News of the Class of 1960
Karen Aabel Vogl and her husband David moved to Tiverton, RI (near Newport) four years ago to be with their grandkids. The change in weather has made them really miss the beach. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on the day of one of the worst storms in Rhode Island memory and, unfortunately, some of the family could not fly in due to the terrible weather. They also had marvelous times recently revisiting some of the places they lived in Holland, Germany and England during their Air Force career. A long trip on a rented canal boat and meeting up with longtime German and British friends made for great time. They have two West Highland Terriers and Karen is finally taking piano lessons. (rev. 1/6/14)
Carole Allen Beddingfield has lived in Spring City, Tennessee since 1984. She and her husband Ken are both retired. They have three kids, one boy and two girls: Mike, 44, Lisa, 42 and Lainu, 39. They have nine grand children, ages 20 to 8. She retired from a panty hose factory were she worked as an inspector "and other odd jobs." Ken retired from Tennessee Valley Nuclear Plant as head truck driver. They live about five miles from Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. Spring City is between Chattanooga & Knoxville, close to a large lake. (rev. 4/09)
Mary Amo Graf sends this news: "Steve and I celebrated our 46th year of marriage May 12, 2008. We are in the process of adding on to our son's house, then we will sell our house and retire to travel and use Mike's house as home base." In 2009, she wrote to say, "Steve (‘58) and I just finished a Be Well Class at Hawthorne Senior Center. It is a six week class for seniors and baby boomers on health and fitness. This class was 10th of many more to be done at senior centers. I recommend this class. I am still keeping the books for Steve’s business when I am not at the Senior Center knitting or sewing quilts for babies in the local hospitals." (rev. 4/09)
Roger Anderson lives in Tennessee and retired in January '02 as a manager in the Federal Aviation Administration after 34 years as an air traffic controller at the nation's busiest airports, including O'Hare in Chicago. Now he's catching up with long-deferred projects, flying in his 1946 Aeronca Chief and motorcycling a lot. He and his wife Delphia make frequent trips around the country and have become "addicted" to cruises after going on about 10 of them. They have two daughters, Paige and Elizabeth. Elizabeth, the English Department chair at a Chattanooga (TN) high school, was recently named county-wide teacher of the year--and completed her Ph.D. the same week. Roger recently posted a video on Youtube showing the Bonnaroo music festival, the largest of its kind, as seen from the air as he circled the festival. Also, Roger was recently interviewed for a television documentary about a 1971 mid-air collision between a military jet and an airliner in which the military jet failed to appear on the air traffic control radar, leaving Roger and other controllers unable to prevent the collision. The program included about two minutes of Roger's 80-minute interview, interspersed throughout the 43-minute video, which is now on Youtube. For a longer message from Roger, go to the Sharing page on this website. (rev. 1/5/14)
Sandy Anderson Sarver writes that her husband Mike is still busy in real estate and is building a condo project (a dream of his). Sandy is busy with family--and Mike. They have seven kids between them, plus 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Sandy is doing genealogy field trips. (rev. 7/25/05)
Sharon Archuletta-Mansfield says that becoming a Class of ’60 Reunion Committee member has been very enjoyable and rewarding. She says, “The nostalgic visits to Manhattan Beach are further enhanced by spending time with my brother, Gil (’57), where I usually spend the night, and a visit with my mom who is now 93 years old. She even remembers and asks about certain of my high school friends. I think her memory is better than mine! Most of my friends think I’m retired, but it’s just that I have a very flexible schedule as my own boss. I’m still doing legal/medical work with class action claims for breast implant recipients. I also continue to work on my own and with my sister and her husband in the surfing industry. Totally fun!” Her daughter is a youth pastor in Tigard, Oregon, but plans to return to So. Calif. very soon. "Yea!" Her son, a civil engineer, and his wife, just moved into a new home in San Carlos (just south of San Francisco) where she recently visited and helped them paint. She has triplet great nephews in La Costa who have been a huge part of her life since they were born 7 years ago. “I continue to love North County San Diego and welcome classmate visitors. Just give me a call or email for a drop-by visit or overnight? By they way, I do love ‘doing lunch’.” (rev. 10/28/08)
Althea Ballou Loeb still lives in her grandmother's house near downtown Manhattan Beach--she can see the pier, watch the clouds over the ocean and hear the surf! She and her husband both work for the L.A. County Assessor. The last of their kids ("his 2, my 2, our 2") is still at MCHS. She has two more years as a "sports mom" and goes to the desert (they have "cabins" in Landers). Retirement? 2005 or later, she says.
Carolyn Barbre returned to California after 26 years back East, 10 in New York City and 16 in the D.C. area. She lived in Hermosa Beach and got involved in some civic issues. However, after a few years, the breathtaking price of real estate drove her inland to the community of Springville in the Southern Sierras. Occupation-wise, she went from ski-bum to national photographer to commercial writer to journalist and is now City Arts Coordinator for the City of Lindsay (known for Lindsay Olives) in the San Joaquin Valley. One son lives in Portland, Ore. and the other in Brooklyn, N.Y. (rev. 11/15/08)
Barbara Barry Smith says "life is good." After 30 years in education, she retired twice, first as superintendent of San Rafael City Schools and again recently from providing alternate resolution services to Capistrano Unified School Disttrict. She and her husband Tony have been married 47 years. Like Tony , their son Scott and his wife Lisbeth are attorneys. "Family dinners can be full of debate," she says. "After a long wait," they have two grandchildren: Teddy (age 6) and Abby (age 3). Not wanting to be completely retired, they remodeled their home and created an office where Tony maintains a small law practice. Barbara has opened a consulting business that "keeps me busier than I intended." Tony's passion continues to be spearfishing and underwater photography. They have traveled to Mexico, New Zealand, the Seychelles Islands and the Coral Sea to play in the warm, clear water and are planning a "lifetime dream" trip to Africa.(rev. 7/25/10)
Bob Becker writes that he is now retired and still lives in Long Beach. He has one grandson with another on the way. He looks forward to seeing everyone and catching up. (rev. 8/10/05)
Murray Bishop and his wife Ann live in the Bay Area. He has become a "bad boy biker dude" (check out the photo on the Mustang Neighborhood, page four). To learn more about his life, which certainly doesn't sound boring, check out his item on the Sharing page of this website. (rev. 10/31/08)
Vicki Bliss lives in San Pedro and has now retired from UPS in Exports/Imports. She said in 2008, "this past year I have focused on my front yard/garden, taking care of some home improvement projects so I won't have too many burdensome projects to take care of when I do retire." She adds, "my plans for retirement are simple: study and play music, get some exercise, improve diet and have more time to take care of the house and family (dogs, cats, fish). There are two periods in life when you should be able to focus on the things you love to do: childhood and retirement. I can hardly wait!" In 2012 she said she was enjoying music and percussion plus long walks. (rev. 11/10/08, updated 5/2012)
Julian Bow was married in 1970 and has two sons, Justin 30, who lives in New York City, and Jeremy, 26, who lives in Tucson. He has worked for Garrett AiResearch/Honeywell for 37 years. He and his wife have lived in Tucson for 24 years. (rev. 4/09)
Tim Bradley and his wife, Lesley, live in Star Valley, Arizona, a small town they helped to incorporate. During the 2008 presidential race, Tim worked hard for the McCain campaign--while Lesley was working for the Obama campaign. But Tim says "we don't fight as much as used to when we worked together in California." They have become "favorite fans" of country and western singer Amy Scruggs. There are photos of them and Carmen Daugherty on Amy's website. Tim is proud of his new Dodge Quad Cab four-wheel-drive truck. "...After 35 years I finally saved enough beer cans to buy my second brand new Dodge truck," he says. He and Lesley sometimes travel to California and welcome visitors at his "bunkhouse." (rev. 10/30/08)
Sandy Brennan Baggaley lives in Berea, Ohio. Her job as a dispatcher for Commute Air/Continental Connection moved to Cleveland in July 2008. "I still enjoy my job, so I have moved with the job and am getting familiar with the Cleveland area, and my new townhouse," she writes. (rev. 4/09)
Judi Broberg Pasco and her husband of 37 years live in Hawaii. She has contributed a new item to the Sharing page of this website. (rev. 5/30/05)
Becky Brock Maynard and her husband Richard live in Manhattan Beach. They have four sons and two granddaughters. She is now retired and free to travel with Richard on his trips to many interesting places. There is a more detailed summary of Becky's activities on the Sharing page of this website. (rev. 8/10/05)
Judy Burrows DaPron lives in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. She has been in New England since 2004 after five years in Cape May, New Jersey. Her middle son and wife had a baby girl in 2001--Judy's only grandchild (and "she looks like me," Judy says). Judy decided to rent a place on hour east of their home in Dorset, Vermont. "Close but not too close," she says. She loves exploring the North East--a recent trip to the museum in Portland, Maine to see a Georgia O’Keefe exhibit was a highlight. She volunteers at a local art museum one day a week and that has stimulated her to some artistic endeavors. Judy adds, "You have probably heard the wacky slogan 'Live Free or Die' and that describes a large population of old hippies—not so much new age as caught in a ‘60’s mentality. I feel right at home. See you all in 2010." (rev. 4/09)
Cathie Camp McMillan lives in Palm Springs and is director of government and special projects at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments. She has four children and seven grandchildren. She and her son Chris, a Beverly Hills hairdresser whose celebrity clients include Jennifer Anniston, were featured in a full-page photo in the New York Times Magazine on May 8, 2005. (rev. 5/9/05)
Bob Campbell has contributed a new item to the Sharing page of this website, telling of his activities as of mid-2009.. (rev. 8/17/09)
Anne Carr Lewis lives in Norfolk, VA and would love to hear from former classmates. She has room for guests, she says. She has two children: Laura, 37, who lives in Gloucester, MA; and Andrew, 33, who is the senior network engineer at Coastal Training Technologies (where Anne also works). Laura married Michael Trainor of Boston in April, 2004. Andrew married Lisa (now Meer-Lewis) in August, 2004. Both weddings were in Massachusetts. She adds: "You want your children to be successful and on their own. Both are and both are married to partners I love." (rev. 10/31/08)
Allan Castle has been married to Marcedus for 38 years. They have three sons and three grandchildren (two girls and a boy). He is retired from the Air Force and the faculty of the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio and owns Castle Dental Laboratory in Boerne, Texas. He enjoys travel and golf. (rev. 7/17/03)
Jon E. Clemons and his wife Shirley operate an orphanage on the Island of Negros in the Philippines. Jon has been an ordained minister for 29 years and founded another orphanage in the Philippines in 1976. He returned to the states in 1988 and pastored a church in Florida before returning to the Philippines in 1999 and founding the "Manna House" orphanage. Jon and Shirley have seven children, including two adopted Filipino boys. All are now adults; five are in the military. Their daughter Heather is on the Manna House staff.
Jack Mike Clute is officially retired. As proof, he says he bought a used RV--and promptly replaced all the "Good Sam" stickers with those of the Grateful Dead!!! He and Susan, his wife of 40+ years, have three grown daughters and four grandkids. They have raised sheep, chickens, turkeys, goats, a milk cow, a steer, rabbits, cats, dogs, ticks and fleas(!) plus "assorted kids that have strayed into our compound." He recovered from a major heart bypass surgery several years ago, then was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He writes, "and yes, I did beat that too. Must be that tough cookie I live with...." He also contributed an item to the Sharing page of this website. (rev. 1/5/14)
Jeri Connell Hopkins has now retired--twice. After many years as a professor at Humboldt State University, she administered a program in the California Governor's Office. She also directed a teacher-training program at four California State University campuses. She retired from state service and then offered to volunteer at an inner city school in Sacramento. She was instantly pressed into service as a full-time teacher for three more years and retired again in 2004. She and Jerry, her husband of 40+ years, lived in Antioch and had a second home in Sacramento, but were living full time near Mt. Shasta in 2012. (rev. 10/04, updated 5/2012)
Patty Conway Koch (material provided by Karen Rambeau): Been living in South Carolina for almost 20 years. Have worked all that time at the Public Library two blocks from home. We have kids living in Temecula, Indiana and Charlotte NC. They have given us a total of 6 grand kids - that we don’t get to see often enough. I hope to retire in the next couple of years and move up near Charlotte, NC and our youngest granddaughter. (rev. 7/10)
Tim Conway is very much alive and living in Tucson, Jim Mather reports. Somehow Tim's name slipped onto the In memoriam page--and the Reunion Committee apologizes big-time for this snafu!
Nanci Corcoran Kelly lives in Aliso Viejo in South Orange County and works at the Times In Education department of the Los Angeles Times. Her job: working with educators to place newspapers in the schools. Previously she held one job for 20 years--until the mid-1990s. She says she really enjoys her new job and working with the schools. She also reports that her mother passed away last year at age 89. A recent highlight of her life: a trip to Lebanon last year with a friend from Lebanon--a young woman who rented a room in her house and became a good enough friend that it was "like having a daughter without any of the baggage." (rev. 5/6/02)
Bill Crabtree has lived in Olympia, Washington since 1975 and has been mostly self-employed in real estate, although he was a college professor for two years. He chose Olympia because he fell in love with Scotland in the Air Force and wanted to live in a Scotland-like locale. He and his wife have three adult sons, one of whom was killed in a tragic aircraft accident in 2005. "We are beginning to feel joy again though Brett's death sill profoundly affects us," Bill writes. They have seven grandchildren whom they visit often. They are planning trips to the Caribbean and Italy. (rev. 11/14/06)
Carmen Daugherty retired as a vice principal in the Porterville School District in 1998 and now lives in the Phoenix, Arizona area--a first for her. The sharing page has an item from Carmen, describing the latest news in her life. (rev. 4/09)
Marianne Davis Moody lives in a townhouse overlooking the marina in Benicia, about 30 miles from San Francisco. She is with Prudential California Realty. She says she misses Southern California beaches but loves Benicia, "a great small Main Street town...great for a small town gal like me." She has been single for 15 years and enjoys friends and family. Her son Kevin is married and lives near Temecula. She has two grandchildren. (rev. 9/2/05)
Nancie Dean Carlstrom (material provided by Karen Rambeau): Married Don in 1973. We were married for 30 years when he died of Lung Cancer October 2003. Briefly lived in Northern California until 1989, moved to Pittsburgh, PA and was there 18 years. Still own home there. Moved back to CA and now live in Pleasant Hill. My son (Ryan 35) and daughter in law (Melissa) are in Pennsylvania and I have 3 grand children (Emma 4 ½, Aidan 3, and Gianna 3 months. Love to be with friends, travel and have fun - life is good! (7/10)
Laurae Deffebach Dunn and her husband Steve moved to Orland, CA to be closer to their children after he retired. They have a small orchard and "huge" vegetable garden. She works in a small county school (150 kids). Their oldest daughter, Denise, and her husband David live in Durham, 30 minutes away, and have three children, including one attending Chico State. Daughter Alicia and her husband Kevin live in Chico, 20 minutes away, and have two children. Their son Bill and his wife Jill live in Susanville and have twins. (rev. 9/6/05)
Diane Denholm Amendola has lived in Huntington Beach since 1972. She writes, "I have two kids, three grandchildren and one son-in-law (I consider him my third kid). I started a new job 12/1/04 and am counting down the months until retirement in February, 2009 (or sooner if I win the lottery) and trying to keep in touch with old friends. And I'm finding it hard to find time for hobbies." (rev. 4/15/05)
Larry Detloff and his wife Donna have lived in the same house in Santa Cruz for 25 years. He is semi-retired from property management. They live part of the year in Long Branch, Washington. Donna is mostly retired from teaching. When possible they like camping, kayaking, hiking and photography. He's a "railroad fan," so they look for historic railroad spots.
Joe Dezso and his wife Judy live in Pismo Beach. Always interested in aviation, Joe was photographed with Bill Glod in a Boeing 707 cockpit in 1959. That photo is on MCHS60.com here. Joe soloed on his 16th birthday (the minimum age to fly solo) and earned his private pilot's license at age 17. At 18, he got his commercial license. He took a number of Mira Costa friends for their first small airplane ride. Later, while working as an aircraft draftsman/designer, Joe graduated from Loyola Marymount University with honors and still found time for flying adventures in Baja. A highlight of his career was being the primary designer of the Robinson R22 helicopter, which introduced a whole new generation of affordable helicopters that could be used by ranchers, newsgatherers and even doctors rushing from one hospital to another. Later Joe was an aircraft accident investigator. Now retired, Joe flies a Cessna 172SP (shown on Mustang Neighborhood, page 5) when he's not playing volleyball on the beach. (rev. 5/31/12)
Mickey Dunson Thienes sent this news in April, 2017: "I moved East in my 20's and have lived in Arizona, Illinois, Manhattan (NY), and finally Kentucky. I came to settle in Henderson, KY in 1986. At that time, I was corporate materials manager for the largest coal company in the world. The company I worked for decided to buy itself to ward off a hostile takeover--and that's when a large chunk of management, including me, lost their jobs. I didn't want to stay in the coal industry and I couldn't afford health insurance so I turned to my secret love of plants, especially herbs, for something to do. No one was doing this at the time so very little was known about herbs. I researched their properties, bought the herbs, tried them and was blown away about how effective they were. This became my new career and I was the reigning expert on herbs and their healing properties. I did consulting for families and individuals and eventually opened a retail establishment featuring natural remedies and natural food. Again this was before its time. I retired from retail about 8 years ago but am still consulted now and then. Just look on the internet to see how much info there is about healing herbs. Oh yes, about me. I am divorced and have one son."
Diane Dye Connolly is a part-time paid staff member for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross. She and her husband Jim will celebrate their 44th anniversary in September. They have lived in Hollywood Riviera for 40 years and have four children plus nine grandchildren. (rev. 4/18/05)
Ken and Janet Nollan Elling, who married after the 30th reunion, talked with Ken Allen. They are now living near Half Moon Bay. They gave Ken a current address for Susie Cunningham Mills in Templeton, near San Luis Obispo.
Steve Emmons lives in Costa Mesa. After earning his B.A. in journalism and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he worked four years at the Ventura County Star-Free Press. Then he moved to the L.A. Times Orange County edition and worked as a reporter, columnist and editor. He retired in 2001. He was married and divorced twice and has one son. (rev. 4/09)
Renzo Ferraris, our foreign exchange student from Italy, is a mechanical engineer and owns an engineering consulting firm (quality and environment managing systems). He has also worked as a sourcing agent for The Franklin Mint in Pennsylvania and The House of Lloyd. He lives in Genoa, Italy, with his wife, Marina, and has two sons: Federico, a cardiologist, and Francesco, a dentistry student as of 2001. He found his name on this website by using a search engine and e-mailed Kathleen Kosche' to say: "I was really moved reading of the long-ago names, though never really forgotten, and vivid in my memory with faces and smiles! Touching to read of you all." In 2007, Renzo spent a day with Shirley and Bob Terhune. They got together again in November of 2013 and Bob contributed a Sharing item about that two-day reunion. Bob attended Mira Costa in 1956-57 and graduated from Aviation High in 1960. He got to know Renzo because his family hosted Aviation's Swiss foreign exchange student, Lucien Vallet. Lucien joined Bob, Shirley and Renzo in Genoa in 2013. A photo from that gathering is on Mustang Neighborhood, page five. (rev. 1/14)
Alicia (Fuller) McNary Forsey is a history professor in Berkeley, California. She lives just a few blocks from the campus of the University of California, and serves on the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union, which is connected to UCB. For more about her ministry and scholarship, see http://www.pacificuu.org. Alicia's current research and writing is focused on the cross-cultural influences between the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe in the Sixteenth Century. (rev. 7/28/10)
Boyd Garriott and his wife Pattie live in Salt Lake City, where he is Deputy Director of the Utah Legislative Financial Office and oversees budgeting for the state's universities, colleges and technical schools. Check out his letter on the new Sharing page of this website. (rev. 2/13/02)
Lee Garrison lives in Morro Bay and works at Morro Bay and Montana de Oro State Parks. An "eternal student," he is taking classes at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
Bill Glod officially retired as an American Airlines pilot in 2002--and received the traditional farewell: his Boeing 777 was sprayed down by two airport fire trucks as he taxied in after returning from Tokyo! He lives in Denton, Texas. In 2005, he had open heart surgery to remove a growth from his heart and is doing well now. Since then he has been doing volunteer work with the Denton County Humane Society. He is also a volunteer with Lone Star Shiatsu and Lasa Apso Rescue from whom he acquired "the cutest dog in the world." He has also made a couple of trips to the Big Island of Hawaii.(rev. 4/09)
Patty Gray Robinson and her husband Austin, along with their daughter, Kathy, own Yucaipa Valley Real Estate, Inc. Patty and Austin have four grandchildren and are very active in their church. For her latest news, check out Patty's letter on the Sharing page of this website. (rev. 1/30/10)
Gretchen Guethlein Gunderson and Karl, her husband of 33 years, live in Raymond, WA. They raised two families: their own children and a second family of children who joined them after the sudden death of their parents. Gretchen ("the Rev. Gretchen Gunderson") continues to serve as an Episcopal parish priest and came out of retirement as a high school teacher to take on "one of the worst seventh grades to come through our doors in years. For Gretchen's latest news, see the Sharing page on this website. (rev. 1/10)
Shirley Hall Conn lives in Newbury Park and is single with four children and five grandchildren. They all live nearby and she sees them often--the farthest is one hour away. She owns a 24-hour towing business. (rev. 1/10)
Winnie Harkin Shepherd is retired from teaching and spends lots of time with her three grandchildren. She and her husband Carl have been in eastern Washington five years and all of their family have moved there. She travels, does scrapbooks, gardens, attends Bible studies and teaches porcelain doll-making to friends. She and her husband went on a cruise in the eastern Carribean last year and are planning an Alaskan cruise. They also enjoy trips to the Oregon coast, Montana, and back to California to see friends. (rev. 2/8/02)
Gary Hartzell is a Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Earlier in his career he was a teacher, vice principal and ultimately the principal of Mira Costa! ("I've seen quite a bit of the place," he says.) He and his wife Cheryl, who used to teach at Begg Middle School, have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Judy Hawley Deatherage and her husband Richard, a retired clinical psychologist, live on 10 acres in the Sierra foothills near Placerville. They have four sons--all Pepperdine University graduates (as are Judy and Richard). Judy has contributed an description of her life and family to the sharing page. (rev. 4/09)
JoAnn Haworth Emmett and her husband Jim have retired and moved to Canyon Lake in Riverside County. "We love it," JoAnn writes. The sharing page has a new description of their life and family. (rev/ 4/09)
Jan Hendrick Moody and her Australian husband, Ian, live on the Sausalito waterfront. Retired from Kent Middle School after 31 years in teaching, she raised two daughters and two stepsons. While she was at MCHS, her family hosted an exchange student. Then Jan's adult family hosted students, leading to ongoing friendships with those students and their children. Jan bought a house in Greece in 1984. Now she and Ian are building in a coastal village south of Puerto Vallarta, where Ian will surf and fly their Cessna 206 while Jan enjoys music, gardening, volunteer teaching and visits from grandsons aged 3 and 6 (rev. 2/12/05).
Bill Heueisen writes to say hello to his old classmates. He left Mira Costa in 1959 to be with his father in Tehran, Iran, where he worked for Morrison Overseas Construction building military bases. Bill later traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East and South America. He's on his third marriage: "a fantastic one this time!" Bill has lived at Lake Isabella since 1987.
Alberta Hitchcock Peters is now retired and spends time in Salt Lake City at the Mormon archives pursuing her genealogical hobby. She ran into Erik Gerhardt at the mall recently, just before a trip to Salt Lake and on to Colorado where she and her husband, John, were planning to participate in a bicycle ride called "Mountains and Micro Breweries."
Carol Hoffman Russo and her husband Paul have been married for 39 years. They have seven children and nine grandchildren, with the tenth due in November. Carol works in the office of a local parochial school and teaches a catechical course for high school students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. "I love being around the young people. They are filled with so much energy and hope for the future," she writes.
Wendall Hollis is with Entrust (formerly BEE International), a mission that trains pastors and lay leaders in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, Greece, and wherever else the mission's help is requested. After working with the mission in Vienna, Austria, since 1985, he returned to the States in 1994, began doctoral studies in 1996 at Trinity International University (north of Chicago), and graduated with a Ph.D. in New Testament studies in December 2001. He is continuing his work through the mission headquarters in Colorado Springs as curriculum consultant. (rev. 7/19/10)
Mary Holmes (material provided by Karen Rambeau): After teaching elementary education for 36 years - I retired! A year later I joined the Kiwanis Club of Palm Springs. I was the Kiwanis advisor to the Palm Springs High School Key Club for 3 years and advisor to the Palm Desert High School Key Club for 2 years. I am now the treasurer of our club - Can you believe it. I have also served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Kiwanis Club for 7 years. The Kiwanis Club does a great deal of community service. Last year, we helped with “The Tour De Palm Spring” bike ride. Money raised from this event goes directly to local charities. In January 2010, I adopted a year and a half male beagle. So, I had to “beagle proof” my yard. What a challenge he is. He’s smart but very stubborn (typical male dog). I have taken on the responsibility of care give to my 89 ½ year old, infirm neighbor - Ruth. Three days a week (M.W.F.) I help out a friend of mine who teaches a water exercise program for the Arthritis Foundation at the Palm Springs Community pool. Well, it’s one way to keep cool on the desert. In May of 2010 out Kiwanis Club sponsored a “Baseball Camp” for 6 to 12 year olds, along with the help of the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization. It was great fun. (revised by Karen Rambeau 8/10)
Donald Hudgens lives in Thermal, CA. He went "back east" and worked for his father's trucking company for a few years after high school, then returned to California and was drafted. After that he worked for the City of Redondo Beach for 20 years, then Salton City for 10 years. He has been retired for about nine years. He restores classic cars and builds hot rods, "just like back in high school." His wife of 40 years passed away a couple of years ago. "So I’m alone now. Hopefully not for long. Ha," he writes. (rev. 4/09)
Robert Hughes and his wife Kay have finished a five-year remodeling project that included adding a second story to their home in Fullerton. Rob has now retired after 32 years with the Orange County Probation Department. He is an avid soccer fan and is active in auto rallies. Kay is a gourmet cook and an avid gardener. His daughter, Kirstie, was a supervisor with the Orange County Probation Department before she suffered a stroke and died in 2008 at age 39. When his close friend Frank Peterson passed away in September, 2001, Frank's family asked Rob to deliver the eulogy. To read it, go to Frank Peterson's memorial website and scroll down to the link to Rob's eulogy. Rob adds, "after 40+ years of urging (harassment?) by Wayne Overbeck," he now has an amateur radio license and has participated successfully with Wayne in several nationwide mobile radio contests. (rev. 4/09)
Barbara Humphrey Boughton lives in Torrance. Since the last reunion she has become a great grandmother twice. She retired from Northrop Grumman (after 25+ years) July 1st, 2008. She is still trying to get used to not having to go into work on Mondays. She is having fun with her crafts and artwork and enjoying driving her 2005 'Vette! (rev. 4/09)
Ken Hunter has lived in Vacaville, CA for 32 years. He graduated from dental school, got married and joined the Navy in 1967. He is very active in the community: Chamber of Commerce, President of Museum Board of Directors, dental organizations and other nonprofits. He "found a creative streak and has been welding metal sculptures for the last 15 years and mostly donate them to organizations for fundraisers." He says he "got (his) heart attack out of the way in July 2007 and has fully recovered." He sold his dental practice in May 2007 and now enjoys practicing two days a week. "We’re back from Argentina in March and off to Prague/Denmark in July/August. We have found a community we can be involved with and enhance the city with our efforts. It’s been a good run," he writes. (4/09)
Linda Hutchison lives in San Diego and has recently written two books for Lucent Books, a local publisher of juvenile non-fiction books. Linda's were part of Lucent's Modern Nations series and were about Lebanon and Finland. She is now working on a new title on the right to die for Lucent's Great Trials series. She and her two sons (Raul, 38, and Erik, 35), who also live in San Diego, have recently gone on several trips, including one to Scotland, England and Paris, and another to Hawaii. (rev. 9/8/03)
Donald T. Jackson and his wife Diann retired from the Montgomery County Maryland school system in 1999 (he was a teacher; she was a librarian) and moved near the Great Smoky Mountains. He enjoys hiking and water skiing and records tapes for the blind. Their son Dustin, 25, works for a computer firm.
Stephania Janovec Potter and
her husband manage a mobile home park in Ridgefield, WA.
Shirley Jenkins Stubbs has been married 45 years and has six children, Teri (43), Shelly (41), Melissa (37), Derek (36), Heather (31) and Ryan (24). The children live in six different states. Her husband retired from UPS three years ago and they now live in Burleson, Texas. They are active in Heritage of Faith Christian Center. (rev. 9/9/05)
Jeanine Johnson Falk (material
provided by Karen Rambeau): Soon after college, Jeanine took up Judo and
after several years obtained a first degree black belt. She traveled
on the National Judo Team and competed in various cities. In 1969,
she won a gold medal in U.S.l competition in Chicago. She taught
Judo for 6 years in the early 70s while starting a career in broadcasting.
Carolyn Jones McDonald owns EDP Environments, a specialty construction firm that builds, designs and maintains data centers, communications facilities, clean rooms, etc. The firm has been in business since 1978 and is now headquartered in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento. She and her husband have three children, Tim, Ron and Kristi, and four grandchildren (all Ron's). (rev. 4/18/05)
Charlene Kendrick Dela Cruz has two adult daughters, Nadine and Cheryl. She and her second husband, Louie, who was from Hawaii, had a "great, fun-filled marriage." He died of cancer in 2001. "I don't think I've recovered, but try and stay busy with my two grandaughters, Lauren (11) and Brittany (9)," she says. She also has a "house full of animals" and her mother has moved from Arkansas to live with her. Charlene loves golf but hasn't played in a while. (rev. 2/8/02)
John David King and his wife, Carol DeHart-King, own the Vista Del Rey Vineyards in Paso Robles near San Luis Obispo. After college, Dave had a diversified career, including 22 years as a Navy officer and post-Navy employment as a systems engineer. He and Carol acquired the vineyards in 1994. He is also a feature/technical writer for various periodicals and trade publications and has served on the board of directors of the Central Coast Wine Growers Association, the Morro Bay Harbor Festival and the SLO County Chapter of the American Red Cross. They host wine cruises--their favorite travel activity. (rev. 1/10)
Kathleen Kosche', LCSW, returned to Southern California in 1999 after many years as a therapist in private practice in Brookings, Oregon. She continues to work full time for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a clinician, field work instructor for MSW interns, and program supervisor for a mobile older adult treatment program in Long Beach and San Pedro. She also works part time as a quality control and case consultation specialist for Memorial Mental Health Associates and recently started a weekend private practice in Belmont Shore. She "still hopes to be discovered by Robert Redford for work and play, but has revised her expectations for types of roles." (rev. 4/18/05)
Barbara Larson Young is still in Palm Desert and works in the tennis department at Sunrise Country Club. When she's off in the summer, she visits her daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons (Spencer, Colin, and Owen) in Walnut Creek. (rev. 1/10)
Ted Laun has lived in Bullhead City, Arizona with his two "Canine Americans" (English Springer Spaniels - Lulu & Casey) for the past 10 years. He enjoys life on Lake Mohave and the Colorado River. Ted's "kinda retired" now. His daughter Leslie has her own business in Bakersfield. Ted enjoys communicating with MiCoHi classmates and can be e-mailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org or his phone # is (928) 754-4666. (rev. 10/29/08)
Bob Leinau retired in 2009 after 35 years as general manager of Waimea Falls Park on Hawaii's North Shore. He was featured in an article in the Honolulu Star Advertiser in late 2013 about his many volunteer activities in the community. In 2009 he contributed a sharing item about his life in Hawaii and his latest acquisition: titanium hips! (rev. 1/5/14)
Linda Leon Zeiler and her husband Joe are both retired from teaching in the Torrance Unified School District. She writes, "I spent several years at home raising our two children, Amy and Jeff, before returning to teach – until my retirement in 2000... Joe and I spend time volunteering at our church, helping in a 'Shared Bread' program, and at the YMCA – as tour escorts for senior adults, and enjoying our two grandchildren ( our first! ) – born in April and August of 2008. What fun we’re having with them – just wish we were 10 –15 years younger!! We feel fortunate to have both families living within just five miles of us. Our big news in 2009 is that we will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary this August. I look forward to seeing everyone at our 50th!" (rev. 4/09)
Barbara Lewis Borak and her husband Harry had their 25th anniversary in 2004 and live in West Covina. They have five children and 14 grandchildren. Barbara and Harry both retired from the insurance business. They spend summer weekends at Lake Arrowhead. Barbara's brother, Dennis Lewis, still lives in Alaska. Her dad, Elmer, passed away in 2004. They serve on the boards of the Mt. San Antonio College Foundation, Citrus Valley Health Partners Foundation, Covina Community Foundation and PERF Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation. She sent a new "sharing" item in 2012. (rev. 4/18/05, updated 5/2012)
Marjory Lewis Walter (material provided by Karen Rambeau): I’ve been retired since 2002 after 35 years of teaching elementary school. I’m busy watercolor painting Santa Barbara landscapes and landmarks and spending time with my one grandchild, Isabella (6 ½). My husband, Gert, and I started a ministry in Santa Barbara to the homeless in September 2008. We meet weekly with homeless people who are in various stages. Many of them have addictions and/or mental problems. We help them connect to resources for housing, detox, medical issues, and job opportunities. Our goal is to show them God’s love and give them hope so they may better their lives. (Rev. 1/10)
Ray Linton still lives at the Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert. Single since 1997, Ray is day shift supervisor in the Privacy/Security Department at the Big Horn Golf Club in Palm Desert. Evenings, "although short," are spent watching cable news, the Discovery Channel, and sports of any kind. In 2004, Ray received a triple bypass. He enjoys fishing, lying by the pool daily, and may be seen frequently at one of the many casinos in the desert. Ray's son Jeff (39) lives in El Dorado Hills with wife Lea and two daughters. Ray's daughter Jill (37) lives with husband Matt and two kids, Nicky C. and Claire, in San Rafael. (rev. 5/31/05)
Terry Long retired in 1987 and sailed away. He and his wife have now visited 57 countries on their sailboat, logging over 100,000 miles. (rev. 8/18/05)
Brian Maki sent in a contribution for the sharing page on mchs60.com in mid-2014. In it he tells of his far-flung family and a European vacation to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary.
Robert Mann (material provided by Karen Rambeau): Sorry you lost me in 1975. Moved to Colorado. 1st wife 10 years, 2 kids, Laura 39, Robert 35, 2 grand children Ashley 14 and Jaycob 10. Second wife 12 years, ski instructor with me, Aspen 1978 to 1988. Third wife 1990 to present. Retired 2008, 18 years, teaching in private high school, doing property management and traveling! (rev. 8/10)
Judy Longley Milner and her husband Chuck own a business called "Shark Attack" at the Redondo Fisherman's Wharf. Their signature attraction is "Georgette," a 16 1/2-foot Great White Shark. Judy has a daughter, Terri, who is a journalist and ice skating teacher in Wisconsin, plus a stepson in Santa Barbara.
Jim McCaverty, who retired several years ago after 36 years at TRW, recently sold his longtime home on 18th street in Manhattan Beach and replaced it with a new, three-story, ocean-view townhouse on 15th near the Library. His new home is on the lot where Carolyn Strong's house once stood. His old house was immediately torn down and replaced by a 5,000 square foot home for three people! He is as amazed as anyone by the changes under way in Manhatttan Beach. (rev. 1/9/05)
Tim McClure retired from Pacific
Bell in October 1995 after 31 years with the company. He and his
wife have been married for 40 years as of March 2005. They have one
daughter, Shannon. She is a UC Irvine graduate and a Loyola Marymount
MBA. She is married and currently employed with Gateway at their
headquarters in Irvine. His wife, Dianna, is a North High (Class
of '60) graduate and currently works for the LA Unified School District
and will likely retire at the end
Jim McEntyre and his wife Pam retired from their "normal" world and in 2001 began the pursuit of Jim's life-long dream--cruising the seven seas. They are now doing that aboard Aurora, their 38-foot sailboat and home, which is shown in a number of photos on this website. They spent most of 2001 on the Sea of Cortez, but while in Mexico Jim was recruited to do special effects work for the film, "Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World." After a year of filmmaking in Mexico, followed by a long visit back home for the birth of their first granddaughter to their son Gregory, Jim and Pam sailed away again in 2003. After sailing down the Pacific Coast of Mexico in 2003 and 2004, they stopped at anchorages in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. They returned home and were present in the delivery room when their second grandchild was born to their daughter, Erin. They are now cruising in Panama. In 2006 they plan to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos, then continue on into the South Pacific for an undetermined period of time. They can be reached by e-mail via Karen Rambeau. (rev. 4/18/05)
Mary Magnuson Ramirez is Instructional Supervisor for the Special Education program at Palo Alto High School, across the street from Stanford. "Nothing like being in Special Ed. while everyone else is heading to Princeton, Yale or across the street," she says. She and Al, her husband of 31 years, raised his two children and their two. They have grandkids on the East Coast and "keep more busy than we'd like to." Al just retired; Mary will retire in two years.
Steve Main lives in Walnut Creek and has seven grandchildren. He retired in 2008. To learn more, read his updated letter on the Sharing page of this website. (rev. 2/26/09)
Brian Maki is Senior Vice President and Regional Director of The Private Bank, Beverly Hills, a unit of Union Bank of California. He has two daughters, Kristen and Trisha, and a son, Erik. Kristen is married to a screenplay writer and living in Gstaad, Switzerland with their three children; they plan to move to Australia in August, 2005. Trisha is married to an IBM consultant and living in Rancho La Quinta with their daughter. Erik is still living at home and has had neck surgery and rib surgery after several back surgeries. Hopefully the surgeries are over now. The family sold its condo in Mammoth Lakes after 10 years, having bought a second home in Henderson, Nevada in 2002. Brian expects to retire April 30, 2008. (rev. 5/6/05)
Rocki Markert Hughes and her husband Kip ('59) have lived in Bonsall, halfway between Oceanside and Fallbrook, since July, 2000. They built a hilltop home on 22 acres and have about 100 avocado trees. They are both retired--and love it. Rocki owned a pet-grooming business in Fountain Valley for 10 years while Kip worked for IBM.
Judy Ann Martin Pattee moved to Hawaii in 2008 after closing her business, "Spirit Feathers," a New Age healing center and boutique in Portland, Oregon. She has posted a description of her new life in Hawaii on the MCHS60 "sharing" page. Judy has a son, a daughter and four grandchildren ("they still take my breath away when I see them," she said of her grandchildren). Earlier in her life, Judy spent several years on boats and ultimately sailed across the Atlantic, among other adventures. (rev. 5/2012)
Cheryl Masters Conner and her husband retired and moved to Port Townsend, Washington, and in 2001 moved on to Spring Hill, Florida. Then in 2003 they moved on to a "new" home, built in 1925, in Beaver, PA! They have four children and ten (10) grandchildren! (rev. 10/5/03)
Jim Mather still lives in Tucson, AZ. He and his wife Karin also have a summer home in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. After the '99 tax season, Jim went fishing in Idaho, bicycling all over Europe, and horseback riding with his Rotary Club in Southern Arizona--plus commuting weekly to Cardiff. Jim is an attorney and CPA.
Sam LaMarr Maus has been married 43 years. Both of his children are Mira Costa alumni (Sam Jr., Class of '81, and Mindie, Class of '94). He has two granddaughters (Shauna, 15, and Marley, 5). (rev. 8/18/05)
Joe Moeller is the advance scout for the Florida Marlins, traveling ahead of the team to scout the next opponent. He's on the road about seven months a year, going to a different city every few days. He gets home about four days a month, but loves his job "getting paid to watch baseball games for seven months and playing golf the other seven months." His wife joins him on the road about every seven days. When they are home, he and his wife attend Orange County's Saddleback Community Church and live in San Clemente. He's on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for greater L.A.. "Life is good and God has really blessed me," he writes. (rev. 4/18/05)
Nina Nebe Mentges and her husband Peter have four granddaughters, Anni, Kira, Natasha and Katarina, the first two by their son Boris and his wife, Jacki. The latter two belong to her son Dimitri and his wife, Denise. They all live in Reno, near Nina and Peter's second home at Lake Tahoe. (They also have three grandchildren by Peter's older sons, Mike and Mathias.) Nina loves golf. She and Peter live in Palos Verdes and love to travel, especially in Europe, where they spend one month a year. (rev. 1/10)
Marianne Neff-Daniels now spends most of her time in El Segundo to be near her daughter Marina and her grandchildren, Paloma (age 2) and Elias (five months). She plans to sell her "cabin" near Olympia, Washington this summer. She retired in January, 2008 after teaching high school for three years, being an at-home mom seven and working as a state mental health administrator for 27 years. She has two accomplishments that are "dear to her heart:" her son Matthew, a web designer and film-maker who had his second movie featured in the Seattle Film Festival in 2008, and her daughter Marina, a tenured ESL teacher in Los Angeles County. Matthew later relocated to Hollywood as a cinematographer. (rev. 1/14)
Carolyn Newman Brisson and her husband James (MCHS '59) have one son and two grandchildren. They operate a seafood restaurant called Kawaihae Harbor Grill on the big island of Hawaii.
Jim O’Bosky (material provided by Karen Rambeau): I retired from the U.S. Park Service in 2008. Retirement was not for me. So, after three months I went to work for Sequoia Lakes Camps. I only work part time and have plenty of time for trout fishing in the local lakes and deep sea fishing in Monterey. We have four children (two boys and two girls) and 9 grand children and love to spend as much time as possible with them. (rev. 7/10)
Vince Onofrio (material provided
by Karen Rambeau): What is my favorite memory of MCHS? As I
reflect back on my High School years I have many great memories.
However, I am stuck most by what a fantastic environment the South Bay
and Mira Costa High was for a young person to grow up. The beach,
the surf, the weather, the people and the era combined to make a unique
kind of experience that I have carried with me my entire life. It
was a wonderful foundation upon which to build and optimistic and fulfilling
life. The friendships and memories I developed then have sustained
me throughout my life in good and bad times.
Wayne Overbeck retired as a college professor after 37 years and 14,000 students. Most of those years he was a Professor of Communications at Cal State Fullerton. He also taught at USC for 11 years. He published 20 editions of a college textbook, Major Principles of Media Law (Wadsworth), before handing the task over to a younger author in 2009. To read more than you ever wanted to know about media law, check out his CSUF website. He lives in North Tustin and has houses in several other communities (including Manhattan Beach) plus one on the beach near San Luis Obispo. His cabin in the Tehachapi mountains was destroyed, along with 100 other buildings, during a14,000-acre fire in 2011. (rev. 5/2012)
Joe Owen and his wife of 37 years divide their time between Cancun, Mexico, and Manhattan Beach, where Joe works 4-6 months a year as a General Contractor. They have two sons, 35 and 33, plus one grandson. Joe's wife teaches in Lennox one semester a year and they both work as dive instructors when they are in Mexico.
Jan Owens-Martinez lives in Los Gatos and does consulting with high-tech companies by telecommuting ("the only way to work") after a long career with Control Data Corp. Her husband is CEO of a data communications company based in France and expects to retire soon. She has one stepson, 25. She loves to travel and has spent a lot of time in Mexico (her parents moved to Guadalajara). She did graduate work at the University of Guadalajara after UCLA.
David Parson lives in Yucaipa, CA. He is a retired high school history and French teacher. He and his wife Carolyn have been married 43 years and have 14 grandchildren. They love to travel in Europe. (4/09)
Barbara Pennington Harris lives in Sun City, Calif. She has a son and a daughter, and writes more about her life and her family in a new item on the MCHS60 Sharing page. (rev. 4/09)
Sharon Peterson retired in December, 2002 after a long and successful career as an Olympic-caliber volleyball player and volleyball coach at the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus). A five-time All-American herself, she coached Hilo to seven national championships. She was recently profiled in Honolulu's leading newspaper--in an article that mentioned Mira Costa twice! (rev. 4/18/05)
Peter Philp lives in Newport, Rhode Island, works for IBM and still travels a lot. He moved there in 1996 after 20+ years in the Caribbean. He also lived in Greece--and points out that he's always lived near the ocean. Pete is single and has a 32-year-old daughter plus a grandson, born in November, 2001, and a granddaughter almost three years old. (rev. 4/29/02)
Carol Rawle retired as a California State Park Ranger in 1994 and moved to a "perfect spot" in the southern Rockies of Colorado. She has "36 acres, a small cabin and trees as far as the eye can see." Although she has electricity and now phone service (so she can be online), her mail box is a 20-minute drive and she hauls her water from a town 15 miles away. Carol also cuts all of her own firewood for heat! She adds: "I live alone and after giving marriage a fair try, have discovered the bliss of solitude." She has three kids, all now in their late 30s, and four grandkids. Along the way, she got her college degree at UC Santa Cruz at age 40!
Lona Raymond has lived in Florida for the past four years. She is a legal assistant in downtown Tampa and "enjoys it very much," but says she didn't enjoy the recent hurricanes! Her daughter and granddaughter live with her. (rev. 11/4/04)
Linda Reardon Neal wrote in 2005, "I spend a lot of time in our garden, both working and sitting by the fountain watching the birds. I think that's what happens to old people--they watch birds. I love my work as a therapist, especially leading groups. And writing is a love-hate, passionate lifetime affair. My dad still lives in Manhattan Beach and jokes that he 'can't remember what he can't remember,' now that he is turning 90. My mom was just diagnosed with Alzheimers, so my brother and I still struggle with her, but in a different way now." In 2012 she reported that her father had just passed away and added this note: "I'm writing and putting my poems and essays and photographs into books, self-publishing a little, sending stuff out, still hoping for the big acceptance." (rev. 7/5/12)
Richard Redfield is with the Information Technology Division of FedEx in Colorado Springs. He re-married four years ago; he and his wife Sue, a newly retired teacher, have five sons between them but no grandchildren yet. They have taken up golf this year. They also hike and bike, but haven't done competitive running since 2000. (rev. 9/9/05)
Richard Scott Rehart is a commercial real estate developer in Portland, Maine and "for fun" owns El Mirador Mexican Delicatessen at the Portland Public Market (check out his menu at www.portlandmarket.com). He's been out of touch ever since the 10th reunion, which he attended, but his son found the Class of '60 website and e-mailed him the link. (rev. 6/12/02)
Karen Richards Rambeau retired from Boeing (formerly North American Aviation) on April 1, 1999 (no fooling) after 35+ years in Human Resources. She married Roger (Mike) Rambeau ('59) in 1964; they still live in Manhattan Beach and love it! Karen is active in a charitable sorority, raising funds for children with disabilities. She loves golf, gardening, visiting family and "going to lunch as often as possible." She wants to hear from MCHS '60 classmates. (rev. 2/8/02)
Lynn Richardson is an artist living in Santa Barbara. She specializes in netsuke carving, as did her late husband, Armin Muiller. To learn more, visit a website featuring her work and her biography: http://www.sculpture-intense.com. (rev. 10/10/02)
Norma Rockman has been working at L.A. County's Department of Children and Family Services for 22 years and plans to retire at 25 years. Meanwhile, she says, "the Mira Costa High Mustang is a good omen. I took up hoseback riding a few years ago and continue with lessons and riding as much as I can, given a busy schedule. Horses are my passion and my joy." A licensed marriage and family therapist, she likes to coach human/equine relationships. (rev. 2/26/09)
Grace Roehl Van Dusen is a homemaker. She and her husband, Gary, lived all over the world during his Air Force career before returning to live in Torrance. They have four children (Geoff, Gail, Gloria and Gretchen). Gretchen and Gail both live in Torrance--so four of their five grandchildren are local. A violinist ever since school days, Grace is in the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra. She and Gary celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June, 2002. (rev. 5/8/05)
Joseph Rohan now lives in Seattle. He is semi-retired and has two daughters 27 and 16. He enjoys camping, reading and computer networking--and still owns a 1959 VW with a full-roof sunroof!
Don Roland retired in 2006 as Chairman and CEO of Vertis, Inc. an integrated $2 billion advertising services company with over 9,000 employees and facilities throughout the United States and United Kingdom. In 2003, Don and only three others were selected from hundreds of nominees to be inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame. In 2005, Vertis under Don's leadership was named one of Fortune Magazine's "most admired companies" and was ranked #1 in the social responsibility category. In 2008, Don was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the School of Business and Economics at California State University, Los Angeles. Don and Kathy, his wife of 50 years, moved to Annapolis, MD from Southern California 20 years ago. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary by taking their whole family to Hilton Head, SC in June--when everyone can be there. Their actual wedding anniversary is Feb. 1. They have three children and four grandchildren. Two grandchildren are in California, Bethany and Ryan. They are college-age. In addition, Kathy and Don now also have two East Coast granddaughters, Emma and Charlotte, who are four and two years old. Don says, "the four grandchildren give Bi-Coastal a whole new meaning!" Don loves boating and fishing and is enjoying life on the Chesapeake Bay. He is also heavily involved in community activities with organizations ranging from the University of Maryland to the Annapolis Rotary Club. (rev. 1/5/14)
Dennis & Sharon Windsor Ross (material provided by Karen Rambeau): After graduation Dennis Ross and Sharon (Windsor) Ross married in May of ’61’. Dennis enrolled at El Camino and graduated in 1963. He then went on to Long Beach State where he graduated in 1966 with a B.A. in Industrial Arts and a special secondary teaching credential. Dennis taught at Palms Jr. Hi 1967-68 and then at MiCoHi 68-69 taking John Honaker’s place in the Woodshop. Meanwhile Sharon was home raising three girls, giving up their job at T.W.A. (Trans World Airlines). The Ross’s moved to Ventura Co. in ‘1969’ locating in Ojai. Dennis did carpentry work as well as continuing advertising distribution for So. Bay Daily Breeze. Later in ‘1971’ he established “Dennis Ross Trucking” as an owner-operator hauling rock, sand & gravel, or constructing trucking. Dennis and Sharon have lived in many places throughout Calif over the years, Ojai Applegate, Meadow Vista, Mt. Shasta and Fort Jones in beautiful Seatt Valley. We now have six grandchildren (5 girls and 1 boy ages 8 to 27). This past March 2008, we had our first great-grandchildren a little boy. Dennis is semi-retired from the trucking business and Sharon continues to enjoy the children, grand children and great-grand child. Life has been good, we have been very blessed. (rev. 1/10)
Karen (Kay) Ruppert Darras has been married to Bob Darras, a family physician, since 1988. Between them, they have five children (Kelly and Michael are Karen's) and eight grandchildren. They live on Bermuda Dunes Country Club near Palm Desert. Karen has started a new business; she and Bob love golf and travel. (rev. 2/10/02)
Barbara Rycroft Colee writes: "(I) married Eric Colee (Class of 1957) in 1960. We have three children (Tony, Jeff & Jana), five grandchildren (Anthony, Ricky, Haley, Cameron & Jordan) and one great grandchild (AJ). Eric and I divorced in 1988 and remarried in 2003. Much better the second time around. Still live in Washington state. I am very lucky to have all my family living within 30 miles." (rev. 1/14)
Susan Sage Anthis lives in Shingletown, CA with Gary, her husband of 46 years. They have two sons, Todd (married to Keli) and Scott (married to Kris), plus 10 grandchildren. She retired in 2004 after 20 years at Shasta College as an administrator and teacher. (rev. 1/10)
Pamela Sanborn Crause has lived in Placerville, CA since 1972. She has two daughters and five grandchildren. She was also a rancher for many years, raising sheep--until "coyotes and mountain lions found us/them." Now retired, she enjoys weaving, sewing, some travel, and fun with grandkids, cats and dogs.(rev. 4/09)
Rich (Dick) Saum and Tally, his wife of 43 years, live in Paradise, Calif. and have three adult children plus three grandchildren. Rich retired from the Postal Service and is now pursuing several dreams. Among them: he is writing a book about his great grandfather and in 2004 he took part in an archeological "dig" near Qumram, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Earlier he was a "bivocational" pastor of several churches. For a longer description of his family and activities, go to the Sharing page on this website. (rev. 4/18/05)
Pam Schillinger Gaskell lives at Ladera Ranch in Orange County. She spends time with daughters Georgia Dee and Gina Lee. Her grandson Logan James is "the light of my life," Pam says. (rev. 1/10)
Dennis Scholl has closed down his trade show business after years of traveling all over the country to set up shows for clients. He now has an import business, bringing in pieces from Nepal, Bali and other exotic places. His big news: his friend Vicki McDermott, with whom he's lived for four years, "has convinced him to get married!" She teaches at Western High School in Anaheim; they live in Cowan Heights near Tustin.
Ken Sigafoos and his wife Jeannie have moved to Arizona. In 2014 they sent this message: "(We) moved to Surprise Arizona in July of 2012. Ken happily putters around in his 'rock' desert landscaping attending to his happy cactus plants and trees. (easy maintenance, eh?) We love tripping to the Grand Canyon, Wickenburg historical sites, and Indian ruins as well as old western towns like Tombstone. The warm sun and dry weather is a blessing to sore joints and the o’ lungs. Jeannie is the “scouter” in the family working with the Lake Pleasant District/Grand Canyon Council, Boy Scouts of America. (let’s face it, she never grew up and still embraces her “fox” patrol critter from Woodbadge). Ken remains active with his weights and keeping fit, and Jeannie sings in choir, swims at the pool, and works part time at the church. Happy in a Phoenix Wonderland… " (rev. 1/5/14)
Christie Smith Goodwin (material provided by Karen Rambeau): Life is good in Colorado. We’ve made this home since 1974, with the exceptions for 2 years in Saudi Arabia and 3 in South Carolina. Our children and 5 grand children live near by and are all thriving and wonderful. Currently l’m a quilter in a group making quilts for children at risk, substituting as a reference librarian and I keep running into dead ends (no pun intended) in genealogical searches. My husband, Lance (Narbonne ’58) is midway through a cross country bike ride. It will take 9 weeks and they ride about 80 miles a day. If my knees weren’t titanium, I would not have this as a long time goal. We meet occasionally for a day together - Missoula, Minneapolis and finally Boston. All that’s lacking in my life is quick access to the pain free. I’m looking forward to visiting with old and new friends in September 2010. (7/10)
Kagel Smith retired as a Northwest Airlines pilot after 34 years. His wife, Pat, retired as a school teacher with 41 years of service. They have three children, Brant (39), a mortgage broker in Phoenix, Austin (32), a pilot for Horizon Airlines in Portland, and Nikki (31), a captain for Skywest Airlines in Denver. They have one granddaughter, Savanna (10). (Rev. 8/10)
Darla Sowers Calhoun is founder and director of the Agape Children's Ministry. Founded in 1993, this non-profit organization rescues abandoned kids, mostly boys, from the streets in Kenya, East Africa. The ministry has grown to serve more than 160 students in a home, a school and a vocational training center. A recent highlight: the group's Boy Scout troop took first place in a national camping competition. To learn more about this organization, visit www.agapechildren.org. Darla says her husband, Dr. Paul Calhoun, has just retired as CEO of Medical Ambassadors International. Together they have five grown sons and five grandchildren. (rev. 7/25/05) Darla sent this news in 2016: Guess what! I just wrote a book! Something I never expected to do. Now I wish Miss Stansbury could know this after all those papers we wrote for her! The book is called "Agape's Children - Freed from the Streets" and it's about the work we do in Kenya with street children and how this all got started. The book is available at Amazon.com in paper back and kindle versions. It's also being sold at Barnes and Noble. Or people can go to www.agapechildren.com and get a 20% discount. The chapters are short and I hear it's also a good book for homeschoolers. Hope you'll enjoy it! (10/2016)
Peggy Stone Bodmer has written an item for the Sharing page concerning her recovery from a major stroke in 2005. If you haven't already seen it, please check it out. (rev. 6/25/08)
Robanne (Bunny) Steyn Cowell loves retirement. She lives in Manhattan Beach and has four grandchildren (two boys and two girls). (rev. 4/09)
Bob Stichter is moving to Ensenada, Mexico, in September, after 22 years in the Marine Corps and 15 years as a high school history teacher and counselor. He has now been remarried over six years. He and his wife have rented a house in Punta Banda, about 17 miles south of Ensenada, as a temporary home while they are locating a home to buy close to town. "This is the only way we can return to the beach," he writes. (rev. 4/18/05)
Jerry Stidham and Cheryl, his wife of 40 years, have moved from South Laguna to San Clemente. Both of their daughters, now 37 and 33, are happily married as well. One lives in Monterey County (where the Stidham family lived during the 1980s) and has two daughters. The other lives in El Dorado Hills east of Sacramento. (rev. 2/24/04)
Margaret (Peggy) Stone Bodmer lives in Redondo Beach with her dog, Muffy. She has six children and 12 grandchildren and runs a small accounting/bookkeeping business in Torrance. She enjoys seeing friends and really enjoyed the 40th reunion. (rev. 4/15/05)
Darryl Stucker is a longtime high school principal who is now Director of Adult Education in the San Lorenzo Unified School District in the East Bay area. Read his description of his family and activities on the Sharing page. (rev. 2/15/02)
Kathy Taylor Graham (material provided by Karen Rambeau): I have 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter, 1 grandson and 1 great grandson. He is almost 3 1/2. His nickname is “TORANDO”!!!! I retired from United Airlines in October 2002, after 37 years. I also worked my reflexology practice for many years; but had to close my offices the end of December 2007 because of severe ankle fracture that laid me up for 9 months. Now I am a gimp and I walk with a limp!!! Oh well. Hope to see all of you at the reunion. (7/10)
Bob Terhune, who attended Mira Costa as a freshman and graduated from Aviation High in 1960, lives in Olympia, Washington. He and his wife Shirley recently spent a day on the Italian Riviera with Renzo Ferraris, visiting the quaint little village of Cervo, with its beautiful Baroque Cathedral, and lunching in Rive Ligure at a seaside outdoor restaurant. In late 2013 they spent two more days with Renzo on yet another visit to Italy. Bob has contributed a fascinating account of his visits with Renzo, his MCHS memories and his life since then to the Sharing page. (rev. 1/14)
Steve Thompson (material provided by Karen Rambeau): I have been happily retired for 5 years after spending 35 years working in Boise Cascade Corporation’s office products distribution group. My wife, Melinda, and I continue to live in the San Francisco Bay area in Menlo Park, where we have been for 37 years. Our son and his family, including a wonderful grandson, live in West Lim OR, near Portland. We are very fortunate to spend time with them several times per year. I’m looking forward to our class reunion, and to renewing old friendships. (Rev. 7/10)
Matt Turner is semi-retired and lives in Redondo Beach. He is looking forward to seeing as many people as possible at the 50th reunion. (rev. 1/10)
Nancy Vening Cypert has returned to Palos Verdes Estates. Ed Cypert, her husband of 40 years, passed away in 2003--soon after retiring as chief operating officer of TRW's Systems & Information Technology Group in Reston, VA. Nancy has two children: Jill (39), who lives in Kauai, and Chris (36), who lives in the South Bay. (rev. 11/21/04)
Michael Weaver and his wife Jan live on 18 acres near Grass Valley, Calif. He makes wine and does a lot of bicycle riding, among other things. He sent an item for the sharing page in July, 2010.
Steffie White Lowder has lived since 1971 in Lexington, MA. She and J. Lowder, her husband of 44 years, have three married daughters (Laura, Amy and Anna) and 10 grandchildren. She recently retired as a reference librarian at the local public library in Lexington. She loves golf, tennis, biking, knitting and the beach. She spends a lot of time in Chatham, which is the "elbow" of Cape Cod. "Even though I can't partake, it is wonderful to see such an active class - I love all the photos," she writes. (rev. 3/2/09)
Vickie White Costello and her husband John live in Portland, OR. To see a detailed description of her life since high school, check out the Sharing page on this website. (rev. 2/8/02)
Bob Wildenberg sent an item for the Sharing page in 2008 and sent an update in 2016 to say that his two granddaughters, who were MCHS students then, have now graduated from college (at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA, respectively). His oldest daughter, Jennifer, is still a counselor at Mira Costa. (rev. 11/11/16)
Sharon Windsor Ross (see Dennis and Sharon Windsor Ross)
Gary Wingate lives in Greenvile, a small town in the High Sierras, and owns a business called Summit Fence. He's been a licensed contractor for about 20 years. He raised four children and owns a home on two acres. He has traveled all over the country and spent a lot of time in Mexico. (rev. 2/8/02)
John Winter had a successful triple bypass in 2011 and is now living in San Diego except when he needs to return to Phoenix to deal with his rental properties. He said in 2010 that he was living in a 1912 Craftsman-style home with rental units on the grounds. He writes, "this takes most of my time remodeling and upgrading. I volunteer time and am on the Board and Treasurer of PAWS of San Diego County. (Pets Are Wonderful Support). We are volunteer run and have over 200 clients." His son, a contractor, has returned to California after 15 years in Iowa and Oregon. "Life is basically good," he says. He submitted a posting to the Sharing page in 2010. (rev. 5/12)
Stan Yetter retired from TRW (now Northrup Grumman). He and Wanda, his wife of 42 years, have three adult children and five grandchildren who live close by. They are active in church and son’s mentoring ministry in the inner city (Pico Union). He and Wanda still enjoy playing beach volleyball at Marine Street. (Rev. 5/10)
Ricky Young has been married
30 years this September and says, "my wife is an angel." He is still
surfing. He had a retail surf shop for eight years ("and spent all
my daughter's college money on that venture"). (rev. 7/1/05)
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