This page was inspired by an electronic newsletter that Susan Curran 72 sends out every three months to her classmates in the seventies. It's a great way to find out what has been happening to your friends. With her permission, we have adapted her wonderful concept on this page.

Let us know what is happening in your life. Do you have an animal tale, a wedding, a new grandchild or something to brag about that you would like to share? That's part of the fun. Come on, be creative!! Share your life with us. Contact us today.

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Ankarans in Japan

A catastrophic earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 causing blackouts, fire, and tsunami. Analysis of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan has found that the intense temblor moved the earth's axis by 25 cm and accelerated Earth's spin, shortening the length of the 24-hour day by 1.8 microseconds

Anita Donohoe 66 sent an email to the Ankarans in Japan shortly after the news starting hitting the American networks and Internet. She was rewarded by a quick response from two alumni.

John Ford (Wendel) 69:
Thank you for your concern Anita. I'm Jack (Ford) Wendel, 1969, and my wife and I are OK. I was at my university in Saitama Prefecture when the earthquake struck. It was terrifying, no question about it. But the minor damage caused in and around the Tokyo area is nothing compared to the devastation in the northeast. It's still early morning here (sleep is difficult because of all the aftershocks) and I fear we know few details from the many towns and villages along the coast. I hope my school mates in Japan are safe and with their friends and loved ones.


Denis Jonnes 66
Thanks for concern. We're OK. We live in Kyushu which is considerable distance from region affected by quake and tsunamis. What is unusual, though, is vast area hit by quake. I would recommend anyone in Pacific area avoid beaches for next few days. There continue to be aftershocks and more tsunami warnings.

Denis is located at pinpoint "A" on the map to your left.

We are still waiting to hear from several alumni and will keep you updated.

For more information:
Google Crisis Response
2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Carol Baker (Dawson) 73 is proud to announce, "Thomas Maxx Baker 77 (aka Col. Tommy), my wee lil' brother, is retiring from the Army on the Battleship Missouri (Pearl Harbor) - Oahu, Hawaii on Feb.4, 2011."

Tommy and daughter, Rudi

Resident Director of The Kilns

Debbie enjoying winter at The Kilns


Debbie Sherman (Higgens) 71 has accepted a 2-year volunteer position in Oxford, England to be the Resident Director of The Kilns, beloved home of the author, C.S. Lewis. She directs the Scholars-in-Residence program and conducts tours of the home. Debbie has been a professor of English at Southern Adventist University for 17 years ('93-2010), a missionary in Costa Rica ('92) , and began her teaching career in Maryland ('89). She completed her PhD from Middle Tennessee State University in 2007.

Follow her journey into Narnia:
dr. debbie higgens at the kilns, oxford

Sierra Ensemble

Janis Lieberman 68 along with Anita Felix and Marc Steiner are excited and grateful to have gained Affiliate status with San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

Sierra Ensemble blends violin, horn and piano to create a most exciting mixed trio. With repertoire from the standard canon as well as music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Sierra brings a unique combination of chamber expertise and solo artistry to the concert stage.

More information:
Sierra Ensemble


Janis Lieberman, Marc Steiner, Anita Felix


Marjorie Arnold

Kathy Arnold 60 lost her best friend, her mother, on February 21, 2011. Kathy said it was "fitting" that her mother, Marjorie died on President's Day because anytime she couldn't get to sleep, she would recite the presidents forward and backward. A talent that pleased her. She was at home at the time of her passing.

Majorie was a gorgeous lady as this photograph taken in 1941 will attest. She was twenty years old. Kathy's dad carried this picture with him through the war.

Cindy 69 and Deborah 71 Parr, lost their father, Robert Parr, on January 15, 2011. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road,
Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

Marjorie Massie Evans, mother of Susan Evans 61, passed away on January 17, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family. To share memories with the family please visit Marjorie's memorial webpage online at Cloverdale Funeral Home.
Notification provided by: Ankara Alumni Network

Retired USAF Master Sergeant Donald G. Charlson, father of Don 64, Mike 67 and Bill "Charlie" 70 Charlson died on January 4, 2011 at the age of 85.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene.

Obituary: The Sun News

Photo provided by:
Bill "Charlie" Charlson

Notification provided by:
Ankara Alumni Network


Donald, Irene & youngest son, "TJ."
Touring the Holy Lands, 1965

Jill Mayfield receiving the funeral flag

Eugene Mayfield, father of Barbara Mayfield (Anderson) 70 and Debi Mayfield (Graham) 72, passed away on October 20, 2010. Jill, his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, was at his side. He had three children, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He retired from the USAF, after 22 years of service to his country with the rank of Master Sergeant.

Toby M. Snow, mother of Elmer "Corky" Snow 61, passed away December 16, 2010 at the age of 89. According to Corky, "Many of my friends had the pleasure of attending pool parties that were hosted by my parents when they resided in Bowie, Maryland. Mom resided in Knoxville, Tennessee at the time of her death. A memorial serice will be held on December 21, 2010."