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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  REMEMBERING MS. GROUBY.   We received this lovely memory of the late Ms. Grouby from Patti Maness Harris (73).  Ms. Grouby's death, on October 3, resulted in an outpouring of warm memories and gratitude from many of her former Surrattsville students and colleagues:

"Good Afternoon.  I cannot begin to tell you the depth of sadness I feel today after hearing that our wonderful and inspiring Ms. Grouby passed away on Sunday 10/03/10. I had only recently learned that she was sick and in hospice care. I was planning to write her a letter, but alas it is too late. I had Ms. Grouby for U.S. History and loved her class so much that I joined the SSHS History Club that she sponsored.  I will never forget the weekend trips to Williamsburg, Harper's Ferry or having dinner at her apartment with other club members. She was the most enthusiastic, positive and inspirational educator I have ever known -- truly dedicated to her craft. She always had a big toothy grin on her face and would beseech us with arm waving through the air, "Come on people!  I want you to get excited about this stuff!" Her love for her subject matter was infectious. She was friendly and kind to all of her students, not just the popular kids. She saw the promise and potential in each of her students and did her best to drag it out of us. She always made me feel like I could do anything and what I thought and felt about things was valid and important. Ms. Grouby had such a tremendous influence on me that as an undergraduate I majored in history and went on to graduate school and became a cultural anthropologist and ended up a college administrator. Now when I teach my classes I find myself urging students to get excited about learning. Although she will be missed, I know Ms. Grouby has a very special place in heaven. God bless Ms. Grouby!  Patti"

2.  MONITORS AND LASER PRINTER DONATED TO SCHOOL.  Thanks to the generosity of Chris Grasso (87), the Foundation has just donated a high capacity laser printer and two additional monitors to the School.  The Foundation's 2010 computer equipment donation drive has been a great success, and is on-going.  Please send me an email at if you or your business or employer would like to participate in this great effort.

3.  FOUNDATION TO CO-SPONSOR STUDENT HOLIDAY PARTY WITH PTSA.   The Foundation has agreed to co-sponsor, with the PTSA, the 2010 holiday party for the great kids at Surratts.  Apparently, it has been awhile since a holiday dance or party has been held at the School, so this should be an especially festive event for the attendees.

4.  PLEASE CHECK-IN WITH YOUR ORC'S.  Now that the 2010 All Classes/Faculty/Staff events are beginning to fade into the past, it would be a great time to make sure that the Official Reunion Contact for your Class has all of your up-to-date info so you can be notified of any future Class-specific events or news.  Please consider contacting your Class ORC (contact info is on the "Classes" page of the Foundation's web site at to make sure she or he has your current contact information.

5.  NICE CHANCE TO SUPPORT THE MARCHING HORNETS, AND EAT HEALTHY.  The Marching Hornets are having a fund raising drive that ends November 15.  The band members are selling navel oranges, grapefruit and tangelos that are delivered directly to the homes of the buyers, or to designated gift recipients, in time for the holidays.  Orders can be placed at pre4.asp, by entering the Surrattsville Code 206833.  (A video of the Marching Hornets can be viewed at

Please consider this very easy way to support the great kids in the Surrattsville band and to eat well for the holidays and/or send a nice healthy surprise to a friend, relative or co-worker.

6 HORNET MUSICAL RELEASES AND PERFORMANCES.  And speaking of Surrattsville musicians, we've recently learned of some very fine musical releases from Hornet musicians, and about some upcoming Hornet performances in the area.

First, Surrattstock performers Mark Schultz (76) (aka "Boy Wells"), David Hanbury (76), John Previti (72), and their fellow musicians, have released "Blue Skies" calling, a collection of great tunes including the spirited "Mr. Coluzzi" and the beautiful ballad "Blue Skies Calling."  A review of this great effort notes that the diverse styles on the CD reflect "the rock scene in the geographical and multi-stylistic pocket around the nation’s Capital."  A portion of the proceeds from each CD sale goes to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a charity in which Mark is very active.  The CD is available on, and additional information is available from Mark at

Second, Fred Altiere (71) and the fellow members of the St. Louis-based blue grass and roots  music band FolkNBluesGrass have released "Harmless Musicians," another very diverse CD featuring a range of genres as well as great playing by Fred and his band mates.  The Surrattsville sensibilities arguably are best reflected on Fred's compositions and vocals on this great "American music" release.  The CD is available on amazon.

Third, another ensemble of which John Previti (72) is a member, The Blue Rhythm Boys, has just released its second CD, "Come on if You're Comin," available on  The band will be performing songs from the CD at the 49 West Coffee House in Annapolis on November 5 at 8:30 pm.  (Reservations for this all age show are suggested at 410-626-9796

Fourth, the State of Mind Band, featuring Jimi Smith (71) on vocals, will be performing at the Beach Cove in Chesapeake Beach on November 13 from 2 – 6 p.m. as part of the Renegades' Classic Toys for Tots bike and hotrod ride and party, and at Mango`s in Herrington Harbor on November 20 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m..

7 SEEKING LOST HORNET.  Patti Maness Harris is looking for contact information for Steve Whiteman (72), her late brother Gary Maness' best friend while at Surratts.  Please contact Patti at if you have any information that might be helpful.

8.  HISTORY CHANNEL FEATURES SURRATTSVILLE.  Perhaps because of the wave of interest in the forthcoming Robert Redford movie, "The Conspirator," the History Channel recently has been running a documentary entitled "John Wilkes Booth" that features lots of references to Surrattsville (the town, not the high school), and that, like the book on which the Redford film is based, suggests that Mary Surratt may not have been quite so innocent as previously alleged.

9.  FOUNDATION'S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CONTINUES.  The Foundation's annual, but rather informal, fund raising campaign is off to a great start.  If you'd like to take this opportunity to support the Foundation, a donation form is printed at the end of this email, and is available on the Foundation's web site at  Many thanks to those generous donors to date to the 2010 Campaign who are listed below!

10 ALL CLASSES/FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORIES AVAILABLEThanks to the herculean work of Pat Becker Oles (71), the Foundation's 2000 Alumni/Faculty/Staff Directory has been updated for 2010, and now includes fascinating "what I'm up to" paragraphs from those who submitted directory information.  If you would like a copy of the Directory, send a $20 check payable to the Foundation to:  Henry Smith, One W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 950, Towson, MD 21204.

11.  "SURRATTSVILLE ALUMNI" WINDOW STICKERS AVAILABLE.  Pat Becker Oles (71) also kindly handles the Foundation's "Surrattsville Alumni" window stickers project.  Pat notes that the stickers are not the "static cling type," that stick to the inside of a window.  Instead, they are the "stick to the outside type," that can stick on a window or bumper, and use "repositional adhesive" (meaning no sticky residue).  Information about purchasing the stickers can be found on the web site at

12.  CLASS OF 2001 PLANS REUNION.  The Class of 2001 is beginning work on planning for its ten year reunion, to be held on Saturday June 4, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., at a location to be determined.  Please contact Jacquelyn Towns at or Courtney Graham at if you have any contact info on members of the Class of 2001 or if you would like further information.  The Class also has a Facebook page called “The Official c/o 2001 Reunion Page,” which contains photos and information to date.

13.  BOOMERANGS 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

14.  POSSIBLE 80/81 REUNION.  The Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a possible reunion for June 2011.  They need a contact person for the Class of 80.  Please contact Teresa Blandford Pepper at to provide contact info.

15.  CLASS OF 61 PLANS REUNION.  The Class of 1961 will celebrate its 50th Class Reunion at the Colony South Hotel and Conference Center in Clinton.  This three day event will take place on June 24-26, 2011. Classmates from other Classes who may be interested are invited to join the celebration. If anyone has any information on missing Class members (listed at the end of this e-Notice) or would like information regarding the reunion, please contact: Don Byroads at 301-475-0127 or or Darleen Mabry Burgess at 301-449-7261 or

16.  NAVAL INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE.  We received this tip from Neal Dawson (73) that might be of great interest to our readers who have college age kids:


"Summer 2011 Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) Application Opens: Do you know a college undergraduate or graduate student who is majoring in science and engineering and is looking for a summer internship?  If so, the NREIP may be just what they are looking for!  Applications for Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) will be accepted beginning October 15, 2010.  NREIP is an Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored program that encourages college students to experience a 10 week internship relevant to their science and engineering major.  The program provides students' exposure to the everyday practice of engineering and research at DOD laboratories across the country.  Students applying to the program can select from over a dozen Navy laboratories and centers, including the NSWC Carderock Division at either the West Bethesda or Philadelphia site.


Students will receive a stipend for the 10 week internship, ranging from $7,690 for undergraduate students to $10,250 for graduate students. Payments are in three (3) installments.  Applicants must be of Junior, Senior, or Graduate student status by summer 2011 and must be enrolled at a 4 year U.S. Accredited college/university.  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, although permanent resident aliens are considered by some laboratories.  To apply and to get more program details, students must go to  The application deadline is January 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.  All transcripts must be submitted by January 14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator Dr. John Barkyoumb at 301-227-1275."



I hope this finds you enjoying the Fall season!

All the best, Henry Smith (71)



MARIE ALLYN GROUBY, of Alexandria, VA died at age 70 on October 3, 2010.  She spent 30 years as an American history teacher at Surrattsville and held Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Education from the University of Florida. A lifelong baseball fan, she coached the Surrattsville girls'' softball team to three State championships. After retiring in 1999, she worked with Scott Management Company in Alexandria.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.



  • 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)

  • Linda Dorsey Blum (66)

  • Vicki Forsht Williams (65, and former faculty), In memory of Eugene Colgan and Mildred Biedenkapp)

  • Susan Curtis Sturgill (65), In memory of Greg White (65)

  • Vince Antonioli (69)

  • Terry Zinneman Antonioli (70)

  • Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), In honor of Band Director John Mathena

  • Victor Negron (71)

  • Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. (60)

  • Janet Goddard Sullivan (54)

  • J. Paul Rickett (69)

  • Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)

  • Jean Hurley Wilhelm (39), In memory of members of the Class of 39

  • Carol Fite Mothershead (65)

  • Larry Mothershead (65)

  • Edward Webster (65)

  • Sharon Till Webster (66)

  • Jaquie Goss Leach (65), In memory of Fred Goss, brother, and Class of 70 valedictorian

  • Jeanine Carroll Maclary (73)

  • Coach Lew Jenkins (Former faculty for 25 years)

  • Mike Gifford (84)

  • Mary Watson Crowley (37), In memory of Ruth Affron Sellner (36)

  • Ruth Kessler (Former Faculty)

  • Mary Garner Whittington (46)

  • Deborah McAllister Brown (72)

  • Richard Brown (72)

  • Mary Jo Sputo (76), In memory of Cindy Thompson Vutsinas (76)

  • Tom and Sally LaPla Travis (72)

  • Lawrence Romjue (57), In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "You were always on my mind"

  • Vicky Simontacchi Young (57), In memory of Lois Marie Osgood Honeywell (57)

  • Vera Twigg (Friend of the Foundation)

  • Tom Shultz (71)

  • Nancy Oursler Schillings (65), In memory of Robert Knadel (63)

  • Henry Smith (71), In memory of John Mamone (72)

  • Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (71), In memory of John Mamone (72)

  • Dave Kraus (65)

  • Charles Ronald Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England


Class of 1961 Missing Classmates 

  •  Steve Atkins

  • William Beeson

  • Ronald L. Boatman

  • Mary Beth Buck

  • John Bush

  • Yvonne P. Campbell

  • David L. Cole

  • James R. Couch

  • Elizabeth A. Devoe

  • Ellen A. Dougherty

  • Sherrel S. Dudd

  • Judith Grayson

  • Barbara L. Grover

  • Margaret H. Hall

  • Thomas J. Harrigan

  • Ester C. Hoover

  • Grover C. Houston

  • Robert W. Irish

  • Betty Jones

  • Bernice Jones

  • Pamela K. Klinger

  • Robert Knepley

  • Donald M. Koch

  • Sharon A. Lockridge

  • Donna L. Mattley 

  • Robert G. Maxwell

  • Charles C. McBride

  • Susan McClain

  • Roslyn Elaine Mitchell

  • Jerry A. Mize

  • John M. Moore

  • Bonnie L. Naber

  • Donald E. Patten

  • Richard A. Rash

  • Betty Rich

  • Christopher C. Seeger

  • Archibald Sugiura

  • Ronald W. Talbert

  • Paul W. Thorpe

  • Gail White

  • Coye A. Windsor

  • Robert Wise

  • Robert Wood

  • Robert L. Yates

  • Elaine M. Yobst