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Robert E. Peary High School - Rockville, MD
Montgomery County Public Schools - 1960-1984
The website for Peary Student & Staff Alumni
Maintained by Bob Lau (1976)

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There's a lot of stuff on this site - use the links above to go to other areas or scroll down this page for other links,
including reunion info and "sad news" items.  Please report any Site Search problems to Jim Hardman.

Note that you may update your information through the MSO update forms.  The information is
sent to your respective online class coordinators to update class records (especially so your class
has a valid e-mail address for you).  The MSO celebrates 18 years of service this year!

HONORABLE MENTION to Janice Bradshaw Bausch '72, Janice Pomerantz '71, Sharon Leach '82,
Stephen O'Brien '67, Dick Prescott '76, Bill Loewy '78, Steve Steinberg '83, Donna Warfield '74,
Mabel Lee '71, Mickey Tevelow '71, Lee Annis '74, Ron Bostwick '77, Bert Fingerman '76,
Mary Ann Naples Vann '78 and Jamie Vann '75, Lisa Huntington '75, Jeanne Yost '77,
Susan Cruzan Cohen '70, Paul Tangredi '73, Dick Thompson '76, and Richard Robbins '71
for their  generous, continued support of MSO!  For a complete list of donors, Click Here
To make a donation now, scroll down a little on this page to the "Donate" button.....

Happy Birthday to Coach Paul Hassler (Staff) who turned 69 years young March 21, 2014!

We sad to tell you that Ulyssia E. Williams, the wife of Cedric Williams (1977), passed away on
February 28, 2014.  The funeral was held on Friday March 7 at New Antioch Baptist Church in Baltimore.
There is an obituary and guest book available online - CLICK HERE

ANDREW WILLIAM "ANDY" ROBERTS (1925 - 2014) - Staff / Social Studies Department
Mr. Roberts passed away on March 7, 2014.
Thank you to his daughter Patti Roberts Aldgridge for letting Peary alumni know.


2014 Reunions/Events

Peary Golf Outing - Friday April 25- 9am
Needwood Golf Course

$85 per person. Lunch at noon tee off at 1:03. Create your own foursome
or solo.  Beer from lunch to the 17 hole.  Feel free to invite people
from Peary who I do not have on the list.  I will need your check by
April 13 payable to "Needwood Golf Course" to secure a spot.
Should you have a foursome please send me all four names in your group.
Please respond if you are interested so we can get a number for the golf course.  Contact DENNIS CYR ('84) on Facebook.

Class of 1964 - No known plans

Class of 1969 - No known plans

Class of 1974
Manor Country Club - July 26, 2014
Golfing the day before the reunion.
Visit for all the latest details!

Class of 1979 - No known plans

Class of 1984
Nottingham's, Columbia, MD - June 28, 2014


Thank you for your support!

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 (That is, we are no longer using the merchant service you were familiar with in the past.)

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With appreciation as we near 18 years of the MSO, Bob Lau, Webmaster - MSO

Purchases of items from also support MSO:

Thanks to Stuart Goldman (1981) for maintaining the PearyGear service!
Peary seal/logo and husky shirts, outerwear, mugs, hats, stickers, buttons, and more!
These make wonderful gifts for Peary alumni.

Here is a nice article that includes VINCENT GIBBS from the Washington Post in 2011
Christmas Never Ends at the Christmas Attic

Here is the link to a reading of the novella
"Of Mice and Men" performed by Vincent Gibbs
from Will Loving aka Bill McNaughton ('74)




2013 Reunions/Events

That's all for 2013 folks....!

3rd Annual John Cino Golf Tournament DONE!
October 10, 2013 - Whiskey Creek Golf Club

Class of 1978 - 35-year reunion - October 11, 2013 - DONE!
Golden Bull Grande Café Ball Room - Gaithersburg

Fourth Annual Andrew Illig Memorial Golf Tournament - DONE!
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Little Bennett Golf Course
Contact Jim Cyr on Facebook.

PEARYMANIA 2013 - Ocean City, MD - September 27-28, 2013
Friday night at Jive - Saturday at Fager's Island and The Clarion

Class of 1976 - 4th Annual Get-together
at Mary's September 14, 2013 -- DONE!
With the Beadle Buds!

St. Jude's Alumni and ALL - Happy Hour
September 13th at Clyde's - Wooten Pkwy -- DONE!

The 2nd Annual St. Jude's Alumni Dance
Open to all SJS Classes/Alumni/Friends/Neighbors
September 14, 2013 - DONE!

CLICK HERE for the details!

2nd Annual Wrestling Get-Together
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - DONE!
Marina's Rock On Pub, Blades, Delaware
(Joey Saylor's place)

Class of 1973 - 40-Year Reunion - June 22, 2013 - DONE!
Hilton Garden Inn Rockville
Visit the 1973 website at


Class of 1983 - 30-Year Reunion - August 10, 2013 - DONE!
Visit the event page - CLICK HERE

Bucket List Party - Seacrets - Ocean City, MD - DONE!
June 29, 2013
To benefit The Make-a-Wish Foundation
Organizers: John Husband and Jeff Ulisney

Ron Bostwick ('77) organized a group of PHS/MD-ers
to catch the Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies
game on June 12, 2013.  Thanks, Ron!!


2012 Reunions/Events


Class of 1972: October 12-14, 2012 - DONE!
Click Here for Details!

Class of 1982: October 12-14, 2012 - DONE!
Click Here!

Class of 1977: October 6, 2012 - DONE!
Gaithersburg, MD - Click Here for Details!

PEARYMANIA XI - September 28-30, 2012 - DONE!
Contact organizer Kathleen Niepsey '68 (via Facebook)
for all the details and photos from the event!

Third Annual Andrew Illig Memorial Golf Tournament
September 29 at Little Bennet - DONE!
Thanks to Jim Cyr for organizing!

The 2nd Annual John Cino Golf Tournament|
Whisky Creek - September 17th, 2012 - DONE!
Thank you to Dina Sautman Piccioni for organizing this!

Class of 1976 - 3rd Annual Party at Mary Gilmartin's
Sept. 8, 2012 - DONE!  See photos on Facebook.

Peary Wrestling Reunion
August 18, 2012 - DONE!
Marina's Restaurant & Bar (Hal & Joe Saylor's Place, Blades, DE)
Check "Peary Wrestling Reunion" on Facebook for details.
See the pre-reunion Gazette Newspaper article - Click Here

Summer Ride: Saturday, August 18, 2012 - DONE!
From Sam Clatterbuck (1982).... From
the 7-11 in MT Airy to the Red Eye Dock Bar

Class of 1969 - DONE!
Cugini's in Poolesville, MD
August 25, 2012.  See the "Peary 69"
group on Facebook for some photos.

Class of 1967 45-Year Reunion -- CANCELLED

Mark your calendars: June 1-3, 2012
National Harbor - Oxon Hill, Maryland
Judy Barbee Harris for more info

2011 Reunions/Events

Class of '66 Reunion - No known event was held
Class of '71 Reunion - July 23, 2011 - DONE!
Class of '76 Reunion - August 12-13, 2011 - DONE!
Class of '79 Turns 50! July 16, 2011 - DONE!
All-Classes - Clyde's - November 4, 2011 - DONE!
Class of '81 Reunion - November 12, 2011 - DONE!

Ocean City - September 30 - October 2, 2011 - DONE!


Peary Building Sold
Click Here for the 11/30/2010 Washington Post article


STAN BOSTWICK ('70) lost his short, quick battle with lung cancer the morning of
Sunday, December 1, 2013 at his home in Santa Ana, CA. Along with his siblings
(Pagan, Mick '71 & Ron '77) he leaves his children (Justin & Brianna), his wife Rena,
his former wife & Justin & Brianna's mother Margaret & his first wife Nancy. His life was
celebrated with a gathering in Orange, CA on Friday, December 13.

We are saddened to let you know that PATTY BAKER ELLISON (1975)
passed away on September 5, 2013 from complications due to stroke.

We're sorry to inform you that JOHN PETER MAKTOS, Class of 1965, passed away from
cancer on August 21, 2013.  The funeral was held on August 29th Turf Valley Country Club.
[Thank you to John's sister, Lisa Purifoy, for letting fellow alumni know.]

Peary Mom: LOIS S. SOPER "Pat"
On Saturday, June 1, 2013. The beloved wife of the late William L. Soper; mother of Bonnie (Phillip) Gillum,
Dawn Ashworth ('67) and Dayna (David) Zeigler ('71).  Friends attended Lois' Life Celebration in Edgewater, MD
on June 10, 2013 where funeral service was held on June 11,2013.  Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society , 1041 MD Rte. 3 North, Gambrills, MD 21054.
Online guestbook and arrangements, Click Here
[Thank you to Jeffrey A. Stewart ('69) for letting us know]

CARROLL ANN MAZUROWSKI (1966) passed away on Sat. June 1, 2013.
Friends were received Thurs. 6/6 at Hines-Rinaldi. Mass was held Fri. 6/7 at St. John the Baptist, Silver Spring.
Interment private.  To leave a condolence, Click Here
[Thank you to Beth Leimbach Swanson ('66) for letting us know]

We're sad to inform you that WANDA PATTERSON (1982) passed away April 19, 2013.

TIM RILEY ('71) passed away on March 11, 2013 with his best friend and wife,
Barb Dentz Riley ('71), by his side.  There is obituary page and guest book online,
please Click Here
Rest in Peace, Timmy.

We're also sad to inform you that JOHN LEWIS, Vice Principal,
died on Sunday, March 10, 2013.  He was 89 years old.

Of Myrtle Beach, SC died January 29, 2013 in Tulsa, OK of cancer.
(Thank you to Annette Sherman Newell for letting us know.)

We're sad to inform you that Denby S. Zimmerman passed away Monday July 9th, 2012
2 weeks after her 90th birthday.  She was born June 24, 1922.  A graveside service and
inurnment was held on July 18th at Parklawn Memorial Park.
See the obituary. Thank you to Joyce Burlas for letting us know of this sad news.

Ed Burlas, Teacher/Coach/AD (1960-1984), passed away Thursday March 22, 2012 at 1:25pm
at Casey House Hospice.  Mr. Burlas was diagnosed with late-stage cancer 2 months prior and
opted for hospice care.  From his wife, Joyce: "It was a very calm and peaceful death with his
family by his side.  We are all grateful he is no longer in pain and is at peace with the Lord, and
I am thankful for the 53 years we shared together.
"  Funeral arrangements were handled by Collins
with viewings on March 25th.   Funeral mass at St. Peter's in Olney was March 26th with burial
at Gate of Heaven cemetery.

Steve Glasser (1975) passed away October 10, 2010.
There is an obituary and guest book online.  Click Here.
[Thank you to Rob Loewy (1975) for letting MSO know so we could post this.]

Ken Zuerlein, father of Rick Zuerlein (1976), passed away September 27, 2010 following
a long bout with Alzheimer's Disease.  He is survived by Rick, his only child.  Rick's mother
passed away in 1999.  Services were held October 11th at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 12701
Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville, MD 20853.  Interment followed the church service at Gate of Heaven
Cemetery.  Rick is asking that any donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association,

We're sad to inform you that JAY S. HEPNER (1975) of Gaithersburg died on Sunday, September 26,
2010. Father of Shayna Mechia; son of Rita and the late Gerhardt "Jerry" Hepner; brother of Shoshana
Brounstein and Allen (Donna) Hepner; uncle of Brandon Hepner; nephew of Sandy and Iris Meiseles; loving
companion of Barbara Reed Martin. Graveside funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010,
at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Kimmel
Comprehensive Cancer Center in Jay's memory. There is an online obituary and guest book, Click Here.
[Thank you to Caroline Dennis Kelly (1977) and J Stanton Boteler (staff) for letting us know]

We're sad to let you know that HOMER "DENNY" DENNEWITZ (1966) passed away Monday
Sept. 20th. Denny had gotten bi-lateral pneumonia in March and had a long and hard recovery. He still
couldn't seem to shake it and it eventually took his life.  From his wife, Donna: "Dear Friends, In response
to many requests, I wanted to let you know that arrangements have been finalized. Inurnment services [were]
held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel in Silver Spring, MD at 10:00 am on Sat., Oct. 9, 2010.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, in the Safari Lodge, at 6:00 pm on Mon.,
Nov. 1, 2010. We've requested memorials be made in his name (Homer Dennewitz) to the Tampa Lowry
Park Zoo, Animal Enrichment Program. Take care of yourselves, Donna"
[Thank you to Gale Senseman Privette and Jim Privette, both 1966, for this information.
Contact Gale if you wish to mail a condolence to Denny's wife]

GET WELL SOON!: Coach Cino (Staff 1968-1981) - Updated 2/6/10
John Cino was released from the hospital on January 13.  "Coach" had been admitted to ICU
at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney due to another infection (bone). He is now at the
Holy Cross Rehab Center on Greencastle Road in Burtonsville.

TIMELINE: John "Coach" Cino had been in ICU since early September 2009. He was on life
support in mid-October and they performed one more procedure to try and strengthen his heart.
You will be glad to know that your prayers helped!  He has so many people that went to Peary
that he loved so much.  Mr. Cino had surgery on Monday 10/26 and 95% of blockage in
his left main artery was removed.  He still has a long road ahead of him but this was a huge
hurdle to overcome.  Coach also underwent vascular surgery November 3rd and now has
circulation in his right leg.  He is also now breathing on his own.  Coach Cino was released
from the hospital November 17, 2009 to the Layhill Center in Silver Spring for rehab.  "He is in
great spirits and working hard so he can get out and be with [our] mom! It'll be a while still
but he's really determined!"

His family thanks all of you for your prayers and for the e-mails and said
"We know he's the best. It's just great to know so many people care so much!"
Contacts: Daughter Joyce Cino Gloeckler (1981) and John Cino Jr. (1983)

- Information provided by the Cino family and Joe Piccioni (1975) -

Photo Laurie DeWitt/The Gazette

Bob Clarke (Staff) and the new
National Capitol Trolley Museum
in The Gazette --
Full Story

Thanks to Karla Berg Walker (1972)
for pointing this out to us!



Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lau
St. Lucia, September 19, 2007
For all the wedding photos, Click Here.

Photo Left: Many of you who were at the surprise party for MSO April 2006  found out then.... that I've been "tied-up" planning my wedding (link to wedding announcement in the Gazette - about time to finally marry... never too late at age 48 huh?) September 19, 2007 in St. Lucia, West Indies.

We had a baby girl, Leah Kalena Joy Lau on July 2, 2008 - 6 lbs. 13 oz. - 19.5 inches... first child for me!  Yikes.  It's wonderful!  Wow.

Bob Lau (1976), MSO Webmaster

Leah at 6 months


Mr. & Mrs. Warrick Hill
celebrated their Golden
Wedding Anniversary in 2006 --
Click Here


Cindee Steadman (1974) married!  Congrats!!

2009's reunions and events!

Peary Night Out - Bar Night!
Saturday, December 26 - DONE!
Old Bowie Town Grille - Bob Thompson '80, owner

1979 - November 7, 2009 - Holiday Inn G'burg - DONE!

All-class Happy Hour - From Kevin Brooks (1976):
Clyde's ("The Lodge" - Wooten Pkwy, Rockville)
Saturday October 17th - DONE!

1974 - October 3, 2009 - Crown Plaza Rockville - DONE!
Photos Posted

Pearymania VIII - Ocean City - DONE!
Saturday September 26, 2009
All Classes - Seacrets - All-Peary Bash - 5-8 pm

1969 - In Ocean City with Pearymania - DONE!
September 25-27, 2009 - Classes of 1966-1972 invited

1984 & 1985 - July 25, 2009 - Holiday Inn G'burg -

'76 Summer Bash/Cookout - June 27, 2009 - DONE!

All-class Happy Hour (casual) - DONE!
June 26, 2009 - Greene Turtle in Mount Airy



John Alvey (1979) (1SG ret.), on left,
continues to serve our country, now as a
contractor with his former 101st Airborne,
and again overseas, arriving for assignment
in Afghanistan.  John is pictured here with
his 82nd Airborne counterpart.

Stay safe, John.  Thank you to all of our
alumni service people, veterans and active.

Three football game reels from the Peary 1969 season are available on DVD.... Wheaton,
Kennedy, and Springbrook.  If interested in obtaining a copy and/or interested in a project
to obtain other game reels from Peary football games, contact Richard Collins (1970).
The rivals may be interested too!

Another "PHS West" get-together.... DONE!
(August 5, 2008)

Ron Bostwick (1977) purchased 25 tickets in the Rockpile section of Coors Field for the Tues, August 5th game at 7pm when the Washington Nationals took on the National League Champion Colorado Rockies!

Colorado 8, Washington 2


From the Joint 1963-1965 Reunion (2000)
Becky Hawkins Fitch ('63) and husband Lenny
More photos from this event


Reunions/Events in 2008:

PEARYMANIA VII: Ocean City - September 27, 2008 - CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS!

Class of 1968 - With Pearymania VII

Class of 1973 - October 4, 2008 - Germantown, MD

Class of 1978 - August 16, 2008
Photos at Yahoo Groups - CLICK HERE

Class of 1983 - August 2, 2008

End-of-Summer get-together at Clydes, Rockville (Tower Oaks) - Kevin Brooks and Class of '76 - ALL CLASSES INVITED Friday August 22, 2008


Classes of 1963-1965
Check back ~2010 for any 45-year
plans within the 2008-2010 timeframe.

Pearymania '09 - Ocean City - DONE!
Check the Class of 1969 Info Section for hotel options.)  All Classes - September 26th - Seacrets All-Peary Bash. 5-8 pm.  117 West 49th Street - Ocean City Maryland 21842 - 410-524-4900

1969 - In Ocean City with Pearymania
September 25-27, 2009
Classes of 1966-1972 invited

1974 - October 3, 2009 - Crown Plaza Rockville

1979 - November 7, 2009 - Holiday Inn G'burg

1984 & 1985 - July 25, 2009 - Holiday Inn G'burg


76 Summer Bash/Cookout - June 27, 2009 - DONE!

All-class Happy Hour
June 26th at the Greene Turtle in Mount Airy

The Class of 1970 30-year Reunion (2000)

From Ron Bostwick (1977): Can't decide on whether to go to your reunion or some other Peary-related activity?  Then read Craig Wilson's column from USA Today's July 16, 2003 edition - Click Here

Navy Christens USNS Robert E. Peary in San Diego
The Navy christened the USNS Robert E. Peary on Feb. 9, 2008.  For the story, Click Here

[Thanks to Bill Starks (1972), Richard Collins (1970), and Gale Senseman Privette (1966) for the heads-up!]

The perfect gifts for alumni friends
and for reunions!

Purchases of items from also support MSO!

Thank you to Stuart Goldman, Class of 1981,
for maintaining this!!

Recent sad news submissions....

JAY S. HEPNER (1975) of Gaithersburg died on Sunday, September 26,
2010. Father of Shayna Mechia; son of Rita and the late Gerhardt "Jerry" Hepner; brother of Shoshana
Brounstein and Allen (Donna) Hepner; uncle of Brandon Hepner; nephew of Sandy and Iris Meiseles; loving
companion of Barbara Reed Martin. Graveside funeral service was held on Tuesday, September 28, 2010,
at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Kimmel
Comprehensive Cancer Center in Jay's memory. There is an online obituary and guest book, Click Here.
[Thank you to Caroline Dennis Kelly (1977) and J Stanton Boteler (staff) for letting us know]

HOMER "DENNY" DENNEWITZ (1966) passed away Monday
Sept. 20, 2010. Denny had gotten bi-lateral pneumonia in March and had a long and hard recovery. He still
couldn't seem to shake it and it eventually took his life.  From his wife, Donna: "Dear Friends, In response
to many requests, I wanted to let you know that arrangements have been finalized. Inurnment services were
held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel in Silver Spring, MD on Sat., Oct. 9, 2010.  A Celebration of Life
will be held at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, in the Safari Lodge, at 6:00 pm on Mon., Nov. 1st. We've requested
memorials be made in his name (Homer Dennewitz) to the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, Animal Enrichment
Program. Take care of yourselves, Donna"
[Thank you to Gale Senseman Privette and Jim Privette, both 1966, for this information.
Contact Gale if you wish to mail a condolence to Denny's wife]

Father of Debbie (1974) and Doug, Jr. (1975)
On Saturday, January 16th Douglas Lee McFee of Lewes, DE died peacefully at his residence with
his loving wife Maryann by his side. Doug is survived by his five children, Debbie, Doug, Maureen,
Megan, & Kara.  A memorial service was held January 24th at the Parsell Funeral Home in Lewes, DE.
Entombment followed at Bethel Methodist Cemetery Lewes. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may
make a contribution to Delaware Hospice at 100 Patriots Way Milford, DE 19963 or
Heroes, Inc.1100 G Street NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005.

DOUG GRAIM (1970) our classmate and long time friend of 43+ years passed
away on Thursday, January 7, 2010. He leaves behind his loving wife Jeanne,
father Richard, brother Bruce (Magruder 73), sister-in-law Iris, and nephews
Raymond and David. The Carolina golf trips will never be the same.
See ya on the other side "G." Services to be announced.
From Matt Hauprich, Rick Bass, and Gil Wilson.

Mrs. Gladys Ricker passed away on Sunday, December 27th.  There was a viewing and funeral service at
Millian Memorial Methodist Church on December 30th, with burial at Parklawn, and then a gathering in the
fellowhip hall for friends and family.  Gladys worked in the cafeteria at Peary in the 70's and 80's.  All of
her children graduated from Peary: Patrick ('66), Colleen ('71), Rick ('74), Joe ('79), and Laura ('??)
[Thank you to Rick Green ('66) for this information]

James Marshall Keady “Jimmy” age 51, Rockville, MD, Class of 1977, passed away on
Sunday, December 6, 2009.  Cherished son of James Patrick Keady and Bobbie Keady.
Loving brother of Debbie Hiltz ('69) and her husband Don, Susan Keady-Egart ('72) and her husband Mike,
Lynne Galletti ('78) and her husband Greg. Beloved Uncle “Kool” of Jimmy Lee Keady, Tommy Hiltz,
Michael Galletti, Anthony Galletti, Hayley Egart, Joey Galletti and Katie Galletti.  A memorial service was
held on December 10th at the First Baptist Church of Gaithersburg.  There is an obituary and guest book
at Pumphrey's online - CLICK HERE  [Thank you to the Keady family, Jay Jones, and Coach Duane Black
& Jacque Black for the information about Jimmy]

Frank Duranko, Jr. (1977), husband of Charis Harper-Duranko ('78) for 25 years, passed away
on Saturday December 5th after a long battle with cancer.  A memorial service was held on December 9th
at Stauffer Funeral Home in Frederick.  There is an obituary in the Frederick News Post, and you may
send condolences to the family on the Stauffer obituary page for Frank - Click Here
[Thank you to Patti Murphy Minnick, Phil Sandoe, Matt Weiner, and Scott Adamson for this info.]

We're sad to inform you that Niki Giampietro Queen-Rhoderick (1970) passed away
from complications due to swine flu on the morning of November 2, 2009 in Hagerstown, MD.
She was surrounded by her family. She has two children, Michael and Maria and was recently
married again in June of this year to her husband, Phil Rhoderick.  She was teaching pre-k in
Washington County Schools (MD).  Her sister Barbara "Lynn" Giampietro Case (1974) is aboard MSO.
[Thanks to best friend Carmen Williams Blondheim ('70)  and co-worker Nina Kopp Metz ('75)
 for passing along this sad news to share with Peary staff and classmates.]

We're sad to inform you that Delia Nowak, mother of Mike Nowak (1975)
and Tad Nowak (1976), passed away on Tuesday September 29, 2009.
There was a memorial service held Friday, October 2nd at St. Jude Catholic Church
Burial was held the following week in Pennsylvania.  [Thank you to Greg Perkins ('76) for this info.]

Frances Estes, the mother of Linda Estes MacKay (1976), passed
away on August 21, 2009 due to complications from Alzheimer's.

Tom Bonanno (1977) passed away on Friday May 29, 2009.  Mass of Christian Burial was at
St. Patrick's Church in Rockville on Wednesday, June 3.  Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Sister, Diane, is Class of 1971.  There is a Washington Post notice and guest book
to leave condolences - Click Here

Kimberly Hartman Jolliffe (1981), passed away on May 10, 2009, from complications after brain surgery.
Kim had been fighting breast cancer that reoccurred after 4 years in remission. She is the sister of
Peary alumni: Cyndi (1976), Natalie (1978) and Rania (1982). The funeral was held in Severna Park, MD where
Kim made her home with her three children: Emilee, Sydney & Hunter. There is an online obituary and
guest book - Click Here  Thank you to Jody Rosenberg (1981), Sue Marth (1976), et al, for letting MSO know.

Doris Cyr, mother of Shawn Cyr Riggin (1975), Jay Cyr (1976, deceased),
Anne Cyr Sanders (1977), Deirdre Cyr (1979), Jim Cyr (1981), and Dennis Cyr (1984),
died on September 18, 2008 after a brief illness.  The wake was Sunday 9/21 at Parsell's Funeral
Home in Lewes, DE and Mass on Mon. Sept. 22 at St. Jude's Catholic Church on Rt. 1 in Lewes.

Sara Pizzano, mother of Neal (1976), Pam (1978), and William (1980), passed away from complications
of Alzheimer's on Saturday, May 24, 2008.  The obituary is available online -- CLICK HERE.
Visitation, followed by a funeral mass was held on May 28 at the Shrine of St. Jude.
[Thank you to the Pizzanos, David Eckstein ('76), and Joyce & Ed Burlas (Staff) for letting us know.]

Ann Fischer, mother of Harvey "Jack" (1972) and Pamela (19??), passed away on May 10, 2008.
Graveside services were held on May 12th at King David Memorial Gardens.  There is a Washington
Post/Legacy notice - CLICK HERE  [Thank you to Julie Jason Marquis (1982) for letting MSO know.]

STEVE KENNEDY (1976) passed away on April 24, 2008.  Memorial Mass
was held on May 10th at Our Lady of Grace Church in Silver Spring.
Interment Private.  There is a Washington Post/Legacy notice - CLICK HERE

TIM MORAN (1976) died as a result of injuries from a fire on May 3, 2008 at Halpine View (Twinbrook Parkway).
He is brother of 5 Peary Alumni: Colleen '72, Lisa and Lynn '78, Chuck '82, and Michele "Shelly" '84.
From Lisa re donations to HEROES. Inc.: "Our father was a firefighter for Silver Spring MD Dept. for almost
30 years, and we know Tim would have wanted this very much."  There is a Post/Legacy obituary - CLICK HERE

Mrs. "Fumi" Nishi, the mom of Linda (1972), Karen (1975), and
Alan (1976)... passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 20, 2008.
There is a Washington Post/Legacy obituary and guest book to
leave messages for the family until May 22nd --
Click Here

We're sad to inform you that DANNY PLANTE (1982) died on April 19, 2008.
He is the brother of brother of Patrick Plante (1975) and Doris Plante Casey (1977).   Viewing was April 23rd
at Pumphrey's  on Rt. 28.  Mass of Christian Burial held was on Thursday, April 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church
at 28 and 355 and Veirs Mil Road in Rockville.  Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  There is a Post/Legacy
notice and guest book to leave messages for the family until 5/21-- Click Here  Most of you know that Danny and
his business partner created the Capitol Children's Foundation - get the info for 2008's annual golf event.
  [Thank you to the Plante family; and subsequently, Denise Frank Conneen (1982), and
Andy and Ann Luksic Barlow (both 1980) for letting us know.   Posted on 4/22/08.]

"COACH" BILL WILLIAMS passed away on Wednesday, April 9th.  There
is an obituary online at the Public Opinion (Chambersburg PA), Click Here.
There will be no funeral.  However, as announced here, the family invited all to an open house April 13th, at the
family home in Fayetteville, PA.  More than 300 people visited during the two-hour open house.  For now, alumni
may contact Bill's daughter Megan Kirkegaard by e-mail for condolences to the family.  Additionally, stay tuned
for more details on a possible public guest book online, courtesy of William Schmidt (1966).  [Thank you to staff
alums Ed Burlas and wife Joyce for letting us know, and to Donna Dawson Edwards for directing the Williams
family to MSO.  Updated 4/15/08.]

Mr. William Wheeles (77), Master Chief, USN, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2008.
The loving husband of Betty Wheeles; father of Jo Lynn Harris (1969), Richard Wheeles (1971),
Jenae Carr (1973), Stephen Wheeles (1976), Teresa Farkas (1977), Philip Wheeles (1978),
and Tim Wheeles (1980); grandfather of 25 and great-grandfather of eight.

BARBARA GREENBERG ROSENBERG (1981) passed away April 7, 2008 after
a valiant battle with breast cancer over many years.  Thank you to the family..
Janet Greenberg (1978), for letting us know.. to let you know.

Gloria Levinrad, the mother of Sharon Levinrad (1975), Ira Levinrad,
and Ken Levinrad passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2008.
[Thank you to Michelle Gold Smith (1974) for the sad news.]

BARRY LEVINE (1982) passed away in York, PA on March 21, 2008
[Thank you to Eric Cary (1984) for passing along this sad news]

The mom of Shirley Wood Grande (1970)  passed away January 11, 2008 after a long time illness.

Jeremy Maphis, age 31, the son of Jackie Hagner Maphis (1977) passed away suddenly in his sleep on
March 15, 2008. Viewing was on March 17 at Millian Memorial Methodist Church.  Another viewing took place
Tuesday, March 18 with burial services immediately following.  Interment Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville.
[Thank you to Pebble Tanner Prothero (1977) for letting us know, and providing the arrangements info.]

Mrs. Debby Kushner, the mother of Steve (1970), Sheri Kushner Rothstein (1973), Stuart (1974),
Jeff (1976), and Karen Kushner Creel (1982), passed away peaceful on March 11, 2008 after suffering from
Alzheimer's for more than 10 years.  "Prior to being stricken with this disease, she was a strong, loving, successful,
and outgoing woman. Even in her final days, her smile still shined bright." says Karen.   Mrs. Kushner was preceded in
death by husband Harvey Kushner, who passed away January 2006.  Funeral services were held Thursday March 13th,
at Washington Hebrew Congregation.  Burial services followed at King David Memorial Gardens.

BARRY TEVELOW (1976) passed away on March 10, 2008.   Siblings are Renee (1967),
Mark (1969), and Mickey (1971).  Thank you to Mickey and the Tevelow family for letting us know.

 PATTY MOORE BISHOP (1978) passed away March 3, 2008.  She is survived by her parents and siblings
Keith Moore (1974), Mike Moore (dec.) and Debbie Moore (1976).  None of the surviving siblings is accessible via MSO.
Funeral was held in Frederick MD.  Interment All Souls Cemetery, Germantown MD.  There is an obituary available online
at the Frederick News Post - Click Here [Thank you to Delores Finch Lokey (1978) for letting us know of Patty's passing.]

The 33-year-old son of Paul Hadeed (1970?) and Carol Musser Hadeed (1971), Jason Hadeed..
who worked with Philbin's Athletic Training Center (John Philbin, 1975) as a strength and conditioning coach,
was killed in a senseless tragedy on February 8, 2008.  Jason was the nephew of Peter (1971) and Mark (1976)
and maybe other Peary siblings.  The funeral was held on February 13th at St. Paul's Parish in Damascus MD
Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery,  There is a Washington Post/Legacy obit and guest book to leave
messages for the family, Click Here (in addition to the memorial page linked on Philbin's, above).
There is a memorial golf event to be held on Friday August 8th, 12 Noon,  at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in
Ijamsville, MD.  Mark your calendar for this event!  for more information, Click Here.

Other "sad news" items are displayed halfway down (click) this main page.

Donations to MSO - CLICK HERE!
Only 15% of alumni aboard the MSO since 1996 have provided assistance to keep this 11-year-old project alive!  We learned, too, that many alumni were not advised of the 10-Year Anniversary party in April 2007 (the anniversary was actually August 2006) that was held in MD -- we flew back for, and was organized (secretly planned) by Sandy Swarr Crawford (1974)... and a surprise to us with a gift and wonderful placard!  Thank you.  Your help is appreciated to assist with the MSO's costs and efforts to keep us connected!  Thank you for your consideration.

Pearymania VI in Ocean City - DONE!
The sixth annual bash at the beach!!  September 28-29th, 2007

“Undefeated – Untied”

Click Here for the 2007 Details!
Photos from 2006 and 2007 will be posted soon (yes, we are behind!)
... or for now, see photos from Pearymania IV in 2005: Click Here


Greg Rouse (Class of 1980), 44, water-skis barefoot on Maryland's Deep
Creek Lake, a hub for adventure sports that appeal to Type A personalities
who prefer to play as hard as they work.  Photo By Katherine Frey, The
Washington Post
- Read the August 29, 2006 front-page article:
Click Here!
Thanks to Jeff Torri (1980) for catching this and letting us know!

(Indeed.. we're behind on the Pearymania photos!  2006's have yet to be posted.. then 2007's.  Yikes!)

Photos courtesy of Sandy Swarr Crawford (1974)

Pearymania V: "This time it's personal" - September 29-30, 2006 - Done!
 - Informal Friday Sept 29th at FISHTALES (20th & the Bay - the outside beach bar)
- Main Event Saturday Sept 30th at SEACRETS (49th & the Bay) beginning at 4:00pm.
Photos above are from the weekend - All the photos received will be posted eventually!
Congrats to Shelly Moran Little (1984), the winner of the 50-50 raffle to support MSO!
Thanks to Drew Kellar, Bobby Kellar's (1968) wife, for conducting the raffle.
Instructions for ordering the Seacrets group photo will be posted shortly.
for the details of the 5th annual multi-class PARTY!
Click Here for 2005's Pearymania IV photos.)

Left: "The Three Stooges" - Duane Black (Staff), Ed Burlas (Staff), Bob Lau (1976) have breakfast at "Cafe Lago" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 3, 2006.   Right: Mr. Black, Mr. Burlas, Joyce Burlas, Jacque Black, and Curly.

Judy Miller Ridgway ('68), Bob Lau ('76), and Dave Spurlock ('66) - MD Renaissance Festival 2005.

From Judy Miller Ridgway (1968) and David Graham Spurlock (1966): "Our website at has a new Elite Sculpture Gallery featuring bronze and copper dragon sculptures that will be shown at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this month (March 2006).  Take a look at these spectacular works of art.

When in the Annapolis area, August through October each year, you can see them in person at the Maryland Renaissance Festival (especially if you're in town for the 1966 class reunion).  To take a peek at the specific Elite Gallery, CLICK HERE and let us know what you think!

Purchases of items from support MSO!
Class of 1975 30-Year Reunion:
DONE!  September 16-17, 2005

Photo - Your 1975 Reunion Committee, who
made the weekend a party to remember!

Photos from the event may be viewed now..
Click Here

If you have photos from the event, Click Here
for instructions on how to share them!

Multi-class Happy Hour Fri. June 24th

Classes of 1967-1985 were represented at Outta
the Way Cafe in Derwood at the event!  PHOTOS
the list of the 80+ attendees from the evening -
CLICK HERE  (the link to the photos is there).
Great to see all the 1980 folks who eventually
made it to Outta the Way, too, after their class
reunion Happy Hour (at That's Amore)!

The Barclays Capital Ultimate North Expedition, to verify
Peary’s claim of reaching the pole in 37 days (they did it!).

The Cherry Blossoms.... "then and now" (2005).  Only the clothes have
changed 61 years later!  (AFP archive photo from April 9, 1944)

The 5th wedding (via MSO) of Peary alums..
Congrats to
Jennifer (Jan) Schwartz (1974) and Jack Marble (1970),
who were married in Punxsutawney PA on Groundhog Day 2005!
"Punxsutawney Phil" himself was present and witnessed  -
Also see the newspaper article at Punxsutawney Spirit....
Click Here
(the article link is available from the photos page, too)

Class of 1974 alumnus Brian McLaren
was one of Time Magazine's "25 Most
Influential Evangelicals" (Feb. 2005).
 Brian also appeared on Larry King
Live (CNN) on February 1, 2005.

Click Here for the photo essay/article
(must be a Time online subscriber)

Photo (r) by Danuta Otfinowski, for
Time Magazine.

The Hirsch gals (Lisa-1974, Amy-1981, and Diane-1977)
met-up with Brad Oscar (1982) to see him in his starring
role with "The Producers" in NYC to celebrate their mom's
birthday (mom took the photo) - winter 2004.

Ann Philbin (1969) is the director of the Hammer
Art Museum in Los Angeles.  Read her story on
the NY Times website!

Photo credit: Ann Johansson, The New York Times

Some Photos from the 2004 Reunions:

Mary (Fegan) and Mark
Heckhouse take a moment
to pose at 1979's 25-Year
Reunion held Sept. 18, 2004.

See the photos from the event! 

Many more photos were added/linked
on 12/24/04, courtesy of John Alvey.
Mr. Burlas celebrates with the Class of
1984 at the 20-Year Reunion held on
September 11, 2004.

See the photos from the event!

The Class of 1974 Reunion Dinner
Cruise was Saturday July 31, 2004

1974 Reunion photos - Click Here

Bob Canevari & Meredith Way Morris

A reunion of the Henriksen/Hinkeldey clan was
recently held, summer 2004, in honor of Howard
Hinkeldey's 50th birthday.  Some of the family
members had not seen one another in at least
20 years.  A great time was had by all of the families.

Pictured (l to r) are: Nancy Hinkeldey (73),
Karen Henriksen (72), Kathy Henriksen Wright (77),
Kris Henriksen Hinkeldey (75), Kay Henriksen
Hunter (80), Howard Hinkeldey (72), Jim Hinkeldey (79)
and his wife Doreen Dennie Hinkeldey (80), and Dave
Hinkeldey (81, front)

Andy Dantzler (r), Class of 1980, discusses
the Genesis space project with CNN's
Bill Hemmer on American Morning, 9/9/04

For those of you who receive the AARP Magazine, read the
story on "Hello, Old Love" in the Sept-Oct 2004 Issue.  One
of the couples featured is Terry Cohea and Jeff Lindblad
(both 1971), and how they reconnected with each other
through the MSO after 30 years and married in 2000!

More weddings... click here!

1971 Gals: Roz Rubin, Cindy Hall, and Chris Parrot Hoban
spend some time in Old Towne Alexandria, May 2004!

1973 Gals: Janice Stillwagon Lynch, Vicki Clayton Morris,
Dee Dee Kefauver Rinaldo, Patty Maloney Fischetti, Kathy
Lynagh Bergie, and Diane Betz Griffin (Reunion 2003)

May 2004 issue of Washingtonian Magazine
with Dr. Dunn and Mr. Hill!
(Thanks to Ann Hoffman McKee, Class of 1965, for pointing this out to us!)

Frederick Luther Dunn Jr. wrote the most detailed account of Montgomery County’s
school desegregation for his 1959 PhD dissertation, “Programs and Procedures of
Desegregation Developed by the Board of Education, Montgomery County, Maryland.”
Dunn was the county’s official in charge of desegregation after Brown.
Warrick S. Hill traces the history of Montgomery County’s black high schools in
Before Us Lies the Timber: The Segregated High School of Montgomery County,
Maryland, 1927-1960 (Bartleby, 2003).

Bill Cokas (1984) with his Parrotheads-in-training,
4-year-old twins Cameron, top, and Zachary.
Cameron was named after Jimmy Buffett's son
Cameron.  There was an article in the
Raleigh News and Observer, Sunday 4/25/04.

Have you purchased your
copy of Mr. Hill's book yet?


Order Mr. Hill's Book

Photos from Mr. Hill's book-signing event Sunday
April 18, 2004 are now available for viewing - click here!

Condolences - Thoughts - Get Wells
Please include these families and individuals in your thoughts and prayers

This section/period is in the process of being updated.

From Suzy Trattner Wood (1977): "Jay  wanted me to let you all know his mother passed away on January 11, 2008 from a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.  She was the mother to many Peary Grads: Terry Wood Plant (1968), Shirley Wood Grande (1970), Valerie Wood Gillen 1972, Jay Wood (1976), and Richard Wood (1980).

On December 27, 2007 at midnight, ERIC LINDBERG, Class of 1969, died after a battle with Diabetes.  He leaves behind his beloved wife, Karen, two sons, Robert and Brian, his sister, Susan Lindberg Shannon (1967), and many friends.  Since 1990, he has worked as an Electrical Engineer for "On Semi-Conductor" in Rhode Island.  He was very active with the Civil Air Patrol over the past 38 years.  Memorial Service to be announced at a later date.   Donations/contributions can be made to the Civil Air Patrol Headquarters, T. F. Green Airport, Warwick, RI, 02886

Gerry Comeau, Sr., the father of five and a dear friend of many Peary grads, passed away the evening of
December 12th.  Gerry was the father of: Cathy Comeau (1972), Gerry Jr. (1973 Good Counsel), Tom (1976), Al (1978),  and Joe (1986/Wheaton).  Funeral was on December 17th at Our Lady of Grace, Leisure World.  Many will remember Mr. Comeau from the Aspen Hill Barber Shop.  [Thank you to Rob Wolf (1978) and other Husky friends of Albert and the Comeau family, for informing MSO.]

From Jay Herrron (1970): "My father-Frank Herron Jr.-passed away after a two year  struggle with cancer.  He was 85.  He was born in New Orleans in 1922-was raised in Washington DC and passed in Kingsland Georgia.  My father was full of his Scotish heritage-he wore his clan Gunn kilts proudly and often.  My parents were together since they were teenagers in high school-my mother is now without her best friend.  There are no funeral services at my father's request.  He will later be buried in Pottstown Pennsylvania were my brother and sister are buried. Frank Herron Jr. was an outstanding individual.  He is survived by myself and my brother Joseph Herron and our mother Josephine-many grand children and great grand children.

Mr. David Greenberg, the father of  Stephen (1966), Les (1968), and Saundra Greenberg Bromberg (1973),
passed away on Monday, December 10, 2007.  He was 83 years old.  He and wife Shirley lived in Leisure
World for the past 4 years.  All his children were at his side when he passed away. along with his
grandchildren and friends.  From Saundra: "My dad was in the formal wear business most of his life and
rented and sold tuxedos to many generations of Washingtonians, including many Peary graduates and
members of local bands.  He was a remarkable, creative, and very loving father, husband, grandfather,
and friend.  He will be missed by many, but never forgotten."

Colonel JOSEPH A. SIVIGNY (guidance counselor) passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at The Fairfax Retirement Community.  Friends called at Murphy Funeral Home (Falls Church VA) on December 9th.  Mass of Christian burial was offered at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, Fairfax Station Road and Route 123, on December 10th.  Graveside services for Col. Sivigny were held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on February 11, 2008.  There is a full feature article that appeared after the obituary - Click Here  [Thank you to Mr. Warrick Hill (Peary Staff 1960-1984), for letting
MSO know of this sad news, with follow-up and confirmation of the details by Dr. Fred Dunn.]

BARBARA (LYNN) GIAMPIETRO (1974) passed away on Friday November 30, 2007.

CONNIE HERRIDGE (KAPLOWITZ) LOEB (1970) passed away on Saturday November 17, 2007. Visitation was held on Friday 11/23 at Stauffer Funeral Home in Frederick MD, where funeral services were held on Saturday, 11/24.  Interment private.  There is an obituary online with add'l info at the Frederick News Post - Click Here  [Thank you to Richard "Kap" Kaplowitz for letting us know of this sad news.

On Monday October 29, 2007, Richard (Dick) A. Stewart passed away due to complications from Diabetes.
He was 84 years old, having celebrated his birthday on Oct. 1, and his 59th aniversary on Oct. 2.  He is
survived by Jeffrey A. Stewart, and Douglas P. Stewart (both 1969) and Carol A. Stewart Buck Della Ratta (1971).  At his side were his children, grandchildren, and other extended family members.  He was in the Palm Gardens nursing home in Largo Florida.  There was a memorial service at the East Bay Oaks Community Center on Nov. 11 for his friends and neighbors in Florida.  His remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a date yet to be determined, in the spring of 2008.

SUE KENISON WILSON (1976) passed away Thursday September 27th.  She lived in Georgia.  Sue is survived by her three children Danny, Lisa, and Sammy.  There was a service on Saturday 10/6 at Oak Chapel in Silver Spring, followed by a gathering at the home of friend and classmate Patti Colihan Barney.

JAMES DALRYMPLE (1980.. the husband of Judy Witters Dalrymple, 1980), passed away on Thursday Sept  27, 2007, his birthday).  Beloved husband of Judy, and  father of
Ariel, Alex and Allison.  James is the brother of Valerie (1973), Jackie (1975), and Bob (1977)

Posted 8/21: We're saddened to let you know that ALLISON ONDRASIK KING (1971), beloved wife of Patrick King; and the sister of Michael (1973) and Bobbi (1975), died of cancer on August 17, her 54th birthday.  A memorial service was held at Florida Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Rockledge, FL on Wed. August 22nd.  Please CLICK HERE for her obituary, her husband's words... and the link to the Florida Today / Legacy notice & guest book.  [Thank you to Roz Rubin (1971) for letting us know of this sad news so all of Allison's friends could know.]

Posted 8/21: We regret to inform you that Lois Thomas, mother of Eve Morton Apodaca (1979, Gregg) and Kathy Morton Mason (1975) has passed away after a long battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by Jeanne Morton Hippert  (1978) and Adam Morton.  A one-hour visitation period and service immediately following was held at Stauffer Funeral Home on Oppossumtown Road in Frederick, MD on 8/25/07.
  Interment private.  "She put up a heck of a fight!!!" says Eve.  There is a Stauffer's obituary with photo, condolence area for sending a message, and address/map for service - CLICK HERE

7/11: We're sad to inform you that Wayne Millard (1971), passed away at his home in Elizabeth City, NC
on July 3rd.  Surviving is his father, retired Navy Cmdr. George Wayne Millard, of Belhaven; four sisters,
Kathryn Mary Winberry of Hubert, and Linda Marie Ferrell, Elizabeth Ann Hughes, and
Carol Eileen McEwen, all of Norfolk, VA.; and one brother; Michael Patrick Millard of
Front Royal, Va.  Three is a notice on the Washington Daily News (N.C.) website - CLICK HERE.
There is no public guest book, however there is an online form to leave messages to Wayne's
family (forwarded by the funeral home) - CLICK HERE.  [Thank you to Jim McWilliams (1971) for
informing MSO, so that we could let his 1971 classmates an other friends know of this sad news.]

7/5: Matt Soldano, the father of Fred Soldano (1977) and Sylvia Soldano Adair ('75 Wheaton), passed
away on June 27, 2007 after succumbing to cancer. 
He is also survived by his wife Diane, six grandchildren,
one brother, two sisters, nieces & nephews.  A memorial service was held on June 29th in Rockville.

6/29: Suzanne Hamlett Hauprich, the wife of John Hauprich (1977) of 16+ years, passed away on May 22, 2007 after succumbing to her 20 month battle with breast cancer.  Suzanne is survived by John and son Toby
Daschbach (Gina Lauria) and granddaughter Cleo Rae born April 30, 2007.  Her last wish was to see her first grandchild born, and upon reaching that milestone could no longer fight on.  There is funeral home notice with photo and guest book  - CLICK HERE.

6/29: Stephen E. Peters Jr. (1970) died suddenly Tuesday, June 12, 2007, following a work related accident.  A memorial service was held in Frederick on June 16th.  He is the brother of  Cathy, Jeri (1977) , and Mark.  There is a notice and link to leave condolences to the family, CLICK HERE
[Thank you to brother-in-law Steve Baker (1975), Jeri's husband, for letting us know]

6/29: Anthony Capacchione, the father of Bonnie (1964), Marianne (1976), and Glenn and Dave "Cecil" (1978), passed away on May 31 unexpectedly.  Funeral service was held on June 5th at Hughes United Methodist Church.  Interment Parklawn Memorial Park.

6/11: Wayne Smith, class of 1970, passed  away peacefully at his home on May 16, 2007 in Micanopy Florida.  Wayne is survived by his wife, Deanne Blackwelder Smith, his sons, Michael D. Blackwelder
and Christopher A. Blackwelder both of Micanopy and his mother Marian Seim (Thibeau).  Wayne is
also survived by a number of siblings, all Peary alumni - Patrick Thibeau, Claire Sites (Thibeau),
Mary Gurlacz (Thibeau), Susan Thibeau, Pauline Cahalan (Thibeau), Marian Thibeau, and
Dana Thibeau.  There is a Gainsville Sun/Legacy notice and guest book to leave messages for the family
until May 17, 2008 - CLICK HERE.  [Thanks to the Thibeau family for informing us of this sad news.]

Posted 6/3: Rick Porter (1970) passed away on Thursday May 31, 2007.
Friends were received at Pumphrey's Colonial Funeral Home in in Rockville on June 8 with graveside
service that followed at Parklawn Memorial Park.    There is a Pumphrey notice and guest book to leave
messages for the family - CLICK HERE.  [Thank you to Rick's coworker Paul Pierson at American Gas
Association for taking the time to let MSO know of this to share the sad news.]

6/3: We only now learned that Ed Willette (1977) passed away April 29, 2006, as a
result of complications from diabetes.  From brother Tracy Willette (1978):
"At the time of his death, Ed was making his home in San Diego, CA while working as an Emergency
Medical Dispatcher for American Medical Response (AMR).  He is survived by his four brothers, both his
parents and his dog, Sadie.  Our family misses him immensely, as do his friends and coworkers.
(Thank you to Sandy VanDusen (1977) for relaying this information just received from Tracy.]

5/25: Ron Warren (1984) passed away on Tuesday May 22nd.
A viewing was held on Friday, May 25th at CollinsFuneral Home in Silver Spring,  MD.  Service was
held on Saturday May 26th.  Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery.  There is a  Post/Legacy notice and
guest book to leave messages for the family until June 23rd - CLICK HERE.
[Thank you to Erich Bender, Class of 1978, for letting MSO know of this sad news.]

(Posted 5/15): We're sad to inform you that Mrs. Mary Jane Spahn, the mother of  James (1972), Patrick, Theresa (1976), Stephen (1978), Barbara (Apostle), and Andrew, passed away on May 9th at her home in Solomon's Island, MD.  visitation was Fri. May 11 and mass of Christian burial was held on Sat. May 12th.  Interment with military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  There is a Post/Legacy notice and guest book to leave messages for the family until June 9th - CLICK HERE.
[Thank you to Stanton Boteler (Staff) for letting MSO of this sad news.]

(Posted 4/2): Anita Bouffard Hayden - mother of the following Peary graduates: Anna Hayden (1972), Rosemary Hayden (1974),  Eileen Hayden Criggar (1975), Pat Hayden (1977), Dorothy Hayden (1979), and Tom ('84 or '85/Wheaton), passed away on March 31, 2007.  Beloved wife of the late Bernard John Hayden, Sr.   Survived by nine children; 11 grandchildren; three brothers and one sister.  Relatives and friends called at Collin Funeral Home in Silver Spring on Monday 4/2.   Mass of Christian Burial was on Tuesday April 3rd at St. Peter's Church in Olney, MD.  [Thank you to Julie Nisson Farrell (1974) for letting us know of this sad news]

(Originally posted 3/29): Tera Brown, the wife of the late Stanley Brown Sr. (Peary building service man for many years), and mother of James Brown (1963), Eileen Carter (1965), Donna Glass (1966), and the late Stanley Brown Jr., and grandma of Patricia and Rebecca Toler (1983) and relative to other Peary alumni, died Monday March 26, 2007.  Friends were received at Pumphrey's Colonial Funeral Home in Rockville on Tuesday, April 3rd.  Graveside services were held at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA on 4/4.
There is a Pumphrey notice with photos and guest book to leave messages for the family - CLICK HERE.

(Originally posted 3/27):  Jean Paul Cyr, the father of Shawn Cyr Riggin (1975), Jay Cyr (dec. 1976), Anne Cyr Sanders (1977), Deirdre Cyr Perini (1979), Jim Cyr (1981), and Dennis Cyr (1984), passed away on Monday evening, March 26th.  Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, April 2, 2007 at St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church in Lewes, DE.  Interment at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, DE.  Friends called Sunday April 1, 2007 at Parsell  Funeral Home, Atkins-Lodge Chapel in Lewes, DE.
[This information provided by the Cyr Family to let friends and classmates know]

(Originally posted 3/21):  Florence "Flo" Moran, 75, mother of Peary alums Colleen Waybright (1972), Tim (1976), Lisa Hankins and Lynn (1978), Chuck (1982), and Shelly Little (1984), passed away suddenly on March 17, 2007, in York PA.  She had lived in Gettysburg PA since 1990.  As well as raising her children, she also worked as a school crossing guard for Montgomery County Police, at the corner of Bauer and Nadine Drives for many many years.   Visitation was at Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring on 3/22.  Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, Norbeck & Muncaster Mill Roads, Rockville, MD was Friday, March 23.  Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  [This information provided by the Moran Family to let friends and classmates know]

(Posted 3/19): BARRY ROMANS (1984)  passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2007.  He leaves behind his parents, a sister, 2 nephews and a niece. His sister Diane Romans Monteau graduated from Peary in 1980.  Brother-in-law, Ronald Monteau graduated from Peary in 1977.

(3/18): We are sorry to inform you that HEATHER MASON (1978), passed away on Fri. March 16, 2007 at her home in Thurmont MD after a 10-month battle with cancer.  She is the sister of Reed Mason (1974) and Jackie Mason Kurtz (19??), and was a special ed teacher with MCPS at Lake Seneca Elementary.  Family received friends at Stauffer Funeral Home in Thurmont, MD  on Tuesday 3/20.  Service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday 3/20.  Interment Blue Ridge Cemetery, Thurmont.  There is a funeral home notice and guest book - Click Here  [Thank you to Joe Duranko (1980) for letting us know of this sad news]

(3/4): We're saddened to let you know that EDITH CHAIKEN WELTY (1965) died on Sat. February 24th.  She had battled cancer for about 7 years. She and her husband (Philip Welty) retired to Maine 10 years ago.  Phil died in 2002.  "Edie" is survived by her Mother, Fran, who lives in Portland, ME, and Paul (1967) (now in Bangor, ME).  Older brother, Steve (1964), passed away in 1999.  There is a funeral home notice and guest book - Click Here

(originally posted 3/3): We're sorry to inform you that GLENN A.  MAKTOS, Class of 1967, passed away on Tuesday February 27, 2007.  Glenn's brother is John Maktos (1965).  There was a gathering of friends on Wednesday March 7 from 4-8pm at the home of Pam and John Pagnotta in Clarksburg MD.

[Thank you to Audrey Gunnell Lohr (1967) for informing us of this sad news.]

(originally posted 2/18): NAN KERPELMAN SARB (1976) of Lynnwood WA, passed away the morning of February 17th,  after a 2-year battle with cancer.  She leaves behind her husband and 3 sons.  She is the sister of Beth-Ellen Kerpelman Dolinsky (1973), Steve Kerpelman (1978), and Natalie Kerpelman (1982).  Nan's blog/journal may be viewed online - Click Here.  Visitation (Shiva) was held locally in North Potomac MD 2/23 through 2/25.  [Thank you to the Kerpelman family, Elaine Allen Dunning (1976), and Diane Arena Wilson (1976) for providing the information above.]

(originally posted 2/13): We're sadden to learn that Bessie E. Frizzell, the mom of Sandy Frizzell
Riley (19??), Steven (1971-deceased), John Frizzell (1976-deceased), Susie Frizzell Longo (1978),
Heather Frizzell Maier (1982-deceased), & Jeff (Wheaton), passed away the morning of  Feb. 12, 2007.
Visitation and prayer service were Tuesday February 20th at Snowden Funeral Home in Rockville.
[Thank you to Delores Finch Lokey (1978) for letting MSO know of this sad news.]

(2/13): James F. Brown Jr, the father of James Brown III (1966) and Gary Brown (1968), passed
away on February 8, 2007.  Funeral service was held at Fort Myer Chapel, Arlington, VA on
Wednesday, February 21, 2007.  Interment Arlington National Cemetery.
[Thank you to Sandy Bell Richards (1985) for informing MSO of this sad news."

(2/10): We are sad to inform you that Pat Leatherwood, the step-mother of John Leatherwood (1976) and
Jeanne Leatherwood Coote (1978), passed away on Tuesday, February 6th after a 2-month battle in ICU
at Chesapeake Hospital (Kitty Hawk, NC).  Direct condolences to John and Jeanne's dad, J. Charles
"Charlie" Leatherwood may be mailed to P.O. Box 175, Powell's Point, NC, 27966.  There is a American
Heart Association notice with guest book and memorial donation information, to leave messages for the
family  - CLICK HERE  From Jeanne: "We will all miss her very much as she has been part of our lives for
our entire life and as our Stepmother for the past 27 years.  I send my love to all and know that you're with
us in heart."

(2/7): Staff alum EUGENE MACKAY, Peary Staff (1962-1969), passed away Friday February 2, 2007.  Thank you to Elizabeth Hanley (1960-1964) for letting know of this sad news, and thanks to Eileen Brown Carter (1965) for the online notice/link.  There is a Kansas City Star/Legacy notice and guest book if you wish to leave condolences to the family until February 4, 2008 - CLICK HERE.  Mr. MacKay's last public notice to Peary alumni friends on 7/24/06, after receiving treatments for Bell's Palsy from squamous cell cancer: I sometimes say, "My days as an orator are over."  Maybe a big plus for the world that I now listen more than I used to because speaking become difficult.  I have turned my energy to my photography and to building bird houses..  and Ballroom and Salsa Dancing a couple times a week.

From Linda Gibson: To Friends of Gene MacKay,...
Words cannot express my difficulty in writing this. Gene passed away Friday morning at Kansas City (MO)
Hospice House. I am so very proud of him, I could only wish to be as brave as he. His son, four daughters and
two granddaughters were able to be here, and were a great support for me. We all preferred to have a private
ceremony with family only. Please keep him in your heart, and remember the beauty he loved to share.
Linda Gibson

(2/7): The father of Steve Feldman (1971) passed away on Monday February 5th.  Mr. Feldman is survived by
Steve & Tricia Feldman, their children Lindsay, Julie, and Michael; and Steve & Rhona Feldman Gordon and
their children, Josh, Gabe and Amanda.  He was predeceased by his wife Lillian, who died in 1997.  Service and
burial are private.  [Thank you to Larry Rosen (1970) for letting MSO know of this sad news.}

(1/27): We are sad to inform you that RICKY McKINNEY (1980), was killed in a car accident the morning of
January 26th.  He is survived by his wife, Cindy Pearson McKinney (1982) and his daughter Emma, age 15.
Emma attends Magruder HS.  Neither Ricky or Cindy is aboard the MSO, so no direct contact with them is
available at this time.  Visitation was Sunday, January 28th at the Molesworth-Williams Funeral Home in
Damascus, MD.  Burial was private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the "Emma McKinney
Education Fund" c/o Mary Pearson Peters (1976), 45 Truck House Rd., Severna Park, MD  21146.

(originally posted 1/16): Mr. Robert S. Murphy, the father of John Murphy (1967), Phyllis Murphy (1971),
Crissy Murphy Long (1975), and Patti Murphy Minnick (1979) passed away on January 5, 2007.  Friends and family called on the family on January 9th (Collins Funeral Home), where service was held on January 10th.  Inurnment service was held at Arlington Nat'l Cemetery Columbarium on January 31, 2007.

(originally posted 1/6): Mr. Harvey Kushner, the father of Steve (1970), Sheri Kushner Rothstein (1973),
Stuart (1974), Jeff (1976), and Karen Kushner Creel (1982), passed away during the early hours of January 6,
2007 after a valiant two-year battle with lung cancer.  Funeral was held at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington DC on Monday 1/8.  Interment King David Memorial Garden, Falls Church, VA. Shiva was held at Sheri's home.  Thank you to Brian Arshawsky ('76) for letting the MSO know.]

(originally posted 1/3): We're sad to inform you that JOHN FRIZZELL (1976) passed away the morning of
Tuesday January 2, 2007.  He is survived by his ex-wife and two children, Michael 21 and Katie 18.
John's siblings are Sandy Frizzell Riley (19??), Steven (1971-deceased), Susie Frizzell Longo (1978),
Heather Frizzell Maier (1982-deceased), and Jeff (Wheaton).  Viewing and prayer service was on
January 8th at Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring.  [Thanks to Delores Finch Lokey (1978) for letting MSO know, at the request of Frizzell family.]


(Posted 12/6): We're sad to inform you that LINDA HORWITZ HAWKINS (1977) died on Saturday December 2nd after a 6-month battle with cancer.  Her husband preceded her in death this past October - they leave behind two daughters and a grandson.  One of her two brothers (David and Robert) is aboard MSO, David Horwitz (1974). A memorial service was held on Sunday, Dec. 17 at New Day Ministry in Middletown MD.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Day Ministry, c/o Hawkins House Fund, P.O. Box 220, Buckeystown, MD 21717.  There is an online obituary - Click Here

(11/20): From Eve Morton Apodaca (1979), "I am sad to say that my sister
Jeanne Morton Hippert (1978) passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 18, 2006 from a
brain aneurysm.  She leaves behind her husband Marc Hippert (1978) and three young daughters,
Katie (10) and twins Grace and Bailey (6).  Services were held on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at
Stauffer Funeral Home in Frederick.  We have been blessed with her amazing spirit for 46 years and will
miss her dearly." There is a Frederick News Post notice online - Click Here  And a notice and online
guest book to leave condolences to the family - Click Here

(11/15): George S. Lantzas (1969), passed away on Sat. November 11, 2006.  Funeral Service was held at
St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Annapolis, MD on November 16th.  Internment Lakemont
Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, MD.  George's brother, Tom (1973), is aboard the MSO.  There is a notice
and guest book with memorial donation information - Click Here  [Thank you to Bill Bedenbaugh (1970) for
letting MSO know.]

(11/15) We're sad to inform you that Wilbur H. Eskite passed away on Friday, October 27th, 2006. "Bill"
was the father of Rick (1973), Susan (1974), and Ross (1979).  All of whom are Peary graduates.  He was a very
active supporter of the pipe band during the 1970s.  The viewing and service was held on Wednesday Nov. 1st  at
Burrier-Queen Funeral Home in Winfield, MD. 
There is a Washington Post feature obituary - Click Here,
And a Post/Legacy notice  - Click Here 
[Thank you to Lynn Paullet Eskite (1977) for letting us know]

(10/16) Georgia Zarpas, the mom of  Bunny and Penny (both 1967), passed away October 1, 2006 after a long
battle with cancer.  From Bunny: "For those of you who remember, she organized the fun and wonderful
Christmas Carol concerts at Manor Club every year." 
There is a Post/Legacy notice - Click Here

(10/11) We're sad to inform you that KAREN ROUTT CAROLAN (1972) passed away on Monday
October 9th after a 6-year battle with cancer.  Funeral service was on Friday, October 13 at the Bethany
United Methodist Church in Ellicott City, MD.  She was predeceased by her husband, Howard (who died
last summer) and leaves behind her son, Howie (22) and her daughter Chelsea (19).  Karen is the sister
of Sally (1977) and Chip (1984). 
There is a Post/Legacy notice  - Click Here
[Thank you to 1972 classmate Regina Roh Schwartz for letting us know, so we could let you know.]

(9/12): We're sad to inform you that JEAN SALZANO SCAFIDI (1969) passed away on Monday, August 28, 2006.  Jean had MS.  [Thank you to Robin Rosenberg (1979) for informing us of this sad news.]

(9/4): We're sad to inform you that TONI SCIAMANNA PERRON (1970) passed away on Thursday
August 24 at her home in Gaitherburg.  She was the last sister of Mary Sciamanna Baldassano (1975).
Madeline Sciamnna Ellis (1963) passed away March 2002.  Survived by Mary, Toni's 12-year-old son
Anthony Jackson, and 3 nieces Anita Ellis Crawley, Mari Ellis Rouse, Toni Ellis Oland... all 1980s
graduates of Peary, one Nephew David Ellis, graduate Wheaton H.S. and one Nephew Philip Baldassano,
graduate Gaithersburg H.S. and their families.  Private Ceremony at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  There is
a Post/Legacy notice online - Click Here

8/29: Mr. Cal Bowser, the father of Ruth Bowser (1976), Marjorie Bowser-Hewitt (1978), and other
Peary classmates/siblings: Richard, Patrick (1977), William, Gregory, Catherine Bowser Mabry
and the late Robert Charles, died Monday August 28th.  Relatives and friends visited at Collins
Funeral Home on Friday 9/1.  Mass of Christian Burial at Shrine of St. Jude on Saturday 9/2.
Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  There is a Post/Legacy notice online - Click Here

(8/10): We're sad to inform you that Bruce E. Florimbio, age43 (St. John's H.S.), of Frederick,
passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2006.  He is survived by his mother and wife and six children, plus
siblings Paul, Donna Glauser (1982), Christine Harmison (1984), Katherine, and Marjorie.  Friends called on
family on Friday 8/11 at the Chapel Mausoleum of Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, MD.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 12, at the Brook Hill United Methodist Church, also in
Frederick.  Interment Resthaven Memorial Gardens.  There is a Frederick-Post obituary notice with
college fund and church information - CLICK HERE
[Thank you to James Parshall, Bruce's friend and classmate at St. John's, for letting MSO know]

(8/07): Mr. Julian W. Swisher of Rockville, MD, beloved husband of Donna J. Swisher; loving father of
Kathleen Harris (1972), Karen Thaler (1974), Kenneth Swisher (1975), and Kraig Swisher, died on
August 3, 2006.  Friends called at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg on Wed 8/9, where funeral service
was held on Thursday August 10th.  Interment Parklawn Memorial Park.  There is  a DeVol Funeral Home guest book to leave messages - CLICK HERE  [Submitted by Kathy's husband, Jeff Harris (1966)]

(8/02): Mrs. Joyce L. Katz, Beloved wife of Donald L. Katz; devoted mother of Anita Katz Heller (1980),
Susan Katz, and Faith Katz Fischel (1983), passed away Sunday July 30, 2006.  Services were held on
August 1 at Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudas Achim in Silver Spring.  Interment Mount Lebanon
Cemetery in Adelphi MD.  [Thank you to Steve Steinberg (1983) for informing the MSO]


1976-1977 Pom Pon Squad

"Pommies"on the 1975-1979 squads!
May 31, 2003  get-together at Caroline's.
No photos received from the event 

To all of our military alums, be safe and THANK YOU!

"OPERATION SLUGGER" - From Dave Rosenfeld (1982) - A project for sports equipment
donations to our service men and women overseas!  Click Here

This is not an inclusive listing - there are several Peary alums serving.  If you e-mail any service people, there may be limited or restricted access at this time.  For general "thanks" to all military, please visit and/or

Andrew Alexander (1985) was sent to Iraq, February 2004.  He is the brother of Samuel Alexander (1981), Renee
Alexander Broche (1982), Rhonda Alexander Leonard (1983), Shelton Alexander (1986), and Aeric Alexander
(1987/Rockville).  Andrew is married with two children one of whom he has not seen since she was born. The family would like everyone to keep Andrew and all the other men and women fighting for their country in their prayers.

4/1/03: Brian Clark (1981) has been recently been deployed overseas serving with the 112th Med. Co (Air Ambulance) Army Reserve unit out of Maine.  He serves as a paramedic.

Three Peary alums serving our country meet-up on the USS Mount Whitney
(2nd Fleet Command Ship) in the Baltic Sea for training exercises.
L to R: Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gedney (1975), Commanding Officer of the USS
Mt. Whitney Capt. Dave Prothero (1974), and reservist Cmdr. Chris Perlick (1975)
(Tim Gedney has since retired from the service and is studying in the medical field.)

Military Care Packages
"Skip" FitzGerald (1976) and Karen Wilson FitzGerald (1981) have been sending "care packages" to
those who are overseas serving our nation.... this includes our Peary alumni service people and/or the
children or "next-generation" of alums (nieces, nephews, for example) serving with our armed forces.
Please contact Skip at
fitzskjr at  Thank you, Skip and Karen, for this generous offer.

Operation: Take a Soldier to the Movies
Site created by John Seng (1975)
This is a national grassroots program to support our troops in Iraq by “taking a soldier to the movies” for Thanksgiving. Caring families, friends or members of the public can contribute movie-related items that will be forwarded to soldiers serving in Iraq. Let it be your way of saying “thank you” to those serving our country.  Complete story at Milwaukee Journal Sentinal or Click Here direct to the project!

Holiday Card Drive for Our Troops - 2005
Please don't forget our Brave military men and woman during the up-and-coming Holiday season -- show
your support for our troops by participating.  Click Here for More Info!  Thanks so much --- Sincerely,
Lynn Draize Jones (1980) & members of So. Wash. Co. Support Group

We welcome home from the Gulf, Chris Perlick (1975) !

John Alvey (1979)  returned from Iraq the evening
of Wednesday June 18, 2003!  (John was deployed for
service in February and had to delay his retirement.)

John has served 21+ years in the US Army, flying
Blackhawk helicopters with the 101st Airborne.

To all of our military alums - THANK YOU!

Also known, safely home: Dick Prescott (1976), Albert Desmarais (1983), Sherwin Hin (1983), and
Chris Perlick (1975) - THANKS GUYS!

Take a moment to remember those alums who gave their lives during service to our country.

Left and Right: The Bell Tower... today and yesterday.  For Peary Traditions & Facts, CLICK HERE

Left:  This photo of a young soldier, bundled against the cold, was taken in the
Herken Forest (Belgium-Germany border) during WW II.  It is an ad from the
Washington Post Magazine (5/23/04, page 53) placed by WC & AN Miller in
recognition of service by our WWII vets in conjunction with the WWII
Memorial ceremony.

It is a photo of Frank Leimbach (father of Beth Leimbach Swanson, Rie Leimbach
Crowley, and brother Mike), who resides in Silver Spring.  Mr. Leimbach also was
there, D-Day, Omaha Beach with the "Big Red 1."  Mr. Leimbach is 22 year old in
this photo, and says to this day "Just doing my job."

A larger view of the ad may be viewed by clicking on the photo.  A new window
will open - read its words.

Dayle Duffy Cavaliere (1966)
was Boomers International
"Boomer of the Month!"
for July 2002

Read her story...
(links will open in a new window)

Left, with children
Paige and Matthew

Brad Oscar (center) as Max Bialystock in The Producers
Photo by Paul Kolnik

CONGRATS to Brad Oscar (1982) for taking over the lead role in Broadway's
"The Producers" - taking over for Nathan Lane's lead character!  Read the
Washington Post Article and articles!  Brad is the
brother of Victoria (1985) - Miss Hannigan in touring"Annie"
Another link with Brad on AP 5/3/02 - Click Here!
More Photos with Brad - Click Here


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See who's donated from your class

Limited Edition lithographs may sill be available of Camden Yards (inaugural game) and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
by Michael Gustafson, acclaimed photographer of sports facilities, with a special discount for Robert E. Peary HS Alumni.
Portions of proceeds of sales to Peary Alumni directly support MSO!
Click Here for the Deal and Preview of the Prints!

The Husky Pups Club
A section devoted to the children of Peary Alumni.... births and kids' news!
Pictured: Carlos Carbo's (1980) Triplets at 13 months (born September 5, 2000)

So, what's this Las Vegas "connection" all about anyway??

Looking for something on the MSO website?


Site Search Engine courtesy of Jim Hardman (1976) - Click above and enter words you're searching for.
If it's on the website, it'll let you know where! If you encounter any problems with the Index,
please let Jim know at thardman at

Miscellaneous Information and Links:

Ken Brace (1964 and Alumni Staff) makes decision to retire from
coaching after 37 years.  Click Here for the full story on (5/24)
Thank you to Ed Gursky (1965) for passing this news along to us!

Jim Hage (1976), freelance writer and copy editor with The Washington Post
answers questions about running in the Washington DC area!  Click Here

"School board wants to keep Peary property" Article October 12 - Click Here
(a new browser window will open)

Did you attend Parkland Junior High?  If so, you'll appreciate these photos
generously posted online by Patti Richardson (1978) to share with you - Click Here!

Audrey Hundertmark Markman (1975): Article in the Gazette
Damascus family sends aid to U.S. troops

Maureen DiFulgo Bladen (1976): Article in the Gazette
Damascus family moves after tiring of Washington area terror.

Kudos to Linda Ford Bozzonetti (1980): "Hard work pays off for Twinbrook Elementary"
Read the Rockville Gazette article (link will open in a new window) from June 21, 2004.

Production photos of The Little Foxes from spring 1974 are available for viewing.
Thanks to Will McNaughten Loving (1974) for providing his photos to share!

Class of 1972 - Remember the Nassau trip??!
Photo scan courtesy of Rick Foote

Some "unpublished"1976-1978 Polaris photos may be viewed
at - thanks to Bill Loewy (1978)!
The Yahoo Group for Peary is at

John Philbin (1975) with Fernando Vargas during
training in Big Bear, CA.  Vargas was
defeated by De La Hoya in Las Vegas 9/14/02.
John then worked w/ Lennox Lewis April 2003.

Photos from the Scottish Festival held at the Berman Academy
(former Peary HS bldg.) held on May 6, 2001 - Click Here

Photos from the Alumni Association's Peary-Henson Day
and Anchor Rededication Ceremony, May 6, 2001 - Click Here

Print a Flag

We Remember.....
America: United We Stand

Click Here: MSO and 9-11-01
Some recollections/stories
from Peary alumni.

Alumni Association -  Homecoming 2000 Photos

Don't forget to visit some community links:
Aspen Hill Organization and Resource Site and Aspen Hill Civic Association



Early graduating classes....

Some of Mr. MacKay's
classroom/lab photos.

Click Here

OF TRAVELS?  Robert Peary, discoverer of the North Pole.  His Eskimo mistress, Aleqasina, was shown bathing.
April 6, 1909: Explorer Robert Peary, his servant Matthew Henson, and four Eskimos became
the first men to reach the North Pole.  Racial tension at the time prevented Henson -- an
African-American -- from being recognized for the historic moment until 1945 when he received
a medal from the U.S. government.

Briton tries to settle debate on whether Peary reached North Pole first
Provided by Sue Baker Tarpley (1965).  Yahoo News (October 2, 2004) -
Click Here

Gazette.Net Articles
- RMHS Football/Coach Mike Bonavia (1976) (1/28/98) -
- Parkland Middle School (1/28/98) -
- Peary and the Hebrew Academy (2/18/98) -
- Peary High Lives On (3/25/98) -
For a current listing of The Gazette's Peary High School Articles, go to the
Gazette's Archive Search
and enter "Peary" in the text box!


"Save the MSO" (March 1999) Fund Raiser Photos and Attendee List

Tragedy for the Carter family and the aunt and uncle of John Carter
(1977, who died while fighting a fire in NW DC).  Washington Post article

The Board of Directors of the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington held a ceremony
celebrating the Commencement of Renovation of Robert E. Peary High School September 13, 1998.

Anchor Rededication Ceremony, May 6, 2001 - Photos
Scottish Festival, May 6, 2001 - Photos

Live traffic camera shots in Montgomery County

Where did that little montage with Mr. Gibbs and Ms. Vadala's photos go? Right Here!

A small area of land in Montgomery County, yet so much happened
here between 1960 & 1984 that has shaped who we are today.

Webmaster Bob Lau (1976)
Class Webmasters: Sandy Swarr Crawford (1974), John Alvey (1979), and Jim Carr (1984)
To see a list of the specific-class online coordinators, Click Here

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