Dorothy Griffith (Sonnichsen)
Stow MA 01775 retired Divorced 1 Belle Sherman Before retiring, I worked as an administrator in our company for 30 years. Prior to that, I worked in retail as assistant to general merchandise managers (starting with Rothschild's!). I've continued to enjoy making music all these years. After selling my bass trombone, I learned alto recorder, handbells, and finally, in my mid-fifties, took up the one instrument I wanted to play since a teenager, the harp. Currently, I belong to several celtic harp circles. My main endeavor is quilting, however, which I started at the bicentennial. My son, Matt, is 32 and starting to build a dome house of his own design of concrete.
Sharron (Shari) Grover (Buck)
Vero Beach FL Office Coordinator Married 2 South Hill After graduating from Ithaca High, I went to the University of Tennessee for a year. Never liked school and felt the same way about college although I sure enjoyed the parties. Returned to Ithaca for a year and worked at Irv Lewis, Inc. Sandy Young called and asked me to be her Maid of Honor. She was living in Washington, DC and the marriage would take place there. I flew to DC, stood up with Sandy, fell in love with the city, went home, packed my bags and moved to DC.
Eventually, I found a job with Congressman Bob Mathias of California. I started as a robo typist and ended up running his office and being his personal secretary. It was an exciting time to say the least. The Civil Rights movement was on its way and I was there when Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech. I was there when he was shot and they burned the city. I remember leaving the city for the suburbs and wondering what I would come back to. When I did come back, I was escorted to work by four Marines with M-16’s. We finally passed much needed civil rights legislation. I was there during the Vietnam protests and finally part of bringing our boys home. The Congressman was an ex-Marine and we did a party every year for the vets…a sobering experience, seeing young men my age missing arms and legs or confined to a bed for the rest of their lives. I was there when Bobby Kennedy was shot and when they bombed the Capital. I was there when the astronauts presented one of the flags flown on the moon to the people of the United States. I have always felt that those seven years were my service to my country and I am very proud to be able to say that.
Bob Mathias was and still is the only man to win the Decathlon twice. I was honored to meet many of his friends, the most impressive being Jesse Owens. The list is very long of exciting and important people I met and worked with throughout those years. BUT, the most important person on that list is Walter Warren Buck, Jr., the absolute love of my life.
Warren and I were nagged by a mutual friend to meet; he was the only blind date I ever went on. That friend was right on. We were married seven months after we met. He placed one condition on getting married… the Florida Senator he had worked for retired, he had been in Washington for 14 years and after visiting Ithaca to meet my parents that Florida boy wanted to live in Ithaca and experience snow. A month after we were married, we moved to Ithaca. You can go home, you know. After working for other people, we bought the Convenient Food Mart in Cayuga Heights. Warren became involved in the Cayuga Heights Fire Department not only as a Fireman but an EMT – 2 and I (with the help of my friends) organized a Women’s Auxiliary Group.
We were lucky to have two healthy boys, Warren and Robert. Not being the least bit prejudice, these two guys are great. Warren teaches in a KIPP School (Knowledge is Power Principle). They take middle school age kids who live in ghettos but want to learn into the school. Those kids and their parents have to sign contracts. Their day starts at 7:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm. It is a great program and I could go on forever, but the bottom line is 80% of these kids will graduate from college. Rob on the other hand is my child who always marched to a different drummer; he lives in Seward, Alaska and works for an oil company delivering oil. He sits on the Harbor Advisory Board where they administer the activities of the port which serves cruise ships, research vessels, fishing boats, etc. He is married to Angela and they have two daughters who we adore, Elsa and Noelle. Rob is just an amazing father and I couldn’t be prouder! Five years ago we took a fabulous trip around the country and spent ten days in Alaska with him. It is unbelievably beautiful and life is the way it should be. I’ve been back and will go back again. Our country as a whole is beautiful and so diversified and we are so lucky to be living here.
Our store was very successful, however, after 12 years of seven days a week, we unfortunately found out our franchiser was taking our money. We along with many other Convenient Food Marts closed our doors. A lot of dreams were dashed but I am a firm believer that out of every bad comes good and it did.
We moved to Vero Beach, Florida near Warren’s family and have been here for 19 years. Warren is on disability because of Post Polio Syndrome. He started a caning business and works out of the house. He is amazing, does not let his situation get him down, has a great sense of humor and never complains. I have found my niche; I work at Heathcote Botanical Gardens and can’t seem to retire. Just absolutely love my job which is Office Coordinator better known as a jack of all trades master of none. There are two of us and we do everything…right now we are involved in building a Bonsai Display having been given 100 Tropical Bonsai, it will be the largest tropical bonsai in the US.
Our life is great and I have no complaints, we have had our ups and downs but as I look back, I smile and I wouldn’t trade one moment of it. My success is a wonderful family and having their love. I am a very lucky lady!
Evelyn Hall (Tracy)
Hudson FL 34667 Retired educator Married 2
Chevy Chase MD 20815 Retired Attorney Married 3 Fall Creek I have been happily retired for 15 years after more than 35 years practicing labor law. I worked first for the NLRB, then the Department of Labor and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. I did trial work and represented the government in various appellate court arguments. Most of my time was spent advising and writing decisions for presidential appointees in the agencies where I worked.
My wife, Mary Cantor whom I met at Cornell, spent her career in the corporate world serving as a vice president for training at such companies as MCI, Prudential Home Mortgage and Capital One.
We have three sons and a daughter-in-law. Dan lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where he works for in high tech. Jon is a mortgage banker in New York. Ben and wife Valerie live here in Washington. He has his own consulting company and Valerie is a foreign service officer for the State Department. All of them know and love Ithaca after many visits when my parents were alive. I think they probably still have many Kiwanis baseball shirts that my father gave them over the years.
In retirement we have been lucky enough to travel all over the world. In addition, I do quite a bit of volunteer work, and serve on several educational and charitable boards including that of my synagogue, a foundation for Jewish studies, and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington (the largest nursing home in Maryland), where I'm also chairman of the Ethics Committee. I also spend a lot of time on photography.
Hope all have a wonderful reunion.
Peggy Hertel (Cooney)
Laramie WY 82072 Retired Professor Committed Relationship 2 Forest Home School Well, Ed Kynasi’s statement urging us to speak now got to me and so here goes….
Fifty years of decisions about what direction to go in life – in reflecting upon these, I think the one that had the biggest effect on my life was the move to the Rocky Mountains in 1981. There we found the space and outdoor opportunities along with the relaxed life style that gave us a sense of right place.
The following summarizes the 50 years since High School graduation. Went to Cornell and majored in Child Development. Then took a teaching job in Guatemala C.A. for a year where I met another young female college grad and traveled by land and boat to Bolivia for the Christmas break. Decided I liked teaching (and traveling :-)) and came back to the states for a Masters degree and teacher certification at UW-Madison. Got married and moved to San Francisco where I taught first grade. Moved to Potsdam NY three years later and started our family. Stayed there for 12 years with our two sons, living in Eindhoven, Holland and Washington, D.C. two of those years. In 1981, our family moved to Laramie, WY to enjoy the west more than once a year for a vacation. Continued teaching young children until deciding to get a Ph.D. so I could research and publish about children’s amazing ability to learn through play. In 1994, I was hired for a faculty position at the University of Wyoming where I taught and conducted research until retirement.
In 1998, my husband passed away suddenly at the age of 58 – a big life adjustment for me. He didn’t live to see his two darling granddaughters who are a major part of my life. They are just two hours away in Greeley, Colorado. Our other son lives in Boulder, Colorado and works hard at recovery from bipolar illness.
I continue to reside in Laramie with my partner, Ed, who has two grown sons and a granddaughter. We are enjoying retirement from the university by working a little and playing a lot. Play dates with grandchildren, gatherings with siblings, hiking, biking, and skiing are activities we love. Travels have taken us to Guatemala, Gallapagos Islands, Peru, Tanzania, Southern France, Alaska, and Canyon Country in the southwest.
Virginia Hixon (Williamson)
Rochester NY 14610 retired Married 3 Belle Sherman & Canton Grammar In Canton, NY Had severe case of Mono 1961, Took me a year 2 get my health back from that. Then I attended Univ of Miami where I majored in Fine Arts. While there I took harp lessons for a while. Attended Fashion Institute of Tech in NYC. Really thought that was what I wanted until I got out in the business & found out what a "dog eat dog" business it was. Met my 1st husband, who was in the Navy & had 3 beautiful children. Red headed girl (Gena) & 2 blond boys (Patrick & Christopher). Bought a house in Ithaca to be close to my parents & glad I did cause I ended up divorced. Raised the kids by myself for 6 yrs. Took on many jobs none of which gave me much pleasure. Joined the Mormon Church in Ithaca. Was head cook for the Nutrition for the Elderly Program. People were great. Took guitar lessons from 2 different teachers. Last one taught me rock 'n roll, then I went on 2 teach myself more.
Attended TC3 where I was the only female in an all male Mechanical Tech program & was written up in the Ithaca Journal as that exact thing w/ huge pic.
Joined the Mormon Church in '74 & found a fine man to marry in'77 in the Mormon Temple. He's a guitar & electric bass player & had been on tour w/ a band all over the East. He was also an engineer @ Nortel Networks & Brockport Univ graduate. He still plays well & now retired, has become an engineer @ the "Music Show" on local TV along w/ playing the electric bass, guitar & piano w/ various local groups. I gave up the guitar & played a little piano till my Mother bought me a Celtic Harp from a music store in our old Ithaca HS basement. That I played w/ till we got custody of our grandson shortly after birth & brought him up. He's 22, our oldest grandchild along w/ 6 others & a professional musician playing hard rock on the elect guitar. Big surprise? He has toured all over the US, Made CD's, & is also very fine player. He does have a day job to pay for his music. Other grandchildren are all in grade school or college. One got scholarship to RIT in engineering.
Have one son who plays the drums. Also very talented. Has played in many bands & many places around Rochester. Guess we have a lot of music in our family. My Mom played the piano & organ for many yrs. Dad played the piano & cello while a prof @ Cornell Univ. They sold their instruments when they moved to FL to spend their last days. Our daughter played the flute & our oldest boy says, "I play the stereo", which is pretty good considering he is deaf in both ears.
For years & years I've enjoyed creating gardens & doing landscaping. Got into building ponds & pools about the time I started gardening. At our current home, the family & I built 4 ponds. The biggest one used to be a swimming pool, but that got turned into a fish & water garden pool. It's very pretty as are the others. I put in many gardens also & broke my foot once dropping a huge log on it while building one pond. The whole yard, with the gardens and ponds, used 2 b like a landscaping in a magazine, but not any more. Made myself too much work.
Can't do much now that Uncle Arthur has set in. Had an accident when I was in my late teens & dove off Enfield diving board, my heels hitting the back of my head. That moved two vertebrae. I still pull weeds while sitting on a pad, but I can't do much else. Love 2 draw & do all kinds of art work most of the time. Painted huge murals on the walls of 2 bed rooms in our house. I do a few things in the house, but my husband does all the rest. Blessed w/ a caring man.
Liz Horn (Kurtz)
Eugene OR 97405 Married 1 Belle Sherman Went to Cornell because of free tuition. I didn’t realize at the time how lucky I was! Majored in English lit and still read a lot. Love to. All sorts of stuff. Went to the University of Chicago and got a masters in teaching. Moved to Oregon and taught school for 36 years. The perfect career for me. Full of children and figuring out how to best help them, plus the opportunity to learn and teach about every subject you can imagine. A career that uses all of your capacities, physical, mental and emotional, was such a joy.
My husband and I have one daughter who has two children. Katy is a high school teacher in the Portland area, married to a wonderful man. Jeff and I help take care of our grandchildren during the week while Katy and Kevin are working. We have a cute little condo (totally Ikea-ed) up there that has a view of Mt. Hood.
Have been retired for, ulp, eight years now. We have traveled and hope to do more. Have been to France a number of times, cruises in northern and southern Europe and Alaska. Have gone to China, Australia and New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, South Africa . Took a bike trip in the Loire Valley to see the Chateaux. Magical..
Activities – tennis (play in leagues sometimes), singing in a women’s choir, bridge, book groups,(one is a women’s group and one is co-ed where we read works around Carl Jung’s work), walking our golden retriever, working in the yard trying to stay ahead of the weeds. I hope to get back to yoga and weight lifting and watercolor painting and Chinese brush painting once our year of grandchild care is done.
Have fond memories of our days at IHS. Remember that wonderful old building? It’s so odd to go back and see it work as a mall. I do love to eat at Moosewood.
I shall miss seeing all of you at the reunion and thank those who are working so hard to make it happen.
St.Augustine Beach FL 32080 Grandmother 2 Cayuga Heights I actually graduated from college in 1964 surprising even myself after four fun filled years of academia at Keuka College. Full of all this new found "wisdom" I got married and with happy anticipation we brought into this world two very cute, and of course extremely smart children.
The marriage became a mess, and not feeling quite so wise, I moved on to a 25 year stint in dental assisting followed by a 12 year career selling real estate. These years were filled with many false starts, disappointments, and broken promises, but with a good sense of humor and the great friends I collected along the way, as well as old friends and my family, I always managed to find the silver lining if only for brief moments at a time.
And now in my senior years I have found the peace and contentment that seemed so elusive in the past, as I watch my children with their children, and embrace, for sure this time, the wisdom and happy anticipation in my final and most rewarding career as Grandma.
Henrico NC 27842 Retired Married 4 Fall Creek It's hard to believe it's been 50 years. I joined the Naval Reserve before graduation and attended boot camp that summer. I planned to attend college after graduation, so I returned to the "new" IHS in 1961 to improve my physics grade and take some fun courses. A mandatory Navy cruise interrupted the "fun" and I never went back to finish my post graduate year. I left for active duty in the fall of 1961,which turned into a 29 year career. I married Beverly Murinchack, younger sister of our classmate Jimmy, in 1962 and am happy to report she is still putting up with me. I retired from the Navy in 1989 as a Master Chief Yeoman, having completed four years at sea as Command Master Chief of a cruiser and a frigate. My second career was with American Express Financial Advisors, first as an operations manager in Virginia Beach, Va. and then as director of business operations for the Virginia Market Group. I retired from that position in 1999, and we moved to Lake Gaston where I planned to fish and enjoy the good life.That lasted about one year before I became a reporter for our local weekly newspaper where I became editor and general manager a year later. I finally retired from that job in June 2009. This time I think it will stick. I'm filling the void with volunteer work, and currently serve as the president of the Lake Gaston Association serving over 1400 lake area households and businesses. I'm also a director on the Board of the Lake Gaston Chamber. My wife and I have four grown sons and six grandchildren, ranging in age from 20 to 4, and our baby, a three-year-old black lab. As I look back, the one true constant in my life has been my wife, who has selflessly served as mother, house maintainer, mechanic, teacher, ombudsman, companion and a host of other duties too numerous to mention. While I build and fly model airplanes, she sews, quilts and reads and we can finally spend time together just enjoying each others company.
Kathryn Hull (Hoffman)
Arab AL 35016 Retired - Haylor, Freyer & Coon Married 3 Henry-St.JohnI married right out of High School. Had a son ,then a daughter, then divorced. I remarried and had another son. My second son was a toddler when my second husband died. I had been a homemaker but now I felt the necessity of going to work. I took a job at Rite-Aid. Even though the job paid more than minimum wage, I knew I needed a better paying job. Stayed there 2 months and found a job at NCR. I stayed there 3 mo. and left for a job at Security Mutual Insurance. I stayed there till I met Fred, my current husband and married. Because I had three children and he had two (sons) I stayed home. We bought an old Victorian home in Groton. It needed some renovations. So I baby sat, was church secretary and took any other job I could get and still be at home or close by. Renovatons cost money. Then I hit the DYI books and tiled a bathroom - tub enclosure as well as the floor. I put up brick in my kitchen. Wallpapered many rooms, and upholstered many pieces of furniture as well as refinished many pieces of furniture.. I did such a good job decorating that a renovation magazine came and took pictures. The house was published in one of the next issues.Then it became apparent that the time had come for me to go back to work. I started back with Security Mutual but because it became apparent that there was no moving up in the company I decided to leave after a couple of years. I obtained a job at Cortland Agency. I had heard that the best way to move up in a company if you were not "connected" was to work for an agency first. I stayed there a little over a year and left to work for Boothroyd Agency in Ithaca. The benefits were better and they had a more commercials accounts. While at Boothroyd's I received my Agency License by taking the test and getting testimonials from past employers. It was rare for the State to give a license without either a college degree or certificate saying that you had passed several courses in insurance. I stayed till I was offered an even better job at Ithaca Agency also known as Haylor Freyer & Coon. I retired from there in 1997 as Senior Commerical underwriter. My proudest moment was when I sold an account that was priced $4, 000 over the competition. Who said that service doesn't count. Fred and I moved to Arab, Al in 1999. My hobbies include gardening, and designing rooms, and working with children one on one. I will hire a child that is in 6th-7th grade to help with my work - I teach part of a trade. They get paid, I get help and the project gets done in a timely matter. I am really enjoying being retired even if it is tiring. Fred and I have only four children now because the oldest died in 2002. We have three grandsons, the oldest being 21 the youngest being 5.