By: Addie Hurst

Joy McIntyre_3-2016_2 (3)What a pleasure (a joy!) it is to welcome Joy McIntyre to the Plymouth Harbor family! If you are an opera buff, she probably needs no introduction … but we’ll get to that later.

Joy is an only child whose parents were both school teachers in Kinsley, Kansas. However, her father took a civil service test and, starting in a very simple job with the U.S. Postal Service, ended his career as the Deputy Assistant Postmaster General. So you can see that Joy inherited genes that would take her far.

As a sophomore in high school she was given the lead in an operetta; she was the soloist for her church choir at age 15. She went on to attend Oberlin where she spent her junior year in Salzburg, Austria. Following graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, she won the Emma Eames scholarship and returned to Salzburg.

She spent the next nineteen years working for various opera companies in Germany and giving performances at all the famous opera houses in Europe. She was married to a German architectural engineer for 10 years. Joy then became a professor at Boston University (now emeritus) and Chair of the Voice Department. She also has taught at Utah State University, University of Miami Salzburg Program, and is currently on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As if this were not enough, she also has been a Shakespeare scholar and created a one-woman show integrating scenes and songs by Shakespeare. Her accompanist for several of these performances was John Goodman.

She recently left her house in Silver Oak where she had lived for 12 years and has joined us at Plymouth Harbor…but she is hardly retired. She is currently President of the Sarasota Concert Association, is a past president of SILL and a current board member, is on the board of the Music Archive at the Selby Library where music related items are sorted, catalogued, and stored. Formerly, she was board member of the Artists Series Concerts, produced shows at the Historic Asolo, and ran competitions … and she still teaches at Tanglewood!

Getting to know Joy is in fact … a joy! She is very modest about all of these past accomplishments, but just ask a few questions and she has lots of stories! We hope she will be as happy to be in Plymouth Harbor as we are to welcome her.


April 10th-16th represents National Volunteer Week, a week when dedicated volunteers are recognized for their efforts. With so many of our own volunteers here at Plymouth Harbor, we wanted to find a way to celebrate these individuals. It is no secret that our residents and staff are kind, caring, generous, and giving. Whether they are donating their time within Plymouth Harbor or to the greater Sarasota community, they are committed to helping organizations succeed.

Each year, The Plymouth Harbor Foundation asks residents and employees to share their community involvement for use in the annual Impact Report. For 2015, we are proud to report that our residents and staff collectively volunteered over 10,100 hours to 73 area organizations, including, but certainly not limited to, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Ringling Museum, Selby Public Library, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Suncoast Community Blood Bank, Selah Freedom, and many more.


Picture4Jim Griffith, M.D.  is a prime example of the generosity of our residents within the Sarasota community. Dr. Griffith has been a volunteer physician with the Friendship Center’s Rubin Medical Center for Healthy Aging for 18 years, where he receives no payment for his services. The center serves patients who are uninsured or have limited income, and is largely staffed by
retired or volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and nurses.

Dr. Griffith began working with the center after he retired and moved to Florida. “I wanted to do something useful,” he says. In 2015 alone, he spent 240 hours at the center, where he is involved in treating patients and other related activities. He also organizes the center’s medical library, completes required continuing education for his Florida medical license, attends weekly meetings at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and gives medical presentations — one of which will be given as a Health Matters presentation on April 18, entitled “Sleep Disorders.”


Jerry Kaplan spent over 385 hours volunteering with six different organizations in 2015 — including: Meals on Wheels, the Sarasota Education Foundation, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, the Patterson Foundation, the Smith Care Center, and serving as a principal mentor for the Sarasota County school system.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of the things I’m involved in,” Jerry says. “I hope to make a contribution and make a difference in the lives of others.”

Jerry became involved in volunteering early on after he retired as a means of staying busy. Today, he discusses news topics every Monday in the Smith Care Center, evaluates programs and grants for the Sarasota Education Foundation, improves children’s reading skills through the Patterson Foundation, and with the help of his wife, Nancy, he works with Meals on Wheels every Tuesday.


There are also so many ways that residents give generously of their time within Plymouth Harbor. Some work in different capacities in the Smith Care Center, while others work closely with the Plymouth Harbor Foundation to better our educational opportunities and philanthropic endeavors. And while they may not necessarily consider it volunteering, residents devote time to enhancing the lives of their neighbors. Ted Rehl spends countless hours preparing for his annual performances, while Don Wallace brightened the lives of others with his plays. Also among our internal volunteers are the many residents who serve on the Residents Association Board of Directors and 20 committees that ensure Plymouth Harbor operates at its greatest capacity.

Picture1Terry and Maureen Aldrich exemplify this volunteerism. Terry, president of the Residents Association until he passes the torch in early April, dedicated himself to the position. He’s seen his peers do the same.

“There are roughly 170 residents who volunteer their time to serve Plymouth Harbor — so we’re talking a huge number of people and hours,” he says. “It’s been a great privilege of mine to see.”

As a retired psychotherapist, Terry also lends an ear when needed, and along with Maureen and Mary Allyn, he invites new residents to have dinner with them each week. For the last 10 years, Maureen has also devoted her time to tutoring English to priests — including Father Sebastian from St. Martha’s,  who serves at Plymouth Harbor regularly.

Picture3A resident since 2003, Mary Allyn is the epitome of resident involvement, serving in many capacities. Not only is she a past president of the Residents Association, but Mary also served as chair of the Grounds Committee, chair of the Nominating Committee, colony director, member of the Long Range Planning Committee, and a member of the search committee to select Plymouth Harbor President/CEO Harry Hobson. Additionally, Mary is involved in Plymouth Harbor’s bird rookery, annually counting our native birds, and ensuring their proper habitat.

“I’ve done a lot of Plymouth Harbor service over the years,” she says. “And I enjoy it because it’s a lot like what I did professionally.”

It would take countless pages to portray the efforts of all our residents and staff, but one thing’s for sure — we’re lucky to call such generous individuals part of the Plymouth Harbor family.


By: Sallie VanArsdal

Stanford Bill and Judy2 (3)The Stanfords are both Illinois natives. Judy was born and raised in Urbana where a longtime family business was located. Bill, born in Centralia, moved around the state during childhood due to his father’s profession. Both of them chose the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for college. Bill won an R.O.T.C. scholarship that gave him a Navy commission as well as his Economics degree, with honors, in 1965. Judy majored in Education and, equally important, met Bill.

Theirs was a campus romance that led to marriage in 1965. Judy’s father offered them a large wedding or two tickets to Paris. Paris won! After a family wedding, they boarded the plane for France. They came home to Bill’s return to the University of Illinois for an M.B.A. He started to work for Eli Lilly and Company in 1967, but left to fulfill a four year Navy R.O.T.C. commitment serving as supply officer on the U.S.S. Ashland, the first L.S.D. (Landing Ship Dock) built during World War II. Bill recalls, “Just keeping the 25-year-old ship running was challenging.” Judy, meantime, taught elementary school in Illinois.

Back at Lilly in 1971, Bill was sent to Dusseldorf, Germany, as financial manager for Elizabeth Arden, a Lilly subsidiary, and their business travels began: from Dusseldorf to Vienna to Sao Paulo, Brazil, overseeing Elizabeth Arden. Judy taught at the American International Schools (AIS) in all three cities, accompanied now by their two small sons who were AIS students. “It was a perfect arrangement,” she notes. “The boys learned a lot by making friends from other countries.”

Bill was brought to Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis in 1981. Various rapid promotions led to his appointment as Vice President and Controller. During these years, both Stanfords were involved in civic organizations. They continued this participation after 1996 when Bill retired and they moved to Sarasota’s Bird Key. Bill served as Commodore of the Bird Key Yacht Club, Treasurer of the Van Wezel Foundation Board, and Chairman of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation during four of his fifteen years on the Health Care Foundation Board.
Living on Bird Key, Judy and Bill became good friends of Babs and Ernie Rice and Francie and Gordon Jones, all Plymouth Harbor residents later. It would seem that the Rice/ Jones influence was positive, as the Stanfords, although still getting settled, appear happy and contented to be here.



The years of 2007—2011 represent a smaller period of growth for Plymouth Harbor, as we geared up for major developments to take place in 2012 and beyond. In 2007, the Smith Care Center secured approval to open our beds to the community at large. This same year, Plymouth Harbor embarked upon a 36-month Capital Improvement Project that helped provide improvements to the infrastructure of the campus. Plymouth Harbor also expanded in areas of community outreach, dining services, and resident wellness activities.





Grindal 4x5 300 dpi (4) CropOn February 16th, Alan B. Grindal, M.D. gave a Health Matters presentation, entitled “The Aging Brain: Realities and Opportunities.” Dr. Grindal is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. In January 2016, he joined the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees. Below is a summary of Dr. Grindal’s presentation.


By the age of 65, two percent of the population will have dementia, and after that, the number doubles every five years. Today, there are 7 million people with dementia. By 2050, that number is estimated to be at 14 million. The reasoning is two-fold: 1.) People are living longer; 2.) Baby boomers will move into the 85 and over age group.

As we age, our brain gets smaller, we lose connectivity, and experience neuron loss in certain areas of the brain. In normal aging, we see a decline in autobiographical memory — for instance, memories about yourself, such as what you did on a certain day or where you were. However, semantic memories, including facts and ingrained skills, such as the first president, tend to be well-retained. Also in normal aging, there is a decline in fluid intelligence, which results in slower responses, a decrease in multi-tasking, and diminished creativity.

In general, there are three stages of decline in the aging brain:

  1. Age Associated Memory Impairment – compared to younger people. As we age, we are not as sharp as we were when we were at our peak (at 30-35 years old). Our ability to remember and absorb knowledge tends to slow down. However, this particular stage suggests that we’re aging at the same level as our peers.
  2. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) – compared to peers. This stage identifies individuals whose level of function is slightly impaired. When compared to their peers, these individuals are not functioning at the same level, but they are still able to live independently.
  3. Dementia – loss of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills. This stage identifies those with Dementia — an impairment of higher cognitive mental skills that prevents people from being able to live independently. How does Alzheimer’s disease fit in? While the above are levels of function, Alzheimer’s disease is a pathology that can cause any or all of these stages.


While the reality of the aging brain is not always encouraging, there are several opportunities under our control that may help delay certain effects of aging, including:

  • Educational Attainment and Intellectual Challenges. The more educated you are, the less risk you have. In addition, continuing to challenge yourself educationally is extremely beneficial — particularly when you get engaged in something you enjoy doing, such as Sudoku, reading, crossword puzzles, etc.
  • Physical Activity. Aerobic exercise is proven to lead to an increase in brain volume.
  • Engaged Lifestyle/Social Environment. It has been shown that people can deteriorate quickly if they become socially isolated. Humans are social beings, and it is important to continue this attribute as we age.

View Dr. Grindal’s full presentation here:


In the latter part of 2013, Plymouth Harbor elected to provide a wider array of services to our residents. We wanted to emphasize the availability of private duty home care, with the thought that many residents have both short- and long-term needs for these services. We surmised that residents would appreciate the opportunity to receive these services from Plymouth Harbor staff who have been screened, hired, trained, and supervised by onsite staff. Gradually, with time and dedication, we hoped to win over residents who had relied on outside agencies for these services.

Today, Plymouth Harbor is pleased to report that we have made some headway. Shown below is the Home Health revenue for the past three years:

2013                             2014                         2015

$131,000               $411,000               $827,000

Additionally, for January 2016, we billed for approximately $103,000. We are thrilled to see residents taking advantage of the services we offer, and we truly appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Home Health is available whether you are in an apartment, the Callahan Center, or the Smith Care Center. We customize our services to meet your needs, from 24 hours per day to just one or two hours per day. And we are always staffed by your Plymouth Harbor team!

“The care that I get from the Home Care staff is always first rate! I have assistance both in the morning and evening, and everything goes well. Thank you so much.” Betsy Bagby

“The HOME is the key! I have had several unexpected ‘events’ in the last 10 months, and Home Care was right there when I needed them. The last event was critical enough to warrant an EMS call. The action by the team was professional, fast, and caring.”  — Weta Cannon


SuzFreundFrom Chicago to West Virginia, Ohio to El Salvador, Guatemala to Sarasota, Suzanne Freund has just about seen it all. Married to an El Salvador native, and the only child of an engineer during World War II, Suzanne is no stranger to embracing new places and new cultures.

During World War II, Suzanne’s father moved their family from Chicago to Charleston, West Virginia. After the war, they were transferred to Toledo, Ohio, and Suzanne spent her summers in Madison, Wisconsin, visiting her grandparents. Throughout her childhood, Suzanne always took piano lessons, as she had started playing at the young age of four.

So, while Suzanne’s location often changed, her love for music remained constant. At the age of 15, she was enrolled in Milwaukee-Downer Seminary, an all-girls day and boarding school, and the lessons continued. When she graduated, Suzanne went on to attend the University of Wisconsin, where she studied music. Little did she know, however, that she would develop a love for something else during that first year of school – Roberto Freund, a junior at Wisconsin, originally from San Salvador. The two met on a blind date, and the rest is history.

Two years later, in 1949, Roberto graduated from school and moved back home to take over his family’s rather prominent hardware and construction material company. In February of 1950, the two were married, and Suzanne relocated to San Salvador. The couple’s first purchase as newlyweds? A piano.

At the time of her move, Suzanne was only a junior in school. So, at the request of her parents, Suzanne promised to finish her degree – although it turned out to be more difficult than she originally thought. “It took forever,” Suzanne says, as she recalls having to take an English credit via correspondence. After that, she elected to spend two summers in Madison completing her coursework.

The move from the United States to San Salvador was a bit of a culture shock for Suzanne. She had no phone, little access to mail, and only two years of Spanish classes under her belt. “In those days, when you studied a language, you didn’t necessarily learn how to speak it,” she says. And while she could read and write in Spanish, she jokes that it took her quite some time to master the art of speaking. “I was told not to speak to our kids in Spanish because I couldn’t roll my R’s,” she laughs. Eventually she caught on, and like her three daughters who were raised in San Salvador, she’s now fluent in Spanish.

Business was booming in El Salvador. In addition to hardware and construction material, the company began manufacturing paint after the establishment of the Central American Common Market. Following that, during the Kennedy-era, Roberto attended a U.S. government-sponsored seminar in Miami regarding the development of savings and loan associations. These types of institutions were non-existent in El Salvador at the time, and Roberto took it upon himself to establish the country’s first savings and loan bank.

While Roberto focused on running the family business, Suzanne set to work volunteering within the community. Not only was she involved in the equivalent of the Parent Teacher Association in San Salvador, she was active in the American Society of El Salvador, serving on the Board and planning local events. She also helped establish the American Women’s Society – an organization that is still around today – serving as the second President. Additionally, she volunteered at the local maternity hospital.

In 1972, things in El Salvador took a turn for the worst. While business was lucrative, the family began to fear for their safety. Family friends and neighbors were kidnapped for ransom, and some never returned. Finally, in 1975, after the son of the most prominent family in the country was kidnapped and murdered, the Freunds decided it was time for Suzanne and their youngest daughter to leave San Salvador (their two eldest were in boarding school at the time). Suzanne moved to Madison, and Roberto remained in San Salvador until 1980, when he moved to Guatemala City to run the business remotely.

That same year, all savings and loan institutions in El Salvador were nationalized and that was the end of banking for the Freunds. However, the hardware and construction material and paint manufacturing business remained, and today it’s run by Roberto’s two nephews. In 1981, after years of long-distance marriage, Suzanne and Roberto reunited in Guatemala City. They lived there for one more year before they relocated to Siesta Key. They purchased a condo in the hopes of expanding it; all the while Suzanne was in search of yet another piano.

Eventually, she located a piano that was originally owned by Owen Burns (yes, as in Burns Court), and was for purchase from a woman by the name of Cerita Purmort – a woman who would eventually become her neighbor here at Plymouth Harbor. “It’s such a small world,” she says.

Their first contact with Plymouth Harbor was in the 1980s when Suzanne’s mother was a resident here. The couple moved into Plymouth Harbor in 2006, and Roberto passed away in 2011. Her mother played the piano for both the Chaplain and residents of Plymouth Harbor, and Suzanne continues this legacy by playing for the Chaplain’s Sunday service in the Smith Care Center.

In addition to her musical interests, Suzanne has always had a keen interest in architecture. Today, she serves as a volunteer for the Sarasota Architecture Foundation, and as a docent for the Dr. Walker Guest House designed by Paul Rudolph at the Ringling Museum of Art. On Saturdays, she also serves as a volunteer for the Center for Architecture Sarasota.

Prior to her architectural involvement, Suzanne spent 25 years working as a volunteer with the National Council of Jewish Women in conjunction with Prevent Blindness performing eye screenings in preschools for Amblyopia (lazy eye syndrome). She also served as a volunteer for the Symphony Showcase House for several years, and provided lunches for dancers of the Sarasota Ballet on performance days.

Above all, however, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her three daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Picture7“My position as Admissions Coordinator often times allows me first contact with potential residents desiring short-term rehab, long-term care, or a respite stay. I strive to ensure and coordinate a smooth transition into SCC. By working closely with all parties, including the resident, their family, physicians, and hospital representatives, a solid foundation for the excellent care our residents receive upon admission and throughout their entire stay is established. Attention to detail and a thorough education about our community and care standards help residents adjust appropriately to their new environment.”


Plymouth Harbor is excited to announce Mary VanSant as our new Admissions Coordinator. Mary came to Plymouth Harbor in October 2015.

In her role as Admissions Coordinator, Mary is the first point of contact for those interested in coming to the Smith Care Center (SCC), whether it be for short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, or respite stay. Specifically, she is responsible for the admission process and the coordination of a smooth transition for residents (and their support network) into SCC. This includes maintaining a positive professional relationship with members of Sarasota’s medical community, and serving as an effective facilitator in guiding family members and decision-makers to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on behalf of incoming residents.

Mary has extensive experience in the marketing and admissions field. Prior to joining Plymouth Harbor, she served as the Admissions Director at Sarasota Point Rehabilitation Center, as the Marketing and Admissions Director at The Inn at Sarasota Bay Club, and as Manager for Dr. Joseph R. Lowe, D.M.D., P. A.

Most recently, Mary served as Sales and Business Development Director at AutoXotic. In each of these roles, she was responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of marketing strategies to increase community awareness. Mary attended Florida State University and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in child development.

Plymouth Harbor is thrilled to have Mary join our team, and we look forward to the continued growth of Smith Care Center admissions.



Picture6In 2004, Harry E. Hobson was recruited and hired as the President/CEO of Plymouth Harbor, succeeding Stan Clouse. During this decade, Plymouth Harbor conducted a general “sprucing up” of the campus, and each year brought a new project. The buildings received a fresh coat of paint, Mote Marine installed an aquarium on the main floor, the fitness room received a facelift and new equipment, the North Garden atrium project was completed, and the Mezzanine was expanded and renovated for resident gatherings and informal get-togethers. In 2006, our 40th anniversary year, a new strategic plan was approved that focused on six key initiatives, including insuring Plymouth Harbor’s long-term success and providing modern and updated accommodations.





By: Lorna Hard

Picture4Margaret D’Albert, known as Peggy, was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She  spent the first three years of high school at a prep school on the east coast of Florida and completed high school in Tucson, Arizona. After two years studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Peggy transferred to Scripps, one of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges in California.

Her first summer there, Peggy went on a tour of South America with two of her professors. They stopped in Buenos Aires following the death of Eva Peron, and Peggy experienced what life under a dictatorship is like. The following summer she went on a study tour to Mexico.

After graduation, Peggy moved to New York City, taking secretarial and public relations jobs, and attending classes at NYU. When one of her former professors retired, he organized a tour around the world, which Peggy joined. It began in Japan and ended in Spain. When she returned to New York, Peggy tutored with Literacy Partners, Inc., an English as a Second Language program. Subsequently, she completed her master’s degree in literature at NYU.

Peggy married Peter D’Albert, who was born in Switzerland and had American citizenship. Peter was based in New York and worked for a Swiss company. After their first son, Richard, was born, the couple moved to Long Island, living first in Manhasset and later in Locust Valley, where Peter had taken an administrative position with Hofstra University. The D’Albert’s had two more children: Kevin and Maria. Peggy now has eight grandchildren.

While Peter worked at Hofstra, Peggy completed a second master’s degree in education there. She also worked with the Junior League as Chairman of the Arts Committee, where she helped set up an arts loan library for the public schools, a calendar for Newsday, and a Saturday arts program for school children.

When the D’Albert’s divorced, Peggy moved back to New York City, where her children were living and working. She resumed her work with the English as a Second Language program, became President of Vacations for Senior Citizens (VASCA), and sang weekly with the Canterbury Choral Society.

Peggy is no stranger to Sarasota. Her first visit here was for the winter semester of first grade at the Out-of-Door Academy, which was then a boarding school. In her adult life, she spent many winters at her condo at The Landings. She became active with Sarasota’s Literacy Council, and for several years, she sang with United Congregational Church Choir in Sarasota and the Key Chorale.

In Sarasota, she particularly enjoys music, theatre, ballet, art galleries, lecture series at Sarasota Institute for Lifelong Learning, classes at Pierian Spring Academy, and brief kayak rides.

Peggy feels fortunate to be able to participate in the classes, exercises, lectures, and films in the community at Plymouth Harbor.