Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar High School
Houston, Texas
Class of 1957 Web Site

This photo is from Orenda '57

Updated 18 October 2015

Classmates | | Missing Classmates

March 2013: I have permanently moved the Lamar 1957 site to this new URL, and am planning to catch up with a lot of information for this web site that I haven't had time to enter. Unfortunately, that includes several obituaries. I am now using italics for the name of deceased classmates. Check back from time to time. You can also send me new information and it should be put up promptly. My email address for this is lamar @ amesiowa.us


The Fiftieth Reunion in November 2007 has come and gone! A great success thanks to all the work by Nancy Nunnery Brock and her crew. I'll be putting up some reports and photos over the next weeks and adding new material, like pages directly from Orenda '57. Keep checking back from time to time. And, oh yes, missing classmates are still turning up.

There were two events, on Friday and Saturday nights: Friday night a barbecue/dance at the nursery, with live music from the Grateful Geezers, and Saturday night a buffet dinner at the River Oaks Country Club, with DJ dance music.

At the 50th Reunion in November 2007 Tommy Feagins provided the following information about 559 Lamar 1957 High School graduates whose whereabouts are known:
132 or 23.6% live out of state
342 or 61.2% live in the Houston metropolitan area
85 or 15.2% live elsewhere in Texas Out of State 132 23.6 % Houston Metro Area 342 61.2 % Texas 85 15.2 % Classmates 559


  • Remember Gail Jordan, Lamar '59? She performed at the Houston Club, often singing with Eddie Gerlach's Orchestra and also with the Roberto Compean Quintet. She passed away in 1997, and her son, Danny Gillespie, is trying to locate records of her singing. If you can help, contact Danny at danny@idealflow.com.
  • Email me (at lhodges@iastate.edu) some information about yourself and what you've been up to the last few decades, and perhaps attach a nice picture of you or your family. See the examples below. If you have your own web site, let us know about it.
  • Do you remember what you looked like October 28, 1956? And who took your picture that day? I've scanned my copy of the panoramic class photograph (in five parts, reassembled but not perfectly).

Click on this photo for an enlarged version.
  • If you can identify yourself or anyone else, let me know. I can email you a higher-resolution jpeg file of yourself and those around you. I am also preparing a list of names by row and position in the row. I'm second from the right at the end of row 2 (counting from the bottom). The twelve rows I will use are marked on this photograph.
  • Here's my current list of persons identified, by row, starting from the bottom row and going left to right (but I have some new identifications to be added soon):
    1. Row 1 (bottom row):
    2. Row 2: ..., Laurent Hodges, ? (right end)
    3. Row 3:
    4. Row 4:
    5. Row 5:
    6. Row 6:
    7. Row 7:
    8. Row 8: …, Fleetwood Warner (14th from right)
    9. Row 9:
    10. Row 10:
    11. Row 11:
    12. Row 12 (top row): 9: Jarred Sloan, 10: David Spoor, 11: Ron Whiteley, 12: ?, 13: John Stanford


  • The 40th Reunion - featuring cocktails, buffet, and dancing - took place Saturday night, October 25, 1997, at the River Oaks Country Club Ballroom.
  • A large crowd of Texans and non-Texans showed up. The non-Texans were mainly from the West Coast - not many from the East Coast or the Midwest. Beth Clark Price came all the way from London!
  • Everyone looked great! (Maybe those who don't look great didn't come?) Mature and dignified, for the most part. Sure, the average weight of the class seems to have gone up a few pounds, but many classmates would fit into their 1957 outfits.
  • An incredible number of different occupations and activities: aerospace engineering, architecture, art, chemical engineering, dermatology, graphic art, law, military, physics, surgery, writing, .... Some still active, some retired.

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  • A colleague who went to a 40th Reunion in Missouri a few years ago warned me I'd be surprised by how many big egos there'd be, so I was expecting some. I WAS surprised! Zero, as far as I could tell.
  • Thanks to the committee that organized the reunion: Jim Bertrand, Penny Hess Butler, Ernest Conner, Peggy Wheeler Parks, Amy Bradford Ufer, Nancy Nunnery Brock, Colette Lebourg Grinstead, Carolyn Burton Hamilton, Rhetta Duty Davis, Tommy Feagins
  • If you didn't make it and haven't yet contacted the reunion group, email Ernest Conner at ernestc@cyberramp.net.


Names of deceased classmates are in italics

Alborn, Ray

  • Honored by Lamar as a Distinguished Lamar Alumnus, April 17, 2013
  • Football letterman at Lamar: B team in 1954, A team in 1955 and 1956.
  • Attended Rice University and played as a defensive tackle 1959-1961.
  • Head football coach at Rice University from 1978-1983 and at Lamar University 1986-1989.
  • Elected mayor of Ruidoso, New Mexico, in 2010.
  • Wikipedia article on Ray Alborn

Allison, Jim Choyce

  • Graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a degree in Business Administration.
  • First marriage to Marilyn McKee of our class; two children (Jennifer and Julie) and four grandchildren.
  • Married for 29 years (as of early 2006) to Judith (Judy) - one daughter, Amy, graduate of the law school at the University of Washington in Seattle, now an attorney in Seattle.
  • Lived on a ranch aout 60 miles southeast of Dallas. Previously lived two years in Frisco, Texas. Previously lived 24 years in Imperial, Nebraska.
  • Was a real estate broker in the states of Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Texas. Judy was a real estate broker in Texas and Nebraska. They also brokered mortgages.
  • Jim displayed his musical talent on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on December 19, 2005. Read about it here.

Jim provided the information above some years ago. Unfortunately, he passed away on October 22, 2010. Here is his obituary:

Jim Allison

Services for Jim Choyce Allison, 71 of Eustace will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank. Minister Chris Schoolcraft will officiate and interment will follow at the Moorehead-Melton Cemetery.

Allison was born Sept. 16, 1939 in Jacksonville and died unexpectedly Oct. 22, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Previously of Imperial, Nebraska, he was a resident of Eustace for the past eight years. He recently retired from Allison Realty, Inc.

He worshipped with the First United Methodist Church in Mabank and was also a Rotary Club member and involved with the Sabine-Neches RC&D.

He graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1957; and in 1963, he graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in chemical engineering and business.

He put himself through college on a track scholarship, throwing the shot and discus for the UT track team.

After graduation, he worked for Humble Oil, as a chemical engineer. Other careers followed, including stockbroker, rea estate broker, appraiser, aviator, quirky musician and entrepreneur.

He married Judith Merrit in 1976. After 24 special years of living the good life in Nebraska, they moved to Texas and settled on the old family homeplace in Eustace, which Jim dearly loved.

He cherished his family and his many, many friends. We will miss him dearly and forever remember his smile.

He is survived by his loving wife, Judith Allison, Eustace; daughters Jennifer Frankovsky, Austin; Julie Rowland and husband Tipton, Austin; and Amy Allison of Seattle, Wash.; brother Brian Allison, Denton, grandchildren Drake and Chase Rowland, Joseph and Brooke Frankovsky; other family and many loving friends.

Pallbearers are Brian Allison, Tipton Rowland, Ryan Crossman, Lee Traghella, Rusty Pharmakis and David LaRue with honorary poll bearers Johnny, Harvey and Bobby Allison and Glen Cornelius.

Alvarez, Paul Cate (Jim)

From the Houston Chronicle (June 9, 2002):

PAUL CATE ALVAREZ, died June 7, 2002 of Alzheimer's disease. Paul was born in Houston, Texas, May 30, 1939 to Margaret Cate Alvarez and John Arthur Alvarez, M.D. He was a fifth generation Texan and a life member of the San Jacinto Chapter, Sons of the Republic of Texas. Paul was a member of BSA Troop 54, sponsored by Poe Elementary School; attended Houston public schools and graduated from Lamar Senior High in 1957. Paul earned a BA from Sewanee, the University of the South and was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He later received an advanced degree from The American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird, in Foreign Trade, an MBA degree from New York University, and also obtained Certification for Financial Planning, CFP. Paul's career began with Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Paul later entered into commercial banking with City Bank of New York. He was last employed with First of Chicago and Credit Swisse of New York. Paul was a member of Trinity Church, St Paul's Chapel, in New York, City. He is preceded in death by his father in 1941. Paul is survived by his mother, Margaret Cate Weaver and brother, John Arthur Alvarez, Jr. of Houston, and four children; Paul Cate Alvarez, Jr. and wife, Mary Alice, of Austin, TX., Alicia Elizabeth Alvarez of Dallas, TX., Sibley Ann Alvarez, Dallas, TX., and Peter William Alvarez of Forney, TX., grandsons, Zane Lindsey Alvarez, Knox Cate Alvarez, and Cole Brackett Alvarez of Austin, TX., Nephews and niece, John Arthur Alvarez 111, Ray Starr Alvarez, Matthews Cate Alvarez and Starr Alvarez Zaleski. A memorial service celebrating Paul's life will be held at 1030 a.m., Tuesday, in the chapel of St Paul's Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation, in Paul's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 6161 Savoy St. Houston, TX 77036, or Sewanee, the University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. 37383.

Anderson-Riegel, Janice (Janice Anderson in 1957)

Anderson, John Turley

  • Deceased.

Bailey, Light (Light Bailey German)

  • Received B.A. and M.A. degrees from University of Houston and Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin.
  • Taught English at University of Houston, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&I, Prairieview A&M, Concordia Lutheran University, St. Edward's University, Austin Community College
  • Currently Owner, Director, Writing Teacher of Huntington-Surrey High School and Director of Writing at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Married 38 years to Bob German (Lamar High School Class of '52); two sons Raad and Kirk. Lives in Austin.
  • Email address: bgerman@gbronline.com

Baird, Brenda (Brenda Baird Connelly)

Brenda then

Brenda now

Brenda's 5 grandchildren

  • Address: 12618 Trail Hollow, Houston, TX 77024
  • home telephone 713-467-7737
  • Education/Affiliations: BA in Psychology from University of Texas; Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority
  • Occupational History: Personnel Placement Counselor
  • Has 6 children and 5 grandchildren as of 2002. Children:
    1. Don (born 4-27-60) Owns the antiques and design store "AREA" in Houston
    2. Jennifer (born 7-3-61) Lives in Jakarta, Indonesia with husband and 2 children
    3. Larry (born 4-1-63) Landscape architect in Austin Texas
    4. Eileen (born 12-28-65) Lives in Nashville, TN with husband and 3 children
    5. Tessa (born 6-3-78) Professional ballerina with Boulder Ballet; also teaches
    6. Lisa (born 12-10-80) Currently enrolled at University of Colorado
  • Currently makes period costumes for children
  • Email address: bconnelly@houston.rr.com

Obituary from Houston Chronicle, June 4, 2010:

BRENDA BAIRD CONNELLY passed away peacefully on Wednesday, the 2nd of June 2010, at the age of 70. She was born in on the 30th of June, 1939 in Houston, TX to Mary Louise Burch Baird and Dr. Vallient Clinton Baird. She is predeceased by her brother Clint Baird and is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Davis.Brenda graduated from Lamar High School in 1957 and attended the University of Texas where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was a member of The Junior League and The Women's Group of Houston.She is predeceased by her brother Clint Baird and is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Davis.Brenda is survived by her former husband, D.A. Tony Connelly and her six children: Don Connelly of Houston, Jennifer Fitts (Travis) of Houston, Larry Connelly of Austin, Eileen Smith (Jim), of Nashville, Tessa Daines (Jason) of Denver, and Lisa Connelly of Houston. The marriage ended but Brenda and Tony remained good friends, sharing the joy of their children and grandchildren.Brenda's greatest legacy is her six children and grandchildren: Garrett, (17), and Carter (15), Fitts of Houston, Cliint (15), Rachel (13), Catherine (9) Smith of Nashville, and Lea (11 months) on Denver. Like so many who were in her life, Brenda saw the potential in her children and encouraged each to their own greatness. The counsel and advice she offered was usually right-on, as her instincts were coming from a place of wisdom and caring.She was a leader in the placement field, and in 1984 was given the highest honor in the state of Texas in recognition of her expertise in recruiting and placing top administrative staff. A majority of her placements were for Houston's leading executives.Brenda's creativity and special talents showed themselves in countless ways. She was an amazing cook who would prepare beautiful meals without benefit of recipes, something she loved to do for large groups of family and friends. She was a beautiful seamstress and created items such as dance costumes, home decor for family and friends, and most recently created a complete nursery for the joy of her life, Lea.In addition to her loving children, and grandchildren, Brenda leaves her precious dog Chula, her longtime friend and housekeeper Flora Castro, and special friend Jose Contreras, who visited her daily when her health was failing. All will miss her and that special twinkle in her eye.The memorial service is to be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 5th of June, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where the Rev. Laurence Connelly is to officiate.Immediately following the service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Grand Foyer.In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of one's choice.

Baker, Albert Joseph

  • Deceased.

Baldwin, Nancy (Nancy Stokes)

  • 6750 Hillcrest Plaza Dr., Suite 304, Dallas, Texas 75230. Phone: 800-386-2631 or 972-681-2760
  • From Nancy's page at http://www.marsvenus.com:

Nancy Stokes is a TX State Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. She's been president of four organizations and in "Who's Who." *** Her Dallas practice always emphasizes Relationship Issues, from Imago work of Dr.Harville Hendrix to the best-selling author of Mars & Venus books, Dr.John Gray, by whom she was personally trained. *** Nancy enjoys brief, impactful therapy, often using NLP, interactive imagery work and Ericksonian Hypnosis. *** Seminar Author, Presenter and Public Speaker for 20+ years, overlapping 12 years of corporate world experience, perhaps makes Nancy a bit different from many therapists. She gives interactive seminars such as Dealing with Difficult People, Power Communication for Women, and Innovative Problem Solving. *** Facilitator at companies such as Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments, Nancy has instructed at four colleges (e.g., Univ. of Texas), and been a Presenter at 5 State and at 4 National Conventions. *** Nancy was a Co-Host of a weekly radio talk show in Dallas and has made several area TV appearances.

Ballard, Mary Kathlyn (Mary Kathlen Montgomery)

  • Deceased.

Barbour, Carl Curtis

  • Deceased.

Barnett, Marie (Marie Barnett Roberts)


  • Retired in 2000 as Vice President for Human Resources from 25+ years at Transocean, Inc., an international offshore drilling company.
  • Single now, living in Bellaire; has 2 children and 4 grandchildren
  • Email address: marie_roberts@msn.com

Barrett, Chauncey (Chauncey Barrett Boone)

Living in Palestine

Barzilla, Dominic

Obituary for Dominic Barzilla:

DOMINIC DONALD BARZILLA, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Monday, the 20th of October 2008 at the age of 69. Dominic was born in Houston on December 7, 1938. He attended Lamar High School, then the University of Texas where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Upon graduation he entered the insurance business where he has spent his entire career taking professional and personal care of his many clients and friends. Dominic was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cecilia Barzilla. Dominic is survived by Brenda, his loving wife of 46 years; his daughter, Melanie Bayer, and her husband, Scott; and his son, Dominic Paul Barzilla and his wife, Shanda. Dominic is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Christina, Zach and Linden Bayer and Dominic and Julianna Barzilla. He is also survived by his three brothers and sister-in-laws, Joe and Fran, Charlie and Vicki, his youngest brother, Sammy and his many loving family members. Dominic had an amazing zest for life and the most generous spirit. He was an honorable, loving, caring, and devoted man. His integrity was immeasurable. His profession of faith was demonstrated through the selfless way he lived his life. Dominic cherished spending time with his family and many life long friends. He will be profoundly missed by all. In his final days, he found great strength and comfort resting in the palms of God's hands. Now we take comfort knowing he is with our Lord and Savior. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o'clock in the afternoon until eight o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 22nd of October, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, where a recital of the rosary will be held at seven o'clock. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, the 23rd of October at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where Msgr. Frank Rossi will serve as officiant. Rite of Interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that contributions in Dominic's memory be directed to the charity of one's choice.

Bayer, Thomas Steele

  • Deceased.

Beddingfield, Burke

  • Deceased.

Beggs, Susan (Susan Beggs-Baker Lambert) - Updated November 2007

  • Graduated from Baylor University in 1961 with degree in Business Administration. Received Masters of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston in Public Health Administration in 1970, and Masters of Science (1972) and Ph.D. (1979) from Ohio State University in Health Policy and Planning.
  • 1961-1972, worked at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston mainly in the development of health information systems; 1972-2001, on the faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine mainly in the development and implementation of community outreach and education programs.
  • First marriage to Robert L. Baker, two children (J. David Baker, 1975 – People Soft Consultant in Dallas and Bonnie Baker, 1976, completing Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007 at TWU, Dallas)
  • Married in 1990 to Allan Lambert, Executive Recruiter, Watkins and Associates, Houston Retired in 2001 and live with Allan at Sun City Texas, 406 Dove Hollow Trail, Georgetown, Texas 78633; 512-863-4000. Email: dovehollow@verizon.net, enjoying every imaginable fun activity, including golf, tennis, bicycling, duplicate bridge, roller blading, swimming, etc.

Bell, Robert Joseph

  • Deceased.

Bender, Sharon Louise

  • Deceased.

Berry, James Vernon

  • Deceased.

Berthiaume, Sheridan (Sherry)

  • Education: BA Rice, BSEE S.M.U, MSIE University of Houston
  • Married Janet Carter. Has two boys, Stuart and Paul, and five grandchildren.
  • Worked for NASA - JSC, Houston. Retired in 1994.
  • Email address: sberthia@ktc.com
  • Web site: www.ktc.com/~sberthia. Check for family pictures, Sherry's nice astronomical photos, and more!

Bertrand, James Richard

Black, Richard Pat

  • Deceased.

Black, Robert Joseph

  • Deceased.

Blanton, Jane (Jane Blanton Sims)
  • Received BA from SMU and MA from New Mexico State University
  • Retired in May 2002 after many years of teaching; various subjects and levels, most recently world geography at Del Valle High School in the Ysleta ISD (El Paso, Texas). Works part-time at Sew What's New, selling sewing machines and teaching how to use them.
  • Married twice, currently divorced. Has one daughter (married, 3 granddaughters, one great-grandson) and two sons.
  • Active in Lions Club at club and district levels.
  • Address 1021 Mohegan Lane, El Paso, TX 79912; telephone is 915-833-6192
  • Email address: jane_sims@sbcglobal.net

Bloxsom, Wayne Harrison

  • Deceased.

Boor, Carolyn (Carolyn Boor Cannon)

  • In the class panorama picture: 4th row, 3rd from the right, in a plaid or checkered blouse.
  • Married; William "Bill" Sam Cannon for 43 years
  • Educated at the University of Texas
  • "My main work has been wife and mother; I have: 15 years as Girl Scout Leader, 1 term on the Board of San Jacinto Girl Scouts, 5 terms as Vacation Bible School Director, many years as Water Safety Instructor for the Red Cross, 15 years as treasurer of St. Peter's Parish Day School, and many other volunteer positions."
  • Three children; Cay (born 1961), Connie (1965) and Sam (1975)
  • Six grandchildren; Rebecca (1992), Parker (1994), Emerson (1995), Jordan (1996), Calvin (1998) and Nathan (2000)
  • "Currently I am; enjoying my grandchildren, researching our genealogy and studying the bible."
  • Address: 14726 Bay Pointe Lane, Montgomery, Texas 77356 - On Lake Conroe. Phone 936 447 5380.
  • Email address: Oma@txucom.net

Borneman, Bill Brian

  • Deceased.

Bowlin, Kathleen (Kathleen Bowlin Meyer)

Baylor, B.S. in Chemistry - after brief sojourns to U of Houston, and Western Reserve U.

In 1960, married John Paul Meyer. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, American U., Beirut, Lebanon, and U of Minn., B.A., and Union Theo. Seminary (NYC), B.D. He was ordained an Episcopal priest at St. John Cathedral in NYC.

We thus proceeded to Cleveland OH (Paul born ’61), then to NYC (Erika born ’63) and where John was grad. student at The General Seminary. Then to Alton Ill. (Johanna born ’67), and then to Carbondale Ill. (Karl born ’69) where John served as Episcopal Chaplain at the Univ., for 5 years. There, I served open house dinners once a week, while completing an M.S. from the Nutrition dept., school of Home Ec., at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.

Then on to Geneva, Ohio (northeast of Cleveland) and finally to Detroit in 1977.

1984 at Wayne State University, I completed a 2 year undergraduate program (CUP) to become a registered dietitian. I worked for the WIC and the Maternal Child Health programs, and for a couple of years in an out-patient cancer unit at Henry Ford Hosp.

We were drawn to Detroit to be part of an inner city, charismatic, communal community. An offspring of the Church of the Redeemer in Houston. We remained there only 2 years, but decided to move only across downtown to a historical neighborhood, where we eventually re-habbed an 1885 house where we still reside. In ’79 John began to minister at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, from which he retired in ’02. St. Peter’s also houses the Catholic Worker soup kitchen.

Paul lives in Cabin John Maryland, and presides over the household of his wife, Jennifer O’Connor, partner in a D.C. law firm, and Ian 6 and Dylan 4. He has worked as a programmer analyst; now studying to teach math in high school setting.
Erika is rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Cortez, CO, lives with her son Johann 9. Her husband, Carl Hedlund, (Ph.D. Univ. of Utah) died at age 38, in 2003. Before college he was a diesel mechanic, and did some work on biodiesel fuels.
Johanna is a choreographer and dancer, and earns a living as a Pilates instructor, and is married to writer, actor, Aaron Landsman, who teaches business side of the arts, etc. They live in Brooklyn NY
Karl lives in Brooklyn, and ekes out a living playing his fiddle, wherever, even on the sidewalk.

Bowman, Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Fain)

  • Deceased.

Brandes, Robert

  • Address: 312 West Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
  • Phone: 830 - 990 - 0885
  • Email address: rrbrandes@buckles.com

Brent, Robert James

  • Deceased.

Bridges, William Jackson

  • Deceased.

Brock, James Henry

  • Deceased.

Canada, Mike

  • Graduate of the University of Texas
  • Married Judy Fleming- Lamar class of 1958. We have two sons and four grandchildren all of whom live in Florida. Both sons graduated form University of Florida.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon founder member.
  • Business career took me to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for 31 years as president of Finance & Insurance Management Company.
  • Retired 2001 and came home to Cordillera Ranch out from Boerne, Texas.
  • Interests: Art, investments, traveling, hunting, fishing.
  • Sister and many friends in Houston.
  • Picture: 28th on 2nd row of class 1957 fold out.
  • Address: 554 Cordillera Trace, Cordillera Ranch, Boerne, Texas 78006
  • E-Mail: michaelcanada@gvtc.com; Phone: 830-336-3461

Cardin, Robert Walter

  • Deceased.

Carroll, Sara Catherine "Cathy" (Sara Harper)

  • Deceased.

Carter, William Harold (Hank)

Hank passed away on March 20, 2009 (obituary below)

Hank on GW Bicycle Path near Home
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Married to Lynda Craft (Lamar '58) 1961-1978.

Children: Bill bcarter@wwcom.net,

Elizabeth ecarter@bioc.rice.edu.

*Girlfriend: Linda K. Demlo 1985- present ljd5@cdc.gov.

Websites: genealogy: http://wwcom.net/carter,

family pictures: http://wwcom.net/pictures,

scientific publications: http://wwcom.net/optics,

webmaster and cellist for: http://georgetownsymphony.org.


He is listed in Marquis Who's Who ( WW in America, the World, East, South & Southwest, Science & Engineering volumes) during 1994-2002. This now reads: Carter, William Harold, physicist, researcher, electrical engineer; b. Houston, Nov. 17, 1938; s. William Henry and Fannie (Augusta) C.; children: William Harold Jr., Elizabeth Lee. BSEE, U. TX 1962, MSEE, 1963, Ph.D. 1966. Rsch. asst. U. Tex., Austin, 1962-66, program dir. O/ORD/DDS&T/CIA, 1966-69, Rsch. assoc. U. Rochester, NY., 1969-70; rsch. physicist Naval Research Lab., Washington, 1971-93; prof. U. Nebr., Lincoln, 1981-82; instr. Johns Hopkins U., Baltimore, 1989-1993; program dir. NSF, Arlington, VA., 1993-1994; vis. rsch. fellow U. Reading, Eng., 1976-77; vis. scientist applied physics lab. Johns Hopkins U., Columbia, MD. 1991-92. Topical Editor for J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, 2000-. Contbr. numerous articles to profl. jours. Cellist Alexandria (VA) Symphony, 1979-88, Georgetown Symphony (DC), 1981-02. Capt. U. S. Army, 1967-69. Fellow Optical Soc. Am., Internat. Soc. for Optical Engring. (chmn. tech. coun. 1980-82, chmn. pub. com. 1981-83, chmn. fellows com. 1986); mem. IEEE (sr., conf. chmn. 1988), Am. Phy. Soc., Cosmos Club, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi. Achievements include co-discovery of the quasi-homogeneous source model; research in coherence, in applications of speckle phenomena, and in processing of images and data from optical sensors.

Linda & Hank on PPTC Bicycle Club Cruise
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Obituary from the Washington Post, April 17, 2009:

Physicist and Engineer Researched Optics
April 17, 2009

William H. "Hank" Carter, 70, a research physicist and electrical engineer who worked for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington from 1971 to 1993 and conducted research in optics, concentrating on the statistical properties of light, died March 20 at Suburban Hospital. He had pulmonary fibrosis.

As part of his graduate work, Dr. Carter designed and built one of the first lasers in Texas. Drawing on that foundation, he conducted research on the nature of laser light, holography, digital image processing and analysis, and coherence theory, which describes the random behavior of light.

With physicist Emil Wolf, he was a co-discoverer of the quasi-homogeneous source model. This concept showed succinctly the relationship between the intensity and coherence of light at the source and at great distances from the source and was used as a starting point for many other studies.

In time, this general area of research, to which Dr. Carter contributed, evolved and facilitated the development of practical military and civilian applications, such as weapons systems, medical imaging, printing, various types of instrumentation, and industrial and commercial processes.

He was a fellow emeritus of the SPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering and the Optical Society of America, where he was a former editor of its journal. His other professional affiliations included the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and he wrote more than 80 articles for professional journals. He lectured in electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, among other schools.

William Harold Carter was a Houston native and a 1961 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a master's and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the school, in 1963 and 1966, respectively. He did postdoctoral work in physics at the University of Rochester.

During Army service in the late 1960s, he was assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency's office of research and development. From 1993 to 1994, he was program director for quantum electronics, waves and beams at the National Science Foundation.

He played cello with the Alexandria Symphony and other orchestras and chamber groups. His memberships included the Cosmos Club and Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. He had a pilot's license.

His marriage to Lynda Craft Carter ended in divorce.

Survivors include his companion of more than 20 years, Linda Demlo, who divided her time between homes in Chevy Chase and Fairfax County; two children from his marriage, William H. Carter Jr. of Littleton, Colo., and Elizabeth Carter of Yoakum, Tex.; a brother; and two grandsons.

Causey, William Thomas

  • Deceased.

Christopher, Thomas Daniel

  • Deceased.

Claiborne, Thomas Stirling

  • Deceased.
  • Member of Awahoo, Band, and Orchestra at Lamar.

Clark, Elizabeth Jane (Beth) (Elizabeth Jane Price)

  • M.A. from University of Oklahoma
  • Married since 1960 to A. J. (Tony) Price.
  • Mother of 5 and grandmother of 3 as of October 1997.
  • Currently residing in England. Has lived in Mexico, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Taiwan, Singapore, and Belgium.
  • Partner in international purchasing organization for high-tech manufacturers. Their web address is http://www.van-norden.com
  • Email address: beth@van-norden.com

Clark, George D.

  • Undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology; MBA from Texas Tech
  • Spent 14 years in U.S. Army in OR/SA Special Career Program
  • Parter in investment counseling firm in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Email address: geoclark@primenet.com

Clark, Randolph Lee

  • Deceased.

Clark, Robert Willis

  • Deceased.

Cole, Judy (Judy Cole Talkington)

  • In the class panorama photo: on the 7th row from the bottom, 12th person from the left.
  • Attended Rice University and earned a B.A. in History (1961)
  • Married to Paul Talkington (42 years). Two children: Judy Champion (a human resources consultant) and John Talkington (a computer network consultant). Three grandchildren (so far, as of 2002): Christopher (a musician) 14, Sara 6 (likely to be a teacher), and Rachel 3 (probably an engineer like her father).
  • "I have done a number of different things in my checkered career including trading the commodity futures market and computer programming for a lumber wholesaler, 9 years as Educational Technology Consultant for a local school district and most recently Information Systems Purchasing Coordinator for a local brokerage firm. I look forward to retiring in October 2003. At that time I will probably return to volunteering as a docent at Old City Park in Dallas."
  • "I especially enjoyed the information about the faculty on the web site. It is my experience that school as well as corporate culture tends to come from the top. The principal and faculty are responsible for creating and maintaining it. I have friends who don't believe me when I talk about the atmosphere at Lamar when we were there. They remember high school as a place where only athletes, cheerleaders and beauty queens got any respect. I have always remembered Lamar as a place where all talents of whatever kind were appreciated. I wonder whether our classmates have the same recollection, or if I am looking at the past through rose colored glasses. At any rate, I would love to see our class do something in honor of the faculty. Mae Gates was my English teacher for all three years and I remember her fondly. I am trying to get information about H. Lel Red, our math teacher, through the Rice University Historical Society. She was a member of the first graduating class at Rice and like so many of the faculty at Lamar had taught at Sam Houston High School before Lamar opened. My parents attended the old Sam Houston (Class of 1929). My father had math from Miss Red and took Latin under the legendary Miss Brumby. He said that he was terrified of Miss Brumby. She made him take a fourth year of Latin so her class would make and she could continue with the Latin Debate Society. I would love to hear about Mr. Duggan. Wherever he is, I'm sure he is disappointed in us because we have not re-written the Texas Constitution YET."
  • Living in Dallas at 7814 Eagle Trail, 75238.
  • Email address: p-j-talk@ix.netcom.com

Conner, Ernest Arren

  • Graduate of Southern Methodist University Law School
  • Practicing law in Dallas, Texas
  • Email address: ernestc@airmail.net

Cooper, Thomas Jackson

  • Deceased.
  • At Lamar, was member of Band, R.O.T.C., and Texas Junior Academy of Science.

Obituary from the Houston Chronicle

Thomas Jackson Cooper died on November 12, 2012. He was born June 23, 1939, in Georgetown, Texas, to Tommie and Ona Lee Cooper. His family moved to Houston in 1952. After graduating from Lamar High School, he attended Texas A&M University and was in the Texas Aggie Band. He completed his bachelors degree at Sam Houston State University. Tom worked in the Houston Chronicle mail room for about forty years.

In retirement, he filled his time pursuing his hobbies and was a member of the Bellaire Coin Club, Pasadena Coin Club and Greater Houston Coin Club. For several years, he has been a sponsor of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston and was a regular attendee at Houston Grand Opera and Opera in the Heights productions.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, by infant twin sisters Caroline and Suzanne Cooper, and by younger brother Bill Cooper. He is survived by his sisters Connie Byers and her husband John, Bette Lambert and her husband Bill, good friend Kulla Markantonis, numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank all the excellent caregivers he has had during various hospitalizations this year with special thanks to Dr. Ariel Velasco, Dr. Shiraz Dhanani and the wonderful staff at Memorial Da Vita Dialysis.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 17, 2012, in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tom's memory to the Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall St. Houston, TX 77029 or to the charity of your choice.

Cox, Charlie

  • Married to Sandy Cordell
  • Address: 2935 Country Blub Boulevard, Sugarland, TX 77478-3627
  • Phone: 281-277-9548

Culver, Linda (Linda Culver Rubadue)

  • Graduated from California State University with a degree in English/Spanish.
  • "After teaching junior high for several years, I had 2 daughters. I was married to a colonel in the air force for 18 years and lived all over the place. I worked for AT&T in Seattle, WA and then transferred to Bell Labs in Columbus, Ohio. I retired a year ago, and moved back to Seattle. My husband and I live on beautiful Lake Goodwin. I would love to hear from any of my old friends. Life for me is so perfect right now. Hearing from old friends would just be icing on the cake."
  • Email address: JohnRubadue@aol.com

Driscol, Corliss (Corliss Driscol Richardson)

  • Husband is James Richardson.
  • Address: 228 E. Sea Wall Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77550.

Dunlap, Robert J. (Bob)

Ekman, Ellen Ethel (Ellen Ellis)Name

  • Deceased.

Fargason, Karen (Karen Fargason Mauermann)

Faris, Sara Jane (Sara Jane Alameda)

  • Goes by "Jane"
  • Living in Lakeport, California
  • Email address: janea@jps.net

Feagins, Thomas Jackson

  • Received B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University
  • Principal at Walter P. Moore and Associates. (Still making the world a better place to park.)
  • Three children: Matthew (also with Walter P. Moore and Associates' Parking Division) has twin boy and girl, Susan (has 3 children), and Kelly (a graphics designer, DBA Maximum Designs) - all residing in the Houston area
  • Can be seen boating, bird hunting, fishing and playing golf.
  • Email address: tjfbigd@kingwoodcable.com

Tom is at the upper left with his son Matthew on his left. He is holding Colleen Feagins, whose brother Ryan is inspecting the toy parking garage.

Fogarty, Charlie

. . .

  • 3/28/58 Married Nancy Frost, class of 57; she passed away April 21, 2004. 1963: with pregnant wife and 3 year old son opened a custom picture frame shop. Over the next 33 years opened 43 stores including 2 chains including U-Frame-It and stores now known as Deck The Walls, a national chain with over 250 franchised locations. 1973: divorced.
  • 1984: with son Jim purchased Goodson's Cafe; at that time Goodson's sat 42, now seats 225.
  • 1984: named One Of Top 10 Outstanding Contributors to the picture framing industry over the prior 30 years.
  • 1996: married Senie.
  • Four children, 6 grand children.
  • Currently still at Goodson's, but working on plans for a new Texas theme steak house for NW Houston to be known as STEAMBOAT HOUSE RESTAURANT. The original Steamboat House was the final home of Texas hero Sam Houston. The restaurant will be all about Texas history and Sam Houston in particular, with a 16-foot statue of Sam on a 12-foot base out front, of course on the Sam Houston Parkway.
  • SENIEPF@aol.com

Franklin, William

  • Physicist
  • Currently associated with the Texas International Education Consortium
  • Email address: bfrankl@tenet.edu

Frost, Nancy (Nancy Fogarty)

  • Died April 21, 2004 of amyloidosis

Gandy, Sally Jean

  • Died April 21, 2013
  • Obituary from Houston Chronicle, April 28, 2013:
  • Sally Jean Gandy, 73, of Fayetteville, AR, and formerly of Houston, TX, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Springdale, AR. She was born August 23, 1939 in Houston to Joseph Ruel Gandy and Mary Leah (Hammond) Gandy. Sally was a Methodist, entrepreneur, an avid reader, loved to travel and cook, and her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She is survived by her three children: Tracey McMillan of Denver, CO, Karyn Derby and her husband David of Fox Island, WA, David Womack and his wife Cathy of Fayetteville, AR, her sister Susan Warzetha and her husband Frank of Montgomery, TX, and six grandchildren, Katy, Emma, Hannah, Jackson, Haley and Erin. Memorial contributions may be made to the CurePSP Foundation at PSP.org.

Gibson, Mike

  • Mike designed our Orenda '57
  • Check out his artwork on his website: michaeljgibson.com
  • Email address: michaeljgibson@yahoo.com

Greenman, James Mason

  • Deceased.

Greenway, Judy (Judy Greenway Blunden)

  • BS degree from the University of Texas, 1961
  • In 1963 I met Nigel Blunden in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He was an electrical officer on a British passenger ship and I was a passenger.
  • He later immigrated to the U.S. and we were married in Houston in 1965.
  • We lived in San Diego in the 70’s, Shreveport, LA in the 80’s, and have lived in Marietta, GA since 1989.
  • Our son, Michael and daughter, Nicki, both live in Marietta along with our grandsons, Nigel and Ethan.
  • Although we consider ourselves retired, we keep busy working part-time, volunteering, traveling and working on our website: www.adventure-in-travel.com.

Gregg, Dick

  • Address: 16055 Space Center Blvd. Suite 150 Houston (Clear Lake), Texas 77062; Telephone/home: 281 326 5230; Telephone/business:281 480 1211; fax number: 281 480 1210
  • Spouse: Lynette Mason-Gregg
  • Education: BA (Govt) UT 1961 and JD UT 1964
  • Affiliations: Gregg and Gregg P. C. President; American Bar Assn; Houston Bar Assn; State Bar of Texas; Sigma Alpha Epsilon; Rotary Club. Armand Bayou Foundation board member. Ballunar Festival Board Member. Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation-board member. Better Business Bureau Houston-Board Member.
  • Accomplishments: Former Asst Atty General Texas 1964-5; Former President of 1. Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, 2. Space Center Rotary Club, 3. Armand Bayou Nature Center, 4. Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet and 5. Bay Area Bar Assn
  • Children: Dick Gregg III (Gregg and Gregg P.C.) , Christopher Anderson Gregg (Gregg and Gregg P.C.) Heather Elaine O’Donnell (Chicago-Atty and CPA) Mark Whitley O’Donnell (Houston-CB Richard Ellis), Vanessa Handrick (self employed singer-songwriter-NYC and Nashville).
  • Grandchildren: Parker Gregg 4 and Casey Gregg 2.
  • Current activities: City Attorney in Kemah, Nassau Bay, League City, Shoreacres and Webster, Texas. Former City Attorney in Pearland, South Houston and Seabrook, Texas. Incorporated the cities of Nassau bay abnd Simonton, Texas. Writer (monthly column) for the BAYCOMBER and soon for the Guidry News Service. Demi-character in all 4 annual performances of Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet such as “The Baron” on The Nutcracker. Parliamentarian for the named 5 cities, The Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Regional Dance America National Board and Southwest Regional (5 states) Board, The Ballunar Festival Inc.
  • Interests: writing, performing and woodcuts (linoleum block prints).
  • Email address: dgreggjr@cyberbay.net
  • Web site:www.gregg-gregg.com (Has recent photo of Dick)

Grosse, Paul Ernest

  • Wife Maria, daughter Christina, son Paul.
  • Born September 27, 1939 and died January 4, 2014 at West Houston Medical Center from an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.
  • "You may remember Paul from Lamar’s track team or his love of jazz; however, Paul was perhaps best known for his classic, metallic green Oldsmobile with dual headlights and dual exhausts." - Nancy Brock

Henry, Dorothy (Dorothy Henry Rotramel)

Hamann, George T. "Ted"

  • Died November 2000.

Harriman, Gordon Douglas, Jr. "Doug"

  • Deceased.

Hart, Louis S.

Hartung, Eugene Hilmer, Jr. "Gene"

  • Deceased.

Hedrick, Leo Scott

  • Deceased.

Hervey, Mary Pauline (Polly Hervey Perciful)

  • BS in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas (1961)
  • Married 42 years to Jerry Perciful; they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
  • "Our children attended and graduated from Texas A&M (2), Lamar University in Beaumont, and University of Georgia. Two are living in Texas - Conroe and Austin. The others are in Atlanta, GA and Tulsa, OK. We are very blessed; all are married, healthy, happy and successful."
  • "We have lived in Houston, TX; Port Arthur, Tx; Danbury, CT; Beaumont, TX; Brussels, Belgium twice and now The Woodlands, TX. My husband held various management positions with Texaco Inc. for 35 years. We have now retired to The Woodlands, TX where I continue to enjoy my life as a wife, mother, community volunteer, and grandmother."
  • Address: 82 South Shawnee Ridge Circle, The Woodlands, TX 77382
  • Phone: 281-363-9087
  • Email address: pollyper@sbcglobal.net

Hess, Penny (Penny Hess Butler)

Hodges, Laurent - Updated December 2007

  • Address: 2115 Coneflower Court, P. O. Box 1238, Ames, IA 50014-1238.
  • A.B., A. M., Ph.D. degrees all from Harvard University
  • Member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa from 1966 to 2005; retired as Professor Emeritus in August 2005.
  • Author of a textbook, Environmental Pollution (Holt Rinehart & Winston, 1973; 2nd edition 1977).
  • Married Linda Feitl (Simmons '64) in New Britain, Connecticut, in 1966. Two children: Andrew and Katherine.
  • Linda was a food and travel writer for newspapers for many years and is the co-author of The Hippocrene Language and Travel Guide to Ukraine (5th edition, 2011).
  • Email address: lhodges@iastate.edu
  • Laurent's and Linda's web sites are accessible from AmesIowa.US.
  • Lives in an award-winning passive solar home. Our retirement activities center around gardening, ballroom dancing, and travel (favorites: France, Ukraine).

House, Glenn Curtis

  • Attended Rice University and Tulane University
  • Currently an architect in Houston (House Reh Burwell Architects)
  • Email address: hrba@hrba.com

Hollyfield, Joseph Henderson, Jr. "Jay"

  • Deceased.

Hudspeth, Bill

  • B.A. from Amherst College; J.D. from University of Texas Law School
  • Current activities: Chairman/CEO, Austin Trust Company; Director, Marbridge Foundation, Westenfield Development Company, Thornhill Securities; Advisory Director, Settlement Home, Caritas
  • Divorced. Two children: Ann Marie Hudspeth, 11/6/69; Jenny H. Stone, 5/31/71
  • Interests: hunting, fishing & golf
  • Address: 3509 Fawn Creek Path, Austin, Texas 78746
  • Telephones: 512-347-0788 (home), 512-478-2121 (business), 512-478-2616 (fax)
  • Email address: bhudspeth@austintrust.com

Jenkins, Robert Wesley

  • Attended Rice University majoring in math and physics.
  • Married Nancy Elizabeth Taylor (Bellaire '59) in1960 and have two children David (Texas A&M grad) and Elizabeth (TCU grad).
  • Worked for American General Life Insurance Company in Houston until 1985.
  • Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
  • Moved to Denver, Colorado in 1985 to work for Security Life of Denver.
  • Became a consulting actuary in 1995.
  • Toys: telescope, camera, piano, computer.
  • Email address: RobertJ@4DV.net

Jones, Nancy Ellen Jones (Nancy Ellen Jones Akin)

  • Attended University of Houston for a year
  • Married Aubrey (Buddy) Akin in 1958. He was a pilot in the U.S.A.F. They lived in Savannah, Georgia; Bermuda; Travis Air Force Base, California; Lebanon, Illinois. He was killed in a plane crash in 1971.
  • Moved back to Houston with her two boys in 1972.
  • Retired from Reliant Energy. Has 4 grandchildren.
  • Email address: njakin@aol.com

Jones, Norman

  • Died in a car accident in 2005.

Kantzer, Taylor Michael

  • Died October 19, 1995, reportedly on a highway in Texas.

Keathley, Karen

  • Spent 20 years in the field of psychiatry, and is now semi-retired.
  • Divorced and living in Webster, Texas (P.O. Box 57460, Webster, TX 77598)
  • Has two sons: Sammy Cunningham is a part-time salesman who is studying to teach and become a basketball coach; he has two beautiful granddaughters, Yvonne and Nickie. Tim Cunningham is a self-taught artist who has had a one man showing of his work in Galveston during the art festival and has had his work in many galleries.
  • Email address: KtMggmy@aol.com

Koehler, William Henry

Kriegel, Ann (Ann Kriegel Ludwig)

  • Graduate (English major) of Rice University
  • Formerly worked for McGraw Hill as a textbook editor.
  • Currently a travel writer living in San Francisco. A recent article on San Francisco ("Vistas along the Waterfront") was featured in the Travel section of the Sunday New York Times on November 9, 1997. Her husband, G. Karl Ludwig, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., is a general surgeon associated with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in South San Francisco, California.
  • Email address: KarlLudwig@aol.com

Lackner, Linda (Linda Lackner Wheeler)

  • B.A. (1960), M.A. (1962), Ph.D. (1971) degrees in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was involved in genetics research and teaching from 1960-1986.
  • Since 1986, has studied studio art at University of Texas, Austin, and in California. Has had a solo photography show in Huntington Beach, CA, and won prizes for computer-manipulated photographic images and sculptures in clay and plaster.
  • Contributed all the photographs for Bob German's book of poetry, Working in Clay.
  • Children: Karen (a veterinarian) and Carson (a graphic artist).
  • Email address: roblinart@aol.com

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Lanier, George William

  • Deceased.

Larmore, Lawrence

Lawson, Harry

  • Graduate of Rice University and of University of Texas Law School
  • Currently an attorney in Houston (Lawson, Weiss & Danziger)
  • Email address: harry@lwdlaw.com

Lay, Susan

  • Married to Dick Golf.
  • Deceased.

Lebourg, Colette (Collette Lebourg Grinstead)

  • Resides in Houston.

Lewis, Suzanne (Suzanne Lewis Anderson)

Lipscomb, Anne

Lovett, Ronald Alan

Luther, Homer

  • "Married Helen (Pat) Dayvault - Lamar class of 1958. We met in Mr. Mill's class, as her class was ending and mine was about to start - we had the same desk. I was always the first one to class and Mr. Mills was impressed. We have three great sons and 4 wonderful grandchildren. We recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary."
  • Graduated from the University of Texas and the Harvard Business School.
  • Had a professional career in investment management - now retired. Served 2 Presidents on "special diplomatic missions abroad" to over 17 countries including historic trips to Russia, China and the Middle East.
  • Home base now is Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
  • "In another life I was into mountaineering, ocean kayaking etc. and remain Chair Emeritus of The National Outdoor Leadership School. However, today, I'm afraid I like my comforts so I am into fly-fishing when the bite is on, canoeing when the wind is low, and skiing on sunny days. Currently involved in National Park issues, particularly wildlife and wilderness preservation helped reintroduce the wolves to Yellowstone. Also into cooking, great food and wine. Published amateur poet and undiscovered painter
  • Address: Homer and Pat Luther. PO Box 9211, Jackson, Wyoming 83002. Phone (307) 734-1436
  • One of Homer's poems:
    Last night’s wind
    tilted the little nest on its side,
    spilling music the canyon will never hear.
    Green speckled egg shells in the grass,
    scattered by a mountain wind
    that had to pass.
  • Email address: hluther@luther.com


Homer carrying a tranquilized wolf
being moved to a release site.

A Monet? No - a Luther!

McKee, Marilyn (Marilyn McKee Gum)

  • A graduate of the University of Texas.
  • Has been a special education teacher all her career, and is currently teaching school in Brenham, Texas.
  • Previously married to Jim Allison and Sonny Sengel.
  • Has four children - two are graduates of Texas A&M, one graduated from the University of Memphis, and one is attending the University of Texas.
  • Email address: marilyng@suddenlink.net. Phone: 512-966-1684

McKenzie, Phillip Alexander

McMahon, Dennis Michael

  • Deceased.

McMullan, Janet Ruth (Janet Ruth McMullan Adams)

  • Miss Houston 1958 (Miss America pageant)
  • Currently working on N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy) and Ph.D. in Natural Health
  • Email address: keeper@freewwweb.com

Mercer, Andrea (Andrea Mercer West)

  • Received B.S.N. from University of Texas School of Nursing (Galveston), M.Ed. from Mississippi State University, M.S. in Nursing from University of Oklahoma, and Ph.D. in Adult Education from the Univesity of Oklahoma.
  • Currently Professor and Dean, Kramer School of Nursing, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Married to Leonard B. West, Jr. (Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from North Carolina State University), who has his own consulting business.
  • Mother of three children.
  • Email address: AWest@frodo.okcu.edu

Milam, Harris

  • Currently living in Houston and working as an artist (including animation)

Moehlman, Linda (Linda Jenet)

  • Formerly lived in California and worked as a potter.
  • Currently an artist living in Austin, Texas
  • Email address: generate@ix.netcom.com

Montgomery, Sam

  • Deceased.

Moore, Robert L. (Bobby)

  • Address and phone numbers: 2713 Mid Lane, Houston, Tx. 77027 - 4907. Personal: 713 961 9400; business: 713 572 9500; fax: 713 572 9501
  • Married to Karen McKinney (Lamar Class of '58)
  • Education: BBA from SMU (1961); LL.B. from University of Texas (1964)
  • Licenses -- Law (1964), CPA (1966), Customhouse Broker (1995)
  • Children -- Elizabeth ('62), Laura ('64), Rebecca ('71), Robert ('74)
  • Grandchildren -- - Called ('86), Sam ('88), Ella ('00), Ruby ('02)
  • Activities and interests --Travel including motorcycle, exercise (Pilates, swimming, weights, etc.), ranch, bird hunting, reading (business, politics, autos), food and spirits
  • Career -- Retired 2001 from Arthur Andersen in Houston after 37 years in tax, 27 as a partner; new business is Family Business Consulting, a sole proprietorship
  • Civic activities: President Memorial Drive Country Club; Board of Directors Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; committees at River Oaks Country Club
  • Professional activities: President Houston Estate and Financial Forum; Chairman Estate Forum
  • Email address: rlm_cpa@sbcglobal.net

Mulitz, Mary Louise

  • Deceased.

Nelson, Tommy (Tom)

  • "Married JoAnna White in January 1962 (UT graduate, Sorority sister of Cindy Dexter, Delta Gamma) .
  • "BS Degree from Texas A&M in May 1962 and received Army commission.
  • "Served in Southern Germany from 1962 to 1965 as staff officer and battery officer, in 2nd Battalion, 78th Artillery, 4th Armor Division. Won the cold war!
  • "Lived and worked in Odessa and Beaumont from 1965 until 1970.
  • "We moved to New Orleans with two (2) daughters (Ella and Martha) in 1970 and lived in New Orleans until 2000. One daughter (JoBeth) was born in New Orleans. Ella, with our grand daughter (Kayla), lives in Katy TX. Martha lives in Philadelphia, PA. JoBeth died at age 22 of cystic fibrosis. She taught us that quality of life is important.
  • "J. Ray McDermott, Inc. (offshore contractor) has employed me for thirty years. In 2000 the company transferred me to our Houston office. JoAnna grew up in Bryan and we are both very happy to be back in Texas.
  • "The attached picture is of JoAnna and me in Germany this summer. I was on business. I have traveled the world and my interest now is to see Texas and the USA from ground level. There is no better place!"
  • Lives at 6015 Hawkes Bay CT, Katy, TX 77494-2230. Home phone is 281 392-5546. Office phone is 281 870-5282.
  • Home email address: jotan@mindspring.com
  • Office email address: tanelson@mcdermott.com

Neuhaus, Max . . . Wikipedia article about Max

Max passed away on February 3, 2009.
  • Italian address is Villa Cesina, via Belvedere Cesina 55, I-80073 Capri, Italy
  • New York office (always finds me in the end, but may take a while) is 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3304, New York, NY 10118 USA
  • Here is a description of one of Max' works which has become part of the Dia Foundation's collection; they will now maintain it in perpetuity. "Max Neuhaus' work Times Square is located on the pedestrian island formed by the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, between 45th and 46th Streets, in New York City's Times Square. The work consists of an invisible unmarked block of sound which emerges from the grating on the north end of the island.
    "The aural and visual environment surrounding this piece is rich and complex. It includes large billboards, moving advertising signs, office buildings, hotels, theaters and electronic game emporiums. Its population is equally diverse including tourists, theatergoers, commuters, shoppers and office workers. Most people are in motion, passing through the square. The island on which the work is located is at the junction of several of the square's pathways and is sometimes crossed by a thousand or more people in an hour. Yet not everyone will be aware of its existence. Its sonority, a rich harmonic sound texture resembling the after-ring of large bells, seems an impossibility within its context. Many who pass through the work will dismiss it as an unusual machinery sound from below ground.
    "For those who find and accept the sound's anomaly, however, the island becomes a different place, separate, but including its surroundings. With no indication at the site that this sound has been deliberately made, people are able to claim the work as a place of their own discovering."
  • Email address: neuhaus@compuserve.com

Nicholson, Vivian Anna

  • Deceased.

Noble, Larry Gordon

Nunnery, Nancy (Nancy Nunnery Brock)

Pace, John Charles

  • Deceased.

Paggi, Martha McReynolds (Martha Paggi Dover)

  • Married in March 1971 to E. E. "Ed" Dover (1926-2009). The Dovers lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
  • Passed away on December 16, 2009, at the age of 69, in Bartlesville, OK. Her married name at the time of her death was Martha Paggi Dover. (Reported by her daughter, Marchel “Marcy” Word Clement.)

Pauza, Joseph George III

  • Deceased.

Pennington, Judy (Judy Pennington Latta)

  • Graduated from University of Texas with B.A. in eduction, member of Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Two children: Ron (married to Mary Lee Harrison; deals with institutional investments) and Liz (married to Chris Smith, a small business loan manager for a major bank), both living in Houston. Two grandchildren: Connor Smith (3 in 2002) and Caroline Latta (3 months)
  • Retired Spring Branch teacher (28 years)
  • Active in community affairs. Secretary/treasurer for CPHOA, head of Lawn and Garden Association.
  • Living in Houston. If not there, look for her in New Braunfels on the Comal River.
  • Email address: Jpielat@aol.com

Pickle, Linda

Linda Pickle was listed as a member of our class, but we have not found anyone who remembered her. She may have been a student under special circumstances, as suggested by her obituary from the April 15, 2008 Houston Chronicle, given below.

Linda Pickle spent life helping others with disabilities (By Lynwood Abram. Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle)

Linda Pickle, who was stricken with polio at age 16 and was left almost completely paralyzed but devoted her life to helping others with disabilities, died Sunday in a Houston hospital of complications from diabetes. She was 71. "It was a very severe case of polio," said Margaret A. Nosek, executive director of the Center for Research on Women With Disabilities at Baylor College of Medicine. Pickle worked for several years at the center, directing research and conducting workshops for disabled women. "She could move one arm a little bit," Nosek said. "She spent much of her time in an iron lung until a portable ventilator was produced. She used it in a little box on the back of her power wheelchair."

Fundraiser for TIRR

Pickle's limited mobility didn't keep her from being active, Nosek said, even though she required attendants to help with basic tasks. "She never 'suffered' her disability. It was the context within which she lived, and she dealt with it very effectively," Nosek said. "She got up at 5 a.m. to get to work by 8 a.m., and used a wheelchair and a van equipped with a lift. For about 30 years, she was a fundraiser for The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research and for the TIRR Foundation." One of her projects was coordinating the annual TIRR Night at Astroworld for former TIRR patients, Nosek said. Nosek said Pickle raised funds from private sources, including foundations, and produced substantial sums for TIRR. After she retired from TIRR in the 1990s, Pickle joined the Center for Research on Women With Disabilities and later was a community advocate for the Houston Center for Independent Living, where she helped the disabled to move out of nursing homes into the community. An outgoing, cheerful person, Pickle had no difficulties in speaking and worked hard for the disability rights movement, Nosek said.

'Very spiritual'

"She was very active. She was a big fan of the ballet, art festivals, movies and eating shrimp on Galveston beach," Nosek said. "She was a free and independent spirit and very spiritual." Monica Evans, a friend and financial adviser, described Pickle as "strong and determined and a role model for me as a woman who took care of herself and struggled to help others. She did not think of herself as handicapped." Born in Cleburne, Linda Estelle Pickle graduated from high school there and earned a degree in psychology from the University of Houston. She had no immediate family. Survivors include a cousin, Anne Abbas of Dallas; a goddaughter, Katia Villalobos of Houston; and friends and attendants, Norfa Velgar, Irma Thompson, Elvia Villalobos, Laura Lopez and Mita Linares.

Pillow, Penny (Penny Pillow Bell)

  • Graduated from Rice University in 1961 with a degree in English. Received Master's Degree in American literature from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. Taught high school English for about 15 years before going to law school.
  • Received Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston, and had a solo practice in Conroe.
  • Now semi-retired from law and serving as voluntary booking agent for the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society.
  • Married to Alan C. Bell, who owns an oil and gas production company in Conroe. Penny has two children and Alan has two, and they have seven grandchildren.
  • Email address: penbell@cox-internet.com

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Pontikes, Gail (Gail Pontikes Shannon)

Address: 15931 Erin Creek Ct., Houston, TX 77062

Children and grandchildren:
Lt. Col. Edmond M. Saad, III USAF Ret., born 4/26/59. Daughter-in-law,
Eva Lou Thompson Saad born 12/29/57. Grandson Edmond Mitri Saad IV, born 8/31/90. This family was tragically killed 9/2/2004.
Brian K. Saad, CPA born 11/10/60, Single parent. Granddaughter Meredith Saad born 3/1/85, grandson Brandon Saad born 11/16/89 and grandson Cameron Saad born 4/17/92

Divorced Edmond M. Saad, Jr. (Class of 1953) in 1986.

John C. Shannon and I married in 1990. I gained 2 more children, Angie and Ray, and 2 more granddaughters, Shannon and Jennifer. After John retired (1995) from Amoco Oil in Texas City he became a licensed Realtor and assisted me in sales with Coldwell Banker Pennington Chen in the Clear Lake area. We received several honors as Top Producers for the company as well as Presidents Circle with Coldwell Banker nationally. We are presently retired and enjoy many activities including bridge, bowling and wine tasting. I am also involved with several ladies organizations including the Red Hat Society and Beta Sigma Phi.

Career History

  • Realtor/ Broker ? Licensed in 1972
  • Marketing with Title Industry 1979-1988
  • Manager/Escrow Officer 1988-1990
  • Real Estate Sales 1990-2001
  • Retired September 2001

Email address: gpandjcshannon@gmail.com

Pope, Kay (Katherine Pope Marshall)

  • Attended and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts
  • Worked in New York City for a couple of years and then at the Houston Chronicle for a year.
  • Earned a Ph. D. in English at Rice and taught for thirty years at Colorado University and then at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.
  • Married twice.
  • Living in Southport, Connecticut near her brother and his wife. "I have enjoyed each time and place, but in many ways these years are the best."

Pope, Margaret

  • Died in a car accident in 1958.

Prescott, Charlene (Charlene Harlan)

Prescott, Charles

Raatz, James King

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Houston an Master of Education in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University
  • Currently manager of Graphics Services, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
  • Active in the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Texas and has served as its President and as Chairman of its Board of Directors.
  • Jim produced our reunion logo.
  • Email addresses: j-raatz@tamu.edu (office) or j-raatz@txcyber.com (home)

Jimmy passed away on November 4, 2008. Jimmy designed & assembled our directory for the 45th class reunion as well creating as our Class of ’57 T shirts. He made many other generous yet anonymous contributions to our class as well as to numerous other “causes.” These last few years have been rough for Jimmy. May he now truly rest in peace. Here is his obituary from DailyTimes.com.

KERRVILLE — Jim K. Raatz, 69, of Kerrville, Texas, entered into rest on November 4, 2008, at his residence.

Jim was born August 18, 1939, in New Orleans, LA, to parents, Fred William & Ruth Provine Raatz. He grew up in Houston and graduated from Lamar High School in 1957. He attended Southwestern University; the University of Houston, where he received his B.F.A.; and Texas A&M University, where he received his Master of Education/Educational Technology. He married Mary Ann Jones on June 30, 1962, in Georgetown, Texas. Jim served his country for three years in the U.S. Army which included a tour in Thailand, as well as duty at Ft. Bliss in El Paso and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. For many years, Jim engaged in advertising, graphic design, and commercial photography working for companies such as Middaugh & Associates in Houston, Brazos Graphics, and also doing private consulting. He established the graphic production services at Texas A&M University to provide the academic community with editorial & graphic design, and photography services. He designed the TAMU centennial plate, the TAMU Centennial Celebration Exhibit for the Rudder Tower lobby, and the traveling exhibit which traveled over Texas. Jim was very creative; many an Aggie administrator or staff requested specialty retirement or congratulation cards designed by Jim. He was a member of the A&M United Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church in Kerrville; a 50-year member of Pi Kappa Fraternity, Bryan College Station Dinner/Dance Club (President 1999), Friends of the Symphony at A&M (FASO), Advocacy Inc. (past board member), United Cerebral Palsy Association (past president & former chairman), the University & College Designers Association, the National Computer Graphics Association, and the Committee for Employment of the Handicapped. Jim retired in August of 2001; he and his family moved to Kerrville in 2004. Jim was a special person and a problem solver. He did whatever was needed and if possible he did it anonymously. He will be remembered for his wit and compassion.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Raatz; two daughters, Tamara Raatz of Portales, New Mexico, and Rachel Raatz of Kerrville; sister, Jan Peterson and husband Norman of Spring, Texas; brothers-in-law, Bob (Mike) Jones and wife Jan of Rocky Ridge, MD, and John (James) Jones and wife Geraine of Fairview, Texas; niece, Kristen Daly and husband Paul of Rocky Ridge, MD; nephews, Tim Peterson of Magnolia, Texas, and his children Jacob and Elizabeth, Fred Peterson and wife Staci of Austin, Texas; Curtis Jones and wife Debbie of Grapevine and their daughter Whitney Nelson; cousins, Dixie Raatz of Corpus Christi, Gretchen Raatz of Austin, Bruce Kinser of Houston, and Kenny and Jenny Kinser of Spring; and his pet cat Parquet.

Special thanks to Peterson Hospice, both staff, volunteers, and Gracie the therapy dog.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the United Cerebral Palsy Organization, Center for Special Opportunities in Kerrville, Engineering Scholars Program at Texas A&M University, or Parkinson’s Research.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.kerrvillefuneralhome.com by selecting Obituaries. Select “Sign Guestbook” at the bottom of the individual memorial.

Rainbow, Wendy (Wendy Rainbow Germani)

  • Graduated from Rice University Class of 1961 with a degree in Math.
  • MBA from University of Houston 1988.
  • Divorced with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
  • Formerly an actuary (Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society) with the Texas Department of Insurance in Austin; retired August 31, 2006.
  • Email address: mgermanio@houston.rr.com.
  • Address: 41 Litchfield Lane, Houston, TX 77024-6012; phone 713-468-8360

Wendy's three oldest grandchildren: Erin 9, Justin 7 and Kathryn 6. Taken in front of Wendy's town house in Houston.

Riedel, Nancy (Nancy Riedel Conrad)

  • Painting full time with a studio in Houston at 2711 Main #212, but has a new studio under construction in Kalispell, Montana.
  • Harris Gallery is her dealer; her work is available at harrisgalleryhouston.com or spacetaker.com.
  • Nancy and her husband Walter will celebrate their 46 anniversary in August, 2007.
  • "Bright Spot" (shown below) is one of her works, many of which are going to corporate spaces and hospitals.
  • Email address: .

Rule, Jean (Virginia Rule Flippen; Mrs. Robert E. Flippen) - updated November 2007

  • Lives at 3600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3505
  • Phones: 615-383-2816 (home) or 615-298-2872 (office); email: jrflippen@hotmail.com

Saunders, Tom

  • "I was an Advisor to a Ranger Battalion of the South Vietnam Army. They were my friends who only wanted the freedoms that too many in our country take for granted or do not even recognize."
  • "I might be the only class member to retire from the military; the others did their time of one hitch. My career covered 15 years active and 16 reserves. I retired from the reserves in 1991. While in the Reserves, in New Mexico and Colorado, I worked as a civilian Education Specialist for Department of Defense and Taught at the University of New Mexico from 1976 to 1995. I have three retirements: Army Reserves, Federal Civilian, and the state of New Mexico as a Professor Emeritus. Add my social security and disability pay, the total comes out to five."
  • "I have had 31 major surgeries, a replaced knee, hip, plate in my forehead, and my stomach has 16 stables holding it together. I have been shot, blown up and given up for dead two times."

Scurlock, Werter Chappell "Chappy"

  • Born November 4, 1939 and died January 1980, according to Social Security records.

Sinclair, William Stanley ("Bill")

  • Known as "Trey" in 1957 but "Bill" now.
  • Received M.S. degree in physics from Temple University (Philadelphia)
  • Professional astronomer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1968-1979, working on Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment.
  • Worked as aerospace engineer in California from 1980-1994, including development of Global Positioning System software for civilian and military uses.
  • Received MSEE (multimedia and creative technology) degree from University of Southern California in May, 1999.
  • Now living in Los Angeles area teaching astronomy, math, and physics at local colleges. Bill is also a part-time musician, and flies airplanes for a hobby.
  • Email address: BillSincl@aol.com

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Smith, Todd Iverson

Stanford, John Paul

  • Email jps@plata.com
  • John lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • "In the class photo, I'm the one on the top row, 13th from the left end with my head in front of the mullion separating the first two vertical rows of windows."

Stolz, Sandra Lynn (Sandra Lynn Stolz Chadwick-Blossey)

. . .

  • Graduated from University of Texas at Austin with BA in English and BS in Education; from Columbia University Teacher's College with MA in Psychology; and from the Fielding Institute with a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development
  • Spent 26 years in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at Wake Forest University; later at Rollins University, Winter Park, Florida.
  • Currently President, Kaleidoscope Change Consultants, 1262 Melissa Court, Winter Park, Florida 32789 (Phone: 407-740-7758).
  • Has children and grand-children in the area (note color photo above).
  • Email address: scblossey @ cfl.rr.com

Strong, Julia Sharon (Julia Sharon Strong Tatom

Taylor, Kaffy (Katherine Taylor Mize)

  • BA ('61) & MA ('64) University of Houston, Political Science.
  • Instructor, UH Political Science until 1967
  • Two daughters, Katherine (St. John's '82) and Olivia (Lamar '84)
  • Katherine is an attorney in Houston and Olivia is a Development Director at the University of Maryland where she lives with her husband and two children, ages 6 & 4).
  • "From 1967 until 1997, I served the community in fundraising and board positions with the Houston Symphony (Golden Baton Award for Dedicated Volunteerism); Society for the Performing Arts (President & Chair); Houston International Festival (President & Chair), The Houston Public Library Board (President); River Oaks Elementary School PTO (President); UH (Outstanding Alumna 1992); Savvy Award for Community Service, and recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Cultural Ministry, among others. 1997-2000 employed by The Houston Club as Director of member relations and development with accreditation as a Private Club Certified Marketing Professional. Subsequently, worked for The River Oaks Country Club; edited a book of memoirs for a private client; and currently am organizing research materials on antique silver and linens for Phyllis Tucker of Phyllis Tucker Antiques on Ferndale. I currently serve as trustee for The Jones Hall Foundation as well as for The Excellence Fund of The Society for the Performing Arts."
  • Email KTMIZECALL@aol.com

Thompson, Terry Pat

  • Married Sharon Ross - has "two great children" and "four wonderful grandchildren"
  • Graduated from the University of Houston
  • Officer with Brown & Root, Inc. (1968 - 1987)
  • Director Bell Helicopter Textron ( 1987 - 2000)
  • Retired and operated a small ranch near Jacksonville, Texas, but have since re-retired to Borene, Texas. [October 2015]
  • Email: tandsfairwinds@gmail.com

Thompson, Michael Leroy

  • Died in 1992.

Tinney, Doris Jean (Doris Calhoun)

  • Deceased.

Todd, Patricia Ann

  • Deceased.

Trotter, Mary (Dr. Mary T. Green, M.D.)

  • Has B.A. in English from University of Texas-Auston, M.S. (from Texas A&I University) and Ph.D. (from Tulane University) in Microbiology, and M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Currently an ophthamologist in private practice in Houston.
  • Married to Reg Green. They have three sons.

Tune, Tommy . . . Wikipedia article about Tommy

  • Author of an autobiography, Footnotes: *a Memoir, published in 1997.
  • Attended Lon Morris College and University of Texas, Austin.
  • Noted dancer, choreographer, director and producer on Broadway.
  • Star, with Twiggy, of the long-running My One and Only, including an appearance at a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II. There is a CD available of the songs from this musical, starring Tommy and Twiggy.
  • Winner of nine Tony Awards, the only person ever to win Tonys in four different categories, the only person ever to win the same two Tonys two years in a row:
    • 1974: Best Actor, Supporting or Featured, in a Musical (Seesaw)
    • 1979: Best Choreographer (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
    • 1982: Best Director of a Musical (Nine)
    • 1983: Best Actor in a Musical and Best Choreographer (My One and Only)
    • 1990: Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical (Grand Hotel)
    • 1991: Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical (The Will Rogers Follies)
  • Producer of the 1994 revival of the musical Grease.

Tommy Tune sings 16 songs on his CD, Slow Dancin'. I located it under "T" in the Easy Listening section at our local Best Buy store. It's RCA Victor 09026-68322-2. Another good CD with Tommy is the original cast album for "My One and Only" (Tommy Tune and Twiggy), from Atlantic records.

Tommy Tune's autobiography, Footnotes: *a Memoir, was published by Simon & Schuster. I read it in two sittings and found it fascinating. Lamar gets one direct mention and some indirect ones, and among the many pictures of Tommy is one with Ruth Denney. "I'm a big believer in Circle and have been ever since I was introduced to it by my high school drama teacher Ruth Denney. Before every performance Ms. Denney instructed us to join hands in a big circle, thereby literally connecting the cast members into one divine human form. She'd have good words of positive encouragement to say to us, and if there was a weak link in the chain it would be strengthened. I've continued making Circle since high school and have found that it really works to align a cast..."

"Just about every other generation someone comes along and revivifies and revitalizes the American musical theater. This generation that someone is you, Mr. Tune. All of your colleagues admire your artistry, skill, and professionalism, but we admire more your gentleness and kindness to the talents with whom you work. God bless you, Tommy Tune." - Gene Kelly, in his final public appearance, presenting Tune with the Pinnacle Award.

Tommy Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings has been on tour recently.

Ullrich, Ollie

  • Died of cancer at age 31.

Vanzant, Earl A.

  • Received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Rice University.
  • After college, went to work at DuPont plant in La Porte Texas.
  • Currently engineering associate with DuPont Agricultural Products, La Porte, Texas.
  • Email address: earlavanzant@worldnet.att.net

Warner, Fleetwood (Fleetwood Warner Range)

  • Received a B.A. from UT Austin in 1960, triple majors in Plan II, history, and English
  • “Lived a lot of places I never thought I'd live - Maryland and  New Orleans, for instance - before escaping back to Texas for good in 1983.”
  • “Have two fine daughters: Katharine Fleetwood in San Antonio, and Leigh Montgomery, with my two grandsons, in Ohio.”
  • “Worked at a lot of jobs I never dreamed I'd do, covering the whole spectrum of medicine, law, the church, academics, and big business (Exxon Chemical.) All very interesting and necessary at the time, but not really me.”
  • “Have had some wonderful travels, including three trips to Israel.  I went with a small group of 15 on a study trip through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Israel for a month in the summer of 2001.  My passport entry stamps make me look like the gray-headed grandmother who MIGHT be a terrorist!”
  • “Have one book (available on Amazon), "The Reluctant Spiritual Director," and am working fitfully on another about spiritual issues in the last part of life.  That's one we all know something about at this point.”
  • “I am on the faculty of FIND, the School for Spiritual Directors in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, meeting a full day with the classes ten times a year.  Doesn't pay the rent, but isn't supposed to.  The teaching gives me great joy.”
  • “I am living a happy, comfortable, reasonably healthy, and joyous retirement in Huntsville, Texas, doing individual spiritual direction in my spare time and thoroughly enjoying the life I have been given.”
  • Address: 370 Forest Lane, Huntsville, TX  77340.  Phone:  936-291-2058
  • Email address: catacomb@sbcglobal.net

Watts, Roderick Kent

  • Worked at the Central Research Lab of Texas Instruments in Dallas, later spent a year at the Institute for Applied Solid State Physics in Freiburg, Germany.
  • Went to work for Bell Labs in New Jersey in 1978.
  • Author of Point Defects in Crystals (Wiley, 1977), co-editor of Lithography for VLSI (Academic Press, 1987), and editor of Submicron Integrated Circuits (Wiley, 1989).
  • Email address: rkw3@physics.bell-labs.com

Weikel, John

  • Worked at Texaco for 35, then retired to the hill country and lives near Kerrville, Texas
  • Married Darlene Farris in 1962; has two sons and two grandchildren.
  • Builds experimental airplanes.
  • Email address: danj@ktc.com

Whiteley, Ron Owen

  • Deceased.

Williams, David Michael - Updated November 2007

  • "After Lamar I attended South Texas Junior College for two years and the U of H for one year and then joined the Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet. I graduated from flight training in December, 1961 and was commissioned as a Navy Ensign."
  • "I served as a Naval Aviator for 20 years; retiring as a Navy Commander in Oct, 1981. Then worked as a pilot for Northwest Airlines, retiring from a B747 captain position in 1999. I feel very fortunate to have been able to fly for 40 years and enjoyed the travel."
  • "In the Navy I was stationed with Patrol Squadron 26 in Brunswick, Maine. Then I was a Navy Flight Instructor in Pensacola, Florida, attended Naval Postgraduate School twice. served as the Catapult officer on the USS Kitty Hawk making two tours off Vietnam. I wound up as a Officer Detailer with the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC where my wife was a volunteer worker at the White House. After retiring from the Navy I took a job as pilot for Northwest Airlines."
  • "My Northwest Airlines flying took me to lots of cities in Europe and Asia. My favorites were Hong Kong and Mainz, Germany. I flew as captain on the B727, B757, DC10 and the B747-400.
  • "I met and married a beautiful flight attendant, Connie Ruggiero, who was working for Capital Airlines flying troops in and out of Vietnam. She and I were passengers on a flight to Tokyo. Connie comes from Wilmington, Delaware and we have made our home nearby in West Chester, PA. We have been married 37 years, have three sons and two grandchildren. My wife has family living in Italy and we visit them each year plus we enjoy travel to other spots in Europe, Asia and Texas."
  • Email address: davew26@msn.com

Wilson, Diane Patricia

  • Deceased.

Witter, Scott

  • Died in Houston May 24, 2005

Wolf, John E.
  • Currently a dermatologist in Houston; head of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Wolf, Larry
  • Graduate of Harvard University and of Harvard Medical School.
  • Currently a plastic surgeon in Houston.

Womack, Cay (Cay Womack Eckland)

  • Graduate of University of Texas with a bachelor degree in Music Education.
  • Taught music in Houston schools for 15 years.
  • Sang with a commercial group called the Ford Allen Singers and a professional quartet called Taste of Harmony, performing shows, making commercials, & backing up singers - BJ Thomas among others.
  • After getting the boys out of high school, opened a stuffed animal shop on Westheimer and worked it for 15 years.

  • "I was a charter member of an independent barbershop chorus called the Deci-Belles and have sung and co-directed the group for 25 years. Currently I am the national music coordinator for my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, assisting with new chapter installations, conventions, etc. My Husband, Jim, & I are now retired, living on Lake Conroe & enjoying golfing, fishing, boating, and partying with friends. Our sons, Andy and Al both live in the Chicago area. Andy is married and has two precious daughters, Kaitlin, age 11 (July 2002) & Emily, age 8 (June 2002)."

Woodhouse, Eddie

  • Died in 2004; was retired and living on a small ranch in New Ulm, Texas.

Wright, Jerry - Updated November 2007 (information from Nancy Nunnery Brock)

  • Jerry is part of a trio called The Southcoasters. They have a CD out which is called the Encore Collection. 50% of the proceeds from the sales go MD Anderson's cancer research, targeting breast and prostate cancer.
  • Jerry played for Lyndon Johnson at his ranch and the Southcoasters have also been asked to play for President Bush.
  • The web address for the group is www.southcoasters.com

Young, Farrile - Died June 30, 2010

From obituary in the Houston Chronicle on July 6, 2010:

FARRILE SCHMIDLER "SONNY" YOUNG, JR. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, the 30th of June 2010 while vacationing at Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas. Farrile was born in Kansas City, Missouri on the 27th of February 1939, the son of Farrile Schmidler Young and Floy Luker Young. He and his family moved to Houston, Texas in 1950 where he attended Pershing Middle School and Lamar High School. While attending Lamar High School, Farrile lettered in five sports and was honored as an outstanding linemen in the book entitled Texas High School Football. Following graduation from Lamar High School, Farrile attended The University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering. While attending The University of Texas at Austin, he was an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity where he served as President from 1960 through 1962. In addition, Farrile was a member of Sigma Xi, a national organization to honor individuals who have exhibited noteworthy achievement in a field of pure or applied science. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Farrile worked for Exxon Co. U.S.A. where he served as a senior and staff engineer engaged in the development of automated rig design. Subsequent to his work at Exxon Co. U.S.A., Farrile joined Baroid Div., NL Industries, where he worked in various operational assignments related to the application of drilling technology. Farrile has written numerous publications in the field of drilling and rock mechanics. He co-authored the SPE Textbook Series, Vol. 2, entitled Applied Drilling Engineering published in 1986 and currently in circulation. Farrile was a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. In addition to his professional career in the petroleum industry, Farrile was the proud owner of Hill & Hill Exterminators, Inc., where he leaves behind an organization and family of wonderful employees. Farrile was a member of The River Oaks Country Club, The Petroleum Club of Houston, and The Society of Petroleum Engineers. In addition, Farrile was a member of the Tuesday Breakfast Club, an organization comprised of some of his closest and most respected friends. He was an active member of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Farrile had a passion for the outdoors and he enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing, and golfing. He was an avid fan of Texas Longhorn football. He loved to travel and his most cherished place on earth was the blue waters of The Bahamas. Farrile and Moselle celebrated their 47th anniversary in Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas, on the 22nd of June 2010. Farrile was a devoted father and grandfather. His joy in life was spending precious time with his three children and seven grandchildren. What mattered most to Farrile was his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Farrile is survived by his wife, Moselle Mallett Young; sister, Joan Sue Cox; daughters, Michelle Young Brewer and husband Stephen, Merrie Young Afseth and husband Laif; son, Farrile S. Young III and wife Claire; and seven grandchildren, Travis Brewer, Phillip Brewer, Alexander Brewer, Merrie Afseth, Elisabeth Afseth, Avery Afseth, Emily Young.The memorial service is to be conducted at twelve o' clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 9th of July in the Sanctuary at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive in Houston where the Rev. John Barksdale is to officiate.For those desiring, and in lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Farrile's name may be directed to: The University of Texas at Austin, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department; or to Second Baptist Church, or to the charity of one's choice.


Can you provide updated information about any of our Lamar teachers, such as where they live today, or their email or web address? Let me know! Thanks to Mae Gates, who provided most of this information, some of which is now old.

Edward B. Adams, who taught math, lives at 5114 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77096-1423; phone (713)667-6304.
Carolyn Beatty, who taught English, is retired. She lives at 9018 Silver Spring Lane, Houston 77025-4127; phone (713)665-4508.
Howard Behrens lives at 8806 Emmott, Houston 77040-3508, phone (713)466-7664.
Edith Bren Hartung, registrar, lives in Houston. Her phone number is (713)523-8600.
Florine Carr, science teacher, and Sanford Carr (P.E.) live at 6338 Auden, Houston 77005-4302, phone (713)668-7222. Florine is a docent at the Ima Hogg Home.
Edith Cox, librarian, passed away in 1997 at the age of 102.
Ruth R. Denney lived in Austin, Texas. She passed away March 26, 2007. Tommy Tune had a birthday party for her every year in Houston. There's a picture of her with Tommy on page 178 of his autobiography, Footnotes.
Marjorie Eason, who taught math, lives at 308 Sequoia Spur, Georgetown, TX 78628.
Renee Feeney, long-time Lamar librarian, passed away in Houston at the Forum (Galleria area) on Saturday, December 8, 2007.
Avis Ford, history teacher, lives in a nursing home in Des Moines, Iowa.
La Faye Ford (La Faye Stinchcomb), who taught English, lives at 4100 Greenbriar #101, Houston 77098-5228; phone (713)529-8803.
Mae C. Gates taught English at Lamar from 1951 to 1975 then became registrar at Bellaire High School. She retired in 1986 and likes to travel. She lives at 2601 Bellefontaine St. Apt. C-315, Houston, Texas 77025-1642; phone 713-668-3539. She is a docent at Houston's Children's Museum.
Brad Gentry, who taught physics, passed away some years ago.
Thelma Hammerling, math teacher and Director of Math for HISD, lives at 203 Admiral Benbow, McQueeney, TX 78123. Phone (210)557-6104.
Elise Hawkins, P.E., lives at 7610 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Lago Vista, TX 78645, phone (512)267-7607.
Norma Henderson, art teacher, lives at 777 North Post Oak Road, Houston 77024; phone (713)956-7174.
Marcile Hollingsworth, who taught chemistry at Lamar, and later became Director of Science for the Houston Independent School District, lives at 6441 Sewanee Street, Houston, Texas 77005-3759; phone 713-665-2796. She works with Houston Retired Teachers.
Ivy Hollister, shop teacher, Assistant Principal at Bellaire High School, lives at 4309 Willowbend, Houston 77035-3825; phone (713)723-0040.
Norma Lowder, music teacher and Principal, HSPVA, lives at 7480 Beechnut #127, Houston 77074-4503; phone (713)773-3518.
Hazelle McCarty, who taught English, lived in Houston until her death in 2000. Wayne Shull, a Lamar graduate who knew her at Willow Meadows Baptist Church reports that she was active, cheerful and very alert until she died one day.
David McLure, counselor and Principal at Bellaire High School, and Dorothea McLure, math teacher, live at 1044 Cedar Hills Drive, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-9413; phone (830)997-8712.
Donald Meador, math teacher, lives at 3922 Oxhill, Spring, TX 77388-5749; phone (281)353-7979.
Mable Scott, who taught English, lives at 2919 Freshmeadows, Houston, TX, phone (713)977-0073; one of her students was Linda Ellerbee.
Vivian Smith (Vivian Wilson), English teacher, lives at 4141 South Braeswood #419, Houston 77025-3338; phone (73)660-4954.
Lon Wheeler, science teacher and Assistant Principal at Lamar, lives at 6828 Queensclub Drive, Houston 77069-1201; phone (281)444-1092.
Videlle Wilson, who taught in the homemaking department at Lamar for 30 years, can be reached at standfast@webtv.net
Nina Wright, history teacher, lives at 106 Bent Oak Lane, Kerrville, TX 78028; phone (830)896-2054.
Miriam Young, math teacher and counselor, lives at 4130 Gairloch, Houston 77025-2912; phone (713)667-3570.
Agnes Yost, who taught English, now lives at 815 Marlowe Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. She collects antiques.



Please help us find these missing classmates! Missing classmates turn up from time to time, sometimes by coming across their name on this list.

Myron Edgar Bailey
Robert Joseph Bobby Bell
Cynthia Ann Berglund Strickland
Mary Ann Blanchard
Susan Bodet Burke
Brenda Marilyn Bourne
William Jackson Bridges
Dixie Anne Burr Hardcastle
Lillian Lee Carroll
George Madison Clark
William Christopher Claypool
Lynne Clingan
Barbara Emma Coker
Richard Covington
Jerry C. Crowley
Corliss Driscoll Lister
Clarence King Finnell
Terry Firshing
Judith Lynn Flemming
Peggy Joyce Floyd
Suzanne Tate Funchess
David Charles Furman, Jr.
Elvira Melchor Garcia
Alice Ann Garvey
Angelica Garza
Michael Jon Gibson
Sheila Scarlett Griffin
Roy Joe Grimes
Jerry Linda Hall
Mary Carolyn Hall

Ginger L. Halsall
James Roger Hignight
Sandy Marie Hopkins
Nancy Hughes
Kathryn Joyce Johnson Koska
Anne Cameron Kelley
Donald William Kerr
Peggy Anne Knight
Kristina Elizabeth Kolb
Patsy Voncile Ladner
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