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Sylvia Louise Ross Pitzer, 71 a teacher in Virginia Beach, has published her first book, Broken Innocence. The book follows the character Olivia, and is a memoir based on true stories of child abuse. After 34 years in public 75 education, Albert Blaine DeWitt retired in July 2010. DeWitt worked at West Point High School from 1975 to 1978, Mathews High School from 1979 to 2007, and C.D. Hylton High School from 2007 to 2010. DeWitt lettered in baseball at JMU and coached at Mathews High School, winning the Group A State Baseball Championship in 2004. He was named VIAAA Athletic Director of the Year, Group A in the 1997–98 school year and again in the 2002–03 school year. DeWitt enjoys his retirement and lives in his home-town of Mathews, Va. ✱ Chris-tina “Cricket” Martinson writes, “Cricket’s Crusaders gathered to walk in the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., on May 6. I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002, and these Class of 1986 alumni gathered to celebrate my 10th year of living cancer-free. We walked to raise money to help find a cure for brain cancer.” ✱ Fran Cunningham Smith of Harrisonburg, Va., is the women’s swim coach at Bridgewater Col-and Monk. He has also served as an artist-in-residence in the JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Maggie Rhodes served 81 as a senior agricultural adviser in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012. In June 2012 U.S. Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack recognized the efforts of Rhodes and 61 other U.S. Department of Agriculture advisers who have helped revitalize the agricultural sectors in Afghanistan and Iraq. Rhodes used her expertise in land and water assessment and con-servation to provide specialized skills to farmers and villagers, as well as guidance to national and provincial government leaders to help rebuild the agricultural sec-tors. Rhodes is a team leader in incentives and financial assistance programs with U.S.D.A.’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, D.C. Rick Eisenman is 82 founder and owner of Eisenman & Associates Inc., based in Richmond, Va. The full-service association manage-ment, site selection and meeting planning company celebrated 19 years of business on Sept. 2, Peggy Houde Fridley (‘79) joins five suitemates from Chappelear Hall for a mini-reunion at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Broadlands, Va. ClassNotes lege and the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swim Coach of the Year. Her team placed a school history best third out of nine teams in the ODAC Cham-pionships in Greensboro, N.C. policy matters. Grizzard’s election was the result of her leadership on the Henrico Area Community Services Board, where she served as chair in 2010 and 2011. She has been a member since 2003. Dave Lewis is a senior The Virginia Association 78 mortgage loan officer with 76 of Community Services Boards elected Karen Wood Griz-Credit Union Mortgage Associa-zard as chair at the May business meeting in Williamsburg, Va. The VACSB comprises Virginia’s 40 community services boards. It is the unified voice for board pro-grams in federal and state public tion Inc. He lives in Fairfax Station, Va., with his wife, Debra. Peggy Houde Fridley 79 visited with her Chap-pelear Hall suitemates last July. She writes, “We all came together for the first time in more than 30 years. Back then we had a dorm T-shirt that read ‘Chappelear -Champagne Edition.’ Now more than ever this seems very fitting!” ✱ Bluemont Fair in Bluemont, Va., selected an oil painting by Jennifer Alexander MacDonald for its fall 2012 fair. MacDonald’s design was featured on the fair’s poster, as well as on T-shirts, mugs and other fair memorabilia. Christopher Boyer plays 80 the part of Confeder-ate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the Stephen Speilberg feature film, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis. Boyer, a Hagerstown, Md., native, has appeared on TV pro-grams including Desperate House-wives, Grey’s Anatomy, Las Vegas SCHOLARSHIP THANKS: Tom Arthur Theatre Scholarship Dear Drs. Thomas and Kathleen Arthur: Thank you so much for providing the Tom Arthur Theatre Schol-arship in support of the College of Visual and Performing Arts! Your scholarship has not only made the financial burden of school lighter on my family, but it has also given me more motivation to strive for excellence in the theater and dance department. Knowing that you believe in my talents and work ethic has pushed me to seek more opportunities. I have interned for the Virginia Theatre Asso-ciation, served as an adjudicator for the JMU Fall Student Dance Concert and auditioned for every single show the JMU Theater and Dance Department has offered. Your scholarship has given me opportunity and has driven me to pursue my adoration of the arts! Caitlin McAvoy (’15) Hinton, Va. Julia Ann Frailey (’82) 54 MA D I S O N MA G AZ I N E

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