Rockland 1954, 1947 grads – where are they now?

Class of 1954 celebrates reunion, questions future of alumni memorabilia

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 6:45pm

ROCKLAND — Classmates, spouses, and guests of the Rockland High School Class of 1954 gathered August 17, at the Off Shore Restaurant, in Rockport, for the Class’ 65th reunion.

Classmates attending were Nancy Huntley Keating, Judy Staples Richards, Arthur Perry, Clayton Dorr, Norman Wildes, Gil Merriam, Bob Carlson, Nadine Burpee Robishaw, Loretta Harvey Nash, Joan Perry Peters, Russel Wixson “Blaine” Cousens, John Black, and Ben Perry.

A business meeting was held and an update on the future of the Alumni Heritage Room was discussed. (For the Pen Bay Pilot article about the Alumni Heritage room, click here.)

The class is looking for other Rockland grads to become involved with this project. The classmates also voted to hold another reunion in three years.

A drawing was held for a free meal and won by a classmate. Russell Wixson and his daughter traveled the longest distance coming from Farmington, New York. A vote was also taken to donate a gift to the Dan Flanagan Memorial Scholarship.

All classmates enjoyed looking through the memorabilia while catching up and munching on a spread of fruits, cheese, and vegetables. There was a Class of ‘54 breakfast the following morning at the Off Shore.

A grand time was had by all.

Rockland High School graduated 68 students in the Class of 54. Ten of those students attended this year’s reunion. Thirty eight others are known to be deceased. Ben Perry and the Class of 54 are interested to know the status of the other 20 students.

David Hoch, Class of 47, also wonders how many of his classmates remain.