Chasing grandchildren Married 5
When I left NNHS, I decided that I would go to Virginia Tech and major in chemical engineering. Unable to cope with the Corps of Cadets (which was mandatory at the time), I returned to Newport News and attended Old Dominion. The next year, with the mandatory corps requirements no longer an issue, I went back to Tech, switched my major to economics and settled in. When I finished there, I came home and went to work for VEPCO in the accounting department. After a short stay in the Hampton office, I transferred to Richmond in order to work on a new project, the conversion of the accounting system from manual bookkeeping to some new-fangled device called a computer. I worked in Richmond for one and a half years, and then went to work at NASA, operating and programming some of their big computers.
Next, I took a job with System Development Corporation, which was developing an intelligence gathering system for the Air Force. I was later promoted to Project Manager and eventually department manager for command and control systems. In 1988 I was recruited by a former boss of mine to come and be a Vice President in a small company named Network Solutions. So, we moved to the Tysons Corner area. After several years, SAIC bought our company because of our network design and integration skills. Little did we know that a small contract we had with the National Science Foundation would turn out to change the entire computer world. At that time, we were responsible for managing all of the IP address space worldwide as well as the registration of all domain names (.com., .net,.org, .edu, .mil, etc.).
SAIC spun us out as a wholly owned subsidiary and we created an entity that later went with an initial public offering (IPO). The company grew by leaps and bounds. After a couple of years of going crazy trying to please the Wall Street analysts, I discussed it with my wife and I retired at the age of 55. But I wasn’t ready to quit working, so I got together with a couple of really nice guys, formed a consulting firm and travelled far and wide consulting on Internet strategies and security. About five years ago, I gave that up and retired to the golf course.
Along the way, I married my dream lady. We have five daughters, four fantastic sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren. When we are not travelling, or chasing our grandchildren, we spend a lot of time at our church and helping people. We own a home west of Leesburg in Loudoun County, about 3 miles from the Shenandoah Valley.
I have been richly blessed along the way. I still enjoy good health (a few minor glitches here and there), a reasonably clear mind, and a peace that passes all understanding. I look forward to seeing all of you at the re-union event.
Carol Vogel (Daniel)
Retired Married 2
I earned a BA at Michigan State University, a Masters in English at Carnegie Mellon University, and a JD at Nova University Law School. I worked many years as a labour lawyer but is now retired.
Married to Darden Daniel and we have a daughter, Brooke.
Brooke earned degrees from Wellsley and the University of Texas and worked as a psycho therapist in Austin, Texas, until she started her family. Brooke's husband designs software for Pay Pal. They have a daughter, Reese (10 years) and a son, Will (5 years).
We also had a son, Paul.
Paul earned degrees from the University of Colorado (yes, he loves to ski) and George Washington University (MBA). Paul works for Beckman Colter selling biotechnology products. His customers are major medical centers and research institutes. On a sales call, Paul met his wife, a PhD in biochemistry who does research on heart cells at NIH in Washington, D.C. They have one son, Kenneth (1 year).
My passion is gardening and it keeps her busy most of the year.
Currently we are retired and living in Irving, Texas.
Any class mate finding his or her way to Irving is encouraged to pay us a visit. We must confess we had many more visitors when we lived in Miami, especially in the winter months. You may contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darden recently had neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and may have to have a second operation at the time of the class reunion. If it is determined that the second operation is not necessary, we hope to attend the class reunion.
Carol Smith (Saunders)
Retired Married 1
Worked at the Bank of Hampton Roads after graduation. Married Bob Saunders (class '61) in 1967 and moved to Blacksburg to put Bob thru school.
One son born in 1973. Worked for NNS&DDCo Employees Credit Union (Collections) and retired in 1985.
Have lived in Williamsburg, Pennsylvannia, and Ohio, now residing in Smithfield on a small farm. Two grandchildren, Keegan 7, and Easton 2.
Enjoy reading, golf, boating and being a grandmother.
Carol Collier (Sparrow)
Retired 2001 Verizon after 32 yrs. Now working at Bed Bath &Beyond.. Married 2
In 1963 I married David Genobles. We had 2 daughters, Cara and Michele. Cara lives in Hampton, VA and Michele lives in Gloucester, VA. I have 5 grandchildren and 2 grandbabies. After about 7 years David and I went our separate ways. He passed away 2 years ago in Inverness, FL. In 1969 I went to work for C&P Telephone Company which later became Bell Atlantic and by the time I retired it had become Verizon Communications. I started out as a dispatch clerk, then became a records clerk. In 1972 I was promoted to the technical side of the company. I retired on December 31, 2001 as a central office technician. After staying home for a year I decided to get a part time job. I have been working at Bed Bath and Beyond ever since. I hope I can make until I get to be 70. I love working there. I see lots of old friends quite often. I have been married to Lawson (Buddy) Sparrow for 16 years. Buddy grew up in Newport News and attended NNHS in the 50's. Buddy retired from Chase Packaging Co. in Newport News. We live a pretty simple and enjoyable life. We go on vacation about once a year since we have several pets to take care of. We did have a really great vacation this past April. We traveled to New Orleans, LA for Buddy's grandaughter's wedding. All the events were in the French Quarter. Our hotel was 3 blocks from Bourbon St. It was an awesome trip. Both of Buddy's daughters grew up in NOLA. It's always fun to go visit them. I guess that's about it as far as I can remember!
Claudia Dellapenta (Melgaard)
Retired Lab analyst Married 2
I remember thinking in the past that anyone going to their 50th reunion was pretty old. Funny how that doesn't seem to be the case anymore! Unless I look in the mirror, I feel the same as I always did-but a whole lot wiser.
I married my first husband in '63, had 2 wonderful daughters and stayed home to raise them. In '79 that marriage ended and I went to Christopher Newport to get a B.S. in biology. I later met my husband, Bill, and was married in'82. I got a lab analyst position at N.N. Waterworks and was there
for 26 years.
Bill & I are both retired now and enjoy the freedom. We take as many trips as we can with family & friends. We both have many hobbies and seem to be busy all the time.
I have one grandson in college, and am lucky that my girls live in the area.
My latest hobby is learning to weave. Bill & I both take banjo lessons. He plays a lot better than I!
Life has been good and I thank God every day for all my blessings.
Connie McGhee (Soles)
Treat autistic children/traumatic brain injuries www.audiohope.org Widowed
Coming as no great surprise, I majored in music at East Carolina University where as a freshman, I was cast in the role of ‘Maria in “West Side Story.” After graduation I spent most of my career as an elementary music teacher in Hampton. After several years of teaching I went back to school and earned an M. A. in guidance and counseling.
I married Fred Soles, an East Carolina alumnus and had a very good marriage. I was widowed in 2004.
Along the course of my career, I developed a television curriculum teaching elementary and middle school children to write music and lyrics using a computer and synthesizer. I received a grant from the Virginia State Department of Education and taught on live television for 3 years. As a result of my telecourse, I was invited to go to Moscow, Russia to teach Russian teachers of gifted students. This was one of the highlights of my life and I will always remember being in Russian Mission Control during a transmission to Mir and as a special guest of President Yeltsin for a concert in the Kremlin. Because of my contact with the sponsoring organization, Russia and West Virginia Foundation, I hosted 3 of the Moscow area’s most talented young pianists the following year. For a period of six weeks, three of my talented American students taught the talented Russians how to compose music on the computer and synthesizer.
Upon retirement I established a non-profit organization called AudioHope through which I offer a very specialized music intervention called Auditory Integration Training (AIT) which is used to treat ADHD and autistic children. This has evolved into a treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injuries. My most recent expansion in using the power of music to heal has been in treating a client with Acquired Brain Injury, the result of surgery gone wrong. Her positive results are very promising. Visit www.aitinstitute.org to view my client videos and see how I plan to spend the remaining years of my life.
Retired, kinda Married 3
I'm going to try and make this thing, but I'm all over the place and have difficulty planning more than a couple days out. Assuming I actually do make it, I look forward to seeing you folks. I just wish all could be there, that somehow the ones who've gone were still here. A few were of my favorite people
Business owner/product devel/mart. Married 3
I'm going to try and make this thing, but I'm all over the place and have difficulty planning more than a couple days out. Assuming I actually do make it, I look forward to seeing you folks. I just wish all could be there, that somehow the ones who've gone were still here. A few were of my favorite people.
Rretired- Exxon Corporation International Tax Attorney Married 2
After graduating high school, I earned a BA at Boston University, a JD at the University of Richmond Law School, and a LLM in Taxation at George Washington University Law School.
While earning the LLM, I worked as a tax attorney in the National Office of the IRS in Wash., D.C. After becoming a group chief in the corporate reorganization branch of the IRS, I was recruited by Exxon Corporation where I worked as an international tax attorney until retiring at age 65.
My wife, Carol Vogel, earned a BA at Michigan State University, a Masters in English at Carnegie Mellon University, and a JD at Nova University Law School. Carol worked many years as a labour lawyer but is now retired.
We have one daughter, Brooke. Brooke earned degrees from Wellsley and the University of Texas and worked as a psycho therapist in Austin, Texas, until she started her family. Brooke's husband designs software for Pay Pal. They have a daughter, Reese (10 years) and a son, Will (5 years).
We also had a son, Paul. Paul earned degrees from the University of Colorado (yes, he loves to ski) and George Washington University (MBA). Paul works for Beckman Colter selling biotechnology products. His customers are major medical centers and research institutes. On a sales call, Paul met his wife, a PhD in biochemistry who does research on heart cells at NIH in Washington, D.C. They have one son, Kenneth (1 year).
My international travels on Exxon business allowed me to pursue my passion for fishing in the oceans of the world. I have caught each species of bill fish in the world. I also pursued my passion for hunting by taking five African safaris on which I took a number of trophies including a cape buffalo and a sable.
Carol's passion is gardening and it keeps her busy most of the year.
Currently, Carol and I are retired and living in Irving, Texas. Any class mate finding his or her way to Irving is encouraged to pay us a visit. We must confess we had many more visitors when we lived in Miami, especially in the winter months. Please contact me via email at email@example.com.
I recently had neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and may have to have a second operation at the time of the class reunion. If it is determined that the second operation is not necessary, We hope to attend the class reunion.
After High School I attended Old Dominion College and received a B.S. in Chemistry (heartfelt thanks to Mr. Leonard), and then went off to the University of Florida for a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. An Assistant Professorship in Chemistry at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY took me to what I then considered the frozen North but which I now call home. At the U of Rochester I met and married Peggy Michel. Following a few years of teaching I took a job at Eastman Kodak Company and worked there for the next 33 years in both technical and management positions, mostly in Rochester though with 7 years with the family in Europe, retiring in 2008.
Peggy retired last year from her position teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), though she still works with foreign students that need help.
We have three married children, Wendy Ormstedt (Huntsville Alabama), Joe Braitsch II (Boston, MA), and Casey Rosen-Carole (Rhinebeck, NY). and we now have six grandchildren (13, 6, 4, 4, 2 and 16 mo.). Needless to say we travel a lot.
I still have many of the same interests I had back in High School, water (sailing, swimming), music (banjo has largely replaced the ukulele and guitar), and photography, and though I still do some modest consulting there doesn’t seem to be much time left for real work.
We can’t wait to catch up with everyone. Peg especially wants to see if any of my legendary stories about high school are really true or just embellished by time. In the attached photo of some of the family I’m the one on the left.