He was born May 10, 1930, in Inman, S.C., to Brainard Sr. and Alliene
Hipp, the school principal and the English teacher.
As a schoolboy he worked as a custodian and bus driver, stoking the woodstoves early every morning before getting the bus started to pick up the other students.
He graduated from The University of South Carolina and received his
master's in education from Columbia University.
A veteran, Red fought in the Korean War and served in Washington, D.C., as a member of Eisenhower's Color Guard and Sergeant of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
While stationed in D.C., he met Lorraine Gagne, who would be the love of
his life for more than 60 years.
They settled in Westchester County, where Red taught science, coached multiple sports, and ran the AV department at John Jay High School. During the summers, Red also managed the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, Dutchess County, a position he took full time once he retired from teaching.
As a teacher, and at the camp, he was a respected and admired mentor to
multiple generations of young people.
Red was an avid gardener, and known for his beautiful tenor voice. He and his wife Lorrie were very active in local theatre. After retiring to Maine, they worked as a song and dance team, creating dozens of shows and performing all over the state.
Red also served as Post Commander for Madison, Maine, VFW Post 7865.
As a widower, he moved to Oneonta to be near family. He continued to perform with his daughter, grandsons and extended family, tended a lush and productive patio garden, and got to spend time getting to know the newest member of the family, his great-granddaughter Amelia.
He is survived by his sister Anne, sons Leon and Ken, daughter Teresa, six
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by
all who knew him.
Al Wright '59 is Reunion Chair.
Dave Schaefer - President John Jay Class of 1959
To participate in its produciton or to attend, contact Richard Munk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the '63 Fiftieth page for current information.
To learn more, register, and keep up-to-date, go to our
50th Reunion Planning website.
For upcoming details, please check our class website:
May 3, 2009
Class of 1965,
please circle this date on you calendars: July 31, 2010
This is the first class wide announcement of our 45th reunion.
March 17, 2009
A request from Gale Finlayson:
I am trying to gather anecdotes about my father as a teacher
at John Jay, to include in an expanded version of my biography of
him, for the Katonah Library's local history section.
Comments need not exceed 100 words. I will only give the first
name of the student.
Example: Margie (flute) I remember when Mr. Finlayson did thus and so
in band.... Bob (trumpet) ...
February 15, 2009
The Great John Jay Class of 1959 is tentatively holding its 50th reunion on
Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Holiday Inn, Mt. Kisco. All inquiries
should be made to Class president Dave Schaefer at
January 24, 2009
The class of 1977 are having a 50th birthday party for our class on
September 19, 2009. Please save the date! This party will be held in
Fishkill, NY and we are anticipating a great turnout!
For upcoming details, please check our class website:
Thanks, Ken -
To add your name to the list of those planning to attend, send e-mail to Doug Owen - ALbrown23@aol.com
Doug, president of the class of '68, will also answer questions about
the reunion events
or refer your request for information to someone who will respond at
For all the details, please, visit the special website set up for this event:
JJHS82.comPlease join us.
A few of us will be meeting there on Saturday, April 21.
Please join us and participate in the planning and production of this event.
Send e-mail to
or call Jan Maas at 315-783-1296.
Please contact if you are interested in attending, helping, have any other ideas, etc.
Also we need updated email addresses and mail addresses.
Write to Karla Eisen at
Write to Joan Perry at
We have located 44 of our 83 classmates and need your help. Please contact one of us if you know the whereabouts of any of our classmates. Or, if you wish, contact them so they can in get touch with us.
A letter/questionnaire will be mailed/e-mailed in the near future for your input. Please continue to check this website for further information.
Looking forward to seeing all of you,
Carol Schutte Marsland - email@example.com
Lynne McCormick Quackenbush - firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitations will go out over the summer.
In order to get the word out to as many classmates as possible, we need your help. Please tell those you know who graduated in 1964 that plans are underway for a reunion in November and ask them to contact me.
I welcome any suggestions.
Alice Huppuch Kelley
Mail to: Kelley.A@zdf.de
For our 40th, we elected officers (5 year term), started dues (voluntary $25), created a Committee of Caring Classmates to offer support to classmates facing challenges of one type or another, created a Class Communications Tree (we have located virtually all '59ers with the exception of 3. We have current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for the entire class), we have a class newsletter, and we offer an annual scholarship to a deserving John Jay senior.
Our 45th will be a low key affair with cocktails and dinner on 8/21 and a class breakfast on 8/22. There will be a PR release in the local Katonah/South Salem papers before that date.
I welcome any questions.
Dave Schaefer JJ '59
Class President/45th Reunion Chair
73 Upland Rd
Concord, MA 01742
Our high school graduating class was relatively small but we were a close and cohesive group. We have all subsequently traveled far and wide but our roots remain based in Northern Westchester.
During our 20th reunion we restored many of our links back home and at the combined multi-class reunion at Foxwoods last fall many of those links were refortified. All of the attendees that I have spoken with have remarked how wonderful it was to catch up on the lives of so many of those that meant so much to us as we were growing up.
I would like to very much encourage each and every one of you to consider taking a few days off at the end of October to join your classmates in a reunion that promises to be most enjoyable and extremely rewarding.
Yes, we have all gone separate ways but our foundations remain. Reliving past experiences and sharing life's subsequent experiences can be very powerful and rewarding in and of itself. The experience will be enhanced by and for each and every attendee. I encourage each and every one of you to join your classmates for a most memorable weekend. The experience will just not be the same without YOU. Don't deprive yourself -- or your classmates --of this "once in a lifetime" opportunity.
Most sincerely, Chip