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News Received in 2000: (Click here for 1999 news)
Listed alphabetically.

Mini Reunion—Camp Avenue Elementary School, Class of '50
A mini reunion 50th reunion of Camp Avenue classmates got together in the summer of 2000 for dinner in Lindenhurst. Joan Dodd Haffner, Flo Wright, Raleigh Jones, Pete Gaidon, Red Raynor and Bill Wood had a jolly old time. Flo sent us a few photos that you can view by clicking here.

November 27: A glorious Millenium All-District Choir Concert was held on Saturday night, November 25, 2000. Former Choir members from Mepham, Calhoun and Kennedy joined together for a memorable nostalgic evening of song, with classmates traveling from as far as Japan. Former Choir Directors, Talbot Thayer (Calhoun) and Dr. Ted Snyder (Mepham) brought the house down with rousing numbers from both the past and the present — Ride the Chariot, Hallelujah, and Silent Night. Just Glorious!!!!

Jean Ahlers — Jean recently had a mini reunion with Suzanne Gustafon and husband Paul Hennessey and shares a photo with us >> Click here. They maintain contact with Ellie Lipetri, Audrey Wildner Sears and Molly and Lance Blackshaw, as well.

John Bloore — (Sterling, VA). I am fast approaching the end of my second year full-time marketing EW (Electronic Warfare) products worldwide for Comptek Amherst Systems, Inc., which is headquartered in Buffalo, NY. The company has been acquired twice since I joined them, and we will shortly be a part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. It's still fun, so I'll probably stay at least until next year; then we'll just have to see. Betty's floral design business is booming, and I just might have to quit traveling all over the world to stay home and help her with her bridal flower business.

Elaine Ferber Feldman — Elaine recently e-mailed us to say that she speaks with and sees regularly classmates Eileen Freidberg Ginberg, Phyllis Fishman Decker and Barbara Rothman Rosenberg. She can't believe we're ready for retirement. Neither can I!

Al Frankel — Al attended Lehigh, moved south, got his pilot's license and flew with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Served as an officer in the Army and received a B.A. from U. of Tampa and M.A. from U. of South Florida. He has worked with the U.S. Justice Dept. Hobbies include flying in WW II aircraft, restoring antique autos, flying with the C.A.P. and working part time as a private detective. Click on the thumbnail photo for larger picture.

Bob Jaeger — Bob has retired from IBM after 33.5 years and presently works for a large bank. He has lived in Colorado, Massachusetts and Maine since graduation from Mepham, and now lives in Wantagh.

J. Mark Mobius — Associated with Franklin-Templeton Funds. You may have caught a glimpse of him on TV ads, particularly around news programs.

Russ Osterman — Russ has been married for 37 years to Sandy; two grown children, one grandchild, (one on the way). Lived in Chicago suburbs for many years and now resides in Santa Fe. Attended Lehigh and Adelphi, with advanced work at Northwestern and Harvard. Travels quite a bit for his business (plastics distribution). Lots of adventure travel, too (China, Nepal, Europe, South America, New Zealand); most recently to the Dolomites, Italy.Climbed Kilimanjaro in '96 (even with an old knee injury from high school football!)


News Received 1999

Ernest Schneider, former Social Studies teacher and guidance counselor for 50 years in our district, passed away on September 12, 1999, at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola after a long illness. He was 85. Many might remember his family grocery store business in Bellmore (Schneider & Sons). Mr. Schneider was also a member of the Bellmore Fire Department, the Knights of Columbus and active with St. Barnabas Church. Many might not know that Mepham is built on land purchased from the Schneider family. More tributes are included on the Mepham Alumni Web site: including some from Roger Mansell, Class of '53 — http://www.mepham.org/eschneider.html

Dick and Joan Harwood Beckmann(Southold, NY). WarrenWissemann put in a call to Dick and Joan to ask about the tornado that hit the eastern end of Long Island last year. They're happy to report that it didn't hit their area of Southold. A large tree at a beach down the street fell but Joan said that it was diseased. Some damage in Mattituck but, again, it was selective and only hit a few areas.

Sieglinde Dieken Matura — (Kemptville, Ontario, Canada) tells us that she and several classmates had a "mini-reunion" in June of '99 in upstate NY. She and Audrey Wildner Sears were heading for a 40th reunion at Cornell and visited with Jean Ahlers Witzel, Molly and Lance Blackshaw, and Ellie LiPetri Boyer. Still keeps in contact with Jerry Manne and sees Chike Dyott in CA while visiting her second son and family in Redondo Beach. Click here for a reunion pic taken in 2001.

Toni Elling and daughter Liz have been recently featured on the back cover of the August '99 issue of Fine Cooking magazine, demonstrating the fine art of crystallizing flowers. Toni travelled to Taunton Press headquarters in Connecticut for the photoshoot and demonstration of the intricate technique involved with candying various edible flowers. They look terrific on wedding cakes and were spectacular on the cake of Carol O'Keefe House's daughter, Laura, several years ago. She has launched a new web site: www.candied flowers. com. in conjunction with her company Meadowsweets and has appeared on Martha Stewart's television show; her flower products have appeared in many magazines, including Martha Stewart Living, Gardens Illustrated, and on the covers of Gourmet and the William Sonoma catalog. She likes cats, too.

Fred Quaderer's dad passed away on August 10, 1999. He was the sweetest and nicest person. He had retired to Florida and then moved back to his son's house a few years back. He will be missed and always remembered.

Mini Reunion of Class Co-Representative Carolyn Summers Herrera, Flo Wright and Joan Dodd Haffner. Carolyn and husband Chris came up to Long Island from Florida for a visit in June of '99 in their recreational vehicle (pulling their car, too!) and got together with Flo and Joan for a laugh-filled luncheon in Merrick. Carolyn and Chris are great camping enthusiasts and travel quite a bit throughout the Eastern seaboard, so we'll see them again soon!

Doris Wupper Robinson's mother (Anne) passed away on Friday, August 20, 1999 in Florida. Many of you will remember their business, Wupper Flowers & Beverages, on the corner of Sunrise Highway and Newbridge Road, which they owned for forty years. Viewing was Tuesday, August 24 at Bartholomew Funeral Home in Bellmore.


News Received Pre-1999:

James (Jim) Beck — (Pompano Beach, FL and Paris, France). Following graduation, Jim started his career as a drummer with various bands in the NY area. In 1956, he was invited to Monaco to play at the wedding of Prince Rainer and Grace Kelly, which marked a turning point in his career. Jim lives in Florida and France part of the year. "Great to see Lansing Blackshaw received a Who's Who award. We first became friends in third grade in Sayville."

Heather Brayshaw Senft — (Lake Suzy, FL). Was married on October 4, 1997 to Joseph E. Senft. He's from New Jersey, and they recently built a new home on Lake Suzy.

Alis Beales McGrath — (Fairfield, CT). Spent part of the summer of ’98 with Audubon Ecological travel — climbing thousands of feet in the Alpi Apuane in central Italy and then hiking across the fertile plains through picturesque hill towns of Tuscany to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Wine, gelati, and olive oil consumption definitely increased!

Edwin Cook — (Huddleston, VA). Ted retired in 1995 as an Engineering Manager for NYNEX and is currently remodeling his house on Smith Mountain Lake with wife Maureen, a Mepham ’61 graduate.

Chike Dyott — (Downey, CA). Tells us he has a chronic "work project" obsession, fills in the spots between 200+ softball games and two expeditions to Ecuador per year. Latter will be on an upcoming New Explorer series on the A & E channel. Also been on an expeditionin recent years to Antarctica. (Click on thumbnail photo to see more pics.)

Ken Fisher — (Sebring, FL). Ken and wife Maggie have become snowbirds in April. They've bought a cabin in the woods west of Greencastle, Indiana. Son Mike was married in May. He and wife Nichole reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Charlie Frank — (East Windsor, NJ). Charlie is a broker sales associate with Fox & Roach Realtors in Hamilton Square, NJ, and is a member of the New Jersey Million Dollar Sales Club. His web site is: www.charliefrank.com.

Frank Gobetz — (South Windsor, CT). Frank retired from United Technologies in 1994 after 35 years in aerospace research. He spends his retired time working for Habitat for Humanity, reading, greenhouse gardening, and enjoying his Maine vacation home with wife Pam.

Al Haggerty — (Town & County, MO). Al and wife Iris attended his 40th class reunion at Princeton last June. He majored in aeronautical engineering, spent three years in the Navy, and received a masters degree at RPI. He is presently Vice President of Engineering for Boeing's Defense Products and lives in St. Louis. Just recently was the recipient of the Society of Aerospace Engineers 1998 Kelly Johnson Aerospace Design & Development Award, which is named for the famous designer of the U-2, SR-71 "Blackbird" and the F-117 Stealth fighter.

George Hopper — George passed away on April 11 in Amsterdam, New york after a long battle with cancer. His wife passed away in 1997, and he is survived by eight children, two brothers and three grandchildren.

Skip Jaehne — (Venice, Fl). Skip is a financial planner, licensed securities broker, insurance agent and mortgage broker, with his own business (Jaehne Financial, Inc.). Before that he was with Prudential Securities, Merrill Lynch, and Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Married to Maria, he has three children and three grandchildren. Interests: tennis, golf, cycling, skiing and the grandkids!

Elizabeth Lacza Raymond — (Wayne, PA). Betty and Bill were married at West Point in June of 1960. They have three childrena and five grandchildren; ages 14 down to 5.

Janet Magnus Bailey and husband Ted — Windham, ME) celebrated their forty-fourth anniversary this past January. Congrats!

Robert Meurn — (Plainview, NY). Professor of Nautical Science at the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Master Mariner, retired Captain U. S. Naval Reserve. Author of three books: Marine Cargo Operations, Watchstanding Guide for the Merchant Office and Survival Guide for the Mariner. Married to Christine for twenty-one years. One son and two daughters.

J. Mark Mobius — (Singapore). With Franklin-Templeton investments.

Harvey Poppel — (Tiburon, CA and Palm Beach, FL). Harvey has retired after 12 years as Managing Director at Broadview Associates (a leading information technologies mergers and acquisitions firm). Previously he had spent 18 years at Booz Allen, leaving as a senior vice president. He enjoys spending time managing his investments, sports and nurturing his grandchildren. He'll be celebrating his 40th anniversary January 2, 1999.

Rosemary Santonicola Henry (Daly City, CA) — Married with two step-daughters. After fifteen years of teaching secondary school (social sciences, English and French), she began a career in real estate.

Arthur Tauber (New Rochelle, NY) Arthur is the proprietor of Avanti logoAvanti, the world's largest embellished towel company, whose customers include such retailers as Blomingdales, Saks and Neiman Marcus.Wife Sandy '55 is the design director and vice chairman. One of their sons is involved with their business, while another has become well known in his field on the Internet — he started the first major department store on the web: CyberShop on AOL.

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