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Ann Ballinger Wilcox
Ann Czegka Wait is traveling with her son and his wife, both professors on sabbatical; Ann is helping to care for her 1-year-old granddaughter. Sojourns so far include Baja, Florida, Mexico, Greece, and Montreal. On her own, Ann joined a pilgrimage to Turkey in November 2004.
Early spring found Sue Davis Tull and Bill admiring the tulips on a riverboat tour of Belgium and the Netherlands. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August with the entire family aboard the American Queen Mississippi riverboat. Sue continues to serve on the board of the Ivymount School, serving special-needs children. Her weekly volunteer work there, she says, is an extension of her nursing career. She and fellow nursing grad Carol Leeke Robinson stay in touch by e-mail.
Notwithstanding a scary moment when one engine of their two-engine plane failed, Joan Stevenson Brennan enjoyed an air safari to India. Once on terra firma she shot tigers (with a camera) while perched on an elephant.
A cruise on the Yangtze River was just one highlight of a spring visit to China by Marcie Clausen Gray and Woodie. Stops in Beijing, Xian, Three Gorges and the Lesser Gorge, the Li River, and Hong Kong were all part of the itinerary. Back home in Atlanta, Marcie spoke with Robert Guyett, who lives in Boca Raton, FL, where he is a psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders. Marcie also connected with Sue Hopkins, who recently retired, and traveled from Ft. Myers, FL, to Pennsylvania this summer to visit Barbara Kaecht Meat.
Artists Nancy Cooke Luce and husband Bob are proud contributors to a stained-glass “quilt” wall hanging produced by the Smith Mountain Lake (VA) Glass Group, which Cookie founded four years ago. Proceeds from the sale of this unique creation will go toward cancer research. The group plans annual projects to help local fundraising organizations.
Betsy Clark Schramel is holding on to wonderful memories of our 50th reunion last June. Betsy and husband John were relieved when grandson Ryan, a US Marine, returned safely from duty in Iraq earlier this year. Seventeen family members from across California gathered at Camp Pendleton to cheer as Ryan and his entire platoon stepped onto American soil.
The class extends condolences to Martha Parkes Kimmich on the death of her husband, Lawrence, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Marti and Larry were fellow teachers at Arroyo High School in Walnut Creek, CA, when they married in 1974.
Sallie Neuweiler Henrie reports that sources say our record of 89 percent participation in annual giving for our 50th reunion in 2004 still stands!