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St. Paul's headmistress gets a fond farewell


School's out and everyone at the St. Paul's School has said goodbye to Lila Lohr, headmistress of the St. Paul's School for Girls (SPSG) for nine years. Lila decided to leave her "comfy" world to become headmistress of Princeton Day School in Princeton, N.J.

The fond farewells included a reception for 250 people at the school, sponsored by the board of trustees, the parents' association and the alumnae association. Among the well-wishers were John and Leslie Saxton, he's CEO of the Sheridan Group and president of the SPSG Board of Trustees; attorney Shawn Alcarese, president of the parent's association; and Xandy Hoff Waesche, president of the alumnae association.

Also spotted were Mercer Neal, head of Boys' Latin School; Fran Minges, B.E.S.T. Community Foundation; former U.S. Sen. Dan Brewster and his wife, Judy; Dr. Philip Wagley and his wife, Mary Frances, former SPSG headmistress; Mary Ellen and George Thomsen, she's also a former headmistress of SPSG; alumnae director Laurie Hooper Fisher with her husband, Alex; Andie and Jack Laporte, T. Rowe Price; Jim Kennedy, T. Rowe Price; Francis and Anne Rienhoff, she's a former member of the board of trustees; Jan and Rob Maslin, he's with NationsBank; Bonnie and Bruce Sawyer, he's an executive VP with Barton-Cotton; and Lila's mother and step-father, Lila and Richard Emory.

In addition to all the honors bestowed on her, The Lila B. Lohr Fund was established to be used to support special events, speakers and dinners.

Fishing on the bay

Spotted on the bay -- prominent plastic surgeon Dr. Hans Wilhelmsen, who invited a group of his friends to join him and Capt. Ed Darwin on the Becky D. for a day of rock fishing. We made our way out of Mill Creek in Annapolis by 7:30 a.m. and we had caught our limit by 8:30 a.m. That's what happens when you have a captain who knows where the fish are and a first mate like Joe Spiegel, with a bucket of choice chum.

Others on board were Joey Chiu, owner of the Bamboo House restaurants at Harborplace, Cockeysville and the old Green Spring Inn; Jerry Purcell, a New York booking agent, whose famous clients have included Maya Angelou and Eddie Arnold; and retired Army Col. Bill White. We were soon on our way to a spot near Thomas Point, where the perch fishing was fantastic.

Fortunately for us, Dr. Wilhelmsen prefers gourmet food on his fishing trips. Thanks to the culinary talents of his pal Bill White, the menu included bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, crab soup, steamed shrimp, crab balls and his version of a steak Diane sandwich. The coup de grace to a wonderful day was stopping at a pier to buy fresh soft-shell crabs to go with fresh rock and perch.

Wedding bells

WBAL-TV anchor Rod Daniels, who's been with the station for 12 years, will marry Sharon Irving on June 23. They've known each other for ages, but it took a romantic trip to Mexico in April for Rod to pop the question. Sharon, a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner at Sinai Hospital for 15 years, first met Rod when they attended the same grammar school.

He also remembers when she was a Marquette cheerleader and he worked at a TV station in Milwaukee. Their paths crossed

again when a mutual friend re-introduced them.

Get in touch

Information on social functions scheduled for July, August or September should be faxed to me, (410) 783-2519, ASAP, if you would like it included in a future calendar.

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