NMHS Class of '48 rekindles memories
Published 4:29 pm, Wednesday, September 18, 2013
It probably seemed no more than 60 years had passed since their high school graduation.
Yet for 16 smiling members of New Milford High School's Class of 1948, it was actually their 65th reunion that brought them together Sept. 8.
Octogenarians all, half of the class' surviving members came from states from Maine to California to renew friendships made in the halls of the old NMHS on East Street, now called the Lillis Administration Building.
Phil Peagler, president of the NMHS Student Council in his senior year and a standout basketball player, mused that it was wonderful attending reunions because, in spite of their ages, everyone still looks pretty much the same to each other.
"That observation may not be quite accurate, but there was no lack of enthusiasm or old school spirit," said classmate Elaine Traver Zeitler.
The graduates were honored by the presence of Rosemary Matriciano Jajer, a surviving teacher from 1948 whose memory and wit charmed her former students.
The class took time to recite the names of their deceased classmates and honor them with a moment of silence.
Class president for life Gordon Waldron introduced classmates Dr. Archie Golden, retired Marine Gen. Joseph Went and New Milford businessman Harry Taylor, all members of the high school's Hall of Fame for their career accomplishments.
It had been five years since the Class of `48 last reunited but, before going their separate ways, the classmates agreed to get together again in 2015.