January 2009 Alumnae/i Notes

Michael Latzka MD '90 is out and he and the family (Diana, Elizabeth, Stephen and Matthew) are living at: 509 Bernnardy Ct./Moore, SC 29369.  He has joined a Christian-based Family Medicine group in Spartanburg as of Jan. 1. -- Dave (Mitchell) Johnson '99 writes from Roseau, MN that he came back from Iraq in early Nov. and will be looking for employment in the Twin Cities.  Too, he will stay in the Army Reserves for the time being.  Good to hear he is back.  -- Jim Pfaff '78 is back from his ER work in Iraq where he worked in a Combat Support Hospital in Tikrit.  Back in San Antonio, he is teaching residents and taking care of emergency conditions at the Army Hospital; "I still look forward to work every day!" Everyone's ideal!

Tom Habstritt '90 writes from Cairo, Egypt: "Selvi and I are still living in Cairo while I work in the Office of Military Cooperation at the US Embassy." They will leave there in the summer of 2009 and be assigned to either Atlanta or Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. "The big news this year is the birth of our daughter.  Amanda Neha was born 19 Oct. in Seremban, Malaysia.  Selvi decided to give birth in Malaysia to be near her family. I was there for Amanda's birth and able to spend about two weeks afterwards before returning to Cairo." They were all reunited in Cairo on 9 Dec. and then were to travel to Edwardsville, IL for Christmas.

If I have not mentioned it before and even if I have, Doug Pietrowski '91 took over last June as professor of military science, head of the Army ROTC program, at the College of William and Mary.  He, Susan and daughter Brynn live at: 5293 Rockingham Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188.  [email protected]/ [email protected]   After two deployments to Iraq and 4 years in the Active Army, Marcus Needham '04 left the Army in May and he and Theresa moved to Iowa where he has taken a job as Production Supervisor with John Deere in Davenport. Marcus is still in the Iowa Army National Guard until June of 2010. 22 Nicolas Court/Eldridge, IA 52748 Over Christmas they were here for lunch one day and it seems clear that Marcus is enjoying his civilian job very much. 

John Schaar '91 got back from Afghanistan in Aug. and is enjoying family life with Becky and her two children Aidan and Hannah in Florida.  -- Johnathan '05 and Kelly '05 DeWein, both in the Army and living in Clarksville, TN, were here for an hour or two, reminiscing about the carefree character of college life over against that of a homeowner! Little eight month old daughter Ainsley was staying with grandparents in Maple Grove and being spoiled rotten. I presided at their wedding about three years ago.

News on Keith '91 and Melissa '92 Pritchard and children Kaileen and Connor this Christmas: Keith returned from Afghanistan in May, they rented their home in Fayetteville, NC, visited relatives and in Aug. flew to Germany were Keith is now stationed in Stuttgart. They are renting a very comfortable house in Steinenbronn and have been busy seeing the sights of Germany (such as the Alps and Neuschwanstein Castle) as well as Rome and Assisi in Italy. The Pritchards are happy to be together again and they have some new contact information: CMR 480/ Box 2365/APO AE 09128 and their phone 011-49-7157-534-582.

Col (Ret) Rick '65 and Ione Knapp of Alexandria, VA mentioned recently as have others how much they enjoyed traveling in Italy last Mar. with now deceased Brother Dietrich. Son Maj Steven '96, wife Clayne Knapp plus one 2-year-old and Emily Therese, born Nov. 26, 2008 (Congratulations!) as of Aug. are stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany.   After 11 years, Jeff Vos '93 is leaving the Army.  Now he is an Assoc Prof at West Virginia Univ., teaching medical students ("the most difficult audience I've encountered and extremely critical in their evaluations") and in charge of the hematopathology fellowship program, his favorite duty.