SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2004-8 OF AUGUST 1, 2004
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. 2K5 TICKETS SELLING BRISKLY! 2005 All Classes/Faculty/Staff event
tickets continue to sell briskly. So far, the range of ticket buyers
runs from the Class of 37 to the Class of 94, and covers an area
from Clinton, MD to Castle Rock, CO!
The ticket order form is reprinted at the end of this email, and is
available on the Foundations web site at www.surrattsville.org.
Remember: the events are expected to sell-out again, and no tickets
can be sold at the door because of fire regulations.
2. EXTRAORDINARY PHOTOS ON WEB SITE. Thanks to the tireless efforts
of the Foundations Historian/Archivist Shelby Lee Oppermann (79)
and the Foundations webmaster Mike Gifford (84), the Foundations
(www.surrattsville.org) now contains a number of absolutely
priceless photographic treasures from Surrattsvilles past. For
example, there is a photo of Surrattsville High Schools first
graduate, and a photo of the Surrattsville School students from two
centuries ago! If youre interested in Surrattsvilles history,
youll want to check out these extraordinary photos.
3. AND SPEAKING OF WEB SITE PHOTOS. I received this nice email from
Jeanette Johnson (62) in response to our standing request for
information about the various photos on the web site: "Hello Henry:
Regarding the first Foundation photo on the web site, titled "Surrattsville??",
I immediately recognized it as one of the senior superlatives in my
1962 Boomerang. In the photo are James (Jim) Dick and Yvonne Larivee,
voted friendliest by the Class. Yvonne was also the homecoming
queen. I was not personally acquainted with Dick, but remember
Yvonne as, indeed, one of the nicest girls in our Class. I
understand that she passed away of cancer, as a young mother, before
our Class' twentieth reunion. They are posing, I believe, in Tommy
Wood's Corvette. He owns T. E. Wood Farms in Clinton, is also a 62
classmate and my down-the-road neighbor. Thanks for the chance to
If any of you have any information about any of the wonderful photos
on the web site, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. NEW SCHOOL/OLD SCHOOL INFO, CONT. I received these emails
containing more info on the New School/Old School transition:
Hi Henry: About graduations. 63 was the last one held in the gym.
64 was at the new Crossland High School over in the Camp Springs
area and we were not very pleased about the venue. It was the first
air conditioned school in the county and that is probably why we
64 was the last class with members that had started first grade in
the old school before the new elementary school was opened. Dexter
Henry: Just a note to set the record straight....the class of 1964
physically graduated at Crossland High School, we chose this v. UMD
because it was smaller and many of our underclassmen would attend
there the next year...as we would have that year if we hadn't made a
fuss about staying at Surrattsville. Jaime Seaman (64)
Hi Henry: I'm sure mine is not the only e-mail you have received in
response to the class graduations' information in your last
The class of 1964 used Crossland Senior High School for their
graduation ceremony. Crossland had just been built and the first
classes were to begin using the school the following September. The
class of 1964 graduated in the school before Crossland officially
opened. I cannot believe that it was 40 years ago - just as sure as
I know I can't be turning 58 yet!! Ginger Trapanotto (64)
5. SEARCH FOR 72 YEARBOOK. I received an email from a Hornet seeking
a copy of a 1972 yearbook. If you have any information that might be
helpful, please send me an email at email@example.com.
6. YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE. And speaking of yearbooks, the Foundation
still has some yearbooks from 1991 and 1999 available for $20 each
(which includes the shipping costs). Just send an email to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org if youd like one.
7. HORNET PUBLISHES (FIFTH) BOOK. Dutch University Press just
published the fifth book by Dick Duke (47), entitled Policy Games
for Strategic Management - Pathways Into the Unknown. The book
deals with the interesting-sounding topic of war gaming for
corporations. Info is available from email@example.com.
Congratulations to Dick!
8. HELPFUL INFO. I received this email from Beth Horton (70),
pointing out a web site that might be useful for all you consumers
out there: "Hi
Henry: The following website is a central location for consumers to
reach info on recalled products. Thought you might want to include
it in the next e-Notice. http://www.recalls.gov. Beth"
9. COOL LINK TO HEROES PAGE. Foundation Archivist and Historian
Shelby Lee Oppermann (79) informed me that there's a cool "old
timers" page on the clintonvfd.org web site. There's also lots of
other great info on that web site about some of Clinton's most
un-sung true heroes!
10. SEEKING LOST HORNETS. Melissa Gilcrest (69) is trying to locate
Susan Miller (69). If you have any information that might help
Melissa, please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheila Maddox (55) is trying to locate the following Class of 55
classmates who may be living in the locations indicated: Donald
Riley, FL; Elsie Tatum Brown (Paul) Temple Hills, MD; Joann Simpkins
Lewis (Richard), FL; Joy Sickler Hesslin (Ward), UT; and Jean
Weirich Eufemio, Noyack, NY. Please contact Sheila at Maddoxpmands@aol.com
if you have any information that might be helpful.
11. ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY UPDATE. Many of you
purchased the great All Classes/Faculty/Staff Directory at the Y2K
events. Thanks to the herculean efforts of Directory Coordinator
Leslie St. Clair (70), a completely updated version of the Directory
will be available for purchase at the June 2005 events. To make sure
your information in the Directory is up-to-date, please paste a
completed version of the following (including only the information
you wish to appear in the
Directory) into an email to Leslie at email@example.com,.
Full Name at Graduation:
Full Name Now:
City, State, Zip:
The "Update" section may contain up to 30 words giving an update on
your status and what you've been up to.
12. ORC AND VOLUNTEERS PLANNING MEETING. As our first (and likely
only) in-person planning meeting for the June 2005 events, the
Official Reunion Contacts (or "ORCs") for the various Classes, and
the volunteers for the June 2005 events, will meet in the School
cafeteria on Tuesday September 21, 2004 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. We
still need volunteers for several tasks associated with the June
2005 events, so please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you'd be willing to volunteer some of your time and efforts to this
very worthy cause. (Also, if you're an ORC or an assigned volunteer,
and this is the first you've heard of the 9/21 meeting, please send
me an email.)
13. LATE 60s/EARLY 70s REUNION. Leslie St. Clair (70), email@example.com,
reminds all graduates from the Classes of 70,
71 and the surrounding Classes to contact her soon if you're
interested in attending the Class-specific Reunion she is planning
for Friday evening, June 24, 2005.
14. SURRATTS MUSICIANS KEEP BUSY. Last week was marked by an
acclaimed appearance at Washington's Blues Alley of the John Previti
Trio, led by Surrattstock I and II performer John Previti (72). Also
performing last week, at the MD Community Band Day in Columbia, was
the Southern MD Concert Band, led by Surrattstock II performer and
former Surratts band director -- Richard "Butch" Mortimer (57), and
featuring Laurie Martin Roberts (76), her daughter Rachel, and
just-retired School Librarian Anne Reck. Congratulations to these
Surratts musicians for their efforts at keeping Surrattsville's
great musical legacy alive and well!
I hope you are all staying well-hydrated and enjoying the Summer!
Best regards, Henry Smith (71), firstname.lastname@example.org
JEANNE TISDALE BURKE (59) died suddenly on June 26 of a heart
She and her husband, Paul, had just celebrated their 44 wedding
anniversary on June 4th. They were SHS sweethearts and began dating
before he was old enough to drive. Jeanne was the sister of Carol
Tisdale Whitsell (64) and was voted "Most Photogenic" among her
RON MORTIMER (52), who graciously volunteered his time and wisdom as
a member of the Foundations Principals/Faculty/Staff Memory Fund
Committee, died on February 7, 2004 of complications from
Parkinson's disease. Ron would have been 70 on the February 25th.
Ron is survived by his wife, Betty Mortimer (55).
MICHAEL STOJKA (71) died on July 19, 2004. He is survived by his
wife Pam, and five children.
ALLEN GILCREST (64) died January 27. Allen was a serious athlete,
having participated in marathons, triathalons, Bike Across Maryland
and Bike Across Virginia. He was the brother of Surratts graduates
Melissa, Mark and Matthew Gilcrest.
JOE CHAPPELL (71) died July 28 of respiratory failure due to
Joe was a talented artist, and a great and long-time supporter of
the Class of 71 and the Foundation who seldom missed a Class or
Foundation event. Joe is survived by his parents Edna and Joe
Chappell, his brother Dave Chappell, and his niece and nephew, Sarah
2004 FOUNDATION ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Bob Marr (71)
Bill Harris (71), in Memory of Debbie Harris (71) Jeanine Carroll
Maclary (73), In Memory of James R. Carroll, Jr. (74) Vicky
Simontacchi Young (57), In Memory of William J. (Bill) Burke (57) Ed
Jaffe (65) Paul Monaghan (59) Melissa Gilcrest (69), In Memory of
Allen M. Gilcrest (64)