More Updates from Classmates
More WORDCHIMES for those of us who enjoy connecting with friends from our ENC days and who occasionally access www.wordchimes.com on the internet.
Barbara (Wheeler) Brindley, who now lives in Farmington, ME, writes, “I will be unable to attend the class reunion, because in 2000, I had a stroke and I have to wear a brace on my right leg. My husband Dick Brindley passed away on Jan. 20, 2005 and I am not able to travel that distance alone.” Barbara, you are in our prayers and will be remembered at our gathering at Homecoming.
Dave Daniels and his wife Pam live in Ontario where they enjoy their joint family of seven kids and several grandchildren. Dave is a retired Community College Senior Administrator. He enjoys gardening, curling and church activities. His real love is vocal music. He sings in 3 choral groups and 2 quartets. Of his goals, he writes “Living happily, healthfully and actively with my partner (spouse) as long as age permits, continuing to give something useful back to society in appreciation of my fulfilled life sharing with family”. Dave and Pam will share in this class reunion. *also, see photos.
Merilyn Hassell and her husband Merwyn live in Clearwater, FL where she is floral designer at their own business, Hassell Florist, Inc. She enjoys cooking and traveling. When she is home, she shares in the efforts of this Class of ‘55 Reunion Committee. She will bring flowers when she comes and will greet you at our welcome desk. *also, see photos.
June (Barton) Mihalak of Edinboro, PA is retired from a nursing job and enjoys knitting, fishing and reading. She and her husband (now deceased) have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. A pianist and organist, she is music director of her church. You may remember her as a Sunday School teacher at the college church or on trips to Boston missions. *also, see photos.
Rita Jean Mull of North Carolina is busy in her church, serving on the missions board and greeting visitors to her church. She travels much with her camera and enjoys doll collecting. Her favorite memories of ENC involve greeting friends as she served as waitress in the college dining hall and sharing in the inspiring services in chapel and church.
Sterling and Georgianna (Spaite) Smith are active members of this Class of ‘55 Committee - Sterling, in charge of thrust for the Class Endowed Scholarship. They live in Phippsburg, ME half of the year and in Naples, FL, during the winter. While living in Westwood, MA, before retirement, Sterling worked at Harvard University as a financial analyst for 37 years. Their three children all have college degrees in management and finance. Georgianna served as the Circulation Library, Supervisor of the local public library. She has an extensive lighthouse collection and enjoys reading, gardening and doing crossword puzzles. Sterling enjoys antique tools restoration and has a classic Chris Craft boat and antique Volvo sports car and three antique Farmall farm tractors, which have been restored. Their home in Phippsburg, ME is the second home which Sterling has enjoyed bringing to perfection. Their earlier vacation home, an historic captain’s house in Wiscasset, MA, received his careful restoration. *also, see photos.
Marcia (Boshart) Whitley of Watertown, NY, remembers fondly the ENC Acappella Spring trip through the North East. Her interest in music continues. She is a retired music teacher and has been asked to play the organ for Prime Time at Schroon Lake this fall. She and her husband William (now deceased) have four children and seven grandchildren - family, with whom she enjoys spending time.
Albert Wakefield, of Oakland Park, FL, has a strong interest and varied background in art and photography. On the board of the Fort Lauderdale Prime Timers, he has founded and edited their newsletter the Surfer. He has a soft heart for his cat, Figgey, his papillon, Julie, and is entertained by nine cockatiels and two lovebirds. His favorite memory of ENC was sneaking down to the Prayer Room in the wee hours to play ‘45's’, and listen to Patti Page sing “Cross over the Bridge”. *also, see photos.
Barclay Wood, of Worcester, MA, was at ENC for only one year as a student, then transferred to Yale University and the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where he received his Master of Music and Doctor Fine Arts degree. He later returned to ENC, for a brief time, as a member of the faculty. He has served as organist, choirmaster, university professor, concert organist and in partial retirement he teaches pipe organ and serves on the governing board of All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester. His memory of ENC: guiding young people into parish music profession.
William Yeager and his wife Gail live in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, where he serves as the Presbyterian minister. He has advanced degrees from Harvard and Princeton. His first wife Jane Moore, ENC Class of 1953, died in 1983. Now there are three, plus two, children in this family and nine grandchildren, with whom he wishes to spend more time in retirement. Spare time is spent in downhill skiing, sailing, fly-fishing and biking. He is “very grateful to have been the beneficiary of the mission of ENC - academic excellence in a Christian community”. He plans to come to the October reunion.