1960 – Fall ’19 Class Letter

Deborah Johnson Van Slyke

480-284-5564 / 619-889-5061 / [email protected]


DELORES GREY HOLDEN ’60: “When I opened our copy of this current issue, I was surprised to see a photo of myself on page 3. My guess is that it was taken while I was in my senior year. In my years (1956 through 1960) Ripon’s curriculum offered classes that would fulfill the minimal requirements needed for a teaching license in either Illinois or Wisconsin. That included a two-hour course in cooperatives required by Wisconsin. I taught for one year in Plymouth, Wisconsin, then the following year in Oklahoma. Several years of substitute teaching all over Chicago, including going to an elementary school in a ghetto neighborhood the day after the riots ended. I received an M.A. in special education after raising our two sons and then worked for the Northwest Suburban Education Organization where I was the provocation all coordinator.”

JANET GORN ’60 of Montclair, Virginia retired with 40 years of federal government service as a diplomat in the field of civil nuclear energy and nonproliferation. In honor of her distinguished professional career on the staff of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Congressional Research Service and the Brookings Institution, and civil society contributions, she was named a Lifetime Achiever by the Marquis Who’s Who in America. Having traveled to 38 countries and 49 states, she is not planning to travel for a while.  However, retirement has not slowed her down. In 2019 she was elected to the office of program director on the Virginia State Board of the League of Women Voters (LWV), joined the board of directors of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Foundation and is contributing to the George Mason University Women’s Leadership program. She also is president of the Kings Highway Republican Women’s E-Club (the first virtual club in Virginia), vice chairman of the National Federated Republican Women’s (NFRW) Literacy Committee and the NFRW Membership Committee Working Group on the Virtual Club concept.            

CHARLES MORGAN ’60 of The Villages, Florida: “I enjoy golf three to four times a week. Living in The Villages is great. We, however, miss our grandkids and their athletic activities in New Jersey. You wouldn’t believe how great they are!”