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Welcome to the MHS '60 Website!

December 3, 2021


Dear Classmates,

I am so sorry to tell you that Stephen Holzel passed away on November 26, 2021. 

Mark Streuli sent the sad news, writing "I will miss that unique person who had a strong influence on my life."


Stephen and his wife Pat at our MHS '60 reunion, 2010. 

Photo by Susan Becker Knight




The following obituary, written by Steve's brother Tom Holzel (MHS '59), appeared in Montclair Local on November 28, 2021.


Obituary: Stephen Ehrhard Holzel

Stephen Ehrhard Holzel of Bloomfield, formerly of Montclair, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 26, 2021, with his wife of 53 years, Patricia, by his side. He was 79.

Mr. Holzel was born in war-torn Berlin, Germany, in 1942 to Ehrhard Holzel of Berlin and Margaret “Gretchen” Martin of Montclair.

His father died in 1943, and his mother moved to Bergan, Rügan, on the Baltic Sea, to escape the ever-increasing bombing of Berlin. She and her two young sons, Steve and Tom, returned to Berlin at war’s end and fled to America in May 1946, to live with their maternal grandmother in Montclair, where they grew up. 

Mr. Holzel graduated from Montclair High School in 1960 and then Upsala College, and soon began working for TechnoPulp, a forestry consulting firm in Upper Montclair. Given a free hand at this entrepreneurial company, and with his business acumen, he soon gravitated to buying, improving, and then selling large apartment buildings all over the United States. 

He had a lifelong case of horizon fever, traveling to many far-off places. Among other adventures, he lived for a while in Australia, traveled on a cargo ship, drove a motorcycle from Cape Town to Cairo, and had many solo canoeing adventures up and down the East Coast, as well as Outward Bound trips. 

He traveled all over the United States with his wife and soul mate, Patricia Smith of Montclair, whom he married in 1968. They lived in Bloomfield for the past 47 years. 

Mr. Holzel was a 5.0 tennis player (highest rank: 7.0), great poker player, and loved going to the YMCA. 

He took very good care of his mother and stayed close with his extended family members and many friends. 

He was an exceptionally thoughtful man, known for his positive attitude and random acts of kindness. If you found a silver dollar in your shoe, you knew who put it there. 

Mr. Holzel is survived by his loving wife, Pat; his brother, Thomas (Dianne), of Litchfield, Connecticut, and nieces and nephew, Peter Holzel, Maggie Lange, Elise Smith and their children. 

There will be a celebration of his life in the spring of 2022.


A personal note: When I think of Steve, I picture him in his living room in Bloomfield, telling stories of his travels and sharing his ideas about life. At reunion time, Steve and Pat welcomed us into their home to stay for a night or two, and we enjoyed long talks over a leisurely breakfast.  Steve was always warm-hearted, modest, engaging, and generous, and I will miss him.

If you would like to share your own thoughts and memories of Steve, please send them to me ( and I will be happy to post them on the website.

You can also go directly to the "In Memory" page of this website, click on "Stephen Holzel," and then scroll down to "Post Comment." 



Dear Classmates,

I am very sorry to tell you that Jenny Kelsey passed away on October 13, 2021 from complications following a stroke suffered last May. Thanks to Suzie Wooster Wilsey for passing on the sad news.


Jenny with her beloved golden retrievers. She often brought them to her New York office.   Photo by Ned Polan.


We may remember Jenny as an avid athlete and musician in high school. But we may not know that she enjoyed a remarkable career as a distinguished epidemiologist. Jenny held faculty positions at Yale, Columbia, and Stanford, directed academic departments, and served on advisory committees for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the same time, she authored two books on methods of epidemiology, and the causes of musculoskeletal disorders. For her work, Jenny was honored with awards from Smith College, Yale University, and the American Public Health Association. Outside of her office, Jenny bred golden retrievers and volunteered for Golden Retriever Rescue. She was a devoted Red Sox fan, and loved hiking with her dogs.



The following details are adapted from Jenny's obituary by Genevieve Bookwalter in the Stanford Medicine News of 11/8/2021.

After studying biology at Smith College, Jenny went on to earn a master's degree in public health in 1966 and a doctorate in epidemiology in 1969 from Yale University. She taught epidemiology at Yale for 14 years, then moved to Columbia University in New York City were she was head of the Division of Epidemiology from 1983-1991. She joined Stanford University's faculty in 1991 and served as the chief of the Division of Epidemiology at Stanford Medicine. Jenny's research focused on diseases within the joints, bones, spine, muscles, and connective tissues as well as the reasons and consequences of falls in older adults. After retiring in 2003, Jenny moved to Connecticut.

Colleagues recall that Jenny was a tough and inspiring teacher whose textbook on methods of epidemiology prepared her students well for work in the field.

They also remember that Jenny had a passion for golden retrievers, and her dogs were a regular presence in her office. She also bred golden retrievers, and many of her dogs became therapy or crisis comfort dogs, earning obedience and therapy dog titles."... One colleague remarked, "...if I could return as a dog, I would want to be one of hers."


For more about Jenny's professional life, see:



I was Jenny's friend from kindergarten through high school. Here are some of my memories.

At Edgemont School, Jenny outshone most of us at sports, and was terrific with a baseball bat. But it was as the founder of the "Log Cabin Club" that I most remember her. The club met on Saturday mornings in her attic. I don't remember anything that we actually did in that attic except sing the Log Cabin Club song, composed by Jenny.  (Log Cabin Club, Log Cabin Club. We will be loyal to the dear old red and white (white and red). We will be loyal, we will be true, to the dear Log Cabin Club.).

Here are some club members singing on a snowy Saturday after sledding down Jenny's very steep driveway. Standing, from left: Nancy Pierson, Jenny Kelsey, Teddy Africano, Heidi Fry. Seated: Jane Roberts, Genie Kennedy, Lotte Ringer (half hidden), Linda Linnard, Peggy Ruppert, and Susan Langway.


Sometime during our years at George Inness Jr. High, Jenny and I turned philosophical, discussing questions of creation such as "How can something come out of nothing?"  We went round and round about it and finally decided to ask her music teacher what he thought. I recall that he was somewhat taken aback. It was then that we realized that teachers don't know everything, and some questions are hard. Little did I know that Jenny would go on to a lifetime of asking hard questions as an academic and prominent reasearcher in her field.


Jenny really liked music. During high school, she formed a band that practiced in the living rooom of her house. It was called "The Superlatives" (that name might have been a bit of a stretch). I still have the program for "An Evening of Music" that we offered to our parents. The program lists Linda Dunne on drums, Annette Hannemann on clarinet and vocals, Jenny Kelsey on trumpet and clarinet, Lennie Stovel on saxophone and clarinet, and me (Linda) on piano. I remember I was really terrible -- always getting lost and unable to keep up. However, the others pulled us through. We played On the Street Where you Live, I'm in the Mood for Love, Night and Day, April Love, and 5 more songs.  There were two intermissions and refreshments were served in the dining room.


In 1957 (our sophomore year), Sputnik was launched, and Jenny and I wanted to see it for ourselves. One morning about 4 or 5 a.m.,when the sky was still as black as ink, we walked to Edgemont Park where we had an open view of the dark sky. We watched and watched, but I don't think we ever saw Sputnik. Instead, I remember seeing milk delivery trucks traveling down Valley Road all by themselves in the pre-dawn hour. Now that I think of it, I am astonished that we were out in the middle of the night, alone and fearless.


During the summer, we both worked at Hahne's department store in Newark.  Jenny was in the ladies' dress department; I sold lingerie. I mostly remember the hot bus ride home from Newark to Montclair at the end of the day.


Jenny found her life's path in college.  She went first to graduate school in Connecticut and stayed a while, then moved on to New York  City and California.  Her Christmas cards told of the pressures of academic life with its relentless pressure to secure research grants and funding. But each card also brought a snapshot of her beloved dogs and views of quiet places in the woods where they liked to go hiking together. 

If you would like to share your own thoughts and memories of Jenny, please send them to me ( and I will be happy to post them on this website.




Report from David Appleton
Ida Flood - Appleton Property
Wendy and I were fortunate as is usual with major floods along the Delaware River in our New Hope/Solebury area. The River stayed pretty much within its banks and our house was spared its wrath again.  However our yard was inundated, though our house remained relatively dry.  
This flooding was caused by runoff from surrounding hills into Rabbit Run, a creek that passes near our property and into several culverts before emptying into the River about 50 yards from our house.  The final culvert passing under River Road and the Delaware Canal and finally leading to the River, being too small for its intended service, was overwhelmed, causing the low area in front of our property to be flooded, chest high, on River Road. 4 or 5 cars attempted to ford the flooded road and came to grief.  Drivers had to abandon their cars and wade to safety.  No one was hurt, only vehicles.
During the flood, a Land Rover was stranded while trying to "run the creek."
Following day, abandoned cars.  Truck trying to get through finally pushed pick up out of the way.      

New Hope proper was spared major damage, but other nearby towns with steep hills and mountain run off creeks were not so lucky.  Lambertville, Centerbridge, and Stockton suffered major damage and flooding mud…. and there was a tornado reported down river near Washington Crossing.

Me on low point on our property . I’m 6’.  Depth here about 5’ but deeper on road about 15’ from where I stand.

Looking from road to our house, showing land slope up to the structure.


And before you ask, the “boot” and crutches are part of my convalescent protocol post ankle replacement surgery.  I wore out yet another joint due to hard living. I’m hoping this aftermarket part will approach the usefulness of the original equipment which served well for nearly 70 years but finally gave out altogether.  After 6 weeks thusly encumbered I eagerly look forward to testing this new equipment next week when I’m Dr. cleared to walk and drive without these accouterments.

Our best to All,
David & Wendy Appleton


I am so sorry to let you know that Frank Rubino passed away on August 19th, 2021.

Frank served as treasurer for our reunions and kept track of every dollar coming in and going out so that we never had any worries about money.  Here's Frank at out last reunion, from a photo by Susan Becker Knight.

Frank's obituary (below) says he was an "avid world-wide traveler."  Here's a photo of Frank (in red shirt)  that he posted on our class website in 2013.


This is Frank's obituary from The Star-Ledger, August 21, 2021.

Frank Rubino had a 'lifelong career' as actuary.   U.S. Army veteran, of Belleville, Frank Rubino, of Belleville, formerly of Montclair, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2021.

Frank graduated from Seton Hall University. While studying at Seton Hall he also participated in the ROTC program which prepared him for his dedicated service as a Lieutenant in the US Army stationed in Germany. Upon his return from Germany, he then began his lifelong career as an Actuary with the Prudential Insurance Company. Frank was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Montclair. He was also a member of Montclair Unico. Frank was an avid world-wide traveler and a restaurant/food aficionado. Frank was predeceased by his parents Andrea and Eleanor Rubino and by his brother Andrew. He is survived by many loving friends and cousins. Caggiano Memorial Home 62 Grove Street Montclair, NJ, 07042 (973) 744-6667


If you would like to share a memory or a story about Frank on this website, here's what you do:

1. In the blue sidebar on the left side of the Home page, click on "In Memory," (the 17th item from the top).

2. On the list of classmates, click on "Frank Rubino."

3. You should have reached Frank's Memory Page.  Scroll to the very bottom, then click on "Post Comment." 

4. Write your message in the empty box.

5. Click "Submit" at the bottom.


Warren Ross has new contact information.

New address:  12 Aspen Drive, Cedar Grove, NJ  07009

New email:

New phone number: 201-704-2667 (Cell)

Warren writes, "Sadly I will not have room in our new townhouse to host Friday nights for our reunions!!  37 years in the Clinton Ave home...but, honestly, we love our new downsized digs.  It was very cleansing and makes for a easier life style by getting rid of so much "stuff."

Many of us remember how Warren and Karen opened their beautiful Montclair house to us so that we could have a place to gather together as we arrived back in our hometown.  Their house was the site of many delightful and powerful moments of reconnection after so many years.  One more round of applause for Warren and Karen for making that happen!



Dennis McHugh has good news about how his Atlanta-area restaurant, 15th  Street Pizza & Pub, has survived the pandemic. 

Dennis writes, "The restaurant not only survived, but thrived!  Thanks to our Governor, we only closed 5 weeks. We opened up doing delivery and take-out and got to about 50% of normal revenue. A month later, we were allowed to open at 50% capacity and the place was packed. We actually ended 2020 up 20% from 2019. This year, Year to Date, we are up 36% from last year. Truly amazing. Now if we could find staff to take care of all the customers, that would be wonderful.

You can see photos of  Dennis at the restaurant at

Take a few minutes to explore the rest of the website too!




David Appleton writes, "My genealogically enthusiastic wife, Wendy, just discovered my Great Grandmother, Marian or Marion or Mary Ann (nee Bill) Appleton and her husband William, are buried in the Ivy Hill Cemetery along with “Smokin” Joe Frazier.  Who'da thunk it?  Also buried here with several of my ancestors was Germantown-born tennis great, Big Bill Tilden.  So there you are.  If you’ve missed or avoided a Brush With Greatness thus far, there’s still a chance to do so in the Hereafter. 

Best to All.


Smokin Joe’s memorial in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, with son Derek Frazier.
Diane Fisher Gibbs sent sad news.
"I  have sad news to report. 
Sandy Toth  Guido passed away on Saturday, February 13,2021.  Her family was by her side at her home in Bangor, PA."
You can read Sandy's fully obituary in the "In Memory " section of this MHS '60 website.  (Go to "In Memory" in the blue sidebar of the home page.  Click on Sandy Toth (Guido).  If you would like to share a story or memory of Sandy,  click on "Post Comment" under her obituary. Remember to click "Submit" under the box.


Ben Ritter was honored as “Hero of the Game” at the September 29, 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s football game at  Raymond James Stadium.  The program honored men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces


Read a full-page story about Ben as "Member of the Month" of the Tampa Chapter of the Military Officers’ Association of America.  This link takes you to the November, 2020 issue of the RETROSPECT.

To find Ben's article, scroll down to page 8.



Thoughts for the New Year

Here's something to bring a smile to your face as you prepare to bring in the New Year!  Jack Brigham sent me this clip of amazing dancing robots.  Maybe you can dance along!


And as we look toward 2021 with hope for better days, here's a bit of advice from 16th-century Martin Luther (via a Christmas letter I received from a German friend):

"You cannot stop the birds of worry and sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair."

Do you have any advice for 2021 to share with classmates?  Send your advice to me ( and I'll post it here on our website.

I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!


With the dark days of winter upon us, take a moment to read this favorite poem that celebrates the solstice and the return of the light.

The Shortest Day
by Susan Cooper
And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us — listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule



Janet Kipp Tribus is featured in Vero Beach 32963,

the "newsweekly" of Vero Beach, Florida.


After many years working in a shared studio and gallery space with other artists, Janet has established a private studio in Vero Beach and has made a major change in her painting style.  For many years, she was "known for her painted idylls of rolling farmland dotted with little houses and crisscrossed with lanes where, rain or shine, women and girls strolled under open red umbrellas... . " 

But four years ago, she became excited by abstraction and started building up a new body or work, exploring the "sharp corners and sensual thrills of the big city -- or at least, sophisticated suburbs."  Janet says that she starts each painting by drawing directly onto the canvas with her brush.  "I never know what it's going to end up being.  I just start with lines and swooping arm movements. I try to keep some lines straight, so that my curvy lines don't make you woozy."  But I like to do swooping things."

You can read the entire article here:



From June 2020


The last few weeks have given us a lot to think and talk about.  Here are some thoughts from Jack Brigham.



"I hope that you are doing ok during these tough times. Anne and I are staying isolated and this is one time that I am glad I am retired and don't have to deal with a job and daily childrearing responsibilites. Messing with my coin collection and doing genealogical research is keeping me kinda busy. But still bored, too.

I worry particularly about my Seattle daughter's two adopted 12 and 13-year-old sons from Ethiopia in the current racial climate. Esayas is very dark and large, and I worry that he will be seen as threatening by some whites (like police). He is a great kid, but he is also loud and impulsive, which is a scary combination, I think. I wish that I were nearer to them so that I could talk with him about his future. (The same kind of talk that Black parents have had to have with their sons all along in this country.)


Jack's daughter Tracy and her  two sons from Ethiopia. Esayas (left side of photo) is 12 and Zavion is 13.  Tracy teaches at a college south of Seattle. One of her courses, which she created herself, is called World Health.


Almost 50 years ago, I coedited a book, Racial Attitudes in America: Analyses and Findings of Social Psychology (1972, Harper & Row).  The current situation motivated me to dig out my only copy to see how (or if) it relates to our current troubles. My coeditor and I wrote a 16-page Conclusions section at the end of the book, and I found it interesting to read it today. Parts seem naive to me, and some parts seem not too relevant, but all too many issues are still all-too-relevant today, I'm afraid. I can't decide whether I think that today's seeming societal "awakening" to the horrors of racism is just a blip and things will just go back to "normal" once emotions subside, or if we might have the opportunity to make some meaningful, long-lasting changes in our society.



If you would like to add your thoughts to this conversation here on our website, please send comments to me  ( and I will post them.  All comments are welcome, but no over-the-top rants, please.

OR you can send comments privately to Jack through this website.  Here's how you do it:

1.Go to Jack's profile page.  (Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.)  Then find Jack Brigham's name on the list and click on it.

2. Find the envelope icon directly under the photo box. Click where it says "Send Jack a private message." 

3. A message screen should appear.  Type in your subject and message in the appropriate boxes.

4. Click the blue "Send private message" box at the bottom.  That's all you have to do!  It's easy!





Ourselves in Masks

There's always room for more mask pictures!   Send your photo to

Here are David Appleton and his wife Wendy sporting their new masks.  SEE MORE MASKED CLASSMATES BELOW!

Let's add lots more pictures of ourselves in our masks so that we can see that we're all in this together.  Send your photo to


A. Who is this?


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C. Who are they?


D. Who is this? (2 photos)



E. Who is this?


F. Who is this?


G. Who is this?


H. Who is this?


I. Who is this?



J Who is this?  (Hint: Guest member from MHS '61)


K. Who is this?




Mask Photo Answers

A. Patsy O'Shea in Oregon

Patsy explains that she is wearing a surgical mask while waiting to be called into a doctor's office for MOHS surgery that had been delayed due to the pandemic. 

Patsy adds, "I loved seeing Mike Brodie’s hilarious shot -- especially his array of “golf clubs.”


B. Mike Brodie in Connecticut (?)

Mike writes, "I took this picture of myself in home-grown COVID-19 attire."


C. Carol Letson Christensen and her husband, Erik, in Florida 

Carol writes, "Erik and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary outside, safely distanced, with neighbors."


D: Susan Becker Knight in Connecticut


E. Suzy Bruett Gumm in New Jersey

Suzy writes, "Mildred Ferrara Scola lives near me so on some nice days (which have been rare) we have had fun visiting spacing ourselves at least 6 ft apart. A  friend made my mask and now I am making some masks for a local organization and Mildred’s was more of a paper one."


F. Mildred Ferrara Scola in New Jersey

G. Rosemary DiGeronimo Sternbach in New Jersey

H. David Appleton in Pennsylvania


I. Linda Linnard Andre in Maryland.  "I made my mask out of cloth from an old ironing board cover.  I made my husband's mask out of his old plaid flannel pajamas."


J. Wayne Hansen, MHS '61.  "This is not exactly what is being suggested or recommended here on Massachusetts. But had this mask from doing field work in a chemical plant many, many years ago.


K. Janet Kipp Tribus in Florida.  "Me in isolation!  No mask, but happily with wine and a smile!

Here's Janet again, working in her studio.  To see more of Janet's dazzling paintings, be sure to check out her updated website at   From the Home page, click on "Works" to see lots more!





Jim Cestone sent these photos of the pandemic of 1918.  It looks like we have a lot in common with these people from about 100 years ago when our parents were  young.  Thank you, Jim.



Here's a poem that's just as good now as when it was written.





enjoying a "micro-reunion" in Estero, southwest Florida on March 12. 

They all send greetings to MHS '60 and wish everyone good health!

Are you planning a mini-reunion of classmates in your part of the world?

Be sure to send a photo for everyone to enjoy.








Our Class Fund

We have a considerable amount of money in our class fund.  Should we let it just sit in the bank in case somebody wants to plan a reunion in Montclair?  Should we rethink the way we do reunions?  Should we join forces with another MHS class? Should we split up the money and let classmates plan mini-reunions in various parts of the country? Should we forget about reunions and use the money to establish a Class of 1960 Scholarship for MHS students?  All ideas are welcome! 



I've moved a few things around --

I moved four of David Appleton's stories to the  "Stories From My Past" section. (Click on it in the blue sidebar on the left side of the home page, 6th item from the top.)  

In Spit Valve Humiliation, we see David auditioning to play the trumpet in the Watchung Elementary School Bend.

In Good Humor Man Career we drive with David on his ice cream truck.

In Patsy's and the Allure of New York: Bringing in the '60s, we join David and his buddies on a drinking expedition to New York City.

Since we are all about 77 years old, there must be a lot of good stories from our past out there, just waiting to be told.  If you have your own stories to share, please send them to me (Linda), and I will add them to the site.


If you're looking for Jack Brigham's, Ralph Davidson's, or Lawrence Robinson's genealogy stories, just click on "Genealogy" in the blue sidebar on the left. If you have your own genealogy stories to offer, I'll be glad to add them any time.

If you'd like to write a memoir about a family member or friend, there's a link to a "Family and Friends Memoirs" section, also in the blue sidebar. Brad Stark's memoir of his father is in that space. Please feel free to write about someone important to you.

There's plenty of room for new contributions from you!


Looking back to graduation 

Here's the 9th grade graduating class from Mt. Hebron.

(The photo is split up into 3 parts, kindness of Rick Boschen).

How many classmates can you name?



Mt. Hebron Update:

Mt. Hebron is now officially "Buzz Aldrin Middle School.  It is a STEM magnet school (Science, Technology, Engineering and math) with an enrollment of about 640 students in grades 6-8.

There have been quite a few changes in the Montclair Public School System since "our day."  Take a look at their website  To see the website of your old school, find the black horizontal band at the top of the page and click on "Select a School."

Here are a few changes that I noticed:

- Edgemont Elementary (K-5) is now a Montessori School. 

- Nishuane (K-2) feeds into Hillside (3-5).  Both have a Gifted and Talented focus.

- Edgemont and Hillside both feed into Glenfield Middle (6-8) which is a Visual and Performing Arts magnet school.

Charles H. Bullock (55 Washington St.) is an elementary school with an environmental science theme.  It feeds into Renaissance at Rand Middle School.

Bradford, Northeast, and Watchung elementary schools all feed into Buzz Aldrin Middle (formerly Mt. Hebron Jr. HS)

George Inness Jr. HS is now the "9th Grade Academy."  It houses the entire 9th grade for MHS in what is now called George Inness Annex. 

Here's the Feeder diagram so you can see for yourself!

While you're at it, check out the courses that MHS offers these days at

Scattered among all the old familiar courses are titles that show how times have changed: Robotics, African-American Literature, Satire and Protest Literature, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Global Studies, Women of the World, Digital Design, Mandarin, and more!



Surely you recognize this man. 

But do you know WHERE he is? 



Lawrence Robinson alerts us to a recent article in The Montclair Dispatch entitled

"Lost in History: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Visit to Montclair High School." 


The article of September 11, 2018 begins:

52 years ago, during a firey time in the United States and around the world, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a controversial visit to this very town, possibly at the peak of his notoriety. Just two years prior to his assassination and untimely death, King arrived in Montclair, making town history by stopping into the Montclair High School band room.

The article tells how Dr. King went to Montclair to speak to a local church congregation.  But so many people in the larger community wanted to hear him speak that he appeared first in the high school gym, and later spoke to the church congregation in the high school auditorium. As he waited in the MHS band room before going onstage, protesters were demonstrating outside on Park Street. A plaque commemorating Dr. King's speech at MHS has been placed in the band room.

The entire article gives you a good sense of the mood in Montclair in 1966, six years after our graduation.  You can read the whole article here:

Thank you, Lawrence, for sharing the article with all of us.




Reunion Survey for 60th Reunion in 2020

33 classmates have responded to our Reunion Survey. (If you haven't returned the survey yet, click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- the 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.) 

Here's a brief summary of what we have learned so far. Please feel free to respond with comments or more ideas about what kind of reunion you would like to have. (Email or use the "Post a Comment to the Class" on the "What's New" page described above.) 

1. Of the 33 responders, 27 said they would "absolutely" or "probably" attend a reunion.  However, many classmates have not responded to the survey. Does this mean most classmates are not interested in a reunion? Or ambivalent? If so, should we rethink the way we have always done reunions? For example, should we "downsize" and have a dinner at a private room in a restaurant instead of renting a hall with a DJ? Join forces with another MHS class? 

2. Classmates who said they would not attend explained that they did not want to travel because of health or financial issues, or because they didn't like high school very much. Some preferred to "let the past stay in the past."

3. Spring and Fall were the preferred times of year for a reunion.

4. A weekend or long weekend was preferable to mid-week.

5. Most said they would attend both daytime and evening events although some said they would attend evenings only.

6. Most said they would be able to drive to events (day or night) although some indicated that they would be more interested in excursions to places outside of Montclair if they did not have to drive. Can local classmates suggest some interesting places to visit? 

7. The great majority favored casual, informal, events with open seating and opportunities to mingle and roam. (Many people mentioned the wonderful atmosphere at our Friday night gatherings at Warren's house.) Again, can local classmates suggest suitable places for daytime gatherings?


More individual comments from various classmates:

Offer a FaceTime Virtual reunion with people who can't make the trip.

Hold the reunion dinner at a hotel location so people don't have to drive somewhere else.

Keep the price low so that everyone feels welcome.

How about having some programing on Sat. night (at dinner or cocktail party) that would mold us into a group rather than individual islands of "old" high school friends? Ice-breaking activities that would highlight individual personalities, experiences, and interest and get us moving around? One reward that I took away from previous reunions was meeting classmates with whom I had only a nodding relationship with in High School. I would like to have such opportunities repeated. We need activities to mix us up and introduce unexpected common threads.

I vote for no loud music that makes conversation during the greeting period or dinner an insurmountable challenge. 

A balance between non-program time and group togetherness would work for me.

A visit to the High School on a Friday if that could be arranged. Perhaps ask if small numbers of us could observe a class to see how technology is used in classrooms today? Or perhaps we could use a high school classroom for interesting discussions among ourselves? We have a lot of money in our class account. Should we think about contributing to the High School's Scholarship fund?


Offers to help: We have quite a few people who have offered to help by phoning,  emailing, texting, sending postcards to classmates, or helping in other ways to spread the word about reunion and encourage classmates to come. They are: Don Lefelar, Rick Boschen, Donna Lake  Wright, Paul Doran, Gene Mazzola, Barry Hampton, Christie Calder Salomon, Rob Rutan, Michael Pecherer, and Susan Becker Knight.


However, at this point we do not have any information for them to disseminate! In order to have a reunion, we need to have a group of planners who could make some decisions about when and where it will be, and what kind of activities we would like to have. For most of our reunions, a group of Montclair area classmates met togther to enjoy each other's company and plan an engaging reunion weekend. Last time, there were no physical meetings -- everything was discussed and decided by email between committee members across the country.

The software system that operates this website ( also offers very straightforward FREE online systems for Event Planning (posting information, registration, taking payments, making nametags, etc.) This might be an option for classmates who would like to help and are comfortable with the computer. 

So far, three classmates have offered to help with some aspects of reunion planning, but we clearly need more help to make a reunion happen.

Warren Ross has again offered to host a Friday night gathering at his Montclair house and reserve the golf course. Thank you Warren!

Barbara Mansell Ramsay, who served as treasurer on previous reunion committees has offered to help again. Thank you Barbara!

Delores Morton Munford has offered to help organize the reunion. Thank you Delores!






Are you looking for old reunion photos?  You can still see all of them in the "Photo Gallery" section of this website. 

Click on "Photo Gallery" in the blue sidebar directly under "Home Page."  You'll come to a long list of "galleries."  Scroll all the way down until you see a lot of square pictures with paperclips in the corner.  The 2016 reunion photos are organized in two groups.  The 1st "gallery" is called "2016 Reunion - Friday."   The 2nd gallery is called "2016 Reunion - Saturday." 

Each photo gallery has up to 12 photos per page, and there may be several pages in a gallery, so be sure not to miss any. If you need help telling who's who, just hold your mouse over the photo and a caption should appear. Click on the photo if you want to enlarge it.


Do you have any reunion (or other) photos to share?  We welcome them all. If you want to post them yourself, click on the place at the bottom of any gallery page where is says, "Create Your Own Photo Gallery here. You should see instructions that tell you how to upload your own photos.

Don't like your picture?  If you would like me to remove a photo, just let me know which one, and I'll be happy to take it off the website. (

If you'd like me to upload your photos, that is fine. Just send them  to me and I will be happy to post them on the website  for you. ( 

What would you like to tell your classmates about reunion weekend? Send me your stories, thoughts, memories, and I will post them here.



This is a "mini-notebook" that we gave out at the reunion so that everyone would have a place to jot down a name, address, or email address during the evening. It is about 3-3/8 by 4-1/4 inches and fits easily into a pocket.  There are lined pages inside. We have about 24 left over. If you would like one, let me know and I will send it to you using our leftover stamps. Be sure to send me your correct address!





We now have all the pages of our senior yearbook pictures posted on this website, thanks to Gene Mazzola, who brought me his yearbook to be scanned  To see them all, just go to the blue sidebar on the left side of this page and click on Senior Yearbook Photos. Many thanks to John Sproston for initiating this project, and to Gene and Chris Graber for providing pages.


Would you like to find out whether other classmates share your special interests or activities? For example, I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to adult students and would love to find out whether any other classmates do the same. Let me know if you have special interests that you would like me to publicize on this website.



We'd like to hear from you!

If you'd like to send a message to the whole class:

1. Go to the "What's New" page at the very top of the blue margin on the left side of this page.

2. Look for the gray box on the top that says "Post a Comment to the Class."

3. Write your message in the box that says "Share Your Thoughts with Classmates."

4. Include a photo or video if you like (that would be great!)

5. Click on the blue "Post Message" box.


If you'd like to send a private message to a Classmate:

1.Go to the classmate's profile page.  (Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.)

2. Click on the envelope icon directly under the photo box where it says "Send [classmate's name] a private message." 

3. When you get to the message screen, type in your subject and message in the boxes.

4. Click the blue "Send private message" box.  That's all you have to do!  It's easy!


Guest Members on this website

It is now possible for a member of another MHS class to join our website as a "Guest Member."  Guest Members will be able to have their own profile page and they will be able to send and receive messages through the site. They will be able to remain guest members as long as they do not harass any class member or post objectionable material. If a member of another MHS class wishes to become a Guest Member, he/she should contact me directly to request guest membership and I will enter his or her information in the site's database and provide information about how to sign up. Nobody will be able to join the site without going through that process. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. (