most recent classmate news
- Our classmate Bain Williams died 6 March 2023 in Fredericksburg, TX after struggling with Parkinsons for years. His published obituary is replete with memories and recognition from friends.
Orenda page Obituary
Nancy Smith - The New Braunfels paper lists this obituary for Nancy Smith (Stewart) who was a "high Junior" in the Fall '57 and thus may have graduated in January 1959. Nancy does not appear in our Orenda or in '58 Orenda. She did not graduate with the Lamar Class of 1958
but did 'overlap' with both our classes. Nancy sang with the Melodots and the Choralettes
at Lamar High School. Her father Carl was Harris County Tax Assessor
for years Can anyone help with this? Any Melodots memories?
Anne Watts (Morris)
- Our classmate Anne Watts died on Sunday 26 February 2023 in
Austin, TX. Along with Gene Clements, Anne was one of our primary reporters on The Lancer.and from there excelled on the Rice Thresher and on into national publications and writings. Anne's obituary was published in the Austin American Statesman on
16 March and her Celebration of Life will be on Saturday 15 April at
Las Polomas Restaurant, 3201 Bee Caves Rd, Austin, TX at 5 pm CDT.Orenda page Obituary
Our classmate Butch Looney died Saturday, 17 Dec 2022. Via Larry Hitt: "
have lost a good guy. I heard from Tom Henderson yesterday that our
classmate Butch Looney died Saturday night in Austin. According to Tom,
he had been
dealing with the effects of a brain bleed suffered 2-3 years ago.
Butch's good friend and UT classmate told me that following a bad fall
on Saturday, Butch was hospitalized and
ultimately passed away at 11:30 pm that evening. Brain
surgery was considered but the doctors there did not offer any hope it
would be successful."
Orenda page Obituary Classmate Remembrances
Memorial Services for Butch will be held Saturday,January 14th at 2 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas 78757.
- In Nov 2022, our classmate Tony Ullrich provided a YouTube video
history of his amazing life and career with Bluegrass and Country
Music, much of it in Kerrville. You can locate it by searching for YouTube: Van Buren Variety, Under
that channel, operated and hosted by Bob Van Buren, you can find Tony's
interviews (and see his original banjo) under Episodes 85, 86, and 87. Yes, he plays live as well!!
- We had announced earlier that our classmate Margaret Sinclair died in May 2021. Her son Bill
Carter now informs us that Margaret's services were held 8 July 2022 at 10 am at the Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston, TX. Margaret's obituary with family photo is linked below.
Orenda page Obituary
- Our classmate Dan Tompkins died Wednesday 22 June 2022 in Los
Altos, CA. Vann Phillips was informed of Dan's passing by Dan's
sister Mary Harris.
Orenda page Obituary
Cynthia Lindsey (Salvato)
- Our classmate Cynthia Lindsey died on the morning of 13 May 2022. Larry Hitt informs us, "
notice was in the Chronicle this morning. She made a number of the
lunches in recent years and seemed to be in perfect health." Funeral services were held Saturday 28 May. Details are in her obituary, linked below.
Orenda page Obituary
- Our classmate Charles Oldham, a longtime resident and real
estate agent of Maui, HI, died 23 April 2022 at Houston Hospice.
Funeral services were held 28 April in Corley, TX; Interment in
Chilton Cemetery, Big Sandy, TX.
Orenda page FindAGrave Memorial Obituary
- Our classmate Wendell Mendell was captured for historical purposes in this 2017 interview transcript
for the NASA Science Mission Oral History Project. Yes, we have
reached that point where Lamar 59ers are the keepers of the flame and
the recognized voices of history! Excellent job, Wendell!
page captures some of the buzz, innuendo, and just flat Fake News
swirling around these days about a possible gathering in 2024.|
|Fredericksburg 2021||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|
||Wendell Mendell coordinates this monthly gathering of
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!
|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
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
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
|50th Reunion Memories
remarks (as a PDF file) presented by Lynn Zarr and Sherry Strater at
Celebration (Saturday Night, River Oaks Country Club, 14 Nov 2009).
| Photos from Reunions
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 |