We know we told you that the previous email was "probably"
the last before the reunion, but naturally we forgot a couple
of things we wanted to tell you as well as a few reminders:
Please note that there is only light fare on
Friday evening, so you'll need to make your own
dinner reservations/plans. There are lots of restaurants
in Bethesda, Potomac, and Rockville. Or you can have a Mighty
Mo in the hotel. It's not on the regular menu, so you'll
have to ask for it.
Please remember guys, coats and ties required
at Congressional. Thanks!
We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge that the
DVD being made during all the events is a gift to our class
from Carol Wilson Pattison. Carol is only charging for postage,
all proceeds above the mailing costs are a donation to our
We'd again like to mention that this truly spectacular
booklet is in glorious color thanks to an anonymous gift from
If you haven't ordered one or both, there's still
We heard from some of our teachers we invited to the reunion.
To find out what they said please see the attachment. As a
special treat for us, one our teachers, Colin Steele, will
be attending the dinner dance.
See you very soon.
Responses from Teachers:
Written responses received from teachers invited to the 50th
Reunion, who taught us at B-CC.
Dr. Robert Appleton (Economics, Sociology)
After 27 years in the social studies department at B-CC I retired
in 1985. I have maintained a connection with B-CC since
that date. Beginning in the late 1990s and until 2007 I participated
in the school's student exchange with Moscow School 45.
B-CC was the first American high school invited to join the exchange
program. I learned the Russian language in the army
and was most receptive to the invitation from Jim Biedron, my
friend and colleague in the social studies department and
teacher of Russian at the school, to accompany the students on
the exchange. I did that many times. I was a chaperon, tour
guide, a translator and a teacher of English for the Russian students
at School 45. Also, Katherine and l have entertained
Russian teachers and students from School 45 many times.
In 1994 my wife, Katherine, and I moved to Gettysburg. Here I
have volunteered at the National Park, the Adams County
Literacy Council (English as a second language), acted with five
local theater groups and am teaching the Russian laneuage.
Of course. B-CC was a great place to teach. I enjoyed the students
and still have many tiiends who were on the
faculty. Graduates of '61 enjoy your reunion!!
Coach Jim Davis (Physical Education)
I taught Physical Ed, coached Track & Field, Cross Country,
and JV football for the Barons (1955-1964). I left B-CC lo teach
and coach at Montgomery College for twenty four years (1964 -
1988). I can honestly say my nine years at B-CC were some
of the most enjoyable of my teaching carecr.
Bethesda and the high school have changed dramatically. The
tront entrance used to be the boys locker room. However, I
remember the "good old days" and the fun we all had
in that building on East West Highway, just two blocks frorn the
Shoppe. I am 80 now and have many fond memories of good old B-CC.
I know you students had fun, but not as nruch as the
faculty in the faculty lounge. What I'm trying to say is we had
a great school.
JoAnne and I live in a retirement and health care facility up
here in State College, PA. I graduated from Penn State in 1952
B.S. degree and l953 M.Ed., so we are back home. We live one mile
from the football stadium where they get 105 - 110,000
for every home game.
I regret that we cannot attend your reunion, but please say
a special hello to all the guys. I had alrnost all ofthenr in
(required 5 days a week fbr all 3 years) or on one of my teams.
Have FUN. you will remember this rest of your lives.
P.S. A special THANKS to all my Track and Cross Country Team
Dr. Martha Pappas (English)
Dear Class of 1961,
Sadly. I cannot attend your reunion. I have some good memories
of my days at B-CC HS -- and would love to see how you all
"have turned out."
Please give my warrn regards and best wishes to everyone.
Martha R. Pappas
Phyllis Pelleu Drewyer (Physical Education)
Sorry I will not be able to attend as I will be in Minnesota
visiting my daughter and her husband. Enjoy all your events and
have a wonderful time.
Rowena Roberge (Biology)
Thank you tbr inviting me to the 50 year reunion of the B-CC
Class of '61. I regret I will be unable to attend this fun filled
event. For 50 plus years I have bragged about the outstanding
students I was privileged to teach College Prep Biology. You
were intelligent. hard working and very respectful. I would like
to hear about the successful careers and professional
achievements attained by your great group. Have a wonderful celebration!
Dr. Colin Steele (Physics, Geometry)
To: B-CC Class of 1961
From: Colin G. Steele
My tenure at B-CC began three years after college. While at
UVA, as part of the ROTC program, "l sailed the seven seas."
The Sputnik "surprise" had resulted in a drastic rise
in physics enrollment. Fred Evans needed some help. So I spent
six years (1959-65) teaching the "overflow" as well
as geometry. Fred retired and I inherited the job full time. You
sure the AP Physics and Physical Science were a challenge.
Some of you may remember me as "the wrestling coach."
When your principal hired me, he casually said, "By the way,
wouldn't want to begin a new sport here at B-CC, would you?"
Back then the coaches received no compensation. For the
next seven years (during which period I earned a MA from George
Washington), I coached wrestling, I considered it a
privilege as well as a duty. When appointed as Department Chairman,
I reluctantly "left the mats."
Since then my very existence seems to have flashed by, as you
soon will discover.
Assistant principal at Earl Wood - Montgomery Village
Sabbatical at GW for doctorate in administration
High school principal in Richmond, VA
Both children college graduates
New wifb (now 33 year's worth)
Middle School principal in Winchester, VA
Wonderful retirement since 1996
Spend winters and summers in second home in Murrells Inlet, SC
Three-way heart by-pass in 2008
All in all, my life has been exciting and satisfying. These
days I play - (golf and bridge). I read (biographies, history,
science). I even nap on occasion. I will be with you at Congressional
Colin G. Steele