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Arthur Davidson
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2016-01-04 12:31:26
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Victoria (Vicki) Davies (Salman)
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2016-02-19 17:55:18
From the 40th reunion:
 
Hello, Class of 1966. Although I only attended Walter Johnson High School for our junior year and two months of our senior year, I have very fond memories of my time there. I had some good friends whom I hope will get in touch.

When my family moved back to California, I finished my senior year at Santa Barbara High School with the kids I had been with in elementary and junior high. I received my BA from UC Davis in 1970.

My husband, Richard, and I were married in February 1972 and have lived in Santa Barbara,California, the Washington DC area, Sacramento, California, and have been in Eugene, Oregon for the past 19 years. We keep busy as Assistant Managers of Briarwood, our manufactured home park, with church activities, and spending time with our adorable "granddaughters" (actually friends' girls who adopted us)!!!
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Andrea Davis
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2015-12-07 13:07:02
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2015-12-07 16:12:01
Kathleen Dawe
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2016-02-19 18:00:02
From the 40th reunion:
 
Dear WJ Class of '66
Points of contact connecting, rejoining the lines after points of departure radiating out, curving back to memories lost and found over the years by contacting each other and describing our flight lines that reach to many endeavors and corners of the earth. The summaries of each others lives are so fascinating, each one saying something about all of us, and each of us who have uniquely and collectively changed the world, in ways really beyond anyone's ability to know or understand. I'd like to come to the reunion but can't, too many other commitments made before I knew of it, you all will have so much to share, it will be a wondrous event!
 
After graduation I went to Hartford Art School and graduated with a BFA. Guess I've always been drawn to adventure because right after college I fulfilled a dream I had since I was 10, with my dog and a pack on my back, I walked the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain GA to Virginia , and this was about 700 miles and took several months, a great experience. In 1972 bought some land in New Hampshire and my next project was building a log cabin in the White Mountains .  I lived there and had some wonderful experiences. I worked on a land survey crew. I learned to use a chainsaw and cut down trees and split wood; I had no electricity, so heated with wood, I think I used about 6 cords a winter. I drew water from my spring. In NH they like to say "our years consist of 9 months of winter and 3 months of poor sledding". I learned to cross country ski. I learned I would not freeze in 35 degrees below 0, if I was prepared (boy scout motto works). 
 
Finally I learned I was too young to be isolated and thought that I needed to integrate into society and develop some worldly skills, pursue some achievement besides surviving, learning to cook coons and hunt wild mushrooms.  I moved to Portland , Maine , and started working at sign painting, lettering and advertising design. I also met my future husband, a rugby player and graduating law student at U of Maine, in 1980 we moved to WA State and he worked as a criminal prosecutor here, later he became a civil trial lawyer with a firm in Seattle . On weekends we hiked, skied, but mostly white water kayaked. It took years to really know this other person, and myself, and become aware of the depths of complexity of our inner selves as we grow older and change and become who we are. Sometimes that's a good thing, not this time, in 1988 we got divorced. After that I designed and built my own home on five acres, eventually became committed to another relationship, we had no kids but we had horses together and spent 8 years riding building and maintaining trails in the backcountry mountain areas of Wash. State and some cattle roundups in Montana. That was recreational; I have always worked full time. 
 
Since 1981 and up until two years ago, I worked for a graphic design firm; sales/ account rep/ project manager for a total of twenty three years. I left that business and am working at creating decorative and personal artwork. I just don't like to do art work on computers. I paint murals, do faux finishing, painted a couple of house exteriors, also do some sculpture and painting of my own, starting to exhibit in little local galleries. I have fun and discouragement, I am definitely being challenged, leaving the security of a "regular" job to explore and risk. Sometimes I have no idea what I am doing or where I am going next. A walk in the woods can help. Last Saturday I went for a hike up Mt Forgotten (elev 5200 ft) so here is a fresh and recent photo and it also shows what the Cascade Mountains look like on Sept 23rd, 2nd day of fall, 2006. It is really beautiful here but the growth and traffic has made it difficult to run the rapids (traffic is usually a class 5 run). I think about going back east where the rest of my family lives, in Virginia and Georgia. I am glad and impressed to hear so many stories of accomplishment attained by sustained effort. Thank you for your true life stories! It's hard to get much on a page or two isn't it? 
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Gregg Dawson
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2016-02-19 18:02:16
From the 40th reunion:
 
 Hi.  It's been fun reading everyone's stories.  It has been nice to learn how some old friends are doing.  November is a difficult time for me to travel, so I probably will not attend the reunion.

     I attended the U. of Maryland in College Park, graduating in 1970.  From there, I went to Denver to attend the Iliff School of Theology, receiving a master's degree in 1973.

     I married my wife, Karen, in 1972.  She is a Director of Nursing at the hospital here in Fort Collins.  We have two children, a daughter, Emily, who is 28, married, and who works as a corporate fundraiser for a university in Denver, and a son, Alex, who is a senior in high school and is currently trying to choose a college.  Our daughter is expecting in April, so I will soon join some of you as grandparents.

     For a few years in the seventies, I worked as a United Methodist minister, then left that to start a business.  I passed the 30th anniversary for my business in September.  I am a gemologist, and I buy and sell diamonds, gemstones and antique jewelry, and I have a retail jewelry store in Fort Collins, Colorado.  I have enjoyed my business, and it will probably be several more years before I retire.

     In recent years, as demand on my time has allowed, I have spent more time in the studio.  I work in original stained glass, and I sculpt marble.  About once a year, we travel to Europe where I drag my family to the many museums to study art history, and one week a year I attend a marble sculpting symposium in Marble, Colorado.  We also like to travel occasionally to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for sea kayaking and canoeing.   My son and I like to fly fish together in Rocky Mountain National Park.

     A couple of years ago, we built a home on a small farm near Fort Collins.  I have turned most of the farm over to the wildlife, so I guess I'm getting ready to entertain the grandkids.
 
A note about one of our classmates:

     Martha Lee married my brother, Wayne Dawson (in 1968, I think).  Martha worked  as an office manager and bookkeeper.  They had two sons, Peter and Clay.  Peter is a city planner and Clay in an air traffic controller.  Martha died of natural causes in 1988/
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Pasquale De Rita
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2016-01-26 20:36:39
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2016-02-25 17:57:16
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John Delehanty
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2016-08-11 09:16:15

Yes WJ classmates I did graduate from Walter Johnson in 1966. I grew up in a small community in northern New York -- Tupper Lake. My father was transferred in October 1965 with the VA to Washington, DC. I went from a senior class of 32 to over 700. WOW what a change. But many of you welcomed me with open arms. I remember Ann Ware was so gracious and helped me in my transition. I dated Bonnie Tayman. Other classmates that were great friends: Bill Martin, Bill McCarten, and Craig McKee and many others! I remember one classmate saved me in chemistry!

After high school I remember going down to Charlottesville and working at a Marriott hotel, The Downtowner, with Bill McCarten. Then he got serious about some young lady. She had a sister who had her eyes on me so I got cold feet because getting married was the last thing on my mind! I understand he became chairman of part of Marriott.

I went to college and law school then became a lawyer back in Tupper Lake. Then served as District Attorney, prosecutor. I have been married to Susie for over 43 years. We are blessed with three wonderful kids that we see often along with our grands.  BTW, my awesome Mom, Charlcie who is 93, lives within 2 miles of us and is still sharp as a tack! I hunt and fish, kayak, ski: enjoying my retirement up here in "Gods country."

 
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Gilbert Devey, Jr
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I graduated from WJ without honors in 1966.  I went to college and promptly flunked out – too many distractions.  After several low paying, physical, grungy jobs, I enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS COMPTON (DD 705) and that was REALLY low paying, physical and grungy work.  Must have done OK, as the east coast was never invaded!  After my military service I went to college on the GI bill and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1974, again without any honors (Fortunately I passed Philosophy my last semester in summer school!).  My career with the Federal Government began with the Navy followed by 25 years at the Federal Aviation Administration retiring from federal service as Director of Acquisition in 2003.  Following that, I worked for ARINC in Annapolis (a much nicer commute) and retired in 2013.  Judy Shumaker and I were married in May 1971 and moved from Gaithersburg to Southern Maryland (Calvert County) where we raised our two children, Christine (1976)  and Mark (1978).  Christine and her husband John live outside of Richmond, VA and have three daughters and Mark and his wife Christie live in southern Maryland and have two daughters.  When Judy and I decided to retire, we moved to Fredericksburg, VA a convenient location, making it easy to visit with our kids and granddaughters.   Since graduation from Walter Johnson I have been busy with boating, softball, golf, hunting, fishing, gardening, raising children, getting a Master’s Degree, helping parents, being a husband, working and generally being as cool as I wanted to be.  I look forward to the reunion.       Cheers, Gib   Send Gilbert a MessageSend Gilbert a Message
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