Dana Spicer McCown shares, “I have a small publishing company and during the lockdown, I used the time to write my memoirs. They are entitled, Dana June: A Leap into the Unknown, published by my own StoryBridge Press. It was a lot of fun recalling the past, but finding the right pictures was challenging. I encourage anyone to do it as a gift to family. After being a textile artist working in weaving for 40 years, I found that my loom wouldn’t fit when we moved to an apartment in 2012. Further downsizing was required. The research I had done on the Indian woven textile, Telia Rumal, meant that I had an important collection of the work. At my stage in life, it was important that I found a good home to keep this textile. I was very pleased that the Brisbane Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art acquired most of my collection for safe keeping. We have been very fortunate here in Queensland, Australia that the government put in strict regulations during the pandemic. We are back to a very normal life, back to the theatre, and restaurants. There have been very few deaths here, most coming from people arriving on cruise ships and then spreading to nursing homes. But immunization is in full swing here, and hopefully the rest of the world will be helped to acquire doses. We must not get complacent and be very thankful for those hard-working frontline workers.”
Emily Crandall moved from Pittsburgh to Switzerland when she was a sophomore at WT. Justine ‘Tina’ Diebold Englert and Emily wrote to each other frequently. During the pandemic, Tina found Emily’s letters (55 in total) and looked her up online. They reconnected this last spring and now write to each other each day via email. Tina shared, “It’s a fun story of long-lasting friendships established at WT many decades ago!”
Rachel ‘Gay’ Knake Haines writes, “Spent the pandemic writing a children’s book about my therapy dog Oliver – all proceeds go to Child Protection Center and Suncoast Humane Society.” Purchase The Love of Oliver.
The following members of the WT community will be missed by their classmates, friends, students, and colleagues. We offer sincere condolences to their families.
Alma Simon Balter ’35
Margaret Bunting Mills ’36
Dolores ‘Dee’ Kaufman Gluck ’44
Rita Gottlieb Levis ’46
Ann Brownell Orgel ’47
Mary Cosgrove McKean ’48
Adlyn Hollearn Hickey ’50
Helen Lee Henderson ’57
Carol Heape ’65
Mary Kress Pringle ’69
Rachel Clement Paulsen ’81