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Recent notes from our classmates center on 4 themes: being grandparents, travel, retirement — and lots of fun. ALICE FARRIOR Butler and Paul’s new granddaughter, Lucy Lane Longino, joins sisters Grace Frances, 6, and Hollis, 2, in Raleigh. The Butlers took a riverboat cruise on the Danube in spring 2012, spending Alice’s 70th birthday in Munich. Both are active Virginia Master Gardening volunteers, and Alice still occasionally provides instruction for specialized software, which provided a week in the Seattle area in fall 2011. ANN KING Harkins and Bucky are having the maximum grandparent experience: 2 months in Charlotte watching 4 grandsons play basketball and taking 2 granddaughters shopping. They miss their 5 grandchildren in Richmond. If Math 150 didn’t fail me, that makes 11 grandchildren. Anybody want to contest the class record? SARAH ALLEY Boney and Harry are establishing a record for great-grandchildren: 4 at the time Sarah wrote, and another on the way. They returned to Italy in June for a back-roads trip, “no big cities: we love the hill villages and the people,” Sarah writes. Looking ahead to our 50th Reunion, perhaps? Sarah continued, “Staunton is certainly different from what it was in the 1960s.” She’s right. Here are just a few examples of how Staunton has hit the “big time”: A local chef was called to the White House to assist with President Barack Obama’s first state dinner; the Heifetz International Music Institute marked its second summer residency at MBC in 2013; and Staunton has a fabulous summer music festival, with 20 concerts by internationally recognized, mostly European, artists. Another class record, perhaps, for celebrations: Roommates JANE HEYWOOD Boylin (who now lives in WV), SENAH BUCHANAN Seagle (TN), NANCY NELSON Spencer (VT), and MARTHA MURCHISON Strickland (NC) celebrated 70th birthdays and 52 years of friendship with a few days in Las Vegas. Nancy comments, “Of course, much must stay in Vegas, but we certainly enjoyed the high life and the time together sharing stories of our wonderful 21 grandchildren and reminiscing about our days at MBC.” MARY KERR Denny followed her trip to China in March 2012 with her annual trek to Telluride for the film festival, and then a five-day visit to NYC after Christmas, seeing 4 plays. Mary recommends TEDxSMU, “a fantastic one-day conference where the basic concept is Ideas Worth Sharing.” PHYLLIS SHORT Marcom and Jack travel to Staunton frequently to see their new grandson, Aubrey Hyde Marcom, born October 22, 2012. Aubrey’s parents are JESSICA HYDE-Marcom ’98 and Phyllis’son, David. Phyllis’ husband retired “again,” and in May 2012 the couple toured England, Scotland, and Ireland, “where the weather was incredible, with only 1 rainy day, and record-breaking temperatures while we were in Scotland.” Their congenial tour group included MBC alum SUSAN WHITE Persak ’68 and her husband, Bob, of Newark DE. Phyllis shares a volunteer position at the Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg with ELEANOR POOLE McCord, who also volunteers at a hospital and at her church. Eleanor sees FRAN SANDERS Davis and JEAN LYNN ’65 occasionally and joined HAPPY JUER Barnwell and ALICE FARRIOR Butler for lunch in Yorktown not long ago. Eleanor also enjoyed a quick trip to New York City to celebrate “my major birthday (I guess we’re all entering a new decade together!)” with a New York Philharmonic concert. “I wish I could retire,” writes JILL Morton, who wants to learn to surf “one of these days.” Jill lives in Honolulu, where she works as a color psychologist/brand identity consultant. In 2012 her work took her to Sydney, Australia, for Kmart and to Yokohama, Japan, for Fuji Xerox. In February she planned 4 weeks in Pakistan teaching color workshops on a pro bono peace mission. BLAIR LAMBERT Wehrmann and Bob survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, then “had some difficulty with getting out” — a story Blair promises to share later — before moving to Dallas to join their children and grandchildren. Blair had lived 45 years in New Orleans, and Bob’s family 4 generations. The Wehrmanns enjoyed a summer visit from MARY LYNN GAY Turley ’65 and her husband, during which Blair and Mary Lynn shared “a fun evening” with PAULA STEPHENS Lambert ’65 and PEGGY ANDERSON Carr ’67. Blair notes that Paula started the successful Mozzarella Company in Dallas, has published 2 cookbooks, and teaches cooking every year in France and Italy. Blair also reports that an article in The Dallas Morning News included a photo of Paula with Julia Child and 2 other well-known chefs. Blair also keeps in touch with ANNE WARREN Hoskins and ELLEN PAGE Stolpman and Anne says she “would love to have anyone visit, as we have tons of space here.” VICKIE ARGABRIGHT wins this year’s Class of 1964 unofficial prize for “best connected alumna.” Vickie writes, “I treasure my MBC friends more than ever, and the older we get, the closer we get. We had a year-long celebration of our 70th birthdays and enjoyed the entire year. I regularly see SUE EVE FOWLKES, JACKIE RIDDLE Davidson, MARGARET THOMPSON Johnson, MARGARET COLE Chappell, MARTI MCDEVITT Thomas, BEV ESTES Bates, and CARPIE GOULD Coulbourn ’63 … I hope haven’t left anyone out.” Vickie also sees GAY ANN BEST Freedman and JULIE PRICE Lanier ’65 when she visits Raleigh a couple of times each year, and has enjoyed “great visits during the past few years” with GLENN ELLEN DOWNIE and HELEN DOWNIE Harrison and, of course, ANNE NIMMO Parrott. “It is always as though time has never marched on,” Vickie notes. The Class of 1964 citizen of the world award goes to SALLY DORSEY, who reports, “My fabulous husband, Herb Miller, (who is not retired) and I have transitioned our second home from Bali, Indonesia, to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.” Sally and Herb spend several months there during the year. Back in Atlanta, Sally feels “very privileged” to be able to work on nonprofit boards and produce fundraising events. Sally says, “I hope I will see many MBC friends at our 50th (yikes!) Reunion.” ELEANOR POOLE McCord and GINNY ROYSTER Francisco will be there, for starters. Mark the dates April 3–6, 2014, today for our 50th Reunion!