I played football with Bobby and he was always an inspiration for all of us on the field. His service in Vietnam is no surprise. I was a forward observer myself and also served at Khe Sanh in 1971 when the ARVN went into Laos so I have first hand knowledge of what he did. His bravery during the siege in 1968 has inspired many Marines as they fight in Afghanistan today. I'm sure his assistance in training current Marines helped save American lives in today's war.
Welcome Home brother.
From Dane Jay Barnhard on July 10th, 2014
I knew Bobby as an offensive halfback and team mate on our football team. The following: "The Mightiest Corporal in the Marine Corps" is a tribute of the courage and character of a remarkable leader. A must read to honor our friend.
Linda was married and had one son. Her husband passed more than 10 years before she passed last spring. She lived in the San Diego area for awhile and has lived most of her adult life in Orange County, Ca. She loved crafts and miniatures. As her older sister (11 months) I miss her!
David was my first "boyfriend" in second grade. We used to wait until everyone else left the bus stop, and then we would walk up the hill together to our houses. Some of the neighborhood kids, including David, often played cops and robbers after school. David was a talented artist and was excited to be accepted at the Rhode Island School of Design, but he died in a motorcycle accident the summer after graduation while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.
From Laura Dubester on June 20th, 2014
I knew david and his family since kindergarten and maybe nursery school. He was always special.. A childhood playmate and on his own path.
Steve was a marvelous display of how to live life and enjoy it. He was a successful developer, wonderful Husband, Father and friend. He could teach the class on how to treat his fellow man and make you feel good about yourself in the process. God Bless Steve Johnson.
Cathy was one of the first people I met when I moved to Bethesda and came to Whitman as a junior. She was so much fun and a great artist. She lived in Glen Echo, and I lived on Wilson Lane, so the proximity was close, and I spent many good times at her home. They also had a home in Southern Maryland, and I remember all the fun we had there one weekend. Cathy is the person who influenced me to finally have my ears pierced before heading to college!!!! I have such fond memories of a lovely friend.
From Jeanne Mousssouros on February 2nd, 2015
Cathy and I were both art majors in college and had the same interests, but sadly lost touch with each other after she married and moved with her husband to live in Alaska. She loved Alaska and was very happy there! I know this since she and I reconnected through emails and kept in close contact until she passed away. I am fortunate to have "found" her again and she was not only a great artist, but a talented writer as well. I will miss her and regret that she did not live closer so we could have shared more years of freindship.
From Priscilla Mitchell on January 19th, 2015
Wow. What a surprise to see Cathy's name here. I only saw her once after high school - she came to Annapolis to visit many years ago - but we were buddies at Western and Whitman. She was a talented artist in school and I knew she would excel in that field way back then. I still cherish the few works of hers that I have - including a mural she made for history class one year. Great stuff. Her dad got me interested in barbershop harmony - and I tried my first oyster at her sweet 16 party. She was smart, quirky and a good friend. I'll miss her. - Priscilla (Church) Mitchell
Bill, you were one of the stars of the Class of 65. I remember you from our days way back in 4th Grade at Radnor Elementary and enjoyed chatting with you at our Reunion about 15 years ago. You possessed a wonderful sense of humor and joie de vivre and your handicap evaporated the minute you smiled. Bill, you will be missed.
From John Dickinson on June 4th, 2014
My brother, Bill Dickinson, died August 23, 2012. Bill was born October 23, 1946 in Sacramento, CA; lived in Ankara, Turkey from 1953-57; and spent the rest of his life, except for his college years, in the Washington, DC area. During his senior year at Whitman, he was vice-president of the student body. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH, in 1969 with a BA in Government. He worked for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (later Health and Human Services), 1970-2001; volunteered at the National Zoo as a golden lion tamarin and elephant monitor and interpreter; and traveled widely, to 51 foreign countries in six continents. Bill overcame challenges caused by a lifetime of paralysis on the left side of body, caused by encephalitis contracted at age 4 ½. He will be remembered as possessing an amazing sense of optimism, a deep strength in the face of adversity, a steady persistence, a gentle and compassionate nature, a remarkable memory for trivia, a wicked sense of humor, and an unwavering dedication to the Washington Redskins.
Linda was an incredible person and dear friend who did so many wonderful things during her lifetime. We were very connected with each other, especially spritually, during the last 2 years of her life. I hope to finish a book we started "Listening to Linda." We laughed and cried during our many long talks in her bedroom and her family room. I miss Linda and her amazing strength in both living and dying.
From Diana Jamieson on June 20th, 2014
Linda helped teach us how to die with grace and wisdom. We love her and miss her.
From Mary Rogers Slaby on April 5th, 2014
My greatest friend and true soul mate always. A woman of grace, strength, loyalty, faith and love. She guides me to this day.
Bea was a very sweet girl, one of the sweetest. I remember being in class with her at the announcement of the death of JFK, and her tears.
From Dane Jay Barnhard on July 10th, 2014
A must see: http://gfh3.blogspot.com/p/in-memoriam-bea-ross.html
"Sweet" Bea R.I.P. !!!
From Dane Jay Barnhard on July 10th, 2014
Sorry to just hear of Bea's passing. She graciously supplied the bulk of the food at the
follow up picnic held at Norwood Park on Sunday, October 15, 2000, for the 35th reunion of the Walt Whitman H.S. Class of '65 It was held at the Bethesda Hyatt two days prior, which I organized and attended with my wife from our residence in Maui. God Bless and R.I.P !!
Lynn,you had so many gifts. I miss your energy, sense of humor,and friendship.
Mostly, I miss the laughter.
From Cynthia Yavinsky (Engle) on July 16th, 2014
Lynn, you were one of the few people I kept up with long after our Whitman Days. I'll never forget our times on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk after our 7th grade year. You'll be missed-- your contagious laugh made us all so merry!
From Mary Slaby (Rogers) on June 18th, 2014
A true buddy from all the way back to Radnor. Lynn - a joy. She would have loved our Reunion. Right there in the middle; dancing all night.
From Mary Linville (Galup) on June 18th, 2014
Still can't believe Lynn is no longer with us to share milestone celebration. She brought so much laughter to my life. I will always remember all the fun times we shared.
Hi, thank you for the notification of the Whitman Reunion. Robert B. Lytle Jr was my late husband, he passed away in 1992 of a Brain Tumor, he was 45. He had attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and Georgetown University Dental School on a Navy Scholorship. The Navy sent us to the West Coast and we have been here ever since. We had three children, a girl and 2 boys. I'm sure Bob would have loved to have been at a reunion, he always kept in close contact with his friends. Thank you Ruth Lytle
I last saw Bob, who was a dentist, in the fall of 1991 when I visited him and his family in their lovely waterfront home in Port Townsend, WA for an entire week. During my stay, each week day I drove Bob approximately one hour south to Bremerton, WA for radiation treatment for his brain cancer. While waiting, he encouraged and advised me to gorge myself on the wild blackberries flourishing adjacent to the clinic. It was an inspiring visit !!! He called me just before his death a few months later. I'll always miss the always humorous and charismatic, loyal friend !!!
So sad to learn Bobby has passed away. He was a great guy, a good friend and a gifted athlete. I spent a week at the beach with him and his family after graduation and he kept me laughing the whole time.
bruce was my irreplaceable best friend. i miss him every day. luckily, i am surrounded by a number of his spectacular pieces for fine woodworking and get to share them with him in thought if not in person. he was talented, a true warrior, generous to a fault, and a friend to everyone who ever met him.
I have many fond memories of Linda Pollin. I always enjoyed the times we spent together. She was gentle, kind and just lovely to be with. I recall how devastating and heartbreaking it was to have her pass away at such a young age during our years at Whitman. Our families were friends and a few years later our younger brothers roomed together during their freshman year in college.
From Kathleen Wilson on February 26th, 2015
I knew Linda from school but can't remember how we connected. Maybe we were in a class or a club together. When she became too ill to continue coming to school I went to visit her at her home. Years later when I connected her to Abe Pollin I thought about the sadness he must have carried all those years having lost a daughter so young. Linda was a sweet and gentle presence in the Whitman family.
I didn't know Robbie all that well but he was very good vibes. He lives yet in my memory of him.
From R. Wayne Robertson on June 13th, 2014
Austin was my best friend and we spent most of our lives together. I followed him to Williamsburg, Virginia. He achieved most of his career aspirations. He was president of a small bank in Lancaster, Virginia for many years. He had opportunities to get a similar position with a much larger bank, but Austin loved the small town life. The bank grew considerably under his tutelage. He was liked and respected by everyone that knew him.
Sorry to read about John's passing. We lived in Sumner and played football together. I only saw him a few times after high school and lost track of him, but always remember him as someone who enjoyed life and always had fun. As Schlitz said in his tribute, John didn't always follow the rules. In fact when I think of John, Hawkeye and Trapper John from the movie MASH automatically come to mind. Rest in peace my friend.
From Schlitz O'Hara on August 12th, 2014
Mention John Pixley Southmayd to anyone who knew him and watch them smile. John was smart, kind, honest, and loyal -- all the makings of a good man and a great friend. He was insightful and conscientious, but he didn’t think life should be taken too seriously. John didn't tell funny stories he lived them. If you hung out with him you knew that rules would be broken and good times would be had. Retelling his hilarious exploits would take pages and many would not be believed. Fifty years ago, he dated classmate Randi Abse. She smartly let him run amuck for years before marrying him 30 years ago. Today he makes us smile.
So many from our class have died and no one has posted anything about them. I knew George, we both lived in the same neighborhood. We called him Will, from his middle name. Truth be told we were both kind of geeky, not part of the in crowd at Whitman. Will and I would spend some time together, reading comics, etc. He was a gentle spirit, always nice to everyone. My recollection is he took a job at Woodward and Lothrop department store after graduation, while I went off to college. I saw him a few times after graduation but after moving to Boston to attend medical school lost track of him. Sadly, google reveals that he was murdered in SC in 2008 where he worked at Macys.. There are some tributes to him, one of which I am pasting in below. It seems he was a good person and had friends. And I remember those blushing cheeks!
"George (Bill) Woltz was a sincere person who thought about the other person before himself. The many conversations embodied an act of service from taking his dog, Molly, to school to become a therapy dog, Camp Rainbow, his church,Cancer Relay for Life, and Paws for Cancer. He would tear up talking about the children who were suffering from cancer at Camp Rainbow.
He was real and did not know a stranger. I loved to see his smiling face and hear his constant joking. You knew that Bill liked you when he joked with you. For instance, he would say, "Alright you graduated from sandbox so now what are you gonna do."
He worked very hard at his job but wouldn't mind stopping for some conversation.