Jean Ballard George shared, “John and I continue to be independent residents of Bethany Village in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania near Harrisburg. Music is still a favorite pastime as we attend our local choral society concerts and Harrisburg’s wonderful symphony. We have a comfortable cottage and see John’s daughters and family for all holidays.”
Ruth Friedman Ornitz reports, “I am still healthy. Not playing golf or tennis any more, but I’m fine and traveling a lot with my husband, Bob.”
Natalie Kaufman Levant headlines comedy shows
Natalie Kaufman Levant shared, “After my husband’s death, I tried needlepoint and bingo to fill my time before turning to my love of theater. I began participating in open mic nights and now perform regularly and headline in venues in Philadelphia as a standup comic. You can find information about my shows on Facebook by searching for Natalie K. Levant.”
Barbara Abney Bolger shared, “In 1973, I chaired a Task Force that worked with a nonprofit and the Junior League to establish Bergen County’s first group home for teenage girls. I served as Advisory Council Chair for some 37 years as well as a Trustee of the nonprofit. The program is now changing; it will focus on young single mothers and their babies, giving educational, life skills, and employment training. Still helping young women! This was announced April 22 at a special brunch honoring the current Advisory Council and me, as the founding leader. It was a very special day!”
65th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1953: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here with Amiena Mahsoob at email@example.com.
[With sadness, we note that Linda passed away shortly after submitting this note; we share it so that those who knew her would remember her joie de vivre.]
Melinda ‘Linda’ Brown Beard reported, “Just had my second great grandchild. Who would ever have guessed we would be here? Still have my same dear husband, same home, same four children and four in-laws and nine grandchildren. All’s well with the world. Still involved in volunteer work and year-end office reports. Also play duplicate bridge to keep the brain cells oiled. Life continues to be kind to me.”
60th Reunion Year
Members of the class of 1958: Don’t miss the boat on Reunion 2018!
Barbara Berkman Ackerman, Joanne Johnston Bowser, and Susan ‘Susie’ Pekruhn Glotfelty shared, “Remember what fun we had at our 50th? Let’s do it again! The 60th Reunion is quite a milestone, and we should all plan to be together again in October to celebrate. Everyone who comes will make the festivities extra special. Please save the date!”
Elisa Lynch Simmons has been married to Tom for 50 years, has four married children, who are all doing well, and nine grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is in college and the 10th is expected in November.
55th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1963: Recognize this photo? Share the classmates and story captured here with Amiena Mahsoob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Herron shared, “I retired this year after forty-four years in social work. Whew! The electronic medical record almost did me in. My husband, Reed, is retiring in July. We’re still in New Jersey, and I have a new granddaughter, Molly, who lives with her brother, Henry, and parents, Laura and Matt outside Detroit. Not sure if we want to move, and where to. Florida, Detroit, Maine, or stay here? Any suggestions? Love to hear from you.”
Claudine Cmarada Schneider recently collaborated on an article published in The New York Times, “Beware of Devin Nunes’s Next Move.” She is a former Republican representative from Rhode Island and serves on the board of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
Hannah ‘Ann’ Mercer shared, “I enjoyed seeing my classmates at the reunion. I want to thank Eleanor Schatz Magyar for her generosity and thoughtfulness in picking a number of our classmates up at the airport and inviting them to stay at her home, and Jan Alpert Engelberg for hosting a lovely party.”
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50th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1968. Recognize this photo? Contact Amiena Mahsoob at firstname.lastname@example.org with the story and classmates captured here.
Message from the Class of 1967 to the Class of 1968: “Come to your 50th Reunion! We had a great time and WT treated us like queens! ”
Kathryn ‘Katy’ Rich Sherman, Terry Donaldson, Patricia ‘Patty’ Watson Kammerer, and Frances ‘Francie’ Hoffman Puntereri are leading the charge for Reunion. Please let them know if you are planning to attend and how you would like to help. It promises to be a wonderful experience.
Gretchen Haien’s photography book
Gretchen Haien published a book of her photography titled, Incidentals: Seven Years of Photography. She is the head of the Photography Division of the Visual Art Department at Belhaven University in Jacksonville, Mississippi.
National Geographic Photographer Lynn Johnson recently collaborated on a Pittsburgh-based project with alumni parent, Scott Goldsmith (among others) that was highlighted in the New York Times, “Migration Stories From the Stoops of Pittsburgh.” The photographs were exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of Art.
Carolyn Cramer Sanford shared, “I continue to work part-time for Linden Partners, a fundraising consulting firm in Pittsburgh, and also part-time for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Both are stimulating and enjoyable!”
45th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1973: Share your memories of this day with Amiena Mahsoob at email@example.com.
Amy Nixon, Maureen Sullivan, and Barbara Jo ‘BJ’ Finkel Holmes look forward to seeing the Class of 1973 for Reunion. Maureen writes, “It is an opportunity for fun, reminiscing, and filling in the gaps since our paths last crossed.”
Leslie Joseph Bonci writes, “After a long career at UPMC, I opened my own business in 2015, Active Eating Advice by Leslie, a nutrition consulting company. I have had the honor of speaking across the U.S. and around the world as well as developing some culinary programs in Pittsburgh. I have written two books, and co-authored four, and blog regularly for U.S. News. I also have a weekly TV segment on KDKA. Most importantly, I am the proud Glamma of Joshua and Mya, proud mother of Greg, a radiologist, and Cary, a physical therapist, and grateful wife of Fred.”
40th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1978: Share your memories of this day with Amiena Mahsoob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sofia ‘Stef’ Agras shared that her experiences as an academically competitive WT student empowered her to work in male-dominated startup companies in Silicon Valley. She is committed to mentoring individuals and organizations in the startup space.
35th Reunion Year
Upper School Student Council 1982-1983: Share your stories with Amiena Mahsoob at email@example.com.
Gretchen Larson Maslanka shares, “I am hosting the Class Party on Reunion weekend and look forward to seeing my ’83 classmates! Please get in touch if you plan on coming and can help to spread the word.”
30th Reunion Year
Class of 1988 Lifers: Recognize this photo? Contact Amiena Mahsoob at firstname.lastname@example.org with the story behind the Raggedy Ann doll.
Annette Caplan Ruzicka has been promoted to Program Director of Richmond with Mindspire Test Prep, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. She and her family have recently moved to the Richmond, Virginia area and are enjoying being in a more temperate climate.
She reports, “My husband, Matt, recently retired after 24 years of service in the U.S. Army and we all enjoyed our previous times being stationed in Virginia. Relocating here was a natural move for both of us and our kids.” Annette invites any alumnae/i in the Richmond area to contact her. “I’d love to connect with others who ‘think also of the comfort and the rights of others,’ both in Richmond and in Pittsburgh at our Reunion weekend in October!”
Christin Zandin is coming all the way from Stockholm, Sweden for her 30th Reunion! Will you join her?
(L-R) Mara McFalls Falk, daughters Margaret and Annie, and husband John
Mara McFalls Falk writes, “Thanks to all of my WT friends who shared kind thoughts, notes and calls when my husband, John, died this past August. My girls, Margaret (age seven) and Annie (age four), and I treasure the good years we shared with our kindest, funniest, smartest, and most adventurous husband and daddy.”
25th Reunion Year
Members of the Class of 1993: Please help us to identify the students in this photo by emailing Amiena Mahsoob at email@example.com.
Anjali Sachdeva’s short story collection
Anjali Sachdeva’s short story collection, All the Names They Used for God, was published in February and received great reviews from Anthony Doerr and Karen Joy Fowler, and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered with Audie Cornish. These surreal and mysterious stories explore the ways that science, religion, nature, magic, and other forces shape our lives.
Anjali would like to send a big thank you to all her WT friends who have sent her messages of encouragement and support.
20th Reunion Year
Anne D’Appolonia Dickson, Fifth Grade Thoughtfulness Awardee in 1992, presented the Thoughtfulness Award this year.
Claire Blaustein’s latest album
Claire Blaustein has a new position as a Senior Information Architect/Content Strategist at Cancer.gov. Additionally, her band, By & By, just put out their second album, Songs for This Old Heart. She performs fiddle and vocals, and created the cover art for the album.
Andrew Santelli met with Computer Science Department Chair David Nassar’s Computer Science Innovation students via videoconference. He shared the scope of his team’s work and offered advice to the students as they set out to create unique applications to solve real-world problems.
15th Reunion Year
10th Reunion Year
(L-R) Greg Hess, Tim Wainwright A’09, Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ DeMarchi ’09, Dan Gespass ’03, Carley Catherine, Ben Tritsch, Alaina Ferry ’10, Helen Bunker ’10, Isabel ‘Izzy’ Zehner ’10, Charles Thayer, NaTisha Washington, Sarah Hillman ’09, and Annie Alexander ’09 at Adulting 101: Mixology and Mingle
Annie Alexander recently hosted two events for alums and friends. Called “Adulting 101,” the first session focused on networking and mixology, while the second focused on financial health. Both were hosted by WT parents Meredith and Alex Grelli at their Wigle Whiskey Distillery Tasting Room and Threadbare Cider House and Meadery. Watch this space for more events in the fall!
Hadley Armstrong is currently the House Manager at City Theater in Pittsburgh, and will be attending Columbia University in the fall for a Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in stage management.
Andrew Glick appeared as Trevor on the “The Long Goodbye” episode of the TV series, Modern Family.
Jack Stein shared, “After I graduate from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute in May, I am moving to Washington, D.C. to work for the government for two years as part of the Presidential Management Fellowship.”
5th Reunion Year
Krithika Pennathur was recently profiled in Pitt News for her work as Founder and President of Pitt Unmuted, a club focused on amplifying the voices of underrepresented students and addressing issues including intimate partner violence.
Annie D. Guentner, Honorary Alumna writes, “This is a note to all my former students. Reading some of your news and looking at class reunion pictures, brings so many wonderful memories as well as joy in seeing how successful you are. Félicitations! I am a busy octogenarian, still playing tennis, gardening, and traveling, just enjoying the twilight of my life!”
The following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.
Betty Wolf Loeb ’43
Nancy Cohen Werner ’44
Shirley Kerr Kennard ’45
Ellen Bachman Amshel ’46
Katherine MacDonald Blenko ’46
Nancy Fink Nirenberg ’46
Lynn Hardie Burgan A’48
Myrna Kline Hackney ’49
Robena Moses Spencer ’50
Patricia Singer Talotta ’52
Marion Montgomery Colbourne ’52
Nancy Scholnick Blum ’54
Sally Lewis Horner ’54
Melinda Brown Beard ’55
Linda Goorin Marcus ’55
Susan Mallinger Simon ’55
Judith Stohr Gavaler ’57
Margie Balter ’68
Hope Armstrong Jones ’78
Nathaniel Winschel ’14
Hannah J. Kamin, former Trustee
Putnam B. McDowell, Honorary Alumnus, former Trustee
Susan Zitterbart, former English teacher
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