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1974 - Weston High School Class of 1974 will be holding their 40th Reunion on Saturday, November 1st at the home of Larry and Mary Louise Krakauer, 9 Webster Lane, Wayland, MA 01778 from 6-10pm. For more information please contact Larry at 508-358-1654 or at larry@krakauer.org. (10-20-14)

1989 - Reunion note from Amy Vezza: The class of 1989 will hold their Twenty-Fifth Reunion the weekend of October 10-12, 2014. Hilary (Sayer) Munson has put together information regarding the weekend—for news: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1446783102222608/
to register: http://www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/26448
It has been 25 Years since graduation and we are looking forward to hopefully seeing everyone in Boston over Columbus Day Weekend! Please feel free to bring your spouse, significant other or partner! We welcome not only graduates from Weston Hight but also any classmates who would have graduated with our class but perhaps went to private school, boarding school, moved away and want to come back and see everyone! (9-10-14)

Memorial Celebration for Ron "Doc" Harris - There will be a Memorial Celebration for Dr. Ronald Harris, aka "Doc," open to all WPS faculty and staff, parents and students, and family and friends who knew Ron and would like to come and celebrate his life. This event will take place on Saturday, September 6, at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00pm at Weston Middle School. The celebration will begin with a reception in the WMS cafeteria featuring an array of salads from "The Doc Harris Weston Middle School Faculty Lunch Recipes" cookbook. We will then move into the Amy Potter Center for a slide show and some remembrances of Ron, which are sure to be moving and funny and everything that will help us remember this amazing man! RSVP to Laurie Raskin Katz at katzl@weston.org. (re-posted 8-22-14)

Linda Butler (age 69),  long-time Middle School Assistant Principal and English teacher (she retired in 2006),  passed away June 5, 2014, after battling a brain tumor for 16 months. Her daughter, Julia Head, graduated from Weston High School in 2005. A celebration of Linda's life was held Friday June 13, 2014, at her home, 80 Dudley Street, Marlborough. Here is a link to her obituary:
http://www.collinsfuneral.com/obits/obituary.php?id=476653 (6/20/14)

Field School Farewell Event: WPS will host a Field School Closure Celebration on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 2-4 pm at Field School. This is the last chance for the public to visit the Field School building that was completed in 1950 and is being replaced this summer by a new building. Alumni can connect with classmates and enjoy fun activities including a school open house and tour; historical display in main lobby; a presentation by Pam Fox (at 2:30) on the history of Field School; a good-bye message graffiti wall; photograph opportunities; video interviews by Weston Media Center; music, refreshments, and more! (Notice sent in by Debbie Toppan ’58) (6-3-14)

From Superintendent Cheryl Maloney: I am saddened to inform you that Don Gearan (age 83), former WHS Industrial Arts Teacher and Assistant Principal (from 1965 until he retired in the early 90's) passed away this past weekend.  He had been in failing health and was in a nursing home in Gardner. Services: A wake will be held Tuesday, June 3, from 1-3 and 6-8 at the Mack Funeral Home, Vernon St., Gardner. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30AM on Wednesday, June 4, at Sacred Heart Church, Gardner. Memorial donations may be made to the Gardner Museum, 28 Pearl St., Gardner, MA 01440 or a charity of your choice. Here is link to funeral home obituary:   http://www.mackfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?id=475451 (6-2-14)

All classes - Attention Reunion coordinators. Have you created nonprofits for your funds between reunions? Would you be interested in joining the Class of 77 in doing so? We had been using the town’s tax number for our account but were just given notice not to do that any longer (not sure how we used it this long!).  We’re exploring creating a WHS Alumni Club where we would all have one tax exempt number shared among our non-co-mingled accounts. Email me directly if interested or if you have thoughts e.sturgis@verizon.net.  Thanks!  Ellen Sturgis ’77. (4-23-14)

1965 - Antonio Sanvicente sends us the sad news that Joel B. Covington III, died on February 21, 2015, in Nashville, TN. “Joel and his family were one of my host families when I was an exchange student from Brazil in 1964-65. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and his children Joel IV and Sarah. He was class vice-president and student council president at WHS.” (3-3-15)

1954 - Sad news: We have been informed that Ellen Linder Simoneau passed away in February 2014. (2-19-15)

1992 - Julie Coris Wilkens, now of Pittsford, NY, is looking into running the Boston Marathon for charity in the coming year and decided to give us an update while she's at it: After living and teaching middle and high school in the following states: Mississippi, Alaska, Massachusetts, and Alaska (again), I'm now living in upstate New York with my husband and 2 kids.When we lived in Boston, I taught at a charter school in Hyde Park called Boston Prep--not sure if you've ever heard of it. I was there at the beginning; it's now going into its 10th year. My husband is an education professor at a SUNY (State Univ. of NY) school, and I've been dabbling here and there--working with urban second graders, tutoring, and supervising student teachers. Until the kids are a bit older (they're in kindergarten and second grade at the moment), I won't be going back to teaching full-time. (9-6-14)

1975 - (This very sad report was sent in by Nina Blacklow’s brother, Doug Blacklow ’69): Nina Blacklow Mackay was tragically killed on July 5, 2013. She lived in Eden Prairie MN, and was the wife of Ian Mackay, and a mother to their two college age children. Nina was walking her dog with a neighbor and her dog on a walking path in their neighborhood when a large basswood tree came crashing down on them. The dogs and the neighbor were briefly trapped, and Nina was killed instantly. She was well known in the community of Eden Prairie and was active in the local high school as well. She was a seasoned runner and had participated in the Duluth MN marathon as well as the Boston marathon. She will be truly missed by her families. (8-8-14)

1971 and 1975 - We received this posting from Steve Nishino '75: My mother, Emiko Nishino, a long-time Room Mother and Class Mother for the Class of 1972 and Class of 1975, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2014, at age 90. She enjoyed getting to know so many of you. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 10am at Wellesley College, Houghton Chapel & Multifaith Center, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA. http://www.wellesley.edu/. In lieu of flowers, donations in my mother's memory may be sent to Parmenter VNA & Hospice Center, 266 Cochituate Rd., Wayland, MA 01773, http://www.parmenter.org/ or to Wellesley College, Attn: Development Services, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02481 (for Ishiguro Family Scholarship Fund). (5-21-14)

2007 - Sad news, sent to us by school superintendent Cheryl Maloney: “I am saddened to report that Victor Nahigian, graduate of Weston High School Class of 2007, passed away suddenly last weekend. Visiting hours will be held at the Giragosian Funeral Home, 576 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, on Thursday, March 27,  from 5:00-8:00PM. Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, on Friday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. Here is the link to Victor's obituary:  http://www.giragosianfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1274739” (3-26-14)

1990 - Valérie Lejeune Steff is now vice-president of Weston-Rombas. She writes, “Friends of 1990, please give me some news. Miss you…” (3-12-14)

1981 - Barry Zellen is co-editor the newly published anthology, Culture, Conflict and Counterinsurgency, published by Stanford University Press in January 2014. The book examines the nexus of culture, conflict, and strategic intervention, and attempts to establish if culture is important in a national security and foreign policy context, and to explore how cultural phenomena and information can best be used by the military. In the process it addresses just how intimate cultural knowledge needs to be to counter an insurgency effectively. (3-1-14)

1982 - A classmate looks out for our interests! On December 4, 2013, Alan Gale was an honoree at the Department of Justice's annual awards ceremony where he was presented with the Civil Division's "Perseverance Award." The award recognized Alan's trial and appellate victories over United Technologies Corporation in a decade-long litigation that resulted in a record-setting $664 million judgment against UTC for violations of the False Claims Act in connection with the sale of fighter aircraft engines to the Air Force. (12-5-13)

1972 - Novelist Pamela Warren writes: I’ve just published my fifth novel, “Love Across Time: Jessie Meets the Bard.” It’s a time travel book where the heroine travels back in time and meets Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet.This is the second book that I published this year. The previous book, “Ae Fond Kiss,” is about a woman bluegrass musician who meets and falls in love with a Scottish folk musician. I’ve been writing as I continue to recover from various medical issues. It’s been good therapy for me. Best wishes to all my classmates. (11-16-13)

1970 - From Kathryn Vinal Gribben: “My wonderful friend Susan Hudson-Wilson died suddenly in October 2012 while on a safari with her husband, John Wilson, in Nairobi, Kenya. They had just finished a trip of a life time and were on their way home. I will miss Susan's determination, laughter, and agile mind. Most of all I will miss the kindness and friendship that we shared since we were 13 years old. I have the most wonderful memories of her.” Susan's obituary is here. (11-9-13)

1967 - Just want to say hi. My name is Daniel Coleman and I went to Weston high from 1963 to 1966. I would have graduated in 1967, but moved back to the Detroit area and did my last year at Bloomfield Hills Andover High. I still remember using the same books in the 12th grade here in Michigan that I had in Weston in the 10th grade. I will always cherish my days in Weston, and would like to come to the 2017 class reunion. (10-21-13)

All classes - Dear Weston and METCO friends, we would like to share the sad new of John Hudson's passing on February 5, 2014. John Hudson was a long time supporter of the Weston METCO program and a strong advocate for students and families in Boston and Weston and other communities. His three children were graduates of Weston High School, Jamila Hudson (2003), Bashir Hudson (2009) and Ayanna Hudson (2013). John served as the Chair of the Boston Weston METCO Parent Organization for many years and was instrumental in making it possible for METCO parents to serve as part of the Weston School Committee. John's contributions to the METCO program and others areas where he served families will not be forgotten. We are all sadden to hear this news and extend our love and support to the Hudson family. Cards and notes of support may be sent to the Hudson Family at 9 Surreyhill Lane, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Wake and Funeral services are as follow: Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, West Newton. Wake: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Funeral: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00am. Interment: New Cemetery. Repast: Myrtle Baptist Church.
Cheryl Antoine, Chair and Elizabeth T. Nagarajah, Co-Chair, Boston Weston METCO Parent Organization (2-10-14)

1975-2001 - Sad note from Case House: "We have been informed of the very sad news that Ron (Doc) Harris, former Middle School Principal (retired in 2001), passed away this week after a brief illness." There are tentative plans for a memorial service in the spring. Obituary from the Boston Globe. (1-30-14)

1979 - The WHS class of ’79 will be having its 35th reunion on June 28th. Details to follow with regards to location, etc. Please contact Doug Roth at droth3561@aol.com for information or to provide updated contact information so we are sure to include everyone! (1-19-14)

1980's - 2014 We received this notice from Weston Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Maloney: School Committee Chair Danielle Black announced at last night’s (December 9) School Committee meeting that I will retire as Superintendent of Schools in June 2015, after what will be thirty years of teaching and leading in the Weston Public Schools. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year and a half as we continue to support high expectations for all students in and out of the classroom. The challenges of our work are made light through our collaboration and commitment to providing our students with a rich, diverse and rigorous education. (12-10-13)

1970's - 1980's - Bob Corley (age 91), former Music Director in the Weston Public Schools, passed away this week. He lived in Maine, where his service will be held. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 6, at 1:00pm at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Rd., Kittery, Maine. His obituary may be found here. (11-5-13)

1964 - The Class of 1964 is planning a 50th Reunion July 19, 2014, at Henderson House in Weston. The evening will begin at 6pm with a cocktail and dinner party and all class members are invited. There is also a plan underway for a golf tournament that same day. For more information please contact Lee Shepherd Johnson at lee.johnson17@verizon.net  We look forward to a great turnout. (10-27-13)

1972 - Chris Healey McManama announces the Class of 1972's 41st Reunion, scheduled for October 5, 2013, at the Henderson House, Cliff Road, Weston. Full dinner to be served. $100/per person. Please send check to: Holly Palmgren Wright, 11 Water Street, South Natick, MA  01760. Looking forward to reminiscing with all of you! (9-2-13)

1953 - Sad news: “My mother, Jill (Kibbe) McNamara, died last year 2012 at age 78. She graduated from Weston High School in 1953. She loved her years in Weston and spoke of everyone as very special. Jill lived in Newton, married and had three children. She became a business entrepreneur after her husband died when she was in her 40s. She owned a nail salon and a women's clothing boutique. Sincerely, Connie McNamara Hunter.” (7-23-13)

1981 - The remarkably prolific Barry Zellen has published two more books this year. He tells us: My latest book project is just out. The book is The Fast-Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warmer World, published by University of Calgary Press on July 1st. (Click here for more info and content.)
Plus I think I forgot to send a note in January when my previous book came out -State of Recovery: The Quest to Restore American Security after 9/11(Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) - which is essentially an anthology of articles I wrote addressing homeland security, counterterrorism, and WMD-proliferation policies, including the various technologies developed and deployed to reduce the many risks and vulnerabilities of the post-9/11 world. (Click here for more info.) (7-11-13)

1958 - Update from Nancy Foster: Well, the WHS Class of ‘58 had another successful reunion a few weeks ago at the Josiah Smith Tavern. And even after celebrating our 55th reunion, there’s talk of another in five years. We’ll see how that goes, once the glow of being with old friends and reminiscing wanes a bit. It was fun!
We’ve had another death in our class since last I wrote. Joan Walker Giles died June 26, 2013. She had lived in York, Maine, and died at a medical facility in Portsmouth, NH. That’s 23 folks who have passed who graduated with us; and two others who started in Weston Public Schools, but graduated from private schools. And I suppose there are others who went to private schools about whom I’ve not heard. (7-15-13)

1973 - Weston High Class of 1973 40th Reunion is on  August 10th at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, 7pm. Please contact Dave Teittinen at dteittinen@aol.com for details. (5-11-13)

1980 - From Celeste: All welcome to a WHS '80 Reunion in honor of our 50th year, on June 15th at Celeste Gallagher O'Keeffe's home in Hyannis Port, MA, 11-3 rain or shine. Contact Celeste at CEOKEEFFE@aol.com or Facebook Kathy Cleary or Mary Crouch. (5-11-13)

1958 - "Supreme Ones" Unite ... for our 55th Reunion .... beginning at 3 pm, Sat., June 29 at our 'ol standby, the Josiah Smith Tavern Barn in Weston Center. Apps, drinks, dinner, frivolity and plenty of time to share ol' memories. Sadly, there are two recent deaths to report ... George Wagner and Carol Akers Snow, both passings occurred in the latter half of 2012. Join us, please. For info: Nancy Foster, 303-830-2324 or nrfgysy@comcast.net. (4-4-13)

1973 - Rebecca Maher sends in an update: Currently an assistant director of clinical social work at Duke University Medical Center. Interested in pediatric palliative care, and am a long standing member of the clinical ethic's committee.  Mother of three children, and a grand daughter, and step mother to two more children, and two more grandchildren. Married to Kenneth Crowley, who is retired, and working on restoring a Victorian house in Washington, NC. (3-21-13)

1962 - Sad news: An email from John McKenzie tells us of the passing away of three classmates: Anne Griffin Herrick, Darleen De Napoli Powers Johnson, and Robert Oldfield. (3-21-13)

1973 - The Class of 1973 has a 40th reunion in the works. Date to be set shortly. We are trying to locate classmates. We have a facebook page -  Weston High School Class of 1973 40th Reunion. Please join or pass along any contact or other information to Dave Teittinen at dteittinen@aol.com. (3-16-13)

1974 - Cynthia Mork sends us this sad news: I wanted you to know the sad news that Mary Doyle died on Sat. 2/23/13. She was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago. She lived with her wife Lynne Jacoby in Arlington, Mass. There will be a wake on Friday March 1st  from 4-8 p.m. at the Keefe Funeral Home in Arlington and a service at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Arlington on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. There is a lovely obituary at the funeral home website, and directions as well. (2-26-13)

1995 - We have been notified of the sad news of the sudden death of Derek Shann, age 35, on February 22. Please click to read his obituary. (2-26-13)

1972-1974 - The Klotz alumni, Robby '74, Grant '73, Jim '72 and Mary Noble Klotz '72, share the sad news of the death of their father, Dr. Robert E. Klotz, on February 4. They invite you to the full obituary site, where there are tributes. Here is the obituary notice:

Robert E. Klotz, M.D., 85, of Naples passed away February 4, 2013. Bob graduated from the University of Cincinnati Medical School and became a prominent Otolaryngologist affiliated with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Newton Wellesley Hospital and Emerson Hospital. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U. S. Army Medical Corps and was also a proud member of Harvard Medical School for 25 years.
Bob was a loving husband, father and a quick friend to everyone he met. It was a great comfort for him to be surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved. He was an avid outdoorsman having traveled as a teenager to Alaska with his father and brother and they were some of the first civilians to cross the Alcan Highway. One of his pleasures was hosting annual deer camp with the highlight being focused on cuisine and gastronomical delights.
Winters were spent in Naples and Bob excitedly returned to New Hampshire in the spring. The lake house provided hours of tranquility and many glorious sunsets. He gladly shared his home with 4 generations of family and friends who always felt welcome at “camp.”
Bob is survived by his sons, Grant (Sharon) Klotz, James (Mary) Klotz, and Robert Klotz Jr.; grandchildren, Gregory, William, Eric, Ethan, Susannah, and Matthew; great granddaughter, Maggie; and his dear friend, Jackie. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan, in 2003; and his brother Paul (Dorothy) Klotz.
Bob’s family will receive friends on Thursday, February 7th from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. A celebration of his life will be held at the Tarpon Cove Yacht and Racquet Club in Wiggins Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to a charity of your choice or to The Barnstormers Theatre, P.O. Box 434, Tamworth, NH 03886. (2-19-13)

1966 - Mystery solved! Martha Pearson reports that the owner of the WHS '66 football jacket that was found in Telluride CO (see note below on 12-14-12), has been contacted. It is Carroll McCarthy, aka "Bub." Thanks to Martha and other alumni who did the sleuthing. (1-30-13)

1979 - Paul Bartlett sends in the Legacy.com link to the obituary of guidance counselor Susan Miller, who died at age 85 on January 17. Paul says, “What I remember best about her is her smile & friendly way.” (1-26-13)

1981 - New Yorker Stephen Ditmore noted that his “middle daughter just entered Brandeis as a midyear freshman (so I'm potentially interested in coordinating a visit to Weston and Brandeis).” (1-21-13)

1971 - Earle Pughe shares some sad news and an update: John McCarter's older brother Frank passed away last August and then 2 weeks later John's mother passed away. It was a tough time for John.
The bright spot in all of the turmoil was getting to see people I hadn't seen in 30 or 40 years. Peter Shotwell, Emily Yozell, John and I got to spend some time together after Frank's service.
I'm commuting on a bicycle, have almost 2 thousand miles this year on various bikes. Bikes have changed a lot since I last rode. The mountain bike has disc brakes and a front fork that is adjustable for pre-load and damping. I'm still teaching at my studio, Middlesex School, and Acton Boxborough Community Ed. It's a little slower than last year. I'm enjoying the space. I actually have time to read a book, walk the dog and commute on a bike. It's less money but a much better lifestyle (1-1-13).

1972 - Michelle Dupire, the French exchange student from Rombas in 1972, wonders "if you could give me some news about the Mannick family. (Their daughter Betsy was in Rombas while I was in Weston.) I didn't receive the usual Christmas Card this year so I'm quite worried about these people I appreciate a lot. I wish you a happy new year 2013. Yours sincerely, Michelle Thuus-Dupire." (1-1-13)

1966 - Hello alumni of Weston High, I live in Telluride, Colorado, and found a football jacket from Weston High with the following marks on it: a patch on one sleeve that says Dual County Champs "66" and on the other sleeve it says Bub 66....does anyone recall Bub? Contact: Tracy Walker tracylindauer@hotmail.com. (12-14-12)

1982 - Lisa Wyche writes from Atlanta: Hi all! The class of 1982’s  30th Reunion will be held on Saturday, 11/24/12, 7:00 PM until midnight-ish at the: Lizard Lounge (at Cambridge Common Restaurant), 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138:
Tickets are : $50 in advance, $55 at the door and may be purchased here: 
http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138964360. Hors d'oeuvres and two drinks are included with your ticket! (Cash bar thereafter) Free parking is available behind the restaurant.
Come and catch up with people you haven't seen in a while or have been virtually following on Facebook and Twitter!  (We also have a Facebook group, if you are so inclined - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Weston1982/
Questions?  Feel free to email me at lawyche@mindspring.com . Hope to see you! (10-18-12)

1978 - Weston Superintendent Cheryl Maloney has written to staff and the Weston community, "It is with great sadness that I share the news of the sudden death of Fred Jordan, who taught Grade 4 at Field School (2010 through this past September). Fred was also a member of the Weston High School Class of 1978. Joe Jordan, Fred’s father, was the longtime Science Department Head at Weston High School. A service will be held for Fred this Saturday, October 27, at 11:00 am at the Carter Methodist Church in Needham, 800 Highland Ave. A collation will be held with the family in the church hall immediately after the service. There are no other visiting hours. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Fred's family’s home: 4 Cider Hill Lane, Sherborn MA  01770 and/or to the home of Joe Jordan:  Diane and Joe Jordan, 512 Winterberry Lane, Duxbury MA 02332. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mercy Ships, P.O. Box 1930, Garden Valley, TX 75771 or Dover Sherborn Boosters, P.O. Box 1268, Sherborn, MA 01770." Here is Fred’s obituary from the Globe and the funeral home:

Frederick Hoyt Jordan of Sherborn, MA died suddenly at his home on October 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, sons Jake Frederick and Samuel Joseph and daughter Ali Elizabeth. He is also survived by his parents, Joseph and Diane Jordan of Duxbury, MA, his brother, John M Jordan of Charlotte, VT and his sister Deborah Casey of Newburyport, MA and several nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Born in Stoughton, MA, Fred lived in Needham, MA, attending school at Hillside Elementary and then graduated from Weston High School, MA. He graduated from Amherst College in 1982 where he excelled as a varsity soccer goalie, sang with the Amherst College Glee Club as well as the Zumbyes a capella group. He was awarded an MBA from the Tuck School of Business Administration (Dartmouth College) in 1988. He married Jennifer Jacobsen in August of 1988. The family has lived in Sherborn for the past 19 years.
A talented musician, Fred played the clarinet, oboe, guitar and piano and sang with a local a capella group, "The Works," for many years. He had a tremendous love of all sports and was well known in Sherborn for the many teams he coached in soccer and baseball. He was deeply devoted to his three children and spent many hours with them in a number of assorted athletic activities. He was active in the Sherborn community, volunteering and serving on several boards.
Fred worked for the Forum Corporation up until 1998 when he took up the full time job of fathering his children. After returning to college to get his Masters Degree in Education, for the past two years Fred worked as a fourth grade teacher in the Field School in Weston, MA. He was well loved by his students and admired by his fellow teachers.
A memorial service will be held at Carter Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Highland Ave Needham on Saturday, October 27th at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 or Dover Sherborn Boosters, P.O. Box 1268, Sherborn, MA 01770. (10-25-12)

1977 - Ellen Sturgis wrote to us on learning about the death of former history/social studies teacher John Williams (see Announcements, above): One thing (among many) I remember about him was how comfortable he was with himself--pretty sure he was the first gay teacher I was aware of, not that we discussed it openly. But his being comfortable made me more comfortable with who I was...one of those "out of the classroom" lessons that remain invaluable. (10-24-12)

Sad news - John Williams, the highly popular and idiosyncratic history and social studies teacher and department head over a period of 30 years in Weston, died on October 19. He was 74 years old. He had retired in 1997. The superintendent's office reports that services were private. Here is the obituary in today's Globe:

WILLIAMS, John C. 74, formerly of Weston, MA died on October 19th at the Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, MA. Born in Taunton, MA in 1938, he was the son of Clinton J. Williams and Martha (Hollindale) Williams. He graduated from Taunton High School, and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. In March, 1976, while on sabbatical, he earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in "Learning Environments" from Harvard University. He taught History and Social Studies for 36 years, spending most of that time in the Weston Public Schools; where, for a number of years, he chaired the Social Studies Department and served on the Weston/ Rhombas Student Exchange Affiliation Committee. He was an avid reader, an accomplished cook, a serious traveler, and a good friend to many. Following his retirement, he and his Life Partner of 54 years, William Marks, moved to Cape Cod, where they became year round residents. They also spent a few winter months during each of the past fifteen years in Palm Springs, California. In addition to his partner; his sister, Lura A. Crowell, of East Dennis, one nephew, and four nieces survive him. Should you wish, memorial donations in his name may be made to Lahey Clinic, Philanthropy Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington,MA01805. (10-23-12)

1965 – Marcy Howe DeWolfe reports that the Class of 1965 will be turning "65" in 2012. We decided to have a reunion to celebrate this milestone: Friday night, November 9, 2012, there will be a Casual Barbecue  at 7:00pm, at Marcy and Dick DeWolfe's house, 206 Grove Street Westwood, MA 02090. Saturday, November 10,2012, will bring about Breakfast in the Weston High School Cafeteria, at 9:00am. The celebration will culminate Saturday evening, November 10, 2012, with Dinner at Regis College, Weston, MA. For more information contact: Marcy DeWolfe (Howe), Kristina Van Nostrand Harrison, Paul Campelia, Jean O’Connor, Bobbie Phillips, or Norman Toppan. (10-23-12)

1972 - The Class of 1972 has scheduled it's 41st Reunion for October 5, 2013, at The Henderson House in Weston. SAVE THE DATE!!!  Since we had a 31st, we figured we should have a 41st and also celebrate the Town of Weston's 300th Anniversary at the same time. If you have addresses or emails of classmates, please forward to me and I'll update. Hope everyone is well. More details will follow via mail and email. Thanks — The Committee (Bruce, Steve, Chris, Lois, Sheila, Holly, Maureen, Jamie) — Marie Cacace Brumme (mkkbrumme@att.net). (10-11-12)

1992 - From Doug Levine: Fellow 92ers, its been 20 years since we donned our dress whites and received our diplomas in the swanky WHS gymnasium on that rainy June day. It is high time we reconvene and share our triumphs and tragedies with each other over a cocktail and some hors d’oeuvres. Please join us on the Saturday evening after Thanksgiving, November 24th, 7:00pm, at the Westin Hotel in Waltham (70 Third Avenue). Please get in touch with douglevine@gmail.com or caitlinsalyer@comcast.net to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you in November!
Your Class Officers for Life, Doug, Caitlin, Ryan, Alex, and Caroline. (9-19-12)

1960 - Sent in by Fred Crawford: The Class 1960 celebrates '60 @ 70 in Portsmouth, NH, Sept 22-23. Festivities kick-off on Sat. with a Welcome Reception at the Portsmouth Comfort Inn from 5-8pm followed by dinner at the nearby Dinnerhorn/Bratskeller at 8:30pm. Highlight of the weekend is a Traditional New England Clambake at the Portsmouth Country Club on Sunday 23rd from 3-7pm. For more details contact beverleyhamel@hotmail.comr.bogardus@verizon.netbdmamerica@gmail.com, or fredcrawford@hotmail.com. (9-13-12)

1977 - The Class of 77 has scheduled its 35th reunion for November 10th,  2012, at the Natick Hampton Inn. Invites will be going out soon, but contact Marty Galligan for details at m_galligan@comcast.net. (9-3-12)

1960 - Kathi Wolf has sent us the sad news that Steve Colpitts has passed away. (9-29-12)

1972 - Novelist Pamela Warren sends us her news: Just wanted to let my classmates know what’s going on with me. I spent the last two years writing two novels about a woman bluegrass mandolinist. The first novel, The Gift, was released on the Kindle this week under my name Pamela Warren and can be purchased through Amazon.com. I have publicized the book on several bluegrass websites and have been surprised at the positive response. I am planning on releasing this as a hard copy book in the near future and eventually on the Nook platform. I am in the process of formatting the sequel, The Sweetest Gift, which hopefully will be released on the Kindle sometime soon. The books are fiction, but draw on my experiences singing with my husband’s rock band in the 1980’s and my twenty years playing bluegrass mandolin. My classmate Alison Mork was kind enough to assist me with information on the club scene in Nashville during the 1980’s. Alison lived in Nashville during that period and has lots of interesting stories about her time there. I worked on the two books while I was recovering from a stroke and uterine cancer. It was helpful to have something positive to focus on during a difficult time. After the solitary process of writing the books over the last two years, it’s fun getting some feedback on my creations. Best wishes to all my classmates. (9-27-12)

1959 - Does anyone have information on, or know how to contact Pat Gilligan, class of '59?
If so, please contact Marsha Rennie Curry '60, at wcurryjr@maine.rr.com. This request was sent in by Kat Wolf '60. (9-27-12)

1967 - Pam Banghart Cole sends in this sad news: Just read on Facebook that George H. Maloof died from a sudden heart attack in February 2012 in Hollywood, FL. (9-8-12)

1977 - Ellen Sturgis is walking in the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk on September 9, as part of the Ovarian Cancer Brigade—in honor of her mom, who died in 1996, and Patty Franchi Flaherty '70 who started the fund for ovarian cancer research at Dana Farber, for which our team raised over $40,000 last year. If you’d like to support me, please visit my homepage at https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1000775&supId=303657430. (9-3-12)

1987 - 25th Reunion update sent in by Elise Jakabhazy: Columbus Day Weekend: October 6, 2012, at 6:00 pm, Embassy Suites Hotel, 550 Winter Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451. For our out-of-town classmates, we have a room block reserved at the Embassy Suites Hotel which will be available until September 5th (or until the group block has sold-out). For additional information, please check the Weston High School Class of 1987 Facebook page. (If you are a classmate, teacher, or administrator who has not yet received an e-mail from our committee and/or you haven’t joined our Facebook Group page, please contact dayle@swerling.com for additional information. (8-20-12)

1964 - Léo Valter Tschiedel writes, I was going through some old letters I sent from the States to Brasil, while a teenager in Weston High, and wondered if during games we still have the same ''battle cry'':

We're from Weston, there's no one any prouder / If you can't hear us now / We'll yell a little louder ( Repeat three more times) / W-E-S-T-O-N / Weston! / Fight! Score! Win!
Hurray for Weston, Hurray for Weston / Someone in the crowd / Is yelling / Hurray for Weston
1-2-3-4 / Who ya gonna yell for? / Weston,that's who!
And the Cheer for the coaches Harris and Walker:
Yeah coach, Yeah Harris / Yeah Yeah Coach Harris / Yeah coach yeah Walker / Yeah Yeah coach Walker /
Harris (clap,clap) / Walker(clap,clap) / Harris, Walker / Yeaaahh Coaches!

It'd be nice to ask the 'old ones' whether they still remember that, and to ask the new ones if they still do that battle cry! Also: Does anyone still remember their locker combination number? Mine was 14-32-14. Who still remembers it?!! (8-28-12)

1981 - Prolific Barry Zellen has published his latest book:  The Art of War in an Asymmetric World: Strategy for the Post-Cold War Era by Barry Scott Zellen. This book examines the post Cold War security environment and how the U.S. has learned to wage war in this complex asymetrical world of conflict - available on Amazon and elsewhere. Barry has provided a link to excerpts from the book in the Small Wars Journal. (updated 8-23-12)

1972 - My heart is broken as I write this, though I have known for a year this would become the case. My dear brother, John Guidi, class of 1972, died on 1-2-2012 after a year and a half battle with colon cancer. John was the kindest man, so true to his spirit and convictions. John was a mathematician by interest and by trade. His wife Allison, daughter Caroline and her family, our sisters Barbara (Westwood, class of 1981) and Kathy (Weston, class of 1974) and their families, my dad and stepmother, and I (Sharon Guidi Kretschmar, Weston, class of 1973) and my family have gained and prospered so much from his essence and being, and hope many of you reading this have as well. John had a special place in his heart for all of us, the students and his teachers at Weston High School. John's life was celebrated in a heart-felt gathering in May in Bar Harbor, Maine, which was his home-base with Allison since John's graduation from Purdue in the 70's. John traveled throughout the world. He played professional soccer in Europe and attended the first scientific exchange with communist China. He worked with world-renowned scientists studying genetics, and yes, cancer.  But John’s last calling was teaching mathematics to high school students who so appreciated his enthusiasm for the subject and his joie de vivre. John was such an accomplished person and soul, and so very humble. You can hear from my words that I miss him dearly, my "Irish Twin" as my mom called us. His birthday is soon, so perhaps on July 28th you will all look to the skies and thank all who have impacted your lives as I will with my brother John. Respectfully, and yes, so regrettably shared, Sharon Guidi Kretschmar (sgkretschmar@yahoo.com) (7-7-12)

1974 - We have just received this sad note from Janet Kight Redden Porter: I was looking for my long lost classmate Nancilee Todd. Unfortunately I found her obituary [published May 4, 2004]:
DORCHESTER -- Nancilee Summers Todd, 48, of 593 Dudley St., formerly of Waltham and Weston, died Wednesday, April 28, in her home, where she had lived for the past eight years. She was born in Boston on Jan. 6, 1956, the daughter of Dudley M. and Sylvia (Summers) Todd. She had attended Weston High School and later moved to Waltham where she lived for 12 years. She had attended Image Works of Cambridge and the San Francisco College of Art for photography. She was an avid photographer and a lover of animals.
For the last three years, she worked for the Stop & Shop grocery store in Dorchester. She is survived by her son, Peter Mosley Lapointe of Worcester; a brother, Christopher Todd, and his wife, Marianne M. (Courtemanche) Todd, of Leominster; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. (6-12-12)

1962-2012 - Weston Drama Workshop 50th Anniversary! We received this note from Chase Morrison '73: Greetings to WHS alums. We three Morrisons plan to be at Weston Drama Workshop's 50th anniversary dinner at Regis College on Sat. July 21st in the evening. There are other events that weekend as well. Hope to see you there — Chase '73, Ralph '76, and Alexandra '80. (5-7-12)

1973 - Chase Morrison asks, Will there be a 40th reunion for the class of 1973 in 2013? I seem to have fallen off whatever list I was on a few years ago. Never too early to start making plans. Please chime in if you know something about it. Thanks. (5-7-12)

1972 - Ellen Ecker asks: Any word on our class reunion? Should be our 40th! Please keep me in the loop. Thank you. (5-1-12)

1993 - Return to owner: While my mother was cleaning our basement she found a class ring from Weston High School. The class was 1993, and the name on it is Benjamin. It has a red stone and a Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scouts medal on the side and under the stone. I would like to get it back to its owner. Please contact me if you are the owner or know how to contact his family. (Katie Snell: wscmath2007@yahoo.com) (4-26-12)

1966 - Sad news: We have learned that John Kempster died in a car crash in November of 2010. (5-11-12)

1964 - Sad news: Léo Valter Tschiedel writes: I regret to inform you that my mother, Lucia do Valle Tschiedel, passed away this very morning at the age 87 after a long struggle against pancreatic cancer.
My american brothers and sisters, as well as colleagues from America who got to know her well in Porto Alegre, like Ed deCrosta, Russell Terkelsen and Terry Vogt (whose email I do not have any longer but hope he gets this massage) will want to know. (4-27-12)

1982 - Tom McMullin has just discovered the Alumni site: Hard to imagine that our 30th class reunion is upon us! After graduating from the University of Maine, Orono in 1985, I took on a career in software end-user training for various software companies here in Massachusetts that required extensive travel throughout the US and abroad from 1990-2005. Since 2005, I have joined my brother David in running a livery service driving customers to/from Logan Airport and the communities surrounding my home town of Harvard, MA. I have two children (Jenny, age 12, and Kyle, age 10) from a previous marriage who both live with their mom down at Cape Cod. I have been married to my second wife now since 2005 living with her mother on a lake here in Harvard. I would be remiss if I didn’t catch you up with my family losses. My sister, Laura, is no longer with us as she passed in March 2000. Both my parents have also passed, with my father in Jan, ’84 and my mother recently in May, ’11. (3-22-12)

1987 - Elise Jakabhazy, Dayle Swerling Burke, Sarah Billings Waters, and Angus McQuilken send in the following: The Class of 1987 will be celebrating their 25th Reunion on Columbus Day Weekend 2012. Please save the date - Saturday, October 6, 2012 - for the reunion event. There will also be a fun family event on Sunday morning (October 7, 2012). Please e-mail Dayle (dayle@swerling.com) with your current contact information including your address, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Please also let us know if you plan on attending the reunion and/or the family event on Sunday morning. Be sure to include the number of people who plan on attending each event.. Please also contact us on Facebook (the best source for complete and up-to-date information). (3-15-12)

1962 - Lorraine Bethell Lydon wishes to inform all of our graduating classmates, and all of those who were a part of our class from kindergarten through grade 12, of our upcoming 50th reunion. It will be held the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2012. A welcome lunch will be held at 12 on Saturday, followed by a tour of WHS, ice cream at the Cedar Hill Dairy and, at 6pm, a dinner will be held at the Henderson House, 99 Westcliff Rd., Weston. A farewell brunch will be held at Bill Rizzo’s home on Sunday. If there is anyone who has not been contacted as yet and would like to attend, please e- mail me at mailto:llydon123@verizon%20.net. Thank you! (3-13-12)

1961 - Gary Boutell '72 is sad to report that Robert “Bob” Boutell passed away on March 8, 2012, in Louisville, KY. Bob was a longtime resident of Louisville. He had been a teacher and school administrator for over 30 years, starting after his graduation from Kentucky Wesleyan College. (3-15-12)

1975 - Susan Cremmen Lawrence writes: Greetings from Cape Cod! Fun following many familiar names in this WHS newsletter. Currently with Kinlin Grover RE in Falmouth, where I’ve been for 32 years. Take advantage of the current real estate market, historically low mortgage rates, and homes for your current life style. I hope to hear from you, your friends, and family. Mine are all well. (3-1-12)

1972 - Communication from France: My name in Michelle Dupire and I was the French exchange student in 1972 at Weston High School. I still have so many good memories from this period of my life...I live in the northeast part of France near Germany, and I have one 31 year old son, Pierre, and a 21-year-old daughter. I’m an English teacher at Neufchateau High School. (I’ve been working for 34 years.) I wish I could have some news from the families and children I lived with during that year...Becky Warren, Ann Quinlan, Beth Pendergast, etc....My address is dupire-thuus@hotmail.fr. (3-1-12)

1976 - Reunion news from Dolly Butler Ryan: Hello Classmates! Six months and counting until our 36th Reunion June 22-24. The Class of ’76 would like to extend an invitation to other graduates to join us at Molly Malone’s, Framingham Sheraton Tara, at 7:00 p.m. (cash bar). For information please contact Dolly Ryan at dollybutlerryan76@gmail.com. EVENT SCHEDULE: Friday, 6/22 - Molly Malone’s @ Sheraton Tara, Framingham - 7:00 p.m. (cash bar & open to other classes) - Sat. a.m., 6/23 - Golf - TBD Sat. p.m., 6/23 @ 6:30 - Cocktails, Hors d'ouevres & dinner, Southborough, MA Sun., 6/24 @ 11:00 - Brunch, Weston, MA. (1-11-12)

1981- Prolific author Barry Zellen writes: My newest book is just out. It’s called: State of Doom: Bernard Brodie, the Bomb, and the Birth of the Bipolar World (Continuum Books, December 2011.) Here’s a link to the publisher’s page w/more info:
Thought alums from ’81 and thereabouts might be interested - it’s on a topic I’ve been fascinated by since the mid-1970s! (12-25-11)

1969 - Diane Davis is living in rural AZ pursuing my passion of horses. I have been a registered nurse for coming up on 40 yrs. I do have a Master’s in Health Administration. Spent most of my career in critical care and management. (12-15-11)

1972 – Susan Wilson-Davis just came across this website. What a trip down memory lane for me! I was saddened to hear that so many friends and acquaintance from school have passed away. But happy to hear that some of my school mates have continued on to have families and successful careers. My mother, Loretta Wilson, is 90 years old now and still very active in her horticultural groups and organizations in Sun City West, AZ. My brother, David Wilson ’70,  is retired and living in in the city of Surprise, AZ. I am still in residential real estate selling desert land and homes in northwest metro Phoenix. I was married and divorced in the 80’s as well. I have managed to dodge the bullets of matrimony since then. I prefer the freedom. I guess I’m still a free spirit after all these years! I do miss the ocean, beaches and seafood of the Cape. Some day I expect  to come back to New England to see what has changed. I have found much to love about the desert lifestyle. It keeps me in the Southwest. I enjoyed going to Mexico as often as I could until the battles at our border became more dangerous. I live outside of Phoenix in the northwest valley. I have been lucky enough to be healthy for most of my life. No big medical problems. Although “senior citizenship” is creeping in. If anyone out there would like to get in touch with me, you can email me at peanyone@hotmail.com anytime. (11-30-11)

1972 - Having spent his first 10 years of schooling in Weston with the Class of 1972, Steve Gates updates: I was schooled in Weston from K - 9 and then moved when my dad retired to Maine in 1970. So I have many childhood friends from Weston that I have fallen out of touch with. I would enjoy being back in touch and hope to learn about any reunion plans that might get organized in the coming months. After leaving Weston, I graduated from Hebron Academy and Tufts University before pursuing a career in environmental engineering - particularly active in developing water supply projects for major cities across the country. We have two teenage kids attending the Brooks School in No. Andover now, so the household is busy with all that comes with high school - sports, music, social, driving, college prep....It would be great to catch up with my Weston schoolmates -- frozen in my mind are the memories of Weston High School in the fall of 1969....Hopefully we’ll recognize each other should we meet again.(11-11-11)

All classes – Marty Galligan ’77 wants to know, is anyone aware of a WHS Alumni Association or similar non-profit? Our class (1977) runs a reunion every five years and has a bank account, and it would be good to have an alumni tax ID number under which to operate. Specifically, if you manage the funds for an alumni class account, what taxpayer ID is on the account, and do you pay sales tax on the reunion expenses?  Please answer to mvgalligan at gmail dot com. (12-1-11)

All classes - There have been many METCO success stories. Graduates of Weston METCO have become doctors, lawyers, architects, teachers, social workers, film producers, city officials - the list is endless. Please help us support the METCO graduates by making a tax-deductible donation to the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund. May all their hours riding the bus to Weston pay off! Read a short letter (with instructions for making a donation) from Christine Horner ’86 and former principal Donald Pierson for the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund. (11-15-11)
Weston METCO Seniors 2012


Thank you from the 2012 Seniors: Kimeu Scott, Igwe Igwe-Kalu, Jorge Castro, Jr., Marquis Caesar, Richard Webb, Rashaan Powell, Katelyn Martinez, Melissa Moore, Alliyah Wheaton, and Loni Jackman


1976 - Reunion news from Dolly Butler Ryan: Hello classmates. Can you believe it’s been 35 years! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 23, 2012. Details to follow.  Please confirm you email address on this list serve or send a confirmation to dollybutlerryan76@gmail.com.

1972 - Update from Pam Warren: I just wanted to let my classmates know what is going on with me. I have had some health challenges over the last year-and-a-half, beginning with a small stroke on Christmas eve of 2009 that damaged my visual cortex and affected my vision. In May of 2011, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer and have been going through various treatments. I got through surgery and the first round of chemo and will start radiation soon, probably followed by more chemo. It's been pretty difficult, but hopefully I will eventually be cancer free. I still play mandolin occasionally with my friends, and last winter I completed my first novel which I'm hoping will get published. I live in Sudbury with my husband Kris. My son Gabriel is 24 and works as an illustrator for a publishing company. My former classmates Alison Mork and Ruth Landowne Giordano visited me during the summer. It was great to reconnect and I enjoyed their company immensely. Best wishes to all my former classmates for good health and happiness. (10-10-11)

1981 - Author Barry Zellen, has published a new 4-volume series, The Realist Tradition in International Relations - Foundations of Western Order (Praeger). This comprehensive foundation for the study of realism will introduce students in disciplines as varied as philosophy, international relations, and strategic studies to the majestic breadth of the realist tradition that unifies them all. The work is comprised of four volumes, each focusing upon a distinct period and the pivotal contributors writing in that era. Volume 1, State of Hope, looks at the classical era when chaos reigned supreme. Volume 2, State of Fear, goes through the early-modern period and the emergence of the modern state. Volume 3, State of Awe, explores the age of total war with its unprecedented dangers. Volume 4, State of Siege, examines the present era of insurgency and asymmetrical conflict. More information can be found at these links: Publisher’s page; Foreword to series; and Amazon preview of chapter 1. (10-6-11)

1971 – Sharon Sawyer Cross offers just a little update on what’s happening in my household. Our son, Clay, just got married 2 weeks ago at our home in Maine on the lake. He met his bride in college at Keene State and they resided in Burbank, CA, until last year when they moved to Boston. He works for CSN Corp., an internet company, and she works for Trader Joe’s but will go back to school for nursing in 2012. Our daughter, Chandler, was one of the 326 out of 125,000 auditioners selected from Season 10 of American Idol and they sent us to Hollywood where she competed. She made it through 7 rounds of producers and exec. producers and of course made it through JLo, Steven and Randy, but on the second round was let go. (It was an interesting experience but certainly NOT reality as in “reality tv.”) My husband, Chuck, is now working for Wells Fargo as Senior Counsel in Charlotte, N.C., and maintains a residence there, but we still have our homes in RI and in Maine. Due to the economy we will not be able to sell the home in RI, so I remain here while Chandler finishes Mount St. Charles Academy. We have 2 more international students living with us. This make a total of 14 students in the past 20 years. We have two girls from China, Pinzhou and Jinxiang. It is an interesting task to get our daughter, Chandler, and these two girls on all the college tours and through all the applications. These international students have been with us for 2 years and will matriculate into college in the USA. Due to the economy, my design business, Sphere Design, is not doing as well as I would like, so I have been looking into other business ventures.....more news on that as it develops! (9 -27-11)

2003 - Sad news from the Boston Globe, September 18, 2011: Oliver James Strasenburgh, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, formerly of Weston, MA, died as the victim of a homicide on August 15th, 2011, aged 26. Beloved son of Louise Strasenburgh and James Strasenburgh, brother of Toby and Sarah, grandson of Mrs. Ada Strasenburgh and Mrs. Alys Houghton. Survived by many relatives and friends. Born in Puerto Rico, Oliver graduated from The Fessenden School and Weston High School’s Class of 2003. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, MA, on Saturday, September 24th at 2pm. (9-20-11).

1963 - On September 8, 2007, Kitora Ann Bartley (Flint) lost her battle with lymphoma. Family and friends marveled at her strength and positive attitude to the end and cherish the wonderful legacy she left us. (From Leverett P. Flint, her favorite (and only) brother, Class of 1965.) (8-18-11)

1975 - Elizabeth Boyd Colvin (Liz): I’m working at Benemax in Medfield MA as an Employee Benefits Producer. My husband Randy and I live in Ashland MA. I have a 24-year-old son, Sam, and a 25-year-old step-son, Jeff. I’d love to hear news at elizcolvin@verizon.net .

1965 - Lev Flint is wasting no time in Reunion planning. He writes: The Class of 65 is planning a reunion for November 2012 when most of us…turn 65. Please email your current contact information (and any others you know) to Lev Flint at lflint@wilevco.com. We need to know the level of interest so we can plan the venue. Tentatively so far: Friday night at the Jones House, Saturday breakfast at the high school cafeteria, Saturday football game (if scheduled), Saturday night casual …something. Check in NOW! (8-16-11)

1971 - The Class of ’71 will be celebrating their 40th Reunion on Saturday, September 17th, at the Woodland Golf Club. Reconnect, Remember, and Renew friendships! For further details and weekend activities please contact Nellee (Higgins) Fine: mailto:%20nellee_h_fine@%20lahey.org (7-21-11)

1991 - From Vivian Chong: The Class of 1991 will be having our 20th Reunion on October 1st, 2011, at Regis College at 7pm. There will also be a family event during the day on October 1st. Please continue to check our WHS Class of 1991 Reunion page on Facebook for details:
If you have not received an Evite from us, please contact me ASAP at vivianchong@rcn.com. RSVP’s are due by August 1st!  Looking forward to catching up with everyone in the Fall! (7-21-11)

1997 - Joshua R. Dupee reports on an engaged life: I currently work with addicts and alcoholics in the field of substance abuse counseling. I have been involved in A.A. and N.A. for over seven years as I myself am a recovering addict/alcoholic. I help promote drug awareness and have lectured in several rehab and detox units throughout the country. I am working on a book about my personal experience with drugs and alcohol which is due out next year. (4-24-11)

1961 - To the Class of 1961: Fifty-one years ago, in the spring of 1960, you and your high school classmates took part in Project Talent. Together with over 400,000 students from every corner of the country, your class participated in two days of testing that assessed your aptitudes and abilities on dozens of subject areas. You also completed an extensive questionnaire that asked about your interests, extracurricular activities, family background and your hopes and expectations for the future.

The scope and scale of the Project Talent study was unprecedented. It was the largest study of high school students ever conducted in the United States. The findings from the original 1960 study and its three follow-up studies have informed over 450 government reports, academic articles, and scholarly books. They were instrumental in revealing the factors, both within and beyond the school system, that influence students' educational attainment.

Now, fifty-one years after the 1960 study was administered, the American Institutes for Research has decided to launch a follow-up study of original Project Talent participants - and we are looking for your class. We would love to know if you are planning a 50th reunion this year. Please email Project Talent at ProjectTalent50@air.org or contact us by phone: 1-866-770-6077 or visit us online at www.projecttalent.org. Many thanks! [signed] Sabine Horner, Project Talent, American Institutes of Research. All Classes - Thanks to Ned Pendergast (husband and parent of WHS alumni) for this alert: The Weston Lacrosse Alumni Game will take place May 27 at 4:00 pm. For updates and further information, please contact Coach Jim Wilcon: coachwil1@comcast.net. (4-26-11)

1951-1990’s - We are grieved to report the death of Thelma Hoyle, revered Weston High teacher for 41 years, on March 17 at her home in Alpine, TX. She is survived by her husband Al Hoyle. Ms. Hoyle headed the business education program at the high school, where she was in the vanguard as business practices and technology advanced at an accelerating pace. The first teacher to bring computers into the classroom, she was mentor to many students, from leaders to strugglers, and was a faculty leader in organizations and committees for many years. Since retirement she had been active in church initiatives in Texas to help those in need. Calling hours Wednesday, March 30, at the Blake Funeral Home in Chelmsford, from 4-8 PM. Funeral service 11 AM. Thursday, March 31, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 260 Gorham Street, Lowell, MA, 978-453-5423. Condolences may be sent to Albert Hoyle, P.O. Drawer 1628, Sunny Glen, Alpine, TX  77380. Donations in memory of Thelma Hoyle may be made to The International Order of St. Luke the Physician (a Christian healing ministry) at
or mail a check directly to P.O. Box 780909, San Antonio, TX 78278-0909. Please see the full death notice that appeared March 22 in the Globe (3-19-11) (Updated 3-22-11)

1965 - Sad news: Peter Heidt died on 3/4/11 while visiting his daughter in San Francisco. His brother, Jeff Heidt ’63, announces a “celebratory party (really ) at the Pierce House in Lincoln, 3/19/2011, from noon to 4:00. Let his brother Jeff know if you plan to attend. Jheidt@verrilldana.com. Bring picture or memory or a story. This should be fun! -Jeff” (3-15-11)

1981 - Andrea Sawyer Redlitz catches us up from her home in Orange Park, Florida: I have been married for 22+ years to my husband, John. We have 4 sons, Christopher (22), Aaron (20), Joshua (18) and Conrad (15). I am a Licensed Physical Therapist, but am currently not employed after having recently left a 9 year position as an Outpatient Rehab Manager at a local Skilled Nursing Facility. I will be returning to work soon as a PRN. (3-10-11)

1971 - Here’s a healthy update from David Richardson, now living in Worcester: It seems strange that 2011 is here. It has been 40 years this June that I graduated from Weston High. It is great to be alive with all my health problems. It is also hard to see a lot of classmates that have passed away. I still help the people that have physical problems, because I know what it’s like not being able to do what everyone else does. Hopefully I am finally cancer free. Hope to come to the 40th class Reunion. See you then. (3-10-11)

1988 - Sad news. At the age of 41, Peter Condakes, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. Gee Gee Blair Bishop ’89 reports, with a heavy heart, that his family is struck with grief, as are so many who loved him. Peter was a wonderful brother, son, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend. Harry Thompson ’84 asks us “to say a prayer for the family of my old friend and teammate. Rest in peace, my friend.” Peter’s wake will be held Tuesday, March 8, 4:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Demetrios Church, 57 Brown Street, Weston. His funeral is Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 am, same location. Peter’s family thanks you for your love, support and prayers. (3-7-11)

1971 - Sad news. We have learned that Bill Morrison died unexpectedly Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer MA, after being stricken ill at his home earlier that evening. Read the full obituary, including details about visiting hours Wednesday, March 2, and the funeral Mass on Thursday, March 3. (3-1-11)

1981 - Cathy Gee Graney sends this invitation: The Class of 1981 is actively looking for classmates to join in the planning for and celebration of our 30th reunion to be hosted this summer. Anyone interested in joining the conversations via email and/or Facebook, please contact westonhighclass1981@yahoo.com. (3-1-11)

1981 - MetroWest Daily News staff photographer Ken McGagh won 9 awards for his photographs in 2010. Among his award-winning photos are an image of Janice Milley overcome with grief as the body of her son, Army Lt. Scott Milley, arrived at Hanscom Air Force base; a photo of an accused in juxtaposition to the accuser; and the humorous Drive Through, of a woman tossing bread from her car to ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough.You can see seven of McCagh’s winning photos at:
http://media.townonline.com/metrowestdaily/slideshow/mcgagh2010/ (3-1-11)

The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund has a proud, 30+-year history of supporting students going off to college and of being generously supported by WHS alumni. It is currently holding an urgent drive, with a repeat special offer by the Hiatt family to match new and increased gifts. This year's appeal letter includes an impressive list of Board members, including many WHS graduates you will recognize. Please support this fund, by downloading the fundraising letter and following its easy instructions for making a donation. (1-4-11)

1971 - David Richardson has a discouraging update: I just got out of cancer surgery. I’m following in my dad’s footsteps. He died of cancer that is just like the cancer I had. It runs on both sides of my family. My wife has gotten worse with her epilepsy, so she is in a rehab home. She does not really understand what’s going on, even though she sounds fine and acts normal till she has seizures which get pretty bad, and with my heart and irregular pulse  I cannot lift her any more. I can take care of myself. We will stay married—just she will be looked after by someone else in a special home. (1-8-11)

1971 - Information update for Ronald Clapp wake and funeral (with thanks to Hans Hug)—
Wake: January 7 Friday 4-7pm, Eaton Funeral Home, 465 Centre St., Newton, MA
Funeral: January 8 Saturday 10am, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1135 Walnut St., Newton, MA (1-5-11)

1971 - Thanks to Hans Hug ’73 for conveying to us the sad news that Ronald Clapp died last Saturday at his home in Weston. Hans reports the wake is Friday in Newton, and the funeral Saturday. Anyone with more information should please share it right away with this web site. (1-4-11)

Request - From researcher Pam Fox: I am looking for information on Olive Sloan, who was a student in Weston in the early 1930s. The Weston Historical Society has one of her drawings and we would like more information about the artist. Please contact Pam Fox at pamfox@mac.com if you have any information. Many thanks. (12-9-10)

1976 - From Patty O'Leary Helsingius: Hey guys, anyone want to take the wheel and organize our 35th reunion? I helped Dolly some with the 25th, and worked with Barbara Bowhers, Victor Nahigian and Lacey Pfaff Brandt on the 30th. Can't do this one, though. Anyone game? We started in the winter to plan the reunion back then. Either spring or fall work best! It was a lot of fun to organize! Good grief, how did we get to the 35th? (11-28-10)

1976 - Ben Martin. I’m living in Lake Tahoe. It snowed a foot last night! I’m playing and teaching music. Got to perform with Kenny Loggins this year! Just started the Tahoe School of Music. Looking forward to our 35th reunion! (11-20-10)

1988 & 1989 - Gee Gee Blair Bishop ’89 sends this request for support: Susan Cannistraro, neighbor and friend to the Condakes family (Peter ’88 and Suzanne ’89), is running the Boston Marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Team in Training Program in honor of Peter. Any help you can lend Susan to achieve her goal to honor Peter and help wipe out blood cancer will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or on Susan's fundraising page -
http://pages.teamintraining.org/ma/boston11/scannistra. Thank you for your support, and please keep the Condakes family in your prayers. (11-18-10)

1976 - A book note f rom Emily Colson: I’ve just written my first book titled, Dancing with Max, published by Zondervan, and released September 2010. It is the story of my journey through life with a most unexpected tour guide, my son Max, who is diagnosed with autism. I've raised Max alone for most of his 19 years. We have faced some of life’s toughest challenges, yet ours is a story of hope and joy! My son has had a profound affect on those around him, changing us for the better. You might appreciate that I touched on some of my experiences growing up in Weston. Max and I now live on the south shore of Boston. I’d love to share our story with you. You can learn more about the book, and send me a message, at http://www.emilycolson.com/. (10-31-10)

1995 - From WHS theatre director and teacher John Minigan: In memory of Kurt Ward ’95, the Weston High Theater Company will place a plaque with Kurt’s photo and one of his lighting designs on the light and sound booth in the Weston High School Auditorium. The plaque will be unveiled and dedicated on the evening of November 18, 2010, at 7:30 pm, just before the opening of Theater Company’s fall play, Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Anyone wishing to donate toward the funding of the plaque can send the donation to John Minigan at Weston High, 444 Wellesley Street in Weston, MA 02493 (checks payable to “Town of Weston”). All are invited to attend the unveiling on November 18 at 7:30. ( 10-14-10)

“Cruel Boston” is the title of the searing, lead op-ed piece in the Boston Globe of September 29, 2010, just after four young Bostonians, including a 2-year-old, were shot to death in Mattapan. The article is by Weston High School senior Janel Lynch, a METCO student with a message. Read it here. (9-30-10)

1971 - Barbara Brown reports sad news: “My dear friend and classmate, Leslie Ryan Driesen, died on Sept. 16.” Here is part of the death notice from the Boston Globe: “[Leslie] died peacefully on September 16, 2010 at her home in Renton, Washington at the age of 57.…Leslie graduated from Weston High School in 1971 and Syracuse University in 1975. For many years she worked as a financial manager in Seattle radio, including eight years with the legendary rock station KXRX. She enjoyed swimming, reading and horseback riding, and had done volunteer work with the Little Bit riding program. She was a proud and supportive mom and a warm and caring friend. Her positive life attitude, her smile and laugh, and her kind and generous heart will be well remembered by those who knew her. Our lives are better by knowing her. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Rd, Weston on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at 10AM followed by interment at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline. A reception will follow. Memorial donations to the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center (http://www.littlebit.org) are suggested. "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die tomorrow." Arrangements by the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland, MA. For online condolences please visit .johncbryantfuneralhome.com.” Read the full notice, including the names of Leslie’s family members, here. (10-3-10)

1975 - Lana Moy Harrington writes: The Class of 1975 is having our 35th reunion on Saturday, November 27, 2010, from 7-11:30 PM. Our reunion will take place at Frank & Colleen Kettle’s home (65 Colchester Road, Weston, MA). The cost is $65.00 per person, payable to Class of 1975. Please mail your checks to Ted Carlman, 52 Hancock Street, Reading, MA  01867-2320. Come join us to catch up with friends, good food and drinks. If you have any questions please email me (Lana) Lanamh1@aol.com or Ted  ecarlman3@verizon.net. Hope to see at the reunion. (9-23-10)

1978 - From Newport News VA, Tricia O’Hara Clark Rice writes: Living and Loving Virginia! Happily married to my hubby Barry - Master Chief United States Navy. Have 2 sons, Danny my eldest graduated Villanova University as an Electrical Engineer, and has procured an Engineering job in the Philadelphia area. My youngest Steve, is attending George Mason University here in good ole Virginia, studying (yeah right) Computer Engineering. I am an Office Manager for a construction company, and adopted mother to most of the personnel.  I lost my brother Brian O’Hara (class of 1976), this past February. It has been really hard on all of us. Would love to come to one of the reunions, if they would only happen any other time than a holiday! My brother Kevin O’Hara (class of 1974) had their reunion in October, and it was the biggest turn out ever! (9-18-10)

1977 - Ellen Sturgis started a new job recently with Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Somerville; I had noted that Bill Barclay was one of the company and, having blanked on “Mr.” Barclay’s first name, was thinking it was the same name and how strange.  I started today and saw “Mr. Barclay” was there: I said to him, I had a drama teacher in high school that was Bill Barclay—he said, are you sure it wasn’t John Barclay? Right, that’s it!  And he says, he was my dad!!  Small world, and gave me a little shiver of delight, as we agreed this was a good sign for my new job!  Check out the schedule: Bill is in the current production of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, in South Boston this fall: http://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/.…Class of 77 has quite a Facebook network going—classmates are encouraged to find us: we are threatening to organize the next reunion purely by FB!! (Also, I can report that Oie (Olivia) Lane just became a grandmother for the first time, on September 12, 2010: her granddaughter is called Minayra Rodes Chhabra.) (9-16-10)

1971 - Sad news. Death Notice: Robert [Bob aka Rocky] Ahrensdorf [57]. At approximately 6:50 pm EST on August 12th my brother, Rocky, passed away surrounded by his family and friends. He was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer 4 months ago in April. No one could have known how fast this cancer would grow, spreading into his liver and lungs. He went into hospice just four days ago. He leaves behind his wife of almost 27 years, Victoria, and his two children, Eli [21] and Grace [18]. Also survivors [myself] Wendy Ahrensdorf Powers, and our step mother, Sheila Ahrensdorf of New York City plus her son, Christopher Sanford, and his family. Rocky and family lived in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. There will be a Celebration of Roc's Life 8/21/2010 in Ashfield, MA. More information has been posted on Facebook, Classmates and Westporters.com. (8-13-10)

1980 - Richard DeVito wants you: The Weston High School Class of 1980 is trying to put together a reunion committee. If you would like to participate, please contact Richard A. DeVito Jr. at radjr@pnpco.com or at his office at 781-899-2702 x 107. Thank you! (9-9-10)

1970 - Michaela Pontoppidan Granstrom writes: I won't be able to make the Sept. reunion, but if anyone posts photos, it would be fun to see some. (8-31-10)

Sad news - Many alumni knew Joanne Morton, who worked at Weston High School for many years, beginning her career as an audio-visual aide and eventually retiring as the secretary to the principal. We are sad to report Joanne died this past Friday. Here is the obituary from the Globe: MORTON, Joanne S. (Shea) Of Weston, August 27, 2010. Wife of the late Peter Morton. Mother of David P. Morton of Newton, William J. Morton of Weston, and Elizabeth M. Sauro and her husband, Michael, of Newton. Grandmother of Ben, Lauren, and Sarah. Family and friends will honor and remember Joanne’s life by gathering for calling hours at the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main St. (Rte. 20), WALTHAM, on Monday from 4-7 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Julia’s Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472. For complete obituary, guestbook, and directions please visit http://www.joycefuneralhome.com/. (8-29-10)

1977 - Traveler Olivia Lane Hewitt (formerly Oie Lane), reports: I live in London now after 12 years in New York and 9 in Washington DC. Moved to London with my husband Daniel, who now works for Barclays Capital. I have one daughter, Julia, married and living in Dubai, another daughter, Tracy, who is bumming around Europe taking a gap year, and a son, Trevor, who is living with us and studying at an international school. I don’t work here, but while I was in NY I was the director of a Quaker nursery school and loved every minute of it. My husband is an emerging market economist specializing in Eastern Europe. Have very much enjoyed keeping up with the class of ’77 via a very active facebook community. We have a lovely house in South West London and welcome visitors—seriously. Kind regards, Oie. (7-29-10)

1971 - A reunion announcement from Dan Cetrone: here is the web site I set up for the planning of and communication for our reunion: http://www.westonhigh1971.yolasite.com/. (8-16-10)

1990 - Andrea Agnello Pettinato writes: The Class of 1990 will be having our 20th year reunion over Columbus Day weekend this fall. The main event will be Saturday, October 9th, at the Josiah Smith Tavern Barn. We have a Facebook page for the Weston High School Class of 1990 which will keep people posted on the details. If you have not heard from me via email or Facebook, please contact me at andreaagnello@hotmail.com or find me on Facebook under Andrea Pettinato. We are looking for all members of our class throughout the years, even if you didn’t graduate with us. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the fall! (8-5-10)

1970 - Pierre Tariot writes: Delighted to hear of plans for a reunion this fall and will try hard to make it!  Thanks to Margie and Susan for driving this, and to Rick Belejack for tracking me down. (7-24-10)

1995 - Sad news. The following note was sent today to Weston school staff from Superintendent Cheryl Maloney: “It is with much sadness that I inform you of the sudden death of Kurt Ward, age 35, Weston High School Class of 1995. Kurt died in a tragic work-place accident in New Hampshire earlier this week. Kurt was an active member of the Weston High School Theater Company as a member of the lighting crew. Kurt’s brother Keith lives in Weston (along with their mother) and has children in our schools. We do not have details of the services but have been told there will be a service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Saturday.” (7-14-10)

1993 - “Don’t miss this chance to support an emergency appeal for Guatemala from Peter Haas whose non-profit works in both Guatemala and Haiti. Between the earthquake earlier this year and the recent tropical storm, they are in great need of our financial help in order to continue their amazing work during these very difficult times. For more information, go to http://www.aidg.org/newsletters/” —sent in by Jacqueline Wohlers Arnoldy. (6-17-10)

1964/1965 - From Léo Valter Tschiedel: I have just read that Russ Terkelsen intends to invite me to the 1965 class reunion! He wrote that in February this year and I had not read it yet, though we’ve been exchanging messages. The class of ’65 is also dear to me, for at that time, I think I was the only Brazilian around Boston area, exception made for an MIT student, whom I discover to be my relative!! He was the son of the Brazilian Secretary of Justice at that time, Dr. Mem de Sá.( Married to a Tschiedel). That was the only Brazilian I met during my stay as a foreign student in Weston, MA. That’s why my ties and bonds with American people are so strong! And that’s problably why they remember me. Class of ’65 through Russ Terkelsen, with whom I also stayed, and he with my family down here, indeed honours me in proposing my invitation to their reunion. Please do tell the ’65 class I’m most anxious to see everybody again, and that I’m distinguished just with the thought of inviting me. Many thanks, and God speed. Léo (6-17-10)

1968- Linda Robinson McCaffrey says hello to all of her classmates that she has been so bad at keeping in touch with. I am living in Brookfield CT and can be found on facebook. I own a real estate company, McCaffrey Realty Professionals, have been married for 39 years (yikes!!), 3 children, and 1 and almost 2 grandchildren.  lindam@mccaffrey-realty.com (6-10-10)

1975 - Vera Dolansky sends in news that Georgette Baghdady ran the Boston Marathon, completing the 26.2 miles in about 6 hours, and raising over $6,000 in memory of her late father, Dr. Elie Baghdady, for Tufts Health, Fitness and Nutrition programs. Vera included a link to a lovely article that Tufts published about Georgette’s unusual accomplishement: (6-10-10)

1969 - Stu Berman sends in a White House press release about Sue Carney, and adds: My younger sister Amy just moved from Los Angeles to Vermont. Finally, one of us has moved back closer to the old stomping grounds. In April our family went on an East Coast college tour. We stopped by Weston High so that I could show my wife and son a very important place in my life. It looks better than ever!

Now, the opening of that White House press release: May 20, 2010. President Obama Names Susan L. Carney to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Susan L. Carney for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. “At every step of her career, Susan Carney has performed with excellence and unwavering integrity,” said President Obama.  “I am confident she will serve the people of Connecticut with distinction on the Circuit Court bench.”

1964 - Léo Valter Tschiedel writes in “just to say hello and to ask “where is everybody.” I haven’t seen much lately! I think we’re getting old!! Nevertheless, I saw a magnificent message from a former alumnus of Weston High School from 1934!! May this fellowmate be an example to us all!” (6-10-10)

1988 - Urgent! Peter Condakes needs your help. He has just been diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant in the next few weeks. His family has organized a “donor match” drive on Sunday, May 2nd, to help them find a bone marrow match, at the Greek Orthodox church, St. Demetrios, on Brown Street, 11:00-2:00. Peter’s younger sister, Suzanne Condakes Polymeros ’89, points out that the bone marrow match “is a simple process and requires only a small saliva test. If you cannot make it that day, call Dana Farber to send you a swab kit at 866-875-3324.” Peter and his family live on Buckskin Drive in Weston. Thanks to Wendy Paltrineri Fox and Gee Gee Blair Bishop, who each sent us this call for help. (4.25.10)

1958 - The retirement of Minnesota Historical Society chief Nina Marchetti Archabal is featured in an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Read it here. Thanks to Nancy Foster for alerting us. (4-25-10)

1969 - The class of 1970 is having a 40th reunion in September. We would like to invite the class of 1969 to join us. We understand that the Class of 1969 did not have a 40th last year. The class of ’69 joined us for our 30th and we would like to extend the invitation to them again. We were hoping someone from the class could help us locate members of their class. We are having a tough time finding everyone from our class and would love some help locating members of the class of ’69.  Please let us know if anyone can give us a hand. We are hoping to invite everyone. Margie (Pink) Levasseur ’70 and Susan Banghart ’70. You can contact us at westonma1970@gmail.com (6-10-10)

1970 - We are looking for anyone who graduated in 1970 or spent time in the class over the years. We want to include anyone who was in the class even if they didn't end up graduating from Weston High. We are planning our 40th reunion celebration in September. If you belonged to the class at anytime please be in touch with us so we can send you an invitation. We want everyone to come. Hope to hear from you. Margie Pink (Levasseur) and Susan Banghart. Please contact us at westonma1970@gmail.com (6-10-10)

All classes - Weston Baseball Alumni Game, Monday, May 31, 2010: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Batting Practice (Optional). 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM Alumni Game, at the Weston High School Baseball Field. Participants: Weston Baseball Alumni, Weston High School Baseball Team, members of the Weston Community, and supporters of the Thomas E. Skenderian Weston Youth Baseball Fund. All are welcome to watch the game and enjoy the BBQ. Contact Dusty Rhodes Skenderian drhodes@conventures.com (781-642-7444) or Tucker Skenderian tcskenderian@conventures.com (617-893-8968) (5-19-10)

1977 - Paula J. Magnanti seems to be turning 50 with classmates this year and sends out the following invitation: To: Weston High School Alumni, Class of 1977— Please join me for an exciting Celebration...An Evening of Divine Synchronicity: Friday, June 4th, 2010, at Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MA! “Celebrating 50 years young…an Evening of Divine Synchronicity Featuring musical Group MAEVE.” Full details are here. (5-12-10)

1975 -SAVE THE DATE:  Saturday, November 27th, 2010, our 35th Reunion will be held at Frank & Colleen Kettle’s home in Weston from 7-11:30 PM. More details to follow or contact Lana (Moy) Harrington at Lanamh1@aol.com. (4-25-10)

1979 - We learn from Paul Bartlett of the sad “news of the passage of our 1979 classmate Mari Ann Panaggio ( Daoud ). Our thoughts, wishes, prayers, are with the family at this sad time. We are grateful for having known and having been a part of Mari Ann’s life over the years, particuliarly more recently at the 2004 reunion.” Please visit the Death Notice for Mari Ann Panaggio:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?n=mari-ann-panaggio&pid=140828098 (3-19-10)

1969 - More sad news: We’ve just learned that Debbie Griffin Cuccia died from cancer more than a year ago. We extend our sympathy to Debbie’s family. Thanks to Judi Lowell for alerting us. (3-10-10)

1974 - Sad news: David Sheldon Powers, age 54, passed away on Thursday, February 25. He was the beloved son of Robert M. and Janice Orr Powers. David is at peace after a long illness, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He resided in Weston, MA, Sunapee, NH, and finally in Osterville, MA. He is survived by his brother Robert Scott Powers of Jackson, NH, and his sister Linda Jeanette Powers of Larkspur, CO, and 5 neices and nephews. David graduated from Weston High School and earned a BS degree at New England College. He worked as a salesman and manager in several different companies. He loved baseball, football, skiing, gardening, and all boating and water activities. David was enthusiastic about playing the guitar and was involved with several musical groups. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Wianno Ave., Osterville, on Thursday, March 4, at 10 am. Burial will be private at a later date. Visting Hours in John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd. (Rt 28) Marstons Mills on Wednesday, March 3, from 4-7 pm. Memorials in his name may be made to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066. (Thanks to Dolly Butler Ryan ’76 for this posting.) (3-3-10)

1976 - “My brother Brian O’Hara died Tuesday [February 16] at his home, from recurrent cancer. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Cindy, and 3 great kids, Katie, David & EB. He will be sorely missed. Vaya con Dios, mi Hermano!”—Kevin O’Hara ’74. (2-19-10)

1971 - Earle Pughe is mentioned in a delightful encounter at the end of a story in the magazine Acoustic Guitar about Grammy winner Dave Rawlings. See the story online at:
and check out the end of the article to get some insight into Earle and Dave. (2-17-10)

1965 - Russ Terkelsen sends in news, a proposal, and a challenge: Norm Toppan has been helping me to reach our ’65 class mates. I am now in Cridersville, Ohio (near Lima, Ohio, between Toledo and Dayton along I-75), and have invited Léo (’64)to join our class reunion. I visited Léo in Brazil 3 years ago and revisited Porto Alegre. I told Léo I would get the ticket to get him here, so all he needs is a date and time for the event to get his visa! Hello, are we going to do this!?! I will help as much as I can, just call me! (419-302-7771) … PS: Not connected with Lys anymore, but she is still on Cape Cod and I imagine she would make it too! (2-15-10)

1973 - Greetings from Chase Morrison. Woody Hoblitzell? [’66, see 11-8-09, above] He was my tennis teacher when I was maybe ten. He (and my father) taught me everything I know about tennis...Well, I never thought I’d be saying this, but I am teaching music in Santa Fe, NM’s public schools—general music K-2, and conducting two middle school orchestras. On top of that I have a full private music studio in Santa Fe, and run a chamber music program for kids. I still perform—classical, jazz, & latin on the cello—and have a blogspot to review cellist’s CDs...My mother moved back to Weston after many years away, and now lives in the Brook School apartments, occupying what I believe was Mr. Schaefer’s home room, and is right across from Miss Collins’s home room, where I was for 4th grade. It was weird the first time I went to visit her and climbed the stairs of building C, with its now very-polished oak handrail. The steps are still the same. (2-06-10)

Beloved and revered physics teacher Donald Burke passed away on Monday, January 11, 2010.Notes of condolence may be sent to Carolyn Burke and family, 77 Floral Street, Newton Highlands, MA 02161. Remembrances may be sent to the Alumni News, and will be appended to the death notice from the Boston Globe, which follows:

BURKE, Donald J. Of Newton, passed away January 11, 2010, he was 71. After attending Sacred Heart School in Newton Centre his first twelve years, Donald studied at Boston College, graduating in 1960 with a BS in Physics. His passion for Physics continued as he completed studies at Syracuse University with a MS in 1969 and then a PhD at UCLA in 1972. Donald began his teaching career at Mission High School in Roxbury, MA where he taught for 2 years. After Mission, he moved on to Weston High School as the Physics teacher where he remained for the next 30 years. He is fondly remembered by his hundreds of students, many of whom he has remained in contact with over the years. The highlight of his teaching career occurred in 1993 when he was honored by President Bill Clinton at the White House in Washington, D.C. as one of the Presidential Scholars. Since his retirement, he has fulfilled his desire to travel having visited many countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In each new country, he enjoyed experiencing the different cultures and cuisines. Son of the late Thomas J. and Mary (McFarland) Burke. Donald was the loving brother of Rita M. Aucoin and her husband the late Edward T. Aucoin of Newton, Virginia M. Welch and her husband John of Needham, Mary "Dotty" Jordan and her husband Francis of West Newton and Carolyn M. Burke of Newton and brother-in-law of Mary E. Burke of Andover. He is also survived by his dear friend John Maynard of Brighton as well as many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Marguerite C. Burke, Gertrude T. Burke and Esther Codyer, and brother Thomas F. Burke. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 16, at 10AM in Sacred Heart Church, Newton Centre, followed by interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury. Visiting hours will be Friday 4-8PM at the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 56 Washington St. (Rte 16) WELLESLEY HILLS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Brothers of St. Francis, 785-789 Parker St. Roxbury, MA 02120 or to Father John McBrearty, SSJ, St. Augustine Church, PO Box 548, New Roads, LA 70760. Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home Wellesley Hills—http://www.henryburkefuneralhome.com/. (1-13-10)

From Marty Galligan ’77: This guy was a great teacher. He made learning the stuff easy, and the subject matter was hard. (1-28-10)

From Patty O’Leary Helsingius ’76: Mr. Burke was far and away my all time favorite teacher at Weston High. I always got a kick out of telling people that my favorite high school teacher was my physics teacher, as I went on to attend art school. How sad to have lost such a great man. I did not know about his particular commendations as a teacher, but I personally knew he was the best. I actually enjoyed staying after for help in physics (which I always needed) because of the great way he found to teach the material. He made it fun, even for a math and physics challenged person like me, to understand the subject matter. I remember how warmly he greeted my whole family at high school graduation on the Town Green. I am very saddened by his passing. (2-27-10)

The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund has a proud, 30-year history of supporting students going off to college and of being generously supported by WHS alumni. It is currently holding an urgent drive, with a special offer by the Hiatt family to match new and increased gifts. This year’s appeal letter includes an impressive list of Board members, including many WHS graduates you will recognize. Please support this fund, by downloading the fundraising letter and following its easy instructions for making a donation. (1-6-10)

1969 - Stu Berman sends in this sad news from wickedlocal.com (the online reference for the Weston Town Crier and other local papers:
Ernest Schofield, 59, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 18, 2009 at his residence in Weston. Ernie was born in Waltham on May 3, 1950, the son of the late Douglas Schofield and Virginia (Wheeler) Schofield. He was the father of Steve Schofield of Lebanon, N.H. and Ernest T. Schofield. He is also survived by his brother Thomas Schofield and his wife Laura of Waltham, by his nephew Patrick Schofield, niece Brittany Schofield and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Ernie has been a lifelong resident of Weston and was educated and attended Weston High School. For over 29 years he was a Grounds Keeper for the Town of Weston school department and retired in July of 2008. Ernie enjoyed being out doors and chopping wood for a warm fire in the fireplace. In his earlier years, he enjoyed canoeing. He was devoted to his family and particularly liked spending time with them. He will be missed by all who knew him. His funeral service and interment was held. For those who desire, gifts in his memory may be made to the charity of the donors choice. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. (1-4-10)

1981 - Barry Zellen has published the third book in his Arctic series: On Thin Ice: The Inuit, the State and the Challenge of Arctic Sovereignty, the sequel to Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic, is now available from Lexington Books. This is the third volume in the Arctic Security Project book series. On Thin Ice explores the relationship between the Inuit and the modern state in the vast but lightly populated North American Arctic.It chronicles the aspiration of the Inuit to participate in the formation and implementation of diplomatic and national security policies across the Arctic region and to contribute toward the post-Cold War re-conceptualization of Arctic security. More information, as well ordering opportunities, are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lexington Books. (12-3-09)

1974 - Peter Hug writes that he is “living in Easton CT for 25 years, self employed in the excavating business. Graduated from New England College w/Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Loving Life. Where are the Healey twins Mary Jane & Mary Anne, Class of 74/75 ??? (11-21-09)

1966 - Any Weston Alums who are living in Florida, especially North Florida in the Panhandle, beaches in Destin, or even Georgia, Alabama please contact me! Also love to hear from some long time friends!! Thanks....Woody Hoblitzell ’66 orange66@cox.net. (11-8-09)

1981 - Barry Zellen has just published his second book on the transformation of the Arctic during global warming: Arctic Doom, Arctic Boom: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in the Arctic (Praeger, October 2009). It does not see Global warming as necessarily doom. In this volume, Zellen argues that “the twilight of the reign of ice in the Arctic marks the dawn of a new geostrategic pivot and economic powerhouse—a rich new navigable “Mediterranean” basin full of beneficial promise for the future of the Arctic rim nations, the indigenous Arctic peoples, and human history.” Read the full press release. (10-28-09)

1966 -Floridian Woody Hoblitzell writes: Just ran across this site and nice to read about some good friends. As a grad, I need to come back home and see the best town in the US...It’s nice in Florida, but…fall seems like a good time to head north. Anyone around contact me--or at least say hello via e-mail. (9-24-09)

1968 - From Murfreesboro TN, Bruce Werme’s wife Asta, the Internet maven of the pair, reports, “We have been married 38 yrs. We have four adult children and 4 grands, one more due in Sept (09). We live on an historic farm...in my family since 1826. We have restored the house (an ongoing forever project) and raised our family here.” (8-19-09)

1993 - Jacqueline Wohlers Arnoldy catches us up: Hello from New Delhi, India! We have embarked on quite an adventure. My husband, Ben Arnoldy, is now the South Asia Bureau Chief for The Christian Science Monitor newspaper. You can follow his reporting from Afghanistan, India and Pakistan at http://www.csmonitor.com/. I have spent the last ten years teaching high school French and Spanish in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and California. I am currently exploring my options within the field of education here in India. I have also begun to send updates back home to friends and family who are interested in experiencing this fascinating country through our eyes. If you too would like to read about our adventures, please send your email address to arnoldyj@hotmail.com. If you are ever passing through New Delhi, let us know. We wish everyone well. (8-17-09)

1967 - Kathy Leonhardt Daly and Cathy Wischmeyer Newman have found each other on Facebook. We are having a great time catching up on 40 years worth of news. If you don't have a Facebook account please try it so you can catch up with us and others.....can you believe it has been forty years...yikes!!! Alan L. where are you and how are you? :) Ciao, Cathy (7-4-09)

1964 - We are sorry to report the death of Martha Lee Rafuse on July 3, following a brief illness. Her obituary from the Town Crier is unfortunately no longer available . (7-11-09; updated 6-24-10)

1982 - From the Metro West Daily News of 2/15/09 : MetroWest Daily News staff photographer Ken McGagh garnered five awards in the Boston Press Photographers Association announced last week, including a first place in the Sports Feature category. While photographing last December’s rescue of two teenagers from Pickerel Pond in Natick, which placed second in the Boston contest in two categories - spot news, and fire/ems - McGagh himself fell through the ice and had to be rescued by firefighters. He managed to hold his two cameras safely out of the water during the ordeal. McGagh also finished among the top ten photographers in New England in the National Press Photographers Association's monthly clip contest for 2008. McGagh, who lives in Natick, joined the staff in 1986. For a look at the award-winning work click on the slideshow below.
ss_icon SLIDESHOW: MWDN photographer wins awards (5-24-09)

1934 - It’s 75th Reunion time, and David Earle MacLeod of Syracuse NY writes, “I’m an alumnus of Weston High School class of 1934. This year will mark 75 years since our graduation. Are there others from that graduation year with whom you maintain contact? If so, I am interested in learning who they are and where they are now.” The Alumni News is also interested! (5-24-09)

Warning - We have received another complaint about a notice being sent around for a “New Weston High School Alumni Archive” site. Past recipients of this solicitation have recommended ignoring it as spam. In any case, it has no connection to the WHS Alumni site you are now on. Also, a couple of alumni have notified us about receiving emails linking to political comedy videos at the web site politrick.com. We have no idea why Weston alumni would be connected in some way to that site. (updated 5-13-09)

1989 - Alex Sayegh fondly recalls being “one of the key basketball players for the Wildcats. I haven’t been to any reunions as of yet, however have seen and spoken with a couple of people from my class over the years. It’s been 20 years since graduation and a lot has happened since then. Sorry to hear my Principal Bruce MacDonald has passed on. He was a great person and very dedicated individual. After leaving Weston High I attended Northeastern University for 1 year to later transfer to Framingham State College for 2 1/2 years. I completed my BA in business on a part time basis from Glendale University’s online adult program. I have worked in the finance field for over 15 years now as an Independent Insurance Broker. I got married in May 1997 and my anniversary is coming up this month on the 18th. My wife Cheryl and I have a son, David, 5 years old, and live in Framingham MA. I have been involved in Civil Defense through the Department of Emergency Management for several years now in cities like Worcester, Shrewsbury and most recently Framingham as the town emergency coordinator liason to the PD Chief of Emergency Management. My hobbies are amateur radio (ham radio), weather reporting through the National Weather Services Skywarn program. Other things I enjoy aside from family life is writing. I have been a minister and spiritual writer for several years now and have recently completed my 400 + page book “Your Greatest Purpose” which I am aiming to have published this fall.” (5-13-09)

All classes - Ms. Johanna Sweet, Weston Middle School teacher for many years, is retiring at the end of this year. Former colleague and French and Spanish teacher Glenn Perrin is assembling a tribute and memory book in her honor to commemorate her career. He asks that former students and colleagues send tributes, recollections, photos, or other memorabilia to him as soon as possible. Please send to:
monsieurgp@comcast.net. (4-29-09)

1967 - Sad News: Long time Weston resident, Peter S. Whittenberger passed away on January 24, 2009, after a courageous battle with sarcoma. He leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Francine (Messina) ’74, sons Dan ’99 and Scott 2007 and daughter Hannah 2010. He was also the father of the late Peter Michael Whittenberger. Services were held at St. Julia Church with burial at Linwood Cemetery. (3-6-09)

1977 - A Facebook invitation! Ellen Sturgis writes: Not sure other classes are finding this, but the Class of 77 has had a great time reconnecting via Facebook! I estimate between ¼ and 1/3 of our class is now connected, which is amazing. If you want to join us, either enter Weston High in your high school and search for others, or just look for me, and look at my friends list! It’s helping us reconnect in a way our reunions (until the 30th) weren’t. (4-7-09)

1967 - Cathleen Wischmeyer Newman has just discovered the Alumni web site and says: Although, I did not get to graduate with my friends in 1967 because of our move back to Texas, I have always considered Weston as my high school. Please put in my email so others can locate me. I have lived in Atlanta GA for the past 10 years and work as a reading specialist in the public schools. Through the years I have visited my brother and sister that live in Norwell, but have never made it back to Weston, much to my regret. I have two lovely, married daughters and 5 grankids. They still live in Texas, so I go back to visit often. (3-23-09)

1970 - Caleb Shaw is alive and well and living in southern New Hampshire. Brief history: 1) 1970-1990  Interesting times as Bohemian, wandering, starving poet. Succeeded with the starving part. Also developed the high art of sleeping in my car. Proved I was very downwardly mobile. 2) 1990-2009  Surprised the heck out of everyone by marrying a beautiful woman with three children. Soon we had two more. This has kept me pretty busy. Currently running a child-care center based around a small farm. Email is Gracecaleb@comcast.net. I’d be glad to hear from any who remember me. (2-20-09)

1960 - We are belated in reporting the death in 2003 of Charles Janeway, described by medical colleagues as the “father of innate immunity,” a science he helped found. The news was sent to us by his “lifelong friend and classmate” Peter Manson, who was updating his own listing on the Alumni Pages when he noticed Dr. Janeway was still listed. Read the In Memoriam from Yale University, where he was a faculty member. (2-1-09)

1984 - Annie McQuilken is living in Lexington with husband Gregory North, enjoying basketball, piano, drama, and all the other activities of my two daughters and three stepdaughters. I run a financial planning firm— www.kintyrefinancial.com. I really enjoyed working on the Obama campaign!! Anyone starting on plans for our 25th reunion in the fall? If you are on Facebook, look me up — I’ve found a few others, and have created a “Weston High School Class of 1984” group. (1-27-09)

1986 - ’Tis the Season. Kent High writes, “Just put the presents under the tree for my three daughters with my wife and parents for the last time in Kansas. Moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Jan 2nd. Spent the better part of the night remembering the adventures in and around foots pond and B.L. Olgilvie’s. Merry Christmas to all. (12-25-08)

1971 - Tom Keery notes that he is “living in Weston with a daughter who is class of 2010!” (12-19-08)

1996 -Brendan O’Brien or “BOB” or “O-B” (from x-country), here! We had a great 10 year reunion in 2006! I live in a bachelor pad in Arlington, Massachusetts. I graduated University of New Hampshire in 2001 with a degree in Biology. I was temping through 2004 as a lab assistant, and since then I have gone back to Northeastern University pursuing a career in biotechnology! I volunteer at Massachusetts General Hospital and bumped into the WHS chorus caroling every December at the hospital making us proud! email at brenbob@lycos.com. (12-13-08)

Sad news (updated from day to day) - Miss Claire McDonough, 85, a favorite and caring English teacher of many students, as well as English Department Head, over a long Weston High School career from 1951 to 1983, died December 6, 2008, in her home in Lexington. Miss McDonough graduated from Radcliffe in 1947, and earned her master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Visiting hours Wednesday, December 10, 5pm-8pm, at the Douglas Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., Lexington, MA 02421, (781) 862-1800. On Thursday, December 11, there will be a funeral Mass at 10am at Sacred Heart Church in Lexington, where Miss McDonough was an active participant and sang in the choir and solo soprano for decades. Donations in Miss McDonough’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 21 Follen Rd., Lexington MA 02421; or to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Woburn MA 01801. We will have more information as it becomes available. (updated 12-11-08)
Tributes and memories of Miss McDonough (please continue to submit) —

  • Miss McDonough was a wonderful teacher and will be missed by all she touched in her classes.Not sure if she ever knew, I married a former classmate who sat in front of me in her class over 28 years ago. Thanks, Miss McDonough, for the arranged seating in your class. Barbara D’Antonio Bowhers ’76
  • I believe that I had Ms. McDonough as a freshman. I remember reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It was easily the longest book that I have ever read. Ms. McDonough made me sit in the front row and it really bothered me. Years later, it was probably the best thing that she could have done for me. Instead of me sitting in the back trying to stay awake, I sat in the front and actually paid attention and learned. Whenever I see any Dickens work, I always think of Ms. McDonough. Darryl Baynes ’80
  • My image of Miss McDonough in school is of her sitting at a student desk in her classroom long after the closing bell, one or another student fully engaged at her side, as they figured out how that student could succeed in her class and in school. She was truly the Yes You Can teacher in Weston High. Bob Frank
  • Claire and I started teaching at Weston in the same year, and we have been close friends ever since. She sang at my wedding in 1957, and she sang again at our 20th anniversary party. Every year on my birthday (except this year) Claire would call me on the phone and sing Happy Birthday to me. We shared many good times and sad times. At her retirement party, I remember using Adlai Stevenson’s remark about Eleanor Roosevelt in my remarks about Claire: “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.” That described her perfectly. Claire was unfailingly constructive. She always looked for a way to solve problems and did not simply lament them. She had a kind word for every student she ever taught. Thelma Hoyle, High School Business Teacher, retired
  • Miss McDonough was one of my favorite teachers at Weston High School. I never had her as an English teacher. But, because of her disability, she made me know I had a hope in life. Even when I was down on myself I could talk to her. I did make a difference in the world with my disability. Thank you, Miss McDonough, for your example. David Richardson ’71
  • The strongest memory I have of Miss McDonough’s junior year English was poetry—being the mid 70s, she didn’t try to stick with only classics, and assigned us memorizing a poem that could be music lyrics. I remember thinking this would be a breeze, and chose Sitting in Limbo by Jimmy Cliff. Much to my surprise (and dismay), I remember her asking me what limbo was. As a non-Catholic, I had no idea! But the lesson I took away is that poetry was more than a series of words, which at the time was a revelation. It also made me much more prepared for the “dreaded” Mr. Walker the following year, for which I was forever grateful! Ellen Sturgis ’77
  • “Pencils ready, minds are pure...” before every test. I’ll never forget her enthusiasm and encouragement, nor the timeless values she represented. Teachers, more than any other profession, have the power to change lives. For how many people, when asked, “Who was your most important influence?” answer with the story of a teacher past? Karen Martin ’82

1992 - Nina Dixon is looking for NIkki Lawrence ’92. If any one has any contact with her please forward my email to her or send hers to me nmdixon@msn.com, I really do miss all my old friends from high school. Hope everyone is fine. Thanks in advance. (12-10-08)

1974 - Theodore O'Neill writes: We just finished building a house in Lakeville, CT. It sits on a ridge overlooking the lake and Hotchkiss in the distance. The floors of the house were made from cherry trees we harvested on the land. It’s not much to look at but the view is nice. I have a son who is 2 1/3 years old. He has a ripping sense of humor and will clearly be at least as much trouble as his father. I still work on Wall Street where I am one of 40 or so worldwide experts on alternative energy. I happen to work for an investment bank that didn’t securitize debt obligations so we are doing fine and don’t need a bailout. If any of you are passing through Manhattan and care to have lunch with me at the Penn Club, give me a call at work (212-292-8134). (12-2-08)

1971 - Sharon Sawyer Cross rediscovered this site and regretted how much she’d missed between visits. Here’s her update: am still heavily involved in the Arts in Rhode Island. Active with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Citizens for the Arts. As a founding member of RISE [Rhode Island Stage Ensemble] On Broadway as well as Chair of the Public Relations Committee I just finished directing Disney’s High School Musical with 2 casts of principals (50+teenagers!)...it really was fun but demanding and sometimes “diva” filled. While I still have my design company business is off, thanks to the terrible economy so I am looking at other avenues to augment my income so I can continue my charitable/volunteer work.

One of my favorite pieces of work this year was the Crossroads Rhode Island Fundraiser “The Journey Home.” Crossroads is the largest nonprofit organization that feeds, shelters, trains and employs the homeless in Rhode Island. I put together a program for their fundraiser which included many of the performers and entertainers who have worked with me at RISE. I brought in about 25 actors/singers and we wowed the VIPS as they were wined and dined at the Central Airport....lots of fun, all in the theme of the airport...over 600 attended and it raised over $250,000 for the homeless.

I am also, currently, Assistant Directing a production of Oliver at Mount St. Charles Academy, where our daughter, Chandler, is a freshman. Chandler is portraying The Artful Dodger. Our son, Clay, who left for California last year to pursue his music has been working as a Production Assistant. for a film company but has yet to get his music “heard.” He and his girlfriend are thinking of moving back east to Boston because they can’t stand the 75 degree , sunny everyday weather.....rough life. They also say that the people are very different there and I guess they are just real New Englanders at heart. I’m not complaining, I am happy to have them within driving distance!

As I am possibly looking at “re-inventing” myself, due to the economy, I have picked up my novel again and plan to give it another run. I had finished 3 chapters but there are so many more to go....perhaps this winter will inspire me to finish this project! Friends have been pushing me to get this done for many years....I have been studying Buddhism and continue to work with my wonderful husband on our “labor of love,” our home. Chandler and I just finished performing at the Stadium Theatre in their Christmas Spectacular...singing Stille Nacht (yes, in German...barely remembering my classes in college).

I am very active on Facebook so please look me up and “be my friend”!!! I am friends with Andy, Sean and Barbara so far from WHS and I am delighted! I got into Facebook due to my involvement with so many teens and twenty somethings in theatre that they felt I was out of it without a page....They all keep me young and that’s good, since I don’t feel nearly the “senior citizen” I have just become.....It’s just not possible.

I am so saddened when I read about all our classmates who have passed and wish I were better about keeping up with the news so that I could have attended their services. They are all such wonderful people and are truly missed. I know that I never take a single day for granted and am thankful for each moment I have here with my family and loved ones. I try to make a contribution every day and pass my blessings on to others. I hope to see many of you at the next reunion as I try not to miss a single one! May you all be blessed in 2009 and always. Best Regards, Sharon (12-2-08)

1963-1964 - Porto Alegre exchange student Léo Valter Tschiedel ’64 writes to say “I am alive” and to ask mates from the 1963-1964 classes whether they remember two former French exchange students from Rombas, France, Christianne Gombert and Geneviève Nicoleta. As I’m heading for Paris and Rome and Florence next March, I should like to know something about these two , who studied in almost the same classes I did at that time. (11-16-08)

All years - Weston High School Ice Hockey Team 2008 Alumni Game 11am - 1 pm, December 24, 2008, in Weston at the Rivers School Rink, 333 Winter Street. Varsity Ice Hockey is back at WHS! Coach Linc Cornell invites all past WHS ice hockey team players to meet the varsity team and skate on their HOME ice for the 4th annual Weston High School Ice Hockey Team Alumni Game. Come play and wear Weston colors once again! Please RSVP Coach Linc Cornell at Linccornell@mac.com. (11-8-08)

1973 - Gillian Cowdery Orlinsky sends us this sad news about her father, Arthur Cowdery, who was the popular head of library and media services in the Weston schools in the 1970’s: “Dad passed away in 2006 of lung cancer. He was 76. The illness progressed for about 9 months, most of which time he felt ok. However, for the last 5 weeks he was in hospice care in Merrimack NH. We both remember our time at Weston with great fondness.” (10-22-08)

1985 - San Jose bicycle racer Julie Muccini Nevitt has shared this report from Steven Mielich of the San Jose Bicycle Club:

Masters Track National Championships, Hellyer Velodrome, San Jose, CA, September 2008
Womens 40-44 Points Race 10K

This was an unbelievable race to watch. Despite being out numbered, as others had teammates in the field, Julie not only managed to win this event, she won it with such command it was all too obvious that we were watching a true National Champion in the making. She rode this race to strategic perfection AND displayed such superior sprinting power it was obvious to all that title truly belonged to her. Julie laid low, let the others in the field chase down attacks and tightly rode safe wheels until it was time to pounce. After each sprint she would return to the protection of the pack and let the others do their part until the next bell-lap.

With all the tents in the in-field, it is impossible to see the entire track. On one occasion, when they rode past the ringing bell, Julie was not in an advantageous position. When the pack re-appeared on the back stretch, she not only was able to get herself out of the box, but was putting distance on the field to win yet another sprint. There were moments we were asking ourselves, is this really happening? Is it possible that she could be that superior to her competition? And with every sprint the answer came back... Yes! This is not luck! This is a true champion! Julie won that race with not only a commanding lead in points but also with total domination.

Look for more about Julie in national biking news reports. (10-21-08)

1993 - Derek Millen is back in the Boston area, living in Waltham and working for the Weston Police Dept. since 2003 in the Communications Division. (10-19-08)

1983 - Chris Reilly has this update: My wife Sue and I now live in Springfield VA with our eight children, Jonathan (11), Chris Jr. (10), Anthony (8), Nicholas (6), Kathleen (5), Timothy (3), Elizabeth (20 mos.) and Christina (1 mos.). I’m currently working as a Health Information Technology Consultant and enjoying all the time I get to spend with my wife and kids. We’ll be in MA for Thanksgiving. I’m wondering if there are any plans to celebrate our 25th reunion at that time. If possible, it would be nice to reconnect with others in the area. (9-7-08)

1984 - Here’s a quick update from Michelle Holdsworth: I now live in Sydney, Australia, with my husband and two sons. We moved here 3 years ago to be closer to my parents and sister (Sharon ’93). (10-9-08)

1983 - Michael Thau has been married for seven plus years with two beautiful girls. Since 1992, he has been the Executive Director of Plant-It 2020, a nonprofit, international reforestation foundation dedicated to properly planting, maintaining and protecting as many indigenous trees as possible worldwide. His undergraduate degree was in Political Science specializing in Soviet Foreign Policy and Disinformation Campaigns and he later earned an MBA. His earlier career focused on sales and marketing within the computer industry along with desktop publishing. He now lives in the Greater Denver area as a happy father and husband. (9-25-08)

1979 - John Tariot and family are now in downtown Aspen Colorado for the upcoming year, following the snow for his daughter’s ski racing career. John is still busy working in film preservation and video editing, and encourages any wandering Wildcats passing through Aspen to stop by and say hello. Hoping to see everyone at our upcoming (gasp!) 30th reunion next year. (9-6-08)

Upcoming event: A Salute to METCO - 5th annual gathering, Saturday, September 27, 2008, at the Franklin Park Zoo. For additional information on this and other METCO events, visit the METCO website:
http://www.metcoalumni.org/ (9-4-08)

2002 - Sad news. The following note was sent to Weston staff by Superintendent Cheryl Maloney: I am saddened to inform you that Thomas Danforth, member of the Class 2002,  passed away unexpectedly on August 26. Private services will be held by his family. Donations in Tom’s memory may be sent to the Garden of Peace, PO Box 8382, Boston, MA 02114. (9-4-08)

1972 - Sad news sent in by a reader: Patricia Franchi Flaherty, 53, died Monday, August 18, 2008, at her home in Natick, MA after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was the wife of Paul Flaherty. Mr. and Mrs. Flaherty have resided in Natick since their marriage 16 years ago. Originally from Weston, Patty was the daughter of Pasquale Franchi and the late Madeline (Corsi) Franchi. She was preceded in death by sisters Susanne and Deborah. Educated in Weston Schools, she was a 1972 graduate of Weston High School and received her Business and Accounting Degrees from Bentley College in 1976. Mrs. Franchi Flaherty was the General Manager at Franchi Management Company, Inc., where she worked for over 30 years, and the founder of Ovations for the Cure, a non-profit organization she created in 2006 to raise awareness and funding for ovarian cancer research. A trustee at Bostons Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since 1992, Mrs. Franchi Flaherty was instrumental in the formation of numerous research funds, both at DFCI and in renowned medical facilities across the country aimed at developing early detection testing and better treatments for women with ovarian cancer nationwide. In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by her sister, Linda Kacewicz and husband Jack of Warwick, RI; brother Louis and wife Deirdre of Newton; brother Michael of Sherborn; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Rt.16), WELLESLEY, Friday at 8 AM. Funeral Mass in St. Paul's Church, Wellesley at 9 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Thursday, 1-4 & 6-9 PM. Interment will be held at Glenwood Cemetery, South Natick for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Ovations for the Cure, 251 West Central St., Suite 32, Natick, MA 01760. Online guestbook and directions: http://www.gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley, 781-235-4100. Published in the Boston Globe from 8/19/2008 - 8/20/2008. (8-20-08)

1974 - Sad news regarding Sandra Keery Russell of Wellesley Hills and Sagamore Beach, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 6, 2008. Born on May 5, 1956, Sandra grew up in Weston. She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in 1975 and had a successful career as a legal secretary at the firm of Palmer and Dodge in Boston. In 1984 she married Gordon C. Russell and moved to Wellesley Hills where she and her husband raised their two children. Sandra was an active member of the Wellesley community and specifically of the St. John's School where she spearheaded fundraising events and was most proud of being a dedicated pizza mom. Sandra and her family summered on Nantucket where in 1997 Sandra and her husband founded in the pink, the first Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store. Sandra embodied the spirit of the happy, fun and carefree lifestyle this brand represents. Her efforts led to the expansion from the original Nantucket location to the current eight stores in Massachusetts. Sandra is survived by her loving husband Gordon C. Russell of Wellesley Hills, their beloved children Gordon B. Buck Russell and Jonathan M. Russell, her mother Constance F. Keery of Plymouth and St. Croix, her siblings Lynne K. Ellis and her husband Keith of Sagamore Beach, Thomas R. Keery, II and his wife Laura of Weston, David G. Keery and his wife Nina of Newburyport and Scott E. Keery of Kingston, her brothers in-law Benjamin W. Russell of Newburyport and Winfield P. Russell and his wife Elizabeth of Rowayton, CT. Sandra is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Sandra was predeceased by her father Thomas D. Keery. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Rt.16) WELLESLEY, Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 9:30 AM. Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley Hills, at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 PM. Private interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley. Donations in Sandra's memory may be made to MitoAction, 14 Pembroke Street, Medford, MA 02155-4827 or online at www.mitoaction.org. Online guestbook & directions at www.gfdoherty.com George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781-235-4100. Thanks to Karen Woodsum for sending in this notice. (8-9-08)

1984 - Sad news, in this notice from today’s Boston Globe: Bumpus, John F., Of Marlboro, formerly of Weston, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Sunday, August 3, 2008 after a brief illness. A joyful person and proud father, he was born May 6, 1966. He is survived by his loving children Ryan and Ashley Bumpus of Marlboro. He was the devoted son of Mona (Carson) Bumpus and the late Frederick J. Bumpus. Brother of Ann Bumpus ’79, Kathryn Bumpus ’80 and David ’82 and Kristine Bumpus. He is survived by his nieces Lisa and Zia and nephews Brian, Christopher and Austin. A graduate of Springfield College and Weston High School, John enjoyed golfing and spending time with his friends, family and loved ones. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Rt.16) WELLESLEY, Thursday at 10 AM. Funeral mass in St. Julia's Church, Weston, at 11 AM. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Wednesday 4-8 PM. Interment Linwood Cemetery, Weston. Friends and family are invited to attend a gathering at St. Julia's Parish Center immediately following the committal services. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. Online guestbook and directions at http://www.gfdoherty.com/. George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781-235-4100 (8-5-08)

1979 - Sad news. Anne Wilbur VanDusen of Reston, Virginia, died unexpectedly on Wednesday June 25, 2008, in Ottawa, Canada. An obituary in the Weston Town Crier recalls , “Ms. VanDusen was an accomplished flutist, writer, and singer. Best known for her beautiful smile, gentle spirit, and heart of gold, Anne touched the lives of everyone with whom she came into contact.” Thanks to Paul Barlett for alerting the Alumni News. Read the full obituary here. (7-2-08)

1985 - Now living in Providence RI, Nick Spooner says “hello” and... Just trying to get back in touch with my classmates. I grew up in Weston and attended public school there through Jr. High in 1981. So, I’m hoping that anyone from the WHS class of 1985 is still out there...(6-18-08)

1997 - Joseph Wolenski writes: I’m working as a criminal defense attorney (http://www.miami-criminal-defense.net/) in Miami, Florida. I’m married, and I hang out as often as I can with fellow Westonites Brian Travers (now living in France), John Sarianides, and Nick Keramaris. (6-15-08)

1971 - From Africa, Barbara Brown writes: I am now living in Antananarivo, Madagascar. I am teaching ESL and my husband is the Peace Corps country director. From what I have seen so far of this very diverse island, I think we are going to enjoy our next few years here. (6-15-08)

1972 - Dee Fisher Jackson sends this update: Hello classmates of ’72. I am really looking forward to actually making the next class reunion. I have enjoyed catching up on alumni news, though saddened by the loss of the teachers. I am still teaching special education in Anacortes, WA. Retirement is just a few years away! My daughter, Lindsey, 26, is flying C-17's for the Air Force and leaves for Iraq in a month. My son, Scott, 21, is an EMT/firefighter for the county. Husband, John, commutes from Houston to Seattle each week. He flies for Continental. I am looking forward to my annual trip to Rangeley, ME for rest and relaxation and to Jacksonville to visit in-laws... The best to all! (5-24-08)

1958 - Debbie Toppan reports the sad news that Ned Buckminster and Jay Crowe have died. (5-10-08)

All Years - Second Annual WHS Alumni Baseball Game, Weston High School Baseball Field, Monday, May 26, 2008, 3:00 p.m. Cookout-style refreshments will be provided. New format for 2008! Players of even graduating years versus those of odd graduating years, current players included. For more information, please call T.K. Skenderian ’01 at 617-755-8692, or e-mail him at tkskenderian@hotmail.com. Hope to see you there! (5-10-08)

1983 - Ned Sennott has a happy updated: My wife Suzi and son Patrick (3 yrs) are pleased to announce the arrival of the newest member of our family. Miss Jillian Anne Sennott arrived in this world on Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at 7.8 lbs and 20.5".  Suzi & Jillian are doing fine, and Patrick is ecstatic at being a “Big Brother.” (4-12-08)

More on Bruce MacDonald - At the memorial service today, Mr. MacDonald’s son, Jamie, reminded attendees that Bruce had created the Principal’s Award at graduation, also known as the Mensch Award, for students who had contributed to the life of the school but not in areas that traditionally reap awards. As many pointed out, Bruce particularly liked underdogs and respected their dignity. Today’s Boston Globe has a fine obituary of Bruce MacDonald. (4-5-08)

Sad news: Former WHS principal Bruce MacDonald passed away on March 26. Mr. MacDonald began his service in the Weston Public Schools in 1966. He served as high school English teacher and Curriculum Leader, Dean of Secondary Faculty, and as Principal (from 1982 until his retirement in June of 1994).He had been living in German House in West Roxbury, a nursing home. Mr. MacDonald had Lewy Body disease, a condition quite similar to Alzheimer’s. Burial services will be private. There will be a memorial service April 5. Here is the death notice from the Globe: “Bruce L. MacDonald, of Chestnut Hill on March 26, 2008. Beloved husband of Alice (Dewing) MacDonald. Father of Jamie L. and his wife Meg of Roslindale and the late Rob Roy MacDonald. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. in Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St., NEWTON CORNER, followed by a reception in the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to The Grace Church Music Fund, 76 Eldredge St., Newton, MA 02458. Retired Principal Weston High School. Eaton & MacKay Funeral Home 617-244-2034.” Bruce’s wife Alice’s address is 1610 North Tower, The Towers, 250 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. (updated 3-28-08)

1974 - A note from Weston, sent in by Valerie Siek: Hi all, it’s been a while since I’ve sent anything in so I thought I would share. I am currently living in Weston, helping out my mom. I work full time for TD Banknorth in Needham. For fun I have been traveling… my latest trips have been 3 weeks in South Africa and just last year storm chasing in the Mid-west which I am considering doing again this year as it was an AMAZING trip, very educational…learning to read and understand many different weather maps…but we will see. My trips have inspired me and I am also doing some photography on the side. I have seen Nancy (Bianchi) LaMotto, Sue Lee and Lila Baghdady who are all living in the D.C. area. That was a fun visit. Would love to hear from my old friend, Mike King (hint, hint)… so that the next time I am down in PA we could maybe get together. (3-16-08)

1977 - Ellen Sturgis invites WHS alumni of all years who live in Bolton, Stow, Maynard or Hudson (MA) to get involved in her campaign for state representative. From class secretary to school committee to selectman and now to the 3rd Middlesex state rep. My website is http://www.ellensturgis.com/. Would be happy to connect with all former Westonites politically active or not—I’m an Independent Democrat, connecting people, building results. It’s all about getting things done, not about ideologies! I’ve lived here in Stow for 18 years, and it’s time to represent our little towns at the State House. I welcome questions, volunteers, and support of all types!  campaign@ellensturgis.com. (4-5-08)

1981 - Here’s an update from author Barry Zellen: I wanted to let classmates and former teachers who read the classnotes know that my first book, an historical study of the indigenous rights movement in the Arctic, has (finally!) been published, called: “Breaking the Ice: From Land Claims to Tribal Sovereignty in the Arctic” (Lexington Books, 2008).
It examines the movement to settle Native claims in Alaska and the Northwest Territories, and observes how the land claims experience served as a laboratory for learning about contemporary management and governance, providing a new generation of leadership with the experience they needed to restore many parts of their lost sovereignty. While the end result was not independence, it was a greater amount of autonomy, something I describe as “sovereignty duality” with tribal powers restored, but within a broader constitutional framework, helping to unite the tribal peoples along the “last frontier” with the political, economic and social fabric of society.
It’s the first of five books in the pipeline - the second is due out at the end of this year, called (very tentatively) “Leviathan Rising: Visionaries of Order at the Crossroads of Thought and Action -- an inquiry into the endurance of realism in political philosophy, from classical to contemporary times.” That’s just the working title, the publisher will help me whittle it down to something more snappy - it examines how philosophers respond to political chaos, crisis and war, and use language to build an alternate reality, sort of a blueprint of order, that ultimately gave birth to the modern state (for better or worse - since the state has been at once the ultimate security blanket in a chaotic world, but also a source of tremendous insecurity.)
Am enjoying the process of completing so many projects that were incubating for so many years!
My other new project, still in the early stages, is called TechnologyforaSmallPlanet.org, an effort to transfer digital technology to remote, indigenous communities to help preserve and document traditional languages and cultures at risk of extinction - continuing my work on aboriginal rights that I started up in the Arctic. Am soliciting donations from IT manufacturers for digital cameras, audio recorders, video camcorders, and PCs so that villages can learn to use these tools as a means of cultural preservation - the first pilot projects are in Sapa, Vietnam, and Lijiang and Xichang, China. Still a long way to go and much to learn, but already tons of fun. (3-27-08)

1996? - From the email to the Alumni News: “Could you help me? I am looking for Anya BUSZA who came to France in 1992/1993 to school for one year. I want to invite her to France. I remenber that she lives on Glenn Road, Weston MA. Thanks a lot. My address is schangel.olivier@neuf.fr .” [Is this the same Anya as the Anya Lakner, listed in 1996 on the e-Directory?] (3-9-08)

1980 - Celeste “Elizabeth” Gallagher O'Keeffe writes:. My family and I have moved back to Weston from North Carolina after fourteen years, two years ago. I am an Assistant General Counsel at Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis provider, and my husband’s orthopaedic practice is in the Melrose-Wakefield-Winchester region. My twin daughters, Alison and Kaitlin, are now 18 (!!) and off to college in the fall. They will graduate from Newton Country Day School in June. Alison plans to attend the University of Richmond where she aspires to be a diplomat in the international studies program there; Kate desires to be a teacher and will hear about her college plans soon! Our son Michael is 12 and just started at Belmont Hill School this year and is doing very well academically and looks forward to his first lacrosse season there as a goalie. We love to play golf in the summer in Hyannis Port and Oyster Harbors so please let us know if you ever want to play! It is great to be back home and to see family and friends more frequently. P.S. Can anyone tell me what happened to Madeleine Rostad? She was my neighbor on Nobscot Road. (2-19-08)

1978/1979 - Ed Summers, of New Jersey, would like help locating Lisa Wilde, once of NJ, who he thinks graduated from WHS in 1978 or 1979. He’d appreciate help in making contact. Ed’s contact info is (732) 948-1016, or guppyflipper@aol.com. (3-4-08)

1998 - I’m writing to update the WHS alumni site with new news on my sisters and me. I, Selena Coppock, am living in New York City and I work as a book editor by day, standup comedian by night. I update my schedule and rant about meaningless minutae semi-regularly on http://www.selenacoppock.com/. My older sister Laurel ’95 is married and living in Los Angeles. She’s an actress/comedian. Our oldest sister Emily ’92 is married and living in Wayland. We all ripped on her for marrying a Wayland Warrior, but what can you do? She works at an art gallery on Newbury Street and is doing well. That’s the scoop on the Coppock ladies :) (2-27-08)

1969 - Sad news: Beverlie Conant Sloane died suddenly on Dec. 10, 2007, in Los Angeles, CA. She is survived by her husband David Conant Sloane, sister Lisa ’71, and her father Ralph Conant. David’s address is: 4844 1/2 McConnell St., Los Angeles, CA 9006-6712, and his email is dsloane@usc.edu. At Weston HS Beverlie was very active in the theater..was Joan in the play Joan of Arc. Read the obituary telling of her remarkable life. She was a great friend and will truly be missed. Submitted by Karen Degerberg ’71. (2-27-08)

1976 - Peter Perkins checks in with best wishes to all those who contributed so vividly to his twelve years in the Weston public school system. Peter's kaleidoscopic world has included following the Grateful Dead coast to coast, working as a field geologist in Alaska and Wyoming, managing the mid-mountain restaurant at a major ski resort in Utah, being a carpenter and construction superintendent in the Sacramento area, teaching fourth and eighth grade in a small Sierra Nevada community, and serving in company operations for a high-end audio manufacturer. He is now semi-retired and catching his breath working on his first novel, and creating a small nature conservatory. Peter and his wife Catherine, who is a clothing and interior designer, also house and take care of their two elderly mothers on their rural property in Grass Valley, CA, in the Gold Country about an hour west of Lake Tahoe. Between them they have three sons: a Marine, a senior at the University of Nevada in Reno, and a fifth grader. His hope for us all is to honor how far we have come in life, rather than how far we believe we need to go. (2-8-08)

Sad news - Lou Palena, a popular and charismatic Weston High social studies teacher in the early ’70s, died of a heart attack on January 3, 2008, at age 64.There is an obituary online, from the Boston Globe, at:
http://www.legacy.com/bostonglobe/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=100883422 (The obituary will remain available for a year, until January 2009.) Mr. Palena had taught at the Martin Luther King School during turbulent times, then moved on to Weston. After a few, influential years, he left Weston and teaching to work full time as a jazz musician. Subsequently he moved into high tech, married Margaret Rhodes, and raised a family. A memorial “Celebration of Life” was held Saturday, January 19, at the Story Chapel in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Much of the celebration was music, performed mostly by members of his family. The final piece, played with an empty pulpit, was a recording of Lou Palena playing pianist Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom.” (Peterson, one of Mr. Palena’s idols, died December 23, less than two weeks before Mr. Palena.) Contributions in Lou Palena’s name can be made to the Brookline Music School, 25 Kennard Street, Brookline or to the American Civil Liberties Union. (1-20-08)

1942 - Passing of father: My father James S.Tebo (perhaps known as Bud) was in the class of ’42. He has passed away in Florida on Jan 19. In a search for Linwood cemetery I came across this alumni section, and thought perhaps some of his classmates that are living might be interested. There is an obituary at the Boston Globe. Thank you,  James Tebo, Jr., oldest son. (Click here for the obituary.) (1-26-08)

1989 - A catch-up from Eli Golub, who is Down Under: Wanted to drop a note (because I don’t think I ever have), and let everybody know that after twelve years in LA in the film business (I guess I missed Anders, Billy, and Phil), my wife Justine and I sold our house in Mar Vista and moved just outside of Melbourne, Australia, with our two boys Kai (3) and Liam (1). Regrettably I’ll have to miss Coach Baldanza’s retirement party. Drop a line if you come down here for a visit. I think I’ll be staying in the same place for a while. Happy New Year everyone! (1-24-08)

1989 - Hilary Sayer Munson writes, Just a quick update that Brian & I moved to Winter Park, Florida, in August. We currently have 3 children and are loving the Florida lifestyle! (1-19-08)

1993 - Sad news: Alicia (Lisa) White passed away unexpectedly last week. Lisa was a former Weston/METCO student. A wake will be held at the Jubilee Church on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan on Thursday, January 10, at 10:00a.m. with the funeral to follow at 11:00a.m. (1-8-08)

1963 - From Consuelo Castillo: Living in Toronto (still) with my partner of 12 years, I am contemplating retirement after many years in I.S. My mother is again living in Weston; my son, a jazz pianist, sometimes plays in the Boston area (http://www.solomondouglas.com/). I would love to hear about any reunion plans (class of 1963), and from/about old friends and teachers (and does anyone know the whereabouts of Cora ne Coggins?). (1-8-08)

1969 - Hi. Charlene Ferro here. I live in Hollywood, Florida, for the last 27 years. I have to wonderful sons Mark and Bobby.  Married twice. Divorced twice. Presently single but very happy...I work as a medical  secretary for the last 30 years. Love living in Florida and love being close to my 7 brothers and two sons...I would love to hear from anyone else who graduated in 69...I am still in touch with Michelle Zirpolo HendersonJohn Sugden, Mark SawyerSharon Sawyer, lost touch with most everyone else...Never did make it to my 30th reunion but hope we’ll have another one...Fondly, Charlene Ferro. (1-4-08)

1968 - Dear Class of ’68 Friends, I'm so excited to share my happy news! I am engaged to be married to a most wonderful man, Ron Kane. He proposed to me at Thanksgiving dinner in front of my whole family! I answered, “Absolutely!” Ron is in business and lives in Philadelphia, but will soon move here to Boca Raton, Florida (affectionately known as “Paradise.”) I will be the “step mother” of 28 year old, Amanda, and 31 year old, Michael and his wife, Amy. My children, Jesse (24 yrs. old) and Rosie (21 yrs. old) are thrilled. Rosie told Jesse that she is so happy that their mom is finally growing up! Looking forward to seeing you all at our reunion in May! All my best, Ellie Stettner (12-26-07)

All years - Weston High School Ice Hockey Team Alumni Game - 8:30 PM, December 26, 2007, in Weston at the Rivers School Rink, 333 Winter Street. Varsity Ice Hockey is back at WHS! Coach Linc Cornell invites all past WHS ice hockey team players to meet the varsity team and skate on their HOME ice for the third annual Weston High School Ice Hockey Team Alumni Game. Come play and wear Weston colors once again! Questions? Contact Coach Linc Cornell at Linccornell@mac.com. Coach Cornell writes that the varsity won its home opener against Dracut, 2-0. (updated 12-16-07)

1968 - Linda Cerniglia Curran extends condolences to the families of Charles (Chuck) Averil ’68 and Mark Clair ’74 (Jim Clair's brother) for the class of 1968. Both passed away this past November and December. (12-16-07)

1978 - Question: Who was “the black devil” for Valentine’s Day? Dave McKenzie wants to know. (12-12-07)

1979 - Scott Duhaime writes: Contrary to popular opinion, I am alive in well in Bolton, Mass!  Midlife crisis has hit pretty hard, so I went and formed a rock and roll band with a bunch of friends. Our first CD is due out in January, 2008, and you can see and hear us on the web at www.myspace.com/tanodyssey, or http://www.tanodyssey.com/. If you like what you hear, become a friend on MySpace. My kids love having a dad who’s a rock star! Ran into classmate Russ Foreman twice in 2007 at two different triathlon events, one in Lowell and another in Worcester. I challenge the rest of my classmates to stay healthy, keep the spirit of our old cross country Coach Don Dunkin alive, and sign up to run some local races in 2008! (12-6-07)

1974 - Sad news (sent in by Lana Moy Harrington from today’s Boston Globe): Mark J. Clair,  51, of Dover formerly of Weston died suddenly on Saturday December 1, 2007. Beloved husband of Jane M. (Darveau). Loving father of Jonathan E., CarolineA. and Colette A. all of Dover. Dear son of Theresa (Walton) Clair of Weston and the late James Ernie Clair. Brother of James E. Clair Jr. and his wife Claire of Dover, Mary T. Clair of Weymouth, Joseph P. Clair ’72 and his wifeLaurie of Medfield and Michael S. Clair and his Wife Cornelia of Biddeford, ME. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of Most Precious Blood, 30 Center St., Dover on Thursday at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting Hoursat The Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave., NEEDHAM on Tuesday 4-8 andWednesday 4-8. Interment will take place at the Highland Cemetery in Dover. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mark’s memory may be made to Greater Boston Association for Retarded Citizens. (G.B.A.R.C.) 221 North Beacon St., Brighton, MA 02135. Late graduate from Weston High School, Classof 74, attended Babson and Curry College. Former co-owner of Clair International Motor Cars in West Roxbury. Mark was a dedicated member and fund raiser for G.B.A.R.C. where he received their distinguished Man of theYear Award. Also very active in the Jack Devine Foundation in Dover, a member of the American Legion-George P. Preston Post 209 in Dover and memberof the Board of Chamber of Commerce in Walpole. For directions obit and guest book www.eatonfuneralhomes.com. Eaton Funeral Home 1-781-444-0201 (12-4-07)

Turnover and job openings in Weston Public Schools - Recently Superintendent Alan Oliff announced his resignation, followed by the naming of his upcoming successor, Cheryl Maloney, once a WHS history teacher and subsequently assistant superintendent. A previously failed search for a new Athletic Director to replace Pete Foley is being revived. Additonally, the following positions are to be filled: Assistant Superintendent, Field School Principal, Director of Technology and Libraries, and Grade 9-12 Guidance Department Head. (11-28-07)

1973 - Chase Morrison writes: I am still a professional cellist, living south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Brother Ralph ’76 is in L.A. and still a violinist, and sister Alexandra ’80 is in NYC. I have just finished building a straw bale home on 40 acres in the mountains, am part of an intentional community, and have recently celebrated 7 years with my partner Mary. I welcome news from others directly through my website: http://www.arcomusic.com/ or write me atceltcello@earthlink.net— do write! And, the late John Barclay was the man who got me to stand up in front of a class and speak. Since then, every time I’ve had to speak publicly, I’ve thought of and thanked him. (11-14-07)

3 decades - Charles Stearns Hatch, who taught English in Weston for 31 years through the late 1970’s, died September 27, 2007, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 80. Mr. Hatch was born in Boston and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1944 and Harvard College with the class of 1948. His college studies were interrupted by his service in the United States Army during World War II. Following his graduation from Harvard College, he began a career in teaching. While teaching, he continued his education, earning a Master of Arts degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in 1958. Mr. Hatch was preceded in death by his wife Ruth in 1998 and by his brother Norman L. Hatch, Jr., in 1991. He is survived by his daughter, Victoria Constance Hatch of Jamaica Plain, and son, Alexander Merrill Canterbury Hatch, of Midway, Utah. Mr. Hatch's ashes will be scattered according to his wishes. No other service is planned. (10-20-07)

1981 -
Seeing nothing on this Alumni page from her class, Sharon Lee Johnson Assang writes: It seems that the Class of ’81 is too busy to post timely updates. I have a joke to share. Question: What makes you feel older than grey hair or losing your hair? Answer: Helping your daughter choose a university to spend the next four years of her life. She’s ready for adventure and the brutal Minnesota winters. As for me, I have settled down and now work with a Spanish based multinational energy company at the Caribbean Region Head Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (10-20-07)

1988 - Haley Davis Melanson announces the birth of her second son, Kiefer, on September 19, 2007. Kiefer joins big brother Hayden, now 2 1/2. Haley and her husband Keith live in Canton, GA. (10-20-07)

1980 - More on the death and life of Betsy Colpitts Laitinen—Her brother Rick ’78 writes that Betsy died “October 13, 2007. She was an incredible inspiration to everyone fortunate enough to have contact with her. She enjoyed her high school experience and made many lifelong friends both students and staff.” Here is a moving obituary (with photo online) from the Boston Globe:

Betsy Laitinen, indomitable advocate for those with disabilities

By Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff  |  October 17, 2007

In a simple parenthetical aside, Betsy Laitinen could use words to acknowledge one of the most obvious parts of her life and in the same moment lift herself and others beyond the wheelchair she needed to get around.

"She was very smart and well-spoken and would say the funniest things," said her niece Anne Colpitts of Chestnut Hill. "I got an e-mail from her a few weeks ago, and it began, 'I was just sitting here (for a change).'"

It was a joke about the wheelchair she had used for more than 25 years, but anyone who had spent time with Mrs. Laitinen knew her dry humor worked on more than one level. She may have sat, but she didn't sit still. An advocate for the rights of those with disabilities, she spent years working with agencies on everything from improving medical care to ensuring that people can live independently even when they need significant assistance with basic daily tasks.

Mrs. Laitinen, who had a neuromuscular illness akin to muscular dystrophy, was with friends for their annual girls' weekend on Cape Cod when she could not be awakened Saturday, and she died at Falmouth Hospital. She was 45 and had lived in Chestnut Hill.

"When you were with Betsy, you did not at all see her disability, you did not at all see her fragility, you did not at all see how at risk she was day to day," said Dr. Robert Master, president of the Commonwealth Care Alliance.

"What you saw was a person who was vibrant, empathetic, talented, engaged, and who always - both on a professional and a human-relations level - seemed to make everything better," he said. "Betsy personified where the disability human rights movement wants to go. How do you see the person and not the disability? How do you see the person with all her capabilities and not see someone in a wheelchair?"

Barbara Hantz, a longtime friend and the administrative director of Boston Community Medical Group, said that "the word 'can't' was not in her vocabulary. The word 'why' was. If you said, 'You can't do that,' she would say, 'Why?' "

Growing up in Weston, the fourth of five children, Elizabeth M. Colpitts was not slowed by her illness until she was 9 or 10, said her brother Richard Colpitts ’78 of Peru, Maine, her next oldest sibling. Even then, she was more active than many able-bodied friends.

"She was very social so she was always over at someone's house," he said. "I think her best and strongest trait was interpersonal skills. She was either on the phone or with someone constantly, and that defined her life into her 30s and 40s. She had a way of bringing people together who wouldn't always see themselves together."

After graduating from Weston High School, she went to Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., her first experience living away from home. By then, walking had become difficult "so she had to learn how to use an electric wheelchair," her brother said. "And she had to learn how you party with your friends and still find your way back when your battery dies."

For several years, she was in charge of advocacy at the Boston Center for Independent Living and later managed member services for the community medical alliance program of the Neighborhood Health Plan. She also had chaired the board of directors for Boston Community Medical Group and had worked with Tufts University School of Medicine, helping medical students learn how to treat disabled patients.

"She was teaching them how to approach people with disabilities, what things to be sensitive to and be aware of," said Mary Glover, a nurse practitioner who is director of the Boston Community Medical Group. "She thought it was an important thing for the profession and for people with disabilities, and she really enjoyed it."

With students, as with anyone else Mrs. Laitinen encountered, she taught by example.

"Betsy was probably the one person in my life who led me to believe that the handicap does not control the life, but that the individual determines the life," her brother said. "Betsy was never dominated by her handicap. She used her handicap as a means of access, a means of challenging others in life. She saw it as an opportunity - in her case for advocacy."

In the early 1990s she married Peter Laitinen, a paraplegic who worked as an analyst with Medicaid.

"We have beautiful pictures of the two of them at their wedding, dancing in their wheelchairs," her brother said. "I had never seen it before, but it was gorgeous, seeing the two of them out on the dance floor. It's probably one of my fondest memories. They were a great couple together."

Then, in the summer of 2001, she collapsed at a train station and slipped into a coma. When she awakened a couple of months later, her husband had died. Meanwhile, she could no longer see as well, and for a time could not speak.

"And yet, she used that, too, as an opportunity and began meeting with other people who had gone though a similar experience," her brother said. "Most of us would be deep in depression and would be buried for years. She went back to work two years later."

Master said that "at the time you'd say, 'Well that's too much. We all have a limit and at some point we throw in the towel.' Betsy didn't."

A couple of years ago, Mrs. Laitinen decided to visit Hawaii, where she had traveled before. With her don't-say-can't attitude, she negotiated airlines that forgot a passenger with a wheelchair was coming and airports that sometimes left her waiting for an hour before providing services she had arranged weeks in advance.

In Hawaii, she did virtually everything with her friends - except swim. Instead, Hantz poured seawater over her feet on the beach. "I said, 'Come on, you have to feel the ocean,' " she said.

The trip was worth the challenges, Mrs. Laitinen told the Globe. "I think you can do anything you set your mind to with a lot of planning and friendship and achieve the dream," she said.

In addition to her brother and niece, Mrs. Laitinen leaves her mother, Roberta (Patch) Colpitts of Falmouth; two other brothers, David Colpitts of Texas and Glenn Colpitts of Sudbury; and a sister, Lynne Lewis ’88 of Braintree.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Westgate Church in Weston. Burial will be private. (10-18-07)

1980 - Sad news: Elizabeth (Betsy Colpitts) Laitinen died unexpectly this past weekend. Betsy Colpitts was a Weston High School graduate, member of the Class of 1980. Services as follows: Visiting hours from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave, MILTON, MA, 02186. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Westgate Church, 100 Winter Street, Weston, MA 02493. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 30 Taunton Green, Taunton, MA 02780. Chapman, Cole & Gleason http://www.ccgfuneralhome.com/. (10-16-07)

1996 - Sad news: Benjamin S. Jupiter, of Denver CO, formerly of Weston, died suddenly, on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the age of 29. Cherished son of Dr. Jesse B. & Beryl (Abrams) Jupiter of Weston. Loving brother of Stacy Jupiter ’93 of Australia. Dear grandson of Rita & the late Morton Abrams of Boca Raton, FL and the late Samuel & Miriam Jupiter. Services at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley on Friday, October 5 at 1:00 PM. Burial at the Beit Olam Cemetery, Wayland. Memorial observance at his parents home through Monday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in memory of Ben to Temple Beth Elohim, 02481 or to Weston Boosters (supporting Weston youth and sports), PO Box 253, Weston, MA 02493. Graduate of Weston High School, class of 1996 and University of Colorado at Boulder, Class of 2001. Working as a sales representative in medical equipment. An avid golfer and skier. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300. Published in the Boston Globe on 10/3/2007. (10-16-07)

1974 - Angela Berry of 22 Conant Road for 15 years  has now moved from Brasilia to Buenos Aires. Please note her new email address in the directory. Meanwhile - all siblings are well - Richard ’64 is living in Maine, Nadine ’67 is living in Florida, Thomasin ’69 is living in Concord and Liddy, ’71 is living in Acton. Anyone wishing to get in touch with our family please just be in touch with me. Best Regards, Angela. (10-14-07)

1985 -
A moving update from Geoff Grant: I am now a Life Coach. I am enrolled in a year long program to become certified which will lead to greater opportunities. I am also beginning (October 23, 2007) an intensive 10 month leadership program which involves four trips to California. The best news of all is that my wife survived a rare cancer called mesothelioma (search the web for "karen grant cancer" to read her amazing story). To give back, we speak to patients and their loved ones at Brigham and Women’s to provide much needed hope and support. Best to all, Geoff. (10-5-07)

1978/1979 - Donna Lee Van Cott writes, In June 2007 I left New Orleans behind me and am now settled in Manchester, Connecticut. I am an associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. After a long absence, I have gotten involved in community theater again: I will be in the chorus and have a small part in the Little Theater of Manchester production of “Mame,” opening in November. I will be back in the Weston area for Thanksgiving week and hope to catch up with old friends. (9-16-07)

1982 - Gathering of friends class of ’82, sent in by Tom Vautour: It was the eve of 9/ll/07 when a gathering took place at Joe’s bar and grill in Woburn MA. Just a few old friends showed up for the Red Sox game and many laughs together. All but one in attendance were Weston High School graduates of the class of 1982. One friend had graduated that same year in the neighboring town of Wayland. Known to each by nicknames awarded in high school hallways, the six shared many memories together and enjoyed many a good laugh. Fergy, Ferrells, Felzy, and Morie were but four of the gang. Votes and Vlacos completed the circle that shared good food and drink in a lively sports atmosphere. I hope it's not another 15 or 20 years before a meeting like this takes place again, and I’ll look foreword to the next time and the next place as eagerly as this one. (9-16-07)

1969 - Susan Knowles Hilt - still living in Staunton Virginia- the beautiful Shenandoah Valley - two wonderful grown children and 4 grandchildren. My husband and I are enjoying life to the fullest. We love traveling to Anna Maria Island in Florida once a year and have been to Weston this past April. I am an administrative assistant for Marquis Memorial United Methodist Church in Staunton and my husband won't consider retiring because I won't. So guess we will retire when we feel like it.  It is so wonderful to love your job so much you don't want to leave. So sad to hear about Mr. Barclay.  I loved his classes. Does anyone know whatever happened ot Miss Kaye? I would love to get in contact with her. What a blessing! What a wonderful resource this site is and I would love to hear from any of my class mates that remember me at suehilt1@hotmail.com . Best wishes...Sue (9-13-07)

1995 - It’s a girl! From Doryn Gelb Wallach: The spectacularly beautiful Tatum Alexandra Wallach was born today at 12:25pm, weighing in at 7 lbs, 4 oz and stretching 19.5 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great. Dad is very much looking forward to Tatum’s first dance recital.(9-12-07)

1991 - Monica (Swanson) Shea writes: Just wanted to say “hello” to everyone from Weston Class of 1991 and others close to that graduating year that know my brothers and me. I currently live in Plymouth MA. I lived in Boston for several years while working as a property accountant for a Boston based real estate investment firm. I am now married to a wonderful man originally from Cape Cod who I met at The Fours Boston after a Celts playoff game several years ago. We now have two beautiful, healthy boys (ages 3 and 1) and don’t get to many sporting events anymore. The 3 year old is a handful (as those of you with children probably understand), but we are having a blast! Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer. (8-22-07)

1992 - Back in Massachusetts, Alex Goldman says, My family (wife Linsey, and twins Benjamin and Marah – almost 3 years old) recently moved to Andover MA after being away from Massachusetts for 8 years. We spent the last 6 years in Texas, and I’m very happy to be back. I’m looking forward to connecting with former classmates at the upcoming 15th year reunion. (7-27-07)

1971 - Big news from David Richardson: It has been a long time in searching for the right mate. I found her six years ago but at that time she was married. But I still helped her with her special needs. Cheryl really grew to love me. At the beginning of this year her husband died. She found me again about 2 months ago. We hit it off and, since she was a widow, I could date her and see her every day now. We are planning to get married the 28th of July, 2007, in the LDS Temple in Belmont, MA. We still have not decided on a place for the reception. Cheryl is a carbon copy of me, so you know me you will know her. We start and finish each other’s sentences. I will pass on more information as it becomes available. (See photo of David and Cheryl.) (7-14-07)

1992 - Doug Levine sends in this note, in a southern accent: I’m back in school at the Kennedy School of Government for a two-year master in public administration degree. I’m having a blast and meeting folks from all over the world. Currently, I’m down in New Orleans for the summer helping residents in a neighborhood called Broadmoor who are still trying to recover from Katrina. The people I’ve met so far are absolutely committed to rebuilding their lives and the city. It’s truly inspiring....Despite grand ambitions that may take me far from home, my heart will always be in Weston. (7-14-07)

1970 - Sad news sent in by Janet Redden Porter ’74: A sad update on my brother Frederick Redden (see photo) , class of 1970. On July 30, 2006, Fred passed away from a six week bout with esophageal cancer. Fred passed on at peace with the world, encircled by loving family and friends. Fred lived a very full life - his cup overflowed with friends and creative endeavors. Every day was a new adventure. He embraced life with zest and a fantastic sense of humor! If he could pass on a phrase of wisdom, it would be “to live in the now.” For the last 25 years Fred called Stuart, Florida, his home. He most recently was a web designer, but he was a philosopher, poet, writer, photographer, painter and comedian. Fred was not big on amassing worldly goods, -stuff just did not matter much to him. But he died a very wealthy man, rich with love, passion, wisdom and kindness. Speaking for Fred, I would think he might say to his fellow class mates, spark a dream and chase it, don’t wait! (7-11-07)

1982 - Ed Walker writes:  After 21 years with the Weston Fire Department, the past five and a half as Chief, I have taken the position as the Director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow, MA.  Although it will be a big change leaving Weston after so long, I am looking forward to having more time to spend with my wife Jill (Jackson ’83) and my daughters Emily (7-1/2) and Alicia (5). (7-11-07)

1970 – Sad news, as reported by the Joyce Funeral Home: Joseph S. Cerniglia, of Waltham, died Friday, June 15, 2007 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 54. Born in New York, a son of the late Joseph S. Cerniglia, M.D. and Mary L. (DeBuono) Cerniglia, he lived in Weston and in Waltham for more than forty years. Joe was a 1970 graduate of Weston High School and had been working as a telephone sales representative. Joe leaves two sisters, Marilyn Cerniglia of Waltham and Linda Curran and her husband, Jack, of South Weymouth, two nieces, Courtney and Rebecca Curran and his uncle, Francis DeBuono of Waltham. He was also the nephew of the late IdaMae DeBuono. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass for Joe on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 10 a.m. in Saint Julia’s Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston Center. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Little People of America Scholarship Fund, c/o Lois Lamb, 6511 lake Circle Drive, Dallas, TX 75214 (6-25-07)

1983 - Rich O’Connell reports, I am doing well in Atlanta, Georgia. Married my wife Stephanie in 1990 (Regis girl but with a Medford accent) and proud parents of four boys: Richard, Jr., 15, Sean 12, Michael 8 and Mathew 2, plus mother-in-law Diane. Doing well. Started several companies over the years. Primary business is Primus Builders –Design/Build specializing nationally in refrigerated warehouses and food processing facilities. (6-16-07)

1968 - Ellie Stettner says: Hi to everyone, especially WHS class of ’68. I’m so happy that Brett Randolph (my junior prom date!) told me about this website. I have been out of touch with everyone from our class except my forever friend, Patt Adams. However, every year on June 9th I sing happy birthday to Janice Lepine and on March 10th to Genie Fluke!!! I am living very happily in Boca Raton, Florida, after 30 years in Manhattan. I still sing professionally (thank you Mrs. Voigt!) I am the clergy of a synagogue  (http://www.templebethshira.org/) and last year was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College “for 25 years of devoted service to the Jewish community.” I have a 23-year-old son, Jesse, living in Lake Tahoe after graduating from the Univ. of Colorado, and a 20-year-old daughter, Rosie, who is a sophomore at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. My brothers, Al, class of ’70, and Scott, class of ’74, are both fabulous! Al lives in Burke VA with his wife, Wendy, and 15-year-old son, Daniel. Al works for the government in D.C. Scott lives right near me in Delray Beach FL with his wife, Kitty. He is on the executive board of the Tim and Tom Gullickson Foundation which supports brain tumor patients and their families, and he runs their tennis/golf pro-am events. My parents live in the same high rise building, overlooking the ocean, so we are all together a lot, which is wonderful. I would love to hear from my classmates. And if anyone knows how I can reach John Stayn, I would greatly appreciate it. I’m so sad to read of the passing of Mr. Barclay who had such an impact on my life. Wednesday, June 13th, it will be the eleventh anniversary of the death of my beloved friend Robin Fenn Elbot. I miss her desperately every day. Can’t wait for our 40th reunion. I will look for news about it. All my best. (6-15-07)

1971 - Barbara Brown writes from Virginia: I had the pleasure of seeing Tony Bennett and his band perform at Wolftrap in Vienna, Virginia, on June 4. It was a terrific concert and I was thrilled to hear Gray Sargent play guitar in Tony’s four-piece band. He was extraordinary and was spotlighted several times during the concert. I tried to get back stage to congratulate him but was not successful. If you read this, Gray, please know that you, Tony and the rest of the band members really wowed the audience....On a sad note, I too mourn the death of John Barclay. What a great teacher and director he was!  I will never forget that great expression of his, “Boom, boom, boom!” when he wanted to get the class or cast members motivated and the sign on his classroom bulletin board that read, “Have you had a catharsis today?”  He will be missed. (6-6-07)

1996 - Stephen McLaughlin is a carpenter in Arlington VA. He and his wife are expecting their first child. (6-3-07)

1971- Sharon Sawyer Cross - is still in Rhode Island, much to her surprise. She and her husband Chuck and their daughter Chandler have been very busy indeed. Their son, Barclay, graduated from UNH Keene Campus last year with a degree in business management and is headed to California in September to try his luck in the music industry. He is a prolific song writer and has written 2 cd’s and performs all over New England with his group “The Nondiscernables.” Their daughter Chandler is a pure delight. Now 13 years old she is attending Mount St. Charles, where her brother graduated, and she is Excelsior Honors and National Honor Society. She sings, dances and is an exceptional actress....a triple threat. Chuck is a corporate attorney with Greystone Financial in Burlington Mass. and Sharon has her own design company, Sphere. When not lawyering and designing they are working hard on the nonprofit theater group that they founded in 2006. For a sample of what they are up to on that avenue go to http://www.riseonbroadway.org/ . Sharon is currently directing “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at the Columbus Theatre in Providence RI.  She has been lobbying for the arts in Rhode Island and otherwise doing lots of volunteer work. They have been breeding their Maltese dogs and have had 8 beautiful puppies in the past year. They are hard at work on their 1895 Victorian that they bought in the North End of Woonsocket. The house is steeped in history and was built by one of the original industrialists in the Blackstone Valley. A true gem it is a “labor of love” and not “the money pit” as some would think it is. So, that should be enough to catch anyone’s curiosity up to date….Sharon misses her classmates and was especially saddened by the news of John Barclay’s death. He was a great inspiration to Sharon’s love of theatre. (6-1-07)

Another big loss - sent in by Bill Reid ’73: My father, Dr. David H. Reid, passed away on December 5, 2006, at the age of 90. He was the school doctor for more than 25 years and attended almost every football game, gave shots (the first polio vaccinations at the school), etc. He was the family doctor to many WHS graduates. After my mother passed away in the late ’70s he remarried and moved to Idyllwild CA and established a medical practice there until his retirement. We are holding a memorial service for him in Fitzwilliam NH on June 10th. Fitzwilliam is where he would spend the summer since retirement, and our family has been a part of that community for many years. If you need more information, feel free to contact me. (6-1-07)

Sad news - Mr. John Barclay passed away Sunday evening, May 27, from pancreatic and liver cancer. We will update this notice as we receive additional information. Your Alumni Page editor knew John as a friend, a school leader of faculty and students, a drama director of uncommon genius, and a profound influence on the lives of many, many young people. He taught English and speech and directed drama in Weston for something like a quarter of a century, until he left in 1987 to take a high position in the Marriott Corporation where he was in charge of training staff region-wide in customer service. While there he continued occasionally to direct amateur community theatre in Weston. I am among many who will feel a deep loss in John’s passing. Read the obituary from the Town Crier. I’m told that condolence cards to Judy Barclay and all the children may be sent to 10 Ash Street, Natick, MA 01760.
In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the John G. Barclay Scholarship Fund, c/o Weston Public Schools, 89 Wellesley St., Weston MA 02493.

1984 - Brock Edmunds sends a brief update: I am living in Malden MA with my wife (of five years) Olga. I work for Boston University as Assistant Head for Access Services at the Frederick S. Pardee Management Library. (5-20-07)

1992 and others -
An invitation from retiring Athletic Director Pete Foley: There will be a ceremony on Sunday May 27 to dedicate a bench in memory of Payson Corbiere ’92 @ 11:30 by the rear entrance of the Middle School. The memorial bench will be located outside the foyer entrance adjacent to the swimming pool. In addition a display case chronicling his swimming accomplishments while battling the HIV virus will be located in the foyer area. Friends , classmates and teammates are cordially invited as well as encouraged to attend. For additional information contact Pete Foley (foleyp@mail.weston.org) or Claude Valle (vallec@mail.weston.org). (5-16-07)

1998 -
Married and living in Weston, Amanda Carter Fedele writes: Hello everybody, I was at Weston High the other day registering my 5 year old for kindergarten! I can hardly believe it’s been so long. I wanted to send in an update. I graduated from Framingham State College in May of 2005 with my degree in fashion design. I run my own web business for embroidered gifts. It's called Snuggle Time Embroidery, if anyone is interested. I got married this past fall to Josh Fedele (if you’re in the Pembroke or Plymouth area you should check out Fedele’s Chocolates its run by his family and has the best chocolate ever!). We are currently expecting our second child in the fall and we are living in Weston, so if you’re in the area, stop in and say hi! (5-2-07)

1983 - Ned Sennott sends news: Just a little update—2006 was a very joyous and strenuous year for Suzi, Patrick and I. In January I left the Boston College Police Department after 9 years for a better position with the Ashland MA Police. That turned into a nightmare in April when I got a layoff notice following a failed Prop 2½  override bid. Which turned out to be a blessing in May 2006 when was I offered a position with the Hopkinton MA Police. In September Suzi & I purchased a house and moved from Norwood to Millis MA. Patrick is now 2 years old and is giving us a run for our money, and that is how it should be. I’m looking forward to our 25th Reunion next year. (Has it really been that long?). (4-1-07)

1999 -
From Paris, Bénédicte Noiré writes: I just wanted to give a quick update on what’s going on here in France! I’ve been living in Paris for 4 years now and I work into Press Relations. I’ve been working for Apple, Blackberry. Life is very exciting in Paris and everyone is more than welcome to give me a ring if they come visit. I hope all is going great in Weston High...so many unforgettable memories from my stay... I hope to come back soon to say hello. (3-28-07)

Glenn Perrin retires - Laurie Raskin Katz, high school teacher, is putting together a book of remembrances for Glenn Perrin who retired in February from teaching foreign languages at the high school. She writes, “If anyone has an anecdote or memory or picture of Mr. Perrin that you’d like him to have, please jot it down and email it to Mrs. Katz at katzl@mail.weston.org. We will be putting together a book for Mr. Perrin of memories from his many years as a middle and high school teacher in Weston. Thanks to all.” (3-8-07

1986 - Michelle (Mich) Sullivan is still residing in St. Petersburg, Florida, and works as Operations Manager at the Arts Center, a private non-profit visual arts facility. The Arts Center has huge growth plans for the near future, including the establishment of the only permanent collection of glass work by internationally known artist Dale Chihuly, in St. Petersburg by 2009. Mich’s husband of three years, Dirk Armstrong, is Assistant Curator at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Mich’s sister, Cece Sullivan-Rohrbach’92, graduates from the University of Southern Maine in May, 2007, and will soon begin working as a nurse-practitioner. Cece currently has her RN license. Cecile Sullivan, former Weston High School Nurse, resides on Cape Cod and works for Bayada Nurses. The Sullivans lost their wonderful husband/father, Mike Sullivan, this past October to cancer. Mike was 61 years old. Mich, Cece and Cecile miss him very much. My URL and blog site: http://www.myspace.com/littleredchaos. (3-2-07)

1971 - Sad news: Suzanne Weinberg has sent a note with an obituary in the Brattleboro VT newspaper. It reports the death of Pam Stevens, known in Brattleboro/Dummerston as Cal Stevens. Calais Pam Stevens, who had been having health problems for some time, collapsed and died on the spot while house sitting for a friend in Dummerston. Suzanne, who lives in Dummerston, pointed out how sorry she was not to have known that Pam/Calais was nearby until she read of her death. Here is the obituary:

BRATTLEBORO -- Calais P. “Cal” Stevens, 54, of Fairview Street, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, in Dummerston. Ms. Stevens was born in Newton, Mass., on Jan. 7, 1953, the daughter of Frank and Gladys (Gaugler) Stevens Jr. She was raised and educated in Weston, Mass., and was a graduate of Weston High School. She went on to attend college in the Pittsburgh area, where she majored in French. She had been a resident of Brattleboro for over 25 years moving to the area from Weston. She had been employed as an editor/proofreader for the former American Stratford in Brattleboro and later worked at NK Graphics in Keene, N.H. At the time of the death, she was a self-employed proofreader working out of her home. She enjoyed playing softball and was active for several years with the greater Brattleboro Softball League. In her youth she was an accomplished golfer. She also enjoyed time shared with her family, friends and her pet cat “Bambino.”
     Survivors include three sisters, Rae C. Basle and her husband Paul of Randolph, Mass., Kathryn C. Stevens ’63 and her son Jesse of New Paltz, N.Y., and Deborah S. Forschner ’65 and her husband Rick of Beaufort, S.C.; a brother-in-law, George Pearsall of Durham, N.C.; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends in the greater Brattleboro area. She was predeceased by two sisters, Sandra Williams and Patricia Pearsall; and a brother, Frank A. Stevens III.
     There are no formal funeral services scheduled. Graveside services in Linwood Cemetery in Weston will be held at a later date where she will be laid to rest next to her parents. Memorial contributions in Ms. Stevens’ name may be made to The Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home. Published in the Brattleboro Reformer on 2/23/2007. (2-28-07)

1970 - An update from music mogul David Frank: Hi to my sister Andrea ’73, Dolly Butler ’76, my 1st love Diane Butler, and Micheal Critch ’75 my most successful piano student. I live in Topanga CA near Malibu/LA with my wife and 2 almost grown children. I’ve made a career as a musician, producer, songwriter. Go to davidfrankmusic.com.  My son now has a recording contract with Geffen. Go to his myspace Griffith Frank. You will like his voice. Remember our band “Simonpure”? 36 years is a long time and yet… (2-25-07)

1977 - From Lauren Fain in Jamaica Plain: Hi All, was just surfing the WHS Alumni page. It’s fantastic to hear news from old school mates. The class of 1977 should be celebrating our 30th. Has anyone started to plan? I would be interested in helping to gather people together. I am still in touch with a few people from WHS. Currently, I live in Jamaica Plain and am the Director of Special Education for Pentucket Regional School District located north of Boston….Would love to get updates from people from the class of ’77 as well as ’76 and ’78. (2-23-07)

1997 - Joe Wolenski writes: Just finishing up my last year in law school here at the University of Miami. Take the FL and MA bar in July. I’m looking forward to being done with school and practicing criminal defense. (2-19-07)

1977 -
Here’s an update from Marty Galligan: My wife Cathy and I live in Carlisle, MA. We have a son who graduated in the class of 2006 from CCHS, and a daughter in the class of 2009. I am working on planning a 30th reunion, and have talked to a few classmates about this. (2-8-07)

1998 - Update from Taylor McCallum Buzzard: Hi everyone! I haven't been in touch with my high school classmates in a while, so here’s a brief update. This year I celebrated three years of marriage to Justin Buzzard (yes, I took his last name...does that say something about how much I love him?). In November, we welcomed our first child into the world, Cru Luke Buzzard. We live in San Carlos, California (15 minutes south of San Francisco). Justin is a pastor, and I work part-time, from home, as an insurance claims analyst. If you want to see pictures of our cute little guy, go to Justin’s blog--http://www.buzzardblog.typepad.com/. I hope everyone is doing well, and we plan on being at the 10 year reunion. (1-6-07)

1992 - Here’s an update from teacher Julie Coris Wilkens: I’m suddenly living back in the Boston area again. I moved back here from Juneau, Alaska, with my husband, Chris, who is working on a Ph.D. in school administration at Harvard. When he graduates, we’ll probably head back to Alaska. I’m expecting my first child any day now--literally, as my due date was December 28--and I’m teaching 6th grade reading and writing at a charter school in Hyde Park. The school, Boston Prep (http://www.bostonprep.org/) is a public college prep school for mostly low-income students. The school is in year 3, and I am lucky enough to have been one of the founding teachers. Last year, as my students were finishing up reading “Romeo and Juliet,” John Minigan and I arranged for a group of his WHS Shakespeare students to give a workshop to Boston Prep students at our school. It was fun to connect the two places. (12-31-06)

All years - The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund provides financial support to METCO graduates of Weston High School as they continue their educations. The Scholarship Fund awarded approximately $40,000 to 15 students last year, helping these extraordinary young adults attend the colleges of their dreams. We are currently supporting METCO graduates at many fine institutions including Brown, Bentley, Syracuse, American University, and DePaul, to name just a few. The scholarships are awarded based on need after all other resources have been fully applied. This scholarship fund makes a very real difference in the lives of these students, and is vitally important to them as they pursue a college degree. We hope you will consider contributing to this wonderful program. Please send all gifts to: The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund, c/o William H. Wrean Jr., 49 Bay State Road, Weston, MA  02493.
Trustees:  Christina Horner ’86, President, Donald Pierson, Vice President, Cindy Mohammed ’92, Secretary, Will Wrean ’82, Treasurer, Stephen Andrews ’82, Matthew Hiatt ’82, Carl Hyman ’82, Sara Jones, Barbara Karchmer, Darcy Lettieri, Lenore Zug Lobel, Roslyn Marshall, Monique Marshall-Veale ’86, Sandra Martin ’84, Brian McPherson ’85, Chandra Mohammed ’92, Hannah Peters, Mary Pughe, Elizabeth Whitney, Kimberlee Wyche,’83 MD , MPH.
Honorary Trustees: Wallace Ackley, Aberdeen Allen, Robert Danforth, H. Kenneth Fish, Robert Freeman
Please read the full, printable fundraising appeal, with considerably more information. (12-12-06)

1977 - From Pasian di Prato, Italy, Stefano Codutti writes: I was the AFS student from Italy during the school-year 1976-77, therefore belonging to Class of 1977. I would like to keep in touch with some of my classmates and friends in Weston. (11-23-06)

1990 - Carl Swanson tells us: I went to a Weston football game earlier this fall against Ashland and ran into Mr. Foley and Mr. Chandler. I guess Mr. Foley is retiring at the end of the year, and he told me that Coach Baldanza is retiring next year. I plan to go to a wrestling meet this year to say goodbye to Coach Baldanza. (11-23-06)

Sad News - We are very sorry to report the death November 6 of beloved Weston High School teacher and coach Donald Duncan (announced here now, belatedly, because of the one-month hiatus in the Alumni News). Faculty and alumni alike will miss him greatly. There is an online guest book you may read and add to (until November 7, 2007), already with many warm words and recollections, at:
Here is a eulogy, provided by the funeral home:

Donald M. Duncan, age 72, a resident of Maynard & retired Weston educator and track & field coach, died Monday, November 6, 2006 at the Emerson Hospital in Concord. He was the beloved husband of 48 years of Elizabeth Murphy Duncan. Born in Worcester and raised in Fitchburg, he was a son of the late Edwin and Ann (Hackett) Duncan. Mr. Duncan graduated from Fitchburg High School and Fitchburg State College, and served in the US Army for two years. His career as a Weston High School educator and coach spanned decades. The Weston Cross Country and an Outdoor Track coach from 1962 until 1995, Mr. Duncan guided the Cross Country Team to the Massachusetts State Championship in 1990, 12 Dual County Championships and two sectional titles, and the Spring Track Squad to an overall record of 193-27 with 14 league titles and 7 sectional titles. The Weston Indoor Track Team won four Dual County Championships from 1966-69 with Mr. Duncan at the helm. In recognition of his achievements and dedication to the sport, Mr. Duncan was inducted into the Eastern Massachusetts Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. A Maynard resident since 1962, he was a member of the Maynard Knights of Columbus # 2121, St. Bridget’s Parish, and was an active volunteer with St. Bridget’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. A home handyman and builder, Mr. Duncan enjoyed woodworking crafts and especially loved taking time in his day to read The Boston Globe.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 4 children: Kathleen Marson & husband Barry of Groton, David Duncan & wife Robin of Gardner, Eileen Barnes & husband Mark of Springdale, AR., & Diahann Brooks & husband Edward of Maynard; a brother Robert Duncan & wife Thelma of Gardner; 13 grandchildren & many nieces & nephews. He was the brother of the late Edwin & Alexander Duncan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Duncan’s name to St. Bridget’s Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1 Percival St., Maynard, MA. 01754.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Don's wife (Elizabeth Murphy Duncan) at 7 Summerhill Road, Maynard, 01754. (11-21-06) 1991 - Class of 1991 15th year Reunion. Hosted by Vivian Chong at Vox Populi, 755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, Friday, November 24, 7:00pm. Information thanks to Jason Kuliopulos. (11-21-06)

1974 - News from Angela Berry who lived at 22 Conant Road for 16 years. I am married to a Chilean for 18 years, and have four children (aged 16, 13, 11, and 10), and have residence in Brasilia. I worked for the United Nations most of my career and lived in seven countries. Anyone wishing to get in touch pelase write me at: mailto:%20angela.berry@uol.com.br. (11-21-06)

1991 - Jason Kuliopulos writes from Boston that he’s been married for three years. (10-15-06)

1965 - Dudi Teleki DeBlasis writes: To all my classmates. Each month I go to the site in hopes of seeing a note from the class 1965. As we missed our 40th reunion, maybe we could have a 45th. Is any one interested???? My husband Tom and I live in Ormond Beach FL and love it. NO we are not retired - still a few years to go. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. All the best, Dudi. (10-15-06)

Sad news - sent in by Paula Sullivan Harris ’85: Mike Sullivan, husband of former High School nurse Cecile Sullivan, died October 11 after a battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held on October 21 at the Barnstable Unitarian Church. Time to be announced later. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: Cecile Sullivan, 6 Isalane Road, P.O. 275, West Hyannisport, Massachusetts 02672. (10-14-06)

1992 - Math teacher Irene Vouros reports: Sherene Shenouda received her Ph.D. from the BU School of Medicine in May of 2005. I do not have the title of her research project in physiology, but I thought her classmates would like to know this news. She has a grant to continue her research also, and lives in Boston. My husband , Paul, was on her thesis defense committee, and a friend of ours is her thesis advisor. Both said she did an excellent job, and I was indeed proud of her too. (9-28-06)

2006 - Victor Goodman and Nick Eagle are each performing a year of community service (volunteerism) for City Year Boston, an Americorps program. (9-28-06)

2001 - Max Goodman is a reading specialist, teaching in Gainesville FL, under the sponsorship of Americorps. He can be reached at (617) 721-5628. (9-28-06)

1979 - Dean Melby’s discovery: Hello all from 1979. I found this old photo from the Weston Town Crier today, dated June 7, 1979. Seems an eternity ago. Hope everyone is well and perhaps see you at the next reunion. Take care. (9-21-06)

1991 - Chief Petty Officer Robert Whynot writes from the Mediterranean: I’m currently living in Sicily, Italy- still in the Navy. I was selected as Naval Surface Force, Pacific “Sailor of the Year” and promoted to Chief Petty Officer last year. After a 5 year sea tour on USS Benfold, stationed in San Diego, I’m now traveling around Europe and the Middle East, facilitating the Navy’s Leadership Development Course. It’s been an incredible experience. My wife Amber and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary, and we have two boys, a five year old and a 17 month old. Although I probably wouldn’t be able to attend a reunion, I hope our class gets together. I’d enjoy hearing what everyone is up to! (9-5-06)

1941 - Basil Jackson here wondering if anyone in my class still living. Contact me at gibquest@aol.com. (9-4-06)

1991 - From Dionne “Dee” Roberts Sweeting: Just wanted to say hello to everyone in the class of 1991. Garland Sweeting and I are still together and happily married after 18 years!!! We just welcomed our second child this past June, a daughter named Makayla, and our son Elijah is entering the 5th grade at the Field school in Weston this September!! Keep us posted for the Reunion. (8-30-06)

1996 - Update from John Wilson: I am still working on my PhD as part of the MD/PhD program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, working on protein structure determination. My brother, Peter ’99, is entering his 3rd year of law school at the University of Chicago. (8-24-06)

1971 - Sad news: Robert H. Boling died Saturday, August 5th, at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, of Leukemia. He was 52. Bob was much loved by his classmates and teachers in Weston. Alumni Page readers are invited to click here to see a recent photo and read his obituary. He is survived by his loving wife Gigi; his sons Mark, Angelo and Thomas; his mother Kettee of Concord; his brother Tom, sister-in-law Kaye and nieces Maggie and Liza of Libertyville, Illinois; and his brother Rick of Weymouth.. Visitation will be at Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, MA from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 25th. Funeral services will be held at the Weston United Methodist Church, 377 North Avenue (Rte 117), Weston MA at 10:00 a.m. on August 26th, followed by a reception at the church. According to the death notice in the Globe, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, 495 Old Connecticut Path Ste. 220, Framingham MA 01701, or similar organization of your choice. (8-13-06)

1971 - A retired and very active David Richardson offers an update and a web site: I though you might be interested in my new, improved website. I have been busy helping others that are not as well off as I am. I am posting this link so that the rest of my classmates and those who knew me will know what’s happening in my life. The website is: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzer7b27/ ..So tell me what you think (8-11-06)

1995 - Bug expert Chrissy Eisner Convery has this update: For the past 7 years I have worked as a civilian entomologist for the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia and just recently moved over to the U.S. Army (doing the same work, but in Aberdeen, Maryland). I really love my job! I’m happily living in rural West Grove, Pennsylvania (we have Amish neighbors!) with my husband, George. We were married on Cape Cod in October of 2005. I miss Massachusetts a lot, but luckily I get the chance to visit quite a bit! (8-10-06)

1955 - Sad news. Fran Howell Meyers writes: It is with sadness that I notify you of the sudden passing of Marguerite Corbiere Haider, Class of 1955. She and her identical twin sister, Jacqueline, attended the Weston schools from 1st grade through graduation. (8-8-06)

1964 - From Porto Alegre, Brazil, Léo Valter recently wrote asking for a reminder of this web site address. He had suffered a home invasion, and his records and computers had all been stolen. We asked if he would share the experience, which took place this past May, on his daughter’s twentieth birthday:

As I waited for people who were coming for dinner, the door bell rang and and the voice identified herself as my sister-in-law. When the door opened, three gunmen entered my house and kept us under .38’s and a nine millimetre beretta, yelling and screaming that it was a robbery and no one should do anything or would be shot without mercy. They compelled us to sit, with hands where they could see. Two of them started ‘cleaning out’ everything we had, principally money in cash, jewelry, clothes, computers, cell phones, in a manner that was perverse and wicked. My 22-year-old son, who had been in the Army, was particularly aimed at, and woke up with the 9 mm gun held at his head most of the time. They wanted to know where the safe was, but it is so hidden that I myself have to think twice to find it. So I, my family, and two guests were kept under guns inside my own home, and I could do nothing! What if they raped my daughter, or shot my son? Or the others? The feeling of impotence surpasses everything we can think of, and the fear that something could happen to your beloved ones keeps us crystallized and still. Meanwhile, they started to tie us up and to push us to a room and locked us there. The robbery continued for a while, as all of us kicked the door and hammered it down. Fortunately, in that room there was a hidden phone, and so I managed to call the police, that came promptly. Now these guys are in jail. The experience of this kind of violence is different from, say, experience of war, because it is something that you don’t expect, nor think it can happen to you. Best always, Léo (7-9-06)

1993 / 1994 - Jeff Michael ’93 and Stephanie (Benotti) Michael ’94 welcomed a baby girl (Cassandra Elizabeth) to their family on May 23, 2006. They are living happily in Fairfield, CT. (6-21-06)

1986 - Debbie Saltz reports: The photos from the Class of 1986 Reunion are on this website: http://www.4shared.com/dir/509148/3891687f/Class_of_1986_20th_Reunion.html
You can add photos for everyone to see by using the upload tool on the bottom of the screen. You can also download any photos you want by clicking on the little green icon with the arrow under each photo. It was great to see everyone! (6-20-06)

1988 - Robin Molan is a supervising attorney with the Florida Department of Children and Families in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Additionally she runs a gift / apparel / jewelry business that has 3 stores and a website. (6-17-06)

1975 - Sad news sent in by Lana Moy Harrington: Dana Janigan passed away (May 2003), after his long battle for 18 months with lung cancer. He was only 46 years young. He was a non smoker. We are all saddened by this news, and he’ll be missed. Dana’s brother, Ed Janigan, emailed me this news. (6-10-06)

1976 - From Dolly Butler Ryan: Hi, everyone! Hope to see a lot of you at our upcoming 30th! I ran into Barbara D’Antonio who has been working with Patti O’Leary and Lacey Pfaff on the upcoming reunion. Have a new email ryan_tech@belmontday.org. Would love to hear from classmates. Life is good, kids are getting big, the body is tired but the mind is young! Good to hear from Brian O’Hara, Russell Ellis, Ronda Zimble, and Diane Bazazz. (6-8-06)

1993 - Performer Cara Lippman can be seen in July: I am very happily living a very full life in Watertown, MA, working at Dana-Farber in Boston, and singing lead vocals with the Otis Street Rhythm & Blues Band, among other things! Hope you’ll come see us play Sunday, July 9th, 2006, from 4-8 at The Rack in Boston for the “Summertime Blues: Benefit for Cancer” - to benefit The River Riders Pan Mass Challenge Team - more info can be obtained at our band’s website, http://www.otisstreet.com/. (6-8-06)

1993 - Dima Reda writes: I have been working with the UN Environment Programme and am based in Japan. I feel very fortunate because I love the work I am involved in and have the opportunity to travel frequently. (6-8-06)

1971 - Update from retiree David Richardson: I volunteer in a Boy Scout troop that has all disabled boys in it. Some of them are older than Boy Scouts but they are learning how to be good Boy Scouts. I also attend a dinner in Natick before the Scout meetings that welcomes anyone in the town of Natick that wants a meal. We are inducting the first Eagle Scout from the Disabled Troop 2 in Natick. There will be a lot of important people there. Also I will be in the Town of Natick’s Fourth of July Parade because of Troup 2 Boy Scouts. One more thing: I am going to become a great uncle.  Time has a way of slipping by. (5-2-06)

1959 - Sad news, sent in by Eva Reissner Ewing ’62: I am sad to report that John Reissner (my brother) died suddenly of a heart attack on April 15, 2006, at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. He lived there with his wife Zollene and was father of Steve Reissner of Hollywood CA and Kate Reissner of Irvine CA. He was a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at UNC Pembroke for 30 years. Memorial gifts may be directed to the John E. Reissner Memorial Scholarship Fund at UNC Pembroke. For more info, please contact me (Eva) at evaewing@yahoo.com. (4-26-06)

1979 - A quick update from Alison Stiles Ruble: I am the Telecommunications Manager at Delta Dental of California. My husband, Ed, our daughter, Amanda, and I live in Sacramento, California. (4-26-06)

1995 - Kyra Bateman writes: I am now a guidance counselor at Andover High School. I absolutely love my job and could not be happier. I feel so lucky to love what I do for a profession (not to mention the wonderful week long and summer vacations!). (4-26-06)

1966 - Florida sportsperson Woody Hoblitzell writes: Hi everyone! Still haven’t put away my tennis racket! I Have been the Director of Tennis and tennis pro at Topsl Beach and Racquet Resort in Destin, Florida, for 11 years and loving being right on the beach on the Emerald Coast. Our resort is the only Florida tennis resort to be ranked in the top ten in the world for tennis vacations for the past five years. Come down for a visit even if you aren’t into tennis—the beaches with their white sand and the emerald green water make it a beautiful place. I’m still racing horses, too, and was named Monticello Raceways/New York Owner of the Year in 2005. (4-18-06)

1982 - Chuck Ornsteen
tells us, I bought the Mail Boxes Etc. in Newton Centre back in November 2002. My wife and I moved to Newton last year and are expecting a baby girl this July!!! (4-14-06)

1992 - Kate Roiter Bayard sends this compact update: I live in Medford MA with my husband Jeff and work at Tufts University as the Head Tennis Coach. (4-1-06)

Announcement - The Weston METCO Scholarship Fund and The Weston METCO Community Coordinating Committee are sponsoring a showing of the film FAR FROM HOME on Friday, March 24, 7- 9pm, in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. This will serve as a fundraiser for the Weston METCO Scholarship Fund. The documentary, produced by Rachel Tsutsumi, is about Kandice Sumner, a Weston METCO student and member of the Class of 2004. Kandice is the daughter of Katani Sumner, who was a Lexington METCO student and Weston METCO Academic Liaison; and granddaughter of a civil rights activist who helped found the METCO Program. The film chronicles Kandice’s last two years of high school as a Weston METCO student. Kandice, who is now a sophomore at Spelman College, will be present at the showing, and this will provide a great opportunity to see the film if you have not had the opportunity to do so. [Editorial comment: your Alumni Page editor, Bob Frank, saw this film when it was shown at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The film is extraordinary, and the fact that it takes place in Weston makes it that much more so for a Weston audience. - RF] (3-19-06)

Spam - This advice comes in from Jeff Ackley ’81, who writes that he is beyond fed up with emails from Alumni Archives (see our warnings elsewhere):
“I’ve done some research. The “Alumni” spammer is probably  a one-man band operating from his house. His name and contact info are: Mike Brown, 3154 Gosheff Lane, Gambrills, MD 21054, tel.410-721-6475. I would suggest the following ? depending upon just how annoyed you are with this guy. 1) Call him. 2) Post his contact info on the Weston High site for others who are annoyed to call him. 3) Complain to the Governments anti spam folks (can-spam act)
https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01. I believe that he is clearly in violation of this act. (3-18-06)

1978 - A request for help, in this email sent to the WHS Alumni News: “I have lost touch with Sally Geldard! We were best friends in California and we were Maids of Honor at both of our weddings. But I’ve lost touch with her since I’ve moved and had my baby. I haven’t heard from her in close to five years and I know it’s because she was moving around too. Could you please put something in your newsletter asking if anyone knows where she is? And for her to contact the Santa Barbara house at (805) 965-0979 or e-mail me at Shirin_Tolle@urscorp.com? Thanks so much. This means a lot to me and my Mom.” Signed Shirin Tolle, of Santa Barbara. (3-14-06)

1989 - A creative Anders Beer reports, I am now in Santa Moncia, California. I’ve been married since September of 2001 and just finished animation on the feature film “Open Season,” which comes out in September of 2006. (3-13-06)

All Years - A request from Deb Schlegel Maietta ’73: I am busily assembling addresses of old alumni who were members of the Jericho Forest Pony Club. For over 35 years the Jericho Forest Pony Club was run by Lorna and Doug Garron, here in Weston. Graduates of the club (in the past you were graduated out at 21), most of whom were Weston High School graduates, include professional horse back riders, veterinarians, and those who have merely continued as riders, or those with an interest in riding. At its peak the club boasted as many as 100 members per year. The club now has about 20-30 members in any given year. This past fall Lorna and Doug, 75 and 80, respectively, retired. We are holding a retirement party for them on April 8th, at the Congregational Church in Weston. We are seeking current addresses for all past Pony  Club members, and any help you could give is much appreciated. I am cross-checking the email addresses with birthdates, old addresses, and names from lists from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s…..but help of class officers or anyone who was a member of this group would be much appreciated. Please send any info to me at deb_maietta@comcast.net. (2-27-06)

2003 - Pauline Maietta, a pre-med major at Emory, has been treasurer for the Sorority and Fraternity Council at Emory. After spending two summers in internships with anesthesiologists at the New York Hospital in New York City, she will be in the Boston area during the summer of ’06 - reports her mother, Deb Schlegel Maietta ’73. (2-25-06)

2004 - Dominique Maietta, a pre-med major at Davidson, will be travelling to Zambia, Africa, during the summer of ’06 to do medical clinical work “in the bush,” working with AIDS orphans and other citizens of the area. She is a hall counselor, and a varsity cheerleader atDavidson - reports her mother Deb Schlegel Maietta ’73. (2-25-06)

1975 - Peter Schlegel is the Head of Urology at the NY Cornell Hospital in NYC, reports his sister Deb Schlegel Maietta ’73. (2-25-06)

1973 - Weston mother Deb Schlegel Maietta sends in this update: I now have two Weston HS graduates, one at Emory and one at Davidson, both pre-med; a Weston HS senior and a sophomore; and a 6th grader at St John School in Wellesley. My business, an after-school math and reading program running in Weston and Wayland, is booming. (2-25-06)

1976 - The class of 1976 is gearing up for it's 30th (gasp) reunion! Once again, it will be held at the Jones House in Weston center. The date is June 24, 2006 at 7 pm. The cost will be $45 per person (what a deal!). So please mark your calendars, folks! Let’s try and have a great turnout like we did for our 25th! We’ll post more information as the time approaches, but please spread the word to anyone you’re in touch with. If you have any questions, or would like to help, please contact Patty O’Leary (Helsingius) at helsingius@comcast.net. (2-21-06)

1970 - New Weston elementary school teacher Pam Butler Jacobson is back from Texas and tells us: I returned to the East Coast after 35 years! My goal to come back to my beloved trees, ocean, and diverse cultural and artistic environment in the Boston area is now a reality. It was wonderful to experience this year’s first major snowfall and chilly temperatures - although I’m sure the wonder will wear off after a few winters.…Over the years I lived in the St. Louis, New Orleans and Dallas areas, where I attended college, raised my children and taught knidergarten and first grade. I lived in Minot MA for a brief time and recently moved to Weston. I teach first grade at Country School. It was amazing to bump into Mr. Walker at the first all-district professional meeting! He returned to Weston High to teach a poetry class after retiring a few years ago. I have reunited with friends, Gail Powers Callahan and Debbie O’Connor Halloran since my return. I would love to hear from other classmates who still live in the area, or are just visiting family members. (2-10-06)

Repeat (from May) warning about an email you may receive with the subject line: “New Weston High School Alumni Archive”: This is from a company called AlumniArchives.Net. It has no relation to Weston High School. It is a commercial venture that seeks considerable personal information from you. Our Weston High School Alumni site does not endorse it. (1-23-06, revised from 5-27-05)

1971 - Judi Smith Melby says, she “can't believe our 35th reunion is next year.” Judi and husband John Melby ’62 “had a busy year building a home in the Western Berkshires, but loved every minute of it.” (2-2-06)

1969 - Michael Sallese has this to add about the Joe Naughton story: I am pleased to inform you that I have talked to and emailed Don Duncan. I coerced Michael Reiss, the Globe reporter, to give me Don Duncan’s phone number by sending him a copy of the email generated by my classmates in response to his reporting, and, as a result, some of those letters may be published in the Globe. I will try to attend Joe Naughton's induction ceremony on Feb 5 at the Reggie Lewis Center at 11AM. [For those needing directions, the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College is at the corner of Columbus Ave. and Malcolm X Blvd., at the Roxbury Crossing Station of the Orange Line, a walk from Ruggles and Dudley Stations.] (1-27-06)

1990 - News from Jason Butts: Though I ran into some fellow classmates a few years ago at a Red Sox vs Mariners game at Fenway, it has been a long time since I’ve seen or talked to anyone from Weston. I cannot believe our 15 year reunion is just around the corner. Though I would love to attend the festivities of the reunion, it appears my life here in Chicago will once again prevent me from making a trip back East. For those interested, I have been working for Budweiser (actually, independent wholesalers) for the past 6 years. I worked and lived in Milwaukee for 2 years and then moved back to my childhood city of Chicago, where I have been for 4 years. Though I continue to root for the Red Sox, I am a Cubs fan at heart. Hopefully this will be the year we snap our curse. I am getting married in September ’06 to a woman I met while at Purdue. No children as of yet, maybe in a year or two. Though I stopped swimming competitively after high school, I continue to stay as active as possible. For the last two years I have been participating in 5K runs and sprint triathlons. I’ve come to the realization that anything more would just be crazy.…My parents (Jack & Ann) have officially become snow birds and live half the year in Naples, Florida. The other half of the year they are at their house in Culver, Indiana. Ann substitute teaches while in Florida and Jack teaches graduate courses at DePaul and Northwestern here in Chicago when they are back up north. Since they no longer have a house in Chicago, he stays with my fiancé and I in our house 2 to 3 nights a week for 10 weeks. I always thought I’d be the one moving in with them at some point or another, not the other way around.…My brother (Kevin) is currently living in Memphis, Tennessee. He is married and is the proud new dad of a little boy named Alexander. It’s fun being an uncle.…Hopefully everyone from the class of 90 is happy and healthy. I truly miss everyone and wish I could frequent the East Coast more frequently. Take care. (1-27-06)

1969 - An update from Judi Lowell: Moved to Sydney, Australia in April 2005 with my husband, Tim Cornwell, and two dogs (Sammy and Karma). Blog link: http://tjoz.blogspot.com/. (1-26-06)

1983 - From Puerto Rico we get a catch-up from Marangeli Rivera, who first mentioned she was grateful for the English skills she developed in Weston. From there: I studied journalism at Boston University and later earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston. After that I moved to Puerto Rico and ended up in marketing. I am currently the General Manager at General Mills Puerto Rico and using my English skills all of the time. I constantly travel to the United States, but haven’t been back to Massachusetts since 1989! All of the companies I’ve worked for have always had headquarters either in Wisconsin or Minnesota, so those are the states I primarily visit. (1-23-06)

1969 - “The Joe Naughton Story” (see news entry below, dated Jan. 17) is the subject of this tribute from Matt Livingston: I was a classmate of Joe Naughton at Weston High School. I read the article about Joe first in the Globe and just now on the WHS website. I read the article with more than a little interest and emotion. I wanted to thank you for posting the article and Coach Duncan for this fitting tribute to Joe. I am writing because I wanted to connect again with my classmates and to let those students who came after us know what a tremendous person Joe was and what an amazing life he led even though it was cut tragically short by cancer.
-----In many ways it is much easier to look back at Joe after all these years and to marvel at what a fine person he was, than it was to appreciate his uniqueness when we were 18 year olds. As I approach my 55th birthday I am better able to appreciate the type of young man Joe was when I knew him as a teenager. If you conducted a poll back then I think you would find that all of his classmates would report that Joe was a hard worker and deserved all the accolades and achievements he received. It is not an accident that Joe is still receiving awards all these many years after his passing. Joe Naughton was truly a self-made young man. He worked for everything he got.
-----I encourage all Weston Alumni to read the article. As I remember, Joe's father died during the Korean conflict and he was brought up by his mom. While so many of the children of Weston enjoyed the fruits of our fathers’ financial success, growing up with Joe was more than a little eye opening. He worked after school and on weekends. He was a sports star and he worked long and hard to be a top student. He was a very impressive young man.
I think that it is entirely appropriate for Joe to be honored in this way. He certainly was a star in track and field and he was without a doubt the strongest kid we knew. But more importantly, Joe was a young man of character. While I am sure that you are touched by many remarkable stories, please know that there are many students of the class of 1969 that hold Joe’s memory in a place of honor. If I am not mistaken, Joe was the first of the class of 1969 to die. He died when he was only 22 or 23. As the song goes, “only the good die young.”
-----If you happen to be in contact with Coach Duncan please pass on my email and thanks for this tribute to Joe. Coach Duncan put together more than a few “kick-ass” track teams in his day. Coach Duncan was widely considered to be the best coach at Weston for many years. I am sure that he was a very positive influence on Joe. And that is the kind of gift Joe would have appreciated the most of all. (1-19-06)

1969 - The late Joe Naughton has been inducted into the Track Hall of Fame founded by the Massachusetts Track Coaches Association. A fine article on him, in an interview with Coach Don Duncan, appeared January 15 in the Boston Globe Sports West. Read it at:
[Old Link Removed] (1-17-06)

1999 - With the signature “Carpe Diem” in her email, Brazilian exchange alumna Dani Plesnik writes: I just graduated from law school in Porto Alegre and now am working at Deloitte, which is an audit and tax consulting company. Is Mrs. Bancroft still on the staff? Miss you all. (1-13-06)

1997 - Chloe Levy was married to Michael Callahan in July, 2005. She is an elementary teacher working in Lawrence MA. She is residing in Haverhill MA, where she purchased her first home. (1-11-06)

1990 - From the West Coast, Paul Sullivan, classmate into middle school, sends in this catch-up: I attended the Country School, Field School, Woodland School and Middle School and would have graduated from Weston in 1990. I transferred to the Belmont Hill School prior to the 1985-1986 school year and then my family moved to the San Francisco area before the 1987-1988 school year. I was a graduate of New York University class of 1994 and lived in New York from 1990 to May of 2005. I became a touring stand up comedian, television producer (I used to produce for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), sports commentator (my opinions can be heard in the HBO Sports documentary Curse of the Bambino) and I directed a feature film that is currently looking for a studio (website is http://www.firsttimecaller.com/) I got married in 2003. My wife Lisa gave birth to two amazing twin boys on March 5, 2005, and I am now living back in the San Francisco area where I am a producer for PBS, doing stand up and will be appearing on an episode of the TV show Monk.…Hope the class of 1990 is doing well and I wonder if anyone remembers me. Here’s my myspace.com page:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=31063400 (1-7-06)

1983 - Rooted in Weston, landscaper Keith Upham, of the hometown Upham Landscape Company, writes: If you know someone who needs great landscaping or land care, send them our way! (1-2-06)

1976 - From Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Brian O’Hara writes: I’m married for twenty-five years with three children, one of whom is to be graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major (economics and business) and a minor in French, one is about to enlist in the Coast Guard, and the other is off to college herself to be a fashion designer. It’s truly amazing how fast this happens! (12-30-05)

Weston High School Ice Hockey Team Alumni Game - 7:50 pm, December 26, 2005, in Weston at the new Rivers School Rink, 333 Winter Street. Varsity Ice Hockey is back at WHS! Coach Linc Cornell invites all past WHS ice hockey team players to meet the varsity team and skate on their HOME ice for the first annual Weston High School Ice Hockey Team Alumni Game. Come play and wear Weston colors once again! Questions? Contact Coach Linc Cornell at mailto:%20lincciii@aol.com or Lisa Batter at landjbatter@comcast.net (phone: 781-894-9891). (12-2-05)

2003 - From Anaconda, Iraq, SPC Tony Martos writes: I’m a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and I’m currently serving in OIF IV (4), a two time vet at 20….Anyways, I’m currently serving in Camp Anaconda since October and will be until they let us go. I’ll be back in the Weston/Boston area in January for some much needed rest and relaxation. My brother is Mike Martos ’95, who is serving in Baghdad. That's all I got. Thank you for your time, sir. (12-2-05)

1995 - With her perfect signature for a children’s doc, Kitty O’Hare sends in this note: In 2004 I graduated from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. I am now a resident in Medicine-Pediatrics at UPenn/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My brother, Rob O’Hare ’97, is still pursuing an acting career in New York. Best, Dr. Kitty. (11-26-05)

1997 - Newly esquired Rachel Lee reports: I’m currently living in New York City, and I just passed the New York Bar exam. I will be practicing at the firm of Shestack & Young. I hung out with fellow 97-er Ed Ma on a recent trip out to Los Angeles, CA. (11-22-05)

1978 - Hello to all from Gay Kimball. Many of you who I was close to also liked my dad. Sadly, he passed away gratefully on Sept. 5, 2005. I was lucky to have been able to fulfill my promise to him to be with him till the end. It was a hard time. He lost his vision to macular degeneration and then went through the dwindles. My father was my best friend and served as a father and mentor to my son Duncan. I know many of the class of 1978 that I was close to also remember him, and that is why I am writing this. I always said to him he must have been a real bastard in his last life to have to have dealt with this one. He was quite an upstanding man. I am proud to have been his daughter. Even if I hadn't met his expectations, in the end I did. I hope all who have any of your parents left remember that time is short. They did the best they could for us all, for the people they were. Now we are all imperfect parents. Cherish what you have. With….Gay Kimball. (11-22-05)

1986 - Mich (Michelle) Sullivan still resides in St.Petersburg, Florida, and is proud to be working as Operations Director for the Arts Center, a private non-profit community arts facility. In the next two years, the Arts Center will be expanding and will bring the only permanent collection of internationally known artist Dale Chihuly’s glasswork to the East Coast. Mich’s sister, Cece Sullivan-Rohrbach ’93, has just received her RN license and is attending the University of Southern Maine to become a nurse-practitioner. Mich is very much looking forward to seeing her classmates at the 20th reunion in 2006! (11-22-05)

1972 - In Washington state, Dee Fisher Jackson has just discovered the WHS Alumni web site: “I would love to hear from my former classmates and get alumni news.” (11-15-05)

1980 - Richard A. DeVito, Jr., announces the web site for the Class of 1980 25th reunion, November 26th, 2005. See full details, including who’s going, where it is, and all pertinent information at: http://www.weston1980.com/ . (11-1-05)

1990 - An Agnello family update from Andrea Agnello Pettinato: My husband PJ and I welcomed Isabella Marie Pettinato on 10/13/05. Big brother Mark is 2 1/2 years old and thrilled about his “baby sister Bella.” We are living back in Weston and have run into a lot of fellow Weston alumni who live back in town. My sister, Cathy Burns ’88, who also lives in town, has an 18 month old daughter with her husband, Dwight. My older brother Peter ’86 is still in Tampa FL, where he is an ENT surgeon; and Carl ’93 is engaged to be married next summer. (10-24-05)

1981 - Trinidadian Sharon Lee Johnson Assang sends in this update: Hello fellow Westonites. I am now working with the Regulated Industries Commission in Trinidad. My eldest, Adrian, who is now 19, recently entered the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard. Oh yeah....getting old. Hope to hear from fellow Weston classmates. (10-17-05)

1996 - Congratulations to Marci Jaye, who married Adam Kenney on October 1, 2005. She resides in Scottsdale AZ working as a project coordinator with The Little Gym International, Inc. (10-11-05)

1976 - Russell Ellis lives in Marshfield MA (married Bea from Norway in 1986, two girls now almost age 15 and 17). Today, youngest daughter Becky just ran in the Freshman category at Franklin Park Cross country race...32 years after I ran the same race under the great coaching of Mr Duncan. I try to play as much outdoor tennis as possible and we have some good pickup games around our town. I keep in touch with Erik Andresen, Chris Ashley, Paul Kudlich, and Ben Haydock (Ben is married, with a young daughter, lives in Burlington VT). Occasionally run across Steve Condakes at X-mas parties and trade old stories about spring track. (10-2-05)

WHS Alumni request from Bill Ragan of Georgia: I am working on a family tree and I find that I am missing the information for a main branch. Perhaps someone on this alumni site can help me. My grandfather had a younger brother, Terrell M. Ragan, who lived in Brookline in the late 1920’s and early 30’s. After Terrell’s death in 1932, I believe his widow and three daughters may have moved to Weston. The daughter’s names were Margaret, Georgia and Joanne Ragan. They would have probably graduated from high school between 1938 and 1948. Does anyone have any information on these girls? Are there any yearbooks available for that time period that may include them? I would like to contact these cousins, or get a message to them to contact me. My address is: Bill Ragan, 168 Winship Dr., Leesburg, GA 31763. Email - mailto:%20bragan@flintbeverage.com. Phone- 229 435-3583. (10/1/05)

1981 - New arrival to California Pam Melone-Peterson catches us up on her life: Hello to all. Hard to believe it’s been close to 25 years for the class of 1981. A lot has happened in the Melone world over the years, but I’ll keep it short. I am now married to a wonderful guy named Eric Peterson, and we have a 9 month old son named Spencer. He is my mother’s 20th grandchild, and she has one great grandchild with one more on the way. After spending 16 years in the Vail Valley in Colorado, we have just recently moved to North Lake Tahoe in California due to Eric’s job. I still teach skiing, ride my bike, hike, you name it, and enjoy all of what the mountains have to offer. I also do some photography work on the side. I was back east this summer for a niece’s wedding. Can’t say I’ve been through Weston recently, but I do get news of the goings on periodically. My mother is in NH full time now, after selling the “BIG” house on the Post Road and moving into Wayland for a short stint. That’s it for now. If anyone one is out this way and would like to catch up over a beer or two, don’t hesitate to drop an e-mail. Cheers. (9-23-05)

1977 - Missive from Carole Hooven ’84, with the Subject line: My brother Fred’s news--I’m sitting here, in my apartment in Cambridge, with my older brother Fred. I was reading him some of the news from his old friends from the class of 1977, and he started jumping off of the couch when I read out news from people like “David Backe” and “Ellen Sturgis.” He said he thought that he had sent in an update, but I couldn’t find it. He’s too lazy to re-submit anything, so I’ll write some stuff for him.…Fred’s married to Heidi, whom he met at Conn College. She’s a therapist and theater teacher. They’ve got two girls, one who just went off to her first year at Brandeis, and one who’s a sophomore in high school. As their aunt, I can say that they are two of the greatest kids I know. They live in Northhampton, Mass. Fred just got his Ph.D .in epidemiology from UMass Amherst (6 months after I got my Ph.D.), and now he’s working on a project to investigate (I should have listened better to his explanation) follow-up care for people with osteoporosis (he told me just to write “I'm on the faculty at UMass Medical School.” How pathetic does “follow-up care sound”?). Fred just used something like baking soda to “clear” his nasal passages. He claims it prevents nasal infections. He’s going to floss right now. He does take great care of himself--he looks about 30, still has all his hair, and runs and eats very healthily. He’s telling me that he wished he could have gone to Jane McBride’s film opening, but something more important came up. He said, no, don’t say that, but the real reason is that he didn’t know about it until he found this site. He’s flossing loudly. (9-20-05)

Warning repeat! We received the following email from a WHS alumna. Check the warning below (5-27-05) for the possible explanation: “I have recently been getting emails from what appears to be a new web master for the WHS alumni page. They are very slow to download, spaced weirdly for my computer, etc. All of that I can deal w/ - but when I logged on today to see who was popping up, my own registration page came up complete w/ my password in bold letters. I have never seen a password shown in this way, and it raised some red flags for me about whether this is in fact a spam situation... Did you hand over the web site to this new company? And do you agree that to have a password in plain view is very unorthodox?” Answer to the questions: No, the web site hasn’t been handed over to a private company, and yes, that sounds pretty unusual to show your password online. Again, see the warning below. - Bob Frank ((9-10-05)

1991 - Tracey Beharry asks, Has any one heard from Lisa Berkovitz? If you have, or know how to contact her, please forward my e-mail address to her: saxia24@yahoo.com. Thank you. (9-8-05)

1978/1979 - Just missing hurricane Katrina’s fury at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she is a faculty member, Donna Lee Van Cott writes: “I am writing to let friends know that I escaped hurricane Katrina and am safe in South Bend, Indiana. I already had planned to relocate here for the semester as a visiting fellow at the University of Notre Dame but left early to escape the disaster. I don't know if I have a house or a job to go back to at this point, but am glad to be somewhere else. I can be reached at the Helen Kellogg Institute for international studies, 574-631-0266.”  (9-4-05)

1981 - Stephen Ditmore sends in the Lyrics (available free on the Web) to a Randy Newman song: (9-4-05)
Louisiana 1927 (Lyrics)

What has happened down here is the wind have changed
Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard and rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day
The river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood
Some people got away alright
The river have busted through cleard down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangelne

Louisiana, Louisiana
They’re tyrin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
Louisiana, Louisiana
They’re tryin’ to wash us away
They’re tryin’ to wash us away

President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say, “Little fat man isn’t it a shame
What the river has done to this poor crackers land.”

1997 - From Boston, Dr. Lisa Stutius tells us, “I started Pediatrics residency at Boston Children's Hospital and am really enjoying it so far. It is nice to finally be out of school!” (8-29-05)

1965 - Can anyone help Bruce Lautenschlager with contact information for Penny Flagg Cove? He’s not an alumnus, but met her when he stayed with Penny and her husband, Bruce’s fraternity brother, when Bruce was completing his Army tour and looking for work in the civilian world. He writes, “ I was looking for an old friend -- someone I knew 30 years ago and who married a fraternity brother. I found a Penny Flagg Cove (Class of ’65) in your Weston High Alumni e-mail directory. I sent a message to the e-mail address you have listed and it came back as undeliverable. If you can provide any other information that might help me, I'd appreciate it.” If you can help, either write to Bruce.L@nelsonjameson.com, or send this notice to Penny, with the email address. And while you're at it, please ask Penny to update her e-directory listing. (8-10-05)

1975 - Peter Silverman, wife Dianna and their two teenagers have been living in Sturbridge for the past seven years. Peter has continued to work as a school administrator. Following stints in Gloucester and Auburn he has been principal of the Brimfield Elementary School in Brimfield MA (three times per year home of the Brimfield Antique Fair) for the past four years. His work as a special educator in private and public schools, his Master of Education in Special Ed. from Lesley University, along with curriculum work with the Coalition of Essential Schools, set him up well to run a school. He appreciates being associated with a great school in a town that has continued to support its school, which is the absolute focus of the community. This past April marked his twenty-fourth year as a professional educator.…He has enjoyed coaching his daughter and son in soccer, basketball, baseball and softball, while continuing to play soccer competetively for these thirty years. His daughter, Sarah, graduated from Tantasqua Regional High School this past spring and will be attending the University of Hartford this autumn. Ricky, named Richard Frederick after his two grandfathers, will start his sophomore year at Tantasqua. Ricky and Peter performed in the Tantasqua Senior Variety Show in a rock quartet with Ricky on the drum set, Peter on rhythm guitar, a senior on bass and the band director on lead guitar. They were billed as , "Three Seniors and a Freshman." Sarah and Ricky have been playing competetive soccer since kindergarten.…Dianna, who originally hails from Omaha NE, is an interior designer at Charlton Furniture in Charlton MA. She sings in the church choir, plays in the bell choir and is the church bookkeeper. Peter and Dianna are celebrating their twentieth anniversary in September. Peter's father, who coached many classmates in travel soccer, is enjoying life on the waterfront in Boston. You can find him on his webpage as an industrial engineer expert witness. Peter's mother also lives on the ocean in Wareham, the gateway to the Cape. Peter has kept in touch with Dave Park, who resides in Foxborough. (8-2-05)

On Thursday, August 4, at 8:00 pm, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Summer Film Series is screening “Far from Home,” winner of the CNN/HBO “Life Through Your Lens” documentary competition. Director Rachel Tsutsumi explores Kandice Sumner's experiences as an African American student in METCO, Boston's voluntary desegregation program. Through cinema verité and interviews, the film follows Kandice’s last years at Weston High School as she serves as the first black class president, and plays the college admissions game. Kandice’s grandfather, a civil rights activist murdered in 1968, helped to found this public school integration program, and her mother was among the first students to participate. Tickets are $8 MFA members / $9 non-members. For further details, 617-267-9300.
This screening coincides with a METCO fundraiser. Come to a special reception before the screening, at 7 pm in the Riley Seminar Room of the MFA, where you will meet Kandice and her family, as well as producer Tsutsumi and METCO executive director Dr. Jean M. McGuire. For this much-needed fundraiser, the suggested donation: $50 to benefit the METCO Continuation Fund. RSVP or questions: 617 427 1545 ext 11. (7-31-05)

All years, especially 1992 and 1995 -  A request from Karen Kraft ’95: On Sept. 18, I’ll join more than 8,000 people who are walking the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to benefit the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I am walking in memory of my brother Will Kraft ’92 who died in February 2003 after a long battle with a brain tumor. The team walking in Will’s memory hopes to raise at least $20,000 this year, all of which will be directed to the permanent trust fund established at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Will’s memory. The fund supports brain tumor research by Dr. Patrick Wen at Dana Farber. Please support my walk. Every mile of this event we do together brings us closer to a finish line without cancer. Please follow this link, Donations to Will’s Team , to make donations for this important work. Thanks very much. I appreciate your support! (7-25-05)

2000 - Katelyn O'Brien “graduated from Bentley College in 2004 with a bachelor’s in management and with a sociology minor. I then moved to Florida where I am working with my family’s business. I have also recently gotten a min pin puppy named Holly and we love to go to the pool together.” (6-3-05)

1977 - Ellen Sturgis reports: Jane McBride ’77, has had a film accepted at the Boston International Film Festival. Come support Jane and catch up with classmates you haven't seen since....1977??? Time to find out how we all turned out. Details of the film showing: Title is Daughters and Sons, to be screened at Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston MA on Friday, June 24, 2005, at 2:00pm. (5-25-05)

1996 - Recent Floridian Kathleen Corcoran writes: I am finishing up my doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and will be doing my predoctoral internship at Dartmouth in New Hampshire this year. I have been living in South Florida for five years now, so I will have to get re-accustomed to the freezing New England weather. (5-25-05)

1972 - Musical performer Pam Warren sends this catch-up from west of Boston: Apparently Cathy Goode ’74 and I have some kind of monopoly on the music at local Irish pubs. ;-) I have been playing mandolin and singing at the Skellig in Waltham on Saturday nights at their weekly bluegrass jam. The jam is hosted by my mandolin teacher Howie Tarnower with whom I have been studying for over ten years. I also play with my husband Kris Krug who plays electric bass. I run into Cathy Goode occasionally and we reminisce about our violin teacher from Weston High, Mr. Leary. He would be surprised that some his former students are still playing (especially certain students that never practiced, like myself). I am convinced that the years that I spent playing in Weston school orchestras definitely had a beneficial influence on my musicianship thanks to Mr. Corley and Mr. Mori. I am also a member of the Boston Bluegrass Union, a group that sponsors bluegrass concerts, festivals and jams in the Boston area. I am hoping to increase my volunteer commitment to this organization in the fall, once my daughter Kelsey matriculates at Tufts.…I was sad to hear that Mr. Lape passed away recently. I was fortunate to see him again after I graduated from WHS. During my senior year in college I went to interview for a student teaching position at Lexington HIgh School and I was surprised that the interview was with Mr. Lape. We had a great time catching up and I ended up doing my practice teaching in Lexington. I was also sad to hear about Miss Busse. She was a great teacher and advisor to Maelstrom, the WHS literary magazine. Best regards to my classmates. (5-20-05)

1962-1964 - Marcia Griffin Russell ’65 sends this request: Bob Russell ’63, is trying to locate members of the ’62 football team, so that he can send them a memento of their playing days. From the class of ’63, he is looking for Robbie Trowbridge, David Evans, and Bill Gibson; from the class of ’64, he is trying to locate Bob D’Antonio, Fred White, and Johnnie Trowbridge; and from the class of ’65, Dan Wilson (who actually left WHS after his sophomore year). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Our e-mail address is marciaru@hotmail.com. Also, Bob can be reached at his office at 202-898-8952. (5-5-05)

1955 - Sylvia Tilly Davenport writes that she “would be very interested in news of my fellow classmates and the 50th reunion plans.” (5-2-05)

2001 - A happy note from Pauline van Goozen - A little update on me: I’m engaged to be married! My wonderful fiancé proposed at the beginning of April. Both of us will be graduating from the University of Rochester in May 2005. After that I plan to go on to nursing school next summer. (4-29-05)

1995 - From Baghdad, Iraq, Michael Martos writes.: It’s been a few years since I’ve been in the Boston area. I joined the Army in 1999. I was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, from 2000 to 2002. I was stationed in Korea from June 2002 - July 2003. I’m currently stationed in Ft. Stewart Ga since July 2003. Right now I’m serving in Iraq in Baghdad BIAP. If anyone wants to contact me my email is michael.a.martos@us.army.mil. Everyone probably remembers me as an adventurous person. Well the adventure lives on.…(4-17-05)

1992 - From Los Angeles, recently promoted Officer Rob Murray sends this update: After spending the last three years as an Officer in one of our department’s (L.A.P.D.) gang units, I have been recently promoted to a Field Training Officer within another specialized unit. I currently have 7 years on with the Los Angeles Police Department and work in South Central Los Angeles. (4-12-05)

1974 - Steve Linder writes: Please send an email with your contact information and especially a current email address to me, as I am compiling a database of the class of 1974 in an ACT database. I have entered nearly all of the information that was forwarded to me by Leone but still have some missing individuals. Anyone who knows the contact information or email addresses of anyone should forward any such information to me. If any of you are vacationing in Key West FL, be sure to look me up. I am in the phone book, or call 305-295-0137, email stevel@sellgroup.net. I still summer in Massachusetts between June and September but am otherwise in Key West most of the time. (4-5-05)

1960 - Welcome back! “Fred & Sophia Crawford have bought a house in Norwich, Vermont (2 1/2 hours from Fenway Park), and are moving back to the US after 34 years living abroad (most recently in England).” (3-20-05)

1974 - Musician Cathy Goode writes: Things turn out funny sometimes…Hello fellow WHS Class of 1974 Alums, I’m not trying to advertise something here, but I’d love to see some familiar faces at the Crossroads Irish Pub in Boston where I play music on Monday nights. Just a year ago I was practicing in my living room and dreaming of playing in pubs some day. Then one evening last May the godfather of the Boston Irish music scene called up and asked if I could lead a session at the pub that night! He didn’t know what kind of panic bells he set off in me, but I called a friend who agreed to accompany me and off we went, to certain demise (I was sure). What was I thinking?? Well, I am happy to say that I lived. And now I do it every week and it’s fun!…I’ve never been much of a pub-goer, but this place has a nice bartender and a comfy feel. I play music from 9pm to midnite. There’s no cover charge on Mondays. This Thursday, St. Patrick’s Day, we are playing there from 3:00 - 5:30pm, and there is a charge of $5 for the music which is happening all day. I’d love to see anyone who lives in the area stop by sometime. The pub is on Beacon St. at the corner of Beacon and Mass. Ave. They also serve food.…It’s funny that, having so much Irish ancestry, it took me this long to find my way to the music. Slainte! (3-17-05)

1942 - Patty Wright ’71 sends this sad news: My father, William D. Melone, Weston High School class of 1942, passed away on February 14, 2005. He was 80 years young. He will be greatly missed by his children - Joe ’70, Patty ’71, Peter ’72, Jo-Anne ’74, Katie ’75, Billy ’76, and Teri ’83. (2-25-05)

1976 - Dolly Butler Ryan writes: Hello to all WHS alums, especially the Class of ’76. I got an email from Patty O’Leary inquiring about our next reunion, which prompted me to write this email. I have helped organize the past three reunions and am announcing my retirement as the official party planner for the Class of ’76. It’s been a pleasure organizing this for our Class. As most of you know I always do enjoy a good party, especially with a class that really knows HOW to party! So, we need others to step up to the plate to organize our - can you believe - 30th! It has been a lot of fun reconnecting with everyone, and I hope that someone else from the Class of ’76 will take on the next event. If someone else doesn’t volunteer to take it on it’s not going to happen. This website is a good place to start putting out your ideas, and I will certainly forward all the files and information I have collected over the years to the next planner(s). I was very sad to hear about the death of Jim Farrell and although I didn’t know him well, I do remember him as a kind and talented classmate. It was also good to hear from Ed Hogan and to take a moment out of my busy life to remember my old friend, Helen. We shared a lot of laughs and a few trips to the principal’s office - I miss those days! I lost touch with Mardie Mastain but would love to get her contact info if anyone has it. In other news my nephew “Bo,” son of my brother Jim Butler ’74, returned safely home from Camp Bucca in Iraq this weekend, for which we are all thankful. Some of you may have caught him on the news - he was the soldier hugging the t.v. crew. My brother, Mike ’75, is living in Duxbury with his wife, Joan Murphy. My sister Diane ’70 lives in Wareham, and Casslyn ’71 lives in Plymouth. I have heard from Tom Noble, who moved to California; Linda Powers who has moved to Colorado; and Linda Anderson, who has moved to Pennsylvania. It’s hard to keep up with everyone so I agree with Patty O’Leary -- Whassup! We need some postings from the fabulous Class of 1976! (2-9-05)

1985 - Here’s an update from Paula Sullivan Harris: My husband Bill and I spent the late 90’s / early 2000’s living in Wilmington DE while I worked mainly in the credit card industry running the MBA recruiting programs for, then, First USA (now part of JP Morgan Chase) and the HR function for start-up Juniper Bank. But in 2002 we realized our goal to move back to MA and work together in the business we founded in 1996. Bill and I have a registered independent advisory firm providing financial planning and investment management services for all types of clients, but the majority are women. We love living in Duxbury, having both the ocean and the forests all around us. I have joined the Duxbury Open Space and Recreation Committee, and this semester I have been invited to be an adjunct professor at Curry College in Milton preparing students for the work world after campus life. (2-5-05)

1985 - An astounding life story is sent to us by Geoff Grant, with many more details provided in two news reports from Boston’s Chanel 5 (a link to those reports at end of Geoff’s explanation): “In early 2004, my wife Karen, a fit and healthy person, was diagnosed with bilateral mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos. She was referred to Dr. Sugarbaker of Brigham and Women’s (the world’s expert on this disease). If untreated, Karen would have about 6 months to live. She was given hope by her doctor and would be the only known person to be treated for bilateral mesothelioma. Karen, holding on to hope, spent the entire year fighting to live. Her last surgery kept her in the ICU 6 weeks. Then she transferred to Youville Hospital for therapy (114 days total). She then had 4 sessions of chemo at Dana Farber. I placed a poster on her wall in the hospital. It features Muhammad Ali with the words Impossible is Nothing. On 12/30/04 Karen was declared cancer free.”  For dramatic detail about this story with an unexpectedly beautiful, happy ending, check out:
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/health/4062442/detail.html. At the end of that story is a link to an earlier story, when the outcome was still in doubt. (2-3-05)

1974 - Todd Nelson sends this update: I’d love to hear from members of the classes of 1973-4. I lived in London for my first two years in high school, but returned to Weston for my last two years and graduated in 1974. I’m principal of the Adams School in Castine, Maine, my town’s K-8 elementary school...64 students. Enjoying rural Maine life! (1-31-05)

1985 - From Toronto we hear from Greg Carbone - Greetings from the frozen North. Some news to share: I am very happy to announce that, after years of study, I have just completed a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto, where I have been living with my wife Hannah since 1999. I would love to hear from any WHS classmates, or any others who may be offering architectural work in warm climates. (1-21-05)

1983 - Ned and Suzi Sennott are pleased to announce the birth of our first child. Patrick Joseph Sennott was born on Saturday, January 8, 2005, at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and 19.5 inches. (1-18-05)

1974 - Did you wonder what forager Russ Cohen looks like now? You can catch him next weekend (Saturday, January 22) at 12:30 pm (but check local times) in a brief, 3-minute segment on the PBS cooking show SIMPLY MING (Episode 217: Master Vegetarian Broth). According to the program notes, Master Chef Ming first creates “Three Onion Soup and a Shiitake Spinach Risotto. Ming then heads out of the kitchen and, giving an all-new meaning to the term ‘fresh produce,’ meets up with master forager, Russ Cohen in Lexington, Massachusetts, to hunt for wild mushrooms.” It sounds like great fun. (1-13-05)

1981 - Tom Healey reports that he is currently working in the Office of Planned Giving for Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. (1-13-05)

1965 - Dudi Teleki DeBlasis writes: Hi to everyone. My Husband and I have relocated to Ormond Beach, Florida. I have a new email address and would love to hear from my classmates from the class of 65. Once again I would love to help plan a reunion. It is our 40th. Where has the time gone? It was just yesterday we were planning for the variety show and had our graduation boat trip. Hope to hear from you soon. (1-11-05)

1932 - Our newly most senior registrant on the WHS Alumni web site, Ralph A. Arnold writes: Do you get any news from members of my class? I am a retired widower living in Crossett, Arkansas. (1-7-05)

1995 - Happy New Year Class of 1995! Quick update: I’m curently practicing interior architecture for a commercial firm in Charlotte, NC. My fiancé and I will be getting married in Aruba this June. Keep in touch! - Jamie Phifer (12-31-04)

1992 - Wendi Holmes O’Neil sends this update: My husband Brian and I had our first child on 12/21/04 at 9:16pm. Kennedy Mae O’Neil 6 lbs. 8 oz. and perfect! To check out pictures go to http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/b/babyoneil/. Brian and I are now living in Melrose and we are enjoying life! I am still working on a book and trying to get my magazine out into the world http://www.ablondeseyeview.com/. (12-31-04)

1984 - Sad news: Ronald McPherson died in a car accident in Revere this past Sunday, December 19, 2004. The Boston Globe account of the accident said Ronald was 39 years old. According to Harry Thompson, who first told us of the tragedy and provided the Globe account, Ronald had celebrated his birthday a month before, on November 10. Harry wrote that Ron “has a five year old beautiful daughter.” Harry also provided a recent photo of Ronald, taken August 14, 2004. Ronald came to the Weston school system through the METCO program. The Weston Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alan Oliff, has notified the Alumni News that a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 28, at Prince Hall, Washington Street, Dorchester. Viewing will be 11am to noon, following by a service from noon to 1pm. hOur sympathies go out to Ronald’s family and friends. (12-23-04)

1993 - Author and islander Dave Harding writes: I have been living on Nantucket for three years now, where I run into many former classmates on vacation. I published my second book this past summer. Boarding Call is a novel about a group of friends who play softball together and are individually coping with growing up and enjoying life today while trying to achieve some stability for tomorrow. Learn all about the books, subscribe to my monthly email column, and see what other Weston authors have written at http://www.nickeldraft.com/. For those living in Weston the book is available at Dragon Books or the Weston Public Library. I will be heading to Spain for the winter months this year, trying desperately to recall what Señora DaCosta was teaching as I gazed out the window. This summer I’ll be back on island, bartending on the patio at the Lobster Trap. First drink is always free for Wildcats. (12-7-04)

1976 - Sad news sent in by James Crouch: It is with much sadness that I read today that James Farrell has passed away. Jim would’ve graduated in the Class of ’76 if he hadn’t left for private school somewhere around the 7th or 8th grade I believe. My memories of Jim are of a very caring, humble and extremely intelligent young man who could play hockey like no one else in our age group. He took that skill to other parts of the world. The following was published in today’s Boston Globe:

James D.P. Farrell, an assistant state attorney general who enforced environmental regulations, died Monday at his home in Wayland. He was 46. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Farrell, a native of Weston, was captain of the hockey team at Princeton University. His teammates included TV writer David E. Kelley, who paid homage to his friend by naming a character on '‘L.A. Law'’ Errol “The Eel” Farrell. Farrell's nickname in college was “The Eel,” because of his slippery moves on the ice, The Boston Globe reported. He played professional hockey in Italy for several years, then attended Boston College Law School, where he met his wife, Martha Pyle. Farrell worked in environmental enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice and was an aide to U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H. About five years ago, he joined the attorney general’s office, where he oversaw compliance with the state’s Brownfields Act, which provides grants and other incentives for the cleanup and development of contaminated property. “Jim Farrell didn’t just represent the best in public service, he represented the best in all of us,” Attorney General Tom Reilly said. “He was a can-do person who got things done.” Farrell coached youth hockey, baseball, and soccer in Wayland. “He was a tough competitor, a wonderful sportsman, and always a gentleman,” said George Favoloro, of Lincoln, a friend and former hockey teammate. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Belmont Hill School Chapel. (12-2-04)

1964 - A request for recollections about Bobby Ammann: “I’m a mathematician at Smith College and am writing a book about the life and work of your classmate, the late Bobby Ammann. In his 30s, in a burst of remarkable creativity, he made important contributions to geometry that illuminated our understanding of the solid state. I would appreciate any information you may have about him and also your memories, in class and out.” (signed) Marjorie Senechal: senechal@science.smith.edu (11-11-04)

1994 - Back from travels in Asia, Ann Gowdy, RN, writes: I am currently pursuing my master’s of science in nursing at the University of Southern Maine. (11-9-04)

1973 - We have an update from Gordon Siek: I am presently living in Somerville MA and have landed working as the Chief Scientific Officer at a small medical diagnostics company after a roller coaster ride in a few biotech companies. I have four wonderful children: Andrew, 13; Juliana, 11; Klara, 9; and Jackson, 8; and a step-daughter Emily, 24. (11-9-04)

1974 - To Kevin Sherman, Brian Lynch, Russ Cohen and Dottie Farrell: Long time no contact. Kevin I remember many fond memories in your house and especially the barn, big family and lots of parties. Brian, Russ, and Dottie, it was school and we were all class mates, 30 years, wow, long time.…I have lived in Ireland since July 1974, went to college and graduated with a B.Sc., unbelievable huh? Married a long time now with 4 girls, eldest of which is in her final year at University College Dublin majoring in Pure English, second girl is taking a gap year, before going to U.C.D. to study science, just like her parents, next two are still in school. Have had many jobs since graduating from college here and have for the last 6 years been running my own business with my wife.…So, any word about, say, Ted O'Neill, David Cain, Steve Linder, Robbie Kanzer, et al?…On a sad note, for those who knew my sister Helen Hogan, the 10th anniversary of her untimely death, due to M.S., is on 19th Dec. of this year. She is still sadly missed by all her friends, esp. her husband Bob and son Mark and Mardi Mastain of CA who was especially good to her through the years. My best regards to all, Ed Hogan. (11-2-04)

1982 - Leslie Carbone tells us: I am living in Virginia and working in Washington, D.C., as a speechwriter for U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. (11-2-04)

1984 - Chimp analyst Carole Hooven sends this update: After a long and sometimes stressful gestation, I recently brought a dissertation into the world. I researched chimps in Uganda for almost a year before coming to Harvard, where I just got my Ph.D. in biological anthropology. My research concerned sex differences, testosterone, and cognition, using an evolutionary approach to try to understand why men do stuff like compete for status or think in different ways than women. Still a mystery…but I now have a lecturer position at Harvard for a year.…I’m trying to figure out what to do next! I’m happy we are having a reunion this year, and I can’t wait to see everybody! GO SOX!!!! (10-22-04)

1980 - Musician entrepreneur Adam Sweet sends this update: I now own a Violin & Music Shop in Belchertown MA called Sweet Music (http://www.adamsweet.com/). I go to China and Korea 4 times a year to purchase instruments and musical accessories for the shop and my wholesale business (http://www.pioneervalleyluthier.com/). Still playing a lot of music, mostly with my band http://www.woodkerne.com/, but also sitting in with a variety of World Music ensembles and occasionally teaching. My son is now 5 years old and in kindergarten. He is an amazing child and I am so lucky to be his dad! It’s been almost 25 years - do you think it’s safe to attend the 25th Weston High School Anniversary? We'll see. (10-7-04)

1997 - Newlywed Katie Peterson Sing writes: My new husband and I are now living in South Plainfield, New Jersey. I just got married to the man I have been seeing for 6 1/2 years on Sunday, September 26th of this year. I have been working for the last three years as a pre-school/pre-kindergarten teacher. (10-7-04)
Marcia Mancuso Cormay ’74 sends in this note on Weston issues: “The October 18, 2004, and December 20, 2004, Weston School Committee tentative agendas show an agenda item ‘Graduation Date Discussion.’ This item has appeared due to a proposal from the Weston/Wayland Interfaith Action Group to change graduation from our traditional first Friday night in June (a 35 year tradition!) to another time, possibly Thursday night or sometime Sunday. Thoughts on this proposed change should be directed to the school committee members: Wendy Spector, Chair @ 8 Conant Road or wenspec@comcast.net; Tony Nolan @ 693 Boston Post Road or nolanschool@att.net; Maryanne Rogers @ 9 Lanes End or 1mrogers@comcast.net; Bella Wong @ 334 South Avenue or btwong@comcast.net or Ed Heller @ 20 Indian Hill Road or edheller@aol.com.” (9-29-04)

1985 - Sandy Burke Ewing tells us she’s been living in Nashville TN for the past two years with her husband Rick and her son Richard. She expects Nashville to be their home town “probably for a long time.” (9-24-04)

2000 - Amanda Mazzola: I recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in TV/film production and a minor in theatre studies. I am currently working for a year at UMass Boston as a Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America). My role is to strengthen the Early Literacy Partnership between UMass Boston and the Dorchester day care system. Hopefully at the end of the year I will be going on to graduate school to further pursue a career in the TV/film industry. (9-22-04)

2000 - News from Rebecca Friedman: I graduated from Smith with a BA in Spanish and secondary ed. certification after completing a student teaching
practicum in Northampton. I am digging into my first year teaching middle school Spanish at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley AZ. I love it! Two years ago my family relocated from Weston to Las Cruces NM. My brother, Jess ’03, is working on his second year as a business major at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. (9-16-04)

Karen Kraft ’95 writes: On Sept. 19, I’ll join more than 8,000 people who are walking the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to benefit the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I am walking in memory of my brother Will Kraft ’92 who died in February 2003 after a long battle with a brain tumor. The team walking in Will’s memory hopes to raise at least $20,000 this year, all of which will be directed to the William Kraft Brain Tumor Research Fund. The fund supports brain tumor research by Dr. Patrick Wen at Dana-Farber. Please support my walk. Every mile of this event we do together brings us closer to a finish line without cancer. Please follow this link to make donations for Will’s team.  Thanks very much. I appreciate your support! (9-8-04)

2002 - Sad news sent in to us: “Beloved friend Ben Brody passed away this past summer on July 10, 2004. He will be greatly missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.” Newspapers report that Ben died in a car accident. (9-8-04)

1989 - Gee Gee has a request: The Vernon is looking for contact information for Noel Atamian. If you have any, could you email it to me at ggblair@hotmail.com? Thanks. See you at the reunion. Cheers, Gee Gee. (9-8-04)

1995 - An upbeat note from Joanne Kampoures: A big hello to the Class of 1995! Just a quick update on my life. I now have a gorgeous son, Jayson Joseph Vieira, who was born on December 16, 2002. If I could post his picture up here, I would. He's a beautiful and exotic little boy mixed with (Cape Verdean and Greek from me and Black and Irish from his daddy). Motherhood is the best thing to ever happen to me. Jayson, his father Jay and I are happily living in Boston enjoying our roles as parents. Latoya Watts-Cooper, also from the Class of 1995, with her 2 beautiful daughters is still my best friend and we’re raising our children to be as close as we are. Her oldest daughter is currently enrolled in Weston, as will be her 2nd daughter and my son as well...once they are old enough. Jaqueta Oliver, also of the 1995 graduating class, has 2 adorable boys and still keeps in touch on a regular basis. For those of you don’t know, Latoya, Jaqueta and I all graduated from Newbury College together. When you find good friends, you keep them close. Hope to see you all at our 10 year class reunion next year. Best of Luck!!! (9-5-04)

2000 - Marine Evan Zacharias reports: Right now I’m out in Camp Pendelton, California, serving as a United States Marine. September 4th I’m going over to Iraq for 7 months and then come back in about April. (8-14-04)

1971 - I am from the class of 1971, writes Gail Herring, but did not graduate from there because my family moved to Onset MA at the end of my sophomore year. I’ve been married, divorced, and moved around a bit - and now I’m living back in Onset taking care of my mother and managing a lodging house. (8-12-04)

1996 - Quick update from John Wilson: I am starting my 4th year in the MD/PhD program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. Most of the time I work in a biophysics lab, but I also spend one evening a week seeing patients in an outpatient clinic. (8-12-04)

1974 - Forager Russ writes, I am looking forward to my 30th reunion get-together at the Jones House this weekend. In the meantime, I thought I’d let WHS folks know that I have written a book about foraging which came out earlier this summer. The title of the book is Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, and it was published by the Essex County Greenbelt Association (http://www.ecga.org/). A press release about the book is posted at http://users.rcn.com/eatwild/press_release.htm. WHS played a key role in this book, as it was biology teacher George Blakeslee’s “Edible Botany” mini-course in 1972 that turned me on to the topic. (FYI, I have happily allowed Greenbelt to keep my entire share of the proceeds from the sale of this book, as they expressly allow foraging as a permitted activity on the properties they own.) I have also donated a copy of the book to the Weston Public Library (which also played an important role in my foraging career as it was there that I found many books on foraging that enabled me to teach myself enough plant species to teach a section of the “Edible Botany” course when I was a WHS senior in 1974). I will donate a book to the WHS library too when it reopens again in the fall. (8-11-04)

1989 - We have a Brooklyn update from Nicole Kennedy Moore: Just want to say that I am soooo excited about our upcoming reunion. I was a bit stunned when my mom received the flyer ’cause it just doesn’t seem that long ago that WHS was my early morning destination. Anyhow, I would like to share a bit of what has been up with me. I now live in Brooklyn NY and have been here for the past 10 years where I teach biology in a NYC public high school. I married the handsome Jimmy Moore in 2001 and received my master’s degree in Learning Technology from Mercy College in 2002. I am truly excited to share with you all the birth of my daughter, Trinity Amber Moore, on May 18, 2004. And for those of you who remember the METCO office, I still keep in close touch with Jacqueline Grant (Adams), Donna Richards, Cairra Germain (Xavier), and Michelle Bailey. Looking forward to seeing you all in October. (8-4-04)

1984 - Brock Edmunds received his Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 2001. He currently works as librarian  and instructor at ITT Technical Institute in Woburn MA. He lives in Somerville MA with his wife Olga, who he met while studying at Simmons College. (7-30-04)

1992 - Happy news from Rurik Vandevenne: I had a very enjoyable last couple of months that I wanted to share with my class of ’92 classmates. I graduated from Duke University with my MBA, got married on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Trista Marie Spurrier, bought a house in Cary NC, and started my new career in venture capital at River Cities Capital Funds. (7-25-04)

1989 - Kaesmene Harrison Banks “married Kevin Banks this June, in a lovely outdoor ceremony at the Lyman Estate. WHS alums at the wedding included Nathaniel Harrison ’91, Katharine Harrison ’00, and Kristen Hallahan Smith ’88. I’m a publishing services project manager for nSight, Inc, in Burlington MA - and a freelance writer/editor when I have time!” (7-19-04)

1973 - Andrea Frank Bredbeck makes her life in Boston: I live in Jamaica Plain MA. I am a single mother with 3 children: daughter 18, son 14 and daughter 6. I am an artist and a writer and also make my living as a psychotherapist specializing in working post traumatic stress disorder - in individuals, couples and families. (7-18-04)

1981 - From Cantabridgian Barry Zellen: Ever since the class of 1981’s 20th reunion, Cambridge residents Barry Zellen, Peter Hirsch, and Mark Grunbaum have been known to occasionally gather at Cafe Sushi in Harvard Square on Sunday evenings for its dollar-nigiri special - with Newburyport resident Jamie McLellan frequently joining. If any other alums are in or near Cambridge and up for a wasabi-flavored mini-reunion, please email  Barry at nextinnovator@aol.com. (7-15-04)

1981 - Barry Zellen has misplaced his old collection of Grassroots (student newspaper) and was trying to find an old article from 1980 or 1981. Has anyone kept their collection intact? If so, please email Barry. (7-15-04)

1973 - From the West, Rob Pexton writes: I’ve been cleaning up polluted groundwater on Air Force bases in Northern California, after doing a couple geology degrees. I enjoyed both our 20th and 30th reunions. Drop a line. (6-28-04)

1989 - Kathleen Kelleher DelPrete tells us: Happy to report that my husband David and I had our second daughter, Lauren Isabella, last November. Have kept in touch with Kena Evans (Thompson) who left Weston HS at the end of freshman year, but she, her husband and adorable baby Keira are moving in July to Belgium for 18 -24 months. I am sure she would love to hear from folks - so you can send me an email that I will pass along as soon as I get her new overseas email address! Haven’t read anything about a 15th reunion yet and would like to go as I missed #10…. (6-17-04)

1974 - A note from Kevin P. Sherman: I did not graduate with my class (1974) I left after my junior year and joined the navy. I thought somebody might be interested to what’s up with me. I am curious about others in my class. I live in Framingham MA. (6-11-04)

1971 - David Richardson writes: I saw the obituary of James Lape. [See Announcements above, 6-6-04] He was one of my principals at Weston High School. He had fought polio when he was younger and told me that, even with my physical challenges, I too would be looked at like him years later. Mr. Lape was right. Miss McDonough [also partially handicapped in one leg] told me the same thing when I saw her in high school. They both knew first hand what I was going through then. They both said the same thing, and years later my class thinks the world of me, because you can not tell now what I went through growing up with my problems. My classmates tell me they are surprised at what I have done with my life. (6-7-04)

1994 - Rachel Scheier-Dolberg Fortune has a lot of good news in her life: I have had a very busy month of May 2004! In chronological, but not order of importance, I graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine on May 17, moved to Columbus, Ohio, on May 19, and got married to my new husband, Brett Fortune, on May 31! We are both starting residency here in Columbus in a few weeks - I will be in Pediatrics at Columbus Children’s Hospital and Brett in Internal Medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center. Anyone else out there residing in the midwest?!?! (6-7-04)

James Lape challenged, inspired students. (excerpts from an obituary in the June 3, 2004, Boston Globe, By Gloria Negri, Globe Staff) James T. Lape, who overcame a childhood attack of polio to become an inspiration to others and a much-loved educator in the schools of Wellesley, Lexington, and Weston, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was 91 and lived in Lexington. “Jim never thought of himself as crippled or wanted to be left out of anything,” his wife, Elizabeth (Baymore), a retired Brookline schoolteacher, said. “He wanted to do everything and took all kinds of risks. As a boy, he would never let anyone do anything for him.” The Lapes moved to Massachusetts for good in 1947, living in Newton while he spent 17 years, serving at different times as teacher and assistant principal, at Wellesley High School. Then for three years he was principal at Weston High School. Mr. Lape retired from teaching in 1977 after nine years as teacher and head of the English Department at Lexington High....But he didn’t slow down. He and his wife fulfilled their love of travel with trips to the Continent and to England, where they indulged their love for the theater by attending all the shows they could and visiting the haunts of their literary idols. He continued to read poetry and, with his wife, regularly attended Boston Symphony concerts. He learned to use the computer when he was 80, keeping in touch with friends and family by e-mail and surfing the Internet. He rarely missed a Saturday morning class his wife hosted for a group studying classic Greek. Mr. Lape was still driving a car at 91, though by then using a wheelchair and a motorized scooter he named Rocinante, for Don Quixote’s horse....By the way he lived his life, Mr. Lape taught others how to live theirs, said his granddaughter, Caitlin Tilton of Swanzey, N.H. (6-7-04)

1990 - New father Joshua Gilman writes: I moved to Hudson MA last year with my wife, Wendy, and my newborn baby girl, Courtney. She was born on September 3, 2003, and we moved into our new house 3 weeks later. We like to experience all life changes at once! I’m still teaching history and law at Lincoln-Sudbury RHS. (5-28-04)

1950 - Charlie Martin writes in that he is now a retired widower, living in Hampton NH. He would like to chat with other alumni. (5-26-04)

1986 - Michelle (Mich) Sullivan has had an exciting year so far. In January she returned to her previous employer, the Arts Center (St. Petersburg, FL), as Retail Operations Director. On April 10th she married her longtime partner Dirk Armstrong, Assistant Curator at the Salvador Dali Museum. The wedding took place at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, followed by a fun and surreal reception at the Dali Museum. Mich’s sister Cece Sullivan ’93 stood by as Matron of Honor, and Valerie Mulhern ’87 was a bridesmaid. Fellow Weston High grads Russell Kirshy ’86 and Dennis Kirshy ’84 were also in attendance. A great time was had by all! Mich looks forward to a happy married life and continuing a solid career in arts management. (5-23-04)

1996- Matt Perbal writes: As the French exchange student I was back then, I spent the most exciting year of my student life in Weston High School. I’m just writing to let you know that I’m still eager to hear some news from my former classmates. I am now living in Metz, France, and I have been working as an investment banker in Luxembourg, a few miles away, for two years now. (5-23-04)

1947 - Sad news sent in by Maurice W. “Red” Williams, Jr. ’48, about his sister, Mrs James K. Mitchell: Virginia “Bunny” Williams Mitchell - class of 1947 - who had been residing at 209 Mateer Circle, Blacksburg, VA - died April 29, 2004. Bunny and I were two of a small group of students, living in Wayland, who attended junior high and/or senior high in Weston. Some of us, my sister and I included, walked to the train (steam at the time) stations here in Wayand, got off at the Weston station on Church street, walked to the Jr/Sr High School, and reversed the process in the afternoon. (5-18-04)

1957 - Longtime Weston High switchboard operator and well-loved voice of the Main Office, Kathy Bourinot writes, Hi, everyone, I will be retiring from Weston High School and moving to St. Augustine, Florida. My new email address is kathbourinot@yahoo.com. I am very excited about this move and looking forward to the warm weather and the quaint city of St. Augustine. My son Fred will be moving with me. He is mentally retarded and I haven’t found an appropriate group home for him as yet. My daughter lives in Jacksonville, Florida, so it will be nice to have family around. I will miss Massachusetts and the change of seasons; but not the shoveling and the high cost of living. So please email me at my new email address. I would love hearing from you. Love to all, Kathy Bourinot. (5-18-04)

All classes - Mike Kelley, WHS English Department Chair, writes: I’m eager to contact the past students of Bob Walker. I see on the alumni page email addresses for students, but I don’t know which of the accessible students are past students of Bob. Would alumni of Bob’s consider writing me a 2-3 sentence anecdote in his honor? Please email them to me at: kelleym@mail.weston.org. Thank you. (5-18-04)

1989 - Sad news sent to us by Rob Miller ’86 about his sister: Audrey Miller Poritzky, daughter of Anne and Dr. Laurence Miller of Little Rock AR, formerly of Weston,  passed away Thursday March 25th after a courageous nine-month battle with head and neck cancer. Memorial services were held in New York City and Little Rock. Audrey is survived by her husband Dave Poritzky, and their beautiful one-year old daughter Sophie Lena. She is also survived by her parents, as well as her brother Robert, sister-in-law Amy, and nephews Jacob and David Miller of Franklin Lakes NJ. She is also survived by her grandparents, Beatrice and Joseph Miller of Boston, and predeceased by her grandparents Sophie and David Knopping. In addition to her loving family, Audrey leaves behind a multitude of adoring friends and admiring professional colleagues.
Before taking time off for the birth of Sophie, Audrey spent several years working in the education-reform field in Philadelphia and New York City. During her time with Philadelphia Futures, a non-profit organization that assists inner-city public schoolchildren in the college admissions process, she and her colleagues were honored at a White House ceremony officiated by President Clinton. In New York, Audrey served as an assistant to the President of Citigroup, before moving back to the non-profit sector with Children’s Aid Society. One of Audrey’s projects, the Community Schools Initiative, provides after-school activities, medical care and other needed services to underprivileged families. She also worked at the Wallace Funds, a foundation that supports a wide spectrum of public-school education reform projects throughout the country.
Audrey graduated from Weston High School in 1989, and served as a class officer. She attended the Weston Public Schools from second grade. She received Master’s degrees in Education and Public Policy, along with a Bachelor of Arts degree, from the University of Pennsylvania.
A service in New York in memory of Audrey was attended by Weston High School classmates: Catherine Van Dusen Godschalk, Jennifer Raynovich Patricio, John Harmon, Dana Hanson, Steve Prescott and Paul Connolly. Catherine and Jennifer traveled to Little Rock AR to eulogize Audrey at a memorial service for her there as well.
Audrey was a kind, loving and dedicated person who touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people who knew her. She cherished the time she spent with her family and friends and will be sadly missed.
Donations can be made to the Audrey Miller Poritzky Educational Fund for Children, PO Box 668, Summit NJ 07902-0688. (4-19-04)

1989 - Hilary Sayer Munson sends in brief updates about several alumni from this and other classes. About herself and husband Brian Munson, they “have 2 kids. Bill Callahan & Phil Wen currently live in Los Angeles CA. Bill is exec producer for 8 simple rules and Phil Wen just sold a movie script. Leah Wheelock Reiter lives in Rockville MD and has 2 kids. Debbie Weisman Reback lives in Oakland CA and has 2 kids. My brother, Peter Sayer ’94, currently lives in NYC and is getting married in October. My sister, Kaile Sayer ’91, currently lives in Watertown MA and works for Fidelity Investments in Marlborough MA.” (4-4-04)

1997, 1999 - Dan Whittenberger ’99 invites members of the classes of 1997 and 1999 to help celebrate the re-dedication of Peter Michael Whittenberger’s memorial tree. The original kouza’s dogwood planted at the main entry of Country School in 1987 had to be moved for the school facility replacement just completed. An American elm, replacing the first tree, will be planted on the grounds of Case House, 89 Wellesley Street, Weston MA, on Saturday, April 24, 2004, starting at 10:30AM. The keynote speaker of the dedication will be Harvard University’s John P. Marquand Professor of English, Lawrence Buell. Prof. Buell will discuss the environmental impact of trees to both our healthy surroundings and our writings going back to Thoreau’s Walden. Reception with light refreshments at the Weston Community Center rooms 301 and 302 following the dedication. All members of the school community are invited to participate in the tree dedication, for the growth of the American elm over the next 70 years will reflect the children’s energy and education in the Weston schools. For information on this community event contact Francine Whittenberger ’74 781-894-8439 or franciwhit@aol.com. (4-1-04)

1971 - Barbara Brown has returned from Kenya and resides in Vienna VA: “I am teaching US history to 7th grade ESL students. It’s very challenging but I love it (most of the time).” (4-1-04)

1954 - Hampshire College professor Ray Coppinger reports asking a potential student interviewer to first prove her researching mettle by doing some research on Weston drama/English teacher John Zorn, who had helped him “over some of the rough spots” when he was in high school. He sends us this result from the interviewer: “John Zorn graduated from Emerson College in 1934 and received an honorary masters degree from Emerson in 1959. He then went on to teach at Hingham High School from 1934-39 and then at Weston High School from 1940-65. While teaching at Weston High School he began teaching at Emerson College in 1947 and retired from there in 1976. I was able to locate his daughter, Geraldine Zorn Hallgren, who also went to Emerson College and as of 1989 was living in Scotia, NY. After 1989 the trail of information ends. I also learned that he wrote a book on speech and collaborated as editor on two others.” (3-28-04)

1994 - From Kim Sulman Starkman: Here is a little update. I am living in Detroit, Michigan, where my husband is completing his residency. We got married in August 2002. We have a great dog, no kids yet! I am working as a speech pathologist at a hospital. Hopefully, we will be moving back to the East Coast in a few years after my husband completes a fellowship somewhere else. I would love to hear more from the class of 94! (3-24-04)

1985 - Geoff Grant attended Landmark College in Putney VT and Curry College in Milton MA, BA Business Communication. Married 8/25/01 to Karen L. Chadwick from Haverhill MA, whom I met while attending Curry. Honeymooned in Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, & Hawaii [aka the big island]). I proposed a year prior in front of Cinderella’s Castle, in Walt Disney World. We live in Methuen, MA. As for children we have two rabbits, Oreo (black with a white spot on chest) & Nilla as in Vanilla (white). Right now we are enjoying our 2 nieces and 4 nephews and multiple cousins. I would enjoy hearing from you. (3-20-04)

1978 - Donna Lee Van Cott writes: I have accepted a job at Tulane University, beginning this summer. I will be assistant professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies. Some of my classmates may remember that I received my BA from Tulane. (3-8-04)

***Attention Roxbury/Weston Preschool Alums! Roxbury Weston Programs Soirée at the Copley Fairmont Plaza in Boston, Thursday evening, April 29th, 2004, at 6:30. Special Guest: Mayor Thomas Menino, recipient of the Roxbury Weston Programs 2004 Champion for Children Award. Everyone is welcome! Support this exciting model of high quality early learning in a diverse environment for all children, since 1966. Call or email for your Invitation today! Individual, Group and Corporate Sponsorships are available.
Phone: 781-891-6710; email: roxwes@earthlink.net, web: http://www.roxwes.org/
Proceeds from the Soirée will benefit children and families of Roxbury Weston Programs. Our mission is to bring families together in a learning community dedicated to the celebration of diversity, and dedicated to excellence in early care and education. A private, non-profit organization and the precursor to METCO in Massachusetts, the program serves Boston’s inner city neighborhoods and suburban Metro West with both a Nationally Accredited Preschool, and an After School Educational Enrichment program called CATCH for Children Achieving Through Community Hope. (3-10-04)

1954 - Fran (Howell) Meyers ’55 writes: What a pleasant surprise to see Ray Coppinger ’54 as a featured expert on the WGBH “NOVA” program shown 2/3/04. Ray is a professor of biology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, and is a “canine expert.” This was a very interesting program entitled “Dogs--and More Dogs.” If you have a chance to see a rerun, you will easily recognize Ray (even though he graduated fifty years ago!!). Good job, Ray! (2-4-04)

1955 - Fran (Howell) Meyers writes: Don’t forget that we’ll be having our fiftieth reunion soon! Keep well, keep in touch, and we look forward to getting together next year? (2-4-04)

1978 - Susan Honthumb writes: I’m sorry to have missed the reunion in November. I would love to hear about it. Please write to me. I’m still living in Eugene, Oregon. I’m approaching that half-way mark of having lived half of my life in Oregon and half in Massachusetts. I recently started my master’s in education, and, after a year of intensive work, I hope to be an English teacher. (1-13-04)

1977 - Nina Tannenwald writes, I was a member of the class of ’77, although I didn’t graduate from WHS. I left after sophomore year when my family moved from Weston, but I did return for a couple of summers to do the Weston Drama Workshop. I went to Dartmouth, and got a Ph.D. from Cornell in international relations. I teach international relations at Brown. My husband is a sociologist, and we have a 7 month old son. (12-10-03)

1993 - Luke Gutelius introduces a most entertaining web site: The Class of 1993 just had our 10 year reunion - it was a lot of fun.  For pictures and a story go to this link:
http://www.bluefishriver.com/html/daily/journal/journal_20031203.htm (12-4-03)

1964 - More from Léo Valter: a little bit of history: In 1960, an American teacher from the Boston Public Schools visited Colégio de Aplicação, and decided that this Porto Alegre school, for its kind of teaching and student evaluation, should be a part of the Weston-Rombas Affilliation Committee, and as such should send a student every year to Weston High, just as the French did. The first Aplicação student to go to Weston was Fernando Rangel; the second, Juarez Milmann Martins, the third myself, the fourth Antonio Sanvicente, and so on. When Juarez went, there came here for some time Edward De Crosta (just to visit), the second, who stayed about 6 months, Russ Terkelsen, now in Ohio, and who lived with my family down here. There were others though whom I can’t remember right now, who had similar experiences. It was good for all of us, as they also told me in their e-correspondence with me. The 1964 class, through some of its members, among them Antonio Sanvicente, Juarez Milmann Martins and I, have a group called ämigos 1964 through Yahoogroups, and once in a while meet to exchange experiences (like we did tonight) and talk via e-mail quite often. Most of us do it after midnight, like myself, when I have the time to spare. Since we have a forty-year story in common, I think that it would be interesting to join and exchange ideas from the Brazilian Weston High students (as a group) and this web page, operating a real info net among the foreign students at Weston High and Colégio de Aplicação. I talked tonight to Juarez Martins, and he is interested in participating in this page and probably (have to discuss a little bit more how to operate it) the Aplicação Students at Weston High, with discussions about how did this contribute to make a bridge between our countries and how it contributed to mutual individual development (something along this line of reasoning). What do others have to say about it? Do you think this would be of help to students and to evaluate the whole experience? Do you think it would be a form of sociological, political and educational brain-storming, useful and helpful for people here and there? I do think it would, should like to hear about it from you. (12-2-03)

1964 - Léo Valter Tschiedel has now reached classmates and sends in this reflection: I have managed to correspond with some friends from Weston. Among them, Cathy Asbrook Winer, Edward De Crosta and Russ Terkelsen (Cathy in Washinton, Ed in Florida and Russ in Lima,Ohio). Unfortunately I couldn't reach Jimmie Bangart, but I have his phone number and talk over the phone once in a while with him. Apart from the fact that everyone was glad and happy with the correspondence exchange via web, it is interesting to point out what Cathy Ashbrook Winer just mentioned, that is, the Kennedy death in Nov 22, 1963, almost forty years ago, and how did that “strike” me at the time (for I was there when that tragic event happened). I told her that I - just like her - was attending Mr. Hatch’s English class, when the PA system announced that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. They didn’t say he was dead or slain. I still remember just like it was yesterday Mr. Hatch’s face of sorrow while tears started to fall over faces. I was astonished and also deeply touched. A friend classmate - from Chicago drove me home and kept saying that such a thing couldn’t happen in the United States and he couldn’t believe that such an event took place in the US. As I got home, the Bangharts - who were Republicans - were also crying. I remember that Mr. Banghart (deceased in ’68) was coming back home from Albany (it was Friday and we were supposed to travel during the weekend ) and was also crying and that the newspaper (I think that it was the Boston Globe, there was no USA Today at the time) had a headline in big capital letters: President Kennedy slain! in a late extra edition. He called off our trip and we remained at home and in church, as well as in front of the TV set. I can tell then that I got deeply sad with the infamous, mad execution of a dear President, regardless of political parties as well as of nationalities. At the time, there were practically no Brazilians in Boston, and I was practically considered a North American kid, and I felt just like everyone else did, for mad acts are just felt the same way by everybody in the western tradition and civilization - with despise and a sense of justified rage, anger and - why not?- vengeance. I was privileged, however, to be in the United States when the murderous act was committed. I was granted to live history in the same territory where it took place. Good luck! Léo (11-21-03)

1983 - Happy announcement: Edward J. “Ned” Sennott, Jr., married L. Suzanne Collins of Cohasset MA on October 18, 2003, at St. Stephens Church in Cohasset MA. The reception was at Atlantica in Cohasset followed by a honeymoon in Newport RI. Ned and Suzi are living in Norwood MA. (11-13-03)

1988 - Joan Vernon writes: We have just received notice of the generous donation made by the Class of 1988 to the Make A Wish Foundation in memory of our son, Matthew. We are grateful and honored that the members of the class remembered Matthew in this way and we extend our thanks to all who contributed. He was a very special son and we miss him terribly. We appreciate the support of all his many friends. (11-10-03)

1964 - From Porto Alegre, Brazil, Léo Valter Tschiedel explains that he’s been trying to contact classmates, using the Alumni e-Directory, but he’s been frustrated due to missing names and some out-dated email addresses. “If I can’t get to them, perhaps they can get to me. I should like to correspond a bit and to say hi to old friends. I also could tell about me for those who liked me dearest - or for those who are just curious about what happened to that kid that once popped up onto their lives in the pre-technologic world. I wish to express my deepest regret for the death of Berkeley Bottcher, my good ‘freckled’ friend. She died of cancer just as my wife did. I took Susana, my deceased wife, to Weston and we stayed - again - with the Bangharts. I plan to go back someday in the near future, though my obligations keep me here.” (11-1-03)

1978 - From Cindy Kaplan: I was crushed when I learned Annette Busse had died. I had been in touch with her for a number of years after WHS but hadn’t talked to her in quite a number of years and I kept trying to look her up and to see if she was still in Newton on Winchester Street. So when I happened to be looking at death notices on-line and I saw not only that she had died but had been debilitated by a devastating stroke, I was just deeply, deeply saddened. I have not become the writer she said I would be, but I do hold out hope! She was the most memorable and finest teacher I ever had and I still vividly remember reading her clear and neat and powerful handwriting on a mega-paper she assigned us in AP English: “Compare the importance of Idea in Great Gatsby, Darkness at Noon and Heart of Darkness.” I think it was my first and possibly one of a very few solid A’s I got from her and it was SUCH a triumph!!!!...She was private, she was elusive, but she was just magnificent, and I can still picture her expressions and her occasional Mona Lisa smile. (10-30-03)

2003 - Soldier Tony Martos, U.S. Army, writes from Mannheim, Germany, that he will be going off to do a tour in Iraq from December to March. We wish him godspeed. (10-29-03)

1979 - Writer Sue Katz Miller has sent this tribute: I was sad to read of Miss Busse’s death. She was probably the teacher who influenced me most to become a writer. She was always a little bit mysterious. But somehow this mystery inspired me all the more to give her 100 percent in my writing. She was very serious. She seemed to somehow represent to me the world beyond Weston, and I admired her tremendously. (10-26-03)

1975 - Do you remember the protests in Seattle when the World Trade Organization tried to pow-wow there? Rick Fellows does: My organization’s website is http://www.mediaisland.org/ and we promote alternative media. We also sponsored the first “Independent Media Center” during the 1999 Seatle WTO ministerial which has grown to a network of over 100 IMC’s worldwide: http://www.indymedia.org/. (10-26-03)

1992 - Happy news from Rob Murray: On the 17th of October my wife Bridget gave birth to our first child, Caitlin Mary Murray. She weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz., with blonde curly hair and blue eyes. (10-26-03)

1974 - Brian Lynch writes: I went to California assist with the Tom McClintock campiagn. I’m not sure if I did much good though: (for anyone who missed this bit of news) Arnold Schwarzenegger won overwhelmingly. If he has not already done so, Arrnold Schwarzenegger is generally expected to implement most of the ideas that were advanced by State Sen. McClintock in his campaign, and also given wide support by Arthur Laffer, Steve Forbes, Jack Kemp, the CATO institute, and others. Bottom Line: ideas and analytical thinking will matter when it comes to governoing California. Running for governor was a media circus in every way imaginable. The media (where reporters, editors, and other content developers are stupid beyond belief) got what they wanted: a show. Next year’s presidential elections will probably be a similar, bigger budget blockbuster production. After all, Karl Rove’s people were all over ‘taking notes’ (especially noting “who” won, and “how” he campaigned, etc.). Ashton Kutcher (from “That ’70’s show”) has endorsed the candidacy of John Edwards (D-SC) for the US Presidency, in 2004. GIven the trend toward ever dumber voters (possibly in a result of too much TV viewing) if America’s huge (and evidently growing) population of dimwits are responsive to the endorsement, then George W. Bush is in big trouble. A partial visual documentary of recent travel can be found on the following Web Pages: California2003 and Airplane Cards. (10-26-03)

1989 - Hi, it’s Rachel Caesar just dropping a line from overseas in the Middle East with my Army Reserve Unit. I have been here since August 2003 and hope to be home in time for my 15th year reunion. My boys still attend school in Weston at Country and Field School and are currently residing with my mother in Dorchester. I would love to hear from some old friends. Feel free to drop a letter or email at rachel.a.caesar@us.army.mil or Rachel A. Caesar, 822nd MCT, APO AE 09311. Hope to hear from some of you. Take care and keep praying for all our troops overseas. (10-26-03)

1993 - Author Dave Harding tells us: I have left the corporate world and am living on Nantucket with ’93 classmate Brian Sullivan. Life on the island is great and gives me the opportunity to see the many Weston alum who come to visit in the summer. In August I wrote and published my first book entitled “Advice from my Dog.” The book is a collection of seventy-five very short stories and includes more then a few tales about growing up in Weston. Characters include Weston High fixture Mr. Walker and a number of other names that Weston alum should recognize. The book is available at Dragon Books in Weston for those still in 02493, or online at Amazon.com. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. (10-22-03)

1997 - Chef-in-training Will Chen writes, Just wanted to let you and all of cyberspace know what I have been up to. After graduating from Umass Amherst in ’01, I spent 2 years teaching English in Shanghai, China. I am currently enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, learning how to cook from the best - supposedly. (10-22-03)

1993 - From entrepreneur Thomas S. Kim: I’m currently CEO of a web and software development company called Silver Method with offices in Washington DC and Fairfax, Virginia. I live in Fairfax with my wife, Nancy, and we are expecting our first child in March. (10-17-03)

1998 - In a note registering for the Alumni e-Directory, we learned that Brent Jansen is currently living on the Cape in Osterville and teaching Social Studies at Barnstable High School. (10-14-03)

1993 - Newlywed CeCe Sullivan Rohrbach tells us: I was recently married (September 20, 2003), work as a Clinical Research Study Coordinator, and live in Burlington VT. (10-7-03)

1986 - With the U.S. Army in the Middle East, Kent High writes: Here in Camp Wolf, Kuwait, with the 804th Medical Brigade. Ran into Peter Diggens last night as he was comming back into theatre. He is hanging in and still full of laughs. He’ll be heading up north with the 101st. And there it is. (10-6-03)

1981 - New novelist Sarah Lepine writes: My first novel titled The One True Ocean (published under the name Sarah Beth Martin) has just hit bookstores, and I’m happy to report that its first few days on the shelf generated fairly good sales, both locally and nationwide! I haven’t quit my day jobs, however - after fifteen years as a computer-aided designer, I now run a small jewelry supply business online (look for me on eBay, as user “vintageearth”), and work odd jobs to pay the bills. In the meantime I have been writing, and my short stories have appeared in several literary journals over the past ten years. The novel, about a young widow’s search for answers to her family’s mysterious past, features both Massachusetts and the southern Maine coast (where I live now, in beautiful Yarmouth) as a backdrop. Please look for it in bookstores, and on popular book sites such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (bn.com). And feel free to check out my web site in progress, at http://home.att.net/~foliagemag/sbmartin.htm. (10-2-03)

1988 - Sad news. David Vernon has sent us this note: “My brother Matthew Vernon died in Birmingham AL early in the morning on the 18th of September at 33 years of age. He attended Weston High School as a member of the class of 1988, though he graduated from Cushing Academy. Matt had done very well for himself professionally. During his wide ranging career in the marketing/entertainment field, he had worked in Boston, New York, LA and finally Birmingham, AL. Matt’s final position was as Vice President of Media and Communications for HealthSouth Inc.…Though he was committed to his work, Matthew never lost his enthusiasm for children. He had a remarkable skill with children whether he was entertaining or teaching. At any family get together he could usually be found at the center of a group of laughing kids. He was always happy when he was showing kids how to swim or use a tennis racket. Matthew was at his best when he had a group of kids believing—in the power of his magic baseball hat, or that he had a pet squirrel who could fly a helicopter, or that with sufficient practice any person might learn to eat with their belly button.…A memorial will be held at the First Parish Church in Weston on the 4th of October at 11:00 AM.” Matthew was the son of James and Joan Vernon. (9-30-03)

1998 - Carolina Bojunga Carvalho here. Stayed in Weston High School from ’95 to ’96. Would have graduated with class of ’98. I´m graduating as journalist this year in Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. Would like to say hello and good luck to my class and fellow thespian classmates, my teachers and friends! (9-30-03)

1977 - Much news in this update from Jessie Grover Hollembaek: Hi there, just perusing the website again and thought it was time for an update. I am contentedly divorced and living in Lexington with my three teenagers, 18, 17 and 12. The first one is leaving the nest as my son heads for USMC boot camp next week. I continue to enjoy direct sales with Mary Kay Cosmetics and am also still a costumed tour guide at Lexington’s historic Buckman Tavern. It appeals to my theatrical nature! Last summer I participated in the Weston Drama Workshop 40th Anniversary Revue and saw many familiar faces. Musically I am very involved in my church choir and am also...believe it or not...heading to Europe in March to sing with Sheila Vogt Pritchard’s current choir at Regis. Rehearsing with her again has been a wonderful experience. I’ve enjoyed spending time with some of the local ’77-ers on a regular basis, and recently had lunch with Priscilla Alpaugh Cotter and Ellen Sturgis. I plan to attend the Thanksgiving game to meet old prom date Paul Strumph and his family, and look forward to seeing any other friends there from the class of ’78. Let me know if you’ll be around. I love getting together with “old” friends. (9-28-03)

1982 - Update from Denise L. Sarazin: Hello to all. It was great to see so many of us at the reunion last November. Since then my husband Peter, myself and the twins William and Michael have welcomed a baby girl into our family. Elizabeth May was born on May 9, 2003. (9-28-03)

1994 - Tchanho Hwang tells us he’s “living in Mountain View CA enjoying the sun, the food and the wine, and working as a neurology resident at the Stanford hospitals.” (9-27-03)

1980 - From Adam Sweet: Just married (my 2nd and hopefully my last) to Park Kyungmi (now Sweet Kyungmi hee hee hee!!). Still living in Belchertown, MA. Still playing music, but now running a violin shop out of my home and have become a bow hair trader (not human hair, horse hair). (9-10-03)

1992 - More mail from Alaska (see entry just below) - Julie Coris writes: I’m currently working in the Juneau school system after spending 5 years living and teaching in the Mississippi Delta. Juneau may be the most beautiful place in the U.S., if not the world. I’m engaged (to another teacher) and planning on getting married next July here in Alaska. I’m also training for my first marathon (October 12 in Victoria, BC, Canada) and just finished my second running of the Klondike Road Race, a 110 mile overnight relay that goes from Alaska to Canada up over the White Pass. (9-10-03)

1974 - Rob Klotz hollers from afar: Hi! Thanks for keeping this site going. It’s great to be able to keep up with classmates. I’m interested if anyone has started any planning for our 30th reunion. I have not made it back to a reunion yet but I vow to make this one. Anything I can do to help from Alaska I will, as long as it’s mostly legal. I’m still living in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge living a subsistence life style. Are there any graduates out there using an outhouse and connected to the internet? (9-10-03)

1966 - From Las Cruces, New Mexico, Andrea Warren writes: After graduating from Weston High School, I attended Northeastern University where I majored in history. I married Dwight Riggs in 1971, but we divorced in 1977. I have one daughter, Jessica, who lives in Arlington WA. After my divorce, I attended The University of Denver, Denver CO, where I received a master of arts in Librarianship and Information Management. I spent my career working for an engineering firm on the White Sands Missile Range, know around here as WSMR (Whiz Mer), until I was disabled in 1988. Las Cruces is fantastic but you spend a great deal of time explaining that you live in the State of New Mexico, not the Country of Mexico. It’s also one of the few places I know where temperatures in the mid to high 80s are considered cool. Temperatures start hitting the 70s in late March and April and peak at the high 90s to low 100s from May to August. If anyone wants to contact me, I'm now listed in the Alumni e-Directory. (9-9-03)

We knew him as “Tate” or “Mr. Teittinen,” teacher and beloved founding principal of the Weston Middle School. At the age of 90, Mr. Teittinen died this past Friday. Many will miss him and hold his memory dear. Click here to read the obituary published Septermber 8 in the Boston Globe. The following is the death notice from the Globe: “Aimo H. Teittinen of Weston, MA, September 5, 2003, age 90 years. Beloved husband of Helen Edward Teittinen for 60 years. Devoted father of Suzanne Teittinen Joyce ’65 and her husband Peter of Old Lyme, CT, Robert E. Teittinen and his wife Linda of Southington, CT; and David R. Teittinen ’71 and his wife Linda of Duxbury, MA. Also survived by six loving grandchildren; Andrew and Sarah Joyce; Daryl and Daphne Teittinen and Lindsay and Brooke Teittinen. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was employed by the Weston Public Schools for 40 years, retiring in 1979. Visiting hours at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road, (Off Route 30) WAYLAND, MA will be on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Only. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 2:00 PM at the Weston United Methodist Church, 377 North Avenue, (Route 117) in Weston, MA. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Weston United Methodist Church, 377 North Ave., Weston, MA 02493 or Weston War Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Weston Town Hall, POB 378, Weston, MA 02493.
Published in the Boston Globe on 9/7/2003.” (9-9-03)

“Miss Busse,” as Annette Busse was known to so many admiring students, died earlier this month in North Hill Skilled Nursing Facility in Needham, after spending a number of recent years debilitated by a stroke. News of her death was sent to the Alumni News today by Heather Jones ’91 and by Laurin Rittenberg Panzano ’91, who had read an obituary and seen a photograph in either the Newton Tab or the Weston Tab. (The Alumni News has been unsuccessful in finding a copy of the obituary or learning more from the nursing home, which refused to provide information because of privacy regulations.) Miss Busse taught Advanced Placement English, sophomore English, and creative writing, among other courses. She was advisor to Maelstrom, the literary magazine that year after year published student poetry, stories, and art work, and an occasional poem by faculty. It was common to see Miss Busse after school at her desk working one-on-one patiently with a student, other students in the room waiting their turn. She was known for her quiet passion, warm smile, and extensive knowledge. She combined rigor and compassion in teaching writing, and always exhibited great intelligence and taste. The Alumni News invites reminiscences and just further news of the circumstances of Miss Busse’s death and of any fund or memorial in her name. (8-29-03)

1993 - Rebecca Gilman Scott writes: I am on my fourth year of teaching English at Weston Middle School - who would have thought I would be a peer of John Stasik? My husband Bob and I just purchased our first house out in Hudson. We have an adorable son named Nate, who celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 1st.…On a separate note, has anyone thought about our 10th reunion? I am willing to help organize, but I can't do it alone. E-mail me at rebeccascott33@yahoo.com if interested. (8-22-03)

1986 - Michelle (Mich) Sullivan is Curator of Education at the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida, and was recently engaged to her partner of ten years, Dirk Armstrong, who is Assistant Curator at the Salvador Dali Museum. They are planning an April, 2004, wedding at the Eckerd College Chapel in St. Petersburg. Mich also offers news of her sister, Cece Sullivan ’93, who will marry her fiancé Eric Rohrbach this September on Cape Cod. Cece and Eric reside in Burlington, VT. (8-19-03)

1979 - Sad news from Megan Brandeis Gladstone ’75: I wanted to pass along some sad news about my brother Paul Brandeis who was also a WHS graduate. Paul passed away on April 17th of this year. He was 42 years old. Paul’s favorite occupation was as an innkeeper at The Inn At Jonathan Bowen in Newport RI. He was a great brother and friend to me which got me to thinking that some of his high school classmates would want to know this news and perhaps spend a few minutes thinking about him. (8-18-03)

1990’s + all years - From Karen Kraft ’95: On Sept. 21, I’ll join more than 8,000 other people who are walking the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton to downtown Boston to benefit the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I am walking in memory of my brother Will Kraft ’92 who died this past February after a long battle with a brain tumor. [See notice below in Classmates, 4-20-03] Will walked the Jimmy Fund Marathon twice and sincerely hoped that all of the proceeds would help cancer researchers find cures for brain tumors and other forms of cancer. Will’s constant determination and strength are my motivation to complete the full marathon and raise $2,000 towards cancer research. I hope that the money I raise can help save the lives of many cancer patients. All of the funds raised by Will’s team will be directed to the brain tumor research of Dr. Patrick Wen at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Please support my walk. Every mile of this event we do together brings us closer to a finish line without cancer. Please follow this link to make donations for Will’s team
Thanks very much. (8-14-03)

1979 - Update from Down Under, report by Paul Bartlett: Hi everyone,hope that all are and is well with everybody. On a previous post from 1998,I mentioned that I had been living in Sydney, Australia, since 1982, and married to a wonderful lady.....yes, Paulette!...in any case we moved to Canberra in 1999. For the record, I should mention here that Canberra is the nation’s capital, not Sydney or Melbourne. Things were doing quite well, that is until a day that I will never forget. On January 18, 2003, two huge fires came together west of the city and tore through 6 western suburbs, destroying more than 500 houses, including ours. It was literally a fire storm, tornado, hurricane with cyclonic winds mixed in....I exaggerate not. Mercifully, we drove out with our business car and a trailer, but in the rush and confusion that I guess goes with the territory did not have time to procure any memorobilia such as photographs, small music collection, etc. But we have very much to be thankful about and for... we are alive and well, and were not physically injured. So as they say, life goes on. We are planning to re-construct a house on the same lot. This disaster has for the most part brought out the very best in people everywhere and in a strange twist of fate both from within and without has improved and perhaps some day will change many people’s ideas and perceptions of Canberra as a city “without a soul.” As far as this boy is concerned, there is some more soul around town presently. Best to all. (8-14-03)

1995 - A cheerful note from out in the country, in a town called Charles City: Hi, Lakersia Cash here and I’m in Virginia with my daughter, being as happy as I can be. Please pass my email to all my friends. We have been apart long enough. Hope to here from you soon. (8-5-03)

1974 - News release: TX CONSERVATIVE ENDORSES LARRY FLYNT FOR CA GOVERNOR - Brian Lynch, ultra-conservative Austin TX based talk show host and producer of FRONTIERS, a weekly right wing cable TV show, has endorsed the candidacy of Larry Flynt in the 2003 CA governor recall election.…“Normally, I would support a Republican. But if Larry Flynt runs for CA Governor, I’ll make an exception. The man has spent millions of his own dollars supporting the US Constitution. Specifically, he has defended and advanced First Amendment rights: he has affirmed the freedom to publish, freedom to speak, and freedom from religion, repeatedly, over several decades. For his efforts, he has been seriously wounded, and in his efforts he’s been opposed by officials who took oaths to uphold (not oppose) the US Constitution. Flynt has prevailed while the others have fallen.…Mr. FLynt’s present party affiliation is not an issue here: Larry Flynt’s actions over the past several decades indicate a deep commitment to the principles outlined in the ‘Declaration of Independence,’ and also echoed in the writings of Thomas Paine, the words of Ethan Allen, and even words by John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.…Mr. Flynt’s patriotism and love of country may have found a non-conventional vehicle for expression (in pornography), but unlike others who have filed for governor, he is not just another smiling, but empty, head on a 3-piece suit. I think Larry Flyunt would make an excellent governor for the State of California." (8-2-03)

1974 - A brief biography of Peter Guttmacher:

It’s been an eon or two, several epiphanies, and more religious conversions than I can count since 1974, but here goes. I got my B.A. from Connecticut College in 1978 where I was a theater major and my MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1984 where I studied acting. Out of college, I worked bright-eyed and bushy-brained in publishing in Boston, and was a member of the Boston Shakespeare Company. I also met the love of my life, Robin, during an attempt to unionize our publisher and we have lived together ever since. She is a massage therapist par excellence.
After grad school, I malingered in New York working as an actor (Circle Rep. Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, Playwrights Horizons, etc..) and began writing, first copy again, then book jackets, then pornographic book jackets, then of course writing for young people. I wrote many plays, stories, radio plays, articles, etc... for many of Scholastic’s publications and history books and biographies for several small New York presses. As an actor, I was lucky enough to have a long working relationship with the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and premiered four of his plays, one of which I now use in my curriculum as a teacher.
After ten years of the hand-to-mouth artist’s life in New York, we decided we needed a change, something more real and wholsesome, so we moved to Los Angeles. I continued to hustle as an actor but found it increasingly tiring and boring. Writing seemed to pan out instead, and I began work on what would grow to be a series of seven, very successful, behind-the-scenes books on film genres/history (ironically) for a publisher in New York. I also must confess I wrote a book on Elvis Presley in Hollywood. I know that’s a betrayal of my seventies sensibilities and I’m sorry.
As acting fell by the wayside (except for keeping my hand in with a group called the Virginia Avenue Project which brings theater professionals and kids from at-risk neighborhoods together in LA) I spent more of my time writing. It was monastic enough, however, to make me seek out teaching and tutoring as a way to balance a shared and contained life. Over the past seven years or so, I have taught more and more and written less and less. At the present time, I teach honors high school English and drama at an extraordinary school for what we in the ed biz call “twice exceptional” children. These are gifted and highly gifted kids with a multiplicity of learning differences and behavioral challenges, ranging from Asperger’s syndrome to OCD to ADHD to Turrette’s and on and on. Very talented very complicated people. And I consider it a privilege and quite an adventure to teach them. When they get their acts together, they hand in writing that takes my breath away.
That’s about it. I may go back to writing. I doubt I would seriously pursue acting again (too soulless and I got spoiled doing material that I felt mattered back east). I guess I’m a teacher. And that’s fine with me...most days. Recreationally, I play the trumpet, make jewelry, and spend a lot of time outdoors (the Sierras, the Mojave, the Canadian Rockies, Kaauai). I intend to move back east to a small college town with a little more moral fibrosity than the City of Angels. However, extraction seems to be a slow process. I welcome any contact from old compañeros and compañeras. (7-30-03)

1989 - Jen Abbondanzio has passed along this good news: Jeanine McCracken Montgomery had her first child, Andrew Keith Montgomery, on July 17th at 1:09 pm. He weighed 8 lbs, 6 oz. Everyone is healthy and happy! Jeanine, her husband Robert, and baby Andrew reside in Oswego, NY. (7-30-03)

1997 - Jason Lieberman writes, I now live in New York and will begin work as an advocate for the disabled with the National Jewish Council for Disabilities in September. (7-28-03)

1975 - Susan Muldoon Dunholter spells her given name “Soosen” in her chosen vocation, which is art. A Soosen Muldoon Dunholter exhibition is coming up next month: I will be showing some of my current paintings and collages at the Weston Public Library Gallery, Aug. 1st thru the 31st. There will be a reception Aug. 7th, from 5-7 pm. I thought I would invite any alumni to come in and say hi if they are in town. I have been living and creating artwork in Peterborough NH for the last…many years. My husband Lee is a scene designer and a theatre professor at a local college. We have a daughter, Molly, 18, and a son, James, 15, who both don’t like to admit it but are wonderful artists themselves. (7-21-03)

1995 - Returning from her honeymoon, Doryn Gelb Wallach reports: My husband Ty Wallach and I were married in Newport, Rhode Island, on June 21st. We are living in New York City and I am starting my master’s in social work at New York University in the fall.(7-16-03)

1989 - Happy news from Richard Hart: I was married yesterday (6-28-03) to my sweetheart of 5 years, Stephanie Davis, in Sonoma, California. In attendance from Weston were Brig Cutter and Juno Min. Steph and I live in Novato CA north of San Francisco with our 2 dogs and 2 cats. I’m working at an Andover MA based company called Navisite as a project/accounts manager. (6-30-03)

1989 - Jennifer Abbondanzio writes I am working for a consulting firm in Cambridge, and have had a brand new home built! It’s on the South Shore, in Scituate, and is right next to a beach and a golf course. I spend my days learning how to golf, working, enjoying my home, and singing in a rock band. I recently was able to resume contact with my best friend through the many, many years, Jeanine (McCracken) Montgomery! Looking forward to our 15 year reunion! (6-29-03)

1973 - John “Jay” Skakle sends in this update: Good day all. Looking forward to our 30th. Great thanks to Dave and his people for getting our 30th togeather. I retired from the U.S.C.G in 1987 on disability. A 21,000 lb. helicopter and I had a disagreement and I lost. Subsequently went to work for the company that had the Coast Guard Aviation Computerized Maintenenace System (ACMS) contract and worked there for 12 years. This required a move to Columbia MD. When the contract was over, I went to the National Institute of Standards and Technolgy. Then after 25+ years of consecutive work decided to take a break. Now I am the CSO / IT Security Officer for the Allegis Group in Hanover, MD. This is the largest privately owned staffing company in the world, and is only 8 miles from our Columbia home. I have been married for over 23 years and have a son that will graduated from Wesley College next year and a son that is in his second year of college. Hopefully we will be in Weston for the 30th! (6-21-03)

1990 - Joshua Gilman sends happy news: I’m finishing my 5th year of teaching history and law at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. I’ve also had the chance to coach some fine 9th grade boys basketball teams! My biggest personal news is that I got married last summer and my wife, Wendy, and I are expecting our first child in September. (6-11-03)

1973 - Chase Morrison is on jazz bassist Ron Carter’s newest CD, Eight Plus, as one of four featured cellists. Her own CD of Scottish baroque music with her ensemble, Temple of Apollo, will be out in the fall. She is teaching and freelancing in the Chicago area, and dreaming of New Mexico. (6-11-03)

1993 and 1994 - Lorraine Benotti sends happy news: Stephanie Benotti ’94 & Jeff Michael ’93 were married on Saturday, May 31, at St. Julia“s church in Weston. Web site to view wedding pictures is: http://www.bluefishriver.com/ (6-7-03)

1979 - Hi there. Just wanted to let eveyone know that I am still in Providence working for a great company called Try Foods. We are the largest distributor of recipe cards for the supermarket class of trade. Still buying and selling houses as well. I am loving it! I have moved 4 times in 6 years and am about to move again in July. If anyone is ever in Providence, look me up. Take care, Hans Stahl. (6-5-03)

1995 - Doryn Gelb notes, “There is now a web page for our class and there will be a weekly or monthly chat set up. It will be posted on the message board on the site. http://groups.aol.com/westonalum .” The Alumni News has visited this class site and can vouch that there’s active discussion to be found there. (5-27-03)

Weston/METCO Retirement - There will be a celebration to honor Mary McCullough, Weston/METCO Director, retiring this spring after 23 years of service. Events will include the WHS Gospel Chorale, special thoughts, poetry, alumni words, and lots of surprises: Saturday, May 31, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club, 15 Talbot Ave., Dorchester (corner of Blue Hill Ave. and Talbot Ave.). (5-21-03)

1985 - If anyone has the address, phone number or email address for Olga Garzaro Pacheco, I would very much appreciate your contacting me. Mary McGagh; 781-899-7938; email: mlm3636@msn.com  (5-19-03)
1975 - From Philip Gardiner: Time zips by…my son Kyle is going to be a freshman at Florida State University and my daughter just finished her first year at Clemson University in South Carolina. My wife Susan and I are finally free, but now we have no money to enjoy the freedom.…My recruiting business chugs along…despite the economy! If you’re any good there is a job for you! If you do anything with healthcare or life sciences technology, give me a call or send me an email! I will see everyone again in 2005 for our 30th. (5-17-03)

1975 - Hear jazz on the Cape, by Michael Critch, who writes: I am the pianist now at the Ocean Grille/Blue Room on Main Street. in Hyannis on Cape Cod (right next to the Kennedy Library). I play jazz piano there 4 nights a week from 6 - 9 pm, Thursday - Sunday. I thought I would invite alumni to come in and say hi if they are vacationing on the Cape at all this summer. (5-7-03)

1911 - In response to the inquiry below dated 12-25-02, regarding a Marian H. Upham, Laurence Badagliacca (larry@badagliacca.com) replies, “Marion H. Upham was my grandmother. She was born in Weston in 1893, Married Francis Richard Atkinson of Kendal Green[Weston]. She died in 1988. Are there any Uphams still living in Weston?” (4-28-03; rev.5-1-03))

1996 - Here’s an update from Peter Jansen: I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and have been working at a small hedge fund in Cambridge since. I will be getting married on September 13, to Keri Lee of Oromocto, New Brunswick. The wedding will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. (4-28-03)

1992 - Sad news sent to us by Arnold Kraft, father of Will Kraft (March 30, 1974, to February 23, 2003): William D. Kraft, of Boston, died on February 23, 2003, after a long battle with a brain tumor. He was 28. Will was a graduate of the Weston High School class of 1992, where he played on the Varsity baseball team, and received the Coaches’ Award for character and team spirit. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Economics and was a beloved brother of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1994 and missing a semester to undergo surgery and treatments, Will graduated with his class in 1996.
     After graduating from Penn, Will worked in several Internet-related businesses, including Gomez Advisors, where he worked as an analyst during the Internet boom, and then as an Internet analyst at Gordon Brothers, where he worked on the marketing of assets left behind by failed dot-coms. While at Gordon Brothers he was sought out for his expertise and interviewed by the New York Times where he was quoted in its online edition. An enthusiastic Red Sox fan, he lived in the Fenway area of Boston. On several occasions while walking down Yawkey Way he was interviewed by local media. Recently, he was asked by a TV reporter about the high cost of Red Sox tickets, and responded that if high ticket prices were what it would take for the Sox to win the World Series, he would gladly pay the price.
     In each of the past 2 years, Will led a team of walkers and fund raisers for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. He walked the full route both years, and in 2002 his team raised over $20,000 for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Will sincerely hoped that his contributions would help save many other lives. He named his team “Built for Comfort,” after a song by the blues legend Howlin’ Wolf. (The song contains the line, “I’m built for comfort, I ain’t built for speed.”) For Will, Built for Comfort was a metaphor for some of his favorite things, including classic convertibles, Chicago blues music and, indirectly, Camp Alton, the place where he first came to appreciate blues. Camp Alton held a special place in Will’s heart. Despite the fact that the camp has been closed for more than ten years, Will’s group of Alton friends remained very close.
     In January, when it became clear that the tumor was winning the battle, there was an endless stream of friends and family who came from across the country to express their love, knowing that it would probably be the last time they would ever see Will. Throughout his illness, Will’s strength, courage and positive attitude were an inspiration to everyone who knew him.
     He leaves his parents, Dr. Gail (Kaplan) Kraft and Arnold Kraft of Weston, MA; two brothers, Jonathan of Boston, MA, and Steven ’02 of Weston, MA; two sisters, Karen ’95 of New York, NY, and Elizabeth ’97 of Somerville, MA; and maternal grandmother Florence Kaplan of West Hartford, CT. Services were held at Temple Reyim in Newton; interment was at Beit Olam Cemetery in Wayland. Donations in Will’s memory may be made to: Patrick Wen, M.D., Medical Director, Center For Neuro-Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, SW430D, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115. (4-20-03)

1965 - Dudi ( Vera ) Teleki DeBlasis asks, Has there been any mention of a reunion for the class of 1965??? Would love to hear from people from the class 1965. The reunion in 2000 was wonderful. All the best, Dudi. (4-19-03)

1988 - Here’s the latest from Andy Wedmore: After graduating from B.C., I moved down to Florida and went to law school at Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg. Over the past 11 or so years since college, I’ve acquired 2 formerly homeless dogs (Bear and Foxxy), and I now work with 3 other colleagues in an employment law practice in Winter Park, Florida. It will be nice to see members of Class of ’88 in November. (4-8-03)

“View from Baghdad,” a blog (“web log,” a personal reportage published on the Web) at
http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/, prompted a note to Alumni from Adam Dugas ’89: This is pretty powerful stuff. Some of you may have read about it in the New Yorker, about this Iraqi guy who does a blog, which is like an internet diary. This sounds absurd, but it’s true, he is a closeted gay architect from a rich family in Baghdad. But what this is about right now, of course, are his descriptions of the war, which are very familiar to anyone who was in New York for September 11th, talking about his favorite building going up in flames and how many buildings nearby had their windows blown out. Whatever your opinions about the war, it is a fascinating personal window that goes a step beyond the nationalism, patriotism, or skepticism of CNN/FoxNews/Al Jazeera/BBC. (3-31-03)

1976 - In search of news from ’76 classmates, Patty O’Leary Helsingius writes: Hi folks. Hey, I checked out this website, and it seems all the postings are from the ’80’s and ’90’s classes. What are all of us ’76ers doing? Patrick and I recently went to a party of the Sudbury “International” Club, and we found ourselves at the home of Rob Slattery ’75 and his wife, Ellen. We had such a good time talking about Weston High, sports teams, prom nights (sorry, Ricky!), drama workshop, old friends, and all kinds of fun stuff. It was so much fun... Patrick and I live in Sudbury, with 3 kids (2, 4 1/2 and 6) and we are way over our heads with too much to do. This grown-up stuff is for the birds. It sure would be nice to read some postings from classmates! (3-30-03)

1996 - Kathleen Corcoran sends in this quick update: I graduated from Boston College in 1999 and am now a doctoral student in child & adolescent clinical psychology in Florida. (3-28-03)

1972 -- Marie Cacace Brumme writes - Our 30th Class Reunion website is now up and running thanks to the many hours of work by Bruce Landry and Sabre Imagery. They have done a wonderful job. Please visit the website at http://www.westonhs72.com/. (3-18-03)

1984 - Jerome Breslin, married in 2000, is an attorney in a Baltimore law firm. (3-9-03)

1983 - Happy news from Ned Sennott: After WHS I attended Northeastern University, receiving a BS degree in criminal justice (with minors in political science, sociology, and military science), and a Commission as Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve in 1988. I have been working for the Boston College Police Dept. since 1998, and am working on a master’s degree in history & teaching at BC. During “Silent Night” at the end of Weston’s Christmas Eve caroling 2002 I asked my girlfriend (Suzi Collins of Cohasset) to be my wife. We are in the process of planning our wedding this October, and looking for a house. (3-4-03)

1987 - S.Sgt. Doug Gray, US Marines, left for Persian Gulf Duty with 1st Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton CA in January and is currently positioned in the region. (3-4-03)

1987 - Jon Freidberg passes along the news that Sgt. Peter Diggens just shipped out for the Persian Gulf with the 101st Airborne. Peter’s wife, and year-and-a-half old son, Eben, are in Ft. Campbell, KY. (3-2-03)

1993 - Jeff Nussbaum writes:  I've just taken a leave from Senator Daschle’s office to collaborate on a book with the political consultant James Carville.” (3-2-03)

1990 - Valérie Steff-Lejeune reports she is living near Rombas in Clouange, France, and “would love to receive news from friends I met in Weston.” (2-28-03)

1986 - Lydecke Sweet, MD, offers this catch-up: I finished my medical residency last year and am working as an Internist at the MGH Charlestown Health Care Center. I am the proud mom of seven year old twins Samantha and Alexander and a 20 month old baby, Matthew. My husband of 10 years is happily working for IBM. We are still living in Wayland and plan to stay here for the long haul! I enjoy reading about everyone's adventures! (2-28-03)

1993 - Lisa Barro tells us she’s living in New York City where she is an art conservator specializing in photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (2-25-03)

Note regarding a solicitation - A couple of alumni have written to the Alumni Pages asking whether a recent solicitation by Classreports.com is in any way a Weston alumni undertaking. As far as we know, it is not. The solicitation begins, “This is not your High School's Website. This is not your Alumni Association. This is YOUR ALTERNATIVE Online Alumni Community at www.westonreport.com !!!!” Regarding this solicitation, the alumni correspondents have also requested that we share our thoughts, which we had sent privately to the correspondents. Briefly, they are as follows. The solicitation appears to be a business undertaking, not based in Weston. It is not competing with the Alumni Pages, but rather purports to offer services such as organizing reunions, financed by voluntary contributions. (In contrast, the Alumni Pages are passive, publishing what people send in, and offering no services.)  Some people may be concerned that, since voluntary contributions will not finance such an operation, the entrepreneurs may have in mind selling names to others; or, if they truly plan to succeed based on voluntary contributions, they may end up being a good idea that goes the way of other good but impractical dot.com ideas. Meanwhile, the Alumni News welcomes and will publish any further information or opinions on this solicitation. (3-2-03)

METCO Alumni and friends - WHS METCO coordinator (and Boston area dance band drummer) David Fuller writes, “I will be directing yet another annual Black History Month program at the high school this coming Wednesday morning, Feb.26th at appoximately 9:30 a.m. in the H.S. Auditorium. (I realize this is a last-minute notice.) We will educate the student population in the meaning and the history of Black History Month. As you know, I will also showcase some of our student talent in the areas of music, singing and dancing. Also, hello to all of my former Boston and Weston resident students. I would love to hear from them and give them an update on our current Metco program. Folks can email me at dcfuller01@aol.com, or call me at the h.s. at 781-899-0620. (2-25-03)

1986 - Michelle (Mich) Sullivan still resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her companion of ten years, Dirk Armstrong. Mich recently started a new job as Curator of Education at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, and remains active in the local arts community. Mich had a blast at 1986’s 15th reunion last February and hopes that everyone is doing well. She’d love to hear from anyone who cares to get in touch, (2-22-03)

1973 - Arlene Comeau Palmieri sent this note while signing on to the e-directory: “The last time I was notified of a reunion was our 20th in 1992. Have there been any others since then? I am currently living in Weston, Connecticut (no kidding), with my husband and three kids.” (2-16-03)

1953 - According to Al Dean: We are planning the 50th reunion beginning June 22 until the 24th. We have been unable to track down some members of the class, but if there is someone who has not responded to our news letter and would like to attend, please email at ahdean@fiam.net or call me at 978.537.7563 for more information. (2-13-03)

1986 - Russell Kirshy writes, I am having a great time as a criminal defense and personal injury attorney on the west coast of Florida. My wife Angela stays busy volunteering at the kids’ school and working as a guardian ad litem for the court system. My kids are growing like crazy. KJ will turn 12 next month. Thomas is 5. Abigail is almost 2. Our house is a bit loud these days. We are looking forward to finishing the renovations on my new office building this spring. (2-11-03)

1980 - Newly reformed as pedagogue, Christopher Duryeawrites, Hi everyone! Still in Cambridge (almost 9 years now!) and loving life! Halfway through my second year as an English teacher at Classical High School in Lynn (second career, hardest work I've ever done!). Can still be spotted in Weston from time to time - especially on sunny weekends, tracing the winding roads on the mountain bike. Would like to hear from Alex Barnett. Is he out there? (1-26-03)

1994 - Henry Wei is a weary intern at New York Hospital/Cornell in New York City. (1-25-03)

1978 - Scott Connolly writes that he is living with his wife Barbara and two daughters (Lucille 7, Lena 5) in Burlington VT and working at the University of Vermont College of Medicine as a health researcher. (1-14-03)

1956 - There is a retirement party for Sgt. Tom Healey ’56 on Sunday, Feb 2, 2003 2-5 PM at Henderson House in Weston. $15.00 per person. Contact Weston Police 781-893-4802 for tickets and more info. (Submitted by Bob Millen ’65, WPD.) (1-7-03)

1974 - Francine Messina Whittenberger sends a quick update: I have been living in Weston for the past 17 years. My son graduated in 1999 and we have two more attending the Weston schools. (1-1-03)

1911 - Dear Weston High School Alumni, My grandfather, Christopher Ilsley Smith, was from Chatham but according to my father lived in western MA for a time when he was younger. We were going thru some of his pictures & found an invitation to the graduation of the 1911 senior class from Weston High School. On the back was written, “compliments of Marion H. Upham,” who was one of the 10 graduates listed. I’m wondering if you could confirm for me whether this was likely to be from your Weston High School & if anyone has any annuals going back that far. I’m not sure who Marion Upham was & I don’t recognize any of the other names on the card, but I’m curious. (I also wonder if you would like to have a copy of the card.) My grandfather was born in 1893 and so would have been 18 in 1911, when the WHS class graduated. Please reply to me at pms1865@ozline.net . Thanks for any help you can provide. Regards, Dorolyn Smith. (12-25-02)

Bonus in archives - We have found a few early editions of the “Alumni Newsletter,” an emailed pre-web precursor to the Alumni News. News from those editions (1996-98, incomplete) is appended at the end of the new Archives page described below. (12-19-02)

1994 - Wedding bells. Curtis Anthony Johnson will exchange marriage vows with Shealeana Marie Stewart on Saturday the twenty-first day of December 2002, at Pleasant Hill Bapist Church, 1210 M. W. Harris Street, Leosville, Louisiana. (Announcement sent by Harry Thompson ’84.) (12-19-02)

1991 - From either Boston or Beijing, Steven Harris writes: I ended up graduating cum laude from UMass Amherst with a BA in journalism and Chinese ... both of which have taken me to Beijing, where I’ve been working as a photojournalist (and occasionally get to do some writing). Anyone coming to China or Beijing - feel free to get in touch with me. (12-13-02)

1980 - From Belchertown MA: “Adam Sweet, 40, divorced, professional musician and luthier supply trader, 3 year old son, loving life. Email me!” (12-11-02)

New feature - At the request of a number of alumni, beginning with news from October, 2001, items removed after a year from this Alumni News page will be added to a page of Alumni News Archives. (11-28-02)

1988 - His bride has let us know that “Jerry Donham and Sarah Morgan, of Painted Post NY, were recently married on October 5th in Sterling MA and have just bought a house in Ashland MA.…Jerry still has ties to Weston as he continues to work with the local theatre group. While not behind the scenes lighting their way to stardom, he is working for ARAMARK Food Service as their Financial Controller in Boston.” (11-28-02)

1978 - Nina Ryan Douglass catches up from Jamaica Plain: It’s great to learn about the WHS alumni website and of old friends. Thanks for collecting info from us. Though I was there only for sophomore and junior years, recent reconnections with friends including Priscilla Alpaugh Cotter, Sue Jokinen Gagnon, Polly Baylis Schmerling, Sally Geldard, Lori Stevenson Knight and Maura McNeil have brought back so much that was good about that time.…I graduated from Darrow (boarding) School in 1979, majored in Spanish and Women’s Studies at UMass/Amherst, worked in Holyoke on a psych crisis team and then got a master’s in social work at Simmons. Lived and worked a couple of years in an isolated Guatemalan orphanage, returned to Boston in 1990, and got the job I still LOVE as a clinical social worker in OB/Gyn at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. My mom died in 1992 from complications of a suicide attempt several months earlier. My dad’s remarried to Martha Stengel and they live with their 3 kids, ages 5-9, in Concord. In 1997, I married John Douglass, a contractor, and had my daughter, Jana. My step-son just graduated from Marine boot camp; my step-daughter lives with us and attends Walnut Hill School in Natick.…My brother Bill Ryan (would have graduated from WHS 1980) went from the White Mountain School to Ithaca College, married the kindest woman in New York State, Mary, and they have 3 children ages 4-7. Bill’s manager at a Dodge dealership in Rochester.…My sister Leigh Ryan Vaughn ’86 lives in Marshfield with her husband Jim, who she met while at Ithaca College. Leigh’s at a company called CDF and does a lot of traveling as part of her sales position. Jim’s plan is to pursue a law degree after finishing up his BA at Harvard.…It would be nice to hear from anyone who’d like to say hello. (11-28-02)

1974 - A yippee ti yi yo, from Kevin O’Hara: Howdy from the Republic of Texas! Spent 20 yrs, 7 mos, & 24 days serving God , Corps & Country. Uncle Sam issued me a wife in Dallas in 1986 and then blessed us with 4 children. Our first was needed by the good Lord more than us and so he called her home. So we’ve got one topside trying to get us that way, and 3 more trying to send us the other way! We raise Brahma/Angus cattle, PETA be damned! Also have a couple of Longhorns, though gawd knows you don’t get nothing for ’em. I also do a little commercial flying out of Salt Lake City for a small Delta Connection called SkyWest Airlines. Would love to hear from some olde Westonites. Y’all be good, and if you can’t be good, then don’t get caught! (11-26-02)

1980 - From Scott Williams: Although I did not graduate with all of you, I still have wonderful memories of the early ’70s growing up in Weston. I often think of all of you, but the images of you are kids. I would like to say I’m sorry to anyone I may have hurt along the way. My last years in Weston were hard and I may have taken it out on others. I truly miss being a kid growing up in this little town. I think of the days in elementary school - Brook School Indian days, Mr. Harrison, Mrs. Doobie(?), field days, Woodland School playing street hockey out back, the Jjunior high school, Mr. Delaney (all right, great!), the dances, And of course all the kids at the time were my best friends. I could go on and on about that, but I won’t. Can’t believe we are all early 40s!
 After my grandfather and mom passed away my family was split up. My older brother Gary and younger brother Michael went to my aunt and uncle in Randolph MA, and myself and my sister Laura went to an aunt and uncle in Waltham. I ended up in foster homes and then out to Western MA to an alternative high school which I left to live on my own. I worked at a lot of different jobs and realized I was going nowhere, so I got my GED and joined the Marine Corps. I did very well and spent eight years in the Corps (got married) and got some real good training. I was an amphibious assault landing craft mechanic and cross trained for LAVs and I was very fortunate not to have been shot at! So, to make a long story short, I attribute a lot of my abilities to do so good on my GED and military Affies test to the great schools and kids of Weston MA.
I now live in Bernardston MA, own my own house and 10 beautiful acres. I work at a local Ford dealer where I am a senior master mechanic. I am still married (21 yrs wow). I have a step son who is 29 wow! a cat named Xena and a dog named Dargo and things are good. I would like to ask anyone who has year books from elementary school to junior high I would love to see pictures of all of you. Could you put them up [on your web sites with a link to them - ed.] on this site?
I just came across this site last month and I must be getting sentimental! So hi Tony Catlin - I remember your birthday party going to the Red Sox game, home made pizza, ice cream, trick or treating till midnight. Hi Sam Ecker - remember the pet seagull we saved, cleaned the oil off its feather, fed it sea robins from the fishermen, then one day it flew away but it came back some time later looking for more food! walking out to Monamoy Island at low tide, the old hermit, sleeping up on the lighthouse, or breakfast with your parents lox and cream cheese (sorry about that report I borrowed!). Hello Greg Gibson - you were always very nice to me and I could talk to you. I remember going to your summer place - was it on the Cape? Hello to Carol Cremmen, the prettiest girl in school and you would still talk to me! Hi to Tommy Guttmacher - I know the spelling is wrong. What great times up in Rangeley, Maine. How are you? I don’t see your email. Does anyone know? Well it’s late and I’m rambling, so I’ll stop for now and would love to get some email from you all. (11-20-02)

1988 - Heidi Williams Hache has “started my new ‘career’ as a stay-at-home mom. Alexander Joseph Hache was born May 24, 2002!!! Looking forward to the 15th reunion.” (11-13-02)

All years - Nostalgic WHS graduates may wish to explore their roots with the help of the new book Farm Town to Suburb: The History and Architecture of Weston, Massachusetts, 1830-1980 by Pamela Fox, mother of WHS graduate Laura Fox ’99; with photo editor Sarah B. Gilman, mother of WHS graduates Tom and Dan Gilman. The 685-page, 9" x 12" hardcover volume includes over 1000 photographs, maps and illustrations and recently received a national award from the American Association for State and Local History. The cost is $65 plus tax and shipping. For further information and ordering, please contact the author at foxpd@aol.com. (11-12-02)

1997 - Andrew Nozik reports: I’m stationed on the USS CURTS (FFG-38) and I’m the communications officer. I’m still an ensign, but I’ll make lieutenant junior grade (LTjg) at the end of May. (10-28-02)

1993 - From Stacy Jupiter: Congratulations to Sharon Holdsworth on her marriage to Nathan Berenger in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 2, 2002. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but will be catching up with Sharon and Nathan in March when I head down under again, this time as a Fulbright Scholar to do work for my dissertation. I’ll probably be found reenacting the Crocodile Hunter’s greatest moments up in the mangrove swamps of the Daintree or shooing off sharks along the Great Barrier Reef. For the moment, I am still in Santa Cruz CA about to head out to watch a surf contest. To see photos from my most recent adventures (i.e. Panama, Papua New Guinea, etc.), check out my website: http://emerald.ucsc.edu/~sjupiter/Travel.htm. (10-27-02)

METCO /All Years - Weston/METCO will be celebrating its 35th Anniversity on Saturday, October 26, 2002, with a Celebration Dinner starting at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The location will be the Roxbury Community College Cafeteria at 1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury. There will be music, dancing and entertainment featuring the Frederick Hayes Dance Troupe. We ask everyone to wear Festive Attire (Sunday BEST). The Celebration Dinner is a pot luck supper and we are asking Boston families to bring main dishes and Weston families to bring desserts and salads. Children are most definitely WELCOME. There will be a bus leaving from the Case House - to find out further information about the bus, please call the METCO Office at 781-529-8007....METCO Alumni, come and bring your families - also try to get in contact with your host/family friend and invite them to attend. Mary McCullough, current METCO Coordinator, is encouraging METCO Alumni to attend and looks foward to see you all. If you have any questions, feel free to call Rachel Caesar ’89, co-chairperson of the Boston/Weston Metco Parents Organization, at 617-817-9167. Look forward to see you all - Rachel Caesar. (10-23-02)

1972 - Cruise director Jeffrey Arpin, who was a fine writer 30 years ago, according to his then English teacher (and Alumni web editor), has written a wonderful letter to the Class. He says, “I’m unfortunately unable to enter anything from my ship onto the Class site. As our ’72 (30 year...can you believe it?) reunion is tomorrow the 26th and I’m not able to be there, would you be so kind as to put my attached letter onto the Alumni News page? Click her for Jeffrey’s letter. (10-26-02)

1993 -Luke Gutelius sends in this update on Jeff Nussbaum: “He was VP Al Gore’s speech writer and now is Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s speech writer. Detail Magazine’s most recent issue lists Jeff as one of the power people to watch. He and Leonardo DiCaprio. Jeff currently lives in Washington DC.” (10-23-02)

1981 - Sarah Martin reports, “I just learned last week that my first novel has been accepted for publication and is due out in the fall of 2003.” (10-8-02)

Sad News - Robert Anderson, father of eight Weston High alumni, died September 23. Dolly Ryan ’76 has sent us the notice: “Robert F. Anderson, of Lincoln, formerly of Weston, Sept 23. Husband of Claire Marie (Deacon). Father of Robert C. of Mashpee, John T. of No. Andover, William D. of Berlin, Carol M. Fessler ’72 of Winnetka, IL, Susan M. Blaine of San Jose, CA, Linda M. St Francis of Wilmington, NC, David H. of Groton and Claire M. Seibly ’76 of LaCanada, CA. Brother of Frederick Anderson of Gilmanton, NH and the late Edith Anderson, Helen Parra and Ruth Campbell. Also survived by 19 grandchildren. Funeral Mass Sat, Sept 28 at 10 AM in St Joseph’s Church, Lincoln. Interment following in Lincoln Cemetery. Visiting hours at the Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Home, 27 Bedford St, Concord Center on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to American Heart Assoc, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. Army Veteran WW II.” (9-26-02)

Sad News -  From the Boston Globe death notices: “Elinor F. Cosgrove. Retired Phys. Ed. teacher, and coach in the Weston School System. Of Newton, Sept 22. Daughter of the late Francis M.J. and Elinor (Walsh) Cosgrove. Sister of Patricia and her husband Peter Squeglia of Wilbraham, Donna C. and her husband William Morrissey of Chestnut Hill, and Sheila Cosgrove of Gerona, Spain. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St., NEWTON CORNER, on Thurs., Sept. 26th at 8:00 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian burial in Our Lady Help of Christians Church at 9:00 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment at Milton Cemetery. Gifts in Elinor’s memory may be made to Newton Wellesley Hospital, Attn: Joan Archer, 2014 Washington St., Newton, Ma 02462 to establish the hospice care program. Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home (617) 244-2034” Published in the Boston Globe from 9/24/2002 - 9/25/2002. (9-25-02)

1980 - Celeste “Elizabeth” Gallagher O’Keeffe writes: I live in Winston-Salem, NC, am married to an orthopaedic surgeon and have three children, twins Alison and Kaitlin (12 years old!!) and Michael (7). I am a Vice President of Legal Affairs at a large academic medical center, and really enjoy my work. I’ve done a lot of volunteering, and this is a small city, so there are lots of fun things to do with my family. My mother is ill, so I’ve been spending a lot of time commuting back and forth to Weston, and I guess it is bringing back a lot of old memories, as well as thoughts of families affected by 9/11. (9-12-02)

1972 - From a private railroad car, Taylor Johnson greets classmates: Yes, Francis Johnson is the same person as Taylor Johnson (unless there are children I do not know about). My grandfather’s name was Francis but I didn’t like it because kids made fun of it so my close friends & family would call me by my middle name Taylor. After graduating from Weston High and a sibling death the same year, I hitch hiked alone for a couple months across the US for a little soul searching. After my pack and tent were stolen in Wyoming, I “worked” my way back east. I briefly moved to Florida and returned to New England and entered the work force while eventually attending night school. My career path steered me to hi tech, although in the those days we just called it electronics. I started my career at Advent in Cambridge. After 20 years in various management positions at mostly telecom companies, I joined Telebit in ’93 as Director of Manufacturing where we introduced the first integrated dial up router when the internet was novel. I subsequently joined Cisco Systems in 1996. I hired 40 engineers in manufacturing supporting new product development across multiple technologies and geography. The teams supported various acquisitions and many successful new product launches which helped ensure Cisco’s competitive advantage. Last year was similar to 1972 for me in that I found myself soul searching again after 9/11. I had flown AA 11 many times and traveled extensively around the world. The tragedy grounded me in reassessing my life & values. I got up the courage to leave Cisco in April after an unbelievable ride and feeling part of the internet revolution which has changed the way we live, learn, work & play. I decided to get out and watch this recession from the sidelines (I was never good at managing work force reductions) while pursuing my hobby of private rail car charters, leasing & operations. I am in the process of renovating a 1948 http://www.coffeecreek.info/ rail car which I intend to charter to people that appreciate the journey as much as the destination. I have been happily married since 1985 but have no children despite our best efforts & love of kids. We have been living in Plaistow NH since 1982 and have a cottage on a secluded lake in Maine where we entertain our friends & children with camp fires, star gazing & wildlife. I know I am getting older when I remember marrying a red head who was blonde last year but picked me up a the airport as a brunette. Maybe novelty is the key to a happy marriage. We feel very blessed....I really wanted to make this year’s reunion but had already committed to run a train to Baltimore as the Trainmaster (responsible for the operation of a special train) for the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners http://www.aaprco.com/ convention. My very best to everyone and I hope to see you all at the 35th. (9-8-02)

1970 - Fast running Gene Jones paused long enough to write to the Alumni Page and to thank a coach: I’m thrilled that this website exists, but I wish I saw more people from our class. I’ve been living in Southern California since 1978, moving out here to venture into show business (big surprise!) and also teaching. I had ended up getting my B.S. in P.E. from Springfield College in Springfield MA in 1975. I came out here and got my M.A. in Special Education from Cal. State L.A. in 1984, and have been teaching children with behavioral and learning problems ever since. I’ve been considering getting an MFCC to get out of teaching, because of the way I feel the schools out here are run. My fondest memory of WHS was Coach Don Duncan. He was my inspiration when I ran track and cross-country for the 3 years I was at Weston. He helped me break Lev Flint’s record in the 2-mile which was 10:25 before I set it at 10:16 and later at 10:10. I'll never forget the support I got from him and others in 1970 when I was the first person from WHS to run and finish the Boston Marathon. It rained and I did it in 3:38:08. It wasn’t until I ran the L.A. Marathon in 1999 in the pouring rain in 4:15:00 that I realized how Don helped me. Before 1970 I’d never run anything longer than 10 miles, and even though I know natural talent does account for a lot, Don was there. Weston was very inspirational. That glorious day I remember my principal coming out to watch me in Wellesley with Don and a couple of my teammates.Talk about support! Since moving out here I still run 5k’s/10k’s or 1/2 marathons every 2 weeks and think about my former teammates and naturally Don Duncan. I often medal in my age group (50-54) and am getting my time down. People like Don Duncan don't come along more than a few times in a lifetime. If there are others from the class who’d like to keep in touch, please email me. (9-8-02)

1972 - From Seattle, Dan Dittmann sends a letter to the class: There is a good chance I won’t be able to make it to the reunion this year but I assure you that I will miss seeing all of you. I had a great year at Weston in 1971/72 and made many lasting friendships....My wife and I will celebrate 21 years of marriage this October. She is a great person and my soul mate. You would really like her. We never had children but we have had some great pets and lots of nieces and nephews from my four sisters and brother. For the last 13 years we have worked together in a business called Dittmann Design. Mostly we design (she does the design) packaging and brochures for the Alaska seafood industry. Along the way we have also worked in the building products, retail and travel industries....About 6 years ago we both realized that we were working too much and wanted something more interesting to do on the side. I began playing harmonica and singing in a blues band called Caught Lookin’. My wife began singing in a blues band called Stickshift Annie and the Overdrive. In the band I use the name “James Middlefield” (more bluesy than Dan Dittmann) and my wife goes by “Annie Eastwood” (harder for drunks to find her in the phonebook)....Three years ago, after Caught Lookin’ broke up, I began playing harmonica with Stickshift Annie. We have had a great time playing music together and a lot of interesting experiences including opening for national blues acts, playing festivals and bars around the Northwest and producing a CD called “Out of Her Mind” that is available on Amazon.com at
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005MNTL/. If you go to the link you can find some of the great reviews the CD received from all over the country and as far away as Australia and England. It wasn’t a money maker but it was fun. The Washington State Blues Society even nominated the CD for best Northwest recording 2001 and my wife for best female vocalist in their annual “Best of the Blues” awards. Other than the music, life is pretty much the way it was 10 years ago. Good....The link below is pictures of our last performance at the Washington Blues Society Summer Picnic. I am the one in the hat with the harmonica in his mouth and my wife is the woman singing. From that page there are links to my band bio page and to web sites where you can buy the CD:
http://www.nwlink.com/~dittdsgn/events.html Hope to see you all, but if not best regards to all my Weston friends. (9-8-02)

1963 - Consuelo Castillo has been living and working (in Systems) in Toronto, Canada, since 1969. She lives with her partner, cycles, listens to music (mostly jazz), hikes/camps/canoes, is active in the gay community. Her 28-year-old son, Solomon, travels all over North America teaching swing dancing and playing jazz piano (mostly for swing dancers). (8-27-02)

1965 - In a networking first (that surely won’t be the last) on this site, Bert Richardson writes, “I got laid off from Raytheon and am looking for a new job in electrical engineering.” Good wishes and best of luck to Bert, from the Alumni pages. (8-22-02)

1998 - David Kahler is now a science and math teacher at St. Michael’s High School in Santa Fe NM. (8-21-02)

1984 - Pam Stubbs Gleason sends in “a quick update. I graduated from nursing school this past year and have received my R.N. I am working at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire as a cardiac nurse. It’s a very exciting job. I love it!” (8-19-02)

1989 - Amy Wilson Cahillane was working as an attorney at a small estate planning firm in Boston, but left at the end of July. My husband and I have moved to Seattle WA, and I’m starting a Ph.D. program in political science at U. Washington next month. So far we love living on the West Coast! (8-15-02)

1993 - Novelist Ariya Scolamiero’s recently published work, The Palio, is now available for order from barnesandnoble.com and borders.com. (8-15-02)

1980 - Greg Gibson sends in this brief update: I live in Methuen MA .Just moved back after 10 years in Southern California...still getting used to the hazy, hot, humid days here in New England. (8-12-02)

1974 - Janet Redden Porter: After high school graduation I spent some time hitching around Europe. On a very low budget, high adventure journey. I came back to the states and settled in southeastern Vermont. Those were some wild and wonderful times for me. While most of my classmates were surely off hitting the books, I was swimming in cold springs, splitting firewood, just doing a lot of good , simple country hippie living. I had a passion for Saab cars, and funny thing happened, I fell in love with my Saab mechanic. Tom turned out to be a wonderful friend, cook and carpenter. We were married in the spring of 1979 . We had a simple back yard wedding at my family’s Weston home.. We moved to Vermont Northeast Kingdom. We lived for a time in a dirt floor, no running water or electricity (what was I thinking) log cabin a mile off the road, on the Canadian border....Oh, we had our new-born daughter Jessie with us. This was a wonderful, centering, sobering experience for a born and raised Weston girl to go through. To this day I will sometimes turn a faucet on and think, running water, how nice. We rapidly upgraded our housing and spent a few years up in VT. Well, you know those winters are darn cold and almost endless, so guess what...along came baby number two, Jasmine. We moved back to Weston - what a wonderful town in which to raise kids. Now I wonder why was I in such a hurry to charge out of Weston after high school? In 1985 we bought a house in Sudbury MA and spent 11 years renovating it. Then I got the Life Is Out Of Control, Geographical Cure bug. We picked up and moved to Stuart, Florida. As it turned out, we lucked out and again life is good. Again we are starting a house renovation on a 1926 "cracker bungalow." I am an office manager for a company that provides care givers to the elderly. To top it all off we are grandparents!!!!!!!!! We are having a blast spending time with our grandson Javon. He is already 18 months old, so I am trying to ignore the dust bunnies around the house and the weeds in the garden and just take time to play and enjoy life. (8-1-02)

1972 - From the hinterlands, Conrad (Dan) Orth writes: I am living in the extreme SE corner of North Carolina (my maternal family’s home state from colonial times). We sold our towing and body shop in Groton, moving here to Supply NC in 1996, just in time to live through multiple hurricanes. We keep 7 horses, 1 dog, 1 cat and 2 children here. Only the kids are allowed in the farm house. In 6 years’ time we have established an 8 acre hay field, built a collision repair shop, a hay barn, doubled the house size by moving in an old beach house, put in a pool and deck. Life is good! I keep busy by wearing two hats. Sometimes you will see me towing or pulling frames or painting damaged cars. Other days I may be seen bushhogging riding trails, cutting or baling or putting up hay, digging stumps or grading land to increase paddock areas. Sometimes I even have time for horseback riding or roundpen training one of the yearlings. (We have foaled out three - two that I had to help the mares by pulling on the foal’s forelegs during delivery.) Melissa (12) and Conrad Jr. (11) are both excellent students and much loved by their teachers and fellow students. They are in band, soccer, softball, 4H, Boy Scouts. With all that and friends visiting or dropping them off to friends, wife Anne is also kept very busy. I plan to attend the 30th reunion in October and hope to see old friends, if they can attend. (7-26-02)

1972 - Benjamin Sawyer reports: Attained a B.S. in Human Services from Lesley University in 1996. Almost finished with my Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Unmarried. I am the proud father of a wonderful son, Nicholas D. Curelop, born 7/4/1988 (14 years old, going on 30). Nick, at 14 years old, is 6'1" tall. Like father like son! (7-22-02)

1988 - Ellen Roy Cook writes that she and husband Andrew Cook “are both doing great. We have 8-month-old twin boys, Brendan and James, that are just a joy to be around.” (7-17-02)

1980 - In search of: Leslie Ellis. The Weston Drama Workshop is looking for an email address or other contact info, to contact Leslie, who they believe is living in California. If you can help, please contact Joyce Welch at handj@gis.net. (7-15-02)

1967 - Maggie Lee Peterson wonders if there are any plans to have a 35 year reunion for our class this year, or perhaps another reunion sometime later. I’ve been living in Albuquerque for about 25 years, first working in hospital administration and now raising my two children. (7-14-02)

1983 - Johan Rostad writes from Wenham MA that he has two boys, ages 7 and 4, and works in Marblehead at Hansen Marine Engineering, Inc. (7-14-02)

1989 - Fernando Montenegro and his wife Ana “take the plunge of living in the suburbs, moving to Markham, ON, close to Toronto. I just hope living in Markham can be half as wonderful as it was spending my senior year in Weston. My warmest regards to all.” (6-24-02)

1986 - The June 19, 2002, edition of the Weston MetroWest TownOnLine, has an article that begins, “His life ended tragically on Sept. 11 at 33 years old, but David Retik’s Weston High School classmates will not let others forget what a loving friend and father he was. Last weekend Retik was remembered by family and friends during a dedication at the Weston High School and a ‘fun run’ in Needham named in honor of him.” See the new bench in David’s honor by the high school playing fields and the full article at:
Benchmark Dedication (6-21-02)

1995 - From Karen Yen: A quickee - Met up with old friend Danya Reda yesterday. Did anyone else know that she is getting married in August? Crazy! Be sure to congratulate her if you see her. (6-10-02)

All Alumni - CALLING FORMER STUDENTS of Bob Walker!! Did you survive the Mr. Walker vocabulary quizzes? Impossible grading on essays? Did you walk away knowing more about life and analyzing literature than you ever thought you could? Bob Walker is retiring after 43 years of teaching at Weston High School, and we would like to share with him the thoughts and thank you’s of his former students. Do you have an amusing memory from one of his classes? Did he inspire you to do something differently? Did you find years after graduation that you could still remember a poem? Please send your message to Bob - a quote, a picture, a story - to Glenn Perrin at monsieurgp@attbi.com. Letters can be sent to Janet Kresl Moffat, Weston High School, 444 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493. We will accumulate them all into a book and present them to Bob at an appropriate time. (He doesn't wish to have a big event to celebrate his retirement.) Thank you, Janet Kresl Moffat. (6-2-02)

1964 - Sad news on the passing of Berkeley Bottjer, sent to us by Lee Shepherd Johnson: I wanted to share with other members of the Class of 1964 the news of the passing of our classmate Berkeley Bottjer. After a very brave struggle Berkeley lost her fight to cancer and died at the Wayside Hospice in Wayland on May 25. Her mother, Carter Bottjer Crawford, asks that we all remember her life and keep her in our prayers. Berkeley was an architect, specializing in urban planning, and was a devoted amateur photographer. At the time of her death she and her husband resided in Lincoln. (6-2-02)

1983 - Susan Cabral Anza and Alex Anza ’81 have been married 16 years with three kids, two in the Weston High School and one at the Middle and loving it. We moved back to Weston 2 years ago after living in Holliston for 12 years. (5-30-02)

1992 - From the LAPD, Rob Murray writes: I just completed my 4th year with the Los Angeles Police Department and was recently selected to the Special Enforcement Unit - Gang Detail of Southwest Division. Southwest Division is located in the heart of South Central Los Angeles, where I have been working for the past 2 1/2 years. Growing up in Weston never prepared me for this. But I am loving every minute of it. Hope to see everyone at our 10th reunion.....can’t wait! (5-21-02)

1985 - From a press release by WBZ 4 News: Financial expert Bonnie Kirchner Bleidt has taken over the WBZ 4 News Boston Stock Exchange Report, broadcast each weekday morning between 5AM-7AM. Bleidt reports live from the floor of the Exchange. As a Senior Advisor with Financial Perspectives Planning Services, Inc., a regional firm founded by her husband, Bleidt has built a successful financial planning practice. Bleidt also serves as president of Shared Visions Inc., a production company dedicated to bringing financial wisdom to the public. In addition to her role on WBZ 4 News, Bleidt appears weekday mornings from 7-9 AM on Business 1060AM/WBIX on the Boston Business Journal AM Edition. Bleidt’s written contributions have been featured in a number of publications including the Boston Herald, Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, and Planning for the Elderly in Massachusetts. Her alma mater Purdue University recently recognized Bleidt with their Hidden Diamond Award for her career achievements and making a positive impact on society. (5-15-02)

1987 - Talk about tough, Doug Gray writes: I have been with the US Marines since April 1990, and it has been one hell of a ride, but I am not about to get off the bus. As of right now I am stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, which is in Northern San Diego County. I just got back from playing in a sandbox called Afghanistan with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). I am currently a UH-1N “Huey” helicopter Aerial Observer/Gunner, so life is pretty exciting for me. See you in November. (5-5-02)

1997 - Long-time friend and fellow musician John Kliem writes in that he and others “have gotten together and made a web site in honor of our close friend Keith Eisner” (death notice below, dated 3/23). John invites people “to view the website, especially class of ‘97. It is a place for us to chat about him and ourselves and our lives. We would like anyone who wants to, to check it out and log in and leave messages.”  The very moving Keith Eisner website can be visited athttp://www.keitheisner.com/. (5-4-02)

1963 - Barbi Gates Tinder reports that the May issue of O (the Oprah magazine) has a photography  article entitled “Silver Girls” by classmate Joyce Tennyson. (5-4-02)1982 - Cheerful catch-up from Jacquelyn Giles: I’m a nurse and paramedic. I live in Marlboro MA. I’m a single mom with a beautiful 5-year-old son named David. Life is good and I’m really looking foward to the 20 year reunion. I look foward to hearing from any and all alumni. (4-3-02)

1999 - Spring fever time for Andrew “Smitty” Smith, who reports:  I am taking a semester off from Berkshire Community College to work at Fenway Park for Aramark for my 5th straight summer as a food vendor. I would like to work 60-70 games....My family is still livin’ it up on the Southside of Weston, Massachusetts. (3-31-02)

1948 - Passing through Bangkok, Dana Herbst writes, I have never had the opportunity to attend a reunion.Are there any ’48 classmates still out there? I too was saddened at the passing of Win Cobb '49.We played football together and worked together for a short time at Atkins and Merrill. As for me, my career was in International Banking with major banks in New york, Paris and California. As a matter of fact, I’m writing from Bangkok, Thailand, at the start of a 4 month trip where we visit WW2, Korean and Vietnam battle sites, including Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and about 15 other locations. My role is only as a retired Navy Officer but will be reporting some of the events if any one in ’48 is interested. I live with my wife Leena in Dunedin,Florida, when we are not traveling. I would like to hear some news from Weston HS. (3-24-02)

1997 - Sad news - Keith David Eisner, 22, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 16, 2002, while at college in Boca Raton FL. Raised in Weston, the son of Ken and Cheryl (Eagles) of Maynard and Orleans, he attended Weston High School and graduated in 1997. He was a junior attending Florida Atlantic University, where he majored in international business. He was very proud to be a founder of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Besides his parents, he leaves his sister, Chrissy Eisner ’95; his grandparents, David and Audrey Eagles of Eastham, Josephine Eisner of Waltham; and many family members and friends. He was also the grandson of the late George Clarence Eisner. An open gathering for friends and family was held today , from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Weston Golf Club, Weston. Calling hours were held Friday, March 22. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Keith Eisner Memorial Fund, c/o Dacey and Dacey, P.C., 711 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451-0609. This fund will benefit marine life educational programs. (3-23-02)

1993 - Lai Ngan writes, Just came across this alumni web page and wanted to touch base w/ some Weston people. I’ve been in San Francisco the past 3.5 years pretty much after graduating from Brandeis. I’m currently working at a brokerage firm, Charles Schwab and Company. If anyone wants to touch base, send me an email. (3-22-02)

1974 - Brian Lynch sends this observation from his home in Austin TX: Everyone, it seems, has opinions about the state of the teaching profession, and the education system generally. The following vignette illustrates that, among the ranks of teachers, there are people who manage to instruct and educate others, using lessons and methods of instruction that are amazingly effective. Subject: Cosmetology. According to a news report, a certain public school in Victoria TX recently was faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirrors leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night, the maintenance man would remove them, and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called several of the girls who she suspected were responsible to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in one of the toilets, and cleaned the mirrors with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror....There are teachers, and then there are educators....(3-16-02)

1983 - Stuart Weichsel tells the Alumni News: After many years in Washington, DC, and New York in politics, law school and practicing law, I can now be found in New York and Hartford, practicing tax law with a law firm. (Georgetown, Class of 1993) I cannot say I am looking forward to my 20th reunion, but it is coming soon, if it is ever announced. I am looking forward to hearing about Tim Gerber, Andrew Goldstrom, and many others from my class. (3-7-02)

1977 - Priscilla Alpaugh Cotter offers...Greetings! I know, I know, I spent my last year of high school at the Cambridge School of Weston, but my memories tend to be about Weston Public School friends. I was in touch with Ellen Sturgis just yesterday and we were wondering if anyone is working on the class of 1977’s 25th reunion? I heard that the 20th was a success. We’d be interested in putting something together, even at this late date. Is anyone interested? Also, has anyone seen or heard from Nina Ryan ’78? I’ve been wondering where she's been the last 10 years or so. I’m married with 2 kids, Timothy age 9 and Addie age 5. I do illustration and design work whenever my kids’ schedules allow. I’ve been in touch with David Backe, John Kerwin, Adam Dawson, John Merz, Calef Brown, Lori Stevenson, Dorothy Stevens Knight, Polly Baylies Scherfling. I even saw Helen Griffin on Monhegan Island last summer! There are so many friends from my years in Weston, all the way back to the Red Barn Nursery School, that I’d love to see or hear from. Please send an email if you have any information on a reunion or members of the class of ’77 or ’78. I look forward to hearing from you! (3-5-02)

1960’s - 2001 - Junior High/Middle School English teacher Mrs. Carol Ott is retiring this spring. Her colleague, math teacher Mr. Joel Lubin, is “soliciting email memories, anecdotes, well wishes for her. I am in charge of a June retirement party for Carol. She treasures her relationships with students over the years and notes/letters from previous students would be greatly enjoyed/appreciated by her.” Joel Lubin is requesting former students of Carol Ott to send in thoughts and memories of her to him at lubinj@mail.weston.org, He will organize these to be presented to her at her retirement party in June. (2-21-02)

1981 - Like other New York City residents and workers, Stephen Ditmore felt the effects of September 11 as he accounted for family and friends during the hours after the crashes, learning of near escapes, random fortunate canceled meetings, and deaths of friends of friends. He shared with the Alumni News editor a group email he wrote September 12 describing his family and his thoughts during the crisis. It ended with a  poem by W.H. Auden, an excerpt of which is included here:

September 1, 1939
W. H. Auden

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night....

Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

The full text of “September 1, 1939” may be found at: http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?prmID=1391 (2-6-02)

1982 - Ed Walker and his wife Jill (Jackson ’83) announce the arrival of daughter number 2.  Alicia Elizabeth was born on January 24, 2002, and joins her parents, 2-year-old sister Emily, and black lab at home in Wayland.  Ed was also just named the new Fire Chief in the Town of Weston. Read all about it with a fine photo of the new Weston chief at: http://www.townonline.com/metrowest/weston/34100096.htm. (2-5-02)

1958 - Jack Murphy, 61, died in his sleep Thursday, January 24. His daughter said it was most likely a heart attack. He leaves five children and 13 grandchilden. At the time of his death, he was working at the Bear Hill Mobil station in Waltham. His funeral will be at 11 a.m, Tuesday, January 29, at the First Congregational Church in Natick Center. Jack had a very wry sense of humor and will be missed by his family and friends. His daughter said she hoped somehow he knew the Patriots beat the Steelers today and were going to the Super Bowl. (notice sent in by Nancy Foster) (1-27-02)

1986 - David Retik Children’s Trust: A Trust Fund that has been established to benefit David and Susan Retik’s three children. David passed away in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Although several vehicles are available to assist victims of the events of September 11th, nothing specifically addresses funding the education of David and Susan’s children. We [signed below] have established the David Retik Children’s Trust to meet this need. This trust provides a vehicle through which we can all contribute to and participate in the future lives of Ben, Molly and Dina Retik. If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to “David Retik Children’s Trust” and include account #81854N26 in the “Memo” field of your check. Please send contributions to: Merrill Lynch, 125 High Street, High Street Tower 19th Floor, Boston MA 02110-2724, Attn. Sharma/Behman Group ? Marcie Behman, David Retik Children’s Trust. (The trust is not a charitable organization and contributions are not tax deductable.) For questions or a complete copy of the trust documentation, please contact Tom Wooters at tomwooters@ureach.com. It is our hope that through this trust and the generosity of all who contribute, we can support the lives of Susan, Ben, Molly and Dina in a meaningful and lasting way. Signed: Thomas Wooters, Kevin Durkin, Gordon Pan. (1-26-02)

1969-1970 - Gwen Jones Santagate ’69 writes, Hi all ... I saw Valerie Dean ’70 listed in another high school alumni board as graduating from a school in NJ but can’t remember what school and cannot access the board’s info. Does anyone from the class of 1970 remember Valerie? Would you happen to have her email address? She and I were best friends while growing up, and when her family moved we lost contact. I would love to catch up with her. Please email any info you might have to santa@kersur.net.Thanks! (1-23-02)

1973 - Deb Schlegel Maietta sends in this catch-up: I’m living in Weston. We have five kids (2 in Weston HS, w/one graduating next year), 1 in Weston Middle School, and two in elementary school @ St John’s. The youngest in in second grade. Having the older kids in town has been helpful for us when they have been picking courses. I’m able to say, “Oh, yes, you’ll love Mrs. Kaktins. She was one of my favorites.” But I’ve got to admit I don’t remember anything like the pressure & competition that these kids experience. (1-23-02)

1986 - As many of you know, David Retik (WHS 1986) passed away on Sept. 11, 2001, as a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. Our family has received an incredible outpouring of support over the last four months from Weston classmates and teachers. It is truly impossible for most of you to know what it is like to lose a family member in this way and our lives will forever be changed. But your support in this difficult time has given us more strength than we thought we had, and has provided us with a glimpse of meaning in the wake of an otherwise senseless act. We have received letters and cards from many of you and have not yet been able to respond in many cases. Please understand however that we have read every word and please recognize that your thoughtfulness is appreciated in ways impossible for us to express. As many of you know, David was a terrific guy and a deeply loved brother, son, father and husband. We will miss him. Your support has given us courage and strength to continue with our lives, knowing that we can carry only the memory of him with us. Thank you Weston.

Susan Retik, wife
Ben, Molly and Dina, children
Lynn and Alan Retik, parents
Mark Retik (WHS 1984), brother
Susan Siegel (WHS 1988), sister

1973 - Patricia Fox Dauphinee sends new year’s greetings to Weston Alumni, along with this description of a remarkable educational Web site she has established: Cape Cod Rocks (http://www.capecodrocks.org/) is a resource for students interested in minerals, geology, and archaeology. In the spring of 1998, I took samples from my husband’s sizable rock collection and started photographing, using the extraordinary natural light of the beaches of Cape Cod as a back drop. This project started as a PDP (professional development points) project to keep my Massachusetts teaching certification current while staying at home with children. The goal was to design a web site that would motivate students to explore more about rocks, minerals, and gems. I was also very conscious of our nation’s schools’ aging computers and paid special attention to download times. This mineral resource is great for helping students get underway on their projects, and they are invited to download pictures for their school reports. The site is designed for grades three through nine and can be easily navigated by all. Over a million students used it last year. (1-4-02)

1995 - Karen Yen, with a hint of her old-time irony, describes the future: I have one more semester of law school left at Georgetown, and, after I take the bar, I will be moving to New York City to spend my days and nights as an insignificant associate in a big law firm. (1-2-02)

1989 - Karl Yen is a pediatrician living in Anacortes WA (about 1 1/2 hours from Seattle). He just became engaged a month
ago, as reported by his sister Karen’95. (1-2-02)

1978 - David Slater reports he’s teaching anthropology at a university in Tokyo. (12-21-01)

1985 - How many people living on Beacon Hill own a horse? Lockie McNeish, for one: After getting married I tried my hand at making money boarding and training horses in Wellesley. Breaking even wasn’t paying the bills and married life wasn’t for us. So I packed my bags and headed to Vermont to live the life of a ski bum! In the summers I started working for Boston Harbor Cruises as a bartender. A couple of years of back and forth, then I planted myself permanently in Boston. I live on Beacon Hill with my brother who runs a guest house for visiting foreign doctors. Eight years later, I’m still working for Boston Harbor Cruises and have moved my way up from tending bar (my mother thanks the Lord every day!). No kids, two parrots and a horse, which Richard Caruso’s sister Maggie has with her in upstate NY. I recently saw Kim Rich ’84 and Melissa Taylor ’84 who look and seem great. Hope all is well with other classmates and would like to hear from you. (12-11-01)

1977 - Jessie Grover Hollembaek writes: We returned to MA in 1999 after 15 years moving around with the Air Force. Our return to the Boston area was prompted by our middle child’s needing 18 months of chemo for a brain tumor. She is now 15 and doing great! I also have a 16-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. My music degree has served me well. I have done a lot of solo and choral work over the years including 2 tours of Europe, a year as choir director for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, and, most recently, helping to lead the 2000 people in attendance at Lexington’s United We Stand event after 9/11. I have also been a consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 18 years and really love the flexibility and enormous opportunity. Additionally, I am a costumed tour guide at Lexington's historic Buckman Tavern. I moved to Lexington in August after separating from my husband, Dean, of 20 years. I’ve been in touch with Loraine Norquist, Cori Martin Doud, Cindy Woll Nugent, Susan Syllagardos, (Christa)lynn Carter, Vicky Siek Zaring and, in the class of ’78, Paul Strumph, and Alicia Vlachos Wyman. The 21st reunion was great and I look forward to the 25th. My sister Amy ’79 is married to a lawyer in Chicago and planning to move to CA soon. (12-5-01)

1981 - Following the 20th Reunion, Cathy Gee Graney sends this note: Please post a special thank-you to Tom Ullian and all his helpers who made our 20th reunion a grand success.  The new Weston Community Center was a perfect location for the gathering on November 23 and it was a great honor to be together as we dedicated a memorial bench in the names of our classmates Bemy, James, Madeleine, and Laura, who have passed away.  As one classmate said it so perfectly, “Tom, you really pulled it all together, in spite of all the world’s pressures. Thanks for letting [us] forget it all for a little while. Everybody obviously worked very hard to make it the success it was, and all of you deserve our gratitude and thanks.” (12-3-01)

1993 - Just wanted to let everyone know what’s going on in the world of Derek Millen. I’m living in downtown Charlotte NC with a fraternity brother of mine from college. I spend my nights on the air waves of Charlotte “night time” radio. I decided to drop my dream of becoming a Weston police officer to become a disc jockey in the radio business. I’m the night jock at STAR 104.7 FM. I go by the name “Derek Boston.” Our format is “The best variety of hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.” We play everything from Aerosmith, Eagles, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Springsteen, Black Crows, etc....I’m spending my afternoons bartending at Chili’s Bar and Grill. Sorry, ladies, I’m currently dating a “Southern Belle” named Cheri. If anyone from ’93 is in the Charlotte area, look me up. My email is in the directory. (11-29-01)

1974 - From deep in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Rob Klotz, writes: Hi, everyone, I finally got on-line through a satellite. I live in the Alaskan bush and would love to hear from anyone wanting travel info about Alaska or anyone wanting to catch up on what’s going on in our lives. (11-29-01)

1955 - Now see Photos from our 46th Reunion on the web! (11-20-01)

1955 - Reunion report from Linda Anderson Hanrahan: On September 29, 2001, despite the fears that followed September 11, fifteen WHS graduates and some spouses met at Finnerty’s Restaurant in Wayland, MA, for lunch and a time of fellowship. It was so good to see everyone, and we had some new faces. Tom O’Toole flew in from California, Jean Andersen Logan came up from Florida, and Lee Hitchcock joined us from Arizona. Our prayers go out to Lee in the very recent and sudden (Sept. 5) loss of his lovely wife, Henley. We were sorry that some of our classmates did not make it, but under the circumstances we surely understand....We bounced around some ideas for our 50th (it’s coming sooner than you think) and some of us have taken on projects to find “lost” classmates. I have heard some buzzing about another get together next year, but no one has mentioned when or where. If you read this, and know the whereabouts of any of our classmates, please email mailto:%20lhskypilot@aol.com with the info. We are looking for: Elizabeth Ann Cole, Roger Condit, Robert Conrad, Ellen Jo Connoly, Darlene Greene, Mary Kirwan, Abigail Luther, David MacDonald, George (Buzz) Martens, Elizabeth McNeil, Irene Olson, Marilyn Sinclair, Stephen Spooner, Patricia Stevens, Richard Stockbridge, Claora Styron, Sylvia Tilly, Richard Irving White. (11-18-01)

1985 - Bonnie Kirchner Bleidt tells of her siblings and her professional life: On October 6th my brother, Eric Kirchner ’83, and I had the amazing experience of watching our sister, Peggy (Kirchner) Cavanaugh ’80, compete in the 2001 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman consists of a swim of 2.4 miles, 112 mile bike, and then a marathon, to boot. Peggy battled 55 mile per hour wind gusts over egg-frying-heat pavement and lava fields during the bike segment, but still passed Olympic athlete, Joanna Zeiger. Despite her competitive focus, Peg still had waves and smiles for her babies, Katie (3) and Sean (1), and husband, Chuck, during her transitions. Peggy finished with a time of 12 hrs, 25 mins, and 24 secs. She came in 25th out of 51 in her age group (35-39) and 885 out of 1500. In case you can’t tell, I’m just a wee bit proud of my sister!...For two years I have been hosting, along side my husband (Brad Bleidt), “The Boston Business Journal AM Edition,” heard on Boston’s business station, Business 1060 AM. The program airs from 7am-9am on 1060 AM, and www.business1060.com . I am also President of Shared Visions, Inc., which is the production company responsible for Business 1060’s weekday programming. This adventure has given me the pleasure of working with fellow Wildcat; the incredibly talented, Dee Simpson ’90. As production manager, Dee’s creations are showcased throughout Business 1060’s broadcast day - take a listen! My interviewing duties have put me in touch with Tripp Jones ’83, and many other Weston residents, past and current. Last week Dee and I ran into Jon Meterparel ’90 at the March of Dimes Achievement In Radio (AIR) awards. We are proud to say that Business 1060 took home two awards that evening: Mark Mills, Best Talk Show Host; and “Live Money, with Steve Weisman and Ginger Applegarth,” Best Afternoon Show. (11-11-01)

1997 - Three months after graduating from U. of Southern Cal, Ed Ma produced his first soundtrack for the latest Ford Focus TV commercial which made its debut nationwide on October 26, 2001. Ed is currently living in LA doing post production work for TV commercials and movies. His current project is the movie “Moth Man’s Prophecies” staring Richard Gere. (10-30-01)

1981 - From Valley Village CA, Trip Young is “looking forward to the 20th reunion - I will be back east this Thanksgiving!” (10-30-01)

1996 - New Californian Richard Hsu: I graduated Brown University with a Bachelor’s in 2000 and a Master’s in 2001, both in Electrical Engineering. I just started working at Intel in Silicon Valley in California a week ago. I like work here a lot. Lots to do and plenty of new things to learn. Pretty much every day has been a sunny day literally. (10-25-01)

1972 - Westonite Sally Gilman sends us  notice of a concert on October 28th by sopranos Lois Leonhardt Hearn and Sheila Louise Heffernon. The concert takes place in The Community Room of the Weston Public Library at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2001. Sheila and Lois have distinguished musical careers. It’s a rare treat that they’ll be performing together in Weston. (10-20-01)

1981 - Weston High School Class of 1981 20th Reunion is set for Friday, November 23, 2001, from 7 to 10pm at the Weston Community Center, says  Cathy Gee Graney. We'll have appetizers and desserts, reminisce about how different we thought 2001 would be when we performed our “2001 Reunion Celebration” our senior year, get reacquainted with long-lost friends, and have a memorial presentation at 8pm in honor of our classmates who’ve passed away. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in contact with Tom Ullian, tullian@lehman.com, PO Box 702, Weston, MA 02493, 212-526-4004. (10-3-01)

Early WHS Alumni News Archives (partial collection)

1927 - We are sorry to learn that our oldest e-mail listed alumnus, CHARLES CUTTER, class of 1927, died in Seattle, WA, on May 6th of this year. He had been living with his daughter, LOUISE CUTTER ’63, for the last year and a half. According to his stories as she remembers them, he started school at the age of 4 in order that there would be enough students to hire a teacher for the small, one-room school on Ware St. He was also the only surviving member of the first Weston High football team. He lived in Weston all his life until the last year and a half. His heart remained in Weston, and he was buried in the Central Cemetery in Weston near his ancestors who fought and died in the Civil War. (7-19-98)

1958 - NANCY FOSTER, in an email about the reunion, mentioned classmates from Lincoln. The Alumni News asked if she meant that WHS was at one time regional, and she responded with the following fascinating snippets of WHS history: “Yes, indeedee, Weston had the Lincolnites (AKA ‘the Indians’) for many years because they didn’t have a high school. So after the 8th grade the kids from Lincoln could decide whether they wanted to come to Weston or go to Concord High School. Up until 1954 when Concord closed its doors to the Lincolnites, most of them chose Concord. It was a bigger school; some of them had brothers, sisters or relatives who had gone to Concord High. Concord had a larger athletic program. But the ax fell on the ability to choose in 1954 because Concord’s walls were bursting and the Concord officials could see the beginning of the ‘Baby Boomer’ push, altough we were a bit ahead of that surge. At any rate, we were the first WHS class to have had such a large influx of kids from ‘over the line.’ They were a great addition to the class, and I can’t imagine what we would have done without them. In 1959 Lincoln- Sudbury Regional was built and only a few came to Weston from Lincoln after that.
“Did you know that the Wildcat mascot was designed by one of my classmates, Pete Lawson, who is deceased, but was one heck of an artist? WHS was quite an operation back in those days. We had fun and stuck together regardless of whether we were Harvard or Smith bound, or off to enlist in the military, or to secretarial school, or to a job at the hardware store, or somewhere in between. I went from first grade through senior year with many folks who I am still in touch with. It was, as it is today, a pretty isolated environment from the rigors that many kids deal with in high school. Weston was monied in those days, too, but it didn't feel so much that way. Most of us were just pretty regular ’50s kids whose dads worked and whose moms did the Harriett Nelson thing.” (7-19-98)

1982 - GARY PAN (Arlington, VA) discovered the alumni list on the Web, and writes: “Wendy, my wife; Garrett, my son (age 4); and I welcomed our newest member of our family, recently: Wesley Sterling Pan (ne 6/15/98). My sister, MELISSA PAN, graduated from BC in 1988. Our firm, Panacea Consulting, Inc., was named to the Washington Technology Fast 50 having achieved the 4th fastest growth of companies in the Washington Area. Tons of fun, but certainly keeps us busy. Check out our website www.panatech.com.” (7-19-98)

1992 - from SHERRY PAULKER: “Just wanted to let you know that DOUG LEVINE is traveling around Europe this summer with DAVE McFARLAND ’93 before he begins law school at Northeastern in the fall. Also on Capitol Hill is GREG LEE, who works for Representative Bruce Vento (D-MN). I (Sherry Pauker) am leaving my job with Congressman Waxman’s staff and moving to the Bay area. I will be hiking the John Muir Trail (El Nino permitting) and then working on green business issues in San Francisco. DONNA DiBONA is there working for Aetna; NEEL DALAL is in graduate school studying alternative medicine (he’ll be studying in India this fall); and ERIC LU is living with Neel and is a graduate student in Berkeley.” (7-19-98)

1993 - from JIM CAMPOS: “I’m located in Santa Clara, California. I work for a high tech networking company that designs fiber optic multiplexers. I do marketing and sales and I recently graduated from Santa Clara University. I’m a very happy camper.” (7-19-98)

1963 - HAMILTON GARFIELD REILLY, JR., owner of Contract Carpet Sales, Inc.,.in Norfolk, VA, is married to Vivian Gray Reilly. They have two sons: Brian, a junior at Appalachian State University, and Adam, in 7th grade at Christ the King Middle School Norfolk. (5-2-98)

1975 - MICHAEL CRITCH writes, “I teach and play piano professionally on Cape Cod. I live in East Falmouth, MA. I perform in the groups ‘Five Guys Named Moe,’ ‘Critch, Austin, and Hill,’ and perform in a solo piano setting regularly at various Cape venues.” (5-2-98)

1979 - PAUL BARTLETT writes from Sydney, Australia: “I have been living over here since 1982. I came over for a ‘trial period’ of six months, and decided to stay. In fact, my mother is from New South Wales originally, so half of my ancestry is here, as it were. Not long after that six months disappeared, I was engaged and subsequently married to a girl whose father is Belgian and mother is English. They migrated over from Europe, in 1969. Her name is Paulette!” (5-2-98)

1992 - SHERRY PAULKER lives in Washington, D.C., and works for Congressman Henry Waxman. She surely must know DOUG LEVINE, who also works in the House, to judge by his e-mail address. (5-2-98)

1927 - CHARLIE CUTTER (formerly of 20 Sears Rd., Weston; now Seattle, WA) writes, “I graduated from WHS Class of 1927. My daughter, LOUISE CUTTER, graduated from WHS CLASS OF 1963 and lives with us. We appreciate your work for the WHS Alumni. Wish I could help you but I'm just too old. Sincerely, Charlie.” (12-11-97)

1958 - Reunion! From NANCY FOSTER ’58: “Greetings from another Weston High grad. My fellow classmate, Debbie Toppan, clued me into your e-mail gig. We of course, being the Class of ’58, are known as the ‘Supreme Ones.’ We’ve never strayed from that annointed title since our senior year at the old Field School. Yada yada! Anyhow, add me to the list and I will see who else in my class I can corral. We will be having a 40th reunion over Columbus Day weekend (’98) at the Josiah Smith Tavern Barn. It’s our usual spot and seems to work for a small class, that has a lot of class, but wants to do things as casually as possible! (12-11-97)

TOWN NEWS: The lead items in Weston news recently have been about Weston’s place in the Boston metropolitan community and about leaders in the Weston community. On two big issues Weston voted against joining other towns in sharing community resources: Last week it became the only community to reject the rails-to-trails conversion that links surrounding towns such as Boston, Lexington, Concord, Cambridge, Arlington, Lincoln and many more via paved bike trails on former railroad beds....Earlier it rejected the recommended proposal for a water facility that will be part of the Boston area’s Quabbin water supply, although the Massachusetts Water Redevelopment Authority and the state legislature may mandate the project despite the vote....The search for a new superintendent of schools has moved into high gear, with the school committee inviting input from all who are interested....And former Weston priest John J. Geoghan (St. Julia’s 1984-1993) is facing multiple charges of sexually abusing children in Weston and in other assignments. St. Julia’s provided a Healing Mass in November, with reportedly more than 20 demonstrators protesting outside. (12-11-97)

WHS SPORTS: Headlining the fall sports news are the State Co-Championship won by the girls’ soccer team, and the Thanksgiving Day victory over Wayland accomplished by the football team. (12-11-97)

1993 - STEPHANIE PAPPANIKOU has become the Director of Instructional Riding at Saint Andrews College. (11-2-97)

1976 - JAMES CROUCH writes, “I work for Digital Equipment Corporation and have so for 19 years.I’ve been very happily married for 12 years. We have 3 daughters--Michaela 8 years old, Hannah 5 and Alexandra 4.” (11-2-97)

Former WHS drama director JOHN BARCLAY is directing a Friendly Society production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Regis College theater. The Wizard will be played by WALLY BEEVERS. I've heard that John's son (current WHS student and performing star) BILL BARCLAY and SEAN ELINOFF (recent ditto) are also among the cast. (11-2-97)

WHS SPORTS: Last week the varsity girls’ field hockey and soccer teams both sewed up Dual County League championships. (How does a small school win so many titles?) Meanwhile, senior Rasaan Fuller, son of METCO advisor DAVID FULLER, was named Crier/Tab Athlete of the Week for gaining 201 yards in 10 carries in the football team’s 27-0 victory over East Boston. (11-2-97)

SOPHOMORE ENGLISH is extinct. It has been replaced by American Studies, a tenth grade double-class run jointly by a history and an English teacher. Bye-bye American Pie--is this the end of Catcher in the Rye? (11-2-97)

SUPERINTENDENT: The School Committee has contracted with a head hunter to find the next superintendent of schools, following the departure this past summer of Dr. Meredith Jones. (11-2-97)

1995 - KYRA BATEMAN writes: “BRENDAN JOHNSON was named to the first team NESCAC for football. For a freshman, this is an incredible honor and privilege. The Bantams went 7-1 this year and were the NESCAC champions.” (4-24-97

1994 - PAUL CARUSO writes: “After starting as a rookie his freshman year, DAVID GOLDMAN is now the captain of the Cornell Woodcutters Team as just a junior. I guess it’s those student leadership skills he learned at WHS from student government.” (4-24-97)

1989 - Shumin Liang writes: “ANDERS BEER, my boyfriend and a former Weston schools student is now working on the upcoming Dreamworks SKG computer animated film ‘Shrek.’ A student of the Boston Museum School and California Institute of the Arts, Anders was courted by 12 different companies at the California Institute of the Arts job fair including Warner, Disney, Industrial light and magic and many others. He signed a ‘For length of feature’ contract with Dreamworks SKG in May of 96 and has been working on ‘Srek’ as a Digital Animator since. Anders was a student in Weston from 3rd to 12th grade, then moved to Sweden where he studied traditional and computer arts until 1992 when he returned to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine arts. After 2 years there he realized he needed access to better facillities and equipment so he left for California Institute of the arts.” (4-24-97)

A charming example of how such Internet sources as this are changing lives was sent to me by one alumnus, who asked to remain anonymous when I requested permission to quote: “Even after all these years many of us alums are staying in touch. Just recently a 19xx graduate found me on the web, and e-mailed me looking for my sister who graduated the same year. After 20 years they ‘found each other’ again.” (4-24-97)

And a brief update on The High School Renovation: There are huge holes in front of the cafeteria and main office, all fenced off with crews hard at work. Memorial trees and plants have been carefully moved to safer sites. There is no auditorium: the winter play was presented in the Regis College Fine Arts Center last week. Home Ec. meets in the former wood shop. The Orchestra rehearses in room 10, while the band rehearses in the faculty lounge. (I may have that backward.) Classes somehow go on more or less as if none of these distractions existed. (4-24-97)

You may have heard that your alma mater was in newspapers from Boston to Thailand (not to mention the Jay Leno Tonight Show) when several students were caught counterfeiting money using the high school scanner and color printer in the Macintosh Studio. While very little money actually went out to circulation, the police and the US Secret Service (and a very large press contingent) came to investigate. We have since put in restrictions on use of the scanner. All students involved were punished by suspension, so far as I know. The Associated Press lead, which was picked up across the country and abroad, was something like, Students in the richest town in Massachusetts can teach their parents something about making money. (4-24-97)

1994 - David Antman tells us, “After only one-and-a-half years playing guitar, Paul Caruso is releasing a solo debut album (most likely in April). The album will probably be called ‘Pablissimo.’” (2-15-97)

1963 - Peter Vonnegut happened on the Alumni Page and wrote, “I was very interested to see that Mr. Robert Walker is still around. He was my home room teacher in, I think, 1959-60, and was my English teacher in 1962-63. I remember his classes well. I wasn’t a great student, but I did actually learn things. And I remember to this day some of the novels and other stuff we had to read.” (2-15-97)

1994 - Holly Gutelius tells us about her brothers: “Luke Gutelius ’93 is enjoying starting on the Hobart football team as quarterback for the second year. He has declared his major as art and dance. Jeb at Trinity is doing super as well. He is enjoying his Chinese studies and even has a girlfriend from China! He captained the Trinity Bantam swim team to a national championship. (Ed. note: Congratulations!) Tad has graduated from Skidmore and is enjoying his work in the movie and music industry. He is pursuing a career in television. Keep an eye out for him on CBS.” (3-25-96)