Lamar '59 Lunches   [for 2014 and earlier lunches, click here]

Our most active Classmate gathering occurs in Houston on the First Thursday of each month.  Send an email to to learn more and to be reminded!
Houston Group:  December 2021   First Thursday of the last month of 2021 brought toegether survivors of the Fredericksburg Road Trip of November 2021, to the current Houston luncheon location, Goode's BBQ.   Clockwise from immediate foreground: Larry Hitt, Rick McDowell, Barbara Pickard, Lou Parks Gorski, Bob Freedman, Dee Post Zook-Bell.
2021 Dec 2 at Goode's, Houston

Houston Group:  December 2019   First Thursday of the last month of 2019 brought out the gathering in Houston, Marathon Bldg cafeteria. We can view our classmates there both fore and aft.   Clockwise from immediate foreground, from 2nd photo below:  Wendell Mendell, Victor Driscoll, Rick Lilliott, Rick McDowell, Joe Beery, Bill Higdon, Arlen Ferguson, Cynthia Lindsey Salvato, Joe Keathley, Bob Freedman, Thomas Stults, Gail LaRue Layne.  Photo taken by uncompensated Marathon Bldg cafeteria worker, 5 December 2019
2019 Dec 05 Lamar Lunch - Houston
For those tortured classmates who claim they are always at the back end of the photo, here we see them in all their glory.  Let's go counter-clockwise from lower right, we find:  Arlen Ferguson, Bill Higdon, Joe Beery, Rick McDowell, Rick Lilliott, Wendell Mendell, Gail LaRue Layne, Joe Keathley, Thomas Stults, Bob Freedman.
Lamar Lunch - from reverse camera - Dec 2019

Houston Group:  April 2019   Clockwise from left center:  Arthur Faris, Wendell Mendell, Arlen Ferguson, Lou Parks Gorski, Sharon Anderson Rose, Gail LaRue Layne, Lawrence Thompson, Tom Henderson, Bette Azadian-Leonard,  Rick Lilliott, Bob Sternenberg, Bill Higdon.
Lamar Lunch Bunch Class of 1959-Apr2019
Monthly Luncheon in Houston:  6 Sept 2018
2018 Sept 6 Luncheon - Houston  Bill Higdon, Rick McDowell, Cynthia Lindsey Salvato, Asa Weldon, Tish Compton Hale, Lawrence Thompson, Sharon Anderson Rose, Travis Broesche, Bette Azadian Leonard, Rick Lilliot, and Tom Stults.  Photo taken by phone of Wendell Mendell
Houston's Monthly Luncheon for 59ers:  August 2018  
1 August Lunch  Your classmates gather high atop the Acme Building in the City that Never Sleeps:  1 August 2018 , cw:  Bette Azadian Leonard;
Art Faris;  Wendell Mendell; Lynn Hughes; Barbara Pickard; Bill Higdon.  Always tough to get a turnout when the First Thursday falls
on the 1st of the month!
Lamar '59 Luncheon, 3 May 2018
May Luncheon 2018 bu barbara pickard  
Above: 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.
Houston Group:  April 2017   Clockwise from left center:  Wendell Mendell, , Rick Lilliott, Bette Azadian-Leonard, Dee Post Zook-Bell, Lou Parks Gorski, Tish Compton Hale, Frank Jones.
2017 Apr - Frank w/ Suspenders
Houston Group:  February 2017 featuring Victor Driscoll
2017 Feb Lunch
Houston Lunch Bunch, 5 Feb 2017.  Small group but great chocolates!   [pictured clockwise, starting smack-dab in front:  Wendell Mendell, , Rick Lilliott, Tish Compton Hale, Dee Post Zook-Bell, Victor Driscoll, Arlen Ferguson, Frank Jones.
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Houston Lunch Bunch, 5 Jan 2017.  [pictured still standing, Left to Right:  Frank Jones, Rick Lilliott, Bill Higdon, Wendell Mendell, Larry Hitt, Art Faris, Fran Callahan (Executive Director of Lamar Alumni Association), Joe Beery, Lawrence Thompson, Arlen Ferguson, Tom Herren (who has completed half-marathons in both NYC and Houston in the past year).  
Seated:  Tish Compton Hale, Dee Post Zook-Bell, Lou Parks Gorski, Ann Knickerbocker McCullough.
Houston Group:  November 2016    

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Photos below supplied by Barbara Pickard shows the Houston Lunch Bunch, October 2016.  Nancy Culbertson DeLorenzo (seated), Dee Post Bell, Sukey Fenoglio, Joe DeLorenzo, Bette Azadian Leonard, and Tish Compton Hale join their '59 Lamar classmates for bi-monthly luncheon at the Marathon Oil Tower cafeteria.
Bette Azadian - GroupStanding
Rick Lilliott - trim1
Table Group 2
Table Group Standing
Photos above supplied by Barbara Pickard shows the Houston Lunch Bunch, October 2016.  Included at the gathering:  Rick Lilliott, Dee Post Zook-Bell, Bette Azadian Leonard, Sukey Fenoglio, ...
2016 August Lunch
Photo above supplied by Barbara Pickard shows the Bi-Monthly Houston Lunch Bunch, August 2016, Marathon Oil Tower cafeteria.  Included at the gathering:  Bill Higdon, Wendell Mendel, Rick Lilliott, Herbert Cull, Arlen Ferguson, Dee Post Zook-Bell, Larry Hitt, Thomas Stults.  

Lamar of the Future 
Lamar of the Future - 1 at 60%
Lamar Future - 2 - 60%

 Lamar of the Future  

Barbara Pickard obtained the above visions of the future from current Lamar HS Principal, Dr. James McSwain, at the 2 June 2016 Houston luncheon.
Houston Lunch Bunch - October 2013
59ers in Houston - Feb 2014  Lamar Lunch Bunch, Houston, October 2013

 [standing, left to right]: 
Rick Lilliott, Rick McDowell, Bette Azadian Leonard, Arlen Ferguson, Frank Jones, Thomas Stults, .
 [seated at table]:    Barbara Pickard.  
Houston Lunch Bunch in June 2013
June 2013 Lamar 59 Lunch Bunch - Houston
Lamar Lunch Bunch, Houston, June 2013:   [standing, left to right]:  Bill Higdon, Rick Lilliott, Arlen Ferguson, Anton "Tony" Ullrich, Lawrence Thompson Joe Keathley, Gail LaRue Layne, Herbert Cull,  Larry Hitt.  [seated at table, left to right]:    Barbara Pickard, Frank Jones, Sukey Fenoglio, Joe Beery, Thomas Stults.   Two too shy attendees ran out of the room just prior to photo:  Jim Jennings, Chris Black.
Houston Lunch Bunch in October 2012
Lamar Lunch Bunch - Oct 2012
Lamar Lunch Bunch, Houston, Oct 2012:  Gathered at the "Lamar Cafeteria" [Marathon Oil Tower, on the 10th floor of their adjacent parking garage], we see:  [standing, left to right]:  Arthur Faris, Maria Burke Butler, Jim Jennings, Wendell Mendell, Anton "Tony" Ullrich, Bill Higdon, Rick Lilliott, Cathryn Meldrum Conrad Joe Beery, Johnny Dull, Chris Black[Short row, standing. left to right]:     [queens for the day, seated in front]Barbara Pickard, Lou Parks Gorski, Dee Post Zook-Bell[attending at far right]:  Larry Hitt
Austin Lunch Bunch in December 2010
Classmates in Austin 12-10-2010  

... and in Austin !
At Nolan
Marye's Gourmet Pizza in Austin:  10 Dec 2010.

Notes from Austin:  "We had a really nice time at Maryes Gourmet Pizza. We discovered many of us live or have children living fairly close together. We talked more about what we do now, but, of course, recalled the goodole days at Lamar."

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