January 30, 1944 Freeville NY Retired Married 3 Fall Creek, Enfield Center Boyton IHS After a series of odd jobs, I joined the Air Force in March of 1965. After basic, I went to Lowry Air Force Base for training as a munitions specialist, then assigned to Hill Air Force Base in Utah. In 1966, I married Diana Derr, I was then assigned to Vietnam for a year, then returned to Hill Air Force Base where I spent the remainder of my military duty, After leaving the Air Force, I returned to Ithaca and went to work for Bob Andree (The Dalmatian Truck) delivering home heating products. Four years later, I went to Morse Chain as a machinist, then retired after 30 plus years. I then worked part time for a few years at The Computing Center. Since retirement, a lot of my time has been spent researching family history. As a genealogist, I became a Find A Grave volunteer. After tracing down my Great Uncle's 1932 Ford Hot rod I rebuilt it with the help of my son. In 2012 we became snowbirds in LaBelle Florida.
Ruth Buncom (Williams)
January 04, 1944 Columbia MD Retired & PT Marketing Consultant thewilliamsgroup.energy526.com/Home.aspx Married 2 Henry St. John Boynton Jr. High IHS I attended Central City Business Institute in Syracuse. After graduation I returned to Ithaca and worked at Cornell for a couple years. Left Ithaca in 1964 and moved to Hollis, NY in Queens. Worked for the Dept. of Correction at the House of Detention in Greenwich Village doing case histories on the female prisoners. Decided it was time to move on when I actually thought a female prisoner was a male from the outside...oops!Hi to all of my former Classmates!
Worked for the Director of Radiology at Bellevue Hospital for 5yrs. Went back to school for medical assisting. Did a lot of traveling w/my sister to many islands in the West Indies, London, Paris and Amsterdam. I also visited some of the southern states, as well as Denver Colorado, California, Vegas, etc. I love traveling. My parents were born in the Netherland Antilles on a Dutch island called St. Eustatius (10 mins. by air from St. Maarten or St. Martin (French and Dutch) so their home was our first trip. I actually got to visit again, 30 yrs. later this past Christmas. (This trip included St. Maarten.
Worked 5yrs. at New York Hospital where I met my husband and moved to Maryland in 1982. I wanted to relocate and heard about this area and the excellent schools. My husband came twice but had no luck finding employment. I came down by myself even though I knew no one. My husband had an uncle in Baltimore. I didn't have a car or driver's license, and the bus system was very limited (most people had 2 cars). However, I did a lot of walking and am proud to say I found a job, a daycare center and an apartment in 3 days. With the help of family we relocated and the most difficult part was my husband had to stay in NY and keep his job, visiting most weekends. I walked everywhere, dropped my daughter to daycare (the other walked to school w/friends) and then rushed to work.
My oldest was in 2nd grade. She quickly became a "latch key kid". I tried to pay a teen to walk her home but she was too independent for that. A woman at the daycare said she would bring my youngest daughter home with her (she lived across the street) and I did not have to pick her up anymore. I was so happy! I later found a good babysitter. After a year my husband left NY for good. We even got a car and explored this wonderful historical area including Washington, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There are a lot of festivals and things to do.
I worked for the local newspaper and 6yrs. for a Dermatologist. Later worked at home for Disabled American Veterans and had a home business through a company called "Melaleuca".
I was very involved in my kids’ school activities. My oldest grew up playing basketball and soccer, but soccer is her love. She also played women's soccer at UMBC and co-ed up until a few yrs ago. The youngest played soccer for a short while too. She was a high school cheerleader, on the dance team and they both played the flute.
They have grown to be strong, independent young women. My oldest graduated from college with a graphic design degree. She is a very talented artist and won several awards in competitions in high school. She does contract and freelance work creating logos, websites, etc. She has recently returned to school to earn a certification in multimedia technology and made the Dean's List her 1st semester.
My youngest is an attorney who is fortunate to be alive after a very serious accident in 1997 in which she suffered many injuries including her brain. She had only completed a semester of college. She refused to listen to her psychologist regarding her future. She was very pleased when the Dean told her she had been awarded a private scholarship for a full ride and books. She graduated summa cum laude from the Honors program. She also obtained a Law degree and a Master's degree in Public Administration (10 students in program). We attended two graduation ceremonies on the same day in 2004 at Syracuse University. She currently is involved in the area of Family Law with a specialty in child abuse and neglect matters. I believe she will be a Judge some day. I had found a third grade essay she had written saying she wanted to be a Lawyer and a Judge.
A number of years ago I became known as the "muffin lady." I carried a basket full of large Texas-size muffins, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies, as well as some other types. I also bake cakes. People love my baked goods. I would go to office buildings and sell them. Sometimes I sell cookies from my car after church. My daughters want me to find a way to market them. I'm involved with church activities and sing tenor in the choir (so-low u can't hear me). Enjoying traveling w/husband and family trips, movies, gym, zumba/aerobics classes, reading and walking.
Columbia/Ellicott City has recently been rated by Money Magazine, as the second best place to live in the nation out of their ten top cities. I have been very pleased with my choice. All for now folks if you want to read more there's a whole chapter in the Bible called the "Book of Ruth!" LOL!
All of u are very dear to me because my relationships with you were part of the foundation of my life. I have so many great memories of Ithaca and am proud to say I have been able to associate names and faces with many of you after all these years. I am sure we all have bouts with the "short term syndrome" but that is part of life. I feel so blessed to be alive and remembering our classmates who have gone on is very painful to me, as I am sure it is to all of you.
I look forward to meeting with you at the reunion and pray that God will keep all of us safe and in good health until that appointed time. I usually never want to acknowledge my age; but since we are all in the same boat give or take a year, I had no stress at all typing in my year of birth. (smile) Birds of a feather!
Sharon Burke (Wright)
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.
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!
Update 2021: Hello classmates, survivors all! 2020 was quite the year: in addition to COVID restrictions, had appendectomy in Feb., auto collision in Oct (fractured sternum) and lost two close to me, my Mom (age 96) and her sister in Oneida (age 86), both in Dec., 6 days apart. Neither COVID-related. On a positive note, had good production in real estate, family stayed healthy for which we're very thankful and enjoyed some short trips in our RV. Life is good, we're looking forward to more travel as restrictions ease. Hope to get to Ithaca in August!
May 26, 1943 Rochester NY Internet Marketing Consultant Divorced 3 Various, Not Ithaca Boynton Boynton Graduated from Cornell in 1965.Hope to see you all at the 2011 reunion.
Worked for Eastman Kodak in Technical Products Marketing before moving to small start-ups and software marketing. Worked in Internet Consulting before retiring in 2010.
Have three beautiful children from my first marriage to Judy Hammer (1963). They are Trish (Rochester. NY) , JJ (Silver Springs MD) and Marc (Santa Monica, CA). They have brought three beautiful grandchildren in the world.
Favorite pastimes are now: Reading, Music, Playing guitar with a group, and recording in my home studio. My favorite distraction is a web site we launched to help new Hip Hop artists launch their careers: www.thecorner411.com
Robert passed away on September 27, 2011. To read his obituary, click here.
Anne Canfield (Soos)
November 22, 1943 Princeton NJ HS Principal/Science Teacher Married As of late 2019, officially "retired". Just missed having to teach HS during covid..Whew! Now finding that being a volunteer can be pretty time-consuming, but also very rewarding. Besides gardening, I serve on a couple of Municipal boards, which is a great lesson in local politics. However, the two most reqarding activities I've done is 1) doing taxes through the AARP as a taxaide, and 2) to present a class for the Senior Center on Global Change.
October 19, 1942 Ithaca NY Work at Purity Ice Co. Married 3 St Johns and Enfield Boynton IHS From 1961 1966 Served in the Navy Seabees. From 1966 to 1985 Dairy Farmer.From 1985 to presnt Purity Ice Co.
April 17, 1943 Ithaca NY Associate Professor of Music Emerita Single Belle Sherman Boynton Junior High Boynton Junior High Greetings Dear Classmates from Ithaca, N.Y. I retired from West Virginia University in 2005 after twenty six years and headed home. The house I grew up in was still in the family so I settled in "for a long winter's nap." I have awakened to begin retirement by becoming an outside instructor at Cornell and forming a delightful chamber music group called Fingerlakes Flutes. Previous to my employment at WVU I was a member of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and a member of Music in Maine, a project funded during the Johnson administration to introduce chamber music to school children. The wind quintet I played in performed over two hundred concerts a year. As we approach our 50th high school reunion I am reminded once again of the debt of gratitude I owe to all the faculty of Ithaca High School and most especially to Mr.Frank Battisti, Mr. Vito Mason and Miss S.Carolyn Marsh for their devotion to my musical education. I like to think I've done them proud.
Nan Chatfield (Cavenaugh)
February 11, 1944 Harrisburg PA Retired Outreach Librarian Married 2 Fall Creek Elementary Boynton Boynton Attended Cornell for both BA in English and Masters of Arts In Teaching degrees.Ithaca remains a magic place to visit even when the last member of the older generation has died.
I married and taught high school in New York State, Maryland and Virginia.I have been married for 45 years, have two sons David and Rob and 4 year old grand-twins.Since moving to Harrisburg in the mid 1970's, I have helped to start a Literacy Council, volunteered for public libraries and worked in outreach.I read mysteries and help select the title for our regional reading program, One Book, One Community.
July 22, 1943 McLean VA Retired Married 2 Fall Creek and Belle Sherman Boynton Boynton While I was at Cornell I sang with the Cornell Glee Club. During my senior year in 1966, the Glee club was invited to tour Asia by the State Department and everyone who participated took a semester's leave of absence. Of the 40 singers, eight were IHS alumni and graduates of Vito Mason's choirs: Chris and George Anagnost, Tom Cullen, Art Neal, Adam Perl, Mel Richards, John Short and myself. I knew nothing about Asia at the time, but the trip sparked an interest and attachment that has remained with me.
When I graduated in 1967 with little idea of what to do next, Mrs Hill of the Ithaca Draftboard called me in to tell me that unless I went to graduate school or joined the Peace Corps she would have to draft me. For reasons that are still not entirely clear I chose to enlist in the Army and ended up in Vietnam as an Intelligence Officer in 1969 and 1970.
Following my military commitment, I was discharged from the Army in Saigon and spent the following year wandering South and Southeast Asia, a wonderfully free time. I even ran into Susan Blair Jenny at a street market in Kathmandu, Nepal.
When I returned to the US, I studied Chinese at Cornell and received a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies from American University in Washington (Vito Mason was choral director at American during this time and I sang with his choir for the time I was there). I worked at the Library of Congress for 12 years as a Southeast Asia specialist, and then moved to the Defense Department where I worked on the issue of resolving the cases of the missing from the Vietnam War for 20 years before retiring in 2009.
In 1976 I married Gay Gibson, a Theatre PhD from Cornell who now teaches at Georgetown. We have two children, born in the mid-80s: a son, Gibson who is a PhD candidate in Theatre History at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a daughter, Anna who is a 3rd year law student at George Washington University in Washington. Gibson married in 2009, and my daughter-in-law Jessica is also a student at the University of Washington, working on a Masters in Museum Studies.
I still sing whenever I can. Most recently, I did a solo all-Sondheim program as part of a local recital series and had a chance to sing Beethoven's Ninth with the Choral Arts Society of Washington for Christopf Eschenbach's debut with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.
I deeply appreciate the dedication of all who have worked so hard to put this 50-year reunion together, and am especially grateful to George and Loulie for making me promise to provide this profile.
Ron passed away on September 25, 2018. To read his obituary, click Here.