Jane Thomas (Warren)
(610) 649-6548 retired Divorced 2
Fifty years in a few short paragraphs -- a challenging assignment! But here goes: a whirlwind tour of my adulthood, just as my second childhood is setting in.
I entered college intending to study French so I could travel. Though I soon changed my major, I nevertheless spent a summer in Europe before graduating. En route I met an appealing young man who also loved to travel, and later we married. When he took a job with an international company, I hoped we’d get to live overseas for a while. That never happened (our most distant home was in Missouri), but we traveled widely and repeatedly anyway. We also passed along the voyager’s itchy foot to our children, who in some ways have already surpassed us; our daughter has visited more continents, and our son was the first of us to visit Alaska. In Y2K I celebrated my divorce by spending four months vagabonding solo all around Western Europe.
So much for my most enduring ambition. When not on the road, I’ve pursued a hodgepodge of jobs and other interests, though I now identify myself as an artist if people ask what I do. In the past I’ve been (in chronological order) a teaching assistant at Harvard Business School, an office manager in Guatemala City, a dean’s assistant at Cornell, an editor of journal articles and textbooks, an exhibiting sculptor and photographer, the organizer of several interest groups which meet at my house, and a longtime skiing and cycling enthusiast. My contributions to Rumson NJ, where I raised my kids and lived for 30 years, included vastly expanding the region’s recycling efforts, redesigning the elementary-school gifted program, meddling in high-school politics, and helping to run a community education program for residents of all ages. Meanwhile, of course, I’ve also enjoyed the perks and filled the myriad caretaker roles of wife, mother, grandmother, and adult daughter / step-daughter. (Late in life my mother married the father of Art White, SHS ’57.)
Now my children are on their own, my twice-widowed mother has left Summit, and I’ve moved from my longtime Monmouth County home (almost within spitting distance of the ocean) to the suburbs of Philadelphia (a city teeming with music, art, theater, and other delights). I’m as busy as ever, and I’ve found a wonderful man who shares many of my interests. Life is good!
Albert (Al) Balph
(317) 848-7598 Semi Retired Married 5
(732) 657-8670 Retired Married 2I have so many good memories from Summit High School. I immigrated from Germany and entered seventh grade without any knowledge of English or American customs. The students and faculty were so helpful. I will not forget those years. After graduation I completed my apprenticeship in Tool and Die Making. This trade served me very well until retirement four years ago. My wife Ruth and I have been married since 1966 and lived most of our married life in Mountainside, NJ, not far from our old alma mater. We have two children - a son Eric who resides in Brooklyn and a daughter, Amy, who lives with her husband and stepson in Madison, NJ. Both children graduated from major universities. We live in The Renaissance Active Adult Community in Manchester, NJ, where we are fortunate to enjoy the "Golden Years" with travel, golf, and many activities. I no longer ride my motorcycle but do still play the accordion from time to time. Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful reunion weekend.
(973) 694-0800 Attorney Married 2
After graduating from Colgate and Rutgers Law School I clerked for the Superior Court Judges in Morristown, New Jersey. Then a brief stint in the USMC and into private practice with a law firm in Wayne, New Jersey where I have remained for over thirty-five years.
I married Susan Stanley in 1973 and we have daughter, Hilary Eddy Stipelman who graduated from Smith and Bank Street College with a Masters in education. She is an educator with the Anne Frank Museum in NYC. Hilary married a college professor who is conducting his first college classes as I type. My other daughter, Stephanie graduated for Wesleyan and is a Vice President for King of Shaves, a British Company with operations in the USA. King of Shaves shaving gel is highly recommended for those with sensitive skin like Mr. Wolff. Mrs. Eddy keeps very busy in the Sarah Palin tradition as an executive editor with a NYC publishing operation.
My spare time is absorbed by staffing Tamarack Farm, a modest cattle operation in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. We also battle deer and ground hogs and other varmits in a related gardening venture.
I look forward to our fiftieth, particularly since a glimpse of the prospective attendees includes many of my SHS favorites.
Nancy Casebolt (Christopher)
(603) 569-3649 Retired Widowed 2After graduation from SHS I attended Centenary College with the intent of transferring and completing 4 years. I wasn't far into my "higher education"when I realized I was (as one of our illustrious SHS faculty used to say) a pupil rather than a student. However, since I still needed to be able to earn a living, I enrolled at Katharine Gibbs in Boston. That was a particularly grueling year but combined with my degree from Centenary, I turned into a better than average secretary and over the years I had some great jobs which I was able to combine with raising two children as basically a stay-at-home mom. When our 16 year old son died in an automobile accident I realized how grateful I was to have been home for the short time we had him. We also have an amazing daughter who lives in Ricmond VA and has boundless energy and talents which she puts to use to please herself as well as others.
Since my family moved to Connecticut in 1958 I haven't had much contact with either Summit or classmates. On a visit to Phyllis Guest's I met my husband-to-be, Hal, and we married in 1963. Fortunately he liked NH and my family's island vacation home because that came as part of the package. Forty-five years later and retired, we divide our time between Wolfeboro and Williamsburg, VA and love both places. We love to travel and have done quite a bit, beginning when the children were young. Now our daughter wants to know why all our trips are not family vacations and include them.
At this point Hal is pretty sick with Cancer so it is unlikely we will be able to attend the reunion but my thoughts will be with you. I know it will be great fun and I will miss catching up with you all.
Since the reunion Hal passed away and my life has become a whole new world. I would like to hear from former friends and anyone who lives near Williamsburg VA or Lake Winnipesaukee in NH.
Margot Ahlers (Lundquist)
I feel a bit as though I’m crashing the party, but enthusiastic Georgi was so happy about finding me that I’ll join you here on this wonderful website anyway!
I left SHS in tenth grade to go to Kent Place School. Looking back, it was probably a good idea – but I always felt that you folks were having more fun! Actually Jean Wilkinson MacDermid and I were both shanghaied by our parents…but back in those days we did pretty much as our parents wished, didn’t we? I did know so many of you, though – we went to Lincoln School together, and junior high, and Girl Scouts, and Sunday school, and YWCA, and Hobby Hall dancing school…..
I got a BA in English, and eventually an MS in Library Science, but my life’s path changed when I went to Europe in 1962 and met this really interesting Swedish engineering student. Leif and I were married in 1963, and except for six years in the US in the late sixties and three years in Holland in the early seventies, have lived in Sweden ever since.
We have two children, Johan and Sofia, and four blond grandsons, the oldest five and the youngest just born (in August.) Leif’s retired (though he seems to be working as hard as ever; he’s written two books, set up several websites, etc.) I found a wonderful niche as a translator, and still work part-time electronically, from wherever I am. Anyone need anything translated from Swedish to English? Get in touch with me!
We spend the major part of the year in our waterfront home on an island in the Stockholm archipelago, and shorten the cold, dark Swedish winters by spending January-April in Tucson AZ. The best of both worlds! Are there any SHS ‘58ers in Tucson?
I still love to read and abhor exercise (and pay for that with a shape that’s even less sylphlike than previously!) I’ve acquired dual citizenship and a lot more chutzpah … as well as hearing aids, tooth implants, support stockings, and hair that’s gone totally white. But I’m sure I share some of these latter attributes with many of you.
I’ll check in here now and then – I’d love to hear from those of you who remember me!
And to David Lundquist: I think of you sometimes, as my oldest grandchild is named David (Johan) Lundquist. When did your forebears make the trip across the Atlantic?
Margot (Ahlers) Lundquist
Bonnie Burke (Ludlow)
(732) 294-9501 Married 1Left Summit for Elmira College a small liberal arts womans' college focusing on encouraging women to challenge the glass ceiling---to be what we deemed to be. It was an exciting time--civil rights demonstrations and work on the JFK Presidential campaign (got to meet him and Robert in Syracuse due to my obsessive work on that campaign). Left Elmira to work at several residential treatment centers, in an attempt to figure out what was next. Was awarded a full living stipend for the MSW program at NYU and spent 2 years learning a craft I was born to do. Then, BCW in NYC's Foster Home Care (my specialty--seeking and returning children to their natural parents when possible), and later, a return to my training agency in Eatontown, N.J. as a clinician/supervisor/consultant to other agencies. My son Jerry was born during this time, while husband Tom Ludlow ( SHS '57) was still working in Coney Island as a community organizer. Later became Director of an HEW child abuse/neglect project in Elizabeth, N.J., one of the first OCD funded programs in the country. It was exhausting but incredibly exciting work--we were at the forefront and had the money to experiment with new ways of helping children and families. I was also lucky to have the support of a great day care center for my son Jerry---I was their trainer/ consultant and had literally trained everybody on staff. What a back up for me! Left the project just before its 3 year end to start a private practice out of my home, available to my son in an emergency while still doing the work I loved---therapy for children (especially adolescents), adults, and families. Moved offices but still at the practice, where Tom has since joined me after a career in community organization, drug and alcohol counseling, and supervision/administration. Jerry is married and lives in Las Vegas. He's a computer analyst; Carrie is a teacher in the largest Title I program in the country. Our life is full: marked by work, the support of great friends, and mellowed by our great escape to the Adirondack mountains of NY and, once a year, Captiva, Fla.
(480) 502-9180 Psychologist Married 3Wow, 50 years! After Springfield College I was honored to serve in the Navy as an officer and deep sea diving specialist.
Mary Estelle and I were married in 1965 and together spent 3 years in Utah, she as a teacher, me as a graduate student earning an M. A. and ED. D. Thank goodness for the G. I. Bill!
We spent 5 years in Flagstaff, AZ. where I was Asst. Prof. of Psychology at NAU.
Realizing that it would be diffiicult earning a living as a Prof., we joined a management consulting firm, officed in downtown L. A.
After 15 years and commutes as long as 3 hours one way, we were relieved to return to Arizona, this time to the "Valley of the Sun," where I formed Management and Organizational Psychologists Inc. I still do consulting and facilitate CEO groups for Vistage International.
We have three wonderful married adult kids and 4 grand children and now travel a lot. My motto is "any time, any place, for any reason." We again have a place in Flagsaff, which at 7000' provides cool summer breaks from Phoenix heat. We golf, and get beach time 4 hours drive time away in Rocky Point, Mexico. We have been very lucky. Life is good and often too short! Friends and family make the difference. See you soon! And
Go Diamondbacks! ( we kind of ignore the Cardinals), but congratulate the N. Y. Football Giants!
Barbara Saler (Brennan)
retired Married 2
After graduating, my family moved to
A job transfer brought us to
I will not be attending the reunion but I wish you all the very best!
(313) 882-5189 retired Married 2
It’s been 50 years since we graduated, almost a lifetime, and yet it seems like only yesterday. Following is where this lifetime has taken our family over the last 50 years.
After graduation from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, I met the love of my life, Cindy, while dancing in the Overlook Follies in Summit in the fall of 1962. We were married in June 1963. I had entered the Army a few months earlier, and shortly thereafter, I was sent to Korea for a year. Just like Ted Judson, I was a ROTC lieutenant while I was stationed there, but while the time frame was similar, Ted and I didn’t run into each other.
In 1965, I rejoined Price Waterhouse, an international public accounting firm in their New York City office. We first lived in the Beech Spring Apartments in Summit, and then moved to Ramsey and later Wyckoff, N.J. while I was working in NYC. So I was one of those guys running for the train every morning carrying a briefcase and a newspaper.
In 1973, our family, which then included two children, John and Kathy, was transferred to Little Rock, Arkansas, where we helped open a new office for Price Waterhouse. It was an interesting time to be in Little Rock as new Governor Bill Clinton was elected in 1979. We helped the new governor put together his first budget. In 1981-82, we were transferred to Detroit, and we have been here ever since living in Grosse Pointe, a suburb much like Summit, except it is very flat, and my commute into the city is only about 20 minutes on a busy day.
Our children both have two children, so we are blessed with four grandchildren, ages 18 to 5. They are the delight of our lives. John and his family live in Little Rock, and Kathy and her family live near us here in Grosse Pointe. As we are spread out geographically, the highlights of each year are the times we can all get together whether for Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, sporting events such as next week’s PGA championship in Detroit, or vacations at Cape Cod.
I am semi-retired now with just a small consulting contract with a national affinity group of private foundations. After retiring from Price Waterhouse in1995, I took a job as the Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of The Skillman Foundation, a $550 million private foundation in Detroit retiring again in 2005. That job and another small charity, which I was co-founder, resulted in my involvement in later years helping at-risk children by providing them the opportunity to develop to their full potential. A sometimes very frustrating endeavor, but one filled with tremendous personal rewards when you see how far these children can go when given the support and education.
Cindy and I are looking forward to seeing everyone in October for great fun and reliving great memories.