Unfortunately, teaching responsibilities prevent me from attending the reunion. Although absent in body, I will be celebrating the festivities in spirit. After fifty years in the world, we can congratulate ourselves on our survival skills. After completing my B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with stays in Lyon and Paris, I have taught at Ball State University in Indiana, teaching and publishing sufficiently to earn a full professorship. I have enjoyed great students and fine colleagues. But I have also benefitted from fellowships at Harvard, Yale, the Universities of Toronto and Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, two years as a visiting professor at the University of Lorraine in Nancy, two year-long sabbaticals in Paris and London, and climbing mountains in Colorado. Last fall, I returned to Chapel Hill as a visiting professor. Academics get a slow professional start; retirement will have to wait another few years. Should any of you pass through Muncie, Indiana, or Estes Park, Colorado during the summer, please give me a call.
Elizabeth "Libby" Whitcomb (Ellis)
Retired - Accounting Widowed 2
I am so sorry, but I won't be able to attend the reunion.
I will share a little about myself thou. I was married to Gene
Ellis for 47 years. We moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1974.
Gene died from cancer 2 years ago.
We raised two sons here. Gene worked in civil engineering and I worked in accounting.
Our two sons are in their 40's now with 5 children between them. The oldest one is a CPA and the other is a pharmacists.
I have had to get used to living alone, but try to keep busy with church work, family and some really special friends.
If anyone ever wondered what happened to the band picture that my mother painted, (it was my graduation present) it is here with me.
Mom painted it in one weeks time. She was really something.
I would like to buy one of the books, if possible.
I hope the reunion is really special and unforgettable.
Ellen Carney (Manson)
Retired Psychiatric Nurse Married 3
After high school, I attended the Medical College of Virginia and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelors degree in Nursing. I worked at the Richmond VA hospital and then with children at the Virginia Treatment Center for Childeren. Then, I wondered around for awhile looking for something, but I was not sure what. I wanted to move to California, but that didn't work out, so I worked at the hospital in Elizabeth City, NC and lived at Nags Head for awhile. Moved to Maryland and worked at Children's Hospital in DC, Public Health, and then I went back toschool at The Catholic University in DC for my Masters in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing specializing in Child and Adolescnt Psyhciatry. This turns out to be what I was looking for.
I married Charles N. Manson (I kid you not) in 1970 and we were married until 1991. Meanwhile we lived in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Washington, Virginia and back to Richmond. I worked at jobs while in all those places as a Psych. RN and later as a Nursing Administrator. I also taught at several Community Colleges and at UVA. Charlie and I had one child, Amelia Manson Byrd and she has two children, a wonderful Pharmacist husband, a huge house on a small farm outside Hartsville, SC. (Now you know why I live in South Carolina.)
After Charlie and I divorced, I met Wayne S. Wilson, a firefighter from Northern Virginia and we married in 1992. He has two children, James and Janice, who I call my own, since all three children chose to live with us after we married. We lived for the day we could go somewhere without arguing teens in the back seat, but we sort of miss that now.
Wayne, the children, and I lived in Rappahannock County, Virginia for eleven years and then the two of us moved to Santee, SC in 2003. We love it here in our one level home that has more space that two people need, but has easy upkeep. I have worked as a Nursing Administrator on an Interim basis for most of the past 5 years, traveling to NY, Missouri, NC, and Arkansas to work for relatively short periods of time at hospitals.
Wayne and I are both retired and we enjoy our laid back lifestyle that includes piddling, painting the outside of our house this past year, seeing our grandchildren (here in SC and one in Virginia), taking naps, quilting, heirloom sewing, reading, beaching, and baseball & seafood in Charleston, SC.
We are looking forward to the reunion and hope to see lots of NNHS grads there.
Retired - Class 1963 Sponser Single
Faye Pearce (Nalls)
After leaving NNHS, I went to Longwood and graduated in 1967.
I began teaching in Henrico County, in Richmond where I met my husband, Carl, and we married in 1972. (We went on a marvelous cruise this past December to celebrate our 40th anniversary!!)
Carl and I have enjoyed traveling, playing golf and tennis, and attending a variety of concerts, shows, etc. Carl is a musician, so he performs a great deal, and I am a really accomplished listener and "groupie" We are both retired now , but we stay as active as possible.
Over the years, I have received a Master's Degree and a Doctorate of Education. My career included teaching in both high school and middle school, being a middle school administrator, working at the district level in curriculum and instruction, and serving as a part-time assistant professor of education in Richmond, Florida, and here in Georgia.
After 41 years, I retired 5 years ago. I still do some part-time work at Kennesaw State University, am active in my church, and do volunteer work in the community.
Retired-Commonwealth of VA Married 3
Life is good. After 67 years I'm still healthy, happy and active. Having retired from the State of Virginia where I worked in Corrections, the Governor's Office, Mental Health and lastly for Probation & Parole where I saw every type of character, but none as "fine as the young" NNHS alumni of the class of 1963!
I've lived in Richmond since leaving NN in 63, raised 3 happy kids, moved on after a divorce and remarried Deanie, both enjoying working and now my retirement where I volunteer for various "Senior" activities for the County, spend time renovating my river cottage, boating, and just enjoying my kids, 6 grandkids, and lots of great friends.
I never have a slow day and really enjoy "piddling" around and doing what I want. Can't wait to see everyone in October.
Frances Hartless (Larson)
Sales Married 3
AFTER GRADUATION I LIVED IN LYNCBURG, VA FOR A COUPLE OF
YEARS, WORKED AT LYNCHBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL IN THE BUSINESS
OFFICE. MOVED BACK TO NN AND WAS INTRODUCED TO MY FUTURE
HUSBAND. WORKED AT NNSB&DDCO FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
WE HAVE BEEN ARRIED 44 YEARS AND WAS BLESSED WITH 3 GREAT SONS,
MICHAEL (TEXAS),STEVEN (WASHINGTON) AND DAVID (NN). WE HAVE 1
GRANDAUGHTER, 2 GRANDSONS AND 1 GREAT GRANDSON.
ROY RETIRED IN 2002 DUE MEMORY LOSS FROM TRIPLE BYPASS
SURGERY. HE WAS IN CONSTRUCTION AND BUILT MANY BUILDINGS HERE
IN NN AND HAMPTON.
WE ENJOY TRIPS TO TEXAS, AND WASHINGTON TO VISIT OUR FAMILY.
WE HAVE WORKED MANY YEARS WITH BSA ALL OUR SONS MADE THE
RANK OF EAGLE, WE ARE ALSO ACTIVE IN OUR CHURCH.
Retired: Newport News Shipbuilding Married 2
Still finding it hard to believe we are at the BIG 50 reunion. My mother use to tell me that the older I got time would pass faster. As usual mother was right. I retired from the Radiological Control Department of Newport News Shipbuilding after 44 years, 9 months and 11 day. People asked why I stayed so long at the shipyard and my response was, "no one else would hire me." Still married to that Hampton Crabber girl, Judy Fertitta. It's been 49 years and I don't know how she put up with me for so long. We have two children a son Jeffery and a daughter Kristen. Jeffery is a pilot for United and married with two childen, sons 11 and 12 residing about an hour outside New York city. Kristen is an physical fitness instructor with two children, a girl Kaila 16 and son Mark 12 residing in Yorktown, Va.
This retirement thing is wonderful. Judy retired shortly after I did from running her own business (modeling and promotions) of 25 years. She couldn't stand seeing me have so much fun. Two things we wanted to do in retirement was travel and renew old friendships. We have traveled more in retirement than while we were working. We started renewing old friendships with our high school graduation classes. It has been amazing. Give it a try and see what I mean. Speaking for myself there is a lot of love in the class of ' 63. Have always looked forward to each reunion but really looking forward to the BIG 50 and seeing class mates I haven't seen in 40 and 50 years. I bet they haven't changed a bit. Be ready to party Oct. 4th and 5th.
self employed Widowed 4
Hello! To my fellow graduates. I must admit most of you will probably not remember me. I was the bleached blonde guy who worked in the office in the morning and afternoon delivering the homeroom books to all of the teachers. From my first job as a labor in an asphalt company to the owner of Fox Services Heating and Air Conditioning Company the path has been exciting. I was married while in the Navy and we had 2 children. Christina and JW both live in Salt Lake City. I have 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, with another one on the way. After 15 years of trying to grow up I remarried and graduated from Texas A & M Commerce. I have worked and lived in many states and Canada. Now, I live in Grapevine Texas half way between Dallas and Ft. Worth ( go cowboys). I lost my wife in 2000 to cancer but I have 2 of the best step children a person could ever have. I also have 4 grandchildren one is on his way to the University of Texas this fall. I just sold my air conditioning company and plan to retire to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in October.
Financial Services Committed Relationship 3
I look forward to seeing everyone!