1974-Spring ’20 Class Letter

1974 – Spring 2020


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Hello everyone!

Are you all as ready for spring as I am? It hasn’t been a bad winter here, but I am ready to get back outdoors, play in the dirt, and get stuff growing. And I really look forward to my morning coffee on the deck.

Andy and I celebrated our November anniversary in Green Lake with dinner at Norton’s and a concert at Thrasher Opera House. We saw Jimmy Webb and Robin Spielberg, and they were wonderful. I plan to be back in the area in April for the Ripon Wine Walk, and I hope to meet up with CHRIS OVERLY WALLACE ’74. I have never been to anything like that before so it will be a new experience. It will be especially nice if spring is “springing” in Ripon by then. I promise to take pictures!

The only people I heard from this time around were FREDERIC “TERRY” III ’74 AND KATHY WILLIAMS HOFFER ’74 of Danville, VT, who wrote: “…still in Vermont, an area known with great affection as its Northeast Kingdom. We remember our mortgage officer in 1979 citing some national banking standards and saying, “You’ll be gone in seven years.” It’s been a great place to raise two kids and a wonderful community to be involved and apparently make a difference. We see from time to time Linda and Don Tase, Jennifer Batt, and Cindy and David Wood, all of whom have well-established roots in northern New England. We were deeply saddened to learn that JAMES THOMPSON ’73, a great friend and much-admired professor of art at Willamette College in Salem, Oregon, died in November. James was a giant among his Ripon College family – thoughtful, respectful, and incredibly talented.”

I was very sad to learn of MARY MUNRO ’74’s passing in December. I always found her to be a lovely and kind person, who had a sweet sense of humor and always had time for a quick chat whenever we met on campus. Mary is survived by her husband, Bill Leiner, and their three children, as well as her many Ripon friends who will miss her dearly.

I hope you are all well and thinking about returning to campus for Alumni Weekend. Even when we are not having a reunion, it’s always a great time, and you can usually run into people you know who are glad to see you and catch up on your life. This year it will be held June 25-28, and I hope to see you there!

All the best-

Jan MacLeod