative. I'm not ready for those commit- 
tees yet," she says. "Maybe later." 



22 




MWC Graduate 

Named to National 

Phi Beta Kappa 

Senate 

Eloise Clark '51, professor of bio- 
logical sciences and former vice pres- 
ident for academic affairs at Bowling 
Green State University in Ohio, has 
been elected to the 24-member senate 
for the national office of Phi Beta 
Kappa, based in Washington, D.C. 
She fills the unexpired term of Vera 
Kistiakowsky, professor emerita of 
physics at MIT, who resigned. 

Clark has served on Phi Beta 
Kappa's Committee on Qualifications 
since 1985. She holds a Ph.D. from 
the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill. She also is president of 
the American Association for the Ad- 
vancement of Science and has worked 
at Columbia University and the Na- 
tional Science Foundation. 



CALL FOR ENTRIES 

Mid-Atlantic New 

Painting 97 

The MWC Galleries is sponsor- 
ing a competitive painting exhibition 
to be held in September 1997. All 
artists living in Delaware, the District 
of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania 
and Virginia are eligible to enter. 
The juror will be Janet A. Kaplan, 
executive editor of Art Journal, pub- 
lished by the College Art 
Association. The exhibition is made 
possible by the generosity of Alfred 
Levitt. Complete entry materials 
must be received by March 14. 
For more information: 
call (540) 654-1013 or 

e-mail gallery@mwc.edu. 




Melinda DelVishio '97. left, and Abby Baird '97 get ready to serve pizza to phonathon callers. 

PHONATHON '96: 

A TALE Of Loyal Support 

BY KATHRYN REYNOLDS WILLIS 70 

In Meeting Room 1 of the Woodard Campus Center, in the early evenings from late 
October until just before Thanksgiving, over 300 students take part in pertorming a 
kind of magic. 

The magic doesn't materialize from thin air. Instead, it comes from the connection 
that's made when these student volunteers call alumni and friends of the College to 
ask for their annual pledge. 

Sustained by dozens of slices of pepperoni pizzas, fueled by hundreds of Cokes and 
Sprites, and energized by mountains of Tootsie Roll Pops and Snickers bars, these 
students make contact with thousands of alumni and parents, one by one. 

In the course of the evenings' conversations, a littie bit of the College's contempo- 
rary life is conveyed. One person will ask about the success of the field hockey team, 
another about the major of their student caller, and yet another about the progress 
of The Jepson Science Center. Along the way, students hear a few fond recollections 
that alumni hold of a favorite professor, or one whose exams still strike tensor in their 
memories. 

Maiy Washington College is blessed with great good fortune in its alumni, parents 
and friends. From the more than 20,000 phone calls that are made, these folks have 
established a response record that is among the highest for public liberal arts insti- 
tutions anywhere. 

This year, the phonathon is doubly enriched. Through the Hofer Challenge, any 
new or increased donation to the Annual Fund has twice the impact. Mr. and Mrs. 
Florian "Red" Hofer are matching dollar-for- dollar any new or increased Annual Fund 
gift, up to a total of $100,000. 

Energized by the opportunity to double the impact of their pledge, contributors are 
responding with enthusiasm. The Hofer Challenge is being answered with a resound- 
ing "Yes!" By supporting this effort, friends of the College are making it possible to 
increase the giving total by the full $100,000. 

That says a lot, not only about the level of enthusiasm of these student volunteers, 
but also about the strong sense of the worth of an MWC education among our alumni. 
These funds will go toward a goal which is central in the mission of the College: sus- 
taining a tradition of academic excellence into the next centuiy. 

It's not possible to reach everyone in the fall, so if you've not yet heard a friendly 
MWC student voice on the other end of your telephone, you'll want to listen for it. The 
spring phonathon, from late Januaiy through February '97, will be your opportunity 
to double your increased or new donation through the Hofer Challenge! 

Kathryn Reynolds Willis '70 is director of marketing in the Office of College Advance- 
ment at Mary Washington. 



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October 16, 1996, was Celebration Day 
at Hazelwild Farm, as MWC alumna 
Elizabeth Morrison '26 marked her 95th 
birthday. Miss Moirison, lovingly known 
as "Aunt Sissy," visited with friends old 
and young, then took a trip to the pond to 
feed the ducks, and to the stable to offer 
a carrot or two to her well-loved ponies. 
Miss Morrison and Hazelwild have a long 
and treasured association with MWC's 
equestrian program, as generations of 
College riders have trained under the 
caring tutelage of Aunt Sissy. 




Sylvia Sheaks Moore '48 recently joined a Global Volunteers service pro- 
gram in Turkey. Searching for a unique way to be of service while experiencing 
a different culture, Ms. Moore spent two weeks in Istanbul, teaching English 
to children. " I found it to be a tremendous service and learning experience," 
says Sylvia. Global Volunteers, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, 
can be reached at (800) 487-1074. 



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Class Notes 



Goat Notes 



1930 

Office of Alumni Programs 
P.O. Box 1315 
Fredericksburg, VA 22402 

1932 

Office of Alumni Programs 
RO. Box 1315 
Fredericksburg, VA 22402 

1934 

Mary Virginia Willson 
19544 Herndon Court 
Leesburg, VA 22075 

Josephine Osborn Ashton phoned and 
we had a grand conversation. She lives in 
Leesburg now that her husband has passed 
on. One of her daughters also lives in Lees- 
burg. Her other daughters live out-of-state, 
but keep in close contact with their mother. Jo 
says she keeps fairly well and stays busy. She 
enjoys her church work and family activities. 

Eleanor Dickerson Van Train wrote from 
Houston, Texas. She was guest of honor this 
year at the Houston Farm and Ranch Club 
luncheon. The following is quoted from their 
program: 

"Choo Choo Van Train" 
This native of Virginia considers herself a 
Texan to the core. She took Houston by 
storm in 1945, and the whirlwind is still 
going strong. If there is a need, she throws 
herself wholeheartedly into meeting the 
need. She has been associated with the 
majority of charitable causes in Houston. 
As a result, accolades and awards of ap- 
preciation bestowed upon her over the 
years are as numerous as the causes she 
championed. She is known for rolling up 
her sleeves and tackling the nuts and bolts 
of a fund-raising effort, from addressing 
envelopes to gently twisting a few arms to 
meet a goal. That genuine Southern belle 
charm and a sincere love for people en- 
dear her to all. A special thanks from all 
the members of the Houston Farm and 
Ranch Club. 

Florence "Fiffy" Johnson Dodge wrote 
a wonderful letter from her home at Wood- 
stock, Conn. I wish I could write everything 
she said. A few important points were that 
her beloved husband, Bryant, died this year. 
Fortunately, her children and their children 
live nearby and are so helpful. She sees 
Esther Bernston Pearson every Tuesday 
at a Bible study course, which they enjoy with 
20 other ladies. Esther has trouble seeing 
and hearing. 

Mary Ann Ratner Levy wrote that she 
will continue to live at the family home of 
many years while she settles the estate and 
family business, now that her husband's will 



has been probated. She feels the task moves 
so slowly. Her wonderful family keeps in 
close contact with her, so she is never far 
from assistance. 

Thank you again to you who give to the 
scholarship fund so faithfully. The students 
who receive financial assistance are grateful. 
I have met many and find them to be serious 
students who will be a credit to the College. 

Remember I must hear from you if this 
column is to continue. Write or call me at 
(703) 777-2916 about 8 p.m. as I'm hard to 
find during the day. 

1936 

Ethel Nelson Wetmore 
107 Manteo Ave. 
Hampton, VA 23661 

Congratulations to Ruby Lee Norris, who 

has been appointed to the Board of Visitors 
at Mary Washington College! 

1 hope you enjoyed reading about our 60th 
reunion in the last issue of A4WC TODAY. 
Thanks again to Frances Liebenow Arm- 
strong for her work to get us together, to 
Stewart Jones, Mary Alice Turman Carper 
and Ruby Lee Norris for writing it up, and 
to you who came. We are grateful that we had 
such a memorable time. Now we look forward 
to our 65th reunion! Also, thanks to you who 
wrote letters. 

Mary Frances Rowe Varner saw the Jan 
Vermeer exhibit last winter in Washington, 
D.C., under ideal circumstances on a VIP 
tour, thanks to her cousin who is an alumnus 
and a former board member of Washington 
and Lee. More recently, she also saw the Jan 
Steen exhibit and went to Philadelphia to see 
the Paul Cezanne show. 

1938 

Helen Pressley Voris 

6086 Old Lawyers Hill Road 

Elk Ridge, MD 21227 

1940 

Office of Alumni Programs 
PO. Box 1315 
Fredericksburg, VA 22402 

1942 

Office of Alumni Programs 
RO. Box 1315 
Fredericksburg, VA 22402 

1944 

Jayne Anderson Bell 
116 Cedar Hollow North 
Fort Mill, SC 29715-8302 

It's great to hear from each of you and fim 
to pass along your interesting "goings-on." 
Jean Adie Magavero writes that she gave 



her copy of MWC TODAY io a stranger who 
saw her car parked in front of the AARP build- 
ing. How come? Well, Jean's car, of course, 
was sporting an MWC sdcker. The woman 
was all excited because her granddaughter is 
a junior at Mary Washington. Jean thought 
this grandmother could get a good idea about 
the College from the magazine. The grand- 
mother warmly received Jean's gift as they 
laughed about "this small world." 

Jean warmed my heart recently when she 
asked about my plans for Scotland. Jean and 

I share delight in our respective visits to see 
the Burrell Collecdon in Glasgow. It just may 
be worth a trip to Scotland to see these ob- 
jects d'art of every kind, from many countries 
and virtually every period, collected by Sir 
William Burrell over his lifetime and present- 
ed, in 1944, to the city of Glasgow. However, 
this year I will not be going to Scotland. My 
daughter, son-in-law, and my five "perfect" 
Scottish-American grandchildren will be 
moving to the USA, hopefully in 1997. 1 am 
elated! 

Nettie Evans Lawrey writes, "We stay 
busy, and life is good. We have a fall foliage 
tour into New England and Canada in the off- 
ing. It's always wonderful spending time with 
our children and grandchildren. Gardening 
has been productive; tomatoes ripen faster 
than I can give them away; flower beds have 
been beautiful." 

Ann Benner Gee, "lady on the go": went 
to Wisconsin for grandson's graduation from 
St. John's Military Academy; visited daughter 
and granddaughter while seeing Colorado; 
spent a week in Warrenton, Va., with family; 
and turned up for Grandparents' Weekend in 
Pennsylvania at Valley Forge College, where 
another gi-andson is a student. This is the life! 

Upbeat letter from Dorothy Drake 
Grothusen, although you won't think so up- 
beat until you read on. She writes, "The day 
after Christmas, Harry and I were taking our 
daily 2.5 mile walk when I slipped on the ice 
and broke my leg just above the ankle. Had a 
walking cast on for a while and used a wheel- 
chair, but it didn't heal. So, I went to a soft cast 
and walker and was in the hospital for serious 
surgery in February. In March, still in cast 
and walker, I came down with bronchitis. After 
three weeks, finally began feeling myself again. 
The leg was healed, but I had to have four 
weeks therapy to learn to walk correctly so 
we could keep our reservation for May trip 
to Norway. 

"On May 24, we flew to Oslo, then to Ber- 
gen, where we boarded a coastal steamer for 

II days. It was great! We stopped at 66 ports 
along the Norwegian coast, passed over the 
Arctic Circle, on to Kirkenes and back, spec- 
tacular scenery all the way, and the ship was 
great. Back to Bergen for flight home after 15 
wonderful days." 

Marjorie Martel Balius sends "greetings 



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from Boloxi, Miss., on the beautiful coast of 
the Gulf of Mexico. My husband and I retired 
some time ago from the Biloxi Medical Center, 
he as chief of volunteer services and I as chief 
of dietetic service. We remain active in civic 
and fraternal organizations, are presently con- 
verting a shrimp boat into a charter fishing 
boat with trips to the off-shore islands. I at- 
tended our .50th reunion at MWC two years 
ago and renewed some old friendships, esp- 
cially with Ruthie Gubler Kluge. Now I am 
looking forward to a visit with my roommate, 
Phyllis Dunbar Mclntyre. If any of you trav- 
el this way, be sure to stop by." 

Keeping in touch is good. When we do we 
are always blessed. I surely was, in May, when 
1 visited Anne Marshall Morgan in her lovely 
home in Macon, Ga. A friend from Augusta 
was my traveling companion, and she was so 
glad to meet Anne. We were greeted warmly, 
given a tour of the house, had dinner and 
much talk of MWC and classmates. The next 
day, in Anne's big, well- equipped van, we were 
chauffeured around historic Macon. Thanks, 
Anne, for a great time. 

Teddy Nickerson Burson announces a 
new grandson, born in McLean, Va. Teddy 
and her husband had a great vacation in the 
Southwest and a visit with their son, who is 
seasonal park biologist at Denali National 
Park, Alaska. Teddy, with husband and son, 
went for an "over-night to the top of the world 
in Darrow." 

Nancy Duvall Andrews sent a most in- 
teresting article about a 69-year-old botanist, 
Hugh litis, who was acclaimed for his work 
in genetic breeding, having discovered a plant 
that could revolutionize the culture of corn. 
Could Hugh litis be the son of our Dr. litis? 
It sounds like it could be. (That's a good rea- 
son for a careful reading oiMWC TODAY.) 
Stay tuned in! 

Jane Brownley Thomas has spent the 
summer at her condo in Ocean City, Md. 
Tommy Strong Morris sold her summer 
home in New York state. She's sad, but "re- 
lieved of the worry." Lois Webber Jackson 
has moved from Florida to Massachusetts to 
be near her children. 

From Frances Plunkett Knox: "Our 
biggest news is that last May 18, 1996, Bill 
and I went to Columbia, S.C, to attend church 
(on Sunday the 19th) where we were married 
on May 18, 1946. Where has time gone?" 

Christine Hall Herndon writes about a 
great family reunion, 16 strong. They cele- 
brated all birthdays and anniversaries, spent 
time playing tennis and eating. Christine plans 
to visit friends while traveling in Colorado, 
will see Mesa Verde, the Durango railroad 
and Dn Dobson's place in Colorado Springs, 
then on to Scotsdale to attend an Air Force 
unit reunion. She says, "We will be joined by 
three couples we knew 30 years ago in North 
Africa." 

I was just ready to wrap this up when a let- 
ter arrived from Edie Mays TTiomas in which 
she said she and her husband had been to 
New York "ancestor hunting." They attended 
a homecoming in a church in Pierrepont, 
where her great-great-grandfather was the 
first minister. In their travels, Edie had a visit 
with roommate Marie Kennedy Robins. 

Once again, thanks for keeping in touch. 
Should your name not be in this column, it is 
because your letter didn't arrive in time, you 
didn't write, or you are one of two people who 



didn't sign your full name. Several of you 
said you missed our column in the last issue. 
Remember, we are published only in the fall 
and winter issues. 

You will be interested to know, I think, that 
I have received letters from two members of 
other classes saying that they enjoy our col- 
umn. How about that? It's your names that 
make it interesting. Keep in touch. 

1946 

Elizabeth Vaughan Pritchett 
9583 Spring Branch Drive 
Dallas, TX 75238 

The Class of '46 wants to thank the Alumni 
Association for the careful planning and exe- 
cution of reunion 50. It was a perfect week- 
end, and we all had a wonderful time meeting 
our classmates again after 50 years, sharing 
stories and events, and laughing over old times 
at MWC. Many from our class returned to 
campus for Reunion Weekend. 

Margaret Moore Beck came from Delray 
Beach, Fla. She's widowed with three children: 
two sons, and a daughter who is the mother 
of Margaret's nine grandchildren. Ruth Boyer 
Rinker, president and treasurer of Rinker 
Orchards Inc., drove from Stevens City, Va. 
Even though widowed, she continues to be 
very busy and now serves on the Virginia 
Council of Vocational Education. Kate Parker 
Hughes from Norfolk, Va., also attended. 
She and George have been married 48 years 
and have three children. Kate enjoys painting 
with watercolors, synchronized swimming, 
ballroom dancing and travel. Anne Ross 
Parks from Kilmarnock, Va., reported that, 
along with other avocations, she enjoys grow- 
ing orchids in her greenhouse. Her sister 
Delores Ross '49 also attended MWC. 

Elizabeth Stallings Sharpe and husband 
Coy of Midwest City, Okla., celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary when they were 
hosted at a dinner party by their children in 
Wichita, Kan., on June 29. Coy and Elizabeth 
met while she was at MWC. They enjoyed a 
trip to many Canadian cities after leaving our 
50th reunion. Louise Boyer McKenna told 
classmates that she is moving into a retire- 
ment community. She now resides at Lake- 
wood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Dr., Richmond, 
Va. 23233. Maurine Brevoort Seely, our new 
coordinator, drove with her husband, John, 
from California to MWC. They are both re- 
tired. She has many interests including ge- 
nealogy, travel and gardening. 

Beverly "Bev" Beadles Jackson was at 
the reunion looking very much like her MWC 
senior picture. She has retired from the Vir- 
ginia Department of Agriculture and Con- 
sumer Service where she was supervisor of 
the Virginia Seed Testing Laboratory. Bev 
and her husband, Barnett, have two sons and 
a grandson. We were so pleased to see Dean 
Edward Alvey at our reunion banquet. He 
spoke briefly and gave that memorable 
smile. Dr. Reginald Whidden, our beloved 
sponsor, did not make the trip to our 50th re- 
union. Mildred Matula Allyn from Norfolk, 
Conn., took him a copy of our class booklet. 
Dr. Whidden wrote a nice note of appreciation 
to Elaine Heritage Jordan, our coordinator. 

Several new classmates were added to our 
numbers due to their choice to associate. 
Three of these came to Homecoming. Patricia 
Mathewson Spring drove from Kensington, 



Conn., with friends, who also enjoyed the re- 
union. Gurleen Verlander Jones came from 
Richmond for the weekend. Gurleen and her 
husband, Cary, enjoy weekends at their place 
on the Rappahannock River. Gurleen has a 
son and a daughter by her first husband, also 
a Jones. Barbara Zehrbach McCoy from 
Inverness, 111., and Elizabeth Vaughan Prit- 
chett from Dallas, Texas, came with Gurleen. 
Mary Owens Flory '45 from Nokesville, Va., 
also asked to be associated with our class. She, 
too, attended our reunion. 

Mary Janes Ahern, "Georgia" to most of 
her classmates, has not given up on education 
or educadng. After earning her B.S. in science 
at MWC, she completed two graduate de- 
grees from Johns Hopkins University. She re- 
tired from Baltimore city schools after 30 years, 
then began teaching at the Catholic high 
school where she was chairman of the science 
department. She now teaches at Baltimore 
Community College. 

Betty Jane Attenberger Calandruccio 
writes from Memphis, Tenn., where she lives 
with her retired husband. Roc, who was an 
orthopedic surgeon. They traveled all over 
the world when he lectured. They have two 
sons and a daughter, and they each have two 
children. 

Several classmates have been found. Edna 
Harris Cochran, who graduated with a music 
degree and now lives in Winston Salem, N.C., 
led the alumni association to find Shirley 
Hanna Stanton. They were roommates at 
MWC. Shirley has retired from the U.S. Postal 
Service in Vienna, Va., and resides there. 
Elaine Winstead Martin recently moved to 
Kill Devil Hills, N.C., after retiring from the 
Commerce Department in D.C. She enjoys 
gardening, reading and sewing. Elaine and 
Hugh had three children. Her husband passed 
away in 1988. Mary Mathiew Clark has 
moved to Sequim, Wash., to escape the New 
England winters. She retired after 30 years 
as an architectural designer and construction 
supervisor She and her husband, David, have 
four children and two grandchildren. 

Betty Lou Carrier Church died in May 
1996. You may remember that she was pre- 
sented the MWC Service Award in 1986. We 
were very proud of her. The family requests 
donations be made in Betty Church's name to 
Mary Washington College Foundation Inc., 
PO. Box 1908, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402- 
1908. 

A list identifying those in the class photo- 
graph by rows has been completed. Those who 
want a copy should send a self- addressed 
stamped envelope to me. 

1948 

Bette Worsham Hawkins 
3812 Wellesley Terrace Circle 
Richmond, VA 23233 
AWHawk@aoI.com 

Dear '48ers, 

Among a few questionnaires received too 
late to be included in my May 1996 copy was 
one from Muriel Harmon Lake, living in 
Columbia, S.C. She and her husband, Kemper, 
a retired physician, spend much time at their 
home on Lake Murray and with their three 
children and 10 grandchildren (ages 2 to 23). 
Recently, Muriel heard from Helen Singleton 
Darfus, who had met Muriel's cousin Pe^y 
Chapman Warren '52 at a reception for MWC 



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alumni in Orlando, Fla., last May. 

Marion Messersmith Snider of Colum- 
bus, Ohio, celebrated at a Snider reunion in 
June with her three children and seven grand- 
children. She will be flying to the Sierras in 
California in the fall. Both she and Muriel 
have penciled in June 1998 at MWC. 

One of the wives in Kilmarnock's Arts 
Council production of "The King and I" last 
spring was our musically versatile Gene 
Watkins Covington. She is quite active lo- 
cally as a voice and piano teacher. 

I?obbie Hough McConnell took a com- 
prehensive Reformation Tour last summer, 
visiting Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin 
and Frankfurt. She, too, indicated she plans 
to be at MWC in 1998. 

A note from Jane Howard Patrick said 
that health care is her most consuming inter- 
est. She is still operating her Cooperstown, 
N.Y., B & B and hopes to get to our '98 re- 
union. 

Sarah Armstrong Worman has moved 
from one coast to the other, having retired 
from the world of fashion, at least for the 
moment. She and I are struggling to master 
our computers and are having great fun com- 
municating by e-mail. 

Ashby Griffith Mitchell reports that a 
new neighbor of hers is a '49 MWC graduate. 
Dawn McElrath Gill, a newcomer to Cul- 
peper. Dawn's sister, Ann, also the Class of 
'49, is an artist in Charlottesville, Va. 

1950 

Dorothy Held Gawley 

177 McCosh Road 

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 

I am writing this from Cape Cod on Labor 
Day '96 as Hurricane Edouard is swirling 
around us, and we are without electricity. A 
good time to write about "old" friends, and I 
have a bit of news to keep this column in 
shape. Nat Wilton was able to get down from 
Bellevue, Wash., to see Mary Cottingham 
Hardy in San Pedro, Calif., in the spring of 
'96. They had a great visit and they talked to 
D.G. Pate Wilson on the phone. D.G. had 
recently suffered a stroke affecting her right 
side, but not her speech. Mary said she is 
still her cheerful self. 

Jackie Newell Recker was excited to heai^ 
that another classmate, Helen Hopkins 
Timberlake, had moved to the Ponte Vedra 
Beach, Fla., area, and, with Jane Gardner 
Mallory, they were hoping to get together for 
lunch when everyone is free. I've had several 
letters from Carmen Zeppenfeldt Catoni, 
who has been busy locating some MWC 
friends. She had been suitemates with Shirley 
Kay and lost touch over the years. Shirley 
had been widowed many years ago, but re- 
married 20 years ago and is now Shirley Kay 
Redler, living in Tamarac, Fla. She and Carmen 
had a tear y- eyed luncheon and got caught 
up on lost time. Now they have frequent 
phone conversations. Carmen also located 
Mary Jean Diaz in Cape Coral, Fla., and has 
gotten her all excited about our 50th reunion. 
Carmen is a computer hobbyist and has re- 
cently joined the Internet. This is helping her 
keep her mind off listening for the telephone. 
As I write this in the fall of '96, her son, Luis 
AngeL is on the list for a liver transplant. They 
did find a match, but when he got to the hos- 
pital an infection was found in his leg, so the 



transplant was too risky. Let's pray that by the 
time you read this, all will be well. 

I was sorry to receive news from Ginny 
Hardy Vance that Catherine Rae Capizola 
Sungenis died June 8, 1996, of a brain tumor. 
She lived in Beltsville, Md., and was a nurse, 
psychiatric therapist and sex educator. In 
1985, she founded the Moonridge Holistic 
Center, which offered counseling and con- 
ducted workshops in yoga and massage ther- 
apy. She received her nursing degree from 
Columbia Union College in 1969. We will re- 
member Rae as a member of the dance and 
marching band at MWC, where she earned 
her degree in music. In the 1950s, she sang 
and played piano on a weekly TV variety show 
in Philadelphia and was a member of the 
Philadelphia Piano Orchestra. Her marriage 
ended in divorce, and she had no children. 
Ginny attended the memorial service for Rae, 
and there were many friends and relatives 
who gave glowing accounts of Rae's accom- 
plishments over the years. Ginny reports that 
she decided to retire and closed her studio at 
Torpedo Factory Art Center in March '96. 

In late August '96, Mim Sollows Wieland 
and Earl took a tour of the Canadian Rockies 
and Glacier National Park. Irv and I will soon 
be attending another Elderhostel program, 
"The History of Railroading," in White River 
Junction, Vt. 

1952 

Barbara Wassell 
Rt. 4, Box 498 
Lexington. VA 24450 

A group of classmates from '52 got togeth- 
er in Charlottesville in July for a luncheon at 
the Farmington Country Club. Everyone 
looked great and had nothing but good news 
to tell. Those there were: Sissy Davis Prill- 
aman, Dottie Craig Davis, Gwen Amory 
Gumming, Janet Meador Heilman, Rita 
Morgan Stone, Nancy Stone Moxley, Betty 
Montgomery Handy, Claire Sindlinger de 
Groot, Nancy Stump Motley and me. 

Marjorie Gibson Blaxill, Carol Edger- 
ton Cooper and Weege Attianese Harlow 
have all polished their tennis skills and play 
several times a week. Marjorie has her own 
court, so she's really good. 

This is my last column. 1 am passing the 
torch to Charlotte Adams Harrell, whose 
address is 1034 Covington Lane, Norfolk, Va. 
23508. Please send her any news you have. 
She and husband Bob had a fabulous time 
during the summer on a trip to Alaska. 

Don't forget: Reunion Weekend for our 
class will be at MWC May 30-June 1. You 
should have gotten, or will be getting, a mail- 
out soon. Come! It's our 45th! 

Keep the news coming. Charlotte needs it. 

1954 

Vera Bestwick Willis 
407 Thomas St. 
Alexandria, VA 22302-3723 

Thank you so much for returning infor- 
mation about yourself. I still need 162 more. 
You have between now and April 1997. 1 
enjoy hearing from you. 

Anne Levey is now retired. She lives in 
Mathews, a place called Gwynn's Island. 

Geraldine Holsten Rodriguez and Bill 
are waiting for their new house to be built in 



Ocala, Fla., where they spend their winters. 
They will keep their North Carolina house in 
the Smokies for the summers. 

Bill retired from the Navy in 1979. Even 
before his retirement, they had a motor home. 
Often they took their two children. Will and 
Gigi, and their friends with them. Afier three 
years, they spied a beautiful mobile home 
park on the side of a slope overlooking the 
Palomar Valley in California, and an RV site in 
North Carolina. After traveling coast to coast, 
it became "old hat," so they bought a home in 
Andrews, N.C. 

Gerry has been a working housewife for 
all her 42 years of married life. She worked a 
few years at a True Value store and inspected 
and rated campgrounds for a campground di- 
rectory publisher for another few years. 

Gerry and Bill have two cats. Shadow and 
Pharoah. Will and his wife. Met, have a 9- 
year-old daughter, Lauren. Will, a comman- 
der in the U.S. Navy, has command of a base 
in Portsmouth, Va. Gigi and her husband, 
Frank, own a caiTDet-cleaning franchise in 
Roanoke, Va. 

Barbara Wilson Taliaferro and Duke are 
still on Manasota Key in Southwest Florida. 
Duke is retired from banking. Babs still walks 
on the beach, catches crabs, rides her bike, 
plays bridge and all those fun things. They fi- 
nally got to the Art Institute in Chicago last 
summer. Then they went to Alaska, since their 
oldest son lives there. Their other two physi- 
cian sons are practicing in St. Augustine, Fla. 
One is married with two children. Babs and 
Duke see them often. 

Last year they took an Elderhostel bike 
trip through the Loire Valley from Diggendorf, 
Germany, along the Danube to Vienna, Austria 
— about 240 miles. Elderhostel offers many 
wonderful experiences. Babs has to slow down 
on tennis. 

For those who wonder where Punta Gorda 
is, it's right up the road and was voted in a 
magazine best place to live. 

Patricia Shipley Hook currently writes 
theater reviews for the Anne Arundel County 
section of The Baltimore Sun. She is an ac- 
tive member of the American Theatre Critics 
Association and supports a fimd in memory of 
my son, Evan Shipley Hook, who died in 1983. 
Her only child. Tommy, died of leukemia in 
1974. 

1956 

Louise Robertson-Monroe 
4312 S. Ashlawn Drive 
Richmond, VA 23221 

1958 

Cynthia West Benney 
3 Peabody Ave. 
Marblehead, MA 01945 
BENNEYC@al.mgh.harvard.com 

Lucy West Preston 
2 Nearfield Road 
Lutherville, MD 21093 

Hasn't this been one summer? I'm sure 
we've all made the best of it. Now that it's 
behind us, let's hope the big 1997 will bring 
us back to a more normal summer and win- 
ter. Enough's enough. We've heard from a 
few of you, but really not enough. Please, let 
us get together. Send us the latest news about 
yourselves and family. If you've seen any of 



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the good Class of '58, please share your visits. 
Very soon we have to assemble the class re- 
union books. Without your current informa- 
tion about you and your family, we may fail to 
pass along correct information, so please up- 
date us. By the way, we have very busy sched- 
ules as well and would love to have some help 
on the reunion. So, those who would love to 
share some of their valuable time with us to 
organize and plan, we'd love to hear from you. 
It's been a lot of fun serving as your class 
agents, but we've been a bit disappointed to 
think we've had to do the bulk of the work. 
Please come forth to offer a helping hand if 
you can. 

Ruthie Gri^s continues to be very active 
in her community. In 1993, she organized a 
major Veterans Day program in Carroll 
County. She majored in history and taught 
school in Carroll County for 25 years, retiring 
in 1990. Today she teaches U.S. history and 
government to adults in night school. In 1995, 
she conducted a fund-raising raffle for a hand- 
stitched quilt, donated by a community mem- 
ber, for The Carroll Wellness Center in 
Hillsville. 

Joyce Lee Smith is an antique doll col- 
lector and has been regional director in the 
United Federation of Doll Clubs. She has 
traveled the East Coast, lecturing and giving 
programs for doll clubs. After she retired from 
31 years in the biology classroom and five 
years at the hospital, she spent the next seven 
years caring for her mom (also an MWC 
alumna). Life is just beginning for her at age 
,58, which is better than ever, and she's looking 
forward to seeing everyone at the big reunion 
in 1998. 

Anne de Perry McGrath is living in north 
central New Jersey now, and is human re- 
sources manager for the Journal of Commerce. 
She keeps in touch with Kay Britto, who has 
retired to her home place of Wrightsville 
Beach, N.C. Anne's three children are grown, 
of course. Her son lives in Fredericksburg, 
where he keeps a watchful eye on her four 
wonderful grandsons. Her daughter. Amy, is 
married and lives and works in England. Of 
course, Anne finds any and every opportunity 
to visit Amy. Anne's youngest daughter, Nikky, 
is a social worker and attends graduate school 
in Chicago. Anne was so good to share her 
e-mail address with us. For all who would 
love to get in touch with her, I know she'd 
love to hear from you. amcgrath@ecli])se.net 

Bernice Bramson Gilfillan is now living 
in South Africa and keeping very busy caring 
for her properties. She has set up, on her six 
acres of homeland in Pietermaritzburg, 3200 
Knazulu-natal, S. Africa, five houses, electrical 
gates, security fencing and a pool, and is busy 
landscaping and putting in shrubs, roses and 
lawns. 

Evie Elgin Brame was a classmate with 
us early on, but graduated with the Class of 
'59 since she basically split the two years. Evie 
has learned that her uncle. General Samuel 
K. Zook, was a colonel in the 6th Regiment 
Brigade, which took him through the Penin- 
sula Campaign and on to Fredericksburg, 
where the brigade earned honors for its 
heroic bravery. 

Looking forward to hearing from all of you. 



1960 

Office of Alumni Programs 
RO. Box 1315 
Fredericksburg, VA 22402 

1962 

Mary Chambers Hodnett Minozzi 
9645 Hoke -Brady Road 
Richmond, VA 23231 

There is little to report since no one has 
written. Your communication is greatly missed! 

I'm still teaching seventh -grade life science, 
but I am sticking to a previous decision to re- 
tire two years early (year 2000). The extra 
money is not worth the risk of losing life or 
health. Being knocked across the room by an 
accidental blow on the back certainly jolted 
my senses. The girl had just come from a de- 
tention home due to a fight with a policeman! 
I miss the gentler school days of our era. 

Betsey-Ellen Hansen lives in Stafford, 
Va., and has recently started her own home- 
based business. Creative Office Services. After 
her mother had two eye operations and a 
broken leg in 1995, Betsey persuaded her 
mother to move in with her. She had to sort 
through her mother's home of more than 20 
years in Yorktown, Va., pack what was to be 
kept, dispose of the rest and sell the house. 
Betsey said she never could have done it if her 
MWC roommate, Mary Hatcher '61, hadn't 
come from Wilmington, N.C, on several week- 
ends to help her. 

1964 

Fi'ances Page Loftis 
211 Merrit 
South Boston, 



VA 24592-5019 



Helen Vakos Standing 
421 Godspeed Road 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

1966 

Katharine Rogers Lavery 
507 Devonshire Drive NE 
Vienna, VA 22180 
Fax: (703) 319-1513 

Greetings again from Northern Virginia, 
which is still humming from our reunion last 
summer. Thanks again to Barbara Bishop 
Mann and all of you who helped to make it a 
tremendous success. 

Sandy Hutchison Hoybach is pleased to 
report that son Ricky is finishing his master's 
degree in business at James Madison Univer- 
sity, and daughter Amy will soon be a gradu- 
ate of Longwood College. At last Sandy will 
get a taste of the empty nest syndrome and is 
really looking forward to the budget increase 
now that everyone is out of college. 

Lynn Williams Beyer wrote from Clifton, 
Va., to say that she is now employed by the 
Fairfax County schools, but hasn't seen very 
many of us who also work there. After earn- 
ing her master's degree in psychology from 
George Mason University, Lynn worked with 
the Manassas city schools before transferring 
to Lee High School. (Didn't you see Jean 
Cuccias Patten there, Lynn?) Lynn has 
since advanced to be director of special edu- 
cation programs and services based at Belle 
Willard Administrative Center, where her staff 
is learning second-hand all of Dr. Croushore's 
editing techniques! Lynn and her former 



roommate, Denna Welfe Shinderman, 

spend holidays together. Since their daughters, 
now 26, are four months apart and their sons, 
now 23, are also four months apart, they have 
shared many of their children's adventures 
over the years. Donna is an interior designer, 
still married to Paul, whom some of you may 
remember having convinced Donna to marry 
him sophomore year. Then he went off to 
Ai'kansas to school and had to hitchhike his 
way back for Ring Dance! Lynn, on the other 
hand, was divorced and remarried 21 years 
ago to Bruce, a former nuclear submariner 
who is now the water resources engineer in 
Spotsylvania County, Va. 

Anne Cla^ett Willcex wrote from her 
country retreat that she and John and their 
cat. Night, continue to enjoy their new home 
in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 
It must be a beautiful place with over a thou- 
sand bulbs in bloom in the spring and all the 
colorful foliage to admire in the fall. 

Tyla Matteson wrote that she is still thriv- 
ing teaching French in Hampton, Va. Her fa- 
vorite activity is her involvement with the 
Virginia Sierra Club, which she chaired last 
year. Tyla particularly enjoys the political as- 
pect of endorsing environmentally friendly 
candidates and working toward their election 
to office, especially since 35 of 45 candidates 
were successfully installed. 

Susan Hanes Orrisen passed up a golden 
opportunity to teach calculus for six weeks 
this fall at Chantilly High School, from which 
she retired last year, because she was sched- 
uled to travel extensively through Colorado. 
Although we missed her at school, it's really 
nice to know that Sue is thoroughly enjoying 
her retirement. 

Speaking of retirement, this will be my last 
year of full-time teaching. After 21 years at 
Chantilly and several years in other places, I 
am looking forward to spending more time 
at home with my husband and the family. 
Hank and I both enjoy doing things with the 
children and grandchildren, and we still have 
his business to look after. I have also found it 
rewarding to tutor elementary math , espe- 
cially since two grandsons are enrolled in the 
Spanish Immersion Program here in Fairfax 
County and are learning all their math in 
Spanish. It's amazing how much a first-grader 
can learn! My music activiUes have diminished 
considerably now that I have resigned from 
both the quintet and the orchestra. Church 
services, programs and weddings are still 
keeping me busy enough. In fact, one wedding 
is scheduled for February in Bruton Parish 
Church, Williamsburg, Va. 

Keep those cards and letters coming. We 
all love to hear from you. 

1968 

Margaret Livingston 
229 Coronado Ave. 
Long Beach, CA 90803 

1970 

Susan Duffey DiMaina 
5186 Kimscott Court 
Annandale, VA 22003 

Laura King Myse lives in the Fredericks- 
burg area and works as the supervisor of in- 
structional support service for Spotsylvania 
county schools. When I spoke with Laurie, 



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she told me that the youngest of her three 
stepchildren is 26 and on her own, so she and 
husband Bob can be, as she said, "real peo- 
ple" again. They just bought waterfront prop- 
erty in King George County on a creek off 
the Potomac River, where they'll be building 
a house at a leisurely pace so they can move 
in when Bob retires from his dental practice 
in a few years. When we spoke, she and Bob 
were also about to fulfill a life -long dream of 
traveling to France — focusing on the south- 
ern coast and countryside. And more good 
news! She quit smoking in May 1996. 

Laurie mentioned that she visited Pensa- 
cola, Ha., not too long ago and saw Sharon 
Arthur Spencer and her husband, Bill. 
Sharon teaches math at the local community 
college. Bill is retired from the Marine Corps 
and has trained for a new profession in pub- 
lic education. 

In a letter from a friend, it was reported that 
Anne Howell Wood moved with her husband. 
Woody, to Carlisle, Pa., at the end of 1995. 
Woody, a colonel in the Marine Corj^s, is at- 
tending a war college there. Both of their 
daughters, Katie and Stephie, are attending 
VPI. 

If you've moved lately or tried to renovate 
a house, you'll have some sympathy for Kathy 
O'Neill Argiropoulos, who has recently 
done both. Even though their "old" house in 
Arlington, Va., had not sold, they moved into 
their "new" house that Kathy planned to ren- 
ovate. When she realized how extensive the 
renovation would be, Kathy, with husband and 
two children, decided to move back to their 
former house; after all, it was still on the mar- 
ket after nine months. They weren't "home" 
very long when the house sold, and they had 
to get out quickly. Wlien I spoke to her, after 
two months in an apartment, she said they 
are happy to be in their "new" (and improved!) 
house — although she admits that there is 
still a lot more to be done. Frankly, I was im- 
pressed by her good cheer and positive atti- 
tude — but then, that may be something you 
remember about Kathy from college days! 

The last time Elaine Wilson Maloney ap- 
peared in this column, she was plugging away 
in graduate school at Catholic University. Up- 
date: In 1995, she earned her degree in library 
science and is presently pleased to report that 
she is a librarian at an elementary school in 
Fairfax County, Va. Elaine likes to compare 
notes and discuss the mysteries of the Dewey 
Decimal System with Tina Kormanski 
Krause, who is also an elementary librarian 
in the same county. 

And speaking of Tina — her daughter, 
Lindsay, who is in her third year at U. Va., was 
working last summer in Asheville, N.C., as a 
camp counselor, and Tina drove down to pick 
her up. At the same time. Kathy Thiel was in 
Asheville attending her nephew's wedding. 
Kathy and Tina both live in Northern Virginia, 
where they get together occasionally, but they 
managed to run into each other quite by acci- 
dent in a North Carolina hotel lobby! By the 
way, Kathy 's daughter, Sarah, is in her second 
year at University of Florida in Gainesville, and 
she spent the summer abroad in Austria. Her 
son, David, is in his senior year in high school. 
Kathy is a senior attorney for AT&T special- 
izing in commercial litigation. Although she 
keeps very busy with FTA and community 
activities, she says she has recently found the 



time to take up golf. (How many of you re- 
member taking that at MWC for PE? Raise 
your sand wedges!) 

You know, former classmates, each time I 
get a letter from one of you, it is like a lovely 
gift. Please keep writing. 

1972 

Anne Toms Richardson 

1206 Graydon Ave. 
Norfolk, VA 23507 

1974 

Janelle Hicks Wesenberg 

1207 Parkington Lane 
Bowie, MD 20716 

Alice Harding Tliomas 
1901 Mariner Court 
Virginia Beach, VA 23454 

Alice and I were thrilled with the response 
to our plea for news! Some were fairly lengthy 
and descriptive, and while Alice and I thor- 
oughly enjoyed reading them, please forgive 
us for having to edit. Our thanks go to each 
of you. 

We heard from two sources out of Atlanta. 
Jill Hadden wrote that she has been living 
there for over 10 years, working in computer 
graphics for an architectural design firm and 
very active in her church on the building 
committee. She was a delegate in '95 to the 
annual diocesan convention, where she was 
elected as a lay alternate to the national con- 
vention for next year. She was particularly 
enthusiastic about the past summer's Olym- 
pics in Atlanta, where she was able to attend 
several events and enjoy "the ambiance... the 
friendliness of the people, the carnival atmo- 
sphere... the buying, selling and trading of 
pins." 

Pam Smith McGahagin showed similar 
pride and enthusiasm for the Atlanta area re- 
garding the Olympics. She and her husband, 
Mike, and children, Sarah, 8, and Ian, 6, were 
also able to attend some of the events. She 
occasionally sees Jill, as they are both in- 
volved in the local theater, and Martha Fisher 
Buckley, who attends the same church as 
Pam, is married to an attorney and has two 
growing daughters. Pam also reports that 
her former roommate, Joan Darby, has just 
received her M.Ed, from George Mason Uni- 
versity and plans to continue studying for a 
Ph.D. in administration. Joan currently teach- 
es in the Spotsylvania school system and stays 
busy with the activities of her two children, 
David and Kristina. 

Mary Gaber Young reported in from Vir- 
ginia Beach. She works as a dental hygienist, 
serving the mentally retarded at Southeastern 
Va. Training Center in Chesapeake, and as a 
Shaklee distributor. Her interests include nu- 
trition and fitness — especially her jazzercise 
classes. Husband Scott is an LCSW employed 
by First Hospital Con^oration as the national 
network director, has a small private practice 
and teaches a graduate course at Norfolk 
State. Their daughter, Sarah, is 15 and in- 
volved in cheerleading and gymnastics. 

Carol Hemstock Williams wrote of a 
wonderful summer in New Mexico, where 
she and her husband went Whitewater rafting 
for the first time and enjoyed it so much they 
plan to try it again next summer in West Vir- 
ginia. They are living in New Jersey, where 



she has been employed at Bristol-Myers 
Squibb for over nine years. Her husband looks 
forward to being made a partner at his CPA 
firm soon. 

Word came in from Gainesville, Fla., that 
Barbara Wilson Conley has been living 
there and teaching fifth grade for the past 
five years. Her husband, Lloyd, is an invest- 
ment vice president with Barrett Bank, and 
they have three sons: twins Brian and Scott 
are seniors in high school, and David is 10 
and in the fifth grade. Barbara stays in touch 
with three close friends from MWC — Julie 
Blair Geier, Trisha Powell Wescott and 
Susie Paddock Stumpf — who are all doing 
well and looking terrific. She says she would 
love some words of support for a mom who 
is not ready to lose her babies to college next 
year! 

She might be able to compare notes with 
Janette Gates Sroka, who wrote from 
Raleigh, N.C., to say that her oldest, Katie, 
was off to college this year. Her boys are 16 
and 14 now, and the family often heads up to 
Virginia for soccer tournaments. When she's 
in I^chmond, she is able to get together with 
Barbara Bowman Scott and Kathy Farrell 
Hershner, both working as speech therapists 
in the public schools. 

Along the maternal lines, Cynthia Gorwitz 
wrote to ask if she is the oldest first-time 
mother in the Class of '74, having just given 
birth to twins in October 1995. She and her 
husband, Howard Mixon, have had mini-re- 
unions with her roommates in the last year 
— with Missie Carpenter, now living near 
Chico, Calif, and with Faith Geibel Moore, 
who lives at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. 

Paula Wood Welch lives on a small farm 
near Crozet, Va., with Peter, her husband of 
17 years, and sons, Adam, 15, and Chase, 12. 
Peter is a project manager for a local steel con- 
struction company, and Paula keeps herself 
busy home -schooling, chauffeuring, garden- 
ing, catering and working on a local children's 
theater board. The whole family is very in- 
volved in church activities, as well. 

Marilyn "Merle" Bowles Smith and her 
husband, Curtis, will be celebrating 20 years 
of marriage this coming year. She is a substi- 
tute teacher in the public schools in Kilmar- 
nock, Va., and he is director of pharmacy at 
Rappahannock General Hospital. They have 
three children — Marshall, 9, and twins Miles 
(a boy) and Madison (a girl), who are 7. 

By the time of publication, Louise A. 
Schmidt should be in Germany working for 
the U.S. Army as a civilian attorney. She spent 
five years there previously, after obtaining her 
law degree from William and Mary in 1983. 
She met her husband, Dan Bittner, there, and 
they now have a (> year- old son, Alex. She has 
found balancing a career and family challeng- 
ing and would love to hear how others have 
dealt with it. She recalls being exposed to 
books and articles on feminism while at MWC, 
and would be interested in a study or article 
on how other early '70s alumni now feel about 
the subject. 

Darlene Messinger Parlette is to be con- 
gratulated on successfully completing eight 
years on a low-fat diet and exercise program, 
losing 70 pounds. She has been employed for 
14 years as a transcriptionist at a residential 
treatment facility for socially and emotionally 
disturbed children and adolescents. Her hus- 
band. Hank, is an electrician by trade, but they 



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met through activities in their music. Her two 
stepdaughters, Kirsten and Christina, are stu- 
dents at the University of Maryland, Baltimore 
County. Her daughter, Angle, 22, married last 
April, and her son, Eric, 19, graduated from 
high school in June. 

Pam White's information came in an in- 
teresting form — a feature article done on her 
in this past summer's Washington and Lee 
University alumni magazine! Pam took her 
law degree from W&L in '77 and is now a 
partner with the 118-attorney firm of Ober, 
Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, where she chairs the 
firm's employment group. She also serves as 
chair of the professionalism committee of the 
Maryland State Bar Association and credits 
the honor system at both her alma maters 
with instilling in her a strong sense of the im- 
portance of trust and ethical obligations. Out- 
side of work, Pam may be the biggest Orioles 
fan you're likely to encounter. She has driven 
the Oriole himself in the Baltimore St. Pat- 
rick's Day Parade for five years running. 

All the way from Vancouver, Wash., we 
heard from Mary Beth Jones that she has 
been working for the past 1 1 years as a staff 
physician in the emergency department of 
Southwest Washington Medical Center. Her 
husband is an attorney with the Department 
of Interior, and they have two daughters, 
Hanna, 9 and Emily, 7. Those of you who saw 
Mary Beth at the 20th reunion will be sad- 
dened to learn that the little boy she was 
pregnant with at the time was lost shortly 
after birth. She enjoys scouts and church, 
volunteering at her girls' school, gardening, 
and keeping a flock of chickens. 

Peg Hubbard reported that she attended 
the wedding of Lisa Tyree last June on Key 
Uirgo. Lisa and her husband, Don, are now 
living in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Bridget Binko is still living in the San 
Francisco Bay area, still growing orchids, and 
still sailing with her husband, Fred. She was 
promoted to vice president of regulatory af- 
fairs at Cell Genesys, a biotech company de- 
veloping gene therapy products. She stays in 
contact with JoAnn Menzer Kevorkian, who 
lives in Roanoke raising her four children 
(three of them triplets!). 

Alice was able to have a quick lunch with 
Cindy Kear last summer, when Cindy was 
back this way for a visit from San Francisco. 
Again, we thank all of you who wrote, and 
would love to hear from the rest of you. 

1976 

Ann Chryssikos McBroom 
6018 Benevolent St. 
Fredericksburg, VA 22407 

Since the deadlines for publication fall when 
they do, I will be depending on all of you in 
the Class of 1976 to send information when 
you can. Since some of you are communicat- 
ing on the information superhighway, perhaps 
we can find a means to pool that information 
to meet the deadlines. The current news I 
have since our reunion in June '96 is that 
Margo Clifford spent the summer studying 
at Oxford University. I also received a news 
release from The United States International 
Trade Commission in August '96 regarding 
our classmate, Lynn Munroe Bra^, an- 
nouncing her designation as vice chairman of 
the International Trade Commission, a term 
that extends until June 16, 1998. She has serv- 



ed as a commissioner since March 31, 1994, 
having been appointed by President Clinton 
for a term that will expire June 16, 2002. The 
news release states that "Bragg holds a mas- 
ter's degree from Boston University (1978)" 
as well as "her bachelor's degree from Mary 
Washington College (1976). She is married, 
has three children and currently resides in 
Chevy Chase, Md." 

1978 

Elizabeth Somerville Hutchins 
14240 Raccoon Ford Road 
Culpeper,VA 22701 

1980 

Patty Goliash Andril 
3420 Lorcom Lane 
Arlington, VA 22207 

1982 

Nancy Kaiser 
24 Burton Court 
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 

Caroline Borden Kirchner 
3511 Iskagna Drive 
Knoxville, TN 37919 

Martha "Marty" DeSilva 
3456 Newark St., NW 
Washington, DC 20016 

Victoria Hampshire Balaban 
7307 Nevis Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 

Elizabeth Ince Grannis 
116 Crest Road 
Wellesley, MA 02181-4644 

1984 

Linda Lemanski Blakemore 
1317 Littlepage St. 
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 

David Swanson 
1824 17th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20009 

From David: 

Congratulations are in order for Lynn 
Manger Hull. Lynn was married during 
Thanksgiving weekend 1995 to John Hull, a 
Norfolk native and graduate of St. Andrew's 
Episcopal College. Some of her MWC bud- 
dies came from great distances to attend the 
event: Vicky Eakin Sagehorn and her son, 
Dereck, came from Antioch, Calif., and Kathy 
Key White came from Calgary, Alberta, 
Canada! As with all MWC "reunions," the time 
was too short; and unfortunately, not every- 
one invited could attend. 

Congratulations again to Teresa Nugent 
Forbes and Jesse Forbes. They are expect- 
ing twins! 

Please remember, our next class notes will 
appear in the fall. Submission date is May 15, 
1997. 

1986 

Lisa A. Harvey 
2 Pearl St. #11 
Charlestown, MA 02129 
LiHarvey@msn.com 



Karen Anderson 

156 Panassus #3 

San Francisco, CA 94111 

Karen_anderson@time-inc.com 

Wow! What a reunion! The Class of 1986 
turned out in droves for the 10th year reunion. 
Well over 60 persons attended the weekend 
of festivities, outnumbering all other classes 
by at least a four-to-one margin. Karen 
Anderson, Karen Esbeck and Michelle 
Runge take the prize for longest distance 
traveled (San Francisco and Los Angeles) . 
Mina Holden-Horn takes home the prize for 
youngest reunioner, as 7-month-old Grayson 
Todd Horn FV made an appearance at the class 
party. Lisa Harvey provided us with a blast 
from the past by bringing a video tape of our 
graduation ceremony, and had some help from 
Troy Knighton, who provided music from 
our era. 

The most common phrase of the weekend 
was: "I was a little reluctant to come, but, boy, 
it sure is great to see everyone!" From cock- 
tails at Brompton to the cookout in Monroe 
Square to the class party in Russell Hall (of 
all places) to the celebration at the Eagles 
Nest (sort of a combination of the C-Shoppe 
and the Pub), the Class of '86 made its pres- 
ence known. While everyone has grown up a 
little, no one has really changed. Classmates, 
amazed at the strength of the bonds among 
us, renewed old friendships and formed new 
ones. Reunioners came with and without 
spouses and children, and all had a fabulous 
time. Nearly everyone that attended told me 
that they cannot wait for the 15th reunion! 
We did take care of some business, as well. I 
am now responsible for our class entry in 
MWC TODAY anA Irene Thomaidis, Karen 
Anderson and Lisa Harvey are planning 
the next reunion. We already have some ter- 
rific ideas (such as having Stacy Dunn DJ), 
but would appreciate any input which you 
have to offer. 

In other news, Stephanie Doswald was 
married this past July in Geneva, Switzerland, 
to Danny Sebolt. Brenda Thier Evans and 
her husband, Andy, welcomed Kelsey Eliza- 
beth into the MWC family in April '96, while 
Ann Stack Bartenstein, her husband, John, 
and daughter, Leigh, welcomed Peter in 
March. More recently, Jill VanderSchaff 
Schwartz and her husband, Rob, welcomed 
twins Eric and Julia in August. Karen 
McKenna is pursuing her master's at the In- 
stitute for Learning and Development. Brent 
Davis was recently promoted to museum 
services manager at the National Building 
Museum in Washington, D.C. Tracy Greener 
Hollan and the rest of Bordentown, N.J., sur- 
vived a tornado last summer, although Tracy's 
roof was not so fortunate. Jocelyn Piccone 
recently accepted a position as director of 
Excel Corporate Care in Middletown, Ohio, 
and Kathy Povi^ers Cunius and her family 
just moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. 

An East Coast mini-reunion was held last 
August. Tracy Greener Hollan and Lisa 
Harvey rallied a group for another weekend 
of fun and frolic on Baltimore Harbor. We were 
joined by Irene Thomaidis, Mina Holden- 
Horn, Brent Davis, Karen McKenna, Ann 
Stack Bartenstein, Paul Kilmer, Stephanie 
Doswald Sebolt and Brenda Thier Evans. 
As for our West Coast friends, Karen Ander- 
son, Michelle Runge and Karen Esbeck 



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got together for a weekend in San Francisco. 
We promise to have future gatherings if any- 
one else in interested. The reunion really 
seemed to renew a lot of friendships. 

Please let us know what you or any of our 
classmates are up to. You can reach us by mail, 
telephone or even e-mail. MWC TODAY 
notes for the Class of 1986 appear in the fall 
and winter issues of the magazine. The re- 
spective deadlines for submission are May 1 
and September 1. 

1988 

Jay Bradshaw 
11913 Bluebird Lane 
Catharpin, VA 22018 

Kenneth Plaia 

1005 Massachusetts Ave., NE 

BSMT 

Washington. DC 20002 

Since graduating from MWC, Remus 
Boxley and Kristina Carnegie Boxley have 
remained inseparable. Both entered graduate 
programs at JMU in September 1990, gradu- 
ating in May 1992, with an M.B.A. and mas- 
ter's in school counseling, respectively. They 
have been married for three years and wel- 
comed a son. Christian Lloyd, to their family 
in 1996. They reside in Baltimore, Md., where 
Kristina is a guidance counselor for Baltimore 
County public schools, and Remus is a human 
resources generalist for the L^niversity of 
Maryland Medical System and also an adjunct 
faculty member at the University of Maryland, 
Baltimore County. They remain in touch with 
Yvonne Milien '89, who recently returned 
to her home of Hampton, Va., and is working 
for a pharmaceutical company; Tracey Irving 
'89, who is working for the Admission's 
Office at VCU in Richmond and pursuing her 
master's degree; Helene Bundy Watts '86, 
an advertising executive residing in Baltimore, 
Md., with her husband, Lloyd; Glenda 
Bishop Maitland '88, who is teaching for 
Caroline County public schools; and Donna 
Whitney, who received her master's degree 
from Trinity College in May and is now pur- 
suing her doctorate degree at Howard 
University. Donna is also an English teacher 
for Prince George's County Public Schools. 
They frequently run into Fernanda Kane 
'86, MWC faculty and staff and current MWC 
students when they visit Remus' parents, who 
reside in Fredericksburg. 

1990 

Beth Johnston McDonals 
483 Burnham Road 
Williamsburg. VA 23185 

Brook E. Fillmore was living and working 
as assistant director of development for the 
Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. 
Va., until October, when she moved to Norfolk, 
Va.. where she accepted a position as director 
of Annual Fund and Membership with The 
Chrysler Museum of Art. 

Please send some news! 

1992 

Dorothy Ogburn 
16 Ridgeway Road 
Stafford, VA 22554 



Michael Votava 

31 White Plains Drive 

Nashua. NH 03062-1635 

I received a letter recently from Anne 
Bradshaw and Katharine Marshall Kalvig 

with the following information. Anne was 
graduated from University of Virginia School 
of Medicine in May and started her residen- 
cy in pediatrics at Duke University Medical 
Center. Katharine was married in 1995. She 
and husband Dennis reside in Fredericksburg. 
Michelle Moncure graduated from George 
Washington University with a master's in 
American studies. Debbie Mullens completed 
her master's in education and works in Rich- 
mond. Tenia Burton lives in Fredericksburg 
and works for \T)OT. Andrea Feeback is at- 
tending Eastern Virginia Medical School in 
Norfolk. Kim Brook '93 resides in Alexandria 
and works for an architectural firm in the ac- 
counting department. 

1 attended the wedding of Lisa Wilbanks 
to Tim Rentenback in Knoxville last June. 
Kim Eckhardt Piper and Carrie Reams 
were also there, and we had a blastl Kim is a 
teacher in Virginia Beach, and Carrie works 
for Oracle Government Systems in Northern 
Virginia. 

1994 

Kelly Dunn 

407 Casaloma Drive 

Forest, VA 24551 

Tracy J. Bubb 
3147 Tidal Bay Lane 
Virginia Beach. VA 23451 

We have a number of teachers among us. 
Maura Payne has moved back to Fredericks- 
burg and is teaching ninth-grade English 
and photojournalism at North Stafford High 
School. She reports that North Stafford H.S. 
has become "choc- full of MWC alum," with 
Vanessa Sekinger and John Gabriel '95 
joining her in the English Department. Ann 
Donoghue is living in Old Town .Alexandria. 
She is teaching fifth grade at Widewater 
Elementary in Stafford County, and is more 
or less "running the school." Amy LImberger 
is teaching fourth grade at Berkley Elementary 
School in Spotsylvania County. After two years 
of subbing, Jenn Dorr Ziegenmeyer accept- 
ed a full-time teaching position in the English 
Department in Spotsylvania County. (Yes, Jenn, 
you did see Gordon Inge working at Heavenly 
Ham in Westwood Shopping Center. He and 
his wife, Betty, own it! ) Jen McKay is teach- 
ing first grade at St. Mary's School in Old 
Town Alexandria. 

Marge Foster is living in the East Village 
of NYC and is a copywriter for Games Maga- 
zine. Her writing career has taken her to 
Boston, Lynchburg and Albuquerque. Marge 
planned to relocate to D.C. in the fall '96 to 
take on the literary world in the nadon's capi- 
tal. Claudette Gamache is living in down- 
town Fredericksburg working in her field of 
historic preservation. Sandra Garton is sell- 
ing real estate and taking up quilting. Rhonda 
Winn is a flight attendant for United Express. 
Chris Lazzuri is back in Roanoke, Va., man- 
aging an American Eagle Outfitters store. 
Melissa Wheat was promoted to assistant 
dean of admissions at MWC last July — way 
to go, Melissa! Tim Landis is loving life on 
Capital Hill schmoozing up a storm and work- 



ing for the Republicans. Tim is pursuing a 
movie career on the side. He has been to a 
number of casting calls in the D.C. area and 
can even be seen as an extra in the movie 
"Nixon." 

Spotted at Tim's most recent semi-annual 
bash in Falls Church were several other 
MWCers. Matt St. Amand and Amanda 
Harris '95 drove up from Chapel Hill. "Easy 
E Eric Edwards" arrived with his carafe of 
wine, mingled, and managed to return to 
Manassas the following day in dme to report 
to work. Eric Thorne and Chris "Flickey" 
Sincavage both traveled from Pennsylvania. 
Chris is a subsdtute kindergarden teacher in 
Philadelphia. He and his wife were expecting 
a baby girl in October. Sources report that 
Woody Perry is also living in Philadelphia, 
but that's all sources know about Woody. 

Debbie Hodges is still working at Lehigh 
Portland Cement Company in the regional 
sales office in Manassas. She recenUy certi- 
fied as a facilitator for Quality Action Teams. 
She was to vacation to Southern California in 
the fall and hoped to see Kristen Maestri 
Carter and her son, Joseph Carter. Donna 
Douglas Rollins was hired to be the assistant 
manager at the Bath & Body Shop in Spotsyl- 
vania Mall when it opened in October She 
and her husband, Edward, are enjoying their 
new addition to the family, Mackenzie Claire. 
Rebecca Seabolt Jones has a one-year-old 
girl named Rachel. Yvonne Barrow Gracia 
is married and has a little boy. She is living in 
Chesapeake, Va. 

After vacationing in Spain, England and 
Scotland, Renee Cline left her position in the 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Depart- 
ment at MW Hospital to engage in a master's 
program in physical therapy at Marymount 
University in Arlington. Actually, a number of 
'94 grads have returned to school for various 
degrees. Keri Conron is working on her 
master's of public health at Boston University. 
Leslie Stewart is engaged in graduate work 
in Georgia. David Preston is working on a 
Ph.D. at William and Mary in colonial Ameri- 
can history. Nickolai Butkevich is working 
on a master's in Russian area studies at 
Georgetown I'niversity and is engaged to a 
fellow student in his program. Susan 
Tanigawa is in a Master's in Education pro- 
gram at George Mason University'. Dawn 
Baugher is in optometry school in Columbus. 
Ohio. Elie Bier is engaged and completing 
her master's degree in Lincoln. Neb. Mary 
Willis is working on a master's degree in 
counseling at Virginia Tech. Jenn Moss is a 
second year law student at the L^niversit\' of 
Baltimore School of Law. Sarah Kanney is 
in grad school for teaching English as a sec- 
ond language and is engaged to David 
Mendoza. Leah McNeil is working for Capital 
One Services as a staff coordinator in Fred- 
ericksburg. She is enrolled at Strayer College 
to work on an M.S. in information systems. 
Her boyfriend, Blaine Hodges, is working 
in Fredericksburg and also plans to return to 
grad school in the near future. Maureen 
Keany is working in human resources at a 
manufacturing company in Port Washington. 
She began an M.B.A. at Hofstra University 
last fall. Anne Wittenbraker works in the 
cai^diovasculai" intensive care unit at St. Mary's 
Hospital. She is engaged to be married to 
Mark Hamilton and intends to go back to 
school to pursue a career as a physician's 



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assistant. 

Congratulations are in order for the grad- 
uates. Eric Reid graduated from the Notre 
Dame Institute in Alexandria with degrees in 
advanced apostolic catechetical and a master 
of arts in religious studies. Liz Hockmuth 
completed her M.A. in English literature 
studies from Boston University. She spent a 
year in Sydney, Australia, with B.U.'s inter- 
national program and is now the assistant di- 
rector of residence life at Bowdoin College. 

As for the world travelers: Alison Kiernan 
spent part of the summer in Australia and 
New Zealand. Jennifer Rambo spent a year 
living in Switzerland working in a youth hos- 
tel and then worked in Australia. She planned 
to return to the U.S. last fall. Amy Tubbs 
and Kim Haun are planning to visit Europe 
in the fall or winter. Amy is conducting bike 
tours up and down the East Coast, and Kim 
is working for Capital One Services (with 
Leah McNeil). Courtney Quillen resigned 
her position as residential counselor at the 
Shelter for Teens last spring and headed to 
Ciuatemala to help out in the building of 
homes for widows. Upon return, she fmished 
out the summer in Bethany working in retail, 
trying to relax a bit. She is now searching for 
a new career opportunity. 

Wedding bells have rung! Sandra Phillips 
married her high school sweetheart, Charlie 
Crittenden, in August, and they had the plea- 
sure of honeymooning in Hawaii. Nell 
Garwood Maceachem married Kilian Ciarvey 
in Virginia Beach. They had a beautiful Scott- 
ish reception and currently reside in Rich- 
mond. Tricia Waldrop married Matt Belman 
last December. They are living in Fredericks- 
burg. Tricia is working as an analyst for Irving 
Burton and Associates, a defense contractor 
in Falls Church. She writes that Scott 
"Spidey" Pate is working at the Kenmore 
Inn on Princess Anne Street and is seeking 
employment opportunities in the D.C./ 
Richmond area. 

Nick Duncan writes that he is working 
at Diamond I^ke in the Cascades interview- 
ing anglers. Nick also told us that Lowell 
Whitney '95 works out of the Roseburg office 
for Fish and Game, and Lidie Whittier '95 is 
a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park. 
Ted Godfrey spent the summer as a high- 
adventure guide in Colorado. 

Dave Janes sent a postcard from Japan. 
He recently received an M.A. in Asian reli- 
gion at The University of Hawaii and will be 
continuing his studies at Doshisha University 
in Japan. 

Doug Darwin recently returned to the 
U.S. Doug has been in the Czech Republic and 
Spain teaching English and Spanish. He's now 
back in Alexandria preparing for the 2000 
Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He aspires to 
be a member of the U.S. Table Tennis Team. 

As for Kelly and me — Kelly Dunn is 
working on an M.Ed, at Lynchburg College 
and substitute teaching. T.J. Bubb is still 
working for ARAMARK as the office manager 
at the Old Dominion University account. 

Finally, we have received a number of in- 
quiries concerning the '94 yearbooks. We are 
looking into the matter. If you have any ques- 
tions or concerns about yearbooks, please 
contact the Student Activities office at (540) 
654-1061 or the student publications office at 
(540) 654-1132. 



We wish you a lot of success in your 1997 
endeavors. Keep the news coming! 

1996 

Jill McDaniel 

8015 Sunset Path Court 

Springfield, VA 22153 

After spending the summer as a park 
ranger in North Carolina, I am now settling 
in as a grad student at Marymount U. working 
toward a master's degree in education. Follow- 
ing this same path is Victoria Rheinstrom, 
who is at George Mason U. Others in grad 
school include: Anndelynn Tapscott at VCU; 
Marianne Ott at U. of Maryland, Eastern 
Shore; Patty Bryan at U. of New Hampshire; 
Rebecca Silverman at U. of Maryland, Col- 
lege Park; and Jumana Qamruddin, who 
will be attending Tulane U. in January. 

A few of our classmates have made the 
switch from student to teacher. Both Katie 
Burke and Corey Henson are student teach- 
ing. Lisa Prillaman is teaching fifth grade 
at Falmouth Elementary, Heather Spring is 
teaching kindergarten at Hampton Oaks 
Elementary, and Laura Duffy is teaching 
ninth and tenth grade English at Brook Point 
High School and is also coaching the women's 
soccer team. Speaking of coaching, Carin 
Gsellman is at Annandale High School with 
the Softball team, and Mike Johnson is at 
Hayfield High School with the basketball team. 

Nicki Stevenson and Jeff DeSanto '95 
were wed in the beginning of September. Be- 
sides planning her wedding to Bill Brantley 
'95, Tori Hillyer is working as a systems en- 
gineer in Dahlgren. Sara Bennington is 
working for Key Communications Inc. in 
Garrisonville and is looking to move back to 
Fredericksburg this winter. Katie Vunck has 
a job with Capital One in Fredericksburg, and 
Lara Neer is working in Richmond. Jeff 
Kramer, after a successful season with the 
Roanoke River Dawgs, is working with Wy- 
land I^adbetter for MCI. Also in Northern 



Virginia, Stefanie Teter is working for a law 
firm . 

There are quite a few alums who have left 
the state of Virginia. Both Jackie Romano 
and Chris Williams are living (not together!) 
in Charleston, S.C. Nina Morrison and Emily 
Baird both live and work in New York City, 
and Alissa Magrum is working in Oklahoma. 
Kathleen Harter has a job with the FDA in 
Miami, and Cori Lears is working in 
Baltimore. 

Thank you to those of you who helped me 
compile this information. Hopefully, next time 
around I will have more information about you 
all. Ix)oking forward to hearing from you! 

IN MEMORIAM 

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

Calphurnia Anna Bailey Cutchin '17 
Kathryn Frazer Yerby '20 
Avis Fleming Harris '36 
Virginia F. Easley '38 
Winnie I^ndick Thompson '38 
Jane Haddox Gwin '41 
Betty Lou Carrier Church '46 
Catherine Rae Capizola Sungenis '50 
Carolyn Tibbetts Anderson '58 
Evangeline Tripolos Stavredes '61 
Ginger Rawlins Crisp '63 
Randall Snyder '86 

Keith M. Belli, assistant professor of theater 

CONDOLENCES 

We extend our condolences to those who 
have recently lost loved ones. 

Florence Johnson Dodge '34, who lost her 

husband. 
Jayne Anderson Bell '44, who lost her mother. 
Elizabeth Graham Simpson '44, who lost her 

husband. 
Alice Taylor Herdt '46, who lost her mother. 
Anne Robinson Hallerman '77, who lost her 

husband. 




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The Spinning Wheel Boutique can help you find that special gift. 
The Boutique offers a variety of merchandise, featuring the pewter 
Jefferson Cup, Boston Rocker and Captain's chair 
All gifts are available for purchase at 
the alumni house or they can 
be shipped (with additional 
shipping charge). Add 
4.5% sales tax to the 
price of all items 

purchased Boston Rocker $190.00 

in the Bou- #133 -2 104 -Satin Black finish 

with gold trim 
#133-9451-Cherry finish 




tique or shipped to a Virginia address. Make checks payable 

to Mary Washington College Alumni Association, and mail 

requests to P.O. Box 1315, College Station, 

Fredericksburg, VA 22402. You can 

also call the Alumni Office at 

(540) 654-1011 with your 

order or fax it to 

(540) 654-1075 and 

charge it with 

your VISA or 

MasterCard. 



Pewter Jefferson Cup $20.00 

Etched with MWC seal 
(Shipping $3.00) 





Wine Carafe Set $38.00 

1 liter carafe and 4 glasses etched 
with MWC seal 
(Shipping $5.00) 



Beach Towel $24.00 

Navy blue with white embroidered 
lettering, 36" x 72" 
(Shipping $3.00) 



MWC Blanket $40.00 

All wool 62" X 84" 

Light blue/white MWC seal 

Navy blue/white MWC seal/gray trim 

(Shipping $6.00) 






Mary Washington Brass Trivet 

(in the shape of the MW) 
Small- (5-inch) $13.00 
Large- (7-inch) $19.00 

(Shipping $3.00) 



Cotton Canvas Tote Bags 

Natural cotton with navy blue trim 
and embroidered lettering 
Small (12" X 14")-$12.50 
Large (14" x 24")-$20.00 
(Shipping $3.00) 



Captain's Chair $190.00 

#342-2108-Satin black lacquer 
finish with cherry arms 
(Shipping subject to UPS rates.) 




Nylon Bags 

New items (not pictured): 

Large Carry-All, 24" x 12" x 12", $26.50 (shipping $5.00) 

Small Carry-All, 19" x 10" x 10", $22.00 (shipping $4.00) 

Briefcase, 16-1/4" x 13-1/4" x 3", $26.50 (shipping $4.00) 

Garment Bag 39" $24.00 (shipping $4.00) 

Garment Bag 54" $27.00 (shipping $4.00) 



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