1960–Fall ’18 Class Letter


Deborah Johnson Van Slyke

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Class of 1960,


BOB BORGER ’60 writes, “We have been busy since returning from our winter home in Florida. The weather in Ohio has finally allowed for landscaping and flower planting to be finalized. We attended grandson Bobby’s graduation from Ohio Northern University and his acceptance of a position with Welltower in Toledo, Ohio. He also achieved academic All American in track. Our granddaughter Megan was a freshman cheerleader at Bowling Green State University. Yvette and I will be going to Idaho in June to visit son Barry. Hope all is well with Ripon alums.”


DEE GREY HOLDEN ’60 writes, “Our winter season in Arizona has been the usual fun with local friends and visitors escaping snow. More of Abbey Springers come to Arizona so there is much socializing going on here. Things became more complicated in spring when it became evident that Dan would need cervical surgery, diseconomy, and fusion. This was done in May and he is recovering well. We will return in a few weeks to the Midwest in time to get ready to a trip to Northern Italy. It will be the last grandchild trip and we are looking to relax at Lake Garda and then the Italian Alps. A few wineries will also be visited.


We are so proud of our 2 grandsons in the military. Cooper Holden was commissioned in December and is now training in Florida with the United States Air Force. Beckett has completed his nuclear engineering course and has been assigned to the United States Navy base in Seattle where he will be on the USS Kentucky, a ballistic missile sub.


Our granddaughter just finished her freshman year at University of Arizona and will be volunteering in Laos at an elephant rescue camp.


Summer will have us socializing at the lakefront of Lake Geneva. I do not look forward to having to keep Dan from golfing before he gets the doctor’s okay to play.  A river cruise in September will round out the summer.”


JANET GORN ‘60 “has no retirement plans on the horizon. She is a Diplomat with the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. She has had temporary duty assignments in Buenos Aires, Bucharest, Paris, and Vienna this year. In Paris, she served as the U.S. Representative to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Steering Committee meetings and in Vienna was the U.S. Representative and Head of delegation to the Meeting of the Parties of the Joint Convention on Nuclear Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste. She was named a lifetime achiever by Marquis Who’s Who. Check out her extension career in the 2017-18 Who’s Who in America.”

I was unable to drive from Scottsdale to drive to Idyllwild, California for the inaugural performance of KEN LUBER’S ’60 musical Esperanza: The Musical of Hope. He wrote the lyrics for a song “Revenge is Near.” The song won “Best Song” at the Italian Oniros Film Awards.


I will escape the heat of summer in Arizona and visit Chicago in August where I will see my roommate and sorority sister BARBARA KOUBA HOFFMAN ’60 in Highland Park.


LIVIO VALLE ’60 passed in Chicago on October 22, 2017

BILL BROOKS ’60 passed on March 8, 2017


Let us keep in touch. Send me your news, gossip or your thoughts, DEB