Lene Thomassen (Beckstead)
July 14, 1944 Bountiful UT Homemaker Married 6
Marilyn Murphy (Berwind)
July 15, 1944 Belmont NC Retired Widowed 1Life has certainly been an adventure since we all left East High back in 1962.
I moved east to Rochester, NY in 1964, and in 1965 I married the nicest man in the world, Chuck Berwind. He worked at Eastman Kodak and I at Xerox until we had a little girl, Julie, in 1972. I was a stay-at-home mom for a few years, then went back to school and on to work (at Kodak) in 1985.
Over the years we enjoyed raising Siberian Huskies. We had much fun showing them and also training them for dogsledding. We ran a team for years, enjoying the winter wonderland of upstate New York.
My husband passed away 17 years ago. Our daughter was in graduate school in NC and decided to settle down there (here!), so when it was time to retire, I moved to the Charlotte, NC area.
My working years were exciting, challenging, and fun. Xerox provided 7 years of busiess experience during its expansive growth years. My time at Kodak was in technical publications and marketing communications in the Printing & Publishing and Professional Photography Divisions. I got to travel, work at trade shows, support photographic workshops, and meet with some of the best photographers in the industry. What fun!
I've been blessed to have opportunities to feed my creative side by studying and teaching adult education classes in art and to work as a professional wedding photographer. I came late to quilting, and enjoy that creative outlet as well.
I'm so pleased to be living here in NC with mild winters (I still have one dog sled in my garage, but it never gets used any more!) and near my little family--my daughter, her husband who is from England, my 4-year old grandson, and a new baby expected to arrive in April.
Annette Whitney (Wells)
August 13, 1944 Salem UT music teacher www.gordonwells.net Married 8
After we graduated from East High I attended the University of Utah, graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance.
I took a position at Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho teaching choral music for one year and then moved to New York City, where I studied voice with Florence Barbour, a vocal coach at the Metropolitan opera.
During my second year in New York I met Gordon Wells and we were married in July of 1969. We lived in Salt Lake City where Gordon practiced law for about a year. We moved to Santa Barbara where he practiced for almost 8 years. He wrote his famous home gardening book, “Successful Home Gardening” in 1977.
Gordon and I moved our family to Vacaville California to attend UC-Davis and he completed a Master’s Degree in Plant Science in 1980. By that time we had 6 children.
We started practicing law again and Gordon's firm, Wells, Call, Clark, Bennett and Clawson, is still one of best civil practice firms in Solano County. In 2009 my husband wrote “Successful Home Gardening, Second Edition” and created a set of 6 DVD’s of his lectures which can be found atwww.gordonwells.net (cheaper) or at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
During our married life together we have raised eight children and now have 27 grandchildren. My life has revolved around the family but I have remained involved in music, especially choral music throughout the past 42 years. While living in Vacaville I was involved in establishing a yearly community Christmas performance of Handel's Messiah which still continues.
We moved to San Diego County for three years thinking of retiring there. We then moved to Salem, Utah (near Provo) where we have lived for 8 years to be near our three youngest daughters and their families.
For the past year we have been serving a proselyting mission for the LDS Church in Glendale, California. We have really enjoyed this opportunity to serve others.
After our mission we plan to build a home in Vacaville, where we lived for 25 years and raised our family, and stay near our oldest daughter for the rest of our lives. Gordon served for 9 years as a Stake President there and it feels the most like home to us.
Dennis N/A (Robinson)
January 08, 1944 Montclair CA Psychologist MarriedAfter EHS I went onto Univ. of Ut. for a B.S. and M.S., and I was active in Phi Sigma Kappa. I joined USAF and I was commissioned 03/1969 and served until 04/1974. I returned to Utah while applying to Grad. School. and was admitted to Univ. of Arizona, Dept of Rehab. (Rehab. Psychol. Program) receiving a Doctorate (EdD) in 1979. I married Sherry Lee Smith (Ph.D.) in 1978, and together we moved to Peterborough, Ontaria, Canada to work as a neuropsychologist, Dept. of Psychology, Peterborough Civic Hosptial from 1980 to 1984. We relocated to Pomona, CA. in 1984 where I worked as a Clinical Director at Casa Colina Rehab. Hospital in the Brain Injury Transitional Living Program until 1987. I then served as the Clinical Director for Hope Southwest Institute for Brain Injury in Phoenix, AZ. to 1989. Finally, I started private practice in Medical Psychology and Neuropsychology to the present.
Avocationally, I served two terms as president of The Pomona Valley Pilots Association and annually fly in the first airshow of the year in the U.S. (Cable Air Fair, Upland, CA.).
October 07, 1944 San Rafael CA Attorney/Real Estate Broker Married
Hi To Everyone
After leaving East High, I graduated from the U. of U. and then headed for San Francisco to work for Irving Lundborg & Co. - a stock brokerage - where I met my wife Diane. I then attended the University of San Diego School of Law, and practiced law in San Francisco. I am currently a real estate broker in Larkspur, Ca.
Diane works for Thomson Reuters in San Francisco. In 1973 we married and have lived in the same house for 37 years. We are both active in our Episcopal parish in Corte Madera. Diane is head of the Altar Guild and I have been Senior Warden and the Treasurer. I have traveled extensively and been to all the continents except Antartica. Most days I manage to either play racquetball or hike in our beautiful Marin hills.
Our avocation the past 20 has been working with service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistant dogs to people with disabilities. For CCI we have fostered countless pups and dogs, raised 3 puppies, and whelped 10 litters of pups.
We currently have Pearlie (our retired breeder), Adriana (our active breeder), and Enid Rose who we raised but she didn't graduate. These 3 precious dogs are absolutely the light of our lives.
I remember my years at East High with fondness - we truly had a great class. I am looking forward to our Big 50th Reunion and reminiscing with my fellow classmates. My thanks to the members of the Reunion Committee for all their planning.
Kathy Nichols (Draper)
November 07, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Teacher Married 5
I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 30 years. I have enjoyed playing tennis, doing some traveling, and running fifteen marathons. My husband and I have managed to stay married even though he went to West High. We have learned to eat dessert first-life is short.
Zürich Writer resiak.org/ardeche-lanjalvines Committed Relationship 2A placeholder entry until I think of something to say that's worth saying.
Sandy Meuwissen (Riggs)
October 05, 1943 North Ferrisburgh VT Retired Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Married 2East High School holds a special place in my heart. It will always be my high school. Our family moved during my senior year and it was a very sad experience for me. I graduated from Lindberg High School in St. Louis, Missouri, and then went on to college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I met my husband, Norm, there and we remained in Iowa where we raised our two children, now in their lower forties. Norm taught at Iowa State University and I worked for the Des Moines Public Schools as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, focusing on infants and toddlers through three years of age.
In 2005 we retired and moved to Vermont to be near our daughter and her family. We built a home on eight acres of land in the Lake Champlain Valley nestled between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. We enjoy numerous recreational oportunities including hiking, biking, snowshoeing, gardening and water sports. Travel is a big part of our lives as well.
I'm very much looking forward to the reunion and have been having fun reading about all the friends from my past, including those who attended Ensign Elementary with me. See you in September!
Linda Coulam (Sloan)
October 06, 1943 Salt Lake City UT Retired Nurse Married 4I attended the U of U and graduated with a BS in Nursing. Married Eugene Sloan and have 4 children and 14 grandchildren.
We have lived in South Carolina, Massachusetts and Louisiana, where I taught in several nursing schools.
I look forward to the reunion in September.
November 05, 1943 Ketchum '' Registered Nurse Married
Jan. 11. 2012
East High 50th Reunion Bio.
My High school years were full o fun, My best memories A’Cappella , Madrigals and Girls quartet.
After graduating from the Univ. of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I became an operating room Nurse and I was singing in the Tabernacle Choir.
In 1967 I moved to So. California to help set up me Sister Dr. Nancy Parry’s Medical office and I worked as her Nurse for many years. I started my own business Medical Management Consultants were I managed many Doctors offices and trained staff in front and back office for medical offices , as well as developing a system for collections for medical and dental office’s.
I started my own billing service, Medical Billing Specialists and which was a separate business from the Medical Management and as my proficiency in business improve I became very active in the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and I became the first woman Chairman of the Board in it’s 90 year history.
I then started serving on many community Boards and became Chairman of the Board for Anaheim Memorial Hospital.
I continued some singing in California but it wasn’t until I sold my businesses and moved to Sun Valley, Idaho that I really started singing with large Choirs again.
I married and have gone back into the Nursing Profession where I am currently part time at St. Luke’s Hospital working as a Clinical Breast care specialist doing Breast Examinations and then also working part time as the Office Nurse for my sister the Doctor, I have gone back to my roots.
I hope to continue working as that is when I am the happiest.