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   Ted Halsted '56 M.Div.

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   Richmond, IN 47374-1215


Class Notes

Welcome to 1956's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates on what they've been doing since graduation.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2009, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



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Ellen Alter '56 Div. and her husband Bob '55 B.D. continue to spend 9 months in Wooster, OH and 3 at their family home in the Himalayas in India, where they were PCUSA missionaries.  From October until December they enjoy "5-Star Assisted Living" with son Steve and Ameeta.  After Christmas in 2008 in Pittsburg with Joe and family, they visited Andy and family in Australia.


John J. Carey '56 B.D., ’57 S.T.M. writes, "We remain in Anchorage, AK, where we have been since 2004.  I have, however, resigned as interim pastor of a Presbyterian church after 5 years in that position.  We have a daughter and three little granddaughters here, so we will remain in Anchorage."


Henry R. (Hank) Gooch ‘56 B.D. sends greetings to classmates from Florida, where his address is 915 Wintergreen Blvd., Fern Park, FL 32730-2927.


Ted Halsted '56 M.Div. in the past year was a Katrina volunteer in Mississippi, visited Japan and China, vacationed in Michigan, and drove to the east coast to visit family and friends and attend YDS Convocation.  At home in Richmond, IN he participated in church and community activities and published a revised edition of SPRING-FED WATERS, his history of Lake Louise (Thumb Lake) in northern Michigan.



Nicholas (Nick) Piediscalzi ’56 B.D. wrote in July, "We have put our home (in Santa Barbara, CA) up for sale.  When it sells we shall move to Santa Cruz, 270 miles north of here, to be closer to our children and grandchildren."


Don Preslan '56 B.D., inspired by the Reflections issue on immigration, created, with 3 others from his church, a 6-session study.  They have conversed with Hispanic folk about recent immigration raids on local meatpacking plants in Colorado.  "Several detainees are still being held in detention centers under frightful conditions," Don says.  "This kind of ministry is one way I try to live up to my ordination vows."


James A. Scott '56 B.D. wrote in August, "Bev and I are well.  We garden, read, care for two large dogs, volunteer with local and international boards, and pursue several hobbies--gourmet cooking, photography, sewing, et.  We are thankful Bev is a cancer survivor."  The Scotts live in Windham, VT.


Robert H. Thomason '56 B.D. took a 3-months bicycle trip in eastern Germany and stayed with 30 or so families.  In Leipzig he visited the Nikolaikirche, where starting in 1982 members prayed for freedom. On October 9, 1989 600 Communist Party faithful were sent to break up the meetings. Instead, they joined the protesters.  A cherished memo Bob has of the trip is a painting by Petra Krenzer-Schmidt of Jesus in a Nazi concentration camp.  The Thomasons live in Brooklyn.