I believe that the measure of a life is the good that we've done. Success, to me, is
how many lives we've touched and how much of a difference we've made... Have we left the world a better place because
we were here?
Albert Schwitzer said, "Those among you who would be happy, are those who have sought and found how to serve."
I admire the dedication it takes to be a teacher and help mold the lives of students. The financial compensation
is clearly less than (I think) is deserved.
Teachers have made a world of difference in my life ... Thanks....
I have added notes when received. Here are notes from Alan Spector's
son, Seaton, Wilson, Schmacht, Washington, Stephenson, Flemming, Nolin, Carlton, Lester, Manhard, Beeman, DeCrane, Hubbart,
Stephenson, Stoleson, Bercheckas, Sheets, Goff, Rudolph, Lowitz, Schroeder, Withrow, Pealstrom, Buck, Knudson, Huntley, Olsen,
Barta, LeGuire, Carlton, Bryant and me.
Harlan O. Braner
March 17, 1936 - August 13, 2011
Harlan O. Braner, 75, of Moline, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at , Friday August 19, 2011, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Visitation is Thursday from at the funeral
home. Burial is at Rock IslandMemorial
Park, Rock Island,
IL. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established.
was born March 17, 1936 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of Raymond & Marie Mason Braner.
employed 40 years at the former Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Co., Davenport, IA, retiring as Supervisor of Computer Operations, in 1994.
He was a member of the MidAmerican
Energy Retirees. As a teenager, he loved to visit his aunt and uncle, Lucille & Paul Mason, in Jacksonville. He enjoyed new automobiles, classic cars and country music.
Survivors include his daughters
and sons in law, Debra & Shannon Webster, Rock
Island, and Dr. Lisa & Robert Gillette,
Eleva, WI and granddaughters, Hannah & Oliva Gilette, Eleva, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Braner.
Alan L. Spector
Born April 5th, 1936, Rock Island IL
– Passed Away May 3rd, 2011 Van Nuys, CA
Alan was born on April 5th, 1936 to Bertha
and Walter Spector in Rock Island, Illinois. The youngest of three children, Alan was a quick study and demonstrated an early
passion for family, cars, music, and animals (especially his beloved dogs) that would last his entire life.A devoted family man with an infectious laugh and sense of humor, he never missed a wedding or a bar mitzvah
and was always present to help mark another milestone.He graduated from Rock
Island High School in 1954 and a few short years later answered the call of his country and served four years in the United
States Army (stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas,and Fort Huachuka in Arizona, respectively).
After his honorable discharge in 1962, he relocated to Dayton, Ohio to work for the Field Abrasives company (whom he stayed
with for nearly 20 years). In 1964 he married Connie Blumenfeld of Dayton and relocated to the suburbs of Los Angeles, CA
two years later.
In July of 1968 Alan and Connie welcomed their first
of three children Warren, followed by sons Jeff in 1972, and Craig in 1980. In 1983 Alan went to work for Standard Abrasives
in Northridge, CA and remained there until his retirement.
In his spare time he indulged his hobbies with zeal.
He collected antique jukeboxes and had an impressive collection of vintage 78 RPM records. He also loved to travel and took
frequent cross-country family road trips. In his retirement he started collecting classic cars and was a member of his local
Buick car club. His cars even made their way on to the silver screen (one of them can be seen in the 2005 film “Starsky
& Hutch”) and enjoyed driving aroundlocal Los Angeles dignitaries
from time to time (including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once) in several parades in his 1969 Buick Elektra convertible.
His heart was never too far away from Rock Island
and he made several trips back over the years (and most recently attended his 50th and 55th high school
Alan passed away in Van Nuys, CA of respiratory
failure at the age of 75 on May 3rd, 2011 and was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Bertha and his brothers
Jerry and Herb. Immediate survivors include his wife Connie of Chatsworth, CA, sons Warren (of Chandler, AZ), Jeff (of Van
Nuys, CA), and Craig (also of Chatsworth, CA). Alan is also survived by his 5 beloved grandchildren Jake, Ellie, and Abby
Spector of Chandler, AZ & Nathan and James Spector of Van Nuys, CA.
Harry and Morgan Lester
Harry and Morgan Lester, now
We took off to the scenic Smokie Mts in Western N. Carolina and spent a month and a half helping around the Forest Service
Campgound, enjoying the wonderful weather, mountain flowers and campfire get-togethers, living in our camping trailer.
We headed home early for the Olympics, but ran into two Hurricaines. Frances ripped the roof off our Florida-room and
the second one blew in gusts of 60-90 mph and spread our neighbors' carports all around the neighborhood.
The hurricaines kept me from sharing my colorful and wonderful experiences at Rocky with you guys at the reunion.
DONNA (SEATON) STALLS
Hello to all my RIHS classmates. It's hard to believe that we're celebrating our 50th
year class reunion. I was unable to attend the 45th because my husband, Paul, passed away on August 2nd, but I did receive
the class picture. I'm still living in Virginia Beach, VA and am retired (hooray), and am enjoying every single moment.
I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City, NC with 34 years government service. Ten of those years
were spent in Elizabeth City. I entered civil service right after graduation and have worked at various government
facilities in the good old USA. My husband was in the military so we changed locations every 3 years. I enjoyed
the military life and the opportunity to travel. I have four children, two are married....two still single. I
have 5 grandchildren...the oldest 21 and the youngest 7. My 21 year old has promised he will not make me a Great Grandmother...I'm
not ready for that. I'm currently working with Fun Tours in Virginia Beach as a tour director/escort on a motorcoach.
It provides me with the opportunity to travel and get paid for it...plus being with the folks (mostly seniors). I've
found out that the senior citizens are keeping the traveling industry afloat. They're on the move and going places,
which is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.
My husband, Jack Shick, class of '53 will be in Rock Island over the reunion week-end.
Since I last
wrote in early May, Jack's step-dad suffered a bad stroke, and Jack has been traveling more frequently to visit his parents
at Friendship Manor.
He may call some of you when he's
in town. he feels a little awkward about it since I will not be coming due to the start of school here in Virginia and
current plan to come to RI in November for Jack's mom's 100th birthday,I hope that he does make contact with some of our classmates!
for all your hard work.I think the weekend will be Just great.
Hello to all of you. I was waiting before I wrote to see if I would be able to make it to the reunion -- but
it looks as though I probably won't. There is always the possibility however...
I was so happy to read the bios of those of you who wrote one and find out what has occurred in your life since graduation.
I'd love to be at the reunion and find out a little more from others of you. I have been to two reunions and it was
truly wonderful to see you all grown up after so many years. It was like a magic trick. The last time I had seen
you we were all teenagers and then there you were -- thirty years older -- and you all looked so good.
My bio: I went to ElmhurstCollege in the fall of '54 and transferred to
in the spring of '57 from which I graduated in the summer of '58. Soon after I moved to Los Angeles and married my husband in 1962. My son, Dimitri, was born in 1964, and
David in 1966. In 1975 I moved with my family to Austin, TX where I enrolled at the University of Texas (UT). I received a Master's degree
in Library and Information Science in 1978, and another Master's in South Asian history in 1982. I worked in the main
library at UT until 1988 when I moved to Worcester, MA to
work at HolyCrossCollege where I was Head of the Cataloging Dept. in their library.
Always planning to eventually return to Austin, I did so in
December of 1996. I then worked in the Manuscripts Dept. in their ResearchCenter at UT on a grant. When the grant expired I worked as a school
tutor tutoring children from 3rd to 6th grades in reading and math. Now I am retired -- hooray! -- although I do still
tutor occasionally privately.
I am so sorry we have lost so many of our classmates. I can hardly believe they are no longer on this earth.
By the way, the list we received of those who will be coming to the union has indeed made me all the more want to attend.
If I do not, I will certainly be thinking of you that week-end and following you along with my thoughts. (Follow on the
website, too, Sally...Bill)
My home is definately Austin. My sons still live here, thank goodness, and they've given me
five grandchildren, ages 7 - 14. I have a dog and a parrot living with me. Now that I'm retired, I finally have
time to give attention to my personal interests. I like to prepare really good, unusual, and healthful food and I've
put in some beautiful gardens in my yard and have all the heavy duty yard work that goes with a yard. I've also studied
personal coaching, hypnosis, massage, and various alternative healing methods. My main focus now is the exploration
of consciousness (inner space). I also read a lot (after all, I was a librarian : ) ). But I don't
do as much dancing any more : ( . I hope more of you will send in your bios -- and a picture too. I love
1961-- YM/YWCA trip to Hungary,
USSR, and Poland. Visited Moscow, Stalingrad(now Volgograd), Sochi, Kiev, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).My favorite trip.
1962 --Year in Guatemala on a Fulbright. Taught ESL, on
the national track team--100 meters,
110 hurdles, discus, shot put, relays--and running from bullets from political unrest
1965 -- Experiment in International Living, Nigeria--with a stop in Rome. The weirdest experiences living with
families in a number of cities.One
great, the rest material for a horror novel.
1968-- Co-leader of student
group from the U of Wisc. in Brazil. Lived with families, recreation program with kids in the slums, visited Manaus, Brazilia, Belo Horizonte,
Rio, Sao Paola, and Salvador.
Fun trips:Dominican Republic
a number of times, the Cayman Islands(scuba), Cuba, Jamaica
Baha'i pilgrimage: Haifa, Israel
Teaching Spanish aboard
warships in the Persian Gulf with stops
on the way home: Bahrain, Oman, Dubai, Singapore, Darwin, Australia, Naples, Italy, Spain.
Would you please throw out the travel list by my name.That is simply a very
misleading view of what I am all about.Instead, you should let classmates know that I have the dubious honor of being accomplished in many
ways--while at the same time can be considered the least successful member of the class of '54--due to a number of virulent forms
of discrimination that have destroyed
90% of the quality of my life and 95% of my potential to contribute to society in the ways that I have the desire and capacity to
If anyone is interested, just a few "lowlights" will help them to understand
the above statement:
1965:I am very allergic to tobacco smoke, dust and pollen. Doctors over the years have given me pills to alleviate this. While teaching at a high school in Detroit (Spanish/English) an unscrupulous doctor
gave me a shot of streptomycin up
my nose instead which destroyed 80% of my hearing within 1/2 an hour and left me instead with the cacaphony of tinnitus 24/7 (buzzing,
cricket sounds, squeaking, etc.) He and every other doctor I consulted for 15 years, including at two universities,
looked me in the eye and said, "No, it
could not have been the medicine."'
I finally met a doctor with integrity who said, "Yes, that medicine destroyed your hearing."I sent that info to an attorney in
Detroitwho informed me that "You have a right to sue him for $1,000,000 for doing that to you, but unfortunately the statute of limitations (5
years) has passed."
I have survived with two hearing aids until two years
ago when I had cochlear implant surgery in my right ear because it had deteriorated
to a level of uselessness.
1974-1982I went back to college fulltime to get a Ph.D. in Spanish & Latin American Literature.No one in my family on either side back to the days of slavery ever went to college so I did this for my family as well as to prepare
myself for college teaching. (1981) I met a wonderful woman with two great teens whom I loved and planned to marry as soon
as I completed the degree work andgot set in a job. I considered myself one of the top 10
people in my field so it would simply be a matter of picking the best offer from the tons that would come pouring in, I assumed.
1982: Graduation.I sent out 30 job applications across the country...and never received back even one response! I continued that exercise
in futility for the next 2 1/2 years with the same result--so with no job, no future, and no hope, I ended the relationship and have lived instead
with the acid pain of loss eating at my guts for the past 22 plus years: no love, no relationship, no intimacy, no family, no home, no economic
stability, no grandkids, no nothing. Because of the constant pain, I don't know if I will survive to the next reunion, so that is why I am sharing
this with you now.
I also went into deep depression which I am finally getting some control
over with the aid of an anti-depressant (effexor).
Instead of being at
the top of my income earning years as a college professor, I survived over the
next 16, self-employed teaching and lecturing on
self-defense, personal safety and anti-violence.I believe that I have done quite a bit of good in this field, but being self-employed
meant no health or life insurance,
living hand-to-mouth, and minimal contributions to a meaningful retirement.Instead of $3-5,000 a month that I
should be living on, I am jobless (not retired), living in a shelter for the
homeless, and subsisting on $778
a month in social security benefit.The state paid
for my cochlear implant surgery ($60,000) so that was one benefit of being destitute.
1996:An idiot driving at high speed on wet pavement plowed into the back on my car at a stop light which caused permanent and severe damage to my lower back.I
went to a doctor the next day, bent over and unable to stand up straight.I told him about the accident.He responded, "Well, take two aspirin
and come back and see me in two weeks." I went to another doctor instead. I should have sued him for medical malpractice, but depression prevented
me from doing that.I worked with a physical therapist over 100 times and had a comparable number of visits with a chiropractor
over several years which helped
a great deal.But the injury and pain are permanent.
1998:I got my first teaching job after 16 years!I could no longer think about
teaching literature (after three years absence, it's like being a computer expert
who hasn't touched computers for that length of time) but I could still teach basic language course--on a 1 year basis to replace people
on sabbatical, generally is all that I could hope for.I have had three of those
kinds of positions since, plus two 8-week courses teaching on navy ships doing duty in the Persian Gulf.
I created two concepts and
programs that I know could be of great value to society:
"Commitment to Courage" which can help to reduce social violence at all levels--from domestic abuse to gang predations to international conflicts--and
"The Love Pyramid" which can be used as a counseling tool to help people understand the dynamics of both positive and negative relationships.I still have hope that I might one day be able to carry these forward, but I am in no position to do so at the moment.
I am happy for all of you who have
accomplished much and have wonderful families to enjoy.Happy Holidays to everyone and may the New Year be a most blessed and prosperous one for you all.
(From Bill... Tom's had a tough road, he's been tested mightily. He's going to need a
lot of hugs when we get to see him.)
From Dave Stephenson:
Life since graduation has been both diverse and rewarding.I was fortunate to have a career choice in mind by graduation.My
decision of becoming a geologist perhaps was preordained given a Scottish ancestry (Scotland being the home to early, very influential geologists),
our family farm on the ROCKRiver,
and of course attending ROCKY High.
Early jobs included shifts at several farm implement factories in Moline
to finance attendance at Augustana and with the Illinois State Geological Survey to finance graduate school.Once all degrees were obtained, my various hats and assignments included: professor of geology (University
of Wisconsin-Madison), geosciences consulting firm owner and president, president of two geosciences professional societies,
three-time U.S. representative to UNESCO in Paris, advisor to a number of university science departments, working on pineapple
and banana plantations in Central America, participating with the former Atomic Energy Commissions underground nuclear testing
in Nevada, and continuing now as a consultant in water and geologic hazard issues in the western U. S. and as an Adjunct Professor
with the University of Wyoming.
From two marriages I have four daughters, two of whom are still in college
(can any others of our class say that?).One daughter works for the State of
Wisconsin in Madison, one owns an
art gallery in Phoenix, one is at St.OlafsCollege
in Minnesota (political science major), and one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
(engineering mechanics and aeronautics).We are also fortunate to now live in
such a scenic and geologically historic and (shades of Ray Nolin) cowboy-oriented place as Jackson Hole,
Wyoming, which is my eighth state of residence.The
others included Illinois, Colorado,
Washington, Nevada, Wisconsin,
California, and Arizona, in that
I agree with Phil Hubbart when he talked of a Midwestern character and of how
that character gets ingrained.Wherever we travel, Midwestern-raised folks stand
out with their friendly and genuine approach to life.
My wife, Heidi, and I will be at the big event in September, where I possibly
will be one of the few non-retired persons from the class of 54.Maybe the organizing
committee should have a prize for not being retired.I recall winning a jug of
wine at our 30th class reunion for being the newest parent.Dennis Sheets will
likely travel the longest distance.Jack Ullemeyer will still look the most like
his graduation picture and Tom Washington will look the least like his graduation picture (he grew up at least a foot).
See you all in Rock Island.
school, I worked at Servus Rubber before going into the Air Force and serving 4 years as an electronics technician specialist
in special weapons. I served 2 years in the Pacific - Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Iwo Jima and a lot of other islands. The last 2 years I was stationed
After getting out of the service in 1960, I met Shirley Riddell from Milan and we married in 1961. We have
Jeff, an electronics repair technician, who lives near Milan and has a 12 year old daughter;
Tim, an accountant on Rock Island Arsenal, who married Jackie Swanson and has 2 sons, 1 1/2 and 4, and lives in East Moline; and
Joel, in Freeport, who married
Starr Smith and has 3 children - a daughter 8 1/2 and sons 6 and 2 1/2, and is a systems analyst for Honeywell Corporation.
graduated from BlackHawkCollege and worked for AMETEK in East Moline where I took an electrical apprenticeship. I worked there as an electrician until
they closed and then went to Farmall where I worked as an electrician until Farmall closed. Then I worked as an electrician
for the contractor on Rock Island Arsenal. I quit working in 1996 and my wife retired from Installations and Services
Activity at Rock Island Arsenal in 1997.
We have enjoyed traveling, camping, and hiking in all 50 states. We especially enjoyed taking a pickup camper to Alaska for 2 months and to Nova Scotia
for 6 weeks. We enjoy playing with our 6 grandchildren. I also enjoy woodworking and have helped remodel
and update homes for each of my sons. I've made many pieces of furniture and toys for family and friends.
have also volunteered for various projects in the community and at church. I have served on the Andalusia Village Council
for 32 years and coached my sons' baseball and basketball teams. I also served as Cub Master for many years. My
wife and I work with another couple to run the food pantry at Edgington Presbyterian Church.
Always look forward to returning to my home town for reunions. Even
more anxious after spending time with you and Elsbeth in Phoenix. It is
always special catching up with folks from RIHS'54.
Through the years my career took me to New York, Washington DC,
Chicago and a number of Illinois cities. People would say, "Oh you're
from the QuadCities and I would say---"no, I'm from Rock Island." I
don't know if that is RI/Moline competition or just hometown pride but
it was important to me even if it didn't impress anyone in Manhattan or
"K" street in DC.
Currently Kitty and I live in Steamboat Springs, CO and St George, UT
and try to keep pace with a busy ski and hike schedule with a little
travel to England and France. We recently sold our Naples, FL residence
and became full time "westerners." A RI cowboy. (After all Buffalo Bill
is from LeClaire, IA)
In 1975 I had an interesting experience of being a Congressional
Fellow, sponsored by The Conference Board, and spent a year as an ATT
executive on loan to the US House of Representatives. My role was to
help implement an on-line computer system in Congressional offices.
Unfortunately we were successful and now no one can shut them up.
On returning to ATT I spent a number of years in various positions in
marketing, personnel and regulatory roles (couldn't find anything I
could do) before going into government relations. A very interesting
time in dealing with the US Congress's efforts to break up the Bell
System in their own unique fashion. They were unsuccessful. In 1991, I
retired from BellSouth as VP-Federal Relations.
I suppose I was drawn to government through the many hours of debate
with Phil Hubbart, Marty Katz , Norm Lefstein and others. We had great
fun and they will always be special friends. Another reason was that
after time as a Central JHS football guard and Wheeler and company
running over me it was time to find a new endeavor,
My greatest pride and joy comes from our three kids and their
families. Kitty and I are working on making our 4 grandkids who live in
Maine and Illinois into Steamboat skiers and hikers. We are making
great progress. See you in September. Ray
Joan Bryant (Carlton)
Bill, as I read the biographies of some of our classmates I realized that we
all shared an important beginning point in our growing up at Rocky. For some,
Rocky was a time of great confidence and achievement; while for others, Rocky was a place that we did not yet have the confidence
to participate in fully.While I enjoyed watching others take an active part
in many activities, I participated in only a few myself. I did have fun with
several good friends and meet Allan there - that was a great bonus in my life.As
Allan has stated in his biography, we have two children and four grandchildren which we adore.
I worked in Rock Island as an elementary teacher for about twenty years, and
then we moved to the Washington D.C. area.While I loved teaching children, I
left teaching and began a new career developing computer programs.Instead
of always giving, I began to have the confidence to take as well. I started as an analyst and a programmer.I ended up managing large Information Systems contracts for Treasury.It was at this time that I realized that I was intelligent, competent, and could achieve many things if I decided to.I am now retired, enjoying our family and traveling.
Its funny how a place, and time, in our lives can make us feel about ourselves.
It will be interesting to see how I feel about Rocky when we come to our 50th reunion.
It was nice to hear about the plans
for the 50th.
I was up in the Smoky Mts. when
we received the notice back in July. We escaped the Florida heat
and pulled our camper trailer to N. Carolina where we spent 5 months working at a Forest Service campground. We did simple stuff and were through by to enjoy the fantastic weather.
We were only at about 4000 feet but that elevation is enuf to cool things down nicely.
Have you retired from practice?
Retirement is quite pleasant when
one has things to do as in hobbies, travelling, etc.
Well here are my highlights from
over the decades. Sounds heavy, man. To make a long story short. Who's short!! Oh, I said that, sorry.
Spent 27 years teaching school
with the last 17 at our old rival, Moline High. Had a nice career of coaching
wrestling and was inducted into the Ill. Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame.
Proud father of two grown daughters,
Kim and Kristin. Kim is a CPA with two girls and a son and Kristin is a teacher with 3 children also, two boys and a
girl. How time flys. One grandson is in the Marines. All of them are smart and funny
and a lot taller than me! (one grandson wears a size 13 shoe. I slept in it one night when I visited.)
Got the travel bug...Aruba, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Dublin, and my all time favorite (so far) Thailand. A re nowned scientist informed
me,"Thai girls are the cause of Global Warming".
New hobby...took up windsurfing
in Fla and
won 2nd place in Nationals for age group 55 up. We raced off the coast of Hilton
Head Island back in 1992.
I certainly would love to purchase
a copy of the class booklet when available and it seems as if the committee is doing another outstanding job.
ll00 Curlew Rd. #215
Hi, Rocky High Friends!
I've been all but out of email circulation since October when we decided to move to an
adult community. ( I had to forge documents to get in because you had to be 55, or over . . . Yeah, I know HA! )
We made a "life style change", but our new home ain't much smaller than our previous abode
of 22 years. We're in a community soon to be about 3,000 strong< or weak, depending on how you look at it called Heritage
at Eagle Bend with lovely Club House, Golf course, lots of planned activities, etc. I guess they figure we're to feeble
to plan our own activities. It's located on the east side of Metro Denver. We immediately made quite
a few changes to our new home, including doing our own contracting of a new rec room, bath, & bedroom.
We have a wide view of the mountains from our deck. We closed on our former home & the
new home on the same day. I enjoyed building our house in Homewood! But living in this new home simultaneously making lots of changes has been hectic &
demanding. We're on a postage stamp lot so I won't have a chance to do some gardening like I used to.
We still own and operate 2 car washes & emissions testing stations in Albuquerqueand
retirement for me is about 4 or 5 years off . . . I told Kathy that no matter how great the new place looks when we're
finally finished, it won't have been worth it. Just kidding, I think . . .
We're looking forward to meeting Tammy & the kids at Cocoa BeachFlorida and off to Disney during spring break for a week and also to spend several
weeks with close friends & both brothers in Siesta Key prior to the family thing.
We had brunch with friends Stan ( 2 time Mayor of Moline & wife, Willie Leach) when they came to Denver for the annual Mayor's Conference several months ago. You all may remember that fateful night after a Maroons
- Rocky basketball game when Stan "stood down" a crowd of Rock Islanders just outside our fieldhouse daring anyone who had
guts enough to fight . . . That night will live in disgraceful infamy. Why can't I just forget it?
Also, Dick Lovelace & wife live north of Sarasota & we hope to interrupt his peaceful retirement if we get half a chance!
Wonder if Bill Allred & band have another Gig in FortMeyers this year.
This is probably more information than most of you want to know, but I'd love hearing a
brief update from you.
See you in September of "04.
Hope all is well with you two!
Bob & Kathy
(Bill's note: Regarding Bill Allred. We have information that he and
his wife will be attending the reunion. He will not be playing, he's going to be just plain Bill. )
Hi Bill....I am now living in Indianapolis, Indiana. I took 20 yr. retirement from the ministry and moved to
New Jersey where we lived for 20 yrs. In early 2002 we moved back to Indiana to be near the family. I am married,
have three children and 8 grandchildren. Being in Indianapolis, I am a Big Indpls. Colts fan as well as the Indiana
PACERS. I also enjoy Indy car racing. I am working part time selling major appliances. I look forward to
Bill, received the letter regarding the 50th reunion in September '04.
I haven't attended any of the previous reunions, but am certainly looking forward to this one.
A brief look at my life since graduation:
After graduating in '54, moved to San
Diego, CA. I worked in
Aerospace industry for 18 years as a designer/design engineer. Employed at Rohr Corporation, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing,
General Dynamics, Lockheed & Northrop. Worked on design elements for B52H, P3V, B58, B770, Gemini Space Capsule,
F-4K, DC-9, C5, C-141, 727, 737, 747, L1011, F-14, DC-10 & C130.
San Diego is also where I met my wife, Shirley, who sadly passed away in June of 2002. 44 years of
marriage produced three children and one grandchild.
In 1972 I left the aerospace industry and moved to Louisiana to work in machine design, designing packaging equipment. In 1980, I established my own company, Custom Equipment
Design, Inc. (CED), designing and manufacturing packaging equipment for major companies such as Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Pfizer,
Procter & Gamble, John Deere, etc. We currently have equipment in operation in Mexico, South America, Mainland China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, Northern Europe,
Italy, etc., including the U.S.
Please feel free to update me on the reunion plans by mail, along with
e-mail to: email@example.com
Thank you and look forward to seeing everyone next year!
Chuck DeCrane Custom Equipment Design, Inc. 1057 Hwy 80 East
Monroe, LA 71203 (318) 345-2222 ext 222 or 224
I understand that you are collecting reflections of the RIHS class of 1954
in preparation for our 50th reunion next September. Although Thomas Wolfe once famously wrote that you can't go home again, perhaps one canif only briefly, and then only in memory. Anyway, I'll give it a try.
me, my formative years at RIHS were bittersweet. Setting aside the bitter and recalling only the sweet, I remember with great fondness the following:
the top of the list, my experiences on the debate team with our coach P.J. Martin
and my friends Marty Katz, Ray Nolin, and Norman Leftstein. This experience together
with my college debate experience helped prepare
me for a later legal career, both as a lawyer and an appellate judge. I have since kept in touch with Marty and Ray. But Norman sort of slipped away from me after we debated together at AugustanaCollege [and incidentally won the National Collegiate Debate Tournament
at West Point
The Jr.-Sr prom my senior year. Caryl Marsh, whatever happened to you?
ventriloquist act I used to do for school assemblies and for the "Enterteeners"
[a local teenage talent group]. I still have my dummy "Woody." He sits in the garage among the cobwebs to be disturbed only occasionally for grandchildren.
Sents, my history teacher. A college-caliber teacher. The best teacher I had
in high school.
Running cross-country my sophomore year with Don Bawmann whom I lost track
of long ago.
Covering RIHS basketball games for the Davenport Democrat.
Making the National Honor Society.
At the time I left Rocky High in 1954, I vowed never to return again -- embarrassed I guess at my adolescent immaturity, and full of eagerness to forget
high school, to reinvent myself as an adult, and to "make it" in the world. Fifty
years later I see how important those days were for me. There is such a thing as a midwest character, and that character was indelibly stamped on me without my quite knowing it. After living in Miami, Fla. for the past 40 years far from the midwest, I know this only too well.
Indeed, Marty Katz and I were recently reflecting what a wonderful time it was
to grow up in Rock Island in the 1950's. For me, RIHS was a big part of that experience, an experience I will never forget.
Hope you plan reunion for early July--I have a National
Smokejumper Association reunion in Missoula in June
and since I'm am
president of that 1600 member organization, want to be there. But would also
be at the Rocky High 50 year event. By the way, my mother told me a few
weeks ago that she
saw an article in the LaCrosse Wisconsin paper about Bill
Allred, your cohort in the Corn Band etc.
He is still playing Jazz and so is
They were both at the annual Jazz festivle in LaCrosse. Do you
have any contact
Editor: Rollie did exactly
as he had wished, he was a Forest Ranger and rose in the ranks. (Bill)
Received your e-mail message concerning the
reunion. Let me
know what I can do to assist....even though I am in south Florida. In response
to your questionairre
concerning what type of music....almost any type
that might include the members of the Corn Band as participants...although
I am not positive
if all members are alive. (It won't work...Bill)
Carmen Berchekas Campbell
Thanks. I could not pull up the RIHS54 Invitation, by the
Of course you are still working, you are a doctor aren't you!
Yes, I am retired from the financial world, and am dedicating my time to ornithology... writing and guiding international
birdwatchers who come to Ecuador for the ultimate experience. Quite a few MDs are amateur birdwatchers...
I guess the "differential diagnosis" thing applies to identifying closely related species of birds as it does in medicine.
I may be off to Papua
New Guinea part of
next year as a financial consultant for the old company I worked for in WashingtonDC. I seem only to go to the countries where one cannot drink the
water!!!! I do plan to make it to RI for the 50th Stay
well, Dennis Sheets
I just finished perusing your website. It was gratifying and exhilerating
to view your images of family and travels. I was so impressed! It appears that you have accomplished so much and
at the same time done some good in this world. I appreciated your ability to express who you are and at the same time
allow your vulnerbility to shine through. Wow!!!
Where am I? I live in Toms River, NJ. Who
am I? I am a retired marriage, family and child therapist. I had a practice in Woodland Hills, CA for about 15 years. I am now a water colorist, teacher (English as
a Second Language) and a Literacy Volunteer. I have four daughters, Lisa, Keely, Eleni and Roxanne and one grandchild
I have been married twice, a widow and a divorcee.
Comment: I have a newspaper
photo of you and me at the annual Snowball that we attended when we were seniors! Unfortunately, it only shows your
back, however, you are immediately recognizable by the tilt of your head. I wish I could send it to you.....it is old
and faded. (Almost 50 years ago....impossible!)
I wish you and your wife blessed good health and hope
all goes well.
Take good care Bill...
I live in Arlington Wa, a small town 50 miles north of Seattle.
I retired 3 years ago from Metro Transit of Seattle. I am currently back playing and teaching
music which I did prior to employment with Metro. I was a Trumpet player at Rocky but I play guitar and keyboard now.
I remember Bill Allred of course as we were in Band
together. Tony Rosa Gastaldo and I were in the same homeroom together. Zane
John Lowitz, MD
University of Illinois Med School, psychiatry residency, practiced in California, involved with his wife in an Eating
Disorder Clinic. Retired and taking care of his teenage daughter.
Retired from railroading in 1996, after almost 40 years. Started
out with the Rock Island Lines, ended up with BN and it's affiliates. Married Sally
Reuther ('55') in 1956. We enjoy traveling; have been throughout the U.S. and been on over 25 cruises to four continents.
Hobbies: gardening (roses & vegetables), traveling, sports and (unfortunately)
the Cubs. Children: Two sons, four grandchildren, two great-grand babies.
Withrow entered the Navy in July, 1954. Married Jackie Timmerman of East Moline in 1957. Had three children Bill, Jr., Debbie and Linda. Stationed in
Virginia 1954 to 1960, was transfered to Alameda, California. Discharged from the Navy in 1964 and remained in California. Went to college and graduated with a degree in business and accounting from Golden GateUniversity, San Francisco. Worked for
the Department of Defense as a auditor and retired in 1992. Worked another five years as an auditor for a private firm until
he had major health problems and retired for good. Moved back home in 1999. Have a beautiful home in East Moline. All three children have relocated here and we are very happy to be back home. We are the proud
grandparents of seven grandchildren. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
has been good to me. I've been here in Calif since 1957 after three year "Kiddy Cruise" in the U.S.S. Norfolk (U.S.N.)
It has really been great...I stood Generator switchboard watches aboard ship, and God led me to Southern Calif Edison Co.
to stand switchboard watches in varions forms for 35 years. Isn't He great!. As a member of the dispatching shift
at Devers Substation north of Palm Springs, I was involved in the Devers-Palo Verde 500Kv project. The 500Kv System is really
a horse of a strange color. The hairs on your head actually stand up when you walk through the U.H.V switch
rack. I teach junior boy's (4th, 5th & 6th grade) Sunday School class at CalvaryBaptistChurch in YuccaValley.
hobbies are: Ham Radio; I have an old Swan 350 (1963 model) HF transciever and a Heathkit antenna match. Is anyone
in the class into ratchet-jawing? I also have a small HO scale latout and I mutilate pieces of leather now and again.
I am interested in Biblical Archaeology. How about that Ossuary with the names of James, Joseph and Jesus that just
recently came to light!
I live in the Grand Strand area, known as "the golf capital
of the world!" Myrtle Beach, SC, however, I actually live just about 3 miles from the North Carolina border. My
home is approximately 3 miles from the ocean on the West side of the Intercoastal Waterway. Our development is actually
"addressed" as Little River, SC, "Blue Crab Capital of the World."
That beautiful sky you see is "Carolina Blue" sky
and it was 71 degrees here today. It's down to 61 now and will get into the mid 50's unless it's very clear and then
it could be low 50's.
I used to live in North Myrtle Beach just .3 of a mile from the ocean before I built the
new house. Mine was the first lot sold in Ashton Acres and I designed this one to accommodate my "changing needs."
I still failed to see some of the needs that were yet to come. There are 100 lots in "AA" and only 3 remain unsold and
about 6 lots yet to be built on. We have lived here 2 years, March 2003.
I sold my condo this April which is
located in Myrtle Beach on Myrtle Wood Golf Course in "Magnolia Place." It had been eating me alive for two years and
I operated at a loss the entire time I owned it! Duh, no not blond, I had bought it to live in. First floor, 2
bedroom, 2 bath, w/swimming pool right behind me and scaling down from over 1400 sq. ft. to 900. It was perfect for
one person, then all hell broke loose. I met Clark and "my plans got changed!"
So, instead of scaling down, I
built a bigger home, w/"Clark's Place" to the right of the garage. The garage is still 1/2 "full of our stuff," so the
new van that my elec chair goes into is inside and my Lincoln stays outside. When you move two homes together, excess
stuff. You know the drill, maybe? Two bread makers, two dining room sets, extra dishes, etc., but no extra money
Hugs 'n such, Sara Wicklund-Buck
just spent a good part of the evening going over every piece of the RIHS54 site you prepared and put on the web for us to
see, marvel, remember, wonder, and "cry."
you! Lots of time has passed though it does really seem like yesterday. From the message you've included it seems as
though all goes well with and for you. Me too! Judy and I will soon be celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary,
and that too doesn't seem possible. Those Boetje girls turned out to be pretting darned good women and I was very forturnate
that one of them was meant for me ... a real soulmate!
retired after 38 years in education as a teacher, coach, principal, business administrator and school superintendent.
A great career ... and I feel I truly contributed to the betterment of a lot of lives, student and staff alike. Very
rewarding, but after four years "off the job," not missed nearly so much.
will be good to see classmates again (as if I'll be able to recognize them) ... just have to swallow my pride, bend over,
and read the nametag so I can get it right the first time.
going to leave for now, but, if I can be of any assistance in data gathering, let me know and I'll do the best I can.
I AM Sherry Jean Huntley who graduated from RIHS in 1954 (still have my diploma).
I married Donald Watson in 1956, had one son (Ronald) who lives in Mesa. I have 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Divorced Watson in '79, married Bob Tucker
in '81. Divorced him in '90 and took back my maiden name, Huntley.
Single for 13 years, living in Tucson on 1.25 acres
where I have had Arabian Horses, currently 5 Shi Tzus for company.
I didn't get a class ring or photo in the year-book because I spent the first semester
My friends were Janeen LeGuire, Mary Ruth Niles, Sonya Marks and I remember you, too.
RON OLSEN- CECILY ANN BARTA OLSEN
Ron Olsen, 50 years, say it isn't so, I retired the day I turned 55, 37 year's in the plumbing and heating
trade was enough for me, I now enjoy the good life, travel, new cars, and being married to the girl I met in grade school,
dated thru Washington Jr High, Rocky and then married her in 1957. She did date other boys but she always came back to me
(lucky her, lol) who is this girl you ask, its Cecily Ann Barta, also class of 54, 46 years of good company and having lots
of fun together. We have two daughters, four grandchildren, two of which just graduated from Rocky, it was great to see
the school again. We live in East Moline Ill, love the Quad Cities.
We built a new home here in 1972 and still live here, a few years back I had a four season sun
room built on, all glass enclosed, put in a Hotsprings hot tub spa, seats eight people, 36 jets, really helps the old bones,
(swim suits is a option) I have a wet bar, fridge, TV, really great for sporting events, let the games begin (and the beer)
We have three other family members, they are show quality Ragdoll cats and we dearly love them (Cecily wants one more and
I say if I can have a new Corvette, its a stand off right now) Cecily"s main hobby is making beautiful quilts, she works
on them night and day and she loves doing it, she sells them as fast as she can make them to people all over the country,
keeps her out of trouble. Ces and Ron (Barta) Olsen
I am the former Janene
LeGuire.In l955 I married Stanley Carver. We had a daughter Colleen born in l957.
We divorced in l968. I married Donald Collins in l971. He had three children.
We then had one of our own. We
both legally adopted each others Children. So, for many years it has been one
big happy family.
Now with six great grandchildren..
Over the years I worked at the Modern Woodmen of America and was a member if several local service
and fraternal organizations.
I served as officers in many of them.
feat was for twelve years I was associated with the Rock Island Summer Festival.
on of the originating members of the fest., It was a big step serving as Queen
chairman and many other positions.
But believe the fest has really changed
over the past.
I am now working as the Library
Aide at LincolnSchool in Rock Island.
is so enjoyable to be able to spend time with so many youngsters.
landed a paid job at Lincoln, as I volunteered there for so many years
I can't count them.
The library is in the "new school" that was built
after Central Junior High burned.
I would very much like to get in touch with Sherry Huntley. We Had so many good times together. It would be great to hear from her.
Also, can remember the great times with others.My biggest thing that my family hears about
is the PepBand. My daughter was
a band member and in what was called "PepBand" nothing like the one in our days.
live in Rock Island not far from Rocky on Stadium Drive. Would llike to hear from anyone.
ALLEN BRYANT - JOAN CARLTON
Bill, after graduation I
attended Augustana; married Joan Carlton; had a son, Jack, and a daughter, Nancy and began an 8 year stretch in
the Marine Corps Reserves. I worked in the private sector as an accountant, and became an Army employee in 1966.
I stayed with the Army until my retirement in 1998. During this time I received a degree from UpperIowaUniversity, studied and worked in Management Science and moved to Army Material Command (AMC) Hdqts in WashingtonD.C. in 1980.
At AMC, I directed the activities
of teams of engineers, accountants and systems specialists in evaluating the adequacy of and trouble shooting management
systems used by most of the Army defense contractors in the US and some overseas; working in almost every
state in the US including Hawaii, as well as in Europe, Kuwait and Turkey.
I was part of a team that created
the government and industry guidelines for the development and management of Project Management Systems. I
was involved with almost all the major weapon systems used by DOD in the Gulf Wars.
Since retiring, I have been
assisting the Army and the Navy as a Management Consultant on a part time basis. When not working, Joan and I have visited
35 countries in all but one continent, as well as islands in the Pacific, i.e.. Guam, Saipan, Palau and Pelilui. We intend to stay active as long as the good Lord allows us to be.
After med school the Air Force sent me to Italy for a
couple years. Practiced in Davenport and Bettendorf till 1984 when
we relocated to Arizona.
I've been in full time family practice and managing a couple
of Physician groups since the move to AZ.
I've traveled a lot, you can follow some of those travels in
the pictures on Webshots, accessible from my website: www.billmccabe.com
April 2006 I married Karen Kane-Unger (RIHS '56)
(my senior-year sweetheart). I moved back to the QC (home in Coal Valley) and am working as a physician in the ER at Genesis
in Davenport. I've met lots of old patients and even sutured a 40 year old I delivered during my practice years in Davenport-Bettendorf.
I've enjoyed getting to know my kids, grandkids and sisters who are happy to have me home. I've been blessed
with a new extended family from Karen (even 3 great grand children).