Matriculated to Boston College -- arriving in August, 1962, Played Freshman football and later cut (quickly) by new basketball Bob Cousy. The coaching was horrendous and cracking books at 5:00AM was worse. Graduated in 1966 after being permanently banned from the dormitories due to a missing cement block wall between our room and next door. Rejected for the draft by virtue of bad ankles and being 'too tall and surely an easy target'.
University of Pittsburgh, MBA, 1967. Graduated following a tempestuous year -- two year program in three trimesters. Temporarily recruited by US government as an analyst and placed in the international division of a US company. Following that commitment and a broken engagement, I joined Metropolitan Life. Assigned to Middletown, Connecticut, -- midst a New England snow storm, I attempted to pick up a 37 year 'nooner' candidate. She had two graduate school roommates, one of which, Joella Altobello became my 'mate' for life. Marrying the right girl was the single, most important life's decision Metropolitan kept promoting me to the top of the Boston operation. Bored, having worked for two consecutive card carrying crazies, and facing a promotion to New York -- I left in 1982. Three great children (1971,1975,1976) and two homes -- Boston (36 years) and Hilton Head - became spiritual and fiscal obligations.
Following participation in several oil/gas wells in Appalachia I initiated a new dimension of practice, moving natural gas from the wellhead to the corporate burner tip. Clients included PPG, Kraft and a variety of industrial and large commercial burners. Just south of Pittsburgh the interstate pipelines collide: I soon began to build a pipeline for Guardian Glass up the Mon. Generous Randy Russell fortunately sponsored me for the civility of the Duquesne Club which saved this migrant soul from hotel malaise of a thousand deadly traveling nights. Decisions have consequences; I was not spared the venomous attack of a duplicitous utility.
Sued in every legal forum in Pennsylvania by Equitable Gas for bypassing their system, my attorney called and asked me to leave the Country. Equitable had retained six attorneys; Baird had one. In a civil proceeding the process was suspended by travel.
Over the next 12-14 years I worked partially overseas for clients and government. Venues concentrated on work at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, London and Washington. The intelligence and military communities modestly adopted skills and instincts honed by coaches George Rogers, Art Betts and Tom Picunas. Life became fraught with adventure -- tactical, strategic and surprise energy issues. This concentration continues with prospects of creating a Florida based Institute concerning same.
Key Turning Points of Life:
Edgewood High, its Students and Coaches
Boston College, Catholicism and Guardian Angels
Marriage to Joella and Great Children
Litigation forcing me to International Forums
Love of my Parents, Family and Country
My respect and love for each of you.Booked hotel and planes.
Edgewood High School 50th Reunion, 2012
Dear Class of 1962,
On September 21st and 22nd our class met for our 50th class reunion and the following were in attendance:
Lois Argelander Meyer-Roux and Jean Meyer-Roux
Ted Bachman and Carole
Alice Ball Miller and Jim Miller
James Barton and Margaret
Nancy Braun Brennan and Warren Brennan
Richard Coleman and Henrietta
George Craig and Sue
Paul Davidson and Barbara
John Duggar and Cate
Ann Farnsworth Baxter and Mac Farnsworth, brother
Bill Friesell and Susan
Georgia Glaros Placas and Gregg Placas
Bill Hoover and Lois
Jeanne Hulen Donie and George Donie
Margaret "Peggy" Kelly Devlin and sister, Kathy Kelly McQuoid
Dan Mason and Karen Schieber
Christopher Martin and Sue
Akiko Matsui Barrett and Bill
Bob Maxwell and Betsy Meyers Maxwell
James McCartney and Vicki
Cynthia McCullough Patterson and Richard "Pat" Patterson
Russ Miller and Barbara
Jeanne Ostrander Daggett and Richard Daggett
James Pakala and sister Helen Pakala McFarland '52
Maureen Powers Stradley and husband Carl Hillerstedt
Christine Pryce and Ed Webler
Irving (I.B.) Remsen and friend Marsha Pumroy
Loise (Adele) Rhodes Armstrong and Jim Armstrong
Joan Roberts and Monte Upshaw
Randy Russell and Barbara
Nancy Straub Busenhart and Mike Busenhart
Herb Strickler and Sue
Jeffrey Toner and Jean
Mille Turner Weiss (now known as Jean Weiss) and Sam
Sue Williamson Jenks
Party at Randy’s House only: there may be others
Many arrived early on Friday the 21st and began gathering at the Residence Inn in Churchill and the Comfort Inn, also in Churchill. By afternoon the hospitality room was full of classmates re-acquainting with old friends, many not having seen each other since graduation.
At 6:00 Friday night we began arriving at Randy and Barb Russell’s house in Churchill. A big surprise was when Glenn Jenks arrived with his new wife as of February ’12 – Sue Williamson. They kept it a secret until Friday night and it was quite a surprise! They had dated in high school and found one another again about 2 years ago. Randy and Barb served Pittsburgh favorites - chip chopped ham from Islay’s, corned beef sandwiches, vegetables, potato salad, beer and wine. They served cookies and Islay’s Klondikes for dessert. They had a lovely patio with tables set up on the patio and in the yard surrounded by gorgeous gardens with roses and mums everywhere. The weather cooperated and we had a mild evening with a rare raindrop and were able to enjoy the outdoors despite the ominous forecast all week.
Saturday morning many of use gathered while we ate breakfast at the Residence Inn. We then began our tour of the old Edgewood High School which is now a Woodland Heights Elementary School. This is where it gets interesting. Randy had gone to great effort to make plans with the high school, filling out all the proper forms to turn in to the Board of Education. He received permission to tour at 10:00 but when we arrive no custodian arrived. Not to worry. Eddie Biedenbach, class of ’63 had come from a trip to Kentucky to see his old friends. He briefly disappeared and the next thing we knew the security alarm was blaring and Eddie appeared opening the front door for us. When asked how he got in his reply was "the way I always did - through the boiler room when I wanted to shoot hoops when the school was closed". So in we went, figuring the police would arrive soon, call the school officials and a custodian would finally arrive. That wasn’t exactly how it went. We were like ants all over the building remember this and that teacher and trying to remember where everything was. We took our picture in the auditorium and Joan led us in a cheer in the old gym. The police finally arrived after quite a long time and Eddie sweet talked the female cop– he knew someone in sports that her husband or father knew so, according to Eddie, "everything is cool"! We were to be charged $100 by the school for the custodian but now we’re hoping the fine probably to be imposed by the police department can be paid in lieu of the custodial fee. We’ll let you know how that plays out. Or, maybe bail money for Randy since most of us left town already :( and he was left on his own!) Nice guys that we are! We took a picture in front of the school for old time sake. We sure had lots of laughs over our adventure.
In the afternoon we scattered. Some visited relatives, some toured old neighborhoods, and some of us went downtown and took a ride on the Gateway Clipper or the Ducky Boat.
Dinner was held at the Edgewood Country Club where we enjoyed appetizers and drinks on the patio overlooking the beautiful golf course. Again the weather cooperated and it was a mild evening. We had a group picture taken on the patio. Dinner was followed by a fabulous band. The leader of the band was a good friend of Randy’s and they rehearsed brand new 50’s and 60’s music especially picked for the occasion. The dance floor was full most of the time while we continued to visit with old friends between songs.
Sunday morning we said our reluctant and sad farewells, promising to keep in touch by Skype, phone, and email. Many were on their way to vacation destinations, some to visit relatives; others were catching planes and heading out by car to the long drive home. Many of us would love to get together for reunions in the future, some hoping to gather with small groups now and then who are geographically close to each other. In any case we all went home with fond memories of a wonderful time with beloved old friends and in some cases, new ones. For myself it was probably in the top 10 of memorable and special events in my life!
We sincerely missed those of you who were able to join us. We hope you will go on the website and keep up with news as it unfolds. We will be posting pictures on snapfish and I will let you know how to view them if you are unfamiliar with that process. As always, anyone who has not sent a picture and/or an autobiography for the website it isn’t too late. We’d love to have it.
I will be happy to continue being the go-to information person with any changes in your status – health, address, phone numbers, etc. Please email me. God Bless you all and stay healthy! Until the next reunion……
Jeanne Hulen Donie
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Hell With the Lid Off!, Part 1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Hell With the Lid Off!, Part 2
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Hell With the Lid Off!, Part 3
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Hell With the Lid Off!, Part 4
Newsletters to the Class
E. H. S. ’62 Trivia Questions
|Committee Member||Email Address||Contact Phone|
|Jeanne Hulen Donie||(330) 707-0798 (H)|
|Glenn Jenks||(480) 629-4178 (H)|
|Jim McCartney||(916) 488-4152 (H)|
|Randy Russell||(412) 243-8303 (H)|
|John Snyder||(716) 373-5294 (H)|
|Herb Strickler||(910) 392-2664 (H)|
|Joan Roberts Upshaw||(510) 644-7667 (H)|
|Donations checks may be made out the EHS Class of ’62 and mailed to Glenn Jenks at 5417 E. Milton Dr., Cave Creek, AZ 85331.|
We have reserved 15 rooms at the new Residence Inn at 3455 William Penn Hwy, Pittsburgh 15235, (412) 816-1300 at $124.00 dbl occupancy for your convenience and a price break. If you wish to make a reservation tell them you are with the Edgewood Reunion Group under Randy Russell’s name. Although we will not be doing blocks at other motels here are other options:
This is just a quick reminder to send your reservations to Glenn for the reunion by August 15th if you have not done so. I know that there is a couple of you who have talked to us and are unable to make a final decision yet due to family issues. Those folks can let us know as soon as they are able. We understand these circumstances.
We have a wonderful hospitality room at the Residence Inn. There are sitting areas in the lobby to visit as well as a terrific outdoor area, weather permitting. Please bring snacks to share and we will have a few coolers in the room if you want to bring in a few beers, wine or pop. Anyone can stop by - you don't have to be staying at the Residence Inn.
If you try to make a reservation for the Duck 1:30 Tour there are 3 buses so let them know you want to be on the bus with Donie so we can be together. The Gateway has all the room necessary and only has one boat going out at 1:30
If you haven't been in Pgh for awhile you might want to bring some MapQuest directions with you. Directions to Randy's house and the Edgewood County Club will be in the hospitality room for you to see.
Please send in your autobiographies and a picture.
Please let me know if you were a veteran.
We are trying to find obituaries for the following. If you know what town they lived in when they passed or have any information, please let us know.
Remember to bring memorbilia with you if you have it to share.
If you have any special dietary issues for Saturday night, please let us know.
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.
Friday night we are tentatively planning to meet at the home of Randy Russell and his wife, Barbara. They have kindly invited us to gather in their home for pizza, beer/wine, and snacks.
They live in very close proximity to the motels and the Country Club. This promises to be a great time to re-visit our common past history and catch up on the last 50 years in a private setting. We will happily accept donations for appetizers etc. from those who live in proximity.
Tour of high school.
Lunch on your own – Station Square is a good choice if joining us in the downtown area.
Gateway Clipper (412) 355-7980
Duck Boat Tour (412) 402-3825
They suggest reservations 2 months in advance to secure this time. We can carpool and park for both on Rush Blvd. If you are thinking of doing either of these activities let us know so we can post it in the next letter. Others may call for a reservation when they see how many are doing this.
Buffet Dinner and Dancing to Oldies at Edgewood Country Club Reservations will be made to Glenn Jenks later this summer. The cost has not been definitely confirmed but we expect it to be in the ballpark of $75 pp. Of course the price will be reduced by the number of reservations we have so if you are thinking you will come, please tell us so we can do a better assessment of the cost of the event. It will remain tentative until we need to collect the money. It would also be helpful to know if you will be coming alone or bringing a spouse/significatant other.
We are planning to have a photographer take a group picture.
If you have contact with someone from the class of ’61 or ’63 that would like to attend, please forward this information to them and tell them to let Jeanne Donie know they would like to be added to the list. We have a list of names from the class of ’61 because they already had their reunion but we do not know if the class of ’63 has any plans. If you know anything being planned please give us a contact person.
If you know anything about these folks since high school such as where they attended college, where they worked, where they might have moved to – any of these small bits of information can help us locate these people. Please let us know.
Kristen Anderson, Keith Donohue, Charlene Forster, Drynda Johnston (we haven’t confirmed her address), Ron Kilpatrick, Charles Mills, Susan Naugle (Glick we think), Judith Nicholson, Ron Richards, Fred Tyler.
Lois Argelander Meyer-Roux, Dane Baird, Alice Ball Miller, JT Barton, Jim Berry, Nancy Braun & Warren Brennan, Molly Brown, Sharon Brubach Rapone, Rick Coleman, George Craig, Paul Davidson, Regina Dilettuso Renk, John Duggar, Stephen Easley, Jim Ferry, Les Fox, Jack Gillespie, Georgia Glaros Placas, George Gustafson, Paul Hershorin, Bill Hoover, Jeanne Hulen Donie, Bill & Kit (Wolcott) Hunter, Glenn Jenks, Peggy Kelly Devlin, Steve King (Koenig), Christopher Martin, Dan Mason, Cathy Maxwell Todd, Rob & Betsy (Meyers) Maxwell, Jim McCartney, Cindy McCullough, John McCullough, Tom Michalski, Russ Miller, Bernie Misterka, Jim Pakala, Chuck Peters, Christine Pryce Webler, Nancy Pryce, Irving Remsen, Joan Roberts, Randy Russell, John Snyder, Herb Strickler, Jeff Toner, Sue Williamson, Eleanor Works Seigrist.
David R. Ackerly, David William Brown, Sr., William J. Edwards, Jr., Ralph G. Escher, Jerome E. “Jerry” Hogan, William Callender Hurtt, Jr., Ron Locke, Bruce Longphre, Jim Moore, Kathryn Pierce, Lawrence J. Rhoades, Rebecca Robbins Shaler, Jim Spor.
Please note, everyone is alphabetized based on maiden name, or by the name given in the yearbook. Deceased members have a yellow star on their photo. Those with autobiographies or obituaries are clickable.
David R. Ackerly
Lois Argelander Meyer-Roux
Alice Ball Miller
Mary Ellen Bidwell Rothrock
Nancy Braun Brennan
David William Brown, Sr.
Sharon Brubach Rapone
Mimi Domer Broyles
William J. Edwards, Jr.
Ralph G. Escher
Ann Farnsworth Baxter
Alexis Farr Cascio
Kathleen Ford Duke
Georgia Glaros Placas
Virginia "Pudgy" Grymes
Alexis Hodder Hmielak
Jerome E. “Jerry” Hogan
Jeanne Hulen Donie
William Callender Hurtt, Jr.
Judith Johnston Baudistel
Margaret "Peggy" Kelly
Steven King (Koenig)
Judith Lococo Null
M. Dan Mason
Akiko Matsui Barrett
Cynthia McCullough Patterson
Betsy Myers Maxwell
Susan Naugle (Glick we think)
Jeanne Ostrander Daggett
Maureen Powers Stradley
Christine Pryce Webler
Patricia Ramey Horne
Lawrence J. Rhoades
Lois Rhodes Armstrong
Rebecca Robbins Shaler
Joan Roberts Upshaw
Joann Smoose Girardi
Nancy Straub Busenhart
Maria Vlasak Clarke
Susan Frohman (Joan Williamson)
Eleanor Works Seigrist
We do not have the mailing address of all members. If your name is missing please contact Jeanne Donie so we can add your name.