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Louis Wright
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May 07, 1943 Montgomery TX Retired Married 3 South Hill and Danby Boynton IHS I'm so late in submitting a profile that it's become: What have you been doing for the past 55 years? After IHS graduation, worked the summer for the Cornell Grounds Maintenance Dept; then worked at the NCR Plant as a machine operator for the next year. Enrolled at Ithaca College; received a Bachelor Degree in Math in 1967. Figuring I'd likely then exhausted all reasonable and affordable means for beating the draft, I joined the Navy through the Aviation OCS Program, and reported to the "Indoc Battalion" at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL in October '67. Commissioned as a Navy Ensign in January '68. After Navy Pre-Flight training in Pensacola, was ordered to the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Training Center at Lowry AFB, Denver, CO for a 6-month,joint services, military intelligence training course. Upon completion was designated as a Naval Intelligence Officer, and ordered to Westpac duty aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64)for a two-year ('69-'70) tour as an Air Intelligence Officer in the aircraft carrier's Intelligence Center. After returning from our '69/'70 Westpac deployment, got married and shortly thereafter was transferred to a two-year ('71-'72) shore duty tour at a naval intelligence training facility located at NAS Albany, GA, home to the Navy's RA-5C Reconnaissance Squadrons. At almost a year and a half into the NAS Albany assignment, unexpectedly received Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) orders assigning me to a newly-established (as in: upon arrival of the TAD-assigned officer and enlisted team members)special-purpose intelligence analysis group to be located at NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. Had a full three days from receipt of orders to get everything squared away at home, medical and admin records updated, pack sea bag, and be on a plane bound for Manila, PI. (On the bright side, transportation to the PI was via commercial airliner, rather than military cargo plane!) Shortly after completion of the 6-month TAD assignment, the term of my AOCS enlistment agreement was also up, and I was released from active duty at NAS Albany, GA. Moved back to Denver, CO, anticipating that I'd join the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program there, and would likely have to earn some sort of graduate degree to make something of myself in the civilian world. From Denver, I moved north to Laramie, WY for graduate work at the University of Wyoming in both Business Admin and Petroleum Engineering. In 1978, was hired by Exxon Company, USA (later: ExxonMobil after the 2000 merger) as a Petroleum Engineer and moved to Houston, TX where I held various engineering assignments within Exxon's Production Department at the District, Division, and Headquarters levels. Later, moved into Exxon's Natural Gas Department for assignments in the Natural Gas Sales and Natural Gas Operations functions prior to retiring from ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company in May 2012, with about 33 years of total Exxon service. All of my Exxon assignments were centered in the greater Houston area. I had also earlier (1998) retired from the Naval Reserve as an O-6, having had the good fortune, as an O-5 and an O-6, to be selected for command of four separate Naval Reserve Intelligence Units located in Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and New Orleans, LA prior to retiring with 30-years of commissioned service. Along the way, I've been divorced (once)and remarried. I have three great children: two sons from my first marriage, and a stepdaughter by my second. Older son was born in Laramie, WY; he graduated from Sam Houston State University and now lives near Fort Worth, TX. Younger son was born in Houston, TX; he graduated from the University of Houston and lives in Cypress, TX, near Houston. Stepdaughter was born in Houston; special needs (PDD) since birth and lives in a supervised, adult special needs residence community in Houston to provide her with as much personal independence as possible. After my retirement from ExxonMobil, during 2013 I oversaw the construction of our retirement home in Montgomery, TX, about 60-miles north of Houston, while my wife was still working. Our relocation from Spring, TX (just outside of Houston), was both to leave behind the heavy Houston-area congestion and traffic, and to place ourselves a bit further inland from the occasional, but in some years frequent, hurricane activities in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014, my wife of the past 23 years also retired; so, we're now mutually enjoying the pleasures of retired life, and the opportunity to travel around fairly frequently. Actually, I've seen much more of New York State in our travels over the past two years (2014/15)than I was ever able to see while I lived there. Those of us who grew up in Ithaca may not have recognized, or fully appreciated, the natural beauty of Ithaca and the surrounding areas unless moving elsewhere and later returning. We've made stops in Ithaca in both of the past two years, during the Fall and between major Cornell and IC weekend events. I've been surprised by some of the changes, but also amazed at how little many parts of the city have changed over the past half-century +. My wife, who was raised in the Gulf Coast and West Texas areas says she thinks I'm lucky to have grown up in Ithaca. I have to agree.
Great class website! Thank you to all those who've had a hand in its planning, set up and maintenance; also to those who've volunteered over the years to plan and coordinate reunion activities, and keep us all informed. I'm particularly impressed with the personal efforts and energy expended in tracking down location information on every class member; no small task.  I've found that the website presents a nice photo recap of the 50th reunion activities, plus lots of other memorable photos and information from elementary and junior high school days (even a recipe for Half-Moon cookies), in addition to many interesting personal profiles relating various classmates' life events, experiences, and accomplishments. Saddening to see that the names of more than 25% of our classmates now appear in the "In Memorium" listing.  Best regards to all IHS Class of '61 members attending the 55th reunion in July, and/or checking it out afterwards via this website. To the military veterans attending the 55th, please remember to raise a glass in honor of Bill Sullivan, reported on the website to be our only classmate to die in the Vietnam War. Also, to all service veteran classmates: Welcome Home, and Thank You For Your Service (...you likely may not have heard that anywhere when you returned from military service during the '60s & '70s).      Send Louis a MessageSend Louis a Message
Sharon Burke (Wright)
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Flat Rock NC retired educator Married Bethel Grove, East Hill, Urbana,IL Boynton Boynton After college I taught in La Mirada, CA for a year. During that year I married and in June returned to Turin, NY where my husband and I taught in the same school district for 30 years.
During those years we participated in many outdoor sports, most passionately in cross country skiing and sailing.
We were fortunate enough to be able to retire young(52). We lived in the same small community for 38 years. In 2004 we made the move to the mountains of NC where we now hike (instead of x-c ski). We have hiked thousands of miles in the past 6 years.
I have really enjoyed the website and thank ya'll for doing such a terrific job. Looking forward to seeing everyone in a couple of weeks.
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Paul Wrisley
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November 17, 1943 Churchville NY retired Married 2 After graduation, I enlisted as a 'kiddy-crusier' in the Navy. Completed a tour of isolated duty and moved to Rochester, NY to work at Kodak and get married. Moved on to commercial construction as an electrician and later also became a certified welder (both NYS & NRC). As construction slowed, I moved to a GM factory as an electrician.
Hope to attend the reunion.
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Sharon Guild (Wyllie)
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October 12, 1943 Brooktondale NY retired Divorced 4 Worked full time at Cornell for 33 years, retired, then worked part time until 2006. Then this summer I was asked to come back and do an executive program. Raised 4 children, have 9 granchildren. Love gardening, scrapbooking, jigsaw puzzles, & making crafts. My son races in Hare Scrambles and I enjoy going to the races and tromping around in the woods.
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Thomas Yengo
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July 02, 1942 Ithaca NY Retired Executive Chef Married 3 Married Sarah Sidle in 1962, just celebrated our 47th anniversary in July. We have three children and so far 4 grandchildren. All of our kids graduated from IHS.

As most know, my family owned and operated Joe's Restaurant for many, many years. Eventually and over time I became an Executive Chef and most of my later years worked in private clubs in or near Ithaca. I semi retired in 1992 due to an arthritic condition that prevented me from continuing my career.

Sarah and I raise our children and our daughter Toni lives with her husband and 2 children in Farmington, Minnesota. Amy and her husband and 2 children live in Newfield, NY where they own and operate 2 businesses and our son Tom (graduate of Ithaca College) is married and he owns and operates (for 15 years) Benchwarmers Restaurant & Sports Bar. His original location was the old College Spa building and after 10 years moved to his present location in downtown Ithaca (on the Ithaca Commons) to a larger location that use to be McDonalds. In fact many of you may remember that at our last reunion the Friday night get-together was at Bechwarmers.

My wife is about to retire from Ithaca College after 22 years and we hope to remain healthy and do some travelling.

I look forward to this next reunion and would love to hear from old friends now that they have my e-mail and phone number.
This is a great website and I look forward to keeping track of old friends and classmates.

Tom passed away on August 15, 2011.  His obituary is accessible on the Classmates Passed On web page, CLICK HERE to also view it.

William Zimmerman
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July 11, 1943 MN Engineer Married 3 Belle Sherman

For history ..and  some background data some long lost.

I think some of you may have wished or requsted some more of this data to or / from me. 
 
My past is very different as most as can you can now see ....

1)   U of  Michigan   BSEE   '65 ......... 
...   I went  onto a Westinghouse Electritc  Corp. on a training program..... mostly to get on an educational  defermert and to get  away from  the
US
goverment  draft.... (so sorry to those who served us all well)
 
.....to me that was  important / and  was also  likely  what  many of you all may have been trying do at the time ??

 
2) Worked  for Westinghose  Electric  in '65 - ' 68
 making  F4 -J    radar  which  extended  the input  radar signal using my parametric low noise amplifilier  for about    increase  of ( 50 to 90 ) miles ; plusa  Lunar TV camar project for the "Rover"  .  (at the time  was kind of some  a cool technolgy) 

3) Came to Minnesota on just a winning bet ...to work for  Honeywell Inc,.... to make  bombs  an bulluets and  some MK 46 torpedors ,,..not too bad at the time ... now as I think back  ...

it also passed the US draft deferment  testing requirments.

( again sorry to those who served us all well)

 

 Since have been in Minnesota from 1968  ...mostly  again to avoid a darft......

5) (now  in what is  called "medical alley")  doing a lot to help people....

SO NOW:
 


My objective is  to  help ...  all the "poor of hearing''' and those with various types of  heart problems + those with breathing  problerms and all others ... give me a call.
 
 
6) I  have helped  some people  alot.... plus still keeping some of my oldest  cars  working. 
 
 
 
Now am into medical technology...and hearing techoglogy
 
heart implants as follows ......  the fixing of  many kinds of holes in hearts   (AGA) Medical.   Products  produced aid babies to avoid open heart surgery and other adults in +91 countries;  even also those  with migrand  headaces.
 
 Looking to get back to work soon; because I am on unemployment and am also on SS  ( have now reached  66 like most of us).

 

 

( as you know just being 65 wasn't enough to get the full benifits wasn't enough if  you made a lot of money)

I have been working as a full time consultant at  Medtronic Inc. 
(I think one of the best medical device company in the world)
Using my talents and experience plus making a lot of money.
(US government loves me; plus this adds to my monthly  SS)
 
Presently:
Now, on employment; (656$/week). 
Required, since policy is after two years of contracting; you must be off for 60 days; or go full time.. 
(Noted: no one hires anyone after 72 years age)


 Best to you....
 
Billy Zimmerman
 
 
763-533-1572


 
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