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John Miley
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Retail Management and Musician bit.ly/lakebrass Married 5
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John Moncure
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Director of Operations, The Montessori Foundation www.montessori.org Married 3
It's a long way from Newark, Delaware to Beijing, China and I took an especially circuitous route.  After retiring from the Army I became head of a Montessori school, first in South Carolina and then in China, and my work still involves the Montessori community.  Anne and I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  I'm grateful that, although we can't make it to the reunion, at least I can read the stories and look at the pictures on line and make Anne suffer through my my nostalgic and therefor highly embellished reminiscences.  By the time the next reunion rolls around I hope we'll be close enough to attend.

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Barbara Shelton (Moody)
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June 16, 1949 Art/Performing Arts Teacher Retired Married 2
I have had a wonderful life since my days at Newark High School and the U of D! I have spent the past 41 years as the wife of Chip Moody, mother to 2 bright, successful children, Sara and Brian, and a teacher in lots of different schools.

I started my teaching career as an art teacher at Brookside Elementary School in Newark. After ten years we relocated to Lynchburg, a beautiful town in central Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home while my children were young, and then restarted my teaching career here in Lynchburg. I've taught art at E. C. Glass High school and at 5 elementary schools in the area. The last 18 years I taught art and performing arts (dance, theatre, and television production) at an Arts magnet school in Lynchburg. At this wonderful place all the core subjects were taught through the arts, so my role was very important in the school. It was quite a rewarding experience! During this time I also became a Master Teacher for our local PBS public television station. I taught technology integration to teachers at all levels, at a variety of National Teacher Training Institutes all over Virginia. I enjoyed this very much because it forced me to stay on top of rapidly changing technology in education and in the world. I was one of the first 50 AOL subscribers in the central Virginia area. Wow, has that changed!

Life has changed drastically since just before my retirement in 2010! My son married a wonderful young woman, and I now have a beautiful granddaughter, Ashby Grace Moody. I'm currently in the throes of planning my daughter's wedding, which will occur one week after our reunion is scheduled! Somehow I will make it to the reunion AND be ready for the wedding.

Chip and I are really enjoying our retirement, and travel as much as we can. I finally have time for my own art creation, and I love watercolor painting, photography, and hot glass arts (jewelry, mosaics, stained glass, etc.) I also love to play golf, read, and spend lots of time being Ashby's Grammy. I am looking forward to reconnecting with so many of my friends from Newark. Now that I am able to travel more around the country, It would be fun to get together. If you are going to be in the central Virginia area, give me a call!

Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion!


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Peggy Bedingfield (Morrissey)
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Let me start by saying what an awesome reunion weekend it was...if you want to email any of the wonderful Reunion Committee, go to the original mailing piece included on our web site and view all committee members and their emails!  One complaint?  Participants needed MORE time to chat!  Doesn't having a website make an enormous difference in being able to communicate...and the pics from the events are still coming in.

Many people marvel that we have such interest in our reunions and that so many attend...not the case with their lives and/or high schools.  This puzzles me because it has always been this way with our class.  I have pondered why this is and for me, there are really three factors:  my high school experiences were terrific (or at least my memories are that they were); I still live here in Newark (been here since second grade); AND I have a corps group of high school friends who remain my closest friends (as Billy Crystal would say "you know who you are, and, my dahlings, you look mahvelous!)

Being at the Newark Country Club reminded me of Belles'  Balls and cotillions...and more memories include Tri-Hi-Y (YEAH IFIX) and Hi-Y, hayrides, pep rallies, football games (what would you expect from the mascot?), proms, senior banquet, assemblies, graduation (remember the famous Conway "tip"?), Halloween parades, the juke box in the cafeteria, Sadie Hawkins, AND the fact that we got to spend FOUR years at NHS!

Tom Barr's poem was magnificent.  For me, it brought to mind three of our classmates who are no longer with us:  Nancy Wright, Dickie Kelley, and Brenda Billingsley.  Here are TWO important lessons we can learn from them:  get an annual mammogram AND GET A COLONSOCOPY!  Could save YOUR lives.  In truth, cancer has claimed a distressing number from all three classes.

After NHS, I, like many, went to UD where I was involved with student government activities and an activist.  Historically, what an extraordinary time to be in college with massive changes in the local "rules" and nationally, "the times they were a-changing".  Try explaining that to today's students...they have no clue.

My career was largely at UD where I worked as Associate Director of Alumni Relations and as a Conference Specialist at Clayton Hall.  I utilized many NHS classmates as Chapter Coordinators for geographic areas of UD alumni, including Annie Stegner, Dave & Sherrie Widdoes, Rob Wilson, Madeline Reidinger, Linda Robinson and even our former faculty member Suzanne Marvel!  

When I "retired" in '94 because my father died suddenly, I moved home with mom and started concentrating on volunteer activities.  I served as Campaign Chair for Phase II fundraising for the Newark Senior Center (before I was old enough to belong!), and also on the Campaign Cabinet for the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.  GO VISIT THIS...located at Frawley Stadium (Blue Rocks) in Wilmington and see NHS inductees Coaches Hoffman and Ciesinski, plus our own Conway Hayman (and many more).

For almost 20 years, the Delaware Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game occupied my #1 interest...serving on the Committee and as a Trustee of DFRC.  In 1991 (FIRST NIGHT GAME) and 1997, I chaired the game.  For 10 years, I have volunteered at Christiana Hospital.

In 1999, my mom passed away. BUT my wonderful husband, Joe Morrissey came into my life exactly then.  He and I had both been divorced singles for a long time and accepted that this was how our lives would be.  I say that Cupid shot us in the ___.  We share interests such as sports, travel (running out of places to see on the East Coast and just returned from an enjoyable mid-west tour), movies, and seeing our friends and family.  His grown children, Tim and Megan are local.  We are truly blessed.

My daughter (from 1st marriage) Paige Sullivan also graduated from NHS...in 1993 which was the 100th graduating class (and she was a cheerleader!)  She has a delightful, happy little guy, Ryne (my grandson!) and they live close-by, too.

When people say that their high school years were the best times of their lives, I disagree.  For me, they were one of the best, as were my college days, and my years working at UD.  BUT I must say, I LOVE the present!  My life with Joe is better than I could have wished for, I get to see my pals frequently, we are active participants in our community, my daughter and grandson add a dimension I could not even imagine, and WE ARE HEALTHY!  LIFE IS FUN!

Thanks for listening...hope to see you all in 2012!

(Webmasters Note:  Peggy left us for, as some may say, a better place. She won't be seeing us, personally, in 2012. However, I imagine that she'll be with us, in spirit, forever!  God bless you Peggy! You know we all loved you! Peggy graduated from NHS with the Class of 1967)
Patricia Walker (Mroz)
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Grace Mackrell (Murray)
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Heather Partridge (Oppenheimer)
August 26, 1949 consultant/ semi-retired www.oppenpartners.com Married 3

Although I graduated from high school in Baltimore County, MD, I still think of Newark as my alma mater.  Enjoyed the last Newark class of 1967 reunion and hearing from folks I knew Back Then!

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Julia Osmick (Penna)
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Graduated U of D in 72.  Have had a great nursing career, mostly in the operating room.  Married 30 years, one daughter and one grandson.  Love to travel, hike, kayak, play golf.  We drove to the Tetons last summer, 5 weeks, hiking at as many National Parks as we could.  Great trip, cannot wait to do it again.  We usually travel to St. John once a year.  One of our favorite spots.  Hope to see everyone at the reunion in October.

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Romont/Rowan Perkins
October 31, 1948 Retired Committed Relationship 2
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Barbara Wirick (Poore)
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