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Saturday, September 19, 2015

50th Reunion Booklet

The Committee for the Class of 1965 50th Reunion is to be congratulated for the booklet and CD surprises that greeted attendees Friday night. The 48-half-page handout has the names and contact info for all classmates and a "In Memory" midsection. Additionally, in the middle everyone found a CD of the "Top 30 Biggest Hits of the Summer of 1965."

Appreciation to Pat Ryan, Millie McCaddon Smith, Janet Polen Barker, Sandy Rentfro Porter, and Julie Sederlund Delahunty!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Reunion Booklet: Back to the Future

There are a few 2011 booklets left over in Maine. 

In 2011, the Reunion committee and Loren Coleman funded the publishing of the Mac '65 Reunion and Directory Book (100 pages long).

If you never received a copy of the Directory, Loren will send one to you, so please forward your address here

Thursday, September 17, 2015

They Have Passed Since Last We Met...

Memories of people, of passings....

For the 2011 Reunion, we gathered all the information we had on the class. This included all the personal data the Reunion Committee could obtain on the Class of 1965, of whom were alive and of whom had passed away. 

Since then, these are the folks we know we have lost:

Gary L. Thompson 

Mary Carolyn Hutchins

Jack Clendenen 

Linda Taylor

Bob Rock 

David Brookman

Barb Dyar

Loren Reuler

Paul Cutlip

John White

Phil Hunt

Darrilyn Faye Castelli

MacArthur Class of 1965 Deceased List

1. Danny Bouchez

2. Fred Boyer

3. Sharon Bridgeman (Ingram)

4. David Brookman

5. John Burchard

6. Judith Burke (Wilson)

7. Darrilyn Castelli (Lewis)

8. Thomas Chambers

9. Patricia Charles (Bilyeu)

10. Joan Clapp (Gentry)

11. Tim Cleary

12. Stephen Collins

13. Michael Cottle

14. John Coutrakon

15. Paul Cutlip

16. Mary Ann Decrevel (Kuster)

17. Carol Deremiah (Heinrich-Kramer)

18. Donna Derr

19. Barbara Dyar (Fox)

20. Greg Dye

21. Michael Elbl

22. Ray Estes

23. Linda Garver (McLaughlin)

24. Becky Grant (Revell)

25. David Gross

26. Steve Hill

27. Phillip Hunt

28. Mary Carolyn Hutchins

29. Francis Johnson

30. Richard Morris

31. Martin Moyer

32. Janet Owens (Terry)

33. Edward Palmer

34. Michael Paul

35. Stanley Pogue

36. Sandra Reed (Spain)

37. Loren Reuler

38. Terry Seats

39. John Stroup

40. Donald Swartz

41. Jim Tadlock

42. Gina Taylor (Saunders)

43. Linda Taylor Coon

44. Gary L. Thompson  

45. Steven Volle

46. John White

47. Douglas Wilcox

48. Kathie Wilhelm (Akins)

49. Donald Yelverton

50. Phillip Yocum

51. Robert Rock

Committee for the 50th Reunion
of the Mac Class of ’65  
Pat Ryan
Carole Carter Hill
Millie McCaddon Smith
Janet Polen Barker
Sandy Rentfro Porter
Julie Sederlund Delahunty
Blog/Facebook Page: Loren Coleman 


Additionally, various articles on known and unknown deaths have come to light. If you have more of these, please forward them.

Here are a couple examples sent to Donna Camp Maddox:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Bios of Mac '65 Grads

In 2011, the Reunion book was published. Some 1965 graduates have since sent in bios. The following biographical sketches are to be added to those contained in that publication. The three gentlemen listed below have lead interesting lives. Above their statements are their senior yearbook photographs.

Robert F. Hunter

After graduating from MacArthur High School, I attended Cedarville College in Cedarville, OH. I graduated in 1969 with a double major in Psychology and Biology. I went to Graduate School and received an MA in Psychology in 1974, and I taught for a year at Trinity College near Chicago, IL . While in Grad School I met Carol Deluca, a local teacher in the public schools and in 1976 we married. We have two children, Rachel (Rae) and Daniel. In 1974, I began working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I also taught psychology and peace study courses at the State University of Binghamton, now named Binghamton University. I went on to specialize in issues of racial reconciliation and diversity as a consultant and specialist with InterVarsity. From 1976 to 1990 we lived in Vestal, NY, near Binghamton, in a rural community where we enjoyed 4 acres of land and raised chickens. Carol received her Phd, in History, in 1989 from Binghamton.

My hobby, and second avocation, was music, and I played piano for church and worked with gospel choirs both on campuses and in the community. In 1990, Carol and I published a Bible Study Guide on Justice with InterVarsity Press and another guide with the Baptist Peace Fellowship the following year. I also worked on a project which resulted in an edited book with Orbis Press titled Yearning to Breathe Free.

We lived for a year in Jonesboro, AR where Carol taught History. The following year we moved to Richmond, IN. Carol was hired as a professor in history, and I continued to work with InterVarsity. We now have lived in Richmond for 25 years and are both retired. Our daughter, Rachel, is a teacher in the Richmond Public Schools and Daniel travels the world doing activist training and is employed with, an environmental group working on climate change issues world wide. Daniel and his wife, Lunden, live in Philadelphia, PA.

Steve Haury

Education: BA from MacMurray College in Jacksonville IL and MBA from the U of I Champaign-Urbana and endless courses in project management.

Military: National Guard with Co B 204th Med Bn, SP5 (That rank doesn't even exist anymore). At Fort Sam Houston my trumpet playing got me assigned to both the company and brigade bands when not in medical classes. Thankfully I was never sent to Viet Nam so summer camp injuries and vaccinations were the extent of my actual duties.

Career: Primarily government service having 28 years with the State of Illinois and 5 years with the City of Springfield. Now happily retired and living in Springfield, Illinois.

Family: Wife Sue (she has tolerated me for 39 years), three children (Christopher, Gretchen, and Matthew), and one very large English Mastiff (Annie).

Interests: Still somewhat interested in politics, but active campaign work is limited. I have met a lot of nice people, but politics can be very wearing and I don't feel the need to get that involved anymore.

Hobbies: Like many folks I have too many collections, from paperweights, campaign memorabilia, stereoscope cards, pocket watches and all sorts of antiques. Genealogical research has become so easy with that I sometime stay up until all hours following a distant part of the family tree. Field trips are still necessary, but sometimes expensive and often courthouse records are not as accurate as you might have supposed. I do visit cemeteries to check on dates and find family connections. This has led my children to make wisecracks about my "seeing dead people," but let’s be honest - there are no arguments with those folks.

Challenges: A triple bypass in 2004 got my attention and I have been appreciating more things lately. I used to consider myself to be at the leading edge of technology, now I am just at the edge - period. Sometimes my Blue Ray player gets me stumped and I wonder whether these "senior moments" are a harbinger of more wonderful experiences to come?

Frederic "Rick" G. Friedman

After graduating from Northwestern University’s Law School and Kellogg Graduate School of Management with the combined JD MBA degree, I moved with my wife, Elizabeth, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1973. I have been working with the law firm which has grown from 16 attorneys to over 200 attorneys since I started in June of 1973.  My area of practice is Trusts, Estates, closely held businesses, and succession planning. A major focus and joint activity in our lives has been serving on the boards of directors of several non-profits such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Ballet, Leave a Legacy Society, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

We have raised three children and now have 3 grandchildren. We continue to enjoy life in Fox Point. Regrettably, I will be unable to attend but wish everyone a Happy 50th Reunion. MacArthur High School and you, my classmates, were a big part of my early formative life.

Love & Marriage Among Mac '65 Grads

These are the individuals in the Class of 1965 of MacArthur High School who married other graduates of MacArthur High School.

Sheila Blankenship '65 - Jim Roppa '65
Tracey Boyle '65 - Gary Devore '65
Richard Ogden '65 - Cheryl Richardson '65
Mike Braughton '65 - Bunny Newton '65
Mike Bader '65 - Jill Mirus '65
Dave Wooten '65 - Sydney Weaver '66
Carole Carter '65 - Tom Hill '64
Steve Haury '65 - Sue Patrick '67
George Slater '65 - Nancy '68
Darrell Van Fossan '65 - Suzanne Brown '66
Donna Camp '65 - Wayne Maddox '66 

Do you know others?

50th Reunion Schedule for MacArthur High School Class of 1965

In 2011, the Reunion committee and Loren funded the publishing of the Mac '65 Reunion and Directory Book (100 pages long).

If you never received a copy of the Directory, Loren Coleman will send one to you, so please forward your address here

Here's the 50th Reunion Schedule:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Enjoy Decatur.
Discover everything from alligators to camels at Decatur’s Scovill Zoo to your old picnic areas in Fairview Park. Drive by the examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's design group's homes at 1, 2, and 4 Milliken Place and 627 South Siegel Street. Go fishing on beautiful Lake Decatur. And take a tour of Decatur’s colorful past during the coming weekend's Arts Festival.

Meet and Greet:
6:30 - ? pm. Time to get together. But don't believe the period art above, as the dress will be very casual! There will be trays of snacks and a cash only bar. No dinner will be served on Friday, so please eat dinner before you come. Please meet in DCCH's The Fountain Room!

High School Football:
7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you are interested, MacArthur vs Griffin is playing at the MacArthur field at 7:00 pm, until approximately 9 pm. Wear your name tag and you can get in free! The field is only about 10 minutes from DCCH.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

If you wish to go golfing with some classmates, 7:30 am is the meeting time at Scovill Golf Course. Pat Ryan (217-519-2300) is your contact for this event.

Central Park Arts Festival
All Day: There is an art festival in Central Park during the day, if you are interested in attending! 

Tour of MacArthur
2:00 pm. Meet at Mac for the tour of the newly renovated MacArthur High School!

50th Reunion Dinner
5:00 pm: It has been 50 years. Can you believe it? Time for dinner and getting together again at the DCCH's The Fountain Room. There will, once again, be a cash only bar and the social hour until 6:30pm with the station dinner to begin serving at 7:00 pm. Approximately 9:00 pm there will be a class picture taken, and we will have the room until 11:00 pm. Again, it will be casual dress! Pricing on the class pictures are 8x10-$25, 11x14-$40, 16x20-$85. Please bring cash or check only!