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Gay Walker (1932-2020)

We mourn the passing of Elisha Gayland Walker, former AHS faculty alumni. Coach Walker moved to Austin in 1960 and began teaching algebra at the old AHS campus. During his tenure he also coached football, baseball and was the head basketball coach when he left AHS to join the AISD administration. Click here for current obituary

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Remembering Jacquelyn McGee

Dr. Jacquelyn Ann McGee, 1946 graduate and retired principal of Stephen F. Austin High School, died Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Ms. McGee began at AHS as a teacher of English then in 1974 was appointed principal of the newly constructed Austin High School. She became the first woman in the state of Texas to serve as principal of a high school in a major urban center and led the school when it was recognized as on of only forty “outstanding high school in the United States.”

Along with recognition by many national associations, the AHS students and faculty further honored her by naming their new performance facility “The Jacquelyn McGee Performing Arts Center.”

Click this link to read the full obituary.

Thank you Alumni

I want to thank everyone who responded to my emails this week, you sent in hundreds of changes and it was a treat to hear from all of you. Thank to those of you who donated to the Alumni fund – your donations provide funding for the AHS Archives and other special projects that provide excellence at AHS. If you would like to donate simply click this link: https://ahigh.kimbia.com/aushigh

Mary Margaret Holt, Class of 1954 – $100.00
Elizabeth Stevens, Class of 1972 – $50.00
Robert Bohn, Class of 1953 – $50.00
Jay Simmons, Class of 1970 – $50.00

Time to Find out what Everyone is Doing!!!

With everyone staying home and  getting a little bored with family, maybe it is time to set up a Zoom meeting or send an email out to some of your friends from Austin High.  Wouldn’t it be great to reminisce about teachers, football, band, red jackets, red dragons, watching the World Series in the cafeteria during lunch…In the past week, I have emailed the classes of 1950-1959 asking for updated emails and contact information to be added to our loyalforever website.  Registration is free and once approved (our site is closed to the public) you will have access to email and telephone numbers for thousands of Alumni.

I’ve received an email from Jean Samples, class of 1958 and wanted to share it with you:

I know our alumni have stories of what they remember in high school (remember getting on the Red Jackets’ bus for the out of town games with so much food that Miss Herndon said we had to start eating as soon as the doors on the bus closed in order to finish everything before we got back to the school that night!? Remember the very careful measurements in the spring for our new red jackets — then when they were delivered in the fall right before the first game some of us— not me — who were more “ generously endowed” couldn’t button the top button? Remember wearing white socks over our hands when some folks forgot their gloves for the governor’s parade down Congress? Dancing at the Continental Club on South Congress?) And I’m sure most of us have neat “after graduation” stories — was anyone in NYC  or at the Pentagon on 911??


Be a part of this vibrant body of alumni, if you don’t have an account, register here:  https://www.loyalforever.com/wp-login.php?action=register


And if you would like to share a story, send it to me and I’ll post it online

Alumni Passings in 2019

As we move forward into 2020 we want to remember our classmates who died in 2019. The list below was compiled by Kaye LaGrone (class of 1964) and Ann Tucker Royal (class of 1958). I send my gratitude to them and to all who participate in keeping this database of AHS Alumni current.
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Alumni Passings 2019
Class of 1960: Bill McWhorter died 20191208.
Class of 1958: Glenn Richard Dyess, died 20191227.

Class of 1945: Dorothy (Moody) Flanagan died 20191129.
Class of 1954: Sarah Alice Riley Bryce died 20191116.
Class of 1946: Robert James “Jim” Wucher died 20191116.
Class of 1946: Edward Wight died 20191107.
Class of 1956: Louise LaBauve Saxon, died 20191103.
Class of 1946: Maria del Socorro (Heflin) McCuiston died 20191102.

Class of 1953: Gerald Leroy Curry died/obit in AA-S on 1027.
Class of 1951: Joyce (Butler) Woods died 20191026.
Class of 1945: Cornelia (Lamb) Lemond died 20191023.
Class of 1942: Charles Edward Munson died 20191022.
Class of 1950: Joan Grace (Haag) Ponder died 20191014.
Class of: 1945: James (Jim) Paul Valdez died 20191010.
Class of 1961: Susan Ann “Susie” (Jewett) Valentine died 20191010.
Class of 1951: Mickey Nick Manos died 20191010.
Class of 1940: Jewell S. (Beard) Wentworth died 20191009.
Class of 1962: James Scott Erwin, known as Scott Erwin, died 20191005.
Class of 1947: Mickie Jean “Tiki” (Riley) Inks died 20191003.

Class of 1958: Ann Chiles Graham, died 20190924.
Class of 1948: Bayard Spence Wilson died 20190923.

Class of 1986: Matthew Rowland Cook died 20190830.
Class of 1949: Clarence Melvin “Mel” Stockton died 20190824.
Class of 1960: Salle Ann Dill diec 20190812.
Class of 1960: Aristedes Barrera died 20190808
Class of 1952: Janelle (Joseph) Glynn died 20190808.
Class of 1960: Tommy Joyce Williams died 20190806.
Class of 1965: Raymond Boyd Burdett died 20190801.

Class of 1935: Charles Frank Pelphrey, MD died 20190724.
Class of 1948: Patricia Ann (Cook) Moritz died 20190721.
Class of 1979: Steven Joseph Struhall died 20190717.
Class of 1956: Bridget (Hood) Anderson died 20190711.
Class of 1951: Marvin “Al” Baker, Jr. died 20190701.

Class of 1944: Billy Ballard died 20190630.
Class of 1971: Ralph Douglas Jones died 20190629.
Class of 1948: Alfred Hill Ogletree died 20190624.
Class of 1960: Alice (Marshall) Davis died 20190620.
Class of 1945: Bernice (Mobley) Mohle died 20190619.
Class of 1973: Suzanne Redwine Fischer died 20190616.
Class of 1949: Carolyn Ann (Smith) Royder died 20190615.
Class of 1963: Donald “Scotty” Thomas, Jr. died 20190613.
Class of 1953: Mary (Attal) Risica died 20190612.
Class of 1951: Joyce Elaine (Rydberg) Chaney died 20190609.
Class of 1962: Ann Christina “Tina” McGaughey died 20190607.
Class of 1950: Virginia Leafy (Fasel) McAngus died 20190605.
Class of 1989: Mark Kenneth Bohrer died 20190602.

Class of 1947: Norma Bee (Larson) Pugh died 20190530.
Class of 1954: Jerald Boyd “Jerry” Weide died 20190527.
Class of 1959: Bette (Nelson) Heinrich died 20190526.
Class of 1961: Bobby Franklin Parker died 20190523.
Class of 1944: Burford Lee “Cactus Bur” Westlund died 20190513.
Class of 1947: Andy Frank Wagner (b. 19250701) died 20190521.
Class of 1952: James N. Burke died 20190513.
Class of 1960: Wilford A. Lawrence died 20190509
Class of 1940: Mildred (Hamilton) Walston died 20190505.
Class of 1959: Daniel Faz Maldonado died 20190502.
Class of 1944: Georgia Maxine (Oyler) Childress died 20190501.
Class of 1959: Bette Nelson Heinrich died 20190525.

Class of 1958: Heinie D Pate died 20190506.
Class of 1947: Jiles Worley Jackson died 20190423.
Class of 1965: Ersalene Faye “Crickett” Chappell died 20190422.
Class of 1939: Marcella Hermine Clara (Damerau) Spiller died 20190414.
Class of 1958: Richard Page Keeton died 20190420.
Class of 1953: W. L. “Pat” Smith died 20190414.
Class of 1949: Robert Ash “Bob” Pennybacker died 20190408.
Class of 1955: Dr. Vernon eugene (Gene) Grove died 20190405.
Class of 1956: Johnny L. Voudouris died 20190403.
Class of 1951: Samuel Christopher Spiller died 20190402.
Class of 1958: Joseph Reid died 20190411.
Class of 1943: Jack Nolan Miller died 20190331.
Class of 1940: Margaret Ann (Cuthbertson) Quadlander died 20190330.
Class of 1941: Gardina Frances Holubec died 20190324.
Class of 1944: Helen Irene “Mutti” (Thoresen) Mathias died 20190323.
Class of 1952: Wallace Wilmer Archie “Wally” Thieme died 20190323.
Class of 1949: Richard Swearingen Gracy, Jr. died 20190323.
Class of 1974: Thatcher Warren Freund died 20190319.
Class of 1960: William “Bill” Mitchell Allen died 20190317.
Class of 1952: Howard Smith “Smitty” Johnson died 20190315.
Class of 1946: Billie Janice McLaren Fickel died 20190311.
Class of 1944: Peyton Osborne “P.O.” Abbott died 20190307.
Class of 1952: Jean Harling (Crawford) Kennedy died 20190305.
Class of 1966: Lynn Paul Gastinger [AHS1966] died 20190303.
Class of 1958: Mary Reagan Birdwell Brill died 20190303.

Class of 1950: William August “Bill” Felsing, Jr. died 20190224.
Class of 1960: Judy Adams Grant died 20190221.
Class of 1951: Lynwood Curtis Krause died 20190220.
Class of 1951: Carl Moore died 20190218.
Class of 1968: Mary Elizabeth “Beth” (Brice) Jones died 20190215.
Class of 1958: Beverley Sue (Ward) Stengel died 20190214.
Class of 1948: Marvin Chester Schroeder died 20190205.
Class of 1952: Buell Townsend died 20190202.

Class of 1946: Jeanne (Latham) Ragsdale died 20190129.
Class of 1944: William D. “Bill” Gaston died 20190126.
Class of 1969: Wilbert W. “Hen” Washington.
Class of 1962: Joel Saegert died 20190124.
Class of 1960: Stanley Thawley died 20190122.
Class of 1953: Frances (Brown) Allen died 20190118.
Class of 1960: Bronson Schultz died 20190115.
Class of 1943: Pauline (Hausmann) Burton died 20190114.
Class of 1947: Barbara Inez (Foster) Brawner died 20190112.
Class of 1987: Denise (Marez-Perez) Spangler died 20190110.
Class of 1957: Carol Jean (Patterson) Niemann died 20190107.
Class of 1957: Margaret Suzanne “Sue” (Cocke) Robinson died 20190105.
Class of 1948: Jo Ann “Kandy” (Canady) Fischer died 20190102.

Alice Davis

Long-time Austin High School World Geography teacher and social studies department chairperson, Alice Marshall Davis passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019. After retiring she remained involved in the AHS community through the AHS Contributing Scholarship Foundation and the Assistance League of Austin. She was also a loyal supporter of the AHS Hall of Honor.

$26,000 Dollars!!!

$26,000. Thirteen deserving Maroons who’ve received much-needed funds to continue their education beyond the halls of Austin High.

Almost 50 years since their graduation from AHS, members of the Class of 1970 regularly and generously give to Stephen F. Austin High School Continuing Education Foundation (AHSCEF), funding scholarships for seniors who need financial assistance to go to to college or trade school. AHSCEF thanks these alums for their continued support, with special kudos to Kevin Maguire, the Foundation’s board member who spearheads the donation drive for the class.

Among the thirteen scholarships, at least four have been given in honor of deceased members of AHS ’70. Griff Andrews, Cathy Scott McElroy, Ivan Leshikar, and Brad Boring have been lovingly remembered by their classmates.

Hayden Bowers Scholarship Fund

By way of background, as you may know, each year friends and family of Hayden Bowers meet to celebrate his memory at the Hayden Bowers Classic flag football tournament. Recently, a number of us have discussed our desire to honor him in a more permanent way. While the tournament is certainly a meaningful and fun event we hope to continue, we want to honor his life and empower our memories of him long after our legs give out. In conjunction with his Ten-Year High School Reunion, and with the support of the Bowers family, we have finally made this a reality.

It is with this background, honor, and excitement that we get to announce our partnership with Austin Community Foundation in forming the Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund is created to honor the memory of Hayden Bowers, and to help future Maroons pursue their dreams. As a 2008 graduate of S.F. Austin High, Hayden was an exemplary student-athlete in multiple sports, as well as a well-respected member of the community.  A leader, on and off the field, Hayden displayed great character and left a lasting impact on all who knew him.  This is an annual scholarship that will be awarded to a graduating student-athlete from S.F. Austin High who has displayed exceptional community leadership and citizenship.

Upcoming Goals:

  • Raise $100,000 to create an endowment fund awarding $4,000 in annual scholarships to Austin High student-athletes in perpetuity.
  • Select a 2019 graduating Maroon for the first ever Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship.  An Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the Bowers family and Austin High’s faculty and athletic department, will utilize pre-set scholarship criteria to review and select scholarship candidates.

Please join us in honoring the memory of our great friend Hayden Bowers by making a contribution to this scholarship fund. Your donation will provide meaningful support for future generations of Austin High Maroons.

If you wish to donate the link is: https://haydenbowersmemorialscholarship.kimbia.com/donate or by mailing a check to Austin Community Foundation, ATTN: Hayden Bowers Memorial Scholarship Fund, 4315 Guadalupe Street, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78751. For more information, you may email us at HBMemorialScholarship@gmail.com.

James Page
Mark Buchanan
Wilson Albright
Chris Shinaberry

Thank You for Your Donation

Thank you to the most recent donors to the AHS Alumni Association.  These funds are used to promote excellence at AHS and provide assistance to the Hall of Honor in their endeavor to preserve artifacts in the archives. We wish to thank our newest members for their support of the Association. Memberships are $25.00 for 1 year and $250.00 for a lifetime membership.

Corinne Johnson, Class of 1973 - Lifetime Membership

Mary Lou McDaniel Ramsey, Class of 1958 – Alumni Membership

Chris Ruud, Class of 1970 – Alumni Membership

Wilson Bauer, Class of 2010 – Lifetime Membership

Austin High Track and Field News

Austin High School, AISD, and the Austin running community have partnered to raise funds to resurface and renovate the Austin High track and field. This initiative is a public/private partnership called “Back the Track,” and we are looking for businesses, runners, parents, and other community members to contribute to this great cause. With over 15,000 in the community using the AHS track annually, it is critical to restore the track into top shape. Visit: www.backthetrack.run for information.

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