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.

Duane Ira Honness
Duane Ira Honness
  Ben Brown recently shared with Phyllis McLaren news of Duane Honness' passing back on October 2, 2020, related to  Covid 19.
Ben was able to gather the following information:
Duane, a graduate of Ithaca High School in 1960, attended Ithaca College where he majored in physical therapy. 
Early in his career, he had a physical therapy practice in Booneville, NY.
He was retired to Coral Gables Florida with his wife.
Ben recalled that Duane missed moth of his junior and senior years at IHs due to being in traction after suffering a broken leg during the summer between his sophomore and junior years.
He had a strong faith and his friends and fellow congregants at his church in Coral Gables recognized this.
Robert C. Gray
Robert C. Gray
Sad News: ROBERT C GRAY Passed Away January 2nd

Robert Gray's sister, Kathy Gray Hildreth, reported, on the IHS Alumni Association's site that Robert passed away on January 2, 2021, after a long illness.
Robert had been an active contributor to this page and our Facebook page for the past 11 years. His brilliant commentary, his inspired photography, and his enthusiastic approach to life will be missed by all.
Our deepest condolences to his family and friends. 

The official obituary, published by the Boston Globe, appears in our Deceased Classmates section. Please visit.
Phyllis McLaren
Phyllis McLaren

October 2020

A memo / update to all my classmates I hold so dear,
How are you, really? Those words don’t roll off our tongue the same way anymore, do they? Our ‘vitals’ measure the state of our human condition – physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually. Based on our character and survival history as a class, we will go on, a bit wiser, with a positive spirit, and live each day with a caring heart, eager to help those less fortunate.

Having received no recent email about another classmate’s death, I think we are still running about 75% on the right side of green grass. While we have a great divide between us on some matters, we seek unity based on our firm foundation. 
With that as our mantra, I’ll tell you what Steve and I are thinking about for the next and last reunion. Given the tenuous outlook on our possibilities for socializing, I have narrowed the venue and schedule down to one day at a pavilion in one of the great parks we have around Ithaca. All other searches required a guaranteed minimum # of people and a non-refundable deposit. I cannot do that. And I wouldn’t use our money that way.
Our own Dave Banfield, so generous, has committed to paying for our pavilion reservation, targeting the last Saturday in August, 2021. That reservation must be confirmed by 12:01 AM on January 1st, 2021 and unless we tell him ‘no’ we will have a pavilion dedicated to us for a whole day. In addition to the large group picnic, we will be encouraging smaller gatherings and tours in the Ithaca area to fill out our reunion itinerary. You are in charge of implementing your own smaller gatherings. Don’t forget hiking – an outdoor experience approved by all. We welcome suggestions on accommodations. A recent check showed hotel rates much lower than we’ve experienced in the past but that may change if there is an ‘after Covid’.  
Steve and I hope to be present and in good health. We would love to hear from you – your feelings, your reaction to this plan, and your best guess as to the possibility of attending. No commitment is asked for at this time.
Regarding our class directory: one last revised reprint will be provided to everyone free of charge. We have enough money in the treasury to print (and mail if necessary) to all who request it. Included: yearbook picture, current name, address, phone(s), email, OR year of deceased. I would love to add one more bit of info under each picture and name – a key word or few words that describe your person, your passion, your contribution to this world, or something that would lead to an interesting reunion of the minds with a classmate – perhaps under the roof of the pavilion, perhaps by email or phone call. We sometimes do not know where to open a conversation with someone we have not seen in ages. Also included will be a listing by state of current residence, a concise list of deceased, and some other trivia that seems of interest.

First and foremost, I need updates from you, about you, so the book is not out of date before you get it. Please provide me with any changes or corrections.
Giving time for those responses, I will not begin revising the data until early January. At that time, I will ask you to tell me if you would like a copy of the last revision printed. Beginning February 2021 – I will send revisions (as I am advised) to you by email, or surface mail, and you will edit your own directory. The cost of printing and postage is currently $9.50 so we will only send to those who request one. If we run short of funding this endeavor, we will be asking for a few donations to help us; but for now we think we can cover it, and still have money left over for a catered meal under the pavilion, and other expenses.  
So what happens after that? Mini reunions at your home are great and would be arranged by you. Using your directory, you might touch base with a classmate on your way through town, or meet for lunch if close by. This is all assuming that we feel comfortable socializing. I find that adhering to the comfort level of the most vulnerable in the group is the kindest way to go. 
Both Steve and I will continue our commitment to you as long as we are able, as follows:
Steve – website updates, FB updates
Phyllis – emails, surface mail, and general correspondence
Your part - keeping in touch with us, and with each other. You matter. IHS matters. 
My best to you and your family.

Art Hanson
Art Hanson

Our deepest condolences go out to Art's family and friends.
HANSON, Arthur H. "Art" 79, of New Port Richey, passed away peacefully October 20, 2020 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna; two sons, Mark (Abby) and Michael (Lesa); and two grandchildren, Maria and Alexey. He is also survived by a sister, Carol and a brother, Don. He enjoyed working outdoors, watching hockey and news, and doing jigsaw puzzles with the grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

 Jen and Richard Owlett
Jen and Richard Owlett
A special announcement from Richard Owlett:
Richard has gathered photos from many years and many groups of classmates and made a DVD video for us. He has asked me to forward his offer to you in with this group email / letter.
“I've been working on a Class of '60 slideshow for over 2 years now, and its finally done!  The video is a little over 58 minutes long, includes almost 500 hundred images from elementary years (1949 - 1956) and reunions (1980 - 2017), and is set to music. 
Many photos are from the Class archives, but some have never been seen before.
Chances are you are in there - somewhere.  Could be a 2nd grade Halloween party or the 2017 Birthday Bash, or more likely, the 1956 2-part Class photos taken while we were in Boynton.
Our years at IHS were reserved for another project.
They will be sent First Class in padded envelopes for $12 each.”
Send checks to:
Richard Owlett
PO Box 122
Odessa, NY 14869

Cayuga Street entrance
Cayuga Street entrance
Pete Velletri
Pete Velletri
Margie James Perna, Class of 1961, just posted the sad news, on Facebook, that our classmate, , passed away earlier today, in Rochester, NY.

Updated -August 16, 2020: 
Rochester, NY: July 30, 2020 at the age of 78.  Peter is predeceased by his parents, Arduino Velletri and Isabel Velletri (Tagliavento).  He is survived by his wife and love of his life, Marlene; his daughters Nicole Hastings and Shawn Velletri; brother Joseph Velletri and wife Faye; several grandchildren: Danielle Myers (John), Mark Gerringer (Dezirae), Gabrielle Cruz, Landon Lussier, Nicholas Cruz, Monty Velletri, five great grandchildren: Hailey Meyers, Mark & Brantley Gerringer, Luca Lussier, and Ezekiel Cruz, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his Aunt Minnie & Uncle Toby Nalley.   Peter was a former employee of General Motors, Bausch & Lomb, and Venetian Marble.  Peter enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved dog, Bella, as well as traveling to the Texas coast.
Peter’s Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 29th  12:00 PM at St. Jude Church, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester, NY 14606.

Beverly Brink Hillman and Bob Hillman
Beverly Brink Hillman and Bob Hillman
Ron June, 1941-2020
Ron June, 1941-2020

Ithaca - Ronald June, 78, formerly of Hinesville, GA residing at 34 Jake St. Ithaca, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
 Ron was born in Ithaca on June 28, 1941 to the late Fred and Margaret Boom June. Ronald served in the US Marines from 1961 - 1966 and in the US Army from 1976 - 1985.

Ron was a thoughtful and loving son, brother, uncle, and husband. He was a fan of all sports, but his one true love was bowling. Ron was an avid bowler for many years and enjoyed helping with the youth bowlers in Georgia. He was also a lover of animals; especially, his little dog "Tiny" who he brought with him from Georgia.

Ronald was predeceased by his loving wife, Nobuko of 28 years, 8 brothers, Jack, Victor, Robert, Richard, Gordon, Donald, and Alfred. His sisters, Lucille June, Vera Churey, and Lorraine Supek. Surviving are his sisters, Lucy Hubble and Sandra Maxwell whom he lived with for the past several years, along with several nieces and nephews.

To honor his wishes, no funeral services will be held. Ron's remains will be laid to rest in Hinesville, Georgia alongside his wife Nobuko.

Some of our 70th Birthday Bash attendees sat on the Cayuga Street steps of the high school.
Some of our 70th Birthday Bash attendees sat on the Cayuga Street steps of the high school.
April 2020.       
Hello Classmates,
During the past month, our lives have changed dramatically because of the Covid19 virus pandemic. While, hopefully, it will not have a physical impact on any of us, it certainly is taking a social and economic toll on all of us.
Some believe that this will soon pass, and everything will return to normal. It would be nice if that happened, but with advanced years guiding our thinking, we realize, pragmatically, there is no returning to that ”normal” anytime soon, if ever.
In an earlier communication, we told you that we would be monitoring the situation and then be making a decision on the status of our 60th reunion that is scheduled for November here in The Villages, Florida.  Based on many realistic projections and the opinions you responded with by email, it is our decision to reschedule our next reunion to another time and place. We are now proposing that we return to Ithaca in August 2021, combining a “Sixty and Counting  Reunion“  with an “Almost 80th Birthday Extravaganza“.
We realize that this postponement is disappointing for some of you, but with the uncertainty of the continuing impact of this crisis on our lives, we would rather err on the side of caution.
We still look forward to keeping in touch with each of you in the days and months ahead. As you know, we have several ways of doing this. Of course, we have regular mail, email, and the telephone. Also, we have a very active presence on our Facebook group page, Ithaca (NY) High School Class of 1960, and on our website:
A revised 2021 Directory will be mailed at no cost to everyone early in 2021. Any changes in contact information after that printing will be compiled annually and sent to you.
The days ahead will be challenging for all of us. We wish you and your family safe and healthy times.
For those of you who expressed interest earlier, and may have registered at The Waterfront Inn for the canceled November event, additional information follows in a separate email.
Best Regards,
Steve and Phyllis

From the 49th
From the 49th
Dolores 'Dodo' Pete Jackson
Dolores "Dodo" Pete Jackson
Dolores "Dodo" Pete (DeSanto) Jackson Passed Away

There was a post, dated December 2019, on Facebook, that Dodo passed away. Her children wrote
: "My sister Jo, brother Tony, and I, wish to inform all our friends and extended family that our most wonderful mother C. Dolores Jackson (DeSanto ) passed away early yesterday morning December 22). Mom was born Cecilia Dolores Pete on October 2, 1942, but everyone simply knew her as "Dodo". At mom's request, no services are planned. We would however like to request that each of you this holiday season give your loved ones an extra firm hug, and remind them what they mean to you. We believe this will warm her soul, as family and friends is what her life was all about. And the next time one of us meets one of you, we would love to share a hug, and a Dodo memory. Tony and I would like to express our love to our amazing sister, and equally amazing brother-in-law Richard for making mom's final years the best possible. Much love to all...."
Our condolences go out to Dodo's family and friends. We'll update and edit these comments once we have more information.

Phyllis McLaren and Al Simons
Phyllis McLaren and Al Simons
Elaine Howser Elliott
Elaine Howser Elliott

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of ELAINE HOWSER. Elaine passed away on Monday, May 4th in Syracuse. 
Born May 28, 1942 in Ithaca, NY she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Gertrude Abbey Howser. Elaine had been employed over 20 years with Security Mutual Insurance Co. in Ithaca and had been a waitress for 13 years both at the Queen Diner in Dryden and Melody Land in Cortland. She loved gardening, ceramics and stained glass, baking cookies with the grandkids and watching animals of all kinds including goats, ducks, chickens, deer and hummingbirds.
Elaine is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John "Pete" Elliott; daughters, Lynne VanDeWeert (Dennis Rupert), Christine Elliott, Amy Landry and Melonie Lawrence (Chad); sisters, Jean Ingalls, Doris Jones (Stephen) and Marlene LaBar (Jack Seymour); sister in law, Charlene "Pudgie" Howser; 9 grandchildren, Christopher(Maya), Casey(Mary), Amanda, Emily, Valerie, Noah, Rachel, Lauren and Megan; 3 great grandchildren, Bradley, Evelynne and Zachary; her dog, Maggie; cat, Buffy and many nieces and nephews. In addition she was predeceased by brothers, Ronald and Greg Howser.

OurJunior Prom
OurJunior Prom
Barbara Darling and Karen Day
Barbara Darling and Karen Day
IHS Track& Field Team
IHS Track& Field Team
Lou Cassaniti at his
Lou Cassaniti at his
Lou Cassaniti Serves Up Hots at Commons Site

Joe Scaglione III {our Joe’s son) recently captured our classmate Lou Cassaniti busily serving up lunches at  his “Lou’s Street Food” operation on Ithaca’s Commons. 

Louie, as we all knew him in the old days, has been  a fixture on the Ithaca food scene for decades. .
Joe’s picture tells the story well.
JB Graves and wife
JB Graves and wife

  Any Clues?       Any Clues?
        Mickelson Judy  
Allen John D     Mignano Anthony Camillus ?
Aramini Harrison Marilyn     Pete Jackson Dolores Cape Coral ?
Atwood Woodruff Ann     Potter Mary  
Baker Stewart Bonnie     Quick Geraldine  
Balliere Swanson Karen     Riley Neeley Sharon    
Bass Noel Susan Chicago?   Ross   John  
Brown Hoffmire Norma / Gary     Schilling Gary R Ithaca ?
Burke Chupp Betty       Schuchardt Christian Paul  
Cheney Peter NYC ?   Schulte Sandra  
Crofoot Mary     Simpson Robert Melbourne ?
Davis Barbara          
Dean Holt Gladys 'Dollie" Freeville ?   Smith Edward LeRoy  
Gibbons Robert Cortland ?   Spencer Arthur Carol  
Hardaway Joseph     Spiciatti Francis  
Hewitt III Fay N Palm Beach, FL ?   Stauffeneker Eileen  
Howser Elliott Elaine Marathon ?   Steinberg Ireton Donna  
Johnston Jim / Susan Dryden ?   Sweet Christine  
Jones Thomas Edward     Tarbell Meyer Karen  
June Ronald       Tedjasukmana Renaldi  
Kane Betty     Vincent Bill  
Knapp Jeffrey Carole Lee     Wall Dearmas Ann  
Koski Carl Ithaca ?   Wells Ammering Jackie / Ted  
Krebs Charles     Wolf (Szerenyi) Peter  
Lanyon Albers Carol          
Lindstrom William          
Love Rosemary          
Mack (John) Alan Plano, TX ?        
Martin Crispell Donna Freeville ?        
Masters Wander Carol Fairport ?        
McEligot Jack (John) Daytona Beach Shores  
We've had 176,228 visits since this site opened in April 201We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” 
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce0      
95 Classmates have posted their profiles as of January 15, 2021. 
Rosemary Gates has joined Teresa Aroca-Haskins, Jon Schmidt, Linda Rocker, Andy Anderson, 
Betty Roskelly, Sandra Sortman, Bob Townsend, Ed Michael,  Ward Whitlock, Bonnie Westfall, Andy Powell (updated March 2016), Vance McCullough, Stephen Stephenson (updated  January 2018)), 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, JeanTorrant, Joel Ekholm, Alice Caldwell, Jim Ormiston, June Layton, John Osborn, Ginny Sigler, VictorNewhart, Beverly Brink, Ellen  
Royce  Jan Murphy, Martin Wright, Dan Wallenbeck, Patricia Newman, 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 June 2017), Terry Cullen, Bernie Cook, Terry Hilker (updated June 2017) 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 (updated February 2018), Sandy Cornelius, Dorothy Griffith, Doug Hughes, Dave Goode, Leo Johnson, Larry McCray, Elaine Tutton, Ed Shea, Virginia Hixon, Marilyn Dropkin, Marilyn Trapp, Ron Winchell, Norma Brunk 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.

Robert Gray, Earl Wellington and Earl's son and wife.
Robert Gray, Earl Wellington and Earl's son and wife.
Class of 1960's 75th Birthday Bash, August 2017, Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park
Class of 1960's 75th Birthday Bash, August 2017, Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park

Front row: 
(left to right) Anne Burger, Bill McElwee, Bernie Cook, Gary Loomis, Phyllis McLaren, Barbara Child, Chuck Moeder, Barbara Bennett, Judy Mitchell, Icemae Murray, Sandy Aldrich, Kathleen Muzzy, Patricia Newman, Jean Magnus

Back Rows: (left to right-staggered) Dave Sears, Steve Beaulieu, George Damp, Joe Scaglione, Nancy Hubbell, Ben Adams, Nancy Cladel, Steve Stephenson, Beverly Brink, John Osborn, Bob Townsend, Bill Gordon, Janice Murphy, Richard Owlett, Terry Hilker, Robert Gray, Dave Wilson, Robin Alexander, Dean Melville, Alan Simons.

​These were the picnic attendees. Others joined us for the various weekend activities but were not able to attend the picnic where the class photo was taken. Classmate Peggy Payne's  professional photographer brother, Monroe, took this picture. Phyllis sent out ordering information if you'd like your own close-up copy of this.  There's also a copy that includes spouses and significant others.
Bernie Cook, US Marine Corps
Bernie Cook, US Marine Corps
The excellent 75th Birthday Bash cake.
The excellent 75th Birthday Bash cake.

​Thanks to some of our volunteer class photographers  Richard Owlett, Dave Wilson, Phyllis McLaren Sommerman and Steve Beaulieu, we will have started  sharing their contributions on this website and our class Facebook page. These are by no means all inclusive, but will  serve as a start as we document our 75th Birthday Bash, held back in August.

​In the "Class Photo Albums" section of this website, we will try and arrange the photos by events. As new photos come in from other classmates we'll add to these photo albums. Check back often, because these take awhile to upload and position.

​The event were: Thursday at the Ciao! restaurant, Cornell Ornithology School  (Sapsucker Woods), Moosewood Luncheon and old building tour, The Rose, Tremen State Park hike, class picnic at Upper Buttermilk Falls State Park and Sunday brunch at the  Ithaca Ramada.

Labeling: In anticipation of the usual " Who are these people?" questions, Al Simon and Steve Beaulieu will attempt to label as time permits.

John Orr
John Orr
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.
IHS Student Council
IHS Student Council
Ron Winchell Drops the Top for Early Spring
Ron Winchell Drops the Top for Early Spring

"I had already been to my infectious disease doctor this morning. She gave me the green light to proceed with the hip replacement surgery which, in turn, will stop the horrible ten months pain in my leg. The skies cleared. The sun came out. Judy was at another doctor appointment. Mary Werner, our neighbor, put me up to it. I dropped the top and she snapped the photos. The temperature was 65. How could I resist?" Ron W.
Belle Sherman, Grade 6, 1953-1954
Belle Sherman, Grade 6, 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.
Early IHS Photo 1925
Early IHS Photo 1925
South Hill Second Graders
South Hill Second Graders

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:

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.

IHS Football Schedule
IHS Football Schedule
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
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.
IHS Student Handbook
IHS Student Handbook
Reunion Poll
What should the theme be for the reunion ?

Come as you are
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