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Smoke Signals Vol. XXVII, No. 2

Sequoia High School Alumni Association

including the alumni of San Carlos High School

Winter 2013

THE SIGN AT INSPIRATION GROVE

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his fabulous sign marking the entrance to Inspiration Grove on the Sequoia campus was carved by our own John Castro (1960). (See John and the sign above.) John, in one of his careers, had a sign-making business; he offered to create and carve this sign for the grove. John is also

chair of the Tea Garden Maintenance Committee and the Sequoyah Statue Committee. Inspiration Grove is a stand of redwoods outside the Business wing of Sequoia, near the student parking lot, established to honor those who have had a positive and lasting influence on your life that you would like to thank for their inspiration and encouragement. For that honor, you may purchase bricks, trees with plaque, or engraved benches. (See special form for brick, tree, and bench donations elsewhere in this issue.)

Remember to save August 16, 2014 for the Annual Alumni Picnic!


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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SEQUOYAH STATUE FUNDRAISING EFFORT A SUCCESS

am excited and delighted to report that the fundraising campaign to create a statue of Cherokee icon and scholar, Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee writing system known as a syllabary, has been successful and is now concluded. Thank you donors and supporters for your faith in this worthwhile project. For Sequoians, Sequoyah, is a symbol of learning, wisdom, perseverance and self-reliance. The statue along with a descriptive plaque will be a visible reminder “SEQUOYAH THE GIFT” AT NORTHof these attributes EASTERN STATE UNIVERSITY for Sequoia High School students to emulate. Sequoia, is the Latin derivative of Sequoyah. In 1847, Austrian Botanist Stephen Endlicher named the great redwood tree in his honor. Please see our website for more information about Sequoyah at http:// www.sequoiahsalumniassoc.org/about/sequoyah.php. As of this writing, we are in the process of finalizing the contract with sculptor, Daniel HorseChief, whose proposals we accepted over a year ago to create a minimum 3- to 4-foot bronze statue, size depending on the amount of funds raised, with the possibility of a larger size if sufficient funds would have been be collected. Having collected $17,420 we have sufficient funds to move forward with a 3-foot statue. The statue will sit on a pedestal of sufficient height to achieve maximum viewing and appreciation of the artwork. The cost of the statue is $14,000. Additional costs included with the

project are shipping, installation, a suitable and complimentary pedestal and descriptive plaques. The cost of a 4-foot statue Large Statue $25,000 would have been $25,000 along with the aforementioned additional $20,000 costs. The project including completion by the foundry $16,000 is estimated to Small Statue take five to six $14,000 months to com$12,000 plete. The statue that will be created $8,000 is entitled “Sequoyah, The Gift”. It will be a smaller $4,000 scale near replica version of a piece created by Daniel HorseChief for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Daniel HorseChief resides in Oklahoma and the bronze casting will be done by a foundry located in Oklahoma. To learn more about the artist see the website http://www.allthingscherokee. com/art_horsechief_daniel.html. I look forward to updating you on the project in the next edition of Smoke Signals. Stay tuned. In the Spirit of Sequoia, Ken Rolandelli, President Sequoia High School Alumni Association

REMEMBER THE ANNUAL APPEAL TO SUPPORT SHSAA! Help with Cherokee Grants, Scholarships, Smoke Signals Production, Website, Storage, Awards, etc. (See p. 17)


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Spirit of the Seal Scholarship Award Winners for 2013

The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of its “Spirit of the Seal” scholarship in the amounts of $1,000 and $1,500 respectively to Tania Avila and Andrea Vidal. This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more graduating Sequoia High School senior students to assist them with their academic pursuits. Tania Avila is the first in her family to receive a high school diploma. She is attending Canada College and will transfer to medical school to eventually become a healthcare professional specializing in nursing  pediatrics, mid-wife and doula services. Andrea Vidal was elected secretary of Associated Student Body. As a junior she became co-captain of the water polo team. She was year book editor for 20102011, participated in the International Baccalaureate program, has a ‘black belt’ in karate and as a junior she  created a new school spirit day calling it ‘Purple Reign’. Andrea is attending Boston University majoring in International Relations. Adopted by the 1925 – 1926 student body commissioners, the Sequoia Seal symbolizes the spirit of Sequoia. It is in the “Spirit of the Seal” that this scholarship is both offered and awarded. A committee consist-

ing of 3 to 5 people, headed by Spirit of the Seal Scholarship chair, Paul Sanfilipo, having received a written letter of application from the student/s, written recommendations from teachers, administrators, community leaders, etc., and having reviewed established criteria, makes a recommendation to the Sequoia High School Alumni Association Board of Directors as to who should be awarded the scholarship.  The “Spirit of the Seal” scholarship is paid after the student graduates from Sequoia High School. Scholarship funds are paid directly to an accredited school of higher learning of the student’s choice.  See the returnable page near the end of this newsletter should you wish to make a donation to the “Spirit of the Seal” Scholarship Endowment Fund or see the Century Club article elsewhere in this newsletter for an ongoing donation opportunity.

Smoke Signals

Inside this issue...

New Sequoia Merchandise! See page 23

Alumni in the News ..................................................... 16

P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064 Alumni Board of Directors: Ken Rolandelli (‘63) - President Leah Schmuck (‘54) - Vice President Nancy Lebkicher Oliver (‘57) - Recording Secretary Sally Coelho Newman (‘56) - Treasurer Pat Schath Bernard (‘44) - Administrative Secretary Ed Nordness (‘51), Carolyn Abbott Livengood (‘52), Marian Aragon Wydo (‘64), Rosemary Filippi Fischer (‘67)

Annual Picnic ............................................................... 12

Smoke Signals, the publication for alumni of Sequoia and San Carlos high schools, is published by the Sequoia High School Alumni Association. It is mailed to every member of the Alumni Association and distributed to reunions and friends of Sequoia High School, Redwood City.

Legacy Society ............................................................... 9

Reach us by US Mail, by phone at 650/592-5822, by e-mail at sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net or online at www.SequoiaHSAlumniAssoc.org POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Smoke Signals, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064 © 2013 Sequoia High School Alumni Association, All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.

Calendar .......................................................................... 8 Century Club . ................................................................. 6 Cherokee Chatter .......................................................... 21 Donations ....................................................................... 5 Dons’ Doings ................................................................. 10 In Memoriam . .......................................................14 & 15 Lost Members ............................................................... 17 New Members .............................................................. 17 Membership Application ............................................. 23 Merchandise ................................................................. 23 President’s Message . .................................................... 2 Reunions ........................................................................ 4 Spotlight on Sequoia ..................................................... 7 ‘The Returnable Page’ . ................................................ 22


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Reunions

Reunion chairmen: Please contact our Reunion Liaison, Pat Bernard, if you’re planning a reunion for your class: (650) 366-1457 or e-mail <sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net> or mail to: Sequoia Reunions, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534.

CLASS

DATE

PLACE

CONTACT

SEQUOIA HIGH SCHOOL 1959 - 55th Aug. 16 Sequoia Alumni Picnic 4 pm - Club Fox cocktails, dinner & dancing

Steve Chell seachells@mcn.org Bill Hoolhorst bill@batnet.com details at www.sequoia59.com

1984 - 30th June Event being planned, Sheraton, Pleasanton

John Depasquale, 925-858-4053, jondepasquale@gmail.com Ted Ressler, theoressler@gmail.com

Attention all “Golden Grad” (50 years plus) reunion chairs: Could you arrange to have the 50-year pins and disks at your next reunion? Just contact SHSAA to make arrangements! •••

Reunion Chairs & Committee Members Sequoia’s National Champion Cheer Team is able, eager, and ready to perform their routines for Sequoia reunions. This is a great opportunity to provide memories that everyone can enjoy. To make arrangements, contact Cheer Team Coach Stacy Morell by e-mail at seqcheer@yahoo. com, or cell phone (650) 333-7304. Find their website at: https://sites.google.com/site/sequoiacheerteam/home

DONORS OF MEMORABILIA

OUR WONDERFUL PICNIC DONORS

Many thanks to the following donors for interesting memorabilia about Sequoia. Often these items are used in various displays.

A BIG THANK YOU is in order to the people and businesses who sponsored or donated items and funds to make our picnic, raffle, and silent auction a huge success!

• Wendy McFarland donated items from the 1940’s that belonged to her mother, Barbara Klein (1945)--a photo of Barbara with three other friends at Sequoia; a sports poster; a picture of students from San Carlos; booklets, “The Cherokee Manual” and “Songs and Yells of Sequoia”; a 1945 Sequoia block; and a Senior Memory Book from 1945. • Leslie Okamura (1977) gave a music CD of the Ed Harris years (1972-1976). • Sakaye Okamura (1950) donated a “Go Cherokees” felt pennant.

Recology Peninsual Services

If you come across any Sequoia memorabilia to donate, please contact SHSAA.

(Sponsor) First National Bank of Northern California (Sponsor)

Carolyn

Abbott

Livengood

(1952) Laurn Grys Lockwood

Pat Schath Bernard (1944)

Mancave Memorabilia

Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria

ManCave Memorabilia

Costco Wholesale

Mistral Restaurant & Bar

Dragon Theatre

Cheryl West Monroe (1963)

Electronic Arts

Music at Kohl Mansion

Every Woman Health Club

Nancy Lebkicher Oliver (1957)

Rosemary Filippi Fischer (1967)

Peninsula Ballet Theatre

The Fish Market

San Francisco Bay Bombers

Golden Gate Better Business

San Mateo County Parks Foundtion

- Fifth Quarter Pizza

San Mateo Credit Union

- Albayk Restaurant

Caroline

- Depot Cafe

Cameron

Scutero

(1957)

Golden State Warriors

Sequoia Federal Credit Union

Guittard Chocolate Company

Sequoia High School Alumni

Hillbarn Theatre

Sequoia Class of 1990

Darlene Keith (1957)

Rosemary Lopez Alvarez (1965)

Bureau:

W W W. FA B G R A P H I C S. C O M

K&L Wine Merchants

Assn.

Hiller Aviation Museum

Stack’s restaurant

Hobee’s California Restaurants

Whole Foods

Jewelry Center

Marian Aragon Wydo (1964)

We also thank Emergency BBQ, Hayward Audio, and Dragonfly Graphic Design for helping to make the event so memorable!


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Donations June 7 - November 18, 2013

2012-13 ANNUAL FUND

Tudor Bogart...........................................1943 Robert Brown...........................................1947 In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 David Barlow............................................1963 Carole Rossi Giannario..............................1954 David Barlow............................................1963

GENERAL FUND

Tudor Bogart...........................................1943 Janet Padley Bonner.................................1943 James Parker...........................................1944 David Breithaupt.......................................1948 In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 Wilma Zita Velez.......................................1954 Allan Solheim...........................................1959 Timothy Burkhard.....................................1972

CHEROKEE GRANTS

Tudor Bogart...........................................1943 In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 Dee & Rich Eva........................................1961 Cherril Bernard Landwehr..........................1969

SMOKE SIGNALS PUBLICATION FUND

Tudor Bogart...........................................1943 James Parker...........................................1944 In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 Steven Harrington....................................1968 David Harrington......................................1972 Robert Kirchgatter, former falculty

Smoke Signals JAPANESE TEA GARDEN

Helen Perry Owsley..................................1935 Tudor Bogart...........................................1943 Janet Padley Bonner.................................1943 In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 In memory of David Sausedo........................................1957 --Ron Ipsen..............................................1956

SPIRIT OF THE SEAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 Robert Kirchgatter, former falculty

THE TOM DEL SARTO BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Bob Gaughran..........................................1953 In memory of Susie McMullen.......................................friend --Lovey Del Sarto.....................................1953

THE FRED MITCHELL MEMORIAL MEN’S BASKETBALL FUND

In Memory of Jocelyn Miles Tuthill.................................1956 --Susan Funcher Mitchell...........................1956 --Sally Coelho Newman.............................1956 Robert Kirchgatter, former falculty

SEQUOYAH STATUE FUND

Tudor Bobart...........................................1943 Alan Rehbock...........................................1944 Marie Micali Amaya...................................1945 Alan Bygnes.............................................1946 & Gloria Rieman Bygnes...........................1948 Richard & Donna Cesarin..........................1948 Jeanne Rego Watts...................................1948 In Memory of Patty Christensen Wirth............................1946 --Richard Farrar.......................................1949 Jerry Drever.............................................1950

Page 5 Eleanor H. Killen.......................................1950 Wilma Zito Velez.......................................1954 Sandi Harris Adair....................................1955 Judy Ayers Figone....................................1957 Willard & Ann Fine.....................................1957 James T. Harper.......................................1957 Allen Secrest...........................................1957 Donald Lange ....................................... FS ‘57 Sherryl Hopkins Wothke............................1957 Tony Fadelli..............................................1957 & Dale Lawless Fadelli.............................1958 Reeve Williams.........................................1960 Dana Terremere Ascoles...........................1962 Ken Rolandelli..........................................1963 Cheryl West Monroe.................................1963 James Rapoza.........................................1963 Diane Galonska Wilson..............................1965 In Memory of Bill Royer.............................1938 --Ed Nordness.........................................1952 & Jeanne Nordness.................................1953 --Dennis Royer.........................................1961 --William Royer.........................................1967 --Gasparini-Beals Foundation Cindy Adamson........................................1961 Richard Schlenker....................................1962 David Barlow............................................1963 Ann Terremere Nelson..............................1963 James Wilson...........................................1965 In Memory of Bob Andersen, Fred Mitchell, Ivan Allian, John Mirande and Jack Waldvogle --Ray & Laurie Ryan Balzarini....................1968 Cherril Bernard Landwehr..........................1969 K. Sandra Anderson,............... Friend of Sequoia William Ervin.......................... Friend of Sequoia City of Redwood City, Cultural Commission......... ............................................ Friend of Sequoia Robert Kirchgatter...................... Former Faculty Barbara Sposito Tyson............ Friend of Sequoia Anonymous donation made at Sequoia Annual Picnic

CAN YOU HELP?

SHSAA MEMBERS.....Please give us a hand. We ask about an hour or two of your time! We can use more help in several areas.

• Annual Picnic: Setting up (8:30 am) and taking down (3 pm) at the picnic. Our wonderful football team helps set up tables. Help is needed to attach tablecloths, set up the raffle table and the merchandise booth. The more people helping, the faster we can finish! • Helping with our booth at Sequoia’s International Festival (weekend in May) Setting up (8 am); taking down (6 pm); or Staffing booth during the day for a 2-hour shift. • Managing our Facebook Page - we post events, etc. during the year, but we do not have wall postings, etc. • Serving as Board Member: the board meets once a month (except December) to plan the various activities of the Association. (There is currently one vacancy waiting for you to fill as a volunteer!) Each term is for two years. You are also welcome to join any of our committees working on picnic planning , choosing Cherokee Grant recipients, merchandise planning and sales, Tea Garden cleanup work parties, Smoke Signals content, etc. Just let us know what you would like to do! Contact SHSAA: 650-592-5822, or e-mail sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net, or write to P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534 (see the Returnable Page).


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CENTURY CLUB CHARTER MEMBERS

The Sequoia High School Alumni Century Club is comprised of business, community, and alumni members who donate a minimum of $100 each year to help fund scholarships. All who joined by June 30, 2006 are Charter Members. Renewal letters have been sent.

Platinum ($10,000)

Lifetime membership Joe & Virginia Davies Biddle

Gold ($5,000)

15-year membership Ellen Stok, C

Bronze ($1,000)

5-year membership Bob & Wally Arends Chrystal Kerstan Goss, C Gordon & Betty Moore

Sustaining ($100)

Pat Bernard* Malcolm “Meb” and Jean Buchanan, C* Jack & Susanne Chapman Campbell, C* Richard and Donna Plumley Cesarin, C* Richard and Dee Rowan Eva C* Jeffrey Filippi, C* Gary Franson * Jan Harris Hillegass, C* Patricia Small Horn* James & Eleanor Killen* Pat Jeffery Kesterson* Howard and Patricia Macway, C* Steven Mandell*

Marjorie Stewart Miller* Yvonne Loustau Mootz, C* Lyden & Charlotte Olstead* James Parker* Gary Reinecke, C* Ken Rolandelli, C* Glenn A. Stewart * Curt Talbott, C* Donald T. Terry, C* Bob Weeks* Richard & Carole Francis Williams, C* C = Charter Member, * 2010-2011 renewal (We apologize to any new members whose contributions reached us after publication)

Donate to Sequoia High School Alumni Century Club

[FRANK--use Century Club Logo here--maybe smaller. Also place the form near or opposite the Century Club list (see other article).]

Donate to Sequoia High School Alumni Century Club For more information, please contact Paul Sanfilipo, scholarship chairman and Century Club founder, at 961 Woodside Road, Suite D, Redwood City, CA 94061-3644, or phone (650) 3652144 or (650) 366-5171. Fax: (650) 365-3481 e-mail: AmericanCoast@msn.com Name _________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________ City _____________________________ State______ ZIP _____________________ Phone: _______________________ E-Mail: ________________________________ ( ) $100 yearly SUSTAINING Member ( ) $1,000 BRONZE 5-year Member ( ) $250 yearly PATRON Member ( ) $2,500 SILVER 10-year Member ( ) $500 yearly ELITE Member ( ) $5,000 GOLD 15-year Member ( ) $10,000 PLATINUM Lifetime Member Please make checks payable to: Sequoia High School Alumni CENTURY CLUB, and mail to same: c/o Paul Sanfilipo--Scholarship Chairman/ Century Club Founder 961 Woodside Rd., Suite D, Redwood City, CA 94061-3644 The Sequoia High School Alumni Assn. is a 100 % tax deductible, 501(c)(3) non-profit association (Scholarship funds awarded through the S.H.S.A.A. “Spirit of the Seal” Scholarship Program.)


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Spotlight On Sequoia Congratulations to the following students for becoming National Merit Semifinalists; Daniel Bishop, Neil Chan, Dylan Roof, and Ellen Singer! ••• Boosters: So far this year, Boosters funded $1,521.82 for Training Equipment; $1,164 for Girls Tennis; $$4,215 for Girls Soccer; and $1,400 for Girls Golf (first girls golf team in Sequoia History). ••• German Visitors: 16 students from Sequoia’s sister school in Germany stayed with host families and attended classes for a week. The highlights of their visit were sightseeing in San Francisco, attending a Sequoia football game, and carving pumpkins at a beach party. Their biggest surprise: how much homework American students have! ••• Redwood City Education Foundation-- Oktoberfest Run. Between Cross Country, Leadership, Key Club, and SHS staff, Sequoia staffed two aid stations, the food and drink tables, and the awards table, stuffed all the runner goody bags (thanks Leadership!), and filled many course Marshall spots, keeping our runners safe. They also found time to run the Kolor Run. ••• The Sequoia Boosters have several events you might like to support: 1) The 5th Annual Crab Dinner on Mar. 8, At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; doors open at 6 pm for cocktails and auction, with dinner at 7 pm. Donate items for the raffle and auction or reserve your tickets at https://sites. google.com/site/sequoiaboosterclub/crab-dinner-kc. 2) The Sequoia Stampede 5K run, Sat., Apr. 26 at Sequoia. This fun-filled community event lets families, neighbors, friends, students, athletes, and businesses help support Sequoia’s athletic programs. More information and registration is at https://sites.google.com/site/ sequoiaboosterclub/stampede-run. You can find out about all Booster events are at https:// sites.google.com/site/sequoiaboosterclub/home/boosters-events-calendar. ••• Sequoia robotics Team 4475 hosted a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Tournament in November. Sixteen teams from around the Bay Area competed to earn the Redwood City trophy. ••• At the benefit breakfast for InnVision Shelter Network several prominent speakers talked about the importance of helping combat homelessness. Sabrina Villanueva

Avalos, a 15-year-old junior at Sequoia, shared her own experience of being homeless in her sophomore year when her single mother developed health problems, lost her job, and the family was evicted. The family was helped by InnVision Shelter Network’s Redwood Family House and now live in a house in Redwood City. The shelter director learned that Sabrina loved to write and was part of the school newspaper; Sabrina was invited to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference in Europe, and the director offered to sponsor her and her mother. (The Global Conference is the next level from the National Young Leaders Conference that Sabrina was able to attend in Washington, D. C. last summer, also due to the generosity of another InnVision Shelter Network donor.) ---from a column written by San Mateo County Times columnist Carolyn Abbott Livengood (Sequoia Class of 1952), which appeared online on November 1. ••• The Sequoia Happiness Club was created in early 2013 for the purpose of making Sequoia students happier. We put on events to pleasantly surprise students and reinforce the idea that there are kind people in the world. In spring, the Sequoia Happiness Club gave food and motivation to seniors before IB testing, and gave away a three-foot stuffed dog and treats on finals week to all students. This year’s plans include a bubble blowing station during spirit week, organizing trick-or-treating on Halloween, and a weekly Happy Fact of the day, as well as many more fun and exciting events. Our first happy fact was “A group of pugs is called a grumble =).” We also seek to benefit the community with a planned clothing drive as well as group donations to Kiva—a micro lending organization that benefits aspiring small business owners in developing companies. The Happiness Club currently relies on school announcements,vibrant posters and personal communication to promote our events and ideas. We hope that more people will be able to hear about us in the coming year and that we may increase our sphere of happiness. To contact the Happiness Club for any ideas or additional information, or to donate to the club, email Eric Bittner at eric@btitnerfamily.net

See “Sequoia Performs” on page 9


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SEQUOIA VETERANS MEMORIAL NEWS: Norman Vance, Sequoia student,casualty in W.W.II

by Dee Eva The Journal of Local History, Volume 5, No. 2, Fall try.   The article also listed twenty-eight Sequoians who 2013, published by the Archives Committee of the Red- had been killed in action, nine who were missing in action wood City Public Library, recently published an article “Re- and ten were prisoners of war. Vance was listed as among those missing in action member Norman Vance?” written by Jim Clifford. Norman Vance had been considered for inclusion on along with Carroll Harris, Jimmy Austin, Nesbitt the Sequoia Veterans Memorial but I could not prove that Pierce, Ben Gallegos, Anthony Nunes, James Sishe had ever attended Sequoia. I checked school records ney, George Hildebrandt, Walter VanderKamp and and graduation programs but was never able to docu- Fred Thom. The names of Vance, Austin, Hildebrandt, ment that he was a Sequoia student. At the time, many VanderKamp and Thom are not engraved on the Sequoia students left Sequoia prior to graduation to join the war Veterans Memorial. In addition, the article states that effort; therefore, they don’t show up on graduation lists Peter Virseo, and Howard Davis, were killed in action. They are not listed on the Sequoia Veteran Memorial eiand programs. It now appears that Vance did attend Sequoia, as evi- ther. When the memorial was being created none of these denced by a small newspaper article in the San Mateo names surfaced, except that of Norman Vance. His name Times dated December, 1937, that said Vance was a showed up on a couple of military websites, but I could not member of The Forum, a band from Sequoia that played connect him to Sequoia. at a Christmas dance at the Church of the Good Shepherd Now it appears that these names should be engraved in Belmont. Vance was again mentioned in the San Mateo on the Sequoia Veterans Memorial. If you have any recolCounty Times in June of 1944 when the War Department lection of any of these men as Sequoia students, please reported he was missing in action and that he was a grad- contact me so that I can confirm that they should be included on the memorial. If you wish to contribute to the uate of Belmont School and Sequoia High School. Vance, a Seaman First Class in the Navy Reserve, was cost of engraving the memorial with these names, please presumed killed on April 18, 1944 when his ship sank off send your donation to the SHSAA and note that the funds are for “engraving the SVM”. Iwo Jima, probably in an air attack.  Questions or comments? Please contact Dee Eva, Jim Clifford found a San Mateo Times article dated December 8, 1944, which states that there were 1,659 1021 Arlington Road, Redwood City, CA 94062 or by Sequoia students listed to be in the service of their coun- email at dee@deeeva.com.

Calendar

Check with our web site for updates: www.SequoiaHSAlumniAssoc.org December 2013 4 - Choir and Orchestra Concert *** 5 - Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert *** No SHSAA Board meeting. January 2014 28 - SHSAA Board Meeting * February 21, 22 & 23 - Winter Comedy “Arsenic & Old Lace” *** 25 - SHSAA Board Meeting * March 8 - Booster’s Crab Feed (see Spotlight on Sequoia) 25 - Bands & Jazz Ensemble Concert *** 26 - Choir & Orchestra Concert *** 25 - SHSAA Board Meeting * April 13 - Annual Sequoia Stampede (Race)

22 - SHSAA Board Meeting * 25 & 26 - “Dance 2014” Show, 7:30 pm *** 26 - Annual Sequoia Stampede (see Spotlight on Sequoia) May 2, 3, & 4 - Spring Drama “6 Rms Riv. Vu” *** 21 - “Pops” Concert/ VPAwards *** 27 - SHSAA Board Meeting * June 24 - SHSAA Board Meeting * July 4 - Fourth of July Booth at RC Festival 22 - SHSAA Board Meeting * August 16 - ANNUAL ALUMNI PICNIC at Sequoia 16 - Reunion: Class of 1959 ** 26 - SHSAA Board Meeting *

* Sequoia High School Alumni Association meetings are held on the fourth Tues. of each month (except July and December) at the Sequoia High School’s AVP Conference Room 3, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City, at 5:00 PM. (July meeting place to be announced; no meeting in December.) All SHSAA members are welcome to attend. (Always double check with SHSAA beforehand, (650) 592-5822, or e-mail: sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net , as changes sometimes occur.) ** See details, REUNIONS, p. 4 *** See details, SEQUOIA PERFORMS, p. 9


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SEQUOIA PERFORMS!

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS AT SEQUOIA Come visit a performance during 2013-14! Unless otherwise noted, all concerts and Fri/Sat theater productions start at 7 pm. All Sunday theater matinees start at 3 pm. All performances are in Carrington Hall on the SHS campus (unless otherwise noted) 2014:

• Winter Comedy: “Arsenic & Old Lace” Fri., Feb. 21; Sat. Fe. 22; & Sun. Feb. 23 • Spring Music Concerts Tuesday, March 25 = Bands and Jazz Ensemble Wednesday, March 26th = Choir and Orchestra • “Dance 2014” Show 7:30 pm Fri. April 25; and Sat. , Feb. 26 • Spring Drama: “6 Rms Riv Vu” Fri., May 2; Sat., May 3; and Sun., May 4 • International Baccalaureate Art Show: TBA • “Pops” Concert and Visual and Performing Arts Awards Wednesday, May 21

Music Concert tickets = $5; Theater tickets = $10 students/seniors and $15 adults. Tickets: Available at the door, or contact Linda Gordon at lgordon@seq.org, or online tickets for Drama and Dance productions may be purchased at www. showtix4u.com. Questions? Contact Taylor White at twhite@seq.org

A BIT OF HISTORY... SEQUOIA’S FIRST CAMPUS, 1895 This postcard, mailed in 1910, shows the Redwood City Grammar School, opened in 1895 and located on Broadway, across from the county courthouse. The first two floors housed over 300 elementary school students, and Sequoia High School students occupied the third floor, until a separate high school building was finished in 1904, one block away. The Grammar School building was torn down in 1927, and the Fox Theater now stands in its place. Source: Bits of History, found at the Redwood City Public Library listing: http://bitsofhistory.plsinfo.org/ .

---from Redwood City-Woodside Patch, 6/9/13

Sequoia Legacy Society – Estate Planning – How Planned Giving Benefits You The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is committed to preserving the rich heritage and academic excellence at Sequoia High School that has become its hallmark since 1895. To accomplish these goals requires considerable volunteer support and ongoing funding. To illustrate ways you can participate in maintaining this legacy, we have listed the following estate planning opportunities: • Gifts of Cash/ Stocks/ Bonds - Securities owned more than one year that have appreciated in value avoid capital gains tax on those assets when gifted to SHSAA. • Wills and Bequests - Gifts given through your will or revocable living trust can be given to the SHSAA as a percentage, specific amount or residual of your estate. • Retirement Plan Assets - SHSAA can be the beneficiary for all or a percentage of the assets. • Charitable Gift Annuity - When an annuity is established with a gift of cash or property, you receive a tax deduction the first year and a portion tax-free of each annuity payment. • Real Estate Gift - Real estate that has appreciated in value and is subject to capital gains taxes is an excellent asset to use as a charitable donation and can be designated as an outright gift. • Life Insurance Gifts - Designating SHSAA as the owner and beneficiary to a new or existing life insurance policy with the premiums paid by the donor are tax deductible. We suggest you consult your CPA, attorney or financial planner when considering estate planning. SHSAA is not staffed to provide legal or tax advice. Planned gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Taxpayer ID # 94-2967009). The SHSAA Board of Directors appreciates your consideration and thoughtfulness in this matter. You may reach us by phone at (650) 592-5822, by email at sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net or by mail to SHSAA at P. O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534.


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Dons’ Doings

Current information about fellow San Carlos High alumni. (To contribute your news to this column, please see the Returnable Page, inside back cover, or e-mail: sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net.)

New Plaque Installed

On June 23, a special plaque commemorating the existence of San Carlos High School was installed on the former site of SCHS. The honorable Robert Grassilli, Mayor of San Carlos spoke. The Class of 1962, the school’s first graduating class, planned and paid for the plaque, which was embedded in a large boulder.

Carol Luchessi Chiovare (SCHS 1962) hold microphone for Mrs. Delp Johnson, the widow of the architect of SCHS.  Two of their three children are by her side.

NEW MEMBER

No new San Carlos High members have joined since June. If you know other San Carlos grads, let them know about SHSAA!

IN MEMORIAM

Ed Donahue (SC-1963) a computer industry manager and lay minister who was instrumental in founding a faith-based homeless shelter, the “Gathering Inn”, in Placer County. He was a programmer in the U. S. Air Force in the 1960s, then spent most of his career as a manager for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and led a team of engineers who built one of the first modems for Motorola. He earned a management degree form Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont. He worked for the last 16 years in Placer County for Oracle Corp. He devoted himself to helping others in the community.

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Jeffery Roy Jones (SC-1972), of Orem, UT, received his MBA in Ac-

Three members of the Johnson family flank the newly-dedicated SCHS plaque and holds a set of architectural plans for the school.   In the hardhat is Kevin Wirth (SCHS 1968) who helped organize the event.

Faculty portrait, L to R:  Carol Herzberg, Orrin Cross, Harriet Silver, Hal Urban, Pete Cocconi, Don Richardson, Merle Fruehling, and Virginia O’Hagan Herbert.  Cross and Richardson are among the 10 staff members who both opened and closed the school.  Silver and O’Hagan were there for the opening, but retired before it closed.  Fruehling went on to become District Superintendent. counting from Westminster College. He had MS for 19 years but remained a warm, upbeat person with an uncanny memory for details of events, even to the clothes peo- p l e were wearing at the time.

REUNIONS

No SCHS reunion information has come in as of press time. If you are planning a reunion, please send your information to SHSAA, at sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net or phone 650-592-5822. Give the class, date, place, and contact information.


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THE PURPLE PATRIOT AWARDS

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The Sequoia High School Alumni Association’s Purple Patriot Award is given annually to honor an individual or an organization demonstrating outstanding service to or providing a significant benefit directly to Sequoia High School. The recipients names have been engraved on the perpetual Purple Patriot Trophy that is displayed during the year in the hall case near the library. efficiency and dependSHOKO BARNES ability, and her vision Since 2008, Shoko and leadership for a betBarnes has made a difter Sequoia. She is a ference at Sequoia High true Purple Patriot. School, when she became active in the ParMIKE FABEL ent-Teacher-Student AsMike Fabel is a Sesociation. She reinforced quoia alumnus from the the PTSA’s welcoming Class of 1972. When and inclusive attitude in Sequoia’s Electronic Arts order to increase particiAcademy began looking pation and ensure that for community mentors, no one felt left out. She Mike had just contacted served in various roles Sequoia to find out if on different committees, Lockheed Martin Coralways willing to help Mike Fabel (l) and Shoko Barnes (r) receive the Purple Patriot Award. poration could provide where needed. As Presiresources to students. dent of the PTSA for the last two years, Shoko has given Two months later, a group of eight Information Technology outstanding service and provided significant benefits to professionals, along with several other volunteer mentors, the Sequoia community. had their first meeting with their student mentees. Mike Shoko improved communication to parents and stu- has been an integral part of the Electronic Arts Academy dents at Sequoia by personally overhauling the PTSA Mentor Program for the last 10 years. website and had committee chairs upgrade their how-to Over the past few years, the Academy has frequently binders. She revamped the Sentinel newsletter from a exceeded the number of mentors needed to support the printed & mailed version to an online newsletter mailed students. Participants include Oracle, Electronic Arts, each Monday, keeping the school community informed Google, Yahoo, Redwood City Fire and Police departabout important events, meetings, and deadlines. The ments, the armed forces, parents, and other members of PTSA now works more closely with other school parent the community. groups. The program includes monthly meetings with students Shoko rallies the troops for every volunteer need. She at Sequoia, various mentoring activities (including an ancreates online fundraisers, sets up web pages and pro- nual Christmas-present-wrapping with the Redwood City motes events. At those events, she has a smile an her Fire Department, an annual Career Fair, Job Shadow face and a sponge or ice cream scoop in her hand. For Days, and a special ceremony at the end of each school Safe-and-Sober Graduation, she organized and participat- year. Many of the students continue to maintain contact ed in car washes, football concessions, and other fund- with their mentors, and more importantly, the mentors enraisers. joy the feeling of “giving back” and helping students gain Shoko also created a parent guide to the International invaluable knowledge in determining their future careers, Baccalaureate Program and recruited proctors to monitor college planning, and becoming an asset to society. exams. She is an advocate for increasing a parent’s unBesides mentoring 10 students during this time, Mike derstanding of how Sequoia works and to increase a stu- has recruited over 120 other mentors from Lockheed dent’s experience there. When Shoko improved Sequoia’s Martin for the Sequoia program., and many more have registration process and created an online shopping cart, assisted with the annual Career Fair. He has also arranged membership and donations increased while the stream- numerous student tours at Lockheed Martin. lined method helped parents accomplish everything with a Without Mike’s help, the Electronic Arts Mentoring Profew clicks instead of writing multiple checks. gram would not be as successful as it is today. He is a The PTSA and Sequoia have been blessed with Shoko’s true Purple Patriot.


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ur school motto, “UNALIYI”, meaning “a place of friends” in Cherokee, most aptly described the prevailing sentiment at the Alumni Association’s 7th annual picnic held on August 17, 2013. 400 Alumni, spanning the decades, and guests enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch with a variety of choices. Former Sequoian, Jeremy Sowers, of Emergency Barbecue and Catering of San Carlos, again catered the event. The grassy and tree-shaded area, supplemented by canopies, in front of Sequoia High School’s main building was indeed a picture-perfect setting for the picnic. Guests enjoyed background mu-

ATTENTION REUNION COMMITTEES & ALUMNI AT LARGE! Mark your Ca

John Castro with information about the drive to raise money for the Sequoyah statue.

sic throughout the morning and afternoon provided by Hayward Audio as classmates reengaged with old friends during this nostalgic occasion. A Sequoia notable in attendance was former football coach and member of the Sports Hall of Fame as a coach, Joe Picnic-goers place tickets for raffle prizes. (Below) People ea- Marvin (1955 – ger to bid at the Silent Auction. 1964). Alumni Association founder, Dr. Jeff Filippi, did an outstanding job as Master of Ceremonies. The national champion Sequoia High School cheerleaders gave a spirited and awe-inspiring performance with their rousing cheers and

precise routines. Representing the high school, math teacher and 1984 Sequoia graduate David Brand greeted the guests, shared the many goods things going on at Sequoia and expressed gratitude for alumni interest and support. He also conducted both a morning and afternoon tour of the campus featuring both old and new. Sequoyah Statue Committee Chair, John Castro arranged a display about the project to raise money for a campus statue of Sequoyah and had a large jug to collect donations.  Just before lunch, Bev Schutz Morgan, class of 1967, got things started by singing a beautiful, emotionally filled rendition of the Sequoia Hymn, then led the audience in a rousing version of the Sequoia Fight Song, “Go Get‘Em Cherokees”.   The Alumni Association honored two very special individuals as this year’s Purple Patriot Award winners, Shoko Barnes, past PTSA president and volunteer extraordinaire, and Mike Fabel, Electronic Arts mentor, for their outstanding service providing significant benefit to Sequoia High School.  (Note: please see detailed article elsewhere in this

newsletter regar Patriot Award an orees did to dese en Grads in atten 1963) were reco commemorative able to honor year. A big thank y the committee th derful event toge Alvarez, Pat Ber Fischer, Carolyn Newman, Nancy las, Marian Wydo chairman Ken Ro We thank the groups of 1953,

Bev Morgan singing the Sequoia Hymn.

Coach David Brand

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PICTURE-PERFECT DAY!

alendars for the 8th Annual Alumni Association Picnic (August 16, 2014)

on (l - r) Carolyn Abbott Livengood (1952), Anna Del Ben Ooms en Cocco (1949), and Marie Micali Amaya (1948).

rding the Purple nd what our honerve it). The Goldndance (class of ognized. 50-year pins were availtheir milestone

you goes out to hat put this wonether--- Rosemary rnard, Rosemary Livengood, Sally Oliver, Julie Sao and committee olandelli.  e class reunion 1958 and 1963

for incorporating the picnic as part of their reunion activities.  We ask that classes planning reunions and classmate get-togethers to please consider incorporating your event into this one.

All the work is done for you. All you need to do is to buy tickets and attend. Equally as important is that you would be supporting the Alumni Association by contributing to this vital fund-raising event so we may continue to communicate with you and continue to benefit Sequoia High School with grants, scholarships and support of various high school programs, projects and activities. This is an opportunity to reconnect with your high school. It is also a coming-together of the Sequoia community as witnessed by those participating. There are alumni, student groups, the Sequoia Boosters, the Sequoia Education Foundation, the PTSA (Parents, Teachers, Students Association), the Sequoia Speech and Debate Team, Sequoia District and Sequoia High School

Amir Amerian is President of the Speech and Debate Team.

administrators and teachers on hand for this event. The annual theme of the picnic is “Celebrate Sequoia! Remember the past, look to the future”, our intent being to honor and perpetuate Sequoia’s rich and proud heritage while at the same time supporting Sequoia today and into the future. We hope to see you at next year’s picnic on August 16, 2014.


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June 6 - November 13, 2013

FS = former student Fr = Friend FAC = faculty SEQUOIA Honey Quan Wong....................................... 1935 Justin (Van) Vanderlaan................................ 1937 George Hildebrant....................................... 1938 Caesar Abate ....................................... FS-1940? Chester “Bud” Hefner.................................. 1940 Raymond H. Kreiss...................................... 1941 Archie Nolan Sharp...................................... 1941 Herbert Avery Smith.................................... 1941 Boris Wolper............................................... 1941 Alexander Menicucci.................................... 1942 Luise Guida Bogart...................................... 1943 Glenna McQuiston Roukes............................ 1943 Maxine Cardena Cottrill................................ 1944 Vivian Shoote Logan.................................... 1945 Sylvia Yard Lyon Anderson........................... 1946 Doris Davenport Johnson............................. 1946 Don Olson................................................... 1946 Barbara Lawless Allen.................................. 1947 Nicholas Antonoff........................................ 1947 Paul Hansen................................................ 1947 Joan Locker Thompson................................ 1947

Spencer Kenneth Anderson ....................FS-1950? Donald Gutierrez......................................... 1950 Owen “Red” O’Donnell.................................. 1950 Marguerite Lageson Woodward ................... 1950 Ray Dolby................................................... 1951 Sue West Thompson.................................... 1952 Rita (Tiiu)Kirsimagi Yarborough..................... 1952 Claudia Estes Madison................................. 1953 James Berryman......................................... 1953 Ruth Canfield.............................................. 1953 Dianna estes............................................... 1953 Janice Sharp Cole....................................... 1953 Joanne Thum Skanderup.............................. 1953 Robert Tice................................................. 1953 Paul Uran.................................................... 1953 Herbert P. Radding...................................... 1953 Meribah Cloud Crowley................................ 1955 Jocelyn Miles Tuthill..................................... 1956 Patricia Chandler Duffy................................ 1957 Linda Smith Gilmore.................................... 1959 Joanne Sartain Hughes ............................... 1959 Bill MacDonald............................................ 1959

SEQUOIA Honey Quan Wong (1935) studied at U.C. Berkeley, and contributed to the war effort in the 1940s as a Civil Service employee at the Alameda Air Station and served as a U.S.O. volunteer. Later she was a manager at Elizabeth Arden and introduced new clothing lines at I. Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Emporium stores. She assisted her husband with the Tai Sun Hardware Store, helped organize the first Miss Chinatown Beauty Pageant and Chinese New Year Celebration, participated in the development of the Empress of China restaurant, and was a board member of the San Francisco Visitors and Convention Bureau in the ‘90s. ••• Justin (Van) Vanderlaan (1937) was a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where he played clarinet in the band when Cal went to the Rose Bowl in 1941. He learned civil engineering at the Kaiser Ship Yards in Richmond. In the infantry, Sgt. Vanderlaan became Chief Clerk of the Apprehension Division of the War Crimes Trials in Manila. Later, as a surveyor, he laid out San Francisco Airport, Stonestown Mall, and other developments. He later became a realtor in the San Jose area, and volunteered in Rotary, Los Gatos Parks, World Affairs Council, and earned the Los Gatos Seniors of Distinction award in 2009. ••• George Hildebrant (1938) was a bomber pilot in WW II and was shot down, captured, and imprisoned by the Germans until the war’s end. Later, having been influenced by Otis Carrington at Sequoia, he taught choral classes for many years at Napa High School. ••• Raymond H. Kreiss (1941) served in the U. S. Army in WW II and in the U. S. Air Force in Korea. for 48 years he held management positions at Pacific Telephone (AT&T). He also wa a docent at Filoli and was active in SIRS. ••• Archie Nolan Sharp (1941) was a naval aviator. As Full Lieutenant and Patrol Plane Commander in the South Pacific in WW II, he flew rescue and reconnaissance missions in his beloved PBY Catalina. After working in grocery stores, Archie spent 20 years, up to age 90 as an investment and tax advisor. He was a Mason, in the American Legion, and community volunteer. ••• Herbert Avery Smith (1941) served in the U. S. Navy in Europe and North Africa, then worked in the grocery business until retiring in 1977. He also was honored for 28 years of service with the Lake Shastina Fire Department. ••• Boris Wolper (1941) served in the U. S. Army in WW II then earned a BA and MBA from Stanford. He spent almost 60 years as a commercial and industrial real estate broker and was on the Woodside Planning Commission.

Richard Natenstedt...................................... 1960 Judy Bailey Bunde....................................... 1961 Virginia Dymond Bobadilla............................ 1962 Irene Schick Clare....................................... 1962 Sandra Palino Evans.................................... 1965 Loretta Dichiera Knight................................ 1965 Betty Hyde Paris......................................... 1965 Patricia Romano.......................................... 1965 Carol McMasters Manrubia........................... 1966 Fernando Alberto Ianez........................... FS-1972 Julie Kathleen Anderson......................... FS-1982? Russell Braasch.......................................... 1985 Michael Perry Brown............................................ 1987................................................................. SEQUOIA BOOSTERS FOUNDER Ray Elkins . ................................................ friend SAN CARLOS HIGH SCHOOL Edward Donahue................................... SC-1963 Jeffery Roy Jones SC-1972

••• Alexander Menicucci (1942) attended College of San Mateo, College of the Pacific, U.C. Berkeley, and went through midshipmen school at the University of Notre Dame prior to serving as an officer in the U. S, Navy during WW II. He owned and operated many small businesses, and from Pepper Tree Inn on the Monterey Highway he also operated multiple hotels, restaurants, apartments, mobile home and RV parks. He loved boating and travel. ••• Luise Guida Bogart (1943) was an active lifetime member of the PTA and a long-serving precinct worker. She and her husband traveled extensively. ••• Maxine Cardena Cottrill (1944) was the school secretary in the Los Lomitas School District for 26 years. In 1998, she was honored as volunteer of the year at Ronald McDonald House. She also volunteered at the Family Service Agency and the Senior Center in Redwood City. ••• Donald Olson (1946) served in the U. S. Navy in the Korean War. He earned a degree in psychology from San Jose State and was with the Marin County Probation Department for 25 years as a juvenile probation officer and then supervisor in adult probation. He also had a part-time career acting in theater productions and television, as well as appearing in print ads. ••• Barbara Lawless Allen (1947) was employed by the Savin Corporation and Bib Brothers/Big Sisters of the Peninsula. ••• Nicholas Antonoff (1947) earned a business degree at UCLA and retired after a long career as a materials specialist with Lockheed. ••• Paul Hansen (1947) worked for Pan American, Pacific Southwest, and Hiller Helicopters. Then at Lockheed Space Systems Division for 32 years until his retirement, he was involved with the Corona Imaging and Reconnaissance satellite project. ••• Owen “Red” O’Donnell (1950), a graduate of San Mateo Junior College, served in the U. S. Air Force in Korea. Later, he worked for many years as a food broker. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and St. Vincent de Paul. ••• Donald Gutierrez (1950) earned a BA in English Literature and MLS at U.C. Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He taught at the University of Notre Dame and at western New Mexico University; he also had a brilliant career as poet, literary critic and essayist, and was a champion of humanitarian causes and social justice. He wrote seven books and over 50 essays; one, “Feeling the


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In Memoriam Unthinkable” was a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona 2013 Book Awards. ••• Ray Dolby (1951) - See back page ••• Rita (Tiiu)Kirsimagi Yarborough (1952) had a long career in insurance. ••• Herbert P. Radding (1953) served in the Korean War in the U. S. Air Force. At San Jose State he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MA in Business and Finance from the University of Santa Clara. For 30 years he worked for many Silicon Valley companies and received many awards and patents. He loved cars and went 200 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He also served on the board of the San Jose Symphony. ••• Meribah Cloud Crowley (1955), a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, was a runway model and a dancer in summer stock productions, including “Damn Yankees” with Red Buttons. She wrote the children’s book, “Little Ever” and was cofounder of “Star Spangled Bananas,” a novelty toy company. ••• Patricia Chandler Duffy (1957) used her skill in bookkeeping and knowledge of medical insurance procedures as she worked in local medical offices. ••• Virginia Dymond Bobadilla (1962) held an AA from the College of San Mateo and a BA in History from San Francisco State, along with a teaching credential. She taught for 25 years in the San Carlos School District, and substituted after retirement. She was an avid reader, birdwatcher, crafter, and gardener. ••• Sandra Palino Evans (1965) worked for Santa Clara Tax Roll Control for over 25 years. She loved to read and travel. Loretta Dichiera Knight (1965) began teaching dance by age 9, one of her true passions. She worked in the Redwood City school cafeteria and later, for In-Flight magazine. She devoted her time to the community, setting up car shows or events to help raise money for causes. Her bestknown event was “Horses to Horsepower” car show, which aided Sequoia High School. ••• Patricia Romano (1965) raised three children, had an unforgettable personality, and was famous for driving in her Mercedes and dancing the night away in high heels, leopard prints, and red lipstick. ••• Fernando Alberto Ianez (FS-1972) worked as a machinist and at a tannery before starting his truck driving career with Mattheson-USPS, where he hauled produce and freight. He most enjoyed hauling gasoline for Shell Oil Company. He was a graduate of MTA Truck Driving School. ••• Russell Braasch (1985) studied Political Science at San Jose State and was an Enrolled Agent CPA Tax and Compliance Advisor. He was the owner and president of Whitfield Business and Tax Services, Inc. in San Carlos. Russell was the second president of the Sequoia High School Alumni Association. ••• Michael Perry Brown (1987) was an entrepreneur and owner and president of Martha’s All Natural, a food and beverage store in Sutter Creek. ••• SEQUOIA BOOSTERS FOUNDER Ray Elkins, although not a Sequoia graduate, was a Sequoian in spirit. He worked as a Facilities Engineer for Spectra-Physics and later, Apple Computers. Ray enjoyed watching his children, Linda and David, compete in sports. He was very active as President of the Jr. Forty Niners; Redwood City Flyers Track Club; and was the founder of the Sequoia H.S. Boosters Club.

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TEA GARDEN MAINTENANCE

Roll up your sleeves and come help John Castro and the Tea Garden Maintenance Committee prune trees and plants, rake leaves, pull weeds, and generally tidy up the beautiful garden. Tea Garden Work Days throughout the year are usually on a Saturday morning (mostly once a month, weather permitting). You can come for an hour or stay the whole time (until about noon or one o’clock). Special thanks go to members of the Peninsula Hills Women’s Club who came to help at one of the spring clean-up days.  If you would like to be contacted about the Tea Garden Clean Up days, contact SHSAA via e-mail : Sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net. Or call 650-592-5822 to add your name to the notification list.

Sequoia All-League Varsity Football Players 1924-1959

Record unavailable for years; 1925, 27, 28, 38; No Players selected 1947, 53, 55, 56 1924 Bob Poole, guard; Danny (Pat) Foley, back 1926 Roy Muklford, end; Al Purpolli, tackle; Louis Enton, guard 1929 Fred Chilcott, tackle; Carl (Ike) Britschgi, back 1930 Chuck DeLacy, back 1931 Leo Leroy & Jens Bugge, ends; Jim Rhoda, tackle 1932 Jim Rhoda,tackle; Lee Sterling, tackle; Roy McQuilken, back 1933 Hal Kniveton, end; Lou Farasyn, tackle; Lee Sterling, guard; Eno Ferrando, back; George Jankers, back 1934 Orville Hanners, back 1935 George Marchals, end; Bob Taylor, tackle; Fenton Zehner, tackle; George Bloxham, center; Jack Roche, back 1936 Bob Taylor, tackle; Gail Sterling, tackle; Willie Silva, back 1937 Gail Sterling, tackle;Jack Eldridge, guard; _____ Dittman, center 1939 Jack Galvin, end; Chic Shicora, center; Severinio Celotti, back 1940 ---- Carrillo, end 1941 Vern Sterling, guard

1942 Vern Sterling, guard; Lee Bloxham, back 1943 Vern Sterling, tackle; John Duzanica, tackle; Jack Farrell, guard; George Davis, Center; Joe Whelan, back 1944 Ted Hovig, tackle 1945 John Mirande, tackle; Ivan Allain, back 1946 John Mirande, tackle; Bard Berry, guard; Jim Yeager, back 1948 Bob Peterson, end 1949 Connie Condos, guard 1950 Bill Briggs, tackle 1951 Art Weber, center; Meb Buchanan, back 1952 Bob Cerrato, end All South PAL 1954 Harold Bozzo, tackle 1957 Jerry Bastasini, guard 1958 Bill Loftus, end; Rich Koeper, center; Rich Trammell, back; Don Wieseman, back; L.J. Hauss,tackle (Player of the Year) 1959 Ken Brusven, tackle; Dennis Querantes, tackle; Bob Whitmore, guard; Rich Koeper, center, Rich Trammell, back (Player of the Year) ; Don Wieseman, back


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Alumni in the News

Front yard of Dingee Estate (1905). Cement magnate William Dingee purchased the property where Sequoia High School now stands from William Hebbard in 1904. He built a beautiful home and made many improvements to the landscaping of the estate. The Dingee home was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, and Dingee was forced to sell the property. The concrete curbs from the estate are still part of the Sequoia campus.

KUDOS...

From Hazelle Seaberg Mills (1937): “I want to thank you for all your hard work you contributed to a successful “Picnic” --August 17, 2013. I enjoyed it (again). Hopefully I will make it again next year.” From Robert Brown (1947): “I enjoy receiving the newsletter, with news of my classmates and events at Sequoia. I try to send a few dollars every year to at least cover postage and handling. Thank you.” From Eleanor Heidhoff Killen (1950): “In gratitude: Words alone cannot express my feelings about Sequoia High School --for a caring faculty and staff, for a beautiful campus, for life-long friendships, for wonderful memories over the years.” From Lou Brusatori (1957): “To thank all for the wonderful BBQ and Picnic!” From Alice Frahm Masek (1967): “Thank you for your active participation in Alumni activities, and thanks to those who organize the picnics!” From Linda Inman Chilton (1965): “Thank you for all the hard work you put into the alumni events. I think that as we get older they take on so much more meaning. Looking forward to the tour...

Dick Clare (1958) was interviewed for the November issue of Redwood City’s Spectrum Magazine. He is a financial and accounting professor emeritus at Canada College, where he taught for 35 years. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Santa Clara and a BA in accounting from San Francisco State. Dick served for 21 years on the Redwood City City Council (four years as Mayor), and seven years on the R. C. Planning Commission. Since 2007, he has served on the Port Commission. He is CFO for the Riekes Center in Menlo Park. His community activities include serving on the board of the local Little League, Sequoia YMCA, and Big Sisters. He is the former chair of the Housing and human Concerns Committee and chair of the San Mateo Council of Mayors. His hobbies are watercolors, small boat sailing, backpacking, and cooking. Dick met his wife Pat at the Redwood City Roller Rink in 1957, while she was attending Carlmont High School; they married in 1960 and have three children and seven grandchildren.

LOOKING FOR

If anyone has any information about these people or items, please contact SHSAA. Bob Cooper (1972) writes: “The year after I graduated from Sequoia HS (‘72), I joined 12 other runners (mostly fellow teens) in a first-ever relay run across the U.S. It got a lot of coverage in the now-defunct REDWOOD CITY TRIBUNE and I wrote a story for RUNNER’S WORLD MAGAZINE. (As it happens, I am now a full-time magazine writer and I still write for them!) “This is the 40th year since that relay run and a few fellow relayers and I are putting together a reunion of the 13 runners. There are three runners who are Sequoia or San Carlos High graduates who we can’t find. Can you help? They are: Jose Garza, Sequoia HS grad in ‘75 or possibly ‘76. Desiree Wilson, San Carlos HS grad in ‘74 or possibly ‘75. Ken White, San Carlos HS grad in ‘72 or possibly ‘73. Whether you have a phone #, address or email address for any of them, that would be great.” Although the reunion has passed this year, please contact Bob Cooper at cooperite@comcast.net, or SHSAA at sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net . Did you know Julius Caesar Jones who may have graduated around 1942? His granddaughter is doing family genealogy and is searching for anyone with information to share about him. His brother was Ulysses S. Grant Jones, Class of 1929 or 1939 and went by the name of Grant. Contact SHSAA if you remember Julius. Yearbooks needed! The Redwood City Library History Archives is looking for two copies of each yearbook--2009, 2010, and 2011. If anyone has a copy to donate, contact SHSAA and we’ll see that it gets to the library.


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IT’S TIME TO SEND US YOUR ANNUAL DONATION FOR 2013-14!

Please show your support for our programs and projects: • Our newsletter, Smoke Signals, with alumni news, reunions, school events, etc. • Other mailing, communications,Web site, and Facebook. • Scholarships. • Cherokee Grants to Sequoia programs, & other awards. • Honoring notable Sequoians and community members. • Storage locker to house merchandise, records, and artifacts.

Make your tax-deductible donation (Tax ID #94-2967009) for the General Fund to support these activities. Contributions of any amount are most appreciated. See Returnable Page on the inside back cover, or use the special envelope enclosed in the mailed issue to send your donation, or go to www.SequoiaHSAlumniAssoc. org and use PayPal for your contribution.

SEQUOIA MEMORIES

Howard Bogie (1947) enjoys Smoke Signals and reminisced about the old woodshop. His father was Don Bogie, woodshop teacher and later Sequoia Vice Principal and Dean of Boys. The original shops were on the second floor of the old carriage house on campus (where the Electronics Academy is now located). The Argos, Carringtons, Bogies, and Dimick families were all close friends and played bridge once a month. Howard played football and swam, doing the breast stroke. Russ LaTelle (1948) also swam and ran his campaign rally with the slogan, “The best breast stroker in the county,” which of course got a lot of laughs!

Lost Members

The following members are lost. If you know their whereabouts, please let the Alumni Association know. (See contact information on p. 2 or on the Returnable Page, p. 22.)

Marian Fodrea Griffin........1933 Avis Landers Austin..........1938 Bill Downs........................1938 Mae Valladeo Cesarin.......1940 Nancy Marlow-Trump........1940 Helen Jones McCreagh.....1942 Kenneth Anderson............1946 Charles Bryant.................1949 Peter Keller......................1950 Bob (Plaehn) Tencil...........1951 Leonard Preader..............1955 Ronald Larsen..................1958 Judith Leggett Jensen . ....1960 Cathy Silver Moen............1960 Ahna Armstrong Reece.FS-1961 Suzi Hawkins Earle...........1962

X. Marva Jenkins..............1962 John Ayers.......................1964 Linda Wheeler Cornell.......1966 Dwaine Idleman................1966 Stephen A. Ivanoff............1966 Judith Flaherty..................1967 Margaret Powers Johnson.1969 Pamela Page Gatlin..........1970 Gale Huesties...................1973 James Clarke...................1976 Cecile Lewis Wilson..........1976 Susan Burr McBrayer........1979 Stephani Lauren...............1994 Jason Hess......................1998 Sherry Jones...................1998 Estella Becker..................1999 Nirshila Chand..................2001 Helen Navarro..................2004 FS = Former Student

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New Members (June 22 - November 17, 2013)

Sequoia Lucille Nissen Flynn............................................................ 1957 David Martinez................................................................... 1961 Kent R. Weaver.................................................................. 1963 Mike Fabel ........................................................................ 1972 Jaden Briesack.................................................................. 2013 Bryan Young...................................................................... 2013 Shoko Barnes ...................................................................friend Beth Ann Gambardella........................................................friend

DO WE HAVE YOUR E-MAIL?

Thanks to all the members who have sent in their current e-mail address. However, We still do not even have e-mail addresses for many of you! And some are now outdated in our files! Please send us your e-mail address, either via our e-mail address, sequoiahsalumni@earthlink. net , or mail via the Returnable Page, on the inside back cover of this issue. If you send the address via e-mail, please be sure and give your name, and if possible, your membership number, which is on the top of your mailing label on Smoke Signals. That will help us to find you in the database! Having your e-mail is a great help if we have to contact you, especially if you move and we have no current address! Also, many members receive the electronic version of Smoke Signals via e-mail. Occasionally, SHSAA will send an e-mail with a message of importance to our members.

(NOTE: The policy of SHSAA is not to give out your contact information except to your class reunion committee.)

Receive Smoke Signals Via E-Mail

It’s easy.....it’s fast.....you get Smoke Signals before the mailed version reaches members! Getting Smoke Signals by e-mail saves the Association in printing and mailing costs! Just let us know if you would like to get the newsletter by e-mail rather than by snail mail! At least give it a try! (You can always change back to the mailed version if you wish.) Contact us at sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net to be put on the e-mail only list.

IF YOU MOVE...

Remember to send us your new address if you move. Otherwise, you may miss receiving your Smoke Signals! We’d also like to have your new phone number or e-mail, as well.


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EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT RESTORES TEA GARDEN

By George Archbold (2014) In February, I began the daunting task of searching for my Eagle Scout project. As a student, Sequoia has given me so much and for that reason I chose to find a project on campus that I could do to help out the school and give back to the community. I decided that the Tea Garden could use some loving, and I was put in contact with Mr. Rolandelli, president of the Alumni Association, by the Sequoia administration. We began discussing what project could benefit the school. I decided that I would build and add a new bench to the garden, repaint the railroad ties, the pagoda bench and the bridge. After months of planning, I began the project in June. Over the two-week span of the project, I led of team of eleven, including my brother, Dad, Uncle and Peter Bugos, a fellow student here at Sequoia. Although everything went as planned, there were many additions as the project progressed. We ended up power washing, wire brushing, and staining the pond railing to bring the wood back to life. Upon staining the railroad ties, we encountered another unexpected problem. One of the ties was so rotten that it made no sense to stain it and leave it in the

garden. We decided to rip out the rotten railroad tie, and replace it with a new piece of wood. This “piece of wood” turned into quite the mission to find. It was a 6”x10” 10foot piece of wood. This was a very uncommon wood that could not be found at any Home Depot or Lowe’s. We had to go all the way to Sunnyvale to the Pinecone Lumber Yard, where we were charged $100 for this special piece of wood. Once we had gotten it, we had to pry out the old piece, cut and shape the new one, and place it into the ground. We also had to secure it with sand, dumping it in to fill all the cracks. We were also going to repaint the pagoda bench, but realized that much of it was too rotten. We had to pull 4 out of the 9 boards out, buy new pieces and cut them to match the old pieces. We then screwed them into the pagoda, and painted the whole thing. We also weeded much of the garden, and removed piles of debris that were scattered through out the garden. After all the work we put into the garden all the plants and wood looked great. It was thanks to the help from the Alumni Association that I was able to find a suitable project and give back to my community, and I am proud to say that as of October first I am now and forever will be an Eagle Scout.

History of the Sequoia Sports Hall of Fame The original Sequoia Sports Hall of Fame was initiated by the Sequoia High School coaching staff in the early 1920’s. Frank Griffin was no doubt involved in the process, but the records involving the early administrators of the hall of fame are sketchy at best. “Griff” was certainly involved with the hall of fame program from it’s infancy until he retired in 1956 The first recorded inductee was baseball great Jim Hedge from the class of 1899. There were 210 outstanding athletes inducted prior the year 2000, with the first induction banquet taking place during 2004, the first time an induction banquet was a part of the hall of fame process. Previously, hall of fame membership was conducted by word of mouth, with some selected members unaware of the honor bestowed upon them. In 2003, the Sequoia High School Alumni Athletic Review Committee, with Ed Nordness, Chair, decided there were male and female athletes who deserved hall of fame recognition. During January 2004, they created the Sequoia High School Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee, with Pat Lovell as chair. Pat and his committee established an exacting selection criteria, along with a fair and equitable nomination form, to aid in the selection of potential hall of fame athletes.

Because Ed Nordness had long felt that coaches, whose mentoring often lasted over thirty years, should be a part of the hall of fame process, Pat Lovell and his committee designed a form for the nomination of coaches. Long hours of preparation, by the selection committee, resulted in the first induction banquet on October 23, 2004. There were 21 athletes, the first two females, and 8 coaches inducted. A second induction banquet took place May 20, 2006, with 15 athletes (two females), and 8 coaches inducted. The most recent induction banquet took place October 8, 2010, with 14 athletes (two females) inducted.The induction banquets were well attended, with 250 at the first, 400 plus attending the second, and over 150 attending the third. Numerous deserving athletes and coaches, previously not included in the Sequoia Sports Hall of Fame are now recognized, the result of the time and efforts of the Athletic Review, and Hall of Fame Selection Committees. There are currently 261 athletes, including six females, and 16 coaches in the hall of fame. It is hoped that in the future there will be additional sports banquets. Because, the time, energy and expense involved in hosting these events is considerable, it requires a number of applicants to justify an induction banquet.


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IT’S MORE THAN JUST FOOTBALL AT SEQUOIA

By John Reid, Daily News Staff Writer (9/24/13) (excerpted) The football program at Sequoia-Redwood City has team on a long road trip for a nonleague game, the grown in numbers under coach Rob Poulos, the varsity second time out of state--to Las Vegas including a tour roster now at 66 with no player going both ways. And of the UNLV campus. The Cherokees and the Redmen though Poulos has gone 33-13-1 in his four-plus seadined together, “Dutch Oven” style. “We never let a Sesons, his game isn’t about wins and losses. It’s more quoia player sit next to a Sequoia player. We went them about developing character in young men. to make a connection with the other team.” The team That may be a cliché, but Poulos practices what he toured Southern Utah University in Cedar City and had preaches. Every Tuesday, the Cherokees start practice a turn at a Confidence Course, involving ropes and platlate, making way for his player development program. forms, with team bonding the ultimate goal. This week, it included a guest speaker, Pam Maples, Poulos also held player development meetings with mother of a Sequoia freshman player, and the innovaa twist. Players met with their position coach to talk. “I tion director at the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowhave my coaches talk about the concerns in the playships at Stanford University. The subject of Maples’ ers’ lives,” Poulos said. “I want them to teach the player speech was, “Violence Toward Women,” with emphasis what it’s like to be a good person. There won’t be the on the Saratoga High assault case from over a year distractions they’ll have at home. The distractions will ago. The victim was 15-year-old Audrie Pott, who comdisappear, though there might be different distracmitted suicide eight days after what police say was a tions.” sexual assault. Fine Lauese is a former head football coach at Se“We’re popping the bubbles where it’s OK to show quoia who has coached the boys basketball team there your emotions,” Poulos said. “It isn’t just about fitting in the past six years. “Rob (Poulos) has done great with for these players.” Sequoia is a diverse school with stufootball,” Lauese said. “He talks to the kids straight up dents from different ethnic and economic backgrounds. if they do something wrong. He’ll tell them what they Football is a way for many to gain self-esteem. “It’s why need to work on and how to improve, step by step. football exists at the high school,” Poulos said. “We They can take his advice or not. If they listen to him, it’s get no revenue out of football. The school would make good for them.” money if it did away with football. It gives them a sense Back in 2006, when Lauese was head coach, the of belonging, self-esteem. It gives them more mentors, Cherokees had 18 players on the roster. “The year bein and out of the classroom.” fore, 22 seniors graduated, leaving us with nothing,” The team meets for meals every Thursday, someLauese said. “We had to do everything to keep the protimes at the school, sometimes at a parent’s house. gram going. Then Rob came along. We’ve been blessed “The only rule we have at the team meals, is that the to have him.” Poulos had 50 players on his roster his coaches can’t talk about football with the players,” Poufirst season, then 33 the next year. That team made it los said. “So much of conversation between a coach to the Central Coast Section Div. II title game. and a player is about the player’s value to the team, The team had a good start this season and should what they contribute. We want to make it like a family, be a contender in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay breaking bread with each other.” Division. Then again, with Poulos, it isn’t always about This is the fourth year Poulos will have taken his wins and losses. It’s much more than that.

Cherokee Legend

As a rite of passage, the father of the Cherokee Indian youth takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he does this, he must not talk about it. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man! Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.


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BRICKS, TREES & BENCHES FOR   SEQUOIA VETERANS MEMORIAL, CARRINGTON HALL AND INSPIRATION GROVE* Honor a family member, teacher, or friend by purchasing a brick, tree or engraved bench for the Sequoia Veterans Memorial or Inspiration Grove or a brick for Carrington Hall. The person you honor need not have attended Sequoia nor served in the military. 1. A $100 donation will purchase an engraved brick for the Sequoia Veterans Memorial or Inspiration Grove. 2. A $200 donation will purchase an engraved brick for Carrington Hall. 3. A $1,000 donation will purchase a tree for the Sequoia Veterans Memorial or Inspiration Grove and will feature a bronze plaque mounted on a large boulder. 4. A $3,000 donation will purchase an engraved concrete bench for the Sequoia Veterans Memorial or Inspiration Grove. To purchase a brick, tree or bench please complete the form below and send it with your check in the amount of $100, $200, $1,000 or $3,000. If you have any questions regarding these three commemorative opportunities please contact Dee Eva at (650) 368-4800 or dee@deeeva.com.

* Inspiration Grove is a stand of redwoods outside the Business wing of Sequoia, near the student parking lot, in close proximity to the baseball field (Bob Andersen Field) established to honor those who have had a positive and lasting influence on your life that you would like to thank for their inspiration and encouragement. Net proceeds from the Sequoia Veterans Memorial (after maintenance), Carrington Hall and Inspiration Grove are used to help fund the Cherokee Grants program which funds teachers’ instructional services and/or purchases of instructional equipment and materials that are not included in the current District budget.

 Please make all checks payable to:  SHSAA (Sequoia High School Alumni Association). Tax-deductible donations should be sent to: Sequoia High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534   ___Sequoia Veterans Memorial ___Carrington Hall ___Inspiration Grove ___Brick ___Tree ___Engraved Bench Brick/Tree/Engraved Bench Information: Please allow a space for word breaks and periods.  Please print and use a maximum of 20 characters or spaces per line. YOU MAY HONOR ANYONE YOU WISH ON THE BRICKS/TREES OR BENCHES, WHETHER OR NOT THEY SERVED IN THE MILITARY OR ATTENDED SEQUOIA.   __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __   __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  __  Your Name_________________________________________________________________ Address   __________________________________________________________________

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Current information about fellow Sequoians. (To contribute your news to this column, please see the Returnable Page, inside back cover, or e-mail: sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net.)

Esther Willis Halvorson-Hill (1958) (left) and CeCe Miles Riddell (1958), standing on a dock in Lake Oswego, OR, near Esther’s home. They had a wonderful visit sharing great memories of high school days at Sequoia (1954-58). Esther had a long career in Nursing Administration and Education. She is now a musician, playing the flute and singing for special events. She has a few CDs, as well. She attended her 50th reunion at Stanford University in October. CeCe lived and worked in Los Angeles for many years but moved to Oakland to be near her two sons and grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with a widower and enjoyed retirement. Since her time as an AFS student in New Zealand, CeCe was able to travel there five additional times and celebrated a 50th AFS reunion in Auckland. CeCe recently passed away. ••• Marva X. Jenkins (1962) Hello Sequoia. Imagine my surprise to see me on the Missing List!  I’ve been getting the newsletters and emails from our alumni.  I’m here!!  I’m well!!  Well, at least I’m ok.  I just had a knee replacement, so I’m on the mend.  But please, don’t write me off just yet! I’m actually working with WW II Veterans, to send them on the “flight of a lifetime”.  It’s a free weekend to Washington, D.C.  These guys are between 82 and 99 years “young” and are great to talk to.  They are feisty and so appreciative of this honor.  It’s my pleasure to be the one to make the call and let them know their application is ready to be processed.  Funny, they think they are not deserving!  I get to prove them wrong on that score. Look At Me Now... T. Kent Weaver (1963) is a firmware engineer and enjoys abalone diving, fishing, and being a handyman. ... Mike Fabel (1972) is a data collection manager, is a mentor at Sequoia’s Electronics Academy, and enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. ...Shoko Barnes (Friend) is a software engineer and training developer who enjoys international travel, gardening, and website development; she has been serving as the PTSA President at Sequoia. Now Retired... Lucille Nissen Flynn (1957) worked as a receptionist in a large law firm for 23 years and now enjoys family, aerobics, musicals, and volunteering at Filoli.

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Bob Andersen Field Fund 2012-2013

In May of 2012 The Sequoia High School Alumni Association presented a check to Sequoia High School Principal Bonnie Hansen in the amount of $25,600 from the net proceeds resulting from a year-long fund drive that accompanied the August 21, 2010 official naming and dedication of the baseball field, “Bob Andersen Field”, after Sequoia icon, Bob Andersen, who is a member of the Sequoia Sports Hall of Fame both as an athlete, graduating in 1941, and as a coach. The fund was established to benefit athletics at Sequoia by helping economically disadvantaged Sequoia athletes, providing uniforms and the like as well as attendance at sports camps for years to come. The Sequoia Sports Boosters are responsible for distributing the funds. As the money was not available to the Boosters until late last school year, there was very little activity. For the 2012/2013 school year $190.42 was paid for 3 pair of Nike Track and Field Spikes.

ELECTIONS 2013

At the ANNUAL MEETING on July 23, results of the ballot for the election of Board of Directors for 201314 were given. Congratulations to Rosemary Filippi Fischer (1967), Sally Coelho Newman (1956), Ed Nordness (1951), and Leah Schmuck (1954) who were elected by your mailed ballots to serve another two-year term on the Board of Directors of SHSAA. There is still one vacancy on the Board, if you would like to serve! Attendees enjoyed refreshments as President Ken Rolandelli and other chairs gave a brief overview of SHSAA and its various activities. The meeting was then adjourned and the regular Board meeting was held. Officers Elected At the August 27th Board Meeting, officer elections were held. Elected to serve for the 2013-14 year are: President, Ken Rolandelli (1963); Vice-President, Leah Schmuck (1954); Secretary, Nancy Lebkicher Oliver (1957); and Treasurers: Sally Coelho Newman (1956).

HOMECOMING HELD ON OCTOBER 25

The Sequoia High School Sports Boosters invited all Sequoia alumni to be their guests, free of charge, at Sequoia’s Homecoming football game on Friday, October 25,, at Terremere Field against Menlo Atherton High School. Homecoming festivities were held during halftime of the Varsity game., with several past Homecoming Queens and prince or princesses presented to the crowd. Special seating was provided for alumni. The Boosters would like to make this an annual event, so watch for more information in the fall, or check out the Sequoia High School and/or the Boosters websites.


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The Returnable Page

Return this page to: SHSAA, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534, order/donate with PayPal on our Website (www.SequoiaHSAlumniAssoc.org) or e-mail information to: sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net Name _____________________________________________________ (______________) Grad Year: ______ Sequoia or San Carlos? ______

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WE WANT YOUR RECIPES! Do you have some favorite recipes to share? We still need a lot more!

Send in your contributions for our “Sequoia Alums Favorites” cookbook. Be sure to include your name and grad year (and contact information if we have questions). And if the recipe has a special significance, let us know that, too! Remember the famous “Gingerbread Pigs” that CSF used to sell? We have that recipe, along with the old home ec one for Snickerdoodles! Suggested categories are: Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Meats/Main Dishes, Vegetables, Desserts, and whatever else you think is a recipe! Send recipes to sequoiahsalumni@earthlink.net, or to SHSAA, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534.


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SHSAA Membership Application

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Make checks payable and mail to: SHSAA, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534 Not sure if you’re a member? Check the mailing label. If there is a number by your name, you’re a member!

Sequoia Alumni Merchandise

T-Shirt 50/50 Cotton/Poly. or Cotton “Sequoia, Go Cherokees” T-3 Purple with white logo T-4 White with purple logo

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Sweatshirts — LIMITED SIZES 50/50 Cotton/Poly., 9 oz. S-6 White Crewneck, Purple Logo

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New Merchandise Item... Tote bag sturdy canvas “Go Cherokees” logo plus Flashlight Pens, T-Shirts & Sweatshirts Note Cards & Tiles Shipping & Handling Charges*

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Remebering Ray Dolby

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ay Dolby (class of 1951), one of Sequoia’s most famous graduates, was a sound pioneer who changed how we hear a soundtrack. He developed a system for eliminating the static noise on cassette tapes used for copying music from vinyl albums, and his innovations then extended to films to create an entire industry devoted to the sound experience. His company, Dolby Laboratories, won almost every award there is--the Oscar, the Emmy, and the Grammy. Not long before his death, at the San Francisco International Film Festival, he was honored with the inaugural George Gund III Award for lifetime achievement in cinema. The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, home of the Academy Awards, is named for his company. Dolby was the student projectionist at Sequoia and also worked after school at Ampex, which started his war against background noise. He earned a BA in electrical engineering at Stanford, and then a doctorate in physics from Cambridge University in England. After serving two years as a United Nations advisor in India, Dolby returned to England in 1965 to found Dolby Laboratories, which he moved to San Fran-

cisco in 1976. He had more than 50 patents. He also sailed, flew his own airplane, and traced the Lincoln Highway over Donner Pass in a vintage Jeep. In 1997, upon receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Bill Clinton, Dolby said: “The first part of your life is education. The second part is hard work, and then you get discovered and people start handing you awards.” Ray was inducted into Sequoia High School’s Community Hall of Fame.


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