Faculty/Staff Update

FACULTY AND STAFF UPDATE

Here is some information about the fate of the faculty, administrators, and staff whom we knew at ELHS. As of 2014, several have passed away, but many are thriving in retirement, and a couple still are active in education.
Adeline Wilk (Math Teacher 1962-64, later Guidance Counselor)—b. 1934; retired from ELHS 1996; lived in EL until 2004, when husband Arthur passed away, living in Harrison, NY as of 2013; a daughter was teaching in EL as of 2012
Barbara Bragiel (Cesario) (English Teacher, '60-63)--b. 1940; left ELHS to marry '63--followed husband's career to MT, OH, then Ithaca, NY. As of 2012, living in Centennial, CO; as of 2012, still teaching part-time; 3 children, 9 grandchildren.

Robert Camp (Science Teacher and Coach, ’60-’64)—b. 1933; retired from ELHS ’96 after 36 years, as guidance counselor beginning 1965; moved to Naples FL in ‘96, where he was as of 2013; active in church food distribution program; two daughters are married with children

Lloyd Dale (Physics and Chemistry Teacher, ’60-’64)—b. 1931; retired from ELHS ’89 (taught one year at Combustion Engineering, Windsor CT, returned to ELHS), moved to Smyrna, NC; 3 children, including a particle physics research scientist, and 6 grandchildren

Joseph Daniele (Industrial Arts Teacher, ’61-’63)—b. 1927; moved from ELHS to Birchland Park ’63, then taught at Ludlow HS ’65-’90; retired ’90, since then winters in Kissimmee, FL, summers in Bomoseen, VT

Leo Darsigny (Foreign Languages Teacher, ’60-’64)—b. 1929; left ELHS '64 to found a private school; taught at Classical and Central HS in Springfield before retiring '94; still golfs regularly, living on Donamor Lane in EL as of 2014; related, by a nephew’s marriage, to Marlene Wolpert Gondek, ELHS ‘64; 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren

Francis Dutille (Math Teacher and Coach, 1960-64)—b. 1931; three children; retired, living in EL as of 2012; elected to ELHS Athletic Hall of Fame, 2010; wife Frances taught elementary school many years in EL

Armand Fusco (Guidance Counselor and Chairman, Business Dept., 1960-64)—b. 1932; as of 2012, living in Guilford, CT

Gail Franzen (Kleven) (English Teacher, 1962-64)--b. 1940; left EL '64 to teach in Boston suburbs, then in New Orleans 70-73. Returned to home state of Minnesota  and taught until 1996. Married with a son and daughter, both college professors in Cambridge, MA as of 2012. Volunteers at the MN Zoo once a week, sings in the church choir, and despite many health problems, still going strong. "My best to your class--I loved teaching you!"

Robert Gosende (History Teacher, 1961-64)—b. 1937; Left ELHS 1964 for position at UMass. Then entered foreign service, worked for US Information Agency, was special presidential envoy to Somalia and South Africa. As of summer 2012, associate vice chancellor for international education, State University of New York at Albany.

Marjorie Gibb (Haley) (Business Teacher, 1960-64); b. 1938; left teaching to start a family; was an administrator of the Pioneer Valley Montessori school, started Montessori Children's House in West Springfield, then founded three businesses in CT; retired 1997 in Kennebunk, ME and restored the historic Bourne Mansion there; two daughters, three grandchildren as of 2013.

Manley Hart (Business Teacher and Assistant Principal, 1961-64)—b. 1934. In 1974 became executive director of the newly formed Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, which serves seven school districts in the Springfield area. In 1983 he retired from education and went full-time into the printing business, which he sold in 2000. As of 2013, he remained a partner in a  childcare business and a commercial building in Portsmouth, RI, his summer residence. Beginning in 1990, he and his wife have traveled extensively by boat and motorhome.

 

Marina Herschuk (Luff) (Business Teacher, 1961-64); b. 1938; retired from ELHS 2000 after 39 years of service, the longest of any teacher from our era; as of 2012 living in Springfield, with plans to move to Hampden

Arthur Hottin (Guidance Counselor, 1962-64)—b. 1923; retired 1983, living in Enfield as of 2012; left ELHS ’64, became vice principal in Windsor, then principal at a middle school in CT

June Johnson (Science Teacher, 1963-64)--b. 1927, retired in Bloomfield, CT as of 2012.

John Katsoulis (Basketball Coach, 1963-64)—b. 1938; assistant principal of ELHS 1969-73; principal at Birchland Park through '85; assistant superintendant of schools, Billerica, MA through '99; worked for MA Dept. of Education through '04; retired to The Villages, FL, with wife Beverlee Lundgren Katsoulis, ELHS ’63; two children; playing lots of golf as of 2012

Manford Thomas Mann (Math Teacher, 1960-64)—b. 1929; retired, living in Longmeadow as of 2012

Richard McCormick (Math Teacher, 1962-64)—b. 1938; left teaching to work in the financial field; retired in Three Rivers, MA; married ELHS math teacher  Diane Tarrant, subsequently divorced

David Nevin (Latin Teacher, 1961-63)

Joseph St. Germain (Business Teacher, 1960-64); b. 1927; retired from ELHS 1989; as of 2012, living in EL, wintering in Kissimmee, FL; staying fit at the gym and with garden and volunteer work; one daughter, one granddaughter; wife Dorothy Congdon St. Germain, ELHS ‘64

Judith Sessler (English and German Teacher, 1960-64)—b. 1938; retired in Brimfield, MA, active in local causes and a teacher's aide in Monson as of 2014.

Nancy Stewart (Kipperman) (English Teacher, 1960-63)—b. 1938; left ELHS 1963, returned to teaching after raising three children, taught middle school in Longmeadow then in NH before retiring in ’96; in Grantham, NH as of 2012

Arlene Tashlick (Math Teacher, 1960-63)—b. 1933; left ELHS midyear 1963 as her husband was transferred to NJ; took early retirement from teaching about 1990, moved from NJ to San Diego 2008; in San Diego as of 2014.

Teresa Vedany (Kozloski) (History Teacher, 1960-63)--b. 1933; began career teaching at Longmeadown HS, 1956-58; left ELHS '63 to get married; resumed teaching at Bay Path Junior College (later Bay Path College) '76, taught there until retirement in '99; living in  Agawam, MA, as of 2012.; 3 children, 5 grandchildren
 

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Donald Bremner--b. 1921; lifelong EL resident, Board member all 4 years; as of 2012, retired in Naples, FL; daughter Christine Bremner Ryan, ELHS '64, in Palmer as of 2012

 

James Punderson--b. 1926; lifelong resident of EL, School Board member 1961-62; retired from Punderson Oil in EL, then moved to FL, where he was residing as of 2012; son James Jr. (Jay) Punderson attended EL schools and graduated from Wilbraham Academy in 1965

 

OBITUARIES

Gladys Adams—Robert J. Jarvis, superintendent of schools, has announced that East Longmeadow High School will close at 12:50 p.m. today in order that the staff and those students who wish may attend the funeral of Mrs. Gladys Adams, who died Sunday.

Mrs. Adams taught Spanish in the local high school since it opened in 1960 and has been co-adviser to graduating classes and adviser to the Spanish Club. She was graduated from Howard University in 1950 and taught in Puerto Rico, New York City, and Zanesville, O., before coming here. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, May 20, 1964)

Marvin Bryan—died March 27, 2010 in Mesa, AZ, of lung cancer at age 83. He was born June 11, 1926. He was survived by his wife Nadina, son Robert and daughter Katherine, brothers David and William, and sisters Ruth Knibbs of Mesa and JoAnn Hyde of Sherman, TX.

After leaving ELHS in 1964, he taught at other locations before becoming owner and driver of a long-distance truck fleet in Arizona in the  1970s. He continued in that occupation and location until his death, gradually reducing his activity. By decision of the family, no official obituary was published.

Joseph G. Charron, 69, of 77 Baldwin Drive, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was chairman of the music department at East Longmeadow High School for 32 years, retiring in 1988. He also played with the Joe Charron Quartet for many years. He especially enjoyed the accordion and also played French horn and trombone.

Born in Roxbury, he received a bachelor's degree in 1953 and a master's degree in music education in 1954 from Boston University. He was a member of the Ludlow Elks, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the Rhode Island Mobil Sports Fishermen's Club. He was also a member of the Army National Guard. He lived in Hampden for the past 41 years.

He leaves his wife, the former Helen J. Vanelli; one daughter, a brother, a sister, two grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, September 25, 2000)

John H. Coons, 78, of Burlington, formerly of Monson, MA, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004. John was born on a dairy farm in Burnt Hills, NY. After Navy service in World War II, he received his bachelors and masters degrees from Springfield College, where he was co-captain of the football team. John was a coach at Dean Academy, Springfield College, RPI, East Longmeadow High School, Colby College, and UVM for many years. In 1974, John and his wife moved to Monson, MA, where they resided until October of this year. John was a valued and active employee in the development department at Springfield College until October of 2003. He was a deacon of the First Church of Monson, and very active in community affairs.

John gave freely of himself to his work, his family, his church, his community, and his country. He was an avid fisherman, reader, and sports fan. His sense of humor, plain spoken honesty, loyalty, common sense, and intellectual curiosity never failed him. John leaves his wife of 54 years, Elinor Samson Coons, two daughters, and two grandsons. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, Dec. 29, 2004)

Margaret Corliss-- Margaret "Jean" (Sullivan) Corliss passed away at home March 16, 2010 at the age of 84. Jean grew up in the Boston area, then graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1947, becoming an accomplished musician and teacher in Chelsea, MA.

After marrying and moving to East Longmeadow, she continued to teach. Mrs. Corliss produced many musicals at Birchland Park Middle School, and contributed her talent to the Spartanum Spectaculum at East Longmeadow High School. She served as choir director and organist at St. Joseph's Church, East Longmeadow, and as musical coordinator at St. Patrick's Church in Springfield. . Other talents were knitting, dancing, painting, gardening, and cooking.

Jean leaves two daughters, one son, two grandchildren, and one great-grandson. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, March 17, 2010)

Angelo Correale Jr., 86, passed away April 12, 2014 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. A veteran of the United States Army in World War II, Coach Correale graduated from Amherst High School  and obtained his BA and MEd from Springfield College. where he was affectionately known as “The Sunderland Ghost” when playing football. He now is recognized as one of the top running backs in the college’s football history. Also a standout outfielder on the baseball team, "Angie" was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a past president of the Springfield College Alumni Council and recipient of the Edward Norris Tarbell Medallion for service to his alma mater. Mr. Correale was a teacher, football coach, and athletic director at East Longmeadow High School; an assistant principal at Birchland Park Middle School; and principal at Center School, Pleasant View School, Mountain View School, and Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow.

He was survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth; two sons; and five grandchildren.

Elwyn John Doubleday, 83, died June 30, 2004 at Hadley Nursing Home after a long illness. A longtime resident of No. Amherst, he was born in Prescott, MA and graduated from Belchertown High School and the University of Massachusetts. During the Second World War, he served in the 101st cavalry, rising to the rank of captain at the time of his discharge from active service in 1946. For his service in Europe, he received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Doubleday's career as an educator began as a teacher of science and driver education and as assistant principal at Belchertown High School from 1946 - 1954. In 1957 he moved to E. Longmeadow, where he served as principal of Birchland Park Junior High School and in 1959 was named the first principal of East Longmeadow High School.

In 1961 Doubleday was invited to serve on a team seeking to found a secondary school for Ugandan girls under the auspices of USAID. Leaving ELHS in 1963, he devoted his life to the creation of the Tororo Girls School, where he was headmaster when Idi Amin expelled his team from the country in 1973. In later years, Doubleday worked for the Hadley Public Schools and Highland Valley Elder Services.

He is survived by his twin sister, two brothers, three sons, including Elwyn J. Jr., ELHS '62, and five grandchildren. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, July 2, 2004)

Eugene H. Gauthier, 69, of 557 Lyons St., a retired 22-year teacher at East Longmeadow High School, died Tuesday in a West Springfield nursing home. He retired in 1982. He had also been the school's hockey and golf coach.

A lifelong resident of Ludlow, he was a graduate of Ludlow High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Western New England College in Springfield and a master's degree in education from Westfield State College. He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. He was a life member of the National Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He was an honorary member of the New England Association of Technology Teachers and the Massachusetts Industrial Education Association.

He was also a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He leaves his wife, the former Catherine H. Thomas; one brother, and six sisters. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, April 25, 1991)

Robert Goff 1933-2009 Robert J. "Bob" Goff, 75, of the East Springfield section of Springfield passed away on Friday, January 23, 2009. He was born in San Francisco June 17, 1933, the only child of the late John H. and Marie L. (Boulanger) Goff. His family moved to East Springfield in 1947 where he graduated in 1951 from Cathedral High School. He graduated cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, received a master's degree in English from Harvard University, and received a doctorate in education from Boston University in 1968.

Bob was a teacher for 42 years, serving the San Diego Public Schools, Dean College in Franklin, MA, the East Longmeadow public schools, the University of Education, and the West Springfield Public Schools. His last teaching position was at West Springfield High School, where he taught English and served at the supervisor of media and library services. He was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the West Springfield Teachers Association. He was also a member of many organizations including the Titanic Historical Society of Indian Orchard, the Steamship Historical Society, the Duryea Automotive Society, the Classic Car Club of America, the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and a past secretary of the East Windsor Historical Society.

He was a communicant of Saint Michael Church in East Longmeadow and a member of the Crusader Council 2706 of the Knights of Columbus. He leaves many friends and several cousins (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, January 26, 2009)

James Grocott—James M. Grocott, 54, of 14 Lester St., an English teacher at East Longmeadow High School, died Friday at Baystate Medical Center. He taught English at East Longmeadow High School for the past 28 years, and formerly was chairman of the English department. Previously, he had taught at Swansea High School. Born in Fall River, he graduated from of Case High School in Swansea, then received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of East Longmeadow, a 24-year member of its choir, and a vestryman. He also had served as a lay reader. He was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

He leaves his wife, Phyllis D. (Davenport) Grocott; three sons, one daughter, his parents, Herbert and Jean (Valentine) Grocott of Swansea; and one grandson. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, June 19, 1988)

  Cynthia Henderson (Smith) (Social Studies Teacher, 1963-64) passed away in January 2013.

Robert J. Jarvis passed away suddenly March 1, 1970 in Springfield.  He had been superintendent of schools in East Longmeadow since 1953. After graduating from Technical High School in Springfield, he received a baccalaureate and advanced degrees from Tufts College.

Mr. Jarvis was a past president of the Barnstable County Teachers' Association and the Franklin County Superintendents' Association and had been active in many professional and civic organizations He taught in the public schools of Brighton and Wareham (MA), and came to his post in East Longmeadow from a superintendent position in a regional high school in the Shutesbury area.

He was survived by his wife, Ruth, and two daughters, Neila (ELHS '64) and Sandra (ELHS '66) . (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, March 2, 1970)

Mary Kennedy, chairman of the the language department of East Longmeadow High School, passed away February 8, 1968 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, at the age of 44.

She was born in Springfield and lived in the city her entire life. She graduated from Cathedral High School and received a BA from Syracuse University, and a masters degree in education from Springfield College. She taught at East Longmeadow High School from the year it opened, 1960.

Ms. Kennedy was survived by her father, Thomas W. Kennedy and three cousins. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, February 9, 1968; obituary courtesy of Scott Moore, ELHS 1970)

Kirsti Kjeldsen--born in Tartu, Estonia, in 1930, Kirsti (Kitty) Kjeldsen passed away December 27, 2004 in West Ossipee, NH.

She became a displaced person after World War II after escaping the Russian invasion of Estonia with her family. Arriving in Florida in 1949, Kitty eventually got a scholarship at Springfield College. After graduating in 1956, she moved to the Boston area with her husband before becoming one of the two first women's physical education teachers at East Longmeadow High School in 1960.

After two years in EL, Kitty eventually took a coaching position at UMass. She spent many years coaching women’s gymnastics there, during which she established and brought to national prominence the UMass women’s gymnastics team. She rose to the level of international gymnastics judge and was the founding director of the National Women’s Gymnastics Judging Association.

After leaving academia in 1972, Kitty pursued the field of computer programming and analysis, working and teaching computer classes for financial institutions such as Travelers Insurance. During her time as a systems analyst she also was a color commentator for televised gymnastics competitions in the early years of ESPN

She was survived by her husband of 17 years, Edwin R. More; former husband Erik K.M. Kjeldsen; a son, Frederik Kjeldsen; a daughter, Deena Durant; and two grandchildren.

Lois C. Lopes 1921-2013 EAST LONGMEADOW - Lois Carolyn (Smith) Lopes, 92, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013 in East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center . She was the widow of Olivio A. (Al) Lopes, also of East Longmeadow, who preceded her in death in 2006. She was the daughter of the late Clifford F. Smith, long-time city cerk of Springfield,  and Mildred  Abbe.  A brother, Robert C. Smith, died in 2005. Lois graduated from Classical High School in Springfield, and from Bridgewater State Teachers College.  She taught first grade before serving as children's librarian at the East Longmeadow Public Library.

She was the first librarian at East Longmeadow High School, serving from the school's opening in 1960 until her retirement in the 1980s. Beginning in the late 1980s, Lois and Al were part of the Fulbrook community in the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire, England, spending May through October annually with a group of friends in Fulbrook until 2001.

Lois's daughter Carolyn L. Barkley of Wintergreen Resort, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2013. Lois is survived by her grandson Kelley Powell, his wife Kimberly (Murray) Powell, and three granddaughters. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, May 15, 2013.)

 

Kenneth Lyford died August 18, 2009 in Maine, his home state, at age 86. Burial was in Monroe, ME.  (Bangor Daily News, August 22, 2009)

Alexander Nickett, 96, a lifelong Springfield resident, died Sunday at Reed's Landing in Springfield. Born June 22, 1917 in Springfield, Alex was the son of the late Feodor F. and Agafia S. (Kovalchuk) Nikituk. He was educated in local schools and went on to receive bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois. He served with the Army's 282nd Engineer Combat Battalion during World War Two and was stationed in Germany. Alex began his teaching career at the Prospect Hill School in Westfield. He later taught at the Howard Street School in Springfield and the moved on to the East Longmeadow school system and taught German, Russian and English at  East Longmeadow High School for many years. He was a member of St. Peter and St. Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Springfield. Alex was also a lifelong member of the YMCA and the Springfield Boys Club and was also a member of the JCC.  He is survived by two nieces, one nephew, three grandnephews, two  great-grandnieces, and one great-grandnephew.

 

Karl A. Owen died March 17, 2009 in Pageland, SC at age 79. He was born September 24, 1929. He left one son, Bradford Haney Owen of Arden, NC. (Social Security death record)

John Reynolds Roan died October 2, 2013 in Springfield, at age 92. He was an original faculty member at ELHS, where he taught most of his career and was chairman of the History Department. When Arlene Tashlick left ELHS in mid-1963. John took over as coach of the championship ELHS As Schools Match Wits team.

Born in Brockton, MA, John served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. He came to ELHS from Monson Academy, where he also had taught history. John and his wife Anita lived in Hampden, MA, for 50 years, before moving to Keystone Woods in Springfield. Anita passed away in 2010. He was survived by two daughters, one in Wilbraham and one in Alabama; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ralph Lester Shindler, 93, of Arden, North Carolina passed away peacefully on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the John F. Keever Solace Center. Raised in Rosalia, WA, Ralph graduated from Rosalia High School in 1939. Before entering the military, Ralph worked for a year at the FBI. He joined the United States Army in 1943, serving in the South Pacific until 1945. Upon his return from WWII, Ralph attended Northampton Commercial College (NCC) in Massachusetts, where he received his associate's degree in business office practice. He then taught business practice courses at Wilmington High School in Wilmington, Vermont before returning to NCC to teach for two years. He received his bachelor of science degree and his master's degree in education between 1954 and 1959. He worked for eight years as a teacher and then assistant principal at Longmeadow High School, followed by 16 years (1963-79) as principal of East Longmeadow High School.

Ralph resided in Longmeadow for five years and in East Longmeadow for 12 years. Following his retirement from ELHS  in 1979, he had lived in Arden, North Carolina for the past 28 years. He enjoyed playing golf, watching football, and spending time with his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Jayne K. (Neumann) Shindler; one daughter and one son; a brother; two grandsons; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul Tarsa, who taught math and coached hockey at ELHS, passed away June 26, 2017 at age 77.

Born in Indian Orchard, MA, Paul earned early acclaim as a Cathedral HS hockey player and then later for AIC. First employed as a high school math teacher in East Longmeadow, he coached the Spartan hockey team to an unprecedented Western Mass. championship. 

A series of vice-principal positions ensued until age 42, at which time Paul transitioned away from education to become a market analyst for Hamilton Standard. After retirement, Paul served as Dean of Undergraduate Education at Western New England College.

Robert G. Troutman (Science Teacher and Coach, 1960-64) of Sebastian, FL, passed away March 19, 2017, at age 89. Bob taught and coached in East Longmeadow for 38 years, first at Birchland Park Junior High and, beginning in 1960, at ELHS. At ELHS he was varsity basketball coach and assistant coach of soccer and football.

In 1990 Bob moved to Florida and worked 18 years at a super market before again retiring in 2010. He leaves his wife, Cheryl, one son in Virginia, and one daughter in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Jakie S. Upshaw, 80, of Marietta, Georgia, died Thursday, January 18, 2007. Burial will be at Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta. Dr. Upshaw was born in Cobb County. She was a graduate of Concord Teachers College in West Virginia and completed her education at Peabody College in Nashville where she received her Masters, and at Springfield College, where she received a doctorate.

Dr. Upshaw taught physical education at Marietta High School and led the girl's basketball team to the state championship in 1952. She also taught at Georgia Teachers College and Wesylan College in Macon. Beginning in 1961, she taught at East Longmeadow High School for 24 years. After she retired Dr. Upshaw returned to Marietta.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta and the Sports in Golf and Tennis. Survivors include her sister and many nieces and nephews. (Excerpted from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 19, 2007)

 

Robert Vespaziani passed away January 20, 2018 in Lakefield, Ontario. "Coach Ves" was chairman of the phys ed department, head football coach, and assistent track coach during our senior year. He continued in those positions until 1969, when he moved to the Toronto area to begin a long and successful career as a coach of college and professional football teams in Canada.

He was survived by his wife, five children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 

 

STAFF

Doris Cruikshank died Jan. 18, 2012, at age 101. She was born in Springfield, Mass., July 8, 1910, and attended schools in Springfield before graduating from Skidmore College in 1933. Doris was office secretary at East Longmeadow High School.

Survivors include her son, Dr. David Cruikshank of Portland, Ore.; daughter Mary Silverman and her husband, Steve, of South Burlington; daughter Lois Cruikshank Winters, ELHS ‘64 and her husband, Gary, of Dover, N.H.; and daughter Brigitte Maynard of Cary, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.. (Excerpted from Burlington Free Press, Jan. 20, 2012)

Alfred Desmond served as our attendance supervisor from 1960 to 1964, in his capacity as an officer of the East Longmeadow Police Department.  Al passed away January 6, 2018, at age 96. Al was the father of Bobbie Desmond Bennett and father-in-law of Dick Bennett, both ELHS '64, as well as father of Donna Desmond Crafts, ELHS '67.

As a veteran of the Pacific Theater in WW II, Al was part of an Honor Flight to Washington, DC. He and his wife Joyce had been married for 72 years, spending their retirement years in Port Charlotte, FL.

Helen (Byrne) Hayward, 93, of Porter Road, died Thursday in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was employed by area hospitals and retired as East Longmeadow school nurse. She was born and educated in Rutland, VT. Her husband, Milton A. Hayward, died in 1987. She leaves two sons, Charles B. of Springfield and Pierce of Rutland Center, Vt.; a brother, Thomas R. Byrne of Plymouth, N.H.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. (Exerpted from Springfield Republican, March 18, 2001)

Agnes Livingstone, longtime secretary to the principal of East Longmeadow High School, passed away in East Longmeadow on March 5, 2016, at age 91. She was born in Scotland in 1924. Her son, Alton III "Skip" Livingstone, graduated from ELHS in 1965.

Dr. John Quinn of Longmeadow, who practiced in East Longmeadow for 47 years, died late Wednesday morning at his residence. Born in Springfield, John earned his M.D. from Boston University. He was a veteran of WW II, participating in campaigns in Europe and receiving the purple heart with 3 service stars.

Dr. Quinn was a licensed physician in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was the East Longmeadow School physician for many years. He received the Fifty Years of Medical Service Award from the Massachusetts Medical Society, retired from private practice in 1997, and also retired as Medical Director of the East Longmeadow Nursing Home in 1998. John was an active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians, Irish - American Pediatric Society, Hampden District Medical Society, East Longmeadow Lions Club, and the Springfield Lodge of Elks. He was an avid golfer and also a member of the Springfield Country Club, Hyannis Yacht Club, and Colony Club.

Dr. Quinn is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carol L. (Soutra) Quinn, three sisters, two sons including Barry Quinn, who attended East Longmeadow schools and graduated from Mt. Hermon School in 1964, four daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. (Exerpted from Springfield Republican, Dec. 10, 2004)

Ralph Herrick Jr., superintendant of buildings and grounds at East Longmeadow High School, died July 10, 1972, in Springfield at age 56. A long-time supervisor of maintenance at East Longmeadow High School, he had lived in the town for 21 years.

Ralph served in the Army in World War II and was a member of several town organizations including the East Longmeadow Building Committee. He was survived by his wife Norma Richard-Herrick, four daughters, two stepsons, and one stepdaughter. He was born in Gloucester, MA March 9, 1916.(Excerpted from the Springfield Union, July 12, 1972)

Clinton L Joslyn, 80, of 30 Wood Ave., retired head custodian for East Longmeadow High School, died Monday at Baystate Medical Center, Wesson Unit, Springfield.

He retired in 1967. Born here, he lived in Springfield, before returning to EL for 35 years. He also was a custodian for Mittineague Methodist Church, West Springfield, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of East Longmeadow Methodist Church and its One’s and Two’s Club, Charles C. Spellman Lodge of Masons, Melha Temple Shrine, Springfield, and its Hadji Unit, and Springfield Golden Age Club.

He leaves his wife, the former Margaret Anderson; two sisters, two daughters, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, May 13, 1984)

Emily Mumford died January 28, 1994 in Chatham, MA at age 89. She was born in Massachusetts on September 22, 1904. (Census information)

Ruth Swanson passed away October 13, 2011. Born in Springfield on April 25, 1922, she was a graduate of Springfield Technical High School. After raising three children, Ruth returned to work as a secretary in the East Longmeadow public schools, as well as several area businesses. Ruth was a member of Bethesda Lutheran and later St. Paul Lutheran Churches, where she was a long-time choir member. She was survived by three children and three grandchildren. Her daughter Carolyn, ELHS '67, passed away in November 2012. Her son Clark graduated from ELHS in 1970. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, October 14, 2011)
 

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

 

Emily (McCreanor) Badger, 89, of 322 Parker St., died Saturday in Springfield's Baystate Medical Center. Born in Swissvale, Pa., she lived in East Longmeadow for the past 45 years. She was a 50-year member of South Church in Springfield and belonged to the Springfield Women's Club and the Springfield Garden Club.

A member of the East Longmeadow School Committee, she was its secretary and chairperson, and was instrumental in the development of the East Longmeadow Scholarship Foundation and the East Longmeadow Golden Age Club.

Her husband, Cecil E. Badger, died in 1991. She leaves one son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, November 13, 1995)

Gordon M. Grady, 69, of 345 Kibbe Road, retired vice president-secretary and treasurer of Monarch Life Insurance Co., Springfield, died Tuesday in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield Unit. He was a longtime member of the East Longmeadow School Committee, and had been its chairman.

Born in East Haven, Conn., he lived in East Longmeadow for 24 years. A graduate of High School of Commerce and Northeastern University, he joined Monarch as an accountant in 1929 and rose to the positions of secretary and treasurer in 1964 and member of the board of directors in 1965. He retired in 1974.

He leaves his wife, the former Louise Benton; one brother, one son, one daughter, (Susan Grady DeVree, ELHS '62), and three grandchildren.(Excerpted from the Springfield Union, April 2, 1981)

Ray S. Jones, 95, of Vernon, Vt., and formerly of 7 Fairhaven Drive, East Longmeadow, died Thursday in a Vermont nursing home. He was a former town official, a deputy fire chief and the local manager for Massachusetts Electric Co. for 43 years. He retired in 1969.

Born in Winchendon, he lived in East Longmeadow for 60 years. He was a past master of the Charles C. Spellman Masonic Lodge and a 42-year member of the East Longmeadow Fire Department and served as deputy chief. He was a town assessor, a past president of the East Longmeadow Chamber of Commerce and an 18-year member of the School Committee.

His wife, the former A. Hazel Bilton, died in 1995. He leaves one granddaughter and one daughter-in-law. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, November 27, 1999)

Gerald Osterman--b. 1921, died August 12, 2015; career as chemical engineer for Monsanto; Board member all 4 years, resigning when transferred from EL to St. Louis, end of '64 school year, replaced by Beverly Hazen; as of 2012, living in Little Rock AR with  daughter Shirley; daughter Kathy Osterman Flewelling attended ELHS 61-64

James M. Towle, 89, passed away January 23, 2011 in Bradenton, FL. Born and raised in West Roxbury, MA, James graduated from Bates College and raised his family in East Longmeadow. He spent his career in radio and automotive sales. He was a member of the E. Longmeadow School Committee for 12 years, including serving as chairman. James was involved in many organizations including his churches and Little League baseball.

James's wife Arlene predeceased him in April 2010. He leaves four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. (Excerpted from the Springfield Republican, May 15, 2011)