Washington DC Stanford Association
February 1999 Newsletter


(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 discussion
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 event.

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 or callista@alumni.stanford.org.

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 free.

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 robert.krahe@lmco.com.

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 http://www.footlightsdc.org.

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 website:


Champagne Brunch at the Johns Hopkins University Faculty Club
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 family.

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 301-384-6791.

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 callista@alumni.stanford.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219

Last Modified:  7/15/99
Comments to: William Pegram, williampegram@stanfordalumni.org

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.