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Class Yearbook -online
Courtesy of Ray Richardson
Where's our class tree?
Phylis Simione Williams,
Cythia Jobling, Ron Horseman
pose as tree branches. Photo courtesy of Gretchen
Gravell Broadwater hopes to get together with Lincoln Hohler, the current
principal, to help locate our tree. Joe Cloud, Jr. elicits assistance of
Bob Hamilton, Class of '58, to find our tree markers.
Read more on our Blog.
Steve Caney and Fred Kagel
Mini-reunion February 2012
Steve's 15 minute stop-by visit of Fred turned into a
2-1/2 hr epoch storytelling of Steve's life journeys. Steve spends considerable
time now in France, was visiting a friend in Roosevelt NJ, called upon Fred in
Freehold before heading towards former abode near Princeton and eventually back
to his farmhouse in New Hampshire. Steve is well and asked about fellow
classmates. Fred just happened to be home instead of at his usual TV Production
Class for Seniors. Fred welcomed the surprise visit.
Libbie Sommers Soffer Mixed Media Installation
Libbie's art 'installations' were chosen to be part of
FIBERPHILADELPHIA 2012, a biennial showing of new fiber art forms throughout
the city and suburbs. For exhibition schedule,
Howard Hudson, wife Patricia
with Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson
Howard sponsors an annual lecture series at the
University of Delaware in tribute to a favorite professor and mentor from his
undergraduate days as a biology major. This year's lecture featured renown
fossil hunter, Donald Johanson, founding director of the Institute of Human
Origins at Arizona State University. "We are united by our past. Today, we are
globally a common species," according to Johanson.
---University of Delaware Messenger
Jack, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
Rochester, began serving June 2010 as interim president of Colgate Rochester
Crozier Divinity School. --- University of Delaware Messenger
Jürgen Thewes sends his annual Happy
Thanksgiving wishes to all and he sure knows how to
have fun. Read about all of his travels on our
Thewes Celebrates 7-0!
Jürgen writes, "This year's highlight was my 70th birthday.
Edeltraud gave me a surprise party with 40 of my friends. My friends gave
me money for a special trip of our choice." He and Edeltraud chose a
bittersweet revisit to where Edeltraud grew up, in former Breslau (Polish:
Wroclaw) in Silesia, which had been a German province until the end of
Ellen Levy Koenig Given Honor
Ellen was named Woman of the Year in Science and given a
medal. Ellen felt good that the Dominican Republic recognized the work she
was doing there.
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Lots of happy and smiling faces!
Photos by Ray Richardson, slideshow edited and produced by Fred Kagel
After two months, still
great memories of a wonderful weekend from Barbara "Bobbi" Silver Cohn
Bobbi Silver Cohn's photos edited by Fred Kagel --->
Vents? in video are not vents. See Paul Simpson's clarification --->
about how Paul knew that 'they' were not vents --->
Peter and Jane Mercer's photo contributions ---> Photos
P.S. Greasers (1961)
courtesy of Ray Richardson --->
Dear Classmates from Juergen Thewes and other comments on our memorable 50th Reunion --->
1939 to 1959 to 2009 ... Joe Cloud,
Jr. and his mother ... The P.S. Tradition Continues --->
Slide shows from Joe Cloud Jr., Pat
Hoffman Hostetler, and Charlie Allen capturing the wonderful
from the informal gathering Friday night and Saturday tour --->
Great videos of
Ceci Shames Ufberg's spontaneous Boboski
and Marlene Taub Reinschmidt's imaginary rope climb--->
Renovation and History of P.S., plus
1950 Thanksgiving Day W.H.S vs. P.S. Football Game --->
More historical and architectural restoration pictures and articles of P.S
Excellent "Where in Wilmington Series?" - Rich Neumann --->
Lost Yearbook CD Replacement Offer by Rose Culver, Class of
Email for further information
♪Hail To Thee♪
Arranged by June Stringer Rietdorf
Played by Judy Kagel
Oh, Alma Mater,
To thee we raise our song.
Thy loyal sons and daughters
Are valiant, true and strong.
Blue and Gray, we honor thee;
Oh, lead us on today.
Hail, duPont High School,
Lead us on to victory!
Chorus: Hail, Alma Mater,
Royal Blue and Gray.
Hail, duPont High School,
Thy Spirit lives for aye.
May thy children e'er be loyal,
Thy glory never fail!
Hail, duPont High School,
Alma Mater, hail!
WHAT A GREAT REUNION!
Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2009
P.S. duPont High School
Class of 1959
Photo by Ray Richardson Photography, one of our classmates, Class of '59
Reunion Booklet has typo
Carson Dempsey, our booklet printer, provided us with 125 corrected front
covers of the reunion booklet.
They are side punched so our classmates can take it to a Kinko’s or
wherever and have the new cover put on.
The same error was repeated from the 45th Reunion Booklet cover. Amazing
that no one caught it for five years or it says something about our
Stay tuned for details.
As time marches on for all of us, this weekend
organized to see "old" friends and to renew relationships
that have been special to all of us over the years.
Photos provided by Charlie Allen (left) and Harold Meyers
Slideshows by Fred Kagel
To view stills and control the speed of Charlie's slideshow, go here:
Photos and slideshow#5
To view stills and control speed of Harold's
slideshow, go here:
Photos and slideshow#6
Saturday, Nov 7, 10 am - Tour
of our beloved and remodeled Alma Mater
Enthusiastically guided by Lincoln Hohler, Principal
Sub and Coke Lunch in Cafeteria
Mr. Hohler's Movie, "P.S. duPont Through the
Decades... The Tradition Continues" can be found on your commemorative DVD
or online by clicking here:
The P.S. Tradition
Saturday, Nov 7, 6 pm -
Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvre and
Harry's Savoy Grill, 2020 Naamans Rd, Wilmington
7 pm - Remembering David Reed - Bishop
Introduction of Reunion Committee Memoriam to Fellow Classmates
Invocation - Reverend Doug Watson
Buffet dinner, conversations, music,
Class picture by Dick Dubroff, Final Focus -
$12 a copy
Special DVD "Remember?" Presentation by Fred
$15 for high resolution copy
(Part 1 and Part 2 low resolution previews here)
The last 50 years replayed in 15 minutes: The 1950s, Old Wilmington, the
music, the Clarion, Graduation Day, the Senior Prom, Guess the Baby
pictures, Most Likelys, and especially, the Friendships we had back then
and continue to have to this day'
Each classmate received a copy of the DVD, which also includes: Delaware
Historical Society Presentation, Mr. Hohler's "P.S. Through the
Decades... the Tradition Continues," and the Restoration of P.S.
Any technical difficulties with the DVD, click here -->
Short-short stories and jokes by Mr. P.S. Jr
- Joe Cloud, Jr. Explanation of Commemorative Stamps - Keith Marsh
Painted Duck Auction
More conversations and memories all weekend!
After-after dinner party at Hollywood Grill
(old Howard Johnson)
Classmates Attended Reunion - Wow!
We have smashed the attendance of our 45th
Reunion. A total of 164 classmates, spouses, significant others, children
of classmates, and Ein Lieblingslehrer Trudy Gilgenast attended the reunion and reminisced with many old friends.
Go to Class News to find out who still has that class
P.S. duPont Class of '59 Blog
What is a blog?
A blog is a collective diary of our memories of Old Wilmington, the 1950s, our
days at P.S. duPont High School, and our lives the past 50 years. The blog is
also an opportunity to express our thoughts and wishes for the upcoming 50th
Reunion. For now, anyone can write comments. Friends and 'rivals' of PS are
welcomed to post comments as well. If you wish to post pictures,
videos, and music, contact me:
email@example.com and I will promote you as an 'Author' so you can start
Trivia Test#1 got 42 responses and click here for the
was just a warm-up to get that
gray matter working again. Here is Trivia Test #2, again just 10 questions, and
should take no more than 2 minutes. Click
here to take the test or click on the Trivia button at the top.
FINAL BUDGET RETURNS DUE AS MEMORY DUST OF THE REUNION SETTLES
Expenses for the Reunion exceeded the cost of the
dinner alone. Our expenses (outside the cost of
the buffet) are in the neighborhood of $1500, included: Hors
d'oeuvres, printing the commemorative reunion and ad booklet, room rental,
bartender, commemorative giveaways, decorations, postage, etc. Standby
for an update if additional funds are needed.
1939 to 1959 to 2009 ...
Joe Cloud, Jr. and The P.S. duPont Tradition Continues
mother, Elizabeth "Betty" T. Cloud, graduated from P.S. in 1939. She died on 9/9/09. Joe found a P.S.
Dynamiter button in her things while in the process of cleaning out her
house after 40 years. Joe wore the button at the reunion, passing on the
tradition from his mother. At the 45th Reunion, Joe wore a P.S. Letter
Reunion Committee: back row Ron Shelly, John Savage, Bob Rickards, Joe Cloud,
Jr.; front row Marlene Taub Reinschmidt, Naomi Blam Clark, Phylis Simione
Williams, Betty Cox Talley, Keith Marsh, Gretchen Gravell
Broadwater, Fred Kagel, and Don Goldstein
Betty Belden Iwan, whose invaluable computer skills came to a last minute
rescue, was omitted from the group picture.
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