1963 was a great year. Our class at Rosemead High School graduated and went on to do great things in our society. Theo van Zwieten went to Harvard and became a Veterinarian. Dexter McDonald started in landscaping work with his brother, and ended up a Professor of Ornamental Horticulture at Ventura College. Don Hughes our Class President FOREVER, worked his way up in the Pasadena Police Department, and now runs a non-profit in India for young women in the Human Trafficking arena. Michael Pearce became a successful Architect and worked all over the world. Lori Koon became a Psycho Therapist. Rosie Cinke became a successful business woman. Maryann Fraser started a non-profit for troubled young women in Los Angeles. Frank Flores was a hero in Vietnam, acting as a Medic for several years. Jim Roybal fought in Vietnam and suffered eye damage from an explosion. Phil Argento went to Law School and became a Judge in Superior Court. Jim Hendrickson became a Medical Doctor. Roger Young followed his father's footsteps and climbed to heights in the FBI. Tony Zoccoli started a clothing company that sold goods World Wide. Jay Malinowski became the chief spokesperson for the Department of Water Resources .......
And the good stories go on and on. What a great class. What great people to be associated with, if only we could relive those early years...........but I doubt that any of us would change anything in our lives. All of us have had good lives, and some of us have had very long marriages......a testament to our commitment to life and loving behavior. And because of that commitment, and your nurturing, all of you have set a standard for your children and grandchildren who are carrying on the torch, of love and commitment and of contribution towards humanity.
Please remember some of our teachers at RHS, because some of them were just wonderful: Don Gallagher, Donald Fox, Jim Ellis, and so many others.
Thank you all for attending the Reunion, and we hope to see even more of you at the 55th Reunion in 2018. Love you all.