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BIG NEWS!!! –
SAVE THE DATE!!! ***
Reunion Committee put their heads together (lots of brain power) and came up
with a new plan:
of our class will be held
Stay tuned for more details in the weeks and months to come.
Gordon Maddock, Dick Croxall, Marylee Grant Goyan, Barbi Knopp
Peggy Tremayne, Nancy Montgomery Gilmour (ex officio)
Depending on the day, and sometimes the moment, Marylee Grant Goyan
wears one of her many hats (sometimes literally): home decorator and
project manager (x 2), party planner, painter, jewelry maker, dog walker and
frequent weekend chauffeur for friends and her two grandchildren--one a
teenager, one almost--who enjoy spending time in her Coronado and Palm Desert
homes. She cooks frequently for friends and family, and grills a mean
Susan Cramer Peters is every child’s idea of the perfect
grandmother; parents and friends agree! She divides her time between her home
in Marin and San Francisco, enjoying family gatherings, school basketball
games, teenage lunch dates, chauffeuring, cooking, and hosting overnights. In
addition, she travels, entertains and visits friends, attends church
activities, and grows a beautiful garden. A favorite destination is Kona to
visit her Seattle cousin and his wife who live part-time in Hawaii. “It’s
lovely for me to visit them in paradise!”
By all accounts, Julie Albi Shelley and her husband, Donald,
should be on the PGA golf tour. “We are always busy either playing golf or
entertaining friends and neighbors who stop by, having dinner, etc. It’s a
rare night to find us home alone. We spend the months of August and September
in Mammoth, six months golfing in the desert, take a summer trip, and then
start over again. Our current motto is ‘Happy Days and Good Times’ and that is
my hope for all of you.”
Jean Golish Clark
and husband, Tom, are happy to see some spring sunshine in Cloverdale, CA.
Last she counted they had had 57 inches of rain! Weather permitting Tom plays
golf while Jean swims, does water aerobics, reads the latest novel for her
book club, and practices yoga for balance and strength. They both enjoy time
with their children and granddaughter who live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cruising is now their preferred way to travel. Not long ago, they took a
Princess cruise to Hawaii, and in October will take another to the Northwest.
Susie Cumins Newell
and family celebrated husband Russ’s (Newell ’56) 80th year last
summer with a big birthday bash in Santa Maria, CA. You have to know numbers
to appreciate what “big” means in this context. Between the two of
them, Susie and Russ take the prize for the most children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. [See Nov. 2018] When not celebrating family, Susie
designs and creates ¼” scale miniatures, amazing, one-of-a-kind heirloom
treasures that you have to see to believe.
Megan Geffeney Wagner
is still jazz and tap dancing every week (no lie!) and taking yoga and
strength training classes at her local YWCA. Husband Bill isn’t as mobile as
he used to be, so, “I’m now ‘the legs’ in this operation.” Megan has always
been an avid reader and lately has gotten the Marie Kondo bug [The Life
Changing Magic of Tidying Up]. She went to snowy WA in March to celebrate
her granddaughter’s 11th birthday. Lots of rain and cold in Newport
Beach too this past winter/early spring.
Barbi Knopp Wesser
enjoys sewing, reading and playing bridge, and misses the enjoyment of younger
grandchildren, now that hers are all grown up. “Two recently became engaged!”
She and Don are no longer traveling as much, but are going to Kauai, their
favorite Hawaiian island, in May. Their family recently gathered from as far
away as Philadelphia to celebrate Don’s 80th birthday. ‘Tis the
Shirley Burgess Vanderbeck
gives new meaning to a ‘retirement’ lifestyle. She still serves as secretary
or parliamentarian for no less than eleven boards or local chapters. When time
permits, she serves as tour guide for senior citizen bus trips for the city of
La Verne. She has become a serious student of genealogy, tracing her family
line back to her 31st great grandfather, King Robert the Bruce of
Scotland, and in the process, discovered she’s also related to other European
aristocrats dating back to Charlemagne. She is proud to call herself Native
American, having learned she is part Choctaw on her mother’s side. “I have
found this project to be not only enlightening, but humbling.”
Now that Peggy Tremayne is retired, she and husband Harry Fussganger
are spending more time traveling and enjoying their condo in Puerto Vallarta.
“Our wildest trip was driving the Pan American highway from Alaska to Tierra
Del Fuego at the tip of South America.” Peggy’s first career was in
education—teacher, special education coordinator, high school principal. Later
she entered private practice as a marriage, family and child therapist (MFT).
She and Harry have two children and five grandchildren—two recently graduated,
three still in college. She was chosen Outstanding Woman in the History of
Torrance, and South Bay Woman of the Year in 2018 for her charity
work. “Whatever success I have had, I owe in great part to Arcadia High School
and to UCLA. Special thanks to Mr. McKibbon, Mr. Savage and Miss Learned. They
changed my life. And love to my many ‘old’ friends from AHS.”
Nancy Montgomery Gilmour enjoys the companionship and company of
family and friends and still flies (ugh!) to the East Coast and England to
visit children and grandchildren, but struggles daily with the loss of David
and the life they shared. “I know some of you face similar challenges due to
your own health and aging, or the health, aging, death or dying of someone you
love. I wish you small miracles and, in the words of Julie Albi Shelley,
‘Happy Days and Good Times,’ even if different or not as frequent now.”
Jim Norris, like some other classmates, has caught the ancestry bug. He
went to Ireland again in 2018 with his son searching for his father’s mother’s
family, the Hagans, and this year he plans to visit Northern Ireland. “My
earliest ancestor showed up in the Chesapeake area around 1640. We’re
Scot/Irish and Welsh. Haven’t made it to Wales yet.”
As of December 2018, Bill Hohlt has been conductor on 15 Polar Express
trains and has only 28 more to go!
“Some snow in Ely [NV] so far but mostly cold.” [See January 2016]
John Sullivan hears from Harvey Herr and wife, Paula. “One of
their sons lives in Africa; I believe the other is currently in Germany. In
his last email, Harvey again threatened to retire. He has, for the past few
years, been working in Lebanon which he loves.”
In the summer of ’56, John’s mother and brother moved to North Hollywood and
he chose to stay in Arcadia. “Walt and Bob McCormick’s mother took me in until
I graduated. A side note: somehow, I ended up with their younger brother
David’s copy of our ’57 yearbook, so will likely never be able to revisit
whatever classmates wrote in mine.”
Justine Prietzak Hand has been working for JVS (Jewish
Vocational Service) health service for 15 years as a nutritional consultant.
“It always amazes me how just a couple of changes in a person’s
diet—eliminating the foods they are allergic to or eat too much of—will get
them on the road to good health. It is so true, ‘You are what you eat.’”
‘Jackie’ Worker McCarthy reflected on some of the places she has
lived over the years: “I lived in San Francisco in the ‘60’s and “absolutely
loved that part of the country. In the early 60’s I lived in Manhattan, and
that is my very favorite place to live. Last time I went back in 2009, I
realized that, even though it is so exciting, I wouldn’t be able to handle the
weather as I age. Los Angeles [where Jackie currently lives] has become a
traffic nightmare and you have to carefully plan in advance all your
David Davis [wrote to Barbi Knopp Wesser]: “Thank you for
your letter and I appreciate your outreach. I have surprisingly (for me) vivid
memories of high school and while I don’t use social media, have kept up on
some things through Google and news from my brother, Mike, who was a year
behind me. I have seen [the AHS website] updates and have to say that I
haven’t recognized any of the people I’ve seen (maybe like Proust’s
protagonist not recognizing most of his social acquaintances from 20 years
ago), but I do remember names and pictures of classmates from the 1957 class.
Reunions haven’t been possible for me for many reasons and I regret that, but
keep me posted. Thanks again.” [David’s current email can be found in the
Annette Gish Hall and husband, Gary, live in Meridian, ID, a
suburb of Boise. “The world is moving here! In the 14 years since we moved to
this area, the population has exploded.” They first moved to Eagle (Chris
Dueker and wife, Joyce, live there) and then bought a small home in nearby
Meridian. Annette says they love the climate and lifestyle: “We had snow
yesterday and today it’s all gone. Never rains really hard; usually can’t even
hear it rain. Boise is a great town for things to do: Shakespeare theatre in
the summer, Morrison Center for musicals, symphony, sports, etc. Unique are
the many separate areas that have their own flavor: Hyde Park, North End, The
Bill Eldredge and Molly (Sinkule ’59) lived in McCall, two hours away,
for 18 years (I think). They were on the lake, fabulous in summer. Winter in
the mountains is another story, and Bill got tired of shoveling snow off the
roof. We visited them once and met in Boise once. Wish we could have met with
them more.” [Bill and Molly are now living in La Jolla.
Karen Hunter Slawson sent a lovely note: “It’s been four years since my
husband, George, died and I know the way forward isn’t easy. My children
wanted me to move closer to them, and I finally did this last January. I live
in Vancouver, WA now, just across the mighty Columbia River, and across the
street from my son, Chris, and only two hours from my daughter, Cassie, in
Olympia. I’m delighted to read about all our friends, and amazed that so many
are so active with travel and living life to the fullest. Great stories!”
Joyce Mark Goodman remains busy and active, and an inspiration to many, in
spite of some sight issues. Her cooking and exercise show, called “Good Health
God’s Way,” can be seen on HSBN, the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network. [www.hsbn.tv]
“I’ve also updated my book, Gluten Free for Me, which now has 44 recipes, 60
Bible verses, and a lot of new, healthy material. Also, I’m tapping again. I
feel so blessed!”
John Sullivan: “I hung up my soccer coaching cleats last season after 43 years
coaching rec teams during which I put together 27 all-star teams for an annual
Father’s Day tournament. I’m still substitute teaching at Arlington, VA middle
schools two or three times a week. Anna and I travel to CO to visit our
youngest daughter and son and their families.” John shared a cute AHS story:
“Judy Quarness Langan’s address was listed as “out of date” [now updated, see
Directory] so I did an Internet search. You may ask why I did the search. I
transferred to AHS from Altadena HS in the middle of 10th grade, (the same
school Judy Malone Edward-Bogaards transferred from). On New Year’s Eve I went
alone to the Pasadena Roller Rink. When it grew close to midnight, some guy
began bugging Judy Quarness for a kiss. She recognized me and asked if I would
skate with her until after the bell tolled. So…lucky me…Judy was the first AHS
girl I kissed.”
Stuart Roether recently visited the AHS website for the first time. He says
he’s “still kicking and not nearly as square as I was in ’57. I got a letter
from Peggy Tremayne. Just a few days prior, I had been thinking about our
classmates. Déjà vu! I live in Oakhurst, half way between Fresno and Yosemite.
My children live in Santa Clarita, Palmdale and a daughter lives locally.
Wondering how many of us are still left on the planet.”
Dick Carl Martin
lost his wife, Beverley this past summer after 53 years of
marriage. “We were inseparable. It’s hard to continue on by myself, although
my daughter is close by here in Hesperia. Nevertheless, it’s going to be
difficult. Bev worked for the Sheriff’s Department. She was a stone hot-rodder
like myself and had her own street rod. I’ve been wondering if there are other
reunions/get-togethers planned. I was racing during the last three and unable
to attend, but now I’ve hung it up and will be looking forward to any
get-togethers. I often wonder what happened to Chuck Peterson, ‘60 and Bill
Susie Cumins Newell told husband, Russ (’57) that they should share their
“newsy” stuff, except that it’s always the same: bikes (Russ rides a Harley)
and babies! Together Susie and Russ have 7 children, 25 grandchildren, 15
great grandchildren and another due in January. Plus, lots of siblings and
their spouses, nieces and nephews, some living nearby. “This year our extended
family grew by three more babies; year before last it was four more. The ages
of the great grandchildren range from 17 years to 5 months + one in the oven.
We send birthday cards at the rate of about one per week.”
Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season and the blessings of family, friends
and good health in the coming year. I’ll update again in Spring 2019.
A very belated update to the Class Notes! Thank you all for contributing,
and apologies if your news is no longer relevant or is seriously out of
date. Here goes…in order, more or less…of receipt from faithful classmates:
Penny Grund, wife of Lee Grund, sent a lovely notecard with news of their
ten-day visit with Diana and Bob Jones at their New Orleans home in October
2015, where they celebrated Diana and Bob’s 49th wedding anniversary with a
road trip and stops at some “simply fabulous” historic places. One of the
highlights: Dunleith Historic Inn [www.dunleith.com]. “We truly stepped into
‘the Old South’. Much has changed, but some things do remain the same. Bob
was a good sport to drive; Diana was the consummate Southern hostess. We
have been friends for a long, long time!”
Dick Croxall is still consulting for Aerospace Corp. on major space program
assessments and playing with collector cars. “I’m also having fun working
with son Rob’s El Segundo Brewing Co. (doing very well) and watching son
Dan’s law professorship thrive. Five grandkids keep us young, and we have
some pretty good softball and baseball players who are great to watch. Nancy
and I still communicate and get together with some of our SoCal classmates: Leach’s, Allison’s, Wesser’s, Eldredge’s, Reichert’s, etc. It’s just like
old times when we get together (and we’re still as silly). We’re lucky to be
in pretty good health except for the usual aging knees, joints and brains.
Any thoughts on the 60th? I’m willing to help. Thinking maybe it should be
in Arcadia if there’s a suitable place.”
In June, Shirley Burgess Vanderbeck was selected as one of four National
Notary of the Year honorees at the annual convention of the National Notary
Association. “It was a shock to be selected on the national level. In
August, I passed a rigorous two-day examination in Denver, CO to become a
Professional Registered Parliamentarian.” Congratulations, Shirley!
Jean Golish Clark and husband, Tom, went on a Princess cruise of
Baltic/Scandinavian cities and countries in June/July, beginning in
Copenhagen and ending in Stockholm, with stops in Berlin, Oslo, Tallin,
Helsinki and St. Petersburg. They took guided tours and also enjoyed
wandering on their own with Rick Steve’s book. “We spent two days in St.
Petersburg. People keep asking which place we liked the best. They were all
interesting! I especially enjoyed Berlin. We had an excellent tour guide.
Saw the Berlin Wall and Check Point Charlie.”
Speed Week at Bonneville Flats, UT was scheduled in August. Did it ever
happen, Richard Carl ‘Dick’ Martin? “Most say the salt is too thin and will
not handle the hundreds of runs. Streamliners need at least ten miles to
run. If it is again cancelled, I am done. Too old…that simple, sorry to say.
Ron Knudsen is on the crew; about the only time I see Ron. I live in
Hesperia and Ron, Santa Rosa. I hope someday we can all get together again.”
Penny Havens Deley and Susie Cumins Newell have been enjoying the visits of
neighborhood bunnies. In Penny’s case, “It’s the little brown bunny who
makes daily visits to my patio garden. Sometimes he comes right up to the
glass door and peers in…unexpected simple pleasures.” And Susie: “Tator Tot”
is his/her name, lives next door, visits frequently and is well loved and
Jody Geivet Kloch [along with others] wrote words of encouragement for David
and me: “I’m a cancer survivor. I know it ain’t easy and ain’t fun, but
somehow the roller coaster of life always heads back up again. I had to use
the ain’ts in memory of Miss Learned, who was the best, and scariest,
teacher ever. After I graduated college, I went back to AHS to tell her I
was teaching 8th grade English. In typical Miss Learned fashion she remained
expressionless. I did kinda anticipate a smile or an ‘atta-girl’. Sigh.”
[Anyone who had her for English can sympathize, Jody.]
Gordon Maddock goes fishing with AHS grad Warren Forrest (’56) in summer,
hunts waterfowl and upland game birds in Baja in winter and spring (with an
open invitation for classmates to join them), and is enjoying a small lodge
on the Colorado River with friends. He included some news that will bring a
‘tear to the eyes’ of the Class of ’57:
“Those of you who visited Arcadia in 1967 will remember that Van de Kamp’s
opened one of its restaurants at the northeast corner of Santa Anita and
Huntington Drive. The building had a unique round design and featured a
4-blade lighted windmill. Later Van de Kamps retreated from the restaurant
business and sold the property. Denny’s bought it years ago and was going to
demolish the building for a new structure. Thanks to those Arcadians who
fought to preserve it, the building still stands, windmill and all. For
years the windmill has been idle, but Denny’s restored it, added some LED
lighting, and now, following a big ceremony in July 2016, the windmill lives
In June 2016, Toni Calamia Stevenson wrote: “All is good. Just enjoying my
grandkids and great-grandkids. Love hearing about all our classmates. I pray
for good health for everyone. Take care.”
Pam Boller Pingle: “My 6th great grandchild was born in March. A 6th will
arrive next November. Naiya is called The Michelin baby, only two months old
and has rolls and rolls. She tops all the charts, smiles all the time,
practically from birth. Amazing! My son’s mother-in-law and I went cross
country for five weeks this spring. We stopped and saw Linda Brill Smith in Lindon, UT and
Alice Bishop Kennedy and her husband, Jay, in Keowee Key,
South Carolina. Both are fine and none of us looks or feels our ages. (Ha,
ha.) It’s hard to believe how many years have gone by since we had our
In September Pam went to Australia for two weeks. “My son and his wife are
there for four months while he’s on a teaching sabbatical.” Pam got to enjoy
the sites and went snorkeling [!] on the Great Barrier Reef. “Due to my Girl
Scout days—swimming in Binnie and Barry Busby’s pool with Karen Grell,
JoJean Griffin, Marcia Sheehan, and so many other Arcadians—I still love
swimming and do it almost every day. Another highlight: wine tasting in the
Hunter Valley and watching a mob of kangaroo run across the vineyards into
the forest. Really! It was not the wine!”
[BTW…Pam’s granddaughter and three of her great-grandchildren live in
Shelter Cove, CA, not far from Margaret Ann ‘Maggie’ Spencer Carey and
husband, Joe, owners of Briceland Vineyards.]
Chris Dueker’s appreciation for our high school experience is still growing:
“I continue to value many of our classmates and teachers. In my AHS typing
class Dick Leach was a star. Bill Hamilton was also in the class, and one
day he got in a huge fight. He was quite a fighter. Fortunately, we were
chums. I don’t know who he was fighting with. This story is not as sweet as
Penny’s [Havens Deley].” 😉
Judy Bullock Cadenasso: “Sil and I moved in June. Still in San Luis Obispo,
just two blocks down the street. We might as well have moved across country.
[!] We spent a few days with Nancy Roscoe Gilmore in May. She and Gary live
in Palm Desert. We are currently doing two home exchanges, one in Banff,
Alberta, Canada and the other in Victoria, BC, returning home in August.”
As you may recall, Marian Blake Rowe spent three years recovering from a
near-death experience in Paraguay. (See Jan/Feb 2014) She then spent two
winters in Honduras living on the beachfront and swimming in the Caribbean.
As of October 2016, she was flying to Oman for a three-month course in
Arabic at a small school. “I will be their oldest student at 77 years of
age! Intense interest in the Arabic language and culture has stayed with me
ever since my Peace Corps tour in Morocco in 1992-94, during which time I
functioned well in Arabic and was on the verge of fluency. Ever since, I
have aspired to continue studies and someday speak fluently.” In 2004,
Marian was planning to attend this same school in conjunction with a reunion
and visit with her son, Alan, when she learned he had been killed in combat
in Iraq. Her hope now is to acquire sufficient Arabic language skills, so
that maybe she can travel to the Syrian-Iraqi border town where Alan lost
his life to an IED “to pay homage to my beloved son.”
Gary Tickemeyer reconnected with Tom Boswell after 59 years. “Tom and his
wife, Kathy, spent several days in our driveway in Coeur d’Alene, ID in
their camper. We were good friends, and track and field teammates. What a
John Heidtke: “I’m a Deacon at the 1300-member North Palm Beach First
Presbyterian Church and a volunteer for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. My
wife, Penny, is President of Jupiter Medical Center Volunteers, 600 strong.
When people find out we work for free, they come knocking at our door. Last
time I came to a reunion [50th], I got the award for traveling the farthest.
It was a towel with our class logo. I gave it away, then and there, to my
fondest high school dream girl, Karen Cunningham [Schaeffer]. I was always
too timid to ask for a date. My bucket list includes revisiting Arcadia and
my friends who stuck it out. Meanwhile, we are hunkered down here in FL as I
write, expecting 140 mph winds tonight.” [As it turned out, Hurricane
Matthew mostly brushed by John and Penny. Their neighborhood only lost a few
trees, but others weren’t so lucky.]
‘Barbi’ Knopp Wesser and Don (’56) flew to Philadelphia in August to visit
their daughter, her husband and grandsons, and from there flew to Copenhagen
for three days to begin an eight-day Baltic/Scandinavia cruise with 16
friends on the Oceania that ended in Stockholm (four days) with stops in
Berlin, Riga, Tallin, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. They returned to
Philadelphia for more family time, arriving back in CA on Sept. 10th. “In
St. Petersburg we went to the Hermitage which, in our estimation, rivaled
our favorite palace, Versailles. Stockholm ranks high as one of my favorite
international cities along with Sydney.”
Bill Eldredge: “I’m having fun trading insults with Chris [Dueker] since he
moved to Eagle, ID. Molly (Sinkule ’59) and I left McCall, ID six years ago
and moved back to San Diego to dodge the snow and be near our grandkids.
Loved our 22 years up there, but it was time to leave the mountains as a
full-time experience. We get together with the Leach’s, Lindells, Reicherts,
Croxalls, Allisons and Wessers every year for a three-day reunion. This time
we meet in San Diego. The men show up, but the women do all the planning and
hard work. Nothing changes!”
In October, ‘Barbi’ Knopp Wesser and husband, Don (’56), joined the
Eldredges, along with the Lindells, Leach’s, Allisons and Richerts, at La
Jolla Shores. “We saw some San Diego sights, had lots of great meals and
enjoyed each other’s company. It’s becoming an annual event. It’s fun to
share what’s going on in our lives, plus telling endless stories about our
days in elementary through high school.”
Dorene Meisch Leatherwood sent another lovely Christmas 2016 greeting with
news of her large and active family. At the end of the year, her eight
grandchildren, ages 10 – 23, were either preparing for college or finishing
their degrees, interviewing for a scholarship to China, participating in
sports or engaged in other high school activities. Her husband, Ed, has
enjoyed gardening and growing tomatoes, and Dorene continues to attend her
grandchiildren’s school activities, football games and still enjoys
quilting. Major holidays are a treasured time for family get-togethers.
Barbara Gumz Willis was sorry to miss the 60th reunion, and, along with
others, is hoping there will be another one. “I so enjoyed the 50th. Please
keep me in the AHS loop. I really have fond memories, even though I was only
at Arcadia my last two years. They were good years!”
Harvey Herr: “So sorry that I missed yet another reunion. I am, however,
alive and well. I currently work in Beirut, Lebanon; my family lives in
Nairobi, Kenya. My two sisters live in Santa Cruz. I’m in frequent contact
with John Sullivan from our class. I look forward to a time when I will be
able to attend one of the reunions. My very best to everyone, and especially
those who look after remembering the Class of ’57. Kind regards, Harvey.”
John Covey sent his regrets for the 60th: “I’m at my summer home in Montana
and the logistics of travel are challenging to say the least. Seventy-mile
drive to catch a bus. Then 300 miles by bus to airport, fly to Ontario, rent
a car and reverse the process to get back here. [John, we empathize.] My
contact information is the same: summer in Montana and winter in Arizona.
Health is good, just older. My best to all ’57 classmates.”
June was a busy, full, bittersweet time for several classmates who lost
their spouses. Pat Killeen’s husband, Phil Gosswiller, died in March,
shortly before the 60th reunion. She was unable to come and sent her regrets
as her grandson was graduating from college that same weekend. The memorial
service for Phil was held a week later. Condolences to you, Pat. And
condolences for Bob Askin, whose wife, Jayne, died in May of lung cancer
shortly before the 60th. Jayne was a lovely person, and the glue that kept
me and others in our class in contact with them. Bob came with Rene Caron
Lee Grund’s and Penny’s home for the reunion picnic. It was good to see you
Although life has begun to slow down a bit for Marian Blake Rowe, in August
she and her grandson, Blake [Alan’s son], made a high school
graduation-present trip to Morocco and Spain where she was able to reunite
with friends and ‘family’ from her Peace Corps days and introduce her
grandson to the Arabic world. “It would be wonderful to see some of our
classmates again before we dwindle further in number or capacity for travel.
If I can be of any help here in the ID boonies, I would sure welcome the
Albert ‘Bert’ McKinley sends his best regards to everyone and is sorry to
have missed the 60th. “Jo and I would have loved to be there but didn’t know
about it. In 2014 I retired at the age of 76 for health reasons, but we are
still as active as possible with our church, Knights of Columbus and other
In Sept/Oct, Jean Golisch Clark and husband, Tom, took a road trip beginning
and ending in Cleveland, OH. Their 2,000-mile drive included quite a few
bucket list items: Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec City, the Finger Lakes
area of New York and Corning, NY. Highlights included lots of beautiful
scenery, three Halls of Fame (football, baseball, rock & roll), historic
Montreal and Quebec City, and a stunning glass museum in Corning.
It was good to hear from Alice Bishop Kennedy: “I really
appreciate getting information about our classmates. I see that my last
class note was written in 1999, so updating is way overdue. My husband, Jay,
and I continue to enjoy life in South Carolina on beautiful Lake Keowee. We
have watched our grandchildren grow up loving their time at the lake. Jay
and I don’t water ski any longer, but love watching our children,
grandchildren and their friends having such a great time. We do continue to
enjoy the lake by kayaking and sailing our small sailboat.”
Jane Biffle Rader: “Thank God, all is well up here! [Anderson,
CA] JoAnn [Biffle Caro] and I hauled our horses up to the mountains
yesterday and rode for over five hours up and down mountain trails. [!] My
back gets a little sore and that’s all for now…thank goodness. My new knee
joint is working out great.”
Marylee Grant Goyan visited Susan Cramer Peters
in March/April to celebrate Susan’s birthday week. They saw art exhibits,
ate delicious food from Sausalito to Sonoma, went to a Warriors game where
they ate more delicious food, [truly!] and watched them win. Another
highlight: a lovely day for lunch and shopping in Healdsburg, CA with
Jean Golisch Clark and Penny Pearson Labourdette.
‘Barbi Knopp Wesser’ and Don (’56) will travel to PA in June
to see their youngest grandchild, Nick, graduate from high school.
“Afterward, we are going on a Holland America cruise starting in Montreal,
traveling to the Canadian maritime provinces, and ending in Boston.”
Pam Boller Pingle: “Yes, I am still traveling. Just went on an
11-day Caribbean island-hopping cruise, and in April/May will go on another
five-week cross country trip with my son’s mother-in-law, our 4th trip. We
go every other year and see mutual family and friends along the way. We will
miss seeing Jay and Alice Bishop Kennedy this time, but we will see Linda
Brill Smith in UT and Patti Elliott Clark (’59) in CO. Patti was a couple of
years behind us but lived right behind me in Arcadia. I love seeing all of
them and other sights (usually historic or musical) as well. In summer I’m
going to Hawaii. In September I will go on a two-week cruise to mainly
Iceland and Scotland. Someone has to do it!” [Pam is, without a doubt, the
Class of ‘57 travel queen.]
Rene Caron and his wife, Sandy, have undergone significant changes in
their lives since the 60th reunion. In August 2017, due to the progression
of Sandy’s Alzheimer’s disease, it became necessary to move her to the
memory care unit of Aegis Living of Laguna Niguel. It is only 10-15 minutes
from their home, so Rene is able to visit regularly.
“The changes have been challenging, but our circle of friends has been great
in supporting both of us and providing me with a reasonably active social
life. Sandy is adjusting to her new life at Aegis. Her beautiful smile,
caring disposition and sense of humor are still evident at times. Her
Alzheimer’s continues to progress at a steady and increasingly debilitating
rate, sad and difficult for me to accept, but I’m gradually learning to live
with it. I still do consulting work with some of my old clients, which has
been great in keeping me occupied and my brain working. I’m making plans to
sell our home and will be moving to a smaller place in the Laguna Niguel/Dana
Point/Aliso Viejo area in the near future.”
***Dick Croxall says there is growing interest in a 62-year reunion.
“We aren’t getting any younger!” Please pass along any thoughts you may
have for when and where we might do this to Dick and other interested
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Life is a mixed blessing. First some sad news:
Penny Pearson Labourdette's husband, Al, died in October.
Their 54-year marriage began after he and Penny met through mutual friends
while Al was stationed in Pasadena as an officer in the Army. Penny and Al
enjoyed 14 exciting and eventful years of military travel while raising four
children, eventually settling in Novato, CA, where Susan Cramer Peters,
Jean Golisch Clark, Marylee Grant Goyan and I
became reacquainted with her. After Al retired, he and Penny continued their
love of travel, taking many enjoyable cruises. Penny is grateful for her
children and grandchildren who live in the area and continues to enjoy the
company of many friends and neighbors she and Al made during 40 years of
living in No. CA.
Ross Heale passed away this month after an extended illness. He had
been bedridden for years due to an autoimmune disorder. See
Class Notes (June 2012)
and the Obituary
for more details. Thank you, Richard Bensen, for sharing this
And for those of us keeping on keeping on:
John Heidtke, now living in FL, has found some wonderful ways to fill
the vacuum created when he and Penny moved. "Our Lord provided the Palm
Beach County Sheriff's Office Volunteers, a developing Deaconship position
with North Palm Beach Presbyterian Church and a volunteer position with
Jupiter Medical Center, our big local hospital, in Pastoral Care Services."
John comforts, cheers and shares good will with the seriously ill and dying,
giving each a short 'hands on' prayer. "There are 20 of us Geezers doing
this. [I have a] selfish reason for involving myself in their lives at a
critical juncture: it is a big blessing for me to have gained insight into
my own existence through the eyes of those ahead of me."
Bill Hohlt continues to enjoy life in Ely, NV, "the most isolated,
incorporated city in the USA, 240 miles from any large city...Las Vegas,
Salt Lake City or Twin Fall, ID." He is still a full-time volunteer on the
Nevada Northern Railway working as a conductor or brakeman. (See
Class Notes, August
Dorene Meisch Leatherwood sent a family photo and Christmas
greeting. Her three children and eight grandchildren, ages 9 to 21, are
healthy, happy and involved in different sports, school activities, and
4H projects. Her husband, Ed, has had health problems which keep her busy,
and Dorene, herself, admits to slowing down, "...which has been difficult
for me to do." She feels blessed that they have been able to remain in their
home. Her daughter and grandchildren help out, and she still enjoys
scrapbooking, quilting and working in her flower beds when she is able. At
the time of her letter, there still was no snow in OH and, "...it looks like
we will have a mild winter."
Life continues busy and active for Peggy Tremayne and husband, Harry.
He is retired; she has cut her MFT practice to one or two days a week. Their
two children and five grandchildren are doing well. "Our oldest grandson
just graduated from Harvard--brag, brag. That makes us very old, old! We
still love to travel [plane, auto, ship], most recently a cruise to Buenos
Aires where much of Harry's family lives. Last year we sailed the west coast
of Africa from Cape Town to London, our 4th trip to Africa. We still love
our condo in Puerto Vallarta and try to stay there for several months each
year. I would love to hear from longtime (not old) friends. Best wishes to
everyone for a healthy, happy New Year."
David Gilmour is officially, fully retired. He spent most of his
working life in the grocery business, beginning in high school at Alpha Beta
with Doug Nanninga and Ray Mueller, and for the past 15 years
as owner/operator of Paradise Foods in Marin County. He continues to support
his church and several community programs, currently serving on the
executive committee for the Episcopal Diocese of California. A new vacation
home at Lake Tahoe also keeps him busy. He and Nancy Montgomery
Gilmour spent a memorable Christmas in Jamaica with two of their
children and their spouses, and four of their grandchildren.
Chris Dueker and his wife, Joyce, are settled into their new home in
Eagle, ID. As of mid- December, they were still waiting for winter to arrive.
He sent this timely quote from Alfred Lord Tennyson, which we hope...at least
for some...is prescient as well as precise: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come
And whispers, "It will be happier."
Thank you, Chris. Best winter wishes, everyone!
Thanks to you who sent news awhile back and to all for patiently waiting for
this update. Slow in coming!
reluctantly, and stoically, shared that he and his wife, Nardos, will no
longer be making their mission trips worldwide to take dentistry to those who
otherwise wouldn't have it. "Arthritis finally did me in...unfortunately
dentists use their hands.
God was good to allow us the health and greenbacks to do this. Dental needs
are so severely lacking worldwide. I have the opinion that there is a greater
need for dentists than physicians in the developing countries. [It has been]
A GREAT RIDE!" Jack and Nardos made 41 trips! They also had a very busy
restorative practice in Londonderry, NH for 35 years.
Patricia 'Tricia' Keith Spiegel has retired...sort of. "I will
keep writing but on my own terms." She and her husband, Rich, are now living
in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA, a development for active seniors in the San
Francisco Bay Area. "The decision was driven largely by the desire to be
closer to our six grandkids. We figure the window of time when they come
bouncing and squealing to the door when we arrive does not stay open forever.
It was worth it to us to facilitate those blessed events. Before, we usually
spent more time on the 680 than with them."
Jim Allison and his wife, Margie, are doing well, but are worried about
forest fires this summer. At the time of his letter (6/19), the large fire
below Big Bear was still largely out of control and they were getting a lot of
smoke. "It's been a dry year. I'm sure for you too." Thank you, Jim, for
another unexpected and generous contribution to the
Outdated, but always appreciated, is news from Chris Dueker, 6/24 (now
living in ID): "I continue my relentlessness in home organization. There was a
fine surprise yesterday when I opened a box of long unseen books: my four AHS
annuals. No more box for them; now a place of honor. In May I was in SoCal for
a medical school reunion. Daughter Donna took me on a tour of our Arcadia
neighborhood. The peacocks are not endangered. John Lindell's [home] is
becoming a hotel-sized residence. Eagle Rock is thriving. Two weeks ago we
were over in Ketchum/Sun Valley. The regional history librarian at the
community library has recently moved from NYC. She had been in CA before that.
She is a younger graduate of AHS. The world is both small and young."
Rene Caron and his partner sold their business at the beginning of this
year. Rene will be transitioning to retirement by the end of 2015. "I am
currently working four days per week in a consulting capacity and will be down
to half time before the end of summer. I feel fortunate to have the luxury to
be able to slowly decompress over the next several months. After that I'm
looking forward to an active 'retirement' as I know I won't be content to
simply sit around. We are off to upstate NY this summer to spend time with
Sandy's family in her home town of Cortland, about 35 miles from Syracuse. If
there's a 60th reunion, count me in!"
A few people have begun to inquire about a 60-year reunion
Is there interest? Any suggestions, ideas? Volunteers?
Nancy Roscoe Gilmore
replied: "I'm interested in the 60th reunion
and am willing to help on the committee. I missed the 50th because of a
special cruise to Hawaii. Gary and I have been in Palm Desert since 2006 and
love it. It does get hot in the summer months but the rest of the year is
wonderful. Both Gary and I volunteer at the Living Desert in PD. Gary is
involved with the G-Scale Railroad and volunteers 30-40 hours a week during
the cooler months. I spend one morning a week in the petting zoo with Nigerian
dwarf goats. I'm a member of the Friends of the Desert Mountains, and this
year was my first year to volunteer for the Humana Challenge Golf Tournament
and the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament. Judy Bullock Cadenasso
and I try to get together every year, occasionally in Hawaii. Hopefully, we
will have a 60th reunion.
I would love to see everyone again. PS: Judy lives in San Luis Obispo
and if any of the girls want to get together for several days, either San Luis
Obispo or Paso Robles are fun places to visit and go wine tasting. I could
meet you there."
John Albi and his wife, Valerie (Vaughn '56), have moved to Brookings,
OR. "We got tired of the cold and wanted to be closer to our kids in the Bay
Area. If we have another reunion, we should be able to make it since we are
closer and have retired from our past wine business."
Bill Hohlt recently moved from Walnut Creek "to the most isolated city
in the continual United States--Ely, NV. I'm working as a volunteer at the
Nevada Northern Railway, national historical landmark, as a conductor. If
anyone comes by Ely, be sure to stop by and say, Hi."
(New address and contact information for John and Bill is in the
Susan Cramer Peters and Marylee Grant Goyan
recently enjoyed a few days at the Inn at Occidental, Occidental, CA. On their
first day out exploring they ran unexpectedly into Steve Grant! Some of
you may recall that Susan and Steve were next door neighbors in high school.
Steve and his wife, Jeannette, live part-time in Occidental. They also have a
place in San Francisco to enjoy city life.
Susan also hosted lunch in her home for Jean Golish Clark,
Penny Pearson Labourdette and Nancy Montgomery Gilmour
while Marylee was visiting.
BTW...we received a few additional replies to questions regarding a
60th reunion that
went something like this:
Marylee Grant Goyan: I thought Bill Eldredge said he was
doing our 60th at Denny's.
Chris Dueker: Bill E offered to arrange the 70th. I didn't hear
the venue since my ears have a spam filter.
Nancy Montgomery Gilmour: Like Marylee, David and
I thought it was the 60th. We believe he also said he would reserve a table.
Bill Eldredge: Whooo! I said the 75th. I need time to plan this thing.
Who knows, Denny's could change their Value Menu and throw a monkey wrench
into the whole affair. I'm working on doing some TV reruns of Lawrence Welk
shows for entertainment and dancing. Stay tuned for further details. Willy
And there you have it. Stay Tuned!!
Thanks to those of you who sent Christmas 2014 cards and greetings! It's always nice to see pics and hear your news. The Leatherwood
family in OH...Dorene Meisch Leatherwood...experienced a year of inter-generational events and excitement. She and Ed celebrated their
50-year wedding anniversary; their grandchildren's college, high school and elementary school activities kept them busy; there were some surgeries and
some family travel. In August, Dorene, one of her sons, and two of her grandchildren flew to CA and drove up the eastern side of the Sierras,
traveling north from desert to forest and south down the Pacific Coast. They saw evidence of the drought everywhere. In Santa Barbara Dorene stayed
overnight and enjoyed reminiscing with Penny Havens Deley before continuing on to So. CA beach cities, Hollywood and Pasadena to visit her
Bill Hamilton: "Marilyn and I had a good year. We finished moving [to Paso
Robles], then went to Ireland, Scotland, England and Paris. Stood on top of
the Eiffel Tower, also were in the Hamilton and Montgomery castles. My
grandmother was a merry Montgomery from Aughnacloy [County Tyrone, No.
Ireland] and grandfather was from Kilrea [County Londonderry]. I thought you
might like to know." [Yes, Bill, very interesting. The Hamilton and
Montgomery clans are closely linked in Scottish history. For their 2014
Christmas card, Bill and Marilyn had their picture taken standing next to a
sign that reads 'Montgomery Street'!]
Chris Dueker emailed Feb. 5 from his new home in Eagle, ID: "We seem to have
mild winters here. I would have liked more snow. Today is Joyce's birthday.
Not surprisingly, she asked me to make her a lemon meringue pie. One doesn't
go into an ID backyard to pick lemons, but the stage coach brings them to
the general store (or Albertsons, Whole Foods or Trader Joe's). I have been
making these pies since Bill Winn and I made one as part of a dinner for his
dad. In Miss Carrol's speech class, I later gave a talk on how to make a pie
crust. I believe that rather started everything. The pie making requires
attention to detail. A habit of paying attention saves lives. Remember that
just one hole will sink a submarine. [!!!]
As Ever, Chris in the Kitchen for Many Hundreds of Pies"
At the end of this month, David Gilmour officially retires as owner/operator
of Paradise Foods in Marin County. As we've acknowledged before,
'retirement' is most often what you make it, and David is hoping his will be
an active one. He has established a new office and headquarters not far from
home where he already is actively at work promoting and fund raising for a
global Christian organization trying to make a positive difference in the
lives of refugees and others caught up in the violence of war and terrorism
in the Middle East. You can check out their website:
Sally Galliher Wheeler, our former Aloha girl, is now settled into
her new home in Tacoma, WA near her daughter and granddaughters.
Notes, Dec. 2014) Her new address info is in the
As always, thanks to all the
Website Angels and Gordon Maddock who just surprised us with a
big check. We are set for awhile!
Robert 'Bob' Jones, M.D. and Diana are still living in
New Orleans. Bob retired as a full-time professor post-Katrina; however, as
an Emeritus Professor his faculty appointment is for life and he still
teaches one day a week. His consulting practice is as busy as ever.
The inimitable Chris Dueker weighed in with words of wisdom on some
possible causes of our AHS website glitch in November: global warming, big
data overload, rent check lost in mail, polar vortex.
Of course! Why
didn't we think of that?
From Paul Geller: "Not much news here in Mandeville
Canyon, on the edge of L.A. Susan is painting in her studio and I'm
retiring, more and more. Regards to all!" www.pgeller.com.
Gordon Maddock now lives in Rancho Cucamonga after living in Arcadia for 60
years. "I'm close to my children and grandchildren, whom I enjoy very much.
I sold my real estate business and commercial buildings five years ago
after helping all my friends move from Arcadia. I retained my property
management business which I'm semi-active in today. My spare time is spent
hunting, fishing and enjoying my grandchildren. I hunt birds in Baja, fish
and recently Alaska, in addition to some traveling."
Received a lovely note from Karen Hunter Slawson
who has some joyful Christmas news: "Cassie [daughter] is now free of breast
cancer following mega chemo treatments and her mastectomy. She is continuing
her journey of reconstruction and radiation. She and her husband were just
down from Olympia, WA to spend the weekend. It's the first time she's been
able to travel this far since last March. The family will get together at
our grandson's and his wife's Silverton farm for Christmas. We are going to
try and make it a good one, although we will be missing George."
[See Class Notes, July 2014.]
November and December were busy travel/house moving months: Sally Galliher
Wheeler sold her condominium on Oahu and is renting temporarily while
she makes plans to move to WA state. She looks forward to living closer to
her daughter, Brooke, and her granddaughters, Chloe and Tatum. Julie Albi
Shelley and Donald moved back into their winter desert home in Borrego.
They are planning a Christmas cruise on the River Danube to visit
traditional European Christmas markets. Susan Cramer Peters just
returned from a wonderful Aloha week of activities...luau, hikes...on Maui
with her son, Craig, and his wife, and granddaughter, Brooke. A few
traveled to Coronado...Jean Golisch Clark, Megan Geffeney Wagner,
Barbi Knopp Wesser and Nancy Montgomery Gilmour...for a visit
with Marylee Grant Goyan and each other at her condominium on the
bay. Wonderful weather, food and sightseeing. A highlight
was the King Tut exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park,
amazing recreations of the boy king's tomb as it appeared when Howard Carter
discovered it in 1922.
Susie Cumins Newell: Susie doesn't travel much but every Christmas,
she and Russ transform their lovely Silverton, OR home into a Christmas
wonderland, inside and out. As I write this, they are tying things down in
preparation for rain and strong winds heading their way. Good luck Susie!
Rain has also come to CA. Yea!!
WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY HANUKKAH AND MERRY
CHRISTMAS! SEE YOU IN 2015!
Candy (Hopper) and John Lindell experienced some serious shaking
during the Napa Valley earthquake this past August. Gratefully, their family
pitched in to help with cleanup. Her own words express it best: "We are fine
here. Just finished cleanup, etc. It was quite an experience. Scary. Our
place is about five miles from the epicenter. Never know from day to day.
Yes, there were so many people affected. Mostly broken things except for
those who have older homes and trailer parks."
[Editor: I did some Internet research following the recent Napa quake.
Ongoing seismological research and studies have determined that the
aftershocks following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 were felt over
much of CA and continued for two...make that TWO...years!! We
certainly need to be prepared for the 'big' one.]
Walter (Walt) Frickle sent us his current email. (See
Directory) He has
lived at the same address for 25 years since leaving CA. "Thank you for
updating me about the website. Some of the 1957 graduates had been
classmates and friends since Kindergarten at Holly Avenue School, and it
saddens me to see them gone." Walt can be reached at
email@example.com and on Facebook.
Bill Hohlt emailed some interesting news which those still living in
Arcadia, or who visit often, will not find as surprising as the rest of us:
"The October 20-26 issue of Bloomburg Businessweek Magazine had a
very interesting article on Arcadia about the Chinese money going into CA
suburbs. According to this article there are many areas in Arcadia where the
Asian population is over 60%, and most other areas are about 40%. Some
change since we graduated."
There is information on the " Obituary
page for Jim Gorjans, who passed away on September 23. Thanks, Barbi
Knopp Wesser, for passing this along to us.
After many years, Chris Dueker and his wife, Joyce, have left CA
and settled in ID. "Winter is approaching. The outdoor farmers' markets have
closed until spring. This could be serious. [Adjustments, Chris,
We are on the mail route at 741 Spyglass Way, Eagle, ID 83616. We sold the
dog run since we've never had a dog and the cat is not interested in having
one. We can't sell the golf course even though we don't do golf. I just
returned from visiting brother David ('62), who was visiting his Wisconsin
home during an interlude from Doha [Qatar]. We went down to Chicago which is
bigger than Boise. Be careful on the ice. Aloha!"
A good story from Bill Eldredge: Molly and I were about to enjoy our
first meal on a Viking cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg this October. We
sat at an empty table for four and a couple asked if they could join us.
After some small talk we introduced ourselves. Our table mate said, 'Molly
Eldredge! Are you Molly Sinkule who was a song leader and modern dancer at
AHS? And Bill, was your dad, our doctor?' It was Clare Kingsbury Wheeler
('60) and the daughter of Fred Wheeler, owner of Arcadia Sporting Goods.
I used to spend idle hours in his store eye-balling basketballs, football
cleats, baseball gloves, etc. Claire is married to Dave Kingsbury ('58) whom
she met at UCLA. We thoroughly enjoyed their company the rest of the trip.
They live in Walnut Creek. We could have easily gone the whole trip and
never connected. With 200 passengers, the odds were pretty slim, don't you
think? I guess good AHS karma is everywhere, even in Russia!"
Some very, very, VERY belated news from Jim Norris. Apologies,
Jim, for my allowing this to get buried and forgetting it. Everyone, make a
note of Jim's new email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. And as you're
reading his news, please bear in mind that he sent this to me on October 21,
2013...nearly ten months ago!!! :(
"Things are going great in Florida. Tennis five or six days a week, some
boating and lots of bourbon. Just got back from this year's vacation, about
a month in Ireland, lot's of family history. Next year, the Norris' stuff in
Wales. [Jim, perhaps you've already been to Wales now?] We have a complete
family tree registered in the Library of Congress going back to the early
1300's in Wales. The first of the line I'm in is showing up here in the mid
1600's. Hope you and the class are well and prospering."
An update from Linda Stewart Little: "Bob and I will
celebrate our 50th anniversary this November. We have two children (in
Pasadena and Monrovia) and two grandchildren who will both be at Monrovia
High School this fall. I had lunch [recently] with Sharon Nunnally
Couchman ('56)." Linda has a new email address. (See
And a bit of news from Chris Dueker who still has that wonderfully dry,
unique sense of humor and likes to keep me guessing with his various
aliases. Chris, please send us your new address!
"In June I drove up to Eagle, ID to discover new wonders. We [Joyce and
I] have not completed the tasks of moving in. [By now hopefully you have.]
Please excuse me for ending a sentence with a preposition. I expect to be
perfect in one year. Life in Idaho has definite charms. During my moving
drive through the southeastern corner of Oregon, a handsome wolf crossed the
highway and stood on a rock to observe my passage.
As Ever, Spud."
Late breaking news! This past February 19, Dick
Croxall was inducted into the Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering
Hall of Fame. Of 25,000 Cal Poly Engineering grads, Dick was one of 22
engineers celebrated at a black-tie event, followed the next day by the
public unveiling of his photo in the hallways of Engineering Buildings 9 and
17. Dick worked for TRW/Northrop Grumman for 39 years and is currently an
Aerospace Corporation consultant on major space system programs. Dick is
also a Cal Poly Distinguished Alumni and has been a commencement speaker at
Cal Poly and UCLA Anderson (his other alma mater). Congratulations to you,
John Heidtke and his wife, Penny (Robinson '62), moved in April to "the land of
perpetual summer," Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (See
Directory.) John has
been "getting tight" with the PB County Sheriff's Department as a
Volunteer..."amazing how there is always work for those who do it for free."
Among his other volunteer activities, for 12 years John was a regular guest
columnist for the Brunswick Beacon in Shallotte, NC.
Shirley Burgess Vanderbeck, inveterate traveler, is off to
Japan again for two weeks in October. Send us an update, Shirley, after you
In June, Barbi Knopp Wesser, husband Don ('56), and several
other AHS couples gathered together in Napa, CA for a memorable few days.
Hosts John Lindell and Candace "Candy" Hopper Lindell
offered their lovely wine country home as part B&B and place to gather. The
group rode everywhere together to restaurants and wineries in a 15-passenger
van driven by the host. Guests included Jim Allison and Margie,
Ron Norton's wife, Charlene, Bill Eldredge and Molly (Sinkule
'59), Richard Leach and Sandra (Swanson ' 59), and Myron Reichert
and Linda (McClean '59).
Margaret Ann Spencer Carey (now known as "Maggie") and her
partner, Joe Collins, are retired from Briceland Vineyards except that
Maggie does all the paperwork. Son Andrew, married with a 12-year-old
daughter, runs the daily operation. Her oldest son, Walter, is married with
two children and is a PE coach in So. Lake Tahoe. Maggie and Joe now live in
White Thorn on the coast, about one hour from Garberville. She loves it!
Sad news from Karen Hunter Slawson: "My update this time is
not a very happy one. My dearest dear, George Slawson, died of lymphoma and
related complications on February 17. We had been together 43 years. At the
same time George died, my daughter, Cassie, was diagnosed with cancer. She
is currently receiving chemotherapy and is scheduled for surgery sometime in
Sept. I am looking forward to a time when my daughter is well and my heart
Link to Obituary:
See our Obituary
Page for news of deceased classmates: Judy Manly Demarest,
Janet Reeve Jacobson and Troy Lemons.
Spring has finally sprung in the San Francisco Bay Area and we hope all of
you are beginning to enjoy more sun and warm temperatures wherever you live.
For some of us, it's been a long wait. Remember when we were teens and
the older generation would complain about having more body aches and
stiffness in cold, damp weather? I think we're there.
Last month, Barbi Knopp Wesser spoke with Garilee Buster Reif.
Garilee told her that Judy Manly Demarest died about four years ago.
That would put her death sometime around 2010. No cause was revealed. I've
added her name to the Obituary Page
Barbi also passed on the news that Garilee is doing well and living in the
same home she's occupied for the past 50 years!
Happy New Year!
David and I hope 2014 is shaping up well for you. I
want to begin by thanking those of you who sent good wishes and/or
contributed at the end of 2013 to the ongoing cost of this website. We
collected $525 and immediately spent $288 for the new webhost
five-year contract and regular maintenance leaving a balance of $237.
That should last us quite awhile. The list of
has grown to 37! If you made a contribution and your name is not
listed on the
please let us know. Thank you all for your encouragement, generosity
and good faith.
Sad news first: Dick Beauchemin died last August. This news was
sent to us by John Heidtke. Thank you, John. And thanks to
Myron Reichert who sent us some additional news for Lenore
Abila Manning. (See
Barbi Knopp Wesser shared an interesting story: "[Last
November] Don and I hosted a group for a potluck dinner in our home
and among the couples was our secretary, Kim, and her husband Scott.
I've known Kim for a couple of years but have never met her husband.
They are in their 40s. Scott and I were talking and getting to know
each other, asking where we grew up, went to college, etc. I mentioned
I grew up in Arcadia and he said, 'Oh, my dad grew up in Arcadia and
my mom in Monrovia.' I asked him if his dad attended AHS and he said,
'Yes.' I asked him his dad's name and nearly fell off my chair when he
said, 'Dale Daniel!'. Of course, we all know that Dale died
some years ago. Anyway, I told him the story of Dale and I running
against each other for Student Body VP of First Avenue School. Of
course, Dale won handily. Such a small world, huh. I really felt old,
though, having dinner with Dale's son!"
For all you car racing fans: Carl 'Dick' Martin has been racing
at the Bonneville Salt Flats during Speed Week for the past 11 years,
and he's not giving up on his dream of breaking the record in his
class. After an accidental fire last August (see Sept. 2013), he's
determined to try again. "In case you're still wondering why I'm doing
this? Well, I've been a racer since high school and have no intention
of quitting. Bev fully understands, thank God. Driving home to
Hesperia, I was already planning for next year. Ron [Knudsen],
our best man when Bev and I married in '64, will be back. Many of you
will remember Ron's Buick powered sports car he had in school, and
later, a real Cobra. As I look at it, every year is a blessing when
one can lay a little rubber...even on the Salt."
Congratulations to Joyce Mark Goodman who has written
her first book, Is Gluten Free For Me? It contains 21 tasty,
home cooked recipes and helpful tips for those who want to eat
delicious gluten free and low glycemic foods. Joyce calls it her
'labor of love'. "I dedicated the book to my dear son, Michael, who
lost his battle with diabetes at 44. This is a family venture. My
other son, Mark, has created wonderful spices and I have bottled them
and they are featured in the book. Doesn't matter what age we are,
right? Helping people is what keeps me young." Joyce's book is
available on Amazon for Kindle, smartphone or tablet, and is easy to
Proud grandmother Kay Petrusha Thompson hopes to travel
to Thailand this spring to visit her granddaughter who graduated last
year from Davis and is spending six months there teaching English. But
also "...riding elephants, going to monkey festivals, scuba diving,
hiking, island hopping and learning the culture. I have been living
vicariously through her and loving every minute. This is my favorite
picture of her. I think it should be on a travel poster. :)"
Dorene Meisch Leatherwood sent us a lovely Christmas
photo and letter from Ashville, OH. "Ed and I are very thankful that
our health is such that we can still live in our home and take care of
ourselves. I've enjoyed water aerobics at the YMCA and have met some
nice ladies my age. Also, I enjoy a quilting group that meets weekly
and a Parkinson's support group that is really helpful. [Ed has
Parkinson's and some other health issues.] After I come home from
these activities, I become revitalized. I am still scrapbooking and
right now working on Ed's and my 50th anniversary album. I can't
believe that we have been married almost 50 years." Dorene and Ed have
three grown children and eight grandchildren, all living in Ohio. She
is grateful to God for their many blessings.
Two and a half years ago, Marian Blake Rowe nearly
died while serving in the Peace Corps in Paraguay (see Aug. and Oct.
2011). She is still recovering. "It's been a rough couple of years
getting back in the groove of life in the USA after such a wonderful
experience in Paraguay and almost dying with septic shock. Am pretty
much recovered but will never be the same after such a long period of
being out of commission. I'm pretty sedentary compared to previous
active life. Just content to enjoy life vicariously through my
grandkids as they enter their teens and adulthood. I enjoy hearing
from and about AHS classmates! I wonder often about Cheryl Powers and
Cheryl Dinsmore, Lenore Abila, Arlynne Alison, Carol Crews, Carol
Gibbons, Lynda Gibney, Roger Coates, Judy Shoemaker, Bruce Barrett,
Bill Blunt, Steve Hilger, Mr. Shute's 6th grade class, Mrs. Bowen's
8th grade social studies, Mr. Boyer, orchestra, Mr. Neumeister, high
school music. Remember Mrs. Butts from 8th grade math? What a grand
old lady! The day she leaned back in her chair and actually fell over
(feet straight up and almost lost her wig) will live on in my memory
forever! I know Bill Eldredge was in that class. How many others out
there? Any other memories out there?"
Over last Thanksgiving, David Gilmour and yours truly enjoyed a
surprise visit with Lee Grund, and his wife Penny. One evening,
our next door neighbor phoned to tell us that Lee and Penny were due
at their home within the hour and asked if could we drop by for a
visit. Lee and Penny's daughter, Suzanne, her husband and family
(granddaughters, Allison and Natalie) live in Marin and are good
friends with our neighbors. The bonus for David and me is those
occasional phone calls and visits when Lee and Penny come to town. We
spent much of the evening reminiscing about AHS...what fun! And
speaking of their granddaughter Allison...the college-bound senior was
featured in a local newspaper article last fall for her outstanding
contribution to her high school's water polo team. She also serves as
student body officer and contributes to her community, coaching the
Special Olympics swim team and providing child care at a local child
care center. They are justifiably proud of her! Barbi Knopp Wesser: "How fun that you got to see and
visit with Lee and Penny. I've known Lee since 5th grade. Jean
[Golisch Clark] probably has known him longer - from Holly
**Bulletin: Congratulations to Jean Golisch Clark and
husband Tom who fly this week (Feb. 8) to Maui to celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary! They'll be staying in the same condo for two weeks at a
favorite resort in Lahaina where two years ago they enjoyed a beautiful
balcony view of the ocean and tropical sunsets. Interesting sideline: the
condo they're renting belongs to the woman they bought their home from on
Elkins Place in Arcadia many years ago. Eighteen years later when they moved
to Cloverdale (Sonoma County), the same woman bought it back from them! Not
your typical real estate story. Aloha and Happy Anniversary, Jean and Tom!
Carl 'Dick' Martin - Update: Lady luck wasn't with Dick at
Bonneville for Speed Week. His Pontiac Fiero caught fire at the 2-mile
marker at 152 mph which put it on the trailer. The record in his class
is 173 mph. "I was sure we'd get the record this year. Next year for
sure. Ron Knudsen was on my pit crew coming from Santa Rosa. I
am planning to run in November at El Mirage just to check things out
for next year. Always a racer since high school."
Patricia 'Tricia' Keith Spiegel retired as the Voran
Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ball
State University to conduct research for several years at Harvard
Medical School and Simmons College in Boston. She now lives with her
husband, Rich, and Tibetan terrier, Buzz, in an active retirement
community in San Jose to be closer to her son and his family. Her four
grandchildren are a source of great joy. She continues to write books.
The latest one (Sept. 2013) is based on her years of service on the
Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association. Red
Flag in Psychotherapy: Stories of Ethics Complaints and Resolutions
tells the raw and furious back stories of how psychotherapy can go
Peggy Tremayne: "After 25 years in education, including 13
years as a high school principal at North High School in Torrance, I
still work half time plus as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I still
live in Rancho Palos Verdes and spend as much time as I can at our
beach-front condo on the best beach in Puerto Vallarta. I have five
wonderful grandchildren, one in college at Harvard, another at George
Washington University and three in high school--all smart, beautiful
Bill Hamilton and his wife, Marilyn, have moved to Paso Robles,
a downsize from their 4100 sq. ft. home and 2 1/2 acres to a 2350 sq.
ft. home on a city lot. He still has a three car garage, although
somewhat smaller than the one he left. [!] Their new address
information can be found in the
Barry Busby French - is pleased and excited about the
recent admission of her 14-year-old granddaughter to the Interlochen
Center for the Arts in northwest Michigan, a boarding school for
grades 9 - 12. Admission to this prestigious school of fine arts is
highly competitive. Only 40 new freshman were admitted for the fall
term. The school offers the highest quality artistic training combined
with college preparatory academics. Areas of study include music,
theater, creative writing, motion picture arts, visual arts and dance.
Barry is currently living in Covina as companion to an 89-year-old
woman. A reluctant promise to help by staying with her for three
nights turned into a very pleasant arrangement that so far has lasted
Carl 'Dick' Martin writes that he's still a racer and plans to
make it to Bonneville again, August 10 - 16, for Speed Week. It will
be his 11th year! He's hoping to break the record in his class in his
Fiero now that it has a new Pontiac Super Duty 4 rated at 320 hp. The
car has done 148 mph! Ron Knudsen (Dick's best man in '64) and Ron
Clark are slated to go to the Salt Flats this year. "I haven't seen
Clark since high school. I'm still writing for Rod & Custom
magazine (about 12 years now) and a stone hot rodder." [Dick, did you
get near or break the record at Bonneville?]
From Chris Dueker: I so enjoyed last June's [55-year reunion]
escapades. Joyce and I went under contract to sell our home on 31 May
after a blessedly short listing. God willing, I'll soon have a new
listing. Top choices are Boise, Kansas City and Fresno (my
birthplace). New Trails to Blaze!" [Chris...what trail did you take
and where did you land?]
Joan Aunger Dean had some very sad news: She and her
son, Bill, went on a long journey together as he battled colon cancer.
"On Sunday, June 16, Bill lost his battle. He fought hard and stayed
strong until the end, amazing even his doctors who gave him only days
and he hung on for a week. We will be doing two memorials for him, one
in Northern CA and one in Southern CA, probably the last week in
July." [Joan, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. You may recall
that other classmates have lost sons and daughters.]
Karen Hunter Slawson writes: "In response to your
question of where is this tech age taking us, I have a little
anecdote. I was sitting at my computer and griping to my grown
grandson about my lack of tech savvy. He said, 'Don't feel bad,
Grandma; it's just because you're old!' I looked up with a smile and
said, 'Gee, thanks, Nate.' He countered with, 'No I'm serious. See
it's hard for you because you didn't grow up with it. My dad (my son,
Chris) knows more than you do; I know more than my dad does; and a six
year-old knows more than I do.' I felt better after that! He's
studying to be a mechanical engineer. Personally, I think he should go
into politics. LOL!" [Karen, we all can identify!]
Peggy Tremayne: "In June, I traveled to England (Cornwall and
Devon) visiting family of Origen sites. Wonderful trip! I even visited
a tin mine and inn owned by my family in the 1600's, and the Tremayne
Heligan Gardens, restored and featured in a BBC series. I love
England!" [Peggy sent additional information recently about our
classmate, Joanna Funderberg. See the
David and Nancy (Montgomery) Gilmour opened their third grocery
store this summer in Tiburon, CA. After quietly opening the doors and
giving the staff several weeks to learn their new routines, we are
hosting our official Grand Opening during the weekend of September 6
-8. The theme will be Hawaiian, with luau style roast pig (minus
the fire pit), Hawaiian music, live steel drums, hula dancing,
Hawaiian snacks and more. Prize for the raffle winner is a trip for
two to Hawaii! We've also been promised perfect Hawaiian-like weather.
I hope you've all had a pleasant summer and remain in good health. Now
it's on to fall and winter. Cheers everyone!
Sadly the news for June is similar to the news for February...two more
deaths of classmates. We appear to be entering a new era and are having to
say goodbye in larger numbers. You will find news of Barbara Goldman
Ajello and Jim Chilton on the Obituary page.
We also received news from Barbi Knopp Wesser via Richard
Leach that our school principal, Mr. Elbert Souders, died recently at
the tender age of 94. His funeral service was held at Arcadia Good Shepherd
Methodist Church on March 16.
Thank you Web Angels
Jim Allison for your ongoing commitment to this site with another
contribution. We are changing web hosts later this year, and I'll let
everyone know when we can use some more financial support.
I know many of you are enjoying the good life in retirement, semi-
retirement or no retirement, so please email me with your news and I will
add it to Class Notes
for July/August. Thank you!
There is some sad news at the beginning of this new year.
Jo Gene Griffin Hurley, Al Banks, and Colleen Schurter Januzzi
recently passed away. You will find more information on the Obituary page.
On a lighter note, Dick Croxall and Dick Leach
shared a YouTube link that will take you back a few years. You must be of a
certain age to appreciate it and two others I’ve included. Turn up your
speakers and enjoy!
Best of Times - YouTube
Best of Times Pt.2 - YouTube
Best of Times Pt.3 - YouTube
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