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50th Reunion

Willis Class of 1959

     WOW! What a reunion. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. See, I told you we all looked exactly like we did fifty years ago. Thanks to all who took the time (some at considerable expense) to attend some or all of the reunion activities. Steve reports that 48 classmates (57%) chose to attend at least one or more of the functions. Plus many brought a spouse; some even brought their own. The turnout was 20% bigger than any of our previous reunions. Thank you for your part in making this a memorable one, and thank you for renewing the unbreakable bond of friendship. For those who were unable to come, we missed you, and we expect to see you at the 100th in 2059 - so put it on your calendars now. On second thought, perhaps we should shoot for a 55th or 60th reunion, or maybe one in 2016 when most of us turn 75 - hopefully!

     An event like this is not going to happen without the help of lots of people. So thanks again to Jim and Joann Brown for hosting that fabulous brunch on Sunday morning, and to Bruce and Judy Hudson Denton, and Judy Green Roberts for assisting with that event. By the way, Jim Brown reports someone left a gray Arnold Palmer zipper jacket, size XL, at their house after the brunch. Thanks also to Terry Masters and Jim Harter for coordinating the golf outing on Saturday morning and for letting Larry Jackson win. And of course special thanks to Steve Lowe and Susan Kellar Ratcliffe (and their spouses Joan and Larry) for the hours and hours of work they devoted to making this the best reunion ever.

     Finally, we now have fairly good contact information on most of our classmates (all listed in the back of your reunion book). We need your help to keep it current. If you move, or change phone numbers or Email addresses, please let us know. Steve has agreed to keep the master list, but you can send the information to Susan, Jim or I and we will be glad to pass it on to Steve.

     Also, I wanted you all to know that the "little" bottle of wine that Steve presented to me at the dinner did successfully return to Denver in my checked luggage.

     Thanks again to you all for making the reunion such a great success. It was so good to see you all again and to begin to learn what you have been up to for the past 50 years. We still need more time, so . to be continued.

Forever Fine '59


Dave Hopkins shares some memories of


1st Row, L to R: Gene King, Bob Mackley, David Hopkins, John Bachelor, John Wilson, Marilyn Householder Gross, Wanda Ebright Blue
2nd Row: Art Shackelford, Jean DeWalt, John Downie, Kay Hardin Harris, Susan Kellar Ratcliffe, Linda Schaffner Perie, Barbara Ziegler Elsenheimer, Janice Finch Ingledue, Judy Hudson Denton, Sharlene Wilson Howard
3rd Row: Ron Poulton, Bob Ufferman, Jim Brown, Kay Hirning Durfey, Suzy Borland Stevens, Connie Parmer Stooksbury, Mel Durfey, Linda Kroninger Garner, Terry Masters
4th Row: Jack Arnold, Bob Montgomery, Don Baird, Julius Jordan, Larry Jackson, Tom Rybolt, Jim Harter, Jim Wickham
5th Row: Steve Lowe, Joan Allen Lowe, Judy Moore Ufferman, Joyce Bishop Clark, John Cross, Judy Kay Green Roberts, Carolyn Deyo Diersing, Bruce Denton, Jim Lowry, Larry Gale

Pictures contributed by:

Don Baird

Jim Harter

David Hopkins

Jim Brown

Susan Kellar

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