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Virginia Wolfe (Cothran)
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Retired MA Psychologist Emeritus, Clinical Supervisor Married 3 2016-08-07 18:17:00
After graduation from college ( Duke University) and marriage, my husband , Tom ( from Charleston, SC), and I lived for a year and a half in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He worked at an English language newspaper, The Buenos Aires Herald, and I taught English at Berlitz. We visited Antarctica while in Buenos Aires. It was quite an adventure! Then we moved to Atlanta where my husband joined the Associated Press.  Our first daughter was born there. Following that, we moved to Columbia, SC where our two other daughters were born. Then my husband was transferred to Minneapolis, MN where we continue to live. After several years, he left the AP and we moved to Topsham, England for a year. We returned to Minneapolis. My husband worked in public relations, and I became a Masters level psychologist now psychologist emeritus. I worked for twenty years with folks having serious and persistent mental illness. Now we are both retired and spending some of the year at a beach outside of Charleston, SC, and some of the year in MN. Two daughters live in MN. Our other daughter lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband and two children. Our eldest daughter makes greeting cards, our middle daughter is a marketing Vice President for Olson, and our youngest daughter is a cardiac care nurse. They and the grandchildren have brought us much happiness.

The first and only WJ reunion I attended was the 40th which I enjoyed. I have spent many years away from MD. I enjoyed my years at WJ especially my friends and work on the yearbook, Service Corps, and other clubs. It took me a while to realize that those of us from Kensington Junior High were in the minority! I do remember that we were all in a track system. It was both amusing and disturbing to find I was in an "over achievers" class in senior English. I kept wondering just how we did that and what exactly it meant! I am looking forward to the reunion and seeing classmates from years ago.
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Jamey Wolff
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School Director www.centerforspectrumservices.org Married 2 2016-04-23 11:25:34
From the 40th reunion:
 
My last memory of high school was spending the spring of my senior year in bed with mono feeling sorry for myself, missing the senior prom and the last summer fling at OC.
It was only uphill from there.
 
I thrived in college, graduating from Syracuse University and receiving a Master's Degree from New York University in Educational Psychology. For several years after graduate school, I lived in SOHO before it became urban chic and was still urban homesteading.  After four years of Big Apple living, I yearned for a greener lifestyle and moved to Woodstock New York in 1978. (Yes this is the Woodstock of concert name, but not of concert fame as the actual event was an hour south west.) I still live in the Mid-Hudson Valley in Shokan New York . Our Catskill Mountain community is a wonderful blend of rural beauty and urban culture, an Arts Colony two hours north of Manhattan . My home of the last 34 years is a renovated farmhouse moved up from the site of the Ashokan Reservoir beam by beam in a horse drawn wagon in the early 1900's.
 
Forty years ago, I started a school for children with special needs with another woman.  We began with two students in the prerequisite rented church room. I returned to college to complete a post graduate certification program in school administration. Today, Center for Spectrum Services has grown into a large not-for -profit agency serving over 275 individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder annually. My full time staff number over 150.   We have two not-for-profit day schools in Kingston and Ellenville New York . Contracting with over 50 public schools annually, we specialize in providing educational and clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). When I started Center for Spectrum Services, the incidence of autism was reported to be 3 in 5,000.  Now the conservative estimate is 1 in 68. To meet this alarmingly growing need, we are now in the midst of a capital campaign to build an Endowment to guarantee the fiscal security of m program into the future without me. Yes,  I do plan to retire to very part time in a year.
 
Along the way, I have been appointed to several New York State task forces developing policies and guidelines for best practices educating students with autism. Most recently, I sit on The Commisssioner of Education's Task Force for Special Education. I have directed a short film called The Asperger's Difference for and about young adults with high functioning autism. The purpose of this film is to build self understanding, self esteem and self awareness. I am also featured in a video on YouTube called Chimes for Tyler.
 
One house, one job and one husband... I have been married for 34 years to Tim Kapeluck a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer. He performs mostly bluegrass and Celtic music and when he has some of his more exciting gigs (i.e. playing at The Four Freedoms Award honoring Bill Clinton) I tag along to carry instruments. My stepdaughter, Juniper, is an early childhood educator with three great kids who call me "Steppie".  They live in our community and keep us young at heart. Our daughter, Shaina, is completing her Master's Degree in ESL,  lives in Philadelphia and is a ballad singer like her dad. 
 
For fun, we hike the beautiful Catskill and Adirondack Mountains and kayak the Hudson River , surrounding streams, and lakes. This photo is from our most recent snow birding adventures in the Southwest, a favorite destination.
 
What an interesting exercise to summarize one's life in a few short paragraphs deciding what to share and how to say it.  I've enjoyed this glimpse into the lives of WJ classmates and am feeling increasingly sorry that I can't make the reunion.  I wish you all happy trails.
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Edward Wolin
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Patricia Woolston (Morando)
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Diana Wright (Lee)
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I am retired from a long career in financial services. I started designing jewelry 15 years ago to relieve the stress of my job, and I continued doing this after I retired just for fun. Now that my designs are featured in several local stores, jewelry design is more business than hobby and not as much fun.   My Husband Elliott and I love to travel.    I would not miss this upcoming 50th reunion. Send Diana a MessageSend Diana a Message
Ouida Wright (Podlasek)
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Bertie Yellowitz (Springer)
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2016-02-22 11:18:16
From the 40th reunion:
 
To my '66 Spartan Classmates,          
In the dictionary, next to the phrase "late bloomer", is my photo!  My family didn't move to Bethesda until I was in the 8th grade, and by then I knew I wanted to become a Dental Hygienist, so with a select few good friends that I've kept in touch with over the years, I had a focus, and it wasn't an involvement in high school.  Wow, did I miss out! I do enjoy remembering Ted Kennedy speaking at our graduation, and Coretta Scott King speaking at my college graduation.
            I graduated from the University of Bridgeport , in Connecticut , and that's when my social life began.  I traveled across the U.S. and received my license in many states (in case I wanted to live in any of them).  I've developed a sense of humor too!  I moved to Nashville for five years and had the time of my life!
After ten years, I met my husband in Palm Springs , Ca, and we later moved to beautiful San Diego where I have lived ever since.  We had a son, Andrew, in 1984.
In 1986, my husband and I attended the 20yr. reunion of WJ.  Unfortunately, in 1988, my husband died of a heart attack.
            I've stayed "down in the mouth," and still love it.  I take 25 continuing education courses every two years to keep my license current, so times 36 years is a lot of learning. I dabble in decorating, little creations, and lots of friends.   I stayed on a journey of raising Andrew with every advantage possible, and when he attended high school, I vicariously was there too.  That's when I realized the fun and opportunities that I had missed out of at WJ.  The dances, ASB, football games (my son played all through HS and college too), I'm an avid football fan....sorry redskins, but I'm a Charger girl!!  Andrew became an Eagle Scout and then off to college. He was recruited by Menlo College in Atherton, Ca. for football, majored in communications and will be graduating this December.
            Looking through some alumni directories, I realize a lot of grads live in California . I have a patient that graduated WJ in '62 and a neighbor that did too!  Three thousand miles and it's still a small world.
 
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