WDCSA Newsletter – February 1999

(Clicking on event takes you to that section of newsletter):

Feb 6     Stanford Men’s Basketball
vs. Univ. of Connecticut

Feb 11   Second Thursday at Capitol Lounge

Feb 20   Ford’s Theatre tour

Feb 24   Modern Drama Discussion Group-Andorra

Feb 28   Johns Hopkins Champagne Brunch and Tour

Mar 23  Tristan und Isolde at Washington Opera

Over 30 Singles

Looking Ahead to March

In Memory

Stanford Men’s Basketball

vs. Univ. of Connecticut

Saturday, February 6

3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

#1 Ranked University of Connecticut (prior to their loss Monday night against
Syracuse) plays #4 Stanford at Maples Pavilion in Stanford’s biggest regular
season game. The game will be carried in the Washington D.C. area on ABC.
Those wanting to watch with other Stanford fans are invited to come to Summers
Restaurant, located at the corner of Court House Road and Wilson Boulevard
in Arlington and convenient to Court House Metro on the Orange Line.

Second Thursdays

Thursday, February 11

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Meet us downstairs at the next in our series of pub nights designed for the
under 30s alum, Thursday, February 11, 1999 at the Capitol Lounge. Happy
hour specials (from 4PM – 8PM) include $2.00 bottled beers and $2.75 rail
drinks. After 8 PM, pitchers are $7.50-$9.50. Note the earlier time for this

Capitol Lounge is located at 229 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Take the Orange
or Blue Line Metro to the Capitol South station. Turn left onto First Street,
walk north 2 blocks, and turn right onto Independence Ave. Independence turns
into Pennsylvania, and Capitol Lounge will be on your right.

Keep your eyes open for the location of the March event. For more information,
or to offer suggestions on locations, contact Callista Chen at (202) 319-1841

Been to Ford’s Theatre Lately?

Saturday, February 20

11:00 AM

The WDCSA has been invited to historic Ford’s Theatre on Saturday, February
20, when National Park Service (NPS) Ranger Deborah Carbaugh will offer a
slide presentation on Civil War fortifications in the Washington Area. (We
were surprised to learn that remnants of over 20 of these structures still
remain.) The presentation will begin at 11:00 AM and last about 45 minutes.
Self-guided tours of the theatre and museum will be available before and
after the presentation, and NPS Rangers will be on hand to answer additional
questions. Children are most welcome, and the presentation and tours are

Ford’s Theatre is located at 517 Tenth Street NW, between E and F Streets.
It is a few blocks from the Metro Center and Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
stops. For more information, contact Bob Krahe at (301) 326-0570 or

Modern Drama Discussion Group

Wednesday, February 24, Andorra

Max Frisch’s play Andorra (1961) tells of a young man persecuted because
of a prejudiced community’s mistake about his ethnic origin. The drama group
will meet at Luna Books, 1733 P St., NW (Dupont Circle metro) for dinner
at 6:30. The discussion, featuring Frisch scholar Professor Frederick Lubich,
begins at 7:30. Call Karen Veninga BA’80 ((703) 465-7579) or visit

Over 30s Singles

Due to declining interest among Stanford alumni, we will no longer publicize
in our newsletter the monthly Over 30 Singles events that we have cosponsored
along with Ivy League alumni groups. Stanford alums are still welcome at
the events, and information on the monthly events can be found at the following


Champagne Brunch at the Johns Hopkins University Faculty

Sunday, February 28, 11:30 AM

Enjoy a scrumptious brunch with the WDCSA at the Johns Hopkins University
Faculty Club at their campus in Baltimore. As special guests, we will be
treated to a wide variety of items offered by their extensive buffet, including
complimentary champagne. We have also arranged a special tour of Homewood,
an historic residence built by the son of Charles Carroll, a signer of the
Declaration of Independence. This beautifully restored mansion-just a short
walk from the club-exemplifies the classical inspirations of the Federal
period, and contains an impressive collection of eighteenth- and early
nineteenth-century furnishings, including some once owned by the Carroll

Space is limited, so please reply early, but no later than February 20th
so we can finalize arrangements. The brunch begins at 11:30, and the 45 minute
tour of Homewood begins at 1:30 PM. Please Note-coats and ties are required.

The Details:

Date: Sunday, February 28

Time: 11:30 AM brunch, 1:30 PM tour

Place: Johns Hopkins University Faculty Club; Directions provided upon request.

Cost: $28 per person, which includes brunch and the tour.

RSVP: Please mail checks made out to the WDCSA to Frances Michelson, 109
Lillian Lane, Silver Spring, MD, 20904. Call for additional information at

Last Washington Opera of Our Season

Tuesday, March 23

7:00 PM

Last chance for WDCSA opera tickets this season! We still have available
13 of our group seats for Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde for Tuesday, March
23. Often touted as the most passionate opera ever written, Tristan und Isolde
and its legendary lovers make their first appearance in Washington in two
decades. To join fellow WDCSA members in excellent seats for this production,
please contact Julie Campbell, as indicated below.

Opera: Tristan und Isolde

Date: Tuesday, March 23

Place: Orchestra seats, Kennedy Center Opera House

Time: 7:00 PM

Cost: $98

To reserve: Please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to Julie Campbell, 2601
Klingle Road NW, Washington, DC 20008. Questions? Call Julie at 202-244-0206
or email her at juliesed@aol.com.

Looking Ahead to March

Don Kennedy Breakfast Briefing

Monday, March 22

Save the date for a breakfast briefing with Stanford President Emeritus Donald
Kennedy. Check the March newsletter for details.

Naval Academy Tour and Concert

Sunday, March 28, 1:30 PM

Join us for a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy, led by Stanford graduate CAPT
Jo Dee Catlin Jacob, BA ’73, followed by an organ concert and reception.
Stay tuned for details.

March Madness

It’s about that time…Depending on the Cardinal Men’s Basketball’s success
in the next several weeks, the WDCSA will plan viewing of NCAA tournament
games at local venues. Details will follow in the March newsletter.

And much, much, more…

The WDCSA has several events tentatively planned for the Spring, including
a visit from Stanford’s Fleet Street Singers, Christmas in April, a family
day at the National Zoo, a fundraising event for the Adopt-A-School program,
and many other social, educational, and cultural events.


Membership Information: Erik Johnson, BA ’91, MBA ’97 (202) 363-0102


Hotline: (301) 230-5575

President: Bob Krahe (301) 236-0570, MS ’83


Newsletter: Callista Chen, BA ’97 (202) 319-1841

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219

Last Modified:  7/15/99

Comments to: William Pegram,

In Memory

The new year started on a very sad note for the WDCSA as we learned that
one of our dearest and most active members, Monica Mulrooney, lost her two
and a half year battle with a rare bone marrow disease and ultimately leukemia,
and passed away on January 10, 1999. Monica, our co-President last year,
had served in many capacities on the WDCSA Board for over 15 years and was
celebrated for her embassy receptions and other high profile cultural events.
The classic example of Monica’s talents in this regard was last fall’s
blockbuster Faculty Speaker Lecture and Reception at the Royal Netherlands
Embassy with tours of the Van Gogh exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

Those of us fortunate enough to serve with her on the Board saw up close
what most of you came to realize before long: Monica’s name on an RSVP meant
a guarantee of excellence. She had an unparalleled ability to plan and execute
events, from the initial idea months in advance, to engaging the embassy’s
(or World Bank’s) enthusiastic cooperation, to ensuring that we got the best
possible amenities at the most reasonable price. No detail was too trivial
for her concern, including her hand-lettered name tags and the inevitable
last-minute phone calls which she fielded with a sympathy laced with strong
respect for RSVP deadlines, about which Monica was very opinionated. When
event day arrived, the program would come off without a hitch, a smashing
success, thanks to her scrupulous care and infectious enjoyment. And of course
then we would look forward to the next “Monica-brand” event.

This same enthusiasm was evident in her hosting of board meetings around
her dining room table or in her azalea-filled backyard, when naturally she
would insist upon preparing supper for all. And she was always available
with good advice for other board members, being as extraordinarily generous
with her time and energy in sickness as in health. She is sorely, profoundly
missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Keith, her children
Michèle, Jill, and Scott, and her granddaughter Elisa. Because many
of you have come to know Monica over the years and might like to read more
about her life, we have included a more detailed biography, drawn from that
distributed at her funeral mass, as a separate sheet in this newsletter.

Bob Krahe

Sherry Abel

Bill Pegram

Presidents, Present and Past, WDCSA

Monica Kaufmann Mulrooney

Monica died January 10, 1999 at her home in Alexandria of Acute Mylogenous
Leukemia. Born in Zürich, on April 3, 1930, Monica first came to the
United States in 1954 on a one year student body scholarship to Stanford.
After graduate studies in Zürich, she returned to California where she
taught high school German and English in Alhambra and French and German at
Claremont High School as well as Italian, French, and German in the Claremont
Adult Education Program.

For more than 18 years, Monica taught English as a Second Language (ESL)
in Alexandria, primarily at Charles Barrett Elementary School. She also taught
one year of German at T.C. Williams High School. In January, 1994 she gave
eight seminars for the Peace Corps in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova
to teachers of ESL.

She was an avid Stanford supporter and served on the Washington DC Stanford
Association board continuously from the early 1980s until her death. In 1997-98
she served as co-president, and was President for 1985-86. Her specialty
was Embassy receptions, and she planned and executed, down to the last detail,
12 of them, including the Van Gogh faculty speaker event last fall. She was
also active in fund raising, serving as Regional Chairman of the Cornerstone
Quad Program in 1988 and Regional Vice Chair of the Keystone Program in 1989.
Monica was honored in April 1998 for her service by an award presented on
behalf of the Stanford Associates by Stanford President Gerhard Casper during
the 10th anniversary celebration of SIW.

Active in church and choral groups in the Washington area, she sang with
the Washington Oratorio Society, the Alexandria Choral Society, the George
Mason University Chorus and most recently in the Northern Virginia Community
Chorus. She served as a lector for many years at Blessed Sacrament Catholic
Community, where she was a parishioner for 24 years.

Her family remembers the arts and crafts side of Monica. She made the first
couch the family ever owned and it was in use for many years. A sometimes
potter in Claremont, she threw several of the bowls still in everyday use
in the family home. A seamstress who sewed more than a hundred garments and
several ties for her husband, she made her own ballgown for Ronald Reagan’s
first Presidential inaugural. In the final months of her life, she sewed
draperies for son Scott’s apartment and daughter Jill’s new home. She played
the piano until just before she died. Monica also loved skiing and taught
her children that sport.

A passion for travel brought her from tent camping in the Amazon rain forest
to far off Siberia and from a sheep ranch in New Zealand to Bora Bora and
the Galapagos Islands.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Keith Mulrooney (BA ’54), two
daughters, Michèle Pavarino (BA ’83) of Pavia, Italy and Jill Mulrooney
of Arlington; a son, Scott Mulrooney of Alexandria; a granddaughter, Elisa
Pavarino; a brother, Dr. George Kaufmann of Zürich; a sister Algelica
von Escher of Barcelona; and a sister, Rita Kaufmann of Zürich.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Aplastic Anemia Foundation
of America, Inc., P.O. Box 613, Annapolis, MD 21404 (which funds research
on the relatively rare bone marrow disease that first attacked Monica) or
to The Monica Mulrooney Memorial Scholarship of The Scholarship Fund of
Alexandria, with The Monica Mulrooney Memorial Scholarship written on the
memo line, and sent to: The Community Foundation for the National Capital
Region, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 340, Washington, DC 20036.