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Spring 2010 - Western Reserve Academy

Spring 2010 - Western Reserve Academy

Class Notes 1933 Donald

Class Notes 1933 Donald L. Weir 17440 Holy Names Drive Unit 323 Lake Oswego, Ore. 97034 e-mail: donweir2@comcast.net Walt Richards: Nothing new – just a year older and enjoying families and life in general. Carl Hess: Carl and Bebe are surviving at The Hampton at Post Oak, a senior residential community in Houston. Carl, who has aspirations of someday becoming WRA’s oldest living graduate (who’s keeping score?), will be 95 this year. He had major, major surgery last August at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston and is back to walking two miles each weekday before breakfast. Bebe has health concerns and is muddling through as best she can. They have a great support group in three married kids, seven grandkids and four great-grandsons. Regards to all the Academy family...and “Hook ’em Horns”… for those of you who recognize the U. of Texas boast. (But Carl went to Ohio State; only his money went to UT!) 1934 1935 David M. Hildreth 63 Parker Ridge Lane Box 103 Blue Hill, Maine 04614 207.374.5854 75th Reunion! All seven members of the Class of 1935 have been contacted recently and their reports follow. Bob Abbey continues to enjoy good health in his Tucson Santa Catalina Villas hideaway. He has no plans to make a 75threunion trip to Hudson although admitted he’d like to. Ralph Cautley answered the phone promptly, saying he has stopped outside activities but is doing well at home, as is his wife, Betty. He attended his 70th Harvard reunion last year. Chuck Cheyney called me to report he is still playing tennis twice during the week and sailing his 39-foot sailboat Rowdy, a real beauty. Chuck says he had a touch of atrial fibrillation last year but sustained no permanent damage. I had a great chat with Gardner Clark and his wife, Florence. Both sounded great. Gardner says he forgets things sometimes, but don’t all of us! He certainly remembered me. They have been busy helping the younger generation this past year. Jim Patterson e-mailed me the day he received my card to say there was really no news. No snow either. This report falls in the category “no news is good news.” The news turned bad when I called Marvin Walker on March 10. Marge answered the phone and told me Marv had just passed away that morning. His going was not unexpected and family was there. I expressed my condolences and told her I would inform the Academy. Marv’s ties with WRA were particularly close and he will be missed. (See In Memoriam.) Lastly, speaking for myself, I can report that Dave Hildreth celebrated his 92nd birthday on March 12, and has no complaints. My wife, Evelyn, has spent hospital time currently getting COPD and heart problems under control but is expected home very shortly. Both my son and daughter live nearby in Brooksville, Maine, so we are well supported. I have been able to continue singing in the Blue Hill Episcopal Church choir and tackling a new venture, second tenor in the 88-member Bagaduce Chorale. Old singers hate to give up! 1936 1937 1938 1939 The Academy was saddened to learn of the death of Robert Hirshberg (see In Memoriam). The Academy was saddened to learn of the death of Monroe Sadler (see In Memoriam). Eugene Peck 4260 S. Harbor Blvd., A-309 Oxnard, Calif. 93030 805.985.4269 e-mail: peckec@aol.com The Academy was saddened to learn of the death of Francis Marburger (see In Memoriam). Bob Riley reported that he is retired after two careers in electrical engineering, one at Westinghouse and one with the state of Maryland. 1940 1941 70th Reunion! Dr. Roderick P. Grant 1010 American Eagle Blvd. No. 135 Sun City Center, Fla. 33573 813.633.8814 e-mail: rgrant3426@aol.com The Academy was saddened to learn of the death of Ernest Dieterich (see In Memoriam). Sherm Hasbrouck: “My wife, Sarah, has Alzheimer’s. It really has not been bad. She is happy and pleased that we are able to live at home with helpers.” Roy Spielman: “Connie and I are living in a cottage at Claremont Manor, a retirement community in Claremont, Calif. Unfortunately, she has developed Alzheimer’s dementia so our activities are quite limited. I’m active on several committees doing volunteer work but taking care of Connie takes much of my time. I am still able to take her to some cultural events at Pomona College and activities here at the manor. Our four children live nearby. Our son Carl ’73 is living in Azusa Canyon, where he pursues his painting while working for his brother-in-law. Son Paul is a chemistry instructor at Azusa Pacific University. Our two daughters, Gail and Beth, both live in Glendora, a town (where we once lived) only a few miles west of us, so we get to see them often. We have five (so far unmarried) grandchildren all living nearby. I’m in good health, still able to drive and hoping I can get back to Hudson for our 70th reunion.” John Merrin made his first contact after about 50 years. He is living in an assisted living residence called Whiting Place in Stevens Point, Wis. He is still an eligible bachelor. His working years were in real estate property management, which took him around the country for a number of years. After moving to his present location, he sold his car. That keeps him close to home. Bruce Silver has started chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. He hopes this will 42 Reserve Alumni Record Spring 2010

CLASS NOTES make him a little more comfortable and, we hope, extend his life. He and his wife, Jean, have been our hosts at past class reunions and we have enjoyed many good times together, thanks to their hospitality. Keep him in your prayers. Rod Grant: “We celebrated our 63rd wedding anniversary at a celebration of anniversaries in our church. We have survived the coldest winter in the 15 years we have lived in Florida. We decided not to go north for Christmas because of the cold weather we always have there and we were glad we didn’t. I am supporting five doctors here and manage to stay in reasonably good health. The Sun City Center area has many activities available and we never have a problem staying busy. We will have to go north this summer to visit our newest great-granddaughter and all the rest of the family we can find. One of our grandsons is working as a vice president for CitiBank, in Dublin, Ireland, and we won’t see him.” Howard Wells: “No big trips, seven wonderful grandchildren, no great-grandchildren. Same house, 46 years. Don’t know where to go – nobody wants the candlesticks. Enjoy The New Yorker, McNeil- Lehrer show, walks around the block, visits to and from kids and their families. Betty and I make a good team: she can hear and I can see. Don’t use the computer anymore, but classmates are welcome to call: 216.761.5514. See you in June ’11!” Paul Visscher: “I got your card asking for an update and I am glad to respond although a little late. I returned Monday night from an astonishing tour of Egypt from Alexandria to the temple that was rescued from the rising waters behind the Aswan Dam. Marvelous! The rest of my life has been much more prosaic. I’ve moved into a ‘senior living’ facility, which is very comfortable and introduces me to a lot of interesting and friendly people, a number of whom I’d known before. My health is good and my age 86. The one terrible thing that mars a happy old age is that my wife of 40 years has Alzheimer’s and lives in Lewistown 160 miles away under the care of her son. I am awfully sorry to hear that Bruce has cancer; I’ve counted on seeing him at our 70th reunion next year. I’ll join you in praying for successful chemotherapy.” Bill Peace: “Libby and I are perking along pretty well for a couple well in their 80s. We love our home in Leland, Mich., where both our children spend their summers in their own homes. We manage to get away for most of the winter months, staying Rod ’41 and Felicia Grant celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary during a special ceremony at their church. on Amelia Island, where we’ve been coming for many years. We keep pretty busy on the island. Libby is involved with our church here and I am a docent at the Amelia Island Museum of History – going on 15 years. I continue to sing in the church choirs both in Leland and Amelia Island. It’s because of the great training I received from coach Russell at WRA in the Glee Club and Octet. The two of us still play golf and I still play tennis, although we must admit our games have gone somewhat south. We feel very blessed to still have each other because so many of our long time friends have gone. But, as the old guy says, ‘I have no peer pressure anymore.’ I keep in touch with Rod Grant via e-mail and see Bruce Silver several times a year, which is great.” 1942 1943 The Academy was saddened to learn of the death of Hank Neighbors (see In Memoriam). Keith E. Carter 400 Wesley Drive Apt. 373 Asheville, N.C. 28803 e-mail: carter6770@yahoo.com Roy Imhoff ’41 submitted this selfportrait as his class note. John Seaman has been a lifelong resident of Milan and an agri-businessman. He received the Citizen of the Year Award as past president and was named a Paul Harris Fellow of the Milan (Ohio) Rotary Club. He has been supportive in a number of local organizations. Congratulations, John. Ruth and Walter Wood, in what seems like an annual event, stopped by to visit Jackie and Bill Cobbledick in Tucson on their way home to New Mexico. All is well. Kelsey McKay is having his second hip replacement. We wish him well. John Jahant is still on the 14th floor in Akron, loves the view and intends to stay. In March, he visited Palm Springs for golf, tennis and to visit family and friends. Keep it up, John. John Winterling has an interesting tale. “A while back, perusing my records as a San Francisco ship pilot for 30 years, I came across an aircraft carrier whose captain was named Nicholson. It was 1967 and I was assigned to guide the carrier into San Francisco Bay. The access to the carrier was by helicopter, 15 miles offshore. I was flown to the carrier, met the captain, shook hands and he turned over the con of the vessel to me, which I guided into the bay. At the time, neither of us had any inkling that we were both graduates of WRA just a few years apart. In going through one of WRA’s annual reports, I noticed the name John Nicholson ’49. Checking through the school, I phoned and we had quite a conversation. John Nicholson, captain of an aircraft carrier, and John Winterling, ship pilot, conning the carrier into S.F., both graduates of WRA, meeting on a carrier. Small world.” 1944 The Academy was saddened to learn of the deaths of Dwight Fullerton, Peter Hanson and Zimri Oseland (see In Memoriam). Reserve Alumni Record Spring 2010 43

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