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Maryann Mahaffey ’46, one of the longest-serving members of the Detroit City Council, ended her 31-year career in December. Mahaffey, after being diagnosed with chronic, non-fatal T-cell leukemia, decided to step down from her position in order to focus her energy on the treatment process. Mahaffey, who has fought for the civil and labor rights of Detroit’s citizens, has left a significant mark on the city. “She will be missed,” Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told media. “And I think her integrity, her character, and her legend will be told for generations to come.”

Maryann Mahaffey '46

Bernard "Bernie" Douda '51 of Bloomfield, Ind., was named Indiana’s 2005 Outstanding Older Worker by the national nonprofit organization Experience Works. Douda is employed by Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, where he began working as a Navy ensign in 1952. While at Crane he has been predominantly involved with the chemistry of pyrotechnic compositions and development of pyrotechnic devices. His honors include the 2002 Harold E. Saunders Award and being named a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia.

Bernard "Bernie" Douda '51

Dorothy Ashbacher Lincoln-Smith '58 of Paradise Valley, Ariz., is president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters, for which she also serves as national music chair. She is a trustee for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, on the Vestry at St. Barnabas-on-the-Desert, soloist at First Church of Christ Scientist-Phoenix, and an avid scuba diver, having completed dive 362 of the 500 she aspires to complete. She and her husband, the artistic director emeritus of the Phoenix Boys Choir, produced the educational video Singing and Growing. She enjoys twin daughters, six stepchildren, and 18 grandchildren.

Dorothy Ashbacher
Lincoln-Smith '58

When her husband decided to grow his business, Linda Webb Koehn ’66 took over the volunteering for the family. In 2005 she was named A Woman of Influence by the Des Moines Business Record. She’s development chair of the Science Center of Iowa, president-elect of the Des Moines Metro Opera, emeritus board member of the Des Moines Symphony, honorary chair with husband Tom of the Variety telethon, and a board member of the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation. Her work on the Des Moines National Poetry Festival led to a dinner at her home with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

Linda Webb Koehn '66
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