Lamar High School - Houston
Class of 1959
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Feb 2018
Lamar '59 Luncheon, 1 Feb 2018

Included at the Marathon Oil luncheon:  (cw)  Barbara Pickard, Joe Beery, Rick McDowell, Wendell Mendell, Rick Lilliott, Lawrence Thompson, Bette Azadian Leonard.   Photo taken by Barbara Pickard et al, 1 Feb 2018.  

New itemLoss of a spouse:  Those of you who went to Pershing will remember Ross Girard "Gerry" Kuns who went on to Bellaire. Gerry, husband of our classmate Helen “Pugie” Cornwell Kuns, passed away on January 27, 2018.  A memorial service was held Saturday, February 3 at 11AM at the Lone Star Cowboy Church, 21627 Eva St, Montgomery, TX 77356.  Barbara Pickard and Sukey Fenoglio and other '59ers attended. Gerry's obituary is found here.   Please keep Pugie and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

most visited pages:   Electronic Orenda    Lamar Lunches   Obits    Panorama Photo
Hope ScholarshipsDear 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.”

In 2001, The Lamar High School Alumni Association started the Hope Scholarships for students who have financial needs and are generally “B” students. (It is much easier for “A” students to receive scholarships.) The recipients cannot afford college, but have the ability, character, grades, and motivation to pursue a higher education. Their family’s annual income ranges from $10,000 to $50,000, hardly enough to afford any funds for college expenses.

The impact of the Hope Scholarships is outstanding:
    • Since 2001, 45 scholarships have been awarded.
    • Awards began at $1,000 annually and are now $2,000 a year.
    • If grades are maintained, the award is continued for 4 years.
    • Among the graduates are four accountants, two engineers, a legal assistant, an occupational therapist, a teacher with a master’s degree, a nurse, two bankers, and a social worker
    • Only 2 students have dropped out of college.

To ensure the long- term vitality of the program, class funds have been created to fund these scholarships. Already eight class funds have been started. The 1958 class fund has raised $17,000 from a few classmates.

Our class has already contributed $1700, but we can do more!

Let’s leave a lasting legacy for the class of 1959. The Lamar High School Alumni Association is a 501(c) (3) organization, and your contributions are tax-deductible within the limits of the law. Please put Hope Scholarship and “1959” on your check payable to the Lamar High School Alumni Association, 3325 Westheimer, Houston.

Thank you for helping these deserving students get the chance of a lifetime…. the opportunity to attend college.

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:


  Our Classmate John Paul Stanford died 5 Sept 2017 in Houston. Online obituary, slideshow.
 Our Classmate Don Grimes remembered in Argyle
Don Grimes remembered - 222KB
   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

Classmate Information
Hope Scholarships
Johnny Carothers (1959)

John Paul Stanford circa 2016

Ray Poage (1959)

Jeanne Goldston (Kies)

Sally Clay (1959)

Steve Ley

Don Grimes in 1959

Anderson, Kenny Class of 1959

Kay Patton in 1959 Orenda

Richard Browning 1959

linda Darnell 1959

Our most recent classmate news

Hope Scholarships:  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 

New  Nov 2017:  Our classmate Johnny Carothers died on Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017 in Houston.  His obituary mentioned his attending St. Stephens EpiscJohnny Carothers (2017)opal 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

Sep 1997:  Our classmate Ray Poage died on 23 Sept 1997.   Ray was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round in 1963.  He went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles ('64-'66), the New Orleans Saints ('67-'70), and the Atlanta Falcons ('71).    Our thanks to Jeremy Wicker for tracking down the information on Ray.  
FindAGrave Memorial for Ray    Obituary    Orenda Page

Jan 2008:  Our classmate Jeanne Goldston (Kies) died on 10 Jan 2008.  A celebration of Jeanne's life was held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, Texas.    Our thanks to Jeremy Wicker for tracking down the information on Jeanne.  
FindAGrave Memorial for Jeanne       Orenda Page

Apr 2016:  Our classmate Sally Clay died in Lake Placid, FL on Thursday, 4 April 2016.  Her obituary appears on her (memorialized) Facebook page, and is available here:  
Obituary    Orenda Page

Dec 2016:  Our classmate Steve Ley died in Houston on Thursday morSteve Ley c. 2010ning, 15 Dec 2016.  His Celebration of Life was held in Colorado this past Spring.  Please sethe Obituary.
Obituary    Orenda Page

Dec 2016:  Our classmate Don Grimes died in Argyle, TX, near Denton, on 7 Dec 2016, following a heart attack.  His wife Stephanie drove him to the hospital where his heart attack occurred.  Don's body has been cremated, and Stephanie will host a Celebration of Life for him there at his home in Argyle in late Dec or early January 2017.  

Obituary    Orenda Page
Nov 2016:  Our classmate Kenny Anderson died in Houston on Thursday evening, 3Kenny is 2012 Nov 2016, following a heart attack.  Kenny's memorial service was held on Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016 at 2 pm at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston 77056.  

    Orenda Page    

May 1991:  Our classmate Kay Patton died in Norman, OK on 13 May 1991.  Details at the links below.  Our thanks to Jeremy Wicker for tracking down the information on Kay after all these years.  
FindAGrave Memorial for Kay
Obituary    Orenda Page    Class Photo: Row 03, #49 
Jan 2014:  Our classmate Richard Browning died in Arlington, TX on 16 JaRichard Browning c. 2008nuary 2004.  Details at the links below.  Our thanks to Jeremy Wicker for tracking down the information on Richard.  
FindAGrave Memorial for Richard
Obituary    Orenda Page

Mar 2011:  Our classmate Linda Darnell died in Houston on 14 March 201Linda Darnell 20081.  Details at the links below.  Our thanks to Jeremy Wicker for tracking down the information on Linda.  
FindAGrave Memorial for Linda
Obituary    Orenda Page

Oct 1993:  One of our favorite teachers:  Mrs. Rosamond Glosup died in Houston on 8 October 1993.  She was born on 7 Nov 1906 in Alamo, Crockett County, Tennesse and is interred there in the Alamo City Cemetery with her parents, Troy H. Avery (father) and Sarah L. Smith (mother).  Our thanks to Larry Hitt  for tracking down the information on Mrs. Glosup.
  Obituary   FindAGrave Memorial for Mrs. Glosup
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       Updated on  3 Feb 2018

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