This is to inform you that Shirley Davis Conrad's husband M.E. "Bud" Conrad passed away last week in Pasadena, TX. We join to offer our heart-felt condolences to our Classmate Shirley Davis Conrad and her family. I was privileged to have known Bud, when we worked at Champion Papers, Inc. in Pasadena, TX.
As you know Shirley has been the PHS1951 Former Students Secretary and has kept us informed on Class News over the years. She has also worked tirelessly on the Annual Reunion Committees and has updated/published the Pasadena High School, Class of 1951, Directories, etc. We are very thankful to Shirley for the outstanding and committed work she has so tirelessly performed over the many, many years.
We celebrated our 65th Class Reunion on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the DoubleTree Hilton location, across the street from Hobby Airport. Approximately 70 Classmates including significant others signed up to attend; however, quite a few Classmates did/could not attend. The Reunion Committee Members, listed below, again did an excellent job of organizing this reunion!
Many of the Classmates with their Daughters attending made it, since a number of our members were in wheelchairs. Unfortunately, Charles Fischer who was going to handout the Lottery Rewards to those who participated less 4 Classmates who had passed on, experienced a problem with his heart on Saturday morning and had to be transported to the Hospital. Since they could not find anything seriouly wrong with him after he was subjected to stress tests, etc. , he was released on Sunday afternoon. Willo Dean handed out the Lottery Rewards in his absence.
It was good to see our Classmates again and since this was our last reunion it was a final adieu.
Shirley Davis Conrad will probably write a more detailed/interesting review of the occasion and until she does this is a very short synopsis of the events.
Joan Butler Neal, 4827 Julia Court, Pasadena, TX 77505, 281-356-2112,
Shirley Davis Conrad, 1413 Harris Ave., Pasadena TX 77506-3717, 713-473-0989,
Willo Dean Perry Konvicka, 12538 Ticonderoga, Houston, Tx 281-458-2275
Class of 1951 - Mini-Reunion March 28, 2015
We had a beautiful day for our mini-reunion at Pepper’s on March 28th. We had about 40 classmates and guests and had a very enjoyable event.
We talked briefly about our 65th reunion and want to hear from everyone with any suggestions. Tentative plans are to have it the first or second weekend of April, as Easter is the last Sunday of March.
Some have mentioned having it in the Fall, but others prefer keeping the schedule we’ve established. Some points for Spring are: no threat of hurricanes, no hunting season coming up,
and some of our “snowbirds” will not be able to attend in the Fall.
We hope to have it at the same hotel (Hilton at Hobby, now renamed Doubletree Hilton), so those flying in to Hobby Airport can ride the hotel’s shuttle over to the hotel.
People coming in on Friday to spend the night can contact classmates to meet for dinner at the hotel, as well as meeting for breakfast on Sunday.
We hope to have our reunion and meal Saturday in the Moody Ballroom, with a room across the hall for sitting, drinking coffee, looking at memorabilia during the day.
We should have a special rate for rooms at the hotel and will be trying to get a good value for our Reunion. We hope to meet at the hotel to go over arrangements.
PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1951 Mini-Reunion--Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wanda McNeil, Leon and Marjorie Sefton
Sue and Don Talbot, Margie Benoit Fry, Joan Butler Neal & Don Miller
Shirley Davis Conrad
Roberta Stone Comley & Jack Turner
Robert Wilson, Bobby Monroe & Dorothy Suggs
Pat Kolaski Bailess, Loraine Sutherland Burton, Kathryn King Fischer
Marcia Drew Benash, Barbara Cleghorn Dickerson, Joyce & Earl Boykin
Kenneth Mills, Bennie & Willo Dean Perry Konvicka, Joy Hight and Jackie Houston Conces
Karen Clark Engelbretson, Peggy Peek Spear, Helen Cruse Shinpaugh & Dee Ragan
Joy Hight, Jackie Houston Conces & Bob
Gloria Chitwood Vetzel
Diane Walker & Robert Hall, Gene & Doris Spicer Hargis
PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1951 Mini-Reunion/80th Birthday Party--Saturday, March 16, 2013We celebrated our mini-reunion/80th birthday party at Pepper's Restaurant, 3604C Fairmont Parkway on Saturday, March 16, 2013. It was another success since 51 Classmates and Significant Others attended the festivities.
We were very sorry that Lorraine and Robert Burton could not attend due to medical problems. Also Clark Oliphant could not make it due to a wrist problem and we are sure that others could not attend for similar and other reasons. We missed you.
As soon as I receive additional information and pictures taken by Shirley Davis Conrad, Gloria Chitwood Vetzel, Gerry Kinsey O'Farrel and other camera bugs, they will be posted on the web page.
If you would like to receive class news via email, you can send your email address to email@example.com . Please indicate if you would like your address kept private (not in the directory). All emails to the classmates are bcc, so it is private in that respect. I do not forward anecdotes, warning, etc., only class news.
Willo Dean Perry Konvicka, 12538 Ticonderoga, Houston, Texas 77044-2330, 281-458-2275, firstname.lastname@example.org
Romain Slabbaert, 663 Oak Valley Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028, 830-895-0953 email@example.com
PLUS The Luby's Lunch Bunch Class of '51 - 61th Reunion, March 31, 2012.
We celebrated our 61st mini-reunion Saturday March 31, 2012 11:00AM, at Pepper's Restaurant, 3604C Fairmont Parkway.
There were 51 Classmates and guests in attendance and everyone enjoyed the socializing, meal, coffee and cake. Reunion Pictures are posted below.
Robert and Lorraine Burton could not attend this reunion as well as the last reunion due to illness. Robert is recuperating from surgery, and is at Kindred rehabilitation to help him get back on his feet. Their address is listed below On another sad note Dan Fischer, who attended the reunion with Kathryn, passed away on April 28, 2012 while mowing his lawn. Dan and Kathryn's address is 2016 Midlothian Lane, Kingwood, Texas 77339-4425.
The reunion committee is planning another mini-reunion for next year. Please contact the Reunion Committee members listed below for information or input.
Robert and Lorraine Sutherland Burton 406 Friends Knoll Lane, Friendswood, Texas 77546-3718, 281-482-1049 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Willo Dean Perry Konvicka, 12538 Ticonderoga, Houston, Texas 77044-2330, 281-458-2275, email@example.com
Romain Slabbaert, 663 Oak Valley Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028 firstname.lastname@example.org, 830-895-0953
plus Altha, Betty, Bonnie, Della, Norma, Roberta and all the lunch bunch
Della Beatty Thomas & Alton McGee
Dee Ragan & Ralph McNeil
Willo Dean Perry & Bennie Konvicka, Don Miller, Joy Hight
Robert Wilson, Bobby Monroe and Dorothy Suggs
Pat Kolaski Bailess & Lorraine Sutherland Burton
Margie Benoit Fry, Peggy Peak Spear and Shirley Davis Conrad
Joy Hight, Shirley Davis Conrad, Marcia Drew Benash, Barbara Cleghorn Dickerson and Doris Spicer Hargis
Joan Butler Neal, Margie Benoit Fry and Peggy Peak Spear
Gloria Chitwood Vetzel and Shirley Davis Conrad
Dee Ragan, Earl Boykin and Ralph McNeil
Alton McGee and Margie Benoit Fry
Bill Long and Bill Moody
Margie Benoit Fry & Don Talbot
Peggy Peek Spear & Neuborn Shepherd
Sue & Don Talbot, Neuborn Shepherd & Joan Butler Neal
Helen Kruse Shinpaugh & Anne Blakesly Groves '52
Bennie & Willo Dean Perry Konvicka
Bill& Sheron Long
Bill Moody & Alton McGee
Bo Bailess, Wesley Turnbow, Pat Kolaski Bailess & Kathryn King Fischer
Bonnie Ryan Phillips, Cavita Smith Ebelt ('52)Marcia Drew Benash, Eugene Stahl, Jackie Houston Conces & Joyce Boykin
Bonnie Ryan Phillips, Helen Kruse Shinpaugh & Jackie Houston Conces
Charles Duschamp, Gene Hargis, Gloria Chitwood Vetzel, Doris Spicer Hargis & Shirley Davis Conrad
Della Beatty Thomas
Doris Spicer Hargis & Gene Hargis
Dorothy Suggs & Bobby Monroe
Earl & Joyce Boykin and Robert Wilson
Earl & Joyce Boykin
Gloria Chitwood Vetzel, Roberta Stone Comley & Norma Billinsley Shepherd
Helen Kruse Shinpaugh & Marcia Drew Benash
Jackie Houston Conces, Bennie & Willo Dean Perry Konvicka and Joy Hight
Joy Hight, Gerry Kinsey O'Farrel and Marsha Drew Benash
Leon Sefton and Charles Fischer
Leon Sefton, Shirley Davis Conrad and Romain Slabbaert
Marvie Juerges Locklin and Donna Howard Dahse
Neuborn Shepherd, Alton McGee and Gene Hargis
Pat Kolaski Bailess & Kathryn King Fischer
Paul & Norleen McGowen
Peggy Peek Spear & Don Miller
Peggy Peek Spear, Willo Dean Perry Konvicka & Margie Benoit Fry
Sue & Dan Talbot, Neuborn Shepherd and Joan Butler Neal
Sue and Dan Talbot
Wanda & Ralph McNeil and Don Miller
Wesley & Sonia Turnbow
Please contact Shirley Davis Conrad for Errors or Omissions.
Ann Blakesley (PHS 1952) and Norma Billingsley Shepherd Bobby Monroe, Eugene & Beth Stahl and Covita Smith (PHS 1952) Dan Talbot, Neuborn Shepherd, Roberta Stone Comley, Sue Talbot & Darlene ShepherdDonna Howard Dahse & Raymond Florow Helen Kruse Shinpaugh & Betty Jo Barnhart Bingham Jean Hall's Daughter, Jean Hall & Bobby MonroeLorraine & AJ McGee Maxine Borchardt & Oscar Schank Neuborn & Darlene ShepherdPaul McGowen & Peggy Peek Spear Roberta Stone Comley, Norma Billingsley & Bill Shepherd Peggy Peek Spear & Charles DuschampWayne and Jeanette Field & Kathryn King Fischer Romain Slabbaert & AJ McGee Ralph & Wanda McNeil Jackie Houston Conces & Bob Lamb Shirley Davis Conrad & Sylvia Hausler Hugo at the rehab/long-term care facility in League City. The line dance group of which Shirley is a member (Silver Star Line Dancers from Madison Jobe Senior Citizens Center) performed for the residents on May 26.
Class of '51 - 60th Reunion, held March 26, 2011 is History.
We had a great 60th Reunion. Tentative count is 59 of our classmates plus 24 from other classes, spouses, escorts. Not everyone signed in, so the count will increase when we check our pictures. Pictures, submitted by me, have been added below and more to come. Please send/email your pictures to Shirley for further handling.
I didn't make the happy announcement that our classmate Paul Englishbee will be getting married in May and will live in Encinitas, California. I know we all congratulate Paul and wish the best for him and Betty. Hope to see them both at the next reunion. I'm sorry I missed making this announcement so we could all rejoice with Paul and his daughter at the Reunion. For those that did not make this reunion, another one is planned next year and the details will be worked out.
Shirley Davis Conrad
Bill & Norma Billingsley Shepherd and Jo Ann Floyd
Bill Hall & Earl Boykin
Gene & Doris Spicer Hargis
Elnora Flynn, Floyd Stone and Annette Benton Whatley
Paul Englishbee & Daughter Elizabeth Bremer
Barbara Cleghorn Dickerson & Shirley Davis Conrad
Betty Jo Bingham Barnhart & Marilyn Miller Patterson
Bill & Sheron Long
Bobby Monroe & Eugene Stahl
Bonnie Ryan Phillips
Bill Moody & Carl Cox
Dee Pollard Callihan, Willo Dean Perry Konvicka & Lorraine Sutherland Burton
Della Beatty Thomas & Cecil White
Doris Herring Kouba & Bart Kouba
Carl & Pat Cox
Eugene Stahl & Charles Duschamp
Hartford Anderson, Bill Hall & Willo Dean Perry Konvicka
James Page, Shirley Davis Conrad & Jackie Houston Conces
Joan Butler Neal, Kathryn King Fischer & Pat Kolaski Bailess
Joan Butler Neal & Peggy Peek Spear
Marcia Drew Benash & Altha Dossey Williamson
Marilyn Miller Patterson & Margie Benoit Fry
Paul McGowan & Marvine Juerges Locklin
Peggy Peek Spear, Billy & Shirley Pinkston
Raymond Florow, Emil & Sally Soderquist
Rob & Anita Hand Rollo
Pat Kolaski Bailess, Rob & Anita Hand Rollo & Kathryn King Fischer
Shirley Davis Conrad & Robert Wilson
Wesley & Sonja Turbow
Al & Gerry Kinsey O'Farrel 61th Wedding Anniversary
Dan Talbot & Dan Fischer
Gay & Travis Dixson
Willo Dean Perry & Bennie Konvicka
Don Miller & Ralph McNeil
Romain Slabbaert, Hartford Anderson & Mary Slabbaert
Wesley Turnbow, Raymond Florow & Norleen McGowen
Roy Allen, Don Miller & Wanda McNeil
Travis Dixson, Shirley Davis Conrad, Joy Hight & Hartford Anderson
Hans & Sylvia Hausler Hugo
Betty Jo Bingham Barnhart & Helen Kruse Shinpaugh
59th Lunch Reunion & Plans for the Big 60th Reunion
We celebrated our mini-reunion on March 27, 2010 at Pepper's Restaurant in Pasadena. The mini-reunion was a big success, with 44 classmates and 12 spouses attending. The Reunion Committee voted to have our big 60th reunion at the Hilton Hotel-Hobby Airport on Saturday, March 26, 2011, one year from the date of our mini-reunion. We will have a meeting at the Hobby Hilton Hotel in a week or so and give you more details. We will be posting some pictures from the mini-reunion as soon as we gather them from our various photographers, so keep checking our web site.
As the Pasadena Luby's has closed, please join us for the first Monday lunches at the Deer Park Luby's on Center in Deer Park at 11 A.M. It is about a block north of Spencer Highway. If you can't make it at 11:00 come anyway, many come later and stay longer. The food is good, and service is exceptional.
The bricks that various classmates bought have been installed at Pasadena High School, and we have a picture on the web site @ PHSBricks. We worked with the manufacturer and were able to get a better price on the bricks, then we located a bricklayer to do the job cheaper than the school district projected. The district even contracted with him to install bricks they had been storing for several years. Part of the money that was saved on the installation of the bricks will be used for the 60th reunion. It will be a bang-up reunion without having to pay a lot out of your pockets.
Tapley presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award
Dr. Byron D. Tapley, a 1951 Pasadena High School graduate and current chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was named the Pasadena Independent School District's 2009 Distinguished Alumnus.
Tapley was formally presented with the award at a special reception held in his honor on Thursday, March 12, at the Pasadena ISD Administration Building.
For more of this story, click on or type the URL below:
Copy of the Article in the Pasadena Citizen is as follows (without his picture):
Dr. Byron D. Tapley, a 1951 Pasadena High School graduate and current chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was named the Pasadena Independent School District’s 2009 Distinguished Alumnus.
Tapley will formally be presented with the award at a special reception to be held in his honor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Pasadena ISD Administration Building, 1515 Cherrybrook.
Tapley was raised in Pasadena and attended Kruse Elementary and Jackson Junior High (now Jackson Intermediate) before his graduation from Pasadena High School. He then graduated from the University of Texas in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Texas.
As chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas, he has helped it evolve into one of the top 10 programs in the nation. Under his leadership, the university’s Center for Space Research is an internationally-ranked center for research.
Among Tapley’s many achievements, he established the Orbit Mechanics Program at the university and developed it into an internationally recognized program of excellence for graduate study in space research and applications. In addition, Tapley has served as a director for the Texas Space Grant Consortium and an advisor to the National Research Council. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
For the past 11 years, the Distinguished Alumnus recognizes a Pasadena ISD graduate who has made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career have brought credit to the Pasadena school district.
75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION/MINI REUNION
About 47 Classmates and others attended the 75th birthday reunion. We will be calling those who said they were coming but did not attend, and let them know we missed them.
We collected $50 in donations, and 8 classmates paid to have their names on the bricks, with more promising to send a check. Those who paid were: Earl Boykin, Wayne Field, Diane Walker Hall, Ralph McNeil, Raymond Florow, Margie Benoit Fry, Leon Sefton, and Paul McGowen.
Our lunch cost was $518.75 to serve 55 people and we had plenty. We have had offers for two other free sites for yearly lunch/mini-reunions, and everyone seemed to be enthusiastic for keeping up the yearly events.
Charles Fischer is going to draft a letter to send to the classmates regarding the plaque and bricks, and we will attach a picture and offer them a chance to participate. At the same time, Shirley Davis Conrad will send out a newsletter with news about the 75th birthday/mini-reunion and any directory changes, as well as our usual reminders and list of Reunion Committee members to contact, so if anyone has anything to add to it, please let her know.
Paul and Norleen McGowen's Grandson Chase,
14 year-old Chase McGowen, a typical teenager who digs music, pizza, teasing his sisters and cutting up with friends. One thing sets Chase apart from being your "typical" kid though. Chase has cystic fibrosis.
Chase spent over a year waiting for lung and liver transplants, culminating in historical surgery on January 5, 2004. Chase's miraculous recovery has been inspiring. The McGowen family is very grateful to everyone who contributed to this miracle: the doctors, medical staff, friends, all the fund-raising contributors and volunteers, and the exciting celebrity visits.
Thank you each and every one. The McGowen family asks you to remember the donor family in your prayers.
As of late Chase's health has deteriorated, then stabilized several times, and he is in need of a lung transplant. Please visit their web site for additional information: www.helpingchase.com
55TH REUNION October 13,14 and 15, 2006
The Class of 1951 55th Reunion was held on Friday October 13, Saturday October 14, and Sunday morning October 15, 2006 at the Hobby Hilton, near the Hobby Airport. The festivities started at 5:00 p.m. on Friday with greetings to our Classmates and we had a sit-down dinner Saturday evening followed by a Sunday morning breakfast. Robert Burton and Charles Fischer were the MCs and Clark Oliphint, Marilyn Miller Patterson and Willo Dean Perry Konvicka made presentations. Our Classmates, who have died, were remembered. Approximately 70 plus Classmates and guests attended, and pictures of the event are on the 55th Reunion Picture page.
Valedictorians Marilyn Miller Patterson & Clark Oliphint (not pictured LaNell Bishop Gregg & Anita Hand Rollo)
We have a Published Author in our Class!
***Marilyn Miller Patterson has written a book titled "Reaching to Recovery -- Depression Anonymous", which is now in publication.
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It is a guideline for a 12-step program, devised by her, to assist in recovering from depression. It also contains personal stories of people who have suffered from depression, including Marilyn's personal struggle.
"YET ANOTHER MINI-REUNION"- MARCH 28, 2004 Photos of this mini-reunion can be viewed by clicking on Mini-Reunion Photos
The 70th Birthday Celebration Reunion, which was held on Saturday September 20, 2003 at the Monument Inn, 4406 Battleground Road, La Porte 77571 was a great success with about 70 classmates and members of other classes attending. Click on Photos of this celebration.
RECAP OF THE 50th REUNION CELEBRATION
The 50th high school reunion celebration was a success due to the hard work and planning by:
Robert and Lorraine Burton Joan Butler Neal Shirley Davis Conrad Gloria Chitwood Vetzel Jackie Houston Conces Helen Kruse Shinpaugh Joy Hight Anita Hubbard and Al Gould Charles Fischer Carlton Guidry and others.
An unexpected 160 classmates and their guests attended, and at the last minute we had to obtain a larger room, since the room we reserved was not big enough.
On Friday the Pasadena High School tour was attended by 70 people and guided by Principal Mr. Wayne Adams and Bookkeeper Mrs. O'Banion. Without exaggerating, our old beloved PHS now looks more like a Junior College Campus.
The hospitality suites were an ideal gathering place for our returning classmates, some we have not set eyes on for a half a century. Much memorabilia was displayed in the hospitality rooms for the nostalgic moments we all come to love more and more, as the years pass on.
The Saturday Banquet and Program was attended by Coach Carter Lomax, Mrs. Jeanne Smith and Mrs Estelle Carter and her husband. Unfortunately Mr. Carroll Teague could not attend due to illness.
Robert Burton opened the program by welcoming everyone, and recognizing the teachers in attendance. Charles Fischer served as the Masters of Ceremony. Several classmates participated in the program, and were for the most part a humorous rendition of:
"True Confessions" - Charles Fischer, Leon Sefton, Byron Tapley, Neuborn Shepherd, Hartford Anderson
As a tribute to our deceased classmates, Rober Burton formulated and gave a slide presentation, narrated by Shirley Davis Conrad and Gloria Chitwood Vetzel. Cynthia Darby Ward read a letter from Bill Allen's wife, as a tribute to our Class President Bill Allen, who passed away this year.
Charles Fischer made a challenge to the class to collect money on an annual basis to purchase a class gift to be presented to PHS during our 70th Reunion in 2021. The surviving classmate(s) will make the presentation to the school. Details to follow.
The Invocation and Benediction were given by Raymond Florow and Dan Talbot respectively.