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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
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
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;
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Watson; p. 24, top photo by Dan Fitzpatrick; bottom photo courtesy Global Volunteers.
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LEWIS P. FICKETT JR
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
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
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
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
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
dents and the professor, as apparently has
happened in many of our larger schools
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."
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
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-
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
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
William B. Crawley Jr. is Distinguished
Professor of History, holder of the Rector
and Visitors Chair, and historian of the
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
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.
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
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
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-
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.
Schnellock's painting in ttie
Trinkie Haii reading room.
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-
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
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.
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
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-
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
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
Forrest McGill is director of the Man
Washington College Galleries.
[The quotations from Elizabeth Binford
come from the April 1953 issue of
"Works by Foraier Art Depart-
ment Faculty'" will be on view
April 23-June 1 in the Ridderhof
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.
Bayt al-Razzaz Palace,
ca. 1480, Bab al-Wazir St.,
Professor W. Brown
Morton III, Prince B.
Woodard Chair of
in the Department of >
presented a public I
lecture series at the
College titled "Sab- t
batical on the Nile: A
Sampler of Historic
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-
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
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.
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.
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-
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
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
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."
BY CLINT OFTEN AND BRYAN
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
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
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-
From left to right: Rod Wood, Edward H. Hegmann, Matttiew A. Kinney, Kurt Glaeser, Thomas
F. Sheridan, Roy M. Gordon, David S. Soper.
giate program. It was the small- college
equivalent of Division III at that point,"
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
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-
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
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
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
„ 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
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.
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-
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.
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
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
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.
^ 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
Bv Liz Gordon
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
Hugh Vasquez and Victor Lewis
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
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
IVIWC's Carol Martin (left) and Meta Braymer (second from left) welcome State Sen. Emily Couric
to the Great Hall.
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-
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
The University of Virginia co- sponsored
Colloquium participants explore successful
strategies for managing change in their
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
"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
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.
"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-
The Mary Washington College-Community Symphony Orchestra has been playing to appreciative
audiences for 25 years.
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
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
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.
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-
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
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
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."
Named to National
Phi Beta Kappa
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
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
Melinda DelVishio '97. left, and Abby Baird '97 get ready to serve pizza to phonathon callers.
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
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-
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.
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.
Office of Alumni Programs
P.O. Box 1315
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
Office of Alumni Programs
RO. Box 1315
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Helen Pressley Voris
6086 Old Lawyers Hill Road
Elk Ridge, MD 21227
Office of Alumni Programs
PO. Box 1315
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
Office of Alumni Programs
RO. Box 1315
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
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
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
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
"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
Marjorie Martel Balius sends "greetings
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
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
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.
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
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
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-
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.
Bette Worsham Hawkins
3812 Wellesley Terrace Circle
Richmond, VA 23233
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
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-
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
4312 S. Ashlawn Drive
Richmond, VA 23221
Cynthia West Benney
3 Peabody Ave.
Marblehead, MA 01945
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
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
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
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
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
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
Looking forward to hearing from all of you.
Office of Alumni Programs
RO. Box 1315
Fredericksburg, VA 22402
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.
Fi'ances Page Loftis
Helen Vakos Standing
421 Godspeed Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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
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
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.
229 Coronado Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
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,
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-
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
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.
Anne Toms Richardson
1206 Graydon Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23507
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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."
Elizabeth Somerville Hutchins
14240 Raccoon Ford Road
Patty Goliash Andril
3420 Lorcom Lane
Arlington, VA 22207
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
Linda Lemanski Blakemore
1317 Littlepage St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
1824 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
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-
Please remember, our next class notes will
appear in the fall. Submission date is May 15,
Lisa A. Harvey
2 Pearl St. #11
Charlestown, MA 02129
156 Panassus #3
San Francisco, CA 94111
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
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
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.
11913 Bluebird Lane
Catharpin, VA 22018
1005 Massachusetts Ave., NE
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.
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!
16 Ridgeway Road
Stafford, VA 22554
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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./
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
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
We wish you a lot of success in your 1997
endeavors. Keep the news coming!
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
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
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!
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
We extend our condolences to those who
have recently lost loved ones.
Florence Johnson Dodge '34, who lost her
Jayne Anderson Bell '44, who lost her mother.
Elizabeth Graham Simpson '44, who lost her
Alice Taylor Herdt '46, who lost her mother.
Anne Robinson Hallerman '77, who lost her
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
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
Pewter Jefferson Cup $20.00
Etched with MWC seal
Wine Carafe Set $38.00
1 liter carafe and 4 glasses etched
with MWC seal
Beach Towel $24.00
Navy blue with white embroidered
lettering, 36" x 72"
MWC Blanket $40.00
All wool 62" X 84"
Light blue/white MWC seal
Navy blue/white MWC seal/gray trim
Mary Washington Brass Trivet
(in the shape of the MW)
Small- (5-inch) $13.00
Large- (7-inch) $19.00
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
Captain's Chair $190.00
#342-2108-Satin black lacquer
finish with cherry arms
(Shipping subject to UPS rates.)
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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