Lamar High School - Houston
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|Redskins Forever! The Houston Café Commune
|Plethora of Houston Venues: 1 February 2024, 71 degrees, nice Houston day, Groundhog Day Eve, and Houston is barely big enough to accomodate all the Lamar '59 gatherings! At left, the Lovely Lamar Ladies at the Cafe Express location include Lou Parks Gorski, Sharon Anderson Rose, Gail Larue Layne, and Barbara Pickard. And at right, at the Black Walnut on Memorial Drive, one additional Lovely Lady was surrounded by the less lovely gender. Clockwise, we have Phil and Bette Azadian Leonard, Rick McDowell, Joe Keathley, Lawrence Thompson, Ross Margraves, Larry Hitt, Victor Driscoll, and Tom Herren. We note Larry Hitt holding a gingerbreadman cookie and pointing to Bette a.k.a. the Christmas Cookie Lovely Lady. Bette didn't make the December lunch so kindly brought the (not a bit stale) cookies to this lunch. March lunch will be out on Black Walnut patio. Join one (or both) of these Houston groups on the first Thursday in March and we'll get you a cookie!
7 Dec 2023: Houston Lunch Bunch - going clockwise around the table are Lee Seureau (first day to drive after recent shoulder surgery), Travis Broesche, Sharon Anderson Rose, Barbara Pickard, Lou Gorski, Sukey Fenoglio, Joe Keathley, Lawrence Thompson, Gail Layne, Larry Hitt, and Rick McDowell. The Christmas cookie exchange was fun. Bette Azadian Leonard, originator of the cookie exchange many years ago, was missed!
|5 Oct 2023: Black Walnut Rules! (clockwise from left) Rick McDowell, Frank Kelly , Joe Keathley, Lawrence Thompson, Ross Margraves, Larry Hitt, and Rick Lilliott. A first time for Ross attending, looking for Wendell to buy his lunch.. Black Walnut Restaurant on Memorial Drive just east of Memorial Park. And where are Lou, Barbara, and Sharon? Wait until next month! The rain cometh!
|26 Sept 2023: The Albuquerque Contingent of the Lamar Class of 1959
gather at El Patron Restaurante y Cantina, and talk about the Houston Contingent.
(left to right) Travis Broesche, Mike Blackledge
(right to left) Mike Blackledge, Travis Broesche
Lamar High School 85th Anniversary T-Shirts were on display.
No margaritas were consumed on the premises.
|New Restaurant with Old T-shirts! Great lunch on 7 Sept 2023 at The Black Walnut on Memorial Drive near Memorial Park. (CW from left) Sharon Anderson Rose, Bill Higdon, Malcolm Bell, Bette Azadian Leonard, Lynn Hughes, Phil Leonard, Jack Kamrath, Larry Hitt, Rick Lilliott, Joe Keathley, Rick McDowell. Thanks to Betty for the 85th anniversary Lamar high school (opened in 1938) T-shirts (sample at right, with old webmaster). What a turnout. A good time was had by all. Finally found a lunch place close enough to town so that both federal district judges and unindicted former beer tavern entrepreneurs will appear.
|New location, old lunchers! Lamar Class of '59 just keeps growing and going. So now we have two lunch bunches going on in Houston. Here we see the group at Beck's Prime in Memorial Park area. (CW, from lower left) Bette Azadian Leonard with husband Phil, Larry Hitt, Bill Higdon, Joe Keathley, Rick McDowell, Rick Lilliott, Frank Kelly, Victor Driscoll. Next month, the group will try the Black Walnut and then vote on a favorite. Meanwhile, Barbara Pickard still hosts the lunch group at Café Express. So many choices! Come join one!
|We got cake! Celebrating the 4th on the 6th of July 2023, at Café Express in Houston. (CW, from lower left) Larry Hitt, Sharon Anderson Rose, Bill Higdon, Phil Leonard (honorary 59er), Bette Azadian Leonard, Barbara Pickard, Frank Kelly, Victor Driscoll, Gail LaRue Layne. Cake! Life ain't so bad!
Our most recent classmate news
|65th Reunion ?
|This page captures some of the buzz, innuendo, and just flat Fake News swirling around these days about possible celebrations in 2024. Send in yours!
|Classmates (and guests) who showed up for this event - and two (2) links to some great photos. Perhaps a few memories will be posted? Click here for the list, the strudel, the links, the wienerschnitzel!
|60th Reunion Photos
|Provides links to collections of photos as provided by our classmates from the 60th Reunion, 29-31 March 2019
|60th Reunion Attendees
|Provides the 'final' list of attendees for the 60th Reunion - yes, a few like Pat Haragan didn't make it, but ... here is the list!
|60th Reunion Activities
|Our 60th Reunion occurred in Houston during 29-31 March 2019. Results:
Plans Attendees Photos T-shirts
|Message to the Class
|Our classmate Sue Harlow (Frederick) did not attend our 60th Reunion, but sent this message (with photo) from Tennessee to you.
|Classmates in Contact
|59ers Lunch Bunch
|Wendell Mendell coordinates this monthly gathering of classmates at the Marathon Oil Building cafeteria in Houston. Send your e-mail to Wendell@Lamar59.org to receive a reminder each month. Or just show up!
|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 Webmaster@Lamar59.org
|50th 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.
|50th 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).
|Photos from Reunions
|Photos from our other 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.
and memorial sites. Includes link to the current (PDF
format) list of
|Our classmates Frank Jones and Sukey Fenoglio worked with the Lamar Alumni Association to establish some scholarships for "B" students at Lamar to attend college ("A" students have little trouble obtaining financial assistance). Details here
special collection where classmates are encouraged to share their
memories of Lamar - and their life since. Send your
info to Webmaster@Lamar59.org
As needed: MS Word
file or PDF
file describing the Album and offering suggestions for
|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...."
are you in this panorama photo from November 1958? Email your
Position number to Webmaster@Lamar59.org if
you're not already identified. Click on one
of the four sub-panels to actually see who is
standing next to you.
|Here you have access to years of our Lamar Lancer papers, from Sept 19, 1956 to May 14, 1959. Fun reading!
|Now available here! Thanks to Wayne Shull, here are PDF files of some of the
Pershing Jr High School newspapers from 1953-1956.
|Collection of the Senior Interest Photos from our 1959 Orenda - click on any small photo to see the larger version.
|Clubs, Football Photos from our 1959 Orenda - click on any small photo to see the larger version.
link to some 40 historic photos of Houston during our formative years,
plus comments and memories by classmates.
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
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.
|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 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!
|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
| Frank Jones suggests visiting this
fun site that captures
some of the spirit of our youth. (For the 'full songs,'
visit our Memory Album. )
in the Fifties
large file to download (about 6 MB) yet worth the time - fun
collection of slides (PowerPoint) of 'how it was' during our high
site provides information for all graduates of Lamar Senior High
School, to include upcoming reunions and events.
|Class of 1958
they're a lot older than us ... but didn't we date some of these people?
|Class of 1957
one time, the Class of 1957 had a nice web site which even included
information on some of our teachers, e.g., Ms
Hollingsworth, Mr. Gentry. However, in 2019, all we can find is
this incomplete commercial site. Let us know if you find
|Class of 1956
job of integrating Class Bios and photos and videos where available -
using myevent.com web site.
|They were so young back then ...
|This is the In Memoriam site for
the Class of 1962
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!
is going on back at the mother ship? Lamar today is an
International Baccalaureate World School .... say what?