Class News

Class News

Class of ’45

Class of 1945

Irma Silverstein Rochlin and Weezie Frock Miller attended their 65th reunion at which time Irma was honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Outstanding Public Service. Gertrude Wooddy Mitchell sends best wishes. Lois Hart established a “well-baby clinic” in Chile where she was a missionary. Mary Elise (M’Elise) Frellsen Barraza is enjoying being elderly and retired. She fondly remembers Hampton house and all of her friends there. Lorraine Harris Hummer is active in church and various civic groups. She has fond memories of her experience at JH and the Cadet Nurse Corps. Peggy Solenberger’s interests include bridge and traveling. Jennie Moore Rhodes writes that she and Bill are well and enjoy so many things—golf for Bill and bridge games for both of them.

Class of ’46
Class Reporter—Laura Brautigam June, (760) 366-8181, [email protected]. Big news—H.R. 5483 to award a Congressional gold medal to the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was introduced 6/8/10. If passed, it would put a single gold medal of appropriate design in honor of the Corps in the Smithsonian. Duplicate bronze medals could be purchased. Please contact your state representatives asking their support. I had a nice letter from Betty Scher ’50 thanking us for class news. May this class secretary of 10/46 hear from all of you soon!

Class of ’50

Class of 1950

Class Reporter—Betty Borenstein Scher, (443) 449-5934, [email protected]. We celebrated our 60th anniversary at JHHSON with four of us attending the activities at “Alumni Weekend” this year. Anna Clair Junkin, (Ella) Ruth Stilz Whitmore, Betty Borenstein Scher attended from Baltimore and Cora Jane Lawrence traveled from Seattle to join the celebration. You will be receiving some “memory packages,” provided by Ruth. For those who were absent, from Marion Bee comes news of Mildred “Bunny” Barnard who has been living in an assisted living residence in NY for the past two years and is “doing okay for an old lady,” getting in puzzles and lots of reading. Marion Bee lives on the first floor of a home where her niece and family live on the second floor. She writes of “busy days with rest, relaxation and reading.” Lolita Beidelman was all ready to join us at the reunion, but decided that her knees just were too bad to make it. Jo McDavid Hubbard could not make it this time; she is recuperating from a fall. Jane Shutts Pinkerton and Pinky are quite happy in their new NC home. The same is true with Ginger Groseclose David and hubby Don, with whom I have a great e-mail correspondence—he sends funny tales, and they always are new to me. I have passed on to the Archives the information sent me about the life of Mackie McCown Kolb, along with several photographs sent with the CD. Mary Agnes Hull Stewart’s daughter-in-law tells us that Mary Agnes “keeps the 50-year reunion book…right by her favorite chair and proudly shares it with anyone and everyone.” Neither Charlie Royer nor Ernie Del Signore could join us this year due to health problems. We received a lovely note from Ruth Preston White ’49, sending her greetings and good wishes to all of us.

Class of ’54
Ellen Styles Rajacich continues to lead aerobics classes at the Y. Looks Great!

Class of ’55

Class of 1955

Class reporter—Margie Barber Trever, (410) 822-0479, [email protected]. Pat Bennett Nicholson has been getting Lucentis injections in right eye for wet macular degeneration and is on a new study drug for the CM Leukemia. Thankfully, she is now in remission. Margie Trever continues to take part in the original 34-year Nurses’ Health Study. She is glad to be in the control group of those taking no medications for major physical problems. Bob and I walk 1 miles daily on the Rails-to-Trails. Bob much preferred his role of physician to that of Parkinson’s patient. Laura Lyman Brecher received her MA in counseling after leaving JH. Mary Ann Geist Harvey’s class memories include witnessing the miracle of birth the first time in OB, going to the morgue the first time, the Christ statue and her great group of classmates. Betsy Mumaw McGeady says that being a Hopkins nurse was a fulfillment of her childhood dreams. Betsy worked at JHH in the PACU. Class memories include her first night on OB when the head nurse asked her to make a pot of coffee to which she stated, “I don’t know how.” Her reply was, “you will before you leave tonight!” Rosemary Mach Downs is widowed and living in VA. She is active in her church’s women’s group, and participates in aquacize group at the Y twice a week. Class memories include working overtime (supper relief) in OB for $1.00/hr, wearing brown lab coats in pre-clin, working in OB with Doris Armstrong and Margaret Evering. Sarah Cooley Potts enjoys volunteer activities with her church. Lea Lazaga Nichols enjoys watercolor painting, portraits, tennis (doubles) twice a week. Class memories include best friends in the class of 1955. Ann Carol Parker Parks pursued her MA in counseling psychology after leaving JHUSON, and currently volunteers with local citizens associations. Her goal is, “to be the best beach bum I can be on the Chesapeake Bay.” Dorothy Freeman Corkhill still plays tennis, volunteers at the local library, and enjoys her grandchildren. Mary Lou Murdoch has been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis of both hips and shoulders. She has had both hips replaced and misses walking at the group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Janice Lee Burggrabe does volunteer work in health ministry, such as care teams and immigrant health care. She remembers the complexity of being the first transfer student in the JHSON and the wonderful TLC of “big sister” Kathy McCormick Daughtry and other classmates. Kathryn (Kay) Smith enjoys piano lessons and activities with family and church group. Esther Camp Seehof is a licensed psychologist in a private practice and the owner of retreat facility in CA ( She’s active in local programs for disaster response. Kathleen M. Daughtry enjoys grandmothering, quilting and riding her trike. Barbara (Barbie) Lawler Denny enjoys walking, hiking in the Tetons, canoeing, tutoring 8th grade students in English, and spending time with her granddaughter. She has fond memories of the friends, Turtle Derby, parties at Hampton House, and working nights in Osler. Barbie was widowed last April after 56 years of marriage. Mary Ann Peterson works with Word of Life Bible School students. She co-authored a textbook called Acute Coronary Care, was a missionary from 1979–1995, worked as Assistant Director of Nurses at the University of Michigan, and was the Director of Nurses at Mount Auburn Hospital. Jeanette Smith Klein retired two years ago after working 30 years for an OB/GYN as an office nurse and office manager. She remembers going to cheap movies, sun bathing on the roof, and her first Christmas away from home celebrating in Kathy D’s room. Helen Burdick Sloat continues working at 78 as supervisor of nurses at Lawrence Co Community Mental Health Center in PA. She remembers the awful brown lab coats and brown oxfords, the tunnel, walking to “hoptown” and the many hours of studying and writing papers for social science for Miss Mitchell in pre-clin. Joann Rice Marshall is happily retired, living the good life. Nancy Lee True Kennedy is retired and enjoys music and volunteering on campus in the large community. She is in the church choir and women’s chorus. She and Richard met at their retirement community and were married in 2009. Margery Funk Adams retired after 22 years as Director of Nursing, Vice President of Patient Care at Catawba Memorial Hospital in NC.

Class of ’60

Class of 1960

Phyllis Cossaboom Burrows exclaimed, “50 Years! It hardly seemed possible.” Alumni Weekend – 2010, 30 members of the Class of 1960 came to Baltimore from CA, GA, ME, TX, WI and all points in between for a long-awaited and much-anticipated chance to remember and celebrate with those whom we had shared three very challenging and formative years of our lives and with whom we had worked, played, laughed, cried and made friends for a lifetime. And what a weekend it was! For some it began with the Leadership Dinner on Thursday evening and others with the Educational Program, “Nursing Now” on Friday. We all gathered Friday evening at the School of Nursing for the Cocktail Reception. One of the highlights was talking with current students who circulated in uniforms worn during our tenure—and in earlier years. They spoke about what it is like to be a student today, and we regaled them with stories from our days as students. Naturally, we made our stories as colorful as possible. After the Reception we returned to Springhill Suites where we ordered-in pizza and sort of took over the lobby for eating and visiting with old friends. Actually, whenever you came into the lobby, there was always a group visiting and sharing stories. Saturday morning our own Linda Zack Tarr-Whelan gave an interesting, informative and well-presented talk on “Nursing Leadership for a Healthy Future.” Linda has recently published a book entitled Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Leadership & Changing the World. Linda’s talk was followed by a panel discussion by current students. Their lives and challenges as students are very different from our lives in Hampton House and our experiences as students. At the Annual luncheon, we were presented with our beautiful 50-Year Medallions. Nancy Edgar Liskey gave a wonderful presentation on what life was like when we were students so many years ago. It brought back so many memories. After the luncheon some of us walked the halls of the Hospital, which were at the same time familiar and unfamiliar. There have been many changes over the years, and the halls of Hopkins and the hospital surroundings which were once so familiar have moved into a very different era (including the security guards who let us in and out). Saturday evening we enjoyed dinner at the Hopkins Club. Sunday morning found most of us at the home of Ingrid Lamborn Bortner for our traditional Sunday brunch. Relaxing together in her beautiful home was a wonderful close to a weekend of sharing memories, remembering those no longer with us, and celebrating friendships that have endured through the years. As we said our good-byes, we all agreed that we would do it all again in five years—as one of our classmates said, “The Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.”

Class of ’61
Gail Woolston Nuetzel works as an ANP in a G.I. practice. She enjoys bike riding, reading, and her grandchildren. She remembers the tunnel, the roof, mixers and chemicals in Osler.

In MemoriamLinda E. Hartung ’39
Jane Simons Silva ’39
Billie Clayton Eaton ’40
F. Marguerite Aue Rankin ’41
Louise S. McDavid ’41
Joyce Rowell Hudson ’44
Kathryn Holman O’Connor ’44
E. Louise Lofgren Dunn ’46
Mary Louise Potteiger Kline ’46
Joyce E. Murphy ’46
Helen Riley Patton ’46
Peggy Brezina Pielou ’46
Marguerite Wellman Hawkins ’47
Sara McAllister O’Grady ’47
Mary E. Sheriff ’49
Betsy Boggs ’51
Ruth Kay Sidisin ’52
Barbara Jackson McClain ’54
Dorothy Johnson O’Toole ’57
Mary Wimberly Wheeler ’58
Elizabeth Dute Cody ’61
Helen Tank LaRose ’65
Carolyn Keen, mother of
Fran Keen ’70
Katherine Swoboda, mother of
Sandra Swoboda ’88
Glen Lapp, Accelerated ’95
Mary Jane Donough (Honorary)

Class of ’65
Val Simmons Harrison
reports, “We had a small group this year for our 45th Reunion but we had a very enjoyable time. The people who came the greatest distance were Gail Geiger Ochs and her husband from CA and Sarah Acheson Stephens and her husband from Dublin, Ireland (where they live half of the year). We hope to see a lot more of our class for the 50th. Karen Guertler owns her own Connections Health Services and teaches the Alexander technique to individuals at the Peabody Conservatory and other venues. She consults at The Musician’s Clinic at Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital. Karen remembers the pranks played on Mary Price to wake her up. Kathleen Adams Koones works per diem for visiting nurses of St. Luke’s Hospital. Nancy (Betsy) Tyler Drewer retired three years ago from Salisbury University Dept. of Nursing where she had taught for 28 years. She is now working one day a week at FQHC as an FNP. Bonnie Shattuck Rees spends about half the year in her USVI home which she rents at Alice McNemar Hart goes on church missions, is a hospice volunteer, and enjoys traveling. She remembers her friends, the Baltimore heat, and public health—which is her greatest love. Suzy Hyatt retired as Capt, NC, USN in ’94. She enjoys counted cross stitch and rubber stamping. Brenda Chapman McDonald works at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s ED. She enjoys hiking and her dogs. She remembers water fights in the halls and watching the med students. Valerie Simmons Harrison works at JHH as the surgical coordinator. She remembers Ms. Farr helping her pour meds in Osler, the 5th floor friends in Hampton House, and working the night shift in Osler. Anne Kistler is working at Misericordia Nursing and Rehab Center as director of nursing. She is an ordained deacon. Sherry Dence Barber is retired and spending winters RVing in AZ and the CA Desert. Karen LaReau Meredith is retired and enjoys painting, traveling, swimming, biking and playing bridge. You can find her at Judith Boyd Unis recently retired after 37 years with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Susan Bruening McKenzie works for Kaiser Permanente and is a part-time childbirth educator. Donna Mezger Duff is retired and living in MD. Ann Louise Harkness Denney retired in ’96 from Community Nursing service. She is active with the Chicago Art Institute, and the Metropolitan Family Services of Dupage/Wheaton League. She has memories of dating at JH, mixers, frat parties, lacrosse games, struggling into her uniform and all the fun and camaraderie with a great group of friends on 2 South. Dorothy Duford Schroeder is working as the Staff Development coordinator at Lutheran Care at NJ. Alice Hart retired in ’01 from the City of Vineland Health Department and Home Care Agency where she was the Director of Nursing. Stacey Schneir Carp is retired and lives in CA with her husband. Denny Webster retired following a stroke. She lives in GA with her husband. She enjoys doing fiber art/surface design and art quilting. Kathleen Hess Russell enjoys quilting and has her own business called Today’s Lady Electrolysis. Rae Blevins Bauman retired in ’07 and now enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening. She remembers weekends at Sherwood Forest, wonderful friends, and Osler in July. Dottie Sands Denitto is working at BW primary care (a part of Sinai/Lifebridge Health). She is learning about electronic medical records at work. She remembers the tunnels, her first autopsy, bed baths and bed pans, and the pride she felt walking the Hopkins halls wearing her uniform.

Class of ’70
The Class of 1970 met to celebrate their 40th Reunion! Fifteen classmates were able to attend at least part of the weekend festivities and others sent news. Everyone had a wonderful time catching up and telling those infamous JHH stories! Everyone was quickly transported back to 1970. Mary Ann Bickerton Thompson has tried semi-retirement but decided to return to work teaching at McKenree University in KY where she instructs RNs going for their BSN as well as MSN students. Bicki continues to be a true Anglophile and travels to England whenever she can! Sally Bowers Orr traveled from Toronto, where she works part-time in hospice nursing. Sally had not been back to Hopkins since 1980 and could not believe all the changes in Hopkins and Baltimore. Linda Cade Haber is retired after many years in psych nursing and spends time reading and enjoying the arts. Lynette Centofanti Sisson is retired and a grandmother of three. She and her husband recently moved to NC. Lynette saw Ann Dieterle McGee in Seattle a year ago and had a wonderful visit. Pat Coffin Marseglia is a school nurse in PA, and has six grandchildren. Gayle Corbett Chaney was sorry to miss the reunion but writes that she is working in a surgicenter in CA and enjoying it! Karen Combs lives in CO and works for a company that provides electronic health records; she is hoping that Hopkins will adopt their system. Sadly, Karen is widowed but adjusting and busy biking, hiking, and skiing. Trish Dorgan works as a nursing home surveyor in MD and is the mother of three children. We also learned she is an avid ballroom dancer! Christine Fowler James retired after 40 years and is enjoying the time with children and grandchildren. Christine tells us her daughter graduated from Hopkins’ accelerated nursing program (for students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline) in 2002. Geri Hirsch Fitzgerald is married with four children and works with Honey Suckle, Inc consulting with mother-baby feeding issues. She is active with the JHU DC Chapter Committee, US Breastfeeding Committee, National Commission on Children and Disasters and the National Association of PNP. Susan Ireland Shellito has two daughters, and works as an artist; her work is represented by Barristers Gallery. Anita Joseph Schmitt remains as corporate counsel for DuPont and has three daughters and two granddaughters. She believes every family needs a smart nurse, and Hopkins is the best source! Fran Keen is director of the undergraduate nursing program at Villanova University but next year will return to full-time teaching with the idea of gradually easing into retirement! Lori Knaub Snyder is retired, living in MD; she enjoys city activities like museum exhibits as well as visits to the family farm in PA. She has three children all in their 20s. Kittrin Lappin Prasil works in public health nursing for the state of TX; she assists nurses in 30 counties with their TB patients. After many years, Kittrin and fellow Texan Sandra Montague Winfield recently reconnected; they continued that connection by traveling together to the reunion. Sandra remains busy as corporate secretary in the family business but also takes ambulance calls as a paramedic at night and flies during the day, having earned her private pilot’s license as well as her commercial certificate. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother as well! Terry Lavell had one more day of work as an ER nurse before retiring when we saw her at the reunion. Plans include moving to Sacramento, traveling as much as possible, and continued horseback riding. Pat Magill Krupa lives in FL and works at Microsoft with electronic medical records systems. Laurie Payne Oehler is a psych nurse in MI. She has one son and enjoys quilting. Cecelia Lorraine Schieve works at Mass General Hospital and is restoring a house in Maine where she is very involved in advocating for and protecting the wild and domestic animal population. Sherry Sye Kolbe serves as director of a retired and senior volunteer program for Baltimore County. Eileen Timms Doll was able to attend the Saturday dinner after spending much of the day tracking down an escaped pet kitten! Martha Vanaman Livingston works for the state health department in OH; she is a retired Lt. Colonel with the Air Force and has two grandchildren.

Class of ’93 Accelerated
Susan Dexheimer McDonald has been to Haiti twice to provide medical services and travels with an organization called Partners in Development. She is currently working in the ER at York Hospital as a Forensic Nurse Examiner.

Class of ’94
Air Force Maj. Susan M. Von Eicken has been named Air Force Mental Health Nurse of the Year. She is deployed with the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group in Southwest Asia serving as a contingency aero medical staging facility mental health nurse.

Class of ’01 Accelerated
Anita Moore received her master’s degree in clinical research management at the U of MD and started a research position in the HRPO (IRB).

Class of ’09
Daniel MacAdam has moved to OR and is working at Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend in neurology. He is also working as an instructor in the nursing skills lab at Lane Community College.

Graduate Programs
Sharon Myers, MSN ’98, is in the process of writing her first academic book. She developed a model for ensuring success when healthcare organizations are implementing their patient safety programs. The book covers divergent and convergent points of patient safety and accreditation. This book is the first book that presents a systems view of evidence-based material. Michael A. McKay, MSN ’98, is an NP at the Maine Medical Center, working as part of a team teaching primary care to medical residents in an outpatient clinic, serving 56 different language/cultural populations. Sheree Carter Chase, MSN/MBA ’01, is a Training Specialist at the U of MD Medical Center. James Bryant, MSN ’03, reports that after 48 years as a confirmed bachelor, he married Lisa Ann Brady this summer in NC. He also has taken a new position as Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Cleveland Clinic Health System and will be working with all Cleveland Clinic Emergency Services. Kathleen A. Gross, BON ’05, is married and living in MD. She worked for 20 years as a radiology nurse. She is the editor for the Journal of Radiology Nursing. Amanda Stefancyk, MSN/MBA ’05, is the Nursing Director at Mass General Hospital. Amanda has been selected to represent Nursing on the JHU Alumni Council. Elizabeth G. Vogel-Rogers, MSN ’06, is working as the Executive Assistant, Chief of Staff at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in DC. Tiffany Walters Turner, MSN/MBA ’06, is the Regional Director of Clinical Services for Maxim Healthcare Services. Lynn Ann Fauerbach, MSN ’08, is a clinical Nurse Specialist at JH Bayview. She is active in the MD Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Lynette Gordy, MSN ’09, is in MT working in the neurosurgery dept of neurosciences in the Billings Clinic.

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