60th Reunion
October 4th, 2003
Belle Haven Country Club
Alexandria, Virginia

On October 4, 2003, eighty-eight classmates, friends, and guests gathered at the Belle Haven Country Club to celebrate the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1943. It was a memorable occasion, characterized by greetings of warm handshakes, hugs and backslaps.

The dining room was well- appointed with nine tables, each seating 10 guests. Each table featured glowing candles, tethered blue and gold balloons, and a centerpiece of a wooden replica of the old oaken bucket painted in blue and gold colors. The centerpieces were fabricated by classmate Margaret Emhardt Johnson, Co-chairman of the Reunion Committee. A plastic gift bag at each seat contained a small teddy bear, a pen inscribed with the GWHS reunion date information, and other mementos.

The dinner entrée was a pre-selected choice of prime rib or gourmet salmon, with mixed vegetables and small roast potatoes. A glass of wine, salad, rolls, and a very rich chocolate dessert completed the menu.

Norman Schrott reprised his role from the 40th and 50th class reunions as a very entertaining master of ceremonies. He was aided by Ernie Sult who led the dinner guests in rousing school cheers, and in several songs, including a parody on old age, and Auld Lang Syne, with classmates around the room standing and holding hands with their neighbor.

A four- piece band, the Senior Staff, played tunes from the 1940's in an adjoining room for the dancing and listening pleasure of the guests.

The warm up for this main event was an informal wine and cheese party, held at the home of Frank Griffin, Jr., Reunion Committee Treasurer, the night before. Over 60 classmates and guests attended this affair. For many, this was the first time they had seen each other for 10 years or more. Decorations included a large, blue and gold cloth banner with the portrait of George Washington, and the sign: "George Washington High School Class of 1943." The Olde Oaken Bucket was the main focus of interest, and a Message and Memory book containing greetings and well wishes from the classmates of 1943 found considerable attention.

Everyone attending these events agreed it was a very special and most enjoyable reunion, and not a few said they were looking forward to our 65th.

Following are links to our Class Roster, and to other Reunion-related information.

To view pictures of classmates and guests at the reunion, click on REUNION PICTURES.

For a list of missing, found and deceased classmates, click on ROSTER.

To view our MEMORIAL page, with pictures of some of our deceased classmates, click on MEMORIAL.

REUNION COMMITTEE. Click here to see the names of your classmates who planned and arranged for the reunion.

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