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Class of 1957 Reunion to be held in March


March 24 & 25, 2017

Friday beginning at 6 PM at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Arboretum, 9505 Stonelake Boulevard, Austin, Texas, 78759 512-372-8771 FAX: +1-512-231-4099 Special booking information available – contact Jim Holmes or Betty Warner

Saturday evening beginning at TBD Baby Acapulco’s (a Mexican Restaurant) 9505-B Stonelake Blvd., Austin, Texas 78759 PH:(512)795-9000

Complimentary appetizers at hotel, otherwise All functions are pay-as-you go. At this time, no events or entertainment is planned. Just enjoy visiting with long-time friends.

Please send an email ASAP to Jim Bob Holmes at  telling us if you plan to attend and include your contact information for the directory.
Questions? Call Jim Bob at 979/278-3834 “Angel donations appreciated”

“Loyal Forever”

Texas Hold’em Tournament Fundraiser

Play poker and have some fun and win as much as $2000.00 at the Texas Hold’em AHS fundraiser on Sunday February 19, The event will begin at noon at Third Base, 13301 U.S. 183. This is a great way to contribute to the Continuing Education Foundation to fund AHS scholarships.

Find out more

or contact Michelle Segall Bassett

In Memoriam 2016

We morn the passing of AHS alumni over the past year.

Thank you to Kaye LaGrone, class of 1964, who researches and provides this report

Class of 1945: Harold Denton Loftis, CW4 (Ret) died 20161230.
Class of 1947: Thomas Wesley White died 20161227.
Class of 1982: Glenn “George” Capps died 20161225.
Class of 1958: Sharon Gayle Noble Hammer died 20161217.
Class of 1948: Will David Davis, Sr. died 20161212.
Class of 1948: Octavio Tripp Garza died 20161201.

Class of 1941: Walter E. White, Jr. died 20161129.
Class of 1945: Robert B. “Bob” Blackstone, Jr. died 20161127.
Class of 1960: Terrance Joe “Terry” Lundell died 20161122.
Class of 1941: Bess Emily (Achilles) Allred died 20161121.
Class of 1948: Earl Webb Mayfield died 20161119.
Class of 1940: Hume Cofer (given name George Hume Cofer) died 20161113.
Class of 1977: Bret Banister died 20161111.
Class of 1938: Billy Howard Amstead died 20161110.
Class of 1950: Ruby Nell (Youngblood) Wright died 20161106.
Class of 1963: Randolph George “Randy” Mueller died 20161101.

Class of 1949: Dorthy Ann (Fritts) Albright died 20161028.
Class of 1947: Celesta F. (Holt) Cullen died 20161028.
Classof 1963: Barbara Ann Dublin (Alexander) 20161023.
Class of 1946: Mervyn Earl “Merv” Krause died 20161012.
Class of 1942: Lucile “Cile” (Dorsett) Chamberlain died 20161011.
Class of 1941: Zilla LaVerne (Luce) Larson-Crow died 20161007.
Class of 1989: Michael James “Mike” Coolidge died 20161024.
Class of 1938: Bettie (Quinn) Porter died 20161014.
Class of 1942: Frances LGean “Gean” Richardson died 20161007.

Class of 1948: Janelle “Jan” (Buford) Bohls died 20161006.
Class of 1947: James W. Parker died 20160924.
Class of 1959: James Lewis Cooper died 20160921.
Class of 1963: Kent M. Rider died 20160921.
Class of 1941: Jessie B. (Abney) Shelby died 20160919.
Class of 1945: Thomas Bowman Black died 20160918.
Class of 1948: Harry L. Bengtson, Jr. died 20160917.
Class of 1941: Martha Virginia (Hale) Piza died 20160915.
Class of 1953: Joe Angelo Lopez, Sr. died 20160915.
Class of 1944: RoseMarie “Rosie” (Stenson) Jones died 20160911.
Class of 1953: Carl Milton Wallace died 20160908.
Class of 1963: Joyce Ritchie Garner died 20160907.
Class of 1951: Doris (Pillans) Carlson Baker died 20160906.
Class of 1949: Joe Collis Miles, Sr. died 20160902.
Class of 1953: Lemuel “Lem” Scarbrough, Jr. died 20160901.

Class of 1944: Glen B. Quick died 20160828.
Class of 1958: Albert S. Hernandez died 20160826.
Class of 1957: Otto M. Friedrich, Jr. died 20160816.
Class of 1973: Hampden Gregory “Hampie” Han died 20160813.
Class of 1956: Joyce (Gourley) Howell died 20160809.
Class of 1948: Horace Samuel “Sonny” Wallace, Jr. died 20160806.
Class of 1947: Margaret Ann (Sanderford) Underwood died 20160730.
Class of 1977: David Eric Speer died 20160728.
Class of 1953: Robert Littlefield Buford, Jr. died 20160728.
Class of 1976: Horace Saldana, Jr. died 20160725.
Class of 1946: Jeanette (Burkhardt) Wright died 20160725.
Class of 1950: Frances Jane (Beaty) Sasser died 20160720.
Class of 1947: Noel Norman Farrer died 20160717.
Class of 1951: Jesse Liston “JL” Smith died 20160714.
Class of 1946: Frances (Bones) Batla died 20160714.
Class of 1949: William Howard “Billy” Cox died.
Class of 1954: Charlene Margaret (Anderson) Sefcik died 20160711.
Class of 1952: Estelle (Dooley) Fancher died 20160703.
Class of 1948: Jesse Thomas “Tom” Rice died 20160629.

Class of 1954: Raul Rios Mendez died 20160629.

Class of 1956: Eugenia (Mahone) Harrell died 20160626
Class of 1957: Dolores (Resendez) Carlin died 20160625.
Class of 1951: Carol (Rains) Murchison died 20160623.
Class of 1944: Bill Holland Paschall died 20160623.
Class of 1943: Lucile “Lucy”(Sutton) Baumgardner died 20160620.
Class of 1949: Ollie Mae (Sampier) Gebert died 20160609.
Class of 1965: Robert Harrell “Bobby” Seaholm died 20160604.
Class of 1960: Sutton Gibbs Page died 20160603.

Class of 1944: James Walton “J. W.” Davis, Jr. died 20160530
Class of 1940: Golda Jean (Gellman) Schmidt died 20160530.
Class of 1963: Bruce Mark Matthews died 20160528.
Class of 1946: Howard Franklin Payton died 20160524.
Class of 1957: Judith (Jones) Holden died 20160522.
Class of 1938: Bette (Schutze) McLean died 20160520

Class of 1970: Ivan Leshikar died 20160518.
Class of 1952: Nevellyn Louise (Davis) Pruitt died 20160517.
Class of 1959: Harold L. Page, Jr. died 20160511/AA-S on 0515.
Class of 1946: Gwendolyn Olive (Elwell) Westervelt died 20160510.
Class of 1949: Betty Jean (Crowder) Dodson died 20160512.
Class of 1945: Bernice “Bunce” (Symank) Kissman died 20160508.

Class of 1965: Robin Hunt died 20160428.
Class of 1974: Vivian Anne Ping died 20160420.
Class of 1956: Mary Ilene (Rees) Guthrie died 20160416.
Class of 1931: Francis (Pfaefflin) Harris died 20160404.
Class of 1948: Laura Mae (Cullen) Baker died 20160402.

Class of 1931: Janet (Wofford) Ingram died 20160329.
Class of 1947: Betty Ann (Bradfield) Cummins died 20160321.
Class of 1964: David Montgomery “Joe” Ashmore died 20160322.
Class of 1964: Doris Marie (Mims) Neal died 20160321.
Class of 1952: David Connell Parker died 20160318.
Class of 1952: Arval Wendell Bohn died 20160317.
Class of 1959: Stella (Guerrero) Rivera died 20160312.
Class of 1964: William Holland “Bill” Page died 20160309.
Class of 1943: Stanley Malcolm Berkman died 20160308.

Class of 1957: Barbara (Thompson) Evans died 20160308.
Class of 1950: Henrietta Castro Gourley died 20160308.
Class of 1956: Nicholas “Nick” Huntzis died 20160307.
Class of 1939: Helen Marjorie (Robisher) Swanson died 20160131.
Class of 1957: Jarvis Haverland died 20160125.
Class of 1950: Russell Alan Smith died 20160125.
Class of 1943: Gladys Olivia (Carlson) Hirst died 20160122.
Class of 1971: Ellen Roberta Bradley died 20160121
Class of 1943: Victor Edgar Ray died 20160117.
Class of 1943: Billie Ruth (Blackburn) Wisian died 20160117
Class of 1963: Randolph George “Randy” Mueller died 20160116.
Class of 1964: Ann Dale (Bauhof) Nachlinger died 20160113.
Class of 1940: George Ellison Morgan died 20160113.
Class of 1971: Rebecca (Clay) Bryant died 20160110.
Class of 1985: Carlos Martinez died 20160109.
Class of 1980: Kirk L. Williams died 20160104.


Dorris Parke Schrank – AHS Alumni

Dorris SchrankWe celebrate the life and gift of Dorris Parke Schrank, Mommy Dorris (D), our wonderful mother, mentor, and friend. As we think about Mommy D, the words that come to mind include loving, caring, giving, working, inspiring, and laughing. She almost made it to the age of 100, she was 99 when she peacefully went to sleep for the last time, under a beautiful full moon, on October 15, 2016. She was a retired Austin High School math teacher, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and lifelong Longhorn. She was born February 6, 1917 in Kyle, Texas. Her parents were Edna B. Hooker Parke and Oscar G Parke II. Her sister Mary B. Parke Hall is living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and she was preceded in death by her brother Oscar G. Parke III and her husband Dr. A.R. Schrank. She is survived by her son Kenton Parke Schrank MD and his wife Andrea (of Pottsboro, Texas); daughter Karon Schrank Simpson MD, and her husband J. Scott Simpson MD (of Austin, Texas); grandchildren Lt.Col. Amber E. Schrank Ritenour MD, and her husband Lt.Col. Josh Ritenour MD, Travis Parke Schrank MD, and his wife Yana Mikhaylov MD, Madison Paige Schrank, Gayle Simpson Patel MS, and her husband Niraj P. Patel MS MBA, Kristi Simpson Plotnick MHA, and her husband Jonathan D. Plotnick BA, Sean S. Simpson MS (almost MD) and his wife Abbie Arnold Simpson PA; and great grandchildren Abigail Ritenour, Caleb Ritenour, Amelia Patel, Lila Patel, and Addison Plotnick. Dorris grew up in Kyle, Texas and graduated from Texas State University, majoring in english and mathematics. Her first job was in Kerrville, Texas, as a math teacher, where she was only two years older than her students. She continued to teach math at University Junior High, in Austin, Texas, where she reconnected with and married Auline Raymond Schrank, and helped him complete his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Dr. Schrank continued as a biology professor at UT, where he later served as the Dean of Natural Sciences. Once married, Dorris spent most of her time raising her two children and supporting UT. Later, she returned to teaching after her children were in school. She taught math including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus to many of the Austin High School students for 20 years. She was a tough, but fair, teacher and challenged her many students (including her children and their friends) to do well in her advanced math classes, and then their chosen professions. She was always the kindest teacher and was loved and respected by many people. She loved her family dearly, and will be missed and remembered by them for years to come, as well as by her many friends and former students. Despite her advanced age and other challenges, Dorris continued to care for herself, home, and finances independently, until two months prior to her death. Kent, Karon, and their families would like to invite you to remember Dorris and celebrate her life with them on November 12, 2016, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at 16407 Kidd Lane, Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions or memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church or the UT General Scholarship Fund.

Class of 1976 Announces Reunion Plans

You are invited to the 40 Year Reunion of the

1976 Class of S. F. Austin High School

Saturday, November 19, 2016
7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Lions Municipal Club House
2901 Enfield Road, Austin, Texas

Tex-Mex Dinner will be served
(Margaritas, beer and soft drinks)
$10.00/per person
(check by mail or credit card payable via Eventbrite)
Donations Appreciated

Make checks payable and mail to:
AHS Reunion ‘76, 1403 Hardouin Ave., Austin , TX 78703

Music & Entertainment provided by
our own classmate:

Brian Turner Band—Rockabilly Deluxe Show

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We Mourn the Passing Of Angie Reeve

Angie Reeve, AHS librarian for 19 years and archivist for the Hall of Honor died July 10, 2016.  We will miss her dedication for and love of her students as well as her embracing personality.  A memorial service in her honor will be held at Austin High School on September 17 at 2:00pm.

Angelica “Angie” Carone Reeve was born July 29, 1948, in Escalon California and celebrated her Heavenly birthday July 10, 2016. Her parents, Luigi Carone and Maddalena DeCarlo Carone were two Italian immigrants who came to California seeking a better life, her father a walnut and grape farmer and her mother an incredible cook, seamstress and homemaker. Angie learned English at the age of six and often got scolded by teachers for talking to her classmates during lessons. Once Angie learned how to communicate in English she wasn’t going to stop. Angie’s mother, who had quit school at fourth grade in order to care for her siblings, emphasized the importance of education, inspiring Angie to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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The AHS Band Needs Your Support

The Austin High School Band Program is in need of your support. We are proud to announce that we are growing faster than ever, but due to a shortage of state funding, we are lacking the ability to purchase and maintain essential equipment to perform.

True to the Austin High School Loyal Forever motto, the Austin High Band places a strong emphasis on student leadership, individual accountability and character building. Our hope is to have Austin High Band students become better citizens, leaders and music-lovers for life.  We understand that a vital part of the success of the Austin High School Band Program comes from our dedicated parent volunteers and strong support from our community.

Here are some of our immediate needs:

·      Costuming and equipment for Color Guard

  • Consultants for Master Classes and Scholarship lessons
  • Funding for entry fees and transportation for all non-UIL competitions

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SCHENK, Brian William

SCHENK, Brian William
July 29, 1938 – July 19, 2015

With great sadness the family and friends of Brian William Schenk announce that he died peacefully on July 19, 2015 in Austin, Texas after battling significantly declining health for the past 2 years. Brian was 76 years old. Brian was born July 29, 1938 in Union New Jersey and after the war, ultimately relocated to Texas to attend college and pursue his teaching career. Always a dedicated and excellent student, Brian completed a B. S. Ed and M. Ed, (Texas ‘59, Texas ‘60) with 45 hours on a doctorate.

Brian also loved the Boy Scouts of America and was a boy scout, eventually achieving the distinctive rank of Eagle Scout, which he was extremely proud of.

As a young man he fell in love with everything involving railroads and trains and continued his passion for the railroad throughout his life. He volunteered as a brakeman on the Texas Hill Country Flyer for over a decade. He volunteered the last years of his life as an archival worker and tour guide at the Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas, riding Amtrak to and from the museum in Temple two days a week.

Brian Schenk served 37 years as a Social Studies and Government Teacher in the Austin Independent School District, 8 years of which were at John H. Reagan High School. Brian sponsored the Student Council, inspiring hundreds of his students to become future leaders of high character and great integrity. Brian founded the Reagan High School Gymnastics Club at the urging of several talented athletes at the school. It was a sport he would be involved in the rest of his life.

Brian was also one of the founding leaders of the Gymnastics Association of Texas. Brian served that organization as its President, Board Member, Executive Director, and advisory member from1966 until 1994. Brian was honored by the organization as a Life Member in 1992.

The last 23 years of his teaching career, Brian taught Social Studies courses at Austin High School. He and librarian Kay Braziel started the Archives at Austin High, which is now known as the Brian W. Schenk Archive Collection at Austin High. He and four students were co-founders of the Austin High Hall of Honor and Dedication Day, a school-wide celebration which is now a cherished tradition. He served as sponsor for student council, for Hall of Honor, for Junior Historians, and served as gymnastics coach.

He maintained an eager and deeply caring interest in the lives and careers of many of his former students, dozens of whom became life-long friends. In short, Brian Schenk helped more than two generations of Texans truly engage with life, and for that, there are no sufficient words of gratitude. He was and remains beloved, and he will be dearly missed.

Brian is survived by his loving sister, JoAnne Schenk Phillips, and long-time friend, Dianne Luke, of Fort Myers, Florida; Niece Kelli (Phillips) Bechtel, husband Gregory, great-niece Samantha and great-nephew Ian, Nephew David Phillips, wife Christine, great-nephew Dustin and great-nieces Mercedes and Meranda, Nephew Andrew Phillips, great-nephew Dylan and great-niece Kennedy, Nephew Perry Phillips, wife Michelle, great-niece Amber, great-nephews Matthew and Joshua, great-great-nephew (Amber’s son) Owen.

A memorial service for Brian will be held in September in Austin. Plans will be announced through social media and by close family and friends as they are developed. Next week, a memorial website will be posted by the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes of Austin. That site will offer Memorial Service information and provide family and friends the opportunity to read more about Brian and all his interests and life achievements Friends are encouraged to share pictures and memories of their times with him and offer tributes to his impact on their lives. That site can be accessed at: www.wcfish.com

In lieu of flowers, Brian strongly requested that memorial donations be made in his name to the Railroad & Heritage Museum in Temple, TX. If anyone would like to make a donation in Brian’s name please send your donation to:

Railroad & Heritage Museum, (254) 298-5190 Archives, (254) 298-5172 Museum, www.rrhm.org

Mailing Address:
Craig Ordner, Archivist
Fred M. and Dale M. Springer Archives – SFRH&MS Temple Collection
315 W. Ave B
Temple, TX, 76501
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 26 to July 27, 2015

Gentle Ben emotional in Augusta farewell

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The clouds had been building in the distance and, as if on cue, that first long low rumble of thunder enveloped the Augusta National clubhouse and the 18th green just as Ben Crenshaw got to to his tee shot. He had pull-hooked his 3-wood off the tee and was, as usual, scratching his head.

He looked up and saw longtime caddie Carl Jackson standing behind the green and lofted one pretty third shot to the green. It went long, but then slowly started to trickle back toward the hole. That’s the kind of shot you hit when you know this course intimately and, well, after 44 years, Ben knew he had this one.

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Two putts later, Ben and Carl were embracing on the green. Carl couldn’t carry the bag this week — he wasn’t up to it — so his little brother Bud stepped in. But there he was at 18 – all 6-foot-5 of him – in his white Masters jumpsuit waiting for his old friend.

It was a long, sweet hug that was punctuated by a second rumble of thunder and a few drops of rain.


Ben Crenshaw hugs caddie and longtime friend Carl Jackson on No. 18 after playing in his final Masters. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

And, yes, there were tears. You just couldn’t see them.

“I love you,’’ Ben said.

“I love you too,” Carl said.

A few feet away, Ben’s oldest daughter Katherine was wiping away the tears that had been coming for a while. She’s so like her dad – emotional, caring, perceptive.

The rumbles, she said, were only fitting. “We just knew there were other spectators in the area, too, looking down. You couldn’t write a better finish.”

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Don Zirkle, Former AHS Teacher

Zirkle passed away at his home in Austin on Christmas Day, 2014, at the age of 76. Don was born on March 26th, 1938 in Santa Anna, Texas to Earl and Thelma Zirkle.

After graduating from Coleman High School in 1956, Don attended Texas A&M, receiving a BA in History and Political Science in 1960. After graduation, he received a scholastic scholarship to Rice University, where he studied Library Science from 1960-1961. In 1961, Don joined the Navy, commissioning as an Ensign. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea from 1961-1964. After leaving active duty in 1964, Don joined the Navy Reserve and moved to Austin. In 1965, he began teaching World History at Austin High School, while also attending the University of Texas, receiving an MA in Education in 1970. In 1985, while still working with AISD as the Library Media Coordinator, Don retired as a Commander from the Navy Reserve. In 1995, Don retired from AISD after 30 years of service. Even after retirement, he continued to work part-time as a computer tech with AISD Library Media Services for another 15 years until his “second” retirement in 2010.

Throughout his life, Don had a passion for books, history, old movies, and traveling around the world… But he loved nothing more than he loved his family. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his exceptional generosity and his kind, loving heart.

Don is preceded in death by brothers David and Bobby Joe Zirkle, and sister Linda Dove. He is also preceded by sister-in-law Virginia and nephew Dwight.

Don is survived by his wife of 38 years, Shirley Hall Zirkle of Austin. He is also survived by his son Brent Zirkle of Lewisville, and granddaughters Emma, Olivia, and Sarah. Don is also survived by his daughter Stephanie Zirkle of Austin… And finally by his youngest son Jason Zirkle and wife Alison of Austin, and granddaughters Charlotte and Gillian.

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