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Class Notes

Welcome to 1983'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, 2010, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



2010 Notes


Catherine A. Dixon ’83 M.Div. recently moved from Pennsylvania to Memphis, TN where she is happily involved at First Congregational Church where her dear friend Cheryl Cornish is pastor. Over the past 11 years Catherine has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, secured a second masters degree in rehabilitation counseling, snagged her certification and licensure in PA, and now is jumping state hoops to secure a license to practice her profession in TN. Since last at YDS she has mourned the ending of a long term relationship, been blessed with another chance, and in the midst of it all was found by the woman who gave her birth and surrendered her for adoption just days before her 51st year on the planet. Catherine’s adoptive mother lived to see it happen and with grace extended herself to her birthmother in a profound affirmation that they are indeed at the deepest level members of one family. This pilgrim is still a work in progress.


The travels of Rita Ferrone ’83 M.Div. to give liturgy workshops this year took her to Dodge City, Wichita, and Reno. The Wild West! What fun, especially Reno. It was the first time she ever attended a church convention in a casino. Other events include national conferences in Orlando and San Jose, and teaching in New York. Yale made her proud when writing for Commonweal about “A Common Word”— the Muslim peace initiative which YDS supported. Bravo, YDS!

Robin Harwood ’83 M.Div., ‘85 S.T.M., began a new position as Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, a liberal think tank in Washington, DC, devoted to research on public policy that affects the lives of vulnerable families and children. She loves it there. She and her daughter, Katie, a rising second grader, still live in Garrett Park, MD, a leafy suburban community near Bethesda.


Linda Higgins ‘83 M.Div. has been serving the North Stonington Congregational Church in Connecticut as its interim minister. She writes, “It is a wonderful church filled with people who are living their faith through ministry with a neighborhood center, Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity and numerous other local charities who are finding that their progressive theology is attractive to perspective new members.” At home Linda has three children in college as of fall Nick is finishing up at Manchester Community College, Brittany will start at Costal in South Carolina and Tori will start at the Savanna College of Art and Design. Empty nest is upon Linda and Doug and they are very aware of both its positives and negatives but mostly they are proud of their kids. 


In June, Paul Jacobson ’83 M.A.R. was ordained as a Transitional Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut (Transitional meaning that, God willing and the Church consenting, he will be ordained a priest in about six months). Paul looks forward to immersing himself in parish work! An additional joy was being joined by all four of his siblings and his mother. Sorrow came in early August, with his mother’s death. She had a good going; they were all able to spend time with her in her last several weeks. Paul writes, “May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”


A year into life as PictureWise Productions, Kathleen LaCamera ‘83 M.Div. and her husband (both producers and used to being in charge) have been working on news, feature and educational films & print projects for US and UK audiences. It’s only occasionally that they get to the point where they don’t speak….for just a week or so. Work as a hospital chaplain one day a week continues to be a spiritual anchor and a personal privilege for which Kathleen is enormously grateful.


Mev Miller ’83 M.Div. received an Ed.D. in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN in 2002. She is currently the Director (and Founder) of WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network), located in Cranston, RI. WE LEARN is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women. The success of this organization is reflected in her new co-edited volume Empowering Women Through Literacy: Views from Experience (2009, Information age Publishing). Visit http://www.litwomen.org/welearn

David Norgard ’83 M.Div. continues to expand his management consulting practice to nonprofit organizations, OD180. He serves on the Alumni and Community Advisory Board of Antioch University Los Angeles and was recently elected President of Integrity. He and his partner, Joseph Oppold, celebrated their thirtieth anniversary of life together in Palm Springs. Visiting the Quadrangle last summer for the first time in many years, he recognized it on the outside but couldn’t believe it on the inside.


Edmund K. “Ned” Sherrill II ’83 M.Div was appointed as the fourth Head of School for CFS, The School at Church Farm in Exton, PA starting July 1, 2009. Affiliated with the Episcopal Church, CFS is a 7-12 grade, college preparatory, boarding-day school for boys many of whom come from single parent families. Financial resources provided by a wonderful endowment keep the average paid tuition at about $5,500, which is incredible given today’s private school education costs. If you have young boys, consider sending them here!


Grant Sontag ’83 M.Div. continues to live in the San Francisco Bay area where he participates daily in activities designed to help him regain as much function as possible after his devastating stroke now 13 years ago. Grant’s biggest accomplishment to date is that he has started to drive again - with only two parking lot scrapes so far. He cares for his 17 year old Pomeranian, is active in his church and enjoys creative writing courses through Stanford's continuing studies programs. Grant was privileged to have worked on the Obama for America campaign last fall and felt some personal pride when he was elected. He lost his father this year -- a sad happening he wishes there were some way to avoid. He writes, “I'm afraid it's yet another reminder that we're all headed in the same direction...”


Carol Strickland ’83 M.Div. accepted the call to be pastor of the Abbeville (SC) Presbyterian Church and was installed on March 1, 2009. Prior to this, she served for 21 years as associate pastor of Mt Vernon Presbyterian Church in Atlanta (the last 12 part-time in the ongoing dance of vocations of ministry and motherhood). She and her family (husband Jack plus Xan[12], and Anna [8]) are adjusting well to all the changes this move represents.


Bryan Whitfield ’83 M.A.R. continues to enjoy teaching Bible and Greek to undergraduates at Mercer University in Macon, GA. In the summer of 2008, he spent a transformative week with the Iona Community off the coast of Scotland. In the summer of 2009, Whitfield presented a paper for a conference on ” Baptist Faith and Literary Imagination” at Regent’s Park College in Oxford and spent a week with Taizé Community in France.