Lamar High School - Houston
Class of 1959
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Dee Post Zook-Bell, Sukey Fenoglio, Bette Azadian Leonard join their '59 Lamar classmates for bi-monthly luncheon at the Petroleum Club.  More October 2016 Lamar Lunch Bunch photos can be viewed here
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Cover - Texas History Movies
Do you remember these? Larry Hitt says,

   "I loved those little history books! How better to learn about Cabeza de Vaca, LaSalle and Jean Lafitte, the pirate that frequented Galveston. Those books brought Texas history to life! You’ll enjoy this blog comment:

Thanks for bringing back those memories.


Jon Hugh Fleming recalls,

   "I don't think we had those booklets at Lanier.  It must have been a PPP (Pershing Panda Propaganda).  I had Mrs Jewell Doyen for Texas History in 8th grade at Lanier.  Ended up a history major at SMU."

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Memories and Exceptionalism:   The Lamar Class of 1959
The Class held a memorial for Reed Robinson on 4 August 2015; details are here.  The following note was received by Larry Hitt from Classmate Bob Winegar upon Bob's learning of the passing of Reed Robinson, June, 2015:
    thanks,  we will get more bad news at regular intervals now.  much as i hate to know it, i do want to know.  as to Reed, i didn’t know him closely, but we did know each other and i liked and respected him. also see other familiar names in this chain. besides you there’s don grimes.  one reunion we spent about 3 hours sitting outside, just relaxing and sharing old stories.  i recall bain williams was with us.  
   Redskins ’59 becomes more exceptional to me all the time.  while we were in school i just assumed every high school class was like that.  now of course we all know what an exceptional group that was. also have fond memories of sherry (and lynn), tom stults, and chris black.  i think we (selected rabble and me) did the very first tree TP job ever, on sherry in 1957.  i bought the roll in a 7-11 (u-tote-em, etc) for a dime, no tax. i have similar, though less dramatic, memories of all of the above.
    soriero, kenny hardin and i went to a tent meeting (after playland park) on south main, A.A. Allen (later from miracle valley, AZ) was the evangelist.  we sat in back.  i remembered this also later when i saw the movie popeye.  what a collection of strange folks were there.  we got all our pennies together, (after playland quite a pile), and tommy took them up for an offering.  not long after, Allen pointed our way in this huge tent and said “people, there’s demons behind you!” they all (maybe a thousand or two?) turned and looked at us and of course we got the hell out of there, muy rapido.
    a few short tales of the others also.  it WAS exceptional, and will likely never be like that for any group, anywhere, ever again.  how very fortunate we are to have been in that group!      have had previous such messages from don cook.  trust he remains well?  wish girls kept their maiden names.  i don’t always know the current last names.  we had a truly amazing group of ladies for sure.  women are just not that beautiful these days.  and it always amazes me when i hear of someone’s horrible high school days.  they were wonderful to me.     shut up bob time.  be well all, enjoy.  bob

   '59ers in Galveston:    24-26 October 2014      Was it fun?   Click here!
  Our Lamar '59 classmates held a "Hill Country Rendezvous" the weekend of October 26-28, 2012 in Fredericksburg, TX.   Photos are linked here;  activities and attendees are posted here.  
Redskins Controversy

Classmate Information

Sam Stewart - 2015


Recent Losses:

Tim Wheatley, 1959

Reed Robinson 1959

Our most recent classmate news

Aug 2016:  I am in panel 1, Row 11, Number 12, standing next to Gene Clements.  
Thank you for updating the class picture with my location.   

I believe that Mike Busby is on Frame 3, Row 10, No. 28.  

My wife and I moved to Simpsonville, South Carolina ten years ago from Houston, so I am not likely to able to attend a luncheon.  When I lived in Houston I was aware of these but I didn't ever have the time.  Now that I have the time I am not in Houston.  

Best wishes to all my classmates - Sig Byrd
Sigman Byrd
6 Rothesay Street

Simpsonville, S.C.

July 2015:  Classmates and friends report on the recent medical problems facing Nancy Delorenzo:
 [2 July]  [Nancy] is in Yale Hosp [New Haven, CT] with a serious stroke. She needs many prayers!!!  I will keep u posted,.  -  Kay Segrato

  [4 July]  Howdy 59’s……………..

An email just came down from my early Bible study class here @ 2nd Baptist…


Nancy Delorenzo has suffered a severe stroke….


That’s all it said ………

Probably a good time for us to pool info, and stay tuned…


Please, anyone who can fill us in with more info please do…

God’s best to Joe and Nancy


  -  Tony Ullrich

[4 July]  [Joe and Nancy] & their 2 boys live in Houston.  We had good news from Caring Bridge today:  she is moving her arm  & legs a lot, & is improving even though she has pneumonia.  She is in ICU.  They want to give her a tracheotomy to remove some offluids in her lungs, & a feeding tube so they can make her more stable to travel back to Houston when the time comes.

  -  Sherry Zarr

[5 July] This is just very, very sad news.  I can imagine that all of us feel utterly helpless on this Sunday morning.  All of us have been in tight corners throughout our lives but, I find it hard to adequately imagine the immensity of this. 


The solace we seek for Nancy and Joe will be found in the usual place:  Prayer.  I simply know no other way (assuming she's got the best that Houston medicine can offer).  God love them; and He will.  I profoundly believe All who call on the name of the Lord will find blessing…and Nancy and Joe are right up at the head of that line in Cheryl's and my prayers.


   -  Jon Hugh

[5 July]  I learned from some of Nancy’s close friends about the CaringBridge website where a dedicated page has been established for Nancy. This is a very thorough and accurate way of keeping up with her treatment and progress.  After opening the link in Barbara’s email below you can read all journal entries and, if you wish, sign up for emails as updates are posted.  It’s going to be a long road to recovery but I think you’ll be encouraged by what you read.


  -  Larry Hitt

CaringBridge Updates on Nancy DeLorenzo, e.g., by Sharon DeLorenzo, with comments by classmates, e.g., Sukey, Susan Ellis, Bob Winegar.

Feb 2015:  I’d like to place myself, Sam Stewart (know then as Sammy) in Row 9, number 37 from the left.

Though I was only at Lamar from Dec. 1958 on, and can put precious few names on the faces I remember, I do recall a number of them from us being at Rice together before I left for something more appropriate after a couple yrs.  Indeed I wound up marrying Nancy Smith, a 1958 1/2 mid-termer who went to summer school and graduated in the Summer of 1958.  We’d gone to Bethany Christian Church, next door to Lamar, together and met there again after parting with our first spouses.  We’ve been married a wonderful 25 yrs now.

If you know of someone who has time on their hands, they might input the Orenda photo in a photo ID program such as iPhoto for Macs, and then run that against the Class photo.  It should match up a substantial number of our otherwise unidentified.
   Orenda Page

Jan 2015:  Good news! Ginny Allen is now identified in our Panoramic Class Photo:  Row 5, #27.   Thanks to Joanne Edmundson!   Now, who is standing next to YOU?   Help us identify another one of our classmates!
   Orenda Page

Jan 2015:  Great news! Robert French is alive and well and living in Washington state!  He reports:
"The accounts of my death have been greatly exaggerated.  The part about becoming a Las Vegas croupier is also inaccurate.   It is much more boring than that.  I became a CPA in Anchorage, Alaska, and then had a career as an accountant with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon.  I live in Vancouver, Washington."
   Orenda Page   
Our most recent classmate losses

Jul 2015:  Tim Wheatley died on Monday, July 20, 2015 in Houston.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1961-1965 in the 331st Fighter Interceptor Squadron.  He loved studying and talking about his family history and was a proud member of Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War of 1812 and Sons of the Confederate Veterans.   A graveside service was conducted on Friday, July 24th at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

 Orenda Page       Obituary

Jun 2015:  Reed Robinson died on Thursday morning, June 4, 2015 in Houston.  He had numerous medical issues in recent years including several strokes and had been in assisted living for some timeReed's obituary appeared on 5 July 2015 and is linked below.

There will be an inurnment service to celebrate the life of Reed Winslow Robinson on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00 am.  Rev. Tom Stults '59 will officiate.  It will be at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery,   6900 Lawndale Blvd, Houston, TX, 77023When you arrive at the cemetery follow the "Robinson" signs to the grave site.  There will be a tent and chairs available.  Reed would have liked it to be casual.

If you are unable to attend and have some remembrances of Reed you would like to share you may send them to our classmate Chris Black at  or call Chris at 832-256-1228 and we willl share them at the service.  A special thanks to those who contributed to the fund for covering the cost of fulfilling Reed's last wishes regarding his remains

Note:  In addition to providing compassionate care and much of Reed’s support in recent years, our classmate Chris Black assumed responsibility for Reed’s final expenses.  He committed to covering the cost of cremation, opening of the family plot for interment of the urn, a grave marker, the obituary and other expenses.  The total cost will be almost $5,000.  After learning about this, a number of our classmates together with some of Reed’s former students and neighbors have pledged almost $2,000 to help offset Chris’s expenses, and other friends and classmates have since contributed the remainder to offset these expenses.  Thank you to all!  

   Orenda Page       Obituary

Electronic Orenda Our class directory  based on our Orenda - even those folks who didn't get their photo in are featured here - with current hometown noted and a link to their Lamar memories and Class Photo location where known.   Send in your information to
 Photos from Reunions
Photos from our recent reunions (Fredericksburg in 2012, 50th in 2009) are shared here  - including a few from post-reunion activities.   Includes some suggested free on-line storage sites for sharing your pics.
Reunion Video
Each (known) classmate received a letter from Raines Video Productions offering a DVD (or VHS tape) of our gala 3-day weekend with interviews of many attending classmates, for $29.95 plus $4 S&H.   Their site (linked at left) contains the contact info for Raines.
Reunion Directory
If you did not receive the Class Directory at the reunion, you can order one (while they last) for $10 from Larry Hitt.  Go to the Reunion home page, print and fill out the Reply Card, and mail it to the address at the top of the Reunion Page.
Reunion Report Prepared as an article on our 50th Reunion for Fran Callahan to publish in the Alumni Assocation Newsletter, this (2MB) PDF file provides an overall summary of our Reunion and the events of the weekend, with a few photos of interest.
Reunion Activities Our fun-filled weekend of November 13-15, 2009.  These five events were packed into three fun-filled days!  Click here to see the list of classmates registered to attend our 50th, from Anchorage to Naples.
50th Reunion Memories The remarks (as a PDF file) presented by Lynn Zarr and Sherry Strater at our 50th Celebration (Saturday Night, River Oaks Country Club, 14 Nov 2009).
Facebook Group
Yes, our Class has its very own Facebook Group.  First join (for free), then join the Lamar 1959 group (for free) to exchange news, photos, and event information with any of your classmates.  Not familiar with Facebook?  Click here for our helpful Facebook Tips.
Missing Classmates
This PDF list is dated Nov 2011.  We now know that Neta Lois Frazier died 7/13/1998, Joe Lovelady died 9/22/2008, and Mark Spears died 1/4/2003.  These deaths and the current missing are marked in our Electronic Orenda.  If you can provide other data, please send to the Webmaster or to
In Memoriam Provided obituaries and memorial sites.  Includes link to the current (PDF format)  list of deceased classmates. 
59ers Lunch Bunch
Bette Azadian (Leonard) coordinates this monthly gathering of classmates at the Marathon Oil Building cafeteria in Houston.  Send Bette your e-mail to receive a reminder each month.  Or just show up!

Memories, Memories
Memory Album
A special collection where classmates are encouraged to share their memories of Lamar - and their life since.    Send your info  to     As needed:  MS Word file or  PDF file describing the Album and offering suggestions for submittals. 
50th Reunion Cruise Journal Ignatius Snigglefritz provides his personal journal from the 50th Reunion Cruise (September 16-26, 2009),  New York City to Quebec City.  
50th Reunion Reflections The essay (as a PDF file) composed for the 50th Reunion by Jon Hugh Fleming as appearing in the Reunion Directory.  "Through the loving union of our parents, we came to this good Earth during 1941...."  
50th Reunion Memories The script (as a PDF file) used by Lynn Zarr and Sherry Strater at our 50th Celebration (Saturday Night, River Oaks Country Club, 14 Nov 2009).
Class Photo
Where are you in this panorama photo from November 1958?   Email your Row and Position number to if you're not already identified.   Click on one of the four sub-panels to actually see who is standing next to you. 
Lamar Lancers Here you have access to years of our Lamar Lancer papers, from  Sept 19, 1956 to May 14, 1959.  Fun reading!  
Pershing Chatters
Not yet implemented.  We hope to add this feature:  PDF files of some of the Pershing Jr High School newspapers from 1953-1956.
Fun Photos
Collection of the Senior Interest Photos from our 1959 Orenda - click on any small photo to see the larger version.
Activities Photos
Clubs, Football Photos from our 1959 Orenda - click on any small photo to see the larger version.
  Houston Photos
Provides link to some 40 historic photos of Houston during our formative years, plus comments and memories by classmates.
Commencement Exercise
Where were you on 2 June 1959 at 8 pm?   Why, in the old Sam Houston Coliseum, of course!   Click at left to display your Commencement Exercise program.  This is the only version that doesn't list Janet Junker in the Cabinet twice!  
Medicare Cruise Remember that milestone in 2006 when we reached the magic year of Medicare eligibility?  Here are photos and memories from some of the less mature members of our Class celebrating via a Medicare Cruise through the uncharted waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
45th Reunion The Class of 1959 45th Reunion Weekend:  Houston, April 30 - May 2, 2004 
Stories from '59 Some of Jon Hugh Fleming's memories from our days at Lamar - as delivered at the 45th Reunion.  [PDF file]
Roberts Elementary
  Roberts Elementary was a  feeder school to Pershing and Lanier, which fed Lamar.  Here are photos of some of our classmates back in 1951-1953.  Did we have a great childhood or what! 
40th Reunion One classmate's musings following the Class of 1959 40th Reunion Weekend:  Houston, April 11-12, 1999.
The Reunion Poem "Every five years, as summertime nears, an announcement arrives in the mail ..."   Thus begins this summary of class reunions, author unknown.  Kay Cole Segrato provided it for the Class of 1959.  If you want a version with  animated cartoons, go to this site and scroll down....
Back to the Fifties
Frank Jones suggests visiting this fun site that captures some of the spirit of our youth.   (For the 'full songs,' visit our Memory Album. )
Lost in the Fifties
A large file to download (about 6 MB) yet worth the time - fun collection of slides (PowerPoint) of 'how it was' during our high school years.

Other Lamar Sites
Lamar Alumni
This site provides information for all graduates of Lamar Senior High School, to include upcoming reunions and events. 
Class of 1958
Yeah, they're a lot older than us ... but didn't we date some of these people?
Class of 1957
At end of their directory, the site provides current information on some of our teachers, e.g., Ms Hollingsworth, Mr. Gentry.
Class of 1956
Nice job of integrating Class Bios and photos and videos where available - using web site. 
Class of 1960
They were so young back then ...  
Class of 1962
This is the In Memoriam site for the Class of 1962
Hey, you mean our High School is actually famous enough to have our own entry in Wikipedia?  With the River Oaks Blvd joke?   This is so cool!
Lamar High School
What is going on back at the mother ship?  Lamar today is an International Baccalaureate World School .... say what?
   The Home Page for Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School Class of       Most recently updated on  7 October 2016

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