CLASS OF 1955: Where have you been?
So what've you been doing with yourself the last 40 years? Now there's a question...
Matter of fact, it's the question your faithful 40th WPHS Reunion Committee started asking all of you about a year ago, while twisting your arms to get you to join us in this event. Though we didn't get answers from everyone, the answers we got make for a very good read. So set aside some time and enjoy!
The following 29 pages are not just a directory of everybody we could track down by phone, FAX, E-mail, CD rom, ESP, and good old word of mouth. They're also an anthology of wit and wisdom--plus a few surprises. What it probably proves, as Jackie Schneider Dunning says (page 23), is that " '55 was a very good year--a vintage class," (if we don't say so ourselves).
We're all over the, place, in every part and state in the Union, as well as overseas. And we've travelled everywhere--from Antarctica to Zaire. We have enough doctors and nurses among us to start our own HMO, enough teachers and professors to start our own university, enough realtors to buy and sell South Florida, enough market and business savvy to take over Microsoft, and enough techies, managers, secretaries, and engineers to keep it running. (And we have enough lawyers to keep the doctors honest.)
Well, that may be a slight exaggeration. But we have artists, musicians, builders, welders, renovators, writers, a pilot, and at least one funeral director (who is also a magician) And yes we have our share of homemakers- (full and part-time).
Some of us are retired, some semi-retired, some just plain tired (still working). The best may be Ed McCarthy (page 17), who describes himself as "self-unemployed." (Think about that one.)
Collectively, we've produced at least 1,000 children and grandchildren-, tile individual record goes to Carol Furcolowe Scarcello with 11 and 17, respectively (eight wasn't enough).
All in all, it seems to have been a busy 40 years for the Class of '55, which, like that pesky rabbit, is still...going,
Welcome back. And stay in touch.
Josephine Dell'Orletta Falcone
Marita Mathewson Renner
Jane Myers Slaughter
Mary Papasegio Briante
Betty Sciascia Hecht
Wendy Williams Porterfield
John Allan, III
Marilyn Bagnato Stagg. Deceased.
Alice Baker Scandura, 1249 Greentree Lane, Narberth, PA 19072
*Robert Ball, 868 West Oakridge, Ferndale, MI 48220. Newspaper reporter, editor. Married, 1 child.
Joan Barbarossa Heady, North Salem Road, Brewster, NY
Veronica Barry Flanagan, 188 Elm Street, Albany, NY 12202
Charles Bason, 9508 Marston Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
*Ruthann Batchie Cox, 29 Follett Street, Apt 1, Winooski, VT 05404. Retired IBM; secretary in law firm. Widow; 4 children; 2 grandchildren. "Life has been many-faceted: much joy and happiness; a hefty share of sadness, and now peace and contentment in the beautiful State of Vermont. No complaints!"
Elizabeth Beaver Nalley, P. 0. Box 1237, Cobb, CA 95426
Antoinette Bellantoni Durgin, 2184 Mohansic Avenue, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Eulgene Bender (Deceased)
*John E. Bennett, M.D., 3 Eubank Court, Columbia, MO 65203. Physician - Family Practice. Married; 3 children. "Collector Antique Toys and Gardening."
*Allan Berggren, 3100 Lexington Lane, Unit
10, Glenview, IL 60025. Stock Broker.
Single; 2 children.
Kenneth Berwick, Seven Hunter Place, Stoney Point, NY 10980
Jean Biserni McMahon, 8 Cecilia Lane, Pleasantville, NY 10570
*Patricia Black Mullarkey, 110 Natchaug Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033-1916. Information Systems -- Travelers Insurance. Married; 5 children. "Looking forward to seeing former classmates and renewing happy memories of WPHS."
Barbara Bogle Lange
Coralee Branch Disharoon, 1012 El Capitan Drive, Danville, CA
Mary Frances Brown Caldarola
Patricia Ann Brown
El Capiton Drive, Danville, CA 94526
*Daniel Buckley, 45 Bargar Street, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Body and Fender Mechanic/Owner, Millwood Auto Collision Inc. Married 33 years. 2 Boys, 2 Girls, 2 grandchildren. "Worked for decades for the benefit of my children. In return, they gave me many, many moments of pride and joy. They also earned 4 B.S. degrees -an engineer, a nurse, a CPA, a physicist -- three with MBA's. Naturally, none are working in the fields in which they earned their B.S. degress. What a country!!!"
*Robert Cagliostro, 8 Flower Drive, RD 5, Mahopac, NY 10541. Owner, operator. Married; 5 children, 5 'grandchildren. "We love to travel to Florida, where 3 of our children and 3 of our grandchildren live. We also spend a loL of time in the summer on our boat on the Hudson River."
David Calkin, 12 Rivermeadow Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01S24. Systems Analyst (Hewlett-Packard Company). Married; 2 children. "Favorite pastime -- sailboat cruising the New England Coast, especially Maine. Duty in Antarctica (wintered over), Vietnam, and Newfoundland during 10-year Navy career. Please stop by for a homebrew if you're in the area (Rte 495 to New Hampshire and Maine runs right through town')."
*Samuel Cambriello, 214 Bainbridge Avenue, Thornwood, NY 10594. Married; 3
children; 6 grandchildren. "Travel to Sweden often, play golf at least once a week, and my wife and I spend a lot of time with our 6 grandchildren (a new set of twin boys 9/7/95 and a new boy born 8/27/95)."
Arlene Campbell Saporito, 48 East Lincoln Avenue, East White Plains, NY 10604
Thomas Campbell, 16 Bonaire Circle, Waban, MA 02168. Professor of Law; Married; 4 children; 3 grandchildren.
Carlo Castagna, 45 Whittier Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594
Lillian Castelluccio Russo, 7 Merion Drive, Purchase, NY 10577
Natalie Casterella Turner, 811 Pemart Avenue, Peekskill, NY 10566
Anne Caveness Ingram
Arlene Campbell Saporito
Jeanette Cereta Cardinale, 230 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10603
Charles Cecere, 81 North Kensico Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595
Elizabeth Cherney Gordon, 239 North Plain Road, Housatonic, MA 01236
Lena Ciffolillo McGrath, 70 West Lake Drive, Thornwood, NY
Victoria Cirminello Tarone, 77 East Sherman Avenue, East White Plains, NY 10604
*Carrie Clark Rogers, 10 Bryant Crescent, White Plains, NY 10605. Beautician. Single: 2 children; I grandchild. "My life at my age is wonderful at the present, and I am doing great. I love reading, traveling and meeting new people and doing charity work: also work with children that makes my day."
*Joseph Clarke, 161 Longview Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605-3115. Retired Police Officer; current Criminal Investigator at Legal Aid Society of Westchester County (10 years). Married; 3 children.
Dr. Zacharie Clements, Box 24, Charlotte, VT 05445. Former Professor at the University of Vermont; currently President of Inner Management, Inc. and on the speaking circuit. [Ed. note: described by the New York Times as "a blend of philosopher John Dewey, evangelist Billy Graham and comedian Bill Cosby."] Married; 3 children; grandchildren. "I am sorry my travel schedule will not permit me to join you guys, but my thoughts will be with you. Please remember me to one and all ... where have the years gone? Be well."
*Stephen Clow, Roseholm Place, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549. Marketing; Married; 3 children; I grandchild. "Go For It!"
Adele Colao Di Bene
Lesile Colitt, One Berlin 37, Deisterpfad 38, Germany
Patricia Conner Beatty
Margaret Connolly Kline
Sally Cooke Hyland, 30 Ridgernore Circle, Fredricksburg, VA 29-401
*John Cooley, 3726 Briar Hill, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547. Electronic Technician
(retired). Married; 2 children. "Arizona,
the Carolinas and Spain are my favorite
travel destinations. I love a good restaurant and was partners in one in Arizona. I
collect videos and am a champion couch potato. An unfulfilled ambition is to visit
Russia and see St. Petersburg and the Hermitage museum. My latest comment on life
...I've got a lot of great memories, but I can't remember them ..."
Ellen Cox Deans
*David Cramer, 6401 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122. Assistant Professor-Southern University School of Social Work (retired); CEO and President of Board of True Care, for profit health care corporation; Part-time private practice (individual, group and family counseling. Married; 2 children (Daniel 13, Damon 34);
2 grandchildren. "I have been fortunate enough to have lived and worked in Westchester, New York City, Portland, Oregon, Tulsa, Oklahoma and New Orleans. Professional and research interests: post traumatic stress disorder and its effects on African American families and children and social ecology. Hobbies are watching track and football on television and speed walking."
*Joan Crespo Fitzgerald, 1448 East Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 15038. Property Manager. Married; 2 children; I grandchild and 1 on the way.
Joan Criscione Caridi, 16 Lochland Road, Valhalla, NY 10595
Hubert Crowley -- Deceased
Veronica Dagostino Curia, 36 Eastview Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595. Secretary/Treasurer Seeco Supply Corp. Married; 3 children; 1 grandchild. "Worked in the tax field for many years. In 1978 established architectural builders hardware firm with my husband, Peter Curia. We have worked on many projects throughout tri-state area. My favorite pasttime is getting out on the golf course and getting together with friends and family. Had great years at W.P. High and wonderful memories of good friends and happy times."
Sylvia Danielson Shay
*Joan Darringer Winoker, 15 Clearwater Court, Nanuet, NY 10954. Teacher (Developmental Specialist in Art). Married; 2 children. "Jazz is and always has been my passion. I also love flowers, art, dogs, decorating and traveling. Life is full of surprises -- who would have thought back in 1955 taking art with Ms. Bessie Moore
that forty (what?) years later I'd be teaching art to my students!"
Dr. David Davidson, 4536 Via Vistosa, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Kenneth Davis (Deceased)
Leslie Dean (Deceased)
Peter Delehanty, Two Wilmont Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605. Single; 1 child. "Bike riding with Country Cycle Club; Singing with Golden Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus."
*Josephine Dell'Orletta Falcone, 24 Concord Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606. Manager and Relocation Director for Century 21 Wolff in White Plains. Married; children; 4 grandchildren. "Married to Joe for 37 years. Still live in White Plains -on 'the Hill." Instead of 'School Spirited', I'm 'City Spirited." In the 80's I was elected twice to the White Plains Board of Education. Now I'm running for White Plains Common Council in November. If I win -- maybe I'll be Mayor by the time we have our 50th reunion! All year round, when we have some spare time, we drive 2-1/2 hours to our second home in Massachusetts on Lake Pontoosuc, 1/2 hour south Williams College, 45 minutes south of Manchester, Vermont. Come visit!"
Vivian Deluca Langworth, 32 Hobart Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573
Ida May Dessaure Hybrick, 28 Palmer Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603
Carl Deutermann, 3 Armstrong Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10703
Dr. Charles Deutermann, Two Cowpath Road, Lansdale, PA 19446
Judy Deutermann Flaherty
Marie Devito Mascola, 34 Merritt Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Robert DiSimone, c/o Big Dee Auto Sales, 258
East Main Street, Elmsford, NY
Mary Lou Douds
Kenneth Dougherty, Two Lakeview Avenue, White Plains, NY 10604
Natalie Driller Swiller, 96 Steele Road, West Hartford, CT 06119
*Robert Duncan, 12 Tallwoods Road, Armonk, NY 10504. Owner of Wallauer's.
Married; 2 children. "Travel to Alaska, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, England, Far East, Russia, Hawaii; Hobbies are sailing, cars, electronics and computers; Interests are family, church and business; Life is what you make of it -- think of the positive parts of life"
Kathleen Dunn Warren, 11-9 Westview Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603
Michelle Dunnigan Rocco, 324 Brickhouse Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
*Aurelio Duran, 26 Franklin Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. Carpenter. Single.
*Rosemary Eastwood Clark, 11 Sentry Place IC, Scarsdale, NY 10583-2518. Office Manager of small local firm. Single; 2 children; 3 grandchildren. "Retired from Xerox December 1994 because they closed our company (Xerox Credit Corp.) Was manager of Computer Department. Enjoying 3 grandchildren belonging to son (Sarah, age 5 and twins Peter and Chelsea, age 1. Daughter was married 10/1/95. Collect books and videos, love windjamming off the Maine coast."
Judith Eisenstein Brandon
Dr. Nils Erickson, P. 0. Box 485, Washington Grove, MD 20880
Grace Fanelli Battaolia
James Farrington, 74 Putnam Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573
Etta Fechner Curtis, 201 Oak Lane, Johnson City, TN 37601
Roseann Feraleto Bisesto
Edward Fernau, 139 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Morton Fischer, 42 Crawford Road, Harrison, NY 10528
Peggy Flynn Dunlop, 480 Brooktondale Road,
P. 0. Box 111, Brooktondale, NY
Patricia Foley (Deceased)
Alfreda Force Matthews (Deceased)
*William French, 5908 Catesby Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433-7268. Stock Broker. Married; 3 children. "Hobbies -- boating, fishing and swimming; comments on life -WPHS was a great growing up experience: good classmates, good friends, good
teachers, good coaches and good facilities. I look forward to seeing everybody."
Austin Friese, 1005 Sailors Reef, Fort Collins, CO 80525. 1 operate the Aspen Philatelic Center for the Postal Service in Fort Collins. Married; 2 children; 1 grandchild on the way. "Travel -- Hawaii several times, twice to Europe, the Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Maarten, Mexico, Iceland and 47 of the 50 United States; hobbies and interests -- travel, stamp collecting, coin collecting, metal detecting, snorkeling, fishing, target shooting, photograph and flying; comments on life -- have lived in Colorado since 1967 and enjoy the high country, climate, Denver Broncos and the new Colorado Rockies. We own a nice townhome that bucks up to a mile long lake that has good fishing. We are active in our church and still very happily married (even more so now that the kids are out of the house). I can't understand why so many of my relatives still live in the hectic and expensive lifestyle of New York. I will be eligible for retirement in April 1996."
Helga Fuhrmann, 19 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10021
*Carol Furcolowe Scarcello, 5024 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018-6542. Retired Office Manager for Dean Witter. Married; 11 children (including
stepchildren); 17 grandchildren and 2 on the way. "My husband, Tony, and I enjoy our early retirement tremendously. We keep very busy with our huge family, including all 4 of our parents. Travel is a favorite pastime whenever we can slip away. Tony loves golf -- I play occasionally but spend lots of my spare time doing a variety of needlework. It's been a lot of fun all in all, and I look forward to living to be 100!. There's so much to enjoy in life that I'll need that long to fit everything in."
Ann Fusco Rago, 90 Bryant Avenue, Apt. C5E, White Plains, NY 10605. Retired. Married; I child; 3 grandchildren. "Presently semi-retired -- traveling to Australia, Europe and the U.S.A. On Parish Life Committee at Mt. Carmel Church, W.P., and volunteer with seniors and handicapped to take them to doctor's appointments, companion and shopping. Very satisfying. Sorry I could not attend, I am going to be away at a family reunion. My best wishes to all. Have a fun time."
Elizabeth Fusillo Hobel
Virginia Futia Spellman, 955 EL Monte Drive, Simi, CA 93065-4221
Fred Gambino, P. 0. Box 161, Armonk, NY 10504
Marie Gangemi McKiernan, One Key Place, Tappan, NY 10983
22 Lawrence Lane, Harrison, NY 10528. Importer Asian Arts and Antiques. Married; children. "Travel to Asia twice a year -- also Europe, Mexico, etc. Hobbies/interests include museums, antique shows, theater, art and design, reading and tennis. Life? Could be a lot worse."
Laurel Geyer Noone, Fulton Park, Apartments, A-10, White Plains, NY 10607
Peter Girillo, 68 East Washington Street, East White Plains, NY 10604
Lorraine Glover Gilmore, P. 0. Box 3791, La Mesa, CA 92041
Margaret Goldsmith Radens
Doris Graff Webster
Angelina Granato Diano, 22 Intervale Avenue, White Plains, NY
Palma Graziano Lucido
*Alanne Gross Ori, 725 South Circle Drive, Barrington, IL 60010. Homemaker, art lecturer. Married; 2 children. "Lifelong interest in art, movies travel. (Love Italy, Caravaggio, Quentin Tarantino; hate to cook). Met Pete, my partner of 32 years, in Germany; our eldest was born in Pisa, Italy. Tremendously enjoyed (most of the time) raising our 2 sons -- Tom, 30, avid mountain climber living in Colorado, and John, 27, Chicago ad executive. Neither married yet, no grandchildren. Retired from newspaper but keep busy with Book and Art Programs which I present locally. Still miss the East after all these years in the Midwest; was definitely not cut out to be a Cubs fan!"
Cecelia Gullusci Zito
Joan Hager Caulfield
*Christopher Harmon, 5850 Camino Del Sol, #203, Boca Raton, FL 33433. Industrial Designer (retired). Married; 2 children.
*James Harmon, 177 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Sheet Metal Worker. Married; 3 children; 3 .irandchildren.
Annette Havens Woodruff
Raymond Hayward, 81 Cabot Avenue, Elmsford, NY 10523
Dorothy Healy Congdon, 59 Fearington Post, Pittsboro, NC 217613
*Carol Hecht Katz, Four Washington Square Village, New York, NY 10012
Robert J. Hecker, 71 Winfield Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528. Attorney. Married; 2 children; 1 grandchild.
Carole Heisel Bergstraesser, 312 N. Kenilworth , Oak Park, IL 60302-2004. Art Teacher/Artist. Married; 2 children: 2 grandchildren. "I took an early retirement incentive opportunity and have been a woman of leisure(?) for two years. Currently, I am involved with various arts activities in our community and church. We have discovered that grand parenting is as wonderful as everyone says --especially when the kids live 7 blocks away!"
Hannalore Heinman Klein
Barbara Henry Lipski, 2723 Moorgate Road, Baltimore, MD 21222.
*Howard Herow, 1741 Maxwell Court, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. NYNEX Management (retired). Married; 2 children. " Golf/gardening/relaxing in the sun in Florida!"
Anita Herrmann Dimon, 2602 Hopewell Church Drive, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673. Retired Teacher and working part-time as Children's Librarian. Married; total of 5 children/stepchildren. "When we get a chance we hike and camp."
Margaret Hillers Rasche, 7428 Pasco Ronceval, Tucson, AZ S5704
Carrie Hipp Callendar, 156-20 Riverside Drive West, New York, NY 10032
*Beverly Hirsch Blicher, 76 Alban Road, Waban, MA 02168. Elementary School Teacher (former). Married; 2 children.
Kenneth Hogan, c/o Kenny's Precision Cut Floor Covering, Route 52, Carmel, NY 10512
*Patricia Hogan Sposato, 345 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601. Secretary/Artist. Married: 2 children; 3 grandchildren.
*Sue Honnett Kinnen, 4136 S. Fireside Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221. Married; 2 children: 2 grandchildren. "I've been married for 37 years and have 2 sons, David and Peter. David is married and has blessed us with two grandchildren, Shannon (age 13 and Rob (age 10) -- a great big joy in our lives. Pete is not married but has a career in the Merchant Marines as an officer. He has been around the world by ship. Both our sons were in the Persian Gulf War. I am currently busy with aerobics, biking, X-country skiing and in many community organizations. In 1993 1 was awarded Presidential fitness awards for aerobics, swimming and fitness walking. The most exciting event was being chosen to represent my community in carrying the torch for the World University Games in Buffalo, NY in July 1993. All this would not be possible without my biggest fan and supporter, my husband Dave."
Susan Horz Hogan. Deceased.
*Evelyn Hull, 19 Chestnut Drive, Carmel, NY 10512-2609. Single; 3 children; 2 grandchildren. "I have been lucky to travel European countries, Japan, Hong Kong and Hawaii taking photographs."
*Bernice Hurwitz Snyder, Ten Park Avenue, Apt. 6-D, New York, NY 10016. High School Spanish Teacher (retired). Divorced; 2 children. I enjoy traveling, volunteering for various organizations, and enjoy the company of family and friends. I spend 2-3 winter months in Florida, where I enjoy swimming and taking courses. I feel happy to be able to do things at my leisure now that I am retired!"
Ralph Isley, 408 Trex Road, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Domenick Izzo. Deceased
*Susan Jantzen Ransom, 35 Coventry Lane, West Barnstable, MA 02668. Portrait Artist. Married; 3 children. I am speechless!"
*Mary Jarmon Pierpont, 4514 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Special Needs School Teacher. Married; 2 children; I grandchild. "Travel -- 30 years Air Force around U.S.A. and Europe; hobbies -- Sweet Adelines (barbership harmony), boating on the Chesapeake, United States Power Squadrons, sewing and crafts; -- interests --grandson in Texas, 10 years teaching and 2 children in Texas."
*Yvonne Jefferson Brown, 235 South Lexington Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
*Agnes Jenkins Mebane, 46 Jackson Place, White Plains, NY 10603. New York Telephone Company (NYNEX) 34 years (retired). Married; 5 children; 6 grandchildren. "Live everyday to the fullest, go places and do things."
Barbara Jenkins Dawson (Deceased)
Claire Marie Jenkins Trombley, 25 Cedarwood Drive, Queensbury, NY 12804
*John H. John, 84 Terrys Plane Road, Simsbury, CT 06070-1816. Marketing. Married, 2 step children; 2 grandchildren. "Photography, singing, theater."
David Johnson, 33 Van Wart Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
*Dixie Johnson Petrey, 10015 Bellflower Way, Knoxville, TN 37932. Pastor/Chaplain. Married; 5 children; 4 grandchildren. "Traveled to Hawaii with A.D. (four islands) to celebrate graduation from seminary June 1995. Grateful for experience at WPHS and glad to return for 40th reunion!"
Donald Kartiganer, 2307 33 Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
Jane Kates Pincus, Box 72, Roxbury, VT 05669
Cynthia Katz Goldberg
Richard Katz, 7 Clifton Lane, White Plains, NY
Eleanor Kaufman Mahler, 8645 Thorpe Road, Bozeman, Montana 59715. Retired Army Wife. Married to same guy for 36 years; 2 children; 1-8/9 grandchildren. "After 25 years of Army camp following and 10 years as business executive's wife in Chicago, we have finally settled on a 200-acre paradise here in Montana. Raise hay, ride horses, ski, watch the wildlife and enjoy the mountains. Sorry to miss the 40th but #2 grandchild will arrive that week and grandma will be babysitting #1 grandchild)"
*Sheila Keane Fottrell, 7 Wild Oaks Road, Goldens Bridge, NY 10526. Married; 3 children. "Married Al Fottrell (WPHS '54). We have never left Westchester but planning retirement in a few years and will probably relocate. We will spend a lot more time travelling."
Joan Lake. Deceased
Jean LaMattina Midollo
Henry Latasa, 8 Shea Knolls Court, Campbell Hall, NY 10916
Marv Lawrence. Deceased
Ann Lee Thompson, 1100 Hawken Place, St. Louis, MO 63119
Gary Lee, 29728 Avondale, Inkster, MI 48141
Penny Lee Braniff, 1510 Cantera Avenue, Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
*Theodore Lee, 153 Fisher Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606-2302. Licensed Funeral Director. Married; 2 children. "Travel to most major cities within the U.S. mostly; hobby is magic; interests are funeral, magic and record conventions, swimming; comments on life -- God gives life and takes life. I've seen life and death. I'm not afraid to die. Do what you can between life and death, by living life one day at a time, doing something for others, enjoy life, love your family, 'work while it's day,' smile and be a friend!"
Philip LeMasurier, Candlehill Road, RD 1, New Fairfield, CT 06810
Jerry Levine, 57 East Columbus Avenue , White Plains, NY 10604
Celestine Lewis, 22 John Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591
*Lynn Lidz Schuppe, 68 Belden Road, Carmel, NY 10512. Housewife. Married; 2 children; I grandchild. "Lived in W. P. 20 years after school. Was president of W.P. Democratic Club during Kennedy years. Divorced in '75; remarried in '76. Moved to Greenwich, CT, then Carmel in '80. Have great life and looking forward to seeing everyone."
John Lindsay, 5527 Oakdale Place, Parkville, MO 64152-4337. General Manager -Chemical Group, American Cyanamid Co. Married; 2 daughters. "I still travel on business (have for most of my career); current hobbies include woodworking, acrylic plastic, computers, some golf. Life has been interesting and full of surprises, but all in all, rewarding. I am starting to think about retirement -- not to sit by the fire, but to do something else; I'm not really sure what."
Kenneth Lipka, 8261 Hampton Wood Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Mary Elizabeth Lisle Ball
Roberta Livingood Dwinner
Rita Loddo Burns, 106 Robertson Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
Paul Longo, Nine Lawrence Drive, North White Plains, NY 10603
Viola Longo Cavalier
*Diantha Lundin Witteveen, 820 No. Windward Drive, Suttons Bay, MI 49682. Independent Certified Piano Teacher (former); Church Organist (current and former . Married; 3 children; 3 grandchildren plus twins en route. "I loved the earlier years, but retirement is the BEST! We bike, hike, ski, play golf and travel sonic. I'm involved in church music, do lots of volunteer activities, and we enjoy spending time with friends and our growing family at home in northern Michigan."
Thomas Lynch Deceased.
Joe Lynch, 3766 Oriole Court. Shrub Oak, NY 10598
Diane Lyons Ringler
*Paul Marconi, 47 Oak Street, Apt. 6, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. New York City Fleet Manager-CCL (retired). Single/married; 2 children; 2 grandchildren. "Bowling,
softball. Expect to live in Florida. Life seems to be a large circle -- events seem to repeat in some way every so many years."
*Ann Masse, 30 North Second Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10566. Registered Nurse (BSN). Single. "Cooking, gardening, reading."
Joseph Materile, 19 Linden Crest Drive, Danbury, CT 06811
*Marita Mathewson Renner, 15 Southminster Drive, White Plains, NY 10604. Retired Music Teacher. Married; 2 children. "Bob and I are both retired teachers. We love to travel and now have the time to. Our first retirement trip was 3 weeks in Italy. Currently I am singing in several choruses and look forward to performing the concerts. My married daughter lives nearby so we enjoy time together. My unmarried son lives and works in Taiwan. Always open for new travel ideas from any of you."
Paul Matusow. Deceased
*Elizabeth Mayers Cagliostro. Psvchologist. See Cagliostro.
*Marcia Mazur Elwitt, 641 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618. Librarian. Single; 2 children. "Literature and music continue to be important parts of my life. I have lived in France, Canada, Pennsylvania and Illinois and traveled in Europe and many parts of the U.S. The days fly by -- so many things I want to do and insufficient time to fit them all in."
*Edward McCarthy, 313 Dirksen Drive, Unit B4, DeBary, FL 32713. Self Unemployed. Retired. Now volunteer "LPGA", Daytona Beach, FL. Married; 2 children. "Life is great!!" "Only in America." Retired at age 52 without becoming either a success or failure. My wife and I travel, rest or whatever comes up. I moved back- to W.P. in 1988 but never found a job and retired shortly after that in 1990."
Nancy McCauley Miller
Joan McConnell Jansen
*Barbara Mechling, 46 Jackson Avenue, No. 1-H, Eastchester, NY 10709. Licensed
Practice Nurse. Single. "Traveled a great deal when I was working -- Florida, Bermuda, Nassau, Hawaii, the Orient, California, China, Europe, Cap Code, Lake George, Maine, Saranac Lake, Atlantic City, upstate, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Puerto Rico. Hobbies include movies, visiting with friends, photograph, music, craft shows, 'going out to dinner, needlepoint, arts and crafts, museums. Life -- in general I've had a fairly ,ood life -- sometimes not so good. Have had my ups and downs like all of us, but in general have had a fairly good life. Many difficult times but have pulled through because of friends!"
Jean Merritt Watson, 103 Woodbury Road, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Edward Mete, Four Saldi Lane, Valhalla, NY 10595
Kathleen Meyer Griffin, 98 Stratford Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Carmen Midolla, 216 Chelsea Road, White Plains, NY 10603
Faith Miles Hogan, 1520 Brittany Hills Drive, Dayton, OH 45459
Dorothy Miller Brown, Harvest Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. Married; 3 children; 2 grandchildren. "We will be in San Francisco, California, at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting --sorry!"
Ronald Mills, 71 Homestead Road, Southbury, CT 06488
Barbara Moebis Roden, 14 Robin Drive, Carmel, NY 10512
*Thomas Morris, 46 Victor Avenue, Glen Ridge,
NJ 07028. Systems Technician. Married; 2 children. "Four
years U.S. Navy (traveled around the world 2 times). Worked in
Brazil. Played 4 years professional baseball (AA) with the San
Francisco Giants. Still love to travel and meet people around
Leland Moss, Box 445, Hydeville, VT 05750
Barbara Moyer Day, 169 Woodmere Drive, Tonawanda, NY 14150
*Douglas Mullen, Five Fieldstone Drive, Hartsdale, NY 10530. Administrative Supervisor. Married; 2 children. "Do a lot of saltwater fishing and travel a lot with wife."
Gretchen Myers Voorhees
*Jane Myers Slaughter, 11 Northminster Drive, White Plains, NY 10604. Secretary to Partner in nationwide law firm. Married; 3 children; 4 grandchildren. "I seem to be pretty busy for someone who is getting close to retirement. However, perhaps I thrive on it?? Chairing this reunion has been the most run -- getting together with the committee and laughing at ourselves and what we used to do, calling information at all hours to see if classmates were still where they were in 1980, and receiving surprise phone calls from as far away as Europe! My free (?) time is spent exercising at the YMCA at 7 a.m. 3 mornings a week, gardening, quilting, skiing and looking forward to retirement down South. Thanks to all who are attending this reunion -you are what makes it great!"
*Robert Naftali, 430 Rock Ridge Road, Fairfield, CT 06430. Airline Pilot. Single; 2 children. "Life has been filled with good fortune and many 'old' friends! WPHS '55, Lehigh University '60, U.S. Navy (aviator) '66, American Airlines '97."
Margaret Napolitano Berwick. See Robert Berwick
Julia Navario Perrotta, 7176 Bridge Court, San Jose, CA 95120
Shirley Nichols Christlieb
Robert Noeltner, 20G Vale Lane, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Elizabeth Ober Crawford
*Lorraine O'Connor Spaduccia, 198 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598-4629. Medical Secretary. Single; 3 children. "Crafts."
"'Joan O'Neil Gleason, 156 Elmwood Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532. Homemaker. Married: 2 children; I grandchild. "Wow! 40 years -- can't believe it. Life has been good to me. I have a wonderful family. All and I have two grown sons. Our first grandchild was born last September --thrilled!"
*Mary Papasergio Briante, 31 Benedict Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603. Formerly Fashion Illustration Artist; currently Century 21 Sales Agent. Married; 3 children; 1 grandchildren. "Love to travel; have been to Europe twice -- have to go back very soon. In spare time (not much) love to oil paint. Full-time agent -- love to sell. White Plains my favorite town!' Enlarging present home and not planning to retire anywhere."
Gordon Parks. Deceased
Guy Parsons. Deceased
*Peter Pascarelli, 30 Scenic Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Retired. Single. "I'll go anywhere, very happy."
Anthony Pasqualini, 11 Pinehurst Drive, Purchase, NY 10577
*Catherine Perritano Izzo, 512 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. Licensed Practice Nurse. Single; 2 children; 4 grandchildren. "Reading, riding, bowling, romantic vacations."
Ann Perrotta Perone, Five White Plains Avenue, East White Plains, NY 10604
*Julius Perry, 203 Grant Street, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Truck Driver. Single; children and grandchildren. "Wanted to be a popular singer and make records but never got the chance. Plenty of experience on auto repair of all kinds."
Geraldine Phillips Stubbs
*Arthur Plotnik, 2120 W. Pensacola Ave., Chicago, IL 60618. Associate Publisher, American Library Association. Married; 2 children. "As class wit, I declare ages 57-59 funny! Can I promote some of my books here? The Elements of Editing (Macmillan); Honk If You're A Writer (Simon & Schuster to be reissued as Elements of Authorship), and The Elements of Expression (Holt, Spring '96)."
Robert Pollock. Deceased.
*John Porzio, 16 Osborne Road, Harrison, NY 10528. Real Estate Owner. Married; 3 children.
Judy Preble Kenny
Melvin Printz. Deceased.
Dr. Arnold Projansky, Two Cicero Avenue, New Paltz, NY 12561
Dr. Robert Putsch
Della Queenan Rouse
Adel Ranieri. Deceased
Mary Ann Rapp
Jonathan Rappoport, 527 Hill Street #7, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Writer. Single. "Life --it's more interesting than anybody thought. Recently spent time in Vegas with my girlfriend. The scariest thing was, I really dug it (especially video poker)."
Louis Reed. Deceased
Hehga Reinbeck DelBagno
Marilyn Reinhard Damato
Joseph Renda, 503 Laguna Drive, Tierra Verde, FL 33715
*Judith Resnick Gaffney, P. 0. Box 546, East Hampton, NY 11937. Musician and Music Teacher. Married. "Life is great! We live by the ocean most of the year and look forward to driving to Florida and spending 6-8 weeks in the winter tent camping on the Gulf. Married to another musician and have a chamber trio which plays weddings and parties. Also an early music consort just getting off the ground. In my spare time I quilt and would also like to get into weaving and basketmaking. If someone could only add another 6 hours to my day I'd be OK!"
*Blondell Richardson Whittley, 155 Ferris Avenue, Apt. 4F, White Plains, NY 10603
*Alfred Riguzzi, 229 E. Lincoln Avenue, White
Plains, NY 10604. Barber. Married; 5 children- I -randchild. "Aruba,
Las Vegas, Atlantic City casinos; politics
(Harrison); church activities. Life -- roll with the punches -- been blessed!!!"
Vincent Rinaldi, 553 Ashford Avenue, Ardsley, NY 10502
Mary Ann Robbins
Anne Roberts Holmes
Marie Rodriguez Luciano, 390 S. Lexington Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Louise Rupp-Light, 1107 Brown Street - 6A, Peekskill, NY 10566
*John Russo, Two Willowbrook Road, White Plains, NY 10005. General Manager/Buyer --Furniture. Married; 3 children; 5 grandchildren. "We love to travel; Our favorite interests are Italy and Mexico. We are very fortunate to have our children and grandkids close by and are able to spend as much time as possible with them."
John Rutigliano, 606 Lorraine Street, Mamaroneck, NY 10543
*Lewis Rutigliano, 15 Meadow Farm Road, East Islip, NY 11730
Alfred Samuels, P. 0. Box 886, White Plains, NY 10602
R. L. Savage
Carole Savitt Kelby, 1585 Coloma Court South, Wheaton, IL 60187
*Robert Sawtelle, Rt. 1, Box 243, Swan Quarter, NC 27885. Owner -- Robert's Renovations. Divorced; 2 children; 2 grandchildren. "Gourmet cooking; Life -- each day is a new start. Zone-chairman for Lions Club, District 31J."
Guido Scatoloni, c/o ENCON, 4202 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807-2826
Barbara Schaefer Sosnowitz, 20 Water's Edge, Rye, NY 10580-3254.
*Rose Lee Schainman Halper, 21 Little Foxland, Westport, CT 06880. Artist and Teacher. Married 36 years; 2 children; 2 grandchildren. "Dreams have been fulfilled: grateful for a superb family --husband, children and grandchildren; grateful for being fulfilled as an artist (15 one-woman shows and 5 books) but would always like more recognition (part of the trade); grateful for the extensive travels around the world -the people we've met abroad; grateful to give in my teaching to high school students."
*Arthur Scheffer, 1760 Parmly Road, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547. Computer Consultant. Single; I child. "All things considered, life - so far - has been pretty good, filled with excitement, adventure, and reward. A career with computers, 10 years of marriage, and a wonderful daughter are some of the more important aspects. A positive attitude, and the ability to change should take care of the rest."
*Jacqueline Schneider Dunning, I Wilmot Center
Road, P. 0. Box 277, Elkins, NY 03233. Assistant to Investment
Counselor; Married; 3 children; 1-1/2 grandchidren! 'This summer
occasioned a mini-reunion weekend with two of my 'oldest' (i.e.,
closest!) childhood and WPHS friends. Another friend (an outsider)
about the depth of our friendship and how fortunate we are to have remained so
close. Indeed we are. I've heard numerous expressions of disbelief over the number
of high school friends I keep in touch with. It is sad that many have no ties with
their HS years, including WPHS graduates from classes before and after ours. Yes,
'55 was a 'very good year,' a vintage class. As for me, I don't think I've changed a
whole lot -- I'd like to think I'm wiser, less naive, more tolerant, more self-confident.
Unfortunately, I'm still over-involved and running late (but hope to arrive at our 40th
*Michael Schultz, 142 West End Avenue, 27T, New York, NY 10023. Computer Systems Manager. Married. "Wife Marilyn and I live on Manhattan's West Side,
near Lincoln Center. I've worked with computers and information systems for over 30 years, in private industry and the public sector. We love life and each other, and take nothing for granted!"
Jean Schwartz Pactor, 48-04 Foxwood Drive, Pleasantville, NY 10570
*Betty Sciascia Hecht, 30 Durham Road, White Plains, NY 10607. Business Owner. Married; 3 children; 2 grandchildren. "Gordon and I have three terrific children. We're always on the go and enjoy boating in the summer and skiing in the winter."
John Seidl, 6-C Scenic View, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
*Catherine (Sally) Sestito Fitzpatrick, P. 0. Box 11141, Knoxville, TN 37939. Administrative Assistant. Single; 2 children; 1 grandchild. "Life ain't been bad! Am finally settled down with my "family" of 3 cats and 2 Rottweilers."
Ruth Seward Jamison
*Donald Shamley, 346 County Center Road, White Plains, NY 10607. Police Officer (retired). Married; 4 children; 6 grandchildren.
*Ann Shaw Lang, 4 Hickory Lane, Darien, CT 06820. Teacher. Married; 2 children; 1 grandchild. 1959 Cornell B.A.-, 1961 University of Tennessee M.A. Sons: Gregory 30 (Williams '87); David (Harvard '89). Husband: Stewart (Colgate '57). "Several years later (can it be 40?) and I am still in high school! Along with raising a family and dogs, I have been teaching senior English in Darien for almost 20 years -- still measuring out my life in class bells, still staying up late to finish homework, still dealing with Scarlet Letter essays (the Hawthorne, not the Demi Moore variety), still working on the school newspaper. But of course life and kids do look remarkably different from this side of the desk and from this side of the century! I keep rediscovering that point of view is everything. I thank Jane Slaughter and her reunion committee for this opportunity to rediscover so many of you
Rochelle Shay Pearl, 1109 Stonegate Road, Shrub Oak, NY 10588
Rosemarie Shipano Cherico. 444 South Lexington Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606
Linda Siegel Bernbach, Baeen Hill Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570
*George Simpson, P. 0. Box 119, Point Pleasant, PA 18950. Advertising/Promotion Executive. Married; 2 children. "Carpe Diem. Lots of travel, flying, cooking, and I do the dishes."
*Andrew Sinauer, 374 Old Montague Road, Amherst, MA 01002. Married; 3 children; Grandchildren-- "no, darn it!"
Thomas Skinner, One Comstock Hill Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
William Slingland, 615 Romeo Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Thomas Smalls. Deceased
Dr. Peter Smith, 1079 Bawiew Avenue, Bayville, NJ 08721. Married. "As much as we would like to attend the 40th reunion, Pat and I will not be in the area. I took early retirement from college teaching last year and we now spend winters aboard our yacht cruising south down the Intercoastal Waterway to Florida, the Bahamas and, this year, possibly to Puerto Rico. We don't plan to return until next May. Enough of cold weather! Please convey my best wishes to our classmates and friends at the reunion. We have fond memories of the 25th. When I get too old to go boating any more (about the year 2010), we'll be able to make another reunion. My best wishes for a successful and happy reunion."
Nila Somerville Arrington, 96 North Road, White Plains, NY 10603
Berkley Speed, 62 Beech Street, White Plains, NY
Dorothy Speed Strenkert
Lucius Speed, 86 James Drive, Ringwood, NJ 07456
*Ernest Spinelli, 106 Tuscana Court, No. 703, Naples, FL 33999. Professor/Computer Consultant (retired). Single; 3 children; 2 grandchildren. "Flying, dancing, Scuba diving and beach swimming."
Alan Springer, 17 Steeplechase, Greenwich, CT 06831
Arthur Stagg, 88 Prospect Street, White Plains, NY 10605
Joseph Stearns, 12 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028,
Debra Stein Gross, Winding Farm Road, Ardsley, NY 10501
Persa Stephanou. Deceased.
Josephine Stufano Pared, 4180 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577
Kenneth Sullivan, 10640 Tuxford Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30202
*Jarnes Swan, 6 Craven Lane, White Plains, NY 10605. "After 25 years of editing monthly magazines, I'm starting to dream of a life with no deadlines and no voicemail (retirement). Married and remarried; 2 sons nearing age of employment. Collect books. Travel much (at company expense). Run marathons, married a marathoner, but slowing down."
Barbara Tamboia Napolitano
Lillian Teahan Black
Sonya Teder. Deceased
Frieda Temme White, 47 Pamela Lane, Valhalla, NY 10595
Charlene Theall Frellick, 20219 Woodhill Road, Northville, MI 48167
*Leona Thibodeau Whiting, 13 Marie Street, Milford, CT 06460. Former Supervisor. Married; 4 children; 6 grandchildren. "Cruise to the Caribbean. Went to Aruba."
*Ted Tillotson, 11 Madison Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. Sales Manager. Single. "Old baseball cards!"
Leola Tilly Bryant, 155 Ferris Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603
*Maureen Ulissi Russo. Former Owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics (W.P.) for 30 years. Married; 3 children; 5 grandchildren. "Current occupation: Assistant to Director of Admissions in a Scarsdale Nursing Home. Love to travel -- Italy, Mexico and Carribean. Lots of time with our children and grandchildren."
Rose Valenti Mazrikes
Stephen Van Essen, c/o Vermont Realty Exchange, Box 447, Waterbury, VT 05676. "Best to all for a marvelous time."
Karin Van Horn
Daniel Vellucci, Hickory Drive, Brewster, NY 10509
Robert Vexler, 25 Hunting Ridge Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Beverley Waddell Lasata, 34 West 710 Army Trail Road, St. Charles, IL 60174. Married. 3 children; 7 grandchildren. Married my college sweetheart, had 3 daughters, went back to school to complete my nursing degree, became a widow and married my present husband in 1986. Just purchased a home on the Oregon Coast for retirement. "Have a great time at the party!"
Jacqueline Waldman Berling, 2156 West Sharon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Dr. Herrick Warren, 3121 Yates Street, Denver, CO 80212. Physician, surgeon, writer and producer (film, video). Married; 4 children. "I have reached the pinnacle of esteem in my latest career, having been sued over my movie script, RAINWIND, soon to be a major Federal case. I am the cynosure of all lawyers, with two (2) separate legal teams protecting my interests while I stand aside, and preen. 'By God, the big time at last!"'
Mary Washington Edwards, S15 East 214 Street, Bronx, NY 10467
*Thelma Washington, 48 Cummings Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603. Teacher. Single. "Life has been great! I like to read and explore areas and meeting people. I've traveled extensively throughout Europe (studied in London and Wales), the West Indies, Africa, Canada and the U.S. I've had the pleasure of teaching in most of the schools in White Plains. I enjoy the theater, movies, bowling, walking, networking, volunteering, etc. I collect elephants, demi china cups and photographs. I've President of my community (Parkway Homes), member of W.P. Day Care Board, West. Alumnae Chapter - Arts and Letters Chair, several scholarship committees."
Frederic Weiss, 31 Clover Hill Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722. Sales Manager - Cutler-Hammer Westinghouse. Married; 2 children; 2 grandchildren. "Golf, photography, travel, skiing.'
Joan Weiss Bedore, Five Franklin Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Bruce Wentworth, P. 0. Box 253, Delano, TN 37325
Barbara J. Whalen
Julianne Wiebel Agar
Joseph Williams (Deceased)
*Susan Williams Wallace, 12 Sterling, Street, Kingston, NY 12401. Retired Teacher. Married; 3 children.
*Wendy Williams Porterfield, 20 Chamberlain Street, Rye, NY 10580. Assistant Dean of Pace School of Law. Single; 2 children. "My job is more demanding than
ever before. I therefore have to struggle to find time for all the fun things in my life -- travel, hobbies, family and friends. Retirement must be gread Can anyone tell me how to afford it? A few recent good happenings -- hiked the NaPali cliffs and enjoyed deserted beaches in Kuaii, spent some time in Santa Fe with Bill Alexander's sister at her gorgeous home on a mountain top and at her job on an Indian reservation, snuck in a few trips a year to Cape Code to visit my mother. My most recent hobby is making beaded jewelry. Here's my E-Mail address: WPORTERF @ GENESIS.LAW.PACE.EDU."
Phyllis Wilson Kristan (Deceased)
*Dorothy Winslow Holme, 8676 E. Corrine Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Married; 3 children. "Hobbies are tennis, golf, bridge, music, hiking and biking. Moving to the wonderful State of Arizona makes all our hobbies year round. Also enjoy travel. Three daughters, two living in San Francisco and one married in Walla Walls, WA."
Joseph Wintermuth, 10221 Southeast 222 Street, Kent, WA 9S031
Harriet Wise, 368 Old Tarrytown Road, White Plains, NY 10603
*Janice Woodruff Minieri, 179 Grant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10604. City Clerk, City of White Plains. Married; 3 children; I grandchild.
Joyce Woodruff Adams
Bernetha Worthy Lyle, 43 Lynton Place, White Plains, NY 10606
Bernice Worthy Everett, 89 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603
Linda Wright Sheehan
Gertrude Yannario DiBello, 25 Rockpoint Road, Southboro, MA 01772
Mary Ann Young
*Edna Zeitlin Maier, 37 Montague Avenue, New Castle Upon Tyne, ENGLAND NE34JH. Magistrate and Social Research. Married; 3 children. Hobbies include bridge and going to antique fairs. Have lived in England for 37 years.
Interested Class Members Who Left Before Graduation
*Herbert Richter, 13301 Desert Flower N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111. Teacher/Retired Navy. Married; 2 children. "Wife Barbara from Colorado. Sons David (a senior at University of New Mexico), Paul (a high school junior and trombone player like his dad but much better -- in the Youth Symphony, going to Denmark and Norway). We love to travel in the U.S. and Canada. Somehow our car even takes us to Las Vegas quite a bit. We loved seeing John Davidson there a few years ago."
As you seek new horizons in the next few years and change your addresses, please keep us up-to-date so we can find you in the future. Please send your information to:
See you soon!
In 1950 the U.S. began fighting in the Korean War. During that same year the U.S. also launched one of the first satellites thus starting the space race to the moon with its chief competitor being Russia. During the time of the war a national emergency was declared due to the amount of Korean aid and the high price of automobiles. In 1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President, succeeding Truman. Three years after its start the Korean war was ended.
Man made many advances and decisions during this decade. It began with the aforementioned satellite, continued with the development of the hydrogen bomb, and concluded with British Edmund Hillary climbing Mt. Everest and the 1954 decision to ban school segregation. Added to this list could also be the advent of TV, Elvis Presley and Rock and Roll.
The U.S. gained two states during these years. In 1958 Alaska joined the union and In 1959 Hawaii rounded it out to 50 states.
The High School was growing. A business education day, the In-Service Training Course, gifted and ability level classes, the National Honor Society, typing and Russian classes were added to the curriculum.
A major construction move was made in 1950, when the storage room in the basement was converted to a beautiful student lounge. Students, and parents joined forces to decorate the lounge. Parents donated the furniture and the PTA made drapes, slip covers and bought a juke box. The Board of Education installed a new floor and fluorescent lighting. The room was put to good use; students gathered there for after school club activities; the PTA held evening meetings; and lunch groups used it for recreational purposes. Later, when more space was needed, it was unfortunately changed into a study hall and subsequently a large classroom.
The GO played a major role in school activities. They sponsored after school movies, held dances after basketball and football games, and constructed a float for the "Fest-i-Fair" parade. Other activities were the donkey-basketball games, and a beginning of the year tea for students. They also decorated school bulletin boards and had a special committee that prepared the display cases. One event that helped increase the school's morale was the Christmas tree in the front lobby. The GO also sponsored many assemblies, pep rallies, and entertainment, including a jazz concert.
There were many active GO subcommittees. The hall committee, which kept order in the halls, the Service committee, which kept the campus clean, and the Traffic Safety campaign, which fixed the safety hazards around the school. The GO also sold discount tickets for school activities, tiger feathers, pins, school stationery , and various accessories such as orange and black bookcovers imprinted with the school's name.
The members of the co-ed A Capella Choir during the 1950's sang at a testimonial dinner for Mayor Clark, the University Club, an "I-am-an -American Day" celebration, Grand Central Station, the Commodore Hotel, and the County Center. They sang carols every Christmas in the halls of the school.
The High School had a variety of musical groups in the 1950's. There were the Dell-Rays, the band, orchestra, glee club, the Dance Band, the Harmonettes girls' chorus, marching band, the Little Shavers (a barbershop quartet), and the Bengalaires boys' chorus. Of course there were many other clubs representing a wide range of student interest.
The sports activities continued to be a major part of school life. The cheerleaders were the main attraction with their counterparts the Bengalettes, Twirlers, Charlestonaires, Tigerettes. In 1958 the Twirlers and Tigerettes performed i n the Memorial Day Parade. The sports activities stayed pretty much the same from year to year with the addition of junior varsity activities in 1950. The boy's swimming team placed third in WIAA championships in 1957 and the following year came within two points of first place. They achieved a second in the WIAA track championships, a first in WIAA wrestling. The Jolly Stompers, though, won no awards as they were the school's original touch football club.
The newspaper, the Orange, won a gold medal in the Columbian Scholastic Press contest. The sophomores had a newspaper called the Newcomer.
School spirit was high. During Old Clothes Day everyone dressed up and celebrated with a dance and prizes at the school.
At the school Fest-i-Fair there was a parade, pet show, and
evening talent show. Booths sold everything from flowers to handmade
craft items, with proceedings going to the school newspaper and
the GO scholarship fund.
FOR ALL THOSE BORN BEFORE 1945
WE ARE SURVIVORS!
Consider the changes we have witnessed.
We were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees and the Pill.
We were born before radar, credit cards, split atoms, lazer beams and ballpointt pens. Before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon.
We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be?
In our time, closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of." Bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with our cousins.
We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent and Outer Space was the back of the RKO Keiths Theater.
We were before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. We were before day-care centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time-sharing meant togetherness -- not computers or condos. A "chip" meant a piece of wood, hardware meant hardware and software wasn't even a word!
In 1940, "made in Japan" meant JUNK, and the term "making out" referred to how you did on your exam. Pizzas, McDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of.
We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10 cent stores, where you bought things for five and ten cents. Stores sold ice cream cones for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel, you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy for $600, but who could afford one? A pity, too, because gas was I I cents a gallon!
In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, GRASS was mowed, COKE was a cold drink and POT was something you cooked in. ROCK MUSIC was a grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the principal's office.
We were certainly not born before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely born before the sex change. We made do with what we had, and we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby!
No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today!! BUT WE SURVIVED!!! What better reason to celebrate?
[Return to Top]