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Chris Anderson, Christopher Apostal, John Ashjian, Robert Babbitt,
Janet Becklund, Ilene Bernay,Richard Blanciak, Dirk Bodemeijer,
Steve Bourn, Janet Brashear,
Barbara Breslau, Lane Brufner
, Pamela Bruin, Darwin Buchanan,
Patricia Bullard, Judy Callarman, Allen Chariton, Barb Chirazzi,
Peggy Cruse,David Daugherty, Allen Davenport, Robert Dodge,
Dorothy Dutton, Michael Farkash, Stephanie Fine, Harlan Foster,
Kevin Fuhrman, Kenneth Geist, Diana Gemmell, Cindy Gordon,
John Greenbaum, Michael Lee Gregg, David Hafemeister,
James Hardin, Don Harryman, Jeff Hawley, Gayle Hendrickson,
David Herbert, Richard Hite, Jeff Hoel, Jay Horn,
Donna Hummell, Howard Jaeger, Bobby Jones, Michael Jones,
Shari Kahane, Andy Kahn, Kenneth Kubin, Marvin Kubota,
William Lock, Janice Malmberg, Dean Marden, Greg Mathis,        
Glenn Mayer, Evelyn McDonald, James Merrill, Curt Mettlen,
Curt Miessner, Rick Nicassio, Janet Mooney, Nancy Neihardt,
Keith Nybo, Doria Palmieri,
Richard Peat, Brian Pelkey, Susan Petty, Arthur Quick, Monica Reeves,
Susan Reynolds, Chris Ricks, Michael Rosenberg, Lee Schopp,  
Glen Schroeder, Daniel Schureman, Jack R. Snyder II,John Stahl,
Fred Steese, Anita Storey, 
Kerry Sutherland, Shannon Taylor, Claudia Thompson, Raymond Torkay,
John Van Sickle Jr., Larry Vaughn, Pamela Wasung,
Stuart Welch, Kathy Wenzel,
Eugene "Dick" West, Earl White, Sandra Wilson,
George Wing IV, Doreen Zawacki.

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Chris Apostal (Rich Bissett)

July 21st, 1951 - November 10th, 2016

Chris was a multi-talented individual. He was Vice-President of the Student Body, Spring, 1969. He was active in service clubs, including Knights and Key Club. He was honored as one of the Ephebians chosen from our class for accomplishments in multiple areas. He played on the Fall (1968) Varsity Football Team. He was the 1969 recipient of the Michael Uhlig Memorial Scholarship, named after a young man who died serving his country in Vietnam. While this list is impressive, in my view his greatest achievement was his stellar character. Over the years I have repeatedly thought about his self-effacing manner and genuine humility, and his humanistic values and expression of those values in his life actions. 

After graduation from GHHS, Chris attended and graduated from USC. He followed this by receiving his law degree from Loyola Law School. He began practicing law in 1984 and retired 1/16 after more than 30 years as a public defender for Los Angeles County. Several of his clients received considerable publicity for their alleged sensational crimes. In one of these, Chris literally saved his client’s life by getting this client a sentence of life in prison instead of the death penalty. Chris represented the best of his profession. I have worked with many public defenders and the best of them work tirelessly for the benefit of their clients. I keep a mental list of these latter in case I should ever need legal advice or assistance. Chris was likely at the top of many such lists. 

By June of 2016, it is clear Chris was struggling with a serious illness. He succumbed in November of that year. 

I personally will always think of Chris by the meanings I formed of his name. Christopher for Christ and Apostal for apostle. Whatever these words may mean to others, this mental word play kept me focused on the spiritual power of his example of what a human being can attain. He was one of the best of us. Of that I am sure. Thank you, Chris. Your gentle humility and service to others did not go unnoticed. 

 

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John Ashjian

March 29th, 1951 - March 17th, 2016

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Allen Chariton

October 5th, 1951 - July 24th, 2015

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From Wendy Nelson on September 16th, 2019
Image I'll never forget Allen's great smile and laugh! Wish we could have been together again.
 

Don Harryman

May 21st, 1951 - April 5th, 2015

After high school, Don went to BYU and eventually served an LDS mission in Japan. He had many artistic interests and talents, including linguist, writer, activist, actor, dancer, and SF Giants fan. He at some point came out as 'gay'. This was not easy in the context of the LDS religion. I last saw him at the 40 year reunion. He told me he was living and working in San Francisco and had a partner. He radiated happiness and contentment. Frankly, he beamed. I am so happy to have those as my last memories of him. I regret I never told him I viewed him as a hero due to making difficult life decisions and then moving on with his life in a powerful way. He often had a smile; he was a genuinely optimistic person; he treated everyone with dignity and grace. I am blessed to have known this good, good person. He was golden to me.

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From Cindy Rose (Strayer) on August 29th, 2019
Don was one of the happiest spirits at GHS. He laughed and smiled and gave of himself so freely. To be around him was to be in a better place. I’m glad to know he found a contented place in his personal life. That is how I will always remember him
 
From Rich Bissett on August 28th, 2019
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William (Bill) Lock

March 11th, 1951 - July 19th, 2013

My dear friend, classmate, and tennis partner. Miss both you and Bob Dodge. Great times together in my blue '57 chevy! God bless you both. Rick

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From D. Clarke Pile Pile on April 3rd, 2019
It was sad to just learn about Bill.  Lot's of good memories in High School,  Would like to make contacdt with his brother Page Lock if anyone knows his whereabouts.....Clarke
 

Jack Snyder

July 8th, 1951 - February 14th, 2019

Jack was one of the valedictorians of our class; he was Student Body President. Frankly, he seemed everywhere at once as he participated in numerous interest and service clubs. He was also chosen as the outstanding graduating student of the Los Angeles School System for Spring Semester, 1969. He was popular and he deserved this popularity because he was genuinely friendly and outgoing. We all new the joke about him looking like Clark Kent (he did!). Jack was an amazing superachiever. I may not have noticed as much at the time because he was just 'Jack'. I'm ashamed to admit I took him for granted.

Jack went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Irvine. He followed this with his graduation from the University of California School of Medicine-San Francisco, in 1977, and with a specialization in psychiatry. He completed an internship at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City, in 1978. He then completed his residency at Columbia-St. Lukes Hospital in NYC in 1980. Lastly, he completed a fellowship in 1982, also from
 Columbia-St. Lukes Hospital.

I last saw Jack 40 years ago, after the 10th year reunion. I happened to be in NYC and I was curious about his life. He appeared to love NYC. He talked about his apartment in the city and playing on his grand piano. He always loved music. We talked a little about psychiatry. I wish I had kept in touch with Jack, but I didn't. It appears he worked as a psychiatrist for many years, including up to or close to his death. He lived in New York City many years but he also lived in Florida (where he passed).

I of course wish I knew more details about Jack's life. Since I don't have these, I find my mind making them up. It is not hard to do. I just think about the Jack I knew in high school and I extrapolate into the future. I always come up with a life well-lived and with many accomplishments. 

I would have given anything to see Jack at our 50-year reunion. It is so hard to know he is gone and that meeting will now never happen. Bless you Jack for all you gave and for your example. I felt you were one of the best representatives of our class and school. That is no small achievement. And it will mean I will continue to think about you for, hopefully, many more years.

If any classmate has additional information about Jack, please share with us here. Thank-you.

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Fred Steese

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Claudia Thompson

So sorry to hear of your passing. You were so much fun to be with!
Your Friend,
Maurene

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Eugene "Dick" West

June 9th, 1951 - -

He was on a Round the World motorcycle adventure ride. Third one but this one was solo. Lost somewhere near Australia as far as we can determine. Possibly on one of the neighboring islands. 
ER West Jr.

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