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Anne Mosher (Wimsatt)
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May 18, 1943 Lewistown PA Retired from book retailing Divorced 2 Boynton Boynton After I graduated from IHS, my first job was as a clerk in the Corner Book Store, owned by the DeMottes, the parents of our Classmates, Chuck and Jim. There I learned many skills which helped me out later in school and business. Then I entered Swarthmore College. During my freshman year there, in physical education I acquired my water safety instructor certificate, and with that in hand I applied to be a waterfront counselor at the Girl Scout Camp Comstock on the west side of Lake Cayuga. That began a pattern: summers at Camp Comstock and Christmas break at the Corner Book Store. While at Swarthmore, I also worked part-time in the archives of its Friends Historical Library (Swarthmore, like Pennsylvania, was founded by the Quakers). I became quite familiar with researching material about William Penn. I also worked as a resident assistant in my senior year.

During the spring of my senior year, my academic advisor informed me that Cornell was offering a new kind of degree for teachers, an M.A.T. (masters of arts in teaching). Cornell’s theory was that teachers should be more trained in the subject they taught than in education. I was accepted into the pilot group (as was our classmate, Nan Chatfield). During an abbreviated summer school class we studied history, psychology, and methods of education. That was enough to qualify us for teacher’s licenses. In the fall semester, I attended graduate seminars in English literature along with candidates for masters in arts for English. Cornell’s other idea was that teachers best learn to teach by teaching, so I was assigned to teach English at IHS, only two classes so I had time to prepare for the next classes and consult with experienced teachers, some of whom had taught me.

To back up, chronologically, I had been dating our classmate, Mike Wimsatt. He entered Cornell after graduating from IHS, but dropped out after his sophomore year to serve in the Peace Corps, which he did in Columbia from 1963 to 1965. When he returned to Cornell for his junior year in a pre-med program, I was in the masters program described above. When I got that degree, we got married. While he completed his studies at Cornell, I taught English at Boynton Junior High. One fond memory I have from that year was, while I was supervising students as they lined up to board school buses, a car pulled up to the curb and an English professor I had had the previous fall and whose son I had taught the previous spring stepped out and addressed me. “Miss Mosher, I want to thank you for being a good English teacher. My son now knows what I do for a living.” I later learned by the grapevine (my mother and I met the professor’s wife in a grocery store and she filled me in) that he had majored in English, gotten a PHD in English and was an English professor at another university in New York State. That’s the kind of success story teachers like to hear!

While Mike attended medical school at the University of Rochester (1967-71), I taught English at Brighton High School in Rochester.

Our next stop was at Cooperstown, N.Y. where Mike had been accepted to serve his internship and residency in surgery at the M.I. Bassett Hospital, affiliated with Columbia University. In the first year I worked as the activities director of the extended care facility. That involved working with young to middle-aged reasonably healthy patients in traction because they had been injured in accidents and elderly patients needing medical attention as they awaited entrance to a nursing home. Basically, what I did was visit every patient each day, especially those who had no family or other visitors. When the word got out that the hospital was computerizing its operations, I applied to be a computer programmer. With my good training in math at IHS, I passed the aptitude test and got the job. It was very simple programming (admissions lists, inventory control, etc.) which my youngest son has told me any monkey could have done, but I enjoyed it.

Then we moved again, to New York City. Mike had to spend one year at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital to get experience with urban surgical emergencies. We lived in student housing on the west side of Manhattan overlooking the Washington Bridge. That year, I did some part-time work for a nursing candidate for an advanced degree, but otherwise was not employed.

Shortly after our return to Cooperstown, our first son, Michael, was born in 11/73. After that, the only unusual thing I did was to join Mike in instructions to become a glider pilot. When my instructor advised me that I was ready to solo, I declined, because I had a one year old child on the ground and didn’t want a license enough to risk my life, though I was flattered to have the chance. Next, our second son, Ted, was born (5/75).

With Mike’s residency ending in ’76, he had a choice to make. The military draft having ended, the word went out that surgical residents who didn’t volunteer were likely to be drafted into a MASH unit, so he volunteered to enter the Air Force. He did and we moved to Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth N.H. I enjoyed that time in New England and was mostly occupied as being a mother.

In 1978, we moved to Lewistown (Mike’s preference for rural medicine and proximity to a glider port). From 1986-92 I owned and enjoyed working in my own bookstore, with my sons helping out. In 1988 Mike and I divorced and he remarried. Now that my sons are grown and on their own, my major activities are in civic activities, enjoying the fact that people recognize me by name because they remember me from the bookstore.
My hobbies are the national political scene (by print and on TV), gardening, composting, recycling, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.

I’m doing well and I am happy.  My best to all of you.

Anne passed away on June 24, 2020.  To read her obituary, click here. 
Rick Mott
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October 08, 1943 Scottsdale AZ Happily Retired Graduated from Paul Smith's College with A.A.S degree in Hotel and Resort Management, graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Business. Served 3 1/2 years in US Army with one year in Vietnam. Completed a 34 year career in the management training and personnel development field on corporate staffs in the hotel and financial services industries. Retired in 2004.
Hello.

I welcome contact with any 1961 classmates.

I live in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Also, I visit Ithaca once a month to see my mother in Oak Hill Manor.

My favorite activities include downhill skiing in Maine, scuba diving in warm water, island camping in the adirondacks and RVing all over the country.

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Carole Mulks (Lobdell)
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August 14, 1943 Lansing NY Retired Married 1 Fall Creek Boynton IHS After high school I served in the U.S. Navy stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL

After completing my service I married my husband Ralph,we have been married forty-five years. We have one daughter Lori and one grandaughter Olivia who now reside in Maitland, FL

We built our own home in Lansing, NY where we presently reside.

I retired in 1998 from NCR and have enjoyed my retirement.

We spend the winters in Englewood, FL and in the summer months we enjoy camping in our motorhome.





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Michael Murphy
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December 11, 1942 Fernandina Beach FL retired Divorced 3 Fall Creek, South Hill, West Hill and Cayuga Hts. Boyton Boynton
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Lavarah Anne Neeley
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September 28, 1942 New Orleans LA retired Separated Miss Arlington Va Boynton Went to Ms State Univ., Starkville Ms. My father the first in family to graduate high school, college and get a master's degree I had been chosen to do the same. This was before we asked a kid if college was an option. It was a gift, got the B.S., Master,s and started a P.H.D. became an educator. wanted a dozen children had none.

Came to New Orleans one weekend and decided I could hide out here and be a Southern Lady, have been here ever since. No children one stepson and one grandson. Live is a house built in 1846 on the Mardi Gras route, need I say more,life is fun.
Three rentals upstairs pay for life's little extras

Hi Everyone!  Laissez les bon temps rouler!  As you can see by my "Now" photo, I am costumed and celebrating Mardi Gras 2011.

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Albert Nelson
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April 21, 1943 Winter Park FL Retired engineer 2 Cayuga Heights Boynton Don't remember After IHS, I went to Cornell for a Bachelor’s degree, then to MIT for a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. I spent several years trying to find a suitable permanent job. I finally switched over to military electronics for the rest of my job career.

I got married, and we had twin sons (now 40 years old). One of my sons is career in the Army, and the other is an engineer in the Boston area. We divorced after 25 years, and after another 10 years I got married again. They say that second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience. We are currently separated.

I have lived, successively, in Southampton, England, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA, Fort Walton Beach, Florida (look it up), briefly in Las Vegas, now in the Orlando area (Winter Park) for the last 5 years.

I retired on July 1st, 2010. If I had known that retirement was so much fun, I would have done so earlier. My time is occupied with home upgrades, travel, fishing, and Hashing.

Albert passed away on February 27, 2014.  To read his obituary, click here.

Gary Newhart
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July 29, 1943 Rochester NY Executive Director igmonline.org Married 3 After IHS worked for one year. Married Nancy Roe in 1962 now 47 years. Graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in 1968. Started a church in Ghent, NY in 1968. Moved to Henrietta suburb of Rochester, NY in 1972, started a church and Christian School staying as senior pastor for over 28 years. Graduated from Seminary with Masters in 1992. In 2000 became the Executive Director of the Independent Gospel Missions serving over 260 national pastors and missionaries in 23 different countries until the present.
Looking forward to seeing you all!
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Janet O'Brien (May)
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January 12, 1944 Denver CO Retired Educator Married 2 West Hill Boynton yes Here are the numbers:
1965 Graduated State University of N.Y. @ Potsdam with a BA-Education
1965 Married to Donald May -45 years
1969-72 A son and daughter born
1986 Earned a MA-Fine Arts, Lesley College, Cambridge Mass.
1992- Administative Certification, University of Denver.

I have taught children of all ages, and adults. I served as an elementary principal for five years, and then retired after 25 enjoyable years in education.

Don and I have lived in six different locations, and now have homes in Denver,Co. and Rio Verde, Az. We are
fortunate enough to have traveled the
world, always making new friends and learning about new cultures.

I have achieved so many of my goals, including wife, mother, grandmother and educator. I am still working on that "golf game." Looking forward to the 50th reunion.
Thank you to all the teachers who instilled in me the love of music, a passion for reading,  intellectual curiosity and community involment.  My life has been richer because of their efforts. Send Janet a MessageSend Janet a Message
Donna Jean O'Grady (Howard)
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October 06, 1943 Newfield NY retired Married 4 Bell Sherman Boynton Jr. High IHS Working, raising children and one grand child.
Making crafts, doing craft shows.
Charlie and I have been married for 49 years as of August 5, 2011.
we have 4 children, Cindy Meddaugh, Charles Jr, Carmel Macalie & Colin. 9 grandchildrenCindys children Cody, Megan, Jessica & Cady. Carmels children Crystal Jean & Joey. Colins children Colin Jr. and Gaven. 2 great grandchildren, Megans son Ethan 3 yrs, Crystals Daughter Maddie Jean 3 yrs. I am enjying time with the family and watching the children grow up.
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Vada O'Grady (Bennett)
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Endicott NY Retired Married 2 Belle Sherman till 4th grade, moved. 5th grade Country school-Danby Rd., 6th grade St. John. Boynton IHS
Married to Donald Bennett in 1972. with two step children, then 5 years and 6 years. Bringing them up till they were married, Now with 7 grandchildren.

Since highschool I have been a Seamstress, making clothing, and doing Quilting.

For about twenty five years, I worked retail and in merchandising. Later I work as parts Inspector in a small factory for about 15 years.

 For the past 8 years we have been with The Foster Grandparent Program of Broome County mentoring children at our Endicott school, for 6 hours a day, 5 day a week.     We just love what we do!

Vada passed away on March 20, 2014.  To read her obituary, click here.

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