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a l u m n i class notes

’71 ’76

The Class of 1971 will holds its 40-year reunion July 29-31 in San Diego, California. For more information please contact William de la Peña at


As is becoming a tradition, the Class of 1976 will be getting together on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2011). No big parties, no big expenses – just hanging out, enjoying each others’ company and catching up. For more information, visit our Facebook group page or our Yahoo group, or contact Meche Avila at or, Patty Gracia-Medrano at, Yvonne Chávez at or Bárbara Estrada at or We all hope to see you there!

• Fenia Berkowitz (’47) Carlos Sanchez-Gomez informs us of the passing away of Fenia Berkowitz, née Fenia Winer-Darzon. Mrs. Berkowitz was part of a remarkable group of six classmates from the Class of 1947 who remained friends for 73 years. • Virginia Guijarro (’47) Our loving and caring Virginia Guijarro (’47) passed away in Mexico City on November 3, 2010. She stayed in touch with and showed great interest in the school until her passing.


Ramón Ricoy invites everyone from the Class of 1981 to a 30-year reunion bash. It’s a perfect opportunity to mingle, swap stories and connect with friends from The American School. For details and to RSVP, contact Ramón at


Mónica Colín has pursued an important career in public policy research since receiving her degree in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana, specializing in border issues and the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Her publications include My Experience with the Border Patrol, and she recently teamed with three other researchers to produce the book Between the Dream and the Nightmare: The Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Border.

• Eleanor Lee Earle (’48) Eleanor Lee Earle died last December, at home from heart failure. “She leaves us to cherish lovely memories of a long-time friendship,” says Valentina Vaudrecourt Cannell (’48). • Isabel Schon (’57) Isabel Schon passed away in San Diego, California on March 9, 2011. All of her brothers and sisters also attended ASF: Carlos (’57), Gloria (’61), Linda (’68), Enrique (’71), Benito (’72) and Patricia (’74).

’86 ’90

The class of 1986 will be holding its 25-year reunion. For details, contact José Ángel Gutiérrez Katze at

When former ASF varsity football coach Al Everest stood on the sidelines at the last Super Bowl as the special teams coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, all members of the ASF community were rooting for him (even Packers fans!). Among them was Ralph W. Mickle (’90), who made the following observations after the daily newspaper Reforma ran an interview with Coach Everest: “I had the honor of playing for The American School in the 1980s, when many of Coach Everest’s traditions were still maintained. My father, Coach Bill Mickle, who had been a colleague of Coach Everest, followed him as head coach. We former students are very proud of Coach Everest. 1-2-3 Bears!”

• Christopher Trumbo (’58) Christopher Trumbo passed away in Ojai, California, on January 8, 2011. His family arrived in Mexico City in December of 1951, and included his father, Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, one of the “Hollywood Ten,” whose later credits included “Exodus,” “Spartacus” and “The Brave One” (filmed in Mexico and which won the elder Trumbo two Academy Awards). Returning to California after two and a half years in Mexico, Christopher eventually graduated from Columbia College. He too became a screenwriter, with credits including “Ishi,” “Ironside” and “Brannigan.” His play “Trumbo,” was based on his father’s letters, and he also made a documentary, “Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted.” During his years at The American School, Chris’s friends included Don Street (’58), Don Seifert (’58), Crawford Kilian (’58) and Linda Oppen (’58). He played the trumpet in Mr. Beattie’s AHS band, along with Mike Butler (’57) and John Christian (’58).


The class of 1991 is planning a 2.0 class reunion in Mexico City in July 2011 and in Las Vegas in September 2011. For further information please contact Nabeeha Kazi at or visit our Facebook page.


Roberto Keoseyan has just published a book called Insomnio Lomas (under the pen name Damir Keoseyan), consisting of eight short stories in which he describes different atmospheres and characters who travel through life with no incentive, settling for the superficial and materialistic.


• Lorraine de la Riva (’64) Lorraine de la Riva has passed away from cancer. Thoughts, memories and condolences for Lorraine can be sent to her friend Adriana Sordo (’65), who will deliver them to Lorraine’s son Mauricio. Adriana’s e-mail is

ASF alumni aged 60 and over, regardless of class year, are invited to a special reunion. Some info:

• Judy Mumby (’66) Judy Mumby (Quereau) has passed away after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. “I was holding her hand when she took her last breath,” says husband Charles. “Both daughters Kimberly and Alison had said their goodbyes a few minutes earlier. She will be greatly missed.” Nena Wiley (’65) informs that notes of condolence and memories can be sent to Charles at

Where: The Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas When: October 28 through October 30, 2011 Why: Why not? We’re not getting any younger! Our amigos and amigas will help us remember the glory days.

• Geraldine Weinblatt Pine Geraldine Weinblatt Pine, who taught English and literature at ASF during the early 60s, died December 29, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in Newark, New Jersey on January 7, 1934, Geraldine graduated from Indiana University and had a long and successful career as a teacher, in Mexico and Atlanta. Remembers Juanita Garciagodoy (’70): “Miss Weinblatt challenged us academically, taught us a huge amount of valuable material and won our hearts. What a great experience it was to come under her influence, still in elementary school. What huge growth she caused and inspired, academically, socially and personally. How I wish I had found where she was before she died, to thank her for her influence, to express my admiration for her power, her sense of humor, her intelligence, her capacity to tame the little hellions we were. May she rest in peace, as they say. May she have sensed what good she did us back in 1964.”

What: On Friday evening, October 28, a reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. On Saturday, a visit to the Alamo, the historic Menger Hotel, a river cruise and shopping at La Villita. On Saturday evening, a reception, cash bar, buffet dinner, open mike session, humorous anecdotes, Mexican pachanga, door prizes, music and dancing. On Sunday, a Dutch treat breakfast and a bus trip to Boerne for a special dinner at the award-winning Little Gretel restaurant, owned by Jimmy Mazal (’60) and his chef wife Denise. On Monday, breakfast in the hotel, a happy Halloween and a safe trip home. For inquiries and price information, contact Corky Cave (’60) at +1 (757) 620-2417 (cell) or, or Al Boyers (’60) at +1 (919) 787 0045 (home phone) or


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