Mustangs 50th Reunion
Have just attended a mini reunion with 7 MPHS61 members this weekend and I have to say that I had so much fun that I cannot even imagine how much fun it will be to have the whole class together. Many of you were mentioned. Better be there to defend yourself! I encourage everyone to attend at least one of the events.
I am looking forward to the Reunion. I now practice Internal, Geriatric and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine in Kirksville in Northeast Missouri. After a twenty eight year marriage and raising two step sons in Philadelphia, PA, and a second five year marriage in Belleville, Illinois, I am single and share my home with a sixty pound eighteen month old black German Sheppard puppy, Poki. I enjoy Kirksville, a town of 17,000 with an additional 5,000 students at Truman State University, a respected liberal arts university, and an osteopathic medical school. I also enjoy the hardworking Missouri cattle and soybean farmers who live in the surrounding rural communities. Though I was once paid $400. for NOT singing, I enjoy singing in the Presbyterian Church choir and being a member of the Rotary Club from which the current President of Rotary International comes. I am learning to do some woodwork ( country primitive) and hope to yet build myself a small, modular, mobile post and beam timber peg home
David you will love to know that I am still playing the Viola in the Barton College Wilson Symphony. You used to tell me to practice. It is a lot of fun. Loved your info. A busy life.
Hey you viola players, don't forget about the cellos. I was the only guy on the football team AND the orchestra both - can you imagine that? One night about thirty years ago, after 36 holes at Sou. Pines with about six couples (and also after serveral adult beverages), I was listening to two of the wives practice for an upcoming cello duet. They "forced" me to give it a whirl; to tell you the truth I thought I sounded pretty good. A couple weeks later, I stopped by a music store to inquire about renting/buying a cello. The sound that came out of that cello was terrible. It must have been a bum instrument, but I decided not to try another one just in case it was me. See you guys next fall!!
I am retired living in Stanfield, NC just outside of Charlotte. Have been married to Tom Lynch for almost 45 yrs and have 2 grown children...Michael, 41, who is a Respiratory Therapist @ Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC....Carrie, 39, who is a Nurse at CMC/NorthEast, Concord, NC and works for a Arthritis Dr's group. Tom is retired also after working many years as a RPH-last place was the VA in Asheville, NC. My last employment was for a Medical Collection Agency in Asheville, NC. I have 2 wonderful grandsons, 7 & 4 who are the love of my life. Like to read, be with my grandchildren, read, be with my husband, and read. Lead a really boring life but love it as long as I have a book in my hand.
Nancy Hill Lynch (Nancy East)
I am excited to see that a reunion for Class of '61 is being planned. It will be great to see my classmates again.
James (Jim) Elting
been a fabulous life:grad THE CITADEL '65, married ann stwewart white (31 july ,65) after 7 year chase. chase will haved continued for 46+ at time of reunion..poor child... had first chil dec '66 a girl, another girl feb '69, finally a son june '70. 6 grand children..bubba, bubba 2, hambone, lorelie, easter ann, issadora (issie) she, youngest @ 4 got iyr in vietnam as first lt, helicopter pilot. scout section commander hhc 1st bde 1st air cavalry, 3/'67 to 3/'68..no perple hearts back to clt '69...corp america till '92..with son will iv..started hinson pump rental, inc. sold 1/'05..retired 1/06... retired from myers park cc /06 after 35 yrs, sold panther tickets and lowes motor speedway tickets. ann recently had close call with cancer..she's quite well now and expect no problem going forward..got my hair! just touch of gray
There will never be a nicer group of students than those in the Myers Park High School - Senior Class of 1961.
After leaving the U. S. Air Force I attended the New York School of Finance and Columbia University. In 1967 joined the investment banking firm of Hornblower, Weeks, Hemphill & Noyes in New York City. Joined E. F. Hutton & Company in 1973 and moved back to Charlotte. Joined PaineWebber Group in 1979 which merged with Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS Financial Services)in 2000. Retired in 2003.
Have enjoyed a lifetime interest in history, flying, classic cars and collecting a variety of antiques older than me. Our vacation home away from Charlotte for the last 30 years has been Tybee Island, Ga.
Wifes name: Laine
Children names: Stuart, Adam & Hope
I live in Seattle and retired from the WA State Labor Council, AFL/CIO where I served as Special Asst. to the President & Lead Lobbyist. I am married with three young adult kids (two birth kids and one foster kid)
If interested, you can learn more about my last 50 years by looking at the Wikipedia entry under Robby Stern. The University of WA submitted that entry when they created archives in my name. I remain an activist and presently serve as the President of the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans. www.psara.org
Thank you to all of you who put this wonderful web site together. I love the music feature!
I just received from Ross Gathings the obituary on Coach Purcell. I never played football for Coach Purcell, but I sure watched us play a lot at Mustang Stadium. Our senior year, '61, we used the "Lonesome End" formation that Army used and Bud Palmer was that "Lonesome End" most of the time. He never came to the huddle to get the play. We didn't have a great year in football in '61 but the team played hard, which was a hallmark of Coach Purcell teams. Coach Purcell will be sorely missed as is Coach Powell and the others on the deceased list.
The following Obituary appeared in the Charlotte Observer on March 26, 2011:
To watch Myers Park High's football teams play offense in the 1950s and '60s was to catch a glimpse of the sport's future.
The creator of those innovative and wide-open Mustangs attacks - which featured pro-style and spread formations, shotgun snaps, double-reverses and lots of flea flickers that were unheard of on the high school level then - was coach Gus Purcell.
"He was such a forward thinker," said Jeff Beaver, executive director of the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission and one of several Mustangs quarterbacks Purcell sent to play college football. "He was way ahead of his time."
Purcell died Friday in his hometown of Laurinburg. He was 87.
Purcell began coaching at Myers Park in 1952, before the forward pass was in vogue. As the tactic grew in popularity in the pros, Purcell sought to bring it to Myers Park.
Purcell would spend Sunday afternoons studying either the Washington Redskins or Baltimore Colts on television. He would diagram their offensive plays and install versions of them in his Mustangs' playbook on Monday.
"He had real creativity," said Charlotte attorney Ray Farris, another former Mustangs quarterback. "He studied incessantly, even going to Baltimore to see what they were doing. Even the scouting reports he had for us were as good or better than college scouting reports."
Purcell grew up in Laurinburg and was a backup running back behind Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice at North Carolina from 1946-49. It was there that he met his wife Bonnie, who was a majorette. Gus and Bonnie would raise three children - Lucy, Gary and Jimmy - after they came to Charlotte.
Purcell's Mustangs teams were 209-75-15. He coached in the 1960 Shrine Bowl and the East-West All-Star game in 1959. He was inducted into the N.C. High School Hall of Fame in 1995.
After Purcell retired from coaching in 1971, he ran a successful quarterbacks camp in south Charlotte for several years. He also owned a barbecue restaurant and fish camp in Charlotte.
In 2004, Purcell's former players held a reunion of sorts for him.
Randy Short, a quarterback on Myers Park's unbeaten 1965 team, recalled then how Purcell wanted the Mustangs to play, and how that philosophy transcended football.
"Coach would tell us, 'When we're on our own 2, 98 yards from the end zone, we don't run three downs and punt. I want you to think about scoring. Ninety-eight yards to go, by golly, we're getting ready to score.'
"I think that's a good way to approach life," Short said.
Visitation for Gus Purcell will be held Monday evening - at a time to be determined - at McDougald Funeral Home, 305 E. Church St., Laurinburg.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Church St., Laurinburg.
Published in Charlotte Observer from March 26, 2011 to March 23, 2012
Wow! 50 years since we all scattered to the winds! In my case I headed north to college in Massachusetts, and the last contact I clearly recall with an MPHS classmate was a fall ’61 weekend with Trey Snepp in NYC picking up girls at Barnard and then getting thrown out of the Blue Angel nightclub for not having enough cash to pay the tab!
By the end of my freshman year I was married with one son, which ended my wild and crazy days. Then, on to a bachelor of arts in physics, a masters in business administration, and a job with McKinsey & Company in Chicago. By the time I joined my favorite client, Baxter International, I was enjoying suburban life in Winnetka with four boys. I figured my course was set…
However, I was not suited for a large corporation, so Baxter did the right thing: they fired me! By then I was working for their division in Newport Beach CA and had suffered through a divorce. So, the good news was I became unemployed in the land of endless sunshine, technology startups, and venture capital. My pink slip arrived the week after my honeymoon with the pretty lady who lived downstairs in my duplex, Arline, whose friends immediately advised her to annul the marriage!
Not being suited to work for another big company, I started my own in San Diego, Hybritech Incorporated, to pioneer medical products based on monoclonal antibodies. One of our best was the PSA test for prostate cancer, thanks to which several of my friends were treated in time. In 1986 Eli Lilly and Company bought us, and -- seeing the same pink slip writing on the wall -- I left to start a venture capital firm, Biovest Partners. In three years we started six medical technology firms, all of which went public. One of these became such an obsession that I quit venture capital to run Amylin Pharmaceuticals for the next decade. Amylin now has two first-in-class diabetes drugs on the market and is a leader in obesity research.
Meanwhile, Arline blessed me with my first daughter and yet another son. So far I’m up to nine grandkids, my daughter is working on number ten, and my youngest son has promised me three more. Grandchildren are great!
Today I’m fully retired, except for a few biotech and internet boards of directors. For intellectual pursuits I’m fascinated with the mass delusions -- from climate warming to renewable energy to the role of big government -- that are threatening my grandchildren’s future. For hobbies I’ve given up on skiing and golf to focus on boating with family and friends: winters cruising on our boat in the Caribbean, and summers sailing in Northern Michigan where I now live in the woods on the sandy shores of a clear water lake.
Sorry for being so long winded, but we “old folks” enjoy reminiscing. I’m hoping to make it to the reunion where I can listen to my old friends do the same…
My life after leaving Charlotte has been fabulous. I married Polly Pickett(MPHS Class of '62) My career in the food business has been in Alabama and Florida.
We have lived in Lakeland/Winter Haven, FL for the past 36 years. My life now centers around my family of Polly, three sons, two of whom live in Charlotte, three daughters in law, six grandchildren, church, golf and travel.
I will miss the reunion due to a long planned trip to Oregon. I will be interested in hearing how well all of you are doing. The last 50 years have gone by in a hurry.
saw entry (Myers Park HS) website from 2011, I was Garinger, friends at Myers Park- I also left Charlotte some years ago. Live near Winter Haven/Lakeland, FL (Polk City). Hope this reaches you and that all is still "well." Hoping to find more about Jean "Craig" Mason and Harry Holder (MPHS). the years have gone so fast! (husband and brother were also MPHS - brother Frank Bishop ('62), husband Jim Barrett (61).
Self employed, Cardiac Pacemakers. A long shot from Hampden Sydney College, UNC School of Pharmacy, Filling prescriptions and selling for Eli Lilly and Co. Married 1970 Eleanor Manning (Salisbury, NC) have two Children, Emily a DVM (Large animal) and Kyle (NC State Mechanical-Aeronautical engineer). Eleanor and I have had 40+ blessed years together and live in Morehead City, NC. (Mayberry by the sea). I can't believe we're all gonna get together! I just hope one or two of you will recognize this old bald-headed rascal. Cant wait to see everybody!!
I have a new grandson, Finn William Parker, who lives in Asheville, with Mom(Elizabeth Eads Parker) and dad(Justin Parker). I am trying to sell my fully restored 1826 house and move to near Asheville. I love knitting, needlepoint and playing bridge(this after a 30 year break). I love traveling. I look forward to seeing you all.
Sally, I recently retired and moved to Black Mountain. I would love to see you if you come to Montreat. I am listed with information.
I am coming to Montreat on May 8, will have some company off and on and return to Virginia on the 19th. I will come back on Memorial day Weekend. Sally Eads
Married Fred Martin (East HS) in 1963 (that's 47 years!). Two children, two grandchildren. I retired as CIO at University of Mary Washington, but remain in a part-time role.
Please consider me missing no longer! We are in Greenville, SC. I have lived here with Kathy (who came with me to our tenth reunion before we were married) since 1972 and have been an architect working for various firms. I am currently pursuing my watercolor career in semi-retirement. Mr. Matus would be proud. My daughter and four grandchildren live far away in South Jersey.
Freddy .....hope you remember me...
I am married and in Charlotte. Will never forget running into you in Manhattan in the 60's.
Retired from IBM. Living in Delray Beach, Florida
Just to update you a little bit - My husband of 27 years, Earl Seagrave passed away in Feb. of 2002. In October of 2007, Paul Boileau and I were married at my daughter's home in Davidson. We make our home in Supply, NC which is a stone's throw from Holden Beach. I consider myself incredibly lucky and very happy.
Have been living in Richmond, VA. Since 1980. Before that, Milwaukee and Chicago. Have two married daughters and one grandchild. I certainly hope to come to the reunion. Has it really been 50 years!?
I am semi-retired after running the Public Defender's Office, practicing law in Charlotte and twenty years as a judge. Married for 35 years to a woman who must be a saint! with three grown kids
Craig Mason is married to Daniel W. Morisak and lives in California.
IP Address 22.214.171.124
Craig ...? Jean Craig Mason? are you 'there'...this is old website. I had one letter from you years ago, lost the married name. Please be 'there'. Karen in central Florida
Can't believe it's been 50 years. And I use to think that just being 50 years old was 'really' old... I've lived in Charlotte almost the entire time. After finally graduating from East Carolina and three jobs later, I took over my Dad's clothing store - National Hat Shop. Remember when men wore hats. Well needless to say I closed the store in 1983 and now my wife Maxine (Mayer - class of 1962) and I are in the travel business (Mann Travels)- at least people still travel. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion and am heartbroken by the number of our classmates who have passed away.
Living in St. Louis, Mo. since 1975. Both retired as many of us are and have family in Pa. Charlotte, Colo. Springs and Seattle.
Married Reggie Holderfield, August, 1963. Two beautiful daughters, Paige & Tracy, one great son-in-law, Trec, & three fantastic grand-children, Brooks (14), Wright (10), and Ansley (7). We all love the water, boats and the wonderful outdoors that Wilmington has to offer. Look forward to seeing and visiting with old friends at the reunion.
I have lived in atlanta,ga for past 33years married have two girls and four step children.work part time three days a week,play golf every week
Happily married to Dave Heritage (my 2nd marriage was the charm for me ). I have two sons and two perfectly delightful grandchildren. Achieved my life long dream of living close to the ocean...6 blocks away, just close enough to hear it, smell it and breathe it. Ahhhh....
Dave and I are enjoying our retirement and manage to keep quite busy with volunteer work, community activism and just simply being alive. Life is good.
What fun reading all the updates. I look forward to seeing (and hopefully recognizing) many old friends in October. I have 2 more weeks until retirement as CEO Hospice & Palliative CareCenter based in WS but covering the piedmont NC. (David P. so glad you have moved into this wonderful field - you are a natural) It's been great, but I am ready to pursue new interests while I still can.
After education at UNCG and teaching for 13 years, went back for business - and found Hospice. Divorced after 25 years, three children spread from Chapel Hill, Seattle and Portland OR, and 6 great (meaning wonderful) grandchildren, 1yr to 13. Looking forward to traveling between them while I look at where I want to live. Travel often to charlotte where my mother still lives. I echo the thanks to the core group - the website is great. See you soon.
Has it really been 50 years? I remember when my parents went to their 50th HS reunion and I thought to myself that they were “older than dirt”. I remember their 50th wedding anniversary and thought no one can be married for 50 year, yet Jane and I are only 7 years shy of that mark so it just goes to show you that 50 years passes very quickly. I think I prefer to call this the anniversary of our 5th ten year reunion. Doesn’t that sound better? I really think so. So to say the least it has passed quickly and what have I done along those five decades. Well, I bolted out of MPHS and went to Pfeiffer College where I received my degree in accounting. My parents felt a small liberal arts college would calm a boisterous young man who had been hanging around such roust abouts as Jay Rogers, John White, Bud Palmer and upper classmen like Vance Cockerham. Yes, a nice small liberal arts college would be just fine and they felt rooming with that nice young man, Russell Jones, would be real nice. Russell left the party after the first semester though. Little did my parents know that in the booming town of Misenheimer, NC there was nothing to do but study and party so college was a blast. There during the first week of my Sr. year I met a freshman girl named Jane and I dated her until she finished her degree several years later. A short stint in the Air National Guard seemed like an eternity, and by this time Jane finished school and we were married. We had two wonderful boys and spent the next decade raising our sons, Jay & Rex. I spent the next decade pursuing a career in accounting and then went into the brokerage business with Interstate Securities. There I remained for almost 20 years until a lapse in judgment sent me to another firm for a number of years as its president and later CEO. After selling that company I went with Bank of America. After working in corporate audit and compliance, I am currently working in supervision reviewing and approving research and trading desk commentaries. Since everyone I work with is in New York I have the luxury of working in my home office. We have lived in Charlotte our entire life except for the four years we were in college. Our children graduated from Myers Park High School and if all goes according to plan our grandchildren (we have 4, Rex, Max, Jake & Emily) are zoned for Myers Park. The oldest will be 12 in September and the youngest starts Myers Park Traditional in September. We are fortunate enough to live across the street from the oldest two grandchildren. How perfect is that? So 50 years is not that long. It just depends on how you look at it. And I’ve been looking at it from a 12 and an 8 year’s old point of view lately so it’s not that long at all. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our 5th ten year reunion and catching up on what’s been happening with you in the short time since we’ve been together.
I hope you all have had a wonderful 50 years and are looking forward to many more.
Gaduated from UNC, Chapel Hill with a BA in English and received an MBA from the Thunderbird Global School of Management. Served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Vietnam veteran. Worked in international banking in New York, London and Singapore and held various accounting positions in Georgia, California and Charlotte. Currently retired. Single, never married. Used to be an avid runner, but now it's mostly walking. Like to read and travel.
I retired as the CIO of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg VA. I still work part-time for the current CIO. I married Fred Martin (East Mech) in 1963 and we are looking at our 48th anniversary in December ("It was late Dec back in '63" - nice name for a song). Fred retired from the IRS as Director of Procurement earlier this year. We have two children and three grandchildren. Looking forward to the reunion!
I graduated from the University of Tennessee with BS and MS. Mike and I have been married for 45 years. We have three sons and five grandchildren. I have a wonderful job in education and will begin my 40th year in August.
Mike and I spend our summers traveling and helping with the grandchildren.
I am looking forward to the reunion and seeing so many that I have not seen since high school.
What a terrific blog for Mustangs to reconnect with one another before our Oct reunion! Thanks for setting this up, reunion committee!
As for me, after graduation in 1961, I left the south and went to Pine Manor Jr. College in Wellesley, Mass. after which I graduated from UNC/Chapel Hill in education. Upon ending a seven year marriage, and as a single parent, my journey spread beyond the “predictable” paths. One of my interests led me to further my education at Winthrope University where I received a Masters in Human Development and Education. With this degree it has been my joy to counsel others in issues relating to their family-of-origin, addictions, and life skills. I, like so many of us, was quite involved in community volunteer work, enjoyed setting up a business in color consulting, and was a founding member of the Charlotte Women of Vision, a branch of World Vision. Through this Christian organization, I have been blessed by the committed fellowship and through the privilege of going on mission trips to Ethiopia and Guatemala, experiences that gave new meaning to my life and Christian journey.
Our trip to Ethiopia inspired us to tell Oprah about the conditions at a Fistula Hospital in Addas Ababa – and after two appearances on the Oprah Show, the hospital has an additional $5 million to treat childbirth injuries of women and children and a documentary movie, “A Walk To Beautiful,” was produced to spread the story to the unknowing world! This involvement will always be one of my most treasured blessings!
I have been married to my current husband, Frank, for over 35 years and together we raised my son who is now 41. Frank and I have most especially enjoyed travel to European and Asian countries as well as to various third world countries. Being moved by the conditions in other worlds, and realizing we have similar issues with proverty and education in America, we have each been involved in these areas locally.
My greatest pleasure is reconnecting with old friends and hearing about their lives and their passions. We each have “a story to tell” and I so hope we will use this blog to expound upon “who we’ve become” after our years at Myers Park. Those years were instrumental in launching our collective stories and in having the chance to "preview" our last 50 years, we should be all the more anxious to rekindle the unity we experienced in our class of 1961! Go Mustangs!
Frannie, that is a beautiful account of a woman who has had what certainly must be a full, productive, and satisfying life to this point. Thank you for letting us get a glimpse into your last 50 years. I guess you shamed me into giving a little info about what I have been up to.
I entered Davidson the fall after graduation from MP; by some miracle I got my B.A. four years later, though I certainly don't remember getting any academic recognitions. I fell in with a bunch of pre-meds to keep me on the "straight and narrow" (do you really believe that?) and made it to enough football practices to stay on the team.
After that I went to summer camp at Fort Bragg, got my gold bar, and spent two years on active duty in the Army (thirteen months in Korea).
I married Ann (an Elkin, NC native) when I was 31; it was literally a divinely inspired match. And she REALLY HAS kept me on the "S & N". I adopted Barbara and Molly less than a year later when they were 4 and 7 years old. These three wonderful people have enriched my life beyond telling, and we are still going strong. I just hope she will keep me a while longer.
My career selling equipment to fuel vehicles has kept a roof over our heads and food on the table. It also helped Molly get a degree from Davidson too. My first job was in Winston-Salem and lasted for 17 years, detoured to Roanoke for about 10 more years, and has led us to Norfolk for the past 16 years. I haven't had the nerve yet to hang it up yet. Ann's most work here in Norfolk has been doing interior decorating which has been her calling.
We have both been active in Baptist & Presbyterian churches where we have lived. We started singing in community choruses in Roanoke and continued here in Norfolk with the Virginia Symphony chorus. We went on two European tours with the Virginia Symphony chorus which covered cities in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria; we had the privilige of singing Dvorak in his own backyard of Prague. Just last year the best trip of all was with a group from Charlotte led by Bob Cooley (a "mountain" of knowledge of Mediterranean history); he is a retired seminary president and is currently teaching SS at St. John's Episcopal in Charlotte. We followed Paul's second missionary journey into Greece; and finished up with his trip to Rome.
The real enjoyment in recent years has been in being "grandpa" to James (8) and Isabel (13) who live in Waxhaw with parents Molly and Brian. In April we saw Isabel play "Marian, the librarian" in Music Man, Jr. What a treat!! Barbara lives in Norfolk, too; she actually preceded us here, so we do have some family close.
My brother and sister both are living in Charlotte; Ann's mother is in Elkin; and Molly's family is in Waxhaw, so with that much family in the area we visit there fairly regularly.
I play golf every chance I get and take as many pills as the next guy. No more football. No matter what Brietz says I am not a "roustabout". You are a real saint if you actually read this far without falling asleep.
I hope to be able to attend the reunion - we'l have to see how time pans out at this end. Briefly: Graduated from Alfred University in 1966; Vietnam as an Army Capt; married to my bride of 40 years in 1971; operated a sightseeing business w/65' boat in Boothbay, ME; own an independent insurance agency; chairman of a billion dollar bank; have two great kids; have played in a steel band (think Trinidad) for 20 years - see flashinthepans.org for some good tunes.
That's the lifetime so far... best to all my classmates. Peter
I am retired and presently reside in Phoenix, AZ with my wife, Bobbi.
Real Estate agent in Union County. Remarried 4 years ago to Frank Jennings
I look foward to revisiting with the joint last group of students like me which attended and graduated from all the Myers Park Elementary,Junior and Senior High Schools. I was only seventeen years old on our '61 MP graduation while having really enjoyed playing drums(after Harvey Grasty)several years with the MP grads beach music band The Catalinas(photo sent).
After graduating from the University of South Carolina I was an officer in the United States Navy before moving to Atlanta to career with the old large southern bank Trust Company of Georgia(SunTrust now). After being promoted a Vice President in the International Division I was hired and then managed and owned various local,regional,national and international financial corporate executive search/recruitment firms.
I have been married for a long happy time to Linda who was another USC graduate,great shag dancer,tennis player and snow skier. While not having any kids myself my three brothers have four children each any many grand-children. After retiring I joined the Atlanta Swing Orchestra(photo sent) as a big-band jazz drummer.
By the way,last year my oldest brother attended his 60th garduate reunion at Charlotte's Central High School and reminded me he had been an assistant carpentar helping build MPHS which was the first high school in the United States having many various multi-campus buildings.
Dear Bobby Brietz!
Enjoyed reading about your life since MPHS! I plan to mail our check for the reunion weekend tomorrow.
O.K. to everyone else coming, get those monies in so that whoever made the reservations isn't panicking they'll be left "holding the bag!"
Bob, is your family Prussian? When did they come to the States? Charlie and I lived in W. Germany 11 years, and our eldest daughter has lived there an additional 10 (still there, husband is a US Army judge). Both their children and one of ours were born in Germany. We lived about 4 years each in Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart. Our daughter adds in Mainz, Augsburg, Heidelberg. She and her husband were married in Grindelwald, Switzerland in 1990. We have vacationed there since 1972 (cheaper than a S.C. beach vacation), and our house in Montreat is named "Grindelwald." We were there last Sept. and plan to go again this September.
Our other daughter was just here in Montreat for the "famous" old-fashioned July 4th parade. She has 3 daughters and 3-month-old identical twin boys. (O.K. Doug and David Caldwell, are you two identical? Great to read of you and Polly, David. We'll miss you at the reunion. Doug? Let us hear from you!) ) Her husband is an Air Force instructor pilot in Columbus, MS. (He's in the "life insurance business"--his own!) This comes after C17 flying into Iraq and Afghanistan.
I think our daughters would call Washington State their "stateside" home. We were there 11 years, and both were graduated from UW (one did a freshman year at Queens, other at Davidson--gotta keep the old Tar Hill strong in them.)
Well, Bob, you were my "excuse" to talk through you to our classmates. Thanks so much for handling the R.s.v.p.s and looking forward to meeting Jane and seeing photos of Rex, Max, Jake & Emily!
Shirley Spratt Mitchell
How wonderful your sons live in Charlotte!
Can't wait to see everybody after SO many years!! Sure hope we are given name tags with BIG print...
I have lived in Richmond, Va since 1983 (Marti, I can't believe our paths haven't crossed.) Before that, Louisville, Ky and Jacksonville, Fla. Have been married to David Owen for a "brief" 45+ years. We have three married children and eight grandchildren (including a little Hannah and a Bradford)...life is good!!!
I hope the tour of MPHS works out. I would love to revisit as I haven't stepped foot on the campus since we graduated.
Hannah, I can't believe our paths haven't crossed either. I have been here since 1980! Had lunch with Anne Hall yesterday and she said next lunch will be a "get together"! I hope Kathe James can join us too! I go to Tampa often as both girls (and husbands) live there and my one grandchild. I am so looking forward to the reunion and seeing folks I haven't seen in ages such as Shep and Gloria and many others! I remember when Barbara Martin and Sarah Couric and I went to summer camp as youngsters! Oct. Will be here before we know it.
Wife-Dona Married 40 years One son, David and his wife Jean Two grandkids: Merrick 5 and Campbell 3 Retired from medical sales
I live in Charlotte. I have two sons,Peter and Marshall Jr.. My wife, Laura Graham Gilchrist is from Charlotte. I own a sand and gravel business located near Southern Pines, N. C. After high school I joined the Army and served in Panama. I attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated UNC-Charlotte. I have flown airplanes for 40 years and hold a multi engine instrument license. I have traveled to over 120 countries. I have had the pleasure of serving on several local non profit boards. Two are YMCA Camp Thunderbird and Teen Health Connection.
Graduated from the University of Michigan. Linda and I currently reside in Atlanta,GA. I am a manufacturers rep for multiple high end furniture companies and have done this for 42 years.
It is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since we graduated from MPHS. I am so excited about seeing folks I have not seen for years!
I am married to Harvey, my high school sweetheart, and we have three children and seven grandchildren. Harvey, Jr. (lives in CA with 3 kids), Wes (lives in Charlotte with 2 kids), and Mary Katherine (lives in Wilmington with 2 kids). I am retired after working for 25 years in a variety of non profits including Carolinas Medical Center, Communities in Schools (Cynthia Marshall was my boss!), Leadership Charlotte, and the last 10 on the staff at Myers Park Presbyterian Church where I have been a member for 45 years. I have been active over the years in a number of volunteer organizations and currently spend a couple of days a week at a high poverty elementary school as a classroom helper. My passion, however, is people in the Congo. I have been to Africa six times with four to Congo. Through the church I have formed relationships with the people there and it seems I leave a little part of my heart there every time I leave. I work with other members of our church to try to make a difference in this little corner of the world. I cannot wait to go back!
I enjoy playing bridge, playing golf and traveling with Harvey. I also enjoy sculpting with clay, and I am sculpting each of my grandchildren. I look forward to learning about what others folks are doing and what life is like for all of us in this 50th year.
Hello MPHS '61. Charlie and I have been married since 1965. Charlie retired, after 30 years active duty, as a physician in the US Army, 15 years ago, to Montreat, NC. He practiced an additional 10 years in Asheville. 13 years ago, I started volunteering at a NC women's prison, and have been a leader of "Prayer and Share," and an off-site volunteer since. The biggest event in our lives occurred in 1976: knowing first hand that Jesus lives. We attend Calvary Chapel of Asheville. We moved 13 times, to include about 12 years in Germany, 3 tours--Nuremberg, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart, and about 12 years in Washington State, 2 tours. Also lived in Baltimore (MD), Silver Spring (MD), Palo Alto (CA), Carlisle (PA). Intentionally made Charlotte "home" all those years. Still greatly enjoy my parents' river house on Lake Wylie. Our two daughters, Kerah and Lerah, are also married to military officers. Kerah, to Chris, an Army Attorney, currently serving as a Military Judge in Europe. Kerah homeschools Kate, a junior at reunion time, and Charlie, in 9th grade. Primarily, so that the God revealed in the Bible is made known. Lerah and John, a C-141, and C-17 pilot, and currently a T1 instructor pilot in Mississippi, have JIll (7), Molly (5), Paige (3), soon to be joined by identical twin brothers. Lerah also homeschools. In January 2011, we hiked the famous Milford Track in New Zealand, quite a feat, considering I had never carried a back pack! New Zealand was stunningly beautiful. We have been immensely blessed to be able to travel as we have and do. We share our home with Sammy, a "Westie," and Ginny, a beautiful rescued kitty from Florida.
Hi Shirley, I am so glad to have stumbled on this website. I was really interested in reading about your life. Very Interesting! I have also had a very good and interesting life, thank God. I just retired and now live in Black Mountain! Please contact me if you read this, would love to hear from you. My number should be with information.
Can you believe it has been 50 years?!
The years do seem to accelerate. So many memories of people that were part of my life. I smile as I look at the 1949 photograph of Dilworth Methodist Church's kindergarten's May Day, I presume. We are in beautiful, formal attire! And many of you are MPHS '61 ! Then, for me, Myers Park Elementary School, with one year at Dilworth. My father had attended Dilworth, and my mother, Elizabeth and then the newly-opened Myers Park Elementary. She, too, had Miss Jamieson (?) as Principal. And then to the rather-new for us, MPHS, from the 7th grade through the 12th. Christ Episcopal Church. The Quonset Hut.
The rivalry with Central High School, then Garinger. Memorial Stadium games. Cool nights. Pom-poms. The Carrousel Parade. The tables in the lunch room. The "order" there, as in "ranking" orders.
My parents were graduated from Central High. I remember my father's 50th reunion, and new friendships that evolved from it.
At my parents' retirement, nursing home, I recognize so many names. I am saddened to read the names of our classmates no longer with us.
This reunion, which will be my first MPHS, is a wonderful opportunity. Thank you, organizers.
Life is very short. Treasure the moments.
Can't wait to be with all of you!! Andy and I have 4 grown children & 6 grandchildren under age 4...1 granddaughter & 5 grandsons! We practice together--he's an Ob-Gyn, I'm a midlife specialist psychotherapist, professional speaker on healthy aging and pre-in vitro fertilization consultant. I love playing Celtic music on my "fiddle," white-water kayaking, swimming, hiking and yoga. We've lived in Atlanta 21 years and love to steal away with family & friends to LAke Keowee in Seneca, SC. It's totally absurd that we are this age--I'll never go beyond 36 even tho our two oldest twins are 41! That's their problem to figure out! See you soon and love to you all, Caroline
After Myers Park I attended St. Mary's Jr. College in Raleigh then graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in art '65. Spring '66 received teaching certificate at UNC. Moved to Richmond, VA fall of '66 taught elementary art in Richmond Public Schools 7 years. Married Ron Odom July '69, 1 son Matthew now 32 also graduate of UNC., lives in Knoxville, TN, works for UBS, wife Laura is a nurse practioner, 1 daughter and son on the way. Husband Ron retired from Henrico Co. Schools in '06 after 39 years (32 years as an elementary school principal), now works for U. of Richmond supervising student teachers. I've volunteered at Matt's schools and at St. James's Episcopal Church and enjoyed 2 not very serious bridge groups we call our "therapy groups", a Red Hat group, yoga, and water aerobics. We have enjoyed many summer trips to Charleston,S.C. beaches,and have enjoyed traveling across the U.S., to Canada, and in Europe. We are now renovating the house we have lived in for almost 35 years. I have been very blessed.
Russ and I are excited about our MPHS reunion!
No longer missing. Has lived in St. Louis since 1975. Married to Frank Serdy. Children: Lisa Marie Serdy Langley and Steve Serdy. 3 grandchildren.
looking foward to seeing everyone I'm sure we will all be able to recognize each other.Did i spell recognize right should have stayed awake in that class. HA HA
Hi there ya'll, I've been living in New Jersey and NYC since 1967, finished 3 Master's degrees, taught school and finally ended up as a Social Worker. On the side I have been doing puppet shows for at least 20 years (it's my own little business to be a one woman show) and this year had my first large scale production at The Leonia Player's Guild in Leonia, NJ next door to Teaneck NJ where I live. The show was "The TALL Tales of Paul Bunyan." I have 2 beautiful daughters, 24 and 28. I would love to get in contact with some of my old buddies: DeAnne Johnson, Tommy Gathings, Diane Faulkner, Richard Sargent, Shirley Spratt, Wayne Place and Kenny (have forgotten the last name). I can't find my old yearbook or I would use it as a reference and mention more names. Over time the memories meld together and I find it hard to remember who went to AG Junior High School with me and who was at Myers Park HS. I remember most of my classmates at Myers Park didn't have that problem because they had been in the same school system since first grade. I went to Dilworth and then AG. I think both have been torn down now. I almost went to Central HS but it was closed and I came to Myers Park instead, not following in my brother's footsteps at CHS. I am not sure if I can make the reunion but would love to hear from my friends if they are reading this blog. Much love and wonderful memories, Lois Raff Corwin
I am glad to see all those "names from the past" and the good memories they cause me to ponder! I have lived in Texas since 1976 and have one daughter whose is a Texan and a son who is a Tarheel! My wife is a Tarheel! I regret that I will not be able to make the reunion but I do want to correspond via E-mail or face book with as many people as I can. I understand that Myers Park High School is ranked in the top 25 high schools in the U.S. How fortunate are we to have been able to attend school there! Let me hear from you all!
Hello! Looking forward to the reunion and catching up with everyone. After high school I went to Wingate College and from college to Atlanta where I worked with an insurance company. Upon my return to Charlotte I met my husband. He is a local Charlotte guy. He graduated from Harding and served with the Marines in Vietnam four year's. We married after is return from service. I have two children. Both live out of state. My son and son in-law are both military. Of course, this has it's advantages and disadvantages and I'm sure many of you can relate to this. My husband and I have enjoyed their being our tour guides upon visiting them. Last year we enjoyed Christmas with our daughter and family in Okinawa, Japan. It was great! At present, I have four grandchildren. My husband and I enjoy traveling,beach,boating, sports, gardening. For year's we both have been involved in working with many mission organization's in Charlotte and out of state. See you in October. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Try to stay cool!
IP Address 126.96.36.199
I have always been in Charlotte, except college/military service, and some years studying/teaching. Blessedly single. Trained in French and Russian, and still enjoy fluency in them, but changed in my thirties to career as Respiratory Therapist/R.N. Retired, and loving it. Live alone in roomy new lake house and can put up any classmates who want to save a buck (boy, is this reunion expensive!--- well, my middle name is McKnight...)
I never married, and consider it a blessed conditon. Taken from the beginning: Doggedly finished with a major in French at St Andrews College in Laurinburg, joined the army, trained as a Russian translator, lived in Germany, studied in Paris, got a master's in French, taught two years in high school --- then abandoned the whole idea; in my thirties became a Respiratory Therapist and R.N.(they called me "Frenchy" at Duke Hospital), and worked hard until early retirement. Still love languages --- Fluent in French, due to frequent travel in France, and in Russian, due to volunteer work at International House; love doing nothing as much as possible in retirement at my river house. I live alone, and have lots of room, so can put up any classmates from out of town.
50 years is such a short time. After UNC I spent 13 months in Vietnam as a Marine Artillery Officer. 3 more years in Japan. Spent 10+ years in Charlotte in the photography business. Left in 1986 for the Pacific Northwest and the Frank Russell Company. A year later along with a partner started an investment company. Later sold it to PIMCO, bought it back from Allianz, and sold it to Eaton Vance in 2002. Retired to Whidbey Island. Ended up planting 15 acres of lavender. Distilled oil, sold dried and fresh flowers, wreaths; discovering new and more clever ways to lose money. Live at the tip of the Baja in Mexico most of 7 months of the year and Seattle during the summer. Recently involved in 105 year old, family lumber business in Oregon and California. Susan and I have a blended family of 5 wonderful children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
First I would like to thank you for inviting me to the reunion. Several of us girls went off to school for our junior and senior year so being included in the reunion is a real treat! Over the years I have been involved with Elementary school as a paraprofessional, then on to Middle school where I ran the Math Lab for six years then on to High School as a paraprofessional in the Special ed. dept. While in Mobile ,Al. I was assistant manager of Mobile Antique Gallery for six years before my husband ,George, and I moved back to his hometown ----Gainesville,Georgia where I went to college at Brenau Womens College. In 2007 we lost our son who was 40 years old. He had a massive heart attack. He left a wife and son who is now 18 years old and they live in Sarasota,Fl. My daughter ,Rollins and her husband live in Waleska, Ga. and have two sons 12 and 14. They are about an hour away. Last October 23 ,three years to the day of my son's death,I lost my husband to a stroke. We were in Brevard ,N.C.where we have a condo . We were attending an "end of the season " party when he keeled over. What a shock!! He was 69 years old. So I have been learning to live without him. Thank goodness for children and friends. I spend a lot of time playing golf which I dearly love and enjoy Lake Lanier where my home is located. Look forward to seeing everyone in October.
It's impossible to cover 50 years in a few paragraphs, but I will try to hit the high spots.
I am single again and have returned to my maiden name of Butz, which is a difficult name while growing up, but is like comfortable slippers now. I have three grown children, son Tom Austin, an attorney in Atlanta; daughter Sydney Odell, a mom here in Charlotte, and daugher Kathy Austin, a dental assistant with Drs. Peleaux and Bailey in Charlotte. I have four grandsons ranging in age from 10 - 24. They are all special and wonderful. My eldest grandson is a graduate of Appalachian and is serving our country as a 1st Lieutenant in Afghanistan. Of course I worry about him, but am very proud also.
After 26 years of selling decorative and functional hardware to various cabinet makers, fabricators, and kitchen design studios I am enjoying retirement. I love singing in the choir at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and doing work with several outreach ministries. My home is a condominium community near SouthPark that is convenient to everything and full of fabulous friends. I have several jobs within my community, landscaping being my favorite.
I enjoy playing bridge, reading, walking and loving family and friends. My number one fun thing is boating and being on the lake. My daughter Kathy supplies the boat and I have the fun. It is a wonderful arrangement!
Our reunion will be a fun event and I'm excited about reconnecting with you.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of my classmates. Fifty years is a long time. I'm sure we all have changed. I know there will be alot of laughter. I can't wait!!! Stella Spurrier Smithey
I left Charlotte in 1961 for Knoxville and the Univ of Tennessee. As a Co-Op Engineering student I alternated school and work each quarter and basically never spent even a week in Charlotte since. Many of you went off to College and returned to Charlotte if not Myers Park and remained close friends with those you were close to in HS. It is my loss and my fault that I missed out on that.
I went to work for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in ’67 and stayed there until retirement in 2000 as Manager of Energy Systems and Materials Engineering after 32 years except for 3.5 years as Engineering Mgr of a large P&G Pulp Mill in northern FL. For 30 of those years I basically got to do what I wanted to do almost all the time, spending about half of my time doing “real work” in addition to engineering management. When I finally had to spend almost all of the final 2 years in “leadership team meetings” and similar management, I retired to doing what I wanted to do again.
I married in 1965 and had 2 daughters and now have 3 grandchildren all of whom are in wonderful situations. After 20 years I became single again and then met my wife of the past 23 years who has been my best friend and creator of never a dull moment!
In retirement I took up the hobby of Genealogy which filled the hole of the single thing I missed from work which was solving mysteries that no one had ever worked on before. Many folks can’t understand what is so much fun in spending time at a computer screen and a microfilm reader searching records that go back several centuries, but the wonder of discovery is fascinating to me. I spend time playing golf, investment management and the typical family things familiar to most of you.
I will miss the Friday gathering, but will be in town for Saturday evening dinner.
Missing no more! Spent 25 years as a paralegal, then 10 with my own retail business. Have lived in far western rural New Jersey for the past 30 years and love it. I have one daughter who lives in Los Angeles with her husband. They are both in the production end of the entertainment industry. She won her first Emmy two years ago. You bet I'm proud! I still love to read, go to our local casino for minor play and lunch with friends. My favorite hobby is searching for gold and silver with my metal detector. You know those old folks you see on the beach bent over their machines - well, I'm one of them! I was widowed four years ago so will be attending alone, if I can arrange it. Looking forward to seeing all of you!
I know this is an old site but hope that by miracle you will see it. I have been looking for you. I just retired and moved to Black Mountain NC.
Live in South Central Fl near Sarasota) Retired HR Mgr US Army Vet..Vietnam Vet UNCC Grad 1966 2 Children ..Girls, 3 Grandkids...Boys Part Time HS Teacher & Coach Activities: Boating/Fishing/Kayaking/Golf
Really looking forward to this crowd!! I'm married to the former Eleanor Manning of Salisbury. We've been married now for 41 years. We have a daughter, Emily, who is married four years now and is a large animal Vet. in the New Bern area. A son, Kyle, married for one year, is a mechanical engineer, and lives in the Charlotte area. We moved to Morehead City 18 years ago and have loved every second of it. It's kinda like Mayberry-by-the sea! Awsome. I look forward to seeing some old friends and getting caught-up on your life too. This should really be a special time. We're really blessed to have this opportunity to be together again. See you there!! Harry
Still the same..silly sally..love life and laugh every chance I get..Have 2 wonderful daughters and six grandchildren which keep me running..
Wow! It is absolutely fscinating to see all the wonderful accomplishments of so many classmates.
After graduation, I went to Woman's College (now known as UNC Greensboro), and received a bachalor's in Political Science. It is a long story, but I wound up working for the IRS for three years. After staying at home with our two kids for 14 years, I went back to school in 1981, and wound up in 1985 with my CPA. I took the opportunity to end my first marriage. After 8 years of single-again life, I married Paul Parker. That was 17 years ago. Paul and I each have two grown children. Our boys are both here in Charlotte, while our girls are far away. My Kimberly lives in Paris with her Parisian husband and three adorable little French girls, ages 9,7 and 2. I would have taken more French and less German if I'd only known! Paul's daughter Blair has just moved to Hong Kong with Visa for a two year stint. She is traveling to Singapore, Vietnam, London,and Thailand in her first month there. It makes this old lady tired to think of it.
I sold my accounting firm several years ago. Volunteering as treasurer and now president of the Alliance Francaise of Charlotte, and president of a woman's auxiliary of the Shriner's , raising money for the Childrens Hospitals keeps me busy. Paul and I are leaving on a month long tour of France and Austria, but we will be back for the reunion.
I hope many of you remember Marta Ortiz-Bialet who was an exchange student from Argentina our senior year. She is coming all the way from Argentina to be with us! Marta has continued to be a part of my family for these past 50 years.
While I only attended MPHS for two brief years, I am really looking forward to this reunion!!!
With sincere regrets, I will not attend our 50th, My mentor, of 43 years that directed, encouraged and countenance was always spot on, will celebrate his 94th birthday at his summer home on Martha's Vineyard, naturally, I will not miss it.
Retired for the past eight years, I enjoyed forty years in the Pulp & Paper
Industry in Sales/Marketing.
We have homes in Tryon and Green Mountain, NC
Linda, My wife of thirty three years ,taught Ballet at Davidson
college for seventeen years. Linda danced with Ballet Companies in Miami.
Raleigh and East Carolina Theater Group. Linda's mother taught dance for thirty years on Townes Road in Charlotte........
Maybe some of you little girls took dance from Mrs. Mallonee?
Our passion is planning, researching, and actual travel: we completed sixteen trips abroad from Norway to Africa and thirty three countries. September 11th
we awoke in Prague, Czech Republic
but that's a very long story.
We have delivered "Meals on Wheels" for the past thirteen years, we drive folks to Doctor's appointments, grocery shopping, etc. Linda teaches Dance
at the Senior Citizens Center.
Always.... plenty to do if you will only look around.
Michael Jr. Married Jennifer Mitchell
two Children: Emma 13 & Cole 10, both attend Carolina Day School and Play sports, they live in the Biltmore Forest area of Asheville, My Dear Daughter, Catherine Sayre, also lives in Biltmore Village and is very involved with Animal rights and the Asheville Human Society,
The only way to close: Our Family has Most assuredly been blessed.
I sincerely wish everyone a most enjoyable Reunion... Ed Hysler, forgive me... I talked you into attending and then I bailed out on you.
Retired in Greensboro, NC a few years ago. Daughter Ashley and son-in-law Steve both graduated from High Point University. Son Jim is a professional musician and music teacher. All also live in the Greensboro area. My constant companion, Buddy, is a dancing Pomeranian mix. Grandchildren Steven and Abby live in Greensboro and Asheville, respectively. My 91 year old mother retired to North Myrtle Beach in the 70s. I visit her often and still love to shag!
I live in Greensboro with my beloved wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Lustig (a Nice Jewish Girl from New York by way of Budapest). Three sons: Michael, Joshua and Colin, none of whom turned out to be serial killers. Lizzie is a much-exhibited artist and published fantasy author. Your pardon if I'm double-sending this stuff, but I don't think my first attempt, last night, went through. Here's the skinny: I've been a full-time professional writer (big surprise to some of you, right?) since the mid-Seventies. Have published 22 books (27 if you count foreign translations) and approximately 1,000 articles, features, reviews, and short stories. My most recent publication was a two-volume epic Civil War novel (1600 pages) entitled "THE SANDS OF PRIDE', which covers the entire war on the North Carolina Coast from the week before Secession to the fall of Wilmington in 1865. There are tantalizing but unconfirmed rumors about a possible TV Mini-series, but I'm not holding my breath; I've been led to that altar before and the bride never showed up. Won the Finlandia Foundation Arts and Letters Prize in 1992 for my history of the 1939-1940 Winter War (A FROZEN HELL)and a special award from the International Conductors Guild for my 1996 biography of Dimitri Mitropoulos, entitled PRIEST OF MUSIC (Amadeus Press)and a couple of other awards that are nice but no big whoop. I did appear, as narrator and Talking Head, in one feature length prize-winning documentary film "FIRE AND ICE", the Story of the Russo-Finnish War. Four of my works have been optioned for films (which doesn't mean they'll be MADE into movies, just that some producer has paid to license them at some indefinite time.) One novella I wrote just for fun (a vampire yarn), HAS been picked up by a European distributor however and according to a recent update, they are scouting film locations in, of all places, Bulgaria (well, it's right in Dracula's backyard after all) and a respected German director has been "attached" to the project. All of this is well and good, because I did basically what I set out to do: write a shelf-full of good books and earn my living as an author. In more wordly and realistic terms, however, all of the above bragging and $7.00 will buy me a big latte at Starbucks; reviews have been mostly very good (see Amazon.com for examples); sales have been so-so. And if I wait around for the phone call from Hollywood, I could be writing this for the 100th Reunion! Still, it's been an enjoyable ride for the most part and as I said, I ended up doing what I always WANTED TO DO and that's worth SOMETHING. I look forward to greeting old friends and maybe making peace with a few old enemies, who knows?
With regret I will not be able to attend the 50th reunion of our Class of ‘61 but I have enjoyed reading the comments left by many of my old friends and compatriots and will leave some of my own. The last 50 years have indeed flown by and for me it has been quite an odyssey. After Myers Park and St. Andrews College, I married a lovely lady, Ellen Burnside, and we had two incredible children; my beautiful daughter Darsey, who lives in NYC with her husband and two children and David, one of the dearest people you will ever meet who died in 2001 at age 24. We lived in Charlotte where I worked for Interstate Securities for a time but after a while I discovered that my heart just wasn’t in the investment business. Some inexplicable force was pushing me to go deeper into the nature of reality and my own SELF. Two nearly fatal illnesses in my 20’s impressed me with the utter fragility of life and when I surveyed the career choices available to me at the time, they seemed rather pointless and superficial against the backdrop of a sure and certain death. I was haunted by the obvious questions, What the Hell is all this and Why are we here? For about a decade or so I was able to shove these questions aside and do what family and society expected me to do but at a point in my mid 30’s and owing to a conspiracy of circumstances including deaths, bankruptcy and divorce, these haunting questions all came rushing back with a vengeance. I decided that I would have no peace unless I gave my all to answering them regardless of what it might cost. I dropped out and began an odyssey that has taken me to the depths of consciousness and the far reaches of the earth. Since my early 40’s I have been involved in an exhaustive research and synthesis of psycho-spiritual transformation. This has taken me into the heart of Jungian and Transpersonal psychology, comparative religion and Integral Yoga. For the last 30 years I have studied with psychologists, philosophers, and spiritual teachers around the world developing a comprehensive and holistic vision of the higher levels of human potential and the means of its realization. For the last 25 years I have been involved with one of India’s most ancient and respected ‘mystery schools’ going into the deepest secrets of Time, Space and Consciousness. At last my burning questions were being answered. One of the most astonishing things that I discovered in this pursuit was that contrary to Western scientific thinking, Astrology/Cosmology is the most profound science in existence. And in the process of its deep study, I discovered that I was an Astrologer, and a very good one at that! Today I am one of the leading teachers of the role of applied cosmology in the areas of science, psychology, ancient civilizations, and human development. I have lectured extensively throughout the world on the subjects of Vedic Cosmology, Yoga, Spirituality and Science. I continue to work closely with the ÆonCenter of Cosmology in India writing and teaching students throughout the world about the deepest aspects of the Supramental Yoga including a new model of Time as an aid in the realization of a Gnostic consciousness. For the last 10 years I have lived in our beautiful NC mountains near Asheville where I write, consult, and lead Internet study groups. LIFE IS GOOD and getting better every day.
I wish you all a very happy reunion and send my warmest regards to every one.
wow! Your life is similiar to mine in may ways. I just retired to Black Mountain and was drawn to it because of the spirituality there. I am into enlightenment and my passion is everything from meditation to quantum physics and evolutionary thought. It has made my life so interesting. My daughter just came back from her third visit to India, where she stayed 1 year this time. She is back and living in Black Mountain too. I do not remember you in MP but that is not unusual for me! Memory is not great these days. Anyway, I just love talking to others who have sought an awakening
After graduation, I attended Wake Forest College, entered the US Army, served 30 years and retired in 1996. I then taught public and private school in Petersburg, VA. After my first wife died, I moved to Fredericksburg, VA to be near my children, entered the ministry, and will retire from that at the end of this year. I am married with 2 sons, a step-daughter and a step-son and 7 grandchildren, age 6 through 16. My oldest son, Tom, Jr is a professor at Clemson Univ The other has his own business here in Fredericksburg.
After Marilyn graduated from Brevard (NC) College, we were married during Robert's senior year at Clemson University. We celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary in June. Robert received his officer's commission upon graduation, & we embarked upon a 20-year U.S. Air Force career, moving to 8 states during that time. Robert also became the perpetual student, adding degrees from Texas A&M University, St. Louis University & the University of Southern California. We also had two children, Debbie(45) & Bobby(42) during this time. After military retirement, Robert went to work with the Federal Civil Service as a test engineer for the U.S. Navy, & served on the adjunct faculties of Gulf Coast Community College, the University of West Florida, & the University of Southern California, teaching mathematics & statistics. Marilyn worked in tax accounting. We also had moved to the Florida Gulf Coast in the unincorporated town of Seacrest in South Walton County. The opportunity for early retirement was offered in 1998, so we retired at age 55. This was quite fortuitous as Robert had contracted endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of the heart) at age 50 & had both the mitral & aortic valves replaced along with an aortic aneurysm repair. He has continued to live a very active life. Marilyn has also served as a church pianist & became an "interim" organist 4 years ago. We both play in a bluegrass/gospel group with Robert on the guitar & Marilyn on the hammered dulcimer & Native American flutes. We play for anyone who will feed us. We also enjoy two grandchildren & one great-grandchild. One of Robert's proudest achievements was the introduction of soccer, in the 1980's, to Bay County, FL. Our son had played in California, but could not find a league in Panama City. So, after a lot of red tape & arguments with football boosters, the first youth soccer game was played in PC on a field with potholes & homemade goals. We even had to convince the only two sporting good stores in PC to stock shin guards & soccer shoes (remember, we did not have internet then). The boys have been getting college soccer scholarships for several years now, & last year, the first Bay County girl received a scholarship. We still come back to NC, mainly the mountains - our last parent died in 2007, so we do not visit Charlotte often. Have fun at the reunion - do the shag for us. We went "shagging" & "twisting" just last week!
I reside in Charlotte with my wife Debbie and soon will retire from Supermarket Systems, Inc., a business our Lord enabled us to establish in 1976 to design supermarkets and provide supermarket equipment.
Since becoming a Christian in 1984 when I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior, Debbie and I have been called by our Lord to serve with others in establishing in 2003 a Christian Boarding school in western Kenya for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The school is now home to nearly 500 students! Please check the website www.ggcckenya.com.
Unfortunately I will be unable to participate in this reunion. A few months ago I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and recently began (4) 28 day cycles of chemotherapy in preparation for surgery in December or January.
Dear Bill, don't know why it took so long for me to read this blog but when I did I saw your message. Sorry I didn't make the reunion either due to health problems. Would just hope and pray that you defeated that horrendous disease and that you are back at
I currently live and work in small town Northeast Missouri. I am employed by Northeast Regional Medical Center and practice as an Internist and Geriatrician. Kirksville, where I work is a university town of 17,000 with 5,000 students at highly regarded Truman State University, considered my many as the best buy in the midwest for a liberal arts education. I am active in Rotary and on the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Rotary where I am an Elder. In January I fell deeply in love with Nancy Averall a speech pathologist who manages Northeast Therapy Services, a group of thirty physical, occupational and speech pathologist run by my employer. Nancy was the point guard on the 1976 state champion high school womens basketball team and can out shoot me in free throws any time. We live in her home town of Edina, Missouri pop 1263, 25 miles from Kirksville. She serves as President of the Knox County school board. Knox County has an enrollment of 400 total K - 12. Nancy will not be able to join me in October because it is Alison, her fifteen year old daughter;s birthday and because it is Homecoming at Know County. My address is 406 North Campbell Street, Edina, Missouri 63537. Tel 660-299-0149. I am looking forward to being at the reunion in October.
I am living in Greenville SC and Retired from our company 3 years ago and we just sold our company but my husband Ron is still working with the new people. I have a 38 year old son named Wesley who has my only grandchild name Stalle who is 3 1/2. They live near Hartford Conn. where he was teaching. He has been published in two Journals, one on Sociology and one on The Concept Of Control: Analyzing Social Relations Whthin The Modern Corporation. Now has his Thesis from The University Of Iowa is being taught on how to do a Thesis of Philosophy Degree in Soociology. I an so proud. The thing Ron and I do is Tennis. We also go on Skype to see and talk to my grandchild. She is the light of my life and wish she where closer.
Greetings to all! The last 50 years have not been dull for me! After graduating from Guilford College I joined Holman Moody, the Charlotte-based racing team. Projects in Europe and California followed until Uncle Sam eyed me for service in Vietnam. I enlisted for three years, went to the DOD Information School and graduated as a military broadcaster, journalist and photographer. In Vietnam I served as an editor of publications for the Army’s largest division and spent lots of time documenting events in the field with a camera, tape recorder and pad. Following Vietnam I served as editor of the Corps of Engineers weekly newspaper at Ft. Belvoir, VA.
Back in Charlotte I started as assistant in the City’s Public Service & Information Department, became the director a year later and retired after 27 years of service. It was gratifying to assemble a talented team of graphic artists, PR specialists, web staff and television crew to conduct the internal and external communications programs for Charlotte city government. Along the way I served as official city spokesperson, TV host, crisis communications coordinator, photographer, supervisor and mentor.
In 1997 I retired after working for three city managers, seven mayors and 13 city councils. My new life involved domestic and international consulting for municipalities, counties, associations, businesses and the U.S. State Department. The most gratifying work was in post-communist countries undergoing the transition to democracy. I traveled to Poland, Bulgaria, Albania and Ukraine 25 times working with municipal, regional and central government officials. Today I lecture occasionally at UNCC on my experiences in international public relations.
Memorable moments of my communications career include serving as spokesperson at two commercial air crashes and during Hurricane Hugo; observing and photographing the slaughter in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989; and, being a witness in Kiev’s Revolution Square during the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. And Vietnam, of course, is one big memorable moment.
Ellen Kay vonOhlen and I met while I was in the Army and we have been married for almost 40 years. She is a fiber art designer and national teacher and exhibitor. We have one son, Matthew, who is married and lives in Greensboro with his wife Suzie and daughter Leven. Ellen and I continue to work on our 85 year old house in Myers Park and enjoy the retired life. My interests include photographing old-time mountain musicians and enjoying their music; vegetable gardening; cooking; riding steam trains; and, hiking.
Best to all! Unfortunately I will be out of town and not able to attend the reunion.
Loren Charnley, Jr.
BIO For MPHS 50TH REUNION
Joined the US Air Force after graduation. I had a tour in Germany (where I met my wife in 1965) and a tour in Vietnam. My wife & I were married in 1966. We have 3 children, 1 son & 2 daughters. They are all married & have given us 6 grandchildren! After the Air Force we spent time in Atlanta, GA before moving back to Charlotte to start a career in Information Technology where I am still working full time.
Live in St. Louis. Still married to the same person for 43 years. One son and daughter-in-law and grandson living in Seattle, Wash. and a daughter and son-in-law and grandson and granddaughter living in Colo. Springs, Co. Enjoy volunteering at a local hospital and at out church. Enjoy bowling and have recently had to give up tennis and will be taking up water aerobics. Frank and I enjoy traveling the world. We have had many wonderful experiences through our travels.
My wife Pam & I would love to be at the Mustangs' reunion but we have a family commitment which conflicts.
Looking forward to seeing old friends in October at the reunion.
Judy Shumate Bodley
I hope the reunion will be a great success. I am sorry I will not be present and will look forward to future reports about all of the activities.
I live in St. Louis. Still married to the same person for 43 years. One son and daughter-in-law and grandson living in Seattle, Wash. and a daughter and son-in-law and grandson and granddaughter living in Colo. Springs, Co. Enjoy volunteering at a local hospital and at out church. Enjoy bowling and have recently had to give up tennis and will be taking up water aerobics. Frank and I enjoy traveling the world. We have had many wonderful experiences through our travels.
Mary Louise Robertson Serdy
So sorry that I will be unable to attend.
After 4 years at WC/UNCG, I joined our family business Sharonview Country Club in Charlotte. Back to NYC where I was born, I managed an office for several dental associates. A three month trip to Europe in 1966 resulted in meeting my future husband in Austria. By the way, now forty-three years later we are still together. For a year and a half I worked for ESDAC, the European Space Data Center in Germany. In 1970 my hushand & I moved to Union County, after buying a farm with a hundred year old house, which has seen significant improvemnts over the years & is still our home. In 1981 we started our own business in Monroe serving the textile industry until we retired in 1999. Since then we enjoy even more our farm, gardening, classical concerts, operas. plays, traveling & our second home in Germany. Forty years of snow skiing took us to most of the western US resorts & many in the Alps. Have enjoyed catching up by reading the blogs & matching up names & faces in our yearbook. I am looking forward to our reunion. Vera Stettler Otterstadt
I have tremendously enjoyed reading the blog entries, and looking at the photos of our Mustangs 1961.
When I go to my computer, a favorite place is to check out our class.
Great thanks to you organizers. Heartfelt thanks for your dedication and taking responsibility.
I look forward to getting my annual out, and going through the recent photos and the blog.
ohh, looking forward to the "assist" of nametags !
shirley spratt mitchell
Graduated UNC-CH in '65, married the first time in '64, served in US Navy during VietNam with 2 1/2 years in Japan. Two daughters by this marriage; one in KC and one in Largo FL. Five grandsons so far - looking for a granddaughter! Daughters say my son from my second (and last!) marriage will have to provide that if it is to happen!
Lived in NC, TX, MA, CA, MO, KS and finally settled in CO. Love music still and am still singing, but no R&R performances, only classical with St Louis and Colorado Symphonies, and spiritual, with various churches and temples. Also love the outdoors, having made several extended treks with my brothers and weekly treks with my dogs into the hills of Colorado.
Ran distance from '72 to '03 with several marathons (the first was Charlotte Observer!) but gave it up to avoid knee replacements. Rather be hiking in the mountains!
Maintain interest in science through magazines and internet. Lots of good stuff around here with NREL and NOAA just up the road.
See you all soon!,
Hi, David. So nice to hear about you. Your life sounds interesting. Are your mother or father still living, I lost Dad (Ed) about 20 years ago and Mom (Dot) recently. You and your rode bikes, if I remember-did yhou have a bike shop? Or is my memory faulty as usual? would love to catch up. I just retired and moved to Black Mountain, NC
W-O-W! Fifty years? Can I be that old? And have never been to one of our reunions!
I plan to correct that by being at this one and really look forward to seeing everyone.
Had a long career in sales/mgt for nat'l cos as well as being self-employed several times. Lived in NC, SC, GA, AZ, TX, FL and back to Char. Now in "God's Country" (at least to me!) in Boone/Blowing Rock and enjoying fly fishing for trout as often as possible and doing service work in prisons/jails.
Many thanks to the organizing committee and to Larry Graham for setting up the website. Blogs and photos are great.For me, the 50 years have flown. Graduated from UNC-CH with degree in Journalism, married Charlie Jones 46 years ago, and moved to Greensboro. Charlie went to State, and I met him when I was at St. Mary's.We have three married sons and seven grandchildren ranging in age from five to fourteen. Two of the familes live here in Greensboro with five of the grandchildren. Our youngest son, Robert and wife, Diana, are in Charlotte, and we have a second grader and kindergartner at Selwyn Elementary. Would love to know if anyone else has grandchildren at Selwyn? I started a PR firm in the late '70s and continue to love working. Major account now is a national trade association and I am Executive Director. Get to travel extensively planning meetings, etc.Throughout the years, our family hobby has been sailing, and we keep a boat on the Chesapeake Bay. I play tennis and have taken up watercolor painting in recent years. Quickly discovered the more you learn, the more there is to learn! Here in Greensboro, I'm mainly known as Stella (since Charlie said he couldn't remember two names) so it will be great to be back with a group where I can be Mary Stella. Can't wait to see everybody in a few weeks.
In Canada from 1980 (U.S. Foreign Service, Calgary) Married Darrell Bailie (Now UBC Reverence Librarian) - Vancouver, BC Retired NW Community College (Terrace) 1997 Divide time between Penticton, BC & Vancouver Hobby - Community Theatre See www.manyhatstheatre.com also YouTube for current play Ravenscroft www.youtube.com/manyhatstheatre Regrets for missing the reunion and hope to see some of you when in Charlotte Nov 2012
Margaret Anderson Mathis, better known as "Peggy", was born in Huntington, WV on April 25, 1943. She grew up in Charlotte, NC and attended Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. She taught Ballet and Tap at Henderson's School of Dance and was chosen to dance in Summer Stock Theater, in "Bye Bye Birdie" with stars, Andy Williams and Meredith McRae.
She married James Branson Mathis, Jr. from Atlanta, GA, in 1963 and they have three daughters, Hanna, Lyn and Laura.
Peggy was an active member of the Rachel Caldwell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Greensboro, NC, acting as Regent. She has been a long standing Lifetime Member of the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants, acting as Corresponding Secretary General for eight years. She is the 2nd Vice President General of the Lewis Family Descendants. She is the 5th great granddaughter of Colonel Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, only sister of George Washington. Since retiring to Williamsburg, VA with husband, Jim, she has become a member of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestowne Society.
Peggy and Jim are active in the lives of their three daughters and four grandchildren, teen sitting them and going to their Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Baseball games. Peggy has special love for their two dogs, two cats and swimming with Dolphins in the Florida Keys and Virgin Islands, all of which keep her active and inspired.
Prepared by her husband, Jim
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion. Having lived on the West Coast for a number of years, we missed all the prior MPHS gatherings. My life has been wonderfully blessed, but really bland and boring compared with some of the things I have been reading about many of you. After graduating from Carolina, I taught school in Virginia Beach where I met a young Navy officer from Greensboro. Andy and I have been married for over 43 years and have one son Andrew IV. Many fabulous years were spent living in Newport Beach, California, but business brought us back to N.C. Andy is a retired furniture guy who is now working with the Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill (he’s very close to hitting the golf course full time). I hung up my tournament tennis racket a long time ago, and a bum shoulder took me off the golf course. Even though I have been relegated to being only a spectator in sports, I have not lost my enthusiasm, especially for the Tar Heels. You can find us in attendance at all the home football and basketball games, but getting older and traveling to all those late night games is not getting any easier. Another passion over the years has been volunteering in the community and serving in leadership on non-profit boards, some of which are United Way, Junior League, Children’s Home, GSO Symphony, Discovery Museum, New Directions, the Volunteer Center. Often, the weekly time commitment has been greater than that of a “regular” job, and the pay is definitely not as good! However, I’ve met many wonderful people and hope we have helped make a difference in people’s lives. Many thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to put this weekend together. I know it takes a lot of effort and coordination and I really do appreciate it. See you at the Friday night barbeque.
Thanks to the committee for your time and effort putting this together.I know it will be a great weekend.I married Bruce Griffin from Monroe.We have 3 great kids Mike(Tammie),Missy(Ingram Walters)and Macon(Rhonda)and 8 amazing grandchildren: Wells and Altman; Erin,Griffin and Will Walters; Savannah,Sullivan and Stowe.Oh the Joy!!! I enjoy playing tennis,cooking and sitting in the bleachers cheering on the home team.When we're not in Monroe we are at OIB...I am indeed "Lucky Enough".
After Myers Park, I went to Converse College for 2 years, then transferred to The University of South Carolina. There I met my husband, Mike Quinn, who is an attorney. We have lived in Columbia, S.C for our 46 years of marriage! We have two daughters (one a lawyer and the other an art gallery owner in Atlanta ) and one son (another lawyer}. All married, and 6 fabulous grandchildren. They rule!
Over these 50 years, life has been good to me. My cup has been 3/4 full, and I can’t remember the other 1/4. The only thing that upsets me in getting older is that I can’t see as well as I use to. I still love outdoors and animals. Always have had dogs and many other critters along the way from a horse, cats, bunnies, birds, fish etc. Love the beach but have not had a bathing suit on for 5+ years. Am an ok cook of simple foods ... my favorite foods are potato chips and ice cream ... and drink of choice is ice tea or red wine. Love my home, but am not a very good house keeper... won’t throw anything away (I call it creative clutter). However to “purge” is on my Bucket List and also a trip to Africa. I am a part time professional artist ... and a struggling golfer. I really treasure all my neat new friends, but can’t wait to see all my golden friends that have meant so much to me looking back through these years.
I’ve enjoyed your bios so I’ll join in. The most important thing in my zigzag life has been connections with many different people. All of you guys whom I knew and loved/love. Last month Frannie suddenly showing up at my old empty house the minute I was driving away for good; 1990s visiting Betsy who had a cat that sounded like a duck; 1950s 2 Peggy’s, I wrecked 1 boathouse, I won the Big Mouth contest--barely; et al. Sound bites: NY anti-Nam parade, Black Panther trial (I lied about my Action: I was tear gassed exiting a French film); a vet X-lover who used to remove his 3 false teeth each time we entered an Iowa City bar; AIDS snatching my 2 best friends (I’m still grieving); former grad students as hilariously neurotic as me; former mentors holding forth in their 80s at the retirement community: someday me/us?? I’ve gradually had to deal with chronic health problems (fibromyalgia, fatigue, chemical sensitivities) and my mother is dying, which are the reasons I can’t come to the reunion. I’ll miss seeing you very much.
Like many of us I
shortened my name to Kip when I left MPHS. I still can't spell after all these years but here goes. As the result of a clerical error in the admissions office I was admitted to Chapel Hill. My family says that the best 4 years of my life was my Freshman year at UNC. In prusuit of good basketball I went on to grad school at Kansas University. I left before my Phd. as the draft board gave me a choice of teaching or visiting lovely SE Asia. I joined the faculty of what is now know as The State University of West Georgia where I taught Chinese history. Trying to find an honest job I then went to work for the Research Triangle Institute in Durham. In the end I joined the family textile business where I still work. I am still working because a couple of years ago I spent 2 months in the Gobi Desert in western China looking at Buddhist paintings. When I came out on the Pakistan, Afganastan border my 401 was a 201. I have been married 3 times, no kids but 4 stepchildren and 4 grandkids whom I adore. My wife Cindy and I travel a lot and are looking forward to the reunion.
50 years a long time, after MPHS,College,Marriage (Sally Creegan, Charlotte Catholic 1962), still married 46 years) 2 children, 5 grandchildren, jobs, business owner, sold business 2000,someone wanted it worst than me, retired, live in Columbia SC and Myrtle Beach, does anyone remember Mothers Days weekends at MB. Sorry to miss the reunion-I know everyone will have a great time.
Do you remember Jimmy Lefew?
He ranked among the top of our class academically, but did not live to be graduated with us.
He was killed when someone hit the bike he was riding, delivering newspapers. I went to his home:
a modest, white, 2 story, 4 plex on Ideal Way. I remember his grieving family, especially his father.
Pat Munroe was killed in a horrific accident in the Spring of 1963. Lyn McGarity, MPHS 59, was also among the 4 in the car, all killed. No alcohol. Town House and then Randolph Road, I think. I rememberd Pat's father had died when she was a young girl. She, her mother and sister lived in a big house on Roswell.
Mebane McDonald. Her mother died, slowly, when we were in 7th or 8th grade. I remember going to her funeral at Myers Park Presbyterian Church with Carolyn Spoon. The dogwoods were in bloom.
Nancy Willard. Her brother died in Viet Nam.
Haynes Walker, she was in our wedding. Her infant son died on the operating table.
Betsy Benoit's young son died.
Why are we still living?
Charlie ("Chuck," formerly, and I met when I had just turned 16, he was a freshman at Davidson, from San Francisco no less, though he was born in Atlanta) and I moved to West Germany only 25 years after the end of WWII, 1970. That was not long after. East Berlin was still full of ruins.
The Cold War was going on. We, the "dependents," were to keep our cars gassed up, and we were to head to the coast of France if the Russians came!
And, this was "serious!" We of the United States were very "put down" by the Europeans. View Nam was going on.
We were in Nuremberg, Hitler's rally town, and seat of the Nuremberg Trials.....there were no signs to any of these areas. (Now, Nuremberg has embraced her past. Fascinating museum in the unfinished Congress Hall, all modern with glass and metal within the ruins, and fabulous photos and films....choose the language for your headphones.)
Later, we were in Frankfurt, and later again, in Stuttgart. 11-12 years in all. Additionally our older daughter's husband has already been in Germany, 2 tours, over 10 years now. So we have kept the European "contact."
Consequently, we have an unusually keen interest in WW2, European history, etc.
So, we of MPHS 61 were born during the war.
My mother spoke of the black out curtains in her room at Charlotte Memorial. Why were our fathers at home!? (O:
And whose fathers died in that war?
I only know of Cynthia Blythe's. Did you know that her father, an army engineer, died in the Pacific?
He never saw his beautiful, vivacious, gifted, giving, daughter. Her mother reared Cynthia alone.
I am sure many of you have many others you remember, and know about. But my life has been very touched by the deaths of Mebane's mother,
Jimmy Lefew, Pat Munroe, Nancy's brother, Cynthia's father....the sons of classmates.....
Ann Morrison's and my first cousin, Charlie Spratt died several years ago.
I remember when Frances Pierce's father, Grainger, died. I think our senior year. I think I remember John Thomas walking across the campus with Frances. My father said Grainger Pierce was the finest lawyer there was.
I loved Judy Adam's father, my pediatrician, Dr. Adams. I happened to be in Charlotte for his funeral. Cynthia drove me. Judy's mother had on yellow! I think she must have known the God Who Lives, and she dressed to show her hope!
So, striking points as I think of my own past.
World events that stand out, watching atomic bomb "practices." Sputnik! Oh, I thought the United States was lost!!! The Russians had beat us!
(I must add, my father was early to own a TV. My dad bought one in 1947 or 48 so he could watch the Boston Red Sox play in the World Series! He did live to see them finally win 2 World Series. )
The killing of John Kennedy in 1963. I was at Vassar, and Jackie had gone to Vassar. Vassar had no TVs, so rented some for us, and we watched in shock as Jack Ruby was killed.
Then, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy.
Then, more or less peaceful years. Yes, I am aware as Charlie was active duty army. Then, the Gulf War, 1991. We were at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA, and that class, with one exception, was "frozen" and could not go.
From my perspective, one thing that came from that war, and the televising of it, was a respect for our military that had simply not existed during Charlie's career. (He did not retire until 1995.) For the first time, TV viewers realized it took brains and guts to be a soldier. (I will add, my opinion now, and do remember the military only carries out what it is ordered by our President or Congress, to do....
I think we should be out of Iraq, Afghanistan. I thought we should be out of Germany when we first moved there, 1970. However, "the strongest defense is a good offense." At this time, our military has far too many demands on it, stretching it way too thin. I know. Our two sons-in-law are active duty army (judge) and air force(pilot).
Alas, not all of my previous writing came through.
Perhaps there is a word cut-off. And, I have no copy of what I wrote.
I went on to write about being at the river this week. (Wasn't named Wylie til around 1958. Old timers call it "The River.")
The beauty, the quiet. Sitting on the screened porch, our annual in hand. Remembering my favorite teachers, Miss Moore, Miss Whitley, Mrs. Cox, Mr. Matus.
The irony, reading about our great boys swimming team, who practiced at Queens College, no less!
It was "just the way it was" with most all the sports.
Nothing comparable for the girls.
I was interested to read of many of you in Latin Club! My, that must have been fun. And many of you, musical--band, orchestra, choir.
I also wrote of Psalm 19, reference the beauty of the sky I see at the river, and wrote of my strong attraction to Bible Prophecy.
Israel's God tells the future before it happens!
A hugely significant event in recent times: the return of the Jews to their land, and as a nation, after 2000 years. Yes, as yet, mostly they are secular, "cultural" Jews. (Just as many of us are/have been "cultural" believers.) Jerusalem is the center of the world! "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." Peace? the definition: Romans 5:1.
We ignore the Bible at our peril. We are going to die. Then what? "You" will go on....like the revolving door of the beautiful, old, downtown S&W...alive in the flesh on this side, alive in the spirit on that side....eventually to be given a new body....destination?.....Not difficult for the One Who spoke into being all we see and behold...spoke it, out of nothing! And Who is that Word? that speech?
Revelation ch 20 speaks of the Great White Throne Judgement. Who is being judged? Choices are made in this life. The bride, ch 19, is not judged, as Someone took "it" for her.......
"What must we do, to do the work of God?"
"The work of God is this, to believe the One He has sent." John 6:28-29. It is a gift. We just take the gift! John 1:12.
It is a beautiful fall day here in Montreat.
Looking forward to being in your presence next weekend. Plan to bring my 1949 Dilworth Methodist Church Kindergarten photo, and my 1950, Miss Blair's first grade photo, maybe also a May Day? many of you are in these photos.
Yes, I do remember Jimmy Lefew very well.I was one of those who went to MP Elementary, then to Sedgefield Junior High, & back to MP for high school. Jimmy was at Sedgefield. Many afternoons, he would stay to help me with Ms. Whitley's algebra & then walk me to my mother's car who would be waiting to take me home. He would always have a kind word to say to my Mom.(Some of you may not have known that Ethel Whitley was at Sedgefield prior to transferring to MP) Thank you for remembering Jimmy in this reunion. Ironically, my Mom was killed on the way home from the dentist by a drunk driver in 1984.
Shirley, it was interesting about your photos that you plan to bring. I found all of my MP Elementary (grades 1-6) class photos.Yes, many of you are in these. What cute children we were!
It is a beautiful day on the Gulf Coast, also. When we lived in Colorado Springs, I began every morning by looking out my kitchen window at Pikes Peak & its awesome beauty. I will spend my day today with children, grands & great at Camp Helen, a FL state park. I hope that all of you are enjoying your Fall, no matter where you are.
I have been blessed with a wonderful wife for 41 years and have two wonderful kids…Ashley 34 and Chris 31…no grandchildren. I spent all my life with a company that we started back in the 60’s in Charlotte called Fletcher-Barnhardt and White, Inc. in the Sales Promotion Advertising business. My two partners were Jack Barnhardt and Mac Fletcher. I grew up with Jack in Charlotte, and he was in the class of 1958 and Mac Fletcher was a fraternity brother of Jack’s at Georgia Tech is how we got together. It was a great career which I thoroughly enjoyed and could not imagine doing anything different. We sold the company in 1995 after my wreck in China in 1994, and I was fortunate to live after breaking over 41 bones and 65 hours of reconstructive surgery…I guess my Lord just didn’t want me at that time. Two of us were killed and one was my friend and partner Mac Fletcher. I retired 7 years ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed my retirement…I could not imagine having to go back to work but if this economy doesn’t pick up, I might be a greeter at Wal-Mart! Gay and I enjoy traveling and we have a place in the mountains at Grandfather Golf and Country Club that we spend our summers there…there are a lot of Charlotte Folks up here. I love to play golf but had back surgery this past spring which put a dent into my game. As a friend of mine said, White your game was so bad before the surgery, the only way it can go is up??? I also do a lot of volunteer work with Hospice and my church which keeps me busy. I am presently battling cancer and I have been at Duke for two years with a clinical trial and Lupron Shots to try to contain the cancer which has moved to my spine. I plan on beating it and enjoy my life each day. Look forward to seeing everyone next Friday.
Retired three years. Wife teaches at USC Education Dept. We adopted two brothers from Siberia 17 years ago. They are now 19 and 20. We have a grand son 6 months old. We have traveled extensively with our sons over the years and continue traveling through out the year. We will retire to Tarpon Springs, Fl in two years.
Graduated from Converse College with degree in Biology. Married John Crosby, move 8 times in 9 years while he was in the military and with Exxon. Settled in Tallahassee, Fl., Later went our separate ways, returned to Charlotte, earned a computer science degree, worked in Information Technology for 25 yrs writing accounting and distribution software with various companies (McDevitt & Street, Washburn Graphics, IBM, Belk). Was single for 15 years, enjoyed adventure travel to Iceland, Galapagos Islands, Copper Canyon in Mexico, llama trekking, and helicopter hiking in Canada. Retired, met and married Ivan in 2006. You never know what is next in your life! We spend much of the summer at Caswell Beach NC, in spring and fall we take trips to Florida to visit my daughter who lives in a group home in Tallahassee, or take trips to the Caribbean. When we are home you can find us taking dance lessons or dancing (ballroom, shagging, swing, clogging) somewhere 2-3 nights a week.
I am grateful to be included in the Class of '61 reunion. Moving from Charlotte after the eighth grade was one of the traumatic experiences of my youth. Thank you for including me with the class. I was afraid that when my family moved from Charlotte to High Point after the eighth grade, I had lost the privilege of being part of the group. After living in New York City from 1965 to 1970 I have been in San Francisco, working as a psychiatrist since 1973. I have two children: Rachel, age 32, and Andrew, age 30, both of whom live and work (Whew!) in the Bay Area. Divorced after twenty-five years of marriage, for the past ten years I have been living with my partner, Nina. For fun I sing, play the cello, and try to stay in shape (That's fun?). It will be wonderful to see friends and acquaintances from years ago.
We attended the same schools for 5 years, but our paths didn't cross until 2nd semester of our senior year at Myers Park, in Miss Whitley's trigonometry class. After dating long-distance through college, Charles at NC State and Nancy at USC, we married right after graduation, spent 3 years in France and Germany courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, then settled in Charlotte. Nancy worked at a counseling center for a few years, but family, church, and related activities have consumed most of her time. Charles spent 35 years with Duke Energy and Duke/Fluor Daniel and 5 years with Shaw, designing power plants across the U.S. and around the world. Now retired, he is still active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Our house overlooks the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, and, many mornings, you will find us out there putting in the miles. Charles rode his bicycle to school at Myers Park, and continues to use one as an alternative means of transportation. Living with the greenway in our backyard makes that easy. We love it! Other things we enjoy are hiking, bird-watching, and family vacations at the beach and in Maine.
From 1997 until 2008, we were on call as sitters for our oldest grandson, who has high-functioning autism, and his brother. Ethan has matured in many ways and is thriving at the Dominion School for Autism in Richmond, where his family now lives, so we are finding other ways to occupy our time. Most of our volunteer work is through our church, Avondale Presbyterian, in areas such as Uptown Meal Ministry, Room in the Inn, work camps, Freedom School, and, starting this fall, tutoring at Sedgefield Middle School. Both of us also help Nancy's 98-year-old mother with transportation and other needs, and try to minimize our impact on this beautiful planet.
With our daughter, son-in-law and their boys (14 and 11) living in Richmond, and our son, daughter-in-law and their family (daughter, 3, and son, 17 months) in Roanoke, if we aren't in Charlotte, we are, most likely, in Virginia. We have missed all of the reunions since the 10th, and are looking forward to seeing everyone!
I, too, am glad we are remembering Jimmy Lefew, even though he didn't live long enough to attend MPHS with us. He was both brilliant and kind. The memorial list is too long. Nick Hobbie - shot down in Vietnam. Loch Walker - attacked and killed while walking down the street, going home from work. Car wrecks, cancer.
But, I have enjoyed reading all of your posts, and will try to remember some things for Friday and Saturday nights!
Honestly, I don't feel old enough to be coming to a 50th high school reunion; cannot believe it has been this long!!....After MPHS, four great years at Salem College (BA in history and an elem. teaching certificate), and then, after teaching 2 years (Mr. O.J. Parrish was my school principal, remember him from MP Jr. High?), got a Masters Degree at UNC/Chapel Hill. In 1969 I started a job in Richmond, Va., at Medical College of Virginia as head teacher for the hospital's school program for long-term pediatric patients. Richmond, where I met my banker husband of 39 years, Garnett Hall, Jr., has been home ever since. We have 2 sons, Garnett III and Harrison, a lovely daughter-in-law, Liza, and 2 precious grandsons, 5 1/2 and 2 1/2. We feel very lucky to have them all in Richmond.
After our sons were in elem. school, for 5 years I had a wonderful and interesting job teaching English as a Second Language to Cambodian refugee children. My opportunity to teach these remarkable children was an experience that was enriching for my whole family.
After deciding to take a break from teaching, in 1989, I began an unexpected and really accidental career in real estate that has been loads of hard work and loads of fun! I have loved it! Twenty-two years and counting...not ready to retire yet. Hannah Bradford Owen and David have been among my clients, and it is really the people, clients and colleagues, who have made this job so special for me.
Martie Ross and I reconnected at a Salem reunion 18 mos. ago, and we have lunch every month. Jennie Moore and I attend the same church, and I see Hannah often. My older son is godfather to one of Hannah and David's grandsons. Life is full of circles.
Richmond is a wonderful place to live, but my heart is a Tar Heel heart and always will be.
Looking forward to next weekend. Many thanks to those who have worked so hard on the reunion!
A quickie for those of you I want to talk to but will not be able to....
After graduation from Virginia Tech I went to work in DC for the Feds. Tired of that way before I left but did leave 4 years later to seek my fortune. I found it in the wonderful girl I met and married 9 months later, 43 years ago. Then I got into the construction industry.
Unsuccessful in business but successful in racing sailboats on the Chesapeake. Didn't pay much so we (wife and dog) moved to Nashville TN to develop a 400 acre horse farm. It still thrives today as Maryland Farms, for those of you in that area.
In 1980 we (wife, dog, 3 kids) moved to North Alabama where I was hired to run a construction business. Three years later we (wife, dog, cat, 3.9 kids) moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I started my own construction business which continues on today. Now one of those aforementioned kids is a Vice President for me and her husband is running another little operation I started when things got too routine.
About the only thing out of the box we (wife, dogs, 4 kids) ever did was take a year off and circumnavigate the eastern US by boat about 13 years ago. At the completition of that trip we (wife, dogs and 1 kid) moved to Florida to enjoy boating year-round.
I continue to work because I don't have to work all that hard anymore and, besides, I enjoy it. Life has been much better than I deserved, but no apologies. I look forward to seeing those I can and will miss those I won't see. I do have two children who have settled in NC so I get to be a Tar Heel with some regularity. I suppose it is a result of all those years of passing through on I-95 when I announced to the family that we had entered/left God's Country.
Hi to all you Mustangs! 50 years. Wow! After graduation, I attended Woman’s College for one year. During the summer after that first year, I decided I would rather attend business school. I went to King’s College in Charlotte, graduating in 1963. I married Bob Nuttall, MP Class of 1958, in February 1964. We first lived in Columbia, SC, where Bob finished out his two-year stint with Uncle Same at Fort Jackson. We moved to Atlanta, then to New York. Bob was a chemical salesman, and I commuted to the City. I spent the night of the huge blackout (November 1965) in my commuter train under Grand Central Station. Our train was scheduled to leave the station at 5:28 p.m. The blackout occurred about 3 minutes before that. Then Bob was transferred to Syracuse, NY, where 2 of our 3 sons were born (July 22, 1966 and October 20, 1967). Our 3rd son was born April 10, 1969. Bob changed jobs and the family moved to Houston, TX. We lived 2 miles from the NASA complex when the US landed on the moon! We lived in Charlotte from 1965 to 1981, during which time Bob went into commercial real estate and formed his own company, Nuttall Associates. He specialized in commercial real estate leasing and management, one of the first to do so in Charlotte. We moved to Mt Pleasant, SC in 1981. All 3 boys attended the Citadel summer camp for 5 summers and all graduated from the Citadel – Class of 1988, 1990, and 1991. All 3 boys were in Band Company (their father’s company when he was a cadet). He presented the diplomas to all 3 boys at each of their graduations – you think he was a proud papa!?!? I started working with Bob in his real estate business and did so until he retired. I am now working with our oldest son’s real estate company doing all of his property and corporate accounting. I also do accounting work for several local charities gratis. Our other two sons work together with Lowcountry Volkswagon. Eddie (youngest son) is GM. No 2 Son, Bill, was in the pipe band at The Citadel, is in the Charleston Police Pipe Band, and continues to play pipes at weddings, funerals, birthday parties, etc. All 3 boys are married to wonderful gals, and they have blessed us with 7 grandchildren – 4 girls and 3 boys, ranging in age from 16 to 3. They all live in Mt Pleasant, so we don’t have to go very far to see everyone. Bob has a God-given musical talent – he can play several instruments and has a wonderful singing voice. He is a member of the Charleston Men’s Chorus, which gives 3 performances a year – proceeds from their concerts are used to award 2 or 3 scholarships to deserving vocal students at local colleges. He is involved in several civic organizations, and we are both involved with our church – St. Philip’s – in downtown Charleston. Bob is currently Senior Warden of the Vestry and I work with the Altar Guild and Wedding Guild. We love to train! Bob and I have trained across the US and Canada – AmTrak’s California Zephyr , the Coast Starlight, the Canadian VIA. We have taken the Rocky Mountaineer rail tour, and we have done the Royal Canadian Pacific vintage luxury rail tour through the Canadian Rockies. I play tennis twice a week and bridge twice a month. I love to read, do needlework, watch tennis on TV, lunch with friends, and paint. I am self-taught and dabble in watercolor and acrylics. And, of course, we both love to do things with our boys and their families. I am looking forward to the reunion and catching up with all of you!
How heartwarming to read about all of you and your amazingly interesting lives!Thank you,Committee, for your persistence in finding us & your energy & vision in bringing us together.
Being committed to the highest quality of our next stage of life,I offer an scientifically evidence-based seminar on "Conversations Between the Generations" for us midlifers, our parents & children.I'll bring some handouts for any who may want a comprehensive guide to creating our most exciting, healthiest, satisfying stage yet.
Love to you all, Caroline
To say that I am excited to see and connect with you again is a huge understatement!! It is raining in Charlotte – but (no worries) not for long!!
Picture me stopped at the intersection of Selwyn and Queens Road and eagerly waiting for your paths to intersect. Today, in quiet reflection, it seems to me that Life is like driving a car. As we move along familiar roads and unmapped routes, we keep one eye on the road ahead and the other on the rear view mirror.
When I look in the rear view mirror of my life, I see your faces distinctly and those of our gifted Sedgefield and Myers Park teachers, especially Eunice Hickman (homeroom advisor and biology) and Winnie Moore (Biology I and II). I think about how they instilled a love of biology, an enthusiasm for life -- and the mentors who entered my life at UNCG and the University of Pennsylvania. All exuded an appreciation of details and the life processes at all levels – and the relationship among all living organisms and our Creator.
When I began my non-profit path in the 1970s, my mother often would ask, “How does working with students at risk of school failure relate to all those biology courses and labs you took?” I have thought about that question and feel that it’s all a process of transformation through relationships and the awareness of how the environment, both physical and spiritual, determines our effectiveness in this world and perhaps, the next. Helping to initiate and sustain the local Communities In Schools organization for 23 years taught many lessons. (Classmate Fay Grasty was a part of the effort in the early years!) Seeing children empowered to finish high school and beyond, has given me hope and faith in the power of caring and connections.
Now in “retirement” the beat goes on . . . and life’s traffic circle loops again. The volunteer and non-profit experience has intersected with biology again and “sprouted” (forgive me) a passion for school/community gardens, better school lunches, local food sustainability for our region and in impoverished countries like Africa and Haiti. . . .. let’s talk more!
Along this road I have been blessed by marriage to Tom Marshall for 46 years and two children and 3 grandchildren. Tom and I received a caring, super start on our wedding day with Malinda Lobdell, Joann Elliot, David Pfohl and Douglas Caldwell as part of the wedding party – and overjoyed that 3 of the 4 will be here this weekend!! SEE YOU SOON!!!
Hi Fellow '61 Classmates,
Pam & I (married 36 years ago in England) can't wait to see you all on the 14th & 15th.
Should be a super reunion with so many classmates returning. And thanks so much to everyone involved with the superb job of organizing the events!
Cheers for now,
Just did this on another page.
But Again. Dear Classmates,
I’ll open with an apology to my English teachers. Little did I know that my working life would be writing memos and summary documents to members of a lending Board instead of playing with greasy cars. I’m expecting some 7(a)’s & 13 (c)’s from the English staff…! Anyway, I’ve learned that my Myers Park education has stood the test of time and I’m often appalled at the current level of graduates that ask me to read their business plans and resumes. Turns out, my Myers Park education was first rate.
After graduation, I attended Clemson University for 3-years in mechanical engineering, 4-years in the Air Force in aircraft electronics and returned to college in 1968 for 3-more years at UNC-Charlotte and graduated with a business degree. I joined American Bank & Trust in 1971 and worked in the Hickory Grove and Pineville offices. In 1976, I took a job with Spartanburg Bank and Trust to run their Hearon Circle branch. A few years later I opened their new office in Inman, SC and then transferred to the marketing desk at the main office in Spartanburg and then to the commercial lending desk. This was merger time and Spartanburg B&T became Bankers Trust, which became NCNB, which became Bank of America. I took a job with a savings & loan in Sumter, SC in 1986 and rejoined banking in 1987. I stayed with National Bank of SC (NBSC, now Synovus Bank) until 1996 and then became the Development Banking Director for Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments-where I continue today. We provide advantaged financing to businesses looking for a little more leverage that can save or create more jobs.
After Air Force training, I was stationed in Savannah, Ga. at Hunter Air Field (now Hunter Army Air Field) working for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the “Hurricane Hunters”. You hear of them every time a hurricane is scouted for the weather channel on national TV.
I met Jeannette Elizabeth Sims of Isle of Hope, Savannah Ga. in 1966 and married her in 1967. I had already been stationed (PCS) with the squadron to Ramey AFB near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. This is close to the Arecibo radio observation site and the City of Mayaguez. Jeannette followed (with our 1st dog, Pierre, a miniature black poodle). Ramey AFB is on the Northwestern corner of Puerto Rico and Jobo’s (Hobo’s) beach was an every day occurrence. During a snorkeling outing, Pierre taught me that dogs could actually swim underwater-scared me to death-but he didn’t like sitting on the beach without us.
After discharge in 1968, we moved back to Charlotte and both went to UNC. Jeannette graduated with an English degree and teaching credentials. She began teaching at Lansdowne Elementary and retired many years later from the SC school system. She returned to her roots and bought a home on Wilmington Island, Savannah, Ga. and is often “back at the beach”, about 10-12 minutes to Tybee-where she has established icon status. I can’t go yet-still working in Sumter and still enjoying it.
Along the way, we experienced a number of ectopic pregnancies and our wonderful Doctor in Spartanburg did his very best to solve the problem. But we eventually gave up, just you & me babe. About 20 years into marriage, now this is a little weird, Jeannette was late and we ignored it, knowing it wasn’t possible, but after 2-3 months, it was time to figure out what the matter was. Dr. Harold Rubel went ecstatic and claimed no responsibility. “This was the hand of god”, he said. So, on October 25, 1984, Walter Massey Dunlap IV was born. I have to admit, that was a big deal and the Grandparents thought so too. Never happened again so I give God credit for knowing my limits in raising kids. Walter IV graduated from Wilson Hall School in Sumter, and The Citadel in Charleston with a business degree. While at the Citadel, he met a wonderful girl studying pre-pharmacy. They both finished in 3 ½ years, Walter at the Citadel and Gretchen at College of Charleston. Gretchen went on to MUSC in Pharmacy and graduated with her class. They plan on marriage next October, but have moved from Johns Island to her home ground in Pointe Clear-Fairhope, Alabama. Walter IV is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch and Gretchen is the lead pharmacist with a wholesale compounding pharmacy nearby. It’s a long way from here to there and we miss them both.
I think our Myers Park group of 3-amigos may still hold the undisputed flat tire record from Selwyn Avenue to Windy Hill Beach. That would be 5-flats, 1-way. Dang! The plan was to join Momma Dunlap in Windy Hill for some sun & fun. Schedules finally came together late in the afternoon and we departed. We is (sic) Ken Bozeman & his coral & black 1955 Plymouth, Jack Baker and yours truly, Walter Dunlap. Being of meager means, we all knew that our pool of tires was
I have enjoyed reading blogs and wish I could share Reunion weekend with you. Shirley Spratt should have been our Class Historian. Visited her when both in CA in 70's. I would have been in DMC kindergarten picture had I not lived on same street (Buchanan) as Catholic curch and school. Thanks to Tommy and Cynthia for reconnecting. Hope to see Jo when she visits. Would like to hear from Gail--kept in touch for awhile via Christmas cards.
Who could have predicted events since 1961? Learning of JFK assassination from my bio prof at Carleton. Miss Moore, he and then Herb Wagner at U of M my mentors. Civil Rights movement--being asked to leave WM Faulkner's home Oxford MS when I was with MN Methodist Movement group on spring break from Carleton in 1965 and Rust College students. Not aware turmiol Democratic Convention '68 when driving back to Ann Arbor fron NJ Pine Barrens. Attending service ST Thomas Church 5th Ave for signing Paris Peace Accord (thanks to those of you who served in Vietnam). Marriage took me to CA and divorce back to NC to complete my PhD at NCSU. Among 800,000 Nuclear Freeze March 1982 NYC. Little did I know when I completed degree in 1983 my body would become my first priority. Hiking on Mt Kenya after first of manay knee surgeries. Job as Office Mamager NC Academy Science has allowed me to be involved with science research and education. Most rewarding has been as Guardian ad Litem (Court Advocate) for abused and/or neglected children (24) Wake Co. Also volunteer for Wake Co Habitat for Humanity and Central Food Bank NC. Enjoy Carolina Ballet and events JC Raulston Arboretum. Do visit if in Raleigh. Have power chair and converted Honda Element.
How could I forgot events last decade?--9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, famines and turmoil in much of Africa.
Let each of us remember we are all part of the journey of Life.
Have loved checking back again and again to read classmates' contributions to the blog! Hope it will continue after the reunion for those of us who can't come, filling us in on all the details of the weekend and the You-Haven't-Changed-A-Bits!
P.S. I'd like to join the others who have said that having attended Myers Park was a big advantage in college prep and life prep as well. Many thanks to the special teachers who variously led, drove, and/or inspired us. I especially remember Miss Sifford and Mrs. Long.
I think our Myers Park group of 3-amigos may still hold the undisputed flat tire record from Selwyn Avenue to Windy Hill Beach. That would be 5-flats, 1-way. Dang! The plan was to join Momma Dunlap in Windy Hill for some sun & fun. Schedules finally came together late in the afternoon and we departed. We is (sic) Ken Bozeman & his coral & black 1955 Plymouth, Jack Baker and yours truly, Walter Dunlap. Being of meager means, we all knew that our pool of tires was questionable. No problem, Jack’s 1951 Ford had the same rims as Ken’s ’55 Plymouth. So we headed for Windy Hill with 3-guys and 6-tires. Several flats later, we were approaching Conway when another tire went down. Lost my count, but I think that was flat #4. (Yeh, we were doing flat repairs along the way until now). Getting’ a little desperate now…. A really nice Highway Patrolman stopped to visit and offered to take Ken and Jack back to the last garage we passed to repair one of the flat spares. I stayed behind to move the car away from the highway and do the jack & unbolt thing until my partners returned. Which they did. Problem! The best spare they took had a substantial tear in the carcass and no repair boot at the garage. Innovators that we all were, they found a suitably sized piece of plywood to put into the carcass, patched the tube, pumped it up (it held air) and made it back to the car. In a short time, we were “on the road again” but I don’t think Willie Nelson had done his song yet and we were on the way to Conway and Windy Hill. That tire held. It must have been a sight. The plywood tire was on the right front and it was bouncing mightily. I think the wheel was making 2-revolutions for every bounce and the sweet spot seemed to be around 40 miles per hour. Inside the car, 3-guys were ALL sitting against the left side doors-taking the weight off the plywood tire you see. We rolled into Windy Hill just about dark and Momma Dunlap did her thing with food and amazement at our tale. Knowing we were on thin tires, we headed for Myrtle Beach to make some repairs. Low & behold, 5th flat, downtown MB, almost across from Mammies restaurant. And we pulled over. Just within sight, we could see a closed taxi stand-and piles of discarded tires. Eureka! Tires! Are we lucky or what! In a relative flash, there were 3-guys sorting maypops into black walls (reject) and white walls (pick the best). These were wonderful tires. Can’t imagine why someone would discard tires when you could still see tread. It wasn’t long until the police stopped by to ask us why we were strolling down the street rolling 2-carcusses and 2-flat tires. Well hey, we had 2-flats to fix for that pink & black Plymouth back there. He let us continue on and after getting repairs; we rolled back to the car and gratefully, had no further tire stories. It’s got to be an unbeatable record. For more details, you’re going to have to talk to Ken-he’s always the troublemaker. See you Friday. Regards, Walter III, Jeannette and Walter IV (& Soon-to-be-Daughter we never had, Gretchen)
After graduating from Myers Park (to the amazement of not a few of the faculty familiar with me), I continued my aimless drifting into Carolina (BA Eng.Lit.), tried graduate school (MA Eng. Lit.), got married , and stayed married (Toni Mayfield). After realizing I wasn't meant to be an English scholar I stumbled into into a teaching job at UNC Wilmington. I taught for 9 years and then tried life in the fast lane with two small daughters and a wife by opening a very small business, the Frame Works. When I got the teaching job, I didn't even know where Wilmington was, but after 9 years my inclination toward inertia pretty much grounded me here. I've lived here going on 44 years and in my current house 27 years. I'm now saddled with several businesses, the Frame Works, Frame Outlet, and Digital Imaging not to mention a cabinet making shop. Toni and I have two grandsons (a third on the way) and a granddaughter, destined to be a princess as the only girl among the cousins.
I've maintained my passion for motorcycles from high school and college (I was an original member of the Hills Angels in, where else, Chapel Hill) and have added BBQ and boats, first sail boats (6) and now in keeping with my age a power boat. I still have two motorcycles in the garage which my wife and doctor have warned me not even to think about ridding. I nevertheless think about it frequently, but since I've had the same wife for 44 years and doctor for 40 and want to keep them, I'm staying off. So far. I consider these passions reasonable and common. My passion for Carolina football and basketball and women's soccer on the other hand...
Of course I remember Jimmy LeFew; He sat next to me in homeroom the year he died. As did Shirley, I went to his house after the accident. I'm pretty sure that was my first experience with real grief that visit. I can't believe that happened in Jr. High; I thought we were older. Oddly, I've never forgotten about that accident, but I'd forgotten Jimmy's name, and a great deal else, until I read Shirley's post.
I missed the Vietnam war (I don't know if I was fortunate or not). As a sole surviving son I wasn't under the jurisdiction of the draft. I was probably 4f anyway, deaf in one ear. I have nothing but admiration for everyone who did go. We might have lost that battle but it was a Pyrrhic victory and we won the war with communism.
I can't help but be impressed at how successful and fruitful the lives of my classmates from Myers Park have been. I'm proud to have been associated with you, even if in a minor way. Unlike what seems be the vast majority of you, I don't like traveling (unless I'm in my boat) and do it grudgingly, but I'm looking forward to driving to Charlotte for the reunion this weekend. I think I'm even going to take a walk on the campus.
OK - I may have babbled more on this BLOG than my whole 3 years at MP. I may have misled some of you by mentioning Jimmy LeFew being at Sedgefield. Yes, he was there with many of us prior to our transferring to MP for our 10th, 11th & 12th grades. James Steven Lefew died February 27, 1960, which would have been our junior year. I do not recall having "grief counselors" at the school as they do now, but I probably could have used one.
My daughter called, not too long ago, wanting pictures of "old people having fun". She needed these for a brochure that she was designing for a major health insurance company. Should I be insulted because she looked at her parents as "old" or be flattered that she looked at us as those who have fun.
this blog has really brought back good memories. I would have sworn that Ken Boseman's car was tri-colored with a white top. Old age is causing memory failure. Some of my strongest memories are from MP elementry such as Paula Lumpkin being a soldier in the 6th grade play [Miss Creed?] and hating it but she sure was a pretty soldier! Trey Snepp, Bill Findley, Ben Wyche and others playing football in the side yard of the big, white on Queens Rd, at Selwin Ave. Henry Hunt [moved to Atlanta when we were in the 7th grade] chasing Frannie Pierce on Roswell Ave. Ah well, I still plan to come although I fell getting in a golf cart recently and have a broken toe, a crushed wrist and a tooth knocked out. I hope to get a new tooth tomorrow but the rest will take weeks to heal up. See everyone Friday
Glad to know there are so many artists among us. I have been painting watercolors for about 15 years and taken workshops all over the country. Really love it. I teach watercolors in Richmond and am so pleased to have Hannah Bradford Owen in my class! Was also so delighted to have Shep Henderson Foley call me last night.. We tried to cover so many years. In some ways it seems like yesterday! Can't wait to see her and everyone else.
gayle heston mayberry....
did you go to brevard college '61-'62?
if so, this is your "roomie" from that time...would love to hear from you.
I am a retired second grade teacher. Larry and I have been married 45 years and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. We spend time between Charlotte and a small place at Badin Lake. We attend all North Carolina State football games and Charlotte Checkers Hockey games. Hard to believe 50 years have passed since we graduated.
I was experiencing brain-freeze, Marilyn. Thank you for the reminder that Jimmy Lefew was, indeed, with us at Myers Park. I have not forgotten the tears that I shed when he died.
It has been great to read these blogs about the journeys of so many MP alums! Many thanks to Larry Graham for this fabulous website! I look forward to seeing many of you Saturday, as we will not be coming until Saturday morning. I am eager to tour the campus and see what I remember and what has changed.
I have been blessed to be married to Howard Covington for nearly 44 years. We live in Greensboro and have two children, Our daughter, Evan, who is 39, lives in Raleigh with a wonderful husband, 6 1/2 year old daughter and 18 month old son. Our son, Owen, who is 37, now lives in Greensboro with his equally wonderful wife and 2 daughters, one 2 years old and the other 7 months. We see all of them frequently and consider ourselves very fortunate that they actually seem to enjoy spending time with us!
Since we will be seeing each other in a couple of days, I will refrain from recounting the last 50 years of my life here, but they have been good ones, for which I thank God. Hope to see you soon!
for those that haven't heard:
Jean Rosebud Carmichael
Jean Rosebud Carmichael died at Plantation Estates on Friday, September 16, 2011. She was born on August 13, 1927, in Lesslie, SC. She was the daughter of the Rev. Oliver Walthall Carmichael, D.D. and Mamie Belle McGill Carmichael. Brothers, Oliver Walthall Carmichael, Jr. and Jackson McGill Carmichael predeceased her. She is survived by her sister, Mary Faulkner and her family of Atlanta, GA; by her brother, Tom, his wife Imogene and their family of Charlotte, NC; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by a multitude of friends and loved ones. Jean received an AB degree from Erskine College, M Ed. from Appalachian University and MGS from Syracuse University. She was a Shell Merit Fellow/Scholar at Cornell. Most of her career was with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a member of the faculty of Myers Park High School. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Plantation Estates, 733 Plantation Estates Drive, Matthews, NC, on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 2:00pm, with the Rev. Dr. Jane B. Fobel and Chaplain Larry Watts officiating. A private inurnment will be held at the Sardis Presbyterian Church Columbarium. Memorials may be made to Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270, to the Marion Medical Mission, 1412 Shawnee Drive, Marion, IL 62959 to build wells in Africa, or to the charity of your choice. J.B. Tallent Funeral Service is assisting the family.
Published in Charlotte Observer from September 18 to September 21, 2011
I've had the best time reading about all of you and the amazing things in your lives! Now, the day before we gather, I'm finally adding some of my story since graduation.
I married my high school love, Fisk, and we've had a great time together all these years. We spent our early years with Fisk in the Air Force, his graduate school, my elementary school teaching. Next chapter, we moved back to Charlotte. Fisk took a job with an engineering firm but found he missed flying so he joined the Air National Guard in Charlotte and later was a pilot with Eastern and United.
In Charlotte, we had two children and I returned to teaching, this time in preschool. I spent many years as as staff member of Myers Park Baptist Church as Director of Children and the weekday preschool there. For the last ten years, I've taught part time at CPCC with Sandy Welsh Newnan as my early childhood ed. dept. head.
When Fisk was off flying, I learned to play the autoharp and bass and was spent several years in a folk band. I've spent the last 20 years in a Cajun and Creole Band here in Charlotte (Carolina Gator Gumbo) and we're still having a great time playing around the area. Who would have thought I'd be a bass player in a band? Not me!
We have two grandchildren, a great dog, Max and I get to sing in the Caldwell Presbyterian Church's gospel choir with Smitty Flynn as one of the choir directors.
I can't believe so many of our class live around this area and that I never bump into many of us. Could it be that we don't recognize each other?
I'm excited to see everyone tomorrow!
After graduating from Lees McRae College in 1963, I was secretary for a detective agency in Philadelphia, PA. In 1966 I married Herman Williams from Avon, NY where I'd gone to school freshman thru junior years. We live in Japan for 1 1/2 years, compliments of the US Air Force. We went back to Avon after his discharge where he graduated from college compliments of the USAF again. We moved to Orlando/Winter Park, FL in August, 1971 just before Disney World opened and are still here. In 1978, we started Herman's Carpet and Floorcoverings, Inc. and now can't believe we're thinking about retiring after 33 years. Where does the time go! Then Herm can do the woodworking he enjoys and hopefully we can do some traveling as long as my Dad stays well. He's 91; lives with us and is semi-invalid. We were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Courtney, in 1975 and was hired as a site supervisor for Orange County Parks and Recreation after graduating from U of F in 1998.
We don't have any grandchildren-yet-just 3 "grandpups". We also have 2 rescue dogs that are such clowns and keep us laughing. We enjoy community and volunteer work when time allows. I have enjoyed the website very much. It's well done. Although the faces may be a little "fuzzy", the names still ring strong and bring back so many memories. Sorry we won't be there to share in the fun. Hope the blog will continue so we can stay in touch and hear details of the reunion.
It's been such fun to read what you've all written. I think the class of '61 is pretty impressive! So sorry everyone can't make it to the reunion --this includes you, Linda and Jo.
My life has had its ups and downs, but the downs have made the ups all the sweeter. After MPHS, I went to Sweet Briar College and then to Harvard Graduate School of Education. Taught for several years in Concord, MA before marrying an MIT grad student. He followed his advisor to the University of Toronto, and we lived in downtown Toronto for 3 years with our baby daughter. We moved briefly to Houston TX, courtesy of Exxon, and then to Sydney, Australia (3 years) and Johannesburg, South Africa. Our toddler son, born in Sydney, tragically drowned there, and we returned to the US and my husband's hometown of Denver, CO. Soon after this move we separated and divorced. All of this seems like a million years ago.
I went back to teaching for awhile and began playing tennis again, hiking, and skiing in the winter....until a childhood back injury sidelined me some years later. Professionally, I moved on the selling insurance for (sequentially) Liberty Mutual, Van Gilder Agency, and Marsh & McLennon. While working for Van Gilder, I met my dear husband, George, a talented architect and professor at U of CO. George's knowledge of architecture, art, and design has enriched my life both at home and abroad for the last 25 years.
I've been on boards, done assorted volunteer work and have been active in our church, St. Andrew's Episcopal. We go to plays, the Symphony, etc. and I'm part of a women's lecture group.
As many of you have mentioned, being a grandparent is a real joy. I have 3 precious granddaughters, 7, 6, and 2 and a darling step granddaughter, 5. I won't list more hobbies, but will say that because of health challenges, I do my best to take care of myself and live a healthy life style.
20 years ago I received an MSW from the University of Denver Graduated School of Social Work and have been working as a psychotherapist -- initially in a substance abuse agency, then an interfaith counseling center, and now in my own private practice. Retirement sounds enticing, but I love what I do. Having written far too much I will stop now!
wow, last night was a blast. Seeing everyone was like going back in time. It's hard to believe it's been 50 years. Let's do it again in 10 more years.
Thanks to all my classmates that worked to make our fiftieth reunion a success.
Sorry I couldn't make it Saturday night.
I'm sure it was still bewildering trying fit names and faces; but still a great deal of fun.
My wife Sara's seventieth birthday celebration was a reunion in itself for several of our guests. We also had a great deal of fun.
I married Sara in 1969 Chrissy teaches biology/genetics at Georgia Tech Pat is a fireman in the Chapel Hill fire dept. We've lived in Dilworth since 1970 but spend as much time as possible at our farm in Tennessee.
I graduated from UNC at Greensboro with a BA in Elementary Eduation and married my high school sweetheart, Allen Canady. We were married 18 years and had 2 children, Christine(41) and Joe (37). I taught children from all over the world at every achievement level, mostly in 5th and 6th grade in Charlotte, Decatur, Ga. Houston, TX.(where we divorced) and Midland TX. The last 6 years were with gifted students who were especially fun and stimulating. A neighbor in Houston introduced me to George Stoddard, whose wife had died. After a few years I realized he was the love of my life and we married. With his 4 children and my 2 we were quite a crowd. Now we have 9 grandchildren added to the mix. These days I've learned there is life after golf which I played at least 3 times a week for 19 years. Allergies keep me off the course now, but I enjoy reading, playing bridge, spending time with friends and family, traveling and volunteering for the Assistance League of Charlotte. It's a national organization. Locally we provide a full set of clothing and food to children referred to us by the schools. We also provide college scholarships and run Mecklenburg County Teen Court for young people who have gotten in trouble with the law. Our Thrift Shop at 3600 S. Tryon Street provides significantly to the funding of these philanthropic projects. I also work part time several months each year scoring student essays for other states. I can't wait to see all of you this weekend.
Well, the reunion has come and gone now. We should give all of the reunion committee a very tumultuous round of applause for doing such a marvelous job in rounding up our classmates.
I was very excited to see classmates whom I had not seen (much less heard about) in 50 years. Boy! Did memories start flooding through my mind.
Can't wait to see the group pictures!
Hats off to all our great leaders that put on the greatest reunion ever!! Thanks for your hard work. It was a blast and so good to see everyone. Hope to get back in touch with long lost friends.. thanks again!!
Thank you, thank you to everyone on the committee for making the reunion such a huge success! Charles and I had a wonderful time catching up with many of our classmates. Even though we were there both nights, and even with the great name tags, we still missed a few people we had hoped to see. Next time!
Please keep posting photos, folks! David, where is that mountain picture you promised? And, some were not in the candid shots from Friday and Saturday. We can make up for that right here!
I was able to locate Kay Munford who is now Kay Snavely. She and her husband, Keith, live in Chester, VA just outside of Richmond. It has been about 48 years since she and I have seen each other. I sent her this website and asked that she register here so she can stay in touch with her classmates too. Her email is email@example.com if you would like to make contact with her as well. Jim Elting
Myers Park Class of 1961 has a Facebook page. A new way to keep in touch and find friends.
Cut and paste url or search Facebook for Myers Park Class of 1961.
what a great time! Thanks to all of those who worked so hard to pull this off. It was so much fun seeing so many friends from our high school days. I hope we do this again, say in 5 years!
If you have pictures that you took at the reunion, please post to the Photo page on the website or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will load them to the site for you. Let's keep the good memories coming. We plan to keep the site up for about a year, so continue your comments. Jeannie Pharr Gilland
I wish this were on-going. Love hearing about everyone