THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION E-NOTICE 2008-7 OF JULY 1, 2008
Here are some items that may be of interest:
1. REPORT OF BOOMERANGS ON EBAY.
In response to items in prior e-Notices about finding Surratts
yearbooks on eBay, Judy Register Semiklose (65) reports that
Boomerangs from 1980 and 1984 are currently available on that web
2. ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL INFO.
We received this email from former faculty member Brenda Karnes: "Hi
Henry: [In the recent Surratts history item,] I believe the
principalship dates are a bit out of order at the end. [The actual
dates were:] Gene Colgan - July 81 - July 93; Bob Dredger - July 93
- July 95; Frances Collins - July 95 - July 98; and Bill Barnes July
1998 - not certain. Sincerely, Brenda"
[Ed note: We've updated the history on the Foundation's web site at
www.surrattsville.org to reflect
3. REPORT FROM CLINTON.
We received this great email updating us on happenings in Clinton
from Marge Allen, mother of Pete Allen (71): "Hello Henry:
What a great newsletter! I am particularly interested in Rick
Lifton and David DeCenzo. The latter was our around-the-corner
neighbor, and his Dad is still there at age 90. It is very
important that SHS students know about graduates such as the three
you highlighted. Guess you know that Timothy Dean (88),
outstanding chef [and a 2007 Achievement Award recipient], has a
bistro to open soon at National Harbor. Bill and I try to
attend the SHS PTSA when we can. Bob Ross continues to do a
fine job; Catherine Ross, also. Growth here is booming,
especially with BRAC ongoing (Base Realignment And Closures).
Lots of houses on the market. In this "old"
neighborhood we have four generations! Right now we are
working with County agencies to get tall grass mowed at vacant
homes. I try to keep track of bankruptcy properties, etc.
Oh yes; the Wednesday District V Coffee Club still meets at the
Clinton Safeway/Starbucks. Many times we have 30 there.
We are a diverse group; we actually "like each other"! There
is a "karma" that is very evident. Marge"
Thanks to Marge for that great report about what's happening on the
ground in Clinton. And the continued community involvement of
Marge and Bill through all these decades is a real inspiration!
4. MEMORIES OF MR. KLEIN.
This month's Surratts history item comes from John Riedesel (Former
Faculty, 1960-1968): "Dear Henry: An item in the latest
e-Notice caught my attention and brought back some precious
memories: the mention that Truman Klein was principal of
Surrattsville from 1927 to 1942. In the 1950s he was my math
teacher at Suitland High School. I think it is accurate
to say that without his influence I would not have become a math
teacher myself. I graduated in 1956 and went on to four years
at the University of Maryland in Math Education. By the time I
came to Surrattsville to teach in 1960, Mr. Klein had become Math
Supervisor for the county, so my history with him continued for
several more years. In fact, I kept in touch with him until
his death in 1994. It's a strange irony to think that all the
students I taught in my years at Surrattsville (1960 to 1968) have
to thank for that a man who was principal of their school long
before they were born!
The following bit of writing has an interesting story. When
Mr. Klein retired, he gave me his collection of old math books, some
dating back to the 1830s. I added to the collection over the
years, but eventually decided to contribute it to the University of
Maryland Math Education Department if they thought it useful.
My only stipulation was that it be called the Truman Klein
Collection and that, along with the books, they display a short bio
honoring him. They agreed to both requests, and I wrote the
accompanying sketch. I could write (and have written) many
anecdotes involving Mr. Klein. To most of the e-Notice
readers, he's just another name in a list of principals; but his
friendship and contact and influence with me have been inestimable
and life-changing. I will never forget him.
Best regards, John
-Truman S. Klein, 1902-1994, by John
Riedesel. Truman S. Klein, for
whom this old math book collection is named, was dedicated to
teaching mathematics to the young people of Maryland, in particular
Prince Georges County, in a career spanning four decades and
involving classroom teaching, administration, and supervision.
Mr. Klein was born in Frederick County, Maryland, on December 30,
1902, but spent most of his early years in Union Bridge, Carroll
County. He graduated in 1925 from the University of Maryland
with a B.A. degree in mathematics, doing subsequent work at Columbia
University, and attaining the M.A. level.
His first teaching assignment was at Pokomoke City in Worcester
County, Maryland, but in the late 1920s he came to Prince Georges
County, where he taught mathematics at several schools including
Suitland High School, and held principalships at Surrattsville
School (all grades) and Bladensburg High School. In the late
1950s he was named Prince Georges Countys first Supervisor of
Mathematics under a program of the National Defense Education Act, a
position in which he served with distinction until his retirement in
Mr. Klein brought professionalism and cohesion to the teaching of
mathematics in Prince Georges County. He had a profound
appreciation for mathematical developments of the past, but was also
open to the best of experiments and endeavors of contemporary math.
His tenure as supervisor came at a time when much thought and effort
was being put into reorganizing the teaching of mathematics, both in
pedagogy and content. Under his supervision, Prince Georges
County participated in the UMMaP Project of the University of
Maryland, and he insisted that his teachers be knowledgeable and
conversant in the programs and experiments of other schools as well.
He incorporated into the curriculum the best of modern math, while
avoiding its excesses.
He was a superb and humble mathematician, an excellent teacher who
taught with great knowledge and fascinating pedagogy, and was looked
up to by his students and colleagues. As a supervisor he
always sought the best both in and for his teachers. He
respected them and involved them frequently in the decision-making
process. He was far more interested in the welfare and
mathematical accomplishments of his students and teachers than in
seeking his own glory.
Mr. Klein died on October 16, 1994, in Washington County, Maryland,
at the age of 91."
5. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD SPURS
MEMORY. John Jezesik (72) sent
this memory spurred by the last e-Notice: "Hello Henry: Thanks
for the updates as it is always interesting to see what past friends
and associates are doing. The article on Russ Barkley was
fantastic. Russ was in my sister Susan's class of 67.
When Susan and my other sister Frances, Class of 68, were
Cheerleaders back in yester-year, I used to sit next to Russ at many
basketball games while watching the Surrattsville team from that
66/67 season win the championship. Russ along with his buddies
took great pride in "beating me up" as they said it was just their
excitement and team spirit in watching the game. Great excuse
to pound some little kid. John"
[Ed. Note: Photos and bios of this year's outstanding Achievement
Award recipients can be found on the web site at
6. YEARBOOKS SOUGHT.
William Boyd-Kelley (92) is attempting to locate copies of the 1989
and 1990 yearbooks. Please contact William at
WBoydKelley@mofo.com if you have any
information that might help.
7. HORNET'S BIRTHDAYS MARK
SPECIAL EVENTS. We received
this interesting "bookends" note from Walt Frazier (71): "Henry:
After 20 years of broadcasting on WCBM --my initial show was in
March of 88 (my 35th birthday), I have retired from radio
broadcasting. After 1040 back-to-back shows -- you guessed it -- my
final show in March 2008 marked my 55th birthday. Talk about
the years going by! I do enjoy reading about Surratts news. It
does take me back. Over the last few years I have been contacted by
Surratts grads through an online web site called classmates.com. In
fact, Ray Hume just emailed the other day. He's thinking about
starting up another band with Steve Cool (his original band's
drummer). It looks as if most of us are still alive and doing
well. Keep in touch, Walt"
Congratulations to Walt on that long and distinguished career on the
Baltimore radio airwaves!
8. CLASS OF 98 REUNION PLANS.
We received this update from Tonya Lee (98): "Hi Henry: Our
Class of 98 has a reunion planning web site at
We will be celebrating our ten year class reunion September 19-21,
2008. The scheduled events are as follows:
Friday, September 19, 2008 - Meet & Greet Happy Hour (No tickets
Saturday, September 20, 2008 - Reunion Banquet (Evening main event -
Sunday, September 21, 2008 - Family Cookout (tickets required)
All locations are being finalized now and will be posted on the
reunion website at a later date. Tickets will be sold
individually or in a package. Please follow the reunion link so that
you can be updated on all current information. Hope to see all our
classmates there! Tonya"
9. POST RUNS NICE ARTICLE ON
ALUM. On June 6, the
Washington Post ran a very favorable review of the new CD by Eric
Scott (81). The article can be found at:
The reviewer, Mike Joyce, noted that "After listening to 'Red,'
singer-songwriter Eric Scott's latest release, it's hard to say what
stands out more: his engaging pop-soul appeal, his eagerness to
speak his mind (even if it hurts his chances for widespread airplay)
or his spiritual resolve.... Its syncopated pop-soul grooves bring
to mind such artists as Stevie Wonder, Keb' Mo', and Lenny Kravitz."
Congratulations to Eric on this great press! [Ed. Note:
You can learn more about Eric's music at
10. SURRATTS SINGER RECEIVES
GREAT RECOGNITION. And
speaking of Surratts musicians, we recently heard this exciting news
about Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54). Helen received the 2008
Florida State Music Teachers Association's Excellency in Teaching
Award (for Voice). The presentation was made on June 19 in
Gainesville, FL, at the Association's annual conference. Helen has
been Professor of Voice at Edison College in Ft. Myers, FL for 27
years, and also has maintained the large private "Helen Niedung
Studio of Voice" for 27 years in Cape Coral, FL.
Congratulations to Helen on this very nice award!
11. FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR THOSE
OF US IN OUR "MIDDLE YEARS".
Larry Carter (70) sent along this interesting memory quiz:
Do you remember when ...
-All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
-It took five minutes for the TV to m up?
-Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from
-A quarter was a decent allowance?
-You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
-Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
-All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their
hair done every day and wore high heels?
-You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time?
-And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
-Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside
-It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a
real restaurant with your parents?
-They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. .. and
-When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise, peel out,
lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
-No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always
in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
-Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
... And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you
could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with
the children of today?
12. 76 ORC ORGANIZES CHARITY
EVENT. We received this note
from Class of 76 ORC Evan Vutsinas: "Hi Henry: Once again this
year I am leading a group called the "Nashville ACC-SEC Leadership
Council" which is a voluntary organization of local alumni club
leaders representing the 24 universities of the ACC and SEC.
We are planning our charity golf tournament for Monday, October 13th
called the "Annual ACC vs. SEC Alumni Golf Tournament to Benefit
CASA-Nashville: Presented by AT&T". Proceeds of the event will
be donated to CASA-Nashville, Inc. CASA, which stands for
Court Appointed Special Advocates, trains community volunteers to
advocate for abused and neglected children. Over 500 abused
and neglected children were aided in the Nashville area last year,
but over 2000 weren't assisted due to lack of funds.
Our goal is $30,000.00 this year. If there are any
Surrattsville alumni who work, or are affiliated, with
national-in-scope firms, I invite them to consider joining AT&T in
sponsoring our event. Details may be seen at:
Sponsors will be listed/described on this web site until June 30th,
2009. Each local alumni club has been encouraged to link their
individual club web sites to the official tournament site.
This means that sponsors will potentially reach 100,000 college
educated alumni in the Nashville area . . . and the world of the
internet! Those with questions may e-mail me for further
Thanks. Evan Vutsinas 76, Tournament Director."
13. FASHIONABLE ALUMNI WINDOW
DECALS AVAILABLE. As
previously noted, the Foundation is now making "Surrattsville
Alumni" window decals available. (A sample is found at
Note that the actual size of the decals is 4" x 4" rather than the
size shown on the web site, and they have a white background and
These decals are of the "static peel-off" variety, so they have "repositional
adhesive backing," and attach, and detach, easily from windows with
no muss or fuss. The suggested donation for the decals is
$2.50. If you'd like to show your Hornet pride by displaying a
decal on your vehicle's window, please send your donation and your
mailing address to Henry Smith at 815 Stoneleigh Road, Baltimore, MD
21212, and we'll mail a decal to you.
14. 78/79 REUNION DETAILS.
The Classes of 1978 and 1979 are about to hold their 30 Year
Reunion. Details are as follows:
-Friday, July 11, Golf Outing at Twin Shields
-Saturday, July 12, Cocktails & Appetizers (Cash Bar), Annapolis
Elks Lodge (8-12),
"Featuring the Eric Scott Band (Class of 81)"
-Sunday, July 13, Picnic (12-6), Sandy & Gene's
$55.00 Per Person before May 15. $65.00 after May 15.
Final deadline is June 15. Make checks payable to: Karen
White, 11803 Crown Drive, Dunkirk, MD 20754. One price for
Saturday & Sunday!
For more information contact Jeanne LaRoque (78) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen White
15. HISTORICAL PHOTOS ON WEB
SITE. Please don't
forget that we're attempting to get as much background information
as possible about the historical photos on the Foundation's web site
(For this purpose, "historical photos" means any of the photos on
the web site from 2007 to the present.) Many thanks to those
of you who have sent in caption information about some of the
photos. If you have any background information on any of the
photos on the web site, please send it to
16. PHOTOS AND STORIES WANTED
TO CELEBRATE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SURRATTS HISTORY.
And please don't forget: to celebrate Surrattsville's first century,
we're looking for facts and stories about Surrattsville's history to
include in e-Notices and add to the Foundation's archives. If
you have any, please send them to
also love any historical photos for the Foundation's archive.
17. SEARCHING FOR 58 GRADS.
The Class of 58 Reunion Committee (c/o Jean Merriman Beardmore (email@example.com)
is still searching for three classmates they cannot find: Joy Irving
Kearney, Eva Pearson, and Kathy Hummer Grumbling. Please
contact Jean if you have any information about these Hornets or
members of their families.
18. CLASS OF 62 ACTIVITIES
UPDATE. Len Owens (62),
firstname.lastname@example.org, submitted this
update on the Class of 62's upcoming reunion plans:
September 27, 2008, Picnic, Noon, Gilbert Run Park, La Plata, MD,
Just off Route 6. Bring your own picnic.
Possible additional events include dinner on Friday night (September
26th) and/or Brunch Sunday morning (September 28th) and golf.
All of these additional events are based on class interest.
After our 45th reunion last September, we discussed the possibility
of a picnic in Southern Maryland in this following year. Many
classmates indicated an interest in a picnic this September.
Some who attended the reunion and some who were unable to attend
indicated an interest. Gilbert Run Park is available. I
hope you are still interested in a picnic. This is meant,
primarily, for those classmates in the Washington area. Of
course, if you are in town on this weekend, pleased try to attend.
Some classmates do not always read their emails. Others have
only US mail access. If you would like to call a few
classmates, please indicate your willingness to make a few phone
Note: It is important. Please let us know if you will
plan to attend. Thank you, Your Reunion Committee
19. CLASS OF 64 PLANS REUNION.
The Class of 64 is planning a 45th reunion in February 2009, in the
form of a three night cruise to the Bahamas! The Class reports
that "all are welcome to join us." For details, contact Jaime
Seaman (64) at
I hope this e-Notice finds you all enjoying a wonderful Summer!
All the best, Henry Smith (71),
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)
Vivian Bounds Edelen (Former Faculty; 1938-1942)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Sally Weingarten (77)
Bill Harris (71)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61 and Former Faculty), In Memory of Harrison
(Bo) Waite (70)
Denise Hope (72), In Memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Nancy Miller (67), In Memory of Virginia Mitchel McLaughlin (64)
Bob Marr (71)
Deborah Cox Marr (72)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Henry Smith (71)
Judy Gordon Mentlik (65), To Celebrate the Marriages of Nancy
Oursler Maynard (65) and Larry Schillings (65), and Marion Thompson
(65) and John Restifo (65)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)