Friends are Forever
Class of 1960 Alumni
Wakefield High School
This website is designed for
1959-60 graduates of Wakefield High School
This July a Class milestone was passed. After 30 years of hard work, Rich Lyons informed us that he had found the last missing Wakefield 1960 graduating classmate. Remember, there were over 650 of us, many with name changes, many with several moves. Kudos go to Rich, Jimmy Sioris, and Ken Scruggs who toiled through the years on this project. Rich, in particular, has learned the intricacies of the Internet and how to find people. And after countless hours he found the last unlocated class member on our list, Carolyn HANKINS (Troy), who lives in St. Augustine, Florida. Rich has also been applying his search talents for the Wakefield Foundation.
One of our most faithful Warriors passed away in June. As noted above, Ken was instrumental in locating missing classmates over the years. He also kept in touch with many of us, checking in to see how we were doing. We were his extended family. Most of us knew Ken from Wakefield. But, some of us knew Ken from further back at Barcroft Elementary School or from Arlington Forest Methodist Church.
Ten years ago, in 2009, Ken started the first Party in Paradise in Sarasota, Florida. Numbering between 25 and 50 attendees, the mini-reunion was a popular way for Warriors to meet and renew old friendships. The Parties will continue. We will hold the 12th PIP next May. Ken will be their in our thoughts.
Wakefield Class of 1960 Mailing Address
Wakefield Class of 1960
Jeanne Midgett checks the post office box frequently and can answer most questions about the Class. Alternatively, check the "Contact Us" page to see if there are contact persons on the Reunion Committee for your specific area of interest.
Newsletter and Snail Mail
The Reunion Committee has reluctantly decided to discontinue mailing out copies of the
newsletter (after the 2016 summer newsletter) to classmates who have preferred receiving
the newsletter by USPS mail. With time, class resources are diminishing. It is
felt that most people have access to an e-mail address and can receive the newsletter in
this way. Anyone without a computer can access a computer at almost any public
library and find past and present newsletter on the home page at:
Dick Wheeler would like to stress that you write a short post card or e-mail to us when
you change your contact information. If you move without telling us it is possible
we will lose track of you.
The 11th annual Sarasota Mini-Reunion was held April 30 - May 5, 2019. The Mini-Reunion is also known as "Ken's Party in Paradise", or PIP for short, a relaxing and entertaining chance to walk in the sun and visit with old friends. The 11th annual gathering in Sarasota was what it's been in the past - several days' getaway to great spring weather in beautiful settings. Late Spring is a great time to be in Sarasota - the temperature is moderate, the humidity is still relatively low, and the skies are predominantly clear. Our venue was right on the Gulf, just spectacular, The Gulf Coast Beach Resort. Here we are on Saturday, Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo Day.
Plans for 2020 Party in Paradise have been arranged by Marti Mann Grimberg for May 27 - June 2, 2020 or any part thereof. We have chosen a new venue for the 12th PIP, the Carlisle Inn - Sarasota. It is new and spacious with a restaurant within a few feet from the hotel. The hotel is near downtown Sarasota and all that Sarasota has to offer. Click on the link below to see how to make reservations.
While enjoying refreshments and catching up with friends in Sarasota in 2011, several classmates indicated they were interested in a class cruise for 2012 something leaving from a port in Florida. So Jeanne Midgett did some research and found a discounted 7-day Caribbean cruise leaving Tampa in November, 2012. Twelve Warriors and friends made that first cruise on the Carnival Legend. In 2014 another group sailed on the Island Princess to Alaska. In 2016 an even larger group sailed on the Serenade of the Seas to ports in New England and Canada. To see some of the fun they had, click on the ship names above.
Our last cruise was in November, 2018, on the Celebrity Summit. It sailed from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and on to the eastern Caribbean. The picture below is of the Warriors and friends on the cruise. Click on Celebrity Summit for details.
The Reunion Committee has had an Annual Fall Picnic in Northern Virginia for several years. Jim and Beverley Blondell have generously agreed to host the picnic again at their beautiful and spacious home, 3001 South Erin Drive, Oakton, Virginia. This is about a mile north of Route 66 off the VA 123 [Vienna, Fairfax] exit. You can find a map here. Their house is located at the top left hand corner with a red dot. This is a dish-to-pass affair. Please e-mail Beverley at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know what you are bringing.
Last years Fall Picnic was in October, 2018. The weather was beautiful, there was enough food to feed an army, and all had a good time. Here we were on Jim and Beverley's back deck. Not shown is Bill Hartnett who left early. Mosby is getting along in years, but then, so are we.
Back: Carl Allen, Janet Cox Nichols, Steve Burton, Jim Blondell, Dick Wheeler, Jim Bregman,
Rich Lyons, Norman Griest, Christine McIntyre, and Bill Evans
Front: JoAnn Burton, Dianne Hickman Mason, Peggy Phillips Allen, Letty Sloan Mallory,
Jeanne Croson Midgett, Beverly Blondell ('61), Dianna Huffman Evans, Jeneane Webster, Terry Rusnak
Classmate obituaries have been posted as of July 17, 2019 for 2016 onward for BARBARA ANDERSON Swanner, HARRIET AMCHAN Schultz, SARAH AMOS, AXEL BELLINGHOVEN, DAVID BRENNER, GEORGE CABEEN, KAREN CAMPBELL, MARGARET EVANS Mason, GIL FRITZ, JOAN FURR Harrell, CHARLES GAILEY, GENE GANOE, JAMES HERR, ROBERT HOWARD, JAMYLEE LINDSEY Reeve, CAROLYN MARCHANT Walker, RANDOLPH "Randy" McGRAW, PAUL MCMAHAN, PETER MIKEDES, ROBERT MILLER, WILLIAM PHILLIPS, MARY RICHTER, THOMAS SATTERFIELD, DONALD SCELLATTO, KENNETH SCRUGGS, JOHN SHASTEEN, BONNIE SHERER Chapman, JAMES "Buddy" SPEDDEN, CLAYTON TOLSON, THOMAS VALLARIO, WARREN WANTZ, and JUDITH WILLIAMS Day.
Faculty/Staff obituaries have been posted as of August 9, 2019 for 2015 onward for SYDNEY CUMINS, MAYNARD HAITHCOCK, MARY HANCOCK, RODGER HICKS, ROBERT HODINKO, GERARD SHELTON, JOSEPH SIMMS, ANN SULLIVAN, and ROLLENE WELLS.
We are indebted to the Wakefield H.S. Education Foundation (WEF), for hosting our Class page, and to Conchita Saulmon Mitchell (Class of '66 and President of WEF) for putting us in touch with a couple of savvy web page gurus, namely:
John Abbott (Class of '65 and Wakefield H.S. Education Foundation Webmaster) who put together a "strawman" framework for us, gave us many tips, and has continually installed new and updated pages for us on the WEF site; and
Tom Rowlett (Class of '59 and web-master for the '59 Class pages) who steered us to some invaluable references and software, gave us many tips, and shared his web-page coding for the Wakefield '59 Class pages for edification.
We are also indebted to those who have served on the Reunion Committee (before the current membership) going back to our very first small steps as a group. This group has included, but is probably not limited to, Charlotte Wise Akers, Betty Lou Albrite Johnson, Harriet Amchan Schultz, Nancy Brockway Overman, Dianne Hickman Mason, Judy Jackson Titus, Alyce Lewis Lovelace, Paul Marshall, Tina Roudabush Norelli, Fred Parker, Paul Shannon, Jimmy Sioris, Sally Taylor Recinos, Art Vieregg, Dave Wiggins, and Nancy Cullins Wilkens.
A last, very important former member of the Reunion Committee was Bill Hartnett, who was our first Class Webmaster. Starting from scratch he taught himself how to write, then publish our/his website on the internet. Signal accomplishments were the scanning of our yearbook into computer-displayable form as well as writing the code necessary to display and navigate through it. We are indebted to Bill. Norm Griest and Dick Wheeler have followed in his footsteps.
Please note that the Wakefield High School Alumni Association and Education Foundation has shortened up its name to the Wakefield H.S. Education Foundation, but still serves Wakefield students and alumni, and still has its original website address (for now at least). Click on link below to go to the WEF website.
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