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In Memoriam

Deceased Members of the NPHS Class of 1957


Recent News (July, 2017): Joan Sheppard has died.  View Obituary.  Nancy Wicks Bemis passed away earlier this year after a short battle with ALS.

News since the 55th Reunion:  Robin McCullough passed away on Dec. 21st.  Celebration of Life Read.

William "Bill" Boyd passed away in March, 2013 after a battle with cancer.

News from the 55th Reunion: (Excluding those classmates below): Sandra Kobrin,  Beverly Sherrif Armao, Philamena Venerosa Smith.

News since the 50th Reunion: Bob Fioravanti died January 7, 2012 (Obit.).  Jane Curtis died September 5, 2011 (Obit.).  Ed Steup died in March, 2011 (Obit.).  Marjorie McWhorter died on May 17, 2009 (Obit.).  Dave Leonard died of cancer on January 4, 2009 (Obit.).  Carol Kime Woodland died of cancer on October 5, 2008 (Obit.).  Dick Sullivan died of lung cancer in April, 2008 (Obit.).   


Known deceased classmates without pictures or other information.

Patricia Sroka Bowers, David Burness, Yvonne Clark, Elaine Evans, Larry Gibbons, Kathleen Gockel, Catherine Griesmeyer Hall, Rose Harris, Robert Holmes, Walter Jelmert (died in February 2006), Alice Harris Kenworthy, Richard LaBar, Kathleen Joho Loesser, Ed Neuguith, Richard Norwalk, Ronald Sverduk, Fred Berry, Victoria Marrone Carrete, Douglas Guerard


     The message below as written by Stuart Houston's wife

After high school, he went to Glassboro (now Rowan U.) and joined the USAF before graduating. He served in Air Police as a Sgt. guarding Air Force missiles in S. Dakota and bombers for NATO purposes at Laon AFB, France. He did extensive traveling in Europe after his discharge after 4 years service. He was a caseworker at Camden Co. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and later a prison guard in Philadelphia. He took the latter job because he believed he would have the chance to help prisoners get a handle of their lives and leave prison to do better. When he came to think he needed to reach people before they got to prison, he conceived the dream of becoming a police officer, working a neighborhood beat where he could help people with their lives before they got into trouble. He was with the Philadelphia PD for 21 years, where he was well liked and respected by fellow officers and community members. He was chosen for difficult assignments including gang control and juvenile aid. During those years, he continued his college education and graduated from Villanova U. in 1974.

 His love for people and desire to help them was recognized be everybody who knew him. He was made a deacon at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he developed ministry of mercy during his 37 years in the diaconate. He was invited to join the board of directors of a ministry to the many international students in Philadelphia and another for children. He started a ministry to the homeless that grew exponentially and today is large and very active.

 After retiring from the Philadelphia PD, he worked for a few years for Project Home Again, a Christian ministry helping churches in the Philadelphia region "adopt" homeless families, help them find a home and get back on their feet. Then he went into teaching with the school District of Philadelphia. He taught social studies.

 Stuart and I met in 1969 at Tenth Presbyterian Church; we were both members of the student/young adult group. We became friends, but had other romantic interests until late 1974. I was living in Spain at the time and went home for the Christmas break, where I saw him again and something clicked! We went out together and then I returned to my home and job in Madrid. He pursued me by letter and phone, then visited me a year later in Spain, which is when we talked about getting married. I returned to Philadelphia in the spring and we were married on August 15, 1976. First and only marriage for both of us. Stuart died in 2005.


Joe Good died in February 2006 after battle with bladder cancer


          Bob Robertson died in March 2007


Sue Budd Gottlick died of an embolism in October 2006 while traveling in Asia. These pictures were taken on this trip and as her sister wrote “they reflect her sense of adventure” and showed how much she enjoyed traveling and was enjoying herself. In the left picture, Sue is second from the left and is in the middle of the right picture



                          Judy Dixon Myzie 

                           Judy died from a brain tumor when she was in her mid-thirties. Judy is survived by her husband and two children

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631)