I'm sorry to have to pass along from Eleanor Powers Beebe the sad news that our classmate Susan Derby Purcell passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, December 11, 2016. See her In Memoriam listing.
Marjorie Pyka Glenn (Lamar '56) passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017. (Obituary and condolences at
Jim Moncus has been honored by Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Louisiana Governor and First Lady Edwards as one of the five 2017 Louisiana Legends. (See http://www.lpb.org/index.php/legends) This award “honors the best and brightest of Louisiana’s sons and daughters who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines and have brought honor to the state.”
Jim will be honored at the 2017 Louisiana Legends Gala and Auction at the Old State Capitol on Thursday, March 30, 2017. If you can't make it to the Gala, you can watch LPB's coverage of the event (including a brief profile of/interview with Jim) either on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting station in Louisiana or on LPB’s website (http://www.lpb.org, then click "Watch Online") at 7:00 p.m. central time on April 11th. A more extensive profile of and interview with Jim individually will air
on the LPB station and on lpb.org later this year.
From deep in the heart of blackness (well, ok, on the edge of the hurricane stuff), let me make a suggestion to those of you who are "animal people," which describes most of the people I know (or care to know). If you are considering making a donation, keep in mind that your pennies are nothing but a spit in the big well of the Red Cross and Salvation Army. The affected people have all of those resources plus the federal government, etc., etc. Millions of animals have perished, and some have been rescued and evacuated-mostly cats and dogs, some horses. Having been involved with an animal welfare organization for the past 2 years, I know that these organizations, even in the best of times, operate on the edge of financial disaster. Now, . . . . Amounts of money that are insignificant to the big charities are windfalls to the small animal organizations. Believe me, even $20 is something to ooh and ah over. So, please consider diverting some of your compassionate dollars to these creatures who didn't have the opportunity to get out--most of the people could have and in fact, were ordered to. The animals had no such option. Also, if you agree with this, please send it out to other animal people you know. If you want recommendations as to recipients, I will be happy to look into the options.
Richard and Louise have been working hard to make the website simpler and cleaner and clearer. We hope this meets those requirements! You'll note that no password is required to visit certain pages or to download documents. The only sensitive material on the older site was your contact information. That is NOT posted on this website. Richard will continue to maintain as accurate a list of such information as is possible. You can always email him to request information on how to contact an old friend. Your stories of adventure and family will now be in this blog - loosely categorized. Let's keep it refreshed! You'll also find details on the 60th reunion on the new site, Otherwise, we just cleaned things up! Enjoy!!
p.s. Yes, we know it's not in chronological order for past entries - just a byproduct of lots of tweaking.
Garrett Waddell , reports that “Yep, My wife and I retired from Bechtel in September of 2009, and moved back to our Lake Granbury home just south of Fort Worth.”
Calling all Wilson Elementary alumni among you (or elsewhere): You may recall that back in June you were asked to help raise money to renew the playground at Wilson. Within a few hours of that note going out half a dozen of you had responded. Thanks! Mark White (Lamar '58) now reports that “The school, neighbors, Parks Board and alums are in the final stages of raising money to complete the newly designed play ground or wonderground as it is styled.” A reception for Wilson Elementary graduates is planned for April 26, 2012 and Mark would like all you Wilson alumni out there to send him your postal and/or email address so that you can be formally invited to that reception. You can send your contact information directly to Mark at email@example.com. For more information on the project, including drawings and descriptions of the planned renovations, see http://wilsonspark.org/p/WilsonWonderGroundSparkPark.pdf . Don't miss out on the chance for a reunion with your fellow Wilson graduates.
At the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Luncheon Jonathan Day, “a well respected lawyer in Houston” and a Lamar '58 classmate, will be one of the four honorees. The luncheon will be held May 3, 2012 at the River Oaks Country Club (well known back in the day as the “other” country club anchoring the ends of River Oaks Boulevard).
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