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E-Notice 2001-10

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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1. CONVERTIBLES STILL NEEDED. Current faculty member and SGA sponsor Lisa Johnson (90) reports that the SGA still needs convertibles for the Homecoming parade to be held on Saturday October 20. Would any of you convertible owners be willing to participate in this noble cause, or do any of you know about any Washington area auto dealers that might like to donate the use of a convertible for the day? If so, please contact Lisa at or at the School at 301-599-2453.

2. HOMECOMING CELEBRATION 2001 INVITATION. Chief Black of the Schools JROTC Program cordially invites all alumni to participate in the Homecoming parade (and other activities) to be held on Saturday October 20. Please give Chief Black a call at 301-599-2453 if youd like to participate.

3. ANNUAL CAMPAIGN. The Foundation is continuing its 2001 annual campaign. As noted in the last e-Notice, our goal for this little informal campaign is quite modest: to raise at least $1,500 to refresh the Foundations scholarship accounts after this years three $500 scholarships. To date, the campaign has raised $875! Perhaps this would be a good time for those who havent yet had a chance to contribute to this worthy cause to make a donation. (A Donor Form, is below, and attached.) Many thanks to those generous Hornets listed below who have already contributed to this campaign!

4. SEEKING LOST MUSICAL HORNETS. I received this e-mail from Joe Capone (79): Dear Henry: I played bass in a southern rock band called "Blue Southern" in high school and college (79 80). The other Surrattsville alumni band members were Mark Schultz, Larry Linn and Mark Milberg (I'm not sure of their class years). Please ask if anyone knows how to contact these guys. It would be great to re-form this group for Surrattstock for some Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels tunes. Joe Capone Miami, FL (79),

5. GET WELL WISHES. I received the following e-mail from Mary Kolpack (75): Henry: Just wanted to pass on some news to our Surrattsville family: My brother, Rick Mullikin (81), was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer this past summer. He is currently taking cancer treatment and will hopefully be fully recovered soon. Rick has also been well known when he worked in the Clinton Post Office and he also drove a school bus for the Clinton area schools and is currently a school bus trainer for the Prince Georges County Board of Education. His family was raised in the Clinton area and his sisters and brother all attended Surrattsville: Betty Jean (67), Dixie (69), Pam (73), Mary (75) and Johnny (87). If anyone would like to send him a hello and get well wish they may do so by sending a card to him at 6207 Parkview Lane, Clinton, MD 20735, or send him an email at Thanks, Mary Our heartfelt get well wishes go out to Rick.

6. THOUGHTFUL GENERATIONAL RUMINATIONS. I received this very provocative e-mail from Mark Fields (71), stimulated by two items in the last e-Notice: Dear Henry: Nostalgic moments were stirred by the latest e Notice. I hadn't heard Perry Umphries name in quite some time. The 'Hair' piece reminded me of Perry being the first guy at Surrattsville JHS with REALLY long hair. Down past his shoulders. His resolve to be different in the face of ridicule from the 'Blocks' & 'Grits' was inspirational. The taunts of being a girl and threats of physical harm he endured must have hurt, but he was always happy and positive. Ironic that many of those same Blocks and Grits with their Macs (pants), Chucks (tennis shoes) Ban Lons (shirts) and Peters (jackets) became the 'Longhairs' in their high school and post high school years.

Perry was made to get a haircut by school administrators which provoked many to question the authority of those who would have us all marching toward '1984'. It was a time when girls had to wear dresses and blue jeans were outlawed. How fast it all changed, and, contrary to many current opinions, I feel most was for the best. Many of our indiscretions are regrettable but we are better teachers for them. We became the generation that redirected American culture and society from a path dangerously headed toward mass conformity to the free thinkers our founders envisioned. Thank you Perry for your strength in being first. Mark

Wow; maybe life wasnt so simple back when! Thanks to Mark for those stimulating thoughts.

7. SEEKING LOST HORNETS, PART II. Tom Campbell (65) is wondering if anyone can help locate Linda Rittinger (65). Please contact Tom at if you have any ideas.

8. A SPECIAL PERSPECTIVE. I received this interesting e-mail from Beth Bowman Nichols (74) that Im sure well all find interesting, and many of you Air Force Brats will particularly relate to: Dear Henry: The article at the web site address listed below was written about my husband, Lt. Col. Rob Nichols II (retired) and was published in our Contra Costa Times newspaper out here in Concord ,California. After hearing his stories for 17 years, it sure made me appreciate him anew! Being part of a military family for 17 years has made me appreciate even more the sacrifices that our service men and women have and will continue to make in these troubled times ahead. Their families will be faced with hardships that the average family will never know, and they do it willingly and without complaint. I ask for all of us to put the military communities in our hearts and prayers. Thanks, Dr. Beth (Bowman) Nichols (74), [Article at} I know we all join Beth in sending our thoughts and prayers to all of the members of the military, and their families, in this extremely trying and dangerous time.

9. ROMANCE DEPARTMENT. How about this exceedingly cool e-mail I received from Kirby Hall (74)!: Dear Henry: I have a little tidbit I would like to throw in. My name is Kirby Hall (74). My wife, Denise Clark (76), and I went steady back in 1976 and 1977 until I went in the Army in 1977. I then lost all contact with Denise for 18 years until 1996 when we happened to run into each other at the Clinton Inn. We started to see each other again and she invited me to her 20 year reunion for the Class of 76 held at the Colony South. She received an award for being the only grandmother in the whole Class. I proposed to her in front of her whole Class at the reunion. We shortly after that got married in Jamaica. The Y2K Reunion Committee started organizing the All Classes Reunion in early 2000, and Denise volunteered to help and had her heart set on attending the events. Well, on the day of the All Classes Reunion, the only grandmother in the Class of 76 was in the labor and delivery room giving birth to our child, so she missed the events! J. Kirby Hall (74) Best of luck to you very, very brave parents!

10. FOUNDATION GIFT. I am proud to report that the Foundation made a gift of $200 to the Schools SGA to be used to fund a small portion of the budget for the extensive Homecoming festivities scheduled for the weekend of October 19 - 20. The Foundation Board hopes that this small gift will help to make the Homecoming weekend a little more special for students and alumni, and that it will serve as a gesture of gratitude to the SGA and the other student leaders at the School who have really jumped in with both feet to assist the Foundation with a number of its initiatives this year. Best wishes to all those involved for an enjoyable and successful Homecoming weekend.

11. VARIOUS EVENTS TO BE HELD JUNE 28-30, 2002. A number of Classes have decided to hold formal reunions, or less formal gatherings, on the weekend of June 28-30, 2002, in order to coincide with the Surrattstock fund raising concert to be held on Saturday June 29, 2002. If youd like to find out if your Class is planning an event, please contact your Class ORC (or Official Reunion Contact). (Please let me know if you need to know who your ORC is.)

I hope this e-Notice finds you and yours safe and well. Best regards, Henry Smith (71),



Michael Miller (70) Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of James R. Carroll, Jr. (74) Tamara McDowell Ayres (77), In Memory of Patrick OBrien Maddox (76) Leslie St. Clair (70) Jennie St. Clair (71) Erin St. Clair Shreve (75) Blaise Miller (76) Wendy Miller (76) Margaret Harris (Faculty) Vicky Young (57), In Memory of Patricia E. Kaplan Pelletier (57) Henry Smith (71) Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)



DOROTHY G. STATLER passed away on September 25, 2001 after a long illness. Mrs. Statler is survived by her husband of 51 years, Richard Statler of Clinton, MD. Additional survivors include their 5 children, all Surrattsville alumni: Beverly (Statler) Thrift (69), Claudia (Statler) Ruoff (71), Richard Statler (72), Joanne (Statler) Ruest (76), and Dorothy (Statler) Hurley (82). Two sons in law are also Surratts alumni: Dennis Thrift (71) and David Ruest (74); 12 grandchildren also survive Mrs. Statler.

JAMES HERBERT TIPPETT, SR (39), a life long resident of Clinton, passed away on September 20. James is survived by Sandy Tippett Smith (64), Diane Tippett Bullock (71), and James H. Tippett, Jr. (79).




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