Below are archived updates for alumni graduating between 1960 and 1969. Visit the main Alumni Updates page for more updates received this year.
Linda Renick '65 (Ancient Languages):" I retired a year ago from Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, where I had taught the last 20 years. In 2006 I was their Teacher of the Year and also the state's Latin Teacher of the Year. I was also nominated several times for Who's Who Among America's Teachers during my teaching career. Earlier I had taught in Indiana and Illinois. I have taught in independent private, Christian, and public schools." (3/11).
Lisa Grigsby Kirkham '63 (Ancient and Medieval Arts) writes: "I so fondly recall my various art classes while at W&M. A few years ago, in July - August, 2001, I had the opportunity to travel with two friends to both Belize and Guatemala for the express purpose of visiting some of the Mayan Temples. We visited Zunantunich, staying near by - as in right across the Mopan River, in the Zun Hotel, which was quite lovely. We also visited Cahal Pech, and wonderful, remote Caracol while in Belize. We spent a full day at Tikal, wandering over many acres and visiting a variety of Temples there. Each venue was quite awesome, and the atmosphere was different at each site. Zunantunich, the government center, had the "feel" of business, but also the spiritual peace of a priest's home. The Trading center Cahal Pech, while also busy, had a quiet sense of beauty and lovliness as well.There was a Royal residence still there that we were able to walk through, and has the vestiges of a painted frieze on one of the stone beds in a sleeping chamber. Caracol, the Spiritual center of the Mayan Empire, was just that - very remote, very spiritual, and awe inspiring.
Each temple complex, no matter where we were, had it's Ball Court, and the feeling at each of them was totally different from the rest of the complex.
Tikal is so vast, we could have spent several days there exploring. There were not only Mayan temples at Tikal, but also ones of other indiginous peoples, and one we saw was a small Aztec temple- simple but impressive.
On another note, I am and have been active in the Society for Creative Anachronism (see sca.org) since 1995, and play the role of a Viking lady, c.950. Both these interests were partially inspired by classes taken while at W&M - Ancient Art, and Medieval Art. (4/10)
Julie (Pendleton) Moomaw '68 is retiring at the end of this school year (May '08) after teaching Latin and German at Stillwater High School since 1974. After this, there will not be a Latin program at SHS. However, there is hope for the future since the University of Oklahoma is offering an MAT specifically for those who want to teach Latin. Ora pro nobis! (4/08)