Class Bios

Hey Everyone!

 

Please take the time to enter a condensed version of your life  highlighting events over the last 50 years. There is also a page for memories and we hope you will jot down your own for all of us to enjoy.   Those memories connect us.

 

Pictures are also important.  Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Please share them with us by e-mail.  Or mail your hard copies to Doug or Bob who will scan them and send them back.

 

To make it fun for all of us, we need to hear from each and everyone of you….  After reading these bios, won't you write yours and either send it to Doug or Bob or upload it yourself.  We all are so curious to hear from you!!!  – 

This is our virtual reunion site and we hope you enjoy learning about the lives of your friends  It is especially important for all our classmates who were unable to attend the last reunion to update their information.  So please put your bio information up for all of us to read.


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Carol Allen (Israel)

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Marital status: Married Children: 3
Occupation: volunteer
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As "Webmistress" I am putting my biography online as I really wish you would do this too.  Please don't make it too short or too long.  Or you can email it to me and I will put it up for you.
I attended Lasell Junior College and University of Colorado.   I met my husband when he was interning in San Francisco and we married in the fall of 1963 and lived in upper Manhattan for almost three years while he completed his training.  We did a little moving after that as he had professional obligations to complete and wound up in Baltimore where we have been ever since.  My husband, Tom, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.  That has made me a “shrinkette”!
 
I was pretty much a stay-at-home mother until the last of our three daughters was getting ready to leave the nest.  I volunteered in school activities and wound up co-founding the Parents Council of Greater Baltimore and its first president in 1982.  Today it is still going strong although not looking like our original concept.  About the time I was ending my thing with Parents Council I segued into Maryland politics via the opportunities afforded me by the Maryland State Medical Society.   I ran for the Democratic State Central Committee and was elected to two terms.  I was also a legislative aide for four years in the Maryland General Assembly.
 
After my boss lost his election by twelve (12!) votes, a friend suggested I apply for the part-time position as Executive Director of Historic Towson, Inc.  That was in 1991 and I have been there ever since and still finding new things to do for the cause before going on to something else.  Once it dawned on me that I was a paid volunteer, I fired myself and became what is turning out to be President for life!  I testify for historic designation and advocate for preservation, lead local tours, give talks, etc.  Preservation lead me to the most thrilling experience I have had which was spearheading a thirty minute documentary on our local private psychiatric hospital.  It has incredible architecture.  When it premiered I received a standing ovation from the mental health community.  The film was shown in prime time on our local PBS station and won a few awards too.  I have also had my neighborhood placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Lastly, I am a Commissioner on the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission.
 
I’ve tried to make this short as could fill in with more stuff.  If there is one thing my husband says I like, is to tell my life’s story.  I hope you all will attend the reunion so I can share my “story” and hear yours too. 

Bill Amberg

Marital status: Married Children: 3
Occupation: Psychologist
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Wow, 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! AndGo Diamondbacks! ( we kind of ignore the Cardinals), but congratulate the N. Y. Football Giants!

Albert (Al) Balph

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Marital status: Married Children: 5
Occupation: Semi Retired
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Hi Everyone:    Figured I would let u know what happened to me since I didn't show up for my senior year. My dad got transferred to Indiana between our Jr and Sr year. I really missed everyone my last year since I went to school with most of you since grade school.After graduation here in Indy, I went to Purdue Univ until 1960. From 1960 to 1964 I was in the service stationed in Japan, Korea and some other far east places (during the Vietnam era)I was discharged in Savannah Ga where I was a County Deputy Sheriff for a few years. I moved back to Indy in '68 and have been an over-the-road trucker until I retired in '99. Since 2005 I have been a D.O.T road testerand recovery agent for Marten Trans. of Mandovi, Wi.I got married to Jackie in 1981 and we have yours, mine and ours. (5 altogether)I have asked Carol to post several other pix of me and whatever in the photo album section since I'm not too good at this computer stuff.See you all at the reunion             al 

TONY BARR

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Marital status: Divorced Children: 7
Occupation: Software Designer / Developer
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As a high school student, I wanted to be an inventor.  In 1958, I went off to North Carolina State University to study physics.  In my second year, became fascinated with computers. So I taught myself how to program from a book and looked for a job. 
 
Two years later when I started my Masters program in Physics, I finally found a programming job. The next two years, I wrote the main programs used by the statistics department. 
 
When I graduated, I worked for IBM at the Pentagon on a system to organize all military information.  The system used self defining files. Each file contained a description of all the variables in the file.  I saw how I could use self defining files for statistical software.
 
In 1966, I returned to NC State to build the Statistical Analysis Systems, SAS.  My vision was to bring statistics to the masses.  In 1976, I and 3 others formed a private company, SAS Institute.  Today it is a 6 billion dollar company.
 
My ability to contribute to SAS was at an end in 1979, so I quit.  I was now independent.  I tried to build a machine to cut lumber.  After one year, I could see that this was going to require a lot of money, so I abandoned the project.
 
For the next three years, I worked on a system for representing and transforming knowledge. 
 
If total understanding was to be achieved, then descriptions of every object in the system should be immediately available.  The system should be self-defining.
 
I wanted to generalize the concept of language to encompass the meta-systems of computer science: grammars, data types, and data base schemas.  The end goal came to be to create a model of reality to be shared by its community of users.  In this model one would not think of data, but ideas and concepts. 
 
I became convinced that a new software paradigm could edit language in conceptual space instead of strings of characters.  In my programming experiments, I built abstractions that represented ideas in both the real world and conceptual space.  The day I penetrated an integer was awesome.  I went inside the integer and saw a vector of bits.  Inside a bit was either a zero or one.  I was back to looking at integers representing integers.  I had stepped through “Alice in Wonderland’s” looking glass.  I could recursively descend into a language in never ending steps.
 
This is a very circular way to see the world.  Well the world is defined in a circular fashion.  It would be enlightening if we could define the world using the smallest circles that everyone could understand.
 
In 1983, I had to return back to the real world.  I was out of money with an incomplete theory.  I borrowed money from my sisters and embarked on a sure thing, high performance communications software that would run on the newly released PC.  In 1985, we moved the company to Gainesville.  The company Barr Systems now has 85 people and a world wide market serving corporate clients with printing solutions.
 
I believe in “Silver Bullets”.  There will be more complete and consistent systems for representing knowledge.   The idea of the “Global Brain” will eventually be built where we will navigate smoothly through knowledge space.
 
My professional life is described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Barr .
 
Presently, I am working on an Enterprise Model.  The Enterprise Model is an agile language for Unity of Purpose, productivity improvement, and quality management.  Managers and employees have complete authority and responsibility; there are no gurus.
 
On the personal level, I have been married 3 times and have 7 children and 3 grandchildren.
 
I have lived in Gainesville, Florida since 1985.  I really feel at home here and will never move.
 
My youngest is Alexey, who was born in 1998.  He is interested in basketball, football, fencing, and golf.
 
I am a trustee at Trinity United Methodist Church and head the landscape committee.
 
I bike most places and enjoy swimming.
 
Summit provided me with an excellent education and has left me many fond memories.  It was great to see everyone at the 50th reunion. 

Barbara Brennan (Saler)

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Marital status: Married Children: 2
Occupation: retired
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After graduating, my family moved to Rochester and I graduated from Syracuse where I met my husband of 46 years.  Our first home was in Norfolk, VA where Tom was in the Navy and I taught Special Education. We then moved to Scotch Plains, NJ; Tom commuted into the City and I became “a stay at home Mom” raising our 2 daughters and volunteering in a variety of activities.
 
A job transfer brought us to Denver in 1978 and we have loved living in this beautiful state ever since. We are now retired after owning and then selling a business.  We love visiting our daughters and two grandsons and traveling to far away places around the globe. 
 
I will not be attending the reunion but I wish you all the very best!

Robert Brewster

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Marital status: Married Children: 2
Occupation: Retired
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After Summit High School, I went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY for two years and then transferred to Babson College in Wellesley Hills, MA.  In my senior year, I met Valerie at Babson in the musical “Oklahoma”.   I graduated from Babson in 1963 with a BS in Accounting and went to work for the CPA firm, Arthur Young & Co. Valerie graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart in 1966 with a BA in Psychology and went to work for AT&T.


Valerie and I got married in September 1965.  Our son Michael was born in 1969 and our daughter Suzanne was born in 1970.  Both Mike and Sue went to Cornell University for their undergraduate degrees. 

 

After graduation, Mike worked for a few years and then attended Kellogg Graduate School (at Northwestern University) to get his MBA in Marketing.  He married Dawn Mc Dermott of Summit, NJ and they have two children: Gene age 17 and Lindsey age 8. He works for a regional CPA firm here in NJ as Director of Marketing and Dawn works for a consulting firm, also in marketing.

 

Sue worked a few years after graduation and then went to University of Massachusetts Medical School to become a pediatrician.  She married John Duval of Andover, MA, who she met at Cornell.  Sue and John have three children: Marion age 10, Abby age 7, and James 6.  Sue practices medicine in MA and John is a computer programmer.

 

After AT&T, Val taught learning disabled children in grade and middle school and later was a TV director at TV-36 in Summit.  She was also on the Board of the local United Way. 

 

I began at Arthur Young in June of 1963 and was an Auditor for 6 years.  A few of my clients were RCA, Western Electric and Hooker Chemical. For the next 8 years I was a systems consultant designing and implementing accounting and cost accounting systems for clients including AMF, Harley Davidson and Fruit of the Loom.   After working those 14 years with clients, I became the firm’s Director of International Finance.  For the next 9 years I traveled around the world including trips to Southeast Asia, South America and Europe.

 

I spent the remainder of my career in our National Office, first as Director of Finance until the merger with Ernst & Whinney in 1989 when the firm became Ernst & Young. As Director of Finance, I was responsible for the firm’s Payroll, Retirement, Accounting and Partnership Departments.  After the merger announcement, I became responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s on-line real-time partnership systems.  In addition I worked with our Partners to provide them with financial and retirement information until my own retirement in July 2002 with 39 years of service.

 

Since retirement, we built a house in Florida after Hurricane Charley destroyed the house we purchased in 2003.  Val and I spend our winters in Florida, our summers on LBI and our holidays with our children and grandchildren. Val likes to quilt and go to the beach.  We both like sailing and we race our Mariner sail boat together.  Each year our grandchildren spend time with us on LBI.  We go to the beach, amusement park and play miniature golf with them.  I teach sailing at the yacht club and run the races. Val makes great piñatas for the annual children’s party at the club.  I like to do DIY projects around the house.  Sometimes our children and grandchildren visit us in Florida.

 

Working on our Summit High School Reunions has been great fun and I look forward to seeing everyone at the next one.

Carolyn Brown (Luther)

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Marital status: Married Children: 2
Occupation: Retired missionary
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I found out about the SHS 1958 class reunion just a couple of days ago, went to the website and have already made contact with a classmate who lives within 20 miles of me here in Florida! We don't have a clue who the other one is, but at least we have SHS in common and we'll go from there.
My husband, Gordon, and I moved into the Penney Farms Retirement Community (started by J.C. Penney back in 1926) in June 2007. Previous to that, we had been in Africa (mostly Kenya) for over 30 years. Although Gordon has a PhD in engineering and taught in the EE Department at the University of Pittsburgh for several years, our lives changed as a result of doing a volunteer missions trip in 1971-72 (to Zambia, Africa). We returned as full-time missionaries in 1976 with Gordon working with churches and other Christian organizations in the area of development. We had thought we'd retire there, but circumstances dictated otherwise.
Although our kids (2) and grandkids (6) live in the north, we didn't want to settle back in the states and have to endure winter weather. Previously we had to travel 8500 miles to visit family; now it's down to 850. And they come down to visit us. Works well.
We won't be able to make it to the reunion as we have other travel plans at that time, but I would enjoy meeting up with any of you via the website.

Blair Brown

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Marital status: Committed Relationship Children: 1
Occupation: Working on What We Care About
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"Born Under a Wanderin’ Star"
As I left Summit after our graduation, somehow I knew I would spend much of my life traveling this world.
After four years at Brown University, the first opportunity presented itself. With friends from Brown, I spent the summer traveling in Europe - from Britain, across the Channel, north through Belgium and the Netherlands to Denmark; then south through Germany, Switzerland and Austria and into Italy; then north to the Riviera and on to Paris and back to Britain. What a way to start a life!
It was now time to enter the business world and make a living, so I tried jobs in New York City at companies where I could utilize my Economics and Math studies from Brown along with Accounting and Finance I was studying at NYU nightschool. As luck would have it, Eastern Airlines was looking for someone with this experience so I took a Financial Analyst position with them, a wonderful opportunity for me as they were embracing user produced computer programing applications and I found that this work was ‘right up my alley’ and a good compliment to financial work. After a few years I moved from NYC to Miami, to the Reservations Department where I did manpower planning and budgeting and managed the computer systems for their multi-office planning and reporting systems and sales agent incentive program.
During this time, I married and had a daughter Hilarie who has grown up a world traveler! She works as a travel advisor for a Cruise Agency in Scottsdale, AZ. I later divorced.
For me, Eastern was an ideal job - very engaging work in financial management and computer systems and programming, great people to work with, and the opportunity to travel the world - I visited Europe a few more times, South America, Australia and the South Pacific, and Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. But after 20 great years, this was to end. Eastern had labor problems that led first to a strike in 1989 and finally the shutdown of the company in 1991. A new chapter in my life was to start.
I was now living with my lifemate, Susan Gorman, who I met in 1984. You all may remember her from the 1988 retunion. As luck would have it, she was ‘surplused’ out of her job about the same time, so with that 'incentive' we decided to move to Albuquerque and to set up our own company, PioneerWest. Our first initiative was 'International Partnerships' aimed at arranging partnerships between US companies and those in the Eastern bloc and Russia as they evolved from the breakup of the Soviet Union. We made some progress, but American companies weren't quite ready for this, so we gave it up, but took a great trips to Slovakia, Poland and Russia as part of the effort.
I then went to work for the Museum of New Mexico Foundation as their Network Administrator and database manager - actually a good job with nice folks and the benefits of being able to visit any of the New Mexico state museums.
In 2000, we decided that we could 'retire', which to us meant stop working at a 9 to 5 job and start doing work we really cared about.
That Spring we bought a pickup truck and the 5th wheel travel trailer that has been our home ever since. Hauling our ‘home’ behind us, we have been to many parts of the US: to the Midwest in 2000, to Texas and South Carolina in 2001-2002, to Utah, Washington and Oregon in 2005, and to the midwest, southeast and Florida from 2006 to 2007. We have also spent a number of winters in southern California and Arizona (it’s warmer there). We find it's really fun to be 'on the road', free to stop wherever we want to for as long as we want. With a mobile phone and laptop computers, we can be in contact with friends and co-workers and continue with our projects, like the Children’s Water Festival and volunteer work for the Sierra Club.
More recently, we have returned to international traveling, starting with a trip to Greece in 2003 and to Holland, Germany and France in 2004. In 2006, we completed one of my lifelong dreams, a trip around the world, with major stops in India, Thailand and China.
Last summer (2007) we decided that we wanted be gone for a longer periods of time, but that constant traveling from place to place was too mentally exhausting. We decided that the solution was to spend longer periods in some places, actually living there for a while. Our first try was Madrid, Spain where we lived for six weeks. We then moved to a flat in Brussels for two months. In both cities, we enjoyed being ‘residents’ - shopping for groceries and doing our own , finding cafes where we could be recognized as ‘regulars’, and using the buses, metro and tram systems to explore; in short, being there long enough to really know the place,. We also spent shorter periods more like regular tourists, exploring the wonderful cities of southern Spain, Munich, London and Manchester before returning to the US.
With our 2006 trip, we started to post stories of our travels on our website. Go to www.pioneerwest.net and click on the ‘Click here for the index of all our experiences and observations’ link about half way down.
Our website also includes information on the work we're doing ‘Searching for People Friendly Cities in an Increasingly Urban World’. We believe that as this world becomes more urban, meaning that more and more people live in cities, then our cities must be good places for people to live, ie ‘People Friendly’. We also believe that in the US, more and more people are realizing that city living may be a better choice than the car dependent cities that have been built in the last 60 years. People are tiring of having to use their car to go anywhere, and with $4 and more per gallon for gas, other alternatives are becoming more appealing.
Please visit the website when you get a chance. We'd be interested in your comments.
This is how we are spending our ‘retirement’; a bit unconventional you could say, but it’s definitely the right thing for us. Right now (July 2008), we’re back in Europe, spending a month in Rome. We’ll be back to the US in October - see you all then.

Sandra Cain (Newbery)

Marital status: Widowed Children: 2
Occupation: Retired
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After graduation I worked at Bell Labs in Murray Hill as a secretary for one of the departments working on the Telstar Communications Satellite.  In 1960 I met a newly-hired engineer who had just graduated from RPI.  We dated for a couple of years while he was getting his Master's Degree at the Labs.  In 1963 we were married and moved to Bucks County, PA.  We lived there for eight years, during which time we had two children - Kevin in 1965 and Ellen in 1967.In January 1971 my husband's company transferred their Engineering Dept. to northern California.  This was not a welcome move for me at the time because the previous month my Mom had died at the age of only 56; I didn't really want to move 3,000 miles away from my Dad and two sisters (who had been widowed at the ages of 22 and 34, leaving five children - ranging in age from 18-month-old twins to a twelve-year-old.We did "go west" though and found a house in Sunnyvale, which is in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It took a while but once I made some new friends, I adjusted to living here and grew to love it - mostly because of the wonderful climate.  My Dad came out to visit quite often and eventually moved out here; later, he lived with me and the children.  (He died in Sept. 2001, just short of his 90th birthday.)My marriage ended in 1979.  I had been an at-home wife and mother for over 16 years and suddenly found myself interviewing for a job!  I accepted a job at Western Electric Co.  My first boss there was a woman who became a good friend and still is.  She was an avid tennis player, as was a man in the organization named Frank.  They talked me into trying tennis.  I did and enjoyed it very much - even got pretty good at it; and it provided me with an adult social life (much needed when you are a single mother).Frank and I became very good friends also.  Friendship turned to love, and we married in Nov. 1982.  Frank had three children, but they were pretty much all grown and out on their own.  We still had my two teenagers at home; but within a few years, Kevin was off to UCLA and Ellen to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.  The nest was almost empty but still had my Dad with us.My children graduated from college and both ended up living in southern California and both work in management positions at Warner Bros.  I have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild by way of Frank's children.  They live all over the place - one here in the bay area, and the others are scattered in Arizona, Texas, and Florida.Frank retired in 1992, and I retired in January 1996 (I had to be 55 years old in order to collect my pension right away.  In May of that same year, we learned that Frank had multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow).  He put up a very courageous fight for two years but died in July 1998.  I lost my best friend.  I was devastated and struggled with grief for a long time.  I finally adjusted to life without him and am relatively content - but I liked sharing life with him a whole lot better.I am still in the house I moved into 37 years ago.  I would love to move into a single-story house in a Del Webb-type community, but I don't know where in California I want to be.  So, since I don't know where I want to go, I stay put where I am.I'm sorry I cannot join you all at the Reunion.  I hope you have a wonderful time together reminiscing, and I send my regards and hugs to all.  Maybe if we have another reunion....

Tony Cardone

Marital status: Married
Occupation: President - Cardone Associates
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 Yanacone does not have a computer . . . since he is the class clown he wants to make certain he is at the 55th!  I would give you his cell phone and home phone numbers but he never answer's them.

If something breaks regarding the 55th you can reach him at the Summit Elks after 5:00 PM or call Gil Owren.

 
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