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Info has changed since 1998
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Ron Chase writes: Classmates may be
interested to know that I've published a book, and that in any case I am
still alive. To verify these statements I attach two images. One is the cover of
my book and the other is a fairly recent portrait of the
author (together with some subject material from the book).
Vagabonds may have more than an ordinary interest in the
book since two of the species featured in it are local
residents of Southern California. The sea hare, Aplysia californica, is illustrated on the cover. Beach goers have
no doubt seen specimens stranded near the shore, often
covered in their own purple ink. Also featured in the book
is the brown garden snail, Helix aspersa. Although Vaggies
probably consider this animal a pest, or worse, it has been
my bread-and-butter experimental animal for the past 15
years. Californians should be grateful that I import about
1,000 of the snails to Canada every year.
"Behavior and its Neural Control in Gastropod Molluscs."
published by Oxford
University Press , New York, 336 pp
My professional webpage, recently updated, is listed below.
now (24 August
Department of Biology, McGill University
1205 Ave. Docteur Penfield
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1B1, Canada
- Just received
this info from Jay:
I wanted all Vagabond classmates to know that I have just opened a new
STOOP ON ORCHARD STREET. Any class member and their
spouse or significant
other is welcome to be my guest at the show, should they be visiting New
They can e-mail me directly at Jkholos@aol.com
and I will have tickets set aside for them.
They can also check out the show at www.astooponorchardstreet.net
STOOP ON ORCHARD STREET (12
- UniHi Education Foundation
Alumni Newsletter (not available online or by e
- a copy can be obtained by sending an
- Carolyn Lynch (Alumni coordinator)
With your postal address, asking to be put on the mailing list and
for a copy of the latest newsletter...
Last night (24 June 2003) the Mayor and the City Council
of the City of Newport Beach, Calif.
appointed Wendy Swetow (Brooks)
to serve on Arts Commission, for the next four years. (25
Wulffson, M.D. His first book was "An
His second "Praying
has recently been published.
See his WEB site for
more info. (24 June 2005)
RLW M.D. Now
Had a wonderful visit from Bob Conley
(Conviser) and his wife Di
on their way to Russia with a stopover in Finland. (17
Note from Nancy: Tierres
We had our luncheon today, at the Ritz
Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel.
We spent a few hours reminiscing and laughing and EATING!
(28 December 2002)
"Robb Littman here alive and well and living in tarzana
california...beautiful spot this time of the year about 10 degrees cooler than Kabul
and a lot friendlier....Living in Honolulu is far easier for me but I have kids in college
and they no longer desire to live on the beach...so here we are in LA. Be well rl"
(05 October 2001)
Gidget got a note from Stewart Spivak
I am a lawyer, now retired, and trying my best to become an artist!
Another missing Vagabond has found us Vickie Hill (Blake)
Missed the reunion but look forward to the big one!! Its good to hear
about life after Uni in 58' Keep up the good work.. I have lived in the WLA, Mar Vista,
S.F. Valley and now in the Thousand Oaks area. I'm really surprised that I never run into
a classmate. I am widowed, retired (GTE) and enjoying the good life. Thanks for the
memories... (29 July 2001)
(click on text for more) Judy
Collins (Collard) dropped in on Bob Conley (formally Bob Conviser) and his wife Di on a
trip to Australia and New Zealand this Summer (29 June 2001)
Another sad note :
Dear Friends and Family,
Margaret Ohara (Inouye)
This is Robert Shinohara, Margaret's youngest son. I am here to inform
you that on Saturday,
June 16, 2001 at 3:30am, my mother, Margaret Shinohara, has passed away at
Brotman Emergency Hospital.
As far as the funeral services are concern, we will inform you as soon as we decide on the
place and time.
Please feel free to call me at anytime regarding on this subject.
from Linda Howard (Slavin) via Gidget:
Margaret's funeral was unbelievable. It started at 7:30 and ended at 10:00
and there were at least 500 people. The service was done in English and
Japanese. Judy Lewis (Steinberg) gave the eulogy in English and another
friend gave one in Japanese. I had forgotten she started the first Asian
sorority house at UCLA. About 100 women stood and sang their sorority
song and one of the women spoke of all Margaret had done for the house.
There were two women from the Wellness Community that also spoke of the
inspiration she gave to others. Margaret would have truly proud of the way
she was honored. The only people from school were Judy Newman (Lean)
and Judy Lewis (Steinberg).
Another note and some pictures
from a relocated Vagabond. Michael J.
I also attended Emerson but got kicked out of UNI in A12 for fighting. I had to finish
at Conoga Park for diploma. Oh! the futility of pugilism. I'm looking for Jim Corbett -
Bob Harpham - Tak Kawahara - Dennis Kaisuka - Peggy Croft and many other friends. To view the photos Mickey sent click
Serving the Lord in my final years. That should surprise many. May God bless. (6 June 2001)
Thoughts from Jessie M Page (formerly
Caroline Arnell) (23 May 2001)
(aka Gidget) Kohner Zuckerman's new book will be
available from Amazon
June 12, 2001. The book signing will be at Barnes and Noble on the 19th of June in
Santa Monica at 7:30 PM at the Third Street Promenade---
(22 May 2001)
NOTE: Gidget will be
interviewed on CBS morning show June 14th.
Some class friends relocated
before they graduated from Uni. Stephen Young and his brother Walter are in this group.
Here is a note from Steve and Walter:
We would have graduated in 1958 from Uni if I hadn't moved to Palm Springs High School in
the middle of our junior year.
We did attend Emerson Jr. High School.
Thanks for providing the website.
Steve and Walter Young
Visit a much less auspicious site at: www.umdesign.com/steveyoung1958
Walter Young MD
Walter is a psychiatrist at the VA in Colorado Springs, CO (21 May 2001)
Taking the class name seriously, we have moved to Chicago where I've accepted a position at
the Museum of Science and Industry ( neither of which I will be remembered for at Uni ) as
Director of Exhibits and Creative Director. The job and city are great (except for the odd
sub-zero day) and Domenica and I are really enjoying ourselves.
A few years here and it will be back to sun and smog for us I'm sure.
Take care, Mike Devine. (16 April 2001)
Lost, Now Found: Don Lightfoot Then - Now
Location: Spokane, WA
"I've bounced around the country in a typical academic career and have landed and
stayed in Spokane for the past 20 years. The gory details are Peace Corps, Ph.D. and post
docs in Biochemistry, community leader and founder of a successful, rapidly growing
biotech company. I still have family, ie, brother David Lightfoot, in LA and keep in
constant touch with Ken Oelschlager and Jim Wartman. It is cold but very beautiful here
and we will move south in a few years. Well, that is an outline of my 42 years of being on
the public dole. I'd love to hear from old friends. Don" (07 Jan 2000)
Larsen Another Vagabond found (31 Dec 2000)
"The closer I get to retirement, the
more I have thought about the early years. Uni played a big part in some of the things
that I have done. I sang a lot at school and for the past nine years have been a member of
the "Mormon Tabernacle Choir" I have been working at BYU for the past 22 years
and hopefully I will retire (early) in Sept."
"Durk, thanks for the reply. Here is some info that may be of
help. I am working at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I am a manager
in their dinning service and have been doing this for 22 years. I am married to the
same girl for 34 years and we have 6 married kids and 13 grandkids. I just retired
from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir after 9 years. My last official duty with the
choir will be to sing at the inauguration of G.W. Bush."
received 4 Jan 2001
Just had a chat with Dick. Wow! what an active guy: "I teach Spanish at the
local high school, coach basketball, have a college placement service business for foreign
Maurice (Mike) Lustgarten found us on the WEB, another lost Vagabond found, and
sent this note: "Living in Bellevue, Washington, Married, 2 grown children and 2
grandchildren. I'm a psychiatrist and still in active practice. Best regards"
Fleming (Daliposon) also found us. "Hi Durk, well I have looked over the whole
Vagabond web and I was not even listed among the missing. If you look in the year book you
will find me under Tenna Fleming, and I would like to add my name and picture to your list
of people in the Vagabond web. There are many who I even went to Grammar
school with. The
school was Nora Sterry in West Los Angeles. I have been married for 37 years to the same
man, and am the Proud Grandmother of 4 grandchildren. I have had a career as a Secretary
for a Doctor of Chemistry, worked for Mervyns for 14 years as everything, and then some.
And was the took care of the Office for a Century 21 organization. I have had a marvelous
life and miss a lot of friends that I had in High School and Santa Monica Jr. College.
Please add me to your list if possible and write me back and let me know what you have
Tenna Merle Fleming (Daliposon)
MISSING VAGABOND FOUND Ken Taylor "Kenneth L. Taylor", Professor
of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma.
Doing this page has been a lot of fun and I've enjoyed it
very much. Finding lost VAGABONDS digging up the old memories and placing the pictures on
the pages but tonight I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes as I write this. A few
moments ago I received this message from John:
From: "John Seligman"
To: "Durk Ellison" <Durk.Ellison@beenet.pp.sci.fi>
Subject: Bad news
Date: 09 May 2000 01:43
Sam Cornell just called me. Fred Harris died this morning at 10am.
Apparently he had brain cancer which was diagnosed some time ago. He
hadn't told many people. He hadn't told me. I don't know any more
details. You might want to put something up on the web site.
You see it's the first time I've had to move a picture from the Address list to the Memorium page and a very old and dear friend at that.
Take Care Fred
Just received a note from Sue Landis (Kargar) :
I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND SOME GIRLS I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH, I WAS IN DARA MOURS WITH LINDA NUCKOLS, PATTY
SCHUMACHER, PAM WILSON, JOLENE BJORK, HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET IN
TOUCH. I NOW LIVE IN TEXAS, AM REMARRIED OWN MY OWN BUSINESS, HAVE 2
CHILDREN AND 2 GRANDCHILDREN. HAVE HAD HEALTHLY AND HAPPY LIFE. HAVE TRAVELED
BECAUSE OF MY PROFFESSION. WORKED A TWA LAX FOR 18 YRS WAS ON HOLLYWOOD SQUARES IN
1972, SKIED MATTERHORN. I DID NOT GRAUDUATE UNI I RETURNED TO INDIANA AND GRADUATED
FLORA HIGH SCHOOL 1958 AND LOST TOUCH WITH MY FRIENDS. RETURNED TO CALIF IN AUGUST
1958 ANY HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED THX
Brand (Hanson) sent us a picture of the LWF confirmation class, 1955. "Quite a few Vagabonds in
it. Some of these kids were at the 40th reunion and some I don't remember at all.
They might have gone to other high schools". 13/3/2000
Collins (Collard) Wrote: I accidentally came upon
the Vagabond website.
I have lived in San Jose since 1960. I have been teaching elementary school since 1968.
I have taught grades 1-5 and am currently teaching 5th. grade. I also teach high school
dropouts two nights a week. I have held every office in the teachers' association
including president. Right now I'm the health benefits representative and the nicest thing
about this position is that every year I get to go to the employee benefits conference
which is always in some fun place like Vancouver, Las Vegas, Montreal, etc.
My son, Chris, just graduated from Franklin Pierce Law School in New
He is in San Jose now studying for the California Bar Exam.
It was great seeing the web page and looking at the current pictures of
so many of my classmates.
- And, connected to the note below, on January 22, 1999, Fred Harris
received a handwritten postcard from Jim Pursell:
Thank you very much for your note. I enjoy hearing from all of you. Chris [Hungerland]
and his beautiful wife visited me before they went home. I felt honored.
I am very grateful to still be able to take care of myself. At 98 I'm getting too close to
that big #100! How does anyone live that long?
I have a wonderful family--2 kids (68 and 63) 5 grand-kids and 5 great grand-kids. I lost
my wife on June 16th, 1989. God is good to me.
- Remember coach Jim Pursell?
Well, we just got an email from Chris
I wanted to pass this along to --- who ever might be interested. The
gentleman who was the coach of the UniHi track and cross country teams while we were
there, Coach Jim Pursell, is still alive and well at the age of 98!!! Hard to believe,
but...there it is.
Far from being weak and feeble, Coach Pursell is still intellectually
alert and physically sound. He attributes this to "living upstairs" (in a 4-plex
unit at Leisure World). He still remembers the various line-ups -- and the reasons for
them -- from the meets that we competed in in '55 - '58. We should all be so lucky!!
It's my hope that you can post this on "the page" so that any
who might be interested in contacting him, to reminisce, etc., can do so at:
James L. Pursell
Unit - N
777 Via Los Altos
Laguna Hills, CA 92653-4840
All right people, it's time to send in those photos of
the reunion that are just sitting in your desk drawer. Check out the Reunion Photo Page and look at what's already been sent in.
There are 67 photos so far. I know a lot more are out there...let's put them up on this
Web site. 1/4/99
Price has added to the long-neglected Progeny page a link for her daughter, Noelle Saenz' Web site: http://hometown.aol.com/noe64. Check it out. It's
all about living on Maui and eating cheeseburgers in paradise and the like. 12/6/98
Hungerland sent in a note about John Putnam,
which he says, "I don't know whether to consider this an obituary, a memorial, or
simply reportage. John died so very long ago that it's hard to recall just when - 1962 or
Way back last
year Euie Gierson sent in a story about his pitching
career for a local (LA) hardball amateur baseball league. He just recently updated us with
bunch of pictures of himself pitching and hanging out with his family. Pretty impressive
for a 58 year old geezer. 10/28/98
Hal Stein just sent us a photo of
himself in Warrior football garb. He says that he must have been on coach Beck's shit list
because the photo never made it to the yearbook. 10/28/98
The first photos of the Reunion have just come in from
Sam Cornell. Please send your photos to one of the two addresses above so that we can put
them up on our new Reunion Photo Page 10/26/98
Joanna Rossman (Morgan) has just sent us a brief
history of her life since high school, and a couple of pictures as well. She was that
beautiful tall, slender woman at the reunion who looked like she stopped aging about 20
years ago. 10/24/98
A Counts page has just
been created. Check it out and help us with some of the missing names 10/8/98
We received a
note and two photos from Mike
"Dear (Reunion people)---
Here are 2 photos...The first is me standing (I
think) on a hill in Marin with small vehicles entering and leaving my neck. The second is of Domenica my wife who makes my life a very
happy place for me to be.
My best, M" 10/7/98
Ever wondered what became of Mac Johnson?
Follow the link to read his fascinating story. He lives in Elmira, Oregon, but it took him
a long time to get there, as you'll see. 10/6/98
our infamous classmate, exploits his own misdeeds in an
exhaustive article by Peter Gilstrap about Barry's 1963
kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. If you've ever wondered about the intimate details of this
ignoble and ill-conceived affair, read this article and learn how one can profit ($) from
their mistakes. 10/5/98
Wendy Thue (Kelly) sent us a a couple of
rare photos from our high school days. One of Jan
and Arnie in a theatrical pose at State Beach and the other of herself and Sue Taylor posing at Balboa Island 1957. 10/3/98
| We just
received an E-mail from Ron Chase:
This is a message for all my friends whom I will
be unable to meet at the Reunion.
Much to my regret I have teaching obligations that prevent me from coming. The
essential facts of my life since graduation are the following. I went to Stanford
University and then to Harvard Law School. I quit the law school and sold books in Harvard
Square for nearly two years during the heady days of the mid-sixties. After graduate
studies at M.I.T., I came to McGill University in 1971 as a professor in the Department of
Biology. Although I am not fluent in French, nor a Quebec souverainiste, I enjoy living in
Montreal. My academic speciality is neurobiology and especially, snail brains and snail
behaviour. More about that at my Web
The photo shows myself and wife Dorothy in the
Bay of Fundy (note the Canadian Flag). We have been married for 30 years and we have one
son and one daughter, both in their late twenties.
I still enjoy running, but not competitively. On a recent visit to LA, I went to Unihi
early one morning to run some laps on the track. It was just like the old days. The
collection of weeds on the infield was the same, the pale dirt kicked up as dust, and
there was a certain undefinable odour - perhaps pesticide - that I recognized as part of
the place. I ran around a few times and started to tighten up, but then, as I enterred the
turn leading to the stands, I sensed Al Gentry of Manual Arts running hard on my outside.
I could hear fans shouting my name in encouragement. I gave it my all - and managed to
finish the mile, a tired and sweating old man of 58.
I'm really sorry that I'll miss seeing you at the Reunion. It's been fun getting in
touch with a number of you through this Website. I hope everyone will buy John Seligman a drink at the Reunion for making the
Website such a great success!
Ronald Chase, Dept. Biology, McGill Univ.
Shirley Brand (Hanson) sent us a letter recently. She
included pictures of herself and her husband, Gary.
They live in Collbran, Colorado. 9/19/98
Lynn Crumpler sent us a picture of herself and her
date for the Unihi Prom night in June of '58.
(Don't let Barbara see this one) 9/18/98
We got a letter
from Rita Lin Chian (Wood) recently. She lives in
Northville, Michigan and is married to Brian Wood. 9/14/98
Robin Wulffson is a retired
physician living in Irvine. Read all about what he's been up to for the last 40 years and
see him riding a triple tandem bike with his son and grandson. 9/9/98
Penny Barnes (Bilheimer) lives in Savannah, Georgia, is married to Pete Bilheimer and has two children,
Dena and Chris. 9/14/98
Bobby Downey (Capin) sent in a recent photo of herself and her husband Frank. She is
living in Fallbrook, California and has two daughters, Kim and Pam.
Wendy Swetow (Brooks) sent in a couple
of rare photographs circa 1958. One of Judy Leanse,
Connie Kerr and Sue Taylor, and the other of Ann Drumm 9/5/98
We recently received an E-mail from Durk Ellison.
He's been living in Finland for a long time. He included some pictures of himself and his
family and details about what he's been up to for the last 40 years. 9/4/98
Reluctantly we add four names to
the Memorial page:Donald Bayer, Carol Bookman, Karen Holmberg and
Judith Rothchild. Apparently these people didn't pass recently; it was the news of their
passing that only got to us recently. If anyone has any information about these classmates
that could be added, please contact us so that we can do a proper tribute to their lives. 8/29/98
Mike Keele sent us a couple of photos of himself; one from 40 years ago, the other one
We received an E-mail from Laura Versola-Adams:
I am writing on behalf of my mother Gaye (Lohrie) Versola.
I am happy to report that mom is alive and well in Santa Barbara. We were informed from
family members that she had been mistakenly listed on your "Memorium" page.
She and my dad, Jimmy, have been married for 35 years and have two kids.
Mom had to retire due to a series of medical difficulties, but keeps herself busy with her
If all goes well, I
plan on bringing mom to the reunion. She is very excited and planning for the trip has
given her a new spark. I try to monitor your Web page, but if there is any information she
hasn't received please feel free to send it to me.
I look forward to meeting you in October!
Our apologies to Gaye Lohrie (Versola) and to anyone
else that was misinformed by our mistakenly including her on our Memorial Page. We look
forward to seeing her alive and well in October. 8/12/98
Jeanie Price, taking a few hours off from golf, sent
in a rare club picture of the Lycees
from 1957. Shown also is a bunch of pictures from the Lycees Reunion of '89 and '90. 8/9/98
- We got
an E-mail from Jamie Hardwick the other day. In
addition to giving us a brief synopsis of his last 40 years, he included several pictures
of his kids, his wife and himself. 7/30/98
The Reunion Committee held their July meeting on the 7th and in it they decided, among other things, to
join forces with the Tahitian class of winter, '58. 7/27/98
At the most recent Reunion Committee meeting
it was decided to join forces with the Tahitian class of Winter '58 and to essentially
have two classes at one reunion. More about that later, but for now we feature our first
official Tahitian*, Francis
Moss. Francis has his own Web site
where you can find out all about what he's been doing for the last 40 years. As you'll
find out if you go there, he is a writer. His most recent work is Internet for Kids. 7/18/98
*Actually, two other Tahitians have managed to sneak into our Web
site: Doug Tibbles and Len Traubman.
Alex Solodovnikov recently found us on the Web, and responded with the following E-mail
- I am working as a consultant at Raytheon System Co. Former Hughes
Aircraft Co. I retired in 1994 from Hughes after 30 years, but came back as a
consultant two years ago. I am still married and have two grown children, Cindy and Geoff
and about to become a grandfather for the second time. I still live in the Palisades where
I periodically run into Dave Dillon and sometimes Giget and Sam Cornell, but not together,
usually in the market. Ann Smith (Drumm) and her Husband George are friends of my Wife and
I, we go to dinnner and a Show on occasion. Much of my life since starting to work has
centered around my family and life in the Palisades, sailing, baseball, raising kids and
getting on with life. I am looking to the Riviera where I can see a lot of old classmates.
Since the reunion, I now have 4
grandchildren: Ethan and Lily Solodovnikov 4, and 6 mos. respectively, who live in Lompoc
with my son Geoff and his wife Bridget. Spencer and Brendan Haan who llive in Santa Barbra
with my daughter Cindy and her husband Robert. Needless to say Joyce nd I are up in the
Santa Barbra often. Recently I had lunch with Kemp Aaberg and John Venable.
Both are well. Kemp is a celebritty of the central coast due to his surfing exploits.He
recently retired from UPS and recieved a nice write up in the Santa Barbra News Press
about his surfing all around the world. John is still in the estate planning business, and
is doing very well, he had just returned from a Kayak trip in central Utah where he had a
Durk, keep up the good work, I enjoy reading the web page. 6/12/2000
July 6, 1998, we received a letter from Pat Nolte (Burdette)
Dear Vagabond Reunion committee,
- I am really looking forward to the Reunion and seeing friends and
L.A. again. With the exceptiong of a summer at UCLA in 1960, I have not been back since
graduation when my parents moved to the Bay area. After two years at Oregon State, where I
was in the same Sorority with Pat Warner, I transferred and graduated from UC-Berkeley.
Then I moved to Honolulu to work and met my husband Ben who was there with IBM. Over the
next 30 years our family had some wonderful experiences living in several states, Japan,
Venezuala and Hong Kong. At our last IBM location was in the NY-CT area, we decided to
retire on the east coast, but to a slightly warmer area, and we moved to Williamsburg,
Virginia in 1994. It's a wonderful community with no end of things to do. Ben is enjoying
retirement and I am working in events planning at the Alumni Society at The College of
William & Mary. Our son Matt (29) is a risk analyst for Air Security International in
Houston and our daughter Kathy (26) is a manuscript editor for Colonial Williamsburg.
See you all in October.
is up to no good as Howard Lane, Connie Nader and Carolyn Lee are about to find out...Palm
Springs, 1960 7/15/98
See if you can figure out what Dennis Johnston, Ron
Abraham, and Howard Lane are doing hanging out in front of Barry Keanan's house in April
of 1960. It looks like they're focused on something in the back of Euie Gierson's Austin Healy. 7/14/98
We received an E-mail from Marshall English
a few days ago. He's teaching at Oregon St. University in the Bioresource Engineering
did something bad, (who remembers what?), and they were suspended from the Hy Y and thus
not allowed to have their group picture in the yearbook. Howard Lane somehow managed to
get his hands on the original negative which he had printed and sent to us...and it is now
here for your viewing pleasure. In addition there are a lot of pictures from the Barons
1981 reunion. 7/2/98
Sometime in the semester before we graduated from Uni,
Howard Lane tells
us a little about what he's been up to for the last 40 years and shows us a photo of his
Harley, his wife Bonnie and his two daughters, Shelby and Gentry. 6/25/98
DD Cushman (Harrington) poses on a
beach with her husband George and their dog Jessie. She is the president of Baiting Brook Realty, Inc. 6/23/98
and his wife Peggy show us what happened to them at Mardi Gras a few years ago, while
Chuck shows us what he thinks of it all. 6/15/98
Go read the minutes from
the most recent meeting of the Reunion Committee where, among other things, the very fate
of this Web site was discussed. 6/15/98