BIG BEAR HIGH SCHOOL Alumni News
AUGUST 23, 2003
Sorry to start on a sad note but I know all alumni would like to know the latest news concerning Jim Bollingmo. On August 21, I talked to a family friend and learned that Jim Bollingmo, class of 72, died from cancer of the brain. The Memorial Service will be next Wednesday, August 27, at the Community Church. The news of Jim's passing spread like wildfire throughout the community because he so well know for all he has done for the valley through Rotary, MAN ABOUT TOWN and the SGM BBHS Foundation. The last eight weeks have been long and difficult for Sharon (Jacobson), his girls and his family. All of Big Bear is grieving this 50 year old dynamic young man. Sharon has asked that all memorial gifts be sent to the SGM BBHS Foundation, Box 1529, Big Bear Lake, California, 92315. What a loss but what great remembrances Jim has left for all of us!!!
Amy (Renick) Merwin class of 92 wrote:
Dr. Waner, Not sure if I qualify for what Mr. Kerst wants for his compilation (concerning teachers from BBHS) because I don't teach in Big Bear but wanted to inform you just in case you want my information. My maiden name is Amy Danel Renick and I graduated in 1992. I got my BA in Music from Southern Oregon University and my Master's in Teaching from Oregon State University. I have been teaching Music (band, choir, general) to grades K-12 for 3 years and am now going to teach music at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland for 3 years. Take care, Amy Merwin (Jason Merwin is my husband-graduated 1991) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com I wrote back to Amy Merwin and asked her if her husband was related to Donna (Merwin) Woolsey the former music teacher at BBHS in the late 70's and 80's? Amy wrote: Dr. Waner, Yes, Jason is Donna's son. (She's Donna Woolsey now). She lives in Ashland, Oregon (where Jason and I went to school). Jason's getting his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Oregon State University and will be taking a post-doctoral position at the University of Geneva. We're so excited! take care,
Then I received this wonderful e mail from Donna Merwin, superb Choral and Drama teacher in the 70's and 80's at Big Bear High. (Editors note: I hope Donna doesn't mind if I send the e mail on to all of you.)
Hi Dr. Waner!! Amy said you have been in touch so she forwarded your address. I have thought about you so many times over the years. When we have visitors from Big Bear, I always ask about you. So, I know you are still active in the community. We certainly shared some good years, didn't we? I have so many fond memories of you and Neal. I was pleased to hear his daughter enjoyed Fiddler. Wow! That is really going back there. I trust the changes since "9-ll" haven't hurt his business too much. Be sure to pass a big HI and hug along to him. I had to stop teaching and most musical activities because of Lupus about 3 years ago. That was certainly an adjustment, but so is life!! I hope you and JoAnne are in good health and enjoying life. I appreciate every day so very much and never take these precious times for granted as I used to! Well, I didn't intend to get so heavy on you. Just know that I think of you fondly and look forward to finding out how you and your family are. Donna.
Kathy Kinch, D.C. wrote:
Dear Al - I wanted to thank you for putting all of this together. There are many people that I have not been graced to know yet, who graduated from this same little school and that we have all grown to love, even if we do not currently reside there. I am writing of a reunion that we are trying to plan for the graduating class of 1994, Johanna Hofmeister and myself (Kathy Kinch (Clays)) are trying to round everyone up and would appreciate it very much if you could put a little blurb in about it. They can respond to either one of us.
Thanks Much and Be Well, Kathy Kinch
Kathy Kinch, D.C. wrote:
O.K. Lets put some heads . . . . together. I have 66 of about 130 grads for 1994, and with the planning process I really would like some info for everyone. If you are new to the list this is the info we are looking for : any contact info (e-mail or phone numbers/mailing addresses) for everyone that graduated from BBHS in 1994!! Our ten year reunion is less than a year away and Johanna and I are looking to get the ball rolling with gathering everyone and getting ideas for the big event. Please let others know that you are in contact with and either send me their name and e-mail (along with any other info would be great) and I will start the list again and back it up with another person having all of the info that I will have, no crashes this time. We hope to make it a lot of fun to get back together and make it family friendly so that those who have children can feel like they can also come and participate in all of the activities.
I am Tammy Foster, class of 94. I like many others from home have gone into teaching, and love my job. After attending Concordia University in Irvine, I began working as a 3rd grade teacher for Mariners Christian School in Costa Mesa. Please put me on the mailing list! Thank you so much.
Mary Roberts wrote:
My brother, George Read, is also a teacher. He has been since graduating from San Jose State. He settled in Riverside and has taught High School there ever since. Among his various duties, he has taught Driver Ed, Automotive (remember how he always worked on cars?), Computer Science, Electric Shop. I graduated in 1949 and he graduated in either 1950 or 1951. I noticed that he is not on the list receiving this newsletter, so you might put him on it. His e-mail address is: READGN@aol.com. Thanks, Mary (Read) Darby --
P.S. Although not a teacher, I graduated from Sac State (Sacramento), went to work for the State as an auditor and am now retired. Being retired is Great!!
From: George Wood----
I sent a message which you published in the last newsletter, but I failed to include my email address. Would you please publish my email address with the next newsletter? I would love to hear from some classmates. George W. Wood (Class of 1959-I was known as George Sullivan in 1959)
Big Bear High is back in session. School started August 4, as the district is on a Modified Year Round Schedule. We are looking forward to the fall sports and there will be tremendous support of all our athletic teams.