1953 Class Notes

Byron Ayres, ’53, 2510 Cinderella Way, Lemon Grove, CA 91945, is a retired high school math teacher. He taught in the San Diego school district for 29 years. He was also an adjunct mathematics professor at Cuyamaca Community College for 10 years. Byron served as president of Silvergate chapter of American Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II for three years. He is also a docent for the Veterans Museum in San Diego. He traveled around the world on two different ships during World War II. Byron and his wife, Esther, have two sons, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Helen Rice Dando, ’53, 6152 N. 9th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013, retired from education. She has traveled in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. She is married to Ted Dando, ’54, and has two children and three grandchildren.

Joy Marshall Dean, ’53, 136 Beekman St., Lake Placid, FL 33852, is retired. She was a social worker and teacher. Joy was also a secretary for the American Red Cross and was director of a day care center. Joy is currently co-chair of Hurricane Education in their home park in south central Florida. She and her husband, Duane Dean, ’51, have traveled to Hawaii four times. They have also traveled to Alaska, Nova Scotia, and Fanning Island. They have been married 54 years and have two children and three grandchildren.

Joyce Dusendorf Gartrell, ’53, 181 N. Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561, is a retired librarian. She maintains her church’s monthly newsletter, sings in the choir, and is the secretary of the ruling body at her church. Joyce and her husband have traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and Italy in the last five years. She is a member of the P.E.O. She is married to Leland and has one grandson.

Merrilynn Bradford Gay, ’53, 301 Eaton St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, remarried two years ago to Roger Gay. She plays the hammered dulcimer with a group at local senior residences, nursing homes, community events, and churches. She is involved with her church choir, P.E.O., and the Girl Scouts. She has traveled to Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, and Polynesia. She has a granddaughter, Alexandra Boucher, ’12.

Ann Hill Horn, ’53, 11087 Sunset, Livonia, MI 48150, is a retired school teacher. She served her church as an interim liturgist for a year and retired from her board of elders, after having served in that capacity since 1992. During the past five years, she has traveled to Austria, Canada, England, France, and Hungary.

George Houghton, ’53, PO Box 910, Fruitland Park, FL 34731, operates Aeromark Industries. His wife, Marty, is a guardian for an old family friend. His nephew, Ralph, works in information technology at Albion College, and his niece, Mary, works in administration at Albion.

Marjorie Watson Pochert, ’53, 4511 James Dr., Midland, MI 48642, is a part-time bookkeeper for her husband’s dental practice. She is a volunteer at her church library and at the Chippewa Nature Center. Marjorie was a media specialist for Midland Public Schools. She and her husband, Darl Pochert, ’50, have traveled to all 50 states. They have been members of Memorial Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years. Marjorie and Darl have been married 56 years. They enjoy spending time with their family, including two great-granddaughters.

Sharon Zo Gates Rees, ’53, 33875 Kiely Dr., E-2, Chesterfield, MI 48047, retired after running her own public relations firm for 27 years. She represents Delta Zeta in the Detroit Alumnae Panhellenic Association. Sharon received the Panhellenic Woman of the Year award in 2008 from the Detroit Panhellenic Council. She has served on boards for the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera, and the American Lung Association. Her granddaughter, Hollis Andrews, ’11, sings in the choir at Albion College.

Molly Engle Remsberg, ’53, 1035 Orchard St., Alma, MI 48801, is a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary and the Alma Symphony board. She has traveled to Scotland and also travels to North Carolina and Tennessee to visit her children and grandchildren. She and her husband, Richard, have a new granddaughter.

David Saxman, ’53, 222 Wood Glen Lane, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1533, is a volunteer transporter for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. He and his wife, Sandi, own a second home at Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ.

Dorothy Orr Smith, ’53, 733 W. Elizabeth Dr., Crown Point, IN 46307, spent 35 years baking bread on a monthly basis with several retired men from her church. She has also enjoyed China painting and silversmithing. She and her husband, Russell, enjoy spending time with their family.

Patricia Norris Smith, ’53, 22487 Vacri Lane, Farmington Hills, MI 48335, is a retired graphic artist. She is an early literacy volunteer, helping first graders learn to read. She is also active with the First Presbyterian Church of Northville. Patricia has won several awards from the Wayne County Fair and the Michigan State Fair for a variety of needlework projects and pastel drawings of animals. She has traveled to England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. She and her husband, Douglas, have been married 54 years. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Nancy Comstock Spalenka, ’53, 2119 Waldron St. SW, Wyoming, MI 49519, is retired. Nancy is a member of the Wyoming Women’s Club and the Indian Mounds Rock and Mineral Club. Nancy took a Heifer International study tour to Honduras in 2005. She is a mission chairperson at Wesley Park United Methodist Church, where she has helped resettle refugees from Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, and Cuba. She is married to Gordon.

John Stewart, ’53, 5568 Mary Court, Saginaw, MI 48603-3641, retired as a medical technologist from Covenant Health Care. A volunteer for the Saginaw Valley State University Lecture Series, John is also involved in church work. He is a member of Knights of Columbus and the Midland Folk Music Society and Contra Dancers. He has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to Scotland and Ontario. He and his wife, Mary, have been married 37 years and have two daughters.

Ann Gehman Taber, ’53, 2856 Renfrew, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, is a retired school librarian and reading teacher. She does volunteer work supporting a Methodist mission school in Zimbabwe. She is also involved with AAUW. She has traveled to Central America, Colombia, Zimbabwe, England, Scotland, Jordan, Tanzania, Turkey, Greece, and New Zealand. She and her husband, Morris Taber, ’55, have been married 54 years. They have six grandchildren.