Presently playing hard, watching my 21 year old cat, Tao, and listening to my 27 year old son, Harte, enjoy life.
Looking forward to seeing all. It's been a long time!
Update from Rochelle 2/22/2017:
Tao, cat has passed away at 22 years of age. Harte is now 31, and Rochelle is a grandmother of Hudson Theodore Mahler, born May 14, 2016.
Retired Single Again 1
September 1963 - December 1968 - Newport News Shipbuilding.
January 1964 - December 1967 - US Army
December 1967 - July 31, 2007 - Newport News Shipbuilding
August 1, 2007 - Retired
Married in 1973 - Divorced in 1992.
Have one son who married in 2008, and now have a grandson 2-1/2 years old. Still Single.
Ruth Thom (Chapman)
Retired Divorced 2
After graduation I married Orren Chapman, class of 1960. We have two beautiful daughters, Kim and Amy. They both married and blessed us with three fantastic grandchildren, Drew 23, Connor 9 and Brooke 5. Orren and I divorced in the early 80's, and remain friends.
I have worked for the Peninsula Credit Bureau, First & Merchants National Bank and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union, in the Marketing Department. I retired from 1st Advantage after 28 years in 2010. Through 1st Advantage I enjoyed work related travels to New York, San Francisco, the Bahamas & Jamaica.
I've enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii and going on cruises. My favorite vacations have been, and still are, with family, on the beaches of the Outer Banks NC (my comfort zone). I still climb Jockey's Ridge, fly kites with my grandchildren, and walk on the beach.
One of my dreams as a child was to be in movies, and I was fortunate enough to experienced the thrill of being an extra in two movies: The Jackyl with Richard Gere and Bruce Willis and Contact with Jody Foster, and I had a blast.
Since retirement I have been blessed to be able to spend time with my two youngest grand children, Connor and Brooke, while my daughter works. We play Wii and Xbox. I can update anyone on how Barbie and Ken are doing 50 years later. By the way, they are still together!
My hair is gray, and l have put on a few pounds, but I still enjoy throwing the ball around with the grand kids and gardening and cutting the grass. I am still working on my bucket list. Some of those items include owning my own beach cottage in Nags Head, tandem sky diving on my 70th birthday, and returning to Disney World with my grandchildren this time.
One of my favorite verses from a song I like is,"It's not who you know, I'ts not what you've done, but how you live your life".
I look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion, and catching up.
Sharon Weaver (Knowles)
Retired Divorced 2
WOW. 50 years have passed and it seems so short.
I have loved, married, given birth to two wonderful boys, divorced, retired from a wonderful job with the US Navy.
I have been able to do some great traveling all over the world. Need to do more. Last year I actually visited Kenya on Safari. AWESOME adventure.
I have also dabbled in apiculture and love it. I am lucky enough to have a
second home—The Knolls -- in Brunswick County straight out Rt 58 – 90 acres give or take with a new construction home. A bear has destroyed my hives twice now. Bees are so fascinating. What a restful getaway. While I am first a cat lover, I have now discovered a woman’s best friend. He is a Berger Picard.
Living in Olde Towne Portsmouth is making life great – I live in a restored 19th century home and can walk to the best restaurants in Tidewater and a wonderful Art Deco movie theater. Looking forward to the next 50 years.
lawyer www.kalfusnachman.com Married 1
I graduated from the University of North Carolina in '67, started law school at UVA in the same year and graduated in '71 after serving briefly on active duty in the Army.
I worked for the same law firm for seven years in Norfolk, during which time I got married and divorced. I then went with my current senior partner and formed what is now Kalfus & Nachman with offices in Norfolk,Newport News and Roanoke.
I still work five days a week, but rarely stay in the office after 1PM. This has allowed me to pursue additional interests which include serving on the board of a non-profit nursing home and chairing the board of a hospice organization.
In 1981 I was fortunate enough to cross paths with my high school heart throb Judy Bell ('64) and we were married the following year. We have resided in Virginia Beach ever since. We have a son Michael who lives in Cambridge, Mass. and hopefully will one day bless us with one or more grandchildren.
Judy and I have enjoyed travelling throughout our marriage and we have many great memories of those trips. I have become active in an organization that supports 5 orphanages in Nicaragua and it has been a real joy to work with and help these kids grow into responsible self supporting adults. I have gone there at least once a year for the last five years and look forward to the experience each time.
Judy has remained best friends with our classmate Linda Block, who lives in New York City and we normally see her and her husband at least once a year.
About ten years ago we went to a movie theatre in New York and were surprised to see classmate Marlene Cohen there. She has not changed.
Judy always says that she looks forward to seeing my classmates more than hers, and this year will be no exception.
See ya'll in October.
Susan Perkins (Best)
Retired Teacher Married
Graduated from Mary Wasington in 1967. Taught Special Education at Sedgefield Elementary in Newport News for one year. Married Paul Best (Staunton, Va.) in 1968. Recieved Masters Degree in Special Education from University of Arizona in Tucson and taught there for three years while Paul completed his doctorate in psychology. Came to Monterey Peninsula in 1972 where Paul fulfilled his military duty and I got a job teaching in Carmel. Retired in 2007 after 34�years in the Carmel School District. We love living in such a beautiful spot in California. Have visited Virginia several times and kept in touch with Mary Beth Sawyer Humes who keeps me informed on the "goings on" in Newport News and Hampton.
Susan Ann Bauz
Susie Overton (Jones)
Retired - Administrative Assistant Married 2
Wow! Has it been 50 years..
1963 - 1970 - I worked for a home builder in Hampton, as an assistant bookkeeper.
1975 - 1990 - Bookkeeper and Office Manager for a plumbing manufacturer's representative selling to high end wholesalers.
1990 - 1998 - Bookkeeper and Office Manager for wholesaler selling pipe, valves & fittings to government facilities.
1998 - 2001 - Office Manager, Comptroller for large mechanical contractor in Newport News.
Since retirement in 2001 we are enjoying our three granddaughters, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Suzanne Morris (Oberlander)
Retired sogocarddesigns.com Married 2
So many wonderful memories have been rekindled while reading about the lives of Newport News friends, and I appreciate all the hard work and efforts of the Reunion Committee.
I moved to Washington DC in 1972 and love living in this beautiful area. On October 14, 1977, I met the most wonderful man, George Oberlander, at a land use and energy conservation seminar (he sat next to me at lunch) and on October 14, 1978 we married. He gave me two incredible teenagers as a wedding gift and they have been such a fabulous part of our lives. Our son Michael and daughter-in-law KK are both actors (theater, movies, TV) and now both own their own companies in LA. Most importantly, they are the parents of our beloved grandson Aidan (8) and the reason we travel to California several times a year. Our daughter Sylvie (producer for NBC Nightly News) and son-in-law Tom (videographer) who made us grandparents of our incredible grandson Nicholas (13). Fortuunately they live just 3 miles from us and we are cheering grandparents at weekly lacrosse and ice hockey games. One of the most wonderful occasions for our family was the trip 3 years ago to Vienna, Austria where George could show our kids and grandsons the house where he was born and raised. It was a very moving and exciting trip for the 8 of us.
George retired from being the Associated Executive Director of the National Capital Planning Commission and still does consulting work. My professional highlights include being a Staff Officer at the National Academy of Sciences responsible for the election of members and the annual meeting of scientists from all over the world; organizating a Health Care Quality Alliance for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association; and my most favorite and meaningful, being the Community Outreach/Activities Manager for The Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health, a residential facility where children and their families stay while the child is undergoing treatment at NIH. I retired several years ago and recently started SOGO Designs, a unique gift cards and tags company. I have shown my work at several craft shows and will be in two holiday craft shows in November.
Personal highlights include being awarded the United Nations Human Right Award for Comunity Service, working with Barbara Bush on her adult literacy initiative, being a Bat Mitzvah at age 43, and completing the Marine Corp Marathon (1998). Currently I serve on the boards of the Montgomery County Historical Society and Reading Opens Minds and am on the Social Committee of our condo association.
George and I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel extensively, and highlights include hiking on the Great Wall of China, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and building a snowman on the deck of the QE2 in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Being married to my best friend and spending our lives together is the greatest joy in my life.
Really looking forward to seeing each of you and spending a wonderful weekend with friends who shared in experiences together at NNHS. See you soon.
Social Worker Retired Married 4