Wakefield Class of 1960
Where are 1960's Warriors, and what are they doing?
Our ranks are thinning as time passes. We now have 156 fallen Warriors. Go
to the Memories page for more
Our class has spread out to just about everywhere, so chances are you might be able to
find classmates nearby if you look for them. Those of you who attended the reunion
have the most up-to-date directory of phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses.
If you could not attend, we have a few directories left. Direct your
inquiries to Jeanne Croson Midgett. And don't forget, we're here to
help. Jeanne is familiar with the national and international distribution of 1960
Warriors; and Ken Scruggs knows the landscape in Florida. If there are other 1960
Warriors near you that are interested in linking up with classmates, Jeanne and Ken can be
Take a little time and let us know what you're doing that's interesting.
Our classmate Dick Wertime writes: "Hi, Dick. Tomorrow--August 7th,
2018--I teach my last class as a longtime college/university professor as I end an
unbroken 50-year full-time career as a Professor of English, the last 43 years at what is
now Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College of notorious name), the first 7 at Rutgers
University in New Brunswick, NJ. Time to retire! I continue to live, as I have for many
years, on Philadelphia's Main Line, and in mid-September will become a great-grandfather
for the first time as my second granddaughter Beckie, 31, and her husband Tim have their
first child. Five grandchildren, all told, ranging in ages from 34 down to 14; four
children, a daughter Michele, 55 (who lives in Fairfax), and three sons ranging in age
from 54 down to 35. My own travels have taken me across the world (my eldest son Kent
lives in Bangkok), but most often to Italy, whose language I speak well and where I've
become the "adoptive" member of many genial Italian families." The
picture is of Dick on an Alpaca farm in New Jersey where he went on his 76th
The Class of '60 has had one of its
members elected to the Wakefield Hall of Fall - Fred Parker, who, along with his brother
Jim, was inducted in 2017. Conchita Mitchell writes: The Parker brothers grew up
across the street from the old Wakefield building. Their mother, Lois Parker, was
the Central Attendance Secretary at Wakefield. Those two things meant they were never late
for school. Jim died in 2014. Fred was at the induction ceremonies
representing both of them.
Fred studied graphic design at the University of Arizona and worked in the Exhibit Design
Staff at the National Gallery of Art. Jim, a talented musician, was an accountant
when Fred approached him to start a small business. Together, using a recipe from their
grandfather, who had been a chuck wagon cook for cowboys in Texas, and skills from their
aunt, who once owned a chili restaurant in Oklahoma, they created Hard Times Chili.
The Hard Times Café opened in 1980 and became an acclaimed chili parlor visited by
notable personalities. Hard Times Café grew to 16 locations with outlets at
Washington Nationals Park and the Verizon Center. Jim won more than 100 cooking
competitions and in 2005, USA Today named Hard Times Café as one of the 10 best places in
the Country for chili.
The restaurant business is famous for high turnover rates in staff. Not so with Hard
Times. It had one of the lowest in the country. Some of their employees worked for
Hard Times for over a decade, a few for over twenty years. The Parker brothers
created a deep sense of community in their workplace environment.
Their nominator said Fred and Jim learned self-motivation, confidence and tenacity at
Wakefield. It is also possible they learned it from their mother. Besides being a
well-loved fixture at Wakefield, Lois Parker was also a bit of a hero. As a 20 year
old, she and her brother gave a ride to a man only to find out he was armed and an
associate of Bonny and Clyde. Lois quick thinking saved the day when she drove
the car into a sandy bank where he was found by the police and returned to prison.
It was national news and she earned the title of "Oklahoma Wildcat" for her
daring capture of the escaped convict. Since their mom was the attendance secretary
and they probably never missed school, maybe they got their motivation, tenacity and
confidence from both mom and Wakefield.
Jim wants to be sure that todays students know that you never stop learning
get used to it. Their induction statement follows:
Here are five of our classmates from the local area who meet every few months for
lunch. From left to right: Barbara Hopkins, Letty Sloan
Mallery, Jeanne Croson Midgett, Judy Jackson Titus, and Muffy
Perdy Hanna. There last lunch was in July 2017. If you are interested
in joining them next time, give Jeanne a call at 703-560-7464 or e-mail her at
We don't know who has the
oldest child in the class, perhaps it is the Thomases, we will have to ask. But we
would be willing to guess that Bill Redd may have the youngest child. Here is a
picture of Bill and Cornelia Redd taken a few years ago. Cornelia is a senior in
high school this year, getting ready to head off to college in 2017. Good luck
Cornelia, you have good genes.
Living out West
After receiving a note from the Committee at Christmas
2016, Susan Moore McKelvy wrote: "We continue to live in the mountains SW of
Denver and still have dogs and 3 horses which we trail ride in the summer. We are
active members of the Front Range Backcountry Horsemen involved with clearing fallen trees
and brush from myriad trails including the Colorado Trail. This winter we are
experimenting with Arizona, boarding our horses there and living in a park model (aka
house trailer) in Mesa. Our horses are boarded nearby. Not certain if it
is for us, but nicer than shoveling and plowing snow in Buffalo Creek. I attach a
pic of my Missouri Fox trotter, Irish, Labrador, Kona, and myself taken on the Colorado
Trail last summer."
Leading up to the 50th reunion Bill Redd, Evelyn Hernandez Hewitt, Sally
Taylor Recinos, and Bill Chandler took a survey of our class to look at the life
trajectories of some of those attending. It is entitled 60 Voices from the Class of
'60 and makes for interesting reading. Click here for The Survey
Wakefield got a new principal in July 2010. Dr. Chris Willmore has been in charge
ever since, and - as all of us who became better acquainted with him during our 50th
Reunion Weekend know - he is a very impressive man. He served as vice-principal from
2002 until he became principal. Although he has an extensive and diverse resume, his
youthful energy and enthusiasm are also remarkable. He more than delivered on his
pledge to give Wakefield Class of 1960 support and assistance in making our 50th
experience as enjoyable and successful as possible. He has also been instrumental in
the transition from the old Wakefield (our Wakefield) to an ultramodern new building
constructed on the corner of Dinwiddie and George Mason Drive. We will get a chance
to view the new building during our reunion next year.
Click on the next thumbnail to open up a window with a news release concerning the
promotion and background of Dr. Willmore, and some new staff members.
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