"I agree with no man's opinion; I have some of my own."
"Quiet ones are those who gain the most."
I served in the United States Army from 1967-70. And I worked for the Postal Service from 1970 to 2008.
I am retired, and live in Rutland. My wife and I have one daughter, class of ’99 at Wachusett.
For hobbies, I enjoy running marathons, half-marathons, 10 Ks and 5 Ks.
When we travel, we enjoy going to York Beach, Ogunquit, Marginal Way and Wells Beach in Maine.
"If studying is the cause of death, I'll live forever."
I live in Ashurnham and have no heath issues at the moment.
I worked as a carpenter for the State MDC - DCR for twenty-eight years. I retired in 2011.
My wife and I have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
My favorite hobby is playing golf. We have a winter home in Florida at North Port.
Of Wachusett, my favorite memory was the senior prank of putting ‘The Pig in the Courtyard.’
"Good nature makes the whole world shine."
I worked at Holden Hospital as an aid in surgery and on the patients floor. Then I was a stay-at-home mom with our two children. I went back to work part-time at Apple Drug after the children were in school.
I went to work at Apple Homecare as manager of retail in medical equipment, and retired after 15 years there.
After my husband died I went to work part-time at Rite Aid as a pharmacy technician.
I was married 48 years. I have a daughter with two sons, Travis (23) and Tyler (19), and a son with no children.
I still live in Holden and love to go camping, especially in New Hampshire. I like to travel throughout New England. I do a little sewing and some gardening. Other than a few aches and pains, my health is over-all pretty good.
The best part of Wachusett was making friendships that have lasted over fifty years.
"Happy am I, from care I'm free, why can't they all be happy like me."
1965 Graduated WRHS
1968 Combat Army Veteran / Vietnam Tet Offensive
1972 Nichols College BSBA
Massachusetts certified teacher /
Delta Mu Delta - National Honor Society
1972 Married Janice Bolt (my special angel) from Marlboro, MA
2004 - Sadly, I had a brain aneurysm, which left me paralyzed on my left side.
2005 - Diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treated with Image radiation. Cancer never heard from again. Very Lucky....
2015 - Happily, my life today, is one of joy! I get to enjoy my home in Boylston, which includes a 2 story addition, I built myself, before my stroke.
Today I'm "living the dream", traveling around this great country. We stay in beautiful hotels, along the way. We're spending the long cold winters, in the southern states, especially on Florida beaches.
We love Maine in the summer months.
Family and friends are always included in our fun.
[Thank you Class of 1965 reunion committee for making this wonderful event possible.]
"And when you know him better, you wish you knew him well."
Presque Isle, ME
Life Returned home to Maine in '89 and retired in '92 from NAS Brunswick after 28 years of traveling the world in the Navy. Now I just play with computers, lapidary, raising Blueberry and do a little photography. Have a son, daughter, three Granddaughers, two Grandsons and two Great Grandchildren Military Completed 28 years naval service. Serving onboard USS Hunley AS-31, USS Tulare LKA-112, USS Brumby FF-1044, USS Thomas C Hart FF-1092, USS Richard L Page FFG-5 and DD-862. Stationed overseas at Cuba, Guam, Panama, Scotland and Greece. State side at Washington, DC, Brunswick, GA and Brunswick, ME. Attended 5 electronic schools, 6 various other service schools and three civilian schools. Visited many liberty ports.
"It's not what you're doing, but what you're caught doing."
After graduating from WRHS, I attended UMass/Amherst. My first college experience didn't go particularly well primarily due to my immaturity. As a result, like many of my peers, I was drafted into the US Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following Vietnam, having learned my lesson, I went back to school, graduating magna cum laude from Nichols College where I majored in accounting and returning to UMass for an MBA.
After graduate school I began a very satisfying and rewarding 30 year career at the US Environmental Protection Agency where I held various positions with its Office of the Inspector General and Boston Regional Office. I retired as the Financial Management Officer (FMO) of the Boston Regional Office and a member of its Incident Management Team.
During my career I attended New England Law at night earning a JD and becoming a member of the Mass bar. My wife, Joyce, and I met skiing and have been together for 33 wonderful years. Despite Vietnam, a horrific motorcycle accident, cancer, and a heart attack my health is good. In retirement I enjoy skiing, riding my motorcycles, bicycling, traveling, reading, taking care of our homes in Arlington, MA and Mendon, VT, and doing some pro bono legal work.
"Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense."
My career was a carpenter and now I’m semi-retired.
My wife Carol and I have two daughters, Suzanna and Cheryl, and four grandchildren. We live in Rutland and love to vacation in Hawaii.
My favorite hobbies are family get-togethers and going to Nascar races.
My favorite memory of Wachusett is graduation.
I’m happy to say that I’m in relatively good health.
"The smile that won't come off."
Joyce Cournoyer Dresser : After our graduation I attended Anna Maria College as a 'dayhop' where I majored in special education. In the winter of senior year Bill Jones and I were engaged and decided to leave Holden to pursue jobs near the ocean. We were both lucky to get teaching jobs on Martha's Vineyard and I started a special education class in Edgartown. After my first son was born I took time off and had 2 more children. I returned to the classroom in 1977; my last position was in West Tisbury. Along the way Bill and I split, I got my masters in education and on single parenting.
I went to our 30th year reunion alone and was nervous about walking in the door so I went past the venue and finally returned and entered. Standing there was Tommy Dresser, someone I was hoping to see. We were both unattached and agreed to get together. We had a 2 year 2 hour commuting romance until he got a job in Falmouth and moved to the Vineyard. We married in 1998 and continue to have lots of adventures.
We live in my original house in Oak Bluffs. I retired in 2007 after 30 years in the classroom. That was also the year my first granddaughter, Shealyn, was born so I was thrilled to be able to spend a lot of time with her. Five years later her sister Jocelyn arrived, so with Shealyn in school I am still #1 babysitter. I am so thrilled to live near my grandchildren and be so connected to them.
I also have 2 step-grandchildren in Finland whom we see every 2 years or so. And then there's Tommy's contigent! How sweet it all is.
One of my favorite memories from Wachusett was standing on the athletic field, overlooking the fall foliage on the hills, with the field hockey team. We stopped for a moment to clap and cheer as the cross-country team ran across the field.
"If I were quiet, who would know I'm around."
I am Jo Ann Cowley. I was one of the two students who attended Wachusett from the Rutland Training Center.
After graduation I became legal guardian for my two younger brothers. I graduated from Fanning school of Allied Health and worked as an LPN. A few years later I graduated from Quinsigamond with a degree in early childhood education. I transferred to Wheelock College and graduated with a degree in social work.
I worked in various positions of nursing, teaching and social work. I worked pro bono with Mother Teresa's sisters in Dorchester and New York for many years. I worked on the streets and in the soup kitchens and shelters. Twice a year I ran training workshops for the sisters on the east coast.
I am now retired and my health has been challenging. I am sure that I have not been remembered but I have many warm memories of so many for I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Thank you
"Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing."
I finished earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1973, after receiving an Associate Degree and spending four years in the US Air Force. In that same year, I started my career in the computer industry as a Manufacturing Engineer and finished up working in the Defense Department as a Systems Analyst until retirement in 2013.
During that time period, I remarried, moved from Massachusetts to Maryland and finally to Mount Storm, West Virginia, where we currently live. Vincenza and I are living our “adventure” on Mt Storm Lake. We thoroughly enjoy our life with our three dogs in the splendor and beauty of this rural setting.
Together, Vincenza and I have five children and nine grandchildren, whom we see regularly. We are both in excellent health and have started teaching at the local college. I teach Math part time and Vincenza is a full time instructor teaching Information Technology. Teaching is my biggest hobby right now. But I still ride my motorcycle occasionally too.
My favorite high school memory is the time I played in the high school band. Unfortunately, I didn’t continue my musical endeavor.