August 13, 1943 Trumansburg NY Propane & Oil marketer EhrhartPropane.com Married 4 Fall Creek Boynton Boynton Life has been good to Kathleen (Denison) and me. We married in Aug 1963. After a stint of 13 years climbing the corporate ladder in the retail business (Century House wares) we elected to move back to Tompkins County from the Springfield, Ohio area in 1976. I spent over a year rehabbing a 150 year old farm house which we still live in.Although I have atteneded all the previous reunions I am looking towards this one with more interest than the others because we all have had a lifetime of experiences that I hope we can share with each other.
In January1978 I went to work for Kathleen’s uncle Gerry Ehrhart, Ehrhart Propane with the plan to purchase the business. April 1984 we purchased the business, Sept 1984 we purchased Mor-Gas, and so began our interesting life in the propane business expanding thru acquisition and just plain hard work. In 2002 we talked our youngest son Bill into coming into the business and now have our oldest daughter, Tracy with us also. Our youngest daughter, Lydia is working on her PHD at the University of Texas – San Antonio and our oldest son; John works in the software business, Medi-City, in Salt Lake City. I have served my industry as President of the NYS Propane Gas Association and currently am on the National Propane Gas Association Board of Directors.
I joined Rotary International in 1984 and it too has been good to us. We both are deeply involved in the Rotary High School Youth Exchange Program on a local, national and international level. Currently I am the Chairman of our District’s Program for the second time (either I didn’t learn or they didn’t). I also serve on the Board of Directors for the North American Youth Exchange Network for the US, Canada and Mexico. It has brought to us many students who we are in contact with all over the world. It also has enabled us to make many friends (Rotarians) all over the world. As a result we have traveled to many different countries and stayed with our friends and former students, a very different experience than as a tourist. As a result, not only do we have our natural children and 5 grand sons but others who we love as much as our own and they too have provided us with grandchildren.
I have the best of two worlds, I work when I want and I am retired when I want and I still get a pay check each week. I still own that old Model A Ford I drove while in high school and have collected a few more cars since then. When traveling I am always looking for a car museum. I am still wondering what I want to do when I grow up!
Micky Campbell (Parker)
September 26, 1943 Fountain Hills AZ Real Estate Broker www.MickyParker.com Married 2 Belle Sherman Boynton Boynton Leading a fulfilling, adventurous life! I've flown an airplane solo, am a certified scuba diver, river rafter and have gone sailing in the BVI. Most memorable were my world-wide travels as a flight attendant with Pan Am during the 60's particularly those flights we did for the US Gov't: airlifts of refugees from Cuba and R & R's from Vietnam. Most amazingly, I found out somehow that Mickey Trimberger was stationed in a supply unit outside of Saigon. Several times during my short layovers in Saigon, I called Mickey and he hopped in a jeep and headed to the airport where we drank cokes and talked until I had to leave. Seems surreal now! More mundane: graduated from SUNY Buffalo in 1965 w/ a BA in English, traveled with Pan Am for 3 years, got married, two children, worked with my husband in our import business, got my real estate license in 1986. Now have four grandchildren and am managing broker for a real estate office of 22 agents.Kudos to the committee for great work on this website and in planning for 2011!
Update 2015: 5 grandchildren! Full time real estate agent.
Update 2019: lost our daughter in 2013, survived breast cancer 2015. Caring for 95 year old Mom who lives in Assisted Living, Fountain Hills. Still selling real estate and traveling in our RV. Both my husband and I enjoy good health!
Carol Ross (Penhollow)
February 04, 1943 Clarence Center NY RN Retired, Animal Health Technician (L.A.H.T.) Married 4 Boynton Jr. High IHS Raising a family - Worked with my husband at our Veterinary Hospital for 25 years.I enjoy volunteering - Church, Library, Homeless Shelter, Red Cross, and Community. I also love to read, do needlework and other crafts.
We live part of the year in Florida.
I worked as an RN until last year, spent the last 5 years part-time with the Visiting Nurse Association.
We have traveled quite a bit - some trips on a motorcycle. We still enjoy short trips.
I regret I won't be able to attend the reunion because of a family wedding in Virginia.
Carol passed away on January 11, 2017. Click HERE to view her obituary
Margie James (Perna)
June 07, 1943 Sarasota FL Retired email@example.com Married 3 Belle Sherman Boynton IHS Left Ithaca for Rochester, NY, graduated from R.B.I. Met my husband and we had three daughters. Stayed home for 11 years and then it was time to return to the work field since our daughters were approaching college- and it meant 10 years of my paycheck to SUNY Binghamton, University of Rochester, and Cornell. We retired in 1994, and moved to Sarasota, FL. We have three grandchildren- Sadly our 4th grandchild, Ryan died at age 11 with Leukemia. A memorial golf tournament is held every July in the Rochester area in Ryan\\\'s memory to benefit Camp Good Days. Traveling has been our past time the last 15 years and most memorable was our trip to Italy.
Looking forward to seeing many classmates in 2011.It is such a satisfaction to reconnect with classmates where there will always be fond memories.
February 11, 1943 West Des Moines IA as of 5/1/11 Retired Married 4 East Hill Boyton Boyton After graduation I spent a year workingJudi and I have two each 3 boys and one girl.
in Ithaca. The following year I started college at Paul Smiths. After graduation with a hotel degree I planed on going to Florida State. During the summer Bill Sullivan and Art Smiths brother Bill convinced me to follow them to Kearney Nebraska.Sully had family ties at the food service where I put my degree to workas well as working towads my BS in business.After graduation I had an offer to retun to Ithaca and take part in the Morse Borg Warner Industrial Sales training program. I spent a year in training and was offered the supervisor/directors postion for the next two years. After transfering to sales I spent 2 years in Detroit and was movede to Iowa in 1972. I have been in the same industry my intire career.The last 22 with SKF in industrial bearing sales here in the midwest. Fre time has been spent biking all over the US. Best ride was self contained ride with Judi around lake Michigan. Still play a little golf
and get as much time in the gym as I can.Now that I'm retired plan to do more of the above.
As of last week we have 10 grand children.
Susan Grove (Pierce)
July 13, 1943 Union Springs NY Retired Married 2 Bob & I collect depression glass. We keep busy looking for that next rare piece of glass. Also enjoy fishing.I was married right out of school (Bob Pierce Class of 59) and was at home with 2 sons until 1968. I then worked part time for 20 years at an insurance company. My next position was with NYSEG and I just retired from AES (Milliken Station) in July of this year. One son lives in Brooklyn and the other in Rochester. Neither is married so I do not have any grandchildren to spoil. So instead we have 2 little dogs.
April 01, 1943 Livingston TX Retired Married 4 St. John Boynton IHS '61-'65 U.S.Navy. Served aboard the USS Prime and USS Constant two Ocean Going Mine Sweepers (MSO). EN2, Vietnam Veteran.
’65-’66 Worked for Douglas Aircraft in Southern California.
’66-67 Leased and operated an Atlantic Service Station in Cortland, New York.
’67-’68 Attended National Technical School in Southern California.
’68-‘99 Worked for NYSEG at Milliken Station Power Plant in Lansing, New York.
After being forced into an early retirement with a reduced pension due to the sale of the power plant we had a decision to make, sit in Lansing mowing grass in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter or go traveling. We couldn’t afford both so we sold our home and woodlot bought a new truck and travel trailer and hit the road. We spent the following winters in South Texas, summers in New York visiting 3 of our children and 13 grandkids and springs and falls touring the USA. We volunteered for many Habitat for Humanity builds around the country and have met so many wonderful people. We have just purchased a 20 acre woodlot in the Adirondack Park and are planning on building a summer home there.
Danilee Gorman (Poppensiek)
August 05, 1943 Middle Granville NY retired Widowed 2 Central, South Hill, East Hill and Fall Creek Boynton IHS For the most part, I've been enjoying life -- especially being a mom to my two daughters, Michelle and Megan. And thanks to Megan, I now have a nice son-in-law too. No grandchildren yet, but I have three granddogs and four grandcats. Three of my grandcats are allowing me to care for them temporarily. Rounding out my mini-menagerie is my own cat, and two dogs, who take good care of me.Thanks to all the committee members for their hard work to make our 50th Reunion a reality. I'm sure it will be a huge success and I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone.
Sadly my husband, Neil (IHS '63) died in July 2008 after being diagnosed in 2004 with a rare blood disorder, myelodysplasia syndrome, that transformed into leukemia.
In June 2009, I retired from Cornell where I worked for over 40 years. I was fortunate to be able to "ease" into retirement by working part time this past year. Retirement has been an interesting experience and more of an adjustment than I expected. Hope to remain in Ithaca, but may head to warmer climes for part of the winter months.
Smyrna NY Licensed Master Social Worker Divorced 1 East Hill Boynton IHS It is easier to provide a resume.Hi: I am looking forward to attending the reunion and taking part in the discusion group I had proposed. What prompted me to suggest the discussion group is that the friends I was closest to in high school have all died. So, I was looking for a way to honor their memory and have as part of the program a thoughtful discussion that would begin to put the high school experience and the ensuing years in some relative perspective. The only title I could conceive of was: "What is the Legacy of the Class of 1961."
Any way to upload one?
I retired a few years ago after teaching and practicing as a social worker for over 35 years. My first job was at the George Junior Republic beginning in 1970. Teaching has always been my love and I beganas an instructor in the Air Force training combat crews for work on the Minuteman ICBM. I have taught in a variety of interesting settings including Auburn Correctional facility while a facullty member at CNY community colleges and at Syracuse University. Yet in most recent years I have been active in the peace movement and been active with the Syracuse Peace Council and creating the Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice.
I have been volunteering with a number of non-profits over the years, but the most meaningful work has been as a Hospice of CNY teaching in their "Living With Dying" series where I taught the module on famliy dynamics, and most recently the module on spirituality as it realtes to death and dying. I have also been volunteering with the American Red Cross since 1998 and served at a number of national disasters, as a disater mental health social worker. The hospice experience was critical when I served the famlies at the World Trade Center disaster beginning on 9/12/2002, and then returning to NYC in November of that year to assist the famlies of AA flight 583 which exploded over Queens, NY.
Training future social workers has provided great meaning in my life, but providing direct service to clients and helping them reconcile abuse, death and other losses has shaped my life.
I have been fortunate to be able to travel extensively over the years with my famliy and I have made many trips to Greece, following my first trip in 1954, which was life-altering, since I witnessed the effects of the 2nd World War and the Greek Civil War on the Greek people.
Over the past 12 years os so my travel has been a part of my spiritual journey to places like Sotu Africa and Namibia visiting hospice and AIDS programs, and to India, Nepal, Thailand, Bolivia and Peru, Mt. Athos and the Island of Patmos for spiritual retreats. My plan is to return to India this fall.
So, why is any of this important? My guess and perhaps my belief is that each of us in the Class of 1961 are vastly different people that we were on graduation day. Now, we are at the stage of our lives where we are assessing our lives and attempting to gain perspective and recocile all that has happened in the interim. Hopefully, the discussion at the reunion will facilitate that process. At least, that is my hope. Best wishes to all. Nick
Nick passed away on August 26, 2016. To view his obituary, click HERE
Joan Kassman (Price)
Sebastopol CA writer, speaker, line dance instructor www.joanprice.com Widowed Belle Sherman Boynton So many changes! I graduated from Bennington College, went to Italy on a Fulbright teaching assistantship, returned to New York City, taught English in several alternative high schools and a public junior high, got married, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, taught in several public high schools, got divorced, moved to Sebastopol where I live now, had a near-fatal auto accident, left teaching to write full time (7 books published & hundreds of print & online articles) and teach exercise & line dancing, met the love of my life in 2000, married him in 2006, lost him to cancer Aug. 2008. Wow, 50 years in one paragraph. My latest book, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex has just come out!