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R. Wayne Robertson
retired Married 4 I was a teacher and later a real estate agent. Now I spend most of my time helping out with my four grandchildren (ages 19,9,7, and 4). All boys! I just remember the positive atmosphere, good teachers, and so many good friends! 2014-06-13 20:33:58
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Steve Robertson
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Retired H.S. Science teacher, and current Adjunct College Professor Married 2015-03-28 17:22:58
Enjoy the reunion. Please toast a cold beer for me to our wonderful Walt Whitman high school, and the class of 1965!
 
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Attended the University of Maryland earning a Microbiology degree in 1970. My first job was in cancer research for a Virginia based contract lab. I decided to become a high school science teacher in 1974. My entire career was at Seneca Valley H.S. where I taught biology and chemistry. I met Lois at SVHS, and we have been happily married for 37 years. I also coached track and field, and participated in six high school athletic/cultural exchanges to Russia from 1990-2000.  Retired from MCPS in 2004. Have been on the coaching staff at McDaniel College for the past 11 years. As an adjunct professor, have been teaching introductory chemistry and organic chemistry labs since 2008. I also mentor student research in wine chemistry and viticulture. Maintaining 320 grapevines in Rohrersville with seven former teachers is a challenging but rewarding hobby. Lois and I have a comfortable house with a beautiful 180 degree view of the hills from Sugar Loaf Mountain to Camp David. During the reunion weekend, I will be coaching at our Conference Championships.

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There were just too many interesting distractions that kept me from paying attention in class and studying. My time was spent:  with my girlfriend, participating in track and field, and enjoying outdoor activities with my family and friends. Some specific activities that I remember were: touch football at St. Dunstan's, marksmanship and fishing at Izaak Walton, my MGB, Glen Echo park, eating Sirloiners, going to Whitman basketball games, “lapping" Shoppes, dinner at the Roma, Gifford’s ice cream, and watching Steve Allen/Johnny Carson late into the night. My PE instructors and coaches had a strong influence on my development. Thanks to Mr. Dargert, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Lehr (WJHS). My favorite class was Architectural Drafting with Mr. Stavaski. The teacher most responsible for my interest in science was Mr. Martin (WJHS). I thank Mrs. Ehmann for her empathy, but there was nothing that Mr. Frank could do to interest me in Math. It was in Mr. Treibley's class that I experienced the shock of President Kennedy's assassination. That evening Bob Dudley and I placed ourselves on the corner of 355 next to the helipad at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. A light gray ambulance passed right in front of us, with Mrs. Kennedy still in her pink Chanel suit. The moment was historical and still controversial. Interesting how our memories from 1965 stand still as in a museum exhibit and we stare as if passing by on a moving escalator. Memories are still evoked by the yearbook inscriptions from: Chuck Prechtel, Bruce McQuilkin, Rick Josephson, Bettie Maloney, Chuck Williams, Mark Kleinsorge, Philip Dow, Peggy Sullivan, Al Urquhart, Sheri Rummell, Gordon Zubrod, Laidie Saunders, Jay Vivari, Steve Beattie, Barry Covington, and Nick Barr. A memory is more than just a story or photograph; it is a feeling unique to the individual that experienced it. Will our feelings be preserved in the "cloud", or do they just fade away into eternity?
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Claudia Robichek (Esposito)
Married 2 2014-08-10 08:51:36
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Mary Rogers (Slaby)
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Retired-50th Reunion Single Again 1 Lived life. Met challenges with determination. Married David in 1969, moving to Boston and Chicago for his pursuit in law. After divorce, moved back to Bethesda, worked as Business Manager of National Cathedral School in accounting and development. In 2001 moved with my mom to Myrtle Beach to get terrific assisted living for her and sunshine and beach for me. Repeated my business management "career" at Coastal Carolina U. In 2013; after my mother's passing and my successful triumph over breast cancer and other most frustrating orthopedic "issues" I happily moved back to Bethesda. I have continued throughout my love and participation in choral music -thanks to Miss Gazda at Western JHS. My greatest joy and greatest success is raising my wonderful son, Michael. He chose an especially wonderful young woman, Lydia, and married in 2010. They live in Chicago. Having fun working on reunion plans and reconnecting with long, lost friends. My fondest memories at Whitman are participating in all the musical productions with Monica McMindes, jumping around with Pompom girls, learning to appreciate literature with Mr. Schneider and building relationships lasting a lifetime. 2015-03-15 14:58:18
The 50th Reunion in May is going to be fabulous.  Our friends have been working very hard, and it will be an opportunity that will only come around once.  Hope to see you there!   Send Mary a MessageSend Mary a Message
Terry Rusinow
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innkeeper Single Again veterinarian assistant, restaurant owner, jazz producer, mail order director, gallery owner, innkeeper--fondest memories are of orchestra and band 2014-07-01 06:24:27
Passion--music and kayaking...September trip down the Douro River from Spain to Portugal coming up.... Send Terry a MessageSend Terry a Message
Gloria Rutstein (Lenon)
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Retired RN Married Singing in the Honor Choir 2014-04-05 11:12:16
I currently live in the mountains of northeast Tennessee amidst all the wildlife! 
I spend my time making jewelry using silver, copper, brass and semi-precious stones.  I also make lots of stained glass.
Still a radical hippie!

 
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Ruth Ruttenberg
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college professor/economist Single Again 2 I've spent a number of years teaching college, mostly at the National Labor College in Silver Spring. Much of my life has been involved with the labor movement. Have had my own economic consulting firm for nearly 40 years. In 2008, I moved to beautiful north central Vermont, where I find high speed internet on a remote mountain side a nearly ideal way of living. Spent time living in India, England, and Israel. Love being a grandma. Will miss the reunion, as my son is having a book release event that same weekend. Was proud that the first trophy won by Whitman was for debate. 2015-03-04 17:36:39
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George Sadusk
Retired computer systems designer Married 3 Graduated from Maryland and then George Mason. Moved to Virginia and spent 40 years working as a software engineer. I have been married for 36 happy years and have 3 wonderful children. Retired 3 years ago and having a great time. I mainly recall having a good time in high school. I don't think I worked real hard on my studies (or maybe not at all), but managed to get through somehow. 2015-03-22 20:27:42
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George Salvatierra
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State Department / Retired Married 2 I left Whitman during the middle of my junior year for Rome, Italy. I spent 30+ years with the Feds, working at the State Department, Peace Corps Hqts, and on the Hill. My wife Dottie and I have lived in Arlington since 1983, raised two sons and now following the 5 grand-kids. I am now retired and continuing to travel and play tennis. My fondest memories of Whitman are playing on the soccer team and hanging with friends. Great times. 2015-02-15 15:03:35
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Avram Saunders
Businessperson Married 1 I remember the good friends and crazy times in the 60's. 2014-08-28 10:55:21
Living and working in Colorado has been great but I still miss Bethesda. Send Avram a MessageSend Avram a Message
Christine (Chris) Schumacher
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Retired Clinical Microbiologist/Infection Preventionist Widowed 1 2015-03-23 16:03:58
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Moved to Annapolis, Md. the day of high school graduation. Went to UNC-Chapel Hill, graduated in 1969 with B.S. in Medical Technology. After a year long internship at Washington Hospital Center in D.c, I married my high school sweetheart (year ahead of us at BCC) and started my 42 year career in clinical microbiology. Moved to southern Oregon in early 1975. Spent some time "living on the land" then settled in Ashland, OR. - a gorgeous small college town surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, vineyards and pear orchards just north of the California border.After a stint in Florida and back in the Annapolis area for 3 years, I moved back to Ashland in 1983 after my divorce. I married my 2nd husband, Dave Van Landingham, in 1984 and had my daughter Corey in 1986. Dave died in 2007 and I have been single since. At the end of 2012 (the 65 landmark), I retired as microbiology lab supervisor after 30 years at Rogue Regional Medical Center. The same day I accepted a very part-time position as an Infection Preventionist at the hospital. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking with my golden retriever Breeze, kayaking all over in lakes and rivers (not whitewater!), taking OLLI classes, movies, wine tasting and dancing, and traveling when I get the chance.
 
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Those of you who knew me might remember that I was not in class all that often. I had a skipping procedure down pat and most of my socializing was with kids from BCC and MJC. I do remember the concerts and dances, and Hot Shoppes! Recently going through accumulated belongings of 50 years I came across not 1, but 2 laminated Hot Shoppe menus! A Mighty Mo was $0.60! Mary, I could mail one if you give me an address. Mostly I remember the amazingly brilliant students that were in my classes, who also seemed so politically and socially aware at a time when I was just being a teenager. At UNC I told everyone that Walt Whitman classes were more challenging than college. I am currently putting my home of 27 years on the market and downsizing. It's an exhausting process and I will be in the throes of it when the reunion is happening. Wish I could join the celebration, but I wish the best to you all. If you are ever in southern Oregon, contact me!
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Larry Seymour
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Doc. Mgt. Sales/Mgt. - Retired Married 2 Raised family in Silver Spring - Retired in 2000 and moved to Kent Island - Now 9 months in Flagler Beach, Fla. and 3 months in K.I. MD. 2014-05-27 09:49:39
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Jim Shaffer
Printed Circuit Board Designer Married 1 After college in California (USC, majoring in International Relations and Economics) I lived in Honolulu for 18 months driving a taxi. I got into the electronics industry after returning to Maryland. Not retired yet because I enjoy the work, but thinking about it. Best memory: the junior year spring break trip to Mexico. 2015-02-28 12:19:27
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Larry Shapiro
Attorney(retired) Married 2 2015-03-27 17:58:07
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Sanford Shapiro
Artist/Designer Married 2014-07-18 14:32:36
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Tina Shapiro (Lazerow)
Retired Physical Therapist Married 1 I decided to become a physical therapist while at Whitman and followed my dream. One of my patients fixed me up with my husband, Arthur, 33 years ago. I have 1 son, 3 stepsons, and 5 grandchildren. My son Rob also went to Whitman '02. It was a very special experience to be both a Whitman alum and a Whitman parent! Pleated skirts, knee socks, and tassel weejuns!!! 2015-03-22 03:04:01


    
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Cindy Sharpe (Burgess)
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Education/National Volunteer Married 1 The wonderful atmosphere on a daily basis! 2014-12-30 16:38:28
Graduated from University of Maryland in 1970 with a BS in Education.  Married a United States Marine in September of that year and enjoyed 25 years with the military and  the many benefits of meeting so many wonderful folks during our varied tours.  We have one beautiful daughter who is also serving her country in another capacity for which we are very grateful and proud.  My husband, Glenn, continued in the corporate world until 2013 and is now fully retired.  We travel a great deal which is a bonus.  I am deeply involved with a national philanthropic organization, Assistance League, based in Southern California and travel domestically quite often.  Send Cindy a MessageSend Cindy a Message
Jim Singleterry
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retired or very tired Married 3 2015-04-19 10:23:58
Took a 3 1/2 day trip by bus/train (got stuck in a blizzard in Wyoming, then transferred back to bus) on my way to Oregon State University for my freshman year.  For 3 summers I worked in Snoqualmie National Forest, two on fire suppression crew and one on recreation crew cleaning and repairing campgrounds and trails and my favorite(?) thing: cleaning pit toilets in the campgrounds. Thank goodness for boots. After 3 years in forestry with my scholastic skills waning and Uncle Sam breathing down my neck, took a breather and did a 3 year stint in the Army. Originally signed up for 2 years, but after 2 weeks in basic extended my stay another year to get some training beyond infantry.  Took the longest schooling offered, 7 months in fixed plant carrier equipment repair (radio).  Out of 7 months schooling I ended up with a 1/2 hour training on the equipment I was working on in Viet Nam. I was volunteered to run supply in my section so I never had to use my meager skills working on equipment.  Then I returned to Ft Monmouth, New Jersey this time as an instructor in basic electronics instead of as a student. After the Army I headed west to Oregon, my adopted home, dabbled at school, worked at a cannery, planting trees, a little carpentry, a stint working at forestry. I finally decided to go back to school taking diesel technology, which resulted in my 37 year career as a bus mechanic and inspector. My knee gave out on me at work resulting in 6 months of light duty working in parts before returning to work on the floor. I worked a few more years before I physically couldn't do the work anymore and retired.  I kept my tools which come in handy from time to time, but I work a lot slower and take more rest breaks while I think about how I'm going to get up off the floor.  Most of my traveling is courtesy of Google Maps street view which has kept me informed of changes in the old neighborhood all while resting my keister in the comforts of home.

I met my wife Shari at a roller skating rink in 1977 and married a few months later coincidentally on my Mom's birthday.  Mom felt really honored we married on her birthday on purpose when actually we were trying to schedule around the beginning of school since my fiance had two kids from a previous marriage.  We all took a trip to Florida to meet my family and was surprised when they all pitched in to make Shari a wedding dress, a matching dress for my future daughter, and a three piece suit for my future son all on short notice. Fortunately my Aunt Ruth was a whiz at making patterns on the fly and everything turned out beautiful. It was only years later that Mom found out the timing of our marriage was coincidental.  We ended up having one child together and now have seven grandkids.  Some of them believe the old geezer knows something about life and I'm working on convincing the others - an ongoing process. 

Have been volunteering at the local hospital every week for several years which keeps me active and involved. Am more relaxed and contemplative these days, happier than I was when I was trying to do it all, whatever that may be.  I'm comfortable in my skin. Hope you are, too.  

I don't currently have subscription to Classmates so if you wish to contact me email me at B5tranquility2@yahoo.com
 
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Alan Sislen
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Retired - Photography Married 2 It's hard to believe that it was 50 years ago! Most of my WWHS memories revolved around music - the band, the orchestra, the dance band, Mr. Dobberstein, the talent shows, The Music Man, and Guys and Dolls. I married in 1969 and almost 46 years later, she's still putting up with me. After Syracuse U., I spent over 30 years in the financial services/investment advisory industry. With our two sons, lived in Chicago, New York (3 times) and even back in Potomac for a few years. In 2001 we moved back to Bethesda. In 2001 began consulting to the managed money industry and started spending increasing time with my passion - photography. In 2005 decided to spend 100% of my "retirement" both pursuing photography (primarily landscape photography) and teaching photography, which I'm still doing today. Like others, I'll always remember being in English class when the announcement of the Kennedy assassination came over the PA system. I think we all began to grow up then. 2015-03-28 17:53:00
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david slaby
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thrice retired Single 1 2015-03-23 16:12:09
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I spent one year at Gettysburg College, was going to be drafted, so I enlisted in the Navy. Spent almost one year of my life submerged on a Polaris submarine and then served two years on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Married fellow classmate Mary Rogers and raised the most spectacular son, who is the only person in the world who can say that he was responsible for the technology to get someone elected President of the United States twice. I went back to college while working at the Pentagon and graduated from American University. Went to law school at Boston University (with Kristie Hansen) practiced law with two of the largest law firms in the country (one with a WWHS classmate who acted as if he had no idea who I was, notwithstanding we were in homeroom together for three years). The last firms I was with were in the SF Bay Area after moving there in 1981. I was lucky enough to retire in 2002 and made wine in Napa Valley until 2010. Moved to France temporarily (believing it was permanently, a fascinating story) and upon my return to Napa was a wine country tour guide for two years. I am going back to France for my 12th time immediately before our reunion and will also go to my 27th and 28th country (many, many less than the 75+ countries Bruce Frank has been to). I am informed that some of the people that I would very much like to see at the reunion will not be there (NR,ML,KH,BH among others) and one person I was very close with (AT) may not be there. I hope they change their minds and excite me and many others with their appearance.

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Senior Week - - co-chaired with my best friend and much missed Bruce McQuilkin.
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Jeffrey Small
Attorney Married 2 2015-03-07 15:10:38
A Walk Down Memory Lane

*I recall my Mom and Dad talking with some other parents regarding their fears—Walt Whitman was going to be a brand new high school—BCC and Walter Johnson had great reputations and a respected faculty.  How would Whitman be able to compete?  “Our kids won’t get into college!”  In fact, many of the best faculty transferred to Whitman and we built a great reputation.  Whitman became the model school!
* Ms. Walsh’s speech class was my favorite.  Where else was the homework memorizing Jonathan Winters’ “used pet store” routine to recite it in class?
*Who convinced me to get up on stage in bib overalls when we presented the Spoon River Anthology?  I still recall, “I was the first fruit of the battle of Missionary Ridge…” I don’t think anyone heard the rest of my lines since the laughter drowned out my voice!
*Perhaps my greatest achievement at Whitman was giving Schlitz O’Hara his nickname.
*Six of us decided to go to Rehoboth for the day.  Unfortunately, Francy Meltzer said her dad wanted her home by 9:00pm.  When we left Rehoboth at almost 7:00pm it was looking bleak.  She kept saying “go faster—I’ll be late” so I did.  After I was pulled over for speeding in Ellendale, DE. and had my trial in the back of the magistrate’s fruit stand (convicted for exceeding the posted speed…) we called her Dad and simply told him we were running late.  He said “take your time”.
*And finally, I never did get my pink pants back from Bob Salasin.

After leaving Whitman I graduated from Cornell and went on to the University of Michigan Law School.  After graduating from law school I was hired by the Airline Pilots Association in Chicago.  For the first five years my primary responsibility was to represent the United Flight Attendants (ALPA owned the bargaining rights for both the pilots and flight attendants).  I met my wife, Barbara, who was a United Flight Attendant. 

During my career with ALPA I worked at over 30 airlines, most of which no longer exist.  Do you remember Ozark, TWA, Eastern, North Central, Flying Tigers or Air New England?  I handled arbitration cases, labor negotiations, accidents, bankruptcies, etc. We moved to Pittsburgh in 1989 to open the ALPA Office for the US Airways pilots. 

I knew a case was going to be tough when the late night comics brought the situations up in their monologues.  For example, the captain who put his girlfriend in his seat for approach and landing, and more recently I represented the captain who passed over Minneapolis at 37,000 feet when the aircraft was supposed to be landing. 

Last June I completed 40 years with ALPA.  The Pittsburgh office closed and we decided it was time to retire rather than relocating again!  And to think that all of this started when Mr. Jeffrey told me that I’d never amount to anything if I didn’t complete my Latin homework!
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Kathy Smith (Daniels)
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Retired Social Worker Widowed 3 Married Dan Daniels from Landon/GW Law School. Fun mother of three sons. We moved every 7 years for some reason: Maryland 7 years, Arizona 7 years, Palm Beach Garden, Florida 7 years, Tallahassee, Florida 7 years, and then Lecanto, Florida 15 years. I have an MSW and worked with battered woman. Retired to a beautiful golf community in the middle of nowhere!!! Black Diamond Ranch. Lost Dan after 41 years of marriage almost 4 years ago. Now in Sarasota part time. Time has zoomed by for me. Cannot believe 50 years have gone already! Three sons married, but no grandkids yet. Busy and happy though. 2015-03-27 11:57:24
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Susan Snyder (Toth)
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retired Married 1 2015-03-23 16:29:17
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I went to U of GA for a few years but decided Bethesda was home. Met and married my husband 45 years ago. I've had many varied careers and volunteer activities: docent at the Smithsonian; volunteer and then staff at teen crisis line; retail clothing sales; Admin. Asst./Secretary/Treasurer of HVAC company for 10 years; media assistant at Fallsmead ES from which I retired. We moved to Southport, NC in 1998 where our son attended high school and then went on to graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill. I got very involved with the local political scene, served on the city planning board as well as a state-level landscape contractor board, worked at a local art gallery. In the midst of all that, I was chair of the building program at our church as we built a new sanctuary. We're planning to move to Charlotte sometime in the near future to be near our son and his fiancee and her family. Randa (Campbell) Isbell and I got reacquainted as 30-somethings, lost touch for a few years and then found each other again on board a cruise ship. We now cruise twice a year with her and her husband. The only things I miss about living in MD are my friends, the great shopping and my basement.

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I lived at the boundary for Whitman, WJ & BCC so had the opportunity to choose where I wanted to attend high school. Going to WWHS was one of the best decisions I've ever made. So many terrific teachers in brand new classrooms; we had it all! My memories include: the Whitman advanced chorus winning state championships with Mr. Messick; Mrs. Detweiler's ˜Chicken Fat" exercise program; Miss McMindes persuading football team members to perform in ˜Guys & Dolls"; The Lettermen, The Four Seasons, 'Spoon River Anthology' with Agnes Moorehead; madras everything; dances in the dome with Rick Josephson; outstanding English classes with Mr. Virden (made even more interesting by John Southmayd who wasn't always sure what our homework was); Econ/Soc with Mr. Abel; learning to speak French from Mr. Motroni; sneaking out of 6th period gym with Jean Zimmerman our senior year (will that go on my permanent record?); the list could go on but the bottom line is I was around some of the smartest, most interesting people I've ever met and I treasure the memories of that time.
 
 
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Rick Spanier
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Retired - Writer Mr. Schneider (English) and Mr. Dobberstein (Music Appreciation) 2015-03-28 18:01:25
My wife and I (42 years) enjoy urban ranching in Tucson, AZ our home of 25 years.  Our son practices law here and he and his wife have blessed us with 4 beautiful and talented granddaughters.  I'm writing now - one book published and another due out late this year.  Send Rick a MessageSend Rick a Message
Linda Speaker (Billard)
Technical Writer/Editor Married Went to Tufts and USC. Married Bart in 1970. Lived and worked in CA for 10 years before returning east to live in Maryland and then Virginia. Started my own business (Billard Communications) in 2000 after 12 years as a consultant. Still working and loving it. Latest project is co-authoring an astronomy book. Great memories of participation in choral groups, especially the Gilbert & Sullivan productions. 2015-03-02 00:54:35
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Susan Spinnler (Stup)
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Grandmother Married 3 2015-03-23 16:35:16

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Graduated from Univ. of Md. in 1969. Masters degree from Central Michigan University. I married my brother's best friend after both their returns from Viet Nam and we will celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary this summer. We both did many years of school after getting married in 1968. We have three wonderful children. Our daughters and their families are here in Howard County where we live. Our daughter, Heather, is the mother of two amazing children and is the best veterinarian in Howard County and our daughter, Melissa, has one adorable son and works for the Nutrient Data Laboratory. Our son, Michael, fell in love with Colorado as a teenager, went to college in Boulder and has been in the Denver area ever since. He works in the Denver Tech Center. Aside from being devoted to my three grandchildren, I breed labradoodles and spent most of my life building and renovating houses with my architect husband. We like to travel; took an incredible trip to China last year and visited Paris and the Loire Valley with kids and grandkids for my daughter's 40th Birthday in April. We go to California and Denver frequently to visit family and friends and like to take short trips on the East Coast in our plane. My husband was an air traffic controller in the Marines in Viet Nam so he is an awesome pilot.

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I am so looking forward to our 50th class reunion. I have so many fond memories of those years so long ago - Advanced Chorus (I loved to sing), Mr. Bryson's American History class, Spanish with Mr. Hassan, struggling in Chemistry class, The Four Seasons actually performing at our school, Jay and the Americans performing at our school, the trip to Rehoboth Beach between junior and senior year, our Pot Luck group performing at Senior Night and laughing with all the guys in Mr. Virden's last period English class senior year. I am so sad that the two guys I sat between in that class have sadly passed away; Ronnie Johnson, (alias the Animal) and Steve Fessenden. They are forever in my memory. Of course, the saddest day in high school was sitting in Mrs. Strohmaier's English class as a junior when it was announced that President Kennedy had been assassinated. Everybody remembers where they were when that happened! I would love to reconnect with my friends that I have lost touch with over the years. If anyone would like to reconnect earlier than May, send me an e-mail (sstup@verizon.net) and come visit.
 
I would really like to locate Lisa Sunderland, Mary Johnson, and Lori Francis.  I connected with them in the earlhy 90's but have lost touch.  If anyone knows their whereabouts, please let me know.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion.
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Martha Stark, MD
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holistic psychiatrist/psychoanalyst Committed Relationship Harvard University (1969); Harvard Medical School (1974); Adult Psychiatry Residency (1977); Child Psychiatry Fellowship (1979); Psychoanalytic Training (1989). Currently: Holistic Psychiatrist/Psychoanalyst -- private practice (Boston); Faculty -- Harvard Medical School; Co-Director -- Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Former Faculty -- Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Smith College School for Social Work; Author -- award-winning academic books on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique; Author -- peer-reviewed Clinical Toxicology articles and chapters in Integrative Medicine textbooks; Speaker -- Psychiatric, Psychoanalytic, and Integrative Medicine conferences both here and abroad; and Editorial Boards -- peer-reviewed Integrative Medicine journals. The moment we heard that John F. Kennedy had been shot... I was sitting in my English class, when we heard the tragic news over the loudspeaker system... 2015-03-14 18:02:24
When Does the Future Begin?  by Martha Stark, MD
 
I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with everybody at our 50th Reunion!  I feel very blessed to have been able to attend Walt Whitman High School and have lots of wonderful memories from my years there.  I am sure that I have grown and evolved in many ways since that time; but, on some level, my guess is that I (although now a senior citizen) am not all that different from the studious-little-Martha-who-loved-to-dance...  I think that, at least in part, I will be returning to Whitman and to my old friends to re-connect with who I used to be.
 
It is very sobering to think that all of us have fewer years ahead than we have years behind.  I, for one, know that as each year passes, I become ever more aware of just how precious the “lived moment” is.  I’ve spent a lot of my life working hard in the present so that I will have future success.  I believe we psychoanalyst/psychiatrist types sing the praises of this “delayed gratification.”  But when does it come time to start cashing in our chips and claiming “right now,” instead of so often looking ahead to what the future might bring?
 
Fortunately for me, I suppose, my "love of the dance” has continued to the present.  Whereas once I would dance into the wee hours to pounding disco music at nightclubs and then for many years I was dancing ballroom with my dear sweet Gunnar (and life partner for these past 35 years), now I delight in the frequent weekend-long West Coast Swing dance extravaganzas -- held in the Grand Ballrooms of various hotels around the country -- featuring such contemporary hits as Uptown Funk (by Bruno Mars), Need You Now (Lady Antebellum), and Pretty Young Thing (by Michael Jackson).  So I’m not dead yet, but I am acutely aware of the swift passage of time. 
 
Parenthetically, I never did quite figure out how many triangles there were in the geodesic dome in our gym; I kept losing count.  But that didn’t stop me from trying –- especially when some of those “assemblies” we were required to attend were a bit too long and rather boring…  
 
See everybody soon!!  I can hardly wait!!  :)
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David Stevens
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physician Married 1 “I walk backwards and map it as I go” Donald Finkel I graduated from Washington University (St. Louis) in 1969 with a major in English and taught English at Marshall High School in Rochester NY. I then earned a Masters in English (Writing) at Brown University. Returning to the DC area, I worked as an editor for Ralph Nader’s Congress Project that became the basis for “Who Runs Congress?” by Mark Green, followed by working as a writer for an organization that provided coverage of DC policy issues for a number of medical publications. During that time I also became interested in medicine and went back to school part-time evenings to complete necessary pre-medical course work. While I was doing this, I got a call from a college classmate who was running for Congress in the 20th district of Illinois and wanted me to do his presswork. I have a deal for you—you can work for the SIU School of Medicine by day on improving the county emergency medical services and work for me for the rest of the day and night! Well, I said why not and moved to Springfield Illinois (he lost the election), later getting into GW medical school on a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship, and doing my residency in family medicine in the Dept. of Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, NY. As a NHSC physician and commissioned officer in the Public Health Service, I worked at a community health center in The South Bronx and later became its medical director. I was appointed as the chief medical officer for the community and migrant health center program, returned to DC, and served in that position for fifteen years. I also worked for a number of years at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and then retired from the PHS commissioned corps to join the GW faculty and serve as Director of the Quality Center for the National Association of Community Health Centers. I am now just working at GW part time, doing some additional projects as they develop, traveling, and thinking about playing my trumpet again. While living in New York, I met my wife, Linda, in a theatre workshop at the 92nd Street Y. We did a scene together from The Shadow Box—I played her ex-husband’s gay lover. We have a daughter, Simone, who is in the movie business and Linda volunteers at Washington Ear doing a radio program for folks who do not have sufficient sight to read on their own. 2015-04-18 10:38:01
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John Stevens
Attorney Married 3 THE FOUR SEASONS IN THE DOME 2014-05-28 08:26:26
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Sue Stevens (Martin)
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artist/painter Married 2 After a career in public relations and corporate consulting/training, I am a full-time artist and art instructor. See more at www.suemartinfineart.com. BA, MA Theatre, American University; BFA, U. of Utah (2013) 2014-05-22 14:58:09
Can't believe it's been 50 years! But then, maybe that's why I remember so little about those days. I look forward to reconnecting  with classmates. Send Sue a MessageSend Sue a Message
Elaine Stokes
retired physician Widowed 4 Recently retired from geriatric medicine and medical administration leaving more time to visit with friends and family. 2015-02-27 14:06:02
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Susan Stoll (Ware)
Retired attorney Single Again 2 Attended Michigan State and Stanford Law School. Spent most of my legal career as a county lawyer doing child welfare law. Retired 2012. My son, daughter, two grandkids live nearby. High school memories include German 4 class with Mrs. Loftness. She was right: you do remember songs better than vocabulary! 2015-03-28 23:06:05
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Catherine "Cathy" Stull
Volunteer Director Single 2 What a wonderful opportunity to be among some of the first students to attend what was a brand new school! I am currently working as the Volunteer Director for a continuing care retirement community and loving every minute of what I am doing. I have been a Volunteer Director for over 30 years serving mostly in acute care hospitals. My two daughters are grown and I have one grandson who plays hockey for a minor league team in upstate Maine. I enjoy my small cabin in the mountains of West Virginia and love to walk in local 5k and 10 k charity events in the Frederick area. 2014-12-16 10:58:09
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Raymond Taetle
physician Married 3 I spent the first 20 years of a career in adult hematology/oncology in academic medicine teaching, performing research, and caring for patients. About 15 years ago, I was serving as section head at the University of Arizona, and discovered that the dean and department head were removing funds from our section without revealing it. My 60s mentality took over, and I wrote a memo detailing my findings and submitted it to the Dean. That resulted in a transition to private practice, which I continue today. The job definitely has ups and downs, but it does incorporate something I think all in our class wanted- it has value beyond what I get paid everyday. My wife, Laurie, and I have been married for 46 years in May. It doesn't really seem possible so much time has gone by. For a long time, we thought we would not have children, but wound up with 2 wonderful adopted, and one biologic daughter. All of us live in Arizona. I still think my classmates at Whitman constituted the smartest peer group I have ever encountered. After Whitman, it took me a while to shake the feeling I was a slightly above average student who was somehow fooling others. I realize now that it was a rare moment in time when public education actually fulfilled its potential. 2015-03-28 18:19:40
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Fred Tauber
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retired professor Married 4 2015-03-28 18:22:50
As I read the other comments already posted, I am struck by how limited any message conveys the sense of a life lived over half a century.  Indeed, even what might be most important remains largely hidden and the few clues offered are tantalizing but ultimately unsatisfying.  In any case, I will simply note my web site for those interested in my academic life and public persona (http://blogs.bu.edu/ait) and note that Paula Fredriksen and I live a life divided between Jerusalem and a farm in New Hampshire, enjoy good health, 7 children scattered over 4 continents, 4 grandchildren, and a sense that the adventure continues, one that for me was framed by those adolescent years that now appear wonderfully naive and innocent of the future.  So far so good!  I wish you all well. Send Fred a MessageSend Fred a Message
Jane Thomas
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Retired Librarian Divorced 2 Since graduation I went to Mills College in California for two years, a "happening" place in the 60's! Like many of our generation I dropped out for awhile, but came back to finish at the U. of Maryland with a B.A. in Anthropology. After traveling and living in Alaska and Switzerland, I settled down in Colorado, where I earned an M.L.S. and worked in public and academic libraries until retirement last year. I have two beautiful and accomplished daughters and two grandchildren. I currently keep busy being grandma and trying my hand at urban homesteading with 4 chickens. Recently returned from a trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. Life is good. I remember some very good teachers at Walt Whitman, and enjoyed English, biology, math, art (working on yearbook illustrations), and all the music groups. Fondest memory of Whitman? Maybe working on yearbook illustration "Land of Mortals." Also--I'm so glad we had the Climbing Club--has anyone heard from Jon Olson or Hunter (Robert) Knight? 2015-03-19 00:17:34
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Barbara Tift (Featherstone)
Psychotherapist Committed Relationship 2 still enjoying my career integrating Buddhist, Western and body-centered psychotherapy. Back on the West Coast (I was born in Oakland) after college and grad school. Feels like home here but I sure miss Great Falls and the 4th of July fireworks on the Washington Monument lawn (and a lot of other things too :) ) Glad to have been a part of helping WWHS come to life, (but I always thought the school colors were a little weird---black, white, and baby blue??) I haven't been in touch with classmates hardly at all, (except for the Paul Revere 8th Grade Chorus reunion with the extraordinary Ms. Olga Gazda) and I appreciate all the work being done to give us a link to each other. 2015-03-27 12:12:12
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Abby Trueblood
Regulatory Consultant Divorced 2 I spent my early years following college working in the political arena in California. After graduate school I moved to the Chicago area where I first taught and then worked for 23 years as a regulatory manager in the chemical industry. Now partially retired I work as a consultant. My two children, Derek and Jessica, both live in Los Angeles. 2015-01-19 09:53:02
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Alistair Al Urquhart
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In July 1965, I returned from Washington and Bethesda, across to the West Coast and across the Pacific Ocean down (!) to Australia. 
 
I studied Law, History and Politics at the Australian National University in Canberra and spent some years in Europe and the United States in the coal and grain trades, before settling in Melbourne and finding my dear wife, Mary. No children but many nephews and nieces. I have been, and remain, an independent public affairs director for many professional associations and American firms.
 
I publish Letter from Canberra which is a monthly policy digest on Australian domestic and international public policy.  I founded and continue to chair a disability employment service. I regularly play the bagpipes.
 
I often browse through SAGA 1965. The teachers at Whitman made me a little stronger than previously, in the academic space. Thank you forever Gerald Woofter, George Kohut, Richard Abell, Natasha Trotter, Mr Norman Schneider and on the sports field Mr Darget and Mr Reynolds, and for general inspiration from Darryl Shaw and his team. Francis Burton and the AFS group. And the Andrews family who were so loving and supportive of their additional family member.
 
As for you, classmates, Thank You all for your friendship and wisdom.  A tough, hard work year, believe it or not. The most wonderful year of my life. I polished up so many skills including my English!
 
So proud of my America. So proud of my Australia.  Several days after 9/11, I was a guest at an informal music night in Melbourne. Without notice, I was asked to sing something, anything. I looked around the room, stood up and then the whole room of a hundred people stood and joined with me as I sang the first line of the Star Spangled Banner. Thereafter I soloed the Anthem. God Bless America.
 
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Bob Wallace
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Retired General Contractor 3 Retired as so many of us are now. Fondest memory??? Stacking the flagpole in front of Mr' Vogt's office with tires during senior week. I took the heat for that one. 2015-03-27 12:16:14
Served two years (1969/70) in the Army, nine months in Vietnam in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment under George S. Patton IV, who carried the same .45 caliber revolvers his father was famous for never being without in WW II. A chip off the old block. We worked from Ben Hoa NW thru An Loc, Bo Duc & Bu Dop, then back south into the parrot's beak and Cambodia. Happy just to have come home alive & reunite with my wife of less than a year. Three children, two daughters and a son, long out of the nest, healthy & doing well. Summers up North in NY on Lake Champlain enjoying boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and magnificent sunrises over the Green Mountains in Vermont. Winter visits to ski at White Face, Mad River Glen,Jay Peak, Sugarbush. Goin' a bit slower these days. Don't bounce when I fall as well as I did a few decades ago.  Send Bob a MessageSend Bob a Message
Nancy Watt (Hancock)
Retired Widowed 2 I have lived in Oregon since 1972, first in Portland and for the last 29 years in Bend. I have 2 children who have given me 5 terrific grandchildren. Worked in the medical field for 25 years with an ortho-neuro group. Because that didn't make me crazy enough, we organized a bluegrass festival in Bend for the last 8 years. Lost my husband last year and miss his wonderful baritone voice, but continue to play the upright bass and sing in a bluegrass band now with my daughter and 2 other friends. Nothing weird about that! So far, no artificial joints or any other additions or deletions! Enjoying life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! That dome! Was there ever one before or since?? 2015-03-06 00:54:23
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A quote from an ancestor of mine, Ambrose Bierce.  From the Devils Dictionary.
EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.

Since graduation:  After living in Boston for awhile, I moved to southern California in 1980 and haven't looked back. I am working as a physcian specializing in infectious diseases at a teaching hospital. I still enjoy working so don't plan to retire for a few more years. I am in charge of our hospital infection control program and it keeps me intellectually engaged. Planning for Ebola and pandemic influenza, trying to prevent the spread of drug resistant organsisms, etc. is a never ending challenge. Working with medical students and other trainees and watching them grow in knowledge is also something I find rewarding. Pic is of me and my 3 children taken last Thanksgiving. And now I am a grandfather! I am lucky that all of them live nearby. And that's why I will probably live out my life in California. Now single again and doing the DWO thing (dating while old). Feel like I am back in HS again (although shy as I was, I didn't date much back then).
 
Memories of Whitman:  My parents moved to Bethesda so my sisters and I could get a better education. I will always be grateful for their sacrifice (they were not wealthy). Whitman prepared me for the rigors of college and medical school. Science and math classes especially taught me to analyze and think critically. I remember Ms. Wrench and Ms. Croft as being particularly stimulating and not tolerating sloppy thinking. I will always be grateful that a classmate took me to Martin Luther King's iconic speech on the Mall. That opened my eyes to politics and made me realize what a protected bubble we lived in at Whitman and that we had many advantages not available to others. Things were different by the late sixties (my college years), which were times of turmoil with many changes that still resonate today. High school was the lull before the storm. "Happy Days" perhaps, a time of innocence that could not last.
 
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Virginia Webb (Styer)
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Retired School Counselor Married 1 BA in education, M Ed in Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill; Taught elementary school in Boston Public Schools, 69-72; School Counselor in MCPS 1973-2008; Became a Quaker; Traveled the world. 2015-03-06 09:39:04
The Kindness of our teachers and my classmates resonates in my heart.  

I watched Sarah McCullough (our Whitman counselor) as she walked around in her suit and heels,  and I became a school counselor in my jeans and running shoes.

Absorbing life together those three formative years, from civil rights to the assassination of our President that November Friday before the SGA meeting;

Dancing in the Dome, cheering at football games, sharing  moments of joy and sorrow; 

Seeing the Beatles at the Coliseum with Bobby Matthews, 1964;

Enjoying reconnecting with our classmates at former reunions;

Being grateful for everything!



 
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Bruce Webster
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Retired Married 1 2015-03-23 17:08:20
Since graduation:
After Whitman, I attended a small college in New England until Uncle Sam made me an offer I couldn't refuse. The negotiation went poorly--I was thinking Germany, but they had Vietnam in mind. After military service, I took courses at Maryland and worked as a technician in the Physics department there. We build fascinating projects including one that flew on Apollo 17. I next worked for a small engineering company in Silver Spring, developing embedded software for industrial machines (ho hum). I spent a lengthy (18 year) stint in process control engineering with the USPS during which time I finished my BS at Maryland and started grad school. For 10 years, and in our 'spare time,' my wife and I ran a non-profit organization which brought children from Northern Ireland to the Washington area for the summer. The Belfast Children's Summer Program worked to bridge the gulf between Catholic and Protestant communities and promote mutual understanding to reduce conflict and violence. My next job was with NOAA--a remarkable agency with activities across the technology spectrum from satellites to super-computers to sea-going research vessels. I spent the last 3 years prior to my 2011 retirement working for Deloitte (consulting happens--what can one say?). I've got one daughter, one son-in-law, and fingers crossed. We split our time between Silver Spring and Cape Cod.

Memories of Whitman:
I remember coming to school one day and there, on the dome, was painted "Class of . . . ."-- the rest of the message only a dribble of paint running down the side of the dome. Next day someone showed up in class with a fresh cast on his arm.
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Carol White (Burman)
Married 3 2015-02-25 11:38:40
How can it be 50 years ago that I graduated from high school?  It seems like just yesterday that I was dancing to the Beatles and James Brown, wearing a mini skirt, listening to my Zenith transistor radio, talking on my turquoise princess phone until the wee hours of the morning and driving to the Hot Shoppes for a Mighty Mo, french fries with gravy and a shake in my Pontiac GTO four on the floor!

Fifty is a very special number, because in September of 2015, my husband, Robert and I will be celebrating our 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary!  I have been truly blessed with a wonderful husband, three beautiful daughters and now the loves of my life, five granddaughters and one grandson.

We live in Potomac; however, we spend a lot of our time traveling the world with much left to see and do on our "bucket list".

I passion collecting museum quality dollhouse furniture, enjoy oil painting and of course, I still love to dance!

I might be celebrating my 50th high school reunion, but in my heart, I am still that girl all of you knew back when!
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John White
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Pastor Married 2 Graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1969. Fuller Seminary in 1973. Served in several churches in Denver since then. Currently training church planters. Fondest memories: Teen Breakfast Club played an important role in my life while in high school. 2014-12-25 19:18:11
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Alison Whittaker (Rink)
Married 2 I attended Whitman for 2 years, then moved to NJ and graduated from Ridgewood HS. I met my husband, Tom, during college and we were married in 1969. We lived in South Bend, IN while he finished law school at Notre Dame, then various places until we settled in the Cincinnati area, where we now reside. We are blessed to have 2 sons and 2 granddaughters who live in the area. I spent several years teaching HS math, then was a systems analyst for A.T. &T. Since "retiring", I have been active as a community volunteer. I enjoy playing tennis and paddle tennis, reading, gardening, and travel. Life is good! We had a great class and it was very difficult to leave before our senior year. I have reconnected with some classmates through web searches and thanks to this website. Have a great reunion weekend. I will be with you in spirit! 2015-03-24 13:49:18
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Bonnie Wilcoxon (Ward)
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Voluntary Org. Mgt. Exec. Married My life has been a series of "stages". From 65-75 I was married, widowed, college edu. and a teacher. 75-85 moved to Boston and worked in Organizational Mgmt. 85-current, married to a great guy who is retired from USAF. We live one mile from Microsoft's campus in Redmond WA and 3 miles from Costco's orignial corp. office in Kirkland. I never had children but my husband Dale had 4 children with his deceased wife and we now have 9 grandchildren. I spend a great many hours volunteering. 2015-03-27 20:54:57
My latest “hobby” is genealogy. “Digging up the dead and annoying the living”
This interest started when I became membership chair for a lineage society and has continued.  My greatest thrill is working with DNA and adopted people searching for their missing links.
 
The only thing I can think of that is rather unique to me is this: “The Gold Star Wives pin was created on August 1, 1947 by an Act of Congress”
I received one when my husband David Walsh was killed in Vietnam. What’s unique is my birthday is August 1, 1947. What an omen!
 
I am looking forward to attending the reunion!
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Kathleen Wilson
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Married I graduated from the University of New Hampshire, and since then have lived in DC, Maryland, Alaska, and now Virginia. I love spending time on a quiet lake in Maine. Locally, I enjoy reading, cooking, birding, weekend getaways, time with nearby friends and family, and the simple pleasures of everyday life. I worked a bunch of years in logistics management for nonprofits and NASA, and am wrapping up my career as finance and budget director at a Congressional commission reporting on economic, trade, military and security issues between the US and China. My mom always said that I should get a job with the government, so I finally did. I married my long-time partner in California in 2008. We never anticipated that, in our lifetime, we would be able to marry in Virginia and/or be considered married by the Federal government: thank you, U.S. Supreme Court. Who would have imagined it, back in 1965. I remember the dome, my really smart classmates, Mr. Bryson’s history class, a very special English teacher, Mrs. Ehmann, who took our class to sit on the grassy hill outside the school, playing field hockey and basketball, and driving my friends to school in my grandmother’s ’56 Pontiac senior year. And of course, as we all do, I remember the day JFK was assassinated. 2015-02-26 10:27:52
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Jeremy Winick
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retired physicist Married 2 2015-03-28 18:55:21
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Attended University of Rochester, B.S. Chemistry, 1969. Graduate School Harvard University, (Ph.D. Chemical Physics, 1976) Married Robyn Davis, 1973. Moved to Boulder, Colorado 1974 as my thesis advisor took a job there. Children: Alyssa born 1976. Jared born 1980. Post Doctoral Jobs at University of Colorado, and NOAA Aeronomy Lab, as I transitioned to atmospheric physics and chemistry work. 1982-2010 Research Physicist at Air Force Geophysics Laboratory, which changed names during my tenure (Phillips Laboratory, then Air Force Research Lab). November 2010 - retired and moved to Westminster Colorado as daughter and grandchildren live in Broomfield, and my son in Denver. 3 grandchildren and a fourth due just about the reunion time. My wife and I have always enjoyed the outdoors - hiking and cross country skiing in New England and later taking up kayaking on the lovely slow rivers west of Boston. Cross country skiing is much more difficult at 9000 feet in Colorado than in New England, so we do more snow shoeing here.

Memories of Whitman:
I remember the brilliant friends at Whitman that prepared me for life in physical sciences. I was definitely socially shy and reluctant to share my true feelings with any but my closest friends then, but you will notice that is no longer the case. I do remember the social upheaval of the 1960s which was accelerating during our High School days, but always thought that the school surely didn't encourage such discussion. I remember being present at Martin Luther King's March on Washington (August 28, 1963) and his "I Have a Dream" speech. The horror of Kennedy's assassination announced as we were in Mrs. Diamond's Chemistry Class. I went to the University of Rochester and studied chemistry and enjoyed the snowy winters. Worked hard enough to get accepted at Harvard for graduate school and then was lucky enough (draft number 36 in the lottery) to get a physical deferment because of a broken bone in my wrist suffered playing basketball my senior year in college. I re-met Robyn Davis in 1971 while a graduate student at Harvard. She had actually been a classmate of mine in a private elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia, and another classmate from there was in Law School at Harvard and mentioned that she was in Boston. That was surely the most fortuitous and happy event of my life. Working as a civilian scientist for the Air Force was an interesting career. I was fortunate enough to work mostly on basic research and got involved in many interesting evolving areas. The Lab at Hanscom AFB in Bedford MA. was unusual for a Defense Laboratory, associated quite tightly with the many academic institutions in the Boston area. The civilian workforce was not the usual "military" type and quite free-thinkers. Thus the Air Force often tried to move the Lab to Kirtland AFB in New Mexico. Senator Ted Kennedy was able to thwart those efforts until the late 2000s. I retired less than a year before the last of the Hanscom contingent was moved.
     
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