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Sandy Summers Wilson Walker

After high school and some college, I married Rusty Wilson (Class of '65).  We had three children (Jason, Whitney and Jeff) and lived in Beaumont.  After 18 years, we divorced.  I worked for Jefferson County and remarried - Ron Walker - entered into politics and was elected Jefferson County Clerk (replacing my dear friend and former French High Grad Lolita Ramos).  I retired in 2003.  Ronny and I spend most of our retirement at the beach but still have a home in Beaumont.  I was so looking forward to our 50th Reunion but will not be able to attend - our granddaughter is getting married that weekend.  Y'all have fun and don't talk about me while I'm gone - but if you do - be nice!! Haha

Sandy Summers
Carol Spafford Keen

How can it be fifty years when I still feel so young! After graduating from Lamar, I married Mike Keen (South Park, 1966) and we moved to Houston. We lived there until 1980 when we moved to Littleton, Colorado. Our daughters Rhonda and Suzanne were both born in Houston so they are both Texans! We've lived here in Colorado ever since, now in Morrison. I was lucky to be able to pretty much stay at home with the girls although I have worked at some sort of job all the time - now work two days a week at a quilt store - a passion since 1998. Mike has worked as an IT consultant for most of our 45-year married life. We do a modest amount of travelling with going to South Lake Tahoe to visit Rhonda and her husband Jeff and going to New York City to visit Suzanne among our favorite destinations. The reunion should be great fun - thanks to everyone who has worked to put it all together.

Carol Spafford
Mary Frances Lambert Boggan

I have been married to Jimmy Boggan (class of '63) for 35 years. Together we have 4 children, 13 grandkids and one great granddaughter.

We both retired 4 years ago and spend most of our time at the beach. We enjoy spending time with the grandkids, traveling and just taking long walks on the beach. 

Looking forward to the 50th and seeing everyone.

Mary Lambert
Kenneth Hitchcock and Terry Pack Hitchcock 48 years

Kenneth Hitchcock and Terry Pack  Hitchcock 48 years. Nuff said. (see Mr. & Mrs. board)

Kenneth Hitchcock
Robert (Bob) Jordan Walshire

I have a daughter( Lauren Jordan Barrera) and 2
grand-daughters (Emily and Olivia). Lauren is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Beaumont. Also,
I am the older brother to Dr Jim Jordan, Director of the Earth and Space Sciences Department at Lamar University.
in the past 36 years,I have lived worked, and visited 27 countries. Currently,I am a Partner in Refinery Equipment of Texas, and I also have my own Consulting Practice,Bob Walshire Consulting LLC, specializing in Project & Construction Management in the Oil& Gas Industry. My business is taking me to the countries of China,Iraq,Nigeria,Ghana,Angola, as well as the US.My wife passed away in 2002, and was from California. Since that time, my focus has been on my business and my travels.
After attending and Graduating from French High School, I went to Lamar studying engineering.
My beginning years of education were at Voth-Rosedale Elementary and Austin Junior High.At French,I played in the Band, Orchestra, and Stage Band.

Linda Collins

I enjoyed seeing everyone from the graduating class of 1966. Can it be true we will be celebrating our Golden 50th? There are many fond memories of French High and the friends that were so dear to our hearts. I was one of those that could hardly wait to graduate because something a little more important was planned two weeks after graduating. Don and I got married and then into the military.  Don is no longer with us after a fight with cancer and I do miss him. He died a few days before our 40th anniversary.  He would have loved to have come to the 50th year reunion.

Fred Jackson

I am so blessed by all of you and that now, after being widowed twice, I have been given true love in Cita.  After being alone for 8 years, God positioned us to meet at the Vet's office, and the rest is history.  My twin sons will be 37 and they grew up well despite me.  Sons gave us 4 grandkids and I married into another 2 and they are all the greatest.  Living the dream now and looking forward to the reunion.

Fred Jackson
Robbie Harvey

Here's how my life started after school ended:

I went to Army, had my training at Fort Polk, soon after that I went to Germany for two years. Afterwards, I went to Viet Nam and stayed 18 months. I went back to Germany after my marriage to a German girl. Then I worked for 8 years with a German company. I had to learn to speak German. After my wife died, I went back home in Texas, and have worked here until I retired.

Robbie

Smiling Out Loud from Allen King

Reading these messages brings back a flood of great memories of our days at French High.  After my time there, I graduated from Lamar and then went to law school at the U. of Houston.  I married Lynda Klotz (Victoria, TX) and, after 46 years together, still love her with passion. Two children Steven in Baltimore MD. and Suzanne in Cedar Park TX. Two grandchildren in Cedar Park Texas. I worked for the state and was fortunate enough to become the General Counsel of the Texas Public Utility Commission.  From there it was 22 years in private practice before taking on a new role in mangement at the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin.  I retired in February 2014 and am now getting to know and appreciate Mr. Nothing (a cool guy), enjoying time with our two kids and two grandkids, fishing, going to a lot of movies and traveling.

Allen King
Larry Dupriest

Recovering engineer.  Happly living on a 26 acre racch between Stephenville and De Leon, Texas with my wife, Gale.

Mike Trapasso

Last twelve years, practiced law a few hours
a week. Four children - two in medical school, other two attending school.

I am thankful for my classmates and for the
teachers who cared about us; i am especially
thankful for the old time values that were
imparted to us.

David Stephens Update Bio

I retired 2 years age, sold my psychology practice in The Woodlands. I will not go through my list of ex-wives, too much garbage.  I am happily married to Sandy Stephens, we have been happily married for 18 years.  Her son and his wife have given us 3 beautiful grandchildren.  We moved to Kingwood, Tx to be near them.  Life is Good

David Stephens
Elizabeth Guyon Palmer

A lot has Happened the last few years. We have moved again .This time to Florida. Bonita Springs to be exact. It is great down here. And I do mean down. And the Gulf beaches are nice. What is great too..the children moved here too...they live just down the road!...

Elizabeth Guyon
50 year reunion

Reviewed the bio and all still the same except have a grandson Elliott and another due in August and have step-grandson, Caleb.  Hope to see everyone at reunion.

Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins

After graduation attended Lamar University graduating in 1970 with degree in elementary education. My husband, Mike Thaxton, and I taught in San Antonio for two years and then moved back and taught at Regina Howell until the birth of my first son, Chris. Mike and I divorced and I went back to Lamar graduating with nursing degree in 1978. Married David Dickerson and lived in Silsbee having three beautiful babies in 7 years, Cody, Mandy and Marcie. We moved to Jasper and I went back to teaching and nursing. We divorced and at age 45 I was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force Nurse Corp. I was stationed at Keeler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi and remained in Ms marrying John Trowbridge, teaching and nursing. Became the coordinator in emergency department at Hancock Medical Center and once again divorced. Katrina hit and my 12 year life in Mississippi ended. I came home to my mom and dad and take care of them which is blessing to be able to do. My children live in Saratoga Springs New York, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Shreveport, Louisiana and Summerville,SC.

Ed Daughters

After graduating French, receive undergraduate from Lamar and Masters from Sam Houston. Been in the engineering business since and am now with Syntroleum, a synthetic fuels company in Tulsa.

Lived in Japan for a year and a half in the early '90s where I married Yuka. My son Yuta is a junior at a private high school. It has been incredible reading about all of you and the lives you've led. I hope to make the next reunion. Hope to hear from you.

Edward Daughters
Henry Harris

After graduating from Lamar with a degree in Electrical Engineering, I moved to Dallas to work for Texas Instruments.  In Dallas, I met and married Melinda.  Over the past 39 years, we have raised two sons and two daughters, and are now proud to have four grandchilden.  Mostly due to career moves, we have lived in five states - TX, CA, HI, NC, and CO.  Since 1994 I have worked for a series of small startup companies as a software developer.  We lived in Colorado near Denver from 2004 until Sept. 2011 when I took a job with Oracle and moved to Northern California.  I am currently transitioning to being able to work mostly from home here in Redding, CA, where we enjoy living near the lakes, mountains, forests, and ocean.  We are looking forward to being able to retire in a few years and have more time to enjoy the adventure of traveling to lots of fun and interesting places.

Henry Harris
Hello to everyone.

Mitch and I  live in 2 states...NC and VA! Every other week in each...real home ( NC ) on weekends ...Fun for a while. But it is not now! We miss the kids and grandkids and  first great granddaughter and ( there's more...) the twins,...Baby one and Baby two. Since all of them live in NC,we want to be here.

Elizabeth Guyon
Gail Wagner Anderson

Hank and I have lived in Montgomery Village, MD for 30 years.  We are recently retired.  Hank was an engineer with Lockheed Martin and I worked most recently in clinical research.  We have 2 children--Peter in Chicago and Laura in NYC--and 1 little granddaughter Ashley.

 

Gail Wagner
Joe Venable

Jane and I married 40 years; three daughters, six grandchildren (3 boys, 3 girls)

Retired from U.S. Marine Corps after 27 years as a Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9); BS from Bluefield College.

Worked 17 years as government contractor with SAIC, MITRE, Northrop Grumann, and WBB.  Currently Deputy Director of National Youth Organization - Young Marines - a fantastic organization of 8 - 18 year old males and females that perform community service support and live a drug free life style.

Joe Venable
Tyanna Dickerson Hereford

Retired teacher (25 years service) ... but still working.
Work @ DuPont in Orange as a Freight Reconciler.
Also work independently with Primerica Financial Services (Investments, Mortgages, Life Accident & Health Ins., Annuties, etc.)

Madeline Chatelain Muir

Started teaching 41 years ago and still at it. Married to Butch Muir for almost 26 years and living in Baton Rouge.  Butch is the executive sports editor of our newspaper The Advocate and I'm teaching 1st grade at St. Thomas More Catholic School.  I taught at Beaumont High, Austin Jr. High, and St. Anne's while living in Beaumont.  Two kids from my first marriage--Chris, living in Tampa, Florida and Valerie close by in Prairieville, La.--and two sweet grandsons Aiden and Aaron.  Butch and I hope to retire next year. I would love to hear from classmates.  The website is wonderful! Special thanks to Ottie for setting this up and helping me get connected.

Madeline Chatelain
Sandra (Wier) Welch

Married to John Nelson Welch for 44 years, we have two great kids -- our son Richard and our daughter Tonya -- and four really awesome grandkids.  God's reward for raising our kids -- we get to just enjoy the grandkids and let their parents raise them).  We've been blessed with a good life and a little piece of heaven on earth in the Texas Hill Country near Seguin.  We love to travel -- just returned from Lake Tahoe.  I'm retired and, besides my church work, don't know what I do all day, but never have enough time to get it all done.  ;-)  John plans to retire next year after 30 years with the company.  Hope to see you all at the reunion.  The 40th classmate reunion was my first one and it was a great experience!!  The older we get the more important it becomes to share the "good old days" with old friends and acquaintances. 

Sandra Wier
Paula (Richard) Page

Grew up in Beaumont. Went to Saint Anne's, French Elem., Bowie Jr. High, French High, and Lamar U.

Married Ronnie Page in 1967 and have been married ever since. We have 2 children, Nathan and Alicia, and 7 grandchildren, Sarah, Brandon, Bayleigh, Bethany, Jaden, Rebekah, and James.

I taught high school math for 32 years (thank you Mr. Meynig!), and retired in 2003. Now I volunteer and have fun with my friends and family

Sandy Scallan Mucha

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Bill for 15 years. No children of my own; however, I have an extended family of 2 daughters and 1 grandson.   Bill and I live in Loudon, TN in a retirement community known as " Tellico Village".  Cannot believe time has flown by so fast and I am a retiree.  

Barbara Brandhorst Passarello

Hola from beautiful Mexico where I now live.  Have been living here in Ajijic, Jalisco for 3 years.  Married for 35 years to Tony - no children.  I make jewelry, wearable art and teach cooking classes.

Barbara Brandhorst
Peg and Ron Scarbrough

Hey Buffs! Ronnie and I are both retired & living in Sun City here in Georgetown, TX, just outside of Austin. Give us a shout anytime you are in the vicinity. I retired after 20 years of teaching; we have 3 grown daughters, Carrie, 42, Stacie, 39, and Marcie, 29. Two grand daughters, Hanna, 11, and Hailey, 10, keep us young. We are so lucky our kids all live in the Austin area.

 

Nancy Dunaway Reed

Retired living in Buna, TX three children four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Newest hobby riding my Goldwing Trike. Longest trip on the trike so far 1200  miles round trip.

Ken Hitchcock

Back home in Austin since 1968. Married to Terry Pack of Beaumont since '68. One daughter, two granddaughters.
Musician. Photographer. See more at
www.kenhitchcock.com

Janis (Martinez) Thibodeaux

Married to Garry Simoneaux (Class of '63) for 10 yrs.  We had two sons, Derek and Corey.  Derek was killed in a car accident in 1996 at the age of 23.  Corey is 34 yrs old living in Austin.  I have been married to Ronald Thibodeaux for 29 yrs.  I have a step-daughter, Heather and a step-son Ronnie.  We have 5 beautiful grandkids!  I am still working at Invensys Systems (Foxboro Co.)  I plan to retire in January 2011.  Ronald and I love to travel and go camping in our 5th wheel travel trailer.  Can't wait to do more of it! Life is good!

Janis Martinez
Sharron Giroir Gatch

Married to Kendel Gatch for 36 years now. We have no children. We both recently retired and moved about 5 miles north of Silsbee. Kendel retired from the Navy in 1985 and we have lived in the Lumberton/Silsbee area since. Love the country and retired life. God is Good!

Cary Gatch
Paula Yawn Legendre

Lived in Savannah Georgia for one year after high school with husband Kenneth. Moved back to Beaumont in 1968. Kenneth worked for Texas/US Chemical and ExxonMobil Chemical and retired in 2006. I have two sons and one granddaughter. We now live in Lumberton. My life consists of my family and my church, North End Baptist in Beaumont.

James Stinson

Married Libbie Ruysenaars(class of '67) going on 43 years. Five kids(4 girls & 1 boy) ages range from 42 years to 21 years.  Last 2 are twin girls.

Dale Mayfield

I went to French High until my senior year. I graduated from Liberty High School in Liberty, TX, and attended Lamar State College, graduating from there with a degree in Psychology. I have worked in Liberty since I moved there in the summer of 1965. I was married to Linda Henderson from Hardin for 26 years until she died in 1996. I have been married to Johnelle Partin from Baytown for 11 years now, and have 4 children, ages 38 to 26, and expecting a 3rd grandchild in May. I plan to retire from the State of Texas in November, 2010.

Jackie Jones Dzierlenga

Still married to Stanley Dzierlenga.  Two kids, Scott, 33, and Casey, 27.  I'm a retired Spanish teacher.  Stanley is still working.  We travel quite a bit.

Sharron Humphrey Braquet

Two children, Lance (deceased), Leslie.
Husband, Gene (deceased)

Linda Eaves Sheffield

Married James (Jack) Sheffield in November 1967.
   Two Children--Michelle and Jason
   Five Grandchildren--Chazz & Rebecca (Michelle's)
   Trever, Bryce & Hayden (Jason's)

Retired January 2008 from Houston Community College after 19 years of service.

King Campbell

I retired from Bank of America 7 years ago. I have been employed by the University of Texas at Tyler the past 6 years as head golf coach and assistant athletic director. Plan to retire again in 2011

Becky Wagner

Married and divorced twice.  No children.  Retired from Beaumont Police Department after 22 years of service and I am now a nurse working at Village Creek Rehab and Nursing Center in Lumberton.  I have extended family which has given me two "grandchildren".  A boy who is 5 yoa and a girl who will be 4 in May.  I adore them both and they are just like my grandchildren.

Jack Gilbert

Mary (Miller) and I have been married almost 40 years and met as seniors in Mrs. Wagstaff's English class. We have been living in Columbia, Maryland for 20 years.

 
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