Letters

Indiana Love Story

I have just received the IUP alumni magazine and have enjoyed it very much. I grew up in Punxsutawney and worked in the G.C. Murphy five-and-ten-cent store on Saturdays while I was in high school. I was happy to read that the building was presented to the Foundation for IUP by the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation.

I met my husband, Gerald Leidy, at Indiana (then State Teachers College). He was a Korean War veteran on the G.I. Bill. I was a last-semester senior, and he was a first-semester freshman. We were assigned to the same table in the dining hall.

I graduated in 1953, and we were married in 1954. Gerald graduated with the Class of 1955 by completing requirements in an accelerated course.

He later completed his Ph.D. and taught at Shippensburg University. After retirement, he became interested in daylilies and had a garden of 590 varieties. His health declined, and he died of lymphoma in 2004.

—Vivian Gall Leidy ’53
Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.

Soldier Sisters

Thank you for sending to me the IUP Magazine each quarter. I was graduated in January, 1961, and always look forward to reading about student activities, the staff, and programs at the university. The article and pictures of the “Soldier Sisters,” Jenny and Kathy Conn, in the Winter, 2007, issue were impressive. Since I was in the military, these stories have special meaning to me. Being a 1961 graduate, the Conn sisters look like teenagers.

—Jack Rininger ’61
Collegeville, Pa.