1967-Spring ’19 Class Letter

Class Agent:

Kathryn Santimays Dunn

[email protected]

(704) 633-8999

Spring 2019


A woman asks her doctor, ‘I’ve got a bad back.  The doctor says, ‘It’s old age.’ The woman says, ‘I want a second opinion.’

The doctor says, ‘Okay – you’re ugly as well.’

                                                                                -Tommy Cooper


Dear Class of 1967,

How many times have you heard that phrase – it’s just old age? Baloney I say!!  I think in our heads we’re all still twenty-something. But twenty-something with a lot more knowledge and wisdom. Ripon planted those seeds of knowledge and continues to do so for today’s students. As I read the Ripon Magazine I’m blown away by the talents and intellect of the students.

Breaking news!!  Heidel House is closing its doors for good in May! Apparently they’ve been trying to sell it but have had no luck. I think they’ve been around as long as I have. I’m sure we all have lots of fond memories of times spent there.

Perhaps we could start a Go-Fund-Me page for the owners!

BILL ’67 and JUDY WILKINSON ’68 NEILL are continuing their tradition of spending the winter months on Anna Maria Island in Florida. SUE BOOTHROYD ’67 and Norm Loomer, JOHN ’67 and JILL WILLIAMS ’68 BISHOP and other Riponites also escape the Wisconsin winters to enjoy the Sunshine State.

PETER ENGELKING ’67 and his wife had a very busy travel year last year. Among the many highlights was a stay in an old farmhouse near Bordeaux followed by a lovely apartment in Paris. Though all the sites were beautiful, Peter said the food was amazing! California, Costa Rica and New Orleans rounded out the year. When not traveling, Peter volunteers for the local Land Trust, mainly keeping trails open and clearing brush.

COLLEEN DURKIN SMALL ’67 and TOPHER SMALL ’67 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an all family Alaskan cruise. Our kids and grandkids are fortunate they get to “tag” along on these big adventures.


January- Met cousins I hadn’t seen since 1956.

June- Sold Marlatt Machine Shop and retired.

June- 50th wedding anniversary.

September- Gary and friend bought a Cherokee 140/160 (1974) to enjoy the open skies over Nebraska.”


ANNA (NAN) JONES HAINES ’67 of Front Royal, Virginia, writes, “In spite of all the hurricane threats to the VA. region this week, life goes on as usual. As I live close to the river I had to make special plans to evacuate. But it looks as if most of it will go around us. Praise God. To those impacted by Florence, our hearts go out to you for safety and a quick recovery from it. My God be with you, too. Other than this, life goes on as usual. Continue to take care of clients’ pets in Pampered Pet Sitting. Also church work, and am on the Board for our local Christian Women’s Connection. My kids live in Annapolis, MD. and unfortunately we don’t get together often enough. Most of the time make do with weekly phone calls (and of course, emails). So sorry I missed the Class reunion, but I think of you all often. Someone was kind enough to send me (50th Reunion Memories) Thanks so much!!!!!”


Looking forward to traveling with his grandparents is Samuel George Gitcho, the newest grandchild of Susan and GEORGE ’67 GITCHO. His nickname is “Sammy Ocho” as he was born on the 18th at 1:18 and weighed 8.1 lbs! George should definitely buy a lottery ticket with those numbers!

Put May 1 on your calendar. That’s when the College will hold One Day Rally, a focused 24 hours of giving. Thanks to your giving on this day and annually, students’ financial burdens are lessened.

Please keep me updated on all your adventures and activities.


Have a happy, healthy Spring!