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Notes from Classmates:

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May 12, 2010

Dear Mates,

Dennis Bolger has passed.  Dennis was a classmate at Adams, Wilson and Hoover.  His cousin, David, was also in our class. His obit is in today's Sunday SD Union-Trib.  I remember Dennis and David from school and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Van Dyke and El Cajon Blvd.

One of my first jobs was relieving Dennis as the part-time dishwasher at Rudford's Restaurant.  The shift was Sunday night 5-9pm.  Dennis was working seven nights and this gave him a night off from "pearl diving".  We had to be in 10th grade.  Can you imagine a 15-16yr old working seven days a week today.  We were allowed one meal a shift and I always ordered fried shrimp.  Even though I worked only 4 hrs a week Tom Rudford gave me a $10 Christmas gift.  Waahooo ... tall cotton!

Those were the days my Friends.
May Dennis rest in peace with our Angels.
Be well.
(Roland Eddy)


May 12, 2010

At the request of many, Nancie (Campbell) Crowley, for the first and possibly the only time, has agreed to open her private painting studio to the public. 

Treehouse Studio was designed and constructed under the guidance of the renowned Sim Bruce Richards, AIA (student of Frank Lloyd Wright) and internationally acclaimed artist/designer James Hubbell.

Treehouse Studio, featured in James Hubbell's Emmy award winning documentary "Eye of the Beholder," will be open for only two days Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Directions and Artist information are attached hereto and available on

October 13, 2008

I just want to say Thanks to all of you that put in so much work for the Reunion.  Very well organized and I had a great time seeing so many people that I have not seen for such a long time.  I wish I could have spent an hour with each person just to see what has transpired in their lives.  The ones I did get to talk to were very interesting.  Our class has done some amazing things.   Thanks again,

Russ Chadick

October 10, 2008

I commend and applaud the popular "Hoover 1958 Class Cardinals Reunion Committee". A great team effort by the Reunion Committee was demonstrated. The Hospitality Suite and delicious wine from Vince Martinico cellar was Superb. I wish all my classmates Happiness and Longevity.  I hope to see ya all next time, CHEERS.

Eduardo (Eddie) Garcia


Lyle, you and you band of merry-makers out did yourselves this time!  What a great weekend!

Judi Johnson Kenniston

October 3, 2008

Hi -

I just wanted to let you know that I had responded that I would be attending the recent reunion.  I am so disappointed that we were unable to make it.  We were driving from Pennsylvania to San Diego.  We got as far as Oklahoma City when we got a call from our daughter about a family medical problem and decided it would be best if we returned home.  All turned out well, but really felt that family needed us at that time.  I am looking forward to seeing pictures on the website and looking forward to the next reunion.

Thanks for all  your hard work,
Syd Gifford Gergal


Congratulations to the committee for a job superbly done!

We do appreciate all of the work involved in putting these events together; sounds like y'all had a good time doing it.

It was wonderful to see so many classmates.  I enjoyed visiting with all I could find and know that I missed a few. There were some that I really hoped would be there and were not, you know who you are! 

Thanks for a great time, I look forward to another soon.

Regards,  Pauline Cave Lindblad

October 2, 2008

Hoover Class of 58 Reunion Committee,

We would like to thank each and everyone of you for making our Fiftieth Reunion such a tremendous success. We know that all of you donated a lot of time, energy and hard work over the past 18 months to make this dinner and brunch such a memorable event. It was especially nice to see so many of our friends and classmates.

Let us also not forget those in our class who are no longer with us, and those who were unable to attend for other reasons.

I believe our class was special, with very special people, and the Reunion Committee reflected my belief. We are looking forward to the next Reunion.

Thanks again for a job  well done!
Tom & Barbara Dobyns

September 28, 2008

Kudos to all of you on the committee.  It was wonderful.  I really enjoyed seeing so many and hope the turn out will be even better if there is another event.  I really enjoyed chatting with so many and was sorry to have missed some.  Thanks again - it was great.    Beth Templeton Pimentel


To Lyle LaRosh and the Reunion Committee, we want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the many months of hard work and long hours you devoted to putting on a fabulous reunion and brunch. It was certainly a memorable and enjoyable event. It was nice to see so many classmates and to spend time with each of you doing what we all do best...eating, drinking, dancing and reminiscing. We look forward to seeing all of you at the next reunion. Thanks for the memories.

Doug and Vickie Sims 


Dear Hoover Committee

I can not tell you what a fabulous job you did for your 50th reunion.  It takes those of you that are special to give of your time and ideas and thoughts and friendship to put on such a wonderful event…………..Kudos to you all. I can only hope my class of ’59 will be as successful. 

Thank you again for a wonderful two days with a special class of Hoover High School…………….Go Hoover.

Dee Dee Ditter 

September 18, 2008

Hi, Ray Talmadge (who tracked me down), and other Committee members:

I and my wife, Diane (of 35 years), are looking forward to attending both Reunion events, on the 25th and 26th.  We will be staying overnight at the Dana on Mission Bay on the evening of the 25th.

We see how much effort has the Committee has put into the planning and arrangements for this great event.  We are looking forward to being a part of it and exchanging a few of the highlights of each of our lives over the past 50 years.  How will we get it all in? 

I have been studying the lists of classmates who will be attending, as well as, regrettably, the lists of those who will not be there.  I was deeply saddened to see the names of many old friends on the "In Memory" list. 
I have no idea how we can share all of these memories and life experiences in a short span of hours over two days.  But, what an opportunity to open doors that have been closed for half a century. 

We can't wait to see you all.
Dougal MacDonald  

Pictures from the reunion - under construction!

If you have any pictures you took at the reunion and/or brunch, please email them to us and we will compile them into a slide show to be viewed here.

Pictures of the Senior Prom 1958

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Revised: February 11, 2013
by Carol (Stack) Conklin