THIS IS SURRATTS
FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2007-7 OF JULY 1, 2007
Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A VERY SPECIAL
FORMER FACULTY MEMBER! Carol
Tisdale Whitsell (64) informs us that former faculty member Vivian
Bounds Edelen turns 90 on July 28th. Many of you will remember that
Vivian was the senior faculty representative at the 2005 All
Classes/Faculty/Staff Reunion, where she was able to re-unite with
some of her fifth grade students from the Surrattsville School in
1939 (and where she was called-down for running in the halls)!
(There are some great photos of Vivian -- then and now -- on the
Foundation's web site at
I know we all wish Vivian a happy birthday, with many happy returns!
2. AND INTERESTING MEMORIES FROM THE
SAME ERA. I recently had a very
nice chat with June Jacobs Brown (44), a great Foundation supporter
and Foundation Legacy Society member (who happens to turn 80 years
young on July 24!). June shared a number of fascinating memories
from Surratts in the late early 40s. In addition to sharing
inspirational stories about the influence of Principals Klein and
Bond and a fascinating personal story about how a full tuition
scholarship from Senator Tydings ($89 per semester!) helped June
attend and graduate from the University of Maryland after
Surrattsville, she related the following very heartwarming story:
Surrattsville's then long-time and beloved custodian, known as Jimmy
to the students, got very sick and couldn't work. He had no
disability insurance, so he was due to lose his job because of his
illness. The Principal related this predicament to June -- who was
then the student council president and yearbook editor -- and her
classmates, and they immediately went into action and came up with
the following plan to protect Jimmy's job. Until he could return to
work, the boy volunteers cleaned the boys' restrooms and locker
rooms and performed half of Jimmy's other responsibilities, while
the girl volunteers cleaned the girls' restrooms and locker rooms
and performed the other half of Jimmy's responsibilities. Now that's
some Hornet spirit!
3. 2007 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
ANNOUNCED. The Foundation is very
proud to announce this year's recipients of the Foundation's General
Fund, and Waddell Memorial Fund, scholarships:
BRODEREK ALFRED STEWART has been awarded this year's Waddell
Memorial Fund Scholarship.
Broderek , who will attend Alcorn State
in the fall, was active in the Marching, Concert Band, Pep and Go-Go
Bands at Surratts, and was an Honor Roll student.
major in music education.
BRENE ASHLEY CARRINGTON has been awarded one of this year's two
General Fund Scholarships. Brene, who will attend Morgan State in
the fall, was an Honor Roll student, a National Society of High
School Scholars candidate from Surratts, and was active in the 4-H
Club and the Prom Committee.
TAYANA CHANEE HARRISON has been awarded one of this year's two
General Fund Scholarships. Tayana, who will attend Prince George's
Community College in the fall, was an Honor Roll student who was
Class and Student Government Secretary and active in a variety of
activities at Surratts, including JROTC, Dance Team, Marching Band,
Wrestling Team Manager, and Prom Committee.
Congratulations and best wishes to these outstanding Surratts
grads! (Photos of this year's scholarship recipients soon will be
found on the Foundation's web site at
4. A SPECIAL THANKS.
And speaking of the Foundation's web site, I wanted to take a moment
to recognize the tireless efforts of our volunteer, and
extraordinarily talented, web master, Mike Gifford (84) who for so
many years has given so much of his time to keep the web site up to
date. I know his hard work is appreciated by all of us who enjoy
the web site, and especially by the various Class Reunion Contacts
who use the web site as a link to their classmates. Many thanks,
5. CLASS OF 82 REUNION.
The Class of 82 has set the weekend of August 4 for its 25 Year
Reunion. Please contact Renee Mills DeLuca and Lisa Grace Stoudt (LisaMGrace2@aol.com)
about the Reunion plans or if you have information on the
whereabouts of Class of 82 grads or their family members.
6. CLASS OF 62 REUNION.
The Class of 62 is planning its 45 Year Reunion for Saturday,
September 22 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Please
contact the following Committee members for information, or if you
have information on the whereabouts of Class of 62 grads or their
family members: Terry Buckley Osman (410) 586-3911 Home (410)
320-2668 Cell (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Len Owens (919) 467-3615 Home (443) 206-2567 Cell (email@example.com);
Claude and Nancy Revis (301) 441-2771 Home (240) 375-6006 Cell (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Claudia Sladek (303) 814-0220 Home (email@example.com);
Jerry Spence (301) 843-9509 Home (240) 216-0189 Cell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
7. 82 GRAD COMPLETES FUND-RAISING
RIDE. I received this email from
Renee Mills DeLuca (82) about her experience in a great fund-raising
ride: "Hi Henry" We're back from the 2007 the Leukemia/Lymphoma
Society Team in Training century cycling event, where my husband
Paul and I participated in riding 100 miles around Lake Tahoe to
raise funds for this wonderful organization. This year, over 2,000
cyclists (including 54 from the Northern Ohio chapter) helped raise
over 8.5 million dollars to fund leukemia and other blood cancer
research and support for families who have a loved one diagnosed
with the disease. Our local paper printed this article about our
It's called "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride" and it certainly
was! Best, Renee
Congratulations to Renee and the other riders on this impressive
8. AN HISTORIC CLINTON HOMECOMING.
I received this fascinating email from Joan Duke Gates (53) (JLGSR@aol.com):
"Hi Henry: My name is Joan Duke Gates, a 1953 grad of Surrattsville
High, married to Jimmie Gates, a 1954 Surratts grad. Thought you
might be interested in a little news from my hometown, Clinton, MD.
The J. Paul Duke, Jr. VFW Memorial Post 9376 is named for my oldest
brother who was killed in WW 2. You might remember the post sits
back off the road on the right amid trees just past the old Surratts
School on the way to Clinton. (On old Rt. 5., now called Brandywine
Paul, Jr. was a Surratts grad, a Univ. of Md. grad, and a 2nd Lt.
paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He was killed in Holland in
Operation Market Garden and was buried in Belgium in the Ardennes
American Cemetary. My husband and I visited his gravesite in 2000.
The Duke family lived in the big white house, just up from the VFW
post which was built on land our parents donated. (Our house is
still there, on the right as you go toward the center of Clinton.)
All eight of the Duke children graduated from Surrattsville High!
The VFW celebrated their 60th Anniversary on April 14, 2007 at the
post. Four charter members (all Surratts grads) were honored as was
Paul Jr. and the Duke Family. Two of my brothers and their wives
attended the ceremony and spoke briefly. My brother Ted's wife,
Helen, is also a SHS grad. The President of the Maryland Senate,
Mike Miller, spoke about his memories of us and the Dukes'
patriotism. Our Dad fought in WW I, and all 5 of my brothers were
in the service.
(Mike & I worked together at his grandfather's grocery store for
several years. Mike also graduated from SHS.)
None of the Dukes reside in Clinton any longer. I live in Fla. and
have brothers in Texas, Virginia & Michigan. My two sisters and my
brother David are deceased. Dave was a volunteer fireman in Clinton
for years. Our mother taught at Surrattsville during the war years,
then went to Suitland High when it opened and retired from there.
At the ceremony letters were read from many dignitaries, including
the Gov. of MD, Pres. Jimmy Carter and others, including Majority
Leader of the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, whom our
mother taught at Suitland!
It was a lovely homecoming type event for the many Surrattsville
High graduates and I am very sad we were unable to attend. Some of
the older readers of your Surrattsville news may remember some of
9. REPORT FROM AFGHANISTAN.
I received this interesting email from Rix Mills (62) (email@example.com):
"Hi Henry: Since our last email exchange I have deployed to
Afghanistan with a company called Civilian Police International as
an International Advisor. They called me a week or so ago and
wanted me here in country immediately and so I had to move out fast
in order to get here to do the mission. I am thrilled to be able to
do my part for the Global War on Terrorism and had been wanting to
do something but not necessarily in Afghanistan per se. In any
case, I got to Kabul on Thursday evening, June 7 and will be going
to a place called Mazari Sharif in the north of the country to
work. This place is an armed camp and I will be working out of an
international base as well.
For sure I miss my little paradise in Puerto Montt, Chile but will
return when I have finished my work here which is open ended at this
point. It is sort of like dejavu all over again as this reminds me
of Southeast Asia when I was there during the Vietnam War and I
think that this country is at the point of development that I saw
there in the 60s which is sad but a host of countries and
organizations are working to help them get beyond their troublesome
past and establish a more secure and productive environment for
these long suffering people.
I had hoped to join my nephew here who is a USMC officer but he had
to move over to Iraq and so I didn't quite make it here in time to
see him. Well, that's it for now and I'll write you again when I get
a feel for the situation in the north and my work there. Rix"
10. SURRATTS SWIM CLUB CLOSES.
I received this email from Naida Meares (79): "Dear Henry: I am
sure there are a lot of alumni out there like me who have fond
memories of lazy summer days at the Surratts Swim Club pool. Having
recently moved from the Clinton area, we were members up until about
two seasons ago. We received a letter in the mail at our old
address which said We are sad to report that the pool will not be
opening this summer. We have struggled along for the past 10 years
but low membership, past debts and the increase in the cost of
running the pool have made it impossible to reopen. This was sad
indeed to see another relic of the good ole days bite the dust.
11. HORNET MILITARY REGISTRY NOW ON
WEBSITE. Thanks to the efforts of
B. J. Brewer Black (72),
we've posted on the Foundation's web site at
a list of Hornets who are serving, or have served, in the military.
If you have additional information for this list, please send it B.
12. LOST RING SOUGHT.
Pat Becker Oles (71) is attempting to find her 71 Class ring which
had a black onyx stone. The ring was stolen in a house burglary in
Orlando, FL in 1980. If you might have any information on Pat's
ring, please contact her at
13. HUBCAPS ANNOUNCE UPCOMING
SCHEDULE. Great Foundation
supporters, The Hubcaps, have announced their upcoming summer
schedule below. Lots of information about the Hubcaps, including
about their upcoming CD and DVD, can be found at
4 Petersburg Memorial HS Football Field - Happy Fourth of July!!!!!
Petersburg, WV (304) 257-1725
8 Jordans Rooftop Lounge Ocean City, MD (410) 250-1867
14 Lone Star Restaurant Markleysburg, PA (724) 329-5631
15 Irwin Park Amphitheatre Irwin, PA TBA
16 Urbana Carnival Urbana, MD (301) 663-3822
19-21 Rock N Wheels - Auburn Community Park Auburn, MI (800)
22 Milan Area Schools Milan, MI (800) 424-5114
27 Shippensburg Fair - 50th Anniversary Celebration! Shippensburg,
PA (717) 532-8911
28 Salute to the Classics - Falconi Field Washington, PA (412)
30 Fayette County Fair Dunbar, PA (724) 628-FAIR
1 Jordans Rooftop Lounge Ocean City, MD (410) 250-1867
2 Rod 'N Reel -" Cancer Gala" Chesapeake Beach, MD (410) 257-2735
6 Libertytown Carnival Libertytown, MD (301) 898-9351 - (301)
7 City of New Carrollton - National Night Out New Carrollton, MD
10 Reading Fair Reading, PA (610) 370-3473
12 Portage Summer MusicFest Portage, PA (814) 736-4358
16-18 Frankenmuth Summer MusicFest Frankenmuth, MI (800) 386-3378
I hope you're all enjoying a relaxing and enjoyable summer!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
THANKS TO THESE (EARLY) DONORS TO THE
FOUNDATION'S 2007 CAMPAIGN
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Michelle Shelley Wilson Block (68)
Sally Saker Weingarten (77)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54), In memory of her brother, Jesse "Skip"
Goddard, Jr. (56)
Roy Nestor (72), In Memory of Jana Sims Nestor
Kurt Aktug (88)
June Jacobs Brown (44)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
FRANCIS STOUT died May 19, 2007 after breaking his hip. He was
stationed at Andrews AFB and retired after 26 years of service. He
is survived by his wife, Lee Stout and five Surrattsville graduates:
Ron Stout (67), Jim Stout (69), Ruth (Stout) Maitland (72), Janet
Stout (74), and Bob Stout (76). He was buried at Arlington National
Cemetery on June 27.
BERNICE TAYMAN HILL (45) died on April 19. She was a long time
resident of Clinton, and was still living in Clinton we she passed
away very suddenly. She is survived by two Surratts graduates,
Dianne Hill Burgess (69) and Foundation Achievement Award recipient
Greggory D. Hill (79).