Angleton Alumni Association PO Box 122 Angleton, Texas 77516
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
In memory of alumni who have recently departed – Charles Shiver ’53 (03/16/2016); Sharon Cupp Pennington ’66 (03/25/2016); Thomas Warren Muecke Jr. ’82 (04/23/2016); Agusta Patterson ’88 (04/29/2016); Edward “Bubba” Goff ’63 (05/04/2016); Carol Ann Powell Cuccia ’67 (05/2016); Winfred “Wimpy” Lowe ’59 (05/14/2016)
In memory of faculty and staff – Sammie Walters, administration secretary (05/09/2016); Maria Santo Vallejo DeChavez, AJH custodian (05/12/2016); Gen Coleman, school nurse (05/14/2016)
HALL OF FAME
Senator Jimmy Phillips, Class of 1929, and Roly Rice, Class of 1959, will be inducted into the Angleton ISD Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at graduation June 3.
The public is invited to a reception at The Pavilion on Downing Road from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2. The History Center will be open for visitors during the reception.
Phillips, who passed away in 2002, is served as a Texas senator from 1947 to 1963, where he was known for being a “champion for the poor” and worked to improve state hospitals and colleges. He was a longtime attorney in Angleton.
Roly Rice received his masters in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M. He started work for NASA in 1963, retiring in 2000 after a distinguished career working on all the manned spacecraft programs. He was a major force in getting government approval for the International Space System. “I had the best job in the world,” he says.
Phillips was nominated by Mary Ruth Rodenbaugh of Brazoria and Rice was nominated by classmate Bette Sweeny of Alvin. Angleton ISD takes nominations each year and honorees are selected by committees made up of faculty and community representatives.
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Clayton Hinchman ’01 is now Chief Operating Officer at Ignite after merging the USi company he founded with another Alabama company, writing a Linked In article “Stepped On a Bomb; Started a Great Adventure” on the May 8 anniversary of his losing a leg in Iraq. The West Point graduate notes his accomplishments since then – a master’s degree, forming a company to help disabled veterans start businesses, etc. – and emphasizes the message of challenging one’s self, working hard, and never quitting.
Tara Munson Rice ’98, a teacher at Lake Jackson Intermediate, being honored with the Mirabeau B. Lamar award for outstanding educators by the Masonic Lodge. Lamar, the second president of Texas, is known as the Father of Public Education.
Upcoming senior Lumberjack Joshawa West ‘13 receiving offensive leadership and spring training awards at SFA. West has played in every game of his football career at Nacogdoches.
Dr. James McKinney ’95, medical director of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Stroke Program, on Fox News discussing signs and need for fast treatment for strokes.
Stephanie Bernardi LaPointe ’99 named Elementary Teacher of the Year for Angleton ISD. She teaches special education at Southside Elementary.
New Lifetime members are Chuck Wachtstetter ’76; Tona Cheline Wachtstetter ’81; Matt Sebesta ’80; Monica Morton Sebesta ’85; John Vasut ’76; Debbie Holcombe Johnson ’77; Tracy Holt Delesandri ’80; Paula Howe Staggs ’65; Frances Howe Schultz ’68; and Mary Helen Bates, faculty.
A list of all current lifetime members is posted on the Alumni Association website at AngletonAlumni.org.
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 or contact membership chairman Murphy Rankin ’67 at email@example.com.
Three AHS seniors received $1000 scholarships from the Alumni Association on May 23.
Avery Nicole Moyle, daughter of Travis Moyle ’81, will major in biomedical engineering at Texas A&M. Fifth in her class, she is also drum major in the band and a class officer.
Lindsey Clarkson, granddaughter of Leslie Perry ’63 and daughter of Stacey Perry ’84 will major in microbiology and immunology at The University of Texas at San Antonio and plans to be a pediatric neuro-oncologist. She was active in athletics, the National Honor Society, and HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America and is an honor graduate.
Dustin Cole McEntire, son of Sandy Thane McEntire ’90, will major in petroleum/chemical engineering at Texas A&M. He played football all four years, worked at McDonald’s while keeping up his grades, and was an Aerospace Scholar at NASA.
Alumni scholarships are funded by memberships, fundraisers and donations.
Ke’Asia Foston, daughter of April Grice ’97, was awarded the Thurman Green Memorial Scholarship. She will major in pre-med at Texas A&M and plans to become an ob/gyn. She is ranked third in her class, is president of the National Honor Society and has earned 23 credits at Brazosport College. She participated in basketball, softball and track and was captain and MVP of the volleyball team. She has been named a member of PALs ( Peer Assistance and Leadership) since the third grade.
Mr. Green, an AHS graduate of 1941, passed away February 4, 2015. He was one of the founders of the Old Timers reunion and an active supporter of the Alumni Association. Family and friends created the scholarship in his name and the family selected Ke’Asia for a $3000 award.
AAA BOARD MEMBERS, OFFICERS
Tracy Holt Delesandri ’80 joining Jeanie Newman Gustavsen ‘68 as new members of the Angleton Alumni Association Board of Directors.
New officers taking positions in June are Frances Coleman Leist ’66, vice-president; Dana Cox Alsobrook ’76, treasurer; Betty Condry McAfee ’69, corresponding secretary and Linda Winder, former teacher, recording secretary. Other officers continuing their terms are John Morgan ’67, president; and Sammy Alsobrook ’69, past president.
GOOD OLD TIMES REUNION – Alumni from the 1930s up through 1966 will have a combined reunion on Saturday, September 24 at Angleton Junior High honoring the Class of 1946 on their 70th anniversary, the Class of 1956 on their 60th and the Class of 1966 on their 50th. Members of the state champion girls basketball team and the regional finalist baseball team of 1956 will be recognized. (This is the former Old Timers reunion)
CLASS OF 1956 – Herbert Taylor reports that the Class of 1956 and Sue Neill will meet on the evening of September 24 after the Good Old Times Reunion.
CLASS OF 1966 – The Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, September 23 at Warnecke Hall at the SFA Statue. They will then attend the Good Old Times reunion on Saturday, Sept. 24.
CLASS of 1967 – The 50th anniversary for the Class of 1967 will be on April 29, 2017 at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds auditorium
CLASS OF 1961 – 55th reunion planned for October, 2016 at Stanger Ranch. Contact Dee Parks Grigsby.
CLASS OF 1971 – The 45th class reunion for 1971 will be held Nov 12 at the Oyster Creek Community Center.
CLASS OF 1976 – The Class of 1976 will have their 40th reunion on August 6 at the Oak Plantation Trophy Ranch on FM 521 in Rosharon. The Class of 1977 is also invited. They will include a silent auction to raise funds for a Class of ’76 scholarship.
The Alumni Association is interested in promoting all class reunions. Contact Reunion Liaison Pam Hendrick ’71 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alumni Association is working on an event open to all alumni that will feature local “garage bands” of the 1960s and 1970s. Board member Sammy Alsobrook, who is organizing the event, says 6-9 bands are eager to perform and he hopes to arrange a venue for Homecoming weekend on Saturday, September 10. More details to follow.
HISTORY CENTER NEWS
Laura Lostracco Burton of Oklahoma mailed football letters that had been awarded to her father, Fred Ferrer Lostracco, Class of 1932. Lostracco was known as a famed tackle in the 1930s.
Joe Jasso ’76 donated a Wildcat track uniform from the 1970s.
Murphy Rankin ’67 donated chairs plus a wheelchair that is being used to transport elderly visitors to and from the parking lot.
The History Center would like to have graduation announcements from the Class of 2016 to display. Mail to the Alumni Association at PO Box 150, Angleton, 77516.
AHS students studying to be teachers toured the center and learned the history of their TAFE organization and its predecessor FTA.
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.
Saturday, Aug 6 – Class of 1976 40th reunion
Friday, Sept. 9 – Homecoming football game
Saturday, Sept. 10 – Possible date for All-Class reunion
Friday, Sept. 23 – Class of 1966 50th reunion
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Good Old Times Reunion
Note: If you have additions or corrections to news items in the AAA newsletter please contact Linda Winder at email@example.com. Newsletter is compiled by Linda Winder and AAA members and distributed via e-mail by membership chairman Murphy Rankin.