SILVER SPRING, MD---Some entered the Catholic University of America (CUA) on the G.I. Bill following World War II. Others enrolled to pursue specific careers. They attended mutual weddings and served as colleagues in professional life.
But over sixty years later, these alumni of the Catholic University remain friends and share memories of their time at the Washington, D.C.-based school of higher learning.
Some CUA residents of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring who graduated in the 1950's gather periodically for lunch to stay in touch.
"It's always a celebration of people, and of course, our beloved Catholic University," described Mrs. Terrie (Graumann) Elliott, class of 1950 and the first woman to serve as the school's alumni association president. "The life connections made at Catholic University are incredible, and some of us are fortunate to continue them at Riderwood."
Look no further than Riderwood residents Alberta (Abear) Dowd, class of 1950, and Margaret (May) Gilder, class of 1950. Each graduated with a degree in Nursing Education and attended each other's weddings. Mrs. Dowd married her husband, John, class of 1950, Mrs. Gilder married her husband, Jack, class of 1950. Mrs. Elliott, a drama major, married her husband, George, class of 1953.
"We still follow the programs and sporting events and make an occasional trip to the campus," stated Mrs. Elliott. "It is a special time in our lives now when we can really appreciate the quality education, value experiences and life-long friendships made at the Catholic University."
[caption id="attachment_63331" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Alumni of The Catholic University who live at Riderwood retirement community gather periodically for a social luncheon. Pictured from left to right at July's event are Joe Incarnato (Class of 1951) and his wife, Marie, Alberta Abear Dowd (Class of 1950), Jack Gilder (Class of 1950), Margaret May Gilder (Class of 1950), George Elliott (Class of 1953) and Terrie Elliott (Class of 1950).[/caption]
About Riderwood: Riderwood is one of sixteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the scenic 120-acre campus is home to more than 2,500 residents. Riderwood is the ideal greater Washington, D.C. retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.