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Linda Hancock (Conway)
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February 10, 1943 Small floral business Married 3 We have 7, ages 3 to 15 Somewhat...
Enjoying family, grandchildren (five live near by), traveling, volunteering with children, gardening and reading. I have a small floral business with another gal and we do mostly corporate events. It is really more an avocation than an occupation! Looking forward to seeing everyone. Thank you to all who have worked so hard on this event!
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Edward Coosaia
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April 20, 1943 Media Consultant and Promotional Sales Married 4 4 Semi-Retired During the past 10 years, I have worked for BBDO and PHD Detroit as V.P. Media Research Director on the Chrysler business. Since leaving in 2007, I have been working for Nationwide Corporate Promotions (Sales). Otherwise, my time is spent, teaching the Bible, kissing my grand-kids, golfing, raising money for the March of Dimes, cutting my lawn and shoveling snow. Oh...and watching CNBC tell me why my IRA is in the toilet.
After leaving SE, I attended Highland Park J.C. part-time.  Upon completion of my associates degree, I decided to make some money working at Boyne Mt. Resort, playing in a jazz combo.  Didn't take Uncle Sam long to see I was available for military service.  My Vietnam tour ended in February 1968.  I quickly got myself busy trying to build a future, attending Wayne State, marrying Michele, my wife of 41 years, and starting a family.  I spent 40 years in the advertising business working on GM, Ford, Whirlpool, and Chrysler's Media plans and Media Research challenges.  My last employer closed shopin 2007, leaving 2400 of us to find other employment.  Since then I've been trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.  For the past 36 years I have been active in a volunteer ministry.  For the past 25 years I have been the Tournament Chairman of the March of Dimes Celebrity Golf Classic (Indianwood C.C.) and serve on the March of Dimes Board.  I continue to play golf, which is one of my many life passions.  My four grand children own a big part of my heart.
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Pete Coutsos
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April 01, 1943 Retired H.S. Teacher Married 2 3...and another on the way yes...kind of

I can’t believe how quickly these 50 years went by since graduation... as well as my forty years in education (38 in the classroom and 2 years consulting). Theodora, my wonderful wife of 45 years, retired in 2002 after teaching kindergarten in Romeo, and I retired the following year from Warren Woods Tower High School. My teaching career has given me many rewards. The most important being the thought that I may have possibly been a positive influence in the lives of my students.

I never really thought about a career in education until I had an opportunity in my sophmore year at Wayne State, to work with inner city children as a summer camp counselor. One of my goals as a teacher was to make my classes as relevant and realistic as possible, with direct student involvement, and with a challenging hands-on component.

 

I enjoyed my time as summer school principal, but I thought that students should be learning history where it actually happened, ...in a summer school without walls. To explore that idea, I organized and directed an accredited educational program called TraveLearn (later called  The U.S. Summer Academy),... and for 17 summers our mobile classrooms traveled all over America… on month-long 7,000 mile journeys of exploration, visiting and studying at historic landmarks, museums, national parks, ghost towns, old forts, and Indian reservations.

 

When I began teaching American Government, I felt that it was important for students to have a ‘laboratory’ where they can practice and apply their knowledge of the principles of our legal system.  To accomplish that goal, I spent my last year as a teacher (after school, weekends, Christmas and Easter vacations) designing and building an actual courtroom in a vacant classroom, where students would use in their Government, Civics, and Criminal Law classes. It was Michigan’s first ‘officially dedicated’ Student Courtroom. The ceremony was presided by a panel of Circuit Court and District Court Judges, county prosecutors, and the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.  Besides being used as a ‘learning laboratory’, the student courtroom is being used by various district court judges (including Judge Matthew Sabaugh ...my former student) in holding actual sentencing proceedings for our students to witness a first-hand understanding of the law. I decided to retire early so that my fantastic student teacher, Joe Vukich, could take over my classroom and continue the student courtroom program.

 

Our daughter Mary and her husband Ed, have two children, Nicholas (9) and Terra (5), and live in the Milford area. Our son Nick and his wife Ilia have a two year-old daughter Connie (Constance) and are expecting a little boy in December. They moved to the Washington D.C. where he served as General Counsel for Senator John Kerry’s Senate Committee, and recently received a Presidential appointment as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

Theodora (Teddy) and I enjoy spending a month in Florida each March …walking the beaches on Sand Key and watching the Tigers during Spring Training.  Every other year we spend September visiting the Greek Islands, the mainland (where my folks were from) and traveling to the Island of Cyprus, where Theodora was born. She serves on the board for the Romeo Foundation for Educational Excellence, and volunteers for numerous charitable organizations including the ALS Foundation of Michigan

 

When I am not spoiling my grandchildren (or building a website), I spend my time volunteering as an independent public policy advisor for local political candidates and elected public officials. I loved the experience of training precinct captains in northeast Iowa (even though we nearly froze to death), and served as a Caucus Advocate (for a group of small towns) for the Obama Campaign during the Iowa Caucus (Dec, 07---Jan.-08).

 

 I serve on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations including the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad, which I co-founded 25 years ago. I have served as vice chairman of Tri-Community Cable Commission (TC3), was Camp Director for the Metropolis of Detroit Summer Camp, and recently was invited to serve on the board of Michigan Community Media, Inc.

 

 Working with our Reunion Committee classmates has been great fun. Not being a “techie”, it was quite a challenge designing this website. I am grateful to Liz, Naida, Margaret and Darrel for all of their help and support;...even though I drove them crazy these last six months. To be sure, we would have never have made it without a great team effort. We hope that you have enjoyed 'browsing and reminiscing' on our Southeastern61 website. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the reunion.

 

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James Dagen
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August 26, 1942 retired machine welder Married 1 yes After school I joined the U.S. Marine Corps where I ended up in San Diego, California. The surfing was fine. I knew I wanted to live there someday.

After returning to Detroit, I got into computer programming and operations for about 7 years. I really hated the job. I got married and divorced, and moved back to Long Beach. I got out of computers and into maintenance welding (building and repairing of almost anything). I also got back to surfing and water skiing. And I tried marriage one more time, but that ended in divorce also.

In 1978 I met Rosemary Branden, a southern California girl and became an honest man. We both worked for Southern California Edison and life is good. Our son Elliott worked his way through the Scouts, from Cub Scout all the way to Eagle Scout. I became assistant troop master (scarey?). Our troops' thing was backpacking. We climbed everywhere in the southland from San Jacinto at 11,610 ft. to a 5 day trip in the High Sierras to Mt. Whitney at 14,495 ft.

I retired from Edison after 19 years in 2003. Still surfing in my 60's. I took up golf at the age of 63. At that age you do not become a good golfer. At 69 now, I try to surf a few times a year.

Rosemary and I have gone through 2 motor homes and taken many vacations: Hawaii a bunch, England, Ireland, France and Spain. My wife has family in Scotland, so now I own a kilt that I wear to weddings. We have a wedding in Glasgow in August of 2012 and a family reunion in Brazos Bend State Park in Texas some in April of 2012.

This year I have to do some serious roof repair work on the house before the rainy season starts. so can't make the reunion this. How about a 55th year reunion?

I know everyone will have a good time swapping lies and family photos.

Your amigo,
Jim Dagen
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ingrid bauer (devine)
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April 21, 1943 retired social worker imdvine@att.net Single 1 1 Yes Part time social work with frequent return visits to Ft Myers Florida to visit my daughter,son-in-law,and precious grandson.
After retiring from three plus years of teaching and 21 years of social work, I moved to sunny Florida. Eight years of dodging hurricanes and missing the lovely change of seasons, made me decide to return to Michigan where I currently reside in Clarkston. Send ingrid a MessageSend ingrid a Message
Floyd Dziadula
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November 08, 1942 Royal Oak Schools Art Teacher Married 2 One boy 2, one girl 1, and one due in september. Yes, seven years. Enjoying life and trying to keep up with all the new technology. But, I seem to be losing the battle.
1961-65 USAF
1965-72 College
1967 Married
1972-2004 Art Teacher
2004-11 Golf-Bowl-Ski-
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I was an art teacher for 32 years and never took one art class at Southeastern.
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Doreen Daniel (Foutch)
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December 14, 1942 Widowed 2 5 yes I worked as a dental hygienist for about 20 years - here in Michigan and in Knoxville, TN.

In 1994 I married Jim Foutch (my Jackson Junior High friend), and moved to his home in Knoxville, TN. We had 11 wonderful years together. I traveled more during that time than I ever have. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2005. That was when I moved back to Michigan.

I have done volunteer work, helped with aging parents and grandkids, and trained a puppy - I believe that is an ongoing process.

I've reconnected with friends here in Michigan, and truly feel that I'm "home."

I'm looking forward to October 1, and wish to thank the reunion committee for putting this all together



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George Gazepis
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February 19, 1943 CFO www.extrusion.net 3 Eight No I am employed by International Extrusions, Inc. in Garden City, MI.
Also active in my Church and AHEPA an eductional and philanthropic organization with a focus on low income senior housing. My wife of 42 years Ginny and I have 3 children and 8 beautiful grandchildren, all located in the metropolitan area.
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Marian Ralph (Gormley)
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June 07, 1943 Social Worker (retired) 1 2 yes It's difficult to sum up the passage of 50 years in a paragraph, but I'll try...After SE, spent the following 6 years as a full time student at Wayne State University, eventually earning a Masters Degree in Social Work in 1967. That degree led to a satisfying 35-year career in Michigan State government and later adoption work in California. Relocated to Reno, Nevada after retiring from Los Angeles County Adoptions in 2000. Hit the books again as a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Nevada-Reno. For 5 adventuresome years we explored the American West, learning about the land, the history, the people and the art which became a passion. Meanwhile, daughter, Audrey, also a professional social worker at U-M Hospital in Ann Arbor, started a family at 37, catapulting us into grand-parenthood big time. Jack and I embraced our new role, moving "home" to Ann Arbor in 2005, sharing time with our 2 beautiful grand children, Quinn and Iman. "It has made all the difference!"
How lucky to still be alive and in Michigan to celebrate our 50th class reunion! Thank you Reunion Committee for all your hard work! Send Marian a MessageSend Marian a Message
Janet Hall (Green)
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February 11, 1943 Teacher Divorced 3 I have five beautiful grandchildren ages 1year to 16 years. I retired six years ago. For thirty five years I taught children with severe visual impairments ages birth to twenty-two years. I have been living in Cookeville, Tennesse for the past 31 years. Living in a small southern town has been a real joy--one I would have never dreamed of when I was at Southeastern.
My time is filled with grandchildren, reading and a little gardening. I love to vacation with my family on St. George Island, Florida.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. Thanks to all for your hard work in planning and organizing this special event.
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