Allie Stemmons Simon
3701 Guadalajara Court
Irving, Texas 75062
The Class of 1963 celebrated its 50th reunion in great style with 60 classmates plus 18 husbands and friends. It was a wonderful reconnection for many of us, including 3 first- timers, Susan Alexander, Susan Scott Robinette and Tish Skinner Dace. We all wished even more classmates had joined us. One of the highlights was having our class sponsor Adelaide Hapala, together with son Milan Jr. and his wife Susan, join us at our Friday night dinner. Put our next reunion in 2018 on your calendars right now—we propose to have the largest returning 55th reunion class ever!
It is good to hear from some who were unable to attend Reunion. Barbara Sullivan Wanamaker is still in Huntington, NY, still sells real estate full time and enjoys her 5 grandchildren. Daughter Amy is in business with her and son Dave sells real estate in NYC. Barbara has a condo on the water on the North Fork of Long Island and spends as much time as possible there. Nancy Nix-Karnakis also still works—as a proposal manager for Northrop Grumman. She belongs to a halau (hula group) that recently won 10 prizes at a competition in Orlando. Nancy and Nick enjoy time at their beach house on the Outer Banks of NC. Next year Nancy will join sisters Amy and Ann Lyn on a river cruise to see the tulips in Holland; later she and Nick will join his family on a trip to France. Ann Knickerbocker McCulloch writes that 2013 has flown by with the blessings of Bill’s successful surgery, grandkids’ matriculation to high school and a wonderful adventure in Morocco. Judy Johnson Varn Hays and Spurgeon lost their lake/mountain cabin and boathouse in the 4/2011 tornado. They are now in their brand new house, having lots of company and watching the new trees grow. Judy was sorry to miss Reunion but just couldn’t get away at that time. Most who attended Reunion wrote that they had “no new news” but Betty Stanly Cates traveled to Michigan where she had a good visit with Nancy Hudler Keuffel ’62, who wanted to hear all about Reunion. In Sept., Betty took a cruise from Seattle through the San Juan Islands, then traveled to Vancouver and Toronto on Canada Rail’s Dome train. The Sweet Briar Cocktail Party in Vero Beach, which Betty sponsors annually, will be 3/4/14; the next day SBC Prof. Steve Bragaw will lecture at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Betty encourages anyone to attend these events! Nikki Griess Deupree and Tom are beginning their new residency in Venice, FL, where they will be for 2 mos. in the fall and 4 in the winter. They’re right on the beach and Nikki extends an open invitation to any classmates who would like to visit. Lyn Clark Pegg is excited that Susan Alexander and Nancy McDowell will join her on the Witness for Peace delegation to Cuba in late Nov. Karen Gill Meyer recently accepted an invitation to join the AZ St. U. foundation Women and Philanthropy and is also involved with the U. AZ Friends of Cancer Research. In addition to working at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, she finds time for the Boys and Girls Club Endowment, the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Sweet Briar Board of Directors. The funniest follow-up I received was from Margaret Millender Holmes, who said I should give her at least 10 yrs. before asking for more news. Her life is “get up, feed horses, groom horses, put medicine on horses’ feet, eat breakfast, mow, weed garden, eat lunch, maybe ride, mow, spray herbicides, fertilize, mow, eat supper, crash. After 50 yrs. it has become clear that I should have been a farmer!” She and Tom did sneak away from horse and farm duty to spend a week at the beach in SC with kids, grandkids, brother, his kids and grandkids in a wonderful house jam-packed FULL!
While planning for Reunion we had trouble tracking down Penny Pamplin Reeves and eventually located her at the Cascades of Verdae Assisted Living Home in Greenville, SC, where she is comfortably situated but unfortunately suffering from early-stage Alzheimer’s. Shortly after Reunion, Betsy Parker McColl visited her and a few wks. later returned with Susan Scott Robinette. Penny was thrilled to see them and they had a wonderful visit. In an amazing coincidence Susan and her husband have now rented their “barn apartment” to a young lady named Ryerson Pamplin, who turned out to be the daughter of Penny’s younger brother Ned. It’s a small world! Now Susan and Betsy will keep in touch with Penny and we all keep her in our thoughts.
I want to express thanks to Jane Goodridge, who has been such a terrific secretary for the last 5 yrs., and congratulate Sue Jones Cansler, who is taking over as our class president. Please keep in touch—send me your news anytime and I’ll stockpile it for the next class notes.