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Sandy Aldrich (Melville)
Upper Jay NY 12987` Retired Married 2 Central and West Hill No.Dean Melville and I married shortly after high school. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. Who would have thought? We had three sons during the 1960's, one of whom, to our great sorrow, was killed in an automobile accident in 2006.
We worked, studied and raised our sons in various locations as education and careers were pursued. Dean graduated from University of Rochester, then proceeded to U. of R. Medical School, an internship and residency in internal medicine. When he finished we joined the Public Health Service and were stationed in Tupper Lake NY, in the Adirondacks. The Public Health Service paid a percentage of the abundant student loans in exchange for a service commitment. We then moved to nearby Saranac Lake.
Living in the Adirondacks meant some long drives in order to access various opportunities. Now that Dean had completed his studies for a while, I commuted daily to St. Lawrence University in Canton, about 55 miles away, then to New Hampshire for law school. I practiced law in the Adirondacks.
Then, we returned to Rochester so that Dean could do a radiology residency and a neuroradiology fellowship. He now works in Syracuse. We divide our time between Norwich, Syraacuse and a camp in the Adirondacks.
In leisure time Dean has enjoyed becoming an instrument rated pilot, woodworking, stone wall building, skiing, and running. I have done and am doing volunteer work, serving on several boards, in hospitals, a food pantry, as a Master Gardner, trustee of an historic church and cemetery.
We have eight grandchildren and a cat.
Al (Andy) Anderson
Professor Emeritus retired Married I finally retired and became Emeritus Professor of chemistry at Case Western Reserve University last year. I am busy with writing. Doing some traveling this summer. So far a group tour down the California coast and just back from a Cornell Alumni tour of the South West parks. Later a trip to Idaho, a cruise off the coast of Maine, and an Cornell Alumni "Untamed Alaska " tour. I stay healthy by walking a lot and eating right.
TERESA AROCA (AROCA-HASKIN)
Ithaca NY 14850 RETIRED Married 3 STAMFORD CENTRAL Worked at NYSEG after graduation, married, stayed home and raised 3 boys until around 1968. Worked at Henry St.John Elementary school teaching art class until my boys entered Jr.High. From there worked at Deanco,Inc. (electronics distributor)as a private secretary and then moved into Credit and Collections. Needing a change, I worked my final years at Tompkins County Health Dept. in Healthy Heart/Health Promotion Program for 12 years. Am presently enjoying retirement with my husband, children, grand children and many great-grand children.
Mary Avery (Blovsky)
Lake Placid FL 33852 homemaker, mother Married 4 East Hill and Belle Sherman Married John and lived in Owego for 15 years, raising twin boys and another girl and boy. We also had foster children for quite a few years. We moved to North Carolina in 1981 when the twins were in third grade.
In 1998 we moved to Lake Placid, Florida where we enjoy retirement years. We are in the process of building a new home and will update classmates with our address shortly.
John and I are looking forward to sharing memories with other classmates at the reunion in November. See you there!
Roland C. Barnett
Jacksonville FL 32246 Retired Married 5 Henry St John
The Villages FL 32162 retired school district administrator Married Moved to Ithaca in 8th Grade from Connecticut. Attended parochial school. Where did the nearly sixty years go since our graduation? For most of that time my working interests were focused on my professional field of education. Teaching and administering consumed much of my life until my retirement in 1998. Even in my early post-retirement years I was still active with my administrative activities at the state level. Today, I try to utilize my professional skills, as a volunteer with various organizations in New York and Florida. We were very fortunate attending one of the top public schools in New York. It often takes the distances of years and places before we can even begin to appreciate the quality of instruction we received, the educational and cultural activities we were exposed to and the special gifts our classmates brought to the experience. I cannot say enough how appreciative I am of the teachers who inspired me to do more with my life. I am equally grateful for the schoolmates who shared much of the adolescent growth part of this adventure with me. My first 49 years away from IHS Alumni activities was my loss. I value having been given another opportunity to re-connect with many of you since 2009 by helping with this website and with our Facebook page. I look forward to continuing with this service, hearing from you, and seeing you at upcoming gatherings.
Seattle WA 98118 Retired Divorced 2 God, has it been 50? Let's see, 4 college-slash-booze followed by 4 in the USAF; 12 years in the UK raising kids (two still wonderful "boys") and managing a plant for Barber-Greene Co. (road building equipment); back to the US (Illinois) as a CTO for Tellabs and AC Nielsen (12); then my own software company (sold it after 10 and retired). Went back to school at 60 for an MFA in writing (Bennington) and a flight instructor rating; caregiver for my father for 7 years, recently moved to WA after he passed to be nearer grandkids; published first novel a few months ago (In Search of Wings Lost), enjoying the hell out of family and a blessed life I really, really don't deserve. Still miss that egg salad sandwich and fries at the lunch counter in Whalens. And the blocking sled with Coach Joe barking Hit it harder. And...
Beverly Brink (Hillman)
Ithaca NY 14850 Married 3 Belle Sherman / Inlet Valley Today I was sitting on the dock after a full day of working on the brick walk first laid thirty five years ago from the bricks that came from the old Rothschild building. The seventy degree weather, full sun, and the two Adirondack chairs on the dock had been pulling at me all day. The golden orange Tamarack tree across from me had grown, its reflection now complete to the edge of the dock. A pair of mallards nestled on the raft was also basking in the sun. When the male stood up to waggle his tail and stretch, I noticed his spindly legs were the same color as the tamarack. His colors, the tree colors, and the surrounding hills were all so beautiful. I have been here at this house and land in Ellis Hollow with my husband, for forty seven years, connecting with nature’s gifts, and building gardens that reflect them.
My life over the past fifty years has been full and rich—most likely because of who I married and where I live. After graduating from Boston University, with my senior year transferred from Cornell, I married Bob Hillman, a Veterinarian and professor of large animal medicine, obstetrics and surgery at Cornell. I stayed home to raise three great kids, plus our own home-bred Thorougbreds and always a standard poodle in the mix. Sabbaticals and travel to 24 countries have kept me from becoming the stodgy wife down on the farm. The farm is really thirteen acres of hill pasture, acre pond, apple orchard, riding ring, barn, two vegetable gardens, house, Lord and Burnham Greenhouse and pergola. Since there were no trees on the property when we bought it forty seven years ago, it was wide open for ideas and plantings. Last year our gardens were on the National Garden Conservancy Tour, one of three hundred gardens across the U.S. that were open to the public. Some of you who were in town for the 49th reunion, came. This is where we raised our three children. Those years were full of ballet, crew, theater, and candy striping. Two of our children went to Cornell, and one to Ithaca College. Our youngest, Rob, has become small animal surgeon; Alison is an International Lawyer, and Denley is the business manager for Bangs Ambulance.
Staying home to raise our children allowed me time for a life- long passion, the horse. The horses we raised and I trained big boned and handsome. One of my favorites I rode to FEI levels in Dressage. The last which I delivered 20 years ago is a lovely chestnut mare. She is the most talented but because of my serious gardening, we cross the riding ring and head for the hills with two poodles behind. Life is good.
Training, teaching, and showing dog obedience was another strong interest. Kaio, my last white standard female poodle, who had a longer attention span than my own, honored her training with Dog World. This became useful because she would find my boots, pick up dropped silverware, or take the newspaper to Bob. She also went to Boces and to the Woman’s Correctional Facility in Lansing where her instincts for giving a child just what it needed always pleased and amazed me.
At the age of 35 I discovered that I really liked stone and brick. Was this the calling of my Dutch Brink heritage, or just the fact that I had the good fortune of a gift of bricks from the famous Rothschild’s building in Ithaca; a building I found beautiful even as a child? I started by making a patio, then walkways to connect the pergola, greenhouse and house to the driveway. Then the 100 foot flower bed was bordered by a stone wall. Next, the making of a koi pool out of two pallets of river washed stone. Three years ago I joined the Ithaca Garden Club which has been an avenue for making arrangements for the Johnson Art Museum, Art In Bloom, and Civic Development. As Horticulture Chair, I had an influence on topics, speakers, and programs. It is nice to know so many wonderfully talented women who share a common interest. Many have become friends.
In reflection, much of my life has been spent with animals—both training and competing. With my wonderful husband Bob who turned 80 last January, and still has not retired from Cornell, there have been some amazing trips to twenty five foreign countries and Sabbaticals, where I rode auction horses and made hand built pottery. Together we make applesauce and strawberry jam, and plant and harvest enough food for two freezers. Now we are raising dahlias. I make arrangements for many organizations, or friends who are ill, or just for the fun of giving. Those that I cannot use are sold to a flower shop. An article about me and our gardens is in this month’s issue of the Upstate Gardeners' Journal. You can access it through Google. I can say that our giving has touched Ithaca Beautification, the Hanger Theater, Ithaca Falls, The Farmer's Market, Hospicare, and helped in rebuilding the gardens in New Orleans.
It will be wonderful to connect with so many of you on the 10th of November.
Knoxville TN 37934 Accountant Divorced 1 Cayuga Heights The "now" picture pretty much expresses who I am today - with two princesses filling my life. Ashley, my daughter, and Lily, my granddaughter.Reading, landscaping, hiking.
Norma Brunk (Sullivan)
Tombstone AZ 85638 3 The short version
The short version …I have been out of state to visit with children, grandchildren, and sister. I don't have any immediate travel plans including the Ithaca H.S. Birthday party in August. I am quite active here in Tombstone for the remainder of the year.
My husband and I moved here in 2004 and I have decided to stay here after he died in 2014. I belong to a social (sewing) group. We make 1880s clothes and promote Tombstone by providing fashion shows in SW Arizona and New Mexico. We hope to make a trip to Prescott this coming summer (2018). Maybe we can see each other at that time unless you are able to come to Tombstone sometime.
I will send further information about myself at a later post. In the meantime, my phone number and address are below.
Norma Sullivan. 913-837-0900, P.O.Box 1784. Tombstone, Az. 85638
The autobiography you did not get....
After graduating from Ithaca High School in 1960 I left for Chickasha Oklahoma and Oklahoma College For Women to work on a BA with majors in Biology and Chemistry and minor in Education. In 1964 after receiving my degree I headed to the University of Chicago with a full Scholarship to enter the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) two year program. I received that degree in 1967.
While at U of C I met and married my husband, Gary F. Sullivan, April 1967. I taught high school biology at Fenger H.S. In south Chicago, one of the toughest schools in the area. After one year I moved to Wilmette north of Chicago and taught 7th and 8th grade science. At the end of the 1968 school year my husband accepted a job as an production manager at an automotive plant near Niles, Michigan and I accepted a position at Dowagiac Jr. High teaching science.
In the fall of 1969 I gave birth to our first daughter, Kimberly, so was placed on maternity leave. I didn't return the following year due to the birth of our second daughter,Jennifer, November 1970. In December that same year the plant Gary was working for was closed due to a big automotive recession. We sold our place, went on unemployment assistance and moved to Toronto, Kansas where Gary's parents lived. There we rented a house for $25 a month from a bank Gary's parents knew. We spent 6 months in Toronto while Gary looked of a job.
In July 1971 we moved to Topeka where Gary found a job working for the State. While in Topeka I was busy raising two daughters and teaching north of Topeka. In 1976 Gary changed jobs to work for the Department of Health and Human services in the Federal Government at Kansas City, Mo. We moved to Shawnee. Ks a suburb of Kansas City. On Jan. 1979 I gave birth to a son, John, our third and last child.
I was able to continue my teaching career for the Shawnee Mission School District, teaching 7th and 8th grade science. While there I was honored to be teacher of the year 4 different years.
In 1997 Gary retired and in 2000 I retired after accumulating 32 years of teaching. We were lucky enough to travel to many places. We saw England, Ireland, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, The Caribbean Islands, Aruba, Bonair, Coasta Rica, Panama, Mexico, Canada and all 50 states. During our travels to the SW United States we visited the wildwest historic town of Tombstone, Az. And fell in love with the area. We purchased a house on the edge of the historic boundary in 2004 and used it as our winter home until 2014 when Gary suddenly died..
In 2016 I decided to make Tombstone my permanent home and sold our Kansas house. I became active in a sewing group of women who make 1880's dresses and put on fashion shows as well as showing off in parades for the tourists. In addition to this I took on the self assigned job of trying to improve the emergency response system in the town. I worked to collect enough donations to buy and place 6 AEDs along the main street of town. I also had enough to build 10 first aid kits to place into the deputy marshal's vehicles. In late 2016 , I helped create a town committee, “Healthy Tombstone”, a chapter of the county Health Department. I am secretary of that committee.
I am also active in an organization, 'Tombstone Forward', which works to develop events to promote the town. One event coming up in September “Territorial Days” I am especially excited about because I am responsible for the first day called School Days. I have invited 25 school's 7th and 8th graders to attend a day of rotating through 10 stations which will provide incite into what life was like in Territorial Arizona.
Tombstone thrives on tourists so I would like to invite everyone to visit our wild west town. Some of the larger events and dates are:
1.'Twilight in Tombstone” - 4th weekend on every month except Dec.
2. “Wild West Days'- 3rd weekend of March
3. “Rose Tree Festable” 2nd weekend April
4. “Buffalo Soldiers”-3rd weekend June
5. “ Freedom Day”- 1st July
6. “4th July” -4th of July
7. “Doc Holiday Days”-2nd weekend Aug.
8. “Territorial Days”-2nd weekend Sept.
9. “Helldorodo” 3rd weekend Oct
10. “ Historic Home Tours” 1st weekend Dec.
11. “Light Parade””Tree Lighting” 2nd weekend Dec.
If you wish, contact me and I will show you the highlights of Tombstone.
Norma Brunk Sullivan