Class Notes: Spring 2021
I substituted in math this fall at Delaware Valley Friends School under fellow former Friends Select faculty member, Jim Miller. That was fun! I am also tutoring math for GED online, volunteering at MANNA, and virtually working with high school students at Philadelphia Futures to help them get to college.
I celebrated my 98th birthday in November!
Gail Sweeten Zanine
Hello to all of my former classmates. After many years of hosting a bed and breakfast, I moved to a retirement community near Ambler, Pennsylvania. Even during this pandemic, I have been able to keep busy volunteering and staying connected with my six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Liz Jones Crowley ’52 and I keep in touch and share memories. My best to all for a healthy and peaceful 2021.
Barbara Rose Spitzer
My son, Barry, and his wife, Missy, had a baby boy in November.
(Editor’s Note: This is a correction from the fall 2020
issue of Select News.)
Anna Miller Epling
My family now has a West Coast contingent that includes two great-grandchildren. I am enjoying apartment living. I will be free to travel once I’m vaccinated.
Peter Price ’58 and his wife Judy.
My wife, Judy, and I arrived in Paris in May 2020. Paris restaurants and public arenas were locked down until January, but regardless, the shops were open, people were in the streets and at offices. We exchanged lunch invitations with friends at Chez Price overlooking the garden of the prime minister.
COVID-19 has not touched my business of building and distributing online certificate courses such as the one just launched with the Columbia Business School entitled “The Business of Entertainment.” I am also active as chairman of Parsons Paris. Judy is equally busy staging two symposia in Paris this year for 100 visiting professionals from 20 countries on the business of luxury. She heads the National Jewelry Institute as well as the National Beauty Science Institute.
The weekly Meeting for Worship has always inspired reflection throughout my academic and professional career. In fact, Friends Select has been more important to my life than the degrees at two Ivy League universities that followed.
Llewellyn Kramme Rinald
I’m still teaching art —watercolor and collage—to a variety of ages in a small mainly virtual school. I am also doing my own painting.
I was re-elected as county attorney (chief prosecutor) for Lyon County, Kansas, for a sixth four-year term. I now have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
I am trying to retire, but my employer keeps making me extend my stay; I’m now planning to retire on June 30. With COVID-19, I would not be going anywhere anyway! Also, I am starting a consulting business along the lines of the one I had for 20 years until 2016.
This time, I will have relationships with senior professionals available so we will be able to assist in all areas of need that a nonprofit business may encounter. In 2022, most likely, we will be relocating to the Atlanta area, as our second grandchild is due in May 2021. As this has been a very challenging time for our family and will continue to be for quite a while longer, I hope all of you and your families are well!
Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer; photo courtesy of Amazon.
(Editor’s Note) In December, sports website The Big Lead reported on Andrea Kremer’s friendship and working relationship with fellow sports anchor Hannah Storm. The pair are in their third season as the voices of Amazon Prime’s NFL coverage; they made history in their debut as the first all-female broadcast team to call an NFL game in September 2018. Their genuine friendship allows them to “incorporate their own storylines and research with what is being presented on the screen.”
Alex ’95, Rebecca ’97, Stephanie ’90, and Chris Claypool ’89 with their families and mother Sherry Claypool in Colorado.
(Editor’s Note) Chris completed his Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Iowa. He is now teaching at the University of Rhode Island and living in Providence with his wife, Linda Park.
From left: Pat, Tom, John ‘05, Mike, Bree, Patricia ‘03, and baby Grace Noonan out for a family walk in the Poconos.
My wife, Emma, and I welcomed our second daughter, Maya, in October. Her big sister, Ruby, is taking it all in stride and FSS legend Bob Cotter is overjoyed.
I live in South Philadelphia with my fiancé, and teach high school biology at Ridley High School in Delaware County. As always, I spend a lot of time down the shore.
I accepted a position at M2 Strategy as a human capital consultant working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
I live in Southwest Washington, D.C., and work for the Metropolitan Police Department. In my spare time, I am training to complete an Ironman Triathlon. I received a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in May 2020.
Maya Zarate Ramirez
I just moved back to the Philadelphia area and I’m getting into screen printing. I hope I will be teaching one day.
OUT AND ABOUT
Alumni Step Up to the Plate
Step Up’s Abbe Stern ’08 (right) picks up fresh cheesesteaks, thanks to Frank E. Olivieri ’82 (left) and Pat’s King of Steaks. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
As project manager of Step Up to the Plate, a Philadelphia nonprofit that formed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide critical emergency services to those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, Abbe Stern ’08 is delivering free meals to local organizations that help the city’s most vulnerable communities. Bulk meals and food are generously provided as in-kind donations to Step Up by local restaurants and caterers, including Pat’s King of Steaks, owned by Frank E. Olivieri ’82. In December, the Philadelphia Inquirer featured an article on Abbe, along with a photo of her and Frank.
Martin Luther King Day Family Experience
Speakers and planners met via Zoom in preparation for this year’s Martin Luther King Day Family Experience. The event is planned annually by the Friends Select Family Association and is open to the entire Friends Select community. Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church was this year’s keynote speaker. Although this year’s event is over, our work honoring Dr. King’s memory continues.
Visit friends-select.org/MLKDay2021 to see our activity list and hear Pastor Waller’s inspiring words.
Members of the class of 2018 gathered via Zoom with Bob Courey, Christine Jefferson, Ian Lockey, Natalie Mayer, and Suzanne Morrison.
Contact Julia Greenberger, director of alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a virtual gathering for your class.