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‘hazing,’ including wearing an onion on a string around my neck for talking to an upperclassman. He was soooo cute!” Sandra can be reached at 276-634-1427 or sandramar@comcast.net . J.T. Collins

writes, “Since 1961, I have spent my entire working life in the motorbus industry. I retired from Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority in 2005. Almost immediately, I took a part-time job with Harrisburg’s mass transit system, where I am still employed. I have a ‘love’ for this business, and it also has been a lifelong hobby. My wife, Pat, and I reside in Hummelstown. We enjoy dining out and local travel. E-town prepared us well for the future, and I have remained close to the College these past 50 years.” J.T. can be reached at tandpc@verizon.net . The Rev. Douglas Cromer can be reached at

717-854-2728 or cromer39@aol.com .

Janice Ferster Cromer writes, “Doug completed 35 years in parish ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America while I taught for 32 years in Pennsylvania’s public schools. We now are enjoying retirement. Our three children live on Long Island, N.Y.; in Harrisburg, Pa.; and in Vienna, Va. Our four grandchildren range in age from 5 to 17. Our four years at Elizabethtown College provided a strong foundation for our adult lives.” Janice can be reached at 717-854-2728 or

cromer39@aol.com . Charles Denlinger writes, “E-town inspired in me a desire to continue learning, which led to a master’s degree from Illinois and a doctorate from Michigan State in mathematics. I found

teaching mathematics and interacting with students and colleagues so immensely satisfying that I never left academia. In May 2005, I retired after 41 years on the mathematics faculty of Millersville University, where I served in many roles, including 11 years as department chair. I co-authored two calculus textbooks in the 80s and 90s and last year published an upper-level ‘real analysis’ textbook. Gloria and I will have been married 47 years. Our son, Joe, is president of the E-town Alumni Association. He is an attorney near Philadelphia and his wife, Canice, is a psychologist on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. Our daughter, Alison, who loves teaching and coaching swimming, lives just outside E-town. Her husband, Randall Kreider, serves E-town on the Information and Technology Services staff and as women’s volleyball coach. They have two sons, Nick, 10, and Josh, 8. Besides enjoying our grandchildren, Gloria and I share a love of classical music and travel. We are active in our church, as well.” Charles can be reached at 717-872-4476 or

cgdenlinger@comcast.net . Kay Jones Dimeler writes, “It is hard to believe that we are now celebrating our 50th reunion. As the old saying goes—the older you get, the faster time goes. Some remembrances: At our frosh orientation, we had to wear a beanie cap on our head and an onion around our neck; doing a lot of walking from building to building to attend our classes; enjoyed playing field hockey and basketball; meeting many new friends;

preparing to become an elementary teacher; and having great professors and coaches. On the personal side: I grew up in Elizabethtown, went to college there, met my husband in E-town, taught in the E-town elementary schools for 36 years and retired in 1999. We have three daughters, two granddaughters, six grandsons and one great-grandson. We have enjoyed babysitting for them, and now enjoy going to see them play football, soccer and baseball. Bill and I have taken many trips to many places in our good old United States. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. Many blessings and good health to my classmates of ’61.” Kay can be reached at 717-367-7697 .

Arlene Bomberger Ditzler writes, “Fifty years! Wow. Moved back to E-town in mid-2010—Masonic Village. Can’t say enough good things about life here. Just ask us.” Arlene can be reached at 717-361-5378 or ditzlerjack@hotmail.com . John Dudwitt can be reached at 302-235-2234 or jdudwitt@msn.com . Carol Heilman Figdore writes, “After spring graduation, the fall of 1961 saw the beginning of my 41-year career as an elementary school teacher in Central York School District in York, Pa. My marriage to high school class-mate, George Figdore, my husband of 46 years, and the procurement of a master’s degree from the University of Rochester occurred in the first decade of teaching. Since we had no children of our own, the new class of third, fourth, fifth or sixth graders was adopted each year. A variety of interests have developed over the years. Always fond of travel, our curiosity has allowed extensive exploration into many faraway places. Whitewater canoeing and recreational kayaking experiences all over the world have kept the adrenaline flowing. I’ve paddled in waters of every continent except Asia. Avid sponsors and supporters of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, we followed the race via small plane and snowmobile in 2004. Wilderness canoeing expeditions and extended whitewater rafting trips have challenged fortitude, yet allowed peaceful study of nature’s wonders. With camera gear and sturdy hiking boots, I enjoy hiking in the world’s rugged places. One of the most memorable treks was following a part of Antarctic explorer Shackleton’s walk across the island of South Georgia. The interest in photography has taken us on numerous photographic expeditions in recent years. With thousands of digital photos from all over the world residing in my computer,

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Sixty years after their graduation, nine members of the Class of 1951 celebrated their lifelong friendships at the Golden Graduates Reunion in May 2011 at Elizabethtown College.

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