I had a successful cardiac ablation in June, which resolved an atrial fibrillation condition, and am back rowing in fours and eights three times a week with the Beaufort, S.C., rowing club. Lots of travel is planned in the coming months, including Vienna, Strasbourg, Budapest, Mexico, and Florida, winding up with backpacking in the Southwest (Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Lake Powell, Kayenta) and, in 2020, India and New Zealand.
Ann and Mike Van Dusen are off traveling to Europe in September, doing a small boat Baltics/St. Pete’s cruise followed by four days in Berlin. They will finish with a walking trip in Oporto, Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (something of the 50th anniversary trip).
Ed Tiffany reports that three of four grandkids began school this week, September 2018. Ed writes: “They live down the street from us in Boston and Joan and I are fortunate to see them often. Other kids and grandkids are in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and also starting their first day of school.”
Rick Leach writes: “I am off in two weeks for a blast through Ireland. Then Hawaii with family over holidays. Then Nepal and Bhutan in February with one daughter and France in March with another. Finally, Chile by myself in June to see total solar eclipse. Then prison after I rob the bank to pay for it all! I will raise a glass to all from behind bars, alcohol (especially in Ireland), or water in the last case, with warm regards.”
The Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center board of directors and staff presented Dulany Howland with the 2018 Zan W. Holmes Champion Award. He has championed their cause through his philanthropy, influence, and support. The mission of the Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center is to create sustainable pathways out of poverty for young people and their families in Dallas through education and job placement.
Richard Schade recently exchanged wedding vows with Julia Malkin in a ceremony officiated by Rev. Richard Cassius Lee Webb ’63. Richard and Cassius are each SPS faculty children and they have been close friends since childhood.
Happy news from Peter Meyer: “After 17 years of wonderful love and companionship, Patricia Couture accepted my proposal of marriage. Tiny wedding: us two, Pat’s sister, MaryKay McNichol (a JP), and Pat’s 88-year-young aunt, Kay Gallagher. The 10-minute ceremony was at our favorite seacoast spot: Great Island Commons in Newcastle, N.H. We celebrated at the Wentworth Hotel in Newcastle and the Dunes Motor Inn across from Jenness Beach in Rye. We are both keeping our original names to reduce the already monstrous amount of paperwork to join us legally. We are both ecstatic!”
John Brown writes: “I left the foreign service in 2003 – after a 20+ year career – in opposition to the planned attack on Iraq. I still keep up with how the world views the U.S. (and vice versa) on my blog: http://publicdiplomacypressandblogreview.blogspot.com/, which contains, among other topics, some amusing items about how cultures differ (and don’t always necessarily clash).”
Bob Rettew writes: “Annie and I enjoyed a great party at the home of Connie and Bill Lane in Concord, Mass., on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.”