Roger Ignon ’62

Roger stepped into the breach to provide Personal Protective Equipment for health professionals during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Using his business acumen and ties within the Chinese business community he provided thousands of FDA Medical Grade face masks and shields for the Covid-19 unit at Torrance Community Hospital in Southern California. During the height of the […]

Kirk Kirkham ’50

Wife, Katherine, and I have been sheltering in place in San Francisco (and Bolinas) since March and complying meticulously with Covid-19 protocols. But come 4th of July we couldn’t resist our traditional adventure to camp and hike in a particularly wild, rugged and isolated part of the Big Sur area to which we have special […]

Eric Sweet ’63

My wife, daughter, and I caught the coronavirus in late February. We left on a one-week trip to Switzerland in the last week of February, with symptoms, but unaware that what we had was the SARS-CoV 2. Upon returning to Portugal, we stayed at home, although the population had not yet been ordered to quarantine. […]

Annie Wallace ’85

It was great to “see” everyone during our class “Zoom union.” The last few months have been spent re tooling myself for teaching French online. I’m truly hoping we can find a way to function with kids in school without seeing Covid-19 surges. Very grateful to be able to head outdoors and spend time in […]

Becky Beckett ’80

I have retired from my position as Director of Alternative Education for the Ojai Unified School District. I submitted my letter before the Corona Virus hit, but I think my timing was pretty good!! I am fostering kittens, getting back into dog training/behavior modification (really more for dog owners) going for long walks, reading and […]

Dyke Messler ’68

I split my time between Maine and South Carolina and have wintered in Charleston, SC, since 2006 where I have a wonderful, pre-revolutionary house built 25 years prior to the formation of the United States! I decided to depart two months early this year due to Covid when beaches, parks, restaurants and stores were closed. […]

Stephen Scott ’71

Unique times we’re in. Lynne, our kids and their kids, are all handling the Covid-19 event well, and our son-in-law’s deployment (Marine pilot) was postponed, so that’s a great thing! We’re feeling lucky that we have only the first-world problems of missed skiing and missed trips, and that in retirement we’ve figured out how to […]

Peter Nielsen ’71

How we spent our time in lockdown. We accepted a request from the Ojai Retreat, next to the Krotona Institute, to caretake the vacated cottages. We picked a room as compensation and we weeded, mowed, blew and cleaned for weeks. We enjoyed one of the most beautiful views of the Valley including looking up to […]

Rodd Kelsey ’85

Greetings fellow Toads. In these uncertain times, I hope everyone is doing as well as possible and staying healthy. We are doing fine and while my wife works in healthcare, we’ve avoided any direct impacts so far. I’m still living in Sacramento after 17 years. I continue to work for The Nature Conservancy, now leading […]