Valentines: Marlene & Ed Hino

Marlene (Sesso) Hino, GSEHD BA ’60  & Ed Hino, GWSB BBA ’61

Ed and Marlene first met in the fall of 1958, during move-in day at Madison Hall.

Marlene recalls Ed, who was a football player, “scoping out the incoming freshmen.” Ed admits that he and his teammates were watching new students arrive, but that’s when he noticed Marlene in a car with a cheerleader he knew (and who turned out to be Marlene’s roommate). He asked his acquaintance who her friend was, and she introduced the two.

“As I walked away,” Ed laughs, “Marlene made a smart remark about me.”

Regardless of first impressions, the two began dating the following semester, and the rest is history: They celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 26, 2011.

“We were married in St. Francis Xavier church in Washington, D.C.,” says Marlene, adding that “a couple from GW (Joanne and Dave Herriman, GWSB BBA ’61) was married the week before us and another couple from GW (Judy Van Ness Howlin, CCAS BA ’61 and Bill Howlin, GWSB BBA ’62) the week after us. All three couples are still married to each other 50 years later!”

After graduating, Marlene and Ed stayed in D.C. for a stint. Marlene taught at Phoebe Hearst Elementary school, and Ed coached and taught at St. Albans (where he had many noteworthy students on his team, including Al Gore).

Later Ed took a job with the FBI, and they had to move around a lot, which Ed concedes was difficult at times. But he says their strong relationship made the transitions easier: “Not knowing people, we had to depend more on one another. Even though we were married, we were also best friends – and we were able to laugh a lot.”

Today, the couple resides in Ambler, Penn. Ed is retired but still does some part-time work for the bureau, and occasionally Marlene will substitute teach. The couple, who has three children and nine grandchildren, plays bridge and golf in their spare time. “We are very fortunate,” Ed says. “Everyone is in good health.”

“My memories of GW are very special, as I joined a sorority (Chi Omega), lived in a dorm and became part of campus life,” says Marlene, who transferred to GW her junior year.

Although it’s been a while since Marlene has made the trip to Foggy Bottom, Ed visited in fall 2011, when his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, dedicated a new house across the street from Tonic @ Quigleys (20th & G Streets). During his trip, he also attended a GW Athletic Reunion and reconnected with a former roommate.

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4 Comments

  1. Nancy Church said:

    You two little lovebirds still look great and still happy after 50 years of wedded bliss.
    Much love,
    Nancy Church

  2. Jerry Del Tufo said:

    Hi Marlene

    I am your first cousin. You probably do not remember me. I am Eddie & Alma Del tufo`s son. We met many years ago. Your mother & my father were sister and brother. I am trying to put together a family album. There is one particular picture I am trying to find. It is a picture of my father in his christening clothes with his parents and all his siblings, probably taken in 1905. I know it is a long shot, but you never know. Hope to hear from you.

    Jerry

  3. Jerry Del Tufo said:

    Hi Marlene
    I was so surprised to find you my manners were set aside. So congratulations on 50 years of marriage! My very best wishes for 50 more happy years!

    Jerry

  4. Michael Locke said:

    Ed Hino gave me my first opportunity to coach football. After sustaining a season-ending injury while trying out for the GWU Colonials Football Team in 1968, I joined the Delta Tau Delta fraternity as an incoming junior, where I was introduced to alum Coach Hino. Ed gave me the opportunity to coach the junior varsity line, providing a wealth of experience in a first-class program, which set a standard of excellence which I would aspire to years later when I had my own first head coaching opportunity at Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City, MD, a position I held between 1968 and 1972. The jayvee squad won out against all opponents, except one, Episcopal, posting a 6-1 record. Thank you Ed, for propelling me on a career path that provided some of the happiest experiences of my life.

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