Gloria Acklin taught at WT as a Middle School English Teacher and as the Upper School Speech Teacher from 1970–1991, and was a most beloved faculty member, colleague, and friend to thousands. She was elegant, warm, wise, …
Mary Minor Evans’ sons (L-R) Matt Evans, Duane (high school friend), Alan Evans, and Jim Evans have run in 120 Grandma’s Marathons.Mary Minor Evans shares, “Since I have been gone from Winchester Thurston for 65 years, I thought I would show off my running sons, my greatest production. Check out this article for information on my post WT life.”
Marlene Berman Haus writes, “Hello everyone. I send warm greetings and virtual hugs from Pittsburgh where I am still living after all these years. My life was and is happy even though I did not do anything remarkable – just paid taxes, did community work, obeyed the law, etc. My husband, Dr. Leonard Haus, of blessed memory was also a native Pittsburgher. We witnessed the many changes this city has gone through and were happy here. Leonard was a small-animal veterinarian who practiced on the Boulevard of the Allies for thirty years, and I was happy to work with him after the children were grown. I was widowed 20 years ago. Unlike me, my three children live elsewhere: My son Adam is in Chicago working as a trainer for that city’s 311 service; his brother, Jeffrey, is a tenured Ph.D. professor at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and with his wife, Rachel, are raising my three granddaughters (Shira, Nava, and Mazal); my daughter, Sara Haus Posa, lives with husband Angelo and my grandson, Eli, in Cleveland, Ohio. Eager to reconnect with others. I love my Zoom.”
Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Kruse is the treasurer and former president of the Philanthropic Education Organization’s (PEO) Sisterhood BN Chapter of Sewickley. The local group, founded in 1986, has helped many women through various programs that offer educational and other kinds of assistance through all stages of life. Her mother, the late Kathryn Kruse of Edgeworth, was one of the 15 members who started the Sewickley chapter. A PEO STAR Scholarship is based on leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics, and potential future for success.
Katharyn ‘Kathie’ Davis reports, “I am happily married to the artist Michael Fenwick. I have three children, Cary, Bonnie, and Andy, and two grandchildren, Max and Raven. We are expecting our third granddaughter in January 2021. My law practice is active and busy, although it has been weird getting used to virtual court. I have lost track of the number of live stream programs I have had to master. Before the pandemic we were doing a lot of traveling, and we hope to start again soon. Wouldn’t it be great to have WT-sponsored international tours? Would love to hear from WT friends.”
Suzanne Shapero shares, “I am in private practice as a dentist, just outside of Syracuse, New York. I just completed my term as President of the County Dental Society.”
Thomas ‘Toby’ McChesney ’98Thomas ‘Toby’ McChesney, is the Senior Assistant Dean for graduate business programs in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. He was recently appointed to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Business School Advisory Council. Toby will serve a three-year term starting in September along with admissions leaders from business schools around the world who provide vision, perspective, and information related to domestic and international graduate business school programs. Read more about Toby in this article.
Brandilyn ‘Brandi’ Dumas, a Real Estate Shareholder in global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP’s New York office, has been named to New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars list. The Rising Stars awards recognize the region’s most promising lawyers 40 and younger. Brandilyn has also been named to the WT Board of Trustees.
Catherine ‘Katie’ Conway and her husband Jaewon welcomed a baby girl in June.
Katherine ‘Katy’ Gespass Lawrence reports, “Eve Norma Lawrence was born February 6, 2020!”
“Via Zoom, or in the bleachers! She’s your teacher!” Jimyse Brown recently rapped a musical introduction to the St. Edmund’s Academy 2020-2021 PE classes.Jimyse Brown recently joined the Physical Education faculty at St. Edmund’s Academy. She teaches PE and serves as the girls’ basketball coach. She is the Founder & CEO of Hidden Gyms, a youth recreation and sports development organization that provides training and athletic opportunities for children in Kindergarten through grade 12. Coach Brown has previously taught at Pittsburgh Public Schools and is a certified USA Basketball Coach. She earned her B.S. in Sports Management from Shepherd University where she was a student-athlete and her M.S. in Business & Management from the University of Nottingham.
Ripe, the seven piece funk band managed by Maxwell Stofman, announced upcoming shows saying, “We are so stoked to be playing more shows with you. Come out and hang with us for this fun East Coast run. All shows will observe social distance policies. Safety is our priority here so that we can continue to keep playing shows! Much love to you all!” Follow them on Instagram @ripelove
Haydon Alexander joined the Quantum Theatre team as their Technical Director. Haydon has been involved in theater in school and out since he was 12. After leaving WT, he worked as a carpenter for several theater companies in Pittsburgh, and spent three seasons with the Heritage Theatre Festival at the University of Virginia. Haydon and Quantum colleague Jalina McClarin came up with the idea to offer an interactive experience in Schenley Park. Together, they created OK Odysseus, based on Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey. It is an audio piece in five parts which you can listen to on your phone as you take a mapped walk in the park, making five stops where a QR code gives you a bit of Quantum’s adaptation by Jay Ball and how it differs from the classic text in its point of view. Learn more about OK Odysseus.
Tristan Forsythe created an online running journal, theovalmagazine.com, showcasing first-person stories about running during the shutdown last spring.
The following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.Suzanne O’Brien Ardan ’39
Joan Borden Drury ’43
Jessie Butler Herdic ’43
Rachel Heppenstall Shingler ’43
Adrienne Pigossi Shryock ’43
Jean Clark Yount ’45
Nancy Moore Whitney ’48
Anne ‘Wendy’ Wendell Lusk Colter ’56
Janellen ‘Janie’ Sachs Radoff ’57
Judith ‘Judy’ Sailer Rocker ’58
Helen Crozier-Breed ’59
Polly Brandt Lechner ’59
Blainie Deutschendorf Logan ’63
Diana Lichy Tomb ’64
Mary Helen Hamilton Burroughs ’65
Jean Harchelroad ’71
Lindsey Alton ’72
Leslie Eileen Fisher ’76
Kathleen Scott Gallagher ’76
Christin Zandin ’88
Kathryn ‘KC’ Henninger Sokol ’89
Caryn Burgh ’06