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Conversations

We asked you to help identify people in photos accompanying last issue’s cover story on Mary Albaugh ’54.

The shot on pages 10–11 intrigued Bayard Moran ’62: “All those people look very familiar, especially the young man nearest the window (3rd from left). That could be me, but would not be if the photo is from 1954.” He was correct; the image proved to be from 1959. He made these IDs: “1st on left, Donald Carpenter ’62, across from me is Nancy Royer, also ’62. The guy on the far right is George Markley ’63. Thanks for letting me know that I did, at one time, look very young.”

Mary (Louise) Rogers Lemke ’63 added: “There is a distinct possibility that the second student on the left is my sister, (Clara) Jane Rogers Eller ’55 (who passed away in 2010).”

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As for the cover, John Martin ’54 knew three faces: from far left, Art Smart ’54, Prof. Glenn Weiland, and Robert Etter ’54.

Smart’s daughter, Patricia Smart, told us her dad was an 18-year-old soldier present at the Pearl Harbor attack. After four years in the Army, he wanted to go to college on the GI Bill, but needed to finish high school. While doing so, he married and had two children. At Gettysburg, the family lived in student housing. He graduated at 31 and became a DuPont chemist.


“High Performance,” last issue’s story of Gettysburgians in the arts, asked readers to tell us who we missed.

“You forgot Elizabeth Roby ’85,” wrote Todd Campbell ’87. Roby has acted in films including Philadelphia, TV shows including Law and Order, and Off Broadway.

Scott Metzger ’97 wrote to say that he’s a senior talent agent at Paradigm in New York City, which represents artists including Broadway actor Rick Holmes ’85.

Philosophy Prof. Lisa Portmess alerted us to award-winning composer Brian Wilbur Grundstrom ’85. Hear his work at brianwilbur.com

“Any list should include Halo Wines,” wrote Fritz Foltz ’59. Wines ’60 is associate artistic director for Olney (Md.) Theatre and National Players. She earned a Helen Hayes Award, the top Washington, D.C.-area acting prize, for her role in Cloud Nine at Arena Stage, where she was a company member for 25 years.

Donald E. Smith ’64 wrote about Jim Witt ’62, who taught English and directed plays at Littlestown and Gettysburg high schools and taught in the drama department at Mount St. Mary’s University (Md.) for 20 years. Read both men’s reminiscences.


A mention of the First-Year Walk in the winter issue awakened a memory for Hugh McGaughy ’51: “I recall, as an ROTC student, marching to the cemetery to hear the Gettysburg Address delivered by Claude Rains,” an actor in Casablanca and other films. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania sponsored the event in 1947.


Bill Fleischman ’60 recalled a 1940 grad whose passing we reported: “I’m so glad I attended Hank Hangsterfer’s service … Hank’s military service was mentioned several times ... one of his granddaughters told a story about an old-timer shaking her hand ... ‘Because you’re Hank’s granddaughter and he was an outstanding officer and person.’”


Prof. Allen Guelzo’s article in the Winter issue on 1850 graduate James Francis Crocker was excerpted by a newspaper in Crocker’s native Isle of Wight County, Va. “Wounded IW soldier wandered Gettysburg” was the headline in May 9’s Smithfield Times.


Among countless conversations on social media, Jacki Turet ’16 made a striking declaration on the Gettysburg College Class of 2016 group’s Facebook page. In June, she wrote that she was “crushed” when her “dream school,” the College of William & Mary, put her on the acceptance wait-list. But, after experiencing Get Acquainted Day at Gettysburg, “I felt a lot better and decided to commit to Gettysburg.” Later, W&M took her off the wait-list. “Do you know what the weird thing was? I felt sad. I didn’t want to leave this amazing group of Gettysburgians and this amazing school .... Yesterday, I officially turned down my acceptance to W&M.”

Also on Facebook, a story about Richard Owens ’72 earned more than 160 likes on the College’s page. During Reunion, he returned a book that he had checked out from Musselman Library 40 years ago. It was a biography of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, a 19th-century philosopher who declared that “property is theft.” Owens (right in photo)was not fined for the overdue book.


To add your voice to Conversations, visit the College’s Facebook page, follow the College on Twitter, or send a letter to alumnimagazine@gettysburg.edu

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sun, 2 Sep 2012


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