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Class Notes 1944 - 1979

Class Notes 1980 - 1999 | Class Notes 2000 - 2008

Jean and Starr


Jean Smith Turner and Starr Culver Weihe '55 are both residents of Canterbury Tower, a retirement community in Tampa, Florida, and had been friends for more than two years when they discovered they both went to St. Mary's Seminary. Jean and Starr posed for this photo at one of their Friday Night cocktail parties.


1948 Reunion

The Class of 1948 gathered during Reunion Weekend to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. In celebration of this milestone event and led by Joann Boner Holland, members of the class presented President O'Brien with a reunion gift of $2,165 to support the Alumni Scholarship Endowment. From left in the back row: Jo Boner Holland, Betty Baldwin Kennedy, Babs Ross Ryan, Marcie Price Campbell, Pat Anthony Blake, and Peg Fowler Carter; front row: Maria Andrews Murray, Gloria Cawood Lancaster, Vivian Gabler Aldridge, Jo Nicodemus Hughes, and Dot Baroniak Settle.


Gathered at Reunion 2008 from left: Margaret Slingluff '53, Joan Stotler '53, Shirley Duvall '53, Dennis Rosson '10 (grandson of Sue Tray), Sue Cetnarowski Tray '53, Bobbie VanDevanter Pevey '54, Hal Tray, and Barbara Taylor Raley '54. Joan wrote that they were welcomed on Friday evening by Dr. O'Brien and honored with a cocktail reception followed by a delicious dinner complete with Maryland crab cakes. The evening's entertainment was a magnificent River Concert on the townhouse lawn. Joan hopes more of her classmates will mark their calendars for 2013 to celebrate their 60th Reunion.

Gail Leon


Gail Leon generously donated the original Dove compass forged by her great-grandfather to the St. Mary's City Historical Society during a small ceremony Reunion weekend. The museum curator said, "It is a fine specimen and will be an asset to the maritime collection." Pictured are Will Gates, captain of the Dove, and Gail.

Patricia Kueseth Schwaebe put together a wonderful scrapbook of memories for her class celebrating its 50th Reunion as part of the class gift to the College's archives. The memories contained in this book will add greatly to the College's history. Thank you to all of her classmates for contributing to this lovely project.

R. Douglas Mathias was named an Obama Organizing Fellow and was one of the first on the ground in the political battleground of Virginia.

Ken Bryan won a seat on the County Commission in St. Johns County, Florida, saying he owes his win to a grassroots campaign and a vow to control growth.

Nancy Kreitzer retired in 2007 after 30 years of federal service in Washington, D.C. She recently landed a great new job with the State of Maryland, as regional programs director for the District Court's Alternate Dispute Resolution Office, which handles mediation for the Maryland District Courts.

Kevin Gibson's oldest son, Chris, completed his formal competitive swimming career at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, competing in three events. "Now there's a chip off the old block," says Kim Lathrop '75 (head swimming coach from 1973-76). Kevin was swim team captain while at St. Mary's and wife Mary is a former swimmer.

Lawrence Leak gave the address at the College's master of arts in teaching commencement when degrees were awarded to 23 candidates. Larry is a College trustee and recently retired chief academic officer of University of Maryland University College. He is also vice chairman of the Historic St. Mary's City Commission. In his speech, he commented that earning a graduate degree has been called "one of the most significant life-changing milestones…. As teachers you have a profound impact on one of America's greatest resources, elementary and secondary students in our schools. I know you've been trained well by an outstanding faculty."

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy is a doctoral student in music education/choral conducting at Florida State University.