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January 2016

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 information.

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 2015.)

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!

 

August 2015

Thanks to you who sent news awhile back and to all for patiently waiting for this update. Slow in coming!

Jack Shuler 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
Website Angels!

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?

Update:

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 Directory.)

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!!

 

April 2015

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 cousin.

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: http://www.awareness-foundation.co.uk/

Sally Galliher Wheeler, our former Aloha girl, is now settled into her new home in Tacoma, WA near her daughter and granddaughters. (Class Notes, Dec. 2014) Her new address info is in the Directory.

As always, thanks to all the Website Angels and Gordon Maddock who just surprised us with a big check. We are set for awhile!

December 2014

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 throughout CA
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. http://www.sdnhm.org/kingtut/

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!  

October 2014

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 wfrickle@hotmail.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, adjustments. ]
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!"

August 2014

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: kelticjim@gmail.com. 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 Directory.)

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."

July 2014

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, Dick!

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 return.

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! (See Directory.)

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 is easy."  Link to Obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesmanjournal/obituary.aspx?n=george-slawson&pid=169880713&fhid=7982

See our Obituary Page for news of deceased classmates: Judy Manly Demarest, Janet Reeve Jacobson and Troy Lemons.

April 2014

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!

January/February 2014

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 Website Angels has grown to 37! If you made a contribution and your name is not listed on the Homepage, 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 Obituary.)

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 order: http://amzn.to/1lniEiq

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 Avenue?"

**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!

2013

September 2013

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 terribly wrong.

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 and kind."

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 Directory.

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 a year!

July/August 2013

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 Obituary Page.]

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!  

June 2013

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 Angel 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!

February 2013

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 Iíve 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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