Technical High School 1950 graduating class celebrated its 60th
reunion April 30 at St. George's Episcopal Church and May 1 at
Fogelman Executive Conference Center at the University of Memphis.
Tornado sirens and torrential rain could not prevent these
enthusiastic seniors from attending their special celebration. These
two evening events, plus women's and men's luncheons were held to
reminisce and honor the memorable times they shared.
The group enjoyed
an impromptu program, which centered around their lives and
remembrances. Many recalled teachers and other students who enriched
their lives while in school. The 110 friends who are no longer here
were memorialized and revered. Everyone enjoyed the many interesting
and entertaining stories relating to experiences in the professional
and business world.
Hugs and kisses
were exchanged along with many joyful, happy tears as old friends
greeted one another. The events were especially exciting to
participants who traveled great distances to be present for the
occasion. Many states were represented, including: California,
Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Kansas, Alabama,
Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, Mississippi and middle and
Among those attending the 60th reunion of the Memphis Technical
High School 1950 graduating class were Shelley Williams Dycus
(front row, left), Melba Cowell Moxley, Margaret Gilbert Jones
Fletcher, Nancy Tucker Douglass; Walter Mackey Pepper (back row,
left), Jerry D. Stewart, Robert G. Drewry, and Donald G. Hild.
This ambitious group has located and accounted for each of its 264
graduates. When the group learned of the illness or death of a
classmate, word is spread quickly through the group's website
(tech1950.com). Much credit goes to Don Hild of Germantown
who telephones each classmate twice a year to check on current changes
and Jerry Stewart, also of
Germantown, who passes along any new
information pertaining to classmates.
Other Tech classes
can also be reviewed through the "Links" connection on this website,
along with interesting pictures and historic landmarks in Memphis.
Gene Gill, a Tech graduate of 1951, is responsible for many of the
websites listed on the links page. His Tech High Alumni website
contains many old Tech records including "The Tech Ledger," where
every student who registered at the school in the years from 1929 to
1952 is listed with their parents' names, addresses and telephone
numbers. Most Tech yearbooks that date back as far as 1922 have been
scanned and are available for review. Many notable Memphians can be
found on these pages.
The 1950 class has
hosted 11 reunions over these 60 years. However, this last one seems
to be the most special. While plans for future get-togethers are
indefinite, no one would be the least surprised if some of the
Committee members were already making plans for the 65th.
Former classmates Margaret Gilbert
Jones Fletcher (front row, left), Melba Cowell Moxley, Gene Weldon
Floyd, Roy N. Johnson; Jerry D. Stewart (back , left), Shelley
Williams Dycus, and Donald G. Hild.
Douglass is a Tech High 1950 graduate and a reunion committee
Published in the Commercial Appeal … June 4, 2010