ANGLETON ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER MAY, 2017

Angleton Alumni Association PO Box 122 Angleton, Texas 77516

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Students:  Pete Parnell (04/20/2017); Gary Dean Mitchell (05/04/2017); Gabby Sanchez ‘90 (05/06/2017); Craig De’Jon Mayberry ’11 (05/08/2017); William Douglas Bailes ’63 (05/12/2017); Ronald Keith Carter ’75 (05/16/2017)

Faculty and Staff:  Northside music teacher and junior high English teacher Elizabeth Clayton (05/16/2017)              

ELIZABETH CLAYTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Alumni Association will work with a memorial scholarship for an AHS senior in 2018 in honor of former teacher Elizabeth Clayton.  Those wanting to donate may do so by contacting Murphy Rankin ’67 at j.murphy.rankin@gmail.com or going online at www.angletonalumni.org or mailing a check to the Alumni Association at P.O. Box 122 Angleton 77516.  Make checks out to the Alumni Association but note on the check that the donation goes to her scholarship.   Mrs. Clayton taught English at AHS in 1948 then later taught music at Northside and then junior high English from 1955 until 1987.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Businessman/inventor Albert Korenek ’48, musician Michael Ramos ’77 and disaster recovery organizer Jeremy Stone ’95 have been selected to be inducted as Angleton ISD Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

The three will be honored at a community reception at The Pavilion on Downing Road from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.  All family and classmates are invited. They will also be recognized during graduation ceremonies May 26 and will be part of a permanent display at the History Center.

Korenek, who edited the 1948 yearbook and played football in high school, played football at the University of Houston and served in the Navy before starting a career moving trees.  He invented a hydraulic tree spade that transformed the way subdivisions were being built and has been used around the world.  When the State of Texas wanted to relocate 250-year old oaks at the State Capitol, they called him.  He transported the live National Christmas tree from New Mexico to Washington in 1990.  He has sold his company and retired but is respected worldwide in his profession.

Music was Ramos’ passion in high school and the former member of the Purple Pride has made it his career.  Based in Austin, he is a musician, composer and producer who is not only active in the Austin music scene but has toured and recorded with John Mellencamp, Pat Green, Los Lonely Boys, Paul Simon and others.  His albums Charanga Cakewalk, Chicano Zen and El Brown Recluse have received great reviews in the United States and abroad.

Stone was an honor grad who was active in debate, drama, and science.  He received a degree in anthropology from Reed College in Oregon, his masters in public administration from New York University, and his doctorate in philosophy from the University of British Columbia.  He is founder and executive director of Recovery and Relief Services in Vancouver  where he works with community development, economic challenges and disaster recovery around the world.  His doctorate dissertation was The New Louisiana Purchase:  Gentrification and Disaster in the Heart of New Orleans.

ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
The Brazoria County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has named their annual scholarship after former teacher Ray Pearl Condry in recognition of her 70 years of service to the organization.

Patrick Dees  ’82 named new president and CEO of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Company based in Omaha,

Jason Perez ’88 elected mayor of Angleton.  Other alumni in city government are councilmen Hardwick Bieri ’76, Williams Tigner ’01, Carl Herbst ’81,  and Cody Vasut ‘05.

Tommy Gaines ‘71 re-elected as an Angleton ISD school board member.  Other alumni on the board are Regina Hammond Bieri ‘80,  Dana Thomas Tolbert ‘84, and Kimi Groth Hunter ’96.

Clayton Hinchman ‘01 announcing his candidacy for a congressional seat from North Alabama.  Hinchman, a West Point graduate who was wounded in Iraq, works for a USi company he founded.

Wayne Morgan ’00 named Chief Financial Officer for Entrust Energy, Inc.

Former ag teacher Lewis Gardner inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Lions Club International convention in Austin.

Brenda Stewart Fleshman ’78Sherri Holt and Janet Mangum with Andy Fleshman ‘77 as their Captain won first place in their division total of  350 teams in the Babes on the Bay Fishing Tournament in Rockport.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
In addition to offering two scholarships to AHS seniors, the Alumni Association worked with the Thurman Green Memorial Scholarship, the Eddy Birdwell Memorial Scholarship, the Class of 1966 scholarship and the O.V. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship.

The first alumni scholarship went to Kyle Hummel, son of Kenneth Hummel ’85 and Tonya Woods Hummel ’88 and grandson of former teachers Wayne and Frances Hummel.  Ranked #15 in his class, he played varsity tennis and was active in peer leadership.  He will major in biology and business at Texas A&M with plans to own his own medical clinic.

The second alumni scholarship went to Luke Coale, grandson of Edgar L. Cole ’54.  Active in community service, he was captain of the Wildcat baseball team and will play for St. Edwards University where he plans to get a degree in sports media.

Katherine Soisson received the annual O.V. McDaniel scholarship.

Lauren Coffie received one of  the Class of 1966 scholarships.  Co-editor of the yearbook, she was active in Health Occupations.  After graduating from Alvin, she plans to go to Baylor and become a pharmacist.  She is the granddaughter of Jacob Keys ’75 and daughter of Perla Flores.

Kevin Duong also received a Class of ’66 scholarship.  Active in track and tutoring, he is a lifeguard for the city.  Finishing up dual credits at Brazosport, he will attend Texas A&M, majoring in biology, and plans to get his doctorate in physical therapy.

Nicole Williamson, ranked #14 in her class, was the recipient of the Thurman Green Memorial Scholarship.  She will major in biology at Texas A&M.  At AHS, she is a cheerleader, vice-president of her class, and active in the Student Council.   She works as a puppeteer for Northway Baptist and is very active in community projects.  Nicole is the daughter of Richard Williamson, ’81.

Alexander Matchett received the Eddy Birdwell Memorial Scholarship.  Ranked in the top ten percent of his class, he played baseball and completed 30 hours at community college.  He will study engineering at Texas A&M.  He is the son of Mark Matchett ’85.

Anyone wanting to donate to future scholarships may do so by contacting scholarship chairman Murphy Rankin ’67 at j.murphy.rankin@gmail.com or going online at www.angletonalumni.org.

Recent donations have been received from Glen Hardwick ‘67, Otis Carroll ‘67, Murphy Rankin ’67, and Wayne Turner ’67.

CLASS REUNIONS   

  • CLASS OF 1972 –  45th class reunion on August 5.  Gail Soileau is contact person.
  • CLASS OF 1977 –  40th anniversary on August 12, 2017 at K.C. Hall in Angleton.  $25 per person. Contact Edie Meyer or Leslie Smith Rice at lesliesrice@gmail.com.
  • CLASS OF 1997 –  20th anniversary event planned for 6 p.m. June 10 at El Patio on Magnolia Street.

The Alumni Association is interested in promoting all class reunions.  Contact Reunion Liaison Pam Hendrick ’71 at  hendrick.pam@gmail.com.

MEMBERSHIPS
New lifetime members are Bettie Schaefer Szatkowski ’67; Hugh Landon ‘81; Colleen Johnson Landon ‘83;  Chad Phillips ‘77;   Alena Shanks Phillips ’77; and Glen Hardwick ’67.  Ronnie Lantrip ’67 is a new annual member. 

Memberships help support alumni events, scholarships and the History Center.   Lifetime memberships are $100 or $150 for couples.  Annual memberships are $20 each.  Find forms on the AAA website at www.angletonalumni.org, where you can also register and pay online.  The Alumni Association is a tax-deductible 501-C group.  Questions? Contact membership chairman Sammy Alsobrook at safetysam1csp@yahoo.com.

HISTORY CENTER NEWS
Helen de Guibert Veselka ’71 donated a folder of newspaper clippings covering several decades plus a photo of the Class of 1925 taken when they were ninth graders.

  • Gene Morrison ’67 donated the “yearbook dummy” of the 1967 Angle he edited.  He had kept the carbons of page layouts for 50 years.
  • Glenn Clayton ’67 donated an original painting and a handmade drum.  The History  Center has a section where art, DVDs and books created by alumni are displayed.
  • Northside teacher Bren Carpenter sent over a wooden “DO NOT ERASE” sign teachers once used on the chalkboards they once had.

The History Center is open every Wednesday from noon until 5 p.m., during class reunions, for special events and programs and by request by calling Linda Winder at 979-864-6650.

Photos of History Center visitors and donations can be seen on the Angleton School History Center on Facebook.

ON THE CALENDAR

  • May 25 –  Distinguished Alumni reception.  The Pavilion.  5:30-7:30
  •  May 26  –  AHS graduation ceremonies
  • June 25 –  Angleton Alumni Association Board Meeting, 2:30. History Center.
  • August 2 – Alumni Association School Supply Drive
  • Sept. 30  – Good Times Reunion
  • Oct. 6  –   Homecoming football game
  •  Oct. 7 –  Homecoming Alumni Event

 Note:  If you have additions or corrections to news items in the AAA newsletter please contact Linda Winder at lwinder4323@att.net.  Newsletter is compiled by Linda Winder and AAA members and distributed via e-mail by AAA board member Murphy Rankin.

 

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