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Reunion Photos and Updates: Classes of 1945-1955 and 1995-2000
"We are exploring together. We are cultivating a garden together, backs to the sun." -Parker J. Palmer
Thank you, classes of 1945-1955 and 1995-2000, for spending a fun-filled weekend with us at Scattergood! (List of attendees and personal alumni updates below!)
We look forward to welcoming ALL former students and staff members to Scattergood's 125th Anniversary and All-School Reunion July 2015. Stay tuned for dates and information this fall!
Alumni News - Many thanks to Tom Blackburn '50 and Carolyn Treadway '51 for reconnecting with these alumni and gathering their stories.
Muriel (Mott) Neifert '50 and her husband James Neifert '49 live in Minneapolis and have three children and seven grandchildren. Muriel was a geriatric nurse and trained Licensed Practical Nurses.
Marvin Stanley '50 earned an engineering degree and worked at General Motors in Michigan for 38 years. He has been retired for 20 years and has three children and four grandchildren.
Ferne Neifert (now Elizabeth Vanek) '50, sister of James Neifert '49, walked across the United States twice with a large group to advocate for global disarmament. She worked in Stanford School of Medicine's Neuropathology department processing slides of brain tissue. She has traveled to Greece and Japan. She raised two children, as well as the two children of her daughter, Eva, who passed away at age 30.
Ann Winder '53 has had many careers. She taught computer science and worked as a statistician and zoologist. She outlived two husbands, has two children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Her travel destinations have included Hawaii, two Earth Watch trips to Africa, Costa Rica (a cooperative cheese plant founded by Quakers). Ann remarked that Mollie Graves (Blackburn) '53 was a wonderful help to her during her time at Scattergood.
Lawrence Osborn '51 went to Costa Rica after Scattergood. There, he worked for eight years helping start a cheese factory in Monteverde. Later, in Iowa, he worked for Roy Knight. Then he moved to Ohio where he worked in the heating business for eight years, and in plumbing for 23 years, retiring in 1986. He helped build the log house he lives in today. He has seven children, 27 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Charles Osborn '51 is Lawrence's brother. He has enjoyed a career as an airline pilot. While a Scattergood student, he used to fly a small plane over campus and students would come out and wave to him. Tom Blackburn '50 once briefed him on the weather while working for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Charles lived in Dallas and Atlantic, then retired to Oregon. He has two children, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. For many years, Charles was a guide at an air museum.
Carolyn Conover (Osborn) '49 and Charles (above) were a couple while at Scattergood, but after school they went their separate ways. They met again in 1980 at a Scattergood reunion and later married. Carolyn worked as an office manager and bookkeeper. She has two children. Carolyn and Charles now live in Tucson, Arizona.
Don Harris '52 says his Scattergood experience was "fantastic, marvelous." After graduating, he taught foreign languages and practiced counseling. He worked at Scattergood from 1994 to 2002. Lives in California to be near his two children and four grandchildren.
Gerald Rees, after a year at Scattergood, joined the army and earned his GED, then graduated from Earlham College in 1958. He attended seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, lived in Ohio and Connecticut, and for the last 40 years has resided in Illinois. He has been in ministry for around three decades, working as a drug and alcohol counselor. Gerald has been married for 57 years and has two children and five grandchildren.
Patsy Jo (Brown) Wheatley '53 raised two daugthers who gave her two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She has been married for 51 years, and she and her husband have spend long vacations traveling around the United States (including Hawaii), Mexico, Canada and the Mediterranean. Before retiring in 1998, she worked as a medical technician in microbiology, using an electron microscope. She was employed by Sloan Kettering, Mt. Sinai, Cornell and New York University.
Tom Blackburn '50, worked for the Weather Bureau (National Weather Service) in Virginia, Ohio, Puerto Rico and Washington DC until retirement. He has published a newsletter for volunteer weather observers and has volunteered as a guide in a hospital in Tampa for the past 17 years. Tom's son Robin attended Scattergood for the 1976-77 school year, "the most wonderful year of his short life." Robin passed away in 1985 due to heart failure. Tom's second wife, Oliva, added three children to his family, and eventually four grandchildren. After retirement, Oliva returned to her Philippine home where she entered politics and served as mayor for three years. Tom and Oliva reside in Tampa, Florida.
Carmen Rohwer Billick
Carolyn Smith Treadway
Erika Reimer Derrick
Julia Harding Phelps
Margie Figgins Roth
Mollie Blackburn Graves
Samantha Mann Vogt