1981

Hello Classmates,

I am beginning these notes with sad news. Lelee Frank Hazard’s son, John “Jack” Hazard (23), passed away last Dec. while travelling through Asia. Jack was a photojournalism student at the Corcoran College of Art & Design and was travelling the world while keeping a blog about his journey. His family says “We particularly loved his keen sense of humor and satirical take on life.” He is dearly missed by his whole family. Lelee’s daughter Martha (19) is living in Alexandria and working at Let’s Dish. Son Mitchell (17) attends St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School in Tenn. He played on the football team last fall and is playing goalie on the school soccer team. If you’d like to get in touch with Lelee, her email address is leleehazard@comcast.net.

Mary Stuart Bolling is living in Richmond, Va. Daughter Lucy Gordon (18) is a senior at Collegiate School where Mary sometimes sees Susan Clay Russell and Kathy Levi Hoover at parent events. Lucy Gordon is still waiting to hear from some colleges, however, Sweet Briar has offered a scholarship endowed by her grandmother’s classmate from class of ’49. Son Stuart is a junior at the U. of Mary Washington with a triple major in History/Philosophy/Classics. Mary writes: “Sarah Martin Herguner, Nancy Smith Jackson ’82, and I attended a Sweet Briar luncheon here in Richmond at the Jefferson Hotel.” Mary just celebrated her birthday with friends, including Sarah and Nancy, at an Oscar-themed party.

Sharon Resener Miller is living in Orlando, Fla., with husband Tony. Son Bailey (18) is a freshman at NYU. Sharon gets to see Sharon McGrath Gardner every couple of months while in N.Y. Sharon is glad to be reconnecting with my SBC friends through Facebook!

Kearsley Rand Walsh is in Arlington, Va. Her first year as an empty nester is “better than I thought it would be. There is gas in my car and food in my fridge. My wallet has cash in it and things are exactly where I left them. Although, I miss Angus (21) at Marshall (We are Marshall!) and Duncan (19) at Miami of Ohio, Moe, the dog, and I have been able to have some serious bonding time. The boys are loving college life, both playing club lacrosse and in fraternities (KA and Phi Delt) and can barely stand how cool they are. They tell me they are fratty lax bros. I’m working as office manager at Habitat for Humanity of Northern Va.”

Kathy Levi Hooper was sorry to have missed reunion. That was daughter Kate’s (22) graduation weekend from UVa. She’ll have another graduation this May, as she finishes her master’s degree. She looks forward to seeing my SBC friends in the D.C. area more, as Kate will begin working there in Oct. She and Michael have been busy on weekends transporting/watching daughter Anna’s (16) travel volleyball team. They even have a tournament at Sweet Briar—it will be fun to see the school with students there. She loves hearing from/seeing my SBC friends, so keep in touch!

Susan Campbell is living in Philadelphia and continues to work at PNC. She loves her quarter horse Benjamin Moore. Daughter Sarah (25) has lived in Manhattan for 5.5 years working as a free-lance writer. She also works at a vegan restaurant on the Upper East Side called Blossom and is learning about alternative healing therapies. Susan is looking forward to a trip to Gasparilla Island in March and trip to Seville, Spain to ride in July.

Susan Pinkard Morgan and husband Bill live in Lighthouse Point, Fla. Susan teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math at Deerfield Beach Middle School. Susan stays busy with her 10th grade daughter, Casey (15), who can’t wait to drive in July! Susan writes, “I just finished my masters in the science of teaching from Fla. Atlantic U., and am working hard in karate class. My husband is retired and works part time at a local boat shop, mostly for discounted boat supplies.”

Carol Hays Hunley and her family moved to Boston in the beginning of 2012. Carol has taken a new job with Sovereign Bank, after 26 years with PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. Carol writes “Last year was a tough one after losing my dad, going through breast cancer treatment with my mom and other misc. family health issues, so when the opportunity came to make a fresh start I jumped on it! We’re leaving lots of family and friends behind, but are hoping to lots of visitors! Our middle daughter is a junior at Ohio U. and is looking at Boston schools for graduate schools so she and her horse will be joining us soon. Sovereign is owned by Santander out of Spain, so I will be traveling quite a bit to Madrid and need to cram on my Spanish! Our oldest daughter is living in Cleveland and working for the Cleveland Indians.”

Hope Keating has exciting news: “I am engaged to marry G.W. Harrell, an attorney here in Tallahassee. We’re planning a spring 2013 wedding. Also, in the throes of a mid-life crisis, I and 3 of my law partners formed a rock band called ILL ADVISED. We play primarily in dive bars around town.”

Vickie Archer, husband Tad Imbrie, and family are living in Pittsburgh, Pa. Daughter Annie (20) is a “blooming sophomore Econ major at SBC. Son James (18) is on the launching pad for college, getting ready to graduate from Bethel Park High School. He plays the bagpipes with the MacDonald Pipe Band. Daughter Addison (16) is in the 10th at Bethel Park High School and is a punk rock guitarist.”

Mary Kate Ferguson is in Baltimore and has a small bookkeeping service called Beeswax Bookkeeping. She designs, knits, and sells clothing, accessories, etc. in her spare time. Mary Kate also practices yoga, swims, hikes and bikes. Brendy Reiter Hantzes is one of her current bookkeeping clients, so not a lot of work getting done on that day! Mary Kate sees Claire Purnell, Eve Devine, and Kearsley Walsh as well. Her best pal is a beagle/pointer mix named Hogan.

Brendy Reiter Hantzes writes from Chantilly, Va.: “I’m running an appraisal company, working way too much and not having nearly enough fun. My husband Nick has given up golf because he became addicted. My son Harrison had a house fire; he was very appreciative of underwear as a Xmas gift. My son Will is working as a paralegal while trying to decide if he should apply to law school. My daughter Molly lives at St Mary’s Home for Disabled Children and is doing well. Despite her profound disabilities she is very healthy and for that we are grateful.”

The reunion last May was lots of fun. Brendy and Mary Kate, our class co-presidents, put a wonderful weekend together. We stayed in Dew Residence Hall and our Class of 1981 Hospitality Room was off of the EB Room in the basement. The room was decorated with pink and green and looked beautiful. Brendy brought two pink and green beach umbrellas, which she placed in picnic tables on the Dew patio. Many alumnae commented on how much fun our class was, and they sat at the tables. On Friday night, we played a Class of 1981 trivia game. The prizes, which included rubber kitchen gloves and dish towels, were all pink and green. You could keep your prize or trade with someone else. After that, very late, we painted the hitching post pink and green. The whole weekend was fun because of the efforts of Brendy and Mary Kate who, not surprisingly, have been re-elected as our class presidents.

As for me, we are still in Annapolis, Md. Mary (18) is a senior waiting to hear from colleges. Lizzie (15) is a freshman in high school, and she is beginning to think about a summer job. Thanks to everyone who sent their news. Bye for now.

(Claire McDonnell Purnell, cpgd@verizon.net)