1956 – Spring ’23 Class Letter

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“Spring greetings to all! I thIMG_0218.JPGink most of you would recognize the Lane Library. I know I spent plenty of time there and probably you did too. I am back playing the keyboard at a Nursing home service for my church. I am back to choir and handbells at church.

I am playing for my senior group at the senior center I attend regularly. There are three of us now. We did a cooperative sing-a-long last month. This month we are each doing a segment of our allotted hour. One of us plays by ear almost solely, another – I think – about half by ear a bit by music, and me? Sorry to say – only by music. I go when I can to a monthly piano performance group where we each play for each other our choice of music. Some play by ear, some their own arrangements, some by music, some with music, some by memory. It’s a nice group.

I have enjoyed my elder daughter’s company on a Christmas cruise. I have enjoyed my younger daughter’s company as she recovered from shoulder surgery. I enjoy my grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s company when their schedules allow though none live in St Pete Beach. Three grandchildren live in other counties in Florida and the fourth in Connecticut.

I still drive. Just not as much and not after dark. My daughters are excellent drivers when they visit.”


The College recently announced the appointment of its first woman president, Dr. Victoria N. Folse. Dr. Folse, a respected scholar, and administrator, brings to Ripon more than 30 years of experience in higher education and a long-standing commitment to the liberal arts. She has had a great first semester and we are excited to see what President Folse has in store for our college’s future. Dr. Victoria (Vickie) N. Folse, will be inaugurated as Ripon’s 14th president on April, 2023. She will be the first woman to be formally inaugurated as president of Ripon College. There are numerous welcome receptions being held – I believe I sent you a list in the last letter. More information can be found here.



Isn’t this very modern looking? This is the new Science Center to be built and opening in the fall of 2024. It is 68,500 square feet of goodies for the science students. In addition, the Farr Hall of Science will be expanded and renovated. If you have any favorite memory of Farr Hall of Science, or any of the earlier science buildings, you are encouraged to submit them to Jaye Alderson, College Editor, at [email protected].


How is that for a great looking stadium? It is 157,000 square feet and will be located where the Sadoff Field used to be.  It will have a 2,000 seat grandstand and a press box.  Soccer and football, both women’s and men’s will be played here.
On February 12, over 150 alumni, parents and fans of Red Hawks basketball gathered for Alumni Basketball Days 2023. It was the 5th Anniversary of the Women’s Basketball and 25th Anniversary of the Men’s Basketball championship games. This shows the support for our Red Hawks!


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“I am not chatty by nature so this will be terse. I turned 88 at the end of December. I bought a new townhome with my son, David, in March 2022. (Did not think I would be buying a new home after downsizing to an apartment in 2018.) I am clear of cancer diagnosed in 2017 that caused us to move back to Greensboro, NC, in 2018.  Elena, my wife, will be 90 in June and we have been married since 1960. Lived in Venezuela from 1957 to 64, Mexico 1964 to 66, Milwaukee 1966 to 73, Southern California 1973 to 84, Albuquerque from 1984 to 86, Durham, NC, 1986 to 88, and Greensboro 1988 to 98 then we moved to Callawassie Island, SC. Met DON ALLEN ’61 on Callawassie Island and he was a Sig also. I was diagnosed with cancer in2017 and cured in 2018, and have been back in Greensboro since 2018. We are both relatively healthy (for our ages). That is it in a nutshell.”

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“Gloria, I enjoyed your active and busy schedules.”

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“My wife, Caryl, and I have lived in Oregon for over 50 years now & still love it. I am a retired dentist, retired at the age of 57, but did some part time teaching thereafter. I am a now and have-traveled-the-world, former mayor of Salem, OR. I played team basketball until the COVID hit. I have done many dental check-ups on fish here. Ripon’s liberal education was helpful.”

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“Thanks for doing the newsletter-not easy to corral all of us! There is nothing new to report -still in Costa Mesa, CA –I am enjoying our needed rains. I am more a recipient of the musical venues and groups here than a participant but enjoying the accessibility of the venues here close to home.”


Do you know that you can get a monthly email newsletter with upcoming events? This is available to you and contains a lot of information. Do you have a BUCKET LIST? If you do, you can share it with Ripon Magazine’s Editor, Jaye Alderson, at [email protected].

Thank you to all classmates who responded with news.  It is nice to hear from each and every one. A special thanks to all who have e-mail. It is a quick and efficient method of communication.

Alumni Weekend is scheduled for June 22-25! There are room blocks at Heidel House in Green Lake (Book here) and at Cobblestone Suites in Ripon (Call 920.748.5500).

Thanks to anyone who was able to help support the donations for our building projects.


Gloria ’56

P.S. There will be a special giving event in conjunction with inauguration weekend, April 20-23, to celebrate Ripon’s 14th President, Victoria N. Folse, and the exciting momentum happening within our campus community. This event will be an extension of the #OneDayRally brand and experience. Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to your participation!