THIS IS SURRATTS
FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2004-5 OF MAY 1, 2004
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. FOUNDATION NAMES 2004 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT. We are very proud to
report that Dennis Felton (81) has been selected as the recipient of the
Foundation's 2004 Alumni Achievement Award. Dennis is currently the head
coach of the University of Georgia men's basketball team, following a very
successful five-year term as head coach at Western Kentucky University.
Dennis was hired to lead the WKU team at a time when it was very troubled,
and he quickly turned that program around and made it the best team in the
Sun Belt Conference three years running, being the first coach in WKU
history to take the team to the NCAA tournament three years in a row. Dennis
also emphasized his players' academic performance, with 100% of his players
graduating (all but two, that he inherited, earning their degrees on time).
Dennis earned a nationwide reputation as a coach who could inspire both
winning performance and academic excellence, while instilling integrity to a
major college athletic program. UGA Athletic Director Vince Dooley has
stated that "Dennis is a man of integrity, an exceptional communicator and
teacher and family man."
Dennis' bio on the UGA web site
notes that he got his coaching start at Oxon Hill High School, moving on to
Charles County C.C., and then to a series of university coaching positions.
Dennis' bio also notes that Dennis was a star athlete at Surrattsville!
We congratulate Dennis on his extraordinary career achievements and on his
selection as Achievement Award recipient! (A photo and more information can
be found at the web site at
Dennis joins this illustrious list of past Foundation Achievement Award
recipients: Mike Miller (60), Gerald Pickeral (Building Superintendent since
1963), Charlie Cooper (52), Mary Kucharski (76), Gordon Hawkins (76),
Roberta Padgett Taylor (53), Kevin Fitzgerald (71) and Bob Marr (71). All of
these outstanding members of the Surrattsville community are featured on the
Foundation's web site.
2. SURRATTSTOCK PERFORMERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER SCHEDULE. Surrattstock performers
The Back Pages Band are happy to announce their summer performance schedule
which is posted on their web site at
coming Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m., the Band will be re-opening the previously
closed Montgomery County Parks & Rec Performance Theater at 4010 Randolph
Road near the intersection of Viers Mill and Randolph Roads. This is a free
concert in a lovely and comfortable venue. (The Band consists of Roger Owens
(73), Mike Mello (Bishop McNamara '71), Joe Stanisha, and yours truly.)
3. FOUNDATION PLANS ANNUAL RIDE. The Foundation has scheduled its annual
Motorcycle (and car and dune buggy) Ride for Saturday June 27, leaving the
School parking lot promptly at 10 a.m. This year's Ride will make its way to
Annapolis, through the back roads of Prince George's and Anne Arundel
Counties. These Rides have been great fun, so please join us if you'd like a
nice ride in the country and a pleasant lunch. (In the event of inclement
weather, call 410-321-9350 the morning of the Ride.)
4. 2K5 EVENTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Believe it or not, we're in heavy
preparations for the sure-to-be-extraordinary June 23 - June 26, 2005 All
Classes/Faculty/Staff Reunion events. The tentative schedule for these
Thursday through Sunday events is reprinted below and can be found on the
Foundation's web site at
www.surrattsville.org. Please reserve that weekend on your calendars,
start thinking about your travel plans, and plan to order your tickets
early. (All of the Y2K events sold-out, and the 2K5 events are likely to be
even more popular.) Also, please reach out to your friends and relatives who
are members of the Surrattsville community who might not receive these
e-Notices and let them know about the 2005 events.
We're looking for volunteers for the following very important 2K5 tasks, so
please send an email to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to
volunteer: "Old School" Open House Coordinator, Martin's Catering
Coordinator, Photo Book Company Coordinator, Golf Outing Coordinator, Main
Event Decorations, Surrattstock II Decorations, Surrattstock II
Refreshments, Sock-Hop Decorations, Sock-Hop Refreshments, and
Also, please contact your Class's ORC ("Official Reunion Contact") to find
out if your Class plans to have any "Class-specific" events on Friday night
or Sunday during the 2K5 weekend. (For example, Leslie St.
Clair (70), email@example.com,
has already begun working on the Classes of 70 and 71 thirty-five year
reunion event for Friday June 24,
2005 that also is inviting surrounding "late 60s/early 70s" class members
who don't have their own events. Please contact Leslie if you're interested
in this event)
It'll be interesting to see if the 2K5 events can be even more extraordinary
than the Y2K events!
5. CLASS OF 1974 PLANS 2005 REUNION. I received this email from Class of 74 ORC Lauren Foley: "To the Class of 74 - After a random poll of some close
friends from the Class of 74, we thought it would be a great idea to
incorporate our 30th Class Reunion in with the Surratts June 2005 Events.
That will give us all a chance to join in the festivities of the 2005 Events
and catch up with old friends from other classes.
If you attended
the Y2K Events, you know what a fantastic time we all had and it will make
it that much more rewarding to add our 30th Reunion into the mix! I would
love to hear from anyone from the Class of 74 that is interested in voicing
their opinion with suggestions or comments on our 30th Reunion. Also, it
would be very helpful to get your e-mail addresses so that we can keep you
up to date on the plans. The e-mail addresses can be sent to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. As a lot
of you know, our 20th Reunion was a huge success and we hope that the 30th
will be successful as well. Only you can make it that way. I'm looking
forward to hearing from you all and if anyone would like to volunteer to be
on the committee, please let me know. Keep watching the Surratts News
e-Notices for more information and further updates. Thanks....and see you in
June 2005!!!! Lauren"
6. MISSING HORNET SOUGHT. I included this interesting email in the last
e-Notice, but gave an incorrect email address for Nancy. Can anyone help
Nancy's Mom with her search? "Hi Henry: My Mom, Deva Loweth, just celebrated
her 90th birthday. She said she sure would like to get in touch with the
daughter of a very good friend (now deceased).
The daughter is Cheryl Peterson who graduated between 1973 and 1975.
Her mother was Margaret Peterson White. If anyone knows of Cheryl's
whereabouts please let me know. Thanks, Nancy Loweth Siehl (57), email@example.com."
7. MORE MUSICAL STORIES FROM THE SOUTHERN MD CONCERT BAND. I received this
nice email from another musical protege of Butch Mortimer (57):
"Hi Henry: Thanks for the great email updates! It really is interesting to
hear about other Surrattsville graduates and great tidbits of Clinton
history. I am the "younger" SHS grad that Laurie Martin Roberts (74) said
joined the SMCB. It is great playing again!
It has been a
huge treat for me since Butch has actually been playing in the trumpet
section as well as directing. He really can play the way he demanded of his
students. Dale Edwards Dorr (89)"
8. OLDEST MAN APPARENTLY NOT SO OLD. Proving that you shouldn't believe
everything your read in the newspaper, I received this email from one of our
readers: "Dear Mr. Smith: I'm sure you've received other replies on the
"William Coates, Oldest Man" story by now. But I will add mine. He was not
114; it was determined later that he was about 89. I had my doubts when I
first saw the article (in his picture he did not appear to be 100+ and the
ages of his children indicated that he started his family late in life).
This was later confirmed by a group that track people over 100. The article
on his real age also appeared in the newspaper after his death. Lee"
9. HORNET HOOPSTER PUBLISHES FIRST NOVEL. I received this email from Norman
Carmichael (65), member of the legendary 1965 State Champion Hornet boys
basketball team: "Hi Henry: ... I had my first novel published a few weeks
ago. Titled "The Founders", it is an international thriller. It has received
some very nice reviews so far, and it is available on-line from Authorhouse
(the publisher), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. It can also be ordered
personalized by the author (ummm, me) by going to
web site that is under construction but should be completed before the end
of the week).
My best, Norman"
I visited Norm's great web site, and I'm proud to say it mentions his
Surrattsville roots. Norm's book sounds like a great read, especially with
the summer thriller season coming on. I'm anxious to see if there are any
veiled Surrattsville references in that novel generally set in Barcelona!
10. AFJROTC PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT. I received this email from D.D.
Hanson (05): "Hi Henry: In connection with an event we are planning, we are
looking for Class of 94 graduates who had a key role in the AFJROTC Program,
and for members of the AFJROTC Program from previous years. Could you ask
them to contact me at
Thanks, D.D." Best of luck to Surrattsville's award-winning AFJROTC program
with this event!
11. HORNET CELEBRATES PARENTS' ANNIVERSARY AND A BIRTHDAY. I received this
joyful email from Stephen McGovern (61): "Dear Henry: I just wanted to let
those that know our parents, Marshall and Virginia McGovern, had their 63rd
wedding anniversary on April 12, 2004. I also celebrated my 61st birthday on
March 29, and I was a '61 Hornet!
Congratulations to Stephen's parents, and many happy returns to Stephen and
the other members of the Class of 61 -- the first to graduate from the "New
School", I believe -- who must also be turning 61 this year!
12. NAME THOSE SOFTBALL PLAYERS! Don Dahl (54) sent a great photo, now on
the Photos page of the Foundation's web site at
www.surrattsville.org, of his
phys ed softball team from 1953. Please let me know if you can identify any
of the young men pictured with Don in that photo.
I hope you've all had the lovely weather we've had recently here in
Best regards, Henry Smith (71),
-- Tentative Schedule as of May 1, 2004 --
June 2005 All Classes/Faculty/Staff Events
1. Thursday June 23 "Surrattstock II"
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
2. Friday June 24 Golf Outing
3. Friday June 24 Evening Class-Specific Events
4. Saturday June 25 All Classes/Faculty/Staff Picnic and School
"New School" (and "Old School" Open House)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Catering by Martin's
5. Saturday June 25 Sock-Hop with the Fabulous Hubcaps
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
6. Sunday June 26 Motorcycle (and Car) Ride to Point Lookout
Leaves School parking lot 10 a.m. sharp
7. Sunday June 26 Afternoon Class-Specific Events
2004 FOUNDATION ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Bob Marr (71)
Bill Harris (71), in Memory of Debbie Harris (71)