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Sandra Sortman (Raponi)
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Hudson MA 01i49 retired & tired of it Widowed 1 South Hill So much magical & mundane. Awful & PAINFUL .Not at all what I had in mind for my self at. 14-15-16 at IHS. There were hilltops &cities. &sunken lost, wonders to be explored.It was my overbearing father who did all the deciding in our house.And I was as bad at chose in my one and only as dear old dad was at closing my life. Lately an aunt told me he had done the same to my sweet little Momma. He made her a wife &mum to add to avoiding the draft. I had 2 hrs. Of elementary in Ohio while she had shock therapy. (make that years) When I was really little in hospitals - in body casts ,no Mommas. Allowed overnight in a lawn chair. A talk to guy said I'd had a. Tragic life. Maybe it was my brothers terrible death. He. got out of.the cancer ward to help eat the top of my wedding cake on my first anniversary. I gave him 2 crew cuts at the hospital. My hubby got 3 or 4 masters. At NE.At night. I was at home working on the heir, no car .He made 110% from Raytheon on them. More some other time.Now It's time to catch up on Outlander on Starz. It is suppah! as all my neighbors say.I am up to 27. LATER, when my hip has healed
Dave Spencer
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Tumwater WA 98512 Retired Married 5 Fall Creek After high school I stayed and worked in Ithaca for a couple of years. Then I attended SUNY Delhi Tech. Although, I graduated in Hotel Management I never worked in the hospitality field. After college graduation the Army requested my presence so instead I joined the Air Force. The Air Force first sent me to Texas and California. In California I met and married my first wife who was also in the Air Force. Over the next several years the Air Force took me to Washington state, Thailand, and back to McChord Air Base in Tacoma, Washington. My two children were born while I was stationed in Washington.


I left the Air Force after eight years, but I never moved from Washington state. For several years I was a food and grain inspector for the Washigton State Department of Agriculture. Later, I took my wood working hobby and expanded it into a full time finish carpentery business.

As a result of a serious spinal injury and the severe construction downturn in Washington in the early 1980's I began my third and final career. For twenty-five years throughout the Olympia and Tacoma, Washington areas I sold household cabinets and designed kitchen and bath layouts as well as managing a business for fifteen years.

During this time I met my current wife, Sandy. When we married in 1983 Sandy had three preteen children and I had two. Together we had the fulltime "pleasure" of raising a combined family. It was not easy but we all survived. Our children grew and developed into well educated productive adults who have blessed us with seven grandchildren.

My retirment came suddenly in 2008 after suffering what my doctors called a mild stroke of undetermined cause. As a result of the stroke I look fine, I move fine, and I talk fine. However, I do not recall names and lists of items very well. As this is not a postive factor in the sales profession I retired to the world of before and after school day care for a very active preteen granddaughter.

Sandy just retired this past summer after thirty years managing the State of Washington, Department of Licensing real estate investigations area. We are now thoroughly enjoying our low key retirment that includes spending more time with grandchildern, working on our landscaping, visiting friends and family, and traveling to visit interesting sites especially wherever there is good wine tasting.

Although I have never attended a class reunion I am really looking forward to coming to Florida to visit and see if we remember each other.
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Stephen K. Stephenson
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Westford MA 01886 Retired HS Math Teacher Married 3 Slaterville Springs 1 yr at Cornell, 5 yrs in USAF, finished BS & MEE at Cornell, worked on nuclear power plant construction and missile system software engineering, industrial computer sales. Then switched careers to HS Math Teacher for 12 years, retired 6/2013.
One reason I retired in 2013 was that I had been diagnosed with agressive prostate cancer. Hormones and external radiation put it into remission until a PET bone scan showed it had spread. Had chemo Summer 2016, now hormone treatments and no carb ketogenic diet.

Perhaps the hormone treatments aggravated an underlying condition that resulted in full blown diabetes (A1C 6.9), but I've been able to control it (A1C 5.2) by adopting a ketogenic diet (KD) / lifestyle (also lost ~25 pounds with no hunger). Because it switches the body into an alternative (healthier) metabolic state (burning fat instead of sugar) there is hope that it will help fight the cancer (which is heavily dependent on sugar). Resources for KD:
https://www.charliefoundation.org/ketogenic-therapy/therapies-2/brain-tumor-cancer and http://www.artandscienceoflowcarb.com/.

In addition to learning about KD, I've pursued three other interests:
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2. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=48405330
1. a grandaughter and 3 grandsons !

-Steve, 7/1/2016
 
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Charlotte Sweet (Guyer)
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Keene NH 03431 retired Married 6 Binghamton elementary Thank you, classmates who have written your 50 year stories (and for inspiring me to work on mine). My fifty years have felt, at times, like riding a roller coaster. I went to Cornell, graduating in 1964. I changed my major after my math professor advisor told me, "It doesn't matter what you take, you are just going to be a housewife." The government department welcomed me, with my new advisor urging that I work and not ?just stay home breeding children. After graduation and a summer on a work project I married Bob Guyer, a physicist, and moved to Durham, NC. I volunteered in a community action program and started in on, you guessed it, having children. For 10 years I was a stay-at-home wife and mom, with two lovely daughters to show for it. Our family moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1968. By 1978 I was a single mom on my way to divorce, and a lawyer fresh out of Cornell Law School. Very intense ride on that roller coaster. I?ve been fortunate in my legal career, working first as a prosecutor and then in a small town practice focusing on family and criminal law. The second part of my career was in state government as a lawyer in the child support and paternity office, and then as a hearings officer in NH Health and Human Services. I ended my state work in the NH Department of Safety Appeals Unit deciding cases such as for how long speeding teens should lose their licenses (fun!) and when elders should stop driving (not fun!). The third part of my career was spent as a mediator helping people with divorce and parenting issues and encouraging elder mediation. Personally, I found great happiness in 1981 with George Scott, now my husband. We have enjoyed, and at times struggled, with the exploits of his four children and my two daughters, Margaret and Jocelyn. Margaret is a clinical psychologist in Boston and Jocelyn works in health-care policy in DC. As some of you know, my parents are dead and twin Charlie as well. (He had an action-filled life in international development work but spent his last several years quite ill.) On a more positive note, the loves of my life for 10 years have been Jocelyn?s children, twin boys aged 10 and a brother aged 8. And as frosting on the cake, we greeted Julia Elizabeth last month, baby sister to big brothers Ryan (who will coach her in soccer), Ben (baseball), and Leo (basketball). They said a girl would be OK as long as she plays sports and doesn?t wear make-up. George and I live happily in Keene, NH. He is a busy woodworker and clarinet player; I am a volunteer tutor. We spend several weeks each year helping Jocelyn and her busy family. Otherwise we resolve to work out at our new Y and to down-size and sell our house, and at times make progress with both. What events since 1960 have had the most significant influence on you? Civil rights movement-I lived in N C 1964-68, have been left of liberal ever since.
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Ed Thorsland
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Hilton Head Island SC 29928 Retired Federal Exec Married 2 Belle Sherman After a false start as an Electrical Engineering candidate, and a 6-month hiatus in California, I earned a B.A. in Government from Cornell in 1965. That was the closest I ever came to preparing formally for anything else I did for the rest of my life. Think Viet Nam, single, and aversions to foxholes and Canada, and you understand how the next steps in my life were Air Force Officer Training School and Pilot Training. Five plus years later, an ex KC-135 (tanker) Aircraft Commander is getting married and trying to figure out how to continue life in the civilian world. Having sworn I would never work for the government again, I relented and joined the VA (now the Department of Veterans Affairs) in 1972 as a Management Intern in Washington. This led to a nomadic 33 year career as a health administration executive – first leading teams to evaluate management and the quality of care at VA Medical Centers, then as an Associate Director at three facilities (Lake City, FL; Tuscaloosa, AL; da Bronx) and a Director at three more (El Paso, TX; Dayton, OH; and Denver, CO).


Among my diversions now and in the past have been various forms of fitness activities – tennis, running, biking, - all shared with my wife, Sylvia, who more than once, far exceeded anything I could claim in the way of accomplishment. Most recently, we did a string of five consecutive “Ride-the-Rockies,” a 500-mile, week-long bike tour of Colorado’s mountain passes, the last one being right after retirement. I have developed strong interests in computing and digital photography. Sylvia is an avid (and accomplished) sculptor. I am addicted to Photoshop and what it can do for current work and photo restoration.



Sylvia and I have two children, Paula and Bjorn. Paula lives in Boston with her two girls. Bjorn is in Louisville, CO with his wife, two boys, and a girl. Our increasing snowbird time in Hilton Head led to our permanent move there in 2013.
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Marcia Tilton
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Jean Torrant (Ewanicki)
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Daytona Beach Shores FL 32118 retired middle management Married 3 We lived in the Cortland-Homer, NY area from 1966 to 2002. We moved to Florida in 2002. Worked for Smith Corona from 1974 to 1999 in various middle management positions, while raising three children with husband, Phil.
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Bob Townsend
Oak Ridge TN 37830-5541 Substitute HS teacher Married 2 Immaculate Conc. and Fall Creek August 19, 2017 In February of my senior year an IHS counselor convinced me to go to college. I received an associate degree in chemistry from Erie Tech in Buffalo in 1962. Still not knowing what I wanted to do I joined the Navy in November 1962. Fortunately for me they had a nuclear power program for submarines that turned out to be everything I wanted. As a reactor operator my training enabled me to become a control room operator at Maine Yankee Atomic Power Plant. Later, at St. Lucie Atomic Power Plant, I joined the operator training department as an instructor teaching how to operate nuclear power plants. I left Florida in 1977 to work at various nuclear utilities teaching operations until 1979 when I joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as an instructor for Westinghouse and Combustion Engineering PWRs (Pressurized Water Reactor) in Chattanooga, TN. After a short time at the NRC I went to TVA to train Westinghouse future operators. I met my wife Janet there who was a Plant Chemist trainee. We married in 1983 and have been together ever since. We started contracting in 1986, moving every year to new areas of the U.S. while raising two children, Matthew and Rachel. Janet home schooled them during this time until we settled down again in Hartsville, SC in 1992. I retired after 13 years with Progress Energy in 2005. With the kids still in college I took another contract job a short distance from home at Catawba Nuclear Plant near Rock Hill, SC in 2006. That contract lasted till 2013 when I retired again. Meanwhile we moved to Oak Ridge, TN in 2010 where we still live. I started substitute teaching at a local high school which has become almost a full time job but very enjoyable. It may be years before I retire from this one.
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Marilyn Trapp (Buckmaster)
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Columbia SC 29229 Retired RN/Homemaker Widowed 2
It's great to have our own website. I've not been in touch with very many of our class. I graduated from Wilson Mem Hosp School of Nursing in Johnson City in 1963 and worked at TCMH until I left NY in '64 for Texas and ended up in Green Bay, WI in 1967, married to Ivan, a Michigan farmboy I met in El Paso in 1966. He was serving his 2 years as a draftee in the Army, while I was working as an RN at Wm Beaumont Gen Hosp, a military hospital. We lived in Green Bay area for 19 years adopting 2 boys Jeff and Dave. I was busy being a mom, RN and SS teacher. Our spare time took us camping from WI to NY as well as traveling in England, Scotland, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada. In the US we visited MN, CA, AZ, TX, GA, FL, TN, IN, OH, PA, NJ and places en route. We traveled through the southern Great Lakes area between Green Bay and Ithaca then to Chenango Forks and Greene after my parents retired. In 1986 we moved to Woodridge, IL near Chicago and lived there until 2005. I kept up nursing until I retired 1 1/2 years after Ivan died. At that time. I moved to Hinesville, GA to be near my niece while her husband was in Iraq, again and stayed in the south. In May 2006 we relocated to Columbia, SC and where I plan to stay for the time being. Son Jeff is here with me, Dave in still in Woodridge working out of Chicago. I'm very busy being a homemaker, Aunt, and a Deaconess at my church. I have 3 cats and 2 baby kittens and several outside cats and kittens to watch over. I have family in all four corners of the US and plan to visit several this summer as well as family and friends in between. I'm a healthy cancer survivor. God bless all my classmates. Hope to see you in FL in the fall. Send Marilyn a MessageSend Marilyn a Message
Elaine Tutton (Newcomb)
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Alpine WY 83128 Hotel Sales-Flying Saddle Resort Married 4 I went from the "Little Red" up the hill to the "Big Red" graduating in 1964 with BS in science education. I met my husband Phil while working for the Agronomy Dept and we were married my senior year. Between the births of our four children, I taught science and substituted anything, including kindergarten and home ec. Phil changed careers after daughter #3 was born in 1968 becoming a banker. We relocated for his job several times but stayed in NY State until 1993 when we moved to Jackson Hole, WY. For a gal who loved horses, cattle and the Wild West, this was a dream come true. I got to work some fantastic jobs including driving team for one of the chuck wagon suppers in Jackson. Phil and I bought a truck and a slide-in camper, 2 horses and a trailer and we were off every week-end exploring this beautiful State. I became interested in the hospitality industry and settled into sales and marketing at a high-end hotel in Jackson where I worked 8 years. The past two years, I worked as a staff assistant for US Senator Mike Enzi and thAT was my dream job for sure. Had to leave that job due to cancer invading my life and turning it upside down for a year. I'm back on track again now and working part-time for a hotel near our home in Alpine, WY. Can't wait to see everyone in Florida in November!!
I'm also grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of 1. Married 47 years to the same man, my best friend, Phil. I enjoy hiking, reading, riding my horses, walking my dog and, most of all, spending time with my husband and family!

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