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 new posting Tributes to Butch Looney here.  

  Redskins Forever!   You just can't lock down Lamar 59ers!  
At the Cafe Express, Houston, 1 Dec 2022
new posting Closing Out The Year:  At Café Express at The Beltway and Kimberley in Town and Country, 780 W Sam Houston Pkwy.  On Thursday 1 December 2022 we find the Houston '59er Lunch Bunch, with adventurous, loyal attendees.  CW from lower left:  Lou Parks Gorski, Sharon Anderson Rose, Rick McDowell, Larry Hitt, Vic Driscoll, Bill Higbee, Barbara Pickard.  Join them in 2023!  Wendell will buy your lunch!
Cruising the parking lot
Still Cruising the Parking Lots:  On Thursday, 6 Oct 2022, we found 59ers Barbara Pickard, Sharon Anderson Rose, Rick McDowell captivated by The Donald.  Photo by Bill Higdon outside Café Express, Houston.  
2022 March 3 at at Café Express at The Beltway and Kimberley in Town and Country, 780 W Sam Houston Pkwy
 March 3, 2022:  At Café Express at The Beltway and Kimberley in Town and Country, 780 W Sam Houston Pkwy.  New location for the Houston '59er Lunch Bunch, with adventurous, loyal attendees.  CW from lower left:  Rick McDowell, Barbara Pickard, Rick Lilliott,  Margo Garrett Frederking, Bill Higbee.  Hey, nice restaurant!  Join us in April!  
Survivors of Fredericksburg
 Survivors of Fredericksburg:  Proudly hoisting their classic Lamar High School Redskins mugs as some of the swag gathered from the November cross-state Road Trip, the First Thursday in December 2021 finds Larry Hitt, Rick McDowell, Barbara Pickard, Lou Parks Gorski, Bob Freedman, Dee Post Zook-Bell.  Picture was taken on Barbara Pickard's iPad by a Goode Co employee -- she did a good job & caught all smiling.
Goode's on 2 Sep 2021 - forward2 Sep 2021 with buffalo
September 2, 2021 gathering at Goode's BBQ, Houston.  Do you prefer your classmates with or without buffalo?  At left, CW:  Margo Garrett Frederking, Elbert Coker, Lynn Hughes, Frank Jones, Joe Keathley, Larry Hitt, Rick McDowell.   Then, at right, is your test to see if you can recognize them from the South end. Extra credit if you realize the buffalo is not an actual Lamar graduate - he attended Bellaire.  Congrats to Elbert for his first 59er Luncheon ever.  
2021 Aug 5th at Goode's BBQ - Houston
August 5, 2021 gathering at Goode's BBQ, Houston.  CW:  Barbara Pickard, Larry Hitt, Rick McDowell.   Then Gail LaRue Layne, Ed Bock, Frank Jones, Rick Lilliott, 
June 3, 2021 at Goode's BBQ, Houston
June 3, 2021 gathering at Goode's BBQ, Houston.  CW:  Barbara Pickard, Lynne Hughes, Rick Lilliott, Rick McDowell.
6 May 2021:  Goode's BBQ, Houston
May 6, 2021 gathering at Goode's BBQ, Houston.  CW:  Bob Freedman, Frank Kelly, Sharon Anderson Rose,  Anton "Tony" Ullrich, Lee Chatham Seureau, Lynne Hughes, Glenn Seureau [Kinkaid '59 but honorary Lamar '59], Rick Lilliott, Frank Jones.   Photo taken and distributed by the illustrious Barbara Pickard.  
   Lamar of the Future
 '59ers in Galveston:    24-26 October 2014       Click here
How Redskins Became Texians

Classmate Information

Butch Looney, c. 1959

Tony on YouTube

Margaret Sinclair, c. 1959

Danny Tompkins, c. 1959

Cynthia Lindsey, c. 1959

Charles Oldham, c. 1959

Wendell c. 2013

Addison Thorn, c. 1959

Cathryn Meldrum, c. 1959

Betty Dabney, c. 1959

Robert Wagner, c. 1959

Carol Childress, c. 1959

Our most recent classmate news

new posting Our classmate Butch Looney died Saturday, 17 Dec 2022.  Via Larry Hitt: "We 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." 
Memorial Services for Butch will be held Saturday,January 14th at 2 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas 78757.
Orenda page   Obituary   Classmate Remembrances
new posting  Bluegrass Interview - 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 VarietyUnder 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!!
Margaret Sinclair - We had announced earlier thMargaret Sinclair, c. 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

Danny Tompkins - 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, "Cynthia's 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

Charles Oldham - 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

NASA Interview - 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!  

Addison Thorn - Our classmate Addison Thorn died on 8 February 2022 in Katy, TX.  He was born on April 25, 1941.  A Celebration of Life for Addison will be held at Houston's First Baptist Church, 7400 Katy Freeway 77024 on February 25th, 2022, at 11 am in the Morris Chapel.  Our thanks to Lou Parks Gorski for forwarding this information.
Orenda page       Obituary

Cathryn Meldrum - Our classmate Cathryn Meldrum (Conrad) passed away on January 16, 2022, after a long illness. She gradCathryn Meldum, c. 1990uated from SMU and taught history in various public school systems until retiring in 1985. She was a longtime resident of Houston until she moved to Kerrville with her husband, Jeremy Wicker, in 2012. Cathryn was laid to rest January 27, 2022, in Forest Park Lawndale, Houston.
Orenda page       Obituary

Betty Dabney - Our classmate Elizabeth Vinson "Betty" Dabney (Charles) died peacefully at her home in Houston on 28 December 2021. She grew up in Houston and was educated at River Oaks Elementary, Lanier Middle School, and Lamar High School, attended Randolph-Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Virginia, and graduated from The University of Texas with a BA in history.
Orenda page       Obituary

Robert Wagner - Larry Wagner, the brother of our classmate Robert has informed us that Bob died mid-December 2021.  

Orenda page       Obituary

Carol Childress - Rollo Storey reports that our classmate CarolCarol Childress Turnure, c. 2019 Childress Turner passed away early Wednesday morning, December 15, 2021 at Hospital Joya (San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico).  "Carol was a wonderful friend to all of us.  We will miss her and her dedication to making contacts with friends." 

Orenda page       Obituary

Fredericksburg 2021Classmates (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
60th Reunion PhotosProvides links to collections of photos as provided by our classmates from the 60th Reunion, 29-31 March 2019
60th Reunion AttendeesProvides 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 ActivitiesOur 60th Reunion  occurred in Houston during 29-31 March 2019.    Results:
           Plans        Attendees       Photos       T-shirts  
Message to the ClassOur 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 to receive a reminder each month.  Or just show up!
Electronic OrendaOur 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
50th Reunion
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.
In Memoriam Classmate obituaries and memorial sites.  Includes link to the current (PDF format)  list of deceased classmates. 
Helping Others
Hope ScholarshipsOur 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

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...."  
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
Now available hereThanks to Wayne Shull, here are 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 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 something better.  
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 purported Home Page for the last of the Redskins:  Mirabeau B. Lamar Senior High School Class of 1959 -  
  Updated 8 January 2023  
Contact; and Larry Hitt: