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Austin High School Alumni Association

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.
Julie Sayers

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.

Thank you Class of 2007

Several members of the class of 2007 just updated their contact information on the Loyalforever.com database. This database is the best way to keep up with classmates throughout the years. If you have not registered on the site, today is the day. It doesn’t cost a penny and you will have access to the complete database of alumni of S.F. Austin High School. Class of 2007 recent registrants:
Deena Marie Vierus
Emily Maline
Hilary Jordan
Brock Fields
Decker H. Basham
Jacquelyn Plummer Hanson
Kristin Gutierrez Cardona
Madison L. Morales
Gershen Greenberg
Rose Goodrich Harrison
Sara Pfeiffer Tzaperas
Dawnielle Castledine

Don Baylor, Class of 1967

Don Baylor, the former Major League Baseball power hitter who won a World Series championship in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins and went on to manage the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, of cancer in his native Austin, Texas. He was 68.

Baylor had multiple myeloma, or blood cancer, according to multiple news sources.

Baylor played for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and four other AL clubs: the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox.

When the Rockies were added to the MLB along with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins during the 1993 expansion, Baylor was hired as the manager. He managed the Rockies until 1998. In 2000, he managed the Cubs for three seasons.

Donald Edward Baylor was born June 28, 1949. He played baseball and football in high school. Baseball won out.

The Orioles drafted Baylor as a second-round pick in the 1967 draft. He made his MLB debut Sept. 18, 1970, with the team. After playing for the Orioles until 1975, the outfielder was traded to the Oakland Athletics before the 1976 season.

Baylor entered free agency in 1977, signing with the Angels, where he played until 1982. He went on to play for the Yankees from 1983 to 1985, the Red Sox from 1986-to 1987, the Twins for a season in 1987, and back with the Athletics in 1988 before retiring as a player.

Baylor won a World Series ring in 1987 when he was with the Twins. He hit a home run and had three RBI during the Series.

Baylor was named an All-Star in 1979. The left fielder’s prowess as a plate-crowding power hitter earned him the Silver Slugger Award three times, in 1983, 1985, and 1986.

The Yankees shared the team’s condolences via social media.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Yankee Don Baylor,” the team tweeted. “He was a great man & we send our thoughts to his family & friends.” The post was accompanied by a photograph of Baylor from his playing days.

The Cubs also mourned Baylor’s death and sent condolences via Twitter “to his family and friends.”

Former Oriole player Ken Singleton tweeted, “Very sad last few days as baseball loses 2 strong leaders of the past, Darren Daulton & Don Baylor. Two old school tough baseball players.”

Daulton, the former Philadelphia Phillies legend who won the World Series in 1997 with the Marlins, died Sunday. He, too, had cancer.

Thank you Alumni

Thank you AHS Alumni for the outstanding response to our recent email. Hundreds of updates were made to contact information and many of you responded by joining the 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.

Our newest members/renewals:

Thomas Schieffer – Lifetime Membership
Amy Allen – Alumni Membership
Lucy Hardin – Alumni Membership
Kathryn S. LaGrone – Lifetime Membership
Theresa Maldonado – Alumni Membership
Nancy Harper – Lifetime Membership
Leslie McConnico – Lifetime Membership
Brittan King – Lifetime Membership
Pam Reed – Lifetime Membership
Charles T. Rogers – Lifetime Membership
Duke Covert – Alumni Membership
Michael Hines- Alumni Membership
John David Holmes- Lifetime Membership
Meagan Thompson- Alumni Membership
Todd Hilliard- Lifetime Membership
Thomas Schieffer – Lifetime Membership
Barbara Benson-Padgett – Lifetime Membership
Dan Lundquist – Alumni Membership
Jim Davis – Alumni Membership
Michael Marks – Alumni Membership
William R. Ward – Alumni Membership
Carolyn Sparenberg Russ – Alumni Membership
Elizabeth Harper Bouffard – Lifetime Membership
Jamie Holman – Alumni Membership
Elizabeth Milburn – Lifetime Membership
Jim D. Wynn – Lifetime Membership
Mike Holloway – Lifetime Membership
Doug Fell – Alumni Membership
Joel Billingsley – Alumni Membership
Ann Pieratt – Lifetime Membership
Emily Landry – Lifetime Membership
Kate Trimble Allen – Lifetime Membership
Victoria Burgess – Alumni Membership
Glenna G. Harris – Lifetime Membership
Toni Moore – Alumni Membership
Jerry Bell – Alumni Membership

Donate your Class Ring

Austin High School is proud to claim that we have the 2nd largest class ring collection – 2nd only to Texas A&M University. We would love to add rings from missing years to the collection and need your help. Please consider donating your ring to the collection to complete the following years:
1917, 1929, 1982, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2001, 2005-17.

We send our thanks to Ty Wheeler for donating his 2001 class ring to the collection. This act of kindness and his generosity are greatly appreciated.

Contact Jenna McEachern with questions or suggestions.

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