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04/25/21 01:01 PM #952    


Sherry Wenger (Wenger)

And a timely message from the relative of Bill Mardian's Armenian family. A few of us were asking about him at our last reunion and I'm glad he settled in the beach area. For some reason, we were always assigned seats next to each other in fifth and sixth grade, and even on the bus, he and Jim M. would lecture me about surf breaks and the sanctity of the San Onofre Surf Club. Good memories!

06/13/21 01:33 PM #953    


Gary Hesse

Again, sorry to be the bearer of sad news - was sad to read yesterday of the passing of Bill Crowhurst last month - I had just seen him prior to his passing in SM - he seemed fit and quite alive - we were talking about coming through the Covid-19 restrictions and such!

Here is a link to the article which was in yesterday's local news:

p3,  v15.24  —  Sierra Madre  —  Mountain Views News (

He was a good friend and I feel a real loss  - personally, to our class, the community, and to his family.

The link provides the e-mail address of his sister Nancy should you wish to pass along condolences or a personal memory of Bill to share with the family.

07/10/21 10:22 AM #954    


Margo Feinstein (Connolly)

Dear Classmates,

Many of us have either battled cancer and/or lost loved ones or friends to various forms of this terrible disease.  I was lucky to benefit from earlier research, and I beat breast cancer decades ago.  Sadly, several years ago, I lost a sister to non-smoker lung cancer.

For many years, I have volunteered for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN).  We are a non-partisan spin-off of American Cancer Society.  We are mainly volunteers whose lives have been touched by cancer.  We do their legislative advocacy at the Federal, State and local levels.

Normally in fall, we do a National Lobby Day in DC where we advocate for a set of cancer-related bills. Our donors sponsor “Lights of Hope” bags for $10 each with messages to Congress/the public about cancer-related healthcare to support our lobby work.  In past years, tens of thousands of decorated bags were displayed in the National Mall in DC in conjunction with a very moving evening of speakers, including members of Congress.

For the second year in a row, we are doing advocacy work via virtual meetings due to pandemic restrictions.  Our displays this year will be in local communities.  I have arranged for many bags sponsored by donors via my page link to be displayed all over a large front picture window from August 17th-September 18th at the American Cancer Society (resale) Discovery Shop on Locust in Walnut Creek, in the East Bay.  After that, the manager hopes to recycle the decorated bags as shopping bags for small items bought in the store.

This year has been financially difficult for ACSCAN, which operates on a shoestring budget with very few paid staff.  Unfortunately, cancer never “takes a year off” due to the pandemic.   .   .    .

Below is a link to my page.  Please consider sponsoring bags in memory, in honor, or in support of cancer patients, advocating to Congress for research funding, or reminding others to get screened. The donations go via secure link directly to ACSCAN for our life-saving advocacy work.

If you donate and make a list of messages for your bags, please 1) omit the last name of any living patient you mention to protect the person’s medical privacy 2) email me a list of what you want written on each bag at  We will decorate them as you wish (simply due to space limitations on each bag) and email you a photo of your bags. (I have friends who will help to decorate them, as needed.)

This link is followed by examples of bags sponsored by donors to ACSCAN via my page this summer:

2021 Lights of Hope:  Margo Connolly--American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (

Thank you for reading this far!  Wishing you a great summer and the best of health always!

Margo (Feinstein) Connolly

07/11/21 06:09 PM #955    


Carolyn Gray

Thank you Margo for what you are doing! You are appreciated.

07/12/21 08:57 AM #956    


Margaret Hansen (Bruce)

As others  have said thank you Margo for what you are doing!!  It is deeply appreciated by this breast cancer survivor classmate.  

07/12/21 03:34 PM #957    


Gary Hesse

On this past Sunday evening, 7/11/2021, I was fortunate to attend the Celebration of Life for our classmate William ‘Bill’ Crowhurst, who passed away in his sleep on May 17th of this year.  Organized by his two sisters, Sue and Nancy, it was held in the Rose Pavilion Gazebo in the Descanso Gardens, a most fitting location in which to acknowledge Bill’s life contributions which were shared by so many – classmates from his years of education, colleagues from his work at JPL, Automobile Club (as a location evaluator of restaurants and lodging), the entertainment industry, members of his church, individuals whom he had helped in AA, and many family members and friends.


What left the greatest impression on my attendance was the overwhelming sentiment of Bill’s contributions to others, his positive attitudes, determination, faith, and love of family and friends.


Also in attendance from Bill’s years of growing up on “Rabbit Hill”, err – Upper Hastings Ranch,  were our classmates Randy Huth, David Fair, and Robert Grube, with whom Bill and I shared time and experiences at Don Benito Elementary, John Marshall Jr. High, and Pasadena High School before all of us spread out to further our educations in scholastics and life!


Just prior to the conclusion of the evening I glanced past the speaker’s podium towards a clearing in the immense oak trees through which I could see the blue sky and the sun’s rays peacefully setting over the San Gabriel Mountains.  Moving through this beautiful setting of a day’s end was a passenger jet going from east to west and leaving in its’ wake a spreading contrail….I couldn’t help but think that it represented Bill’s essence continuing onward while leaving a subtle message that “Bill was here” in its’ wake!


Bravo Bill, You Did Good!!

07/14/21 06:26 PM #958    


David Fair

Bill had an amazingly broad network of friends. Several speakers commented that Bill had "at least 27 best friends."  A complex person, he was always loving of others and of fun.

Rob Grube wasn't there,  However, other Hastings Ranch PHSers were, including Gordon Burk and Monique van der Harst.

Bill will be missed by many, including me, David Fair.

07/18/21 04:28 PM #959    


Gary Hesse

My mistake David, I mistook Gordon for Robert; it's been a long time!!

07/24/21 03:54 PM #960    


Miles Wagner (Wagner)

Happy Birthday to Michael May!

I am enjoying retired life in Wellington, NV.





07/25/21 10:32 AM #961    


Rudy Castro


I wanted to share my upcoming adventure and invite you to follow along and take part if you wish.
I was asked to join the Fire Velo bicycle club's 3,000 mile, 40-day fundraising bicycle ride across the country from Los Angeles to New York for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  We will be raising funds for Firefighter Cancer Awareness, Firefighter Mental Health, and the Gary Senise Foundation.  I will not be riding a bicycle; however, I will be driving one of the support vehicles with the riders each day.  All the participants are active and retired firefighters.
If you would like to donate to this great cause, please go to  It is very much appreciated.
We will be leaving on Sunday, August 1 from the Santa Monica Pier and arriving in New York on Thursday, September 9.  We will be attending a memorial service on Saturday, September 11 at Ground Zero.  We will also be stopping at other significant locations along the way (Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA, and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C.).
If you would like to check our progress, please visit the website often for updates.
For me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, as well as a personal quest, as I will be traveling in honor of my niece who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
I will have access to email and phone if you wish to reach out and I will respond as time permits.
Warmest regards and thanks in advance,
Rudy Castro
33 years of service with:
City of Pasadena Fire Department and
Los Angeles County Fire Department



07/26/21 11:25 AM #962    


Rodrigo Marin (Marin)

Congrats Rudy on your time and service in the Fire Dept. Good Luck and Be safe on your trip. We contribute to the Tunnel2Towers charity for those first responders and sevicemen.

Rod Marin

07/28/21 02:31 PM #963    


Janet Wood (Payne)

The first one is our house on Tropical, then the next one my 5th birthday party.  One of the kids is named Stevie ? and the other one was Phil Bacon or something.  Last one shows Bill C. on the left at my backyard 13th birthday party!

07/28/21 02:57 PM #964    


Janet Wood (Payne)

This photo might have been from my 12th birthday with my brother Gary on the left, Bill Crowhurst in the middle and Dave Fair and I dancing..  I was wearing my Beethoven sweatshirt!

07/29/21 10:30 AM #965    


Barbara Kaplan (Kraemer)

Thanks for sharing these!  I love seeing any pictures from our past. I grew up in Lower Hastings - not too far away.

07/29/21 11:22 AM #966    


David Fair

Actually, Janet, I think your Beethoven shirt was in the laundry that day; you are wearing your Shakespeare shirt.  :)  Those pics are a hoot.  Presumably, we're doing "The Twist."  Thanks so much for sharing.

08/21/21 02:37 PM #967    


Margo Feinstein (Connolly)

A big thank-you to the generous classmates who have sponsored Lights of Hope bags to support the life-saving legislative advocacy work that ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network) does for American Cancer Society.  The local display of bags sponsored by donors via my online page went up on Tuesday at the Walnut Creek American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. If you donated and do not see your bags pictured, they are stapled to the backs of these, displayed toward the inside of the shop .  .  . and new bags will be posted this week.

If anyone else would like to donate, we welcome your help. The display and fundraiser continue through September 18th. It is wonderful when someone sponsors even one or two bags ($10/bag)--each is special. Your donation will help to fuel our journey to eradicate this terrible disease. 

See earlier post for more info.  Although we are not artists, we are happy to decorate your bags as you wish.

Stay well!




08/22/21 12:24 PM #968    


Clay Werts

Hi everybody, my grandson is in the Little League Worlds Series. This is a dream come true for every kid. He is on the Lake Oswego Oregon team playing in Williamsport PA. He is Crew Corry number 4 and plays shortstop. The game for today has been canceled because of rain. They will play tomorrow (Monday) and it will be broadcast on ESPN. Nora and our daughter are their to see all of the games. Look for Nora in the stands because they show family members when Crew is up to bat. Best wishes to Crew and all of you !!

08/23/21 11:16 AM #969    


Modie (Martin) Katz

Wow, what a thrill for him, you and your family. Need more of this "good stuff" to go around. 
Win or lose it's a great accomplishment. Congratulations to you all. 

08/23/21 02:47 PM #970    

Barry Chisholm

Clay, congratulations to Crew, his team, and your family on this memorable achievement!   My sister's husband Rob is also at the Little League Championship in Williamsport....he's the ticket/special events guy at MLB.    Hope he gets to see Crew play!      

12/19/21 10:07 AM #971    


Gary Hesse

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to All!

Just wanted to send greetings and best wishes to all of my PHS classmates and their families!  Remember that senior year of 1967/1968 ??  "Enduring" our Senior Year?  Applictions to College, taking the ACT''s and/or the SAT's?  Hey guys, had you remembered to register for the Draft??  The 1968  Presidential elections heating up with some tragedic spinoffs unfortunately??  I can remenber ditching school one day with Tom Barnes to go down to CalTech to hear Eugene McCarthy plug his bid to be the Democratic Party Candidate later in the Spring!  And who rolled all of those marbles down through the seats at the Senior Assembly?? ...probably some of the same classmates who left the beer cans on the seats in the Rose Bowl when we arose to file down to get our diplomas at graduation!!

It was an interesting time and year in our lives!!

May you all make it a safe and memorable holiday week as we bring 2021 to a conclusion!  

Gary Hesse

IIRC, in 1968 a 6-Pack of Coors Beer was $1.00 for the small cans; $1.15 for the tall cans!  Gasoline was about 15-17 cents a gallon, and houses in Upper Hastings Ranch were about $25K (now going for upwards of ~$1M!)


12/20/21 10:26 AM #972    


Patricia Frances Anthony Goff

Thanks for Holiday Greetings, Gary Hesse!  Same to you and your family.  Marbles?!  Beer cans?!  I was SO out of it then . . . I can't say '68 snapped me into awareness but it started a cascade of sorts.  We "Boomers" did figure some stuff out; here's hoping we figure out CoViD, for the reat Yearbook of History!  Peace! ~ Frances Goff

01/06/22 08:49 AM #973    


Tracy Dunning

Wanting to let you know that we lost two more classmates -

Art Bolster died peacefully last May; his daughter reached out to let me know as she was wanting to know more about him during high school. So if you have anything to share with her,

And Mike Oakley passed on in 2020 (as reported by Mark Frederick when we had a great visit.)

Hoping that 2022 brings compassion, strength and curiosity to ease the way into the unknown of this year.

01/07/22 12:10 PM #974    


Frances Pampeyan

Thanks for these updates Tracy.  I wish you all a healthy 2022.


01/08/22 01:47 PM #975    

Gerald Shutman

So sorry to hear about Art and Mike. I did not know Art well but Mike was a friend.

04/28/22 10:20 AM #976    


Clay Werts

  P.H.S. 55th Class Reunion   

We are happy to announce the plans for our 55th class reunion that is being planned for next year. Please plan now to join us on Saturday June 17th, 2023.  We have made arrangments to have our reunion at the Embassy Suites in Arcadia. If it sounds familiar, it's because we held some of our earlier reunions at this property. We decided to return there because the cost was much less than the other hotels we considered. The Embassy Suites provides a free buffet breakfast for all hotel guests. They also provide free parking for everyone and there are other advangaes. We will, in the future, post a website for you to go to so you can make a reservation for the reunion. You will want to make your reservations on this site to take advanage of the reduced room rates. As it now stands, we are planning on meeting at the Clearman's North Woods Inn on Rosemead in San Gabriel Friday evening at 5:00 PM. As usual, you will pay for your own drinks and dinner. Everyone is welcome, please plan on joining us for this fun event. Saturday morning everyone is welcome to join us at Victory Park,(next to P.H.S) about 11:00 AM . We will be providing free soft drinks and pizza. This is being paid for from the donations that were leftover from the 50th reunion. This event will conclude about 2:00 PM. Then back to the Embassy Suites for our main event. Check-in for the dinner will begin about 5:00 PM. We will say good bye to everyone Sunday morning at the buffet breakfast starting at 8 AM. For those not staying at the hotel, you can purchase breakfast. Please join us for this special event. We're not going to last forever so you've got to come this time !!

     Committee members :

           Modie Katz                                                                                                                                                            Clay Werts                                                                                                                                                            Ann Nelson (Hassell)                                                                                                                                            Barry Chishom                                                                                                                                                      Phil Denslow


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