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|Below are bios sent for our 40 year reunion. Much has happened in 10 years, so email your updates and bios toward our 50th.|
|Adele DeVries: Still
living in Oakland
at same address. Attended - Newark School of Fine &
and Paterson Business School. Worked - l964-l999 for Kem
Mfg. Co., Fair
Lawn, N.J., in Sales and Marketing depts. l999 to present
Corp., Oakland, N.J., in Sales and Customer Service dept.
in United States, Canada and Mexico. Enjoy camping and bed
Member of United Methodist Church for 45 years serving as
a church school
teacher for 25 years and various committees over the
years. Member of Oakland
Art Association, 20 years serving as program chairman,
show manager, vice
president and president. Member of North Jersey Depression
Glass Club -
serving for 2 years as vice president. Hobbies -
Collecting glass "anything"..create
stained glass windows, paint in acrylics, paint t-shirts,
needlepoint, quilt. Love - Flea markets, yard sales,
antique shops, craft
shows. Sports - Horseback riding, owned a horse for
22 years, hiking,
swimming, did play tennis but health no longer permits
50 year Update:
Still traveling and gardening (growing bromiliads now, mostly neoregilias, ).
Sold the house in London. Had a wonderful six weeks in Africa - safaris (Mala Mala, S.A. and Loango, Gabon) and cruise on small ship up the West coast from Capetown to Morocco (Namibia, Angola, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, etc). Trips to Sicily, Istanbul, Rome, Nile cruise (Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel). Small ship tracing the journeys of Aeneas (Troy, Knossos, Tunis, etc.). And this Jan/Feb Northern India (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, etc.), fantastic!
I am well but Trevor sadly has Parkinson's Disease. It's in early stages so he copes quite well without medication. My son moved back to the US and lives in Naples with his new family. My daughter and her husband are still in NYC (she's with Yahoo! now). My stepdaughters are now both in London, the elder one now divorced (we stay with her when we go over now). Still love living in Florida.
See you in September!
40 Year Bio:
1962, University of Minnesota. Too cold. Left in 1965 with pneumonia. Met and married Marshall Stoll. Lived in New Jersey, New york City (E71st, then E93rd), had a daughter, Heather, enjoyed raising her in the exciting NYC of the late 60's, trips to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong. Moved to Tokyo in 1970 (husband's business), took up Japanese cooking, customs, certificate in Ikebana. Traveled in the Far East-Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia (climbed Borabudur, saw Prambanan, explored Bali), Malaysia (drove from Kuala Lumpur to Pangkor), and saw much of Japan. Skied, grew daikon, collected antiques, painted and photographed. Then traveled back to USA by way of Rangoon (few visitors then), Bangkok, Calcutta, Cairo, then Greece and lots of Europe. Settled in Key Biscayne, Florida, then Lauderdale by the Sea, then south of Miami. Helped husband with various businesses, importing, advertising, real estate. Had fruit trees, dogs, cats, birds, a horse and occasional chickens. Was room mother and girl scout leader, got a BS from Florida International Univ. in Environmental Engineering. Spent a summer in Peru with my daughter when she was 10, explored all terrains, went down the Amazon with a group of Germans and a Spanish interpreter, a Jibaro chief bought some of my hair and a very small young woman wanted to trade her baby for my Heather! Drank alcoholic drink activated with saliva from a coconut shell. Started on my masters but went into importing antique oriental furniture, went on buying trip with my girlfriend to Hong Kong, Korea and Tokyo. Bought lots, we both got salmonella in Korea, braved on to Tokyo to eat sushi no matter what. Business was a flop, still have most of the furniture!Traveled with Heather in a jeep from Miami to Maine for a couple of months, camping out along the way, summer of 1978. Son Justin born in December. Husband left us all for a 17 year old and the California "high" life six months later. I was devastated, dropped to 90 pounds. Eventually pulled myself together, did substitute teaching, kept home and kids together.
1982, met and married Trevor Bond, moved to England. Trevor had an animation company that produced cartoons, movie & TV titles, advertisements, and some special effects. He did the first James Bond titles. We lived in London during the week, Essex on weekends. The country house was built in 1605 and had ghosts. They rattled dishpans in the sink at night, mirrors rolled down the hall, clocks struck, footsteps went down the hall and never came back, they sat on my husband's chest, elevated and pinched my son, and Cromwellian soldiers marched through my stepdaughter's wall. It was a beautiful house and I had a lovely garden, but we weren't sorry to leave it after seven years. In London I volunteered at the school and was secretary of the Mayfair Resident's Association for two years, and got into history and art. Traveled in Europe.
1988, bought a house in Naples, Florida, partially moved in in 1989, Have been back and forth between Naples and London ever since. In Florida I volunteered at my son's school, worked for an orchid grower for three years (have lots of my own). Have a lovely old Wheaten Terrior, two cats, a koi pond, and my old father who now lives in the guest house. He's 93 and still strong. Two lovely girls stay here when I'm gone, he's happy.
Trevor's business went defunct with the growth of computer cartooning (he was old fashioned Disney). We just donated the cameras (room sized) to the Royal College of Art. Keeping the "studio" in London to live in and rent out, it's a Mews house in Holland Park, 1860, was a stable with servants quarters upstairs. Doing some kitchen and bathroom updating now, nothing is easy, going back in January to continue.
In the last few years have traveled around the Baltic States and St. Pete (by ship mostly), some of Scandinavia, more of Europe, some Caribbean trips, Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, by train), a lovely long trip to China and Tibet, down the Yangtze, then down to Indonesia , (millennium trip), then back to Indonesia summer 2000 (back to Boradudor and Prambanan after 30 years), then this year we crossed the Atlantic by ship by way of the Azores and Gibraltar, then a Mediterranean cruise, Barcelona, sleeper to Paris, Eurostar to London (ie. Miami to London without leaving the ground!). Went to Stockholm for Fourth of July. Thinking of scaling down, stock market crunches, etc., just need space for my photos, have my junk room full now.
In Naples I do Indian cooking, have crazy parties (last
one was Cuban),
volunteer at the Community Theatre (production and
props, not acting!),
swim, do aerobics, garden, and I'm very bad at the
So sorry I'll be missing you in October, oddly I'll be in NYC this weekend but just couldn't coincide with the reunion. But I'll be at the next one in Florida!
Have a wonderful time, those of you that will be at
this reunion, and
love and health to you all.
Lynn Aeschbach-Ackermann: My husband, Ernie, and I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where I teach Algebra at a local high school and he is a professor of Computer Science at Mary Washington College and also writes books on using the Internet. We have two wonderful sons: Karl, 29, who lives in San Francisco (planning to move to Brooklyn) who does interactive multi media; and Olver, 25, who really lives in Fredericksburg (we live 2 miles out of town) spends most of his time with his band and on occasion when he needs some money works at a toy design firm in town. I hope everyone has a wonderful time at the reunion. Congratulations to the committee for doing a great job. A picture from our trip to France this summer is attached.
James Gorab: Sorry I can't attend the reunion, but here's a quick bio:
US Navy (Seabees) Brown University graduate Mortgage Banker/Developer for 30 years After being in semi-retirement for a while, relocated to Washington, DC to put to good use my involvement in politics. Manage the Capitol Hill Group, political and financial consultanting firm. Also Executive Director of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of our troops and their families. Still enjoy hunting, fishing and playing golf - and lots of travel. Since 1986, married to Mary Clark who works in government affairs in the airline industry.
Look forward to seeing all of you at the next
Gay Lengyel: After graduation, headed off to Kentucky for college and some of the happiest years of my life...graduated 4 years later and came back to Wyckoff and taught 4th grade at Washington School where many of my old teachers still taught. It was a trip to be able to actually GO into the teachers lounge. Got married a year later to a college sweetheart and moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio where his family's business was. I continued to teach for several years, earned a Master's Degree in psychology and counseling, did lots of hospital and Free Clinic volunteering and then had a very amicable divorce. Seven months later, I married my second and last husband John.
He was then (dare I say it, an Andersen Consulting partner) and was just leaving to buy his own companies. He bought a few more and two of them were manufacturing companies that did business all over the world so I have been fortunate to travel to Europe and Far East and lots of other places many times. In fact, we just returned last Monday from a trip to the Scandinavian countries and St. Petersburg, Russia.
We bought a condo on the ocean in Hilton Head, South Carolina back in '96 and liked it enough to build a house there, which should be completed by reunion time. We still have our home here in Shaker Heights and a place in Winter Park, Colorado for skiing so if any of you are coming to any of these places, please call and visit. My husband is very sociable and loves company. We both love to play golf and belong to some clubs that have great courses if you are so inclined.
Like so many of you, I have lots of crazy life stories but one of my favorites is meeting Justice Douglas in his chambers at the Supreme Court and trying to answer his questions without laughing as he had BBQ sauce all over him...he apparently was a rib aficionado. But I guess our FBI guy Bob Fredericks saw a lot more than that!
Looking forward to seeing you all but Bonnie Fisk still hasn't let me know what matching outfit she wants to wear!
A side note to Bob Pachella: my husband earned his
graduate degrees at University of Michigan so try and
come to the reunion.
He would love to talk to you, as he would have been
there the same years
as you He has had season football tickets since he
graduated and I have
spent many hours watching the Wolverines. Go Blue.
Apologies to Ronnie
Esak and Bill Webb, who went to Michigan State .
(Ronnie, my husband liked
Kathleen Sokat: Looking back, something I almost never do, has been a very interesting trip, although I have put off writing about it until this final deadline. I have really enjoyed reading about all of you, what you have become, and your memories of our days in high school. Sounds like our committee has been having a great time, while working hard on all of our behalves. Thanks, guys.
I graduated from Montclair State in 1966, and taught Spanish at Ramsey H.S. for two years, then married Jim, and taught in East Brunswick for four years, while Jim went to graduate school at Rutgers. We then moved to Allendale, and I taught in Fair Lawn for seven years.
While teaching in Fair Lawn, I became involved in the teachers’ union (NJEA) as a local president, then chief negotiator for several bargaining units in Fair Lawn, then as a part-time consultant for NJEA, training teachers in other districts how to negotiate and organize. These were the 70’s, and labor relations in the public sector were very turbulent, teachers going on strike and going to jail, and Fair Lawn was at that time, one of the most publicized communities for labor unrest and militancy. Civil disobedience was very exciting. In fact, I so enjoyed the labor activities, that I decided to leave teaching and start a career in labor relations. So, I went back to graduate school full time and in 1981, got masters in Industrial-Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Since 1981, I have worked in the field of Human Resources management for several large manufacturing companies, generally specializing in labor relations and organizational development. I have negotiated labor contracts across a lot of the US and also in Canada. One of my most interesting assignments was the acquisition of an underground mine in Manitoba. It was not only underground, but also several hundred feet under the bottom of a lake, and I had to go down below to speak to the employees, water dripping overhead. I had to spend three weeks up there one winter when it was 40 below, settling a labor contract. I was highly motivated to reach agreement.
Jim and I divorced amicably in 1982, (at least I
think so), and
still see each other at weddings and funerals.
I could envision doing some variation on my current theme, but have no plans to retire. I really like what I do. I have a few close old friends who have, for whatever reason, stuck by me as they had to change my number in their address books, (I have moved nine times since leaving Wyckoff, around New Jersey and twice on assignments in Florida) and I am fortunate to have made a few close new ones that I hope to keep. One of the assignments in Florida, on the Gulf Coast, resulted in having a home on Anna Maria Island, north of Sarasota, and I try to get there as often as possible.
Don, my friend, who has persevered for twenty
years, and who shares
his time with me wherever I am, came to our 25th and
will be accompanying
me to the 40th. I look forward to seeing all of
Colleen Sullivan-Daugherty: Hello fellow classmates. It isn't really 40 years since we graduated! My memories tell me otherwise. It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. The best was moving to N.J. The worst was leaving N.J. But, little did I know that the best of times would be in California. I finished my college days in California, married and was expecting to teach, but was blessed with twin sons, so put a career on hold to be with our unexpected babies, Danny and Darrell. Three years later, our third son Kevin Duffy arrived. He was Kevin from Heaven until he learned how to get out of the playpen. He's been Duffy ever since. And then, thirteen years later, our daughter was born, Kerrigan (my Mother's maiden name). She will be 21 on October 19th. If a person's wealth can be measured by the love of their children, then I am one wealthy woman.
Was a typical California Mom.....little league games, high school baseball and football games, Kerrigan's soccer and golf in high school. They certainly don't get any athletic ability from me. Our sons are all college graduates, married, and each has a son and daughter. Never though I could adore, like I do my grandkids. Kerrigan just started her third year of college. I have the most wonderful kids in the world (don't we all). Darrell, my husband is retired from city government and has plenty to do. we have three property rentals and a partnership in an office building, and the very taxing job for the last 2 years of getting an uncle's estate in Pittsburgh, and an aunt's estate in Philadelphia handled. Neither had children. So, he has been in Pennsylvania many times over the past 2 years. We live in Valley Center, California, a northern suburb of San Diego County. We built our dream house 12 years ago on 9 acres of which are avocados......guacamole. Of course, my favorite drink is a Margarita.
I love to entertain and cook and decorate and shop (my husband hates the "S" word). I especially love getting together with my kids and grandkids. They come up swimming often and we even sit at nights in the jacuzzi and try to spot satellites in the sky. We travel in and out of the country, our favorite thing to do.
Well, enough about me. Hope to hear from some of you,
and reunion committee,
how about we have an interim reunion in California
sometime -- at my house
for a real fiesta. I know that all who are able to
attend will have a marvelous
time. I do so envy all of you. Have a wonderful weekend
and I will be with
you in spirit. I am saddened by the loss of so many of
I, like all of you, will be thinking about the one year
9/11. One year ago, I fell in Nantucket Island, on a
that had some cobblestones missing and dislocated my
foot and broke the
tibia and fibia bones on both sides of my right foot.
So, was life-flighted
to Boston and now have plates and screws on both sides
of my upper foot.
Had a time of it, but am good as new. In this day of
Vioxx, Vicodan, and
Viagra, hope all are well and happy
50 Year update: Most of my 40 year bio is still applies to my current life. I am still a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. I still love my work (which as I described 10 years ago, I don’t consider work) and have no immediate plans to retire. My students are (on average) the same age as they were 10 years ago; so, this demographic makes my age constantly irrelevant.
My wife and I have now been married 28 years, and both of our children (Andriana and Tony) have finished college and are out in the world. Our daughter Andriana is an actress in Chicago (but she pays her bills as the assistant general manager of the ENERGi Fittness Gym in Chicago). Our son Tony is a screen writer manager (something like an agent) in Hollywood (yes, it is glamorous); and my older son, Joe, by my first marriage, is now 42 and still works in Ann Arbor and I see him regularly.
Golf is still my athletic passion. Last week on my demanding home course (at age 68) I shot par, which is getting pretty close to being able to shoot my age.
Since my last report we have acquired a chocolate Labrador and a Bengal cat, two of the greatest pets in the world. And, yes, they have taken the place of our children in our daily lives.
I hope I can attend the reunion (and am planning on it) and look forward to seeing all of you.
40 year bio:
I've been married for the past 18 years to my wife, Georgie, and we have two children, Andriana (16) and Tony (13). I also have a son, Joe (32), from my first marriage, who lives and works in Ann Arbor so that we are able to maintain a close relationship. My wife is the president and executive producer for the Stages Theatre Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I played 22 seasons of men's fast pitch softball, but now concentrate on playing golf during the summer. During the rest of the year I mostly read, write, drink, build computers and watch my daughter and younger son perform in their various theatrical productions.
I often tell people who inquire that I really don't work for a living, I'm a professor. As such I have no plans to retire, since I don't know what I would be retiring from or what I would be retiring to.
I hope that I can attend the reunion (I've bought
airline tickets and
reserved a room) although I have not yet been able to
work out the final
logistics. I hope to see you all there.
Arlene Hone – Kaufman: Graduated from Ramapo and went directly into nursing school. My first job was in NYC at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in the Newborn Neonatal Unit. After two years at Columbia I moved to the Upper Eastside and started working at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center. During this time I worked mostly with adolescents diagnosed with Leukemia and Hodgkin's Disease. This was the time when bone marrow transplants were really taking off so it was very exciting to be there right in the one of the first hospitals to have a transplant unit.
It was here that I met my wonderful husband Don. Don lived next door to me on East 89th street. We married and in 1980 decided to move to back to NJ but this time settling in Caldwell. We both commuted into the city, me for six more years, Don still commuting. It was after one of our major snow storms where it was impossible for us to get home that I left my job and started working for Prudential Insurance Company right here in Roseland. I worked in their Technology Assessment Division working most with their pharmaceutical unit approving drugs for cancer patients.
Prudential sold their healthcare to Aetna so I left and took one year off from work. Presently I am working at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark. It's a trauma hospital and I work for the Orthopedic department as a Trauma Registry Coordinator, all computer work with statistical analysis for the state of NJ.
Don & I have spent all our years together traveling the world, making it our number one priority in life. We do not travel in groups but get our "highs" from trying to make in on our own in foreign lands. We have traveled to almost all of Asia, Europe, South America and even Antarctica and Papua New Guinea. Also, of course the United States. This past April we were in Bhutan taking treks and attending the annual Paro Festival there. That's were the monks dress up in beautifully colored costumes and dance in the town square for a five-day show. It was spectacular and the Bhutanese people were so warm and friendly to boot!
We are leaving for Southern China in two weeks, therefore will not be able to attend the reunion. We will be traveling to Chendu to see the Panda Bear Observatory and then on to take a ride on the Yangtze River and the Li River before ending up in Shanghai and Beijing all taking local trains and buses. It should be interesting since neither of us speaks a word of Chinese!
Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery and 6 months of chemotherapy all is well and I am disease free. We are looking forward to moving to Florida (the Gulf Coast) sometime in the next 3 years where we hope to enjoy and nice and sunny retirement.
I wish all of you great fun at the reunion! I love the
website and looking
at everyone's photos, no one has changed much at
Bob Armstrong: After graduation I was employed at New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. from 1962 to 1992, retired after 30 years. Currently working for HARRIS Corporation, Camarillo, California, as the Director of Global Sales
After 22 yrs of marriage, I was divorced from my first
wife in 1992
and remarried in 1993. I have two boys, (one is
deceased). Two step daughters
and four grandchildren. My wife, Anne is a retired
school teacher. We live
in Ogdensburg, NJ and travel almost continuously (at
least it seems that
way). Hobbies are travel and hunting. Hunting in seven
states a year, California,
Colorado and 5 New England states. I have traveled to
all but two states
in the USA, missing North Dakota and Oregon. I plan on
visiting those two
before I retire.
MARIE SCHNEIDER ( MORALES): EVEN THOUGH I WAS FORCED TO LEAVE RAMAPO AFTER MY JUNIOR YEAR, WHEN MY MOTHER MOVED US TO MAHWAH, MY LOYALTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO RAMAPO. ALTHOUGH MY EXACT MEMORIES ARE NO LONGER VERY CLEAR, I KNOW THAT IS WHERE I SPENT THE HAPPIEST YEARS OF MY YOUTH. LIKE OTHERS, I TOO REMEMBER PLAYING AROUND THE OAKS AT COOLIDGE SCHOOL. AND WHO CAN FORGET MR MURPHY. HE HAD TO BE THE ALL TIME GREATEST BUS DRIVER A KID COULD HAVE HAD. LINCOLN SCHOOL ALSO HAS ITS MEMORIES, LIKE OUR CLASS TRIP TO PALISADES PARK AND OUR 8TH GRADE GRADUATION. THERE WERE ALSO THE GOOD TIMES SHARED WITH FRIENDS LIKE JOAN HAMILTON, DAVID SMITH, ARTHUR WHITE AND PAT RAU. RAMAPO BROUGHT A WHOLE NEW GROUP OF FRIENDS LIKE HONEY BRASSELL, AS WELL AS SO MANY GOOD TIMES. THERE WAS SWIMMING AT SANDY BEACH AND SPRING LAKE, THE SOCK HOPS, FOOTBALL GAMES ETC. SO MANY MEMORIES WHICH I THOUGHT I HAD FORGOTTEN, BUT WHICH COME FLOODING BACK THE MORE I THINK ABOUT THEM. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, MANY OF THE MEMORIES SEEM LIKE IT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY.
I HAVE NOW BEEN MARRIED FOR 19 YEARS TO MY HUSBAND, SIXTO AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN. MY SON, JOSEPH, IS 39 AND IS A GUARD AT A JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY IN FLORIDA. HE HAS THREE CHILDREN, NOEL 11, JOEY 9 AND ROSEY 8. MY DAUGHTER, RENEE, IS 20 AND IS CURRENTLY ATTENDING THE ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH. I WORK FOR SPRINT AS A SPANISH TRANSLATOR IN THE NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER IN CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA. I ALSO HAVE MY OWN BUSINESS ASSISTING MIGRANT WORKERS WITH INCOME TAXES, IMMIGRATION PAPERS AND NOTARY WORK.
AFTER LEAVING NEW JERSEY, I WENT INTERNATIONAL, LIVING IN MANY DIFFERENT PLACES FROM MAINE TO MEXICO WHERE I WAS ACCUSED OF BEING A MEXICAN CITIZEN. AT PRESENT I AM LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REUNION.
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SOON!!
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