Class Notes

Fall and Winter 2015 Class Notes


1930s

Dot DuPuis Mackin ’38 of Silver Spring, MD, exclaims, “I can’t believe it! I will be 99 in March. I feel fine. I am still in the Ukulele Club. We had three “gigs” in April. Also, I am still on a Wii Team playing bowling once a week. There are other things like concerts and games here. I now have five great-grandchildren. They are adorable!”

 

1940s

Ginny Martin Lawrence ’45 of Cincinnati, OH, was so glad to get contact information to connect with her classmates. She says, “With all the info on WWII in the current media, we all could tell tales.”

 

 

1946 (70th Reunion)

The Class of 1946 is still “Purple Knight Proud.” Two members represented the PK class at reunion where they celebrated 70 years of sisterhood - Class President Jane Kollock McCall and 

Sue Lott Clark. Both shared honors at the WCAA’s Annual Meeting as members of the earliest class to attend Alumnae Weekend. 

Emily Bradford Batts ’46 of Charlotte, NC, is grateful for her family and that the majority were able to gather together for this past Christmas.

Margaret “Peggy” Derby Champlin ’47 of Los Angeles, CA, lost her husband Charles a year ago, but keeps going at age 90 with the support of her six children and 13 grandchildren. “I would love to see any classmates who make it out to California.” 

“I will be 93 in March 2017 and am going strong,” reports Toni Smith Suiter ’47 from Rocky Mount, NC. 

Our sympathy to Emily Hancock Bredeson ’49 on the loss of her husband, Donald “Don” H. Bredeson, who died on March 24, 2016. Emily will be moving to Carlyle Place in Macon. (See Sympathy)

After 66 years of marriage, Mildred “Mimi” Roads Griffith ’49 of Palmetto, GA, is learning to live without her precious husband - a very difficult adjustment.

Ruby Layson ’49 still lives in Frankfort, KY. She traveled to Ireland in May for the historic vote for LGBT marriage equality, a cause she has worked for through her church.

 

1950s

Jo Ann Russell Campbell ’50 of Tucker, GA, enjoyed getting in touch with two former roommates and four more classmates this past holiday season via letter and phone. Her French roommate, Graziella Collier Oberkampf, writes, “I do think of you quite often as well as Wesleyan.” Jo Ann and husband Norton celebrated his 90th birthday in July 2015 and celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in June 2016.

 

 

1951 (65th Reunion)

Golden Heart Class President Jean Elsom Hogan and Helen Longino Dunwody  welcomed classmates back to campus to celebrate 65 years of friendship. The Class also celebrated their 3rd place ranking in dollars raised for reunion class giving at the Annual Meeting. Sharing memories and more at class parties, six Golden Hearts enjoyed renewing the bonds of sisterhood that have strengthened throughout the years and across the miles. 

Mary Ann Fitzgerald Blackwell ’53 moved back to her hometown of Henderson, KY, near her daughter, Heather. She would love to hear from friends who lived at the Conservatory from 1949-1953, or any other time. Mary Ann sends blessings and all good wishes for 2016 especially to her Wesleyan Conservatory friends! 

Merrilyn Welch Eastham ’53 of Marietta, GA, took 24 family members on a wonderful Thanksgiving week cruise in 2015. 

Claire Houser-Dodd ’53 of Fort Valley, GA, Margaret Neal Doty ’53 and I visited with Jackie Kunkel Ivey-Weaver ’87 at John Wesley Villas. We called Joyce Hall Pelphrey ’54 in Marietta. How fortunate we are to have made such lovely friends 65 years ago at Wesleyan Conservatory. Thanks Wesleyan!

Ann Harrell Saunders ’53 of Augusta, GA, is now a great-grandmother of two—Ella (5) and Jasper (1). She writes, “Y’all stay healthy and we’ll be together again in 2018, God willing!”

We send condolences to Marcia Mallet Ades ’54 of DeRidder, LA, on the death of her son, Mark. Marcia writes, “This has been the saddest year of our lives. Our precious son died of cancer in November. He lived a wonderful life and traveled all over the world. He leaves behind his wife, Josie, and a son, Mathew. We attended Matthew’s graduation from Centenary College in January. (See Sympathy)

 

 

1956 (60th Reunion)

They’re GREAT, GREEN, and GRATEFUL for 60 years of Green Knight sisterhood. Twelve members of the Class of ’56 gathered to enjoy a weekend of just being together, thanks to Reunion Chair Charlotte Poole Harrell and Co-Chair Lloyd Young Flanders who planned for a memorable weekend that included class parties in Burden Parlor and at Idle Hour Country Club. Wesleyan is GRATEFUL for the GKs who were recognized at the Annual Meeting for taking 1st place in dollars raised for reunion class giving! 

“Great 60th Reunion!” writes JoAnn Copeland Chapple ’56 from her home in Eatonton, GA.

It’s been a great year for keeping up with classmates via email and Facebook for Julie Adams Hawk ’57 of Flowery Branch, GA. “According to the photos, none of us has aged!” Bert and Julie are “keeping on keeping on” and Julie’s looking ahead to her next reunion in 2017!

Medra Lott Keyser ’58 of Fernandina Beach, FL, celebrated the birth of her seventh great- grandchild, Nora Lee Arnold, born to her grandson Ben and wife Christina Arnold in Hong Kong, China, on May 11, 2015. Ben is the son of Medra’s daughter, Laura Wallace Arnold ’79, and husband Jim of Park City, UT. 

My husband, George, died in April, 2015. He did not live to see our oldest granddaughter, Kaitlynn, graduate from his alma mater, Mercer, in December 2015, our second granddaughter, Hannah, selected to attend a science conference in Boston, MA, and our third granddaughter become a high school basketball star. He would be so proud, like me!” writes Elaine Wilder Jones ’59 of Macon.

Proud to be a Wesleyanne!” exclaims Carol King Pope ’59 of Macon.

 

1960s

In January, Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Sumerford York ’60 moderated two forums with students in Dr. Phil Taylor’s classes on “Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?” and on “America’s Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?” Wesleyan’s forum results will be compiled with results from more than 100 forums in numerous states and presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, in May. This is an endeavor of the National Issues Forums Institute and Public Agenda. In April, Ginger and husband Guy traveled to UAE and visited with Katherine Breland Bradley ’79 who works in Dubai. “We are home with astounding memories of a fantastic country....ready to hit the local lecture circuit!  We saw a variety of sites – modern and historic – including the ‘smart city.’” 

 

1961 (55th Reunion)

The Class of ’61 reunion committee, chaired by Sandra Combs Lewis, laid the groundwork for another great reunion. With help from her committee members Mary Jo Porch Floyd, Jean Cain Gaddis, Class President Suzanne Jones Kahn, Flo Bloodworth Mellard, and Andrea Morris Gruhl, 32 Pirates sailed in from all ports of call to attend a BIG RED BASH! Our thanks to Flo Mellard who hosted a class party at her home and planned for another party at Back Burner, and to Andrea Gruhl who spearheaded class gift donations that added to the Annual Fund and to the Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund. Sporting red at every event, Pirates agreed it was a “red-letter” 55th!

“So sorry not to be able to attend our 55th. Know you all will have a grand time. I truly love each and every one of you,” writes Juliana “Jukie” Hardeman Caldwell ’61 from Cape Coral, FL. In January, Jukie and husband Bill celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. “We were married (Jan. 28, 1961) in Macon at Vineville Baptist Church. It was cold and sleeting that afternoon. We had both sets of parents with us. I completed my degree in French at Wesleyan the day before, and began my teaching career 3 days later in Atlanta, as Bill returned to Emory’s Candler School of Theology to complete his master’s degree in June. The rest is a beautiful history and a wonderful family.” 

From her home in Rabun Gap, GA, Betty Claire “BC” Manning Clark ’61 writes, “I’m thinking of all my Pirate friends at reunion. Sammy had a stroke in February and a bad fall which makes moving very slow and painful for him. I know the weekend will be a happy and fun event.  I send greetings and love to all.” 

Jo Anne Miller Gaede ’61 of Birmingham, AL, says “All is well and I am happy to have been a member of the Class of 1961.”  She welcomes classmates to her Birmingham home or to the beach house at Panama City Beach. 

Andrea Morris Gruhl ’61 of Columbia, MD, stays busy as vice president, League of Women Voters of the National Capital Areas, where she coordinated the annual Constitution Day program at the University of Maryland’s law school, a program she founded 10 years ago. She missed reunion due to her husband’s health and their move to a retirement village but sends her love to all. “I have fond memories of my four years at Wesleyan. It was exactly right for me at that time in my life. It is wonderful to learn how well the College has met the challenges of this century. Hoping Wesleyan will always continue as “the Oldest and Best!”

Congratulations to Norma Mullings Hunt ’61 who was honored on November 8, 2015, for her fifty years of service as organist at First United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, GA. She and her husband, Brev, were given an all-expenses paid trip to the 2016 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, TX, (June 19-23).

“Dear Classmates: So sorry I will be unable to join you for any of the reunion activities, even though I am only a short distance away. My responsibilities with Billy continue and I am unable to be out of town for even a short time.  I will be with you in spirit and thinking of you all. Go Pirates!” writes Mary Grace Averett Kay ’61 from Sandersville, GA. 

Jane Stallings Knight ’61 of Nashville, GA, had a “mini” reunion in March 2015 to discuss the Class of 1961’s 55th reunion and to enjoy some time together with ’61 classmates Bebe Blalock Littles, Sally Husted Shuford, Linda Vogel Pfleger, and Cora Ann Ware Wells.

Gayle Langston Ricklefs ’61 in Augusta, GA, remembers her precious husband, Ronald, who died on August 5, 2015. Gayle and Ron were married for 55 years. 

Jeanette Loflin Shackelford ’61 and her husband, Jim, still live in Tryon, NC, but have down-sized and moved into a townhome in the same county - just down the hill from where they lived on the mountain.

Savannah was the setting for the annual (since 1992) reunion for ’62 suitemates Rhoda Morrison Joyner, Charlotte Jolly Hale, Marybelle Proctor Menzel and Dottie Rhoden Hicks. The weekend was hosted by Dottie who reports, “We enjoyed Savannah’s theater, shopping and restaurant offerings, along with the sharing of laughter and memories!” 

“I am enjoying retirement, travel, and substitute teaching.  Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family,” reports Mary Helen Johnson Johnson ’64 of Cumming, GA.

1964 Green Knights are thinking of Sally Hutchinson Vermillion ’64 and husband Charles of Atlantic Beach, FL, whose condo unit was destroyed by fire in May. Sally reports, “The good news is that nobody was injured. We are presently staying with our son and his family but will be moving to a hotel for a few weeks and then to a rental for 5-6 months. Keep us in your prayers...we need them!”

 

1966 (50th Reunion)

Kudos to 50th Reunion Chair and Class President Cile Adams Mathews and her committee members Abbie Howard Dillard, Maxine Maddox Dornemann, Barbara Sneden Exum, Virginia Johnson (e-Rep), Gini Harshbarger Lamback, Petal Gibbons Montis, Charlotte Smith Pfeiffer, and Jane Robertson Westerfield who reached out to classmates (via Facebook, email, letters, and phone calls) encouraging them to return to campus and return they did! Forty classmates returned to reminisce and rejoice about “Knight” times and other PK lore and to “catch up” on 50 years of life happenings. Classmate and former NC Poet Laureate Kay Stripling Byer began the weekend by dedicating a special poem to her class at the Golden Belles Luncheon. Classmates donned purple boas and gloves as they led the Parade of Classes into the Annual Meeting with Grand Marshals Cile Mathews and Virginia Johnson as flagbearers. PK pride took over when classmates cheered at the meeting for 2016 Alumnae Award recipient Sandy Lumpkin Bryan and when the Class took 2nd place in dollars raised for reunion class gifts including funds for a special Class of 1966 Scholarship. Two class parties gave PKs “time out for hangin’ out.” A special Morning Watch service was written and chaired by The Rev. Maxine Dornemann and an original musical performance played at the service of “Ave Maria” and sung by the 1965 Wesleyan Glee Club (via a CD adapted from the original recording by Dr. Jane Westerfield) provided classmates with a meaningful ending to a weekend that celebrated 50 years of sisterhood. 

Suzanne Spence Joyce ’66 is retired, lives in Athens, GA, and has three grandsons - ages 5, 6, and 10. “I am also blessed with the best suitemates ever. Jo An (Johnson Chewning), Marsha (McDonald Godsey), and Mary (Towers Weese) have remained part of my life through 50 years of joys and sorrows with love, good counsel, and help when needed. Thank you, Wesleyan, for making this possible.” 

“This reunion has awakened in me all that is good about a liberal arts education. Wesleyan College has not only grown into this but has created ‘the top.’ Just listening to all the stories of my classmates validates the excellence of this institution in educating the ‘whole woman.’ This is just awesome. I am privileged to call myself a Wesleyanne! And not only that, I met my husband while a student here and we celebrated our 50th anniversary in June 2016. Thank you Wesleyan for everything,” writes Jane Silverman Mason ’66 from Verbena, AL.

“Happy 50th Reunion, my Purple Knight sisters... Congratulations, Sandy (Lumpkin Bryan) and Maxine (Maddox Dornemann)... so proud of you!  I know you all shared an awesome weekend ‘remembering!’  I truly missed being with you. God bless you and our beloved Wesleyan,” writes Nan McWilliams ’66 from Tampa, FL.

“John and I still live in Atlanta. I retired after 26 years from teaching at Westminster Schools. I have loved being involved in church and community activities that I could not do while working. Our two children have blessed us with seven grandchildren and one great- granddaughter!” reports Becky Gleaton Mynatt ’66.

Helen Harwell Smith ’67 of Washington, DC, has many things to celebrate. “Another year of wandering. David and I chased clean air and paleolithic/neolithic sites from Turkey to Greece to islands of Scotland to caves of France. This was also my year for chemotherapy and a happy end to all that goes with it. Many thanks to friends for their kindness and support. Now I sport curls (my mother would be so pleased!). I give back to Wesleyan for the curiosity she ignited in me.”

Jean Widney Wynn ’67 is making regular trips from Atlanta to Portland, OR, to visit the parents of Lucy, her first grandchild, and to enjoy this astonishing toddler.

In Juno Isles, FL, Lou Ellen Semler Boyes ’69 enjoys retirement and her twin grandchildren. She also is living her life’s dream of traveling and immersing herself in the cultures of the world. “This past year I toured Israel, Jordan, Italy, and Egypt. Our family celebrated the marriage of our second son, Jeff, to Ashley Ann in San Diego.  I love reading class notes and emails from my classmates.” 

In April, Mary Beth Taylor Keys ’69 and her husband, Joel, spent a weekend in Jacksonville, FL, volunteering for a non-profit organization called Dignity U Wear. They worked with a group of representatives from Davidson College (Joel’s alma mater) and Mary Beth was awarded an honorary degree from Davidson.

2016 is already a busy musical year for Barbara Marble Tagg ’69 of Camillus, NY. In April, she adjudicated two international choral festivals in New York and her Syracuse Orchestra Women’s Choir hosted a 200- voice festival with orchestra featuring guest conductor Vance George, conductor emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. In May 2016, Barbara presented a research paper in Athens, Greece. In August, she will host the J. W. Pepper Choral Music reading day at Syracuse University. 

 

 

1970s

1971 (45th Reunion)

Reunion Co-Chairs Ellen Cobleigh Tomter, Marjie Bowen Graham, and Debbie Hall Loftiss, along with class party hostess Gena Roberts Franklin and Class e-Rep Martha Yates Thomas welcomed 24 Golden Hearts back to Wesleyan for a weekend to remember. Even as the 45th got underway with a fun class party at Gena Franklin’s house on Friday night followed by a Saturday night sit-down at Brasserie Circa, classmates made the most of their time together sharing life stories, GH stories, STUNT stories, and stories of children and grandchildren - all while pondering the next big question, “Are we really only five years away from our 50th?”

Shari Richardson Arrington ’71 and husband Claude enjoy living in Havana, FL. Shari retired in 2007 after teaching for 35 years and is now owner of Arrington Calligraphy. She ran her first 5K in November 2015 (Charlotte Turkey Trot) and is a member of The Havana Shade Tobacco and Literary Society and The Baker’s Dozen book club. Claude retired in May 2015 as an administrative law judge for the State of Florida. They have two children. Burt lives in Charlotte, NC, and has two girls, Tate (12) and Carly (10). Anne lives nearby in Tallahassee and has one son, Henry (5).

“I still live in my 93-year-old home in the middle of Buckhead in Atlanta. With retirement looming as a daily option, I continue working as a graphics account manager (International Paper Specialty Products Division) in retail packaging because I love graphics, printing, and marketing. No two days are the same with all the new technology. My Wesleyan fine arts education was the catalyst for my professional success,” reports Katy Bryant ’71.

From her home in Cedar Bluff, AL, Gloria Turner Lockridge ’71 writes, “I still enjoy Lake Weiss. We are blessed with great health. I’d love to hear from other Wesleyannes.”

Ellen Cobleigh Tomter ’71 has news to share from Watkinsville, GA. “Bud and I welcomed our first grandson on Feb. 24, 2016 - Griffin William Sullivan. Proud parents are Blair and Brittany.  Our other son, Jordan, married Christina Rawlins from Maids Morten, England, on April 10th.

Kim Fritch Vantreese ’71 of Marietta, GA, says her sons Jordan (34) and Justin (32) are still single so no grandchildren yet! She has worked 22 years for Cobb County Elections, but is retired in “off” years. She enjoyed seeing her Golden Heart sisters at Alumnae Weekend.

Mary Williams Walker ’71 lives in Warner Robins, GA, and is a retired middle school counselor. 

“My two years at Wesleyan stand out so vividly in my memory. It was all about growing up and making wonderful lifelong friends! I often see sister 1971 GH classmates: Dee Wilkins Ivey, Lynne Quenelle Jordan, Fran Sherrill Glendinning, Cathy Massengill Barnett, Georgia Hackney- Smith, and Rafalar Weaver Lynch,” writes Jean Reed Woodward ’71 from Birmingham, AL. 

Helen Ferguson Zachry ’71 of West Point, GA, thanks the alumnae office staff, volunteers, and classmate and Alumnae Director Cathy Coxey Snow ’71 for a for a memorable and wonderful Alumnae Weekend. “After the rainy weather stopped and we stepped out of the Annual Meeting into that bright, breezy, beautiful blue sky day, it made my heart sing with the beauty of Wesleyan, sisterhood, and all it means to so many of us. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!  Good Lord willing, I’ll see you all at our 50th!” 

Elizabeth Rogers Kelly ’72 of Jasper, TN, jokes that “Zach is still my boyfriend, even after 44 years of marriage!” Their two sons live on opposite coasts - Patrick in San Diego with four children, and Britt in Charleston with two children. She and Zach are able to visit nice places and have wonderful visits with spectacular grandchildren! 

Congratulations to Debbie Monds Davis ’73 of Cochran, GA, on the birth of her first grandchild, William Knight Olson, on June 25, 2015.

Linda Brown Walker ’73 of Raleigh, NC, remembers Sharron Mays Lawn ’71 as her “vibrant Golden Hearted Big Sister. My mind’s eye sees her flitting around her dorm room, easy breezy, and confidently leading her newspaper staff in their work room.” (See In Memoriam.)    

Congratulations to Licia Drinnon Jackson ’74 of Columbia, SC, who has been named associate publisher of the Columbia Regional Business Report, the business journal of South Carolina’s capital city.

Gail Dixon Mann ’74 of Graceville, FL, happily reports, “At the end of January, God allowed me to be cancer-free for two years. Praise Him! Currently, I teach English for grades 6-12 at Dayspring Christian Academy in Marianna, FL. I also teach Bible classes for grades 6-8. God has blessed me with two grandsons, ages 12 and 9; and one granddaughter who is in heaven.”

Lisa McKinney ’74 of Winder, GA, sends many thanks to everyone who has shown such love and support for her brother, Michael McKinney, during his recent illness. In April, Michael celebrated his birthday in Burden Parlor at Wesleyan with his Wesleyan family and friends.

Tina Farkas Williams ’74 of Tallahassee, FL, is still the executive director of The Young Actors Theatre. Her daughter, Elizabeth Hollingsworth Hages, lives in Michigan and has two beautiful children. “Class of 2033 – maybe there will be a new Wesleyanne to carry on the family tradition (my great-great-grandma and my mother).”

Carol Goodloe ’75 of Arlington, VA, welcomed her second grandson, Oliver Goodloe Kennedy, on June 22, 2015. Big brother Brady is mostly indifferent. “With three brothers, two sons, and two grandsons, I have nothing to offer Wesleyan unless you go co-ed!” 

 

1976 (40th Reunion)

The Class of ’76 returned to campus in record numbers to find out that celebrating 40 can be fun! Reunion Chair Cynthia McMullen and her committee members Ginna Pritchard Ashby, Carolyn Field Hall, Janice Cromer Holbrook, Debbie Jones Smith, Karen Miller Smith, and class party hostess Molly Preston Walker welcomed 28 Green Knights back to Wesleyan to enjoy a “Hoddy Toddy 40.” GK spirit rallied all weekend long, especially when the class paraded into the Annual Meeting decked out in green sashes. A 2nd place finish in class giving participation gave Knights even more reason to cheer about all things “Great and Green.”

Virginia “Ginna” Pritchard Ashby ’76 of Jacksonville, FL, is still on ministerial staff as the preschool ministries director at Fruit Cove Baptist, where she has been working for 15 ½ years. She is also writing preschool Sunday School curriculum for Life Way Christian Resources. Ginna is the proud grandmother of three adorable grandchildren.

Selma Bohannon Bernard ’76 of Savannah, GA, is a retired high school counselor. She works part-time as a college counseling consultant.

In May, Robyn Sullins Bish ’76 retired from teaching. She looks forward to moving to the quiet North Georgia mountains of Jasper, GA.

Janet Fletcher Bridges ’76 of Greensboro, FL, has three children - two sons and one daughter. She also has two wonderful grandchildren. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and retired in 2015 after 36 years as an administrator with the state of Florida.

Melissa Worley Callahan ’76 lives in Kennesaw, GA, and is a chief probation/parole officer for the Georgia Department of Community Supervision in Cobb County, GA.

June Randall Dalton ’76 of Tavares, FL, is a retired educator (in 2013) from Lake County, Florida District Schools. She and husband Rick enjoy traveling.  

Karen Hughes DeLoach ’76 of Summerville, SC, has been a homeschool mom/teacher for 22 years to her four children. She is also an artist and filmmaker and has taught art and film at two colleges. She earned a master’s degree in ceramics from USC in Columbia, SC, as well as a film certificate from TTC in Charleston, SC. Her short films include “Chords” (on Facebook) and “Unaware.”  Her most recent work in clay and fiber were two room installation art shows: “Taste and See Sweet Shoppe” for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston and “Be Our Guest” for the ArtFields Competition. Since 1989, she and husband Jer have served others through their support ministry, Red Sea Ministries.

Carolyn Field Hall ’76 of High Point, NC, still teaches voice at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point. She is the artistic director of High Point Young Voices, a community children’s chorus and also sings with Bel Canto Company of Greensboro and at First Presbyterian of Greensboro. Carolyn loved being at her 40th class reunion. “It was a wonderful experience to see old friends and to see all the new and exciting things happening at Wesleyan.” 

Jimmye Hawkins ’76 of Dallas, GA, retired in June 2014. She taught for twenty-nine and a half years before becoming a curriculum specialist for five years. Jimmye served as an assistant principal for one year and principal for three years before her retirement. She earned a M.Ed. from Georgia State University and an Ed.S. from Georgia State University. 

Janice Cromer Holbrook ’76 of Lexington, SC, was extremely excited to see sister Green Knights! “Since our last reunion, my daughter married her sweetheart, my son moved to Chicago, and I have two grand-dogs and no grandchildren (so sad)!” Janice received a certification in music education from Valdosta State University and currently teaches preschool music at Lake Murray Presbyterian Day School. She and husband Fred enjoy traveling when not working or taking care of their mothers. “Hoddy Toddy!” writes Janice. 

Ilias and Despina Kavadas Houlis ’76 live in Lexington, SC, and both are church musicians at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbia, SC, where Ilias is the chanter and Despina, who has an MA in musicology from the University of Virginia, is choir director. Ilias manages a seafood restaurant. Daughter Vicki is a Head-Start teacher and son Daniel is a Tae Kwon Do instructor and chanter at the Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Anita Stern Isaac ’76 of New York, NY, says, “Hard to believe 40 years have gone by since my parents, my dog Licorice, and my cat Racca all dropped me off at Wesleyan. My mother, my dog and my cat have all passed on but my Dad is still around at the age of 96. I worked at the same company for 35 years and I was able to retire before the normal retirement age. I traveled for fun to Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Bahamas, and St. Lucia, and for my honeymoon to Ireland, Mexico, and Canada, among other places. I traveled twice to India to pick up my daughter Zoe in 2008 and my son Noah in 2011. Life has been very good to me and I hope it has been good to my classmates as well.”

Dottie Claytor Jackson ’76 of Aiken, SC, has one son and three grandchildren. She also has a stepson, a stepdaughter, and a son-in-law. Dottie works as a primary Montessori teacher. She has her B.S. degree in business administration, M.A. in teaching (elementary), and +30 above master’s in Montessori education.

Mary Jones Jobson ’76 of Murrells Inlet, SC, is a retired elementary school teacher. She and John have been married for 40 years and have one daughter, Delanie, married to Matt Thompson, and three grandsons.

Cynthia McMullen ’76 of Richmond, VA, sends a big “hoddy toddy” to all the classmates who made it to Reunion ’16. “What a wonderful bunch! And an equally big shout-out to those who wanted to be with us but - for various and sundry good reasons – couldn’t make it. Please save the date for 2021. It won’t be the same without YOU! Also, join the Facebook page - GK’76 -  for fun, photos, and updates!

Elizabeth (Liz) O’Donnell Menkhaus ’76 of Liberty Township, OH, will soon retire from Procter and Gamble on June 30, 2016. She hopes to enjoy family - four grandchildren, with the newest granddaughter, Quinn, born November 23, 2015.

Jane Gardner Preston ’76 enjoys working from home in Greensboro, GA (Lake Oconee) as a Juice Plus wellness educator. “I love playing golf and keeping up with Wesleyan friends.” Her stepson is getting married in June and she is hoping to join her fellow classmates as a grandmother in the future.  

Mary Knight Robinson ’76 of Bainbridge, GA, is proud of her Methodist heritage and pays homage to her parents. “My mother, Elizabeth Knight, was the first woman to receive her license to preach in the South Georgia Conference and my father, Clarence Knight, served the ordained ministry of the UMC, South Georgia Conference, for 35 years.”

Jenny Gatliff Smith ’76 is happily living in Louisville, GA, operating a Huddle House restaurant. She also opened a bed and breakfast there in a local historical building.

Karen Miller Smith ’76 of Fayetteville, GA, retired from teaching in June 2015. She is currently enjoying grandchildren, Natalie (9) and Catherine (3). Karen volunteers within her community and her church. She has a master’s degree in reading and literacy.

Alumnae author Kathy Bradley ’78 of Register, GA, is proud of her new book, Wondering Toward Center, released on March 1, 2016. She also is honored to have a former StoryCorps interview with her father, aired nationally on NPR, included in the new StoryCorps book released in April 2016.

Judy Day Powell ’78 from The Woodlands, TX, could not attend the Wesleyannes Reunion Chorus performance during Alumnae Weekend. She writes, “I’m so sorry I can’t be there with you all. I’ll be on a mission trip with my church in Romania but will be with you in spirit.”

In February, Atlanta resident and Wesleyan Trustee Bryndis Roberts ’78 spoke to Wesleyan students during Black History Month at a convocation entitled “Black Women in Business.” In April, she represented Wesleyan College at Spelman College’s presidential investiture. 

 

1980s

1981 (35th Reunion)

They left no Facebook message unreturned, no Tweet not retweeted, no email left unopened when it came to planning an all-out, they-said-it-couldn’t-be-done reunion, but Reunion Chair Cindy Cobb and her committee members Robin Jaquith Ward and Nancy Sinnott Parker pulled out even more than all the stops when welcoming the largest number ever of ’81 Pirates back to campus for reunion. 30 classmates anchored at Wesleyan to celebrate a great Jade (35th) reunion, including Caroline Thomas from Germany, who traveled the farthest to attend Alumnae Weekend. Pirates treasured every moment together and added to Wesleyan’s treasury when they ranked 3rd in class giving participation!  In the midst of three days of party celebrations at Mikata Hibachi, Twang Southern Tastes, and J. Christopher’s, Pirates shared hugs, laughter, tears, and tales of a world where RED is still the color of sisterhood and Pirate hats with RED feather plumes are the ultimate fashion statement.

“It has been fun working with ’81 classmates Robin Jaquith Ward and Nancy Sinnott Parker putting together our 35th reunion. It has been so rewarding touching base with old friends - Facebook has been such a great vehicle for getting back in touch and putting the word out about reunion. On the home front, my twins, David and Elizabeth, are finishing junior years at GCSU and UGA, respectively. I have been working for Robin Ward for 2 ½ years and love it. Thanks to all the classmates that came to our Jade reunion and we hope everyone comes back for our 40th!” writes Cindy Cobb ’81 of Grayson, GA.

“It was GREAT to see so many Pirates - why did I wait so long to re-connect?!” emails Cathy Crosby Davison ’81 from Cordele, GA. “My husband and I are headed back to Africa with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International in less than 3 weeks. I’m so glad we were in the country for Alumnae Weekend!”

“Had a wonderful time returning to Wesleyan for our 35th reunion, seeing so many friends again, and sharing lots of great memories! I look forward to becoming more active in alumnae activities in my community. I am a senior clinical research site manager (Registered Nurse) in the pharmaceutical industry and have been for 18 years. Have been an RN for 20 years. I enjoy spending lots of time with my family when I am not traveling for work,” emails Lee Ann Grimes ’81 from Fleming Island, FL.

Madison, GA, resident Colleen Brown Gupton ’81 reflects on reunion. “Great job by Cindy Cobb, Robin Jaquith Ward, and Nancy Sinnott Parker! We had the best 35th reunion! It was so much fun seeing classmates I had not seen in many years. I loved catching up with details of the lives of some amazing women. There wasn’t enough time. I look forward to the next time when we can continue this again.”

After a great 35th reunion and back at home in Austin, TX, Trudy Clark Landis ’81 remembers, “Years ago I hosted an alumnae group in Austin...it was several little old ladies and me. Time to rekindle the group...and I’ll be one of the little old ladies! Who’s with me?”

“So sad to miss our 35th reunion! My son just got an insulin pump and I have to monitor him. My husband, Victor, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in August 2014. I miss him so much but am thankful for the almost 30 years we had together. My youngest, Anthony (13), was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just two months after Victor’s passing. Oldest daughter Katie married Aaron Thomas in August 2015, and they live in St. Simons. Second daughter Anne Marie is a 9th grade English teacher and lives with me. Third daughter Madeleine is a junior (Univ. of FL), majoring in computer hardware engineering. Son Victor is a freshman (Univ. of FL), and Anthony is in 7th grade. I do a lot of volunteering at his school. I’ve led a ladies Bible Study at my church for 22 years,” reports Mary Thompson Monfort ’81 from Jacksonville, FL.

Kathleen Amis Owen ’81 from Gainesville, GA, says her favorite Wesleyan memory is of her friendship with roomie Donna Woods ’81. “Thank you for caring so much and being there when I needed you.”

Reporting from Kennesaw, GA, Robyn Jaquith Ward ’81 says she enjoys being “Nonni” to three beautiful grandchildren and celebrating 35 years of marital bliss with Tim. “I have many memories of his visits to campus back in the day. I have been blessed to have Cindy Cobb ’81 working for and with me these last 2 years at Coram/CVS.”

After 25 years in suburbia Roswell, GA, Jeanette Perner Wheatley ’81 and family relocated to Lake Lanier...where they are living the dream! Jeanette reports, “I have worked in the talent development field for the past 30 years. I love teaching, whether it is young people moving into business or my Pilates and yoga students I teach in my ‘spare time.’ Bob and I are blessed with two children, Callie and Connor, of whom we are incredibly proud. I enjoyed our 35th reunion and look forward to keeping in touch with my Pirate sisters!”

Monique Martin Whorton ’81 of Marietta, GA, celebrated her first time back for reunion. “I was joined by my mom, Virve Paul Martin ’52, and my dad, Albert Lynn Martin ’53. I retired from 27 years of teaching in Dekalb County, GA, and now work as a literacy coach, mostly working with LDC under an i3 grant, training teachers in LAUSD.”

Kelly Rogers Whittington ’81 of Pell City, AL, still misses her mother, Dr. Joyce Baker Rogers ’56, who passed away on September 9, 2013. She and her mother would have celebrated reunions together this year. 

After 33 years and 7 months, Pamela Heimsoth Mitarotondo ’82 of Austin, TX, retired from IBM in December 2015. She and husband Anthony plan to travel and spend time with their children and grandchildren.

Beth Koon ’83 of Winter Haven, FL, has a WESLEYAN FIRST.  She was the first person to ever have passed (in her first attempt!) the Six Sigma Green Belt exam without completing a formal class, and now has earned the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She is grateful to Dr. Beverly Mitchell ’68 for introducing her to Basic Statistics in 1982. “It’s been a wonderful foundation for the advanced statistical concepts utilized by Black Belts!” Beth remains a Certified Caritas Coach with the Watson Caring Science Center, and is active in the Winter Haven community. Congratulations, Beth!

Congratulations to Lori Alcorn Campbell ’85 of Warner Robins, GA, who is retiring after 31 years of teaching middle school. 

 

 

1986 (30th Reunion)

Reunion Chair Elizabeth Hasty Sutton and Tamara Mullis Hawkins, campus reunion coordinator, were thrilled to see the largest reunion turnout ever by the Class of ’86. PKs announced their presence on campus when they marched in the Parade of Classes - 17 strong and adorned with purple hats. A class party at the hotel gave Knights plenty of time to share memories, make new ones, and to marvel at the fact they still wear purple well! 

“Brad and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in November 2015. We are still enjoying life. Our son, Kevin, will be getting married in October 2016 on a cruise ship. We are looking forward to having a new daughter-in-law,” writes Judy Forward Lear ’86 from Conyers, GA.

In April 2016, Amanda Blakey Jacobsen ’88 of Canton, GA, served as Wesleyan College’s  delegate to Reinhardt University’s presidential inaugural event in Waleska, GA.

1989 Pirates are thinking of Tracy Ward Tilley ’89 and her family of Boone, NC, whose home was destroyed by fire in late April. Everyone is safe and looking forward to the future thanks to the incredible support from their community and especially from her Wesleyan sisters. Tracy works for Wesleyan as alumnae admission program coordinator.

 

1990s

The Lane Center for Service and Leadership at Wesleyan College presented June Jordan O’Neal ’90 of Macon with its 2016 Women’s Servant Leader Award. June was one of three recipients. She is the executive director of The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County. The project takes aim at issues facing Macon’s young people, particularly educational concerns such as raising the graduation rate.

 

1991 (25th Reunion)

Celebrating their 25th reunion anniversary in style, Golden Hearts wore yellow boas and bright head-bands to mark the occasion. Kari Goellner Kitchens and Hope Hahn Shields co-chaired festivities that included a class party at Twang Southern Tastes, where GH talk turned to updates on kids, college, career, and even long-forgotten dorm dramas. It was a weekend to remember for 15 Hearts who know they still are “winners from the start.”

Dr. Sheila Taylor Southerland ’91 of Cordele, GA, spoke to Wesleyan student members of the newly organized Pre-Medical Society at their first meeting in March. She shared personal experiences and gave professional advice on challenges students face in the medical school process.

Jacqui Dravis Wilson ’94 of Macon is working on a certification in play therapy and works with children of all ages as a counselor at Stratford Academy where she is now a Licensed Professional Counselor. This past December Jacqui was interviewed by WMAZ Channel 13 about her volunteer work with the Crisis Line of Central GA. “It was so exciting to share with others my passion for working with women.”

 

1996 (20th Reunion)

They came ready to celebrate 20 years of sisterhood and Reunion Chair and Class President Yehudi Self-Medlin with help from Joy Moten-Thomas made sure 17 Green Knights enjoyed a special weekend, complete with green 20th reunion t-shirts.  At the Annual Meeting, GKs cheered for 2016 Alumnae Award recipient Chi Ezenwugo Ezekwueche and when the class received 1st place in class giving participation. Class spirit continued to soar during three class parties held at Mellow Mushroom, on campus in the Trice Room (as STUNT videos played all night), and at J. Christopher’s on Sunday, where last-minute photos took center stage amidst many “hoddy toddy” good-byes.

Valerie Huron Brewer ’96 of Hixson, TN, is currently living in Chattanooga, TN, and is raising three children, ages 11, 7, and 3. A former epidemiologist, her current profession is a stay-at-home mom. Valerie earned an M.S. in comparative and experimental medicine with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Chi Ezenwugo Ezekwueche ’96 of Macon is very thankful for Wesleyan’s Encore Program! In December 2015, she was honored and humbled to participate as a panelist during the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. “It offered me an opportunity to look back on history and to look forward to a better tomorrow – a true cross-generational event,” writes Chi. (See Alumnae Awards, page 46)

Heather Goodwin Grahek ’96 is dean of student affairs at South University in Tampa, FL. She is proud of son Odin Garrett Grahek born June 19, 2014, and says that his sister, Olivia, is beyond excited and loves taking care of her little brother. 

Lt. Col. Joy Mastrangelo Kaczor ’96 of San Antonio, TX, is currently the cyber operations Group Deputy Commander stationed at Lackland AFB, TX. She will move back to D.C. this summer to attend the National Defense University. She and husband Bill celebrated their 22nd anniversary this April. Son Dominic (11) was the Texas State Chess Champion last year and is also a Little League All Star and a Boy Scout. Daughter Mikayla (6) is a soccer player, gymnast, and a Girl Scout. 

In May, Aimee Morris Lashley ’96 of Macon served as the 2016 Marker Ceremony Speaker at the site of Old Wesleyan on College Hill. Aimee delivered special remarks to members of the Green Knight Class of 2016 before Baccalaureate. 

Elizabeth Hodges McKeever ’96 of Charleston, SC, is a paint specialist with Stealth Concealment. She has an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has a WESLEYAN FIRST as the first person at her company to hold her job position – as it was created just for her.

Yehudi Self-Medlin ’96 lives in Falls Church, VA, and began working at the Army Research Laboratory a year ago as associate director for strategic planning in the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 in physical chemistry from the University of Virginia.

Patrenice Guthrie Thomas ’96 is a pharmacist at Kroger Pharmacy in Macon and is a busy mom looking after 2-year-old son, Cooper. She received her PharmD from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy.

Julie Houston Trieste ’98 of Wellington, FL, is the communications specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County. Her work earned three awards from the National School Public Relations Association! Julie says it’s fulfilling to know she’s helping parents and families stay informed about what’s happening at their child’s school, whether it’s a crisis or telling the many stories of the great things their students and schools are doing.

 

2000s

2001 (15th Reunion)

Many thanks to Reunion Co-Chairs Stacey Burton and Brandy Morris Kirkwood who kept Pirates connected by land and by sea as they encouraged classmates to set sail for Wesleyan and return for a fab 15th. With class parties held at Twang on Friday night and a “Corks and Canvas” party at 567 Center for Renewal in downtown Macon on Saturday night, Pirates enjoyed special time together sharing treasured “red” memories.

Congratulations to Hannah Callender ’01, 2016 recipient of the University of Portland’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

Nira Chevere-Ralston ’01 and wife Brandi of Atlanta, GA, have had an exciting year. Nira changed her last name when their marriage became legally recognized in GA and nationwide last summer, and she and Brandi have purchased their first home together.

All the way from Northern Ireland Deborah Berryman Guy ’01 writes, “My best to the Pirate Class 2001!  I hope everyone is excelling and especially good luck to the ladies I formed closer friendships with during my time at Wesleyan.”

Heatherly Darnell Wakefield ’01 is managing Depaul USA Thrift, aka Wear, in downtown Macon. In 2014 she guest curated a show at the Tubman Museum.

It was a Wesleyan wedding for Laurie Gibson ’02 and Christopher Priban who were married in Pierce Chapel in April. Catherine O’Kelley Fore ’02 and Nicki Leigh Neufeld ’03 were bridesmaids, Saralyn Stewart ’02 sang during the service, and Chenny Gan ’02 played the piano. Other Wesleyannes present were Ina Davis Temple ’68, Mary Catherine Collins O’Kelley ’72, Andrea Clark ’02, Megan Temple Cotter ’02, and Amanda Wood Marsh ’04. (See Marriages)

“I am happily living the stay-at-home mom life in Bonaire, GA, raising our future PK Charlotte and running my household. I’m thinking of starting volunteer work when she starts Pre-K in the fall and possibly returning to complete my master’s degree. I’m also super excited that PK Kathryn Marshall Wilcher ’02 has moved back to Warner Robins so now she and I are happily reunited and back to our old antics. Can’t wait for our 15-year reunion in 2017!” reports Bria Andrew Kitchens ’02.

Lauren Warner Childers ’05 reports from Marietta, GA, “We are awaiting our fourth daughter and second child from China! We will be traveling to pick up Maggie this fall. She will be 4.”

Big congratulations to Pirate Carmen Valdez Clerveaux ’05 of Hialeah, FL, on her marriage to Don Christopher Clerveaux in Davie, FL, on Valentine’s Day 2015! Sister 2005 Wesleyannes Heather Hughes Walter, Jyoti Danes Coffelt, and Katie Riggs Freeman were in attendance. “Sidra Ahmad Sharif FaceTimed with us while getting ready and these four beautiful women contributed my something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This sisterhood has now lasted 15 years and I am eternally grateful to my alma mater for all the precious moments that have bound us to one another.”

 

2006 (10th Reunion)

It was the beginning of a “Perfect 10” when 26 PKs arrived on campus ready to reconnect with Wesleyan sisters during Alumnae Weekend. Our thanks to Reunion Co-Chairs Lauren Hamblin Beaty, class president, and Parrish Smotherman Jenkins, and committee members Jas’min Shy Coates, Jenna Miller Jones, and Elizabeth Catherwood Kanupp, who pumped up PK spirit all year long. Purple pashminas and purple t-shirts were standard weekend wear for the Parade of Classes and for class parties when PKs were “out and about” on Friday night and at a class meet–up on Saturday at the home of Parrish Jenkins. PK pride was showing at the Annual Meeting when Dr. Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie received the Young Alumna Award and whenever classmates shared news of families, careers, Wesleyan memories, and more throughout a weekend devoted to sisterhood.

Parrish Smotherman Jenkins ’06 of Macon, GA, is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments.

Jenna Miller Jones ’06 lives in Thomasville, GA, where she is a realtor.

Jaime McQuilkin ’06 of Atlanta, GA, is excited about all the traveling she’s been able to do with her PK classmates! She and Parrish Smotherman Jenkins of Macon traveled to Los Angeles in December to see their classmate M. Elizabeth Hughes on the set of her upcoming film Girlfriend’s Day, for which she is a producer. Jaime also explored Asheville, NC, and the Biltmore grounds (and wine tasting!) in February with Amy Fletcher of Macon. 

Claire Amy Schultz ’06 of Macon, GA, lists her life stats: PK06. Wife. Mom. High-School Art Teacher. Student. Ph.D. at Mercer University expected 2017.

Jennifer Robinson ’07 of Lithonia, GA, notes, “Next year marks TEN years ladies – Let’s be large, in charge, and take this reunion ‘All the Way!’ See you all soon! Blessings and Love,” Jen. 

 

2010s

Newlyweds Melissa Haley Noble ’10 and Seth reside in Birmingham, AL, with their two feline fur babies, Daisy and Maggie. Both work for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. (See Marriages)

Ankit Pokhrel ’10 of Santa Clara, CA, is working toward her doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also works at Applied Materials in the San Francisco area as a senior process engineer. 

 

2011 (5th Reunion)

They were Golden Girls again...back on campus remembering familiar places and experiencing all that’s new on Wesleyan’s campus. Eleven members of the Class of 2011, proud of their 5-year-out status, made the pilgrimage back to “where it all began” to celebrate with sisters. Reunion Chairs Amber Campbell and Kelly Page made plans for GHs to meet at Just Tap’d in downtown Macon for a class party where “life after Wesleyan” and reliving sisterhood moments were definitely on the menu.

Shui Yu ’11 is a financial operations analyst at Boeing and lives in Everett, Washington.  

She’s now married and they just bought their first home. Shui likes Washington but misses Georgia and hopes to visit someday. 

 

Rachel Anne Regan ’14 of Savannah, GA, was accepted to the Infant & Toddler program at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. 

“A huge thank you to my family and friends who have encouraged and supported 

me along this journey. I am forever grateful.”

 

 

 

2015 (1st Reunion)

It was a FUN 1st for members of the Class of 2015 who celebrated their FIRST Wesleyan reunion together. Reunion Committee members Colleen DeGraff, Christina Mayfield, and Abby Stephens planned class parties at The Crazy Bull in downtown Macon on Friday and at El Sombrero on Saturday. The Class of ’15 had the most alumnae players in the traditional Alumnae-Student Soccer Game and helped the alumnae team to win the 2016 game! “Golden Hearts, Winners from the Start,” you bet!

Colleen DeGraff ’15 is a pre-school teacher with the Goddard School. She lives in Roswell, GA, and will begin grad school in fall 2016 at Mercer University in Atlanta, where she will be working on a master’s of divinity degree and master’s degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in non-profit management.

Wallace Jack Hudson ’15 of Mesa, AZ, is currently in graduate school at Arizona State University working on a master’s degree in women and gender studies.

Christina Mayfield ’15 of Roswell, GA, is currently in the clinical medical psychology doctoral program at Mercer University. She also works as a research assistant at Mercer and a front desk worker at Tolbert-Yilmaz School of Dance in Roswell.

In Columbus, GA, Diamond Nelson ’15 is starting a new job as a federal probation officer. 

Abby Stephens ’15 of Macon is a funeral assistant at Hart’s Mortuary. She was the first woman in her family to graduate college.

Katy Trietsch ’15 of Dawsonville, GA, works at a back country eco-lodge. She writes, “If anyone would like to hike five miles to visit the Hike Inn and go to the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail - come visit me!”

Megan Trietsch ’15 of Dallas, TX, is currently an RN. She has a WESLEYAN FIRST as being one of the first residents at Parkland to work in the new Parkland Hospital.

 

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