Lamar High School - Houston
What happened to the fifties? Can you believe it has been 60 years since we left the safe, warm (no air conditioning), all-encompassing arms of Mirabeau B. Lamar? Remember back when our mascot was Big Red? Remember the great friends and teachers we had? Remember when we actually had social clubs?
Yes, please save the last weekend in March 2019 for our Big Reunion - you only get one 60th Reunion, and this is it!
Several activities are being planned - but for right now, please mark these dates on your calendar: March 29-31, 2019.
We are soliticing volunteers to help with the planning, and your ideas on what you would like to do. Please contact
Wendell Mendell. We want your participation!
Invitation to Houston's Monthly Luncheon for 59ers:
Your classmates gather high atop the Acme Building in the City that
Never Sleeps: 1 August 2018 , cw: Bette Azadian Leonard;
| Katherine Berberian (Gerson): Katherine died in Houston on June 20, 2018. Graveside services were held in
Emanu El Memorial Park on Bissonet in Houston on Friday, June 22, 2018.
Obituary Orenda page Online Memorial FindAGrave Memorial
Our thanks to classmate Kimball McMahan for providing information and memories re Katherine.
Jon Kalb: One of our most accomplished members of the Class of 1959, Jon Kalb died on Friday, October 27, 2017 at his home in Austin following a two decade battle with Parkinsons. His fascinating life story is captured in the two books he has written; a summary is on our obituary page.
Obituary Orenda page
Included at the Marathon Oil luncheon: (cw) Rick Lilliott, Bette Azadian Leonard, Wendell Mendell, Phil Leonard, Dee Post Zook-Bell, Arthur Faris, Tish Compton Hale, Lou Parks Gorski, Susan Swift Seidensticker, Bill Higdon. Photo taken by Barbara Pickard, 3 May 2018.
|most visited pages: Electronic Orenda Lamar Lunches Obits Panorama Photo|
|Dear Members of the Class of 1959,
Lack of money for college is the number one challenge facing many of the Lamar High School graduates and their parents today. Because these students cannot afford to attend college, our country is losing valuable “brain capital.”
Our classmates Frank Jones and Sukey Fenoglio are working 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
Note to the Class:
Our classmates Frank Jones, Frank Kelly and Larry Hitt attended
the groundbreaking for the new construction at Lamar on 30 March 2017.
It was well attended with representatives from every class beginning
with some graduates from the class of 1938! A number of dignitaries
spoke including former governor Mark White from the class of 1958, HC
commissioned Rodney Ellis, who has had four children attend Lamar and
the HISD superintendent. Here is a link to coverage in the Chronicle
the following day: http://www.chron.com/
|Lamar of the Future|
|'59ers in Galveston: 24-26 October 2014 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 and History|
Our most recent classmate news
Katherine Berberian (Gerson): Katherine died at home in Houston on June 20, 2018. Graveside services were held in Emanu El Memorial Park in Houston on Friday, June 22, 2018.
Obituary Orenda page Online Memorial FindAGrave Memorial
Risė Finch (Stewart): Rise died at home in Fort Worth from ovarian cancer on Tuesday, April 27, 2004.
Obituary Orenda page FindAGrave Memorial
Our thanks to Wendell Mendell for providing this information after many years.
Jon Kalb: One of our most accomplished members of the Class of 1959, Jon Kalb died at his home in Austin on Friday, October 27, 2017 following two decades of Parkinson's. His fascinating life story is captured in two of the books he has written.
Obituary Orenda page
Nov 2017: Our classmate Johnny Carothers died on Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017 in Houston. His obituary mentioned his attending St. Stephens Episcopal High School and the University of Texas, where he served as Rush Captain for Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Obituary Orenda Page
Sep 2017: Our classmate John Paul Stanford died on 5 Sept 2017 in Houston. John's father was killed in the Normandy D-Day Invasion in 1944 and he was raised by his mother. After Lamar, he joined the Marines and served in Vietnam from 1962-1965. Following his service, he obtained his BA in Psychology from Univ of Houston and his CPA degree as well as graduating from the School of Law.
Online Memorial with Life slideshow
Obituary Orenda Page
|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 Webmaster@Lamar59.org|
| 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.|
(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.
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).|
our Class has its very own Facebook Group. First join
Facebook.com (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
||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 Wendell@Lamar59.org
and memorial sites. Includes link to the current (PDF
format) list of
Azadian (Leonard) coordinates this monthly gathering of
the Marathon Oil Building cafeteria in Houston. Send Bette your
e-mail to receive a reminder each month. Or just show up!
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...."|
|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).|
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.
|Lamar Lancers||Here you have access to years of our Lamar Lancer papers, from Sept 19, 1956 to May 14, 1959. Fun reading!|
||Not yet implemented. We hope
to add this
feature: 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.
|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 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
|| 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
||At end of their directory, the site
provides current information on some of our teachers, e.g., Ms
Hollingsworth, Mr. Gentry.
|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?