Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~

Friday, May 27, 2011

Graduates Who Have Found Success

Military, Law and Public Service

John Ray Barr - Mississippi director, USDA's Women, Infants and Children programs; President, National Association of WIC directors; U.S. Air Forces colonel; deputy director of Supply for Strategic Air Command (St. Al 1949)
David Ellis - Notre Dame student body president; former Vicksburg city attorney (St. Al 1960)
J. C. Hamilton - mayor of Vicksburg (St. Al 1932)
Delbert Hosemann - Mississippi secretary of state (St. Al 1956)
Pat Kelly - mayor of Vicksburg (St. Al, year unknown)
Joe Lauderdale - Hinds County supervisor (St. Al 1967)
Bill Lauderdale - Warren County supervisor (St. Al 1965)
Joe Loviza - mayor of Vicksburg (St. Al 1958)
Marie Pantoliano -longtime Vicksburg city clerk (St. Francis 1938)
Carolyn Ellis Staton - Provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ole Miss; first Mississippi Outstanding Woman Lawyer (St. Francis 1964)
Leona Barnes Stringer - longtime City of Vicksburg housing coordinator (St. Mary's 1964)
Frank Vollor - Ninth District Circuit Court judge (St. Al 1966)

Science, Engineering and Technology

Jim Davidson - NASA engineer (St. Al 1945)
George Ellis - NASA Huntsville analyst (St. Al 1952)
Tom Irby - NASA manager (St. Al 1954)
Tommy Pantoliano - NASA engineer; deputy chief at the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral (St. Al 1939)
Sidney Saucier - NASA/Huntsville engineer (St. Al 1954)
Mark Zappi - Director of the University of Mississippi Research Consortium for the Utilization of Biomass (St. Al 1977)

Arts and Entertainment

Katherine Bailess - actress (St. Al 1998)
Andrew Bucci - artist; recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission 2009 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts for lifetime achievement in the visual arts (St. Al 1938)
Mart Crowley - playwright, script editor and television producer (St. Al 1953)
Karen Hopson Moen - Miss Mississippi 1981; Top-10 finalist and preliminary swimsuit competition winner, Miss America Pageant (St. Al 1978)
George McConnell - guitarist with Widespread Panic, Kudzu King and Beanland (St. Al 1981)
Ellis Nassour - writer (St. Al 1960)
Skippy Tuminello - architect (St. Al 1952)


Bishop Joseph Bernard Brunini - Eighth bishop of Natchez-Jackson Diocese; first native Mississippian to be named bishop (St. Al, year unknown)
Sister Mary Clemetine Phelan - Mother superior, St. Francis Xavier Convent; first Mississippi representative to the Province Council of the Sisters of Mercy in st. Louis (St. Francis 1885)

Journalism and Broadcasting

Fred Anklam - international news editor, USA Today (St. Al 1972)
Rebecca Bell - NBC news correspondent; head of NBC's Paris bureau (St. Francis, 1958)


Dr. George Abraham - management consultant, radio host, columnist and college professor and department head, humanities, fine arts and languages at East Central Community College, Hinds Community College and Ferris State College (Michigan) (St. Al 1963)
Malinda Rose Barnes - master teacher in Texas (St. Mary's)
Gwen Spencer Prater - Professor, California state University at Los Angeles and Jackson State University; founding dean, JSU School of Social Work (1995) and College of Public Service (2003) (St. Mary's)
Kirk Ring - assistant professor, Department of Management, Wichita State University (St. Al 1996) (My Godchild)


Billy Jaquith - Director, Mississippi Department of Mental Health; founded the first nursing home at the state hospital in Whitfield (St. Al, year unknown)
Sister Eva Loyacono - Administrator, Mercy Hospital (St. Francis, 1937)

The Most Rev. Joseph B. Brunini, left, and the Rev. Alfred Camp visit in the 1970's.  Brunini, a graduate of St. Aloysius, was  bishop from 1967 until 1984.  Camp, stationed in Vicksburg from  1968 until 1991, was principal at St. Aloysius from 1970-1987.

Information taken from the booklet - 150 years of Catholic Education in Vicksburg

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Classmates!

My youngest daughter sent me this cute card for Mother's Day and wanted to share it with you.  On the inside it said, Great Moms turn the mixer off first!  I'm so glad I turned out to be a GREAT MOM! Wishing all you a very Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Comments Made In The Year 1955

‘I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00. ‘

‘Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before 
$1,000.00 will only buy a used one.’ 

‘If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.‘

‘Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter.’

‘When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.’

‘If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.’ 

‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.‘

‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.‘

‘It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.’

‘I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.’

‘The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.’

‘There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.’

‘No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.’

‘If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a haircut, forget it.’

Monday, May 02, 2011

Celebration Photos ~ Class of 2011 & 1961

Registration and Social

Welcome and Introductions - Rae Nelson, '98, President, Alumni Association

Invocation - Reverend P. J. Curley, Pastor of St. Michael's Parish


Charitable Trust Presentation - Rob Sadler, '98, Vice President, Alumni Association

Election of Officers - Rae Nelson, '98

Roll Call of Classes - Christin Flowers Matthews, '99, Secretary/Treasurer, Alumni Association

Introduction of the Class of 2011 - Michele Connelly, Principal of St. Aloysius High School

Response from the Class of 2011 - Jana McAlpin, 2011 Class President

Response from the Class of  1961 - Lucy Canizaro Williams & Danny Setaro

Benediction - Reverend Patrick Farrell, Pastor of St. Paul's Parish

2011 St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet.

Pam Mahoney Cook (Class of 1960)

Bill Lauderdale and Joe Loviza checking out the guest as they arrive for the alumni banquet.  

Linda Harwood Oakley (Class of 1961)

Mrs. Anna Mae Mahoney

Patty Mekus, Development & Alumni Affairs Director, talking to Mary Jane Lauderdale.

My sister, Laura Love Ables (Class of 1961) and Reverend P. J. Curley, Pastor of St. Michael's Parish, who gave the Invocation.

Marianne Neal Walley (Class of 1961) and husband, Bobby.

Mary Carol McNamara Lundberg (Class of 1961) with husband, Jack.

Myra Coccaro Logue 

Linda Ann Muffuletto (Class of 1961)

Patricia Hebler Gray (Class of 1961)

Bobby Walley and my sister, Laura Love Ables (Class of 1961).

Myself, Marian Love Phillips (Class of 1959) with Bobby Walley, my date to my Junior Prom and a graduate of Redwood High School.  

Lucy Canizaro William (Class of 1961), Sue McNamara Fowler and Ina Lott Whittington (Class of 1959).
Vera Marshall Brown (Class of 1959) with her husband, George.

My sister, Laura Love Ables, (Class of 1961) and myself, Marian Love Phillips (Class of 1959).
Pat Downey and wife, Cathy Barnes Downey (Class of 1961) and Nina Coccaro Buell (Class of 1961) with her husband, Jimmy.

Roy "Skeeter" (Class of 1959) with his wife, Katherine Meyers Turcotte (Class of 1959).

Laura Evelyn Love Ables (Class of 1961) with her husband, my brother-in-law, Joseph Christopher "Chris" Ables.

Judy James Youngblood (Class of 1961) with her husband.

George Bragg (Class of 1961) with Lucy Canizaro Williams (Class of 1961), Vera Marshall Brown and Ina Lott Whittington (Class of 1959). 

Myrtle Loviza Curro Alvarado (Class of 1959) with her husband, Bobby Alvarado.

Sue McNamara Fowler (Class of 1959) and Anita Zorn Hossley (Class of 1958).

Lucy Canizaro Williams responding for St. Francis Xavier/Class of 1961.

Danny Setaro responding for St. Aloysius/Class of 1961.

Laura giving gifts to 16 of her classmates attending their 50th year class reunion!  In attendance was: Judy James Youngblood, Helen Melsheimer Gordon, Marianne Neal Walley, Patricia Hebler Gray, Joan Kinnebrew Reynolds. Linda Ann Muffuletto, Lucy Canizaro Williams, Deborah Miao Waggoner, Barbara Montgomery Melton, Sandra Jabour Harvey, Susan Taylor Yerger, Catherine Barnes Downey, Mary Carol McNamara Lundberg, Linda Harwood Oakley, Nina Coccaro Buell and herself, Laura Evelyn Love Ables.

Benediction given by Reverend Patrick Farrell, Pastor of St. Paul's Parish.

In loving memory of the deceased ~
+Rachel Hunt Mills
+Mary Grace Tuccio
+Rosemary Woodbury Brown
+John Lee Cunningham
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