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1950s

J. Ted Jensen, 1950 – 323 Summit Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046; JTJPOB33219046@aol.com. Jensen and classmates Nelson Durand and Henry Van Haelewyn attended their 60th reunion at Penn State’s Alumni Weekend in June 2010.

Paul Shogren, 1951 – 1638 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550; shogren2@verizon.net. “In the July/Aug issue of The Penn Stater, page 74, there is the obituary of Albert Klingman (a renowned dermatologist best known for developing Retin-A, the anti-acne and wrinkling drug). He entered Penn Sate Mont Alto because the school’s director offered him a job (waiting tables) to help pay his way. That director was H. Norton Cope. Cope and I got along well because of our mutual interest in Boy Scouting.”

Robert "Bob" James, 1953 – 34 Hickory Drive , Slingerlands, NY 12159;  rmjames2@juno.com: "After receiving my B.S. in Forestry I did the following:  Inspected and treated standing utility poles, received an M.S. in Wood Utilization at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, conducted wood preservation research and wood products research, and then taught high school chemistry for 21 years."

Richard E. Woodrow, 1953 – 401 Yale Circle, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; woodrows@rof.net. “Oct. 2009: Don Port ‘53 and I had a great fishing trip in Alaska in 2008. Came back with a year’s supply of salmon and halibut and had a great week together.”

LaVie1954Tony Dorrell, 1954 – 1463 Kern Springs Road, Woodstock, VA 22664 ; tdorrell@shentel.net. “Thanks to the Penn State library and digital technology, you can now browse through the Penn State La Vie yearbooks online at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/digital/lavie/. An example of what you can find is this photo of Tau Phi Delta fraternity in the 1954 La Vie. A number of our classmates are in this photo.”

W. Frank “Lucy” Miller, Jr., 1954 – died November 5, 2004. From Mississippi State College of Forest Resources newsletter, Winter 2005: Miller graduated in forestry at Penn State and completed a master’s degree at Duke University the following year. He accepted a position at then Mississippi State College in 1959 and taught forestry, silviculture, and photogrammetry until his retirement in 1995. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Mississippi Remote Sensing Center and was its first director. Teaming with NASA and the National Geographic Society, he helped establish methods to interpolate satellite photos, ground truth observations, and computer data to direct archeologists to the probable ground sites of ancient civilization ruins.

Jay L. Geesman, 1957 – died June 9, 2010.  From obituary in Ocean City Today: “Geesaman had been employed with Hershey Rose Garden in Hershey, PA, and Copenhagen Nursery in Mechanicsville, PA, and he was a Worcester County forester. He was the first superintendent of Shad Landing State Park (now Pocomoke River State Park), retiring in 1991, and consulted as a forester for Paul Jones Lumber Company in Snow Hill. He was a member of the National Guard and the Maryland Forestry Board.”

Anson E. “Andy” Wright, 1957 – died January 20, 2010. From obituaries in Erie Times-News and Towanda Daily Review: After Penn State, Wright earned a masters degree at Yale University. He received active duty training and served as a captain in the United States Army Reserves. He was employed by the Masonite Corporation in Bradford County before moving on to Milville Lumber Products and later to other activities. He was a well-known forester throughout the New York and Pennsylvania regions and was recognized as an expert in the field.

W. Bud Brown, 1958n and 1972 – 617 Pecan Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204-2725; buddbrowne@aol.com.

Ralph Heilig, 1958 – 532 Briar Ln., Chambersburg, PA 17202; reheilig@comcast.net.  “Nov. 2009:  Just returned from a trip through Ohio and Kentucky. Stopped in Dayton for a brief visit with former Mont Alto math instructor, Harold Jarrett.

Harold, though aging, is still ‘sharp as a tack.’ He is homebound and his wife, Evelyn, is a resident of a nursing home (Alzheimer's). Harold is a reader of books; borrows regularly from the library and says he reads about one book per day. Also likes to solve math puzzles (Can you imagine that!). For all of you alums who had Jarrett for algebra and trig, I urge all of you to send him a birthday or Christmas greeting.  He will be 92 on December 9th.  His address: 260 Ridgewood Ave., Dayton, OH 45409-2218.

My next visit was to the quarters of Captain Todd Stanford ’91 and wife Karen who are currently at Fort Knox, KY, where Todd is completing company commander's school. Todd enlisted in the Army as a private with the 82nd Airborne in 2002. A year later he wised up and enrolled in OCS. He has been to Iraq twice and will deploy (probably to Afghanistan) next summer. In the interim, the Stanfords will move to Hawaii in February where Todd will likely take command of a Stryker company before being shipped out.

Our final visit was to Lexington, KY, where we were hosted by my '58 classmate, Lou Shain and wife Bobbi. The Shains gave us the grand tour of Lexington and the UK campus.  Prior to our departure (Nov. 10th) we celebrated the 234th birthday of the Marine Corps and drank to the other Marines in the Class of 58:  Maurice (Sarge) Hobaugh, Jim Durdan, Bob Ward, and Tom Stumpf.”

Kerry F. Schell, 1958 and 1959g – died November 20, 2009, the day before his 82nd birthday.  After earning a B.S. and M.S. in forestry at Penn State, Kerry Schell earned a Ph.D. in forest economics at Duke University in 1962. He worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission before serving in the Army during the Korean War (1952-53). Schell was an economist with the Tennessee Valley Authority and an associate professor of forestry at the University of Tennessee from 1965 to 1990, when he retired. He was active in many conservation organizations including the Society of American Foresters, named SAF Fellow in 1988 and honored with the SAF Outstanding Service Award in 2000. He also received the 2004 Penn State Mont Alto Centennial Fellows Award. He was quietly very generous to others. Donations are being accepted towards a Founders Tree in Kerry Schell’s memory. Checks are to be made out to “Penn State Mont Alto” with ”Founders Tree for Kerry Schell” written on the memo line, and mailed to Penn State Mont Alto, Attention: Deb Creager, Office of Development, One Campus Drive, Mont Alto, PA 17237.

Kerry Schell’s Memorial Service

We six—Peace, Siehl, Tarn, Zimmerman, Shain and Heilig—filled one whole pew, right up front at the Messiah Lutheran Church, in Knoxville, TN, not far from Kerry's home.

Just prior to the sermon, Catherine Yeager (formerly Kerry's wife) gave a brief biographical sketch of Kerry's boyhood.  Kerry’s father died when he was eleven and he was sent from his home in Tower City, PA, to the Hershey School for Boys where he spent the next seven years of his life—without his own parents.  Kerry graduated from Hershey in 1945, worked several years for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, spent two years in the Army, including a year in Korea where he befriended a young Korean boy (and later paid for the lad's college education). At the conclusion of his tour with Uncle Sam, Kerry matriculated at Mont Alto.

The sermon, given by The Rev. George Doebler, was excellent!  He had gotten to know Kerry well.  He told how Kerry would ask him pointed questions about religion for hours at a time.  (Shades of life in the classroom at PSU, huh!).   

A luncheon reception in the adjacent social room followed the memorial service and several of us made our remarks about Kerry.  George read a letter which he had received from Bob Slagle.  As usual, it was superbly worded, concise and to the point.  It generated tears.

Had it not been for the sobering fact that our faithful friend and classmate had been taken from us, it would have been a terrific weekend.  As it was, we were all enriched by the experience and realize more than ever, that we have lost a very complex, sometimes exasperating, even irritating but truly a dear friend.  As Pastor Doebler stated, "..... in spite of his often curt, gruff manner, etc, Kerry grew on you!" 

The ‘Old Man’ of  our class may be gone but he will not be forgotten.

Ralph Heilig ‘58

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Photo caption standing (L to r): Ralph Peace, George Siehl, Jazk Zimmerman, John Tarn.  Sitting (l. to r) Ralph Heilig and Lou Shain.

Gabriel B.  “Gabe” DePietro, 1959 – died October 11, 2009. Ralph Heilig ‘58 provided this information: “After graduation, Gabe worked briefly for USDA Forest Service in Washington, then with the PA Department of Forests and Waters where he worked on the Weiser District, Cressona; Buchanan District, McConnellsburg; fire protection staff, Harrisburg; assistant district forester, Bald Eagle District, and later promoted to district forester on District #7. He was a Tau Phi Delta brother.”