THIS IS SURRATTS
FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2005-1 OF JANUARY 1, 2005
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. SURRATTS ALUMNI PROMINENTLY FEATURED IN WASHINGTONIAN. It was a great
month for Surrattsville in the December 2004 Washingtonian magazine.
Fitzgerald (71), who received the Foundation's Alumni Achievement Award in
2003, was featured in a four-page article, with several beautiful photos of
some of Kevin's paintings and a great full-page photo of Kevin himself.
(Wife Wendy Haffer Fitzgerald (77) gets a very nice mention, too!) The
article raves about Kevin's work, identifies some of his famous patrons, and
refers to Kevin as "a thinking man's painter". Congratulations to Kevin on
this very nice article!
Second, perhaps the highest ranking woman in professional sports, Susan
O'Malley (79), the first woman president of an NBA franchise and now head of
Abe Pollin's MCI Center and sports and entertainment company, is featured in
a full-page article, with a great photo and an introductory reference to
Susan's Surrattsville roots! In the article, Susan notes that she's a
history buff, currently reading a John Adams biography and fascinated by the
Thomas Jefferson story. Must've been all that proximity-to-history, viewing
the Surratt House out her U.S. history class window at Surrattsville!
Congratulations to Susan on her extraordinary achievements and this very
2. DIRECTORY TAKING SHAPE. Please don't forget to send to Leslie St.
Clair (70), firstname.lastname@example.org,
your Alumni/Staff Directory info in the following format, with "Alumni
Directory Info" in the subject line of your email:
Graduation Year (or years on faculty/staff):
Full Name at Surratts:
Full Name Now:
City, State, Zip:
Update (30 words or less):
Remember: the Directory is being re-done from scratch this year, so you'll
need to re-submit to Leslie now if you were in the 2000 Directory and would
like to remain in the 2005 Directory.
3. CLASS OF 27 PHOTO ON WEB SITE. Many thanks to Sandy Lyon (66) for sending
the extraordinary photo of the Class of 27 that is now on the web site at
www.surrattsville.org. The photo
features Sandy's Mom, Alice S. Evans. There are also a number of other great
new photos on the web site, thanks to our web master, Mike Gifford (84).
4. MEASURE YOUR MARYLAND HERITAGE. The following items were sent in by Fred
Keeney (73). Especially those of you who have moved away might get a kick
out of seeing how much of the Old Line State is still in you.
"You know you are from Maryland when:
You refer to
your state as "Merlin".
more than 10 people who own boats and they all park them at the same
pronounce and spell "Pocomoke," "Mattaponi," "Accokeek," and "Havre de
pronounce "Bowie" BOO-ie not BOW-ie or BAUW-ie.
One hour is
an easy commute to work.
more than three recipes for crab cakes.
just don't taste right without Old Bay.
more than two crab places in your town.
high school cafeteria made good crab cakes.
You call all
You shop at
call Six Flags America "Adventure World", or even "Wild World".
You can tell
the difference between the smells of septic and marsh.
You not only
know how to eat hard crabs but you also know how to catch them, cook
them and tell the males from the females.
think that Assawoman Bay is a strange name for a body of water.
M R Ducks
makes perfect sense.
You think of
dumplings as wet slippery squares of boiled dough.
You and your
boss take off of work when the fish are running or the ducks are flying
understand why tourists come to DC.
Florida, you can only laugh when you see signs saying "Real Maryland
Blue Crab Cakes!"
with "Crowns", take a "Share" with "Wooter" and think the president
lives in "Warshentin."
family lives within a 200 mile radius of your town.
At least one
man in your family is a waterman.
You plan for
"The Festival" a year in advance.
summer, you spend more time in Ocean City than at home.
5. MEMORIES OF
AM RADIO. Fred Keeney (73) also sent along these link to web sites featuring
some great memories from two of the most popular AM radio stations in the
history of Surrattsville:
6. 2004 CAMPAIGN EXTENDED. Many thanks to the many donors listed below who
have contributed to the Foundation's 2004 Annual Campaign. To ensure that we
reach our goal of replenishing the Foundation's scholarship funds, we'll
keep the 2004 Campaign open for another month. Thanks in advance for
considering a contribution to this great cause. (A donor form is included
below and can be printed off the web site at
7. UPDATE ON JUNE 2005 EVENTS. Tickets continue to sell like proverbial hot
cakes (or, perhaps, crab cakes) for all of the June 2005 events.
There's a great representation of faculty and staff, and of alumni across
all eras. A ticket order form is reprinted below, and can be printed off the
web site at www.surrattsville.org.
8. 73 YEARBOOK SOUGHT. Constance Swetich (73),
email@example.com, is seeking a copy
of the 73 yearbook. Does anyone have any information that might help her?
9. PENTIUM III COMPUTERS NEEDED. Once again, the Foundation has been asked
to provide some badly needed computer equipment for the School. Currently,
the School is in need of Pentium III (or higher) computers for science and
other rooms. Might anyone have a line on how the Foundation can arrange for
the donation of such computers?
10. THANKS TO OUR SOLDIERS. I received this email from proud military mom
and military family member, Sheri Poehl Vanek (71): "Hi Henry: Just another
tidbit of news. My daughter, Julie, is in the USAF and is a military police
person, serving at Osan AFB, South Korea. She has been there for seven
months, and will probably be there for several more months. Although it is
not Iraq, it is still a combat zone. I counted up all of my family members
from the previous generation, our generation, and my children's generation,
and I came up with over 25 relatives who have served in the military. I
believe that the only branch that we missed was the Coast Guard. My nephew,
Joel Millwee, is currently in the Navy. His mother is Amy Poehl Nicholson
(72). He gets deployed frequently for weeks at a time. We're never sure of
where he goes, but we can guess. Sheri"
We extend our heartfelt and humble thanks to all of those members of the
greater Surrattsville family who are serving, or who have served, our
country in the U.S. military.
11. SEEKING LOST HORNET. Al Greenup (63),
firstname.lastname@example.org, is trying to locate Bill Samuelson (63). Please
contact Al if you have any information that might be helpful.
12. CLASSES OF 70, 71, 72 AND SURROUNDING REUNION. Sandra Gwynn Martin
(72 ORC), email@example.com, and Kathy
Thompson (72), firstname.lastname@example.org,
are attempting to contact members of the Class of 72 in advance of the June
events. Please drop them an email if you have any information on Class of 72
members. Sandy and Kathy are reminding their classmates that they are
cordially invited to attend the Classes of 70 and 71 (and Surrounding
Classes) Reunion to be held Friday night June 24, and being organized by
Leslie St. Clair (70),
email@example.com. Please contact Leslie if you have any questions
about this "Classes-Specific"
Reunion, and an order form for tickets for this Reunion is reprinted below.
13. HORNET HELPS BRING HOLIDAY CHEER. Channel 9 WUSA in D.C. featured a nice
story on December 16 and 17 about Debbie Long's (71) efforts over the last
11 years to coordinate the Angel Tree Program that brings holiday gifts to
needy children. A summary of the story appears at
Congratulations to Debbie and her colleagues for their efforts in connection
with this wonderful program.
Best wishes for a wonderful 2005! Henry Smith (71),
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)
Steve Profilet (71)
The Class of 1956
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Richard Neilan (82), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Carolyn Sepesy Trickett (77), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Ellen Talbert Miller (61; Faculty/Administrator 66-98)
Dan Bayne (71), In Memory of Charlie Waddell
Patrick McMenamin (70)
Anon, In Memory of Col. F. R. O'Clair
Carrie Jessee Loftus (69), In Memory of Robert "Bobby" Jessee (71)
Richard Scott McWhirt (71)
Mike Gifford (84)
Denise Hope (72)
Christine Spell Buckingham (70), In Memory of Bill Dare, fellow Surratts
Nancy Oursler Maynard (65), In Memory of her Dad,
Griffith "Buzzy" Oursler (35)
Shelley Wilson Block (68)
Barbara "Bobbi" Misiewicz Bailey (63)
Robert Kane (68)
Sherri Koch Gay (71)