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From Tom Tassara.....6-14-2014

Here's a couple of photos of Northwood Alumni taken after the services for Ken Oursler. There were more than pictured here, but several alumni had already left when this photo was taken!

Rear Row (L-R) Bill Haycraft, Barbara Burnett, Harry (Butch) Brown, Carl Kraft, Nick Cremonese, Maury (Mac) Parker, Wilbur Jenkins

Front Row (L-R) Louis Tom Tassara, Helen Toomey, Carole Morgan, Maryanne Wheeler, Joselle Bernstein

 

(L-R) Harry (Butch) Brown, Bill Haycraft, Carl Kraft, Nick Cremonese, Louis Tom Tassara, Maury (Mac) Parker, Wilbur Jenkins

From Curtis Morgan....9-1-2011

Hi Tom
    My Mother died in February and I came back from Australia to settle her estate. After a week or so, it occurred to me to relocate back to the US (for a while, anyhow). I persuaded Elizabeth (my "Sheila", as Crocodile Dundee would call her) to retire and come and live with me in the D. C. area; Beth closed up our place in Brisbane and arrived here just last month...just in time for August's assorted East Coast catastrophes! Anyway, I photoshopped up the attached to "reassure her family and friends back home" that "all is well in D.C." (hope it helps!)
    To change the subject, does anyone have Miss Ruddle's email address? After several years of teaching (mostly English and film) Down Under, I have a (much!) greater empathy for the profession, and would like to make contact with her. If anyone is interested, my students and I have some animations and films (some worthy, some less so!) posted on the youtube site (to view search there for "NZFilmProf"). You'll notice the similarity between the "quake and storm" photo and some of my animations there, I'm sure.

Regards
Curt

Obituary for Mr. Carroll Kearns (Vice Principal)....10-19-2010

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean; son, Bill Kearns and wife Joannie of Allen, Texas; daughter, Janet Foley and husband Mike of Gaithersburg; two grandsons, Gary and Brian Kearns of Texas; and two great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Joanne Colbert of Fairmont, W.Va.; brother, Bruce Davis of Allentown, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by brother, Lyndon Kearns. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Homewood at Crumland Farms, 7407 Willow Road, Frederick, MD 21702.

Contributions may be made in his honor to Gaithersburg/Washington Grove Fire Department Volunteer Fireman's Fund, 801 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879; or Homewood Foundation Benevolent Fund. Arrangements are by Muriel H. Barber Funeral Home, Laytonsville.

Obituary for Tommy Shepard....9-10-2010

    Thomas Berger Shepard, 67, of Shrewsbury died on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at Bolton Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Marlborough.
    He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nancy (Fouts) Shepard; a sister, Molly S. Brady of Jacksonville, Florida; a brother, Pete Shepard and his wife, Linda of Arcata, California, also survived by a special Aunt, Clara B. Burrett of Oneonta, Alabama and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Berger M. and Virginia B. (Burrett) of Silver Spring, Maryland and a son, Blake Thomas Shepard.
    Mr. Shepard retired from the U.S. Geological Survey in 2000 where he worked as a Hydrologist and Information Officer in Connecticut.
    He was a member of the Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston where he worked with the Awana program for many years and more recently served as an offering counter. He was a devout Christian.
    Mr. Shepard was devoted to his family and always enjoyed spending time with them, especially his beloved son.
    Family and friends are invited to visit with the Shepard family on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 3:00-6:00 PM in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA. Funeral services for Mr. Shepard will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM in the Bethlehem Bible Church, 307 Lancaster Street, West Boylston, MA. Burial will be in Ashville Cemetery, Ashville, Alabama at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Bethlehem Bible Church Building Fund, 307 Lancaster Street, West Boylston, MA 01583. For directions and for Mr. Shepard’s memorial guestbook, please visit, www.brittonfuneralhomes.com

Obituary for Mr. Sickafus....5-21-2010

SICKAFUS CHARLES R. SICKAFUS (Age 87) For 29 years a teacher of instrumental music in the schools of Montgomery County, MD, died on May 20, 2010 in Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, KY. He was born in Warsaw, IN on July 23, 1922 and was raised in Indiana and Ohio, graduating from Paulding, Ohio High School. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army and was official photographer for the 95th Infantry Division during its deployment in the European Theater of war. Following the war he attended Morehead State University in Kentucky, graduating in 1948 with a degree in music education. He did graduate work at the University of Colorado, receiving a Master of Music Education degree in 1951. Mr. Sickafus taught for five years in Mansfield, OH, and then moved to the Washington area. His instrumental groups at Northwood and Springbrook High Schools in Montgomery County consistently garnered prizes and trophies for the schools. During that period he also did critic teaching for the University of Maryland and Catholic University. He retired in 1982. He was a long time member of National Presbyterian Church in Washington. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Sickafus. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer''s Association, 465 E. High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, KY in charge of arrangements. Visit Guest Book!

From Don Gordon....3-14-2010

Thought I would let you know that I am thinking of the olde class but do not know yet what I will be doing that weekend that you'all have projected for the Reunion. Reason:  I am President of the Bexar County Medical Society this year and may need to travel to our sister City, Chanai, India during that time period.  However, everything is still up in the air, so to speak, and I do not know for sure what is what.  So I am keeping my options open for a while.
Please convey my best to all.  Judy and I are well.  I am working full time seeing patients at an urgent care center here in San Antonio and loving almost every minute of it.
Warm regards,
Don Gordon

From Nat Isikoff....2-27-2010

Hi Classmates,

I am looking forward to our upcoming reunion. The Reunion committee has done an excellent job so far. They chose a great venue and I hope that everyone who can possibly make it will attend.

Suzan and I now live in New York City. We moved here in 2003 to be close to our 3 children, their spouses and (now) 6 grandchildren. I am still working in Commercial Real Estate and for the successor company, Transwestern, to which we sold Carey Winston in 1998. I run the NY office which has one employee, me. It's the best of all possible worlds.

Nathan Isikoff

 

From Sandi Friedman (Perlstein)....11-29-2009

Now here's an update on me after several years of silence.  We retired and moved from Milwaukee to Scottsdale, AZ.  We got tired of Scottsdale and now have two homes in Colorado.  One is in Silverthorne, CO in Summit County which is ski country and the other is 1 1/4 away in the Cherry Creek area of Denver.  We love Colorado; however, we still do have a lovely golf course home for sale in Scottsdale, AZ if anyone wants to move there.

My brothers both went to Northwood and live in Rockville.  My father just passed away in October in Rockville at the age of 93.  My daughter just moved from Baltimore to DC.  Perhaps some of you have heard of my son, Rick Perlstein.  He is an author, journalist and historian and has two books out and numerous articles including some in the Washington Post, Newsweek, etc.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion,

Sandi Friedman Perlstein

About the Class of 1959's Reunion....8-10-2009

Northwood’s class of 1959 has finally confirmed our plans for our 50th reunion and would like to invite your class to join us at the AFI (restored old Silver Theater) on Friday October 2, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30.  We have rented one of the three theatres there for 2 hours. Following a 30 minute reception in the lobby we'll go into the theatre for a visual presentation (we're still working on it) and introductions of everybody present. We'll give everyone the opportunity to say a few words to re-introduce themselves to their friends and classmates. Students from Northwood will be filming to prepare a DVD which will be compiled after the reunion and sent to anyone who wants one (for a cost of $10).  The cost is $25 per person. We also have a hospitality room at the Silver Spring Hilton and many of us will go there afterwards.

Please feel free to invite members of your class to attend this event."

Ken Simons
Reunion Committee
Northwood High School Class of 1959
Please visit our website often at www.NorthwoodHighSchool-1959.com for the latest updates

 

Don Dilliard's Passing....6-7-2008

Don Dillard, 74, a freewheeling disc jockey who helped introduce rock-and-roll to the Washington area from his tiny Wheaton station, died May 28 at his home in Annapolis after an apparent heart attack.
Starting in the mid-1950s, Mr. Dillard and TV dance show host Milt Grant were dominant players in the effort to bring rock to local audiences at a time when the non-threatening pop of singers Doris Day and Frankie Laine prevailed on the dial.
Many radio stations were cautious about playing too much rock at that transitional moment before rock's ascendancy, and so they interspersed Elvis Presley or Little Richard with Pat Boone, Eydie Gormé and Andy Williams. Mr. Dillard is not remembered as approaching his craft gingerly.
On WDON-AM, Mr. Dillard enjoyed rare freedom to broadcast whatever he liked: rock-and-roll, rockabilly, black and white doo-wop, and rhythm-and blues. He was under no commercial pressure from the station's owner, who happened to be his father, an entrepreneur who also owned WASH-FM and a network of 52 other radio stations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
"His father gift-wrapped the station, plunked it on his lap and said, 'Here you go,' " said Joe Lee, longtime owner of Joe's Record Paradise in Rockville. The station's call letters were chosen in Don Dillard's honor.
Lee, 61, who was raised in the Washington area, called WDON under Mr. Dillard the "greatest rock-and-roll station" of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Writing in the American Spectator magazine in 1999, actor, economist and lawyer Ben Stein, who grew up in Silver Spring, recalled: "Don Dillard was spinning the greatest songs of the era nonstop. . . . Yes, even when I awakened in the morning, Don was playing 'Get a Job' or 'House of Blue Lights.' When I got home from school, Don was playing 'Too Much' or 'Mister Blue.'
"If listeners called in to complain about Don Dillard playing rock music in the morning, Don had a few words for them. 'I'm going to play what I like. And if you don't like what I like, just turn the dial a little bit in either direction -- and we're gone!' Never before or since have I heard such perfect insouciant self-confidence about a man's choices or how well he knew he fit into his world."
Donald Everett Dillard was born Feb. 8, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., and was raised in Silver Spring. His father, Everett, owned the Washington-based Continental FM Network in addition to WASH-FM and WDON.
After graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Don Dillard attended the University of Maryland, served in the Air Force and played for an American Legion-sponsored baseball team. He also began working as a DJ and as an emcee at "sock hop" dances at the Silver Spring Armory, Glen Echo Park and other venues.
Barry Richards, who became a prominent Washington DJ and music promoter, said he inadvertently got his start on the radio through Mr. Dillard. Richards said that as a young hitchhiker, he fled from the police and ran into the WDON studios for sanctuary. Asking nothing, Mr. Dillard hid Richards under the turntables.
"That was the first time I met the guy," Richards said in an interview last week. "I became his flunky. I answered the phone. I swept the studio. He eventually started to pay me to carry and play his records" at sock hops.
By the mid 1960s, Mr. Dillard's low-powered station, at 1540 AM, could not compete with the "Top-40" format that many AM and FM stations had adopted. "He could not fight 'em and went country," Richards said. "He played hillbilly for a hot minute and did not like it."
After his father sold WDON in the mid-1970s, Mr. Dillard spent 20 years as a distributor of Baltimore newspapers.
His marriages to the former Jean Verano and Jeanine Crawford ended in divorce. A son from his second marriage, Michael Dillard, died of cystic fibrosis as a young man.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Martha Schley Dillard of Annapolis; three children from his first marriage, Donald Dillard II of Ellicott City, Christie Lister of Middle River, Md., and Jana Mayberry of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a daughter from his third marriage, Donna Branchini of Lexington, Ky.; a sister, Sandra Faunce of Rockville; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Journalist Carl Bernstein, a 1961 graduate of Montgomery Blair, was the first to alert The Washington Post last week to Mr. Dillard's death. He was "a seminal character" of his era, Bernstein said. "He was, more than any other disc jockey of that period in the D.C. area, someone who really understood and appreciated how rock-and-roll, rockabilly and rhythm and blues were intertwined. So many other stations did not play all three."
Bernstein added: "He just had a great feel for the music as well as wonderful voice. But he's also related to a defining cultural moment in local terms, which includes going to the Hot Shoppes and parading around in cars after football games at Blair, drag racing on the Beltway that was being built at the time, and dances at the Silver Spring Armory, where on Friday nights you would have live music with Link Wray, especially, or Bo Diddley," and Mr. Dillard would emcee.

 

From Curtis Morgan....9/24/2008

I'm teaching media studies this year, in a high school just north of Wellington, in NZ. I've posted a couple of animations that may interest classmates (or at least, take them back to their high school days!) Search in www.youtube.com for my nick there, "nzfilmprof" and you'll find them. One clip is a (rather silly) compilation of Year 9 (age 14) student work from 2006 ("Stuff and Nonsense"), very lighthearted. The second animation is something I developed just recently with input from my students this year (title: "A Face in the Heavens"). While nominally it discusses "theodicy" (which addresses the question, "how can there be a God, given all the human misery on Earth?"), it is ***not*** intended to be a religious polemic! Presently, we're doing a sequel to the "Heavens" clip; if you enjoy the first one, check back in a month for the second! Cheers, Curt Morgan

From Curtis Morgan....6/7/2008

Hello all, after a year working in dusty'n'hot Alice Springs, Australia, Elizabeth and I are back teaching high school in New Zealand, this
time in Foxton, a seaside town just north of Wellington. I teach media studies and English, and just this term, took on a unit in social studies based on 1960's Rock and Roll, and how values of
youth are reflected in music, dress, language and similar. I have been toting around my NHS letter jacket for lo these (nearly) 50 years,
and, finally, I have a chance to use it for a higher purpose, namely, to illustrate "youth culture in 1960". In the photo, I climbed up on a
desktop to pose in front of my students' mural of music stars from the beginning of Rock. I'm also coaching sports and sponsoring the school newspaper and the
yearbook. My Red'n'Black training is standing me well in this regard! 
Cheers, Curt

From Gloria Levin....5/28/2008

Northwood Alumni Group Forming

I answered the invitation from NHS’ principal to represent our class at the June 2 graduation ceremony of the class of 2008.  (Tom Tassara stood me up at the last minute!! Boo, hiss!!)  The graduation (whose theme is “continuing the legacy”) will be held at Constitution Hall (remember we graduated in the gym?).  On May 17, NHS’ principal, Henry Johnson, convened a breakfast in the new lobby of NHS, to give class representatives instructions, an NHS water glass and a black gown (to be worn in the graduation processional).  I have NEVER felt so old as when I was announced as the 1960 representative, greeted by gasps from representatives from the 1970s up to 1985.  Fortunately, the classes of 1958 and 1959 were also represented – and neither were notably feeble!  The class president practiced his graduation speech for us.

Some background:  The Northwood class of 2008 follows by a mere 50 years the first graduation at NHS.  Both classes (1958 and 2008) were the first to enter NHS, rattling around in an almost empty building and having to create their own school culture.  The 1958 class entered as 11th graders, opening a brand new school.  The 2008 class reopened NHS in 2004, after 19 years, entering as ninth graders.  Between 1985 and 2003, the building housed students and teachers from other schools that were undergoing reconstruction.  The classes of 58 and 08 collaborated on selecting a new mascot – no longer the Indians, they are now the Gladiators.  (Much pouting and grumbling from the assembled alumni.)

Many of those in attendance had children who are now attending NHS, and several are employed there.  Mr. Johnson gave a special thanks to parents who sent their children to NHS when it was newly re-opened, in view of the fact that students can select any high school in their geographic cluster.  He had been hired away from the Fairfax school system in 2003 and had one year to prepare the school for a 2004 opening.  The graduating class has 320 students.  (Wikipedia claims the school population is 1500).

Vicki Kane (1978) is working with Mr. Johnson to create an alumni foundation, with the initials goals of supporting athletics, college scholarships and financial aid to poor students.  Vicki wants to borrow BCC’s model for its ten year old alumni association.  We were asked to publicize NHS’ website (www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/northwoodhs) especially its page for alumni (from the home page, under General Information, click “NHS Alumni”).  Once on, you’re asked to enter information about yourself, register as an alumnus and, at the end, pay $10 to have access to the interactive website.  (The cost of the website has to be paid by subscribers, not by the school.)  You can purchase alumni paraphernalia at the same time.

Alumni who are now working at NHS begged the rest of us to attend school performances, noting that the students work very hard on these, but the auditorium is almost empty when they perform.  Many of the students’ parents work several jobs, unable to take time off work to watch their children perform.  Another serious need is for mentors, tutors, etc. for personal attention to struggling students, many of whom are recent immigrants.

We’ll be hearing more about this alumni outreach, but if you are interested now in volunteering, contact Mr. Johnson’s assistant (really nice Annie Amantea, 301-649-8088).

Gloria Levin

glorialevin@verizon.net

 

From Al Lamberger....3/4/2008

Just a note to let you know that I am still around, after retiring from “MVA” I sold my house in Hagerstown and moved to Hedgesville West Virginia. My E Mail address is albert.lamberger@ Verizon.net , phone # 304 754-8142. I am currently working at the ATF in Martinsburg WV I am what’s called A LEGAL DOCUMENT EXAMINER, in the NFA & E or National Firearms Act Section, reviewing applications for gun permits and such. A pretty demanding  Job, but it will do for now. Perhaps you can post this on the memo page, I did’nt see any way to post it myself? What if anything is new?  I haven't heard about  Any events coming up? You can e-mail me if you could. Rosemarie is doing fine , we have a house and 5 acres in wild and wonderful WV and we love it.

 

From Kim Mcguire....2/22/2008

Greetings from the Midwest,  Kim McGuire ( Linda-Kim Kimmel). Thought I would drop a line just to keep in touch.  Still in the Thoroughbred business, a couple still run in Texas right now. Most of our (Pat, husband of 47 years) and I work in Therapic Riding. We are both instructors and train horse of all kinds to work with the kids and adult. Plus keeping up with 6 kids and 12 grandchildren is keep us young, or at least trying. This summer our daughter Tracey's son Justin was invited to Cambridge England for a short term.  So the three of us went off the Europe first to do the Normandy to the Bulge tour.  Spent time in Germany, where my family was from, then visited Austria, Paris, Brussels, and Munch. While Justin was in Cambridge, Tracey and I visited friends in North Yorkshire, our Irish daughter in Northern Ireland, and the McGuire family area, traveled around the South of Ireland and did Scotland. Of course saw all the usual site, London, Edinburgh, the Moors. I have been fortunate enough to visit the UK almost yearly.  Taking my daughter and grandson were a real treat. If you get to Kansas City Mo, we are not far, gave me a holler and we will get together. Peace and happiness to this coming year.  Yours, Kim

From the current Principal of Northwood High School....10/4/2007

	My name is Henry Johnson and I am the current principal of Northwood High School in Silver Spring.  Since the school re-opened, it has been
our goal to re-create the history of Northwood High School and get more alumni involved in the school.  This year, we will have our first
graduating class of the new Northwood and currently we have 1300 students in grades 9-12.  When the school closed in 1985, all the
banners, trophies, etc. were removed from the school and given away. Some people have brought some things back but not many alumni are as
involved in the "new" Northwood as I would like.  Perhaps you and the other various classes can help us generate some of the "old" Northwood
spirit from years ago.  If my students saw the enthusiasm and excitement that you generate as a group, they would, in turn have that same sense
of pride.  We're getting there but we're not there yet.  
	As a note, our Homecoming football game is next Saturday (Oct. 13) @ 2:00 p.m.  We are re-dedicating the "new" David J. Kaplan stadium which
is beautiful.  (just constructed this year)  We may also become one of the three high schools in the county to receive artificial turf
(football) next year and there have been a number of changes to the exterior and interior of the building that I believe would make the
Northwood community proud. We have an excellent music department and a fantastic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park
which allows 25 of our seniors to go onto campus to take college courses half days.  So, the academic traditions from years ago are also a part
of our new sense of pride.   I have attached a link about one of our outstanding student athletes who was profiled last night on WUSA-
channel 9.    GO NORTHWOOD!! Here's the link. http://www.wusa9.com/sports/sports_article.aspx?storyid=63609

 

From Don & Carol Streeter....2/23/2007

I was shocked to learn via email today from Barbara Schantz, wife of Harold (Buddy) Schantz, that he had passed away Monday Feb 19th, 2007 suddenly after a long bout with cancer. I see that you already knew of this from the "MEMORIAM" page, but I wanted to add that Buddy and I were best of friends in high school, as many of you know, and had been in touch off and on through the intervening years. He was an usher at our wedding in 1964. We were greatly saddened by this news.

Regards,

Don and Carolyn Streeter

From Curtis Morgan....2/22/2007

We're back in Australia, this time teaching at a Catholic high school in the "red center" of Australia (Alice Springs). Let me get my digital camera 
fired up (its charger is coming over from NZ in our personal effects just now) and I'll have some photos for your site. It's an a-maz-ing place! Great
 kids, too! Shades of NHS '60! Cheers, Curt

From Jerry White....11/9/2006

Tom & Helen;
      It's been a while but I thought I might give you a quick update on recent happenings. On Sept 11, of this year I suffered a massive heart attack. Needless to say, I pulled through (only the good die young)  and am struggling to recover. They have me on eight different medicines right now and hopefully they are doing some good. Doc wants to put in a pacemaker but is waiting to see if I pull through. I'm doing my best to stay off the "In Memoriam" page so keep me in your thoughts Jerry White '60

From  Loretta Cox (Knight)....7/26/2006

     I am a candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  I am running on the Democratic ticket and I have three
opponents; two Democrats and one Republican.  I have over 20 years experience in the Circuit Court and for the past 15 years have been
Deputy Clerk and Manager of the Civil Division, which is the largest division under the Clerk.  The present Clerk of the Court, Molly Q. Ruhl, 
 is retiring and I have her full support and endorsement to be the next Clerk of the Court.  I am a member of the slate "Your Courthouse Team"
with Joe Griffin, the Register of Wills, Ray Kight, the Sheriff, and John McCarthy for State's Attorney. Montgomery County Circuit Court is 
extremely
well run and it isn't by accident.  We must maintain the continuity in the courthouse.    
	We are in the process of placing yard signs and getting help at all of the polling places in the county. 
	If anyone is available and can help, please let me know.   In addition to my web site, my e-mail is leknight4@msn.com. 
		Thank you so much.
    		Loretta

From William (Bill) Grubb....6/11/2006

I have been looking at your web site and see I am listed as missing. I am alive and doing well. Soon after graduating I moved to Tennessee and 
have since lived in several places on the east and west coast.  I now live in Galveston Texas and working at the University of Texas Medical 
Branch. After  putting my three children through college, my wife and I are working for our retirement. Thanks for the website, It is nice to see 
everyone. Bill Grubb

From Curtis Morgan....4/29/2006

Hello Indians (of the NHS tribe, that is!),
I always thought the first NHS-Blair game (late ‘58? early ‘59?) was the most exciting game I ever saw, any sport, anywhere, anytime.
Recently Jim Mahaffey gave me a verrrry interesting tidbit on his involvement in the game (and now Kirk has come in with his 2 bits) so, I thought I'd try to piece together as many different accounts of it that I could, and write it up for the NHS60 web site.
Also, it's along, loooong story, but, I 'owe' Coach Wilson  "a" basketball story (I missed my first deadline  by, um, oh gee, 46 years, for the NHS Red & Black newspaper, I am desperately trying to make amends here!)
I phoned Coach back in 1993 and, by gum, he remembered that I'd  promised him a b-ball story back in 1959, but, in spite of a lot of  cooperation from him, I just never got it done!) Gee, that call made me feel bad about my lack of a promised story, all over again!
  So, if I could get ‘your’ collective recollections, the story would write itself, we’d all enjoy a little trip down Memory Lane, and, not incidentally, I’d get the “Article for Coach Wilson” monkey off my back!
Here’s looking forward to your replies!

Cheers
Curt Morgan
NHS 60

PS I don't suppose anyone has any pictures to contribute from The Game (or, failing that, on NHS
basketball)...?


From The Washington Post....11/21/2005


Carol Pickell Backman ...11/14/05

Dear Northwood Friends, 
The photos were wonderful, but I can honestly say I recognized less than 50% of the people shown.  Have we all changed that much??? Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos and bringing  back the great memories they represent.

Dr. Brian Semos...Current Choral Teacher At NHS...10/14/05

Hello,

My name is Dr. Brian Semos and I am the new choral teacher this year at Northwood HS. I am very interested in creating a connection with the alumni. Presently we are discussing the upcoming homecoming events. My goal is to have every member of our music department participate. I would like to extend an invitation to all alumni to sing the national anthem with us. I would be willing to meet with members who wanted to learn the voice parts prior to homecoming. Howevere, if they just want to come and sing the melody that's great too. 

Our website can be visited at www.northwoodchoral.org/ I will place a homecoming button on the page for alumni to peruse and respond to. Please feel free to post the invitation on your message board. I can be reached at brian_semos@fc.mcps.k12.md.us

Thanks,

'Doc'


Don Gordon....9/5/05

Two e-mails to Tahma

Tahma,
Today we were visited by the Secretary of H and Human Services, Julie Gerberding (CDC Chief), the governor of Texas (who likes to put his arm around your neck and do the good old boy thing), the Commissioner of Health, and others.  They were very impressed by the San Antonio response (9600 in 4 shelters...)... We have handled a great number of very stressed and shocked folks.  We have done this with open arms and with gracious dignity that their plight clearly merits.  I am proud to have been part of the response and have literally personally cared for several dozen by myself. I am tired, but good tired.
God bless,
Don

Don Gordon....9/5/05

Hi,
    Yes... My labor day weekend became a LABOR WEEK, As Medical Director of the local Red Cross, I have been quite busy, as EMS Medical Director, those who couldn't be cared for on site became my responsibility as well.
Yes, it has been quite tiring, but good work.  The Red Cross has been in the lead of the charity organizations.  They work to run the shelters, but they are helped by many different volunteer groups the City and County governments provide personnel to register displaced people the Red Cross distributes food, comfort kits, and kind people to greet and help them find things and other people, the EMS and Fire Department provide logistical and emergency transport and much routine transport assistance the Police, Sheriff, and security personnel keep everyone safe
and the community medical volunteers and the Health Department provide Clinic and prescription care     it is quite an undertaking... Here in San Antonio, we have sheltered 11,000 in less than 4 days time... Quite a feat. All evacuees have air conditioning, a cot, and plenty of food and water here in San Antonio They also have lots of social services and phone service as well.
    We are quite busy. Thanks for asking, pass the word... Give money to the Red Cross
Best Regards,
Don

 

Tom Tassara....8/29/2004

    Two of the most recent additions to the "In Memoriam" page have special memories for me in particular, since I saw one of them on a regular basis and the other I saw at a time and place that surprised me.

    First Ray Hunter. Ray had worked for another fellow classmate, Nick Cremonese, in his auto repair facility on Colesville Road for about 30 years. I saw Ray often due to the fact that our family takes our vehicles there for repair. Ray preferred to keep to himself and not get involved with his high school past. For whatever reasons he chose that path, we tried to respect his wishes. Ray was a nice guy, who kept to himself for the most part. He dealt with a long bout of cancer, and finally lost the battle about one year ago.

    Second is Lee Wright. I had known Lee since the 7th grade at Montgomery Hills Jr. High School. We always enjoyed each other's company and at that time had a joint interest in collecting coins and stamps. Like many relationships back then, friends would come in and out of your life, with no order. After graduation I joined the Marine Corps, since another friend of mine had done so, and off we went to Parris Island for recruit training. It's hard to describe to anyone that hasn't been there what it's like, but to say it's a traumatic change in your lifestyle (cars, girls, Mighty Mo's, drive-in movies, etc), is an understatement. One day after I was in boot camp for a few weeks, a really bad blister on my ankle had started to get infected and affect my ability to do what was expected of me. So, I asked the drill instructor for permission to go to sick bay to have it looked at, and guess who's there...800 miles from where we lived. It was really a surprise to see Lee there. Many of us at that time  wondered if anyone knew we were even there, so it was nice to see another person that I knew. I don't think I ever saw Lee again after that meeting, but I never forgot it. Another schoolmate that I saw down there and then later in North Carolina was Brad Simmons, who went on to be an "aide" to an admiral aboard the admiral's flagship. Brad has also passed away.

 

Curtis Morgan....7/4/2004

Hi Tom
    It's a bit late (OK, way too late!), but, I have a few memories of Walt Glockler that, on his passing, I'd like to share.
    Walt came to NHS a bit late, about 1959. As I recall, he transferred in from Wakefield HS in Arlington, VA. and, as such, had to endure a bit of hazing from us athletes already entrenched. Did our needling barbs (seem to) bother him? Not our (easy going) Walt! 
    Then, he jumped, nay, plunged, right in, lettering in football and track, then, without really possessing a wrestler's physique, holding his own with the rough'n'tough wrestlers in the Jim Donaldson era.
    In track, Walt high jumped with a very elite crowd. Few schools could match our Walt, Jim Watson and John Galt over the bar and into the sawdust pits. Even with this in-school competition, he took (if memory serves) the  Bi-County League championship in the high jump, when only a junior. Walt even took up the pole vault, again, with a body much taller and leaner than the archetypical vaulter's.
    Ironically, while I was principally a runner and broad jumper on Coach DeMoss's track team with Walt, in 2003 (after only a 40 year vacation from the sport!) I once again tried my hand on the track and in the jump pits (hey! athletics is 'very' big here in Australia!).
    Well, I found, with the passing of the years, I have lost (just about) all of my speed!  But, I tell you with no little pleasure, I found there 'is' a bit of spring left in my legs, and I'm still tall! Risking my aging hamstrings, I managed to break meet records at the 58th running of the New South Wales Country Championships, in both the high jump and triple jump. And, I have to tell you, while accepting my own medals, I had flashbacks to Walt, who, on occasion,
would, rather modestly, wear his Bi-County gold medal on a chain well-hidden beneath his t-shirt.
Cheers, Curt

Curtis Morgan


                                                           MELVYN S. MARGOLIES  (Age 61)
 
Suddenly on June 15, 2004, of Rockville, MD. Beloved husband of Babette Margolies; devoted father of Philip (Ann), Beth and Jennifer; loving son of Minna Margolies and the late Michael Margolies; brother of Jeffrey Margolies. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, INC., 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Interment Judean Memorial Gardens. Family will be observing Shiva at the Margolies home starting Sunday through Tuesday. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME under the Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington.
This ad appeared in The Washington Post on 6/18/2004.

Karin-Anna Eek....12/30/2003

Dear Helen and Tom, Please have a look at the letter enclosed this note, and you will understand why I contact you in this rather unorthodox way. Do you have a possibility of sending it around to members of that class that might help her?  Just to publish it openly on the page is perhaps a little too private, but I leave it it you to do what you think is best.  It would be fun if internet could help with this. Personally I'm fine.  I'm planning my retirement this summer, and I'll try to start arranging culture-travels in Norway and France after that.  We have rented a little castle in the Languedoc-area in France for Easter, and filled it up with friends just to get some experience. We will be hiking in the mountains, visiting medieval castles and cities in the neighborhood, learn French cooking with a French friend of mine, and taste out the locale vines with an expert.  It would be fun if it worked, and I would be thrilled to include Americans as well, if you think they are interested? Hope you are well and healthy, I still cherish the golden memories from my last visit to Washington D.C., the "belly-dancer" was incredible. Have a good New Years Eve celebration, and send my best to Tahma (long time since I've heard from her).

Love from Karin-Anna p.s. I've tried to contact Sue both by phone and e-mail, it hasn’t worked so far.  Had a marvelous encounter with her in London in February 2003

This note is about Karin-Anna's daughter:

To fellow members of the class of 1960, Northwood High School Silver Spring, Maryland 

Internship in a medical institution in the Washington D.C.-area summer 2004  

    I, Karin-Anna Eek, AFS-student from Norway and member of the “class of 1960” at Northwood High school, is writing this letter on behalf of my daughter, Marie Gunnestad. Marie is studying medicine at the University of Hamburg, Germany, she’s in her 4th year. The summer of 2004 she has an opening of at least three months of clerkship in a hospital anywhere in the world, and she wants to go to the USA. Do you have any contacts or ideas of how she should act to realize this prospect? We would be most grateful for any suggestions.

    She started out and worked as a nurse for several years before she decided to go further into the matter and become a medical doctor.  Her English is quite fluent, although not as fluent as her German or Norwegian for that matter. Her e-mail:  mariegunnestad@hotmail.com

She would be more than happy to give you all the information and answer any questions about her studies or other matters, so please contact her.

    As to your information already at this point:  she is prepared to cover all the expenses herself, and does not expect any salary since she is “the student”.

    On behalf of my daughter Marie and myself, I thank you for any type of help, please contact me as well if there is anything your think I can do for you.  Yourself or family members visiting Norway for example.

Yours truly, Karin-Anna Eek


In Memoriam...11/21/2003

Robert Morris Oremland

Robert Morris Oremland, 61, a McLean resident who operated Holiday Inn franchises in the Washington area, died Nov. 21 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had cancer. Mr. Oremland did front-desk work for area Holiday Inn franchises after college and in time was managing them. He also helped open several franchises locally and in New York, New Jersey and Ohio. In the late 1990s, he and a few friends started Grand Duke Hotels LLC, a hotel operations venture. The partnership built and managed the Staybridge Suites executive-stay hotel in McLean and the Holiday Inn Select franchise in Chantilly. This fall, the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Oremland entrepreneur of the year. He was born in Washington and spent part of his teenage years in Silver Spring, where he was a graduate of Northwood High School. He also was a graduate of the University of Maryland. He helped run sporting events and did coaching work at McLean Youth Sports, Langley High School in McLean and the Northern Virginia Swimming League. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Oremland, whom he married in 1968, of McLean; three sons, Ryan, of Washington, Jason, of Los Angeles, and Evan, of New York; his mother, Ethel Sue Oremland of Olney; a sister, Faye Ganss of Olney; and two brothers, Benjamin Oremland of Vienna and James Oremland of Baltimore.

Carole Greenwald Dove....10/14/2003

Just would like to add my e-mail address to the others listed.  I guess older age caused me to try to find out about the grad. class of 1960....where have all the years gone.  When I clicked onto classmates who have passed on, I was very saddened to see Dick Love listed.  I loved dancing with Dickie.
Please add my email address to all the others listed.  Thanks.  God Bless. Carole Greenwald Dove

Sylvia E. Simons Trembelas....10/1/2003

    Hey There ...  Just looked at NHS web site and it seems to grow like Topsy.  I looked up Kathy Horiuchi on google and found about 65 hits on her, several of which point to her web site.  There's a photo, and it sure looks like our Kathy.  She's an artist (I remember when she went to the Pratt Institute in NY to study art) and is a member of this group called Elfwood, which does fantasy art.  On her web site her name is Katherine Catlin (she used to be married to a guy name Ted Amen [ I know...strange last name]) so I guess she married again.  However, all the google references are to Kathy Horiuchi.  I see by her web address she has the name kyoshikoh which, I think, was her middle name.  I sent her an e-mail.  We'll see what happens.

    My life continues in volunteerism.  In addition to my continuing volunteer work with the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra (we are now in annual Decorators' Show House mode...it opens to public 9/30), I am also a volunteer with the Red Cross here in Arlington, and am a member of the Board of Directors of Arlington County Crime Solvers.  I have also just established the Sylvia E. Simons Trembelas Charitable Trust which will pay me a monthly annuity for life, while protecting the principal for three designated charities.  I'm trying to find out how to quitclaim my property to a trust so that when I (or my executor sells it) the money goes directly to those same charities.  I'm really quite excited about this.

    Hope you are both well and enjoying life.  Is this a new e-mail address?  And the significance is?????  My e-mail address name "ellenida" is Greek for Greek girl or woman.   Below is the web address for Kathy.  Look at that photo and tell me it's not the same person.

Take Care, Sylvia

Kathy Horiuchi Catlin web site:

http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/loth/k/y/kyoshikoh/kyoshikoh.html

Also. below is an article about the Kennedy Center recognizing Sylvia

Curtis Morgan....9/29/2003

Here's a link to Curtis Morgan's webpage.

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/hp3kanalyst/lst?&.dir=/Whizzin%27+thru+Oz&.src=ph&.begin=9999&.view=t&.order=&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/bc/hp3kanalyst/lst%3f%26.dir=/Whizzin%2527%2bthru%2bOz%26.src=ph%26.view=tmsgboard.htm

Curtis Morgan....4/20/2003

Hi all, A man from Down Under gave me a hearty, "G'day Matey!" and, here I am, continuing my computing career out in the Australian bush. Thus far, I can only report, the very, very best. The folks really are incredibly friendly (if just a 'bit' hard to understand, at first), the countryside really 'is' crawling with 'roos, parrots and assorted other exotic critters, and the air is so crystal clear, a full moon is almost too hard to look at, head on. Was that a wallaby outside my window at work, last Thursday? (Yes, it surely was). Perhaps like many Americans, for years, thoughts of "an overseas vacation" only meant "Europe", to me. Let me here and now encourage my classmates to consider Oz, for your next outbound voyage. We're strong on 'outdoor activities' here (kayaking, surfing, snorkling, etc), light on intellectual pretentiousness, and, at day's end, regain our strength with world class seafood, beef, and the ever-plentiful lamb, washed down with beer and wine that would make a German exclaim, 'prosit!' I thought I'd "hiked" before, however, I've now learned that I was merely taking "a stroll in the park", compared to the challenging climbs through the national parks here (rainforest, anyone?). And you may not actually shear many sheep, but, plan on tagging a lamb (BTDT! see photo) or at least having tea with the men of the bush, they've all seemed glad for the company. With only 20 million Aussies in a country the size of the US, traffic (outside the few major cities), runs on the sparse side. Just this weekend, I was warned to take a back road, and avoid the 'congestion' on the local highway. As I was to find, only in the bush, is four cars in a row, cause for making a detour!  Cheers (as 'we' Ozzies say) Curt Morgan 


Al Lamberger....03/03/03

I was promoted to Manager with the MVA and I am now working at the Glenmont Express Office, at Georgia and Randolph road in Wheaton, kinda the old stomping grounds. Look forward to hearing from anyone that endeavors to e-mail me. This will probably also give you my state site. I didn't see my address on the website list I know you are pretty busy. Might be seeing some of you guys over here? Al Lamberger

Article concerning Northwood's reopening/Gloria Levin....03/03/03

Fairfax Principal To Lead Northwood By Linda Perlstein
Washington Post Staff Writer, Thursday, February 27, 2003; Page GZ05
    The Montgomery County Board of Education this week named Henry R. Johnson Jr., a Fairfax County principal, to run Northwood High School in Silver Spring when it reopens in 2004. Johnson, 46, has been principal at West Potomac High School in Alexandria for two years. With about 2,100 students, West Potomac is known for performing arts and strong academics, including a growing Advanced Placement program with high minority representation.
    Since Johnson started at West Potomac, scores on the Virginia Standards of Learning tests increased to meet the state standard. Johnson oversaw the end of a $30 million renovation and added a communications and television broadcasting academy.
    Plans for Northwood include similar schools within a school for the study of government and public advocacy, technology, communications and environmental science. "I've always had a dream to be a founding principal at a brand-new high school," Johnson said. "To be able to see your vision from the ground level actually up into practice . . . is exciting."
    Parents say Johnson never forgets a student's name, and will gladly use it if someone gets out of line. He prefers to spend time where the students are, not in his office.
    He speaks English, not education. Phoebe Mix once walked into an appointment with Johnson concerned about her child and walked out having volunteered to work in the school office. From that first meeting, she has been deeply impressed. "I think he's fabulous," Mix said. "He is not political. Some principals are very busy burnishing their résumés, and he is just deeply committed to kids."
    Johnson, a western Virginia native, is the son of a school custodian and a cafeteria worker. He taught social studies in Norfolk, where he was named teacher of the year in 1987. Before West Potomac, he spent seven years at North Stafford High School in Stafford County, first as assistant principal, then as principal.
    Johnson will start in Montgomery County this summer in preparation for a fall 2004 opening of Northwood. Northwood High School closed in 1985. Since then, it has been used to temporarily house other schools as their buildings undergo construction.


Paintings by Dr. Alford....10/14/02

Cats In A Barn

Tobacco Farm In South Carolina

Basket Of Ivy



Dorlene Benner (Harper)....9/5/02

    Jim and Dorlene (Benner) Harper are proud to announce the birth of their seventh grandchild, REECE LEONARD PETROLLE.  He arrived on June 7, 2002.  Our youngest daughter & son-in-law, Erica & Tony Petrolle are the proud parents.  This brings our count to five grandsons and 2 grandaughters.


Joy Rollins (Perlioni)....6/1/02

    My daughter Kelly is expecting their 2nd this July.  We are so excited. Kelly's first was born 3  years ago - she is Olivia Joy!  We have truly been blessed.  I love being a grandparent!
    Just wanted to let everyone know that I am in the travel business.  I am a travel consultant freelancing from the house.  Keep me in mind when you are thinking of trips, cruises etc. (anything leisure).  I have been waiting four years for my eye
condition to heal.  This August I will be done.  It's been a struggle but I must keep moving on.  So, now I can focus on working again.  I hope to hear from some of you.     Keep in touch. Joy Pierlioni  :)


The Tassara's Grandaughter....5/15/02

 Our New Little Angel - Chloe Constance
Born to Kerry and Joe Angel
April 19, 2002
6 pounds, 12 ounces  -  19 1/2 inches long.


John Degooyer....5/13/02

To The Class of 1960:  I ran across you all this afternoon as a result of engaging in a friendly contest with a client about who would score the most "hits" on Google.  (Believe it or not, this exercise was more than marginally relevant to a current legal matter.)  I lost the Google War, but found our site (one of my "hits"), which was a pleasant surprise because I thought at one point that the site had been abandoned.  It was a treat to see that the site is working, to read all the news and to view the pictures. On the other hand, it was sobering, as someone said on the message board, to see how many pictures are posted on the "In Memoriam" page.  Quite sad.  As for news about me, I've never left the area after returning from Duke.  I'm still practicing law in DC -- going on 35 years next February.  I live in Crownsville, MD (near Annapolis) with my wife, Pana, and two daughters, Dani (9) and Sara Grace (6).  My two sons are grown men now -- Paul (36) is married and working in the entertainment industry in NY; Jay (31) is unmarried and will graduate from law school in San Francisco this weekend.
Other than that, no dogs, no cats, no fish.  Anyway, I look forward to keeping track of you all through this page in the future, and to seeing you if the chance arises.  Best regards, John


Gloria Levin....4/30/02

It is with the GREATEST of pleasure that I announce that, as of April 30, I am retiring from 31 years employment with the federal government, most of it at NIH.  Viewing NHS' class of 1960's new "In Memorium" page was certainly sobering -- all those once-young classmates, now gone.  Had I continued at the pace I have been going for (too) many years, I am sure you would have had to add my picture to that web page.  I have absolutely no plans for the future, but sure have to set up an inhome office infrastructure pretty quickly.  I've been spoiled with state of the art office electronics.  Or else I'll be running to Kinko's every day!!  Already-retired classmates -- what advice do you have for a new retiree???  Gloria Levin
(g-levin@erols.com) (ed. note)I think she should to get a job. What do you think?


From Lowell Fundom....4/2/02

    I regret to inform you that my sister, Rozanne Fundom (Nydam), passed away from cancer in May of 2001 at her home in Loganville, Georgia.  As you are aware, we both attended Northwood High School and had the fondest of memories, and spoke often of our days at Northwood and all our friends.  We discussed our time and recollections from Northwood High School just prior to her death.  Our days in Maryland were some of the happiest we knew.  I'm sorry I didn't get to you sooner about my sister. Please put the information on your web-site. Best wishes to the Class of 1960.  Feel free to contact me if you like ( Lily4dash@aol.com )


From Steve Saulnier....4/2/02

I spoke to Marie Allen today.  She is living in Clearwater, FL.  I've included her as a copy to on this message.  I don't know whether plans for a class cruise are still in the works, but thought you might update her if they are.  In any event you can add her to your class email address list. How about those Terps?


Sylvia Simons....3/29/02

    I had a bad time of it from May 2000 until recently.  Slipped and fell at the Giant (grape in the canned veggie aisle), which triggered an unknown osteoarthritic knee condition.  Had to stop all leg workouts (85 lbs 3x/weekly) at the gym and then limping from the knee caused a disc to rupture and rest on the sciatic nerve.  After 4 months of 40mg daily of
Oxycontin (you'd be amazed at how quickly your body can adapt to driving on that drug), along with a Fentenyl patch, I had to have my 4th/5th lumbar vertebrae fused in March 2000.  But in January 2000 I lost my mom to Alzheimer's Disease (2nd parent to die from that) so had to handle all that before I could take care of myself.  Following the spinal fusion, my right knee gave out and in October 2000 I had a total knee replacement.  That was a snap compared to the spinal surgery.  Only had 4 physical therapy treatments and left the hospital with 95% range of motion.  The surgeon let me drive 1 month post-op.  However (this sounds like a soap opera), while in the hospital for my knee, my only niece died of adenoma of the cervix.  She had never married and was only 41 and had been ill for about 6 years, and just 2 years ago had moved into her "dream house".
    Now I'm okay, although the other knee will have to be replaced sometime in the near future.  In the meantime, I'm back at the gym 3x/week playing catch-up with the workouts and swimming.  My volunteer season with the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra begins in earnest in May and ends next March.  I also applied for a job as a magistrate in Fairfax County, VA., and as a Security Investigator with an international firm.  Am waiting to hear from both.  Hopefully my 25 years in Criminal Justice and the Federal Witness program will help with these positions.
    I'm going to call Carole Younes.  Her mom just died (I think in January) and also touch base with Roberta Blum.
    Do we have an up-to-date class roster with names, addreses, and phone #'s? I'd sure like to purchase one if we do.  I'm always curious to see if there's anyone who braved "crossing the river" to live in Virginia, like I did in '68.
    Take care and keep up the good work. Sylvia


Bob Rudnick....3/25/02

I was visiting Northwood's web site and wanted to share my E-mail address with the class.  It is cainfinn@aol.com
In regards to considering a cruise out of Baltimore after the birthday celebration in October, you may wish to contact my wife, Nancy, who works out of our home as a travel consultant (301) 469-6156. Feel free to provide the details, and she might be able to assist you. In the past month, I celebrated my 60th birthday and my "youngest son," Devin, turned 10 !!!!! In 1960, I could not have forseen this wonderful happening in life's journey!  Best wishes, Bob


David Wilson....3/8/02



Curtis Morgan....12/28/01

    Thanks much for including the notice for Coach Bill Jones.  While I knew him well as one of our track coaches, the best defined memory I have of him was as our 10th grade driver's ed instructor.  While learning some finer points of automotive control on Sligo Creek Parkway (along with Jerry Bain and Kathie McLaughlin), Bill did in fact mention that he had played football for the NY Giants.  I had the temerity to challenge this statement, doubting that he had played professionally "since you still have all your teeth".  The Coach promptly popped out a his partial plate, parted his lips wide, and bared a large gummy gap in his tooth line.
    One other remembrance.   One day I idly wondered aloud where "Bonecrusher" (as he was fondly known, by some) was,  Jerry quickly suggested that perhaps that was a nickname I really didn't want to use in the Coach's presence.
Regards, Curt Morgan


Leslie Smith (Levy)....12/18/01



Coach Bill Jones....12/18/01

    Billie Jones, 81, a legendary Montgomery County high school football coach and teacher whose career spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s, died Dec. 3rd. at Holy Cross Hospital. He had pneumonia.
    Mr. Jones produced fearsome championship teams at Wheaton High School in the 1960s and 1970s, helped revive the football program at Walter Johnson High School in the early 1980s and was the first and last head football coach at Northwood High School, in 1956 and 1985, respectively.
    During a 10-year span at Wheaton, from 1967 to 1976, Mr. Jones's teams compiled a record of 69-28-3, winning Montgomery County championships in 1969 and 1970 and twice finishing second in an era before the state playoff system.
    He was part of a troika of larger-than-life coaches during that period who battled for primacy in Montgomery County, along with Roy Lester at Richard Montgomery High School and John Harvill at Gaithersburg High School. Though the teams were fierce rivals on the field, their coaches had strong friendships off it. Mr. Jones, who worked for the Montgomery County recreation department and managed the Twinbrook Swimming Pool in the 1950s and 1960s, often could be seen poolside with his rivals, going over game film and offering helpful critiques.
    He also was a successful assistant wrestling coach throughout the years and, in the 1950s, was a founder of the Montgomery County Interscholastic Wrestling Tournament. He also organized various track meets.
    Mr. Jones, a former college and professional football player, was a physically imposing presence on the sidelines, but he was known by his
coaching staff for leaving his intensity at the stadium.  "He was a competitor," said Del. Henry B. Heller (D-Rockville), a former Wheaton
assistant under Mr. Jones. "But 15 minutes after the ballgame, win or lose, he was the same person."
    Mr. Jones was at Northwood from 1956 to 1959; at Wheaton from 1959 to 1965; at John F. Kennedy in 1964 and 1965; back at Wheaton from 1965 to 1980; at Walter Johnson from 1980 to 1984; and he finished where he started, at Northwood, in 1984 and 1985. He taught physical education and driver's education.
    Mr. Jones was a native of Mannington, W.Va. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College on a football scholarship. His studies were interrupted by Navy service during World War II, and he wrestled and played football for military teams. He completed his degree at the University of Charleston in South Carolina.
    Mr. Jones briefly played football in the 1940s for the Brooklyn Dodgers and
New York Giants. (NOTE: I think that should be baseball)
    After receiving a master's degree in education from West Virginia University in 1949, he coached state championship teams in West Virginia in
the 1950s before moving to the Washington area. He lived in Rockville before settling in Silver Spring in 1964.  He was inducted into the
Maryland State High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990.
    He was a member of the Montgomery County Education Association and the Montgomery Retired Teachers Association. He also was an Elk.  Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joanne Orr Jones of Silver Spring; two daughters, Jean Jones Doman of Rockville and Susan Jones of Silver Spring; two sons, John Jones of Rockville and Jay Jones of Germantown; and five grandchildren.


A photo from the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D. C.

A copy of Mr. Sisson's Obituary....5/20/01

SISSON, JERRY RICHARD (Age 67)
Of Nellysford VA, on Sunday, May 13, 2001, at his residence. He was born March 5, 1934, in Moline IL, a son of Gerald and Opal Warren Sisson.  Mr. Sisson attended Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, and received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Maryland (College Park).

From 1958-1985 he taught physical education, coached football, baseball, golf and girls basketball, and during the 1980's
served as Athletic Director at Northwood High School, Silver Spring MD.  In 1985-86 he taught physical education and coached football at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring MD.

Retiring in 1986, he continued to coach football through 1988 when he moved to Wintergreen in Nellysford VA.  He is preceeded in death by his wife Carol Sisson.  Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 284 East Water Street, Harrisonburg VA 22801, American Cancer Society, 3042 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901, or Holy Cross Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 12, Batesville, VA 22924.

Susan Irey (Moore-Class of '61)....3/19/01

Tom, Please include this notice on the message board of the Northwood High School web site. Thanks, Susan.

To friends and fellow classmates of David Irey (class of '60), thought you might like to see the article from The Annapolis Capital newspaper regarding my brother David. David was a much loved and respected man and will be greatly missed.
Susan Irey Moore.

David Irey
    David Wagner Irey, 59, a retired banker and avid yachtsman, died of heart failure March 3 at his West River home after a long illness. After 38 years in bank management, Mr. Irey retired last year as vice president and unit head of consumer lending for Allegiance F&M Bank.
    Born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18, 1942, he graduated from Northwood High School in Silver Spring in 1960 and attended the University of Maryland, the American Institute of Banking and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
    A one-design sailor, he won numerous regattas in Jet-14s, Mobjacks, Thistles and Penguins throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. He was a member of the first sailing class at the West River Sailing School and president of the Jet-14 Class. In 1992 he was the commodore of the West River Sailing Club. He grew up sailing at the family home on Wagners Point on the West River.
    Surviving are his wife, Nancy A. Irey; one daughter, Jamie Smith of West River; one son, Dean W. Irey of Rehoboth Beach, DE; his parents, Dr. Hugh W. and Lorry Irey of Shady Side; three sisters, Susan Moore of Riva, Linda
Irey of Severna Park and Carol Gridley of Crofton; and two grandsons.
    Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the West River Sailing Club, 4800 Riverside Drive, Galesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the David W. Irey Memorial Fund, West River Sailing Club, P.O. Box 268, Galesville, MD 20765, or the Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Baltimore, MD 21204.


William "Bill" Haycraft....3/5/01

Hi Tom and Helen,  I have bad news for our class. Dave Irey passed away last night, 3/4/01 in his sleep. He had undergone some serious health problems and could not bounce back from them. There will be a memorial this Thursday, 3/8/01 down in Shady Side, Md. around 3:pm. I heard it was at his Yacht club . The Washington Post will have all the information.
Bill Haycraft.


Dorlene Benner (Harper)....1/28/01

Just wanted to share our good news with the class.  Our youngest daughter gave birth to JAMES ANTHONY on Wednesday, Jan. 24. We have two grandaughters and this makes the fourth grandson. She delivered 11 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Not bad for the first baby huh?



Diane (Dee) Seltzer....11/11/00

Hi.. Helen and Tom....
At 3AM the entire Emergency Room was checking out the site and raving about how great it is.  Many of the KIDS I work with are amazed we can stand, let alone party, at our age!  The crew of Docs and RN's kept saying.."you guys don't look older then our parents" but YOU ARE!!!!!!  Guess the class of '60 is still pretty classy. Keep up the good work...DEE   (note: Dee works at the Washington Hospital Center)


Dave Menaker

Hi, Well, I've made a big change in my life and I've moved to California, I'm now living in LA and love it out here.
Could you change my email address on the web site? The new one is dadbear@mediaone.net.
Thanks, Dave Menaker


Peter Levin....9/17/00

Dear Friends and Family:  Great News!  Jeremy Levin will be a contestant on the quiz show "Jeopardy" on the evenings of Friday,  September 29 and Monday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. He had a great time being on the program and the shows are exciting (for the genre).  Hope you can watch.  Peter and Carol Levin


Don Streeter....9/11/00

HI ALL -PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT MY EMAIL ADDRESS HAS CHANGED. IFYOU WISH TO KEEP IN TOUCH PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS BOOK TO:
NHHiker@peoplepc.com
THANKS. Don Streeter
Atkinson, NH


Arthur Berkowitz....8/31/00

Hi Tom & Helen,  I just investigated the NHS website, it's pretty impressive especially that it's still being kept up after all this time (tho it's difficult to stay "39" when this is our 40th reunion).  I'll be there with the rest of the southern Calif. contingent, but I thought I'd add my e-mail address to the list:
artofrealestate@hotmail.com
I'll also be visiting my parents who still live in Silver Spring.  See you "soon,"  Art Berkowitz


Serena Toro--Class of 1962....8/31/00

Hi Tommy and Helen - I am a member of the class of 62 and I just want to congratulate you on a great Web Site for your class and really for all of us "older" classmates who remember NHS back when.  Our class is beginning to plan our 40th reunion which will be held in 2002 and we will be setting up a web site also for our class.  Hopefully we will be able to  have a link to your site.  Do you plan to keep your site up and running even after your reunion. I see some of your classmates  - Bruce and Rachel Powell, because as it happens, my son is very good friends with their two sons - Shawn and Kevin.
Shawn is the image of Bruce when he was in school so I see them at things like weddings.
Again - great job - I am trying to get some of our classmates to try the "hand" dancing at the 94th Aerosquadron on a Sunday - it sounds like a lot of fun.  There is a group of us who have been friends since 7th grade and longer who still get together all the time, and the hand dancing sounds like something we would really like.  Maybe we will see you there.
 Take care - and if you wish to respond, the better e-mail address for me is:
SKToro@aol.com
Just to note, my maiden name was Serena Seliger and I was in Jackie's class. Serena Toro


Caroline Axtell (Garrett)....8/31/00

Tom, Helen and Northwood Classmates:
Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed finding & reading the Northwood HS site.  I've been in Hawai'i for the past 35 years.
Presently I am the Director of Adult Education at Hawaii Pacific University, retiring in 18 months.  I won't see you in Ocean City this 40th year, but hope to join you for a future reunion.
My e-mail address is: cgarrett@hpu.edu
Caroline Axtell Garrett


Dorlene Benner (Harper)....8/22/00

Hi Helen & Tom, Just an update for the message board. Jim and I are expecting our 6th grandchild. I believe I only had 5 listed on my response. We are thrilled that our youngest daughter, Erica & husband Tony, are expecting their first in early February.   Dorlene Benner


Marjorie (Spevak) Brigham (Class of 1961)....8/7/00

Dear Tom and Helen: I’m just starting a website for Northwood’s Class of 1961.  I sort of borrowed your photo of the school and hope you don’t mind. Would you be interested in putting a link to our site on your web pages?
Thanks, Marjorie (Spevak) Brigham


Carole Morgan (Oursler) & Ken Oursler....8/6/00

(Left to Right)
Casey Allwein (Son of Stacey Oursler Allwein), Alyssa Oursler (Daughter of  Ken Oursler Jr.), Carole Morgan (Oursler), Madison Bedri (Daughter of Michele Oursler Bedri), Ryan Allwein (Son od Stacey Allwein),
Michael Oursler (Son of Ken Oursler Jr.)


Dave Anderson.....8/1/2000 (Class of 1980)

Following your lead, well you did graduate before us, we have added our site to the net. Go to:
www.nhs1980.com for a look. If you would like us to add a link to your site, let me know.
Dave Anderson -Class of 80-Northwood High School (awaiting reopening in 2003)



Leslie Smith (Levy)....5/29/00

Dear Helen and Tom
    How have you been? How are the plans for the big event coming? As you can see by the enclosed article, I have recently sold my art publishing business to a major art publishing company in California. I thought you might, want to put this press release on the Northwood High School website.
    I hope to find the time this weekend to write about what I've 'been doing for the last 40 years and to send it to you in time for inclusion in the class book which will be given out at the reunion. I'll see you in October!
Best regards, Leslie Smith (Levy)



    Hi.  I am a graduate of the class of 1960.  That is, the Dayton High School class of 1960.  We are in Dayton, Tx.   We are also planning our big 40th reunion on June 10.  We are hoping to get at least 80% of our classmates attending.  You see, we only had 57 graduates total.  Our town is small and our classes were small.  It has definitely grown since 1960, as the
graduating class is now in excess of 200.  That is such a jump.
    We are holding our reunion in the Country Club and I am helping organize this and also the decorations are up to me.  This is such a fun thing for me.  A class of only 57 graduates tends to be a family.  We are so looking forward to seeing everyone.
    By this time, your reunion is over. Was it a huge success?  I do hope so.  Those who do all the work, and there are usually not many of us, sure try hard to make it work for everyone.
    Well, enough of my rambling.  I thank you for reading this.  I feel a kinship with you and your class.  Good luck and good health.  At our age we need all the help we can get.  Ha  Ha.   Lynda K,  Dayton, Texas


Kay Nerret....5/20/00

Dear All, We'll be pulling up stakes tomorrow (Saturday) morning and off to Des Plaines IL.  Apparently, they've had the plagues of Egypt happening up that way.  Best, K.


Don Streeter....5/9/00

Thanksgiving 1999 photo of my family: L to R Clockwise - Standing Elisabeth (Betsy - 24); Glenn (33);
Cynthia (Cindy - 30); Sitting - Carolyn ( my wife of nearly 36 years); and of course me.


Phil Lahne....5/2/00

Hi to all.  Just got the reunion stuff and found out about the website --brings back a lot of memories.  Been living in Honolulu for the past 30 years (I know, life is tough), so I haven't been in touch, but I'm pretty sure I'll make it to the reunion.  More when I have time.
Phil Lahne


Bill Brunstetter....4/30/00

Hi Tom and Helen, Good to hear from you the other night.  I am currently living in Ellicott City with my wife Barbara.  Between us we have 3 sons 19, 19, and 21.  All of them are in college which keeps me working hard.  Great WEB page!  Brings back lots of memories.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in October.  My email address is below.  Please add it to your list. Bill Brunstetter


Sylvia "Mickie" Simons-Trembelas....4/27/00

Hi There.  Got the newsletter and love the web site.  Never knew we had one. Sure do wish the reunions were local.  I can never get away in October...I'm always very active in the National Symphony Orchestra Decorators' Show House, which is open the entire month of October.  For the past several years, I've been Security Chair which ties me up from mid-August thru mid-November.  One afternoon a week I'm a Court Aide at Juvenile Court of Fairfax, VA.   I talk with the kids after they have been sentenced to probation, restiution, programs, etc., and go over the rules/regs with them.
I've also recently decided to consider surfacing from the realm of retirement (at least part-time), and have applied for a position as a Magistrate in the 19th Judicial District of Virginia (this would be a Commonwealth of Virginia job, thus not jeopardizing my federal retirement). Hope I get the job.  The down side is that it's shift work.
Would like to add my e-mail addresses to the e-mail page.  Would love to hear from former classmates. Love to all.
Sylvia Simons-Trembelas


New Years 2000


Hi, here is a picture of a goup of us taken on New Years Eve 1999. Included are Judy Bauer (Metcalf), Bruce Powell Racheal Louden (Powell) Barbara Burnett (Riggs) and myself, Joanne Wardman (Mcgregor)



Joanne Wardman (Mcgregor) 4/11/00

I'M FINALLY LEARNING TO USE THE BASICS, AND THRILLED TO SEE ALL THIS NHS INFORMATION,  SORRY TO HAVE MISSED THE MEETINGS, HAVE HEARD VIA B. RIGGS ALL THAT IS PROGRESSING.  TO ALL WHO READ THIS PLEASE COME SEE US,  WE ARE NOW REALLY LIVING IN REHOBOTH BEACH AND LOVE  TO HAVE COMPANY.  HOPE THE OTHER CLASSES CAN COME TO OURS,  THEY JUST NEED TO KNOW THAT WE KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN  !!!     I KNOW I'LL BE SEEING MANY OF YOU SOONER THAN OCTOBER.  HOPE THIS SPELLER CORRECTION THING WORKS.
HAVE A  SUNNY DAY!  JOANNE        P.S.  HOPE THIS PUTS ME ON THE  E  MAIL LIST

Dorlene Benner (Harper)....4/4/00

What a great web-page. I just found it and was thrilled to see messages and photos of so many of the class of '60. Would love to have my name added tothe list of e-mail addresses. The 40th anniversary sounds like it is off to a good start. I would love to see it remain just the class of '60, but would certainly go with whatever the majority wishes to do. Jim and I are about to celebrate our 38th anniversary on April 23. We live in Olney, Md. where we have been for the last 30 years. We have three grown daughters, two living in Mt. Airy and one in Damascus. In addition, we have 5 grandchildren who are our pride and joy. Would love to hear from anyone.  Dorlene Benner (Harper)


Classes of `58, `59, `60 at the Class of `59's Reunion


Al Linch....3/14/00

First, belated congratulations on the marriage.  From the archives, it proves that you two were meant to be,  it just took you forty years to realize it.  Helen, I remember the Ford.  Tom, I think that you and I and Mike Howell, along with Tom Shepard were always on the short end  on the basketball.  Loved the pictures of Stu Grabiner.  For thirty-five years, whether I was living in DC, MD or VA, every time I took the beltway through Forest Glen, I'd think of Mattos Paints and the SS boys club, the BBall courts in Sligo, Ollie Brown, Bill Jenkins, John(High's)Gownly.  The message board, the map brings back memories of walking home past the Mulberry tree on the corner at University and Kemp Mill (now the nursing home) A great party at John Degoyer's,   the teacher's list, the sadness of missing/deceased friends. TOM & HELEN you have given me three wonderful hours tonight, and I thank you for that .  When they  "tried to tell us we're too young"  and now they would have us believe that gone forever are the halcyon days of our youths - THEY - probably never knew the beauty  of our days.  40 years ago Peter Levin wrote in my yearbook, that if I could shoot pool like I could talk pool, I'd probably be the world's greatest pool player.  l like to think that in forty years I've learned something, and hopefully, that is to know when I'm saying too much.  My lovely  wife Penny  and I are half heartedly seeking meaningful reincarnations in Boca Raton.  One daughter just graduated with high honors from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and is editing films in NY.  Other  daughter is a Junior at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.  Tell Sandy Friedman P. that we accept and will be available for extended  forays into Northern Italy as soon as she is ready.  We have extensive qualifications - I having performed as Bachus at the Virginia Wine Festival at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville,  Penny stomped and won the grape harvest contest.  She's half Italian and Polish.  My best to you all, and we look forward to October.  Reach us at - linchesofmeadowlin@msn.com.



Dick Schaeffer....3/11/00

Saw that I was among the missing on the class roster.  After 37 years with the government, I retired and am living just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of Virginia.           Dick Schaeffer


Nick & Carol Moore (Cremonese)....3/11/00

NICK AND I HAVE MADE THE BIG LEAP AND JOINED THE COMPUTER WORLD!  IT IS REALLY FUN TO SEE THE WEB SIGHT, YOU`VE DONE A GREAT JOB. PLEASE PUT US ON THE MAILING LIST AND WE PROMISE TO ANSWER OUR MAIL IF WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO! IT`S SLOW BUT SURE TRYING. LOOKS LIKE YOU ALL HAD A GOOD MEETING AND A GOOD TURN OUT. SOUND LIKE FUN! OF COURSE WE ARE FOR OCEAN CITY!!!!!!!!                           NICK AND CAROL


Don Davis....3/11/00

Happened to check out the web site and will be interested in the 40th renunion.  Sold our condo in Fla. and moved the furniture to our new home at Lake Gaston NC- love the lake and am wondering if any of our classmates are
living there also?  Will be leaving our NJ home in the next year or so.  Retired in June and love it- everyday is a Saturday.  Our 2 grandchildren live in Charlotte so we will be alot closer to them.  Hello to everyone and look forward to seeing you in Oct.   Donald Davis


3/4/00
Is it possible after 15 years?



Sigrid Etter (Manning)....2/29/00

Hello.  Well, I started thinking that this will be the year of our 40th anniversary of our graduation from high school.  So, playing around on the web I typed in our h.s.name and look what I found, your web site!  I'm Sigrid Manning Etter.  I'm still out here.  I live north and west of Baltimore in Carroll County near Westminster, MD.  We have 4 grown sons and 1 grandchild, a beautiful baby girl.  My husband is an engineer with the Navy at David Taylor Research Center.  I'm still an artist and have been designing stuff for years.  I have had designs published in many national magazines and I've written 13 how to craft books for various publishers including McCall's.  I've just finished writing a book on diabetes with my brother in law Ronald Preston, MD from class of 61.  Watch for our web site coming up soon-www.diabeticdietworks.com.  I hope to go to a reunion and see you guys.  Anyone who wants to email me, I'm at rjetter@prodigy.net.  Wow.  This is so cool!
Sigrid


From John Rives....11/11/99

This picture  is of Anna Christine Rives, granddaughter of 1960 graduate John G. Rives III.  Thanks for posting her picture.   Just a note, that same picture won second prize in an online baby photo contest this November.  Goto www.BlueRibbonBaby.com and click on "Winners."  This is John's first grandchild. Thanks Again, Scott Rives
Note: This E-mail is from John's son Scott Rives. P.S.  John has not been introduced to the World Wide Web, but I will be sure to tell him this has been posted.  Thank You!!!


From Diane Seltzer....11/7/99

Christopher & Ryan
2 out of 3 of her grandkids. Patrick ran out of camera range!



Barbara Tatum....11/7/99

The Happy Retiree



Edward Rowse.....1929-1999


Carl & Mary Ann Wheeler Kraft....9/28/99

    I was glad to see the information regarding the class of '59's upcoming reunion since it had the current URL for the Northwood web site. It's fun to read about what all the folks have been up to.
    As for Mary Ann and I, we're still both working. I did retire from IBM in 1996, but after a year of R & R (read that as house maintenance etc.) I took a job with  a company called ANS maintaining internet backbone equipment at AOL in Reston, VA. Mary Ann still works at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick.  Since the last reunion we have another grandchild, our second, a girl this time. Unfortunately, they live in Sioux Falls, SD, so we don't see them as often as we'd like.
    Thanks for the effort that you put into keeping up this page, it looks great. Also, let me give you some e-mail addresses to include in the e-mail address list.  Carl and Mary Ann


Harry (Butch) Brown....July 1999

Rhett at 3 years      &     Pierce at 2 years
Butch & Theressa Brown's Grandchildren


Butch & Theressa Brown at Graceland...July 1999



A Group Photo....6/14/99

The gathering at the 94th Aero Squadron on June 13th, 1999
L-R...Jim & Phyllis (Proctor) Parker, Carole (Morgan) Oursler & Ken Oursler behind her, Annette (Vogel) Feldman & Harvey Feldman to her left rear, Sandi (Friedman) Perlstein & Jerry Perlstein to her left rear, Helen (Toomey) Tassara & Tom Tassara. Directly behind Annette is Marty Margolis (class of '61)



Phyllis Proctor (Parker)....6/5/99

Hi, all.  Well I quite accidently found the Northwood web site and if you read Sandi Friedman's message will know that I discovered that I know her daughter since she is the Howard County education reporter for the Washington Post and I am the assistant to the Public Information Officer for Howard County Schools.  As, Sandi said, "It is a very small world."  Since she and her husband are going to be in town next weekend, we are looking forward to a trip to the 94th
Aero Squadron to try our hand (?) at hand dancing. Joy Rollins and I have talked about being part of a committee to help plan our 40th (who can believe THAT) reunion.  Don't see how we could top the efforts of Tom, Helen and committee, but if anyone wants to get together for a planning meeting, please get in touch with me via e-mail or phone (301 854 6053) and maybe we can get something started.  Look forward to hearing from you soon.  Phyllis (Proctor) Parker

Sandi Friedman (Perlman)....5/24/99

Hi all.

Living in Milwaukee since 1965 hasn't afforded me too much accidental contact with Northwood classmates, but a week and a half ago my daughter (who lives in Washington and is a reporter (staff writer is the 90's term) ) for the Washington Post
and covers primarily Howard County Education called and said did the name Phyllis Proctor mean anything to me.  I said "of course - I went to High School with her.  She said Phyllis wanted me to call her so I did.  As it happens Phyllis just started on the internet and found an old posting where I talked about having a daughter in Washington working for the post.  Phyllis is assistant to the information officer for the Howard county schools and talks to Linda at least daily. It really is a small world.
We will be in Maryland from June 10th  and will be leaving June 15th.  We are available anytime but June 12th as the reason we are coming is for my nephews high school graduation and graduation party.  We would like to get together
with Tom and Helen, Phyllis Proctor Parker and husband, Annette (VOGEL) and Harvey Feldman,
our  daughter and any one else who can.
Since I just got home from seeing a wonderful Cabaret Show put on by the Milwaukee Repertory theater which was about a group of 4 high school cheerleaders (class of 1958) singing as a girl group at the prom and then coming back and singing at the 10 year reunion, if there is a possibility of going to a hand dance (I guess that is the name for 50's dancing) during that
short period we are there we would love to.
I regret this trip is so short, but we are retiring on June 1, 1999 and will be coming for longer times.  In about 18 months we hope to realize our retirement dream of renting a villa in Northern Italy for several months and of course you will all be invited to visit.
Hope to hear from you soon.  Sandi (FRIEDMAN) Perlstein


Curtis Morgan....5/20/99

This just in)...Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash, February 1959, after a concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA.  Recently an Iowa family bought and renovated the Surf, where there's rock'n'roll memorabilia and frequent shows (Four Seasons and Joan Benatar recently performed there).  Outside of town, you can take about a 500 yard trek into a corn field.  There, by a fence row where their plane came to rest, is a small memorial to the legendary singers.
Meanwhile, the musical "Buddy" toured the US last summer, and has played in London since the early 90's.  Mrs. Buddy Holly joined the cast there (while I went ga-ga in the audience) for an encore in March 1998, she was commemorating the 40th anniversary of Buddy's first appearance in the UK.     Rave on...!
 



Evelyn Edelson (Rosenberg)....5/3/99

The photo above was scanned in from a newspaper image. Sorry the quality isn't better. I'll let the text under the photo explain what it's all about. Tom Tassara



Janet Russell (McKenney)....3/5/99

Hi Helen,
    I've been checking in to the homepage for a while now and thought it was time for me to tell you how great I think it is!  I've especially enjoyed the pictures.  Just a brief update on me - My husband and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary in June.  We have two boys -Brian and Sean - and one granddaughter who will be nine months old the
14th of this month.  After graduation I went to Frostburg and got my degree in teaching - I taught for 2 years at Wheaton High.  Before that I did some substituting at Northwood - talk about a strange experience!
    My husband was in the Secret Service and we did some moving around due to his job:  we lived in Gettysburg, PA, for about 5 years and after that for about 5 years in Oklahoma City, OK.  We've been back in the DC area for about 21 years. My husband retired from the Secret Service about 12 years ago and has since been working in another government
position.  I've spent 21 years as an technical editor at Vitro (now Marconi) in Aspen Hills.
    Well, that's most likely more than you ever wanted to know about Janet RUSSELL and what has happened to her in the last umpty ump years since graduation - can you believe it was so long ago?  I still remember our cutting school during senior exams and taking a ride in that really cool, white Ford convert. you got for graduation.  Do you remember that
day and how we went to Walter Reed to check out the army guys?  That was really a great car - I have always remembered it to this day - for some reason it made quite an impression on me!  It was all leaded in - sharp to say the least! - I think it was a 54 or 56, wasn't it?
    Will close for now.  Keep up the good work with the web sight.  Do you ever come across any information about any of our teachers.  I still remember Miss LYNCH and Mrs. BOND with great fondness.  In fact, I modeled my teaching techniques after them.

Take care, Janet RUSSELL MCKENNEY



Above is a photo taken at the Valentine Dance  sponsored by the D.C. Hand Dance Club.
Standing (L-R)John Samuels (Class of `64) and his wife Jan, Tom Tassara,  Mollyanne and Marty Margolis (class of `61)
Stu Grabiner and Kenny Oursler. Seated (L-R)Helen Toomey (Tassara), Theresa Grabiner and Carole Morgan (Oursler)



Karin-Anna Eek....1/28/98

Yes, it's my address at work and the only one I have at the moment.  I hope to establish a private one this spring.  I'm happy Christmas is over, it's such a "dark" time of the year in Norway.  School-work has been extremely busy this January, we have a new head-master at school, and we are planning to double the capacity of pupils within 3 years, it takes a lot of time but it is interesting. Life at work is O.K.  A very happy new year to Helen and yourself, I still plan to come for the reunion in 2000.  I'm glad you keep up the good work with the class pages.  Love from Karin-Anna



Kay & Jean....1/19/98

Above is a photo of Kay Nerret and Jean  DeBuchananne taken this past
December 26th at a place called "Wright's Falling Water", Mill Run PA.  Kay says that
they only had three nights, two days and three cameras and this is the best they
could do...well, they look good, but boy those camera guys!!!!



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