1947 Graduate’s Comments submitted on the Questionnaire


 Korea Vet USMC, Teacher, V Principal, Principal, retired …enjoy travel, water oriented activities, Lived in S.C., Vi. Ca., Conn., MD


Enclosed are photos, one of the decks where we have spent a great deal of our time over the past 30 years. It’s a great place where I try to paint the scenery in oils. Have many original paintings, some have received local award! Have learned an artists life is easy to paint, but not easy to sell. Luckily many of my friends want them so I have a good time painting them and a bit of profit with my hobby. Every Wednesday I paint with my friends in Brookville NY…we have had showings in the Locust Valley library.

Another photo is with my cousin’s daughter Petra, and her son Sandra in Grotzingen Germany, my Mother’s hometown. We’ve visited there many times…the town is over 1000 years old, and John loves the old homes. John served in the military in WWII in Europe, and was wounded in France. Luckily he survived, and we traveled back. So there it is—oil paintings, travel, and our home in Canada … so call or visit, and have a “cuppa tea.”   


Married Bob Slocum “48.Frankly have not done anything exceptional. Just married, had kids, got divorced, now teaching piano, (23 pupils). Am probably best remembered as a piano player at GNHS. Also get a big kick out of entering my BMW in auto crossing events. (Running a course laid out in cones at speed.)  The two high school reunions of class of 1947, the 40th, and 50th, are real high points in my memory. Extremely heart warming evenings. Can we have a 60th?                         


Lived NYC, Mc Lean Va., Mt Pleasant Mi., Fredericksburg Va.,and now Williamsburg Va. 


After graduation from Bard (51) real estate broker, and construction on Long Island US Coast Guard (North Atlantic weather/rescue service) ’52-’53. Built houses in Laurelton before moving to Puerto Rico (57) where I lived and built for 11 years.  Returned to US in ’68 as Exec VP for Levitt & Sons (home builders). Have been involved in construction, and real estate ever since’53.  Have owned a fishing boat in Montauk with Don Margouleff (51) since 1975.  Still active in developing & investing in real estate.  Houses in Montauk and Longboat Key Fl.  Golf tennis fish, admire grandchildren, ski, shoot hoops in the driveway, and wonder how did it all go by so quickly…?


Widowed in 1970, I attended the 40th anniversary reunion and declared I did not want to marry again. All that changed at the 50th reunion when I met my high school sweetheart Dave Johnston, and we were married a year later.  Our storybook romance ended on Nov. 1 2001 when Dave succumbed to cancer. I was very fortunate to have been married to that sweet loving man, if only for 3 years.      


After graduation, Teletype operator B Altman in Manhasset for three years. Married Frank Russo, 1950. Settled into new home 1953 with an I year old son Richard. A 2nd child born 1956- a girl (Nancy). Keeping house until returning to work for Island Inn Hotel, Motel as bookkeeper in Westbury NY For recreation a home on Lake Cayuga, NY. Bowling, singing with the Sweet Adeline’s, Acapella chorus.  After winning Regional championship retired 1976. Enjoying my home, Children, and now grandchildren, and the good life with Frank these 51 years.


8.5 years of college, 2 years as Navy dentist at Camp Jejune & on shipboard. 39 years of dental practice here at Ft Salanga (25 miles east of Great Neck). Married Arlene Erler, RN from Staten Island in “61. 2 boys, then 2 girls:  Have a second  home (condo) Virginia Beach on the ocean.  Had a stroke on May 1st, but it only affected my speech.  Otherwise, life has been good to us . 


Attended Champlain College. For 2 years in Army & Marines to 1953

Married Sheila Clark of Great Neck had 4 lovely children.

Lived in Huntington—started an investigation firm—retired son Craig took over

so I moved to Florida…I loved Great Neck high, and the kids at GNHS.     


Moved family and business to Florida in 1978. Company name is Dunhill Int’l List Company. Now working half days only, playing golf and tennis and traveling. enjoying the good life. Three children run the business. Everything is well.


I have lived in beautiful Tallahassee Florida since marrying Ed Desloge in 1958. All five of our children were born here. they all turned out great. I am very proud of all of them, but in particular our two girls…one is a lawyer, the other a doctor. Had my own tour co. for 15 years.  My husband ,is now retired from Florida  State University (physics professor for 35 years).  We are enjoying our life and traveling frequently.  Two of our sons are successful businessmen.  The third son is a mathematician and teacher. Life is good. We are very grateful, and thank God for our good fortune.  YOU KNOW IT’S ALL LUCK!


Graduated from Georgetown in 1951. Enlisted in US Coast Guard, retired as a Commander. Started a construction business in Shelter Island, and retired there in 2000.  My main sport is sailing.  Lived for 12 years in Annapoli0s.


I graduated from Wesleyan U, got my Masters at Fairfield U, and did my doctoral studies at Boston U. I have spent my professional career in family practice in Stamford, Ct., did theoretical research and writing, and was a lecturer and presenter at international conferences in Europe and the USA. Just recently, after semi retirement we have moved to the mouth of the Connecticut river where we can sail our cruiser  on voyages, to points anywhere we choose, work on my writing, and relax a bit from the daily grind.


married Frank Kirkman in 1948. While Frank was in college I worked for the dean of Alfred University. When Frank graduated we moved to Bethpage, where Frank worked for LI Lighting for 36 years, as an electrical engineer. We retired in 1985 and moved t o Cedar Mt.  NC. We enjoy golfing,hiking and other activities at Connestee Falls Country Club. For 12 years we worked as Real estate brokers.

Frank has maintained the “Streamliners orchestra,” originally founded by Ort Hicks and Jack Jessel at Great Neck High school. They play the 40’s and 50’s Big Band Music , and it is well received here in the mountains as most folks are our age. We keep well and active and really love this retirement and doing what we like to do.


CPA – Korean War vet-married 1959- moved to Port Washington in 1964- son living in Manhattan-daughter living in Sands Point with 2 children- past school board member-Temple Trustee-Rotarian , Etc. Etc


Lived in Rosemont Pa. – Mt. Lakes NJ – Evansville In.- Greenwich Ct.- New Castle NH. -Boothbay Harbor Me.  Worked for Bristol Myers, Becton Dickinson   & Co,. Retire…Interests: not for profit board work, golf, skiing, history non-fiction literature, music, good food and good friends.


Married  Joan Peabody, 1956.  we lived in Plainview until 1971.                                                    We built a house in Locust Valley and moved in 1971. We have 2 daughters and one son. Hobbies…still a closet piano player(classical). Serious gardening  and gardening society activities, square and round dancing.  We are now building an elevator for the vertical house we built 30 years ago to extend its life for us.


I went to Tuft College for pre-med, in Boston. From there to med school in Bern Switzerland. Trained in internal medicine after a year of internship at the recently opened long Island Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn, VA and then served two years in the Air Force. Had a third year of training in Houston at the Va and came back and set up a family practice in Great Neck. Had additional training in Nuclear Medicine and have headed that division at North Shore Hospital since 1967.

Married twice. First lasted 15 years. Remarried in 1973 to Marge who had five children. We have been happily married and now have seven grandchildren with one on the way.

For those who remember me, I still play the piano and it helped me out of financial straights in med school. Played mainly in bars and ski resorts in Europe. Now play for my own amazement. Am on the board of the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and am working to bring music to the children in Brooklyn and Queens the kind of music we took for granted at GNHS. The city cut funding for the arts in the 70’s and the only training they get is with PTA sponsored teachers- more in the better neighborhoods and less in the others. We have 150 teachers and teach classical, jazz, pre schoolers, and adults. About 20 of our teachers go into the public schools and teach.

Own a boat in Montauk with Dick Bernard a classmate. WE HAVE BEEN FISHING TOGETHER FOR 64 YEARS. That must be some kind of record.  


Began working as a junior engineer during the Korean War when there was a shortage of real engineers. I backed into computer programming during the 1950’s, and made a career of it. I was made supervisor of Scientific Programming in the late ‘1960s. After that I became Supv’r of systems, then systems and operations. After some positions in the corporate planning department, I led the project to automate Mobil’s personnel, payroll, and benefits. When I retired I was Manager of US computer operation in charge of both of Mobil’s business and domestic Computer centers. Now I live with my two sisters Mary ’45, aand Kathleen ’52 . I volunteer as a pastoral minister in the hospital of the local women’s prison, and as a hospice volunteer. My sisters and I have season tickets to the Metropolitan Opera , NY Philharmonic, and ABT Ballet. We enjoy traveling, and entertaining.


1952 until 1978 worked for equitable Life –Re Department

1978 until 1993 self employed   Moody Associates. 1993 until now retired


In 1951 married Bill Harris, of the USN. Traveled back and forth across the US. Lived in Virginia, Florida, Cal. Idaho, and Subic Bay Philippines. Husband retired from USN, and worked for Lockheed. Settled in Los Altos Ca.(Bay Area) Went back to school and graduated from S.C.U. law school in 1984.Practiced criminal defense for 15 years. He’s retired now.


Painted in Paris on a Reynolds fellowship…served in the Navy as the Executive Officer on a minesweeper…have been in the advertising business since 1958 with J Walter Thompson Company …then Warren Pfaff Inc for 20 years, and McCaffery Ratner since 1990. Married Kay Allen, a Wellesley graduate in 1959. We have lived in Stamford Ct. for almost 40 years.


Thanks for all the workload you have assumed, so that all of us can stay in touch. Would appreciate receiving a copy of the new issue if possible. Hank and I moved to Williamsburg 13 years ago, and have loved every minute. The only negative is that I am climbing out of the abyss of losing Hank last November. He had cancer for three years with one long remission during that time.A very large support group as well as a wonderful family fortunately surrounds me. I am fortunate to enjoy good health, and play tennis three or four times a week. Staying busy, time and a strong faith seem to be the best healing methods for resuming life.   


Seton Hill  college B.S. Home econ.& education worked for L I Lighting 1951-1952 1952 Married Thomas Burns  GNHS class ’45 , and moved to California. Taught home economics L.A. city schools. Real estate sales agent 1979- 1997. Now retired and doing some volunteer work, and travel


help, I worked on and off in Real Estate, selling condos. Then bought a consignment shop, and had fun with that for four years until my daughter moved, with her husband of 20 years, and their 2 girls, to the Asheville NC area. So9…I sold the shop, and have been spending the last four years in Asheville, from July, until after the holidays, and then coming back to Ormond Beach in January. We are now trying to make up our minds about staying in one Married Charles Mc Girr in 1951 had one daughter. Divorced 10 years later. Married George Dean and moved to Florida in 1970. Besides raising my daughter, with George’s place or the other. Charlie and I remained friends, but sadly he died, in 1991. I did find out that nothing in life is easy! I am thankful for the good health, and wealth that I did have (notice leaving out wisdom!) I have fond memories of all of you that I did know, even my old seatmate Jackson who tried to make fun of me while I was trying to be the cool growing up. Are you sorry Jackson?  I enjoyed the 40th reunion but did not hear about the 50th.


Since graduation I have lived in various towns in Pennsylvania. My business career was in banking as branch manager and loan officer. My volunteer work consisted of many years on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks as financial Chairperson. Retirement has meant traveling, golf, and loads of fun with our 10 grandchildren.


After graduating from Brooklyn Poly, I worked for Merck and Atlantic Richfield. I finished 33 years directing Corrosion control, and energy management for the Phila. Refinery, and retired in 1985. Widowed twice and now married to Barbara Mc Devitt. I have been active in the US Power Squadron, serving as Educational officer for 3 years, and teaching a course in meteorology while boating on the Chesapeake for 13 years. Aside from boating, leisure time activities range from gardening to woodworking, and spending time with my wife’s family.


went To Syracuse Univ. but got my BA degree from Manhattan Ville(mid life) with concentration on art history. Married Milton Wessel, and mothered three boys.Lived in NY, and White Plains, Pleasantville and finally DC for the past 17 years. Was a curator at Katonah Museum, and the Textile museum, the National Jewish museum, and now serve on the board of the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. Work with abused children through the court system, here in DC. Have been involved in Alternate theater, and arts center as a board member and leader. Life is Good!


I was jack of Jack in the Beanstalk, in second grade in Lakeville School and Sally Shaffer was my Mother. Where’s she now? Herbert Young was the giant. 47’ers gathered in

Eastern Suffolk County at Ginny Crossly Byrnes home last year. Other classmates will describe our wonderful 50th class reunion and a subsequent Myrtle Beach golf reunion. My sister Geraldine ’43 is living in Sarasota at Plymouth Harbor after retiring from Pt. Washington public schools. Spider Weber and I volunteer at the golf pro senior’s

Tournament at the Meadow brook Golf Club in Jericho- Nassau Co. Spider and brother Frank were next door neighbors on 259th St (now Belmont Avenue) many thanks for your effort.


1951-1960 USMC (2.5 yrs active duty, 6 yrs reserve.) Captain.

1956-1975 partner in Valley-North American Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson.                                                             

1975-present~ Real Estate broker specializing in business Brokerage and commercial.

Married 43 years. My wife was originally from Great Barrington Mass. Met her in           Scottsdale AZ> we both enjoy hiking, swimming, gardening, and travel & all sports. Both boys graduated from The U Of Arizona, so we have a very friendly, but competitive time when the two universities play each other. 


Upon graduation  from SUNY at New Paltz spent one year in Hudson NY. Married Dick Hamann in 1952 and moved to Poughkeepsie NY for a year. Spent the next three years in the Boston area. In 1956 moved to Syracuse NY where our three children were born. In 1974 we moved to Glen Ellyn IL. And stayed there for 10 Years. In 1974 we moved to Camillus, which is next to Syracuse. We are still in Camillus-both of us have been retired for 10 years. The children are all married, and we have 4 grandchildren. We keep busy with our volunteer work, Church, and traveling.


40 years as geologist in International Petroleum Exploration. 30 Years lived overseas in Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, England, Pakistan, Singapore,& Indonesia. Met and married a girl from Wales, when working in an oil field camp in Venezuela. Highlight of my career was being decorated by the President of Pakistan Zia Ul Haq, with the Star Of Pakistan for making the important oil discovery in Sindh province, Pakistan.


Moved to Schenectady in 1950 when I was married. One daughter is a lawyer- 2nd is a Cardiology Researcher Nurse Practitioner. Son is a pilot; lawyer- manages an airline Signature Airlines… Worked as an interior designer/ Restorationist in Albany NY. Presently

Vice President real estate broker at Insignia Douglas Elliman in NYC. Maintain apartments in NYC, Schenectady, and Ft Lauderdale Fl. Have traveled extensively around the world, mainly alone. Visited China before US recognized it (1978). Spent 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80/s playing golf& skiing in Northeast, along with running an antiques business and design firm. My husband is retired but infirm, but still with us.