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Lamar HS classmates of 1959:

On the final weekend of March, 2019, a reunion was held to commemorate the 60th year of graduation for the Lamar HS Class of 1959. I deliberately avoid calling it the 60th reunion because we were unable to contact hundreds of classmates who may still be alive and in good health. Roughly 75 Lamar grads attended at least one of the four events that weekend. Spouses and accompanying persons brings the total to over 100. All reports indicate that attendees were very pleased.

Nothing would have happened without Bette Azadian Leonard persistently asking the monthly Houston lunch group in 2018, “Are we going to have a reunion?” The first discussion point was whether enough interest existed to justify organizing something. After we decided to do something similar to the 50th reunion, Arlen Ferguson and Rick McDowell took charge of finding venues that were not too large and expensive or too small in case of an unexpected response. Mike Blackledge kept information up to date on the class website
. Larry Hitt and I dug out the spreadsheets from the 50th reunion to get as many contact emails as we could. Maria Burke Butler arranged a fabulous hotel rate for attendees from out of town. Bette pitched in, and Malcolm Bell helped with logistics.
[BTW, Bette has a pair of women’s half-lens glasses left at the Forest Club Saturday night.]

The Punchline: As the husband of one of our classmates was leaving the Saturday night event, he shook my hand and said, “Let’s do this every year!”   While you roll your eyes, I will make some observations.
1) People at the events were very enthusiastic about the experience. 
2) In another decade at age 88, those of us still alive will probably not be lively.

3) We only made a dent in the list of classmates, and others might enjoy reacquainting their old classmates as did our attendees.

I am not trying to solicit comments, nor do I want to start a franchise of Reunions R’Us. However, I encourage everyone to consider whether you know how to contact other classmates particularly if you know they were not at the gathering in March. The best way to contact us is through the website and I urge you to spread the word about its existence.  I can be reached at
    Mike Blackledge can be reached at
t getting together more often as time is not on our side

Perhaps in a year, after the glow has subsided, we can have a discussion about some of the above
   - Wendell Mendell
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P.S. The Barbara Pickard Collection and the Malcolm Bell Collection are now available from our Reunion Photos page.  Where are your Reunion photos?  Please upload to your favorite Cloud storage (e.g., SmugMug) and send the link to - haven't got shareable Cloud storage? Start an account (free and forever).

Lamar '59 Lunch Bunch in Houston - April 4, 2019
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Clockwise from lower left:  Arthur Faris, Wendell Mendell, Arlen Ferguson, Lou Parks Gorski, Sharon Anderson Rose, Gail LaRue Layne, Lawrence Thompson, Tom Henderson, Bette Azadian Leonard, Rick Lilliott, Pam Mendell, Bob Sternenberg, Bill Higdon.  

   Lamar of the Future
 '59ers in Galveston:    24-26 October 2014       Click here
Redskins Controversy and History

Classmate Information

Anne Weaver, West University Elementary

Doud Wible Jr.

Charlie Newton c. 2015

Jerry Sweeney (c. 1959)

Sue Harlow in 1959

Chris Black in 1959

Kirk Bilbo, c. 1959

Barbara Hoffman, c. 1959

Jo Anne Cowden Harris

Freddy Lipscomb in 1957

Our most recent classmate news

New Anne Weaver - Our classmate Anne Weaver [Goodwin] did not attend the 60th Reunion; her daughter Amy Goodwin recently provided this information:
Anne Weaver (Goodwin) is in Hospice Care in College Station, Texas in a Memory Care unit.  Her children, Hunter and Amy, know how much she treasured her relationships with classmates from Lamar High School.  While she is still able, she would love to hear from friends.  We would welcome any cards, letters or remembrances.  Feel free to share stories or nice memories of my mom.   If you would like to visit Anne, please make arrangements through her daughter, Amy Goodwin. Contact: 512.970.6477 or you may send correspondence to: Amy Goodwin, 2408 Enfield Rd. #213 Austin, TX 78703 or email to USCGoodwin at gmail dot com
 [17 June 2019]
  Orenda page  

 New Doud Wible - Our classmate Doud Wible died 15 February 2018 in Houston.  
This obituary only recently came to our attention. 

Orenda page  Obituary 
Charlie Newton - Our classmate Charles Alton Newton Jr. died 11 May 2019 in Webster, TX.  
Our thanks to Jon Hugh Fleming and Jeremy Wicker for providing the obituary link.
Obituary    Orenda page    Online Memorial

Jerry Sweeney - Our classmate Jerry Sweeney did not attend the 60th Reunion, but we did make contact!  Jerry has sent this message from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Bio Message    Orenda page

Sue Harlow - Our classmate Sue Harlow (Frederick) did not attend our 60th Reunion, but sends this message (with photo) from Tennessee to her classmates.
Bio Message    Orenda page

Chris Black - Our classmate Chris Black died from the effects of Parkinson's Disease on 2 Feb 2019.  A Celebration of Life will occur on 11 Feb from 6 to 8 pm at the Goode Company Armadillo Palace at 5015 Kirby Blvd in Houston.
Obituary    Chronicle    Orenda page
Kirk Bilbo - Our classmate Kirk Bilbo died at his apartment in Houston following surgery in Feb 2015.  Our thanks to Rick McDowell for providing this information.
Obituary    Orenda page

Barbara Hoffman - Our dear and talented classmate Barbara died at home on Friday 16 Nov 2018; hundreds attended her memorial services on Thursday 29 November 2018 at St. John the Divine in Houston.
Obituary    Orenda page

Jo Anne Cowden Harris died in October 2018 in Willis, TX. Her obituary was published on from 22 Oct thru 4 Nov 2018. Our thanks to Jeremy Wicker for providing the link to Jo Anne's obituary, which does not provide the date of death.  
Obituary    Orenda page   

Fred Lipscomb died at home in Memphis, TN on 14 October 2018.  Funeral services will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Hernando United Methodist Church, 1890 Mt. Pleasant Rd in Hernando, MS.  Our thanks to Wendell Mendell for providing this information.
Obituary    Orenda page    Online Memorial  

New  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 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 Monday evening, 17 June 2019  

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