CLASS NOTES 2006 - 2012:
Betsy Barclay Jordan
has moved from her lovely Arcadia home where she
and husband Jack Jordan lived for many years to the Royal Oaks in Duarte.
“This is a beautiful retirement community, and in April I was unexpectedly
offered the one cottage I had seen and really liked. I put my house on the
market in June and it sold in a bidding war in 1˝ days, all cash and a
two-week escrow. I had 24 offers!” She now lives in “a darling little 1475
sq. ft. home. It’s wonderful to have only half the space and no pool and
yard to keep up. I’m being spoiled to death and love, love, love it here!”
Betsy’s new address is in the
David and I enjoyed dinner recently with Steve Grant and his lovely wife
Jeannette. We last saw them at the 50th Reunion. When not traveling, they
divide their time between their home in the rural quiet of Occidental, CA
and an apartment in San Francisco. They have two children and three
grandchildren living in the greater Bay Area. Over Thanksgiving we welcomed
Julie Albi Shelley and her husband, Donald, to Marin County. They
were here to celebrate the holiday with members of Julie’s family. Julie and
Donald are frequent travelers, most recently trips to Europe and Asia as
well as back and forth between their homes in Irvine and Borrego Springs.
Apologies to our classmate Gerry Andrews Nixon whom we
listed ‘Address Not Current’. She was surprised to learn that she was
‘missing’ as she has lived at the same residence in San Gabriel since 1973!
Thank you Valerie Skoglund Harris (’58) who discovered our error and
put me in touch with her. Gerry doesn’t use a computer due to eyesight
problems, but she enjoys hearing from classmates by phone. Before
retirement, Gerry worked in several different fields: modeling (Adrian model
at Bullocks Pasadena), airline attendant (American Airlines), cosmetology
and part-time administrative assistant for various companies. She has been
married twice: widowed once and divorced once. She had two children, Alecia
and Andrew. Andrew is no longer living, but Alecia lives nearby. Gerry has
wondered about her former high school classmates. She and Carol Yates were
‘dear friends’ in high school but they lost touch. She is still hoping to
Some more news following our 55th Reunion in June:
Pam Boller Pingle wishes she could have been there. “I love old cars and would have liked to see everyone, but I have a lot of commitments here after being away so long on a recent trip. My grandson (23) is in his last year of pharmacy school and is doing something similar to a medical residency here in Medford. He is staying with me and it is such a joy. He is a great guy and we are having a lot of fun. So, I won’t be traveling afar much. My second son turns 50 this summer and we are planning a big barbecue party at his home. My oldest son will be 52, me, 72 and my brother, 76…all in August…so we will actually celebrate all of them. I just saw Linda Lee Brill Smith in April on my five-week cross country trip. She is doing well following the death of her husband last December and keeps very busy.”
Jim Gorjans writes: “I am sorry I could not make the reunion as my wife, Rayma, and I were in Santa Barbara baby sitting our ‘granddog’ for two weeks while our daughter, Susie (AHS ’85), her husband, Marc, and our two granddaughters, Maddie and Gabby, were on a vacation to Italy. It was great seeing all of the pictures posted by Russ and Cecile. Thanks to them both for keeping some of our memories alive. It was great seeing all of the faces, most of whom I did not recognize. The Hugo Reid grads were very special. None of you looks any older than at the 50th. Hope we all make the 60th. Best regards to everyone.”
Jack Shuler writes: “My wife, Nardos, and I are still going on short-term missionary trips. We intend on going to Zambia and that will be our 41st trip to underdeveloped areas since we began these two-week trips in 1984. We have been to Belize, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Zambia, Guatemala, China and Jamaica, among others and God has been good to us. However, our adventures probably pale when put next to those of my classmate, Harvey Herr! We still have the health and greenbacks to do this, but at age 73, the mind is willing but the body is weak! We had a great dental practice in Londonderry, NH for nearly four decades. Have three kids and nine grandkids so we are very fortunate. My full-knee replacement and two shoulder surgeries are beginning to put brakes on our lives. Nardos and I spend four months each year in Vero Beach, FL. Hope to eventually make a reunion. Jack Shuler 1957 (and proud).”
Thank you Jean Golisch Clark and Jack Shuler for your recent contributions to the ongoing maintenance of this website. The complete list of Website Angels is on the Home page.
June 9th was a huge success! See the
Reunion page to read more about it.
Pam Boller Pingle and Alice Bishop Kennedy
enjoyed their own reunion in South Carolina at the home of Alice and Jay
Kennedy. "We both wish we could be at the 55th reunion, but distance and
commitments prevent it. Hope you all have a wonderful time!"
John Heidtke sent us a copy of a column he wrote for his local
newspaper in Shallotte, NC explaining his reasons (partly tongue-in-cheek) for
not making it to his 55th high school reunion. He has some great
memories of Arcadia in the 50’s: “My family had chickens and a vegetable
garden in the backyard. Then, Arcadia was a small, modest white community. My
1957 high school class of 533 had just one minority member known to me. In a
dramatic demographic shift, the 2010 census figures show Arcadia with a
population of 56,364, of which 59.3 percent are of Asian descent. In 1970 the
FBI hired me and I left Los Angeles, only returning for short visits. The
place has changed. My 40 and 50-year reunions made this abundantly clear. I
need a map to get around in a county I once knew well. I did not readily
recognize some of my classmates. Some actually looked better. Most of us have
become a bit gray, thicker and wear glasses. Overall we are well off, products
of the happy days of the ‘50’s. Maybe my class will have a 60-year reunion. I
will consider attending and again be recognized for having traveled the
greatest distance there.”
“I’ve had a varied vocational career which has included being a university
professor and department head, a city administrator, a Chamber of Commerce
director and a mental health administrator. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to
be when I grew up and still can’t. Thanks for the good memories and if you
plan a 60th reunion, I’ll try to make it.”
Our 55th Reunion is growing! See the 55th Reunion page (link above) for the updated list of those planning to attend.
Judy Bullock Cadenasso sends good and bad news. The good is that she and husband Sil are in Hawaii. The bad news is they don’t return to CA until June13 so will miss the reunion. “Our thoughts will be with you. The other Nancy Gilmore is here in Kona for a week. We got together recently and will see them again today [April 25]. Seems we haven’t changed a bit—at least on the inside. We take up right where we left off. Love to all....”
Maria Watt Siegel
is unable to attend the 55th reunion but sends news: “I live in Berkeley and
retired after teaching elementary school (both regular and special ed) for
30 years. I still spend a lot of time with kids, as I take care of my two
grandchildren twice a week after school and volunteer with a group of
retired teachers testing preschoolers’ vision for amblyopia (lazy eye) so
they can receive early treatment to save their vision. I have kept in touch
with two of my best friends from AHS, JoGene Griffin Hurley and Karen
Wingard. Best wishes for a great reunion.”
Robert ‘Bob’ Cummings continues to teach at USC. Learn more about his stellar career at
(via Jim Norris).
Be sure to check out our new page (link above) to the “55th Reunion.” There is a growing list of classmates planning to attend
and we hope you’ll join us.
Sadly, we have learned recently of the deaths of some more classmates: Carol Huff Whalin, John McQuarie, Les Rush and Chuck Rose. Their names have been added to the Obituary.
From Harvey Herr: “It looks like I will miss the reunion yet again. I am soon off to an assignment in Beirut, Lebanon and remain living in Nairobi, Kenya most of the time. My best wishes to all of you. Have a great time at our 55th!”
Exciting news for the New Year! Plans are underway for a “55-year” reunion of our class. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 9, 2012! Postcards and a letter coming soon with more information. This will be an informal, casual, fun day visiting with classmates in a relaxed atmosphere: The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA. www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org. Thank you Dick Croxall for arranging this! Thanks to Barbi Knopp Wesser and David Gilmour for helping with the mailing.
Thank you to new Website Angels: Gay DeGero, Penny Pearson Labourdette and Russ Newell (’56). Your support of this website is much appreciated!
Linda Lee Brill Smith lost her husband, Ed, suddenly last October from heart disease, “…after six wonderful years. I am missing him greatly. His family loves me and is supportive. Last April we took a 10-week tour around the country in an RV, my first trip to see the south. I drove over 8800 miles and enjoyed visiting relatives and seeing the country. In May I’m going to visit my son in Hawaii for his youngest son’s graduation from high school.” Linda has been active in her church, network marketing of natural food supplements, bookkeeping, an H & R Block associate, math tutor and an agent for United First Financial. “If we have a reunion in So. CA, I will try to make it. I still enjoy a friendship with Pam Boller Pingle.”
Pam Boller Pingle (veteran travel agent and guide) will be going cross country for six weeks with a friend in April and May. They plan to visit Linda Lee Smith in UT and Alice Bishop Kennedy in SC, along with friends and relatives in NC, PA and the Gold Country. “I am a history buff so this time we will go to Valley Forge, Sagamore Hill, and the civil rights and jazz areas of Montgomery, AL. We will hit NYC, Atlantic City, the Hamptons, Mackinac Island in MI, some islands off Sandusky, OH, and take in some Branson and Las Vegas shows. We laugh our way across this gorgeous country of ours!”
Shirley Burgess Vanderbeck is off to Peru this month for another Legal Study Tour. Since 2004 she has visited 22 countries. This will make 23! The group will meet with members of the Lima Bar Association where Shirley will give a presentation on legal staffing. Genealogy is Shirley’s other passion, and she belongs to various lineage groups. She has traced her family back to Charlemayne. Through her mother’s line, Shirley is a member of the Choctaw Nation of OK, having proven her Native American ancestry. On her father’s side, she is related to Pocahontas by marriage. During Christmas 2010, Shirley met classmates Mary Kloezman Saladin and Shari Day Hubbard for a holiday lunch. Shirley still works for an attorney in Claremont and just started her 16th year there. She misses her youngest daughter and husband who recently moved from AZ to ME near the Canadian border.
Alice Bishop Kennedy sent in a financial contribution and joins the list of Website Angels. Thank you, Alice! The complete ‘angels’ list is on the Home Page.
Congratulations to Dick Leach and his wife, Sandy (Swanson ’59)! This past July they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a 12-day cruise to Alaska. In August, Dick was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel. “We love living in Laguna Beach with all its cool breezes. I take my yellow lab puppy to the beach every morning in my golf cart and let her play with all the other dogs. Life is special.”
Also, further congratulations to Joyce Mark Goodman who has opened a wellness center, an extension of her exercise program for all ages using stability balls (October 2010). She is now integrated with a holistic chiropractor and is giving wellness seminars. She was named the Active Aging Spokesperson for FitBallUSA and is attending an Active Aging convention in Orlando, FL this month. Joyce is helping people live their dream of healthy aging. If you live in the Orange County area, you may want to contact her and try one of her programs: www.harmonyforlife.me.
Sad news: Gay Ellen DeGero joins the ranks of mothers in our class who have lost their sons. (Classnotes: Marian Blake Rowe, July ‘09, June ’07; Barry Busby French, April ’09, Marilyn Tumilty Reames).
Gay’s son, Wayne, was 45. In recent years he suffered with a very rare condition that affected his brainstem; however his death on October 5, 2011 was sudden and unexpected. Although he had gradually grown more physically impaired, Wayne remained mentally bright and sharp and continued to live independently with his loving companion cat, Miss Vela. Wayne graduated Valedictorian from Rio Hondo Community College and Fullerton State College. He earned his MSW at USC, graduating with honors, and became a licensed clinical social worker. For 15 years he worked in a variety of programs with the Veterans Administration, caring for our many war veterans. Wayne was loved, admired and appreciated by those who knew him for the caring, laughing, loving, loyal, generous person he was. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his devoted mom, Gay; her partner, Mary; his loving sister, brother-in-law, father, stepmother, and many friends and co-workers. Gay, we extend to you our deepest sympathy.
There are some new (and old) additions to the list of Website Angels, classmates who support this site financially and recently sent contributions to the website redesign: John Albi, Jim Allison, Ralph Butcher, Dick Croxall and Tupper Pettit. Many thanks to you all! The complete list is on the Home Page.
Are you interested in a casual 55th reunion in 2012 somewhere in So. CA? If so, please reread the Class Notes for Sept. 2010 (below) and contact one of the classmates listed.
Roger Willis and wife, Blanca, are settled in their new home in Buckeye, AZ. Current address and email are in the Directory. They recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary.
Marian Blake Rowe is almost as good as new after a near death experience in Paraguay last July (see Aug. 2011). She hopes to be reinstated in the Peace Corps to finish her work in Paraguay. If not, “I will find some place warm for the winter.” (Her home is presently rented out.) She is appreciative of all the notes and expressions of support. “Hope you are all warm and content and living each day as if the last. I found out firsthand that any day COULD be the last.”
Many of you remember Jean Alley Ekerson. Jean attended Arcadia schools beginning in kindergarten and left during her sophomore year at AHS. She and husband, Art, are living in the same retirement community in OR as Bill Jacobs (see Aug 2011). Jean writes: “We recently sold the farm. We used to raise llamas (and lots of other critters) and now we boat in the Bahamas during the winter. We have a blended family of five with ten grandkids and one great. Yikes, how did that happen so quickly? I have been married for 40 years to Art Ekerson. He had a ski shop for 30 years. I remember so clearly when Barbara Horn and her family took me skiing for the first time. Julie Albi, I still have horses! Thank you for all the great Arcadia memories.” Jean’s email and address is in the Class Directory.
From Barbi Knopp Wesser: “Marylee Grant Goyan, husband Don (’60) and I had dinner recently with Bill Eldredge and wife, Molly (Sinkule ’59), at their new home in La Jolla, CA. They have moved back to San Diego after 20+ years in ID; are happy to be back in the land of lots of culture and sports activities and to be near their grandchildren. Bill still has the ’55 T-Bird that his dad bought new—it’s in perfect condition! Bill and Molly are fun, down-to-earth and interesting people.”
In addition to her new exercise program (see Oct 2010), Joyce Mark Goodman has been given the opportunity to open a wellness center—Harmony for Life—offering exercise and much more. “I am working with ages 1 – 101! So many people will be getting healthy and it keeps me healthy too!
Introducing the newly designed AHS Class of 1957 website! A college friend and roommate of Marylee Grant Goyan graciously agreed to share her professional expertise at a very fair price. Thank you Marsha Eaton! Marsha is owner/web designer of Aloha Marketing, Honolulu, Hawaii. www.alohamarketing.com.
Thanks for remembering to send us your current email and address. Please check the Class Directory and let us know if there are changes.
Are you interested in a casual 55th reunion in 2012 somewhere in So. CA? If so, please reread the Class Notes for Sept. 2010 (below) and contact one of these people.
Janet Reeve Jacobson and husband Ty, welcomed grandson, Phillip John, born August 5. He joins sister, Emma, 2 years, and parents Erik and Jen Jacobson. “Big sister, Emma, doesn’t quite know what to do with him yet!”
Julie Albi Laul is now Julie Albi Shelley. After losing her dear husband, Virgil, to cancer two years ago, she has happily found love again with Donald Shelley, widower and friend of a mutual friend. They married in Carmel, May 18, and are enjoying traveling, golf, good friends, and presently are decorating their new desert home in Borrego Springs.
“Cords vibrate pleasantly when I read familiar old names,” writes Penny Havens Deley. “I’m on kidney dialysis now, a pain in one sense, but I see it as nine hours a week of guilt-free reading. At present I’m captivated by Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone. Does anyone have current information on Nancy Ford Truher? We connected at the 50th and emailed after that, but lately I’ve heard nothing.”
Susan Cramer Peters and Marylee Grant Goyan recently returned from a road trip to OR and No. CA. On their way home they stopped to visit Margaret Ann ‘Maggie’ Spencer Carey. She and her partner of many years, Joe Collins, have owned and operated Briceland Winery in Redway, CA, since 1976. The winery is known for its Pinot, Sauvignon Blanc, and Brut Sparkling Wine, and can be purchased online. Maggie’s son, Andrew, now runs the day to day operation. As Susan says, “Redway is RURAL!” Maggie and Joe live largely off the land and are building their retirement home in Shelter Cove, a short distance from the winery, on the No. CA coast.
Bill Jacobs sent new contact information. “Last year Carol and I moved from our home of many years to Rogue Valley Manor, a large continuing care retirement community in Medford, OR. This is one of the largest of its kind in the US, offering diverse living opportunities, several levels of care and life care contracts. AHS’57 classmates should consider it as a marvelous place to live in active retirement.” www.retirement.org/rvm
Marian Blake Rowe sent an address update. “I’ve been in Twin Falls Rehab Care Center (ID) for six weeks after being life-flighted out of Paraguay on July 4. Doing well now after many things went haywire; was septic and all organs shut down. Due to fast action from the Peace Corps and great doctors, I made it through. Staying close to daughter, Diana; former husband and good friend, James; and three of my six grandkids. Hope to fully recover. I want to return to Paraguay in Dec. to finish my service. One happy sidelight is that my 19 year-old grandson came down and joined me 9/10-6/11 and had a unique and wonderful experience.”
From Harvey Herr: “My family and I are well here in Nairobi, Kenya. I have an upcoming assignment in Vietnam, having returned from Yemen earlier in the year. All the best.”
Dave Pratt sent the sad news that his wife, Marilyn, passed away on February 24 after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. “Thanks to great care at Stanford, she was active with her family, non-profit boards and organizations until just three weeks before her passing. She was on the board of the San Francisco Symphony, the Tech Museum in San Jose and That Man May See at UCSF at the time of her passing.” Over the years Marilyn served on many non-profit boards, including The Junior League, Children’s Health Council and the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Belated condolences, Dave. We hope you are receiving comfort from your family and friends.
Bill Eldredge and Molly (Sinkule ’59) “have left the wilds of Idaho after 22 years and are headed for civilization (grandkids/no snow).” See the Class Directory for their current address.
Arnie Green sends greetings from 11 time zones to the East. He and Lani are serving as volunteers for an archiving/digitizing project of the King Faisal Foundation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. They have a unique perspective on the political and cultural transformation occurring in the Middle East. (See Class Notes, July 2010.)
Joyce Mark Goodman realized a 30-year dream this month by launching a new exercise DVD. Her program is called Harmony for Life and provides all the benefits of trampoline exercise in a low-impact, fun and unique way using stability balls. You can learn more about it at www.harmonyforlife.me. Joyce first developed the program for herself years ago to help counteract the stress of caring for her terminally ill son. Today she writes, “I am proud to be 71 and still strong, energetic and creative. God has truly blessed me and I know that my program will help lots of folks. There is something in this program for everyone, and I combine the exercises with great info on nutrition and supplements.”
Quite a few have expressed interest in a casual 55th (2012) or 60th (2017) reunion, with particular focus on a mini car show in Arcadia or somewhere in the So. CA area. Dick Croxall, Dick Carl Martin, Bill Hamilton, Dick Leach, Myron Reichert, Wayne Callaway, Larry Cooke, John Albi, Ross Heale, Bill Eldredge, and Ron Cummings, among others, might be willing to help organize/participate. If you have any thoughts or interest, please contact Dick, Nancy or David Gilmour, or one of the others on this list.
Thanks to all who remember to send us your change of email and address. If you don’t do this…WE WILL LOSE YOU...and you will join others on the ‘Lost’ list.
Betty Beaudette’s daughter, Lori, emailed with news of her mom. “A few things have happened in Mom’s life the last couple of years. My brother set up a date for her with the gentleman across the street from him. They have been neighbors for at least 20 years. Long story short: Mom married David! [Last name is Kirk.] She moved into his home in Burbank, so she is a lot closer to Arcadia now. They have been married three years this November, and she is the happiest I have ever seen her. They are both like teenagers again!” Congratulations Betty Beaudette Kirk! (New address for Betty in the class list.)
Lynne Lindsay Rhodes attended Alhambra her first two years of high school and then came to AHS and graduated with the Class of ’57. She has been married to her husband, Kenneth, for 51 years. She has stayed in touch with Patricia ‘Tricia’ Keith-Spiegel who told her about this Web site and how to get on the ‘Found list.’ Good to find you Lynne! We now have her current address in the class list below.
There is also new address information for Cecile Bowler Driskill who moved in January of this year.
Binnie Busby Beaumont writes, “My mother was a great one. She sent me to college and graduate school at Stanford and paid my tuition!” Binnie taught for many years until she retired to spend more time with her family.
Betsy Barclay Jordan has joined the WEBSITE ANGELS. Thank you Betsy!
Pam Boller Pingle is staying home this summer and enjoying friends, family and pool. But she still travels: a cruise in Feb. that took her through the Panama Canal, Fiji in March and cross country for five weeks in April and May. Her last trip was complicated. While away, her dog sitter had emergency surgery, the pool leaked, a family member died of cancer, and her best friend had a stroke. Pam continues to enjoy her Christian Women’s Club, the OR Retired Educators’ Assn., Red Hats, and plays bridge. “My days are VERY full! I just got a new-to-me car, so [for now] can’t afford to go anywhere….”
Faith Moody Fults enjoyed the class reunion poem and thanks Linda Stewart Little for sharing it. Faith and her husband, Bill, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, 2010. “Praise God!” She was delighted that Dianne Evans Atkins was able to attend. Dianne was one of Faith’s bridesmaids. Faith and Bill visited their oldest son and family in KY, and oldest daughter and family in FL this month. “Soon we will travel with another son and his wife to Hawaii. We were so flattered to be invited to join them that we decided to take two vacations this summer.”
John Cowdell, our AFS exchange student from New Zealand who lived with Susie Cumins Newell and her family, died on July 5 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. (See Obituary Notes )
Pat Schenck Kirklighter lives in Walnut, CA and sent us a 50-year update. She married a West Point graduate in ‘59 and worked for the Army and Air Force as a contract negotiator on major weapons systems for 22+ years, spending most of her time at Norton AFB. Since then, she has held several diverse positions in food marketing, processing and packaging, and is currently employed as office manager for a heavy duty truck dismantler. “I have a wonderful daughter, a super son-in-law and two very bright and ambitious grandchildren, currently in college. Remember Rod Philips? [He and his wife attended the 50th.] He owns a business across the street from where I work and after 12 years, realized we both attended Arcadia. Small world! He and Penny Pearson Labourdette are about the only classmates I’ve run across in all these years.”
Susan Cramer Peters, Marylee Grant Goyan and Nancy Montgomery Gilmour are traveling to Silverton, OR this summer to visit Susie Cumins Newell. Thanks largely to the 50th Reunion, we have renewed and continue to enjoy old AHS friendships.
Dick (Carl) Martin attended the 40th in… “my wife’s ’31 Ford roadster, along with Bill Hamilton in his ’40 Ford. I’m a stone hot rodder having written for Rod & Custom, The Rodders Journal and many other hot rod magazines for the past 15 years. I spent many years at 3M Co. in direct sales, finally as VP of Turbo Master, Inc., a South African turbocharger company. I raced a Corvette in school and continue to race. I’ll be running at Bonneville again this year during Speed Weeks in August.”
Dick and others wonder if any more reunions are planned. What about the idea some of you had of meeting in a casual location (Arcadia Park?) with the old cars some of you collect. Anyone interested in putting something like that together?
Arnold (Arnie) Green stumbled across the AHS 1957 class page and discovered himself listed as ‘lost’. He sent us this update: “I married Lanigene Handy (attended AHS until 1964) in 1965; MA at BYU, 1967; PhD UCLA in Near Eastern History/Arabic, 1973 (after 1 ˝ years of research in Tunisia). Visiting professor 1972-73 at University of Miami; Fulbright post-doc North Yemen (1973-74); taught Mid-East History at American University, Cairo (Egypt) 1974-85; then at BYU 1985-2009. List of publications respectably long, but boring. Last visited Arcadia to bury my mother (96) at Rose Hills in Sept. 2008. Regards to anyone who may remember me and/or Lani. Please move me to the ‘found’ category. Cheers.” His current email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
More address/email changes or additions: Penny Pearson Labourdette, Pat Schenck Kirklighter, Betsy Barclay Jordan, Dick Martin. (See class list .)
Send me your news if you have some you’d like to share! Nancy Montgomery email@example.com
It has been a long time between updates. Happy New Year and Happy Valentine’s to all! Some good news for the new year is that we found Penny Pearson Labourdette, who, as it turns out, is living in Novato, CA, a short distance from Susan Cramer Peters, David Gilmour and Nancy Montgomery Gilmour. Penny has lived in the Bay Area since the late ‘60’s when her husband, Al, retired from his Army career. She moved to Germany early in their marriage and was ‘lost’ after that until, by chance, Barbi Knopp Wesser found her on Classmates.com. Penny and Al have been married almost 49 years and have four grown children and five grandchildren. They are both retired and enjoy volunteering for their church and non-profits. Penny has stayed in touch with Pat Schenck Kirklighter. David and I enjoyed having dinner with Penny and Al recently, and getting reacquainted.
Jim Chilton finished this year’s Tour De Wyoming “in good shape...366 miles and four mountain passes. Crossed the Rockies twice…then crossed over the Snowy Mountain Range for a finale. Took six days. This was my favorite ride of the Tour in 8 or 9 years; great challenge and very well put together.”
Tom Clark and Jean Golisch Clark and Barbi Knopp Wesser and husband, Don (’56), enjoyed spring/summer river cruises in Europe.
Lee Grund and wife, Penny, are celebrating his 70th in August with a family reunion in La Jolla.
Marian Blake Rowe is heading to Paraguay in September for 2 ˝ years of service in the Peace Corps as a Crop Extensionist. Her son, Alan, was striving for global peace and freedom in the US Marine Corps when he was killed in Iraq in 2004. “I hope to continue his quest and contribute in some small way as a US Peace Corps worker. I’ll be back in time for our 55th in 2012. See you then!” Due to generous donations, the scholarship fund she established in Alan’s name at the College of Southern Idaho has almost reached the limit of $10,000, after which it can be made available to political science students at CSI. (See Notes for 2007).
Shirley Burgess Vanderbeck is off to Russia in June on a legal study tour. She is legal assistant to an attorney in Claremont and has won numerous awards in her profession. (See 8/06.) “I became a great grandmother last October with the birth of my granddaughter’s first child. Outside the normal aches and pains of hitting the 70’s, life is good!”
Paul Geller writes: “Thanks! No change here. Except that I turned 70. Feeling better than I did at 65. Regards to all.” www.pgeller.com
Jean Reynolds Trimble lost her husband, Robert, in July 2008 following a sudden and brief illness. They were married 49 years and attended the 40th and 50th reunions. “It’s been a hard year in many ways, but you learn to deal with the good and the bad. I am blessed to have two wonderful children and three fun grandchildren. I have had a great life and have no regrets. Love to all.”
Pam Boller Pingle is still traveling in her profession as travel agent/consultant, but is starting to cut back. She is going to Washington DC and Williamsburg this month where she has a time share, and the fall foliage tour in October. She has been back in touch recently with Jane Biffle Radar.
Penny Havens Deley was forced to evacuate in the recent Santa Barbara wildfire, but fortunately returned home to find everything intact, albeit ash everywhere.
Gordon Maddock checked in to tell us he has made some changes: “I sold my company and moved out of Arcadia.” He now lives and works in Rancho Cucamonga. His new address is in the class list.
Roger Willis and wife, Blanca, are still living in Carlsbad, are building a new home in AZ, and will be moving there in early 2010. “I am fully retired (sold my consulting company in 2000) and we are enjoying life with good health and lots of laughter. I was sorry to hear about Fred Peterson. [See Obituary Notes.] He was a good friend in school. Has anyone heard from Judy Manly?”
Sherrill Williams Mayo writes: “Hi ’57 Classmates. Want to bring you up to date on the SULTAN’S CAR CLUB—remember them? Some are still alive and kicking (sadly some deceased). They meet once a year in Laughlin, NV for a VERY FUN reunion. We were there April 19, 20--great conversation, a reading of the OLD minutes (hysterical), good food and just a great time reminiscing.” Those attending from AHS Class of ‘55: Jerry Mayo, Sonny Labriola, Don Leaverenz, Lennie Roland, Jim Russell, Roger Rutherford and Jack Wells; from the Class of ’56: Faye Sanders Smith. “Karen Cunningham Schaeffer, we missed you this year; hope you will join us next year.” Sherrill was contacted recently by her old friend, Linda Lehr Woolley. They graduated from PCC together. Linda and her husband, Doug, (they met at PCC) are living in Dunsmuir. Thanks to Sherrill, we now have her current address and phone number (see the class list).
Susan Cramer Peters celebrated her 70th birthday in grand style, thanks to Marylee Grant Goyan (aka ‘Martha Stewart on Wheels’) who drove up from Coronado and hosted a luncheon for 12 in Susan’s home on her big day, April 1st. (No fool!) Jean Golisch Clark drove down from Cloverdale to attend. Susan’s sons and their wives hosted a dinner in her honor at a local Marin restaurant for four generations of family--oldest, her mom (96) and youngest, her grandchildren, ages 4 years to 4 months. Congratulations to Susan, and to all who will be celebrating this milestone soon, or have already. Hard to believe we have reached the BIG 7-0!!! February ‘09
In November 2008, AOL discontinued free Web space for its customers, and we signed a five-year paid contract for hosting through Network Solutions. Our new address is www.ahsclassof57.com. See the list above of those classmates who are helping provide financial support.
has been in touch via email recently with John Heidtke (and regularly
over the years with John Sullivan.) Harvey has been employed in Iraq
steadily, except for a year off, since October 2003 on a government contract.
John expects to be deployed in January 2009. John’s son is also there (see July
2008 below), so maybe they will be able to arrange a reunion. Harvey went into
the Navy immediately after graduation from AHS, eventually graduating from UC
Berkeley. He has been married for 40 years, has two sons, and has lived and
worked in Vietnam, Virginia and, since 1974, Kenya--still his permanent
residence. He describes life in Iraq as difficult; however, “We have had good
experiences working with Iraqis.” (11/08)
Gratefully, the homes of Jim Allison, Al Banks and
Carol Carr Mayo in Running Springs and Crestline were not damaged in
the Southern CA forest fires, although the fires came very close, and all had to
be evacuated. Jim emailed that the fire came within ten feet of their back