Hagerstown High School Class of 1944 holds 67th reunion

November 26, 2011
  • Hagerstown High School Class of 1944 members include: seated, from left, Wanda Day Bishop, Pat Kieffer Stull, Mildred Goetz Wilson, M. Virginia Renner, Velma Weaver Filsinger and Janet Wiegand Frank. Row one, standing, Homer Lewis, Maria Marr Fridinger, Robert Stull, Janet Shilling Deibert, Pete Callas, Ginny Messersmith Strine, Howard Weeks and Paul Reid. Row 2, Allan Powell, Edwin Benchoff, Bill Gladhill, Mary Louise Varner Rosborough, Lavada Snyder Myers, Bill Fraley and Jack Phillips. Row 3, John Beair, Howard Kaylor, Marlin Bachtell, Charles Weller, Gene Dusenberry, Donald Dayhoff and Joe Palkovitz. Attending but not in picture: Guy Crone and John Stauffer.
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The Hagerstown High School Class of 1944 held its 67th reunion Oct. 1 at Nick's Airport Inn.

There were 30 classmates present and 11 guests.

Joe Palkovitz welcomed the class members and their guests, then turned the floor over to Howard Weeks, who gave the invocation.

After the meal, Allan Powell, Hagerstown Community College professor emeritus, spoke on "Maryland and the French and Indian War."

A short memorial remembrance was held in honor of all known deceased classmates. This was followed by a roll call of all members and guests present. Donald Dayhoff gave the financial report. A discussion followed about future reunions. There was unanimous agreement to return to Nick's Airport Inn for the 68th class reunion, which will be held at noon on Sept. 29, 2012.

Gene and Dot Dusenberry were awarded a piece of brick and mortar salvaged from the Hagerstown High School building, which was demolished in the 1960s, for traveling the greatest distance to attend the reunion.

A group picture was taken by Dot Dusenberry, who acted as the official photographer.

Reunion committee members are Pete Callas, Donald Dayhoff, Mildred Goetz Wilson, Virginia Messersmith Strine, Joe Palkovitz, Lavada Snyder Myers and Mary Louise Varner Rosborough.

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