THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE
2008-2 OF FEBRUARY 1, 2008
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT CONNECTS
WITH HORNET OFFSPRING. We
received this "small world" email from Kim King (76): "Hey Henry: Just
wanted to pass on that I talked to Marcia Gay Harden right before Christmas.
As you might remember, my daughter, Jillian, works for Rachael Ray.
Marcia was a guest on the show and Jillian was talking to me on her cell
phone. Marcia took the phone from Jill and we chatted a bit. Very
cool! I told her that we are so proud of her! We chatted how I
nominated her for Homecoming Queen and she giggled at that thought.
Anyway, she is doing well and her twins keep her busy! Kim"
2. ANOTHER LOST RING SOUGHT/MORE
HORNETS SPORTS HISTORY. We received
this email from Debbie White Thorne (80),
DET62@aol.com wrote: Hi
and Happy New Year: I lost my 1980 class ring quite a few years back.
The ring is unique due to one side having a barrel racer on the side.
I can't remember if it has my initials (DEW) or full name (Debbie White)
engraved. If anyone can find it, it would be great!
Debbie, Class of 1980...and undefeated State Softball Champs?"
3. ... AND SPEAKING OF RINGS ...
. Some time ago, a Class of 71 woman's ring with
what appear to be the initials "DMT" inside was sent to the Foundation.
We believe this ring may belong to Donna Marie Tessier (71), but we still
haven't been able to find Donna or otherwise reunite the ring with its
owner. Please let us know if you have any ideas on how we might return
this treasure to its rightful owner.
4. ... AND SPEAKING OF 71 CLASS RINGS...
. Thanks to Renee Minton, a very nice
and public spirited non-Hornet who grew up Pensacola, FL, we have located a
Class of 71 woman's ring with initials inside that appear to read "MTF".
Please send me an email if you can help re-unite this ring with its owner.
Renee's Mom found the ring in Pensacola, and Renee kindly went to the
trouble to track down the Foundation on the internet and mail the ring to
us. Thanks, Renee!
[Ed. Note: For some reason, my Class' lost rings have seemed to have had an
extraordinary "boomerang" quality. Something interesting going on
5. TIPS ON SENDING SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO
AFGHAN KIDS. We received this very
informative email from Suzan Martz Holmquist (62): "Hi Henry: Glad that you
have been telling everyone about Rix Mills and his efforts in Afghanistan.
It has given me great pleasure to send packages to him and the children.
Perhaps you might want to mention, as I have done to some of our classmates,
that they can do mailings very inexpensively and that might spur on more to
assist Rix as thinking of mailing boxes as very expensive might be a factor
in holding people back. The US Post Office has Flat Rate Priority Mail
Boxes that are only $8.95 for shipping to Rix's APO address. The
REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER (RTC)
MAZAR - E- SHARIF
APO AE 09354
You can shove in a lot of stuff in their larger boxes! They get to the
APO address in a few days and then sometimes may take a few weeks to get to
Rix, but they all get there. I suggest that anyone that does mailings
ask the Post Office for a roll of their Priority Mail tape (it's free) and
secure the boxes well as possible as they travel over dirt roads in trucks
to get to Rix. You must fill out a custom form with the mailings but
There are so many in this world with so little and my admiration for Rix is
beyond words for the sacrifices he is making in his personal life to do this
to help make the world a better place. I feel honored to be able to
send paper, pencils, pencil sharpeners, candy and whatever I can get into
those boxes to do just a little to help children.
The best New Year Ever to you and your family, Suzan
6. CLASS OF 62 ACTIVITIES UPDATE.
We received this email from Len Owens (62),
"This is a short note to update you on activities currently underway.
It will be in bullet form in order for you to review it quickly and get
answers to your questions. Feel free to contact Len, Terry or Jerry
for an elaboration on any items you want clarified. The booklet has
been proofed and is now being assembled by the producer. We should have this
proof back to us by mid January. We will review the proof, make any
corrections/changes needed and return to them for final printing and
distribution. We anticipate this will be done not later than late
February. Thank you for being patient. (We do have several
extras on order. Please call or email to obtain one of the extras.)
We are currently making plans to have a 50th gathering and need your
thoughts. If you want to have it held in or close to Washington, DC or any
alternative ideas you might have. We need your input. An
activity is also anticipated for this coming year for all those interested;
most likely a picnic or similar get together, informal and an opportunity
for local or nearby folks who were unable to attend the 45th get together
Len has started a web page for our Class. It is on Yahoo and it will
be a secured site. He will be the webmaster and several of us will also be
able to provide you access. This is being done to control outside
influences and keeps it secure for sharing information with one another.
More on this is forthcoming. Call or email to provide content for this
We are going to maintain our bank account in an active status in order to
meet interim expenses, postage and any incidental costs that might occur.
With that in mind if you would be interested in a contribution of any amount
to offset expenses, it will be greatly appreciated. The account
maintenance costs are approximately $5.00 per month. This would equate
to only $300.00 for the five year period. Thanks for giving it any
Thanks for your response and feedback, Reunion Committee, Class of 1962"
7. CLASSES OF 78/79 PLANNING REUNION.
We received this email from Jeanne Hoffman LaRoque (78) and Karen White
Maxey (79): "Hi Henry: We are working on setting up a combined 78/79
30 year class reunion to be held this summer. We are currently working
to secure a date/time/location; however, before anything can be finalized we
need to know if folks are planning to attend the reunion this summer.
We need to get a commitment from at least 100 alumni in order to secure a
date/time and location. Please let us know as soon as possible if you
and or a guest/spouse plan to attend this reunion. Class of 1978
please send your response to Jeanne Hoffman LaRoque at
Class of 1979 please send your response to
We need to hear from you no later than February 2, 2008. Thanks,
Jeanne and Karen"
8. SEEKING CLASS OF 58 GRADS.
We received this email from Jean Merriman Beardmore (58): "Hi Henry:
Could you put a list of lost classmates for the 1958 graduating class?
We are trying to find them to invite them to our 50th reunion in June. They
are: Walter W. Daye, Brenda Gay Wise, Robert (Skip) Herbig, Eva Pearson,
Silas Mason, John A. Stewart, Bonnie Sellner, Robert E. Shanks, Robert
Tucker, Thomas Tucker, Dorothy Smith Scoggins, Thomas Smolinski, and Donald
Wood. Anyone with information can contact Jean Merriman Beardmore at
(540) 635-7380 or 86 Eagle Drive, Front Royal, Va. 22630, or
Thanks so much for your help. Jean"
9. HORNETS RAISING MONEY FOR GOOD
CAUSES. We received this email from
Leslie St. Clair (70):
"Hi All: I received an email from Debbe Brooks Manoly (70). Her
daughter, Mere, started a foundation, Message of Hope Cancer Fund, while she
was recuperating from surgery to remove merkle cell cancer from the side of
her face. She raises money to help others going through cancer with
their expenses. The Fund is having a fund raiser on February 16, and
the information for that can be found on
In addition, Edie Dennison's granddaughter Bailey has been diagnosed with
type I juvenile diabetes. Edie sent me an email saying: 'I am going to
put on my best walking shoes, grab a canister of air, and walk in the hope
that a cure will soon be found. I am trying to raise $500.00 towards
my walk, and any donations you feel you can make would be greatly
appreciated! I pray that a cure will be found so that Bailey and other
children will not have to go through such a "changed" lifestyle that a young
person should be enjoying. If you would like to join our group of walkers,
"Bailey's Bunch," you can sign up from this page also! Thank you for
any contribution you can make. My walk web site is:
For more information, visit
http://www.jdrf.org, or call 800-533-CURE.
10. CULTURAL EVENT FOR SOUTHERN
MARYLANDERS. We received this tip from
Foundation Archivist and Historian Shelby Lee Oppermann (79): "Join the
party in Leonardtown this Friday, February 1st, from 5 8 pm! The
shops and businesses of Leonardtown have joined together to celebrate the
First Friday in February with a Town Crawl. Join us for great Art, Food,
Wine and Conversation while exploring the nooks and crannies of Leonardtown.
(It is also a great opportunity to look for Valentines gifts and ideas for
that special someone.)
Special events include:
At the MD Antiques Center Complex: Leonardtown Galleria is featuring the art
of nationally known wildlife artist, Robert Bealle. Creek Side and
Turning Leaf Galleries are displaying new works by their members.
Chef John Urquidez of the Tea Room at the MD Antiques Center is offering 10%
off on food and wine to anyone who brings this notice in on Friday, February
1st, after 5pm.
In Breton Marketplace: Lady Slender is offering massage, facials and
manicures for both men and women. Get rejuvenated as a prelude (or a
close) to the rest of the evenings activities!
In Old Downtown Leonardtown: North End Gallery is hosting an opening
for their new show - Historic Churches: Architectural Heritage of Southern
Maryland. [Ed Note: Shelby has two of her miniatures in this gallery.]
Herons Way Gallery is now showing the works of J. Sutton Woody, and Jan
Gagnon. New works by Robert Bevard and lamp work beads and jewelry by
KimberlyJAE are also on display.
Fenwick Used Books and Music (Open until 6pm) and the Good Earth Company
(Open until 7pm) always have something good. So start the evening here
Quality Street Kitchen and Catering has an impressive collection of gourmet
cookware. Find that unique tool that you have been looking for! But go
before 6:30 because that is when the gourmet cooking class starts.
(Sign up in advance for the class.)"
I hope your 2008 is off to a great start!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
Dawn Denise Wells Underwood (77), died January 6, 2007, in her home of
cancer after a nine-month illness. Dawn worked for Julian's Hair
Design in Dunkirk for more than 28 years and was a hair designer for the
Washington Redskins cheerleaders, including in preparation for their annual
calendar. She is survived by her husband of more than 20 years, John
Underwood; two sons, John and Jason Underwood of Shadyside; one daughter,
Jenna Underwood of Shadyside; four brothers, Gregg Wells of Millersville,
Bill Wells of Clinton, Dan Wells of Brandywine and Donald Wells of
Washington, D.C.; and her grandmother, Ellen Blandford. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Dawn Underwood Memorial College Fund, care
of Karen Somers, 1600 Meadow Oaks Lane, Huntingtown, MD 20639.
MANY THANKS TO THESE 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,
Roy Nestor (72), In Memory of Jana Sims Nestor
Kurt Aktug (88)
June Jacobs Brown (44)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65), In joyful celebration of the marriage of Nancy
Oursler Maynard (65) and Larry Schillings (65)
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan,
former (and greatest!) Principal
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, and former faculty/administration), In memory of
Eugene Colgan, Principal and mentor
Bob Marr (71)
Deborah Cox Marr (72)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), To Honor the Class of 1957
Henry Smith (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
David Kraus (65), In memory of Ed Andrauskas, Faculty
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In memory of James R. (Jimmy) Carroll
Dan Bayne (71), For the Charles Waddell Scholarship Fund
Anne Noyes (former faculty)
Nancy Miller (67)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65)
Mike Blair (71)
Lark Bergwin-Anderson (71)
Tom Travis (76)
Sally LePla Travis (76)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
Joan Penn Revis (61)
Homer Revis (56)
Teri Pepper Dimsey (77), In memory of good times with Chris Smith
Lora Baker Couchman (77), In memory of good times with Chris Smith
Paul Monaghan (59)
Laura Anatale Nowak (74), In memory of Patsy Torrecarian Stein
Jim Turner (71)
Rebecca Moyle Hintze (60)
Richard Scott McWhirt (71)
Marie O'Clair, In Memory of Col. O'Clair
John Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Jane Edwards Robinson (54)
Carol and Larry Mothershead (65)
Anonymous, In loving memory of Col. Francis O'Clair
Ray Gibb (72), In memory of Donald J. Gibb and John L. Sullivan
AND MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY DONORS TO THE
FOUNDATION'S 2008 CAMPAIGN
Steve Profilet (71)
Chuck Teubner (64)
Pat Becker Oles (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)