1967 Highland Falls High School Class Reunion – Report to Congress!
On June 24, 1967 at Thayer Hall in West Point, diplomas were awarded to 111 Highland Falls High School seniors. We were the first class to not graduate from the hallowed school on Mountain Avenue.
On June 22-24, 2017, almost 40 members of that class (and a few others who attended with us for a few years) met to celebrate our 50th reunion. It was a special few days. The reunion began on the 22nd with a tour of the old high school followed by a reception at the graduation ceremonies at the Point of the James I. O’Neill’s Class of 2017. The next day, a picnic at Round Pond and the festivities ended with a breakfast on the 24th at the Park Restaurant. Including spouses and guests . . . about 75 individuals attended the picnic.
The reunion committee began the effort to find the ’67 graduates more than a year before. We were able to locate not only 90 of the 111 graduates, but also 11 others who were with us for part of that four-year period at HFHS. Eleven ’67 graduates are deceased. Despite our best efforts, we could not find ten graduates.
Those who attended all or parts of the reunion included: JoAnn Bainton DeClercq (Massachusetts/Maine), William Bates (Wisconsin), John Bennett (Fort Montgomery), Jan Buck Filler (Indiana), Peggy Craig Lackey (Virginia), Francis DeBari (Central Valley), Joanne DeLuca McCormick (Highland Falls), Michael DiSalvo (Highland Falls), Edward Dunn (Highland Falls), Steve Fay (New Hampshire), William Stein (Nyack), Nancy “Ginger” Frech Bachman (Pennsylvania), Indira Gilbert Mandoske (Washington State), Jill Hamblen Jones (Virginia), Betsy Klein Rosenblum (Scarborough, NY), Kenneth Kobes (Washington State), Priscilla Lawyer Howard (Arkansas), Melody Lewis (Cornwall), Susan MacLeod DeBari (Highland Falls), Georgann Maertens Ozbolt (Florida), Georgiann Marvin Matthews (Ohio), Tom Michel (New Mexico), Isabelle Pearson Amann (Virginia), Diane Petersen Travis (Garrison), Cynthia Ross Timmerman (Delaware) and Susan Sylvestri Lawney (Albany). Edi Abbott (Connecticut), Ingrid Hansen (Texas), Mary Pinkel Strong (New Windsor), Eileen Tohill (Highland Falls) and Hans Van Winkle (Chicago) were planning to attend but had to cancel.
Three others, Dave Tarbox (North Carolina), Dr. Evan Ballard (Minnesota) and Karen Johnson Belig (North Carolina) attended the reunion although all three departed HFHS before graduation because their fathers were transferred to other locations.
An honored guest at the Round Pond picnic was Mrs. Patricia Riedel, mother of the late Al Riedel, who passed away in 2015 . . .....Al represented the very best of our class – a kind, gentle spirit . . . fierce loyalty to his friends . . . a wonderful sense of humor. It’s hard to remember Al when he wasn’t smiling or had a good word for everyone.
Finally, our committee assembled a book of greetings, memories and life stories from ’67 graduates which was on display at the picnic . . . and later emailed to all members of the class.
We’re already planning our 75th reunion in June of 2042!
Sincerely, the 1967 Reunion Committee,
Committee Chair Rosemary Galu Dicesare (Cornwall)
Phyllis Galu Diggle (Connecticut)
Mickey Cahill (Middletown, NY and Vermont)
Ed Bates (Walden)
Barbara Wiman Dieckmann (South Carolina)
Joe “Suds” Sutherland (Washington, DC)