Madison West, Class of 1954

West High School, Madison, WI, 1954

Class Gift
Forever Eighteen67 Year Reunion
65 Year Reunion
60 Year Reunion
55 Year Reunion
50 Year Reunion
Class Night
Classmate Contacts
Deceased Classmates
Deceased Teachers
High Times, Apr. 1, 1954
High Times, Dec. 17, 1953
High Times, June 10, 1954
High Time, May 6, 1954
High Times, Nov. 19, 1953
High Times, Oct. 15, 1953
High Times, Oct. 29, 1953
High Times Staff
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Class News, 2005-06
Class News, 2007
Class News 2008
Class News 2009
Class News, 2010
Class News, 2011
Class News, 2012
Class News, 2013
Class News, 2014
Class News, 2015
Class News, 2016
Class News, 2017, 18
The Committee
Happy New Year and welcome to Class News, 2017.  In December, I wrote about Rita Wittic Stout's latest book.  I have now read it and can report that it is very good.  Lots of names of classmates and  places in Madison, bringing back memories. 

See the Classmate Contacts page for Rita's address, phone or email address in order to order a copy of the book.   I know you'd enjoy it.

February, 2017:  Dottie Jones King sends her annual valentine.  Thanks for remembering us, Dottie. Apparently Vivo Activewear in Kenya is a project of King Scholar Leadership program at Stanford University.  Nice work, Dottie and Bob.


Jim Lund
died April 28, 2017 in Madison.  The funeral is on June 3rd at the Madison Friends Meeting House.  See the Deceased Classmates page for the obituary.  Thanks to Helen Wilson Bly ("Willie") for alerting me.

Bob Annen died July 8, 2017 in Madison.  Thanks to Dick Hartwig for aletting me.  His obituary is on the Deceased Classmates page.  At the last reunion, he came to the Friday evening social hour, but not to the Saturday dinner.  I had a nice talk with him then, and we reminised about the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering days, and some about the army.  We were both Army ROTC gradates.  You will find his obituary interesting.

Janet Johnson Preston died in Palo Alto, California on Sept. 8, 2017.  Janet was a classmate through her sophmore year, but then moved to Colorado.  However, she attended the
50 year reunion, and was friends with Dottie Jones King in Palo Alto through the years.  Classmates that attended Dudgeon Grade School may remember her from those years too.

I didn't mention Janet on the Deceased Classmate page because she didn't graduate in our class, but thanks to Dottie for sending the information.

Stevenson House is a senior living facility named after Adlai Stevenson.  Remember Adlai, the presiential candidate?

Dottie also sends some more pictures with a note.

Dear John,

This picture of Janet was taken at my 80th B.D.  Bill, her husband, misses her very much.  I made this card for the girls in the front and
made an extra one for you.

We are meeting Wisconsin Union people tomorrow about the Willis Jones Leadership Office.

Just returned from India after graduation from Dartmouth with an Honoary Dr. degree in June.

Love, Dottie

Thanks for remembering us, Dottie.

From the left: Janice Tande Gaumnitz, Dottie, Carol Larson Paul, Karen Holmgren Bulman, Janet Johnson Preston

Here's a link to the Willis Jones Leadership Council:
Willis Jones Leadership

Dick Stephan sends us an email that should bring back some memories. 
Greatest Generation

Welcome to 2018, and the latest news from classmates.  Dottie sends her annual valintine:


Dottie writes:  Have you moved yet?  We have hired a nurse for next door and we are staying in the same house.  June 21
we celebrate 60 years.  Our Dartmouth gave us an honorary degree in June so we graduated with our granddaughter.

Extra love, Dottie & Bob

Joyce Greiger Abegglen notified me that Carl Hilner died on Feb. 27, 2018 in Cheyenne, WY.  Carl was a classmate of mine
at Dudgeon School, as well as West High School.  See the Deceased Classmates page for the obituary.  Thanks for the note, Joyce

Every Friday I get an email from the Wisconsin Alumni Association entitled "The Friday Flamingo", which includes a section "Ask Abe".
On April 6, the subject was the Hasler Laboritory of Limnology on Lake Mendota, which is named after Sylvia's father, Arthur Hasler.
I think you might find it interesting.

Ask Abe

What's the history behind the Limnology Laboratory on Lake Mendota?

The lab on Lake Mendota was known as the Limnology Lab until 2005, when it was renamed
the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology after the late Arthur Hasler PhD’37, a former professor
who was instrumental in its creation. During Hasler’s tenure in the 1950s, the limnology
department was split between two buildings: its labs were on Park Street, and its offices
were in Birge Hall. Unable to gain university funding for a new building to house both,
Hasler instead secured funds from the National Science Foundation, and, because he had
obtained the funding, he was allowed to select both the architect and the site (excellent
choice, Dr. Hasler) for the new building. His spot on the lake seemed like an obvious choice
for a limnology lab, but Hasler actually chose that location to prevent an automobile road
from being built that would have disturbed the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, an area he loved
greatly. Construction on the lab began in April 1962 and was completed in August 1963. It
was dedicated as the Laboratory of Limnology 55 years ago yesterday — on April 5, 1963.

If you are in Madison, follow Park Street north past the Memorial Union and Scienc Hall and you will come
to the Limnology Laboratory.

Rita Wittich Stout died April 11, 2018 in Wheat Ridge, CO.  See the Deceased Classmates page for her obituary.

John Werth died September 8, 2018 in Boulder Junction, WI.  See the Deceased Classmates page for his obituary.

Chuck Mortensen has a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin which means a lot to him and his family.  He wrote and article
for the Wisconsin Natural Resources magzine, which he share with classmates.  The English Teachers at West High School
would be proud of him!  See Rewards of a little cabin in the woods.

Ruth Rapoport Stotter is still working at her profession of story telling.  She shares this in a recent email.

Greetings John,

I have been putting up displays in our library case quite a lot this year. Here are a few pictures.  They are all from my various collections. 
The paper mache  moon mask in the center on the top shelf in the last picture is the only mask that I made.

I have been invited by the Fulbright committee to teach in India again!  It’s called the CEIS scholar teaching Fulbright.   I will be there for
three weeks January - February.  They are also sending me to a number of other local colleges to perform and do workshops. In addition -
there is an International  Storytelling Festival taking place one week-end while I am there, and they are featuring me.   I will stay at the
Loyola university guest house. 

Here are some of my library displays:

Mary Jean Trotalli Pitts died on December 26, 2018 in Kenosha, WI.  Thanks to Helen Wilson Bly for sending me a note.
She attended the 60 year reunion, so we got to see her then, but we'll miss her
at the 65th..  Her obituary is on the Deceased Classmates page.

Roberta Marling Morris gave an interview on You Tube for Veterans Day, 2018.  You can view it here:

Very interesting.  Did you take speach in high school?  Anyway, Mrs. McCarty would be proud of you for the job you did.  For pictures of Berta at her cabin near
Land O'Lakes, WI, see the Recent Class News, 2011 page.  Thanks to Ruth Rapoport Stotter for telling me about the interview.