Welcome to the   Ithaca High School  Class of 1960's  website. We encourage you to visit this site frequently for updates and to add your own touch to this endeavor. Your active participation will make the site much more meaningful.

The site of our 50th IHS '60 Reunion
The site of our 50th IHS '60 Reunion

December 2016

​From: Phyllis McLaren Sommerman

 Dave Wilson would be proud. I did the math.

 We’ve been making memories and building relationships with each other for 60 years! That’s if we met in high school; even longer if we went to the same grade school. Anybody know where Mike Lawrence is? Cute little devil. He used to chase me around the playground at Belle Sherman. He moved away when he either decided he couldn’t catch me or lost interest. My loss.
So many memories. Living next door to Terry Cullen, I would babysit on Christmas Eve so the Cullens could go to midnight mass as a family, except for the littlest ones. I remember Christmas shopping at Rothchilds, then hoping you could get all the way up State Street hill in the snow storm without getting behind a car that was losing traction. Then everyone was slipping and sliding. Terrible.
Our neighborhood went caroling. And the big hill out front we went sledding on? It shrunk!
Well, exercise that brain and savor the best of those years. Know that your classmates are remembering you during this holiday season, and wondering how and where you are.
From Ithaca to North, South, East and West, we’re together in heart. Sending our very best wishes to you. May the peace you generate from your humble being be the saving Grace received by many.
 Save the date – 75th Birthday Bash – Ithaca – August 25,26,27 2017

Steve Beaulieu –
Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte - 352-250-2000

Dave Wilson –
Phyllis Sommerman –
Barry Smith
Barry Smith

Sally Yengo reported that she heard from Barry Smith's brother, Tom, that Barry had passed away. No details were provided. We will share news as soon as it becomes available.

Our condokences go out to Barry's family and friends during this difficult time.

Updated on January 5, 2017
Barry E. Smith, age 74, of Glenhaven, CA and formerly of Ithaca, died January 1, 2017, after an extended illness. 
Barry was a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran (USS Oriskany) and was retired from NASA. He graduated from IHS '60. 
He was predeceased by his parents, Clara M and Edward J Smith, and is survived by his son Cameron B, as well as his sister Joanne Faulkner of New Haven CT and brother Thomas of Ithaca.
Funeral and interment plans are incomplete. Memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception School, Ithaca.
Published in Ithaca Journal on Jan. 5, 2017
From Barry Smith's son: "It is with heavy heart that I regret to inform you of my Dad's passing. He passed while in the hospital in the early morning hours of Jan 1st. I'm going to ask FB to keep his profile open as a memorial. No formal memorial is planned as yet, though my wife and I would like to do something small for him, most likely in the Spring. My Dad was very low key, and arranged to be cremated with no direction as to any other wishes regarding his passing. I ...will be spreading some of his ashes on Clearlake, Del Valle, Anderson, the O'Neill Forebay, and Pinecrest, all places he liked to fish, or at least places we went fishing together It's been rough dealing with everyday life and taking on the responsibility of handling me Dad's affairs with his passing, so please forgive me for how late this is in getting out there. I can be contacted at Cameron B Smith if you have any memories you'd care to share. Also, if anyone has any contact information for his second wife, Debbie, it would be greatly appreciated."
Coach Donald Culligan
Coach Donald Culligan

Donald Culligan left quite the impact on the Ithaca community as a teacher, coach and elected official. Achieving numerous high school coaching records and having a basketball court and street named in his honor will keep his name in the public eye, but Culligan’s true legacy will live on through the lives he impacted in more than 40 years of public service.
"To be a part of their everyday lives was very special," Culligan told the Ithaca Journal in 2004. "I'm sure I got a lot more out of it than they did."
Culligan died Sunday at age 93. He and his late wife, Jane Elizabeth Kimple Culligan, were married for 71 years and raised five children. The family grew larger as the years passed by with 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
From 1956-1973, Culligan accumulated a 226-116 record as coach of the Ithaca High boys basketball team while winning five Southern Tier Athletic Conference championships and five Section 4 titles. He also was Ithaca's athletic director from 1970-78 before retiring, served on the Tompkins County Board of Representatives from 1957-92 and was president of Section 4 from 1974-75.
“What he did that really impressed me was everything we did in practice was pointed toward game situations; he had us prepared for every situation,” said John Stone, who was a member of Culligan’s first title team in 1959 and later coached the Little Red from 1982-93. “His attention to detail was just amazing.”                              


Donald James Culligan, son, husband, United States Marine, father, grandfather, great-grandfather; former teacher, coach, and Tompkins County Representative, departed from his beloved South Hill for the next world on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Born on May 8, 1923 to Leontine Myers Culligan and George E. Culligan, Jr., Don lived an outsized life that profoundly influenced his family, students, athletes, friends, and community members. He and his late wife, Jane Elizabeth Kimple Culligan, were married for 71 years and raised 5 children: Thomas J. Culligan (Patrice, Amelia Island, FL.); Nancy J. Culligan (Ithaca, NY); Mary Ann Culligan Pitzer (Brian, Ithaca, NY); Kathryn Culligan Simon (John David Jones, Lexington, KY); and Paul G. Culligan (Michele, Troy, NY). Their home was always a lively gathering place for their extended family that included 13 grandchildren; Christa, Burke, and Brad Culligan; Patricia (Hohman), Joseph, and Susanne Yengo; Scott, Brent, and Matthew Pitzer; Claire Eileen Simon; Michael, Brian, and Kasey Culligan; and 12 great-grandchildren.An alumnus of Ithaca High School (Class of 1941), Don entered the United States Marine Corps on February 12, 1943 where he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing - Marine Night Fighter Squadron 533 based at Cherry Point, North Carolina. He served in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the Marshall Islands. A beneficiary of the GI Bill, Don earned his bachelor's degree in 1948 and his master's degree in 1951 from Ithaca College. He was a loyal supporter of Ithaca College and its athletic teams, attending many basketball and football games with friends well into his 80's. In 2006 Don was honored by his alma mater with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Don's 30 year successful career as a physical education teacher and athletics coach began in 1948 in Virgil, NY. Two years later he moved to Sherburne, NY where he coached football and basketball teams to undefeated seasons and conference championships. The Culligans had a lifelong affection for Sherburne, returning many times to visit friends and former students at class reunions. Don "Coach" Culligan was a legendary figure at Ithaca High School from 1956 - 1978. During that period he taught physical education, driver education and served as director of athletics. He coached many outstanding varsity basketball teams throughout his tenure compiling a 226-116 record, five Southern Tier Athletic Conference championships and five New York State Section IV titles. In 1969, he was named Coach of the Year by the Ithaca Journal, an honor that he shared with his friend and legendary Ithaca High football coach Joe Moresco. Don retired from the Ithaca City School District in 1978. He was inducted into both the Section 4 Hall of Fame and the Ithaca High School Athletic Hall of Fame. In recognition for his dedication and service, the center court at the Ithaca High gymnasium was named Culligan Court in 2004. - See more at:


Jb Graves​ recently visited Trumansburg, from his home in Cerritos Beach Baja Sur, Mexico, to help celebrate his Mom's 97th birthday. He had an opportunity to get together with some of his IHS classmates. He shared this photo with Phyllis McLaren Sommerman​. Pictured are Mary Lee Hagin Banfield, Mary Egan Gutenberger, John Gutenberger, David Banfield, Terry Cullen, Sue Hastings Cullen and JB Graves. They gathered at The Boatyard in Ithaca.

                   Updated Obit:  DEBBY BAUER KEEFE HAS PASSED AWAY
Linda "Debby" Bauer Keefe, 73, of Berkeley passed away at her home in Berkeley on Tuesday, September 6. Debby was born to Simon H. and Miriam L. (Rosoff) Bauer on October 27, 1942, in Ithaca, New York. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, David E. Keefe of Berkeley; one son Aidan B. (Sachiko Uno) Keefe of Santa Clara, CA.; two grandchildren, Eryssa "Ery" and Kohshiro "Koh"; two brothers Frederick (Laura) Bauer of Petaluma, CA, and Ross (Elizabeth) Bauer of Kensington, CA; and two nephews, Nicholas Bauer of Washington, D.C., and Isaac Bauer of Kensington, CA.

Debby died from a melanoma on her liver, after having fought Parkinson's disease for 23 years. In her career, Debby worked for 15 years in survey research at UC Berkeley and at the Prevention Research Center. Her smile left everyone at ease and made her a great interviewer and supervisor. She was bold and beautiful. Her passion was to help the downtrodden. A local remembrance of Debby was held on September 25 for 30 friends from Kentucky Avenue. She was a proud member of the Kentucky Avenue Book Club. For out-of-towners, another remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 29, at 2:00pm at 24 Kerr Ave., Kingston, CA., RSVP In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Smithsonian Institution NMAAHC, Washington, D.C. 20090-6832, or to NAACP, Baltimore, MD 21264-4983, or to Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, AL 36103-5632, or to your favorite charity . In the hearts of all those who loved you, Debby, you and your smile will always be there.
Published in Ithaca Journal from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2016

Phyllis McLaren Sommerman received the following notice from Debby Bauer Keith's husband:
"Terrible and sad news for your fellow Ithaca High mates. Debby has died on September 9, from a melanoma on her liver. Tried infusions with Keytruda, but they hurt too much. In the end, she accepted that nature should have its way. It did.
My pain is obvious, as is that of our only son, Aidan. He and his wife, Sachiko, and especially his daughter, Ery, are inconsolable. Debbie will be cremated and her urn laid to rest with that of Simon and Mitzi Bauer, her parents.
Please extend my best wishes for all her 1960 classmates--whom she never forgot. May we all meet again in the peaceful place we all hope for."
Yours truly,
David E. Keefe

The class extends its deepset condolences to Debbie's family during this difficult time. Those wishing to contact David may do so at:

469 Kentucky Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707. His email is:

Note: Published obituary added under "Deceased Classmates", courtesy of Loulie Kent '61, on October 23.


Barbara Child Mobbs and Bill Mobbs. Taken at the 70th Birthday Bash in 2012.
Barbara Child Mobbs and Bill Mobbs. Taken at the 70th Birthday Bash in 2012.
SAD NEWS: Barb Child Mobbs' Husband Passed Away
William Mobbs, IHS '59. husbaad of Barbara Child Mobbs, passed away October 2nd after being diagnosed with a rare and rapidly moving degenerative neurological disease.
Bill and Barb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary two years ago.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Barb and her family during this difficult time.
There will be a service this Saturday (October 8), at the Church of Latter Day Saints, Cayuga Heights. Brunch will be from 10 to 11 followed by a memorial service.
Mailing address for condolences may be sent to: 272 Enfield Falls Road, Ithaca 14850.
Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte and former teacher, Mary Honcharik at the 55th
Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte and former teacher, Mary Honcharik at the 55th
SAVE NEXT AUGUST 25,26 & 27. The 75th Birthday Bash is On Tap

​Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte, event chairperson, has reported that she and her committee have chosen next August 25, 26 & 27 , in Ithaca, for the 75th Birthday Bash. While not revealing too much at this time, she promises that the format will be responsive to the suggestions many of you have shared. Details will follow in the weeks and months ahead. Watch this website and our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Cheers to Ron Winchell !
Cheers to Ron Winchell !

​For those of you who follow these pages closely, Ron and Judy Winchell have had more than their share of medical issues these past five years. We are,however, use to them bouncing back and pushing on with full and active lives.
Ron, unfortunately,  has had a bit of a relapse of late. He might appreciate some encouraging words from classmates to get him over this momentary hurdle. We miss the nostalgic and witty essays that Ron periodically sends our way. We hope to hear much more from him in the months ahead. He often ends his pieces with, "Cheers"!
Back at you, Ron. Cheers to you!
His email address is: Judy's email address is:
Ithaca (NY) High School Class of 1960 Now on FACEBOOK

Sixty two classmates have joined the newly created, closed group on Facebook. Check it out and join us. Your input, as always, is welcome.

This is a profile on Ed Michael, one of the 2016 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Ed Michael, a 1960 graduate of Ithaca High, is considered one of the greatest wrestling coaches Western New York has seen. He is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Buffalo program.

Michael compiled a record 215-107-3 over a 21-year career as head coach that spanned from 1971-1991. He led the Bulls to seven New York State Collegiate Wrestling Championships, helped UB reach the top-20 rankings 13 times and coached 107 different tournament winners.

"My athletes were just terrific,: Michael said. "This was major league."
Although he is mostly remembered for his career as a coach, he also taught physical education and served as the director of recreation and intramurals for 18 years. that allowed him to interact with the regular student body, something he enjoyed.
"I saw myself as not just a coach, but an educator," Michael said.

UB honored michael in 2011 when it named the renovated wrestling facility the Ed Michael Wrestling Complex.
"It's incredibly humbling, " Michael said. "In order for this facility to be built people had to support you financially."

" If a coach doesn't have success in his first five years, you're probably not going to see him in the profession too long...To be able to maintain you have to have success."

Michael still stays in shape using his own exercise routine, walking three miles six days a week and running three miles on the seventh day. He maintains a vegetable garden in his backyard and enjoys sculpting and classic cars. He is still active in the UB wrestling program and doesn't miss any of the team's meets.

Taken from an article written by Buffalo News sports reporter Jack Goods.

Thanks to: Martin Wright for sharing this with us.

Just got back from a week in Ithaca showing our daughter and her husband around. We visited the gorges; Cascadilla, Buttermilk, Enfield, and Fall Creek. They all seem a little different now with the drought causing minimal water flow and shutting down all swimming for the public in these areas. Another noticeable change is the amount of traffic in the downtown area existing in the summer time! Who remembers when Ithaca was so hot with daily temps in the 90's?


"As is likely well known at this point, this weekend (September 10) cable TV (MSNBC 's Dateline) carried a tough story on a promising Cornell undergraduate who got tragically involved in a family altercation and then faced a complicated murder charge in Rochester.

The student had been a student athlete, and his sprint football coach was Terry Cullen, who was interviewed extensively for the program. I had forgotten how clear and sane and humane and thoughtful Terry always was. I wish more people, including me, were like that."

Larry McCray
July 2015th, 55th Reunion
July 2015th, 55th Reunion
Message from Dave Wilson

While I doubt you ever knew Dan Ward, I recently found his obit. Of particular interest to us, his wife, Sue Ward, taught English at IHS.  In fact, she was singled out for special recognition when she left in 1958. Pull out your sophomore (1958) edition of The Annual , to see her picture and read the tribute.

While I never knew her at IHS, maybe some of you did.  Sue died 25 or 30 years ago.

I apologize for this depressing message, but IHS has so many connections for me.

All the best,

Dave Wilson
To the Class of 1960, Ithaca High School: SPRING NEWSLETTER

What’s happening in your world? We love hearing from you. Send word to me  (Phyllis McLaren Sommerman))by email: or by Phone: 518-421-6726, or mail 3245 Riverton Road, The Villages, FL 32162. (my mail is forwarded if I am not in FL at the time.) I’ll pass your news on to our webmaster Steve Beaulieu. He frequently updates our website  and will share your news with the rest of the class. I was just on the website tonight to update my profile. You might do the same! Date stamp it too. 
At the last reunion / picnic those in attendance agreed to keep mailing memos / updates to all classmates who don’t have email. We want to stay connected with you and also those who don't use email. Donations were made that day to cover the cost of postage. Phyllis is STILL not on FB, despite the efforts of Susie Hough to encourage me. Don't give up Susie! 
NEW REUNION CHAIRPERSON!! The next event is our 75th birthday bash!! Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte has asked to plan the reunion, drawing her committee from many who offered to help her. It will be in Ithaca; no date selected yet. I would like to continue as Treasurer and correspondence lady. Steve would like to continue as our Web Master and people finder. At some point Steve and I will find a back-up person; in the event of our demise our class will continue to stay in touch. That is most important!!!
News from classmates: 
Ron Winchell had a challenging year health wise, sometimes with he and his wife both in the hospital at once. Ron has rallied, giving hope that many of us will do the same.
I haven’t heard from JB Graves lately but he always signs his notes “no bad days” and that makes me smile!  
Dorothy Griffith Sonnichsen traveled to Southern Ireland Nov 2015 reporting pansies blooming and tiny little daisies in the grass, beautiful country and very nice, polite people.  
Dave Wilson is very committed to preserving the natural springs in Florida. He recently hosted the North Florida Springs Environmental Center Open House, inviting Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte and myself to attend. I was not in Florida, but Kathleen did go. Dave gets the gold star for traveling all over to meet up with classmates, and keeping in touch with teacher Dorothy Sicilia Stewart
The last time I had an email from Peggy Hertel Cooney she was also traveling quite a bit. We’d love to hear more from you  Peggy, and from any of you. Steve and I get nervous when the wires get too quiet. 
You may have seen news/ pictures on the web site about Beverly Brink Hillman and her successful campaign to collect funds for the fence around the carousel in Stewart Park. She deserves so much credit for her involvement in the park restorations, and so do you!!!  Our class made the majority of donations! We love Stewart Park and you demonstrated that with your gifts. 🎠 
Peggy Payne had an extended work year on playground design and safety this year with a mild winter. A very successful business and congratulations to you Peggy. 
Linda Rocker Rogovin and Rose Cmilansky Lee could not make it to the reunion and requested  directories so they might stay in touch. You can do the same. $8 covers printing and postage.
Spring has arrived at Keith Bruckner’s home in Tennessee and he can’t wait to get out there and dig in the soil!  Ask him any plant name; either he or Jan Murphy Ivkovich will know it!
Steve Beaulieu has learned that classmate Peggy Sweeting, who was listed as “no contact” was actually deceased in 1999. See a list of the deceased classmates on the website. 
Dave Breen has emailed and given us his phone and email address!! I have listed it in the new directory to be distributed at the next reunion. We have no contact information for some -Steve has listed the names of these classmates on the web site. Please review the list and let us know if you have information on anybody on the list. Thank you. No one will be “forgotten”. Also, advise me of your change of address, etc.
Before I go, I’d like to leave you with some encouragement. Aging is so very challenging, and yet it is inviting. No matter our circumstances, we have an opportunity to respond to a second calling; not a second career, but a second chance at life. A second calling is about living life as someone you have become. It is about sharing your legacy – how you will be remembered. It was very obvious at the last reunion, and in your emails, that we all have much to share and give to others. We find some roots in who we were in 1960, but even better, we love who we are free to become now. Help us get to know that person. Honor us. Stay in touch. 
Another memo from us will be mailed as soon as we have details to share on the next reunion.
On behalf of all those keeping us close, I send our best wishes to you.

Phyllis McLaren Sommerman
A number of classmates hiked Enfield Saturday morning. Can you name them?
A number of classmates hiked Enfield Saturday morning. Can you name them?

            "The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Stewart Park on Saturday, ​June 18th from 2-4. This is for the new fence that mostly the class of 1960 paid for.   I raised almost $12,000 for the beautiful Fred Whitmore 6 foot tall fence surrounding the newly repainted Carousel Horses.    Maybe we could make this a real party?    Ride the horses for free, and then maybe to my house for wine and cheese, and out to dinner??????  Thanks to everyone who made this possible and fun.    
       The other news is that John Gute​nberger made it possible for an Elk Club Grant to pay for a ramp taking those in wheel chairs onto the Carousel.    Thanks John. "
       With deep gratitude from the Friends of Stewart Park.
   Beverly Brink Hillman
June 1, 2015

The Friends of Stewart Park is excited to be participating in this final round of Tompkins Trust Company's Community Minute Challenge during the next 14 days! Thank you to our supporters who voted for us and helped us get to this final round where FSP is in a friendly competition with the Hangar Theatre, Running To Places, and Relay for Life for the $5,000 grand prize!

Once again, Friends of Stewart Park is happy to  tell its story -- the story of Stewart Park past, present and future -- to our old and new friends. During the next two weeks we will tell you all about numerous park improvement projects that have been completed, are underway, or are being planned, and a few, too, that are being considered for the future. And FSP will be asking for YOUR support EVERY DAY by VOTING HERE. 

Thanks for supporting the Friends of Stewart Park and these other great community organizations!
Robert Dean
Robert Dean

Robert Dayhart Dean 74, of Ithaca, NY passed away June 13, 2016 at Cayuga Medical Center with his wife Judy by his side. He was born in Warren, Ohio on February 2, 1942, son of the late Robert Dean and Virginia Dean (Frank) Vorhis. He moved to Brooktondale, NY and started school in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1960. Bob worked at the US Post Office for 30 years and retired in 1998. Bob enjoyed time at the Watkins Glen racetrack and worked on the fueling services team. He was a Cornell Hockey fan and worked the Afterglows for years. Bob was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, a member of the Elks Lodge #636 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Bob and Judy purchased an RV and enjoyed traveling thru the southern states for several years. Bob's "kitties" Grover and Bucky enjoyed traveling, too and will miss him dearly.

Bob is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Monroe Dean ,his daughter; Debra(Jim)Ivins of Brick, N.J., son; Robert Derek Dean of Tacoma, WA (Janine); his sisters, Helen Vorhis of Brooktondale; Sheila(Greg) Robideau of Ithaca; Carol Vorhis of Interlaken(David); his brothers, Cameron(Kathy)Vorhis and Douglas (Joanne) Vorhis both of Brooktondale and Greg(Mary Alice)Vorhis of Trumansburg, N.Y.

Bob's grandchildren; Jesse(Sara)Brady of Freeville, NY; Amber Guetherman of Toms River, N.J. and Heather Owens of Centerville, Ohio; step grandchildren; Stacey Ivins of Brick, N.J and James Ivins III of Old Bridge, N.J., four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Bangs Funeral Home Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 11:00 - 1:00. Funeral will be held Monday, June 20, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St, Ithaca, NY at 10:30 AM with Reverend Jeffrey Tunnicliff, Pastor. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ithaca SPCA, Immaculate Conception Church or Charity of one’s choice.

We've had 102,854  visits since this site opened in April 2010
  89 Classmates have posted their profiles as of  April 23, 2017 Betty Roskelly has joined Sandra Sortman, Bob Townsend, Ed Michael,  Ward Whitlock, Bonnie Westfall, Andy Powell (updated March 2016), Vance McCullough ,Stephen Stephenson (updated Apri2016), Charlotte Sweet, Lois White , Ruth Culp, Geza Ginzery, Roland Barnett, Dan Sayre, Helen Mandeville, Susan Whicher, Carol Robedee , Jane Miller, Sandy Aldrich, Chuck Moeder, Evie Hall, Marcia Tilton, Jean Torrant, Joel Ekholm, Alice Caldwell,and Jim Ormiston, June Layton,John Osborn,Ginny Sigler, Victor Newhart, Beverly Brink, Ellen  
Royce  Jan Murphy, Martin Wright, Dan Wallenbeck, Patricia Newman, Ollie Detweiler  Arnie Hammer, David Spencer, Peggy Hertel, Al Simons, Bill Gordon, Jinny Klune, Phil Ewanicki, Tom Vormwald, Dorothy Van Order, Shari Grover (updated March 2015), Ed Knaysi, Liz Horn, Bob Gray, Suzie Hough, Keith Bruckner, Phyllis McLaren (updated March 2017),Terry Cullen, Bernie Cook,Terry Hilker, Judy Mitchell, Bill Lester, Kenna Grant, David Meldrum, Barry Smith, Alison MacLeod , Mary Avery, Gigi Greenwood, JB Graves (updated JUNE 2015), Dave Wilson, Kathy Hull, Carolyn Fallon, Ed Thorsland (updated June 2015), Alan Westfall, Karen Dann, Ernie Falke, Katie Detweiler, Barbara Darling, Don Berk, Sandy Cornelius, Dorothy Griffith, Doug Hughes, Dave Goode, Leo Johnson, Larry McCray, Elaine Tutton, Ed Shea, Virginia Hixon, Marilyn Dropkin, Marilyn Trapp, Ron Winchell and Steve Beaulieu in posting their profiles on this website.                             



Do you miss seeing some of your friends listed here? Encourage them to post now. Is your's here yet? Now would be a great time to let your classmates know what is new with you.

Belle Sherman, Grade 6, 1953-1954
Belle Sherman, Grade 6, 1953-1954
 "I stumbled across this picture among my mother’s photos.  I could identify all except four by recognition from memory.  27 pupils – we had big classes after WW II":

Back row: Eddie Knaysi, Bill Gordon, Jim Wells, Rob York, Don Enright, Virginia Klune, Dorothy Griffith, John Osborn, George Damp, Phil Ewanicki, Miss Chips.
Middle row: Virginia Hixon, Marilyn Dropkin, Janice Murphy, Allison MacLeod, Karen Ross, Phyllis McLaren, Marybelle Avery, Bonnie Gay, Carolyn Fallon, Wincie Hanneson, Celia Lawrence, Joan Kendall.
Front row: Mike Lawrence, Terry Cullen, Alan Mack, Robin Williams, Bob Seager.
Hi Phyllis,
        Just came back from an encore presentation of The Magic Flute from the Metropolitan Opera, Live In HD, opened my email and got your message.   It's always good to hear from you.
        Funny thing, the other day my massage therapist told me she had been to Ithaca a couple weeks ago with a friend, stayed on East Seneca Street in an airbnb, walked from downtown up to Cornell, walked all around Cornell, came back downtown, loved the city and its vibe, gorgeous colors in the leaves, beautiful scenery.  I said where did you eat and she told me Moosewoods, so I told her that was our old high school.   She couldn't go on enough about what a beautiful building it was and how cool it is, can't wait to go back to Ithaca.   Only thing was it was parents' weekend at Ithaca College so every restaurant was full and they couldn't get any reservations anywhere.   So that was a bit of a bummer but it didn't detract her at all from a return trip.  
        Weren't we all so lucky to have grown up there?   Oh, to go back to that simpler time.  
        Hope all is well with you down in sunny Florida.   It's dull, dreary, low 40s, looks like it's about to rain and/or snow.  Can't wait to get down to Florida in March.  Wintertime's not so much fun any more.
        Hope you have a Happy and Blessed Holiday season.    Best to Steve as well.
                                                       Best regards,
                                                                        Marty Wright
South Hill Second Graders
South Hill Second Graders

Classmate Richard Owlett recently shared this photo of some of our classmates during their second grade experience at the South Hill School. We welcome your attempts to identify any of these youngsters. Contact Steve Beaulieu at:

Here's what we have so far:  3rd row, far right--Richard Owlett; 2nd row, far right--Amelia Stratakos; Front row, third from the left--David Drier (moved out of district prior to high school), second from right--Claire Hernaez.

Ithaca High Alumni met at MacLeod's on July 30th
Ithaca High Alumni met at MacLeod's on July 30th
Ithaca High School New Englanders enjoyed a perfect day at Dunvegan  Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Another mini-reunion was staged in New England on July 30. This version was held at Alison MacLeod's Dunvegan Farm. 

Front row: Nancy Cladel Scholes; Dorothy Griffith Sonnichsen; Carol Grodon (Bill’s wife); Alison & Monty; Jeanne Powell (Andy’s wife); Janet Gray (Robert’s wife); Kathleen Muzzy Lamorte.
Second row: Charlie Scholes (Nancy’s husband); Bill Gordon; Andy Powell; Loulie Hoffman Kent ’61.
Third row: Chuck Klaer ’63; Chuck Moeder; George Kent ’61; Robert Gray.
Missing from the picture because they had to leave were Judi Fowler Quagliaroli ’61, her daughter-in-law Laura, and her 2 grandsons whose names I cannot remember although they had a great time and loved the farm. am

New England IHS Class of 1960 and Friends Luncheon Reunion Held December 11, at Robert Gray's Home
The Gray's were the host family for what Robert and several of our classmates hope will be the first of many six month gatherings of 1960 IHS grads. Alison MacLeod described the experience best when she wrote: "I wanted first to thank Bob and Janet for such a wonderful day, and make sure you know how much I appreciated all you did to make it possible. As I drove home Wednesday evening, I felt a warm glow of happiness, enjoying a sense of connection that happens only rarely. We are in a way all related ? a family ? bound by wonderful memories and the great good fortune to have shared a special time together in a very special place. By that I mean Ithaca, and the years we all spent wandering about through the halls of our old high school, believing we knew all we needed to know about life because we were US, teens of the mid-20th century, and nothing, but nothing, would stop us from taking on the world. How wonderful to reconnect after all these years and see that we did indeed take on the world ? each in our own, unique way. The beauty is that we?re still here, each of us having evolved into something wonderful, though likely not what we imagined way back then. Funny thing about teens. They do indeed believe they know it all, until eventually they don?t. Is that what growing up is all about?" Alison offered to host the next gathering at her Duvegen Farm next summer.
Gathering of classmates and friends at Robert and Janet Pozen Gray's home
Gathering of classmates and friends at Robert and Janet Pozen Gray's home
Pictured are:
Back Row (L to R): Judy Fowler Quagliaroli ('61), George Guyer, Chuck Moeder, Andy Powell, Bill Gordon, George Kent ('61), Jerry Freeman Front Row (L to R): Robert Gray, Carol Gordon, Charlotte Sweet Guyer, Loulie Kent ('61), Barbara Hartman Freeman, Alison MacLeod, Debbie Briggs Fraioli, Dorothy Griffin Sonnichsen, Janet Pozen Gray. Peter Farrow left before the group picture was taken. Photo licensed by Creative Commons
Class photo  professionally taken by Monroe Payne. Copies of these are available through his website:Monroe Payne Photog
Class photo professionally taken by Monroe Payne. Copies of these are available through his website:Monroe Payne Photography
The old high school building, known today as DeWitt Mall, is currently used for retail businesses, offices and apartment
The old high school building, known today as DeWitt Mall, is currently used for retail businesses, offices and apartments.
Planning committee 2017: Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte, Dave Wilson, Phyllis McLaren Sommerman, and Steve Beaulieu
Planning committee 2017: Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte, Dave Wilson, Phyllis McLaren Sommerman, and Steve Beaulieu
        75th BIRTHDAY BASH BEING CONSIDERED FOR 2017. Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte will chair.

     2017 is not too far away for the members of the Class of 1960's reunion planning committee. It's hard to believe that we'll be celebrating our 75th Birthday Bash, when most of the class will either have turned 75 or will be close to it. When you get to be our age the days, weeks and months roll by faster and faster with each passing year. It will be August of 2017 in no time. Glad that we're getting a jump on this thirteen months ahead of time. 
     Kathleen Muzzy LaMorte has  agreed to chair the event. Phyllis McLaren Sommerman will continue as secretary-treasurer. Steve Beaulieu will continue as webmaster. and Facebook editor Other classmates will be joining the committee in coming months. If you are able to assist, in any way, please contact our secretary at:

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