July 08, 2007

The Class of 1944 of Hagerstown High School held its 63rd-year anniversary reunion at the Four Points Sheraton, Hagerstown, on Thursday, June 7. This was the actual anniversary date of the commencement exercises held June 7, 1944. The class graduated 265 students. There were 50 classmates and guests in attendance, from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The welcome was extended by I. Joseph Palkovitz, class president.

Following the meal, a moment of silent prayer was observed in remembrance of deceased classmates.

Treasurer Donald R. Dayhoff gave the financial report.

During the roll call, the floor was opened for classmates and guests to speak. Many special tales were told, including Betty Troxell Baker reading hilarious teachers' comments on her report cards from Winter Street Elementary School. Lavada Snyder Myers read a humorous poem on aging. Virginia Shaver Harshman, retired home economics teacher, spoke of how times have changed.

Everyone joined in to sing "Happy Birthday" to Mary Catherine Dieterich Kitchen.


Prizes were awarded by Virginia Messersmith Strine to Dr. Howard N. Weeks for the first reservation, to Charles E. Weller for the farthest distance traveled (from Florida); and to Eugene Dusenberry for the second farthest distance traveled, from Georgia.

Decorations including a replica of the entrance to Hagerstown High School were provided by Mildred Goetz Myers Wilson. Centerpieces of potted geraniums adorned each table and were awarded to attendees.

Eugene Dusenberry's wife Dot performed as "roving photographer", taking pictures of attendees at each table, as well as the group picture.

Glenn Miller music was provided by Peter G. Callas.

Reunion committee members were Donald R. Dayhoff, Mildred Goetz Myers Wilson, Virginia Messersmith Strine, I. Joseph Palkovitz, Caroline Russell Palkovitz, and Lavada Snyder Myers.

Fellowship was enjoyed by all. The Class of 1944 is looking forward to holding its 65th-year reunion in late September or October 2009.

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