By Gwen Marable
Broadmead residents continue to engage in activities to further diversity and inclusion on the campus.
Bob Youngblood, with his wife, Gabriella, who was born in Genoa, join other bilingual families at Broadmead. Bitten by the Italian bug, Bob studied Italian in Perugia, Italy, and the Youngbloods often speak Italian at home.
Bob was interested in languages from an early age. As a child, he lived in Japan for two years and had his first taste of learning a foreign language. While an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, he spent his junior year in Heidelberg, where he later went for graduate study and met Gabriella. After they were engaged, he was drafted and sent to Germany with the Seventh Army, where he played the bassoon in the orchestra, as he did later with the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Bob then had a long career as professor of languages at Washington and Lee College, where he taught for 40 years. During his retirement, along with continued scholarship, Bob spent 12 years working with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build more than 40 homes and serving on its board. Among his interests are wine, its grape varieties, and winemaking.
Moving to Broadmead during the pandemic, Bob has been impressed with the staff, all of whom he has found to be extremely helpful and friendly. Another of his major interests is food. He enjoys the food at Broadmead, especially in the dining room with its many choices, and is impressed with what the staff is able to deliver to the door.
The Youngbloods, now married for almost 60 years, met as graduate students in Heidelberg, where they began their multi-language careers. Gabriella, from Genoa, Italy, later went to the Sorbonne for advanced study in French.
While living in Lexington, VA, Gabriella worked for 31 years at Virginia Military Institute, where she was the librarian in charge of circulation. She also chaired Rockbridge County’s social services committee.
The Youngbloods’ son, Robert, lived in Paris as a journalist, writing for the International Herald Tribune; at the time of his death he was publications editor of the International Energy Agency in Paris. Their daughter, Frances, lives on Falls Road and teaches Spanish at Park School. Her three children went to Hereford High School, where the eldest was inspired by her French teacher. She went to France as an au pair, majored in French, and now hopes to teach English in France. The Youngbloods have six grandchildren.
Gabriella is especially interested in nature and enjoyed their house’s big yard. Broadmead’s setting between a wooded hill and Western Run made this a very appealing choice for retirement. Gabriella likes cooking, reading, exercise, quilting, and family time. She and Bob are enjoying one another’s company in the current lockdown.
By Kathleen Truelove
By Kathleen Truelove
Dickeyville, a village along the Gwynns Falls dating from the late 17th century, was the logical place for Michele and John Melville to live and so they did for 40 years. His ancestor, another John Melville, had been the mill superintendent at the Ballymena Mill there. The mill made woolen cloth for both sides during the Civil War and was closed by the Union troops for selling to the Confederates.
By Cliff York, Michael Kelly, and Pete Lund
Rule number one for moving hive honey to bottled honey is to separate the bees from the honey. Although they are great workers, better than beavers, the character of bees is tarnished by their obsessive propensity to steal unguarded honey. You don’t want them around when you are working to organize and fetch the honey.