Washington-Lee High School
Classes of '68 and '69
50th Reunion

 
The purpose of this page is to give each classmate the opportunity to provide a short (truthful) summary of what you've been up to all these years.  All summaries will be passed through FactChecker.org and Pinochio ratings will be awarded where appropriate.   Yearbook senior photos from 1968 and 1969 will be scanned in by the Editors.   If you have a recent photograph that you're willing to share,  please feel free to do so.    No one is going to compare the before and after photos-----Right?   And remember--No judging.!    If you have any difficulty uploading a photo, please just let us know. 
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Hudson "Hud" '68 Berrey
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Orthopaedic Cancer Surgeon www. BAptistMDAnderson.com Married 2
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Teresa '68 Brandts (Rusnak)
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Graduated in 1972 from VPI with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught Kindergarden for two years and went on to a 30 year career at the Department of Interior in Public Affairs or Communications for the Office of the Secretary. I retired as the Aministrative Officer. Served on the Board and as  President of the Arlington Outdoor Edcation Association for many years. Now retired and loving it. I travel frequently all over the world and especially love visiting our National Parks. I love to spend time with my two sons and my grandchildren. The twins will be three in July! Send Teresa a MessageSend Teresa a Message
Mari '68 Brewer (Gruber)
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Teacher /Owner Butterfly Sanctuary www.bearmountainbutterflies.com Single Again 2
BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art , grad work at U of Md. Lived as recreational  therapistist, artist / potter, TSS  , many other adventures. Have spent past  17 years raising  butterflies and exotic frogs and own Butterfly Sanctuary in  N.E Pa. open in Summer, Special Education teacher in Winter working with kids with autism. One son, one daughter, both in their 30s. Happy and not retired yet. Send Mari a MessageSend Mari a Message
Paula '68 Corson (Knighton)
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I'm pretty much a perpetual student starting with two years at William and Mary. Did finally get an associate degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1999. Turns out Algebra and Chemistry are things you can actually use in real life.  Met my husband David in Flagstaff while going to Northern Arizona University 1973. He was one of the carpenter's building married housing. Moved back to Boise, where David grew up. Had two daughters - both grownups now with careers and everything. One Grandchild. He's graduating from High School in May. How is that possible? In Boise, we both went back to college, except David actually got a degree - in Accounting. He joined Morrison Knudsen 1977, a large construction company, and we started seeing the United States starting with a year in Hawaii rebuilding a military base. Ending in Arkansas distroying Chemical Weapons. Meanwhile I did whatever was available at the time - mostly Motherhood, College classes, Secretarial, Curves trainer, Plant Nursery salesperson, Botanical Garden plant inventory, City Tree enumerator. David died of a brain tumor in 2014.  I've been a parent caretaker  with my siblings since then. My Mom died in 2017 but my 94 year old Dad is going strong. I'm loving living in Colorado hiking in the wildflowers with my Dog Hansel and friends.  Currently buying Solar Panels and driving a hybrid not because I think we can stop "Climate Disruption" at this point but because I'd like to step out in my backyard and take a deep breath of clean air instead of whatever that stuff is I'm breathing and drinking. Send Paula a MessageSend Paula a Message
Lisa '68 Grinnell
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Therapist Married 2

In the 50+ years since graduation, I lived in California where I worked with start-ups in Silicon Valley and received a BA in Management. In the 1990s I studied mindfulness, ordained as a Buddhist nun in Asia to practice mindfulness for a period of time, and seeing how transformative it can be for physical and emotional stress, returned to the US, and got a master’s degree in Counseling to specialize in mindfulness based cognitive therapies. I lived in New Mexico for 15 years where I co-founded a volunteer center, worked in the state women’s prison as a mental health therapist and mindfulness teacher, and developed a private practice. Today I live in St Petersburg, Florida with my husband Miguel and our dog Lucy. I have 2 stepchildren and 2 grandchildren. I am a Counselor in hospice, and have a small private practice.

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Sandra '68 Haines (Haines-Murdocco)
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Semi-Retired Episcopal Priest Married
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Mary Lib '68 Henry (Tomb)
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Graduated from Westhampton College (University of Richmond) in 1972 with a BA in Music History and Theory. Intended to go to grad school for Music Therapy, but married, moved to Okinawa for two years while my ex was in Army JAG, had our first son. Then back to Ft. Lee where we had a 2nd son, and then moved to Luray, VA after he got out of the Army. Had a daughter and then divorced after 10 years of marriage. Grad school never happened! Moved back to Arlington in 1983, met and married my 2nd husband. Worked as a preschool teacher, then assistant director.  Had another son. Worked at a crisis preganncy center as the Volunteer Coordinator and as a counselor. Did other small jobs in between. Taught aerobics and owned my own company with two others. Finally ended up working at W-L, first in the counseling office and then the main office. Lived through the rebuild in 2008. All 4 of my kids went to W-L where they were involved in music and sports. Now 3 of the 4 are married, and we have 7 grandchildren and 4 stepgrandchildren. I'm happily retired and work during baseball season at Nationals Park! I also have two direct sales businesses. Aside from the aches and pains of aging, life is pretty good! :o) Send Mary Lib a MessageSend Mary Lib a Message
Ann '68 Howard (Turpyn)
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Went from sociology and social welfare majors at Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University to Catholic University and the library field.  Worked at Northern Virginia Community College almost 40 years, first as a library assistant and then a librarian.  Loved educating transfer and workforce students  and working with faculty and staff in the library!

Happily married since 1976.  We are blessed with 2 adult daughters and their husbands and 5 grandchildren, ages 5 and under.   Have had several memorable trips—one to New Zealand and one to Paris.  Love the Outer Banks.  As a retiree, keep busy with church activities including choir, walking our dear Doberman, visiting grandchildren and mother-in-law, cooking, swimming, and birdwatching on our deck!

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Michael '68 Martin
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After graduation I attended classes at Madison State College in Virginia, then on to Athens College in Athens, Alabama for two years.  I dropped out of Athens to join the Air Force.  I spent ten years serving in the Air Force, first in Washington D.C., then on to Denver, Colorado attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.  I worked in the administrative field, but separated at ten years and joined the Air Force Reserves in the Adjutant Generals office as a paralegal.  Separated from the Reserves four years later.

I remained in the Denver Metro area working in the Real Estate field, then on to Communications with Ram Mobile  Communications where I became Sales Manager.  I formed my own company with two partners in the telephone field but left that venture after a year and went into the lending field as a Mortgage Broker when the Savings and Loan crises wiped out that industry.  I worked with a small full service  lender in the Denver area until I left to take care of my mother after my father passed away in 1996.

I became a licensed Mortgage Broker in Florida until I accepted a position with a legal firm, one of the Freddie Mac designated counsels in Florida.  I retired in 2001 and have lived in Florida ever since, trading the markets to keep me busy.
 
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Marilyn '68 McAdams (Oneil )
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Retired Married 4
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