Weston High School Alumni News

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Your news welcome! Please continue to send in your news We'll post it here as it arrives, most recent first. Also, here's a reminder for members of all classes to send in your email addresses. (Don't forget to mention your class and where you're located.) Our alumni email address list is a great resource for keeping contact with classmates. While you're at it, why not tell us what's new in your life as well? 


Announcements, Reunions

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All classes - Attention Reunion coordinators. Have you created nonprofits for your funds between reunions? Would you be interested in joining the Class of 77 in doing so? We had been using the town’s tax number for our account but were just given notice not to do that any longer (not sure how we used it this long!).  We’re exploring creating a WHS Alumni Club where we would all have one tax exempt number shared among our non-co-mingled accounts. Email me directly if interested or if you have thoughts e.sturgis@verizon.net.  Thanks!  Ellen Sturgis ’77. (4-23-14)

All classes - Dear Weston and METCO friends, we would like to share the sad new of John Hudson's passing on February 5, 2014. John Hudson was a long time supporter of the Weston METCO program and a strong advocate for students and families in Boston and Weston and other communities. His three children were graduates of Weston High School, Jamila Hudson (2003), Bashir Hudson (2009) and Ayanna Hudson (2013). John served as the Chair of the Boston Weston METCO Parent Organization for many years and was instrumental in making it possible for METCO parents to serve as part of the Weston School Committee. John's contributions to the METCO program and others areas where he served families will not be forgotten. We are all sadden to hear this news and extend our love and support to the Hudson family. Cards and notes of support may be sent to the Hudson Family at 9 Surreyhill Lane, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Wake and Funeral services are as follow: Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve Street, West Newton. Wake: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Funeral: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 10:00am. Interment: New Cemetery. Repast: Myrtle Baptist Church.
Cheryl Antoine, Chair and Elizabeth T. Nagarajah, Co-Chair, Boston Weston METCO Parent Organization (2-10-14)

1975-2001 - Sad note from Case House: "We have been informed of the very sad news that Ron (Doc) Harris, former Middle School Principal (retired in 2001), passed away this week after a brief illness." There are tentative plans for a memorial service in the spring. Obituary from the Boston Globe. (1-30-14)

1979 - The WHS class of ’79 will be having its 35th reunion on June 28th. Details to follow with regards to location, etc. Please contact Doug Roth at droth3561@aol.com for information or to provide updated contact information so we are sure to include everyone! (1-19-14)

1980's - 2014 We received this notice from Weston Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Maloney: School Committee Chair Danielle Black announced at last night’s (December 9) School Committee meeting that I will retire as Superintendent of Schools in June 2015, after what will be thirty years of teaching and leading in the Weston Public Schools. I look forward to working with all of you over the next year and a half as we continue to support high expectations for all students in and out of the classroom. The challenges of our work are made light through our collaboration and commitment to providing our students with a rich, diverse and rigorous education. (12-10-13)

1970's - 1980's - Bob Corley (age 91), former Music Director in the Weston Public Schools, passed away this week. He lived in Maine, where his service will be held. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 6, at 1:00pm at the J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Rd., Kittery, Maine. His obituary may be found here. (11-5-13)

1964 - The Class of 1964 is planning a 50th Reunion July 19, 2014, at Henderson House in Weston. The evening will begin at 6pm with a cocktail and dinner party and all class members are invited. There is also a plan underway for a golf tournament that same day. For more information please contact Lee Shepherd Johnson at lee.johnson17@verizon.net  We look forward to a great turnout. (10-27-13)

1972 - Chris Healey McManama announces the Class of 1972's 41st Reunion, scheduled for October 5, 2013, at the Henderson House, Cliff Road, Weston. Full dinner to be served. $100/per person. Please send check to: Holly Palmgren Wright, 11 Water Street, South Natick, MA  01760. Looking forward to reminiscing with all of you! (9-2-13)

1958 - Update from Nancy Foster: Well, the WHS Class of ‘58 had another successful reunion a few weeks ago at the Josiah Smith Tavern. And even after celebrating our 55th reunion, there’s talk of another in five years. We’ll see how that goes, once the glow of being with old friends and reminiscing wanes a bit. It was fun!
We’ve had another death in our class since last I wrote. Joan Walker Giles died June 26, 2013. She had lived in York, Maine, and died at a medical facility in Portsmouth, NH. That’s 23 folks who have passed who graduated with us; and two others who started in Weston Public Schools, but graduated from private schools. And I suppose there are others who went to private schools about whom I’ve not heard. (7-15-13)

1973 - Weston High Class of 1973 40th Reunion is on  August 10th at Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland, 7pm. Please contact Dave Teittinen at dteittinen@aol.com for details. (5-11-13)

1980 - From Celeste: All welcome to a WHS '80 Reunion in honor of our 50th year, on June 15th at Celeste Gallagher O'Keeffe's home in Hyannis Port, MA, 11-3 rain or shine. Contact Celeste at CEOKEEFFE@aol.com or Facebook Kathy Cleary or Mary Crouch. (5-11-13)

Classmates and Friends

(latest 12 months of personal news and reflections)

2007 - Sad news, sent to us by school superintendent Cheryl Maloney: “I am saddened to report that Victor Nahigian, graduate of Weston High School Class of 2007, passed away suddenly last weekend. Visiting hours will be held at the Giragosian Funeral Home, 576 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, on Thursday, March 27,  from 5:00-8:00PM. Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge, on Friday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. Here is the link to Victor's obituary:  http://www.giragosianfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1274739” (3-26-14)

1990 - Valérie Lejeune Steff is now vice-president of Weston-Rombas. She writes, “Friends of 1990, please give me some news. Miss you…” (3-12-14)

1981 - Barry Zellen is co-editor the newly published anthology, Culture, Conflict and Counterinsurgency, published by Stanford University Press in January 2014. The book examines the nexus of culture, conflict, and strategic intervention, and attempts to establish if culture is important in a national security and foreign policy context, and to explore how cultural phenomena and information can best be used by the military. In the process it addresses just how intimate cultural knowledge needs to be to counter an insurgency effectively. (3-1-14)

1982 - A classmate looks out for our interests! On December 4, 2013, Alan Gale was an honoree at the Department of Justice's annual awards ceremony where he was presented with the Civil Division's "Perseverance Award." The award recognized Alan's trial and appellate victories over United Technologies Corporation in a decade-long litigation that resulted in a record-setting $664 million judgment against UTC for violations of the False Claims Act in connection with the sale of fighter aircraft engines to the Air Force. (12-5-13)

1972 - Novelist Pamela Warren writes: I’ve just published my fifth novel, “Love Across Time: Jessie Meets the Bard.” It’s a time travel book where the heroine travels back in time and meets Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet.This is the second book that I published this year. The previous book, “Ae Fond Kiss,” is about a woman bluegrass musician who meets and falls in love with a Scottish folk musician. I’ve been writing as I continue to recover from various medical issues. It’s been good therapy for me. Best wishes to all my classmates. (11-16-13)

1970 - From Kathryn Vinal Gribben: “My wonderful friend Susan Hudson-Wilson died suddenly in October 2012 while on a safari with her husband, John Wilson, in Nairobi, Kenya. They had just finished a trip of a life time and were on their way home. I will miss Susan's determination, laughter, and agile mind. Most of all I will miss the kindness and friendship that we shared since we were 13 years old. I have the most wonderful memories of her.” Susan's obituary is here. (11-9-13)

1967 - Just want to say hi. My name is Daniel Coleman and I went to Weston high from 1963 to 1966. I would have graduated in 1967, but moved back to the Detroit area and did my last year at Bloomfield Hills Andover High. I still remember using the same books in the 12th grade here in Michigan that I had in Weston in the 10th grade. I will always cherish my days in Weston, and would like to come to the 2017 class reunion. (10-21-13)

1953 - Sad news: “My mother, Jill (Kibbe) McNamara, died last year 2012 at age 78. She graduated from Weston High School in 1953. She loved her years in Weston and spoke of everyone as very special. Jill lived in Newton, married and had three children. She became a business entrepreneur after her husband died when she was in her 40s. She owned a nail salon and a women's clothing boutique. Sincerely, Connie McNamara Hunter.” (7-23-13)

1981 - The remarkably prolific Barry Zellen has published two more books this year. He tells us: My latest book project is just out. The book is The Fast-Changing Arctic: Rethinking Arctic Security for a Warmer World, published by University of Calgary Press on July 1st. (Click here for more info and content.)
Plus I think I forgot to send a note in January when my previous book came out - State of Recovery: The Quest to Restore American Security after 9/11 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) - which is essentially an anthology of articles I wrote addressing homeland security, counterterrorism, and WMD-proliferation policies, including the various technologies developed and deployed to reduce the many risks and vulnerabilities of the post-9/11 world. (Click here for more info.) (7-11-13)

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