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									                  Mustang Review
   The Newsletter for the George Mason High School Alumni Association
                          Published by the Falls Church Education Foundation

Spring 2009                                                Number 40
                                                            Saturday, June 27, 2009
Third Annual George
 Mason High School                                    Individual Class Reunion Events (Check with your
                                                           GMAA Class Representative for details)

Alumni Association                                                      7:00 p.m.
                                                              GMAA Party at the State Theatre*
    (GMAA) All-
                                                           Sunday, June 28, 2009
   Class Reunion                                                  12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Weekend                                         GMAA Family picnic and music at Cherry Hill Park
                                                                  Falls Church, Virginia

 June 26 - 28, 2009                                     For hotel accommodations, please
                                                                   contact the:
Part of the 60th Anniversary celebration of
  the Falls Church City Public Schools                             Westin Tyson's Corner
                                                                    7801 Leesburg Pike
 Plans for the All-Class Reunion Weekend                           Falls Church, Virginia
                   include:                                          (703) 893-1340 or
        Friday, June 26, 2009                          (Rooms are reserved under George Mason High
             5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.                          School Reunion for $89 per night.)
   Complimentary reception at Don Beyer Volvo
  1231 West Broad Street Falls Church, Virginia
 Hosted by the Falls Church Education Foundation       *Please check the GMAA Web Site at
                                               for any last minute
             7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.                    changes. Also, please read about the
GMAA Open House* at George Mason High School          Open House/Picnic details printed at
   7124 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, Virginia               the end of this newsletter.
 Reconnect with your classmates and alma mater

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    Calling All GM Graduates for                                Congratulations to GM’s
    another Cherry Hill Park Jam                                Outstanding Fall/Winter
              Session!                                          2008/2009 Sports Teams
Are you, or a fellow GM alumni, in a band or would        Golf - Bull Run District Champion, undefeated
you just like to play before your friends and family on   regular season
Sunday, June 28, 2009 in Cherry Hill Park during the      Girls Cross Country – Bull Run, Region B, and
GMAA Family Picnic from 12-5 pm. We had a lot of          VA State Champions
GM talent on display in 1999 and 2004, and I’m
                                                          Wrestling – David Ray capped the “best”
organizing the family picnic again for this year’s All
Class Reunion Weekend June 26th – 28th. For               season in GM history finishing 39-0 and 152
further details, please call Tom Clinton, Class of ’83,   pound VA State Champion
at (571) 216-4840 or write me at 711 Hillwood             Swimming – Girls and Boys teams undefeated
Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22042 or send me an e-           regular season, Region B and Group A
mail at: or                           Invitational VA State Champions                               Girls Basketball – Bull Run, Region B, and VA
                                                          State Champions (10th anniversary of the 1998
                                                          VA State Champion team – 98/99 school year)
     Class Representative News                            Washington Post All Met Coach of the Year –
                                                          GM Assistant Athletic Director and Girls Cross
 I would like to welcome our new Class
                                                          Country Coach, Julie Braven
Representatives: Josh McCall, a new co-rep for the
Class of 1993; Juliana Pearson, new Class
Representative for the Class of 2002; Anne                   George Mason Athletic Hall of
Maynard, Caitlin Wright & Eric Powell, new Class                       Fame
Representatives for the Class of 2003; and
Charlotte Volpe, Anna Duning &
                                                          The George Mason Athletic Hall of Fame
Margaret Lipman, new Class Representatives for
the Class of 2007. Thanks to Josh, Juliana, Anne,
                                                          Committee began meeting earlier this year to
Caitlin, Eric, Charlotte, Anna & Margaret for their       begin preparations for the selection of the next
interest and support for the GMAA. Also, thanks to        group of GM Athletes for the Hall. This will be
outgoing Class Reps Kathy Smith Ware ’64,                 the 5th Induction class, following the Charter
Vanessa Trasmonte ’03 and Elizabeth                       Members in 1993 and three additional classes in
Fortenberry ‘07 – we appreciate your contributions        1995, 2006 and 2007. Plans call for the final
to the GMAA. We are looking for volunteers from           selections to be completed before summer with
the class of 1964 – please send Scott Sager ‘65 an        the official ceremony to be held in October
email at if you are interested in      2009. The Committee is made up of three
being a Class Rep!                                        people each from the GM Athletic Department,
                                                          the GM Athletic Boosters, and the GMAA along
                 In Memoriam                              with a non-voting Hall of Fame inductee
                Jerome Layton – Staff                     representing the existing members of the Hall of
               Peggy Yarbrough – 1953                     Fame. Final selections will be announced in the
                   Mel Fink – 1954
                                                          next Mustang Review, the Falls Church
                Bruce Kuritsky – 1967
                                                          NewsPress as well as on both the GMAA
                Jim Gathercoal - 1973
                                                          and George Mason web sites.
                 Nick Earman - 1977
               William Schultes - 1990

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                            GMAA Class Representatives
Staff                                                      Burke, VA 22015
Nancy Birindelli              1958                         703-250-7791              1971
303 Sea Oats Trail            Tiana Gillespie Camfiord        Billy Martin
Southern Shores, NC 27949     13025 Compton Rd.                                      1769 Ensenada Dos
252-261-3915                  Clifton, VA 20124            1966                      Pensacola Bch, FL 32561           703-830-3783                 Joyce Powell Timms        850-291-1363
                                1935 Wilson Ln Apt. T-3
1953                                                       McLean, VA 22102
Lynn Llewellyn                Jean Ann Albright Kay        703-560-1544              1972
4209 Aspen Hill Rd            751 Ruthsburg Rd.           Patricia Hopkins Phillips-
Rockville, MD 20853           Centreville, MD 21617                                  Holbert
301-871-6197                  710-758-2572                 Jo Briggs Freeman         5422 Quinn Lane
                          1307 Mormac Rd.           Woodbridge, VA 22193
Sarah “Doll” Madden                                        Richmond, VA 23229        703-670-6650
18151 Marksman Cir #104       1959                         804-741-5087    
Olney, MD 20832               Clare Neuberg Dix  
301-774 8548                  2619 Lemontree Ln.                                     1973        Vienna, VA 22181             Merrill Hunt McCarter     Diann Bullock Watkins
                              703-938-4997                 15157 Woodsman Ln         1002 Madison Lane
1954                               Woodbridge, VA 22193      Falls Church, VA 22046
Scott Butler                                                703-538-6644
3020 Pine Springs Rd.         1960                                         
Falls Church, VA 22042        Hugh “Luke” O’Hara           1967
703-941-7136                  1107 Kennedy St.             Rose Martin Garrett-      1974
                              Falls Church, VA 22046       Daughety                  Brenda Brown Green
Patti Regan Carson            703-241-8636                 2112 Brandeis Dr.         930 Ficklen Road
8721 Jones Mill Rd.               Richardson, TX 75082      Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Chevy Chase, MD 20815                                    703-505-0834
301-656-0613                  1961                                                       Judy Fischer White           Barry Buschow
                              513 W Broad St Apt. 412      903 Madison Ln            1975
1955                          Falls Church, VA 22046       Falls Church, VA 22046    Phil Acosta
Maggie Koontz Stewart         703-533-8610              101 Poplar Drive
26047 Seminole Lakes Blvd                              Falls Church, VA 22046
Punta Gorda, FL 33955         1962                                                   703-533-0205            Carl Neuberg                 1968            
                              3406 Fiddlers Green          Nancy Clark Aderholdt
Judy Potter Brown             Falls Church, VA 22044       17091 Four Seasons Dr.    1976
18 Chatsford Ct.              703-256-5354                 Dumfries, VA 22025        Dan Collins
Bloomington, IL 61704       703-680-3094              2800 Maple Lane                                        Fairfax, VA 22031
1956                          Bill Laing                   1969
Terp Palmer                   59 Kendig Ln.                Barbie Watkins Blood      Karen Simms Tulloh
3 Flowing Wells Ln.           Martinsburg, WV 25404        329 Old Kootenai Trail    145 Lake Forest Dr.
Savannah, GA 31411            304-274-3526                 Sandpoint, ID 83864       Fredericksburg VA 22406
912-598-4614                  208-263-8559    
912-598-4657 (fax)                                              1964                         1970                      1977
                              (We need a volunteer!!!)     Robbie Werth              Carolyn Fitzgerald Young
1957                                                       5414 Thetford Place       39605 Rodeffer Road
Pat Sullivan Palmer           1965                         Alexandria, VA 22310      Lovettsville, VA 20180
(See 1956 for contact         Scott Sager                  703-922-5264    
information)                  9698 Manteo Ct.    

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Jimmy Herron Zamora         McLean, VA 22101  
913 L Street                                                  703-821-8041
Davis, CA 95616               1985                         1994
                              Karen Seal Weir                                              Lars Howlett
1978                          122 Kelvingrove Drive           Rob Elmore                  4144 25th Street
Susan Richbourg Frick         Madison, AL 35758               305 Eastbrook Dr.           San Francisco, CA 94114
3707 Ottawa Court             703-729-8618                    Charlottesville, VA 22901   415-810-4906
Woodbridge, VA 22192
                              Laura Jacomet Cesnik            Laura Snider Nunley         1995
1979                          2608 Middle Road                316 Riley Street            Sharon Eldridge
Karen Huber Grubbs            Winchester, VA 22601            Falls Church, VA 22046      2011 NE 15th Ave
7541 Royce Court              540-722-9096                    703-536-2384                Portland, OR 97212-4412
Annandale, VA 22003  
703-941-6367                                                                                1986                            1990
                              Susan Schick Link                Chris Hurley               Wilson Rickerson
Jackie Beinhard-Cook          5920 E. Larkspur Drive          107 Cedarpost Drive         98 Day St. Apt. 3
7578 Hardscrabble Road        Scottsdale, AZ 85254            Cary, NC 27513              Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Addison, NY 14801                   919-481-6992      
607-359-3381                                                 Joe Cheek                                                   Andy Hartman
                              2308 N. Madison St.             1991                        1296 Seabright Drive
                              Arlington, VA 22205             Sasha Day Schultz           Annapolis, MD 21409
Jean Marie Diloreto King
                              703-536-5350                    10 Wrenfield Drive
4120 Lenox Drive
                               Sewell, NJ 08080
Fairfax, VA 22032
                                                              703-242-7507                Toan Do
                              1987                      5985 Terrapin Pl Unit 302
                              Hugo Mendoza                                                Alexandria, VA 22310
                              6015 Sherborn Lane              Dave Cook         
Valerie Singleton Smolinski
                              Springfield, VA 22152           P.O. Box 228
4875 Old Dominion Dr.
                              703-644-5280                    Jackson, OH 45640           1996
Arlington, VA 22207
                                     740-395-3935 (cell)         Jennifer Williams Persson
                                    373 W. Broad Street
                                                                                          Falls Church, VA 22046
                              1988                            1992                        703-585-9625 (cell)
                              Brent Johnson                   Deepa Menon       
Tom Clinton
                              930 Argonne Ave.                1010 Noel Drive Apt 31
711 Hillwood Ave
                              Hollister, CA 95023-5031        Menlo Park, CA 94025        1997
Falls Church, VA 22042
                               703-931-0565                Sarah Romer
                                                               116 Tollgate Way
                              Michael Willner                                             Falls Church, VA 22046
                              1817 N Queens Ln Apt 163        1993              
                              Arlington, VA 22201             Katherine Temple Craig
                              703-465-2788                    5400 Inverchapel Road       Rachel Buckingham Cochran
Susan Schneider Eddy
                         Springfield, VA 22151
8685 Nagle Street
Manassas, VA 20110
                              Martha Behr Noone
                              6517 Tucker Avenue              Josh McCall
Rich Condit
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1998                          Anne Maynard                  Anna Duning
Jennifer Freeman Santillan    703-627-9928        
P.O. Box 575              703.946.6084
Chelan, WA 98816              Caitlin Wright
                                                            Margaret Lipman         540-204-6319        
Delora Parks                                                2008
9817 Bronte Drive             Eric Powell                   Emily Perry
Fairfax, VA 22032             5440 Marinelli Road #425           Rockville, MD 20852
Anna Molaski Lamb   
10192 Kleinbrook Way
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126     2004              Anya Solovieva                   George Mason
                              162 Rees Place
1999                          Falls Church, VA 22046
                                                                High School
Olivia Thomas Devescovi       703-371-1422
45586 Grand Central Sq.
Sterling, VA 20166
571-212-3380 (cell )          Whitney Lemke                     Association     164 Rees Place
                              Falls Church, VA 22046           450 W. Broad
2000                          703-577-2923                        Street
Jenn Brasler        
1001 N. Sycamore St.                                              Suite 305
Falls Church, VA 22046        2005         Tania Andrade                  Falls Church, VA
Veronica Ratliff
2103 N. Glebe Rd Apt 106       2006                             703-538-3381
Arlington, VA 22207           Meredyth Lowe
703-351-6233                  2701 Welcome Drive             Falls Church, VA 22046
                              703-489-2097 (cell)
Rebecca Davis       
608 Highland Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046   2007

2002                          Charlotte Volpe
Juliana Pearson     


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                                                     GMAA Class Articles

Staff                                                 Let me hear from you, and we hope to have
By Nancy Birindelli                                   many folks return for the 60th Anniversary!         Since, as usual, we are devoid of further class
                                                                                                          news, I (Lynn), would like to digress for a
                                                      Classes of 1953 & 1954                              moment to dispel some ugly rumors. Yes, I did
Greetings fellow staff members,
                                                      By Lynn Llewellyn (‘53) and                         marry a Japanese lady I have known for many
                                                                                                          years last September 21st. However, it is not
The celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the        Patti Carson (‘54)                                  true that I met her on-line at a website called
schools will officially take place in the summer
                                                                                                          "Asian Girls Gone Wild Senior Escort Service."
of this year with a commemoration at the July         As we approach yet another milestone in the         Nor is it true that I became engaged the next
4th fireworks display at George Mason and other       history of the Falls Church Public School           day following my first experience with a
events throughout the school year. The George         system, it is with great sadness that we also       traditional Japanese bath. It was at least two
Mason Alumni Association will be holding its          must accept the loss of two more beloved            days later. In actuality, Masaka is a retired
Reunion Weekend on June 26-28, 2009. This             classmates: Peggy Yarbrough (‘53) and Mel           elementary school teacher from the Hiroshima
all-class reunion weekend is held every five          Fink (‘54). Both passed away months ago;            Prefecture and has her own home in Hatsukai
years. As in 2004, the staff will hold a luncheon     however, until now, there was no opportunity to     chi, Japan, where she now teaches tea
to coincide with alum activities. Our event will      provide a proper tribute and to convey              ceremony and flower arrangements. We have
be held on Sat., June 27, at noon, in the George      somehow just how much their lives meant to all      been exchanging visits recently, and until I am
Mason High School cafeteria. Long time school         of us. Joan Gladstone (‘53) and Eddie Becker        able to sell Rockville, Maryland's equivalent of
advocates, Jessie Thackrey and Lou Olom,              (‘54) graciously agreed to write separate           the House of Usher -- a formidable task in
will be honored. An invitation will be sent to you    remembrances of their dear friends (see             today's economy -- we will have to continue
with further details and a registration form. If      below). Our thoughts and prayers go out to the      playing Mr. and Mrs. Economy class jet set.
you have contacts with other staff and/or School      families of Peggy and Mel.                          Sorry -- time to go. I think I hear bath water
Board members who might not be on my list,
please forward the information to them or             On December 6, 2008 members of the classes
contact me to add their names to this database.       of ‘53 and ‘54 got together for a pre-Christmas     In Memoriam:
Mary Ellen Shaw and Trudy Taylor are                  luncheon at Logan's Roadhouse in Virginia,
assisting me with plans. We will hope to see          which is fast becoming the watering hole of         Peggy Yarbrough (‘53)
many of you on this festive occasion.                 choice for those of us in the greater D.C.          My immediate thought when I remember Peggy
                                                      metropolitan area. Among the attendees (more        Yarbrough is her sense of humor. When Peggy
Staff members are invited to attend other events      or less in alphabetical order) were Nell            passed away in July 2008, a class light went
during the weekend. The Falls Church                  Campbell ('54) and friend, Louise Charlton          out, but oh, what memories and anecdotes were
Education Foundation will sponsor a reception         (‘54), Mary Lou (‘54) and Dan Dose, Joan            left behind. Not only was Peggy funny and
at Don Beyer Volvo on Friday prior to the Open        Gladstone (‘53), Betty Yarbrough Hilosky            entertaining; she was friendly, honest,
House at GMHS. The registration table for staff       (‘54), John (‘53) and Roberta Lintner, Lynn         compassionate, and loyal. Most of all, Peggy
at the Open House will be at the entrance to the      Llewellyn (‘53), Doll Madden (‘53), Buddy           was FUN! Peggy could take an anecdote,
old gym. Stop by for more information. On             Tasker (‘54), Bobbie Thomas (‘53) and friend,       embellish it, and turn it into a story that would
Saturday, individual classes will hold their own      and Buttons Yarbrough (‘54).                        have you doubled over in laughter. (I know this
reunions. On Sunday, there will be an all class
                                                                                                          better than most because I was frequently the
picnic at Cherry Hill Park. Further details for       Unfortunately, a last-minute "no show" was Bill     source of the humor -- like when she left me
these events can be found elsewhere in this           Jeffrey (‘54) who claimed his granddaughter         stranded in Puerto Rico.) Peg's first love was
newsletter.                                           had failed to return his car, thereby leaving him   her family, and right behind them came her
                                                      transportation challenged and the subject of a      dogs, her horse, and all other animals. Peggy's
In other news, there were five nominees for the       forthcoming movie entitled "Restless in             two passions were purses and jewelry. She
Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher of the Year           Richmond." Doll Madden once more brought            never went anywhere that she didn't return with
Award this year. They were Mt. Daniel teachers        party favors and door prizes that were won by       one or the other -- or both. Then when she tired
Amy Harding-Wright, Alice Nelson, and                 Lynn, Mary Lou, and Nell. There was some            of them, she'd give them to her friends--or even
Andrea Stoeckl, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle           grumbling that, in the case of Lynn's prize, the    to a stranger. When Peggy really wanted to do
School teacher Karen Post, and Central Office         fix was in just because he had driven Doll to the   something she found a way to do it. For
special education teacher Andrew Hosier. The          luncheon all the way from Maryland. Some            example, she withdrew the money from her
winner will be announced soon by the                  people are just sore losers. Anyway for the         401K to take a six-week trip to Australia -- and
Washington Post and will appear in the next           most part, we had a spirited party until it was     never regretted it! Knowing Peggy was a joy,
issue of the Mustang Review.                          time to go and take our afternoon medications.      and she is sorely missed. Peg and Buttons

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were married for 52 years. They had three boys      to miss Mel. It gives me solace that we have         we work with. And, in the evening we read...if
and one girl plus a number of grandchildren.        happy memories of those younger days.                we don't fall asleep first. We would enjoy seeing
She retired from First Virginia Bank.               --Eddie Becker (‘54)                                 you any time you can make a trip out here.
--Joan Gladstone ‘53
                                                    Class of 1955                                        Richard Coons: “Just more additions to the
Mel Fink (‘54)                                                                                           family. Now 6 children, 11 grandchildren, 3
Melvin Edward Fink moved to the Oak Haven
                                                    By Maggie Stewart and Judy                           great- grandchildren & one due in April.
development in Falls Church in 1948, at just        Brown Albright                                       Youngest daughter, Kathy's, wedding was in
about the same time that I did. I remember my                                                            January. Married a Navy Man with a red, white,
mother taking me over to meet the kid from          Lots going on from our class:                        and blue wedding. They are going to try to add
Lubbock, Texas, the kid with only one arm.          Jeff Feagin: It is spring in the Northwest. Or, it   to the family, with more grandchildren, next
Maybe it was because we were both new kids in       was day-before-yesterday. Daffodils are up with      year.”
town, or maybe it was because we were both a        blossoms showing, Crocuses and camellias are
bit goofy, but we hit it off from the start, and    blooming, pussywillow is in full bud and plum        Maggie Stewart: “We have appreciated the
were buddies through high school. That first        buds are swelling. And last night we had snow.       winter weather and also that Florida went
year we attended Madison School in the 7th          Tonight the temperature will be in the 20's. We      Democratic! But we miss our family and friends
grade. Then we did 8th and 9th grades at Falls      normally do not get much snow but we have            in Va and are thinking of becoming "snowbirds"-
Church High before going one year to the            had more than our share this year.                   --escaping the summer heat for the same heat
Thompson House while George Mason was                                                                    in Virginia. This summer was no worse here
under construction. In those early teenage          The last two weekends my 16 year old                 than around the swamp of D.C. In fact I think
years we just didn't know any better than to        grandson, James, and I fished the two rivers of      sometimes less humid and we loved the
have a good time. We rode bikes; we played          the North Olympic Peninsula. Out here we float       afternoon showers. I am involved with the
baseball (four seasons); we mashed pennies          down a river fishing as we go but rowing up          county's art center which is in Punta Gorda as a
under the wheels of the W&OD freights; we           stream the entire time. We did that on the Hoh       volunteer and will have a show in their gallery
drew endless comic strips with characters out of    River Saturday the 14th and 21st. James              this April with 3 other local artists.”
our imaginations; we goofed off. Mel and I had      caught a nice "steelhead " one trip and I caught
similar cultural tastes: We took in the horror      one on the other. On the following Sunday            The class of ’55 on the move:
films at the Lee Theater, and we seldom missed      mornings we fished the Elwah River from the
a Martin and Lewis show on his folks' TV in their   bank. James caught two both Sundays and I            Karl Larew: Observation during their 3rd trip to
cellar. The formative years. Mel enjoyed            caught only one. Obviously you are getting the       Turkey. “We saw more of Istanbul (what we
science and math in school, and he liked to         picture of who the best fisherman is. A              hadn't seen in 2002), and then went down the
socialize. He gave his parents reason to be         "steelhead " is a rainbow trout that spends his      coast to Pergamon and Ephesus and Izmir.
proud of him. Mel was good with his one hand,       adult life in the ocean then returns to its natal    Lots of Greco-Roman ruins and medieval
amazingly independent. He rode horses, and          stream to spawn. When they return they are           Turkish stuff, too. Our guide down the coast
was good with a lariat. He liked working in         between 5# and 25#. Ours were in the 10#             was a peppy woman who wouldn't admit that
Shop and he was very good at crafts, once           range.                                               Greeks and Turks don't like each other. She
fashioning a truly magnificent Plains Indian                                                             finally broke down and told us the unhappy tale
feathered headdress, which was featured on the      This weekend we will take a group up to the          of her divorce (which had nothing to do with
early morning TV show in D.C. Mel had a good        Skagit Delta on a “Birding" outing. We will see      Greeks and Turks). We should have charged
sense of humor and a creative mind.                 great flocks of snow geese estimated to be in        her for the therapy. 2008 was quiet. I've been
Sometimes the two combined with surprising          excess of 25,000 birds. It is unbelievable when      doing a lot of part-time teaching, which is more
results for the victim. After graduation, Mel and   they rise-up as one when a Bald Eagle flies          fun now that I don't have all the paperwork that
I went our separate ways. Bob Wilson knows          over. Then they settle down again to continue        goes with being a full-timer.” As for family, “Our
Mel better from college days at U.Va. and           feeding. There will be Tundra and Trumpeter          grandson (actually my step-grandson) got
beyond, when they double-dated, met their           Swans, Short Eared Owls, Falcons, Hawks,             married in 2008, and also got promoted to the
respective charming wives, and raised families.     Harriers, Bald Eagles and many ducks. This is        rank of police detective. Our
Mel went to work at Lynchburg Foundry and           an annual trip for us and we will enjoy it as        granddaughter/step-granddaughter is engaged
spent his working career there in the Valley.       much this year as we did the first trip.             and plans to get married on the beach at San
Mel was polite, thoughtful, and pretty relaxed      In between these outings we are pruning fruit        Diego (where she and her fiancé now live).”
most of the time. He got on well with most          trees, tilling the garden and in general getting     Karl and his wife Marilyn have both been
everybody he met. Later in life he developed        ready for the big rush of spring. The peas are       working on novels. Search for
Parkinson's. The tremors got him down and           up about half an inch but will not be set out in     Candles in the Window.
made him self-conscious in public, probably for     the garden for about a month. By then lettuce
the first time in his life. It was always good to   will be planted and kale that self-seeded last       Jane Anderson Moon and her husband,
see Mel at our reunions. As is often the case,      year will be up and tomatoes will be started in      Marion, took a fine trip to Maryland and Virginia
we did not spend enough time gabbing                the basement in a warm bed under a florescent        in September. They enjoyed a get-together of
together, remembering the old days and              light. Sounds like spring to me. If there is any     old university engineering friends, meeting in
catching up on the new. Many of us are going        time left, there are committees and groups that      Annapolis, MD, for a tour of the Naval Academy
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days in Williamsburg. This was the first time         friends. Children (2) and grandchildren (4) are       and sad time for Corky and we send our
that Jane has returned to Williamsburg, where         all doing well in Wolfeboro, NH and Arlington,        sympathy and prayers.
she lived for 2-1/2 years, after 50 years of living   VA. “I'm looking forward to seeing the news
in California. Most of their time in the past         from our classmates in the Mustang Review.” --        Most of the Class of 56 have already reached
year has been spent renovating another house          As are the rest of us.                                the milestone BIG 70, now it is the Class of 57's
in the Old Towne Orange historic district. The                                                              turn. 2009 will find most of us taking the leap
house is nearly complete, with everything new         Please don’t hesitate to e-mail Maggie (note her      into senior citizenship kicking and screaming.
and working well: electricity, gas, plumbing, and     new e-mail address                 Remember, we may have to grow old but we do
heating/air conditioning. All the original             or Judy with your news            not have to grow up. Just enjoy each and every
hardwood floors and walls were refinished, and        and photos of whatever is going on in your lives,     day.
a new roof and paint job added. Final                 or share your invitations to become a friend on
landscaping is in progress in late February.          Facebook or join any other electronic
Also, Jane is helping guide a class in a program      community. So many exciting ways to stay in           Class of 1959
for older people at Cal State University in           touch!
Fullerton; people are writing and sharing their
                                                                                                            By Clare Rae Neuberg Dix
life stories for their children and grandchildren.
It is fascinating! The Moons still live with 2                                                              This is it….you have had half a century to get
                                                      Classes of 1956 & 1957                                ready for it…our FIFTIETH REUNION!
family dogs and three cats.
                                                      By Terp ’56 & Pat Sullivan
Jo Peterson: “At the moment we are in                 Palmer ‘57                                            We will be having a three-day celebration the
Guanajuato, Mexico enjoying the last part of our                                                            weekend of June 26, 27 and 28, 2009.
two week stay. It is so nice to wear shorts in        If you are a member of the Class of 57 and you
February. We are still healthy and going strong       did not receive the Good News email in                In addition to the Happy Hour and the school
although we seem to creak a bit.”                     November, it is because we do not have your           Open House described elsewhere in this
                                                      current email address. For those who have not         newsletter our class will be having a Welcome
As for me, Judy Brown, I’m going back into the        heard the Good News, Carolyn Tibbs Gregory            Brunch on Saturday morning, a dinner on
classroom to teach a class in theatre for and         and Bill (William Barry) Czechanski were              Saturday night and a Farewell Lunch on Sunday
with kids at Illinois Wesleyan University during      married on December 13 in Kauai, Hawaii.              afternoon.
IWU’s May term. It’s going to be a busy               Carolyn said that they are so very happy to be
summer and fall as I’ve picked up an additional       together again after 50 years. We had hoped to        A reunion packet with all the events information
contract to dramatize the lives of the Funk           have a picture and more info from Carolyn & Bill      has been mailed to you. This also includes
family, they of seed corn fame, in addition to        for this issue but guess they must still be           information on the block of rooms with special
preparing for the Lincoln-themed, annual              enjoying their honeymoon. I received a lot of         rates reserved for our class.
Discovery Walk through historic Evergreen             excited responses to my class email with the
Cemetery. Sometime in there Jared and I will          news and I know they received many Best               If you do not receive this packet by March 15th
be going back to France for three weeks.              Wishes. If you would like to contact them, the        it means despite our Herculean efforts we do
                                                      email address is:            not have your correct address. Please contact
The Martins don’t seem the least bit interested                                                             Dave Clark
in retirement either. Byron writes that his wife      We heard from Barbara Moore Greenland who             ( to update
Marianna is “heavily in demand as a clinical          said she is retiring from Stanford in 2009 after      this information. (Only you can keep us
social worker in private practice using cognitive     more than 20 years and her husband will follow        updated!) We will mail another packet. If you
behavioral therapy. I'm still heavily involved full   suit the next year. They hope to travel a bit         prefer you can also go to the class web site:
time at IBM - having fun, meeting superb              before “settling happily into their rockers in Palo   gmhs59reunion.gebeaux Please print the
intellects inside the company and execs from          Alto.”                                                registration form, include a check made out to
other companies, universities and government          We had a nice note from Alice Harrison Hunt           Clare Rae Dix and mail it to 2619 Lemontree
agencies. They are traveling, too, “Marianna          about her visit with Jean Kasper Hatch. The           Lane, Vienna, VA 22181 no later than April 2nd.
and I just returned from a rewarding trip to          two of them also visited with Diane Messec
Egypt and Jordan. This was a Johns Hopkins            Shields and they invited Ray Rollins who lives        Howard has done a terrific job on the web site
Alumni trip, with an outstanding Egyptologist -       in the area to come over for an evening of            but we could still use more pictures. Send him
Betsy Bryan from Hopkins. She was superb,             sharing stories. The whole adventure sounds           anything you have (historical, school days or the
introducing us to the awesome                         like a laugh a minute. Know that they had a           present) and it will be safely returned to you.
accomplishments made 3,000 - 4,000 years              great trip down memory lane.
ago. The trip reminded us how little we know                                                                Although we are still trying, the Committee has
and how much we have yet to learn. And he             On a sad note, Corky Feagin’s husband, Jim            been unable to contact some of our
sent this news about his family: “My father,          Stone was killed in a tragic boating accident last    classmates. If you have any knowledge of their
Charles Martin, died on Feb. 9 at age 98 -            July on the Chesapeake Bay near Scientists            whereabouts or some information that would
thankfully peacefully in his sleep. He was            Cliffs. We know this has been a very difficult        help us in the search, please let us know. The
blessed with a full, long life and with many                                                                list includes:

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                                                                                                            August 2008, again by myself. Life is such an
Muriel Archer Moseley; Toni Atkinson; Lita                                                                  adventure!
Bailey; Bonnie Carrico Mansefield; Ann
Copeland Anderson; Mary Ann Finley                                                                          And yes, Ed—the most patient man alive—and I
Davidson; Martha Ann Godley; Barbara Hoyle                                                                  will be celebrating 43 years together this year.
Rhoades; John Rogers Malloy; Anghenino O.                                                                   He doesn’t travel but, as you can see, I do. See
Minor; Sandra Grace Norsworthy; Barbara                                                                     you all at our 50th in June 2010! Email me at
Ann Racey; Rafael E. San Millan; Leonard                                                          
Sayers; Barbara Ann Schaffer Morris; Edward
Noah Simon; and Vivian Harriet Kim Smith.

Your reunion committee has put together a very
nice weekend. We look forward to seeing you in

Bob, Tom, Dave, Howard, Pat, Gunther and
Clare                                                               (Laura Carlo Piver)

                                                     I began my nursing career at the medical center
Class of 1960                                        in the Out Patient clinics & in the Emergency
By Luke O’Hara                                       Room & later did sudden infant death (SIDS)                          (Patricia Lay-Dorsey)
                                                     counseling for the state. I love my present job in
                                                     a Family Practice Office. My volunteer activities
Hope you can find a 2010 calendar to mark the
                                                     include Presbyterian elder, past president of my
dates of our 50th Reunion which will be June 18-
                                                     P.E.O. chapter and past co-chair of the Project        Class of ‘61
20, 2010.                                                                                                   By Judy Fischer White
                                                     Graduation, a community wide celebration of
                                                     our high school graduates.
No question the 50th is a big one and should be
                                                                                                            Pam Clark has been working diligently to
a special event…. especially when you consider
                                                     Mr. Chubbs, my yellow lab, & I are daily walking       organize a “Class of 1961” event to be held
the significance of 50 years. I have spoken to a
                                                     partners.                                              during the upcoming Alumni Weekend in June.
number of our classmates recently who plan on
                                                                                                            She has also worked tirelessly to locate and
coming…so I expect a great turn out. I will
                                                     I’m looking forward to our 50th Class Reunion in       update information for each of our classmates.
follow up in a few months with the details.
                                                     2010 & hope to see you there.                          The following Class Report was compiled by
                                                                                                            Pam, with great appreciation from me.
                                                     Patricia Lay-Dorsey
                                                     Since finishing grad school in 1966, I have been       Hello Class of 1961!
                                                     a social worker turned visual & performance
                                                     artist turned urban volunteer turned                   Where does the time go? It seems only a short
                                                     teacher/group facilitator turned peace                 time ago I was writing to announce the 2009 All
                                                     activist/organizer turned passionate                   Class Reunion and the 60th Anniversary of the
                                                     photographer. To see my current photography            Falls Church City Public School System and
                                                     project, go to:                                        here it is just around the corner.

                                                      Participation in the All Class Reunion not only
The following is the latest on: Laura Carlo          atricia-lay-dorsey-falling-into-place/                 provides us a great opportunity to get together
Piver and Patricia Lay-Dorsey.                                                                              with our 1961 classmates and discuss plans for
                                                     This project that my mentor, Magnum                    our 50th reunion, but also to visit with friends
Laura Carlo Piver                                    photographer David Alan Harvey, insists will be        from the upper and lower classes during this
Chapel Hill, NC (the Southern Part of Heaven)        published as a book, is an ongoing series of self      celebration.
has been my home for 49 years. My late               portraits that show my world view as a woman
husband, Warren, was a graduate of Duke and          with a disability. Yes, I was diagnosed with MS        A detailed schedule of activities is provided
NC State & I graduated from UNC School of            in 1988 and since 2000 have used a mobility            elsewhere in the Mustang Review, but in a
Nursing. We raised our 3 children here, but all      scooter to get around. But it hasn’t cramped my        snapshot, here is a brief summary of the
are now living out-of-state...Mike & Sarah and       style; if anything it gives me the push to live life   planned weekend functions:
their spouses are in Birmingham, AL, & Alan &        full out. Hey, I traveled to Beirut, Lebanon by
his wife and their son are in Pensacola, FL. I get   myself in 2005, and drove 1300 miles round trip        Friday, June 26, 2009: Reception “Happy Hour”
plenty of practice driving I-85!                     from my home in Detroit to New York City in            at Don Beyer Volvo (across the street from

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GMHS), 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. sponsored by the                to Pam at If you do not          Connie Bassett Porter wrote: “I am still
Falls Church Education Foundation at no                 have email, she can be contacted at 703-978-         employed and working at an insurance agency
charge. GMHS Open House: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.               3319, or info sent to 9423 Mirror Pond Drive,        in Titusville, Florida. My three sons are all
sponsored by George Mason Alumni                        Fairfax, Virginia 22032. She will record your        grown up now, one is married, no grands.”
Association. Cost: $5 a person to cover                 updated info and provide a confirmation of its       Steve Hough wrote: “It was great to read about
refreshments. Registration for classes of 1953-         receipt by return email or snail mail. Be sure to    you in the Mustang Review. I have sent my
1979 will be in the old front entrance by the old       copy me at so I can             current information to the GMHSAA website but
gym.                                                    share your updated information in our                I noticed that it has not been updated in recent
                                                        newsletter.                                          years, so I am sending to you directly. I am
Saturday, June 27, 2009: Individual class                                                                    interested in being made aware of the 2009
events. A catered event at “The Byron”                  CLASS OF ’61 NEWS                                    (and 2011) reunion details as hopefully I can
condominium, located at 513 W. Broad Street,                                                                 attend.” Steve’s wife’s name is Jackie and they
Falls Church, Virginia 22046, has been                  David Hastie: Due to Deb’s continuing                have 3 children and EIGHT grandchildren.
reserved for our use by Judy Fischer White.             promotions at Dominion Electric, they have sold
Details of this evening gathering (time, cost) will     their home in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia        Suzanne Renna (Meg Swing) wrote: “….I’m
be provided under separate cover when                   and moved to Manassas, VA. Their ultimate            thinking that I will try to come down this June as
confirmed. The Bryon is located on the Red              goal (2011) is retirement in Florida to be near      well as next year because it would be nice to
Lobster restaurant property (across the street          family and friends. Dan McNab and family             see people in the Class of ’59 who will probably
from the former Co-op grocery store).                   recently traveled from Florida to Atlantis in the    make an effort to come for their 50th. My
                                                        Grand Bahamas for a little rest and relaxation.      daughter lives in Silver Spring, MD assuring me
Sunday, June 28, 2009: Picnic at Cherry Hill            Janice Johnson Steiner Adragna wrote she             of accommodations and it will be a good excuse
Park – 12:00 Noon. Food vendors and                     has been living in California for the past 36        to visit her.” Nadine Gaseau Held wrote: “….I
entertainment will be provided. Family                  years and has not seen anyone from our class.        am planning on attending this event next
members are encouraged to join in for this              Getting back for reunions has been difficult as      summer. Bette (Brown Chinners) and I will
occasion.                                               they are usually here in July for a family trip to   probably come together. You can count on us
                                                        Virginia Beach. As many of you know, Janice          to be there!” Beth Turner Barbee wrote: “…..I
NOTE: A block of rooms are available for the            was married to Alan Steiner, Class of 1960,          now live in Leesburg, am divorced with two
weekend at The Westin Tyson’s Corner.                   who died over 19 years ago. She has remarried        wonderful daughters, but no grandchildren. I
Rooms are $89.00 per night plus tax. If you are         and her name is now Janice Steiner Adragna.          retired five years ago from Giant Food and now
interested in reserving a room at this hotel,           Alan and Janice’s children, Ron and Christie,        work part time for Loudon County as a
please call them soon as I understand the Class         live within 3 miles of her. She sees lots of her     Customer Service Assistant (that means
of ’59 is also using this hotel as part of their 50th   SEVEN grandchildren, ranging in age from 3 to        receptionist). Piece of cake job -- 8-12 M-F.
reunion celebration. To make a reservation, call        18 years, and states they are truly blessed to       I’ve discovered traveling (Egypt last year and
the hotel directly at (703) 893-1340 or 1-800-          share time together. She and her husband             LA and San Francisco this year). Life is
westin1 and mention you are an alumnus                  Joseph are looking forward to doing some             good…..”
attending the George Mason High School                  traveling when he retires this spring. Coming
Reunion.                                                back for the 50th reunion is something she            Ed Creasy wrote: “I retired 10 years ago as an
                                                        would love to do.                                    agent with the FBI. I still do background
Speaking of future class reunions, thanks to all                                                             investigations for the Bureau. I am currently the
who sent your current contact information and           John (Benji) Howell wrote “It has been a long        Commander of the 47th Virginia Calvary, Sons
email address to Pam Clark. This information            time since I have heard from anyone from             of Confederate Veterans. I enjoy spending time
will be supportive in obtaining your input to help      George Mason. I am now living in The Villages,       with our three horses. Look forward to being
us better prepare for the June 26-28, 2009 All          Florida, a large retirement community (70,000        with the class of ’61 again.” (Note: I am
Class Reunion as well as our 50th in 2011. We           people) in central Florida. I stayed in the          attaching a great photo of Ed in his uniform on
heard from the following classmates: Janice             Northern Virginia area for most of my life, but      his handsome Tennessee walking horse,
Johnson Adragna, Tom Johnson, Jon                       moved to South Carolina and then Florida over        Ranger, in hopes there will be enough space for
Buntenbah, Nadine Gaseau, Bette Brown,                  the past 10 years, I remarried while living in       it to be included with this article. He and
Bob Gebeaux, John (Benji) Howell, Ed                    South Carolina and have been married for 7           Ranger have been going to the National
Creasy, David Hastie, Connie Bassett,                   years to my current wife, Bea. I have one son,       Memorial Day parade in DC and the President’s
George Toregas, Dan McNab, Tony Wright,                 Bobby, from my first marriage that lives in          Day parade in Alexandria for the past three
Grant and Mandy Bulwinkle Armstrong,                    Virginia Beach with his wife and 2 little girls. I   years.)
Nancy Marr Evinger, Mary Ann Seidel, Jean               had two careers; the first in Accounting for
Hampton Parrish and Beth Turner Barbee.                 about 20 years and then in Information
                                                        Technology for another 20 years. I am now
If you did not receive an email from Pam Clark,         retired, but I have a small (but growing)
that means we DO NOT HAVE YOUR                          business repairing computers here in The
CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS. This can be                      Villages.”
quickly corrected by forwarding the information
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                                                        Lieutenant Colonel in 1986. My last assignment       Chuck Marginean sent Judy a letter on
                                                        was at the Pentagon and while there was able         February 18, 2008 addressed to the Falls
                                                        to visit with Judy Fischer once. That’s the only     Church School System c/o of the GMHSAA.
                                                        classmate I’ve seen in all these years! Part of      Took a little time for me to receive it but he
                                                        being all over the world in the USAF. I’m            wrote: “…I just have to write you a letter. I
                                                        attaching our last year’s Christmas letter and a     always enjoy the Mustang Review when it
                                                        picture of Gina and me taken in Atlantic City        comes. I go right straight for 1961 to read your
                                                        when we went to see Johnny Mathis (seen him          article. Interesting after all the years I look
                                                        about 5 times – our music) Well later. And           forward to knowing what’s going on back in
                                                        please share with any of our classmates you          Virginia. Will there be another reunion? I’ll be
                                                        may be in touch with.” Jon and his wife Gina         ready to come to the next one. I started a smog
(Ed and his Tennessee Walking Horse, Ranger)            have a 15 pound cat, Larry, and two dogs             business a few years ago which has grown into
                                                        named Taco and Burito. They are spending lots        a very successful venture. Smog is a big deal
Tony Wright also has a home in Rehoboth                 of time traveling (Las Vegas, Nevada, Ocho           in California. I’m going to finish the year and
Beach, Delaware. He wrote: “I spend about               Rios, Jamaica), as well as “cruising”. In 2007       sell out. There are a lot of us still working
half my time in Falls Church. Thanks to Judy for        they went on a cruise on NCL’s new ship the          getting ready to retire. I figure there’s 3 things
her kind comments about my Mother. She was              Jewel out of Barcelona to ports of call in Italy     you need to do to retire. 1) Everything needs to
94 and died in her sleep. We should all be so           and France, including Sicily, Pompeii and            be paid for – no debts. 2) you need some sort
lucky. I recently heard from my old neighbor            Rome. Jon is a serious history buff so really        of income – work retirement, investment
and football teammate, John Carlo (Class of             enjoyed going to all these historical cities and     income, social security, etc. 3) and then you
’62) and his Mother also died in May. She was           sites. A 2008 cruise on NCL’s newest ship the        need a nest egg – a bunch of money in the
94 and died in her sleep. Bless them both.              Jade from Athens, Greece to various Greek            bank. And then have to be able to enjoy every
They were good friends. Hope to see you                 cities, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey was               day of the rest of your life – because they’re
soon…..”                                                scheduled for November. Jon celebrated a 20th        numbered…..”
                                                        reunion of his Fighter Wing in Denver in
Robert (Bob) Gebeaux wrote: “We are fully               September 2007. He was in the 20th Tactical          Pam Clark had lunch in August 2008 with Beth
retired now and living in Westmoreland County,          Fighter Wing at Upper Heyford, England from          Turner Barbee and Jean Hampton Parrish.
Virginia, in a small subdivision that is pretty         1970-1976.                                           Jean is married to Rich Parrish and has two
much an old beach community on the Potomac                                                                   sons from a previous marriage but no
River. I am married to Bonnie and our home is           Tom Johnson wrote: “Thanks so much for               grandchildren as yet. Something she and Beth
shared by our little dog a Jack Russell named           helping to keep all of us together. A lot has        are looking forward to in the future. Jean is still
“Jazzebell”. Bonnie has a part-time job at a            changed in my life over the past year since my       working for the Federal government and
local winery giving tastings and I spend my time        wife of 40 years passed away so much of my           enjoying life in Arlington. A good time was had
playing guitar and mandolin and also I have             personal information has changed, I am still         by all and we intend to continue these
been doing a lot more ham radio. My roof top is         retired and just moved from Savannah, GA to          gatherings in the future. A Sunday brunch
beginning to look like an antennae farm as I add        Longmeadow, Massachusetts. I lived over 20           gathering occurred in a great Leesburg
more antennas! In the winters we have been              years here in Mass, so I decided to rejoin some      restaurant in early November 2008 with Beth
taking our 5th wheel trailer and going to Florida.      old and new friends and start my new life. My        Turner Barbee, Dave and Dee Lloyd DeSanto,
We try and spend a month in Key West and                address is: 785 Williams Street, #323,               Tom and Linda Lawhorn Simpson and Pam
then take in three or four bluegrass festivals          Longmeadow, MA 01106. My expectation is              Clark and Don Moore (Pam’s husband). Great
before returning home in the spring. I look             that within 12-15 months I will live at least part   food and lots of catching up and sharing of fun
forward to hearing more about the class getting         time in Charlottesville, VA, which is where I        times and memories. Again, future gatherings
together in 2009” Grant and Mandy                       went to school and is relatively near to all of my   are on the agenda for 2009 so please let us
(Bulwinkle) Armstrong wrote: “Grant is still            children and grandchildren….I look forward to        know if you are interested in joining us.
commuting to GE in Lynn, MA to work every               all the news, and to our future reunions.”           Pam Clark
day. It’s a little over an hour each way, but he’s       Karl Cole wrote he retired from United Airlines
sticking it out until full retirement. I have retired   after 40 years and was living in the Midwest         A note from Judy:
from the Salem Witch Museum. An hour back               (Rockford, Illinois) about 70 miles west of          We have all learned that time passes quickly.
and forth just to hustle tourists for not much an       Chicago. He invites anyone to stop by or call        I do hope you will rejoin your classmates for an
hour wasn’t worth it to me. I’m home most days          when they travel thru – phone: 815-670-6939.         infrequent gathering of those you grew up with.
and we have a big house so if you or any other          Carl is now an aviation consultant specializing      I must tell you that at EVERY reunion our
Class of ’61 member are interested in spending          in safety, ICAO certifications for airports and      classmates tell me how much they enjoyed not
some days in the seacoast region of New                 most anything that needs upgrading. He also          only seeing old friends, but discovering how
Hampshire, we’d love to see you!”                       works with companies who have non-                   much they now have in common with those they
                                                        compliance issues with DOT and FAA, fine             did not socialize with in Jr. and Sr. High. Let’s
Jon Buntenbah wrote: “Thought I’d send you a            mitigation as well as assisting in legal defense.    face it. We’re grown-ups now, like it or not. I do
couple of things and perhaps catch up. As you                                                                hope to see you in June. You will be glad you
may know I retired from the US Air Force as a                                                                came…I promise.
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Thank you very much for your responses,                 The biggest class issue is that someone else            Class of 1965
always greatly appreciated.                             needs to step up and become class rep. For              By Scott Sager
                                                        personal reasons, I am unable to continue and,
Class of 1963                                           in fact, this will be my last class article for the
                                                                                                                After hearing from a number of classmates on
                                                        Mustang Review. Believe me, it is not rocket
By Tom Callanen                                         science! Any one of you, especially those who
                                                                                                                their views/suggestions for our upcoming
                                                                                                                reunion, I have decided to host a gathering of
                                                        have retired and still live in the area, would find
The Class of '63 reunion committee has                                                                          our class at my home on the Saturday evening
                                                        it easy and, in some ways, enjoyable. Actually,
communicated with over 100 of its 127                                                                           of the All-Class Reunion weekend (26-28 June
                                                        if you are friends with another classmate, joining
classmates regarding the June reunion. Thus                                                                     2009). The consensus was to hold an event
                                                        together would make it even easier. There will
far about 50 have committed to attending the                                                                    that was more subdued, informal and include
                                                        be a school-wide reunion the weekend of June
Class's party the evening of 27 June ---at the                                                                  just our class as opposed to the two
                                                        26-28, 2009. As always, on Friday night there
Tysons Hilton Garden Inn --- and another 20 are                                                                 previous reunions that were held at the State
                                                        will be a cocktail party at Don Beyer Volvo prior
seriously considering it. We have been unable                                                                   Theater and included a number of other
                                                        to the school event. All classes will have a place
to contact 22 classmates --- if any readers know                                                                classes. I have been working with Sue Dexter
                                                        at GM to set up a table. One of our classmates
where we can contact the following classmates                                                                   Benizio who has offered not only her sage
                                                        needs to be there at the old school entrance to
please forward the information to Tom Callanen                                                                  advice but has also volunteered to pull together
                                                        take the $5 fee and give out name tags. I will
( or 703-405-8378): Bill                                                                       a "book" containing the status of a number of
                                                        not be coming to this reunion but will hope
Bausser, Sandy Bennett, Barbara and Sarah                                                                       the Class of '65. More on that later.
                                                        things work out so that I can attend the 50th in
Blair, Barbara Bowling, Tal Brooke, Donna               five years. If someone can help with the
Daniels, Marian Gorham, Becky Hammond,                  registration on Friday night, please let me know        Specifics on our Class gathering is as follows:
Tom Herndon, Shad Hoffman, Richard                      and I'll e-mail Scott Sager.                            When - Saturday, 27 June 2009 starting at 7
Hough, Margaret Howell, Skip Huston, Sandy                                                                      pm. Where - Scott's home located at 9698
Michael, Juan Palerm, Carol Reed, Dan                                                                           Manteo Court, Burke, VA. What - we have
                                                        Another big issue is that our class has been
Reichert, Peter Russell, Mike                                                                                   arranged to have a caterer who will serve heavy
                                                        having a class get-together on Saturday night of
Sanford, Charles Tong, and Richard Whitver.                                                                     or'dueovers along with beer (from my personal
                                                        the reunion weekends. I sent out e-mails to
                                                                                                                keg), wine, and soft drinks. Cost - not entirely
                                                        those classmates for whom I had addresses
Class of 1964                                                                                                   sure as it will depend on the number of
                                                        asking for some input regarding whether or not
                                                                                                                classmates who attend but I believe it will be in
By Kathy Ware                                           there was a desire to get together and, if so,
                                                                                                                the $25 - $30 per person range. Who - Class of
                                                        where. I have heard from several classmates
                                                                                                                1965 and spouses, significant others, and close
Dear classmates:                                        who will not attend the reunion because the
I hope this finds each of you well and enjoying         State Theater venue was too loud and chaotic.
life. I have heard little news but will tell you what   There is, however, a possibility that the Class of
                                                                                                                As you have seen on page one of this
I have heard. Al Akerman e-mailed to let me             '64 can join with others at the State again.
                                                                                                                newsletter, the All-Class Reunion weekend will
know that he had corresponded with Mr. Layton           Unfortunately, I received no suggestions so I
                                                                                                                begin on Friday 26 June with the Falls Church
since high school. He wanted us to know that            don't know what the majority of you will want to
                                                                                                                Education Foundation-hosted Happy Hour at
Mr. Layton passed away last year. He was a              do. If you want to have a separate venue,
                                                                                                                the Don Beyer Volvo Dealership across from
good teacher and a lovely man.                          someone will have to make the effort to find a
                                                                                                                GM beginning at 5, followed by the GMAA-
                                                        suitable place, plan the party and get flyers out
                                                                                                                hosted Open House at GM beginning at 7 pm.
Joyce Woolsey Davidson wrote that she has               to classmates. Sounds like a lot to do but you
                                                                                                                On that Sunday (28 June) the weekend will
retired and really enjoys it. Ken Powell also           have to realize that this sort of effort is put forth
                                                                                                                conclude with the GMAA family picnic held at
said that he has retired and plans to travel with       only every five years. Fortunately, our important
                                                                                                                Cherry Hill Park located behind City Hall. I hope
his wife, Diane. Warren Suleske and his wife            anniversaries coincide with the mass school
                                                                                                                that many of you will attend these events as
are doing well. He recently had restorative             reunion weekend.
                                                                                                                well as our gathering at my place.
surgery and calls himself the "bionic man." Sally
Stratton wrote to say she gets together                 If you think you can spare the time to do this,
                                                                                                                What we need from you - please send me an
occasionally with Anne Williams Hall and                please let me know or contact Scott Sager. I
                                                                                                                email ( if you are planning
Janice Johnston Kinsella. Pat Biondi Wood               must say that I've enjoyed hearing from many of
                                                                                                                on attending the All-Class Reunion weekend
indicates that she and her husband are enjoying         you over the years. My memories of George
                                                                                                                activities, especially the gathering at my house
traveling together. I was sorry to hear that Mary       Mason are all good and so are my memories of
                                                                                                                on Saturday, 27 June 2009 so I can get a head
Anne Earman Glitz lost her younger brother,             my classmates. It has been an honor to serve
                                                                                                                count for the caterer. If possible, please let me
Nick, recently. I know you join with me in              as class representative.
                                                                                                                know who and how many are attending by the
sending her our condolences. I've also heard                                                                    1st of May so I can lock down the catering
from Lorry Garrity-Ruml several times                   Kathy Ware                                              details.
recently. She is really looking forward to the
reunion in June.                                                                                                For Sue's project, she is planning to update the
                                                                                                                biographical information we published for our

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1978 reunion. Please write a few                      the unemployment office where he worked and            pleased that I was able to make this trip and
paragraphs telling us about your family, career,      he has been called back to work again - yea!]          see this stairway for myself.
travels, interests, hobbies, etc. We would also       We went out to my niece's horse farm on
like to include your address, phone numbers           Sunday and they surprised me with a low-sugar          More shopping and lunch in the Mercado and
and email but this is entirely optional. Please       birthday cake and some bad singing (all the            then back to the hotel. Sunday through
email the information to Sue Dexter Benizio at        more fun!). It was a nice relaxing Sunday              Wednesday was the Seminar with my no later than May 15. If        afternoon together with family. On Monday,             professional association, then it was time to hit
you are unable to attend the reunion this year        after lunch in town with a colleague from the          the road again to hightail it across I-40 to I-81
but would like a copy of the booklet, Sue will be     MO AG's office, I hit the road again, driving          and home. Stayed Wed. night in Amarillo and
happy to mail the booklet to you.                     across MO and into KS. I stayed in a hotel and         found out just how windy it is on that open plain,
                                                      on Tuesday went to visit the Tallgrass Prairie         then thought I'd reach OK in a couple of hours.
 Although this is not one of our "big" reunion        National Preserve, then drove south on back             Five hours later, I finally left TX! And that was
years (our 45th a year early) and with the            roads (same speed limit as the not-so-freeway,         just the square handle at the top of the state.
economy in the tank, I hope that many of you          so why pay tolls?), enjoying the farmland               But beautiful rolling red hills with bright green
will join us for this All-Class Reunion weekend.      scenery and small towns. Stopped at a tiny             foliage and deep-cut ravines. Spent Thursday
There are many changes that have occurred in          museum in Arkansas City, on the Arkansas               night in western AR and drove through part of
"The Gulch" over the last 5-10-15 years that will     River, which is the border between KS & OK.            the Ozarks the next morning. That scenery
be of interest to you including: 1) the new Mary       The museum was about the OK land rush with            looks just like VA around the Blue Ridge
Ellen Henderson (MEH) Middle School adjacent          lots of photos and artifacts. I bought a book on       Mountains. My first twinge of homesickness.
to GM (it will be open during the Open House)         Ghost Towns of Kansas, to learn some of the             Stopped by the AR AG's office for a short visit
that includes the new varsity gym and our             early history of KS. Then drove across the             and then drove past Memphis to look for a
GMAA Hall of Fame displays; 2) the                    border into OK and hopped back on the freeway          motel. Metro Memphis is huge! Thought I was
appearance of a number of high-rise buildings         (no tolls in OK). After a stop at the OK AG's          in Metro DC! Nashville is tiny by comparison.
constructed and under construction along Broad        office for a short visit, I drove down to Keller,      On Saturday I drove past the Batman and Artoo
Street; and 3) you will also be amazed by the         TX, just north of Fort Worth. Stayed 3 nights          Detoo buildings in the Nashville skyline
number of "knock-downs" and new house                 with a former neighbor who recently moved              (nicknames for their shapes) and made it to
construction that is going on throughout the city     there.. We had such fun. I spent a lot of money        Wytheville for the night. Sunday morning, I
(on my old street alone - North Virginia Ave -        on SW decoratives for my renovated home and            drove the back roads to the Blue Ridge
there are at least half a dozen new/modified          she had a lot of fun watching me spend the             Parkway and visited my favorite winery,
homes).                                               money while she just window shopped! All the           Chateau Morrisette. Got there just in time for
                                                      vendors haggled, so I paid lower than the              the restaurant to open so I had brunch - catfish
 Don't forget to email me with your plans and         marked price on everything. Speaking of                and an omelet served in a cozy little dark wood
your update to Sue!                                   prices, the gas prices in the Midwest are the          appointed room. Very upscale and yet at a
                                                      lowest in the nation, so I was already paying          reasonable price. Then it was a walk across the
Scott                                                 less for gas than folks back east and the prices       parking lot to taste wine and pick out several for
                                                      kept getting lower the entire trip. Good timing.       this year's supper club. Finally, it was time to
Class of 66                                                                                                  head for home. Got home just at sunset and
By Jo Briggs Freeman                                  From Keller, I drove across TX on US 287 to            was glad that Monday was the Columbus Day
                                                      Amarillo - a lovely drive at freeway speeds            holiday, so I could rest and do laundry. And
Greetings, Class of 1966!                             again, then hopped on I-40 to cross over into          unpack all my treasures! :-) If you're driving
                                                      NM. Spent the night in a motel just two hours          through Richmond, come for a visit or a stay
No one sent in any news this time, so I'll have to    from Santa Fe. A week-long hot-air balloon             and see all my nifty treasures. (That's a hook to
fill in with my latest travel tales from last fall.   festival was in Albuquerque, so all the hotels         get to see your face again.)
 Hopefully, you'll be bored enough to send me         were filled there and up to Santa Fe, hence
news next time around (haha). Actually, I tried       stopping short. Saturday I drove up to Santa Fe        I look forward to seeing folks in June at the all-
so hard to single-handedly save the economy           and walked into the center of town to see the          class reunion. Still need volunteers to set up
last year that I won't be traveling this year,        famous Joseph stairway in the Loretto Chapel -         our class table in the gym. And I look forward to
unless I undergo wanderlust withdrawal                the circular stairway with no visible support. It is   someone we haven't heard from over the past
symptoms. Gotta pay down the credit card.             so steep! In fact, due to modern safety rules          few years to send me news for our next
 I drove to Santa Fe, beginning on Sept. 27th. I      and at the pleas of the nuns, a banister was           Mustang Review. What are you doing? Where
love a good road trip and this one was fantastic.     added and, more recently, iron braces. Oh ye           are you living or traveling? Please share your
 Drove from Richmond to St. Louis on Saturday         of little faith! It would take complete faith to use   story.
and spent two nights at my brother's house. It        that staircase without the banister and
was good to visit with him, since he lost his job -   especially if one had to carry anything, too. It's     Peace, Jo Freeman
just 3 years before retirement and now has to         the kind of stairway that you would have to
settle for a lesser pension payment. [Update:         stand straight and tall and look straight ahead,
 MO decided they made a mistake closing down          trusting your feet to know the way, since leaning
                                                      forward could throw you off balance. I am so
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Class of 67                                         joyously high-stepping across the field. We          conformity to the crowd was ferociously
By Rose Martin Daughety &                           plan to remember him and have a 1967 class           enforced in a million ways, Bruce defined his
                                                    get together at the Dogwood Café, 132 West           own way and his own style. He was someone
Barry Buschow                                       Broad Street, on Saturday June 27 from 4pm till      you didn't have to pretend with. And he opened
                                                    6pm before the evening gala event. Rick              his heart to all kinds of people. I think he taught
Barry and I are hoping we have a good turnout       Sebastian is calling it “Return to the Lone Star,    us all a lot about how to live our lives.
for the Class Reunion. Every year we lose a         Hugs with Mugs”. Rose and I believe Bruce
few more old friends. There is nothing like a       was a “best friend” to all of us at GM and he will   Dennis Begle - Every day is a gift! All my best.
childhood friend. The memories and stories are      not be forgotten because he personally touched
so sweet. Bruce Kuritsky's loss brings much         each one of our lives.
sadness. One evening he called me in Dallas                                                              Linda (Matthes) Hanlon – I’m so glad to have
and asked if I was available for a visit. Told me   Still having problems with undeliverable email,      seen Bruce a few years back at the reunion. He
he was down the street! Little child in hand,       so if you can send me your email address if you      was as wacky as ever. I have lasting memories
messy house, I reluctantly said yes. He             have not heard from me                               of his antics backstage at the various play
laughed and told me he was at home but just         (, or forward the               productions and the trips to Tops Drive-In after
thinking about me. Then many years later I saw      message to other classmates that would help.         rehearsals (in Larry Steubing's old taxi?). As
his picture in a newsletter from a Jewish           Check out the whole Mustang Review at                Jane said, "ah, life sigh".
Nursing Home. I called them and they got us
together once again to talk on the phone. There     .html. Rose and Barry                                Cathy Dixson - Just trying to hang in during this
are so many of you that mean the world to me,                                                            economic nightmare. Business is sporadic to
come up in my thoughts, and stories and             Rick Sebastian - Bruce E. Kuritsky, Class of         say the least but I'm still shooing pictures for a
prayers. I likely will NOT be at the reunion as     1967, passed away on November 8, 2008, at            living. As of January, I've been elected
my sweet daughter is getting married July 11.       his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, after two years     president of a nonprofit arts organization and
But I do hope those of you who are available        of living with Leukemia. With Bruce were his         that is keeping me busy. The Natchel' Blues
make every effort to attend.                        wife Pam, brother Paul, and his family dogs.         Network is dedicated to promoting the blues as
Rose Martin Daughety                                Burial was held at Temple of Aaron Cemetery          a true American art form. We've got an acoustic
                                                    on Tuesday, November 11th, with Shiva that           revival coming up in April in Hampton, VA. It's
From Sybil Clewlow:                                 evening at the Temple. Bruce was very                all free. You can check out the NBN at their
Yahooooo! I just booked Melbourne, Victoria         involved with the Temple of Aaron in                 website: Maybe
from July 1 to August 12. I will be substitute      administration and grief counseling. His             some folks up there might want to take a road
teaching in the Snowy Mountains, for part of        closeness to that community was evident by the       trip and come on down for the show on April
that time. God, I love that countryside. Flocks     many members at the services. Families in            18th.
with hundreds of sulfur crested cockatoos           attendance were his brothers, Paul and Louis
sailing across the hillsides. The Ministry of       Kuritzky, and cousins Ellen, Nancy, and Harvey       Skip Schwenn - My book ("Dogs of
Education told me to contact the principal and I    Switkis. Many friends from the Twin Cities plus      Meadowbrook") was released over
will be put up with local families. Mom’s first     Rick Sebastian and his sister, Sharon                Thanksgiving last year (2008), and is just now
question to me was, “Are you coming back?” I        Ferguson, representing GMHS.                         beginning to make the rounds of book reviews
had to tell her, “Mom, I never know.” I am so                                                            in state and regional newspapers and
excited. A special thanks to Mom and Dad for        Nina Cortada Winkler - Bruce was such a dear         magazines, along with book-signings at
giving me my lifetime dream trip. And, more         friend for so many years--we went to both high       independent and national chain book stores. It
special thanks to Bill and Robyn for taking care    school and college together. In fact, his parents    can be ordered through any book store, or on-
of Squeek Cat, lovingly known as “The Cobra”        took us both to Lynchburg College that very first    line at Barnes&,, or
for the noise she made when she lived under         day of freshman year and kissed me goodbye           directly from the publisher at
the covers and you sat on her. I love you all,      as if I were their child too! Bruce and I had a The book is somewhat
Sybil                                               very long phone conversation a few years ago,        unique, in that its focus is on the dogs (not the
                                                    and it was as if the years disappeared. He was       usual human autobiography in a doggy
Our class regrets to report the loss of Bruce       still the same incredible person--funny,             background), and it carries a humorous mix of
Kuritzky. Bruce passed away Saturday,               thoughtful, warm, and fascinating. He was            adventure, joy, loss and more than a little
November 8, 2008, after a struggle with             experiencing serious health problems then as a       magic, leaving the reader with a heartwarming,
leukemia. We are dedicating our page in this        result of an accident, and his gallant courage       uplifting message for everyday living.
edition to Bruce. Peter Overby summarized it        just blew me away. Bruce was one in a million.
this way: Bruce always seemed to be thinking        I have so many great memories of him: drama
beyond the limits of GM curriculum. He had the                                                           Class of 68
                                                    club, wonderful visits with him and his amazing
energy & personality to carry people along with     family, skipping out to the doughnut shop the
                                                                                                         Nancy Clark Aderholdt
his ideas. For me, one enduring memory is from      day we both (the Jewish kid and the Catholic)
the football halftime shows -- Bruce bedecked in    got the DAR good citizenship medals, riding          Well the reunion weekend is just around the
drum-major's uniform & shako, throwing his          around in his unforgettable vehicle, and just        corner. Please refer back to the main article
shoulders back, brandishing the baton and           hanging out. At a time in our lives when             which outlines the planned reunion events. Cal

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Simmons has graciously volunteered to host a            I’m whirling and twirling my way through the         How has life and retirement been treating you?
picnic at his home for the class of ‘68, family         days now with five or six projects going at one      Do you ever get to see anyone from our class?
and friends from other classes. Cal has a new           time – stress is just a distant memory. (I bet I’m   I’m looking forward to seeing everyone for our
house on the river (he says to bring your               even more relaxed now than you, Ted Yeary!           40th. Some days it seems like yesterday we
bathing suit – yeah right Cal I’ll do that!) and he     Is that possible?) Running around with Jake,         were running the halls at GM. Take care, Mary
has a boat! His new address if 8317 East                our sweeties of a labradoodle, is keeping me in      McCarthy Collins”
Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22308.            shape.
The house is located about four miles south of                                                               Well, Mary life and retirement has been treating
Old Town toward Mt. Vernon, just off the GW             Let me know if you might pass through our neck       me great! I haven’t seen folks, but have heard
Parkway. His phone number (in case you get              of the woods – central PA, and Carlisle in           from a few. I hope to see you all during the
lost) is (703) 347-6091. The picnic will begin at       particular, is a wonderful place to visit and we’d   reunion weekend. Please be sure to let Cal or
Noon on Saturday, June 27. ALL YOU NEED                 love to see you! Ginger cookies guaranteed.          me know if you will be coming to Cal’s house for
TO BRING IS A SMILE, YOUR DRINK(S) AND                  Cheers, Karen Ann”                                   the picnic – we need to plan the food! Hope to
A DESSERT TO SHARE! Please e-mail either                                                                     see all of you this summer – if you can’t attend,
me – or Cal –                        From Mary McCarthy Collins (September                please give me an update on what is happening and let one of us know if            2008) “ Hi Nancy - Life has been hectic but well     with you so I can tell folks! Also, please keep
you will be attending. Remember, family is              worth the chaos. I retired several years ago to      those cards, e-mails and phone calls coming - I
welcome as are friends from other classes.              work for my husband when his little company          love hearing from you! And don’t forget to
Now on to other news:                                   that he started took off. He is a Forensic           update your home and e-mail addresses on the
                                                        Architect and Litigation Specialist mainly for       GMHSAA website.
 From Karen Isackson Glick (August 2008):               commercial construction. We bought three
“Dear All, I left my position at Dickenson              acres of land here in Darnestown (the toolies
College (Curator of Visual Resources) on 6              between Potomac and Poolesville) and are in          Class of 1969
June, so I’m not using that e-mail address              the middle of trying to renovate this old place
anymore. Please changes my contact info to:             that was built in the 50s.
                                                                                                             By Barbie Blood I decided to take the leap
after Emily graduated from Bryn Mawr (math              Our eldest son and his wife lost their first born    Hi everyone and Happy Spring! While the snow
major) in May. We were at NASA’s Goddard                to a mitochondrial disorder when Jake was 14         is still on the ground here in N. Idaho, I know
Space Center yesterday (8/6/08) to attend the           month old. Since then they have adopted two          most of you are seeing daffodils poking through!
presentation of her final summer research               boys (now 4 and 6) three years ago from              And all of us are thinking ahead to that 40th
project – this year on Arctic Ice Oscillation.          Russia, and this summer they went back to            reunion coming up at the end of June. Pretty
(Jay Ardai –wasn’t ice your field of research?)         Russia and adopted two little girls (7 and 10). I    hard to believe that it’s been 40 yrs!
In two weeks she’ll start new faculty orientation       have become pretty good at charades, as I stink
in Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington, PA             at the little Russian I have been able to pick up.   I have heard from several of your friends and
where she will teach 6th and 7th grade math.            The girls are leaning English at a fast rate,        class mates recently, most of whom really hope
Megan, who graduated from Muhlenberg                    thank goodness! Mike works with us in the            to attend the all -class reunion. Mary Floyd
(comparative religion) in 2006 is awaiting board        family business.                                     Pond reports that she is in the process of
result for Navy OCS (Officer Candidate School)                                                               fighting ovarian cancer. She has had 3 chemo
selection, following in the steps of her ol’ mom        Our second son, Jamie and his wife live in           treatments so far and is holding up pretty well.
and dad – and grandpa! Our military needs               Arlington and have a four year old boy and a         She has been blessed to have had Margie
people with her thoughtful spirit…please keep           one year old little girl. I get to babysit them      Howard Mankin at her side through the whole
your fingers crossed for her! If that doesn’t           once a week when Patty works and I love it!          ordeal (in addition to Mary’s husband, Bill Pond,
work out, she plans to join the Peace Corp via a        James is a math teacher at Churchill High            or course ) . Mary and Margie have been close
Master program or head to New Zealand for a             School here in Potomac, and coaches several          friends since 4th grade and cherish their
year through the same program that granted her          sports.                                              friendship very, very much. Mary’s attitude is
a visa to live/work in Edinburgh, Scotland last                                                              great....she sees this as “just a bump in the road
year. Oh to be 24 again, huh??                          Our daughter (our later in life surprise package)    that she will get over! Go Mary!!! She expects to
                                                        is 23, beautiful, also a school teacher and          be well and in attendance at the reunion!
Dean and I are checking off projects on our old         finishing up her master’s degree. She teaches
townhouse (1841). Hope to get enough done               science in the special education department at       Good to hear from Larry Turner. “Hi, I just
that I can then focus my attention on opening a         Hoover Middle School in Potomac. She                 wanted to let you know I plan to come to the all-
Reiki practice in what was the old summer               currently lives with us while she is working and     class reunion and hope most of the class
kitchen, and getting my Etsy shop up and                going to John Hopkins in the evening until her       attends. Life has been good, I have 3 great
running. ‘Til then, I’m doing lots of writing. I        graduation in May. She attended Salisbury            sons but I am divorced and still working and
love having lots to do and, finally, time to do it. I   University and was a DJ on the radio down in         with the economy as it is I will never retire. I
specially love not having to work in the linear         Ocean City during her college years.                 hope all is well with you and I look forward to re-
mode that was imposed on me in the work                                                                      meeting everyone from our class.”
force. My natural inclination is to be circular, so
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 Diane Head Fischer (           Raleigh, so we expect more "reunions" in the             member String band. We're actually getting
checked in with the following: “Jeff and I             near future.”                                            paid to perform! I've been commuting the 10
continue to enjoy living on the Outer Banks of                                                                  hrs. to FC the last couple of years as my
NC, with a house on Albemarle Sound. The               Suzi Griffith Donaldson                                  mother still lives in her house on Buxton Rd.
beauty of the location is a daily reminder of why      ( reports from                  Her garden was on the Va. Historic House and
we moved in 1990 and a walk on the beach is            California: “ I am in the foothills of the Sierra's.     Gardens Tour last April--which she'd
all it takes to reinstill the love for our beach bum   North San Juan, CA. Two hours northeast of               signed up to do shortly before falling in said
lives! It is far from all play though, with Jeff       Sacramento; two hours southwest of Reno. My              garden and breaking her back. So I had to do
working building new homes for vacation or full-       husband of 25 years, and I bought 20 acres 20+           a lot of the gardening for her--but well worth it.
time residency, designing and building major           years ago and built our home (slowly). We are            Hope to be in FC for the reunion next summer.”
remodel/additions, and utilizing his electrical        off the grid (solar and wind) and a short while
license for lots of commercial and residential         ago I got satellite Internet. So I am connected.         T.A. Coons (‘64) is alive and well in Falls
work. He does manage to get in a weekly golf           Chickens, goats, dogs, cats... my dream back in          Church and still playing music several nights out
game with friends, often is found enjoying a           high school, I'm living it. The area I live in is full   of the week. He plays mostly penny whistle and
small plane ride with a friend with a private          of old hippies and young ones too. The local             bass for a local church in Winchester. He also
license, jumps at the chance to fish off the dock      "store" is Mother Truckers. Organic foods etc.           really enjoys playing Celtic jam sessions. T.A.
in our "back yard" or the surf and most certainly      and the community is full of artists, musicians,         has been doing cartoon illustrations for a
from any boat he is on! He is active in his            gardeners, and a great independent radio                 regional motorcycle magazine for years it
Rotary Club, teaches an adult Sunday School            station KVMR.” (Sounds like my kind of place!)           seems. I have been lucky enough to view a
class at our church, and continues his 1968 Sr.                                                                 DVD of his drawings....very good and quite
Superlative of "Friendliest".......he never meets a    Sadly, Lennice Werth lost her husband of 38              funny :). Check it out at
stranger!                                              yrs a few months ago; my heart goes out to     
                                                       her. But, she is still hanging in there and
I am in the final years of teaching (counting the      continuing her work for the legalization of              Mike Gibbons ‘68 has been in touch reporting
years/months/etc. until retirement) and juggling       medical marijuana along with several other               that he is happy, healthy, and celebrating life
time at school and time with our 4                     worthy causes. Go Lennice! Contact her at                every day. He has been married for 20 yrs, has
grandchildren. Both our sons (30 and 31) are           hifitown....                                             a daughter, step- children and grand-children.
married, with 2 children (girl and boy) each, and                                                               Mike has a great job that he has been with for
one more is due in January. I joke that's a            Janet Siniard ’70, is still very active with Lost        17yrs and enjoys working out at the gym
basketball team and I would still love one on the      Dog Rescue and is currently fostering a very             regularly. “Life is good” says Mike...and “keep
bench. With 2 granddaughters that are 4 yrs.           cute little cocker spaniel. Janet has decided to         smiling!” Mike’s email is .
old, and 2 grandsons that are 2 years old, we          stay in Falls Church till the market opens up
eagerly await the blessing of another baby! Our        again. Janet and I will be attending the June            Bill Crocker ‘68 has been in touch recently. He
oldest grandson was born in Ethiopia and joined        reunion together.                                        is soon to retire from the government. Way to
our family at almost 6 months old. Fortunately,                                                                 GO!
all my grandchildren (and their parents) love the      Jane Pope Rigot (
beach and their homes in Raleigh are only a 3          beamed in from Georgia....”Have been living in           Annie Lyons Nicely re-connected, and says
hour drive from here, so we all take turns driving     Augusta, GA for the last 15 years after                  she will have major back surgery in March. Pray
to see one another. I enjoyed being the first          husband retired from a 20 year career in the             that she is healed and ready to come to the
female Chairman of our church's Administrative         Navy. When he took his new job down here, it             reunion in June! She says she wants to come if
Board for 2 years, and am still very active with       was our 16th move in 20 years. We've lived               she is able.
many different activities there. I spend any free      everywhere from upstate NY to Wash. State to
time I can find reading, sewing (love quilting),       FL. Our 3 kids all graduated high school here            Through I have been able to
and enjoying beach life. Keeping up with Jeff is       with Kate (26) graduated from Northwestern               tune in on many of our old friends, in all classes.
my greatest challenge, and also the reason             Univ. and living in Denver working for a                 JoEllen Begle Shaw, Ben Bull, Teddy Yeary,
for all my laugh lines! We celebrated 35 years         nonprofit; Sarah (23), graduated from UNC                Terry Woolsey, Lennice Werth, Phil Jones,
of marriage this September!                            Greensboro, living in Raleigh, working for an            on and on. It’s easy to join, seems to not
                                                       architect and getting her Masters in Architecture        generate any junk mail and you can control who
I have recently reconnected with my dear friend,       at NC State; and Taylor (20), currently a junior         sees your stuff. Many of our friends are posting
Diane Nash, who didn't finish high school with         at Presbyterian College in SC, and studying              pictures on this site that you might enjoy. A
us, but many know. She and her husband and             this semester in Ireland. Have been involved             good way to stay in touch in-between
2 children have been living in Michigan. Their         with lots of volunteer activities at the kids'           newsletters. Check it out! I have started a group
daughter now lives in Raleigh less than 2 miles        schools, church, community, etc. and when                on there called GM Class of 69 and Friends.
from our oldest son. We have enjoyed visiting          we became "empty nesters", decided to fill the           The Class of ’68 has started a group on
together while visiting our kids and we marvel at      "void" in my life with learning a new instrument.        Facebook .com also.
the small world it truly is these days. She and        For the last 2 years I've been playing
her husband have purchased a second home in            the hammered dulcimer and am currently in an             Hope to see you all at the Reunion in June! As
                                                       ensemble of 5 hammered dulcimers and an 8                of now I am hoping to join the other classes at
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the State Theatre on Saturday, June 27th. I         Friday, June 26, 2009 Open House at Don              Maryland where she is a certified addiction
have not got the official okay yet, but it looks    Beyer Volvo (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) No Cost             counselor.
good!                                               Friday, June 26, 2009 GM High School Open
                                                    House (7:00 pm-9:30 pm) Cost $5                      Please send any information you would like to
Over and Out from Sandpoint, Idaho,                 Saturday, June 27, 2009 Picnic at Cal                see in the next Mustang Review to my e-mail
Barbie Blood – Class of 69                          Simmon’s (12:00 pm-5:00 pm) No Cost                  address at I am looking
                                                    Saturday, June 27, 2009 Saturday Night               forward to seeing each of you this summer.
                                                    Event (State or another venue) Cost TBD              Robbie Werth
Class of 1970                                       Sunday, June 28, 2009 Picnic at Cherry Hill
                                                    Park (12:00 pm-6:00pm) No Cost
By Robbie Werth
                                                                                                         Class of 1971
                                                    If you have not filled out your class
Hello and greetings from Northern Virginia          questionnaire, please do so as soon as possible
                                                                                                         By Billy Martin
where eight (8) inches snow fell on March 2,        so we can update your e-mail address. Due to
2009. I hope that all is well for the Class of      the down turn in the economy, we are trying to       Hello 1971 Alums. First and foremost I would
1970.                                               make these events as economical and as fun as        like to invite and encourage all of you to attend
                                                    possible. The mailing is just starting to come in    the All Class Reunion set for 26-28 June. Initial
Each of you should have received a letter from      and I have already heard from Bette                  responses from those I have contacted have
me announcing this summer’s All Class               MCCARTHY Morris, Jeannie MARTIN Walker,              been very positive, and I would encourage
Reunion. Let me first apologize there was a         Julia Hollandsworth, John Wagner, Barbara            anyone wishing more info to contact me via e-
mistake on the dates. The dates are from June       SMITH Depue, John Roebuck, Stephinie                 mail. The reunion weekend will kick off on
26 through June 28th, 2009. We are still in the     LINE Netolicky, Kim Champion Beasley, Joe            Friday night at Don Beyer’s Volvo Dealership for
process of finalizing the event for the Saturday    and Tina Earman, James Boyles, Jan Bigart            Happy Hour, then over to the school for the All
night. The scheduling of two (2) events for the     and Martha Payne Tucker. All these                   Class Open House. Class reps will be standing
Friday, June 26th at Don Beyer and the open         classmates are planning on attending.                by to welcome folks and hand out nametags.
house at George Mason, a multi class cook out                                                            On Saturday afternoon our class has been
on Saturday June 27th and the picnic at Cherry      We are missing the following classmates’             invited to join with several other classes at Cal
Hill Park on Sunday, June 28th have all been        addresses: Joe Carpenter, Kelly Champion             Simmon’s place on the Potomac for a picnic,
finalized.                                          Beasley, Gail Clinton, Peter Colonna, Denise         time TBA. Saturday night will be a multi-class
                                                    Conley, Ralph De Los Reyes, Dianne                   event at either the State Theater or another
During the day on Saturday we have been             Demille, Claudia Dewhurst, Richard Dumm,             location to be announced very soon via e-mail.
invited to attend a picnic at Cal Simmons (68’)     Joyce Fewell, Lani Fisher Browning, Peter            Sunday finishes up the weekend with the
from 12 pm to 5 pm. Cal’s house is on the           Fredenburg, Jorge Garcia, Gary Lyman,                traditional Cherry Park picnic and jam session
Potomac River with access from the George           Steve McIntyre, Christopher Neumann, David           where food vendors will be on hand to keep us
Washington Parkway. This event will be              Ordway, David Payne, Janet Reynolds,                 fed. Deb Weincek Rowan and Linda Gilley
informal with attendees bringing a small dish or    Shelly Sealock, Eric Sherman, Raymond                Moore are heading up the reunion efforts from
drink of choice. There was some confusion in        Shick, Wilson Stinson, Brenda Thorpe, Rena           up north and join me in encouraging you all to
the mailing that this event would take the place    Trexler, Maxwell Turner, Donald Vines,               attend.
of a Saturday night event. This event will be       Richard Warren, Susan Weiler Henley, Kathy
held in addition to the event to be held on         Wood and David Zell. If you know the address         Heard recently from Karen Daniel Decker, who
Saturday night and will be attended by              or e-mail for anyone on this list, please send it    with her husband Dave and their cat named
members of classes from the late 60’s through       to me by e-mail at                  Skunk, have retired to the Shenandoah region
the early 70’s.                                                                                          where Karen stays very busy volunteering her
                                                    Bette McCarthy Morris writes that she has            time to great causes. Karen was Chief
The Reunion Committee is still working on plans     retired from teaching in 2007 and is a Waterford     Magistrate in Fairfax County prior to retiring.
for Saturday night. In the past the event has       Crystal specialist. Jeanne Martin Walker is          Steve Grigg and his wife of 33 years Juanita
been at the State Theater. However, at the time     currently practicing real estate in Palm Beach       live in the Manassas area where Steve has a
of this article final arrangements are still        Gardens, Florida. Julia Hollandsworth has            landscaping business. They vacation annually
pending the outcome of negotiations with the        retired from teaching in Norfolk, Virginia.          in the Keys, and recently met up with Steve
State. If this venue can’t be secured than an       Richard McCarraher has retired from UPS and          Zlotnick and his wife Candace. Steve Z lives in
alternative location will be found. I have gotten   is currently working for Lee County, Florida         Sarasota Springs, New York and Steve is semi
responses from the classes of 67, 69, 70 and 71     where he is an athletic field’s specialist. Bryant   retired from a career in College Publishing. The
who want to participate. I am sure that others      and Deborah Hughes Ballard have retired in           photo below is of Steve Z on the left and Steve
will attend once the final details have been        Sierra Vista, Arizona. John Roebuck is now on        G on the right.
worked out. So a summary of the Reunion             the air on WKXU FM Country 102.5. Kim
events are as follows:                              Champion Beasley has started his own
                                                    architectural firm that he has operated since
                                                    1999. Jan Bigart is living in Finksburg,
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                                                       year is her 30th anniversary with the same          By the way, I am a 1975 GMHS alum, Mary K.
                                                       company, but no retirement in site. Terry says         (Hoover)Molineu. I received a BS degree in
                                                       she probably should have taken a government         Business Management from Radford University
                                                       job! Terry also hopes we'll be able to all get       in the early 80's. I have worked in the School
                                                       together some day, although she suspects even            of Theatre and Dance at James Madison
                                                       with her yearbook she wouldn't recognize            University for 20 years and love it. I am also the
                                                       anyone! Susan if you read this issue please             Executive Director for the Virginia Theatre
                                                       send me an e-mail and let me know what you’ve           Association. I have 2 grown boys, Bret and
                                                       been up to.                                         Ryan. Bret recently graduated from JMU and is
                                                       Mike Hoover is alive and doing well. Mike’s         working with mentally challenged young adults
                                                       sister wrote to fill us in. “I read in the recent    at a rehabilitation center. Ryan works at JMU
                                                       Mustang Review that you are missing contact           too - we are just a JMU family. I also met my
 (Steve Zlotnick (on the left) and Steve Grigg)        information for my brother, L. Michael Hoover.      husband, Don, at JMU. We all love living in the
                                                       He is alive and well and living in Laurel,                    beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
Linda Gilley Moore writes that her son, Sam            Maryland. He has worked as a manager for
graduated from High School last summer and             years at the Pepsi Cola Company. His 2              Our other brother, Jerry, is also doing well and
plans to stay locally for his first year in college.   children, Chris and Robyn, are grown and doing      resides in the City of Fairfax. He has operated
Linda was recently promoted to VP of Marketing         well. Mike recently married his soul mate,          a successful painting and decorating business
at ServiceSource where she has worked for              Wendi. I am including 2 photos from their           for over 30 years.
over 30 years. Congrats Linda! My home news            recent June '08 wedding. One is obviously of
is that in Dec, Alice and I will celebrate our 30th    the bride and groom and the other is Mike with      I also received an e-mail that Carol Whitlock
anniversary, and now have 3 absolutely                 his best man, his son Christopher.”                 Compher is still in the area. She is living in
wonderful grandsons. The grandparent gig is                                                                Frederick, MD. Carol it would be great to hear
the best thing going!                                                                                      from you. I heard from Carl Lindahl. He is
                                                                                                           living in Orlando FL with his family. Carl let me
 For those whose e-mail address I already have,                                                            know that Robbin Dibble is now living in Falls
expect an update to the reunion event as soon                                                              Church. And he believes that Mark Snider
as the final details are available. Additionally, I                                                        might be in the DC area, however, I have not
would encourage everyone to rsvp for the event                                                             yet located Mark. If anyone knows where he is
as soon as possible to allow the various                                                                   please let me know. If you know the
committees to determine expenses. Look                                                                     whereabouts of any of our classmates please
forward to seeing you all in June.                                                                         let me know.
Cheers, Billy
                                                        (Mike with his best man, his son Christopher)
Class of 1972                                                                                              Class of 1973
By Trisha Hopkins Phillips-                                                                                By Diann Bullock Watkins
                                                                                                           First things first: A photo in the last edition of the
Hi everyone, the All Class Reunion weekend                                                                 Mustang Review had an incorrect caption on it.
has been announced. The date is June 26-28,                                                                Devra Bailey Murphy sent it, and it should
2009. So please mark your calendars. Please                                                                have been captioned “This is Wade Murphy, my
let me know if any of you are planning to attend.                                                          middle son, and his girlfriend, Melissa”. Here’s
I heard from several classmates that were listed                                                           the photo again for clarification.
as missing.

Terry Edwards Artman is not really missing
after all. Terry changed her name to Artman 10
years ago. She and her husband live in Falls
Church, although not in the city. Her father is
still in the same house and has been passing
along the Mustang Review when it arrives.
Terry has one daughter and three beautiful
granddaughters (ages 14, 11, and 11 [yes,
twins]). Our granddaughters live with us so life
is quite busy. Terry and Susan Cumbey have
kept in touch all these years and see each other
as frequently as their schedules allow. This                          (Mike and Wendi)                                (Wade Murphy and Melissa)

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As many of you know, Jim Gathercoal passed          try and come back for the reunion although it         let me know if you would like to plan to have a
away on Oct. 21, 2008 of an apparent heart          will be a busy time for her at work. Here’s a         party or some other event so I can let others
attack. He was in Las Vegas, where he had           photo my husband took during her visit.               know. If you are coming from out of town and
recently moved to start a new life. His plan was                                                          need a place to stay let me know. I can't wait to
to start a tow truck company. There was a well                                                            see everyone at the all class reunion this June.
attended, emotional service at the American                                                               Brenda
Legion Hall in Springfield, VA, on November 7,
2008, and a moving graveside memorial on                                                                  Class of 1975
November 8, 2008 at the St. James Cemetery                                                                By Phil Acosta and Bill Bobb
on the corner of S. West Street and Fowler
Street in Falls Church.
                                                                                                          Greetings to all classmates,
Mary Beth Payne Cazzola informed me that
                                                                                                          We are attempting to get something together
her youngest sister, Jeanne Marie Payne
                                                                                                          "reunion-wise" hopefully before the year is out.
Rehanek's (’77) husband died of stage 4 colon         (Juliette Harton (center) and her father and        Please contact Phil Acosta
cancer on November 25th.                                                 Diann)                           ( or Bill Bobb
                                                                                                          ( as soon as possible if we
I also heard the following from Glen Hood:          We are enjoying having our son, Daniel                haven't been able to reach you already. We are
“Although it has been years, I am still very sad    Watkins ’06, back at home with us and                 also looking for anyone that can assist our
to hear about David Beagle’s death, along with      attending George Mason University. Things are         group with the planning and execution. Thanks
Harry McGinnis and Kathy David. They were           getting a little tight around here, though, as my     and hope everyone is doing well.
friends, and are surely missed. They were           husband was downsized from his public
GOOD people. Falls Church is a very small tight     speaking job in August 2008 and has been
knit community, so this affects all. Hope all is                                                          Class of 1978
                                                    unable to find full time employment. He’s done
well, and may those whom we love be blessed         some freelance work at the National Press Club,
                                                                                                          By Susan Richbourg Frick
and watched over.”                                  and we finished up a building project in October
                                                    2008, so that affords us some income for a little     Leon Geoffory writes… after years of living in
I’ve heard from several classmates that they are    while. If anyone needs an experienced video           the south, I retired from the Navy Seabees,
planning on attending the All-Class Reunion         editor/producer/sales or marketing                    moved back here and married my best friend.
starting Friday, June 26, 2009 and concluding       manager/public speaker, please let me know!           Kim and I literally dismantled a barn in Missouri
Sunday, June 28, 2009. They are also receptive                                                            when we were still just friends. Moved it piece
to the idea of joining the classes of ‘68 through   Hope to see many of you in June.                      by piece up to the top of Bull Run Mountain
’73 for a main event on Saturday night, June                                                              where I rebuilt it as our home. Then we got
26th, possibly at the State Theatre, so I’ll                                                              married in the house in 2005. We started our
proceed with that.
                                                    Class of 1974
                                                                                                          own business “Can Do Contractors” and we do
                                                    By Brenda Brown Green                                 home improvement and home repair. Our
John Krogmann says he and his wife, Carole,                                                               business is booming and life is good. We have
are expecting their first child on March 16th and   In July we hosted a reunion/get together with         3 grandchildren now. Check us out on the web
are excited beyond belief. They plan on coming      the class of "73". Present from ’73 were Shawn        at Can't wait for
to the reunion. Ray Tiley did his Santa duties      Warner, Terry Murphy Saenz and her                    the reunion to see everyone again.
again this year (see photo).                        husband, Paula Russo Gorman and her
                                                    husband, David Shaw, John Linton and his               Jaime Tucker writes… wanted to give you an
                                                    wife, Frank Cantore, and John Boaz. It was            update about my family. My wife Leslie and I
                                                    sure great seeing these folks again. From our         have been married for 26 years and I wouldn't
                                                    class were Tom Stickney, Greg Cronin, Betty           trade it for anything. We live in Stephens City,
                                                    Gardner, Karen Dixon, Brad Mechem and his             VA and love the Shenandoah Valley. Our son
                                                    wife, Mike Koontz, Jim Pope and his wife (it          Jamie is a senior at the University of Nebraska
                                                    was really great to see Jim Pope and meet his         and is due to graduate in the spring with a
                                                    new bride), Charlie Boaz, Robin Schwartzman           degree in Music Education. We are fortunate
                                                    and her husband, Joni Harris, Jon Crone and           that he is doing his student teaching in the
                                                    John Hunter. The event was held at Anthony's          Philadelphia area and hopes to land a job
                                                    in Centerville.                                       teaching in Virginia. I have attached a photo of
                   (Ray Tiley)                                                                            my latest project, restoring a 1978 MGB (Kevin-
                                                    I would like people to contact me with ideas for      thanks for your help, the beast is now running).
                                                    activities for our class to get together. Also, I     This type of project can make you feel old since
I had a visit from Juliette Harton and her father
                                                    really need people from our class to contact          the car was produced the same year we
after Christmas. It was good to see her again,
                                                    me if they plan to attend the all class reunion       graduated and is considered an antique. I want
but the visit was way too short. She’s going to
                                                    this June so I can start planning activities. Also,   to extend an open invitation to anybody that is
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traveling out this way to stop by and have a cold      be able to come for a reunion sometime. When        Combination ‘79-‘80 Class Reunion June 26th,
one (or two). Our door is always open to any           is another one planned?                             2009.
Mason grads. I keep up with George Mason                                                                   P.J. Skidoos, 9908 Fairfax Blvd,
football every fall and it is good to see that their    Susan writes… I’ve always wanted to be one of, 6:30-midnight, evening
Offensive line seems to provide more protection        the wives of Orange County. Perfect timing          casual, $50/pp, dinner, dancing and lots of
for their QB than we did, by the way Gary to did       Irene. Hopefully, everyone received an              catching up.
you ever write your book "Panic in the pocket"?        invitation in the mail by now. If not, here’s the
Best wishes to all.                                    long and short of it.                               This will be our 29th or 30th reunion.
                                                       George Mason Class of ‘78 – It’s Reunion
                                                       Time….A Class Affair                                We need emails and addresses and folks with
                                                        It’s been 31 years and that’s reason enough to
                                                       come to your old stomping grounds and catch         Tell your buddies, and make plans now!
                                                       up! We all have stories to tell – Bring them
                                                       (and your family!) We want a strong turnout so      Contact for ‘79=Karen Grubbs at
                                                       we can celebrate our 31st reunion in style! Join
                                                       your 1978 classmates for what is planned to be
                                                       a class affair on the weekend of June 26, 2009      Contact for ‘80=Jackie Cook at
                                                       – coinciding with the GMAA All Class 60th 
       (Jamie Tucker and his 1978 MGB)                 Anniversary of George Mason High School.
                                                                                                           If you have not already received your invitation
Susan writes… To clarify: The reference to             Friday, June 26th                                   for this reunion, please contact me.
“Kevin” is our own Kevin Melma who helped              5:00 pm – 7:00 pm - All Classes Kick-off            We had about 20 people at a mini-reunion at
Jaime with the car. I had to ask; I was sure           Happy Hour at Don Beyer Volvo (Sponsored by         Anthony’s in January and I think everyone had
Jaime was talking about Kevin Grim when he             FCEF) - (If you plan to attend this Happy Hour,     fun catching up, passing pictures and sharing
said “is considered an antique”. I stand               please let us know for planning purposes.)          memories.
                                                       7:00 pm – 9:30 pm - All Classes Open House          ’79 News:
Irene Minton Pham writes…thought I would let           at George Mason High School ($5 entry fee –         Teresa (Davies) Jacobsen: Greg and I still
you know what I've been doing. I’ve lived in           GMAA)                                               work for State Farm (25 and 22 years
Orange County, California for the past 23 years,       9:30 pm – 11:00 pm - Evening Close-out at           respectively). We love living in Winchester VA
unable to break away from 359 days a year of           Kenny & Kathy Correll’s home, Dunn Loring,          and have been here for 15 years now! We are
perfect weather. You might remember that my            VA                                                  blessed with a quiet and pretty peaceful life.
mom was Mr. Thom’s secretary for several                                                                   Haley, will graduate from high school nearly 30
years when we were in school. Sadly, she               Saturday, June 27th                                 years to the day that we did. She will be
passed away three years ago. I have missed             6:15 pm – 7:00 pm - Class of ’78 Reception          attending JMU in the fall on a volleyball athletic
her kind and constant encouragement so much.           at Fairview Park Marriott*                          scholarship. We are still in a state of disbelief.
I have been homeschooling for quite a few                                                                  Hannah turns 16 in June. Keep your small
years now, and graduated my oldest, Katie, last        7:00 pm – 1:00 am - Class of ’78 Buffet             children and pets off the streets; she has her
spring. My son Michael attends a local school, I       Dinner & Music at Fairview Park Marriott            leaner's permit! She is deeply into band &
am not that crazy--he's a junior. Emily & Angela                                                           drama. Her forensic short performance group
then are my only two students now, but we have         Sunday, June 28th                                   finished second in the state this past
so much fun together. We love to read and              12:00pm - Family picnic at Cherry Hill Park –       December. It is so crazy to see your child not
argue and raise all kinds of animals. My               All Classes!                                        only do, but excel at things you could never
husband Tien sees I am busy day and night,                                                                 even conceive of. We stay active with the kids
and doesn't question the outcomes. I had a             We’ve planned it as a group ~ and we want you       and are looking forward to all the changes that
wonderful time with Lucy Smartt Novak over             there! RSVP by May 1st! Contact us with any         being empty nesters brings.
Christmas in Texas; she lives in San Antonio           inquiries at If
now, and my family is mostly in Texas too. I           you let us know you are attending via email,        Bunky "Bob" Cohen is in Stafford with Shelia
also saw Bob Cash recently; he lives in LA. I          that’s great, but we can’t count you in until we    and 3 kids (Melissa, Alex and Julie). Michael
was able to get back to Falls Church 2 years           receive your check! Cheers, Your Reunion            Davies is living in London and working for
ago when my brother Bennett (class of 76) got          Chairperson Kevin Grim. Look forward to             Morgan Stanley. Michelle (Davies) Kelly is in
married, and visited several people there              seeing and hearing from everyone!                   Fishing Creek, MD with Kevin and daughter
including Phyllis Tenney and my old neighbors,                                                             Meghan (7 years old). Karen "Cohen" Brown
even got a tour of the house I grew up in. I had       Class of 1979                                       is in Marietta, GA with Tony and her 3, Maya,
not been back to Virginia for 12 years, and it                                                             Bear & Kobe.
was very moving for me to see so many things           By Karen Huber Grubbs
remain the same. I would love to think I might
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Susan (Willcock) Ballard: First, my oldest         Care. I think he has his LPN and RN and is in      specific information- you can contact me by e-
daughter, Amy, graduated from Virginia Tech in     college in Tennessee studying Nursing.             mail with any questions. I am still looking for
December. She finished in 3 1/2 years with 2       He may join Bobby Tuthill and make it to the       contact information for the following people-
separate degrees, one in Political Science and     reunion in June.                                   please contact me if you have a current address
one in Philosophy. She also minored in                                                                (e-mail or home):
Psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude          Mike Scanlan: It was great seeing everyone
and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa           who made it to Anthony's. A lot of years have      Ivan Alvarez, Kittiphan Chunhawong, James
honors fraternity. Tommy and I are really proud    past but everyone seemed to be just as full of     Clark, Michael Dawson, Rick DeCamp, Maria
of her accomplishments. She has applied to         life. Well, my brief stay in DC after my four      Depunizio, John Essig, Jean (Grant) Gushee,
Georgetown Law for the fall, just waiting to       years in Kyiv, Ukraine comes to an end this        Cary (Greenleaf) McGrath, Joe Heasley, Mary
hear! Secondly, Tommy (Class of 73) and I          June as I will head off for three years to         Hobbs, Kathy Holbrook, John Homan, Daria
are celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary       Minsk, Belarus. In Minsk, I will serve as the      (Jone) Thompson, George Kokkoros, Dean
this year with a cruise to New England/Canada.     Deputy Chief of Mission of our Embassy;            Lansing, Mary Meagher-Galano, Kurt Michel,
It, of course, is during the week of our 30th      however, given that they threw out thirty of our   Jim Moore, Ramin Moughtaderejad,
reunion from GM, so I won't be able to make it.    diplomats last year along with our Ambassador;     Malia Scanlan, James Keith Scott, Donna
Congratulations Susan and Tommy! We will           i.e., made them persona non grata; I will most     Shirley, Kamran Vazan, Sean Woods, or
miss you in June!                                  likely be the chargé d'affaires for a              Brenda Woudberg. Some of these I had
                                                   while. Belarus is often referred to as the last    addresses for, but they must have
Chris (Bobb) Belt: My only news would be just      dictatorship in Europe; it should be a fun         changed, since they were sent back to me. Any
to thank all those who sent warm wishes and        challenge. Best to all - Mike Scanlan              help would be appreciated.
condolences to the loss of my husband
Steve. We had 25 wonderful years together. A       Kathy Brown: is planning to make the reunion,      I have been in contact with a number of you
very special; thank you to Tina (Sprinkle)         all the way from Edmonton, Alberta Canada!         through Facebook. I've learned that: Jennifer
Barnhart and her husband John for so much          Sarah Lissfelt: has moved to a new address in      Lissfelt is a world traveler and has a business
support and love.                                  DC. Sarah also saw Bob Skelly and Andi             importing wines from South Africa; Mary
                                                   (Long) McGinnies at their 25th William & Mary      Sherman recently had a beautiful wedding to a
Meredith (Brents) Muhs: We live in Monument,       Homecoming Reunion in October.                     lucky guy named Jonathan-congratulations! (I'm
Co and have officially become "empty nesters".                                                        pretty sure she is the funniest labor law
Kid update is as follows: Andy is teaching High                                                       specialist I know); Maureen (Larkin) Davis
School in Aurora. Scott was accepted to            Lisa Lumsden: Missing folks: Tammy                 recently moved to the Pittsburgh area with Gary
Seminary and he gets married 7/10. Allison is a    McKenzie spotted in Sterling? Mike Schneider       and two children- her daughter attends JMU, my
Jr. at Jamestown College, majoring in Elem Ed      back from Greece, maybe in Reston? Elena           personal favorite college; Chris Mosio is a
and Leadership. Tyler is a Fresh at New Mexico     Denekas, Joan Fitzgerald, Cyrus Jiveh, Vida        cinematographer in Washington state; Lori
State Univ. where he is in the Professional Golf   Rebocca, Heidi Heyer, Andi Long???                 (Warner) Kirby has a daughter who was
Management (PGM) program, so he can                                                                   recently married, a son in college and a 12 yr.
manage courses and resorts. Steve (hubby) is                                                          old son at home; Beth (Hambrect) Francis
still adjusting to working in the civilian work                                                       has 3 children and lives in Hamilton, VA; Lori
force (ITT Corporation, Systems Division) after                                                       (Scheiter) Strong makes some beautiful
being in the Air Force 26+ years. I teach                                                             jewelry among other things; Nancy (Hannum)
Taekwondo and will be a Red Belt soon, which                                                          Peppler lives in Cleveland with her husband
means 9 belts down, 4 to go, to reach Black                                                           and 2 daughters; and Betsy (Dolan) Quinzio
Belt! I am hoping to make the Reunion in June.                                                        works at William and Mary and seems to enjoy
                                                                                                      running! If you join Facebook, look me up.
Tim Lyberger: is a Youth Counselor at Pender
United Methodist Church in Fairfax. He enjoys                                                         It's been great connecting with those I've
talking about young people and Jesus. He is                                                           mentioned and others, and I look forward to
sporting an arm cast in a sling due to a canoe                                                        laughing, dancing, talking and eating with you at
adventure involving a giant rock and a deep         (Five Huber GM Alumni 2007: John (’84), Dan       the reunion!! If you haven't already, get your
pool, and loved every minute of it. Dennis            (’81), Marian (’73), Ken (’75), Karen (’79))    form and finances in as soon as possible.
Burdick: has an extensive web site of his family
and adventures, including a 2007 trip through                                                         As for me, I'm to be a grandmother in August!
the Garden of the Gods, Rocky Mountain Nat’l                                                          Johnathan and his wife surprised us with news
                                                   Class of 1980
Park, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone at                                                                 at Christmas. My daughter, Sarah, is studying                            By Jackie Beinhard-Cook                            to be a Dental Hygienist and has cleaned my
                                                                                                      teeth- a good relationship is so important at
Toby Ritenour: is busy with 3 children and he      Hello, Hello! I've been doing my best to get in    times like this- and my youngest, Nick, will
is teaching CPR and working in Home Health         touch with everyone about our up-coming            graduate on June 26th, so I will not see you for
                                                   reunion. Check out 1979 Class notes for

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the Friday night fun at George Mason, but I        Department has retired and flew south to Florida      the tumor was growing quickly. Our local doctor
will see you Saturday night and Sunday.            with his wife Linda.                                  sent us to UVA Cancer Center for treatment,
                                                                                                         where I began chemotherapy. I was able to
I look forward to hearing from more of you and     Kathy White Hill: Parents are celebrating their       donate most of my hair (20 inches) to Locks of
seeing you in June- remember if you have           50th wedding anniversary this July in Oregon          Love, before I lost it all from the chemo.
information on any classmates I mentioned,         where her sister Karen lives.                         My son, Anthony Walker Bowman, Jr, was
please contact me with addresses (thanks).                                                               born five weeks early on November 12, 2007,
Until then take care and enjoy the day!            Jan Strub Hatzakos: She and husband Pete              but VERY HEALTHY !! After his birth I had
                                                   celebrated their 10 year anniversary November,        more chemotherapy and in March of 2008 I had
                                                   2008 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their 2               a complete mastectomy. As of March 2009 I
                                                   children, Desi (8) and Alex (6) had fun at their      have been cancer free for one year !!!!
Class of 1981
                                                   Yaya’s house.
By Jean Marie DiLoreto King
                                                   Below are classmates that we do not have
We have some wonderful stories below from                                                                Class of 1983
                                                   current information on, so please look over the
some of our classmates, please continue to         names. Please remember to email me when               By Tom Clinton
send me stories of your life so we can share       you move or if your email address may change.
with all. I do hope everyone will take time to     In June 2009 GMHS will be hosting another             Dear Classmates,
come to the multi year reunion this June.          multi year reunion and to make sure the news
                                                   gets out I am trying to keep all contact              Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this
Ena Del Vecchio Jones: She and husband Jeff        information as current as possible. The list is       year’s reunion festivities! The countdown is now
celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in       getting smaller….                                     less than four months away until the George
November 2008, as well as having moved from                                                              Mason High School Alumni Association’s All-
Florida to Cleveland, Ohio recently and is         Brian Albrecht, Edward Brown, Guy Brady,              Class Reunion Weekend will be held the
adjusting to the winter weather. She recently      Tony Bryant, Jeff Carlson, Katherine Cheek,           weekend of June 26th- 28th, 2009. The City’s
jumped right in with snowboarding lessons,         Michael Davies, Joann Denekas, Pam                    School system will be celebrating its 60th
which were AWESOME, but is paying for it with      Edwards, Rebecca Erazo, Shannon                       Anniversary, and our class will be celebrating 26
physical therapy -- seems if you land on your      Flemming, Kim Graham, Robert Goff,                    years since we graduated from George Mason!
hip a trillion times, you end up with "traumatic   Richard Gray, Robin Greenleaf, Brian                  Wow, how time flies!
bursitis. Ena is trying to look at it as a well-   Hecker, Christine Howard, Jacquelyn
earned battle scar. There oldest son just          Jackson, Pete Kiser, Ann Legg, Marybeth               We are working with several other class
started in the film program at NYU.                Lynch, Randy Mauck, Chris McCarthy,                   representatives to again have a large multi-
                                                   Robert McCauley, Terry Milburn, Tom                   class GMAA party at the State Theatre on
Maura Wood Vonasek: is living north of             Patrick, Tina Rogers, Jonathan Sargent, Cliff         Saturday night. Their web site is
Baltimore and is busy raising her two daughters,   Shannon, Steve Singleton, Larry Smith,       The event will be
ages 16 & 17. The oldest is heading off to         Steve Strain, Kenny Thompson, Dawn                    very similar to what we did last time where
college in the Fall and is looking to study        Twomey, Greg Walker, Sheri Weintz, Chris              multiple GM classes and individual GM alumni
nursing. The youngest is an outstanding soccer     Wade, Mee Wah Yee, Scott Young, & Randa               from other classes that aren’t having a reunion
player and has hopes of playing in College.        Yousseff.                                             this weekend, can be all together in one location
Maura works for Johns Hopkins University,                                                                to eat, drink and reconnect with each other.
managing faculty and grant budgets in the           From Gail Bruton Bowman: Well Jean I
Center for Imaging Science, a part of the          would like to take this opportunity to thank all of   The last time we had the full run of the Theatre
Biomedical Engineering Dept                        those who sent me emails & cards with words of        from 7:30 pm until 11:30 pm and it was a lot of
                                                   encouragement, prayers, love & friendship             fun. The details about the costs and the hours
Tina Bagapor O’Harrow: Would like to let           during a very difficult time in my life. With a big   have not been finalized yet. We are trying to
everyone that we have created somewhat of an       THANK YOU to Lisa, Jane & Barbie for their            keep costs down but this event only happens
exchange on Face Book and there are lots of        love & support. And, Barbie I can't even begin        every five years so we hope you can attend. We
folks from GM that have been "friending" each      to express my gratitude for all your kindness &       will probably sell tickets through the various
other there. Join Facebook and then join           your devoted friendship (& all those wonderful        class representatives again. Since this is
George Mason High School. Even a few               home cooked meals!!) I will try to make a very        dependent on the number of classes that are
teachers are on board.                             long story, short ...In March of 2007 my              participating and the number of alumni and
                                                   husband, Tony & I (most of you met him at our         spouses from those classes that commit to
Barbara Sprinkle Kinsey: She and husband           last reunion in Falls Church) found out we were       attending, we will need your enthusiastic
Dave celebrated August 6th 2008, 25 years of       going to have a baby! What wonderful news!            support to again make this event a success. A
marriage.                                          We were all very excited, including Tyler (our 15     back up plan will be created.
                                                   year old!) But, then in September of 2007, and
Jose’ Arango: After 25 dedicated years of Law      six months pregnant, I found out I had stage 2        You’ve probably been back to the State Theatre
Enforcement with Fairfax County K-9                invasive breast cancer, which was aggressive &        since it was renovated, but it case you haven’t;

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it’s a great in-town venue for a large party! If     third GM Alumni Association All-Class Reunion        complete weekend put together for our reunion.
you think you want to attend, please e-mail me       Weekend!                                             We have a decent hotel booked in Clarendon,
with your preliminary interest, how many will be                                                          with a nice party room on the top floor reserved
attending and all of your contact information,       Tom Clinton                                          for both Friday and Saturday night. We also
including your e-mail address (and any other e-                                                           have the Mason ball fields reserved for a “family
mail addresses of our fellow classmates),                                                                 friendly” Saturday afternoon. Coupled with the
current street address and a phone number. I                                                              events of the “all-class” reunion weekend, we
                                                     Class of 1984
will send out details about the Saturday night                                                            think we’re in pretty good shape.
event at the State Theatre as soon as they are       By Rich Condit
finalized.                                                                                                Some of you may not be aware but, it has been
                                                     Our 25th Year Reunion is upon us! This is also       decided, by the deciders, that we would go
Many people are expected to participate in the       a year for the GMHSAA All Years Reunion              forward with a multi-class reunion of our own, to
various GM alumni weekend activities. It all         events, so just like the last several times; there   include ’88, ’89 and ’90. Everyone who
starts with snacks and drinks on Friday night at     will be lots of other GM alumni in town during       provided feedback, seemed to be in favor of the
the Falls Church Education Foundation’s Alumni       our reunion weekend. Plans are underway for          idea, and so it will be. We have blocked off 30
Reception held at the Don Beyer Volvo                our class specific event for Saturday June 28th      rooms, for discounted rates, at the Arlington
showroom at 1231 W. Broad Street from 5 – 7          so save the day! For our 20th, we joined forces      Court Suites. There is plenty of availability to
pm. There is no charge for this event, and it will   with several other classes and held an event at      exceed the 30 rooms but, we must have at least
be followed at 7 pm by the traditional “Open         the State Theatre. There is a similar event          20 booked to maintain our reservation of the
House” held up at George Mason, and for the          being planned for this year. Please go to            party room. The cost, per night, for a one room
first time, at the new Mary Ellen Henderson to learn              suit with either one king bed or two queens is
Middle School.                                       more about what our class is planning, and           $149; for a two room suit, $169. The two room
                                                     what you need to do to get tickets. There is a       suits are very nice and, in my opinion, definitely
Our class and many others will have dinner and       also a list of missing classmates on that page,      worth the extra $20 – they are also very late-
drinks Saturday night at the State Theatre. I’ll     and we need your help to find them. While not        night-party friendly. There are pictures of the
also be organizing the Sunday afternoon family       all of our classmates will be able to make it, I     rooms on the web site posted below. We know
picnic again in Cherry Hill Park from 12 until 5     want to make sure that as best we can all of our     to some the room cost may seem pricey,
pm. This picnic will be a great chance for           classmates KNOW about it. Since we were              however the planners considered various
everyone to see each other, including spouses,       such a small school, we might be able to find        options and decided it is actually quite
kids and even our parents, in an informal park-      our classmates by finding their brothers and         reasonable given what other hotels in the area
like atmosphere. Bring your own food and             sisters in other class years, so for you other       cost, and the excellent location (metro
drinks, or vendors will be available for your        alumni, please feel free to surf into the site as    accessible and very near the best
convenience.                                         well. If you know how to contact the sibling of      bars/restaurant area in northern Virginia), and
                                                     one of our missing classmates, please let us         what is being offered for the price (things like a
If you, or if a GM Alumni you know, is in a band,    know.                                                free morning breakfast buffet, business center,
or just would like to play or sing with other                                                             and gym).
friends and GM alumni on Sunday afternoon,           Matt Sullivan recently played with his band
please contact me at I’ll       "Bruce in the USA" at the State Theatre in Falls     The party room comes with a relatively small fee
be lining up live entertainment again to play in     Church. By all reports it was great, and there       of $200 (if we clean up after ourselves) or $400
Cherry Hill Park. This free GM alumni                was a good size gathering of Mustang                 (if we do not). They do the morning buffet in that
entertainment was a big hit at the last two          Alumni from several class years there.               room so; it would need to be very clean. My
picnics. I’d imagine that many GM alumni would                                                            guess is we probably won’t want to do that
also be gathering at Ireland’s Four Provinces,       Our thoughts and prayers go out to Susan             ourselves at 2:00 in the morning. There will also
the Dogwood Tavern and Argia’s throughout the        Schneider Eddy, who just recently lost her           be the expense of a cash bar, light hors
weekend as we once again take over Falls             father.                                              d’oeuvres and a DJ. The cash bar and hors
Church City!                                                                                              d'oeuvres would only be for a couple hour
                                                     Please send us your news and photos to the           period. Beyond that it will be a BYOB situation
I do need everyone’s current information, and        above email address. We'll put them in the           at the hotel. The idea of having babysitters at
especially their e-mail addresses sent to me.        Mustang Review and our website!                      the hotel has been brought up. I am sure it
When we finalize the State Theatre                                                                        would be helpful to some people. Martha, and a
arrangements, I’ll send more details out via the                                                          couple of others who are local, have said they
US mail and e-mail. Please check the “missing”       Classes of 1988, 1989 & 1990                         may have people who would be able to help
alumni list from this Mustang Review, or to look     By Michael Willner                                   with that. If you are interested, please let us
up more reunion weekend details, including                                                                know so we can get an idea of how many sitters
lodging information, go to:          Hello everyone,                                      would be needed.
We want to make sure everyone is invited.
Again, plan to be in Falls Church City for the       Well, we are about 80% of the way to having a        If you are interested in a room, just contact the
weekend of June 26th-28th, 2009 to attend the                                                             hotel and let them know you are a part of the
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George Mason Reunion group. Our deadline to                                                                what's going on! Starting out on a down note, it
reach 20 rooms is June 1st. If you are planning        Friday 26th                                         saddens me to have to relay the passing of one
to get a room, please try to take care of that as                                                          of our own. William "Billy" Schultes passed
early as possible so we are not sweating it close      5 – 7pm All-class Happy Hour/ Street party at       away June 25th, 2008 after a brief but
to the deadline.                                       Don Beyer                                           courageous battle with cancer. He leaves
                                                       7 – 9:30pm All class GM open house ($5.00           behind a wife of 18 months, Michelle Woodard           usual fee that goes to the GMAA)                    Schultes, mother and step-father Ellen & David
virginia-VA058?promo=gglocal                           9:30pm Whatever bar you choose (probably            Silvers, brother Jeff Schultes (class of '84),
                                                       4p’s will be popular) and/or Party Room at the      sister Jen Silvers, father William Schultes,
We have the Mason Ball fields reserved from            Hotel (BYOB).                                       nephew Zach Schultes and niece Taylor
11:00 to 4:00. We were thinking we would hang                                                              Schultes.
out, play softball, volleyball, soccer or kickball,    Saturday 27th
have a cookout, and maybe have a bounce
house and/or something else for the kids. That         11:00 – 4:00 GM ball fields
part of things would be in the 20% of the plan         4:00 – 8:00 Dinner - You are on your own
that is not completely squared away though. If         8:00 –10:00 Cash Bar/ light hors d’oeuvre’s
anyone is interested in helping out with the           10:00 - Party Room/ Bar
details on that, just let us know.
Regarding dinner on Saturday, we felt that it                                                              (Midhelle and Bill)
would be easiest to leave that up to you. We felt      Noon to whenever – All-class Cherry Hill picnic     On the bright side, I'm hoping to see most of
that people would connect on Friday night and                                                              you at our 20th (a year early) reunion this
Saturday, and would probably like to get dinner        The cost for covering “group” expenses has not      summer, June 26-28. We've been planning with
together on their own, and then meet up with           yet been determined but, because many of the        the classes of 88 and 89 on a joint event and it's
everyone else afterwards, at the party room.           expenses are up to the individual, we do not        almost all come together. If you would like to
Leaving dinner up to people also allows them to        expect it to be too much, maybe $20 or $30.         contribute or help out, let me know. I will gladly
make the choice on how much they wish to                                                                   add you into the mix. I live in Cary, NC and can
spend as opposed to a large group event with a         For those of you who are not aware, we have a       only do so much being a few hundred miles
fixed price that some might find too high. There       reunion web site on It is             away.
are several great places to eat close to the           probably the best way to keep updated on
hotel.                                                 reunion stuff. To get onto the site you will need   If you have any updates, want to get in touch, or
                                                       to create an account, then go to “groups” and       any other reason, I can be reached at
Though it is not set in stone yet, we will             type George Mason 888990 reunion - that’s it. I or My
probably have the cash bar from about 8 –              would encourage everyone to use this site as        phone number is 919-961-0367. You can also
10:00 at the party room (which is actually called      their primary source for information so, that the   find me on Facebook. Cheers! Chris
The Capitol View Room). Then we thought                planners do not have to send too many
people might like to go out to a bar for awhile.       individual e-mails. If you do have more
We would still have the party room but, there          “individual” questions, please feel free to
are a few decent bars within a mile or so, so we       contact us though. More details will be posted      Class of 1993
figured we would designate one and have that           on the Facebook reunion site, (George Mason         By Katherine Temple Craig
as an option. The hotel does provide a shuttle         888990 reunion) and e-mailed around as they
but, I wouldn’t necessarily count on it. Because       become available.                                   Happy New Year. Hope 2009 is proving to be a
we are so close to the Arlington nightlife, cabs                                                           wonderful year for you and yours. I have a few
will be relatively cheap. Then, if anyone is still     Michael Willner         birth announcements:
up for a little late-night, they could return to the   Rob Elmore
party room. At that point though, we would need        Chris Hurley                       Margaret Bryant Kelty and her husband
to keep the volume under a bit more control.                                                               welcomed a baby girl into the world on October
                                                       Take care,                                          21, seven weeks earlier than expected. Rachel
We have heard that there may also be an event          Rob                                                 Grace weighed in at 4 pounds 15 ounces and
on Saturday night at the State Theater for all                                                             17 inches long. Margaret reports that after
classes as well. We don’t know if that is firm or      Class of 1990                                       spending three weeks in the hospital, Rachel is
not but, from what we understand, it would be a                                                            home, almost 11 pounds, and growing like a
$35 cover, plus cash bar. Because it is not firm,
                                                       By Chris Hurley                                     weed! Margaret and her family are now living in
we will go ahead with our plans and if it comes                                                            Belize for the next few of years.
                                                       Greetings fellow classmates of 1990! It’s been
to be, then it will just be another option.
                                                       a while since there's been an update for the
                                                                                                           Eugenia Leachman Grow gave birth to a baby
                                                       Class of '90. I'll do my best to keep things
So, as it stands now, the weekend looks like                                                               girl in October. This is her 4th child with her
                                                       going, but I need your help in updating me as to
this:                                                                                                      husband, Brad. Lucy Elizabeth was born on
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October 14th weighing in at 7lbs 3oz. Lucy joins      on the West coast. She has been working in             ten years, two sons: Cashel (2) and Tobin (5),
big sisters Carrigan (6) and Holliday (2) and big     finance for ten years and is presently a Principal     dog and chickens, and a daughter on the way.
brother Daniel (5).                                   Financial Analyst focused mostly on defense            He's working on a PhD in philosophy at Boston
                                                      contracting. She has enjoyed hiking on both            College (inspired, like so many others, by the
Lance Guckenberger and his wife, Emily, also          coasts and lived in Germany at the turn of the         Theory of Knowledge class) and is teaching at
had their 4th child in August. A little boy named     millennium where she was surprised and                 BU as well. Most of his adult life has been
Cole. He joins big sisters Abby and Sara and          delighted to find herself the only American at         spent in various forms of graduate school in
big brother Nate.                                     some traditional German festivals, cheering            locales such as Vancouver, Memphis, and now
                                                      along with the locals at the hay rolling               Boston. With the right mix of determination and
On a different note, since we did not have our        competition.                                           student loans such a thing is possible. Chris
15-year reunion, which was this past summer                                                                  would also like to report that a few years ago in
(believe it or not), we could have a class get        Melinda Yeary, now Lindy Knapp, is married to          Memphis he ran into the one and only Chad
together on Saturday, June 27, during the All-        Bobby Knapp, a Fairfax Deputy Sheriff, and             Jackson, almost literally. He was playing with
Class Reunion. If you are planning on attending       lives in Spotsylvania, Virginia. After winning a       his dog in a park and there was Chad - engaged
the All-Class Reunion, interested in having a         battle against cancer, she gave birth to their first   in a classic match of ultimate frisbee. In Chris'
class get-together, or willing to help out, please    child last year. Her dad, Ted Yeary (class of          own words "the guy can still run - and FAST."
let me know. Anyone willing to hold a party at        '68), was recently entered into the George
their house??? :)                                     Mason High School hall of fame for track and           Well, in true high school form it's after midnight
                                                      cross country. She is enjoying her new life as a       and this homework assignment is due tomorrow
Drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.            stay-at-home mom, caring for their baby girl           morning. I hope to see you at the reunion this
                                                      Ashleigh, a dog and three cats. In her spare           June, as no newsletter, Facebook group, or
Take care, Katherine Temple Craig                     time she is helping her husband get ready for          random encounter will quite compare to the
                                                      his 250 mile bicycle ride with the Police Unity        feeling of being back in Falls Church with so
                                                      Tour this May.                                         many familiar faces from our childhood.
                                                                                                              Whether we were close friends or simply
Class of 1994
                                                      Once found in a red Jeep offering rides to fellow      classmates, together we comprised a family of
By Lars Howlett                                       classmates, Peter Johnson now lives in                 sorts, sharing in some of the most formative
                                                      Cleveland Ohio, with his wife, Emmy, and three         years of our lives. It will be touching and
Howdy folks.. ! The big news on the Class of          kids.. Silas (6), Simone (5), and Wyatt (2). For       profound in ways that we can not anticipate to
'94 front is that excitement is building for our 15   the past nine years, he has worked in Marketing        be in each others' presence once again. Just
year reunion taking place this June 26-28th,          for Philips Healthcare focused on CT scanners.         like most family reunions it may be a long time
2009 in ye ole Falls Church. Friday and Sunday        Fellow Mustang Kristin (McDonald) Stevens              since we last heard from each other or see one
we will join in the trip down memory lane with        lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband           another again, but it will wonderful to say hello
the other alums at the All-Class Reunion happy        and two and two-thirds daughters (the other            and gather together to remember the time in our
hour, campus tour, and family picnic. Saturday        third of the third should be complete on or            lives that we shared together and maybe even
we are responsible for our own day of                 around May 22nd). Kristin has been working             form some new memories, connections and
merriment and if my Ouija board continues to          under the umbrella of both adult and pediatric         friendships in the process. I hope you can join
point toward the letter K it's looking like midday    cardiology for the last 10 years, currently            me in cheers to that on Friday, June 26th !
kickball and kabobs followed by an evening of         working at the Medical College of Virginia doing
karaoke and kocktails. Kan't beat that ! Much         ultrasounds.
of our organizing and re-connecting is occurring
on Facebook so search for the "GMHS '94                                                                      Class of 1995
                                                      Sara (Brock) Kirkwood married her husband,
Reunion" group and RSVP on the event page             the wonderful Ryan Kirkwood on January 3,              By Sharon Eldridge
posted there. You can also e-mail                     2009 at The Falls Church in Falls Church. Also if you're not on Facebook or          from our class, Susan (Phillips) Hartman was           Hi, everyone! We’ve got news (most of it of the
would like to pass along the contact info for our     her matron of honor. Other GMHS’ers in                 baby nature). Emily (Thomas) Guckenberger
other high school friends. We're now in touch         attendance included Eddie & Becky (Martin)             and her husband Lance welcomed their fourth
with about two-thirds of our class and are            Anderson and Lauren Kramer-Dover. Sara                 child, a little boy, Cole, on August 5, 2008.
hoping for fifty percent turn-out. Don't wait for     lives in Arlington, Virginia and works for the         Congrats, Guckenbergers! Cathy (Bautista)
the 18 year or think this will be like the twelver,   Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Senior              Hill writes: “I just had my second baby in
the big 1-5 is the one you and yours should           Attorney/Team Leader for New Reactor                   December. Mason was born December 5, 2008
attend !                                              Programs. There she focuses on safety and              to proud parents Mike and Cathy Hill and proud
                                                      environmental licensing reviews for new nuclear        big brother, Tyler (see picture below). We're all
Checking in with some old friends, study              reactors, mostly under development in the              still living in Mechanicsville, VA and enjoying life
partners, teammates, and homeroom buddies             southeastern United States.                            as a family of four! See you all on Facebook :).”
finds that Jane Perez is happy to be re-
connecting with family and friends, once again        Chris Yates presently lives in Massachusetts           Bethany Day Nelson and husband Zach
living in Falls Church after enjoying two years       with his wife (Christy Borgman Yates) of nearly        welcomed their first child, a baby girl named

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Sadie, in January 2009. In February, Joe              rooms reserved at the Westin at Tysons Corner      her now husband Larry tied the knot in
Conaty and his wife Jennifer announced the            and the alumni committee has also reserved the     October at the Monte Carolo Resort in Las
birth of their daughter, Emerson Claire Conaty.       State Theater as an option for any class that      Vegas and Amanda and her husband Martin
The happy family lives in Raleigh, North              would like to participate for a small fee.         also married in October in Leesburg VA.
Carolina. Also in February, Adam Tarr and his
wife Rainy became parents to Noah Henry Tarr.         Hope everyone is doing well and I look forward
Congrats, new parents! And many good                  to hearing from all of you!
wishes/good luck.:)
                                                      Jennifer Williams Persson
Eugene Simopoulos is finishing his surgical
intern year in Urology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He
says, “One year down, only four more to go!” If
you’re on Facebook, please join the group that
Toan Do created for our class (“George Mason
High School Class of 1995”). There is talk of a
15th reunion… stay tuned, take care, and happy
                                                                                                                          (Mandy & Jeff)

                                                                                                         I know there are tons of new jobs,
                                                                                                         engagements, weddings and little babies being
                                                                                                         born to a lot of classmates. Congratulations to
                                                                                                         all of you and I would love to include your happy
                                                                                                         and exciting news in the next review! Feel free
                                                                                                         to get in touch with me, I would love to hear
                                                                                                         from you :)

                                                                                                         Class of 1999
                                                        (Karen Kannapel Shrader and her husband
                                                                                                         By Olivia Thomas Devescovi
    (Tyler (almost 3) giving Mason a kiss.)"
                                                             Josh proudly present Samantha)
                                                                                                         Our 10 year reunion is this year! Can you
                                                                                                         believe its been 10 years?! I can’t!
Class of 1996                                                                                            Unfortunately, I only have a couple updates
By Jennifer Williams Persson                          Class of 1998                                      since this issue we’re going to focus on the
                                                      By Anna Molaski Lamb                               reunion details (below). First off, please note
I can’t believe another six months has gone by                                                           my new email address for updates and reunion
already. I have news from a couple of our             Happy Spring everyone! Hope all are happy          news: Please send
classmates:                                           and healthy so far this new year. Probably         me any pictures recent and from high school
                                                      around the time this review gets published, my     that you’d like for me to include on our reunion
Karen Kannapel Shrader and her husband                husband and I will have welcomed our first child   slideshow! The more the merrier!
Josh Shrader delivered their first baby on            into the world! I am due around the end of
December 21, 2008. Her name is Samantha               March, beginning of April and we couldn't be       Reverend Jake Taylor (yes, I said
and she is just adorable! They were nice              more excited to meet our little one. My            REVEREND) has informed me that he plans to
enough to share a picture with us.                    apologies for the short article, I blame           open a Fairfax location of his bar, the Black
Congratulations Karen and Josh!                       pregnancy brain :)                                 Rooster Pub coming before 2010. Lots of baby
                                                                                                         and wedding news: I heard that Amanda
Tucker Reals and his wife are expecting this          Congratulations go out to Mandy Lucas on her       Cameron and Lauren Lewis both had beautiful
spring and hope to make an appearance in              recent engagement and upcoming wedding to          babies! Newly engaged is Valerie Susen!
Falls Church around Thanksgiving. ☺ They are          Jeff Welsch in August in Sterling VA. They will    Recently married since the last update are:
still happily living overseas!                        be having a Karaoke theme wedding since that       Kelly Schumann, Brian Nguyen, Jeff Daube,
                                                      is how the two met! Congratulations and best       Erin Sweeney, Jimmy Laing and myself. Here
Also, I want to remind you all that our All-Class     wishes to the happy couple! (See Attached          is a picture of Kelly and her new husband Ron.
Reunion is coming up the weekend of June 26th,        Picture of Mandy and Jeff)                         They were married at Lake Anna, VA.
27th and 28th. If you’re interested in setting up a
formal or informal get together let me know! I’d      Congratulations also to Amy Tierney Stevens
love to start coordinating now. There are hotel       and Amanda Guthridge Billenstein. Amy and

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                                                   catch up with old friends. You do not want to        Jen (Powell) Robinson got married at end of
                                                   miss this event!                                     last August, with Anne Petraeus and Lara
                                                    Who: Class of 1999 GM Grads, our teachers           Pierce in attendance as her bridesmaids. She’s
                                                   (and Principal Snee), and a guest/significant        currently living on the island of St. Maarten
                                                   other. This is an adult only location, no children   while her husband Dan attends medical school.
                                                   under 18 please.                                     As for Anne, she’s currently teaching English to
                                                                                                        kids at a primary school in Prague.
                                                   Where: Dave & Busters, 11301 Rockville Pike,
                                                   Kensington, MD 20895, 301-230-5151 in their          Melissa Hipolit is in Johnson City, Tennessee,
                                                   showroom.                                            where she works as a digital journalist for a
                                                                                                        local TV station. She’s in charge of conducting
                                                   When: Saturday, June 27th at 7pm                     interviews, shooting videos, and writing and
                                                                                                        editing stories all on her own. Elisa Marks
                                                   We need 50 people signed up by 4/8 or we can't       previously worked as a press officer at Bear
                                                   do this event.                                       Stearns, and after its collapse she decided to
                                                                                                        stay in New York. She’s now a senior public
                                                   Tickets are PAYABLE BY CHECK ONLY until              relations associate at the law firm Seyfarth
                                                   May 8. Tickets are $50 per person from now           Shaw, LLP. Deirdre Murphy lives in D.C. and
                                                   until postmarked 4/8/09 and $70 per person           just started working as the communications
                                                   from 4/9/09 through 5/8/09 (feel free to bring       director for Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.
                                                   your significant other and PLEASE enclose a
                                                   note with your contact information and guest's       Sally Prendergast recently started working as
                                                   full name with your check).                          a policy analyst for the Government
                (Kelly and Ron)                                                                         Accountability Office. She would love to see
                                                   All checks not postmarked by May 8 will be           some of our former classmates at the trivia night
Here is a picture of the bridal party from my      returned to the sender and you will not be able      she runs every Monday night at D.C.’s
wedding last September. In the bridal party are    to attend, so please postmark your check early       Wonderland Ballroom. Jessica Taylor is almost
several GM alumni: Seeno Merobshoev (Class         so it gets there on time.                            done with her master’s in community
of 1999, top right), Matt Molaski (Class of                                                             counseling. She interns as a counselor at a teen
2000, to the left of Seeno), and my brothers,      Mail checks to:                                      crisis shelter while also working full-time in the
Jon Thomas (Class of 2001, top left) and           Olivia Devescovi                                     counseling department at Mary Ellen
Jimbo Thomas (Class of 2003, to my left).          45586 Grand Central Square                           Henderson Middle School.
Tiziano and I were married at the Farmers          Sterling, VA 20166
Delight Plantation in Middleburg, VA. We are       and write "GMHS" in the memo line. NO                Kelley Higgins works at a D.C. non-profit called
already expecting our first baby due in October!   TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR,                    Sports4Kids, which brings physical activity to
Feel free to check out our wedding pictures at     SORRY!                                               students in inner-city schools. Krista Locklar is and click on “your photos.”                                                           in Fredericksburg, finishing up her bachelor’s in
Congrats to everyone on your weddings and          Please email recent photos of you and your           history at Mary Washington. She also works for
babies!                                            family/friends to for      the college’s advancement office, doing
                                                   a slideshow that I'm making. It will be really       fundraising and arranging alumni events. Krista
                                                   boring if it’s only a showcase of a few faces, so    lives with her boyfriend, Brian Robey (’99), and
                                                   please make sure you send ANY photos from            son Rylan, who’s in kindergarten.
                                                   high school too! If you have any questions,           Krysten Rose-McCully is a management
                                                   please email me or call 571-212-3380. Feel           analyst for a defense consultancy in Davenport,
                                                   free to pass my contact information to anyone        Iowa, which allows her to work remotely from
                                                   else who is interested. And please spread the        the Chicago area. She’s preparing for her
                                                   word to our other classmates!                        second Ironman-distance triathlon this fall in
                                                                                                        Florida. She’s also raising funds for Fisher
                                                   Looking forward to seeing many of you there.         House, a non-profit that aids the rehabilitation of
                                                                                                        wounded soldiers.
         (Olivia and Tizino’s Wedding)
                                                                                                        Kirsten Keister started her own graphic design
                                                   Class of 2000
The GMHS 10-year reunion for the Class of                                                               business, Lamppost Design
                                                   By Jenn Brasler                                      ( She hopes to
1999 is Saturday, June 27th! Join us for dinner
and games at Dave and Busters in North                                                                  specialize in working with non-profits, small
                                                   There’s nothing new with me, so I’ll just jump       businesses, and clients with specific visions or
Bethesda, MD, DJ, slideshow, and chance to
                                                   right in with everyone else:                         missions. Bronwyn Llewellyn, who has been
                                                                                                        working for the World Wildlife Fund since her
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return to Virginia, was recently asked to help the   Class of 2002                                       been delving into the visual arts and has
Coastal East Africa program with their               By Juliana Pearson                                  recently developed an affinity for screen
monitoring framework, which will debut in July.                                                          printing.
This means she just left the States for a four-      Greetings, class of 2002! I’m now the class
month stint in Tanzania and some side travels        representative. Thanks again to everyone who        Michael Cashman is in his third year of medical
to Kenya and Mozambique. There’s a possibility       contributed to this article. I really enjoyed       school at George Washington University,
that this temporary relocation could turn into a     hearing from so many of you. We’ve                  finishing up his surgery rotation. Next year, he
permanent one.                                       accomplished a lot since graduating from            will start his fourth year, full of acting
                                                     GMHS seven years ago. Sorry if I missed you         internships, filling out applications for
This past winter Joel Adriance finished a three-     here! Please feel free to contact me at             residencies, and eventually earning an MD and
and-a-half-year stint with the Peace Corps in Many of you have                swearing the Hippocratic Oath. Michael writes,
Ecuador. He and his wife Mayra, who he met in        already joined our Facebook group (GMHS -           “I think I have finally decided on a career in
Ecuador, moved back to the D.C. area, where          Class of 2002). Please join, if you want to. It’s   surgery, but am still trying to figure out which
Joel is working with Family Health International,    a great way for me to pass along information on     field. As of now, I’m leaning towards orthopedic
providing program management support for             Mustang Review articles, reunions, etc. I know      surgery but general surgery and even OB/GYN
global public health programs. He has applied        I missed some of you who are not on Facebook,       are still possibilities.”
to some grad school programs and hopes to            as I don’t have a way to contact you yet. If you
start school this fall, studying the management      send me your e-mail, I can do a better job of       Gordon Daisley is an engineer at Fairfax Water
of international development programs in the         keeping you up to date!                             and lives in Falls Church. Mike Denny is
education field.                                                                                         currently deployed to Kunar Province,
                                                     I’m planning a 2002 happy hour for this             Afghanistan with the U.S. Army as part of 3rd
Last October David Leonard safely returned           summer, which may be the same weekend as            Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. He has been at a
from his second tour in Iraq. He has about two       the all-class reunion in June, but we could do      remote outpost as an artillery officer since July
years left in the Air Force, and after that he       another time too. Where’d you like to have it? I    2008. He writes, “On a personal note, I've been
plans on either going back to school or getting a    immediately think of Clare and Don’s Beach          married to the coolest woman ever since 2004,
job in law enforcement.                              Shack or the Four Provinces in Falls Church,        who puts up with me being away on my last two
                                                     but somewhere in Arlington or DC would be           wedding anniversaries. I will be re-deploying
As always, I would love to hear from anyone          great too. Metro accessible is also a plus.         sometime in the summer of 2009 to Fort Hood,
else who wants to be featured in these updates.                                                          Texas. I was lucky enough to have an
You can reach me by e-mail at                        As of February 2009, here’s what some of your       interesting weekend pre-deployment with David, and I’m also on               classmates are up to:                               Peacock and Josh Singer involving all things
Facebook, which has turned into a great way for                                                          great in Texas.”
our class to stay in touch. Amazingly enough,        Meghan Baer is currently in her first year of a
we graduated almost ten years ago, which             two-year graduate program at the Brown School       Emily Dittmar is currently in the process of
means we’ll have a reunion coming up soon.           of Social Work at Washington University in St.      interviewing for doctoral programs in plant
Keep an eye out for information on when that         Louis. She writes, “I love it out here and am       ecology and evolutionary biology. Since
will take place.                                     really enjoying the program. “ Jared Beyer          graduating college, she’s been working as a lab
                                                     currently lives in Arlington, VA’s Clarendon        assistant at Harvard University working on plant
                                                     neighborhood and works at Don Beyer                 biology research. She says, “I love living in the
                                                                                                         Boston area and will be sad to leave, but am
Class of 2001                                        Volvo/Subaru/Kia in Alexandria. He spends
                                                     time “focusing on marketing, sales, and             really excited to begin a graduate career next
By Rebecca Davis                                                                                         fall!” Irene Farrow is into her second year of
                                                     promotions to enhance consumer awareness of
                                                     Beyer Kia, the newest brand in the family.”         community development and environment work
Many engagements for the class of                                                                        as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tumbes, Peru.
2001 to announce: Betsy Andres and                                                                       She will return to the U.S. upon completing
                                                     Since graduating from Berklee College of Music
Geoff Embler, Samantha Wippich                                                                           service in December 2009, but until then you
                                                     in 2006, Michael Burgos has been freelancing
and Joey Pella, Nate Hoover and                                                                          can send her an email:
                                                     in the creative and entertainment industries. He
Colleen Dorgan, Joe Stroup and                                                                  Or you can send
                                                     toured North America and Europe with Bruce
Brittany Hennings, Robin Miller and                                                                      her cookies: Irene Farrow c/o Cuerpo de Paz
                                                     Springsteen and the E Street Band during their
Katelyn Ciul, Elizabeth Falkey and                                                                       Perú Casilla Postal No. 5 Serpost Tumbes
                                                     most recent tour, the Magic Tour. Post-
Ben Deutsch, Mary Prendergast and                                                                        Tumbes PERU
                                                     Springsteen, he has begun writing new music,
Phil Suchyta, Lauren Currier and
                                                     and looks to have an EP finished by the end of
Christopher Coots.                                                                                       Liz Twentyman Gilmore and her husband are
                                                     2009. At the end of February, he landed a role
                                                     in an original play for the Acting For Young        expecting a baby, to arrive in April! The sex is a
                                                     People theatre company ( The              surprise. Congratulations, Liz! Jonathan
                                                     production will begin touring schools this year.    Martin is now living in San Diego programming
                                                     Outside of music and acting, Burgos has also        videogames for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
                                                                                                         Alex Miller lives in Fairfax and works as a
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project manager for a consulting engineer firm.        sent me updates – you guys are awesome! For            is now living in Richmond with her fiancé and
He graduated from Virginia Tech in spring 2007.        those of you who are not included below, please        they plan to marry in FC this July. She received
Peter Moses graduated from Virginia Tech in            feel free to contact me at ANY time with an            her RD credentials in October and is currently
2006. He moved to New York in fall 2007. He            update on your life activities. The best way to        working as a dietitian at Parham Healthcare and
has been living in Manhattan and working for           reach me is by email                                   Rehab Center. Ying He graduated last May
Deloitte & Touche LLP as a Financial/Business          ( or by phone (703-           from VCU with a Masters in Elementary
Consultant ever since. Peter writes, “I hope to        627-9928) – I love unexpected calls. Caitlin           Education. She is currently in her first year of
own my own bar within the next five years and I        Wright and Eric Powell are also class reps and         teaching for Fairfax County Public Schools as a
dream of sailing to Australia.”                        you can reach them by email at                         second grade teacher.
Alice Newhall is graduating from University of So, here’s the update:          Chris Sabbatini graduated from the University
Richmond School of Law in May 2009. She is                                                                    of Virginia with degrees in Photography, Digital
involved with the National Center for Family           Emily Michalski has been working as an                 Art, and Italian Literature. While studying at
Law, which just opened in January. She has             analyst in Bearingpoint's Emerging Markets             UVA, he birthed, planned, hosted, and
been working in the clinic program there. Beth         Group since she graduated the College of               participated in the first two years of an annual
Parks (now Marcucci) went to JMU and got a             William and Mary in 2007. She went to                  student art gallery by the name of Sabbatimkon,
bachelor's in business management. She got             Afghanistan for 6 weeks in the spring of 2008 to       in collaboration with director and
married in January 2006. She writes, “We don't         work on one of the group’s large projects there.       cinematographer Konstantin Brazhnik, which
have any kids but have 3 dogs and 3 cats. I'm a        She has been working and traveling whenever            has now received University funding to continue
1LT (First Lieutenant) in the Army, stationed at       she can and hopes to go back to grad school in         celebrating student art in any medium even
Fort Lewis, Washington. Been to Iraq in 2008           the near future. Cynthia Rose is pursuing a            after his graduation and departure. Since
with 4-6 Air Cavalry Squadron, and going to            master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher           graduating, Chris has moved back to his
Afghanistan in 2010 with the same unit (4-6). I        Education at Indiana University of                     hometown of Milano, Italy, to work as a
work in human resources in the Army (they call         Pennsylvania. She works as an Assistant                photographer/art director/web designer in the
it S1) and I'm also the chemical officer. I'm still    Residence Director in the Office of Housing and        MaisonSabbatini ( -
undecided on grad school, but I have two more          Residence Life. Ricky Redick graduated from            a production theater that works closely with
years in the army to figure it out. “ Dave             the University of Michigan with a degree in            clients including the Teatro alla Scala, Diego
Peacock writes, “No big news from me, but I            aerospace engineering and went on for a one            Dalla Palma, various modeling agencies, and
know Anna Grayzel has graduated culinary               year masters in space systems engineering. He          Canson (to name a few) producing anything
school in NYC and is working for some famous           is now working for JPL (Jet Propulsion                 from photography, to commercial campaigns, to
chef.”                                                 Laboratory) in Pasadena, CA.                           websites, and even high profile events.
                                                                                                              Alongside his professional work, Chris
Juliana Pearson moved back to the Northern             Grant Sabatier is a consultant in D.C, tours           continually pursues his artistic development by
Virginia in November 2007. I am a research             with his folk band The Trinkets, and is a certified    traveling, photographing the world... constantly
assistant in the District. I live in Alexandria with   raw vegan chef. You can hear him at                    creating. In 2008 he self published his first book
my boyfriend Brian. Next year, I am starting a Kristin              of street photography, entitled 'Summer',
part-time Masters program in Education Policy          Sommers graduated from JMU last May and is             available on He still has no idea
Studies at George Washington University. If I'm        now working at the Art Institute of Washington         what the future has in store for him.
not at work, you can usually find me outside,          and living in Crystal City. Kristoffer Gronlie is
volunteering at English as a second language           working in Oslo, Germany. Betsy Breen                  Vineet Gordhandas graduated from VCU in
program, or playing in the Potomac Wiffleball          graduated from Wake Forest in May of 2007              May 2008 with BFA in Graphic Design and
League.                                                with an English degree and moved to NYC to             landed a job at Acorn Sign Graphics in
                                                       pursue magazine journalism. She started off as         Richmond, VA where he is currently living. He
Jon Tonkowich is living in Claremont, CA. On           an intern at Vogue, then worked at Elle for            has been getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night
July 21, 2007, he married Emily, who he met in         about a year and most recently was freelancing         rather than 2-3. He has been working some on
college. He works for a company called PS              at Domino. She loves NY and is pretty sure she         his own portfolio and has continued to develop
Furniture, where he is the manager of West             is there to stay but likes that Falls Church is just   an identity system for himself. He has worked at
Coast Operations.                                      a bus ride away.                                       becoming a better photographer and has been
                                                                                                              getting into DJ-ing / mixing / sampling (his name
                                                       Ryan Engle graduated from Virginia Tech with           is DJ Leather Interior for now...). Katie Roberts
                                                       a BS in Computer Science and has since                 started an online company toward the end of
Class of 2003
                                                       moved out to Austin, Texas. He is working as a         last year and is working on building another
By Anne Maynard, Eric Powell                           Software Engineer creating iPhone games at a           (different) business in the near future. Kristen
& Caitlin Wright                                       company called Super Happy Fun Fun (no                 Janski just graduated from Vanderbilt with her
Well, hello! I was thrilled to hear from so many       joke). On the side he and a friend started an          masters in education in August 2008, and
of my fellow classmates. I absolutely love             iPhone company developing applications for             started teaching second grade at Kenrose
learning about everyone’s oh so different lives!       health and fitness, including yoga, meditation,        Elementary in Nashville. She still travels home
I just want to give a shout out to all those who       tai-chi and vision boards. Christine Hillegass
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to see family and friends but is staying put in    with a degree in Business Information               Drexel University in June 2008 with a Bachelor
Nashville for the time being!                      Technology. He is currently working for             of Science Degree in Corporate
                                                   ManTech International, has two dogs and is          Communications and Public Relations. He
William Henneberg is finishing up his              coaching hockey.                                    currently resides in the Art Museum area of
undergraduate degree in Environmental                                                                  Philadelphia. John has been working as a
Science from Mary Washington. He is currently      Lyda Drayer is living in Falls Church with David    Project Manager for the Office of the Provost at
applying to graduate schools in the DC area        Gould, their two dogs, Luna and Bruin, and a        Drexel University where he assists in the
and hopes to be starting a masters program in      friend from JMU where she graduated with a          academic operations of the University. He will
the fall. Kate O’Hara graduated from Butler        degree in International Affairs and French. She     be pursuing a MS degree starting in the
University in 2007 and moved to Wisconsin          and David have been dating for 4+ years! Lyda       summer.
where she currently lives with her fiancé, Mike,   is currently working for the National Heritage
in Milwaukee. They are getting married in April    Foundation. She just returned from a trip to        Astrid Salazar, now known as Astrid Powell, is
of 2010. She is currently working for an           Morocco that she says was “super uber cool”!        still happily married to high school sweetheart,
educational non-profit AND as a preschool          Christina Sedney graduated from the                 Neil Powell. After celebrating their one year
teacher. Stacey Redick graduated from St           University of Virginia in May 2007 and then         wedding anniversary in August, they are happy
Andrews University with a Joint Honours degree     went on to do City Year in Boston, MA. She          to announce that they will soon be first time
in Ancient History. She has returned stateside,    loves Boston and has continued to work for City     parents to a baby boy a.k.a "SMASH" this
and is living in Arlington and working for the     Year. Jessie Jondrow graduated from Lees            summer. Eric Powell graduated with his
Naval History and Heritage Command after           McRae College in May 2007 and is now working        Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering
interning with the National Museum of the          in Baltimore, MD. Peter Lliev is loving life on     from the University of Tennessee, this past May.
United States Navy.                                the West Coast and living the video game            He’s currently working for the U.S. Nuclear
                                                   player’s dream.                                     Regulatory Commission in Rockville, MD, where
Marlies Tumolo graduated from San Francisco                                                            he also lives. He recently became a class
State University with a B.A. in Child              Jodie Acosta Pellerano married her husband          representative for the class of 2003 and is
Development and a B.A. in Psychology. She is       on June 3, 2006 and she graduated from LSU in       looking forward to seeing/talking to you all real
now living in Pachuca, Mexico and teaching         biological sciences in 2007. After graduating,      soon.
preschool at the Escuela Americana de              she joined Teach for America, where she was
Pachuca. Her goal is to travel as much as          placed in Miami, FL. After a year and half of       Anne Maynard just recently graduated from
possible while living abroad. She is also trying   teaching high school science, she just had her      William and Mary with a double major in
to perfect her Spanish! Dan Bray graduated         first son, Noah Lundin, on January 21, 2009.        economics and environmental studies. She is
from Wake Forest in May of 2007 with a BA in       Her future plans are to be a stay at home mom       now working at the Center for a New American
History and moved to NYC to work for Bank of       to raise Noah and hopefully have more children.     Dream with the Responsible Purchasing
America Securities as an Analyst. In October he    Paige Dorsey graduated Cum Laude from               Network as a membership coordinator. She just
began working for BNP Paribas, a French            James Madison University with her Bachelors of      moved to Takoma Park, MD and has been
Investment Bank. Currently he works in Prime       Science in Nursing and Bachelors of Arts in         dating Michael Duarte (GMHS class of 2004)
Brokerage where he helps hedge fund clients        Modern Foreign Languages and is working in          for 2+ years. Caitlin Wright just moved back to
raise capital and helps hedge fund investors       the Medical/Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at          northern VA after living in Roanoke for the past
select managers. Kevin Robey is finishing his      Georgetown University Hospital as a Registered      year. She is currently a manager for Potbelly
bachelors at Radford in the spring, and is         Nurse. She is living in Rosslyn and plans to        Sandwiches and works at Dulles Airport,
currently applying to grad school at VCU for       pursue an advanced practice degree in health        terminal C (if you all ever want some
their athletic training program. He is living in   care from Georgetown University. Her time off       sandwiches when flying). She can't wait hear
Blacksburg, VA right now and is working at Dish    from work has been spent in Rabat, Morocco          from and see you all at the all class reunion in
Network full time.                                 where her parents are currently assigned with       June!
                                                   the Foreign Service. Paige is an Obama
Chloe Wilson graduated from UVA in 2007 with       enthusiast and is looking forward to the next
a degree in Gender Studies and is currently        four years with a new political agenda in
                                                                                                       Class of 2004
working as a college counselor at H-B              Washington.
Woodlawn in Arlington, Virginia. Stephanie                                                             By Whitney Lemke & Anya
Melkonian graduated with a BA from the             Doug Andres is living and working up on             Solovieva
University of Chicago in the history philosophy    Capitol Hill. In January, he started a new job as
and social studies of science and medicine and     Deputy Coalitions Director in the Office of the     Happy 5th Year Reunion ☺
worked for a year in the University of Chicago     Republican Whip for Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA).
hospital as a clinical research data manager.      He focuses on reaching out to interest groups to    In these past 5 years our class of 2004 has
She is currently pursuing a PhD in Cancer          build support for or against certain pieces of      done amazing things; internships, marriages,
epidemiology at the U of C. She is also a          legislation that come up in the House of            children, studying abroad, graduations and
competitive triathlete and completed a full        Representatives. He’s also working with             pursuit of the first job! Please join the Facebook
Ironman in November 2008. David Gould              grassroots organizations to help rebuild the        group George Mason High School Class of
graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2007        Grand Old Party. John Ruffino graduated from        2004 to stay updated about the reunion in June!

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Please email your current home address, email       pursuing careers in healthcare. They are              Jack Lawlor is working as an agent with Fraser
address and any new information to                  definitely having a great time and hope that          Forbes in McLean, brokering deals on mixed We will be               anyone from our class will look them up if you        use, commercial, office and retail buildings in
contacting you via email and Facebook about         are ever in Richmond!                                 the Ballston Rosslyn Corridor. Ashley Aston
the reunion so please look out for updates. In                                                            (LaVelle) got married September 19th of 2008.
addition to the George Mason High School wide       Lisa Collins is also living in Richmond and is        Her husband is in the army and just got orders
reunion events we will be having the Class of       attending grad school at VCU for a master’s           to report to Ft. Carson, Colorado in February
2004 get together on Saturday June 28th.            degree in Environmental Studies. After                2010. From there she is going to finish her
Please contact Anya and Whitney with any            graduating from UVA last May, Mary Ryan took          nursing degree at either Pikes Peak or
ideas, venues, or people offering their musical     a job as a College Planning Advisor in                University of Colorado- Colorado Springs while
talents! All the best! ~Whitney and Anya            Roanoke, VA. She isn’t planning on staying on         her husband is deployed to Afghanistan :( Wish
                                                    for the next year but has no idea where life will     them luck for a safe deployment!!!
Whitney Lemke is finishing up her last              take her. She is thinking about pursuing grad
semester of graduate school at JMU by               school, changing jobs or moving to a new city.        John Tyson received his BFA in Experimental
completing her full time student teaching at        She is hoping to make it to the reunion in June       Media Production, with a minor in Psychology at
Beech Tree elementary in Annandale, Virginia.       but in case, she is hoping that everyone is doing     Emerson College, in Boston. For his thesis he is
She is also teaching dance classes with             fabulous, incredible things with their lives!         doing an interactive gallery installation entitled
EveryBody Dance Company and looking                                                                       "Luziden" which attempts to create a lucid
forward to finally being an elementary school       After graduating in the spring of 2008 from           dream experience by dynamically combining
teacher! Anya Solovieva spent the summer            Radford University with a BS in Advertising,          different clips of video and audio on a huge
interning for an investment promotion company       Amanda Harrington moved to Winchester, VA             widescreen display via interaction with a MIDI
in her home city of Tomsk, Russia. She came         accepting a job at the Trex Company. As their         keyboard. It's going to open at Space242, a
back to D.C. in September and is now living with    Sourcing Promotions Coordinator, she is lucky         gallery in Boston, on April 24th. John is
Annie and AJ in Chinatown. She is working for       enough to spend much of her time traveling the        engaged and is getting married in Alexandria on
MSI, an international development firm and on       country--working with municipalities as well as       October 24th. His fiancé and him have started a
the weekends is the guest list girl at Ultra Bar.   managing school programs to increase                  freelance media production firm called Capseat
(If you ever want to come by or plan a birthday     awareness in recycling. But she does return           Media - and they do just about anything. They
party, send her a message)                          home to Falls Church often to visit family and        are moving back to DC soon.
                                                    friends. Karyn Graham is living in Canada and
Edmund Jong has recently graduated from             started a new job in January working for Public        Rebecca Thomas is moving to Hawaii (island
Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Mining Engineering     Works and Government Services. She is also            of Oahu) on May 19th, 2009 and is getting
with minors in Geology and Leadership. He has       looking for a house with her long-time boyfriend      married to Tyler Burroughs on May 24th, 2009.
spent his summer is Kentucky, Virginia and          Kris Johnson.                                         Her finance is coming home from Iraq RIGHT
most recently in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania doing                                                            NOW after a 15 month tour of duty (part of
various internships. He is currently doing a        Reed Anzalone graduated from Virginia Tech in         Operation Iraqi Freedom)--division--B Co 1/21
M.S. in Mining Engineering with a concentration     May 2008 with my Bachelor's in Mechanical             Inf 1st plt 25th ID Stryker Brigade Combat
in Ventilation. His M.S. project deals with the     Engineering, and in August moved to Austin,           Team. Rest In Peace, SSG Whisenhunt, SGT
use of CFD analysis of air flow. Rachel             Texas. He is now pursuing a Master's in               Martin, SGT Willett and CPL Manibog.
Leonard is busy studying day and night at           Mechanical Engineering at the University of
VCU”s School of Medicine in Richmond.               Texas at Austin and will hopefully graduate in        Sarah O’Hanley graduated from Radford in
Rachel is thinking that she wants to become a       2010. Jessica Piscopo is at JMU and about to          May with a BS in advertising. Sarah is now
Emergency Medicine doctor. She graduated            start student teaching the last 8 weeks of this       working full-time at NAILBA, an insurance life
from Virginia Tech in May with a major in           semester. She will graduate in May and then           brokerage agency in Fairfax, VA as their
Biology and two minors in English Creative          start up grad school at JMU the Monday directly       marketing & advertising coordinator. Annie
Writing and Spanish. During the summer of her       after she graduates!                                  Wanlund is working for the Section of
junior year she studied in Spain, and is hoping                                                           International Law at the American Bar
to continue with the language so she can            Matt Meyer attended the University of the Arts        Association. She lives in Chinatown (D.C.) with
practice medicine in Spanish.                       in Philadelphia and graduated in May with a           her roommates Anya and AJ, takes classes in
                                                    BFA in Acting. He is now living in the DC area        Portuguese and Yoga, and volunteers with the
Rawan Faramand attended Virginia Tech and           working on a pilot. Zack Barrett is back in           Refugees Assistance Program. She's trying to
graduated with a B.S in Biochemistry. Right         school at George Mason University, studying           decide what kind of grad school to go to.
now, she is medical school at the VCU School        History, while writing and trying to get stories
of Medicine and is hoping to do international       published. Also coaching the GMHS Boy's               David Sprankle went to University of Denver
medical work in the future! Arya Namboodiri is      Lacrosse team, who had their best season ever         for a graphic design degree that pretty much
in her first year of dental school at the VCU       in '08, winning a share of the district title while   ended up being a "jack of trades" when it comes
School of Dentistry. What's awesome is that         finishing at 14-2.                                    to design—a bit of web design, a bit of user
three of them (Rachel, Rawan and Arya) from                                                               interface work, a bit of illustration, and a bit of
the GMHS Class of 2004 are at MCV now                                                                     print work. He graduated with a BFA in it last
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June, and after bouncing around a bit (Seattle,                                                        children's hospital in Norfolk over the summer.
back to DC) ended up at a Denver-based                                                                 Eric Brooks is applying to medical school this
marketing firm called AOR, Inc.                                                                        year. Recently, he was interested in improving
( that does a lot of pretty cool                                                      women's health by devising better diagnostic
work. Nadia Lushina received her B.SC at                                                               criteria for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
McGill University (Montreal) in Biochemistry.                                                          and determining how to assess the severity of
Then less than a year ago she moved to                                                                 the syndrome from ultrasound. He does
Toronto where she is currently doing her                                                               personal training at Fitness First during breaks.
Master's in Biotechnology at the University of
Toronto. She is completing her 12-month work                                                           Jessica Porzel is still at GMU working towards
term in the industry as an intern at AstraZeneca                                                       her Nursing degree. It’s going well, but she has
in Clinical Trials. She is a member of a team                                                          to admit sleep is quite low on her list of
that is orchestrating a 16-country, 250-patient                                                        priorities! She is also attempting to obtain a
phase I/II trial for a new breast cancer drug. She                                                     minor in psychology, which she finds fascinating
is planning to return to the US after she finishes                                                     in many ways. Life is good, and her family is
her Master's in 2010.                                                                                  doing well. Bryan Collins has been hanging
                                                                                                       around, writing and reading and stuff. He has a
John Elliott graduated from Miami University of                                                        story nominated for the Virginia Tech fiction
Ohio with a BS in mechanical engineering and                                                           prize this year.
got a job working for General Dynamics @              (Haley's Daughter Gwyneth Pearl Goddard)
Electric Boat corp. as an engineer. He is                                                              Vadym Onyshchenko is currently a third year
currently living in New London, Connecticut.         Allison Farrow graduated in December, after       Mechanical Engineering student at Old
Michael Duarte is finishing up his first year in     taking a semester off during the co-transition    Dominion University. He is a co-founder of the
the Computational Operations Research                from R-MWC to Randolph College. She majored       ODU Fencing club, which they just started last
program at the College of William and Mary,          in Environmental Studies and minored in Sport     year. This past summer, he took a road trip with
and is currently in the process of searching for     and Exercise Studies. Since graduation, she       his sister and they visited all of the US states
internships for the summer.                          has been braving the "Economic Nail Biter of      except Alaska and Hawaii in two months
                                                     This Century" and sleuthing out the best job      camping every night, living out of a car. Grace
Christina Heupel completed a Wilderness EMT          ever. She also has plans on traveling - two of    Starbird is going to be in India for 4 months,
course this past October in Conway, New              which include visiting her sister in Peru, and    volunteering in an orphanage for two and a half
Hampshire. Upon completion of the course she         quite possibly the other sister in Paris in the   months. Then for the last month and a half, she
received a job offer for a seasonal park ranger      near future. Peter Hamill just moved out to       will be traveling with Katie, Nicole, and their
position at Saguaro National Park Rincon             San Diego and is temporarily working as an        friend Alys. She finished working at Dicks!
Mountain District in Tucson, AZ. She has been        administrative assistant.
enjoying her time there working on increasing                                                          Katie Gordon has been going to NOVA in
community outreach and environmental                                                                   Annandale for 3 semesters now and has finally
education. After her term ends in April,                                                               decided to stay there and get her Associates
Christina will be returning to Grand Teton
                                                     Class of 2006                                     Degree in Liberal Arts with a Specialization in
National Park in Wyoming to work as a ranger         By Meredyth Lowe                                  Art History. She hopes to be finished by the fall
for the summer season. Tara Guido is at                                                                of 2010 after which she plans to transfer to the
George Mason University and will graduate in         Lauren Cary is still at the University of South   University of Maryland in College Park to earn
May with a B.A. in Communication. She is living      Carolina, majoring in Exercise Science. She       her Bachelor's Degree in Art History &
in Fairfax and working part-time at a public         plans on graduating in Aug 2010 and going on      Archeology. She is also working on commedia
relations firm in Vienna. After graduation she       to graduate school to get her Doctorate in        dell'arte lazzi skits and the Michiavelli play The
hopes to get a full-time job with a P.R. firm that   Physical Therapy. Megan Bledsoe is at             Mandrake which she will be putting on in May.
does some event planning as well!                    George Mason now. She just transferred there      In June of 2007 Katie started working as a
                                                     this semester, she didn’t like WVU. She has two   Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Skin Care and
Haley Goddard (Chrisco) had her second               jobs, she works at Abercrombie and Fitch and      Cosmetics. She still works for Mary Kay
baby; Gwyneth Pearl Goddard on January 23,           Sport and Health Club. She hopes to study         although her business has kind of taken a back
2009. She was 8lbs. 4 oz. and 20 inches long         abroad in Greece this summer for her major!       seat as she has been focusing on school
and beautiful! Her first child, Jaxon will be 2 on                                                     instead. Because of this she has been invited to
May 3rd and he is growing so fast. She is a stay     Lauren Moore is a junior at Christopher           join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for Two
at home mommy, and loving every minute of it.        Newport University double-majoring in             Year Colleges. She has been dating Joe
Bobby, her husband, is still working for Conoco-     Psychology and Sociology. She will be in the      Horneman (Mason Class of 2003) since
Phillips and will be put on permanent in April.      Northern Virginia area in early April to attend   October of 2006 and they are very happy
They are doing very well and will be buying a        and present a poster at a conference hosted by    together. They hope to be engaged once they
house in May!                                        the Society of Sexual Therapy and Research.       can get together enough money to get married
                                                     She also plans to be involved in research at a    and move out, which is hopefully sooner rather
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than later. She wishes all of the Class of 2006      last few months. Also this summer, he is going        sweet house off campus. This summer she
well and hopes they succeed in whatever paths        to Brazil on a two month Mission trip with a          plans to work as a camp counselor in Michigan
they have chosen.                                    campus ministry to make relationships to share        and also take classes at UNC-Chapel Hill for the
                                                     Christ with college students. God is doing so         second summer in a row. Since she got a car,
Kristin Schwind will be finishing up the 2nd of      much in his life and it is amazing that he has        she has been taking a lot of road trips and she
the 4 year nursing program at VCU. This year         him as a part of it!!!                                plans to drive to Montreal, Canada with Jessie
she had clinicals on a women's surgical unit and                                                           Oxley over spring break!
had an externship in the operation room at           Chelsea Caumont is back at William & Mary
MCV. Although the women's unit has been fun-         from her semester abroad at Leiden University         Christie Ankeney is currently a junior at Ole
Kristin has enjoyed watching the process that a      in The Netherlands. She traveled a whole lot          Miss, working on a degree with Political Science
patient going through surgery has to endure          and now she is planning potential trips to            with a minor in business. This summer she is
(she got to hold a kidney, uterus, and               Australia, South America and Nepal. She met           hoping to get an internship in London as well as
stomach!). This spring break she will be going to    some great people abroad and she is really            take some classes while she’s there. She loves
Michigan to help out at a day center for older       excited to see them again in the near future.         school and is sad that she is more than half way
adults with mental disabilities. She is also proud   Just a side note: She has a radio show on             done with it! Hotty Toddy, Go Rebs! Maggie
to announce that by the end of this year- every      WCWM-FM, her college radio station, with Ali          Person is in her third year at William and Mary,
Schwind will be out of George Mason High             Rudel. They’re living together this semester --       and is double majoring in Sociology and
School, as her little brother leaves for college.    High school reunion!!! Chad Chrisco is training       Environmental Policy. She’s spending the
This summer she will be taking over Zack Hall's      in the Army.                                          semester in Stellenbosch, South Africa doing a
role in wrestling gator's and hopes that her                                                               service learning and community development
outcomes will be better. Also this summer            Hayes Davis is currently majoring in                  program, and she’s having an amazing time.
Jessie Porzel and Kristin are planning on            International Studies at Old Dominion                 Jill Maier is currently a junior at the University
taking a break from school and working small         University. She had the ability to study aboard       of Mary Washington where she’s majoring in
jobs at strip clubs in New York- we’ll keep you      in France during summer 2008 and is looking           Psychology and enrolled in the Education
all posted.                                          forward to another study abroad possibility in        program. This summer, she will be living with
                                                     either South Africa or Morocco. Hayes is loving       her brother in the San Francisco Bay Area and
Right now, Holly McAlpin is in a Bachelor's of       life and people. : ) Emma O’Hara is in her third      working. She will be returning for a fifth year to
Science in Nursing program through NVCC and          year at UVA and still loving it! She is majoring in   earn her masters degree in Elementary
Mason. The first two years are at NVCC, the          Religious Studies and Biology and hopes to go         Education. She hopes to teach in the Northern
third year at Mason. She is also engaged to the      to medical school after graduation. She spent         Virginia area after she graduates.
most amazing man, who she met in Northern            the fall semester abroad in Northern Ireland and
Michigan two summers ago. Their wedding is           had the time of her life!!! She will be spending      As for me, I am still currently going to school at
going to be in August of 2010--she can't wait!       the summer in Ghana, living with a family and         Northern Virginia Community College. I am
David DeLeon is in his junior year at the            working in a hospital in Cape Coast.                  majoring in Sign Language, I hope to, some
University of Memphis as a recording                                                                       day, teach deaf children. I am also still working
technology major. He is doing live sound for         Pamela Kryschtal was in Orlando for 6 months          at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School as a
several bands around town, writing beats and         until about a week ago. She just moved to Fort        Daycare Counselor. I am loving every minute of
producing his own music and music for friends.       Myers, so she can be at the beach every day.          what I do.
He also started a Christian DJ company and           Sofia Misenheimer is still going to Davidson
has been doing weddings and Parties for the          College in North Carolina and is living in a

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George Mason High School             costs of the refreshments and          2009. There are a number of
   Alumni Association                name tags with the remainder to        classes who are looking into
                                     help finance your GMAA for the         going to the State Theater again
All-Class Reunion                    next five years as this event is       - if you are interested in doing so
Weekend Details                      the only revenue raising
                                     mechanism we have!). In
                                                                            - please send Robbie Werth '70
                                                                            an email ( or
    Friday, 26 June 2009             addition, the tradition of having      check with your class rep.
1) The kickoff to the weekend        "focal points" for each class in
will be the Falls Church             the two gyms in the High School           Sunday, 28 June 2009
                                     will continue (classes of 1953 -       4) On that Sunday, 28 June
Education Foundation (FCEF) –
                                     1979 will be in the original gym       2009 the GMAA we will be
Sponsored "Happy Hour" from
                                     and classes of 1980 – 2008 will        sponsoring the traditional family
5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Don
                                     be located in the auxiliary gym).      picnic at Cherry Hill Park from
Beyer Volvo Dealership located
                                     There will be tables and chairs        12:00 – 5:00 p.m. All alums and
across the street from George
                                     set up in both gyms for classes        their friends/family are invited
Mason. There is no charge for
                                     to set up displays or whatever         and there is no cost to attend.
this event (many thanks to both
                                     for their class and will serve as a    We have reserved the park and
the FCEF who is sponsoring the
                                     meeting point for your class.          will have music by alumni bands.
“Happy Hour” and to the Don
                                     Registration will be done at two       Sodas, hamburgers, hot dogs,
Beyer Dealership for donating
                                     locations - classes of 1953-1979       etc. will be for sale.
the facility). We also want to
thank the City of Falls Church       at the old front entrance by the
                                     old gym and the classes of 1980        5) There are always a number of
who has agreed to close the
                                     - 2008 at the school entrance by       unknowns when we go through
side street adjacent to the
                                     the library/front office. Please       this process - the main one is, of
dealership. Erecting a tent in
                                     enter the school at one of these       course, arriving at an estimate of
case of inclement weather is
                                     two locations in order to              the number of people who will
being considered.
                                     expedite the registration              show up at the events –
 2) Immediately following the        process. This process will             especially the two events on
FCEF “Happy Hour”, we will           include receiving your name            Friday evening. Please make
move across the street to GM for     tags, checking your name and           every attempt at letting your
the GMAA-sponsored All-Class         address in our Mustang Review          individual class representatives
Alumni Open House from 7:00          mailing list and for collecting the    know if you plan on attending
to 9:30 pm. The entire school        $5.00 entrance fee. Again - all        either or both of those events so
will be open (except some of the     alumns are encouraged to               we can get a rough idea on how
classrooms), including the new       enter the school that evening          many people we can expect to
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle          at one of the two registration         attend – this willhelp us plan for
School adjacent to GM to the         points - not through the side          the ordering the correct amount
west (we encourage everyone to       entrance facing Haycock Road           of food and beverages for the
make the trek across the parking     or any of the back entrances           event.
lot to visit Falls Church’s newest   facing the football field.
school – plus you can see the        Parking may be a problem but
new Mustang Gym with the             there are a number of parking
athletic banners and the GMAA        spots on the GM campus and
Athletic Hall of Fame displays       there will be some spaces
outside the gym). As in the past,    behind Don Beyer as well as the
we will have refreshments in the     VaTech/UVA building next door.
cafeteria although perhaps not       We do not advise parking in the
as extensive as in past years        Giant lot for risk of towing/ticket.
due the costs involved. We
didn't want to increase the             Saturday, 27 June 2009
entrance fee which will remain at    3) Individual class events will be
$5.00 (this money will defray the    held on Saturday, 27 June

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Falls Church City Public Schools                                    NONPROFIT ORG

George Mason High School Alumni Association                          U.S. POSTAGE

450 W. Broad Street, Suite 305                                           PAID
                                                                   FALLS CHURCH VA
Falls Church, VA 22046
                                                                     PERMIT No. 16


              You are invited to the
                                                            3rd Annual
                                                    George Mason High
   5th Annual Celebration & Auction                   School Alumni
 A tribute to the 60th Anniversary of               Association (GMAA)
 the Falls Church City Public Schools

             Friday, April 17th
                                                      All-Class Reunion
                  6:30 p.m.                                Weekend
          Westin Arlington Gateway
                                                      June 26 - 28, 2009
           For more information go to:
                                                    See inside for details
                   or call (703) 538-3381

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