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E-Notice 2005-6

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Hello Hornets!

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  FACULTY MEMBER FROM THE 30'S TO ATTEND SATURDAY EVENT!  Thanks to the efforts of Carol Tisdale Whitsell (64), Ms. Vivian Bounds Edelen, faculty member from 1938 to 1942, will be attending the Picnic/Open House event on Saturday June 25 (along with lots of other former faculty and staff).  We're grateful to Carol for arranging to have Ms. Edelen join us as the "Senior Attendee" at the events.  (There are some lovely photos of Ms. Edelen, and her students and co-workers, on the web site at

Tickets are still available for all of the events, so we've reprinted a ticket order form at the end of this e-Notice.  A form is also available for downloading on the web site.  If you have any questions about any of the events, please feel free to email me at, or to call me at 410-321-9350.  (And tickets are still available for most of the Class-specific events, as well.)

Many thanks to the dozens of selfless volunteers who have worked so hard to make the June 23 - 26 events and the various Class-specific events major successes.  There are only several weeks until this long weekend of fun and reminiscing for a great cause!  Here's the overview:

-Thursday June 23 - 6 - 11 p.m., "SURRATTSTOCK II", School cafeteria.  Featuring five re-united bands from "the golden era of live music at Surrattsville".  At $10, it's cheaper (adjusted for inflation) than was Teen Club!

-Friday June 24 - 9 a.m., GOLF OUTING, Marlton CC, Upper Marlboro.   Please note ticket order deadline of June 1!

-Friday June 24 - Evening.  Many Class-specific events.  (See various e-Notice items, and Class-specific notices on the web site at

-Saturday June 25 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF PICNIC AND NEW SCHOOL-OLD SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE.  This is the main event, and last time certainly earned its stripes as "the mother of all reunions"!  Don't miss this very, very rare chance to tour your alma mater(s), and re-connect with classmates, schoolmates, neighbors, teachers, coaches, mentors, former administrators, and the like.

-Saturday June 25, 7 - 11 p.m. - SOCK-HOP featuring The truly fabulous Hubcaps, featuring Dale Rocky Simon (69) and Jimi Simon (71) (

-Sunday June 26, 10 a.m. - ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF RIDE to Pt. Lookout.

-Sunday June 26, afternoon and evening - Various Class-specific events.

2.  GOLF OUTING DEADLINE OF JUNE 1!  If you're interested in participating in the June 1 Golf Outing at the Marlton C.C., and you haven't purchased your ticket yet, please contact Golf Outing organizer Evan Vutsinas (76) TODAY because of the June 1 deadline for getting final numbers to the course.  Evan can be reached at

3.  CONGRATULATIONS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS!  We are extremely proud to announce the following Foundation Achievement Award recipients for 2005:

The first Achievement Award recipient is NELSON DUKE (40).  As noted in the February 2005 e-Notice, Nelson was awarded the French Legion of Honor, in a lovely ceremony at the French Ambassador's residence in D.C., for his bravery flying supplies to the besieged French Legionnaires at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.   At Surrattsville, Nelson was active in soccer, basketball and track.  He then attended the University of Maryland and studied engineering.  His studies were interrupted by World War II and he became a U.S. Navy pilot at age 19 and flew extensively in numerous types of aircraft all over the U.S., Europe and the Pacific.   After WWII, Nelson worked in general aviation for a few years.  One incident stands out from this period of Nelson's career: Nelson and a friend had an airport and sold air rides out of Colonial Beach, VA.  He had a Republic Seabee amphibian aircraft and made a forced landing in Mr. Pryde's (Surrattsville's principal!) cornfield when the fuel pump quit.  Nelson received the Air Medal as Aircraft Commander during the Berlin Airlift (over 100 missions) and also flew in the Korean Airlift.  As a Civil Air Transport (CAT) pilot in French Indochina in 1954, he evacuated refugees out of Hanoi to Haiphong.  He received the Legion of Honor for flying 12 missions under heavy fire in Dien Bien Phu, para-dropping desperately needed supplies to the beleaguered troops of the French garrison, which was surrounded and greatly out-numbered by the Viet Cong.  Two of his fellow American pilots were shot down and killed during these flights.  Nelson and his family moved to California in 1956, where he had an extensive career as an airline captain for Air California.  He also was very active for many years in real estate investment.  He and his wife Mary moved to Rockport, Texas in 1990.  We are very proud to recognize this Hornet member of "the greatest generation"!

The second Achievement Award recipient is the late REV. SUSAN THOMAS-AZUD (79), who at the time of her death in February 2003 was pastor of Graceland United Methodist Church in Baltimore.  Susan was extremely active in community and church affairs, always extending a helping and welcoming hand to those in need.  She devoted her life to the service of others.  Her memorial service was attended by over 250 people whose lives she had touched through her caring, kindness and generosity.  Susan was a graduate of Duke Divinity School and was ordained an elder in 1981.  (An article on a typical friendship inspired by Susan can be found at Additional information about Susan's career can be found at We are proud to recognize this Hornet who devoted her life to the welfare of others.

The third Achievement Award recipient is MARCIA GAY HARDEN (76).  Marcia is perhaps the most respected dramatic actress working in film today.  She won a Best Actress Oscar for her stunning performance in "Pollock" and has been nominated for numerous other Oscars and other awards (such as for her role in "Mystic River", where many believe she stole the entire movie).  An extensive biography of Marcia at notes her Surrattsville roots.  After Surrattsville, where she was very involved in drama, Marcia began her first year of college at Deree Pierce, in Athens, Greece, then transferred to the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany, and then returned to the states to earn a B.A. in theater from the University of Texas in Austin. After college, Marcia returned to the D.C. area to begin her career as an actress in local theater, and has gone on to star in dozens of films and in the revered TV show, "The Education of Max Bickford".  We are proud to recognize this former Hornet thespian who is believed to be Surrattsville's only Oscar-winner!

(Photos of these recipients, and the very distinguished Foundation Achievement Award recipients from prior years, can be found on the web site at

4.  CLASS OF 74 REUNION.  I received this email from Class of 74 ORC Lauren Foley: "Hello Classmates:  Well, we have only one month to go!!!  Where are you?  If you haven't signed up for the Class of 74 30th reunion, you need to do so without delay.  Rooms are available at a discounted rate at the Cyrstal City Hyatt and all the information you need is at the website -  We are doing a "memorabilia table" at the reunion, so start going through your boxes from high school and send me some memories.  I know you have some.  Please send them to: Lauren Foley, 19929 Ridgecrest Square, Ashburn, VA  20147-2765.  And please don't forget the picnic on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at our old stomping grounds, Surrattsville High School.  Make a day of it....picnic during the at night!We are looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up!  Your reunion committee (Lauren Foley, Steve Enterline, Mary Meares and Gary Robinson), Lauren,

5.  CLINTON BAPTIST CHURCH REUNION.  I received this email from Bill Ackerman (74) about another reunion being held during the weekend of the All Classes events: "Hi Henry:  As if there were not already enough confirmed events on the calendar for the weekend of 23 -26 June 2005, keeping with the true spirit of Hornet Mans last minute planning capability, another one has now emerged which I would appreciate the inclusion of in the June Surratts E-Notice.  There will be a reunion of the Clinton Baptist Church Youth Group from the Classes of 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75 and 76 at Clinton Baptist Church, 8701 Woodyard Road, on Sunday 26 June.  Events planned are a special church service at 1:00 p.m., which will be led by the pastor during those years, Dr. Harold Sorrill, with lunch following at 2:00 p.m. there at the church.  Anyone wishing to attend from the Classes of 68 - 71 can contact Beverly Statler Thrift,, and from the Classes of 72 76 can contact Bill Ackerman,  Family, friends, and church members during those years are also invited to attend as we remember an important aspect of our high school years in Clinton.  Best Regards and Continued Success,  William (Bill) Ackerman 74"

6.  PHOTO BOOK FOR JUNE EVENTS.  Thanks to our Photo Book Coordinator, Gill Thompson Harry (71), we once again will have a photo book to commemorate the events of the long June 23 - June 26 weekend.  And don't forget: unlike last time, the photo book company will accept our own candids to add to the book. Note that the photo book company cannot accept any images e-mailed or picked from a web site because the resolution is too low.  However, they will accept digital images on a CD that are high resolution (i.e., at least the three megabit size of most new digital cameras).  In addition, the photo book company has agreed to provide a $5 discount to photo book purchasers who order before the events.  If you would like to purchase an advance copy of the photo book for $20, simply print off the order form from the Foundation's web site ( and send it to the photo book company.  Photo books can be ordered at the events for the normal $25 cost.  And please don't forget to get your photo taken at the designated spot at the events so you can be included in the photo book.

7.  CLASS OF 62 REUNION.  Len Owens (62) and Ray Kidwell (62) are planning a Class of 62 gathering for Sunday afternoon, June 26.  Please contact Len (, W: 919-392-2731, H: 919-467-3615, Cell: 919-345-1256) if you'd like information, or if you have info on Class of 62 grads or their family members.

8.  CLASS OF 82 REUNION.  I received this email from Karen Spence Dorsey (Class of 82 ORC): "Hi Henry: We've put together a small, informal event for the Class of 82 for Friday, June 24, 2005.  Here's the info: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Waldorf Holiday Inn, 45 St. Patrick's Drive (directly off of Route 301), $20 Per Person (includes appetizers and cash bar), RSVP to Karen Spence Dorsey at, make checks payable to Karen Spence Dorsey and mail to 1546 Star Pine Drive, Annapolis, MD  21401, dress is casual.  Thanks, Karen."  Please contact Karen if you have any info on 82 grads, or their family members.

9.  CLASS OF 86 REUNION.  I received this email from Kelly Allard Gray (86): Hi Henry:  I wanted to see if with your next e-Notice you could mention that the Class of 86 is starting the planning stages of their 20 year reunion, and ask all Class of 86 members to contact me.  Thanks, Kelly, KELLYGRAY@ATT.NET.

10.  MANY CLASS-SPECIFIC EVENTS SCHEDULED.  For the many of you who are new to the email list for these e-Notices, don't forget to check the web site at for information about your Class's "Official Reunion Contact" (on the "Classes" page of the web site) and for information about any Class-specific event your Class will be holding during the long weekend.

I look forward to seeing many of you in just a matter of days!

Best regards, Henry Smith (71),


DEVA MCCRACKEN LOWETH died at age 91 on March 27.  Deva was the wife of the late Donald C. Loweth, mother of John Loweth ('55), Nancy Siehl ('57), Susan Melton ('63), Jean Close ('67), Albert Loweth and the late Ginger Aspinall ('59). She is survived by a brother, Henry McCracken, a sister, Edna Richards, 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  The family is planning a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at Bells United Methodist Church,  6016 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746.
LYNN TAZELAAR WITT died on December 29, 1991 from a rare cancer of  the adrenal gland. Lynn was the sister of Judy Tazelaar Milbourne.


Steve Profilet (71)
Bill Harris (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)

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