Contents page: Expedition Institute: Baltic Crossing
Page 2 HHMI
Page 3 Buzz Jones bio
Page 6 First-generation student
Page 8 Baseball Hall of Fame
Page 9 Library renovation
Page 10 Distinguished alumni
Page 11 Reminiscences of Donald E. Smith '64 and Jim Witt '62 are below
Page 19 On the home front (pdf)
Page 46 Class of 1962 photo ID (see below)
Page 48 Gates Foundation announcement
From Donald E. Smith '64
Not everyone makes it to the big screen, or stars on Broadway. Some work in the field of education, and that’s their link to theater arts. One such is James Witt ’62, a lifelong friend who took his degree in English, and entered the field of high school education as Senior Year English Teacher, first at Littlestown High School and then at Gettysburg High School. When his father-in-law retired from Weikert's Bakery, Jim retired from high school teaching, and took over the bakery. But even so, he remained committed to the theater arts, which he had been responsible for all those years as an English teacher, and as part of the theater arts program at Mount St Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD.
Jim and I met at Gettysburg College, and when he graduated I inherited his campus job of faculty mailman, a job I later passed on to his younger brother. Together during the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we co-wrote and directed a series of vignettes performed at various sites on the battlefield. In 200O, as Program Chairman for the Adams County Bicentennial Committee, I invited Jim to be an integral part of my committee. Together we helped organize the Bicentennial Band, under the direction of Robert Zellner, a former professor of music at Gettysburg College, and staged several band concerts throughout Adams County, culminating in the 4th of July Concert which featured a Symphony, composed in conjunction with the Adams County Arts Council, as part of Continental Harmony, a nation-wide "Musical Celebration of the New Millennium.” The composer was Robert Maggio and the piece was titled "South Mountain Echoes.”
Jim still occasionally will take on directing a theatrical performance, but mostly is now retired. He lives outside Littlestown with his wife Marietta, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren ... his own private choral group, he jokes.
Although I've done nothing since high school and college in the theatrical arts, I did actively participate in my Gettysburg High School plays and had several bit parts during my sojourn at Gettysburg College, in "Othello" and "Can-Can," and in my one theater course, cast, staged, produced and directed a one-act play of Eugene O'Neill's ... title now long forgotten as are so many other things, as we all grow older.
Living here in Rhode Island, I have many opportunities to attend plays and musicals, as just about every town up here has a playhouse theater, though our best are Trinity Rep, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the Theater by the Sea, a summer playhouse similar to Totem Pole, west of Gettysburg, but dedicated to broadway musicals. I did have the recent opportunity to travel to London for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies,” the sequel to "Phamtom of the Opera.” Recently, we had an opportunity to view a filmed production of the same, from Melbourne, Australia ... it was obvious that a serious rewrite had occurred, most to the betterment, I must say. It still has not appeared on Broadway.
From Jim Witt ’62
It was really nice of Don to say all those kind things about me. I directed the drama at both high schools during my tenure. I was for 20 years the 1/2 of a 1 1/2 person drama department at Mount St. Mary's — Kurt Blaugher was (and is) the tenured professor. Don and I staged the Bicentennial concert, with the Bicentennial band, and other performers, but we didn't really organize the band — that was Bob Zellner.
An interesting aside: when I started teaching in Littlestown, I was assigned the drama. Not knowing too much about any it, I asked Don (then a Junior) to help me. He started attending rehearsals, and struck up a relationship with one of my students. She insisted to her sister that she should meet her English teacher. We did, and this month we will celebrate our 48th anniversary.
A sabbatical leave let me pursue a degree in Theater, which led eventually to my work at Mt. St. Mary's.
Class of 1962 photo ID
First row (left to right): Joanna (Joie) (Nickell) Jakober, Ingrid C. Kupprat, Dick MacNett, David Smith, Carol (Rotunda) Christ, Karin (Anderson) Church, Florence (Lura) (Coulton) Trossello, Suzanne (Hermann) Williams, Mary (Algeo) Hasiak, Alice (Pfeiffer) Nix, Marianne E. Gelbert, Carolyn (Kuhn) Byron, Judith Zerbe, Jean (Gaumnitz) Gruber.
Second row: Rick Rockefeller, Linda (Winters) Rockefeller, Holly (Achenbach) Yohe, Diane (Roberts) Bethas, Denise (DePugh) Kelly, Judy (Curchin) Vandever, Janice (Hill) Wagner, Leslie (Noyes) Mass, Polly (Hormann) Jacroux, Virginia Botsis, Linda (Rohrer) Olsen, Irene (Brodisch) Williams, Mary (Hotchkiss) Dolan.
Third row: John Hoback, Jim Mummert, John Mattingly, Lovey (Birdsall) Walter, Bob Hilgen, Barbara (Thompson) Hilgen, Bonnie (Klinger) Peckham, Betsy (Shelly) Hetzel, Ginny (Russo) Lang, Joyce (Andrews) Ellwanger, Thelma (Aitken) Newman, Libby (Wilson) Sellen, Linda (Whitacre) Fuschino, Claire (Kreutz) Moyer.
Fourth row: Frank A. Wolfe, Gary T. Bilbie, Richard L. Keeports, Don H. Snyder, “Joe” C. T. Wang, Rich Veleber, Jim Walker, Steve Shantz, Ed Sites, Jeff Preston, Charles Crosson, Merle (Miller) Marsh, Suzanne (Page) Leber.
Fifth row: Karl A. Wagner Jr., Don Boone, David A. Donges, Art Wedra, Connie Hummel, Steve Carmick, Richard A. Mitchell, Bayard S. Moran, Pete Yingling, Al Chatkewitz, Bob Simms, Shirley (Wertman) Daniels, Colleen (Sholly) Cronlund, Marty Cronlund.
Sixth row: King Gore, Yvonne (Jacobs) Gore, Rob Andrews, Ron Heinze, Lee Collins, Charlie Lingenfelter, John Wilkerson, Bo Olsen, Irv Lindley, Gerry Farrow, Joe Hiddemen, Phil Wargo, Terry Hake.
Seventh Row: Priscilla (Dallmeyer) Parker, Bruce Simpson, Sue (Steele) Simpson, Marsha (Zurowski) Parker, Bob Parker, Earl Little, Lucy (Miller) Warner, Lee Roeder.