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35-Year Reunion Party on October 1

Saturday, October 1, 2016 is the date for our 35 Year Reunion at the Hilton Springfield. We get the party started at 8PM in the ballroom and keep rollin’ ’til midnight. This includes two hours of open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, DJ and dancing. The Hilton Springfield will have a sweet deal for folks that want to stay the night — more about that soon. Click this to get all the details.

Remembering Jo Anne Rother

Jo Anne Rother

Jo Anne Rother

From Barbara, Jo Anne’s sister:
“Sad to report that Jo died on Sunday, November 1, 2015 of cancer. Our hearts are broken, but we know she is no longer in pain.”

Classmate Sonia Chambers Hinkley posted this news on Facebook prior to November 1:
“To all my friends and classmates from Springfield, VA, it is with a heavy heart to have to share the bad news that Jo Anne Rother, is in hospice with breast, bone, and liver cancer. She is heavily sedated for the pain and has about a week to a month more of life. Please pray for a peaceful passing for Jo Anne, and for strength, comfort, and healing for her family.”

The R.E. Lee Class of 1981 sends condolences and good thoughts to those Jo Anne left behind. She will forever remain in our memories and hearts.

Big thanks to Jeri Miller Holland for creating a Facebook tribute to Jo Anne in our Class of 1981 Facebook page and contributing the text and images for this post in our website.

Freshmen Bake Sale

Freshman Bakesale with Sandy Yawornicky, Janet Dowd, Matt Warren, Sonia Chambers Hinkley and Jo Anne Rother at Robert E. Lee High School.

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Classmate’s Mother Honored

Eleanor Porter in March 10 Washington Post - Photo: and

Eleanor Porter in March 10 Washington Post

The Washington Post published a wonderful article about female veterans honored at the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration. The article highlights one particular veteran, Lisa Porter’s mother, Eleanor. The article shares 1st Lt. Porter’s experience serving at Fort Sam Houston in 1952 and how she met, and later married, 2nd Lt. Tom Porter. The article continues about how the two have volunteered through the Amputee Coalition of America, visiting soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. You will find the article on page B3 in the Metro section of the March 10, 2012 print edition. You can click this to read the full text of the article or click here to find the image of the full page online.

Photos from the 30-Year Party!

We are expecting many more photos to begin rolling-in but for now we have our first gallery of pics ready for visitors. Click this to see our gallery of 90 photos from the 30-Year Reunion party on October 15, 2011. Big thanks to Jonathan Wallace, Jay Warren and MaryBeth Compton (and anyone else!) for running around and snapping these pics for us!

Do you have some pics you’d like to share? Click this to send us an email note and we will guide you through the process to submit all your photos.

Alumni Business News: Barton Opens New LA Boxing Gym

LA Boxing New Location

Pat Barton is opening another, new LA Boxing gym this Saturday, August 13. It’s located in Eastern Market (right next to Whole Foods Market and Pei Wei) in the Fair Lakes section of Fairfax—just a quick sprint from Fair Oaks Mall. This is the sixth gym for Pat and his partners with the Fair Lakes location joining those in Reston/Herndon, Chantilly, Woodbridge/Manassas, Orlando, Florida and Tyson’s Corner. Read the rest of this article…

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