(Left) POLITICS: Virginia L. Carter, Joseph B. Hampton, Edwin H. Fedder. (Right): HISTORY: Robert W. Ramsey, Donald White, Janet L. MacDonald, Frank M. Albrecht. (Not pictured: Walter S. Hanchett, William R. Emerson)
Debbie Snyder Bussart A.B. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
After graduating from Hollins, I worked as receptionist for John Y. Howson, OB-GYN, Ann Howson Dixon’s father. I married Jim Bussart (W&L ’65) in February of ’67. We have been married now for 48 years. We have two grown children and as of now, an 8 mos. old grandson! I worked as a paraprofessional for 32 years in a local elementary school and retired in 2010. Since that time, I have done volunteer work for Hospice, become involved in our church activities, and am currently working with an organization “Healing Paws for Heroes” helping to train service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.
In 2000 I was honored by Hollins with induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. I no longer play any of the sports that put me there but I have discovered Pickle Ball and thoroughly enjoy playing it. It is designed for seniors (more or less) but, still, you have to be able to move your body and I am currently suffering from a pulled hamstring which has put me on the bench for a while.
Jim and I have completed one of several items on our bucket list and that was visiting all 50 states. We both agree that the U.S.A. is one beautiful country!
I am sorry I will miss our 50th. I am sure it will be fun. Fortunately, I am in touch with several Hollins ’65 graduates and hope to read all about the rest on these pages!
Our Hollins experience seems even more dear in light of the recent news about Sweet Briar!
My news continues to be slogging away to get women=PAY! Last fall the AAUW [American Association of University Women] purchased the $mart programming from the WAGE Project, so I am now an employee of the AAUW, but working from home in Asheville. I am still traveling extensively and writing the materials for all workshops, so hard to keep my head above water or water the plants! In March and April I’ll be in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Durham, Greensboro, NC, Washington, DC, all over Montana then on to New Hampshire, New Haven, Hartford, New Orleans, Florida and finally HOME. Racking up the frequent flyer miles, but have no desire to travel.
Since its inception 10 years ago, WAGE [ and now AAUW ] has delivered over 600 $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshops on over 450 campuses across 49 states. Not Alaska yet! This experience has given me interesting insight about women across this country who about to enter the workforce. Many are pretty naïve, but super smart! Very interested in working for social change and mending the ills of this troubled world. I have facilitated 2 workshops at Hollins in the past and hope to do others in the future.
Still enjoying my new life in Asheville, NC, but would like to have more time to feel fully invested in my community. I have 7 grandchildren, and one great grandson! My daughter Dorrie Sieburg actually works with me, so that is such a gift.
I hope to get to reunion and see you all there!
Susan Shirley Emery A.B. French
Graduated from Hollins College, 1965, B.A in French ~ My two favorite friends, Linda Payne Williams and Ginny Carnes Rather will not be at our reunion and I miss them terribly ~ Worked for National Geographic Magazine, 1965-1971 ~ Graduated from George Washington University, M.A. ~ Speech-Language Pathology, l975 ~ Married to Richard P. Emery, Jr. 1975 who had a 34 yr. U.S.Gov’t career, last assignment working for OMB, President’s Budget Office ~ Two daughters. One in Chicago and one in Las Cruces, NM. ~ Lived in Wash. D.C. Capitol Hill; Rockville, Md., Las Cruces, NM. ~ Worked as Speech Pathologist for 30 yrs. in hospitals, schools, home health, last 15 yrs. in early intervention birth-5. I loved my work!!! ~ Retired 2005 and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico ~ We love New Mexico and the people and culture and we have become fairly fluent in Spanish ~ One daughter lives here with our 7 yr. old granddaughter & 4 yr. old grandson ~ Other daughter lives in Chicago with three children ~ Dick works as international consultant in budgeting processes for underdeveloped countries ~ Since retirement we have traveled to Mexico, Slovenia, Russia, Lithuania, Romania, France, Croatia, Sweden, Italy, Thailand, Ecuador, Greece, Costa Rica, Cook Islands, Iceland, Ireland ~ I have two Lagotto Romagnolo dogs from Italy. One is a Therapy dog who visits children in Special Education classrooms which keeps us very busy.
Boush Penzold Maarbjerg A.B. Statistics
When I left Hollins, I went to DC to be a State Department intern and then directly into the MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania – from having all women in classes to having all men. I met and married my Danish husband of nearly 50 years at the end of the first year and we moved to England for six years, where I finished my degree at the Univ. of Birmingham, and then to Belgium for another six years. We returned to the States in 1977 and have lived ever since in Stamford CT. I joined Pitney Bowes Inc. in finance and retired from there in 2006 after an interesting and varied career. Since then I have devoted my retirement to helping people get what they are entitled to: counseling in medical insurance, taxes, immigration issues, etc. through a variety of non-profits, one of which I helped to found. I actually spend a lot of time helping people fill out government forms and trying to understand the letters they receive. In my spare time, I play early music primarily on double reeds related to the bassoon. I also serve on way too many boards. Our only son, Peder, born in England, lives in Silver Spring with his wife and our two beautiful granddaughters. My husband, John, is a retired history professor who still keeps his oar in at Yale by going to seminars there. I really regret not being able to come to our 50th reunion as I have very fond memories of Hollins.
What first comes to mind when I think of my four years at Hollins is the privilege of living and learning on that beautiful campus while constantly questioning the very privileged life it offered. I remember being exposed to the South for the first time - seeing “colored” and “white” signs and learning of the small community of black families just over the hill, descendants of the slaves of former Hollins students. I recall learning in depth about the history of race relations in my sociology classes and looking for ways to become involved in the civil rights movement locally. Eventually some of us joined local black high school students in the “Roanoke Student Movement” which helped to end segregation in the movie theatre and other downtown businesses easily and peacefully.
We also hosted a friend in the dorm - most likely the first black woman to sleep in the dorms - who came to speak about her participation in the Freedom Rides. Also, during spring vacation of our senior year several of us drove to McComb, Mississippi to help with voter registration project. My memory is that the Hollins administration gave the green light on these nonviolent actions as long as we didn’t wear our Hollins blazers!
I also have very positive memories of involvement in RLA and its service projects which I greatly enjoyed. After summers of service/work in New York City I recall the culture shock upon returning to a tranquil isolated life at Hollins. Reuniting with college friends was a life saver for me and I’m grateful for the goofiness of late night study sessions, for friends with so many talents and interests, and for the caring professors I knew.
I think the opportunity for personal involvement along with the classroom learning and supportive interactions with classmates is what most influenced the direction my life has taken since our time at Hollins.
Penny Pritchard Beddoe
So many wonderful memories. My Hollins experiences formed a base for a lifetime of appreciating the world in a multitude of ways: some, like Stuart Degginger's freshman class, were mentally stimulating and challenging; some, like time with fellow students, led to awareness of diversity and to lasting friendships; others, like someone calling from the Social Room, "Anyone want a date?" opened the door to adventures. My dorms, from West, to Main, to Turner, to Sandusky, were home for work and play and transition from teenager to adult. If I were writing a trip review, I would give my Hollins years five stars.
Rendy Rawls Adams A.B. Religion
Shortly after graduation I got married and lived in Lexington, VA while my husband went to W&L Law School. In 1968 we moved to Virginia Beach where we had three children and I became very active in community and school activities. I later divorced. I am still living in Virginia Beach and am very fortunate that my children and my 2 grandchildren live nearby as family has always been very important to me.
I appreciate my Hollins liberal arts background. It has been a wonderful foundation for the many things in which I have been involved. I have been very active at the Virginia Aquarium, my church, the garden club, and in community affairs. I have been selling the Carlisle Collection of clothes for over thirty years. Environmental issues, sea level rise, and climate change and how it is affecting us interest me very much. I love photography and do a lot of photographic work for non-profits.
My sisters, Betsy Rawls Agelasto (1968) and Patricia Rawls (1974), followed me to Hollins. They have kept me closer to what is going on at Hollins today. In fact, Trisha is being installed as President of the Alumnae Association at our reunion.
I look forward to seeing everyone at reunion and catching up on the last 50 years.