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Welcome to the   Ithaca High School  Class of 1960's  website. We encourage you to visit this site frequently for updates and to add your own touch to this endeavor. Your active participation will make the site much more meaningful.

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Debbie Bauer Keefe
Debbie Bauer Keefe
                   DEBBIE BAUER KEEFE HAS PASSED AWAY

Phyllis McLaren Sommerman received the following notice from Debbie Bauer Keith's husband:
 
"Terrible and sad news for your fellow Ithaca High mates. Debby has died on September 9, from a melanoma on her liver. Tried infusions with Keytruda, but they hurt too much. In the end, she accepted that nature should have its way. It did.
My pain is obvious, as is that of our only son, Aidan. He and his wife, Sachiko, and especially his daughter, Ery, are inconsolable. Debbie will be cremated and her urn laid to rest with that of Simon and Mitzi Bauer, her parents.
Please extend my best wishes for all her 1960 classmates--whom she never forgot. May we all meet again in the peaceful place we all hope for."
Yours truly,
 
David E. Keefe

The class extends its deepset condolences to Debbie's family during this difficult time. Those wishing to contact David may do so at:

469 Kentucky Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707. His email is: eldbk@aol.com



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Planning committee 2017: Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte, Dave Wilson, Phyllis McLaren Sommerman, and Steve Beaulieu
Planning committee 2017: Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte, Dave Wilson, Phyllis McLaren Sommerman, and Steve Beaulieu
        75th BIRTHDAY BASH BEING CONSIDERED FOR 2017. Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte will chair.

     2017 is not too far away for the members of the Class of 1960's reunion planning committee. It's hard to believe that we'll be celebrating our 75th Birthday Bash, when most of the class will either have turned 75 or will be close to it. When you get to be our age the days, weeks and months roll by faster and faster with each passing year. It will be August of 2017 in no time. Glad that we're getting a jump on this thirteen months ahead of time. 
     Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte has  agreed to chair the event. Phyllis McLaren Sommerman will continue as secretary-treasurer. Steve Beaulieu will continue as webmaster. and Facebook editor Other classmates will be joining the committee in coming months. If you are able to assist, in any way, please contact our secretary at: psommerman@gmail.com.

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Ed Michael at the 55th Reuion Picnic
Ed Michael at the 55th Reuion Picnic
           ED MICHAEL HONORED BY UNIVERSITY of BUFFALO

This is a profile on Ed Michael, one of the 2016 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Ed Michael, a 1960 graduate of Ithaca High, is considered one of the greatest wrestling coaches Western New York has seen. He is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Buffalo program.

Michael compiled a record 215-107-3 over a 21-year career as head coach that spanned from 1971-1991. He led the Bulls to seven New York State Collegiate Wrestling Championships, helped UB reach the top-20 rankings 13 times and coached 107 different tournament winners.

"My athletes were just terrific,: Michael said. "This was major league."
Although he is mostly remembered for his career as a coach, he also taught physical education and served as the director of recreation and intramurals for 18 years. that allowed him to interact with the regular student body, something he enjoyed.
"I saw myself as not just a coach, but an educator," Michael said.

UB honored michael in 2011 when it named the renovated wrestling facility the Ed Michael Wrestling Complex.
"It's incredibly humbling, " Michael said. "In order for this facility to be built people had to support you financially."

" If a coach doesn't have success in his first five years, you're probably not going to see him in the profession too long...To be able to maintain you have to have success."

Michael still stays in shape using his own exercise routine, walking three miles six days a week and running three miles on the seventh day. He maintains a vegetable garden in his backyard and enjoys sculpting and classic cars. He is still active in the UB wrestling program and doesn't miss any of the team's meets.

Taken from an article written by Buffalo News sports reporter Jack Goods.

Thanks to: Martin Wright for sharing this with us.
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Ithaca (NY) High School Class of 1960 Now on FACEBOOK

Sixty two classmates have joined the newly created, closed group on Facebook. Check it out and join us. Your input, as always, is welcome.
MESSAGE FROM CLASSMATE BOB TOWNSEND

Just got back from a week in Ithaca showing our daughter and her husband around. We visited the gorges; Cascadilla, Buttermilk, Enfield, and Fall Creek. They all seem a little different now with the drought causing minimal water flow and shutting down all swimming for the public in these areas. Another noticeable change is the amount of traffic in the downtown area existing in the summer time! Who remembers when Ithaca was so hot with daily temps in the 90's?

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            LARRY McCRAY COMMENDS TERRY CULLEN

"As is likely well known at this point, this weekend (September 10) cable TV (MSNBC 's Dateline) carried a tough story on a promising Cornell undergraduate who got tragically involved in a family altercation and then faced a complicated murder charge in Rochester.

The student had been a student athlete, and his sprint football coach was Terry Cullen, who was interviewed extensively for the program. I had forgotten how clear and sane and humane and thoughtful Terry always was. I wish more people, including me, were like that."

Larry McCray
July 2015th, 55th Reunion
July 2015th, 55th Reunion
Message from Dave Wilson

While I doubt you ever knew Dan Ward, I recently found his obit. Of particular interest to us, his wife, Sue Ward, taught English at IHS.  In fact, she was singled out for special recognition when she left in 1958. Pull out your sophomore (1958) edition of The Annual , to see her picture and read the tribute.

While I never knew her at IHS, maybe some of you did.  Sue died 25 or 30 years ago.

I apologize for this depressing message, but IHS has so many connections for me.

All the best,

Dave Wilson
Phyllis McLaren Sommerman offering a  welcome blessing at the banquet
Phyllis McLaren Sommerman offering a welcome blessing at the banquet
To the Class of 1960, Ithaca High School: SPRING NEWSLETTER

What’s happening in your world? We love hearing from you. Send word to me  (Phyllis McLaren Sommerman))by email: psommerman@gmail.com(preferred) or by Phone: 518-421-6726, or mail 3245 Riverton Road, The Villages, FL 32162. (my mail is forwarded if I am not in FL at the time.) I’ll pass your news on to our webmaster Steve Beaulieu. He frequently updates our website www.ithaca1960.com  and will share your news with the rest of the class. I was just on the website tonight to update my profile. You might do the same! Date stamp it too. 
At the last reunion / picnic those in attendance agreed to keep mailing memos / updates to all classmates who don’t have email. We want to stay connected with you and also those who don't use email. Donations were made that day to cover the cost of postage. Phyllis is STILL not on FB, despite the efforts of Susie Hough to encourage me. Don't give up Susie! 
NEW REUNION CHAIRPERSON!! The next event is our 75th birthday bash!! Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte has asked to plan the reunion, drawing her committee from many who offered to help her. It will be in Ithaca; no date selected yet. I would like to continue as Treasurer and correspondence lady. Steve would like to continue as our Web Master and people finder. At some point Steve and I will find a back-up person; in the event of our demise our class will continue to stay in touch. That is most important!!!
News from classmates: 
Ron Winchell had a challenging year health wise, sometimes with he and his wife both in the hospital at once. Ron has rallied, giving hope that many of us will do the same.
I haven’t heard from JB Graves lately but he always signs his notes “no bad days” and that makes me smile!  
Dorothy Griffith Sonnichsen traveled to Southern Ireland Nov 2015 reporting pansies blooming and tiny little daisies in the grass, beautiful country and very nice, polite people.  
Dave Wilson is very committed to preserving the natural springs in Florida. He recently hosted the North Florida Springs Environmental Center Open House, inviting Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte and myself to attend. I was not in Florida, but Kathleen did go. Dave gets the gold star for traveling all over to meet up with classmates, and keeping in touch with teacher Dorothy Sicilia Stewart
The last time I had an email from Peggy Hertel Cooney she was also traveling quite a bit. We’d love to hear more from you  Peggy, and from any of you. Steve and I get nervous when the wires get too quiet. 
You may have seen news/ pictures on the web site about Beverly Brink Hillman and her successful campaign to collect funds for the fence around the carousel in Stewart Park. She deserves so much credit for her involvement in the park restorations, and so do you!!!  Our class made the majority of donations! We love Stewart Park and you demonstrated that with your gifts. 🎠 
Peggy Payne had an extended work year on playground design and safety this year with a mild winter. A very successful business and congratulations to you Peggy. 
Linda Rocker Rogovin and Rose Cmilansky Lee could not make it to the reunion and requested  directories so they might stay in touch. You can do the same. $8 covers printing and postage.
Spring has arrived at Keith Bruckner’s home in Tennessee and he can’t wait to get out there and dig in the soil!  Ask him any plant name; either he or Jan Murphy Ivkovich will know it!
Steve Beaulieu has learned that classmate Peggy Sweeting, who was listed as “no contact” was actually deceased in 1999. See a list of the deceased classmates on the website. 
Dave Breen has emailed and given us his phone and email address!! I have listed it in the new directory to be distributed at the next reunion. We have no contact information for some -Steve has listed the names of these classmates on the web site. Please review the list and let us know if you have information on anybody on the list. Thank you. No one will be “forgotten”. Also, advise me of your change of address, etc.
Before I go, I’d like to leave you with some encouragement. Aging is so very challenging, and yet it is inviting. No matter our circumstances, we have an opportunity to respond to a second calling; not a second career, but a second chance at life. A second calling is about living life as someone you have become. It is about sharing your legacy – how you will be remembered. It was very obvious at the last reunion, and in your emails, that we all have much to share and give to others. We find some roots in who we were in 1960, but even better, we love who we are free to become now. Help us get to know that person. Honor us. Stay in touch. 
Another memo from us will be mailed as soon as we have details to share on the next reunion.
On behalf of all those keeping us close, I send our best wishes to you.

Phyllis McLaren Sommerman
A number of classmates hiked Enfield Saturday morning. Can you name them?
A number of classmates hiked Enfield Saturday morning. Can you name them?
                        CLASS INVITED TO RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY JUNE 18th

            "The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Stewart Park on Saturday, ​June 18th from 2-4. This is for the new fence that mostly the class of 1960 paid for.   I raised almost $12,000 for the beautiful Fred Whitmore 6 foot tall fence surrounding the newly repainted Carousel Horses.    Maybe we could make this a real party?    Ride the horses for free, and then maybe to my house for wine and cheese, and out to dinner??????  Thanks to everyone who made this possible and fun.    
     
       The other news is that John Gute​nberger made it possible for an Elk Club Grant to pay for a ramp taking those in wheel chairs onto the Carousel.    Thanks John. "
  
       With deep gratitude from the Friends of Stewart Park.
 
   Beverly Brink Hillman
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BEVERLY BRINK HILLMAN DOES IT AGAIN
 
The Class of 1960 was a valuable part of the community wide effort to restore the Stewart Park carousel. Add to that the recent addition of a complementary black metal fence and we have another Ithaca treasure, in Stewart Park, for all to enjoy for years to come.
 
In preparation for our 55th reunion, it was agreed that we would designate restoration of the carousel as one of our charitable projects. We raised enough to be able to say that one of the freshly painted horses was sponsored by the Class of 1960. This past summer many of us had the pleasure of seeing the noble black, red and gold painted steed lope proudly in motion on the  reactivated carousel. 
 
Leaving the carousel in isolation would not have been a wise thing. Classmate Beverly Brink Hillman, a member of the Friends of Stewart Park, took the lead on raising $10,000 to construct  a beautiful black metal fence to tastefully surround the carousel. Her efforts were a success and were lauded  in a recent article in the Ithaca Journal, on January 26. Check it out online at the Journal's website.
 
Bev generously shared the thanks of the committee for the community members' (past and present) efforts to right these years of neglect at the park. We're sure that she is proud of the large role her classmates played in helping make this restoration a reality.
 
Congratulations, Bev, on leading the charge!

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June 1, 2015

The Friends of Stewart Park is excited to be participating in this final round of Tompkins Trust Company's Community Minute Challenge during the next 14 days! Thank you to our supporters who voted for us and helped us get to this final round where FSP is in a friendly competition with the Hangar Theatre, Running To Places, and Relay for Life for the $5,000 grand prize!

Once again, Friends of Stewart Park is happy to  tell its story -- the story of Stewart Park past, present and future -- to our old and new friends. During the next two weeks we will tell you all about numerous park improvement projects that have been completed, are underway, or are being planned, and a few, too, that are being considered for the future. And FSP will be asking for YOUR support EVERY DAY by VOTING HERE. 

Thanks for supporting the Friends of Stewart Park and these other great community organizations!
Robert Dean
Robert Dean
                     CLASSMATE BOB DEAN PASSED AWAY

Robert Dayhart Dean 74, of Ithaca, NY passed away June 13, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center with his wife Judy by his side. He was born in Warren, Ohio on February 2, 1942, son of the late Robert Dean and Virginia Dean (Frank) Vorhis. He moved to Brooktondale, NY and started school in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1960. Bob worked at the US Post Office for 30 years and retired in 1998. Bob enjoyed time at the Watkins Glen racetrack and worked on the fueling services team. He was a Cornell Hockey fan and worked the Afterglows for years. Bob was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, a member of the Elks Lodge #636 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Bob and Judy purchased an RV and enjoyed traveling thru the southern states for several years. Bob's "kitties" Grover and Bucky enjoyed traveling, too and will miss him dearly.

Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Monroe Dean ,his daughter; Debra(Jim)Ivins of Brick, N.J., son; Robert Derek Dean of Tacoma, WA (Janine); his sisters, Helen Vorhis of Brooktondale; Sheila(Greg) Robideau of Ithaca; Carol Vorhis of Interlaken(David); his brothers, Cameron(Kathy)Vorhis and Douglas (Joanne) Vorhis both of Brooktondale and Greg(Mary Alice)Vorhis of Trumansburg, N.Y.

Bob's grandchildren; Jesse(Sara)Brady of Freeville, NY; Amber Guetherman of Toms River, N.J. and Heather Owens of Centerville, Ohio; step grandchildren; Stacey Ivins of Brick, N.J and James Ivins III of Old Bridge, N.J., four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Bangs Funeral Home Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 11:00 - 1:00. Funeral will be held Monday, June 20, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St, Ithaca, NY at 10:30 AM with Reverend Jeffrey Tunnicliff, Pastor. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ithaca SPCA, Immaculate Conception Church or Charity of one’s choice.

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We've had 92054  visits since this site opened in April 2010
 
 
  86 Classmates have posted their profiles as of  September 15, 2016

Sandra Sortman Raponi has joined  Bob Townsend, Ed Michael,  Ward Whitlock, Bonnie Westfall, Andy Powell (updated March 2016), Vance McCullough ,Stephen Stephenson (updated April 2016), Charlotte Sweet, Lois White , Ruth Culp, Geza Ginzery, Roland Barnett, Dan Sayre, Helen Mandeville, Susan Whicher, Carol Robedee , Jane Miller, Sandy Aldrich, Chuck Moeder, Evie Hall, Marcia Tilton, Jean Torrant, Joel Ekholm, Alice Caldwell,and Jim Ormiston, June Layton,John Osborn,Ginny Sigler, Victor Newhart, Beverly Brink, Ellen  
Royce  Jan Murphy, Martin Wright, Dan Wallenbeck, Patricia Newman and Ollie Detweiler  Arnie Hammer, David Spencer, Peggy Hertel, Al Simons, Bill Gordon, Jinny Klune, Phil Ewanicki, Tom Vormwald, Dorothy Van Order, Shari Grover (updated March 2015), Ed Knaysi, Liz Horn, Bob Gray, Suzie Hough, Keith Bruckner, Phyllis McLaren (updated March 2016),Terry Cullen, Bernie Cook,Terry Hilker, Judy Mitchell, Bill Lester, Kenna Grant, David Meldrum, Barry Smith, Alison MacLeod , Mary Avery, Gigi Greenwood, JB Graves (updated JUNE 2015), Dave Wilson, Kathy Hull, Carolyn Fallon, Ed Thorsland (updated June 2015), Alan Westfall, Karen Dann, Ernie Falke, Katie Detweiler, Barbara Darling, Don Berk, Sandy Cornelius, Dorothy Griffith, Doug Hughes, Dave Goode, Leo Johnson, Larry McCray, Elaine Tutton, Ed Shea, Virginia Hixon, Marilyn Dropkin, Marilyn Trapp, Ron Winchell and Steve Beaulieu in posting their profiles on this website.                             

 

                   

Do you miss seeing some of your friends listed here? Encourage them to post now. Is your's here yet? Now would be a great time to let your classmates know what is new with you.

 
Phyllis McLaren Sommerman
Phyllis McLaren Sommerman
PHYLLIS McLAREN SOMMERMAN VISITS DAVE WILSON's FLORIDA

Phyllis and friend visited classmate Dave Wilson for a nature walk outside Gainesville, Florida.
Belle Sherman, Grade 6, 1953-1954
Belle Sherman, Grade 6, 1953-1954
BILL GORDON SENT  THIS BELLE SHERMAN 6th GRADE PHOTO 1953-1954
 "I stumbled across this picture among my mother’s photos.  I could identify all except four by recognition from memory.  27 pupils – we had big classes after WW II":

 
Back row: Eddie Knaysi, Bill Gordon, Jim Wells, Rob York, Don Enright, Virginia Klune, Dorothy Griffith, John Osborn, George Damp, Phil Ewanicki, Miss Chips.
Middle row: Virginia Hixon, Marilyn Dropkin, Janice Murphy, Allison MacLeod, Karen Ross, Phyllis McLaren, Marybelle Avery, Bonnie Gay, Carolyn Fallon, Wincie Hanneson, Celia Lawrence, Joan Kendall.
Front row: Mike Lawrence, Terry Cullen, Alan Mack, Robin Williams, Bob Seager.
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South Hill Second Graders
South Hill Second Graders
SOUTH HILL SECOND GRADE PHOTO EMERGES

Classmate Richard Owlett recently shared this photo of some of our classmates during their second grade experience at the South Hill School. We welcome your attempts to identify any of these youngsters. Contact Steve Beaulieu at: saanyscor@aol.com

Here's what we have so far:  3rd row, far right--Richard Owlett; 2nd row, far right--Amelia Stratakos; Front row, third from the left--David Drier (moved out of district prior to high school), second from right--Claire Hernaez.

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Ithaca High Alumni met at MacLeod's on July 30th
Ithaca High Alumni met at MacLeod's on July 30th
Ithaca High School New Englanders enjoyed a perfect day at Dunvegan  Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Another mini-reunion was staged in New England on July 30. This version was held at Alison MacLeod's Dunvegan Farm. 

Front row: Nancy Cladel Scholes; Dorothy Griffith Sonnichsen; Carol Grodon (Bill’s wife); Alison & Monty; Jeanne Powell (Andy’s wife); Janet Gray (Robert’s wife); Kathleen Muzzy Lamorte.
Second row: Charlie Scholes (Nancy’s husband); Bill Gordon; Andy Powell; Loulie Hoffman Kent ’61.
Third row: Chuck Klaer ’63; Chuck Moeder; George Kent ’61; Robert Gray.
 
Missing from the picture because they had to leave were Judi Fowler Quagliaroli ’61, her daughter-in-law Laura, and her 2 grandsons whose names I cannot remember although they had a great time and loved the farm. am



 
New England IHS Class of 1960 and Friends Luncheon Reunion Held December 11, at Robert Gray's Home
 
The Gray's were the host family for what Robert and several of our classmates hope will be the first of many six month gatherings of 1960 IHS grads. Alison MacLeod described the experience best when she wrote: "I wanted first to thank Bob and Janet for such a wonderful day, and make sure you know how much I appreciated all you did to make it possible. As I drove home Wednesday evening, I felt a warm glow of happiness, enjoying a sense of connection that happens only rarely. We are in a way all related ? a family ? bound by wonderful memories and the great good fortune to have shared a special time together in a very special place. By that I mean Ithaca, and the years we all spent wandering about through the halls of our old high school, believing we knew all we needed to know about life because we were US, teens of the mid-20th century, and nothing, but nothing, would stop us from taking on the world. How wonderful to reconnect after all these years and see that we did indeed take on the world ? each in our own, unique way. The beauty is that we?re still here, each of us having evolved into something wonderful, though likely not what we imagined way back then. Funny thing about teens. They do indeed believe they know it all, until eventually they don?t. Is that what growing up is all about?" Alison offered to host the next gathering at her Duvegen Farm next summer.
Gathering of classmates and friends at Robert and Janet Pozen Gray's home
Gathering of classmates and friends at Robert and Janet Pozen Gray's home
 
Pictured are:
Back Row (L to R): Judy Fowler Quagliaroli ('61), George Guyer, Chuck Moeder, Andy Powell, Bill Gordon, George Kent ('61), Jerry Freeman Front Row (L to R): Robert Gray, Carol Gordon, Charlotte Sweet Guyer, Loulie Kent ('61), Barbara Hartman Freeman, Alison MacLeod, Debbie Briggs Fraioli, Dorothy Griffin Sonnichsen, Janet Pozen Gray. Peter Farrow left before the group picture was taken. Photo licensed by Creative Commons
 
 
 
 
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Class photo  professionally taken by Monroe Payne. Copies of these are available through his website:Monroe Payne Photog
Class photo professionally taken by Monroe Payne. Copies of these are available through his website:Monroe Payne Photography
 
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Carol Robedee Johnson
Carol Robedee Johnson
Andy Anderson (L) and Alan Westfall
Andy Anderson (L) and Alan Westfall
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The old high school building, known today as DeWitt Mall, is currently used for retail businesses, offices and apartment
The old high school building, known today as DeWitt Mall, is currently used for retail businesses, offices and apartments.
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