THIS IS SURRATTS FOUNDATION
E-NOTICE 2010-3 OF MARCH 1, 2010
Here are some items that might be of
1. TICKETS ON SALE FOR ALL OF THE 2010 ALL
CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF EVENTS! As previously reported,
tickets are on sale for all three of the June 2010 All
Classes/Faculty/Staff events: the Golf Outing to be held Friday June
25, 2010 starting at 9 a.m. at the Eisenhower Golf Course in
Crownsville, Surrattstock III to be held Friday evening June 25,
2010 from 6 to 11 p.m., and the All Classes/Faculty/Staff School
Open House and Picnic to be held Saturday June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m.
Golf Outing tickets, which include the outing
itself, a subsequent free round of golf at Eisenhower and food and
drinks, are a very reasonable $67. Tickets for Surrattstock III are
a mere $5 (probably cheaper than Teen Club after factoring in
inflation!), and tickets to the Open House and Picnic are $10, with
guests under 18 free to Surrattstock III and the Open House/Picnic.
Unlike the Open Houses/Picnics held in 2000 and 2005, we won't
be including food and drink in the $10 Open House and Picnic ticket
price, so the 2010 Picnic will be BYOP (and we're hoping to have
food and drink vendors on site selling their stuff -- more on that
later). Also, we're delighted to report that once again we'll be
running shuttle buses from the School to the "Old School" (the
building at Brandywine and Surratts Road) which will be open for
tours to those of who have great memories from that old building.
There are two ways to buy your tickets. First, you may send a
check by mail using the form pasted below. Second, you may purchase
tickets on the Foundation's web site, at the "Events" button, at
Here's how you do that:
a. Go to surrattsville.org
Click on "Events"
c. Find the event you wish to attend (i.e.,
"Golf Outing," "2010 All Class Reunion" or "Surrattstock III"), and
click on that event.
d. Click on "Pay Now"
e. Fill-in the
information on the Pay Now page and click on "Review Order and
Continue." IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE LADIES: WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE
FIRST NAME BLOCK, PLEASE TYPE IN YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAMES WHILE AT
SURRATTSVILLE. THAT WAY, FOR NAME BADGE PURPOSES, WHEN YOUR NAME
COMES THROUGH THE SYSTEM, WE'LL HAVE YOUR CURRENT LAST NAME AND THE
LAST NAME YOUR CLASSMATES WILL RECOGNIZE.
f. IMPORTANT: On the
"Review Your Payment" section, again for name badge purposes, in the
box called "Add Special Instructions to Seller," please type in your
graduation year, or you years on the faculty/staff.
g. Click on
the "Complete Purchase" button.
h. Check your email, where you
will find a receipt for your purchase. Please print this off and
bring it to the event. This receipt is your entry ticket.
(Note that you'll need to repeat the above for each event you wish
to attend, and for each person from your group attending each
[Ed. Note: Please don't forget to check in with your
Class ORC to learn about any Class-specific event for your Class
being held during the June 25 - June 27, 2010 weekend.]
GOLF OUTING DETAILS. Here are some details from our
Golf Outing co-chairs about the June 25 Foundation Golf Outing:
Eisenhower Golf Course, Crownsville, MD. There will be a 9:00 a.m.
Shotgun Start, Captain’s Choice (scramble). $67 per person includes
golf and cart, range balls, prizes and food and drinks at the awards
reception immediately following the golf. In addition, every golfer
will receive free greens fees for a future round of golf at
Eisenhower. This event is open to Surrattsville alumni, family and
friends. Register your own foursome or sign up as an individual.
Payment can be made online on the Foundation's web site at
by mail using the ticket order form below. Any questions can be
emailed directly to Alan Johnson (72) (ajohnson@DCHweb.org)
or Lauren Foley (74) (Lmfriley@comcast.net).
Many thanks to Alan and Lauren for all their hard work in
putting together this great event!
NEEDED FOR SURRATTSTOCK III. If you're planning to attend
Surrattstock III on Friday June 25, and you'd be willing to donate a
half-hour of your time to assist with the ticket table or the
refreshment table, please send an email to the Surrattstock III
coordinator, Stacey Fowler (87), at
4. SEEKING LOST HORNET. We received this email
from Bonnie Shealy Bates (80): "Henry: I am trying to locate a lost
classmate, Class of 1980. Maybe you could put out some feelers for
me? I'm looking for Carol Theresa Shaver. I know that at one time
her married name was Nichols, and she was working as an X-ray
technician in Clinton, then she had possibly moved to Pennsylvania,
but I am not sure. She went to Mount St. Mary's College after high
school. Her father is Dr. Arthur Shaver who practiced in Clinton
for years. She has six sisters, and she is the next to the
youngest. I do remember her younger sister's name is Martha. I
know her older sisters all graduated from Surrattsville. The one
before her I believe graduated in 78. Can anyone out there help
me? Thanks, I can be found on facebook as Bonnie Shealy Bates,
CLASS OF 60 TO HOLD FIFTIETH REUNION. The class of 1960
will be holding their 50th Class Reunion at the Holiday Inn in
Solomons, MD on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Contacts are: Dick Wildes, 301-373-5858,
email@example.com; Becky Moyle Hintze and Benson
Perrie, 301-475-0132; AND Diane Kirchmer Black, 301-392-0992.
6. E-NOTICE ITEM SPARKS EDUCATIONAL MEMORY. We
received this great email in response to an item in a prior
e-Notice: "Hi Henry: I read with interest the 1971 newspaper
clipping about the Surratt House ("History Occupies Vacant House")
reprinted in the November 2009 E-Notice. Specifically, this sentence
within revived an old classroom memory about the house: "A ceremony
has been scheduled there for 10 a.m. Sept. 24  by the
Committee for the Restoration of the Mary Surratt House, which is
hoping to raise money for that purpose." As it turned out, at least
one Surrattsville student contingent attended the restoration's
kickoff ceremony that early fall Friday, for Ms. Rosemarie Fleming
escorted our 2nd period 10th grade English class over to the Surratt
House grounds for a "you are there as history is made" field trip.
I recall we students sat in folding chairs outside the historic
structure along with the rest of the crowd, listened to Thomas S.
Gwynn, Jr. and
other speakers, and then filed back to school in
time to catch most of our 3rd period instruction (mine was Spanish
with Mr. George Chewning). Sadly, I did not save the printed program
handed out at the ceremony, but the experience did spark me to write
a Civil War term paper in Ms. Fleming's class, which later morphed
into a college research project, and then with more work eventually
appeared as an article (annotated bibliography on Point Lookout
prison) in "Chronicles of St. Mary's." Thank you, Ms. Fleming, for
arranging that special, moment-in-time connection with local and
national history; perhaps other Hornets remember the occasion, too.
Harold "Tex" Colson (74)."
7. FORMER BAND DIRECTOR
UPDATE AND HYDE FIELD MEMORIES. We received this email
from Jim Rank (former faculty): "Hi Henry: I travel to Chesapeake
Beach to visit my sons frequently and found out that former faculty
member and Band Director John Mathena is a resident in The Pines
nursing home in Easton, Maryland. If I pass by during visiting
hours, I usually stop in and visit him for a few minutes and am
certain he would enjoy a card from those he worked with or taught.
I also will tell you I took flying lessons at Hyde Field in
1970 and earned my pilot's license. I flew about 200 hours out of
Hyde in the following years in rented aircraft. One very clear day
I took Mr. Buck, Mr. Colluzzi and Mrs. Johnson for a ride over
Waldorf and then across the Bay and back to Hyde. It was clear
enough that we could see the water tower across from the school
while out over the Bay. I also took Gerald Pickeral, the custodian,
for his first airplane ride from Hyde. Jim"
[Ed Note: How
great would it have been for those of us from that particular era to
have flown around with that great collection of staffers from
8. ... AND SPEAKING OF SURRATTS FACULTY.
We just learned that Leonard "Dutch" Anderson is recuperating from
injuries (broken hip) sustained after being hit by a vehicle. He
recently was residing at The Fountains of Washington House, 5100
Fillmore Ave., Alexandria, VA 22311, 1-703-845-5205. Get well,
9. ... AND SPEAKING OF THINGS SURRATTSVILLE
MUSICAL. We just learned that there is a web site devoted
to one of Surrattsville's most famous bands, DC Star, which can be
found at dcstarmusic.com. (Many students of Surrattsville's
extraordinary musical heritage consider DC Star to be the rightful
successor to its two extraordinary predecessors, the Tuesday Boots
and Butler's Orchard.) Those of you who were music fans during the
"power rock" era of 1977-1986 will likely get a big kick out of
visiting this site.
10. MORE MEMORIES OF SOUTHERN
MARYLAND. Here's another interesting article from the
series in the St. Mary's County Times written by Foundation
Historian and Archivist, Shelby Lee Oppermann (79):
"Searching Through the Years. Today turned out to be much different
than we had planned, which is always fun. It was one of those
mornings I was thinking about family history, and trying to tie
threads together. I have a longer story that I am doing research
for about my Mother and my sister Carla. In order to bring the story
more richness, I thought it would be fun to visit some of the places
my parents lived in the 1940’s and 50’s on the Prince George’s.
County, Maryland,- D.C. line and in D.C. So I asked my husband,
“How well do you know Brentwood? Hearing this out of the blue, he
looked at me strangely but normally when I bring up something of
this sort, and said, “Pretty well.” Both of us grew up in Prince
George's County and as a Hillside Fireman years ago, he knew the
After church, I called my older brother, Bobby, in Utah
asking what addresses he might remember from 1949 and 1950-51. He
was only two in ’49, and only recalled it being referred to as
“…when we lived over in Brentwood, or Barnaby Terrace, or G
Street.” I told him he was no help whatsoever. I didn’t come along
until 1961 and we were in Clinton by then. But I did get an
interesting story from him about taking his goldfish for a ride
around the living room on his fire truck and then remembering crying
when being led to the bathroom to unceremoniously wave goodbye to
said goldfish. They had quite a send out.
I obviously had to
do my own research. I knew Brentwood was where Carla must have been
born. I found several pictures taken in April of 1949 on Easter
Sunday in front of the apartment building door. My Mother was
holding Bobby’s hand and he had an Easter basket. She had on
maternity clothes. I gathered these photos along with the ones of G
Street and thought I would take them with us.
birth certificate or some document would have the Brentwood address.
I found her certificate. No address. I was so disappointed. All
the other birth certificates, even the ones from the 1920’s had
place of residence on them, except for Carla’s. I was putting
everything back away in the envelopes my Mother had kept and there
it was on the Bureau of Vital statistics envelope; 4012, 38 St,
Brentwood. No zip codes back then.
Why the search for
Carla? Carla May was born with hydrocephalus (too much fluid on the
brain and no place for it to go). She was a beautiful baby and my
parents did try to keep her at home for a year and a half. For
various reasons, the Doctors of that time encouraged my parents to
place Carla in institutional care, and there she stayed until she
died at aged 50 in 1999. A few years after Carla was born, a shunt
was developed that is now routinely used to help hydrocephalic
children. It was too late for Carla at that point.
find out I had a sister until I was a pre-teen from my other
brother, Billy and pestered my Mother until she finally took me to
visit Carla at Forest Haven. No one ever spoke of her. I thought
about her over the years, but my Mother had made me promise to never
go visit. I wish I had now. As I get older, I think, wow, I had a
sister who lived this completely differently life from me – in a
crib with the mind of a new born.
For some reason, I felt
going to Brentwood would answer something. My Mother felt guilt all
those years for Carla’s retardation, she had told me that she was
rushing to fix my Father something before he came home for lunch and
tripped on a throw rug and landed on her stomach. She was convinced
that was the cause of everything.
As soon as my husband and I
hit South Dakota Avenue I called my brother Bobby and we stayed
talking all the way up Bladensburg Road. I took pictures of May’s
Brake Service, where my Father worked for most of his life, which is
now a Charter school. We drove a few blocks further and walked
around Mt. Olivet Cemetery looking for my grandparents graves, and
then back the opposite direction a few miles to 38th Street. I
could immediately see the buildings hadn’t changed in 60 years and
were very well kept. I was so excited and nearly jumped out of the
car before it was stopped. I ran across the road to the apartments
and found 4012, but it looked all wrong. They must have renumbered
over the years – there were ½’s now. Robert suggested we go around
to the other side of the building. As soon as we drove around, I
could tell – that was it. I could see my Mother walking down the
sidewalk. Robert took a picture of me doing the same. I wanted to
knock on apartment doors and visit and find their old apartment, but
Robert didn’t think that was a good idea. I know people visit their
old homes quite often. I was still giving my brother play by play
action throughout most of the day, and was enjoying all the
stories. Nothing was answered about my Mother’s feelings of guilt
of course, but I could understand a little of what their daily life
in the city might have been like, and hopefully understand her a
little more. But, I am still searching…
To each new day’s
Please send comments or ideas to:
11. COMPUTERS NEEDED
FOR SCHOOL. As many of our readers will recall, when the
Foundation was first established, our first big project was to
arrange for the donation to the School of over $250,000 worth of
computer equipment. Ten years have passed, and that equipment is
now obsolete or at the end of its useful life. Therefore, we have
started a second drive to acquire computers (and related
peripherals) for the School. If you have contacts at any employer
or other organization that donates "gently used" computers to
non-profits, please contact me at
Note to federal government employees: many federal government
agencies have little-known programs for the donation of "gently
used" computers to 501(c)(3) entities like the Foundation. If you
are a federal government employee, please consider asking around at
work to see if your agency could make a contribution toward this
very important Foundation initiative.
AVAILABLE. The Foundation has a limited supply of
yearbooks from 1991, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. If you'd like
one of these yearbooks (which are available for $15 including
shipping and handling), please send me an email to
13. POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION. The Classes of 80
and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2010. They need a
contact person for the Class of 80. Please contact Teresa Blandford
Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org
to provide contact info.
14. CLASSES OF 69-74 REUNION.
The Classes of 69-74 are holding a multi-Class dinner dance event,
at the Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club, on the Saturday evening of the
All Classes/Faculty/Staff events (June 26, 2010). Please contact
Leslie St. Clair (70), ASAP, at
if you would like to purchase tickets.
(Class of 69-74
members also should check-in with their Class ORCs -- listed on the
Foundation's web site at
www.surrattsville.org at the "Classes" button -- for information
on any other Class-specific events happening during that weekend.)
15. COMBINED 60-65 EVENT. We received this
update from Class of 62 ORCs Len Owens and Jerry Spence: "The
Classes of 60-65 are working on a Combined Classes 60-65 Reunion
with events on Saturday evening (dinner) June 26, 2010 and Sunday
afternoon (picnic) June 27, 2010. Locations still to be
determined. Please contact your Official Reunion Contact (contact
info is on the "Classes" page of the web site at
for more information. Best Wishes, Len and Jerry"
SURRATTS FACEBOOK PRESENCE UPDATE. The "Surrattsville
Alumni" Group on Facebook has over 1000 members, and the various
Class-specific Groups are growing, as well. (For example, the
"Surrattsville 1971" Group now has 55 members.) Please consider
joining these free on-line communities as a way to keep in touch and
to stay informed.
17. ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES
SOUGHT. This is the time of year when the Foundation Board
seeks nominees for the Foundation's annual Achievement Awards.
Photos and bios of past years' absolutely outstanding Achievement
Award recipients can be found on the Foundation's web site at
http://www.surrattsville.org/achievement/index.shtml. If you
know of a member of the Surrattsville community who you would like
to nominate for a 2010 Award, please send me an email at
18. NEW HISTORICAL PHOTO ON WEB SITE. Thanks to
Ruth Malkie Mudd (72), the photos page of the Foundation's web site
now has what we believe is the oldest photo ever of Surrattsville.
It appears to be the central structure of what we now call the "Old
School" and is remarkably well preserved for an artifact that
appears to date to the early 20th century. Thanks, Ruth!
22. CLASSES FROM 75-85 ERA PLAN JOINT REUNION EVENT.
We just received this announcement from Evan Vutsinas, the Class of
76 ORC: "Hornets: We hope ALL Hornets are planning to be in town
for the All-Classes Reunion in June. For those SHS classes that
haven't already planned a Saturday evening, June 26th, event for
their group, we have an exciting opportunity to offer. The Southern
Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team is working with many of the ORC's
from the classes of '75 - '85 (but ALL uncommitted SHS classes are
also WELCOME to join in!).
The entry fee of $20.00 per person
for the Crabs' game vs. Somerset on Saturday 6/26 will pay for
parking, a general admission game ticket to the Picnic/Party area
AND a 2 hour - unlimited dinner buffet including soft drinks. The
gates open at 5:35PM and the first pitch will be about 6:30PM. Many
of the Class ORC's listed below are also working together to include
draft beer in the $20.00 per person fee. What a deal!!!
addition, members of the SHS family will be throwing out the first
pitch and other members will be singing the National Anthem. The SHS
Class that sells the most tickets will also be invited to select a
few members to take (throw?) batting practice with the Blue Crabs!
If you are an ORC for your SHS class and would like your class to
join in this fabulous opportunity, contact Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75;
Evan Vutsinas, '76; or Debbie O'Clair MacKenzie, '84 for further
details. The SHS Classes that have already committed to participate
in this awesome event are listed by ORC below. Join us!
Cindy Shelton Ryan, '75
Evan Vutsinas, '76
Pepper Dimsey, '77
Mike Anderson, '77
Jeanne Hoffman LaRoque,
Marilynda Macquade, '79
Teresa Blandford Pepper, '80 & '81
Karen Keys LeValley, '81
(Still searching for '82)
DelVillar Levin, '83
Gary Stallings, '84
MaryBeth Klick, '85
Baker Fraley, '85
Here's how to order and pay for YOUR
1. Go to the Blue Crabs website at
2. Click the “Groups Log In Here” button, which is located on the
left hand side of the homepage, about 2/3 of the way down in a big
box by itself.
3. Enter your login code, which will be “SHS” and
the last two digits of your graduating year.
a. For example, the
graduating class of 1976 would have a login code of: SHS76. (case
4. Click “BUY”, enter the number of seats you wish to
purchase, and then click the “BUY TICKETS” button.
“Confirm Order” and set up an online account when prompted to do
I hope this e-Notice finds you many of you
enjoying the very snowy winter of 2010!
All the best, Henry
SMITH died January 28th only two months after his diagnosis of lung
cancer. He was Elizabeth Mae Grigsby’s and James Woodrow Smith’s
son. Both his parents graduated from Surratts around 1942ish.
MANY THANKS TO THESE DONORS TO THE 2009 CAMPAIGN!
Steve Profilet (71)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Teri Pepper Dimsey (77), In veneration of my classmates turning 50
T. Summers Gwynn III (64), In memory of BillGwynn (64)
Ann Weaver Pelle (71)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of Her
Brother, James R. Carroll, Jr.
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Arvid Andresen (65)
Judy Gordon Mentlik
(65), In Memory of Greg White (65), David Shriver (65) and Laura
Chovan (former faculty)
Ellen Talbert-Miller (61, former Faculty
and Administration), In memory of Lillian Holland
Dan Bayne (71)
Tom Travis (72)
Sally Travis (72)
Rick Tazelaar (73)
Paul Monaghan (59)
Coach Lew Jenkins (former
Faculty, 1967 - 1993)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54)
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Janet Goddard Sullivan (54), In Memory of Mildred Wheatley (34)
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73), In Memory of
James R. Carroll, Jr.
Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Allard (73), In Memory of Cathy Lally Freitas (73)
Statler Thrift (69)
Dennis Thrift (71)
Mike Gifford (84)
Joan Penn Revis (61)
Homer Revis (56)
Denise Hope (72), In
Memory of Robin Danielson (72)
Anne Noyes, Former Faculty
Brenda Karnes, Former Faculty, In Memory of Millie Biedenkapp
Dave Weber (65)
Chuck Teubner (64)
Judy Gordon (65), In memory
of Joe Midziolek (65)
Scott McWhirt (71)
Schillings (65), In memory of Mildred Wheatley (34)
Anonymous, In memory of Andrew P. Mosier, Sr. And Patrick
Anonymous, In memory of Col. F. R. O'Clair
Anonymous, To celebrate the nine O'Clair children who attended SHS
Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and 29-1/2 years on faculty), In memory
of Eugene Colgan, Laura Chovan, and Col. Fite
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY DONORS TO THE 2010 CAMPAIGN!
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Steve Profilet (71)
James Coffren (68)
Margaret Edmondson Loveless (39, and former
School Nurse), In memory of Truman S. Klein
Dan Bayne (71)