Alumni Updates: Class Years 1960-69

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Below are archived updates for alumni graduating between 1960 and 1969. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for more updates received this year.

Deirdre Mullane –I graduated from W&M more years ago than I care to recall, with a double major in English/Government, and after working as an editor and publisher for nearly twenty years I'm now a literary agent, based in New York, and work with many academic clients. I wanted to make an introduction here with the suggestion that you might keep my contact information ready, or pass it along, should you or one of your colleagues in the department be looking for representation for a project that has trade or "cross-over trade" appeal -- that is a book that might engage general readers as well as specialists. Generally, this might be a book published by such houses as Knopf, Pantheon, Norton, Bloomsbury, Viking, Scribner, Harper, Oxford, Yale, or the like, such as biography or duel biography, or a kind of group study (such as Christopher Benfey's recent Summer of Hummingbirds, etc), a work of narrative or creative nonfiction, or a close look at a particular literary movement or cultural moment. (Regrettably, I don't handle much in the way of poetry, memoir, or fiction.) 

I'm currently working with Scott Reynolds Nelson in the history department at W&M, Cathy Davidson at Duke, whose work you may know, as well as numerous other historians, journalists, and other academics. More information about my books and authors can be found at my website, www.mullaneliterary.com (2010)

Ron Audet – '61 " Now that my wife has finally retired, we have realized a life-long dream of living in Italy. This past summer we sold, gave away, or trashed most of our belongings and moved to Florence, a city we had visited often and truly loved (and still love). We lived for the first few months in a 13th-century apartment building directly on the famous Piazza Santa Croce, but we have now moved to a much more spacious and much quieter apartment just outside the historic center of the city but within walking distance of just about everything. It is really impossible to express how happy we are here and how much more we come to love Italy in general and Florence in particular every day. We would be happy to see old friends from W&M who might be in Florence. We would enjoy getting together for a drink or dinner. Just email us ronaudet@yahoo.com." (2010)

Margaret (Barnhart) Gunn '61 - After William and Mary, I taught English at York HS for 4 years.  Then while at home with children, I worked as a volunteer for the usual organizations. Later I took graduate courses in English and Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University and copyedited an encyclopedia of short fiction for one of my professors. Then I switched to Information Systems and earned a degree there. I worked first as a technical writer in a computer department, and then transferred to a programming team in the same department. I worked as a computer programmer/analyst and systems engineer for some years, while taking classes all along in PC applications and Web development. When the Internet exploded, I moved back into technical writing, this time writing user manuals in print and on line for computer systems as well as developing Web sites. Along the way I have written and compiled reunion booklets and yearbooks for hereditary societies, serving as an officer for most of the groups. I contribute to a number of lineage Web sites. I am a sailor and developed a Web site and served as a flag officer for my yacht club. Now living in Williamsburg, I serve on the Beacon of Freedom Award committee for Colonial Williamsburg and the public library, previewing books targeted for local 4th - 6th graders, the winner of which earns the annual BOFA award. In the William and Mary sponsored Christopher Wren Association for lifelong learning, my husband and I are enjoying classes in genealogy, history, and other subjects. We are also active in the Williamsburg area alumni group and participate in neighborhood activities. My daughter Nancy, W&M '88, is an Emmy-winning executive producer for Donald Trump's Apprentice and  Celebrity Apprentice. At age 43 she gave birth to a daughter Charlotte.  Needless to say, we spend some time visiting Nancy, Curtis, and Charlotte at their home in Los Angeles and while they are working in New York. Along the way we travel the migration routes of my ancestors from the earliest settlers in Virginia, always spending time in courthouses and libraries—just what I had envisioned as retirement! (2010)

Ann (Lee) Bruen '57 - writes: "I guess you don't expect people who are in their 70's to still be working, but perhaps that is a credit to the department in itself...or an indication that I am not smart enough to say "No" when asked to edit something. Aftere graduation, I spent 28 years as an "active duty" Army wife, completed an MA in English and George Mason, and then started my own career as an editor. The highlight of that career was a period when I was employed as a senior copy coordinator at Time Life Books. Since then, I have freelanced as an editor for a variety of clients. Always have I treasured my time at W&M and my training there, all of which prepared me for a happy and fulfilling life. (2010)

Ann (Cheetham) Colley – '62 "In 2010 Ann C. Colley was named a SUNY Distinguished Professor. This is the highest rank in the State University of New York system. It is a promotion that recognizes the individual's groundbreaking research and international reputation. She teaches at SUNY College at Buffalo. Her recent book, Victorians in the Mountains: Sinking the Sublime, will be available in December, 2010. Her other book publications are Robert Louis Stevenson and the Colonial Imagination; Recollection and Nostalgia in Victorian Culture; The Search for Synthesis in Literature and Art; Edward Lear and the Critics, and Tennyson and Madness. This coming semester, Professor Colley will be a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University." (2010)

Linda (Hull) Felcone '68 - BA, MA - "Hello, fellows. I have actually made a living as a writer and editor for a long time (30 years). I still write creatively for fun. I live in New Jersey and actually like it. I love the New Jersey Turnpike. I am often in Virginia, and still am a Virginian at heart. (2010)

Victoria Williams Giraud '64 confirms that majoring in English was a good choice for her: "I've used it in my career, almost all my life. The Flat Hat got me started and after relocating to Southern California, I wrote and edited weekly newspapers and helped create and write various magazines. I wrote and self-published an historical fiction novel, Melaynie's Masquerade, and am now involved in editing and rewriting books for aspiring authors in almost every genre (70 so far!). Thank you, Dr. Ball -- I had him for five classes! Look me up at www.victoria4edit.com. I started a blog, WORDS ON MY MIND, in May. I write about true life experiences and include photos. Check it out:

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www.victoria4edit.com/blog I also edit books, mostly for first time authors and my web site can be reached through my blog. (2010)

 

 

Martha (Wessells) Steger '66 - BA with Honors writes: "Since retiring from the Virginia Tourism Corporation after 25 years in late 2007, I've reverted to my former career of freelance writing and editing -- most of it travel-related, so Tom ('65) and I are enjoying the travel as well. Most of my expertise is on Virginia sites, most of my subjects are Virginia-related; and most of my media outlets are also in-state, such as the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Virginia Business, the Midlothian Exchange and RichmondBizSense.com. I also do some literary writing, having sold two short stories since 2007 to the advertising-supported Delmarva Quarterly and having received third place in poetry this year in the National Federation of Press Women's Communications Contest for my Civil War-related poem, "Summer at City Point." Tom and I are birders, and my article on "Birding the Virginia Backyard--and Beyond" won the Marjorie J. and Norman E. Rollins Award for outdoor writing this year from the National League of American Pen Women. (2010)

William Young '62 - A.B. English William writes: "Since 2000, I have been busy writing--along with my wife Nancy K. Young (1962). Our area has been American social history with an emphasis on popular culture. All of our books are available in Swem Library. The tiles: The 1930s (Greenwood Press, 2002) The 1950s (Greenwood Press, 2004) Music of the Great Depression (Greenwood Press, 2005) The Great Depression in America (2 vols. Greenwood, 2007) Music of the World War II Era (Greenwood, 2008) World War II & the Postwar Years (2 vols. ABC-Clio, 2010 (forthcoming in October).  In addition, I have written a considerable number of articles and reviews since 1962. (2010)

 Paula Lauritzen Delo '61 put her English degree to good use in jobs ranging from publishing to serving as communications director for several large, national organizations. Her last position was as Executive Editor of a scholarly press, where she was responsible for four peer-reviewed journals, one with a circulation of 165,000; a $2.3 million annual revenue book program; a 32-page monthly newspaper; and seven editorial boards, comprised of faculty from across the US. "Many thanks to the English Department," she says, "I have felt that my professors were always there with me throughout my career." (2007)

 Gale Gibson Kohlhagen '69 received an Alumni Medallion for her dedication to the Kohlhagen picCollege as shown most recently in her work on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She has also served since 2000 on the National Council for the National Museum of the American Indian, and is the author (with Ellen Boraz Heinbach) of USNA: The United States Naval Academy (H.N. Abrams, 1995). She divides her time between Charleston, South Carolina and Chromo, Colorado. (2006)

Paul Lankford – '69 A.B. English Language and Literature.  After graduation in June of 1969, I began my 40-year teaching career that fall in Virginia Beach, VA. For 31 years, I taught in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, first at Bayside High School for 10 years and then as English department chair at Green Run High School for 21 years.  During that time, I was honored with these awards: City and State English Teacher of the Year (1982), City Teacher of the Year (1990), Hampton Roads Teacher of the Year (1990), Alpha Delta Kappa Friend to Education Award (1991), Great Citizen of Hampton Roads (1991), Founding Fellow of the ODU Institute for the Advancement of Teaching (1992), TEACHER TO REMEMBER ALWAYS (1994).  I co-authored CLASSICS IN WORLD LITERATURE, A GUIDE FOR TEACHING SHORT STORIES OF THE WORLD, and TO LIFE. I also chaired the Comparative and World Literature Committee of NCTE and served as Executive Secretary of VATE during those years. In 2000, fearing the impact of the SOL movement on intellectual freedom, I resigned and served my remaining nine years at Cape Henry Collegiate School, a private preparatory school also in Virginia Beach. (10/2011)

Carol (Hamersen) Garrard – '69 English with Honors.   After getting an M.A. in English Literature at the University of Virginia, I began teaching in the Virginia Community College system, and while working fulltime I completed and received the Ph.D. in English Literature from UVA in 1977. In October of 1979 I married John Garrard, then a professor at the University of Virginia, and in 1985 we moved to the University of Arizona.  With John, I have co-authored (well, in one case, co-edited) 4 books. The latest of these is Russian Orthodoxy Resurgent: Faith & Power in the New Russia, Princeton U. Press, 2008, and Oxford, 2009.  An earlier book, The Bones of Berdichev: the Life & Fate of Vasily Grossman (The Free Press, 1996, NY, NY, and London, Canada and Australia) was translated into Italian in 2009, and as Le Ossa di Berdicev: La Vita e il Destino di Vasilij Grossman (Marietta 1820: Milan, 2009), won the Giovanni Comisso Premio, the Italian national prize for history/biography.  In 2010, this book was translated into Spanish, and published by Encuentros in Madrid, Spain, as La Vida y il Destino de Vasilii Grossman.  John retired from the University of Arizona last August, and became Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies. We are still active with our writing and researching, and in fact giving a paper at the 31st Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide this April 7th at Millersville U. We are then going to England for the final reunion of his British Intelligence cohort at Cambridge University, and then to Oxford University, from where he graduated and has been a visiting fellow at 2 different colleges. We are working on a new book about philanthropy in the new Russia.  Yes, we would like to get back to William & Mary again--we were married in the Christopher Wren building, so W & M will always be magic for me. (10/2011)

Ronald Audet  - '61; '71 A.B.; M.Ed. English; English Education Since 1991 I have been retired, having taught English in the public schools of Portsmouth, Virginia, for thirty years (with a few years of administration and supervision included). I was single until 1999, when I married Linda, also an English teacher as well as a teacher and coach of drama. She retired in 2010, and since June of that year we have been living very happily indeed in Florence, Italy, indulging in all the beauty and pleasure this magnificent city provides. We would love to hear from any W&M English alumni who might find themselves in Florence. ronaudet@yahoo.com (10/2011)

Frances Gilmore Harris – '63 BA English Education After many years of teaching, I offer a Shakespeare Read Aloud class to adults in Bronxville and Scarsdale, We read HAMLET, MID-SUMMER NIGHT'S DEAM AND watch scenes from films to help the reading. (10/2011)