Class Notes — Fall 2015

Saint Mary Class Notes


Mary Kuhn Cash, C’55, Kansas City, Mo., and her husband, Ron, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 11, 2015 at St. Charles Borromeo Church. The festivities involved Mass and breakfast with family and friends.

Colleen Williams Mockler, C’59, Helena, Mont., is still playing music at St. Mary Catholic Church.

Virginia Mae Slade Reynolds, C’59, Fairfield Bay, Ark., celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 27, 2015. Virginia and her husband, Glenn, have five children and nine grandchildren and are both retired. Their son, Father John Reynolds, just celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on June 2, 2015. He is presently assigned to Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe, Kan.


Sister Susan Rieke, C’66, and professor of English, published “Ireland’s Weather.” The chapbook includes 24 pages and two color illustrations and can be purchased for $10 by contacting Mammoth Publications: 785-925-3509,,


Mary Catherine “Cathy” LaCoste Kraus, C’70, Hot Springs Village, Ark., retired from the University of Oregon in the division of undergraduate studies after 10 years.

Lanette Ann Philipp Mishler-Kohler, C’75, Union, Mo., remarried on March 22, 2013. She has two grandsons: Alex, 3, and Trevor, 1.

Terese Buckley Fehringer, C’79, Butte, Mont., completed study, supervision, and testing to obtain a clinical license in social work over the last year. She was awarded an advanced credential in hospice care through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). She continues to work at Rocky Mountain Hospice.


The class of 1984 mini-reunion at The Legends in Kansas City, Kan., this June: (left to right): Kathy Desch Sinclair, Lisa Ash Bowers, Rosie Halpin Cresswell, and Kathy Klug.
Saint Mary Class of 1984

Francine Orr, C’86, Los Angeles, was on photojournalist assignment for the “Los Angeles Times” in July—attending a private blessing with the Dalai Lama. She was three feet from Dalai Lama, he turned to Francine, looked her in the eye, and said, “Compassion, without wisdom, is nothing.”

Alum Francine Orr photographs the Dalai Lama.
The 14th Dalai Lama, left, with Tibetan monk Sherab Chophel, right, view a mandala created by Chophel. The sand mandala was created in honor of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and Global Compassion Summit at the Banning House at the University of California-Irvine on July 7, 2015. (Francine Orr/pool/”Los Angeles Times”)


Jean Barnes Kaushik, U’07, Omaha, Neb., married Nagender Kaushik in September 2014.

Wesley Dolpin, M’10, Dubuque, Iowa, was recipient of the Tom and Brenda Wickham Educational Service Award. Wes is an eighth-grade social studies teacher and coach. Seventeen of his 22 years of teaching have been in the Western Dubuque County Community School District. He has taught at-risk/drop-out prevention at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth for four years and taught at Drexler for the past 13 years. He’s also coached football, girls’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ basketball at the junior and senior high levels. The Tom and Brenda Wickham Educational Service Award was established in 2002 by the eight Wickham children in recognition of their parents’ years as educators in Western Dubuque. It is given to a Western Dubuque district employee who exemplifies excellence and commitment to students and education.

Robert “Robbie” Smith, U’10, Artesia, N.M., was married July 7, 2014. Robbie also received an excellence award in December 2014. He is enjoying his career and life.

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