Lynn English High - Class of 1953 Reunion Site

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Down Memory Lane


If you can help with missing names, let us know at


Newest Additions from Judy Kjellgren    
Newest Additions from Joan McRobbie


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'50's Memories      Band     Cheerleaders     Football Cards     Graduation
High School     Junior High     Lynn "Y"     Miscellaneous Stuff             
Summer Fun     Fun At Home     Washington DC Trip     Senior Play
Lynn Daily Item Weddings     Reunion Committee Christmas Parties
Words We Don't Hear Anymore

Reflections For The Day

"The fifties -- they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy." Elizabeth Hardwick

"The memory of anyone one had truly loved stayed distinct always and with a special fragrance, quite unaffected by the years."
C. P. Snow

(From Reflection For The Day, Boston Globe, (c) 2008 and reproduced courtesy of Tom Fitzpatrick)


"One thing is for certain.  We grew up in an unsophisticated
period where trust was valued, crime limited, money scarce, friendships
lasting, enjoyment simple, and lives unscheduled."
James (Dutch) Leonard


Senior Play


Thanks to help from Delli/Jim Starratt and Art Prentiss, here are the thespians from the senior play What A Life.  From the Left:  1st row:  Tom Cashman, Bob Rhodes, June Scotty, Barbara Stewart, Ruth Jordan and Ron Croft.  2nd row:  Pat Jacobson, Mr. Durgin, Tony Mangifesti, Audrey Scott, Sally Weeks.  3rd row:  Art Prentiss, Ted Bradbury, Al Goudreau, Nancy Whitmore, Carole Murphy, Bob Winchester, Elaine Adrien, Lou (Soteropoulos) Sotis, Jeanne Potischman, Dave Starret, Terry Thibodeau and Cecile Meara.



Lynn Daily Item Weddings (with special thanks to Jack Abare)


Stephanie McGrath Poor    Ronald Cunningham    Robert Howard and Nancy Stevenson LEHS '54


Joseph Fitzgibbons         Mrs. Ronald Hanson         Mrs. Betty Hyatt Shaw        Mrs. Manny Frangos


Janet Armstrong Ralph      Jerry Colpitts       Faye Jamieson Dunlop      Patricia Mellyn Mancinelli



Delores Levesque and James Starratt:  (60 years and still talking and even listening to each other)


DeloresLevesque Starratt     Eileen Reed Morris     Florence Barnes Ring     Ann Thorner Holmes


Reunion Committee Christmas Parties










A party but not exactly Christmas...Carol (Pitcher) Faill and Bob Barrassso at the 25th reunion


Newest Additions from Judy (Kjellgren) Murphy

When the website received Judy's pictures, she was heading out the door for a long, warm stay in Palm Springs, CA and not able to help with classmate names at that time.  However, she made the mistake of coming to the 61st mini picnic and was held hostage and plied with strong drink until she surrendered the names.

 Help with missing or incorrect information is always appreciated.  You can contact Rick Donovan at or write to him at 197 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970.


Summer, autumn and winter versions of Elizabeth McGuire



Judy Kjellgren and guess who


Right Church, wrong pew:  on the right, Joan McRobbie's friend Judy Miller; on the left, graceful diner Judy Kjellgren


     May Porter and Paul Flanagan


    Judy Kjellgren and May Porter on the left; another winterized version of Elizabeth McGuire


    Judy Kjellgren and "Artie" Caldwell; Elizabeth McGuire and Judy Kjellgren


Ruthie Paster


Left to Right:  Front Row:  Carol Kenneally, Janet Armstrong, and Angie Kutchulis
Back Row:  Alice O'Brien, May Porter, Nancy McPhee, Elizabeth Tilly


Eileen Reed, Paul Flanagan, Pat Donnelly, Charlie McWha, Elizabeth McGuire


Body by May Porter; head by Judy Kjellgren


Judy Kjellgren and May Porter pose with Judy's family car.  Judy liked this car but said the next one her father bought "looked like a bathtub."  Our website specialist on vintage cars and planes, Ed Cummiskey, identified the car as a Nash Ambassador built in 1947 give or take a year.    Ed agreed that the '49-'51 models were pretty ugly.

Eileen Reed and Pat Donnelly


May Porter and Judy Kjellgren look ready to do a little shopping with someone else's money


Once you get past the bathing beauties:  Eileen Reed, May Porter and Elizabeth McGuire, it looks like the Lynn end of Lynn/Long Beach


Alicia Cody and Elizabeth McGuire keep a neighborhood kid company


Charlie McWha and Judy Kjellgren in the foreground; all the others in the picture are part of Judy's extended family which held weekly summer picnics at Flax Pond


Judy Kjellgren and May Porter's regular body guards Harry and Earl Shaw

Pin up girl Elizabeth McGuire brings some glamour to the local bicycle shop


Left to Right:  Front Row:  Edith Kelly, May Porter, and Janet Armstrong
Back Row:  Carol Kenneally, Alice O'Brien and Nancy McPhee


Left-click homeroom pictures to enlarge.  Some computers may allow a second left-click to enlarge the pictures even further.



                          Lewis                                 Chatham St.                                       Sanborn Gr. 2



Eastern                                                     Pickering



Pickering 1946                                                 Pickering


Newest Additions from Joan (McRobbie) Cordero


My thanks to Joan for her pictures and her patience.  We hooked up our homes by speaker phone and she racked her brain cells for names while I tried to add them directly to this webpage.  Help with missing and incorrect names will be much appreciated.  Joan has an interesting basketball story about Bob Cousy and Boston Garden.  Ask her about it at your own risk.


Basketball players Ruthie Rowe, Joan McRobbie and Doris Murphy; hiding behind them are Pat Tucker and Joyce Davis.  Joan McRobbie ready to rock and roll at Doris Murphy's wedding. 



Front row:  Miss McGinn, Joan ?, Josephine Cole, Doris Murphy, Betty ?, ?; Top row between the coach and Father Brennan:  Elaine Adrian, Joyce Davis, Barbara McKenna Josephine Cole, Doris Murphy, Betty ? and ?


Top row:  Father "Joe", Alice Harnoy, Helen Hefnan,  Eunice Taglimonte, ?, ?, ?; bottom row:  Barbara McKenna, ?, ?, ? and Joan McRobbie


 Front row:  Ruthie Row, Joan McRobbie, Miss McGinn, ? and ?; Top row:  Coach Liz McGuire, Leila Archung, Pat Tucker and ?


 Classy hostesses for a piano recital:  Audrey Hudson, Joan McRobbie and Connie Hudson; Our Don Hudson was Audrey and Connie's brother.


Doris Murphy and Joan Decker


It's 1953 and prom night for St. Jean's high school at Blinstrub's with Joyce Davis and Joan McRobbie in front and Ann Thorner right rear. 


Joan McRobbie building up the basketball muscles at Pocasset Lake in Wayne, ME

Fun At Home

JB01 - With flowers and high heels, it could be Prom time.  Dick Bloomster and Dick Lynch are among the guys and Joan McRobbie, Liz McGuire and Joyce Davis are the girls.


JB15 - The Army has landed...Janice Wyman and 2nd Lieutenant Bob Rhodes.  It's June, 1958 and Bob has just graduated from West Point and getting ready to see the world; Fort Sill in OK, Fort Bliss in TX, Jump School at Fort Benning in GA and Germany for three European tours.  The car, if anybody is asking, is a 1958 Chevy Impala.  They must pay well at the Point.


JB10 - The fleet's in as well...plenty of time to watch TV later.






JB05 - This smacks of a 3 Stooges rerun.


JB13 - This may be the same party judging by the tie in the upper right corner...


JB13B - ...and the knee bottom left.  Compared to today's fashions, at least our guys had a lot to look forward to.


JB06 - The 1952 version of today's after-hours party.




JB09 - Perhaps the photographer had been drinking.  The site manager would never know because he had to be home by the time the street lights went on.


JB12 - Some of the inmates include Paul English, Whitey Tidmarsh, Dick Lynch, Dave Gosse, Dick Blomster, Art Caldwell and Sonny Page.


JB14 - Art Caldwell takes a turn with an attractive friend.


JB11 - One thing we can say about most of our kitchens...they were cozy.



Junior High



Top right is Janet (Armstrong) Ralph's grade 9 homeroom.  From Fran (Sonny) Page, have Eastern's Basketball team, top left; an Eastern Gr. 7 homeroom picture, 2nd row left, a Pickering Gr. 7 homeroom, 2nd row right and the names of the Gr. 7 students.    Click on each picture to see it full size.



This is the best we could do at enlarging what we believe is from Eastern's Grade 7 outing at Lynn Beach.  We know it's Bill Croteau above and think it's Barbara Stewart and June Scotty below.  Help would be appreciated.




From the left:  in the good-looking row are Marilyn Doughty, Patty Mellyn, Ann Thorner, Delly Levesque and Margaret Ventura.  In back are Jerry Ishkanian, Jack Abare, Dick Dussault, Dick Hunt and Harold Durgin (Eastern Jr. Prom)

High School


Tootie Pettigrew, Andy Nicholson, Sally Fields and Don Hudson



 Tootie, Janet Armstrong and apparently a laughing camera person



  Another tough picture to enlarge but were sure it's Wanda Bartlett and a friend


Last Day of School in 1952:  Jack Kiley ('54), Barry Connors, ? Jackson ('54), Huntley Smith, Neil Handren (formerly of Lynn), John Greeley, Herb Slate, Garry Getchell, Walter Forrest


This may be the Red & Gray or Earl Hayford's father's store on Chatham Street.  Gary Getchell has identified Bill Frisone, Dick Dussault and Bob Porter as the right-half of the gang of six and Gary's cousin has identified the car as a 1930 or 1931 Model A Ford.  Dick Dussault believes it's the Red & Gray; Gary is reasonably sure it's one or the other.  We could use a tie-breaking opinion.


We can understand why the girls and Miss Agnew are happy, but who is this guy?


From Art Caldwell, the 1952 United Fund Girls:  Pat Mellyn, Jean Baker and Donna Matthews from Nahant








Didn't these girls overdress a little bit for a Woolworth's lunch?


Washington DC Trip

Senior class trip pictures contributed by Janet (Armstrong) Ralph and Charles Donnelly.  Thanks to Shirley (Collins) Starion for her diligent fieldwork.


Mr. Faney and the DC Faneyettes.  The middle of the Faneyettes lineup includes Joanne (Tootie) Pettigrew and Margaret and Carmella DeAngelis (your guess is as good as mine).  Help appreciated for the rest of the lineup.


Why me?


Top Row:  Carol Murphy, Margaret and Carmella DeAngelis and Ruth Hunt.  Below:  a couple of kids from another school just being funny.


Judging by how well-dressed our classmates looked, you are probably wondering if a second bus was required to handle all the luggage.  Many thanks to Janet (Armstrong) Ralph for raiding her memory drawer. 


Janet Armstrong on the right; open to suggestions for the girl on the left.


Mr. Donnelly goes to Washington


Margaret and Carmella DeAngelis, Ruth Rowe, Pat Mellyn, Ruth Hunt, Lena Ahern
and Carol Murphy



The four mouseketeers, Lena, Pat, Ruth and Janet take a break



 Louie Mangifesti, Joanne Pettigrew and Claire Maloney



 Jackie Baklini and Ann Thorner


Lena Ahern apparently happy to get away from her parents for a few days; Pat Mellyn finally gets a Washington celebrity to pose with her.


Pat, Lena and Ruth on the left; name needed for the student on the right.


Souvenir Washington trip menu provided by Charles Donnelly







Football Player Cards




Graduation Day

Pat Mellyn, Ruth Hunt, Janet Armstrong, Lena Ahern


Janet and Pat (Mellyn) Mancinelli, two apples that didn't fall far from the family tree


Mix and Match (the last names are Hunt, Pitcher, Adey, Douglas, Frangos, Wyman, Mellyn, Ahern, and Armstrong).  Nancy and Sluggo (aka Al Roland) who has yet to receive his diploma because he still owes Mary Comer his 9th grade textbook.



Janet Armstrong's dance card for the Cheerleaders' Hop honoring the basketball team.


This picture was donated by Sharon (Gigge) Harris, Theresa (Thibodeau) Gigge's daughter.  Terry is third from the left in the top row.  You can read Sharon's comments by clicking here.


More matching (the first names are Carol, Tootie, Gail, Marilyn1, Marilyn2, Priscilla, Elaine
and Mrs. Sluggo


Thanks to Nancy Douglas for naming this lineup.  From Left to Right, Bottom Row:  Tootie Pettigrew, Carol Pitcher, Patty Mellyn, Wanda Bartlett, Pat Wescott, Barbara Lord.  Top Row:  Janet Armstrong, Betty Ann Barry, Gail Comfort, Marilyn Matthews, DeeDee Enstrom, Priscilla Huskins, Judy Edmunds, Nancy Douglas, Elaine Madell and Marilyn Douglas.


Gary Getchell on the left, Allard Madore (Lynn Tech), Bruce Pollard (LEHS) and Art Prentiss


The two pictures above were donated by Art Caldwell with IDs from Gary Getchell.  Above are band members from Eastern Jr. High:  Arlene Brunette, Norma Hall, Vivian Varney, Art Prentiss, ?? and Peter Tobin?


Donated by Gary Getchell, it's Ed Mears trying to distance himself at least in demeanor if not in uniform from his band associates on the right.  Acting "kinda weird" according to Gary Getchell were Lew Thistle, Aubrey ?, and Lou Roy.  The occasion was the 1951 New England Music Festival in Boston.





Art Caldwell's sense of humor in action.  Left to right are Carole (Greenlaw) McCarthy, Bob Whitney , Art Prentiss.  Gary Getchell has identified the mayor as Arthur Frawley.  Carole is from the class of '54 and married William (Mickey) McCarthy of our class.  Mickey spent his sophomore year in Philadelphia but came back, obviously for a good reason.

Miscellaneous Stuff


From Gary Getchell, this is his then neighbor Joan Cornwell on the right and a friend.


Art Caldwell meets his Uncle Sam; not sure who is in his new Army Green dress uniform.



Free room and board, lots of responsibility and no pay, Bill Croteau, Fred Brown and Rick Donovan frolic the summer away at the Lynn YMCA's Camp Rotary.



Neighborhood pals Janet and Ann Thorner, March, 1950


Janet and Nancy (Davis) Brothers palling around with the 4 Lads at...



Today's Trivia Question:  What menu item did Janet Armstrong get for free when she yodeled "Woo Woo Ginsburg" at the car hop?  No, it wasn't the "Ginsburger", it was a baked ham roll; and it may be safe to say that it did not taste as good as the chopped ham sandwich from Johnny Joyce's diner.



After graduating from LEHS, the website manager earned his Salem State tuition money as the Assistant Youth Director at the Lynn YMCA.  Below are two members of the "Y" high school student council:  Gale Allen at the Tremont  Street entrance and Barbara Allen off with her boyfriend to "Prom Night" at the "Y".


In the 50's and early 60's, Saturday night at the "Y" was a major social event for teens.  Dance attendance was normally in the 600 to 700 range with a best night ever of 925.  Supervision consisted of the Assistant Youth Director, all 5' 5" of him, the student council members who also did the setup and the cleanup and a fierce woman chaperon who kept the peace in the girls' rest room.

To his knowledge, the police were never called during those years.  The student council short-circuited problems during the night and normally no problem dancer ever refused to leave when asked because they did not want to risk being banned from the biggest dance in the area.  Occasionally, a dancer who had been drinking would get a little stubborn, but a word to his buddies would resolve the problem immediately.

Gale (Allen) Jeffery was asked to identify the dances above and she believes they are the jitterbug and the "statue and scooch".  The Allen sisters and friends from the student council have created a Lynn "Y" website available by invitation and have been running reunions since 2008.

Most of the reunion participants graduated from Lynn schools in the late '50's and early "60's.  If you have any friends or relatives who might be interested, they can write to and the site will forward the email to the reunion organizers.

'50's Memories
Team Sports

Kneeling Left to Right:  Paul Gallagher, Dexter Brothers, Coach Al Levy, Dwight Brothers and Charles Long.  Back Row:  Dick Murphy, Reggie Pinch, Dick Marks, Fred Brown, Al Lane and Bruce Stevens.




Summer Fun

This is our version of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.  This locale, we are told, is exotic Plymouth, MA.


These girls claim they were going to church.  We think it's Friday night and party time.


At quixotic Lynn Beach:  Pat Mellyn, Nancy and a friend; Nancy with Pat and with Wanda Bartlett


Nancy (Douglas) Cox, also known as Nancy Lydia Catherine (Douglas) Cox to her intimate friends, after helping with the names of the cheerleaders in the Thanksgiving Day picture was happy to contribute to our swimsuit issue. 

The group doing the Gloucester circa 1953 pose are Nancy, Elaine Madell, Harriet Madell and Elaine Brothers.  Very obviously these girls didn't waste any time after graduation.


by Richard Lederer

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie.  We'd put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right.  Hubba-hubba!  We'd cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some
passion pit or lovers lane.  Heavens to Betsy!  Gee whillikers!  Jumping Jehoshaphat!  Holy moley!  We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a 
knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.  Not for all the tea in China! 

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell?  Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.  Oh, my aching back.  Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore. 

Like Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut's Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time.  We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, I'll be a monkey's uncle! or This is a fine kettle of fish! we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.  Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind.  We blink, and they're gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinders monkey. 

Where have all those phrases gone?  Long time ago:  Pshaw.  The milkman did it.  Think about the starving Armenians.  Bigger than a bread box.  Banned in Boston.  The very idea!  It's your nickel.  Don't forget to pull the chain.  Knee high to a grasshopper.  Turn-of-the-century.  Iron curtain.  Domino Theory.   Fail safe.  Civil defense.  Fiddlesticks!  You look like the wreck of the Hesperus.   Cooties.  Going like sixty.   I'll see you in the funny papers.  Don't take any wooden nickels.  Heavens to Murgatroyd!  And awa-a-ay we go!  Oh, my stars and garters! 
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter had liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart's deep core.  But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the same language twice.  Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river. 

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age.  We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.  It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.  We can have archaic and eat it, too. 

See you later, alligator!


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