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December 27, 2016

Brainard "Red" Gibson, a retired teacher who while in the Army served on President Eisenhower's Color Guard, died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 27, 2016, at his home in Oneonta.

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.


December 2, 2013

Plans are in the works to hold the Class of 1959 55th reunion the weekend of August 22-23, 2014. Location etc. is to be determined yet. Will keep you posted.

Al Wright '59 is Reunion Chair.

Best regards,
Dave Schaefer - President John Jay Class of 1959


October 18, 2012

The Class of 1963 is organizing its 50th reunion and is planning to probably open up to adjacent classes as well.

To participate in its produciton or to attend, contact Richard Munk: po007sot@gmail.com

Watch the '63 Fiftieth page for current information.


August 18-19, 2012

There will be a 50th reunion for the Class of 1962 and Friends. It will be August 18-19, 2012 at the McKernan Hospitality Center on the Maine Coast in South Portland.

To learn more, register, and keep up-to-date, go to our 50th Reunion Planning website.


December 26, 2010

One of the most special teachers for many classes of John Jay students has died. Mr. Henriquez taught us well, treated us kindly, came to our reunions, wrote newspaper articles about us, gave us so much - after being an outstanding teacher, turned out to be a very good friend.

August 4, 2009

The 25th reunion of the Class of '84 will be on October 24.

July 31, 2009

Today it is one year exactly until the 45th reunion of the class of 1965.

Here's more.


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.

Here's more.


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.


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
schaefer3@gis.net.

Here's more.


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:

http://JJHS77reunion.myevent.com


September 16, 2008

The class of 1978 is planning our 30th reunion for the week-end of October 4th and 5th. Please visit the web-site http://johnjayhsreunion.com for reunion details and to RSVP and buy tickets. We can't wait to see everyone in October.

May 16, 2008

Does anyone know anything about anyone planning a 25th reunion? I would love to be involved, still very close friends with Erik Migdail who I am sure would also love to be there. We are both in Ca. If you know about a 25th planning or want to start planning one let me know.

Thanks, Ken - ken.weinstock@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


March 10, 2008

The class of 1968 is planning a reunion in the Cross River/Katonah area June 27 through 29, 2008. Our 40th!!!!!

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 length.


September 25, 2007

The class of 1977 will have its 30th reunion on November 17 at the Fishkill Holiday Inn.

For all the details, please, visit the special website set up for this event:

http://JJHS77reunion.myevent.com


August 22, 2007

Due to an insufficient number of definite commitments at this time, the class of 1962's 45th reunion plans at the Arrowood Resort in Rye, NY on September 22nd & 23rd have been cancelled. Anyone who made a room reservation should call 914-939-5500, ask for reservations, and cancel your reservation. Checks that have been sent to Fred Hoerauf for the dinner will be refunded. Be thinking ahead to our 50th in 2012!

July 20, 2007

The multi-class reunion planned for September by the class of 62 is gaining momentum. Over fifty members from the classes of 1958 through 1967 have already responded. Here's more: '62 Forty-fifth July update

July 13, 2007

The class of 1982 is busy planning our 25th High School reunion for October 6th, 2007.
We have set up a website:
JJHS82.com
Please join us.

April 3, 2007

The class of 1962 will have its 45th reunion on September 22 and 23 at Arrowood Resort in Rye, NY.

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 webmaster@jjhs.org or call Jan Maas at 315-783-1296.


October 12, 2006

A group of us from the class of 1981 is hosting a reunion picnic August 4th, 2007. We would love to extend the invitation the folks from surrounding years and so far 1982 is interested.

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 Karla615@gmail.com.


July 29, 2006

There will be a Maine mini-reunion of the class of 1962 hosted by Bob and Gail Ludwig on July 29th.

Write to Joan Perry at perrystauffer@iamnow.net.


November 29, 2005

Thank you, Ellen, for sending us this Letter.

September 22, 2005

Class of 1961 45th Reunion

The JJHS Class of 1961 is planning a 45th Class Reunion. It will be held in the summer or fall of 2006.

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 - cmarsland@cox.net
and
Lynne McCormick Quackenbush - mizquax@yahoo.com


July 20, 2004

Class of 1964 40th Reunion

The Class of 1964 will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a reunion to be held on November 6 at the Memorial House in Katonah. Plans for the evening include cocktails, buffet and music with a disc jockey, much the way our 20th and 30th reunions were celebrated. We are also hoping to organize a brunch for Sunday the 7th.

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.

Many thanks,

Alice Huppuch Kelley

Mail to: Kelley.A@zdf.de


June 2, 2004

Class of 1959 45th Reunion

The Great John Jay Class of 1959 is planning a reunion to be held on August 21-22, 2004 at the Holiday Inn, Mt. Kisco. Yes this is our 45th. Five years ago we held our 40th which was extremely well attended.

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.

Best regards,
Dave Schaefer JJ '59
Class President/45th Reunion Chair

73 Upland Rd
Concord, MA 01742

978-369-8212


July 8, 2003

Thank you, Mr. Henriquez, for sending us this article.

May 7, 2003

A letter from Richard Munk

Dear Classmate:
The year 1963 was indeed a memorable one for us all and now, 40 years later the year 2003 has already started out to be equally memorable!!

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


January 27, 2003



December 10, 2002

Today Doug, Fritz, and Jock visited John Jay and met the librarian, Lauren Daponte. On behalf of the Class of '62, they presented her with a check for $1000, representing the "leftover" funds from the reunion. She was very appreciative of our "generous gift", and was looking forward to using it to purchase new books for all to enjoy. Some pictures were taken for the local newspaper. Here's one showing Jocko about to give the librarian horns.

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