Volume 6, Number 8,
MSO WEB SITE - http://www.pearyhs.org/
The CLASS OF 1977 25-Year Reunion will be held October 11-13th.
Classes of 1976 and 1978 are also invited.
Be sure your contact information is up-to-date by using the
“Sign-up/Update” link! The
main event will be held October 12th at the Greenbelt Marriott.
may be found in the Class of 1977 Information Section.
CLASS OF 1982 Online Reunion Survey is complete!
THANK YOU to those who completed the reunion survey online.
Your main event will be held on Saturday July 20, 2002 at the
Doubletree Inn in Rockville. Details about the rest of the weekend will be announced soon!
OF 1968 ALUMS:
Reminder... don’t forget about Kathleen Niepsey’s planning for a
gathering in Ocean City sometime around the end of September or early
October 2002! Contact
Kathleen at OceanB54@aol.com or
visit the Class of 1968 Information Section for more details.
There has been no information received regarding an event this year
from the class. If there are
plans, let MSO know ASAP so it can post the information online and update
class members. Thanks!
Chris Smith, the father of Chris Smith (1968) and Barbara Smith (1971),
died on 2/7/02 at the age of 84 of heart failure.
He was known to many of Chris’s and Barbara’s Peary classmates.
Tavenner - Renowned restaurateur Clyde “Jake” Tavenner, 78, of
Rockville died after a short illness on March 1 at his home.
Mr. Tavenner was a well-known community activist who owned and
operated The Silo Inn Restaurant in Olney. He also operated over a dozen
theme restaurants during his 35-year career.
Through his efforts and the efforts of the Montgomery County
License Beverage Association, local alcohol ordinances were modified in
1964 to allow the purchase of cocktails in Montgomery County restaurants.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine, of Rockville; seven
children, Jacqueline Windrow of Brookeville, Patricia Werner of Chicago,
Kathleen Mitchell of Olney, Cecelia Griffis of Potomac, Maureen
Katzenberger of Ellicott City, Colleen Tavenner of Havre de Grace, and
Thomas Tavenner [Peary Class of 1971] of Olney; and 18 grandchildren and
eight great-grandchildren. Mass
and funeral service were held March 4 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
in Rockville, and a special candlelight vigil was held March 4 at the
former Silo Inn property along Georgia Avenue.
Harris (1976) - It was just learned recently that Ronald Harris passed
away on July 2, 2001 (published in the Frederick News Post on July 3,
2001). Ron died at his
residence in Frederick, MD. He
was the husband of Ruth Ann Harris, whom he married in August 1993.
Ron had worked for 21 years as a plasterer for the Wilcoxon
Construction Co. in Rockville. He
was a member of Frederick Model Airplane Club.
He thoroughly enjoyed building and flying his motorized models.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by one son,
Justin Alan Harris of Frederick; two sisters, Donna Harris Smith and
husband Michael of Potomac, and Sharon Harris Fowler and husband Jack of
Delray Beach, Fla.; and his stepfather, Gerald S. Collins of Dumfries.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at Keeney and
Basford Funeral Home in Frederick. The
Rev. Stacey L. Brady, of Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick,
officiated. In lieu of
flowers, the family requested memorial contributions to be made to
Frederick County Humane Society, 5712-D Industry Lane, Frederick, Md.
father of Lloyd (1978), Howard (1972), and Roger Eisenberg (1970) passed
away 3/5/02 after a long battle with leukemia.
Funeral services were held Wednesday March 6th. Info provided by Andrea Rosenberg Martinez (1978) and Nan
Kerpelman Sarb (1976) - thank you.
Vann (1980) succumbed to Cancer on March 4th, 2002 at his home
near Longmont, CO, at age 39. He
is survived by his wife Jennifer, his mom Ricki, dad Bryant and his
brother Mike (Class of 83), and their families.
A fund has been set up to offset costs of Mark’s treatment and in
support of Jennifer Vann. Donations
can be sent to:
Smith (1971) passed away March 13, 2002.
Funeral Services were held on March 16, 2002 at Washington Grove
United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, with burial at Norbeck Cemetery.
Brother Greg Smith (1977) is online with MSO, as is Tom’s wife,
Lori Muranaka Smith (1972).
condolences to all of the families and friends of those who have passed
Congratulations to John Cross, son of Scott (1976) & Mary Bergmann
Cross (1979), who placed first at the Capital Area Wrestling League
Championship in the 140-lb class on March 3, 2002.
Info provided by Don Hawkins (1970) - Since many alums are involved with,
or survivors of, many forms of cancer, this reminder may be of interest to
all. The US Postal Service
released its “Fund the Cure” stamp to help fund breast cancer research
in 1998. The stamp was
designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland.
Instead of the normal $.34 for a stamp, this one costs $.45.
The net proceeds go to the National Institutes of Health and the
Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense.
To-date, more then $23 million has been raised.
Sale of the stamps has been extended through the end of 2003.
Despite the link and listing with the Montgomery County Public Schools as
the official website for Robert E. Peary High School, The Midnight Sun
Online project is NOT financed or funded by the county. This project exists ONLY by your financial support in the way
of voluntary donations. There
are more than 3,730 alumni aboard the MSO.
We’ve received support from 12% of these listed classmates and
staff, and in most cases, it’s this 12% who continue sending regular
donations to support a project that all are benefiting from.
We hope to hear from the remaining 3,200+ who aren’t supporting
the almost-6-year-old project. Imagine
this: 3,730 classmates X $5.00 = $18,650.... would mean that MSO would be
operational for decades. A
100% response is not anticipated, but your consideration of support is
appreciated so we can, hopefully, continue for another couple of years.
Is contacting at least one old high school friend that you
wouldn’t have otherwise had a clue as to where he or she was or has been
up to over the years worth $5 or more? We hope so!
Sorry to have missed Dick Thompson (1976) during his recent visit.
Looking forward to meeting-up with Sue Mullen Friedman (1965) next
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